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BIG NEWS! A Great Start to 2014

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a blog, that I thought I should reopen it with BIG NEWS!

Ladies and gents, this has been an incredible two weeks, and I just can’t contain myself!

BabyBlueFirst and foremost, my son Liam was born on Tuesday, March 4th at 8:25am. Almost 2 full weeks early, completely healthy and with the biggest appetite I’ve ever seen. My oldest son, Caden, is infatuated with being a big brother. Maybe because they look IDENTICAL! Pictures will come soon.

The other piece of incredible news (besides giving up sleep for Lent), is I sold my next manuscript to The Wild Rose Press!

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Prince of Solana is the first book in my romantic suspense trilogy, Royals of Solana. No release date yet, but I’m hoping for early fall 2014. It all depends on how fast I can get these edits done with a newborn in the house!

I’m so overloaded with love and joy, and it’s not from pain meds. Here’s to the beginning of an incredible 2014!!!!

Commence “Because I’m Happy” by Pharrell Williams!

Open Call for Reviewers- FREE E-Book!

I received wonderful news from my publisher last week, announcing they are giving their authors more free e-copies of their novels to share with reviewers and bloggers!

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OPEN CALL FOR REVIEWERS!

I’m asking for anyone who is willing to read AUDREY’S PROMISE, and write a review (at least 150 words) to post onto Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Good Reads, and any review sites they belong to (blogs included). I will email a .pdf file copy of the novel to you (completely FREE!), and you can download it to any device you prefer (Kindle, Nook,  Kobo, etc).

WriteAReviewMy request is that the review be posted within 6 weeks of receiving the novel. If you don’t like the book, that’s ok. I will not be offended. But please keep your reviews PG rated (no swearing or personal attacks). Keep it strictly on the book and characters. :)

Here’s the book blurb:

Audrey Allen is poised to become the youngest Texas senator, a position that fits her nickname, The Peacemaker. But she’s unable to make peace with many in her hometown, where memories and grudges run deep from a decade-old tragedy. 
Ethan Tanner, an ambitious and tantalizing journalist, joins her at Thanksgiving for an in-depth look at the promising candidate. But he has an agenda of his own that’s not entirely honorable.
Ethan could stir up trouble for her budding career, or awaken the deep passions she’s buried for so long. Will Ethan find that he values love more than getting the story?

Thank you in advance! Either comment on this posting or send me an email through my CONTACT PAGE.

Now: KeepCalmReadOn

Time Flies and Priorities Change

Time is flying by, even more so that I have a definitive timeline to get this BlurredClockmanuscript finished. My deadline is BBDD. Before Baby Due Date.

With that comes a massive priority struggle. Between my son’s schedule, gearing up for the baby (and picking out a name!), as well as finishing this manuscript and critiquing a friend’s manuscript, blogging has fallen off of my priority list. Not a great first posting for 2014, I know.

But that doesn’t bode well for an author trying to market a recent release. I can’t devote that much time to social media or blogging, because I selfishly would rather focus any free time on writing/critiquing. Come mid-March, free-time will be a fond and distant memory (much like sleep). Writing will become ‘that thing I love, but I need to take a shower and 2hr nap today.’ So the stories in my head will be stuck on the rear-burner. Along with my blog.

BabyandStorkBut I want you all to know that I won’t be going away completely. I promise I’ll still be here. Albeit, a much more tired, ragged version of myself. It will take me longer to respond to emails and hop onto Facebook/Twitter. But I WILL respond. Priorities will shift (they kinda have to!) but I know this blog will still be here when I’m ready.

More importantly, I’ll still try to market AUDREY’S PROMISE as much as possible and attend those treasured conferences and events (between feedings!). RWA National is a major one for me, particularly since it’s in Texas this year. At some point, I’ll have my first book signing!

In the meantime, I follow several blogs that will more than make up for my lack of presence. Feel free to follow these folks and fill your brain with inspiring knowledge and entertainment!

