I just want to start out by saying how much I love InD’tale and all the people that work tirelessy to put out this fabulous magazine. InD’tale is a wonderful supporter of indie and small press authors. They have always been so wonderful to me and I am humbled and honored to say they have nominated Shimmer for a RONE award for young adult.
InD’tale puts out a free online magazine every month for readers. Each issue is full of reviews of books to help readers choose their next read and author interviews to learn more about their favorite authors. Books that receive a review of 4 stars or higher are each nominated for a RONE award.
Here is a link to the review for Shimmer!
This week is the voting to see which books in the Young Adult, Suspense and Contemporary (Cops, Jocks and Cowboys) will move on to become a finalist.
If you liked Shimmer and you would like to vote on the RONE Awards here is the link!
In celebration tomorrow I will be giving away a bag of YA books to one of my email subscribers. So be sure to sign up below!
I looked back on my blog and realized I haven’t really mentioned what I’ve been working on. Very soon I’m coming out with a brand new series that started with Gone. Gone tells some of Daisy’s story. Lots of readers have asked for more about her.
When I wrote Breathe I never had any intention of telling her story. I loved her character but her story is sad. The more I wrote in that world though it kind of felt like her story needed to be told even if it was short.
As I thought more about it, the muse who loves to only tell me parts of a story and only when she’s darn good and ready, revealed more information about what actually happened. I knew broad details but I didn’t spend a lot of time there in my head. The story made me sad too.
All it took was a question asked by a writer friend. “Was there a boy?” Why yes, yes there was. And the muse took off on a journey. A whole new series was born. Gone is more about the boy. Which is probably the only way I could have written the story. Trane Braxton is really the lead in Gone instead of Daisy. His life is a mess and it only gets messier when he allows Daisy to worm her way in.
After the events in Gone his quality of life hasn’t improved. As a matter of fact he’s getting pretty desperate. I’m really becoming attached to this character and his world. Gone is just the beginning. His book is just about finished. Rewrites and rounds of editing, formatting and proofing are next.
Gone is free on all platforms. Go here if you’d like to download it. If you’d like to keep up with when Trane’s book is coming out go ahead and subscribe below. I do giveaways in my newsletter once a month!
He arrived a 2 a.m. that morning in 1923 and Grandmother – who was like no other grandmother – called him one year (I think when he turned 50) at 2 a.m. as pay back for waking her that morning long ago. She always was the feisty one.
Momma always got the very fancy fold down cards that made a lovely romantic scene and chocolate covered Brazil nuts. Sis and I got the smaller heart shaped boxes and Sis gave me anything that had nuts in it because she didn’t like those. <Shakes head mournfully at her naiveté> But I did get more candy that way. We’d have a special dinner to celebrate (okay it wasn’t romantic for them, but I wasn’t thinking in those terms). One year we even had a coconut cake with the candy hearts on top as decoration along with the candles to be blown out.
Sis and I would look for Valentine/Birthday cards as we got older. There were usually two different ones put out by Hallmark, never a very wide selection. He’d get both of them and pretend to complain that he was being cheated out of either a Valentine or a Birthday card each year.
I still celebrate his birthday, taking cards and candy into work and leaving them for everyone in the suite. Happy ValenBirthtine Day everyone!
Donna Steele’s latest release is The Melting, Book 3 – Cohesion , a sci-fi/paranormal romance.
It began in the north, in the ancient cold before the birth of man. Whether from the actions of man or the cycles of the planet, the primordial ice is melting and bringing back to the atmosphere a virus. One with no known cure for modern day humans.
Rachel Gerhart has been a survivor her whole life, now she’s been changed by the virus that destroyed civilization. She trying to keep her differences under wraps, but Sid Saylor knows her secret. He’s been changed as well. Can their new abilities help with the rebuilding of a human civilization?
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“When I met my hubby at college, he wore cowboy boots that added two inches to his already impressive 6′ 4″ height. All my life, I felt taller than the boys at my other schools. He was a refreshing sight, and we soon hit it off. 38 years of marriage and two wonderful sons later, he is still my Valentine!”
Book Blurb for My Dark Highlander
Stranded in 1603 Scotland, veterinarian Jenny Morgan is eager to get home to New England. Hiding her ability to read auras, a powerful witch comes to her aid. All Jenny will miss is the man who stole her heart, one dark night.
Laird Gavin Sinclair has a missing brother, a murderous father, and a dark-eyed beauty on his mind. When Jenny returns to a dangerous future, he sets aside his obligations and searches for her at the New England Highland Games. Jealousy and lust ravage his dark soul, until he and Jenny fight evil together.
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So this is going to sound totally braggy and I hate that but I had to share that Shimmer AND Exhale both got 5 star reviews at Reader’s Favorite! Pretty cool right? And for more than one reason. Of course good reviews are lovely. Who wouldn’t like that?
So here’s the deal with reviews; the minute I publish a book I immediately regret it. The little voices in my head start whispering. And they aren’t terribly polite either. “That book sucks. Why did you think you should publish it?” Hmmm. Okay I hear you. Let’s not dwell. Jury’s still out.
Then they start chatting a little louder “You know, no one is going to like it. You suck.” Well thanks, I love you too. Sigh.
Not too long after that, they’re shouting “Are you kidding me? Why, oh, why would you embarrass us by publishing that piece of trash! You’re crazy! Go take it down! Right now! You are going to be humiliated!” By this time I’m about to panic and wonder if I should listen. Could they be right? Maybe they have a point. Ugh.
Then the reviews come in. Love it or hate it, I’m good. Even if they hate it somehow I end up feeling okay. By this time I’m on to the next project and I’ve slapped the voices down.
So you can imagine getting these particular reviews was really nice. The voices stopped mid shout and slunk off to mumble amongst themselves. As they made their way back to their corner I thought I heard “There’s no accounting for taste.” but I ignored it. For now.
Want to check out the reviews? Here they are:
It has been exactly a month since I wrote my last post. I feel like such a slacker! I did move and it was the holidays but still. Pretty lame. My holidays were pretty fabulous even with the stress of the move three days before Christmas and having twenty five people over for dinner Christmas Day.
On the 27th I put my nose to the grindstone and have been writing everyday until this past weekend. I’m on the downhill side of the new book in the new series so I have to say that’s pretty awesome. I’ve written more in the last three weeks than I have in months!
This past weekend I got to meet the fabulous Candace Havens of Entangled Publishing and go to the first OCCRWA meeting of the year. I learned a ton, thank you Candace! And got to see my writing buddies I missed over the holidays.
Since I last posted, Gone has gone live. It’s free everywhere but Amazon (I’m working on that). If you’d like to read and review it send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll send you a copy.
I’d like to promise I’ll post here more but writing is taking a precedence for the moment so I will post as often as possible and still keep to my writing schedule. Hope your holidays were fabulous.
Gone, the prequel to Breathe, is coming out in the next week or so.
Here is the blurb:
“Trane Braxton lives a double life. He can’t risk getting close to anyone until Daisy Rourke , his longtime crush, insinuates herself into his very dangerous world.
Go back to the beginning, to the events that started the Rourkes on their journey…”
I’m really looking forward to sharing this one with you. It’s also the beginning of a new series for me with Trane as the main character. I’ve never written an offshoot series before but I’m having a blast. I’m in love with the characters and the direction of the series. A little different than Breathe but still suspenseful and so much fun!
I’d love to hear what you think of the blurb and the cover in the comments!Read More
I’ve been thinking and planning for Thanksgiving already this weekend. I know most people think about cooking, gratitude lists and traveling to visit family. For me I think about those things as well but I always have something more to be grateful for. You see I had my first child on Thanksgiving so along with all the food and gratitude lists every year comes her birth story. If I don’t tell it on that day someone else in my family will. It was a big event in our family since she was the first grandchild on both sides.
I guess if you’re going to have a baby on a holiday, Thanksgiving is a good choice. It is definitely a lower stress holiday and everyone was already together for this one so it worked out. My daughter was polite enough on that day to wait until everyone in her family, besides me, had finished dinner and dessert before she arrived. Personally I would have voted for earlier, much, much earlier but I’m just the mom and that was the beginning of no one listening to me.
I had a parade of visitors on their way to their own holiday celebrations that day. I’m pretty sure I put a few of my twenty-something friends off child bearing for quite a while when they got a ring side seat for labor pains. I tried to pretend it wasn’t happening but curling up in a ball while breathing through your teeth kind of gives the whole thing away.
Hubby was a trooper and was happy to tell me when one of my contractions was “really bad”. Thanks honey. Got the memo. He was a fabulous coach though and doesn’t hold it against me that I squeezed his hand so hard I left a permanent dent in his finger from his wedding ring. Oops.
When it was all over, I got shuffled off to my room finally at about ten at night. I was starving! I hadn’t eaten in probably thirty hours at this point. The nurse said she would find me “something” to eat. She brought stale yellow cake and green jello. That was my Thanksgiving dinner that year. It was worth it. I got something so much better than a Thanksgiving dinner, a beautiful baby and a new life as a mom. That is something to be grateful for.Read More