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My interview with Long and Short of It Reviews is up on their website today.  There’s also a contest and I’m participating in a chat on their Yahoo group.  Hope you’ll join us!

Oh, and don’t forget to check out their awesome review of Storm Shadows!

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1.  My sister and I finished the manuscript for Whistling Woman, the book we’ve been working on for two years about our great aunt’s life growing up in the small town of Hot Springs, NC.  We took a few days, rented a cabin in Hot Springs, and worked on the first edit.  Now we’re in the process of editing it again–this time by email–and are hoping we’ll have it polished by the end of the year.  After that, beta readers!

2.  Although I’m not participating in NaNoWriMo–or whatever it’s called–I’ve been working on the third book in my Eternal Shadows series, Sun Shadows.  Last Monday, I set a goal of writing a thousand words a day and so far, so good.  A little over 9,000 words and counting!

3.  Edits, edits, and more edits on Whistling Woman.

4.  Working on getting the blog for the Writers’ Guild of Western North Carolina up and running.  Had a minor problem with WordPress–for some reason it wouldn’t let me add widgets to the blog–but that was solved by going to the forum and posting a question which was answered fairly quickly.

5.  The contract with Red Rose Publishing for my novella, Unwilling Angel, expires on the 18th of this month and I’ve been trying to decide what to do with the book when I have the rights back.  Numerous people have advised putting it on Kindle and thanks to one of the members of the Writers’ Guild, who is currently working to get his books on Kindle, I have a pretty good idea of what that entails.  It won’t be easy but I think I’ll probably try. 

Of course, first I have to get the rights back.  As per the contract, I sent two certified letters to Red Rose Publishing 60 days before the expiration date telling them I did not want to renew the contract, but haven’t heard a word back yet.  Which isn’t really a surprise given the problems other authors are having with this publisher.  I’m doing my best to keep an open mind until the 18th then I’m going to send an email to the owner and inform her that per the contract, the rights have reverted back to me and she needs to quit selling my book.  We’ll see what happens…

6.  After a blast of cold weather to start the month, we’ve had a string of perfect fall days here in the mountains.  I’ve been working to get my gardens put to bed while it lasts.   I wanted to plant bulbs but haven’t been able to find the time and I know I’ll be kicking myself next spring.  Oh well…

7.  Still more edits!

8.  Updating my website and this blog with the 2011 EPIC eBook Awards finalist button.  Yep, that’s right, Storm Shadows made it to the finals.  Yippee!  EPICon is in Williamsburg, VA next year and since my sister, Christy Tillery French, also has a book in the finals we’re seriously considering making the drive up there and attending.  I don’t have much hope that Storm will win, it’s in one of the categories that has the most finalists, but who knows what will happen.

9.  Edits, edits, and more edits with a little research thrown in on the side!

10.  More great news on Storm–The Long and the Short of It gave it a fabulous review last week which means it’s up for Book of the Week.  Woo-hoo!  If you’re so inclined, you can vote by clicking here.  That page also gives you access to Xeranthemum’s excellent review, if you’d like to read it.   Here’s a little taste of what the she had to say:

Storm Shadows is a well written and beautiful romance filled with charm, humor, vivid and lively descriptions and a well earned happily ever after sure to make a reader sigh in satisfaction. Despite the conflict, Ms. Hunter wrote a story that is uplifting and optimistic and just plain fun to read.

So, there you have it, the top ten reasons I haven’t posted anything here for almost a month.  As you can see, Whistling Woman is taking up the majority of my time with the Eternal Shadows series running a close second.  Next week it’s going to be all about Storm since I have an interview and a chat scheduled with LASR.  Which reminds me, I need to come up with a contest for the chat.  Better get busy…

and I’ve been so busy that it’s been over a month since I posted anything here on this blog.  But now that summer is winding down–can you believe school’s already started for this year?  I can’t!–and we’re heading into fall it’s time to get my act together.  I have way too many things to talk about for just one post so I guess the thing to do is break it down and post numerous times to catch up.

*sigh*  Catching up seems to be my theme for this year.

