Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Think your book would make a great movie?

If so, join Romance Divas in the chat room on Friday, April 28 at 9pm EST/6pm PST for a chat with author and entertainment attorney Beth Orsoff about what to expect if Hollywood comes knockin'.

Beth Orsoff, author of the newly-released ROMANTICALLY CHALLENGED (NAL), is a former assistant general counsel for Warner Bros. and vice president of business affairs for MGM Pictures who once dated twenty-seven men in one year. Now happily married, Beth lives in Los Angeles and splits her time between lawyering, writing, publicizing, and taking care of her husband and their Tickle Me Elmo.

Before her chat, take a moment to download the attached sample contract so you'll have questions for Beth and will be able to follow along as she explains the ins and outs of a studio contract. Beth will explain what rights you're selling, what rights you should keep, and some of those sneaky little provisions even your agent may not understand. Questions welcome, so please don't be shy!

Here's the instructions for the chat:

1. Go to: -- wait 5-10 seconds as the coffee cup javascript icon loads and then you'll see a login screen.
2. You don't need a password to get in. Once you have made it to the webpage, in the Username section type in a username of your choice. Instead of a password, just press ENTER
3. Now, if you do not get into the chat and all you see is a red X, you'll need to download Java's ACTIVE X at this web addy: -- you may be required to reboot your computer
4. If after you downloaded and re-booted and the red X still shows up, you will need to change the parameters on your firewall as it may be too high.

Please visit for more details about Beth and her book.

Oh, and by the way, Beth's book is hilarious. It was one of the three recent books I reviewed for Romance Divas. Wanna hear about these books? OK, here goes:

Romantically Challenged by Beth Orsoff (NAL, April 2006):
Very funny story about a girl's attempts at online dating and being set up by friends. I gave it 4 kisses. You can read the review here:

Long Strange Trip by Vicki Gaia (Samhaim Publishing, March 2006):
Touching story set in the trippy hippie days of 1967 Berkeley, CA. I also gave it 4 kisses. Here's the review:

Blind Justice by Kelsy George (Cerridwen Press, March 2006):
Hands down the best book I've read all year. Ms. George is a cross between James Patterson and Nora Roberts. I gave it 5 kisses. Here's the review:

Next up on my list to be reviewed for Romance Divas is Lost in Suburbia by Elise Adams (Cerridwen Press, April 2006).

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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Will we get a decision in the death penalty case for Moussaoui today? I must say that I'm a little scared about this. On the one hand, it will be nice to be able to go to work without tripping over news crews and camera trucks, but at the same time, I'm a little scared that the courthouse might be a target for retaliation. And I work next door to the courthouse in a federal building that's entirely made of glass. So yeah, kind of scary.

I must say though that I hope the jury doesn't decide in favor of the death penalty. I've never been in favor of the death penalty (for a variety of reasons--not going to get into those here, that can be done in another post if anyone's interested) but in this case, I definitely don't think he should get it.

Not that I don't think 9/11 was heinous. If there was ever a crime that called for the death penalty, that's it.

But was Moussaoui really responisble for 9/11?

OK, not going to get into a debate about that either. This post isn't the time or place for that, and quite frankly, my neck and back hurt me and I'm pissy and in a bad mood. So no debating today.

No, my problem with the possibility of Moussaoui getting a death sentence is that it sets him up as a martyr for Islamic extremists. This is exactly what he wants. He didn't get the chance to become a martyr (at least in his own mind) on 9/11 because he was in FBI custody. So he's been going out of his way to make outlandish comments and outbursts in an effort to hopefully fire up the jury and persuade them to sentence him to death. And in doing so, he'll be a martyr.

We shouldn't give him what he wants. We shouldn't allow him to turn this into a political agenda. We shouldn't gratify him that way.

Lock him up in the general population and lose the key. Oh, and he'd probably be killed in prison anyway. But don't sentence him to death by the state. It would only give his cause reason to cheer and rally against.

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Monday, April 24, 2006

I've got a cover! Yay!

I got the most fantabulous e-mail from my Freya's Bower editor, Faith. She sent me the cover art for my mini e-book, SHE'S GOT LEGS.

One of these days I'll figure out how to attach jpgs or whatever in here. But for now, if you're a Diva, you can look at it here:

If you're not a Diva, then you should join. Not just to see my cover art (although the cover is pretty darn cool), but because it's the best damn romance writing resource on the web. :)

We've got all kinds of cool stuff at Romance Divas. Go check it out...

