Winners! Announcements! More giveaways!

So much has happened in very little time!

Firstly, LUCKY 7 BAD BOYS hit the New York Times bestseller list at #16 (combined print and ebook) and #11 (ebook). It also hit the USA TODAY bestseller list at #41! I’m so incredibly speechless at the outreach from readers who’ve read, loved, and supported the set. I can’t thank you enough. <333 You’ve made one of my dreams come true and words simply can’t express what that means to me.

Secondly, if you remember, we had a LUCKY 7 CHEERS Blog Hop right before the release of the box set. The winner of that set is Shadowluvs2read! I’ll be contacting her shortly for a mailing address to send the guitar pick necklace. A HUGE thank you to everyone who hopped around to the Lucky 7 blogs and participated.

Last, but definitely not least, there’s another giveaway to announce!

I’ve joined the Dangerous Dozen Romantic Suspense Box Set (or, rather, Dark Tide Rising as) and we’d love to get the word out about the amazing release. Dangerous Dozen is a set of twelve full-length romantic suspense novels by twelve bestselling authors. Dangerous Dozen is available for pre-order at Amazon and Apple for 99 Cents and will be released on April 7th!

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It would mean a lot to us if you could help us to let others know about our boxed set. If you can help us, we’re offering a special “Thank You” Giveaway.

The Giveaway is happening at Dangerous Dozen Author Karen Fenech’s website. For details, please click on this link: http://www.karenfenech.com/contests.html

Dangerous Dozen Romance Authors

Caridad Pineiro Maureen Child Tina Wainscott Tawny WeberKristin Miller Books That Rock: Author Virna DePaul Paige Tyler – Author of Sexy, Romantic Fiction Gennita Low Nina Bruhns Maureen A. Miller Joyce Lamb Karen Fenech’s Friends

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Much love and more thanks,

Kristin

LUCKY 7 Cheers! Drink up and win prizes!

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***Seven fabulous books on sale for only 99 cents for a short time.*** Get lucky with a bad boy. . . .Whether he’s a rock star, a billionaire, or a playboy magician–whether he wears work boots or a suit and tie–bad boys have one thing in common: how good they can make a woman feel. This contemporary romance boxed set sizzles with SEVEN full-length novels by SEVEN bestselling authors, starring SEVEN unforgettable bad boys who will make you melt.
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If you’ve reached my blog, you must love bad boys as much as I do! I was thrilled at the possibility of writing a rock star bad boy with a playboy attitude, and that’s precisely when Cole Turner of Crazy in Love turned up in the small mountain town of Blue Lake. The last thing he wants is to fall in love, but life doesn’t always give us what we want, does it? Sometimes, it gives us what we need…and he needs sexy innkeeper Rachael McCoy…bad.
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You can now order Crazy in Love and the other amazing books in the Lucky 7 Bad Boys box set.
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To celebrate the release of the box set, each of the authors is posting her favorite drink recipes and offering a giveaway! Great way to celebrate, don’t you think? Drinks and goodies! What could be better?! A Lemond Drop is my absolute favorite go-to drink! It’s cold and sweet, and if it’s made right, you’ll be licking sugar off the rim in no time! (That sounds awfully dirty, doesn’t it?!)
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Ingredients:
4 fl oz fresh lemon  juice
2 fl oz vodka
1 tsp white sugar
crushed ice
1 lemon, sliced
4 sprigs fresh mint
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Directions:
In a mixing glass, combine lemon juice, vodka and sugar. Stir until dissolved, then pour into glasses filled with ice. (Or, if you’d like crushed ice, blend ice until crushed or “slushied”.) Garnish with a lemon slice and sprig of mint.
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That’s it! Easy and delicious!
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If you comment on my blog post, I’m giving away the guitar pick, heart-winged necklace pictured below. On top of my personal giveaway, I’m offering One Sweet Day, a Blue Lake short romance, on Amazon and iTunes for FREE. You can get your free kindle copy here and your free iTunes copy here.
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Cole Turner, the hero from Crazy in Love (included in the Lucky 7 Bad Boys box set) is a total rock star hottie and would KILL for his woman to wear something like this. Sexy, don’t you think? <g>
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Want more celebratory goodies? Hop over to the other Lucky 7 author blogs and comment like crazy! Here are the links to the other blogs for you to visit. There’ll be a drink recipe and a chance to win on every page!
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Sophia Knightly (Unfortunately, due to unforeseen technical difficulties, Sophia won’t be participating in the Cheers Blog Hop…but we can have a drink for her. ;))
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Also, the Lucky 7 authors and I are giving away an ebook basket from all of us and a $10 gift card! All you have to do is follow the link here:
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Last, but not least, please come party with us at the Lucky 7 Bad Boys Facebook Launch Party March 5th, 2014. We’re giving away an iPad Mini among TONS of other great things. I would love to catch up with you there!
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Cheers and enjoy your bad boy–I mean, your drink! Yes, that’s what I meant to say…Enjoy your drink. <wink>

