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The Golden Quill is sponsored by Desert Rose RWA in the greater Phoenix area of Arizona. They are a fabulous group of writers who sponsor a bi-annual writing conference that is worth every penny, if you’re able to attend. In alternating years, they sponsor highly-regarded competitions, one for published authors and one for unpublished.
I don’t have the details of the unpublished judging process, but according to Sandy Wright, this year’s Golden Quill chairman, “Golden Quill is judged entirely by readers and librarians. You should be proud! ”
Am I ever! Thank you to all those who worked hard to make the competition happen. I know how much work goes into these kinds of things. Thank you especially to those of you who read and enjoyed my book enough to result in it winning this award.
It now hangs on my wall!
March was an awesome, fun month.
This Crumbling Pageant hit #1!
It hit #2 in Romantic Fantasy.
It hit #3 in Historical Fantasy.
It’s got readers in Australia, New Zealand and England. In Germany, Portugal and France. In the US, Canada, and Mexico, and beyond.
And then this happened.
What happens next?
Right now I’m working as Dallas Liaison for the Dallas RT Booksellers Convention. So much work goes into putting on that event, as I found out as one of the hosts of the Saints of Suspense Party last year in New Orleans. and I’m honored that Kathryn Falk included me in the fun this year!
The convention will be in Dallas from May 12-17.
Also, there will be a Giant Book Fair on May 16th! Some of the biggest names in publishing will be there to sell and autograph books, and it’s open to the public for a small fee payable that day at the event at the Hyatt Regency. I’ll be in YA Alley autographing This Crumbling Pageant and other books.
If you’re there, find me, say hello, and we can exchange phones for selfies together!
This past six months has been a wonderful time of travel and appearances and meeting fascinating new people as I promote my dark, epic fantasy, This Crumbling Pageant.
Available in hardcover, trade and digital!
Also, if you prefer independent bookstores, it should be available at any of these stores and still as easy as a download!
This Crumbling Pageant
Persephone Fury is the Dark daughter, the one they hide.
England, 1811. Few are aware of a hidden magical England, a people not ruled by poor mad George, but the dying King Pellinore of the House of Pendragon.
The Furys are known for their music, their magic, and their historic role as kingmakers. When Fury ambitions demand a political marriage, Persephone is drugged and presented to Society–
Only to be abducted from the man she loves by the man she loathes.
But devious and ruthless, Persephone must defy ancient prophecy, embrace her Dark magic, and seize her own fate.
Be swept away into the first book of a dark fantasy series combining swashbuckling adventure, heart-pounding romance, and plot-twisting suspense.
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Cover designed by the fabulous Kim Killion.
Book published by the fabulous Story Spring Publishing.
But first–the WWW Wednesday meme ended… and I miss seeing what other people are reading. Right now I’m reading this fantasy and loving it! Citadel of the Sky takes place in a world where the royal family, the Blood, each are so devastatingly affected by their various gifts, they each have a Regent, someone who is raised with them from infancy and is their most loyal companion. Someone who protects them they are unable to take care of themselves, because they have fallen into whichever kind of spell or power they carry,...read more
And the Sachse Public Library in Sachse, Texas is doing some fun and useful things to help participants get started and stay on target to win this year’s nanowrimo! First up, I’ll be speaking on October 13 to help this year’s crop of writers get started early–legally! Nope, you can’t start writing ahead of time, but you can do some fun things to get organized, inspired, and ready to go at midnight on November 1. I hope to see you there! Are you nano-ing this year? Have you nanoed in the past? How’d it go...read more
My publisher doesn’t plan any special sales on Golden Quill award-winning, Amazon bestselling This Crumbling Pageant any time again this year to my knowledge, but Kobo has included it as part of a special promotion September 18-21st. Just use the promo code SEPT30 at checkout to get the 30% price cut. (There are other books available, too, and there is no limit on how many times you use the code.) If you only use a Kindle to read your ebooks, this won’t work for you. But the epub books downloaded from Kobo can be read by just...read more
The Resident Storm Chaser and I are all about the rescue. From the time he was a teenager, he has been involved in actual rescue situations. But even in our day-to-day life, rescue pops up as an option. Tonight I am surrounded by memories of rescue. Our three most recent rescues. Bella, the black heeler. No, I don’t think black heelers are actually a thing, but that’s what the local shelter called her, and she is black mostly, and she is an Australian Cattle Dog, so yeah, black heeler fits. Roxy, the chihuahua, another rescue from...read more
No, not the one I’m writing. I finally finished Checkmate, the last book in the Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett. Expect a few thoughts tomorrow. For now, though– I will never believe that this wasn’t who she had in her head when she was writing them. She even said he could play the part. And after Pawn in Frankincense… well, yes. ...read more
I’m honored and thrilled to announce that This Crumbling Pageant was awarded this year’s Golden Quill for Best Fantasy Romance. The Golden Quill is sponsored by Desert Rose RWA in the greater Phoenix area of Arizona. They are a fabulous group of writers who sponsor a bi-annual writing conference that is worth every penny, if you’re able to attend. In alternating years, they sponsor highly-regarded competitions, one for published authors and one for unpublished. I don’t have the details of the unpublished judging...read more
My new get out of jail free card: Research reveals that in order to get help from this particular Greek god I’m writing about? People sacrificed puppies. PUPPIES! So, moving forward, whenever anybody gets upset because I kill a character they like? IT COULD HAVE BEEN PUPPIES. Do you really want me to go there? I thought not. My work here is done. Back to the book… NOTE: Yes, the puppy in the picture is wearing a Dallas Cowboys jersey. NO THAT DOES NOT MEAN YOU CAN KILL HER. [Sheeesh. Philly fans.]...read more
Well, I guess there was a reason I couldn’t sleep tonight. Two in the am and here I was, awake. So when the following email popped up, I was awake to read it immediately: Congratulations! This Crumbling Pageant has been voted a finalist in the Golden Quill contest, in the Fantasy/SciFi category. The judges in our contest are readers who love romance, and they loved your book. Winners announced in July. In the meantime, look at the shiny! Color me thrilled, proud and grateful. Thank you, readers and...read more
New cover madness! It all began with me sending Toni a few stock art images from hotdamnstock.com asking which one she liked best for my sexy western romance, La Desperada. “Um. Don’t take this the wrong way, but if you don’t choose that first one, I think I may hurt you. “because DAYEM!! :::fans self::::” She then asked if she could play with the cover, which is not as kinky as it sounds. She’s a fabulous artist and has turned that toward photography over the past few years. And suddenly, I have...read more
Snagged this meme from shouldbereading but the blog meme no longer exists. It is Christmas Eve* April 29 and I am gifting you, my darlings. Gifting you. Flinging gifts at you with gay abandon. You see, I’m reading wonderful tales right now. I have recently read fabulous tales. I am posting only wonderful, fabulous reads and if any sound your cuppa, go to the nearest library or bookstore and get them. You won’t be sorry. *The last time I posted a WWW Wednesday was Christmas Eve. And the reason I am finally taking time to do one...read more