So some more great news…I know, can you stand it? My daughter, Melinda, has started doing book reviews.(Yes, my family LOVES all things book related!) She reviews for a couple of sites (The Romance Reviews and Coffee and Romance). She’s also started her own blog and has posted a couple of reviews, including one for Soul Reborn by Jean Murray, a Crescent Moon Press publication! Check it out, she gives Jean and the first book in Murray’s series revolving around ancient Egyptian mythology, a great and well-deserved review! Five slippers! (She reviews by glass slippers…too cute!) So add her blog to your list and and follow the other sites listed above to check out some of her other reviews.

Great job Mel!

For the rest of us…may the muse bless us with great inspiration so that we write many books for her to review!



Okay so a lot of writers start out as readers aka fans of other authors. I am not ashamed to say I have some HUGE admiration for many authors and love their books dearly even though I rarely read “for leisure” these days. I use “leisure” instead of “pleasure” because I am pleased with what I read. Well most of the time…there are some submissions that well…are better off not seeing the light of day, even in summary. But I do love doing what I do so I am reading for pleasure when I’m reading submissions or reading over drafts that I’m editing.

But as a fan, I have also turned my daughters (rest assured they are of appropriate age) into fans of many of my favorite authors as well. This is an amazing interest that we all share and Tuesdays are often very exciting around our house. Well, May 31st was particularly exciting as the long awaited story of Hawke and Sienna in Nalini Singh’s Psy/Changeling Series was due to release. (See fantastic review of KOS here.) As I said, me and daughters = BIG FANs. We’d also learned in the last couple years that my niece shared our interest in these books as well.  So as my Morgan’s bday was approaching and Nalini was going to be a mere 3 1/2 hours away (she lives in New Zealand and we live in California, so that’s as close as we were going to get for some time!), we decided to trek to Roseville and attend her book signing. (I know, I am an awesome mom…or so I was told many times that day.) 😉

We had a scrumptious dinner at Joe’s Crab Shack in Sacto on the way!

Then we headed into Roseville for the actual signing and met the very gracious and awesome Nalini Singh. She took quite a bit of time with us as all four of us went up at once and had books signed. (Liz Altenburg, one of MY authors that I’ve signed at CMP – her book The Summerland is due out in October, also met up w/us and took the pictures below. Thanks Liz!!!)

The Whole Dragon Flerd and Miss Nalini Singh!

So after some battle with Mel’s metal beastie, (we could’ve taken my car, but no they wanted to take hers…does anyone listen to mom??), we made it back home. Thank you to the Samaritans in Sacto as well as Liz for coming to our rescue!

And one more final pic of the Dragon Flerd (inside joke…just go with it.) 😉

So, to my authors…keep writing and one day, you too may enjoy having a mom and her crazy daughters/niece-daughter travel 3 plus hours to come have your book signed. To all of you other writers, as well as myself…may the muse find you and you enjoy similar success as well!


Have some news from my publisher about our paranormal submissions:

Due to the tremendous success CMP has enjoyed in the paranormal genre, we are now opening to submissions of all paranormal categories including suspense,thriller, mystery, and gothica. If your story has any type of paranormal element, CMP may be interested in acquiring your novel. See the submissions page for guidelines.

CMP Submissions Page

Go forth and submit!!

It’s been how long since I posted??? Yikes! I was doing so well…but then I went to RT and got semi-caught up, and then I went to Salem for the NEC, got back and got semi-caught up. Had the Relay for Life, got sick, didn’t get caught up. Had fundraising softball tourney for Mitochondrial Disease in honor of my niece Brittany Wilkinson, got even sicker. Am now well, but still catching up!!

Okay, lots of great stuff going on! Really great stuff! RT was a huge blast as well as an amazing venue to meet up with all sorts of resources for both sides of my writing. So my editing and writing hats were very happy. 🙂 I met some peeps in person that I’d only known online for some time, like the lovely and talented Melissa Mayhue! Was standing right next to her and turned around and there she was! We’d known each other through a small online group we both belonged to, but with 1200 people at RT, what are the odds? We totally rocked the CMP Spotlight, BUT not many attended due to a pitch workshop at the same time and it being one of the very first events…live and learn. But met the fabulous Lori Perkins of both the L. Perkins Agency (Literary Agents) and Ravenous Publishing. Amazing person! RT Club was fabulous and we had a gorgeous basket filled with goodies that was raffled off to a very crowded room on Friday…had tons of entries to pick from!

