Tag Archive: Grayson House

Blink and it’s gone. . .

Can you believe it’s already August?  Where’d the summer go?  Before you know it we’ll be getting the kids ready for school and scrambling to PTA meetings and planning Halloween parties and preparing for Christmas. 

Before I get to deep in my little summer rave, I’d like to give a shout out to Kristina Riggle – one of my Backspace brethren who has a release this month – THE LIFE YOU’VE IMAGINED – pick it up at a store near you!  Other than that, it looks like August is a quiet month, either that or my Backspace crew is slipping on their notifications – you never know.  It’s summer after all. 

Well, my debut and second novel rollouts in July came and went.  I blogged like a mad woman and it seems to have drummed up interest – not New York Times interest, but enough to know it wasn’t just family and friends that bought it.  So all I can hope for is that word gets out. . . and maybe that Oprah picks one of them up. 😉  

In the meantime, I’ve decided to publish my short stories out on Smashwords for a whopping $0.99.  They’ll be available through a variety of venues and formats in a couple weeks.  I’m plugging through those stories that just sat on my laptop while I polished my novels. 

Creating the cover art is a fun side job as well.  I’ve been picture mining over at 123RF and found some stellar covers to use that really capture the essence of my stories.  It takes a while – but who doesn’t like to look at great photography and art.    

Here are the covers I’ve put together for the short stories.  I’m just learning how to enhance fonts and such – so they aren’t what I’d call fancy.   Which one do YOU like best?

Now, this month I have a couple groovy guests.  Next week I have the wonderful John Everson dishing about his novels Siren that came out in July and his book The 13th that came out earlier in the year.  I thought it would be fun to have John on Friday the 13th – stop in and give him a warm welcome! 

On the 20th, I have erotic romance writer Mia Natasha dishing about her new release Cinderella Club. 

And on that note, I’m going to bid you all a great weekend and get back to polishing my craft.  




This week has been quite an experience starting with the receipt of my Survival Games ARCs. Wow, let me tell you cutting the tape off the box and pulling out that first copy was surreal. It’s been a dream of mine since high school, and I had the pleasure of sharing it with my folks who were at the house to get my son off the bus like they do every Monday afternoon. I actually made my father tear up because that first book I pulled from the box, I gave to him as an early birthday gift. You have to understand the relationship I have with my dad, he is and always has been my hero. The man has a heart of gold and an equally sharp sense of humor that has defined my outlook on life, so it just seemed right for him to receive that first copy.

And here I thought my week couldn’t get any better than that but then Monday night I received the preliminary artwork for Mind Games from a stellar cover artist down under. Working with Scott Dawson was a pleasure and after a few minor adjustments in the image eye color, we had the cover ironed out and submitted. I posted that cover over on Facebook and I’m telling you, it is beyond beautiful.

The rest of the week was tied up with work – my day job overriding a lot of my time and sucking the life out of me so I had nothing left at night and even wading through the Allegory submissions was slower than usual. Well, I guess that’s what you get for taking close to two weeks off from work. LOL. I did get an invite to the Winslow House Bookstock event in Mass on October 2nd and set up a couple guest blog events close to the release dates of both books, so it wasn’t a total loss.

The week ended on an up-note. I was hired as a content editor and my story Grayson House hit in the top ten over at the P&E readers poll which thrilled me to no end. I’d love to see this story get within the top 5, so if you get a chance, please take a second to vote for me before the polls close on the fourteenth. Here’s the link and I would be eternally grateful for your vote! http://www.critters.org/predpoll/shortstoryh.shtml

Well, that about does it for me for this week faithful fans. Until we meet again!