Hey all -- my agent, Saritza Hernandez, is looking for an intern. This is a great opportunity for you college people looking for credit and experience. She's posted about the details here, on her blog
and also here, on LJ
I truly can't say enough good things about this woman. She helped put me in a very coveted position with my publisher, and I'm honored to be on her client list. This is a great opportunity for someone, and it's remote--a big plus.
His name is Luka.
He lives on the second floor.
(Totally dating myself with that reference.)
I have an amazing husband who, though wanting a puppy for years, never pushed or complained when I kept saying, “Not just yet.” He’s extremely
happy now. So are the kids. Therefore, so am I. We seemed to have adopted the best behaved pup in the world. No doubt much of that is due to the efforts of the breeder, who came highly recommended.
After owning cats for decades, here’s something that makes me laugh like crazy: advice from strangers on puppy-rearing. I think because it reminds me of all the ridiculous things people used to say to me about child-rearing. Also, for the record (Jennifer), after now having done both, let me say that caring for a puppy is not the same (even remotely) as taking care of a baby. So there. ;-p
Speaking of cats, mine are not amused by the newest member of the family.
Lots of craziness in the world right now. We’ve suspended our trip to Italy for the foreseeable future. Strangely, traveling doesn’t hold the appeal it once did. I'm satisfied with my life at the moment, so maybe that has something to do with my travel apathy.
I have a horrible cold. We ALL have horrible colds. Of course we do. School started two weeks ago, and the insanity hasn’t let up since. This will be the last year of full-on back-to-school craziness as I’ve got two kids ready to hit the real world (well, college
) next fall (pending scholarships). In the meantime, my life’s a circus.
This is okay. I always liked the circus. :)Fellow 1970s children, this link’s for you
New Documentary: Gay Teens Are Ripped From Their Homes in the Name of God in ‘Kidnapped for Christ’
‘N Sync's Lance Bass and former “Real World” star Mike C. Manning executive produced this Showtime documentary, in which homosexual Christian kids are torn violently from their homes and sent to the Dominican Republic. The eye-opening Showtime documentary shines a harsh light on a Christian behavioral modification program called Escuela Carib.
Check this out! Late to the party, as usual, but I just found out Carina Press's M/M box set with Bending the Iron
has been discounted for Pride Month to $.89
. That's right. I was boxed with Josh Lanyon, L.B. Gregg and KC Burn
. *fangirls like a thirteen year old* Do not miss this deal! I've read all these stories, and they are amazing. Take me to the $.89 cent box set! I must have it immediately!
Don't wait. Only five days left on the sale price.
Secrets of Neverwood
is a new M/M contemporary romance anthology by Libby Drew, Diana Copland, and G.B. Lindsey, available from Carina Press June 30th, 2014.
Three foster brothers are called home to Neverwood, the stately Pacific Northwest mansion of their youth. They have nothing in common but a promise to Audrey, the woman they all called mother—that upon her death, they would restore the house and preserve it as a home for troubled boys.
But going home is never easy.
Cal struggles to recover from past heartbreak, while Danny fears his mistakes are too big to overcome. Devon believes he may never break down the barriers that separate him from honest emotion.
On the path to brotherhood, they discover the old mansion holds more than dusty furniture and secret passageways. Audrey’s spirit still walks its halls, intent on guiding “her boys” toward true love, and an old mystery stirs up a new danger—one that could cost the men far more than just the house.
Secrets of Neverwood includes:One Door Closes
by G.B. LindseyThe Growing Season
by Diana CoplandThe Lost Year
by Libby Drew
Welcome to Neverwood, home to lost boys and playful spirits! When Diana, G.B. and I first conceived the Secrets of Neverwood series, our biggest challenge was narrowing our idea field to something manageable. Which story would come first? There were many we wanted to explore—countless men had called Neverwod their home, and many more would do so in the future. That list of potential stories only grew as the first three novellas took shape, and the mansion’s history unfolded.
We consider Nevewood the mansion to be as important to the series as any of our living, breathing characters. In a way, it’s alive as well, host to Audrey’s spirit, as well as others. And like any human being, it’s fickle—hoarding its secrets. Cal, Danny and Devon go far in uncovering some of what’s hidden within its walls, but many mysteries still await the curiosity of other lost boys, whose stories have yet to be told.
Until then, we offer three tales of love and romance, each peppered with ample doses of heartache and suspense. I feel honored to be in the writing company of Diana Copland and G.B. Lindsey, who have been professional acquaintances for years, and whom I’ve admired for just as long. Working with them on this project was truly rewarding.
My novella tells Devon’s story…
Devon McCade is no stranger to adversity. As a photojournalist, he’s seen all manner of human struggle. And as a kid, it’s what brought him to Neverwood, to his foster mother Audrey. It’s what he’s facing now, as he and his foster brothers work to restore the once-stately mansion amidst surprising signs from Audrey herself.
But when another anguished soul arrives at Neverwood, Devon can’t hide behind his camera. Nicholas Hardy is certain he saw his runaway son, Robbie, in a photo Devon took of homeless children. Devon knows all too well that a young teenager on the streets doesn’t have many options—and Robbie has been missing for a full year.
Searching for Robbie with Nicholas stirs memories and passions Devon had thought long lost, yet knowing that Nicholas will leave as soon as Robbie is found keeps him from opening himself up to something permanent. Devon must learn to fight for what he wants to keep—his love, and his home.
Carina Press did a beautiful job with our covers, which we’re excited to reveal today, during the launch of our promotional tour. Many thanks to The Novel Approach
for hosting me for the reveal. (For a look at the cover and blurb for One Door Closes by G.B. Lindsey, pop over to Prism Book Alliance
. For a sneak peek at The Growing Season by Diana Copland, visit Mrs. Condit and Friends
I miss family dinners. My boys are off creating lives of their own. Playing sports, pursuing other interests. Working. Planning their futures. The girls are equally busy, but still need us there with them every day. Exhausing and wonderful in equal measure. I know my life will one day be less about them and more about me. I’m both dreading and
looking forward to that. Hey, I’m not building that retirement fund for nothing. We’re going places and doing things, me and that guy I married. Things I’ve put on the back burner for a couple of decades now. We’ve got plans
But for now, I cherish the present. We have this routine at dinnertime: each person takes a turn telling the rest of us about the best part of their day. I’ve learned so much about my kids from this short, nightly conversation. Gleaned insights into their goals and dreams. Shared their disappointments and failures. Celebrated their successes. Bolstered their flagging self-confidence and cautioned their ego-centric behavior. Rolled my eyes. Cried. Laughed.
Getting us all around the dinner table these days is almost impossible. Too many other things intefere. School Sports. Clubs. Work. So as my children explore their independence—and as I let them—I find myself grieving for this small thing. The sound of silverware on plates. Food being passed around the table. Burst of laughter. Good-natured bickering. But most of all, I miss how we shared the happiest moments of our lives with each other, which was by far the best sustenance of all.
In slightly less maudlin news, we painted E’s room for her birthday. Her favorite color is blue. We learned early on not to give her anything pink, lest she smother us in our sleep. Yes, that is a softball sitting next to all her body creams, makeup, and perfumes. It was signed by Jennie Finch
. My daughter’s mantra is, “You can do anything in a dress. Including pitch a perfect game.” Which is true, because I’ve seen her do it.
So much for keeping up with LJ. Last entry was February 5th. My life, it’s busy.
• Younger son turned sweet sixteen a couple of days ago. He now has a driving permit. One child driving was nerve-wracking enough. Two might put me over the edge. But I’m less worried about this kid, because he’s so serious. I mean, too
serious for a teenager. He needs to stop worrying about getting internships and going Ivy League (mostly cause mom can’t afford it) and start having a bit of fun. The responsibilities of adulthood come fast enough, baby. Enjoy your youth.
• Remember Biscuit
? Sadly, her brother, Ranger, passed a couple of weeks ago. It was relatively quick. He was trotting across the kitchen toward the food bowl and suddenly his back legs went out from under him. We all chuckled at first, but as soon as he started struggling to stand and howling (In fear, most likely. The vet assured me he probably felt no pain.) the girls started bawling. I managed to get all the kids out the door to school, and me and that guy I married wrapped Ranger up and drove him to the vet. He was unresponsive and barely breathing by the time we got there. I held him until it was over. RIP, Ranger. You had a good run. 1997-2014
Ranger and Biscuit. They loved sleeping together in my window boxes.
• One more cold, wintry day and I might scream. Although there’s something to be said for dark, snowy mornings when the kids DO go to school. *ahem* Both me and that guy I married work from home, an arrangement that has its advantages.
• Writing is happening slowly at the moment. Just too many other things to take up my time. But there will be cover reveals soon for Neverwood
! Stay tuned.
• I want to see Guardians of the Galaxy
immediately. Right now. Today. Delayed gratification, you’re a cruel mistress.
Five bullet points make a post! Go me!
I knew you guys would come through for me. *hugs* I made it to the finals! The last round of voting takes place today, so if you feel inclined, go cast your vote for Author of the Month. VOTE HERE!!
