Mar 302011

I’m at Zoe Winters’ blog today, talking about heroes who aren’t the norm. I’m giving away one of my three books to 3 different commenters in her comment section.

More giveaway heads up! A big SQUEEEEE for Michelle Diener. She received the ARCs for her debut historical suspense, IN A TREACHEROUS COURT. She’s giving away one to a commenter at Magical Musings. She’s my CP, I’ve read the book. It’s brilliant, fascinating, you won’t want to stop reading it. Go over there as soon as you can and comment!

That’s it for my news. It’s turning out to be a busy Tuesday for me. How’s your day?


Mar 242011

Good news first! On Tuesday, I sold more than 1000 books on Amazon and Barnes&Noble since March 1st. So I’m in the 1000 books a month club! (I don’t know if there is a club like that, but I’m in it anyway.)

I’m very happy. Since November, my numbers have been growing every month. I’m thrilled that readers enjoy my books and want to read more. I’m living my dream. This gives me more incentive to finish my 2nd book in the Haunted Hearts series and get it online.

My Thursday 13 is at The Otherworld Diner. Brenda Nelson-Davis, who’s in my local chapter, had written a Thursday 13 there last week, with numbers that were kind of depressing. Some of the figures were about self-publishing and she asked if I’d write a rebuttal 13. If you get a chance, stop off and read it.

To reward myself for my sales, I’m buying a laptop. For the last two days, we had rain, sleet and snow. Today it’s sunny, so I can venture out and shop for groceries and a laptop. If I don’t find the deal I want today, another place in the opposite direction has a laptop on sale. I checked out the reviews, and it’s looking good. I can go there tomorrow.

Which reminds me that tomorrow the Golden Heart and RITA finalists will be announced. My fingers are crossed for all my friends who entered. I hope they all final!

Mar 222011

We have a winner! Congratulations to Barbara White Daille! It’s clearly Barbara’s lucky week, as her May 2011 Harlequin American Romance, A RANCHER’S PRIDE, has received a 4-1/2 Top Pick review from RT Book Reviews! Yay, Barbara!

One lucky commenter will receive a free copy of Foxy’s Tale by Karen Cantwell and LB Gschwandtner. Both authors are already Kindle bestsellers. I’ll announce the winner on Thursday. Enjoy the blurb and the excerpt!

Authors and their book: Karen Cantwell (Take the Monkeys and Run) and LB Gschwandtner (The Naked Gardener) decided to collaborate on a  book for and about women, but it had to be fun and they really wanted to throw a vampire into the mix. But their vampire would be . . . different. The result, now available for readers on Amazon’s Kindle, is Foxy’s Tale:

Foxy Anders has a list of problems as long as a shopping spree receipt from Neiman Marcus. She’s a retail spender with no money to spare and a former beauty queen with no man in her life. After a nightmare divorce she’s left with one asset, a building off Washington, D.C.’s classy DuPont Circle. By turning the ground floor into an antique shop, Foxy figures she has an excuse to spend money … that she doesn’t have.

Foxy also has a teenaged daughter, Amanda, who likes to blog secretly about her biggest problem – Foxy. At least, she thinks Foxy is her biggest problem. But that’s all about to change when she hooks up with Nick, a cute guy at school who evidently has a gift for attracting older women. Amanda just doesn’t know HOW much older they really are.

When Foxy rents the garden apartment to stylish, shoe-fettishista Knot, who turns out to have a knack for talking wealthy Washington A-listers into Foxy’s antiques, it looks as if Foxy will make it on her own after all. Except that Knot is also a genius at creating problems … in his love life.

They’re a quirky threesome to be sure, but when mysterious, bumbling, Myron Standlish arrives on the scene with a suitcase full of Yiddish-isms, he brings along his own set of problems, larger and stranger than all of theirs put together. Oy vey. How will Myron’s personal journey affect their lives? Well … that’s Foxy’s Tale.

A comic, chick lit, coming-of-age, vampire tale (sort of) where family triumphs over adversity and mother and daughter learn how to face the world as grownups – together.

It is dark when Foxy returns, a large shopping bag clutched in each hand at her sides as if she were a milkmaid with buckets on a yoke. She can’t decide which one to put on the ground so she can feel around in her purse for the house key and then, as if he appeared from thin air, Myron Standlish is standing next to her.

“Vell,” he says. “I can open the door for you maybe?”

Foxy looks up, or rather down, and he is smiling that little crooked smile. In the dark she can’t see much of his face.

“Oh thank you, Mr. Standlish,” Foxy says in her most gracious, charming, southern-girl voice. “I’ve been out all day.”

