Yes, I know it was Valentine's Day yesterday, but that's not why I had fun. Most of my critique group got together yesterday at Joseph Beth booksellers to chat about our wips. We had 'frou-frou' coffee, as one of the girls called it, and bounced ideas off each other. Face to face works so much better than on-line, because you can express youself so much better. I received some excellent suggestions, and I'm still going through corrections. They also suggested I read a couple of books.
Once the critique group broke up, I wandered the store itself. One book I was looking for was 'Lord of Scoundrels' by Loretta Chase. I was told that the hero was very similar to the hero in my wip. (I stayed up until 2 am last night to finish the book, and they are indeed alike) There's a wonderful, dark-haired little lady there that really helped me out and suggested several others, including several local authors. Shiloh Walker made a little money off me, as well as Maddie James. She also suggested J.R. Ward and Lora Leigh for paranormal, and Toni Blake for 'a just plain good read'.
I had to laugh, because it seemed like she was reading off the membership roster, and it made me really proud. No, I'm not published (YET!!!) but I'm hoping some of this talent rubs off with proximity.
Anyway, for those of you pubished and with books on the shelves at Joseph-Beth, you can rest assured that the store personnel is really working your merchandise. I wish I hadn't run out of money, I would have bought more!
Happy Day, Happy Day... Books to read, Books to write...