Friday, March 09, 2012

Friday Fun Facts: Giveaways!

Exciting news today! Beyond Her Blog at Publisher's Weekly is sponsoring a week-long celebration, and both today and tomorrow Yours Truly is participating as one of the giveaway authors. Check it out - lots of fun and so many prizes you can win, just by commenting!

I'm heading to my local RWA meeting tomorrow - always an inspirational way to spend a morning, talking to other authors and sharing ideas and potential publishing and promotional leads. Next week I'll also be sharing the item(s) both I and my RWA chapter will be donating to the Brenda Novak Online Auction. Hint: This year mine will be a "Summer Fun" basket...I know you can't wait to see what's inside ;)

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Writers' Wednesday: A Local Appearance on March 29th

Just a quick announcement: I'll be one of 6 "local authors" featured at a showcase at the Pine Bush Library (Pine Bush, NY) on Thursday, March 29, from 6-8 pm.

The cool thing about this appearance is that the Special Events Coordinator contacted me (usually it's the other way around when I'm trying to set up an author appearance)...via my Facebook Fan Page! So I guess maybe FB is a good promotional tool after all (OK, I knew it was, but this was a nice confirmation of that fact).

I will be the only romance author, kind of neat, as the other 5 represent a variety of genres from poetry to mystery. Though I'm not positive on the format, I think we will each discuss/read and then have time for chatting and signing/selling after the panel.

I'm looking forward to it...and if you're anywhere in the area, I hope you'll stop by! Click here for library location and details.

Monday, March 05, 2012

Monday Mentionables: Seeing "The Artist"

I finally saw the movie "The Artist" over the weekend (you know, the silent film that won 5 Oscars this year, including Best Picture and Best Actor). So what did I think?

Well, it's very cute and charming. Very sweet and entertaining. And hey, it has Uggie (super-cute dog) in almost every scene, hamming it up for the camera. Overall, the storyline is pretty straight-forward: it's about a silent movie star who becomes washed up while the pretty young girl he helped "discover" goes on to become a star of talking movies while his life falls apart. No spoilers here, but don't fear - it does have a happy ending.

While I enjoyed it, I didn't think it merited Best Picture honors. I felt very much as if I was in the 1920s, watching a nice silent film. I think it probably won because it was a novelty for 2012. However, I will say that Jean Dujardin deserved the Best Actor award for his really moving performance - all achieved without words. And the musical score, which also won an Oscar, really added to the nuances of the plot. Loved the score.

Here's the trailer: