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And the winner of the Kindle Paperwhite is….

Hallie James. Congratulations, Hallie. Email me @ loriwilde1@gmail to claim your prize.

 

 

Release Day! Win a Kindle Paperwhite!

Grand Central Publishing is releasing a reprint of two of my romantic adventure comedies in one volume. So two for the price of one. Win-win! In MAD ABOUT YOU, you’ll get my very first single title LICENSE TO THRILL and my last romantic action adventure, YOU ONLY LOVE TWICE.

http://www.amazon.com/Mad-About-You-License-Thrill-ebook/dp/B00DTUHMMC/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1395763019&sr=8-8&keywords=lori+wilde

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mad-about-you-lori-wilde/1115951927?ean=9781455553075 

Two Lori Wilde romances together for the first time in print!

LICENSE TO THRILL

Las Vegas private eye Charlee Champagne is absolutely fearless. But when handsome Mason Gentry strides into her office, demanding to know where his grandfather is, she can’t control the goosebumps. It’s not like Mason to be in Sin City while the biggest deal of his banking career wraps up without him, but one moment with Charlee brings out his wild side. Before he knows it, Mason is on a mission, driving pedal to the metal across the desert with the toughest, sexiest woman he has ever met . . .

YOU ONLY LOVE TWICE

Comic book creator Marlie Montague’s life isn’t as exciting as her heroine’s . . . until someone points the business end of a pistol right at her. Now she needs help from a real-life action hero: her rock-hard Navy secret-agent neighbor, Joel Hunter. Soon he and the beautiful Marlie are blowing the doors off a full-blown conspiracy with more double agents than a Bond flick. But the real mystery is: How does Marlie manage to leave Joel both shaken and stirred?

 

It’s also release day for the awesome author, Kieran Kramer. I had the good fortune of reading this book in ARC form and I loved it. What Southern charm! I hope you’ll give Kieran’s book a try.

 

http://www.amazon.com/Sweet-Talk-Me-Kieran-Kramer-ebook/dp/B00F8HRT1S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1395761553&sr=8-1&keywords=talk+sweet+to+me

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sweet-talk-me-kieran-kramer/1115783443?ean=9781250009913

 

HE’S SURE GOT A WAY WITH WORDS…

The last person True Maybank expected to run into while picking up her wedding gown was country music superstar Harrison Gamble. Years ago, when they were small-town teens in Biscuit Creek, South Carolina, they shared a forbidden night of passion. Now that she’s about to settle down, True’s love affair with the handsome crooner is a thing of the past. Or is it? From the moment he says hello, she has to fight swooning like an adoring fan.

 

CAN SHE RESIST HIS CHARMS?

Today he’s rich, famous, and on every woman’s hot list. But back in the day, Harrison wasn’t good enough for debutante True. Since then she’s had her fair share of marital prospects, including the perfect Southern gentleman she’s about to settle down with. Is Harrison the only one to realize the mistake True’s about to make? Can the society girl and the sexy singer make music together—this time around?

 

 “Kieran Kramer’s smart, sassy storytelling charms readers because there is always poignancy mixed with passion, tenderness, and humor.” —RT Book Reviews

 

To celebrate our dual releases. I’m giving away a Kindle Paperwhite.

If you’d like to be entered into a random giveaway for the Paperwhite, just leave a comment and I’ll draw the winning name next Tuesday.

 

Happy reading!

Lori

And the winners of the The Cupcake Diaries giveaway are….

 

Rochelle wins the cupcake decorating kit. Congrats, Rochelle!

 

Winner of the $10 Barnes and Noble/Amazon winner’s choice is…Monique. Way to go.

And Vanessa wins a copy of THE VALENTINE’S DAY DISASTER. Woo-hoo!

 

Kudos to the winners and thanks to everyone who participated. Hang on, we’re having two more giveaways today. For the winners…To claim you prize, please email me @ loriwilde1@gmail.com with your mailing address or preferences.

 

Lori

Like Cupcakes?You’ll Love THE CUPCAKE DIARIES by Darlene Panzera

Hey guys!

 

I recently had the good fortune to read THE CUPCAKE DIARIES: SPRINKLED WITH KISSES by Darlene Panzera. What a cute novella.

 

http://www.amazon.com/Cupcake-Diaries-Sprinkled-Kisses-ebook/dp/B00FDRWK44/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-2&qid=1395157448

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-cupcake-diaries-darlene-panzera/1117255873?ean=9780062331014

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We were lucky to coax Darlene into stopping by to tell us a bit more about herself and her delicious series.

Welcome, Darlene. Before we get started can you tell us a bit what this book is about?

Hi Lori! Thank you so much for inviting me to be your guest. I’m thrilled to be here.

 In the first few novellas of  The Cupcake Diaries series, three down-on-their-luck women band together to open a cupcake shop and ultimately find true love in the process. In Sprinkled with Kisses, they prepare to compete at the state cupcake competition and hire a cousin, Stacey McIntyre, to run their new mobile cupcake stand in Cannon Beach, Oregon. Stacey is looking forward to summer sun, fun, and sand, but finds herself competing for customers against the handsome owner of an ice cream truck instead. Now she must convince Mr. Wright that working together will lead to sweeter rewards.

Although this is #5 in the series, each novella can be read as a stand-alone.

Q: Who has been the biggest influence on your writing?

N.Y. Times best-selling author, Debbie Macomber. Avon Books sponsored a contest for unpublished authors and Debbie hand-picked my entry as the winner. Since then I’ve published 6 titles with Avon and all kinds of doors have been opening for me in the publishing industry. I’d always admired Debbie’s perseverance in her own journey to write and publish, and she continues to inspire me today.

Q: What is the one thing your readers would be the most surprised to know about you?

I was once on the front cover of a brochure advertising Capture the Flag paintball games! My friends and I had played at a place in Pennsylvania. They had a professional photographer on the playing field and after the day was done you could buy your photos. A year later we went back and discovered the company had used my photo to be their cover model and placed the pamphlets in every store within a fifty mile radius. This drove my friends nuts and I got teased big time!

Q: Where is the one place you have always wanted to visit, a place on your bucket list?

Hawaii. I’d go right now except I still have two boys to put through college. I hope one day soon I’ll finally get there!

Q: Who are some of your go to authors, and what are you reading right now?

I have always loved books by Judith McNaught, Jude Deveraux, Julie Garwood. More recently I’ve been reading Debbie Macomber and Lori Wilde books. I was sent a whole box full when I won the Avon contest a couple years ago. (grin.) I enjoyed your novel, The Cowboy takes a Bride, because I love horses, cowboys, and ranch settings. My first published novel, Bet You’ll Marry Me, takes place on a ranch. Right now I am reading the Daniel Plan: 40 days to a Healthier Life by Pastor Rick Warren so I can learn to eat healthier and stay physically fit—a necessity after sitting at my computer desk writing all day.

Q: I heard Debbie Macomber discovered you. Tell us a little bit about that.

I published a few short stories and had gone back and forth with different editors for 3 ½ years hoping they’d finally offer me a contract for my novel, The Bet. They kept giving me two full pages of critique which I used to revise the story, but no deal. Then a friend told me about the Avon Books contest. After the Avon editors selected three finalists, Debbie Macomber chose the winner—who would then publish their story with Debbie’s in her release, Family Affair. The “Make Your Dreams Come True Contest” really was a dream come true for me. When the editors at Avon discovered I had cut my novel in half to win the contest they immediately offered me a second contract for the full novel and re-titled it, Bet You’ll Marry Me. A few months later they asked if I’d be interested in writing a novella series about a cupcake shop, and here I am with The Cupcake Diaries. I love hearing from readers. If anyone would like to know more, please visit me at: www.darlenepanzera.com

To help Darlene celebrate her new release, we’ve got some great giveaways.

1) A Wilton cupcake decorating set.

 

 2) A $10 gift card from either Barnes and Noble or Amazon, winner’s choice.

 

 3) A copy of my recent novella, the latest addition to the Twilight, Texas series in either print or e-book, your choice.

 

 

 


 

Leave a comment and let me know which giveaway you’re interested in and I’ll put your name in for a random drawing. Will pick the winners next Tuesday, March 25th.

Happy Reading!

Lori

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interview with Shauna Allen

You guys, I am blessed with the most awesome virtual assistant who happens to be a damn good writer. So good that I know she’ll soon enough leave me in the dust as her own writing career shoots skyward. But for now, I’m enjoying the benefits of a crackerjack helper. I interviewed Shauna about her latest release. It’s a completely different take on Charlie’s Angel. So help me welcome Shauna.

 

Q:  You write sexy, fun books about tattooed men and angels.  Quite the combo.  How did that happen?

 

A:  It was one of those things that I didn’t set out to do.  The stories found me.  I sat down to start a new project one day, not knowing exactly what I wanted to write, and just let myself free write what wanted to come.   Well, what came was the pretty sexy prologue to Inked by an Angel, which ended with my hero, Jed, saying that infamous line, “The Angel made me do it.”  I sat back, perplexed.  “What angel?”  I hadn’t intended that and didn’t quite know what to do with it.  Well, after much thought, I eventually crafted an entire book, then an entire series, around that one line of dialogue, creating Michael my matchmaking angel. 

 

As for the tattooed men, well, I knew early on that I didn’t want “traditional” heroes.  I like ‘em with a little edge.  So putting that first book in a tattoo parlor—with an angel at the helm no less—seemed like a lot of fun! 

 

 

Q:  Like mine, several of your books are based in Texas, what drew you to write your stories there?

 

A:  Well, I grew up in Austin, so I am a Texas girl.  It was very easy to write what I knew and loved.  And I absolutely adore the Texas Hill Country.  It’s where my parents live now and where I find the most peace, so more often than not I send my characters there.  (Small tidbit: I do have one book that’s not a part of the Cupid Chronicles called Elvis is a Keeper that takes places 100% in the Hill Country with a female fishing guide heroine, and I built in real parts of the area including a historical marker commemorating an Indian massacre that fascinated me.)

 

Q:  Your latest release, Charlie’s Angel, is based on a secondary character from another book.  Why did you do that and can you tell us a little about that?

 

A:  Ah, Charlie, Charlie!  I knew I wanted to write a holiday novella, and when I went about choosing characters, instead of creating new ones, I decided to go back to some of my previous secondary people to see if I could revisit any to give them a happy-ever-after or, better yet, redeem them.  And that’s exactly what I did.  Charles Benson first shows up in Inked by an Angel as my heroine’s ex and he’s not the greatest.  But there was just a little, tiny something not horrible about him, too.  So, I took my poor, unsuspecting, uptight accountant boy and shook things up for him.  And I had a blast doing it with just the perfect girl for him! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BLURB

 

Charlie’s back!

 

Miserable and unsettled in his predictable, suit-and-tie existence, Charles Benson, Jr. is finally waking up and realizing a few things.

 

He hates his life.

 

But instead of a change, he finds himself thrust deeper into the same ol’, same ol’, only worse.

 

Or is it?

 

 

 

Kami Monroe.

 

Tattooed. Pierced. Outspoken. Fiercely sexy.

 

Jaded after being burned by an unreliable dreamer, she rolls her eyes at Charles’s uptight monkey suits and Polo shirts, even as she secretly craves the stability he represents . . . not to mention the unexplainable and explosive chemistry sizzling between them.

 

There’s only one thing stopping them. Each other.

 

 

 

Second chances . . .

 

Add to the mix an angel getting one last shot at Love Detail before moving up the ranks, and you could have a match made in Heaven . . . if they’d just get the hell out of the way.

 

 

 

Available now from Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/nqonco8

 

B&N: http://tinyurl.com/knl8s35

 

Kobo: http://tinyurl.com/nx2s6wh

 

 

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BIO

 

Shauna grew up an only child with two open and loving parents in Central Texas.  She’s married to her high school sweetheart and is the mother to three awesome teenagers.  She is the award-winning author of the Cupid Chronicles series, including the newly released Charlie’s Angel.  Shauna is also a freelance editor and personal assistant to two NYT Bestselling authors.  She loves all things sexy, sassy, and Gerard Butler.

 

Shauna would love for you to visit her at her website and blog at: www.shaunaallen.com

 

Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/shauna.allen.12

 

Twitter : http://tiny.cc/s0dlmw

 

Goodreads : http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6916632.Shauna_Allen

 

Pinterest : http://pinterest.com/shaunaallen7/

 

You can also sign up for all the latest Shauna Allen news with her Angel Kisses Newsletter here! http://eepurl.com/D_RcP

 

 

 

 

Interview at the Granbury Opera House with Cheryl Nason.

