December 23, 2013

Rose Gardner Question #4

Rose Gardner question #4: Why do the books all have “and a Half” in the title? When I wrote Twenty-Eight, I wanted the title to have something to do with Rose’s list of things she wants to accomplish before she gets murdered or arrested. But “Twenty-Eight Wishes” was lame and didn’t convey the humor in the book. So I decided to add a bit of whimsy and add “and a Half.” The only problem was that I felt I needed a “half” wish in the book to make the title appropriate and I wasn’t sure how to do that. I had the empty #29 spot and considered using that somehow but kept writing and decided to see if an opportunity presented itself.  And the half came naturally– as almost all  good ideas do. So are you gonna help me with my list?” “You mean your Walmart List?” He looked downright ornery when he said it. “You’re working on your list?” “My Wish List; I have thirteen and a half already.” I lifted my chin, daring him to mock me. “How do you get a half?” “I bought the bra and panties, I just haven’t worn them yet.” Joe started choking […]
December 21, 2013

Twenty Days Until Thirty-One and a Half Regrets

Thirty-One and a Half Regrets January 9, 2014 Only twenty more days until the release of Thirty-One and a Half Regrets! I’m so excited for you to read it! In the meantime, I’m answering your questions about Rose and the Rose Gardner series.  No question is too crazy!!! Nothing is too invasive!!! Go ahead and ask me!!! I may not answer, but feel free to ask! Go ahead and tell me that I’m mean. My kids–and my characters– do all the time. Question #2 is all about Rose’s visions. Why does Rose have visions? What inspired her visions? Why does she blurt out what she sees? When I spent several hours coming up with the series concept,  I thought giving Rose visions would be a interesting twist.  I knew I wanted the series to be funny and this was one more way to make Rose and her small town quirky. Rose had insight others didn’t, even if she didn’t always understand what she saw. Blurting them out loud only added to the awkward situations she could get into. But the visions added something else–seeing the vision of herself dead in Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes is the catalyst she needs […]
December 20, 2013

Twenty-One Days until Thirty-One and a Half Regrets!

Thirty-One and a Half Regrets January 9, 2014 The countdown is on for the release of Thirty-One and a Half Regrets! Only twenty-one more days until you can read Rose’s most harrowing adventure yet. But after the end of Thirty and a Half Excuses, so many of you have questions! And I love talking about Rose and the Rose Gardner series so I decided to indulge us both. On Facebook, I encouraged readers to throw questions at me to answer. And did they send questions! So for the next twenty days I’m going to post a question a day and answer it, either here or on my Facebook author page.  Stay tuned and I might give away a prize or two along with posting excerpts and the first few chapters of Thirty-One and a Half Regrets! So let’s get right two QUESTION #1! Where did you get the idea/inspiration for Rose/the Rose Gardner Series?   Short answer: I thought it would be fun to have a character who worked at a DMV. Longer answer:  I took my son to the DMV to get license plates for his new car. While we sat in the waiting room, I noticed how grumpy […]
December 3, 2013

Cover Reveal for Thirty-One and a Half Regrets!

January 9, 2014 Amazon, B&N, Kobo, iTunes and print book While Rose recovers from a broken heart, she finds herself at odds with her sister—and business partner—Violet. Rose buries herself in her landscaping work, but becomes worried when her employee and friend, Bruce Wayne Decker, goes missing. In the meantime, Fenton County assistant D.A., Mason Deveraux has been patiently waiting to begin a relationship with Rose, but she realizes she needs to confront the demons of her past before she can embrace a new future. She needs to find out the truth about her birth mother. But her past isn’t her only demon. An undercurrent of tension has been spreading through Henryetta, Arkansas since drug lord, Daniel Crocker’s arrest six months ago. Still, she’s not prepared for a nightmare come true: Crocker’s escape from prison. Crocker carries a grudge and he’s determined to make Rose pay, but he plays a game of cat and mouse, forcing Mason and the Fenton County Sheriff’s department to hide Rose on her birth mother’s farm. But will it be enough to save her?
November 19, 2013

The Curse Keepers Release Day!!!

