Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Hiding His Witness and Copy That Book Duo

Look what arrived today!



The UK release of Hiding His Witness (it's a book duo with Copy That by the amazing HelenKay Dimon). It will be out in the UK in June.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Princess Tropes

I look for my books on Amazon. It was how I first saw my cover for Hiding His Witness and it's where I can read the back cover blurb for my upcoming books.

When searching for Protecting His Princess (Harlequin Romantic Suspense, November 2013), I noticed three other "Princess" books available in 2013 from Harlequin.

Protecting the Pregnant Princess (Harlequin Intrigue, February 2013)
The Princess Predicament (Harlequin Intrigue, March 2013)
Temporarily His Princess (Harlequin Desire, May 2013)

I love a "royals" story. It's one of my favorite romance tropes. I think Prince William and Kate Middleton are adorable and now that she's pregnant, their love story is even more exciting!

What are your favorite romance tropes? Can you recommend a good royals romance novel?

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

e-Book convert

5 months with my kindle and I've converted from a must-have paperback reader to all e-books. It wasn't easy to get me to read e-books. I resisted buying a kindle for years. I worried I would never use it. I thought it was a waste of money. I thought I could use the kindle app and read on my laptop, which I rarely did because it felt like work.

In the end, I didn't actually buy my kindle. My husband gave it to me as a gift for Christmas. He said it was something I needed for my job and as a writer, I should know more about e-books.

He was so right. As usual.

I don't go a day without using it. I love it. LOVE it. I can read in the dark. It fits in my diaper bag. My children cannot rip the bookmark out of it (they haven't figure out how to turn it on yet). I can get more books with a few clicks when I run out of things to read. Genius in every way.

My one gripe is e-book pricing. I will NOT buy a book at all if the e-book is more expensive than the paperback. I've had my eye on a *certain* book for a long time, but can't justify paying extra to have the e-book and I don't want the paperback. As much as I've learned about publishing, I don't understand why an e-book would be more expensive than the paper version. *shrug* Book budget gets spent elsewhere.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Busy Writer Mom solution: The Fresh 20

I've been looking for a way to cook my family fresh, healthy dinners. I don't have a lot of free time, I go to the food store once a week (sometimes less often) and the meals need to be suitable for my entire family (aged 2 years - adult). I don't mind making slight modifications - like say, leaving pepper off something my younger child will be eating. I have at least a dozen cookbooks. With the exception of my Better Homes and Gardens cookbook, most have been opened and used less than 5 times each.

Enter the Fresh 20.

I read an article in Shape Magazine introducing the Fresh 20. What drew my attention was the shopping list. It was succinct and were ingredient I like and have used before. I don't make recipes that require a small amount of a rare / difficult to find ingredient because I end up spending too much money on it and then I (1.) don't enjoy it or (2.) it spoils.

What I liked about the Fresh 20:
- easy to follow instructions
- meals were planned for me. I knew what I was making for dinner each night. No last minute scrambling.
- food smelled good when cooking (enticed the family to the dinner table) and tasted great.
- the food was fresh. I felt like I was putting a healthy meal on the table for my family
- the variety was good. I didn't feel like we were eating the same thing every day.
- the "pantry" items were items I had on stock.
- Only 5 nights a week? Some families might have had leftovers or choose to eat out the other two nights of the week. We had enough ingredients to repeat and cobble together 2 more meals from what I'd purchased.

What I didn't like:
- the meals took longer to prepare than the recipe stated by 5-15 minutes. Part of this could be constant multitasking and the interruptions that are part of my life.
- one of the meals left me a little hungry (Mediterranean Lettuce Cups with Mint Yogurt Dressing). Easily solved by supplementing with more veggies and carrots I had in the refrigerator. When I make this week's food again, I will likely make chicken along with the lettuce cups.

Totally SOLD on the Fresh 20.