Can’t believe it’s early May and the RWA conference in New York is just 7 weeks away! The annual conference is usually late July and I’m excited that I’ll soon be meeting up with so many of my author friends, but a little overwhelmed by all I have to do first!
She’s Gone Country continues to earn kudos which is very gratifying as I loved this story! I learned this past week that She’s Gone Country is a finalist for the National Readers’ Choice Awards sponsored by Oklahoma Romance Writers of America in the Mainstream category! That’s the third big regional contest She’s Gone Country has placed in, and this time it’s all thanks to the readers for voting for it, so–thank you!!! If you’re interested in who else placed in the Mainstream category, heck out all the finalists here.
Over at Facebook I’ve been running a contest that ends tomorrow on Thursday. If you want a chance to win a signed copy of She’s Gone Country, a Jane Porter water bottle and more, “Like Me” on my author page and make a comment.
I am so so so grateful to you who read me, and recommend me, and post reviews when you can. If you find an author you love (two of my favorite authors have new books out this week…Wendy Wax and Beth Kendrick…so excited for them and have ordered both from Amazon) do talk your fav author up, and share the love because so many of us published authors are only here because you buy us and like us. I wouldn’t have a career if it weren’t for you, and I really fight to write the stories you want versus what “marketing” somewhere in New York thinks you need. I’m passionate about stories with heart and hope, stories you can relate to, and maybe its not the cool thing, or maybe some industry insiders can dismiss it as chick lit or fluff, but its what I believe in and its what I want to do.
Change is coming for me and my women’s fiction trade books. I’ve been waiting a long time for decisions to be made regarding my new trilogy about The Brennan Sisters and it seems like things are breaking loose. Change is always scary but and hopefully everything will soon fall into place and I’ll have good news to share.
Mother’s Day is just days from now and I’ve got a special Mother’s Day package for one lucky reader. It’s a terrific prize–completely indulgent–and I’ll draw the winner’s name Saturday night and announce on Sunday, Mother’s Day. How to enter? Tell me five things that make you happy…and it can’t be a person!!
My five things? 1) A vase of fresh flowers in my kitchen, 2) Ooba’s guac and chips (or any great chunky guacamole!), 3) Being lost in a great novel, 4) Watching my fav TV shows like Glee, American Idol, or The Voice with my kids, 5) My super comfy beat up Lucky jeans, 6) Going to a musical, 7) Mango bodywash, 8) a super crunchy sweet apple, 9) my first cup of coffee in the morning, 10) the smell of my clothes when they come out of the dryer, 11) just sitting in the sun soaking it up on a pretty day, 12) the bench press! 13) a red t-shirt
Okay, that’s more than 5 but that’s the whole point…there are so many things that make me happy…little things, inexpensive things, things that just feel good. So share and hopefully you’ll win!