Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Walmart and the State of Southernkind

I’m determined to come back around. I miss blogging for fun, the kinds of quirkier posts I’ve made here until recently. But real life sometimes takes over, especially when you’re an overworked agent and mother and author. So here we go, coming back around with one of my rambling, “just me” posts…

I’m sitting here drinking coffee from my hot pink coffee mug, and I notice it has a big silver logo on it: Aladdin. Why Aladdin? This is someone’s company name, I suppose, but it strikes me that my coffee cup is meant to take me away on a magic carpet. Yet here I am, at my desk, hammering emails out to editors, clients, employees and fellow agents. Just past nine and I have probably sent 50 emails. Just past nine and I find myself wishing, yet again, that I could duplicate myself. Some days I work along, my brain frantically arriving at agenting thoughts and ideas—and writing thoughts and ideas--and I literally crave self-duplication! I want to be more than me so I can do all the things in this lifetime that are out there!

Aladdin, take me away! Aladdin, duplicate my brain and body!

No, I’m not losing it, but neither do I feel that I have to self-edit so much on this blog. An editor asked me recently, “Why do you need two blogs?” I could hear amusement in her voice—slight, but it was there. I had to explain that each blog had its own purpose. The agency blog can’t have my meanderings about coffee mugs or blackberrys or my kids. This one’s for me, a place where I can let it allllll hang out, baby.

And that brings me to Walmart. How, you may ask? Well for about two months I’ve been wanting to pose my Walmart theories here, and haven’t even had time to put it on paper. So here we go. Walmart, I have decided, is the southerner’s hive mind. This fact was confirmed for me yesterday during the tornado warnings when report after report on the television included some person with a BIGTIME Southern accent relaying their tornado sighting in relation to the Great Corporate Obelisk: Walmart. As in, “We was driving over to Walmart to pick up Jimmy, and I looked up, and there it was! A big funnel, just there (thair) in the sky!” Or, “We were there in Walmart, just shopping, and suddenly this man comes over the loudspeaker saying, ‘Code black! Code black! All shoppers and the employees head to the middle of the store!’ And we were in there, and the roof was just ashaking!”

Walmart and its relation to small town America is a novel unto itself. I think especially here in the South, where the appearance of Super Walmart in my town of 3500 people was like the arrival of the first automobile. Everyone converged on the place, and you couldn’t move one aisle without bumping into someone you knew. But it puts me into a brain fog. Too much brightness, too many choices, too narrow aisles. I stumble through there in a fugue state. I should be excited, now that I can purchase and acquire goods without restriction, but I think it just freaks my brain out.

Or, maybe my brain isn’t hardwired for hive-minding. Too bad—I could accomplish a heck of a lot more every day if I could truly brainshare.

Good day.

Monday, August 29, 2005

We are here! We are here!

And don't boil this dust speck of a blogger. I promise I haven't drifted away for good. I've been missing my blog time, but life has been very hectic and crazy. Today that translates to a lot of tornado activity as a result of being in the south and getting hurricane "spill off."

Right now our town is under a hurricane warning. They keep sounding an alarm on the square, which--I'm sorry, but it's true--sounds way too WWII not to be freaky. Even if the sky is light and no wind, I still want to grab my kids and run for the downstairs.

Sigh. I hope all of our friends in the Louisiana and Miss area are okay. Check in when you can!
Hugs, Deidre

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

HEART CHOICE by Robin D. Owens

Hi gang:
I must say that I am so proud to have one of my agency’s clients on tour today. Robin is a fantastic writer, obviously with her being named 2003 Writer of the Year by the Denver Area Science Fiction Association, Writer of the Year by Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers in 2004, and winning a RITA for the Celta series. If you like this one, be sure to pick up the whole collection. So here’s a little bit about it:

HEART CHOICE by Robin D. Owens

Click on the cover to buy the book!

