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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Getting to Know Your Favorite (or new favorite!) Author: 20 Questions with Lora Lee

It seems like I’ve been waiting just about FOREVER for a new release from one of my favorite authors (it’s always so much loooonger when it’s anticipated!). I’m so excited to raise the roof over BRINGING IN THE THIEVES, the first book (of hopefully MANY!) in Lora Lee’s “Joyful Noise” cozy mystery series. You might already know Lora Lee as Loralee Lillibridge, and realize you’re in for a great curl up in a chair, turn off the phone and shoo away the family read. If not, it’s my pleasure to introduce you to both the book and the author – one of my fabulous critique partners and role model (I want to be LL when I grow up!) who can’t help but tote around a ray of Texas sunshine wherever she goes, and knows how to eat grits the right way, just like I was taught!

Give a big “Yee Haw” welcome to Lora Lee as she shares a bit about herself . . .

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Ashes of Eden Review

I’m all about giving a shout out when one of my friends’ done good. I met DJ Perry over fifteen years ago when I wrote the novelization for IN THE WOODS, the Indie horror film he was starring in. 

Monday, December 01, 2014

The Gifts From Door-to-Door with The Christmas Wonder Giveaway Hop!

As a child, one of the things I loved about the holidays was Christmas caroling. My sisters and I would join the neighbor kids and go from house to house along our block singing our favorite songs of the season (my favorite was “Oh, Come All Ye Faithful” because I did the harmony). We’d be invited inside to warm our noses and our insides with hot chocolate and cookies. In the same spirit, the Christmas Wonder Giveaway Hop invites you to go blog-to-blog from December 1 to December 31 to hear what we love most about the season, and which books have made our Christmas wish lists! There's a giveaway at each stop so be sure to visit them all!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Black Friday Comes to the Booklover in Bewitching Book Tours’ Hot Holiday Giveaway!

If you’re like me and love a good deal . . . especially one you don’t have to leave home for, the Hot Holiday Giveaway is just the gift you’ve been looking for . . . to give to yourself!

I’m joining with a holiday crush of authors all eager to present you with great reading for the holiday season. From Black Friday to December 15, browse the bookcase below for the items being given away. See anything you like? How could you NOT!? 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

New Contemporary Release: FROM THIS DAY FORWARD

One of the worst feelings for an author is to sell a book then never have it see the light of day. When Zebra closed the doors on its imaginative Lucky In Love line back in the ‘90s—just months before my contemporary FROM THIS DAY FORWARD was supposed to be released—I was left with a gorgeous cover and that empty sense of loss. I never expected to have the satisfaction of placing my story in readers’ hands until Deb Dixon met with me at a conference in NYC decades later and asked about my backlist. Yes! Did I ever have backlist!


Monday, November 10, 2014

Winter Booklovers Contest!!

It’s not a Winter Wonderland quite yet, but you can get in the spirit of the season—you know, curling up with a good book while the weather outside is frightful—by participating in the Night Owl Reviews Winter Booklovers Contest.

Night Owl Reviews Event

Gift cards galore are up for grabs, ranging from $25 to $100!! All you need to do is enter—and maybe discover a few new books and authors in the process! It’s a win/win!

I’m one of the sponsoring authors with my new dark paranormal release, REMEMBERED BY MOONLIGHT:

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

IWSG: The Voices in My Head

I glance at the clock.

3:45 a.m.

Cursing Daylight Savings, I try to go back to sleep. Just two more hours. Is that too much to ask after grueling weeks of non-stop editing, blogging and proofreading on top of my full time job? But it’s too late and I know it, because my mind is already drifting—not toward that desired sleep. The voices begin. I recognize them. Just whispers at first from those who’ve been part of my every waking hour for the last few months as we worked together toward Release Day in mid-October. Then a scene begins to unfold, rolling like 35mm film, filled with action and passion. Not one of the many that I’d been tweaking and polishing in that frantic race to meet deadline. But something new.

Something from the next book.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Halloween Haunted Open House and Giveaway Blog Hop!!

It’s that time of year again, when thoughts turn to full moons, scary things that go bump in the night, candy corn, Trick-or-Treat and Haunted Houses! I’ve got all those things under one roof at my 4th Annual Haunted Open House and Giveaway Blog Hop!

