I finished the following covers for my upcoming novels today: Midnight Rain I See You Last Girl Dancing Night Echoes Because of a bit of a financial bump, I’m pushing hard to get all the backlist up in the next couple of months. To my amazement (because I thought exactly the opposite), I think the suspense novels are going to … Continue reading →
Lots of my novels for free if you’ll pay the postage.
Got the neatest news today. I sold (or, rather, Penguin Putnam sold) Bulgarian translation rights to MIDNIGHT RAIN; the book should be available in Bulgaria and wherever else the purchasing publisher distributes sometime this month. Bulgarian rights. So cool. … Continue reading →
While I’m damned wary about hoping too much, considering the way these things have gone the past eleven times … well, I’m an optimist. And I really like this project. It brings in Brig from MIDNIGHT RAIN as the hero, and an EMT-Paramedic named Dia as the heroine, and a gift-leaving stalker, and alligators in a canal in dicy, grim … Continue reading →
Hot damn — a couple of the weird little pictures from yesterday’s brainstorming session just clicked in a very big way, and words are flying. I’m finding Dia’s stalker fascinating — he’s a product of his times, his education, and his passions, and he has some weird damned quirks … but they aren’t weird for him. For him, they make … Continue reading →
Quote from Twain. Some numbers from Midnight Rain. ‘Cause you know I was to the point of reinventing myself because of my fear of the numbers on Midnight Rain, and the fact that I’d heard it hadn’t done as well as everyone hoped. How well did it do? In its first reporting period, it earned out its own $25,000 advance … Continue reading →
Fascinating discussion here about the difference between Amazon numbers and WalMart numbers. Link via Alison Kent As someone who, for the first time in my career, has (with my debut into suspense) landed a couple of titles on WalMart shelves, I’m more than a bit interested in what effect this will really have on my sales. Won’t see even first … Continue reading →
Heard from Claire that Rhapsody Book Club picked up book club rights for MIDNIGHT RAIN. This is a big deal for me because I’ve never had any of by books picked up by a book club before. Tentative pub date, Nov. 2005. Firsts matter.
MIDNIGHT RAIN has been nominated for the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Romantic Intrigue. I’m delighted and honored to have been nominated — I’m in very good company. For more information, go to Romantic Times, scroll down to the “RT Awards” link, click that link, then choose Reviewers’ Choice 2004 Nominees. (Not Lifetime Achievement, which I accidentally clicked … Continue reading →
MIDNIGHT RAIN, French rights. Could not have come at a better time. I’m greatly cheered.
I’ve been pinging about MIDNIGHT RAIN. About how it’s doing, you know? I have no way of finding out how it’s doing, nobody to ask, and I’m also a little afraid to know the truth. But more afraid not to know. See, the viability of a writer’s career is based upon sell-through of print run. Sell-through — that is, the … Continue reading →
From Death by Absurdity, one of those reader reviews that just make your day. About MIDNIGHT RAIN. Sheila sent me the link. (Thank you!) … Continue reading →
After getting a fair amount of writing done, I went out with my guys and we scouted MIDNIGHT RAIN, and picked up a copy of USA TODAY. The ad was cool — though even my conservative estimates of traffic the ad could generate were clearly way too high. Seeing the book prominently displayed with multiple copies out in both local … Continue reading →
MIDNIGHT RAIN officially hits the shelves today, definitely in the US and possibly elsewhere. USA TODAY will carry the ad today. And I am so tense that my back is knotted, my head won’t turn, and I can barely move. 😀 Excitement does this to me. So. Off to find some Tylenol, wondering how much work I’ll actually be able … Continue reading →
(copied from comments because I think it may get buried in there) If you’re in the UK, I’m thinking you’ll be able to find (or at least order locally and without a lot of hassle) copies of MIDNIGHT RAIN. MIDNIGHT RAIN is published by Onyx, a subsidiary of Penguin, to which I granted US rights, Canadian Rights, print-publish-sell rights in … Continue reading →
