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?

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?