Monday, July 28, 2014

Baby Steps to eBooks

Those who know me or have followed me for very long know that I drag my feet when it comes to taking a technological step.  I was one of those writers and readers who vowed I would never read anything other than a bound book that I could hold in my hands and manually turn those paper pages. But, some of the newer authors aren’t always stocked in bookstores and the price of a Kindle book is often cheap enough that I don’t mind inching away from my top handful of authors and giving a new writer a chance and I was missing out on all the free Kindle books I saw being promoted. So, rather than jumping in with both feet, I decided to take baby steps and downloaded Amazon’s free Kindle App for my computer.  I was amazed at how easy and enjoyable it was, and now free books were just a click away.  Soon my confidence grew and I must confess I got a Kindle and now read most of my books on this wonderful device. So, if you’re on the fence about digital books, the free Kindle App for your computer may be a way to test the waters (click on the icon to the right to get started).

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Falling Like a Rock

Falling Like a Rock is the newest release from contemporary romance author, Bonnie McCune. Please continue reading for a tiny taste of her latest novel. Enjoy!

Unloved and unemployed. That’s Elaine Svoboda, after she’s sacked, then flees across country to her boyfriend who drops her flat. Teetering on the abyss of disaster, she calls an old friend who invites her to a tiny mountain town with fresh prospects. There she meets rugged, hunky Joe Richter-Leon, mayor of Falling Rock. Maybe he can help her find a job. Maybe they can become friends, even share romance.

Sparks fly immediately, but major obstacles make a new life on the ashes of the old appear impossible. Joe’s consumed with challenges like the dismal local economy and an impetuous sister. Elaine butts heads with him at every turn in the rocky road. Is the problem her bungling attempts to help? Or does she remind him of a greedy, selfish ex-wife? Before they can build a new life on the ashes of the old, she must overcome a few obstacles like a broken ankle, an eating disturbance, his stubbornness, and her own fears. She’s smothering her hopes when a battle with a forest inferno illuminates their true feelings and desire.

Funny and frank, poignant and perceptive, when two people are “Falling Like a Rock,” they learn surrender sometimes means victory.
Learn more about Bonnie at  

Other highly-rated fiction by Bonnie McCune include:

A Saint Comes Stumbling In (4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon): $2.99

Heart-strong (4.4 out of 5 stars on Amazon): $0.99

Irish Episode (4.8 our of 5 stars on Amazon): $0.99

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Desperate & Dreaming Of A New Life

MFRW Authors Blog
Welcome to this week’s Book Hooks blog hop. Here’s an six-sentence teaser from my romantic suspense/adventure novel, Deadly Exodus, a blurb, and the newest video trailer on YouTube. And, Deadly Exodus is still just $0.99 on Amazon for your Kindle. Enjoy this tiny peek into my novel, and then click on another great writer in the list below to check out more book hooks. Thank you for participating in this week’s Marketing For Romance Writers’ Hop!

Get up,” Claire screamed over the whir of the helicopter blades.
Nyla could barely hear Claire above the noise. She didn’t think she could move her legs. Her heart ached so deeply she could no longer summon up the strength to care about her own life or future, but Claire grasped her hand and pulled until Nyla rose to her feet.
“Come on Nyla, move.”
She complied, knowing her friend wouldn’t leave her behind. 


Their love is forbidden…their lives in danger…

Trapped in a dystopian America where men are being exterminated and relationships are forbidden, Nyla is determined to change the course of her future and protect Ethan. Fleeing means abandoning her grandmother and imprisoned mother, but Nyla and her friends will do anything to escape an authoritarian government which has stolen their freedom and prohibits personal expression of any kind.

Desperate and dreaming of a new life, the group makes a run for the Mexican border through the inhospitable Big Bend region of Texas. Persistent patrols track and corner them, while a vast and desolate landscape inhabited by brazen predators tests their ability to survive.

Will they live to realize their dreams of a new life and a chance at love?

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Writing Conferences and Events in the West

For anyone looking to hone their craft, and network with agents, editors, publishers and fellow writers, summer is the season. Here’s a list of upcoming writing events around the West.

