Wonderful World of Authors

It’s been nine months since I received the email from Wild Rose Press that they wanted my story, and over that time I have come across a large number of wonderful authors. Unfortunately I have only met a fraction of them in person, but one thing I have come to find is authors are an encouraging and supportive group of people.

In addition to the on-line group of “Roses” (fellow authors) at Wild Rose Press, I belong to the Toronto Romance Writers (in person and on-line) and to a number of on-line groups. Technically we are all competitors, but you would never know it by how willing everyone is to share their experiences and knowledge.

My recent blog tour was a perfect example of author generosity…Authors willingly inviting & promoting other authors on their websites. I would like to send out a big THANK YOU to all of those authors that hosted me: Delilah Devlin, Rachel Brimble, Linda Carroll-Bradd, Babette James, Calisa Rhose, and the ladies at Great Romance Productions and Wild Women Authors.

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Most recently, I have delved into the world of critique partners…Other authors who read and help edit your drafts. In addition to hopefully improving your work, critiquing ensures you develop a thick skin because sorry, they aren’t going to love it as much as you. (Personally, I’d rather they caught my weak spots before I submit it to an editor.) The two authors that are critiquing me (Gina & JC) are wonderful, and I know there is no way I’m going to be able to offer them as much help as they are providing me. I hope, however, that I can offer at least some useful feedback for all the wonderful guidance they are giving, and maybe at some time in the future, I will be able to assist others the way these ladies are helping me.

Sneak Peek Sunday – Silver Blade

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The official release date of Silver Blade was July 24th, so I’m posting the first 6 paragraphs again. Enjoy..

Silver Blade

Silver Blade

Dusk was settling in. A solitary headlight approached in her rearview mirror. With a whoosh, a motorcycle passed, the single red taillight ascending the next hill. A second pair of headlights came over the rise behind Angela, advancing quickly and illuminating her mirrors. Her hands tightened on the steering wheel as a massive black SUV shot out around her, its size and speed shaking the little car.

“What the…?” she exclaimed to the empty passenger seat. She witnessed the speeding monster climb the long low hill, gaining on the motorcycle. Although night was approaching fast, she could see the larger vehicle pull alongside the motorcycle, entering into the opposite lane. The two vehicles neared the top of the hill, the SUV hidden by the rise to oncoming traffic. The black mammoth swerved and sent the much smaller vehicle off the road into the grass and trees.

“Holy crap!” she cried out, removing her foot from the gas. Surely there must have been another vehicle approaching to cause the SUV to make such a drastic move. She watched the top of the hill, but no other traffic came, nor did the huge vehicle come back to check on the ill-fated bike and rider.

She returned pressure to the accelerator and followed the deserted country hill to the approximate spot where the motorcycle left the road. The pounding of her heart echoed against her temples. She closed her eyes. Deep breath. Relax.

She grabbed her purse from the passenger seat and climbed out of the car. She rooted around in the large satchel and found the rough cut of keys at the bottom. She hurried around to the back of the car and popped the trunk, then stared at its contents. A few boxes and two suitcases, one his and one hers.

Her brother, Bobby, a park ranger, had come across his share of bears and wild animals, but instead his life had been taken by a drunk driver. She was on her way back from burying him, his few items worth keeping packed away in the flimsy cardboard. She shook off the memories and yanked forward a small metal box.

SILVER BLADE is available from Wild Rose Press and Amazon

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Upcoming Blog Tour

The official release date for Silver Blade is this Wednesday July 24th.

To celebrate its release, I’m honoured to be visiting a number of other authors and their blogs. Stop by to learn about my hero – Oz, his lovely heroine – Angela, as well as more about me and my first published story, Silver Blade.

My schedule for the tour is as follows:

July 24th – an interview with Wild Rose Press

July 25th – A paranormal ranting with Delilah Devlin

July 29th – questions and answers at Great Romance Promotions

July 30th – more questions with Rachel Brimble

July 31st – musings about my writing life with Linda Carroll-Bradd

Aug 2nd – my heroine, Angela, stops by for an interview with Babette James

Aug 6th – I love answering questions, this time with Calisa Rhose

Aug 12th – my hero, Oz, has his turn at Wild Women Authors

I will be giving away a PDF copy of Siler Blade to two randomly selected people who visit and comment on one or more of my blog stops, so please drop by.