Pioneer Hearts, a Facebook group dedicated to western romance, is hosting a month-long Christmas event. Each day, a couple of us authors are posting an excerpt or custom-written scene, along with a recipe and a chance for commenters to win a prize.
Not me. I'm going to be different. (C'mon. You could at least act surprised. :P) I couldn't come up with a by-the-seat-of-my-pants scene, and Christmas was not a good time for my characters, so I decided to post some real historical romance instead.
Trying to balance being an author with being a working wife and mom is tough. Throw in a major holiday and, in just one week, my word count total went from 2,380 to 650. December's not looking much better.
I have a Kindle and I buy loads of e-books. Like many of you, I often download books to support fellow authors, even if said book is outside my area of interest. The backlog of e-books I own is, well, it's embarrassing.
Amazon sometimes informs me that a new version of an e-book is available. "Significant editorial changes have been made," the notifications usually say. The frequency of these has been increasing, but I rarely take them up on it.
The reason I don't is twofold. Partly, I don't want to lose the original version of the book, and the update is apparently an either-or proposition. If they'd give me the updated copy and also let me keep the first, I'd be more inclined to accept.
Yes, you read right--two $400 Amazon giveaways. If you enter both giveaways, you have a chance to win a total of $800 in Amazon gift cards just in time for Black Friday and
Enter now, and everyday until November 27th, to increase
your chances of winning one or both $400 Amazon
shopping sprees, compliments
of The Kindle Book Review, Digital Book Today, and your favorite authors, including me. :)
Here are the two links.
(My book is included in the second one.)
I'm a member of a small writer's group that provides accountability and encouragement for each of its members to reach his or her goal. One way we motivate each other is to email weekly quotes to the group on our assigned day.
This was the one I shared last week. Maybe it will encourage you.
I have a double dose of promo goodness for you today. I get to introduce a new release and a new friend.
Some of you know I was recently interviewed for The Houston Press's 100 Creatives series. Well, besides being totally flipped out and honored to even be asked, I got to meet journalist Jef With One F. Not only is Jef a super-nice guy, he's a professional who made the whole experience fun and easy.
It's pretty bad when your writer friends start emailing you to ask if you're okay. I am. I've been a lousy blogger and an even lousier visitor, but that's because I'm drafting my next book. In fact, I wrote over 1600 words yesterday. (I want out of healthcare really, really bad. :P) I hope you'll understand and extend me a little grace.
I love you and I miss you. I'll visit as soon as I can.
White Lady, a psychological thriller by Jessica Bell, released on October 1st. Whoa! That cover is chilling! Congratulations, Jessica! Blurb teaser: Sonia yearns for sharp objects and blood. But now that she’s
rehabilitating herself as a “normal” mother and mathematics teacher,
it’s time to stop dreaming about slicing people’s throats. ... Watch the TRAILER Add to Goodreads
In this modern, cyber-infused world, we writers are bombarded with constant distractions that keep us from our most fundamental task... writing. (Now that I have a smart phone, I suffer this all the more. >.<) I mean, c'mon. We're expected to build, grow, and maintain a social media platform, then find the peace and quiet necessary to write thousands of expertly crafted and painstakingly polished words. It's kind of ironic when you really think about it. Connect! Now unplug! :P
I recently heard about a couple of apps that are designed to help modern humans eliminate the distractions, or at least control them enough to find a balance.
This is the last day of Follow Fest '14! But don't fret; there's still time to sign up. The Linky will remain open until 11:59 central time tonight. And don't worry if you didn't get around to making all the visits. I'll leave the Linky up like I did last year. You can hop it from here or the Follow Fest page. ;)
It's day 4 of Follow Fest '14! If you're returning, welcome back. If you're new, hello! This is a bloghop for the purpose of connecting with other writers. Any blogger can sign up once their Follow Fest post launches. Just copy the link, come back here, and enter.
It's day 3 of Follow Fest '14! If you're returning, welcome back. If you're new, hello! This is a bloghop for the purpose of connecting with other writers. Any blogger can sign up once their Follow Fest post launches. Just copy the link, come back here, and enter.
It's day 2 of Follow Fest '14! If you're returning, welcome back. If you're new, hello! This is a bloghop for the purpose of connecting with other writers. Any blogger can sign up once their Follow Fest post launches. Just copy the link, come back here, and enter.
Welcome to the first day of Follow Fest '14! Once you've launched your post (instructions here.), copy the link and come sign up on the Linky. It will stay open all week. You can start visiting blogs and meeting other writers anytime. If you already know someone, that's cool. Visit their blog anyway. It'll be a good opportunity to catch up with them and make sure you haven't missed any of their follow options.
Still not sure? Let me sweeten the pot with a giveaway. :)
I have seven books for you today. Now, that's more like it!
The first one is right up my genetics-lover, science buff alley. And it's part of a series! :)
E.E. Giorgi is
celebrating a new release, MOSAICS -- A Track Presius
is book 2 in the Track Presius mystery series, a hard-boiled detective thriller
with a genetic twist. CHIMERAS, book 1 in the series, is a 2014 Readers' Favorite
Book Award finalist.
the Byzantine Strangler because of the mysterious mosaic tiles he
leaves at the crime scene, a new serial killer is stalking the streets
of Los Angeles. Racing to decipher the code encrypted in the tiles
before the killer strikes again, Detective Track Presius faces a new
challenge: the "awakened" genes that make his vision and olfactory sense
so sharp are now taking a toll on his life. When a new set of tiles
appears in his own backyard, Track makes a chilling realization: those
very same genes that are threatening his life are drawing the Byzantine
Strangler closer and closer. The fine line between hunter and hunted has
suddenly blurred. Will Track be the next piece of the mosaic puzzle?
Do you like a strong, 'kick-ass' heroine? Literally? Then get your hands on Fierce by L.G. Kelso. Tori’s
MMA career was taking off, until she beat the wrong man. Her training partner,
nursing a bruised ego, snapped—shattering her trust and confidence.
later, Tori’s keeping her fists to herself as she struggles to put herself
through college. But when a group of gangbangers hassle her at work, old habits
kick in and her fists fly. Max Estrada, a frequent diner customer, steps in and
gets them out of hot water, but Tori is still fired… days before tuition is
due. [...] The sexy Colombian draws
her back into the world of MMA and revives her dreams of becoming a
professional face-puncher—until Will, her old partner and current Middleweight
Champion, struts back into the gym. The secret they share is an unexpected
liability to his career, and he’s determined to keep her silent.
her life on the ropes, Tori will have to face the past for a shot at winning
back her future, or carry the weight of a loss even greater than before.
Fierce is L.G. Kelso's debut novel. Congrats, L.G.!!! :D L.G. has a blog tour starting on the 15th. Contact her for details.
M. Pax released The Rifters, the first book of her new series, on September 8th. Congratulations, Mary! :D
The Rifters is available at a special introductory price--FREE! ... Nestled inside ancient volcanic
peaks, the town of Settler, [Oregon] holds onto many secrets. Residents roam the
streets with weirdly fashioned devices, and odd lights pulse in the
night skies. People whisper of a phantom outlaw and start dying,
murdered and missing their heads. On top of it all, [Daelin Long’s] sister is
missing, and Daelin doesn’t know who to trust. [Earl Blacke] knows more than he's saying. He shares a notorious history with the phantom, on he'll see remains buried. Keeping Daelin's sister's secrets is his only chance at redemption, and the only way to keep this world safe.
The second book in the series, The Initiate, will be available on October 20th. It's available for pre-order for a special price at select retailers. For more information, click here.
Giveaways and events are ongoing through October 31st. Check here for details.
Author Cassie Hayes has a western historical romance on sale. You can get Gold Rush Brides: The Beginning for just 99c!
needs a man? Certainly not Miss Delilah Price!
by the man who ordered her as a mail order bride, Delilah struggles to get by
in Gold Rush-era San Francisco. Jack Dalton struck it rich in the Sierra Nevada
and is having a mighty fine time spending his gold at dance halls and saloons
in town. Can they let go of their pasts and find hope for their future or will
they let their fears tear them apart?
Carol Kilgore's book, Secrets Of Honor, releases very soon, on September 15th!
a woman has to do what a woman has to do . . . even when she knows she
shouldn't. Carol writes 'crime fiction with a kiss,' and her stories are darn good stuff. :)
You can keep an eye out for Secrets Of Honor and its buy links on Carol's website.
If all goes as planned, How I Found The Write Path, an anthology of letters compiled by PK Hrezo and Carrie Butler, should be available on Monday, too. Woohoo! (I contributed to this ebook, so I'm allowed a little happy-dance. :)
On the heels of the wonderful turnout for Sunflowers for Tina on Monday, Samantha Redstreake Geary made this announcement: “As a lasting tribute to Tina, I, along
with 25 amazing authors, are publishing audiomachine‘s TREE OF LIFE:
Branching Out collaborative story in ebook format on Amazon, launching
Sept. 12th! Stunning book cover designed by gifted graphic artist and
composer, Ryo Ishido. All proceeds of the TREE OF LIFE ebook will
benefit the Downey Education Fund set up for Tina’s two boys. Tina contributed to this anthology - and it's available Today!
Thanks for visiting. :)
Remember: the next Promo Friday is scheduled for Oct. 10th.
Deadline for submitting content is Wednesday, Oct. 8th.
Note: Short blurbs or taglines are preferred. If you send me a long blurb, I might shorten it.
(Promo Friday is a monthly service I provide to my followers.)