We also unveiled the first issue and volumes of the Crescent Moon Press, a newspaper showcasing our authors and their books in a unique format that they’ve collaboratively written. Each author has submitted an article (or two or three – you know authors!) in breaking news format, help wanted, obituaries or Dear Destroyer (similar to Dear Abby). We compiled them into a beautifully aged news press which was handed out at RT and then subsequently at NEC. Thanks to Sally O’Brien for all her hard work in getting out this beautiful publication!!! (As well as all her help at the RT – thanks Feef!)
Then I had the opportunity of a lifetime to have three lovely ladies accompany me (my two daughters and niece – whom I cherish dearly). They entertained themselves by day and at night when the RT Balls (Faerie, Vampire, Hollywood ) we hit the dance floor AND stayed! – We didn’t know about the Balliwood or we’d have been there too!  Met  up with the awesome CMP Author Christine Ashworth and the amazing multi-published Syrie James at the Faerie Ball. Check out some of the fun pics below!

I could go on and on, but this post would be a million pages long! So suffice it to say we had a fabulous time, Crescent Moon Press was represented as the awesome growing powerhouse press that is, and I was exhausted but elated when I got home. Thank you to my Raging Dragon Flerd for traveling with me and making it a spectacular trip!! I love you ALL!

By the time I had recovered and caught up, it was time to board a plane for Massachusetts! Yes, since I’m from California, that’s quite a flight! But I got to spend time with my absolutely incredible bosses. Not many people would enjoy spending a whole weekend with their superiors, but I loved it. These are spectacular ladies with a vision for CMP and its authors that is truly phenomenal. Steph Murray and Marlene Castricato are sisters of the heart and truly have a passion for what they are doing. I was honored to spend time with them and enjoyed it immensely. We also met up with some of our CMP authors Michelle Picard, Catherine Collins, and Liz Altenburg at the conference. Most definitely worth the trip!


So…my first publication is due out soon! Yes, I am officially published! It’s only a poem, but I can still say I am published! 🙂 Thematic Magazine is a literary magazine dedicated to helping writing professionals become published. In that vein, the only content is poems and short stories. July’s theme is freedom and I submitted a poem about freedom from the worry of the extreme medical issues surrounding my family the last few years and the angst/conflict of being torn between taking care of the sick one and being needed at home. Look for it in their July issue! It’s aptly titled, “Fear and Freedom”. 😀

Also working on a new trilogy that I know will be published when it’s finally written. That’s right, I KNOW it will be published. 🙂 Stay tuned!

Told ya I had lots of great news! 🙂

May the muse bless you!


RT Convention

Posted: April 1, 2011 in Uncategorized

So you probably know that I’ll be at the  Romantic Times Convention, April 6-10th, in Los Angeles, taking appointments, manning the Publisher’s Spotlight table and giving away great prizes. What you don’t know is that Crescent Moon Press has an awesome new marketing presentation that showcases some of our authors and their new releases of this first quarter in a new unique and most becoming way! To find out what it is, stop by the CMP table and find me!

See ya there!


I’ve been interviewed by my wonderful friend, Micole who came up with different questions and hopefully I came up with different information. So it’s not the same old, same old. So stop by Micole Writes Romance and see what I have to say about Crescent Moon Press, submissions and a contest that Micole and I came up with for three lucky authors. 😀

I will also be leaving for LA at the end of the month to go the RT Convention where I will be speaking on an editor’s panel with the wonderful Judi McCoy, a multi-published author, of course at least once with CMP, and the new COO of CMP. I will also be hosting a publisher’s spotlight for CMP on the 6th as well as taking author pitches. Woot woot!! It’s going to a blast!  
So that said, I’d better get back to work and get some more editing and reading done!! Then maybe some writing! 😀
Wherever you and are and whatever you’re doing…may the muse find you! Keep writing!


Donna O’Brien, Acquisitions Editor

Donna O’Brien, Author

My interview at Castles and Guns went really well. I was actually done with it a couple of weeks ago…LOL CMP Author  Kinley Baker  was great and sent me some really good questions. I hope I gave good answers.

The only thing I could have elaborated on was when she asked about the perfect submission. I said, I wanted something I hadn’t seen before. While that’s true, I had also already talked about what I like as far as genres go, but I want from a submission what I get from a great book. You know when you find a new author you love to read? You pick up that first book from them and you start reading and there are almost goosebumps, you can’t hardly put the book down, your family calls your name — you don’t hear them. A small fire could break out and you wouldn’t even notice… it’s almost torture until the next book comes out. 
THAT would be my perfect submission.
So head on over and check out the rest of  my interview!!!