Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Poking around

I have some very bad internet habits. For instance, if I want to save something, I may forward it to myself. A year later, of course, I can't find it among all the Rowena to Rowena emails of forgotten, interesting stuff, unless by accident.

Poking around... actually looking for a Business Plan (yes, really!!!) I came across a list of questions that a readers' group leader had asked about FORCED MATE.

I don't have the answers, and I'm probably asking for trouble by stirring this up. Nevertheless, I thought this one was interesting and topical.

Q: What do you think will be your lasting impression of Forced Mate by Rowena Cherry? What will be your most vivid memories of it a year from now?

Do comment if you feel like it. Comments are moderated, so if a helpful gentleman happens to be selling a system to enhance the male anatomy, for instance, those recommendations will not show up, unless they are so cleverly worded to relate to my hero's needs that I cannot resist the wit.

Best wishes,
Rowena Cherry

Sunday, March 26, 2006

FORCED MATE --EPPIE Award finalist

The self published, electronic version of FORCED MATE may not have won, but all the finalists in the Eppie Awards this year scored nine out of a possible ten points.

That's not at all bad for a science fiction romance with a chess title.

Best wishes,


Friday, March 24, 2006

Hero search

INSUFFICIENT MATING MATERIAL is the story of what happens to Djinn (pronounced jinn) Prince Djetthro-Jason after he loses the duel and has his face smashed by Tarrant-Arragon.

Now, I have to decide who will be my next hero in the alien djinn world which I've featured in MATING NET and FORCED MATE.

I'd love some ideas, if anyone would like to comment.


Sunday, March 12, 2006

Rowena Cherry

Insufficient Mating Material is on my editor's desk, on deadline --actually, a day early thanks to FedEx. For the last two months, I have been wrestling to remove 200 pages of scenes I thought were rather good, albeit a bit long winded, and to whittle Insufficient Mating Material down to a fast paced, cohesive page turner, where all the plot threads come together neatly.

Time will tell! Anyway, that is why I have been silent on this blog for so long.

On The Other Blog, www.outdamnedstory.com I agonized with my writing buddies about which scenes to cut, and which should be preserved. I may post some out takes here.... but not this week, nor next.

I'd like to thank everyone who took an interest in my successes in the PEARL award nominations. I was absolutely delighted that MATING NET was a finalist in the short story category. I was also astounded and thrilled that MATING NET came equal fourth in the short story (Romance) category of the Preditors and Editors poll.

My next newsletter will go live on the website www.rowenacherry.com as of March 15th. I've been busy correcting my own typos on a dummy page. Somehow, ones own mistakes don't show up half as well on a black and white page as they do fully illustrated and white on purple.

I hope March is going very well for everyone kind enough to drop in this blog.

Best wishes,

Rowena Cherry