Remember, Huge Celebration & Giveaway Today!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW OVER. PRIZES HAVE BEEN AWARDED. Don’t forget to check out the amazing celebration today for the 100th published book released by Henery Press. It’s a Facebook Page Hop that runs until midnight tonight. You can start by clicking here to get to my FB Author Page, and then move on to the next stop, and the next, and the next. In total, $4200 in prizes from 100 authors and a grand prize from Henery Press. Look for this contest graphic to get all the details on each page.

Freebie Friday and Update on Huge Contest Monday!

There is always something fighting for my dollars–especially as the weather warms up, the schools let the students loose, and we’re all traveling more. So, I love it when I can report on a way to save or win merchandise–especially when it relates to reading. Here are a couple of goodies! Until June 30th, Amazon is offering a $3 discount on an e-title. Just click this link and you’ll go to a landing page that says your Summer discount offer has been applied–then you only have to shop for the Kindle copy you want, and the title will head for your ereader, and you’ll keep an the extra $3 in your wallet. Easy peasy. And my publisher would ask me to remind you here that this particular discount would cover the entire price of a copy of either Counterfeit Conspiracies or Marked Masters. Not that I’m trying to suggest how to spend your money or anything Read more…

Wednesday Giveaway!

Hey, everyone–I’m over at the Henery Press Club Hen House today talking about my favorite plot twists and twist endings. If you’d like to share your favorite(s), there’s a signed copy of COUNTERFEIT CONSPIRACIES up for grabs to one lucky commenter. Grab a cup of coffee or tea, and then tell which is your favorite book, movie or television show twist. Here’s the link — www.clubhenhouse.com/id-like-mine-with-a-twist-please/  

Tales of an Almost Art Class Dropout

In high school art class, I understood the principles, knew trivia on every artist, loved composition and atmosphere—but rarely turned in a project that wasn’t a disaster. I had the same art teacher from ninth until twelfth grade. Senior year, she looked at my latest what-the-heck-is-that? project and asked, “Why in the world did you choose to take this class for four years?” Yes, I chose to take the elective that humbled me on a daily basis. It didn’t matter if my work wasn’t displayed. Nothing beat watching my classmates—who were good at every medium—create beautiful original works. I was everyone’s audience. The kid who nearly didn’t get assignments completed because she was so busy marveling over the genius spilling out around her. I discovered art history classes in college. We discussed theory and design elements, but I never had to pick up a paintbrush or charcoal. In my element, Read more…

Schedule Coming Up — Fun Excerpts and Ongoing Contest

To tie with the release of COUNTERFEIT CONSPIRACIES and MARKED MASTERS, I’ve been doing guest posts and interviews all over the internet. My blog tour host has been fabulous at getting me stops at blogs I’m excited to read myself, so guesting there is double the pleasure. At today’s stop, author Barb Taub “interviewed” my character Laurel Beacham, plus has my favorite book excerpt up from Counterfeit Conspiracies. I had so much fun with this format, and she put the whole thing together in a brilliant fashion. Absolutely love the graphics she added. Please check it out if you have a minute. If you’ve read these books–or even just the description–I think you’ll be wowed by the graphics too. Click here to shoot over to Barb Taub’s blog Writing & Coffee. Especially Coffee.  On Friday, Feb 19th, I’ll be posting on the Jungle Red Writers blog, and a little birdie told me there’s a giveaway in the works for Read more…

Been Blogging and Previewing this Week

It was release week for my Bodies of Art Mysteries, so me and my books have been blogging all over the place. My publisher, Henery Press posted a terrific Sneak Peak on their Club Hen House blog last Friday. On the February 2nd release day, there was a release blitz for the series, and on Feb 3rd, I Heart Reading posted the lovely blog tour coming up for the series (yeah, I’m still writing blogs and finishing interviews for the dates near the end of the tour–LOL!). Even more fun on the February 2nd release day, my fun post on how I research the Bodies of Art Books was also on Club Hen House, and I not only get to talk about my methods (and madness–LOL!) but I also get to use my pictures taken as we travel. Hint: the pics at the top of the post, showing the cloudy London panorama, were taken from Read more…

Video Traveling

I love setting my Bodies of Art books in European places I’ve visited. I love going back and looking at the pictures I took, restudying the maps to remind myself of the route we chose. Reading notes I made when I ran across something interesting or heard a lovely accent or terrific turn of phrase. All that “reviewing time” not only helps me write the books, but helps me relive the whole experience. Still, no matter how well written my notes, or how sharply focused the photos, there are things I’m always going to forget until something comes along to jog my memory. One way I do this is to watch YouTube videos of the area I’m writing about. Often the videos show things I saw from a different perspective, too, which broadens my own understanding of the area and culture. But other times I watch YouTube videos that come Read more…

Tonight! Tonight! Tonight!

Fabulous FB Event tonight. Here’s the schedule for all 18 Henery Press authors for tonight’s fun, fun, fun event. Come chat with your favorite authors (hey! I’ll be up at 8:30 p.m. CST, remember), meet a few new ones, play games & enter for some great prizes (I have some good ones planned, and all the other authors do, too), and learn about a bunch of wonderful books. Bring your own hot chocolate, and feel free to show up in your PJs. Click here join in the fun, and check out the schedule below to see who’s up when 🙂 Schedule (all times are pm EST) 7-7:30: Gretchen Archer & Susan Boyer 7:30-8 Terri L Austin & LynDee Walker 8-8:30: Annette Dashofy & Wendy Tyson 8:30-9: Kait Carson & Art Taylor 9-9:30: Shawn Simmons & Julie Mulhern 9:30-10: Ritter Ames & Christina Freeburn 10-10:30: Nancy Silverman 10:30-11: Diane Villare & Cynthia Kuhn Read more…

I’ve Been Bad–I Know

My posts have been meager lately, I know, but I’m on a deadline for the third book in the Bodies of Art series–now officially titled Abstract Aliases. Plus, I’ve been doing all of the final proofing to get both Counterfeit Conspiracies and Marked Masters back to my Henery Press editor so the books will be ready for their re-debut and release to Net Gallery readers next month. The first two books are on-tap for a February 2016 release, but are available now in preorder, and will go to review services next month. YAY! But there are a number of new events happening soon. I’m going to try to post about the newest this Friday (yes, Black Friday)–it all depends on when I get the final info–so y’all will be ready for the big event on Cyber Monday. I’m participating in this fun FB event that will be a moveable giving-op, rather than a selling Read more…

Exciting Day Around Here! Book Cover Reveals!

I’m pretty good at keeping secrets when I have to–But I don’t really like to. Especially when it involves new book covers.  I’ve been really good at keeping  these covers secret–but now that my publisher, Henery Press, has made them public, I get to show them off as well! A couple of months ago, I signed a contract with Henery Press for my Bodies of Art series. They’re releasing the first two books in a few months, and they’ve contracted for three more books to come out in the next few years. The last Friday in July, my lovely editor, Erin, sent me a request from the art department, asking if I had anything in particular I’d like to see incorporated into the covers. Well, let me tell you–I may write art mysteries, but I know my creativity is firmly with words–not creating pictures. So I have no problem letting Read more…