Monday, February 29, 2016

Going off the radar

by Cheryl Brooks

If my readers think I'm not writing anymore, who could blame them? My last book came out in March of last year, and my next release isn't until this coming April. That's more than a year between books, which can spell a death knell for a writer's career. These days, if an author doesn't put out something every three or four months, they disappear from the average reader's radar. Facebook helps to maintain visibility, but nothing works quite like a new book.

There are several reasons for my disappearance, the first being the fact that the second book in my Cowboy Heaven series, Must Love Cowboys, had to be revised and relaunched as a "sexy contemporary" rather than an "erotic romance." It didn't take me very long to make the revisions, but in the publishing game, a single delay results in a bump to the next season. It's finally available for preorder, though, and will release April 5th!


The other reason for my disappearance is that I've been writing a paranormal romantic suspense trilogy in its entirety before self-publishing it or even shopping it around. This series is closely tied to a single catastrophic event, and the three stories are interwoven to the point that a change in one book will result in serious repercussions in the others. On top of that, I've had to do a boatload of research, which seriously slowed down the process. Once that's finished, I'm going to write another book in the Cat Star Chronicles, a series that was fueled almost entirely by my imagination. For me at least, writing goes a lot faster when I can make up everything.

In the meantime, here's a little something to bridge the gap. I recently rewrote and self-published this short story that was originally published by Ravenous Romance as "Three Men on a Boat". At 99 cents, I don't expect to make much money with it, but it's a fun story, and I'm very pleased with the cover.



Weary of her role as the office wallflower, Caroline Richardson longs for an erotic adventure. So when three swoon-worthy co-workers accept her offer to join their fishing trip to Dale Hollow Lake as chief cook and bottle-washer, she is determined to make this one excursion the guys will never forget. 

And before I forget...


Friday, February 26, 2016

Book releases and productivity

You'd think an author with more than 3 books releasing in a year is a very fast, prolific author. Not necessarily... In the race between the tortoise and the hare, I'm the tortoise. I plod along at the exact same speed, accomplishing the same output every day.
Sometimes book release scheduling is out of our hands. If you work with publishers, which I do, and more than one, which I have, all heck can break loose at once!

In 2010 and 2011 my Strange Neighbors series came out. Yippee!! Real paperbacks on the shelves in Barnes and Noble (and Borders, may they rest in peace.)

In 2012, I had one little novella released. One. Ugh. I was afraid my readers were going to forget about me...or think I had fallen down the stairs and broken all my fingers!  (In November 2010, I actually did fall on a perfectly flat sidewalk and suffer a sprained left wrist, right thumb, and a few various fingers.) I had a deadline and was only a little bit late, so forgiven. (whew!)

Then in 2013 and 2014 my Flirting with Fangs series released. Yay! Paychecks! Woot! Woot!
In 2014, I tried self-publishing, hated it, and gave my agent the finished series to shop. Meanwhile, I went back to working on current contracts,  while pitching and securing future contracts and writing to deadlines.

2015 saw the first two books in the Love Spells Gone Wrong series released. (The one I almost self-published,) plus another book that a friend and I put together and published. Gods Gone Wild.
I know. I said I hate self-publishing. And I do. It's a whole lot of work that I'd rather not take on. But sometimes you just know your readers will love your story, but an editor won't. It's a 2 author anthology with no other plans for future books. i.e.--not a money-maker. 

--But with 3 releases in 2015, it may have looked like I was cranking out the books!
Nope. Same speed. Same process. Same productivity.
Now in 2016, I have books coming out of my... Well, I have two publishers, with 3 releases between them, and maybe another self-pubbed story. We'll see.

I'm beginning to feel the crush of new promotion bumping up against the next book release. It happens. So, in order to save my own sanity, here's the skinny on 2016;

Feb 29th, Leap Day, This Monday! Lachesis Publishing Inc is releasing Out of the Broom Closet (book 3 in the Love Spells Gone Wrong series) Here's a preorder link:

April 5th will see the Sourcebooks release of I Dream of Dragons. I have to share the drop dead gorgeous cover, along with the prebuy link:

And Sept 6th they will release book 2 in the Boston Dragons Series, My Wild Irish Dragon. I just got that book cover and LOVE it! Good news! there's a pre-order button already!
So, there you go. Cover reveals, release dates, and almost ALL the news that's fit to print. The only other thing I want to be sure to mention is our brand new Romance Reader/Author conference in Oct!
Our author spots are filled. (They booked up in 1 week!) But we still have spots for readers...and the first 75 readers to register get a price break! This is going to be epic! Check out our fun plans here: 

Thursday, February 25, 2016

The Joys and Pains of Running by Shana Galen

I’ve never considered myself a runner. I’ve often gone through phases where I would run either for fun or my health. These were always shorter distances—3 miles, maybe the occasional 4 or 5 miles. So I was a little wary when one of my running partners suggested we run a half marathon at Disneyworld.

First of all, I didn’t even know people ran at Disney (other than to use to their fast pass before it expired). Apparently, there are actually lots of race weekends at Disneyworld and Disneyland. Before I knew it I was signed up for the Disney Princess Half Marathon.

