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Monday, April 23, 2007

A Hardcover In My Future!


Great news came to me today in a letter from my publisher. The More Than Words, Volume 4 anthology scheduled for release a year from now, (April 2008) will be in gift hardcover rather than trade paperback format. Very exciting! And great for Mother's Day gifts. I really love the story. It's called Hannah's Hugs and I enjoyed writing it so much. I'll keep you posted as the date draws closer, and you can read more about the More Than Words program, which is Harlequin's wonderful, generous philanthropic yearly project, on my website www.jenniferarcher.net under "News and Events" (scroll down a ways). The picture here is of the last More Than Words release, Volume 3.

I am happy to report that I kicked into gear today and made great headway on my book--in progress. I wrote at a coffee shop. Sometimes I think a change of surroundings (and getting out of the house) works wonders.

Check back here soon for photos of my backyard remodel. My husband is really creating an oasis for us in this dry, landlocked part of the country in which we live. We both love water -- the ocean, rivers, streams -- and decided the sound of water is something that's really missing in our lives. My little backyard sanctuary now has a beautiful pergola (arbor), and a gorgeous waterfall! I spent one sunny day planting bushes, etc. Things are really taking shape, though we still have a lot of planting to do. Good thing things are shaping up, because my sister is getting married back there the end of July! I think it's going to be a gorgeous celebration in more ways than one.

Happy Reading,

Jenny
www.jenniferarcher.net

Friday, April 20, 2007

Need a Shot of Motivation

Maybe it's the beautiful weather, but I'm having a hard time kicking myself into gear to write. You'd think a deadline would get me going, but no. Today, I stood on a ladder and cleared the gutters around my house of leaves, I piddled with a little research, I emptied the vacuum cleaner and went out for lunch, I helped a writer friend over the phone by brainstorming her work in progress -- all while the characters in my own work in progress waited for me to show up at the page. I disappointed them, and myself. Getting into a routine has always been a problem for me and I'm not sure I'm seeing any improvement. I'm beginning to wonder if I wouldn't do better if I had an office outside of the house where I report every day, just like a (gulp) "real" job. I'm thinking I need a shot of motivation in the form of a visit with a friend of mine who reads this blog. (You know who you are.) She doesn't pull punches and has been known to say to me, "You keep saying you're going to do it, so do it already." She always makes me realize how silly I am to procrastinate. It only makes me crazy. I'm much happier when I tend to business. This friend motivates me just by watching her move through her own life. I'm amazed by how much she does in a day and by how she typically not only reaches her goals, but surpasses them.

Here's what I've noticed about myself in regards to writing. I do best if every day:
1. I get up early, feed the dogs, put on the coffee, then shut myself in my office where I read over my goals then journal for a few minutes, finishing by making a list of creative, business and personal things I want to accomplish that day.
2. I eat then take my coffee into my office, close myself in again, put on some music and write. Typically I'll finish my page count for the day by or before noon, leaving the afternoon and evening for...
3. business, errands, appointments, exercise, family & friends, more writing if I so desire.

So...as my super-motivated friend would probably say to me... "If you know this works for you, WHY DON'T YOU DO IT CONSISTENTLY?? You keep saying you're going to do it, so do it already." Okay, okay. Tomorrow is a new day.

On another subject, I'm still so saddened by the Virginia Tech tragedy. With two sons in college and living in university communities, I can't help thinking about them a little more often every day now and being so thankful they're okay. And I can't help hurting for the parents of the young men and women who lost their lives this week.

Stay safe and hug your loved ones or call them and tell them you love them if they're not close by.

Happy Reading,

Jenny

Monday, April 16, 2007

Goodbyes and Hellos


Since I've been away from the blog, some big changes have taken place in my life. A few months ago we had to tell our sweet neurotic Brittany Spaniel Tia "goodbye." She was 13 years old. Poor Marge, the year-old pup we "rescued" last year, was as bummed out as the rest of the family. She was very lonely. So we said "Hello" to Harry, a mini dachshund now 3 months old. He and Marge are having a wonderful time playing tug of war, chasing each other and wrestling. We're having fun watching them.


Another happy "hello" was said Thursday night to a couple of old friends -- Bruce Edwards and his mother Harriet Edwards. They hosted the third "Author Dessert Event" at the Borger Country Club in Borger, Texas and I had the honor of being one of the 5 speakers present. Over the years, Bruce and I have been in critique groups together, attended the same conferences and become good friends. I've really missed him since he moved to the Austin area a few years ago. Harriet, his mom, is so supportive of writers and she knows how to organize a fabulous event. Dinner was great, the desserts -- and there were too many to count -- made my mouth water just looking at them, and the turn-out of readers to hear the presentations was wonderful thanks to the publicity Harriet was able to generate. I had a great time! All the people I met in Borger were so gracious. Best of all, they laughed at my jokes!

Last night I finished reading the novel EAST OF EDEN by John Steinbeck. Haven't read one of the classics in a long, long time. My son the Englist Lit major finished it over spring break and told me, "If you haven't read this, you should. It's amazing." He was right. It's a modern-day retelling of the Cane and Abel Bible story. Authors in Steinbeck's day tended to be more "wordy" than authors of today, and I had a bit of a struggle getting past that at first, but once I did, I lost myself in his wonderful storytelling and complex characters. If you missed this one in school, pick it up. I have a feeling I'll be thinking about its themes for a long time to come. It's amazing how they still hold true all these decades later.

Happy Reading,

Jenny

Saturday, April 14, 2007

How Do You Say "Sandwiched" in Italian?


Hurray for the weekend!

It may be April in Texas, but we have snow on the ground! Just last week I was enjoying the sight of the beautiful budding trees on my daily walk, and now it looks like winter again.

Speaking of winter, I had a nice surprise just after Christmas. I found out that the Italian edition of my novel SANDWICHED has been released! The Italian title is TERAPIA AL CIOCCOLATO -- English translation: THERAPY BY CHOCOLATE. I love it! The new cover is fun and very fitting. Stop by my website www.jenniferarcher.net and go to the "News and Events" page if you want to take a look. The cover for A MOTHER'S DAY--two novels in one published by Mills and Boon in the UK just in time for Mother's Day -- is also there. The two novels are my book SANDWICHED and author Susan Mallery's book THERE'S ALWAYS PLAN B. I hope you'll pop over to www.jenniferarcher.net to see both covers!

Happy Reading,

Jennifer

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

A Fresh Start With A Great New Contest!

Anybody out there? No excuses about why I haven't been here in awhile. I just had a blog-lapse. I have a lot of news to catch up on so I hope you'll drop by often in the days and weeks ahead. First of all, I want to tell you about a new contest that, if you love to read great Women's Fiction, you won't want to miss. I have joined 20 other authors who also write novels for NeXt and we've donated 40...count 'em...FORTY of our books--all autographed. One lucky winner will receive all 40 of the novels in a really pretty embroidered tote bag. We'll have several runner-up prizes, too. I'm a bit slow in posting this, but there's still plenty of time to enter. You have until the end of this month -- April. Go to my website at www.jenniferarcher.net and click on the "Contest" link for more information on how to enter. Good Luck!

While you're at www.jenniferarcher.net I hope you'll take a look around. All the pages have been updated with current news about my books, new photos and new movie and book recommendations.

Come back soon! I'll be posting more often, I promise!

Happy Reading,

Jennifer

www.jenniferarcher.net