Thursday, August 28, 2014

I am in Sweet Romance Authorland

I'm not here today, but I have posted a blog over at Sweet Romance Reads. (This photo goes along with it.)

I'm exhausted, but happily so. It seems I've been super busy ever since getting home from Romance Writers of America conference in San Antonio. (See photo. And blog mentioned above.)

If I'm lucky, I'll continue to be super busy. Here are a few things off the top of my head:

* Second Chances releases 8/28/2014 at all major ebook retailers. It's on sale for 99 cents through 8/31/2014.

* Sale price on The Sweeter Side of Legend expires the same day.

 * Final touches will be applied to Small Town Christmas by the end of this week. Thank you, beta readers!

*  A new boxed set, Small Town Charm, Love and Mystery releases Sept. 2. Midnight in Legend, TN is in it. Guess what! It's on sale for 99 cents. I've already pre-ordered my copy. Not only romance, but also Mystery! I'm jazzed. I love mysteries too. Many thanks to our publisher, Turquoise Morning Press, for putting these cool boxed sets together.

* I will be featured on the Sweet Romance Reads facebook page on Friday, Sept. 5. If you are on facebook, I recommend giving that page a "like." There are exciting things brewing. (And not just me wearing a red jacket and standing with my little carry-on bag. Promise.

That's a little bit of what I'm doing. How are you?


Monday, August 25, 2014

Get 'em while they're on sale

August 31 is the last day to buy these for 99 cents. On September 1, 2014, they will go up to their regular prices. Don't miss a chance to snap them up while the promotion is still going!

(3-novella collection)

This collection includes the novellas: Midnight in Legend, TN; Where Her Heart Is; and Building A Dream. 

Midnight in Legend, TN
Midnight Shelby has grand ideas to help her adopted hometown, and she's not going to let a stick-in-the-mud realtor get in her way.

5 HEARTS REVIEW: "I loved this book and highly recommend it. I must warn you, however, that [Magdalena Scott] will quickly become addictive." -Brenda Tulley of The Romance Studio, March 27, 2011.

Where Her Heart Is:
Betsy McClain and little LizBeth Ann are only in Legend temporarily - to house-sit for Charles and Dorothy*. What Dorothy failed to mention is that there's an ongoing renovation project in one room, and the carpenter is Mike McClain, Betsy's "almost-ex-husband." 

Building a Dream: 
Chloe McClain has a dream, and she's chosen Greg Andrews to make it come true: A large modern-looking art gallery on Main Street in Legend. Greg knows her time frame for rehabbing is impossible - the old building she bought should be put out of its misery. Hard to explain why he's taking on the job anyway.


*Charles and Dorothy McClain's romance is Under the Mistletoe.



Anne McClain Bradley returns to her small town roots after an absence of 30 years. Pete Garrity is in Legend, Tennessee, for a new start in a place where nobody knows him. 

Ms Adeline Bynum, recently deceased, has a hand in bringing them both here. 

Legend has a way of healing broken hearts. But  Anne and Pete must let go of the tragedies of their pasts in order to have a future together. 

Second chances. Sometimes the hardest part is believing they exist. 


Currently pre-order. Book releases 8/28/2014.

Kobo   (will release 8/28/14)
Nook   (will release 8/28/14)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Second Chances ~ Happy and Sad

There has been much hoopla in my corner of the world about my FIRST EVER PRE-ORDER BUTTON! (Hey, in Magdalenaville we enjoy a bit of hoopla as much as the next person.)

So yeah, the pre-order button is up there in shining pale yellow on your computer screen when you go to the Amazon Kindle page for Second Chances, my novella in this year's "Return to Legend" mini-series.

It works just fine--I tried it to be sure. I have bought books via pre-order in the past. You buy now, and when it is available (Aug. 28 in this case) the book simply shows up. You don't have to remember to go back and get it, which if you are me (which as far as I know, you aren't), this might be forgotten.

And I should mention that the book is 99 cents now, but the price will go up on September 1. So grab the bargain while you can.

As I said, this is the third in this year's mini-series. Each of the four stories relates to one or more of the main characters inheriting something from Ms. Adeline Bynum. Janet Eaves's Crossroads and Jan Scarbrough's Heart to Heart are out too, and Maddie James's Starcrossed will release in October.

Other excitement in my little world:

  1. My continued ogling of the cover for the Christmas novella;
  2. My starting over completely on writing the Christmas novella - it is now told in first person and is a stronger story;
  3. My huge mistake of taking a tour of our former home, and spending the rest of the day feeling horrible.
Okay, #3 wasn't exciting. It was painful. But by the end of the day I had come to grips with why it was painful, and I understand how to mitigate that in the future. The house is beautiful and well-loved, which is great.

