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Joy Nash is a USA Today Bestselling Author and RITA Award Finalist applauded by Booklist for her "tart wit, superbly crafted characters, and sexy, magic-steeped plots."

» Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Countdown to Summer Shout Out starting Friday May 1!

Hi All!

To celebrate the May 26 release of my Jersey Shore romance A Little Light Magic, I'm hosting a Countdown to Summer Shout Out!

Check out This Blog and My Facebook Page starting Friday MAY 1 for everything great about the year's hottest season....summer fun, summer memories, summer vacation, summer food and entertainment. And most importantly, the boys (and men!) of summer!

I'll be giving away books and other prizes all month long! All commenters on my blog and facebook are eligible to win.

Hope you'll stop by and join the fun!

Joy Nash

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» Friday, April 24, 2009

Got Star Trek?

Got my advance tickets for the new STAR TREK movie, out May 7!! It'll be a family affair - my my husband and I have managed to instill our Star Trek obsession in our kids. Nature or Nurture? Probably a little of both. Baby geeks don't fall far from the geek tree.

Between now and May 7, my daughter is determined to turn her boyfriend, who has never (Never! Can you imagine????) seen a single Star Trek episode or movie, into a fan. To that end, she's planning a Star Trek The Original Series (TOS) marathon.

It was fun going through the DVDs with my kids and picking out the best of TOS! And so hard to come up with a short list. But we did, and here it is, our top 11 TOS episodes, plus one DS9 hybrid:

TOS Season 1
  • The Naked Time - the Enterprise crew contracts a virus that outs all their secret emotions and desires. Nurse Chapel makes a pass at Spock, and Sulu runs through the corridors with a sword...
  • Miri - My kids insisted on this one, where Kirk et al visit a Lord of the Flies type planet where all the grown-ups are dead. Bonk bonk on the head, bonk bonk!
  • Arena - Captain Kirk battles the Gorn, a dinosaur-like intelligent life form who's about as scary looking as Barney.
  • Space Seed - featuring Ricardo Montalban as Kahn! This episode is the set up for the Star Trek "Wrath of Kahn" movie.
  • Devil in the Dark - The Horta, a dangerous, grief-crazed silicone-based life form, is nothing more than a dirty blanket with a guy underneath. Look closely and you can even see the fringe!
  • City on the Edge of Forever - Reportedly William Shatner's favorite episode, and one of the more poignant ones. Kirk goes back to the 1930s earth and falls in love with a peace activist. He's got to let her die, or else Hitler will win WWII and change the timeline.

TOS Season 2
  • Amok Time - Spock's seven year itch. 'Nuff said!
  • Trouble with Tribbles - this goofy fan-inspired episode is everyone's favorite. As an added bonus, we'll watch the Deep Space 9 Season 5 episode "Trials and Tribbilations" in which the DS9 crew travel back in time and get mixed up in the original TOS series footage of the Trouble with Tribbles episode. Very clever!
  • Piece of the Action - Kirk and crew blend in with 1920's Chicago gangsters

Season 3
  • Spock's Brain - One of my personal favs. Aliens kidnap Spock's brain to run their planet wide computer. Kirk has to figure out how to rescue him, and McCoy has to figure out how to reattach Spock's brain to his body.
  • Specter of the Gun - Kirk and Spock in a gunfight at the OK Corral!

Live Long and Prosper!


Coming May 26!

A Little Light Magic

Summer at the Jersey Shore has never been so hot!

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» Monday, April 20, 2009

Got Talent?

I love this video of Susan Boyle singing on Britain's Got Talent, the UK version of American Idol.

Susan, who is a woman you probably wouldn't give a second glance at if you passed her on the street, steps onstage looking hopeful and very normal. Since I was raised in the if-you-can't-say-something-nice-about-someone-don't-say-anything-at-all school of social etiquette, and I don't generally watch this kind of show, I'm actually appalled at the open mockery the judges and audience heap on her. My mother, God rest her soul, would *not* approve.

Then the music starts, and Susan's beautiful voice takes wing. The shock on the faces of the spectators is comical. Simon Cowell's jaw just about hits the floor.