Lucky 7 Bad Boys Facebook LAUNCH party!

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THE DAY IS ALMOST HERE! The Lucky 7 Bad Boys box set, featuring 7 books by 7 bestselling authors, releases March 3rd! I’m so thrilled for you to all to get your hands on this set. If you’re interested in preordering, it’s now available for preorder for ONLY .99 CENTS! Crazy good deal, right?!

Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/mtt6f7w
iTunes: http://tinyurl.com/mmxxg6a
Kobo: http://tinyurl.com/nymba54

To celebrate the release, the Lucky 7 authors are throwing a MASSIVE Facebook launch party with a ton of books and giftcards as prizes, including an iPad mini as the grand prize to one random commenter.

Here’s the deets for you to jot down:

When: 3/5

Where: https://www.facebook.com/events/1456754817872978

 

Simply follow the link on 3/5, comment, and be entered to win a ton of prizes!

Hope to see you there!

LUCKY 7 BAD BOYS PRELAUNCH PARTY JAN 23!

Why attend the 1/23 Lucky 7 Boxed Set Facebook party? With our guest authors, we’re giving away $260 worth of gift cards, 13 signed paperbacks, 54 eBooks, 3 bracelets, 2 pendant necklaces, 2 t-shirts, 2 coffee mugs, chocolate, clutches, lotions, candles, swag packs and more!

https://www.facebook.com/events/285449651602509/

Join me and six other bestselling authors on Thursday, January 23rd, from 9am – 11pm EST, to celebrate the pre-release of the Lucky 7: Bad Boys; a contemporary romance boxed set.

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Get lucky with a bad boy. . . .

Whether he’s a rock star, a billionaire, or a playboy magician–whether he wears work boots or a suit and tie–bad boys have one thing in common: how good they can make a woman feel. This contemporary romance boxed set sizzles with SEVEN full-length novels by SEVEN bestselling authors, starring SEVEN unforgettable bad boys who will make you melt, all for the special, limited time price of $0.99 (Amazon: http://amzn.to/1h8rACq).

Remember, the fun starts at 9 am EST, last post is at 11 pm EST, and you can comment to enter giveaways until 11:59 pm EST!!

Jan 23 Facebook Prelaunch Party Prizes!!

