Friday, June 22, 2012

Friday Fun Facts: Winners and an Upcoming Trip!

Congratulations to this week's Great Print Book Giveaway winners: Melissa Keith and Skip Doodle! Pick your choice of books from my list here and they'll be in the mail ASAP!

Heads up, everyone: the Giveaway will be suspended for a couple of weeks while I'm out of town on vacation. Hubby and I are taking a trip to Italy (so excited!! pictures to follow when we return!), and I'll be away from most technology during that time.

BUT...Summer's Song will be listed for another Goodreads Giveaway beginning on July 1, so if you'd like to snag a signed copy, toss your name in the ring!

Happy summer...see you when we return!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Writers' Wednesday: Call for Submissions

Hey writers! Do you have a holiday-themed story that's looking for a publisher? Here's a call from Avon for upcoming novellas:

Avon Impulse is Avon Romance’s digital-first publishing program. The editors at Impulse are currently seeking 15,000 to 20,000 word novellas for the following themed collections:

Home for the Holidays — these sweet, romantic stories should center around the theme of being home for the Thanksgiving holidays. Stories must include at least one Thanksgiving-appropriate recipe. Quirky secondary characters, small town settings and a feeling of warmth, community and romance are welcome. Deadline for submissions is July 1, 2012.

Five Golden Rings — these historical Christmas novellas will center around a ring. This can be a family heirloom, a fairy ring — any kind of ring. Any historical time period. These should be moderately sensual to sexy. Submit by August 1, 2012

New Year’s Eve and Other Disasters — submit your romantic story centered around surprising things happening on New Year’s Eve. These can be historical or contemporary and may be moderately to super-sexy. Submit your story by September 15.

Submit using Avon’s online form: (

And here's a quick peek at some of what I wrote yesterday, a (very thorough) revision of Tequila Sunrise:

“Oh my God I need a drink.” She collapsed onto the couch.

“You were fantastic.” He offered her coffee, but she shook her head.

“Something stronger than that.” She stared at the television, where Brigitte sat alone on stage now, talking to her audience about some new line of cookware. “How did I look? Really?” She mashed her hands against her cheeks. “Fat?”

He joined her on the couch and took both hands in his. “Gorgeous.”

She stuck out her tongue. “Liar.”

“You gonna use that? Don’t tease me with it unless you are.”

At that, she smiled and relaxed into his embrace. “You’re awful.”

“Not what you said the other day.”

“Mmm.” She closed her eyes and rested her head on his shoulder. “I like you,” she said in a quiet voice. “Have I told you that?”

He ran one hand over her hair, surprised at the swell of happiness in his gut. “I like you too. A lot.”

Monday, June 18, 2012

Monday Mentionables: I Need a Cough Remedy!

So I've been getting over a cold recently and dealing with the dreaded night-time cough, which drives me absolutely crazy! It's lasted a little over a week so far, and in my efforts to ease it, I've tried the following:
~sleeping on extra pillows
~sleeping with a humidifier next to me
~drinking tea with honey
~putting Vicks on the soles of my feet
~drinking lots of water
~taking a teaspoon of honey mixed with lemon juice
~sucking on cough drops
~taking doctor-prescribed medicine with codeine
~drinking a glass or two of wine before bed (not with the codeine lol)

Nothing has worked. The tea has come the closest. I know I'm on the mend (it gets a little better each night), I know my lungs are clear, and I know a cough is the body's way of clearing my airways. But I can only survive on 4 hours of sleep for so long! If anyone has other remedies I haven't tried, please please share them!

On the flip side, lying awake at night gives me lots of time to think about my plotline and my next story...