Monday, December 30, 2013

Baby & Me Love This Evian Clip



Happy New Year bloggers! I hope you enjoy this fun clip from Evian. Babies always make me smile.

In the coming year, I'll be focusing on my Scottish historical romances and my trip to Scotland.

2014 should bring excitement for all of us. What are your plans?

Here's wishing you all the very best for a prosperous New Year!

~Amy


Friday, December 6, 2013

IT'S LAUNCH DAY!

At long last, VIRTUE is here!!!

Get it on Amazon: Virtue on Amazon

Get it on B&N: Virtue on B & N

Were did I get my inspiration, you ask?

Before I went to college, I was a showgirl. I toured—singing and dancing my way around the world in a review called Follies on Broadway. Several years later, I dreamed up the plot for VIRTUE after I took a cruise to Belize...

and I asked myself... 

How cool would it be to write a romantic suspense about a dancer who falls in love with a hot Belizean man and ends up in more trouble than Indiana Jones?

On of my favorite scenes in the book is when the hero first sees the heroine. Here's the excerpt:

Long blond hair fluttered with the breeze, legs that wouldn't stop, and a body so well proportioned, he’d only seen the likes in swimsuit editions of Sports Illustrated.

She looked his way and his breath caught. He quickly glanced down, busying himself with the glasses. Gabriel’s heart thundered in his ears as she approached.

“Hi,” she said, her American accent friendly, not bitchy like other incredibly beautiful tourists he’d encountered. “You think I could get a Diet Coke?”

Gabriel looked up. She smiled, white teeth, eyes that reflected the sea, flawless skin. “Ah. Sure.” He reached for a glass, one of the fancy plastic tumblers. He scooped in some ice and grabbed a toothpick umbrella, garnishing it with a lime and a red maraschino cherry. Holding up her special drink, he grinned. “Why diet?”

She lowered her extraordinarily long lashes. “I’m a dancer—always watching my figure, you know.”

“You’re a dancer on the ship?”

She took a sip. “Uh huh. Arrived last night.” When she leaned in, he caught a delicious fragrance like rain falling on orange blossoms. “I’m pretending I’m lost and taking a little self-guided tour on my way to the theater. I thought I’d have a look around before spending who knows how many hours tied to the stage.”

“Off to rehearse, huh?”

“Yep. Had to learn two shows in a week.” She pointed to her white flip-flops. “I’m wearing these to air out the blisters on my toes.”

He glanced down, but only made it as far as her well-muscled, slender thighs. Perfection. “Sounds painful.”

“It’ll be all right.” She leaned closer with the most adorable smile he’d ever seen in his life. “Know what?”

Gabriel hoped drool wasn’t draining out the corner of his mouth. “What?”

“The lead dancer is leaving the show after this tour, and I’ve been picked for the fan dance.”

God in heaven, why did that not surprise him? He’d choose her for any spotlight dance. He’d pick her just to stand center stage for hours on end. You want to drape those pegs across my bar so I can stare at them all day? Holy mother, she could do anything she wanted.
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Hope you can stop by my Facebook party this evening (Friday, Dec. 6th) and celebrate with me!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

You're Invited to My Online FB Party!

Ever wondered what a Facebook release party is about? So did I...was afraid to join one until I went to the Romance Novel Convention and discovered most of the bestselling authors are having FB parties to celebrate their new releases.

So what's it like?

  • First of all, it's not all about the book. Topics may include themes from the book. For example, VIRTUE (to be released December 6th) takes place in Belize, so we'll be talking and sharing pictures about our favorite travel destinations.
  • GIVEAWAYS! These are not all books either. I'm giving away a KINDLE, as well as gift cards and a host of other things.
  • YOU DON'T NEED TO BE ONLINE FOR THE WHOLE PARTY! Just stop in and say hello. That will make the author's day and will get you in the drawing for one of the giveaways.
  • FUN! These parties are meant to be fun for everyone. They are not a platform to buffoon on about one's book...they are an opportunity for readers to network and have a good time.
  • You can turn off notifications to avoid getting e-mails. 
I'd LOVE for you to stop by my party, Friday, December 6, 5-8pm Mountain Time. (Click the picture and join...you'll make my day!):



Psst...Boy Man Chief is on sale for $0.99 at Amazon until December 9th....

Monday, December 2, 2013

Forever in My Heart by Sarah Hoss

My good friend, Sarah Hoss, has just released her newest novel, ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS A SOUL MATE, an anthology, and has agreed to a spotlight interview. Yea!

Hi Sarah!

Would you tell us about your AMAZING road to publication? 

My road to publication has been a long one. My first book, Dreams of the Highlander, took me about 6 years from start to finish. My first two years of writing, I was all alone and not sure what I was doing. Once I joined Celtic Hearts Romance Writers, it became so much better because I had other authors I could lean on.


What is your book about?

All I want for Christmas is an anthology. 20 Soul Mate authors including myself joined together to give you this book. There are different heat levels, different genres, and all with the same theme. Wanting to spend Christmas with the one you love.


Could you talk a little about your main characters and their conflicts?

My story is called Forever in my Heart and my main characters are Iona and William. They have been in love and are supposed to get married at Christmas. Their conflicts are about them trying to get married and the incident that separated them.

How did you come up with the story?

I love historical romances and Scotland is my favorite place, so the setting was easy. The anthology is centered around Christmas, so I had to have that in my theme. The story just came to me as I was trying to think of a plot.




Could you tell us something about your current projects? Will we see another book from you soon?

I hope so. I am working on a contemporary novella and also the two other books to follow Dreams of the Highlander.


Have you got any advice for aspiring authors?

Be patient. This world is a waiting game when it comes to writing, editors, and submitting. Also, have thick skin. You will never get everyone to like your books.


Now for the fun stuff. 

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Favorite food?  Twizzlers, they help me think.
Favorite pet? I have two so I can’t choose. I have a cat and a dog.
Favorite cruise destination? Canary Islands
Tea or coffee? Both


Sarah grew up believing she could try anything and if she set her mind to it, she would succeed. Sixteen years of dance lessons, Cheerleading, and school plays proved to her that her parent’s words rang true. Writing was no exception. Reading the Outlander series made her fall in love with time travels and the historical places books could take her. Always a child with a vivid imagination, she realized as an adult, she could put her imagination to good use and began writing. Marrying her very own hero, they live in Indiana in the town where she grew up. They have three beautiful children and one hyper dog. When Sarah isn’t writing, she enjoys gardening, camping, and watching her kids’ play sports.




Excerpt from Dreams of the Highlander:
Chapter 1
“Love looks with the mind, not with the eyes.”
William Shakespeare
    
Newtonmore Scotland, 1701
“Mairi,” he whispered.
“I love ye with all of my heart.” The evidence of that love clung to her soft voice.
Alexander swallowed the lump of fear that rose in his throat. “I love ye, too.” He lowered his gaze to their beautiful son nestled in his arms. Brown hair dusted the little head and he gently ran his hands over the silky forehead as he fought back tears.
“I want ye to be happy, Alexander.” A blanket of confusion covered him as she turned away in sadness to stare out the window.
“What are ye saying, Mairi? Ye’re going to be fine.” He said it with as much conviction as he could muster. His hand cupped her cheek, his thumb slowly brushing strokes back and forth.
Alexander readjusted himself on the bed. She turned then, to stare back into his eyes, her hand grasping his. The sadness had left and in its place, determination settled in.
“No, I won’t and we both know it.” She swallowed with difficulty. “Promise me, Alexander. Promise me ye willna grieve for me forever.” He watched, stunned, as her hand dropped from his.
Alexander heard his mother sobbing in the background as he sat there with his stillborn son held tightly in his arms and watched his wife slip peacefully from this world.

Where to find Sarah:



Twitter- @SarahHoss1




    

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Book Trailer for VIRTUE-Check It Out!



To be released December 6th, 2013...

IT'S NEARLY HERE! 

Sheltered, raised in rural Utah, Zoe Marshall has never heard of the Mayan Prophecy of the Golden Goddess—but she’s about to.

At the moment she’s thrilled to have landed her dream job dancing on a cruise ship where she meets Belizean Gabriel AhKin. The sizzling bartender stirs her passion.

When the ship docks in Belize, Zoe disappears—spirited into the bowels of a Mayan cult led by a reclusive fanatic. When the madman sees her, he divines Zoe is the Golden Goddess. She is “the one” to fulfill the prophecy. Now Gabriel’s driving obsession is to rescue the woman who’s captured his heart.




 AND AS A BONUS...Get the Cut Scenes book for free--More dancing and backstage antics--Available Free on Smashwords NOW (just click the image to download)!

A special thanks to Indigo Grace for helping me with this Awesome cover, and thanks to my publisher Turquoise Morning Press for allowing me to release a cut-scenes teaser!

