April 15, 2012

2012 Write Touch Readers’ Award Contest

Chosen AND Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes are finalists in the Wisconsin  Romance Writers of America Write Touch Readers’ Award Contest.  I love that the Write Touch Readers’ Award is judged by readers. The winners will be announced at the WisRWA’a conference “Romancing the Woods”  held in Rothschild, Wisconsin June 1-3.  
April 9, 2012

I Got to Meet a Fan

Okay, I’m going to be honest and say that writing that title feels weird. Maybe I should change it to reader. But she really was excited to meet me… hmm. This is a conundrum. Nevertheless,a mother sent me a message on Facebook and asked if there was anyway if she and her daughter could meet me at a local Starbucks. Marybeth, her sixth grade daughter, had to do a report about an author.  Marybeth had read Here and loved it.  (Her mother Becky also read Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes as well as The Chosen series and wanted to meet me too.) Those of you who have known me since my early blogging days know that I will do just about anything to have a reason to go to Starbucks. And I was also intrigued that someone actually WANTED to meet me. Me. Weird. So I took a shower and put on something besides sweat pants and went out in public so we could met last Friday at a local Starbucks. Marybeth asked questions from her list while Becky asked questions based off my answers. Marybeth and Becky were so sweet that it was a pleasure to spend an hour […]
April 5, 2012

Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes is FREE on Amazon!

Today and tomorrow (Thursday April 5-Friday, April 6) Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes is FREE on Amazon for Kindle!!! If you’re a fan of The Chosen series and just aren’t sure about taking a chance on my humorous southern mystery, now’s your chance to try it for FREE!!! Or if you already own the Kindle version with the old cover, now’s you can get it for FREE!!! For Rose Gardner, working at the DMV on a Friday afternoon is bad even before she sees a vision of herself dead. She’s had plenty of visions, usually boring ones like someone’s toilet’s overflowed, but she’s never seen one of herself before. When her overbearing momma winds up murdered on her sofa instead, two things are certain: There isn’t enough hydrogen peroxide in the state of Arkansas to get that stain out, and Rose is the prime suspect. Rose realizes she’s wasted twenty-four years of living and makes a list on the back of a Wal-Mart receipt: twenty-eight things she wants to accomplish before her vision comes true. She’s well on her way with the help of her next door neighbor Joe, who has no trouble teaching Rose the rules of drinking, but […]
April 4, 2012

Vlog– Jenna Interviews Her Mom

I got a new iPhone several weeks ago. My old one was dropping calls like crazy, so I went to AT&T and got the new iPhone 4S with Siri. Siri’s fun, but my kids LOVE Siri! They are forever changing my name. I have no idea what Siri will call me when I talk to her. They’ve discovered they can tell Siri to play a particular song on my iTunes or a band. They can ask Siri what the weather is going to be so they can be prepared for school attire. Tonight I was watching the little kids take a bath in my bathroom and while I worked on critiques of Twenty-Nine and a Half Reasons. My my nine year old daughter, Jenna, started playing with my phone. The little kids had gotten out of the bathtub and had gone to their room to get their pajamas on. Then Jenna started “interviewing” me. Ignore the fact I’m wearing no makeup. AND that my son enters off camera half-way through and Jenna refers to the “naked body” (He wasn’t naked, for the record.) And ignore the shaky camera moves in a few places. What you see is Jenna having fun and she […]
April 4, 2012

Writer Wednesday– Alicia Dean

I’ve known Alicia Dean for over a year, but I’ve never met her in person. She’s a long distance member of the local RWA chapter* I belong to. When the annual writing contest was dumped in my lap last year, Alicia answered my frantic pleas for help. I will forever be grateful! *Heartland Romance Authors meets in Lee’s Summit, Missouri on the second Saturday of the month. If you live in the Kansas City area, check it out! I’ll most likely be there since I’m the president. 😉 Not only was Alicia more experienced with contests–she runs the Finally a Bride contest for her local RWA chapter, OKRWA–but she’s also a published author. She published Heart of the Witch traditionally along with several titles through The Wild Rose Press  She was the whole package and someone I looked up to as an example of what I wanted to achieve. Thank you for having me, Denise. I’m so happy to be here, and thank you for such high praise. I’m honored to have you! Recently, Alicia jumped into the self-publishing pool with her release of Death Notice (The Northland Crime Chronicles Book 1)  followed it up just this month with the sequel, Death […]
March 29, 2012

The Lucky 7 Game

There’s a meme going around Facebook and Twitter called the Lucky 7 game.  I’ve been tagged multiple times and haven’t participated because most people tagged me last week and I was a bit consumed with Sacrifice‘s release. But a couple of days ago, Claire LeGrand tagged me on her blog, along with six other extremely talented writers, and I realized I had no excuse to not participate. Especially after I read the lines in Twenty-Nine and a Half Reasons that fit within the parameters. The rules: Go to page 7 or 77 in your current manuscript Go to line 7 Copy down the next seven lines/sentences as they are – no cheating Tag 7 other authors The seven authors I tagged? I suck at this and here lies the true reason I never do these things. I worry I’ll annoy people. I worry they’ve already done it. I worry that someone will feel left out. Basically I worry about every possible aspect.  Wow. I’m experiencing deja vu. I just had a similar converasation with my crit partner Trisha about this yesterday. ANYWAY. Here’s the lines from the current page 77 of Twenty-Nine and a Half Reasons: After I looked in the […]
March 28, 2012

