Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Kristan Higgins' On Second Thought Q&A, Giveaway Review

Posted by Susan B James on 3:00:00 AM with 2 comments
Kristan Higgin's new novel, On Second Thought releases today. And I am giving away my ARC to some lucky reader. Must. Share.

Ainsley O'Leary is so ready to get married—she's even found the engagement ring her boyfriend has stashed away. What she doesn't anticipate is for Eric to blindside her with a tactless breakup he chronicles in a blog…which (of course) goes viral. Devastated and humiliated, Ainsley turns to her half-sister, Kate, who's already struggling after the sudden loss of her new husband. 

Kate has always been so poised, so self-assured, but Nathan's death shatters everything she thought she knew—including her husband—and sometimes the people who step up aren't the ones you expect. With seven years and a murky blended-family dynamic between them, Ainsley and Kate have never been overly close, but their shared sorrow dovetails their faltering worlds into one. 

Despite the lifetime of history between them, the sisters must learn to put their differences aside and open their hearts to the inevitable imperfection of family—and the possibility of one day finding love again

My review?
If Kristan isn't Irish she ought to be. She has an Irish storyteller's ability to balance on the knifepoint of laughter and tears. How do you find humor, love, laughter, and a happy ending in a novel that starts with death, desertion, and heartbreak? A wonderful accomplishment. Five stars.

The ever warm and wonderful Kristan Higgins is here with answers to some questions about On Second Thought.

The book opens with the sudden unexpected death of Kate’s husband, Nathan, and much of the novel follows her through the grieving process. What made you want to tackle the heavy themes and emotional complexities of this kind of story, and what were the greatest challenges you encountered during the writing process?
 In a way, writing about a widow is an exorcism of one of my deepest and most ingrained fears—that my husband will die, and I’ll have to go through life without him. My mom is a widow and has been for almost 30 years—my father was killed by a drunk driver, so grief and I walk hand in hand. The challenge was to pull apart the threads of grief and see what else was there, too. Humor, secrets, strengths, regret…all that juicy stuff that makes life so interesting.

How did you balance the narrative between Kate and Ainsley?
 Well, Kate’s storyline is obviously quite heart wrenching, even when there’s black humor infused into the scene. Ainsley’s issues are lighter and funnier, so I think they naturally balance each other. A huge part of the story is the sisters finding there’s more to each other than they ever knew. Since they have different moms, there’s already an intrinsic difference between them, and one of the things I liked best was the two of them finding out how much they have to offer each other.
I gotta tell you, Ainsley's issues are lighter and funnier only if you haven't been there. For me, they hurt more than Kate's story.

I adore the wit and humor that you infuse into all of your books, and On Second Thought is no exception. How do do you manage to find the right balance between the serious themes of the novel and some of its lighter moments?
 I think humor and sorrow are different sides of the same coin, and they often happen at the same moment. Nathan’s wake was a scene that made me laugh writing one paragraph (when Kate is struggling with her Spanx while trying to look dignified), and cry the next…like when she looks at her husband in the open casket. I think finding and acknowledging those little moments and that balance are an intrinsic part of my work. I always think that if a reader doesn’t laugh out loud and cry real tears during one of my books, I haven’t done my job. I want each book to contain the whole range of experience, I guess.

You write both romance novels and women’s fiction, with On Second Thought falling into the latter category. Does your writing process change depending on what kind of book you’re working on, and do you prefer one genre over the other?
 All my romances have had a lot of women’s fiction in them, and my women’s fiction has a lot of romance. The labels are really just a marketing tool, I think; my books have always been crossovers in both directions. The process is always the same—somewhat tortured, filled with self-doubt and second guessing, followed by that magical moment when I finally stumble in from the desert to the oasis, if you will. I’m working on another process, in which I can skip over the desert and dehydration parts and get right to the oasis and figs and stuff. I’ll let you know how that goes.