You're invited to my online Facebook party...giveaways, chats about travel destinations, cocktails, and books! Special guest appearance by Catherine Bybee. Come and join the fun! Just click on the link...
VIRTUE FACEBOOK PARTY

Monday, November 25, 2013

My Writing Process Blog Tour

Judy Cullen, a friend of mine from high school (no, I can't remember how long ago that was) invited me to join the My Writing Process Blog Tour. She rocks, of course, because she went to Stadium HS in Tacoma, WA...
Stadium High School-The Old Brown Castle, Tacoma WA--From the Stadium web site

You can get to know Judy here: Visit Judy's Blog...Judith Cullen is a theatre artist from the Pacific Northwest with over 25 years of experience as a designer, production manager, administrator, and producer for theatre and opera. Since 2008 she has worked as a volunteer presenting literature live in the online metaverse of Second Life ©, logging in over 500 hours to benefit a variety of charities including War Child North America, Project Children, and Habitat for Humanity. Ms. Cullen has recently profoundly expanded her skill sets, transforming her professional theatre experience, combined with her work as a virtual storyteller, into a refreshed career as a narrator, voice artist, and author
~ Direct quote from Judith Cullen's Blogspot

I do have cool friends, huh?

About the Blog Tour...I'm to answer a few questions about my writing process...

What am I working on?
  • I'm just finishing up a Scottish historical romance that takes place in the 15th century and is based on legend. 
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
  • Though I write romance, my Scottish historicals don't gloss over the brutality of life. Of course they are sizzling hot, but things were rough. I've spent a lot of time learning about the period in which I write, and strive to show it as realistically as possible.
Why do I write what I do?
  • I read widely, and love to write adventure novels that sizzle. I adore history and as a child I often pictured myself in another time. 
What is my writing process?

  • I build a notebook for every book. It starts with research. I usually find an event in history, or someone who sparks my interest. I learn everything I can about them and use that as a framework for my outline.
  • Once I'm ready to write.
  • Start with a premise statement.
  • Write a 2-3 page general outline of the book/sequence of events.
  • Develop my characters--I identify their personality type, then I use a character profile sheet to make them into a real person and write their back stories.
  • I then use an Excel spreadsheet to plot each scene. I use a numbering system that allows me to insert scenes, because once I start writing, the gloves come off and my characters start taking over. Inevitably, the outline changes as the story comes alive.
  • Of course I then edit the hell out of it...that has become my favorite part.



Some of my writing tools

Bottom line? I do a ton of homework up front, which makes the back end easier to edit. 

My romantic suspense, VIRTUE, will be released next week. I hope you can stop by my Facebook party. I'm planning a ton of fun and giveaways. Heck, we might even get around to talking about books. VIRTUE FACEBOOK PARTY Would love to see you there!

NEXT UP...Another of my cool friends...Visit Jen Greyson's Blog to see her writing process on December 2nd:

From the moment she decided on a degree in Equestrian Studies, Jen Greyson’s life has been one unscripted adventure after another. Leaving the cowboy state of Wyoming to train show horses in France, Switzerland, and Germany, she’s lived life without much of a plan, but always a book in her suitcase. Now a wife and mom to two young boys, she relies on her adventurous, passionate characters to be the risk- takers.

Jen also ghost writes billionaire legacies and romance novellas when she’s not enjoying the wilds of the west via wakeboard or snowmobile.

She's a mama writer, unleashing stories.






Monday, November 18, 2013

Apocalypto-HD Trailer--Remember This?



Cover Reveal!


VIRTUE is coming:

A Dancer
A Bartender
A Cruise Ship 
A Mayan Cult
A Sacrificial Altar...
Can he keep her alive?

Watch for it. December 6, 2013


You're invited to my Facebook party...giveaways, chats about travel destinations, cocktails, and books! Special guest appearance by Catherine Bybee. Come and join the fun!
VIRTUE FACEBOOK PARTY

Monday, October 28, 2013

Boy Man Chief - Free This week on Amazon Kindle

Historical Native American Fantasy, BOY MAN CHIEF, Free Promo on Amazon:

In an ancient Native American world, Koicto dreams of leading his people through the ravages of war. Summoned by the Tribal Elders, this gifted warrior forges a bond of brotherhood with the irascible cougar, Kitchi, and proves he’s worthy to lead. But the Elders proclaim Koicto a shaman—a medicine man. They force him into an arranged marriage, ignoring his love for the beautiful Pavati, and cast aside his burning desire to become chief of the Nahchee Nation.


With staggering brutality, Koicto’s vision of war unfolds. He must now fulfill his destiny. If he fails, the Nahchee will be no more.

Download on Amazon for free through Thursday, October 31st...


Saturday, October 26, 2013

Free Cut Scenes Book!

To celebrate the coming release of my novel, VIRTUE, I've released VIRTUE-THE CUT SCENES on Smashwords for FREE!

Cut scenes from the novel VIRTUE, including dancing and backstage scene antics.

Before I went to college, I was a showgirl. I toured—singing and dancing my way around the world in a review called Follies on Broadway. Several years later, I dreamed up the plot for VIRTUE after I took a cruise to Belize... 

How cool would it be to write a romantic suspense about a dancer who falls in love with a hot Belizean man and ends up in more trouble than Indiana Jones?

Click on the cover image to download the sample and cut scenes for FREE!







VIRTUE will be released by Turquoise Morning Press December 6th:


Back Cover Copy:

Sheltered, raised in rural Utah, Zoe Marshall has never heard of the Mayan Prophecy of the Golden Goddess—but she’s about to.

At the moment she’s thrilled to have landed her dream job dancing on a cruise ship where she meets Belizean Gabriel AhKin. The sizzling bartender stirs her passion.


When the ship docks in Belize, Zoe disappears—spirited into the bowels of a Mayan cult led by a reclusive fanatic. When the madman sees her, he divines Zoe is the Golden Goddess. She is “the one” to fulfill the prophecy. Now Gabriel’s driving obsession is to rescue the woman who’s captured his heart.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Death of a Manuscript

 

I have two manuscripts in shallow graves. How about you?

P.S. Interested in reading a funny romance? Rebecca would rather mow through five-hundred poodle cuts than think about dating...


Thursday, October 10, 2013

Editing...Gawd!

I've got my rights back and I'm in the process of editing my first novel, BOY MAN CHIEF (Formerly published as KOICTO). Oh. My. God. Have I learned a lot in the past several years!

I thought it would be a pretty easy job to go in and fix a few typos that I knew were in it, but I made so many novice mistakes:

1. That, that, that! I'll bet I've cut 500 that's and I'm not finished yet.
2. As, as, as...not as bad as that, but bad.
3. Not enough action, and not using props...too many head nods.
4. Stating the emotion rather than showing it.
5. Too much word repetition.

Yes, it's bad, bad, bad, but know the good thing? It can be fixed, and I'll have a much better book. I'm hoping to release BOY MAN CHIEF, a Native American historical fantasy by November 1st.

The back cover copy:

In an ancient Native American world, Koicto dreams of leading his people through the ravages of war. Summoned by the Tribal Elders, this gifted warrior forges a bond of brotherhood with the irascible cougar, Kitchi, and proves he’s worthy to lead. But the Elders proclaim Koicto a shaman—a medicine man. They force him into an arranged marriage, ignoring his love for the beautiful Pavati, and casting aside his burning desire to become chief of the Nahchee Nation.

With staggering brutality, Koicto’s vision of war unfolds. He must now fulfill his destiny. If he fails, the Nahchee will be no more.

Monday, September 30, 2013

So You Want to Write a Novel? Do You Even Read Fiction?



How many people have you met who are over confident or clueless like this guy?

This Video was created by the very talented David Kazzie Visit his blog: Wahoo Corner

Thursday, September 12, 2013

The Romance Reviews Blog Hop Q&A

If you've hopped over here from The Romance Reviews Blog Hop, you've found the right spot for my Q & A. right below is my Question (If you're looking for my book recommendation and giveaway, page down...but why not read my snippet first?):

Though Rebecca's breed is Chihuahua, what breed of dog is she bathing in the opening scene?
  1. Chihuahua
  2. Shih Tzu
  3. Poodle
  4. Chinese Crested
Here's the clue:

Like all males, this one was a sucker for a back massage and he leaned into her skilled hands with a blissful moan. He arched his back when she found that “spot” and Rebecca chuckled at the dog’s leg-shaking response. She glanced in the mirror over the stainless steel doggie bath. The steam always made Rebecca’s red hair frizz and it tickled her cheeks as she worked suds into the Powder Puff Chinese Crested.

With her teenaged kids at school, Rebecca sang along to the tune of “Uptown Girl” booming from the light-rock station. She sounded pretty good and blasted out the words she knew, substituting “doggie paws” where her memory failed.