  • 1st Place Grand Prize: $100 Gift Card to e-retailer of choice
  • 2nd Place Grand Prize: Gift set of eBooks from Charity Pineiro, Sophia Knightly, Tawny Weber, Nina Bruhns, Susan Hatler, Virna DePaul, and Kristin Miller (not the books in the box set)
  • 7 $10 Gift Cards to Amazon or Barnes & Noble (winner’s choice) – one by each author
  • 3 $10 Amazon Gift Cards from Karen Fenech
  • 2 $5 Amazon Gift Cards from Susan Hatler
  • $20 eGift Card from Cyndi Faria
  • $10 Amazon Gift Card from JB Lynn
  • 2 $5 Gift Cards from Charity Pineiro
  • Leather/python Bad Girl Bracelet and black nail polish set
  • John Freida accessories silver clutch and silver travel zip pouch
  • Two Swag packs with HEART MELTER tote bags
  • Gift pack/box of chocolates: French truffles, Godiva dessert boxes, almond hazelnut Florentines.
  • #Love Bracelet and SEAL Swag Bag
  • “I’m a good girl with bad habits” pendant
  • “Shhh…I have a book hangover” pendant
  • Bracelet with Lucky and Coach charms (note: not a Coach bracelet)
  • OG Surf & Skate T-Shirt
  • Reborn T-shirt and necklace, and L’Occitane lotions & candle
  • 2 PROFILE SERIES coffee mugs from Alexa Grace
  • Signed Paperback copies of A SEAL’S SEDUCTION, A SEAL’S SURRENDER, A SEAL’S SALVATION by Tawny Weber (US only)
  • Paperback copies of TALK OF THE TOWN, WHAT HAPPENS BETWEEN FRIENDS, and CAUGHT UP IN YOU (HARLEQUIN SUPERROMANCE) by Beth Andrews
  • Signed Paperback copies of BLIND DATE, CHECKMATE, SOMETHING WITCHY THIS WAY COMES, A BITE’S TALE, MY WOLF’S BANE by Veronica Blade (US only)
  • Paperback copy of MY SECRET FANTASY (HARLEQUIN BLAZE) by Joanne Rock
  • Signed Paperback copy of TRUE SHOT by Joyce Lamb
  • Signed Paperback copy of an Adams Grove novel by Nancy Niagle (winner’s choice, US only)
  • 10 digital copies of books by Susan Hatler
  • 3 eBook copies of BOUND BY A CHILD (HARLEQUIN DESIRE) by Katherine Garbera
  • eBook copies of EVE OF SAMHAIN, PLEASURES UNTOLD and FAYTHE RECLAIMED by Lisa Sanchez
  • 5 Kindle copies of WHEN I FALL IN LOVE by Kristin Miller
  • 5 Kindle or Nook copies of ONE SWEET DAY by Kristin Miller
  • eBook copy of DARK AND DANGEROUS BOX SET by Laurie London
  • eBook copies of NOW AND ALWAYS, FAITH IN YOU, and TORI GOT LUCKY by Charity Pineiro
  • STEALING JUSTICE keyring or e-copy of book by Misty Evans (winner’s choice)
  • Double eBook prize pack of NICE GIRL TO LOVE (THE COMPLETE THREE BOOK COLLECTION) and FINDING THE RIGHT GIRL (A NICE GUY TO LOVE SPIN OFF) by Violet Duke
  • Kindle or Nook copy of ALLURE by Lea Nolan
  • Kindle or Nook copy of CONJURE by Lea Nolan
  • Kindle or Nook copy of RENEGADE Nancy Northcott (US only)
  • eBook copy of ANCHORED by AJ Larrieu
  • eBook copy of TEMPTATION BY FIRE by Tiffany Allee
  • eBook copy of FIRE AT DAWN by Lila Ashe
  • eBook copy of BLACK GOLD by Ruby Laska
  • eBook copy of CLAIMED by Stacey Kennedy
  • eBook copy of A PROMISE WORTH HONORING by Cyndi Faria
  • eBook copy of BOUND AND DETERMINED by Anara Bella
  • eBook copy of any one of Susan Hatler’s books in the BETTER DATE THAN NEVER SERIES
  • eBook copy of WINTER IN SWEETWATER COUNTY by Ciara Knight
  • eBook copy of FOLLOWING JANE by Samantha Scordato
  • eBook copy of BABY, I WANT YOU by Marcia King Gamble and a tub of goodies
  • eBook from Kathleen Brooks’ backlist
  • eBook from Catherine Bybee’s backlist

GIVEAWAY LISTING BY AUTHOR AND TIME

9-11 (EST)  SOPHIA KNIGHTLY: Leather/python Bad Girl Bracelet and black nail polish set, John Freida accessories silver clutch and silver travel zip pouch, Two Swag packs with HEART MELTER tote bags, gift pack/box of chocolates: French truffles, Godiva dessert boxes, almond hazelnut Florentines, $10 GC

  • Kathleen Brooks is offering any ebook from her list.
  • Alexa Grace is offering two PROFILE SERIES coffee mugs.
  • Marcia King Gamble is offering an eBook of BABY, I WANT YOU and a tub of goodies

11-1 (EST) CHARITY PINEIRO: 2 $5 Gift Cards, Reborn T-shirt and necklace, L’Occitane lotions & candle, eBook copies of NOW AND ALWAYS, FAITH IN YOU, and TORI GOT LUCKY, $10 GC

  • Catherine Bybee: eBook from her backlist
  • Samantha Scordato: OG Surf & Skate T-Shirt and eBook of FOLLOWING JANE
  • Robin Covington

1-3 (EST) VIRNA DEPAUL: 2 pendant necklaces, choice of five books from library, $10 GC 

