Returned from the Emerald City Writer’s Conference and back to work. What a fabulous time I had! Didn’t go to a single workshop, but as always happens when I’m around other writers, I am so recharged and excited to get back to my book! I have pictures I’ll put up later this week, but today is a quick drive-by because my parents are flying in tonight. They’re staying a week and I’ll be tidying (HA! Cleaning like a madwoman) today.

I’m going into the last third of Goddess With A Blade now. I’m hoping to be done by the end of the week with the first draft and get it all polished next to turn in mid-month. I love this book so much! Love the characters and the world and it has been a wonderfully creative process writing this one. The book is urban fantasy with a a romantic sub-plot. Rowan, my main character is a hard ass with a complicated past, oh and she’s also the vessel for the goddess Brigid, which helps because it’s her job to police the vampires in Las Vegas. And these Vampires are no fluffy bunnies. In any case, when I get a blurb I’ll toss it out here 🙂

Less than a month to go until INSIDE OUT releases! Yay! I’m so thrilled to get this one out there and I hope hope hope people love Cope and Ella as much as I loved writing them. Ah, and just a few weeks until SECOND CHANCES releases from Carina – getting some early reviews now, which is always exciting. I probably should mention many of the folks who read it have said they needed tissues, LOL. It does have some sad scenes in it, just FYI. But I hope the ending is uplifting and makes up for the sad.

Wanna win a copy of SECOND CHANCES? Well good, because I’m going to give one away today (October 5). All you need to do is reply with your plans for this weekend or next weekend, whatever, and I’ll choose a winner from the comments. This is a DIGITAL book, FYI. I’ll post the winner at 5 pm pacific time. Good luck

WINNER IS COMMENT #16: JESSICA! Jessica, send me your email so I can get the book your way. Congrats!

29 comments to “Tuesday”

  1. Crystal D
    October 5th, 2010 at 7:38 am · Link

    work and work. Throw in some grocery shopping and laundry and that is my weeked.

  2. Rachel Riddles
    October 5th, 2010 at 7:39 am · Link

    Hey Lauren! I am so counting down until Nov 2nd. I may have to reread Laid Bare and Coming Undone to get myself ready for Inside OUt. It’s on my list of books I want for my birthday Nov 7th. My husband has strict intructions and he better listen 😀

    My husband is working this weekend so the kiddos 7 and 4 and I will probably hit the pumpkin patch. I also have the first season on The Vampire Diaries on DVD to watch so we’ll be busy.

    Looking forward to Second Chances. I love a good emotional story. Take care.

  3. Lynette
    October 5th, 2010 at 7:48 am · Link

    Hmm, my plans are to ignore the Queen’s pleas for a sleep over. LOL! I’ll probably take the kids to a movie, that’s about it! 😆

  4. Melissa
    October 5th, 2010 at 8:16 am · Link

    My daughter’s B day is Oct 11th ~~ she’ll be 18! So we’re going to have a celebration weekend ~ going to see the new movie Secretariat, going to Huber’s Farm to pick pumkins (she still loves to do this!) and she wants to eat at Outback, so we’ll probably do that on the way home from Huber’s. Then family get together Sunday! It will be a busy weekend!

  5. Christine
    October 5th, 2010 at 8:17 am · Link

    Well I’m getting my Halloween display up in my window this weekend. I haven’t done it in a few years but I am energized to put it up. I have several dolls, bears and a haunted house that will fit perfect in my front window. Also it’s fall baseball season so we have a game. And it’s starting to get cooler so I need to start changing out the summer clothes for the fall and winter clothes. And the usual shopping, laundry & cleaning.

  6. Allie
    October 5th, 2010 at 8:39 am · Link

    We’re in a new house, so this weekend I plan to continue organizing and unpacking, and I have to find a new route for my 10-mile run on Saturday. I also need to carve the pumpkin, and put up all my spiffy Halloween decorations. And sleep. I’ll need to sleep eventually. And probably work, since I spent most of yesterday watching a repair guy do his magic on the phone wires in our house for our DSL. 🙂 Pizza is definitely on the menu. No delivery out here in South Middle Nowhere but my husband will drive to the pizza place and bring it home. 🙂

    Thanks for the contest!

  7. CrystalGB
    October 5th, 2010 at 8:44 am · Link

    Visiting my dad in the hospital on Saturday and doing laundry and grocery shopping.
    On Sunday, I will visit my mom and then do some reading.

  8. Bonnie H
    October 5th, 2010 at 8:56 am · Link

    Gawd, you ALWAYS have the sexiest covers!! Me and hubby even have conversations about them, which I think is hilarious since he hasn’t read a book since high school, but the minute I get one of yours he grabs it and gives me his opinion LOL
    This weekend I will be (hopefully) hanging the pictures in our new house. And doing all the joyous activities that mommies do – dishes, laundry, cleaning…oh and decorating, but that’s fun 😀

  9. Caroline
    October 5th, 2010 at 9:09 am · Link

    My husband and I are leaving on Friday for Belgium returning next Wednesday. His work is sending him over for a 2 day seminar and I get to tag along with out the kids!

