Please join the multi-author event today. I’ll be presenting starting at 2:30 PST
Start off the year with a course in how to self edit your fiction. I’ll present a two-week course through Savvy Authors from January 10-24, 2022, that will give you tips on finding and fixing passive wording, redundancies or implied words, telling structure, dangling and misplaced modifiers, slips in point of view and how to create deep POV. A refresher on punctuation is also included. Participants receive feedback on editing assignments based on the six lessons.
As winter approaches in the Northern Hemisphere, my inner bookaholic rejoices because that means there’s ample opportunity to curl up and read. There’s nothing better than curling up with a good book, especially when it’s a freebie. N. N. Light’s Book Heaven is teaming up with almost fifty authors to bring readers new releases and backlist plus gift cards in this giveaway that’s sure to please any booklover. Free e-copy, print and audiobooks are just waiting for readers to indulge in. You can even enter one of mine. The list is long and personally, I’d love to win myself but alas, I can’t. So, I’ll just live vicariously through the lucky winners. If there’s a particular book or prize you’d like to win, be sure to say which prize you want when you enter via Rafflecopter. Enter below and good luck!
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Today, Snowflake Cottage is featured as well as being on sale for 99cents for the next week.
Jada Beldane rents a holiday cottage to deal with a devastating health diagnosis. Single dad Graham Seaver wants nothing to do with tourists, but an accidental meeting causes sparks to fly.
1890, Bear Valley, CA
Rancher Gibson Bartleigh travels to Pine Knot to investigate how his younger brother was swindled out of his mining claim. He finds the suspect, businessman Bernard Heinrik, at a poker table and squares off opposite him. Gib goads the man into betting big, staking the mining claim and then ends up with the winning hand and retrieves the deed. Goal achieved, he heads back to the hotel, planning how he’ll leave in the morning and arrive triumphant in Redlands at the family home in time for holiday festivities.
Mail-order bride Trudel Andersen traveled from Los Angeles to Pine Knot to meet up with her fiancé, Mister Heinrik, with whom she’s been corresponding for several months. But he’s a day overdue in meeting her. She waits in the hotel lobby with her lace-making materials and her little dog, Butterscotch. Released from the orphanage two months earlier, Trudel has been on her own and terrified she will always be so.
When Gibson realizes he’s the cause for the lovely lady’s misfortune, he’s stuck with a dilemma. If he confesses what he did, he’ll have to offer the woman a ride back to where she came from. Propriety demands they marry, and both agree it’s only for the duration of the trip. But will forced proximity deepen the relationship into something more?
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Today I shared some of the research that went into writing my latest novella, Ginger Cake by Glynna, book 7 in the Old Timey Holiday Kitchen multi-author series.
Check out the post on SweetAmericanaSweethearts blog here
Baker Glynna Shaughnessy wants to bolster sales for her struggling bakery almost as much as she wants to revive her drab personal life. A baking competition in commemoration of the city’s incorporation offers a chance at making the shop’s name known…until she’s accused of cheating. According to the competition’s sponsor—a roguish man who sets her heart aflutter—Glynna can only remain a contestant if she invents a brand-new recipe…something she’s never done before.
Hotel manager Ritter Anton has six months to boost patronage at his grandfather’s Anton Grand Hotel. He accomplished success with the family’s Cheyenne hotel and he’ll succeed here then move to the next. The baking contest he invented sparks controversy with the entry of a baker who others claim has an unfair advantage. Ready to reject her, he can’t say no when the auburn-haired beauty pleads her case. How will he remain neutral as a judge when all he can think about is Glynna?
Today at the Lovely Romance Sweet Clean Readers Facebook group, several authors will reveal a bit about their stories for a new series. Mail Order Bride’s First Christmas will feature historical stories set from 1800 through 1920 and in a location with trees. Prizes offered.
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My story is A Christmas Tree for Trudel and the location will be based on the southern California mountains where I live.
