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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!   Amazon Barnes &a

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

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 fir

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. ;-) -Asa ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 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 br

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

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 cour