Friday, June 21, 2013


No, I'm still on hiatus, but I wanted to share a little something.  

is holding a GIVEAWAY!

Just hop on over to her blog and comment on this post and
you will automatically be entered to win a FREE
PRINT or Ebook copy of

How easy is that?!!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

a Cover RE-Reveal and a SALE!

Dropping in for a quick post, a RE-reveal of my very dear friend, Julie Richman’s debut,

Julie decided to give the dashing Schooner Moore a makeover, of sorts.  Isn’t he purty?!!  Yes, those bare-chested cover boys get me every time. 

But Julie’s not done yet.  Along with a little primping, Julie’s slashed her price down to
99 cents
for a few days only!
So you can get your Schooner on for less than a buck! 

Find Searching for Moore on:

Here’s the low down: 

Attended by reality TV star wannabes and Southern California social climbers, Schooner Moore knows the party his wife is throwing for his forty-third birthday has little to do with him and everything to do with her social standing in Orange County. The evening turns out to hold more surprises than just his wife's Botoxed friends groping at his privates, when a conversation with his old college roommate, Beau, reveals the biggest surprise of the night.

Beau has had contact on Facebook with Mia Silver. Just hearing her name sends Schooner into a tailspin, as he is now just a Friend Request away from the one who got away when she disappeared without a goodbye, leaving him wondering why she left.

A serial failure at romance, Manhattan boutique ad agency owner, Mia, gets a blindside of her own when a Facebook Friend Request from first love, Schooner, appears in her email. Going with her gut reaction, Mia hits accept, propelling her past to catch up with her in a New York minute, as a forceful Schooner is determined to understand what tore them apart and to explore the possibility of a second chance at love.

From a 1980's Southern California college campus and a devastating first love to present day New York City, Searching for Moore explores how technology has eradicated the divide between our past and our present, and asks whether you would give up everything to reconnect with The One in a single keystroke?

And a little sumpm sumpm about my girl, Julie: 

Author Julie A. Richman is a native New Yorker living deep in the heart of Texas. A creative writing major in college, reading and writing fiction has always been a passion. Julie began her corporate career in publishing in NYC and writing played a major role throughout her career as she created and wrote marketing, advertising, direct mail and fundraising materials for Fortune 500 corporations, advertising agencies and non-profit organizations. She is an award winning nature photographer plagued with insatiable wanderlust. Julie and her husband have one son and a white German Shepherd named Juneau.

Find Julie on:

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Aberration Book Launch and Bloghop!

Today’s the big day, the release of Lisa Regan’s
second novel, the super creepy crime thriller,

I LOVE this book, and actually had a bit of a hand in it, working extensively with Lisa over the last couple years to help her get it just right.  And oh, how right it is!!  Go read my Amazon review here.

And now, to celebrate this momentous occasion, Lisa is hosting the Aberration Bloghop.  On June 6th  & 7th, participants will list their top 5 choices for the most aberrant characters in fiction, television, or movies.  If you're a writer, feel free to include a short paragraph about your own aberrant character.

Participants will be entered to win an Amazon gift card for either $25, $15, or $10, plus, 1 of 3 signed copies of the Aberration paperback and 1 of 5 ebooks.  How cool is that?!

Here’s my entry:

A cold, heartless monster who revels in her power over those in desperate need of compassion.

#4 - Max Cady in Cape Fear (formerly The Executioners) by John D. MacDonald

I love revenge stories, but this guy is insanely twisted and obsessed.

A seriously insecure and manipulative psychopath who gets away with murder.

#2 - Professor Joe Carroll, from the FOX television series The Following

Played by deliciously sexy Brit, James Purefoy, Joe is a diabolical serial killer who creates a cult of serial killers, and turns the act of murder into a pseudo-sexual experience for himself and his followers. 

#1 - Hannibal, from the NBC television series (based on Thomas Harris’ character in Red Dragon,) 

This character is suave, charismatic, and brilliant.  He loves the culinary arts, and, when not assisting the FBI in solving serial murder cases, prepares extraordinary carnivorous meals for his friends and colleagues.  Trouble is and unbeknownst to his guests, the main ingredients are harvested from his many victims.  The food preparation and dining scenes, while beautifully choreographed and filmed, totally gross me out.  

Those are all long-standing villains, of course, but if you want to sink your teeth into a few new members of this elite Club Aberration, check out Lisa’s books.  

Finding Claire Fletcher has the worst kind of monster, one who preys on children.

And in Aberration, you’re dumped deep into the psychopathic mind of an obsessive creep who’ll have you constantly looking over your shoulder for crazed stalkers.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

IWSG: Blazing a New Trail and Meeting a New Friend!

It’s the first Wednesday of the month.

This last month has been a mixed bag for me.  Some ups.  Some downs.  It all levels out in the end.  At least, I hope it will.  My worst bit of news is something I can’t really share, not without possibly hurting those who’ve been good to me thus far, even if I now find myself in a big, dark, black hole of insecurity. 

What I can share is that I sold the audio rights to my novel, The Mistaken, to Cherry Hill Publishing.  Just look, The Mistaken has been added to their website's homepage as “In Development”. 

Pretty cool, right?  Now, I’ve never listened to an audio book before.  But then again, I’d never read an ebook before I was published either. 

Anyway, before signing, I found out a few interesting facts about CHP.  In the past, their catalog has consisted primarily of public domain titles—think Moby Dick, War of the Worlds and Pride and Prejudice.  Because of this, they have 100% coverage of the US public library market.  That’s huge!  100%! 

Now, CHP is venturing into the world of private titles, such as my own.  Besides physical forms (CD), they distribute electronically via Audible and iTunes, where most people purchase from these days.  Best of all, out of the blue, this publisher came to me, instead of me querying them.  That was very gratifying, let me tell you, and definitely helped relieve some of my insecurity.

So now, in 7 or 8 months, barring any problems, I should have an audiobook version available of The Mistaken!  That’s very exciting to me and helps make up for the rather devastating news I received a couple weeks ago.  Like I said, it all kind of levels out.

In addition to that good news, I got to meet one of my online bloggy buddies & Facebook friends.  None other than the vivacious Tammy Theriault!  We’d been emailing and FB messaging and texting a lot lately, and have grown to be good friends, though only virtually, as in the Internet, even though we only live about an hour or so apart, something I only recently discovered.

Well, on Saturday, I noticed Tammy had posted a picture of a Bellevue, WA landmark on her Facebook page, so I suspected she was very near my home.  I commented on her photo, and the next thing I knew, like an hour later, we were having lunch together at Outback! 

And you know what, we clicked.  Just like that.  Very natural.  Very easy.  Very comfortable.  I had a blast!  My only regret was that she had to run home after only 90 minutes—long drive and all.  But I’m thrilled to have met in person yet another “virtual” friend, and another writer, not to mention one so genuinely sweet and terribly funny!

That’s just the kind of fuel I need to get me through those insecure days.
Happy June, you guys!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Donna K. Weaver's "A Change of Plans" Blog Tour!

When twenty-five-year-old Lyn sets off on her cruise vacation, all she wants is to forget that her dead fiancé was a cheating scumbag. What she plans is a diversion uncomplicated by romance. What she gets is Braedon, an intriguing young surgeon. He's everything her fiancé wasn't, and against the backdrop of the ship's make-believe world, her emotions come alive.

Unaware of the sensitive waters he navigates, Braedon moves to take their relationship beyond friendship—on the very anniversary Lyn came on the cruise to forget. Lyn's painful memories are too powerful, and she runs off in a panic.

But it's hard to get away from someone when you're stuck on the same ship. Things are bad enough when the pair finds themselves on one of the cruise's snorkeling excursions. Then paradise turns to piracy when their party is kidnapped, and Lyn's fear of a fairy tale turns grim.

Genre: New Adult / Adult Contemporary Romance

About Donna K. Weaver:

Donna is a Navy brat who joined the Army and has lived in Asia and Europe.

Because she sailed the Pacific three times as a child, she loves cruising and wishes she could accrue enough vacation time to do more of it with her husband.

Donna and her husband have six children and eight grandchildren who live all over the world.
At fifty, Donna decided to study karate and earned her black belt in Shorei Kempo.

After recording city council minutes for twenty years, Donna decided to write something a little longer and with a lot more emotion--and kissing.

What people are saying about A CHANGE OF PLANS...

"A Change of Plans will keep readers up way too late in this fast-paced tale of love lost and found again." ~Melanie Jacobson, author of The List, Not My Type, Twitterpated, and Smart Move

"A Change of Plans is lots of romance sprinkled with pirates, shipwreck and adventure. Donna Weaver spins a tale that you will fall in love with, think about for days afterward, and then go back and read again. I laughed, I cried, and I couldn't put it down." ~Betsy Love author of Identity and Soulfire

"A captivating tale of love, grief, and hope that will tug at your heartstrings until the very end." ~Laura Josephson, author of the Rising series and Confessions from the Realm of the Underworld

"When someone says pirates and novel in the same sentence, I usually say, "Thanks, but no." Not in this case. Ms. Weaver brings a warm humor to her story of romance, travel and overcoming skeletons in one's past with her vivid characters and delightful scenes." ~Shaunna Gonzales, author of Dark Days of Promise