Thursday, January 31, 2008

How to spend a snowy day...

Have a coffee klatch with other writers, chat writing and conferences, share ideas, and boost your inspiration for when you next sit at the computer to write.


Attend a kingergartner's hoe-down!
















Hug a child, and...



Thank God for little girls...











Hug a good dog.



Share a pizza with a writer friend and her kids.







Do art work with two little girls. Hold a Webkin for the first time. Learn how these creatures help teach responsibility, among other things, to children.



















My thanks to Carol Lynne for the coffee, a big hello to Marianne Stephens, author of Second Sight Dating, hugs to Jess, Delaney, and Riley. Mwah! I had a really good day.

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At 6:56 PM, Anonymous Carol Lynne said...

Hugs to you, Sunny! The girls and I had an absolutely wonderful day with you and Jess. As a matter of fact, they asked me this evening when Jess can back over to play. LOL

You're a dear friend and one hell of a helpful mover. LOL

Blessings,
Carol Lynne

 
At 6:40 AM, Blogger Lyn Cash said...

Ha - forgot about the furniture moving :)

I passed the message on to Jess - she loved it. Said if the girls want a wall mural or something special for their room, let her know.

 
At 7:14 AM, Blogger Trace said...

Sounds good to me!

 
At 6:28 PM, Blogger April said...

Here's the question... How do you get a snow day if you don't get snow??? ;o)

 
At 4:53 AM, Blogger Sam said...

Snow or rain...here it's all rain. Ugh. Luckily my daughter has lots of homework so I can help out a bit.
And coffee - yes - tons of it!

 
At 12:21 PM, Blogger Lyn Cash said...

*wave to Trace & Sam* :)

April (lol) - I suppose we don't need an excuse to do any of those things. Snow day just worked for me. - hehehe

My son always wanted me to home school him. Time goes quickly - I'll be lucky if I can do that with a grandchild even a little bit. *sigh*

Enjoy your day, ya'll. Trace, good to see you - hope you're well. It's almost 'baby time' for you.

Sam, I think of you so often, and I wonder what it's like in your neck of the woods. When I think of snow and France I think of the movie "American Dreamer" - corny movie about romance authors that I just adored back in the 80's - lol. LOVELY shots of Paris, and that fireplace scene at the end with the kids, reading, snowy window panes...*sigh*...

 

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Kewl Reviews & A New Book In Print

That little Sperm Daddy #69 book with Alex and Summer? Kate has already beat me to it, but here is a snippet of what Romance Junkies had to say:

Summer Devon’s DIRECT DEPOSIT delves into the emotional devastation infertility and all the attempts at conceiving can cause.

Alexis Fleming incorporates her witty humor and knack for creating scalding hot scenes into STRATEGIC WITHDRAWAL. I loved the sexual tension between Travis and Mandy especially when he refuses to go along with her ‘turkey baster’ plan, after all, she’s a lawyer and therefore should have known better than using false advertising.

Ms. Cash does a wonderful job giving readers a ‘man’s’ view of sperm donation and his reaction to his identity being revealed.
Colleen - infertile. Mandy - biological clocks ticking. Katya - nephew desperate for abone marrow transplant. Three women linked by one anonymous sperm donor known only as sixty-nine. Pick up a copy of WHO’S YOUR DADDY today and discover just how each woman finds love and happiness while searching for a solution to their problems.


Our links, should you wish to send the info to a friend:

http://www.summerdevon.com/
http://www.alexisfleming.net/
http://authorlyncash.blogspot.com/

Publisher: Total-e-bound Publishing

http://www.total-e-bound.com/

ISBN : 978-1-906328-67-2

Release Date: 7th January 2008
cover art done by Anne Cain

***Apologies ahead of time to those who are offended by the title - it's NOT what you're thinking if you get that squicky feeling - lol.***

THANK YOU, ROMANCE JUNKIES!!!

If you liked the TV show, Alias, or the movie, The Long Kiss Goodnight (both of which I love) then you’ll appreciate Spies, Lies & Duct Tape. I just hope there is a sequel planned. ~ Ecata Romance

Spies, Lies, and Duct Tape is a delightful book. The characters are charming and big than life. Fans of romantic will not want to miss this one! ~ Review Your Book.com

Read an excerpt
Buy the book!


THANK YOU, ECATA & REVIEW YOUR BOOK!

And a new book in print:

http://www.jasminejade.com/p-3878-wicked-winter.aspx


Line: Anthology,Moderne,Twilight
Series: None
Book Length: 304 pages
Book Type: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Ellora's Cave Publishing
ISBN: 9781419956850
In Stock: YES
Price: $14.99


[Cash Cole is moi, in case you've forgotten or didn't know.]
THANK YOU, EC!

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At 8:00 AM, Blogger Trish said...

Lordy....I'm not usually a romance reader but I may have to rethink that.

 
At 8:19 AM, Anonymous Kris Starr said...

Congrats on the review! You ladies done good. :)

 
At 11:09 AM, Blogger Merry said...

Wow, seriously nice reviews! Good for you! And Summer and Lex of course!

 
At 2:04 PM, Blogger Lyn Cash said...

