Friday, November 14, 2008

Ghost Whisperer and Walk-ins

What a surprise tonight when on Ghost Whisperer Jim became a walk in!

I'm not a big television watcher. There's a few shows that catch my attention and them half way for the most part. I watched Ghost Whisperer when it first came on and from the beginning I expected Melinda's husband to die. I never felt there was a connection between the two, any chemistry. Now the paranormal investigator guy, there was a connection there. Around year 3 it seemed to get pretty dark and I wasn't too into it. The thing I like about James Van Praagh is that he doesn't see the other side as all sweetness and light. He's a realistic about it and will tell you what you were here is what you are there. You don't suddenly become a goody two shoes if you've been nasty around here.

Three years ago - in fact three years ago this month, Jennifer Cloud and I started writing Her Eyes which was released with Amira Press in January of this year. In the story we have a woman die and there is a walk in. We go into detail about just how the walk in happens and what it means.

Last week I caught the end of Ghost Whisperer and did get a little teary when Jim, the husband character died. I expected it to happen a few years ago, but it was still sad. Well! What a surprise tonight when at the end of the show he becomes a walk in -- in pretty much the same way Jennifer and I have it happen in Her Eyes! It'll be interesting to see just how the television show plays out -- and if there is a dramatic battle between the spirits for the body.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Indentured Bride has been chosen as a Book Club Selection!

on Lost in a Good book! Come and check out the discussion at

The moderators have been hard at work creating discussion questions and reader guides.

Come and join us starting November 1!

Also, stay tuned -- for Nano Write, also starting November 1, I'll be writing Amazonia -- Michael LaRosa's story from Jason's Accord!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Her Eyes 2

Detective Mike Malone's story - I finished the first draft by the end of vacation - at 62,000 words for the first round I think it's a good start. I was ready to dig in and start taking a critical look at it but I signed on to coordinate the Heart to Heart this year and ended up spending part of the last weekend of vacation on it and allllllllllllllllllllllll last weekend on it. This weekend is fortunately a 3 day one and except for getting the final entries off to the agents on the Heart to Heart I can totally dig in an work on that second round. And, I have 3 people who want to do the BETA read! When I started it I wasn't sure where it was going to go -- it started with a dream about a woman trapped in a room, trying to escape. Where it went was definitely something different for me with some seriously dark aspects.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Her Eyes 2 and my vacation

Vacation was waaaayyyyyy too short


I did write 30,000 words on Her Eyes 2 and the first draft is at 62,000! I've got a solid beta reader ready to dig into it after I give it another go round That way sweet, wounded hero cop Mike has got his story and it may be more than he bargained for.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Her Eyes 2 and my vacation

Vacation starts in ohhhhh about 47 hours and I can't wait!

Book signing with Carolyn Jewel and Margaret Lucke Saturday

Wednesday starts RWA and each day the plans get better and better and then I have a week off to write. This year I plan to add 60,000 words to Her Eyes 2 and tell Mike Malone's story. Today I saw the perfect house for my haunted house in Her Eyes 2 -- yes, there's a haunted house in the know those creepy Victorians that have the upstairs dormer windows that look like two eyes peering out at you....the ones with the peeling paint, grayed out shingles from weather and lack of care and the black iron fence surrounding it....and the overgrown yard...that kind of house.

Nice place for a heroine to live.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Finding America's Hero Contest

In America's Hero Austin Quinn plays America's Hero,

Major Cass Winters IS America's Hero
Now is your chance to nominate America's Hero and Help me find Austin Quinn

America's Hero is my newest time travel and due out with Champagne Books ( in March 2009. Austin Quinn is a Hollywood hottie and he has played not only some of the greatest heroes America has seen, he's also played such icons as Achilles and Robin Hood in his movies.

Major Cass Winter is a Marine Corps F/A-18 pilot who just wants nothing to do with the Hollywood hunk. Through a freak incident, both are thrown back in time to before the walls of Troy.

contest with hopefully something for everyone.

Part One is your chance to help me find Austin Quinn. His picture will be on, among things, my website, myspace and blog as well as being able to say "I'm the human reality of Austin Quinn from Regan Taylor's book America's Hero".

The winner will have his photograph featured on Austin Quinn's page on my website and on his own blog, a $25 gift certificate, $25 Starbucks gift card, a download of a Champagne book of choice, a jigsaw puzzle of an air craft carrier and an autographed copy of America's Hero when it is released in print.

Details to nominate Austin Quinn with appropriate links are on my website at

Part Two is finding who your American Hero is--is he the young man who shovels snow for the elderly lady next door? The woman who volunteers for the literacy project? A firefighter rushing code 3 to a fire?

From July 4, 2008 through August 31, 2008 you will have your chance to nominate this hero by going to Austin's Blog at and entering a comment on who your hero is. The winner will receive a $25 Starbucks gift card, $25 gift certificate and the download of their choice from Champagne Books.

Both contests will have nominations open until September 1 (Labor Day) the voting will begin for who epitomizes who a true hero is based on the stories told about this amazing individuals. Voting will run until November 10, 2009 (The Marine Corps Birthday and the day before Veterans' Day). (You will need to leave your email so we can contact the winner.)

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Organ Donation

In Her Eyes one of the key threads turns on an organ donation. It is a core starting point of our story. In the book we touch on fact and fiction surrounding organ transplants. We try to focus on the positive aspects of this amazing gift.

Not long ago I had a conversation with the Marin County California coroner about organ donation and transplants. He told me that most people think that a donor can save three or four lives, maybe up to 8, however, one donor can save or positively impact up to 29 people. That's a tremndous gift to give when you think about saving that many lives. When I joined Brenda Novak and Allison Brennan on a tour of the Sacramento County morgue several months ago their Forensic supervisor confirmed that yes, if you donate you can positively impact an incredible number of lives.

In Her Eyes, we create a fictional positive impact from a transplant. I enjoyed going down that road, looking at pulling together metaphysical, fact, fiction and a smidge of the paranormal into what I think is a really cool story.