Sunday, November 30, 2008

Grand Opening! Author and Book Event Center

A Book Inside is extremely proud to announce the opening of it's newest addition, a “dream” Website for book lovers and authors! Book and Author Event Center opens December 1, 2008. Sign up to interact one-on-one with published authors in all genres! Book reviews, trailers, events, book tour stops, and even a full-time chat room where you can talk directly to the authors! Visit Sign up is FREE!

But don't forget us here--we love you too!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

As we begin this long-awaited 2008 holiday season, I’d like to wish you all a blessed and fulfilling Thanksgiving Day!

Thanksgiving is just as it states (only backwards LOL), “giving thanks.” It is a time to appreciate all the blessings in our lives. I personally give thanks to my wonderful family, my town, and the friends I have made over my lifetime, which includes all of you!

Since I began this journey into the literary world, I have met the most incredible, interesting, and helpful people—you. Thank you for creating me, molding me, and inspiring me. You are why I am here now.

I would love to hear what you are all thankful for this year and always. Please share your thoughts with me and others (comments below). Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Nora Roberts & Inn BoonsBoro

I was intrigued by Nora Robert’s newsletter today and the promo of Pagan Stone. But what caught my eye was an Inn she’ll be opening in Maryland in 2009. It’s absolutely lovely!

For details about the Inn, the fire and rebuilding plus a video:

With the warmth and welcome of a Bed and Breakfast combined with the luxury of a boutique hotel, Inn BoonsBoro offers you an unforgettable experience. Housed in the first stone building constructed in the historic town of Boonsboro, the inn was updated in 2008 with a three-million dollar remodel and renovation. Throughout this extensive renovation, we have honored the dignity and charm of this historic site while designing a small hotel to meet the most discerning guests' expectations.

Our guests can choose from among eight rooms, including two suites and a ground-floor ADA compliant guest room. With the exception of The Penthouse, all our rooms have been inspired by literary romantic couples.

Our eight luxury guest rooms are designed with your comfort in mind.

Chose from:
Marguerite and Percy
From The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy

Nick and Nora
From The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett

Jane and Rochester
From Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Elizabeth and Darcy
From Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Titania and Oberon
From A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
Eve and Roarke

From the In Death novels by J.D. Robb
The Penthouse

Westley and Buttercup
From The Princess Bride by William Goldman

From the Heart Romance Writers Lories Best Published Contest Winners

2008 From the Heart Romance Writers Lories Best Published Contest Winners

This year's final judges were:

Debbie Meredith, Romance Manager for The Bookstore, an independent bookstore in Radcliff, KY.

LeeAnn Daughtery, bookseller at Waldenbooks in Elizabethtown, KY

Winner - BORROWING ALEX by Cindy Procter-King
Second - MAYBE, BABY by Terry McLaughlin
Third - A PLACE TO CALL HOME by Leanne Karella

Winner - THE IMPORTANCE OF ALMACK'S by Denise Patrick
Second - ON SILENT WINGS by Pamela Roller
Third - IN HER BED by Deborah MacGillivray

Winner - A GENTLE RAIN by Deborah Smith
Second - MONKEY STAR by Brenda Scott Royce
Third - LEARNING TO BREATHE by Karen White

Winner (tie) - SECRET SANTA by Lisa Childs
Winner (tie) - TEST OF TRUTH by April Reid
Second - HOT DOWN UNDER by Susan Lyons
Third - VAMPIRE'S CHRISTMAS CAROL by Karen McCullough

Winner - HIGHLAND GUARDIAN by Melissa Mayhue
Second - DAMNED by Lisa Childs
Third - BETWEEN DARKNESS & DAYLIGHT by Gracie C. McKeever

Winner (tie) - EVERYTHING FORBIDDEN by Jess Michaels
Winner (tie) - INCOGNITO: CHARMING CARMEN by Anna Leigh Keaton and Madison Lyle
Third - HOME TO STAY by Jane Leopold Quinn

Romantic Suspense
Winner - DEAD RIGHT by Brenda Novak
Second - FINDING SARAH by Terry Odell
Third - DEAD DROP: BOOK 4 OF THE INCOGNITO Series by Karen Wiesner

Single Title
Winner - DEAD GIVEAWAY by Brenda Novak
Third - SECRETS AND SPIES by Shara Lanel


This coming Thursday here in the US is our Thanksgiving and keeping this in mind, here is a poem I would like to share. Wherever you live, peace, joy and blessings.

Be Thankful
By Author Unknown

Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don't know something,
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations,
because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge,
because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes. They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you're tired and weary,
because it means you've made a difference.

It's easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who
are also thankful for the setbacks.
Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,
and they can become your blessings.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Win a FREE book!

In the spirit of the holidays (and you’ve seen me get in this “spirit” before), I’m giving away free books! That’s right, a signed copy of one of my books FREE to three lucky winners! Just leave a comment in the comment link below and your name will go into the drawing barrel. On December 25 I’ll draw three lucky winners and send them a signed book (U.S. only PLEASE!). Don’t forget to leave your e-mail or a means of contact so I can notify you (Would appreciate a Digg as well)!

Also, you’ve heard me preach and preach about how signed books make great holiday gifts! Well, how about a Christmas gift for a friend or family member for under $10? Okay, done! I’m reducing the cost of all three of my printed books to $9.95 for the rest of the holiday season! I’m even going to pay the shipping for you (U.S. only please!!). But I’ll need you to order through my Authors Box Website because it's too hard for me to change my PayPal button on my personal site and ( go to “bookstore”) because Amazon, B & N, and the others just aren’t feeling so generous! Since my newest release, A Book Inside, How to Write, Publish, and Sell Your Story received a 5 star review from Midwest Book Review, Amazon has actually removed their discount price from the Website all together and is now asking the FULL COVER PRICE of $18.95—they’re really NOT in the giving spirit at all!

Most of you already know that I donate one copy of my book for each of my books purchased. Yes, I will still do that with this $9.95 Christmas offer. I will continue my 10% donation to Breast Cancer Research as well.

If what you REALLY want to get or give for Christmas is a copy of my latest e-book, How to Organize a Virtual Book Tour, it’s still available for $6.95 in e-book format. But if you would like a copy printed out, signed, and sent to you, I would love to do that for you, yes, still just $6.95 (it’s Christmas!). Just send me an e-mail along with your order (

Thank you all for making A Book Inside Blog one of the best writer resources on line in 2008! We’re looking forward to a wonderful 2009! I wish you all a beautiful and joyous holiday season! Don’t forget; “family first!”

Friday, November 21, 2008

2008 Weblog Awards

Here's the nomination Link:

Please either nominate someone or vote for the following:

Best UK Blog: The Pink Heart Society

Best Literature Blog:


The Pink Heart Society

Tote Bags'n'Blogs

Thanks so much.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Special Interview with Yvonne Perry

Yvonne Perry is a freelance writer, speaker and founder of Writers in the Sky Creative Writing Services as well as the author of eleven books by her own name (she is also a ghostwriter for clients). Yvonne’s newest release is an eBook titled, Book Marketing in the Digital Age Online Promotion Made Easy.

Carol Denbow: Welcome Yvonne. First may I say that I truly respect your work and appreciate you as a good friend of mine. When I was aspiring to become a “published author” I was, like many other writers, ignored by those in the book industry. But when I reached out to Yvonne Perry for guidance, she helped me get through doors otherwise closed to me. For that I thank her!

My blog viewers have been waiting patiently for weeks to read this special interview post with you Yvonne. So would you mind telling us a little about the person behind the Web? Who is Yvonne Perry? Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Yvonne Perry: The person behind the Web? Like the man behind the curtain, I am a freelance ghostwriter who works behind the scenes to create books, articles, bios, résumés, book reviews, media releases, and provide editing for authors and business people. I am a published author, writing instructor, newsletter publisher, podcast host, and a public speaker. I am a multi-tasker who switches hats like a milliner.

Who is Yvonne Perry? There’s a page about me on my new Web site that answers that question.


Carol Denbow: I know you are the founder of Writer’s in the Sky Creative Writing Services. What exact services does your company provide?

Yvonne Perry: Writers in the Sky Creative Writing Services is a team of writers and editors based in Nashville, Tennessee, offering writing, editing, and author publicity services to people across the US. Some of our specialties include editing and ghostwriting for books, articles, marketing and Web site text, media releases, press kits, biographical sketches, résumés, newsletters, transcribing services, and blogging services. We also have a graphic designer who assists with logo creation, book interior layout, book cover design, and any design or branding needs authors may have.


Carol Denbow: You must know by reading my blog that I have been desperately trying to convince writer’s and published authors to get out there and take advantage of the soon-to-be number one method of book selling—the Internet. I've recently even published my own e-book on virtual touring to try and encourage authors to set up their own virtual book tour and get out there and market their books. Tell us what made you decide to write this fabulous new e-book, Book Marketing in the Digital Age Online Promotion Made Easy.?

Yvonne Perry: The Internet is the greatest selling and marketing tool available to an author. I wrote the book because I was being asked the same question over and over: How do you market a book? The material in the eBook is a combination of what I teach when I do seminars, speaking engagements, and one-on-one with authors needing assistance with book publicity.


Carol Denbow: In your opinion Yvonne, what is the biggest mistake authors make when attempting to market their books?

Yvonne Perry: Going out unprepared without having a marketing plan or the information necessary to successfully create the buzz. Many authors do not even have Web site or blog with a point of purchase that gives the reader enough information about the book to actually make an informed purchase.


Carol Denbow: What will our viewers gain by reading your new e-book?

Yvonne Perry: Everything an author needs to know to successfully promote a book online. The eBook covers such things as:

• What a Web site must have to compete in today’s online marketplace
• Things needed on a Web site or blog in order to promote and sell a book
• How to create an online media kit
• Getting traffic to your blog or Web site
• Newsletters as a marketing funnel
• Promoting your book online via virtual book tours, networking, social media Web 2.0, tagging and social bookmarking, blogging, and video
• Getting author interviews
• Podcasting and RSS feed/syndication

The eBook is filled with live links and screenshots to show exactly how to do what is being explained. There is a resource page with tons more information about online book marketing. The eBook takes the guesswork out of the equation. The things I teach in this book are from the knowledge I have gained from real life experiences in promoting my business and my books online. I know it works because we use these same techniques with our author clientele and they are also getting positive results by simply doing what we instruct.


Carol Denbow: Okay then. It sure sounds like a great resource. Where could I find your new e-book and for that matter, all your books?

Yvonne Perry: All my books are available on my Web site. Additionally, all my books have an individual blog to disseminate information and allow readers to interact with me. Book Marketing in the Digital Age Online Promotion Made Easy is available for $25 via PayPal purchase at or you may contact me if you would like to pay by check.


