Tuesday, July 30, 2013

One week until the release of DARK WATERS! Giveaway...

One week to go before the release of DARK WATERS! Pre-order today!
To celebrate I'm giving away five ebooks to one lucky reader. My own, The Killing Game, Kathy Altman's The Other Soldier and Staying at Joe's, Loreth Anne White's new Romantic Suspense, Pieces of You, and Maureen A. Miller's High Tide, to a member of my mailing list...if you are signed up, you are already in the draw :).

I'll announce and contact the winner on Friday 16th August (brain and God willing). Format is going to depend on what country you are in and what ereader you have and where each book is available, but I'll do my best to accommodate within the limits of technology/geographical restrictions. (I retain discretion in all aspects of the giveaway).

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Tired?

My kids made these (delicious) treats out of mini Mars bars at a friend's yesterday and the friend dropped them off later because the kids were on their bikes. So my son's 10 year old buddy knocks on the door to deliver them and says to me, "Did I wake you up?"
I'm like, "No...do I look like you woke me up?"
He grinned as boys do, having not mastered the art of flattery, "Yes."
"I have just come back from a conference," I explain (not saying it was 3 days ago).
"Ah," he said wisely. "That would explain it then."
God bless kids' blunt honesty :)

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

I blogged about RWA 2013

I blogged about RWA 2013 over at Not Your Usual Suspects. I also posted a ton of pictures on Facebook if you want to check them out.

Sunday, July 07, 2013

If you are an Amazon.com customer...

If you are an Amazon.com customer, they are doing a fabulous promotion with DANGEROUS WATERS in the run up to DARK WATERS release date. DANGEROUS WATERS will be included in a national AmazonLocal deal. This allows customers to get a voucher that is valid to buy 30 selected kindle books for $1 each.

The link is here and is valid until the 31st July.

This is a great opportunity for filling up your kindle for the summer holidays with some great books!

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Kathy Altman--what a sweetie!

Look what I received in the mail yesterday!  I have the very best CP in the world. Kathy Altman also writes wonderful books that are heartwarming and real. She excels at making great 'stuff' and 'freebies'.
I on the other-hand generally suck at promo items. I mean did I actually mention I had bookmarks made? Yes, that's me, the queen of promo :) I have bookmarks!


It's a month until the release of DARK WATERS and I'll celebrate by giving away a selection of things to a member of my mailing list, including copies of Kathy's two books and hopefully a copy of Loreth Anne White's latest, PIECES OF YOU. To be entered to win you'll need to be on the mailing list. Details of giveaway still TBA.

Thursday, July 04, 2013

How did it get to be JULY?

Okay, I look up from my keyboard after finishing another book and realize half the year is gone. How did that happen?

I always try and take stock of my goals/achievements at the halfway post, but as my writing career is never linear or normal that can be hard to quantify. So what have I done?

January I had the flu. That sucked buckets. Around mid January I finalized plans to get THE KILLING GAME published. I hired my Carina Press editor, found a cover artist, proofreader, and figured out the process. I decided to self publish for a variety of reasons, none of which involve thinking this story is in any way substandard for NY. I love this story and I intend to write more about this particular squad of soldiers. The book went 'live' at the end of March and had earned back the cost of production (not including the 6-7 months it took to write) by the end of April. I made it available on all platforms and as a print book (because readers asked), but I want to say, for the record, that the sales on other platforms (and print) are minimal so far, and only Amazon has made this a viable project. Amazon and readers. Readers rock!

January and February I also did copyedits and proofs for my August release DARK WATERS. In April/May I wrote blog posts for the blog tour Author's Angels have organized (August 6-21st).

I wrote the opening 50 pages to a third Bamfield book (SILENT WATERS), and plotted out another connected story (featuring Freddy Chastain and an idea for Jack Panetti) but put them on hold. Instead I wrote a new book (sent to my agent yesterday) about a FBI agent looking for the truth about what happened to her twin sister 18 years ago, who becomes involved with a former CIA assassin who now hunts serial killers. My heroes are always a little dark but I don't know why anyone wouldn't fall in love with this guy.

What else? I created my mailing list--are you on it? I only send out messages when I have a release. I don't spam, I don't sign people up who email me. You have to click the link to get the newsletter.

I finally figured out how to use Scrivener (using Gwen Hernandez's book), so STOLEN is the first book completed using that funky monkey.

Because I get regular emails asking if there's a follow up book to HER SANCTUARY I am trying hard to get that next book edited and self pubbed before Christmas. It isn't a cowboy book though, it's a serial killer book set in NYC. Would anyone like another cowboy book?

So apart from various ideas that are growing in my brain that's a pretty good summary of the writing side of my life this year. Non-writing, there's the usual kid-garden-house stuff that fills everyone's lives.

I'm going to be at the literacy signing in Atlanta which is open to the public. I'd love to see some friendly faces, plus your favorite romance author will be there (unless it is Sherrilyn Kenyon or Suzanne Brockmann because I don't see them on the list). I spend less and less time on this blog but I'm reluctant to give it up. If you want more of me I am always on Facebook and post information on my Facebook Page (often flash sale information).

Time to walk the dog.

Happy 4th July USA!