Friday, December 31, 2010

Reflect first; Plan second

So, here it is, December 31. I'm supposed to be thinking about the new year, making some resolutions, figuring out a plan to keep at them, and looking to the future. I should also be considering that New Year's Day meal that I usually cook--you know, the pork and kraut and blackeyed peas, all of which are supposed to bring us luck and money and other good things.

I've heard that you should cook a penny in the kraut, and that whomever gets the penny in their serving is the one the money will come to the next year. But since it's likely I'll be the only one eating the kraut, and the fact that I'm not too keen on a dirty penny being cooked along with it, I think I'll pass on that one.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas - A White Christmas

This is the view from here earlier this morning. Wishing each and every one of you a happy, safe, and very Merry Christmas! 

Just enough of the white stuff.
Bunny tracks? Or... reindeer???
I love to see the little tufts of snow on the pines.

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

A Side Trip to Monument Valley

What an incredible afternoon!

I was fortunate enough to take a little side trip late this afternoon after finishing my work at school near Kayenta, Arizona. This being the first time I've visited the area, I really wanted to drive the twenty-plus miles north to the Monument Valley area. What a beautiful and peaceful drive through this monumental (pardon the pun) valley. At times I was awestruck by its simplistic beauty and the sounds of silence.

Here are a few pictures.


I took many, many more pictures than this and tried to pick some of my favorites. I'm looking forward to coming back to work in the school again in the spring, so I can perhaps have another peek. We ended our day by eating dinner at the restaurant in the hotel perched on the rim of the valley. For more information about the hotel and restaurant (just in case you are in the area) visit the web site for The View.

Saturday, December 04, 2010

A New Release from Maddie James and some other stuff...

It's snowing, it's snowing!

And the nicest thing about it snowing is that I didn't have to go anywhere in it (except to my mailbox). I enjoy snow the most when I can view it from inside-out.

I have a new-old release this week, Rawhide and Roses. It's new-old because this is a re-release of one of my older Kensington Precious Gems books, originally titled, The Wild West. This was my first published book and of course, near and dear to my heart. I've spent some time renovating and updating the manuscript--and ended up lengthening it a bit. It's western. It has cowboys. A hero to die for. And a spunky heroine who has no clue what she's in for--in more ways than one. If you decide to take a peek at this one, I hope you enjoy. It's one of my faves.

Rawhide and Roses is available in digital formats at Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook, as well as other romance book venders, such as CoffeeTime Romance and More, and All Romance eBooks. At the present time, it's not yet in print, and I'm not sure it will be. But if you are real good between now and Christmas, maybe your significant other will gift you with a Kindle or Nook reader. Hint, hint!

Other news? The grands are coming this afternoon for a visit, and likely they will take over every laptop and desktop in the house! I can't believe how computer savvy those little ones are. Thanksgiving went off without a hitch, and I'm making plans for 2011 in so many ways.

Nothing like New Year's Day to motivate, eh? I have a number of books coming out next year so I'll be sure to update you on those in the very near future.

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend. Take care, and if you have snow, enjoy it!

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

NaNo, NaNo....

So, the first day of NaNoWriMo went swimmingly. I wrote 1500ish words. Just shy of the daily goal but so be it, I wrote 1500ish words!  Cause for small celebration. I'm on the move.

Then yesterday came. And went. And no words. No WRITTEN words. Not on the story, at least.

But I did accomplish these things:
  • voted (important)
  • went to my PO Box and picked up mail (Bed, Bath and Beyond catalog)
  • trimmed the three bushes in front of my house (now Clio and Calliope can better see out - me, too)
  • weed-eated my front lawn and rid my front lawn of a lot of dead stuff (long overdue)
  • edited 30 pages of a novel plus three short stories for an upcoming anthology
  • checked and wrote a lot of emails (daily task)
  • checked the sales numbers on books (I'm addicted to the numbers)
  • and watched Dancing with the Stars
Productive day, you say? I say not. There were NO WORDS.

