Monday, October 31, 2011

Tomorrow

Tomorrow I'm starting My Adventures in Labrador series. Just five blog posts about some of the stuff I did up there. I hope it whets your appetite for a Romantic Suspense adventure set up in the great white north. Any day I'm not blogging in November I'll be posting a pretty picture, because I like pretty pictures. Wow, it really is all about me. LOL.
Cliffs of Moher, Ireland.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Friday, October 28, 2011

Developing the Split Personality.

Next month will herald the beginning of a lot of promo for my upcoming release. Doing promo is a bit like developing a split personality. Most writers are introverts by nature who hate banging their own drum. That's why we need readers, not just to buy the books but to tell people about them.  It's one thing for me to say I write a good story (I mean, even writing that makes me cringe), it's completely different for someone who isn't related by blood or marriage to go online and take the time to write a review or send me an email. Thanks to everyone who does. 

The other reason promo makes writers develop split personalities is we're already working on the next story. I've written 3 complete novels since I finished EDGE OF SURVIVAL. I've been in ten different character's heads, lived in Montana, South Dakota, Minneapolis, Hereford and the Wakhan Vally, plus visited London, and sailed the English Channel.That doesn't include the partials I've written for other story ideas, the edits on another (I'd forgotten about a NYC story), and the characters floating in the ether of my mind.

Sometimes it takes me a moment to click back into the story that's about to be published. I do LOVE this story BTW. Possibly my favorite hero/heroine combination ever. 

OK--gotta edit. I love my job!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

A favourite photo from last year

Struggling to get everything done. Writing a million blogs (believe it or not :)) for my upcoming release and stretched so thin I feel like a supermodel. This was my screensaver today and had to share. Me and a bald eagle eying each other on the Pacific coast.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Guest Author: W. Soliman

Today I want to welcome a good friend and fellow NYUS blogger to my blog. 
Who are you and what do you write?

That’s a complicated question! Here goes. I’m a Brit but it’s a long time since I lived in England. Nowadays I call Andorra home but also spend a chuck on the year in Florida. I write historical and contemporary romance under my own name but my other self, W. Soliman, writes gritty marine crime mysteries.

What’s your favourite place in the world to visit?
Some years ago my husband sold his business in England. The negotiations were long and arduous. At the same time I was selling our house in Spain and we seldom saw each other. When the wheeling and dealing came to an end Andre said we deserved a decent holiday. The Maldives, The Seychelles—the world was literally my oyster. So I chose Ireland! I’ve always wanted to go and wasn’t disappointed. The people were friendly and welcoming, the scenery spectacular and, guess what, it didn’t rain. Not once!

Where do you write?
Wherever I happen to be. All I need is my laptop, an internet connection and my whacky imagination.

How long have you been published or is this your first sale?
I was lucky enough to get my first full length novel published, which was in 2006. Unfinished Business is my tenth published novel – the first as W. Soliman.

How long have you been writing?
Well, I wrote my first novel at age 15, (and I’m not telling you how long ago that is, so don’t bother asking!). I guess that proves the desire has always been there but I only got serious about it eight years ago. 

What comes first—characters or the plot?
I get a vague idea for a book, the characters come alive and we’re off and running. They’re in charge and frequently surprise me.

Who’s your favourite hero?
That’s a tough one. I like strong, resourceful men who don’t necessarily conform. Well, I think most women secretly like a bad boy, wouldn’t you agree? Sean Connery as James Bond is right up there. So too is Sean Bean in his uniform as Richard Sharpe.

Who’s on your auto-buy list for authors?
What, apart from some of my fellow Carina authors, do you mean? People such as yourself, Maureen Miller, Shirley Wells, Marie Force to name but a few. Well, I devour everything that Sandra Brown writes. If I’m in the mood for a regency then Eloisa James is a must. And I adore the sarcastic wit of Nelson deMille. Eclectic tastes, I think it’s safe it say.

What’s your biggest dream?
That’s easy. To hit the NY Times Bestseller list!

Cat or dog person?
Another easy question—just ask my husband. Jake, our rescued mutt, is my joy and my life. Andre says that if I had to choose between him and the dog, he knows it would be no contest!


The Hunter Files
Unfinished Business


Where is Jasmine Webb?

Charlie Hunter retired from the force at 40 to relax, work on his boat and go fishing with his son on weekends, not become an amateur sleuth. But he can’t say no to Kara Webb when she seeks his help in tracking down her sister, missing for 15 years.

The disappearance of teenaged Jasmine Webb was one of the first cases Charlie worked on after being made a detective. He’s never forgotten it or his suspicions, even after the girl’s parents told police they’d heard from her and the file on Jasmine was closed.

When Charlie’s son is threatened, finding Jasmine becomes even more important—it’s no longer just about closure, it’s about protecting his family. Which makes the constant dead ends all the more frustrating. Until Charlie realizes that the question they should be asking isn’t where Jasmine is, but who has she become…


Unfinished Business by W. Soliman available now from Carina Press.com or Amazon.com. $5.49

Pop over to my website at http://www.wsoliman.com where you can read the entire first chapter and enter a contest offering you the opportunity to win a copy of the book.

Alternatively, go to my Facebook author page at http://on.fb.me/qfenW1 click Like, leave a message containing the words Unfinished Business and you could win a copy that way.


Thanks for having me here, Toni. It’s been a blast.
W. Soliman.

Thank YOU, Wendy :) 

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

I can't believe it's already here, but Happy Thanksgiving. We're celebrating tomorrow with a big meal (cooked by someone else--double yay! :) I have so much to be thankful for.
Another important thing happening today in Winnipeg? The first Jets game. Go Jets Go!

Monday, October 03, 2011

EDGE OF SURVIVAL cover & As We Were Saying interview

Today I'm flattered to be interviewed by the Greater Fort Worth Writers on As We Were Saying. Leave a comment and you might win a copy of STORM WARNING
And now I can finally reveal the cover for my next release, check it out below.


EDGE OF SURVIVAL (November 21st, 2011, from Carina Press)  
Foreword by Brenda Novak

Dr. Cameran Young knew her assignment wouldn't be easy. As lead biologist on the Environment Impact Assessment team, her findings would determine the future of a large mining project in the northern Canadian bush. She expected rough conditions and hostile miners—but she didn't expect to find a dead body her first day on the job. 

Former SAS Sergeant Daniel Fox forged a career as a helicopter pilot, working as far from the rest of the human race as possible. The thrill of flying makes his civilian life bearable, and he lives by his mantra: don't get involved. But when he's charged with transporting the biologist to her research vessel, he can't help but get involved in the murder investigation—and with Cameran, who awakens emotions he's desperate to suppress. 

In the harsh and rugged wilderness, Daniel and Cameran must battle their intense and growing attraction while keeping ahead of a killer who will stop at nothing to silence her…
My heroine has diabetes and I'm donating 15% of my royalties to diabetes research.