Thursday Thirteen – Favorite Authors

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It’s hard to cut a list of recent favorite authors down to just thirteen, but I’m giving it a go.  These are not in any particular order, nor are they all strictly romance authors, but their books all have romantic elements in them.  Some are long-established, multi-published authors and some are, like me, brand-spankin’ new to published-authordom.

1. Sharon Lynn Fisher for her debut book, Ghost Planet

2. Anne McCaffrey for her dragons of Pern and Freedom sagas

3. Linnea Sinclair for anything she writes, but especially for Gabriel’s Ghost and my favorite tortured hero, Gabriel Ross Sullivan.

4. Christine Feehan for her Sea Haven novels

5. Suzanne Brockmann for her SEALs

6. Sharon Lee and Steve Miller for their Liaden novels

7. Catherine Asaro for blending scifi and romance so skillfully that readers of either genre will like her books

8. Nora Roberts for her storytelling skill and imagination that know no bounds

9. Cherry Adair for her Cutter Cay books

10. Marion Zimmer Bradley for her Darkover books

11. Amber Beldene for her debut book, Blood Vine

12. Theresa Medeiros for The Devil Wears Plaid

13.  Janet Evanovich for her Stephanie Plum books

Do you agree with my choices? Who are some of your favorite authors?

Six Sentence Sunday #12 – The Last Official #SixSunday

It’s hard to believe, but this is the last official Six Sentence Sunday.  January 27th.

I’m sorry to see it go.  I know you are, too.  It’s been a wonderful way to get a glimpse of so many talented authors’ work.

Should I continue here – just for my readers?  What do you think?

In honor of the end of #SixSunday, I’m sharing the moment when Toran realizes his time with Aileana may be ending.

Enjoy the last official Six Sentence Sunday!

Ice suddenly slid down Toran’s back, from his neck to his buttocks. “What do ye mean, lass?”

“You made a promise to me.”

“A promise?” Panic surged like beating wings in his belly. He knew the promise she meant. 

To see other authors contributing to Six Sentence Sunday, just click here.

Highland Healer is now available in both print and ebook formats from Amazon,  The Wild Rose Press, and other retailers.  

Thursday Thirteen

Now that it’s 2013, I’ve decided to add a Thursday Thirteen feature to my blog.  On Thursday, I plan to post thirteen of something that interests, amuses or even irritates me.

To get started: here’s the Thursday Thirteen that I did for CoffeeTimeRomance’s “CoffeeThoughts, the Blog,” back in December: Thirteen Reasons Why I Like Having a Pen Name.  thursdaythirteen

No, Willa Blair is not my real name.  But I’ve had a lot of fun since I took on a nom de plume.  Here’s my list:

1. I get to have a split personality without the padded cell and wrap-around jacket.
2. It’s way better than the nicknames I got saddled with in school.
3. It’s a fresh start – as Willa Blair, I can become anything I want.
4. When you google Willa Blair, you learn about her, not me.
5. Facebook fan page – fun with people I don’t know.
6. It sounds Scottish.  It is Scottish.
7. I can do things as Willa Blair that I would never do as myself.
8. It makes doing promo fun.  Okay, maybe not so much.
9. Author alter ego.  Say that three times, fast.
10. If someone doesn’t like the book, Willa Blair gets the blame.
11. I love the way it looks on Highland Healer’s cover.
12. If I change genres, I can change pen names and personas, too (see #1)
13. It marks a new chapter in my life – as a bestselling published author!

If I miss a Thursday now and again, you’ll understand.  Or you may find a guest blogger here, sharing their own list of thirteen.

Which of my thirteen reasons is your favorite?  If you have a pen name or are thinking about adopting one, what are your reasons?

I’m Almost Done Going Blog Hop Crazy to Celebrate Highland Healer’s Release!

The mad blog hop to celebrate Highland Healer‘s Release continues!  Drop by and leave a comment – you never know when I might do a surprise giveaway!