Procrastination, pure and simple.

What, say you? That I accomplished a lot? That these things needed to be done? That my day was full and busy already? Pshaw. Excuses. Bottom line is, I didn't make it a priority. I chose other things. I did not make room. I failed Day Two of NaNoWriMo and now on my web page it says: 2 unsuccessful days (you know, because I didn't actually make the Day 1 goal either).

So now, with all of you as my witness, I vow I will do better today. Okay, so I'm off....

Monday, November 01, 2010

Three Things

I love it when things align in threes. I mean, this has to mean something, doesn't it?

I've been waiting for November 1. Kept telling people all fall--let me get through October, I'll get on that in November. Why "get through October?" Well, because of three weeks (18 days and nights) of work out of the house, which means it's more difficult to get writing and publishing work done while on the road traveling.

But October is through, and November is here, and now--I have work to do. (I just hope I haven't bit off more than I can chew!)

Item #1: I must write. And lucky for me, this month, starting today, November 1, is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo (Mork comes to mind when I say this.) Now, I have never signed up for NaNoWriMo in the past even though I have known about it for years. But this year? I need the motivation and the discipline of daily writing. I am way past a novel deadline and I have vowed to finish it by the end of the month. Hence, I signed myself up, for the very first time, for NaNoWriMo. Wish me luck, and I'll keep you informed.

Item #2: Today, November 1, is also National Author's Day. Who woulda thunk that NaNoWriMo and National Authors day would strike at the same time? I managed to post another blog post about that on the Turquoise Morning Press blog this morning. Hm. Come to think of it, I also have a cookbook deadline at the end of this week. Geez, my week is filling up already, isn't it?

Item #3. I started a diet. South Beach. Again. 18 days of eating out last month and little exercise. Ugh. I need a jump start and I'm not waiting any longer.

I'm really not sure what dieting and writing have in common, except for in this case that they are all falling on November 1 for me, for some reason. Just hoping that I can keep up the pace with all involved. Suddenly, this feels like an accountability thing.

I guess this all means there is no time, or room, for cupcakes, huh?

Okay, so keep me accountable, all right? I'll report in.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Save the Ta Tas, Bare the Bodice, Preserve the Cleavage: It's Breast Cancer Awareness Month

It's Breast Cancer Awareness month. I'm sure I don't have to remind many of you of that fact. It's something that I, of course, think about every year. Just like millions of other women. But nothing hits home so much as when you've suffered from breast cancer in your family.

I was 28 years old and very pregnant with my second child, my son. It was a couple of days before spring break (I was a teacher at the time) when I got the call from my parents. I can't remember now whether it was my Mom or my Dad calling. All I remember were the words, "breast cancer" and "surgery on Saturday." It was that quick. And it was hard. My Mom was 48.

How fortunate that I had the next week off for spring break. I took the remainder of that and got ready to drive to my parents. Mom had a radical mastectomy and I stayed with her for the week. The year was 1985.

It was a long year for her, that next year. Emotional ups and downs, physical pain and dealing with the loss of part of her body. I know she suffered in many, many ways. More than any of us will likely know. And I know that when the going got tough, and she would tell you this today, the thing that got her through was the Serenity Prayer.

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
Amen.

--Reinhold Niebuhr

It's 2010. My mother is a survivor. And I, and my family, thank God each and every day she is still with us. She, and the doctors, acted fast. It was tough. And it worked.

Last summer I had a breast biopsy. Something funky that came up in the mammogram. Turned out to be a pesky fibroid. Still, I need to keep on top of it. Yesterday, I made my appointment for my annual mammogram.

Please, you do the same. Early detection is important. Stay on top of it. It's so easy to let things slide. But don't. Do it for you, and tell your daughters. Save the ta tas. We romance authors love cleavage!

***

I wrote today's post as part of the WOW-Women on Writing Blanket Tour for
Healing with Words: A Writer's Cancer Journey by Diana M. Raab, MFA, RN
(www.dianaraab.com). The book includes Diana's experiences, reflections,
poetry and journal entries, in addition to writing prompts for readers to
express their own personal stories. A survivor of both breast cancer and
multiple myeloma, Raab views journaling to be like a daily vitamin--in that
it heals, detoxifies and is essential for optimal health.
Diana, the author of eight books, spent 25 years as a medical and self-help
writer before turning to poetry and memoir. She teaches creative journaling
and memoir in UCLA Extension Writers' Program.
If you comment on today's post you'll be entered to win a copy of Healing
with Words: A Writer's Cancer Journey. To read Diana's post about breast
cancer and a list of other blogs participating in Diana's Blanket Tour visit
The Muffin.

Please visit Diana Rabb's web site at www.dianaraab.com

Monday, September 27, 2010

Ruth J. Harman talks about "Pillow Talk"

As part of her blog tour to promote her just-released romance novel, Pillow Talk, Ruth J. Hartman visits to talk about her writing and her books.

Hello, Ruth, welcome to Life, Unedited! I am excited to have you and learn about Pillow Talk. But first, why don’t you tell us a little about yourself.

Thanks so much, Maddie, for being a part of my book tour!

I’m an author as well as a licensed dental hygienist. I live in rural Indiana with my husband of 28 years and two spoiled cats.

Tell us more about Pillow Talk, please?

Pillow Talk was released on August 15th. The publisher is Class Act Books, and it’s about a tooth fairy who falls in love with her dentist. Here is the blub:

Trixie Trident has a secret. Everyone knows she creates one-of-a-kind jewelry during the day. It's what she does on her night job no one would ever guess. She's a tooth fairy. Not the tooth fairy, just one of many. It would take her whole life just to combat the many misconceptions people have about TF's. Like how nobody wears tutus or uses a wand. Or stands three inches high. Nope, Trixie looks just like any other woman in her mid-twenties. And she'd tell people all of that stuff. If she was allowed to. But she'd sworn a sacred tooth fairy oath that she'd never tell a soul. And she hadn't. Except for her best friend, who would never breathe a word to anyone.

Graham Keebler meets Trixie when she comes to his dental office as a new patient. He's had lots of single women patients before, but no one has ever sparked his interest like Trixie. What is it about her that's so unique? He can't quite figure it out, but he's determined to try, even when she turns him down for a second date.

Trixie is attracted to Graham, like she's never been to any man before. He's what she always dreamed of in a man. And they even have the subject of teeth in common! But a relationship with the gorgeous dentist can never be. How could it? When she's a tooth fairy, and not only can't she tell him, he'd never believe her anyway.

Oh, how fun! In three words or less, how would you describe your style of writing?

Quirky, romantic, fun.

I can certainly see where Pillow Talk would fall into those categories. You mentioned a day job. How do you balance the two?

I work as a hygienist in a neighboring town two days a week. On those days I don’t get to write, but on my days off and on weekends, I work my writing around the usual stuff we all do: laundry, shopping, etc.

Now, that’s very cool. A dental hygienist who writes a book about the Tooth Fairy! That sure comes under the heading of “write what you know, huh?” Ruth, tell us, what else inspires your writing?

I'm inspired by people's laughter and joy. If I can make someone smile or laugh because of what I've written, then it's all worth it for me.

What is your next project?

Right now I’m working on two different projects. One is another romance novel about two competing dentists who fall in love with each other. My second project is my first picture book. Both projects are fun, but in different ways. Both projects are contracted and will be coming out next year with Turquoise Morning Press, along with another romance novel titled, Cat-Fish.

Congratulations on all of your success! How many books do you have in print now? Which is your favorite?