Rebecca took her hand off the Crested to swipe the encroaching frizz out of her eyes. Of course the dog took advantage of the freedom and shook, splattering her with water and suds. “Darn you little rascal.” She twitched as doggie bath water dribbled down her face. Glancing at the mirror, she dabbed her cheeks with her shirt sleeve. The suds in her hair would have to wait.

As she reached for the warm water spray hose, a muffled doorbell rang. Her eyes shot to a plastic black-and-white Chihuahua clock, its tail wagging to the tick of each half-second. Damn, ten minutes early and he’s at the wrong door. Can’t people read the sign? She fastened the grooming loop on the Crested and folded up the side panel of the bath to ensure the dog’s safety.

Dashing from her studio, she opened the door of her Southern New Jersey home. With a sharp jolt, her breath caught as a friendly grin and sky-blue eyes gazed down at her. “Hi, I’m Matt Johnson.”
Rebecca stood motionless. Her mouth hung open, her mind unable to focus.

“Ma’am?”

Though his deep bass had resonated on the phone, she didn’t expect someone quite so tall or handsome. Fortyish? He had to be close to her age. With an uncharacteristic wave of self-consciousness, Rebecca slid her fingers through her mop of sudsy hair. “Um, you’re early. Come in. I’m Rebecca Lee.”

Her fingers trembled as she held the door open for him. She rushed ahead and spoke over her shoulder so she wouldn’t have to look at those eyes again. “This way. You’re going to have to wait a couple of minutes while I rinse out this dog.”

“Nice place.”

Rebecca smiled inwardly at his hushed remark. Her shoes squeaked on the black-and-white checked floor that matched her clock and curtains. One wall displayed a checkerboard of pictures of Rebecca and her winning dogs and the wall across the room was lined with white kennel cages. Though she made every effort to keep it sterile as a hospital, it sounded more like the pound when the dogs spotted Matt.

“Silence,” Rebecca shouted and the raucous barking stopped, except for Bruno, the boisterous Long Coat Chihuahua on the end. He always demanded to have the last word. Now in her studio, her confidence resumed and she reached for the spray hose.

Matt moved in next to her, focusing on Rebecca’s sodden victim, shaking like a vibrating cell phone.

Her heart skipped a beat.

She scooted aside and glanced in the mirror. A whistle slipped past her lips. The bubbles in her hair had dissipated, but the mass of red frizz had taken over. Soon her face would be lost beneath the tangle. She showered the poor dog with warm water, wishing she could hang her head over the bath and spray it down too.

“That’s not a Chihuahua, is it?” A question that no dog professional would need to ask.

But Rebecca expected greenhorn questions from amateurs. “No, Puff’s a Chinese Crested.”

He casually leaned against the bath. “Really? I thought they were hairless.”

“You’re right, but there are two varieties, hairless and powder puff, like this one.” She toweled off the dog, put him in a crate and attached a hair dryer to the cage door. “So, you’re looking for a pet Chihuahua?” She managed not to tremble when her eyes met his again.


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Romance Reviews Blog Hop: Recommended Read:


Craving PerfectCraving Perfect by Liz Fichera

CRAVING PERFECT by Liz Fichera is a darling story about Grace Mills, a shy baker who has low self esteem. She thinks she'd like to live the life of the "beautiful people," but when she gets her chance, transformed into a beauty by an out-of-control treadmill, she finds things as a leggy blonde aren't as great she had imagined. I love the male lead, Carlos - he's soooo dreamy!

This is definitely an ideal "cuddle-up-and-read" book! 
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In celebration of the FALL INTO ROMANCE BLOG HOP, I'm giving away THREE eBook copies of CHIHUAHUA MOMMA!

Just follow the raffle copter to enter. Contest runs from September 13-21.





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Monday, September 9, 2013

PJ Blog Tours: WORLD TOUR

I'm thrilled to participate in the Parajunkee Blog Tour--They're promoting my book, Chihuahua Momma over the next few days, and my job is to talk about my favorite city in the WORLD!

Ok, ok, first I need to clarify that though I do write contemporary romance, I also write Scottish historical romance, which will start hitting the shelves in 2014.

So...what is my favorite city in the world?
View from Edinburgh Castle Ramparts

Edinburgh Castle

Why yes, it's EDINBURGH! This city is surrounded by tons of dastardly history. Besides, my alma mater is Heriot-Watt University in the famed Scottish city. I love walking along the Royal Mile and imagining I was there in the fifteenth or sixteenth century when the Scottish monarchy was at its pinnacle. Can you see a rugged Highland laird come to court, dressed in a kilt with his claymore swinging from his hip?

