Friday, March 22, 2013
$50 AMAZON GIFT CARD: CHERYL GREGORY
SIGNED COPY OF BLACK DIAMOND DEATH: BRON LESLIE
SIGNED COPY OF SINNERMAN: BARBARA HAYLEY HESS
SIGNED COPY OF I HAVE A SECRET: BRENDA WINSLOW
SIGNED COPY OF STRANGER IN TOWN: CHRISTY COX
SIGNED COPY OF ALL FOUR SLOANE MONROE NOVELS: BROOKE HEATON
WINNERS: IF YOU HAVE NOT HEARD FROM ME, EMAIL ME
One contest just didn't seem like enough to kick off my new series, so why not two?
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
HERE ARE THE WINNERS OF THE CONTEST...
SIGNED COPIES OF ALL OF MY BOOKS: JIM/BEV MUDD
CHERYL&CO GIFT BASKET: TERESA
$25 AMAZON GIFT CARD: JENNY WINEHOUSE
SIGNED COPY OF BLACK DIAMOND DEATH: ELAINE MILLER
SIGNED COPY OF SINNERMAN: JENNIFER PELLEGRIN
SIGNED COPY OF I HAVE A SECRET: LANCE SMITH
SIGNED COPY OF STRANGER IN TOWN: CARLA JONES
WINNERS--IF YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED AN EMAIL FROM ME, PLEASE EMAIL ME.
Yesterday I debuted my new Addison Lockhart series, the first one titled Grayson Manor Haunting. This series centers around Addison Lockhart, a medium, who has the unique ability to see into the past and the future when she uses her hands. The books are murder mystery "whodunnits" as well.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Congratulations to the following for winning my books:
Debbie Hacker - Black Diamond Death
Kay Pflueger - Sinnerman
Yvonne Taylor - I Have a Secret
D'Anna Smith - Stranger in Town
Bob and Linda Smith - All four novels in the series
For the remainder of March, I will be running all kinds of contests here and there to kick off my newest novel, Grayson Manor Haunting, the first in my Addison Lockhart paranormal series. The book reads like a mystery with a little bit of the supernatural thrown in.
Monday, January 7, 2013
In November, I started Grayson Manor Haunting, fully intending on it being a short novella that I would publish before Christmas. But as I wrote about a young, disconsolate girl blessed with the unique gift of seeing the world in a way others don't, I fell in love. And that's how the Addison Lockhart paranormal series was born.
But for now, let me introduce you to the first chapter of Grayson Manor Haunting (Addison Lockhart Series #1):
Sunday, January 6, 2013
Characters have the ability to make or break any story. The main one in Jessica McCann's All Different Kinds of Free is rich, vibrant, sassy and a woman you want to read about page after page. It's the way McCann brings Margaret alive on the page that prompted me to choose her chapter as the winner for December.
I grew up in the metro Phoenix area and am happy to still call it home. I've been writing for as long as I can remember and landed my first paying job as a writer my senior year of high school.
The novel was inspired by a true story. It is a fictional biography of Margaret Morgan, a free woman of color who was kidnapped in 1837 with her free children and sold into slavery. She fought hard to regain her freedom, and she endured tremendous loss and hardship. Her ordeal led to one of the most pivotal Supreme Court cases in America’s history, Prigg v. Pennsylvania. When I first read the court case summary, my curiosity was piqued because it only mentioned Margaret once. That struck me as so odd, since it all began with her, and I was curious to know how her story turned out. So I dug around a bit. But the more I looked, the less I found -- some obscure footnotes in law journals, conflicting news accounts from the time. It really bothered me that her part of the story was little more than a footnote in history, especially since there were thousands of other women just like her -- wives, mothers -- who suffered a similar fate during that dark period in America's history. So I decided to tell Margaret's story in novel form, and All Different Kinds of Free was born.
Historical fiction has been my favorite genre since before I even knew the definition. The dry facts and statistics of "history" bored me in school. It has always been the stories hidden within history that captures my interest. I like to say that historians write about dead people, but historical novelists write to give them new life.
Taking care of my family keeps me busy and is the most-prized non-book related aspect of my life. When I'm not writing or reading, I try to stay physically active. Yoga, swimming and hiking are my favorite ways of keeping physically fit and mentally grounded.
It's interesting that you ask where I would live, if I could live anywhere. My husband and I have often talked about that in our more than 20 years together; and we always seem to come right back home to Phoenix. It's a vibrant city with so many entertainment options and just a few hours' drive to remote desert camping or snowy mountains. We do love to travel, though. If I were to dream, I'd love to take one month a year to live in different states, in cities big and small, just to explore and soak up the different lifestyles and atmospheres.
Whoa, only three? My bookshelves are crowded with books that have left a lasting impression on me. One that I've reread many times is John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men;" it's a slim book, expertly written with memorable characters, and it reveals something new to me each time I pick it up. Another fabulous book is "The Invisible Mountain" by Carolina de Robertis. It's a sweeping epic of three generations of strong woman, set in Paraguay and Argentina from 1900 to 2000. I read it a couple years ago, and I still often find myself thinking about the characters. Among the more recent releases that I enjoyed immensely are "The Snow Child" (Eowyn Ivey), "The Light Between Oceans" (M.L. Stedman) and "The Lost Wife" (Alyson Richman). OK, I cheated, that's five. So many good books, so little time.
7. If you could have dinner with one author, who would it be and why?
It's probably cliché and a common pick, but I would have loved to spend time with Mark Twain, a fabulous storyteller and a man who pulled no punches.
8. Post where you can be found—website, blog, twitter, facebook, etc.
To purchase All Different Kinds of Free on Amazon, click HERE.
DECEMBER CHAPTER ONE FINALISTS
Jessica McHugh: Danny Marble & the Application for Non-Scary Things
Lori Ann Lesko: Our Daughters
Marilyn Holdsworth: The Beautiful American
Think you have a fabulous first chapter? Enter the January 2013 contest HERE.
Best of luck to everyone.
Monday, December 31, 2012
Over this past year I've had the privilege of getting to know author Jillian Dodd. Not only is she a wonderful person to get to know; she is also a very talented author. I took part in an amazing author promotion with her last month as well. It is because of her hard work and effort (not to mention the two straight days she stayed up during the promotion) that we decided to create a special day for Jillian as a way to say thanks and to promote her fabulous work which you all should be reading.
As an introduction to Jillian and who she is (for those of you who don't already know her), she is a best-selling author in the YA genre. Her books are excellent and she has thousands of devoted fans. She writes, among other things, The Keaton Chronicles. Book one in the series, Stalk Me, has 141 reviews and an excellent ranking average.
Here's a little more about the first book in the series:
Gossip girl meets Hollywood in this new series by That Boy author, Jillian Dodd. Keatyn has everything she ever dreamed. Her life is following the script she wrote for the perfect high school experience. She’s popular, goes to the best parties, dates the hottest guy, and sits at the most-coveted lunch table. She’s just not sure she wants it anymore. Because, really, things aren’t all that perfect. Her best friend is threatening to tell everyone her perfect relationship is a scam. Her perfect boyfriend gets drunk at every party they go to. It’s exhausting always trying to look and act perfect. And, deep down, she isn’t sure if she has any true friends. To add to the drama, her movie star mom has a creepy stalker. A hot, older man flirts with her and tells her they should make a movie together. And she’s crushing on an adorable surfer. Dating him would mean committing social suicide. So she writes a new script. One where all the pieces of her life will come together in perfect harmony. But little does she know, there's someone who will do anything to make sure that doesn’t happen. *A mature YA romance.
To see all of Jillian's books, click HERE.
And for more about Jillian: