I Did Not Win!

Wah! Ha ha.

Nope, I did not win the coveted RONE award for my novel, One Safe Place, but I was thrilled to be nominated.

I did have a wonderful time at InD’Scribe conference in Burbank, California. The Marriott hotel was a great venue, and the service incredible. I met so many people and each one friendlier than the last. There were costume balls, dancing, tons of food, good drinks, and great conversations. The theme this year was medieval Scotland, and some of the dresses were gorgeous. Next year will be a mystery theme, and I’m envisioning Sherlock Holmes, Vera, Miss Marple…the list goes on, and on.

Until then…

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Grief and Healing

Grief. How do you handle it? When traumatic events occur in the world, how do you keep your sanity, your grasp on what is good on this earth, and continue to enjoy life knowing others have passed, suffered, or still suffer? You make a donation. You say a prayer. You shed tears. But is it enough? September, and so far in October, there have been so many horrible happenings around the world, that for most of us our heads are still spinning. One almost stops listening to the news each morning for fear something else equally as dreadful has happened. But that isn’t the answer, because we must always stay connected and aware of our surroundings.

I tend to withdraw from the world. I read, a lot. That isn’t the answer either. However, it is a necessary part of my healing. The television stays off, except for maybe a favorite show on the BBC. I read stories of love, hope, and friendship. I give thanks that authors pen romances, and that I can include myself in that group. To bring someone enjoyment and comfort in a time of need is why I choose to write romance. This week, Arabella, by Georgette Heyer, and For the Roses, by Julie Garwood, have brought me peace and trust that despite tragedy, we will find our way back.

Now I’m heading off to make another donation, and to see who I need to call, or email, or text, to get these ridiculous gun laws changed. Too many lives have been cut short. Too much blood has been shed. It has to stop. I hope you’ll join with me in taking action.


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Ready for Galleys

It seems the month of September has been spent in doing edits.

Round one edits were tough, but I was happy with the extended time they got, and the trimming the manuscript needed to provide a better pace. Then soon after, along came the second round. They were simple. A couple of areas to smooth out, a missed comma, that sort of thing. Now I’m waiting for the pre-Galleys. That will most likely take a couple of weeks, so, time to catch my breath. Then one more pass to check that I’ve missed nothing, and the book will be given a release date. Whew!

In the meantime, I’ve been keeping up with promo and marketing for books one and two in the series. Book one, One Safe Place, is up for a RONE award.

While I don’t expect to win, it’s fun to be nominated. Now I need to buy an evening gown, or at the least a cocktail dress, because the ladies love to celebrate these awards. Nothing I have in the closet fits right, or looks good. I guess my figure has changed some since my last awards night in 2013. Ha ha. Getting old is not easy. Oh well, I’ll purge my closet and give away those dresses. Have I ever mentioned how much I hate shopping? I used to love it. *grumble, grumble*


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Copy Edits

I received first round copy edits for One Unforgettable Friday, yesterday. The first round is about content issues, then there’ll be a line edit, and another look before I sign off on the galley copy.

I love working with Cindy Davis, and I always agree with everything she suggests. She has a fine eye for detail. There are times during the re-read of my work where I hesitate or stumble over something and there is a tiny whisper inside of me that says this is on the nose, or something isn’t quite right. If I ignore that fleeting sensation, or perhaps am too in love with my own words, my editor will always comment on that section. Ha ha. Happens every time.

Anyway, I’m thrilled to be putting the spit and polish on this manuscript for you. It will be the final book in the English Village series. I hope you’ll like it. Next up, I’ll be sharing the cover release, and can’t wait to see what Tina Lynn Stout has in store for that. She’s another talented lady. Have I mentioned how much I love working with Wild Rose Press?

Until next time, take care, and enjoy the last days of summer.

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The United States has experienced unusual weather patterns in many states. None as horrific as in Texas, with Hurricane Harvey. Unbelievable, relentless rain, and massive flooding. My heart goes out, not only to friends who live in Texas, and the RWA office, but to everyone impacted by this freak of nature. They are now calling it a 1,000 year flood. I believe that.

A few years back I had an experience (on a much smaller scale) when I lived in the California desert. Of course it was zoned as a non-flood zone, therefore I had no flood insurance. The same has happened in Texas. Many homeowners were not covered for the damages incurred, and while FEMA will give some assistance, it won’t cover all losses. We have to reach out, and help our neighbors. I did. I hope you will too.

This week California experienced strange weather patterns. Monsoonal winds and pop-up thunderstorms. Lightning strikes along the beach areas, forcing evacuations of beach goers. Humidity so high it was nauseating. Temperatures hovering around 110 degrees in the valley for days on end. As I said to one friend, it’s like wading through molasses. Then to top that off, fires in the mountains that flank Burbank, Sunland, Glendale, etc. ash and smoke felt for miles. Those fires caused freeway shutdowns, on one of the most heavily trafficked long weekends too. Another disaster, sitting in long freeway lines in such heat. While there have been several homes lost in the fires, I believe there has been no loss of life. Thank heavens for that.

Global warming, anyone? We have to stop denying, take a closer look, and put into effect measures to help reduce the destruction to our planet. Surely, if we all did one or two small things toward effecting change it would help. I know the onus lies on our government, those in power to effect large scale change, but surely, couldn’t we all do some things at the base level? Think about it.

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Catching Up

The Wild Rose Press contract for One Unforgettable Friday, has been signed, sealed, and delivered. Now I’m yours, dear editor. Ha ha. I’m looking forward to getting the copy edits and beginning to put the polish on this last book in the English Village series.

In the meantime, I’ve been catching up on appointments, dentist, dermatologist, massage, facial, manicure and pedicure, marketing, and housework. I’m tired. Seriously though, I tend to clear the decks whenever I’ve contracted a new book, because I like to give copy edits my all instead of worrying about fitting them in around the daily and weekly work that we all must do.

I’m also anxious to see what my assigned graphic artist will come up with for a cover. I’ve sent my suggestions and will try to be patient to see what magic she performs.

Have a great week!

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Summer Days.

I did a week of house-sitting for my daughter, while she went to party it up in Cabo. I floated around in her salt water pool, on a giant flamingo float, and enjoyed feeling like a kid.

It was also a great time to think about the direction of my next book. Should it be a stand alone, a series, a contemporary with a mystery thread, or an all out paranormal? Hmm. I know the setting will be in Australia. I have one story I’m currently rewriting, and I’ve sketched out two more. But there is a fourth, unrelated book, that keeps gnawing at my brain. The setting for that one is in Darwin, in the Northern Territory, while the other three are set in the countryside of New South Wales. How to connect them? Or maybe don’t connect them? Decisions, decisions. 🙂

Time to visit my favorite restaurant and vineyard again. Briar Ridge, in Mount View, is a lovely little place, and with delicious food and wine. Perhaps I’ll head on home in the fall, have a few adventures, and see where all of these questions lead. It’s time to visit with my mother and the family, anyway. Good to combine all things.

On another note, the third book in the English Village series, One Unforgettable Friday, (and possibly the last in the series) has been contracted with the Wild Rose Press. I adore working with them and look forward to the input from my editor, Cindy Davis. I’m also excited to see what the cover artist, Tara Lynn Stout, will create.

Hope your summer days are still gorgeous, but even here in California I can feel summer winding down a little.

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Goddess Fish Review Tour

I enjoy working with this promotional company: www.goddessfish.com They are always professional, and keep their promises. While they offer many types of virtual book tours, I always choose the review tour, which is once a week, on a Monday, for four weeks. It gets me the social media involvement that I like. Nothing worse than bashing people over the head with promo about a new release. 🙂

The company promotes on Twitter and Facebook. The reviewer also posts on her site, on social media, and posts the review on Goodreads, and sometimes on Amazon. With recent books, I have not had a lot of reviews. They are hard to get, Amazon often removes them if they feel the relationship is too close, and I understand that. We all want honest reviews. In fact, I’m suspicious of books that only have all glowing 5* reviews, because we all know that books are rarely that.

One Truth Revealed has so far garnered a 5* and a 4* review. I’m looking forward to hearing what the next two reviewers have to say. Here is the latest review: http://www.longandshortreviews.com/book-reviews/one-truth-revealed-by-robena-grant/


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Book Fairies

Have you heard of The Book Fairies? They started out in the U.K. but have spread worldwide.

The idea is to place a sticker on the cover of your book, pop a bookmark inside, tie a nice ribbon around it and then leave the book somewhere to be found. The objective is for it to be passed on and read by many for free. I purchased book stickers, ribbons, and bookmarks at a small cost, and received the package in about a week. Very high quality too.

The concept appealed to me, and I went one step further. I typed up a little blurb asking for a review, or even a comment on my blog about where or how they found the book. I included my website address, and asked them to contact me, then glued it onto one of the front pages of the book.

To learn more about them: www.ibelieveinbookfairies.com


And here’s a photo of the two books I’m going to hand out at my local RWA chapter meeting on Sunday. Whoever takes the books may read them first, then pass them on. Drop the book on a bus seat, a train seat, leave it in a waiting room, outside a bookstore, or library…well, you get the picture.



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Release Day for One Truth Revealed!

Yay! I always love the excitement around release day. One Truth Revealed is book two of the English Village series. However, they are all stand alone books, so can be read out of order.

Here’s a blurb:

At thirty-five-years of age, and with pressure from her adoptive mother, Lina Bright is ten days away from undergoing Artificial Insemination in London. She doesn’t need a husband. She travels to Oldcastle to meet her biological mother, a spinster who runs a village teashop. To keep her mother’s secret, but determine her father’s identity, she creates the cover of scouting for property to start a new school.

A bachelor at forty, Drew Compton is an English Professor in Oxford. Diagnosed with “poor swimmers” his fiancée left him. He plans to live out his life alone, with his books. Disliking his mother’s secrets and controlling ways, he seldom returns to Oldcastle. But a chance meeting has him intrigued. Who is this chic Londoner?

As Lina’s plans for a school become a reality, romance blossoms, but roadblocks ensue. Will Lina and Drew trust in each other to overcome the difficulties and create a future together?

A tale of secrets and fears, One Truth Revealed, weaves a compelling web of intrigue and deception.

In honor of release day, I’m offering:


Two print copies of book #2 One Truth Revealed

Two kindle versions of book #2 One Truth Revealed

If you haven’t yet read One Safe Place, book #1, let me know in the comments. I might sweeten the pot with a copy of it as well. 😉

To enter:

Leave a comment, a wave, or a greeting in the comments, and your choice of print or kindle. I’ll select winners from my trusty new summer hat on Sunday, July 16th.

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