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Sharing the Love at Writers In The Storm


This is one of the finest blogs on writing and craft. They’ve been named one of the Top Blogs and it’s so well deserved!

Originally posted on Writers In The Storm Blog:

Scan 3We’re excited to announce that Writers In The Storm was named in the 15th Annual Writer’s Digest “101 Top Blogs for Writers” list! And to show our thanks to our amazing guest bloggers and readers, we’re throwing open the comments today for a little “Pimp and Promote.”

How does this work?

To quote Genie in Aladdin, “There are a few provisos, a couple of quid-pro-quos” …

  • Pimp out somebody else’s work – this can be a favorite author, blogger, post or book you’ve read, a wonderful teacher or just someone who had profound influence on you as a writer or a person.
  • Promote one of your projects that you’re excited about – a hobby, a blog, a book, a new direction your writing is taking you. You decide. Just tell us all about it in the comments! The rest of us will jump in and “ooooh and coo” at you, and likely…

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Jenn LeBlanc’s ‘Absolute Surrender’ is here!


I’m reblogging this from Mel and Bookworm2bookworm today because I love stories that are diffferent. And Jenn LeBlanc’s newest looks different. A woman with two men? That is certainly diffferent for historical purposes! I am really looking forward to this one, and to meeting Jenn next month at RT!

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Today we’re excited to share Jenn LeBlanc’s newest illustrated romance, ABSOLUTE SURRENDER . This book, like THE RAKE AND THE RECLUSE: Redux , has gorgeous images to enhance the story.

Meet Jenn:

Colorado. Canon. Curls. CJs. Chuck Norris.

Born and raised in this beautiful state —very nearly with a camera in hand— I never left. I started my own family, got used to the curls, went to college, built a CJ, started a business, and totally beat the daylights out of Chuck Norris, all with a camera in hand.

Spending my days in parenting chat rooms I got highly adept with one-handed typing and I can still type just about as fast with one hand as I can with two. It’s a great talent to have when engrossed in a scene and in need of a hit of caffeine. Once I finished my first novel I quickly realized: I was…

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Achieving Work-Life Balance…A Story of Balls


Ah yes, the eternal juggle! This time of year I am juggling more and more, s I’m writing new things, editing old, arranging to take my son on college tours and dealing with his stress over test taking, all while working full time and dealing with the stress of not having a boss. Sort of waving in the wind until we find out who we’re going to work for.
Sometimes I feel as if my quote is “Stop the World, I Want to Get Off!?
Do you have a favorite quote?

Originally posted on Writers In The Storm Blog:

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Sometimes life feels like THIS…

During weeks like this, when I’m juggling a lot of commitments, I think a lot about work-life balance and how freaking hard it is to achieve.

I got some perspective from a very unexpected source recently. I got my epiphany at work.

Many of you know that I do adult education by day and I currently work with a group of accountants. You wouldn’t think an accounting firm would be a hotbed of sexy thought-provoking concepts… I sure didn’t.

Yet, in the four years I’ve been working with them, I’ve learned more about writing and work-life balance than I ever expected to know.

THIS quote came up in a prep session for Not-For-Profit Corporations:

Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling five balls in the air. You name them – work, family, health, friends, and spirit – and…

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Yes, it’s back, Whip it Out Wednesday! Time to Whip Out Your Excerpts and Make Them Shine!

I know, I know, I’ve been MIA  lately. But I swear I’ve been busy with quite a few different projects, and that’s all I have to say about THAT!  But I love having every one on here to show off their wonderful work and their beautiful covers, so please, come on an post you 500 word excerpt, with your buy links and your covers. I’m sorry to say I don’t have any work product on my office computer I can post, so you guys will have to carry the show.



Cover Reveal The Earl’s Enticement by Collette Cameron

Cover Reveal –The Earl’s Enticement
Coming May 28, 2014 from Soul Mate Publishing
A Regency-Scottish Historical


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The Earl’s Enticement Blurb

She won’t be tamed.
A fiery, unconventional Scot, Adaira Ferguson wears breeches, swears, and has no more desire to marry than she does to follow society’s dictates of appropriate behavior. She trusts no man with the secret she desperately protects.

He can’t forget.
Haunted by his past, Roark, The Earl of Clarendon, rigidly adheres to propriety, holding himself and those around him to the highest standards, no matter the cost. Betrayed once, he’s guarded and leery of all women.

Mistaking Roark for a known spy, Adaira imprisons him. Infuriated, he vows vengeance. Realizing her error, she’s appalled and releases him, but he’s not satisfied with his freedom. Roark is determined to transform Adaira from an ill-mannered hoyden to a lady of refinement.
He succeeds only to discover, he preferred the free-spirited Scottish lass who first captured his heart.

