Monday, October 28, 2013
Good Monday All!
So sorry I'm late. Busy Monday already and I don't think it's going to slow down for a while. Which is great. Keeps me out of trouble. :)
Since I am running behind, thought I'd make this one short. I'm in the middle of reading Halfway to the Grave by Jeannine Frost and loving it. It's not my regular kind of read, which is great, too. Love finding new authors and different kinds of reads. And who could resist a hero like Bones? Oh my. Sigh... :)
Did some major surgery on NOTHING TO LOSE last week and I believe I'm finally headed in the right direction. Had to cut thousands of words but better to do that now, than write the whole book and realize it's not what I want. May take me longer but the last thing I want to do is put out a book that I'm not happy with. Thanks so much for everyone's patience. I promise it will pay off!
Okay, here's the new cover for CHANCES ARE I've been promising you. Designed by the amazingly talented cover artist PickyMe, I think this cover gives the suspenseful ambiance of the story. And I love the colors! Even though it'll be a few more weeks before it goes up, I couldn't wait any longer to show it off. Let me know what you think.
And now, tell us what you read last week that you loved.
Have a great day all!
Monday, October 21, 2013
Good Monday All!
Hope you had a great weekend, filled with some exciting reads you can't wait to tell us about. For a change, I have a couple myself!
Thanks so much to everyone who took the time to share some blog contest ideas with me here and by email. I received some excellent suggestions! It's going to take me a few weeks to go through all of them and choose the ones that will work best for me. As soon as I decide, I'll announce it here. Stay tuned!
Congratulations to Tara Tseng, who sent her suggestions via email. Tara, since I have your email address, I'll send you the $15 Amazon card that way.
Got lots to do this week. I'm finishing up some minor changes to CHANCES ARE before sending it to the formatter. Be warned: If you love the current cover, with the exotic dancer, be sure to grab your copy soon. I'll be changing the cover within the next few weeks. And next week, I'll share that sexy new cover with you. Here's the Amason link to order the book with the current cover: CHANCES ARE
NOTHING TO LOSE is coming along a little slower than I'd like, but it is coming. Whenever I start a new series, I dive in with all the excitement of a kid opening presents at Christmas. Around page 75, I tend to stall out and begin the struggle for words. The first book in a series sets the tone for the entire series, so not only do I need to write the story for the main characters, I need to determine the series theme. It's often slow going as I learn these things but it's well worth the time I take. RESCUE ME was like that, as was MIDNIGHT SECRETS. Usually after that first book is complete, subsequent stories come much faster.
I think you'll love the Grey Justice series which revolves around a small, secretive organization that seeks justice for victims when the law fails them. The leader, Grey Justice, is wealthy, mysterious, and seemingly cold-hearted. Of course as we get to know him, we learn there are hidden depths and lots of secrets. I like to think of him as a Noah McCall but with even more bite. :)
I still hope to finish NTL and get it out to you before the end of the year. Good Lord willing and the creek don't rise (one of Aunt Gibby's favorite sayings) I can do that. And then it'll be back to work on RUNNING ON EMPTY, Sabrina and Declan's story. Oh how I love this couple together. Such a fabulous history to unravel!
After those two, I'll put on my Ella Grace hat again and get to work on Bri Wilde's story, MIDNIGHT SHADOWS, with the plan on releasing it middle 2014. Bri has already told me several of her secrets and her story is shaping up to be the most emotional of the three sisters. Stay tuned for more as next year progresses.
So that's my writing life in a nutshell. How blessed I am to be working on three separate series, all of which I love. I simply cannot wait to get these books out to you!
Now for the recommends. Last week I read Silent Run by Barbara Freethy and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was the first time I'd tried one of her books but I plan on reading many more. Loved her writing!
Also, as many of you know, I am a huge Pamela Clare fan and have been eagerly awaiting her new book in her I-Team series, Striking Distance. It releases on November 5 and I already have it on pre-order. However, I was so excited to learn that she was releasing a prequel to the book called First Strike. It's now on sale and I downloaded it last night. I've heard that it's super steamy and I cannot wait to open my Kindle and get started. If you've never read Pamela Clare I encourage you to give her a try. For those of you who have, you know how fabulous she is. To help you out, here's the Kindle link: First Strike
Okay, that's it for me. Hope everyone has a fabulous week. Can't wait to see your great recommends. Happy Reading!
Monday, October 14, 2013
Good Monday All!
Hope you had a good, restful weekend filled with great reading. Is the weather beautiful where you are? We're having an exceptionally warm fall but it's been absolutely beautiful. I think October has the most beautiful skies--such an intense, piercing blue. I haven't seen a lot of leaves changing yet. Are they changing where you are? The Maple tree in our front yard is showing a little color. In a few weeks the leaves should be a bright cinnamon.
Last week was busy work for me. Didn't get a lot of reading or writing done however I did get to do lots of planning. Oh, and I read the first draft of my welcome speech for the Southern Magic Readers luncheon to the hubby. I was pleased he laughed in almost all the appropriate places. :)
Thanks to everyone who commented for a chance to win a signed copy of SWEET REWARD with its gorgeous UK cover. The winners are: Lori and Karen Harvey! Ladies, please email me at email@example.com so we can discuss prize delivery.
No recommends from me today but I do have a favor to ask. I'm wanting to do a big giveaway sometime in December and I want to get as many people to enter as possible. I know many of you visit other author blogs and enter giveaways. Are there any contests you've entered lately that you thought were fun, got lots of people involved, and worked really well? Since I need to devote most of my time on writing, I don't want it too complicated. However, my goal is to bring lots of new people over to my website and hopefully entice them to read my books. Yep, I have ulterior motives. :) So any suggestions? You can give the suggestions here or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. And to entice you to give an opinion, I'll give away a $15 Amazon card, chosen from the people who gave a suggestion. Winner announced on next week's Recommend Monday. So you have a whole week to come up with some ideas.
Okay, that's it for me. I'm headed into the writing cave to see what kind of trouble Kennedy, Nick, and the Grey Justice gang have gotten themselves into.
Hope you have a lovely, productive week. Can't wait to see your contest suggestions and your great read recommendations!
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Happy UK Release of SWEET REWARD!
Today is the UK release of SWEET REWARD, the 9th book in the Last Chance Rescue series! I think I've mentioned before that this book was one of the most fun to write. I absolutely adored Jared and Mia together. And take a look at this sexy UK cover! Oh Jared...sigh...
Want to win a signed copy? I'm giving away two! Just comment below for a chance to win. I'll announce the winners on next week's Recommend Monday!
The ninth novel in New York Times bestselling author Christy Reece's addictive Last Chance Rescue series of sexy suspense and thrilling adventure.
junkie Jared Livingston has found the perfect blend of exhilaration and
danger in his new job at Last Chance Rescue. Raised to depend only on
himself, Jared tried marriage, but the end of the relationship renewed
his belief that he was meant to be a loner. Now a desperate plea from
his ex-wife puts Jared in the unique position of using the skills she
despised to rescue her missing daughter. The case brings Jared
face-to-face with Mia Ryker, the only agent ever fired from LCR - for
playing too far outside the box. Now Mia's back, and as a team, they're
as compatible as fuel and fire. Their search for the innocent child
takes them to places neither have been before - to the edge of danger
and to the edge of their hearts.
Monday, October 7, 2013
Good Monday All!
Hope you had a good weekend and part of its goodness involved some great reads. Even though my TBR list would last me well into the twenty-second century, I'm always in the market for 'just one more' to add to the list.
Thanks for all the kind comments, notes, and emails about MIDNIGHT LIES and the Wildefire series. I'm so thrilled that you're enjoying the Wilde sisters' stories, along with the unique cast of characters in Midnight.
Just a reminder. If you've read and enjoyed the book, leaving a review at Amazon, B&N, Goodreads, and other review sites of your choice are most sincerely appreciated. I don't understand all the whys and hows of these things but reviews do help with sales. And if you've already left a review, thank you so much!
I've received several emails and notes asking about Sabrina's book. I don't have a lot of information for you other than the title, MIDNIGHT SHADOWS, which fits the storyline for Bri perfectly. Hope to have more for you soon. Stay tuned!
For the next foreseeable future, I'm going to be concentrating on NOTHING TO LOSE, the first book in my new series, Grey Justice, Inc. Even though writing has been sporadic the last few weeks and the distractions have been many, I am still loving this story and its intriguing characters. I so look forward to introducing you to them soon. And a cover reveal, too!
Both my websites need some updating. I try to keep them current but at least once a year, I make a major update. It's getting close to that time so if you have suggestions on things you'd like to see added or changed for Christy Reece site or Ella Grace site, feel free to shoot me an email and let me know.
On Thursday, October 10, SWEET REWARD will be released in the UK. Be sure to stop by here on release day for a chance to win a signed copy!
Okay that's it for me. Got a busy busy week ahead and am eager to get started. Characters are screaming at me to pay attention to them. When that happens, I have no choice but to listen and obey. They are the boss of me! :)
Hope everyone has a fabulous week. Now, tell us what you read and loved last week!