Please visit my blog hosts and enter to win a Kindle fire or a gift card!:

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Question for Blogger Friends/Self-Pubbers

Hey Guys--I have a question for you:


In December, my publisher is releasing my romantic suspense, VIRTUE about a dancer who gets a job on a cruise ship and ends up on the sacrificial altar of a Mayan cult. When they took on the manuscript, they said they wanted me to get to the romance and action sooner, so I had to cut a ton of dancing stuff from the beginning. It was good material, and shows what it's like to get a job with a troupe and have to learn two shows in a week (I know a lot about this because I was a showgirl before I went to college).

Anyway, my question is this:

Should I put together the cut scenes and release it as a free book on Amazon simultaneously with the book release? Have you done this? What do you think?

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Editor Leah Hultenschmidt Just Posted Job Change on Twitter

Wow, Senior editor at Sourcebooks, Leah Hultenschmidt moving to Grand Central/Forever! September 1st, she tweeted:

"I'll miss my friends @SourcebooksCasa & @SourcebooksFire but look forward to friends-to-be @ForeverRomance & @GrandCentralPub"

Grand Central is a division of Hatchette Book Group and launched the Forever Romance imprint in 2003. Read more about them: Grand Central/Forever

Monday, August 26, 2013

Excellent Tool for Character Development

Are You My Type, Am I Yours?: Relationships Made Easy Through the EnneagramAre You My Type, Am I Yours?: Relationships Made Easy Through the Enneagram by Renee Baron
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is an excellent tool for authors. I have used it to help define my characters in my last four manuscripts, and it has helped me "get to know" them before I write the first word.

Are You My Type, Am I Yours is a psychology book that contains nine basic personality types. It details the best and worst attribute of each type, gives a personality inventory and talks about social and relational characteristics. One of the things I like best is at the end of each personality description, it talks about what each type likes and dislikes in the others.

This is fantastic fodder for the fiction writer. For example, in my manuscript, Captured by the Pirate Laird, I identified my heroine as a perfectionist and my hero as an achiever. Ones and threes are not connected in the enneagram, which can make the relationship a bit more challenging.

To give a tidbit of an example of what I'm talking about, perfectionists are ethical, idealistic, productive, etc. They like achievers because they work hard and accomplish a lot. They have trouble with achievers because they are overly sensitive and withdraw when confronted.

See how this helps define your character's personality, and even better, conflicts?

I. LOVE. THIS. BOOK!

View all my reviews

Monday, August 19, 2013

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Romance Novel Convention This Week!

Today I'm off the the romance novel convention, hosted by cover model, Jimmy Thomas (click on his image to find out more about the convention). This is the first of an annual event. I hope the RNC conventions are always in Las Vegas, because it's so close to my home.

The convention should be a blast. There will be classes for readers and writers, there's a costume ball, a cover model competition, and a book fair on Saturday. I'll be promoting my new contemporary romance, Chihuahua Momma and giving out free Post It notes and bookmarks. I'm so excited about this release, and will be doing another bash when the print book comes out in September.

Have you gotten your eBook copy of Chihuahua Momma yet? Click on the cover to link to Amazon! Write on friends!!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Chihuahua Momma is Out!

It's Chihuahua Momma's Release Week!

You can get your copy of my "Dog Show Romance" at the online retailer of your choice:



Barns & Noble



~Print books to be available in mid September~

Back cover copy of Chihuahua Momma:

In the frenetic world of canine pageants like Westminster, where dog hair flies and personalities diverge, Rebecca Lee remains in a cocoon of loneliness. Widowed, with two teenaged kids and a business to run, Rebecca would rather mow through five-hundred poodle cuts than think about dating. But when former quarterback Matt Johnson shows up to buy a Chihuahua, his irresistible grin rocks her world—until Matt’s ex decides she wants him back and Rebecca’s daughter decides she’s against her mom dating. Rebecca now has a choice—crawl back into her realm of dogs or fight for the powerful love that fills her soul. 

EXCERPT:

Like all males, this one was a sucker for a back massage and he leaned into her skilled hands with a blissful moan. He arched his back when she found that “spot” and Rebecca chuckled at the dog’s leg-shaking response. She glanced in the mirror over the stainless steel doggie bath. The steam always made Rebecca’s red hair frizz and it tickled her cheeks as she worked suds into the Powder Puff Chinese Crested.

