EXCITING AND MORE GREAT NEWS:
I'LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS hit the New York Times bestseller list.
Kill Me Twice and When The Earth Moves both WON in their respective categories for the Aspen Gold Award.
I'm so thrilled for Rocki. If you haven't read her Bullet Catcher series then you really need to. Thrill Me to Death, Kiss Me Twice and newly released I'll Be Home For Christmas which made it on the USA Today Bestseller list. Congratulations!
USA Today bestselling author Roxanne St. Claire's next three books (an in-series trilogy) in the BULLET CATCHERS series, to Micki Nuding at Pocket, by Kimberly Whalen at Trident Media Group (world English). Publisher's Lunch 10/17/06
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Wednesday November 15th......this from Brenda's newsletter:
I have some really great things happening with my diabetes auction. This year there will be ads in Publisher’s Weekly, as well as Writer’s Digest, RT BOOKclub Magazine, the Romance Writers Report, and The Sacramento Bee (newspaper)—and we’re getting some amazing donations. Check out this 30” x 22.5” watercolor by talented artist Marilyn Sears Bourbon that just came in. She’s the mother of Misa Ramirez, a good friend of mine whose son also has juvenile diabetes.
There’re lots more items that have been donated, too. Check my blog if you’re interested in keeping up to date (it’s on the website under “News & Info”).
My first auction ran in 2005 and was a huge success. Together with my generous donors, which included some of the biggest and brightest stars in publishing, I raised $34,982, which went directly to research. This year, we raised $62,705. I can’t believe that after only two years, we’re already knocking at the door of $100,000. I can’t wait until the day we see $1 million. And it’s going to happen.
This year, I tried a few new things. The first was the $1300 prize package, which went to the person who placed the greatest number of bids. Mary McCoy won, and it turned out to be a good investment on her part. She walked away with items worth more than she wound up spending. She was smart. She got in early and she kept at it. Congratulations, Mary! Thank you for your support, and I hope you enjoy your fun gifts! Another new idea I implemented about a week into the auction was the FIRE! Sale items. These are basically very cool items, generally something you can’t get anywhere else, that go up for bid for only one day. Jane Porter’s item was the most successful. It went for over $700—and it was worth it. Basically, it brought Bestselling Author Jane Porter to you and your friends or book group. Jane promised to distribute autographed books and buy everyone lunch, dinner or tea (up to 15 people!). She also promised to bring other little surprises. I’m going to look for some spectacular FIRE! Sale items for next year, too, and try to schedule one for every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Another new idea that’s going into play this year is the pins I’m buying to distribute as a small thank you gift to my donors. I wish I could give more, but at least these pins are an acknowledgement as I want to be able to acknowledge all those who have helped me. Hopefully, it will make the donor proud to wear it. Maybe folks will want to collect one for each year (as the date will be on it) to show their continued sacrifice and support.
Next year I might offer more frequent prizes, maybe random prizes for whoever placed the most bids that day. I’d also like to implement "Raffle Items." I have to check to be sure I don’t break any gambling laws, but I’d like shoppers to be able to buy electronic tickets for ten different items. The winners will be announced throughout the auction. Maybe we’ll even do door prizes—numbers shoppers get simply for registering. Do you feel as if you’re at a crab feed yet? LOL
If you have any ideas you think would make the auction bigger and more exciting, please let me know.
Auction Website: http://www.brendanovak.com/auction_index.php
Sunday, October 15, 2006
Harlequin Presents and Mills and Boon author Trish Morey has received a 4 Star Rating from ROMANTIC TIMES. Congratulations to Trish! I'm in the process of reading this incredible book and it's fabulous.
A VIRGIN FOR THE TAKING by talented Trish Morey will delight and entertain with its passionate story of romance.
An Expense Paid Trip to the 2007 Romantic Times Booklovers Convention
In appreciation for past reader support and to celebrate my November 2006 Highlander release A Thief In A Kilt, I’m awarding one lucky Romance reader an expense paid trip to the 2007 Romantic Times Booklovers Convention to be held in Houston, Texas.
Do you love Romance? Have you longed to meet a favorite author? Have you ever dreamed of writing a Romance? If so, how would you like to attend the 2007 Romantic Times Booklovers Convention being held in Houston, Texas, where you can meet authors, attend signings, publisher parties and attend classes on writing? This gift is open to all unpublished readers of Romance and includes your convention registration fee, round-trip coach airfare from any major city in the contiguous United States to Houston, the site of the convention, a five night stay (standard, single occupancy) at the convention hotel, publisher parties, classes and events, and a special dinner with yours truly and a surprise author (or two).
How do you apply? It’s easy. Go to www.Sandyblair.net where you’ll find the application and rules on the contest page. Answer a few fun questions and then tell me in 500 words or less (the length of the story you just read) why you love Romances. Or you can request an application by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Sandy Blair, PO Box 260183, Plano, TX 75026-0183. The winning applicant will be selected on March 1, 2007.
Sandy has a November Release,
THIEF IN A KILT
With a magical blend of humor, passion, and adventure, THIEF IN A KILT is sure to steal hearts." —New York Times Bestselling author Lorraine Heath
"Blair's attention to historical and regional detail supports a fine balance of action and romance, making this political potboiler a winning read." —Publishers Weekly
A Rogue By Any Other Name
Scoundrel. Seducer. Sir Ian MacKay deserves to be called the Thief of Hearts. Yet he is a man with a mission: to return Scotland’s rightful king to his ancestral throne. But first he must find out the true identify of the mysterious woman whose beauty and wit have dazzled the court...and why she is avoiding him. Can it be possible that Kate Templeton is an English spy?
