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What I’m Reading Wednesday

Other than submissions of course. =)

1. Double Down by Katie Porter. Loving this one. Um, it has a hot fighter pilot in it with a secret kink. What’s not to love?

2. Who’s Your Daddy by Lauren Gallagher. Completely unconventional love story. =)


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Random Thoughts

1. Any way someone could make me a romance out of The Walking Dead? I’m obsessed with that show. Wait, what about Dexter? Pretty please? That would be awesome too. Ooh, what about Sons of Anarchy? I need a Jax in my life, please. Yummy.

2. It’s always feast or famine with my authors. I swear you guys all commiserate and decide when you can all submit to me at the same time. =P I went from having 4 to read to having like 10.

3. Can someone hire a maid for me? Pretty please? That would be the best Christmas/birthday/just because present EVER. I’m sick of doing housework. Why do I have pets? All I do is clean up cat hair, dammit.

4. I’ve been having the urge to go through the house and throw stuff away. But once I throw stuff away that I think I don’t need, I end up going to try and find it a few weeks later and then I’m ticked because I threw it away. Sigh.

5. I’m really excited about the books I am working on right now. I’ve got a hot wolf shifter in a government agency, a hunky hospital admin who works with children, a droid, and other awesome goodies. Have I mentioned how much I love my job?

6. Um, Samhain cover art rocks. I work with the art department so I get to see everything. Have y’all been to Samhain’s website lately and checked out the Coming Soon pages? Dude. Go. Now.

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How to (Not) Make a Good Impression

I posted a Tweet today about how you only have one chance to make a first impression and it got me to thinking. I know I’ve said some of these before, but I’ll say them again, because I like repeating myself, and, well, it obviously needs to be repeated. =)

1. Spell my name right. If you Google me, you can easily find it. Heck, it’s on the Samhain website (along with a really flipping’ awesome baby picture of me. Oh yeah, I’m a cross-eyed gangsta).

2. Don’t have any typos in your email. This is always important, but lately I’ve even seen typos in querys from agents. Don’t trust spell check! I cannot stress that enough. The best thing to do when sending an important email, read it aloud before you send it. I have always found that to be the best way to catch my own typos.

3. Don’t send an email to someone who is no longer with the company. Please, do your due diligence. If a person hasn’t been with us for years and you’re sending us an email to their attention…

4. Make sure that what you’re submitting is even something the house publishes. For instance, don’t send me literary fiction, women’s fiction or YA. It doesn’t matter how phenomenal it may be, I won’t be reading it and you’ll be getting a rejection immediately because it’s something we don’t publish. And also, it doesn’t reflect well on you that you didn’t even look at our website to see our guidelines.  It’s all about research, guys.

5. Don’t tell me about your sex life. PLEASE don’t tell me about your sex life. I don’t want to know that you visited every BDSM club in a two-hundred-mile radius in order to ensure the accuracy of your book. And I really don’t want to know what goes on inside your bedroom.

6. Don’t send a generic letter and send it to multiple publishers at the same time. 

7. Don’t forward me the query letter you sent addressed to another publisher. You just might forget to change the names on it…

8. Please don’t send follow-up emails regarding your manuscript a week after you’ve submitted it. Any publisher’s website will tell you what their response times are. Let it get within at least that before you send anything. 

9. Don’t tell me your mom loved your book. Haven’t you ever watched American Idol?

10. Please don’t send me an erotic romance that you tell me is based on your life…and then top it off by telling me that your daughter proofread it for you. ‘Nuff said.


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It’s THAT time…

Oh yeah, it’s the day after Christmas and it’s that time. You all know what time I’m talking about. The time where you make your New Year’s Resolutions. No, most of us don’t succeed, but we still make them and try. At least, that’s how it usually works for me. So, here are some that I’ve been kicking around and would like to do…we’ll see how they’re turning out after a month or so into the new year. =P

1. Get back into shape.

2. Swear less.

3. Go through the house and organize, dejunk, and declutter.

4. Force myself to get on more of a schedule.

5. Be faster at reading submissions.

6. Blog regularly!

What are some of yours?


