Friday, October 26, 2007

Winners of ONCE SMITTEN arc

Pam and Lila won the drawing for the ARCs. E-mail me your address at to claim you book. Congratulations ladies. Thanks to everyone who participated.


Thursday, October 25, 2007

Now THAT'S scary

I'm not much of a fan of Halloween. I can't even tell you why. I like kids, I like candy, I like dressing up. I just don't like Halloween.

And it's not because it scares me. There are things in every day life that scare me far more. Here are just a few:

Getting audited by the IRS

Am I the only one with that on the top of the list? I think not.

Getting stuck in an elevator

Has this ever happened to me? No. But I've had enough weird elevator dreams to worry about it. Don't ask.

Getting stuck in an elevator with my mother in law

I love my MIL. I just don't want to get stuck in an elevator with her.

Having my favorite bra discontinued

If you know what I mean, and I think you do.

Running out of coffee

This is on the list because I just did. So you can imagine what kind of mood I’m in right now. Actually, I think this is my family's top fear, not mine.

Mom stuff

Where are the kids? Are they safe? Are they healthy? Are they staying off drugs? You know. Mom stuff.

No one will like my book

Yes, I'm a writer and I'm tough. But this one scares me far more than you can imagine. Far more than Halloween, in fact. Probably should move this near the top of the list.

Okay, I'm off to buy coffee. Have a safe and happy Halloween for those of you who love it. Me? I'm just sticking with kids and candy and dressing up.

Samantha Graves

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Book Giveaway!

Hey gang,

I'm giving away an advance reading copy of my next book for Grand Central Publishing. It's the second book in my Wedding Veil Wishes series.

The best thing about writing a series is that you get to visit old friends again and again. Starting ONCE SMITTEN, TWICE SHY was like coming home after a long journey as I reconnected with characters from my WEDDING VEIL WISHES series.

I just loved getting to know impulsive, but generous-to-the-bone, wedding videographer, Tish Gallagher better. Boy, did she have some surprises in store for me.

She didn’t make things easy for me either, when, in order to pay her credit card bills, she wishes on a magic veil and her greatest wish comes true in the form of a once-in-a-lifetime job—filming the first daughter’s wedding. Clearly, Tish had no idea how much presidential research was involved or she didn’t care that I’d be burning the midnight oil trying to find out what the inside of Air Force One looked like. Or how the Secret Service operated. Characters can be so selfish, no sympathy for us poor authors.

But hehe! I got even with her. Because Tish gets a big surprise when she finds out the President’s daughter is marrying the ex-husband she never stopped loving, Secret Service Agent Shane Tremont. And finances won’t let her walk away from the job, no matter how much she might want to.

Problem is, although he’s about to walk down the aisle with the President’s daughter, Shane still loves Tish too!

I was half-way through the book when I figured out why these two—who are so obviously meant for each other—broke up in the first place. What I discovered had me shedding a tear or two. So fair warning, you might need a hanky for this one because when you wish on the wedding veil, it’s not the wish you think you want that comes true. It’s the secret wish of your heart.

If you'd like to be entered in a drawing for the book, just post here and I'll draw two names on Friday!


Reaping the Rewards

For those of you who haven't had the pleasure of sitting alone day after day with only your computer and your imaginary friends for company, you don't have any idea how much the little things count. I mean, I've been slogging through my current work in progress for months. I'm so far from finishing that I could sit in a corner and cry.

But then I received the artwork for the cover for the book I just finished and, ta-da! I'm energized. I'm invigorated. I actually think there's a remote possibility that I'll get my current book done by its deadline.

Amazing what one little jpeg file can do.

I'm totally thrilled with this cover. This is my first romantic suspense (all of my previous books have been considered women's fiction with a dash of mystery or suspense) and this cover captures the book perfectly. PITCH BLACK won't be released until June, but I'm so excited it feels like I'm waiting for Christmas.

Now, while I'm still on my new-cover high, I'd better get back to work!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007


Sometimes one must suffer in order to experience bliss.