The video got me thinking about the high value we put on superficial beauty. Why are we so shocked when someone who isn't beautiful is talented? It's not as though beauty and talent are carried on the same chromosome. My guess is since we're constantly bombarded by media with images of beautiful, talented, successful people, we've absorbed the twisted message that without beauty, we can't be talented or successful.

Now we all love Susan, because she's made us believe in ourselves and in each other. I wonder what talents the perfectly normal people around me are hiding?

All the best!


Coming May 26!

A Little Light Magic

Summer at the Jersey Shore has never been so hot!

In Bookstores NOW:

Immortals: The Reckoning

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» Friday, April 17, 2009

be careful what you eat...

Ugh. Had a bout of food poisoning yesterday, via supermarket-prepared spinach/artichoke dip. Felt like someone had run me over with a truck. It was only three days since I'd bought the stuff, in the past that hasn't been a problem, but apparently that was too long for this batch. My daughter had some of the dip the day I bought it with no ill effects.

Taking the day off today, after sleeping 18 hours straight last night. (I think I was a teenager last time I did that!)

Note to self: clean out the fridge!



» Friday, April 10, 2009

A moment of prayer for L'Aquila

This afternoon I find myself offering a prayer for the victims and survivors of the earthquake in L'Aquila, Italy. The area struck by devastation is not so far from the small rural hilltown where my father was born. My heart goes out to everyone touched by this tragedy.


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Silence is Silver!

There's nothing like seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, and knowing that you're almost there. Well, except maybe actually emerging into the real world.

Most writers I know get pretty intense as deadline time draws near. We hole up in our writing spaces, lost in their fictional worlds. Our eyes glaze over as we work that last tricky plot point or logical inconsistency. We attack our manuscripts, pen in hand, and skewer every typo. Or at least most of them. Have to leave the copy editors something to do, lol.

Right now I'm finishing up the manuscript for my November 09 release, Silver Silence. So how does this dash-to-the-finish work? I write my first drafts on the computer, but when I've got something that I hope is close to finish, I'll print a rough draft. I prefer to do final edits on hard copy, in pen. It's more like reading a print book, and I tend to catch a lot more mistakes than when I read on the computer. After I get through this step, this is what the book looks like:

Silver Silence is the third book in my historical fantasy Druids of Avalon series, after The Grail King and Deep Magic. Counting the prologue book to the series, Celtic Fire, Silver Silence is the fourth story set in the pre-Arthurian world of the Druids of Avalon.

The hero and heroine of the tale are Rhys and Breena, characters who first appeared in The Grail King. Rhys, a Druid,was condemned at a young age to a hard life. By his grandfather's order, he roams the Celtic isles, seeking Druid initiates for Avalon. Breena, the half-Celtic, half-Roman daughter of Rhiannon and Lucius from Celtic Fire, is one of those initiates. She is quite a bit younger than Rhys, and he's known her since he was fourteen, and she was three. She's been in love with him forever; he treats her like a child, even though she's now a woman.

Breena has rare and powerful Druid magic. She's a Seer, and her visions of the future are terrifying. A woman is murdered, again and again, in her dreams. She knows she needs to prevent the death, but has no idea how she is to accomplish that task. When a mysterious old Druid appears near Avalon, offering to take Breena to the woman in her vision, she accepts the challenge. She never imagines that the Druid, Myrddin, will take her through the Lost Lands and into a war-torn future Britain, where dark forces conspire to prevent the birth of the powerful Celtic king destined to unite Britain under one throne. Readers know this future king, of course, as Arthur.

I put all those edits into the computer, changing a bit as I go. Now I have (I hope) a very close to finished draft. I print it all out again. This is what it looks like now:

Then it's time for one last read through, catching those nasty typos and strengthening the language here and there. And off to my editor.

Whew. Now it's time to act like a normal person (rather than an obsessed writer). For a few days, at least. Until I start obsessing about my next project...


Coming May 26!

A Little Light Magic

Summer at the Jersey Shore has never been so hot!

In Bookstores NOW:

Immortals: The Reckoning

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