There’s LOTS of info in the post so bear with me!!! Information about The Curse Keepers A $100 Amazon or B&N gift card giveaway The Chosen box set is on sale for $0.99 At long last, The Curse Keepers release is here!!! The Curse Keepers is now available in eBook on Amazon and print on Amazon, B&N, and other retailers. I seriously love this book and these characters. I can’t wait for you all to get to know Ellie and Collin. If you’ve read the Chosen series and Rose Gardner, you’ll see that Ellie is a mix of the sweet, southern Rose but with the cynicism of Emma. And Collin… well he’s Collin. The Curse Keepers is based on historical facts surrounding the disappearance of the Lost Colony of Roanoke. I’ve referenced real historical people in the story. Manteo was the son of a Croatan werowance who met the first Englishman who landed on Roanoke Island in 1585, the returned with them to England to be presented to the court. He went to London twice, returning to America the second time with the ill-fated English colonists in 1587.  I also reference Ananias Dare, the son-in-law of the governor of Virginia, […]
November 19, 2013

Happy Co-Release Day to Fellow 47North author Richard Ellis Preston, Jr.!

*****GIVEAWAY BELOW***** It’s release day for The Curse Keepers, but it’s also release day for another author at 47North:  Richard Ellis Preston, Jr. He’s releasing the second book in his The Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin series– Romulus Buckle & the Engines of War. Amazon Amazon UK Amazon CA Amazon DE Amazon AU The swashbuckling steampunk adventure continues …  As the Snow World teeters on the brink of war, Captain Romulus Buckle is desperate to solve the mysteries which haunt him, mysteries which hold the key to his survival and the survival of the Crankshaft clan.  Buckle journeys into the treacherous Tehachapi Mountains to discover the true identity of a crashed enemy zeppelin, a wreck brimming with skeletons and secrets.  Trapped by a bloodfreezer storm, Buckle is surrounded by hordes of alien sabertooth tigers.  And when his beautiful half-Martian lieutenant, Max, comes to his rescue and is horribly injured, both end up fighting for their lives.  But this is just the beginning of the battles against the elements and the alien beasties.  Arriving at the Crankshaft stronghold at the Devil’s Punchbowl, Buckle joins his father, Balthazar, in a meeting of wary clan ambassadors.  Whispering spies have revealed that the powerful but […]
October 31, 2013

Annual Signed Print Book Sale

Every Christmas season, I post Paypal Widgets to sell signed print books. I will be selling copies of THE CURSE KEEPERS for $11.99 plus shipping. This year I have a couple of surprises! The first is that I will be selling print copies of FALLING TO PIECES, the Rose Gardner novella on my website only. The eBook and print book will be available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in January, 2014, so the only way to get a copy of the print book is through my site. But here’s the fun part: The print book will be available beginning November 18, so you could potentially read the entire novella before Part Three posts on my website! Why am I doing this? Because I know that some people like to plan ahead. Some people have there Christmas shopping done by Thanksgiving. (Do NOT include me on that list.) Signed copies of FALLING TO PIECES will cost $6.99 plus shipping. The second surprise is that I’m selling special edition copies of The Chosen Series books. The first three books will each include a short story in the back. CHOSEN will have Emergence. HUNTED will have Homecoming, and SACRIFICE will have Middle […]
September 19, 2013

Falling to Pieces (A Rose Gardner Between the Numbers Novella)

If you look at the right side bar, you can see that I plan to release Thirty-One and a Half Regrets on January 9, 2014. Thirty-One will start  about a month after the end of Thirty and a Half Excuses.  But Rose is going to go through a lot in that month. I’ve had readers tell me that they want to know what happened after The End of Thirty. But then I also thought: Did you wonder what was going through Joe’s mind during the last few chapters of Thirty and a Half Excuses? Do you wonder how Joe coped after the end of the book? Then I have a surprise for you. I’m halfway done writing a novella that I’ve titled Falling to Pieces. It starts immediately at the end of Thirty and a Half Excuses and follows Rose and some of Joe through the next couple of weeks. It also lets you in Joe’s head so you can see what happened at his parent’s house AFTER Rose went home.  I plan to publish it as an ebook and print book in February, 2014. But here’s the best part: My newsletter subscribers get to read it for free. And EARLY. […]
August 13, 2013

Which NA University Fits YOU? And a Southern University Back to School Giveaway!

