Monday, January 28, 2013

Upcoming Posts, and Giveaways!

Here's the Latest News:

Author, Ryan Hunter will be doing a blog tour celebrating her YA novel, iNDIVISBLE starting January 28th. She spoltlights on my blog on February 1st. Check out her blog and her schedule:

I'm going to be doing a free query critique giveaway that will run from February 5th-18th. If you've got a book to query, come back to Amy Jarecki Writes and enter the contest on the 5th!

Award winning author, Sarah Grimm is giving away a $25 gift certificate to Barnes & Noble or Amazon on her blog to celebrate the launch of her book, After Midnight: Hop over to her blog:

Reblog, Retweet & Share to WIN!

After Midnight is On Sale! 

It’s official, for the next two weeks my award winning contemporary romance, After Midnight, is on sale for the super low price of 99 cents! So, I’m celebrating with a re-blog, re-tweet and share to win celebration!

What can you win??? 
(winners choice) 

Here’s how to play:

  1. Tweet (or retweet) about the sale. Every tweet will earn you one entry in the drawing. Make sure to include @SarahGrimmAuthrin your tweet so I can track your entry. 
  2. Post or Share the sale on Facebook. Every post/share will earn you one entry in the drawing. Be sure to tag Sarah Grimm – Author in your post so I can track your entry. 
  3. Reblog this post. Make sure to leave a link here so I can keep track. 

That’s it. Pretty simple, yes? The more you tweet, retweet, share or repost, the more entries you receive! I will announce the winner of the gift certificate on this blog on February 11, 2013.

Can music heal a fractured soul? 
Or will it tear them apart forever? 

Thirteen years—that’s how long Isabeau Montgomery has been living a lie. After an automobile accident took her mother’s life, Izzy hid herself away, surviving the only way she knew how. Now she is happy in her carefully reconstructed life. That is until he walks through the door of her bar…

Black Phoenix singer/front man Noah Clark came to Long Island City with a goal—one that doesn’t include an instant, electric attraction to the dark-haired beauty behind the bar. Coaxing her into his bed won’t be easy, but he can’t get her pale, haunted eyes nor her skill on the piano out of his head.

Can Noah help Isabeau overcome the past? Or will her need to protect her secret force her back into hiding and destroy their chance at happiness?

2012 Romance Through the Ages Award Winner ~ 1st Place Contemporary 
2012 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence Finalist 
2012 Readers Favorite Award Finalist 
2011 Book of the Year Finalist ~ Long and Short Reviews 

GET IT TODAY – Just $0.99! 
Amazon: (1/25 – 2/08) 
Barnes and Noble: (1/25 – 2/08)
The Wild Rose Press: (1/25 - 1/28) 

 "After Midnight is one hell of a love story! I was hooked at the end of the first chapter. I had to read more. I had to know more. And Sarah Grimm definitely delivered more." —5 Stars, Fire Pages

"Ms. Grimm creates characters that grab hold of your heart and never let go. This is an emotional ride that you won't want to miss."—BEST BOOK, Long and Short Reviews

"I am in love. This book was amazing. I would even go as far as to say that it was one of the best books that I read this year." — 5 cocktails,Cocktails and Books

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Drat That Flu!

Oh boy, coming up for air here. My husband's a pharmacist, and brought home the dreaded flu. He said that this year's strain is not overly responsive to the flu shot, and has gastro-intestinal woes. Unfortunately I can vouch for that first hand. Without going into the details, I'm happy to report that after about four days, I am now able to sit up at my computer and work.

I haven't done much blogging, obviously, but I want to rectify that. I have a question for you seasoned pros. What's the optimum number of blogs per week? 

Also, I was thinking of giving away a free query critique. What's the best way to do that? I don't want to post it on my blog and have two people respond (or with my luck, no one). I've been rather successful at writing queries, and I'd like to give back to the blogger community, but I haven't seemed to have found the right knack yet. 


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

I Moved My Followers to the TOP!

This morning I asked myself what is the most important facet of my blog. That answer was easy - MY FOLLOWERS. Yes, there is absolutely no question about it. So, I wanted my followers to be at the top of my blog for everyone to see. In addition, I follow each of the above friend's blogs as well (as long as they have a blog--oh, and if you have a new blog, let me know so I can follow it). I think that's important too.

We bloggers are here to support each other! To stand together through thick and thin!

By the way, know what happened to me yesterday? I got a revise and resubmit from a very high profile agent. Holy cow, I thought that person was untouchable...but no little ole me received a sliver of hope. Now I have to rise to the challenge. Holy cow...I can't believe it...I think I'm going to pass out from the stress!

It's Showtime!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Interview with Author, Valerie Haight

Today's post spotlights the lovely Ms. Valerie Haight, author of Happenstance, a thriller with an interesting, yet somewhat innocent love triangle. I asked her to answer a few questions about her WIP, "NEXT BIG THING" and fortunately, she was able to give us some insight into an exciting book to come!

Checkout Valerie's blog: Valerie's Blog
Follow her on Twitter: @Valeriebrbr

1. What is the working title of your next book?

Leigh is my MC for the book so the working title is her name for now. In keeping with the tight suspense of the novel, I'd like to choose a one-word title that captures the intensity of the story.

