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Summer has come to Central Texas

May. 10th, 2008 | 03:27 pm

It's 103.3 in the shade today, which means that we're not doing much that we SHOULD be doing. But that's okay, because it gives me time to reflect. It seems hard to believe that I've lived in Texas for five whole years now! We moved here in May of 2003, after a lifetime of living in Colorado. Part of it was for family. My folks are gone, and my hubby's folks are down here. But more than that it was that the lifestyle there changed, and we needed to escape what we knew was coming.

We're country folk, and Colorado's not country-friendly anymore. I like shooting trap off my back porch, riding horses with no fences and walking down to the nearest pond with a fishing pole slung over my shoulder. It got to where we couldn't do that anymore. We realized this when we had to wait in line two hours . . . TWO HOURS to launch our boat at a nearby lake. It's not a nifty speed boat or cabin cruiser with all the trimmings. It's just an old, but serviceable, tri-hull with a bitty little 50hp motor that takes us out to where the fish are. Pity there were so many of the speed variety that there was no hope of catching a fish. Sigh...

So we moved to Texas, where the wide open spaces are still wide and open. Where the lake a half-mile from our house is deemed "busy" when there are twenty boats scattered across the 2,000 acres. Where we can sit outside on a sultry evening and hear . . . nothing, except the clicks and grunts of frogs, chirping of crickets and the occasional dog bark.

Ahh . . . perfection among the rocky, cactus-covered terrain, under the towering live oaks, with the scent of fresh-cut mesquite smoke from the barbeque. Nothing better.

Five years. And I haven't regretted a moment. You don't get many decisions like that in life, so I'm indulging that rare feeling of "I guessed right!"

But back to the writing stuff now. We have a couple of signing dates to tell you about. I'll be in New York City July 9th through 12th for ThrillerFest and hope to meet some of you. Unfortunately, I had to skip both RT and RWA this year because of family/home obligations, but hope to go next year!

We're also going to be having a book tour for the release of TOUCH OF DARKNESS, the final book of the Thrall trilogy! Woo! Cie and I have been selected to be on the Meijer READ THIS! tour sponsored by Levy Entertainment. Meijer is a big department chain in the northern states---sort of a WalMart with a Lord & Taylor/Whole Foods feel. Nifty stores. We got the chance to visit one in Novi, Michigan last year for an event and are THRILLED to be able to go back. :)  I wish I had more information about what it entails, but since we haven't been on one before, it'll be a new experience for us. We've just been told that it'll be a bus tour with lots of other authors and signings galore! I know of a few who have indicated they'll be attending, such as suspense author Jordan Dane, historical and suspense romance author Colleen Coble, and romantic suspense author Brenda Novak.

Oh, and speaking of Brenda Novak, have you visited her fourth annual Online Auction for Juvenile Diabetes? She's raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for research, and this year's event has already surpassed last year's total! I have several items up for bid, and so do a bunch of other writers, editors and agents! If you're an aspiring writer, grab this chance to get your book/proposal/story read by some of the top industry professionals! There are some real bargains there right now, so stop by soon!

Finally, I'd like to announce something that's been in the works for some time. A lot of our fans have had trouble over the years remembering our names, and many stores can't decide whether to shelve us under "A" for "Adams" or "C" for "Clamp." We've decided to fix that!  Starting with our December release, MAGIC'S DESIGN, "C.T. Adams and Cathy Clamp" are going to become "Cat Adams!"  Now, this isn't going to affect the Sazi series, for all you fans, because we don't want to split up the set, or change how it looks on your shelf. But FUTURE books will appear under our new pen name, and will be right next to all the other books by keeping the last name the same. We'll announce more about it and about the new design for our books in the upcoming months, so watch here for more information!

Oh, and for you puppy fans---we got the last girl, Brin, spayed this week. So now all of them are "it" girls. LOL! We're hoping it'll lessen their aggression a bit. As far as we can tell, the two we did over the past couple of months really have settled down so with any luck, it'll be the end of internal battles. Oh, one cute thing happened this week. The goat kids are growing up and are finally BIGGER than Bear. When she ran at the fence to startle them, they just stared at her. Stared DOWN at her I might add, and she was horribly disappointed that they didn't run away. She wagged her tail and bowed to them, but they just went on eating grass. Finally she barked at them and one of them came over to the fence so Bear could lick her nose. Too cute! :D

That's it for now. More soon!

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November? It's been since NOVEMBER that I posted here? Yikes!

Feb. 10th, 2008 | 11:43 am

Is it already Valentine’s Day? Yikes!

I was just sitting down the other day, thinking about this upcoming year. It's hard to believe how much is going on in our writing career! I didn't really realize until I started to look at book covers and such just how many anthologies, novels and short stories we have coming out. Since I don't often actually sit down and promo our books here, I thought that perhaps it was time. So, here we go!

Photobucket The first book is a charity anthology titled DREAMS & DESIRES 2. It hit the virtual shelf on February 1st. It's available as either an ebook or trade paperback. Freya's Bower has always been a champion of women's issues and this anthology is no exception. Here's the details:

"By purchasing this collection, you can help turn someone's nightmare into the pursuit of dreams. Every year, four million women are assaulted by their partners. At Freya's Bower, we want to do our part to bring this statistic down to zero. To this end, all net proceeds from every Dreams and Desire anthology purchased will go to a battered woman's shelter. Through education and support, we can make a difference."

Included in the volume are stories by: C.T. Adams and Cathy Clamp (us!) Jenna Bayley-Burke, Amanda Brice, Shannon Canard, Sela Carsen, Rachelle Chase, M.E. Ellis, Jenny Gardiner, Gemma Halliday, Candace Havens, Zinnia Hope, Babe King, Susan Lyons, Sarah Salway, Rhonda Stapleton, Bebe Thomas, Emily Veinglory, Lois Winston, and Shaunna Wolf. Here's a link to order if you're so inclined: http://www.freyasbower.com/content/view/347/1/

Photobucket Next up is a non-fiction that I was pleased to be able to contribute to. Everybody loves dogs. They're faithful, devoted and often clowns. DOGS, edited by John Cali celebrates the strange, the wonderful and the weird (I'll add that my story is one of the "weird" ones. LOL!) Here's a little about it: In this book, you will discover these, and many other, wonderfully warm true dog stories: The miniature schnauzer who returned from the dead to protect his family. The Belgian sheepdog who kept his sleepy human companion from crashing his car on a lonely deserted highway. The part Labrador mixed-breed who saved her mistress from the fangs of a venomous copperhead snake by taking the bite herself. The sheep dog who kept a faithful, five-year vigil for his dead master. The Scottish terrier who sees ghosts. These dog tales will warm your heart and stir your soul. They will bring you joy and tears. These beguiling canines will inspire and uplift you with their antics, their comedy, and their love for humans. In this world, which sometimes seems so dark, dogs light up the darkness with their love and courage. They offer us a reason to rejoice and to feel good about ourselves — a reason to celebrate life and the lives of all creatures great and small. Again, this is available in either ebook form or trade paperback. Pick one up for the dog lover in your house! http://www.booklocker.com/books/3316.html It's also available at Amazon and B&N.com, but is probably quicker through the publisher's site.

Photobucket Our next Sazi book will hit the shelf on March 7th. TIMELESS MOON finally tells the story of Josette Monier, the older sister of Sazi council member Antoine Monier. Josette, sometimes known as Aspen, is a centuries old bobcat shifter who was blessed (or some would say cursed) with seer talent. But she got ALL of the seer talents at once, so she can see the past—called "hindsight," the future—known as "foresight," and events in the present in far-flung locations—"remote sight." Time has no meaning to Josette, because the entire stream of time flows through her head every minute. To be around other people is to be in pain, because she sees their entire life, their death, their birth, and all events between. As a seer, she guards the Sazi's future and protects their past and her visions have never failed her.

Until now.

Lately, she doesn't see herself in the future. Her husband, who she believed to be long dead, is back among the living, and all the other seers are being slowly killed. And for once in her long life, she hasn't got a clue WHY.

Next, for you horror fans, I'll be having a short story called ERROR 404: PAGE FOUND (and yes—I'm aware that's wrong. That's sort of the point… ) appear in the World Horror Convention program. It's set in the Cthulhu mythos, with a whole new twist. If dark and scary is your thing, join us in Salt Lake City, March 27-30. http://www.whc2008.org/

Cie and I have also signed up for some other anthologies that will probably hit the shelf later in the year. You'll be seeing our name a LOT this year, and we really hope you'll like some of the interesting things we'll be doing.

Photobucket Finally, we just got our cover for our August book, the last in the Thrall vampire trilogy. TOUCH OF DARKNESS and just HAVE to show it off! I really think this is the artist's best effort yet! We're really excited about this book because it ends the series so wonderfully. We really think fans are going to LOVE it!

So, that's about all for us for the moment. It's just amazing to us that everything's happening at once, with so many more things to come. Well, back to work on the next book. Hope to see you all soon at one of the upcoming conferences.

Happy Valentine's Day next week! May you swim happily in chocolates and roses.

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No rest for the wicked...

Nov. 24th, 2007 | 09:17 am

Today is the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and it's raining calicos and poodles outside---which is better than inside, I suppose. But the temperature is only about 36 degrees, so it's that sort of bone-chilling wet that's making all the animals shiver. Only one puppy, Bear, has the common sense to stay under shelter . . . shaking her fuzzy head at the other two who are delighting in playing chase around the pen in the mud. I had to go outside at 5am in the worst of it because one of the goats had gotten her head stuck in the wire fence and was soaking wet and bawling enough to get the dogs barking. Thankfully, I didn't have to clip the fence or anything. She's got fairly narrow horns, so it's just a matter of rearranging her head to get it back through. We sold about half of the girl goats at auction a month or so ago, so now they all fit in the shelters comfortably, and we opened up the third shelter, where we store hay for the billies to get out of the weather. They actually HAVE  a shelter, but the previous owner built it at the bottom of the hill in the small pasture, so it's far away from the light. Goats like to huddle near light after dark. It's instinctive, to see predators. Don't know why he built it there, but it's on a cement foundation, so it's not going anywhere soon. We'd actually build several sturdy shelters this spring. The boys promptly used them for target practice with their heads. Sigh... They're now a pile of rubble that we need to drag out one of these days when they're penned up. They like to "help" with any building process in their area, and the resulting bruising generally means we like to build things OUTSIDE their area and then just bring them in and set them down.