Writer Wednesday– Eisley Jacobs

**Find out how to win a $5 Amazon gift card at the bottom of this post!** I’m so excited to kick off a new weekly series highlighting authors on my blog! And I’m even more excited to have one of my dear friends, Eisley Jacobs, as the very first author! Whoever says social media is impersonal must be doing it wrong! Eisley and I met in December of 2009. On Twitter. Neither of us remembers our first introduction, but before we knew it we were critiquing each other’s work. Oh, my word! How we’ve grown as writers since then! Can you believe it, Eisley? Ahem, actually I can remember the first time. I wanted a mocha, but I was writing. So one very smart woman suggested I make it myself. She tweeted the recipe to me and I promptly jumped to my feet and made it! Instant friends! Oh, crappy doodles. That’s right. (Sorry, I’m writing Rose right now and those just slip out.) I have no idea how I could forget that since I’d sell my first born child for a non-fat, no whip mocha. But, shhh! Don’t tell him. Not only were we critique partners, but we became good […]
March 23, 2012

Happy Release Day Sacrifice!

Sacrifice was released and hit #823 in the Kindle store within an hour! In fact, all three of The Chosen series books were in the top 20 of contemporary fantasy on Amazon!!!   I am so thankful and honored that that many people want to read my books! As always, THANK YOU READERS! I wouldn’t be here without you! If you like my books, could you take a moment to rate them or leave one or two line review on Amazon or Goodreads? Reviews are more helpful than you know!!!
March 19, 2012

Us vs Them

Lately, I’ve noticed a slew of Us vs Them blog posts and comments. No, I’m not talking about Amazon and Barnes & Noble. I’m talking about Self-Publishing vs Traditional Publishing. First, let me just say I learned a long, long time ago to never say never. Oh, dear I just said it. But you get what I mean. Before I had kids, it was easy to spout “My kid will never do that.”  But guess what? Karma’s a bitch and she loves to bite you in the ass. So when I see people blasting self-publishing and saying they’ll never lower themselves to the gutter. I cringe. And when I see self-published authors say they’ll never work with a traditional publisher ever, I cringe then too. Because guess what? The publishing world is a volatile place right now. It’s like the Wild West, everyone scrambling to grab their piece of gold. But the gold isn’t just in one place. It’s scattered all around. What people forget is that gold doesn’t necessarily have to have monetary value. My goal is to be both self-published and traditionally published. At the same time. I want both feet planted firmly in both camps. Does this make me a sell-out? I […]
March 18, 2012

Win a $50 Amazon Gift Card!!!

Sacrifice’s release is running on schedule and will go live on Amazon and Barnes & Noble on Friday, March 23. (It will be available on B&N for a limited time only so grab it while you can!)  I have an AWESOME new cover for Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes which goes live this week. AND I have an awesome new agent– Amanda Luedeke with MacGregor Literary. I want to celebrate! I know I post sporadically on this blog (although I’m trying to do better– trying is the keyword) so I’ve come up with a better way to keep readers informed of what’s going on. A newsletter! I’ve had a newsletter sign up for months, but I’ve never done anything with it. But that’s going to change! I have my first newsletter all set up and ready to go and now I just need subscribers! Have no worries about being spammed. The most I’ll ever send it out is monthly, but probably less frequently than that. Also, its an easy unsubscribe if you ever wish to leave. Also, the only person who will ever see your email is me, and that’s only when you subscribe. After that it goes to the […]
March 16, 2012

Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes Has a New Cover!!!!

I love it!!!!   Muffy! The list! It’s PERFECT!!! Thank you to the talented Janet Holmes for creating a cover that captures the heart of the book!
March 12, 2012

My Big News!

I’ve been sitting on this news for weeks and it’s been killing me but now I can announce it! I have an agent!!! I am now represented by Amanda Luedeke with MacGregor Literary.  Who would have thought I’d be announcing that? Not me! I rode the query go-round for over a year with three different books, coming close to aquiring an agent with Here. (She ultimately decided no because she had a client with a similar premise.) (I had interest in Chosen but two agents told me they didn’t think they could sell it. An e-publisher rejected it because the story wasn’t completely resolved at the end.) When I decided to self-publish Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes, I was still querying Here. But once I self-published Chosen three months later and the rejections were piling up for Here, I tucked my queries away on my hard drive. Maybe someday I’d have an agent, but I made the decision to concentrate on publishing my own books on my own for the time being. Honestly, publishing four books in five months took more energy than I expected. AND I edited Hunted during those five months as well as wrote the first draft of […]