  • Laurie London eBook copy of DARK AND DANGEROUS BOX SET
  • Cyndi Faria: eBook copy of A PROMISE WORTH HONORING and $20 eGift Card
  • Stacey Kennedy: eBook copy of CLAIMED
  • Joyce Lamb: Signed Paperback copy of TRUE SHOT
  • Anara Bella: eBook copy of BOUND AND DETERMINED

3-5 (EST) SUSAN HATLER: 10 digital copies of books and 2 $5 Amazon Gift Cards, $10 GC

  • Veronica Blade: Signed Paperback copies of BLIND DATE, CHECKMATE, SOMETHING WITCHY THIS WAY COMES, A BITE’S TALE, MY WOLF’S BANE (US only)
  • JB Lynn: $10 Amazon Gift Card and an eCopy of any one of Susan Hatler’s books
  • Karen Fenech: 3 $10 Amazon Gift Cards
  • Ciara Knight: eBook copy of WINTER IN SWEETWATER COUNTY
  • Nancy Naigle: Signed Paperback copy of an Adams Grove novel (winner’s choice, US only)
  • Lea Nolan: Kindle or Nook copy of ALLURE and Kindle or Nook copy of CONJURE
  • Violet Duke: Double eBook prize pack of NICE GIRL TO LOVE (THE COMPLETE THREE BOOK COLLECTION) and FINDING THE RIGHT GIRL (A NICE GUY TO LOVE SPIN OFF)

5-7 (EST) KRISTIN MILLER: 5 Amazon copies of WHEN I FALL IN LOVE, 5 Amazon or Nook copies of ONE SWEET DAY, Bracelet with Lucky 7 and Coach charm, $10 GC

  • Lila Ashe: eBook copy of FIRE AT DAWN
  • Tiffany Allee: eBook copy of TEMPTATION BY FIRE
  • Lisa Sanchez: eBook copies of EVE OF SAMHAIN, PLEASURES UNTOLD and FAYTHE RECLAIMED
  • Ruby Laska: eBook copy of BLACK GOLD
  • AJ Larrieu: eBook copy of ANCHORED

7-9 (EST) NINA BRUHNS $10 GC + much more; TBA

9-11 (EST) TAWNY WEBER: Signed Paperback copies of A SEAL’S SEDUCTION, A SEAL’S SURRENDER, A SEAL’S SALVATION (US only), #Love Bracelet, SEAL Swag Bag, $10 GC

  • Nancy Northcott: Kindle or Nook copy of RENEGADE (US only)
  • Misty Evans: STEALING JUSTICE keyring or e-copy of book (winner’s choice)
  • Katherine Garbera: 3 eBook copies of BOUND BY A CHILD (HARLEQUIN DESIRE)
  • Beth Andrews: Paperback copies of TALK OF THE TOWN, WHAT HAPPENS BETWEEN FRIENDS, and CAUGHT UP IN YOU (HARLEQUIN SUPERROMANCE)
  • Joanne Rock: Paperback copy of MY SECRET FANTASY (HARLEQUIN BLAZE)

And Don’t Forget To Save The Date!

Mar 5 Facebook Launch Party

Apple iPad Mini Grand Prize 16MB WiFi 7.9 inch display

Gift set of eBooks from Charity Pineiro, Sophia Knightly, Tawny Weber, Nina Bruhns, Susan Hatler, Virna DePaul, and Kristin Miller (not the books in the box set)

Entangled’s Halloween Hop!

Hello (and welcome!) if you’re from the Entangled Hop and are visiting my site for the first time! I write light-hearted and sassy paranormal romances for Covet. You can find more information about Gone with the Wolf and Four Weddings and a Werewolf on the BOOKS tab above. :)

On to the hop!

Halloween is one of my favorite times of year. I love the chilly weather and the hint of rain. I love cuddling up with warm blankets and drinking pumpkin spice lattes while kids roam the streets in the search for the best (see: biggest) candy bars. My kids love dressing up and start picking out their costumes at the end of August, well before the costume magazines show up in my mail box.

Edited to add: I’ve had some crazy halloween costumes through the years, and after reading the first comment on this post, I realized I should’ve added a picture of at least one of them! So here’s last year’s costume:

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If you check back in next week, I’ll add a picture of this year’s costume here. :)

While I’m a bit of a wuss when it comes to scary movies (I’ve never seen The Ring, any of the Saws, Silent HIlls or Paranormal Activities–I wouldn’t sleep for YEARS after watching them!), I do love movies about werewolves and vampires.

