Iâ€™m back! Or, rather, Iâ€™ll be back at OCC this Saturday after a two-month absence. Both of those were the result of family, or at least partially so. I had a visit from family in April, and then was in the east in May both for some writing events and to visit family.
I will be running the PAW meeting on Saturday, delighted to do so although it will also feel bittersweet. Despite being listed on the OCC website as a co-liaison at PAW, Iâ€™m more of an assistant this year. But I previously served as a co-liaison with Charlotte Lobb. As you probably know by now, Charlotte has passed away. She was always funny and charming while running PAW meetings, as she was even when not running a meeting, and I know she will be missed by all of us at PAW as well as everywhere else. Charlotte was excellent at all she did, including promotion, and thatâ€™s a segue into our PAW topic this month: promotion tips. Iâ€™ll be eager to hear everyoneâ€™s ideas, since Iâ€™m always looking for more to try.
Iâ€™ll also be looking for published author volunteers to help out by hearing pitches and staffing tables at our July meeting to discuss writing issues. See you on Saturday!
Everyone I know is going to get a jar of Spiced Nectarine Jam for Christmas this year. Again. They have for past four years.
We have a dwarf white nectarine tree in our backyard. About four years ago it started going crazy producing fruit. One year my husband, who prepares and freezes the fruit for my jam making (bless him!) saved all the pits. He had harvested FOUR HUNDRED nectarines!
Even total strangers have received the gift of Spiced Nectarine Jam. Last year I filled 25 jars; Iâ€™ll do that and more this year. Three more batches to go!
The nectarines are positively, absolutely Organic. No spray. No fertilizer. Hardly any extra water. (My husband isnâ€™t exactly fond of gardening.)
Since itâ€™s hard to send jam via the internet, I thought you might like the recipe. The jamâ€™s really yummy.
Spiced Nectarine Jam
4 Cups prepared fruit 7 Â½ Cups sugar 1/4 Cup lemon juice 1 tsp each of cinnamon, cloves & allspice 1 packet of Certo
Combine fruit, sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, cloves and allspice in a large pan. Bring to a rolling boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add packet of Certo. Stir to cool and skim foam for 5 minutes. Pour into jars. Use either self-sealing jars or cover with melted household wax. (This recipe can be used for Spiced Peach Jam.)
Happy jam making….
What do you preserve from your garden?
Montana Love Letter, Love Inspired, 10/2012 Home to Montana, Love Inspired, 3/2013
Learn from the mistress of humor and a much-published author. This workshop will take a look at the difference between male and female humor, the basic types of humor and how to use the tools that will bring the reader a smile and add a spark to your writing. Some of these tools include the use of contrasting main characters, adding humor through secondary characters, dialogue, deep point of view and employing funny words. The elements of romantic comedy will also be covered as well as setting up a running joke and using props to create humor.
Exercises will encourage participants to identify whatâ€™s funny in the works of other authors and practice using the tools of humor in their own projects with feedback provided by the instructor.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
Charlotte Carter has authored fifty-six books under various pseudonyms for Harlequin American, Love & Laughter and Duets as well as Dorchester. She is currently writing for Love Inspired and Guideposts Books. Noted for her light-hearted touch, she is a frequent workshop presenter and has taught an online Joke Writing class. Her honors include Best Harlequin American and Career Achievement awards from Romantic Times and the National Readers’ Choice Award. In her spare time Charlotte performs standup comedyâ€”â€”G-Rated Humor for Grownups.
The creation of a book cover is a collaboration of the author (most of whom claim their suggestions are ignored), the editor, art department and marketing. Sometimes things go wrong.
One of the most infamous cover calamities happened to Christina Dodd, author of Castle in the Air, an historical romance. The hero on the cover is standing behind the heroine in a lovely red gown, holding her with, um, all THREE of his arms. Amazing fellow!
Jill Marie Landis, who writes western historicals circa 1880, got an early peek at one of her covers. It featured a cabin in the woods with a TV antenna. Oophs! The publisher had to reprint ALL of the covers. Boy, was that an expensive mistake.
I think my cover for Big Sky Family is both appealing and charming; the colors are positively lovely. Itâ€™s hard to beat a cowboy hero (Arnie), the heroineâ€™s young daughter (Torie) and a golden retriever (Sheila) for getting reader attention. But thereâ€™s just one small problem.
Arnie, our hero, is sitting on the porch steps. Heâ€™s a paraplegic. In every scene in the book he is sitting in a wheelchair (with the small exception of rounding up cattle on a specially equipped ATV).
Iâ€™m guessing, and I really donâ€™t know, that marketing has â€˜discoveredâ€™ that heroes portrayed in wheelchairs donâ€™t sell. Okay, I really want to sell lots of copies of Big Sky Family.
But what will readers think when they get to page 10 and find Arnie in his wheelchair? Will they blame me for the misleading cover and write nasty notes? Ouch!
And what about readers who read Big Sky Reunion, a previous book which featured Arnieâ€™s brother Daniel? Wonâ€™t they remember that Arnie was a paraplegic in that book? When they see the cover will they think heâ€™s been cured? And write nasty notes? Oh dear . . .
So do you think marketing is right? Would you be more or less likely to buy a book with the hero on the cover in a wheelchair?
Let me know.
Big Sky Family, Love Inspired, available 10/19/2011
Written With Love, working title, Love Inspired, 10/2012
An Irish lady from a scandalous family gets a chance at a Season in London and an opportunity for revenge, but her schemes stir up an unknown enemy and spark danger of a different sort in the person of a handsome young Viscount. More info →