Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Thought It Would Be Fun... post a new excerpt from my latest release, Confederate Rose.

Her pale cheeks turned a becoming shade of pink. She lifted one white, bare arm from the quilt to gesture at the clothing drying by the fire. "Now didn't you tell me to hang yer things out to dry?"

Alex grimaced. He had told her to do that. But he hadn't expected her to go through his pack. "So I did," he admitted.

She slipped her arm back into the quilt and lifted her chin. "'Tis an apology I should be expecting, Mr. Hart."

"Apology? You were going through my things."

"Because you ordered me to see to yer wet clothes."

Alex didn't think he'd win this argument. "Very well, ma'am. I apologize if I've offended your fine sensibilities in any way."

She straightened and hugged the quilt, eyeing him regally. "I accept yer apology, Mr. Hart."

"Well then." He hesitated and dropped his gaze. Her wide eyes drove his thoughts to ideas best left alone. That and the knowledge of what little she wore under the quilt. He cleared his throat. "I suggest we bed down for the night."

"Not until you get yerself out of those wet clothes."

His brows shot up. "I beg your pardon?"

"Ye'll surely not be sleeping in those wet things. 'Tis by the fire ye'll be needing to hang them."

His gaze settled on the clothes draped over the two chairs. Steam rose from them. "But those clothes aren't dry yet."

"Ye'll not be needing clothes to sleep." She grinned mischievously. "We've plenty of blankets."

Saturday, September 26, 2009

The winner is...

The winner of the pdf copy of Confederate Rose over at Slip Into Something Victorian is Debra St. John.

Congratulations, Debra!! Contact me at to claim your prize.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Another chance to win!

Today is the official release day for my latest Civil War romance Confederate Rose from The Wild Rose Press!!

Join me today at Slip Into Something Victorian. I'm giving away an e-book copy of Confederate Rose. Just leave a comment on my post today and you'll be entered to win. I'll announce the lucky winner tomorrow.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Winners of Confederate Rose contest!!

Announcing the winners of my contest for the lauch of my newest romance novel, Confederate Rose.

1st prize - autographed print copy of Confederate Rose
Chris Mead

2nd & 3rd prizes: e-book downloads of Confederate Rose
Edwin R. Harrington & Margaret C. White

Congratulations to all the winners!!

Confederate Rose releases in e-book format on September 25th. And if you're not one of the winners, leave a comment on my release day post and you'll be entered for a chance to win an e-book download.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

New review!!!

We just received a 4.25 rated review from Night Owl Romance for Northern Roses and Southern Belles.

Here's reviewer, Vee's, quote for my story, Angel of My Dreams:

"Kyle Dalton, an historical reenactor gets a real sense of the past when he has visions and moments when he seems to be living in another time. There is a woman there that feels like a sole mate. But why become smitten over a woman he can never hold...or can he?"

Read the full review at Night Owl Romance.

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Confederate Rose is an early bird special!!

Although the e-book release date is 9-25-09, Confederate Rose is now available in print on the main TWRP site.

Read the opening chapters at my website.

Check posts below this for excerpts.

Friday, September 04, 2009

All Finished!

Well, I did it! I wrote the last few pages of my new first draft today. This was my summer book project and I just came in under the wire. Now, I can put it aside for a little while and take a breather.

I'm pleased that my scene-by-scene outline kept me on track throughout many distractions and made it that much easier to know where my story was going and when it would be finished.

I also finished up with a galley I had to proofread just in a nick of time, so I'm good.

After a few days of relaxation, I'll be ready to finish the first draft of my short contemporary story. And from there, onward and upward.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Why is it so hard to write 'THE END'?

I'm nearing the end of the first draft of my post Civil War romance novel that I'm calling, Cassidy's War. This was my summer book project for this year and I wanted to get the first draft done by Labor Day.

Well, I've already made my projected word count, the Black Moment is over, the resolution for both the outer and romantic conflict are complete. All I have left to write is the HEA (happily ever after) in romance writers' jargon.

So, why am I suddenly slowing up? The finish line is right ahead of me. All I need is a few paragraphs to wrap everything up.

I can't figure this out. Writers complain about getting stuck in the middle or fizzling out right after the opening of a story, but my main sticking point seems to be writing "The End".

Anyone else out there have a similar problem?