Without further ado, my favorite horror/halloween movies for all kinds of different reasons.

UNDERWORLD

I love all of them. I remember watching Underworld in the theatre for the first time. The dark! The leather! The conflict between vampires and lycans! Selene! The elders! Oh, I could go on and on.

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INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE

This was probably one of the first vampire movies I watched, so it really stuck with me. Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Kirsten Dunst playing the three vampires suffering from their inner demons. What could be better?

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ARACHNOPHOBIA

All I can say is, this one got me looking at drains in a whole new way. :shudder:

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THE HOUSE ON HAUNTED HLL (the newer version)

This movie has probably one of the scariest scenes in it that I’ve ever seen. Anyone remember the operating table? The person being worked on in the camera viewfinder, who wasn’t really there when she put the camera down?! Oh, hell no. (This movie effected me so much that about 10 years after I saw this move, I went on the Alcatraz night tour, stepped inside a dark operating room and squealed as I ran out the door.)

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MISERY

I will forever know what “hobbling” is, and why I’ll never venture into the middle of nowhere to write.

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There you have it–the horror movies that are either my favorite or have scarred me…I mean scared me. Okay, okay, could be all three.

If you’d like to be entered to win a custom Seattle Wolf Pack silver bookmark (value $15, U.S. residents only), either follow me on twitter (@KM_MILLER), like me on Facebook (then tell me in the comments that you did) or comment on this blog post telling which Halloween movie is your favorite. Or if you’d rather, tell me which one has scarred and scared you the most! If you want to FOLLOW, LIKE, and COMMENT, you’ll get 3 entries. :)

COVER REVEAL for FOUR WEDDINGS AND A WEREWOLF

I originally wanted to wait until the end of October to release the Four Weddings and a Werewolf cover, but a few sneaky-sneaky early readers put the cover on Goodreads (Can’t blame them for wanting to show off the Beauty first thing!), but now that means I get to show the rest of the world earlier than anticipated. (Wouldn’t want anyone to feel left out.)

So, without further ado, here’s the amazingly gorgeous cover for Seattle Wolf Pack #2:

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DOESN’T IT ROCK YOUR SOCKS? The Entangled Team got Logan just right. Veronica is awesome, too. I just…I can’t believe this cover. Still floors me. I can’t stop staring. :)

The book releases October 28th, and it can’t get here soon enough.

Blurb:

To have and to howl…

Logan Black, former Marine and bodyguard for the Seattle Wolf Pack, hates weddings and has no plan to walk the path to matrimonial misery. But when he’s hired to protect a hot-to-trot wedding planner with a werewolf stalker, he’s forced to put his feelings aside. Not such an easy task when the damsel can turn him on with a single smoldering glance.

Wedding planner Veronica Vale knows werewolves exist, but hates them. One bit her sister, changing their lives forever. When a sexy Marine shows his gorgeous face at one of her wedding appointments, Veronica finds it hard to focus on the task at hand.

The chemistry drawing Logan and Veronica together seems fated, but with Logan’s playboy attitude, Veronica’s hatred for werewolves, and a stalker lurking in the shadows, these two need more than passion to keep them together.

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Kindle Gold Box Deal!

Great news! The entire Covet line has been chosen as Kindle’s Gold Box Deal for today (9/17)! Every single amazing Covet is on sale for $0.99 TODAY ONLY.

Click HERE to go to Amazon’s page for ALL the Covets.

Click HERE to go to Gone with the Wolf’s Amazon page.

You won’t want to miss this deal. In a publishing world where books are discounted frequently, Covet books have never been on sale for $0.99. Ever. They may never be again.

So go forth and buy books! I’m loading up my kindle now!

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Seattle Wolf Pack #2 has a title!

Happy Friday!

I’ve gotten so many emails asking about Seattle Wolf Pack #2, the follow up to Gone with the Wolf. (I love every one, keep ‘em coming!) I haven’t released a title or description because I wanted to make sure that they were going to be approved before I sent them out into the world.

It’s time to reveal a few things. :)

The book is called FOUR WEDDINGS AND A WEREWOLF! 

Cute, right?

I’m dying over here.

The hero is Logan Black, the bodyguard-for-hire who makes an appearance in Gone with the Wolf. I can’t tell you how many emails I’ve received asking about Logan. You wanted his book–here it is!

Former Marine and bodyguard for the Seattle Wolf Pack, Logan Black hates weddings and has no plan to walk the path to matrimonial misery. But when he’s hired to protect a hot-to-trot wedding planner with a werewolf stalker, he’s forced to put his feelings aside. Not such an easy task when the damsel can turn him on with a single smoldering glance.

Wedding planner Veronica Vale knows werewolves exist, but thinks they’re mangy creatures with too much testosterone. When a sexy Marine shows his gorgeous face at one of her wedding appointments, Veronica finds it hard to focus on the task at hand. Favors: wedding or sexual?

The chemistry drawing Logan and Veronica together smarts of fated love, but with Logan’s playboy attitude, Veronica’s hatred for werewolves, and a stalker lurking in the shadows, will they get the chance to determine if the passion they share is something more?

I can’t wait to share the story with you, and I hope you love it as much as I do.

The only things left are the cover and release date, and I’ll let you know those things as soon as I can. All I know right now is the release month is October. :)

Have a safe holiday weekend!

Kristin

Everything I Ever Wanted to Know About Writing and Publishing, I Learned from Watching Football…

I’ve always loved football. I remember watching the 49ers with my dad when I was little. I remember cheering when he cheered and asking countless questions about the game. I learned quickly. (I also learned that my mom watched for the tight pants. Good on ya, mom. Thanks for the lesson.) If I were male, tougher, taller, etc. I would’ve loved to play in school. The closest I could get to the football field was the sidelines, cheering on the team in a skirt, so that’s what I settled for. I was a cheerleader because I loved the lights, the adrenaline, the strategy, the strength, and the excitement. It’s no wonder I married the quarterback of our high school football team. I was the cheerleader who was distracted by the game. The one telling a few others whether we were on offense or defense so they could call the right cheer.

So today, as I sit on the couch watching the 49ers preseason game against the Vikings (go Niners!), with my computer on my lap to maybe, possibly plot Seattle Wolf Pack #3, I can’t help but think about how much carry-over there is from football to writing. Really, I suppose these comparisons could be used against any team sport, but I’m watching football, so here you go.

I give you, EVERYTHING I EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT WRITING AND PUBLISHING, I LEARNED FROM WATCHING FOOTBALL.

  1. No matter what happens, keep your eye on the goal.
  2. If you get hit (with a poor review, difficult critique, etc), all that matters is that you get back up.
  3. It takes a team (critique partners, writing groups, editors, proof readers, marketing and publishing professionals, assistants, retailers, book bloggers, readers, etc.) to be successful.
  4. Trust that the members of your team will do their job so that you can do yours. (Write your next best book!)
  5.  You can measure inches, yards, and downs (steps and/or setbacks along your journey), but you can’t measure heart.
  6. There will always be someone stronger, faster, and seemingly better than you. Try your best, it’s all you can do.
  7. “Almost a first down”, much like “almost wrote my word count today”, doesn’t cut it. If you want it, you have to push harder.
  8. There are players who have natural ability and those who have to work harder to achieve success. Accept that you may be working ten times harder than someone else; also accept that it doesn’t make you less capable of being successful.
  9. If the passing game isn’t working for you, how’s your running game? (ie: If the dark paranormal market isn’t selling well, and you can’t sell your dark paranormal proposal, try writing light paranormal. Or contemporary. Or romantic suspense. Or…)
  10. Learn from the best.
  11. Study your competition before game day.
  12. Don’t burn bridges. If you get dropped from one team (or publishing house), leave on good terms. You never know when you’ll be coached (or edited) by someone on that team later in your career.
  13. Give every play (or writing day) your all.
  14. If you’re competing with the big dogs, be a big dog. Have confidence in your abilities.
  15. You may never be a legend (ie: Joe Montana, Deion Sanders, Nora Roberts, Daphne duMaurier), but that doesn’t mean you can’t make a difference to your team, and your fans. And hey, you know what? You can be that legend!
  16. Be smart about the game (and the publishing industry) and know how it’s changing.
  17. Some of the people you play with on the field (or meet in the industry), will end up being the best friends you’ve ever had.
  18. There is always room at the top, so don’t stop reaching for that ultimate goal.
  19. You could have the most talent of anyone playing (or writing) but a bad attitude will lose you fans (and readers). The opposite could also be argued.
  20. Listen to your coach (or agent, editor)–they know what they’re talking about.

