And So It Begins – The Great Big Book Tour

Hi everyone,

Today kicks off my month long virtual book tour. Rather than post every day, I’ll share where I’ll be on a weekly basis.

Please do stop by and say hello. At each stop, there will be a Rafflecopter link. One lucky person (US ONLY) will receive a cool prize from moi.dead_3D

8/22 – Mello and June, It’s a Book Thang!

8/23 –Deal Sharing Aunt  **Interview**

8/24 – Share My Destiny

8/25 – T’s Stuff

8/26 – Lisa’s World of Books

Also, on 8/23 I’ll be over at – Suzanne Johnson/Susannah Sandlin’s blog. I’ll be sharing my CTConn 2016 experience as an event leader. Suzanne is giving away a copy of Dead Girls Don’t Cry to one commenter.

Thanks for stopping by. And good luck!

 

The BIG Blog Tour: Dead Girls Don’t Cry

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So here it is. My Great Big Blog Tour. I do hope you’ll consider stopping by. There is a Rafflecopter Giveaway too.
I’ll be posting site links closer to the actual tour start.
 Virtual Book Tour Schedule

#CTConn2016 and Photos from #CTConn2015 too!

As usual, this July, my family attended ConnectiCon in Hartford. Unlike other years, I was on a panel and a workshop. For more details on how that happened, see my recent blog post over at Nights of Passion.

The best part of the story is that our panel filled to capacity and the convention asked us to return in 2017. The “us” includes my co-presenters Corrina Lawson and Jamie K. Schmidt.
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This year’s featured guests included: Walter Koening, Michael Dorn and Nana Visitor of Star Trek Fame. Also, Sean Astin and John Rhys-Davies (LOTR), Tom Kenny (SpongeBob), Jess Harnell (Animaniacs), and many more.

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Last year (2015), my husband, who is NOT an outgoing guy with strangers, managed to make friends with Maurice LaMarche. Before you go, who? He is most famous as the voice of Brain from Pinky and the Brain. However, if you think you’ve never heard his voice, you’d be wrong. Ever listened to a Lexus commercial? Yup that’s him. Watched Frozen or Zootopia (The King and the Godfather mole, respectively). Anyway, he is a super nice man. If you ever do go to a convention and he’s there – go say hello to him!!

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Jess Harnell (left) and George Newcomb (right)

This year wasn’t any different. Hubby managed to “bond” with Jess Harnell (who complimented my curls – see the photo and you will understand why). We also made friends with talented comic book artist Steven Geiger and his lovely wife Kristean (Hi guys!!).

Hubby already warned me that come 2017, he might not make any new friends but I’m betting on whatever pheromone he emits continues to work.

We shall see.

Before you go, I created two Pinterest boards.

See here, for 2016 photos.

We did attend CTConn 2015, see here for my Pinterest board (photos include: George Takei, Maurice LaMarche and a ton of great cosplay).

Who else has been to a convention recently? Which one? And would you go again?ConnectiCon 2016 Casey and Son

Where Oh Where is Casey?

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I swear, I’m not missing.  I’ve just been writing like crazy after some much needed time away.

I’m currently re-writing Over Easy (this is the third time). But that’s not why I’m posting today.

Today, my sixth novel was published.

Lachlan’s Curse is on sale now! If you’re a fan of Sleepy Hollow, druids and romance, then this book is for you. If it’s not your thing, but you know someone who might like it, please do share! Thank you!!

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For over two hundred years, Lachlan Gray—druid and last magic wielder of his line—has kept Haven Falls safe from an ancient evil. His sacrifice, eternal imprisonment with his mortal foe, was meant to protect the town and people he loved. After his bones are unearthed and his enemy is accidentally freed, he has no choice but to rise again. Confronted with the modern world and the loss of everyone he knew, he finds solace in the one person who trusts him the least.

Archaeologist Dr. Sara Winslow believes in truth, logic, and cold, hard scientific facts. Hiding from a painful past, she’s more comfortable with ancient history than dealing with the living. The dead can’t lie, cheat or betray her. That is, until she unearths the one skeleton capable of resurrection. Now, she can’t ignore the truth right before her eyes—magic exists, evil is real, and it’s coming to destroy Haven Falls.