In other news, I will soon be a proud parent to a Brittany puppy:
So excited! I hope the cats don't stage a revolt. They've been meeting in dark corners and look shifty when I walk by. I think they suspect something.
I’ve seen you in action, LJ. I know your potential. You can move mountains. I don’t believe all the naysayers who claim you’re dead. Obsolete. A platform of the past. Nonsense! And to prove this, I’m going to exploit you for my own personal gain. Wait, no… yes. No. YES! That’s exactly what I’m going to do. *evil cackle*
All kidding aside, I really am going to shamelessly ask you to use
The Force, ESP, gamma rays, Thor’s hammer,
your finger to pop on over to Mrs. Condit Reviews
today and vote for me for Author of the Month. However, if you get over there and see someone you like better—because competition is extremely stiff (yes, I went there)—then vote for that
author. But please vote! You’ll be supporting a great review site as well as some awesome authors.
I’m up for Author of the Month on the merits of Paradox Lost
, which to my happy surprise, has been getting some impressive reviews. As I’ve been popping around the net promoting it, I’ve released a few exclusive excerpts. Now that those giveaways are over, I’m going to post those snippets here, in case you want to take a bite. See if the book fits your taste.
Thank you and PLEASE GO AND VOTE( And now… those excerpts from Paradox Lost:Collapse )
Pointing everyone to a great blog post by Amy Lane, where she discusses ideas for helping authors deal with bad reviews. Amy makes a lot of great points. New and
experienced writers might want to give it a looksee. I found myself nodding along with much of it.
Four years in publishing and ten years on LJ means I’ve already seen and experienced much of what Amy’s touching on, although I will say there’s an informal code among the LJ writing community to keep feedback positive when the stories are provided “for free.” I’ve often lamented that, but it is what it is. I can see both sides of that argument.
In her post, Amy lists examples of "good" and "bad" reviews for the same book. Read them. They summarize her point succinctly. In the end, a review is born from one person’s opinion. I remember a review I received on Amazon for 40 Souls to Keep
. I assume it’s still there. The reviewer was angry because my character, Jase, used his power on a Burger King worker, which, this person fumed, was really cruel. The worker probably got in trouble with his boss at the end of his shift. I have to admit, I never gave the welfare of said minor fictional character a second thought. He had one appearance and six lines of dialogue. Was he fired? Who knows? But it mattered to this particular reviewer.
You can’t control what beliefs and prejudices a person brings with them when they sit down to read your book. So make a pact with yourself: Don’t worry about it, and don’t take negative comments personally.
One final thing. I do disagree slightly with one of Amy’s points: hype alone did you a disservice
. If you’re selling something—a television, a pair of jeans, a movie, a book, anything—hype never does you a disservice. Hype gets people talking about your thing
. It gets people to buy your thing
. They might not like it in the end, but hey, they bought it. That’s not cold, it’s business. Even negative hype does its job. How many people do you think bought 50 Shades of Grey
even though they heard it was the worst piece of garbage ever written? Lots. Millions. Will those people who hated your thing buy the next thing you put out there? Maybe. Maybe not. It will probably depend on the hype.
Amy’s post is here: Reviewing Reviews
The winners of my final, final contst are... commentors 11 and 19!
That would be idamus
! Congratulations, you two. Email me at libbydrew(at)yahoo.com to claim your advance copy of Paradox Lost
And thanks to everyone
Here's something fun: A newscast from 1981 about this new and amazing
phenomenon: reading the daily news on the Internet.
It's hard to say what part's the funniest. Maybe when they introduce their one interviewee as "Man who owns a home computer". That lucky dude. I guess it was
a bit rare back in the dark ages of the early 80's.
(Also, comments under the vid are hilarious
I'm raffling off two advance copies of Paradox Lost
. The books will be delivered Wednesday, January 22, nearly a week before official release. To enter, just leave a comment here. That's it. Next Wednesday, the names of all commenters will go into a hat--a purple fluffy number that I knitted myself (yes, I do knit!)--TWO names will be chosen, and TWO someones will be getting the book in their email. See how easy? No jumping through hoops.
The same contest will be running concurrently on my website and Goodreads
, so if you want to increase your chances, enter there also. But those sites only have one copy in the raffle. You guys get two, because... I love you more. I wish I could give it away to everyone here on LJ, but that would get me blacklisted by my publisher. And well... I love them too.
WHY IS LOVE SO HARD?
Anyone who added Paradox Lost
to their Goodreads account between last Thursday and yesterday evening was eligible to receive an ARC of the book. I'm very pleased to announce the winner is PaperMoon! Thanks very much to everyone who participated. Ready for contest #2?
Tweet about #ParadoxLost between today and next Thursday evening for a chance at another
advanced copy of the book, to be delivered immediately, ten days before it's official release. One tweet is all it takes to be entered. Make sure to add #libbydrewauthor to your tweet so I can keep track of who's in the drawing. Good luck!
Readers! All Romance Ebooks has an amazing contest going on this month! And you're entered for every
review you leave!
Resolve to Read and Review in 2014!
This year why not resolve to review all the books you read. Help your fellow readers find the kind of books they're looking for and promote your favorite books and authors at the same time.
Enter to Win our Resolve to Read and Review Contest.
There are 31 days in January and we will have 31 winners! Each winner will receive the contents of their AllRomance.com / OmniLit.com wishlist - up to a value of $100.00.
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Be sure to read the contest page for more details, including the fine print.
So what are you waiting for? ;)
is now available on Netgalley
And those of you who add the book on Goodreads between today and next Thursday will be entered to win an advanced copy, which I will deliver next Friday. I'll be monitoring Goodreads, but to make sure I don't miss you, please comment here as well. (You are under no obligation to review the book if you win it in the drawing.)
Time travel tour guide Reegan McNamara’s job—taking eager tourists whenever they want to go—is usually a breeze. A trip back to 2020 to watch a world-changing speech seems no different, until a woman runs away from his tour group before the jump home. Now her tycoon husband is demanding her safe return—or Reegan will lose more than just his job.
PI Saul Kildare’s business is running on borrowed time. Due to a messy break with the police, he can’t get a referral to save his life. When an enigmatic stranger bangs on his door one night and promises a windfall for a missing-person case, it seems too good to be true. But the two men have an immediate connection, and Saul can’t pass up the chance to spend more time with Reegan, even if he is clearly hiding something.
Saul knows he shouldn’t trust Reegan, and Reegan knows he can’t get involved with Saul. But as their attraction evolves into feelings neither can deny, will they have the strength to take a leap of faith – together?Available January 27, 2014 from Carina Press
Happy New Year!
2013… what can I say? It was busy. Lots of good happened. Some not so good, but those things seem trivial in retrospect. I wrote over 182,000 words of fiction—original, gift, and fan. I’m satisfied with that. Very satisfied. A good portion of those words make up two books that will be published this year.
I wished I had spent more time on LJ. That's one thing I plan to do better in 2014. I don’t mean all that promo crap either. I mean the fun stuff. Meta. Silly family posts. Memes. Recs. I vow to comment more on friends’ posts. I have no excuse for my silence beyond that I can be incredibly lazy.
I think it’s going to be an exciting year. I’ve got two kids on the cusp of big things. Things they worked hard for. I’m very proud of them. And apprehensive, but that’s a mother’s prerogative.
As for writing, I’ve got loads of ideas for books, a better understanding of how to mesh what sells with the kind of story I like to tell, and a solid support group of friends and professionals. I just need to pick an idea out of pile and run with it.
Resolutions, I have them. I promise to better balance the scales of work and play. To remember my kids won’t be kids forever. To be silly and romantic with my husband whenever I can. And to never forget how lucky I am.
Have a recipe! It’s cold and snowy here tonight. This is a favorite when we’re all home for dinner.
Apple Butter Pork Loin:
4lb pork loin (or 2-2lb loins)
1 cup apple butter
½ cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cloves
2 cups apple juice
4 T water
Salt and pepper to taste
SO easy. Salt and pepper the loins and place them in a 13x9 baking dish. Pour apple juice over the meat, cover, and bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees. Mix the remaining ingredients. After an hour, remove the loins from the oven and cover them with the apple butter mixture. Re-cover and bake for an additional 45 minutes to an hour. Watch the meat carefully to make sure it doesn’t overcook. Internal temperature should be 145 degrees.
Like I said, super simple and super tasty. Comfort food on a wintry night. (Goes great with rosemary roasted potatoes. Just sayin’!)
So after all these years, I finally caved and agreed to a puppy. Yeah, it's been a long wait, but that guy I married understood and never pushed the issue. See, up until recently, I wasn't ready to take on another baby. Any animal that comes into our family is, well... family, and I needed all the kids old enough to understand that.
Now the question is, buy the Brittany we've always talked about? Or go with the kids' and husband's shiny new discovery--the English Cream Golden Retriever?
English Cream Golden Retriever Puppy
English Cream Adult
I'M SO TORN! They're both great family dogs. Does anyone here have any experience with either breed?