Welcome October

I feel October stealthily creeping up, disguised in a shawl of brisk,  cool temperatures. A harbinger of rain, sleet, snow and ice, of evenings spent cocooned in blankets warming toes by the  fireplace.  I see through October’s guise and recognize it as a portender of death, the final nail in the coffin for fireplacesummer, but only a prelude to winter’s icy embrace which hankers up ahead.

Fall is my favorite time to write, when life has less  distractions and the heaviness of autumn lays a sound barrier blanket over the static noise, muffling the sounds of the outside world. It’s a quiet, cozy time for me. I can immerse myself more fully into my characters and their lives and be more attentive to the stories they tell.  It’s a time for creating, for breathing life into the fancies of my imagination.

Welcome October.

fall leaves

Life in a Nutshell – Author’s take

I write romantic comedy, but  comedy is often dredged from some of the least humorous of life’s events.   In my book, Life in a Nutshell, you meet Riley Jones, a newly divorced, mid thirty-ish woman, who is trying to pull her life back together.

Beneath the sting of the shower she heard traffic grumbling by, coming to a slow rest at the stop sign on the corner, then gearing up and crawling away. If only it were as easy to wash away the memories…

Riley pressed her forehead to the shower wall, resting, just as traffic had, her thoughts slowing to a dull grind. Pulsating water melted the stress from her neck, back and shoulders, spiraling it silently down the drain. She let herself slide down the wall to form a puddle on the shower floor, melting a little herself, it seemed.

If the entire book had been written in the above context, it would have been a depressing story.  That’s too much pressure to put on any reader.

She woke to the sight of her panties flying round and round, waving like a banner at the end of a ceiling fan blade, and she knew, she just knew, it was going to be a really strange day.

When you add a little levity, as I did in the paragraph above, it allows the reader to come up for air, to shed some of the weightiness of a situation.

A good romantic comedy will put the pressure on, take it off, and put it on again.  Reading should be like a roller coaster ride, fast paced,  with a series of high and lows to move the story forward.

What are some of the qualities you think a good book should  have?  Feel free to comment, I’m open to discussion.

Outrun the night

I wrap myself in a tshirt worn by him, his fragrance tickling my senses as I curl up on the bed.  This shirt that’s cut for man’s’ body is too large for me and the fabric folds itself between my legs, caressing my thighs like a warm hand. I roll over, reaching an arm across the sheets, feeling cold where the warmth of his body should be.

Nights are the hardest. Sometimes I wonder if he’s ever coming home though I know he is. It’s just that he’s been gone so very, very long.  I scrunch a pillow up under my head and lay staring at the ceiling, wishing the night away.

I can hear the wind rattling the outside of the house and  objects thud against the exterior.  I rarely question living this far from town but then the solidarity creeps up and the emptiness I feel inside makes me restless.  I try to outrun the night but I can’t hide from it’s inky chill.

I toss and turn watching shadows dance across the wall, a beam of light reflected from somewhere outside.  The t.v. screen flashes a DishTV message at me.  I turn my face away, ignoring it.

I press his shirt against my nose, close my eyes and breathe deeply.  It’s the nearest thing I have to his touch and I revel in it…for the moment. I can almost hear the soft thudding of his heart, his slow, steady breathing, feel the heat from his flesh.  I swim in a sea of warm memories.

Jeannie Palmer 2012

Blockbuster author Warren Adler is 2015 World’s Best Story celebrity judge

WAR OF THE ROSES.  ‘Nuff said.  It’s been announced that Warren Adler, blockbuster author of War of the Roses, will be this years celebrity judge at The World’s Best Story.  The.  Warren.  Adler.  That’s enough to make even my knees knock.

If you’re not already following this contest, you’re missing out on some great entertainment.    Vincent Salera, the founder of World’s Best Story, has put together an impressive lineup of judges this year.  Warren Adler, Alistair Cross, Samreen Ahsan, Brooke Burgess, Tammara Kennelly, Victor Malarek, and Rhonda Hayter are present.

If I sound like a contest pimp, this is one contest I believe in pimping.

All top 10 finalist stories will be showcased to World’s Best Story licensing partners in nine transmedia categories!

That’s right.  Nine transmedia categories!  You want more?  Here it is:

All  top 10 winners will be represented by WBS Entertainment Co to all World’s Best Story’s trans media partners.
• Print book, e-book, audio book, app, video game, TV, Movie, Merchandise.

And there’s more.  Now pass me my feather boa and walking stick.

Voting has started at the World’s Best Story

Entries are beginning to show and voting has begun over at the World’s Best Story Contest.  This year I opted to submit my YA title, Shattered.  It’s a “novel” approach for me since I write Romantic Comedy.  It’s also a wonderful opportunity for my YA book to get a little exposure.  Shattered is #125 in kindle ebooks foSHATTERED COVERr children.  Not a bad representation, if I do say so myself.

If you’ve hesitated submitting your own story, why wait?  The prize packages are impressive and there’s a line up of noteworthy judges.  The best part is, submission is FREE. While you’re checking out the site make sure you register to vote, and take a peek at the wonderfully talented submissions.  This is your chance to make your voice heard.  There are prizes for readers as well (hint, hint).

Meanwhile, I’ve got my nose to the grindstone determined to finish Life Bites (a Romantic Comedy) by deadline.  This is the sequel to my best selling title, Life in a Nutshell, a Riley Jones novel.

World’s Best Story is BACK!

World’s Best Story is open for entries. Do you think YOU have next block buster story?  If so, what are you waiting for?  Submit your entry NOW.  Voting started today and continues through November 06, 2015.  The contest is open to entries from all around the world and includes a number of genres.

2015 World's Best Story Contest - Now Open!
2015 World’s Best Story Contest – Now Open!

World’s Best Story has an impressive line-up of judges.  Warren Adler (blockbuster author of  The War of the Roses), Alistair Cross (Amazon Best Selling Author), Samreen Ahsan (Multiple award winning author), and Brooke Burgess (Critically acclaimed award winning author/producer).  It doesn’t get much hotter than this, folks.

The crazy, fun part of this is in the winner’s prizes.

“All top 10 finalist stories will be showcased to World’s Best Story licensing partners in nine transmedia categories!”

That’s right.  Nine transmedia categories.  You can read more about that here  and here.

Readers, be sure to sign up so you can VOTE for your favorite authors.  It’s a wonderful opportunity to take a sneak peek inside the covers of new books and discover new authors. Make your voices heard!  Be sure to check out 2014 World’s Best Story winner, Patti Larsenand 2nd place winner, Paul Hollis.

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James Kahn reviews Life in a Nutshell

I was over the moon delighted for my book, Life in a Nutshell, to receive a review from a man of James Kahn’s caliber.  If you’re a fan of Return of the Jedi, Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom, Goonies, Melrose Place or Poltergeist, then you’re a fan of James.  Right now, I’m fan girling him hard!

“Life in a Nutshell” is “Bridget Jones” meets “Bright Lights, Big City.” It starts breathless and keeps you running to the finish. Funny, sexy and smart – this is your next must-read romance novel.”

– James Kahn, writer-producer, Melrose Place

James Kahn’s newest feature film, Wrongside Bob, is shooting next year.  If you’re looking for more GREAT entertainment, follow his progress at https://www.facebook.com/wrongsidebob (like and follow the page for updates)  and check out his website at http://thatjameskahn.com/  .

The CD , Man Walks Into a Bar, that his new feature film is based on can be heard and purchased there. I’d encourage you to take a listen.  While you’re there, hop on over and check out his newest book releases.  I promise, you won’t be disappointed.

Bon appetit~~

As an author with much on my plate, I don’t often take the time to cook for myself.  I’ve been craving a cajun pork loin with 15 bean soup, so I got everything out, prepared to demonstrate my culinary expertise. Spaghetti will be ready around 5 ish.

spaghetti

As the heady aroma of garlic, basil, tomatoes and a blend of savory spices settles around me, I’ll be immersed in the James Patterson Master Writing Class.  I find classes, workshops and retreats to be a boon to my career in the opportunities presented working with the masters and learning from their expertise. It’s also a great reprieve from my own writing demands which, at present, include completion of two books by years end.  Neither book involves cooking.

I do, however, write romantic comedy and YA novels.  I’m eyebrow deep in the sequel to Life in a Nutshell (Life Bites), and a YA apocalyptic book, Phoenix Rising.  Keep your eyes open for updates, which will be posted here.

Sacred Mountain – a post apocalyptic novel

An avid reader, I have an eclectic collection of books on my shelf.  Romance, comedy, thrillers, young adult books…there aren’t many genres I won’t read.

Sacred Mountain, the first in a series of books (Book 1 in the Moreno Series) by Paige Robbins is an action packed post apocalyptic romance that will keep you guessing.  It addresses the issue of life in an “off grid” situation.  Imagine for yourself the complete collapse of a nation.  No means of communication.  Life as you know it no longer exists.  How would you survive?  Who would be in your innermost “circle”?

In a pSacred Mountainost war climate in a nation torn by war, Sissy Moreno fights another battle, with an old flame. Paige Robbins does an excellent job fleshing out her characters and developing an intriguing storyline. From the first page, the reader is drawn into a world of survival and preparation, with cops who aren’t always good, and heroes in unexpected places.

Paige Robbins shows a keen eye toward potential social situations with an awareness of off grid living. It’s evident she’s done her research well as she draws a picture of self-sufficiency and sustainability where each of her characters has a position to fill. I’m looking forward to reading more by this author and have saved her as a favorite so I will know when the sequel to this book is released.

If you’d like to read more, or purchase the book, simply click on the book cover. Amazon offers a free “look inside” feature so be sure to enjoy a glimpse inside this book.

The Hollow Man

Seldom do I read a book of such literary brilliance that I can see the book play out like a movie on the big screen. The Hollow Man, written by Paul Hollis is just such a book.

With a deft intertwining of fact and fiction, this action thriller tells the story of a young field analyst from the U.S. who’s assigned to study emerging terror tactics and keep a watchful eye over the prime minister of Spain. A deadly explosion kills the primeminister and a wild chase ensues as the analyst attempts to uncover the master mind behind the assassination.
The Hollow Man cover
“The buildings were battered and bruised, the rupture
in the street was still bleeding, and thick dust had buried the dead.”

Hollis brings the world of war torn Europe to life in intricate and believable detail. The analyst, with the assistance of his lover, who is also an British agent race against time to thwart what they believe to b
e more than just an assassination attempt.Hollis is a master storyteller with a keen eye for detail. His professionalism is demonstrated in this work by the expert editing, complex characters and a very well managed plot. It was a pleasure to read such a well developed literary work.You can take a sneek peek into this masterpiece by clicking here:  The Hollow Man