I’m featured today on fellow writer Vicki Batman’s Handbag Monday blog. I shared my love of evening bags with her. Of course what I posted is only half the collection! I can’t pass one up when it sits at an estate sale and is so neglected.
Have a look!
My second self-published novel, ONCE UPON A MCLEOD, is now available at Amazon, NOOK, and iBooks. It’s a contemporary romantic suspense (light on the suspense) set in West Texas.
“There’s a secret hidden at Ranch McLeod and someone wants Beth Ann Fox off the property before she can find it. But fire, vandalism, and theft only strengthen her resolve to stay out her year–and bring out the protective instincts of Sheriff Bry Phillips, feelings he thought he’d buried long ago. But when she owns the ranch, she says she’s leaving and his heart will go with her. Can love overcome stubborn pride and a secret two generations old?”
Poor Beth Ann! She and her late husband’s Uncle Joe Tom never got along. And now, as his final revenge, he leaves $20 million to her and her son. But in order to secure both their futures, she has to leave Atlanta and live for a year on his run-down ranch. If that wasn’t bad enough, it comes completely equipped with a know-it-all, matchmaking housekeeper, a surly sheriff, and someone who’ll stop at nothing to get her out!
I am once again participating in a Round Robin. The topic is what type of heroine–traits, personality, etc–makes me want to continue reading her story?
I think it might be easier to know what kind I don’t like: weak. Life may have taken her down a rough road and she may be struggling to get where she wants to both in spirit and body, but I need to know she’s not a milksop. There needs to be a hint of a backbone.
And yet, I need to be sympathetic with her plight/life circumstances. I don’t know how many novels I’ve chucked to the wall because I just don’t care what happens to the heroine. In one notable (but forgettable as to title and author) book, I was actually on the villain’s side where the heroine was concerned, that if he would just go on and dispense with her, then this torture would be over. I came to my senses, noted the entire enterprise unworthy of my time, and out that book went also.
I’d like to think I write heroines who can hold their own with the hero and with everyone else. That they’re not too proud to ask for help nor too selfish to give it. That they can see beyond outer appearances to the inner person, although not at the beginning or what would I put between the first and last chapters?
I want my reader to go on the journey of discovery and self-realization with my heroine. It’s a romance–we know the destination–but we also know there are black moments and times it seems impossible for the author to bring it all together and make our heroine and hero worthy of each other.
I guess that’s it: I want worthy characters, worthy heroines. Worthy of my effort to pen them and bring them to life and worthy of a reader’s time to be involved in their lives.
In short, I want a heroine I could also call a friend.
If you’re interested in the topic, please continue on with these authors.
Lynn Crain at http://www.awriterinvienna.blogspot.com
Ginger Simpson at http://mizging.blogspot.com
Connie Vines at http://connievines.blogspot.com/
Geeta Kakade at http://geetakakade.blogspot.com/ (Welcome!)
A.J. Maguire at http://ajmaguire.wordpress.com/
Beverley Bateman at http://beverleybateman.blogspot.com/
Diane Bator at http://dbator.blogspot.ca
Fiona McGier at http://www.fionamcgier.com
Rhobin Courtright at http://rhobinleecourtright.com
It’s been a while because the website and my admin have been glaring at each other over passwords. That is all fixed now and I can continue my saga of getting After the Thunder Rolls Away available to readers.
It took about a week to go live on iBooks and then another month for me to venture into CreateSpace, the trade paper publishing arm of Amazon. But both are done now. Whew!
I have some amazing reviews on Amazon, so if you’re considering spending some Christmas money on a book, please go read the reviews and let them help you decide.
Bringing up to date, I self-published After the Thunder Rolls Away… after Fate steps in last weekend on Amazon Kindle and Barnes and Noble Nook Press. I’m still working on the iBooks upload but hope to have it done early in the week.
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
While I had already determined to self-publish a novel agents haven’t known what to do with, I’ve also decided to get my rights reverted to me from Wings ePress, Inc. This has taken place, and over the next months, as I become more comfortable with the self-publishing world, I plan to revise my 11 novels, as well as finish my works in progress.
I’ll be keeping this home page as well as my blog up to date with the news.
It’s both exciting and scary, but an opportunity I couldn’t have imagined when I started writing.
I’m delighted to be participating in what is to me my first Round Robin. You have probably found me from Joel Jurrens
blog and I will lead you to another at the end of our first topic: What I like to read and why.
Writing contemporary romance is my “thing”. The notion of penning an historical, no matter the time frame, is beyond me. I might be able to try an in-my-lifetime (think Quantum Leap), but unless I was linking it to present day, I don’t think it would have a chance of publication. I don’t even know if I would LIKE it. Besides, the only romance author I can think of that did a bang-up job of both contemporary and historical was LaVyrle Spencer.
But read? Oh, give me a Blair Bancroft Regency
. Or maybe Candace Proctor’s Night in Eden
set in Australia as it becomes settled. Shall we gallivant over Medieval Europe
in Jude Deveraux’s Knight in Shining Armor
? Travel in Japan or China as they open up to the West with Mary Jo Putney’s China Bride
? Or skip through many time periods with Ingrid Hill’s Ursula Under
I want my reading to transport me away from the contemporary world. I will believe–unless it’s a blatant faux pas–that the author knows her time period and that I’m not only reading for enjoyment (and romance!) but also to learn what life was like in that far away time and place. I don’t need to be bogged down in frills and details, just the slightest mention and I have a picture in my mind. Which may explain why I’m such a slow reader: there’s a movie going on behind my eyes.
I hope when you read, there’s one there too. Be carried away by reading, no matter the genre or time.
The April 29th issue of Woman’s World magazine is on the newsstand now and on page 42 is me!
Well, the short romance I wrote. The title has changed to “TIme for Love.” This combines two of my favorite things: writing romance and making homemade cinnamon rolls!
Read and enjoy!
I am thrilled! I’ve sold a second romance to Woman’s World Magazine. It’s entitled “The Secret Ingredient” and takes place at a Fair baking contest. I submitted it in December, so this is a very quick turnaround for acceptance.
It will be in the April 29 issue, available on newsstands April 18.
That’s right, it’s the January 14 issue of Woman’s World magazine which has my short piece of romance fiction, The Trip of a Lifetime. Page 42. Very, very proud to be there!
And besides a good piece of romance writing this week, there are always recipes and craft ideas for the season. I like the cartoons, too.
Buy, read, and enjoy! Each issue is only available for one week!
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