Come visit me at Petticoats & Pistols! (Giveaway)

 

My first week as a published author* and my second guest post!

Come visit me at Petticoats & Pistols. I’m talking about my adventure is using a scythe to ‘harvest’ my lawn. My hero in His Forgotten Fiancée  had to use a scythe, and I wanted to know what it would have felt like for him.

Spoiler alert: I survived. My lawn… well…

Plus, I’m giving away a copy of His Forgotten Fiancée!

*I keep using that phrase because I’m trying to make myself believe it. Eventually, I’m sure the reality will sink in. Maybe.

It’s a strange feeling to see your book in a store

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Found on a bookshelf in Indiana! Photo credit: Ann Mettert

I did it! I went to the store and had a Confirmed Sighting, in the wild, on the shelf, of a book that I had scribbled onto a yellow legal pad. And it looked like people might have even bought one or two. Inconceivable.
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I will not admit to giggling madly when I saw my book on the shelf, but I might have burbled my excitement to the lady next to me when I asked if she’d take my picture holding my book.

“Oh, did you write that? Hmmn. I’ll have to take a look at it.”

When I walked away, she was reading the description. I did not look back, but I’m going to assume that she decided to buy it. Because that’s the way I want this Visit-to-the-store story to go, so there.

When I went to pay for my groceries (no, I did not buy a copy) I asked the cashier how her day was going.

“Well… I’m here,” she said.

“Hey,” I said. “Some days, that’s a victory.”

She agreed.

Then, because yes I was a mad, burbling fool by this point, I said It. “I just saw my first book for sale in the book department.” I might have beamed at her, if I’m being completely honest.

“Oh, that’s cool. What’s it called?” She wrote down the title and said she’d get a copy for her niece. And yes, I know, she might have been saying that to make me feel good, but by this point I was writing the Happy Ending of my Visit-to-the-store story, and in my version she rushed out and bought a copy.

Plus, we got to talking about stories and she was writing a story with her friend, and she loved reading Kresley Cole’s stories, and by the time she got through ringing up my groceries she was in a much better frame of mind than she had been at the start of our conversation, thinking of all the stories she still wanted to write. So there is that.

When you walk into a store and don’t see your book upon the shelves, there’s only one possible conclusion. Repeat after me: “I’m sold out!” -Julia Quinn

 

My first day as a published author & my first guest post! (Giveaway)

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My First Ever Book!

Welcome to 2018!

I hope your year is off to a good start. Myself, I woke up as a published author. It doesn’t feel real. Maybe I should go get a tweed jacket, the kind with patches over the elbows. Real writers always seem to wear one of those. Presumably their jackets get worn down because authors are constantly rubbing elbows with the rich and famous? One can  hope.

I’m starting off the year with a guest post on Christian Shelf Esteem. Please check it out! I’m giving away a signed copy of His Forgotten Fiancée!

 

The Battle of the Covers!

All right, so perhaps ‘battle’ isn’t the mot juste.  But it made for a dramatic title.

Love Inspired published a Cover vs. Cover post on Facebook, comparing His Forgotten Fiancée with A Mother for his Family, by Susanne Dietze. I must say, her cover is lovely. I do enjoy a good Regency novel.

But does her cover have a kitten on it? It does not. Tsk, I say.

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Srsly? No kitteh?

Do you prefer Regency elegance or cute kittens on a cover? Please go check out the covers on Facebook and share your opinion!23116635_10155781262529666_2918901991707960731_o

Download a sample of His Forgotten Fiancée!

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Read a sample of my First Ever Book!

Good news! The opening of His Forgotten Fiancée is now available on Overdrive! It is in eBook format. Does a Kindle device know to translate that? I need to investigate. If anyone knows the answer, could you let me know?

I love that you can sample a book and decide whether it’s something you’d like.

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Samplers! I love samplers!

 

His Forgotten Fiancée: The Blurb

After all the pain I went through trying to write a blurb, I have to say that when someone else does it for you it seems so simple and straightforward.

Voilà!
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Liza Fitzpatrick is stunned when her fiancé finally arrives in Oregon City — with amnesia. Matthew Dean refuses to honor a marriage proposal he doesn’t recall making, and Liza is forced to consider he may not have loved her after all. But she needs his help now to bring in the harvest, and maybe she can help him remember…
Matthew is attracted to the spirited Liza, and as she tries to help him regain his old memories, the new ones they’re creating together start to make him feel whole. Even as he falls for her again, though, someone’s determined to keep them apart. Will his memory return in time to save their future?

The Cover Reveal!

The cover arrived sooner than I had expected, and I am very pleased to be able to share it with you.

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Voilà! Meet Liza, Matthew, and the kitten Elijah.

The cover models bear an incredible resemblance to the characters described in the book. A round of applause to the Harlequin Art Department for a wonderful job. They have an amazing attention to detail, right down to Liza’s hair and dress. And the background looks like it was taken almost exactly from the picture of Mount Hood that I’d sent. Truly, they did a fabulous job of representing the book.

And yay! His Forgotten Fiancée has a cover! At this rate, even my subconscious is starting to believe that I really did sell a book.