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Hey, everyone!OneLovelyBlogAward

Just a quick thank you for my friend Skyhe Moncrief – and her lovely nod to this blog. I’ve been watching this award be posted around, and am tickled pink you thought of me.

So, I give the nod back to you, my friend: Skhye Moncrief – You don’t scare me, Skhye. But, please, stop trying. LOL.  I’m shaking my way through Spell of the Killing Moon and just might have to wait to finish it until Halloween. 🙂

For those of you who don’t know her, Skhye can tell you anything and everything you ever wanted to know about reference books. I am desperately in need of shelves, as my growing stack of writing books are threatening to topple down on my head the next time Southern California decides to do the hippie-hippie shake!

Now, it’s my turn to pass the baton on to my next lovely friends for their lovely blogs where I love to dawdle and spend my time:

Laurean’s Lore – who makes me laugh on a regular basis

Miss Mae – because you are so good at rallying the masses and keeping the ball rolling. You amaze me, girl!

Jeannie Ruesch -Happy Endings – My writer mama and friend, who I’m quite sure is the best website designer in the romance industry! 🙂 with the best tag line: Will Design for Chocolate. Can you imagine?!?!

So, take your awards, ladies!

Congratulations! The baton has been passed. The rules of acceptance are simple…
1) Accept the award, and don’t forget to post a link back to the awarding person.
2) Pass the award on.
3) Notify the award winners.



#RWAChange – What is it? How can you get involved? And, should you?

GreenRibbonThis conversation has been going on for a few weeks, and I’ve had the opportunity to take part – both in my new online RWA Group: ESPAN – and online at the RWAChange Yahoo loop – both which I discovered while participating in the Twitter Hashtag: #RWAChange

So, what is it – and let’s talk about it.

People on Twitter are only too happy to mention when a technology, application, device, or group fails in one way or another. Just create your own hashtag and share it with your followers. See #Amazonfail, #Agentfail, and #queryfail to name a few. (My own personal favorite was born when @SmartBitches mentioned that she looked up something on YouTube, didn’t find it, and stated that there were not enough hashtags for that fail! Hilarious. At any rate, I digress.)

#RWAChange was born when we decided to stop with #RWAFail already. We don’t want RWA to fail. Romance Writers of America serves a key purpose for romance writers of every genre, every heat, whether published or not. Ebook, or print. Mass distribution, or POD. We are romance authors and we need to be informed, in the loop, and talking to each other in order to continue to succeed in growing our careers. Thus – the Change.

Led by the charge of Dierdre Knight, author and agent — we primarily feel left out. Left out of decision making, due to the greening of our industry. The transition to small presses. The inability to enter in the prestigious RWA Rita contest as a published author. And, therein lies the rub.

As the romance writers either dive in (or dip their toes into) the new world of publishing, we just want our founding members to be able to support us. Rate our work. Know that just because a book is POD doesn’t mean you won’t sell enough to qualify as a PAN member (earning over a price point).

My publisher took a gamble on my success. They gave me a fantastic editor who worked with me, and has dragged me into good writing habits. I still shudder from some of the egregious errors I made on All or Nothing, but she did her magic and made it a fun read. I’m getting good reviews. I’d LOVE to enter it into the RITA contest. I cannot. I may enter it into the EPPIE contest. Or may not. But, I’m missing the peer review that I desperately need to keep my head in the game. Build upon my platform, and ultimately succeed in the Romance Marketplace.

Are you a reader of romance? A writer of romance? If not, chances are that you know someone who is — so, wear your green.

Follow #RWAChange on Twitter


Read up on the back & forth with the RWA President and industry professionals at ESPAN:

Plus, you can read a whole breakdown of the happenings at GalleyCat.

Join this century, and move with the times. I can’t wait to see what’s next for this exciting group of techno-savvy women, and I’m thrilled to be one of them.

What does Easter mean to you?

Happy Easter Weekend, everyone!

Welcome friends – new and old!  It’s Holy Saturday – April 11, 2009 – and this year I’m celebrating with the release of my Rosette – By Another Name – Now Available at

Can I tell you how AMAZING it feels to write that? This is my first true release -And, in celebration, I’m offering An Easter Lily Spring Cleaning Giveaway in honor of my characters! (see today’s contest information for what YOU CAN WIN at the bottom of this post…)

I had the pleasure of being interviewed earlier this week at Romance Junkies – along with my fellow Easter Lilies. I was asked about the theme of this story — Redemption — and what it really means to be redeemed.

