Debi Little. Debi, email me @ firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize.
Debi Little. Debi, email me @ email@example.com to claim your prize.
New author KC Klein’s book, Hustin’ Texas comes out today and I had the good fortune to get an early read and to interview KC..
Lori: What do you like most about being a writer?
KC: My office is close to the bathroom, I get to work in yoga pants and leopard print slippers, and that I am finally living the dream I never thought possible.
Lori: What is your favorite scene in the book?
KC: The handcuff scene. I don’t want to go into details, but the scene swings from really intense to (I hope) pretty funny. I love when books bring you through the whole range of emotions.
Lori: Tell me a little something special about your hero (or heroine.)
KC: Nikki Logan is a pool player. Actually, she is a pool hustler. There was a quote I read that said something like “A good pool player is a sure sign of a misspent youth.” That fit Nikki perfectly. She is smart-mouthed, rebellious, and has a tendency to get into trouble which makes her the perfect match for Jett, the hero, who seemed to be born to clean up after the Logans. (Of course, he resists every step of the way, but that’s half the fun.)
It’s such a fun book. I really enjoyed it! Thanks for stopping by.
To help KC celebrate her release, I’m giving away a $10 gift card to Amazon or B&N, winners choice. Just leave a comment and I’ll put you in the drawing. Winner will be draw on Monday, Dec. 9th.
To celebrate a return to Twilight, Texas for Christmas, in my latest release The Christmas Cookie Collection…
I’m giving away a Kindle Fire HD 7″ and a $100 gift card to Amazon through Fresh Fiction. Enter for a chance to win here http://freshfiction.com/contest.php?id=6003
Welcome Hebby Roman to my blog. Her latest book, The Princess and The Templar, is out today.
Lori: Congratulations on having a new book out. You stopped writing for a while. What made you decide to pick up the pen again?
Hebby: Author friends and colleagues encouraged me to pursue e-publishing because there’s more freedom to write what you love for e-publishers than with traditional print houses. I knew that my medieval, The Princess and the Templar, which was a departure from my earlier historicals, was different enough that I wanted to try my hand at submitting it to e-publishers. I was very happy when The Wild Rose Press wanted to publish it.
Lori: Your books usually feature Latino characters. What about that culture fascinates you?
Hebby: It may be more of a matter of background, along with a dose of fascination that compels me to write Latino characters. I was raised on the Tex-Mex border and have studied Mexican culture and history. Also, my husband is Puerto Rican, and I first became fascinated by his culture and history because it’s been so overshadowed by Cuban history and yet the two islands’ histories are so different. Then, of course, there’s the obvious reason: I think Latino men are way cool and sexy. I’m still infatuated with Antonio Banderas, even though he’s an older gentleman now. LOL In The Princess and theTemplar, I have a true meeting of cultures with an Irish princess falling in love with a Spanish Templar knight.
Lori: You’ve written both historical romances and contemporaries. Which is your favorite and why?
Hebby: Unfair question, unfair question!!! Hah, my favorite is the current book out now, so, of course, it must be historicals, right?
Lori: I heard you have a new love in your life. Do you want to tell us about him?
Hebby: Yes, the new love of my life is Max, a maltipoo. His mother was a black poodle and his father was a white maltese. He’s white and cream colored and has the sweetest little personality. He’s tiny, too, at about seven pounds. From the time I first saw him when he was 4 weeks old, he was so sweet and outgoing, licking me and wanting to play. He’s still that way, a lot of fun, a real mischievous imp with a great personality. He’s curled up at my feet while I write this.
Lori: Tell us what’s up next for Hebby Roman?
Hebby: Can I say that I’m not certain? On the one hand, I’d like to see a couple of manuscripts that have older couples featured published. On the other hand, I’m hooked on medieval history and have already started researching the sequel to The Princess and the Templar, which will feature Loghan, the stable lad during a shrouded but important time in Irish history when Edward the Bruce (Robert’s brother) invaded Ireland to try and take it away from the Normans and foster a Celtic union.
You can visit Hebby on the web @ http://www.hebbyroman.com/
I’m giving away three kindle copies of Hebby’s book. If you’d like to be entered in the drawing, just leave a comment. I’ll draw names on Friday. Nov. 29th.
