Tuesday, April 29, 2008
I'm out of town, and have very limited time or access to email, but I did get a very positive review for Second Chance Rose from Long and Short Reviews.
Read it here
And a reminder -- there's still a chance to make a donation to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (no cost to you) if you buy the short story, or any of my other ones. Details on my website
Monday, April 28, 2008
I just love the cover. What do you think?
Here is the blurb, I'm sure you'll find it engaging.
Jacqueline Ryan's love belongs to only one man, Michele Ranieri, who left her with a broken heart. Five years later he's back, and she's determined to lay old feelings to rest. She wants closure on something she thinks is puppy love. But when she confronts him it escalates into full-blown love.
Michele Ranieri has always reserved a special place in his heart for Jacqueline. When stranded on a deserted island with her and having amnesia, he questions why they weren't more than friends.
A kiss in a freshwater stream has her reassessing her situation. Finding temptation at close range impossible to refuse, she forgets about her life back home. When rescued, reality hits. How can she explain she has a fiancé? How can he explain he's married with a son?
You can find the exerpt on my website: http://www.suzannebrandyn.com
From downed networks to binary coding, Chase Logan can handle just about anything. Except her sexy new client, Ethan Phillips. His sculpted looks have Chase’s libido spinning faster than a Pentium 4 processor, but his aloof attitude freezes her in an instant. Five years after charging his ex-fiancée with fraud and sending her to jail, advertising executive Ethan Phillips’s emotions remain in the ‘off’ position. But Chase’s laugh, her candor and delicious figure, are booting up his feelings and turning on his heart. Though both Chase and Ethan believe their emotions are safe behind their respective firewalls, their mutual attraction renders their logical programming inactive, and they're about to find out that when it comes to love, there are no defenses that can protect the heart.
A midnight walk, a fateful fall, the discovery of a magic lamp, and Aggie's priorities shift. In her efforts to help Ebony, the kitten-genie and undo the curse of Aladdin's lamp, she makes a fateful mistake--an inadvertent, "I wish I was in Dillon's arms," and Aggie wakes up in his arms, all right--as a stray dog.
Will Aggie and her genie figure out how to undo a wish gone wrong, or is she doomed to a life of Milk Bones, flea baths and loving Dillon from the foot of her doggy bed?
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Go directly to Amazon, do not collect $200 as you pass 'GO', well ok, I'll let you just this once.
Or if Amazon doesn't tickle your fancy then try Barnes & Noble.
Go people, buy this book and enjoy Audrey and Jake's story, they are waiting to share it with you!
Regards, Anne.~ http://www.annewhitfield.com
Saturday, April 26, 2008
And then one day one of my critique partners asked our group about everyone’s muse. She’d been to an RWA workshop, and felt like I did. She didn’t have a muse, didn’t want to think about it. Silly. But she really got into it, described her muse, and had a lot of fun doing it.
So for the first time, I began to think of my muse. She’s my height, same coloration, beautiful--just like me--only she’s thinner, younger, wears fairy-like clothes and hides in the closet.
And that’s why I don’t have a muse. What good is a closet muse? About that time I was having one of those, I refuse to call it writer’s block, but you know, something like that…when the words just won’t jump out of my fingers onto the keys and appear on the paper. I’m usually really annoyed with myself when I have this…this frustratingly annoying non-creative, non-productive period. Until I latched onto that muse and realized the problem. It was all her fault! She refused to come out of the closet.
I also had to blame my critique partner, because if she hadn’t introduced me to my muse, I wouldn’t have ever blamed anyone but myself for not getting back to my writing.
The good news is I’m busily at work again, despite the fact I have a closet muse. So remember, whether you have a muse or not, writing is an important part of a writer’s life and nothing should stop that natural drive, even if it has to be given a nudge every once in a while.
Sometimes I go months without thinking about my muse. It just happens. The idea comes to me, the words get written, the story is completed. I’m a writer. Other times, I have to drag the words out of the gray matter, hash and rehash the words on paper, and finally, with a great deal of effort, finish the story. I’m still a writer. Does my muse help?
You’d have to ask her. She won’t come out of the closet to speak to me.
Do you have a creative muse? What is she/he like?
Thursday, April 24, 2008
The best news is it will be part of a series called Hoofbeats and Heartstrings, a series of romance novels celebrating love, miracles and the beauty of horses. And you know... there will be a hunky cowboy in each and every one!
Come visit me at http://www.teriwilson.net/ to learn more.
In the meantime, here is a small taste of what's to come this year in your Christmas stocking:
Do You Hear What I Hear?, a Faery Rose Hoofbeats & Heartstrings Romance by Teri Wilson
As a child, Simone Doolittle adores the European folktale that animals are given the gift of speech at midnight on Christmas Eve. She makes a wish to talk to animals “forever and ever” and, when her pet Dalmatian asks her for a biscuit, she discovers her wish has been granted. Now Simone is all grown up and she uses her unique gift to rehabilitate unwanted horses. When race horse trainer Chet Wallace rolls into San Antonio, with chocolate eyes and dimples blazing beneath his black Stetson, romantic sparks fly. He is immediately drawn to the beautiful woman who has a mesmerizing affect on both his horses and his dog, but his less than enthusiastic response to Simone’s claims threatens their budding romance. It takes a scheming Jack Russell terrier and a dose of Christmas magic to convince Chet she just may be telling the truth.
