MARCH 31 SIGNING (LANDMARK WALDENBOOKS, ALEXANDRIA, VA)
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.
APRIL 27 SIGNING (TURN THE PAGE, BOONSBORO, MD)
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.