Monday, March 30, 2009


Is anyone else sick of seeing Obama every time you turn on the TV or open the newspaper? He is becoming a bore. What's wrong Mr. President? Don't you like the White House? Is something wrong with your desk chair that you have to hop on that plane and keep on the move? Or is it that you just get a kick turning on the TV, or opening the newspaper and seeing your face staring out?

We have real problems in our country. Can't you sit still long enough to work on them instead of being a talking head? You don't have to report your every move to us. Just get busy and fix this mess. And by the way, I'm a bit sick of hearing it isn't your mess, but inherited it from Bush. BS, Mr. President. The problems started way before Bush. This is a multi-prsidented mess. Now hush and just do something about it. If you can.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Talking to myself

Self, you need to get your butt in gear. If you don't write, you can't sell. If you can't sell, you can't make it to the NY Times best seller list. Oh, but wait. Newspapers are in trouble. Soon they will be no more.

I have a hard time seeing a world without my hubby sitting on the couch with a newspaper in front of him. Will he actually have to talk to me? Ha! There's always TV. I have no right to complain. If I'm not in front of this computer, I'm in some dream land trying to work out a scene or, like now, trying to figure out a way to rewrite the first two chapters of The Vision Master, all the while knowing I need to write Fire Dance to finish off the Fugue Macabre trilogy.

Tomorrow we're going to the casino. Nope. We don't have money for the machines, but we have coupons for a free buffet and $15 free play. Now, I'm not stupid. I know I'll end up putting at least a $20 in the machine. Wouldn't it be wonderful if I'd win enough to buy that Kindle I want so badly?

To be honest it's just getting out of this house which makes the trip important. And who knows. It may be what my brain needs to get started again.

Friday, March 13, 2009

I've already won a copy of this book and let me tell you, it's a way over the top good read. Spread the word. Tell Jeannine where you posted this promo and you could win a copy.

Jeannine has a way of putting the gritty reality of life in words YA readers appreciate. She doesn't look down on her readers but sets them right in the middle of the hot skillet that is her character's lives.
C. J. Parker

I can't believe how fast this came! SAY THE WORD will be released on Tuesday, March 17 (St. Patrick's Day) and THREE SIGNED COPIES will be given away in this contest. All you have to do to enter is:1. Announce THIS CONTEST on your blog/facebook/myspace/etc. You can link to this entry or copy and paste. 2. Then send me back the link to YOUR announcement either by email (jjgarsee at aol dot com) or in the comment section here.That's it! This contest will start today and continue until March 28th. Also, if you mention Say the Word in any other posts between now and March 28th, send me the link to those as well and you will be entered again--each time!
Thank you for spreading the word about SAY THE WORD!AMAZON Book Description: "The world expects perfection from seventeen-year-old Shawna Gallagher, and for the most part, that’s what they get. She dates the right boys, gets good grades, and follows her father’s every rule. But when her estranged lesbian mother dies, it’s more than perfect Shawna can take. Suddenly, anger from being abandoned ten years ago is resurfacing along with Shawna’s embarrassment over her mother’s other family. As she confronts family secrets and questions from the past, Shawna realizes there’s a difference between doing the perfect thing and doing the right thing. "Shawna’s honest and relatable voice will draw readers in and hold them until the last page in this coming-of-age story. Jeannine Garsee has delivered a compulsively readable second novel, perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen and Laurie Halse Anderson."
Reviews"Say the Word explores discrimination and resentment from unique points-of-view, giving its characters a chance for redemption. Some take advantage of the chance; others see no reason to change. Either way, the story is riveting." ALAN Online"Garsee manages to give every character depth and dimension without falling into the trap of making the children too perfect and angelic and the adults imperfect... Readers will believe Shawna’s final transition from doormat to independent thinker." Kirkus"A compelling portrait of a young woman growing up..." Publishers WeeklyA Booklist starred review (April 2009)!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

EPICon 2010

Not trying to rush anything but I thought I'd announce:

I won the bid to have the EPICon in New Orleans next year!!! Woohoo!!

I'm open for applications for speakers/presenters. If you think you have a great idea, send me the topic, amount of time you think you'll need, (about an hour seems to be the norm) why you think you're the one to give this talk, and any A/V equipment you'll need. (These things cost money and I have to stick to my budget.)

Anyone want to volunteer? I'm taking names on that list, alsp. Anyone close enough to New Orleans to help on with foot work would be great but not required.

It will be the weekend of March 4-7, 2010. Mark your calendars. Start saving that left over change. Plan to come party with us. Oh, yeah, and learn a thing or two about our business while we're at it.

Give me about a month and I'll have the beginnings of a web site up to keep everyone apprised of what is going on and little tidbits about New Orleans to entice you into coming.

Charlotte Parker
PS-Hm, wonder why that song 'I'm So Excited' keeps going through my head?

Fugue Macabre: Ghost Dance (Sapphire Blue Publishing)
Fugue Macabre: Bone Dance (Coming soon from Sapphire Blue Publishing)
Misty Dreams (Coming soon from The Wild Rose Press)

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Too much, too little

We've all said it. Too much to do, too little time. I'm in that conundrum of the phrase now. I've received edits on the second book of my Fugue Macabre trilogy, Bone Dance, plus my muse wants to work on a new book idea I have, working title The Vision Master, and I'm finishing up the last of the budget details for next year's EPICon in New Orleans. Oh, and I have to be a wife to hubby too, he's funny about that. With all that in mind I took the morning off to finally get a hair cut. It was way past time and way too long. As usual she cut it too short, but maybe I can wait even longer next time. ;)

I'd planned to stop off at my favorite coffee house, CC's, but it was closed. Like forever. Broke my heart. Was hoping to run into a local well known author and talk to her about being a presenter at EPICon. Guess I'll have to do it the new fashioned way and E-mail her.

Had to run to Walgreens to pick up some prescriptions, found out one has become nearly impossible to find anymore. It is a generic for a more expensive drug, so they gave me the more expensive one, of course. Then told me even that was nearly impossible to come by and only had half a month's supply. I have to go to the doctor on Friday the 13th (don't you just love it?), I'll just tell him to come up with something else to replace it. Hopefully something that isn't $50 co-pay a month. Yikes.

Okay, that's my gripes for the day. Back to the edits.