November 12, 2014

Feature

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Today I’m bringing you this blog’s first cover reveal. Sure, I’ve shared my own covers in the past, but never as part of an organized cover reveal.

What prompted me to join in this time? The author, H. Danielle Crabtree, is a friend of mine. We used to work together at the Arizona Daily Sun, until she left for sunny California. And she’s been the editor for my indie releases, HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS and BLIND DATE BRIDE.

Wanderlust BlogTour LogoPlus, the tour is organized by Alex Rosa at Wanderlust Book Tours, who did my blog tour for SLIDING INTO HOME. (Dani introduced us, as a matter of fact.)

Without further delay, I’m pleased and excited to bring you the cover for H. Danielle Crabtree’s FIRE WOLF (Fire & Reign 1).

Fire Wolf | H. Danielle Crabtree

Cool, isn’t it?

In case you hadn’t guessed, it falls outside my contemporary romantic comedy kingdom. It’s young adult fantasy.

The blurb

If trouble can be found, Lady Myah Leicht will find it…or so her mother and uncle believe.

As the future High Lady of Nordlin, council meetings and polite socialization rule Myah’s life and challenge her forthright nature. But playing by her family’s rules is a necessary evil if she ever wants to convince her uncle that she is ready to learn to use her magic.

However, when a plague rips through the capital city, Myah throws the rules out the window and joins the son of a visiting nobleman on a raid to steal medicine from a neighboring kingdom. When the venture fails, an enemy soldier—a boy not much older than she is—pursues Myah into the forest. She is certain she is going to die at his hands until a bear-size wolf saves her life.

Safe at home, she tries to forget the wolf and the boy as she navigates the politics of court. Her life gets more complicated when she finds herself once again face-to-face with the boy from the woods. Although suspicious of his motivations, her instincts tell her to trust him.

But trusting him could bring war to the northern kingdom, and jeopardize those she holds dear.

And then there is the matter of the wolf…

About the author

H. Danielle CrabtreeH. Danielle Crabtree is a freelance editor for independent authors. She has a professional journalism degree from the University of Oregon, and she worked for two newspapers as a writer and an editor. Her poetry has been published in several literary magazines and anthologies, and she has contributed short stories to two books with the G10 Writers.

Fire Wolf is her first young adult novel.

Website: www.hedanicreations.net

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hdaniellecrabtree

Twitter: @hedanicree

Instagram: http://instagram.com/danicrabtree

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5773879.H_Danielle_Crabtree

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November 8, 2014

Cher & Derrick, Excerpts

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LynnSexySaturday_bannerAre you as sick as I am of Christmas creep? I don’t know about you, but I tend to get a little ragey when I see Christmas wreaths decking the superstores in September. Let’s give Thanksgiving its chance to shine, shall we?

I’m not really in the mood to read holiday stories before November, either, but perhaps I’m in the minority. Publishers have been releasing Christmas books for weeks now.

Anyway… With Halloween and Election Day firmly in 2014’s rear view mirror, it’s safe to trot out holiday reads.

Speaking of holiday reads, check out the ad My Sexy Saturday authors took out in the Nov./Dec. BTS eMag. (It’s on Page 109.)

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS is in a unique position to capitalize on both Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Cher and Derrick get reacquainted on Black Friday. Driving home after a successful mother-daughter shopping expedition, Cher’s mother veers into a ditch to avoid an escaped cow. Derrick is the paramedic who answers the call and comes face to face with the woman he’d rejected in high school because he didn’t want to hold her back.

Enjoy this My Sexy Saturday snippet detailing the first time Cher and Derrick have spoken to one another since high school.

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Home for the Holidays | Arlene HittleThe smoldering fire in Derrick’s gray eyes set her soul ablaze, offsetting the chill in the crisp November air. “Sweetheart, you can trust me when I say I’ve improved with age.”

To distract herself from the flash of desire his comment sparked, she lowered her lids and tapped her inner smart-aleck. “You think so, huh? You’re not wine or cheese.”

That was a line of crap and she knew it. Even in the watery gray early morning light, he looked as good now as he had in high school. Better even, if she took into account the broader shoulders and more masculine presence.

He knew it, too, judging by his sly grin. Damn the man. Why couldn’t he have developed a paunch, or better yet, started balding?

A low, sexy laugh rumbled from deep in his throat. “Wine and cheese aren’t the only things that get better with age, Cher.”

Her mother hadn’t raised a fool, so she knew even The Grinch’s twenty-nine-and-a-half-foot pole wouldn’t be long enough for her to touch that comment safely.

When she remained silent, Derrick shoved his hands in his jacket pockets and looked at his heavy black boots for two beats. Then he met her eyes and flashed her the charming smile she’d never been able to resist.

Home for the Holidays is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo and in print through CreateSpace.

November 2, 2014

NaNoWriMo14

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Keep up with my NaNoWriMo progress in this blog post. I think it’ll work.

October 29, 2014

about, NaNoWriMo14

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Can I make a confession? I came to the NaNoWriMo party somewhat late. For the uninitiated, NaNo is the (some say crazy) push to write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days, from Nov. 1-30.

I joined the push for the first time in 2009, with the intent of writing about 40K to finish BLIND DATE BRIDE.

NaNoWriMo Participant 2014By the end of November, I’d only managed about 25K. I did, however, develop enough of a habit that I finished the first draft of BRIDE by the end of the year. Considering I’d started it back in 1999 or 2000, that was a major victory.

I decided to try NaNo again in 2010. That year, I started a brand-new novel—but I’d done some (okay, a lot of) pre-planning. I ended up writing 53K in 27 days. Yep. With a map of my story, I finished three days early.

In 2011, I joined the good fight with a vague idea for BREAKING ALL THE RULES (which will be a TMP release next spring). There were some rough patches and I thought about giving up. In the end, I spent eight hours in a chair at Starbucks Nov. 30, barely breaking 50K before it was time to go to work and put in another eight-plus hours.

In 2012, I had two wins under my belt, giving me the false impression that NaNo would be a piece of cake. I planned to get a good start on a single title story—50K of about 90K total.

Uh…yeah. Didn’t happen. My excuse: I’d just finished the draft of HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, and couldn’t muster up enough oomph to write at breakneck speed for 3o more days.

In 2013, I didn’t even bother to sign up. I spent the six or so weeks prior to Nov. 1 writing the first draft of SLIDING INTO HOME, and knew from past experience that I’d be too drained to keep up the pace.

This year, I’m giving it another go, with the same single-title story I couldn’t get going in 2012. It’s a romantic comedy, of course. That’s what I write, after all. This time, though, there are paranormal elements.

Okay, the book’s only paranormal element is its ghost. The ghost is not a love interest, though. He merely meddles in the heroine’s life, having decided his mission is to help her get the happy ending that eluded him and his lady love so many generations ago.

I got the spark of an idea from Concrete Blonde’s song, “Ghost of a Texas Ladies’ Man.” I was walking through my neighborhood (back when I did that more regularly than I do now) and it came up on my iPhone.

“Wouldn’t it be fun to write a story about the ghost of a Texas ladies’ man?” I asked no one in particular.

And a story started to take shape in my mind. I thought I’d have no trouble writing it, because I pounded out a 3,000-word backstory for the ghost in an evening. The heroine was easy, too. Unfortunately, I could not come up with a good hero.

That problem has been resolved (I hope), and I’m excited to kick off NaNo on Saturday. Who’s with me?

If you’re joining in the fun, you might be interested in this blog post from Nathan Bransford. It promises “everything you need” for NaNoWriMo.