Monday, January 21, 2013

The Value in Reviews

First of all, I would like to thank everyone who takes the time to write honest reviews and post them to Amazon and other venues. Even if a review is only a sentence long it still provides value to readers and authors. Potential readers get an idea about the readability of the work and if the book might be worth trying. The author is able to garner a general idea of how well received their novel is by looking for patterns in the reviews. I check Amazon fairly often and the reviews for Marked in Mexico continue to trickle in. Of the 34 reviews and counting, 19 readers gave the novel a five-star rating, 12 a four-star rating and three a three-star rating. I’m absolutely thrilled with the five-star ratings and I’m very happy with the fours.  Most importantly, what these numbers tell me is that the majority of those who read and reviewed my book enjoyed the story. So, please keep reading and reviewing. With the millions of books available your opinion is more valuable than ever.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

A Hero's Homecoming

Prism Book Group’s book of the month for January is A Hero’s Homecoming, by Carlene Havel.  Each month a different novel is featured to offer readers the opportunity to check out a new work or author of quality romantic fiction for only 99 cents.

 A HERO’S HOMECOMING (Inspirational/Contemporary Romance)

Colonel Rich Martino returns home from overseas to find everything has changed and nothing makes sense. His wife Rita has disappeared. His credit cards are invalid. A stranger is living in his house and he keeps running into people who are convinced he was killed in action months ago. Worst of all, his wealthy father has suffered a stroke.
Psychologist Charlotte Phillips claims to be his comatose father’s legal guardian. Rich is determined to learn what has happened, gain control of his father’s money, and unmask Charlotte as the gold-digging schemer he’s certain she is. He is shocked to find his father’s crusty old attorney has been taken in by her along with everyone else.
Can Rich straighten out the mess his life has become?

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Big Horn Storm Nominated

I just wanted to share some exciting news. Big Horn Storm has been nominated in the Romantic Suspense category for a CAPA, an annual award given by The Romance Studio recognizing excellence in romantic fiction. The 10th annual awards will be announced on Valentine’s Day 2013, so keep your fingers crossed for Big Horn Storm.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Free Kindle download from today and tomorrow only. Don’t miss this opportunity to pick up your copy of this highly-touted historical Romance.

Seeking Patience

Do people prove their self-worth by strength, or by character?

A Romany leader confronts the English heritage he has denied when he lands, beaten and powerless, in the path of a high-spirited young widow. Will the prim countess agree to hide the charismatic rogue in her home and jeopardize her safety while her stepson accuses her of murdering her elderly husband?

Patience Blakwell is not beautiful. As a dutiful young countess in Regency England, she endures her husband’s cruelty. She struggles with her faith, trying to understand why God is not following the plan she had for her life—to be loved and cherished by her husband. After her husband’s unexpected death, her grown stepson charges her with her late husband’s murder.

Luca Boldor, more Gypsy than English, is determined to prove that he is strong and capable and doesn’t need anyone. But once he is forced to depend on Lady Patience Blakwell, a woman who represents all he loathes, he must decide whether he should turn away when she needs him, or risk his most vulnerable, forgiving self to keep her safe. By denying his English heritage, has he denied a part of himself?

Monday, January 7, 2013

Resolutions, Goals and Dreams

As we plunge into 2013 many of us have developed lists of resolutions, goals and dreams.  For me, resolutions are things to do such as lose weight, exercise, write more, etc., goals are targets to strive for and dreams are often a little more difficult to attain, but not necessarily out of reach. So for 2013 I resolve to spend more time with family and continue to support my fellow writers, my goal is to achieve more success with my next novel than I did with my last and my dream is to write a best-seller. They (which I’m never sure who “they” are) advise people to set realistic goals, but feel free to dream big and reach high. I hope everyone had a wonderful and safe New Year’s holiday and are still feeling optimistic for the coming year.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Free Download and Monthly Contest

Free Kindle downloads of Marked in Mexico are available today and tomorrow (January 5 and 6, 2013) at  Be sure to stop by and get your free copy to find out if a deadly manhunt will lead to love. 

Desperate Dreams will be featured today, Saturday, January 5 on The Log Line Blog(  The Logline Blog holds a monthly contest for a $20 Amazon or ARe gift card. To be entered into the monthly contest readers just need to leave a comment for the daily log lines.  Please stop by and comment.