Okay, let’s start with the promotions.  I’m taking part in two summer contests:

The Long and the Short of It’s third anniversary party which gives you a chance to win a Nook e-reader and other prizes, including a signed copy of Snow Shadows.  Just click on the picture to find out how to enter!

And Romance Junkies’ Summer Contest with a chance to win free books and loads of other prizes.  Again, click on the pic to find out more!

Good luck!

Thank goodness it’s Friday and the final day of my author spotlight at the Long and Short of It!  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve enjoyed being in the spotlight, and for the most part, I’ve also enjoyed all the other promotions I’ve been doing, but I’m ready to get back to writing now.

One good thing about not being able to write whenever I want to, it just makes me want to write even more.  And while I was suffering from a bit of a block when I started all this promotion, I think that’s over for now.  Hmm…could that be the cure for writer’s block that every author’s been searching for–no time to write because of too many other commitments?  Could be or maybe it’s just that I’m contrary that way.

Whatever, after I clean up a few more summer contests and promotions I’m doing, I’m going to take at least a week to do nothing but write.  Woo-hoo!  In my world, that’s what you call paradise!

So anyway, here’s your little bit of BSP for the day:  on my final day in the spotlight over at the Long and Short of It, I’m talking about my favorite place in the world, the library.  Hope to see you there and don’t forget to enter the contest for a free signed copy of Snow Shadows and a large Storm Shadows coffee mug!

Today is day 3 of my author spotlight on The Long and Short of It.  Is it just me, or is it getting hot in here?  Spotlights are not a good thing for a menopausal woman!  They bring on hotflashes which invaraiably leads to a mood swing and…well, trust me, you don’t want to be there for that!  Good thing you’re protected by the vastness of cyber-space!  Anyway, today I’m talking about what I do to beat writer’s block.  Hope you’ll join me–and if you do, please, bring a fan!

Also, over on the Dames of Dialogue blog, Claire Applewhite, author of Crazy For You, is in the spotlight.  Interesting and fun read.  I find it amusing that she seems to be going in the reverse direction of most romance authors.  She started out writing mystery but as she writes, she’s finding that romance often noses into her stories.  Usually, it’s the other way around with romance authors–or at least with the ones I know–they start out writing romance then move into mystery or some other genre.

I have a theory about why that happens, but that’s a post for another day!  Meanwhile, check out yours truly on the Long and Short of It and Claire Applewhite on the Dames of Dialogue.  Between the two, you’re sure to find something you like!

I’ve been meaning to get this post up for days now but never got around to it.  Sheesh, all these promotions are clogging my brain and since I have a hard time remembering things even when my mind is firing on all cylinders, I’m starting to wonder if I even have even one functional brain cell left.

Warning:  BSP ahead!

Are you still here?  Yeah, so okay, I’m in the Author Spotlight this week on Long and Short of It and I really hope you’ll hop on over and leave a comment on one of my guest blogs.  As an extra, added incentive, you can email the answer to the question beneath the blurb under my book covers and you’ll be entered for a free signed copy of Snow Shadows and a large Storm Shadows coffee mug.  So go on, you know you want to–or at least I hope you do!

Little side note here to the Red Sox–Stop Getting Hurt!  I love that you’re playing your hearts out and that you’ve worked your way into 2nd place in the AL East but seriously, the injuries have to stop.  Then again, maybe they don’t, maybe this is the perfect time to have all these injured players.  If you get it out of your system now, maybe that means the entire team will be healthy come September and everyone knows, the most important baseball is played in September.  Well okay, maybe not the most important, I suppose that would be in October but in order to be around in October, you have to play well in September, right?

Anyway, please stop with the injuries because it breaks my heart when I see any one of you go down and not just because that threatens our chance at a spot in the post season.  I understand that you’re playing to win, and I commend you for that, but I also want you all to be healthy.  Okay?  Okay!  Now, go out there and win one for the Gipper…no, wait a minute, wrong sport, go out there and win one for my Grand-niece Gabi who’ll be making her first appearance around September 8th.  She’s bound to be a true Red Sox fan, if her mom and I have anything to say about it, and I’d love nothing more than to be able to tell her when she’s older that her team won the World Series the year she was born in honor of her birth!

Whistling Woman by CC Tillery

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