Thanks, ladies!

(which romance, Trish? - lol)

 

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Sunday, January 27, 2008

The next writers’ workshop I’m teaching...

Heart of Dixie Romance Writers is sponsoring a writers’ workshop for genealogists and writers who want to combine their love of family with their love of writing. Those who wish to sign up can do so, listed under Upcoming Programs.


February Online Workshop - Family Histories That Read Like Good Fiction with Sunny Cole

To learn more about it, click here or read on…

Dates: February 4th –25th, 2008

CLASS DESCRIPTION:


Week #1


Getting started with a family tree design or a pedigree chart. Launch into a history of the times and blend it with your relatives for their era. Filter in anecdotes of either relatives or use stories from that period. Like songs, political figures, clothes, or weapons used during that time period. Keep files for research in folders on your computer as well as hard copies. Learn how to research. Learn how to set up a GED file. (Have a cousin helping the class out with this one - she's cool.)


Week #2

Putting It All Together. What to do with very little information – how you can still bring those people to life – you start with them and work in the history of the time periods. (And you'd be amazed at how interesting history can be, especially when you connect the dots and fill in the gaps so that your own family helps color that history.) How to set up your photos and what to use if you have few or none. Fillers that enrich your history books – recipes from family or how to get recipes from that era, games that they might have played, political cartoons, history of that era and area.


***We'll learn how to read census reports, find servicemen's records, and relate what information we find to actual history. My friend Jude's ancestor Archibald Butts, for instance, was in the military, and he was an attaché to President Taft. Butts also lost his life on the Titanic.***


Week #3


Adding even more information. Comparing medical conditions in order to help family members still present. Final resting places and how to list them. Compiling current addresses, keeping a database. How to get your history books published for the least amount of money.
Yah, I know - I should offer this for free, but that's how it goes. Not this time. I can't even promise that your personal history will read like War and Peace or make you cry like "Steel Magnolias", but...I can show you how to personalize events and bring those characters to life.

All payments for workshop must be received by the registration deadline - January 29th .
Please email the Online Class Coordinator with questions.


To Register: email your name, phone, email address you'd like to use for the course and method of payment to the class coordinator. Then submit payment below. (They have a Pay Pal button you can click.)

Registration Fee ($20)

-or -


Mail your registration information with a check payable to HOD, RWA to Heart of Dixie Workshop c/o Kira Bazzel PO Box 1807 Decatur, AL 35602

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At 6:38 PM, Blogger Denise Patrick said...

Sounds interesting and fun. Have a great time.

In the meantime, you are being tagged for the MeMe game. Check out my blog for instructions.

http://denisesden.blogspot.com/

 
At 12:59 AM, Blogger Lyn Cash said...

Sorry so slow in responding. I just did 7 things about myself on January 20th - lol. I'm not mesmerizing enough to come up with 6 more. *g* But I read yours (just didn't post, I think) and enjoyed it! Learned some things about ya I didn't know!

 

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Friday, January 25, 2008

It has to be Thursday somewhere...


Thirteen Politically Incorrect Ways to Ask For An ISBN



1. It’s MY ISBN, and I want it NOW!
2. ISBN. It does a body good.
3. ISBN, the friendly pepper upper.
4. ISBN – it’s what’s for dinner.
5. I can’t believe it’s not ISBN!
6. *smacks forehead* I could have had an ISBN!
7. An ISBN is forever.
8. ISBN. Don’t leave home without it.
9. Are you an ISBN fruit and nut case?
10. Nobody better lay a finger on my ISBN.
11. Roll that beautiful ISBN footage.
12. This ISBN’s for you.
13. This is an attempt to collect an ISBN, and any information obtained will be used for that purpose.


Links to other Thursday Thirteens!


Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged!

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At 6:50 PM, Blogger pussreboots said...

Good luck with the ISBN. Happy TT.

 
At 8:22 AM, Blogger Lyn Cash said...

hehehe - thanks, Puss.

 

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Kelly Ethan's New Book

I’ve yet to read anything from Freya’s Bower, but I’ve read Kelly Ethan – the chick can write well! Since I’m her “Auntie Sunny”, I took it upon myself to learn more about her new publisher. Following is FB’s introduction when you go to their website:

In the mists of a Scandinavian forest, the goddess of love, sex, prophesies and attraction awaits you. Within Freya's bower, the woods are evergreen, her myrtle tree always blooms, and her cats stand guard.


Miss Predictable
by Kelly Ethan

What does a girl do when she's surrounded by Greek god wannabes and someone's out for her blood? Find herself a hunky Greek god and have great sex...er, fall in love, of course.

Cassandra Troy comes from a long line of fortunetellers and her mother is no exception. Cassandra has sworn off the family business, so when her mother goes missing and she has to track her down, she's not impressed. But with strange accidents, an inability to tell a lie, a hunky hotel manager named Hermes, and a host of family members who swear they're Greek gods of mythology, the task might be harder than she thought. Its time for a girl to lay down the law.

Can Cassandra stop a vengeful lover, save her well-meaning mother, and her sexy god Hermes in time?

Rating: Tangy
Book Length: Novella
Price: $4.75
Genre: Paranormal/Fantasy/Chick Lit/Contemporary/
(damn, Kelly - that covers a LOT of genre territory - lol)

Read excerpt.
Buy now!

addendum - 8:30 pm - Thursday, January 24th

from one of Kel's first reviews on this book:

A gripping start, middle and end will have you wiping tears of laughter and seething at some of the characters. I haven’t read such a fresh book in a while. By fresh, I mean that Miss Predictable is crisp, refreshing, and well written. Oh, and did I mention funny? I did, didn’t I? Very funny. - Now THAT is a GREAT REVIEW!!!!!!!!

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At 3:36 PM, Anonymous Kelly Ethan said...

OMG you rock Auntie Sun. *Blush* a girl could get a big head from your compliments and honey its ditto for me!!

Can't wait to see you in San Fran!!!

Walmart anyone ;)

Kelly Ethan

 
At 4:51 PM, Blogger Lyn Cash said...

cracking up here!!!!! can't wait to see you, too - and this book looks fantastic!!!!

 
At 5:07 PM, Anonymous Kelly Ethan said...

aww man you even have my review up. Have I told you you're one in a million?

Kelly Ethan

 
At 6:14 PM, Blogger Lyn Cash said...

so are you, kiddo - lol - but we like hearing it anyway, don't we? (I do!)

love you - you deserve every bit of praise you get, too!!!!!

 

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Career vs Survival

Maybe I should call this post Down & Dirty, because I’m about to construct a few blog posts that are just that. Thought I’d start with myself, though, and say a few words about accountability.

I got my ass ripped last week by two well-meaning and very correct friends and CPs. Gerrie, God love her, asked me when I was gonna get serious about my career and stop screwing around with merely surviving. She hammered me, refused to let me off of the hook when I tried maneuvering the conversation to something else. I knew she was right – I just didn’t know why. Then I did some thinking.



Seven years ago, I didn’t know that I’d even be alive, much less published, within the next few months. I wrote to survive. Writing pulled me out of depression and made me flex my muscles in numerous ways. I could sit for maybe 15 minutes before needing to move about. I had much to learn about the writing business in general. And I didn’t feel that I was that good anyway. Helluva start, right?

Well, as my friends pointed out, that was 7 years ago. Time to realize that as long as I was alive, I needed more than stepping stone goals, means to an end.

Ger’s and Mer’s main question was “Why haven’t you submitted anything to New York?” My responses got shot down.

“I didn’t expect to be here…alive.” Well, guess what, dope, you are.

“I’m not good enough.” Bullshit. You’re just lazy. If you’re not good enough, then polish up and get there.

“I—I--…” Yes? Do you want to have a career versus just a paycheck now and then?




“Yes.” Then [to paraphrase my son, who chimed in by then, repeating what I’d told him when he was a child] don’t just do something, do what matters. Anyone can just do something. Not everyone will do what it takes.

I have issues, major ones – lol. My first inclination is to make excuses to all of them. I’ve already made them to myself.

#1 – I don’t want to work with agents. Been there, done that, have the ugly tee-shirt to prove it. My first one died, my second one split NY after 9-11…just disappeared for over a year, leaving all of us hanging, and one of us had received a 100k advance on her last book. My third one was dishonest – long story.

#2 – I actually like working for who I work for NOW, and none of them, with the exception of the magazine publishers, are in New York.

Okay, so do it without an agent, and continue working for the publishers you already work for. Simple, right? Not really. Like everyone else, I only have so many hours in the day, and to do more of one thing means giving up time in another. There's the rub.

My friends know me better than I know myself. They hear me complain even when I don't realize I'm doing it. I submit a manuscript to EC, for example, and I’m lucky if it gets read within 4 months, luckier if it gets edited within 8, and even luckier if it’s published before a year has passed. Others…friends…get theirs out much quicker, so I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong there. Maybe nothing. Maybe it’s just the Universe’s way of telling me the same thing Ger and Mer do – get off your ass and stop putting all your eggs in the same basket. I LOVE working for EC, though. Love my editor, slow as he is. Love my publisher, the staff, everyone I’ve dealt with there. I’m just not on the fast track with them for some reason, and then I start questioning myself—maybe you’re not ready. Maybe you just aren’t that good. Maybe…maybe somehow it IS you that's holding you back with them.

Maybe while you have 3 unread books there and a 4th that’s been waiting on an ISBN for 3 months, you can work on something else and stop making excuses for yourself AND them. [Now in all fairness, those 3 books were only recently turned in, so…not EC’s fault that they’re unread.]

I love working with TEB – and I don’t care how much money I make or don't make with them – I’d damn near work for Claire, Michele, and TEB for free – lol. They are THAT great to work with. I love my fellow writers in that group, adore my publisher, and couldn’t ask for a better editor. I never have to wait if I have a question or a problem. It’s European exposure. I’ve turned in 3 manuscripts since January 1st, and all 3 have release dates for prior to June – on TOP of the manuscript that was published in early January! What’s not to like about that?

I haven’t submitted a manuscript to Loose Id in nearly 3 years and still hear from my editor on a regular basis. She’s checking to see how I am and whether or not I have anything to submit to her. A dream relationship. My reasons for not submitting anything to them lately have nothing to do with that.

