Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Introducing Donna Hatch



It is my pleasure to introduce Donna Hatch and her newest Regency romance, A Perfect Secret.

Genevieve must break off her engagement with Christian and marry a blackmailer but after a year, she flees his violent domination. Just when she thinks she's started a new life, her husband tracks her down and stalks her. Though brokenhearted when Genevieve called off their engagement to marry another man, Christian will do anything to protect her from the madman--except risk his heart.

You can buy her book at Amazon:

or at Barnes and Noble:

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Increasing Your Productivity



If you ask my writing friends what they would like to improve in their writing, many would say the number of books they complete each year. We all want to be like Jennifer Ashley, who writes more than most of us combined. We know it takes determination, and although the mind is willing, the body is weak. What can we do change this?

At our last Valley of the Sun Romance Writer's meeting, Lexi Post spoke on this issue. She had us write down what our writing style included. Mine varies. I am more productive if I leave the house and go to Barnes and Noble. Being around books while I sip on my white chocolate mocha inspires me. A location away from home also removes distractions like the TV and dirty dishes in the sink. After a few hours, I can no longer function and need to get away. I also need to walk around. I usually go home, feeling like I accomplished a great deal, but still have more to do. At this point, I may edit while watching TV. This is not going to increase my productivity. Next time, I'll walk the mall and then try writing either at the food court or another eating establishment. Jennifer writes at one location in the morning and another in the afternoon.

My other obstacle is weeknight exhaustion. I have a full-time, high-stress job. Once I'm home, I'm beat. If I sit down at the dining room table with a bottle of Starbucks mocha and a snack, I can write for about an hour. Then I can follow up later with edits in front of the TV. You might have caught onto my major flaw: relaxing in front of the TV. I need to save it as a reward for a successful writing day.

I have a lot to work on this year, so I will continue to try various methods of improving my productivity and let you know how it went.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Romance Author's Booksigning Open to the Public




Tempe Mission Palms Ballroom
60 East Fifth Street
Tempe, Arizona 85281


General Information:
You are invited to attend one of the largest book signings in the Valley.  New York Time’s Bestsellers Christie Craig, Sylvia Day, Allison Brennan, Karin Tabke, Jennifer Ashley and many more favorites, will be available to meet and greet their fans while they sign their books.

Authors scheduled to appear:


     Jennifer Ashley                                                  Kayce Lassiter                                          
     Judith Ashley                                                     Debbie Lee                         
     Allison Brennan                                                 Sandra Lee Smith     
     Shari Broyer                                                     Annette Mahon
     Mary Buckham                                                  Mary Maxie
     Patricia Burroughs                                             Cathy McDavid
     Laurie Schnebly Campbell                                  Terri Molina
     Stacy Connelly                                                  Judythe Morgan
     Christie Craig                                                    Debra Mullins 
     Barbara White Daille                                          Marina Myles
     Sylvia Day                                                        V. S. Nelson 
     Alison Delaine                                                   Virginia Nosky
     Kerrie Droban                                                   Pinkie Paranya
     Barbara Duell                                                   Marie Patrick
     Marion Ekholm                                                  Lexi Post
     Connie Flynn                                                     Erin Quinn 
     Ramona Forrest                                                 Sarah Raplee
     Calista Fox                                                       Deena Remiel
     Roz Denny Fox                                                 Vijaya Schartz
     Cynthia Garner                                                 Mimi Sebastian
     Tina Gerow                                                       Linda Style
      Marie Harte                                                      Karen Tabke
      Donna Hatch                                                    Pam Tracy
      Arlene Hittle                                                     Kris Tualla
      Jannifer Hoffman                                              Ann Videan
      Shanyn Hosier                                                 Susan C. Yarina
      Morgan Kearns                                                Beth Yarnell
      Vanessa M. Knight

Friday, March 21, 2014

Introducing Marie Patrick


It is my pleasure to introduce Marie Patrick and her book

Mischief and Magnolias
Blurb:

The year is 1863 and Natchez, Mississippi, has peacefully surrendered to the Union Army. Several homes in the city are commandeered…but not everyone surrenders peacefully, especially Shaelyn Cavanaugh.  When her home and beloved steamboats are taken over by Major Remington Harte and his small contingent of men, Shae strikes a bargain to allow her and her mother to remain in their home—her mother will cook for the men in blue and she will clean up after them. Her ultimate goal? Make Major Harte leave. Her plan of attack? Make the little things in his life difficult.
Wounded by a sharpshooter’s bullet that nearly took his life, Remy has taken an assignment to transport supplies and troops utilizing the Cavanaugh steamboats. He is determined to find the persons responsible for ambushing his scouting party, leaving most of his unit dead—and extend kindness to those around him, especially Shae. Instead of being upset at finding she added vinegar to his coffee and poured molasses in his boots, Major Harte is intrigued. His admiration grows for the feisty woman and her pranks…and he looks forward to what she might do next.
When Shae’s steamboats disappear, attributed to the Gray Ghost, a guerilla fighter with the Confederacy, and accusations of espionage grow against her, Remy has to decide between following his head or his heart. If he makes the wrong choice, he could lose his men, his reputation and the woman who has become more important to him than he ever expected.




Novels by Marie Patrick
Coming soon: Mischief and Magnolias
A Treasure Worth Keeping, available on Amazon and Crimson Romance 
A Good Man For Katie, available on Amazon and The Wild Rose Press
A Scandalous Woman, available on Amazon and Whiskey Creek Press
Touch the Flame, available on Amazon and Whiskey Creek Press
Angel in the Moonlight, available on Amazon and Whiskey Creek Press



Sunday, March 16, 2014

Beta Readers


From what I have heard, Beta Readers are volunteers, who are not writers, who read an author's manuscript. They give feedback based on the average readers point-of-view. Bob Mayer, a New York Times Bestselling Author, suggests using Beta Readers.

I decided to give it a try. I am in the process of changing a cozy mystery into a sweet romantic mystery. In order to do this, I need to change half of the scenes into the hero's point of view. The original book has already been edited. What I need now is a set of fresh eyes to look for obvious mistakes. My husband, my mother, and a friend at work have been reading what I have finished so far.

What I have discovered is that they often find different mistakes, or different aspects of the book stand out to them. This has been a valuable experience. Of course, I do have my writing friend who will look at the final copy for anything that stands out from a published author's point of view. I do plan on using them again in the future.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Tackling Big Projects



This past week, I needed to clean our bedroom. That involved going through drawers and an overcrowded bookshelf. Between my day job and writing schedule, I don't have much time left over for luxuries, like cleaning. I tackled the job one corner at a time. Thursday evening, I cleaned and dusted the end table. Friday evening, I dusted the television area. Saturday morning, I went through drawers and dusted the large dresser. Finally, today, I sorted through books and dusted the bookshelf. Afterwards, I felt like I had accomplished a huge task and still found time to write.

I realized later, that the idea of tackling huge jobs one step at a time can be applied to any task that seems overwhelming. If a writer sits down and writes one paragraph a day, the book will take shape. Hopefully, once you sit down to write that paragraph, you'll write more.

Once I accomplished my task, I felt so good I treated myself. No, not to a sundae, but to a small candy bar.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Introducing Mary Maxie



It is my pleasure to introduce Mary Maxie and her book, Sophie's Calgary Stampede.

A Washington DC corporate lawyer arrives in Calgary Alberta just in time for the annual ten days of madness called the Calgary Stampede. Feeling like a brown shoe with a tuxedo or a Manolo high heel with a cowgirl outfit, Sophie is about to find out what the new wild west is all about.




You can learn more about Mary and her books at

http://www.marymaxieauthor.com/books/

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