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 Random.org, and I’ll announce them sometime tomorrow.

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

Nov 282012
 

The lovely and talented Marilyn Brant (HOLIDAY MAN) tagged me to take part in blogging meme to answer questions about my next book (hence The Next Big Thing title). MIRACLE PIE is done, but it needs to be read by my critique partners before I can publish it. I’m really happy to talk about it. I hope it’s The Next Big Thing! Enjoy the Q&A!

What is the working title of your book? MIRACLE PIE
I hope you love it and don’t think it’s a cookbook about pies.

Where did the idea come from for the book? This is the fourth story in my Miracle Interrupted series. Katie was mentioned in the previous three books. In the first, MUST WORSHIP CATS, her father brought one of her pies to a neighbor’s. From that, it came to me that she made pies for a living and delivered them to nearby restaurants that didn’t have pastry chefs.

For the hero, I’ve been watching the Top Chef series, which gave me the idea that a character in the book (Katie’s friend) would want to star in her own cooking show and the hero would be a director/filmmaker. But as I learned more about the subject, with advice from Gina Black and Sheila Clover English (Circle of Seven Productions) Gabe became a videographer. A lot of the plot evolved from the hero/heroine’s careers.

What genre does your book fall under? Magical realism & contemporary romance.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? Maggie Gyllenhaal at age 28, and Simon Baker at 30.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? Katie’s magic is pies, Gabe’s is being alive – but it takes more than magic for a happily ever after.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? Self-published. MIRACLE PIE will probably be out in January, though there’s a possibility it will be available in December.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? Less than two months for the first draft. It’s on the short side, about 63,000 words.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? Books by Sarah Addison Allen, and the Friday Harbor series by Lisa Kleypas. They’re all in the same magical realism subgenre.

Who or what inspired you to write this book? When my mother was alive, she was the best pie maker, so I was very pleased to write about pies. Except for her baking skills, my mother was nothing like my heroine, but she was a huge reader and I know she would’ve loved the book.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? In this book, the village gets together to help members of the community who are in need. They do this in a unique way. I enjoyed writing those scenes. If you’re a dog lover, Katie has a 19-year-old Beagle named Happy who’s mentioned often in the book. Happy might even be on the cover. I hope so!

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I tagged four wonderful authors to blog about their Next Big Thing next Monday on the Dec. 5th. I’m looking forward to reading their posts!

Michelle Diener (Her newest historical was released this Tuesday: THE EMPEROR’S CONSPIRACY)
Liz Kreger (PROMISE FOR TOMORROW)
Mary Hughes (Biting Oz)
Cynthia D’Alba (Texas Two Step)

What’s the next best thing in your life?

Aug 272012
 

I hope this is the beginning of a fabulous week for everyone! My prayers go out to everyone in the North Gulf Coast that you and your loved ones will be okay.

At Magical Musings today, I’m talking about kids and pets in books, and I’m giving away an ecopy of either STARDUST MIRACLE, DRAGON BLUES or CATTITUDE to a commenter. Tomorrow I’m a guest at Mary Hughes’ blog, where I’m giving away a copy of STARDUST MIRACLE to a commenter. I’m announcing the winner of The Magical Musings giveaway on Friday. I’m not sure when Mary will announce the winner on her blog.

So go forth and win!

Aug 012012
 

It’s only Wednesday, and I’ve had a busy week. On Monday I had lunch with authors Mary HughesLeigh Morgan, Elle J Rossi and Beth Watson. Leigh, Mary and I have been getting together for a few months now. Last month Mary had brought her print copy of BLACK DIAMOND JINN. Leigh and I were impressed, and we decided we wanted to go into print with our books. I’m starting with just one for STARDUST MIRACLE from my new Miracle Interrupted series. Leigh is jumping in with all three of her contemporary romances. While I just recently started my process, Leigh brought all three books to lunch on Monday.

Here’s a peek at Mary’s book and one of Leigh’s:


Don’t they look wonderful? I was also impressed with the icon for Leigh’s company, Pen & Sword Publishing, LLC. After lunch, I contacted my cover artist instead and asked her to add one for my print cover. I love what she came up with. It’s so…cute. It fits my books, and the first time I saw it, I said “Awww.” I always go with the “Awww.” So here it is:

In a week or two, STARDUST MIRACLE should be available in print. I’m eager to post about that!

That’s my news. Last night I watched the US women’s gymnastic Olympic team win the gold. I was thrilled! The women’s gymnasts events are my favorite, and I’m glad I caught it.

So far it’s been a great week. How has your week been going?