Samhain…great editor. I’ve primarily submitted mainstream to them, and they don’t have the book buyers to get the books on the shelves – but I couldn’t ask for a better editor. Not her fault, ya know. At RT, Houston? She was right there, asking if I needed anything, taking photos of me for the Samhain site and for me to submit to Playgirl Magazine, since Playgirl had hyped me in one of their issues, on a novel that Samhain didn’t even publish! Yet there was my editor, helping ME with that book that one of their competitors had published!

You know, it is what it is. If we’re in it for the money, we’re screwed anyway, but it’s money, not love, that pays the bills. I tell myself that I’m primarily in it for the growth, and I think what Mer and Ger are telling me is that maybe it’s time to reconsider, to reevaluate, to reestablish and take inventory, see if I’m comfortable staying put as opposed to merely reluctant to the idea of expanding my territory.

These are the publishers who helped me get started, and I don’t want to leave them anyway, not because of the comfort zone issue or even the loyalty issue, but because I truly enjoy working with them. Well, most of the time – lol. Every ‘job’ has problems.

I also look at history – expansion means leaving one place and moving to another. Viewing oneself as a pioneer of sorts, and Davy Crockett I’m NOT. All I need is another freakin' deadline – lol. But…I want to produce and publish more mainstream. The hell of THAT? In order to do so, I need to seek help elsewhere. Damn it. I really, really, really don’t want to give up that editor.

Told ya I have issues. I know, for one thing, that I've always been better at making money than at hanging onto it or managing it. So where do I go from here? Time will tell. I just thought it worth blogging, that it’s good to take inventory. It’s good to have friends who give a shit. It’s good to have choices and to get honest, regardless of the outcome.


Maybe I won’t blog this after all. Maybe I don’t want to risk throwing what little career I have in the crapper, you know? Risk pissing off EC (I did call them slow, didn’t I? – even if that was my only complaint) – maybe I don’t want to tell Samhain that I can’t afford to submit any more mainstream to them. Maybe I don’t want to admit to Claire that she doesn’t even have to pay me, because in the long run we both know that’s a lie in the making – LOL. Then again...make up your mind, Charlie Brown. Who gives a damn whether or not you drop your pants in public and share what you feel to be insight that may help someone else? Maybe I’ll just post this and worry about the aftershocks later. Maybe this WILL help someone else who is in the same boat...stay put or expand. Examine the reasons and feel comfortable with what comes next, simply because it's your life, your career...or your hobby.
Whatever the decision, I need to know it's the right one, that I'm not staying put because I'm afraid to take chances, or that I move someplace else simply because I'm not working hard enough where I AM.
Thanks, Mer and Ger. Thanks, publishers and editors (as you can all see, I've been blessed there).


Today, it’s good to be me. Hope you can say the same.

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At 1:16 PM, OpenID relliott4 said...

I can so relate to this post. Well, the parts that aren't about online publishing since I haven't done that. heh heh

But most of us just want to be writing and selling takes up time--as does finding an agent. I've spent more time in the last couple of months researching agents, querying them, chatting with them. All that time takes up writing time. It's not that I'm complaining--okay maybe a little about how long it takes--but I spend a lot of time researching each and every one and then it can take months to hear back. Some are faster than others--but a part of me does remember what happened with your second one. Getting your hopes up like that... I just knew that book was going to hit the big time. Still think it will.

Thing is, I keep thinking that once I do find a good match, I won't have to use my time for trying to sell anymore. Just writing and promoting. Those are two things I like doing.

I miss you. Have some friend to friend stuff to discuss and I can't find the current email. It's not on the current laptop. ;)

 
At 2:35 PM, Blogger Lyn Cash said...

then expect an email from me - miss you, too...

 
At 3:34 PM, Anonymous Kelly Ethan said...

AMEN AUNTIE SUN AMEN LOL

I have the same thoughts about my career to. I procrastinate way too much and I am essentially lazy. i could be doing way more than I am now. And I'm getting the "Its time for a real paying job now" talk from my partner. So its time for me to seriously evalutate my life and work.

So amen sister lol.
Kelly Ehan

 
At 4:11 PM, Blogger Merry said...

Good post for any writer contemplating career options.

So...how are your three chapters coming along? Sunday's four days away. LOL

 
At 4:38 PM, OpenID relliott4 said...

I just read my post. It's all over the place. LOL!!

 
At 4:48 PM, Blogger Lyn Cash said...

Thanks, Kel!

Mer :P 3 chapters are a-cookin'. I'm just glad I'm not writing erotica at this point. I'm no LL, that's for sure.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-OItnNWGHE

 
At 4:49 PM, Blogger Lyn Cash said...

Rinda, it's perfect. Makes me feel normal and not 'alone' - lol.

 
At 9:26 AM, Blogger Angela James said...

lol, thanks for the compliments but um...you know we're not doing mainstream anymore? So you don't have to be afraid to tell me anything and, you know, we do other genres besides mainstream. And the sales are good. And the books go on the shelves. So your post actually, now that I think about it, confused me.