Though Ian insists that no woman has ever refused him, Kate vows to resist his scandalous charm. Leading him on a merry chase all over Scotland is the best way to safeguard her heart. Yet a passionate confrontation brings them together at last and the only word on her lips is yes...
Friday, October 13, 2006
THE SICILIAN'S CHRISTMAS BRIDE has received 4.75 stars from Once Upon a Romance.
Connie at ONCE UPON A ROMANCE says:
Harlequin Presents is known for its passion and The Sicilian’s Christmas Bride upholds their reputation. Not strictly in the context of sexual passion, but with the internal passion, desires, struggles, and characteristics of both Dante and Taylor.
The miracles of Christmas and love, both of which should not be left to the season alone, are found within the pages of this book. It was a pleasure to see Dante and Taylor discover the meaning of both. It was a gentle reminder to us all.
Sandra Marton, an author who can bring a tear to the eye and make you shudder with a sigh. Can it get any better than that?
Congratulations to Sandra on her November release
EDGE OF DARKNESS has made the New York Times Bestseller list, as well as BookScan and USA TODAY.
EDGE OF DARKNESS gets a 4 1/2 star, Top Pick, review from Romantic Times BookClub Magazine, 'Themes of love, duty and sacrifice are expertly combined with a hefty dose of magic...With this phenomenal series, Adair demonstrates how the wonderful power of love can carry dangerous consequences when turned to hate.'
Thursday, October 12, 2006
IT'S FINALLY HERE--THE BOOK YOU'VE ASKED FOR!
Hello Friends and Readers! Just a quick note to tell you that BLACKHAWK'S BETRAYAL, the first book in the new Blackhawk family has just hit the October shelves and will only be there for a limited time. More SECRETS! More lies and scandal and well, you know what else....(it starts with s...)
I'm currently finishing a book, but will send out a newsletter at the end of the month and there will be a drawing for the prize on my site: A SUPER SOFT, Lavender wrap for those achy muscles (and helps ease the monthly discomfort, too.)
All Kiera Blackhawk wanted was to learn the truth about her heritage. She hadn't counted on falling, and falling hard, for her compelling new boss, Sam Prescott. His touch ignited her body and his ever-watchful gaze was almost able to pierce through the secrets she was desperate to keep. Kiera could not submit to the hotel magnate's powerful seduction.
For what would Sam--whose loyalty lay with the very family she might destroy--do when he discovered that she'd been lying to him about everything
Beginning Monday, October 16th on Romantic Times (www.romantictimes.com) you can read Kate's entry THE KAMA SUTRA CHRONICLES in RT's American Title Contest. We're all pulling for Kate to win! Why you ask? Because the winner of this contest will become PUBLISHED!
You can read Kate's posts on the Deadline Diaries Blog: http://deadlinediaries.blogspot.com
Here's a post on the contest from Dorchester:
American Title III
"They always say that good things come in threes. So once again Dorchester is offering all unpublished authors a chance to participate in the American Title contest, co-sponsored by Romantic Times.
This year we’re looking for contemporary romance: chick lit, romantic suspense, paranormals, romantic comedies and anything that falls in between."
So please sign up on the Romantic Times website and vote for Kate
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Nerds Like It Hot is a USA Today Bestseller List. Congratulations to VLT and her Nerd series. Vicki recently spoke at the Emerald City Writer's Conference here in Seattle and was fabulous along with her lovely daughter Audrey.
Recently, VLT was interviewed on Once Upon a romance. It's a great interview and I encourage you to read it!
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
The Pink Heart Society is a new Blog featuring authors from Mills and Boon and I believe Harlequin Presents authors from the USA, UK, AU and NZ.
There are lots of great articles, interviews and coming soon reviews. Please watch for some of mine!
Pink Heart Society Link: http://www.pinkheartsociety.blogspot.com
I'll Be Home for Christmas made the USA Today's list. Congrats to the authors Linda Lael Miller, Catherine Mulvany, Julie Leto and Rocki St. Claire.
A collection of heartwarming holiday stories from today's stars of passionate romance!
LINDA LAEL MILLER
delivers a holiday miracle in the bittersweet tale of a young woman who can't hide her broken heart -- or her past -- when she returns to her hometown. But a sexy widower may just help her discover the true meaning of home in "Christmas of the Red Chiefs."
spins a fairy tale come true in "Once Upon a Christmas." They flirted as teenagers, but it takes time -- and some divine intervention -- to bring two star-crossed lovers together at last.
pairs fire and ice in "Meltdown," the sensual tale of a Cuban-American PR whiz whose job description includes thawing out her CEO boss's frosty image. Will their sparks torch into flames of passion?
ROXANNE ST. CLAIRE
unwraps the thrills of Christmas in New York, where a female bodyguard toys with a dangerous desire for a mysterious hunk while protecting his young daughter. It's a risky game with passion as the prize in "You Can Count on Me."
My heart is still overflowing from this weekend where I attended The Emerald City Writer's Conference. There were such incredible women attending.....Published and unpublished authors with goals, dreams and a voice to be heard.
Key Note Speakers were Stella Cameron, Vicky Lewis Thompson and Cherry Adair. Also in attendance were Jane Porter, Susan Mallery, Christina Dodd, Susanna Carr, Elizabeth Boyle, Anne Roth, Jayne Ann Krentz, Debbie Macomber and so many many more it makes my head still spin.
I felt humbled and honored to be in their presence attending as a reader.
Monday, October 09, 2006
Susan Mallery has a new series for Silhouette Desire (Harlequin):
The Substitute Millionaire
Silhouette Desire -- Book 1 in my Million Dollar Catch Series
The Unexpected Millionaire
Silhouette Desire -- Book 2 in my Million Dollar Catch Series
The Ultimate Millionaire
Silhouette Desire -- Book 3 in my Million Dollar Catch Series