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An Excerpt and a Break

If your holiday season is as crazy as mine is, you’d probably like a break right about now. How about a small taste of Whirlwind? It’s coming in just 12 days!

Melissa Williams isn’t really looking forward to her best friend’s wedding, especially since she’s alone. What she isn’t prepared for is the effect one particular groomsman has on her:

Marching with new purpose toward the ribbons and balloons, I was halfway across the asphalt when two tuxedo-clad men stepped out of the shadows near the foot of the stairs.

Groomsmen Hands

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One I recognized. At six-and-a-half feet tall with straight blond hair that constantly hung in his eyes, Chase Linwood was hard to miss. He said something I couldn’t make out, pointed at his collar, then lifted his chin.

His companion, several inches shorter, turned his back to me and went to work on Chase’s tie. His identity was a mystery. Slowing my approach, I tried to paste on the appropriate I’m-so-happy-for-the-bride-and-groom face.Held up by another passing car, I inspected Chase’s friend. Not a strand of his thick, wavy brown hair was out of place, and the tailored fit of his suit coat emphasized his broad shoulders and trim waist. The jacket didn’t have tails, but it was long enough to prevent me from checking out his ass. Beth was right: this guy was hot…and way out of my league.

I waved another car by. I wasn’t in a hurry to make a fool of myself in front of Mr. Sexy-From-the-Back. I had to pace myself.

During this crazy time of year, I think we all could use a little “Mr. Sexy-From-the-Back”! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for an autographed copy of Whirlwind.

How’s you’re holiday season coming? Mine IS crazy–which I expected–but I checked off one huge event last night: my son’s band concert and fundraiser.  The band hosts a clam chowder feed for 150 people to raise money for competitions later in the year, and I volunteered to coordinate the event…in December…between my daughter’s birthday, a family reunion, and, oh yeah–Christmas!

The Fish Market

Thanks to Justin and Whitney at the Fish Market for their help!

Luckily, the chowder feed came off without a hitch (at least any BIG hitches), thanks in large part to the many parents, grandparents, and kids who helped out.  Because of their hard efforts and a huge donation of the best-tasting chowder in town by The Fish Market, we made almost $800 in a couple hours.  And now I’m due for a break!

GIVE YOURSELF A BREAK #2: Take a few extra minutes and take your next shower by candle light.  I’d recommend doing it in the evening, after work and after the kids are in bed. Just a few minutes of steam and candles and quiet can do a lot to rejuvenate a person.  And if that special someone happens to join you…well, happy holidays to you both!

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Whirlwind Cover is Here!

It’s here!

There are few things that bring home the fact my book is really, truly going to become a reality more than the selection of a cover.  I’m excited, happy, and yes, a little terrified, knowing I’ll be holding a book with this fabulous cover and my name on it in just over two weeks!

Luckily I have lots to do before then, otherwise I’d probably explode!

So, what do you think?  Do covers influence your book buying choices?  How about for ebooks?

Woo Hoo!

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Whirlwind to be Released BEFORE CHRISTMAS

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Santa Came Early This Year!

Happy Thanksgiving – and boy, do I have a LOT to be thankful for today!

Thanks to the hard work of the team at Omnific Publishing, I’m ecstatic to announce that Whirlwind will be released AHEAD OF SCHEDULE and BEFORE CHRISTMAS!

Mark your calendars for DECEMBER 21, 2010 and bookmark Omnific Publishing’s site.  It will also be available on amazon.com and Barnes & Noble’s sites a few days following the official release.

Can you TELL that I’m just a LITTLE EXCITED!!!

Things will be moving quickly from here on out.  Later this weekend, Whirlwind should appear on Goodreads.com. No, you won’t be able to see the cover just yet, that’ll be coming the first week of December.  I can’t wait for you to see it!  More goodies will follow, so be sure and subscribe to the blog or follow my fan page on Facebook or my Twitter account for the latest breaking news.

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Finally Ready to Hop!

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I’ve enjoyed Lisa’s Meet an Author Monday Blog Hop for a while, now, and am so happy to be able to join the fun!

As you can see by my previous blog entry, I literally just received “the call” (okay, “the email”). I’m still reeling from the news – after two years of focusing on writing, editing, researching, and querying, Whirlwind is going to be published! I’ll admit, I wasn’t really prepared for the emotional impact of reaching my goal. Overwhelming joy has kept me smiling for the last two days, but the reality of the work ahead is slowly settling in. Before it does, though, here’s a few thoughts on the journey to this point.

I think many people think that writing is a lonely profession, but they couldn’t be more wrong. All my friends, whether they are from the Home and School Club, church, neighbors, or are part of my critique circle, have always been there, urging me on. Not once have I gotten a raised eyebrow or a snicker in response to what was an embarrassing admission for me at first: “My book? It’s a romance novel.” On days when I’d had it up to here with editing, or received a one line rejection from someone I really thought I had a chance with, my friends were right there to listen to me rant and rave and cry, then would give me the strength to go right back to work.

And then there’s my family. My kids, my parents, and most especially my husband have been there every step of the way. When I want attend a conference or take a detour to do some research, they were all on board, and excited to help (and still are). My daughter’s one complaint? “When will I be old enough to read your book, Mom?” It’ll be a while, dear…

My husband even endured a driving trip this summer that I planned out, traveling to sites I wanted to write about in Illinois and Michigan, meeting two of my most trusted online friends, and requiring nearly a thousand miles of driving. He was right there with the camera, ready to get shots of things I’d like to write about, and even let me choose restaurants based on where my characters would eat. Have I mentioned he’s my personal Prince Charming?

With support like that, I realize now that failure just wasn’t an option!

I know you have a ton of questions, as do I, and as soon as I have the answers (namely, a release date), I’ll let you know. There will be many announcements coming, along with a lot of work, but for now the celebration continues!

So I invite you to look around, make yourself comfortable, and if you’d like, drop me a comment. Thank you for stopping by!

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I SOLD MY FIRST BOOK!

The day I’ve been waiting for has finally arrived: I’m in contract to have Whirlwind published!  Next week I should have a few more details to share with you, and will announce the expected release date as soon as I am able.  For now, I can hardly sit still, I’m so excited!

You may already know that I’ve been working on this project for quite a while.  After so long, and having been through the thrill of being asked for pages and the disappointment of receiving multiple rejections, I thought that receiving “the call” – or in this case, “the email” – wouldn’t be that big of a deal.  I was wrong.

I didn’t scream when I got the email – I was in the middle of a bustling restaurant at the time.  Okay, so I might have let out an overly enthusiastic “YES!” and pounded my fist on the table so hard that several heads turned in my direction…my son immediately asked if my hand was okay.  I did not jump up and start dancing, though (I was on the inside seat in the booth – that probably saved me from making a total fool of myself!).

The best part was that my husband, who’s been my rock and partner for over 19 years, was sitting across from me.  He’s been amazing, building me up when I was sure I’d never reach this point, and cheering me on as each positive milestone was reached.  He was the first to know, and the first to congratulate me.  I love him so much!

The next emails were to the two people to whom the book is dedicated.  Two women who’ve been behind me and there for me through all the ups and downs.  They, and my husband will be the first to receive signed copies (though I’ll sign as many as I can).

The full weight of the moment didn’t really arrive until I called my mother, though.  Speaking the words “I sold my first book,” I nearly broke down in tears.  I hesitate to compare it to announcing my first pregnancy, but honestly, the emotion was nearly the same.  I still get a little choked up thinking about it!

Just like a pregnancy, this is just the beginning.  To birth this literary child of mine, I will spend the next weeks editing, polishing, and working with the staff to develop the extra material that is included in the book, not the least of which is the cover.  “Birth day” will come when the book goes up for sale.  Excitement, fear, and extreme joy are all wrapped up in that date…and I can’t wait to share it with you!

For now, my face is stuck in ear-to-ear grin mode 😎  And now that I’m home, I am dancing…much to the embarrassment of my children! Let’s celebrate!

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