Release Party for Christmas at Angel Lake!

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Oct 022013

Giveaways! Gift cards! And books!

I’m having a big release party today at my Facebook Author Page! It’s for CHRISTMAS AT ANGEL LAKE, but I’m also talking about my MIRACLE INTERRUPTED SET (Book 1, 2 & 3 of my Miracle Interrupted series). I have great guests. Comment on all the posts for a chance to win!

Here’s the schedule:

8 a.m CST: I announce the party with a gift card and a giveaway!
9 a.m: New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Eden kicks it off with giveaways 🙂
10 a.m.: Maree Anderson – my New Zealand author connection, who is a multi-award winning author whose first book was optioned for TV!
11 a.m.: Mary Hughes, who publishes her fun and witty romances with Samhain, Crimson, and now is dipping her toes into self-publishing 🙂
Noon: USA and Amazon bestselling author Stacey Joy Netzel who started with small town books set in Wisconsin (like me!), but expanded into Europe with her Italy Intrigue series.
1 p.m.: USA bestselling author Marilyn Brant, who is a great writer, friend, and one of the sweetest person I know.
1:30 p.m.: Donna Marie Rogers – author of the popular Redemption series, she writes sweet books with steam.
2 p.m.: Lori Brighton – I’m not sure if she’s a bestselling author yet, but if not, she’ll be there soon!
2:30 p.m.: Me with another gift card!
3 p.m.: Dale Mayer – ditto what I said about Lori. Dale is one of the most prolific writers I know!
3:30 p.m.: Michelle Diener, a Simon & Schuster author, whose historical romances have gotten great acclaim!
4 p.m.: Casey Clifford writes stories about wise women – which could be easy for her, because she’s so wise.
4:30 p.m.: Elle J Rossi, a multi talented author, singer and cover artist writes fantastical stories with a dark edge that keep you turning the pages.
5 p.m.: Leigh Morgan combining romance and martial arts training, she writes stories that make you care 🙂
6 p.m.: Me with a last gift card

But it’s not over yet! The posts are open for comments until 8 a.m. the next morning. I’ll choose the winners through, and I’ll announce them sometime tomorrow.

Don’t forget to comment to win. See you at the party!

Sep 222011

Lori Brighton and I are at Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell talking about our stories in entangled and future books. We’re giving away 4 books: 2 of Entangled, a Paranormal Anthology; 1 Galaxy Girls; 1 To Seduce an Earl. Comment and get a chance to win!

If you have time, check out this double review of Entangled. It’s fun to see how subjective this is. They don’t always have the same opinion. They both liked my story, though. Lis said, “It’s an awesome story with a surprising ending.” Blodeuedd said, “What a cute story about Tory and her adopted cat Samson.” I love “awesome,” but I’ll take “cute.”

I got a fantastic review for Galaxy Girls yesterday, at Lilac Wolf and Stuff. “I have to add Edie Ramer to my growing list of fabulous authors that are writing stories better than you find on the New York Best Seller List.” It was a fabulous way to start the day!

You also have a chance to win Galaxy Girls and books by other writers at Small Blogs, Big Giveaways. It’s open through the 23rd. So, go forth and win!

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?

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?

Feb 212011

Lori is giving away 3 books! One each of The Ghost Hunter, The Mind Readers and A Night of Secrets. She’s a must read writer for me, so comment and you’ll have a good chance of getting a terrific book.

A Night of Secrets: Historical Paranormal Romance

Grayson Bellamont has spent years on the Continent, fighting a war he cares nothing for. It is only while in the chaos of battle that he can hide what he truly is, a Vampire. Returning to England, he finds his sister murdered and his seven-year-old niece missing. All over the country Vampires are mysteriously dying. Grayson sets out to uncover the truth and locate his niece before it’s too late. All leads point to Meg James, a Vicar’s daughter. Instinct tells him Meg is innocent, but the clues he uncovers warn she’s guilty. One thing is clear, Meg awakens a warmth inside of him he thought long dead and Grayson is torn between a sense of duty and his desires.

Vowing to honor a promise, Meg concocts a lie to keep a stranger’s child safe. She had no idea that protecting the child would mean putting her own life in danger. When Grayson arrives asking questions, Meg’s unease flares. Who is this mysterious man who seems to appear and disappear as quickly as a spirit? A man with strength like no other? As he pushes ever closer, taking over her senses with his touch, his kiss and his unexpected honor, she realizes she has even more to lose. Meg is falling in love with Grayson, but will he believe her when the truth will condemn the one person he trusts the most?

