Teri Smith Memorial Draw

It's been almost a year now since my wife, Teri, passed on--just two weeks before her first book was published.

In order to celebrate her life and her achievement in getting published, which was one of her life long desires, her co-author and I are running the Teri Smith Memorial draw.

It is very easy to enter so please come along and make this contest and remembrance of an amazing woman, wife and mother something very special.

All the details and how the enter the draw are on my website here.

I look forward to seeing you there.

S.J. Willing.
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Who - Jean Marie Ward
What - Signing WITH NINE YOU GET VANYR and ILLUMINA: THE ART OF J.P. TARGETE with chocolate, goodies and the chance to win a facsimile Wishstone like the one which plays such a large role in WITH NINE YOU GET VANYR.
When - Saturday, March 31, 1-5 p.m.
Where - Waldenbooks, Landmark Mall
5801 Duke Street, Space G304
(Second Floor across from Barneys)
Alexandria, VA 22304
Tel. - (703)370-6869
Contact - Tracy L. McPeck, Store Manager.


Who - Jean Marie Ward
What - Signing WITH NINE YOU GET VANYR with Nora Roberts, Julia Quinn, Lisa Gardner, Madeline Hunter and eight fellow Washington Romance Writers authors.
When - Friday, April 27, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where - Turn the Page Bookstore Cafe
18 N. Main Street
Boonsboro, Maryland

Tel. - (301) 432-4588
Contact - Stacie Wilder, Events Manager.

Please go vote for Teri . . .

Preditors and Editors is once again having their annual contest and Teri & Jean Marie's book, With Nine You Get Vanyr, has been nominated in several catagories. Please take a moment and vote for Teri since she's not able. And if there are any others that are nominated, please respond and we'll add you to the list.


With Nine You Get Vanyr

Teri Smith & Jean Marie Ward

Book Cover
With Nine You Get Vanyr or any of the other wonderful covers done by Anne Cain

Anne Cain, the wonderful artist that did Teri & Jean Marie’s cover

Jess Bimberg, their editor

Samhain Publishing

Others you can vote for:

Ann Vremont

Calling all Qnotku groupies


Being the biggest Qnotku groupies of them all we're collecting all stories and any novel chat that Teri might have sent out to folks with regard to maybe getting them finished and put up into a book(s) for print post-humorously. Because we all believe Teri should be getting more kudos for her work that just one novel.

So if you have anything like that I'd be really really grateful if you could forward the emails, stories to me at

Any little snippets at all that you have will be gratefully received since we want this to be pure Teri for as much as we can.

Many Thanks

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Teresa Renee Smith
December 20, 1955 - October 24, 2006

It is with the greatest of saddest that I make this post for our good friend but we want to make sure that all her friends are notified.

Teri passed away Tuesday afternoon.

The funeral will be held on Saturday, October 28 at 10:00 a.m.  There will be a viewing on Friday evening from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home
9902 Braddock Road
Fairfax, Virginia 22032

Cards and condolences can be sent to Teri's husband

Stephen Smih
4901 Seminary Road #530
Alexandria, VA 22311

We are planning on keeping her journal activated and will check for messages.

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Our Cover and Release Date Info!

Our cover has been officially released! Isn't it great?

On November 07th, With Nine You Get Vanyr will be released electronically. And then, on February 20, 2007, it will be released in print and available in Borders. Can you tell how excited I am? Also, as an FYI, Jean Marie and I are setting up a WardSmith blog -- we'll let everyone know when and where once we get it looking purty and what not.

huge hugs,

Dis and Dat...and some other stuff

Decided to take a shower after working on our Eurydice & Orpheus story. During the shower I had some editor thoughts that I decided to share with you. Aren't you just the lucky ones?

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Well, that's about it, me hearties. Take care of yourselves and don't accept any wooden politicians.


Reporting in from the sidelines...

It seems all I do lately when I post to LJ is let folks know I'm still around, but still coping with a lot of physical problems. Am I sick of that? You bet. So this is the only space I'm wasting in it: I'm alive, still haven't had the surgeries yet and in misery from the epidurals they keept giving me in a effort to reduce the pain. Grrrr.

Editor Thoughts

Thesaurus 101: If your heroine can't decide between two lovers, please DO NOT have her oscillate between them. She might vacillate or she might seesaw or even blow hot and cold between them. But oscillate? What is she? An electric fan?

Kiddos,what you've got to think about when you go looking for "different" words to amp up your manuscript is that there is more to a word than just its definition. You need to ask yourself: How do folks use that word in everyday conversations? Does it fit where I want to use it? "Oscillate" is most nearly connected to electric fans nowadays. The mental image a reader might get from: "Valerie didn't know what to do. So she oscillated between Joe and Jack, unable to decide which man was the right one for her", isn't one the author has in mind, I'm sure. As an editor I'm more impressed with authors who use plain ol' every day words in unique and individual ways than writers who must spend hours combing dictionaries and thesauri for some neato oddball word, certain sure that the more they have the more impressed us editors types will be. Um...nope. Use your craniums, children, and your common sense.

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Be good, everyone. And if you can't: bury the bodies and settle out of court.



I have pneumonia. Pronounced "pee-new-moan-ya" earlier by my granddaughter in an attempt to cheer me up. *checks* Nope, sorry Bree, didn't work. Dammit.

Anywho, thought I'd drop a line and let folks know I actually am alive, I just feel like a hairball the cat spat out. Finding out that I've been neatly excised from someone's emails, IMs and LJs -- someone who I'd thought was a close friend (and have no clue why she dropped me like a hot potato) -- isn't helping with my depression much either.

Man. I wish I could have a drink. But I can't, so maybe you guys could try and cheer me up? Tell me a funny story or bad joke or something. ANYTHING. I need a smile or two.

Drooping like a wilted petunia,
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More tomorrow, need to tend to hurty self now. Be well, young jedi.