Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Guest Blogging Today at Romance In The Back Seat

Hi everyone!
I am a guest blogger at Terry Kate's Romance In The Back Seat and am talking about clothes and writing research.

Swing by and say hello!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

A Page or Two From My Youth

Hi everyone! Two blogs in two days...yes, the coffee is doing its job!

Today's blog idea came about after doing some home re-arranging this afternoon. I decided to move some books from a bookshelf in the computer area onto the bookshelf in the writing cave. These books are precious to me, as a matter of fact, I would grab them if the house was on fire!

Back in the mid 80s (and perhaps those of you who visit here who are also 30-something like me will remember these) there was a series of books published by Scholastic called Sunfire. The category stamped on the spine of these books was YA Romance. Each book title was a different girl's name and took place during an important stage in American history. The books were all great (even now I am known to pick one up and peruse) and in my opinion, before the Spice Girls came on the scene with Girl Power, they were teaching those of us at an impressionable age some important lessons.

I realized today that these books planted the idea that I could be a writer someday. I loved them so much, I wanted to be the person whose imagination and creativity would enthrall other readers. These books represent, to me, the time in my life when I was 11 and 12, when anything was possible and I wasn't yet aware that there was much I couldn't do. If books can be our friends, then the 32 books that I look at each day on my shelves are some of the best I have ever had in my life. They introduced me to the romance genre (with chaste kissing!) and helped me develop my dreams.

Today, they are all out of print but you can still find them on Ebay. I wonder sometimes if they would have a receptive audience today if they were re-released.

I just thought I would share this with you today from a nostalgic angle. And yes, since I am pretty sure you are wondering, there was a Rachel in the series! My namesake was book 21 and took place in NYC circa 1910. Rachel was a new Jewish immigrant from Poland torn between the tradition of the old country and being a modern American.

So tell me: How much did the books of your youth influence your writing today? Did anyone else enjoy the Sunfire series?

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Rachel, Decaffeinated : An Experiment in Futility

Good morning. As I type this, the largest mug of coffee I could find sits at my right hand. I suppose that it took being without the Nectar of the Goddess to make me truly appreciate the place that coffee has in my morning and in my life. Indeed, the lives of most authors that I know. How many stories are written using the boost that caffeine provides?

My last cup of coffee prior to this morning's was consumed on Sunday. I had a magical, spectacular Saturday and was feeling wonderful Sunday morning.
I used the last bit of the coffee for that morning's mug and, as I do on occasion, I decided to give myself somewhat of a challenge. I had what seemed like a good idea at the time: Let's see if I can't just stop drinking my one cup every day.

Things went fine Monday. I missed having my cup as I internet surfed first thing in the morning, but other than that, no headache or lack of energy. I wrote 400 words in my WIP. "Yes," my strong will cried, "this is easy!!!"

Tuesday dawned. I was up at 4 AM, but all was not well in Rachelville. Splitting caffeine withdrawal headache. Low energy. Concentration down the tube. I somehow managed to make it through my morning. The heat was getting to me. The headache grew progressively worse. This sucks. However, I went through the motions of my errands at night, proclaiming "I've come this far! I will continue!"

I noticed my mood was not bad, but that I was overly sensitive yesterday. Maybe caffeine helps curb paranoid thoughts (LOLOLOL) I also noticed that while I had the desire to write, my thoughts were a jumble....the creative desire was there, but the actions weren't following! My mind was impotent.......

Anywho....it is now Wednesday morning. 72 hours post caffeine consumption. I awaken and groan. The headache was still there, my energy was in the tank and I'd had enough. I rush my tuchus down to WalMart, grab coffee off the shelf and hurry home to fix some.

AHHHHH......I needed this!!!

So my experiment in giving up my morning cup is over. It will not be repeated. And so dear readers...weigh in on your coffee habit.....

Do you write better with a little jolt of java?

Coffee: Because thousands of writers can't be wrong.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Welcome, Blog Guest and Good Friend, Catherine Bybee

Hi everyone! It is with great pleasure that I welcome Catherine Bybee to my blog. Back in early 2008, I received a friend request from Catherine. She subscribed to my blog and we chatted about both being aspiring authors. Since that initial meeting, she has become one of my best 'internet friends' and we have both had our first works published! Catherine is riding the wave of having two releases in a two week period. A warm welcome for my favorite California girl....Catherine Bybee!!!

Thanks for having me here today, Rachel. I’m smack in the middle of two releases so the
timing is perfect. If you like time travel with a kilt… I have an erotic story for you. If you like kick ass heroines… I have a werewolf novella for you. Either way you’re sure to love one of them.

I’ve been reading romance *cough, cough* for over 25 years. My life prevented me from writing them until I found myself off work from an injury. (Please… if you’re gonna fall in the hospital, leave the nurse out of it!) So, now I write…all the time. If I’m not writing I’m yacking on line like a teenager. I have it bad! Really Bad!

