Monday, July 28, 2014

RWA National Convention~Writer's conference feeds the muse.

Last night I got back home to the Jewel Box after being gone five days. Prior to that I was home one day, and prior to that I had a long weekend with girlfriends from school days. Read about our girlfriend weekend in Wisconsin by clicking over to the Sweet Romance Reads blog.

Where, you might ask, did I acquire the lovely tote bag? San Antonio, Texas! I'm so thankful to have been able to attend the Romance Writers of America national convention. I went once before, when it was held in Dallas in 2007. Many things have changed since then. In 2007 I was a newly published author of an ebook, before many people knew what an ebook was. My publisher was a small press, and many didn't consider you a published author unless you were with one of the big New York publishing houses. I'm sure some still look at it that way, but inside the publishing world perceptions have changed dramatically. Some of the most energetic workshops I attended were led by self-published authors.

I met or reconnected with so many wonderful authors. At long last, some of the authors of Sweet Romance Reads got to meet in person, and I hung out quite a bit with Maddie James of Turquoise Morning Press.

The speeches by Sylvia Day, Karen Rose, and Cindy Ratzlaff were inspiring. I made pages of notes in workshops hosted by Bella Andre, Liliana Hart, Marie Force, Barbara Freethy, Courtney Milan, Allison Brennan, Ezra Barany, Lisa Wells, Joan Johnston, Elizabeth Hoyt, and Kristin Wallace. I ran into Turquoise Morning Press author Arlene Hittle more times than either of us could have expected. It really got to be funny.

Yes, Nora Roberts was there, looking great and being gracious as always.

The big awards event on Saturday was classy and exciting. Emcee Simone Elkeles was fabulous, and we were all glad to share the celebration with nominees and winners of the many awards. That's one of the best things about RWA--everyone seems so glad to be there, to meet you, to share information, and to cheer you on in your own career. Pretty cool, eh?

It took longer than expected to get home, due to a mechanical issue with one of the airplanes... But that snafu didn't dampen my spirits. Hey--it was more time to write!


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Sweet, but Sexy

Eight authors contributed stories for this set from my publisher. For a limited time, the set is priced at 99 cents. You can learn more, and buy it in your favorite format, by going to the Turquoise Morning Press bookstore.

Take a minute to watch and listen to the video. Encouraging, happy, with a great soundtrack--the things of which a great romance is composed.

Popcorn is optional while watching the video, but a great idea.


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

So. Much. Happening.

The digital version of my three-story collection The Sweeter Side of Legend is available now at your favorite ebook retailer, including Amazon and Barnes & Noble Nook. For a limited time, the ebook price is 99 cents, so grab yours now. It is also a print book if that's your preference.

In the next few days, my story Building a Dream will be released in a ten-book set, also published by Turquoise Morning Press. Eight different authors contributed stories for this boxed set, and I think it will be great. Here is a cover graphic for it, so if you're reading this a day or more after I'm writing the blog, you might look to see if it's available wherever you shop for ebooks. (Sometimes you can get an extra good bargain if you shop in the Turquoise Morning Press bookstore.)

You might have noticed a new look here on the blog and at my website. The lovely header was created by Calliope-Designs. I'm thrilled with it!

Looky at the award we got this week! Amazing--best selling series of 2013 for Turquoise Morning Press. We are one one of those overnight sensations that isn't so overnight. Love it!

Oh! I'm spending the rest of this evening with the galley of Second Chances. That story is slated to release in August.

I'm working on a Christmas story for a boxed set that another group of sweet romance writers and I are going to release in early October. I'm super excited about this story, and about the opportunity.

Lots to do, not enough time to do it, and I wouldn't have it any other way.


Monday, July 7, 2014

Memorable moment

Many things are going on in Magdalenaville, but getting my mind into blog mode isn't one of them.

I did want to share this picture with you, and I considered writing a deeply philosophical treatise about it. Luckily for you, I changed my mind.

Can you see the white tail deer fawn in this picture? She's just to the right of the tree. I thought too late to get the phone out and try to capture the moment. I had never seen such a tiny fawn as this one--the little thing couldn't have been many days old. She was crossing the road the way a little girl walks on high heels when she's playing dress-up. Fortunately no cars were too near.

Have a great week! I hope you'll be in the right place at the right time for some memorable moments--the happy kind.


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Jan Scarbrough's "Heart to Heart"

I invited Jan Scarbrough to visit us and share a little about her new book--the second in this year's "Return to Legend" series. (That's Jan pictured above, doing one of her favorite things!)

When Jeremy’s aunt gives him a second chance, he must decide if he believes in the unbelievable and the pet psychic who teaches him about faith…and love.
Jeremy Hamilton’s company is cash-strapped and his personal life is a mess. Inheriting the bulk of Ms. Addie Bynum’s wealth is a godsend, but moving to the small town of Legend, Tennessee, to get that money is a big pain. Ms. Addie has given Jeremy a second chance under certain conditions. Will he take that chance? 
Marty Fields is a pet psychic. She’s spent a lifetime explaining animal communication to skeptic citizens of her small town. Only Ms. Addie understands her gift. Keeping Ms. Addie’s six cats after the old lady’s death is the least Marty can do. Yet, she’s put her life on hold. Will the grandnephew’s arrival upset the rhythm of her comfortable existence?

Now for A Little Q & A

When did you write Heart to Heart?

I wrote it after the first of the year. It was an afterthought in my writing schedule for 2014. I contribute to The Ladies of Legend series with Maddie James, Magdalena Scott and Janet Eaves. After our bundled books Love in a Small Town did so well, we decided to revisit the series.

What was the spark that gave you the story idea?

We needed something to tie all four books in the Return to Legend series together. I’d had this idea for some time about making a pet psychic a heroine. Then I saw an article about a house full of cats that inherited money from their deceased owner. Well, the wheels started turning then. Our deceased is Ms. Addie who is kind and generous to a houseful of young girls as well as her rescued cats.

Why do readers buy books in the Legend series?

I'll let some of the reviews on Amazon tell you.
"This boxed set was great, wonderful writers and I can't wait for the next book from all of you."
“Good characters and story line.”
"Such a delightful series, I'm sorry I came to the end of this set.”


Thanks for visiting us, Jan! Turquoise Morning Press provided you with a great cover for this book, and I'm so excited for everyone who loves Legend, that our little town is thriving. :)

Click here for the Amazon page for Heart to Heart.


For anyone who missed it, we talked about Janet Eaves' Return to Legend book, Crossroads, here.