Thursday, May 31, 2007

Means of Escape gets a 4 Star Review from Romantic Times!

Here's snippet! Look for the full review in the July issue of Romantic Times.

...an intricate plot of mystery and suspense...hop on for an exhilarating ride.



—Sandra Garcia-Myers

Buy your copy in July from

Triskelion Publishing

Friday, May 25, 2007

I’m so jazzed!

Resplendence Publishing is now open for Pre-orders! And guess what? I’ve got two books listed under New Releases!

The Curse, is book one of a time-travel series titled The Legend of Blackbeard’s Chalice. This is a full-length novel based on east coast pirate folklore. I also have a novella titled Blue, a futuristic story about the last blue-eyed woman. It’s likely to be the pre-quel to a full-length novel later on.

The blurbs or covers aren’t up yet but will be soon, so check back often. There are some other absolutely wonderful authors and storytellers here. Come check out Resplendence Publishing soon!

And if you see a story that tickles your fancy, well, go for it!

maddie

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Writing Tip of the Week - #1: Dialogue

One of the best pieces of advice I ever received about writing came early in my writing "apprenticeship" and it had to do with writing dialogue. That piece of advice was, "write dialogue like people talk." That seems so simple and yet sometimes, it is so difficult for people to do. Often when I read someone else's writing and something just doesn't seem right about it, I find that it comes down to how dialogue is written. It's stilted. Too formal. Stops the flow of the story.

Just think about it. If we are writing dialogue for a New York attorney, the way he speaks will be reflected in the words you choose for him. If you're writing for a Texas cowgirl, it's going to be quite different. So keeping your character in mind is of upmost importance. If Cathy Cowgirl would say, "Well, hell yeah!" then don't have her saying, "Well, I suppose." Your New York attorney on the other hand, might say just that. Seems simple. But sometimes we don't let ourselves do it.

I think dialogue can be fun and interesting to write and keep the pace up with your story. I love writing dialogue and I think the secret for me is, just let her rip. Whatever thought comes to my head (or my characters head when I'm writing for him or her) I just let it flow. Grammar? Nah, I don't worry about it. Sentence fragements? Of course, leave them. We speak like that, don't we? I do. Often. And made up words? Sure. I use lots of helluvas and gonnas and omigoshes and the like. Would your character say it? Well then. Write it.

Now, how you represent how the character said those words, those darned tag lines, etc., is an entirely different matter. We'll tackle that one next time.

See ya then.

Maddie

Friday, May 11, 2007


Romantic Times

It has been a while since I've picked up a copy of Romantic Times, the popular review mag for romance novels. In fact, it has been so long, I'd totally forgotten how essential it is to keeping up with the market. Not to mention the fact that there are all of those reviews.

I walked down to my local Borders today on my lunch hour and picked up a copy. Another woman was there perusing the periodicals, too. She was leaning over her walker and just looking. I spied the RT, sent up a little prayer that yes, there were 3 copies left, and stood back to leaf through it. I was eager, you see, to find the ad that I had placed there with four other authors. My first ad in RT ever! And my first to appear anywhere in quite a while.

It was a golden moment.

But then the lady with the walker leaned closer. "So that's where those are." She was struggling leaning over to get the mag.

So, I handed her mine. "This what you are looking for?" She said a quick thanks, and then I added, "Do you read a lot of romance novels?" Not hearing me, I suspect, she didn't answer and moved on. Darn. I wanted to show her my ad. Oh well.

I proceeded to the checkout counter. The guy at the register, older and graying, rang up the sale, looked down at the mag, and chuckled right out loud. I couldn't help it. I asked, "What's so funny?"

And he replied, "What is this? I've never seen it before."

Well, silly man, I wanted to reply, what the heck do you think it is? It has hunky guys on the cover, along with references to books and authors, etc. "It's a review magazine for romance novels. I'm a romance novelist and see," I whip open the mag, "I have an ad in here this time."

"Oh! he replies. "I had no clue we even carried that! Where did you find it?"

Where would you think? I wanted to say. Your name badge does say assistant manager, where do you think the periodicals would be located? But I was not rude. "In the periodicals," I replied sweetly.

"Those romance readers, they sure know what they want, and know right where to get it when they come in here." Good observation.

"You bet." And I bet he pays a little more attention to RT the next time, too. I left and he promised to check out the mag. I may have to go back and check in on him. Perhaps next month when my actual review is in the mag.

A little pic of my ad is attached. So hard to see here I'm sure. But you can always see it in the real thing. If you have your own copy of the June RT, it's on page 52. Go check it out!

maddie

Friday, May 04, 2007

Call to the Post.

If you've ever heard this famous tune being bugled across the race track, I'm sure you get chills just thinking about it. I'm not a native Kentuckian, although I've lived in this state for 32 years. It is home and I claim all there is to it. The Kentucky Derby pageantry is full of tradition, fun, parties, food, drink, and of course, horses. I've worked in the Derby city for over 7 years and have lived here almost two. Louisville and the Kentucky Derby traditions are quite unlike any I've ever seen.

The horses are beautiful. For nearly 25 years I lived in a county that boasted of some of the most famous and glamorous horse farms around. The horses lived in barns that many of us would drool over to call our home. Oak siding, brass fixtures and hinges, even chandeliers hanging high above in a center cupola. Horses are big business in Kentucky and there is no doubt that they are also big money.

The Kentucky Derby Festival, of course, is the biggest doing of them all. Tomorrow is the day, and even though I won't be in attendance at the track, my family and I will watch the races all day, eat lots of traditional Derby food ( at least our traditional food ) and bet on the horses.

I have a very scientific way of choosing the horses I bet on. It has to do with the color of the jockey's silks, the name and color of the horse, and it's number. It is so very scientific I will not even tell you how I do it. Because, well, you know, besides being scientific, it is also very secret.

So, whether you are at the track tomorrow or home watching on television, enjoy the day and bet on your favorite horse. Have fun!

If you want to get in on a little pre-Derby fun, join me tonight at my author/reader Talk Derby To Me chat at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/maddiejameschats

And...they're off!

Maddie