The Good Things That Have Come Out of July 2018

I’m going to flat out say it, and pardon my French. But overall, July 2018 has proven to suck ass.

In the hope of brightening my own spirits, I’ve decided to share the bits of good news that have surfaced this month.

Contests!

As you all already know, I was named a finalist in this year’s The Sheila Contest, run by the Valley Forge Romance Writers.

I placed 2nd in the Historical Romance category!

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Congratulations to all the finalists! I am honored and thrilled to be counted among you.

I also received word that I am a finalist in the TARA Contest‘s historical category as well, and am waiting with baited breath to get the final results of that, as well as a third contest I entered my post-Civil War historical into at the end of June.

A Signing!

Once again I’ll be participating in the Carolina Romance Writers’ Sip & Sign event, happening September 8th. Full information about the signing and event will be posted on the CRW website, but if you’re local to the greater Charlotte area, mark your calendar!

HE TAKES THE CAKE in Print at LAst!

It’s been a bit longer in the making than I’d expected, due to technical issues outside my or my publisher’s control. But at last, the print release of HE TAKES THE CAKE is available!

And please remember… If you’ve enjoyed an author’s work (and I’m speaking on behalf of all authors, not just myself), the two best ways to say “thank you” are to spread the word and leave a review on Amazon/B&N/Goodreads, etc.

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Summer Semi-Hiatus

In case you haven’t figured it out by the relative radio silence, I’m on something of a hiatus now that summer vacation has arrived.

I’m reveling in summer vacation. Three days into it, I’d completely lost track of what day of the week we were on, let alone the actual date. (But let’s be honest – most of the time I only know the date because I write it on the board every morning.)

Time to cook and bake? Yes, please. Hanging with Babycakes in SAHM mode? Check. Finally powering through a friend’s copy of Diana Gabaldon’s Voyager because I’ve lost track of how long ago I borrowed it? Working on that.

The need for the hiatus is work-related, though. I’ve joined a cohort of history-minded colleagues in a rewrite of our district’s secondary social studies curricula, whilst also planning to present with one of those colleagues at our August curriculum days. I’ve also picked up a couple freelance jobs, one of which is a pretty big project and will take up a big chunk of my writing time.

Travel to visit family is in there somewhere, as is working on, you know, my newest novel.

So if there’s a lot of radio silence from me over the next couple months, fear not. I’m just being productive.

Other Fun Information

No specific word yet on the print release of HE TAKES THE CAKE, but I do know it’s visible in the pipeline. Once I know, you’ll know, and there will be a chance at a BIG GIVEAWAY once everything is set in stone.

I’ve entered my post-Civil War historical romance in a handful of contests this spring, and have a couple others pegged for possible entry. This leads to the second coolest thing that’s ever happened to me, after landing my first book contract.

Final round results are supposed to be announced soon. This is a huge accolade, even if I don’t even make honorable mention. Good luck to all the other finalists in The Sheila!

Romance Writers Gone Wild

I’m very excited to announce that I’ll be participating in Romance Writers Gone Wild, a week-long Facebook event that will spotlight 130+ romance authors in genres ranging from contemporary to historical to paranormal and suspense (and just about everything in between).

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The event runs November 14th-November 18th. In addition to finding some great new authors, readers have the chance to enter to win a slew of great prizes including:

  • Gift Cards to iTunes, Barnes & Noble, or Amazon
  • A variety of book related prizes given away by authors themselves (think ebooks and print books!)
  • And one grand prize winner will walk away with a Kindle Paperwhite (to read all those new ebooks on, of course)

The Facebook event page is open and anyone can join the party! The week before the event, authors will begin introducing themselves, so be sure to check everyone out.

THE ONE I’M WITH Release Day Giveaway

THE ONE I’M WITH will be here next Wednesday, and is officially up for pre-order in Amazon’s Kindle Store.

The truth is, letting yourself fall in love means daring to risk heartbreak.

The truth is, letting yourself fall in love means daring to risk heartbreak.

To celebrate my upcoming release, I’m holding a Rafflecopter Givewaway. Starting at midnight on Wednesday, October 5th, you’ll have the chance (or really, several chances) to throw your hat into the ring to win:

  • $25 Amazon Gift Card (1 Grand Prize Winner)
  • The Kindle Edition of THE ONE I’M WITH (5 winners)*

*Just a reminder that as long as you have a device that will run the free Kindle reading app, you’ll be able to enjoy THE ONE I’M WITH.

The giveaway will run from midnight on October 5th to midnight on October 20th. All winners will be notified no later than 11:59pm on October 22nd.

Click the link below to enter starting October 5th!

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As always, be sure to sign up for my email newsletter, and follow me on my socials, Goodreads, and my Amazon Author page!

Stay tuned over the next couple weeks to learn more about our main characters, Marissa O’Brien and Josh Mattingly, and of course, get a sneak peek at Chapter 1!

WHEN IN ROME Release Day Giveaway – Winners Announced!

I’m very pleased to announce the winners of the WHEN IN ROME Release Day Giveaway.

Love isn’t always picture perfect…

Grand Prize Winner of the $25 Amazon Gift Card is: RITA WRAY

And the winners of a copy of WHEN IN ROME for Kindle are:

  • Sophia Pelamonia
  • Robin Abrams
  • Elizabeth Stacy
  • Brandi Dagwan
  • Sue Ahn

All winners have been notified. Thanks, everyone, for entering the giveaway!

And remember, if you’ve read BETTER THAN CHOCOLATE and/or WHEN IN ROME, please don’t forget to leave some reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, and of course tell your friends!

If you would like to stay in the know about future giveaways, releases, and other special things in the Awesomesauce category, remember to sign up for my email newsletter, and follow me on my socials, Goodreads, and my Amazon Author page!

And speaking of upcoming Awesomesauce, I have a great series of posts planned for the next few weeks. Get your passports ready!

Night Owl Reviews “Love is in the Air” Booklover Contest

There’s a very cool contest going on through the month of February over at Night Owl Reviews. If you’re looking for some new books to read and want to win some prizes, this might be the contest for you.

Love is in the Air / Night Owl Reviews

I’m a sponsor for NOR’s “Love is in the Air” contest, which runs February 4th through February 27th. It’s a scavenger hunt, and BETTER THAN CHOCOLATE is one of the featured titles. Prizes range from $5 to Amazon all the way up to the $100 Amazon Gift Card Grand Prize.

Of course, it’s not all about the virtual money. There are a ton of great reads that are part of this scavenger hunt, and with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s a great way to get in the mood for some romance!

Check out the contest page over at Night Owl Reviews for more details and to enter!