Archive for April 1st, 2009


Cursed by God, hunted by demons, desired by Cain and Abel… All in a day’s work.

For Evangeline Hollis, a long-ago fling with a bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks just became a disaster of biblical proportions. One night with a leather-clad man of mystery has led to a divine punishment: the Mark of Cain.

Thrust into a world where sinners are drafted to kill demons, Eve knows her learning curve must be short. A longtime agnostic, she begrudgingly maneuvers through a celestial bureaucracy where she is a valuable but ill-treated pawn. She’s also become the latest point of contention in the oldest case of sibling rivalry in history…

But she’ll worry about all that later. Right now she’s more concerned with learning to kill while staying alive. And saving the soul she’d never quite believed she had.

A Day in the Life

Here it is, five o’clock in the evening. My kids are asking about dinner and for the most part, the day is done. I’ve been a full-time writer for going on five years now. I love it. I think it’s the best job in the world… for me. (your mileage may vary *g*) Some days are leisurely. I can wake up late, hang out in my pjs, take a nap if I want, take as long a lunch as I want, watch a movie. Some days are just insane. If I’m under deadline, sometimes I’ll go a week or more with only a few hours of sleep at night and non-stop writing all day. Today was a middle of the road day. Busy, but not completely nuts.

7:30 am — get out of bed

7:40-8:25 — herd young children around the house to get them dressed, fed, hair brushed, and backpacks ready.

8:30 — drop them off at school

8:40-2:45 — house is quiet without kids and I get to work on 5K+ email inbox:

· Romantic Times Convention bookseller having trouble getting EVE OF DARKNESS in for the Sat. book signing, because it doesn’t release until the following Tuesday (route to editor)

· Email web designer about trouble with newsletter program not culling bounce emails

· Email with former agent about books/subsidiary rights

· Send last minute information for group newsletter going out today

· update a group site I maintain with fellow writer’s new cover art

· Assist new BravaAuthors.com webmistress with taking over the website duties from former webmistress

· Finally eat something at noon when stomach growls about not having breakfast

· Write and send requested cover quote (due by tomorrow – book was awesome!)

· Try and help a friend with an issue she’s having with her latest cover art

· Write new scene in latest book

· Put away new coverflats that arrived last night, but leave one out to drool over

· Write copy for spring newsletter

· Edit newly written scene in latest book and set up next one

· Laugh over email from another writer friend asking if I’ve cloned myself since she’s seeing Marked series promo everywhere and can’t figure out how I have time to do it.

2:45-3:15 — harness up the dog and take her out for a walk to the school to pick up the kids (must have exercise)

3:15 — make a protein shake with banana (yummy)

3:25-5:00 — see new pressing emails that arrived while I was walking kids/dog

· RWA chapter I was once president of has tax questions

· Another request for group newsletter info

· Receive notice that one of my web domains is expiring (go and pay for another 5 years)

· Receive erroneous bill (emailed and cleared up)

· Still trying to vet newsletter copy

5-5:30 — write this blog post

5:30 — new email comes in about upcoming blog interview (has many questions, will answer tomorrow)

5:45 — going to pick up Taco Bell, since kids have been asking for days and I want to write instead of cook J

7:30-9 pm — herd kids through homework, bathing/showering, and getting to bed on time

9 pm-2 am — write new scenes in latest book

I’m sitting here now wondering where the day went. Didn’t I just roll out of bed a couple of hours ago? Yikes.

But I’m smiling anyway. Because I love my job (even though I did have to lose the pjs to walk the dog…)

— SJ Day


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