July 2010

Dear Friends & Readers:

It’s hot as heck here in the Sunshine State and I’m preparing for the upcoming RWA conference in Orlando. I’m not doing a great job of juggling priorities but I’m determined to get through with everything! I don’t know about you, but this month marks the halfway point in the year…I’m still wondering where the time went. I’ve been too busy to really enjoy the outdoors the way I should. However, I did get a little bit of sun time on my work-vacation so I’m not a pasty white color anymore. šŸ™‚

I still can’t believe Nationals is just around the corner. I’m really looking forward to seeing my friends and peers at the Romance Writers of America conference. It’s one of the best parts of the year so I usually leave more inspired! The energy is indescribable because you just absorb it…a drug that keeps the creativity pumping through you for at least a few more months afterward. This is the time where I meet or reconnect with editors and this is the time I am reminded that I can’t stop writing. There’s so many stories I want to tell so this event is just the kick in the pants I need to keep at it.

Well, my Smashwords experiment is reaching a new readership and I’mĀ ecstaticĀ about this. Writing is hard enough but when it also entails promotional and marketing efforts, it’s a very time consuming process–but it must be done. With this new promo venture, I am reaching a wider demographic and I’m excited there’s so many people willing to give my writing a chance. The free reads are a hit and I feel good that those stories are available to the public outside of my own website.

Speaking of which, I just re-designed the cover of Sonnet Seduction which was a Cassidy Kent free read. It’s a story I totally adore because it’s got a connection to Pride & Prejudice…I’m sure you all know, I am a big fan of Austen. I’ve read the book many times and watched every movie take on this love story. In 2007, my writing partner and I were able to incorporate this love of the story into our free read. It’s one of my favorite (hummm, I suppose all of them are–LOL) and I hope you’ll enjoy it! I have the PDF available for DOWNLOAD NOW. If you would like this story in another format for your eReader, you can go to Smashwords to download them.

SONNET SEDUCTION

12th grade English teacher, Harper Alcott, has her hands full this Valentine’s Day. Between planning the school dance, verbally sparring with her colleague Tyler Finleah, and receiving the mysterious sonnets from a secret admirer, she has about all she can take. When Harper finds Mr. Darcy to her Elizabeth Bennet at the masquerade costume ball, things take a turn for the sexy.

Once again, enjoy the beautiful weather! Spend it with love ones because time is precious and any memories made is a cherished moment you’ll want to carry with you….

Happy Summer!