Here’s a link to my interview at the Granbury Opera House with Cheryl Nason during the Twilight, Texas weekend.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9DKMLFhtko&feature=em-uploademail

Key to the City

On Saturday, Feb. 15th, Granbury, Texas changed it’s name to Twilight and Mayor Min Hulett presented me with the key the city. To say I am humbled is an understatement. What a career highlight! I want to thank Mayor Hulett, and the citizens of Granbury for giving me their highest honor. There’s a reason I chose this warm and welcoming town as the inspiration for my fictional world of Twilight, Texas. I can’t help but love the generous people who call this lovely place home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Twilight Texas Weekend Final schedule

This weekend is the big Lori Wilde, Twilight, Texas (aka Granbury, Texas) and here’s the final schedule of events. Hope to see you there!

 

The Twilight, Texas Weekend Event Schedule - Saturday and Sunday
February 15 & 16, 2014 at the Twilight Town Square in Granbury, TX.

(Pre-launch for Twilight, Texas December 2014)

 

Saturday, February 15th


 

10:00 am   Declaration and Presentation Ceremony

Mayor Nin Hulett will officially declare the city of Granbury as Twilight, Texas, at the Hood County Courthouse Gazebo.  The Key to the City will be awarded to author Lori Wilde.

10:30 am    Photo Scavenger Hunt Sign-up

Sign-up for the Photo Scavenger Hunt to begin the two day event.  Sign-up tables will be at Twilight Headquarters, the CVB in city hall on the northwest corner of the Historic Square at 10:30. You can snap pictures of yourself at each hunt site to prove you are the fastest fan in Twilight. First place winner of the scavenger hunts gets a $250 shopping spree to a store on the town square. There will be ten $10 gift cards to various other Granbury stores to the runners up. Also participants of the scavenger hunt will be treated to a free lite buffet in the early evening, but you must sign up in advance at the sign-up table and space is limited to the first 40 participants.

10:30 am    Hunks on the Square

As part of the scavenger hunt, we will have four Hunks at different stores throughout the day.  Actors will portray heroes from books in the Twilight Texas series, pose for Scavenger Hunt Photos, and hand out prizes around the Twilight town square.  Participating shops will offer prizes and chocolate covered “somethings”.  Be sure to vote for your favorite.

12:00 noon    Lunch in Twilight

Enjoy lunch at any of the cafes and restaurants in Granbury. See your schedule of events for coupons.

2:00 pm    Special Interview and Video Taping with Lori Wilde

Learn more about author Lori Wilde, and discover how Granbury became Twilight, Texas.  The audience will participate in an interview and video recording session with the author at the Historic Opera House.   This is a free event.

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm    Wine, Chocolate and Electronic Book Signing

Enjoy fine wine and delicious chocolate at D’Vine Wine and let Lori sign your ebook copy of The Valentine’s Day Disaster.  Then find more Twilight Hunks, and other items on the Scavenger Hunt list. All proceeds from sales of The Valentine’s Day Disaster will go to Ruth’s Place.

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm   Free Buffet Tickets

Photo Scavenger Hunt participants can bring their photos and scavenger hunt checklist upstairs to D’Vine Wine, and pick-up free tickets to the Hunk Review and Pasta Buffet. Free tickets are limited and given out on a first come, first serve basis to scavenger hunt participants only.

5:30 pm    Hunks in the Hood Review and a Lite Buffet

Vote for your favorite Twilight, Texas hero look-a-like.  Which Hunk looks most like a character from one of Lori’s books?  Enjoy a lite buffet dinner and a glass of Twilight, Texas wine.  There is a cash bar. The tickets are free but are limited . You can get your ticket at the Twilight, Texas headquarter Saturday the 15th when you sign up for the scavenger hunt. The location will be Poppa Pasta (aka Farina’s).

7:30 pm    “The Sweater Curse” at the Playhouse Theatre aka Granbury Opera House

Order your tickets early on-line at GranburyTheaterCompany.com

10:45 pm     Late Night Ghost Tour

Join Lori and  Twilight, Texas fans as they tour the town and hear the legends as only Twilightites can tell them. Tickets are $10.00.

 

Sunday, February 16th


 

10:30 am – noon    First Presbyterian Church Sunday Morning Worship

First Presbyterian Church is highlighted in several Twilight, Texas stories.  The church’s  Sunday morning worship service is open to anyone.  Reindeer antlers are optional.

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm     Book Signing

Lori will sign her Wedding Veil Wishes Series at the Granbury Bridal Show at Convention Center. First 50 get a free book from the Wedding Veil Wishes Series.

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm    Photo Scavenger Hunt continues…

Discover the last few items in the Photo Scavenger Hunt. Pick up your list at CVB –  Twilight, Texas, headquarters.  Enjoy shopping and entertainment on the square.  You can find Hunks in any of the shops.  Did you get a heart from the CVB?  Carve your initials into it, or use a Sharpie,  then hang it on the Sweetheart Tree.  Toss a coin in the Sweetheart Fountain and wish for your one true love 

3:00 pm    Tea and Prizes at the Merry Cherub B&B

Join Lori Wilde and ask your questions about Twilight, Texas.   Enjoy an intimate visit with the author at the Merry Cherub B&B aka Iron Horse Inn at 616 Thorpe Springs Rd.   Winner of the Photo Scavenger Hunt will be presented with $250 shopping gift card from a store on the square.  Other winners will receive gift cards for extra effort.

Welcome Author Ava Miles

Today, I’m welcoming author, Ava Miles.

 

Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Country-Heaven-Dare-River-Miles-ebook/dp/B00IC867FY/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1392052342&sr=8-3-fkmr0&keywords=ava+miles+country+heaven

B&N
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/country-heaven-ava-miles/1118598707?ean=2940148135562

iTunes
https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/country-heaven-dare-river-1/id813616801?mt=11

Kobo
http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/country-heaven

 

 

So, hi there! I’m Ava Miles, the new contemporary romance writer who burst onto the scene with her book NORA ROBERTS LAND, which kicked off my acclaimed Dare Valley series. Now, I’m delighted to announce the first book in a connected series called Dare River, set in the deep South, titled COUNTRY HEAVEN.

Thanks so much, Lori, for hosting me today to talk about my new release. The story is about a down-on-her luck cook who uses food’s magical properties to tame a beastly country singer after he hires her under false pretenses to restore his image. Since Lori loves cooking as much as I do, I thought I’d give you all an excerpt from my heroine’s cookbook, one she faithfully uses to try and tame the beastly country singer, Rye Crenshaw, when he’s…ahem…being beastly. Tory Simmons is his private chef on his multi-city country music tour, and heavens, does that man try her patience when he’s not looking steamy in his cowboy hat.

These pancakes hit the spot, and why wouldn’t they? They have chocolate in them. I hope you enjoy the excerpt and recipe.

Being the cook at Diner Heaven for nearly thirty years, my Grandma Simmons dealt with some pretty mean truck drivers. They’d come in off the highway with bloodshot eyes and bark at the waitresses. One particular man was so mean, she fixed him a special stack of pancakes, certain they’d improve his disposition. Grandma believed the way to a man’s heart was through his stomach, but she didn’t think food’s power stopped there. She talked about the emotional reactions all people had to food. The mean truck driver wasn’t growling anymore after eating her special pancakes, so she added them to the menu with great success.

Truck Driver Pancakes

1½ cups flour

1 tsp. baking soda

¼ cup sugar

½ tsp. salt

¼ cup cocoa

2 eggs, beaten

1 cup milk

½ cup butter, melted and cooled

½ cup chocolate chips

Combine the dry ingredients. Add the eggs, milk, and butter. Stir. Add the chocolate chips. Shape into pancakes on the griddle and cook. Serve with maple syrup or bittersweet chocolate ganache.

Tory Simmons’ Simmering Family Cookbook

Check out COUNTRY HEAVEN. It’s chock full of lots more recipes like my famous gingerbread waffles (I used to be a private chef like my heroine and just can’t seem to keep cooking out of my novels). J

And I’d love to hear what food you cook when someone (including yourself) is in a beastly mood. What’s your comfort food?

Thank you for dropping by, Ava.

Leave a comment people. As a surprise, I’ll gift the first five people who leave a comment a copy of my new e-novella The Valentine’s Day Disaster.

–Lori

Love Stinks…

I bet you didn’t expect to hear that from a romance writer, did you? Although it’s not my personal philosophy, it’s one shared by the hero and heroine of my new novella, The Valentine’s Day Disaster. Sesty Snow and Josh Langtree have both been burned by love and this Valentine’s Day neither one of them are in the mood for hearts and flowers and smoochy, smoochy. That is until disaster strikes and everything changes…

 

http://www.amazon.com/Valentines-Day-Disaster-Twilight-Novella-ebook/dp/B00FJ3AC5G/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1392054045&sr=8-8&keywords=LORI+WILDE

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-valentines-day-disaster-lori-wilde/1117005057?ean=9780062311511

 

Many years ago, my boyfriend at the time and I went to a J.Geils Band concert with a married couple on the verge of divorce. (Tip: don’t EVER do that.) It also happened to be Valentine’s Day. When the band played their signature song, “Love Stinks”, the couple we were with started shouting the words at the top of their voices and shooting daggers at each other. It was quite an uncomfortable moment, but their deep emotions stuck with me and it was the jumping off point for this novella as I wondered, What would it take for two people who truly believed that love really did stink, to overcome their fears and take a second chance on love?

There’s also a behind-the-scenes story about Sesty’s name. My husband and I recently bought an RV and the finance manager’s name was Sesty. It was such an usually name (and Sesty was so cute and personable) that I appropriated it for my heroine. In the book, I tell you how both my heroine and the real Sesty came by that unique name.

For all you aspiring writers out there who want to know where authors get their ideas, walk outside of the house. Ideas are all around you.

Lori

 

Twilight, Texas event/win $250 shopping spree

Hey guys, I’m super excited for the Twilight, Texas (aka Granbury, Texas) event coming up this weekend, Feb 15th and 16th. If you’re in the area, I hope you’ll come by. It’s jam packed with activities including a photo-scavenger hunt just like in the book THE FIRST LOVE COOKIE CLUB. And here’s the cool part. The winner of the scavenger hunt gets $250 shopping spree to a store on the town square. Second prize is two tickets to the stage play THE SWEATER CURSE on closing night, Feb. 15th, plus there will be $10.00 store gift cards for the ten runner-ups.

 

No need to have read any of the books to play, scavenger hunt participants will be given a clue sheet. In the late afternoon there’s a free buffet at Farina’s (Poppa Pasta’s in the series) for the first 40 people who sign up for the scavenger hunt.

 

I’ll be giving away free books throughout the weekend and at the Bridal Show on Sunday. There’s also a special late night Ghost Tour for anyone in town for the Lori Wilde weekend only $10 a ticket. Come out, play to win and don’t forget to check out the local Hunks in the Hood. For details check out http://twilighttexas.com/

Hope to see you there,

Lori

Exciting News!

I’ve got some super exciting news for fans of my Twilight, Texas series. Twilight is a fictional town based on the real life town of Granbury, Texas. I had the good fortune to live on the outskirts of Granbury for eight years and the town is as a quaint and quirky as it’s fictional version of Twilight.

Now, the lovely citizens of Granbury are honoring me with a Lori Wilde Weekend, first this February, right after Valentine’s Day and then again in Christmas. Check this link for details and updates for the Twilight, Texas Weekend.

http://twilighttexas.com/

So yes, this means there will be new Twilight, Texas books. The e-novella THE VALENTINE’S DAY DISASTER will be released on Feb. 7th.

Here’s a tentative schedule of events. Keep checking the Twilight, Texas website as more events are added and confirmed.

Saturday, February 15th

10:00 am Declaration and Presentation Ceremony

Mayor Pratt will officially declare the city of Granbury as Twilight, Texas, at the Hood County Courthouse Gazebo. The Key to the City will be awarded to author Lori Wilde.
10:00 am Photo Scavenger Hunt Sign-up

Sign-up for the Photo Scavenger Hunt to begin the two day event. Sign-up tables will be at Twilight Headquarters, the CVB in city hall on the northwest corner of the Historic Square at 10:30. You can snap pictures of yourself at each hunt site to prove you are the fastest fan in Twilight.

10:30 am Hunks on the Square

As part of the scavenger hunt, we will have four Hunks at different stores throughout the day. Actors will portray heroes from books in the Twilight Texas series, pose for Scavenger Hunt Photos, and hand out prizes around the Twilight town square. Participating shops will offer prizes and chocolate covered “somethings”. Be sure to vote for for your favorite.

12:00 noon Lunch in Twilight

Enjoy lunch at any of the cafes and restaurants in Granbury.
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Wine, Chocolate and Electronic Book Signing

Enjoy fine wine and delicious chocolate at D’Vine Wine and let Lori sign your ebook copy of The Valentine’s Day Disaster. All the proceeds from the signing will go to charity. Then find more Twilight Hunks, and other items on the Scavenger Hunt list.

6:00 pm Hunks of the Hood Review and a Happy Hour Buffet

Vote for your favorite Twilight, Texas hero look-a-like. Which Hunk looks most like a character from one of Lori’s books? Pizza buffet dinner and a glass of Twilight, Texas wine at the real life version of Pappa’s Pasta on the northwest corner of the Square. There is a cash bar, and while dinner tickets are free, space is limited. Make your reservations early.

7:00 and 9:15 p.m. Granbury Ghost Tours: Take a walk with tour guides and learn about Granbury’s intriguing history. http://www.granburytours.com/Pages/default.aspx

Sunday, February 16th

10:30 am – noon First Presbyterian Church Sunday Morning Worship

First Presbyterian Church is highlighted in several Twilight, Texas stories. The church’s Sunday morning worship service is open to anyone. Reindeer antlers are optional.
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Photo Scavenger Hunt continues…

Discover the last few items in the Photo Scavenger Hunt. Pick up your list at CVB – Twilight, Texas, headquarters. Enjoy shopping and entertainment on the square. You can find Hunks in any of the shops. Did you get a heart from the CVB? Carve your initials into it, or use a Sharpie, then hang it on the Sweetheart Tree. Toss a coin in the Sweetheart Fountain and wish for your one true love ♥
3:00 pm Special Interview and Taping with Lori Wilde

Learn more about author Lori Wilde, and discover how Granbury became Twilight, Texas. The audience will participate in an interview and video recording session with the author, at the 1880′s Granbury Opera House. Lori will reveal the Hunk most likely to succeed in Twilight. Winners of the Photo Scavenger Hunt will be presented with Awards.

Lori Wilde, Peggy Purser Freeman, and Avon will be giving away free books, tshirts and Twilight Texas Pennies!

Winner of the $10 gift card is…

Debi Little. Debi, email me @ loriwilde@aol.com to claim your prize.

 

 

K.C. Klein is Hustlin’ Texas

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..

http://www.amazon.com/Hustlin-Texas-K-C-Klein/dp/1601831501/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1386264532&sr=8-3&keywords=kc+klein

Welcome, 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.

Lori

A Twilight, Texas Christmas Giveaway via Fresh Fiction

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

Author Interview with Hebby Roman

Welcome Hebby Roman to my blog. Her latest book, The Princess and The Templar, is out today.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Princess-Templar-Hebby-Roman-ebook/dp/B00GVKRVP0/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1385365216&sr=8-4&keywords=hebby+roman

 

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.

 

Remember Our Veterans

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?

Audio book winners are…

The nine people who left a comment (as fate has it, I had nine to give away.) Just drop me an email @ loriwilde@aol.com and I’ll send you the code to claim your free audio copy of The Christmas Cookie Collection from Audible.

 

 

Love Audio? Win a free book.

I have a couple of redeem codes to giveaway for an audio version of my latest release, THE CHRISTMAS COOKIE COLLECTION. If you’d like to be entered in a random drawing to win a free audio book, just post in the comment section that you’d like to win. I’ll choose the winner on Friday, Nov. 1.

 

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 @loriwilde@aol.com 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.

 

Order your copy now @

http://www.amazon.com/Collared-Going-Dogs-Zoe-Dawson-ebook/dp/B00FUAUZBY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1382468712&sr=8-1&keywords=collared+by+zoe+dawson

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/collared-zoe-dawson/1117079462?ean=2940148626992