A WOLF TO WATCH OVER ME is live!!

I’m so pleased to be able to say that my short sci-fi romance, A WOLF TO WATCH OVER ME released today!!

Wolf to Watch Over Me Cover Final High ResolutionIn a future Earth, sometimes the Big Bad Wolf is the good guy. Hakon sidUlfr , a wolf shifter from another world, is better at killing than guarding, but quiet physicist Lauren Ivers will need all of his skills if they’re going to live through the day.

Lauren should be at home, reading and eating take-out. Instead, she’s on the run with the bodyguard she didn’t know she had in a desperate bid to get off the planet before she becomes a casualty in an intergalactic cold war.

Hakon’s deep instinct to protect the smart-mouthed scientist keeps her alive, but will she stay with him once his duty is done?

You can purchase your copy for $.99 at your favorite online retailer!

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And as long as I have your attention, I would LOVE it if you could drop a review at Amazon or Goodreads! Thank you in advance!

New cover for A WOLF TO WATCH OVER ME!

A WOLF TO WATCH OVER ME originally appeared in the LOVE IS… anthology this spring, but now that the rights have reverted to me, I’m putting it back out as soon as possible.

Tentative release date: July 9, 2015.

In a future Earth, sometimes the Big Bad Wolf is the good guy. Hakon sidUlfr , a wolf shifter from another planet, is sent to make sure that physicist Lauren Ivers lives long enough to complete her project, but one harrowing day will put their survival at risk, as well as their hearts.

I’ll let you know more as soon as I know more!

New Story – Runespell in Once Upon a Fairy Tale

Now, those of you who have followed me forever…and possibly forgotten I existed…may remember a very old story I had on here for a long time. Kind of an oddball little fairy tale retelling called Runespell.

A few months back, Dani Monsch, a fellow Romance Diva, had the bright idea to put together a fairy tale anthology and called for authors. I’d kind of been itching to fix Runespell – it was too short and the voice was weird – so I signed up. I rewrote the story from scratch and sent it in two days late because I had connectivity glitches.

ONCE UPON A FAIRY TALE released today – 11 fairy tale romances including Runespell!

Cool, yes? Yes, it is. :)

OnceUponAFairytale3D_2500pxSo here’s the bit on RUNESPELL:

In most fairy tales, the prince rescues the princess. It’s not often she gets to return the favor. Mai Westenra is pulled into a centuries old quest for vengeance and magic, never realizing that she’ll find love in the midst of danger. Tyr Halvarsson has waited lifetimes to be rid of his curse. Resigned to his immortal half-life, one selfless act of humanity can redeem him. Or kill him. Together, Mai and Tyr must work against time and magic to work the runespell that will save their lives and give them a chance at love that lasts.

And here’s the bit on ONCE UPON A FAIRY TALE:

On SALE for $0.99 – Limited Time Offer!

Join NY Times, USA Today, and Amazon Bestselling authors as they invite you to explore the world of Fairy Tales in Eleven Exciting New Ways!

Experience the story of The Nightingale through a Steampunk landscape, or follow Rapunzel through Sci-fi adventures. There is the modern woman who steps out of her front door and into the Fairy Tale Realm, and there is the modern woman whose life resembles a Fairy Tale – one involving a slipper. Maybe you’d like to find out just who that Big Bad Wolf was and why he was so interested in Red, or maybe you’d like to go behind the scenes and see what those Fairy Godmothers are up to while everyone is getting their Happily Ever After.

Whatever your flavor of Fairy Tale enjoyment, you’re sure to find it here! ACT NOW before this limited time box set is gone!

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As ever, if you feel inclined, leave us a review! We even have a Goodreads page.

Hope you enjoy our stories!

PS: Our first review on Amazon said this: One of the best quotes of the collection is from Runespell, “So you got blindsided by a magical slut, it happens.” (from reviewer Yvette)

Magical sluts for the win!

 

Conference tips

A friend who’s never been to a writing conference is headed out at the end of October, and she asked for tips from conference veterans. I haven’t been to a huge con in a loooong time, but I have enough experience to be dangerous. 😉 So I gave her my own con-hacks.

Bring a sweater. Not kidding. Hotels are freaking freezing all the time. I don’t care if the conference is held in Houston in July, I always bring a sweater or wrap of some kind.

Update your blog/FB before you go, but I wouldn’t make any major changes. If you’re just starting out and there will be panels and workshops at the con about websites and social media, try out those tips when you get home.

Tweet the con! They probably have their own hashtag, so use it. You’ll get replies and RTs from other attendees, and boost your visibility.

Bring your own water bottle/travel cup. Cheaper than buying multiple $2 water bottles throughout the day. Plus, they frequently keep the coffee handy in those giant containers. I prefer my travel cup to paper cups with dodgy lids.

Carry one decent sized bag. Not your purse, plus your bookbag, plus your laptop bag… It’s just unwieldy.

Hit the goody/swag room early if you’re into collecting authorial doo-dads, or really want a paper copy of someone’s book.

Dress professionally. Not a suit, but nice business casual. You’ll see everything there – holey jeans to what amounts to feather boas. Unless you want to be remembered as “the lady in the Hawaiian print muu-muu,” just dress neatly.

