Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Book sale!

Harlequin is having a Leap Day Sale! Spend $15 & save $5 on both print AND ebooks at when you use a special code. Sales ends at 11:59 p.m. EST.

And the digital version of THE MAIDEN AND HER KNIGHT is scheduled to go on sale for $1.99 on March 1.

(ETA: Hmm. Now I'm not sure when THE MAIDEN AND HER KNIGHT is going on sale. I'll post when the price change is made.)

Now back to revising Chapter One, scene one. Again. I've lost count of how many times I've worked on this particular part of the book. Let's just say, LOTS!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

A Reminder

Mother Nature sends a reminder that winter is not yet over.

And now I'm off to shovel the driveway.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine's Day

Check out these special Valentine's Day deals from Harlequin.

And while I hope you have a lovely Valentine's Day, it's how you treat each other the other 364 days of the year that really counts!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Fresh Pick!

February 13, 2012

A VALENTINE FROM HARLEQUIN: SIX DEGREES OF ROMANCE, which includes my short story, "The Duke's Dilemma" is a Fresh Pick from Fresh Fiction today!

Friday, February 03, 2012

A Valentine treat - for free!

eHarlequin is offering a special Valentine's reissue of a digital anthology and one of my online reads is in it. And it's free!

Back in 2002, Harlequin gave six authors the same opening paragraph and we came up with six different stories, depending on our respective sub-genres. Mine, naturally, was historical.

This is the paragraph:

Charlotte winced as an inebriated party–goer stepped on her foot, but she kept moving determinedly toward the doors that led to the balcony. The Duncans would be delighted with their party; it was clearly the event of the season, and their daughter had been successfully launched into society.

To see where I took the story next, here's an excerpt.

You can order A VALENTINE FROM HARLEQUIN: SIX DEGREES OF ROMANCE from eHarlequin. It's also available at Amazon.

Other authors in the anthology are Maggie Shayne, Catherine Spencer, Nancy Warren* and Michele Hauf.

* Trivia fact: Warren is my maiden name. As far as I know, we're not related.

Have a great weekend, everybody!

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Giving Up The Guilts

There was one thing I really, really, REALLY did not miss when I took my long break from writing and that was "the guilts" - that haunting feeling that no matter what else was going on or I wanted to do or even needed to do, I ought to be working on a book.

I consider this is one of the biggest downsides of being self-employed and working from home - the work is always there, calling to me from the basement office, threatening all manner of gloom and doom if I don't spend every waking moment at the computer or thinking about what I should be doing at the compute to write and promote my work.

I've been living with this sort of haunting dread and guilt for about twenty years. Believe you me, it takes a toll. Living without that was one of the best things about my long break.

I'm back to work now, and in the past couple of weeks, I've started to feel that nagging guilt again. Unfortunately it seems I've been too conditioned by twenty years of deadlines to work without that nagging feeling eventually returning.

However, I've learned the hard way that all work and no play is NOT the way to lead a balanced life, so I'm doing my best to ignore the guilts. Maybe it means I don't write every day, something writers are told over and over is the key to success, but I've been there, done that (including working on Christmas Day, holidays and birthdays) and I am determined not to fall into the guilt trap again