Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Monday, January 29, 2007
Hello roses! What a lovely day in the garden. So many new and exciting things are happening at TWRP. We've got a new print source, we've got fabulous reviews for our authors, we've got a new yahoo group, and the list just goes on and on. Good times, people!
Today's my moment to promo a chat tonight at Realms of Love. I'm chatting with two other TWRP suspense authors, Carol Ann Erhardt and Mary Winn Falkner. Its at 9 tonight - go to http://realmsoflove.com and enter their chat room. It promises to be a lively hour and a fun time will be had by all. Check out excerpts from our books at www.thewildrosepress.com and then join us for a chance to win our books. You can't miss with a free book!
And, to toot my own horn, here's what some folks are saying about my romantic supsense, House of Lies: "a tender tale of redemption, forgiveness -- and romance!"
"Like a donut's cream-filled center, Maggie Toussaint's debut novel contains secretive pleasures"
"The perfect blend of heart-warming romance and suspense. House of Lies is a book you'll definitely want to curl up with."
"Maggie Toussaint is a tremendous author whose fast-paced, exciting stories will sweep you away from start to finish"
So come by and chat. I'd love to see you there at Realms of Love at 9 tonight!
Maggie Toussaint, author of House of Lies
I'm a classic example of the phrase "if you work hard enough, your dreams do come true." In 1950 I was born with mild Cerebral Palsey. Then, medical treatments and technology were not what they are today. When my parents sought the doctor's advise on how to help me, they were told to institutionalize me, because I'd never be productive in the community, and to go on and have other children. I am grateful my parents didn't listen, and trusted in the Lord instead. As a Christian I walk to this day with God, using my canes and a wheelchair...and I think of how that doctor could have ruined my life....how many others did he?
I'd like to find him and say..."You said I wouldn't be productive...huh! I have an education, I drive, I'm married...a mother & grandmother, I own my own home, I work, and I'm a published author."
Dreams do come true if you believe them in your heart and work diligently. You can't let others call the shots for your life. Never give up the faith.
The Wild Rose Press has just accepted my romantic fantasy, entitled A RIVER OF ORANGE (no release date yet), and I'm working on several other projects, as well as being an Assistant Editor for INDEPENDENCE TODAY newspaper (a national publication dedicated to the needs & rights of the disabled). If there is anything I am aware of, its the daily struggles phyiscally challenged individuals face.
As a former Chaplain's Aide for a local rehab center, I'd tell those recently disabled with spinal cord injuries and MS, that the circumstances in their lives may have changed, but the quality of their lives hasn't. Life is what you make it. My grandmother always said: "When life deals you a bunch of lemons, make lemonade." I've made tons of lemonade and will continue to make more, I'm sure. What I've lived through has molded me to be who I am today, and able (with the grace of God), to see dreams do come true.
To all of you who are struggling with something in your life, take heart today. If you give up, you also give up any chance you have of achieving your goals. Hang in there...remember it's not over until you take your last breath...and then it's just doing things in another dimension.
Roberta C.M. DeCaprio
Sunday, January 28, 2007
In Words Ms. Odell takes us into the world of a newlywed couple. The man is the first to open his thoughts to us and express his feelings for the woman who has captured his heart and placed the precious gold band upon his hand. Then we get to watch the scene play out in the woman’s perspective. As we watch this scene unfold the love between these two is especially visible. There are definite flames between this loving couple. It is unique to feel like you are right there in the house with them, but that is just how you feel while reading this short story.
The words of Ms. Odell fly off the page and into our minds while this scene plays out. It is quite different to read about a newly married couple and how their feelings, although not necessarily expressed with words, show through their slight actions. It was nice to see a blushing male for once instead of a female. Although it is a short story, readers will not be disappointed with this sweet romantic episode. Words gives us a refreshing look at how love can be expressed not only with words but actions.
Reviewed by: JoAnn
One of the downsides of finally becoming a published author is that I now have much less time to feed my own addiction---er---I mean read. I miss it! I’m firmly convinced that one of the best ways to beat the winter doldrums is by getting lost in a book set somewhere warm, whether that’s a distant planet or a glittering Regency ballroom.
On the upside, though, I’ve discovered a whole world of on-line friends, wonderful readers and fellow authors whose notes give me a smile all day long as I type. So I raise my mug of tea to all of you! Because friends, whether face to face, or on the other side of the world, are even better than books.
(Or cool, if you’re in the southern hemisphere.)
Saturday, January 27, 2007
Welcome to all the beautiful new blooms in The Wild Rose Press garden!
