Friday, October 29, 2010

Side Track

Hello, all!

Fact of the matter is, with me unemployed, and my husband working, we're facing the risk of losing a lot. Like, our apartment. One of our cars. You know--stuff you kind of need. That's the reason for this little foray.

I need to clear out some space in my house, and I have a TON of awesome things that need new homes. Books, autographed photos, autographed posters, movie posters, clothes, DVDs, jewelry, all sorts of neat stuff. I'm in the process of putting a list together of everything, and once I've finally gotten through everything, the finalized version will be up.

In the meantime, I thought I'd share some of the great items I have. (And yes, I have a LOT of books.) See something you like? Wonder if I have something that you don't see yet? Send me an email! (, I welcome bartering.

1. Harry Potter 7: UK First Edition--$20
2. In Search of Schroedinger's Cat by John Gribbin--$4--SOLD
3. Time Travel in Einstein's Universe by J. Richard Gott--$3--SOLD
4. A Field Guide to Demons by Carol K. Mack--$5
5. The Out of Sync Child by Carol Stock Kranowitz--$6
6. Dancing With the Dragon by Joe Weber--$5
7. The Last Oracle by James Rollins--$5
8. Close Encounters of the Fourth Kind by C.D.B. Ryan--$7--SOLD
9. The Toddler's Busy Play Book by Robin McClure--$4
10. Sightings by Susan Michaels--$4
11. The Illuminati Manifesto by Solomon Tulbure--$6
12. Cloak of the Illuminati by William Henry--$6
13. Vale: The Illuminati and Its plans for the Future by Adrian Krieg--$6
14. Late-Talking Children by Thomas Sowell--$5
15. 123 Magic: Effective Discipline by Thomas W. Phelan--$5
16. The Late Talker by Marilyn C. Agin--$5
17. The Balanced Mom by Bria Simpson--$3
18. The Child with Special Needs by Stanley I. Greenspan--$9
19. The Everything How to Get Published by Meg Schneider--$5
20. The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe (leather bound edition)--$9
21. Real Vampires Have Curves + Real Vampires Live Large by Garry Bartlett--$10
22. Extreme Measure by Vince Flynn--$5
23. Blood Noir by Laurell K. Hamilton--$5
24. The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger--$5
25. Star Wars: Labyrinth of Evil by James Luceno--$5
26. Star Wars: Outbound Flight by Timothy Zahn--$5
27. Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith by Matthew Stover--$6
28. Star Wars: Children of the Jedi by Barbara Hambley (HC and PB)--HC $5, PB $3
29. Star Wars: Han Solo at Stars End by Brian Daley--$5
30. Star Wars: Han Solo's Revenge by Brian Daley (HC and PB)--HC $5, PB $2
31. Star Wars: Legacy of the Force: Sacrifice by Karen Traviss--$7
32. Twilight Saga: Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn (2 QP, 2 HC) by Stephenie Meyer--$30 (or can be bought separately)
33. Star Wars: Agents of Chaos 1: Hero's Trial: by James Luceno--$3
34. Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire by Steve Perry--$3
35. Jurassic Park by Michael Crighton--$4
36. Communion by Whitley Streiber--$2--SOLD
37. The Witching Hour by Anne Rice--$5
38. Cravings by Laurell K. Hamilton, etc.--$4
39. Telegraph Days by Larry McMurty--$3
40. Smallville: City by Devin Grayson--$3
41. Skinwalkers by Tony Hillerman--$3
42. By the Gun by Richard Matheson--$2
43. Goddess by Jalaja Bonheim--$10
44. The Earp Brothers of Tombstone by Frank Waters--$5
45. Doc Holliday by Karen Holliday Tanner--$9
46. Above Top Secret by Timothy Good--$9
47. Sign Language for Toddlers by Christopher Brown--$7
48. The Good, the Bad and the Undead by Kim Harrison--$3
49. Mulligan Stew by Deb Stover--$3
50. King and Goddess by Judith Tarr--$4
51. Dhampir by Barb and J.C. Hendee--$3
52. Must Love Dragons by Stephanie Rowe--$3
53. Date Me Baby One More Time by Stephanie Rowe--$3
54. Longarm #2457 and the Lady from Tombstone by Tabor Evans--$2
55. Slocum and Doc Holliday by Jake Logan--$2
56. Tombstone by J.M. Thompson--$3
57. The Snake, the Crocodile and the Dog by Elizabeth Peters--$3
58. Crystal Clear by Jane Heller--$3
59. Jude's Law by Lori Foster--$3
60. Merlin's Legacy: Daughter of the Mist by Quinn Taylor Evans--$4
61. Star Wars: Han Solo and the Lost Legacy by Brian Daley--$5
62. Return of the Jedi by Hames Kahn--$4
63. The Trailsman: Aztec Gold by Jon Sharpe--$2
64. LOTR: Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien--$3
65. LOTR: The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien--$3
66. Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison--$3
67. Wyatt Earp: Frontier Marshal by Stuart N. Lake--$6
68. Ballyrourke by Linda O'Brien--$3
69. Irish Hope by Donna Fletcher--$3
70. The King Must Die by Renault (1958 edition)--$12
71. Tombstone's Epitaph by Douglas D. Martin--$9
72. Inventing Wyatt Earp by Allen Basrra--$12
73. Doc Holliday by John Myers Myers--$9
74. What is a Vortex? (autographed) By Dennis Andres--$7
75. Cowboys Talk Right Purty by Edgar Frosty Potter--$7
76. Hell's Belles of Tombstone by Ben T. Traywick--$8
77. River God/Seventh Scroll by Wilbur Smith--$12--SOLD
78. Code of the West by Aaron Latham--$9
79. Steve and Me by Terri Irwin--$9
80. Religion in Ancient Egypt by John Baines--$5--SOLD
81. Death's Daughter by Amber Benson--$4
82. Mysteries of the Unexplained by Reader's Digest--$7
83. Best 20 Minute Cookbook by Jenni Fleetwood--$6
84. Kids Cookbook by Igloo--$5
85. AZ cookbook--$5
86. Carbohydrate Addict's Cookbook by Dr. Richard F. Keller--$6
87. 30 Minute Main Courses by Better Homes and Gardens--$5
88. Gourmet's America by Conde Nast Books--$8
89. Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard by Oberon Zell=Ravenheart--$8
90. Love Tarot Deck by Amy Zerner--$5
91. Beltane by Raven Grimassi--$6
92. Element Encyclopedia of Witchcraft by Judika Illes--$10
93. Maiden, Mother, Crone by D.J. Conway--$6
94. Ritualcraft by Amber K--$7
95. Glamoury by Steve Blamires--$5
96. Evolutionary Witchcraft by T. Thorn Coyle--$5
97. The Wise Earth Speaks to Your Spirit--$4
98. Japanese Women Don't Get Old or Fat by Naomi Moriyama--$6
99. 8 Minute in the Morning: Flat Belly by Jorge Cruise--$4
100. Counte of Monte Cristo--$2
101. Split Second by David Baldacci--$3
102. Miss Match by Leslie Carroll--$3
103. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris--$4
104. The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett--$3
105. The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett--$3
106. Labyrinth by Kate Mosse--$7
107. Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper by Patricia Cornwall--$8

