Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is, as I've said before, my favorite holiday. I love that it's still about gratitude instead of about stuff.

I try to take time each day, not just in November, but every single day, to be grateful. There are many wonderful people in my life, I have a pretty little place to live, and two entertaining pets who share it with me. I am healthy, have enough to eat and drink, and books to read. Remembering to always be grateful makes me a better person, and makes each day better.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Monday, November 25, 2013

Legendary Christmas Past

A Legendary Christmas Past Boxed Set is out and available for your holiday reading pleasure. Two 1940s era novellas by Janet Eaves, two 1960s era novellas by Jan Scarbrough, and two 1970s era novellas by yours truly.

For a limited time, the set is only 99 cents. I bought my copy as soon as I saw it. Cannot get enough of this cover. Or, for that matter, the cover of the 9-book boxed set, or pretty much all of my book covers. I don't know if there is a recovery group for people who are in love with their book covers or not.

Oops. There I go, digressing again.

I had so much fun researching the 1970s for my two stories. Not that the 70s were before my time, of course. Sheesh. I was in school back then, and it was neat to choose the songs to play on the juke box in Jim Bob's Saloon, for instance.

For those of you who have read Midnight in Legend, TN, Jim Bob's Saloon is the building that Midnight Shelby bought when she moved to Legend. Isn't that cool? You'll see the place in its former incarnation, and meet Jim Bob, his wife Sylvie, and their spoiled daughter who is a waitress there... Better yet, here is the book blurb for Under the Mistletoe:

Christmas Season, 1975

Dorothy Robbins is working hard to build up her Leaving Legend Fund. She wants to finish college, become a pharmacist, and never see her boring little hometown again. But her source of income is a meager hourly wage and tips at Jim Bob’s Saloon, where the only thing worse than the tips are the songs on the jukebox.

Charles McClain has been gone from Legend for years—first serving in Vietnam as a Marine, then finishing college and getting a job in Los Angeles. But his new life hit a snag, and suddenly he has time for a long holiday visit with his family, back in the beautiful mountains of Eastern Tennessee. Too bad there’s nothing interesting going on in Legend.

But it’s Christmas... The air is cold, hearts are warm, and mistletoe is overhead when you least expect it. Besides, sometimes the path that leads you away can also bring you home.



Thank you for reading!

Monday, November 18, 2013

We can almost see it

This last couple of weeks has been an exciting ride, watching our nine-book set, LOVE IN A SMALL TOWN, climb rather steadily in the Amazon rankings. Saturday night we hit a new list, one that made us bestsellers. This was my first time ever to have a bestseller ranking. What a thrill!

I wanted to post a picture of Maddie, Jan, and Janet and me throwing our arms up in the air as we rode a roller coaster. But since that picture doesn't exist, here is one depicting a slightly different depiction of our sales "ride."

We can almost see it--the Amazon promised land, if you will.

We were at #207 in the Amazon sales ranking, and it looked as if we might break into the magical 100. It really seemed possible. I believe in this series, and having it finally sell well means a lot of new readers are getting to know our imaginary town of Legend, Tennessee.

Then Sunday evening the ranking went the other direction. Ouch. As of this writing, it hasn't been a plummet, but more of a gentle slide.

If you haven't bought your copy of the set, now is the time. For one thing, the price goes up in mid-December or so.

For another thing, if we hit the top 100, you will have four very excited romance writers doing happy dances, shouting, laughing, crying.

Arms up!


Saturday, November 9, 2013


Saturday was my mother's birthday. She would have been 100 years old.

She was a small woman with a big personality, and strength of character that was as much a part of her style as high heels, circle skirts, and unique hairstyle.

A cousin recently said about my parents that they thought outside the box way before it was cool. While always good and kind, they were also unapologetically themselves.

I do the best I can with what I have. That's my mantra, on good days and through the dark ones too. Lessons learned by example are often the best ones, aren't they?


Monday, November 4, 2013

Boxed sets

Boxed sets of romance ebooks seem to be taking over the world.

Or maybe that's a slight exaggeration.

My previous experience with boxed sets was reading to my son when he was small...darling little cardboard boxed sets of hardback Beatrix Potter and A. A. Milne. Those beloved books survived the sale of our house and tons of belongings, and are tucked away for the next generation.

But I digress.

Bargains galore are yours these days, via boxed sets of ebooks--generally you get a large number of ebooks for a much smaller price than if you bought them individually.

(Have I mentioned recently how much I love romance writers? It's this great big sisterhood working together, instead of acting all unpleasantly competitive. Which is why I'm giving you some links to boxed sets of books I did not write. And it is also why the authors of these other books are willing to help support me, and my fellow Legend writers, and lots of other writers. We want to help readers find books of which they might otherwise be unaware.)

Sorry. I digressed again, didn't I?

After posting this blog once, I'm updating it - I think it's best to share this information with a different demonstration of how authors help each other.

So please visit Maddie James' newsletter by clicking here. Lots of information about some new boxed sets from a variety of authors, at a variety of heat levels. (Yeah. warning that some of these may not be suitable for an underage audience.)

Happy shopping, and as always, thank you for reading.