Oct 252013
 

reviewertoppick2I got another Top Pick from Night Owl Reviews! This one is for Cattitude, my first book that I published. It’s a special book for me because of that, and because it was so different and fun to write. We don’t talk about reviewers that much, but I’d like to give Delanna 5 stars for her well-written review. Here’s how she starts it:

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This book is for all the cat owners who have ever looked at their cats and wondered, “What is that cat thinking?” Here is your chance to find out.

And then, near the end:

I loved reading Cattitude. Edie Ramer is a wonderful author that always brings a smile to my face and a life to my spirit when I read one of her books, and this one is no exception.

Banquet-of-Lies-New-200x315Other news is that the Romance Super Bundle is still going strong! It’s #133 in Kindle paid books overall! I’m so pleased. It’s a great bargain, with 10 full-sized books for only 99 cents.

Last bit of news is that Michelle Diener’s Banquet of Lies is available. I ordered it from Amazon in print. Some books I just like to hold, and this is one of them. I love her writing, and she’s already getting rave reviews. :)

This is a busy weekend for us, but I still plan on writing. I need to find out when we’re having Trick or Treat in our village, too. No Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups. I love them too much and can’t trust myself around them. What can’t you trust yourself around?

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!

Mar 012013
 

Daughter-of-the-Sky-300Daughter of the Sky by Michelle Diener is an amazing, page-turning historical romance with a great, great heroine and hero. Michelle is my critique partner, and I first read this years ago. At the time we read each other’s works in chapters as we wrote them, and I looked forward eagerly to the next batch – actually resenting that I had to wait.

You can read more about it on Michelle’s blog. She has all the buy links up. I hope you’ll buy it and read it. Once you do, I know you’ll love it.

Though I’ve read it twice, I’m off to buy it on Kindle.  If you prefer print, the print book will be available soon. :)

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?

Nov 212012
 

Michelle Diener is giving 2 copies of her historical novel, THE EMPEROR’S CONSPIRACY, at Magical Musings: one in the US, and the other outside of the US. I’ve read it already in its unedited form and it’s wonderful.

Marilyn Brant is answering questions at her blog about her very cool book that will be out soon: PRIDE, PREJUDICE AND THE PERFECT MATCH.

Don’t you love the title and want to hear more? It’s a meme, and I’m doing one next week about MIRACLE PIE, my upcoming book.

I hope all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Sep 102012
 

Michelle Diener is one of my favorite authors and I’m lucky to have her as a CP. I learned more about her today at Magical Musings where she talks about what writing means to her and how she started. It made me admire her even more.

One of the things she did was make up games and plays when she was young. It reminds me of Jo in Little Women. Hop over and read it to find out more surprises about Michelle.

Aug 302012
 

With help from Misty Evans and Dale Mayer – and thumbs up from my CPs, Liz Kreger and Michelle Diener – I have a blurb for Miracle Lane. The 3rd Miracle Interrupted story won’t be out until next month or even October. (This was the novella that was originally supposed to be out in July, but it turned into a novel.) Though Miracle Lane still has to go through editing, I’m very happy with it. I’m very happy with the blurb, too. Here it is:

She forgot how to hate, and now she’s learning how to love…

Brain-damaged Nia Beaudine can’t remember her life before The Accident. Someone intentionally ran over her and left her for dead. Now she’s living in the ‘witch’s house’ she inherited in the village of Miracle, relearning how to live on her own. Well, almost on her own – the talking cat helping her cope is a bonus. But when a hate-filled family member shows up with a gun, Nia knows she needs real help.

Former Army Sergeant and PTSD sufferer Rob Ackerman regularly covers for his identical twin, the village constable, and answers Nia’s emergency call. This strange young woman immediately sees he’s not his brother. In return, he sees that the only way she can fully live in her new life is to find out why someone in her old life tried to kill her…and might try again.

As they dig up Nia’s past, the attraction between them grows. Their brains may be damaged, but their bodies and hearts are working just fine.