With her teenaged kids at school, Rebecca sang along to the tune of “Uptown Girl” booming from the light-rock station. She sounded pretty good and blasted out the words she knew, substituting “doggie paws” where her memory failed.

Rebecca took her hand off the Crested to swipe the encroaching frizz out of her eyes. Of course the dog took advantage of the freedom and shook, splattering her with water and suds. “Darn you little rascal.” She twitched as doggie bath water dribbled down her face. Glancing at the mirror, she dabbed her cheeks with her shirt sleeve. The suds in her hair would have to wait.

As she reached for the warm water spray hose, a muffled doorbell rang. Her eyes shot to a plastic black-and-white Chihuahua clock, its tail wagging to the tick of each half-second. Damn, ten minutes early and he’s at the wrong door. Can’t people read the sign? She fastened the grooming loop on the Crested and folded up the side panel of the bath to ensure the dog’s safety.

Dashing from her studio, she opened the door of her Southern New Jersey home. With a sharp jolt, her breath caught as a friendly grin and sky-blue eyes gazed down at her. “Hi, I’m Matt Johnson.”

Rebecca stood motionless. Her mouth hung open, her mind unable to focus.

“Ma’am?”

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Another Great Highland Romance by Monica McCarty

The Hunter (Highland Guard, #7)The Hunter by Monica McCarty
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

McCarty does it again with another well-researched Scottish historical romance. This time the well-muscled and expert tracker, Ewen Lamont is tasked with finding an Italian nun and taking her back to Robert the Bruce. But this woman is no nun, and sparks fly between their forbidden attraction...

Loved. It.

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A note to remind my readers that Chihuahua Momma will be released next week! Details to come!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Camp Nano - Nearly There

Does this look familiar? Are you doing Camp Nano this July? This is the first time I've signed up for a NanoWriMo event, and it's been fun. Not that I need motivation to write.

I did get a bit worried when my editor sent me revisions, but I just decided to add the work I did on that manuscript to my WIP.

Bottom line, is accomplishing writing goals. Fortunately, I'm nearly finished with my WIP, and expect to finish up with Nano this week.

Are you doing Camp Nano? How do you like it? Are you enjoying your cabin?

Don't forget Chihuahua Momma releases July 28th. I'm soooo excited. I can't wait to get the ISBN so I can put it up on Goodreads!! And, I'm visiting Cassandra Page's blog today! Check out her awesome interview questions!: Cassandra Page

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Looking for Fantastic Bookmarks?

Are you looking for professionally printed bookmarks? I ordered mine through Got Print. I sent them a "commercial quality .PDF" file, and the bookmarks I received in the mail blew me away! The example here is a .JPG I used for the blog, and isn't as crisp as the actual bookmarks, but you get the idea. Just go to their website and follow the instructions.

I used MS Publisher to make mine--mainly because I don't have Photoshop. Anyway, I got 1000 bookmarks for $34 plus shipping. It definitely suits my "starving authror's" budget.


Write On!

Friday, July 12, 2013

My Road to an AKC Championship

Maya Winning Her Championship
Our blessed Chihuahuas we love them like they are our children and think they’re the cutest dogs on earth (of course they are). I purchased Maya (CH Misty Morn Just Call Her Sam) as a show dog, a wonderful hobby that I learned from my daughter. Maya had an impressive pedigree, but was a little thin, and needed some TLC—otherwise, she was quite the little diva.
Maya and I started attending conformation classes, and after a few weeks I took her to a small show in North Jersey. She was entered in the 9-12 month puppy class, but was the only Smooth Coat Chihuahua in attendance. By default, she won Best of Variety, though I had no illusions. The judge told me I needed to work with her more, an understatement. I did have the show photographer take a picture since it was her first show. Though I was a little embarrassed at the time, I am now so glad that I have that picture. Maya’s transformation amazes me every time I compare her first photo to her championship win. No one would believe it’s the same dog!
I had many handling classes yet to attend before Maya and I would be working as a team. Most of the dogs in the class were larger breeds, and she was always the smallest, being placed at the end. The scary thing was the Great Danes would be the first to go round the ring, and then they would line up behind my terrified, three-and-a-half pound baby. The staring and drooling, the big dogs waited for their chance to play my live squeaky toy.
We stuck with it, however, and in the show ring Maya became very assertive with other dogs. She walked around the ring like she owned it. Her first points came at the National Dog Show, held by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia. She won BOV and progressed to the Toy Group, and had a two-second spot of TV fame on Thanksgiving. More points came in Bear Delaware, followed by a three point major in Ludwigs Corner, PA., and a four point major in Bel Alton, MD. She had a couple of frustrating reserves in Bethlehem, PA where five point majors were up for grabs, but by this stage Maya only needed one point for the coveted Championship title.
I then received news that my company was transferring me to Utah, and there was only one show before the big move. If we failed to get the point, we were going to have to wait until we got settled in the West. Maya and I headed to Federicksburg, Virginia for the weekend. Saturday came, and we got another disappointing reserve.
Determined to do something different, I went to the mall and bought a new suit. Though only the handler, I figured that new clothes couldn’t hurt. We arrived on Sunday and my heart sank. The other female Chihuahuas were absent. Disappointed, I figured I might as well show her as long as I was there…but then something clicked in my head. There was one point for the males. If Maya could take Best of Winners, she would get the much coveted and desperately needed single!

I put on an air of confidence and we paraded into the BOV class. The number one bitch in the United States, was entered as a special (now that’s enough to make anyone nervous). Maya and I were last in the ring behind the Winners Dog. Patiently we watched the specials as they were examined on the table and expertly performed their down-and-backs. The judge asked all to go around the ring one more time. He pointed at CH Arwyen for Best of Variety.  That was expected, so I didn’t let it unnerve me. He then eyed the other dogs, and pointing at Maya, he cried, “Best of Winners!” Maya did it! My heart did back flips! We drove home with the single point we needed and a few weeks later Maya received her AKC Champion certificate in the mail. Today it proudly hangs on the wall in my office, and Maya has a special bed under my desk where she dreams of show ring success.

If you love dogs, you might be interested in my contemporary romance, Chihuahua Momma, hitting the shelves on July 28!


Monday, July 8, 2013

CHIHUAHUA MOMMA ~ COVER REVEAL!!!

WOOT!

At long last I have my cover for my contemporary romance, Chihuahua Momma! Turquoise Morning Press will release it in eBook the week of July 28th, and the paper back will be available in early September.

And *DRUMROLL* Voila!




The Back Cover Copy:

In the frenetic world of canine pageants like Westminster, where dog hair flies and personalities diverge, Rebecca Lee remains in a cocoon of loneliness. Widowed, with two teenaged kids and a business to run, Rebecca would rather mow through five-hundred poodle cuts than think about dating. But when former quarterback Matt Johnson shows up to buy a Chihuahua, his irresistible grin rocks her world—until Matt’s ex decides she wants him back and Rebecca’s daughter decides she’s against her mom dating. Rebecca now has a choice—crawl back into her realm of dogs or fight for the powerful love that fills her soul.


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Just a reminder: Don't forget to sign up to be a judge/reader for the CHRWA romance novel contest: Celtic Hearts RWA

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Celtic Hearts RWA Looking for Readers for their Published Book Contest

Do you like to read romance novels? Well, Celtic Hearts Chapter of the Romance Writers of America is looking for readers who are not members of the RWA to judge published novels for their 2013 Sneak Peek Contest. Click on the link to find out more!


If you have a romance novel you'd like to enter, all categories open September 1st, 2013!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Amazing Scotland--Well, Border At One Time--Roman Vindolana

In 2014, I have two historical romances releasing (August and December). They center on Pict/Roman relationships and take place during the Roman occupation of Britannia at the time of the Barbarian Conspiracy.

On my trip to Scotland in May, I took a quick detour to Hadrian's Wall, and in particular to Fort Vindolanda, which features in my novels. I hadn't been there in seventeen years, and I was amazed at the archaeological work done since I last saw it.

The Romans brought a system of order to a barbaric land, but like all invaders, the locals resented their presence. Unable to tame the Picts and growing number of Gales to the north, Emperor Hadrian commanded they construct a wall to mark the end of the Roman Empire.

Romans brought trade and spices to Britannia, cleanliness, health, religion, even Christianity, after the reign of Emperor Constantine. After the fall of the Empire, things fell into ruin, and the dark ages spread across Europe.

Highest point of Hadrian's wall

Fort Vindolanda Statuary - A Legionnaire

Vindolanda Drainage System

Fort Vindolanda Road

Fort Vindolanda Ruins

Vindolanda Principia (Headquarters Building) And my daughter, Moriah!

Strongroom for the payroll

Life Sized Mile Castle Model

The Vindolanda Site

Vindolanda Statuary--I think Emperor Hadrian