Friday, February 28, 2014

2014 RONE Awards

I am so very excited and honored! Last night I learned that three of my novels, Wee William's Woman, McKenna's Honor, and Rowan's Lady are all up for the distinguished RONE awards from InD'Tale Magazine!

The RONE is one of the most prestigious honors that an indie author can achieve. I rank it as being right up there with the RITA's. Win, lose or draw, it is an honor just to be nominated.

What is a RONE you ask? RONE: Reward of Novel Excellence, is given to those novels that have earned a high review by InD'Tale's professional reviewers, voted on by readers, then judged by publishing industry professionals. Winning this award is not easy. You can't 'buy' one, they aren't given based on 'who you know' and no nepotism is involved. This is something that must be earned. That is why I'm so very excited about the prospect of getting my books in the final round.

Click here to learn how the judging and voting works and to find out when reader voting begins.

I know that I'm up against some great competition. I personally know several of the other authors who will also be nominated, and many of those I happen to love dearly! To even be considered for such an honor, to be included amongst these wonderful authors makes my heart flutter and brings tears to my eyes. (Okay, I almost peed my pants when I heard that my books were in the running!)

Voting is only open to subscribers of InD'Tale Magazine. Now, before you panic, subscribing is fast, easy and FREE! It really is a great magazine filled with interesting articles, interviews with some of your favorite authors, and good, honest reviews. Voting will start soon, so if you haven't already signed up for InD'Tale, I'd recommend doing that before voting begins.

I can't express to you how much your love and support means to me. I believe I have the best readers!

From the bottom of my heart, I thank you.

I'll continue to keep you all posted on how we're doing and when you can (if you want to) vote for my books. :D


Thursday, February 20, 2014

Author Spotlight

I love to put fellow authors who I either love as an individual or their work or both in a special spotlight. I do this in my monthly newsletter.

Today, however, I'm giving a special shout out and shining my spotlight on author Krystal Shannan.

She is one of the sweetest people that I know and has been so very helpful to me on my writing journey. I consider her a friend and ally. :o)

About Krystal Shannan:
Krystal Shannan goes to sleep every night dreaming of mythical realms with werewolves, vampires, fae, and dragons. Occasional a fabulous, completely human story slips into the mix, but powers and abilities usually crop up without fail, twisting reality into whatever her mind can conceive.

As a child, her parents encouraged her interests in Ancient Greek and Roman mythology and all things historical and magickal. As an adult, the interests only grew. She is a child of Neverland and refuses to ever stop believing in fairies. She is guilty of indulging in and being a Buffy the Vampire Slayer groupie as well as an Angel fan. For those of you unfamiliar with the world of Joss Whedon, you are missing out!

She also makes sure to watch as many action and adventure movies as possible. The more exciting the better. Yippee-Ki-Yay... If you don't know the end of that phrase, then you probably don't like the same movies.

She enjoys reading romance in all genres, but especially paranormal. Her favorite book is ACHERON by Sherrilyn Kenyon. But really, if it has a 'Happily Ever After', she's on board!

Krystal writes stories full of action, snark, magick, and heart-felt emotion. If you are looking for leisurely-paced sweet romance, her books are probably not for you. However, for those looking for a magickal ride, filled with adventure, passion, and just a hint of humor. Welcome home.

Her next book is set for release on March 13, 2014. 

Vegas Mates, Book 4

Krystal Shannan
The last thing Nicole Demakis remembers was getting in the car with Sarah’s kidnapper and driving away. Now she faces the cold hard truth. The kidnapper, an agent of the Council, is her mate. But he refuses to claim her, and the Council may take everything away before she even has a chance to convince him to trust her.

Aaron Katsaros was ordered to deliver Nicole to her grandparents, the Antipas royal wolves. It should’ve been an easy task. Clean. No hiccups. But this infuriating woman, this wolf, his mate…is one hiccup after another and she’s arousing him to the point of pain. With his sister’s life hanging in the balance, he refuses to allow his passion to cost him the only family he has left.

Can he find a way to save his mate, or will he be forced to watch another claim the woman he loves?

Krystal Shannan
Putting Magick in Romance one Soul Mate at a Time.
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Friday, February 14, 2014

Real Romance

What is romance? How do you define it? Is it roses and chocolates? Is it jewelry and dinner out?

I see romance everywhere, every day. And for me, it is none of those things.

