Friday, August 29, 2008

Heart stopping events this weekend

First things first. Don't forget there's a...
BOOKSIGNING for

HELL WEEK (Maggie Quinn: Girl vs. Evil book TWO)

on SATURDAY, August 30th

2 to 4 PM at the Hurst Barnes and Noble


Pertinent details, including a map to the location here.

Right now this is the only signing I have scheduled for this book. Someday, when I'm so famous I have people chanting my character's names like nineteen-sixties schoolgirls at a Beatles concert, then I'll have a bunch. ;-)

However! This is not the only event going on this Labor Day weekend. On Monday, vendors for the Texas State Fair will compete to become this year's equivelent of last year's favorite state fair food: Fried Cookie Dough.

I swear, I could not make this stuff up. Highway to Hell, MQ book 3, takes place in South Texas, and my editor kept making remarks in the manuscript along the lines of "For real?" And I kept telling her, this state is way more quirky than I could invent.

This years contenders are: Texas fried jelly bellyes, deep-fried s'mores, fried banana split, and chocolate-covered strawberry waffle balls. (And if you think that last thing is not like the others, don't worry. Quote from the Star Telegram article: "frying the strawberries in a chocolate coating keeps them firm." I think the word you're looking for is CRISPY.)

But the most nauseating thing on the list: Chicken fried bacon. (Mr. RCM read this to me while I was eating breakfast. I did not thank him for it.)

Says the inventor (Glen Kusak of Yoakum Packing Co.): "As you know, everything is beter with bacon on it, and Texans like everything chicken fried... That was the thought process behind it."

The Star Telegram article is here if you don't believe me.

I won't be having fried bacon at my booksigning, but I hope y'all will come anyway!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Shelf-life support system

Thank you guys for the congrats and celebrations for HELL WEEK. Mom and I went to the nearest Barnes and Noble and I signed stock and she put the stickers on. The nearest Borders didn't have their copies out yet. The computer said they were "on the way." Yay!

Which reminds me to tell y'all something--As a reader, there are a ton of authors I love that don't get nearly the attention and bookseller love as some high profile books do. Stores have limited shelf space, and if you figure half of that is taken up by Twilight books, and half of what's left is taken up by Gossip Girls books, that leaves a small space for everyone else. I'm not bitching about that--it's just business. Those are what's selling, so that's what's going to be in the store.

However, here are some things you can do to help an author you like stay alive on the shelves:

1) If the book isn't out on the shelf, ask about it. It might be sitting in a box in the back (happened twice to me), they might be out of stock. Booksellers do notice who's getting asked about, and it generates buzz, which generates book orders.

2) Talk about the books to your friends. The best marketing in the world is word of mouth. (Or word of blog.)

3) If possible, buy your favorite authors' books when they first come out, even if it has to go in your to be read pile for a bit. The first two weeks of sales are the most important for accounting reasons I don't completely understand, except that, again, this generates "buzz" that makes bookstores order more books.

4) Don't forget your library! If you have a small book budget, you can do the same thing at your library. If they don't have the book you're looking for, request it. They can get it from inter-library loan, or they may buy their own copy(ies). Just like booksellers, librarians pay attention to what readers ask for.

5) This kind of goes without saying, I hope, but always be polite in your requests. :-)

I mention these things not (only) for selfish reasons. A lot of readers, if they don't see what they're looking for, will just go home and order it from Amazon.com. But before you do that, asking about the book at the store can make a difference. You can help the authors you enjoy by letting your bookseller know you love them!

ANyway. I celebrated Book Release Day with a piece of cheesecake. Banana Cream Cheesecake form the Cheesecake Factory. Yay for cake!

Then it was back to work. Because in the end, that's the only thing an author can control--writing the next awesome book!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Happy HELL WEEK day!

Hey you guys! Hell Week comes out today. Run to the store and pick it up. Unless you're coming to the booksigning on Saturday, then you can wait until then. :-)

Here's the bullet on the book:

HELL WEEK, by Rosemary Clement-Moore, sequel to the award winning PROM DATES FROM HELL, comes out today, Tuesday, August 26th!

College Freshman Maggie goes undercover to write an article about sorority rush for the newspaper, and gets more than she bargained for when she pledges a group of girls with supernaturally suspicious good luck. She has to use her wonky psychic abilities to solve the mystery and shut down the Sigma Alpha Xis before they make her stay on Greek Row permanent when Hell Week rolls around.

What people are saying about the second book in the Maggie Quinn: Girl vs. Evil Series:

"When you need a Buffy fix, grab a copy of Hell Week. From danger to humor, romance to mystery, this book has it covered!"
--Melissa Marr, author of the bestselling Wicked Lovely.

“Maggie’s snarky humor and quirky personality keeps this novel’s first half light, but the second takes a dark, page-turning twist.”
— Kirkus Reviews

"The first book was a great start, and this installment is top-notch fun and a satisfying follow-up for older teens. Great dialogue and smart, interesting relationships that grow and change make both books a joy to read."
–VOYA

Read more about HELL WEEK--including an excerpt--here.


And if you're in the Dallas Fort Worth Area, come to the book release party and signing on Saturday, August 30!

Booksigning Info here on Special Booksigning Info Page!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Deleted Scene -- Hell Week

It doesn't matter how many times you've seen the movie. If you fall asleep with Aliens on the TV, you're going to have some bizarre dreams.

Fox Movie Channel was running Aliens last night, and it was the version with the useless stuff they added back into pad the movie when the movie ran on broadcast or basic cable. They needed to make up for all the stuff they cut, of course. I have mixed feelings about that. On one hand: yay for extra Hicks, Hudson and Vasquez, even for just a few lines.

On the other hand, most of the time when stuff gets edited out, there's a reason. Generally, when I look at the deleted scenes on the DVD, I can see why they left them out. Of course, there are always exceptions, but mostly it's repetitive stuff, or filler that doesn't serve the story or ramp up tension. Random bits of coolness that don't go anywhere. Clunky dialogue or exposition.

Exactly the stuff that authors cut out of their manuscripts. I was whinging about cutting something out of Hell Week (a way awesome scene that went in the wrong direction) when my friend Shannon suggested I could always do a "deleted scene" section of the webpage. And suddenly, it became easier to cut. Maybe it's the same for directors.

Anyway. In honor of HELL WEEK coming out TOMORROW, here's a deleted scene. Not the one mentioned above, because that includes a MAJOR spoiler that is actually in the book. But here's a taste of HW from the first draft (there may be typos) that was cut for redundancy, but is still pretty cool:


I was hard at work on Tuesday’s column when Instant Messenger pinged to let me know that Ov3rl0rdLi5a had logged on. I’d seen her [online] a couple of times since we talked on the phone, but hadn’t messaged her. I wasn’t sure how to go about it, whether I should apologize, when I didn’t really think I’d done anything wrong, or if I should just talk to her and pretend nothing had happened. After all, it wasn’t as if it were the first time we’d had that argument.

It was, however, the first time I’d admitted I didn’t really trust her anymore.

Even while I was thinking about it, a message window popped open.

Ov3rl0rdLi5a: How are things?

I stared at the three words a moment, then typed: That’s a very open ended question.

Ov3rl0rdLi5a: It’s a start.

With my fingers on the laptop keyboard, I could sense the tentativeness of that opening, the hopeful olive branch. It was unlike Lisa to extend herself first. That had always been my role.

MightyQuinn: I miss you, too.

Ov3rl0rdLi5a: Thanks. Silence for a few minutes. I didn’t sense anything in it. I don’t know if that meant I’d imagined the feeling earlier, or if she’d gone away. Then she typed again. So really. How are you?

MightyQuinn: Ghostwriting a column in the ESU paper. Photo credit on Friday. Maybe again on Tues. All A’s in classes. Lost 5 lbs.

Ov3rl0rdLi5a: So… good then.

MightyQuinn: Yeah. Freaky good.

Ov3rl0rdLi5a: You mean… freaky freaky?

I had to force myself to type it: Maybe.

A long pause. Then: You haven’t made any deals with any demons have you?

MightyQuinn: No!

Ov3rl0rdLi5a: Sorry. Bad joke.

MightyQuinn: Very. I stewed for awhile, and then forced myself to admit: Did join a sorority.

Ov3rl0rdLi5a: ROFLMAO

MightyQuinn: For the column. I’m undercover.

Ov3rl0rdLi5a: Wait. Serious?

MightyQuinn: Yes.

She didn’t answer, but my phone rang.

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For the whole store, check out Hell Week in stores tomorrow!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Chortle

Random thing that made me smile.
cat
more animals

That's it from me today. I have a ton of work to do. Yesterday I spent so much time on this website about how to use your time more wisely that I used up all my time. O.o

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Random but facinating... With pictures!

One of my readers tagged me with this meme/quiz thing, and since she was nice enough to post her opinion of Prom Dates From Hell in her blog, I thought I would jump on board. (I suck at tagging people, though, so it likely dead ends here unless someone voluntarily posts their answers.)

What was I doing 10 years ago?
Working for peanuts (and not a lot of money) at the theatre, where I got to play Titania in overalls:


And also a dog named Sylvia:


And oh my gawd. My hair was so long!


What are five things on my to-do list today?
Edit, edit, blog, gym, edit. Clean my bathroom, but that's been on the to-do list all week, and I expect it will be there tomorrow.

Oh, and do some stuff to get ready for the Booksigning on next Saturday! (August 30th, 2-4 PM, Hurst Barnes and Noble. Y'all know I"m going to be annoying as hell about that, right?)

Snacks I enjoy:
Popcorn, edamame , and oh my god, I can’t even keep these things in the house. The mango chutney flavor is like crack, I swear.

Oh, yeah, and pancakes. Or, you know. Any kind of bread.

Places I've lived:
North Texas, South Texas, and East Texas. Have only visited West.

Things I would do if I were a billionaire:
Travel all over the world.
Have a summer house and a winter house. And maybe one secret house that only I knew about. :)
Buy some congressmen to get them to support environmental issues.
And staff. I'd hire staff to do stuff for me.

And the people I'm tagging:
Heck, if you wanna play, go for it. Notice that I set the bar high with embarrassing pictures of my past!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Nice Surprises

I mentioned earlier that Tera Lynn Childs is giving a way a lot of books, including mine, as part of her Olympics Contest. Today is the day you can comment for a chance to win a copy of HELL WEEK, so go over here to her blog or here to her myspace to do so.

So here's MY nice surprise today: Rain

Yes, with an exclamation mark. It's raining here in Texas, and unlike other parts of the country, we're glad for it. I am, anyway. Mid-summer always means blistering heat and dried up everything. The weird thing about Texas is that it often stays humid, even though you never get rain. Even this far from the Gulf, sometimes I go outside and wonder why it's so darn sticky when we're in the middle of a drought.

And of course, living in the metroplex, it's even worse, because the concrete and dome of air pollution turns everything into a hot box. A poisonous hotbox.

But we've had a couple of days of actual rain, and get this--it's not even supposed to get into the nineties today! Ahhh. Enjoy it while it lasts.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Synchronicity

I went to brunch then bookstore browsing with my buddy Kristi today. I have this weird things where sometimes I get my friends’ names mixed up. I know that probably sounds awful, but here’s why: They all start with the same two sounds. And those two sounds are often designated by the same letters.

Consider, if you will, my BFFs of longest standing: Cheryl and Carole. Not identical, but similar. Add to that, my newer-but-equally-BF BFFs are named Candy and Shannon. Then there’s the aforementioned separated-at-birth friend Kristi, and the fact that my editor is named Krista, and it gets confusing in my brain. There’s this new girl at DFWWW (my critique group) whose name is Kristin, but I’ve decided I can’t be friends with her unless she changes her name. (Just kidding, Kristin.)

My first online writing group had two Kris's: Senior and Junior. First boyfriend (lasting all of one recess period): Kiki (short for Christian. He was from South Africa.). Jr. High crush: Chris. Friends in college: Karen, Charlotte, Sheryl. (My sorority big-sis, Tish, only ENDED with a SH.)

Okay, maybe I'm just finding a pattern in all this only in hindsight. But there is weird synchronicity in life. Like the summer I worked at Shakespeare in the Park, and there were five guys named Steve, or the year I had crushes on five successive guys name Mark. Or the fact that I have bad luck with girls name Jennifer. (Not saying I haven't known nice Jennifers, just that I have bad karma with some of them. Though this could be law of averages. There are a LOT of Jennifers in my generation.)

What about you guys? Any inexplicable patterns that keep popping up in your life? Any strange confluences of minor details?

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Win Free Stuff

In honor of her book, Oh. My. Gods., and tied in with the Olympics, author Tera Lynn Childs is doing a really massive book give away. Here is her explanation. Basically there's a chance to win a daily prize every day, and a big gold medal prize, too. Check it out for more info.

I mention this because on Decathlon Day, she's giving away a copy of HELL WEEK, my brand new, hot off the press book about sassy psychic girl reporter Maggie Quinn. Which did I mention, comes out on August 26th.

This has reminded me that I promised to give away a copy of HELL WEEK, too. In honor of school starting next week, I'll be having a comment and win contest as well. (On a much smaller scale. But then, Maggie only takes on evil sorority girls, not decedents of Greek Gods.)

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

New Obsessions

I have a new obsession. I’ve discovered LUSH. Candy, Shannon and I stumbled across the store while in San Francisco, because there was a six foot tall man dressed as a fairy princess outside the door.

I’d heard of this stuff before, and I’d even been to the website. But with my super sensitive sniffer, I was leery of ordering products without smelling them first. With skin products--from makeup to soap to laundry detergent, it’s the chemically derived dyes, perfumes and preservatives that get me. So I’m I’m really in love with their hand and body creams though. No preservatives, nothing artificial. No animal products (not in the ones I got, anyway). I’m in love with Ocean Salt and Dream Cream.

And smelly stuff I can actually enjoy! I’m nuts about this Ceridwen’s Cauldron bath melt. Man, did my luggage smell great when I got home. (I did put it in a zip lock bag, because of the whole “melt” part.) And it made my skin so soft!

Granted, there are a lot of Lush products I would never be able to use. Too floral, too jasmine, too much patchouli. (Cannot do patchouli. I would make a lousy hippie.) Some were just too much scent, period. But the stuff I DID like… oh, wow.

I tried one of the bubble bars in the hotel, and it worked great. I couldn’t wait to get home and take more baths. See, I love to take baths, though I don’t very often because the master bath has one of those huge garden tub things, which I hate because it uses twice the water I need for a good soak. (Sigh. What’s the point of a ‘luxury’ tub if I won’t use it because it’s wasteful?)

So, I have a plan to set up the downstairs guest bath for my baths. Only I forgot what our last house guest discovered-- that the tap isn’t working right! It only puts out hot water! It used to put out cold water, too, but not any more, damn it.

Grumble. So now I have all this bath stuff I can actually use, and I can’t take a bath. I guess that will motivate me to get the tap fixed before the next time I have someone over to stay. Anyone know a good plumber?

So, what about you guys? Are you a bath lover or strictly a shower person?

Monday, August 11, 2008

Routines

So, my mom kicked me out of the house this morning. Nervy, since it’s, you know, my house. Half, anyway.

Apparently while I was in California Mom developed a morning routine. One that did not include my shuffling downstairs and irregular and unpredictable times, leaving a trail of manuscript pages, pens and pencils, computer cords, jump drives, and coffee cups. Nor does it include my growling while she chirps to herself, talks to the dogs, puts on her music and dances around while she putters and straightens up and generally is… chipper. I am not a person who appreciates chipper in the morning.

So this morning she’s like, you know where you get a lot of work done? “Starbucks. Why don’t you go work there this morning. Have a coffee on me.”

That’s where I am now (though I’ll have to come home to post this). MY Starbucks, by the way. The one closing in the indeterminate future. They’re getting my business until that happens.

Routines. I’ve been trying to get into one since coming back home. (Apparently it’s going to involve removing myself from the house for a couple of hours several times a week.) Last week I was pretty productive. Though I didn’t really stick to a fixed routine, I did better at knocking out my to do list. (I think a written list is key for me.) But I didn’t get to the gym, and that’s not so good. I was shocked that I didn’t gain any weight in SF. I love bread, so you know that was not going to be a good city for my diet. But I guess all the walking helped.

My family was always big on routine. You could set your clock by my dad’s schedule. Mom, too, likes things to happen in a predictable way. No one can figure out where I came from.

It isn’t that I’m flighty or disorganized. In fact, I’m an avowed control freak. Anyone who has traveled with me (sorry Candy and Shannon) has experienced this. I don’t leave the hotel without a plan and a map. But at home, in my own, organized environment, I’m not a routine kind of person. I guess it comes down to a routine being different from plan.

What about you guys? Are you an orderly, scheduled type of person, or do you like to fly by the seat of your pants? Or like me, a mix of both?

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Coming Soon... Hell Week!

So, my friend Candy's book came out on Tuesday, which got me thinking that, you know, *I* have a book coming out at the end of the month. The weird thing about publishing is that you finish projects sometimes years before anyone ever gets to see them. It's been almost two years since I finished working on Hell Week! So, I totally forget that with the exception of a couple of friends, my mother, my editor, and a few reviewers, no one has read HELL WEEK yet. So I need to generate some buzz, darn it.

Here are some of the reasons that HELL WEEK (Maggie Quinn: Girl vs. Evil BOOK TWO) is awesome:

1) Maggie Quinn goes to college, and of course it's nothing like she expects. Don't you hate it when you graduate from high school having achieve high honors, saved the world from demons, scored a date with the hot guy, and you feel on top of the world, and then you get to college and you realize you are back to being the littlest fish in the big pond.

2) Speaking of hot guys? Maggie gets some action in this book. I won't say with whom.

3) Evil sorority girls. Don't they look so Stepford?



4) Speaking of covers, check out this awesome cover quote! "When you need a Buffy fix, grab a copy of Hell Week. From danger to humor, romance to mystery, this book has it covered!" --Melissa Marr, author of the bestselling Wicked Lovely. (BTW: I know I'm pimping MY book here, but if you haven't Wicked Lovely, you really really should. I *finally* read it just a few months ago, and found it to be wicked awesome.)

5) My first signing for this book is going to a big party with a cool raffle of something awesome. Mark your calendars for August 30th, from 2-4 PM at the Hurst Barnes and Noble (the new one across from North East Mall at the 820/183/121 junction).

Now, I know some of y'all live in Australia or out of suitcases in Wisconsin or where ever, and that's no excuse. However, I understand that travel is expensive, so I'll let you off the hook. If you send me your address to rosemary at readrosemary dot com, I will send you an autographed bookplate you can stick in the inside of the book.

Finally, when my computer is back up (sob!) and I can get to my webpage for updates, I'll be GIVING AWAY a copy of HELL WEEK in a "Win it before you can buy it" contest. Watch for that next week and I'll give you the details.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

The Fictionistas: we've got text on the brain

Hey guys. I'm way behind on my blog posts, but check out my interview (as well as the interviews with the other YA Rita Finalists) on Fictionistas. The Fictionistas: we've got text on the brain