He suddenly moved, jerking her from her fantasy. Stiff, she waited to see what he’d demand next. When his arm wrapped around her back she almost bolted from her seat. She didn’t dare open her eyes, barely breathed as his body pressed to her back and sides, cocooned in a hard hug. She felt the whisper of his hands right before he rested his fingers atop of hers, cold hands that numbed her skin. She stilled, her breathing harsh in the quiet room. She didn’t know what he was doing, and was too afraid to ask.

“Keep going,” he said softly, his breath brushing against the side of her face.

Her fingers straightened, and then curled, trying to make sense of the alien feel of his cold hands on hers. They were too large, consuming. She wanted to slip out from underneath his arms and rush from the room, leave behind the strange sensations he brought forth.

“Continue,” he demanded.

She moved her hands up and down the keys, her progress halted by the weight of his fingers. It certainly wasn’t her best performance but he didn’t tell her to stop. Finally, the song ended and her hands stilled. He kept his fingers over hers and she didn’t dare remove them. Unable to resist, she peeked up to see his lashes resting against his upper cheeks, his lips slightly parted.

His face was all hard planes, but there was a vulnerability about him that reached out and painfully clenched her heart. She wanted to hold him, to slip her fingers into his hair, to explore his taste and tell him everything would be well.

A warm wash of realization swept through her, settling around her heart. She blinked rapidly, trying to make sense of her emotions. Dear God, she had feelings for the man. A man she should fear. But what kind of feelings? Certainly not love, lust then?

Lust. The word settled in her stomach like a sickness. She was a vicar’s daughter. She wasn’t supposed to feel lust. Even as she thought the words, stories she’d heard whispered amongst the town’s women came to mind. Kisses, touches, the heated aches. She hadn’t understood it all, had never felt this way around Mathew. She understood now.

Frightened, she started to pull away. Grayson’s eyes opened and his fingers clamped around her wrists, holding her captive. There was a fierceness to his gaze that frightened her.

Merde, you drive me mad, confuse me so I don’t know my own thoughts,” he whispered.

Meg’s lips parted in surprise. He dropped his hands to her hips and jerked her forward, sliding her across the bench. Her palms flattened against his chest, but she was helpless to stop his mouth from crushing to hers.

Hard and bruising, the kiss was completely different from the soft pecks Mathew had given her. Fear gave way to desire, desire to know more, taste more. She felt as if she were falling, falling into a dark, deep pit of sinful seduction.

Buy the book: Amazon, Amazon UK, Barnes&Noble, Smashwords

Comment on all 26 DRAGON BLUES Release Party excerpts for a chance to win more free books! Winners will be announced on Monday, Feb. 28. If you’d like to look at the schedule of events, click here.

Feb 032011

I’m at Bitten By Paranormal Romances today, talking about DEAD PEOPLE. Yesterday I shared on Facebook that my mailbox was a victim of the storm, and that led to a fun discussion about mailbox murders. I also managed to make changes on Dragon Blues per my CP’s comments. I’m going to rewrite one sex scene that’s too similar to the other, and the book will be…almost done.

Lori Brighton discovered, a text to speech software that she used for her latest ms. She used the $30 option, which is the cheapest. She said the voice she used is robotic, but it catches those irritating copy edits that your eyes and your beta readers’ eyes skip over. She thought it was worth it, and I’m going to give it a try. There are more expensive options available, but for the first time I’ll go with the $30, too.

Did you get slammed by the snow, too?

Oct 212010

First, thanks again to book review Blodeuedd for letting me interview her. Congratulations to Lucy, who won an e-copy of Cattitude or my upcoming book, Dead People. And speaking of Dead People. . .

I have a cover! I love it! A huge thank you to the fabulous Laura Morrigan, cover artist extraordinaire. It’s nothing like what was in my mind. Instead, it’s 1000 times better. It suits my book and I think it catches the eye.

I was hoping to get Dead People online before Halloween, but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen. I’m revising again. Nothing drastic. I’m cutting a lot to make the pacing faster. And since I’m the queen of tweaking, I can’t stop myself from rewriting as I go. After that I’m handing it to a friend, a former teacher, to read it for copy edits. Depending on how fast we are, it should be up in 2-3 weeks.

Book blogger Cecile is interviewing me at All I Want and More tomorrow (Friday). As Lori Brighton says, “Cecile is super sweet and super smutty!” :mrgreen: I’m giving away two books. Stop by if you get a chance.

On Saturday, I’m going to my son’s for dinner and in the Halloween spirit, I’m bringing a side dish called Blue Brains. I’ve never made it before, but it’s supposed to look scary. If it tastes good, I’ll post the recipe here.

Any favorite foods you have that look yucky?