Please join me in wishing Happy Birthday to Ms. Courtney Milan!

As I’m sure I don’t need to tell you, CM is brilliant in about 314 ways, and 187 of them before breakfast. I’m sure we could solve this whole pesky cost-of-oil nonsense if scientists could just figure out how to harness the power of her brain. And it should go with out saying (*cough* Golden Heart finalist *cough*) that she is an amazingly talented writer. But aside from being one of the smartest people I’ve ever met, she’s also one of the sweetest and most fun to be around. She knows I love her!

This week is a milestone for CM in more ways than one. As many of you know, she has been prevented from querying and submitting her awesome manuscripts up until now, because of her hush-hush Top Sekret job. But that is all about to change, as she emerges from the bunker and reenters the world of daylight and puppies. In other words – Look out, New York! I know we’ll be toasting her success in San Francisco.

Heck, I think I will break out the bubbly early…


Huzzah to Vixens Elyssa and Maggie, who finaled this week in the Golden Claddaugh!

And congratulations to Manda’s cat Tiny, who is up for “Cutest Cat” this week over at GalleyCat and needs your vote! Srsly, he is the cutest. Don’t let the big publishing houses trounce him with their mass market votes.

Have a great weekend everyone!

11 comments to “Happy Thoughts Indeed”

  1. terrio
    · July 11th, 2008 at 8:05 am · Link


    Gosh, now I’m out of breath. Tiny really is the cutest. I don’t understand how anyone could vote for the others.

    And I am POSITIVE CM is going to take NY by storm. I’m really (hearting) Gareth right now. The name alone is good, but the man is better. LOL!

  2. skirbo
    · July 11th, 2008 at 9:08 am · Link

    Happy Birthday, CM and not only can I not wait to read your stuff, I can’t wait to see a real picture and find out what you were doing all this time!

    Congratulations ladies!


  3. Elyssa Papa
    · July 11th, 2008 at 9:39 am · Link

    Happy Birthday, CM!!!!

    I’m so excited about her book going out to submission—I just know she’ll end up at a great place!

    Thanks for the congrats, Tessa!

  4. Elyssa Papa
    · July 11th, 2008 at 9:40 am · Link

    And I voted for Tiny!!! He’s adorable!

  5. CM
    · July 11th, 2008 at 10:45 am · Link

    Thank you, Tessa, Terrio, Skirbo, and Elyssa!

    And congrats to Maggie and Elyssa, too, on the contest finals! You guys rock!

  6. Marnee Jo
    · July 11th, 2008 at 7:22 pm · Link

    Happy Birthday Courtney! And Congrats Maggie and Ely! That’s all great news! I’m so happy to hear such good things for all of you!

  7. Santa
    · July 11th, 2008 at 8:37 pm · Link

    I’m just catching up here but Happy B-day to CM and a killer year! Ditto for Maggie and Elyssa – the killer year not the birthday bit just yet!

    I voted for Tiny and it looks like she’s winning – natch!

  8. Kelly Krysten
    · July 12th, 2008 at 9:07 am · Link

    Happy Birthday, CM! And congrats, again, to Mggie and Elyssa. I can’t wait to read all of your books!

  9. Lenora Bell
    · July 12th, 2008 at 10:54 am · Link

    Wonderful news all around, Tessa! There is not the teensiest doubt in my mind that CM will have a brilliant romance career. So tingly with excitement to hear the sale news SOON. Happy birthday, gorgeous!

    Congrats to Ely and Maggieeeee!!

    Trounce ’em, Tiny!

  10. Maggie Robinson
    · July 12th, 2008 at 2:47 pm · Link

    Oh, wow! Thanks Tessa! You are the sweetest glue that holds us all together. Happy day after your birthday, CM! May your emergence from the bunker prove to be extremely profitable and productive. Go Tiger (Tiny)! That kitten has got to be the cutest. Thanks everybody!

  11. irisheyes
    · July 12th, 2008 at 7:19 pm · Link

    Happy Birthday, CM! And again, Congrats Maggie and Ely! Tiny was the cutest (I think he was the only kitten, all the others looked like cats).

    It is so awesome to see everyone succeeding on all levels. My philosophy is that we can NEVER have too many oustanding authors. Keep it coming ladies!!!!