I have two tasks today (which mean I really shouldn't be blogging today, but hey---I didn't get a chance yesterday) One is to write about 6K words on the book. I'm WAAAAY behind on my word count, and that's the only way I'm going to get this done on time. I got my words done yesterday, which made me happy. But it took most of the blinking day to achieve it. Thankfully, the book is finally moving. I have the scenes in my head, so it's just the matter of getting them on paper. The break from the internet has been hugely useful to the writing, but I do miss all my friends online. Fortunately, most of them are writers too, so they understand.

My other task today is to start on Christmas cards. This is an annual event that I've kept up for over 25 years now. I always buy my cards at the after-Christmas sales the previous year and then do a double-sided letter to enclose. I long ago stopped the hand written letter thing. Frankly, my handwriting is abysmal and I type a lot quicker.  Then, I put them all together on Sunday, hand-sign the cards and do the envelopes. We don't have a big list, because neither of our families are very big and most of my friends are of the on-line variety, so I send e-cards. The tradition started because the long holiday weekend was really the only time I had to put them together, because I was working full time and was actively in community projects. While that's not the case anymore, it bothers the heck out of so many people that I'm first to get them out that I keep doing it just for the perverse fun of it.

So, I suppose I need to get to it. It's already after 9am, and I still need to go into town to pick up groceries for the week. If I don't get the letter written and find the cards (everything got moved around after the fire last winter) I won't be able to put them together tomorrow.

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! I'm thankful for so many things, and one of them is my wonderful husband, who was more than happy to do the cooking so I could write.  He's the BEST, which is why he's always first in my book dedications.

As soon as I get a little further along in the book, I'll post again. Until then, stay warm and dry.

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Feeling "fall-ish" today

Nov. 6th, 2007 | 08:12 am
location: Home
mood: chipperchipper
music: sound of puppies playing

So, it's 8:13 central standard time (if you didn't already change your clocks, you've been waaay early to work two days now!) and only 49 degrees. That's pretty chilly by Texas standards and I find it interesting how my body has adapted to the new temperatures. Used to be in Denver that 49 was shirtsleeve weather--no coat, no problem. Heck, I probably wouldn't even be stocking the car for winter yet at this temp. "Stocking the car" has a particular meaning to those who have lived in the Colorado mountains. It entails a box or duffel in the trunk or rear compartment (for those of us with hatchbacks) with an extra down coat, bottles of water, dried fruit and nuts, tea bags, snow chains, flashlight, blanket, clean metal cup and some sort of fire-making implement. My preference was a magnesium stick, knife and waterproof matches. If you've never heard of a magnesium stick, you should own one! You use the knife to shave off filings of the stick, which will light and burn under nearly any conditions...including high winds and pouring rain. Really saves on matches when you're stuck in a snowdrift in the middle of nowhere! Been there, done that on more occasions than I'd like to discuss. Of course, the winter kit is in addition to the normal things of battery air compressor to fill up tires, jumper cables, emergency hose tubes, extra fan belt, tool kit (which I'm proud to say that I can actually USE) and spare oil, antifreeze, tranny fluid and brake fluid. Yeah, it takes up some space in the back, but it's well worth having. I can't tell you how many times I've had to add antifreeze to the engine every two miles because I ran over something on the road that punctured a hose. Ah, the joys of traveling long distances between home and work (or now home and ANYWHERE...)

But back to the temperature. Down here I actually SHIVERED when I walked outside this morning. LOL, in a weird way, because I actually love chilly weather. Mind you, I'm not nuts. Wandering around outside when it's below zero is just crazy-talk. I can do it, but not by choice. But when it's in the 35-50 range, I'm normally in love. Yet I shivered. How very odd.

The pups were wild things this morning on their run. Racing around after each other, leaping over the others when a collision is imminent, even chasing their own tails. Saturday morning we had another fight, and this one was the worst one yet. Bear was the tug toy between the others (not in a good way) and wound up with the brunt of the damage. Star just had one torn ear, but Bear has a gash under one ear about an inch long, and three puntures on the opposite cheek. The vet decided not to suture the gash because it would abcess and he'd just have to cut the stitches out in a week, so we're putting in special antibiotic ointment each morning and draining the fluid from the punctures. Apparently Star got the worst of it some time ago because we discovered she had TWO abcessed punctures on her. Didn't notice until they were swollen up to the size of a golf ball. One was under her front arm (and how many times do you look there?) and one was on the side of her neck, right underneath her collar. So, she's "silent" dog now, sans collar and tags, while the swelling goes down. Fortunately, the vet was really happy with their condition overall and doesn't think we're bad owners while they sort out their pack structure. Star is up to 40.3 pounds now and Bear's at 37.5. Brin's the biggest, but we haven't taken her in to weigh her recently. I'm betting she's at 45 or above. I'll try to remember to take a pic of them soon and post it here. Here's one from when we first got them. They were only 7.5 pounds then, but still look mostly the same. 