Right now I have two in print. The first one, My Life in Mental Chains is a memoir about my struggle with severe OCD. Pillow Talk was a lot more fun to write, but the memoir seems to help people who suffer from OCD. It’s hard to pick a favorite, I guess.

Can you talk about your path to publishing?

I've always loved to write, but didn't seriously pursue it for publication until 2008. And that was kind of an "off the beaten path" deal. While trying to get a fictional story about a girl with OCD published, the publisher wanted a true-life story instead. That's how my personal memoir, My Life in Mental Chains happened. Over the last couple of years, I've been blessed enough to have had several things published, including short stories, articles, and romance novels. In between submitting manuscripts to publishers and waiting to hear back from them, I worked on articles. A couple of them were accepted. That definitely makes the waiting easier!

Also, I joined an online writers' group called Premium Green, an off-shoot of WOW-Women on Writing. Through that wonderful group, I could always find someone to answer all of my newbie, sometimes even silly, questions about writing, submitting, contracts, and about a million other things. I also dove into the web pool and joined Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Goodreads and several others.

What advice do you have for aspiring authors?

My advice would be, don't give up. I can't tell you how many times I was ready to bag the whole idea of writing and submitting. It can be a scary, frustrating business, but it's definitely worth it when you first see your book, story, or article in print!! don't be afraid to start small. My very first published article was How to Trap a Wild Cat on ehow. A very tiny article, but it was so thrilling to see my name in print.

Ruth, thanks so much for visiting with us. I am reading Pillow Talk right now and I must say it is a funny, quirky read! Best to you and your book, and have fun on your blog tour!

To learn more about Ruth and her books, please visit her web site and blog at http://www.ruthjhartman.blogspot.com/

Sunday, September 26, 2010

There are days life is just tough...

Today is one of those days. Even though I am here alone in my house, I can feel the sadness of my family across the miles--from Germany to Ohio to Missouri to Arkansas and here in Kentucky.

Today is my nephew's birthday. Today, he would have been 20 years old but some turns of life took him from this life back in March. Rhett was funny and sly and quick as a cricket when he was young. He could look at you with those big puppy-dog eyes and your heart would melt. He would sit and listen to adults for hours, and give you every single bit of his attention. He could hug you and you'd feel it to your toes. He could make you laugh like you had not a single care in the world.

I don't see my nieces and nephews and my family often enough. We are all scattered. But the love and support for all of our family pours out in a lot of ways. Today, as I passed through Rhett's Facebook page, and read all of the happy birthday wishes from his friends and family, it still feels like he is with us.

Interesting that a Facebook page still lives, long after someone has passed, but I'm glad it's there for all of us to talk to him. I don't think anyone would have planned it that way, but it's kind of nice to feel like there is still that small connection.

He is here, I'm sure. He's watching over us and helping us through our daily grind. I like to think of him sitting up in Heaven shooting the breeze with my Grandpa. I can see them perfectly clear. And it's a very nice sight to see, if only in my head.

Still, we mourn. It's too new still, even though it's been a few months.

Rhett would say to me sometimes that he wanted to be a writer. Who knows where his life might have taken him had Diabetes not interfered. Maybe while he's spinning yarns with Grandpa, he'll take a few minutes to write his stories down.

Love you, Rhett. Happy Birthday, Bud. I sure do miss you.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

More Legendary Christmas Novellas!

For the past few years, each Fall the Ladies of Legend romance authors have put out wonderful Christmas historical novellas that always get me in the Christmas spirit! This year is no different. Three of the authors have just-this-week released novellas to offer their readership--Jan Scarbrough, Magdalena Scott, and Janet Eaves.

Not Quite Christmas by Jan Scarbrough, is set at Christmastime in 1969. Accountant Frank Smith doesn’t want to go home for Christmas, not after he was dumped by his long-time girlfriend on Christmas Day a year ago. Avoiding Legend, Tennessee, is high on his priority list until he meets his mother’s houseguest—hippie chick Emmy Johnson, a girl with a past...and maybe Frank’s future.