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A Day in the Life

Wanna know what a day in my life looks like? Well, here’s yesterday for you. =P

5:20 AM = Wake up to go pee. Realize alarm is set for 7:47 AM and I still feel insanely tired.(I have a weird thing about setting alarms and will only set them on an end digit of 1, 3, 7, and 9). Reset alarm for 9:01 AM.

9:01 AM = Alarm goes off.

9:05 AM = Start coffee.

9:07 AM = Check e-mails to make sure nothing crazy urgent is in there.

9:15 AM = Drink coffee and make protein shake for breakfast.

9:16-9:45 AM = Exercise on bike while watching Sunday night’s Sister Wives on the DVR.

9:46 AM= Drink bottle of water.

9:47-10:00 AM = Shower and dress.

10:01 AM = Settle in to start work for the day.

10:30AM – 12:00 PM = Talk on the phone with the best boss in the word, Lindsey Faber.

12:01-12:05 PM = Make another protein shake and drink it.

12:06-1:15 PM = Answer e-mails, get caught up on the Twitter world, edit, read blogs, etc.

1:16 PM = Hubby complains that back is still hurting so I call to make him a doctor appt. for the afternoon.

1:17 PM = Head upstairs to put makeup on and attempt to look presentable.

1:25-2:00 PM = Edit.

2:01-3:30 PM = Take hubby to doctor, where I read submissions on my Sony Reader the entire time, then go to pick up all of his wonderful drugs.

3:31 PM = Arrive home and make some nachos for a snack before dinner.

3:33 PM = Hubby tells me that he forgot to tell me that we have dinner plans with a friend at 7:00. Great.

3:35 – 6:45 PM = Edit, answer e-mails, etc.

6:46 – 10:00 PM = Have dinner and drinks with friend.

10:01 PM = Arrive home and change into PJs.

10:02 – Midnight = Watch House and work on Content Editor Handbook.

12:01 AM = Go to sleep to read Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead.

And then, I wake up today to do it all again. Thank god, today I have NOTHING to do other than work. No dinner to go to, no hubby to take to the doctor…I don’t even have to change out of my PJs. Yeah, today is a MUCH better day. =)

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Happy Memorial Day!

Holiday weekends are great, aren’t they? I ended up taking Friday off work to make it a four-day weekend and headed down to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for Carb Day on Friday. It was hot and humid as hell, but it was still a good time. ZZTop played, watched the mini-race, walked around and drank beer and spent time with some friends who live down there.

Other than that, we worked a lot around the house. Today/this evening is the first I’ve really sat down and played on my laptop for anything, work or pleasure. I’m moving back into my office and getting some new furniture in there, so I spent a lot of time today getting rid of stuff and reorganizing. And I worked on the guest room, getting the trim painted. I have another coat of that to do and a border to put up and then that’ll be done and ready for the new furniture.

And I’m sure you guys really care about this, and it’s changed your life immensely, but that’s about all I have to talk about right now. LOL Other than my awesome new patio furniture and gazebo. It’s like adding a new room to my house!

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It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s…

A blog post! Yes indeedy. I’m actually posting something on my poor, neglected blog. I know I haven’t been around much, but I was taking a much-needed break to catch up on tons of stuff. And boy do I means TONS.

Right now I’m working on catching up on some admin stuff on my end of things, edits, and reading submissions. I’ve just had soooo much to do, I’ve let the blog really slide, and I promise I’ll get better. I have some good ideas for topics, and I need to get them written up and scheduled for you.

I’ve contracted some really good books that I’m excited about, so I’ll be sure to share that info with you. But for right now, just revel in the fact that I actually posted something.

I haven’t completely forgotten about everyone! =)

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