My friend and fellow author, Allie Boniface has interviewed me for her "Writer's Wednesday" feature and posted it on her blog!
Check it out.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
This is my first official Wild Rose blog post and it's a biggie!
My first TWRP release, my short vampire romance story, Eternity Waits is out today!
It's been so long since I've had any kind of release, I feel dizzy. It's a great feeling to see my beautiful cover up on the TWRP website.
Here's the blurb:
Alexandra Ivanov has wandered the night alone for the past three hundred years. The only man she truly loved had been taken from her on a bloody battlefield centuries ago. Now she finds herself drawn to Caleb Weathers, a virile soldier who sets her heart racing.
Caleb, a Confederate soldier stationed in Gettysburg in 1863, is intrigued by the beautiful, exotic woman who calls him by the name Dimitri. When she touches him, she sets his body in fire. But is she the devil in disguise?
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
I just posted a new entry on my personal blog about T-shirt promotion as well as Upcoming Events and a place where Readers & Writers connect!
Check it out!
Pamela S Thibodeaux
"Inspirational with an Edge!"
Monday, April 21, 2008
I'll be heading out to the Pike's Peak Writer's Conference later this week, and taking the opportunity to hook up with two of my children. If you're not aware of it, one of my daughters is raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society via Team in Training. She's a trainer AND is going to run a half ironman, which never ceases to amaze me. More details and links here. At any rate, I promised her I'd kick in an extra fifty cents for every short story sold until May 1st. All you have to do is forward confirmation of your purchase to my email address. My two newest releases, Hurricane Breeze (Champagne Miniature Rose) and Second Chance Rose (Last Rose of Summer Rosette) might be good places to start. Both are on the WRP best-seller lists. View all my Wild Rose Press titles here.
(And, you can buy them from any participating venue. I'm not reducing my donation if you find them at Fictionwise or AllRomance ebooks. )
“A pregnancy plan?” Derek’s words came from directly behind her. She could feel his breath on her neck, his eyes boring into her back.
“Yes, a plan on how to get pregnant.” The frustration and anger began to build within her. Jillian gathered her shaking hands around her cup and willed them to be still. “Look, Derek, I don’t mean to sound rude, but it really is none of your business what I do. I’m not involved with Jason.”
She saw his unwillingness to cooperate by the slight narrowing of his eyes. “You can rest assured that I am not going to break up your brother, Jason and Kelly.” Jillian glanced back out the window and took a sip from her drink. “And my plan is none of your concern.”
She jumped when she felt Derek’s hand on her shoulder. “What is it you’re afraid of?”
Jillian turned and pushed past him. She didn’t want nor need his sympathy. Out of space with the door in front of her, she pivoted on the heels of her Nikes. “I’m not afraid of anything. I know what I want and I have come up with a plan to get it.”
Find more information about me and my book on my website www.tinagayle.net
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Have an awesome day,
Book: "Pregnancy Plan" now available in print form
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Carolyn Matkowsky/Cara Marsi
I received my new cover illustration today and ohmygosh, clever artist Rae Monet caught the mood of the story so well!
Deja Vu Lover is a Vintage Rose book and moves between comtemporary Seattle and 1920s Hollywood.
The theme: She had her heart broken in another life and now he's back. Is she destined to love him and lose him throughout eternity?
I hope you'll love the story as much as I love the cover.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
When Deidre Roux has premonitions of danger, watch out! Faced with thwarting bank robbers and protecting others from the high school bully, she must reveal her secret to her new friend, Mark Cummings. Can she convince him that she truly sees a world of imminent danger headed their way before it’s too late?
'Broken Hero' produces a rich, cohesive view of a few lives during the turbulent war years, and also gives us a hint of life before the war. The writing invites us to read slowly, understand the individuals' histories, and savor the story. Foremost; this is a really beautiful romance.Full review here:
Purchase Broken Hero from Amazon.com (as well as Fictionwise and Barnes & Noble, etc)
Regards, Anne.~ http://www.annewhitfield.com
Friday, April 18, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
I'm almost done with See Megan Run. Did you hear my sigh of relief? I started writing this book in October. Around the same time I received my first contract with The Wild Rose Press. Outside of doing my edits on How Much You Want to Bet? I've been writing on this novel. Yup, folks that six straight months on the SAME story.
Long story, short. This will not be a book I'd take with me on a deserted island. But you can still pick it up when it comes out, because frankly it's great.
And you know if you still haven't picked up How Much You Want to Bet? You can get it here.
Aww, come on, you know you saw that one coming.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Any of you other pubbed authors feel that way?
