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Book Signing Event!
Please join me for a party for my debut novel With Good Behavior!
Where: House Wine, 644 N. High Street, Worthington Ohio
When: 6:00-8:00 p.m. Friday, September 17th, 2010
Why: Because wine makes everything better :)

Here is author Alyson Noel at her book signing, looking very happy to be there.
I'll provide the first few bottles and some appetizers. Signed copies of With Good Behavior will be available for purchase. Questions? Contact me at
And now it's time for our Meet an Author Monday Blog Hop! Please visit Lisa Sanchez's blogs for instructions. The blog hop closes every Monday night, so if you miss this week's hop then join us next week so that you can network your author blog.

Goodreads Updates: Winners + Review

Have you heard of the site Seems like I'm living over there these days. I describe it as a Facebook for those who love to read.

I held a giveaway of my new novel With Good Behavior, and would like to announce the winners! Because I don't know their Goodreads usernames, I'll refer to them by the first name here (you know who you are). Congratulations to the winners, and I'll get your books out to you next week!

Lisa Marsha Rosalyn D.M. Timothy
I also just reviewed a book on Goodreads. Seems like vampire books are all the rage, so I figured I'd give The Vampire Diaries a try. Some of my Twilight friends suggested that I read it because I'm writing a little story about Edward and Bella in therapy (hee hee).

The Vampire Tapestry: A Novel by Suzy McKee Charnas

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

What an interesting vampire book. I'm not very familiar with the genre (Twilight is my only reference) and The Vampire Diaries is very different from the Twilight series. T…

Book Signings . . . Eek!

After getting some things together, I have just ordered a bevy of books (copies of my novel With Good Behavior from Omnific Publishing) to try to set up a book signing in Columbus, Ohio. Frankly, I’m terrified by the prospect of approaching a small bookseller and asking if they will schedule a book signing. I know that being prepared can help lower my anxiety, so I’m seeking your advice on the process.

I’ve read some recent blog entries describing how the writing process is a lot of hard work. While I totally agree with that statement (especially after wrestling with my work-in-progress yesterday), I find the idea of marketing my book to be even harder work. My dad is always one to share articles from newspapers and magazines with me, and he recently clipped out a newspaper interview with author Lee Child, one of my dad’s favorite authors. Mr. Child had a great quote in the article:

“Hard work gets you to the starting line. After that, it’s just luck.” ~ Lee Child
I think that quote accu…

With Good Behavior Synopsis

For those of you new to the blog, here is a summary of my novel:

In a world gripped by organized crime, family dysfunction, and dim hopes of redemption, can true love persevere? For Sophie Taylor, a beautiful psychologist who lost everything when she violated an ethical boundary, and Grant Madsen, a handsome naval officer who sacrificed everything to protect a loved one, finding that love may carry an unbearable cost.

Starting their lives over in Chicago, both are fighting influences from their family and running as fast as they can to escape the past. When their paths cross outside the parole officer's door, the attraction is instantaneous. But a hidden connection may not only shatter their fledgling love, but prove deadly to them both.

To read an excerpt (the first chapter) of With Good Behavior, please visit HERE or click on the book cover to your right.

Oh, and don't forget to enter my book giveaway if you haven't already. The giveaway ends 8/25/10.

Flashbacks: Helpful or Hurtful?

Recently I posted a piece of writing online (an action scene containing a lengthy flashback to an event occurring in the protagonist’s childhood) and asked for some reader feedback about flashbacks in fiction writing. Readers were split in their opinions about flashbacks: some loved them and some hated them.

As a psychologist, I adore flashbacks. I believe that our pasts have immense influence on our present experiences and world views, and catching a glimpse of that past can be enlightening for the reader. However, other authors totally avoid flashbacks in their writing. I recall when author Jennifer Crusie shared her negative opinion in a writer’s workshop I attended.

“What do you think of flashbacks?” one scruffy, young male author had asked.

Jennifer Crusie wrinkled her nose in distaste. “I think they’re a sign of a lazy writer. If you can’t figure out a way to explain plot and character in the present, you probably shouldn’t be doing this.”

I felt dismayed by her answer, thinking…

Videos, Articles, and Blog Hops Oh My!

Today's cheesy post title comes from my recent viewing of Wicked. After seeing that musical, which was immensely better than the book in my opinion, TheWizard of Oz phrases are on my mind (the touring production is fantastic, by the way! I highly recommend the show).

Anyway, I have several announcements to share:

1) My author website is now complete. Please visit the tabs above to peruse the site, including the book video trailer link from the home page (or you can click on the youtube button to your right). Micha from Omnific Publishing did a wonderful job making the video trailer and I think it's a perfect representation of With Good Behavior.

2) Jenni Conner from the Seattle Examiner website helped me expand upon a past blog post for the article "Jennifer Lane Is Having an Identity Crisis: Psychologist, Writer, or Psycho Writer?" which you can find here.

3) Finally, it's Monday, so you know what that means . . . Meet an Author Mon…

Techno-whiz or Techno-tard?

As we enter week three of the “author blog-hop” (see below), it’s time to reflect on the effect of computer technology on writing and our lives. When Lisa Sanchez introduced the concept of a blog hop to the group of authors at Omnific Publishing, I asked myself, “Blog what?” I’m just getting accustomed to the idea of a blog, and now it’s hopping?

Fortunately Lisa was patient with us technotards (thanks qjmom for the word techtard) and now the hop is a great way to cruise over to multiple author blogs/websites to meet authors and readers. A definite plus of computers is the ability to post this message and discuss ideas with people all over the world. I’m also struck by some definite disadvantages of the technological wizardry assailing us daily.

Here are some pros and cons of computer technology as I see them:


• The opportunity to chat with you fine people on this blog.

• Facebook, twitter, and goodreads are places I can keep up on my friends’ lives like never before.

• I’ve met …