Saturday, December 27, 2008

Bookie

Talked to my dad on the phone yesterday. I miss him but I don’t get to see him much since he lives in Florida and has been spending huge amounts of time in Australia. I’m planning to leave RT one afternoon/evening that I’m there and spend it with my dad. He might come to the big Saturday book signing to see me too. That would be cool.

So…have you every heard of a foodie? I decided today that I’m a bookie. Not the kind that takes bets, no the kind that’s surrounded by books. Let me take you on a tour of bookie-ness.
One way that you know you are dealing with one who is a bookie is that there are books everywhere. Not tossed about, but in every room. In my living room I have a 5-shelf bookshelf. Filled. My husband’s desk also has books in various locations—not all his books, either. There’s also a two shelf table with…books. Yes there are a few on the coffee table.

A bookie lives here.

The kitchen…there are always a few. I’ve been known to read and cook. There are about ten in the bathroom on a small shelf. The family room has a huge bookshelf that holds books from my youth. My entire sets of Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden books as well as a few Bobbsey Twins and Hardy Boys and a ton of miscellaneous others. My nearby office has two 5-shelf cases jammed with research books. Yes there are other books on the shelf above my desk…and on my desk.

A bookie’s children always have books and mine have books littered throughout their rooms. And then there’s my room…the true testimony. I have two bookshelves in my room mostly filled with books. Old books. Some new books. Books I read repeatedly. And beside my bed…

Well, the books I have there show the spectrum of my reading. There are two stacks of romance novels…at least thirty. There are two different bible study books for different groups. I’m also reading 3:16 by Max Lucado and Joseph by Chuck Swindoll. I’m partway through a book about alternate uses for everyday items (I never knew you could use lemon juice for so many things). There are two books on London and one each on the art and architecture of London and Paris. There’s a book on characterization and three inspirational nonfiction books. Finally, there’s a copy of Brother Odd by Dean Koontz.

I’m a bookie. I’m a reader. Look around your living spaces and tell me…are you one too?

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas


May you have a season filled with peace and joy. Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2009!
~~Brynn

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Never Surrender

This is "40 Inspirational Speeches in Two Minutes". Very cool. I love playing name that movie.

So what does it take to get a snow day in this state? We got several inches of snow last night and the roads are slick as anything. Unless my weather indicator is lying,it's the last "snow event" for a while.

That's the new buzz word for meteorologists. Event. We're experiencing a weather event. No we're not. It's a storm. Is event a new PC term designed to keep the public from panicking? If so they need to scale back the dire warnings that always go along with the "event" warnings. Event makes me thing of popcorn, peanuts and $3 soft drinks. "How 'bout those snowflakes? They're having a very good year."

~~Brynn

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Page Updates

There are two new links on the left side of the page. One is for Facebook and the other is for my Xanga site. For those of you who are aspiring writers or who don’t believe me when I tell you I understand life in your day job, you might want to check out the Xanga site. It dates back to May of 2005. I haven’t updated it lately, but I will be soon.

Facebook is new. Here’s the story. Until last week, I didn’t know I had a Facebook page. Seriously. And then someone—my editor actually—friended me. Then two other people. How is this possible? I thought. I don’t have a Facebook. But I guess I do, so there it is and I’ve been playing with it.

You’ll notice I have a new Recommended Read. Wednesday Nights With Jamie by Daisy Dexter Dobbs is one of my all time favorite books. I’ve read it several times. It’s emotionally gripping and there were times I cried for being so outraged and hurt for the heroine. This is truly an outstanding book. To learn more about the book, click the link beneath it.

I’m over at the Grip today. Come visit if you get a chance.

One last thing...Celebrate with me!! Yesterday I hit #6 on ARe for all their books and #3 at Fictionwise for Erotic Romance books. I'm absolutely THRILLED.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Church Bloopers

I laughed so hard I cried. This is way better than the snow and wind we have here.

Holy Frostbite Batman!

Last night when I went to bed, it was 45 degrees. This morning it’s 15. And the wind… It almost blew off my coat while I was putting gas in the car this morning. Oh why oh why didn’t I put in gas last night when it was warm. It’s snowing like mad in this part of the globe too. Most of the schools had a two hour delay—which is silly. The roads were worse then than they were at the regular time.

So what is Brynn up to, you might ask…

1. I’ve ripped apart Single White Knight and I’m rewriting. I wasn’t happy with my progress so I’m redoing things. It’s a pain but it will be a book I’m proud to send to market rather than something I’ll not want anyone to read. I don’t ever want to have a book like that.

2. I’m working on a ménage summer book for Total-e-bound.

3. I’m working on a ménage book for Resplendence Publishing.

Back to work!!

Friday, December 12, 2008

My piece about RWA

Bear with me. I rarely go off but today is one of those occasions--and actually, I'm just supporting someone else who's clearly said what I've been thinking for two years about the RWA. A lot of people have been thinking these things and been ignored. December Quinn has a lot to say about RWA and I can't say I disagree with her. In fact, I totally agree. Check out her blog.

I personally think the RWA has turned into an elitist organization that supports its own interests and its own interests only. They fail to realize that they're nothing without the very people they're alienating. Even discounting the RITA crap mentioned on December's blog, every year, the ratio of membership cost to benefit return is more and more skewed. There is no benefit. There's just a very expensive magazine which has also become a joke.

I've chosen not to renew my membership with them and I'd encourage anyone who wants to be (or is) epublished not to be part of them, as well. I considered remaining in and being a "voice" but since they don't listen to any of the "little people", I'm not wasting my money.

Tirade over. It wasn't much of one anyway.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

I'm Not THAT Old

So…seriously, there are these moments when I get hit by these age things. Yesterday my brothers were talking while I was finishing preparing food in the kitchen and one says to the other, “At least you’re not forty.”

Excuse me!

I glared at them and the back-pedalling began. “Well don’t they say forty is the new twenty?” I was asked. The little brothers got the look of death, let me tell you. Do you know who said that ‘it’s the new twenty’ junk? Someone who’s already forty.

Anyway, today, yahoo music had a blog about the top 25 teen idols of all time. Davy Jones made #1. My son looks at me and says, "whoever that is." Whoever that is? Come on! Davy Jones! Okay, I can cut the fourteen year old a little slack. I mean, technically Davy Jones was before my time…but geez, he’s an icon. Kids today have no culture.

Okay, it’s entirely possible I’m a great big geek.

For the record, the teenager has no clue who David Cassidy is either.


FIVE MINUTES LATER
: My husband says...who's Davy Jones?

I GIVE UP!!!!

Friday, December 5, 2008

The Mom Song

Some of you might have seen a version of this before but I SWEAR by all things holy that this is my life today. Let me sum up today's drama: report cards.
Oy!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Catching Up

I have been chastised. Yes chastiser, I know it was a few weeks ago, but let it never be said that I’m one to be pushed. Truthfully, when pushed, I become a heel digger. Yes, I know it’s childish, but there you have it. Even if I was just about to do something, when someone starts nagging at me, I get stubborn. It’s dumb really.

So anyway…I’ve been a bad blogger. I have a new website. Do you know that? I absolutely love it! A wonderful lady did it for me and the link to her is at the bottom of my site. You can check out my new and beautiful website at http://www.brynnpaulin.com/.

That’s so weird to write. When I was growing up, I knew I wanted to be a writer. I wrote brilliant short stories for class. It was just in my blood. Anyway, there was no internet. I wrote high school and college papers on a trusty electric Smith Corona. Then when I was still writing, and the internet was young, I never imagined the promo elements I’d use to promote my books. Heck, I thought I’d write the book, it would get published and a million people would just buy it. A website? Heck no. Why would I have a website? I’m not a big business or anything. Oh how the times have changed. I have a website with MY name on it. It’s kinda cool.

It’s also a nice visual. My husband took a look and said “Those are all YOUR books?” Ummm…what did he think I spent my time doing?

Speaking of books—this is exciting—Phantoms’ Pleasure is now available at FictionWise and All Romance Ebooks. Not only that, in a week, it’s rocketed to #10 on the Fictionwise bestseller list and it’s on the what’s hot list at All Romance. I couldn’t be happier! In more book news, In the Dark (Part of the Brit Party anthology) was released by Total-e-bound recently. I love that story and I’m going to enter it in the Eppies and a few other contests next year.

Finally, my other book news is that I’m committed to have one of the Summer Seductions in July at Total-e-bound this coming year. It’s a ménage called Stealing the Bride. It’s a little hard writing it as it’s a snowy twenty degrees.

In other news, I’m officially signed up for the Romantic Times Convention in Orlando (RT). Appearances this coming year will be RT, Carol Lynne’s Reader Weekend in Kansas City in July and the Romanticon Convention for Ellora’s Cave in October. I’ll be a busy travelin’ fool next year. It ought to be fun.