It’s my turn over on the Romance Gems. This month’s topic: Life Lessons. My addition? TRUST
Until next time ~ Peg
It’s my turn over on the monthly Romance Gems blog and today I’m telling you my favorite thing about Halloween. If you know me well, you already know what it is. If you don’t, well, this is a little glimpse into my tortured soul! Hee Hee
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And as the Gems do every month, if you participate and interact with us, you can will prizes. This month you have a chance at 2:
1. from me, if you comment on my POST at the bottom of the GEMS page, and tell me the number 1 scariest movie you ever saw, you’ll be in the running for a free ecopy of my Fall themed romance FIRST IMPRESSIONS.
2. enter our rafflceopter for a chance to win Amazon gift cards!!!
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Until next time ~ Peg
Last Friday and Saturday I attended the 2019 Fall in Love New England Romance Readers and Authors conference in Nashua, NH. This was the third time I’ve attended and the first where I was a board member ( I was in charge of swag collection). Once again, I had a marvelous time interacting with the wonderful romance readers who faithfully flock to the conference, registering for it the moment the links go up on line! They are thrilled to meet their favorite authors, visit my beautiful state, and have a fun-filled weekend away.
There were so many memorable moments from this year’s conference that it would take me a week of blogging to state them all. Certain ones do stand out, though.
This year I was part of two workshops given to the readers. One was on romance tropes with NHRWA chaptermate Cheri Allan, the second was on writing humor into your stories with (again) Cheri Allan and another NHRWA writing pal, Lisa Olech.
Giving those two workshops introduced me -and my writing – to an entirely new group of readers. The payback for this? At Saturday’s booksigning the majority of readers who purchased my books told me they were so entertained by the workshops I co-presented they “had” to read my work.
That, my dear friends, is a career-defining moment.
When a typically introverted author can make such a good impression – publicly – on a group of people with their spoken words so much so that they want to read their words/stories, well, let’s just say that’s like finding a golden ticket! My heart simply sighed with pride.
From the halloween costume dinner, to the annual hotel trick-or-treating, to the fun workshops and booksigning, the weekend was a success in every way. Here are some photos: My costume was an easy one this year – I pretended I was going to my old nursing job! Hee hee
Sexy Alice in Wonderland ( Marianne Rice) needed some nursing attention!
My table for the Saturday booksigning.
All the fabulous signing authors before the sale began. Can you spot me? Here’s a hint: I’m not standing! heehee.
I need to send a special shoutout to a few people who simply touch my heart in every way, so bear with me.
To Wanda Foss Osepowicz – you are a delight to sit and chat with, and one of the loveliest people I have ever met.
Jennifer Kerfien – I am so glad I met you at the first FILNE. Your friendship and support means the world to me. Plus, you give great gifts!!!
Josee Giroux – Ditto! And I’d work with you as a health professional any day of the week. Hee Hee
Next year, FILNE 2020 will have new leadership at the helm in Suzanne Eglington. I simply can not wait for the 2020 conference!!!
Until next time ~ Peg
It’s my turn over on the ROMANCE GEMS today, and I’m talking about weddings – my own and fictional ones – and why I like the fictional ones more sometimes.
Here’s the link to the blog and while you’re there, don’t forget to enter the monthly contest for June. There are some great prizes up for the winners!
And don’t forget to preorder your copy of DIRTY DAMSELS. It releases in just 6 days ( altho you can get the print copy now!!)
Here are the links:
Since last week I’ve been aphonic. For those of you who didn’t go to nursing school like me, that means, I have no voice. Allergy season is in full force here in New England and the pollen, rain, mold, moss ratios are uber-high, so when that happens and my allergies go “Yippie!” the polyps I have on my vocal cords swell, resulting in a very quiet Jaeger household. Hubby is pretty decent at reading lips, but I’ve become a real hermit this past week because leaving the house without a voice is difficult if you need to interact with people vocally.
This isn’t the first time I’ve been aphonic. Several years ago my ENT doc put me on voice rest for 2 months because the polyps were gigantor and he wanted to give them a rest. Have you got any idea what it’s like for a girl who loves to talk not to be able to?? Torture is too tame a word.
This past week, and like with every event in my life, I started thinking about how I could use this aphonia, or some aspect of it, in my writing.
How would you help a person who can’t speak, communicate?
What tools would you give them ( if any) in order for them to go about their lives?
Would a character like this be sympathetic? ( In reality, I’m not a sympathetic character, so this one stumps me.)
What kind of love interest would be willing to become involved with someone who can never SAY Iove you?
This is where the show, don’t tell part of writing would be strong, because I would need the character to continually be in movement, trying to get their point across, because they couldn’t say what they wanted to say.
Can you see how difficult, challenging, and thought provoking an aphonic character would be to write?
Kinda like my life right now: difficult, challenging and thought provoking.
Oh, and for those people who think they will be helpful and write to me telling me I can have surgery or laser removal of my polyps, know this: it isn’t a possibility for me. I would lose my vocal chords completely due to the size and scope of the polyps, so, no. I can tolerate a few days or weeks without a voice.But the next 40-50 years. yeah, not so much. Thanks, though.
Until next time ~Peg
Oh, and don’t forget:
…over on the Romance Gems Blog. I’ve got an extra blog piece this month about how the idea for DEARLY BELOVED and the entire Match Made in Heaven came about.
Read all about it here: When fiction mimics reality
And here’s an early present from Amazon – the ebook is on sale for a limited time for just 99 cents. The sale was supposed to start tomorrow, but AMAZON jumped the gun a day early, so if you’ve been waiting to buy it, get it today! Here’s the link:
Tomorrow the sale will include iTunes and Nook, if those are your ereaders of choice.
TTFY ~ Peg
Today is my turn on the Romance Gems blog and I’m continuing my discussing of audiobooks. Click here to read along: ROMANCE GEMS
Today’s the day! The brand new ROMANCE GEMS blog goes livelivelive! Stop by and take a tour of the new site; enter the rafflecopter; find your new favorite authors – and some of your old ones, too! Join us in celebrating the huge and worthwhile endeavor as we celebrate and talk about all things romance related. After all, we are romance writers!
Here’s the link to the blog – you might want to bookmark it and follow the blog so you’ll never miss a post…just sayin’…
And watch the fabulous video Joan made to introduce the authors to the world: INTRODUCING THE AUTHORS
And last but not least, here’s the code to our fabulous rafflecopter. You gotta be in it to win it!
Starting Feb.1, 2019 I’m part of an exciting new blog with 22 other fabulous and talented writers called ROMANCE GEMS. We’ll be blogging daily about all things life, romance, and writing related for readers and writers alike. One of our uber-techsavvy writers, Joan Reeves, put together a You-Tube video introducing all of us and I’ve got tell you, I feel like a co-host of Saturday Night live! The video is GREAT!!! take a gander:
See?? FABULOUS! Here’s the link for the blog so you can make sure you’ve got it when it goes live: ROMANCE GEMS
and here are the other places you can always find me when I’m not blogging for the Gems:
and here’s the link to my TELL ME ABOUT YOUR DAMN BOOK podcast interview, just in case you missed it: TMAYDB