1. The Mummy Returns for PS2
2. Star Wars Episode 3 for XBox

1. Egyptian replica necklace and earring set
2. chinese metal bracelet
3. hand-painted chinese wooden bracelet
4. Stepford Wives candy dish
5. gold Mickey Mouse earrings
6. metal cross necklace
7. metal cross from Canterbury necklace
8. turquoise and silver cross necklace

1. black evening clutch
2. black beaded clutch
3. turquoise fuzzy bag
4. red asian bag
5. small black and gold purse
6. full length white gloves
7. punk black sleeves


1. Lord of the Rings poster: sigs include Liv Tyler, Ian McKellan, Billy Boyd, Ian Holm, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Bean, plus more
2. Star Wars: Episode 2 final poster: sigs include Anthony Daniels, Samuel L. Jackson, Natalie Portman, Frank Oz, Ian McDiarmid, Ewan McGregor
3. Vin Diesel/Michelle Rodriguez
4. John Rhys-Davies
5. Cate Blanchett
6. Gillian Anderson
7. Rachel Weisz/Patricia Velasquez
8. Dave Prowse
9. James Earl Jones
10. Brian P. Thompson
11. Vin Diesel
12. Orlando Bloom

Thursday, October 28, 2010

My Glorious Return, plus a Review

I know I've been absent for awhile. Getting canned from Borders is not something I really want to brag about, much less dwell on, yet dwell on it I have. Much brooding and job searching ensued. That was a couple of weeks ago, and my book signing in Glendale was cancelled at the same time. Not a great way to get things going.

