Saturday, July 31, 2010
I began the day meeting Sharon Lathan for the continental breakfast, then had a meeting with our publicist, Danielle. She loves the blog and the way you ladies interact with each other, so, as far as promotions go, she said I'm doing everything I'm supposed to be doing, so she really had no other suggestions.
Then I went to the Sourcebooks spotlight. When my editor had all of the SB authors stand up, we were fully a third of the audience. In the beginning, I tried to read every SB romance as they came out, but with so many of us now, it's no wonder I can't keep up!
I went to another workshop on career building, and, as I've always suspected, I've done everything backwards.
I had lunch with the INRWA gang, and we had the SAME waiter as yesterday, but we didn't take any pictures. After lunch, all of us Hoosiers got together to chat, and then several of us went to Linda Howard's speech about the 12 stages of intimacy. It was very informative, but Linda is such a hoot, she had us in stitches the whole time.
After that a friend of my son's who is working at Disney came over and we talked until it was time to get ready for the Sourcebooks dinner. We rode in limos to a tapas restaurant called Ceviche, had a great dinner. It was kinda loud, but a really cool place. Right now, I'm beat and I've got to post this before it's too late!
Friday, July 30, 2010
Hope it's a good one, Mary!
Oh, yeah, that little bird sent something else for you, too. She said he would be waiting for me when I arrived here in Orlando, but I think he got redirected to your house! Enjoy him!
What a day! I got up early and, after a quick breakfast, went to the Annual General Meeting. Because there wasn't a quorum, no new business could be discussed, so they adjourned the meeting after 30 min! I was like, "I got up for THIS????"
But, it was not without its benefits, because some of my INRWA sisters and I were chatting afterward and decided to write an e-book anthology of erotic short stories. We'll probably use different pen names, but, believe me, if this is ever actually published, I will be sure to give you all of the details!
At the Keynote Luncheon, Nora Roberts gave a great speech about her years in RWA, and lunch consisted of some fabulous chicken, mashed potatoes, and key lime pie. However, even as tasty as it was, our waiter was even better! I spotted him first, but our prez, Sandy James, is the one who called him over for the picture. He was REALLY tall, too!
After lunch, I went to a talk on the future of publishing. Looks like you'd better get your e-readers or kindles, ladies. Things are DEFINITELY headed that way!
When the workshops were all done for the day, I went to dinner a Greek restaurant on the Boardwalk with my INRWA buddies,
and after some sangria and beer (I was the one drinking the beer), the ideas for our erotic anthology got even better!
We headed back to our respective rooms after dinner and I hit the shower as soon as I got here. I still can't believe how hot it is here! Marie's supposed to be out until late tonight, so after I finish blogging, I might actually start working on the short story.
Hmm. . . . I think I need a little more eye candy, and since it's Pretty Eyes Week here at the CBEB, here are today's eyes!
They might be more smoldering and sexy than pretty, but I don't think anyone will complain. After all, there's inspiration in them there eyes!
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Having spent a night in a hotel room so quiet I could hear myself breathing, I must say I really miss my bed and my fan! I called Customer Services yesterday to see if they had a fan, which, of course, they did not. My friend Suzie recommended the white noise app for my iTouch, which was helpful, however, the sound of heavy rain bothered Marie. Neither of us got a whole lot of sleep last night, but we did survive.
There wasn't a cloud in the sky when I looked out this morning, which means it will be very hot. The walkway between the Swan and Dolphin hotels is NOT indoors, and I have a feeling we're going to learn to hate it before we leave.
After having brewed some undrinkable coffee, Marie is currently ironing her pants, (I did my ironing yesterday while I was waiting for her to arrive,) and I'm waiting on the guy from the mail office to deliver my bookmarks. Fed Ex swears they delivered the first shipment to my front door a couple of weeks ago, but if they did, Peaches must've swallowed them whole because if she followed her usual MO, there would've been bookmarks all over the place!
We filled out our order for breakfast last night, and we're waiting for that to arrive, too. Marie is still ironing. We had hamburgers for dinner at The Fountain last night, and then went to the pool. The water was so hot I felt like I was swimming in a giant bathtub. I only got cooled off (slightly) when I got out of the water. I stayed in the pool talking to Marie, who was in a chaise lounge, long enough that I weighed a good 500 lbs when I got out. Don't you hate that? You feel buoyant and light while in the water, and then you get out and gravity comes back with a vengeance.