Correction: I was signed up for the Glass Slipper Challenge—which is a 10K on Saturday and a half marathon on Sunday. If you know your metric system, you know that’s 19.3 miles in 2 days.

My running buddies and I trained for months and months. We ran and ran and ran in all kinds of weather, on holidays, before the rest of the sane world was even awake. Finally, it was race weekend.

The first thing you have to know if you’re going to do a race at Disney is that you have to get up at 3 a.m. or earlier. We had to catch a bus at 3:30 to head to the starting line. That doesn’t mean we started running at 3:30. The race started at 5:30, but since so many people run these races (like 40,000 ran the half marathon), we didn’t actually start until almost an hour after the race started.

Fortunately, it wasn’t cold. But it was chilly, and standing around outside for a couple hours in the dark wasn’t fun.

I’m happy to say the actual runs were pretty fun—well as fun as running 13 miles can be. Disney pulled out all the stops, entertaining us along the route with DJs, marching bands, cheerleaders, a gospel choir, hot air balloons, and lots of characters along the way.

And at the end? Medals!

And drinks.

And did I mention medals?

Have you ever done something you never thought you would do?

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Exciting News: Team Sourcebooks Have a New Facebook Page! (by Asa Maria Bradley)

Hello Fabulous Casa Blog Readers!

I'm deep in the editing cave for Viking Warriors book 2, but am popping my head out in the day light for a short moment to share some great news with you.

Later in March, the Sourcebooks authors will launch the new Team Sourcebooks Facebook Page. In addition to author news and book release updates, we'll have fabulous giveaways and contests.

To make sure you don't miss out on the news and fun stuff happening before the launch, head over to the Team Sourcebooks Facebook page and click the "Like" button. That's also a great way to make sure you don't miss our announcements about the upcoming launch. ;-)



In addition to penning paranormal romances, Asa Maria Bradley is a news junkie, physics instructor, and diver. She loves Norse mythology, ranch dressing, and cop shows. Currently, she lives with her British husband and a rescue dog of indeterminate breed on a lake deep in the forest of the Pacific Northwest. VIKING WARRIOR RISING, Book 1 of the Viking Warriors series, is now available from Sourcebooks.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

A Little Downton Anyone? by Linda Broday

I hate to say this but I'm a TV addict. Always have been. Maybe it's because I grew up without one. Or maybe it's something to do at night when I stop writing for the day. 

I have my favorites--Castle, Hell on Wheels, Shades of Blue among lots of others.

But Downton Abbey ranks at the top. I love that show. And I'm absolutely heartbroken that the last episode will air on March 6. I can't even bear to think about it. 

What will I do without the Crawleys and their magnificent castle?

Sunday's episode saw lots of drama and I felt so badly for Lady Edith. That poor girl is never going to find any happiness. Every time she almost does something happens. Last night her sister did her in. I won't go into it in case someone hasn't watched it. but now I'm quite sure there's little redemption for Lady Mary.

And poor Thomas Barrow. I admit he dug his own hole by the way he's treated people, but my heart goes out to him now. I think it's all going to work out for him though. I have hope. The scene with him sobbing in the kitchen a few weeks ago really got to me and I found myself wondering about his past. Especially when he said that he'd never had roots this deep. He sees the Crawley's as his family.

I'm glad Mr. Bates and Anna are happy now. They've sure been through a lot--prison, long separation, unable to conceive. I'm sorry I won't get to see the little babe that's coming.

I don't know what has happened to Mr. Carson but he's turned very unlikable since he married Mrs. Hughes. I hope she straightens him out soon. He doesn't treat her very well. Yet, she seems to take it in stride.

And now it's about to end. Good grief! I'm kind of getting into Mercy Street. It's taken a while to get to know the characters. So maybe it'll partially fill the hole left by the Crawleys. We'll see.

Are you a TV watcher? What shows do you like?

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Monday, February 22, 2016

Who Said What, Now? by Terri L. Austin

So my third installment of the Beauty and the Brit series comes out next week. Yay!! 

Since I’m an anglophile and my hero is from Manchester, I thought I’d give you a little quiz called Which Brit. Ready?

Which Brit said. “I attribute my success to this - I never gave or took any excuse.”

A)    Winston Churchill
B)    Severus Snape
C)    Queen Elizabeth
D)    Florence Nightingale

Which Brit said, “Don't buy drugs. Become a pop star, and they give you them for free!”
A)    Mick Jagger
B)    Keith Richards
C)    Queen Elizabeth
D)    Bill Nighy

Which Brit said, “I really don't believe in magic.
A)    JK Rowling
B)    Queen Elizabeth
C)    Charles Dickens
D)    Richard Dawkins

Which Brit said, “
If you're going through hell, keep going.”

A)    Bridget Jones
B)    Winston Churchill
C)    Jane Austen
D)    William Shakespeare

Which Brit said, “When life seems hard, the courageous do not lie down and accept defeat…”

A)    Harry Potter
B)    Queen Elizabeth
C)    Charles Darwin
D)    Elizabeth Bennet

The answers: D, D (playing Billy Mack in Love Actually), A, B, B.

How’d you do? Do you know your Brits, both real and fictional? Thanks for playing.

If you're interested in picking up a copy of HIS TO KEEP, you can pre-order here: