Saturday, May 30, 2009
Just popping in to say a hi. My deadline for LAST CHANCE is Monday, so working feverishly to finish. And I do mean feverishly. My sweetie and I have had some sort of upper respiratory infection and we keep passing it back to the other. Sharing is a good thing, but I'm tired of sharing this stuff. We're hoping the sunshine we haven't seen much of lately will stay around a while and cure us. Our pesky antibiotics sure haven't.
Once again, wanted to thank those who have emailed me about enjoying RESCUE ME and/or RETURN TO ME. That means so very much, especially to a newly published author who battles those demons of doubt on a daily basis. I answer each email I receive, but there have been three or four emails I've not been able to respond to. My emails are kicked back. So, if you've sent me an email and I've not responded, please know I did try. Also, thank you for your kind words and encouragement!
I'm hoping to get an excerpt of RUN TO ME up on my website this next week. There's one on the Random House site, but I believe it's the teaser in the back of RETURN TO ME. I'll put up a different one to give you a little bit more of the flavor of the book. Still completely thrilled with the RT 4 1/2 star review for RUN TO ME!
Don't forget to check under News and Notes on June 23. I'll be celebrating the release of RUN TO ME with contests all day. Prizes will include signed copies of my books and other goodies. Would love to see you there!
Now it's back to LAST CHANCE, Gabe Maddox and Skylar McKenzie's story. I'm really enjoying this book and on December 29, I hope you'll enjoy it too.
Until later, hope you take the opportunity to enjoy the warmth of the summer sun and read a wonderful romance. As you know, it'll put a glow in your heart and a smile on your face!
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
RT Review of RUN TO ME--A Squee Moment I Had to Share!
Just read the first review of RUN TO ME and couldn't resist sharing. Unfortunately when I copied it, I got all these extra characters I didn't want. So I'm really hoping it works this time!
4 1/2 Stars
Round three in Reece's explosive and gritty trilogy dives into the frightening world of mind control. A common thread running through the Last Chance Rescue series is the characters' torturous pasts. Up-and-comer Reece doesn't flinch from running her protagonists through the literal wringer which, while painful, makes for mesmerizing reading. Romantic suspense has a major new star!--Jill M. Smith
Friday, May 22, 2009
Sticking my head out of my writing cave.
I just wanted to pop in and shout out a giant THANK YOU! I've received so many incredibly nice emails from readers who are loving RETURN TO ME. What a joy it is to know that you approve of the happy ever after Noah McCall received with his Samara.
Of course, with Noah being the head of Last Chance Rescue, you'll see him in every book. And honestly, he's just so hard to let go of.
I'm busily revising and editing LAST CHANCE, which is Gabe Maddox and Skylar McKenzie's story. I'm loving these characters and when it's released December 29, I hope you agree.
Remember to check in on June 23 when I'll be celebrating the release of RUN TO ME with another all day blog contest.
Hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend and that you take some time to remember the brave men and women who have sacrificed so much to keep our country safe. May God bless them!
Also, hope you get to relax, prop your feet up, drink some lemonade and enjoy a little barbeque. Oh, and read a good book!
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
The Day After...
Thanks to everyone who entered my all day contest yesterday. I had a blast!
Also, thanks to those who have sent emails telling me they're loving RETURN TO ME. That's music to my ears!
Now, it's back to work. I'm running a bit behind on my next book, LAST CHANCE. I'll check in from time to time to say hi. Drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org if you get a chance.
And mark your calendars! June 23 is the release date of the third book in the Last Chance Trilogy, RUN TO ME. I'll be celebrating with another all day contest.
Until later, hope you have beautiful, sunny days and take the time to read a good book!
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Last Chance for RETURN TO ME Contest
Okay, here's the last opportunity to win in my all day contest blog. Hope you've enjoyed the day as much as I have.
Since it's late, I'm going the easy route again. The first person to comment will win a signed copy of my upcoming release, RUN TO ME. I don't even have copies yet, but should be getting a couple soon. As soon as I get them, one can be yours. All you need to do is post and it's yours. Or, if you prefer, you can win a signed copy of one of the two previous books, RESCUE ME or RETURN TO ME. Your choice!
Remember, no previous winners!
Ready. Set. Post!
And another contest!
Congrats to Oklagrannie who won a $25 gift card to Books-A-Million!
Okay, this is one you may have to research, but it's a cool prize. A $25 gift card to Barnes and Noble and a signed copy of either RESCUE ME or RETURN TO ME...your choice.
Here's the question: In RESCUE ME, what name did Eden use when she was luring/conning Georges?
No previous winners. The first person to answer correctly will win.
Ready. Set. Post!
Contest Time Again!
Congratulations to Kerry who won the last contest and will receive a signed copy of RESCUE ME.
Okay, here's a question that may take a little research. The prize is a $25 gift card to Books-A-Million.
In RESCUE ME, what is the name of Devon's mother? (Hint: It's in the first paragraph on the very first page of the book).
First person who comments on this blog post wins!
Ready. Set. Post!
Time for another contest!
Congrats to Oklanannie and Kara for winning signed copies of their book of choice!
Kara, I received your mailing address. Oklanannie, be sure to email me your mailing address at email@example.com.
Okay, let's do that again. It was easy and quick. I'll give away one signed copy of one book.
The first person who comments on this blog post can have their choice of a signed copy of RESCUE ME or RETURN TO ME.
Ready. Set. Post!
Contest Time Again!
Congratulations to Karen Beeching! She correctly answered the question of the home office location for Last Chance Rescue. Paris is the answer. Yay, Karen!
Okay, here's the easiest of the easy contests ever. The first two people who respond on this blog entry and tell me they would like to have a signed book, I will send it to them. You have a choice of the first book in the trilogy, RESCUE ME, or you can get RETURN TO ME. Either one. I'm giving away two books, so it doesn't matter to me which one you want.
Ready. Set. Go!
Remember, first two people to respond wins. Just tell me which book you want!
Congratulations to Ronlyn Howe who was the first to email and tell me where she planned to purchase RETURN TO ME. Now she doesn't have to! She will receive a signed copy of the book! Yay!
Okay, new contest. Since I didn't get many emails from the first one, let's try a different way. The first person to comment on this blog entry and tell me where the home office of Last Chance Rescue is will receive a $25 gift card to Barnes and Noble. Remember, it must be the HOME office location.
Good luck! If you don't get your comment in first, don't despair. I'll be giving away another prize in two hours. Check back then.
Let The Fun Begin!
Hi Everyone! I guess you know by now that the second book in my Last Chance Rescue Trilogy is officially on the shelves! I'm thrilled with the positive responses that RESCUE ME received from both readers and reviewers. And the early reviews of RETURN TO ME are fabulous!
Now for the contest. I will be giving away a prize every two hours until 10:00 PM CST tonight. I will announce each prize and the contest at that time. That's seven chances to win a prize! But you can only win once, so make it count!
First up: For a signed copy of RETURN TO ME: Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org where you bought or plan to buy RETURN TO ME. Easy and quick. The first person to email me wins!
So let me hear from you soon. First person to email me at email@example.com and answers the question wins!
I'll announce the winner on the next blog entry which will be two hours from now!
So email away!
RETURN TO ME is here!!!
I stayed up till midnight so I could post and announce the minute RETURN TO ME was officially released. It's May 19 at last! Yay!
I'm going to sleep a few hours but will be back around 10:00 AM or so to start the celebration. Please join me for cyber champagne and lots of goodies to give away.
Until then, sweet dreams everyone!
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Counting the Hours
Just dropping in to remind everyone to visit my 'New and Notes' on Tuesday, May 19. I'll be celebrating the release of RETURN TO ME with a contest. You'll have a chance to win signed copies of RESCUE ME, RETURN TO ME and an early copy of RUN TO ME. And a few other cool prizes.
I've received numerous emails from readers telling me how excited they are to read RETURN TO ME. And believe it or not, I'm just as excited to get this book out there to readers. I know Noah has intrigued a lot of people. He certainly intrigued me. I hope, after you read RETURN TO ME, you think I gave him the story he deserved. I think Samara is perfect for him. I hope you agree.
Looking forward to hearing from you on Tuesday!
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
New Website, Excerpts and Guest Blogging
My new design is live! I'm thrilled with it and hope you'll take the opportunity to visit a while. I'll be adding new things here and there, from time to time, so be sure to check back often. Also, I changed the title of my blog to News and Notes. That way I can post news immediately and keep you up to date on what's going on.
RETURN TO ME excerpt has been added. Check it out to see why Samara is so upset with Noah when she sees him again. If you read the excerpt in the back of RESCUE ME, this is a continuation from that same chapter. Hope you enjoy it and that it makes you want to find out what happens next!
Also, I'm guest blogging today at Cindy Proctor-King's Muse Interrupted site about Series: Love Them or Hate Them. Would love to have you drop by and say hi. I'm giving away a signed copy of RESCUE ME to one commenter. Hope to see you there. Here's the link: http://www.museinterrupted.com
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
One Week To Go
RETURN TO ME will be released on May 19...in seven days! Woohoo!
I've received numerous emails from readers telling me they're looking forward to Noah and Samara's story. The early reviews of RETURN TO ME are fantastic and I'm thrilled with them. I hope readers enjoy getting to know the mysterious founder of Last Chance Rescue. And that you enjoy watching the sparks fly as he falls hard for the fiery and spirited Samara Lyons.
I'll be running another contest next week, giving away signed copies of RESCUE ME and RETURN TO ME, along with more gift cards. Be sure to check in on the 19th to enter.
Until then, take some time to enjoy a great romance. It'll put a glow in your heart and a smile on your face.
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Taking a Mini Break
Just wanted to stop in and say a big THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH to all the wonderful people who have sent emails telling me they loved RESCUE ME! You'll never know how much that means to me. They silence those nasty doubt demons that attack every author. I'm saving them all!
I try to answer all of my emails within a day of receiving them. However, I received a lovely email from a reader named Lori that I was unable to answer. My reply email bounced back twice. So Lori, if you're reading this blog, please know how much your email meant to me. I'm sorry I couldn't respond in private.
I'm busily and happily working away on LAST CHANCE, the first book in the new trilogy. This is Gabe Maddox's story. He has a minor role in RESCUE ME and RETURN TO ME but you'll really get to know him in RUN TO ME. I hope, once you read RUN TO ME, you'll look forward to his story as much as I did. I have to admit, he's surprised me in several different ways. All good, thankfully.
And great news, LAST CHANCE and SECOND CHANCE are now available for pre-order on the Random House website and on Amazon. Woohoo!
RETURN TO ME arrives in bookstores in ten days! I hope you enjoy reading Noah and Samara's story as much as I enjoyed writing it. They definitely kept me entertained. Hope they do the same for you.
I'll be running another contest on May 19 to celebrate the release of RETURN TO ME. Be sure to check back and enter.
Also, be on the lookout for my new website design. I'm very excited about it and hope you enjoy the new look.
Until later, hope you take the time to enjoy the lovely weather and escape into a wonderful book.
Oh, and Happy Mother's Day to all moms everywhere!
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Congratulations to the winners of the "Where did you first spot RESCUE ME" contest!
Winner of $25 gift card to Barnes and Noble.........MOLLY BYERS
Winner of $25 gift card to Books A Million............Terry Dubbs
Winner of a signed copy of RESCUE ME................PHOEBE JORDAN
Winner of a signed copy of RETURN TO ME.........CARLA SWAFFORD
If you are one of the above winners, please send me your mailing address at firstname.lastname@example.org so I can send your prize to you.
Thanks to all who entered. Be sure to check in next week when an excerpt of RETURN TO ME will be posted. Also, I'll be running another contest in a few weeks for more gift cards and signed copies of my books.
And, stay tuned. My website is about to change with a whole new look! And still more exciting news to come!
In the meantime, I will be checking out for a while. I have a June 1 deadline for my December 29 release, LAST CHANCE. Gabe Maddox's story!
Until later, read some great books and enjoy the warmth and sunshine of Spring! And if you get a chance, drop me a line and let me know if you enjoyed RESCUE ME!
Monday, May 4, 2009
An Exciting Week
Last week was a blast. Though I came down with a nasty upper respiratory infection and didn't get to celebrate as much as I would have liked, I still had a great time.
Here are some highlights:
On Saturday, April 26, I was headed to my Southern Magic chapter meeting and stopped in at Books A Million and my books were already there! I was alone...no one to squeal with...so I called my husband and then some friends and shared with them. I introduced myself and signed the stock. Funny moment: I was so nervous that when I signed one of the books, it looked so spidery and terrible, I bought the book myself!
On Tuesday, official release day: Received three bouquets of flowers. One from several friends from a romance book club I used to run at Borders Bookstore. They also sent chocolates! Then my friend Jill, who was my very first critique partner(see my acknowledgments in RESCUE ME). And, I received a beautiful bouquet from my sweet husband. This was a huge surprise and was so very special. I felt like a celebrity all day long!
I also received emails from friends, along with photographs of my book on the shelf in several different states. So cool! And I received phone calls of congratulations from various family and friends. Another special treat.
On Saturday, I went to the Heart of Dixie Readers Luncheon and signed my book. My very first signing! It was a blast. My mom, sisters, aunt and some of their friends and relatives attended. I so love my family! I signed several books for family, friends and hopefully some new fans. And met some lovely people.
And all through the week, I've received emails from people who read RESCUE ME and really liked it. One woman said that I went on her automatic buy list. Another reader said I was now one of her favorite authors. Oh wow! These emails meant so much. People who I've never met telling me they liked my books. That's so different than a relative or friend who you secretly fear tell you they liked your book because they feel they have to. Having complete strangers say this is an awesome feeling and I thank them so much for taking the time to do that.
Oh and on Friday, I noticed that Random House has my new book, LAST CHANCE, up for pre-order. The release date is December 29, 2009! Oh wow!
So, it was a fabulous week and there were a multitude of things that I didn't mention that were special too. Now it's back to work. I have a June 1 deadline!
Remember the contest of telling me where you first spotted RESCUE ME ends today. I'll be drawing four names tomorrow. So be sure to get your comment or email in today.
Until later, snuggle up with a good book and dream about sunny skies!