Publisher: Berkley (July 5, 2005)
Tracker Straif Blackthorn has returned to Druida City after his last rescue mission, intending to repair his home and resume the noble duties he abandoned at seventeen, when he lost his family to disease. He's futilely searched Celta for a cure.

But he may be too late! A secret enemy schemes to claim his title, his lands, and destroy the woman he loves. As an interior designer Mitchella Clover dreamt of someone saying "no expense spared." Unfortunately it's a wildly attractive GreatLord who offers her the chance of a lifetime - to restore an ancient showplace.

She knows she can never give Straif what he truly wants, but can she resist him? The job isn't easy. Both the sentient Residence and Straif's new snobbish Fam cat have remodeling ideas, and Mitchella's ward instantly dislikes Straif.

Everyone's back! Characters from HeartMate, Heart Thief and Heart Duel appear to help renovate the Residence, solve the mystery, give advice on the perfect duel - or meddle. And the first baby of the next generation is born...


Robin D. Owens has been seriously writing longer than she cares to recall, but is very happy with how her writing career is proceeding. She was named the Writer of the Year by Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers in 2004, and 2003 Writer of the Year by the Denver Area Science Fiction Association. Robin has been the librarian, contest co-chair, and President of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. She has given seminars at Pikes Peak Writers Conference, the Colorado Gold Writers Conference, and Romance Writers of America as well as other groups.

“Character driven story, brilliant dialogue...Terrific writing with a very realistic and sensual romance, make HEART CHOICE a fantastic read”
-- Jani Brooks, Romance Reviews Today

"Dara Joy fans, rejoice! Robin Owens has created a unique world of her own…fun and sexy."
-- Anne Avery

Website: http://www.robindowens.com

In the Realm of the Highly Disturbing...

I found this tonight. Ewww, so creepy! What do you guys think??

freaky link for all the agents out there

Thursday, August 18, 2005

BEYOND CONTROL by Rebecca York

BEYOND CONTROL by Rebecca York
(Berkley, August 2005)
BEYOND CONTROL, by Rebecca York, tells the story of telepaths who discover and develop their powers only when they sexually link with another of their kind.
Jordan Walker and Lindsay Fleming meet at a Washington, D. C., cocktail party. When they touch, they experience an electric moment of psychic awareness. As they explore the unique bond forming between them, they discover that the more intimate their contact, the more their psychic powers develop.

As with York’s Moon books, Lindsay and Jordan must work out their personal relationship against a background of danger and suspense after they stumble onto his murder cover-up at a secret biological weapons lab. At the same time, two other telepaths who want all the psychic goodies for themselves set out to wipe Jordan and Lindsay from the face of the earth.
Rebecca York says that, "Publishers wouldn’t touch a story with this unique blend of suspense and sensuality 15 years ago. But the characters and the plot wouldn’t let me go, so I held onto them until the time was right."

Read Excerpt


Ever since she can remember, Ruth Glick has loved making up stories full of adventure, romance and suspense. As a child she corralled her friends into adventure games or acted out romantic suspense stories with a cast of dolls. But she never assumed she could be an author, because she couldn't spell. Her life changed, however, with the invention of the word processor and spelling checker--and the help of her husband, Norman Glick, who spots spelling errors from fifty paces away. Writing as Rebecca York, she has authored or co-authored over 45 romantic suspense novels, many for Harlequin Intrigue's very popular 43 Light Street series, set in Baltimore, and many with paranormal elements.

WOW! This was certainly one very hot, steamy, mind boggling and exciting suspense thriller. . . an absolutely riveting tale of suspense . . . with well-developed characters, stunning sensuality and some clever twists. A truly dynamite read! --Romance Designs

BEYOND CONTROL . . . plays out on two interwoven levels. The storyline is action-packed from the opening sequence at Maple Creek and never slows down until the lead couple learns what happened there. The tale also contains a delightful romance between Jordan and Lindsay that starts off with A Strangers in the Night encounter . . . and plays out on physical and paranormal planes. .. . a strong suspense-laden romantic tale. --Harriet Klausner

Four plus, Top Pick --RT Book club

Website: http://www.rebeccayork.com

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

An Exciting Giveaway

I'm thrilled to announce my very first Deidre Knight author contest!! I'm giving away an ARC some time in November, and all you have to do to qualify is sign up for my newsletter e-group! I will have one grand prize winner, and also two great winners (prize to be determined). So, sign up for the newsletter and you might be the very first reader to pick up PARALLEL ATTRACTION!