Lyla Payne has coordinated an fun quiz and giveaway to celebrate back to school. She’s gathered five new adult authors: Lyla Payne Colina Brennan Sophia Bleu Alessandra Thomas Denise Grover Swank (hey, that’s me!) We all have books set on or around a college campus and Lyla put together a fun quiz to see which of our schools is right for you! Sure, taking the quiz is fun, but EVERY PERSON WHO TAKES THE QUIZ WINS SOMETHING. After you take the quiz, go back to the Your NA University website and let us know in the comments which University YOU chose (either with the poll’s help or just because you have that feeling in your bones) and we’ll send you an OFFICIAL ACCEPTANCE PACKAGE from the college of your choice! And not only that!  Everyone who takes the quiz and leaves a comment on the Your NA University site between Tuesday, August 13th and Monday, August 19th will be entered to WIN A COLLEGE PRIZE PACK, including signed BOOKS and awesome SWAG from ALL of our institutions of higher education–including pretty much everything a college student could need to go back to school. While you’re on the Your NA University website, […]
August 7, 2013

Rose’s Fresh Look And Thirty and a Half Excuses Pre-Order Link

  The Rose Gardner Mystery Series Gets a New Look! To celebrate the long-awaited and soon to be released third book in the Rose Gardner Mystery series, I’ve updated and freshened up the covers!    Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes is on SALE for $0.99 until Sunday, August 11! Amazon B&N Kobo iTunes     And today I’m revealing the cover for Thirty and a Half Excuses Available September 10! You can preorder your copy of Thirty and a Half Excuses (A Rose Gardner Mystery) from Amazon today! Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and iTunes will be available on September 10, or soon after.   Life in Henryetta, Arkansas is turned upside down with the arrival of a televangelist, but it’s the death of a little old lady on Rose’s street that catches her attention. The Henryetta police deem her death natural causes, but Rose suspects foul play and so does an unlikely supporter– the president of the Busy Body Club, her eighty-two year old neighbor Mildred. But Rose is in the middle of opening her nursery with her sister Violet, who’s separated from her husband Mike, as well as stalling her boyfriend Joe’s family, rich socialites who are determined to meet […]
August 2, 2013

**Update** Take Denise With You on Your Summer Adventure

It’s Heather here today with an update on the winners of our contest. What a completely fun and downright hysterical contest.  Not many participated but the few who did, kept Denise and I laughing(And by laughing, I mean with snorting and all). Without further ado I present our winners: Kathy Rice won the Funniest photo contest for actually taking Denise with her to her annual *ahem* lady Dr. appointment:                                     Stormy Udell won for the Famous Person with her picture of Travis Pastrana and Denise(I had to look up who he was):                                     Jo Elle R won for the most places/pictures.  She came in with a stunning 22 photos of Denise in all sorts of locations around her area.  THIS was my favorite: Christie Timpson won for the furthest traveled with Denise.  She took Denise with her from Oklahoma to Atlanta, Georgia to the big Thirty One conference.  She documented the trip with Denise along the way:     Congratulations to you all!  Thank you for sharing […]
July 20, 2013

Sometimes You Have to Write the Wrong Book Before You Can Write the Right One

I’ve written three and a half books this year. Impressive, no? That’s a total of almost 300K words in six and a half months. Only not so impressive. I wrote the first three books in four months. Now before you think “Gah! She must be writing crap.” Keep in mind I use developmental editors, beta readers, copy editors, proof readers. You get the picture. When a book takes fire in me, it takes FIRE and I become a woman possessed. It’s not uncommon for me to write a minimum of 5000 words a day. Shoot, in those periods, 5000 words a day is slacking. So I wrote my three books and eagerly started Thirty and a Half Excuses, the third book in the Rose Gardner Mystery series. I didn’t have it plotted in detail, but I knew the high points and Rose usually falls out of my fingers. Besides, a lot of ideas come to me as I write. It’s rare for me to have a detailed synopsis before I start to write. I started Rose in early May, already realizing I was cutting it close to send a completed first draft my developmental editor by the first week of […]