Monday, April 14, 2008
Keeping a Pulse on Life & Romance http://kathleengrieve.blogspot.com
Future Release from The Wild Rose Press: THE DOCOTR'S DECEPTION
Coming Soon: www.kathleengrieve.com
Sunday, April 13, 2008
If you read my post, A Day in the Life of This Writer, you got a glimpse of my daily schedule. I guess you could say this post is an extension of that one.
Every author is encouraged, no-expected, to promote themselves and their work. “People buy authors!” is the chorus of many industry experts.
Some may wonder how to go about promoting oneself. Interviews, guest blogging, and chats are just a few of the means by which I do this. But, once scheduled, how do you let people know what’s happening?
Although I post information in different ways, this question has haunted me. Even if I announce to different Yahoo groups, MySpace, Shoutlife and other venues, it is virtually impossible to let everyone know!
Well, I may have come up with a little better, somewhat more efficient means to let people know what’s happening and where I’ll be.
Today, I want to share with you my new Schedule of Events.
Posted at my personal blog, is a list of interviews, guest blogs, and other events happening in my writing career at sites that may interest you….not just because I’m there LOL! but because these are interesting places to visit.
Well friends, that’s about all for now!
Until later…take care, God Bless and remember….YOU Are somebody’s hero.
A Hero for Jessica available Now from The Wild Rose Press!
Pamela S Thibodeaux
"Inspirational with an Edge!"
Friday, April 11, 2008
I used to have a typical day as a writer. I'd send my son off to school and then spend my morning working on a fiction project or on an article for the newspaper I work for. Then life interfered big time - in the past six months, my mom became seriously ill and ultimately had to be moved out of our home and into assisted living. My son, who has Asperger's Syndrome, was disturbed by the change in routine and his behavior began to regress. My husband took a temporary promotion at work and he wasn't able to be there as much for me. Writing became a distant memory as I struggled just to get through each crisis-filled day.
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
Monday, April 07, 2008
Today it was in black shoes, black socks, navy slacks…but I did remember to comb my hair and brush my teeth.
In the evening after a stroll with the neighbor, it’s back to keystrokes…
I love having people read my stories… to me it’s all about entertaining.
If I had nicer legs – I might have been a dancer, but since I can’t hear I beat,
I spin tales…
Want to read more – stop by my blog or better yet … purchase some short stories to tide you over until the “novel” comes out….
Sunday, April 06, 2008
4 am – Get up, make coffee, check email then work on edits, new story or promotion.
7:30 am – Take shower, get dressed and leave house by 8.
8:00 am – 6:00 pm work 8 of those 10 hours at my day job as an Insurance Sales Producer, the other hour is traveling time and of course one hour for lunch (about my only real time to relax!)
6 – 8 or 9 pm Write, edit, promote – take an occasional night off to watch a movie with hubby or read.
Weekends – basically follow above procedures except during 8am – 6pm in lieu of going off to work, I spend the majority of those hours writing, editing or promoting.
I do, however, take time off to spend with hubby and/or granddaughter and when the occasion arises, extended family.
Oh, of course, I take time to attend church services on a semi-regular basis. Prayer time? Unceasingly with occasional spurts during my day for longer conversations with the Lord (hello-I get an hour for lunch). J
Is this crazy or what!?
If you read my last post you’ll see that I’ve been writing for more than 25 years and for that entire time, this has been my routine (even when writing in 5-subject notebooks). The exception was when I worked different shifts at a local hospital…during those years (when on evening shift), I wrote from about 7:30 am until 1pm then got ready in order to be to work @ 2:30.
About the only time I really take a break is when we go off on vacation…and then I still manage to at least check email at least once-a-day.
I’ve often considered purchasing a laptop, however knowing myself so well, if I did, I’d NEVER rest and probably end up a divorced recluse LOL!
Why do we writers put ourselves through this?
As with most authors, that answer is multi-faceted. Though “with an edge,” I write inspirational, therefore I write to glorify God and to get His message of love, hope, faith, trust and forgiveness to a hurting world. But no matter for what other reasons an author may write, they all boil down to one main focus: You – Dear Readers!
So the next time you pick up a book from your favorite author….realize what goes into that story (besides our heart and soul).
Friday, April 04, 2008
Check my website for details.
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
Hello, tomorrow, The Wild Rose Press will be releasing my inspirational romance, Isanne's Revelation.
Lynda at Simply Romance Reviews did a review of this short story. I hope you'll have a look. Thanks, and take care, everyone. I wish you well. :) -Laura Hogg
Symon de Burgh is a knight in the fourteenth century. His family has taken ill with the Plague, and he is desperate to save them. His faith has been tested, and he carries serious doubts. But God sometimes answers prayers in highly unusual ways. An adventure to the future will lead Symon to a place where his faith or lack of it will make all the difference.
SRR GRADE: B+
Here's a snippet of the review:
Truly Isanne’s Revelation is a wonderful heartwarming story of faith. The true feelings of the characters are realistic from the deep sorrow that Symon experiences to the angry refusal to forgive that Isanne carries around with her. But with their faith in God they learn that all things are possible.