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Facebook party tonight!

September 21st, 2014

Join me tonight at a Facebook party featuring  some of your favorite paranormal authors: Terri Brisbin, Lori Handeland, Erin Quinn, Kerrelyn Sparks and Susan Squires! I’ll be holding a Q&A at 6:30pm PST and giving away two advanced reading copies of my upcoming paranormal release, HEART OF STONE. Comment to be entered in a drawing to win!

Click HERE to join the party! https://www.facebook.com/events/675418652541676/

 

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Booksigning in San Antonio, TX on Wednesday July 23!

July 6th, 2014

I’ll be signing PRODIGAL SON with about 500 other authors at the 2014 “Readers for Life” Literacy Autographing on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter Hotel in San Antonio, TX. The event will take place in the 3rd floor ballroom. The event is open to the public, and all proceeds go to promote literacy. For a complete list of all the authors signing, please visit http://www.rwa.org/literacy.


 

Booksigning in Tempe, AZ on 4/5/2014

April 4th, 2014

I’ll be signing books with dozens of other authors, including NY Times bestsellers Christie Craig and Sylvia Day, in Tempe, AZ on Saturday, April 5, 2014. Details below. Hope to see you there!

Saturday, April 5
7:00pm-8:30pm

Tempe Mission Palms Hotel
60 E 5th Street, Tempe, AZ

FMI: http://www.desertroserwa.org/conferences/Phoenix-Romance-Writers-Book-Signing.php


 

Achieving Goals: The Journey of Weight Loss

February 20th, 2014

Last month I stated that one of my goals was to lose weight. It took me a while to get going, but I’m on the road now. Day 16, and I’m down nearly 7 pounds.

Losing weight is not an easy thing. For me, it’s more mental than physical. I have to be in the right mindset to begin. I think about it for several days—process it, I guess—before my brain kind of clicks into place. (It’s the same way I write books.)  Once I’m in that zone, I can walk past a plate of brownies without really being tempted.

The reason I am so overweight is because I used to drown my emotional pain by eating. Some people drink, some people turn to drugs or other vices; I ate. I was never happier than when I was on the couch with my nose in a book and a package of cookies in my lap. So I had two addictions: books and food.

The book thing worked out for me.

The food thing, not so much.

Someone once told me I used food to comfort myself, and I believe that is true. So I am striving to find other ways to comfort myself that don’t involve eating. But every day is a challenge. I’m the only one who can move myself down this path with any success. Others can support me and cheer me on, but I am the only one who can do this for myself.

The other day I went to lunch with some important visitors at work. We went to a Chinese place, which is easy for me to fit into my eating plan—except for the eggroll that comes with the lunch special. I love eggrolls, but at this point in my program, I couldn’t see how eating an eggroll would fit. I was talking to my husband about the eggroll the day before the lunch, trying to decide the best way to handle it. And here’s what he said:

“The eggroll isn’t going anywhere, but you are. You have to get on a plane in a few months.”

That is exactly what I needed to hear. The reminder of my goal to fit into an airline seat is something I’ve kept in my mind as I’ve faced other challenges over the past week. When I get stressed, I go for sugar (see my post on candies from your childhood!), but now I remind myself that the candy isn’t going anywhere, but I am. Visualizing sitting in that airline seat and not overflowing into the seat next to me, the seat belt fitting without me having to either suck in my gut or ask for an extender—these are the things that keep me going now. And I’ve found that a nice hot cup of tea can comfort just as well as a bag of gummi berries, for way less calories.

As for the eggroll, I decided to eat it. But I made adjustments to the rest of my meal so that I could make it work with my plan. It was a conscious, thought out choice, not a desperate grab to stifle some emotional pain. I had my eggroll, and I ate it, too. 🙂


 

Winners, winners and more winners!

February 2nd, 2014

Thank you all for stopping by during the 31 Days of Books Giveaway! It’s Day 32 now, and I have to stop writing blogs and start working on those revisions my editor is waiting for. <G>

Here are the winners:

Winner of Day 31 drawing: Alina K. Field.

Three winners of the Grand Finale drawing:

Carrie

Debra Yates

Julie Whiteley

I will be contacting all four winners to find out their choice of book, and the three Grand Finale winners also receive a gift card to either Starbucks or Amazon, their preference. Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you all so much for visiting and chatting with me! 🙂


 

Last Day of the 31 Days of Books Giveaway: Why Do You Read Romance Novels?

January 31st, 2014

Congratulations to Margo, who won yesterday’s drawing! I’ll be emailing Margo to arrange delivery of her choice of book.

Well, we made it. This is Day 31 of the 31 Days of Books Giveaway. For the topic, let’s keep it short and sweet: Why do you read romance novels?

For me, it helps me keep up my optimism. I mean, I’m a writer, and I’m always interested in stories, all kinds of stories (except horror—gives me nightmares). But why romance? Because I’m fascinated by the dynamic of male and female. How different they are in the way they think and the way they see the world, and yet how similar. That’s what keeps me reading romances, and also what drives me to write them.

In the end, I love the feeling of falling in love, that issues can be overcome. Reading romances allows me to forget my problems and lose them in something bigger: the pirates are attacking the ship, we’re on the run from the bad guys who want to kill me because I witnessed a murder, or maybe I meet a guy who time travelled from the future in order to save the human race. Those problems are definitely bigger than me trying to finagle an extra car repair from the budget or try and figure out what to get my sister for her wedding. They make my problems seem surmountable. 🙂

What about you? Why do you read romance novels? Comment to be included in a drawing to win a paperback title from my backlist! And remember, on February 1, I will be pulling three names from everyone who commented on the blog in the month of January to win a book and a gift card!


 

Day 30 of the 31 Days of Books Giveaway: If You Could Go Back in Time and Give Advice To Your Younger Self, What Would You Say?

