Monthly Archives: August 2012
Join us next Tuesday when Diana and Lena fight over, uh, work together to present 3-time RITA-nominated author Joyce Lamb in two formats! That’s right. You get a double-header with an interview and a video. If you don’t know about Joyce, the creator of the USAToday Happy Ever After blog, you’re missing out, so be sure to check back on Tuesday.
Have a wonderful holiday weekend!
It wasn’t my passion for writing romance that brought unanticipated good fortune. It was my passion for my writing software, Scrivener.
Yes, I’m the kind of girl who goes gaga for apps and gadgets, and I have a long history of writing how-to manuals to teach others how to do my job. So, through a series of blog posts, and later my online classes, I accidentally and somewhat unintentionally established myself as a Scrivener expert.
Word got around, and when the publisher of the For Dummies line of books went looking for someone to write Scrivener For Dummies, the Twitterverse served up several names, including mine (thank you!). During our initial call, when the acquisitions editor at Wiley asked if I’d like to submit a proposal I bit back a girly squeal and calmly said something like, “Yes.”
Apparently they liked it—and possibly also my platform of former students and current blog followers—and I got the job.
Last week, my book finally hit store shelves. No, it’s not what I expected to create when I started writing more than three years ago. I thought my first published book credit would be an emotional, exciting romantic suspense with a blurb from my favorite author and a hot guy on the cover (hey, if you’re gonna dream, go big).
Instead I have the pointy-chinned Dummies Man on the spine. Not exactly an alpha male, but he has his own appeal.
Scrivener For Dummies may not be a romance, but my love for my subject is still on the pages. My voice is still there in every paragraph. And my heart still does flips when I spot the black and yellow cover on the shelf at Barnes & Noble.
I followed my passion and something unexpected happened. It’s not the path I expected to take—and I haven’t given up on my dream of publishing romantic suspense—but I’m certainly not complaining about the detour.
Has your passion for something ever taken you in an unexpected, but positive, direction?
Courtney, Tessa, Leigh, and I want to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to our wonderful honor roll donors! These are folks who have made a direct donation to team Bodice Rippers. With only a month left until the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, We’d love to add you to our honor roll. Please consider making a direct contribution. We love big donations of course, but small donations add up. If you can spare the price of a movie, we’re grateful! I never post amounts unless specifically requested. You can donate to our team here.
We are so very grateful for each one of you who has purchased THREE WEDDINGS AND A MURDER, helped us spread the word, or made a direct donation.
The Avon walk for breast cancer takes place September 22, 2012. We’ll be putting our tootsies where our mouths are and walking nearly forty miles for a cause close to our hearts. We’d love to reach our goal of $10,000.
Here’s how things are breaking down so far:
From THREE WEDDINGS AND A MURDER: Royalties received as of August 16th, 2012 $1,655.01 Remember, ALL PROFITS from TWAAM go to the walk.
From Private Donations- $835.00
Actual funds in hand and applied to Avon Breast Cancer Walk=$2,490.01
However, we also are due (but have not yet been paid) estimated royalties from TWAAM-$3,500
Including these royalties our total fundraising efforts as of August 20, 2012= $5,990.01
On the personal side, Team Bodice Rippers has had a wild year.
Courtney has continued to blaze a trail for independent authors everywhere with her New York Times and USA Today best-selling books, and she’s relocated across the country and purchased her first home!
Leigh released her debut novel to critical acclaim. But the big news is she has been blessed with a soon-to-be blessed event! She’ll be cheering us on from the nursery with her newborn bundle of joy! We will miss her terribly on the Avon Walk, but she will be there in spirit and is an integral part of our team. We’re pretty sure delivering her new little guy will be harder than walking forty miles, and we are sending her every wish for a safe and happy delivery.
Carey released her debut novel to critical acclaim, but her big news is she married the man of her dreams and became a “new mom” again to a fifteen-year-old sweetie-pie!
Where does the money for the specific Avon Santa Barbara Walk go? We think you’ll be as impressed as we are. Check out this link for more info on where the money goes.
Thank you all for being part of our journey. We cherish our community.
What’s your favorite way to stay healthy? Or just say “Hello”. I’ll be giving away one e-copy of THREE WEDDINGS AND A MURDER and one e-copy of FIRST DO NO EVIL to one commenter today.
Congratulations to Jackie Griffey. You’ve won a copy of RUN TO GROUND from DP Lyle!!
To claim your prize, please email us here with your preferred email and for Jackie Griffey, we need your snail mail too.
This week on Tuesday and Thursday, Diana Belchase brings us a series of interviews with Best-selling author and all around lovely person, Brenda Novak. You really won’t want to miss this. I hear there’s talk of missing panties and also giveaways! 🙂