But, here I am, still alive. My job hunt continues, but I am feeling more optimistic at this time. I wish I could say I've been using all this down time to do some writing, maybe finish my next book, but let's not stretch reality too much. I have, however, done some reading, and it is with GREAT happiness that I can comment on Ms. Allyson James' upcoming on Novemeber 2nd novel, "Firewalker."

Hello, all.

Ms. James was fabulous enough to give me an ARC of the book, and, as slow as I've been (again, due to depression and slacking), I JUST finished it two seconds ago. Let me tell you, it is fabulous.

For anyone who hasn't picked up Ms. James' books, go do it now. "Stormwalker" is the first of the new series, about a Native American woman named Janet Begay. She is a Stormwalker, which means she gets power from storms, and can do all sorts of cool things like shoot lightning bolts and destroy nasty things like Skinwalkers with her magic. Her mate, Mick, is a dragon, and a super hot one at that (pun intended).

While "Stormwalker" details Janet's origins as well as her fabulous town of Magellan and all their quirky residents, "Firewalker" picks up where the first leaves off. This one delves straight off into trouble Mick has gotten himself into. But it gets even better. Not only are there angry dragons to contend with, but there are all sorts of questions about Janet's other magic from Beneath, a place beneath the earth where her bitch-mother-goddess resides. Nasty, gruesome things begin to happen. Not only does Janet have to worry about saving her lover from angry dragons, but now she has to worry about her Beneath magic and what it's going to do everyone around her if she can't control it.

While there aren't quite as many hot and heavy moments in this one, the action of the story carries it. There's enough heat to make you drool, and enough intensity to keep you flipping pages. There's no question that Janet is one bad-ass chick you'd love to hang out with, and that Mick is one hot guy you want to ask "Got any friends for me?" (Although if you're brave, you could try Colby. You'll see what I mean.)

SO. If you haven't read "Stormwalker," go buy it right now. Yesterday. Then, on November 2nd, go knock on your local bookstore's door until they open, and then go pick up "Firewalker." Allyson James has such a gift for total description without being overbearing, passion and heat, and a way to weave stories together that keep you intrigued.

Just FYI, there is a third in the works, but hopefully more on that later. :) Allyson, you rock, and I can't wait for more.


Sunday, October 10, 2010

New Book Signing Event!

Hello again!

I'm super excited to announce that I have another book signing event. After the great event in Las Vegas, I'm happy to be back in the home area and ready to meet loads of new people!

This coming Saturday (yes, it's a little short notice), I will be at the Borders Books and Music in Glendale, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. I'll be there for a nice long time, so come out and keep me company! Get me talking, ask me questions, tell me what you think about me and my many ramblings! I love to meet everyone and hear what you have to say.

So here's the good stuff:

7320 W. Bell Road
Glendale, AZ 85308


Questions? Give me a holler, or talk to the incomparable Angel Jimenez who is the sales manager at the store.

Of course I'm excited! Now I have to figure out what to wear...

Come out and chat with me!


Monday, October 4, 2010

The Few, the proud, the listless

Another Monday, come and gone. We had rain today--not just rain, but loud freaking thunder and wind and lightning... It was like being back in Kansas! Kind of awesome, and very enjoyable.

Having days like this are always comforting. I like the sun. I have to; I live in the desert. But I grew up with storms and rain and the unpredictable weather; I rather miss that. Poor Flagstaff seems to get the brunt of it all around here. They get sidles with flash floods, and mudslides, and all sorts of crap.

Things are a little slow on the writing front. I have, however, had the conundrum of working on three different projects at the same time. I literally have all three books open and go from one to the next depending on what wanders into my head. Not the smartest way to write. I think this means I need to seriously edit my iTunes playlist.

I used to have a very strict ritual: I would come home, get all the other stuff out of the way, and once my son was in bed I would get a drink, light a stick of jasmine incense, then sit down. I opened my playlist, threw on headphones, and wrote for the entire evening before I had to go to bed. That is how I finished "What Might Have Been." And it worked; only took me about a week... plus editing and rewrites.

What sort of things get you going? Do you listen to music when you write, or do you have to have quiet?

I shall have other fun things to talk about later. In the meantime, have a lovely night!