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Linky Love: Best posts of the week

Sorry I’ve been awol for a couple of crazy weeks, but I’m back now.  And it being Friday, I’m fortunate to be able to ease into it with some linky love.

Some of my favorite posts from this past week:

Tawna Fenske’s hilarious post on setting writing goals

Roni Loren’s release of MELT INTO YOU

Jennifer Daiker’s post on 5 random things

Kristen Lamb’s post on trolling the trollosphere…aka Internet Crazy People

Amy Sue Nathan’s interview with HER SISTER’S SHADOW author, Katharine Britton

Click and enjoy!  See you back on Monday…. I promise!

Growing up with BOOKS and the first week down!

Blog tour kicks back up on Monday, so today I’m taking it a little easy.  :-)

THE REASON IS YOU has been out in the world for one week now, and I couldn’t be happier.  It’s everything I hoped it would be like, seeing it out there, hearing from readers.  Of course I’m told this is Week One Euphoria (see Roni Loren’s post in January about the stages of a book release…it’s hysterical…lol).  And that’s okay.  I’m aware that there won’t always be people loving my book–right now that’s all I’m hearing from–but it will come.  The bad reviews and negativity.  I know.  And I’m prepared with my big girl armor to shake it off when it happens because this industry is brutal and you never please everyone.  But right now?  I’m floating with the chirpy birds and rainbows.  Even problems like local bookstores not getting my books in and late shipments–it’s okay.  It’s all good.  :-)

On another subject, I wanted to talk about something that came up in an email loop I’m involved in, on the number of Americans that had never read a book.  Ever.

From the Pew Research Study on ebooks vs print:

However, 19% of respondents aged 16 and over said that they hadn’t read a single book in any format, over the previous 12 months – the highest since such surveys on American reading habits began in 1978. If this figure is accurate, that means more than 50 million Americans don’t read books at all.

I can’t even begin to comprehend that.  And it stirred up a great conversation on how we grew up, whether we were introduced to books and what our children do now.  I personally was in our town library more than anything else as a child.  My mom and I went every single Saturday and sometimes more than that, and I can still remember the smell of that tiny old library.  It’s been replaced now, but I remember it being a magical place.  My mom would go one direction and I’d go another.  I went through all those red hardcover books about Daniel Boone and Davy Crocket and Pocahontas…lol…and all the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drews.  I won the Summer Reading Clubs every summer, having to staple extra pages to the forms.  And I remember the sound of the card puncher when I’d hand it up to the librarian to check out my books…the kachoooga…of it.  LOL!  I thought she was the luckiest person in the world to be in such a place all day long.  I even remember her name.  It was Miss Virginia.

How on earth do I remember that?  Because reading was a staple activity in my home.  I don’t remember being read TO, but I’m sure I was, because I was hooked on all my Little Golden Books stacked deep on my bookshelf when I was little.

I’ve read ever since.  I owned an indie bookstore for a couple of years when we came back to Texas, and it was heaven on earth to me and to my daughter.  See…we read to her since she was an infant, and before she could really read, she was “reading” by memory, turning the pages and repeating the words she’d heard day after day after day.  I brought her to the library every weekend, too, and later when she was in middle school, she’d walk there after school till I got off work, and sit and read whatever struck her fancy that day.  She’s seventeen now, and has read more in her life than I ever have.  She reads 4-5 at one time, and her most precious gift is a Barnes & Noble gift card where she can go get lost in the magic of the store.

So I can’t imagine never reading a book.  Can you?  Tell me your experience.

Today’s Author Spotlight: Crash Into You by Roni Loren!

YESTERDAY WAS FANTASTIC!!!!!

And thank you to Kristina McMorris yesterday for giving away a copy of BRIDGE OF SCARLET LEAVES to Dianne Venetta!  Congrats Dianne!!

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Today’s spotlight is on a fellow debut author and friend of mine, Roni Loren, with her sizzling romance, CRASH INTO YOU.   And because Roni is shouting out about my book today as well, you can catch my post on her weekly Boyfriend Of The Week today, where I talk about the sexy inspiration for “Alex Stone”, the hot and mysterious ghost in my book.

