Monday, December 17, 2007
Friday, November 30, 2007
I can't recommend this book enough. Next time I hit the bookstore I'm going to pick up her first book, Stupid and Contagious. Great title, huh?
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Of course, I could have probably saved at least 10 bucks if I'd mailed the thing anytime other than the last minute.
Why I waited till the last minute, is a Freudian mystery. I finished the manuscript almost 2 months ago, so I could have had it in snail mail, no problem. But I concluded a long time ago that I'm somewhat of a thrill monkey. Not the kind who likes roller coasters. The kind who likes waiting till the very last second to turn something in. Plus, I think a part of me was hoping that I'd be ineligible for the GH. But alas, no takers yet. As of today I've received 4 rejections from publishers on The Church of Bunco.
But I'm not discouraged.
I love that story, my cps love the story, and my agent loves the story. One publisher is very interested and my agent has yet to hear from the six or other so editors that still have it on their desk, so there is massive hope in the air. Keeping my fingers crossed!
Thursday, November 08, 2007
And I've never shied away from the occasional kid's emergency of broken bones, etc... But there's something about fire that brings out the worst in me.
So last night we had our first real cold weather of the year. 50 degrees is cold in Florida. I was feeling pukey and was laying down on the couch, when I decided that a nice little fire would help soothe my stomach. Mike was still at work, so I yelled for the 16 year-old to emerge from his room and his Guitar Hero to make me a fire. (This consists of bringing in a Duraflame log from the garage) Now, 16 year old is enchanted with anything that produces a spark so he is more than happy to do my bidding.
The chemically treated log immediately set off a beautiful and warm looking little fire. I was content to simply lie on my couch and watch it, until I realized the room was getting smoky.
Crap! The chute (right word?) was closed.
I ran and tried to open the chute. But of course, the chute was friggin hot (as there was this nice little fire blazing) so I couldn't open it. I grabbed for the fireplace instruments, all which proved totally useless in helping me get this chute open. The 16 year old was trying his hardest to open the chute, and my oldest was tossing Morton's salt onto the flames in hopes of extinguishing it.
"Call your dad!" I yell pathetically. "He'll know what to do!"
Mike Geraci's advice consisted of this, "Maria, calm down and open the chute."
Yeah. Easier said than done. Now the fire alarms are going off. Lot of help you were, Mike Geraci.
But it's good to know those fire alarms work.
At my wit's end, I grabbed a large pot from the kitchen, filled it with water and tossed it into the fireplace. Yes! Half the fire extinguished. One more potful of water and my fire was out. Of course, now my living room was filled with smoke and my fireplace was a mess, but I didn't have to call 9-1-1 because my living room was on fire.
The funny (or not so funny) thing about this is that this exact same thing happened to my parents last year.
They really ought to put warning labels on fireplaces for us Floridians.
Monday, November 05, 2007
Last night I finished reading Kate's new manuscript, Simply Sinful (soon to be pubbed by Kensington). Wow. It's fantastic. Better than fantastic. And even though I'm not completely sure a couple of the sexual positions are doable (Kate says they are, and I'll take her word for it) it's one of the best, most emotion filled erotic reads ever. I can't wait for the first book Simply Sexual to come out. I only got to read 3 chapters of that one, but my appetite has definitely been whetted.
A couple of weeks ago, I finished Terri Garey's debut book, Dead Girls Are Easy. This one is another wowser. I especially loved the voodoo scenes. Very spooky, yet, funny too. I want to know who comes up with Terri's titles. She has some great ones. A Match Made in Hell, and If You've Got It, Haunt It are the follow ups to Dead Girls.
Friday, November 02, 2007
Isn't she awesome looking? (okay, and just a tad bit scary, too) LOL.
I'm off for a week now from the House of Horrors (aka: Labor and Delivery). We've been incredibly busy at work lately. Don't these women know that Oct/Nov are low birth months?? Apparently not, as they are coming in in droves. I was supposed to fly out to Texas to visit Rhoda, but I cancelled and I feel like a shit for doing that, but I'm literally exhausted. After spending the last few weeks working, doing kids' activities, and polishing up my manuscript to send out, I'm so sleep deprived I'm not sure what sleep is anymore. Last night I took some Tylenol PM and that helped. I slept for about 6 hours (the longest I've slept in one cycle for weeks). I plan to spend the next 6 days cleaning my pigsty of a house, gearing up for the holidays, sleeping, and reading Kate's fabulous new manuscript. Woo hoo!
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Monday, October 08, 2007
Every once in awhile, Mel comes up with a great idea (okay, more than just every once in awhile). We're going to power write though the next 3 months.