We just finished breakfast, which was good, but pricey, and I'm still waiting for my package to arrive. I've called the mail room again and, I think, convinced the guy that I am indeed in a room with a three-digit room number, as opposed to four. Perhaps my package will arrive before I have to leave for lunch. . . . The maid has already knocked on the door to clean the room--we forgot to put out the Do Not Disturb sign--and I got my hopes up thinking that my bookmarks were actually here. But, alas, no. . . .
The posts for the rest of this week will not be as detailed as this one, primarily because I will not have the time to write them. You may get nothing but hunks, but, so far, I've only taken one picture of one of the swans on top of the hotel:
Hopefully, there will be more pictures later on. I suppose I could take a picture of the dolphin on top of the other hotel and post that. Hold on a minute. . . .
There! Cute little bugger for a gigantic dolphin, isn't it?
So, to pick up where I left off, when I went to get my stuff at the registration booth, the lady who gave me my badge was like, "Ooo, Cheryl Brooks!" and she touched my hand--twice. LOL! That was my rockstar moment for this event. I finally got my bookmarks after telling the mail guy to just send them to the desk, which is what I should have done to begin with. I'll know better next time.
The lunch meeting with my agent went well, and we discussed possible strategies for getting some of my contemporary romances published. Plus, she paid for lunch, which was pretty cool.
The rest of the afternoon is a blur of sore feet from walking back and forth between the Dolphin and the Swan (our room is in the Swan, the conference is in the Dolphin) with the result that I finally gave up on the sandals and went back to my trusty Nikes. The Cat Master just can't do the snazzy shoe thing for an entire day!
I saw Caroline Fyffe, my roomie from RT, and she was looking as lovely as ever! Her new book, Montana Dawn, was just released yesterday. I saw her again at the Librarian and Bookseller Networking Event, and she fussed at me for not actually doing any networking! I'm just not much of a promoter, and though I may not have given my card to any of the librarians, I did put out some bookmarks and cards in the Goody Room.
The Literacy Booksigning event went pretty well. I sold five copies of Outcast and five of Fugitive, plus I sold a book to the lady from Sweden who interviewed me for a union newspaper at last year's conference. Apparently 2000 people entered the raffle to win the signed book she got from me, which was pretty neat! I saw several of my INRWA buddies, including our prez, Sandy James, and sold them some books, too.
The only bad thing about the signing was that you had to sit there for two hours while the volunteers come around to refill your cup of water. I was there from 5 to 7:30 PM, and by then, I was about to pop! Here I am at the signing, wearing the same shirt I wore to last year's event. The shirt may be old, but at least the earrings are new!
My roomie, Marie Force, was there signing her book, Love at First Flight, along with some cool sample booklets of her new ebook with Carina Press, Fatal Affair.
Kate Douglas came over toward the end and we took each other's pictures. This is so different from my first conference. I didn't know anybody then, and it's amazing how much more fun it is when you do!
After the signing, Marie and I went to dinner at an Italian restaurant here at the hotel with two friends from her local chapter. We thought about going to the karaoke bar, but wussed out and came back to the room, and here I am, blogging as usual!
The conference officially starts tomorrow, and I've already decided that the plan to wear some of my dressier outfits (by that, I mean the kind that require knee-high hose) may have to be scrapped. It's too darn hot!!!!
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
So, I suppose I'll have to post two pics. one with eyes, and one without!
THESE TWO PHOTOGRAPHS ARE NOT OF THE SAME MAN!
But they both have really nice lips. . . .
No, wait! I found one!
Okay, now that this important presentation is taken care of, greetings from Orlando! I'm supposed to have lunch with my agent today and then there's the Literacy Booksigning this evening, which leaves the rest of the day for Marie (Force) and me to take Orlando by storm!
Orlando Bloom, that is. . . .
Ha, ha! We wish. . . .
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
- 2 pounds
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 (2 ounce) can black olives, sliced
- 1 (4 ounce) can diced green chili peppers
- 1 (10 ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chile peppers
- 1 (16 ounce) jar taco sauce
- 2 (16 ounce) cans refried beans
- 12 (8 inch) flour tortillas
- 9 ounces shredded
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- In a large skillet over medium heat, saute the ground beef for 5 minutes. Add the onion and garlic, and saute for 5 more minutes. Drain any excess fat, if desired. Mix in the olives, green chile peppers, tomatoes with green chile peppers, taco sauce and refried beans. Stir mixture thoroughly, reduce heat to low, and let simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Spread a thin layer of the meat mixture in the bottom of a 4 quart casserole dish. Cover with a layer of tortillas followed by more meat mixture, then a layer of cheese. Repeat tortilla, meat, cheese pattern until all the tortillas are used, topping off with a layer of meat mixture and cheese.