 Thank you, Kristan,for being here. I already have Kristan's recipe for Her Gram's Hershey Bar Cake on my Recipe Tab
But here's another form her newsletter. I can't resist oatmeal cookies and I'll be trying this recipe.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees; grease two cookie sheets.
12 tablespoons butter (1-1/2 sticks) at room temperature
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar

Cream together in mixer. Blend in: 
1 egg
2 tablespoons + 1/2 teaspoon warm water
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

In separate bowl, combine:
2/3 cup of flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda

Add to butter mixture and blend well. Then mix in with wooden spoon:
3-1/4 cups quick cooking oats
1 cup golden raisins, softened in warm water, then drained
Using ice cream scoop and packing batter firmly, drop onto greased cookie sheet, leaving 2 inches between cookies.
Bake for 15 minutes in 350 degree oven

Alright, blessed readers, anyone wants to win an ARC of On Second Thought? Remember an ARC is not the final published copy. You will find a few mistakes. If you are interested, please enter below.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Liliana Rose and Grand Parade #Giveaway

Posted by Susan B James on 5:00:00 AM with 5 comments
Liliana Rose is the author of ten books. Her eleventh, Grand Parade an Australian cowboy romance billed as a steamy contemporary, comes out on January 25th 
Megan is a young photographer with her first real job at the Royal Adelaide Show, where she has to capture the agricultural event. As a city girl, she is clueless, and when she gets too close to a grumpy bull, she is kicked in the head.
Guilty that his bull hurt someone and aware of the painful side effects of head injuries due to the loss of his sister, Jackson takes care of Megan.
Megan is determined that she will be all right and continues photographing during the day before collapsing. Jackson is there to make sure she is taken to hospital and cared for.
Recovering, Megan finds herself drawn to Jackson, but she’s not sure that she can be anything than a city girl, even for love. Can Jackson, in his quiet, strong, country-boy style, convince her to take life in a new direction, with him?

“Look out!”
Megan saw a blur of cream through her lens, and was about to put down the camera when something connected with the side of her skull. She screamed, the only reaction she could manage. An explosion went off in her head. Tiny sparks flashed on the edge of her vision as she fell backward. Her mind filled with something like a night sky, black with tiny lights that crept further into her vision every time she blinked. It fascinated and distracted her from the pain that throbbed in her head.
She thudded on her backside on the concrete. A new wave of pain swept through her body. Air escaped from her lungs and Megan gasped. She managed to piece together that she’d been hit in the head, though by what exactly she wasn’t sure. People rushed towards her.
Embarrassment flooded into her cheeks. The last thing she wanted to be was the center of attention. That’s why she was a photographer. She could hide behind the camera. My camera? She reached for it, and sighed with relief when her fingers wrapped around it. She looked down at her SLR digital Canon camera, and it appeared to be in one piece. It was hard to tell because of the pounding in her head.
More stars flashed. She noticed they twinkled in time with the bursts of pain.
“They don’t have points.” Megan knew she had spoken, but her voice sounded faraway, and not at all like her own.
“Are you okay?” A man knelt beside her. He was one of the men she’d been distracted by. She tried to look at him, but could only see the flashing stars now retreating to the edge of her vision. A fog seeped into her mind and she struggled to think clearly.
“No points,” she said again with disappointment. She’d never had a serious injury before, never broken any bones, nothing like today’s accident. So, this is what it’s like to see stars. The expression used didn’t describe the experience at all. Megan touched the side of her head, to make sure it was still there. She hadn’t blanked out which she figured was a good thing.
“What are you talking about?” The man touched her shoulder.
“The stars I can see,” said Megan, not totally processing what he had said. She looked at him. He was young, mid- twenties, about her age. His broad-rimmed hat hid most of his blond hair, and his blue eyes were crystal sharp. Light stubble edged his broad jawline. He was hot. She was rather impressed she had managed to work that out through the haze flooding her mind.
“Shit.” He rested his hand on her shoulder. “My Bruce hit your head, more like grazed it along the side from the looks of the mark, but still I’m sorry he was such a shit.”
“Bruce?” Megan looked at him, trying to understand. “Is that your name?”
“No. My bull. His hoof struck your head. Lucky it was only a half jump he made, and it wasn’t a full on blow.”

