Just For Valentine’s Day

Hope you’re having a wonderful Valentine’s Day!  And nothing says Happy Valentine’s Day like a chance to win something–well, unless it’s chocolate, or a sweet card, or something sparkly, etc., but anyway–

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Crimson Romance–the publisher of my first two books, Coming Home and The Bargain–has a sweepstakes going on through the end of February that has as a prize a Kindle Fire preloaded with 25 of Crimson’s books.  (Which makes me wonder if it ought to come with a warning, because with that much romance, you might just overdose.  But what a way to go!  Am I right, or am I right?)

If you’re feeling lucky, check it out at this link here.

If you prefer not to gamble and like more of a sure thing, you might consider checking out the huge sale of Crimson books happening on Amazon right now.  All of their kindle books are on sale for $1.99 this month, and there’s a little something for everyone:  suspense, sweet, supernatural… you name it, they’ve got it.

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If you’re interested, the link to the sale is here.

And now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to spend a little quality time with my valentine…

Coming Soon…

After a somewhat chaotic summer, I finally finished my first solid draft of All’s Fair in Love and Weddings–and it turned out to be somewhere between two and three times as long as I expected it be originally.  How did that happen?  Guess I’m wordier than I thought.

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So once I get a chance to do some tweaking and polishing up–and yes, that is the highly technical terminology for it–I plan to chase down a couple of beta readers and sit on them until they promise to give me thorough feedback.  Once I let them up and they do a read-through, this baby’ll go live on Amazon.  Yay!  I’m SO looking forward to it!  There’s a certain thrill that goes along with pressing that little “Publish” button…

And then, of course, there’s the upcoming September 15th release of the Crimson Romance book bundle that my first novel, Coming Home, is in, so I’m pretty excited about that, too:

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There’s even an official link for it now right here, although the very pretty cover art isn’t up yet.

Good golly–I guess it’s about time to get busy on the next project…  🙂

Coming In September…

Who doesn’t love a sale?  Or books?  Or better yet, a sale on books?  On September 15, that’s exactly what Crimson Romance will be offering, specifically a 99-cent book bundle on Amazon containing 10 of their contemporary romances under the collection title of Love in a Small Town:

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Isn’t it purty?

In case you hadn’t noticed, the third book from the left is one of mine… ahem.  [coughs discreetly]  Coming Home will be one of those 10 sweet small-town love stories, and I’m thrilled to see it alongside the works of so many other Crimson writers I respect.  So thrilled, in fact, that I just had to tell someone, so I’m telling YOU.  🙂  Don’t you feel you special?  You should, because you are special.  Very special.  And I’m not just saying that to kiss up to you and get you to buy my book.  Also, you look very pretty today.

Anyhoo, just thought I’d share the good news…

Happy Tuesday!

Possibilities in 2014

The end of one year and start of another always seems to be the perfect time to reflect on things that have happened in your life, changes you want to make, and dreams you want to pursue.  It’s a good time to take stock and consider what possibilities might be out there and whether or not what’s holding you back is reality or just self-doubt.

2013 was a busy year for me in many ways, both personally and professionally.  It was the year that a long-time dream of mine finally came true:  I became an author with an honest-to-goodness publishing contract!  (Thank you, Crimson Romance!)  For years I had set writing aside in favor of more practical things and told myself that I would get back to it when I had more time, and then it sank in a few years ago that unless I made time for it, it would never happen.  It’s just too easy to let life get in the way, you know?  So I started writing again, a little here and there on weekends or during evenings after work–and sometimes it was really hard to keep at it, but I’m so glad now that I kept plugging away.  And there’s still a long road ahead of me, but at least I’m actually on it now, and that feels wonderful!

I wish that feeling for everybody out there for 2014!  If you’ve got something you’ve dreamed of doing for a long time, I hope this year is the year you’re able to take the first steps in making that dream a reality.  Even small steps add up, so why not take them?

