Apr 272011
 

I’ve been getting tons of blessings this week. First, I’m kid-sitting two days this week for my funny, bright and creative grandson. We thought of a book plot together. I gave the premise of a book I was thinking of writing, and he came out with a brilliant plot I would never have imagined. So brilliant it makes my idea mundane and boring. I might help him write it and put it on Kindle. When I have time. Lately, I’m not sure what “having time” is.

This week I’m all over the place this week, but I’m not complaining. I’m still at Laurie’s Interviews. You can comment through the 30th and get a chance to win your choice of my books. I’m also at Nas-Dean’s place, giving away 3 books to commenters. I talk about my publishing journey, and I’m giving advice in the comments.

To top off my week, uber talented and uber wonderful Lori Brighton featured me and my books on The Season, which is very cool of her. And I’m featured at Pixel of Ink today.

Among all the good things that are happening, I can’t help feeling for the many people in the path of the tornadoes. Flood problems aren’t fun, either. I’m hoping that there won’t be any deaths and a minimum of damage.

I want to end this post on an up note. That note is I SOLD MORE THAN 2000-PLUS E-BOOKS THIS MONTH! Last month I sold over 1500. I was thrilled and yet hoping to be at the 2000 or more mark this month. Next month I’m hoping for even more, though I won’t have another book out. The month after, in June, I hope to have book 2 of my Haunted Hearts series for sale.

That’s my news. What’s yours?

Apr 242011
 

I’m at book blogger Laurie’s Interviews & Guest blogs with an interview and a giveaway. If you get a chance, stop by and say hi.

I like Laurie and her place. Her insightful questions made me realize my books have a resurrection theme. Very fitting for an Easter Sunday post. This started with Cattitude, with the cat and the psychic changing bodies. The theme was more subtle in Dead People. Back in full force in Dragon Blues, with a dragon who’s changed into a man. And in the book, he’s changing again. In my current wip, Joe the ghost is going through his own resurrection. Since I write paranormal romances, the objects of the heroes/heroines’ affections are going through their own resurrections, though not as dramatic. Except perhaps the heroine in Dragon Blues.

I’ve gone through a resurrection lately, becoming an indie writer. What about you? Are you going through a resurrection? If you’re not, what have your witnessed or read lately that impressed you!

Apr 192011
 

I’m giving away three books at Bookaholic Does Blogging! It runs through April 26th. Below the giveaway post is my interview. It’s not necessary to read the interview to win a book.

It’s cold and sleeting and snowing by us. The grass was a gorgeous deep green, too. No yellow or brown in sight. Today I changed my cotton sheets to flannel. Tomorrow morning I have a dentist’s appointment and shopping. I hope the streets aren’t slippery.

Apr 062011
 

I’m at Paranormal Opinion with an interview and a giveaway of one of my books. The winner gets to choose whichever one she or he wants. It’s going to be up until next week.

In the interview, Tishia asked me what I like to do when I’m not writing. Tonight I’m watching American Idol. I promised myself I wouldn’t watch it this year, but I watched one show that was in Milwaukee (auditions were in our gorgeous art museium ) and got sucked into it. I’m glad I did. I love Steven Tyler! I hadn’t realized how sweet he is. And he can sing! Before this, I wasn’t a fan, but now I am.

My favorites this year are Casey, Scotty, and Haley, but they’re all good. The best year yet.

Are you watching AI or any show like that?

Apr 042011
 

Good news! Dead People is a March best seller at DailyCheapReads. I’m thrilled!

Other good news belongs to my friends. The title of Michelle Diener’s historical suspense, which will be out in August, has been changed from Illuminations to In A Treacherous Court. I’d gotten used to Illuminations, but I agree that In A Treacherous Court is more eye catching and gives a better sense of the book. Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, is doing everything to make this a stand out. Great cover, great title, great writing, great book!

Marilyn Brant, another great writer, has a cover for A Summer In Europe. Isn’t it beautiful? Doesn’t it make you want to pick it up? And read it while on your tour of Europe? Or read it at home while you imagine yourself in Europe? Too bad. You’ll have to wait until Nov. 29th.

And a big shout out to Kate Sterling. She got the rights back to a previously published erotic novella, Unmasked, and self-published it. It’s not the kind of book I normally read, but I love Kate and love her writing, so I bought it. I’m halfway through, and Wow! It’s hot, but in a good, fun and very sexy way. She knows how to write! It’s only 99 cents. I recommend it!

What about you? Have you read any good books lately?

Apr 022011
 

This is the 3rd excerpt from the book my ghost therapist heroine was writing in Dead People (Haunted Hearts book 1), which I deleted before publishing and put on my Extras page.

The worst ghosts are children. They’re like puppies, so happy to see me, to have someone to talk to. They cling to me.

A part of me wants to cling back.

The latest was in Northern California, a three-year-old with curls and an angel’s smile. Her ghostly body was bruised, an arm bent, eyes blackened. I researched and found out her mother’s boyfriend beat her to death.

An old story. If you wince when you hear their stories on the nightly news, imagine seeing the injured children with your own eyes. Seeing their confusion, sadness and grief.

When I finally convince them it’s okay to leave, I’m smiling and crying at the same time. They take a piece of my heart with them.

I deleted verses from my songwriter hero and posted them on my Extras page, too.

TALKING TO GHOSTS by Luke Rivers

I heard she talks to ghosts

I heard she sends them off to Heaven

I’ve got a few inside my head

I wish to hell she’d shoot mine dead.

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