Notes from a Drama Queen

SEASONS OF CHANGE

Friday, October 12, 2007

My darlings! You can tell by the picture that I'm feeling crazed, anxious and depressed. I'll try to always give you a hint of how I'm feeling.
Five Reasons Why I'm CAD (crazed, anxious and depressed)
1. My new book, ICE STORM, is coming out and the print run is, shall we say, not what I would have hoped for. Shall we say, appalling? And it's the book of my heart -- one of my most favorite that I've ever written. I'm doomed.
2. My mother seems to be going downhill fast. Six months ago she was totally on top of it, independent, doing amazingly well. Now each week she seems more feeble (she's 93)
3. I have to go away again, and I miss my husband! Got a week in Ohio and then who knows how much time in Princeton with my mother.
4. My house is a mess -- like those places you see on HGTV where the rats are about to invade
5. We're stone broke.

On the other hand, I can probably come up with more than five reasons why life is good. When I'm depressed those five reasons aren't enough to kick me out of it, but I'll go for it anyway.
1. Even though ICE STORM is doomed, it's a wonderful book, and an honor to have written it. I'd rather have written that than a shitty book that makes the NYT list. Truly. (I'm not saying shitty books make the NYT. Well, some do, but most of the books that make it are wonderful).
2. My kids are doing reasonably well.
3. I don't have ovarian cancer.
4. I have the most wonderful husband in the world (32 years and counting).
5. hmmm ..... 5. .... hmmm.
I guess I am depressed. I thought I could come up with at least twenty things I'm grateful for. But right now my glass is half empty with a hole in the bottom and the water's draining out (or the champagne).

As I said, I adore my husband, but like many husbands he's a bit of an Eeyore to my Tigger. We live in Vermont, and he's always expecting blizzards and then mud season, so we now have saying in our family. "Blizzards and mud." I'm afraid it's blizzards and mud time for me, but at least I know it'll pass.

So enough about depression. Aha, I've got my number 5! They're doing a survey on favorite romance novels on All About Romance http://www.allaboutromance.com/
And maybe my books are making it into the list, which makes it a happy thing. Or maybe it's not, so I can add it to the list of things that depress me, but even so, it's a great way to get recommendations for books you haven't tried. So head on over there and vote.

So even though I'm too depressed to thrash my way out of it right now, I know it's going to pass, and I know the best way is to keep thinking about the good things.

You know, it might help if you guys told me about the things you're grateful for. But if anyone says raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens I'll puke.

(Oh, and in Vermont all the leaves are blowing down. Blizzards and mud.)

Cheer me up, why doncha? Or at least tell me what makes you happy.

57 Comments:

Blogger Megan Frampton said...

I am, and this is maybe puke-inducing, but I am thrilled that you have a new book coming out.

And that I am cooking with gas on finishing my own.

And that I love fall food--root veggies, roasted meats, heavy red wine.

Although I wonder why that Favorite Things song is a Christmas song--it's not particularly Christmas-y, plus it's gag-worthy, like you say.

I hope things improve in your neck of the woods. I remember mud season when I lived in northern NH when I was growing up. Ugh. Best wishes to your mom.

11:44 AM  
Blogger Gina Black said...

Hmmm. Five things I'm grateful for (not that easy to come up with before my second cup of tea kicks in) . . .

1. I'm writing a story I'm nuts about.

2. I'm taking the slow way in to work today.

3. I just finished knitting a shawl for my sister-in-law for Xmas (phew) which leaves only two more to go!

4. My kids are wonderful and so's my DH.

5. It's almost the weekend. :)

11:52 AM  
Blogger Jean Marie Ward said...

Does it help that I'm counting the days until ICE STORM's release, too?
Sending good thoughts on your mom. I'm in a similar situation with mine, who's 90. I think the thing to be grateful for there is at least we have the chance to tell and show them how much we love them. And if your mom is in the same place as mine, she knows and will carry that knowledge with her wherever she goes.
Other than that, it sucks.
Does it help that I'm counting the weeks until Reno, AND I turned a bunch of friends who are into yaoi onto ICE BLUE?
Cheers and crossed fingers,
Jean Marie

2:02 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

I am happy about alot of stuff, but that is always, bor-ing! What the hell. Why aren't your books more popular. They are great. I only found out about you by accident on listmania on Amazon (which if you haven't used. check it out, good resource). I keep going to barnes & noble. No books, there. I found a good used book store found some there. but I probably shouldn't tell you that,especially if your broke. Sorry. =)I especially like the ice series. I like the grit of it. It's not the same ol'swooning virgin crap. Generally the storyline holds without the romance,which is important to me. Buck up things'll get better!! Despite the mud.

