my poster child

May 30, 2008 | Leave a comment

Barkis is a posterboy on the dog-training website of Beaujes. You can see his testimonial here. Judith is a brilliant trainer who uses principles in a fantastic book on dog behavior called The Other End of the Leash.

BeauJes Dog Training & Boarding Testimonials

Susan and Barkis
With the help of Judith and friends,
Barkis went from this…

to this…

my new little friend

May 29, 2008 | 1 Comment

I don’t care what anyone says, that ultra light 6-lb laptop you bought for travel is gonna end up weighing your luggage down by an extra 20 pounds.  I don’t know why this is, but I found the perfect solution at TigerDirect. I’m in LA for Book Expo America, and I’ve brought along the Asus eeepc. It’s about the size and weight of a paperback book and I’m already swooning. It sells for around $330. Having light luggage again? Priceless.

Take an author to lunch.

May 28, 2008 | Leave a comment

How important is it to have fully funded schools?

Real education should educate us out of self into something far finer; into a selflessness which links us with all humanity.                  Nancy Astor

Please join me and other island authors for this very important fundraiser:

Horse of a different color

May 26, 2008 | 4 Comments

The Horsemaster's Daughter 2008 reissueI can’t watch the footage of the horse race. You know which one I mean. No wonder I prefer to stick with fiction. It’s so much more manageable than reality. The Horsemaster’s Daughter is just hitting the stores now. There are chills and thrills in this novel, but I promise, no horses were harmed in its creation.

I love the new cover art. It’s nicer “in person” than online. There’s a muted quality to the illustration and a nice antique-y matte finish. There’s a pale cast to Eliza’s skin which brings to mind all those vampire covers that are so wildly popular these days–not that this is a vampire book. I’m not normally a fan of green in cover art, particularly green foil lettering, but this is eyecatching and beautiful. It’s a good fit thematically, too, since the book is about redemption and renewal.

The one bit I’m not so fond of is the shoutline at the top of the back cover copy: “An unbroken horse, a broken man, an estate that needed her.” What a strange and awkward phrase. I hope people will read right past that. (For the record, the author almost never writes the cover copy.) With the exception of the shoutline, the book’s description is spot-on. Reading over it reminds me of how much passion and tenderness I had for the characters, back when I was writing this book.

By far, my favorite feature of this new edition is the inclusion of a coupon good for $2 off Just Breathe, my upcoming book. Clip it out! Make note of the very limited time offer–it has to be used between August 26 and September 2.

Readers in the Rockies

May 23, 2008 | 2 Comments

Today’s guest blog comes from Theresa Rizzo, a good friend and wonderful writer. Meet us both, along with Karen Joy Fowler, John Shors and many others at the fantastic Readers in the Rockies conference, June 20-22. There’s a writers’ conference, too, all organized by the Crested Butte Friends of the Library.

Join us at Readers in the Rockies!

You will find true success in those efforts that captivate your heart and soul.  Belief fuels passion, and passion rarely fails.”

Things that are as old as me

May 19, 2008 | 7 Comments

  • the patent for Velcro
  • stereo sound
  • Michael Jackson
  • Madonna
  • the state of Alaska
  • the first US satellite
  • The Chipmunk Song
  • I did get the surprise of my life from my sister & niece, in collusion with Jay. They live far away & I haven’t seen them in ages (well, since February but that is ages). I nearly wet myself.

       

    Shaggy dog story

    May 14, 2008 | 1 Comment

    Judging by the search terms in my blog stats, there is a lot of interest in my friend Garth‘s new book. You’re not alone. The Art of Racing in the Rain is a wonderful book by an excellent writer. I loved it and wrote a review here. It’s pretty much my favorite book review site on the web. Where do you go to read book reviews?

    Wings, and arrows, and subtypes–Oh my!

    May 13, 2008 | 23 Comments

    I love books about writing craft. I’ve been hearing for years that enneagrams are a great way to create characters with depth–flaws, humanity and all. The trouble was, I didn’t really understand enneagrams. Then Laurie Campbell (aka Laurie Schnebly) sent me her book, and everything was illuminated. From Laurie’s web site:

    Believable Characters: Creating with Enneagrams
    “A must-have for all writers — here’s your chance to create deep, well-rounded, flesh-and-blood characters!”
    Linda Lael Miller, NYT bestselling author

    This 250-page “how-to” is for writers who want to create plausible, likable characters — each with distinctive strengths and flaws that’ll generate conflict between (and WITHIN) these people. Give your characters the quiz to discover their personality type: Perfectionist, Nurturer, Achiever, Romantic, Observer, Skeptic, Enthusiast, Leader or Peacemaker. Then see how their wings, arrows and subtypes enhance each one, and how their fatal (or not-so-fatal) flaw can be affected by their own unique strengths. 

    So, I am writing a book about a Romantic and an Enthusiast. No wonder they’re giving me such trouble!