RONE Award Nominee

My novel, One Safe Place, is a nominee for the RONE Award. This is an award given to the best of the best in indie and small press publishing. To be recognized, a novel must have received at least a four star review from reviewers at In’Dtale online magazine: http://indtale.com

My story received 4.5 stars.

I’m so excited, and thrilled to participate. There is some stiff competition, so even if I don’t make it into the final round I’m happy to be in the race.

The first round requires public voting from readers. Finalists then go into a final round where their book is judged by industry personnel. My category, Steamy contemporary, will accept votes during May 22-28, 2017. Go here to register for the magazine:  https://goo.gl/oh2Tqz  it is free, and it is fun, and then you’ll be able to vote.

In October, there will be an award ceremony during the In’Dscribe conference, in October. The conference is held in Burbank, California. http://www.indtale.com/indscribe-con-information

I’m truly blessed. These kind of awards don’t often happen to me. It’s hard to know what to do to get books out there and into the hands of the readers, let alone get any kind of recognition from contests. All any author can do is keep trying, and keep trying to write the very best book.

Until next time, have fun, be safe.

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L.A. Festival of Books

I’ll be signing One Safe Place, plus giving away all kinds of free stuff, from bookmarks, to pencils, and sticky notes. The Festival of Books is an annual event, and is held on USC Campus. This year it is scheduled for April 22, and 23. What could be better than a weekend surrounded by books?

Come on by Booth 937, near the LA Times stage in Alumni Park, on Saturday, April 22, 2017 and say hello. I’ll be there signing from 12 noon until 2 pm. Plus, I’ll volunteer for a couple of hours.

This is a huge event with upwards of 150,000 people attending. It’s free, but there is a $12 parking fee. Dress comfortably, you’ll get in a lot of walking. There are restaurants, cafes, food trucks. All kinds of speakers, musicians, artists.

Go here for more information: https://latimes.com/festivalofbooks There is a campus map, and there are directions for transportation via metro, and bus. Plus there is a list of speakers for both days.

Looking forward to seeing you!

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Ninety Nine Cent Sale

On Friday, March 24th, 2017, my latest release One Safe Place will go on sale at $0.99 cents for a limited time.

Check it out at Amazon, The Wild Rose Press, and wherever eBooks are sold.

I’m announcing this early, as this weekend I’ll be at the California Dreamin’ Writers Conference, plus participating in a Barbara Vey reader appreciation event, and signing this book at a book signing event. It is going to be a busy time. The reader event is full at this point, however the booksigning is open to the public and free. It runs from 4:30-5:30 pm, Embassy Suites hotel, Brea, California.

Here is a quick blurb:

American, Naomi Paverman, finds clues to her heritage when her grandmother passes. Realizing her existence is based on many lies, she yearns for connection and one safe place to call home. She rents a cottage in an English village to search for her biological father. What she discovers is resistance to questions, but she befriends an attractive and interesting local man…could he be related?

Oliver York is stirred to uncover family history he’s long ignored. Five years earlier, he inherited York Manor in Oldcastle. Oliver maintains an element of privacy to protect himself and his invalid sister from gossip. His interest in Naomi, and the secrets she reveals, causes him to come out of seclusion. Secrets threaten to expose admired citizens.

As their romance blossoms, someone attempts to run Naomi out of town. Is history repeating itself?

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Romance Author Book Signing

Along with more than 60 romance authors, I will participate in a book signing event in Brea, Ca. on March 25th, 4:30-5:30 pm, and will be signing my new release:

The event is open to the general public:

Embassy Suites Hotel

900 East Birch Street,

Brea, Ca. 92821

It will be a fun afternoon, and I hope you can join us. My table for the reader appreciation event, to be held prior to the book signing, is already sold out. Should you wish to purchase tickets there are a few still available. Go here to check:

https://cdwc.ticketleap.com/cr17

 

 

 

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Library Panel

I’ll be on a library panel at Brea library in Brea, Ca. today, from 11 am until 1 pm. If you’re out and about and would like to pop in please do so. No need to stay for the entire time. 😉

A group of romance writers will discuss romance books, our writing process, and answer your questions.

I’ll be giving away two tickets to the Cal Readin’ event (March 25th from 1:30 until  4pm with a book signing event to follow) to two lucky readers. This will allow you entry to a fun event full of games, prizes, fun! Refreshments served. Plus, you get to mix and mingle with over 60 romance authors.

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Reader Event

Here is a fun one for readers. It would be great to see you there:

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Last Chance

99Cent sale! Friday, February 3rd, or possibly even Saturday as Amazon sometimes extends the offer by a day, is the last chance to grab One Safe Place in eBook form for $0.99.

Enjoy! 🙂

Book #2, in the English village series, One Truth Revealed, is now in final edits.  I should have a release date soon.

Have a great weekend!

 

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Book Sale

My latest release, One Safe Place, is offered in eBook at Amazon for only $0.99 cents. This is for a limited time only! It should be good through Friday, February, 3, 2017.

A mystery, a romance, and all set against the backdrop of a small English village. Here is the blurb:

American, Naomi Paverman, finds clues to her heritage when her grandmother passes. Realizing her existence is based on many lies, she yearns for connection and one safe place to call home. She rents a cottage in an English village to search for her biological father. What she discovers is resistance to questions, but she befriends an attractive and interesting local man…could he be related?

Oliver York is stirred to uncover family history he’s long ignored. Five years earlier, he inherited York Manor in Oldcastle. Oliver maintains an element of privacy to protect himself and his invalid sister from gossip. His interest in Naomi, and the secrets she reveals, causes him to come out of seclusion. Secrets threaten to expose admired citizens.

As their romance blossoms, someone attempts to run Naomi out of town. Is history repeating itself?

And I’m pleased to announce that book #2 in the series is now in copyedits, and book #3 is in rough draft form. Soon I’ll know the release day for book two. Yay!

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An Event for Readers!

Hi everyone! If you live close enough and want to attend a really fun event for readers of romance, then this is for you!

California Readin’ March 25, 2017.

It’s a Barbara Vey Reader Event:

Jane Porter, Kathryn Le Veque, Robyn Carr, Allie K. Adams, Nora Flite and many more authors will attend! Including me. 60 romance authors! Imagine! Gifts and books!

For $5 you will receive a tote bag with swag, enjoy a bingo party with prizes, sit with an author, get author table gifts, plus a free door prize ticket, refreshments, and be able to attend the book signing for which you will also get a $5 redeemable coupon.

Where:         Embassy Suites, Brea Ca.

When:          March 25, 2017

Time:            1:30 pm

https://caldreaminwriters.com/readers

https://cdwc.ticketleap.com/cr17

Plus: every Tuesday evening on Facebook, there are more giveaways, games, and prizes, and two authors who will be attending the March 25th event will be your host. Check out the first link above for more i

Get your ticket now as this event will fill fast! Hope to see you there!

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Catching Up

I don’t know about you, but this past Holiday season left me exhausted. 2016 was a tough, edge-of-the-seat year for me. It seemed everything I believed in, or believed to be true, was challenged. I’m raising a glass to 2017 and taking a sip: Here is to a better year for all of us.

Meanwhile, my January is off to a good start. Last week I signed the contract for One Truth Revealed, which is book #2 in the English Village series, and my ninth novel to be published with The Wild Rose Press. Hard to believe, and makes me wonder where the past four years have gone, the time has gone by so fast.

Yesterday, I sent back the information sheet to the publisher. This includes a chosen excerpt, a book blurb, a tag line, an author biography, and my vision of what the cover would focus on. Of course, all of that will be reviewed and tweaked by the appropriate committees, and I look forward to seeing what they suggest. I think I’m in the ballpark, but one never knows for sure.

How were your holidays? What are you looking forward to this year?

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