Maybe you need to think about instead of "giving up" is refocusing because it sounds like you might be a little scattered. And that's not like "refocus" and write for Samhain, that's refocus and decide what you love, where you want to go and how you're going to get there, whether it's money, fame or just writing. Just talking about it never got anyone anywhere. You need to focus and then take the steps.

 
At 10:21 AM, Blogger Lyn Cash said...

Just talking about it never got anyone anywhere. You need to focus and then take the steps.

Great advice. My problem is that I don't want to give up ANGIE AS EDITOR - WAAAAAH - and I want to write more mainstream.

K. Tantrum over. For now. *wink*

And yes - clarity please - Samhain DOES put the romances on the shelves. I'm just at a loss for what to do with those 2 mainstreams - and I know you feel the same way.

I'm actually working on a new mainstream - no clue where I'm sending it, but I *am* (thanks to Mer and Ger's nagging) working on it.

Thanks, Angie.

 
At 11:39 AM, Blogger Mechele Armstrong said...

No great advice but I'm going through a similiary thing. Where am I at? Where do I want to be? What should I be doing?

So you aren't alone in the musings over your career. Must be the season of reflection.

And I don't blame you on not wanting to lose Angie LOL. I'd love her for an editor.

I think she's got a point in refocus, figure out where you want to be, and take those steps. Hmm...I'm taking that for myself as well.

 
At 6:41 PM, OpenID smirenshaw said...

I'm sitting here wishing I could remember, word for word, the "pep" talks you used to give me. You wanted me to write and although I tried and had ideas, I just didn't have the knack to put the words in a sequence that would convey my meaning without 150 page chapters! Knowing you, you'll re-focus and decide what's right for you....after all, it IS about you and what you want. You go girl!
Love you and I'm hoping for your happiness and contentment. Sylvia

 
At 8:16 PM, Blogger Lyn Cash said...

Mechele - all ya gotta do is submit. And tell Angie that I highly recommend both of you - lol.

Sylvia! *sniff, sniff* I almost called you at like 1 am when I started squirming over all of this - ha ha.

Better now. Thanks, ladies.

Rinda, thinking of you.

 
At 8:39 PM, Blogger Kate R said...

It's a tough way to make a sorta- living isn't it? But when I read this I'm reminded that there are some great peeps out there ..Thanks.

 

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Ecataromance reviews Spies, Lies, & Duct Tape

They say this spy chick is a bad mother - SHUT YOUR MOUTH! - I'm talkin' 'bout Sam. THEN WE CAN DIG IT! And you certainly will once you read this book.


Spies, Lies & Duct Tape is an action-packed story filled with suspense, love and some major butt-kicking by our intrepid heroine. Merry/Sam is a vulnerable but sarcastic woman, unknowingly living in a lethal-weapon body. I admired Merry, never more than in the shower scene and I learned more of her past. She is equally matched by Caesar who loves Sam but is also attracted to the different qualities Merry exhibits. Whenever the two get together, it is explosive. If you liked the TV show, Alias, or the movie, The Long Kiss Goodnight (both of which I love) then you’ll appreciate Spies, Lies & Duct Tape. I just hope there is a sequel planned.
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The full review is here.

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At 12:32 AM, Blogger Shesawriter said...

The duct tape has me intrigued. LOL

 
At 10:54 AM, Blogger Lyn Cash said...

hehehe - well, if ya can't hook 'em, snag 'em any way you can, I say...

 

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A book is written by me if...

A book is written by me if it contains:



1) mention of food, sometimes even recipes





2) reference to one of my real-life pals, usually their first name


3) something magical, mystical, or paranormal


4) at least one character who drops the F bomb a few times


5) situations that reveal character


6) bits of internal monologue


7) some sort of mini homage to film or stage



8) an animal, whether a pet or not


9) a dig at some politician or political faction (usually right-wingers)





10) a sexual deviant (what can I say? – pervy people intrigue me)

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Sunday, January 20, 2008

Tagged...7 Things About Myself

I'm not that interesting, so don't get your hopes up, but here ya go, Alexis. (Blame Ann Cory - she's the one who tagged Lex - lol.)

1. I'm ambidextrous in a weird way. I can write my name with both hands, backwards - as in the right one mirroring the left one - simultaneously...that sort of thing. Could also play the piano upside down and backwards (I was upside down or backwards - not the piano.)



2. I got drafted for the armed forces - boy's name, etc - got "the letter" to show up or I'd be arrested. I showed up in a mini - this was during the Viet Nam War - and my doctor said "Go home. I'll take care of it." - Never heard from Uncle Sam again regarding the matter. (I also wound up in boys' dormitories and gym classes, etc, but that's another story.) So the closest I ever got to that war (thankfully) was visiting the memorial in DC decades later.


3. Let's see...I come from a long line of artists and sculptors and carvers - one even had works in the Smithsonian - but I can barely paint a straight line. I did wind up in the museum, however, because while I was never a model child, I was a child model, and a particularly good artist enjoyed photographing and painting me. (No, I wasn't related to him - lol.)