Just wanted to say hello and invite you to check out my Valentine rosette,"Lucki in Love" http://tinyurl.com/yuplob
Also available at The Wild Rose Press:
http://tinyurl.com/y72uhv "The Christmas Promise," a Wild Rose Press Champagne Rosette
Keep the spirit of the holdays going strong and take advantage of this bonus offer: Just send an e-mail to the author (Susannerose@thewildrosepress.com) with "The Christmas Promise" in the Subject Line. You'll have to read the story first so you can identify the secret recipe when you send your e-mail. Santa will send you a copy of the secret recipe.
http://tinyurl.com/sbhyv "Forever Love," a Wild Rose Press Champagne Rosette
Thursday, January 25, 2007
I am a new author in the garden of Wild Rose Press. It is a thrill to have a book under the Champagne Rose group. The name alone makes me think of white lace on the trim of a pillow meant for two, twelve red roses in a vase, chilled champagne by the fireplace, and a sweet chocolate truffle being fed to me by a hot sexy lover. Now, that’s a story that every woman looking for romance can enjoy.
The excitement of joining this group has made me look at the other beautiful roses in my life. What did Mac Davis say in his song? "You got to stop and smell the Roses." You can’t help but heed his advice occasionally. I am blessed with a great husband, wonderful kids, and a great group of family and friends that have believed in me. Their love and support blooms in my life everyday.
My passion is writing, the soft velvet petals of a rose. The thorns are the rejections, which have spurred me to be a better writer. My dream is to inspire my reader’s hearts with compassion and love.
I am very happy to be a part of the Wild Rose Press’ garden of writers.
Do you ever get the feeling you're talking to yourself?
You blog your best or participate in an author chat/Wild Rose Press Promo. After letting your fingers fly across the keyboard, you wait for a response.
Just like in those old B-movies, it's much too quiet out there. Except for a couple of words from another WRP author or one of the handful of loyal readers who comment, there's nothing but the vast silence of Cyberspace.
Is there anybody out there?
http://tinyurl.com/y72uhv "The Christmas Promise," a Wild Rose Press Champagne Rosette
It's not too late to take advantage of this bonus offer: Just send an e-mail to the author (Susannerose@thewildrosepress.com) with "The Christmas Promise" in the Subject Line. You'll have to read the story first so you can identify the secret recipe when you send your e-mail. Santa will send you a copy of the secret recipe.
"Forever Love," a Wild Rose Press Champagne Rosette
"Lucki in Love," Coming soon from The Wild Rose Press
Sunday, January 21, 2007
1. I grew up eating seafood for breakfast. My dad would cook dishes like brown oyster stew, squid, fish, crabcakes, whatever was on hand. He got up early, regardless of whether he was going fishing or not, and I often got up with him to hang out in the kitchen.
2. Which brings me to my next fact. I learned to drink coffee at a very young age. As I grew, though I had medical reasons to avoid caffeine, so now I say I got my lifetime dose early. After The Change, I could drink caffeine again, but now I like tea instead.
3. Bread is one of my favorite foods. But its restricted on The South Beach Diet, so I seem to be jonesing for bread these days.
Here's an unrelated trivia fact: in the South, macaroni and cheese counts as a vegetable. Weird but true.
Have a great week! Check in next Monday for more from Maggie
Okay, I know I'm showing my age, but truly, did anyone here really know what a blog was a few years ago? Now we're all out here, bloggin. Nothing better than sitting in the comfort of your own home in your favorite unpresentable clothes and telling your deepest darkest secrets.
So what does this have to do with publishing? Are you going to get to the point, Maggie? Yeah, I have a point, somewhere.
Publishing isn't all about mortar and pages anymore. Its a virtual wildfire, and places like TWRP are giving people what they want - great stories at affordable prices. Its like having a candy machine in your living room.
Don't be afraid to try new things. E-books are HOT!
The contest doesn't end until February 8th, but I went ahead and bought the box anyway (my second mistake).
The other day hubby and I were dying for something sweet. We searched every cabinet, the fridge, the freezer...nothing. Oh, but wait, look over there on the island in the kitchen...A BEAUTIFUL BOX OF WHITMAN'S CHOCOLATES!!
I swear the Hallelujah chorus erputed from the angels as a light stream came down from the heavens. We didn't say a word as we tore into the box and devoured nearly half.
Ahhhh...it was so good:) I think I'll wait until I pick a winner on the 8th, then buy a box of chocolates on my way to the post office to mail it:)
Friday, January 19, 2007
Well hello everyone! Yes I've signed with Wild Rose Press for my first two novels. Shadow of the Wolf (book 1 of my Wolf/Raven series) and Scottish Whispers. Both are coming soon from the Faery Rose Line. I'm truly excited to be part of such a wonderful company. These people have been a wealth of knowledge and support that I couldn't have asked for more.
I'm looking forward to having many more novels available through WRP in the near future. So much writing to do and so little time. Good thing the characters in my mind keep me busy.
Please feel free to check out my work at WRP website or via
Again, its wonderful to be part of the Garden!
The Wild Rose Press authors bloom in almost as many varieties as the romances we write.
Some juggle writing with 9-5 jobs, family, and other responsibilities. Others are "full-time" authors (whenever we're not juggling family and other responsibilities.)
None of us know the meaning of TGIF (unless of course there's a new WRP release scheduled to debut on Friday!)
The work week never ends for us. No matter what the day of the week, we'll be working on first drafts, moving forward on works in progress, proofing galleys, and exchanging e-mails with editors!