Not Quite Christmas is a sequel to A Groovy Christmas, set one year earlier in 1968, a year where women are burning bras and men are burning draft cards. Can Kathleen Fields and Grant Winchester, from feuding families like the Hatfield’s and the McCoy’s, reconcile their differences and find love in Legend, Tennessee?

The Holly and the Ivy by Magdalena Scott is set nearly a decade later in 1978. Jeannie Adams has a pain in her neck, and its name is Eli McClain. The school board is honoring him at a big community dinner, and Eli has done nothing to deserve all the fanfare. Nothing, that is, except leave their hometown of Legend, Tennessee right after high school and become an internationally known singer. Why make a big deal over somebody who walked out on everything that’s important?

For Eli, Christmas in Legend is a way to placate the family he left years ago, and impress the very impressionable people of Legend. As far as they’ll know, Eli has everything. But at twenty-five years old, he’s feeling burned out with fame and fortune and doesn’t understand why life is so hollow.
All through school, Eli and Jeannie were the bane of each other’s existence. Yet the fleeting kiss he left her with right after graduation has never quite faded for either of them. Jeannie has deep roots in Legend, and Eli jerked his roots up years ago, so even the magic of a beautiful hometown Christmas can’t bring these two opposites together. Or can it?

Through Her Eyes by Janet Eaves is set in the post war year of 1945. Allie Winchester is at a loss. Her war-time job has been given to a man. It's almost Christmas, and she's about to be homeless. And she never found the man of her dreams even though she danced her way through World War II with every soldier who passed through Legend, Tennessee.

Just when she thinks all is lost, Allie is offered a job to care for an injured soldier. The position includes an incredible income, a home to live in, a car to drive, and the freedom to decorate as she sees fit. Thinking she has hit on the job of her dreams, Allie dives into preparations for her blinded patient, only to find him mad at the world and irritatingly rude to her.

Once she has gotten over the fear of losing her position, Allie decides to give as good as she gets, only to find their verbal sparring flames more than her anger. Being the good girl she is, Allie is mortified by her reactions to a man she can barely tolerate. Being a young inexperienced woman, Allie finds herself fascinated by those reactions. And once she peels back the layers of George Sterling's anger, Allie finds herself wanting to help him find the light in a world gone dark, without losing her heart in the process.

All three novellas are filled with the promise of Christmas and the magic of love. What else do we need?
You can find all three novellas at the publisher web site, Resplendence Publishing. Coming soon to Amazon and other eBook retailers.

You can learn more about the Ladies of Legend series of books by visiting the Legend, Tennessee web site.
Other Christmas books by the authors you might enjoy.

A Groovy Christmas
The Christmas Heart
The Christmas Gift
Santa's Kiss
Christmas Collision
Home for the Holidays
Under the Mistletoe
A Legendary Christmas (print)
Three Decades of Love (print)

Saturday, September 04, 2010

Energized!

Saturday's are always a good day. And today, with a bright sunshiney sky, a crisp breeze blowing in the windows, and the cats soaking up the cool on the windowsills, I'm energized.

I want to go screaming through the streets, shouting, "Fall is coming! Fall is coming!" The best part of the year, at least for me. I LOVE fall.

So, with all of this energy, what to do today? Here is my list.
  • Blog (okay, doing that)
  • Mow the lawn and work in yard (much needed, been neglected)
  • Take a long walk.
  • Give my kitchen more than a lick and a promise.
  • And write. My SisterWriters and I set weekend writing goals once in a while and for this long weekend, mine is 5000 words. Hey, I have an October 1 deadline, I must get cracking.
And I think that's a pretty good list for the time being. What are your plans for this beautiful Labor Day weekend?

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Check us Out!!!

How cool is it to share a release date with a really good writing friend? Lemme tell ya, it's way cool!

Check out two new releases today at Resplendence Publishing.