  10. Babs
    October 5th, 2010 at 9:10 am · Link

    Taking the wee one to swimming lessons…laundry…grocery shopping. So not exciting. Last weekend was much more exciting — trip to the mountains, carriage ride, out to lunch, sitting in a cafe. Hmmmm, maybe should try to repeat that!

  11. Pam W
    October 5th, 2010 at 9:32 am · Link

    This weekend, besides watching baseball playoffs, I am demanding a trip to Apple Hill. I love the freshly picked apples, craft sales and tons of junk food at every stop. When we get home I am baking apple pie and READING. It sounds like the best way to spend a fall weekend.

  12. Brandy W
    October 5th, 2010 at 9:37 am · Link

    I was just informed by the spouse that we will be cleaning, playing football with the kids and I think he mentioned poker and eating out.

    I’m down with eating out but can pass on the rest. The outdoors and I just don’t see eye to eye and as my middle kids says… outside is boring.

  13. elaing8
    October 5th, 2010 at 9:43 am · Link

    This weekend is Thanksgiving here in Canada so I’ll be having family over Sunday for that. So Saturday will be cleaning the house up.

  14. steph j
    October 5th, 2010 at 10:28 am · Link

    I get to read this weekend. Last weekend I had groceries and all that boring household stuff. But this weekend hubby and my two boys have scout stuff to do. God I love scouts the boys go do fun stuff with other boys and their dads and I get the weekend free to read. So everyone has a great weekend.

  15. Sharon M
    October 5th, 2010 at 10:35 am · Link

    We currently have nothing planned for the next two weekends. We were gone last weekend and have three more trips planned for the next seven weeks including Myrtle Beach and Orlando. We’ll probably spend time cleaning the house and working in the yard this weekend. I’m hoping the weather will be beautiful so that we can spend some time outside.

  16. Jessica
    October 5th, 2010 at 10:51 am · Link

    I am picking up my boxer puppy this weekend!!!!! We named him Max & are sooooooooo excited to bring him home. Not so sure I’ll be excited to house break him though…LOL

  17. Nichole
    October 5th, 2010 at 10:56 am · Link

    heading out next Friday to go to the High Desert of Nevada to photograph wild mustangs

  18. Estella
    October 5th, 2010 at 1:43 pm · Link

    Had surgery on a foot, so I get to sit on the couch with my foot propped up and READ!

  19. Heather U
    October 5th, 2010 at 1:45 pm · Link

    I’m getting some photos taken of me and my puppy Lucy to put on my holiday cards. First time I’ve really had my photo taken in QUITE some time.

  20. Marlene Breakfield
    October 5th, 2010 at 2:46 pm · Link

    I want to go see the new movie with Katherine Heigl in it.

  21. Diane Sadler
    October 5th, 2010 at 3:48 pm · Link

    Working this weekend, no time off in retail. So I’ll be cooking or turkey monday for monday and not much trimmings. It’s Thanksgiving here on monday.

  22. Cathy MacDonald
    October 5th, 2010 at 4:11 pm · Link

    Well my son is graduating from the Police Academy tomorrow, but since the ceremony is on a work day, and yes, I already asked why, lol. Well anyway, my sister’s coulnd’t make it up, so the whole family is throwing a party for him on Saturday. Lots of fun stories, food and laughter, and proud mama moments.

  23. Cindi Mitchell
    October 5th, 2010 at 4:12 pm · Link

    I am flying to Wisconsin for one of my best friends wedding and taking a “solo” just me mini vacation without the hubby and son WHOO HOO it’s been too long since one of these 😉

  24. B Burke
    October 5th, 2010 at 4:16 pm · Link

    Hoping to have a relaxing weekend with my husband and 3 boys.

  25. Lissa
    October 5th, 2010 at 4:30 pm · Link

    Working and maybe a dinner with a good friend – wine and a lot of laughter.


  26. Rory G
    October 5th, 2010 at 4:42 pm · Link

    This weekend we will be celebrating turkey day here in Canada. Three whole days off from work to get all the tidying done. Would really love something new to read. Hint, hint.

  27. Pamk
    October 5th, 2010 at 5:00 pm · Link

    having a yard sale and maybe going to a craft fair.

  28. Renee'
    October 5th, 2010 at 5:10 pm · Link

    Well I don’t know of any plans this weekend, but next weekend we are going to Karissa’s college of choice for a personal tour. She has been there for their open house. She has been accepted there but she has to come up with a way to pay for it. LOL.

  29. nora
    October 6th, 2010 at 5:08 pm · Link

    I was wondering what the new bound by magic series will be about? Will it be about kendra and renee reaching out to other witches or about the providence clan or will it be a new series completely?