While my agent is shopping around The Church of Bunco, I'm going to be working on my next non-bunco book. It's tentatively titled, "He Loves Me Not". So far, I've finished up a couple of chapters and I think I see a direction. Hopefully, the muse will be kind and stay with me:)
My goal is to have the rough draft completed by Jan. 15.
Monday, October 01, 2007
I learned so much about my writing process with this story. I used to think of myself as a plotter, but the plotting is what actually got me in trouble and delayed my finishing it for so long. Once I let go and just let myself write, the story sort of wrote itself.
Sort of :)
I'm working on a blurb for the query letter. This is the version I have so far:
Kitty Burke lives for Thursday nights. That’s when she, her two best friends, and the rest of the Bunco Babes of Whispering Bay, roll dice, drink frozen margaritas, and catch up on all the gossip in their small north Florida town. Kitty is thirty-five and the only Bunco Babe who’s still single; not that she hasn’t tried to find Mr. Right. But Kitty’s version of the ideal man is Crash Davis, the character Kevin Costner played in her favorite flick, Bull Durham. And men like Crash Davis don’t exist in real life. But that’s okay. Kitty has everything she needs in her bunco group. If Susan Sarandon can worship at the Church of Baseball, why can’t Kitty worship at the Church of Bunco?
When Kitty meets Steve, she finally finds a guy who curls her toes. Too bad her closest friends don’t approve. Steve’s three failed marriages make him more a candidate for a Jerry Springer episode than potential husband material. Kitty decides to go against her best friends’ advice and dates Steve anyway. What they don’t know can’t hurt them, right? But it’s Kitty’s heart that’s on the line when she finally learns that woman cannot live by bunco alone.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Multiple emails asking me to judge the Golden Heart contest again. Instant blog material.
In a nutshell, "I just didn't love it" is what I learned from judging last year. The full explanation behind that is in my Title Wave Blog. Go check it out:)
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Oh, and if you haven't already read it, make sure you read Mel's first author blog over at the HEA Cafe. As usual, my girl does not let down.
Thursday, August 02, 2007
Of course, I can't write anything new until I finish the revisions on "Church". I got stalled out when I tried to make it into a series. Just like me to think of a series when I haven't even gotten the damn thing published yet, but it seemed like a good idea at the time. Now I'm having to go back and add back all the stuff I'd put in originally because a book has to be as best as you can possibly make it. Plus of course, you know I have to add in some more stuff as well. But at least I'm listening to some good music when I do it. Go check out Colbie Caillat's Coco album. It's awesome.
Next week I'll be off to Cancun with the family. I'm taking my iPOD and my laptop with me and hoping I'll come back with a polished manuscript I can give to my cps.
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
I'm being a blog pimp today and telling you to go to the Title Wave Blog. Ruth Kaufman has done a great interview with Anna Campbell, the author of Claiming the Courtesan. I had the opportunity to first meet Anna during the National RWA conference in Atlanta last summer. She had recently sold on auction to Avon (!!!) and was on cloud nine. I met up with Anna again in Dallas this month and she's so incredibly sweet and warm. A real bundle of energy and just so inspiring!
Monday, July 23, 2007
The Friday before I went to Nationals, my husband decided we had to buy a car. We knew we had to get a new car by the end of summer, and Mike Geraci decided that the Friday before one of the busiest weekends ever, was the perfect time to do it. So we set out with a blank check (from the instution we had gotten our pre-approved loan from) and hit the car dealerships in Tallahassee. I had narrowed my choice down to 3 minivans. The Toyata Sienna, the Honda Odyssey and the Nissan Quest. As Mike repeatedly said, "This is your car, honey. Get what you want." Translation: Get you want as long as you get the Toyota. (Mike Geraci's first car was a Toyota and he has a thing for them).
After doing a preliminary search at the Nissan and the Honda dealership (really to humor me) Mike led me to the Toyota place.
"Now here's a minivan," Mike says, admiringly. "It's the #1 minivan for reliability according to Consumer Reports."
I nod silently. The fact that I'M the one who told him this doesn't stop him from repeating it over and over. The salesman also has a case of parotitis, as he also feels compelled to repeat this statistic over and over as well.
I tell the saleman that I want a 2007 Sienna with a DVD player with the cordless headphones and I that I don't want to pay over $30,000 (Mike and I had agreed on this price earlier). At first, he looks at me like I'm crazy, but after sighing heavily, he nods and says something to the effect of "I think we can work something out."
