Monday, February 28, 2011

Win a FREE copy of Vestal Virgin--March 3 at the Romance Reviews

The Romance Reviews is celebration all month! On March 3, this Thursday, you can win a copy of Vestal Virgin if you can answer this question--

1) Vestal Virgins were:

a) Sex slaves in ancient Greece

b) Priestesses sworn to thirty years of Chastity

c) A cult in California in the 1960s

d) Sacred hermaphrodites

Answer: The Vestal Virgins were the most powerful women in ancient Rome, priestesses of Vesta and keepers of the sacred flame. The six vestals were sworn to thirty years of chastity on penalty of death.

I hope you win!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Vestal Virgin Featured on Bargain eBooks

Vestal Virgin is featured today on Holly Hook's blog Bargain eBooks. Please check out her blog--featuring eBooks priced $5.00 and less.

Holly has a runaway hit fantasy, Tempest. Here's the description:

Book 1 of the Destroyers Series

Sixteen-year-old Janelle never thought the gray spiral birthmark on her arm meant anything special. That is, until she meets Gary, a boy her age with a birthmark exactly like hers. Gary’s attractive, brooding, and perfectly normal…except for the fact that he materialized out of a dangerous hurricane right in front of her. Janelle’s certain of only one thing. Gary’s mark—and hers, too—mean something, but he’s reluctant to tell her what.

At last she squeezes the truth from Gary about their markings. And the truth is utterly terrifying: Janelle and Gary are more connected to the destructive power of nature than she ever dreamed possible. And learning the truth about herself is only the start of her nightmare.

Book 2 of the Destroyers Series, Inferno, will be released in July 2011.

2010 Amazon Breatkthrough Novel Awards Semifinalist

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Facebook Banned the Cover of Dating My Vibrator (and other true fiction)

This morning, when I tried to sign into Facebook, I was shocked to discover that the cover of my book Dating My Vibrator (and other true fiction) had been banned. Strange since the cover has been on Facebook for the past six months. I think this came about because I posted on Amazon's Kindle page yesterday--someone must have complained. But, truly, I don't think the cover violates the guidelines.

Here are the Facebook Guidelines:

What kinds of photos does Facebook remove?
Photos are removed if they contain nudity, drug use or other obscene content. If the photo attacks another individual or group, it will be removed as well.

My cover contains no nudity, no drug use, and no obscene content--unless you consider a cylinder dressed in a tuxedo obscene. And it certainly attacks no other people.

Apparently, Facebook also bans breastfeeding mothers, works of great art--including the Madonna and child--but allows child porn sites and worse.

And why is violence, death and blood more acceptable than the suggestion of sex?

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Vestal Virgin coming out in trade paperback

Yes, I love my Kindle, but I have to admit that I'm extremely excited to be bring Vestal Virgin out in paperback. Now my family will actually believe I'm a writer--I mean, I'll have proof. Even I will believe I'm actually a writer.

I just read through the proofs, and Terry Roy has done and incredible job. She went beyond anything I'd hoped for, incorporating Jeroen ten Berge's gorgeous cover designs into the interior of the book. By the way, Terry Roy is the author of several books, DiscoveryDiscovery, A Far-Out RomanceConvergence - Journey to Nyorfias, book one, and Gravity - Journey to Niorfias, book two--please check them out.

Being an indie author may, at times, feel like a lone journey, but it's not. Many people helped me to create this book. And most of them have been paid very little. Creating a book is an act of faith, an act of love. And publishing, I've come to learn, is just part of the journey.

Many thanks to everyone I've met along the way so far, and I can't wait to meet the rest of you!


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Win a FREE copy of Vestal Virgin--visit Joel Kirkpatrick's blog!

Writer, Joel Kirkpatrick, interview me on his blog The Tale's the Thing. The article he posted is extensive--and more personal than most guest blogs. I met Joe through Goodreads, but we both live in the little mountain town of Durango. A few weeks ago we met face-to-face at a local coffee shop. Joe is a prolific writer and generous to fellow writers. Please check out his blog.

Also, if you follow my blog AND post a comment on my interview at Joe's blog by February 20, I'll send you a smashwords coupon for a FREE COPY OF VESTAL VIRGIN.

Please tell your friends!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Indie Author Nancy C. Johnson Sneaks onto NYT Bestselling ebook List!

The New York Times Book Review just began posting a bestseller for ebooks, but much to the dismay of many indie authors who should be on the list, their books are listed. However, indie author, Nancy C. Johnson got onto the list with her book Her Last Letter. How did she do it? She started her own publishing company. Interact with Nancy on Kindleboards!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Romance Reviews Grand Opening is Coming in March!


The Romance Reviews, a great friend to readers and writers, is throwing a big party in March, and I'm a sponsor. Check it out:


March 2011

Get ready for loads of fun activities!

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Over $1,500 worth of cool prizes to be won!


Weekly Prizes

$10 Gift Cards – 32 winners!
(8 winners each week)
Hundreds of Book Giveaways

Major Prizes

Grand Prize: $100 Gift Card
2nd Prize: $70 Gift Card
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For Authors

(based on results of book votes)
Grand Prize: $200 TRR Advertising Package
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Main Sponsor
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Participating Authors
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LoRee Peery
Gail Pallotta

Friday, February 11, 2011

Tonight on Stacey Cochran's internet radio show, Book Chatter

Stacy Cochran will be interviewing me, and several other writers, tonight on his internet radio show, Book Chatter. The show begins at 11pm Eastern time (9pm Mountain time)--and I'd love to hear from you! This is your chance to put me on the spot and ask embarrassing questions!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Romancing Romance--do I write romance? Or the antithesis?

T.L. Haddix, author of The Leroy's Sins Series ask me to guest post on her blog today--about writing Romance. That made me I really writing romance? Or am I writing the antithesis? Please check out the post here: Romancing Romance

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Interview with Mark Coker on Shane Cumming's blog

Shane Cummings, an established horror writer from Western Australia is making the transition to eBooks. In celebration, he's hosting a series of interviews with top players in the industry. Check out his interview with Mark Coker founder and CEO of Smashwords. More interviews will follow in The Grand Conversation on eBooks.

Lately my fave haven, Kindleboards, has been a bit of a war zone. Sometimes it feels as if Indie Writers are under attack. Some posts have begun with leading questions which can only lead to hurt feelings and arguments. How refreshing to have a post, which is useful and informative, from a successful writer!

Thank you Shane.