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Endings and Beginnings

On Monday I spoke of synchronicity. I wrote that the universe seemed to be leading me in exciting new directions.  Later that day, I sat down in MLWR (my little writing room) and wrote a the set-up for a scene from The Sheriff Wore Skirts. In that scene, the main character, Caleb Bryant, ponders a fact of life:

Willow TreeCaleb leaned against the old willow tree and watched the waters of the nearby creek gurgling past. Not really much of a creek these days, although it had once been deep enough to swim in. Now it would barely come to the top of his boots if he stepped in.

Funny how things in life changed that way.

He shifted his gaze westward toward the glittering peaks of the Rockies, raising a hand to shield his eyes from the late afternoon sunlight. Some folks said even the mighty mountains would one day be gone, eroded away by the ravages of weather and time.

Caleb couldn’t imagine it. He’d once attended a fancy lecture in Denver and had heard some esteemed scholar with a string of letters attached to his name provide a scientific explanation. Water, the professor said, seeped into the cracks, froze, expanded, and broke the rocks down. Gravity then took over to carry the pieces down the slope.

When the spring rains came, more rocks were swept away. Some were even dissolved by the steady forces of nature.

The human eye might not see the changes happening, but they were going on all the same.

Changes were always going on in life, too. No matter how a man might wish things could stay the same once he got himself to a comfortable place, life didn’t work that way.

 

Caleb’s got it right. Changes are always happening in life.

Yesterday, I learned that my publisher — Secret Cravings — will be closing. What this means is that all  Secret Cravings and Sweet Cravings titles are coming down from Amazon and other booksellers, and rights to my stories — including those under contract for 2016 publication — will revert to me.  I can choose whether or not to re-publish the current titles and whether or not to release the upcoming additions to “The Sunset Series”.

In many ways, I think I was prepared for this. The writing/publishing industry has changed drastically in the last few years.  Although I was quite comfortable as an SCP author and hoped to publish many more stories through their imprint, I often found myself exhausted by efforts to keep up with marketing and promotional events and maintain a rigorous writing schedule in order to meet all deadlines.

At times, over the past year, I’ve considered other possibilities for my writing. Times are changing, and authors have to change, too. Accordingly, I choose to view this ending as a fortuitous beginning for my future.

What happens now?

My immediate plans are to take care of the business at hand — purchasing my cover art, putting files in order for possible re-publication, and making sure all legal issues are addressed.

I have many decisions to make involving not only the question of re-publishing my books but also questions involving this blog, my author page on Facebook, and my newly-formed “street team”.

What I don’t have yet is a definite plan…only a vague idea of where I want to go and how I’ll choose to get there. With a lot going on in my personal life, I’m choosing now to take a break from writing and publishing.  I will continue to post to this blog but not on a daily basis. I will also maintain my official author page at Facebook — Christina Cole’s Love Notes — and I will most like make daily posts there.

Of course, I will be keeping up with my friends and readers, although I will be “disbanding” Christina’s Corner. I want to thank each street team member for the love and kindness you’ve shown in the short time the group has been together.

At this time, I’m also choosing to set aside The Sheriff Wore Skirts. The book was scheduled for January release with Secret Cravings. That, of course, won’t happen now.  Instead of completing and publishing the book now, I will be exploring other avenues in my life.

I’m adopting the willow tree now as my symbol for the future. Willows bend; they don’t break. Endings bring opportunities to begin anew, and I’m looking forward to seeing where life leads me now.


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Upcoming Events

As summer is winding down and we get ready for the glorious autumn season — colorful leaves, cool days, football season, and the start of school — I’m settling down into my regular writing routines.  I’ll be spending most of my time finishing The Sheriff Wore Skirts, the fifth book in my “Sunset Series”. It’s scheduled for release in January. Here’s a quick little “teaser” tag:

A man’s got to do what a man’s got to do…sometimes, so does a woman.