We then test drive the Sienna, and Mike and I both think it drives just dandy. We're now ready to deal. After spending another half hour convincing the salesman that we do not want to finance through Toyota, we get to the haggling phase. All of a sudden, the "we think we can work something out" becomes more like, "well, it's unrealistic to think you can get the best selling, most reliable minivan on the market for the unreasonable price of $30,ooo. Oh, and the DVD player? No way. That will cost an extra 2,000 bucks. "
Up until now, Mike Geraci and the salesman have been doing all the talking. So I interject with, "But I want the DVD player. And I don't want to pay over $30,000."
The salesman barely glances at me and says, "You can get one at Sam's for way cheap and plug it into the cigarette lighter."
"But I don't want one you plug in the cigarette lighter. I want one with the screen that comes off the roof and the wireless headphones."
By now, the "Finance Manager" has come to help out the salesguy in explaining to us that we're being totally unreasonable in our demands. He goes over the list of the options in the car, including a $1000 option that includes road side assistance.
"Why do I need to pay $1000 for road side assistance? I can get AAA for 50 bucks a year. Besides, isn't this the 'most reliable minivan on the market'"? I ask, making quote marks with my fingers.
Finance Manager and Salesguy now begin to look at me with hostility and throw Mike Geraci sympathetic looks.
Mike Geraci sees the strom brewing and smartly shuts his mouth.
"Ma'am," says Finance Manager, "I don't think you understand the price breakdown."
"Oh, I understand all right. You guys are full of bullshit." I glare at Salesguy. "What's the first thing I said to you when I came on the lot over 2 hours ago? I said I wanted a 2007 Sienna with a DVD player and I didn't want to pay over $30,ooo and you said we could work something out."
This flusters Salesguy to the point of muteness.
Mike is now trying to hold back his laughter.
Finance Manager looks aghast as if he's never heard a woman say bullshit before. "Ma'am, I don't want to get short with you."
Short with me??? Is this guy serious?
I'll leave the rest up to your imagination, except to say that I calmly explained to them that they had wasted over 2 hours of my time and that I was the customer and I wasn't going to settle for anything less than what I wanted at the price I wanted to pay and that I was very happy they were selling the Most Reliable, Best Selling Minivan ever and that I'm sure they could find another chump to sell it to.
With that, I nodded to Mike Geraci, who jumped from his chair to silently follow me out to our car.
"Wow," Mike says, looking a little turned on. "I never knew you had it in you."
Really? Considering we've been married almost 22 years and his nickname for me is "Mal Genio" (sp?) ('bad tempered one' in Spanish) he should have known.
To make a long story short, I took my business 30 minutes north to Thomasville, Georgia, where the lovely George from Thomasville Toyota sold me a 2007 Sienna WITH a DVD player for $ 6,000 LESS than the price they wanted in Tallahassee. I soooo want to drive my new minivan past the Tallahassee dealership and stick my tongue out at them. But I'm much too polite for that.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
If you want to see what I did in Dallas, check out the Title Wave blog. Also, check out Blogging National for links to more conference buzz.
Thursday, July 05, 2007
Saturday, May 12, 2007
My high school reunion is coming up next month. My goal was to lose about a thousand pounds before the big day (cough, cough) but somehow, time has crept up on me and that hasn't happened yet.
A couple of the guys I went to high school with live here in Tallahassee, so we had a little "pre-reunion" and met for lunch last Saturday. Jeff, on my right, is a political cartoonist. You can check out his blog here. And Bill, on my left, works for the state doing something very important with Grants. In case you're wondering, I'm 5'6", and yes, Bill did play on the basketball team. He also had a great 70's 'fro going back then, so you can add a few more inches to his HS height. He was a pretty imposing figure on the courts, I'll tell you that.
Jeff posted the above picture to our Yahoo Reunion site. Although, he did promise Bill and I he'd photoshop it first (adding in more hair, shaving off a few lbs, etc) He couldn't shave off any lbs, but he did manage to take off a few years
Ah! The beauty of photoshop!
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Cuz that's where the sexy cowboy on the left is from:)
My wonderful chapter (yes, it's mine) RWA Online has started a program of Book Reviews and I was lucky enough to score a free copy of Kate Pearce's newest book.
I can't say enough great things about it. It's well written, fast paced and suffice it to say that Ms Pearce once again lives up to her nickname of "Naughty Kate".
Word of warning: Expect to stay up late once you start reading!
