Sunday, January 27, 2013

Shout out to Writing Contests!

This week, on my Facebook page, I posted a couple of notices I received on writing contests.  Back in my Community College days (in the 1980s), I submitted a short story I’d written for my Creative Writing class to the school’s annual literary contest.  I won the contest, recognition at graduation, and fifty dollars!  The acknowledgement, more than the money, really made me feel like an author.

In 2011, A Family of Love (also known as my current WIP) under the pen name, Angela Raye, was a runner up in Hudson Valley RWA’s Hook, Line, and Sinker Contest.   Even now, I can’t decide what was the bigger thrill, opening the envelope with Hudson Valley’s certificate or seeing “Angela Raye” printed in RWA’s Romance Writer’s Report.

Writing contests, even if not producing a win, generate feedback.  Two years ago, I entered various aspects of Magic Moment in several of the contests offered by RWA chapters.   No, I didn’t win, my scores were “decent,” but I eagerly digested every line of feedback.  One comment caught my eye and preyed on my mind.  My hero, Chase, wasn’t likeable until the end of the third chapter.  I know from my own leisurely reading, if I don’t like a hero or heroine in the first few pages, I’m not reading the book. 
So, with that one comment, I decided “Chase” needed a bit of an overhaul.

I put Magic Moment aside, worked on another project, then went back, reread, and started revising.   Shortly afterwards, I sent the manuscript off to Crimson Romance and the rest is history.
I often think if I hadn’t gotten that particular feedback, I might not be looking at the published copy of Magic Moment on my bookshelf.

And, the oddly enough, I don’t even know who this wonderful critic/judge is to offer my appreciation.  But, if she (or he) is reading this post right now, “thank you!”

For more information on the contests I posted, check out my Facebook page –

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Magic Moment Goes To New Zealand

I invite you to check out "Adventures in Authorland," the blog by author, Jean Adams.  Jean, who lives in New Zealand, is also a member of my RWA Chapter, From the Heart Romance Writers.  Her contemporary romance, A Man Like Saxon was featured on this blog not too long ago (Remember the hot air balloon?).

Jean wanted to return the favor and graciously allowed me to talk about Magic Moment today (thank you, Jean!).

"Adventures in Authorland"

And, if you missed the post of Jean's book (you have to check out that balloon), here's the Amazon link

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Hop On Over

Rather than post anything here today, I invite you to hop on over to Vintage Vonnie.  I'm visiting today, and talking about Magic Moment.  I would love for you to stop by, read how the story came to be, and leave a comment.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

A Ghost Story

The week before Christmas I put aside the Christmas books and read, Mina Khan's Dead:  A Ghost Story.

For readers who like to journey into the supernatural, this is your kind of story.  Since the author was on vacation, I waited for her return to post.

Blogger is still "finicky" with the images, so please check out the cover on Amazon or my Facebook page

Blurb for Dead: A Ghost Story:

A multicultural ghost story dealing with the immigrant experience, in which Nasreen -- the Indian-American protagonist -- grapples with her life and death in West Texas.

Author's Note: While my other stories are romances, to be specific genie romances, I wanted to write a simple, haunting ghost story for Halloween. I hope you enjoy the read.
This is a short story.
Nasreen watches in shamed silence as her husband and the Hispanic woman have sex….
In disgust, Nasreen turns away and finds herself swept up to the rafters. She still isn’t used to being dead and without the weight of her body. She swirls around, despondent and unsettled.
Watching the animal rutting brings back bad memories of all the times her husband had demanded his “rights.” Even now, she wants to scratch and kick at him, scream her hatred. She’d tried. Instead of satisfying impact, her fists simply went through Matin. Her mouth moved soundlessly when she’d tried to hurl accusations at him. They don’t see her now, standing there glaring at them. She doesn’t even cast a shadow.
A shudder of regret passes through Nasreen. Why did she exist as a mere shadow when she’d been alive? Why did she swallow all those bitter words in the name of family peace? Why didn’t she use her God-given legs to simply walk away? Now she is of even less substance than the fragile and forgotten cobweb hanging in the darkest corner of the house. The thought makes Nasreen’s eyes burn with hot, stinging tears. Loud, heavy sobs wrench out of her as she realizes that in death, as in life, she’s nothing.
In bed, both Maria and Matin tense up. Their eyes fly open, they lie very still, holding their breaths.
“What was that?” Maria whispers. “Did you hear it?”

Amazon Buy Link


Sunday, January 6, 2013

For Readers Who Like Their Victorian Era With Spice

I just finished reading fellow Crimson Romance author, Suzi Love's December release, The Viscount's Pleasure House.  If you are a fan of Historicials and/or Erotica, this book should be on your "to be read" list.
Also, Suzi puts out a daily newsletter on what's happening in the world of romance books, and authors.  I read it every morning while drinking my coffee.  If  you're interested, I've included the link down below.
Blurb for The Viscount's Pleasure House:

Lady Chrissie Wellsby and her two country friends research dozens of rogues before selecting the notorious Viscount Hawkesbury, owner of London’s most exclusive and expensive brothel, to educate them in erotic seduction. The ladies abandon respectability and coerce Justin Tremayne into letting them visit The Pleasure House and to teaching them the sensual tricks mistresses and prostitutes use to entertain men.

Though Justin believes three naive ladies will see the debauched romps in his themed rooms, cover their eyes and ears, and run back to their sheltered lives, he underestimates the desperation of abandoned women who imagine a wider knowledge of sex will keep the men in their lives at home, in their own beds. But despite watching several of their friends, men and women, perform raunchy acts at his brothel, the ladies insist on participating in the last of Justin’s infamous Sultan’s galas, held in numerous silk tents and outdoor bathing areas on his estate.

Justin concedes to Chrissie’s demands only to gain information about his long-lost mother and sisters, but the world-weary viscount falls head over heels in love with his emotionally bruised pupil. He yearns for a wife, children, and an uncomplicated wife, but can he convinced Chrissie to take a chance and marry again?  Because Justin never wants to leave her bed.


Justin, Viscount Hawkesbury, stepped closer and in reaction the black-clad lady moved back. As if remembering her reasons for coming, she shook her head and moved that same pace forward. Not as close as before, yet near enough to appear fearless.

He sighed, and rubbed a fist across his aching eyes. “I’m fatigued, out of sorts, and my friends and I have business to conduct. Either join in, or leave.”

He waved towards the door, hoping she’d walk out and leave him in peace, but also hoping, ridiculously, that she’d unveil, undress, and stay. Because something about this particular woman was different. Something about her stirred his first true sexual interest in many months.

He smiled a little. “I’d still like to see a little more of you. I can’t even see the color of your hair.” He pointed towards her groin.  “Top or bottom. Here, let me unbutton you,” he said, his fingers set to work on her top button, brushing the soft skin of her nape as he did so.

She flinched and held tight to the gaping neck of her dress with clenched fists. “Please. Listen to me. I’m not seeking employment.”

Amazon "Buy" Link      Magazine       

Daily Gossip Paper    


Listed above are the links to find Suzi Love.  Generally, I like to post the book cover, but for some reason Blogger's "insert image" isn't working.  And, "non-technical" me can't figure it out.  I encourage you all to click on the Amazon link for more information and to see a great looking cover.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Looking Forward to the New Year

Happy New Year!  My best wishes to everyone for a happy, healthy 2013!

2013 starts off with lots of exciting news for Magic Moment, and I'd like to share with you.

First, along with the review posted, Magic Moment is now available on All Romance ebooks.


Barnes and Noble has also made the book available both in ebook format and paperback.


And, "non-tech-savvy" me, who may be one of the few remaining souls who still listens to CDs purchased from Amazon, I forgot to mention iTunes has made the ebook available. 


And, finally, please check out Magic Moment's publisher, Crimson Romance.  Crimson offers a book club option.  Not only could you purchase Magic Moment through the club, but so many other great books at a great price.


Magic Moment will also be featured on blogs, "Vintage Vonnie," (Sunday, January 13th), and "Adventures in Authorland" (Sunday, January 20th).

"Vintage Vonnie" Link

"Adventures in Authorland" Link

I'm also working with GoddessFish Promotions  on a blog tour starting on February 4th.  I'll give more details on the stops and raffle prizes as we get closer to the date.

Goddess Fish Promotions Link

Everyone's interest and support has given Magic Moment a wonderful Holiday season.  Chase and Laura (and me, too!) are so appreciative.  Thank You!