4. Light isn't my friend - I see better in the dark. On the other hand, I *am* night blind as well as light blind.

5. There was a time when I had a rather strong allergic reaction to the sun. It froze the capillaries in my forehead, and I looked like someone out of "Planet of the Apes" - scary. I forget what they call that...other than just weird.

6. I was a concert pianist by the time I was 11, but I haven't played the piano in about 25 years now. Don't ask.


7. I can regulate my blood pressure and body temperature just by meditating or concentrating. Well, used to. Haven't tried in ages, because it wears me out.

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At 6:18 AM, Blogger Merry said...

You're looking good! Lots of interesting tidbits, too. Its funny how you think you know someone...and then...LOL.

 
At 10:47 AM, Blogger Lyvvie said...

But...I really want to ask!! (re the 25 years no piano) Do you talk more once liquored up?

 
At 12:11 PM, Blogger Lyn Cash said...

Thanks, Mer - but that was taken in DC last summer - lol.

Lyvvia, I was from a small town, and everyone expected me to play the piano. May sound weird, but I played piano or organ for damned near every funeral or wedding in the county during one period, and I think maybe I just got tired of performing. Got tired of people thinking of me as the musician, when there was more in me. Plus...just like psychologists suggest that intrinsically linear people and those who live in their heads get more creative? People who are creative need to balance things out by getting more into their minds, and I dropped music at a time when I was in pre-med.

Do I talk more once liquored up? - ROFLMAO - Dunno. I'm told that I'm a happy drunk, that I get over-heated and start shedding clothes once my nose starts itching and that everybody is my 'friend', so I'd imagine so. I just don't drink often. Haven't been *drunk* since somewhere around 1972 except maybe once in 1997.

 
At 12:13 PM, Blogger Lyn Cash said...

Okay - that last bit has to be a lie. I drank too much one Friday night in Reno, 2005. X and Lex had to pour me into bed, so that's pretty snockered. And I woke up when I heard the cops banging on the door across the hall, sat up and hollered that I didn't do it, fell back onto the bed and snoozed like a baby.

How easily we forget. doh

 

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008



Seems La Bella Luna was voted as a 2007 Reviewers’ Choice Award Winner – so the first thing I’m doing during this announcement is giving credit where credit is due, to my editor, Angela James. Angie – mwwwah – could NOT have won this award without you.

My second major thanks goes to the reviewers at Ecataromance for selecting La Bella Luna. THANK YOU a thousand times over. It’s a great honor to be selected.

More credit…the cover was done by Scott Carpenter. Publisher, needless to say, is Samhain Publishing. Critique partners were The Belfry Collective – and I owe them big time for seeing this book from the pitiful start to the completed project.

What a nice surprise to wake up to that announcement. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
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“La Bella Luna PRINT” by Bobbie Cole
Read An Excerpt Online
Genre:
ISBN: 1-59998-410-5
Length: 328 Pages
Price: $16.00
Publication Date: October 30, 2007
Now In PRINT; Order From MBaM!
Buy from Amazon.com

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La Bella Luna has already won the Reviewers' Choice Award, but...readers are also allowed to vote. If it so moves you, the link is here: http://www.ecataromance.com/index.php?page_id=323
:) THANK YOU in advance if you feel the urge to cast a vote for me. If not, bless you for having read THIS far - lol. I've had a helluva day, almost lost my life - long story that maybe I'll share in a day or two, so it's nice to see the smiling faces that have shown up here.
Ya'll have a good rest of the week.
Hugs...
Sunny

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At 10:04 AM, Blogger Liz Wolfe said...

I'm jumping up and down over this, Lyn. And the book is more than deserving of this honor. But, then, you already knew I love it.
Congratulations!

Liz Wolfe

 
At 4:45 PM, Blogger Denise Patrick said...

Woo-hoo!!! Mega-congrats!! Bats rule - even when written in books! LOL! Hope you're having a great day!

 
At 7:17 PM, Blogger Lyn Cash said...

Liz, Denise, THANK YOU for the congrats and for being my friends. Love you both...

 
At 8:08 PM, Blogger Angela James said...

Thank you :)

And congratulations, it's so nice to see this book getting some recognition!

 
At 9:22 PM, Blogger Lyn Cash said...

Thanks, Angie! :)

I loved working on this book.

 
At 11:12 AM, Blogger Kris Starr said...

Suns -- congratulations on the excellent news! Well done. :)

 

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Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Spies, Lies, & Duct Tape debuts TODAY! YAAAAY!!!


Spies, Lies & Duct Tape
by Lyn Cash

ISBN #9781419914331

Cover art by SYNECA
blurb:

Merry Rogers should have known the handsome stranger was trouble. First he accosts her in the supermarket, raving like a lunatic and calling her by the wrong name. The next thing she knows, she's duct-taped to him in a dark cabin in the middle of nowhere. Suddenly Merry's quiet, college-town existence is history and she's chasing spies with a very unlikely partner. Plus, the whole fiasco has led her to question her own identity.
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James Caesar is a hard-nosed, hard-assed secret agent. He's been looking for Merry but he didn't anticipate that finding her would lead them into a web of danger and dirty espionage. As they dodge bullets and decode enemy secrets, he has to convince her to put her present life in the past. And make her remember how he fits into her past.
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Reader Advisory: Contains descriptions of graphic violence, including sexual assault.
Read an excerpt
Sexual Content: Rated S-ensuous
Genre : Romantic Suspense
Book Length: Novella.