WHERE HAVE ALL THE COWBOYS GONE?
by Kate Pearce
Review by Maria Geraci
While on a business trip to Vegas, Lauren Redstone falls into the lap of sexy cowboy Grayson Turner. When he offers to buy her a drink, Lauren ends up getting more than just her thirst quenched. After a wild night of passion, Lauren wakes up married to the hunky, mysterious cowboy from Oregon. Grayson might be Lauren’s ideal roll in the hay, but she has no intention of permanently roping herself to a man who might turn out to be as domineering as her father. Determined to keep Lauren as his bride, Grayson convinces her to give him two weekends to prove to her they’re compatible in every way possible.
From the stables of an Oregon ranch to the streets of San Francisco, Ms. Pearce weaves an erotic tale of two soul mates who must overcome the machinations of their interfering families and the modern day conundrum of juggling two busy careers. There’s never a second in the book that you don’t root for exactly that to happen.
Lots of steamy sex scenes and an absolutely to die-for-hero will have you whistling Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy long after you’ve finished reading this elegantly written, fast paced story. Don’t miss it!
Where Have All The Cowboys Gone? is available for pre-order at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.
Sunday, March 25, 2007
My money is on Laura and Max. Both of them were huge uonderdogs in the beginning. At first, I loved Chad (but then who didn't?), but Max has totally won me over as Danny. And I just can't see anyone now but Laura playing Sandy.
Laura (This girl can sing!)
Ashley (adorable, but has an irritating voice)
Max (not so hunky, but absolutely riveting to watch on stage)
Austin (hunky and cute, but missing something)
Monday, March 19, 2007
Friday, February 09, 2007
So I finally posted a blog on the Title Wave site about Perky the Duck, my newest inspiration.
Saturday, February 03, 2007
1. YOUR REAL NAME:
2. YOUR GANGSTA NAME: (first three letters of your name, plus izzle)
Marizzle (Personally, my REAL name sounds more gangsta)
3. YOUR “FLY Guy/Girl” NAME: (first initial of first name, first three of your last)
Mger (sounds like a Scottish growl)
4. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (fav color and fav animal)
Red Dog (Isn't that a soft drink?)
5. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, Street you live on):
Eugenia Milestone (yes, I'm the new bitch matriarch of Pine Valley. Phoebe Wallingford look out!)
6. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first name, first 3 letters of mom’s maiden name)
7. SUPERHERO NAME: (favorite color, favorite drink)
Red Cuba Libre (Sounds like it should be a movie starring Jack Black)
8. YOUR IRAQI NAME: (2nd letter of your first name, 3rd letter of your last name, any letter of your middle name, 2nd letter of your moms maiden name, 3rd letter of your dad’s middle name, 1st letter of a sibling’s first name, last letter of your moms middle name)
Dear God, the directions on this one are enough to make my head spins. Oh well, here goes:
9. YOUR STRIPPER NAME: (the name of your favorite perfume/cologne/body spray)
Chance (this might be my favorite one!)
10. YOUR WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother & father’s middle name)
Okay, I take that back, this is definitely my favorite: Lydia Moises
Sadly, it's now time to go back to the housework...
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
I finally finished The Historian. It was a great book, and really rich in detail, but not a fast read for me. I started reading it back in November and only finished it a couple of weeks ago. (I do have the Holidays to blame for some of that slow reading, btw) As Mel can attest, I didn't know much about vampire lore (you mean they're undead?) until I read this book. Watching Dark Shadows as a kid apparently didn't educate me enough. I hear Elizabeth Kostova got a cool $2 million advance on the book and that it's being made into a movie. I'll definitely want to see that.
But I'm rambling here. Back to the point of my blog, because unfortunately, I don't know Elizabeth Kostova. The Warrior Trainer is finally out! You might remember that Gerri's fabulous book was the winner of the American Title 2 contest. I just got my copy and can't wait to sink my teeth into it.
Another wonderful read out is Kate Pearce's Antonia's Bargain. I read an early version of this and can't wait to read the finished results. The cover is absolutely gorgeous!
Friday, January 19, 2007
There once was a woman who woke up one morning, looked in the mirror, and noticed she had only three hairs on her head. Well," she said, "I think I'll braid my hair today?" So she did and she had awonderful day.
The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and saw that she had only two hairs on her head."H-M-M," she said, "I think I'll part my hair down the middle today?" So she did and she had a grand day.
The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed that she had only one hair on herhead. "Well," she said, "today I'm going to wear my hair in a pony tail." So she did and she had a fun, fun day.
The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed that there wasn't a single hair on her head."YEA!" she exclaimed, "I don't have to fix my hair today!"
Attitude is everything. Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.
Live simply,Love generously,Care deeply,Speak kindly.......Leave the rest to God.
For more on positive attitude, go check out the Title Wave Blog. Yeah, Ruth!