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Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Join Romance Divas on the forums this week for some great events. Looking to inject a little humor into your writing? Multi-pubbed author Theresa Alan is giving a workshop on just that in The Classroom.

Think your book would make a great movie? Beth Orsoff will be discussing books-to-movie deals on Saturday, April 22 at 3pm EST in the Chat Room.

As always, participation in Romance Divas workshops and chats is free (free?! you can't get that deal most places these days!). You just have to register.

See you there!

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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

I officially have nothing entertaining or amusing to say. I am in a pissy modd today, on account of my damn allergies.

I took a Claritin this morning, like usual. I felt fine. Everything was normal.

Then I leave for work. On my way to the Metro, I passed a landscaper using a leaf blower. Only he wasn't blowing leaves. He was blowing those little pollen thingies that keep falling on the ground. I saw what he was doing and decided to stay on the opposite side of the street. But he kicked up such a cloud of pollen that I still could feel its thickness and I must have gotten some in my eye.


While I was on the train my eye started swelling and tearing out of control. By the time I got to my office I couldn't open my eye. And I couldn't even turn on the light in my office--I had to work by the light of the computer screen.

I eventually went to the health clinic to flush my eye out so now it doesn't bother me as badly, but I can't wear a contact in that eye and I didn't bring my glasses, so this has been an annoying day...

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Thursday, April 13, 2006

You know, you need a license to drive a car, but any damn idiot can have a baby. I mean, seriously, when you think about it--you can cause a lifetime of damage to a child. Where are the parental licensing requirements?

Someone really needs to start feeding starlets their birth control pills. Who gave Britney Spears the idea she was a fit mother?


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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Ugh...every morning for the past several weeks I've woken up to my beloved university being skewered in the media.

If the alleged rape occured the way the accuser has stated, then the members of the lacrosse team who participated should be found guilty and expelled from school. No question about that. But until that point, the media should really refrain from convicting them. I'm all for freedom of the press, but whatever happened to innocent until proven gulty beyond a reasonable doubt.

The standard in criminal cases is "beyond a reasonable doubt," not "preponderance of the evidence." Not "well, they're rich, overprivileged kids who like to party and who come from a culture of entitlement, so they probably did it."

I did notice that, for the first time since the case broke, one story I read referred to her as "the alleged victim." That's a first. For weeks the press had been referring to her as "the victim" and had pretty much already convicted the three accused players.

If the DA goes forward with this, despite a DNA match, they are absolutely going to have to switch venues. There is no way that they'll ever find an unbiased jury in Durham. And the DA really should walk carefully to avoid any kind of prosecutorial misconduct. Granted, DNA is not always found on a victim of rape, but unless he has very strong evidence, this comes off as political grandstanding in an election year, particularly since he spoke at a press conference on the NCCU campus yesterday. I know the alleged victim is an NCCU student, but he couldn't have picked a more neutral location to speak to the press than a historically black campus?

Now, I admit, having gone to Duke and having known the reputation of the lacrosse team (well, at leas the rep of the 1995-99 lacrosse team and the rep of their fraternity back then...things can change in 7 years--yikes! has it been that long?!), I was more willing to believe her story. At least when I was there, the lacrosse team and the fraternity they belonged to, were known for being, well, assholes.

But even though I was willing to give her the benefit of the doubt, I was absolutely outraged at the cut-and-dry case that was presented in the media. The media charged, convicted, and sentenced the lacrosse team without a trial. That is wrong. Absolutely wrong.

Whatever the outcome, things don't look good for Duke. No matter what happens, racial tensions are likely to boil over. From what I understand, they are already warning people of potential riots.

What's really sad is this shouldn't even be a racial issue. It should simply be an issue of a possible crime (a crime that, if it did happen, is heinous and must be punished). But nobody sees it like that. The media simply reports the figures: although 44% of Durham is Black, only 9% of students at "the prestigious university" (will they stop with the incessant "prestigious university" crap?!) are Black. The median income of Durham is $41,160, about $3000 than the all-in cost of room, board, tuition, fees per student per year.

But what they don't point out is that Duke is a national university, of which the students come from all over the country, even the world. So comparing the ethnic breakdown of Duke vs. Durham isn't exactly a fair comparison. Yes, 9% Black students on campus as opposed to 44% Blacks in Durham sounds like a bad job at racial integration, but Blacks comprise just over 13% nationwide. OK, the campus breakdown is still less than the national average, but nowhere near as disparate as it seems when you compare it to campus. And they also fail to mention that close to 50% of Duke students receive need-based finanical aid, with another portion receiving merit-based financial aid. About half of all students at Duke don't pay anywhere NEAR the $44,000 they're quoting. I sure as hell didn't.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

OMG! My first sale!