2:17 PM  
Blogger Keziah Hill said...

I'm very grateful I met you in Australia and you came to our conference and spoke with such inspiration. I'm also grateful Ice Storm will be out soon! Sorry you're having a rotten time!

6:53 PM  
Blogger Christine Wells said...

Krissie, there's only one thing for it--move to Australi. HUGE HUGS from DownUnder. I hope things get better for you.

6:58 PM  
Blogger Anna Campbell said...

Hey, can I second the invite to emigrate to Australia! We LOVE you over here. Actually, they love you in the US too, I know. And I can't wait until the Ice Storm hits. I think that measly print run will sell out and then they'll print more. They'll have to to satisfy the rabid fans storming the MIRA offices!

7:01 PM  
Blogger Caitlyn Nicholas said...

Now didn't you come across Australian Rugby players when you were in Aust? Just sit back, relax, and picture them all running around in tight shorts and no tops.

Mmmmmm. Rugby players...

See, a bit better, at least for a minute!

Take care of yourself, and if in doubt eat.

Cait!

7:06 PM  
Blogger Tracey said...

I'm another one on the emigrate to Australia bandwagon.

Chin up - I have another one for you - we all love you Krissie.

I'm sorry to see you've hit a speedbump in life. I'm sure you'll be over it and off and running soon.

7:32 PM  
Blogger Trish Morey said...

Friends make me happy and I have to say, I've made the best friends of my life since I've been writing romance, and I've made so many. Nice people, romance writers. Interesting, warm and fun.

Sorry you're down in the dumps but thanks for coming Downunder. It truly was a treat to have you stay, even for just a short while and having you and Jenny down made my conferences this year.

And I can't wait for Ice Storm. They're gonna have to reprint. That's the upside of a lousy print run:-))

8:29 PM  
Blogger Erica said...

Canary Pink

The depth to her soul matched deep peridot eyes and passer biers turned. Her canary pink Porsche and pink-diamonded finger advertised unkept freedom.

The truck driver looked down focusing on her, eyes undressing the black lacy number covering her soft curves, almost modestly. Her hemline rose as she pressed her foot, disappearing in a tease.

(I don't know why - I'm hoping to cheer you, up (a little) - Eric)

8:31 PM  
Blogger Calliope said...

That settles it - you have to move to Brisvegas. We don't have fall here - EVER. Okay, so we have Autumn, but in Brisbane even that's such a wussy event hardly anyone even notices the odd yellow leaf in the pool. And as for Blizzard's 'n Mud, well we've just had a week of spring storms - the first in five years of drought and now it's going to be at least a week before we even get another cloud.

So come on down, Krissie, I've even got a double bed in the guest room now so you can bring stick-in-the-mud too, and your Mum can have the Grandees bed.

My Mum (83) and her mad mates would love to take her to Perth to see the wildflowers. (they've just come home - hired a stretch Limo to take them and their luggage home from the airport if you don't mind!)

Oh yes, I'm supposed to be saying why I'm grateful. Well..

1. I might have another ten years with my Mum

2. I'm SOOO grateful that you came to see us in Brisbane

3. I'm grateful I discovered your books - especially the Ice books and have been able to put other people onto a great author

4. Ice Storm will be printed at all - we can always bug Stuart to demand an extra print run just for OZ!

5. I'm grateful I've figured out this cyber thing enough to leave a message and see in my mind that cute grin you get when you're taking the mickey out of Jenny or doing something wicked.

Soo - tell us when to start looking for Ice Storm in Oz and then go do something wicked... or at least go crunch some sutumn leaves coz we don't get to do that here... or get to use them as mulch on all those yummy fall veges that we can't grow here either.

8:33 PM  
Blogger Calliope said...

Oh yes, forgot to say, in Oz it already IS the weekend!

8:35 PM  
Blogger Alison said...

Hi Anne,

Sorry to hear you're feeling so down. Hope you get out of the frumps soon and things improve with your Mum.

It's spring down here in Tasmania which means wind, rain and cold tootsies.

