#goodreadsGiveaway #horror #shortstories

Hey kids- just wanted to let you know that I’ve got a GOODREADS GIVEAWAY going on for my upcoming short story collection DEATH BETWEEN THE PAGES.

I’m giving away 50 KINDLE copies of the book.

You can enter the giveaway here: GOODREADS GIVEAWAY

and don’t forget to go to the book listing and mark it as WANT TO READ.

thanks, oodles, and good luck!

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#firstlinefriday 1.17.2023

From my 4th book in the MacQuire Women Series THE VOICES OF ANGELS. So I’m back to action sentences for starters, LOL! This sentence has A LOT of action, too!

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Something new in #Kindlevella MAGIC’S CHARM #fantasyromance #magic

So, it’s been a minute since I had a new story uploaded to my Kindle Vella account. I’m starting a new one today and it’s a bit of a departure for me – like all my other Vella stories have been, LOL!

MAGIC’S CHARM is a modern-day story about a master magician who is so much more than she seems on stage. She’s riddled with secrets – secrets she’ll do anything to keep from becoming public.

Unfortunately, writer Rhys McDowell wants to unearth those secrets. Chapters 1-3 in Vella are always free to read, so if you have an account, I hope you take advantage of this new story. I’ll be uploading new episodes every Monday and Thursday, as I write the story.

And remember – if you are a Kindle Unlimited subscriber, you get 200 free tokens to “spend” any way you want in Vella. That’s a great incentive to read the stories on the platform.

This should be fun….I’m hoping!

Happy reading, kids.

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#wednesdaywisdom

Truth!

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#mugmonday 1.23.2023

This mug is almost 40 years od!!! Egads…it still works, tho!

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#firstlinefriday 1.20.2023 FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Book 3 in the MacQuire Women’s Series, FIRST IMPRESSIONS, give us today’s first line Friday.

“Dr. Rogers, the dog-bite patient from the veterinary clinic is here.”

As you can see, with this book I learned to change up from strict exposition to a line of dialogue that puts you right in the thick of the story, LOL!

Hopefully, after reading that line, readers want to know who Dr. Rogers is and who was bitten by a dog.

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#RWA TRADITIONAL AUTHOR WEEKEND #writers #romancewriters

I am so honored to announce that I will be a panelist in two of this upcoming weekend’s RWA event, TRADITIONAL AUTHOR WEEKEND.

Are you a writer? Newbie, or trying to get published? An indie author who is looking for something different? Or a writer who wants to take their career to the next level?

No matter where you are in your writing career, this wonderful weekend of workshops and panels will educate you on all the aspects of pursuing a traditional publishing career – and yes, you still can get signed by a traditional publishing house, even in this explosion of Indie/self-pubbed times.

Unlock the door to the world of traditional publishing and set yourself up for success!

Get the tools you need to successfully traditionally publish a romance novel. This one-of-a-kind, two-day virtual mini-conference is dedicated to romance writers unfamiliar with, interested in, or need help navigating the path of traditional publishing.

Important Information

When: Saturday, January 21, 2023 – Sunday, January 22, 2023
Where: Zoom; log in via your computer or smart device
Registration: $299, RWA Members; $349, Non-RWA Members

Registration is now open! Registration closes January 20, 2023, or when spots are gone.

All registered attendees will have access to the recordings for a period of six months.

Register here: TAW

Featured Speakers

Priscilla Oliveras, author, keynote
Sonali Dev, author
Leticia Gomez, editorial director, Dafina (Kensington Books)
Candace Havens, author
Athena W. Hernandez, author
Peggy Jaeger, author
Michelle Klayman, Boroughs Publishing Group
Thien-Kim Lam, author
LaQuette, author
La Sheera Lee, agent, SBR Media
Mia P. Manansala, author and book coach
Jode Millman, author and IP attorney
Ella Quinn, author
A.M. Roark, author
Reese Ryan, author
Naima Simone, author
Leslie Truex, agent, Blue Ridge Agency
More to come!

Featured Speakers

Priscilla Oliveras, author, keynote
Sonali Dev, author
Leticia Gomez, editorial director, Dafina (Kensington Books)
Candace Havens, author
Athena W. Hernandez, author
Peggy Jaeger, author
Michelle Klayman, Boroughs Publishing Group
Thien-Kim Lam, author
LaQuette, author
La Sheera Lee, agent, SBR Media
Mia P. Manansala, author and book coach
Jode Millman, author and IP attorney
Ella Quinn, author
A.M. Roark, author
Reese Ryan, author
Naima Simone, author
Leslie Truex, agent, Blue Ridge Agency
More to come!

Schedule

All times are listed in Central Time.

Registration for Traditional Author Weekend is required to attend the sessions below, unless otherwise noted. 

Saturday, January 21
Time Event
9:00 – 9:10 a.m.Welcome from RWA President Clair Brett
9:15 – 9:30 a.m.Keynote with Priscilla Oliveras
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.Understanding Publishing Lines: Write a Manuscript that Fits
Panelists: Leticia Gomez (Kensington Publishing), Candace Havens, La Sheera Lee (SBR Media), and Morena Stamm (The Wild Rose Press)
10:45 – 11:45 a.m.Do the Research: Agents’ and Editors’ Wish List and Submission Guidelines
Panelists: Michelle Klayman (Boroughs Publishing) and Leslie Truex (Blue Ridge Agency)
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.Writing a Query Letter and Synopsis: Preparing the Submission Material
Presenter: Candace Havens
1:15 – 2:15 p.m.The Best Pitches
Presenter: Leticia Gomez (Kensington Publishing)
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.From Contract to Bookshelf
Panelists: Peggy Jaeger and LaQuette
3:45 – 5:15 p.m.After Hours Fun
Host: A.M. Roark
  
Sunday, January 22
Time Event
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.Copyrights and Contracts
Presenter: Jode Millman
10:15 – 11:15 a.m.How Many Nos Before I Got a Yes
Panelists: Sonali Dev, P
eggy Jaeger, Thien-Kim Lam, Mia P. Manansala, Ella Quinn, Reese Ryan, & Naima Simone
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Public Relations and Marketing for Traditional Authors
Presenter: Athena Hernandez
12:45 – 1:00 p.m.Closing Remarks

I hope to see you there!!! This really will be a great weekend of learning, networking, and focusing in on your career!

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#wednesdayWisdom 1.18.2023

Think about it…

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#MugMonday 1.16.2023

Words I live by…

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A visit with #Author RACHEL BRIMBLE #twrp #Victorianhistoricalromance

I’ve said this so many times and I love saying it again and again: I LOVELOVELOVE when one of my Wild Rose Press sistahs comes for a visit, especially when they tell me about one of their new books. Today I have sistah RACHEL BRIMBLE here for the very first time. YAY! She was kind enough to answer all my interview questions then give me a little peek into her newest WRP book VICTORIA AND VIOLET (THE ROYAL MAIDS BOOK 1) available now.

Victoria…the floor is yours!

Rachel, the Author:

  1. What drives you to write?

Because I love it so much! I have wanted to write since I was very young and once I started writing toward publication in 2015, it became a huge part of my life. These days, if I go more than three days without writing, I become a very difficult person to live with, haha! It’s a compulsion…

  1. What genre(s) of Romance do your write, and why?

I have been concentrating on historical romance for the last four years or so, but I also have contemporary romance and romantic suspense novels published with Harlequin and the Wild Rose Press. Writing historical romance gives me a wonderful outlet for my history obsession and an excuse to read lots and lots of non-fiction books and watching numerous documentaries! However, I definitely write romance because I love LOVE!

  1. What genre(s) of Romance do you read, and why?

I read historical, contemporary, and romantic suspense – I think if I had to choose one as a favorite, I would have to say historical 😊

  1. What’s your writing schedule? Do you write every day?

I am lucky enough to be able to write full-time so I tend to write from 8.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday with a lunch break and dog walk in between as well as a couple of hours on Saturday. I try to take Sunday off completely!

  1. Give us a glimpse of the surroundings where you write. Separate room? In the kitchen? At the dining room table?

I started on the kitchen table, but for the last four years, I have written from my home office which is the spare bedroom of my house. This room is my haven and I appreciate the space so much. I have a beautiful white desk with my planning boards in front of me, a window looking out onto our back garden and two walls with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves containing research books and novels.

  1. Are you the kind of writer who needs total quiet to compose, or are you able to filter out the typical sounds of the day and use your tunnel vision?

I need total quiet to write but can edit and do my admin and/or social media content work with background noise. I need the silence to actually create.

7. Do you listen to music while you write, and if so, what kind? If not, why not?

No – I have just never felt the need. Lots of my writer friends have playlists for their different books, but it has never been a thing for me.

  1. How did you come up with the plotline/idea for your current WIP?

My current work in progress is the second book in my Royal Maids series and is set in the court of the Prince and Princess of Wales who go on to become King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra. The idea for the plotline came to me when I read about Alexandra’s love of clothes and how she had been admired for her looks and style in the early 20th century the same way Princess Diana was admired in the late 20th century.

  1. Which comes first for you – character or plot? And why?

It’s usually plot – I am often inspired by a historical building or a period drama I have seen on TV that I would have written differently. A plot will slowly form in my mind and then I have to wait for the characters to come forward and claim their spots in the book! I really enjoy getting to know my characters, but it isn’t until about a third way, or even halfway, through the first draft that I feel I know them well.

  1. What 3 words describe you, the writer?

Hardworking, passionate, ambitious (Peggy here: I LOVELOVLOVE those descriptions!!!)

Rachel, The Person:

  1. Tell us one unusual thing about yourself – not related to writing!

I have naturally curly hair and have not had my hair professionally cut since my wedding day in 1998 – my daughters or husband give it a quick trim whenever needed!

  1. Who was your first love and what age were you?

Apart from childhood crushes, I would have to say my husband! We started dating when we were 18 😊

  1. If you could relive one day, which one would it be? Think GROUNDHOG DAY, the movie for this one – you’ll have to live it over and over and….

Ooh, I have been blessed with many fabulous days in my life, but one that I will never forget and treasure forever was when my husband surprised me with a flight to Ireland and a two-night stay at Ashford Castle where romance writer Nora Roberts was hosting an afternoon tea and book signing.

I ADORE her books and it was a dream come true to talk to her and have her say hello again to me in the evening at the castle where she was staying, too.

  1. What’s one thing you love about your significant other?

His generosity – he is such a generous person in every way and would help anyone who needed it. He has a very good heart.

  1. If you had to give up one necessary-can’t-live-without-it item, what would it be?

My laptop, of course! 😊

  1. What three words describe you, the person?

Funny (I hope!), kind, conscientious (AWWW!)

  1. If you could sing a song with Jimmy Fallon, what would it be?

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

  1. If you could hang out with any literary character from any book penned at any timeline, who would it be, why, and what would you do together?

The Artful Dodger from Oliver Twist – he would take me around all the dark, seedier places of Victorian London and teach me the art of survival. I love his character so much. He has always been an example of resilience to me rather than a petty criminal!

Bonus round

I love the Actor’s Studio show on Bravo, so this is my version of it:

  1. Favorite sound : A running bath!
  2. Least favorite sound: My children crying
  3. Best song ever written :I Have Nothing (Whitney Houston)
  4. Worst song ever written: Mr Blobby by Mr Blobby
  5. Favorite actor and actress:  Tom Hanks
  6. Who would you want to be for 1 day and why? ( It can be anyone living or dead)  Oprah Winfrey – I follow her on Instagram and her ranch looks amazing. I’d love to sit on her porch for breakfast and then contemplate my day/friends/family etc and then choose which famous person I’m going to call up to come over for dinner…
  7. What turns you on? Books!
  8. What turns you off? Housework…
  9. Give me the worst 5 words ever heard on a first date ( here’s mine: “Is that your real hair?”)

Can I have 6? “How much do you love football?” hahah – yes, you can!!!!

  1. What’s your version of a perfect day?

Writing in the morning, a long dog walk in the English countryside followed by dinner in an old pub, preferably Tudor.

It should be a dream come true to serve the Queen of England…

When Violet Parker is told she will be Queen Victoria’s personal housemaid, she cannot believe her good fortune. She finally has the chance to escape her overbearing mother, a servant to the Duchess of Kent.

Violet hopes to explore who she is and what the world has to offer without her mother’s schemes overshadowing her every thought and action.

Then she meets James Greene, assistant to the queen’s chief political adviser, Lord Melbourne. From entirely different backgrounds and social class, Violet and James should have neither need nor desire to speak to one another, yet through their service, their paths cross and their lives merge—as do their feelings.

Only Victoria’s court is not always the place for romance, but rather secrets, scandals, and conspiracies…

BUY: https://geni.us/u0GmS5

Rachel lives in a small town near Bath, England. She is the author of 29 novels including the Ladies of Carson Street trilogy, the Shop Girl series (Aria Fiction) and the Templeton Cove Stories (Harlequin). Her latest novel, Victoria & Violet is the first book in her new Royal Maids series with the Wild Rose Press and released 17th October 2022.

Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association as well as the Historical Novel Society and has thousands of social media followers all over the world.

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Peggy here – I can’t thank you, Rachel, enough for coming to visit me today. I loved your interview and I’ve got my own pic of me with Nora, as well!!!! It was a top 5 day in my life when I met her and got to speak with her privately!!!! Good luck with Victoria and Violet – it sounds fabulous!!!)

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