Saturday, December 27, 2008
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
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
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."
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
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
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
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 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
Thursday, December 4, 2008
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.