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I’ve been so busy lately I haven’t had time to do much of anything except revisions on the book I’m writing with my sister, Whistling Woman, about our great aunt Bessie’s life growing up in Hot Springs, NC, at the turn of the 20th century.  It’s finished.  Yay!  But now comes the hard part; editing and revising.  I usually don’t like that part but with this one, I’m really looking forward to doing the final edits because Christy and I are planning on meeting in Hot Springs when we get to that point.  Another yay!

At the same time, I’m still polishing my older woman/younger man contemporary romance novella, Strict Policies.  And when all that editing gets to be too much, I’m working on the next book in my Eternal Shadows series, Sun Shadows.  Really hope I get this one finished quicker than I did the second one!

Other than that, I’ve been canning quite a bit–my pantry is overflowing!–and putting the garden to bed for the winter–just in time, we had our first frost last night.  Des and I are still walking every day and we’re really enjoying it…for the most part.  Had an encounter with the wicked witch of the neighborhood yesterday but more on that later.  That little event deserves an entire blog post all its own!

I got a great review for Storm Shadows the other day from Amelia Richard at Cata Romance.  4.5 stars!  Yippee!  Here’s Amelia’s teaser:  STORM SHADOWS makes the supernatural seem genuinely real with clever writing and an innovative premise.

Finally, I have an interview up on Susan Whitfield’s blog today.  Lots of fun to do–and believe me I didn’t think I’d ever say that about an interview!  Hope you’ll drop by and check it out!

Back to the edits…

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in your inbox when you’ve been away for a week.  I’m finally getting to the last of the emails that I couldn’t get to last week when I was in Florida and lookie what I found from one of my favorite sites, Cata’s Single Titles:

Happy Friday,
As you may have heard, our website for single title romance has recently undergone a complete redesign and relaunch. We’re merging ecataromance into singletitles.com to bring readers a one stop spot for reviews, interviews and excerpts. We’re also accepting mysteries and thrillers for review now as well. We’re obviously excited about all these changes and the feedback so far has been really incredible.
But we’d like your help in spreading the word.
So we’re having a contest and we’re giving away some fabulous prizes that, as an author, I know you’ll be interested in! But don’t wait, this contest runs less than a month. http://singletitles.com/?p=2715
Here’s the deal, post a blurb about the new and improved Singletitles on your blog, website, facebook, myspace, Twitter, or any other social network you’re on. Then, come back to SingleTitles (http://singletitles.com/?p=2715) and leave a comment with a link to where you posted the blurb. You’ll get entered twice if you insert the blurb in your newsletter and forward a copy to Alice @ pixelwareinc.com.
Prizes up for grabs:
    * 5 affiliate author memberships
    * 5 cover ad slots
    * 5 standard banner ad slots
Rules
   1. Eligible entries must be hyperlinked to http://www.singletitles.com.
   2. Contest open to worldwide authors of romance and adult fiction. Void where prohibited. Prizes cannot be exchanged for cash.
   3. You may enter multiple times.
   4. Contest runs from October 30, 2009 to November 20, 2009 at noon EST. Winners will be randomly selected from eligible entries after the contest closes. Chances of winning depend on number of entries. Contest must receive at least 75 entries for prizes to be awarded.
   5. Rules are subject to change.
Feel free to use one of these blurbs below:
Hey, did you hear that SingleTitles.com has a whole new look? They have hundreds of book reviews, interviews, and lots of great excerpts. Plus, they’re now featuring thrillers and mysteries. Check ‘em out at http://www.singletitles.com.
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Psst… guess what I just heard?! SingleTitles.com got a facelift, can you believe it? You can search reviews by publisher, release month, even rating. They’ve got lots of book excerpts and author interviews. You can even win prizes. So write this down, bookmark it or whatever: http://www.singletitles.com Just stop by soon.
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There’s a website that I visit every so often that I really like. It’s called SingleTitles.com and it’s a really reader friendly place. They review romance, mystery, thrillers, etc. About once a week they publish an author interview and there’s usually a book giveaway going on as well. Stop by http://www.singletitles.com when you get a chance.
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Authors, a heads up. SingleTitles.com just relaunched, sporting a full site makeover and a contest to celebrate the new look. They’re offering up $450 worth of advertising as prizes. If you write romance, mystery or thrillers you should head over and check out. http://www.singletitles.com
Thanks so much for your support!
Alice
PS. Feel free to forward!
 
Yikes and yahoo!  Can’t believe I almost missed this (tomorrow’s the deadline) and I’d really, really, really like to win something from Cata since they’re sort of my one-stop-site for all things romance.  Not to mention they have one of my favorite reviewers of all time, Amelia, who wrote fabulous reviews for Snow Shadows and Unwilling Angel.  I should be working on the edits for Storm Shadows–yep, I received those from my publisher the day before I left for vacation.  Yippee!–but I think I’m going to take the rest of the afternoon to spread this awesome news.  I’ve finished with the first read-through on Storm anyway and I need a break so…I’m going to give myself a reward!
Now to figure out which blurb–generously included in the contest announcement by Alice!–I’m going to post where.  Oh, and I have to remember to go back to Single Titles and leave a comment for each one.

You know that old saying, “It never rains, but it pours”?  That’s my life right now what with the holiday season–which I dearly love–, today’s release of my e-book, Unwilling Angel, the two contests I’m participating in, a couple of new author groups I’ve joined, my sister and mom coming to visit next week–which means I really need to get busy and clean this messy house!–, and finally, an on-line workshop that I’m taking at Cata Network Writers Group.

The workshop, put on by Susan Meier, is all about setting goals.  I’m hoping it will be the kick in the pants I need to get my current WIPs finished and get the manuscripts that are complete submitted.  Don’t know if it will, but I’m enjoying the workshop and Ms. Meier is certainly giving it her all.  Lots of good tips and suggestions that–hopefully!–will serve to get a confirmed procrastinator like me out of this slump I’ve been in lately when it comes to writing and/or submitting.

Anyway, the real reason behind this post is my ongoing love affair with the Cata Network.  Seriously, if you’re a romance author and you haven’t checked out everything Cata has to offer, you really should.  They have a slew of sites with just about everything a romance author needs to know.  Cata University is my favorite and you can find all their other sites from there.

If you’re interested in Susan Meier’s workshop on setting goals, hop on over the the Cata Nerwork Writers group and join!  It’s quick and easy and most important to aspiring writers, free!

And don’t forget to check out the contest I’m participating in which is sponsored by Cata.  It’s on the stickie post at the top of my blog.  You can’t miss it!

Whistling Woman by CC Tillery

Winds of Fate

Storm Shadows

Snow Shadows

PMS Anthology

Romance of My Dreams

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