Monday Morning Update.

The weekend was lovely, the weather changing from fog to sun and back again.  It’s what I love about Northern California, the way your surroundings appear so different depending upon the weather.

This is a Pileated Woodpecker.  Huge birds, about the size of a raven or large crow.  They are very prehistoric in appearance.  They make a weird, jungle-bird type cry and when they feed on a tree, they pound like someone pounding on a set of drums.  There are two breeding pairs in the forest where we hike.  I’ve seen them for a couple years, not often, usually when the park is pretty empty.  My husband and I followed the sound and found a male yesterday.  He, my husband, was quite impressed.  He, the bird, was very impressive!

If you checked out my site on Sunday, you’ll notice I uploaded six sentences – maybe seven, from Kerosene, my romance-suspense in progress.  The story involves a young doctor, Caitlyn (Cait) Richards, her kidnapped twin brother,  Jason, his best friend, Kyle McKellan, and a corrupt government official.  This story is detailed and very much told through Caitlyn’s eyes so I’m going slow.  I want to get this exactly right.

Pushing Her Boundaries, my contemporary romance based upon my canoe trip to the BWCA (lol), will be released with Siren in April.  The first edits are completed.  I’m very excited about this book.  I honestly think it’s one of my very best.

I hear tell Beauty and the Feast – my delicious contemporary complete with recipes – will be available in print soon!  Can’t wait!

This week I have two guests, Sandra Cox and Nina Pierce – both have great new releases.  I can’t wait to hear what they have to say and get my hands on their books!

Oh, starting a new and very unique historical/paranormal – Release, by Nicole Hadaway.  I can’t wait to read this!  I’m hoping she’ll be willing to write a guest post about her very interesting inspiration for this paranormal.

***A wonderful review for Captured from Penny’s Romance Reviews.

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18 Responses to Monday Morning Update.

  1. Delilah Hunt says:

    That’s a great picture. It’s been years since I’ve seen a woodpecker. Glad to hear you have a release date and that edits are going well. I read the sentences. It sounds intriguing Julia! I love the title. So it looks like you’ve found your way out of the doldrums. Good for you.

  2. amber skyze says:

    Love the picture. We have a woodpecker in the forest next to our house. He pounds away for hours at a time it feels like. I’ve never gotten a look at him though.

  3. Ciara Knight says:

    I love the picture, and it sounds like you have some amazing things coming up on your blog! Have a great Monday!

  4. Penelope says:

    I LOVE pileated woodpeckers…the first time I saw one I was struck speechless. They look like a dinosaur.

    I want a copy of Beauty and the Feast!!!!! A signed copy!!!! Can’t wait. I have been recommending that one a lot lately. Such a great book.

    Happy Week,
    Penny

  5. Penelope says:

    Oh yeah. I have a new review up on my site for Captured. I loved it!
    http://www.pennyromance.com/2011/01/irksome-heroines-beanstalks-and-hot.html

  6. Great news about Beauty and the Feast! That story contains one of my favorite lines in a romance… But I won’t ruin it by blurted it out of context. Read this book! Eat this book! lol
    XXOO Kat

  7. Penelope says:

    OK….Katalina, now you have to tell us the line…don’t leave us hanging! Come on!

  8. Whoops I meant blurting… lol

  9. Steph says:

    I remember the first time I saw one of these was in winter of 1984 here in Maine. We apparently have a pair in our yard (says my husband), and they are large. I had never seen a bird that wasn’t a gull or waterfowl that large.
    Now we have about fifty turkeys , 20 or 30 crows (who I love), and a gazillion others. But my wonder and exclamation on seeing the first pileated is something I will always recall. I didn’t know you had them out there. S

  10. Evie Balos says:

    Hi Julia…I love the fact that the sun’s out longer now…God, couldn’t deal with the black skies before 4:30. I’m on the other side of the continent where it’s been snowy but sunny. A mild winter so far so I can’t complain.

    I’ve seen only one woodpecker in my life…it was hanging from a tree trunk in a New York suburb, drilling away. Very pretty bird.

    :-)

    Evie

  11. Thanks, Delilah! This is such a detailed story – I’m hoping I can do it justice. We have small red-headed woodpeckers in our backyard, but these big ones are impressive.

  12. Amber – I love woodpeckers – when they’re not pounding, they’re quite talkative!

  13. Penny, aren’t they amazing birds? Very prehistoric! Yes, I’ll have a copy of Beauty and the Feast set aside for you! I can’t wait either! Thank you so much for the lovely review. I’m glad you enjoyed Captured.

  14. Oh Kat, thanks! I’m wondering if your favorite line is the same as mine???

  15. Hi Steph – this woodpecker is so impressive. A couple years ago I followed the drumming and found my first. I could not believe how huge the bird was! Yes, we have them here, but they don’t live further inland. We have large flocks of wild turkeys too. Also very impressive!

  16. Hey Evie, glad you stopped by! Wow, only one? I so love woodpeckers. We have lots of flickers here too – big birds! I’m glad your winter is pretty mild. Ours has been cold and wet – which I don’t mind!

  17. Great picture….Congrats on the coming release…Also congrats on winning the book…

  18. anny cook says:

    Cool picture. The best I can do is an occasional glimpse of our cardinal. Loved the six sentences, too! Very intriguing!