CCBookWatch for little snippets and short excerpts from the story over the coming months. Those of you who are part of my “street team” will also have opportunities to read more of the story before release date. Five team members will receive advance copies of the ebook.

For information on joining my team, visit Christina’s Corner.

 

Even as I’m working on the next book of the series, I’ll be doing promotional spots for the latest release. No Regrets was released last month from Secret Cravings Publishing.

 

No Regrets is the story of William Howard Morse, Junior. You first met him as a unlikable young bully in Book 1 of the series. In Book 3, you saw the first of him. Now, I’ve taken this “bad boy” and given him a chance at love. He’s got to work hard, though, to prove he’s worthy of Hattie Mae.

I’ll be making several guest appearances in coming weeks. You’ll find me at:

  • Get Lost in a Story
  • Handbags, Books, Whatever
  • ABC Author Book Chat
  • Devika Fernando’s Romance Blog
  • Cowboy Kisses

Links will be posted at my official author page on Facebook: Christina Cole’s Love Notes.

Now, before the morning slips away, I’d better get busy. I’ve got a story to tell, and I hope you’ll enjoy it.

 


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Getting in the Groove Again

Now, there’s an old-fashioned expression.  “In the groove”. “Groovy”.  For those who weren’t around back in the day, the expressions were popular in the 1960s and 1970s. Yes, those were my days. It’s almost painful to think I ever used the word “groovy”, I did. Funny how we can look back on our mis-spent youth and cringe at times. Oh, yes. Life was groovy back then, or so it seemed.

Groovy

In case you’re wondering, “groovy” was synonymous with cool, excellent, fashionable, amazing, at least, according to Wikipedia.  Groovy – Wikipedia. The article explains:

The word originated in the jazz culture of the 1920s, in which it referred to the “groove” of a piece of music (its rhythm and “feel”), plus the response felt by its listeners. It can also reference the physical groove of a record in which the pick-up needle runs. Recorded use of the word in its slang context has been found dating back to September 30, 1941, on the Fibber McGee and Molly radio show, when band leader Billy Mills used it to describe his summer vacation. In the 1941 song “Let me off Uptown” by Gene Krupa, Anita O’Day invites Roy Eldridge to “… come here Roy and get groovy”. The 1942 film Miss Annie Rooney features a teenage Shirley Temple using the term as she impresses Dickie Moore with her jitterbug moves and knowledge of jive. In the 1945 film A Thousand and One Nights, Phil Silvers uses the term to describe an ostentatiously bejeweled turban.

The word has now disappeared from the language in its colloquial form, except for times and places — like here and now — when somebody uses it to poke a bit of fun at the past. Yeah, it really was groovy, man.

Actually, I’m using the word in a slightly different context today. To get “in the groove” means to “get with it” again, to “start spinning”, and I’m just making matters worse here, aren’t I? What I’m trying to say is that after being off-line for several days while dealing with REAL LIFE, I’m now back at work here in MLWR (My Little Writing Room) and back to my online connections, too.

I probably won’t be spending a great deal of time online though. Over the next two weeks, I’ll be putting the finishing touches on No Regrets, the fourth book of my “Sunset Series”.  I guess I could say I’m getting back “in the groove” there, too. As I near the end of each writing project, my mind and my muse kick over into what I call “get it done” mentality. Instead of playing around, I focus. Instead of jumping around in the story, I concentrate on pulling it together into a coherent timeline. Instead of putting aside “problem spots” with an “I-can-fix-it-later” approach, I go through those spots and resolve each one. I sometimes think of it as similar to a major construction project where the inspector has gone through the building and created a “punch list” of things to be done, re-done, or otherwise fixed up.

So, you might not see me online as much as usual over the next few weeks. When I do emerge, it will be with a completed story sent off to the publisher. Then comes the fun of waiting for cover art, planning the launch party, and sharing the story with western historical romance readers.

And then comes even more fun as I set to work on Book 5. A sheriff wearing skirts? Yep, that’s what’s coming up for the little town of Sunset.  The Sheriff Wore Skirts is currently slated for release in January, 2016. It’s going to be a fun story.

Groovy, huh?

To keep you entertained while you’re waiting for No Regrets, come along with me now for a “blast from the past” and enjoy a few groovy tunes!

Groovy Kind of Love – Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders

Groovin’ on a Sunday Afternoon – Young Rascals

Feelin’ Groovy – Simon and Garfunkel

 


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This and That

this-n-thatI’ve got lots on my cluttered little mind this morning. First and foremost on the agenda is wishing my friends a very happy spring holiday. Whether you celebrate Easter, Passover, or the return of nature’s growing season, may you and your family be blessed.

We’re having a simple holiday, combining a bit of remodeling work with an easy cook-out — hot dogs on buns, coleslaw, chips, and dip. Probably some lemonade, too.

Next on the agenda is a little excitement. It’s always fun to log-on and find a new review. I loved the comments this reviewer made on her Amazon review:

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not has so much for a reader…mystery, love, amateur sleuthing, and twists and turns within the pages. I will definitely be reading the first two novels in this series…its just that good.

– Ashley Schoen

Yes, dear readers. Nothing brings a smile to an author’s face faster than a favorable review. Knowing that you’re enjoying my stories makes all the long hours I spend alone here in MLWR (My Little Writing Room) worth it. I’m not alone in that feeling. Every author I’ve spoken to has made similar remarks. We love hearing from you.

If you read and enjoy a story, please spread the word. Tell us about it, and tell others, too. Post a short review at Amazon or Goodreads. It means so much to an author.

What if you don’t enjoy the story? When that happens, we want to hear from you! Let us know where we let you down and what we could have done better. Without you, readers, we’re nothing. We need to know what you’re looking for when you pick up a romance novel.

Moving on…item 3 on the list. Don’t forget the Petticoat Ball coming up on April 9. Shanna Hatfield is celebrating the release of her latest western historical, Thimbles and Thistles. Joining her and sharing hostessing duties will be the following authors:

Julie Lence, Kathleen Ball, Rachel Rossano, Peggy Henderson, Kristin Holt, Karen Witemeyer, Kayla Dawn Thomas, and me! My scheduled time is 11:30 AM to Noon — PDT. Here in the KCMO area, that means 1:30 to 2:00 PM. No matter which time zone you’re in, please plan on dropping by to say “Hello”. I’ll be running a little giveaway contest, and you could win an ebook copy of any of my romance novels.

Now, last, but far from least, I’m asking all my blog readers to show their support for childhood literacy. If you missed yesterday’s post celebrating International Children’s Book Day, here’s a link:

INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S BOOK DAY – REACH OUT AND READ

I’m a “Book Buddy” with Reach Out and Read, an organization which provides free books for children. I make a regular donation each month. During the month of April, I’m asking you to show your support by leaving a comment on this blog. For each comment, I will add $1.00 to my usual monthly pledge.

THANKS IN ADVANCE TO EVERYONE WHO COMMENTS!

Now, I’m heading off to work on the fourth book of “The Sunset Series”. No Regrets is due to the publisher in only a few weeks. It won’t be released until July, but you can begin reading it now on my “Snippets” blog. Let me know what you think!

Have a beautiful day!


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Spring is Here!

I’m so happy. We’ve made it through another winter, and spring has officially arrived, at last. I’ve shared Snoopy and his little happy dance on Facebook, and I’m going to share him again here. Since this is the first full day of spring, it’s definitely time to celebrate.

Snoopy

The beginning of a new season is also a good time to do a little looking ahead. Life is a journey, so we always say, and it’s always good to know where we’re going — or at least, to have an idea of the direction we’re heading.

So, what’s on my agenda for spring?

  • First, I’ll be wrapping up “No Regrets” — Book 4 of “The Sunset Series”. Although the release date isn’t until later in the summer, the manuscript is due to the publisher at the end of April. I’m thoroughly enjoying this story. You’ll remember William Howard Morse, Junior, from previous books in the series. He’s been a troublemaker in the past. Now, it’s time to redeem Willie, teach him a few important lessons about life, and set him off on the path to happiness. Watching his transformation gives me a good feeling and affirms my belief that love is a powerful force in our lives. His quest to become a better man is spurred by a lovely, dark-haired young woman, Hattie Mae Richards. Readers first met Hattie in “He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not“.  I’m sharing little excerpts from the story — along with the opening scene — at my “Snippets” blog. I’d love to hear your thoughts.
  • I’m also thinking — that’s the key word — about re-starting my newsletter. If you’re one of my subscribers, you’ve noticed that I haven’t been sending out monthly updates to “Keep Up With Christina”. I couldn’t keep up with myself, you see. Life has been busy over the last year, and dealing with too many pressures and deadlines was taking its toll on me. Something had to give, and I made the choice to put the newsletter on hold for a time. I love keeping in touch with readers, though, so I’m thinking — again, that’s the key word — about starting back up with the newsletter, not on a monthly basis, but perhaps four times a year. Again, I’d love to know your thoughts. Do you enjoy author newsletters? Would you be interested in special, subscriber-only offers on books or goodies?
  • Another idea I’ve been toying with is forming a Christina Cole “readers’ group”. For authors today, word of mouth publicity is essential. It’s important for me that I get people not only reading my romance novels, but talking about them, as well. Here’s what I’m considering. Before each new book is released from the publisher, I receive five “ARCs” — that means “Advance Review Copies”. Would you be interested in receiving a free copy of “No Regrets” shortly before publication? I’d like to get the story into the hands of five excited readers and then host an event where we can meet online and talk about the book. In exchange for the ARC, you’ll be asked to read the story, give me an honest review, and participate in the group event. Sound interesting? Right now, the idea is still in a formative stage. If this is something you might want to be involved with, please let me know. Just leave your name and email address — and any comment or suggestion you’d like to make. You’ll find a convenient contact form at the end of this post.
  • Throughout the coming months, I’ll also be taking part each week in “My Sexy Saturday” and the “Sneak Peek Sunday” blog hops. I’ll be a guest author at Shanna Hatfield’s “Petticoat Ball” next month, and I’ll probably be participating in other features and events during the spring. You can always find updates and information by visiting here or by stopping by my official author page on Facebook: Christina Cole’s Love Notes.

Yes, it’s going to be a busy spring, so along with writing and marketing, I’m also planning lots of relaxing, fun times to share with my family and friends. Once the weather is a bit warmer, I’ll be pulling my little sports car out of the garage, putting the top down, and doing a bit of cruising.  Gardening is another spring-time activity I’m going to enjoy.  I’m also going to enjoy kicking back with a tall glass of lemonade, listening to good music, and reading a few good books.

Thanks so much for taking time out of your busy day to visit with me.

It’s truly appreciated.

What will YOU be doing this spring?

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Just for Fun – A Random Excerpt

Last night was the official Facebook launch party for “He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not”. Of course, even the best-laid plans “gang aft agley”… or, in more modern English, sometimes go astray.

Internet connectivity problems interrupted the party last night, so we’ll be picking up tonight where we left off with more hot cowboys, more great country music, more games, more prizes, and more fun for everyone.  I hope to see you there!

While I’m still celebrating the book’s release, I decided to head to “Random.org” and have a bit of random fun. I entered the number of pages in “He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not”, then asked the random number generator to select one.

It chose page 111.

So, just for fun, here’s an excerpt from page 111.

Glow

Thankfully, nothing was mentioned. The incident, awful as it seemed at the time, had already faded and died. Ben left the parsonage a short time later, his spirit lightened by the events of the day.

Darkness had nearly fallen by the time Ben reached the horse farm. As he rode into the yard, he noticed a strange glow coming from inside the spring house. Or maybe it was nothing more than the reflection of the setting sun.

No. The sun was too far gone, too low on the horizon.

As he tended to his horse then led the Appaloosa into the barn, he kept a watchful eye on the spring house door. The light now burned brighter. Someone was inside.

*****

I hope you’ve enjoyed this random little “snippet”.  You can find all three books from “The Sunset Series” at Amazon.com and other online book-sellers.

Book 1 – Not the Marrying Kind

“Secrets, plot twists, and a strong cast of characters kept me turning pages. 

Book 2 – Keeping Faith

A story with real people and real problems.”

Book 3 – He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not


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Readers Reward Sweepstakes from Christina Cole Romance

Christina Cole’s Reader Rewards Sweepstake is now open!

 

Christina Cole’s Reader Rewards Sweepstakes

This giveaway is my way of thanking readers who have purchased “Keeping Faith”.

To enter, please click the link above.

You will be asked to provide proof of purchase by entering your order number from any of the on-line booksellers where “Keeping Faith” is available.

Winner will receive a Christina Cole Romance Tote Bag.

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Another Day Closer

Keeping Faith coming July 1 from Secret Cravings

Keeping Faith coming July 1 from Secret Cravings

This is an exciting time for me. With release day drawing nearer for Keeping Faith, I’m eagerly looking forward to sharing this new story with readers.

To whet your appetite a bit, here’s how the story begins.  Enjoy!

 

 

 

Sunset, Colorado

July 1878

 

Awful thing when a man didn’t want to see his own mother.

Tom Henderson figured he ought to be glad—damned glad—she was coming to Sunset, but all he really felt was a lot of guilt. Or maybe it was shame. Most likely, a good dose of both.

But how else was he supposed to feel? No point mincing words. Some truths couldn’t be avoided. His mother was a drunk, a whore, and she’d killed a man. Now, she’d arrived on the afternoon stage, she’d be living right there in Sunset, and it would be Tom’s responsibility to look after her. Little wonder he wasn’t exactly thrilled by the prospect.

“You’re late, damn it.” Charlotte Henderson stood at the stage depot, hands fisted on broad hips. “I swear, you’ve never been on time once in your life.” As her son drew near, her eyes narrowed. “Probably out screwing around to all hours last night, weren’t you?” The summer breeze ruffled her dirty blonde hair. She threw back her head and laughed. “That’s my boy, all right. At least you know how to have a good time, I’ll give you that. Never mind your poor old mother waiting on you.” Before he could stop her, she rushed forward and clasped her arms around his neck. “So, was she a pretty one, Tommy? Or just cheap and easy?”

“Ma, stop it,” he said, reaching up to disentangle himself from her smothering embrace. “I wasn’t out fooling around.”

“Why the hell not?” Stepping back, the woman eyed the tall cowboy who stood before her. Her son. Her pride and joy. That’s what she’d called him from the day he’d been born. “Something wrong with you?”

He ignored the jibe and walked to the platform to retrieve the dusty, battered valise she’d brought with her. “I stayed up late last night, getting things ready for you. I’ve found you a nice little place to stay, right outside of town. I think you’ll like it.”

“I thought I’d be staying with you.”

“I sleep in a bunkhouse, Ma. It’s no place for a lady.” What in hell was he saying? His mother was anything but a lady, and she’d probably feel right at home in a bunkhouse filled with rowdy ranch hands, but Tom pushed that thought aside. That part of his mother’s life was over and done with. He’d take care of her now, she’d have no need to go around selling herself, and somehow, between the two of them, they’d figure out how to get along, how to be some sort of family.

“What about my place, Tommy? I want to go home.”

He shook his head. “Better for you to stay here in town.” The old property where he’d been born and raised was several hours away. If she lived there, he wouldn’t be able to keep an eye on her. Besides, for all he knew, nothing was even left.

“You’ll come see me, won’t you?”

Tom heard the doubts in his mother’s voice, and he nodded. “Of course I will.” Although taller than Ma, he had the same light blond hair, the same blue eyes. He bent and kissed her cheek. “Welcome to Sunset.”

 

Keeping Faith by  Christina Cole

Book 2 of “The Sunset Series”

Coming July 1 from Secret Cravings Publishing


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Sneak Peek Sunday – Remembering Those Who’ve Gone Away

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Memorial Day 2014

As we celebrate “Memorial Day” — or “Decoration Day”, as it was always called in my family — our thoughts will surely be with loved ones who’ve passed away.  Remembering them and their lives is a way of honoring them. Sharing them with others brings a smile…and maybe a tear.

I’d like to dedicate this post to all the World War I veterans. Both my grandfather and his brother (pictured here) fought in France.

 

We lose loved ones, and our fictional families also suffer the sorrows of death. In Not the Marrying Kind, the first book in “The Sunset Series”, the heroine, Kat Phillips, knows all too well how quickly life can end. Her older brother, Robb, died when she was fourteen.

In this “snippet”, her father talks with Joshua Barron about Robb’s death.

Excerpt from Not the Marrying Kind

Creek

“Kids went to that creek every day in the summer. One day Robb dived in, never came up again. Kat was with him. Guess she panicked a bit, wasn’t sure what to do. She jumped in, tried to find him, finally climbed out and came running back to the ranch for help.”

“He hit his head on something? Lose consciousness?”

The man’s eyes glistened with unshed tears. “I don’t reckon we’ll ever fully understand what happened that afternoon. He was a strong boy, a good swimmer. For some reason, he just stopped breathing. Doctor Kellerman said Robb must have blacked out, but, well, Abner wasn’t exactly sober. Never know what to make of anything Doc Kellerman tells you.” He closed the Bible. “Can’t question the Lord’s will, either. For whatever reason, He saw fit to take my son.”

“I’m truly sorry.”

“But life goes on.” Phillips paused for a moment before saying, “After Robb died, Katherine took it on herself to work even harder around the ranch. I suspect it was a way of easing her grief, maybe assuaging her conscience. To this day, I think she feels it was her fault, that she should have been able to save her brother.”

“It wasn’t her fault,” Joshua said, imaging the pain and anguish Katherine Phillips must have gone through. He hated to see anyone go through that sort of suffering. Bad enough to lose a loved one. Blaming yourself in any way only made it worse.

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You can read all of Kat’s story in “Not the Marrying Kind” – Book 1 of “The Sunset Series”

Book 1 "The Sunset Series"

Not the Marrying Kind is now available.

Thanks for visiting today and letting me share a few thoughts with you along with an excerpt from “Not the Marrying Kind”.

 

 

 

 

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Keeping Faith Book Release Launch Party

THE EXCITEMENT IS ABOUT TO BEGIN


 KEEPING FAITH – Book 2 of “The Sunset Series”

will be released by Secret Cravings Publishing on July 1


COUNTDOWN TIMER

The release of a new romance novel is always an exciting time for an author. No matter how many stories we write, the thrill of seeing our characters come to life in the hearts and minds of readers never fades. In fact, it grows only stronger with each new book release. Here’s what will be happening over the next few weeks:

  • I’ll be hearing first from my fantastic editor, Julie Reilly. She’ll let me know what she thinks of “Keeping Faith”, and more specifically, what she thinks will make it better. We have lots of, well, uh, interesting conversations about each manuscript. Remind me sometime to tell you about the list of euphemisms she once sent me for a particular part of the male anatomy.
  • Cover art! Getting cover art is much like a birthday and Christmas holiday all wrapped up in one. First, of course, there’s the anticipation. I got word from my publisher yesterday that the cover art information for Keeping Faith has gone to the artist. Dawne Dominique has done the covers for each of my romance novels. She’ll look at my garbled thoughts for the cover of “Keeping Faith” and then use her own creative abilities and imagination to design one that’s just right. Soon, I’ll receive an email. That’s like getting a present. It’s wrapped and tied with a beautiful bow, and I can’t wait to open it!
  • Next, of course, there’s proofreading. Once I’ve completed the edits and returned the manuscript to Julie, she’ll pass it on to the proofreader. Renee Waring is my favorite proofreader. She doesn’t miss much! Plus, she’s a great lady, and I enjoy working with her.
  • So, it’s written, edited, I’ve got cover art, and it’s proofread. Is that all? Nope. Not yet. The proofed copy comes back to me for my final review. You’d think at this point, it would be a “done deal”, but errors do slip past writers, editors, and proofreaders. Imagine my horror when reviewing one “final” — and discovering that a character’s eyes had changed from teal blue on one page to a chocolate brown on another. Oops!  I’m a perfectionist, but I’ve learned that there’s no such thing as a perfect book.  You’ll find an occasional little “boo boo”, but hopefully no glaring errors. I spend hours — days, actually — going over the final proof. This step in the process is one of the most important for any author. We’ve written our story, and this is the moment when we say “Yes, it’s done, and yes, I’m satisfied with the result. It’s ready to go.” But wait! There’s still a little work to be done.
  • Time to say thanks!  At the end of our writing project –which is the beginning of a new book’s life on the shelves, as either an ebook, a paperback, or both — we send the work out into the world with a heartfelt blessing and a few words of thanks for those special people in our lives.  My dedications always include my husband.  I’m grateful for his love and for the countless ways he helps me in my writing career. In different books, I’ve also included other family members and friends in my dedications. Once, I even included our parrot.
  • Who am I? That’s one of the toughest questions I have to answer each time a new story is published. A writer’s bio should be short, but also witty and entertaining, right?  I keep my author bio updated with pertinent facts, and, of course, a list of the books I’ve written.

 


 

Is that it?

Yes, at last, the completed manuscript is sent back to the publisher for final formatting. It’s then made available at the Secret Cravings Publishing website for pre-order, and on release day, it’s time to celebrate and do the happy dance.

The publisher will also send me an ARC — which means “Advance Review Copy” — which I will, in turn, share with book review sites which feature western historical romances. Reviews are one of the ways in which authors are able to get word out about a new release.

With the book completed and available for sale, it’s time for the real fun to begin! Like every author, I want to share my excitement with as many readers as possible. I’ll be making the rounds of blog sites, doing guest interviews, and chatting live with readers in different forums.

For “Keeping Faith”, the most exciting event will be the “Book Release” party. The incredible Lady Amber of Lady Amber’s Launch Parties has put together a wonderful Facebook event. Thousands of invitations are going out, and responses are coming in. During the three-hour event — July 10, 2014 — we’ll be playing games, I’ll be sharing a few excerpts and bits of trivia about the story, and we’ll be giving away dozens of prizes.

You’ll have chances to win ebooks, paperbacks, and other gifts from me and from many other western romance authors. The list of authors donating prizes includes: Tabitha Shay, Leslea Tash, Kirsten Osbourne, Patty Norman Jager, Kathleen Tighe, Ball, Robyn Corum, Amy Jambor, Julie Cerniglia Lence, Caroline Fyffe, Shanna Hatfield, Davee Jones, Wilhemina Stollen, Penny Brown Estelle, Carre White, Beth Williamson, Pamela Kelley, and Lola Grace Stevens.


KEEPING FAITH BOOK RELEASE PARTY

Click the link above for the Facebook event page. Once on the page, please click that you will be “Going” to the event.

You’re welcome to leave comments on the event page.

The party will be Thursday evening, July 10, 2014

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM Central Daylight Time


PLEASE INVITE YOUR FRIENDS TOO!

Be watching for more information and announcements.