Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
I’m assuming Linda would want you all to know about this so I’m passing this on.
Starting Monday I will be kicking off a month long series called Taking Action Against Breast Cancer on ABC Action News at 5. October is breast cancer awareness month and as the health reporter I feel the need to remind women the importance of taking care of themselves. I also lost my mother to breast cancer. She never lived to meet my children. It still breaks my heart today. I hope you all will watch if you can. You can always catch my stories on www.abcactionnews.com/breastcancer
There's a video story posted on the site tonight on my mother's journey.
My other stories will start posting tomorrow. Including the story of a woman who had both healthy breasts, her uterus and both ovaries removed because she tested positive for the BCRA gene. Another woman had no insurance so she didn't get a mammogram for four years. By the time she felt the lump she had stage 2 breast cancer and no way to pay for a mastectomy. We followed her as she searched for a surgeon willing to save
her life for free.
Please share with me any ideas or other stories. As always I appreciate your feedback and your help by visiting the site.
Hope everyone is well and if you haven't had your mammogram this year - go get one. For me. :-) If you can't afford one, email me off line and I'll share with you where you can get one, if you qualify, for free.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
“Bad decisions often make good stories ...”
Think about it. When I sort through all my bad decisions, I’ll pick out one...
Oh, yes. I remember...I decided to rent an RV to see if it was a good way of taking a family vacation before we decided to buy one. Logical thinking. Sure. The transmission started breaking down 20 miles out of town. Did we turn around? No. We self diagnosed the problem and thought the RV had a governor to regulate the speed. Once we pooh-poohed that, we decided we’d gotten bad gas. For the next week we proceeded to lose a gear every two days. Once we turned around, thank goodness we live in Florida which is south and downhill from Georgia (It really is downhill. You can coast from NC to GA to FL. We actually did it.)
After the trip, my solution to unreliable rentals was...buy an RV of our very own. Don’t ask! I don’t to this day know how I came up with that convoluted conclusion from the test run in the rental. Warped logic, I think. Eliza’s family ‘Griswold’ vacation was only the first of many RV calamities. Remind me to tell you about Yellowstone or Miami or the second NC trip.
Now you confess. What bad decisions are you still telling stories about? Leave a comment.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
THE LION, THE LEOPARD AND THE WOLF is receiving excellent reader reviews so far. If you read the book please let me know how you enjoyed my Enchanted Mountain story.
I'm being interviewed about my books and writing methods. You can read the whole thing at Faith V. Smith's Blog anytime you want.
I'd love it if you would leave a comment and let me know how you enjoyed it.
Please don't forget to vote in my latest poll. :-)
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Suddenly I wondered why a reviewer's post with positive comments should matter more to me than those of a long-time reader. A long-time reader buys you no matter what...until the day you stop writing what she wants to read. SHe can be more critical. A reviewer may or may not also be that same loyal fan, but usually they're reading a wide variety of authors. It's their job, not necessarily their pleasure. I know. I know. It can be both. :-)
I am a reader. I'm thinking about Nora Roberts, not me today. One book disappoints. Even she has a bad day once in awhile. The book is on the NY Times best-seller list not because it's the best thing she ever wrote, not because it's better than some that aren't on that list, but because she has a history of writing for her readers and a branded name.
I'll trust a reader's review, and an author's name, more than the NY Times Reviewer or the list.
What do you think? Have I opened a can of worms? I told you it's dangerous for me to think.
~~~Eliza & Vote in the Poll please. Chests choices can be found on Sept10th Blog
Monday, September 14, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Saturday, September 5, 2009
For those of you who care to follow, my ID is ElizaMWrites.
One more techie thing to conquer. I did find a great place on the web that I'm researching. Anyone know anything about SECOND LIFE? Looks like a virtual world where you can go and be anyone you want. I do that with my books, but this is 3-D.
Lots of Love to go around? BIG LOVE in reverse is my kind of story. So read this and check their website.
Erotic publisher review: Siren Publishing: Ménage Amour imprint
September 3, 4:38 PM
San Diego Erotica and Romance Books Examiner
Siren Publishing has a very unique imprint of books, called Ménage Amour,
that basically celebrates the love of many partners, either centered
on a woman (lucky girl!) with multiple male partners (m/f/m or m/m/f or
f/m/m/m, etc.) or on males loving each other (m/m/m or m/m/m/m, etc.)As
this is the only publisher of its kind (and I looked, so if there are
others forgive me) this makes them ahead of the game not only for
quality erotica, but for just being the first to give women what
they're craving for, as evidenced by (as of this review) the 103 titles
and counting. The stories range from BDSM, sci-fi, fantasy, to contemporary, to an all cowboy ménage line! Only
having read a few of the stories so far, this small imprint is
definitely big on the idea of polyamorous relationships working and
really delivers some fantastic storylines from some great authors.
Check it out today!
http://www.examiner .com/x-5465- San-Diego- Erotica-and- Romance-Books- Examiner~ y2009m9d3- Erotic-publisher -review-Siren- Publishing- Ménage-Amour- imprint
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Noooo cheating. . . Tomorrow, I'll ask you to identify one of the heroes.