“Oh, so that’s what happened.” She wasn’t sure it was a half kick from the way her head felt. The adrenalin was dissipating and a heavy thudding took hold in her head. Megan tried to smile at the man by her side. This wasn’t the time to flirt, but heck, she couldn’t help it. 

Liliana, please tell us a little about yourself.

Hi. I’m Lilliana Rose, and I live in Australia. It’s currently summer and it’s hot right now (about 100 degrees) and I’m very grateful for my air conditioner and living close to the beach. I grew up on a farm, then I came to the city to study science at University (quite a few years ago now!) and I’ve stayed in the city since. I’ve spent some time doing scientific research, then teaching science, and now I write. I love taking my two dogs for walks along the beach, and my favourite places to write are in cafes around my town.

How did you come up with the idea for Grand parade? 

As part of growing up on a farm, my family would come down to the Royal Adelaide Show every year to exhibit sheep. This was my introduction to city life (which I’ve now embraced by living in the city). Recently, when I became inspired to write romance stories, the idea of setting the story at the Royal Adelaide Show came quickly. I could use my experience of country and city life to draw on for inspiration, especially as I had so many memories from the Show. I remember how noisy it was at the show with the rides, the music and there were thousands of people when I was only used to a few. There were the smells of Dagwood Dogs, fairy floss, donuts and hot chips. Fireworks went off every night, which I would go and see with my family. It was such a different world to living on a farm where there was a lot of space, peace, and quiet, and the smells were only of soil and animals. It made for rich soil to grown my story in and a chance to have fun as I remembered life at the show (which was very PG rated compared to my characters!). By setting the story at the Royal Adelaide Show I could also explore some of the differences between country and city life and what the characters, Megan and Jackson, might feel as they were introduced to the other’s world (like how do you tell the difference between a bull and a cow, which Megan naively asks country boy Jackson in Grand Parade which leads to a very funny conversation) and how vulnerable they would be, all while slowly falling in love.

How do you motivate yourself when inspiration takes a vacation?
I stop writing and give myself a break. I go for walks on the beach, catch up with friends, and watch movies and TV series, as well as reading books. That usually works, if not I have fun with friends, and losing myself in other stories.

Any advice for new writers just starting out?
     Don’t give up! Also, you need to get the story down, which is hard work the first time, but once you have a first draft you can edit (the first draft isn’t going to be perfect so just get writing, you can change things later).

Grand Parade is billed as a Steamy Contemporary. Do you also write other genres?
I write contemporary romance, but also steampunk romance, and fantasy romance. I also write poetry, and perform at local groups which is fun.

What’s your current WIP?
Currently, I’m writing a historical novel, which is slow going because of the research I need to do. I am also plotting out a third novel in a similar style (but different) to Grande Parade, which I hope to write this year.

And finally, where can we find you?
Connect with me at these links, www.lillianarose.com, FacebookTwitterPinterestGoodreadsInstagram.
Thank you for being here. Liliana is giving away an eBook copy of Grand Parade.
If you want to be entered to win, please leave a comment including your email, so Liliana can contact you, Happy reading.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Interview with Cici Cordelia author of Realm of the Dragon, a Romance Fantasy

Posted by Susan B James on 3:00:00 AM with 4 comments

Char and Cheryl
Meet CiCi Cordelia, pen name for the writing team of Cheryl Yeko and Char Chaffin.

Hi, Susan. Thanks for hosting us today to celebrate our new release, Realm of the Dragon., Book One of The Soul Mate Tree Series.
I'm glad to have you here.
Cheryl and Char lead many lives. Both are published romance writers. Both are acquiring editors for Soul Mate Publishing. Both actively grease the working wheels of Soul Mate.

Cheryl is in charge of the newsletter, book covers, and social media promotions. Char handles the Soul Mate blogsite, setting up newbie authors’ bio and book pages as well as organizing daily blogs with Soul Mate’s scheduled bloggers, sharing duties with her boon companion, Kevin.

Kevin’s a little crazy, but he’s a lot of fun and he gets the authors motivated.

CiCi Cordelia has broad tastes. CiCi’s first novel was a western romance, Rodeo King. Their second, Sweet Equation, is part of Cherished Secrets - a trio of novellas of Hidden Truths, Steamy Passions and Triumphant Love. Their third is a venture into a brave new world. Seriously. It’s a paranormal/fantasy/suspense/ story, Realm of the Dragon.

Uncaged Book Reviews says This is the most fun I've had with a dragon fantasy book in a very long time. I've read quite a few different dragon worlds that are so popular within the genre right now, but this one is definitely a stand out...

An ancient legend spanning eras, continents, and worlds. To some, it’s nothing more than a dream. To others, a pretty fairy tale handed down through the generations.

For those in critical need of their own happy ending, a gift.

For sheltered Lily Kiers, it’s all too real. Her escape from danger, straight into the arms of her destiny. Thrust into a realm made of fantasy and unbridled passion, Lily faces violent resentment and jealousy from extremely powerful enemies. Amidst fierce creatures whose very existence defy all common sense, Lily pieces together a past she could never have imagined. Claimed by Kord, Prince of Battle Draconian, their love will not be denied, even as malevolent forces plot to rip them apart.

Realm of the Dragon is up for pre-order and will release on January 18th: www.amazon.com/Realm-Dragon-Soul-Mate-Tree-ebook/dp/B01N7GYVBT
That's tomorrow, dear readers. I've already pre-ordered my copy.

Book Trailer: Realm of the Dragon: https://youtu.be/YKFSkLDKpP4

How did you choose your pen name? I get the CiCi part, but inquiring minds want to know, how did you decide on Cordelia? (Wild thoughts about Anne of Green Gables are dancing in my head.)

Char and Cheryl: Yes, CiCi was the easy part. Then we wanted a name that meant something, and chose Cordelia, which means ‘Heart’. Our tagline is Writing From The Heart.

What drove you into fantasy?

Char: I have read fantasy and horror all my life, but never thought about writing either genres until Cheryl and I started tossing around ideas for a new storyline for CiCi. I think the time was just right for something different. We had already written Rodeo King and Sweet Equation, and though we had begun another installation into the “Oklahoma Lovers” world where we had set Rodeo King, we put it aside to concentrate on a larger project which ultimately became The Soul Mate Tree.

Cheryl: Though my first love is Romantic Suspense, Paranormal reads run a close second. I’ve always wanted to write one. So when I was brainstorming ideas for a project for Soul Mate, it was an easy decision. The idea of a magical tree that brings soul mates together just popped in my head, and Char loved it. Then we agreed on a dragon shifter story and it came together seamlessly, and was so much fun to write.

I cannot begin to express how happy I am that you eschewed werewolves and vampires in favor of dragons. How did you decide on them?

Char:  I do love dragons, and they have their own set of more open parameters than, say, vampires. We found as we moved forward that we had some unexpected freedom as we created our dragon realm.

Cheryl: I love werewolves and vampire stories, but I wanted to try something totally different. I just thought a dragon world would be sexy and fun to write.

I know from a previous interview that Cheryl is a pantser and Char’s a plotter. So how did you use your skills to construct your world?

Char: Writing with someone else opens up a whole new world of compromise. ::grin:: For me, I had to write more on the fly than ever, and Cheryl found herself dealing with my incessant need for outlining. Part of why CiCi succeeds is our ability to meet each other halfway.

Cheryl: Since I started writing with Char, I do plot, just a bit. We do a general outline, so we can stay on track. But the stories never turn out the way we originally plotted them, so there’s still a lot of pantsing going on.

Do you use pictures to inspire you? Where do you find them?

Char: It depends on the story, but with Realm of the Dragon, we spent several hilarious hours during one of our writing retreats, oohing and aahing over not only photos of models who would represent our hero, Kord, but also images of dragons. I wanted to set in my mind how each of our dragon shifter characters would look, and I dragged Cheryl into my insanity.

Cheryl: No. I usually come up with the images in my mind…then try to find a photo that fits my vision.

Did you use an outside editor for the final edit? Why or why not?

Char: Again, depends on the story; for The Soul Mate Tree Project, Cheryl and I are the editors. But for Realm of the Dragon and anything CiCi writes together for Soul Mate, Senior Editor Debby Gilbert edits us.

Cheryl: Debby always edits the editors, so she is the final editor for our works.

Long distance collaboration can’t be easy. Char lives on the road most of the year. Cheryl lives in Wisconsin. I know you get together at conferences. Do you manage any other face to face writing time? Skype visits?

Char and Cheryl:  We communicate daily, either private messages on Facebook or phone. We get together two or three times a year at a conference or writing retreat.

Realm of the Dragon is called Soul Mate Tree Book 1. What is the Soul Mate Tree? Can I get a leaf of it? I am currently Soul Mate-less (unless I count my 14-month-old grandson.)

Char and Cheryl: The Soul Mate Tree is our flagship series. When we presented the idea to Soul Mate Owner and Senior Editor Debby Gilbert, she fell in love with the premise and gave it her professional blessing. The Legend of the Soul Mate Tree is a multi-author effort, with one book release per month, starting in January 2017 and running through January 2018. If all goes well, Char and I plan to do more fun projects, and have some ideas in mind. We already have authors asking us about our next project. Fun!

Once we set everything in motion amongst our authors and culled interest from a dozen interested writers, the project took on a life of its own. Our cover artist, Wren Taylor, is a miracle worker, and created the most amazing cover art, branding the project wonderfully. Then we needed a hook for our project, and since Char used to write poetry, she collected the physical attributes and magical abilities of the tree, items we had already decided upon, and sketched out a poem.

Together, we polished it up, and ‘The Legend of the Soul Mate Tree’ was born:

I am old, I am ancient, my purpose is clear
To give those who are needy a treasure so dear.
They who come to my roots, touch my bark, stroke my leaves
Find the soul of their lives if they but believe.
When I call and you listen, your prize will be great
If your heart remains open and you don’t hesitate.
Do you yearn? Be you lonely? Is your time yet at hand?
Reach for me and I’ll give to you. I’m yours to command.
For your trust, for your faith, keep my secrets untold
And I’ll gift you forever, to have and to hold.

Book Trailer for The Soul Mate Tree: https://youtu.be/VjxyyD3TVoA

What is your next venture? Back to Dragon Realm? I ask hopefully.
Char and Cheryl: If our readers love Realm of the Dragon, we do have two more books in mind. We’re currently working on a historical western that we’re pretty excited about. We hope to have it done in time for an author event Cheryl is attending in June: Wild Deadwood Reads: So, if anyone’s looking for a fun summer escape, check out all the fun events we have planned.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1330472326972227/  We’d love to see you there! 
Char and Cheryl are also in the midst of creating a new website, and would love for everyone to stop over and check it out. They ask you to please excuse the dust, as it's still a work in process :) https://ccromance.com/
Thank you so much for being here, CiCi. I'm looking forward to discovering the Soul Mate Tree and Realm of the Dragon. I wish you many sales. Happy week to you and our readers.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Meet Elizabeth LaBan and Melissa DePino and PRETTY LITTLE WORLD #giveaway

Posted by Susan B James on 3:00:00 AM with 2 comments
Elizabeth          Melissa
Meet Elizabeth LaBan and Melissa DePino, co-authors of  Pretty Little World, a delightfully different kind of novel which will make it's debut on January 17th. Good news for you, dear readers. I have a copy to give away.  And an lovely interview with the authors.

I said delightfully different. This story is told from seven points of view. And it works. 

I fell in love with Celia and Mark, Hope and Leo, Chris and Stephanie, and the odd-woman-out, Nikki.  
The three couples create a new modern family by taking down the walls between their row houses in Philadelphia. The upstairs of their homes remain private. The downstairs becomes one living space where Leo can indulge his passion for cooking and Hope can care for the children while Stephanie and Celia go to work. The children have no problem accepting the new situation, but what will their neighbors do if they find out what they’ve done? And the ending? You’ll have to decide for yourself. Bravo, to the two authors Elizabeth LaBan and Melissa DePino. This is their first collaborative work. I look forward to others.

On a cozy street in Philadelphia, three neighboring families have become the best of friends. They can’t imagine life without one another—until one family outgrows their tiny row house. In a bid to stay together, a crazy idea is born: What if they tear down the walls between their homes and live together under one roof? And so an experiment begins.
Celia and Mark now have the space they need. But is this really what Celia’s increasingly distant husband wants? Stephanie embraces the idea of one big, happy family, but has she considered how it may exacerbate the stark differences between her and her husband, Chris? While Hope always wanted a larger family with Leo, will caring for all the children really satisfy that need?
Behind closed doors, they strive to preserve the closeness they treasure. But when boundaries are blurred, they are forced to question their choices…and reimagine the true meaning of family.

Editorial review

“A skilled, funny, and highly engaging examination of family, love, and marriage…This book is a win.” —Meg Mitchell Moore, author of The Admissions

POPSUGAR Best Book of Winter Selection

“LaBan and DePino pen an engrossing work, rife with real familial and marital issues…This duo is one to watch. An excellent choice for fans of Emily Giffin and Jennifer Weiner.” —Booklist, Starred Review

Elizabeth and Melissa, how did you two meet?:
EL: We met the day Melissa moved onto our small city street. I remember walking over to her to say hello. My daughter, who is now 17, was about a year old. I remember I was holding her to my hip when I walked over. Little did we know at that moment how important we would become to each other over the years.

MD: Before we moved in, the couple that sold us the house gave us the low-down on all of the neighbors. I remember them telling us that a celebrity lived a few doors down—it turned out to be Elizabeth’s husband, who’s the restaurant critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer and an amazing cook. But it wasn’t her husband’s cooking that brought us together (although that never hurt!). It was Elizabeth who we met first, and it was her warmth that made us instant friends.

I love firsts, so could you each tell us about the moment when your publisher told you they wanted to publish your first book together?:
EL: Yes! It was our agent Uwe Stender, actually, who told us, which is pretty standard. I remember it was a Wednesday because I was teaching my writing class, and I walked outside to take his call. I always jump a little when he calls, hoping he has some good news, and that day I was especially eager to hear what he had to say. It was really cold and I hadn’t thought to grab my jacket, but I didn’t care. We weren’t sure how it was going to work out, so when he called to say our wonderful editor Jodi Warshaw wanted to publish the book, I was thrilled. We were both thrilled.

MD: What a moment! Elizabeth had amazing restraint because our agent called her first, and she waited and let him call me. When he called, I wasn’t expecting the news because of where we were in the process of shopping it to publishers. I literally sat down on my sofa and started crying. We had been working on the novel over the span of many years, and at that moment, I just couldn’t believe that it was actually happening!

What have been the most exciting moments, so far, in your writing careers?
EL: I always think seeing the cover of the book is one of the most exciting parts of this whole process. With my previous books that was a great moment—it is when the book really becomes a book—and this time it was just as exciting. Also, I love holding the finished copy in my hands, which I have not had the pleasure to do yet with Pretty Little World, but I can’t wait!

