Celebrate Texas Romances!

In honor of Texas Independence week, 22 authors who write books set in Texas have gotten together on Facebook. There’ll be lots of giveaways between today and March 9th, including a grand prize of a Kindle and lots of books. Click on the banner below to pop over…

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Ever wanted to write a romance?

If you’re in the Oshawa / Durham Region on February 12th and write romances, or just want to learn more about what is behind writing a romance, drop in at the Northview Public Library (it’s the one at the corner of Beatrice and Ritson, across from the Five Points Mall.)

Members of the Toronto Romance Writers (including me, Ann Lethbridge and Mary Sullivan) will be there, and in the afternoon Harlequin editors will be there talking about their books, editing and submission processes.  You can find out the entire schedule here (or you can click on the graphic below.)

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So whatcha reading?

I participated in a lot of contests recently and am sending out the prizes today. So check your inboxes if you’ve entered any recently.

question markJust a note when you enter a contest and are asked what format you like, also let the author or contest arranger know if you’re in a specific country, especially if you are requesting a Kindle version. Since Carina doesn’t supply me with Kindle/mobi versions of any of my books, I find it easiest/best to actually purchase them and send them to the winners as gifts from Amazon.com but I’m always worried that I’ll send one to someone who doesn’t use the US site.

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As you may have read on my New Year’s Day post, I’ve been grappling with my writing the past few months. In order to figure out how my favorite authors handle deepening POV and emotion, etc. I’ve been re-reading some of my favorite books. Which means one of the series I’ve been reading is JR Ward’s entire Black Dagger Brotherhood series. I’d re-read a lot of the earlier books multiple times, but this time I read all the way through and picked up some details that I’d missed the first time around, though I still am disappointed with the lack of emotion between Phury and Cormia (I really really wanted his story to be so much better, so much more romantic, and I’m still not sold on Tohr’s and Autumn’s connection either, since I’m being honest but as an author I know books are often judged based upon the baggage/expectations the reader brings to the story so I’ll take that disappointment all on me.) But on the whole, the series is holding up so well, and since I love the world building JR has created, I’ve pre-ordered The King and look forward to seeing how certain issues are dealt with. I have a few theories. ;)

woman reading_for webAnd on my mother’s recommendation I picked up JK Rowling’s newest The Cuckoo’s Calling. JK of course released that book originally under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith, so when Mom picked it up she didn’t realize who the real author was. She’s been waxing rhapsodic about the vocabulary in it and how it wasn’t dumbed down the way so many books are these days. So I’m reading it now too.

So what are you reading these days?

Last Day for the Mistletoe Madness Blog Hop

HolidayGiveaway2013_compToday’s the final day you can enter the Mistletoe Madness Blog Hop. The grand prize is a $200 Best Buy gift certificate and a flash drive filled with digital copies of books by the sponsoring authors. If you leave a comment on my Mistletoe Madness contest post, you are also entered for a $10 AMZN or B&N gift certificate.

I’ve closed comments on this post as you need to comment on the actual blog hop post. The Rafflecopter widget to enter the main draw is also on that post.

And if you follow the links to the other participants’ sites, many of them are also having contests on their pages.

Visit the Mistletoe Madness Blog hop 2013 main page to enter to win the Grand Prize! Click Here

PJ Schnyder – steamy Laura Kaye – steamy Christi Barth – steamy Katee Robert – steamy Monica Burns – steamy
Christina Wolfer – steamy Cat Johnson – steamy Delphine Dryden – steamy Vivi Dumas – steamy Gabriella Edwards – steamy
Dana Marie Bell – steamy Christine dAbo – steamy Stephanie Flash Burke – steamy Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences – all ages Romance with Flavor – steamy
Simply Ali – steamy Joyfully Reviewed – steamy Books Make Me Happy – steamy Literary Escapism – steamy Sinfully Tasty Reads – steamy
Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance – steamy Thats What Im Talking About – steamy Read-Love-Blog – steamy The Book Tart – steamy Trinity Blacio – steamy
Eliza Knight – steamy Misa Buckley – all ages Leah Braemel – steamy Jodi Redford – steamy Amy Joy Lutchen – all ages
Whos Reviews – all ages AllisonGamblin.com – all ages Books Make Me Happy – all ages C. Margery Kempe – steamy Tiffany Allee – all ages
Anna Daye – steamy Val Griswold-Ford – all ages Heather Long, Author – all ages Nicole Zoltack – all ages Robyn Neeley – all ages
Sarah Grimm – steamy Ambrielle Kirk – steamy Tonya Burrows – all ages Selena Laurence – all ages Rachel Rawlings – all ages
TrulySimplyPink – all ages Kary Rader – all ages In The Pages of a Good Book – steamy Kait Ballenger – all ages Zany PNR Addict – steamy
Tara Kingston – steamy Mina Vaughn, Author – steamy Hilary Storm, Author – steamy Andrea Michelle – steamy Kiss And Tell Reviews – steamy
the passionate reader – all ages Emma Shortt – steamy

Mistletoe Madness Blog Hop Stop

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Welcome to the Mistletoe Madness Blog Hop.

Considering it’s already the thirteen of December (and a Friday the thirteenth at that) I figure most of you who celebrate the season already have your decorating done. Or maybe you’re like me and you sort of never stop adding decorations.

Our first Christmas together, Gizmo Guy and I went out to one of the neighboring Christmas tree farms (yes, there really are farms for Christmas, and I lived in the heart of the area) and cut down our own tree. It became a tradition, bringing the kids along, letting them choose “the best tree”. We generally got pine trees that were far far wider than any artificial tree. And their needles were far sharper when you stepped on them too. And those needles invariably got all over the house, even if the tree had never been anywhere but the living room.Christmas 1989

I loved the tradition of going out and cutting down the tree. Until we got a dog about 15 years ago. Storm loved the Christmas tree, especially sleeping under the tree. Then she’d wake up, and forgetting the tree was above her, she would stand up and tip the thing over, sending ornaments crashing and water splashing out of the base and over my carpet, and any presents that Storm hadn’t pushed out of the way. So the second year we had her, we bit the bullet and bought a fake tree that didn’t require water.

The one good thing about it was it meant we could put the tree up much earlier than we did with a real one. And now that I compare the pictures, the artificial one is nice too.

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(If anyone has read some of my posts about Christmas traditions and remembers our Scavenger Hunt game — that big huge green present on the right hand side? There’s nothing in it–other than a clue to my son that will lead him to yet another clue and so on and so forth until he finally finds the real present.)

So what do you prefer? Real tree? Artificial tree? Green? White? Palm tree? Or no tree at all? Leave a comment, and check it off on the Rafflecopter widget that you’ve commented, and get extra chances to win by tweeting about the blog hop, or liking my page or my Fan Lounge page on FB. Good luck! And Merry Christmas!

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Visit the Mistletoe Madness Blog hop 2013 main page to enter to win the Grand Prize! Click Here

PJ Schnyder – steamy Laura Kaye – steamy Christi Barth – steamy Katee Robert – steamy Monica Burns – steamy
Christina Wolfer – steamy Cat Johnson – steamy Delphine Dryden – steamy Vivi Dumas – steamy Gabriella Edwards – steamy
Dana Marie Bell – steamy Christine dAbo – steamy Stephanie Flash Burke – steamy Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences – all ages Romance with Flavor – steamy
Simply Ali – steamy Joyfully Reviewed – steamy Books Make Me Happy – steamy Literary Escapism – steamy Sinfully Tasty Reads – steamy
Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance – steamy Thats What Im Talking About – steamy Read-Love-Blog – steamy The Book Tart – steamy Trinity Blacio – steamy
Eliza Knight – steamy Misa Buckley – all ages Leah Braemel – steamy Jodi Redford – steamy Amy Joy Lutchen – all ages
Whos Reviews – all ages AllisonGamblin.com – all ages Books Make Me Happy – all ages C. Margery Kempe – steamy Tiffany Allee – all ages
Anna Daye – steamy Val Griswold-Ford – all ages Heather Long, Author – all ages Nicole Zoltack – all ages Robyn Neeley – all ages
Sarah Grimm – steamy Ambrielle Kirk – steamy Tonya Burrows – all ages Selena Laurence – all ages Rachel Rawlings – all ages
TrulySimplyPink – all ages Kary Rader – all ages In The Pages of a Good Book – steamy Kait Ballenger – all ages Zany PNR Addict – steamy
Tara Kingston – steamy Mina Vaughn, Author – steamy Hilary Storm, Author – steamy Andrea Michelle – steamy Kiss And Tell Reviews – steamy
the passionate reader – all ages Emma Shortt – steamy