Wednesday, March 28, 2012

For Realz, It Could Happen To You

You can get published.

It can really happen.

Wherever you are right now, you need to know it's possible and that for those who are persistent, who hone their craft and choose to write the best story they can, your odds of getting published dramatically increase.

Next month, I'm going to interview a debut author every week. This month, I know of at least two debut authors whose first books have recently released.

Eva Maria Hamilton with her inspy historical romance, Highland Hearts
Tori Chase with her romantic suspense Serial Games

Do you think it could happen to you? Do you have a game plan? Do you know any debut authors this month, and who are they?

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Reviewing Shades of Truth by Sandra Orchard (giveaway)

I really enjoyed this book for several reasons.
Sandra is currently writing a series of books based on Undercover Policemen. The underlying theme is how living a double life can affect their Christian walks and their relationships. This premise has really intrigued me and I reviewed Sandra's first book HERE.

Shades of Truth (March 2012 LIS)
Big city detective Ethan Reed is working deep undercover at a Christian youth detention center. The kind of place he spent some harrowing time in as a kid. Ethan’s mission: ferret out who’s recruiting resident teens for a drug ring. He expects help from the lovely, devoted director of Hope Manor. But Kim Corbett won’t tell Ethan anything— even when she’s threatened and attacked. When Ethan discovers what Kim is protecting, his guarded heart opens just a bit wider. Enough to make this the most dangerous assignment of his career.
This is the second book in Sandra’s series, Undercover Cops:
 Fighting for justice puts their lives—and hearts—on the line.
The heroine is Ginny’s friend from Deep Cover, but her career and character were inspired by the passion of Sandra’s pastor’s daughter for her work at a faith-based youth detention facility.


When I opened this book, the first thing I liked was the chemistry between the characters. Who wouldn't want to be rescued by Hotness Himself? I loved that the main character Kim has this "thing" for policemen. She was a very likable character for me, especially in her interactions with her best friend. Besides the great attraction between the characters, I also loved that I couldn't figure out who the villain was or what exactly was going to happen. Sandra did a great job of keeping the reader guessing and the plot moving. I'll definitely be reading more of her books!

Sandra loves to connect with readers, and has created “novel extras” to enhance readers’ experience of her books. Check out these and other resources for both readers and writers at her website: http://www.SandraOrchard.com.

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She’d also love for you to connect at Facebook and join in the conversations about characters on her blog.

Link to book on Harlequin.

Have you read this any of Sandra's books? What do you think about using deception to bring about justice?

One commenter will win my gently used copy of Sandra's book :-)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Linkage!!

The self-promotion madness has started!

Many of you know I sent out some of my book copies to those who wanted them for review purposes. Some sweet ladies have already posted their reviews so here's the linkage to that, as well as a guest post.

My memories of my grandma's silo (and a giveaway) at Anita Mae Draper's blog

Brandi Boddie gave an awesome review. I loved her breakdown of my characters. :-)

Rebecca Miller also did a sweet review of Love On The Range


Then, I came across some interesting articles.

Abingdon editor Ramona Richards on what can happen at a conference

Women on Writing dish out critique group advice

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

That Time I Walked into the Boy's Bathroom

Let me preface my post with this: It's happened more than once.

That's right.

I, Jessica Nelson, have unwittingly walked into the men's bathroom. Worse. I've used it without realizing until too late where I was. (That was a mad scramble out, actually, it was very strategic, involving much peering beneath the stall for a clear coast).

But in this particular time, daydreaming or rushing was not my reason for pushing the wrong door. And I was in the worst place possible to make this mistake.

Middle school.

I have this little habit that I do quite well. It's called Ralking (I just made a word for it up *grin*). As you might have guessed, the definition of this word is reading while walking.

There was a book in front of my nose when I pushed the wrong door.

What is the funniest, weirdest or stupidest thing you've ever done or said while reading a book? Have you seen any crazy stuff happen while someone was reading?