Monday, January 20, 2014
Friday, January 3, 2014
I've just joined a book group at Good Reads. It's for book addicts, so I am a qualified member. I'll be posting some books I've read and hope to read and a review or two as well as my own writings. Join me anyone?
Monday, December 30, 2013
I have a nice post-Christmas present for you. From January 21 - 25 you can download my cozy mystery/Southern Gothic A RED,RED ROSE on your Kindle FREE of charge. Here's the link:
Friday, November 22, 2013
Though the novel has not changed since being republished, the cover has. Tell me what you think! And...(drumroll) I have just completed writing the sequel to A RED,
RED ROSE. Flow Gently, Sweet Ashby takes place 5 years later. Many of the same characters reappear and lots of new ones, as well. MUCH Civil War history in the sequel! So, dear readers, please order the new e-book NOW! Print Copy of A RED, RED ROSE coming March 14, 2014.
Friday, November 15, 2013
This exclusive publication lasts for 3 months. A RED, RED ROSE may be downloaded on your Kindle FREE from January 21 - 25, 2014.
The worldwide release date for the print version of my cozy mystery/Southern Gothic set in SW Virginia is March 14, 2014.
If you haven't read A RED, RED ROSE yet, please fire up your Kindles (yes, a pun) and order the digital copy--then give me a heart-felt review on Amazon if you are so moved.
If you like my story, you'll be happy to know I have finished the sequel and am polishing it to submit for publication. FLOW GENTLY, SWEET ASHBY takes place five years later--same setting, same characters, new ghost(s).
I love my readers and appreciate your support!
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Thank goodness Lisa offered us some lifelines. She rounded up some publishers who agreed to give our books priority. While re-publishing required a query letter, synopsis and some editing, I feel extremely lucky to have landed a contract with The Wild Rose Press, an excellent five-year-old New York Indie company with some 800 authors.
When I submitted my ms. to TWRP, I said, "I don't know if you'll like my novel, but it certainly fits in with your name." As it turns out, A RED, RED ROSE will be published under their "Crimson Line" (suspense)!
A RED, RED ROSE, a Southern Gothic/cozy mystery, is in production for re-publishing as we speak, and I should receive notification any day that it will go to Kindle Select for 90 days. Some time during that period the novel will be offered free for 5 days.
I am delighted to share with you my NEW cover. I think it's eye-catching, to say the least and very gothic, for sure. I'd love to hear your opinions.
Also, for those who read A RED, RED ROSE and clamored for a sequel, I have finished the draft of FLOW GENTLY, SWEET ASHBY. My editor at TWRP says she'll give it a look whenever I am ready.
Finally, I am readying EAGLEBAIT, my YA book about school bullies,
As you can see, I have been busy. Ultimately, I feel the tragedy of a folding publisher and the effort to obtain a new one will result in better promotion for my writing.
I will share all three publication dates as soon as I know!
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Speaking at the VAPARAQUEST in Lynchburg this past weekend was an experience to be remembered. Also on the program were a witch, a hypnotist, several groups that use electronics to locate spirits, another writer who speaks frequently to her deceased son, and a host of other paranormal experts. I felt like the new kid on the block with my paranormal fiction A RED, RED ROSE since I made up my spirit as I went along...or so I thought!
Second-guessing myself, I began to wonder how, never having experienced a spirit presence, I managed to create a "family ghost" that exactly fits the official definition of just that--a family ghost. Was my 6th sense actually engaged and I just didn't know it?
One thing is for sure: There are a whole lot of folks out there who have experienced the paranormal and I, for one, believe their stories.
These guys also have a wicked sense of humor. One of the participants left what appeared to be a very dead body in the bed of his or her room at the Holiday Inn where Paraquest was held. The hotel staff was certainly impressed by the pillows under the sheets shaped like a body. "It" even had a belt around its waist.
We were also treated to a hilarious mystery play where we were to guess who-done-it. One clever observer wrote: "Colonel Mustard, with the candlestick, in the library."
Anyway, I had a blast and I hope to attend more of these weirder than weird conferences. I learned a lot!
On a more sober note, I am pleased to report that A RED, RED ROSE has been nominated for a Library of Virginia Literary Award (fiction category). What an honor!
I'm looking forward to presenting ROSE at several Lake book clubs this summer--certainly my idea of fun.