By Another Name – Blurb:

What happens when a reformed high school bully falls for the girl he tormented seven years earlier? When Kade Sinclair crashes into the girl of his dreams, she quickly wrecks his heart. Not one to take no for an answer, he pulls out all the stops to win her over. What he learns changes his life forever.

Rosalee Timmons is coming home. A single mother, new business owner, and the object of the most popular guy in town’s attention–starting over will be the biggest hurdle of her life. She may be hiding behind a new name, but that doesn’t heal the old scars on her wounded heart.

When Kade realizes that confident, aloof Lee is actually little Rosalee Timmons all grown up, it seems he hasn’t a snowball’s chance. But when opportunity knocks, he finds a way back into her life. Will Lee accept an apology seven years in the making, or will Kade give up before she finally gives in?

Perhaps because the path I’m walking in this life has taken several jigs and jags, I’ve had to “do things over” a time or two. Like the kids game. I watch my daughters do the time honored tradition of the “do over” as they play pretend. They don’t care for the way things are headed, so they shout! “do over!” and move on in a different direction.

Check my “About” page if you want to see where I’m coming from – spiritually – but what I’d like to share with you all is this: Easter is the perfect time for Do Overs. Spring Cleaning of the soul…It’s a time for righting old wrongs, or at least facing them. It’s about checking your heart. And most importantly, about making amends.

So, if I might be so bold, I invite you all to check your own hearts… see if there is an area of your own life that needs renewal — a do over of your very own. Sweep out those old cobwebs, clean out those closets & drawers, and throw open the blinds! let some sunlight shine onto your soul.

You Found It!!!

You Found It!!!

In honor of my character Rosalee “Lee” Timmons – a phenomenal caterer in her own right – I’m delighted to give away a “Chef’s Delight” package!

All you have to do to win is comment by Monday Morning! either your favorite family recipe, house hold cleaning tip, or if you are so inclined – a moment in your own life where you realized you needed a do-over!  All names will be entered! TWO winners will be selected!!!

Enter to Win A Chef’s Delight – GRAND PRIZE:

  • A Cooking Gift Basket – Surprise cooking odds & ends AND my EXCELLENT (highly coveted) Scone Recipe
  • I’ll also be giving away a copy of each title from the Easter Lilies Bouquet:

  • Under the 5th Street Bridge
  • Wildflowers In Bloom
  • By Another Name
  • Remember! Join the blog hop for our ULTIMATE grand prize.  Find all 4 sparkly Easter Eggs…  Put some more romance in your basket by visiting Sharon Donovan at the next post in our blog hop tour tomorrow – April 12th, 2009: http://sharondonovan .blogspot. com

    If you’ve missed any part of our blog hop – start over here:

    (FYI -to my Inspy friends – my fellow blog-hoppers write in all heats or romance – so be advised! and blog-hop at your own discretion! – They’re lovely people, and excellent authors in their own genres… each and every one.)

    Good Luck! and have a happy Easter…

    Easter Lilies Begin Their Bloom At White Rose Publishing

    It’s finally here. The Easter Lilies contest winners begin publication today – with the beautiful story by Carla Rossi – Under the 5th Street Bridge.

    Under the 5th Street Bridge by Carla Rossi — AVAILABLE NOW

    Last Easter, Trey Lawson returned from war with a combat injury and a long road to recovery. A year later, his life appears to be back on track, but he’s not exactly where God wants him. He couldn’t be. He’s miserable. Joy Cavanaugh has waited a year for Trey to snap out of it. Their once-serious relationship has all but disappeared since his return. She’s convinced he still loves her, but why has he shut her out? He’s made it clear he’d rather spend his time ministering to the homeless men under the 5th Street bridge than to allow her back into his life. As they herald the holiest of all Christian celebrations, can Trey let God resurrect his life, or will Joy have to give him up forever?

    I’ve looked at the other contest winners with interest, wondering what it was about their stories that rose to the top of the many contest entries. Already, I can tell you, as I got my copy this morning! I’m thrilled to be part of this small group of women who were the three chosen to sponsor this Easter Weekend celebration at White Rose Publishing.

    Contest winner doesn’t really feel right. Yes, we placed. Yes, we were acknowledged – and that’s a great feeling. Don’t get me wrong. I danced around the house, whooping and hollering! But after that, there was the waiting. The ENDLESS almost year long waiting for the publication date. And now, at last, it’s upon us!

    Spring is like that. We plant seeds – the husks left over from last year’s blooms – in hopes of a beautiful garden to burst forth. My daughter pokes her fingers into the soil, and plants with the child-like faith that those seeds will sprout. She doesn’t ask why. She smiles and says, “these will be lovely, mama – won’t they?”

    We’re really going to have a surprise garden this year. I gave the girls bags of seeds and they were off! they poked and planted and covered up. We’ve watered and now we’re watching sprigs of new plants raise their bright green heads to the sun. What are they? What sorts of flowers will they bring?

    Well – we could have nasturtiums blooming over a bed of marigolds. We could have squash plants and cucumbers climbing the fence among the morning glory. We very well might have peppers and tomatoes growing amid the zinnia. And I suspect we’re going to have towering sunflowers EVERYWHERE. It’s going to be a strange, fascinating process to see what comes up, what thrives, what aids, and what overtakes.

    So, with spring, rebirth, and renewal in your heart, please drop by and pick up your first copy in the Easter Lily boquet – Under the 5th Street Bridge. Lovers of romance will not be disappointed.

    Have a wonderful day!

    Romancing February – First Crushes & True Love! Contest Winner!

    Thank you — everyone — for playing yesterday. We loved reading all of your entries, and everyone’s take on true love. I enjoyed them all, and passed the posts on to my DH, who read each with careful precision.

    He is announcing the winner – Emma Lai!

    * I think he saw a bit of himself in your post, with the turning a blind eye to the number of books you buy! LOL

    Congratulations! Please e-mail me – Emma, to receive your Preview Copy of By Another Name!

    Check Back on 2/6/2009 – for the Romancing February – True Love – Contest Winner

    Read the blog below for some FABULOUS posts from the day! Click to view the new trailer!

    The winner will be announced in the morning! Pacific Coast Time, that is! You have until Midnight Tonight to add your definition of True Love… I look forward to reading them all! and remember – Visit Once again… to “compete” in the Romancing February grand prize – a $75 gift certificate for The Wild Rose Press – please join our blog-hop, starting with the wonderful blog-talents of Amber Leigh Williams. Next stop: Nan Jacobs – for her Silver Fox Tales!

    Remember to visit – a new blog by writer mamas, for mama writers. It’s all about the love…

    Romancing February – First Crushes & True Love!

    Good morning, everyone! Let me pour a cup of coffee and tell you a funny story…Ah! Now, then.

    As a little girl, I dreamed about who my true love would be. A hopeful romantic, science fiction fan, and want-to-be-author, I remember playing house with Han Solo as my husband at the ripe old age of 7. He was a tough act to follow.

    When I was a bit older, my best friend Kymmie and I chased boys in the playground (subtle, huh?), practiced cooking in her mother’s kitchen (mine would have died before she let us concoct such fare at my house!) and wondered what it would be like to grow up, get married, and have homes of our own.

    Now, the mother of two little girls – I recently had the honor and horror of discovering my 4 – almost 5 year old has her first crush. First Crush? At almost 5?! I fell out of my chair. Specifically, I tipped off my perch on the bathroom counter as DD#1 splashed in the tub and told me she wanted to talk about boys, because SHE had a secret crush on a BOY! This sent her and her little sis into peals of laughter. Either at the concept of boys, or at the look on my face, I’m not sure which.

    Boys?! okay. It’s not like I didn’t know it was coming. I just am not ready for it to come quite this soon. So, briefly closing my eyes and praying for the right words (a new habit of mine – knowing that God knows what the girls need to hear far more than I know what to tell them!)

    “Sweetie?” I asked, voice low. “What does it mean to have a crush?”

    “It means you whisper a lot.” She laughed, continuing to splash around. “Oh! And that you always have someone to play tag with.” Then, she began chanting her ‘boyfriend’s’ name over and over again.

    Watching my baby, in all of her innocence, my heart warmed. True love–brilliantly defined by a 5 year old–means having someone to whisper with, and always having a partner to play your favorite game.

    Late in the night, I shared this with my DH as we lay in the dark, my head in the hollow of his shoulder. He is my true love. My someone who whispers with me. Laughs with me. Knows what I need him to say or do, before I realize I need it. And, as a bonus–he shares the day to day like a champ. He will always be my Valentine. Last year he stood in line last year for over an hour to get me my favorite See’s candies — and the best part is, he could care less what it does to my waist-line.

    So – for the Romancing February prize of the day -Tell me what True Love means to YOU!

    We’ll review the answers, and my DH will help make the decision (Give him some good ideas, ladies!) The winner will receive a preview edition of my redemption-themed contemporary romance, “By Another Name” – Releasing April 11, 2009 from The Wild Rose Press.

    Thanks for playing!

    Once again… to “compete” in the Romancing February grand prize – a $75 gift certificate for The Wild Rose Press – please join our blog-hop, starting with the wonderful blog-talents of Amber Leigh Williams. Next stop: Nan Jacobs – for her Silver Fox Tales!

    Remember to visit – a new blog by writer mamas, for mama writers. It’s all about the love…

    February – a contest, and a Pesky Ground Hog!

    It’s February – the month of romance. And it’s contest time again!

    28 romance authors invite you to participate in a month-long event of love and laughter. Each day starting Feb. 1, 2009 an author will throw a romance party at her blog and host a contest with a prize. The link to the next day’s blog location will also be provided at each location. Just drop by and enter the contest. And get ready to heat up the cold wintery days of February. You could win a prize a day!

    Visit: to join in!

    Out here in sunny SoCal, it’s already 70 on the back porch. Our tulips are reaching for the sun as it warms the valley through the morning mist. All is right with the universe.

    And yet, Punxatawnee Phil declares 6 more weeks of winter?! How dare that little ground hog!

    I refuse to give in. I’ve cleaned off the back patio and resurrected fountain! I cleaned out the dead leaves from around my budding geraniums. I spent my “me” time yesterday teaching my daughters how to deadhead the marigolds and replant the seeds. We rode bikes, drank beer, and watched my Arizona Cardinals put up a noble fight on Superbowl Sunday. The sun is shining, and yet, a cold front is moving in for the weekend.

    So, what are we going to do if 6 more weeks of winter do come? I’ll have to invest in frost cloth, because I started gardening too soon. I’ll have to bring in the outdoor cushions – AGAIN! We’ll have some more fires in the fireplace, hot cocoa and popcorn, and hunker down with some good old 80s/90s princess movies. This weekend, I think we’re going for “Ever After” with Drew Barrymore. We might make one last trip to the snow up in Idyllwild and build a snowman, and watch my daughters laugh as they slide down snow-mountains, pink-cheeked, and frozen.

    Regardless, it’s Spring time for my soul, and spring-cleaning of my priorities is in order! And, rest well…I feel a story coming on…

    Mama Writers Blog – Live Today!

    The Mama Writers Community is officially launched!

    Come join the Mama Writers as they blog about writing romance, raising kids and everything in-between. Look for our special pages of mama tips, writing resources, forums, and more!

    Meet the Mamas: Renee Knowles, Jeannie Ruesch, Kris Kennedy, Eliza Knight, Melissa Mayhue, Tiffany James, Stacy Dawn, Tina Gerow, Viola Estrella, Ashley Ludwig, Helen Hardt and Allie K. Adams.

    Don’t forget to leave a comment—with the launch of our new site we’ve got a fabulous and oh-so-perfect $50 Universal Spa gift card (can be used at over 5000 locations worldwide!!!) along with some Mama Writer’s goodies!

    In addition to the Mama Writers blogging daily, we have a spectacular line-up of weekly special guest authors—who also happen to be moms! Here’s a sneak peek at who will be visiting with us: Roxanne St. Claire, Brenda Novak, Eloisa James, Allison Brennan, Monica McCarty, Jill Sorenson, Carrie Lofty, Delilah Marvelle, Christina Katzs, and many, many more.

    Faith Bicknell-Brown kicks off the line-up on February 4th.

    Don’t miss out!

    Raising Kids. Writing Romance.

    It’s all about the love.

    Romancing February – Mark Your Calendars for Your Chance To Win!

    28 romance authors invite you to participate in a month-long event of love and laughter. Each day starting Feb. 1, 2009 an author will throw a romance party at her blog and host a contest with a prize.

    The link to the next day’s blog location will also be provided at each location. Just drop by and enter the contest. And get ready to heat up the cold wintery days of February. You could win a prize a day! On February 28th, one person will be awarded the grand prize of a $75 WRP gift certificate.

    All you have to do to enter the grand prize contest is make a list of each author in this blog event and name one title she has available. Submit your list to by midnight CST, February 27, 2009.

    The winner will be announced on February 28th–just in time to warm up that person’s February. Visit on February 1st to begin.