Friday, December 7, 2012
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Monday, November 19, 2012
That's part of what I love about being an indie author. If a book is ready to go, it's ready. No more waiting for a publisher to get their twenty books for the month out; YOU'RE the publisher. Speaking of being an indie, it's now been over a year since I released my first self-published book, GLIMMERS OF HEAVEN. Since then, I've been able to publish a paranormal, a lighthearted Christmas spy tale, a chick-lit/romance fusion, a previously published title (SEA SIREN, writing as Consuelo Vazquez) and now this Christian mainstream novel.
My next book, tentatively titled GREETINGS FROM MY SANDY DREAMS, is already in the works. This is a project I'd started some time ago (right after CHAMPAGNE TASTE, actually), but it has undergone some changes. For one thing, a male character proved to be much more interesting and important than I'd previously understood him to be, and both he and the story's heroine are in their 40s rather than in their 30s. As any writer can tell you, projects are started and stopped, then rejuvenated and reworked once authors have a better grasp of who their "people" really are.
That's something else I love about being in indie. First I have to give credit where credit is due: The truth is, most small presses are excellent to write for, much less unyielding and much more willing to be adventurous than the big guys in New York. For the past several years I've had the privilege of working with ebook publishers, all of whom have given free reign to their authors' imaginations.
As an indie, too, I've approached my work with a let's-go-somewhere-we-haven't-gone-before approach. Why would I want to write something some fresh-out-of-college marketing grad at Acme Publishing Company in Manhattan claims will sell like hotcakes? Why not write from my heart, trusting myself to do an inspirational mainstream--set in another era, no less--with not one, not two, but SIX different POVs? Or a story about a woman who picks up roots and...well, more on that later. :D
In short, this has been an exciting venture for me as an author. Am I rich? Can I leave my nine-to-five? Not right now, though GLIMMERS OF HEAVEN was a Christian bestseller, and my other books have also done well. Other indies, too, are producing things and having success with them, projects the Big Six would have totally overlooked.
So, personally, I look forward to the year ahead and books that will come from my heart, to be shared with my readers. And I promise not to take as long with the next one!
Sunday, November 4, 2012
It's been a while since my last post, and that's because I've been scribbling away at my upcoming book. More Than Sparrows, a Christian mainstream novel, is now slated for release on November 24. Just right after Thanksgiving, a plump, juicy and inspirational tale about some wonderful characters in a small town named Larkspur Valley in Pennsylvania during the early 1960s. It's a tale to keep you company while you're stopping for a latte while doing your Christmas shopping or grabbing that much-needed island of time to yourself after a busy day!
So mark that date on your calendar--November 24!
Monday, September 3, 2012
Sunday, September 2, 2012
Monday, August 20, 2012
One thing: I need to learn to pace myself. It's hard because riding a bike, even for adults, is great fun, but I'm not 17 anymore. Regardless, it made for an excellent way to speed up my heartbeat!
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Friday, June 8, 2012
How the publishing world continues to evolve! This week came the news that Amazon purchased 62-year-old publishing house Avalon Books. Avalon published hard cover sweet romances and mysteries, mostly to libraries. Here's a link to an article in Forbes regarding Amazon's purchase of over 3,000 Avalon titles. That's interesting news to those of us authors whose works are numbered among those 3,000-plus works!
Thursday, May 31, 2012
And now for the first time in ebook form, one of my earlier titles (written under my other pen name, Consuelo Vazquez) is now available! This baby was originally published by Kensington in 2000 for their Encanto line. So if you read it just about 12 years ago and would like to capture it for your Kindle, or if you've never read it and want to spice your life up with the still-red-hot Latin lover in this updated tale, then head on over to Amazon and make it yours today!
Tino Suarez never believed in mermaids—that is, until he found himself up close and personal with one of those temptingly sexy, fish-tailed ladies of the sea. Even more amazing is that this fateful meeting has taken place on dry land, right there in the little Long Island fishing village the brooding sea captain calls home.
But if she truly is a mermaid, then this beautiful and saucy Latin siren is posing as a flesh-and-blood woman. Kiki Figueroa, co-owner of the new Puerto Rican restaurant in town, still believes in love, though she’s gone through a painful marriage that ended in divorce. She also believes there’s a passionate fire inside that seagoing Spaniard and that he’s the catch of a lifetime for any woman, human or mythical. The problem? Captain Suarez has also been deeply disappointed by love. So it’s going to take a legend as old as the sea to make him believe once again.
Originally published in 2000 by Kensington Publishing.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Sunday, April 8, 2012
Never say never! :D
Sunday, April 1, 2012
You can find it for your Kindle on Amazon or get on Smashwords. This chick lit/contemporary romantic comedy fusion, set in Greenville, South Carolina is my latest indie title. So get 'em while they're hot!
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Secondly, I'm about a heartbeat away from finishing the first draft of CHAMPAGNE TASTE. Right now, the tentative date for my new book's release will be April 7. It will be available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords. CHAMPAGNE TASTE, which began its life as a chick lit, is more of a chick lit-slash-contemporary-romance fusion. Whatever that is. You'll have to wait till April 7 to find out. LOL!
In the meantime, enjoy this beautiful time when the earth becomes young again!
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Yesterday, my best friend texted me with this heartbreaking message: My daydream believer will be singing in heaven now. Poor Davy Jones. I was doing fine until I was turning my car into home and I heard beloved radio DJ Cousin Brucie, who'd been talking to Davy's fans on Sirius, play "It's Nice To Be With You." That was when I broke down and cried.
They just don't make boy bands like they used to anymore. And they don't make teen idols like they used to, either. Someone on Cousin Brucie's show described Davy Jones as having that "boy-next-door" quality--and she's absolutely right. Even though my favorite Monkee was Mike Nesmith (the tall Texan with the wool hat), you had to love the funny, talented young guy with the impossibly gorgeous brown eyes and the English accent, who proved that good things really DID come in small packages. If you're too young to remember the Monkees, then make sure to catch them on YouTube or whenever the reruns of their show is on again.
My heart goes out to the family, friends and fans of this beautiful British gentleman who was to me, like to a lot of little girls in the 1960s, a sweet and gentle part of that era and my childhood. Thank you for memories, Davy!
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Here is my Friday Night Guilty Pleasure. After a whole week of working at my day job, I head over to the closest McDonald's for this heavenly treat. I'm sure it's got its calories and fat, but why else would it earn the title of "Guilty Pleasure?" If you've never had one, a small will cost you less than $3, and even people who don't like coffee have reported falling under its frosty, oooh-la-la! spell. Mocha or caramel, and my fave is the caramel. I've found it makes Fridays just a bit more delicious than they already are.
Sunday, February 5, 2012
This has been a mild winter, it seems, for the whole country. Ah, our home state of North Carolina is no exception. Still, it's been cool enough that it's kept us close to home, so I've been working on my newest WIP, CHAMPAGNE TASTE. More info to follow, but my release for spring of 2012 will be a sweet romance with a touch of fun chick lit. And I hope to have a short romantic story out to tide readers over before its release!
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Goodson’s Furniture Store had been abandoned for years. It had stood there, dark and decaying, beside an old cemetery, for decades. The former owners left in a hurry, though no one’s ever been quite sure as to why. Callie Drennan, a local young woman, often went there to hide as a troubled young girl, to find solace from her painful life. One day, she follows her dog inside and makes an amazing, and yet terrifying, discovery: The freight elevator is a portal leading to another dimension. All it takes is one heart-pounding ride, and she’s instantly transported to a Galveston Beach in 1967. That’s where she meets rancher Dale Anderson, a man who makes her believe that love really does exist. But is she really ready for her life to change forever? And will it take all of her courage to travel back to that other dimension…or to sacrifice her own chance for happiness for the sake of the one she loves?
As you can probably tell from the description above, Dimension is a paranormal romance that is a lot different from my last two releases, Glimmers of Heaven and 'Twas the Spy Before Christmas.
Just as a little background, Dimension actually started out life as a Young Adult paranormal novel. As a matter of fact, it was written right after Suburban Vampires, but it was never completed. Written early in my career, it didn't make the rounds as much as some of my other work, and only found its way to about three editors' desks. It was rejected by all three, and after that I switched gears as well as genres. I began writing both short stories for women's magazines and romance novels. Dimension became one of those projects that a writer looks back wistfully on, always wondering if it would have found its way into the hands of readers.
My niece, Shannon, was a true advocate of this little story. Over the years she would always ask me, "Did you ever finish DIMENSION?" I'm grateful to her for keeping the memory of this little book alive. And now I can say that, yes, DIMENSION IS finished! However, I've completely rewritten it, and it's gone through a complete metamorphosis. The original heroine was a troubled 15-year-old with a learning disorder; the new heroine is a troubled 23-year-old young woman whose life, either as a child and as an adult, has not been easy. Interestingly, the finished product is about the length of a YA novel. Due to adult subject matters within the story, please note that DIMENSION is NOT a YA, but rather aimed at a mature audience.
I do want to add that the story doesn't follow the standard "rules" of romance. It is told in the first person from Callie's point of view, which also stayed true to the style of the original version.
So if you're in the mood for something a bit different, a suspenseful tale that is an excursion into speculative fiction and a love story to boot, then DIMENSION is coming your way this week!
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
And before I get into this entry, I want to thank all my readers for their support. I appreciate you all and I wish you a happy, safe, prosperous and blessed New Year, one that brings adventure and lots of love.
Speaking of love (and of course, romance!), I'm considering writing a sequel to 'TWAS THE SPY BEFORE CHRISTMAS as a possible upcoming book for 2012. How does 'TWAS THE SPY BEFORE VALENTINE'S DAY sound? LOL! To be honest, I couldn't do the story justice in that limited amount of time. Especially since I've got a couple of other projects in the works, not the least of which is the soon-to-be-published DIMENSION. In the works is also another inspirational romance, tentatively titled TIME AFTER TIME, and I'd also like to offer a romantic short story, just a "little literary snack," as someone online called it.
Recently, GLIMMERS OF HEAVEN hit the Amazon Bestsellers List for Christian Romance. That came as a great surprise and a blessing to me. I felt very honored to see it among readers' other choices. I don't know if that will happen again, but it sure was fun! And I hope the book touched the hearts of those who read it and its future readers, too.
Check back later this week--hopefully--for more news on DIMENSION. Once again, I wish you a Happy New Year!