Friday, November 9, 2007

My Cover!!!

I just received the image of my book's cover. It is so exciting to see the cover; it makes it seem so real. This is a book I started over three years ago, and it seems like it has taken a long time to get to this point.

Here is the information from the back cover:

A beautiful and promising athlete is dead. The only suspect—her fiancĂ©—has been apprehended. And as a defense attorney, it is Julia’s job to prove that Mick is
innocent. But Julia believes he is guilty.

No stranger to the crimes that men commit against women, Julia can easily believe that rich, talented, spoiled Mick did indeed kill Avery. Both were basketball stars at the University of Utah, and both were popular; yet everyone—except Mick’s family and Julia’s boss—believes that Mick is the murderer.

As the evidence against Mick mounts, Julia stumbles across a secret Avery had kept hidden from everyone, even Mick. Julia realizes that perhaps she may have more than just reasonable doubt to support Mick’s case—if she can face her past and reveal her own secret. Meanwhile, Pablo, Julia’s new co-counsel, becomes convinced that Mick did not murder Avery, but can he convince Julia? Guilty or innocent? With Pablo’s help, Julia may be able to overcome her own fears and uncover the truth about Avery at the same time—if the murderer doesn’t find her first.

Come back for some fun contests next week. There will be a chance to win a copy of Reasonable Doubt.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Customer Service

When I lived in NJ, I got used to horrible customer service. Grocery store trips were a nightmare. The checkers usually didn't greet me much less talk to me. They would point to the total on the register and often didn't even tell me the total. There was rarely a 'thank you' or 'have a nice day.' It was all very common and I didn't question it. It's just the Jersey attitude. You get used to it.

When I moved to Texas four years ago, I was pleasantly surprised. People are so nice. Customer service is good, store employees are so friendly and nice. Yesterday, on a grocery trip, I was overwhelmed with friendliness and employees who take their job seriously and who care about customer service. As I approached the store, a young employee greeted me and asked if I needed a cart. He then pulled out a cart for me, pulled out the child seat, untangled the safety belt (In NJ, you were lucky if you found a shopping cart with a safety belt that wasn't broken), and held onto the cart while I put my baby in there. He was so friendly and nice!

All of the grocery stores that I have visited in Texas have shown amazing customer service. When I reached the check-out, the checker totaled my groceries and as I swiped my card, she quickly cleared it because she remembered there was a coupon I could use for one of my items. She didn't have to do that; she just took the extra step to help me. While I was checking out, the same young man who helped me get the shopping cart, came up and asked if my baby wanted a balloon. I said, 'yes, thanks.' He brought over a yellow and orange and asked him which one he wanted. Ruben took the yellow one, so the young man gave it to him and tied the orange one to the shopping cart. After a few minutes, like many babies do, Ruben let go of the balloon and it soared into the air. So, another store employee brought over another yellow balloon for him.

I was so impressed with my experience there. What great, friendly employees. I love the customer service here and actually don't mind going grocery shopping anymore.

Friday, November 2, 2007

I'm Writing!

I've been in a writing mood lately. I haven't felt like reading--the two books I'm reading now have been untouched for over a week. And, I checked a movie out from the library a week ago and returned it today without watching it. I've just been writing. I'm not very good at keeping track of how many words I've written in the past few days, but I just know it's going well.

The last two days, I've worked. I'm a substitute teacher and I get a lot done during the 50 minutes during which the class is at PE/Music. I bring a spiral notebook and write the whole time. In just a little while, I'm going to go type what I've written the last few days. I'm working on the sequel to my soon-to-be released novel, Reasonable Doubt. The sequel is One on One, and I'm at 65,000 words, and that is without what I'm going to type tonight.

I'm also excited that my friend, Amanda, has agreed to read it and help me edit it. She really enjoys editing and always has good suggestions/comments. So, I'm looking forward to her comments. I have given her the green light to shred it apart. I always feel better when I get some negative comments or ideas for improvement because I know there is always something that could be written better. It feels good to be able to fix stuff.

Okay, off I go to type up my handwritten notebook pages!