Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Taking Back His Widow Trailer won 3rd prize

I'm so very excited and proud of little ol' me. hehehe. But the trailer of Taking Back His Widow has received 3rd prize.

Here is the list of winners and a note form The Pen Muse:

Winners of the Book Trailer Contest!

First of all, thank you for all of you who joined in! This was an amazing turn out for both trailers and voters!

Winners of iPod Shuffles

1. Fall Back Into Winter trailer by Eden

2. Taming A Highland Devil by Kimberly

Honorable Mentions (Winners will receive a gift certificate to Amazon.com)

1. Taking Back His Widow

2. Ring of Lies

3. Forsaking Eternity

4. My Dad’s A Paranormal Investigator

Thank you to all who voted!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Taking Back His Widow Trailer up for vote

I need your help!
Taking Back His Widow trailer is in a competition and up for vote.
I produced this baby myself and think it deserves the recognition. All you have to do is email 'TAKING BACK HIS WIDOW' to thepenmuse(at)gmail.com

You can view my trailer and the others on http://thepenmuse.net/archives/2403

Thank you, I'm crossing my fingers.


Monday, March 14, 2011

Five Star Review for Taking Back His Widow

My first official review is just awesome!

The Romance Review just posted the official review of TAKING BACK HIS WIDOW and I couldn't be happier.

It received a five star rating and encouraged readers to dive into the journey of Dean and Liv.

Instead of merely posting the link I'm pasting it for you to read but the links will be at the bottom if you want to check it out in all its glory. lol. Can't you just tell proud I am.

Perfection. TAKING BACK HIS WIDOW is a beautifully written treasure that left me warm inside, hoping I'd never forget the exquisiteness of the journey. Contemporary romance readers, lovers of stories with passion and heart, you really must check this gem out.

What an absolute gift this story was. Thank you so much to Kerri Williams for sharing this tale of lost love found. As anyone with some years behind them can testify, sometimes we aren't prepared to handle life's greatest joys when we are younger, but with age comes the maturity to appreciate what's important in a way you couldn't in your youth.

At 19, Liv and Dean knew what they wanted out of life. They had a plan and it started with a wedding, then would come their years at the university followed by a career as investigative reporters. It was all mapped out.

Until Liv learned she was pregnant.

Eleven years later, Dean is on assignment in a small coastal town in Australia when he hears a familiar haunting voice over the radio. Dashing to the station, his hopes and fears are confirmed as he watches the woman who he'd planned to spend his life with exit the building.

Now Liv must confess that she never ran off and had an abortion as her note implied. Dean is the father of Luke, her ten year old son. Not only that but Liv married the local town hero two short months after fleeing Dean and allowed that man to raise Luke as his own son until he died at sea. She did it for Dean. No. She did it for both of them. Liv knew Dean would join the family company and forgo his dream of traveling the globe and reporting from some of the most dangerous places on the planet. He was the kind of man who would put his family first and his dreams aside.

Now, eleven years later, he is going to find out and the three of them are going to have to make a new plan for the future.

I loved how the son's (Luke) point of view and confusion were so well represented in the story. It just added a whole new dimension that created a family. All the choices seemed real, the emotions so palatable and the energy so tangible. Ms. Williams's writing voice brought to life a coastal community, raging storms, and three people struggling to define what their family is going to be. The way the whole community kept an eye on Dean, making sure Liv wanted him around and making sure he was treating her with respect was charming. All that attention to creating a world I could feel as Liv, Dean and Luke got to know each other added so much to the experience.

The passion is really evident. These two never fell out of love. In fact, discovering that Liv did what she did out of love, so that he could live his dream just made everything that much more intense. Yes, there's anger and hurt feelings and most definitely feelings of betrayal, but under it all is Liv's love for Luke and Dean and Dean's love for Luke and Liv. And eleven years of wanting each other. Missing each other.

When I got to the end, I was ready to move to Australia and enjoy the simple coastal life Liv had built for herself. This really was a beautiful journey. It had highs and lows, just like all of our families' experience. We should be so blessed to know how to cherish the love we have been given as these two learn.

This is a feel good tale of triumph and reunion. The characters seemed real, the writing left goose bumps on my arms, and time just seemed to slip away as I enjoyed Liv and Dean's family reunion. This is definitely one of my Top Picks to check out. Enjoy!

http://www.theromancereviews.com/ this is linked to review main page where it is for a time

So what do you think?


Friday, March 11, 2011

Interview With Karly Blakemore-Mowle / Karly Lane

I’d like to welcome my conference roomie, my bud, Karly Lane- otherwise known as Karly Blakemore-Mowle.

Karly, let’s start off with why you write romance?

I guess because romance can go with pretty much anything! I love a good suspense or action packed NCIS episode as much as the next person, but you throw a dash of romance into any of those genres and you've got something great! And I'm a sucker for a happy ever after. OMG that’s my motto. I can’t read anything unless it has a happy ever after.

Okay, so I know you write different genres like myself but do you have a certain theme or trademark to your stories?