Oh, yes and by the way, if you've read it, would you please leave me a comment? I'd love to know how you enjoyed my little story.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
YOU’RE entitled to panic when . . .
· You go to close your manuscript in Word and it asks you if you want to save any changes and you swear you didn’t make any.
· You get up during the night, don’t turn on the light and step in something wet
· Worse yet ... something scurries over your foot
· Or you walk into a spider’s web large enough to be a curtain
· Or you bump into someone and remember no one’s home
Now, here are some alcohol induced panic moments:
· You roll over in bed and you don’t recognize the person beside you
· You turn to the other side and there’s someone else laying there you don’t recognize
· You walk outside and don’t have any idea where you are
· It’s not the right season
· Did you remember to put on underwear this morning?
Can you come up with any other panic moments? I bet you can!
Don’t forget to order your copy of THE LION, THE LEOPARD AND THE WOLF. It will be available tomorrow from Siren-BookStrand Publishing
Have a Great Day
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Hot Highland Fling topped the best seller list of Books in a Series. It’s # 2 for Rosette sales and # 7 in the all Scarlet sales. Here’s the snapshot. Go to the buy site and read all the wonderful reviews. I’m thrilled with the wonderful reception Ailsa and Colin’s story has received.
1. Hot Highland Fling
2. Forbidden Island
3. Made In Mexico [Destination...
4. Thai'd Up
5. Deep Down Under [Destination...
6. Sultry Saudi Nights [Destination...
7. Double Deutsch [Destination...
8. Paris Exposé
9. Passion In Paris
10. Take Me Again, Sam [Destination...
Thursday, August 27, 2009
The only time I look forward to a red light is . . .
· When I'm trying to finish a text or read my email
· If I’ve poked myself in the eye with my mascara wand
· When I need to change the CD and the one I want is out of reach
· When I ask myself, ”Did my cell phone just slide under the seat?”
· When the guy waiting at the corner is hotter than hell
· When I dump my coffee all over the console
· When I dump my coffee all over me while I’m looking at the hot guy waiting at the light
When do I want the light to stay green?
· When the alarm went off five minutes after your appointment
· When the guy at the corner is my ex
· When the woman in the car next to me is the one dating my ex
· When the woman in the car next to me is the ex of the guy I’m dating
· When the guy at the corner is someone I slept with and can’t remember his name
Do you have any others? Sure you do!
Friday, August 21, 2009
"To confine our attention to terrestrial matters would limit the human spirit." Stephen Hawking
I’ve taken the liberty of expanding Stephen’s thought. “ . . . or to confine my imagination to the concrete, the known, reality instead of possibility, fact instead of fiction . . . suffocates my spirit.” ~~ Eliza
Today I’m opening my mind and allowing my imagination free reign. I’m releasing a couple of characters to allow them to act out their story. So far I have a prominent middle-aged woman, the head of a huge baking system, escaping the restrictions of her position on the Greek island of Santorini, a place some believe is the remains of the lost continent of Atlantis. There to fulfill her every fantasy, she meets a younger man capable of doing just that.
They’re ready for some conflict, and I’m just the right person to deliver it in the form of two other fabulous men joining the mix. Hee, hee, hee. Let’s see them get out of this in my next book, SULTRY SANTORINI SUNSET. (See a much shorter title as I promised my fans and a lot more men.)
Thursday, August 20, 2009
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow;
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the scent on fragrant bloom;
The sunlight’s warmth at summer's noon.
Do not stand at my grave and sigh;
I am not there, I do not lie.
I am the light on ripened grain;
The gentle mist of autumn's rain.
When you wake in morn’s soft hush;
I am the swift uplifting rush...
Of quiet birds in circled flight;
I am the star that shines at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there, … I did not die.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
"No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway to the human spirit." Helen Keller
A woman who couldn’t see or hear understood this concept when so many others do not. There’s no room in life for negative thoughts. Your mind believes what you tell it. Tell it whatever you want to believe and watch how fast you achieve it. ~~ Eliza March
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
"All the resources we need are in our mind." Theodore Roosevelt
I have an early morning meeting and swear I’m going to finish my revisions by tomorrow afternoon. I will not spend the day on the internet – I will not spend the day on the internet – I will not...
Hey, I have an idea, one of you pick a subject to entertain me when I get finished with the book. YES!
~~ Eliza J
Let me preface this with a disclaimer and ask you to keep an open mind. Disregard your opinions one way or the other about the woman in subject. This isn't about whether you do or do not like the woman who is our Secretary of State, but the circumstance from which I believed she triumphed. JMHO
I watched the incident when the reporter asked Hilary Clinton what Bill Clinton thought about an issue which was clearly a situation the Secretary of State should be answering. I actually loved Hilary's reaction... At first she appeared stunned, next she looked around as if the entire incident could be a joke (Was she on Punked or Candid Camera?), and then she stood up and attempted to clarify the insulting question (still disbelieving), finally Hillary stated she would not "CHANNEL" her husband's views on the subject.