If you’re a shoe person, splurge on awesome looking shoes and bring band-aids for the blisters, as well as a pair of ballet flats that fit in your bag for doing any real walking. Otherwise, wear what’s comfortable and matches your professional look.

Hang out at the bar. You don’t have to drink at all, but you’ll find TONS of people – editors, agents, other authors – who get together and network and talk business there. Best place to make new friends.

You don’t have to attend every workshop. Obviously, you want to get the most bang for your buck, but if you’re an introvert, take an hour to recharge alone in your room if you need to. You can get notes from someone else on whatever you missed.

Practice your pitch out loud. Whatever you have in your head will tie itself into knots on your tongue if you’ve never actually said the words out loud before. And have an “elevator pitch,” as well as a formal pitch. Pretend you’re in an elevator alone with your dream agent and you have only a minute or two – the length of time it takes to go from the top floor to the bottom – to tell him/her about your story. Boil it down to your genre, your setting, and your MC’s Goal, Motivation and Conflict.

You can find more info on crafting your pitch at Nathan Bransford, Help! I Need a Publisher, and at Pitch U (scroll down for the sidebar).

And my biggest tip? Have fun! Meet new people! Enjoy yourself! And come back motivated to write more!

Love is…

Well, well, well.

What’s this? Three whole blog posts in one month? The sky must be falling! I’m just putting this out there by way of information that I do have a short story in the upcoming LOVE IS… anthology from Romance Divas.

On August 5th, the LOVE IS… anthology will release at e-tailers near you! A collection of 300,000 words, and more than 40 authors, covering all heat ranges and genres, there’s something in here to appeal to everyone. And all of the proceeds are going to charity — specifically, to:

Reach out and Read which prepares America’s youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together.

Love is… …forty stories of first loves, friends to lovers, and the heat of the moment. Join forty authors, including multiple New York Times and USA Today bestsellers, as they take you on a romantic ride through time and space. From the dazzling ballrooms of Regency historical romance to contemporary love from sweet n’ dreamy to kinky n’ steamy, to the wide open frontier of science fiction romance and magical worlds of far away fantasy realms, sample the best that romance has to offer! Every short story is the perfect candy-sized nugget to read over a cup of coffee or before falling asleep at night.

My contribution is a sci-fi romance short called “A Wolf to Watch Over Me.”

Photo: A Wolf to Watch Over Me<br />  in the upcoming Love is... Anthology!</p>  <p>Love is...giving your all and living to tell the tale.</p>  <p>In a future Earth, sometimes the Big Bad Wolf is the good guy. Hakon sidUlfr, a wolf shifter from another planet, is sent to make sure that physicist Lauren Ivers lives long enough to complete her project, but one harrowing day will put their survival at risk, as well as their hearts.  </p>  <p>Coming Aug 5!

Love is…giving your all and living to tell the tale.

In a future Earth, sometimes the Big Bad Wolf is the good guy. Hakon sidUlfr, a wolf shifter from another planet, is sent to make sure that physicist Lauren Ivers lives long enough to complete her project, but one harrowing day will put their survival at risk, as well as their hearts.

Shapeshifting alien werewolves, y’all. Boom. Game over.

Not Quite Dead is back!

Yes, bloglets, it’s been a very long since I was first published. Now, let me get my cane and we’ll hobble over to the rocking chair on the porch while I tell you a story. I can shake my cane at the neighbor kids on my lawn while I talk.

Lo, these many years ago…about 8 years, in fact, I was on the cusp of seeing my very first novella published by Samhain Publishing, courtesy of the vision of Angela James who took pity on me when she saw how gifted I was at shoving my foot in my mouth.

Not Quite Dead was the story I wrote when I finally hit the wall with The-Regency-That-Wouldn’t-Die. A quirky little thing that unfolded to me day by day until it finished itself back in the days when there was just one trad publisher who would even look at novellas from unknown writers. (RIP Kate Duffy, who wrote me a personal rejection letter that I still have.)

I was on a roll. After Not Quite Dead, I wrote constantly and published several more stories within the next 4-5 years. Then life hit. Hard. DH retired from the military. We moved. He got downsized from his civilian job, but found a better one. My mom moved in with us and had to go through several surgeries. We moved again. One child cracked from the stress, so we homeschooled for 2 1/2 years.

But not even valleys last forever.

The requisite 7 years of my contract passed and the rights to NQD reverted to me. Whereupon I simply sat on the story for several months thinking, “I should really self-publish that puppy and see what happens. Eh. Mañana.” Y mañana y mañana y mañana.

With Shawntelle Madison kicking my butt the whole way, I finally contacted Kim Killion of Hot Damn Designs and she made a gorgeous new cover for me. Then Shawntelle did my formatting while I whimpered in the corner.

I started a DBA and a business account and wrote a business plan. And this week, I finally wrestled Kindle and Nook and Kobo and D2D into submission and started the uploading process.

Everything is finally ready to go.

So after almost 8 years and a hiatus of half that length, I give you…

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Available at Amazon ~ BN.com ~ Kobo ~ iBooks