Jean let me know that someone had already found a copy of MR at Safeway. So apparently some of them are floating around before the official release date. If you spot one, could you let me know? I’ll leave comments open here and keep this entry tacked to the top for a few days. Thanks. —————————– UPDATE: It’s in the … Continue reading →
I went out yesterday and bought a copy of Romantic Times Book Club, because I found the reference to the review of MIDNIGHT RAIN on their site. (Of course I was looking. I haven’t been as excited about the release of any book I’ve written since the very first one.) And the review was better than I could have hoped. … Continue reading →
It does not do well to get too excited. Honestly. Calm is the best approach to these things. It is. I know this. Unfortunately, I am not by nature a calm person. I am optimistic, exuberant. I spent my childhood with skinned knees and skinned elbows and bruises from climbing onto those risky branches and swinging just a wee bit … Continue reading →
I’m trying not to be too excited. Trying not to expect too much. You must realize that, with my fundamental nature as an optimist, this is very, very difficult, but I’m giving it my best shot. In spite of the fact that there is this part of me that wants to imagine my site bandwidth taking a serious hit from … Continue reading →
Somehow managed to load only the first half of Chapter 2 of Midnight Rain, and that from an older version of the manuscript. The correct version, in its entirety, is now online. … Continue reading →
Got two copies of MIDNIGHT RAIN from Claire yesterday. It’s real. Finally, after an unbelievably long, hard journey, I got to hold the book in my hands in final version, and smell it (I am an incorrigible book sniffer — the combination of paper and ink and binding and cover all blend together into my second favorite perfume on the … Continue reading →
In acknowledgement of the fact that in much of the world, it’s already October 1, here’s the link to Chapter Two. … Continue reading →
Had to print out another copy of LGD to revise on; revising on the screen was driving me nuts. Have the themes nailed down now, have the (big) changes in the story worked out, but if I try to do continuity onscreen instead of in hardcopy, I’ll just end up with a mess. Good news — based on preorders, my … Continue reading →
Okay, I know a little more now. The manuscript for Midnight Rain will be due April 15, 2004. Probably will be on the schedule in 2005, but I don’t know exactly when yet and won’t for a while. Contracts are on the way, which is very, very fast. So. My writing schedule looks like this. 135,000 more words on Talyn … Continue reading →
It sold, it sold, it sold, it sold, IT SOLD, oh my God, it SOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLD! Very nice money, two book deal, GREAT publisher. [bouncing OFF the walls …..] … Continue reading →
The re-re-revised proposal for Midnight Rain went out the door this morning. I think (I THINK) I nailed it this time, patched all holes, answered all questions, and still tied the ending up nice and tight. I think …. There is, of course, no way of knowing whether I genuinely succeeded until I hear back. This is one of the … Continue reading →
I am experiencing page-loads on the site of up to five minutes per page, and a current average of about four minutes per page. Because of this, until I track down the problem with my connection, I am going to be very, very scarce in the community. If you need to get in touch with me, please DO NOT use … Continue reading →
First I’ll note that I got my words today. 2067, to be exact. Like what I got, kicked ass on the scene, nailed the tone and the action, and killed somebody really likeable, and if you can do that in a chapter, you’re doing all right. Fine. Good. That was this morning. Yesterday I heard from Robin (my agent) that … Continue reading →
Inego Montoya said it in The Princess Bride, and I sympathized then, and I empathize now. I hate waiting. The outline went out today — is in the hands of the editor. Will most likely hit the publisher’s desk in the next day or two, but … no way of knowing when. I am now, and will be for the … Continue reading →
I’ll come back to it again later, when my eyes and brain are fresh and relaxed, and check for spelling errors, sentence flow, and overall continuity — but I got the revised Midnight Rain outline in first draft from start to finish. And I came up with the wickedest twist for ‘how’.