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Writing from the Dark Side

Heh! I started out calling this blog post "Blogging from the Darkside" and then went to "Writing from the Darkside" and then went on to finally arrive at "Pubbing from the Darkside".  This little tidbit of information should be able to give you a little hint over what has been happening at the Oliver Homestead since I last posted.

Big News! I am part of a great collaboration with a collection of Writers who decided that if a romance book should be done, it should be done by us! Hence, the beginning of what is now know as Welcome to Serenity Harbor, Maine.

This is huge! This is ginormous! All of the books are set around the fictional coastal Maine town of Serenity Harbor. We didn't limit genre, only that their characters fall in love in Maine.

For me, this was a return to something that I love... well, yes... it was a return to writing. I've blogged a little bit about some of my struggles with illness that left with being unable to write for a whi…
One of the most popular questions that I get is... "You work full time and have two kids. How do you find time to write?"

Let me tell you... you take your opportunities while you can. I wrote today on my breaks and lunch and came up with 7 typed pages. That's better than some days when I try to type and write at the same time!

Just so you can see why I love Coffee Time Romance so much!

This is the review that they gave me for Obsidian... 4 cups! Yeah!



SuspenseRating: 4 cups

Jamie Rivard is a U.S. Coast Guard Officer in the Special Investigating Unit. He is investigating the death of his best friend and fellow officer David who was murdered in a boat explosion, which also injured him. While on medical leave, Jamie unofficial looks at the case David was working on. Working undercover, he hopes to discover who murdered David. Believing Shelby Teague might have a connection Jamie sticks close to her but finds he is falling for her too.
Shelby Teague owns the wharf and runs a store, which is a family business. She became a widow when her husband drowned in the ocean during a dive. Now she fears for her brother Josh since he started diving also. She has started to notice something strange occurring near the place where she takes her nightly walks. Shelby starts developing feelings for the mysterious Jamie who is her new boarder.
When David dies, Jamie is …

Come on and chat with us!

Date: June 3rd Time: 9:00pm Where: Coffee Time Romance Chat Room Now for the WHO! Authors from the Maine Chapter of RWA (MERWA) - Pam Champagne, Lina Gardiner, Lori Libby, Michelle Libby, Jennifer Linforth, Nina Mamone, Teagan Oliver, Nina Pierce, Susan Vaughan Come and join us as the wild and rowdy romance writers from Maine whoop it up and cause general mayhem! We've got a genre to suit just about everyone!

RWA Writer's Check this out!

There is nothing better than Maine in the Fall... unless it's those two weeks of summer we get in August! Kiss of Death PresentsIts Annual Weekend Retreat
Friday, October 3 to Sunday, October 5, 2008
Portland Regency HotelPortland, Maine
Sugar maples dressed in vibrant red, oak leaves turning yellow and shading to bronze. The nip in the evening air that warns winter isn’t too far off. A hint of wood smoke, kids back in school, all alone in the house ... hmmm, there’s a strange noise down in the basement. Hmmm, there it is again, sounds like someone’s ... digging? Maybe staying up late to read “Salem’s Lot” wasn’t such a good idea.
Whatever your interest - romantic suspense, mystery or thriller - share your passion for the written word and a great plot with fellow enthusiasts. Whether you’re a new writer or polishing your sixth manuscript, there’s no better event than Kiss of Death’s annual retreat - and no better place than New England in the fall…

Passing on good advice...

I've been asked to do a presentation at the New Jersey RWA conference. This is a huge honor and I am so grateful to them. But I have one huge problem! I'm afraid of talking in public. The last time I did (also the first time) I ended up finishing and then having a panic attack. But I did it! That's important. Anyway, I decided that the best way to do this is to be as prepared as I possibly can and to look at how others handle speaking in public. I found a great talk about the differences between how men and women present ideas on the Harlequin blog. Channel Your Inner Guy. Anyway, it gave me a great amount of insight into how I should come across and also when I look back at the workshops that I've enjoyed in the past they follow right along with the ideas presented. Kudos to Isabel Swift. I may not need that emergency number for an ambulance after all!
From an interview with Candice Miller Speare, content reviewer for Barbour Publishing, from a blog posting on Novel Journey... click here to read the interview

I don’t know how other people feel about this, but I much prefer an intelligent hero or heroine who walks into danger by accident, not by their own stupidity.

How many times have you read a book or watched a movie and thought..."what were they thinking?" Everyone who writes mysteries and suspense (romantic or otherwise) should read her blog post. She puts to words all the things that made you put down that last book never to return or had you shutting off that movie in disgust.

check it out...