Greater Ft Worth Writers 

Author CA Szarek

Author Kimberly Packard

Author Scot Morgan

The Creative Penn

Nathan Bransford 

Sequel-Hell: About to Commit Manuscript-icide

I’m in that horrible, gut-wrenching place called “Sequel Hell.” Where you frustrated-writerquestion everything about the plot, the characters, even the overall plausibility of the trilogy. My confidence is near bottom on this thing.

I’ve finished the first novel in the trilogy and sent it out to several publishers (it’s a romantic suspense). I have the plot outlines on both the second and third stories, and I’m not quite halfway through writing the second. And I want to rip it to shreds already. Not just rip it to shreds, but make snowflake chains of it and watch it float over the edge of a massive canyon. Call this the edge of Manuscript-icide.

I’m hoping this is just a case of the ‘drastic willies.’ I’ve told a few of my friends who visited “Sequel Hell” recently that they were just overreacting. I helped talk one of them off the ledge of manuscript-icide as well. The stories were fantastic (because they are!!! *Cough* Kim and Chrissy.) But I’m not so confident that’s the case with mine.

My goal was to have the first draft of this novel completed by Dec 31st. Not going to happen. Mild panic attack set in last week when I realized there was only 2 weeks left until that deadline, and I still had a crap load of non-writing related stuff to do. Which takes away from my fragile writing time. Throw in a few minor complications with a pregnancy that requires more doctor visits…bottom line is that deadline is just unrealistic at this point.

So now I have a more realistic goal: finish the first draft before this baby comes.

That is, if I don’t have to start all over again. Which is very possible with the way my brain is functioning right now. *manuscript in hand, approaching the freakin’ ledge*PaperOffLedge

Great Opportunity to Read Free Books!

I know a lot of avid readers out there (myself included) that would hurdle over a semi-truck for this chance to read a bunch of great books like this! BookLove

North Texas RWA is holding a new contest for published books, called the Carolyn Reader’s Choice Awards. Judges will read various Advanced Reader Copies of novels (for free!!!) from up to 9 categories, and score them based on certain criteria.

Here’s the sweet part: they need judges! Anyone salivating yet?

The judges are avid readers who are not members of any professional writing organization or associated with the publishing industry in any way. That means no authors, no editors, no agents, etc… Just people who love to read romance novels! Since these are romances (varying heat levels), they require all judges to be at least 18 years old.

There’s an online application if you’d like to become a judge. You can fill out your preferences for which categories you’d like to read, which heat levels you’re comfortable with, as well as which length novels you’d prefer. Talk about best of all worlds!

Here’s the kicker: there’s a time frame you MUST stick to. You can choose which round you’d like to enter, the first or the final. First round is through March 14th, 2014. You’ll need to read at least the first 30 pgs of up to 6 novels. The final round begins March 31st, and ends May 14th, which means you’ll need to read up to 3 full stories in that timeframe. But that’s not as intimidating as it sounds. With awesome books like these, you should fly through them like a G6 plane!

For more information on the contest, click here

To apply to judge the Carolyn Reader’s Choice Award, click here

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If you’d like to see more about North Texas Romance Writers of America, click here. They’re a local writer’s group full of experience, resources, and fun!

Hope you enjoy!

Soundtrack for AUDREY’S PROMISE

I have a strong belief that books should come with soundtracks, just like the movies. Since music is so important to my writing process, why not share that with my readers, too? I’d love for you to know which songs were playing while I wrote specific scenes and what moved me. So for those of you who are interested, below is the soundtrack for my novel, Audrey’s Promise. I hope you enjoy it!

Chapter 1 - “Learning to Breathe” by Switchfoot

Chapter 3 - “Eyes Open” by Taylor Swift (acoustic)

Chapter 4 - “Secrets” by One Republic

Chapter 5 - “Where Are You Going” by Dave Matthews Band 

Chapter 10 - “Be Here Now” by Ray Lamontagne, “You And I” by Lady Gaga

Chapter 13 - “This Love” by Craig Armstrong/Elizabeth Fraser

Chapter 15 - “Titanium” by Madilyn Baily (acoustic)

Chapter 16 - “You” by Switchfoot

Chapter 17 - “Any Other Name” by Thomas Newman

Chapter 18 - “Perseverance” by Michele McLaughlin

Chapter 20 - “Walk Away” by Ben Harper

Chapter 21 - “What I Didn’t Know” by Anthenaeum

Chapter 24 - “Pretty Girl (The Way)” by Sugarcult

Chapter 25 - “About Today” by The National

Chapter 27 - “The Descent” by Michele McLaughlin

Chapter 28 - “Home” by Phillip Phillips

Chapter 29 - “Look After You” by The Fray

Chapter 30 - “Gravity” by John Mayer

Chapter 32 - “Comfortable” by John Mayer

Chapter 34 - “No One” by Cold

Chapter 35 - “My December” by Linkin Park

Chapter 36 - “A Thousand Years” by The Piano Guys

Chapter 37 - “Somewhere Only We Know” by Keane

Epilogue - “Say (All I Need)” by One Republic

 

Halloween BlogFest for Audrey’s Promise!

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I’m blogging over at Long & Short Reviews today about Autumn and favorite pastimes. Click on the banner above and check it out (post will be published at 3pm central)! Awesome prizes and raffles too! Visit the Blog Review site to enter to win a free e-book of AUDREY’S PROMISE!Halloween 2013 Participant[2]

My First Joint Author Book Signing!

I’m thrilled to announce I’ve scheduled my first joint Author Book Signing event! If you’re in the Dallas/Ft Worth area on Dec 7th, I’d love to see you!

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coffeeloveroseA ROMANCE AUTHOR MINGLE

 

 

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Saturday, December 7th, 2013 from 3-5pm at the Coffee House Cafe in Dallas, TX.  Come join me and 7 other awesome authors for a Romance Author Mingle! Mark your calendars and come see us! No charge, just come and get books signed, have some coffee or something to eat, and ‘mingle’ with us!

Participating Authors are: J. Kathleen Cheney, Kimberly Packard, C.A. Szarek, Anne Conley, Bethany Daniel, Amanda Alberson & Lara Lacombe

 

Get Ready: Book Blitz Tour Starts Sept 3rd!

Get ready, folks! The start of my first Book Blitz tour starts on Tuesday, Sept BookBlitzPhoto3rd! I’ll be hosted by several blogs with some fun giveaways over the next five days, so watch my Facebook and Twitter feed to follow, and hopefully win one of the awesome prizes!

In addition, during the Book Blitz, AUDREY’S PROMISE will be available on Amazon Kindle for FREE!!! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to get your copy of the contemporary romance at no cost!

 

 

Audrey’s Promise now available on Kindle!

I’m thrilled to announce my debut novel, AUDREY’S PROMISE, is available on Amazon Kindle!

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This is incredibly surreal for me and I pinch myself every time I see it online!

Thank you all for your support and love! For those of you who prefer physical books, the paperback version will release 11/1/13.

In addition, AUDREY’S PROMISE is uploaded to GoodReads. So if you’ve read it, please be kind enough to write a review on both GoodReads and Amazon.

Check back for more exciting news on this book in a few weeks!

 

Audrey’s Promise - Contemporary Romance from The Wild Rose Press

“Audrey Allen is poised to become the youngest Texas senator, a position that fits her nickname, The Peacemaker. But she’s unable to make peace with many in her hometown, where memories and grudges run deep from a decade-old tragedy.
Ethan Tanner, an ambitious and tantalizing journalist, joins her at Thanksgiving for an in-depth look at the promising candidate. But he has an agenda of his own that’s not entirely honorable. Ethan could stir up trouble for her budding career, or awaken the deep passions she’s buried for so long.  Will Ethan find that he values love more than getting the story?”