Writing the Rockies Conference, July 24-27, 2014. Western State Colorado University in the Gunnison Valley. More information at 

Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference, July 24–27, 2014. Corte Madera, CA. Editors, publishers, agents, and detectives. More at 

Steamboat Springs (Colorado) Writers’ Group hosts a conference August 1-2, 2014.  Learn more at 

Willamette Writers Conference, August 1–3, 2014. Portland, OR. Editors, agents, & film Consultants. Workshops include marketing & platform, writing for children & films, and writing memoir. More information at 

Society for Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) summer conference August 1–4, 2014. Los Angeles, CA. More information at 

The Oregon Christian Writers summer conference August 4 – 7, 2014. Portland, OR. Agents, editors, and others will lead workshops and meet with attendees. More info at 

A River of One’s Own adventure, a river journey for women. August 10 – 16, 2014. Moab, UT.  Join Page Lambert and others. Theme is A Heroine’s Journey into the World of Story. Learn more at 

Book Passage Travel Writers and Photographers Conference August 14 – 17, 2014. California’s Bay Area. Features magazine editors and publishers, food writers, photographers, and others. More at 

Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths Mystery and Crime Writers presents WriteNow! 2014 August 15 & 16, 2014. Phoenix, AZ. Learn more at 

The Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Colorado Gold Conference September 5 – 7, 2014. Westminster, CO. Learn more at 

The Equality State Book Festival September 11 – 13, 2014. Casper, WY. Presented by Casper College and ArtCore. Learn more at 

Southwest Christian Writers Association hosts its annual conference September 19 & 20, 2014. Durango, CO. Topics include Creating Compelling Characters and Fundamental Story Building Steps. Learn more at 

A Weekend for Words, the Southern California Writers Conference September 19–21, 2014. Los Angeles, CA. Authors & editors of mysteries, thrillers, screen plays & nonfiction, among others, will conduct workshops & meet with participants. More at 

The Rocky Mountain Chapter of SCWBI hosts its Letters and Lines Conference September 20 & 21, 2014. Golden, CO. Many writers, illustrators, agents, and editors will be on hand. Learn more at 

The Montana Chapter of SCBWI hosts its fall conference September 20 & 21, 2014. Bozeman, MT. Learn more at 

Authors of the Flathead presents its annual writers conference, September 27 & 28, 2014. Kalispell, MT. Workshop sessions on fiction, nonfiction, marketing & screenwriting will be conducted. Two literary agents scheduled. More at 

The Montana Writers Conference, hosted by Montana Romance Writers, October 3 – 5, 2014. Bozeman, MT. Learn more at

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Best Bargain In Entertainment

If you’re in the mood for a quick fun read, Daisy Jerico is the author for you. Her latest novella, Sparks Fly, was just released, and if it’s anything like her last one, The Love Thief, I’m sure it’ll be amusing and entertaining, and leave me smiling. And, at just $0.99, how can you go wrong? So, make sure to check out these two feel-good reads.

Carlisle’s dream of attending culinary school goes up in flames when she accidentally burns down her landlord’s shed while cooking ribs for a contest. Winning the cook-off would have provided enough money for tuition. Now she needs to win to replace the damaged building. Carlisle resigns herself to putting her future on hold while dealing with the problems of the present.

The hot fire chief who puts out the fire makes it clear she’s used up precious resources with her carelessness. He’s furious that she’s wasted his time when he needs every second to track down an arsonist who is escalating dangerously.

The far more serious problem is that Carlisle’s small fire draws the attention of the arsonist who doesn't like anyone stealing the limelight. He comes after her with a frightening single-minded focus. Can Carlisle save herself and their budding romance from the flames of a maniac?

When the jewelry gallery she works at is robbed, Sandra is not just the prime suspect; she is the only suspect. Desperate to clear her name, she reluctantly agrees to work with sexy former jewel thief, Alex Daniels, to recover the jewelry and catch a thief.

He reminds her of the men who lounge half-naked across Ferraris in fragrance ads, aloof and confident in their looks. Alex can't believe anyone as naive and trusting as Sandra can be for real. Thrown together to solve the robbery, Alex feels his heart begin to thaw towards Sandra. As his feelings become stronger, Alex must ask her to rekindle a romance to her recently paroled ex-boyfriend, who holds the key to solving the robbery.

In the end, Sandra must decide if it is more important to clear her name or follow her heart.

About the Author

Daisy Jerico lives in a small Wisconsin town with her three dogs and husband of 27 years. When not writing, Daisy teaches science to inquiring minds. For more on Daisy, visit her online at