Aren't they DARLING?! Hee! Star's the black one, Bear the brown, and Brin is the brindle (duh!) This was taken during one of their "stupid puppy moments" just before I realized what they were doing was digging in a fire ant nest! Yikes! But apparently, fire ants make a high-pitched squeaky sound that dogs are attracted to. Don't believe me? Go here and check it out for yourself (You'll need a media player of some sort to access it.)

Anyway, I decided to go ahead and run outside and take a pic of them just now. Here they are today in their pen. You can see one wall of the "Taj Madog" behind them. Under the shelter are three igloo style houses. Naturally, we carpeted them and bought them warm fluffy throws---which they promptly drag out into the dirt to lay on, like the purple one next to Brin. LOL! Typical. There used to be grass in the pen before they dug it all up and chewed the pieces, but the tree is a nice sized red oak that keeps them cool in the summer and you can see how the roof slopes down to keep off the rain. But we're planning on expanding the pen soon. At 20x20, we thought it would be plenty big enough even as adults, but we're thinking now they could use some more space. Hopefully, they'll have the run of the full yard as soon as they stop trying to crawl under gates, but until that's no longer possible (soon now, we think) they have to stay in the pen. We don't have much traffic on the road outside, but enough that we worry.



Well, it's time to get back to writing. I've been staying off the web for the past few weeks, and writing inside on my AlphaSmart. It's going well, but it won't write itself. So, see you soon! :)



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Calling all Texans! Don't forget to come to our signing this weekend!

Oct. 16th, 2007 | 12:30 pm

We've got an AWESOME signing coming up in North Central Texas this Saturday, October 20th, with a bunch of your favorite paranormal/urban fantasy authors--just in time for Halloween!

There are going to be EIGHT of us signing copies of our new books, and I know that you'll recognize a few of these names!

Rachel Caine (Weather Warden & Morganville Vampire series)

PN Elrod (The Vampire Files & Gentleman Vampire series)

Karen Kelley (Close Encounters of the Sexy Kind & several others!)

Lynn LaFleur (Seduction's Spell with Avon Red!)

Amie Stuart (Hands On and others from Aphrodesia)

Carole Nelson Douglas (Midnight Louie & Irene Adler series PLUS her triumphant return to fantasy after 16 years away, with DANCING WITH WEREWOLVES, which we're hoping will be out in time for the signing!)

And, of course, C.T. Adams and Cathy Clamp (that part is sort of a given, huh? )

The signing will be at Hastings Bookstore, 2900 W. Washington St., in Stephenville, TX. This is a nice sized city about an hour south of Fort Worth on Highway 67/377 (toward Brownwood) and will be held Saturday, October 20, 2007, from 11-2. The store is right on the highway and has a great big parking lot it shares with Tractor Supply (all the better for LOTS of our fans to come!)

Remember, if you can't attend, but want a signed book from any of the authors, call the store and talk to either Cale or Donna at (254)965-5473. They can arrange to make the sale by phone, get the books signed and ship them to you.

Naturally, we'll have our October release available. It's the next in our Sazi series, called Moon's Fury and is set in Texas! Yes, it has your favorite Mafia hitman co-starring, so don't miss it! 

Thanks, everyone! Hope to see you there!  

Now, in other news-- I've been working hard on our next paranormal release. I've had a really difficult time with the start of this one, trying to pick a good place to begin it. I've had lots of failed starts, and wasted pages, but I think this time, it really ROCKS! Cie and I also came up with a great idea for a YA paranormal that'll be next on my list to write. When we told our agent about the idea and gave a brief synopsis, her comment was, "Sounds great! Now write it!" LOL!  That's always the trick, isn't it? Putting it on paper. Still, I think it's a really interesting twist and something that hasn't been done before (at least, we HOPE it hasn't. Heh...)

On the puppy front, they're growing like little weeds. Brin's up to about 35 pounds now and they're starting to sort out their dominance issues. We had one rough day, where they got into a REAL fight, with blood (mostly mine) and snarling involved (again, mostly mine.) I really had no idea what was going to happen, but it gave me some insight into how these dogs battle. I think I came out the only winner, because I managed to get them separated and put into separate kennels until they cooled down. But it really blew my confidence for a couple of days, because I found out just how difficult it is to handle fighting dogs when they are really out for blood. We decided to buy harnesses for them, because the collars did nothing to pull them apart. It's not a perfect solution (mostly because Bear tends to chew through hers) but it's much easier to snap on a leash and secure them to a post while pulling off the other dog. Don and I spent a few days after that reasserting my dominance over them by rolling them and holding their throats. The real surprise was that the gentlest lap dog, Star, was the one who fought the hardest when I held her down and growled. The others just went still and wagged tippy tails, but she snarled and fought for close to five minutes. But she finally settled down and remained still. Since then, we haven't had any problems with the three of them. Now I can break them up with my voice, so that was good.