2. Where did the idea for your book come from?

I worked in the medical field, specifically cancer-related phlebotomy and transcription, for years and picked up a vast knowledge of the medical profession. I've always been fascinated by what could be on those transcription tapes by accident. A tiny sprig of an idea bloomed into a plot when I thought about those tapes falling into the wrong hands.

3. What genre does your book fall under?

Crime fiction or medical thriller.

4. What is your synopsis or blurb for this book?

Radiology Tech Leigh Bexler is coerced into clubbing with a partying co-worker, but soon realizes she's caught in a ploy that explodes when her friend is murdered in front of her. She barely escapes with the help of a timely stranger, whom she's not at all sure she can trust. She suspects she's been involved in a shady deal, but before she can debunk that notion, Leigh must discover how the stranger knows her, why she's being targeted, and who wants her dead.  

5. What actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Natalie Portman fits Leigh's calm and reserved demeanor. And she's proven herself in the suspense category. I've always loved Jim Caviezel's smooth mannerisms. I could see him saving his girl in my story!

6. Will your book be self-published, or represented by an agency?

I plan to query this one to a well-known agent and/or pitch it at conferences so it might take longer for representation. But I really do hope to get a larger publisher's attention as it will be my first full length novel after learning the ropes a bit.

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

I've not yet finished the first draft. I will tell you however, I started it in first person/present tense and changed it to third/past when I got nervous that agents wouldn't care for first/present. Now that I'm looking at it again after putting it aside for a year to work on Happenstance, I still want to revert back to first person. I need to take a look at my outline again to see which would give it a stronger lilt. Whichever it may be, I'm going to have faith in my ability and go with it.

8. Who or what inspired you to write this book?

The book is set in the swamps of Louisiana where I grew up so the culture there is rich and the inspiration abundant.
~ Ooo--a setting with lots of opportunity for twisted crimes!!!~

9. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

This book won't be as involved as Lee Child or James Patterson, but I plan to keep the suspense tight like Suzanne Collins minus the apocalypse.

10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

The rich Louisiana culture will definitely add to the interest level but the near misses of the chase is what will keep the reader turning pages. 

Wow, I can't wait to tread it, Valerie! In the meantime, check out her book, Happenstance, offered by awesome boutique publisher, Turquoise Morning Press! Click on the book and go directly to!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Beginnings Blogfest - My Path to Full Time Writing


In honor of L.G. Keltner's Beginnings Blogfest, (check out her awesome blog Writing Off the Edge: My beginning is the story of how I left the corporate mix master, set up my home office and started writing full time:

I had a pretty damned good least it paid well. I earned it too, got an MBA, fought my way up the ladder by working 14 hour days and proving myself capable of doing anything my arrogant male counterparts could do. After nine hours of interviews I landed my "dream job" (yeah right) as a plant manager in the plastics industry, a job in the exclusive men's club.

To make an 11 year journey short, after battling unions, leading a plant to the top in EVERY metric known to man, taking another plant from a $6MM loss to a $6MM profit in one year, I was lumbered with a bad decision. The company I worked for purchased another factory that was making a loss and dumped it in my lap. I had six months to close it down and bring the business into my plant...and start making a profit on sales negotiated with a losing margin. By the end of the six months, we had turned the corner and were making ground, though my margins had not made the miraculous leap that the company had hoped for. All of the sudden this golden girl started getting her ass kicked...for a bad decision from corporate. DON'T MESS WITH ME, YOU SONS OF BITCHES!

During this horrible time in my life, wondering if I was going to get fired, my (3rd MS) first book, Koicto, got published. I'd also lived frugally for years and built up my savings. I got another book contract (Chihuahua Momma, which comes out July 28th). About a year ago, my husband and I put our heads together and decided we'd take a chance and become a one-income family while I took the big leap and write full time.

In 2012, I wrote four 90K word romances, one of which is now under contract, two historical romances (part of a series) are under consideration and the other I have just started marketing. I've got a WIP on my desk, and outlines for two more historical romances, and I'm going to Scotland this May for research.

I have to tell you. It's been a year, and I've yet to make any money. I couldn't have done this when I was younger, but now I have a husband who supports my efforts fully. I'm still working 14 hour days, but I'm doing something I love.

My advice to you? Find what you love to do and then find a way to make it happen.

~Write on friends!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Scotland Hostel Advice Anyone?

Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness
I am very excited to say that I've booked my airfare and am going to Scotland in the spring! I'll be traveling on a shoestring, even thought of camping, but ditched that idea when I found out how cold it will be (and rainy).

Anyway, I'm planning to stay in hostels. Everything I've read indicates that this is the way to go if you're on a budget.

I found that Americans can book through Hostelling International and plan to make my reservations through that site. You can also get a 10% discount by becoming a member.

Just wondering if any bloggers out there have had experiences with hostels. Any advice that you can offer? My daughter will accompany me. She'll be working on an antiquities research project for university, and I'll be researching material for my romance novels.

I want it to be the trip of a lifetime!