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News and Events:
April 22, 2014 ~ So... even though I said I needed to be better about updating, I haven't done so, have I? But I really do have a good reason. Really, I do!
I spent the entire month of March writing a novella, then I sent it to my editor and she is already sending me back chapters with her comments and suggested revisions. I started doing them as she started sending them, so hopefully I'll make my turn in to the managing editor for the boxed set. This is an exciting first for me, as I've never been a part of an anthology or boxed set before.
And there's even more news. I've kind of been keeping under wraps for a while because I was asked to... but I'm such a proud mom, my pride demands to be shared. My oldest daughter is getting married this weekend. My D1 has been the apple of my eye since before she was born. I am so proud of her and the choices she's made with her life, including the new son-in-law I'll be welcoming into the family this weekend.
But that's not all, dear reader. Oh, no.... On Mother's Day weekend, my second daughter (D2), graduates from college. While D1 is the apple, D2 is my sunshine. She's the most like me. I see so much of myself in her that it's scary. Her heart is so pure and her will so strong, she'll succeed at anything she sets her mind to. And mom's going to be here cheering her on the whole time!
The day after she graduates, we leave for RT in New Orleans (I'm bringing D2 and my new VA with me.) I'll be on a panel with several superstar authors and... sigh... how I got lucky enough to get on that I never know. ;-) I'll have to contain myself and not go all fan-girl on them. So look for me in the HOW TO BE A HAPPY HOOKER workshop, along with Shana Galen, Miranda Neville, Valerie Bowman and Tessa Dare. Truly, I'm not worthy to shine their shoes, and I'm going to be there, with THEM! Can you hear me SQUEEEE?!?!?!?!?!
That's it for now, the novella (I really need come up with a title for it... like really soon!) will be out on the last week of June, just in time for the Fourth of July holiday weekend. The boxed set will be titled SCANDALOUS SUMMER NIGHTS, so look for it this summer!
Oh... One more thing. I got a puppy two weeks ago. He's so cute. See? His name is Attila, and I obviously cannot walk up the hill as fast as he can. :-)
February 22, 2014 ~ Wow! Has it really been this long since I updated the News? I am so sorry! I will have to do better.
Would you forgive me if I told you I have exciting news? Because I do.... LOVING SARAH, Book Three of The Caversham Chronicles should be available for purchase on Monday 2/24/14. I can't say if it will be a.m. or p.m. yet, but I've been guaranteed to have the files back from my formatter before the end of the weekend. So barring any errors or complications, it will be made immediately for sale digitally, starting with Amazon, then going through all the vendors as the day progresses. I should be done with upload by the end of the day Monday. Also keep in mind it *can* take up to two weeks for the book to be available at some of the stores (like Apple's iBookstore.) But in my experience it has never been that long.
And I have other news too. :-) I have been invited and have agreed to participate in a multi-author boxed set, due to be released at the end of July (I think.) And I have decided to write a new story for this, rather than tear apart another collection I have that I wanted to publish as one book. That said, I'm writing Cav and Amelia's story because I've had quite a few people ask to see it, so I'm doing it!
When I first started to get requests from people for this story, it felt odd to me to write about a couple that dies before the start of Caversham's Bride, because you know Ren had to lose his father in order to become the duke. But as I conceived this series, I always knew that Ren had a great relationship with his dad, because... hey... it's my idea of a Romance! Also I've promised my husband (my biggest fan!) I will not take that novella so far into the story that you see them in the fight of their life with Cav's nephew (and Ren's cousin) Thomas, but rather it will end with their Happily Ever After. I'm outlining the story right now and got some great inspiration from a friend of mine today to help me with a sticky plot problem.
I will be signing at the Romantic Times Convention in New Orleans in May, and at the Literacy Signing Event at RWA National Convention in San Antonio in July this year. So if you're there, come by and say "Hi!" I always love meeting readers!
August 3, 2013 (again!) ~ You do know that I'm on Facebook, right? Here's my author page on Facebook, BUT the new news is that I have been working on a group for readers of The Caversham Chronicles, so you can see some of the stuff that I've found inspiring of characters and scenes, etc., AND you can ask me questions about the stories and characters. This all started because of a letter I received from a reader who had a few questions about the story, and I replied to her. That letter sparked and idea for me, but I kind of let it sit on a back burner until I took CJ Ellison's Facebook Marketing class through Author EMS. I highly recommend both CJ's classes (she's a great instructor,) and Author EMS. Amy and Co. are simply awesome with a two shots of fabulous!
Anyway, I have been building the group, and am about to take it "Live" in the next few days. I'm compiling my playlists for each book (and they're really long!) but as soon as I add those to the files section, I open it and make the group public. I hope to see you there!
August 3, 2013 ~ We're going to be starting production of the audio version of Already His soon, and I'm getting the 'script' ready for my readers. I really love the job that Victoria and Dennis do, and if you like them as well, drop me a line and I can give you their contact info if you're interested. (Or their links are below if you scroll down!)
July 29, 2013 ~ I was the featured author at StoryFinds today! How cool is that? Thanks, Renee for the honor!
