I’m back from Oregon!
I had a wonderful time with my mom and daughter visiting Southern Oregon University. Kelly likes the school. I don’t know if it’s her first choice, but we’re both fairly confident that if she gets in and decides to attend, she’d be happy there.
I had never been to Ashland before, and it’s a charming town with lots to do, including great food and fun shops. We went to a couple art galleries and saw a musical Saturday night, DOUBLE TROUBLE, which was a fun two-man comedy (they played ALL 11 parts!) They were very talented and obviously had fun with the show. The Oregon Cabaret Theatre is in a renovated church, three levels, with dinner before and dessert during intermission. I would definitely return.
The sad part of the trip was seeing Shasta Lake. The visual is shocking, reminding us that the drought has the potential to be even more severe. While it’s normal for the lake to go up and down over the year and over multi-year periods, this is tragically low. Considering how much snow and rain the rest of the country is getting, we need more rain for northern California please! To compare, the picture on the top is the lake near full taken several years ago. The picture on the bottom I took on Sunday.
The winner of the NOTORIOUS advanced copy is … B.E. Sanderson! Please send me an email with your snail mail address and I’ll get that off to you this weekend 🙂
There are a few glitches with the new Murder She Writes page, we’re working them out. Thank you for sticking around while we remodel! 🙂 But the great news is that Roxanne St. Claire and J.T. Ellison are both guest blogging in the coming week! I know you’ll be excited to visit with them 🙂
Speaking of other winners … I’m in the middle of judging two contests, the RITAs and the Thrillers. I got a lot of reading done this weekend and will be binge reading every night until I’m done. Whew! As with every contest I’ve judged, most of the books are okay, some really blah, but a few stand out as exceptional. When you find those few fabulous books, it makes all the blah reading worth the time.
And finally … great news! My story, “Their Night Off” featuring FBI Agent Suzanne Madeaux and NYPD Detective Joe DeLucca (who you might remember from STALKED,) will be in the first-ever RWA anthology edited by MSW alum and #1 NYT bestselling author, Sylvia Day.
The stories in the anthology range from contemporary to historical to paranormal, young adult, romantic suspense, and inspirational romance. They all feature creative use of the theme “wrong number” and showcase the diversity of the romance genre.
I’m joining 17 other authors and am thrilled to be included. Click Here for More Details!
I finished DEAD HEAT copy edits last week, and now I’m back to writing the untitled Max Revere #2. I haven’t actually written anything creative for 4 days … I think that’s the longest I’ve gone without writing. Back to work!