Author Con – May 21st – 12pm to 4 pm – Sachse, Texas Library!

That is a headline that tells you everything you need to know. You might assume, because the headline is on my blog, that I will be there.

You know what they say about ‘assuming.’

But in this case, you would be correct! Also, I will be accepting credit or debit card purchases, and will be sellling ebooks as well as print! I hope to see you there!

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The Saints of the Lost and Found

Today is finally the day I have been waiting for–the day I can tell you to run don’t walk to Amazon or any other site and buy The Saints of the Lost and Found.

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This is one of the most stunning books I’ve read in years. How much do I love it? I have been buying the ebook and sending it to friends this morning. That’s how much I love this book.

On Goodreads I said:

“The writing is dark chocolate laced with voluptuous poison.

“The tale is heartbreaking and soul-soaring.

“This is Toni McGee Causey as you’ve never read her, and it’s brilliant.”

This is a thriller with the paranormal elements and Tennessee Williams angst you’d expect from a deep Louisiana tale, but it’s also a tale of triumph.

Yes, Toni is my friend. Yes, I might be biased. But I don’t think so. Too many reviewers with advance copies have agreed with me.

So click through, read more about the book, and then if it’s your cup of black chicory-laced coffee, buy, buy, buy.

And read.

Magic, Romance & Hollywood!

I had the great pleasure of being one of a marvelous group of writers who spoke [for six minutes each!] at the Bonham Public Library on February 6. This is a biannual event sponsored by the Bonham and Whitewright Public Libraries, along with the Bonham Romance Readers Book Club.

Showing off the new cover of La Desperada!

Showing off La Desperada’s new cover!

What can I manage to say in six minutes that includes romance [the subject of the day] and Hollywood [the subject requested by the organizers] and the Fury Triad [the subject I wanted to address]?

In six minutes?

First, I came to the attention of this group of readers when the book club chose La Desperada as their monthly read last September. Imagine my delight when I arrived at the library and found both the book and the script, Redemption, in places of honor in a display case! Awesomesauce!

Since Redemption is the script that resulted in my Nicholl Fellowship [awarded by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences], it was the obvious jumping off place into Hollywood.

But the tale I told was from a different award-winning script–and was the ‘only Pooks could be this big an idiot’ meeting that led to a new understanding of my writing and eventually, a new career direction.

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Bill Shakespeare looks the other way as I’m giving an autographed hardcover edition of This Crumbling Pageant to the Bonham Public Library.

I drove onto the Fox lot. Or maybe it was the Sony lot. Not the Paramount lot. I remember that one clearly, and this wasn’t it. Anyway, I drove onto a studio lot to take my first meeting that week. I was late because I’d been lost–very lost–not an unusual state-of-Pooks whilst in LA. But I eventually arrived and was handed a bottle of water and was seated across the desk from from three producers who wanted to talk to me about my work.

“So, have you always loved science fiction?” one of them asked.

Picture Pooks as confused. “Erm… no. I don’t really like science fiction.”

They exchanged puzzled looks. “But you write science fiction.”

Picture Pooks as deer-in-headlights. “Erm… no?”

Now the looks they exchanged went beyond puzzled and into wtf? “But…” and this was said gently, as if speaking to someone who might be mentally deficient, “your script is science fiction.”

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Such a gorgeous display–be still my heart!

Picture Pooks as panicked. As in, “Oh my god my agent sent them somebody else’s script,” panicked.

But also picture Pooks as calm and composed and professional as she blithely asks, “Might I ask, what is the title of that script?”

They held it up. “Dreamers.”

That was my script, all right. “That’s science fiction?” I asked.

Another exchange of looks. “Yes.”

“Huh. I just thought it was a cool idea.”

Darling reader, can you now see how I took Hollywood by storm? I thought you could.

Enough of that meeting. It got back on track and meetings where all is on track are boring in the retelling.

But I left with an alarming series of thoughts.

I don’t like science fiction.

I don’t even watch Star Trek.

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Hundreds of YA books observe from behind us as I am giving an autographed hardcover edition of This Crumbling Pageant to the Whitewright Public Library.

And yet, I write award-winning science fiction.

Who knew?

I then figured out, wait, the ghost in that script–that makes it paranormal? And the wild ‘what if this happened’ in that other script–that made it fantasy?

You mean, I’ve been writing Science Fiction/Fantasy all this time and didn’t even know it?

This, my lovelies, is how it feels to be Pooks.

So much suddenly made sense.

I began looking for books to read that were the kinds of stories I liked to write, and wow–they had been there all the time, and I didn’t even know it.

PatriciaBurroughs_TheDeadShallLiveAnd then I was boarding a plane to fly back to Dallas and I stopped in the airport book store and picked up a paperback I’d been hearing about and had been ignoring, because seriously, really?

And as the earth fell away beneath me, I began reading it, and within three chapters, my life had changed forever.

That is how I found my way back to novels rather than scripts, and into the world of magic and fantasy and The Fury Triad.

Oddly, it truly is a full circle. The passion, intensity and drama from my first published book are very much present in my latest work.

Only this time?

I have magic.

 

 

A Valentine’s Day Contest – 35 Historical Romances and a Kindle Fire!

Patricia Rice is celebrating her latest release by including 34 of her closest and dearest friends [wink!] in a big contest and promotion!

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a chance to win a fabulous collection of 35+ romances, including my La Desperada, plus a Kindle Fire!

Click here to enter: http://bit.ly/MagicalValentines

First Library Appearance of 2016!

Bonham Public LibraryThe Bonham Public Library, the Whitewright Public Library and the Bonham Romance Readers Book Club are co-hosting an author event Saturday, February 6.

From the Dallas Morning News: “Romance authors Lorraine Heath, Carolyn Brown, Becky Wade, Patricia Burroughs, Leann Harris, Lauren Canan, Janis Susan May, Kim Redford, JD Tyler, Vicki Batman, Tessa Gray, Carolyn Rae and Becki Stevenson will discuss their works from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Bonham Public Library, 305 E. 5th St., Bonham.”

WhitewrightLibraryI’m delighted to be with such a group of wonderful authors talking to readers about books. If you’re in the area be sure to come. There will be drawings, book signings and sales, and each author will speak and answer questions. Awesome!

I’m especially thrilled to meet some of the Bonham Romance Readers Book Club members. They chose La Desperada as their group read last summer. This will be my first time to show off the new cover. In my talk, I’ll be connecting the dots between La Desperada and the Fury Triad, and how I owe it all to a Hollywood meeting on the Paramount Lot!

In six minutes.

Ready, set, go!

You know….

You know how sometimes you find out an old friend has been dead for almost two years, and you had no idea, and suddenly you feel like you’ve been gut-punched?

Yeah.

That.

Ruth, I miss you. I know we hadn’t been in touch–but there you were, just an email or message away, and I knew that–

Except… you weren’t.

You aren’t.

Love you, Ruth. Miss you. Will see you again, someday.

My heart aches.

Love you, sweetie. Always.

 

And the winner of the Kindle Fire is…

I recently gave away a Kindle Fire to a randomly-chosen newsletter subscriber.

Little did I know that the winner would be… Henry!

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[Henry is going to let Jessica, his feeder, groomer and human pet, use it from time to time.] Congratulations Henry [and Jessica]!

What do you think Henry should read first?

A] Catnip for the Soul [because, catnip!]

B] I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems by Cats [because, cat!]

C] Old Yeller [because, happy ending! if you’re a cat]

NOTE: You may have seen the notice elsewhere on this site that I sometimes link to Amazon using my affiliate information, meaning I get a few cents per purchase, rarely but sometimes more. When I have enough money in the coffers to do so, I will continue to use it to fund prizes. I also give prizes that aren’t funded by that source, so, yay, prizes!

Cross-posted at the Fury Triad site.