Hi all! My goal was to get this out by the end of the week, and since my email started working this morning, I can finally do my newsletter. It’s been a crazy month, but the biggest project, my website, is done,and if you're reading my newsletter, you're here.
Feel free to poke around, and if you see any typos, please let me know. I mentioned in my emailed newsletter that I was considering doing the newsletter on the website—I said I would pay close attention to your comments, and since everyone who wrote with an opinion liked the idea, I'm going to give it a try for next month. I just copied this month's newsletter in here for a test, but this is the way it's going to look for all future newsletters.
Just a thought...
I’m working on my next Spirit Wild story. Dark Refuge is Gabe Cheval’s story, and I’m still not sure who I’m pairing him up with. It’s going to depend on the chemistry. He’s in San Francisco to help Emeline Isobelle Cheval, Oliver and Mei’s daughter (and no relation to Gabe) find a women she thinks is Chanku. All they know is the woman is a prostitute and she’s in trouble, and I’m not sure if she’s going to be for Gabe, or if he might realize that little Emy-izzie is all grown up, (and yes, she absolutely hates that nickname) and has loved him for years. We shall see, but you never know with these things...
I have read some amazing books this past month—most I can’t talk about because they were Rita entries I had to judge for RWA (Romance Writers of America) but I can tell you that there were some damned good stories in my batch of eight books. I also just finished—finally, because the website and Rita entries got in the way—Jayne Ann Krentz’s River Road. I saved it until I could read it without interruptions, and believe me, it was worth the wait. You all know I’m a huge JAK fan, no matter what genre/name she’s writing, but I think this latest book is one of her best ever. It’s a really good romantic suspense and one of the first books where I didn’t have a clue who the bad guy was going to be. Mason and Lucy are wonderful protagonists, so this book definitely gets my recommendation. It’s just flat-out good reading.
Another really good book that I read isn’t even out yet, but Robyn Carr sent me a signed ARC of her new one called “four friends.” It’s different from her Virgin River or Thunder Point stories, more women’s fiction, and absolutely wonderful. If you’ve read her Summer in Sonoma, it’s a bit like that one, only grittier and darker. She takes four women, good friends and neighbors, all going through their individual crisis, and takes them through the full process from original pain to eventual healing. Their friendship and the way they help one another is so well done—it’s difficult to describe, but I really enjoyed this one. And, since I’ll be buying the book when it comes out, I’m going to give away one slightly used ARC, signed by Robyn, to one of you.
I’ve also finally got more author copies of Dark Moon, so if you’re not interested in Robyn’s, or if you want a chance at that one but if you don’t win it would like a shot at a copy of Dark Moon, say that on your entry. Remember to send your mailing address and the title of the book you’d like to win: four friends or Dark Moon to firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm hoping to set up a contest link here on the website if I can figure out how, but for now you'll have to send your entry to me.
I’m keeping this short—promised the Lord of the Manor homemade enchiladas tonight, and have to get in there and make them. For those of you experiencing the winter from hell, I do hope you get some decent weather soon. For those out here on the West coast, a rain dance wouldn’t be remiss. Days in the seventies are absolutely gorgeous, but not when the hills are still brown.
I hope all of you stay safe, no matter the weather, and here’s hoping we have an absolutely beautiful spring to make up for a really weird and not-so-wonderful winter. Remember to save time to read a few good books—it’s the best therapy out there.