Five things I'm grateful for...

That I met you and Jenny Crusie in Sydney eariler this year. It was a real highlight. You two make a great team.
That you write great books for me to read.
That my mother is 81 but not so frail (Although I do wish she'd stop spending all our phone conversations rabbiting on about people I have never met and then sending them down here to visit me in Tas. I'm becoming an expert in entertianing 80 yr old strangers)
That I've finally finished moving my work place to new offices and can now get back into my nice happy little rut that includes lots of writing
That I had dinner out last night which meant I didn't have to cook.
That I'm going out to lunch today which means I don't have to cook. Yaaay!

10:19 PM  
Blogger Trish Morey said...

Something to make you smile -

Q: What did one snowman say to the other?

A: Can you smell carrots?

11:07 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Even though I'm repeating what others have said, I'm VERY grateful that you and Jenny came to the Australian and New Zealand conferences. You were both so inspirational and full of great writing advice. One of the highlights of 2007 for me.

And I ditto thinking you'd be much happier living down under :).

12:36 AM  
Blogger Maree A. said...

Know how you feel... except for the new book part, coz my bugbear is yet another manuscript - sigh!
Anyway, am currently drowning my sorrows in damn fine NZ wine and the Chronicles of Riddick. Mmmmm... Vin Diesel and Karl Urban... yum! I mentioned New Zealand's very own Karl Urban at a workshop you gave at the RWNZ conference in August this year. He's a bad guy in Riddick, played another bad guy (a Russian) in The Bourne Supremacy and a very cool Eomer in Lord of the Rings. Given your penchant for that asthetic Japanese punk hero you mentioned at your workshop, Karl might just cheer you up!

I'll definitely be watching out for your new book to hit our shelves... keep writing those books of your heart coz your fans sure appreciate 'em and we're all on your side!

Hugs from downunder,
Maree

4:17 AM  
Blogger Yvonne Eve Walus said...

5. "I have lots of fans in New Zealand who are hoping I will feel better soon."

6:20 AM  
Blogger Mary Hausen said...

Hi there. We met at the RWA conference in Sydney where you broke my pen (that might ring a couple of bells).

What I didn't tell you then but will say now is that I flew all the way from Austria (Europe)to go to that particular conference. I could (should have) waited another year but after reading Black Ice, I really, really wanted to meet you even more than I wanted to meet Jennifer (please don't tell her that).

Having bi-polar disorder myself, I know exactly where you're coming from with the depression. Let me tell you my two sacred mantras : YOU ARE NOT ALONE and IT WILL PASS; IT WILL PASS and my latest I AM A GREAT WRITER.

And remembering that I am a NZer and therefore not potty-mouthed, I shall share my husband's comment at moments like these: CHEER UP YOU OLD BUGGER!

Christine

10:16 AM  
Blogger Frances Housden said...

Hi Krissie

I'm glad I met you in Auckland, its always the people who make a conference.

I'm singing because I finished the book I had requested just before the conference and remember just how good it is to write the last few chapters and see ecerything come together, something that's been missing for a couple of years.

I'm glad my mother, 88, is like new woman since we put her in a resthome, with lots of friends her own age. And because we discovered Rescue Remeday every morning stops her getting anxious, keeps her blood pressure down, no more mini strokes, no more demensia. Two days ago, Mum and I went for a walk around the new mall, and had lunch without an anxiety attack.

Just thought I should mention Borders opens in the new mall on Nov 1st. they should stock 'Ice Storm. BG

Frances H

2:01 PM  
Blogger Ashley said...

A glass of pink Champagne always makes me feel festive, even if I've been a bit blue.

Can't wait to read your newest book; hope things start looking up soon!

4:51 PM  
Blogger oldbitey said...

Dear Sister Krissie,
This is my top five for the day:

1.I had real coffee (not the instant crap so many Aussies enjoy) this morning.

2.The jacarandas are in full glorious purple bloom.

3.It's spring here.

4.My "Adult" acne makes me feel like a teenager, which then means I'm as old as I feel not as old as I look, right?

5.I rode my scooter to get breakfast.

Not quite raindrops on roses, but I'll take what I can get. When Ice Storm comes out here in OZ. I'm a-buyin' and puttin' it on this here list.

By the way, when you come back to Brisbane your room is ready.

Thanks for coming to QUT and putting up with us!

