I was lucky enough to be asked to participate in this event. Kathy, over at I Am A Reader
chose 12 authors to highlight as a 12 days of Christmas theme, but with clean, romantic books! This promotion includes lots of giveaways, so check it out!
I’m copying her post here, so that y’all can look over the details.
* $100 Kick-Off Giveaway *
12 Days of Clean Romance!
This promotion is hosted by Kathy from I Am A Reader and features 12 of her favorite authors whose books you can trust to be clean, fun and 100% worth reading!
Just look at this great list of Participating Authors!!
12 Days of Clean Romance Schedule
Jennifer Peel – December 4th
Taylor Hart – December 5th
Rachael Anderson – December 6th
Josi S. Kilpack – December 7th
Janette Rallison – December 8th
Jennifer Griffith – December 9th
Taylor Dean – December 11th
Sheralyn Pratt – December 12th
Heather B. Moore – December 13th
Annette K. Larsen – December 14th
Lucy McConnell – December 15th
Cami Checketts – December 16th
In total $500 will be given away as part of this promotion so be sure to sign up for email updates so you don’t miss any of these giveaways!
If you have a blog and want to help promote these authors for the chance to win additional gift cards you can sign up here.
Now on to what you are here for
The $100 Giveaway!!
$100 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Giveaway
Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.
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I hope everyone is adjusting well to school being back in session. I know that I’m still trying to get my footing as I work out a new schedule for mommying and writing.
I have some great news. Not only are the first four Dalthia books ALL on sale for $.99, but they are part of a sale that includes 80 CLEAN ROMANCE Novels.
There are multiples genres included. We’ve got contemporary, historical, suspense, YA, and paranormal. But all are ROMANCE and all are CLEAN. So check them out, see what tickles your fancy and grab up some cheap reading!
*I should clarify that I have not read all of these books. In fact I think I’ve only read two of them (besides my own, of course). This was put together by my author friend Lindzee Armstrong, and she gathered all the authors and info. Each author has asserted that their books are clean, but I cannot personally endorse them since I haven’t had a chance to read them yet. 🙂 Happy reading!
Well, it’s been almost two weeks since Painting Rain was released. In that time I’ve run a free promo on Just Ella and then promptly fell off the face of the internet to take care of this little snoozer.
Life is good here in mommy land.
Another question from my FB page. Someone asked where I get inspiration for my heroes. So here’s my attempt to answer:
Firstly, none of my characters are based on real people. I have utilized little quirks from people I’ve known and incorporated them into some of my characters, but that’s the extend of it.
During my 2 1/2 day writing retreat with my critique group last October, I ended up writing 22,000 words on my Saving Marilee manuscript. A lot of that success was due to my determination to plug in and write. No excuses. Just writing. And most of the time I would have my headphones on, listening to my writing playlist so that I could tune out anything else going on around me.
It makes me giggle when my books are criticized for not being historically accurate. So, for the record: I don’t write historical fiction. It’s just not in my wheelhouse.
I had a reader ask on my FB page where I came up with the original concept of Ella and her sisters.
The first few scenes that I wrote for Just Ella were so bad. They were stilted and awkward, the dialogue was contrived, and I was trying to write in the style that Jane Eyre was written in, which didn’t work since I’m not Charlotte Bronte. I didn’t have a handle on the old timey speech, and I didn’t really know who Ella was.
While I was still in the middle of writing Missing Lily, I started contemplating my next project. I decided that I didn’t want to do another princess story. I was done with those. I tried starting the story of Gavin’s younger sister, Kinley, but it never grabbed me. I thought about telling the story of Brinna, Gavin’s jilted fiancée, but I barely got beyond a couple of paragraphs with her.
As you know, my decision to not do another princess story didn’t pan out.
I had always liked Marilee because she was fun and made me smile, but I knew that she wasn’t mature enough for me to want to be inside her head for an entire book. I knew that if I was going to make her a heroine, she’d have to grow up, and she’d have to do it the hard way.
“This didn’t feel like bravery. It felt like pieces of me were scattered in the wind and I was just doing my best to snatch them from the air before they were lost. And even if I succeeded, I would still be left with nothing but crumpled pieces in my hands.”
Marriage wasn’t bliss—not for Marilee. Instead of finding contentment with the handsome son of a sovereign duke, she found betrayal and neglect. And fear. A fear that finally lifts when her husband dies, freeing her from his domineering hand. But freedom alone can’t give her peace, and she must battle to regain her love for life, rebuild her happiness, and reclaim the ability to trust. When her charming neighbor intrudes on her quiet life, she must determine whether his interest is genuine, and whether he deserves the fragile bit of trust she has managed to scrape together. However, trusting is a risk, and she has vowed never to put herself at the mercy of someone else’s whims. Can Marilee take that chance, knowing how terribly she’s chosen before? She doesn’t know if she can survive being wrong again.
Saving Marilee will be released on May 1st and I’m excited to be able to say that it is now available for pre-order!
Add it to your Goodreads shelf.
A huge thank you to Jen Fauset for the fantastic cover photo and for all the other photos that I’ve been able to use for memes and such. She’s amazing.