July 27, 2013 ~ So I had a blast at conference as I usually do, and am proud to have been a part of the first ever RWA Indie Book Signing. I gave away lots of books, and met lots of other authors and readers! You all were understanding about my hand cramping during the signing, and... well, you ladies are the best, and I'm so proud to call you all my friends.
I did eventually get unpacked and I put the important stuff away (like the ton of freebie books I have to read!) and am back at work on the third and fourth books in my first series.
As of right now, 10:15 p.m. on 7/27/13, Caversham's Bride is #2 in Regency Bestsellers, and #6 in Historical Romance. For this honor, I thank all of you who have purchased, read, or reviewed my work. You have my most sincere thanks -- and if you want a kitten, I can set you up!
July 14, 2013 ~ Next week I will be in Atlanta for Romance Writers of America's annual conference, and I will be signing at the 2013 Indie Book Signing on Thursday afternoon from 3:00 to 4:15 p.m. at the Marriott Peachtree Hotel, in the Marquis Ballroom D. If you are in the area, do come by and see me. I'll sign a book for you if you'd like (while supplies last of course!)
June 6, 2013 ~ Caversham's Bride will be featured on StoryFinds First Chapter Spotlight in the June 9th edition!
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May 11, 2013 ~ Caversham's Bride is now available as an audiobook, from Audible, Amazon, and iTunes. The audio version was a labor of love, not just for me, but also my husband who helped coordinate the hiring and did a great deal of the administrative interactions with ACX, our voice partners Dennis Kleinman and Victoria Mayers, and myself. While I was plowing through my edits for Already His, Curtis was handling stuff that would have forced me to stop my forward progress on edits.
If you haven't heard a sample, please click here and listen. I knew I wanted to do something different if were going to do audio one day. I'd only heard a few audio books, and being an avid reader, they weren't quite the same experience. For me, to hear a man doing the voices of several women in one scene was awkward to listen to. And conversely, to hear a woman doing several men, was equally odd. When I would imagine doing an audio for my books, I'd always envisioned the old style radio programs but thought that was unfeasible with a large cast. I'd hunted around on the web, found a group (Full Cast Audio) that did children's books, epic fantasy-type books, and some sci-fi with a full cast, but even that full cast was only a handful of very talented voice actors! But, more importantly, they didn't do Romance novels in this manner.
So I proposed this idea to Curtis, and then to Dennis Kleinman when he agreed to be my partner and voice actor. He recommended a lady he'd worked with before, and Curtis and I loved her voice from the minute we heard it. We were lucky to get Victoria Mayers to agree to work with us. She has, as does Dennis, such a wide range of character voices in her repertoire that even with all the different nationalities and accents represented in that first book, I had no worries that they could pull it off.
Now I think they more than pulled it off. They did a fantastic job with it, and I hope you like it enough that you'd want to buy it. But more than that, I hope all romance audiobooks are done this way in the future. It will keep some of us from nodding off while listening. Seriously. That was the main reason I didn't listen to them in the car while driving. Working out on the elliptical, yes. Driving to town, no.
Just imagine if more books (especially erotica romance!) were male/female casted... there'd be some hot flashes going on behind the wheel! Yep. I might could handle that. ;-)
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May 4, 2013 ~ Already His is now available for purchase! This is the story of Elise, the sister of my hero in Caversham's bride, and his best friend Michael, the Earl of Camden. Elise has always loved Michael, and he's always thought of her as the annoying sister of his friend, the Duke of Caversham. Michael was obligated to the vow to keep sisters off limits, after all he initiated it! Lady Elise has noticed that Lord Camden isn't exactly immune to her, and has decided to pursue her plan of seduction with the ultimate goal of marrying her indifferent Earl. Michael wins his Lady's love in the end, but not without some heartbreak on Elise's part and major groveling on his.
Already His is now available for download at Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, All Romance eBooks, and Kobo and in print at Amazon and CreateSpace !
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May 3, 2013 ~ All audio files for Caversham's Bride have been approved by myself and the voice actors. This means the audiobook will soon be available for purchase at Audible directly, or from Amazon. Their in-house verification/approval process can take up to two more weeks from what ACX said yesterday in our phone conference. Now... Forgive me, but I have to gush a minute and tell you all how very proud I am of how this has turned out. I've heard a few audiobooks over the years, admittedly not many, not because I didn't like them, but because I'm a reader, not a listener. So, when I started looking at doing audio for my works, I wanted something that brought the book to 'life' more than having one person narrating it. Go ahead, call me a child of the television era, but I needed characters playing off one another for the full experience! ;-) Listening to one person create a cast of characters just didn't do it for me, especially listening to a male voice actor do a group of females all on 'stage' at the same time. It was rather comical listening.
Anyway, long story short, I auditioned and hired two film actors, Dennis Kleinman and Victoria J. Mayers, and they have done an absolutely wonderful job with portraying Ren and Lia on audio. I love the job they did, and working with them was fabulous and easy.November, 18, 2012 ~ Caversham's Bride is now available for download at Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, All Romance eBooks, and kobo and in print at Amazon and CreateSpace !
Until it's available, here's a downloadable Sample (mp3) for you to listen to. It should be available very soon.
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