Monthly Archives: March 2008

Word Count Update & the ongoing agent hunt

 I only got 2,000 words written this week, but I was down with the crap going around.  Feeling much better now, though, and got all of those 2K written over the weekend.  I also did a bit of plotting (which is a total anathema for me), which will help me wrap up the last 20K pretty quickly.  Right now, though, I’m a bit torn.  While this is a suspense novel (category length), I’m finding a bit of my Keira spiciness dying to come through.  So I have to wonder if maybe I shouldn’t go back and give in to that urge, an make it a Blaze contender, rather than a Harlequin Intrigue.  I’ve gotta figure that out soon, because I’m at the point where it would make a difference.  By that, I mean I could go back and heat things up pretty easily with the existing material, but from this point on, if I make it a Blaze, the sex needs to be ramped up pretty significantly.  I’ll see where the writing takes me this week, and figure it out from there.

On the agent front, still searching, with five queries outstanding.  As I’ve said before, I have serious faith in my story…I think it’s one of the best books I’ve written, and the series has tremendous potential.  But it’s probably a chancy bet for an agent.  My heroine is very vulnerable, which she hides behind a smart mouth.  She’s flawed and a lot like the people I run into every day…with the exception of the fact she sees a different dimension.  And the kicker…it’s told in first-person, which can be a turn-off to some folks, since you never gets into the hero’s head.  I think I did a good job of showing the hero, but time will only tell.  There’s an agent out there for this book and my subsequent work, I just have to be patient and find them!

TABT…Die for Me by Karen Rose

 The first victim is found in a snow-covered Philadelphia field.  Detective Vito Ciccotelli enlists the aid of archaeologist Sophie Johansen to determine exactly what lies beneath the frozen ground  Despite years of unearthing things long buried, nothing can prepare Sophie for the matrix of graves dug with chilling precision.  The victims buried there haunt her.  But the empty graves terrify her-the killer isn’t done yet.  He’s cold and calculating, the master of a twisted game.  Even with Vito and Sophie hot on his trail, he will not stop.  One more empty grave must be filled, and one last scream must be heard-the scream of an archaeologist who is too close for comfort and too near to resist…

I love Karen Rose’s work, and she’s on my auto-buy list whenever she has something new come out.  This book is no exception.  If anything, Rose’s style is growing stronger with each successive book.  When it comes to the characters, we’ve met Vito before in Rose’s previous works, but you don’t need to read them to totally immerse yourself into this story (but I’d recommend it, because they’re all awesome).  Sophie is smart and sexy…I absolutely adored her.  The villain was fabulously evil, someone you’re more than happy to see get it in the end.  The plot was intricate and tightly crafted.  Go out and grab this one now…you won’t regret it!

Movie Review…Twister

 Sorry for the absence last week…I was under the weather a bit, so just concentrated on getting well.  With tornado season right around the corner, I thought I’d talk about Twister.

Twister (1996)…I remember the first time I saw this movie…we were stationed in the Azores, it was winter, and we were watching anything and everything to pass the time.  So we’re watching this movie and scoffing at it a bit, because no tornado could possibly that big (keep in mind we’re both originally from California, and had no experience whatsoever with twisters).  Then, a few months later, we get our orders stateside, and lo and behold, we’re heading right into the area the movie was filmed.  So of course we put the flick back in and watched it carefully…still scoffing until we actually heard the name of the town we’d be moving to mentioned.  Holy crap!  I flew into Oklahoma a week before my hubby, and on my first night in base billeting we had three tornadoes touch down about thirty miles north in the infamous town of Wakita.  Welcome to Oklahoma!!  And then, two years later, the mother of all tornadoes roared through most of the state, making the movie version look like a piker.

When it comes to the movie itself, at the heart of it, it’s a romance, albeit one with tons of special effects.  The most spectacular special effects still make me giggle…most notably the flying cows.  I’m not seeing that EVER happening…sorry.  The characters, specifically Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton, were fun and didn’t take themselves too seriously, which made their one-liners particularly amusing.  While this flick isn’t Oscar material, it’s fun, the special effects are pretty damned interesting and all in all, it’s a decent way to spend two hours.  The best part for me?  The music was seriously kick ass!