Thursday, December 24th, 2009
I just wanted to pop in from gingerbread baking (we will ignore the fact that I may have absentmindedly put in an extra cup of flour while thinking about something else– oops) to wish everyone an absolutely splendid holiday. I hope all of your planes and trains arrive on time and your stockings contain candy rather than coal.
While it’s always a bit tacky to re-gift, here, once again, is my last year’s present to you: Ivy & Intrigue, the Selwick Christmas novella. Enjoy!
See you back here once all the presents have been unwrapped….
Thursday, February 5th, 2009
…Hard working novelist no longer has to suffer finger strain from typing out That Still Untitled Selwick Christmas novella every few days.
The winner, by a very large margin, was Ivy & Intrigue: A Very Selwick Christmas.
Congrats, Megan!! From now unto the ends of the earth, the Selwick Christmas Novella shall be known as Ivy & Intrigue: A Very Selwick Christmas.
Monday, February 2nd, 2009
Did you really have to go and come up with quite so many clever titles? Fie, fie! It was nearly impossible to narrow down the more than a hundred entries, and, boy, it hurt eliminating some of those from the final round. In the end, with much wailing and gnashing of teeth, my conscripted helpers got it down to the following twelve:
— Oh What Fun it is to Spy!
— ‘Tis the Season for Treason
— Mistletoe & Mayhem
— Mistletoe, Mince Pie & Menace
— The Pink Carnation’s Lexicon of Christmas Carols
— Malice Under the Mistletoe
— The Revelation of the Christmas Ivy
— Just Another Spy in the Library
— The Vexation of the Gilded Mistletoe
— Ivy & Intrigue: A Very Selwick Christmas
— Espionage & Auld Lang Syne
— The Precarious Proposition of the Purple Gentian
Now it’s over to you. Of the titles above, which do you like best? You can vote by listing your top five in order of preference. I’ll add up the votes and announce the winners this Thursday.
Let the Title Idol begin!
In the meantime, there are a few titles that are out of the running but deserve an award for sheer amusement value. Signed bookplates go to:
— Angel B, for The Revelation of the Warming Pan;
— Miss Eliza, for Bother the Snow;
and, my personal snort-out-loud favorite,
— Elissa, for How the Selwicks Got Their Groove Back.
If the three of you email me with your details, I’ll send along your prize!
Saturday, January 31st, 2009
I know, I know. I did say I would post finalists today. May I offer a big fat mea culpa? To give my Board of Advisers time to weigh in on the entries, I’m extending the contest until Monday, at which point– I promise, promise, promise– finalists will be posted and the open voting can begin. Title Idol, anyone?
Monday, January 26th, 2009
Typing out “That Still Untitled Selwick Christmas Novella” several times a day is the manual equivalent of dealing with Peter Piper and his pickled peppers. Amusing the first few times, but….
Since the plan is to post the entire story permanently on the website, to be made available through the Diversions page, it needs a title. A title that does not have “untitled” in the title.
As my head is off in Pink VII land already, I appeal to you for title aid. For the next few days, I’ll be taking suggestions for the title of That Still… I don’t have to type it all out again, do I?
Just post your suggestions in the comments area below. The contest will run all week, and you can enter as many titles as you like. On Saturday, I’ll post the winner and runners-up– unless I find myself incapable of deciding, in which case, I’ll narrow the field to my top five and open the rest up to popular vote.
The winner will get to provide the title for the story and will receive a signed copy of The Temptation of the Night Jasmine. Runners-up get signed bookplates.
If you need to refresh your memory of the story, just click here to start with the Prologue….
Saturday, January 24th, 2009
Brevity has never been one of my virtues. Even in a so-called short story, I found myself producing far more material than I could actually use and wandering down amusing but unnecessary byways. Below are my two favorite deleted scenes from That Still Untitled Christmas Novella.
See you on Monday for the Title That Blasted Novella! Contest!
Friday, January 23rd, 2009
Thanks so much for making the launch of Night Jasmine such a success yesterday! I’m dying to get going on discussing it, but to give everyone time to read it first, the inaugural meeting of Night Jasmine Book Club will be held on Tuesday, February 3rd. Thanks to one of Kayse’s comments on Access Romance’s Author Q&A, I even have a first question already in mind…. If you have any ideas for general topics or specific questions, just let me know!
Wrapping up old business before new, next Tuesday will be the last day of Crimson Rose Book Club. The topic: Eloise and Colin (well, mostly Colin. who are we kidding?).
Check back Saturday for Outtakes from That Still Untitled Selwick Christmas Novella, and Monday for the first day of the Title That Blasted Novella! Contest.
Wednesday, January 21st, 2009
All good things must come to an end– but having epilogues helps one put it off longer.
See you back here tomorrow for give aways and gaiety in honor of the birthday (bookstore day?) of The Temptation of the Night Jasmine!
Without further ado, I give to you the very last installment of That Selwick Christmas Novella….
Wednesday, January 21st, 2009
Only one day to go until Night Jasmine!
In the meantime, to get you up to speed on Eloise and Colin (who reenter the scene in Night Jasmine in January of 2004), voila the missing link in the Eloise and Colin history, revealed for the first time in the Prologue and Epilogue to That Still Untitled Selwick Christmas Novella. (Check back this evening for the Epilogue).
In 2003, Eloise only has one day to go until she flies home to New York for Christmas. Colin has a thing in Sussex, and Eloise is at loose ends. And we all know the sort of trouble she gets herself into when she has too much time on her hands….