"Channel" ... I'm going to use that word often from now on.
See as a writer, stuff like a single word wisely chosen excites the hell out of me. LOL LOL LOL
Hmm, I'm too easily entertained lately.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Judging by the contents of MAXIM magazine, here’s what MEN value, and not necessarily in this order, but intuitively deciphered by the content:
1. SEX - Thin, scantily clad, pretty women (duh!)
2. Perfecting the ‘One Night Stand’
3. Food (DUH!)
4. Technology (Duh!)
5. ALCOHOL – Various Vodka’s, Beers, & Tequila (good choice)
6. Male performance enhancement information & drugs (I guess to handle #1 above, to prevent needing #2 or when drinking too much #5)
7. Very little fashion and some fragrance ( & the fashion statements are board shorts and bare naked chests – the chests were okay)
8. Step by Step Instructions for producing the largest, most effective CANNON BALL splash (YES, really...)
9. Oh, and apparently they want to read about Steven Tyler instead of Liv Tyler (What’s that about?)
It’s no wonder women observe men and shake their heads. I think it’s also the reason we find them so fascinating. Sometimes they really aren’t thinking about anything when you ask, and they respond, “Uh, nothin’.”
Of course, we shouldn’t judge men by the magazines they read. I wouldn’t want to be judged by my magazine choices. (I’m pleading the fifth, but apparently I read MAXIM J) Would you?
Friday, August 7, 2009
My friend wrote this sometime ago and today when I read it a paranormal element of reoccurring lives and loves struck me to the core. My romantic soul couldn’t resist sharing with you today ~~ Eliza
By Maureen Sevilla
She looks to the morning sun
Feeling warmth there – awaiting
Another lifetime abating
Time is relative
A life where she’ll possess
What should be hers – by right
In another place, past sight
Hope is infinite
When tear laden eyes
Parting from youth – yet alive
Turn hopeful thoughts aside
Pain is fluid
Aging souls, hope and patience
Her heart keeps beat – with time
Constant signs align
Life is rich
Speaking empty words aloud
While deep within – the truth
Hides a secret mirth
Full of hope – grace – faith
An eternity of endless promise.
Friday, July 31, 2009
"Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world." George Bernard Shaw
I had to think about what that means for a moment before I came to my conclusions. Leave a comment and tell me what you thought.
Did it make you want to read poetry, or clean your glasses? J
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Okay -- here’s the newest upgrade in Wednesday Rants... My business computer has been running Windows XP Home Edition for years, and my business software likes it. The Windows operating system crashed this morning, and because of multiple other physical issues, I think it’s time to put the hardware out to pasture -- it’s not worth repairing because the fan died awhile back.
So – I can buy a whole new computer for under $300 – That’s good news, right? With a Vista operating system – oops, there’s the glitch. My business software won’t run on Vista without a disclaimer and my signed affidavit guaranteeing I won’t sue the software company for breaking my new system in the event something goes wrong. This feels like a VIAGRA ad...”You should seek medical attention if you go blind or if your erec.... lasts more than four hours.” Sheesh!
What to do – what to do ?
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
MY ELECTRONIC BOOK COVERS are exquisite, like the heroes in my stories, but they are also . . . about as physically satisfying.
With all the hoopla about everything going green [Yes, I'm a big proponent of GREEN and a good friend to trees] . . . and E-Presses being the 'new frontier' in the publishing industry. [Okay I have to admit I'm also an instant gratification kind of girl - See it online - Like it - Buy it - Read it]
Friday, July 17, 2009
“This is a "hot topic" and worthy of your talent to display "outrage", You are so good at it. Basically this is true what the e-mail said. Their reasoning for this is that they are not ordinary people to begin with and since many could have had lucrative and more successful careers doing something else. Eliminating a congressional pension from the entices of the job might convince many talented candidates not to seek office, especially those who are not wealthy. HA!!!!
There is, however, talk about term limits that suggests that the next Congress will face considerable pressure to cut their own perks and privileges, at least to some extent. I bet any changes or reductions will be minuscule at best.
Members of Congress do pay into Social Security. This became effective as of January 1, 1984, regardless of when they entered Congress. They supposedly pay 6.2% and 1.3% into the Federal Employees Retirement Fund. They have the option of paying into the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) or the option of not paying into any plan, which some of them do, or so they say.
Nevertheless, it is still obscenely generous for them to reap such benefits early since they can start collecting at the age of 50. Of course, if one lives thirty or forty years the money is going to pile up and since they don’t pay into the system after they retire, our tax $$$$$$$ support them. This is truly worthy of your "rant," I knew you wouldn't disappoint me!”
~~~ Thanks for clarifying. I thought I’d read somewhere that there had been changes, I didn’t realize it went back that far. Apparently the original author of this piece, focused on the Congressmen who had been ‘grandfathered’ in under the previous system. I agree, this is still a sore spot for me. The health care insurance they have should also be available to the general public if they choose. ~~~ Eliza, still ranting!