Well, that's all for now. Gotta get back to writing! :)

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Warning! My MySpace page has been hacked!

Sep. 26th, 2007 | 10:11 am

I just learned that someone has hacked into my MySpace page. If you're a friend of mine there, please IGNORE any messages, bulletins, blogs or changes to my page  after September 25, 2007. I HAVE NOT been on my page since then. I haven't responded to messages, accepted friends, or friended others. I'm working on the issue right now with Customer Service. I'll post here and on the other forums I visit as soon as I'm back in control of my page. Thanks!

UPDATE:

After waiting a few hours, "I" went back offline so I--I feel like inserting the royal "We" somewhere in here--was able to log back in and changed my password. I also changed the password at my various webmails, and would suggest you all do the same! Understand what you mean, Irys, about giving it up. But I have too many friends there...and not just electronic names, but REAL friends.

Thanks to everyone who wrote to me to tell me how to avoid this in the future. While I greatly appreciate all the comments from you all, apparently, there's a backdoor inside HTML that allows access to the profile with a few keystrokes. By refusing HTML comments, I can stop it. So, I'll have to end the pretty pictures so I DON'T have to end my MySpace page. Sigh... But please do keep sending things. They just might not post on the page. I think I can still see them in my inbox though (I think...)

Anyway, I'm off to let all the forums know that I'm back in business. PLEASE let me know if any of you received any Messages, Bulletins or such here today from me, because it wasn't me. If I know about it, I can report the abuse and maybe the guys in the back room with the big computers can track down the hacker.

Thanks for all the warm wishes to my email and on the various forums to the problem. But now I'm back and plan to stay here!

Oh, and before I forget . . . MOON'S FURY will be out on Tuesday, October 2nd. This is an AWESOME new book in the Sazi series and is getting great reviews all over the place. If you want to read the reviews, go here

http://www.ciecatrunpubs.com/furyreview.htm

If you want to read the first chapter, go here:

http://www.ciecatrunpubs.com/furychapter.htm

We'd love for this one to hit it BIG, so this is my shameless bout of begging. PLEASE, PLEASE BUY OUR BOOK! :D

Cathy

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September/October Events!

Sep. 9th, 2007 | 04:26 pm

Boy, it's been a busy few weeks here! We turned in the final book in the Thrall trilogy--called TOUCH OF DARKNESS, and I'm working on the next book, which is a stand-alone paranormal (our first for Tor!)

We also just signed up for two (possibly three) anthologies that will be out over the next few months. Let me tell you about them:

Weirdly: A Collection of Strange Stories is being produced by Wild Child Publishing, an epublisher who also does trade paperback. We got into this on sort of short notice, because it's due to be released on September 22nd (that's pretty short notice in this biz!) We'd actually submitted our horror short to another anthology--a romance one--by a sister imprint, Freya's Bower. Naturally, a horror short is a stretch for a romance antho, so the publisher asked if we had anything that was a bit more on topic, even though she LOVED the story. We did, and so now we're in two collections!

With Halloween coming up, dark tales are on everybody's mind, and the stories inside this book are AWESOME! We're trying to sell enough of the downloads to justify putting it in print, so please do wander by and order a copy. That way, when you come visit us at signings, we'll have a print version to order!

Here's a link to PRE-ORDER Weirdly. They'll send a link as soon as it releases on the 22nd.

Now, the next anthology we've got is called Dreams & Desires: A Collection of Romance and Erotica. This is a charity anthology, and all of the proceeds go to benefit battered women's shelters. Last year's anthology was such a success that they're doing it again. And we'll have a brand new, never-before-seen story in there. I think the release date on the new one is January or February, but I don't think it's been finalized yet. I'll tell you more as I find out.

Cie and I will also be attending FenCon SF/Fantasy convention at the Crowne Plaza, North Dallas in Addison, TX this month! It'll be a great time, so drop by and see us!


Next, we often get in trouble with our fans because they didn't know we'd be in an area signing books in enough time to be there. Well, to our fans in central and northcentral Texas--here's your notice, because we've got an AWESOME signing coming up with a bunch of other paranormal authors--just in time for Halloween!

There are going to be EIGHT of us signing copies of our new books, and I know that you'll recognize a few of these names!

Rachel Caine (Weather Warden & Morganville Vampire series)

PN Elrod (The Vampire Files & Gentleman Vampire series)

Karen Kelley (Close Encounters of the Sexy Kind & several others!)

Lynn LaFleur (Seduction's Spell with Avon Red!)

Amie Stuart (Hands On and others from Aphrodesia)

Carole Nelson Douglas (Midnight Louie & Irene Adler series PLUS her triumphant return to fantasy after 16 years away, with DANCING WITH WEREWOLVES, which we're hoping will be out in time for the signing!)

And, of course, C.T. Adams and Cathy Clamp (that part is sort of a given, huh? )

The signing will be at Hastings Bookstore, 2900 W. Washington St., in Stephenville, TX. This is a nice sized city about an hour south of Dallas on Highway 67/377 (toward Brownwood) and will be held Saturday, October 20, 2007, from 11-2. The store is right on the highway and has a great big parking lot (all the better for LOTS of our fans to come!) Remember, if you can't attend, but want a signed book from any of the authors, call the store and talk to either Cale or Donna at (254)965-5473. They can arrange to make the sale by phone, get the books signed and ship them to you.

Naturally, we'll have our October release available. It's the next in our Sazi series, called Moon's Fury and is set in Texas! Yes, it has your favorite Mafia hitman co-starring, so don't miss it! 

Here's the puppy update, for all you doggy fans! Bear had to go in to see the vet this week and we were astounded to learn that she as MANGE! YIKES!  I didn't realize it came from mites that live in the hair follicles. Apparently, all dogs have the mites, but some are allergic to them and that's what causes the bumpy scaly sores with no hair. Other dogs can get extras from the affected dog (not INfected, but AFfected) and a lot depends on the "mite load" a dog has. Short haired breeds like Staffordshires and chihuahuas are especially prone to them and this has been a bad year for them in Texas, because it's been so wet. So, we now have to "dip" her with a chemical that scares the bejebbers out of me after reading all the contraindications (bad side effects!) It'll be rubber gloves and aprons for putting this stuff on the pups, because it's basically a highly-targeted insecticide that's absorbed through the skin. Yikes again!

But, it's necessary--because the disease really IS worse than the cure. The vet's assistant showed me another puppy with a bad case of mange and I felt so sorry for the poor thing. It can even KILL a dog with a weak immune system. :(

So, tomorrow's the day, just in case there are problems with the dipping so the vet's handy. But Bear was SO GOOD at the vet's office! She sat on command and walked to lead just like we've been teaching her. The vet was very impressed with her training, considering how young she is. She does have a hard time when she gets excited, but she did very well! She's up to 22.8 pounds, and Brin is bigger still, so we're thinking she's 25. That would make Star about 18-20. But they're all looking good. 

This week, they're learning the "nice" command. This is when you hand them a treat, they have to sit quietly and take the food from your hand with their lips (not open mouth), so all the fingers remain attached! LOL! And, none of the other dogs get to barge in and fight for it. That one is a hassle to teach, but is well worth it once they're fully grown. 

Well, that's it for the moment. More information as I know it. Hope to see you at one of the events coming up!

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"The Reincarnationist" ROCKS!

Aug. 26th, 2007 | 11:38 am

I normally don't do reviews for books, but I recently was fortunate enough to review an advance copy of the new novel by international bestseller M.J. Rose called "The Reincarnationist." She writes suspense/thrillers normally, but this is one of those genre-bending books that sort of defies description. There's romance, mystery, political intrigue, and chase-em-down-with-a-car action scenes--all wrapped up in a big paranormal bow that leaves you breathless. It hits the shelves on Tuesday and you NEED to pick up this book. It's not a quick read, but it'll definitely keep you guessing until the very end, which is my favorite kind of book. So, without further ado . . . here's my review of THE REINCARNATIONIST:

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Josh Ryder has a knack for showing up in strange places, accompanied by a feeling of deja vu and impending danger. Therapists tried to convince him it was the aftermath of a near-fatal accident, but he's starting to believe otherwise. Now he just needs to prove it.

Drawn by forces he barely comprehends, Josh finds himself at an archaeological dig outside of Rome, Italy . . . a place he shouldn’t have been able to find unless he’d been there before. Professors Chase and Rudolpho have uncovered what they believe is the find of the century. While the "Memory Stones" have value as the massive gemstones they are, their true worth is only legend. But, if true, they could change the face of organized religion and humanity as we know them today.

As Josh and Gabriella Chase, along with Josh’s mentor, Malachai Samuels, begin the task of tracking down the stolen Memory Stones, Josh’s visions seem to be sucking him inside more often---as though a former self is trying desperately to send a message from the past to save the future.

M.J. Rose’s latest novel, The Reincarnationist, is easily the most complicated book I’ve read in years. Yet, Rose seamlessly blends three separate stories from across the centuries, including a host of characters, into an entrancing tale of love, deceit and hope for the future. Whether as Josh Ryder in the twenty-first century, Julius of Rome in 391 A.D., or Percy Talmage of New York City in 1884, the hero is independent, smart and willing to sacrifice to protect those he loves.

I can’t say enough good things about this book for someone who’s looking for a challenging, thoughtful read that will leave you breathless at the surprise ending. Pick it up on Tuesday, and Happy Reading!

