Wednesday, April 22, 2009


I love mountains. Tall ones, short ones, rocky ones, grassy ones, and snowy ones. I love them all. I'll be leaving the swamps of Louisiana for the Smokies of Tennessee on Saturday. Renting a cabin. No phone. No internet. Oh, all right, I'm taking my cell phone, just in case, but you get the idea. Just me and hubby with no interruptions. I'm hoping a bit of inspiration comes along and gives me an idea to set a story there. Then I can use the excuse to go back sooner than next year. And I can write it off as a business trip. ;)
So, anyway, I will be away for a week or so. I'll tell you all about it when I get back. With photos.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


I just had to post this. Billie Jo from Romance Junkies posted this review of my book, Fugue Macabre: Ghost Dance.

Title: Fugue Macabre Ghost Dance

Author: CJ ParkerDARK & EDGY - 5 out of 5

Blurb: Dr. Tabatha Gray doesn't have a particular fondness for the dead, but the dead have a desperate affinity for her. Tabatha has always considered her ability a curse, but soon discovers it may be the only thing that can save her and her friends' lives.

Detective Derek Bainbridge tries to ignore the connection he feels for this possibly dangerous necromancer, but he instinctively knows she is the one person who can solve a string of brutal child killings.Family secrets, lies and treachery combine to make Tabatha's efforts harder as she fights to save the Voodoo Killer's latest victim.

GHOST DANCE ROCKS!! On that note, if you do NOT like dark, edgy and sometimes scary, this book is NOT for the faint of heart. Since I absolutely love the really dark books, I was entranced with this. I have not been able to find a fabulous book that can shock or scare me in a long time and GHOST DANCE definitely gave me a thrill.

Thank you CJ Parker for writing a thrilling book that kept me glued to my seat and on edge the entire time I read it. You penned a fantastic tale of a forgotten genre that has not excited me in a long time.

Billie Jo

No. Thank YOU, Billie Jo. You made my week!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Down in the Dumps

It was first draft drivel. I should have known better. But I did it anyway.

I went to a workshop over the weekend in Houma, Louisiana. Overall, I had a good time. Really didn't do much but sit back and listen to other writers talk about the business. But it was more entertaining than watching gulf or ladies basketball.

Now, you're asking why I'm down in the dumps, right?

The organizers of the workshop asked for the first page of a WIP. I've just started one and it's really in the "just write until you get the feel for the story" stage. I should have known better than to hand over that page. I was setting myself up for a reality slap. And I got it.

Molly Bolden (co-owner of Bent Pages book store), Cherry Adair (author), and Betsy Mitchell (editor-in-chief of Del Rey: Science Fiction/Fantasy) were the panel. Tina Callais read the entries, so no one knew whose were whose, thank God. As she went along she noticed time was running out so she decided to just read one or two paragraph from the pages at the end. Yes, mine was at the end. Would they have liked it better if they'd heard the whole page? Doubt it.

The point, boys and girls, is this. Don't, DON'T let anyone have a WIP page. It's not representative of your finished work.

Another thing that bothers me. Not all the entries were read because they ran out of time. Those whose work didn't get read had to have been disappointed. Maybe next time put enough time aside to get to them all. I won't enter again unless I have a decent page to offer. But if I do, I'd feel a bit disenchanted if it went unread. Even if it left me Down in the Dumps.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Guest Speaker

As most of you know, I have a workshop each week at 8 Eastern, Tuesday nights.
This week's guest will be Lea Schizas. This is a link to her Web site.
A lot of you will remember Lea from the online conference. Those who don't, check her out. It's going to be a great evening filled with fun and we just may learn something.
Also, we have a few openings for guest speakers for the month of May and June if you're interested.