Monday, November 23, 2015

QUITE LITERALLY! November 2015

I hope that each of you has a wonderful holiday, filled with the warmth of family, friends, and gratitude for all your blessings!
What are your holiday traditions? I will post the 5 best in my December Newsletter! Those five will also receive a $5 GC to!!
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Cover art by Syneca Featherstone
NEW THIS WEEK: (2 re-released titles that will launch the Tales of the Sweet Magnolia time-travel western series!)

 The re-release of the first two books in the TALES OF THE SWEET MAGNOLIA western time-travel series!! Available now for preorder, each book is discounted at .99 to give to another, or to snuggle up with on one of these cold winter nights!
CLOSER TO YOU, BOOK I Available for preorder . Releases 11/30/15.
Single, misjudged, and socially sequestered, library curator Lillian White lives vicariously through her beloved books of the bawdy Old West, dreaming of the cowboy that will take her away from her lonely life until the day she discovers a mysterious, antique necklace with the power to tap into her deepest desires and possibly change her life forever.
Sheriff Jake Sloan is Deadwater Gulch’s “good son.” A man married to the law, his heart secretly yearns for the Magnolia’s headmistress, a soiled dove forbidden to him and his perfect reputation, until he saves her life from a ruthless gunman and injured, winds up convalescing in her bed.
Can a librarian with secret fantasies, make it as a bordello madam? And can a sheriff with his career in the balance fall in love with her? Be careful what you wish just might get it.
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Cover art by Syneca Featherstone
CHRISTMAS ANGEL, BOOK II is also available for preorder and releasing 11/30/15.
"To find true love, you have only to travel through time..."
A hunger gnaws at Angel Marie Sutter to find the man behind the soulful music she heard played on the piano at the Sweet Magnolia. Following her heart, desire takes her on a fantastic journey. When she becomes a witness to murder, she finds herself under the forced protection of a scarred detective. Her gentle healing brings the past to his present in timeless passion, but will she be able to hold onto this precious gift, or will a killer take it all away?
Shado Jackson is a lone wolf undercover cop carrying guilt over the death of his brother. When a mysterious, beautiful woman becomes eyewitness to a murder, his job is to protect, not fall in love. But when his brother’s killer again threatens to take what’s precious from him, Shado must find him before time runs out.
Quote of the month:
"Be grateful for what you have, you'll end up having more" ~Oprah Winfrey
Until next month remember kindness matters~
Blessings always & cowboy dreams,

Friday, October 23, 2015

Why do I write?

 (Read isn't as boring as it may sound;)

 I started out writing a non-fiction weekly newspaper column on the importance of the Fine Arts in our schools (that was back in the day when those areas were on the chopping block of many schools to save money) thank goodness for organizations like Save the Music started by musician's and MTV !

From there , I started to pick up books and read for pleasure again, which then led to a few years being a reviewer for small magazines and online. Having saved each review, its fun now to go back and say  " I knew her when..." --Gena Showalter, Patricia Rasey--are just a couple of authors I did "early on" reviews for. Kinda fun;)

So here I am over a decade later. I've written for both small and large houses in the industry, met scores of wonderful authors (and not all just because of their books) and I find myself at times asking myself why do you do this? Why does any author write?

It is thrilling yes, to finally have a book in the top ten of a genre--forget the naysayers who say it doesn't really matter. No, I haven't hit the NYT or even USA yet--but I'd like to!

Every step is validation of your work. (Insert here any profession) the emails from readers who want to know when the next book is coming out. The reviews that passionately , professionally make you aware that you've touched a nerve. The awards, and accolades. The joy and inspiration of that next cover that just nails the imagery of your story. The sadness when you know that you have to place "the end" on that story of your heart and send it out to play with others.

The gratitude and humility that comes when a group of people chooses to help support your work by both reading your work and promoting it--just because they see something there worth their time.

Some people are meant to teach, others to heal, still others face dangers everyday --real and present--watching over us all. I write. From what I believe, what I know, what I've learned, what I hope for...

Each one of you [readers] is a gift to me. I've said countless times that you inspire me. Your passion for books, your love of reading stories of bravery, romance, overcoming obstacles, redemption, hope--of opening yourself to the emotions contained in those stories. I'm not kidding.

As long as there are readers like you all , I will continue to share my stories. I have lots more to tell.

Happy reading & cowboy dreams

~storyteller at heart~

Coming December 28 in RING IN A COWBOY--LOST & FOUND

Cole and Anna didn't believe that a spring break affair could lead to anything to anything lasting. But ten years later--fate gives first love a second chance.