Buy the book!

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At 8:01 PM, OpenID relliott4 said...

Check this out!

http://mrsgiggles.braveblog.com/

 
At 9:22 PM, Blogger Lyn Cash said...

omg - La Giggles blogs me without reading me. *sigh* If she loved THAT blurb, she'd howl over Who's Your Daddy's blurb - LOL.

Thanks, Rinda. Now we'll wait to see if ANYONE in the universe buys the book AND gives it a thumbs up. *grin*

 
At 11:02 AM, Blogger Mechele Armstrong said...

Congrats on the new release! LOL off to check out Mrs. Giggles.

 
At 10:49 PM, Blogger Kate R said...

you really do like to write, don't you!

 
At 10:07 AM, Blogger Lyn Cash said...

Thanks, Mechele!

you really do like to write, don't you!

Indeed I do, missy - lol. Hey, if I'm any good, then that's great - because Lord knows I'm not that good at anything else.

 
At 9:05 PM, Blogger Shesawriter said...

That's a scrumptious cover there, lady. Yum. Yum.

 
At 9:21 PM, Blogger Lyn Cash said...

Thanks, Tanya! :)

 

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Monday, January 07, 2008

Sperm Daddy Makes His Debut!!!!

I am so proud of this anthology - and I had sooo much fun writing it with Summer & Alexis!

If you'd like to know how it all began, it's on the blog at our publisher's, right here...Total ebound Blogspot

TITLE: Who’s Your Daddy
Anthology with Lyn Cash, Alexis Fleming, Summer Devon

Publisher: Total-e-bound Publishing
http://www.total-e-bound.com/

ISBN : 978-1-906328-67-2

Release Date: 7th January 2008

cover art done by Anne Cain

***Apologies ahead of time to those who are offended by the title - it's NOT what you're thinking if you get that squicky feeling - lol.***

For what it's worth...the new GQ Magazine cover has a photo of *sigh* Josh Brolin, and one of the headline articles has to do with a male's confession - he was a professional SPERM DONOR - lol.

So...I think our little anthology is rather timely. *sniff, sniff* Even if the title does bring a tear of squick to someone's eyes.

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At 9:15 AM, Blogger Mechele Armstrong said...

Congrats on the new release!

 
At 9:42 AM, Blogger Lyn Cash said...

THANK YOU, MECHELE!!!!!!

 
At 12:17 PM, Blogger Sam said...

Oh Congrats!! I saw this on Kate's blog too - what a great idea for an anthology!

 
At 2:09 PM, Blogger Lyn Cash said...

Thanks, Sam! :)

 
At 8:12 AM, Blogger Shesawriter said...

Congrats, Lyn. Love the hunk on the cover. :-)

 
At 12:09 PM, Blogger Bronwyn's Blog said...

Congrats on the new releases! TEB and EC in the same week - way to go, woman! :)

 
At 3:19 PM, Blogger Lyn Cash said...

aw - THANKS, Tanya and Bronwyn!

Thank you to ALL of you!!!

 

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Thursday, January 03, 2008

Cadillac Body & A Volkswagon Engine

Just heard that phrase on Montel Williams' show. I haven't seen a morning show in AGES, and I just happened to turn on the television this morning while I was writing. Seems Montel has a new book out today (or whenever this show was taped). And he says he was getting ready to speak to some school children when a teacher watched him fill his plate in the lunch line, and she called him on all the meat (and lack of vegetables) he was grazing on. "You're going to talk to MY KIDS with a Cadillac body and a Volkswagon engine?" He said it made him do some thinking.

The New Year is always a time when people contemplate their resolutions...those made and not kept, usually. I remembered something yesterday that I hadn't thought of in ages. Back when I was a wee lassie, I made goals. I've always had them - lists of them. Sometimes I even checked things off one at a time and reevaluated at the end of the year. One thing I did that I'd forgotten about was this. I didn't start all of my 'programs' on the 1st of the year. I spread them out, giving myself time to do one thing really well before moving on to the next.


It's like cleaning house. Sometimes, it's best to tackle that one crappy area before moving on to something more appealing, less stressful. Sometimes it's best to just dig in and do the job and bitch about it later.


So that's one of my goals this year...sort of. A Cadillac MIND with a bulldozer engine - lol. I'm a-gonna be careful of what goes into it. The body? That's a given. But I've let myself go as far as what went into my mind. And this behavior always turns into the GIGO thang with me - 'garbage in, garbage out', and before I know it, all those great resolutions and positive affirmations are out the window, because I've allowed negative thinking to influence me.


Some of the results I've had from negative thinking:


1. A stressful situation combined with a 'what the hell' attitude caused me to pick up a cigarette after I'd been nicotine free longer than I'd been in YEARS. And that's all it took - one cigarette, and I was feeling like absolute shit, not because of the cigarette so much as the fact that I'd let myself down.


