Aug 232013
 

reviewertoppick2Two of my books are Night Owl Romance Top Picks! MUST WORSHIP CATS and MIRACLE LANE. I’m so thrilled! MIRACLE PIE was a Top Pick in July, so this makes 3 books from my Miracle Interrupted series that have been Night Owl Review Top Picks. I’m very pleased! Here are bites from the reviews:

“Must Worship Cats delivers a fast paced story that will capture your heart from the beginning.” ~Delanna, Night Owl Reviews

“You will love the Miracle Interrupted series. Love and peace can to be found in Miracle, be sure to stop by and find yours.” ~Delanna, Night Owl Reviews (Miracle Lane)

“This is a book that will bring a smile to your heart, laughter to your lips and tears to your eyes.” ~Delanna, Night Owl Reviews (Miracle Pie)

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?

Jun 162012
 

Yesterday I sent the free coupon code for my latest book, STARDUST MIRACLE, to quite a few readers. In my email, I mentioned my novella in the Miracle Interrupted series by title. I looked over it a couple times for errors, didn’t see any, and hit send. Last night I heard from one of the readers. Instead of giving the novella title MUST WORSHIP CATS, I said it was MUST WORKSHOP CATS.

The reader who told me thought it was funny, but I’ve got to be honest. My cat would not approve. Good thing she doesn’t read.

Jun 012012
 

MUST WORSHIP CATS is out now! It’s the first story from my new series, Miracle Interrupted. MUST WORSHIP CATS is a novella, 26,000 words. Here’s my cover!

MUST WORSHIP CATS introduces the Village of Miracle. It’s the only book in the series (as far as I’ve planned) that will be entirely in an animal’s point of view. Here’s the description and the excerpt:

She’s a cat on a mission…

Only two years old, Cat is tired of being sent to stay with humans who don’t appreciate her. She escapes the latest mismatch, deciding this time she’ll choose who she stays with, not the other way round. But finding the perfect home is more dangerous than she thought, and for Cat, food and shelter are no longer enough. They must worship her.

Excerpt:

A new sound interrupted Cat’s thoughts. She turned her head and spotted a cat prancing toward her. A female, Cat could tell right away. Her face was white and her body striped. Her eyes, outlined in black, looked funny. They popped out the way some dogs’ eyes did and they made her look like she wanted to eat any animal that got in her way.

And her gaze remained on Cat as she continued to stalk forward.

A sour scent came to Cat, and the fur along her spine rose. She got to her feet, not taking her gaze off the other cat with the bad scent. A fighting scent.

The smell twisted Cat’s stomach and gave her the feeling that in another moment she was going to puke.

The woman’s car started and drove off. Cat felt someone’s stare on her, coming from another direction. She flicked her gaze to Pastor Jim. He was watching her with a smile.

“A cat,” he murmured and his gaze shifted to the other cat. “Lucy, look what’s here for you. A playmate.” He laughed, a smooth sound like a snake sliding through the grass.

More fur on Cat’s back bristled. Even with her injured hip, she could outrun any human. Pastor Jim wasn’t a danger to her now. But the other cat…

Her gaze flicked back to the cat. Its sides were wider now. The cat had expanded her frame and fluffed her fur, making herself look bigger.

Cat hissed, telling her to watch out. The other cat growled. Like a dog. It looked part dog with its ugly whitish face. Not the face of a dog she’d like to curl up against either.

The dog this cat resembled would eat kittens for breakfast.

And it kept advancing.

Though the other cat was bigger and weighed more, Cat was young and she was fast — normally. But not with her injured hip. And because of her hip, she knew she couldn’t fight this cat and win.

Cat’s heart thundered inside her chest. Around her all was silent. Not even a bird chirped or a dog twitched. The other cat just kept walking toward Cat while Pastor Jim watched with that same gloating smile.

A tightness twisted Cat’s stomach, then slithered up her chest and around her throat. She wanted to puke. She’d been in a couple fights and had never run from another cat. She wasn’t running from this one either. Not because she was afraid of looking bad. But if she turned her back on this cat, she knew the other cat would pounce on her and hurt her anyway.

The cat reached the bench, and Pastor Jim leaned down. “Go, Lucy. Go.”

The cat’s whiskers twitched, testing the air to see which way to move. Her muscles bunched as she prepared to spring.

Cat’s did the same. Maybe her back legs weren’t as quick as usual, but her front legs could lash out like lightning.

The cat leapt at her, but when Cat pushed up with her back legs, the injured one crumpled. She yowled. As she shifted her weight onto the good leg, the other cat landed on her back. Cat tried to rear up but her leg hurt too badly to put weight on it.

The other cat yowled, claiming victory. Then its claws lashed at Cat’s ear, ripping it.

Pain flamed through Cat, worse than the pain in her hip. She cried out and rolled away, knocking the other cat off her.

Everything hurt. Cat used her pain to push up to her feet. Used it to jump on the ugly cat. To land on top of her. The other cat twisted to put Cat beneath her.

Though Cat’s ear and hip throbbed with a horrible ache, she resisted. There was something wrong with this other cat. Wrong in its mind. It didn’t want to hurt her a little and drive her away. It wanted to hurt her badly. So badly Cat would never be the same again.

Cat’s stomach was twisting again, but she concentrated on defending herself. She opened her mouth and gave a war cry. Ready to battle, she pushed up with her back legs.

Her sense that it was either kill or be killed lent Cat extra power, and she leapt high. Higher than the older and heavier cat could leap. Instead of trying to jump, the other cat sat up and raised its paw, ready to swipe at Cat on her way down. Though Cat’s reach was shorter, she readied her body to claw the other cat.

“Go, Lucy,” Pastor Jim called, his tone gleeful, sounding like a crow calling other vultures to a road kill. “Go.”

Lucy growled again and Cat’s stomach twisted harder.

And that’s when it happened.

She threw up. The chicken, the fish, the cat food, the water. Everything she had in her stomach emptied out and poured onto the ugly cat’s surprised face.

STARDUST MIRACLE will be out next week. MIRACLE LANE will be out in July. I’m loving this series so far.

This is a wonderful start to June for me. How is your June looking?

Apr 092012
 

Tomorrow (Tuesday), I’ll be at Barbara Vey’s Reader Appreciation Luncheon in southeastern Wisconsin. After that, I’m off to the RT Booklovers Convention in Chicago. It should be a blast, but I still plan on working in the mornings. I’m publishing a novella and a book for my new series in May. The series is called Miracle Interrupted. The novella is titled MUST WORSHIP CATS. I haven’t settled on a title for the book yet, but I’m taking suggestions on my blog at Magical Musings.

If you’re there, look for a very short woman with brown hair, and it might be me. Come up and say hi. It’s supposed to be a real party con. I’m looking forward to meeting a lot of writers and readers. I’m looking forward to meeting a lot of people I’ve known online. Even if you don’t go, I hope you’ll have a wonderful time.