Sandra

6:29 PM  
Blogger Fiona Jayde said...

You are an amazing writer and print run be damned. I've been telling everyone that I want to write like Anne Stuart. And that they should read your books. And that I'm in love with Takashi from Ice Blue.

I can't wait for Ice Storm!
Best wishes for your mom.

6:34 PM  
Blogger YvonneLindsay said...

Hugs, Krissie.

Okay, my list...

1. I'm writing a story that's starting to stick like golden syrup (I think like molasses in your neck of the woods?) but despite that I am writing it and not going every day to a job I grew to loathe.

2. The new gas barbecue we purchased and returned because the burners didn't work meant we could buy another one exactly the same, but that does work, and got 20% off.

3. I have a tax bill to pay in the New Year... this means I earned income, YAY (where it has since gone, well, that's anyone's guess.)

4. The shops are starting to carry Christmas decorations for sale but thank God they haven't started the piped Christmas music yet.

5. My car goes into the panel beater tomorrow to repair the damage done when a fool ran into the back of me three weeks ago during a thunder/lightning/hail storm. This means I'm stuck at home and HAVE TO write through this sticky patch, which is a good thing, right?

Krissie, I think that, despite the family stresses you're having to cope with and the leaking glass, you're suffering from a liberal dose of PMD... Post Manuscript Depression, so here's more hugs from New Zealand and a fervent wish to see Sister Krissie back up and happy (or at least happier) again soon.

6:37 PM  
Blogger Sandra said...

Hugs, Krissie.

My list

You and Jenny came to Oz and NZ.

It was too windy for the kids' sailing lesson today - which meant I didn't have to back a trailer with two little yachts on it anywhere.

That I didn't inadvertantly have my Neil Diamond CD on in the car when you were in it (didn't even 'fess to owning one).

My daughter's old enough to cook dinner tonight.

My son is old enought to do the dishes. Yes! (Whether or not he will is of course another battle).

11:36 PM  
Blogger amgalati said...

I am going to sound like a nerd but i am greatful 4 my 2 great kids and I Love Lucy also Ice Storm books i have a 2yr old and a 4 mo old and it can get kinda boring and those books r a up lifter 4 me keep up the great work i hope your mom starts to feel better GOOD LUCK!!!!

1:02 AM  
Blogger Denise Rossetti said...

Yet another Aussie here, Krissie. So sorry you're having a down patch. And you're right, it WILL pass. You know when people smite their foreheads and say, "God give me strength!" ? - well, She always does and She will to you.

I'm so grateful to have met you and Jenny at the conference. (I was the one who asked about "branding".) And I'm beyond grateful to have had the pleasure of your ice books (oh, and all your other books!). These days, I find it so hard to read without mental editing and with your work, oh joy! it just didn't happen!

And last, I'm incredibly excited because Berkley are talking about the cover for my first book with them. With a real artist and everything. I guess it must be real after all. *g*

Denise

2:34 AM  
Blogger Mel said...

This will pass, especially if you move to Australia : )

My top five today...

1. A beautiful sunny spring day
2. Snuggling with my parents' gorgeous sook of a giant dog
3. Finishing my first ever quilt top...or at least the main part of it
4. Home made apple cinnamon muffins
5. An uninterrupted night's sleep because I was down at the folks without my 2am alarm clock cat

Oh yeah and there's that ICE STORM book by Anne Stuart coming out soon : )

Hope things look up for you soon.

4:58 AM  
Blogger Annie West said...

Krissie,

Sorry to hear you're having a lousy time. These things come in waves, don't they? Which at least means that there'll be an ebb tide again so you can pick yourself up and stagger back onto dry land.

Just wanted to add my 2 cents worth and say you're welcome anytime here in Aus - it was such a joy seeing you at our conference. Maybe planning another trip here further down the track might help? We'd welcome you with open arms.

Annie

5:50 AM  
Blogger Susanna Kearsley said...

5. You have a dog. And it is simply impossible to remain depressed when you have a dog to cuddle. So make yourself a pot of tea and grab a blanket and your dog and read My Lord Monleigh or this Rough Magic and forget about the world for a few hours. It survives, and so will you. And if you ever want to chat (because I've been there too, believe me)I'll be happy to provide a shoulder. You're a gifted writer and you have a lot of fans who think you're wonderful, so think of that, and go and make that tea!

10:34 AM  
Blogger Pat Snellgrove said...

