Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Hermit time

My kids and my laptop are calling me.
It's time to take a break.

I'm on hiatus until further notice.


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

And the winner is...


*pulls name from hat*

Carrie Butler!!! :D

Congratulations, Carrie. You win the $15 Amazon gift card!
Thanks for playing. :)

True Romance & Pioneer Hearts


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.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

IWSG December - Takin' It To The Streets

This is my Insecure Writers Support Group post for December.


Alex's awesome co-hosts for December are:
T. Drecker from Kidbits, 
Eva E. Solar at Lilicasplace, 
Please stop by their blogs and say thank you. 


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. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Do-overs

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.

The other reason I decline is on principle.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

$400 Amazon giveaway... times 2!

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 Cyber Monday! 

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.)

Thursday, November 13, 2014

I've gone visiting

Today I'm over at J Q Rose's blog, offering some writing tips and a prize. 
I hope you'll pay us a visit.

By the way, this is a series. The schedule for this month and next is...

Nov. 6th - Joselyn Vaughn
Nov. 13th - Me
Nov. 20th - Conda Douglas

Dec. 4th - Marsha R. West
Dec. 11th - Kathy McIntosh
Dec. 18th - Helena Fairfax




Thanks for stopping by. :)

Monday, November 10, 2014

The New Mrs. Collins

Today, I'm posting a character interview with Leena Williams, the protagonist from Quanie Miller's latest book, The New Mrs. Collins

*smiles*  This oughta be good. 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

IWSG November - Sticks and Stones

This is my Insecure Writers Support Group post for November.


Alex's awesome co-hosts for November are:
Please stop by their blogs and say thank you. 



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.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

New Release! Sleepers, Wake

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.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

I'm alive

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.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Pioneer Hearts Western Romance Event

Looking for something for your TBR?

You're kidding us, right, Melissa?

Um. *glances at own TBR pile and blushes* Never mind.


Need a gift for someone who likes historical romance?
*smiles and nods hopefully*

If so, you're in luck! 

Come Back is on sale now through October 19th. 
In fact, a whole herd of western romances are. 
There are giveaways, too.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Promo Friday - October



It's time for Promo Friday!

More good news this month. :)


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

Buy the eBook:
Kindle US / Kindle UK / Kindle CA 

Kindle AU / Kindle DE / Kindle FR

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Driven to distraction


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.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Saturday, September 27, 2014

And the winner is...

I'd like to thank all the bloggers who participated in Follow Fest. You guys made it a whopping success for a second year. 

You rock! :D

I know you're here to find out who won, so I won't make you wait any longer.

The winner, per Random.org., is...

Friday, September 26, 2014

Follow Fest '14 - Last Day!

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. ;)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Follow Fest '14 - Day 4

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.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Follow Fest '14 - Day 3

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.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Follow Fest '14 - Day 2

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.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Follow Fest '14 - Day 1

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. :)

My Follow Fest Post


The purpose of this blogfest is to meet other writers and build our platforms.

Follow Fest '14 runs thru Friday. 
There's still time to sign up! :) 


Fiction or nonfiction?
99.9% Fiction

What genres do you write?

Monday, September 15, 2014

New Release! The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg

You've probably seen this book around. That's because it was one of the four books chosen by Amazon for 'Kindle First' in August.  

The Paper Magician is now available in all formats. 
Congratulations, Charlie!!!
Bound to a magic she never wanted, a young apprentice falls deeper into its mysteries when she must use everything she’s learned from her master in order to save him… and his heart.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Promo Friday - September

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 Mystery!

MOSAICS 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.

Dubbed 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?

You can find MOSAICS at Amazon.

And you can visit E.E. Giorgi's website and blog here: http://chimerasthebooks.blogspot.com/ 

Click here to enter the giveaway
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. 

Three years 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. 

With 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.


Buy it here:
Amazon/Kindle  ~  Nook  ~  Smashwords

Kobo & itunes/ibookstore coming soon  
Don’t forget to add it to your Goodreads 
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.

B&N / Smashwords / Googleplay / iTunes / Kobo

Versent Books / inktera


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!


Who needs a man? Certainly not Miss Delilah Price! 

Abandoned 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? 

You can buy Gold Rush Brides here:
Amazon  ~  iTunes  ~   B&N  ~  Kobo 

...and you can find Cassie here:
Website  ~  Facebook

Carol Kilgore's book, Secrets Of Honor, releases very soon, on September 15th!  

Sometimes, 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. :)
And last, but definitely not least, I have some great news from  Alex J. Cavanaugh...



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.