Love is in the air!

Winter is a time of blustery winds, warm blankets, and book friends to fill your heart.

Monday, March 25, 2013

This week's post is going to be late . . . So instead I hope you will enjoy this picture.

Monday, March 18, 2013


Late last week I found out that my publisher has been sold to another company. (Well not the woman who was my publisher, but her company, this is not a blog about human trafficking.) 

To be honest I have mixed feelings about this. I enjoyed being able to say "my publisher" and I worked with many wonderful people in the company, but I have also given into my independent wild child and have already taken the plunge into self-publishing.

To be honest, my age has a lot to do with my decision, to self-publish. It takes a lot of time to submit your work to a publisher and it can take a very long time before you receive a response. Then it can take up to a year or more before your book is ever sees the public. I like the instant gratification I get when I put a book up on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and itunes. 

There are many advantages to having a publisher. One of them is the community of writers that is built around the publisher.

Through my publisher we had an active author's loop. We weren't allowed to promote or even talk about books coming out through another publisher (that includes self-published works). That was understandable, but we were not supposed to include the books in our signature either. That was a little more difficult to obey. We all tended to have automatic signatures with our books and social media addies in them.

It was sad watching the goodbyes on the loop. People were promising to keep in touch and trying to record the contact information of others. It felt like the end of the movie Grease!!!

And then, one brilliant woman started a yahoo group! No more sad goodbyes.

However, it was sad taking my books down from here and my website. Don't worry, they'll be back in a few months, with new covers and maybe even a friend or two. (Spirit Board is still available and The Counterfeit Bride will be released on April 1.)

In the meantime, I hope you will stop by my new website!!books/cnec 

P. S. 

Before you leave here today, if you could please hit the "follow" button (if you haven't done so already), I would greatly appreciate it. 

Sunday, March 10, 2013


If you went to the link above you had the pleasure of watching the song Hair from the musical of the same name.

My thoughts have been revolving around hair. 

My hair grows very fast and as a child my mother kept it short. I hated it short!!! Then the 60s came and I remember the girls around the Beatles all had gorgeous, long, straight hair. Well, I had straight hair, and I didn't have to iron it to get it straight. If I could keep my mother's hands and scissors away, I could even have long hair.

I had a mission! I was going to grow my hair long. And I did. It didn't take very long to grow my hair down to my waist. When I had a baby she never pulled or yanked on my hair, until I cut it. 

I began to wonder if there was something to the Samson story. Did I become stronger with the length of my hair? 

At one point my hair reached below my knees. That was a challenge. The children were constantly getting lost in my hair. Sticky fingers pulled out braids. Tear streaked faces buried in the hair, seeking comfort and getting their tears (and noses) wiped at the same time. I spent a fortune in shampoo.

I have cut my hair several times and donated the hair, but still it grows back. I like long hair. I like the way it looks. The way it feels. I like the soothing feeling of the brush gliding through my hair.

Now we come to my dilemma. I always picture my heroines with romantically long tresses, but now I am thinking my current heroine might want to have short hair for work reasons.

I have consulted with an expert in the field and she said she kept her hair long while on the job. 

Eeeek! It sounds like a petty trifle to be fretting about, but I have to get a picture of my heroine in my mind.

And now I can't get that song out of my head!!! 

Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Leprechaun

Today I launched a new website!books/cnec. Stop by and see it when you get a chance.

Anyway, the Leprechaun stopped by while I was putting it together and said that it was time to give away some green in honor of Saint Paddy's day. So I am giving away a nice fresh $10 bill, United States currency. 

So instead of using the time honored method of throwing the names in the hat and have one of the little guys pull out the winner, I am trying out rafflecopter. Please forgive me if I don't get everything right. I'm kind of a trial and error kind of girl sometimes.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Take it for a test flight and let me know how it works for you. And please pass on the news of the contest. I'm planning several for the spring and I would really like a big turn out.