Weekly News & Goals 9/13/10

It’s been awhile since I mentioned it, and I bet you all forgot…but today’s the day for revelations. Without much ado, I give you…the cover for Desert Heat!

Super-duper thanks to my fabulous cover artist and good friend, Heidi Sutherlin of Creative Pursuits . You need a cover? New logo for your web site? New graphics? She does all that along with a wealth of other services – so head over and check out her site. Go ahead, I’ll wait.

Back? Great. Here’s the final blurb for Desert Heat:

When Marie Simco finds out that the money for her research is about to be cut, she’ll do anything to keep her lab funded. Pitted against her former professor in a race to publish on deadline, she finds herself in a desert oasis fighting sabotage, drug lords, natives and her attraction to one very hunky lab tech.

Darren Newbury is ready to follow Marie deep into the New Mexico desert if it will finally get her to acknowledge the connection between them. Determined to help her win the competition against his former employer, he fights to protect their work and break down the barriers around her heart.

Revisions are going well, and I hope to have review copies available sometime in late Dec./early January. Speaking of reviews, if you’ve read Tempest and are so inclined, please feel free to leave a review on Amazon, Smashwords, Goodreads, or wherever else you care to leave one. Reviews really help to get the word out. I do have review copies available, either in ebook or I have a few print copies I can send out, so if you’d like a copy specifically for review, drop me an email. This will automatically put you on my “reviewers” list for Desert Heat as well, and you’ll be offered a copy when I have them ready.

Goal Reports

Last week was hard to get my rhythm back after the holiday and all, but I managed to make good progress with the DH revisions, and I started a short story for my pen name as planned. I planned out the next few bits for The Biker’s Wench, but made no progress there, so that will be top priority this week as far as drafting goes. As for personal goals, I did take the stairs all week (good stuff), but I didn’t get my workouts in, and while I made good progress on the Halloween prep, I didn’t get as far as I’d have liked. Still, any progress is good progress. I finished Cinders – you can read my review on Amazon or Goodreads…it’s excellent, I highly recommend it. I also started A Reaper’s Tale, which so far has me cracking up with every other page (at least). Funny and very interesting so far.

Weekly Goals

Writing

  • Ch. 4 of The Biker’s Wench

  • Finish revisions to the half-way point in Desert Heat

  • 3k words on short story

Personal

  • Menu Plan/Workout/Take Stairs (ie, be healthy)

  • 1 load laundry every night

  • Write/design inner message for Halloween invites

  • Work on clay crafts for Hal. invites

  • Finish A Reaper’s Tale , and continue reading Heart of Fire by Kristin Painter

That’s my week – what’s going on in yours? Read any good books lately?

9 comments on “Weekly News & Goals 9/13/10

  1. Heidi

    Look Ma! I’m famous. LOL. Thanks Jamie, cover looks great, if I do say so myself.

  2. Jamie DeBree

    It’s absolutely gorgeous, Heidi…I love it. πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to see it in print, either…

  3. Brooklyn Ann

    Another gorgeous cover from Heidi!

  4. Carol

    Awesome cover! Heidi’s done another excellent job! I’m glad revisions are going well on Desert Heat. πŸ™‚

  5. Dolly

    Great cover, Jamie! Heidi – you are brilliant.

    Good luck with this week’s goals.

  6. Ardee-ann

    Love the cover for “Desert Heat” looks hot. As for reading good books lately I read “Tempest” and loved it. I am such the fool for the HEA.

    My goals for the week include housework (oh joy), going to the grocery store (it is getting critical) and working on my writing (I have been slacking). I did decide what my NaNo novel was going to be about this week and I am very happy about that, now to just figure things out for the actual writing.

    Have a Great Week All,

    Ardee-ann

  7. Jamie DeBree

    Thanks all. I could stare at that man’s back for hours. *Hours*, I tell you. LOL

    Ardee-ann, so glad you loved Tempest. I love hearing that. πŸ˜‰

    Good luck with your housework, and congrats on figuring out the NaNo novel! November’s right around the corner…woot!

  8. Medeia Sharif

    That’s a hot cover. Heidi did a great job.