Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Second Draft--Second Chances

I'm working on the second draft of what is tentatively titled DARK WATERS, the sequel to DANGEROUS WATERS. It features an ex-con hero and a school teacher heroine. I never planned to write an ex-con, especially a murderer. Especially a "yes, I did it, lock me up and throw away the key" type of character. It's a taboo.

I was thinking about how in many of the books we read (I read), taking a human life is treated lightly even by the good guys. Killing guards to get into a compound, shooting a criminal in some bad act and it seems acceptable--we want the good guys to win, right? The key is always in the motivation and set up of a character. It's like figuring out when you yourself would take another human being's life. If you were being attacked? If your children/significant other were in danger? If someone kicked a kitten? If a suicide bomber was headed your way with his hand on the cell phone trigger?

It's interesting going on this particular journey with this particular felon. He might be one of my favorite heroes to date and yet I'm sure I've failed to do him justice. I guess that's what second drafts are for, a second chance at getting things right. Here's hoping everyone believes this guy deserves his HEA.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012


 I haven't been very excited by the garden since we got back from the west coast. Most of the pots were dead and the flowerbeds weren't spectacular. DH has been complaining about my globe thistles for ages and I finally agreed with him and dug most of them up. I planted this little shrub (name escapes me) instead. Usually I love getting the garden ready for winter but aside from banding the trees, mulching the newly planted apple and cherry trees and clematis, I can't really be bothered. And I'm super busy writing and we've been doing stuff inside the house for a change. Still, I kind of miss getting my hands dirty and will need to do a big weeding session before long.

Anyone have any good plant recs for Zone 3?

Monday, September 24, 2012

First Ever RT Book Review

by Toni Anderson

Four Stars.
"With a haunting setting and a captivating cast of characters, Anderson has crafted a multifaceted mystery rife with secrets. Readers will have to focus, as red herrings abound, but the result is a compulsively engrossing page-turner. Plus, the romance is an integral part of the expertly woven plot, which builds to an emotional, satisfying conclusion."
You have to subscribe to see the whole review, or pick up the October issue of RT.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

FARGO in Fargo

I remember watching the movie FARGO in 1996. It was pre-kids so we went to the flicks every week. I sat eating popcorn and basically thought, OMG, I had no idea places like Fargo existed. Who would live in a place like that?
I heard on the radio this morning that they are doing an outdoor showing of FARGO in Fargo, projecting the movie onto the tallest building in town, as part of Fargofest.

How cool is that?

Do you know what this means? It means I live in a place where we go to Fargo on holiday.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Dangerous Waters ARC

I have five winners of ARCs and I'll be sending them out this week! I'll email people privately for mailing addresses. Thanks for entering!! I may giveaway more next week :)

In other news I have a Pinterest Board for Dangerous Waters here and I'm slowly adding to. Are you on Pinterest?

Thursday, September 13, 2012


Look what arrived in the mail today? Advance Reader's Copies of DANGEROUS WATERS

Unproofed, which means they have mistakes in them, which I have to find and destroy :) I'm giving away five copies so email me if you want to be entered into the draw to read it a whole two months before everyone else. 
What would I like in return? Well, I'd love an honest review on Amazon or Goodreads or wherever you talk about books. Or just talking to your friends or asking your local library to stock it. That's all. 

email: tonianderson @ (no spaces) and put DRAW FOR DW ARCS in email subject line.

The lovely Laura Griffin, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, called it "Dark and intriguing, Anderson's tightly plotted story keeps you guessing." And also, "A captivating mix of suspense and romance, DANGEROUS WATERS will pull you under."

I'll announce the draw winners next Wednesday.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Monday, September 10, 2012

Totally Awesome

cake that daughter made son for his birthday. Isn't it amazing? She also insisted on organizing his party and afterwards she was exhausted. No kidding ;)

Friday, September 07, 2012

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Pachena Beach Panorama

I've been posting pictures on FB but thought I'd share my new favorite toy over here on my blog. It's an app for taking 360 degree panoramas. This is Pachena beach as the mist rolled in. What do you think?