Read more about Dead Man Stalking.


Read more about Hard Candy Kisses.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Kentucky Blues by Cat Shaffer

Looking for a great romantic suspense read? Cat Shaffer's recently released Kentucky Blues is awesome! It is chock full of small town characters, sizzling sexual tension, all woven with a thread of suspense that keeps you guessing until the end. Will Elise survive the scheme to rescue her old boyfriend, Sam McCade',s mother from a mad man? Is Elise's mother really sleeping with Elise's old boyfriend. And...will Sam and Elise ever admit that they are really and truly still in love with each other?

Here's the blurb:

Elise Drummond has never forgotten her first love – and never expected to learn via the grapevine that he was back in Brookville and living with her mother. Sam McCade had broken her heart, and she wasn’t about to let him destroy her mother’s as well. A quick trip back to Kentucky to lay down the law and she could back to the safe life she’d built for herself in Kansas City.

When Sam McCade went on the run in the middle of the night to save his sister from her abusive husband, there was only one person he could trust to help them, Hannah Drummond. He expected the local gossips to have a field day with his return to Brookville, but he never dreamed Elise would roll into town to check out the situation for herself.
And he certainly never imagined that in order to save his sister, Elise would be willing to sacrifice herself as the pawn in a dangerous game of catch the monster when his brother-in-law decides to take back what he wants – no matter who stands in his way.

Kentucky Blues is available in print and eBook formats at Turquoise Morning Press and wherever books are sold.

Read an excerpt!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

The new gig. Y'all know about that, right?

So, you guys know that I have this new gig going, right? The publishing gig?

Well, it's true. I'm now a publisher. It came on like a whirlwind after a looooong time of consideration and research and hey, guess what, it's a pretty cool gig.

Like, you know, I get up with out the alarm clock now. I sleep until, strange concept, I actually wake up naturally. And, well, the sun coming in the window is really cool and the cats are sitting there looking at me like, c'mon, get up already, we have things to do.

Like, go sleep in your office while you work.

Yes, that's what they do. Calliope has her chair by the door and Clio has hers by the window. I'll see if I can dig up some pictures.

So, while I work, they sleep. And while I sleep, I think they work. At least they tell me they do. The cats have to earn their keep, you know. I think their work consists of practice mouse chasing because I hear them running through the house, like they were after a mouse, and then, next morning, when I stumble out of bed (with the daylight streaming through my window, you know) I find all their play mice laying all over her floor.

So yeah, they've been working. Hard. I can tell. Because the damn cats have to sleep all day after that. In their chairs. In my office. Keeping me company.

I tell you, they really don't mind that I talk to myself while I work, and that is a really good thing.

But I didn't come on here today to tell you anything about the cats and the work and the play mice, and all. I came on here to say, hey, I have this new gig. And I think you know about it but I'm not sure. Just in case then, here it is:

I own Turquoise Morning Press. Yes, I'm the Kim of TMP. That's my real name. Maddie is the pen name. And of course, there is another pen name, too. And who knows, there could some day be another but for today, it's just the three of us and yes... We all like sleeping late and working from home.

We might sleep until we wake, but we work mighty hard. Lemme tell ya.

So come by and check Turquoise Morning Press out one of these days, okay? I swear, we have some fabulous books coming up!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Marissa's Sizzling Hot Book Reviews!

Most readers love getting book recommendations from other readers. Romance readers, in particularly, pay a lot of attention to review sites. There are numbers of romance reviewers out there, from big to small, online and not, from customer to expert-reader based.
One review site that I’ve become acquainted with lately is Marissa’s Sizzling Hot Book Reviews. I’ve followed her reviews and promotional efforts for authors and have been quite impressed!

I’ve followed her reviews and promotional efforts for authors and have been quite impressed!
Marissa not only offers reviews, but she will interview authors and host contests. This is a win-win for both reader and author, as readers learn about new books and authors, and authors increase their readership.