Carol Denbow: Yvonne Perry, thank you for joining us here today, you are an inspiration to all of us writers!

Yvonne Perry: I appreciate being able to share with you and your readers. I love networking with you and thinking of new ways to improve our strategic alliance.

These are some of the questions that came in for Yvonne so far:

Emma writes: I have a friend, Jane Kennedy Sutton, who just recently had a novel published. The release of the book was pushed back several times. When the book was finally officially slated for release, Jane didn't receive much prior notification - I think it was a few weeks at most. How can you plan your marketing ahead of time if you don't necessarily know when the release will be?

Yvonne Perry: There really should be better communication between the publisher and the author since the sales of the book are hinging upon the promotion efforts, but unfortunately this isn’t always the case. That is the draw-back of working with traditional publisher—you lose control over things like this. However, if the author had a Web site and blog

Gail Baker asks: Any advice on how to make my book a bestseller?

Yvonne Perry: Yes, lots of advice! While I cannot guarantee that any book will become a bestseller, there are some things you can do to give it a fair chance on the market.
First, make sure your book is a high-quality product with well-written and edited content so you will get positive word of mouth referrals. Next, have a Web site and a blog as a point of purchase (my e-book tells you how to do this). Then, drive traffic to your blog and Web site through social marketing, virtual tours, teleseminars, article marketing, press releases, and the other simple things I teach in my e-book.

Visitors are more than welcome and encouraged to post comments and questions for Yvonne Perry and/or regarding this interview by using the comment link below (it’s small, so look hard!). You can “Digg us” as well!

In her interview, Yvonne talks about the need for authors to have a Website. If you are an author in need of a Website but feel you can’t afford the expense at this time there are two great freebies you might want to check out. Freewebs and Weebly free Websites can be found by visiting and

Then visit Yvonnes Website and pick up her new book!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Brenda Novak's Christmas Bash

Does this sound like fun or not? I know I'm going to attend and hope to see you there as well.

Also, if you're interested in participating in Brenda's Jr. Diabetes please email me.

Having a Christmas party on your website, let me know and I'll post on this blog!

Link to RSVP:

Link to the Party Room:

Be sure to visit early to create your avatar and get familiar with the room and how to move around prior to the party. You don't want to miss any fun! Brenda

Laurie Award for Published Writers

Congratulations to Laurie Award for Published Writers 2008 Winners!
Winner: Be Still My Vampire Heart-Kerrelyn Sparks (Avon, Erika Tsang, editor)
Highland Guardian-Melissa Mayhue (Pocket Books, Megan McKeever, editor)
Sudden Fall-Kally Jo Surbeck (Samhain Publishing, Ltd., Jessica Binberg, editor)

Single Title/ Mainstream
Winner: Love, Lies and a Double Shot of Deception-Lois Winston
(Dorchester Publishing, Leah Hultenschmidt--Editor)
Hollywood Girls Club-Maggie Marr (Crown Publisher, Lindsey Moore—Editor)
Learning to Breathe-Karen White (NAL/Accent Publisher, Cindy Hwang—Editor)

Long/Short Contemporary
Winner: Rich Man's Revenge-Tessa Radley (Silhouette Desire, Melissa Jeglinski—Editor)
Black Widow's Bride-Tessa Radley (Silhouette Desire, Melissa Jeglinski—Editor)
A Rendevous to Remember-Geri Krotow (Harlequin Enterprises, Paula Eykelhof—Editor_)

Winner: Compromising Situations by Carolynn Carey (Cerridwen press, Mary Altman -- Editor)
Promises to Keep by D.L. Larson (Helm Publishing, Diane Helm—Editor)
Liberty by Kimberly Iverson (Harlequin, Abby Zidle -- Editor)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The Twelve Days of Christmas for Writers, Poets, Authors, and Book Lovers!

One of the best times of year to buy and sell books is during the Christmas holiday season. Books make great gifts for all ages. This may seem to come early, but so does holiday shopping anymore. I used to absolutely refuse to shop before Thanksgiving, but I’ve had to give in to the way of our society! I have realized as well, when you move from the world of shopping, to the incredibly competitive world of selling, you must board the ship early!

In celebration of all the wonderful writers, authors, poets, and book lovers in general, I offer as my special gift to you, The Twelve Days of Christmas for Writers, Poets, Authors, and Book Lovers!

This is a list of the best of the best! Learn, market, and enjoy!

On the first day of Christmas, A Book Inside gave to readers and authors… The best places online to buy and to sell books (all free listings for selling, but you might have to register)!

On the second day of Christmas, A Book Inside gave to readers and authors… The best undiscovered book review blogs online!

Small World Reads
Inkweaver Review
Breeni Books
Diary of an Eccentric

On the third day of Christmas, A Book Inside gave to writers and authors… Para Publishing, the best place to list your book to get free reviews! With thousands on their mailing list, the Marketplace e-zine is sent out once per month. The Marketplace will list your book available for review by other subscribers. Reviews are posted at and other sites on the Web. Reviewers will often send you the review to post on your own Webpage as well. The cost? A copy of your book. Visit

On the fourth day of Christmas, A Book Inside gave to all of us… The best free Website and blog development sites on the World Wide Web! Build a Website or blog to promote your book, post reviews, or just express yourself!
Best free blogs
Best free Websites and

On the fifth day of Christmas, A Book Inside gave to writers, poets, and authors… The best gifts for writers and authors! T-shirts, mugs, totes, journals, and even Teddy bears! Pick a product, and have any design put on it (even a book cover)! Or choose one of the original designs already available from “Buy My Book, (dammit)” to “Poetry IS My Motion.” Visit

On the sixth day of Christmas, A Book Inside gave to all of us… The best free “friends” site for book readers and authors! Visit Literally thousands of readers and authors who share your passion for books!