Romance is the giving of oneself wholly in a quiet, unassuming way. Romance can sometimes be loud and blatant, with flowers, chocolates, and jewelry, and that is fine.  But real romance, the kind I’m speaking of, happens every day of the year.

My husband never sends flowers. He doesn’t have to. He shows me every time he smiles at me how much he loves me. There is a twinkle in those blue and green eyes of his when he looks at me that just makes my heart flutter. (Yes, he has one green eye and one that leans toward blue.) He shows it in so many different ways.

He’s done many a romantic thing over the years. Oh, some people might not consider them romantic, but I do and that is what is important.

He is supportive, in so many ways. Career wise, it was him who said I should give up the day job and write full time. When I wasn’t sure about it, he said not to worry, he had my back. He bought me a beautiful desk and awesome chair, explaining those were the tools I needed for my career, just as he needs his hammer and nails. (He’s a carpenter.)

A year later, he’s building us a room addition that will house a new kitchen, dinning room, and most of all, a beautiful new office for me. Yes, I find these things romantic because they all come from his heart.

He takes over kitchen and laundry duties when I’m working to meet a self-imposed deadline. He doesn’t blink when I call an ‘every man for himself’ night dinner-wise for the fourth night in a row. I’m so thankful that he likes mac and cheese and Hamburger Helper.

He’s patient and doesn’t even flinch when I come racing into the room while he’s in the middle of his favorite TV show, to ‘run a quick idea by him’. He simply smiles and says that that is what the pause button is for and I’m helping him get some ‘fast-forward-through-the-commercials’ time in.

He doesn’t yell or complain when he comes home for lunch and finds me ‘doing plot revisions’. (That’s code for: I’m either stuck on a part of the current WIP or tired. Either way, I’m really napping.)

Now don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a one way street with only my husband doing nice things. I show him I love him in a lot of different ways too. I let him sleep in on the weekends. I bring him coffee. I make him his favorite meal -- one I really don’t particularly care for -- just because it is his favorite meal. (Pork Chops in cream of mushroom soup. Blech!)
I throw him surprise birthday parties. I drink coffee so he can have a beer or three when we go out to dinner. Yes, I’m always the designated driver and really, I don’t mind.

There are many things we do for each other, without asking or without demanding them. We try to ‘outserve’ the other. Not necessarily with expensive gifts, but with the little things. I think that is what keeps us in this ‘honeymoon’ stage that we’ve been in for nearly nine years now. We make the effort to be there for each other. We support each other. We encourage each other.

He holds my hand a lot and I like that. He kisses me goodbye every morning and every day when he comes home from work. He asks how my day was. He never, ever, ever says, “what in the hell did you do all day?”

We never fight. We never argue. Unless its about politics, so that topic is off limits.

What it boils down to is this: he cherishes me, and I, him. I know, without a doubt, that he loves me, adores me, and cherishes me. I’d rather have that every single day,  than roses once a year.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

The Cover to Frederick's Queen - Revealed!

The moment we've been waiting for....Just when I think my cover artist can't possibly top what she's done for me previously, she proves me wrong.

I hope to release this book in June. We'll have pre-order links available in a week or two.

I love you all!!!


A Scottish Affair Scavenger Hunt!!

Okay...I'm an idiot! My word is AUTHORS. I am so sorry for the confusion. Now head back out to Hunt Central to find the other participating authors! :D

Let the Games Begin!!!

Today begins the "Scottish Affair Scavenger Hunt"! This is going to be tons of fun and the prizes are awesome! I mean who wouldn't want to win books?

Some of my favorite Scottish Historical Romance Authors have gotten together to put on this event. Look for clues for chances to win some really awesome books! :D

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Cover Reveal for Frederick's Queen...Coming soon!

Hello my lovely readers!

I'll be revealing the cover to Frederick's Queen in this month's newsletter!  So if you want to see it before anyone else does, there is still time for you to sign up. I will send the newsletter out either later this evening or tomorrow morning.

I won't reveal the cover publicly until this Sunday. So newsletter subscribers get a special sneak peek before anyone else.

I hope you are all nice and warm and safe wherever you may be today. We are under more windchill advisories and more snow is expected. We haven't had a winter like this in decades, so I suppose we were due. Hopefully it will be a few more years before we get another winter like this one.

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Have a great day everyone!!