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Cover reveal: Author Shawna Romkey’s “Speak of the Devil”

Author Shawna Romkey's cover reveal

Author Shawna Romkey’s cover reveal

 

 

http://www.shawnaromkey.com

 

 

What happens when falling in love and falling from grace collide?

 

 

After dying in a car accident with her two best friends, Lily miraculously awakens to grief and guilt. She escapes to her dad’s to come to terms with the event and meets some people at her new school who seem all too eager to help her heal. Sliding deeper into sorrow and trying to fight her feelings for two of them, she finds out who…what they really are and that they are falling too.

 

 

Can she find the strength to move on from the past, reconcile her feelings for Luc, find a way to stop a divine war with fallen angels, and still pass the eleventh grade?

 

 

What do you think of this great cover?  Due out March 15th, 2013 from Crescent Moon Press.  http://www.crescentmoonpress.com/

Pat Woods

My Aunt, before she passed, was quite sick with breast cancer.  She had it, we suspect, for over a year.  She did not have a family doctor.  She did not tell anyone she was sick.

I was in the hospital room when the doctor asked her why she had not gotten help earlier.  Her answer was “carelessness.”

I’m not sure what that meant. I do know that now without her around I miss her a lot.  I re-engaged her when I was out there to visit in Alberta and called when I was back in Nova Scotia.

We weren’t given the chance to rally around her and show her any family support.  Perhaps that’s how she wanted it.

I know that her suffering is over.  This Christmas I will light a candle for her and my deceased father but I will not follow her example.  I have a family doctor who I see even if I get the sniffles.  And I know that if I’m given the opportunity to fight a terminal disease I will take it.

She was my Mom’s best friend and sister to her ten siblings.  As we struggle to come to grips with her passing I simply want to let everyone know that time will heal this.

I completed Nanowrimo and wrote a book in a month.  I will edit it in January and submit it to outside editors for their work.  And, if it ever gets published it will be dedicated to the Aunt Pat I knew as a child – a skier, a bird watcher, a worker, a friend and gardener.

What I know after 5 years of grief.

What I know.  Sounds like I have a secret to tell, doesn’t it?

Here it is.  You may have already guessed it for yourself.  Death waits for no one but life continues even as you exit this world.  For what – we don’t really know or comprehend.  We try to – maybe we go to church, maybe we pray, maybe we meditate or visit spiritual places and for some of us we write about it.

So today I let myself be taken care of.  I visited Michelle Carter at Willow Esthetiques for some 3 hour pampering.  Then, I went to Planet Beach Contemp Spa for a massage where I can listen to music and let myself really relax in a room by myself.  Carrie Hayden is great there.  Then, I went to Starbucks instead of Sweet Smiles Pastry Cafe and the universe let me know that wasn’t a good decision as I almost choked on a cake pop.  Damn those cake pop photoshopped pics – they always look great on the menu photo but mine was so dry I started to choke in my car.  Maybe if I had gone in the Starbucks some cute guy would’ve offered his help and my romance writer side would write our life story the moment he touched me.  LOL.

Tonight I’m going to the Women of Excellence Awards.

All of these events, besides the choking one, are positive reminders that the world keeps spinning with or without you.

And today.  My friend and author Julia Phillips Smith http://www.juliaphillipssmith.com has her release on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Saint-Sanguinus-Vampire-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B00689V17I/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1321467880&sr=1-1 and at Smashwords at http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/105486

What a great day for her.  To know that years of dedication and work is realized through the Internet.  That there’s a choice in the publishing world.  With great support from her Romance Writers of America Atlantic Chapter group she’s flying like the eagle I chase when I go to Cape Breton.  Such an inspiration.

So.  Take flight.  Go to school.  Get that job.  Make your priorities as Chalene Johnson says in her Car Smart series before your goals.

Or attend Jac McNeil’s speaking engagements through the Royal Bank series as mentioned by the Centre for Women in Business.  http://www.highlandcoaching.com/join-me    Jac and I met at her retreat last October, I joined her Tribal X group and then enlisted her aid in business/writing coaching.  She’s a firecracker so let her engage in you and let yourself fly.  Fly high.

Hmm… upon review that’s a lot of Estrogren I’m pumping into your lives today.  My Dad was always pushing my feminist side and told me in my first year at Trent that Women Studies 100 would be good for me.  Maybe I’d better put *that* on my EHarmony.ca profile.  :-)

Guest Blogger Author Julia Phillips Smith 11/11/11

Today I have the privilege of introducing author Julia Phillips Smith.

http://www.juliaphillipssmith.com

Julia has a book coming out in a week and notices of “Saint Sanguinus” will be updated on her website through the link above.

If you’d like to chat with her sooner join her on Twitter @apieceofmymind

Please enjoy her comments below and I’ll put an update of the status of her book when it’s on Amazon/Smashwords etc.

Author Julia Phillip Smith shot by photographer Caroline Ruyle

 

Julia Phillips Smith:

Sometimes people come into your life seeming to have always been there for you, even though you’ve just become friends.

When Tara rejoined my writers’ group last year, this happened for both of us—we connected instantly, recognizing that we ‘got’ each other creatively, intellectually and personally.

She knew that living under the surface of novel-writing Julia was filmmaking Julia, and having brainstormed together at the writers’ retreat, she knew we could work well together.

And so the great adventure of stepping back onto a set wearing my director’s hat began.

I want to take this opportunity to thank Tara from the deepest part of me, for giving me my creative life back. Once she suggested we work on the book trailers for SAINT SANGUINUS, a dormant part of me surged back to life, carrying the entire launch of my debut novel along with it.

This important life milestone would never have happened if Tara hadn’t suggested we work together.