MD: I think the most exciting moments for me have been when Elizabeth and I talk about whatever novel we’re working on. It’s just so fun to create these characters’ lives together. Recently, I came up with a subplot for our next novel while I was walking through our neighborhood. I called her immediately because I knew she would love it. She always takes an idea and stretches it and gets me even more excited about the writing process.

How did you divide up the task of writing this book together?
MD: We did it chapter by chapter for the first draft. We always talked about the general direction of the story and the lives of the characters, but then we were on our own to write. I wrote the first chapter (which was edited and changed more times than I can count by us both!), then Elizabeth took the next one. She had the honor (and challenge) of writing the last chapter. We decided the general direction that it would go together, but she gave it life. The funny thing is that we still believe different things about what happens to the characters after it ends.

How did you enjoy the collaboration adventure?
EL: I love it. It is the best way to write a novel, I think. There are so many moments when I get stuck or I’m not sure what to write next, what would one character or another do? And at that point I can pass the book to Melissa, who will write a chapter and move the story forward in a way I might never have thought of. I am just finishing a book I’m writing alone, and it has been fun and I do like hanging out with the characters, but there were many times I wished I could just hand it over to Melissa and have her do her magic and then send it back to me. I can’t wait to jump into our next book together.

What are your favorite pastimes, other than writing?
EL: I love to read and take walks. I crochet. I spend a lot of time with my two teenage kids and my husband. We love exploring restaurants. But truthfully, writing is by far how I spend most of my time.

MD: I have a branding and marketing business that specializes in non-profits—schools, healthcare, arts, and culture. I am a curious person by nature and just love spending time getting to know my clients and figuring out how to verbally articulate their brands—so I guess I spend much of my time writing, too! I also spend lots of time with my two teenage boys, see a lot of live music, and travel as much as I can. I am a big fan of music festivals and try to get to a few every year.
Thank you both for being here and indulging my curiosity. 
Elizabeth and Melissa graciously gave me a paperback copy of Pretty Little World to give away.

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Saturday, January 7, 2017

Announcement and Giveaway

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Happy 2017. This year is starting out lucky for me. I've three auditions to do and best of all, I signed a contract with Soul Mate Publishing for my second book - a sequel/companion to Time and Forever. The working title is Maybe This Time. 
The logline is Their happy-ever-after is over before it begins unless they can change time.
The title has to change because there are way too many books called Maybe This Time. I will be holding a contest for a title change. So far my only ideas are A Matter of Time and Changing Time, a Second Chance Romance
Hopefully, the new book  will be available for sale at the Barbara Vey Reader's Event at the 2017 California Dreaming Conference. 
In any case, I will be there at a table with the Awesomely talented Pamela Dumond. I've read all her books, from romantic comedy to cozy mystery and stops in between.

What is a Barbara Vey Reader's event?

I am so glad you asked.
The fairy godmother of readers everywhere is bringing authors and readers together for a three-hour fun-filled event on Saturday, March 25th. 1:30 to 4:30
There are 60 attending authors, including  Robyn Carr, Tessa Dare, Debra Holland, Sarah MacLean, Jane Porter, and JoAnn Ross. (It should come as no surprise that these authors' tables are already sold out.) But there are the rest of us and we are all adorable. At the end of the event, there is a book signing which will give you a chance to meet all of the authors.

The cost to you?

 5.00 and you get a 5.00 gift certificate toward a book purchase at the book signing. So basically a free event with loot, refreshments, swag bag, and a gift from the authors at your table. And the door prizes. 60 of them. Each worth at least 50.00. So if you like games, romances, and prizes this event is for you. Tickets are going to sell out. Here's a link to purchase your 5.00 ticket.
Embassy Suites 900 E Birch St.
Brea, CA 92821(414) 481-2400

I am so convinced that you will enjoy this that I am giving away two tickets to the event. Act fact 'cause this post is only up through Monday night. I wish you all a joyous New Year and I hope you come see me at the event. Sit at my table. Pam and I are hoping to meet you.

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