Last, but not least…

21.  Heroes always look good in tight pants.

RWA 2013 Recap

I had such a great time at RWA this year that it took me a solid three days to recover from the trip. I’m just now unpacking and getting down to business. Thanks to an awesome recommendation from one of my great friends, I walked .5 miles bright and early Tuesday morning to visit the Georgia Aquarium. No one wanted to go with me (I couldn’t blame them though, because we are there to network and talk shop with other writers in the hotel, not see fish), so I went by myself. Well, I *did* run into Susan Elizabeth Phillips, so I guess I wasn’t totally alone. ;)

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The whale sharks were AMAZING. Totally breathtaking. After leaving the Marriott filled with 4,000 hustling and bustling women, it was so peaceful to watch these giants swim around.

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*Here’s a picture with all three whale sharks. The biggest was twenty-six feet, and she was magnificent.

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I had to include the picture above because right after taking it, I made it the wallpaper on my iPad. The colors were so vibrant, yet because these little guys weren’t the whale sharks or the belugas, or the dolphins, most people passed them by. I surely didn’t.

Now down to RWA business:

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Cathy Maxwell and Kristan Higgins were the keynotes this year, and although I wouldn’t have expected it, I teared up for each speech. Okay, okay, Kristan Higgins totally had me balling. If you were there, you remember. I bet you were balling, too.

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*Me and Jude Devereaux at her True Love book signing. She wrote my all-time favorite romance novel, A Knight in Shining Armor. I’ve been waiting to meet her for years, since I first started attending RWA’s national conference, but she’s been MIA. When I told her that I’d been waiting years to meet her, and that every year during her publisher signing I’d look for her, she smiled and said, “You’re right! I haven’t been to RWA in years!” She sounded surprised at her admission. Like she’d simply forgotten to put the conference on her calendar. I loved her.

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*Me and “the Nora”.

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*My table at Avon’s signing event. I was seated beside Kerrelyn Sparks, Lynsay Sands, and Colleen Gleason, and was totally starstruck.

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*Surreal moment #1,513,882

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*Me and my roommates, Amber Belldene (author of Blood Vine and Blood Entangled) and AJ Larrieu (author of Anchored). I think Dear Husband wanted to be a fly on the wall in our room at least one night. We talked about sex, how it relates to the Bible, feminism, and may or may not have gorged on Dove chocolates. I had a blast.

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*Me and Rachael Herron (fellow SFA chapter mate and author of How to Knit a Heart Back Home, one of my fav sweet romances). She is made of sweet.

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*A handful of my crazy smart SFARWA chapter mates: Tina Folsom, Carolyn Jewel, Sophie Littlefield, and Rachael Herron.

The day that the above picture was taken was probably one of my favorites. These ladies are so unbelievably brilliant and there are so many times where I think I’m way out of my league…but they don’t make me feel that way. Not at all. Not one of them. They are so talented, yet so humble. I’d planned my schedule for the entire day, but told myself if something came up I wouldn’t keep myself to it. By being open to meeting new people and making new friends, I came away with a new plan of action for my books and my writing process. By the end of the day, my mind was completely blown, but my path was clear. It’s all thanks to these ladies.

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*The “3212ers” on the night of the Golden Heart and RITA award ceremony.

For the first time in the five years that I’ve attended an RWA national conference, I didn’t go out after the ceremony. Usually the bar is filled with ladies are glitzed and glammed and ready to talk shop. I wasn’t tired, not really, though I should’ve been. I was more focused than anything. I’d gotten edits back on Seattle Wolf Pack #2 while I was there, and the conference gave me some clarity on where I should go and what I should do. When I leave a conference like that, I’m usually pumped and roaring to go a day or two after I get home. This time, I was pumped and roaring to go before the conference even ended. I wanted to *work*. I wanted to buckle down and get shit done. So on the last night of the conference, I packed up my things, cleaned up our room, then sat on my bed with my iPad and edited the hell out of my next book. It wasn’t until I got home that I crashed. :grin:

If you’re thinking about writing a novel, have written one but don’t know where to turn, or have heard about the RWA conference but don’t know if you should go, let me break down your choices….1) GO or 2)