Next month I’ll be contributing Ginger Cake by Glynna (cover is at the left in the bottom row) to this series, wqhich releases on October 25. To promote the ongoing series, the authors of the Old Timey Holiday Kitchen series are hosting a Mid-Series Celebration Facebook event on Monday, 9/13, from 1-4 PDT. The authors will introduce themselves and their title and offer prizes. Sign up here.
Ttitles in the series listed by order of release
Kris Kringle’s Kuchen by Katrina by Elissa Strati
Shoofly Pie by Selah by Kim Grist
Charm Cake by Charity by Annee Jones
Lemon Pie by Lucinda by Marissa Masterson
Pumpkin Pie by Patience by Annee Jones
Cranberry Cake by Cora by P. Creeden
Ginger Cake by Glynna By Linda Carroll-Bradd
Apple Pandowdy by Alice by Kim Grist
Figgy Pudding by Francine by Zina Abbott
Walnut Cake by Wylene by Janice Cole Hopkins
Cider Cake by Cecily by Kandice E. Geddes
This novella is book 7 in Marianne’s Mail-Order Brides, which is an offshoot of the wildly popular Pinkerton Matchmaker series.
Chicago socialite Althia Heathley feels pushed out of her life by her father’s new wife. Convinced all she needs to write a great novel are a few more life experiences, she agrees to become a mail-order bride. But once she arrives in Denver, she’s not so sure she’s cut out to live in such a wild and less-than-civilized city.
Leather worker Diego Roldan needs a bit more culture in his life to help attract new business clients. But his first sight of his prospective bride clues him that maybe he asked for more than he can handle. She’s so refined and proper that he wonders how he can provide her with what she needs.
One of the men Diego put in jail during his years as a bounty hunter comes seeking revenge. Will Althia fall to pieces in a panic, or will the pair work together to save their fragile relationship?
This week through September 13, I’m participating in AuthorsXP list builder event for Sweet Romances. A ton of authors of sweet romances are offering copies of their books to those who enter the giveaway. My prizes are 3 e-book copies of Sweet Inspiration and 1 print copy (US only; ecopy to international entrant) of Anything But Flowers
To enter the giveaway, click here
In July, I released Lightkeeper’s Challenge in the Keepers of the Light series. Zina Abbott, who wrote Lighthouse Escape, and I collaborated in that we created a family and a fictional town and then wrote stories featuring the sisters. Not only was the process of deciding upon a location, ethnic background, and family members easier between our two creative minds, but the experience of growing up in the lighthouse was shown from two different perspectives.
Lightkeeper’s Challenge— Raised in a Pacific Coast lighthouse, Lisbet Dinesen hopes to follow family tradition and succeed her father as senior lightkeeper. Assistant lightkeeper Hale Warwyck feels he’s paid his dues by working the night shift for five years and deserves command of his own lighthouse.
Principal Lightkeeper Anders Dinesen announces the need for a substitute during his vacation time. Both Lisbet and Hale want to step in. A challenge is established to test their suitability and skills. Has Anders taken on the role of matchmaker for his eldest child? Will the competition drive a wedge into Lisbet’s and Hale’s budding attraction?
Lighthouse Escape by Zina Abbott– Stina Dinesen loves her older sister but felt relieved once Lisbet and her new husband moved away from the Crystal Beach Lighthouse. Her happiness was short-lived. She now realizes her parents expect her to take over many of her sister’s former responsibilities in addition to the ones already hers. Only, unlike her sister, Stina never wanted to manage her own lighthouse. She wants to move to town where she can have neighbors and enjoy a social life.
John Andersen felt lost at sea long before he left his Oregon home on business to sail to San Francisco. Now, he is in the water with a twisted ankle, clinging to a rock miles from shore, and convinced he is destined to meet his end. The first hint he might survive comes when he sees a glowing lantern and realizes it is being held by someone on an approaching boat.
Is it the light that promises a bright future, or could it be the young woman plying the oars?