Roni wrote her first romance novel at age fifteen when she discovered writing about boys was way easier than actually talking to them. Since then, her flirting skills haven’t improved, but she likes to think her storytelling ability has. Though she’ll forever be a New Orleans girl at heart, she now lives in Dallas with her husband and son. If she’s not working on her latest sexy story, you can find her reading, watching reality television, or indulging in her unhealthy addiction to rockstars, er, rock concerts. Yeah, that’s it. Her debut novel, CRASH INTO YOU, is now available from Berkley Heat.   Website: www.roniloren.com

To keep with the trend, I asked Roni the same three questions.  Here are her answers:

What’s your favorite love story hero, from any story, any genre?

Probably the story that made me fall in love with romance was Dirty Dancing. I know it’s not a book, but Johnny Castle will always hold a special place for me. I can’t resist a tortured bad boy hero. I also love Jamie from Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander–the sweet-hearted warrior.

 
What’s your favorite love song & why?
 
Gah, this is a tough one because I love so many songs. I’ll Stand By You by The Pretenders is a good one (even if it can be applied to friendship just as much as love.) But really there are so many I could list. For CRASH INTO YOU, the theme song for the book was “Outside” by Staind. Not a traditional love song per se, but perfect for my couple.
 
What’s your guilty pleasure comfort food?

Mexican food. Nothing makes life better than a big bowl of chips, salsa, and guacamole. (And queso if it’s been a REALLY bad week, lol.)

 
 
Now…for the good stuff… 
 CRASH INTO YOU…
 
 
 
Brynn LeBreck has dedicated herself to helping women in crisis, but she never imagined how personal her work would get, or where it would take her. Her younger sister is missing, suspected to be hiding from cops and criminals alike at a highly secretive BDSM retreat—a place where the elite escape to play out their most extreme sexual fantasies. To find her Brynn must go undercover as a sexual submissive. Unfortunately, The Ranch is invitation only. And the one Master who can get her in is from the darkest corner of Brynn’s past.
 
Brynn knows what attorney Reid Jamison is like once stripped of his conservative suit and tie. Years ago she left herself vulnerable only to have him crush her heart. Now she needs him again. Back on top. And he’s all too willing to engage. But as their primal desires and old wounds are exposed, the sexual games escalate—and so does the danger. Their hearts aren’t the only things at risk. Someone else is watching, playing by his own rules. And his game could be murder.
 

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Hot, right?  Well, it’s time to try to make it yours.  :-)

Leave a comment below for Roni, saying hello, dropping a thought or two about the book, the blurb, how sexy that cover is and how many times your eyes kept dropping to his hand… LOL!   Comment before 10pm CST (because I need my sleep…lol) and a random commenter (chosen by The Hat) will be chosen to win a signed copy of Roni’s book, CRASH INTO YOU.  Be sure to leave your email address so we can contact you!

For more information on Roni and her books go to www.roniloren.comAnd don’t forget to go check out her blog today…the man-candy is worth it.

Now go comment to win this book!  :-)

 

Authors On Parade starts tomorrow! See the line-up!

STARTING TOMORROW!!!

A whole week of Authors on Parade!! 

Yay!  I’ve been so excited about this next week’s contests, you just don’t know.  LOL!    Each day of this week will be a different amazing author giving away a signed copy of one of their books!   A random commenter will be chosen each day to win fabulous books, and I can’t wait to get started!!

So, are you ready?  Here’s the star-studded line up….

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Mon 3/26:    Kristina McMorris’s women’s fiction, BRIDGE OF SCARLET LEAVES

Tue 3/27:     Roni Loren’s erotic romance CRASH INTO YOU 

Wed 3/28:    Donna Grant’s paranormal romance DARKEST HIGHLANDER

Thu 3/29:     Kathryn Magendie’s southern fiction FAMILY GRACES

Fri 3/30:       Cynthia Eden’s paranormal romance ANGEL OF DARKNESS

Are you excited now?

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