So I just want to say thank you.

And here’s to a beautiful friendship.

Excerpt:

An elite brotherhood stands between humans and vampires, preventing one side from annihilating the other. Who are called to this service? Only those warriors who curse God with their dying breath.

Welsh warrior Peredur falls to a spear before he can claim Tanwen for his bride. Raging on the battlefield, Peredur utters the curse that seals his fate and leads him to another life. Using the power of a saint whose bone makes up an amulet, Peredur takes on the trials to become a true member of the brethren. Yet his need for the chieftain’s daughter Tanwen still burns.

Tanwen resists her father’s command to take a husband. The only one who understands her sorrow is Cavan, the wise woman’s son. When he promises that he can reunite her with her beloved, she agrees to his terms. But does Tanwen truly understand the depth of the price that must be paid?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nanowrimo and other adventures!

As I hit my stride this Monday morning I realize I love writing. Don’t get me wrong – I’m just setting up my first critique partner and starting to submit short stories so my writing could be crap. But the act of brewing coffee after walking the dogs and then settling in front of the laptop to write with them at my feet is precious. I hope that no matter what happens with my writing as I pursue it as a career that I keep this enjoyment with me.
So I am loving Nanowrimo which is an organization that organizes a challenge – write a book/novel in a month. Their website is http://www.nanowrimo.org/

 

This challenge is supported by my writing group that is a part of Romance Writers of America. I’m using it to write a Fae story because I can’t get enough of the Sidhe Court. I just finished Yasmine Galenorn’s “Night Veil” and I’m impatiently waiting for the next one! I also loved the Mercedes Lackey series like Born to Run. And while I enjoy the tv series “Lost Girl” I am finding it harder to watch as I emphasize so much with the female lead that sometimes I just can’t watch what she goes through.
This past Sunday I missed out on my Romance Writers of American chapter meeting. I worked instead at the Trend and Fashion Expo http://www.trendandfashionexpo.com run by East Coast Dynamics http://eastcoastdynamics.com for Fifth Avenue Collection http://www.fifthavenuecollection.com/taram     I do love that job. And, as it was at the World Trade & Convention Centre the event had help setting up and tearing down so I wasn’t covered in sweat and changing into outfits like other events/festivals. I have to thank Brennan Handy and Devin Sherrington for helping me keep fitness in my life as all the cardio pays off at events like these where you’re packing and lifting boxes.
Hope you all had a great weekend and here’s hoping we get a light winter. LOL.

By the way on November 11th, 2011 Author Julia Phillips Smith will be releasing her debut novel “Saint Sanguinus.”  Check her out at http://www.juliaphillipssmith.com  and on November 10th, 2011 she’ll be chatting about her self publishing at DartNet After Hours held at Sweet Smiles Pastry Cafe in Dartmouth, N.S. on Portland Hills Drive.  http://dartnet.ca

 

Watches, Rings and Gold

Silver, colour and my draw for a 50.00 gift certificate

Review of “Bought: The Penniless Lady” by Deborah Hale

At the last RWA chapter meeting I won the book “Bought: The Penniless Lady” by Deborah Hale.  ISBN – 13:978-0-373-29633-0

Find out more about this Canadian author at http://www.deborahhale.com/

I was thrilled!  Not only to win the book but to be able to offer a review on an author I enjoy on the page but to also do a review on someone I’ve met.

Hadrian Northmore is my kind of man.  He’s determined, bold and a completely unique character.  If you’re expecting a gentleman who only exists on intrigues and playing chess then don’t open this book.  Hadrian is a self-made man with a hero’s quest to make a better world for children and to win Lady Artemis Dearing’s heart.

Lady Artemis Dearing doesn’t know her own beauty and her first encounter with Hadrian is breathtaking simple.  They have an argument.  They storm away from each other.  This encounter makes Lady Artemis come up with a deadly plan to intertwine their futures together in a way I was not expecting.  Each chapter encourages me to turn the page to see what else these two characters are like.  They’re not your romantic stereotypes and the way they’re developed left me wishing for more when I had finished the book!

Their romance is full of chivalry and when they’re in a room together the tension pops off the page.

Can they find each other over their plan for a child’s future?  Pick up the book to find out!

“Bought: The Penniless Lady” by Deborah Hale is available at Amazon.ca for $6.99

Great read! Find it at Amazon.ca

Blog ready…

Just had a great workshop today by Julia Smith on how to blog, what to blog and how to find your blog community.

http://julia-mindovermatter.blogspot.com/

We are both members of RWA Atlantic Chapter.  I know both myself and my guest enjoyed the workshop.

Thursday night 6-9pm we have an event at the Argyle Fine Art Gallery on Barrington Street in Halifax, N.S. where authors and business professionals will meet to mingle with each other.  Fruit art by Fruitful Expressions will be there as well as catering by George & Lito’s Catering.  My company Charlie Mac Productions Inc. is working with Rich Graphics on this event and we’re hoping that the great community that is Halifax/Dartmouth/Bedford/Lower Sackville join in and say hi to each other.

RWA Atlantic Chapter really is the group where I can just relax and let my mind think of creative ideas for my writing.  The retreat I went to back in October was intense (I had to leave early) but unbelievably productive.  I got my character out of a deep pit and started the re-jig of my author website plus blog.  I never thought I would find such comradeship.

Also, yesterday I finished a 1.5 day Creative Business Retreat for the female solopreneur and I’m looking forward to working Jac McNeil into our lives more.

http://www.highlandcoaching.com/

Are you in?  Because I know I am.  I know where I am.

RWA and Bconnected meet Thursday Feb 10th at the Argyle Fine Art Gallery