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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Many of My Books at Half Price

Many of my back list books are currently at half price.UnLocktheTruth_w7273_med

The normal asking price is $4.99 and many are available for $2.99. This makes me happy. I love a bargain, like most people do, so I thought I’d share this news with you.

Here is the link to my Amazon author page should you wish to check it out: http://tinyurl.com/pdndrxr

On the writing front, the first book in the English Village trilogy, One Safe Place, is finished and I’ve made corrections in the galley copy. Awaiting the final, final version to sign off and then this baby will be given a release date. I will share the cover with you, along with the release date. While I’d love to tell you it will be available during the holidays, my best guess is early 2017. But I’m keeping my fingers crossed for December. 😉

Meanwhile, book number two is chugging along. I’m loving writing the sequel, One Truth Revealed.

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Back in L.A.

I moved back to Los Angeles after eleven years of living in the California desert communities: La Quinta to be specific. It feels good to be back home. I’d previously spent twenty-five years living in L.A. so this is not a major adjustment, although many businesses and restaurants have folded and new ones sprouted in their place. Some of my old haunts still exist.

I’m positive this will get old quickly, but I enjoy being in the city. The crowds, the traffic, none of that seems to bother me, and secretly it actually pleases me. For a long time I’d lived that quiet desert life where everything I wanted and needed was within a five mile radius of my home, and little to no traffic to contend with. Being back here keeps me on my toes. I’m thinking that might also increase my energy level and help me think young, be more active, be engaged more fully in life. We shall see.

On the plus side, the desert was good for me creatively. And I made a lot of wonderful friendships. It was there that I completed most of my novels. It was there that I received my first publishing contract. I’ve just been contracted for book #8, and I have two more books in that series. I’m praying my muse does not forsake me and enjoys the vibrancy of city life. I’ll always hold the desert dear, and I will return and hang out with my friends. But for now, I’m happy to be here. Happy to be nesting and creating a lovely living and writing space.

Cheers, my friends and readers. I hope life is being equally as good to you.

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Great National Conference

I always enjoy the RWA National conference, but this one in San Diego was especially lovely.

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The Marriott Marquis, situated on the water’s edge, provided gorgeous views of the marina, and lovely cooling breezes. The networking was great, and I got to meet up with a lot of old friends and make some new ones. The Literacy Autographing event was fun and I got to sign almost all of my books. In addition, RWA made somewhere around $39,000 and tipped our accumulated total to over $1,000,000.IMG_1495

Something to be especially proud of, and I’m grateful for the chance to play a part. This is the book I autographed, and it is available in eBook for $0.99 cents until this weekend. So pop on over to Amazon: http://amzn.com/B019YN888O

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On Monday morning I received the copy edits for my novel set in the English countryside, One Safe Place. I always enjoy my editors comments and love to work on making my books the best they can possibly become. So, back to the drawing board. 🙂

I trust your summer is going well, and that whatever you’ve decided, vacation, or stay at home, that it’s an enjoyable season for you.

 

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