Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Eat Your Heart Out, Martha Stewart!

Frustrated by the apparent lack of holiday doo-dads in our house, my daughter Natty took it upon herself to decorate the living room. She made paper snowflakes, paper chains, curling ribbons, and printed up Santas from the web. I'm not sure what a rubber band ball has to do with Christmas, but it's an interesting look. She's so helpful!

In other news.....

❅ GOOD NEWS: Both Sweet Magik and Sweet Inspiration are on the top 10 romance bestseller list at Fictionwise. It's a Klaus Brother invasion!

❅ BAD NEWS: My good friend Julia Barrett has had some catastrophic problems with her website. Evidently, everything on her site has disappeared. She has no idea what happened. It's heart-breaking. She had four years worth of blog posts there, including some of my favorite serial posts about her canoe trip. If you are so inclined, please drop Julia a message on twitter to wish her well.

❅ GOOD NEWS: I got a great fan letter yesterday, from a woman who is a Barnes and Noble employee. She loved my books and is recommending them to her customers. Thanks, Michelle!

❅ BAD NEWS: 20 days until Christmas and I haven't started my shopping yet! Ahhhhh!

❅ BOOK NEWS: Carolyn Crane's new book Head Rush it out today! Carolyn is one of the most talented up-and-coming authors I know. I am sure this book is going to kick ass.

Also, my Secret Santa at the Refugees Goodreads group got me Heart Of Steel by Meljean Brook....woo hoo! I cannot wait to read this. Thank you, Secret Santa, whoever you are!

Finally, I am about to read yet another holiday romance....Mistletoe and Margaritas by Shannon Stacey. Once I finish, I am going to post a holiday reading list with my top recommendations.

Happy Tuesday To Everyone!


Tales of Whimsy said...

What a nice mix of news.

-You're daughter did an awesome job! -So glad to hear about your books :) -That's tragic about your friend's website.

Penny Watson said...

Hi Juju! Natty cracks me up! She started hanging snowflakes from the ceiling...like the movie "Elf"!!!! My husband looked slightly horrified.

Poor Julia! What a nightmare. I hope she can recover her site.

Unknown said...

Your daughter can decorate my house any day! I love her skills.

Poor Julia. I'll drop her a note.

Congrats on the good news with your books.

Natascha said...

Now that you have Heart of Steel, I have to ask whether you read The Iron Duke.

Your daughter did an awesome job decorating. My Xmas tree has been standing, naked, in my living room for three days now. Boring.

Nothing ever better happen to your web site. I'll shoot myself.



Steph from fangswandsandfairydust.com said...

I think Julia's stuff is back. I see it anyway. SHe will be the first to tell you she is technolgically impaired. I have had it happen before in the great Blogger crash of 2011 or 2010.

Should I drag my tree up the stupid stairs and put the random ornaments on it, or I could put the coordinated ornaments on it. Or I could leave the whole thing in the basement.

The rubber band ball looks like an ornament.

Julia Rachel Barrett said...

I love your daughter's decorating skills. She's gifted! Looks amazing!

Good news about your book - I know you are selling, girl!

And thanks for your support. Back up and running!

Penny Watson said...

Thanks, Amber. I don't think you want my daughter to decorate your house, unless you really like tape, Sharpie markers, and glitter.

Penny Watson said...

Hi Natascha! I really liked The Iron Duke...it is a darker take on a steampunk society, but I thought it was fascinating. I had a few problems with the story, but overall I really liked it.


Penny Watson said...

Hi Steph.....I am feeling unmotivated about our tree, too. I guess we'll get it out this weekend. I'll put Natty in charge of decorating it! Watch out!

Penny Watson said...

Julia.....sooooooo happy to see your site back up. That was bad news! I can't wait to read the rest of the serial!

odderie said...

Congrats on the top 10 list!

The decorations look lovely.