Cathy

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50 Things and another book in the can!

Aug. 10th, 2007 | 07:31 pm

Saw this in a recent bulletin and hadn't done one in awhile. Read to the end and you'll find out all about our new book! :D

50 QUESTIONS

1. When is the last time you held hands with someone?
This morning--my hubby

2. What should you be doing right now?
Cooking dinner

3. Have you ever crawled through a window?:
Pfft! Other than a picture window, my big bu** wouldn't fit. LOL!

4. Where is your mom?:
Dead, unfortunately

5. Morning or night person?:
Morning. One of those 'someone grab a shotgun and shut that woman up!' sort of chirpy morning person.

6. What was the last movie you watched?:
The Robinsons

7. Last movie BOUGHT?
Um...I think it was the Shrek II DVD.

8. Any cool scars?:
Yeah, back of my left calf. Had a lypoma (benign fatty tumor) removed. I didn't see it, but the surgeon said it was the size of a grapfruit. Eww...

9. Things about the opposite/same sex you notice first:
Eyes

10. What was the last cd you bought?
Masters of Metal - Volume II

11. Ever been in love?:
In love right now!

12. What's something your friends make fun of you for?
You'll laugh--I like to eat spaghetti sandwiches. Buttered bread filled with noodles, sauce and meat.

13. What is your curfew?
I'm an early to bed-er (see morning person above). Since I was ten, I've been in bed no later than 9pm.

14. Would you ever dye your hair red?
I did a strawberry blonde once. Didn't like it much. Wrong shade for my skin.

15. What's your worst personality flaw?
Too controlling (No! MOI?! LOL!)

16. What's you best personality trait?
I'm a good listener.

17. What place would you most like to visit?
Not the traveling sort. Can't think of anywhere.

18. Who's your best friend?
My husband first, my writing partner second.

19. Do you want a well paying job or a job you enjoy?
Both. Right now, I have the job I enjoy. Working on the 'well paying' part.

20. Do you wish to have the same friends when you're older?
Already do. Most of my friends have been around for decades.

21. When were you last on the phone?
2 hours ago.

22. When did you last drive a car?
About 4:00 this afternoon.

23. What's sitting on top of your computer monitor right now?
A stuffed bat and a cat-gargoyle with wings.

24. Do you prefer a digital or wind-up watch?
Wind-up, but like the self-winding ones.

25. Do you like math?
Algebra's okay. Not general or calculus or anything like that.

26. What about history?:
Oh, yeah! I could spend HOURS reading history.

27. Have you ever seen 5 squirrels at one time?
Sure. Lots of squirrels where I live.

28. Can you touch your nose with your tongue?:
Nope. I can wiggle my nostrils though. Heh...

29. Do you have a brother?:
No.

30. Did your great granddad fight in the civil war?
Not to my knowledge. Don't know ANY of my family--on either side--that was in the U.S. then.

31. Who's your favorite person to talk to?:
My hubby

32. Have you ever used photobucket?:
No. I prefer ImageShack

33. Do you like hugs?
Heck, yes!

34. Do you have a lover?:
Just the hubby. It's a good thing.

35. Do you want to be a doctor?
No, never had the inclination.

36. Have you ever fallen asleep with gum in your mouth?:
Don't like gum.

37. What do you do right before you go to bed?
Put my glasses on the nightstand.

38. Right when you get outta bed?
Put ON my glasses.

39. Do you love your parents?
I did when they were around.

40. What music are you listening to right now:
None. Unless you count the air conditioner.

41. Do you want to be famous?
You betcha!

42. Do you spend a lot of time thinking about life?
Some days.

43. Do you do your own laundry?
Yeah. Sadly.

44. Do you clean house every day?
Pfft! I wish. Once a week is more like it, and some weeks it's a lick and a promise.

45. Do you believe in love?
Of course!

46. Ever want to sky dive?
Shudder... No.

47. When was the last time you got angry?
Can't remember. It's been months.

48. Are you addicted to MySpace?
Not really

49. Would you classify yourself as clever?
Yes. So would other people. :D

50. What do you hate the most at the moment?
I'm not the hating sort. Can't think of anything.

That was kind of fun! I'm taking a break today (as you can tell!) because Cie and I just put another book in the can. Woo!  We just finished the last book in the Thrall trilogy--presently titled TOUCH OF DARKNESS. Cie was the lead on this book, but I wound up adding about 20K to it before I was done. I think the book TOTALLY RAWKS! Yes, Kate gets her HEA (finally!) and you're going to get a few surprises about things you thought were over and done. Bwahahaha!

I've had a short story clawing at the back of my mind. It's a horror short that was inspired by a talk at World Fantasy last year in Austin. I finally have most of it plotted out and think I'll just whip it out to get it done. Thinking of Weird Tales or even the new H.P. Lovecraft Magazine. What!? You didn't know there WAS a H.P. Lovecraft Magazine? Well, if you like horror, you need to go find it. I got a sample of the mag because I'm a member of Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers, but I'll definitely be subscribing. I've gotten out of the habit of reading lately, and need to start again. And a short will get me back in the creative mode without dragging me too far away from what I should be doing (which is writing the next book.)

