Monday, July 28, 2014

Secrets to Synopsis Writing, Upcoming Interviews and more!

I'm back from RWA Nationals in San Antonio and I have to say that I had a fabulous time. Stay tuned for a post on Nationals complete with pics in the next few days! In the meantime, I have two new writing related posts up:

Secrets to Synopsis Writing - over at Kelly Steel's Chasing Happy Ever After blog and...

Muse-Jogging Tips & Alternatives - over at Romance Book Paradise

Also, I'll be interviewing some fabulous authors over at USA Today's Happy Ever After blog in the next few months, starting with the incredible and lovely Catherine Lanigan, the real author behind the character, 'Joan Wilder', who wrote the famous Romancing the Stone and The Jewel of the Nile. Look for the interview on August 1st (I'll post the link here or check out the right column when it goes live). Check out my 'upcoming interviews' in the right column to see who'll be in the spotlight in September and October!

And if you can't wait to see at least a few of the upcoming pics, check out the one's I tweeted from Nationals @RulaSinara but I'll post even more here soon :).

I hope everyone is having a fab summer! I'll see you soon :).

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Giveaway: Show your 'Sweet and Heartwarming' spirit!

Happy July, everyone! This month is all about celebrating. My friends up North kicked it off with Canada Day and here in the U.S. we're getting ready for an 'Independence Day' Friday full of fun and fireworks. July is also an extra special month for the romance writing community because, on July 23rd, the Romance Writers of America annual National Convention kicks off. So many opportunities this month for friends and family to gather together...and what's more heartwarming than that? ;)

The Harlequin Heartwarming authors want to help spread the 'sweet and heartwarming' spirit, so we're doing a month long giveaway of 50 spirit bracelets like the one shown in the photo above. Details, rules, regulations and all that jazz can be found at the Heartwarming Authors blog HERE. But to give you an idea of how this giveaway will work, here's a copy of the main part of that post:

  1. Tell us via social media how much you love Sweet and Heartwarming Romance! Post a comment here. Post a comment on our Facebook page under our Sweet and Heartwarming Posts (and like us!). Share our post on Facebook with the#GoHeartwarming hashtag. Tweet about our giveaway: I love Sweet and Heartwarming Romance! #GoHeartwarming. Spread the word on Goodreads. Every comment/post/share/like/tweet/hashtag is an entry. We'll track entries each week!  We're giving away 50 bracelets to our social media supporters during the month of July!  
  2. To our sweet romance fans and our writing sisters who'll be attending either the RWA Literacy Booksigning July 23rd in San Antonio at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter OR attending the RWA conference July 23-26, if you come across a Harlequin Heartwarming Author wearing a pin like the one shown below (green beads and the distinctive "H"), all you have to do is say: I love Sweet and Heartwarming Romance! And you're an instant winner!

Sharing the love on blogs and forums counts too! All you have to do is leave a comment on the 'Sweet and Heartwarming' post on the Heartwarming Authors blog and/or here...and be sure to include a link back to where you mentioned your love of sweet and heartwarming romance. We just need to be able to keep track for the weekly drawings (again, check the link for details).

And for those of you who read the fine print and are bummed that winners have to live in the U.S., I'm going to add a separate (international) giveaway that includes anyone who leaves a comment and 'link back' here on this blog. If you spread the spirit through social media, as stated above, but aren't a U.S. resident, then leave your 'I love sweet and heartwarming' comment here on this blog with a link back to where you spread the, state your country (no specifics, just country)...that way we'll know which giveaway it's for (note: if you're a U.S. res. then you'll be entered for the bracelet too). On July 28th, I'll randomly draw one winner. The prize: An autographed copy of my Harlequin Heartwarming, The Promise of Rain, along with a matching bookmark. Be sure to check back here on July 31st so that I can get contact info from the winner!

Now, go spread the spirit of all things sweet and heartwarming! :)

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Cover reveal for Carol Kilgore's Secrets of Honor!

I'm thrilled to be participating in my dear bloggy friend and wonderful author Carol Kilgore's latest cover reveal! For anyone who doesn't 'know' Carol, take a sec and pop on over to her happenin' hangout, Under The Tiki Hut. She's always so welcoming...and funny ;). And I absolutely love her tag line 'Crime Fiction with a Kiss'. Does that say it all or what?

And thanks to the talented Linda Kage at Kage Covers, Carol's latest book, Secrets of Honor (due to release September 2014) has a beautiful cover. Drum roll...

Life was so simple—until she had to save one.


By the end of a long evening working as a special set of eyes for the presidential security detail, all Kat Marengo wants is to kick off her shoes and stash two not-really-stolen rings in a secure spot. Plus, maybe sleep with Dave Krizak. No, make that definitely sleep with Dave Krizak. The next morning, she wishes her new top priorities were so simple.

As an operative for a covert agency buried in the depths of the Department of Homeland Security, Kat is asked to participate in a matter of life or death—locate a kidnapped girl believed to be held in Corpus Christi, Texas. Since the person doing the asking is the wife of the president and the girl is the daughter of the first lady’s dearest friend, it’s hard to say no.

Kat and Dave quickly learn the real stakes are higher than they or the first lady believed and will require more than any of them bargained for.

The kicker? They have twenty-four hours to find the girl—or the matter of life or death will become more than a possibility.

Carol writes grocery lists, texts to her family, new lyrics to old songs for her dogs, love notes to her husband, and novels for herself. And for you. In between, she blogs weekly at Under the Tiki Hut and is active on Facebook and Twitter.

She sees mystery and subterfuge everywhere. And she’s a sucker for a good love story—especially ones with humor and mystery. Crime Fiction with a Kiss gives her the latitude to mix and match throughout the broad mystery and romance genres. Having flexibility makes her heart happy.

You can connect with Carol and her books here:

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Mega-May Giveaway and more!

'M' is for May, Mega-May Giveaway, Mother's Day and Memorial Day! There's still time to enter the Harlequin Heartwarming NINE BOOK GIVEAWAY over at Goodreads. Honor your mom and get entered for a chance to win a set of Heartwarming books, including the Australian duo release of The Promise of Rain (by me :) and The Weather Girl by the awesome Amy Vastine! Check out the Mega-May Giveaway!

Another 'month of May' opportunity you can't miss is the Brenda Novak Auction for Diabetes Research. It's an incredible cause with incredible items to bid on. Don't forget to check out the Harlequin Heartwarming page for books, baskets, editor evals and more!

May also brought me a wonderful review of The Promise of Rain on ROMANCING THE BOOK. I'm talking about the kind of review that's better than chocolate with whipped cream and strawberries :). Thank you, Maria and RTB!!!

And today I'm trying to stay on karma's good side with a few laughs over at the Harlequin Heartwarming blog. Check out my post HERE if you have a sec. Other than that, I hope everyone has a wonderful, long Memorial Day weekend. Many, many thanks to the heroes who gave their lives to protect ours.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Where in the world have I been?

Big apologies to all for disappearing on you, except for the very occasional tweet. The bottom line is that one of my kids recently had major that required a week in the hospital and a painful recovery that is still underway at home. He's doing well and getting better on a daily basis. Spring break has given him extra recovery time without missing more school, but we've also had a lot of family visiting (he's loving the attention ;). Needless to say, I've had to put a lot of things aside in order to focus on the family front. And I'm exhausted.

I am, however, slowly re-surfacing :). I have a post up at Revising & Editing on 'A Writer's Hindsight and the Secret that Sold' (thank you, Nas Dean of Romance Book Haven, for the blog tour!). Plus, author Kate James interviewed me recently and you can check it out HERE.

On the chicken front...they're growing really, really fast! I ended up with 18. Yes, they're addictive. With everything that has been going on, we're behind on coop building, but it is happening (because it has to ;). I'll post pics when it's done.

I've missed you all! :)

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Autographed Copy Giveaway!

We're nearing the end of March and I've been MIA, but I'm hoping to make up for it with a giveaway! I'm over at the awesome Romance Book Haven blog this week talking about what we'd be willing to live without in the name of happiness. Leave a comment on my 'Happiness is a Bucket Shower' post and you'll be entered in a drawing for an autographed copy of The Promise of Rain, along with a pen and matching bookmark! The winner will be announced next week at Romance Book Haven.

In other news, it snowed again yesterday (I'm starting to wonder about April), the chicks are doing well (I now have 18 and, yes, I know they get bigger lol) and I'm juggling a lot at the home front with the kids...which is why I've been scarce. But, hopefully, you'll see more of me soon!

For now...come visit me at RBH!