Myron reaches forward and sticks the key in the slot. He swings the door open and beckons for her to precede him inside. They stand awkwardly in the small foyer for a few seconds and, in the light, Foxy notices that Myron’s color has returned to his cheeks and he looks a bit boyish. He carries a small black satchel, like an old fashioned doctor’s bag. She also notes a small red stain on his collar.

“Oh did you eat Italian tonight?” she asks, just for small talk, as she follows him up the stairs to her apartment.

“Me?” He seems stunned that she would ask such a thing. “I never.”

“You never eat Italian?”

“Never.” His head shakes emphatically and scowls as if eating Italian would kill him.

Foxy tries to hide her smile. He’s such a funny little man. They reach the second floor and Foxy veers off to her door and places her bags on the floor.

“I never heard of anyone not liking Italian,” she says, just conversational, her head down, searching for her keys again.

Myron continues to the next landing and his room on the third floor. When he’s almost to the top of the staircase he leans over to look back down at Foxy who has finally located her keys. As she’s sliding the key into its slot, she hears him say, softly, as if they are conspirators, “With me it’s simple. Italian, Greek, Chinese, eh, who needs?”


What people are saying about Foxy’s Tale …

“Full of snappy characters, laughs, and mystery, peppered with lively details of Washington, DC., and brimming with enough shoe shopping to satisfy any fashionista. This new joint effort from Karen Cantwell and L B Gschwandtner is guaranteed to please! Can’t wait for the next installment in this lively new series!” – Misha Crews, Author of Her Secret Bodyguard

“Foxy’s Tale is irresistible fun – full of lively characters with a knack for trouble, laugh-out-loud dialogue, and story twists that will keep you reading deep into the night.” – Kim Wright Wiley, Author of Love in Mid Air

From now until April 25th, Foxy’s Tale is available for just .99 cents at Amazon and Barnes&Noble, so if you’re looking for a light, fun read, give it a try today!

Mar 202011

When I wrote Dead People, the first book of my Haunted Hearts series (still on sale for only 99 cents!), I started each chapter with alternating excerpts from a book my heroine was writing, Confessions of a Ghost Therapist, and selected verses from the songwriter hero’s songs. In one my last revisions, I decided they slowed down the action. I deleted them but didn’t throw them away. You can find in my Extras page. I’m working on my second Haunted Hearts book, and thought it would be fun to put up the excerpts. This was the first.

I was chatting with the ghost of a former politician, and a woman popped up and started screaming at him. It was apparent she was his mistress before his unfortunate encounter with an armed and disgruntled constituent. He gave me a frantic look, then he disappeared.

“Come back here, you coward,” she yelled, but he was gone to the other side, the one some call Heaven and others call “the next life.” I personally don’t know, as no ghost has returned to share this with me.

Though I didn’t deserve the credit, I got paid for getting rid of the politician.

Probably a lot of people would like to pay me for getting rid of politicians.

Sorry, folks, I only do it if they’re ghosts.

Mar 132011

I feel like my grocery store, sending emails of my sale items. In my post last week, I announced I’d lowered the price of Dead People from $2.99 to 99 cents. It’s been selling very well, so now I’ve lowered the price of Dragon Blues to 99 cents, too. Cattitude is selling steadily for $2.99, so I’m leaving it at that price. (I’m thankful for the cat lovers out there, but I’ve had some readers tell me they loved it “even though they don’t like cats.” lol)

So that’s my bargain news for the day!

Yesterday, I went on my first protest in Madison, Wisconsin. I don’t want to turn this blog into politics, so I’ll just say that I had a fun time. Everyone was very polite. The police inside Madison’s beautiful capital building were great. When we entered, we had to put anything metal in a bin and then we were “wanded.” I didn’t think the police woman was going to wand me at first, and I asked “Is it because I’m short?” She laughed and wanded me, after all. Another cop directed us to the ladies room (also beautiful).

My husband stayed home and dog sat my friend’s two dogs, a terrier and an Irish wolfhound, along with our two dogs. The wolfhound came up to my shoulder. My husband said the wolfhound peed on our driveway, and it was like a pond. But that’s probably another subject I should stay away from.

I’m blogging at Magical Musings tomorrow (Monday) and I’ll be giving away Lori Brighton’s newest Kensington historical, Wild Desire, to a commenter in either print or digital. If the winner prefers digital, she can take her pick of any one of Lori’s digital books. Lori is a wonderful writer, so be sure to comment at Magical tomorrow.

Tonight I’m going to judge contest entries. It seems a letdown compared to the rest of my weekend, but maybe I’ll read some fabulous entries.

How was your weekend?

Mar 072011

I have so much going on, and it’s all good. DailyCheapReads is featuring DEAD PEOPLE, Book 1 of my Haunted Hearts series, under its Super Cheap reads.  (It’s only 99 cents!) I’m excited about that. Yesterday it was #11 on the Kindle bestseller list for the ghost category.

