Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!

As a vampire writer, I have to post on Halloween, one of my favorite days of the year. Anything can happen on Halloween. It's a time that inspires me to write. The most recent mystery of a 'good friend of mine' (wink, wink), The Not-So-High Seas, is even set during the week before Halloween, 1926. (Yes,, she started writing it in the fall.)

In New Orleans, my hometown, Halloween was a major event. Always fun. Above-ground cemeteries became spookier, and voodoo and witches' supply stores did a booming business. Everyone partied. (Not a big surprise, I suppose.) We trick-or-treated until we couldn't carry our candy haul anymore.

A dozen years ago, I spent some time just before Halloween in Boston and Salem. People were carving jack-o-lanterns and decorating their houses. The air was crisp and maple leaves were blood-red. What a wonderful time to be there! (Didn't hurt that it was still lobster season, but that's another story.) I highly recommend Halloween in Salem.

And then, there's always Santa Fe. Maybe it's the fact that it's an older city and has narrow, dark streets near the plaza, but something about it says 'ghosts.' And Halloween is the lead-in to el Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead) when the dead are honored. It's the day we most easily communicate with loved ones who are no longer with us. I enjoyed writing about vampires in Santa Fe in Addicted.

Where do you like to celebrate Halloween? I want to plan the next few, so I need some good hints.

I'm off to write. One shouldn't keep impatient vampires waiting.

Happy Halloween

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NM Romance Writers

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Contest News

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There's still time to get your submission packet in to the Ohio Valley RWA's
Enchanted Words Contest! All entries will receive detailed feedback from

experienced and trained first-round judges. Finalists will be read by BOTH

an editor AND an agent who are actively looking for work in the subgenres

they're judging. But hurry, the contest deadline is Nov. 1st!
<<<  You can find the Enchanted Words Contest link on the sidebar listed at the left.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Special Event in Albuquerque

Romance Authors Roundtable

Sherilyn Kenyon
Dianne Love
Mary Buckham

~~ and local authors ~~

Celeste Bradley
Amanda McCabe
Lydia Parks

Saturday, November 14th at 6:00 PM
BORDERS at Albuquerque Uptown
2240 Q St. NE

Get your favorite novel signed or discover new ones!

Contact Borders store for details and event guidelines.

Local Writers' Conference

2009 LERA Write From The Heart Conference

Come join LERA, Dianna Love, and Mary Buckham (with special guest Sherrilyn Kenyon) as they present their innovative, day long workshop:

From Thought To Plot

What: Interactive Workshop
When: Saturday, November 14th
Time: 8:30 to 5:00 at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
Location: 2401 12th St. NW Albuquerque, New Mexico
(just five minutes from Old Town Albuquerque)

Book signing after the conference: Borders at ABQ Uptown. Authors will include Sherrilyn Kenyon, Dianna Love, Mary Buckham, Celeste Bradley, Amanda McCabe, and Lydia Parks (local author)!

About "New Mexico Romance Writers"

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