Krissie
Greetings from downunder NZ

I am sorry to hear that you are depressed, but you will work your way through this.
Was great to meet you and Jenny at our conference. Loved the interaction between the two of you.
My list
1.I think I'm glad we moved to be closer to the family. We have only been here a month and it is still very new.
2.I'm glad I can hop in the car and go visit my son, daughter in law and grandsons and it only takes me five minutes instead of a day and a half.
3, My mum is 82 and going strong. In fact she makes me tired with all her energy. I'm also glad she can visit and is still able to do this.
4. I'm glad I have a marvellous husband, who encourages me to write and after 41 years still loves me.
5. I'm glad I have made some wonderful friends through my writing and that no matter where I am I can call on these friends.

What I am not glad about is the fact that the builders are taking forever to build our new office and that I have to share mine with my husband.

Hugs from downunder. And we would love to have you live here too. Looking forward to your new book.

8:06 PM  
Blogger DownUnderGirl said...

OMG - are you feeling this downunder love? We are your new best friends.

Hugs on the Mum thing. Thats so hard.

Yay with the kids - my son who can't string 4 words together is going to high school next year. The thought that he may one day do reasonably well is heartening.

Your husband sounds like a doll.

Ovarian cancer - shudder. Terrible disease. I think when we're down it does help to think there is always someone worse off, dont you think? Helps put everything in perspective.

Ice Storm...what can I say. YOU ARE A GREAT WRITER. Jeez, any friend of Jenny's has to know that to their bones.

9:34 AM  
Blogger kb said...

I'm happy because my daughter survived a brain aneurysm, which had a 2 in 3 chance of killing her. She has mild depression which is expected after the surgery but she's alive and once the brain chemicals kick back in, she's going to be great.

I'm happy because I bought a 1920's desk on ebay and didn't realise it was double depth and has not a hope in hell of getting up the 32 stairs to our office, but it's old and beautiful and I love it and I'll just have to make room somewhere else.

I'm happy I've thought today about one of your books I love. It's a really old one, about an incompetent witch named Sybill and a cranky professor named Nick, and it's one of my favourite feel-good books of all time. Maybe you should reread it.

I'm happy that you have such a wonderful friend in Jenny C. I thought it was the nicest moment of the RWA conference in Sydney when Jenny said something about her wonderful Krissie supporting her in spirit, even though she was still lolling in bed upstairs, and you called out from the back of the room "Here in body, too, babe!" Just a wonderful moment of friendship as it's meant to be.

I hope you feel better soon. I love your work.

12:04 PM  
Blogger julieinduvall said...

Okay, more puke-inducing: I can't wait for your new book. Have I mentioned how much I love the other books as well? You are an auto-buy and a non-lend. (They can buy their own freaking books.)

The other four things:

I'm almost finished with my book

I'm warm, fed and happy.

I love fall. It's almost Thanksgiving, too.

The teeny trick-or-treaters. Yeah, everyone will puke, but I'm sneaking handfuls of candy into the sacks of the little ones that can barely stagger up to my door. I wait for this all year.

I hope the publisher gets a clue, and I hope that your mom is doing better.

11:38 PM  
Blogger Mary Stella said...

Anne, I can't wait to read Ice Storm. I know it will be fantastic and a great addition to a phenomenal series!

I've gone through some depressing times recently which is very uncomfortable for me since I'm normally a very upbeat, happy person. I've bitched like a madwoman but recently received some important reminders. Last week, I watched a little girl play with a dolphin at our facility. That little girl has c.p., is blind, and has to concentrate to lift up her head. That day she splashed in the water with the biggest smile on her face the whole time. Her mother's joyful laugh rang out over the water.

I'm grateful that I saw her joy.

Four more things:
1) Great friends who lift me up when I'm down.
2) The harbor view outside my window.
3) That I can always find a great book to read and lose myself in it for awhile. Instant vacation!
4) Individual things sometimes make me sad, but taken as a whole, I have a great life!

10:07 PM  
Blogger Teresa said...

Well it is raining here, but guess what cheered me up? YOUR BOOK arriving today! Pre-ordered from Amazon months ago and finally, finally in my hands this morning. Kids are in school, so laundry be damned, I curled up in bed and spent the morning reading about Killian and Isobel. LOVED IT!

