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.