I hope that those of you in Arizona managed to attend The Tucson Festival of Books last weekend. I had so much fun. I learned some stuff unrelated to writing, connected with many acquaintances, and rocked to a free concert by the Rockbottom Remainders (which includes musical authors like Amy Tan and Scott Turow).
Marginally related to all that fun, I hurt my foot, but it’s almost better. Now I just have to get over the cold that my generous husband shared with me. Does that ever happen in romance novels? Maybe that’s why the H/h in all the Hallmark movies don’t kiss until just before the credits roll…
I’ve finished the first draft of a new Vinlanders’ Saga novella, DARK WINTER’S NIGHT. It still needs revision and editing, but you’ll see it this summer, probably. Then I’ll be back to work on APOSTATE, book three in the Celestial Affairs series. That’s the plan anyway. My plans tend to be rather fluid. Three months ago, DWN wasn’t on my radar.
If you haven’t yet entered the Prizes for Readers raffle, what are you waiting for? You could win a $100 gift card.
Prizes for Readers is running a raffle for a $100 Gift Card and I want you to have a chance to win. Go to https://prizesforreaders.com/ to sign up. While you’re there, make sure you check out the books by the other great authors participating and vote for best cover and best blurb. Whether you prefer romantic fantasy,shifter stories, urban fantasy, or all of the above, these authors have you covered.
Good luck and Happy Reading!
On this first day of the new year remember: life is short. I don’t say that to be a downer. What I mean is, be alive every moment and live intentionally as much as you can. A lot of what we do everyday is necessary maintenance. We have to work, do the laundry, etc. The rest of the time we get to choose what we do.
Does that make you feel pressured to hurry up and accomplish or experience more? Or does it make you feel like you should relax and watch more Hallmark moves? Does it change your plans in any way at all?
Since I live in the desert I don’t get to build a snowman very often. Doing it is always fun, though, and it’s a perfect example of living in the moment. By it’s very nature, it won’t last, but there’s no one who’s done it who’d argue it isn’t “worth” doing. Sandcastles are the same. And sidewalk paintings. Mandalas drawn with sand. Obviously, for a lot of people, permanence isn’t necessary to make something worth doing.
What do you think? How do you measure what is “worth doing?”
I have a lot to be thankful for: my fans, the opportunity and ability to share my stories, and most especially my family and friends. I hope all of you do, too. I’ve had a few times in my life that things looked rather bleak, but most of the time I can look around and find something to appreciate. I hope that today you can notice what’s right in your life and celebrate it. And I hope you can also brighten someone else’s life today–and every day–even if only with a smile.
All the best, and happy reading!
November is a busy month. Hot on the heels of Halloween I have ten birthdays to celebrate (including mine) and Thanksgiving. But perhaps best of all is TusCon, a three day indulgence in various forms of science-fiction, fantasy, and horror. Films, authors, art, dealers, anime, and gaming fill every moment from Friday afternoon through Sunday.
BTW, to celebrate, I’m giving away NIGHT MOVES: a Short Story Sampler over the weekend (Nov. 10-12). If you come to the convention you can pick up a physical copy, or you can download it from Amazon.
I thought this was worth sharing as a good example of writer-brain. I’ve had many a conversation with myself like this one.
Source: Why I Write Redux
I come from a military family. My dad was a fighter pilot and career Air Force officer. My brother also served in the Air Force. My husband’s dad was in the Army, my husband in the Reserves, my godson’s dad was Navy and his brothers Marines. I live in a town where lots of former military retire and the Air Force base is a big influence on the local economy.
Despite that, I don’t think I’ve ever been to a Memorial Day parade or service. Military service was ordinary, just part of my family’s life. We never made a big deal out it. And yet when I stop to think about what those men chose to do, I realize how extraordinary and praise-worthy their choices were–and are. Some of their duty assignments were dangerous, others were supportive, but all were necessary.
I’m a little shy of saying it out loud, so I’ll say it here: I’m grateful every day for those who serve, including police and fire fighters, and I’m grateful when they come home safely.
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Good Luck and Happy Reading!
The 9th Tucson Festival of Books is this weekend and I’m looking forward to attending. I’m only an author now because I started out as a book lover. If you’re near Tucson and love books as I do, you should think about spending at least part of the weekend on the U of A mall. It’s a fabulous event and it’s FREE!
On President’s Day we honor Washington and Lincoln, two of America’s best leaders. They were men of honor, integrity, determination, and humor–characteristics I try to build into my heroes.
Lord Dahleven is that kind of hero, so to celebrate, I’ve made DANGEROUS TALENTS Free for a limited time. This is your chance to discover where the lost Vinland colony disappeared to, meet their Viking descendants, and cheer on a modern woman who finds herself in a very different world. If you’ve already read it, thank you!
You can help out by telling your friends about this sale, and by leaving an honest review on Amazon. It doesn’t have to be long, just a few sentences will do. Customer reviews really do make a difference to authors and help other readers find books they’ll enjoy.
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