The reason that’s important is because when someone is looking for a book in a certain category, I want them to see mine in the first list that comes up. Also, the cover of my book will be more likely to included in the “Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought…” row of books below another book that the reader is checking out. Right now, I’m #23 in Gothic and I want to be in the first 20. Better yet, the first 10! I hope the DailyCheapReads feature helps me get there. (I just checked my rank, and I’m at #9 in ghosts and 17 in Gothics! These numbers fluctuate quickly and might go the other way, but right now I’m excited!)

To celebrate Read An E-book Week, Smashwords invited authors to discount books. I created a coupon for DRAGON BLUES that puts it at half price, $1.50 instead of it’s normal $2.99 price. The coupon code is right below the e-book price and will be there through March 12, 2011.

You don’t want to miss Barbara Vey’s 4th Anniversary Bash for her PW: Beyond Her Book blog. This is HUGE. It’s a weeklong party, with tons of giveaways. And I’m part of it. Today is Paranormal, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror and Urban Fantasy. Since my books are paranormal, I’m on the first day, along with friends like Misty EvansLeanna Renee Hieber and Elisabeth Naughton, and many other authors. I’m giving away Dragon Blues, Dead People and Cattitude. There are lots of prizes, so check it out.

Last night my husband and I had dinner at a nearby restaurant with my SIL and BIL. The food was good, but another reason we went there was that the two lower priced meals were free. My book bargain last week was an anthology, Kiss Me Kill Me, with stories by Zoe Winters, Lori Brighton, H.P. Mallory and others. It’s only 99 cents and all the proceeds go to charity! Find out more about it here.

Are you more likely to buy something when it’s a bargain? What bargains have you gotten lately?

Mar 062011

From my latest paranormal romance DRAGON BLUES:

The beast in him didn’t want to let her in. But somewhere during the last two thousand years, the human in him had learned pity. The unwanted emotion stole into him, like pebbles stole into walking shoes. Unable to disregard it any more than he could peel off this smooth human skin, he backed up to the metal door and gestured her inside.

She choked out a sob of relief and limped into the hallway. “Thank you, thank you.”

Read a longer excerpt here. Or download an even longer free sample from Amazon, AmazonUK, Barnes&Noble, or Smashwords.

Check out more Six Sunday participants and find terrific writers.

Mar 032011

My friends are busy! And talented! And fabulous writers!

Zoe Winters, Lori Brighton, M.A. Golla, and Marcia Colette all published books this week. Cynthia Eden had an e-book release! And I’m not forgetting Aimee from Coffee Table Romance. It’s her birthday today!

Birthdays first. Aimiee is celebrating hers with March Madness Giveaways. I’m helping her celebrate, giving away an e-copy of DRAGON BLUES, DEAD PEOPLE and CATTITUDE. Jennifer Estep and Jaye Wells are also giving away 3 books. Other writers giving away books are Lisa McMann, Kimberly Derting, Deirdre Martin, and Julie James. Stop off at Coffee Table Press to wish Aimee a happy birthday and see the contest details.

DEADLY LIES by Cynthia Eden made the Bookscan Top 100 Bestsellers List! It was published in print on February 22nd. On Tuesday, it became available in e-book at most online retail sellers. Buy it and you won’t be sorry. Her books rock!

Zoe Winters and Lori Brighton both have short stories in a collection, KISS ME, KILL ME, along with H.P. Mallory and 6 other writers. It’s only 99 cents! A great bargain. And all proceeds go to charity. You can read fabulous stories and at the same time feel virtuous for giving money to charity. I think it should be a tax write off as well. Win-win-win. (I already bought it.) You can read about it at Lori’s blog, where she also talks about her other new release. WILD DESIRE, a historical with paranormal elements, is her spinoff to WILD HEART. It’s published by Kensington, and is available in print and ebook.

To celebrate the release day of the GOBLIN’S APPRENTICE, M.A. Golla is having a giveaway of her first middle grade book, LOST LEPRECHAUN LOOT. You can read the details at her blog. And isn’t that the cutest cover? It’s by my cover artist, Laura Morrigan. She really is the best! And reasonable! And fast! You can find out more about her here.

I’m putting Marcia Colette last, though she’s a first kind of gal, because her YA paranormal, BITTERSWEET — her first self-published book! — isn’t on Amazon or Barnes & Noble as I type. She uploaded it on March 1st, and it will probably be available by the time you read this. If you can’t wait for either of those sites, you can get it on Smashwords in almost any format.

A lot of great books to read. I’m reading SAVE MY SOUL by Zoe Winters now. I’m at 70% on Kindle, and I’m loving it.

What are you reading?