Here’s to a wonderful New Year, and because I love all things Celtic, here’s a traditional Irish blessing:

In the New Year, may your right hand always be stretched out in friendship but never in want.

And because I also love a bit of humor…

May all your troubles last as long as your New Year’s resolutions.  ~Joey Adams

Happy New Year!  🙂

Royalties & Kodak Moments

Some people say you can officially call yourself an author when you first put words down on paper.  Others say it’s not official until you actually get published.  And still others insist it’s not something you are allowed to officially announce until you earn money from it.  Well, all I can say is…

It’s official!  On ALL counts.  Woo hoo!  Got my first royalty statement today from Crimson Romance!  I is a real writer!

I’m not saying I can afford to retire now or anything, and I won’t be buying myself a new car unless it’s of the Tonka variety, but still–it’s pretty dang exciting.  My first book, Coming Home, has earned me my first royalties.

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I will probably frame the royalty statement and hang it on my wall.  Where’s my camera?  I need to get my hubby to take a picture of me holding the royalty statement up while I grin from ear to ear.  I CAN afford a picture frame, at least.  And perhaps even a celebratory pack of gum.

Now excuse me while I go change out of my pajamas for my photo shoot…

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Ornithology & Romance

Actually about the only thing ornithology has to do with this particular post is a very loose reference to ducks and swans.  Specifically, ugly ducklings and the swans who love them. Sounds like an upcoming episode of Jerry Springer, doesn’t it?  Hoo boy.  Yeah, that’s romantic.

Today I’m a guest blogger on the Crimson Romance website, and since the post is about my book, The Bargain, I wrote about having a heroine who is a kind of ugly duckling character.  I had a lot of fun writing a story about an ugly duckling heroine who ends up winning the love of a heartthrob swan who has issues of his own.  Plain Janes are just a lot more appealing to me as a writer than personifications of perfection.  Besides, who doesn’t like to root for the underdog?

Check out the post here, and please feel free to leave a comment!  Bloggers and writers love it when people leave comments.  Otherwise it feels like we’re just talking to ourselves, and they say only crazy people do that…

Breaking The Rules (Somebody Else, Of Course, Not ME…)

Fellow Crimson author Melinda Dozier is celebrating her latest release, Breaking The Rules, and today she’s got a few other Crimson authors on her site sharing examples of how they have broken the rules and how their characters have done the same.  I’m in there, too, with The Bargain.  Yep, you know me, always the rebel…

Take a look here and see what some other authors are up to–and maybe get a lead on a new summer read.  And maybe leave a comment about how YOU might have broken the rules, too, you rebel you.  Like that time you did not rewind the video tape before taking it back to the rental place…

Wild and crazy stuff.  🙂

Cover Art For The Bargain

Crimson Romance just sent me the finalized cover art for my second book, The Bargain, so I thought I’d share it with you here.  Without further ado, I give you:

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Hee!  Did you notice the part where it says my name and then right under it adds “author of Coming Home”?  I can’t seem to stop looking at that part.  Author.  I’ve been saying things like “I like to write” or just “I write” but I haven’t actually called myself a writer yet, and I’ve never applied the word author to myself, either.  But maybe I should start, because it’s really starting to grow on me…

Pardon me while I do a happy dance.  🙂

Second Book Is On The Way…

Crimson Romance has some preliminary info up on its site now about my second contemporary romance, The Bargain.  The cover art isn’t available yet, but it should be soon!  Plus I caught a glimpse of a standard blank cover listed for it on Goodreads, too…so I guess it’s really happening!  🙂

To see what Crimson has up already, or to check out more of its upcoming releases, click here and explore.

Fellow Crimson Author Ines Saint Shares The Spotlight

Ines Saint is a fellow Crimson Romance author who is spotlighting several more of us on her site this week.  Thanks, Ines!

It’s kind of a playful post, and if you’d like to see it, you can check it out here.  While you’re there, check out the rest of her site!