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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Seasons Greetings!

Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, and Seasons Greetings. No matter what you celebrate, or how you celebrate, or even if you celebrate nothing at all, I wish you everything merry and bright, and as we say goodbye to 2016 may we have a peaceful transition into 2017.

Take time to sit, think, and enjoy a quiet moment. Blessings all!

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Giveaways continue!

With the release of One Safe Place, one of my stories that intrigued me the most, on Monday December 12th, I decided to run a few more giveaways. The one on this site closed on the 12th, with the winner being Marilyn Baron. However, the Goodreads giveaway is still running, and it will close on Sunday 18th.

In addition I have a Goddess Fish virtual review tour running for six weeks, AND THERE IS A $20 GIFT CARD TO AMAZON OR B&N

The dates and blogsites are:

December 14th, Archaelogian-I Dig Books! and UnabridgedAndras

December 28th: JessicaandGracie’sTree and Books,Dreams, Life

January 4th: Hope.Dreams.Life…Love and Fangirls ReadItFirst

January 11th: LibriAmoriMiei

To date, I’ve received wonderful reviews, and met some great readers and participants in the giveaway. Hope you can drop on by to enter. Follow me on FB and Twitter for easy links.

 

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Book Giveaway

I’m always thrilled when I receive my print books. It never gets old, that feeling of holding your book in your hands, and seeing the physical result of many, many months of hard work.

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For you my readers and friends, I’ll run a book giveaway here. There is no restriction on country, you can live anywhere in the world. *grin* To enter, tell me in the comments section, the name of the most memorable book you’ve ever read. Your name will be added to the magic hat, and I’ll draw the winner’s name on December 12, 2016, which is release day. If the book is to be gifted to someone other than yourself, you may have it autographed to whomever you prefer, and shipped to wherever you prefer.

And next week, I’ll do another giveaway on Goodreads.

Addendum 12/12:

The Goodreads giveaway is current and ends on 12/18.

Today’s winner is Marilyn. I will be in contact. Thanks all for entering!

 

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Look Inside

Yay! One Safe Place is now available for pre-order on Amazon: http://amzn.com/B01MEESMRD

 

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Because there is no look inside feature on Amazon for a book in pre-order, I decided to add a snippet here. Of course, you can always wait and order on release day 12/12/16 and read that first chapter free on Amazon. But if you’re like me and curiosity gets to you, but first 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?

Brian’s riff ended to enthusiastic applause. Oliver glanced behind him as Brian slung the guitar over his back and took a bow. He tinkled away on the piano.

“Annie…earth to Annie.” Brian beckoned. “You’re up next. Bring me a beer will you luv?”

“Let them have a request or two.” Annie lazily raised her half-full beer glass. Oliver grinned.

“Can ya’ play us Piano Man?” a bloke yelled.

Brian left the stage and shouldered his way to the bar. Oliver chuckled. Annie wouldn’t be hurried by anyone. If she had a beer to finish, then finish it she would. Even though she liked to joke with Brian, she remained quiet, even polite around him, but she let them all know an older lady deserved respect. He wondered if he’d ever had a real conversation with her. Probably not.

Oliver tinkled on the keys again, then moved closer to the mic next to the piano, his tone turning serious. He loved this tune. They knew he did. Almost every night when Annie went to the bar to wet her whistle with a pint, he’d get a request. Nine times out of ten for Piano Man.

He finished the song with a flourish. Applause filled the room. He’d put his heart into it tonight. Pride too, he supposed. He’d played it for Naomi. For all the possibilities that could have been once upon a time, in a different place, a different time, when he had different, or no obligations.

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October is Over

I don’t know about you, but I’m glad that October is over. It was an extremely busy month for me, and it ended with a bang. A good bang not a scary one. 🙂

I finished writing the rough draft of One Truth Revealed (#2 in the English Village series) did revisions, sent it off to beta readers, and now await its return. There will be one more pass made, and then it will go to my editor. I adore the advice Cindy Davis gives me, and look forward, always, to working with her to put the final polish on my work.MP900402508[1]

November is NaNo Wrimo month. For those who don’t know, writers band together in support of each other and register their daily word count with the objective of writing a 50K story within the month. I’ve registered in years past. Mostly, I do what I’m doing this time. I use the excitement, challenge, momentum, to push myself to write every day. I don’t place a word count for the month. But I count days I’ve written.

Writers are all different. I start new work, circle back, move ahead, circle back, and that process can take a month or two, as I sink further into my main character’s life, their world. By the time I reach mid-point I’m off and running and often finish the last half in a few weeks. As the excitement in their story world builds, so does mine.

Today, I start circling. Fun times ahead.

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Bookmarks

I’ve been busy lately, writing book #2 of the English Village Series, One Truth Revealed, plus setting up promotions for book #1, One Safe Place, which releases on December 12, 2016.

The bookmarks arrived a couple of days ago and I set about making them even prettier. What do you think? And now, back to the writing cave!
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New Book Release Date and Cover Reveal!

Here it is kids…what do you think? Release date is December 12, 2016. I’m so excited!

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This is book #1 in my English Village Series. A contemporary romance with a mystery thread, it is set in Herefordshire in England, in a ficitional village on the Black and White Village Trail. 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?

I had so much fun writing this one. Hope you enjoy it! I’ll announce when it’s available for pre-order.

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