So click here to sign up and qualify:

Deidre's Newsletter

I'm so excited! Can't wait to see who wins.

Monday, August 15, 2005

Surreal...and Available!

So, it's that moment that every modern day author dreams about: my book is now for sale on amazon!! Now, don't go looking for it by my name, though, because as has often been the case throughout my life, my name is misspelled. :) But you CAN click through this link to pre-order my book, PARALLEL ATTRACTION, from Amazon. Which simply blows my mind!

Friday, August 12, 2005

Hi, Gang:
My buddy Lucy Monroe has a new novella out, and I thought I’d tell you guys a bit about it. Here’s the cover, which I think is great looking:

“Moon Magnetism” featured in STAR QUALITY by Lucy Monroe
(Kensington Brava, May 2005)

Ivy Kendall dreads the full moon. For generations, women in her family have been extremely magnetic on that day—which was fine fifty years ago but not in the age of hard drives and cell phones. That’s why the hotel manager has resisted the technological improvements her boss wants her to implement. Now, the sexy, dynamic Blake Hawthorne is coming to insist on the upgrades in person. Shoot, he’ll probably fire her. Being around Blake makes her body go as haywire as a full moon, maybe even more. And as long as she’s going to be out of a job soon, there’s no reason not to use a little of that magnetism to her advantage, luring him into an elevator where the only electricity that will work is the kind they generate themselves…


Award winning author Lucy Monroe sold her first book in September of 2002. Since then she has sold more than 30 books to three publishers and hit national bestsellers lists in the US and England. Her highly charged, sensual stories touch on the realities of life while giving the reader a fantasy story not easily forgotten. Whether it's a passionate Harlequin Presents, a sexy single title for Kensington or a steamy historical or paranormal for Berkley, Lucy's books transport her readers to a special place where the heart rules and love conquers all.

"Monroe creates a sassy heroine and gives her a delectable rogue to help solve her unusual dilemma." 4 Stars - Romantic Times
"Their [Blake & Ivy in Moon Magnetism] dialog is priceless and will keep the reader smiling throughout this wonderful tale." Reader to Reader Reviews
"Star Quality is a delightfully funny read. The common full-moon theme is pulled together masterfully by three "quality stars" of the romance genre." - Sensual Romance Reviews

Website: http://www.lucymonroe.com

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Major News! I have a cover!

First we had the back cover copy, and now... drum roll... MY COVER!!! I have to admit, I am just bouncing around about this like a little maniac. It's a dream come true, and I think they did a fabulous job with it! Let me know what you think.

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Every Been DYING for a Great Critique?

Then check out this list, which will be expanded in coming days. It's part of the Marianne Mancusi fundraiser, who as many of you already know, lost her home to fire during the recent RWA. Click here to read about the items that are available, including critiques from The Knight Agency, Chris Keeslar of Dorchester, and many others.

All proceeds will go to Marianne, who lost everything in the recent fire. As you can imagine, there's a lot for her to rebuild.

Again, click here to find out more about bidding on a critique from our agency, and from many other industry professionals.

Hugs, Deidre

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

We Need to Rally Around Marianne Mancusi

Marianne is one of our blog circuit authors in Out of the Blogosphere. She's a friend to many online writers, and right now she needs our help. Marianne lost everything in a fire during RWA when her home was struck by lightning. We have a powerful tool in our possession with the Net, and some great people are swinging into action. Please visit The Literary Chicks to see how you can help Marianne.