The doors are open from October 27 through October 31 for ghoulish fun! I’ve got a ghostly host of special guests including NY Times bestseller, Darynda Jones, tarot expert Arwen Lynch and ImaJinn Books editor Brenda Chin along with out of this world giveaways! And if that wasn’t enough to entice you to my creaky door, there are rooms filled with thrills, chills and appetizing yummies (Not mummies! Well, there might be mummies . . .) waiting. Booklovers, film buffs, horror addicts, TV junkies, fright fiends - there’s something for everyone! Expect a haunting good time.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

20 Questions: Meet Christine Allen-Riley

Getting to Know Your Favorite (or soon to be Favorite!) Writer

Monday, October 13, 2014

Release the Hounds – Literally! It’s Release Day for Remembered by Moonlight!

Some things are worth waiting for. And I’ve been waiting for this day for years – for the chance to put deliciously dangerous Shape-shifter clan leader Max Savoie and his fiery mate, NOPD detective Charlotte Caissie back into the spotlight with their own book! They’ve been waiting not so patiently for their happy ending. But that road to happily-ever-after has been a rocky one, and still has a twist or two to take.

Here it is – ready to read at last!

Monday, October 06, 2014

Ready – Set – One Click!

REMEMBERED BY MOONLIGHT is now available for pre-order on Amazon!

Release day (October 13, 2014!) is just a week away, but you can have RbM ready and waiting to read with a One-Click today.

I’m taking my show on the road! 

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

IWSG: Stepping Out on Faith

There comes a time when you have to put up or shut up. You’ve talked the talk, now walk the walk. Each journey begins with that first step, and when it comes to writing, no one can take it for you. The longer you think about it, the more difficult and scary it becomes. Staring at a blank page, signing up to meet an editor/agent, sending out your proposal, taking a class, agreeing to teach one. The obstacle isn’t your talent or your project, it’s you.

There comes a time when you have to just do it! Here are some tips to help make that all important first step easier:

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

20 Questions with Author Rebekah R. Ganiere

I have a "thing" for fairytales! Look no farther than last week’s blog post accompanying the Fairy Tale Magic Hop for my reasons why. And I love discovering new authors who write what I enjoy. Ta Da! Meet Rebekah! I already knew of her enthusiasm for the paranormal genre through RWA’s FF&P loop, but the minute "One Click" brought the magic of her world to my iPad Kindle app, I realized something else: The woman knows her way around a fairytale! I’m devouring Red the Were Hunter and loving the way she can twist a familiar tale (and tail!). The second book in her Fairelle series, Snow the Vampire Slayer is waiting, crouching and ready to spring the minute it’s released, which is probably just as this post is getting uploaded. Pardon me while I sneak out . . . for a bite!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Fairy Tale Magic Hop . . . and COVER REVEAL!

I’ve had a love affair with fairytales since my mother read them to me as a child. They contain everything I adore: adventure, fantasy, romance, suspense, life lessons, more than a few chills and sometimes the not so happy ending. I’ve never outgrown them. Hans Christian Andersen, Brothers Grimm, right down to Disney and new renderings on TV and movie screens, they had me at “Once upon a time . . .”

Friday, September 12, 2014

Feature Friday Block Party: Whetting the Appetite

A nibble. A tease. My favorite thing about eating out or a dinner party has always been the appetizers. Those quick, delicious samples that excite the taste buds and make the wait for the main course bearable. Too few make you cranky. Too many overstuff and leave no room for the meal. Just the right balance gives you something to whet anticipation while building the desire for more. Rather like the countdown to a book release.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

IWSG: Pay It Forward

You don’t survive in a shark-infested industry like publishing without grabbing onto to life preservers. They’re the people who keep you afloat and your head above those choppy waters. They’ll toss you a ring, jump in with you, extend a hand to pull you out of the current just when you’re ready to go down for the last time.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

In The Name of Love Character Quiz with Jennifer Lowery

No one does an Alpha hero contemporary suspense like Jennifer Lowery! Her heroes are intense and steely, her heroines tough yet vulnerable. Her scenes crackle with terse action and swoon-worthy passion. She had me at Hard Core and her latest release, The Maze reminded me why. Attie and Noah make a wonderful pair, battling over-whelming odds and their desire for one another. And Jen let me borrow them for a quick Q&A.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

IWSG: Procrastina . . . where did I get that chip in my nail polish?

My name is Nancy and I’m a procrastinator. My motto might as well be “If it wasn’t for the last minute nothing would ever get done-oh, look! A squirrel!” Blessed/cursed with ADD, I can cruise blissfully through the day wasting time (that’s why God invented Solitaire and Facebook!) unless my OCD turns on the laser pointer to get my attention. Working full time, my writing time is too precious to let seconds tick away on YouTube scrolling cat videos (one can never get enough cat videos!). So how do you channel that distractibility into productivity?

Friday, July 25, 2014

Feature Friday Block Party Hop: New Release on the Block!

Nothing says Happy Summer like a Beach Read. I’m thrilled to offer my new contemporary release, TOTALLY YOURS, now available on Kindle and soon to be released in print and other e-formats, written under my pen name Dana Ransom for inclusion in your tote. Let the tempting beginning . . .

Start with a gorgeous cover. Can’t you just feel the warm sea air?

Add a couple carrying emotional baggage aboard the trip of a lifetime. Meet Lisa and Harlan . . .

Friday, July 18, 2014

Feature Friday Block Party Blog Hop

Welcome - I'm participating in the Feature Friday Block Party Blog Hop hosted by Buy the Book Tours and this week's co-host, author MJ Schiller! Please be so kind as to #FF me on Twitter - My handle is @NancyGideon.

One of my favorite vacays ever was cruising the Virgin Islands. The sun, the warm breezes, the exotic food and music . . . can you spell r-e-l-a-x-a-t-i-o-n! So today I’m bringing a bit of the tropics to the Block with a yummy grill recipe I got off Pintrest and a tease from my next new (actually re-issued) release.

First, get your taste buds tingling with this juicy palate-pleasing delight that made my family’s 4th of July explode with favor!

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

20 Questions for Teresa Blue, Your Favorite (or Soon to Be Favorite) Author . . .

Man of Her Dreams, with its fresh new cover, makes me smile. I remember the first time I saw it, standing on wobbly legs in first draft form fresh off the computer of aspiring author Teresa Blue. You’ve come a long way, baby!

Teresa’s debut romance is all about family and choices made for or because of them. Leslie is a young woman desperate to break free of her smothering ties, and her fiance’s infidelity is just the push she needs to spread her wings. Jay has seen too much of the world from his jaded mother’s fortune teller’s wagon and the minute he rescues Leslie from a break down on the side of the road, he knows she’s trouble he doesn’t need . . . but he can’t stay away. What makes Man of Her Dreams a pure delight is the richness of the secondary characters. Bar-fly Sally who befriends Leslie, Les’s wacky family, and even Jay’s mother create a wonderful patchwork of emotions and laughs that aren’t to be missed.

I’m looking into my crystal ball and can see you want to know more about this talented new writer. Presto – meet Teresa Blue.

Wednesday, July 02, 2014


Is it just me? Am I the only one who takes offense when you have a group of friends over to catch up and stir the creative muse and you glance over to see one of them not so discretely carrying on a Text session with someone not on your guest list? Or you’re in the middle of a holiday dinner and your son is scrolling through his e-mails? Or at the sound of a ding, everyone around you grabs for their phone like well-conditioned Pavlovian dogs?

In my younger years, I delighted in Huxley, Orwell and Bradbury tales of artificial helpmates taking control of humanity. Guess what? It’s here! Welcome to the Twilight Zone of technology.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Summer Lovin’ Giveaway Hop!

Summer vacation growing up meant one thing – traveling up north for two weeks to stay at my family’s trailer which later became a cabin in the woods. The worst thing – riding for three hours in the backseat with my two sisters and the dog with two smoking parents in front and all the windows rolled up, many years with no running water or TV and . . . the outhouse where spiders always hid until after the door was closed. The absolute best was walking to the lake and corner store every day with my cousins . . . unless it rained. Rain meant staying inside with two older sisters, wet dog and smoking parents with nothing to do unless I could talk my mom into making the three mile drive down the highway to ‘town’ where I discovered a lifelong love. The library! It was a musty old building with uneven shelves filled with tattered hardcovers of the classics and Reader’s Digest condensed books. But there was a small section for kids, just in case it rained. I’d load up my arms with those take-me-away adventures – Walter Farley’s Black Stallion series and Trixie Beldon and Hardy Boys mysteries - and read for hours, forgetting about the rain on the roof while I got lost in the pages.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

20 Questions for Constance Bretes: Getting to Know Your Favorite (or soon to be Favorite!) Writer

I’m happy to introduce Constance Bretes as she celebrates the release of her second contemporary romance, The Last Dig! I haven’t had a chance to explore the pages yet, but doesn’t it look yummy! First, let’s get up close and personal with Connie . . .

