Friday, December 07, 2007

Fantastic Friday

It's a fantastic Friday here in Texas. Of course, the weather is totally buggy. It's supposed to be 80 degrees here tomorrow - hello? It's December? Then it's supposed to drop to something stupid either Sun/Mon, like in the 40's. It's no wonder you can't shed a cold.

In other great news, I've gotten a proposal for my latest new venture past my agent and she actually said it was "near perfect." Keep your fingers crossed that I have good news to announce in the coming months.

Last night I had an absolutely fabulous time. My good friend and New York Times Bestseller Author (isn't it totally cool to say that?), Ally Carter, was in town for a talk/signing, so we got together for dinner. I haven't seen Ally in a little over two years so it was a lot of catching up, talking about writing, talking about life, talking about most everything as we occupied space at Red Lobster for roughly 4.5 hours. Ally is a wonderful person in addition to being a great writer and very smart, so I really enjoy talking with her. A great time was had by all - hey, there's those yummy biscuits and this cookie stuffed with chocolate served with vanilla ice cream - yum.

Busy weekend for me - I have a lot of tinkering with stuff to do and a little laundry and the big job is cleaning my pool. Not that I'm going to swim but sitting in the hot tub might be nice if we get out of the 80's. :)

Have a great weekend, everyone!


Tori Lennox said...

Your hours at Red Lobster sound fun! I love Ally's books.

Looking forward to your potential good news! :)

Jaye Wells said...

I love cheddar biscuits. They're like crack.

Congrats on the proposal news!

Kelly Parra said...

Another new proposal?? You're leaving me in the dust! Sounds like a fun time with Ally! ~ k

Anonymous said...

Glad you are having fun and enjoying your life. I am nearly finished with UNLUCKY. I thought the scene in the hotel was one of the funniest things I have ever read. You are a very talented writer and I see a great future ahead for you. (I like the photo on your blog space better than the one in your books. I like the kitty and the smile.)

Anonymous said...

I finished reading your book last night. I was blown away by the plot twists that I never saw coming. You are an outstanding writer, ever bit as good as Stuart Woods (and I grab his books as soon as they hit the bookshelves).

How to promote your work, so that you can attain fame and fortune? There is something to be said for returning characters. Don't guess your publisher wants you to go there, but it worked for Rowling, Milhone, Woods, Kingsbury, Neta Jackson (the Yada Yada series), so you might keep this in mind. I would enjoy further adventures of both your main characters, from both your books.
You are thorough. Your characters are lifelike, your plots are exciting, your dialogue is realistic....Well done! Good job!

Jana DeLeon said...

Hi Tori - I love Ally's book too!

Jaye - The chedder biscuits are sinful!

Kelly - Hardly. I've been trying to think of something else to do for over a year now and finally hit on something that I think won't interfere with my ST work. And I'm not raising kidlets. :)

Jana DeLeon said...

Hi anon - I'm so glad you enjoyed UNLUCKY and thanks so much for posting! I get a lot of email wanting the characters to come back but I honestly don't know if that will ever happen for those two books.

I CAN tell you that my next books are the first two in what I hope to be a four-book related series. Same town and secondary characters, different hero/heroine every book but they will mostly likely appear in the others. It took a long time to come up with a proposal that could still adhere to the rules of romance (ie happily every after) AND have some of the components of a series. I'm really hoping it makes all the readers happy. I know it's making me happy to write it! :)

Thanks again and Merry Christmas!

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