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Thank You, Readers

Someone posted the following quote on Facebook this morning, and I thought it was appropriate considering Collette Cameron’s give-a-way that I’m part of.

“Readers are often fans of authors, but I, myself,
am a fan of readers. They are the ones who breathe
left into pages that we give birth to after all.”
Jannae Mitchell

collette cameron's give-awayAs I mentioned in an earlier post, Collette is hosting a contest to celebrate her one year of blogging. She is also an award-winning author, so check out her website. Along with twenty other Soul Mate Publishing Authors, we are giving away a Kindle Paperwhite,copies of our books, (both e-books and paperback) and other bling. I’m giving away two e-book copies of “Riding for Love.” The book won’t be out in paperback until March, so I can’t do paperback.

So, I want to thank all our readers, whether you read in e-book format, paperback, or both. We appreciate your following romance, the largest selling genre. When you go to Collette’s site, scroll down and find my name (it’s listed three times) and like or follow me and enter to win. You can do this daily. AllIWantforChristmasisaSoulMate

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On With the New Year’s Resolutions!

IMG_8524 redoneEarly in January, I wrote a blog about my 2013 New Year’s Resolution. Most of you probably don’t remember it, but I was not going to vow to diet, exercise more or any of those other healthy things. I do them anyway, so using that as my resolution was a moot point.

I pondered for awhile. One day after walking past my shelves of Nora Roberts’ books, I decided I would read all of her books that were on my shelf. I would not buy anymore until I did.

I keep track of all my books in Excel and upon checking my list I found had 157 of her books, fifty-three of which I already read through the years. That left 104 to be read in 2013. I calculated I’d need to read two of her books a week to make my goal.

Well . . . I didn’t make it. I made a valiant try, but of the 123 books I read this year only 90 were hers. So close, yet so far away. As much as I enjoy her books, I found I needed a break once in awhile. I also had so many authors I wanted to read and enjoy.

It was interesting seeing how her writing evolved, how styles changed and society changed from her earlier books. The first time she had a character flick a cigarette over a railing (boat, hedge, window, car, etc.) I couldn’t believe it. But in the early and mid 80’s that was the norm, people smoked in books – and they weren’t the bad guys. As the years went on, Nora did this less and less.

One problem I encountered with reading so many of her books was how it affected my writing. Nora is known for her head-hopping. She even brought in the thoughts of very minor characters. The more I read of her, the more I found myself writing like that. I have to go through each of my scenes, paragraph by paragraph and mark whose point of view I wrote in. All-in-all reading her books was a learning experience.
Besides Nora’s books, I read several books for fellow Soul Mate Authors for review, some books by other authors I couldn’t resist and some I had to read for research for my history books.

There were some books I started and for one reason or another, just couldn’t get into and donated them to our local library for their annual book sale. I will have to be careful when I go to their book sale next year and don’t buy the Nora Roberts’ books I donated. (That’s why I bring my book list along.)

My favorite book so far has been “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” simply because I’m reading it with my nine and a half year-old granddaughter. We then watched the movie and talked about what was left out from the book and how some scenes in the movie were changed. It was fun. We are going to continue the series throughout the year.

Riding for Love CoverSo now for my resolution for 2014. It will definitely be to have more books published. 2013 was very good for me with “Riding for Love” coming out in May and my short story, “A Year and A Day,” published in Soul Mate Publishing’s anthology, “All I want for Christmas is a Soul Mate.”AllIWantforChristmasisaSoulMate

In 2014 I know I will have two children’s books released – they are currently in the hands of the illustrators. The titles will be “Uncle Bill’s Farm, True Stories of His Crazy Animals” and “The Hat Trader.” I don’t have covers, yet. I hope to have another romance published. And I definitely want to get much more writing done.

I’ve been working on my photography and will have ten of my pictures hanging in a new coffee shop in our town. They are also going to sell my photo cards. I hope to promote more of my photos and eventually get them on my website to sell.

As far as reading goes, I will finish the thirteen Nora Roberts’ books on my shelf. Guess I have to make that fourteen as my husband bought me one for Christmas. I went through my book list and found several authors that I have several copies of their books. Some I have over ten. So for 2014, I’m going to slowly and enjoyably read through those authors. I will continue to read my fellow Soul Mate authors’ books and, of course, the Harry Potter books with Alli.

IMG_8510I hope everyone’s 2014 resolutions are as fun as mine. Happy New Year.

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Finally, My Turn – December 2013 Blog-a-Thon: Get to Know Tina Susedik!

I’m excited to say this morning, that is finally my turn for the Soul Mate Publishing’s December Blog-a-Thon. I’ve read and posted many of my fellow authors so far and found them all interesting. I hope you find mine interesting as well.

December 2013 Blog-a-Thon: Get to Know Tina Susedik!.

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December 2013 Blog-a-Thon: Get to Know Sarah Hoss!

One of my fellow authors from Soul Mate Publishing’s Christmas Anthology: “All I Want for Christmas is a Soul Mate.”

December 2013 Blog-a-Thon: Get to Know Sarah Hoss!.

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“All I Want For Christmas is a Soul Mate” teaser

Top Secret Santa by @LynnCahoon (SMP Anthology teaser)

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Ready for another teaser from All I Want for Christmas is a Soulmate to get your Holiday season going?

Today I’m featuring Lynn Cahoon and her short story from the anthology. It’s titled Top Secret Santa.

The Hook: Two strangers, each starting a new life, realize that visiting Santa really is about Christmas magic . . .

The Excerpt:

“I’ve got to get back to Toyland anyway. My dinner break is about over.”

“No rest for the elven population this time of year.” He’d almost said ‘wicked.’ He watched her face as she considered his comment.

She tugged her hat over her head, bending the tip so the bell hung just right. She cocked her head toward a little girl staring from her chair. “You wouldn’t believe the working conditions. If I’m not making toys, I’m down here helping Santa get wish lists from all the kids. And manning the camera. Then there’s all the magic decorating we do every year. Keeping those lights twinkling takes work.”

“Thank you for your service to our holiday.” He mirrored the standard response he typically got when people found out he’d done four years in the Marines.

With a smile, the elf/girl/woman curtsied. “Your Christmas joy is all the thanks we elves need.” She waved at the little girl and skipped out of the food court.

He called after her. “I’m Chris. Make sure I’m not on the naughty list, okay?”

About the author:

Lynn Cahoon is a contemporary romance author with a love of hot, sexy men, real and imagined. Her alpha heroes range from rogue witch hunters, modern cowboys, or hot doctors, sexy in scrubs. And her heroines all have one thing in common, their strong need for independence. Or at least that’s what they think they want. She blogs at her website http://www.lynncahoon.wordpress.com

Where you can find Lynn:

Goodreads – Twitter – Facebook – Website – Amazon – Soul Mate website

But the anthology on Amazon! There’s a ton of good stories in here!

Buy from Aamazon: http://www.amazon.com/All-Want-Christmas-Soulmate-ebook/dp/B00GH2I458/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1383754410&sr=1-1

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