On the seventh day of Christmas, A Book Inside gave to authors… Two inexpensive ways to go on a virtual book tour! First, a new e-book, How to Organize a Virtual Book Tour. You can’t go wrong with this easy-to-follow short sweet authors tour guide! What will your tour cost? A whopping $6.95!! That’s it! Read more about it at Author Box Bookstore. Finally, don’t want to put in the time? How about the best and most effective virtual book tour package for authors. Virtual touring is fast becoming the best, longest lasting, and most effective way to promote your book! Visit

On the eighth day of Christmas, A Book Inside gave to writers and authors… The “Grand Central Station” for links to writers’ blogs, Websites, Gifts, forums, and everything for writers! Visit Link exchanges welcome here!

On the ninth day of Christmas, A Book Inside gave to all of us… A Book Inside, How to Write, Publish, and Sell Your Story (2008). A valuable resource for anyone wanting to write their own book! Great for new writers and seasoned authors as well. This book includes, “25 Unique Ways to Sell Your Book.” Available at
AND… The Right Way to Write, Publish, and Sell Your Book, a complete reference for writers! Author Patricia Fry has written 28 books and is the president of SPAWN (small Publishers, Artists and Writer Network), an online organization for writers and authors. Visit

On the tenth day of Christmas, A Book Inside gave writers and authors… Great free online social networks for writers and authors like YOU.
A Book Inside Forum
Book Marketing
My Writers and Authors
Published Authors

On the eleventh day of Christmas, A Book Inside gave to authors… Two great marketing books for published authors! Yvonne Perry’s, Book Marketing in the Digital Age, Online Promotion Made Easy. Filled with tips and how-to information for all who are ready to get out there in the virtual world and market your book! Visit for details and free marketing tips. Listen to more about this e-book at Yvonne’s interview on The Grits Radio show at
AND… John Kremer’s 1001 Ways to Market Your Books, a popular and complete guide to book marketing. Visit

On the Twelfth day of Christmas, A Book Inside gave to everyone… A very special wish for a beautiful holiday and the “presents” of loving family and good friends! Merry Christmas to all!

“Through all these days of Christmas, my true love gave to me, all the things I love to read, taught me how to write, and a new book with my name in the spotlight!”

Know of a Christmas gift you’d like to share with other visitors to this blog post? Go ahead and use the comment link below.

Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful holiday season!

Book Donations Needed - Cedar Rapids Public Library

Cedar Rapids, Iowa suffered a terrible flood this summer and as a result the Cedar Rapids Public Library was nearly destroyed. Federal funds are being used to rebuild but there are no funds to replace the 20,000-30,000 books destroyed as a result of the water damage. If you want to donate books for the library or items that are suitable for sale on eBay to raise funds, you can send those to Mystery Cat Books at 112 32ndSt S.E., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 52403.
Via Publishers' Weekly and Dear

November Contest

The author Jackie Ivie was kind enough to give each attendee at the Emerald City Writer's Conference an autographed copy of her October release which I would like to share with a lucky reader.

I looked on Amazon and it's received great reviews.

Just comment about the latest "Historical" you're reading and you'll be entered in the contest. Good Luck!


Scotland, 1141. A Norman king's attempts to rule the Highland clans is making his favorite knight's job difficult, indeed-and that is before a woman of mystery lays siege to the warrior's heart.

She Lives To Heal.

He's a giant of a man; what's more, he's the enemy. These truths should be enough to send Aislynn running far and fast from the wounded stranger in the woods. But he needs her help-and the reward he bestows changes her forever...

He Fights To Kill.

Formidable knight Rhoenne Guy de Ramhurst has been "gifted" with a fiefdom-and the unenviable task of taming the rebellious Highlanders that populate it. He also has a castle full of dissidents, led by his own half brother. Yet these challenges pale in comparison with attempts to forget the healer who saved his life and captured his heart...

And One Love Rules Them Both.

Rhoenne believes a family curse places any woman he loves in mortal danger. When Aislynn is abducted by his profligate sibling, Rhoenne becomes her protector-even as he tries to resist her. But Aislynn has secrets of her own-and as deception and danger swirl ever closer around them, the truth may be their only salvation.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

2008 Writer's Touch Winners

Short/Long Contemporary
Winner: Linda Conrad, Shadow Whispers

2nd Place: Holly Jacobs, The House on Briar Hill Road
2nd Place: Linda Warren, Once a Cowboy
3rd Place: Geri Krotow, A Rendezvous to Remember

Winner: Lacey Alexander, Voyeur

2nd Place: Karen Kelley, Double Dating With the Dead
2nd Place: Sharon Page, Blood Red
3rd Place: Elizabeth Amber, Nicholas, The Lords of Satyr

Romantic Suspense
Winner: Brenda Novak, Dead Giveaway

2nd Place: Brenda Novak, Dead Right
3rd Place: Valerie Hansen, Shadow of Turning

Contemporary Single Title
Winner: Lori Wilde, There Goes the Bride

2nd Place: Susan Mallery, Tempting
3rd Place: Anna Jeffery, Sweet Return

Mainstream with Romantic Elements
Winner: Marlo Schalesky, Veil of Fire

2nd Place: Kathy Steffen, First, There is a River
2nd Place: Karen White, Learning to Breathe
3rd Place: Claire Cross, All or Nothing

Winner: Candice Hern, Lady be Bad

2nd Place: Victoria Alexander, What a Lady Wants
2nd Place: Victoria Alexander, A Little Bit Wicked
3rd Place: Kathryn Albright, The Angel and the Outlaw

Winner: Nikki Arana, As I Have Loved You

2nd Place: Valerie Hansen, A Treasure of the Heart
3rd Place: Lynn Cote, Dangerous Secrets
3rd Place: Shirley Jump, Back to Mr. & Mrs.
3rd Place: Mae Nunn, Mom in the Middle

Winner: C.L. Wilson, Lord of the Fading Land

2nd Place: Lori Devoti, Unbound
3rd Place: Patti O'Shea, In the Midnight Hour

2008 Awards of Excellence


Short Contemporary
*Winner* His Style of Seduction ~ Roxanne St Claire
Editor Wanda Ottewell, Silhouette Desire

Bride for a Single Dad ~ Laura Iding
Editor Suzanne Clark, Mills & Boon Medical Romance

The Doctor's Pregnancy Bombshell ~ Janice Lynn
Bryony Green, Mills & Boon Medical Romance

Forgotten Marriage ~ Paula Roe
Editor Demetria Lucas, Silhouette Desire

The Defender ~ Cara Summers
Editor Brenda Chin, Harlequin Blaze

Once A Cowboy ~ Linda Warren
Editor Kathleen Scheibling, Harlequin American

Long Contemporary
*Winner* Deja You ~ Lynda Sandoval
Editor Gail Chasen/Charles Griemsman, Silhouette Special Edition

The Other Sister ~ Lynda Sandoval
Editor Gail Chasen/Charles Griemsman, Silhouette Special Edition

All-American Father ~ Anna DeStefano
Editor Johanna Raisanen, Harlequin Superromance

A Rendezvous to Remember ~ Geri Krotow
Editor Paula Eykelhof, Harlequin Everlasting Love

Honor of a Hunter ~ Sylvie Kurtz
Editor Denise Zaza, Harlequin Intrigue

Single Title
*Winner* Tempting ~ Susan Mallery
Editor Tara Parsons, HQN Books

Kisses Don't Lie ~ Alexa Darin
Editor John Scognamiglio, Kensington/Zebra Books

Sweet Return ~ Anna Jeffrey
Editor Laura Cifelli, New American Library, Signet Eclipse

Really Something ~ Shirley Jump
Editor Kate Duffy, Kensington/Zebra Books

Close To You ~ Kathryn Shay
Editor Cindy Hwang, Berkley Sensation

Romantic Suspense
*Winner* Dead Giveaway ~ Brenda Novak
Editor Paula Eykelhof, Mira Books

Overkill ~ Linda Castillo
Editor Cindy Hwang, Berkley Sensation

Salvation, Texas ~ Anna Jeffrey
Editor Laura Cifelli, New American Library, Signet Eclipse

The Perfect Stranger ~ Jenna Mills
Editor Wanda Ottewell, Silhouette Romantic Suspense

Take Me Tonight ~ Roxanne St Claire
Editor Micki Nuding, Pocket Star Books

Erotic Romance
*Winner* Voyeur ~ Lacey Alexander
Editor Anne Bohner, NAL Heat

Nicholas, The Lords of Satyr ~ Elizabeth Amber
Editor Audrey Lafehr, Kensington Aphrodisia

Private Confessions ~ Lori Borrill
Editor Kathryn Lye, Harlequin Blaze

Born Again ~ Rena Marks
Editor Helen Woodall, Ellora's Cave

Mona Lisa Blossoming ~ Sunny
Editor Cindy Hwang, Penguin Putnam, Berkley-Jove

Paranormal/Time Travel/Fantasy/Futuristic
*Winner* Lord of the Fading Lands ~ C.L. Wilson
Editor Alicia Condon, Dorchester Publishing/Leisure Books

Highland Guardian ~ Melissa Mayhue
Editor Megan McKeever, Simon & Schuster

In The Midnight Hour ~ Patti O'Shea
Editor Anna Genoese, Tor-Forge

One With The Night ~ Susan Squires
Editor Jennifer Enderlin, St. Martin's Press

One With The Shadows ~ Susan Squires
Editor Jennifer Enderlin, St. Martin's Press

Mainstream w/Romantic Elements
*Winner* First, There Is A River ~ Kathy Steffen
Editor Helen Rosburg, Medallion Press

The Charmstone ~ C.C. Harrison
Editors John Helfers & Tiffany Schofield, Five Star

The Vampire Shrink ~ Lynda Hilburn
Editor Helen Rosburg, Medallion Press

Necessary Arrangements ~ Tanya Michna
Editor Ellen Edwards, NAL Accent

Learning to Breathe ~ Karen White
Editor Cindy Hwang, NAL Accent

*Winner* Veil of Fire ~ Marlo Schalesky
Editor Jon Woodhams & David C. Cook
Cook Communications/River Oak