Today, I’m remembering my father-in-law who was a Pearl Harbor survivor. He was only twenty years old on Dec. 7, 1941 and he was a PBY mechanic living in the barracks on Ford Island.
His love for motorcycles saved his life. His prize possession was a 1940 Harley Davidson knucklehead. On his days off, he and his friends would race their bikes through the pineapple fields. Several of them went together and rented a small room near the pineapple field where they had permission to ride so they didn’t have to drive back to the base after they did night runs. That’s where he was when Pearl Harbor was attacked. If he hadn’t been there, he would have been in the barracks.
He rarely talked about that day and when he did, he focused on the events that lead him back to the base but couldn’t bring himself to go into detail about what they found once they reached Pearl Harbor. He didn’t want people calling him a Pearl Harbor survivor because he wasn’t on base when the attack occurred and he felt calling himself a survivor detracted from the men who lost their lives. But he really was a survivor. He was sent to Midway Island–the day after the battle of Midway. Guess he was just destined to be my father-in-law even though his first son wasn’t born until he was 40. His last when he was 50.
My father-in-law was one of those happy-go-lucky guys that everyone loved. He was humble, kind, generous and honorable. I remember the first time I met my husband’s parents. They were so warm and welcoming. Later, my mother-in-law told me, “It was like we were just waiting for you to walk through the door.” And my husband revealed his dad had pulled him aside that day and whispered in an admiring tone, “Where did you find her?”
We lost Pop four years ago at the age of 88. He lived a full life, had three wonderful sons and he’s still deeply missed. Who are you remembering this Veteran’s Day?
Upcoming blog tour for The Christmas Cookie Collection and it’s all about cookie recipes! Mine, my friends, other authors. Join me. Love to see you there.
Oct 28th- Reviews Unleashed- Review
(Stop 2) 3 Partners in Shopping- Promo
Oct 29th- Booklover Sue- Recipe
Oct 30th- A Tasty Read Book Reviews- Review/Recipe
Oct 31st- A Chick Who Reads- Review/Recipe
Nov 1st- Escaping Reality One Book at a Time- Review
Nov 4th- The Revolving Bookcase- Review/Recipe
Nov 5th- Renee Entress’s Blog- Review
Nov 6th- Read Your Writes Reviews- Recipe
Nov 7th- I am, Indeed- Review/Recipe
Nov 8th- I am A Book Addict…and Proud of it- Review/Recipe
Nov 11th- Truly Simply Pink- Recipe
(Stop 2) Romancing Rakes for the Love of Romance- Promo
(Stop 3) Once Upon a Book- Review
Nov 12th- Bitten by Love Reviews- Promo
(Stop 2) Crossroad Readers- Review
Nov 13th- Racing to Read- Review
Nov 14th- Crystal Blogs Books- Review
Nov 15th- Romancing the Readers- Review
Zoe Dawson’s latest book in her Going to the Dogs series, COLLARED is now on sale.
I”m loving this cover and I adore this series. If you order a copy between Oct. 22 and Oct. 24th, I’ll gift you with a copy of my upcoming release THE CHRISTMAS COOKIE COLLECTION. To claim your prize, just email me @firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me you ordered Zoe’s book. Also, let me know if you want a print or digital copy of THE CHRISTMAS COOKIE COLLECTION.
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Hey guys, there’s still a few openings left on my review crew. In exchange for an honest review on either Barnes and Noble, Goodreads and/or Amazon, I will send you a free copy of my latest book whenever it’s released. (Periodically, there will also be prizes and giveaways to crew members.) The catch? I want true fans, not someone just looking for free books and you’ll be required to post your review within three weeks of the release date. If you can meet these guidelines, I’d love to have you on the review crew. The Christmas Cookie Collection will be released on Oct. 29th, so if you’d like to be considered for the review crew, please shoot an email to: email@example.com and my assistant will process your application. If you can’t commit now, but would like to be considered at a later day, just let me know.
Just got back from a research trip to the Albuquerque Balloon Festival.
It was awesome! For all you Breaking Bad fans, we arrived on the day they printed Walt White’s obit in the paper, so we got a cool souvenir. I was privileged to hang out with amazing writer, Gabi Stevens. I always love hanging with Gabi. We went to see the Titanic exhibit and had great Mexican food in the outdoor garden of a popular restaurant in Old Albuquerque. Then Gabi took me to The Candy Lady where I bought some of the blue meth rock candy made famous from Breaking Bad. Great fun.
While this was a trip to research ballooning for an upcoming book, the Albuquerque Balloon Festival has long been on my bucket list. The event surpassed my expectations. If you’re ever in New Mexico in early October you’ve gotta go.
For the release of my next book, The Christmas Cookie Collection (Oct. 29th)….
I return to Twilight, Texas. This books is a compilation of three novellas, The Christmas Cookie Chronicles: Carrie, Raylene and Christine, that previously were only available in ebook format. There’s a bonus short story called Grace, about the birth of Jesse and Flynn’s baby. If you’ve already read the first three books on your ereader, you’ll be able to buy Grace as a stand alone story in ebook format on Dec. 23.
To celebrate, I’m giving away a subscription to a gourmet cookie of the month club. 12 cookies, 12 times a year, featuring such delicious cookies as snickerdoodles, chocolate chip, oatmeal raison, lemon coconut and lots more. The contest is being held through Fresh Fiction. So come on over to Fresh Fiction http://freshfiction.com/contests.php and enter to win your sweet treat. Contest runs through the end of October.
If you live near Houston, I’m going to be speaking at the Montgomery County Book Festival on Nov. 16th, along with my dear friend, Christie Craig (aka CC Hunter) and Miranda James. There’s also editors and small press/self-published authors as well. There will be free books. Come see us! Here’s a link to the info.
I want to thank everyone who responded to my call for research help. You guys are so creative! It was difficult to chose which scenarios best fit with my story. In the end, I decided to go with the hero putting the little girl in the kitchen sink to hose her off after she gets sticky/dirty. Two of you suggested that. So the $10 gift card winners are…Kathleen O and Linda Johnston. Please email me @ firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize.
I need help with my current WIP. My hero finds himself caring for his three year old niece. I need examples of things a man might do differently from a woman. For example, he puts a leash on the kid so she won’t get away from him in crowds. Or he let’s her eat ice cream straight from the carton so it doesn’t dirty a dish. Something that a woman might be alarmed at, but that really is just masculine, out-of-the-nurturing-box approach to child care and not only harmless, but might even be a better way. If I use your idea, I’ll gift you with a $10 gift card to B&N or Amazon, your choice. If it helps, the hero is a war vet struggling to integrate back into society and it’s Christmas time in Twilight. Yes, I’m going back to Twilight, Texas with this one.
Contest runs until the 15th of September. Winners will be announced here on the blog. Please respond in the comment section. If for some reason, you can’t post here, email me @ email@example.com
To celebrate the weekend, I thought I’d share the recipe for my homemade guacamole. Straight up invented it myself. It gets rave reviews.
1 large Haas avocado (peeled and pitted)
1 tablespoon of your favorite salsa
the juice of ½ lime
1 teaspoon mayo (don’t skip this and I always use Hellman’s)
1 teaspoon sour cream
Dash of onion powder
Dash of garlic powder
Salt to taste
Mash all the ingredients together, and refrigerate until chilled. Serve with tortilla chips. Bon Appetite!
Books, books, books!
Hey, guys. I’ve got a cool contest going on. I’m giving away a book of the month of contemporary authors over at Fresh Fiction. I pick the authors, you sit back and receive the books, one a month for a year. The first book is Katie Lane’s Flirting with Texas, (which B&N has named one of the top ten books of 2013 so far.) We’re talking authors like Rachel Gibson, Susan Mallery, Jill Shalvis, Kristan Higgins, Hope Ramsey, Christie Craig and Emma Cane. Come on over and enter to win. Contest runs through August. If you guys like the contest, I’ll do it again with other genres.
Hey, just noticed that A COWBOY FOR CHRISTMAS has been marked down to $1.99 on ebooks. If you haven’t read it yet, here’s a chance to get if for cheap.