So much is happening right now, but my prayer is that regardless of the oppressive heat and dangerous weather, you and yours are safe and sound, hopefully enjoying a good summertime read! I can remember the summer I stayed with my grandmother in southern missouri (very hot and no air conditioning) but with the fans in the windows, (and perhaps my youth) it never seemed to bother me much. We would walk to the library at least once a week and I would stock up on my favorite books--mostly Alfred Hitchcock mysteries. Reading on that comfy overstuffed couch remains one of the best summertime memories for me. Start today to make those memories of the kids in your household--visit your local libary, enroll your kids in summer reading programs, take time at the end of the day to read to or listen to your child read to you--so important.
Now on to the news...catching up....
When I stated once that my newsletters would be periodic, I truly meant it! Hence, you'll note there hasn't been on in a while. Catching up--I attended the 29th annual RT Booklovers Convention in Chicago in April and as always it was great to see old friends, and meet new ones. RT Convention director, Jo Carol and her crew, once again, served up a fabulous convention with reader events, workshops , author chats, meet and greet events, evening galas and of course the ever growing e-Book expo and Saturday book fair!
Pal and gifted author, Sahara Kelly and I stepped down from our reign as the Faery Court queens in 2012, to pave the way for new events occuring on Thursday night. Sure to be a spectacular evening, 2013 will ressurect a elegant military themed ball , complete with gowns and full dress of some of the military personnel beinmg invited as well as cover model guests in their dress finest. We had a great two years as reigning (raving?) Faery court queens and wish to thank the impeccable court who hung in there with us for the 2012 magical Scottish Fling!
My thanks to the dangerous historical vamps that made up the hosts for the Foxy Dames Club and be sure to come see us again in Kansas City 2013, where we'll present the not-so-innocent gals of Rosie Gulch's Saloon & Parlor House!! Its bound to be great fun and you never know what might happen in the history of the old west!
Speaking of the old west-- To find true love, you've only to travel through time!
WILD & UNRULY (Book I in the Tales of the Sweet Magnolia time-travel series) Available in print and several e-book formats! FALLEN ANGEL, the long awaited second book in my time-travel historical romance series--Tales of the Sweet Magnolia is slated for a Fall 2012 release!
A hunger gnaws at Angel Marie Sutter in her quest to find the man behind the soulful music she heard played on piano at the Sweet Magnolia. Her passion leads her to take piano lessons, but fate takes her through time, and instead she winds up the center of a murder investigation. Under house arrest of a modern day detective,past meets present in timeless passion. But can she hold onto this precious discovery or will a killer change the hands of time?
'Shado' Jackson is a lone wolf undercover cop carrying a guilt that he is unable to turn back the hands of time to save his brother. When a mysterious, beautiful woman becomes eyewitness to a murder, his job is to protect her, not fall in love. When a killer threatens to take again from him, Shado embarks on a race against time to save this beautiful Angel who has unknowingly saved him, changing him forever.
Watch for more special events surrounding this release!!
July 10 *Interview at the blog of talented author, Chasity Bush
July 18 *Join us at the Decadent Publishing Book Club on Facebook to chat about WILD & UNRULY and get a sneak peek at the next "Sweet Magnolia" book-FALLEN ANGEL. Readers who attend will get an extra bonus 25% off that day of WILD & UNRULY through SMASHWORDS! Join the Bookclub here
July 24 * Book Chicks Book Club on Skype. This should be a hoot and a half! Do I really need a web camera?? Ah sure, it will all be worth it to hang with these fabulaous readers who know what they like and aren't afraid to chat about it! We'll be talking about my Victorian London set erotic romance-- The MASTER AND THE MUSES, a great summertime read that was bestowed a 4.5 stars by RT Bookreviews! Based loosely on the rebel "rock stars" of the Victoriam art world--the Pre-raphaelite brotherhood--we get a glimpse up close & personal of what it was to be the muse of a passionate, headstrong artist, whose vibrant life was filled with mystery, sex and scandel!!
*** What are you reading ??
Tell me what you're reading this summer!!! One lucky winner will receive their choice of a copy of my HOT time-travel historical romance Wild & Unruly or the sizzling erotic Victorian-set summertime read-The Master & The Muses!! Email me
*** More later toward end of August (I'll be celebrating my son's wedding in early August!!) when I'll bring you up to speed about plans for Lora Leighs 2012 Reader Appreciation Weekend (RAW)! If you're near the Pittsburgh area, you don't want to miss this!!