Dangerous Secrets ~ Lyn Cote
Editor Jessica Alvarez, Steeple Hill

Once Upon a Family ~ Margaret Daley
Editor Jessica Alvarez, Steeple Hill

A Treasure of the Heart ~ Valerie Hansen
Editor Melissa Endlich, Steeple Hill

Remember Me ~ Maureen Lang
Editor Steve Barclift, Kregel Publications

Cradle of Secrets ~ Lisa Mondello
Editor Jessica Alvarez, Steeple Hill

*Winner* Surrender To A Scoundrel ~ Julianne MacLean
Editor Erika Tsang, Avon Books

Midnight's Bride ~ Sophia Johnson
Editor Hilary Sares, Kensington Zebra

Mustang Wild ~ Stacey Kayne
Editors Linda Fildew & Lydia Mason, Harlequin Mills & Boon

In Her Bed ~ Deborah Macgillivray
Editor Hilary Sares, Kensington Zebra

A Dangerous Beauty ~ Sophia Nash
Editor Lyssa Keusch, Avon/Harper Collins

Holt Medallion Winners

Short Contemporary
Winner - His Brother's Gift - Mary J. Forbes

Awards of Merit
Georgia on His Mind - Ann DeFee
The Forbidden Brother - Barbara McMahon
The CEO's Scandalous Affair - Roxanne St. Claire
Once A Cowboy - Linda Warren

Long Contemporary
Winner - Treasure - Helen Brenna

Awards of Merit
Houseful of Strangers - Linda Barrett
Shadow Hunter - Linda Conrad
The Rancher Needs a Wife - Terry McLaughlin
Adopted Son - Linda Warren

Winner - The Accidental Mistress - Tracy Anne Warren

Awards of Merit
What a Lady Wants - Victoria Alexander
Touch of Texas - Tracy Garrett
The Sense of Honor - Ashley Kath-Bilsky
Surrender to a Scoundrel - Julianne MacLean

Romantic Comedy
Winner - The Rules of Gentility - Janet Mullany

Awards of Merit
Dream a Little Dream - Debra Clopton
The Quest for the Holy Veil - Kimberly Llewellyn
Hocus Pocus - Teresa Roblin
There Goes the Bride - Lori Wilde

Short Inspirational
Winner - From This Day Forward - Irene Hannon

Awards of Merit
Cradle of Secrets - Lisa Mondello
Mom in the Middle - Mae Nunn
A Christmas to Die For - Marta Perry
Caught Redhanded - Gayle Roper

Long Inspirational
Winner - Surrender Bay - Denise Hunter

Awards of Merit
Remembered - Tamera Alexander
The Oak Leaves - Maureen Lang
Remember to Forget - Deborah Raney
Wedding Bell Blues - Linda Windsor

Mainstream/Single Title
Winner - Tempting - Susan Mallery

Awards of Merit
Who Wants to be a Sex Goddess - Gemma Bruce
Necessary Arrangements - Tanya Michna
Close To You - Kathryn Shay
Learning to Breathe - Karen White

Romantic Suspense
Winner - Die for Me - Karen Rose
Awards of Merit
Overkill - Linda Castillo
Dead Giveaway - Brenda Novak
The Spy Wore Silk - Andrea Pickens
Arousing Suspicions - Marianne Stillings

Extra Spicy Romance
Winner - The Fortune Hunter - Jasmine Haynes

Awards of Merit
Nicholas: The Lords of Satyr - Elizabeth Amber
Swing - Opal Carew
Twin Fantasies - Opal Carew
Double Dating with the Dead - Karen Kelley

Paranormal/Time Travel/Futuristic
Winner - Highland Guardian - Melissa Mayhue

Awards of Merit
Midnight Lover - Rosemary Laurey
Something Wicked - Catherine Mulvany
In the Midnight Hour - Patti O'Shea
Lord of the Fading Lands - CL Wilson

Southern Theme
Winner - Learning to Breathe - Karen White

Awards of Merit
Georgia on His Mind - Ann DeFee
A Treasure of the Heart - Valerie Hansen
No Safe Place - JoAnn Ross
Southern Seduction - Alexandria Scott

Best First Book
Winner - Lord of the Fading Lands - CL Wilson

Awards of Merit
The Education of Mrs. Brimley - Donna MacMeans
Thirty Nights with a Highland Husband - Melissa Mayhue
Highlander Untamed - Monica McCarty
First, There is a River - Kathy Steffen

American Title - Romantic Times

INTRODUCTION from Romantic Times Website:

Here we go again, starting up the last ballyhoo of the American Title contest sponsored by Romantic Times BOOKreviews and Dorchester Publishing. Yes, it's the last hurrah, the fifth and final outing for our writing contest, with publication by Dorchester as first prize to the winner. While last year's winner, Helen Scott Taylor, basks in the glory of publication -- THE MAGIC KNOT comes out in February from Love Spell -- our new combatants suit up for battle.

This year we opened up the categories, inviting all and sundry. Eight lucky wannabe writers made the grade. Dorchester editors Chris Keeslar and Leah Hultenschmidt say the Dorchester staff had a hard time narrowing down the prospects. "It's getting harder and harder to choose the best," Keeslar says. "We don't envy the voters. We wouldn't want to have to choose the winner."

Choosing the winner is your task, RT readers. You can meet our fresh new finalists and read their opening lines, as well as comments on each entry from our team of judges and then vote for your favorite contestant.

But choose carefully! You only get one vote per round. We'll start the first two rounds by only eliminating one contestant with the lowest score, then proceed after round three by eliminating two per round, until the winner is announced in the June issue of RT BOOKreviews.

We're happy to have our veteran team of judges back for the swan song of American Title: Flavia Knightsbridge, RT's own columnist and globe-trotter extraordinaire, provides the snarl; freelance editor Hilary Ross, whose nose for talent nurtured some of the best in the biz, offers the snap; and, finally, veteran romance editor and book doctor Leslie Kazanjian plays it sweet as RT's "good cop" judge.

Our judges get to hold forth in the pages of the magazine, but you, the RT reader, wield the real power when you vote online for your favorite contestant.

And don't forget: Because of RT's printing schedule, subscribers who don't have a first-class subscription or those who buy the magazine in bookstores may not receive issues in time to meet the voting deadline. To be certain you make the deadline and vote for your favorites, visit during the online voting dates listed below or you can sign up for our free monthly e-mail newsletter to get voting reminders e-mailed to you.



RT BOOKreviews Issue Voting Category Online Voting
January #299 Best First Line November 10 - 23
February #300 Best Hero & Heroine December 15 - 28
March #301 Best Story Summary January 19 - February 1
April #302 Best Dialogue Scene February 16 - March 1
May #303 Best Romantic Scene March 16 - 29

The winner will be announced during the Awards Ceremony on Friday, April 24, 2009, at the RT Booklovers Convention in Orlando, FL, and in the June issue of RT BOOKreviews.

On Monday, April 27, 2008, the winner's name will be posted online at




Stars: Heather Locklear, Robert Buckley
Premieres Dec. 6 at 9 pm et/pt

December 10th Update:

You can now watch the movie if you missed it on Lifetime TV.

A divorced mother of two on the brink of her 40th birthday who, while on vacation, enters into an unexpected romance with a much younger man and learns that life can begin at 40.

Note: Stop by Jane's website for contests and if you're thinking of hosting a debut party, details provided on her site.

"Porter’s thoughtful prose and strong characters make for an entertaining and thought-provoking summer read. Strongly recommended." -- --Library Journal

'This book fits the bill as a calorie-free accompaniment for a poolside daiquiri' - PUBLISHERS WEEKLY 'Porter has a great ear for dialogue' - SEATTLE TIMES

Product Description
He got the second home and the Porsche. She got the kids and a broken heart. Now Jackie, post-divorce and heading toward the big four-oh, is on vacation in sunny Hawaii and staring down her upcoming birthday-alone. But not for long. She's soon falling for Kai, her gorgeous, much younger surf instructor, and the wild passionate fling they have becomes the biggest surprise of Jackie's life.

Back home in Seattle, Jackie has to struggle with single parenthood...and memories of Kai. He hasn't forgotten her. Yet thousands of miles of ocean-not to mention an age difference that feels even wider-separate them. And, of course, her friends disapprove. When a choice must be made, can she, will she risk everything for her chance at happiness?

About the Author
Jane Porter is the author of Flirting with Forty, Odd Mom Out, and The Frog Prince. She lives in Seattle, Washington, with her two sons, where she is currently working on her next book. Visit her website at

October Contest Winner

Candy G you are the winner. Please send me your address, etc. Contratulations!

In Honor of Vetran's Day

Please take some time our of your day and remember those who have served in the past and present. Pray for their families, their safety and pray for peace!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

New E-book, "The Writer In You"

After months of preparation, I have finally released my new e-book, The Writer In You. The best news about this new e-book is that it’s FREE! That’s right, send me an e-mail at and I’ll send you the book! It’s that easy!

Need inspiration? This new e-book will help writers find their niche, polish their work, and tackle what stops them from finishing their writing projects. It’s loaded with inspiring articles written in partnership with nine other successful authors who want to see you succeed as a writer!

Please enjoy your copy compliments of A Book Inside!

If you know of a Website who has visitors who might also benefit from this new e-book, please let us know or have them send us an e-mail. We’re happy to share this new resource with ALL writers and authors!

Into the Wild

This movie is based on Jon Krakauer’s book that tells us about the true story of Christopher Johnson MacCandless who was born on February 12, 1968 and died on August 18, 1992. Getting very disappointed by his own parents, Chris (Emile Hirsch) left them and his younger sister, Carine, (Jena Malone) as well after graduating from Emory College, where he studied only to make his parents happy, and not to pursue his own ideal. The disappointment to his parents was supported by his sickness to hypocrite society. This made him leave the crowd of people and go INTO THE WILD.
Some favorite scenes and conversations of mine in the movie are:

“Some people feel like they don’t deserve love. They walk away quietly to the empty space trying to close the gaps with the past.”

Apparently Chris talked about himself; he left his family since his parents’ problematic marriage and their trying to cover it from public as well as from the children made him label the parents big hypocrites. By saying the aforementioned statement, he realized that his parents loved him. However, his deep disappointment toward them made him feel he did not deserve the love. Therefore, he disappeared quietly from his parents’ life. He was pursuing his own happiness in the wild. He did not use the name his parents gave, and named himself as Alexander Supertramp; he even simply told some people he met during his journey that he did not have family.
Hypocrisy in society has been one mainstream topic in my blog. Examples: people who let themselves trapped in a loveless marriage only because they live in marriage-oriented society; many in that kind of marriage, women become the main victims (just like what is illustrated in this movie), then the children. People (mainly women) who think that they are luckier since they find men who are willing to marry them and feel sorry for single (moreover old maids) women, while in fact deep down in their hearts they envy those free women. People who have children not because they love having offspring but only for their own pride and selfishness.

“… get rid of this sick society. Why people, every fucking person is so bad to other people, so fucking awful. It doesn’t make sense to me; judgment, control, all that whole spectrum…”

What happened to Chris’ parents—to be hypocrites, Chris said—was also for the sake of judgment from society—to be considered happy and romantic family while in fact inside, Billie, the mother was bruised. (Why do women always become victims?)
Some people feel like they have full rights to make judgment to other people, to say what is good what is bad using their own eyes, without trying to view things from different point of view.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

SPECIAL Interview With Danny O. Snow

Harvard graduate Danny O. Snow has been widely quoted about new publishing technologies by major broadcast and print media coast-to-coast, including AP, NPR, UPI, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal and others. He serves as a Senior Fellow of the Society for New Communications Research (, a global think tank based in Palo Alto, dedicated to the advanced study of new and emerging media. He has also served as a contributing editor to BookTech: The Magazine for Publishers, and as a panelist and moderator at national publishing events such as the North American Publishing Company's "PrintMedia" expos and PMA's "Publishing University."

Carol Denbow: Welcome Danny. Wow, you have an expansive and impressive resume. I can’t wait to chat with you about your experiences. But since my blog viewers have patiently waited so long for this day, would you mind beginning by telling us a little about the real Danny O. Snow?

Danny O. Snow: Thanks for the flattering introduction, but my story’s actually pretty simple: I’m a guy who has always loved books. As a youngster, I dreamed of becoming an author like Mark Twain. As a Lit major in college, I searched high and low for obscure, out-of-print books that were great, but not “commercial” enough for the big NY houses to keep in print. Then I worked for a traditional publishing company, and learned many reasons why the conventional book business simply doesn’t make sense. In the ‘nineties, the rise of the Internet and “Print-on-Demand” technology solved the two biggest problems: POD eliminated overprinting, while the Web gave writers a way to reach readers directly, bypassing “gatekeepers” such as publishers, wholesalers and bookstores. Finally, in 1999, I read Dan Poynter’s Self-Publishing Manual, which helped put the pieces of the puzzle together. I didn’t invent any of these things; I just saw an opportunity to use them in a new way.

Carol Denbow: So I understand you have recently released a book with co-author Dan Poynter. Can you tell us a little about the book?

Danny O. Snow: is a quick read to help those getting started in the exciting world of self-publishing get off on the right foot. My co-author, Dan Poynter, is the “godfather” of the self-publishing movement, which is now booming. In U-Publish we simply cover the basics we’ve learned over the years to help newcomers avoid bush league mistakes and be more successful as independent publishers.

Carol Denbow: Many of my blog readers are opting to self-publish their books; and I encourage them to do so. But most end up using a POD publisher and pay a premium price just to see their book in print. It’s true that they can purchase their own books for about 50% of the cover price (correct me if I’m wrong), but is a 50% discount enough to sell your own books and still see a profit?

Danny O. Snow: Yes, I’ve read your Blog and recommend it in my newsletter. And yes, those who earn 50% of cover price can certainly make a profit. The difference is where the books are sold: Poynter and I emphasize outlets other than bookstores, which are ten times more numerous, easier to target, often pay more and pay faster than conventional booksellers. It’s all covered in our little book.

Carol Denbow: You are a publishing “expert”—you wrote the book, as they say. In your opinion, what is the best way to publish a book?

Danny O. Snow: The single most important tip I can offer is: use POD to prove the market for your book BEFORE you invest in bulk printing. Today, many writers with decent computer skills can start with “Do it Yourself” methods at CafePress, CreateSpace, Lulu, Wordclay, etc. at a fraction of the cost of vanity publishing. Then, when the book’s public appeal is objectively proven, they can feel more confident about investing in professional services and bulk printing for a lower per-unit cost.

Carol Denbow: I’m big on trying to persuade authors to market their books aggressively. What do you think is the biggest mistake authors make in marketing?

Danny O. Snow: Poor Targeting: many inexperienced authors seem obsessed with Amazon and chain stores. But we recommend more tightly targeted markets. Imagine a book about a relatively narrow topic like snorkeling … how many general bookstore customers are interested? Probably very few. But now imagine a boating supply shop, or a travel agency where people book trips to the Caribbean, or even a seaside motel… nearly ALL of their customers are potential readers! Self-publishers can tap specialty markets like these instead of general bookstore browsers for better results.

Carol Denbow: A Book Inside offers its viewers free e-mail notices each time a new informative article is posted. I saw on your Website that you offer a free newsletter. What is included in this newsletter and how would an interested viewer today go about signing up to receive it?

Danny O. Snow: Free preview:
Free subscription:

Carol Denbow: Do you have a Website and where might one of our viewers find your new book?

Danny O. Snow: Use the links above for the general edition, or you can get a special edition at Borders that’s customized specifically for their new “Borders Personal Publishing” program.

Carol Denbow: Well Danny, thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to share this valuable information with us.

Danny O. Snow: Thank you too. In closing, I’d like to remind your audience that publishing a book is a process, not a one-time event. You’ve worked hard writing your book; please give it the chance for success it deserves by working equally hard AFTER publication. Literally thousands of authors have proven that it’s possible. Using the strategy summarized here, you can join us!

Carol Denbow: Visitors are more than welcome and encouraged to post comments and questions for Danny O. Snow and/or regarding this interview by using the comment link below (it’s small, so look hard!)

Please don’t forget, we now have a forum visitors can join free for writers to communicate with each other and discuss their writing, publishing experiences, and book marketing at