2. A friend pissed me off, and before I thought about what it would do to her, I "let her have it". Didn't make ME feel any better, and it sure didn't make her feel better, despite my holier than thou justifications.


3. I gave into stress and wound up careless and physically hurting myself.


That's enough. On to happier things. Just sayin'...it's easy to get lazy, not only with the body but with the mind.


What have I learned during this show? Montel says...things I've heard for years, even paid attention to at times...


Montel's Living Well Codes


#1 - base your diet on fruits and vegetables

#2 - minimize unhealthy processed foods, sugar, salt, high cholestreol foods

#3 - include a healthy diet of carbohydrates with the good stuff

#4 - be mindful of calories

#5 - don't skip meals and deprive yourself

#6 - get regular physical activity into your life

#7 - use all steps to reduce risk of disease and obesity


Doh. And he got paid for this. - lol - GOOD FOR HIM. I'm not gonna be jealous of a man who is living with MS. Jeez.


I'm not sure why Montel and affirmations and New Year and all of this car talk is with me today, but I'm sharing it, and you can do with it as you please. For me, I'm paying attention to the good, turning my back on the bad, and I'm moving ahead today...at least today. I've kicked cancer in the cajones, I've survived abusive relationships, and I've survived the worst relationship ever and even came to love the bitch. Me.


Today I can do anything. For what it's worth, I hope you feel the same positive surge of energy that has bitten me on the butt lately.


Here's how you can read up on Montel's show and book: http://www.montelshow.com/

...and you know how to reach me if you're here.


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At 7:23 AM, Blogger Beth said...

Great post. I needed the reminders - and that surge of energy, "to bite me on the butt."

 
At 9:04 AM, Blogger Shesawriter said...

Wish I'd read this before and during the holidays. :-)

 

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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Bon Voyage and Welcome

No, I'm not going anywhere - at least nowhere fast - how's that? I just love the phrase. And...2007 was a good year, and I'd like to wish it well on whoever gets it next go 'round. So...there.





I have so much news that even *I* don't know where to begin. Let me start with THANK YOU to those who have stuck with me for another year or to those who just joined last year. We don't have many posters on this blog - just readers who lurk and leave their footprints. *grin*



Here's what's cooking thus far with the writing. I have two new books out this week. Just sold a couple more as well...more on those later.



First book out will be Who's Your Daddy - published by Total ebound Publishing, co-authored with Summer Devon and Alexis Fleming.


More Info: Read an Excerpt (actually, read 3 excerpts - in PDF)

Book Details


Erotic Rating: Total-e-burning
Genre: Contemporary
Book Length: Anthology
ISBN#: 978-1-906328-67-2



This book will be available soon...as in THIS WEEK!!!!!!





Second book (and this is the first time I've blogged the cover) will be Spies, Lies, & Duct Tape, published by Ellora's Cave. Killer cover, isn't it? - lol - Will and Syneca can take credit for that one - all I did was request and they delivered.




Publisher doesn't have a link for this one yet, damn it - and they don't have the cover up on their site, but...take my word for it - lol. IT'S COOL, and it's available next week!

On a personal note...

Today is my father's 79th birthday, so HAPPY BIRTHDAY, POPPA (not that he'll read this, but ya never know - the old man may be a lot more hip than any of us give him credit).




New recipes over at Lyn's Licks & Laughs Recipes this week. Don't know that I'll get 'em up before YOU get there, but they will be there eventually. Gimme a break. I'm working on this blog first.


Hugs to all - have a marvelous week. I PROMISE that I'll be better about the blogging this year. I don't have a choice - lol. Here's my schedule so far...

HITTING THE HOT-SPOT BLOG SCHEDULE
Wednesday 2nd January - Ellen Ashe
Thursday 3rd January - KS Augustin
Friday 4th January - Iona Blair
Saturday 5th January - Ashley Ladd
Sunday 6th January - Samantha Winston
Monday 7th January - Lyn Cash
Tuesday 8th January - Carol Lynne

January 4th - Samhain: 9 AM Karen Erickson & 3 PM Sunny Cole

Now. Ask me if I remember how to get in there. No. But I'll be there somehow.

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At 2:03 PM, Blogger Merry said...

Wow. You better get busy.

I'm just sayin'.

 
At 12:59 AM, Blogger raine said...

Congratulations on all the stuff, Lyn! Wow, lol.
And have a great New Year. ;)

 
At 8:45 AM, Blogger Shesawriter said...

You're having a great year so far! Congrats!! Happy New Yearl :-)

 
At 10:05 AM, Blogger Lyn Cash said...

THANK YOU, everybody. :) (and thanks for the kick in the pants, Merry - lol)

Appreciate friends. They're a solid foundation for a life well lived. And I do like living well better than not - lol. So...

mwaaah. Happy New Year right back.

 
At 1:38 AM, Blogger Denise Patrick said...

Wow, lots going on for you. Congratulations on the new releases!! Sounds like you're on the right track. I hope when I see you in San Francisco, there'll be a lot less of you (and a lot less of me)!! And, no smoking (it gives me migraines!).

thanks for dropping in on my blog - no one comments there, either, but I know people drop by.

 

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