You are the bomb as my 12 year old would say. I've read all your books and this one was GREAT. Now I am greedy so I want Reno's story and surely someone named Finn MacGowan isn't dead in Somalia. Please tell me he isn't.

When you are feeling down, just tell yourself you have more talent in your little pinky than 99% of other writers out there.

11:42 AM  
Blogger creeksidewriter said...

Ann - bummer about the print run. I just read the excerpt on your web site and I'm anxious to read the book.

Mary Ellen
www.maryellencarmody.com

4:28 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

-Looking forward to Ice Storm
-new magazines every month
-gelato ice cream
-Recchiuti chocolates (you could order online)
-stronger body from a year of working out!

9:03 PM  
Blogger flip said...

You are one of my all time favorite writers. Everyone of your books that I have been able to find is a keeper on my shelf. You just don't write fast enough for me. I have Ice Storm on pre-order and waiting eagerly for it.

I think A Rose At Midnight is one of the best historical romances ever written. But when I read Nightfall, I was blown away.

I live in the mountains of Idaho, we have blizzards and mud. I know the depressing feeling of constant gray skies and bone chilling cold.
But it really is the perfect for a bookaholic like me. Cold, gray days demand that I stay inside and read.

Blessings to you and yours. May these hard times pass.

12:54 PM  
Blogger Mary Stella said...

I am so close to finishing Ice Storm that it was all I could do today to force myself out theoor to work. I did not want to put down the book and leave on time!

The only up side is that I can anticipate picking it up again when I get home!

Krissie, it's a marvelous book. It sucketh big time if you didn't get the full publisher support this book deserves. If it's any consolation at all, I visited several bookstores over the weekend and always saw Ice Storm displayed "cover out" and on new release tables.

3:35 PM  
Blogger Caroline said...

DUDE! I LOVE that song! But I love your books too. Does that make me weird?

8:39 PM  
Blogger Anne said...

I am happy you haven't ditched writing and moved to Australia.
Sounds like you have more than your share of troubles right now. Wishing you brighter days, even if you have to use a daylight lamp to get them. Do what it takes.

1:48 PM  
Blogger KSN said...

I am happy about a lot AND I just finshed reading Ice Storm about 5 minutes ago. I LOVE IT! I can not wait until your next book.

7:29 PM  
Blogger Elaine said...

Just finished with Ice Storm and loved it. Do you plan anymore in this series?

3:48 PM  
Blogger Daunt said...

I can't wait to read Ice Storm! I'm sending you hugs for the Blues you're feeling. I just can't wait to read about Reno. I love how you write about Japan. :) As for a cheer up:

http://www.dauntingfire.com/reno/

Photos of someone I met who dressed as Reno once upon a time. He doesn't look Japanese but he's still good lookin. ;)

Thank you for writing your great novels! :D

3:33 PM  
Blogger Kara said...

Hm let's see - 5 things I am grateful for....
My husband
my dog
I am 50 & loving it
It's finally "fall" in Orlando
& last but not least - YOUR books
Ice Storm was damn near perfect for me too.....

I hate that you are having a bad time right now & I hope everything turns around for you soon.

You are one great author and I hope your publishing company realizes what they have in you.

11:13 PM  
Blogger Christine Parker said...

How thrilling that your book is coming out. I can't wait either.

Enough of the dribble. If this won't make you feel better nothing will. I am at my wits end over publishers. I've tried Intrigue and Sweet. At the Sydney conference, I was positive my book was Romantic Suspense, but as the editor only reads the synopsis, and rejected me point blank. I felt like Summer Hawthorne, teased, tormented and terminated, almost. I know life is a journey and not a destination but those pot holes in life can feel like an Anne Stuart novel, where the blood shed is your own tears.
Lots of love Christine Parker

8:57 PM  
Blogger Reka Rubin said...

I'm not from Australia or a writer--but I love your books (I'm in Pennsylvania, so we've got the bare tree, all leaves down happening as well).

I just finished Ice Storm--love Isobel and Killian and all the rest. Can't wait for Reno. To cheer you up: I got Ice Storm last Friday at a Borders Express--it was on the top 10 rack (one of the numbers in the middle, can't remember which one). So--hopefully more printings in its future!

I'm grateful for: My husband, my sister, her husband and their two girls (same ages as my two girls). The fact that my oldest girl is five and we are on book 7 of Harry Potter (at her insistance).