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

IWSG: Move on Down the Road

I just spent the past week moving my 9-to-5 office. In a word, moving sucks. It’s stressful, exhausting, scary, expensive . . . all the things that put my regimented OCD soul into a fight or flight mode and kept me up at night going over every detail and every possible snag. I thrive on routine and predictability. When the word spontaneous comes up, you will not find my face as an example. I will put up with just about anything so as not to rock my same ole same ole world. Case in point, those 24-years of marriage. But sometimes you just gotta move on down the road . . . even if you don’t have Mapquest to provide you with every turn and rest stop.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Happy Release Day for LOVE’S OWN REWARD!

Today’s my birthday. Once we leave the excitement of childhood behind, a lot of us begin to take these yearly passages for granted. Anticipated milestones get farther and farther apart: Sweet 16, 18 and Out, 21 and Legal, 30 and old enough to know better, the Big 5-0, qualifying for the Senior Discount then full retirement, and the Golden Years. Having zipped by most of these landmarks (I’m not saying just HOW many!), I find numbers don’t matter to me unless they involve dress sizes and glucose levels. Age is a state of mind unless you’re a bottle of wine or stinky cheese.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Sneak Peek Sunday: LOVE’S OWN REWARD

They say everything old is new again. While I don’t look forward to the return of low-riding jeans, I am excited about BelleBooks/BellBridge’s reissues of my Dana Ransom contemporary romances from the early ‘90s. LOVE’S OWN REWARD is the first of four 2014 re-releases to return to print and, for the first time, e-format after a slight makeover to bring it up to date, and it’s available on 5/27/14—my birthday! Here’s a Sneak Peek . . .

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

20 Questions with Kristen Brockmeyer: Getting to Know Your Favorite (or soon to be Favorite!) Writer

In the case of LUCKY IN LOVE, you can judge a book by its cover. The second it caught my eye, I had to pick it up. The minute I read the back blurb, I knew I had to buy it. And Kristen Brockmeyer’s first contemporary romance delivered everything promised, from the flirty print dress to the sassy seamed stockings, to the sexy heels and delightful prose. What a fun read! Charming characters, bubbly dialogue, and engagingly over-the-top plotline whisk you along on a whirlwind road trip to adventure and heartfelt romance with the top down.

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

IWSG: Reuse, Recycle, Repurpose Your Prose and . . . Cover Reveal!!

I’m a closet hoarder. I hate to throw away anything I spent time or good money on. When my daughter-in-law was a featured artist with her ReMary’d Originals reinvented jewelry at a trendy shop called RETRO, it got me thinking about all the discarded bits and pieces of story plot and characters I’d tucked away in folders, used, broken and forgotten because they didn’t fit industry standards or had outlived their shiny first run. How very un-Green of me to discard these buried treasures when, with a little polish, a few fixes, a couple of changes, I could bring them back to new life in this suddenly rejuvenated writer-centric marketplace.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

20 Questions with Author/Editor Patience Bloom!

It’s a rare pleasure to feature the creative work of one of my book editors! Patience Bloom (then Smith) groomed my “Warrior” contemporary series as senior editor for Harlequin’s (then Silhouette’s) Intimate Moments (now Romantic Suspense) line. (I just got dizzy following those edits). After spending several delightful evenings with her memoir Romance Is My Day Job, I enthusiastically recommend this fun and often poignant insider look at the dating life of someone who makes romance their profession. From teenage daydreams of Duran Duran (tho’ I personally planned to marry Simon, not John!) to comparisons to literature’s famous doomed relationships, her path to finding True Love one fictional hero at a time is filled with heartbreak and humor and a glorious happily-ever-after. To prove that editors are really people who love books, just like us, Patience answers my 20 Questions and offers a teasing glimpse at this gem of a romance (she had me at the book trailer!).

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

IWSG: The Creative Process Cycle

Last month (when I was supposed to be doing my IWSG post . . . hanging head in shame) I participated in a chain letter-type blog hop about The Writing Process where authors shared their own method of getting words on the page. Every post I read offered something uniquely tailored to the particular writer’s own organic style. But in reading them, I couldn’t help but think about a more universal cycle that applies to each project no matter where we are in our writing career - that circle of life (cue Elton John singing!) called The Creative Process. We all go through a struggle to produce against a common enemy. No, it’s not finding time or whether you’re a pantser or a plotter. It’s more insidious than that. It’s our own Inner Author who starts a step-by-step dialogue in our head the minute we type Chapter One on the page. See if you recognize it:

Friday, March 21, 2014

Seriously Shifter Giveaway Hop!

Growing up, I LOVED scary movies. My favorites were the Creature Features. Though the monsters were the ‘bad guys,’ I always felt an affinity for their plight – alone, isolated, different and unloved. They just couldn’t get a break. It wasn’t until I saw the movie Ladyhawke with Rutger Hauer and Michelle Pfeifer, where lovers cursed to become a hawk and a wolf, one at night and one during the day could never be together in their human forms except for that brief moment in-between, that I realized that these tragic tales could also be romances. A keen creative interest in all things Shifter was born.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Twenty Questions for Dana Corbit: Getting to Know Your favorite (or soon to be favorite!) Writer

It’s always a special privilege to hype the work of one of your book buddies, in this case, my critique partner, Dana Corbit. The talented members of my band of merry critiquers come from all areas of the romance spectrum and beyond, often providing my initiation into a particular genre. Dana’s warm and heart-felt romances were my introduction to the inspirational market where I found it easy to embrace the characters in her Love Inspired series books (my favorite - the trouble-making Charity!). Many a plot was born during our brainstorming sessions and I’m especially proud to welcome FINALLY A MOTHER because today is Special Delivery Release Day!

Monday, March 03, 2014

Writing Process Blog Hop – Tag, I’m it!

I’m not much for playing games unless they involve cards on my computer. But that said, a girl DOES like to have fun. And some game play is informative fun for a good cause, in this case, a chance to promote one’s craft and one’s friends. The Writing Process Blog Hop is passed from writer to writer like a chain letter (oh, don’t get me started on those!) only no bad luck will befall you if you don’t respond within the allotted time. It’s all good. Maris Soule “tagged” me in her blog last week, passing me the baton for today’s post on four questions regarding how we writer’s write. In turn, my job is to pass this task on to three more authors who will post next week, and so on, and so on.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

How Very Pinteresting!

Pinterest? What the heck is that? What could possibly be interesting about looking at someone else’s scrapbook posts? I couldn’t figure it out, chalking it up to another plot by Social Media to suck my time away.

Then I was getting my nails done (my only self-indulgence – snort!) and talk turned to food (it was after work and my stomach was growling!). My nail tech/hair wizard whips out her tablet, cues up her Pinterest page and starts scrolling through recipes. How cool is that?! And then we go to her board on nail art. OOO! LOVE IT! Okay, I’ve got to get into this. I’m raging ADD/OCD so I crave organization and sorting of any kind. By the time my acrylics are dry, I am on a mission to make Pinterest my slave. But how does it work?

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

IWSG: My Favorite “F” Words

One of my mottos is The Only Constant is Change. Flexibility (and I don’t mean the ability to touch your toes, which I’m proud to say I CAN still do!), Focus and Fearlessness are the most productive F-words you can have in your vocabulary. Go with the flow. Know what you want and what you have to do to get it. Don’t be afraid to reach, struggle . . . or Fail (that other less popular F-word) if it ultimately moves you Forward, Forward being the main goal, even when it means taking a step back to get a new running start.

Let’s recap . . .

“F-words, learn to use them!”

1. Flexibility. Don’t get stuck in a repetitive rut especially when it holds you back. Instead of whining over market changes, learn how to adapt. I never thought I’d see the day when I’d write in 1st person. Guess what both of my next projects are written in? Don’t let a lack of knowledge hold you back from trying something new, be it in your own writing or when it comes to keeping up with technology. Make “Yes, I can!” you’re new buzz word.

2. Focus. Set goals. Think of them as those turn-by-turn helpers that come with Mapquest directions to get you where you need to go so you don’t get lost or detoured. Recalculate when necessary (If you like, you can do it in a snotty English accent!)