January 30th, 2014

Congratulations to Katt Lloyd, who won yesterday’s drawing! I’ll be emailing Katt to arrange delivery of her choice of book.

We had a flood of comments on yesterday’s blog regarding romantic gestures. Nice to see romance is alive and well out there! Just a reminder, anyone who ever commented on the blog in January will be entered in the big Feb.1 drawing. Three winners will receive the book of their choice and a gift card. This includes Hall of Fame winners.

Okay, on to today’s question: If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your younger self?

This is a tough one. Things that seem like poor decisions in hindsight may actually have led you to a place in your life with things that you treasure now. For instance, I got married very young, and it didn’t work out. Do I regret that? No, because it gave me my children. But one thing I would tell myself is to make education a priority. Had I gone to college, I could have majored in something to do with writing. I’d find a way to make that happen if I could go back. As it turns out, I was able to develop my skills enough on my own to get published, but maybe I could have had a full time job for all these years that was writing related.

What about you? If you could give advice to your younger self, what would you say? Comment to be included in a drawing to win a paperback title from my backlist!


 

Day 29 of the 31 Days of Books Giveaway: What’s The Most Romantic Gesture You’ve Ever Heard About?

January 29th, 2014

Congratulations to Juli Temple, who won yesterday’s drawing! I’ll be emailing Juli to arrange delivery of her choice of book.

Today’s question (you can apply it to books, TV/movies, or real life): What is the most romantic thing you have ever heard one person doing for another?

For me, it was when my husband (then brand new boyfriend) moved across the country to be with me. He lived on one coast and I lived on the other. We met through work and had a long distance relationship for several months before we realized that stolen weekends weren’t going to cut it, that we had to live in each other’s daily (in the same state!) in order to give this thing a chance. He made sacrifices and left everything he’d ever known because he had faith that we would make it. Here we are ten years later, happily married (and living back on his coast).

My sister told me a story about how her then boyfriend (now husband) secretly took a broken bracelet she adored to the jeweler and had it repaired for her birthday. She loved that more than if he had given her something new.

I also love the part in the movie French Kiss when Meg Ryan’s character Kate sets up the elaborate pretense for Kevin Kline’s Luc that she sold the diamonds for him, and the inspector tells him what she really did.

What about you? What romantic gesture has touched you the most? Comment to be included in a drawing to win a paperback title from my backlist!


 

Day 28 of the 31 Days of Books Giveaway – Romance Heroines: The Good, The Bad and The TSTL

January 28th, 2014

Congratulations to bn100, who won yesterday’s drawing! I’ll be emailing bn100 to arrange delivery of her choice of book.

Let’s talk heroines: the good, the bad and the TSTL (Too Stupid To Live).

Heroines are hard for me. Even though I’m female, I identify more with the heroes in my books than the heroines. But there are a few heroines (in books, TV or movies) that I can always get behind. The ones who try hard to do the right thing.

Some of the good heroines:

  1. Eve Dallas from the J.D. Robb books
  2. Buffy from Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the series, not the movie)
  3. Judith Hampton from Julie Garwood’s The Secret
  4. Maggie Concannon from Born In Fire by Nora Roberts
  5. Aislinn from The Wolf and the Dove by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss

Good heroines do what needs to be done, no matter what it costs them. They are women you admire.

Bad heroines are the ones who are too concerned with themselves to truly share in the love story you’re reading. They are unsympathetic people who you actively dislike and would never hang out with if they were real, the ones who make you wonder what the hero sees in them. (No examples here because I’ve purged them from my memory. Bleh!)

And TSTL? There are dozens of those. These are the heroines whose decisions make no sense. They run out into gunfire after the hero tells them to stay put. They go down in the basement with no light on when they know a serial killer is on the loose. They think they can handle everything, only to fall on their butts (or trip over a tree root running through the forest in their nightclothes in the middle of the night). They’re the ones who believe the Jealous Other Woman’s lame story that the hero really loves her, at which point they run away to nurse their broken hearts. Or quit their jobs because the hero is the boss. Or shoot themselves in the foot in some other dramatic, emotional way. They’re the ones who make you throw the book against the wall.

What are your thoughts on romance heroines? Who are your favorites? Comment to be included in a drawing to win a paperback title from my backlist!


 

Day 27 of the 31 Days of Books Giveaway: What’s Your Favorite Romance Novel World?

January 27th, 2014

Congratulations to Gail, who won yesterday’s drawing! I’ll be emailing Gail to arrange delivery of her choice of book.

Let’s talk about our favorite worlds. One of the reasons we read books is to be transported to a different place, whether that place is a different era, a different lifestyle or a different world/planet all together. When we are brought to a different place in our minds, we are able to—at least for a short while—forget our own problems.

What are some of your favorite worlds?

For me, I adore the Celta world created by Robin D. Owens (not just because her cats can communicate telepathically) and the Harmony world created by Jayne Castle (aka Jayne Ann Krentz). I also really love the futuristic world of J.D. Robb’s Eve Dallas. That world seems just a few steps removed from ours.

In Eve’s world, the technology seems like something that would really be available in our near future, yet the cops still love doughnuts and people still fall in love and have kids just like they do today. She’s come up with policies that might someday exist, like legal “licensed companions” and “professional mothers.” Race is nothing more than a way to describe someone’s appearance, and people can have all kinds of work done along the lines of cosmetic surgery to change anything at all about their appearance, even eye color. Yet there are still murderers and drug addicts and fast cars and people without morals. I absolutely adore this world, and not just because a man like Roarke can exist there. Which makes me wonder…they have cloning technology, right? <G>

What about you? What are your favorite worlds in the books you read? Comment to be included in a drawing to win a paperback title from my backlist!