Good luck--and I hope all the love here makes you feel better!

4:49 PM  
Blogger vamplover35 said...

I just wanted to let that I love all the books you've written. You are an automatic buy for me. I don't even have to read the backcover before I buy your books. LOL..I even reread them, they are that good.

And Ice Storm, to me, was the best book out the Ice series so far. And I can't wait for the others in the series.

Hope this cheers you a up even a lil..

Thanks for all the wonderful stories..Tonya

12:00 AM  
Blogger Cait London said...

Okay, 5 things I'm grateful for:
1. Ice Storm has a gorgeous cover. I'm glad for you.
2. My sugar maple tree is filled with color outside my front window, the sun shining thru the leaves.
3. The huge box of small pumpkins I got at the end of the Amish farmers market isn't filled with gourds. They are actually PUMPKINS; saw ones like 'em on the Internet. (Was afraid I'd gone off my gourd on that one, bought a big sucker of a box of the cute little things.)
4. I don't think I have a mouse in the basement, which is real good.
5. It's great to know that other people can be in the dumps, too. I love it!
CaitLondon.com

12:26 AM  
Blogger Sharon said...

I’ve just started my PhD in education and have been a literary snob for years. Recently, a friend (fellow prof) gave me a copy of Black Ice, and I was hooked. Finally, a romance novel which was exciting, adventurous and incredibly well-written to boot!

Your novels are bloody brilliant – end of story (pun intended – sorry, I couldn’t resist).

Here are 5 things you might want consider:
1. You have great taste in music (especially French rock)
2. Same goes for alcoholic beverages (breaking out the bubbly is a good indicator)
3. You’re passionate about life – your work, family, art
4. You exhibit the same characteristics as most great artists (anxiety, doubt, depression, etc.)
5. And you’re obviously well travelled, multi-lingual, cultured, etc, etc, etc.

Might not help you get out of a lull, but its all true!

1:47 AM  
Blogger AndLoveYelledNO said...

You are the only author whose books I will purchase without reading a review...or even a plot! I have never been disappointed by you and have made sure to spread your works to my friends. They in turn love you.

Ice Storm is the best of the series! Never doubt yourself. And thank you for sharing your imagination with us.

11:06 PM  
Blogger Kil said...

Hi,

Just wanted to write to tell you how much I loved Ice Storm. I had to read it all the way through without stopping. I have read almost all of the ICE series and this was my favourite so far. Really liked the twists and turns in the plot. Loved it!

Thanks.

GK.
Ireland.

3:32 PM  
Blogger val said...

No reason to depress .... your books are usually wonderfull but the "ice" serie and particularly this last issue are amazing .... not published in french yet i have to read them "in the text" but it's egual ... i dread the translations

just to say we love your books, we love your imagination ... keep the faith

best regards

an enthusiastic reader

5:58 PM  
Blogger kate said...

I Loved Ice Storm! I loved the characters, and I love your style of writing. Five Things I'm grateful for.
1. I'm going back to school to finish my degree.

2. My husband supports me

3. My children love me

4. Christmas is coming

5. My favorite sister is coming for Christmas with her new baby whom I have not seen yet.

12:52 AM  
Blogger Mutsumi A said...

Well, I just bought Ice Storm and finished reading it today, as well as rereading some others in that series. I'm really glad that you write such awesome books, and that should make you feel a little happy.

So, today I'm grateful for:
1. Good books
2. Delicious home-brewed coffee
3. Warm fuzzy socks for whenever the heater decides to kick off ... it is snowing outside, and I'm in the basement, but I have warm fuzzies.
4. Chocolate oranges. Definitely into the simple pleasures today.
5. Did I mention awesome books? I was a little oblivious while reading Ice Storm today. I thought, "Hmmm, you know, Reno kind of reminds me of that one red-headed guy from Final Fantasy: Advent Children. What was his name again?"
Later when I remembered I had to laugh a little. You had mentioned that he took his name from a video game character. I can be slow sometimes.

There. A little late in coming, as you posted this blog back in October.

8:26 PM  
Blogger Leira said...

I loved Ice Storm. Honestly, it's my favorite book from you. Killian is hands down my favorite hero in the romantic suspense department. Thank you so much for your great stories. I have all your books. LOL. I've scoured the used book stores to find the out-of-print books by you too.

Aloha from Hawaii,
Leira

11:56 PM  

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