Monday, July 7, 2014

Blog Challenge #20: Down time is critical

In her Mashable article: 7 Reasons You Should Unplug This Summer, Kyli Singh includes things like improved health, career and sleep among her reasons for giving your brain a tech break. In my house, we have had to implement a daily "no-tech" hour for our son who suffers from seizures. It wasn't until he pointed out how many hours I work in front of a screen that I realized how much I needed a break from the screen as well. This weekend, I vowed to spend less screen time reading and more paper time reading.

Reading for pleasure is such a rarity these days for me that when I can do so without guilt, I savor every second of it. This weekend, I did a full unplug and only read on my iPad if I was in a non-wifi area. Yes, I can just turn off the WiFi on my iPad and read without distractions but I like to play Frozen Free Fall and The Sims FreePlay on my downtime too so I tend to leave the WiFi turned on.

But because I also edit manuscripts on my iPad when I really want to unplug and not be tempted to check email, switch to iAnnotate or Evernote and do agency work, I pick up a paperback, sit in my reading chair (now comfortably located in my bedroom) and immerse myself in some good ole book reading!

Is there anything more incredible than the worlds you get to explore when you're reading? This weekend, I picked up two books: Seanan McGuire's Discount Armageddon and Tiffany Reisz's The Siren. Both books I've been dying to read for months and just couldn't find the time to sit and savor. Now, reading more than one book at a time is something I do regularly so it's not uncommon for me to have several books in my "Currently Reading" shelf on Goodreads. After finishing The Death Cure, the final book in The Maze Hunter trilogy last weekend, I decided to spend this weekend with kick-ass female authors writing about kick-ass female main characters.

It felt great to spend a little time with my paperback friends. Next weekend, I think I will truly unplug and see how long I can last without any technology. I'm thinking it'll only last one day, but hey... it's a start, right?

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Blog Challenge #19: What do you mean you're bored?

My teenagers are home for the summer so that means my house is a mess, my fridge is empty and the piles of laundry are threatening to consume us. It also means I get to hear things like, "there's nothing to do" and "I'm bored, Mom!"

Really? You're bored? Well, if you didn't stay up playing video games until 2 AM then woke at 2 PM to stare at the ceiling (which could use some dusting, just sayin') and actually did your chores on time, picked up a book, went outside (and take out the garbage while you're at it), you wouldn't be bored, son!

In the course of one day, I get more done than any of my teenagers (or husband) and I don't know if it's because I'm just a can't-sit-on-my-ass-all-day kind of person or if it's because they are! Either way, I know I've shared my workday with you before but today was all kinds of special in its ability to pack a whole lot of work in a short period of time.

Behold, my day of Thor! Or as the modern mortals refer to it: Thursday.


  • Attended three hour-long conference calls. Two which required me to actually pay attention!
  • Washed, dried and folded two loads of laundry. Actually have to move third into the dryer, don't let me forget.
  • Wrote two pitch proposals. Awesome proposals if I do say so myself.
  • Spoke with two clients over the phone and nine via emails.
  • Posted random Harry Potter Diagon Alley stuff to Facebook. Everyone needs a break, right?
  • Answered discussion board questions for Writer Digest Boot Camp for two hours.
  • Reviewed one query, synopsis and sample pages for a Brenda Novak auction winner.
  • Made revisions on a client manuscript. (Just 230 pages left to go on that one!)
  • Tested software systems for day job.
  • Cleaned up server files for day job.
All while maintaining my level of awesome. I'm sure there was more but I can't remember it all right now. Right now, I'm thinking of dinner and wherefore art thou, dinner?

Friday, June 13, 2014

Welcome Karen Stivali to the Corvisiero Literary Agency

Please join me in welcoming new client Karen Stivali to the Corvisiero Literary Agency. Her two New Adult novellas, MOMENT OF IMPACT, a male/male romance and FOUR DAYS TO FOREVER, a steamy contemporary romance caught my ear (as well as that of several publishers) at this year's Romantic Times Booklovers Conference's Pitch-A-Palooza event and we have hit the ground running! Her debut male/male romance novella is currently in negotiation! 

Welcome, Karen Stivali!

Karen Stivali is a prolific writer, compulsive baker and chocoholic with a penchant for books, movies and fictional British men. When she’s not writing, she can be found cooking extravagant meals and serving them to family and friends. Prior to deciding to write full time Karen worked as a hand drawn animator, a clinical therapist, and held various food-related jobs ranging from waitress to specialty cake maker. Planning elaborate parties and fundraisers takes up what’s left of her time and sanity.

Karen has always been fascinated by the way people relate to one another so she favors books and movies that feature richly detailed characters and their relationships. In her own writing she likes to explore the dynamics between characters and has a tendency to craft romantic love stories filled with sarcasm and sexy details.


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Tara Lain Signs New Three-Book Contract with Dreamspinner Press for LOVE IN LAGUNA Series

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tara Lain Signs New Three-Book Contract with Dreamspinner Press for LOVE IN LAGUNA Series

Publication Dates for the contemporary gay romances set for 2015 and 2016

Laguna Beach, CA., June 10, 2014 — Known for her romance novels set in Laguna Beach, a small, seaside town of artists and surfers in the middle of the huge southern California megaplex, author Tara Lain today announced the signing of a three-book contract with Dreamspinner Press for a new series entitled Love in Laguna. The individual book titles are Knight of Ocean Avenue, Prince of the Playhouse and Knave of Broken Hearts. The contract was negotiated by Tara’s agent, Saritza Hernandez of the Corvisiero Literary Agency, New York.

“These books are very close to my heart,” said Lain, who is best known for writing Male/Male romance, which is growing rapidly in mainstream popularity. “Each of them is wholly or partly set in my favorite town and concerns real issues of ‘coming out’ or even realizing true sexual orientation in a man’s twenties or thirties versus his teens. Like all my books, they’re very romantic and concern couples who often have strong differences — and strong attraction.”

Among Lain’s most popular works are her Balls to the Wall series all of which take place in Laguna Beach. Most of the books in this series — Volley Balls, Fire Balls, Beach Balls, Snow Balls, and F.A.S.T. Balls — have appeared on the Amazon list of 100 top-selling gay romances in their publication years.

Lain is also known for her recently introduced paranormal series with Dreamspinner Press. Tales of the Harker Pack, the first two books of which — The Pack or the Panther and Wolf in Gucci Loafers — have been Amazon bestsellers and have reached number one at All Romance eBooks.

“I’m very happy to be working with Dreamspinner on this new series. We’re two books into my recently signed contract for the Long Pass Chronicles, and I’m enjoying their editing and publishing process so much. Love in Laguna couldn’t have a better home.”

The first book in the new series, Knight of Ocean Avenue, will be introduced shortly before the Romantic Times Conference in May 2015. Prince of the Playhouse will follow in the fall of 2015 and Knave of Broken Hearts in 2016.

About the Author

Tara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in LGBT erotic romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her first novel was published in January of 2011 and she’s now somewhere around book 25. Her best-selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Erotic Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance, Best Gay Characters, and Tara has been named Best Writer of the Year in the LRC Awards. In her other job, Tara owns an advertising and public relations firm. She often does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft.  She lives with her soul-mate husband and her soul-mate dog in Laguna Beach, California, a pretty seaside town where she sets a lot of her books.  Passionate about diversity, justice, and new experiences, Tara says on her tombstone it will say “Yes”!

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Friday, June 6, 2014

For Immediate Release - CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIRE author wins Emerging Author Award

GLBT YA AUTHOR JULIANN RICH WINS 2014 SAINTS & SINNERS EMERGING AUTHOR AWARD FOR CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIRE

"CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIRE speaks to those of us who know what it’s like to search for ourselves, then turn away when we’re not sure what we see. Jonathan’s struggles go straight to your heart, and his decisions will have you both rooting for him and holding your breath." – Kirstin Cronn-Mills, author of BEAUTIFUL MUSIC FOR UGLY CHILDREN, 2013 Lambda Literary Award finalist and 2014 ALA Stonewall Award winner

“Juliann Rich has written a coming of age story that is at once bittersweet, fun, and sexy, capturing the complex layers of angst and joy that teens encounter when caught between wanting to be accepted and being true to who they are.” — Alex Sanchez, author RAINBOW BOYS and THE GOD BOX

Minneapolis, MN — A PFLAG Mom who can be found walking Pride parades with her son, Juliann Rich was born and raised in Minnesota. The daughter of evangelical Christian parents, Juliann has been caught in the crossfire of the most heated topic to challenge our society and our churches today. She is committed to writing stories that shed light on the conflicts that arise when sexual orientation, spirituality, family dynamics, and peer relationships collide.

Juliann is available for interviews, Q&A discussions, blog posts and articles on topics relating to:
  • Faith and the GLBT youth
  • Faith in GLBT fiction
  • Writing for the GLBT Young Adult audience
  • Diversity in Young Adult fiction

When she is not writing, she enjoys hiking through a forest or canoeing the many lakes in the Minnesota River Valley.

ABOUT THE BOOK Two boys at Bible camp; one forbidden love. That is the dilemma sixteen-year-old Jonathan Cooper faces when he goes away to Spirit Lake Bible Camp, an oasis for teen believers situated along Minnesota’s rugged north shore. He is expecting a summer of mosquito bites, bonfires with S’mores, and photography classes with Simon, his favorite counselor, who always helps Jonathan see his life in perfect focus.

What he isn’t expecting is Ian McGuire, a new camper who openly argues against phrases like pray the gay away. Ian is certain of many things, including what could happen between them if only Jonathan could surrender to his feelings. Jonathan, however, tosses in a storm of indecision between his belief in God and his inability to stay away from Ian. When a real storm hits and Ian is lost in it, Jonathan is forced to make a public decision that changes his life.

Contact Juliann Rich at juliannrichbooks@gmail.com to schedule interviews, reviews, signings and public speaking engagements and visit her on the Web at: http://www.juliannrich.com/
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