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