Excerpts in the back of books….a rant
Guests / April 16, 2006

Hmm, you just finish a good, or adequate, or wonderful or some other descriptive adjective for a book and you turn the last page of an epilogue but wait…there are another 20 or so pages, and it’s not the usual advertisements for other books by the same author or from the same publisher, instead it’s the tease of this author’s NEXT work, usually either an intriguing prologue, or worse the first chapter of a book. NOT YET RELEASED. The writing tugs at you and implores you to keep reading, but no, they cut it off right at a hook, leaving you dangling, wanting more so desperately you’re willing to go to eBay to search out an illicit ARC just to get some relief. I’m not sure if it’s worse when you’ve just finished a good book or when you’ve finished a mediocre one, but either way it’s a mean ass tease. But wait, the ubiquitous THEY have done something WORSE — NO RELEASE DATE specified. What’s up with that? Coming soon, or spring 2007, or just in 2007. I mean, honestly, what’s the point? It’s April 2006, do they really think I’m going to remember to get this book a…

Dreamin’ of my new books after the DARA Event
Guests / April 2, 2006

Wow! What a great night last night was. A roomfull of authors signing a ton of great books, photos, dinner before with my tea/book group(and authors) and did I mention the BOOKS! Here’s Judy and Tracey with Linda Lael Miller (check out that pink bag!) Just in case you don’t know already… DARA’s annual “Dreamin’ In Dallas” booksigning event was held in Richardson, TX last night. Proceeds from the book sale went to a women’s shelter. And, all the local and regional author members of DARA were there to sign their books, pose for a few pictures and offer kind words to aspiring authors and avid readers alike. Here’s Lori Wilde signing a copy of her latest release. It has a comic book/graphic novel hook–I can’t wait to start that one!) I managed(just barely) to keep myself from going too far over my book budget, while in the back of my mind was that “charitable proceeds” refrain to help ease the guilt. Am I ever glad Sara chose that night to unveil the new Fresh Fiction tote bags. Not only is is a lovely shade of pink, nice logo, good size, etc. but it really came in handy for all…