Small towns and the past often find their way into my books. I have a lot of returning to the place where it all began, kind of story lines. I believe Bob Mayer said something like most books will end where they start.

And how do your stories come to life from fiction or fantasy?

(As in where do they come from?)

I usually get an idea for a scene, then I have to work out where the scene came from, who the people are, what they do next, what happened before. Sometimes I get a whole theme and then I have to sit down and jot down everything before I forget! Sometimes inspiration comes from an unhappy conclusion to a show or a movie or something on the news will spark an idea about a story, or the question what if this had happened instead? Me too.

Are you a ‘go with the flow’ writer or do you have structure?

I've tried so many kinds of techniques and honestly, if I read something that tells me it's going to cure all my plotting woes-I'm there, but I usually find myself packing it all away and returning to winging it. I know it makes more sense to have a plan and to know where you're going, but I think I'm just too impatient by nature to sit and do all the plotting before hand. I wish I could be more methodical, but I find it very difficult to remain creative once it's all mapped out in front of me. I have become a lot more organized than I was in the beginning, but I think I'll always be a jump in head first and worry about the problems later, kind of writer. LOL. That is so you.

How do you like your men Karly, prince’s, cowboys, Joe’s? I know a little arrogance and a lot of charm goes a long way for me- not to mention good looks. (grin)

Arrogance, not so much. But a wounded soul with a hidden soft spot is probably my man of choice. Oh I’m a sucker for the tortured soul. Give me Damon Salvatore any day. Under the arrogance and nonchalance smile is a wounded heart that only wants to be loved.

Hmm,, enough about him, back to you

What groups are you affiliated with and how have they helped you through your journey of publication?

I know without the Romance Writers of Australia I wouldn't be where I am today. It was after I joined them, that my writing took off. The networking and support you get through the RWA is priceless.

I also have a local writers group, 4 Points Author Network, which never ceases to blow my mind whenever I think about them! We are so lucky to have the wealth of experience and talent in such a small group. Our members are spread out over such a huge area and travel up to two hours each way just to attend meetings.

I think rural communities are both blessed and cursed by the limited facilities we are able to utilize. Cursed, because it's really hard to get to events and courses that are vital for writers to hone their craft, and blessed because we know how hard it is to get support and quality time with our peers and so members tend to dedicate themselves and appreciate the things we get a lot more. Diddo on RWA, I’d still be dreaming of publication if I hadn’t joined them. As for 4 Points, they are awesome!

Here’s a random one for you, Karly. If you could be one animal, which would it be and why?

A cat. No two ways about it. I'm so there with the cat attitude and prima-donna airs and graces…okay, not at the moment, in this life, but if I were a cat, with an eccentric, rich old lady who adored me and we lived in a fancy apartment, and she bought me a diamond studded collar…is it just me or is this question going somewhere way too weird??? Kerri, what on earth were you on, when you thought of that one?! I said it was random and apparently it’s supposed to tell a lot about a person. LOL.

Now I know you don’t use the word muse but what would you say is your inspiration to write in general and is it scene based?

Having a voice talking to me inside my head does tend to freak me out a little bit! I tend to see my scenes like a movie, the way the characters talk, their expressions, body language and what they say. I also often ask myself what would I do? How would I react in that situation? (if it's something scary, I would usually say RUN! so I have to put on my writers cap and toughen up a bit in those situations!) My husband say’s ‘have a cup of concrete and toughen up Karl’s.’ (Tongue in cheek)

Do you have any tips for other aspiring writers or authors out there?

You've heard it all before- don't give up!

I know, I can hear you saying that's what everyone says! I also know I used to roll my eyes when I read that too, but it's true. It's not easy and it sure as hell isn't always fair-it's an industry that's based on being in the right place, with the right voice and the right editor reading your work on the right day…it's certainly not for the faint of heart. Ooh, I’m a big believer in that. Preach it sister!

So Karly, I think we’ve gotten to know you a little now. How’s about we step it up a notch. Are you panicking? YES! Lol. Do you have any dirty little secrets or confessions you’d like to share with us- what’s on the blog stays on the blog, right guys. (wink)

Umm, not really…actually being a writer you'd think I'd be able to invent something really cool to say here wouldn't you! Ah, yes. Hehe I have been known to move the books of authors I know in front of other books in shops when I am browsing the book department…but we all do that don't we? Or is that just me? I just did it with Fiona Palmer's new release at work. Come on we have to show our support. Ssh, don’t tell my boss,

Where’s your favourite place to write?

I've made a cosy little space to write, I like to call it 'central command' it's in the lounge room, right in the centre of the house, so I can see in all directions—yes kids, I really do have eyes in the back of my head! It may not be peaceful and serene most of the time, but it allows me to write more than I ever would in any other part of the house. Me too, it’s called my lap. (yes I still have one) haha.

Tell us of your releases- where and when can we buy them?

North Star will be available nationally at all good book stores and department stores or online through Allen & Unwin.

My previous releases are all from overseas publishers and can be ordered on their web sites at The Wild Rose Press and Eternal Press, or a link you can find on my website at http://karlenelane.com Don’t worry, I’ll be moving yours up in front at work too.

In one word Karly, how would you best describe yourself? Blessed! Yes you are..

Now that we’re all friends, tell us your most embarrassing moment? Way to lull someone into a false sense of security Kez!...well this one time at band camp….

I actually had an embarrassing moment with my first boss. I was petrified of making an idiot of myself around him. So one day when he perched on the corner of the desk opposite mine and started chatting, I naturally answered him, too shy to actually look him in the eye of course!…the conversation went something like this;

Boss; How are you?

ME: Good thanks

Boss: How was your weekend?

Me: prattling on with whatever incredibly interesting thing I would done at 17!

Boss: Did you remember to pick up the dog from the vet?

Me: ?????????? (first inkling something was NOT right)… then looks up to see the boss talking to HIS WIFE on the phone….. not one of my finer moments! Nothing like having a rambling one sided conversation in front of the boss…. Bwahaha, that’s just too funny.

Do you have any upcoming signings or author appearances you would like to share?

I'm going to be at the ARRA conference in March at Bondi, with a special early release of North Star, which I can't wait for. Wish I was there but I’ll get a copy signed anyway because I’m the bestest roomie.

Is there anything else that you would like to share with us Karly before we read about your upcoming release, North Star.

I just hope you enjoy Kate's story in North Star and feel free to stop by my face book page to say hi.

Thanks for having me Kez, and big congratulations on Taking Back his Widow- If you haven't read it, you really should! Oh, thanks Karls. And thank you for baring all today. (Okay, maybe not all) It was a fun interview.


Friday, March 4, 2011

Taking Back His Widow- Contest Dates

Contests you say?


The Romance Reviews will be giving away a copy of TAKING BACK HIS WIDOW ebook on the 9th and 20th March U.S. That's a day later for us Aussies.
All you have to do is pop on over to their site sign in and click on the Grand Opening poster to open the contest, and answer the questions for your chance to enter.
So it may be handy to sign up before hand.
In fact, why not sign up now and play, there are great prizes to be won.

Hope to see you all there and good luck.


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Invitation To All- The Romance Reviews Grand Opening. Kerri Williams.

You’re invited!

From March 1 – 31, 2011 for OZ the 2nd

at http://www.theromancereviews.com

It’s The Romance Reviews’ Grand Opening!

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Chat with authors. Vote for Best Books of 2010.

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(8 winners each week)

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Grand Prize: $100 Gift Card

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Main Sponsor

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Participating authors

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Ashley March Karen Rose Smith LK Rigel Gini Rifkin

Sandra Edwards Grace Elliot Suzanne Barrett Jessica Chambers

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Laura Tolomei Kristen Painter Renee Rearden Elaine Cantrell

Susanna Ives Amy Corwin Keta Diablo Suzette Stone

Suzanne Tyrpak TL Schaefer Monique Martin Kari Gregg

Susan Meier Laura Moore Susan Roebuck Kathy Carmichael

Brita Addams KT Grant Winslow Eliot Ingela F. Hyatt

Jan Scarbrough Victoria Blisse Sharon Buchbinder PG Forte

Bronwyn Storm Patricia Preston Alice Gaines Cate Rowan

Ann Tracy Marr Joan Beth Erickson Tara Lain Terri Reid

L.J. McDonald Lucinda Brant Eden Baylee Hayley B. James

Jason W. Chan Pat Amsden Linda Morris DH Starr

Kaylea Cross Lee Benoit Kayelle Allen Beth Trissel Viviane Brentanos Morgan Rice Ashley Ladd Jennifer Labelle

Rita Hestand Mahalia Levey LK Below Gale Stanley

Sarah J. Bradley Joanne Troppello Rhonda L. Print Pamela Jackson

Jenny Schwartz Mary Manners Eve Silver Jennifer Crusie

T.C. Archer Jocelyn Modo Sloan Parker Kerri Williams

Elaine Hopper Stacey Espino Linda Mooney Victoria Howard

Heather Matthews Marcia James Cherie De Sues Savannah Chase

Simone Eden Lauren Fraser Annie Nicholas JoAnne Kenrick

E.D. Walker Rachel Haimowitz HP Mallory Suzanne Rock

Andrea Speed Elle Amery Nichelle Gregory Eden Bradley

Shermaine Williams Berengaria Brown Tina Donahue Taryn Kincaid

Red Haircrow Virginia Cavanaugh Hailey Edwards Elle Druskin

Rachel Brimble Frances Pauli Nancy J Cohen Tarah Scott

Em Petrova Heather Wardell Cara Marsi CJ Archer

Mary Eason Skhye Moncrief Jana Richards Jill James

Alison Chambers LoRee Peery Gail Pallotta Alison Henderson

Nicki Greenwood Alianne Donnelly Tiffany Ashley Michael Davis

Gem Sivad Stacy Juba Tory Richards Darcia Helle

LaVerne Clark Sibel Hodge