"Forever Love" and "The Christmas Promise" available now at The Wild Rose Press
"Lucki in Love" coming soon to The Wild Rose Press
I'm excited that my new release, "Romancing the Geek" is now on sale at TWRP Bookstore. It was a whirlwind process, going from contract offer to galleys in a week, but the folks at WRP are great about moving things along. I also had a chance to work with Lori for the first time.
Here's a blurb:
Stephanie's lifelong dream is to design toys—sweet, cuddly toys. Instead, she's hired as a glorified typist. And not even with the rest of the marketing department, but way downstairs in the only available office, which she has to share with Brad, who's a total geek. A geek who's happy programming computer games full of explosions.
They agree to ignore each other while Stephanie waits for a desk to open upstairs. But when Brad has girlfriend troubles—like he can't get Lianne, the cocktail waitress to notice him—he swallows his pride and asks Stephanie if she'll teach him how to talk to women. She agrees, but he's having trouble passing her exams.
Here's the link to my bookstore page at TWRP
Check out my website, too: www.terryodell.com, for more information and a trip behind the scenes for all my WRP titles.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
36. Secret Surrender, Lisa Dawn MacDonald
37. The Cowboy's Christmas Bride, Cindy Spencer Pape
9. Dark Encounter, Lauren Delaney
20. Calico Country Christmas, Sharon K. Garner
21. How About Tomorrow, Jenna Bayley-Burke
24. Drama Queen, Christine Columbus
25. Vampire of my Dreams, Hera St. Aubyn
25. Trick or Treat, Hera St. Aubyn
26. First Class Male, Christine Columbus
27. Cheatin' Hearts, Stacy Dawn
Monday, January 15, 2007
This happens every time I start a new project. This is a good problem to have and I've noticed I write more emotional, memorable scenes when I'm sleep deprived.
More often than not I dream of the whole book and, of course, I'm in the staring role:) That's kind of cool, but one of these days I NEED SOME SLEEP!
I can't wait to see what comes out of this new group of dreams. Stay tuned...
Friday, January 12, 2007
I'm going to start with a special thank you to The Wild Rose Press for the contract offer. I'm very excited about working with Katherine and TWRP. I love the user-friendly website, packed with information for readers & writers. But what is truly wonderful...they care about their authors and their books.
I'm new to TWRP, but have been writing for over ten years. I've had the pleasure of creating characters that I love, even though not all of them will be published, and have had two of my western historical romances published. I also published two short stories and three short stories in e-zine format.
Over the years, I've learned that trying to find the right home for your work can be a daunting task. Frustration and doubt can damage your writer's heart. But if your heart is in your story, then have faith, the right editor and right publisher is out there waiting for you to find them.
NEVER GIVE UP! Besides, if you try, the voices will only make you appear quite insane to those that do not have the gift of imagination and ability to hear their characters arguing (ahem...talking) in their heads.
Well, I've said too much already.
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
I'm very excited about the electronic debut of my romantic suspense, House of Lies, on January 12. I'm still learning the marketing ropes, but expect to see excerpts about this yoga loving bird watcher and this busted up CIA agent as they sift through the lies of the past and tangle with a trained assasin!
Stay tuned, and tell all your friends!
My Sweetheart Rose single-title, Home Again, should be out in print this spring. I can hardly wait! The fan base I've already established overwhelms me and I only hope they enjoy my characters as much as I do.
It's somewhat hectic working on other manuscripts, promoting yourself, and worrying about the edits that will be coming soon. After four years of dreaming of becoming published, this is a nice problem to have:)
Friday, January 05, 2007
The love after loss story, How About Tomorrow, is the first Rosette I contracted with WRP. My writing friends at Romance Divas helped me tweak it until it was just right...and then Leeane fixed that to perfection.
Jack hasn’t been out on a date since his wife’s death five years ago. Even his teenage daughter thinks it’s time he finally go on a blind date brokered by his sister-in-law. Jack’s unsure, until he meets Maria. She’s as timid as he is at first, but the more they talk the more they realize they should see each other again, and again.
My English Tea Rose, In Silhouette, was so exciting to write. I work mainly in contemporary romance, so stretching into Regency was difficult, but rewarding! I dedicated this story to my critique partner, American Title II finalist Suzan Hyssen. She writes intelligent, comedic Regency romances, when she is not busy with law school.
James Darby is bored by the ennui of country life, fervidly anticipating his return to London. When he spies Miss Hughes entertaining herself by cutting silhouettes at a party he’s captivated by her talent, and charm. How can someone so fascinating survive in a place so tedious?
In February, another of my stories will appear in the Dreams & Desires charity anthology. Keep a look out for my Last Rose of Summer Rosettes...they are coming soon!
Thursday, January 04, 2007
My White Rose romantic suspense, Midnight Angel, is now available to buy in digital format through the Wild Rose Press website! The print version of Midnight Angel will be available January 26th.
Thanks for the friendship, encouragement, and support. This has been an amazing journey.
Betsy Ann St. Amant