- Bake for 20 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until cheese is slightly brown and bubbly.
Okay, so his eyes are more sexy than pretty, but he's still one HOT burrito!
Here's another great review of Hero!
Monday, July 26, 2010
I'm gearing up to leave for Orlando tomorrow. I got a last-minute email update from RWA on the Orlando airport, which leads me to believe that the departure from there on Sunday won't be anywhere near as smooth and hassle-free as the one in Indy.
Ah, well... It's only time.
Enjoy the moons with eyes!
Sunday, July 25, 2010
We all say that eyes are the first things we notice about a man. But if Niko were to bring you breakfast in bed, where would your eyes be drawn?
If you can tear those eyes of yours away for a moment, I'm blogging on Wickedly Romantic and Casablanca Authors today.
I know you're thinking that the pictures won't be as revealing there, but I do try. . . .
Saturday, July 24, 2010
and Marco Palli.
I've used the ice cream pic before, (probably for a previous "eyes" post) but it's still one of my favorites. Scrumptiously erotic, tasty, and just plain hot, Klaus also has some other attributes which, unfortunately, Marco doesn't reveal.
Marco, on the other hand, has a gorgeous head of hair to go with those eyes.
It's decision time, ladies. They both have great eyes and both of them can sing, which is always a plus. Given the choice, which would you choose?
In other news, I received this from Whipped Cream Erotic Romance Reviews:
Your story "Hero" was reviewed by us this week and is up for Book of the Week honor this weekend (voting runs from Saturday, July 24th through Sunday July 25th). We thought you might like to know. You can find the information here on Saturday:
So, all you ladies of the CBEB, I urge you to get out and vote!!!
Friday, July 23, 2010
Light the candles on the Birthday Buns and break out the bubbly! It's Ana's Birthday! To help her celebrate, we've got cake, wet buns, and, of course, Ana's favorite hunk, Benji!
Have a great day, Ana!
Thursday, July 22, 2010
I'd better make this quick. I can hear thunder in the distance (actually it's fairly close!) so my internet may get screwed up at any moment.
The main thing I wanted to pass along was this link to the review of Hero on Whipped Cream Erotic Romance Reviews. This is easily the best review any of my books has ever received, which makes me believe that, yes, indeed, I AM getting better at this writing thing!
I have now seen two reviews of Hero, (in addition to what you ladies who won ARC's have sent me!) one written by someone who hadn't read any of the others, and this one, by someone who has obviously followed the series and really gets it. To say I'm pleased is putting it mildly.
If you want the truth, I feel like celebrating! Anyone up for a game of Snatch the Towel? I'd love to see what it's hiding! Who wants to go first?
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
This one looks pretty nice, though, and the soap makes him slicker, which is always a plus.
Does anyone want to volunteer to help this weasel reach its full potential?
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
I know he's not wet, and he's pretty young, too, but honest to God, this is the picture Donna sent along with this recipe. She must have been inspired by the size of his pickle!
DILL PICKLE MEATLOAF
Here's another recipe for your Tasty Tuesday file, Cheryl. Get the Meat from the freezer and loaf pan out of the pantry and find some BIG PICKLES!
- 1 egg
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1/2 cup dill pickle juice
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground
- 1 slice bread, torn into small pieces
- 1 pound lean
- 1/4 cup chopped
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 8x8 inch baking dish.
- Beat the egg in a mixing bowl. Whisk in the onion, pickle juice, salt, and pepper. Stir in the bread until soggy, then mix in the ground beef until evenly combined. Form into a loaf and place into the prepared pan. Stir together the chopped pickles, ketchup, water, sugar, and Worcestershire sauce; pour over the meatloaf.
- Bake in the preheated oven until no longer pink in the center, about 1 hour. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 160 degrees F (70 degrees C).
- Enjoy with a hot, wet hunk!
Monday, July 19, 2010
It all began with a music download to my iTouch, and I'm not sure where it's going to end. It took more than twelve hours to download twenty songs, and I didn't even get the last two because my DH shut off the connection to the internet before all twenty were done. Even with that problem eliminated, my emails still wouldn't load. I'm not sure my download caused the problem, but it certainly made it worse.