You can see by the description that I have too much going for a novella. When I was halfway through I thought it should be a book. But I had a deadline with an editor, so I pulled back. Next time I’ll know better. I’m the kind of person who’s usually early or on time. But this isn’t about being late; this is about putting out the best book I can.

What about you? Are you usually late, early or on time?

Aug 032011
 

I’m at Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews with one of my Galaxy Girls characters interviewing another. It was my suggestion, but as soon as she said “great idea” (or something similar), I inwardly groaned and wondered if I could pull it off. So I’m pleased at how well it turned out. It catches the fun tone of the story (though GG has some dark spots, too.)

Laurie also wrote an insightful review that gave me something to think about. That’s what a good reviewer does. I almost forgot, but I’m doing a giveaway there, too.

Michelle Diener, whose debut book, In A Treacherous Court, is officially out now, is at Magical Musings, talking about all that she’s learned on her journey to publication. A lot!

I should be writing but I’m monitoring a great class on formatting and converting Word files into epub and prc files. Yesterday I formatted 2 books. Today I’ll format 3 much quicker than I did yesterday. (I hope) Then I’ll try the conversion. Lori Devoti, who’s teaching the class, makes it look easy. Wish me luck.

Jul 302011
 

My CP’s debut book, In A Treacherous Court by Michelle Diener, is available early on Amazon. I’ve been telling my friends about this book for over a year. She’s such a good writer. It’s a historical suspense, and she brings the characters to life. Target picked it up for its Emerging Author Program. She’s already getting rave reviews, and I’m sure there will be many more. Here’s the blurb:

Henry VIII’s most lethal courtier and his newly appointed artist become the only thing keeping him on the throne – and if they survive, neither will ever be the same.

John Parker is one of Henry VIII most useful courtiers — utterly merciless and completely loyal. But one small favour for his King will pull Parker into a deadly plot against the throne, one that will test his courage, his resolve, and most especially, his heart.

A commission from Henry VIII should have been the crowning achievement of Susanna Horenbout’s career, but before the beautiful and talented artist even sets foot in England, she finds herself in possession of a secret that could change its history. With Parker as her only protection against killers who will stop at nothing to silence her, Susanna has to trust the dangerous, enigmatic courtier. She’s used to fighting in a man’s world, but she never expected to be fighting for her life.

Here’s what people have been saying about it:

“IN A TREACHEROUS COURT is an action-adventure-mystery-historical that grabs the reader on page one and doesn’t let go. It reminds me of SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE in the way it captures the “feel” of Tudor England, moving with equal aplomb from royal palace to refuse-clogged London street to leaky rowboat on the Thames.” Kate Emerson (Author of BY ROYAL DECREE: Secrets of the Tudor Court)

“Awesome! History woven flawlessly into riveting fiction.” Tammy J. Schneider (Special Features Editor and book reviewer at “Affaire de Coeur” magazine)

“Just when readers think there is nothing new to be learned about Henry VIII, debut author Diener delivers a taut suspense . . . that will keep you turning the pages.” Kathe Robin (4 star review in RT Magazine August 2011 issue)

I read this book and two of the sequels, and I know they’re going to be on the favorite lists of many readers. It’s 1/3 off at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. You can find the Buy Links at Michelle’s book page.

May 222011
 

The first draft of Joe the ghost’s story is done. Yay!!! I’m going to take the rest of this beautiful day off to walk the dogs for the second time today, and tonight I’ll finish reading Fierce Dawn by Amber Scott. I read the first half, and it was hard to pull myself away to work on my book.

I would have finished yesterday, but I was on a tour of the UWM-Milwaukee library with other writers from my local chapter. It was interesting. In their special collections, they have one of the few replicas of the Book of Kells, plus gorgeous illuminated books from the 1500’s. They also have a fun collection of nurse romances.

The illuminated books reminded me of Michelle Diener’s Tudor book that will be out in August, In A Treacherous Court. The heroine, Susanna Horenbout, was a real artist for King Henry VIII. The hero, John Parker, was a real figure, too. But the page-turning, breathtaking and brilliant story came from Michelle’s mind.

That was my weekend. What are you reading now?