3. Fearlessness. From sending out that first manuscript to approaching an agent/editor to reinventing a career, fear is what stands in your way – not lack of name recognition, not your competition, not your bad sales figures. What have you got to lose? Success, if fear keeps you from trying. Go boldly! Ask for a push if you need one!

4. Failure. What fuels most of our fear? Failure. We’re terrified of having that big “Epic Fail” stamped upon our forehead. It’s paralyzing. We need to change our pattern of thinking. Failure doesn’t mean you can’t or won’t succeed. It means that particular route wasn’t the right one. Recalulating . . . Sometimes the highway isn’t the best way or the only way.

5. Forward. Forward motion builds speed and momentum. Write every day and those paragraphs become a novel. Tiptoe into social media with Facebook or a blog and soon you’ll be dropping in embedded code. Speak to fellow writers. Join groups and loops. Ask questions. Take classes. Each bit of ongoing exposure is a step toward finding that agent, solving that plot problem, cleaning up that manuscript, discovering who is buying what you’re writing. Be that big snowball that gathers mass as it rolls (not hard to do here in Michigan at the moment!)

And remember . . . Sam Jackson has his eye on you!

How do you define these invaluable F-words and apply them to your own writing? Which gives you the most trouble?

What is the Insecure Writers Support Group?

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! See #5 above!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time.

IWSG rocks! That’s why I’m “Sharing the Love” in my 2-1-14 blog post below as part of the Share the Love Giveaway Hop. Help spread the warm fuzzies and earn more chances to win my $10 Amazon gift card. Another warm fuzzy – BETRAYED BY SHADOWS and PRINCE OF SHADOWS (links are below too), part of my dark paranormal Shape-shifter series with Pocket Star are STILL only $1.99 at Amazon and Barnes & Noble for Kindle and Nook. Hurry! Don’t know how long that price will remain.

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Share the Love Giveaway Hop

Holidays are for giving and for this Valentine’s Day I’m joining with over 70 other sites to “Share the Love” (in a non-caloric way!). The purpose of the Hop is to show a little love to some of my favorite Bloggers/Authors with a Surprise Bomb of LIKES (Think virtual Valentines!). You can help with this Big Group Hug - and earn extra chances to win my personal Valentine of a $10 Amazon gift card – by visiting my Hearted friends below and Liking or Following their pages. Then follow the Hop links for more chances to win and more chances to spread that Warm Fuzzy to those who’ve made our lives a happier place to be. 

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Winter Wonder Man Blog Hop . . .

What warms you up faster on a cold wintery night than a deliciously hot romance hero? Believe me, when temperatures here in my home state of Michigan dip down to a -40 wind chill (Baby, that’s COLD outside!) there’s nothing I’d rather do than stay inside with a warm cat and a sizzling book boyfriend.

Just in time to save you from frostbite, join me and 57 author friends in the Winter Wonder Man Blog Hop!

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

IWSG: I Resolve to Evolve

As the clock strikes midnight and ticks toward a New Year (or now more realistically 10:00 p.m.) I start making resolutions for the upcoming 12 months. Years go by. The categories on that list remain the same. Health, finances, personal, spiritual, family, and professional. I’m embarrassed to say, many of the expectations are carried over, unmet. Still haven’t lost those stubborn pounds (actually, they’ve been lost and found again!). No condo or flush 401K. Haven’t retired to live off my writing income yet. The time I wanted to spend with my family, friends and beliefs has trickled away. Okay, I knew going in those were looooooong term plans (In my lifetime, please!). What has changed over time aren’t the end results I’m shooting for. They’re the specific and ever changing steps I need to take to get there, especially in the professional category.

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

20 Questions for Alyssa Alexander: Getting to Know Your Favorite (or soon to be Favorite!) Writer

Few books have had me pacing with anticipation. The Smuggler Wore Silk is one of them. I LOVE historicals and regencies and adventure and pull you right in and never let you go sneak peeks. And if that isn’t enough, there’s the book trailer teasing me into a One Click frenzy. My only regret is that the book wasn’t released until today. If it had come out yesterday while blowing snow and -30 wind chill gave me the day off work, I would have been finished with it by now and I would have had a review for you. Instead, I’ll let debuting author Alyssa Alexander coax you between the pages with her answers to my 20 Questions and tempting glimpses of the book in question.