Then my DH came to the rescue and reset all the internet stuff and everything started working again! I'd been working on guest blogs for Hero all day and when I could finally access my email, the notification for the first review of Hero came through.
You wouldn't believe the way my heart was pounding when I hit the link! It's downright scary the way reviews can do that to me--and I'm sure other writers feel the same way. Except from the feedback I've received from those of you who won ARC's, I had no idea what anyone would think of it, especially someone who had never read any of the others. Well, now I know. Here's the link to the review of Hero on Fresh Fiction.
I'll be doing a guest blog there on 8/18, and I think I know what I'll be blogging about! NERVES!!!!
Sunday, July 18, 2010
You know what they say about cleanliness!
Keep it clean and enjoy your Sunday!
I'm blogging on Wickedly Romantic today. Come on over and see if I've managed to think of anything interesting to say.
Actually, the odds are against it.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Which brings me to an email that Donna sent me a few days ago with this quote from photographer Tony Duran
There is definitely a double standard when it comes to male nudity in America. We can objectify the hell out of women and that is the norm. But a portrait of a man standing naked is obscene. It is so weird to me. America is really the only country that is like that.
There is such a beauty in the male and female form. They are very different. Not for the obvious cliché reasons, but how they can be captured in light. How is it possible that all artist over centuries have bathed themselves in the nude human form, including artists portraying religious iconography, but somehow in these times-times that are thought to be so progressive, we are viewing the human body as vulgar or obscene.
It is been a goal of mine to keep presenting work that shows bodies in a way that men and women can appreciate, aspire too, and desire. Without crossing any line of vulgarity.Quite frankly--people need to get their heads out of their own asses and start appreciating a few more of other people's asses!
I thought this was a great commentary, but when I Googled Tony Duran, the images that came up were not quite as revealing as I'd hoped. True, they made excellent use of light and were more artistic than pornographic, but even he seems to keep the pants on his male models. It could be that I wasn't seeing a complete representation of his work, but the safe search was turned off on Google images, and I didn't come up with any YD shots. The photo below is one example. It's an excellent photograph, but, again, I think we'd like to see a little more of him.
I've enjoyed providing pics of hot hunks to the ladies (and gents) who follow the CBEB, and I know that many women my age and older (and some younger) haven't had the opportunity to experience this kind of thing before. It tickles me to death to be able to give you all something that you may not have had access to prior to the phenomenon we call the internet, but since I'm not a photographer myself, I have to rely on the work of others. There is one site I found a while back that is closer to what I'd like to see more of, called The Garden of Adam, by photographer Nancy Murrian. Here are a few examples of her work:
These were freebies on the front page, and I've never paid the fee to get into the site because it's probably a copyright infringement to post them here, but I'd be willing to bet her photos are the kind of thing we'd all appreciate seeing more of.
This was one of the first photos I ever used on the blog, and is still one of my favorites. He's not a muscle-bound hunk, but is an excellent example of the kind of male beauty that is a pleasure to the senses.
What are your thoughts?
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
I'm ready to roll on the next book. It's in my head now and it's got to come out. My Derrick Davenport-based Zetithian is gonna knock your socks off!
And just in case you've forgotten about Derrick's main claim to fame here at the CBEB, I'll post one of my favorite examples:
And I'm not talking about his thighs!
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Let's see now, what fabulous recipe has Donna sent me this week? Or should I post one of my own? Actually, I made some chicken last night that was darn good. The guys liked it, anyway, and it was pretty easy. Maybe I should write it up.
Okay, here goes nothing! Just keep in mind that I didn't actually measure anything when I made this.
Adobo Chicken Legs
Chicken legs (I had seven of them)
Lemon pepper seasoning
1 medium onion chopped
3 sweet banana peppers seeded and chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 cup water (or chicken broth)
1 tbsp olive oil
Coat the skillet (I use an iron skillet) with olive oil and put in the chicken legs and throw in the other ingredients, sprinkling it liberally with the Adobo and lemon pepper seasoning. If you don't have Adobo, just use salt, pepper, garlic powder, and oregano. Same thing. Then put a lid on it and cook over medium heat for two hours, turning the chicken once in a while. You can add more water while it's cooking if needed. Mix 1 tsp of cornstarch with 1 tbsp water and add this at the end to thicken the sauce. Serve with mashed potatoes and enjoy with the hunk (or hunks) of your choice!