I wanted to share more about Marissa and her work because she spends a enormous amount of time in support of authors—and of that I, and so many other authors, are most appreciative. Her reviews are honest, detailed, and provide a snapshot of the book so readers know exactly what the book is about. Marissa posts reviews not only on her own blog site, but on Amazon, Goodreads, Library Thing, and elsewhere.

Recently I was able to sit down with Marissa and ask a few questions. Let’s hear what she has to say.

What inspired you to start a review site?  

I am a avid read, and wanted to share what I thought of different books with others. Many of my friends, and especially my sister is always asking for book recommendations, I figured starting my own review site would help them and others out.

How long have you been up and running?
Sizzling Hot Books, (my review site) has been up and running for about 8 month, but when I revamped the site at the end of May we lost our posts. But since May I have been posting reviews, and other book things almost every day.

You obviously love to interact with readers and authors, and you do a great job with it. How do you keep up?
Thank you. I love interacting with both authors and readers. Since I am a housewife I have all day, well besides the few hours everyday that I devote to my college studies. I am very organized, I hate to admit this but I have a color coded organizer where I write down all my appointments, the books I receive for review, and when they are due, plus when they go live on the site. Everything has a different color, and to tell the truth I am running out of colored pens :) Every week, I have an 'In the News' post with different announcements from authors, and information about upcoming books, so I try to check out as many author sites as I can. I  also collect the information that is announced throughout the week from facebook or twitter, for the post.

About how many books do you read a week?
On a slow week or summer when my husband is home (he's a teacher) and we do some traveling I only read about 4 to 5 full length books a week. But once my husband is back to work (August 20th), I will most likely be reading 6 to 7 books a week.

What is the best thing you think authors can do to promote themselves?
The best thing I think authors can do to promote themselves is to be seen by readers. Which means doing interviews on review sites, guest blogging, having a facebook and/or twitter page and telling readers what is going on and how the book is coming. I love to hear updates on the progress of the WIP (Work in Progress) that the author is currently working on. I feel the worst thing for an author to do is to fall out of the spotlight with their readers, so post often, and keep your readers updated.

Excellent advice, Marissa! Again, thanks for all that you do to support authors, and for the valuable service you provide to readers. I’ll be visiting often!
Readers: Be sure to check out Marissa's Sizzling Hot Book Reviews for new releases, author interviews, reviews, contests and more!

Monday, August 09, 2010

Turquoise Morning Press is giving away stuff!

Here is the scoop straight from the publishing house blog!

We're giving away stuff!

As you may know, our first book launches August 16 with the release of Renee Vincent's, Raeliksen, book one of The Emerald Isle Trilogy. Closely following will be Cat Shaffer's debut release of Kentucky Blues, a romantic suspense.

In all of our excitement, we've decided to hold a contest and it's extremely easy to enter! But first let's talk about some of the prizes. Anytime between August 16 and September 1, you have a change to win:
  • A spa basket of goodies donated by Turquoise Morning Press
  • A small Kentucky gift basket donated by author Cat Shaffer
  • An unframed cardinal crosstitch piece donated by author Suzie Goode
  • A handmade pair of earrings donated by author and jewelry artist Suzanne Barrett
  • Another piece of jewelry donated by author Terri Grimes (details coming soon!)
  • A one year subscription to all eBooks published by TMP/SNB from August 2010 - August 2011 (approximately 2-4 books a month, an approximate $150 value!)
  • eBook copies of the following TMP and SNB eBooks, donated by the publisher:
    • Black and Blue by Renee Demarcus
    • Kentucky Blues by Cat Shaffer
    • Raeliksen by Renee Vincent
    • Falling for Grace by Maddie James
    • The Heartbreaker by Maddie James
    • and more...
  • Autographed print copies of the following books, donated by the publisher:
    • Raeliksen by Renee Vincent
    • Kentucky Blues by Cat Shaffer
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