Friday, March 23, 2007

New Cover Art for Crystal Clear

This arrived yesterday! I'm so excited. The cover was designed by Sable Grey. Isn't it fantastic?

Still waiting on edited text and a release date. . .as soon as I get more details, I'll post some excerpts!

Until then. . . enjoy the scenery!

Thursday, March 22, 2007

13 Ghost Story Books in Ericka's Collection

I write paranormal romantic suspense, so I have an avid interest in the paranormal (okay, a little tooooo avid sometimes, like making my husband drive us to the haunted Brookdale Lodge while we were in Santa Cruz for a friend's wedding) -- but that's a whole 'nother story.

  • Here's 13 titles from my personal library:

    1. True Ghost Stories by H Holzer (currently reading)
    2. The Haunted Queen Mary by R & A Wlordarski -- and yes, I dragged my entire family (babies and all) on the ghost tour.
    3. 13 Alabama Ghosts and Jeffrey by K Windham and M Figh
    4. The Haunting of America by T Taylor
    5. Ghosts of the Haunted Coast by R Senate
    6. In the Realm of Ghosts and Hauntings by E Floyd
    7. Haunted Catalina by R & A Wlordarski
    8. I Never Believed In Ghosts Until. . . by the editors of USA Weekend
    9. Things That Go Bump in the Night by B Steiger
    10. Haunted Houses of California by A May
    11. Coast to Coast Ghosts by L Rule (Daughter of Ann Rule)
    12. Ghost Stories of California by B Smith

    And although it's not really about ghosts, it's one of my favorites

    13. Strange But True -- Mysterious and Bizarre People by T Slemen

  • And I have even more ghost story books. . . scary huh?

    Monday, March 19, 2007

    Put a comma in, take a comma out. . .

    There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are. — W Somerset Maugham

    Well, I spent a fruitless weekend trying to get my hero and heroine in bed together! Argh! 1000 words of sheer dreck, nothing forwarded the plot, and it was pedestrian prose at best.

    So, today, I spent about 30 seconds cutting out those 1000 words and starting over. It's going much better now. . .

    Don't you just hate it when your characters refuse to cooperate with the outline you've written? But the good news is that by the end of the evening, if I have time to finish this chapter, my hero and heroine will have done the dirty! Hurraye!

    Thursday, March 15, 2007

    Well --

    It was either 13 Thursday or the Autosummarize trick everyone is talking about. Since we live in the age of instant gratification, I had to see if that autosummary really told the tale without having to read all 553 words from the first chapter. What do you think?

    Postcards from the Dead.

    Cassie felt defensive. Cassie hedged. Rosalie persisted. You told Kyle?” Cassie leaned across the table. “Drew pulled the annual Halloween ghost story assignment this year.” Drew narrowed his eyes at Marge. Kyle asked. Drew lifted a brow. “Pragmatic Kyle Clayton believes in ghosts?” Kyle visibly relaxed. “Everyone gets postcards.” Drew was interested now. “Cassie got a postcard from the guy. Drew sniggered. Drew rubbed his temples.

    Wednesday, March 14, 2007


    Well - I'm rather breathless! I just got a contract for the other novella I've written! The Werewolf Whisperer was picked up by a new e-publisher, StarDust Press. I'm really happy about this. I targeted them specificaly as they don't currently have a werewolf series on their webpage (not sure if they have any planned). . . but since TWW is book one of a planned four book series. . . well, you get the idea.

    Now, I gotta go write some more and wait for the edits to come in!


    Monday, March 12, 2007

    Crystal Clear

    I just received a contract for my 16K novella, Crystal Clear! I'm so excited and have done nothing but pinch myself all day to make sure I'm not dreaming~
    Oh, and to celebrate, I'm running a contest (of sorts). . . just leave me a comment and on 1 April I'll draw a name to win a crystal ball necklace.

    Saturday, March 10, 2007

    New Website

    Well, it's been in the works for a few months now. . . and tonight it went LIVE. My new website.

    Stop by and let me know what you think!