1. And now, my first question... Which writers inspired you on your writing journey?

I’m in continued awe of Nora Roberts. How the woman manages to produce so many books a year is amazing. I love the fact that she doesn’t stick to any ONE genre either. If she wants to write a futuristic time travel… she does. A paranormal shapeshifter… she does. My all time favorite author has to go to Kathleen Woodiwiss her historical romance novels lifted the bar long ago and few have reached her status.

2. Everybody loves Nora! The responses on this blog alone prove that! I must know... Are you a pantser or a plotter? Tell us a little about your writing process.

Pantser.. all the way. Although I’m trying to plot more, and more. I usually start with an opening scene and sketchy plot in my brain. Once those two things are down I try an imagine the ending in my mind and figure out how many pages it’s going to take to get me there. If I’m writing a full length novel I have to toss in a few more characters… a conflict or two and voila… Done. LOL… No, not that easy but that is how I work. Seat of my pants.


3. Kilt Worthy is a Time-Travel story. Why do you think the men from bygone-eras appeal to women today?

Because we love to be pampered. I don’t care how much of a woman’s rights guru you may be, we all want to be coddled, loved and swept off our feet. A man fighting for our honor is a huge turn on! I like being taken care of. Whoever decided all women have to work had their heads up their butt if you ask me. That isn’t to say we are useless, just don’t work my fingers to the bone and expect much of me later… LOL

4. Nothing like being pampered by the man we love! So, Miss Busy-bee,What are some of your upcoming projects/releases?

Kilt Worthy was released this week over at The Wild Rose Press. This lil’ sexy erotic romp is just that… Little and sexy. Who doesn’t love a man willing to wear a kilt? Toss a time-travel twist into it and the paranormal in you will love this first person story.

Peering at the world from behind her camera lens, "Plain Jane" Parker is stunned to see a handsome hunk wearing a kilt as he confidently strolls down a busy Seattle street. Her dormant libido roars to life even before their eyes meet. Aroused and intrigued, she tosses aside her usual caution and follows when Logan MacLaren beckons for a delightfully sinful one-night stand.
Logan is an exceptionally talented lover, wielding the abundant sword he sports beneath his plaid to deliver unparalleled pleasures. He reminds her to trust her instincts after reality proves they're a more perfect fit than either imagined.
Then Logan drops his bombshell: He's traveled through time to find her and wants her to stay with him forever...in medieval Scotland. Did Jane just have the most erotic sex of her life with a delusional crazy man, or is it truly possible for her one-night stand to last forever?



Then on August 20th Soul Mate is coming from Red Rose Publishing. The first of three werewolf stories I have coming this next year. So I’m supper excited about that as well.

Kari Pearce lives the life of a lone werewolf. No one knows of her affliction, not even her sister. When she hears of a missing child up in the Sequoias, Kari goes on the hunt to find the child and her abductor before tragedy can occur. Saving the child is easy, avoiding the FBI agent associated with the case, is not.
Agent Nick Murdock knows he's seen Kari before but damn if he can remember where. There's one thing he knows for sure. Kari Pearce with her blonde hair and piercing blue eyes is hiding something. And Nick is going to find out what.


5.I loved Kilt Worthy and am looking forward to Soul Mate! Lastly, How can your readers contact you on the web?

Didn’t I say I’m on line all the time?

Twitter Facebook MySpace Wild Rose Press Red Rose Publishing
My website http://www.catherinebybee.com/
My Blogspot www.catherinebybee.blogspot.com/

And there you have it! Thank you, Catherine!
Readers, please comment and ask questions. Catherine will be stopping in and responding throughout the weekend!

Monday, August 3, 2009

What's New and Exciting In Rachel's World

Hi everyone!
It's been a little while since I have made an appearance on my own blog. It has been great fun for me to interview my author friends and that will continue in the coming weeks.

Summer is my busier time of the year with work and this one has been somewhat of a whirlwind. I woke up on Saturday, disbelieving that the calendar was already reading AUGUST. Huh? Where did the time go?!?

It hasn't been all work and no play, however. This summer has been a wonderful one of getting out and doing things and just yesterday I was able to spend my second day in a week at Gillette Stadium watching the New England Patriots at their training camp. Good stuff! I have also been playing tourist in my own backyard and exploring places I have never been. I figure once winter has us in its icy grip and I am stuck inside from December to February, I am going to be longing for the days when I can just get out and wander. So, I am living it up.

I am currently finishing the long-time-in-coming sequel and thus far have gotten good feedback from two of my readers who checked out the first two chapters. So I feel I am on the right track with this story!

Rhode Island Romance Writers picks up again in just about four weeks and I am looking forward to my first full year with this group of talented writers.

My To-Be-Read pile has currently reached the stage of epic proportions! I doubt I will ever run out of new things to read. This summer I have read about 22 books.

So tell me, dear readers, how has your summer gone and what authors/books have you picked up during these long days and short nights?