I'm one of the fortunate people who have been allowed a second chance at life. I am surviving widowhood so far, and am in a relationship with a wonderful man. As of this past spring, not only do I have an amazing son, but also a fabulous daughter-in-law. I'm pursuing my passion of writing more than ever in my life.

Having a second chance doesn't negate the past. Not in real life, and not in fiction. It does, however, open one to a different view of life experience, and tends to make one appreciate each golden moment a bit more fully. 

Sometimes though, when closely examining a second chance, even the golden moments can bring a tear to the eye. That's not necessarily a bad thing.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Merry-Go-Round ~ Donna Fasano

The Merry-Go-Round
by Donna Fasano
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 2, 2009

When Lauren divorces her husband, she has one thought on her mind...stepping off the merry-go-round. However, her life quickly turns into a three-ring circus: her hypochondriac father moves in, her ex is using her shower when she’s not home, and her perky assistant is pushing her out into the fearsome dating world. She also has to decide if the dilapidated barn and vintage merry-go-round she was awarded in the divorce settlement is a blessing or a bane. As if Lauren’s personal life isn't chaotic enough, this slightly jaded attorney is overrun with a cast of quirky characters who can’t stay on the right side of the law. What’s a woman to do? She can allow life to spin her in circles forever. Or she can reach out and grab the brass ring.

What are you working on now? 
I’m currently writing two projects at once. I've never done this before, and I can’t decide if I love it or hate it. I’m writing a Christmas Novella entitled Almost Perfect Christmas, the story of man who enlists the help of a woman in giving his daughter a perfect Christmas. Unbeknownst to him, his little girl has every intention of playing an angelic matchmaker. The other project is the first book of a 3-book series called Following His Heart, the story of a man who is eerily drawn to a woman, and after they fall in love, they discover what brought them together, and it just might tear them apart. Yes, the description is vague, but that’s just the way it has to be for now. I’m chuckling as I type this. Both books are contemporary romance novels and are due out this fall.

What are you reading now or what do you have in your TBR pile? 
I just finished Learning to Swim by Sara Henry. I’m currently reading Love Me Tender by Mimi Barbour. On my TBR pile you’ll find A Reluctant Hero by Jackie Weger, Creatus by Carmen DeSousa, The Neighbor by Dean Koontz, Three Junes by Julia Glass, One Way or Another by Elaine Raco Chase…should I go on?

What flavor is your writing style?
I always tell people I write cotton candy for the mind. Think back to when you were a kid and you took a bite of that delectable confection. What did you do? You smiled. That’s what I’m going for in my romance novels.

Was writing always the first thing you wanted to do in life?
No, I wanted to be a teacher, but then I met and fell in love with my husband. We married and began raising a family. It wasn't until my children started school that I started writing.

While you were writing, did you ever feel as if you were one of the characters? 
I believe there’s a lot of me in my protagonists. I write about women who are strong, yet vulnerable. My main characters and my secondary characters have flaws and make mistakes (don’t we all?), but then most of them do all they can to learn, grow and become better people.

Do you have any advice for other writers?
One piece of advice I often give to writers is to READ. Don’t just read in the genre in which you write. Read everything. And then figure out what you liked and what you didn't…and then think about why. Reading and analyzing the writing of talented people can help you perfect your own skills.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? 
I bow down to readers! I am so appreciative that they spend their hard-earned money on my books and then take the time to read my stories. I am so blessed to have a job I love, and I wouldn't have this job if there weren't readers who love romance novels.

What inspired you to write your first book? 
I came to writing through my love of reading. I spent many a Saturday as a kid in the local library. I loved books, but I never imagined I would ever write one. My husband gets the credit for my becoming a writer. When my children started school and I decided to find a part-time job, he looked around at the piles of romance novels in our home and said, “You've read a lot of those. Why don’t you try writing one?” So, you see. It’s all his fault.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? 
Not my latest book, but one of my titles—Where’s Stanley?—features an ending that I didn't come up with. I handed in the completed manuscript, and my editor suggested a different ending. I wasn't happy, but I did as she asked. Personally, I think the book suffered for it, but readers seem to enjoy it.

What books have most influenced your life most? 
Old Yeller, Sounder, The Bell Jar, To Kill a Mockingbird…how can people read these books and not be influenced? There are so many titles that inspired me and moved me, molded and shaped me, there isn't time to name them all. The characters in these wonderful books help young readers to decide what kind of individual they want to be.

Do you ever experience writer's block? 
There was a time when I’d have said no. I have a plant-your-butt-in-the-chair-and-the-words-will-come attitude. But I did suffer writer’s block while my dad was battling cancer. It’s difficult to write feel-good happily-ever-after when your beloved father is dying.

Do you write an outline before every book you write?
I do, yes. I equate an outline with a road made; how do you know where you’re going if you don’t have a map? I might write the first chapter or two on the fly, but I always take the time to plan out where I want the story to go. Now that’s not to say that the characters are going to stay on the straight and narrow. They decide to veer off the highway every now and then, and that’s when I have to do a quick reroute.

Have you ever disliked something you wrote? 
I've never published anything that I disliked. I have started projects that haven’t seen the light of day, either because I couldn't figure out where to take the story, or I couldn't make the protagonist sympathetic or likable. It’s a rare occurrence, and when it happens, I just set the story aside and hope I can someday come up with a solution.

USA Today Bestselling Author Donna Fasano has written over 30 romance and women's fiction books that have sold 4 million copies worldwide. Look for Ehefrau auf Zeit (German Edition) due out September 16th, published by Amazon Crossing, and the first novel of the brand new 3-book Ocean City Boardwalk Series called Following His Heart, due to be released at the end of October.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Dream come true


I love the elegant simplicity of this cover for my novella that will be out this fall.

I was more hands-on with this cover than most, because this book is my first step into the self-publishing world. I hired a cover artist that I knew would do great work and understand my requests.

Small Town Christmas is the first novella in my brand-new series. So far I know there will be three other stories in this series. Two of them are written but need work, and one is currently a short story with potential for more. I have lots of writing to do, and that's thrilling!

Many, many thanks to Calliope Designs for making my vision of the cover come true. Just like my tagline:  "Try a romance novel on--for sighs!"

Many thanks also, to all my friends, family, and fellow authors who have supported and encouraged me along my very winding road.  I appreciate you all more than you can know!


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Meet Janet Eaves and read about CROSSROADS

Today's guest is Janet Eaves. Welcome, Janet!


Thank you for inviting me to be a part of your blog! I’m very excited to be a part of the SWEET, but SEXY Boxed Set, published through Turquoise Morning Press.
It is always thrilling to work with other authors on a project, so I am so delighted to team up with Maddie James, Jennifer Johnson, Constance Phillips, Jennifer Anderson, Amie Denman, Magdalena Scott, and Jan Scarbrough to be a part of his sweet collection of romance novels.

My contribution, CROSSROADS, (a Ladies of Legend series novella) is about a young woman who faced many trials and tribulations in her young life. Raised by the town whore, Sharon Clark made some pretty bad choices of her own, but, by example, a mentor gave her hope for a better life outside of the quaint little town of Legend, Tennessee.

Unfortunately, Sharon went from the frying pan into the fire by quickly marrying a man who had his own agenda in taking her and her unborn child in. Even after giving it her best, she now finds herself once again in need of a change. Destitute and at a crossroads, Sharon reluctantly accepts the inheritance gift of a home from the now deceased mentor, and returns to Legend to search for a job to sustain her and her son until she can figure out what to do next. But once there, she must once again face the realities of her past, and decide if the wonderful man who hired her, is worth risking her heart… all over again.

A single mother returns to a small Tennessee town in this Ladies of Legend novella. Despite the length constraints, Eaves crafts believable settings and characters. Not only is this a quick read, but it works successfully as a stand-alone story.”    Karen Sweeny-Justice,  RT Book Reviews (September 2014 edition)