OK, I'll calm down now. But I'm still totally psyched! It's for Bites, from Freya's Bower. Freya's Bower is an e-pub associated with Wild Child Publishing (WCP was named #7 on Writer's Digest's 101 Best Websites for Writers last year). FB specializes in romance, both steamy and non.

Bites are two steamy (or steamier than steamy) short stories interconnected with a common theme. The two stories can be no more than 8000 words total between the two of them, or no shorter than 6000 words total, but they must share some common theme. The FB editors will give each accepted author a prompt, and then the author takes it from there!

My prompt looks fun:

Genre: Chick lit

Bites prompt: A pair of kick-ass, yet butt-ugly stiletto heels. They're purple, five inches high with a bit of platform, and the open toes are surrounded by hideously ugly green sequins. However, there's just something about them that draws their owners to wear them and makes men think that the woman who wears them has the best pair of legs and cutest butt around.

Make us crack up laughing and at the same time, make the temperature go up in the room.

*rubbing hands together and grinning evilly* I think I can have some fun with that...

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Sunday, April 09, 2006

Join Romance Divas for a fabulous workshop on subplot with Alesia Holliday!

Success as a Plot Monkey: Multiple subplot your way to a great book!
April 10 -14, 2006
Triple RITA finalist Alesia Holliday calls herself a "plot monkey" - she never met a subplot she didn't want to put in a book, somewhere, sometime. Chat with her and learn how the twists and turns of multiple subplots can make your novels sizzle!

Let me tell you...I reviewed Alesia's newest book, Blondes Have More Felons, for Romance Divas, and it was great! I've read several of her novels, and she's fantastic. So you don't want to miss this workshop!

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Thursday, April 06, 2006

I don't think I like Eric being out of town. Sure, I'm left with a lot of free time, but I just don't know how to fill it.

So I end up staying at work. Sad, isn't it? I know I should use the time to work on my writing, but for some reason, I just can't put pen to paper. Or rather, fingers to keyboard. My story is at a standstill. I don't get it. *sigh*

But I'm getting a buttload of editing done, which I guess is almost just as good. But I really need to start moving forward if I'm gonna finish in time for RWA National. And that's my goal. To finish. And pitch, pitch, pitch!

I got some really good feedback in the Best Five Pages on Romance Divas, so that's good. Actually, it's better than good. I'm inspired. They love me! They really love me! I actually got told by some people who know the genre that my scene was as good or better than what they've seen published. Wow!!!!! (OK, I love exclamation points, a habit that Gina and Babe can't seem to break me of.) So yeah, I better get cracking and finish the ms.

I wish Eric would be home, though. I miss him. Is that dorky of me to say? OK, we're pathetic, but this is the first time since May that we've been apart, and that was just for 4 days whereas this will be 7. And before that, we hadn't been apart more than a night in more than a year and a half. We're those adorably cute newlyweds who are always together, I know. Sad part is we're probably not even newlyweds anymore. We've been married for more than 2 years. Whoa--has it really been that long?

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Wednesday, April 05, 2006

"Pink is the new black. Cherry blossoms are the new pandas."

I read those words on a blog earlier this week. That makes me sad. As much as I love the Cherry Blossom Festival (who doesn't?), how could it possibly surpass my adorable little pal Tai Shan as "the thing" in DC?

Tai Shan is the best. Anyone who hasn't seen him, go do so. Actually, don't. It would make the crowds more managable for the rest of us if you stayed home. Go the Cherry Blosson Fest instead and leave me more space at the panda house.

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Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Join Romance Divas in The Classroom from April 17-21 for a workshop on injecting humor into your manuscript from NY Times and USA Today best-selling author Theresa Alan.

Theresa Alan lives in Denver, Colorado. Her novels WHO YOU KNOW (which spent several weeks on the Barnes and Noble bestseller list), SPUR OF THE MOMENT, THE GIRLS' GLOBAL GUIDE TO GUYS, and GIRLS WHO GOSSIP are now available from Kensington's Strapless line, and her novella Santa Unwrapped can be found in the bestselling anthology JINGLE ALL THE WAY with Fern Michaels and Linda Lael Miller. She also has novellas in SEX AND THE SINGLE WITCH and I SHAVED MY LEGS FOR THIS?! Her novel THE DANGERS OF MISTLETOE will be out in October 2006. Theresa was named Colorado Romance Writer of the Year for 2004. She is hard at work on her next book.

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