To survive, Sara has to trust this sexy stranger and embrace powers she never knew she had. And Lachlan never imagined that a hot blooded woman would make him question his vow to destroy his enemy at any cost. Even united, can their passion survive the evil seeking to tear them apart?

 

Mystic Series Boxed Set

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For romance lovers of Myths & Legends,The Mystic Series is now available in one boxed set, three full length novels for the low price of $2.99. Enjoy!!

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The Joys and Perils of Genre Jumping

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Change is hard. Even when you want to change, it’s still a challenge to teach your mind that what you’re doing is okay. That it will all work out. That you shouldn’t panic!

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Last summer, I wrote a contemporary romance called Over Easy. I did it because I wanted to grow my writing skills and to try something new and challenging.

All of my books have been paranormal romances. And while I love the genre (and I don’t intend to leave it all together), I need to stretch myself once in a while. So I had this idea about a woman and a struggling diner in a small town in Vermont.

The idea percolated in my brain while I wrote Mystic Hero and Lachlan’s Curse (which I recently sold – yay me!).  I knew going in that it would be hard to switch from one genre to another. Sure, they are both romances, and in theory, the heart is still a love story. . . but. . .

. . . But here’s the thing. They aren’t the same. With contemporary romance, I wouldn’t have magic, evil villains or explosions to rely upon to get my hero/heroine in and out of jams.

Nope.

I’d have to rely on good, old fashioned emotions. Every day problems. Accessible issues. Hearts and flowers.

Hmmm.

Those were kind of scary to me. In real life, I don’t like drama. I hate confrontations. And I don’t like overly emotional situations. Heck, I’m not sure I’m even that romantic.

Well, personal fears aside, I wrote the book.

It came out too short. And while it was okay and my beta readers liked it (it even placed in a contest), I knew it wasn’t as good as it could be.  So I did what most writers do in that situation.

I let it sit. And sit. And sit some more. Then panic and doubt set in, until it morphed into THE. WORST.BOOK.EVER.

That’s when I knew it was time to ask for help. I’m lucky that my RWA chapter has a mentoring program. And I’m even luckier that my mentor is well-versed in the genre.

After a frank assessment of my work, I have new path to follow. I’m learning how to be less plotty (yes, that’s a thing) and be more real. AND to face all those emotions that scare me. Yup. I’m digging deep. It’s uncomfortable, but I’ll live.IMG_1086

In order to write the best book I can – to hatch a beaut
iful butterfly – I need to return to the cocoon and start again.

See? Maybe there are some hearts and flowers in me after all.

Has anyone else faced the same problem? How did you deal with it?

SOLD! Lachlan’s Curse

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Good news! I sold my latest paranormal romance – Lachlan’s Curse – to Soul Mate Publishing. It will be released late summer 2015.

This is a new story, not related to the Mystic Series. The back cover blurb says it all:

For over two hundred years, Lachlan Gray – druid and last magic wielder of his line – has kept Haven Falls safe from an ancient evil. His sacrifice, eternal imprisonment with his mortal foe, was meant to protect the town and people he loved. After his bones are unearthed and his enemy is accidentally freed, he has no choice but to rise again. Confronted with the modern world and the loss of everyone he knew, he finds solace in the one person who trusts him the least.

Archaeologist, Dr. Sara Winslow believes in truth, logic, and cold, hard scientific facts. Hiding from a painful past, she’s more comfortable with ancient history than dealing with the living. The dead can’t lie, cheat or betray her. That is, until she unearths the one skeleton capable of resurrection. Now, she can’t ignore the truth right before her eyes – magic exists, evil is real, and it’s coming to destroy Haven Falls.

To survive, Sara has to trust this sexy stranger and embrace powers she never knew she had. And Lachlan never imagined that a hot blooded woman would make him question his vow to destroy his enemy at any cost. Even united, can their passion survive the evil seeking to tear them apart?

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Misfortune Cookie 0.99 Cent Boxed Set Deal

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I’m delighted that my publisher has included Misfortune Cookie in a boxed set. Until the end of the month, the set will be only 0.99 cents.

That’s right. Three full length paranormal romantic suspense novels for only 0.99 cents.

Don’t miss out on a sweet deal!

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Mystic Storm .99 Cent Sale!

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Mystic Storm is on sale starting today for .99 cents. Don’t wait to snag a copy because the sale is only for a limited time.

Please feel free to spread the word. I’d greatly appreciate it.

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