8:00 a.m. Courtroom 204, Memphis Municipal Court
“As to the matter of spousal support, the petitioner’s request is denied. Ms. Gilbert, given your statement that you have been the one to maintain the family income without expectation of support from Mr. Gilbert during the course of the marriage, it is the determination of this court that spousal support is unwarranted.
“As to the matter of child support, the petitioner’s request is warranted and therefore granted. Even though you state, Mr. Gilbert, that the minor, Kyle Gilbert, is not your biological child, he was born while you and Mrs. Gilbert were legally married and you have represented yourself as his father since. Therefore it is the determination of this court that you will pay child support at the standard percentage rate until midnight the date before the child turns eighteen years of age. Have proof of your income to my clerk this afternoon at the latest.”
The judge turned to his bailiff. ”Who’s next?”
10:30 a.m. The Cock and Crow Sports Bar and Grill
“I’m sorry, Sharon, you’ve been great, and dependable, and I’ll be happy to write you a letter of recommendation, but I have no choice. We aren’t making enough to stay open. I’m really sorry but you’re out of a job just like the rest of us.”
2:10 p.m. 2120 Pricilla Street, Apartment 310
“Look, I’m sorry, but your husband signed the letter of Intent to Vacate a month ago. I’ve already rented the apartment. You have to be out by the end of the month. I know that’s only a couple of days away and I’m sorry about that too, but it’s done. I assumed you knew Mr. Gilbert released the apartment.”
"What's that?"
Sharon looked at the envelope she still held out in front of her and shrugged. "I'm not sure. It's from a lady I knew a long time ago."
For the first time since entering the apartment he actually looked at her. "Are you going to open it?"
Sharon stared at him helplessly before she nodded and quickly slid her finger under the sealed flap then winced when it sliced her fingertip. She stuck it between her lips for only a second before opening the flap.
"It's a letter," she said, shaking out the single page with one hand while returning the burning finger to her mouth.
Sharon silently counted to ten then focused on the letter with the staple in the upper left hand corner that held a business card against the letter’s back. Ms. Addie's large script had always made her think the woman sang songs in her head while writing.
"What's it say?"
Sharon glanced up without moving her head. Given his attitude she wanted to tell him it wasn't addressed to him, but since he rarely if ever expressed interest in anything she decided to read it out loud.
“My Dearest Sharon,
It has been such a long time since I last laid eyes on you, but I am sure you are as beautiful now as you were all those years ago. I, on the other hand, have dwindled with age and heart illness these last few years."
Sharon's eyes filled, remembering how robust and healthy Ms. Addie was the last time she'd seen her. She cleared her throat and continued, "But God has blessed me with a very long and fruitful life and blessed me with more than I deserved by the people He brought into my life. You were most definitely one of His greatest blessings, as well as mine."
Warmth surrounded Sharon as if Ms. Addie's arms were encircling her. Hugs were something Ms. Addie had always had in abundance, and she was the only person in Sharon's young life who ever bothered to make her feel worthy.
She sniffed and continued reading. "I'm writing you this letter today because I may not be able to tomorrow. I grow weaker by the day and know the Good Lord is about to call me home. I'm ready. Although many of the children who came to live with me for a period of time thought I lived in a mansion, I know the one waiting for me will make this place look like a shack in comparison.
My poor grand-nephew will inherit this monstrosity as long as he's willing to take care of my cats, (He'll be so mad to learn that! Ha!) but I have other properties to disperse as well, and I have a special one just for you."
Sharon was torn between amusement at Ms. Addie's wicked sense of humor and the heart thumping anticipation of what was to come. She glanced up at Kyle, seeing he too was intrigued with the missive. She cleared her throat again, more loudly this time.
"There is a little cabin up on the mountain overlooking Legend Lake my husband took me to the night we were married. At the time it was owned by someone else, and we just rented it for that one night. But years later my love bought it for me as an anniversary present, and though it has stood empty all these many years, I made sure it was well tended and properly maintained. The appliances are old but functional. The plumbing recently updated. But it is yours, dear. Free and clear. To do with as you will.
I know you couldn't get away from Legend fast enough all those years ago, and understandably so, but I also know the heart sometimes leads us back home. If you don't want it, sell it. But if you do, you know you will always have a home to come back to. You can contact my lawyer at your convenience. His card is attached.
I know you are going to wonder why so many years have passed between my getting to meet my Maker and you receiving this gift. That, my dear, is because I know you. And I know you are not yet ready to consider coming back to Legend.
I'm tired now, and my hand grows weak, but I want to tell you one more thing. Whatever life brings, grab the good stuff and let the other stuff go. Even as many years as I have been given, it really was all over in just a blink of the eye.
Be well, my lovely. Be well.
Sharon didn't realize she was crying until Kyle's arms were suddenly around her. She inhaled the scent of him and, for the first time in a very long time, remembered she was loved.


Amazon Best Selling Author of the Ladies of Legend series and Unforgettable Heroes boxed set, Janet Eaves is a wife of more than three and a half decades, a mother of two, a grandmother of one (unless you count her grand-pup – then two). She lives in the beautiful Tennessee countryside where she watches deer, rabbits, and other wildlife from her gazebo office while spinning tales. Currently, Janet has seven Ladies of Legend stories out, and is sure more will come in the future, as well as other books she’s written off and on over the years. CROSSROADS is her newest release, and she was happy to include it in this boxed set.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Small Town Christmas

I just had to pop in and share the tentative blurb for Small Town Christmas, which is coming along really well. I'm excited about some of the twists and turns these characters have included in the book. (My characters can be pushy. Sometimes I reign them in, but that tends to backfire.)

The small town of Serendipity is full of surprises—especially at Christmas. 

Melissa Babcock is back in town, to raise her young son and make a name for herself. Her real estate business is off to a fast start, but her new beginning hinges on an old ending. 

With his dad’s death, the responsibility of the family Christmas tree farm has fallen to Jim Standish. How can he hold everything together when the past is pulling him apart? 

There’s a logical solution. But in Serendipity, the logical solution may make no sense at all.

Small Town Christmas is the first story in my brand-new series!

I'll update you with more about this story as release day gets closer.

In the meantime, give me a holler via the contact form if you want to sign up for my newsletter. I haven't sent a newsletter in approximately forever, but that's going to change in the next month or so.

Wow, is this fun or what?