Ericka Scott
Procrastination (sing with the anticipation tune)
Sunday, April 22nd, 2007
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Yep — I’m supposed to be writing. . . but instead, I’m enjoying a lazy Sunday afternoon doing everything BUT writing. Sigh. Hopefully I’ll be back at the keyboard tomorrow with a vengance.

Your Personality is the Rarest (INFJ)

Your personality type is introspective, principled, self critical, and sensitive.

Only about 2% of all people have your personality – including 3% of all women and around 1% of all men.
You are Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, and Judging.

Fanlit. . . Forever!
Wednesday, April 18th, 2007
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This week, one of the wonderful and talented women I met last fall (Tessa Dare/Eve Ortega) is blogging about her trip to Avon. She won the trip as one of the big prizes of the Avon Fanlit Contest. Eight weeks of total madness (6 chapters, but the first chapter sub/voting period ran for almost 3 weeks) but great fun.

Anyway, she’s blogging about things she found out at Avon, information on submissions, queries, publicity, coverart and there’s still more to come. So, if you’ve ever had any interest in submitting to Avon (or any of the large NY publishers), pop over and give her blog a read.

She’s also giving away some great prizes (I’m hoping to win one of today’s offerings, This Little Piggy Went to Prada — to give me a break from reading endless renditions of There’s A Nightmare in My Closet).

Haunted Harrington House
Tuesday, April 17th, 2007

Wild Ghost Chase is set in a haunted Victorian house in a fictional beach town along the California coast. The new owner wants to convert the old monstrosity to a bed and breakfast, but in order to do that, she has to get rid of the previous owners, Sylvie and Sara Harrington. Quite a tough little problem, as they’ve been there since 1888 and don’t have any intention of leaving soon!

I needed a little inspiration with one of my main characters, Malcolm. He and his twin sister Monica are one of the teams of ghost hunters spending the weekend in the Harrington house. Well, Sylvie takes one look at Malcolm and decides that she’s never leaving this earthly plane, especially when she finds this sleeping in her bed!

Book In A Month
Wednesday, April 11th, 2007
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Well — I’ve taken on the challenge to write a book in a month running from April 10-May 10 (submission date to Harlequin Spice Briefs). The challenge was issued on Mainstreet at Cobblestone Press and there’s quite a few of us participating. My only problem. . . I don’t think my story is spicy enough and is probably going to end up being too long. But, I’m going to bang out the words anyway. . .

Wish me luck!

Easter Greetings!
Thursday, April 5th, 2007
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I hope the Easter Bunny brings you lots of chocolates!

Wild Ghost Chase
Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007

“I’d give my paycheck for a cold spot.” Monica sighed and propped her chin in her hand.
“Stop saying that. You’re driving me nuts.” Malcolm, Monica’s twin brother, admonished her.
“Well, is it my fault that it’s the only line of dialogue Ericka’s written for me?”
“No.” Malcolm commiserated. “I guess it’s mine. She’s working on my character worksheet and synopsis. But, if it’s any consolation, you’re next. Ericka has to get the whole story outlined by the 10th of April so she can participate in the Book In A Month on Main Street at Cobblestone Press.”
“Promises, promises.” Monica sighed again. “You know, I’d give my paycheck for a cold spot.”
Malcolm just grinned.

No Foolin’
Sunday, April 1st, 2007

The winner of the necklace is Caffey!

I’ll be contacting her and posting out her necklace tout suite.

Thanks for visiting my blog~ Look for more contests and news in the days to come!

New Cover Art for Crystal Clear
Friday, March 23rd, 2007

This arrived yesterday! I’m so excited. The cover was designed by Sable Grey. Isn’t it fantastic?

Still waiting on edited text and a release date. . .as soon as I get more details, I’ll post some excerpts!

Until then. . . enjoy the scenery!

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007
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13 Ghost Story Books in Ericka’s Collection

I write paranormal romantic suspense, so I have an avid interest in the paranormal (okay, a little tooooo avid sometimes, like making my husband drive us to the haunted Brookdale Lodge while we were in Santa Cruz for a friend’s wedding) — but that’s a whole ‘nother story.

  • Here’s 13 titles from my personal library:

    1. True Ghost Stories by H Holzer (currently reading)
    2. The Haunted Queen Mary by R & A Wlordarski — and yes, I dragged my entire family (babies and all) on the ghost tour.
    3. 13 Alabama Ghosts and Jeffrey by K Windham and M Figh
    4. The Haunting of America by T Taylor
    5. Ghosts of the Haunted Coast by R Senate
    6. In the Realm of Ghosts and Hauntings by E Floyd
    7. Haunted Catalina by R & A Wlordarski
    8. I Never Believed In Ghosts Until. . . by the editors of USA Weekend
    9. Things That Go Bump in the Night by B Steiger
    10. Haunted Houses of California by A May
    11. Coast to Coast Ghosts by L Rule (Daughter of Ann Rule)
    12. Ghost Stories of California by B Smith

    And although it’s not really about ghosts, it’s one of my favorites

    13. Strange But True — Mysterious and Bizarre People by T Slemen

  • And I have even more ghost story books. . . scary huh?

    Put a comma in, take a comma out. . .
    Monday, March 19th, 2007
    Filed under A Writer's Life

    There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are. — W Somerset Maugham

    Well, I spent a fruitless weekend trying to get my hero and heroine in bed together! Argh! 1000 words of sheer dreck, nothing forwarded the plot, and it was pedestrian prose at best.

    So, today, I spent about 30 seconds cutting out those 1000 words and starting over. It’s going much better now. . .

    Don’t you just hate it when your characters refuse to cooperate with the outline you’ve written? But the good news is that by the end of the evening, if I have time to finish this chapter, my hero and heroine will have done the dirty! Hurraye!