Puppies are fine. They're growing like weeds (up to 17 pounds this last vet visit.) The whistle is still hit or miss, but they now completely know their names. I bought a book today at the pet store about their breed, and they have some good training suggestions in it. It probably won't be a bible or anything, but always up for new ideas. Right now, their favorite game is to fill up their little plastic pool about four inches and then drop things in the water. Star just LOVES to have a tennis ball put in the pool, because she'll push it around with her nose. She snorts and blows bubbles, but doesn't even come up for air for close to a minute. LOL!

Well, I do need to get in the house and get dinner started, so more later! :)

Cathy

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Captive Moon takes first in the Book Buyers Best Award!

Jul. 19th, 2007 | 03:17 pm

Well, I'm back from the RWA conference and I'm THRILLED to announce that our August, '06 release, CAPTIVE MOON, was named the best Paranormal/Fantasy/Time Travel novel in the Book Buyer's Best Award, sponsored by the Orange County Chapter of RWA. WOO! We received a gorgeous engraved trophy and were treated to a champagne and chocolate reception on Wednesday night. It was a great time, and we're very grateful to the members of the chapter, plus the final round judges from two very prominent book buying companies (Borders and Levy), for the time they spent in judging.

I had a wonderful time at the conference. I got to meet fans and other authors I've only chatted with on-line, which made the event a lot of fun. I'd list them all here, but it would include most all of the authors in my MySpace friend list! LOL! Sorry I didn't get to see more of you, but it was so packed that it was hard to find people, even when we were both looking for each other.

The book signing went very well, as did a nifty scavenger hunt organized by an online group I belong to, Romance Divas. Readers had to run around and collect signatures from attending authors (about a dozen of them) and then bring the completed sheet to the organizer, who drew one name for a fabulous basket filled with novels, chocolate, promo goodies and candles. Yay! I haven't heard yet who won, but I'll post it up here when I know.

I'd considered doing a basket, because I normally do--but wound up with my car packed full of tote bags to take to both the Librarian Goody room and Bookseller's tea. Since my plan for this conference was to meet and greet bookbuyers, I figured I'd better concentrate on that. I got to meet some of the reviewers I correspond with by email, which was fun! One of them showed up from GERMANY (Hi, Kris Alice!)

I never ended up making it to any of the super publisher parties that went on Friday night. I caught a "conference bug" that left me stuffy and with a sore throat (although, truthfully, a lot of the sore throat was just hoarse from trying to talk over all the background noise constantly.) Pity, too. I hear the Harlequin party had an entire WALL of tables filled with every sort of chocolate goody imaginable. If I'd known for certain that I wouldn't have been tossed out on my ear for crashing, I'd have stopped by . . . sick or not. LOL!

Cie had to stay home from RWA. She's just about done with the final book in the Thrall trilogy (due 8/1.) It's tentatively called TOUCH OF DARKNESS, and I'm really looking forward to reading it (yep, I haven't seen it either!) I spent several hours at a lunch with our editor(s) explaining the plot of BOUND BY DESIGN, the stand-alone paranormal I'm working on--and by "working" I mean plotting it out while staring at the walls for hours, forgetting to blink. Not only was our new editor excited, but our old editor insisted that we send a copy to her at the same time so she could read it too. LOL!

Guess I'd better write it now, huh...? ;-)

A lot of you have asked after our puppies in messages, so I thought I'd update you. They're all doing well. Brin is the biggest at 11.5 pounds, with Bear close behind at 10.7 and little Star at 10.3. They were all identical when we found them--7.5 pounds, so they're growing fast.

We've nicknamed them "the pirahnas" for the way they descend on anything resembling food (whether or not it is) to turn it into bite sized scraps that we then have to take away from them in a panic. Plastic cups, chunks of wood, trash on the wind. Sheesh! You'd think we never fed them! But they're teething, which is part of it. And, they were dumped, so ANY food had to be eaten immediately or risk losing it to another predator. We're hoping they'll grow out of it.

Oh, and they got their VERY FIRST bones the other day. I had our local butcher cut up some beef leg bones into biscuits and then cooked them in the microwave. That helps their little tummys digest all the fat and marrow, and it doesn't get them used to the taste of fresh blood (bad thing when you raise livestock like we do.) They thought I was the BEST PACK LEADER EVER!! They're still chewing on the bones two days later, but they got bored initially after they chewed off the scraps resembling meat.

They're learning to come to our voices, along with a plastic shaker of kibble, and we just added in a dog whistle to the mix today. It's going over about as well as you'd expect the first day. They just cock their head at the sound and then howl. LOL! But once I combined the whistle with the shaker, all of a sudden it made sense. Shaker=treat. Whistle=shaker=treat. Cool! Maybe tomorrow Whistle will equal treat. That's the plan anyway. But in reality, it'll take a few weeks.

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