28 January – I’m interviewed by Karen Docter

30 January – Karen Docter highlights Highland Healer on her Killer Book Bench Blog

I’m also featured in the January issue of BookPinning: The Magazine.  Click on “Expand” in the center of the page to see the e-zine.  Check it out before January is over!

2353  And don’t forget!  If you’re in the San Antonio area, on 9 February from 2-4 pm at the Barnes and Noble in the Shops at La Cantera, I’ll be signing Highland Healer.  And several other  San Antonio Romance Authors will be there, too, with their latest releases.  Already have an ebook copy?  Come by anyway and get an autographed collector’s card!  I’d love to meet you!

I’ve also joined Authorgraph, so if you have an ebook copy of Highland Healer, you can get my digital autograph there!  Click on the widget to the right.

Six Sentence Sunday #11

We’re getting close to the end of Six Sentence Sundays.  January 27th will be the last one done by the group (see the link below to other authors participating). My hope is that someone else will take it on and run it.  If not, should I continue here – just for my readers?  What do you think?

This week, I’m sharing a snippet from my second book in the Highland Talents series, Highland Seer.  Jamie Lathan and Donal McNabb see their destination for the first time, and it’s more than they expected.  But they have good reason to expect a welcome.

Enjoy this week’s Six Sentence Sunday!

“Can we be sure of our welcome here?” Jamie asked quietly.

“We’re bringin’ home their whisky and their menfolk,” Donal groused.   “His gratitude had better include answering a few questions, like why we’re havin’ to bring home his wounded.”  At Jamie’s raised eyebrow, he continued.  “Once they ken how charming we are, there shouldna be any problems.”

Jamie grinned and shook his head.

Behind him, Bram choked back a laugh and began coughing.

To see other authors contributing to Six Sentence Sunday, just click here.

Highland Healer is now available in both print and ebook formats from Amazon,  The Wild Rose Press, and other retailers.  

A Big Day in Any Author’s Life!

Earlier this week, I had several reasons to celebrate.  First, the print copies of my debut book arrived from my publisher!  Aren’t they gorgeous?

My Books

Next, I was approved for the Romance Writers of America’s Published Author Network.  It’s a watershed event worthy of celebration for any romance author.  With champagne, of course!

Also on the same day, registration opened up for RWA’s national conference in Atlanta in July.  Yes, I know, Atlanta in July, what were they thinking?  But we’ll be in the hotel the entire weekend.  And my long-time local chapter, Washington Romance Writers, opened registration for their retreat outside of Baltimore in late April, which is a beautiful time of the year there.  So my travel plans are set!  Whew!

After all that, my new chair’s arrival was a bit anticlimactic.  But I’m happy to have it.  As much as I sit at this desk, a good chair is a must!

New Chair

What would you say has been your most exciting day as an author?

Six Sentence Sunday #10

We’re getting close to the end of Six Sentence Sundays.  January 27th will be the last one done by the group (see the link below to other authors participating). My hope is that someone else will take it on and run it.  If not, should I continue here – just for my readers?  What do you think?

This week, I’m sharing a snippet from my latest project.  It’s not outlined yet, so I’m still working out where the story is going and what kind of book it will be, but so far, it sure seems like a romantic suspense.

Someone has been in the heroine’s house, several times, disturbing little until today, so she’s never pursued it.  Now she comes home after finding a body on the beach and spending hours with the sheriff, Sam, giving her statement in his office, to find blood-red rose petals scattered on her bed – and not in a good way.

Enjoy this week’s Six Sentence Sunday!

Clearly it was time to tell Sam.  Except then he’d be out here, hovering, and her house would be gray with fingerprint dust.  Whoever this was had done no harm, really.  Oh, who was she kidding?  This was creepy as hell.  She picked up the phone.

To see other authors contributing to Six Sentence Sunday, just click here.

Highland Healer is now available in both print and ebook formats from Amazon,  The Wild Rose Press, and other retailers.  

I’m Still Going Blog Hop Crazy to Celebrate Highland Healer’s Release!

The mad blog hop to celebrate Highland Healer‘s Release continues!  Drop by and leave a comment – you never know when I might do a surprise giveaway!

mermaid-logo14 January – I’ll be in the lagoon talking about what’s really under those kilts on the Waterworld Mermaids blog.

15 January – Pat McDermott hosts me for an interview.  Want a mini-tour of my writing space?  Get it here!

19 January – I’ll be blogging on RomCon – I’m still imagining what the subject will be.

28 January – I’m interviewed by Karen Docter

30 January – Karen Docter highlights Highland Healer on her Killer Book Bench Blog

I’m also featured in the January issue of BookPinning: The Magazine.  Click on “Expand” in the center of the page to see the e-zine.

2353  And don’t forget!  If you’re in the San Antonio area, on 9 February from 2-4 pm at the Barnes and Noble in the Shops at La Cantera, I’ll be signing Highland Healer.  And several other  San Antonio Romance Authors will be there, too, with their latest releases.  Already have an ebook copy?  Come by anyway and get an autographed collector’s card!  I’d love to meet you!

I’ve also joined Authorgraph, so if you have an ebook copy of Highland Healer, you can get my digital autograph there!  Click on the widget to the right.

Plotting Princess for a Day!

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Grand Prize: One lucky person will receive an ebook/print book from all 10 authors. Grand Prize to be announced on Jan. 12th.

I’m thrilled to be a Plotting Princess for a Day and to take part in the Plotting Princesses New Year’s Blog Hop!  Don’t miss the giveaway at the bottom of this post!

My debut book, Highland Healer, is a bestseller on Amazon Kindle and just released on The Wild Rose Press and other retailers!

CoverHE NEEDS HER FOR HIS CLAN.
HE WANTS HER FOR HIMSELF.
CAN HE HAVE BOTH?

Toran Lathan never expected to become Laird, and never expected to meet a woman like Aileana Shaw. Her healing ability is just what his people need, but Toran cannot resist her beauty. Yet will loving him destroy her ability to heal?

Aileana Shaw has a healing touch – and a special talent she must keep secret. Stolen from her home by a marauding army, she’s kidnapped again by the Highland Laird she heals. Is she a prize of war, or the prize of his heart?

While Toran battles the invading lowland army, he also battles his desire for Aileana. And Aileana must decide if she can trust her secrets to this fierce warrior who needs her talent, but wants her love.

A special part of this blog hop is that each author is sharing a favorite recipe with our readers.  Here’s one of mine that’s just perfect for long cold nights, sitting in front of a fire, reading Highland Healer!

I included it in the gluten-free section of the 2012 A Healthy Garden Gourmet cookbook that’s FREE from The Wild Rose Press.   You can download the entire book to enjoy my recipe and others.

Highland Heat Spiced Cider

1 gallon apple cider

1 cup orange juice

1 orange, with peel, sliced into rings, not wedges

3 sticks of cinnamon

1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

3 pieces of whole clove

6 whole allspice berries

honey to taste

 Pour apple cider and orange juice into a large pot (a crock pot works well for a party).  Add the orange slices and the spices.  Bring to a simmer over medium heat, then turn the heat down to keep it at your desired temperature.  Add a little honey if the cider is not sweet enough.

For mulled wine: fill a mug halfway with hot cider, top with a hearty red wine of your choice and stir.

Note: Spices can be adjusted to your taste – add more or less of each as you prefer.

Now for my giveaway:  an ebook copy of Highland Healer will go to one person, chosen at random, who comments on this page.  Don’t own it yet?  Now’s your chance.  Already have it?  It makes a great gift, too!

You can get my autograph for your ebook copy of Highland Healer on Authorgraph.com!  Just click on the greenish widget on the right side of this page!

And now, last but certainly not least,  Lynn Rush is the last stop on the Plotting Princess Blog Hop.  Hop on over to her blog tomorrow.  

My next appearance will be here for the next Six Sentence Sunday.  Then on January 14 (Monday), I’ll be splashing around in the Waterworld Mermaids lagoon, where I’ll be dishing on what’s really under those kilts.  Don’t miss it!  You can see the rest of my blog hop schedule on yesterday’s post.

I’m Going Blog Hop Crazy to Celebrate Highland Healer’s Release!

I’m on a mad blog hop to celebrate Highland Healer‘s Release!  I’d love for you to drop by and leave a comment.  One of you will win a copy of Highland Healer!

Today, I’m with Babette James  for an Interview Q&A.  What exactly do I read when there’s nothing else?  And do you?

8 January – I’ll be at RomanceBooks4Us.com  for an Interview.  Who do my characters resemble?

9 January – Sarah Grimm hosts me for an Interview.  What advice would I give a new, unpublished author?

10 January – I’ll be a Plotting Princess for a Day right here on my website.  I’m one of the last stops, so to find out more about the Plotting Princesses Blog Hop, click here!

14 January – I’ll be in the lagoon talking about what’s really under those kilts on the WaterWorld Mermaids

15 January – Pat McDermott host me for an interview.  Want a mini-tour of my writing space?  Get it here!

19 January – I’ll be blogging on RomCon

30 January – I’m with Karen Docter on her Killer Book Bench Blog

I’m also featured in the January issue of BookPinning: The Magazine.  Click on “Expand” in the center of the page to see the e-zine.

And don’t forget!  If you’re in the San Antonio area, on 9 February at the Barnes and Noble in the Shops at La Cantera, I’ll be signing Highland Healer.  And several other  San Antonio Romance Authors will be there, too, with their latest releases.  Already have an ebook copy?  Come by anyway and get an autographed collector’s card!

I’ve also joined Authorgraph, so if you have an ebook copy of Highland Healer, you can get my digital autograph there!  Click on the widget to the right.

Six Sentence Sunday #9

Happy New Year!  For the first Six Sentence Sunday post of the new year, Clan Lathan’s elderly healer, Senga, tells Aileana some of Toran Lathan’s history.  But most important, Aileana learns that Senga welcomes her presence.  For the first time, Aileana begins to feel that she has found a new home.

Enjoy this week’s Six Sentence Sunday!

“He became laird—something he never wanted. But laird he is and a good one – fair and far-seeing. Perhaps he has a touch of the Sight, himself. He’s been forging alliances with the neighboring clans.”

“That is why he was with the MacAnalens?”

“Aye, and a good thing, too, for he brought ye to us.”

To see other authors contributing to Six Sentence Sunday, just click here.

Highland Healer is now available in both print and ebook formats from Amazon,  The Wild Rose Press, and other retailers.  

Release Day January 4th = Prizes!

It’s almost Highland Healer’s Official Release Day!

I’m celebrating Highland Healer’s Official Release Day on January 4 – there will be prizes! Books, bling, even a Nook!

Join the party on Facebook today!  Then check back on Friday, comment, answer questions, and see what comes up in the random drawings!

 

36841b084a7ba0f35d0f751223ddf148.image.383x550What?  You’re not on Facebook?  No worries.  Leave a comment here on January 4th and I’ll include you in the drawings.

Plotting Princesses Blog Hop – And Prizes!

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Grand Prize: One lucky person will receive an ebook/print book from all 10 authors. Grand Prize to be announced on Jan. 12th.

BLOG STOPS EACH DAY ARE LISTED BELOW. (Click on the author’s name to take you directly to their blog.
Monday – Dec. 31st ~ Alisha Paige
Tuesday – Jan. 1st ~ Vicki Batman
Wednesday – Jan. 2nd ~ Kathy Ivan
Thursday – Jan. 3rd ~ Michelle Miles
Friday – Jan. 4th ~ Karilyn Bentley

(We’re skipping the 5th and 6th since that is the weekend.)
Monday – Jan. 7th ~ Liz Lipperman
Tuesday – Jan. 8th ~ Sasha Summers
Wednesday ~ Jan. 9th ~ Sylvia McDaniel
Thursday ~ Jan. 10th ~ Willa Blair (Guest Princess for a Day)
Friday ~ Jan. 11th ~ Lynn Rush (Guest Princess for a Day)

The more blogs you visit and comment, the more chances to win! So visit with a Princess every day and see all the wonderful books you might win.