Sunday, January 24, 2010

Rhonda Stapleton is Here!

Hi Everyone!

I know I’ve been MIA lately. Chalk it up to a psycho class schedule. I do want to take time out to post an interview with the AWESOME Rhonda Stapleton, though. Rhonda is another 2009 Deb (her book debuted in December!).

So without further ado. . . .

About Stupid Cupid

Felicity Walker believes in true love. That’s why she applies for a gig at the matchmaking company Cupid’s Hollow. But when Felicity gets the job, she learns that she isn’t just a matchmaker…she’s a cupid! (There’s more than one of them, you know.)

Armed with a hot pink, tricked-out PDA infused with the latest in cupid magic (love arrows shot through email), Felicity works to meet her quota of successful matches. But when she bends the rules of cupidity by matching her best friend Maya with three different boys at once, disaster strikes. Felicity needs to come up with a plan to set it all right, pronto, before she gets fired…and before Maya ends up with her heart split in three.

About Rhonda Stapleton

Rhonda Stapleton started writing a few years ago to appease the voices in her head. She has a Master’s degree in English and a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing. Rhonda works as an editor for a legal publishing company and enjoys offering editing workshops. Rhonda lives in Northeast Ohio with her lovely, energetic family, who are more than enough to keep her busy when she’s not writing.

In the twelve minutes of free time she has each day, Rhonda enjoys reading, photography, writing poetry, singing in the shower (and in the car, at work, or basically anywhere that provides oxygen), drinking chai tea, and playing on the Internet.

On to the Interview!

Me: Without giving away too many spoilers, what is your favorite part of the novel/what was the part you had the most fun writing?

Rhonda: I had fun writing the part where Felicity matchmade her parents. I am so mean...

Me: What kind of writing projects are you currently working on? Or, if you aren't working on anything new, is there a different demographic/genre you wouldn't mind tackling in the future?

Rhonda: I'm working on 2 stories--one is a futuristic, and one is a contemp romantic comedy. Very different things. haha

Me: Yeah. I’d say so. I won’t ask how you’re managing that! And finally: who is your writing hero and why?

Rhonda: Dude, probably Nora Roberts. That woman is like a machine--she writes so many books.

Me: Gah! I know! Whatever she’s on . . . I need it!

Readers . . . You can visit Rhonda at her home on the web:

And . . . STUPID CUPID is officially on sale. You can buy it here:

Rhonda will be chatting with Carrie Ryan tomorrow at:

Thank you so much for stopping by, Rhonda!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Alpha Dogs

As promised!

Pictures of our new doggie . . . whose name is . . . wait for it . . . wait for it . . . BAILEY!

Only, I tend to add “dog” to any dog name. My miniature dachshund, Trixie, was lovingly referred to as “Trixie Dog.” And so sometimes Bailey is “Bailey Dog.”

Sometimes she is “No! No! Bad Dog!”


She’s a sweet puppy. We brought her home just before Christmas, and she’s around four months old. We aren’t sure what, exactly, she is. She has a Boxer face, but Beagle ears and body. She *loves* to track. And she’s great with people.

We’re still on the learning curve. We’ve had a few accidents on the floor, and I’ve never seen a dog eat and poop this much. Of course, Trixie was smaller than Bailey full grown, and Bailey is still very much a baby. I’ve no idea how big she’s going to get, but I’m sure, at some point, we will need a new crate.

Still, as long as she remembers that I’m the alpha dog, we’ll get along okay. She has “crack” moments . . . where she runs around the room, jumps on the couch, and soars off the back (which we are trying to discourage). And we had a run-in the other day with some crows. The crows were outside and Bailey was inside, but that didn’t seem to matter.

Even though she was with a “foster” mom, I think she’s much happier in her forever home. (And will continue to be . . . as long as she remembers I’m Alpha.)

Here we are together. No matter how much I played with my photo editing software, I could *not* get rid of her shiny blue eyes naturally. So . . . this is Super Pup, with hypno-vision.

“You will give me a treat,” she says. “You will. . . .”

Then I say: “You will sleep past 5:30 in the morning. No one in this house has to get up until 8:30. You will start sleeping later. . . . You will.”

She also snores. How perfect is that? We’re kindred spirits.

But I’m Alpha. Really. Alpha. Dog.

Have a great day, everyone!!


Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!!

Ah. The first day of the New Year. Don’t you love how January 1st brings its own clean slate? It’s the perfect opportunity to try something new and abandon old habits. I sometimes make a list. . . . I haven’t yet, though. I need to think.

First, a recap of this past year:

In 2009 . . .

I was hired to teach full-time in my degree field (which is such a blessing because I do have a little thing called student loans to pay back).

I wrote/revised two new YA manuscripts. Writing two books a year seems like a good goal. It’s manageable, at the very least.

I moved into a beautiful new house.

We lost a dog early in the year, and then a cat, but we gained a new little shelter doggy who is sleeping in her crate right now. (I promise to post pics soon. PROMISE!!)

My first novel for young adults, ONE WISH, released in April.

We went to New York City!!

I read more books than any other year (most of which were debut novels and ARCs snatched from the book conventions I attended).

So in all, it was a fabulous year. Yeah, I was way busy, and a lot of things slid to the back burner. But I managed the best I could.

In 2010 . . .

I should probably work out more. Yeah. I should.

I’ve decided that I want to get more massages. Even just once a month. They’re so great.

I’d love to sell another book.

I’d love to write another book.

Keep Reading (obviously).

Hmm. . . . This is really all I have time for these days. . . . If something has to go, though, it will definitely be the work out.

I hope you have a safe and Happy New Year!