Moving Toward the Mountain

I’ve been thinking about goals lately and about what I want out of my writing career. I’ll tell you that, personally, I know quite a few writers. I count many as friends. Some of them you’ve never heard of, and some of them I’m fairly positive you have. Most of these people are working at different levels in their career. Writing their first book. Writing their twentieth. Looking for an agent. Looking for a film deal. Looking for the internal fortitude to take the next step, whatever that may be. Wherever we are, we’re all working and creating and taking the same journey, though in completely different ways. We’re all working toward our personal goals. I’ve talked here before about Neil Gaiman’s exceptional commencement address to the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Honestly, if you are a creative person of any kind, you need to watch or read it […]

The Genius and the Muse is now available!

I’m very excited to announce the release of my fourth book, The Genius and the Muse, today! Buy it at: Amazon Barnes & Noble “The Genius and The Muse is such a lovely story. It’s the type of book where you want to re-read it, because you may find more little delights you missed the first time.”—The Autumn Review It’s a contemporary romance, which is a new genre for me. It’s set in the art world, which I love (I studied ceramics and metal-smithing in a past life). Most importantly, it has Kate and Javi. Oh, Kate and Javi! How I do love my odd couples. And these two might just be my favorite. Here’s a short excerpt from Chapter Thirteen: Javi stared back for a moment before he turned to keep walking down Thomas Street. She joined him, silently taking in the chaotic atmosphere of the Art Walk. The […]

Publishing News and a Fantastic Fundraiser! (with prizes, people)

Ah, Life, you never bore me. Wanted to post today about a few things on different fronts. WRITING: Well, people, I’ll be honest. I haven’t been able to write much lately, which makes me sad and irritable, as my family will probably attest. Between finish editing on The Genius and the Muse, more editing for A Fall of Water, the fourth Elementals book, and moving back to Central California unexpectedly (which is a Good Thing, but has been rather complicated), writing on new projects has been almost non-existent. I’m hoping to get back into the swing of things next month. Until then, my focus is on… PUBLISHING: Yay! Finally, for those who have been waiting, the release date for The Genius and the Muse will be May 2nd, which is just around the corner. In fact, it’s just a week from today! You can read the very first advanced review for […]

A part in “The Conversation”

I hold that it is none of my business what people think of me.  -Ashley Judd (Many thanks to the lovely Shea MacLeod for her post “The Conversation” this morning, which led to the inspiration for this blog post.) This is the old avi I used when I first started blogging. I like this picture of myself. I don’t know why. I’m not wearing any fancy clothes. I don’t think I even have any makeup on. It was taken by the camera on my laptop one night when I finally decided to put a face to my online presence. I snapped the pic, tweaked it so you didn’t notice my messy kitchen so much, then put it up for the world. Looking at that picture now, I think I like it because it captures a lot of my personality. I’m not a stunning classical beauty; I never have been, and […]

Not just a pretty face

The past few weeks I’ve been brushing up and doing final edits on the contemporary romance that I once published here on the blog. I’m aiming for publication on The Genius and the Muse (formerly Tracing Shadows) around the end of next month. At least, that’s the plan. This is my first dip in the Contemporary Romance pool, so I’ve been doing cover research, looking at the lists, checking out marketing and blogs, and it’s made me question something: Will romance readers “buy” a hero who doesn’t fit conventional standards of male beauty? See, The Genius and the Muse is a parallel love story. There are two couples and one of the heroes is, to be frank, not all that handsome by romance novel standards. (Notice, I didn’t say he wasn’t attractive. Attraction is far more subjective.) He’s pretty rough. He’s a welder/sculptor, so he has burns and scars. He’s […]

The Book of the Future: E-books killed the paperback star?

I’ve said in the past that I think the development and broad adoption of e-books is going to be great for bibliophiles; I’m sure many people would disagree with that, but I do have my reasons for saying so. Now, to be clear, a bibliophile is defined as “a person who collects or has great love of books.” So, we’re not just talking about the stories they contain, but the objects themselves. My dad loves thrillers. He’ll listen to tons of them on audiobook while driving (he drives a lot for work) but he’s not attached to the physical copies themselves. I love books. Having them. Collecting them. Getting rid of them is physically painful for me. (Especially if I end up dropping a box on my foot. Ouch.) I am a bibliophile. So, why am I so enthusiastic about e-books? In the face of electronic books dominating the market […]

Reading/Watching/Listening: Christmas Edition

Okay, I’ll admit it, if there’s any season that gets me sentimental and traditional, it’s Christmas. Starting around Thanksgiving, I bake. I crochet. I drive around looking at Christmas lights with my son. I wear tweed if at all possible. Basically, the Christmas season brings out my latent British roots (which are very latent.) And I am, to say the very least, a traditionalist. You will never see a pink Christmas tree at my house. The colors are green, red, and gold. There will be garlands. There will not be a palm tree with lights. (Even though I live in Southern California.) I like my music classical and my films period. So, here’s my Reading/Watching/Listening: Christmas edition: Reading: Elf on a Shelf Now, apparently, this crazy little guy has been around for a while, but this is the first year I’ve heard of him. In our house, he’s named Shrinky, […]

Promotions, Paperbacks, Sales and Stores. Happy Friday!

Crossposted from Elemental Mysteries… (so if you subscribe over there, just delete this email, it’s pretty much the same) It’s the last week before the release of my second book, This Same Earth, and there is much going on with my readers, the Elemental Mysteries world, and e-publishing in general this last month before Christmas. I have promotion news, book news (new book and paperback), a very interesting development in international book stores and e-book expansion, and some belated thanks to a few important people. My news first! (Hey, it’s my blog.) The November promotion for the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption went smashingly, and readers raised over $98 to help promote adoption from the foster care system! Thanks to all of you who bought the book last month. Going forward, look for more news of my involvement and promotion of this charity that is so close to my heart. My new promotion for […]

Tracing Shadows is finished! Epilogue has posted.

The Epilogue: Two Lovers has posted. The story has finished. Thank you so much for your time and attention.  I hope you enjoyed the story. Thanks again to my amazing editing/beta team of Toni Cox and Kristy Scott, along with all the readers for the original story,The Genius and the Muse.  I hope you enjoyed this adaptation, it really was a labor of love. If you enjoy my fiction, I hope you’ll continue to subscribe to the website and check out the Elemental Mysteries series. The first book, A Hidden Fire, will be released in Amazon and Barnes and Noble in just a few weeks!  The website for the series isElementalMysteries.wordpress.com and I hope you’ll consider checking it out and maybe subscribing.  The prologue and first two chapters of Book One are on that site and up for preview. Thanks for reading, Elizabeth