Last Saturday, along with trusty navigator Victoria Hinshaw, I braved Chicago traffic in order to take a seminar at the Newberry Library.

The seminar was worth every teeth-gnashing, brake-wearing moment on the freeway.

For those who aren't familiar with this renowned facility, the Newberry is a non-circulating research library, focusing on the humanities. One must be seated in one of the reading rooms in order to get one's hands on the books. One can actually get one's unworthy bare hands on an illuminated medieval manuscript.

Those who've read THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE will recognize the Newberry as the place where Henry DeTamble works when he's not time traveling.

After a short presentation on the history of the library, we took a tour. The guide showed us the reading rooms, explained how to request materials from the librarians, and then took us back into the stacks. Oh, bliss. Oh, rapture! Oh, now I know why I didn't become a librarian. I'd get my butt fired for hiding away in a corner with some new treasure I'd found.

Then came lunch in a Thai restaurant before heading back to the reading room to try out our new skills. Yes, everything worked just the way we were told, and I was soon immersed in old books and maps. The afternoon buzzed by way too quickly.

I know I'm going back, but next time I may take the train.
I have a friend who proposes that every day one should take a risk. Do something that makes you a bit uncomfortable. Driving through Chicago makes me Very Uncomfortable! But I do it on occassion if the pay off is worth it. What was the last thing you did that you were a little afraid to do but were glad you did it?
Shari Anton

Friday, October 12, 2007

A Dose of Reality

Normally I'm not a big fan of reality shows. They're not "real," for one thing. If they were, they'd be far more boring. But my daughter has inadvertently gotten me hooked on "Beauty & The Geek."

You see, she's going to be in the prom episode next week (I TOLD you they weren't real), but since we weren't sure which show she was in until now, I've been watching the thing for two weeks.

Have you seen it? The Beauties seem to have the collective IQ of a gnat (one of them couldn't properly identify the location of the ear lobe), and the Geeks are more awkward than a herd of giraffes on skates.

Nonetheless, I patiently sat through the melodramatic introductions of the players and the painful pairing off that reminded me all too well of being chosen last for the basketball team. I watched the inane challenges of knowledge and social graces as the couples attempted to mold their partners into more centered human beings.

And you know what?It worked.

Some of the Geeks began to emerge from their shells to test drive their inner suave. Some of the Beauties started to develop a respect for intelligence. The forced fraternization actually DID result in better understanding between the two factions.


When you think about it, I guess that's how we write romances. You lock the hero and heroine in a room and let them explore their similarities and differences. Contrast and compare. Voila! Happy ending.

Do you suppose we could achieve world peace like that?

If you want to catch a glimpse of my daughter (who is both a Beauty AND a Geek), watch the show this Tuesday night on the WB (just don't blink).

Sarah McKerrigan...
Stories to keep you up all night!
LADY DANGER - Riding to the rescue April 2006
CAPTIVE HEART - Coming for you October 2006
KNIGHT'S PRIZE - Stealing your heart April 2007

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Who Will Be the Sexiest Man Alive for 2007? by Diana Holquist

Ah, fall. Time to turn our thoughts to school lunches. Radiant foliage. And, most importantly, People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive for 2007.

Yes, the issue comes out November 19th and since I've given a bit of thought to what makes a man sexy (yeah, I wrote a whole book about it), I thought I'd put in my early prediction.


Remember, you heard it here first:

My husband.

(Hi honey!)

My second choice?

David Beckham.

There really isn't much more to say, is there?

I know, I know, "bench it like Beckham" and "worst team in the league" and all that.

But this isn't really about soccer, now is it?

What do you think? Who should be the sexiest man alive for 2007?

check out my website for excerpts, reviews and more!
And if you're thinking about picking up a copy of Sexiest Man Alive (in stores THIS WEEK!), please be careful. We've been hearing all sorts of reports of disturbances. One store caught this unfortunate scene on videotape: