Good morning, and Happy Labor Day! I am having a fantastic mini-vacation here at home. It’s been wonderful to sleep late, and read, and knit, and write. Really fantastic. I need to do this more often!!
Anyway, I’ve received the headshots done by Gary Lura Photography. I hate even looking at pix of myself. In my mind I’m tall and willowy and young, but when I look at a picture of myself I discover I’m short and plump and middle aged. Can you imagine my disappointment?
So I’d like some help choosing which pic should be my new author head shot. Look over the pix below and leave a comment saying which one you like best and why. To sweeten the pot, I’m going to offer an Amazon $10.00 gift card to one person who leaves a comment. I will draw tomorrow evening, September 2 (Oh my gosh, it’s September already?!!) at 7pm central time.
Here in the States it’s a holiday weekend. Labor Day weekend is the traditional end of summer and beginning of the school year. It is also the Gimli Weekend. For those in the Kingdom of Northshield, in the Known World of the SCA, Gimli is a camping event held on Lake Winnipeg in Manitoba Canada. I really wanted to go, and even had travel arrangements made. But I’ve had some tummy bug for a few weeks (nausea and diarrhea, but let’s not go into details) and trying to get to the restroom at the campground every half hour could be … unpleasant. I have a doctor’s appointment on Tuesday, and meanwhile, per the nurse’s direction, I’m keeping a strict food diary and listing all my symptoms on a timeline. I am planning a quiet 4 days at home, reading, writing and knitting. Although I hate to miss seeing people, I think a quiet weekend at home will be heavenly.
I’ve been on a bit of a reading binge lately. Anyone else? With four days off, I should be able to get through at least a few books on my To Be Read (TBR) list and get some writing done on Wolf’s Princess. A few weeks ago a Western Romance author I enjoy made a blog post about her upcoming release. I just about jumped on the table and did a can can dance. I was instantly dying to read that book. I mean, seriously jonesing for that book. The rough draft was complete, and the manuscript was out with the beta readers, so I figured it couldn’t be long before it was out. I then re-read every book she’d written. (Does anyone else do that? When a favorite author is going to have a new book out, do you go back and re-read?)
Who is this author? Ellen O’Connell. If you enjoy western romances and haven’t read her yet, I strongly recommend her. Her heroes are to die for, and her heroines aren’t too stupid to live. Her ladies are strong (not spunky, or feisty, or silly). If you don’t enjoy westerns you might still want to give one of her books a try. It’s hard for me to pick a favorite, but it would be either Beautiful Bad Man or Eyes of Silver, Eyes of Gold. If you like Native American romance, Dancing On Coals is excellent too. And there is sort of a sequel to Beautiful Bad Man called Into the Light.
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I hope everyone has a terrific weekend. I’m off now to write a bit in Wolf’s Lady. Time for one more love scene (you want to know for sure that Sand is healing, right?) and an epilogue. Happy Reading!
Have I mentioned how I HATE trying to do cover art? Well, I hate it. I did Sherry’s Wolf myself, but it pretty much sucked. I try, but I just don’t have the skill necessary to cut out the images I like and put them together. So when a reader who is going to school for video design asked if she could do a cover for me just for practice, I said YES!!! I figured she couldn’t do any worse than I had, right? LOL Now I want to show it off to you.
Here is what she did for Sherry’s Wolf.
Cover design by Caryn Ertel
The BlogHop is over and we have winners! The commenter who won the $10.00 gift card and the right to design Rose’s cat is TRIX! Congrats, Trix!
Other winners are:
Grand prize: 7″ 16GB Kindle Fire HD
Chat Room Door Prize: $25 gift card to an e-book retailer of her choice
Tina Christopher: $10 Ellora’s Cave gift card
A. Catherine Noon: Sealed By Fire
Nina Pierce: Ebook In His Eyes & $10 Amazon gift card
Vivien Dean: $10 Amazon gift card
Tina Holland: Choice of Pilot and the Pinup, Drake’s Desire, Sexing up the Spy or FireProof
Gem Sivad: $10 gift card to an e-book retailer of winner’s choice
Jianne Carlo: Prymal Lust
Trina M. Lee: Swag bag
TD Hassett: Darling’s Desire e-book
Hailey Edwards: $5 Amazon gift card
Tara Quan: More Than Strangers
Kayelle Allen: $5 Amazon gift card
Emma Weylin: e-Copy of Dark Forest
Mary Quast: Free Download of Crow Magic, 1st book in the Legend of the Spirit series, and a pair of Dangle Button Crow Earrings
Alanna Coca: Winner’s choice of backlist ebook
Janice Seagraves: An amethyst crystal pendant
Rhonda L. Print: Reader’s choice of ebook from backlist
Leela Lou Dahlin: A copy of A Haught Date & an 8 stem bouquet of Rosy Writer Ink Pens (www.rosywriterbouquet.etsy.com)
Dena Garson: Risky Business
Monette Michaels: Prime Obsession
Laura Harner: Audiobook Honey House and Audiobook Forbidden Love
Ella Sheridan: Just a Little More (e-book)
Eva Lefoy: Darkest Magic
Maddy Barone: A download of any of my backlist
Bronwen Evans: Invitation To Scandal
Denise A. Agnew: One ebook copy of Within His Sight (Heart of Justice Book 1)
Thanks for hopping. It was another fun and easy bloghop. I’m already looking forward to the next one.
Welcome to Maddy Barone’s stop on the Sizzling Summer Nights Bloghop! If you fall off, you can CLICK HERE to get back on the bloghop.
I’m glad you’re here! I love these bloghops. Read on to find out how to win a $10.00 Amazon Gift Card.
I am currently hard at work on the last book in my After the Crash series, called Wolf’s Princess. You can see from the pic that Sky has grown up. (and very nicely, too!) If you haven’t read the series, it’s kind of hard to say exactly which genre it fits in. Shifter? Yep. Post Apocalyptic? Yep. Time travel? Yep. Paranormal? Yep. Dystopian? Yep. If you’d like to know about my hot and yummy Alpha wolves, you can click the Books link or the Excerpts link above.
The hop organizers will be giving away a download of any of my backlist in digital or audio format, but I am giving away two separate prizes here on my blog. One is a $10.00 Amazon gift card, and the other is a different sort of off-the-wall prize…
One person who leaves a comment will be chosen to “design” Rose’s cat. I’ll email the winner Sunday night with a short questionnaire to determine what the cat looks like, its name, etc. In return that cat will have a small but pivotal role in Wolf’s Princess, and the commenter will receive the $10.00 gift card to Amazon.
This is either the silliest prize ever offered on a bloghop or the coolest. I’m not sure which! Either way, thanks for stopping and Happy Hopping!