A bit about Collette
Award winning, Amazon best-selling, and multi-published historical romance author, Collette Cameron, has a BS in Liberal Studies and a Master’s in Teaching. A Pacific Northwest Native, Collette’s been married for thirty years, has three amazing adult children, and five dachshunds. Collette loves a good joke, inspirational quotes, flowers, the beach, trivia, birds, shabby chic, and Cadbury Chocolate. You’ll always find dogs, birds, quirky—sometimes naughty—humor, and a dash of inspiration in her novels. Her motto for life? You can’t have too much chocolate, too many hugs, or too many flowers. She’s thinking about adding shoes to that list.


Wendy Herrington pen name Collette Cameron

Connect with Collette:
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You can connect with Collette on Goodreads, LinkedIn, and Google+ too. Go to her website for the links, her email address, and mailing address.


Please take a moment and read today

Today I’m directing everyone to this blog here:


The reason? Last week t he author Jackie Barbosa got the worst possible news a parent could ever receive. She lost her 17 year old son in a car crash. So a group of authors, bloggers and others are coordinating efforts to promote her books, since that is obviously the furthest thing from her mind.

A scholarship fund has been set up here:


There are no words to express at such a tragedy and loss.  I wish her peace and time to heal.


Liza O’Connor and her Ghost Lover are here today with special, limited time pricing.

The always fun and fabulous Liza O’Connor is paying us a surprise visit today to show off her wonderful book Ghost Lover, which is available for a fantastically low price only until today. In my opinion, this cover is worth twice the price. Look at that sexy kiss!  Whew!  Anyway, in case I didn’t convince you, please read further for a little bit about the book. then you can order it.

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Ghost Lover has returned, and he’s sexier than ever.

To encourage you to invite him into your reader,

he’ll be half-price on March 21 – 23.

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Ghost Lover

By Liza O’Connor

Contemporary Romance with a touch of paranormal


Two sexy English brothers. One irresistible ghost. Who would you choose as your lover?

Completely broke and with a criminal record to boot, Senna Smith is one day from eviction from her apartment when Brendon, her promiscuous roommate from London, suggests she go to England, marry him, and manage his fortune. With few other options, she agrees to an open marriage. But she’ll never, ever, have sex with him, knowing if she falls in love with him, he’ll break her heart.

As trustee of Brendon’s family fortune, there is no way Brendon’s older brother, Garrison Durran, is going to let him marry a self-professed American gold-digger. As Senna tries to embrace castle life and English society for Brendon’s sake, Gar discovers Senna is the perfect woman for him–beautiful and intelligent, kind and caring. Now, if she wasn’t already engaged to his brother…

The ancestral ghost of Durran Castle has to intervene if the Durran brothers have any chance of an heir. He can’t leave them to fix matters on their own. They are useless buggers when it comes to love. As counselor to Gar, matchmaker for Brendon, and lover to Senna, a ghost’s work is never done.

CONTENT WARNING: Allergy warning: Ghost cat in book.



Last day to buy at half price


Brendon moved to the window and stared out. “I don’t think you realized how bad things became for me when Nan died. I’d lost the only person who cared for me. I had no one left. The million dollars I lost on a roulette wheel wasn’t done just to get rid of the cook. I did it to get your attention. While you didn’t give a shit about me, you’ve always loved money. And it worked. You finally noticed me.”

“And sent you away,” Gar said with remorse.

“Yeah.” Brendon turned and gave him a faint smile. “Not exactly the response I’d hoped for, but it turned out all right. I met Senna and since then life keeps getting easier with each day. Now I find I even like you most of the time.”

“Well, the feeling is mutual. You’re still eccentric, but you’ve a good heart and good intent, and I’m proud you’re my brother.”

Suddenly the door opened and Senna walked in looking at both men with concern. “Are you two having a fight?”

“Not at all.” Brendon smiled. “In fact, Gar told me he’s proud I’m his brother.”

Senna’s eyes filled with appreciation as she grinned at Gar.

Her smile almost broke Gar’s heart. God help him, but Brendon had nailed the truth. He did love Senna, and more than anything, he wanted her to be his wife.


About Liza O’Connor

Liza lives in Denville, NJ with her dog, Jess. They hike in fabulous woods every day, rain or shine, sleet or snow. Having an adventurous nature, she learned to fly small Cessnas in NJ, hang-glide in New Zealand, kayak in Pennsylvania, ski in New York, scuba dive with great white sharks in Australia, dig up dinosaur bones in Montana, sky dive in Indiana, and raft a class four river in Tasmania. She’s an avid gardener, amateur photographer, and dabbler in watercolors and graphic arts. Yet through her entire life, her first love has and always will be writing novels. She loves to create interesting characters, set them loose, and scribe what happens.



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