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Writer Wednesday Welcomes Margaret Norton!

My Cover Art has Arrived!

 

The writer life is all about the waiting. I’m  the first to tell you that one and in many ways the waiting and rejection that comes with being an author helps to stabilize my crazy energy, BUT I got some awesome news this weekend. The cover art for my debut novella, Bloom, is ready! The minute I pulled my eyes from it (which took a super long time) I spread it all over the Internet! It’s e-v-e-r-y-w-h-e-r-e that I could reach LOL. That was fun. So many well wishes came from online friends and strangers. I can’t say enough about the online community of writers we are blessed with. I smiled so long and hard my cheeks hurt. So, while I’m still all amped up over my new art, I’m going to also share the blurb and a link to the GoodReads page where you can add it to your TBR shelf or friend me or whatever. I’m just glad you stopped to see my blog today! Also…how awesome is this art? Go Turquoise Morning Press!

 

Bloom by Julie Anne Lindsey <– OMG that’s ME!

In a town filled with her past, she never expected to find her future…

Seven years ago Cynthia left Honey Creek with a broken heart. Three years ago Mitchell arrived with one.  Now Cynthia’s come home, and these two hardened hearts can’t stop arguing. If they’d only take a break long enough to find some common ground, they might be surprised to find love can grow anywhere.

If they’ll let it, love will find a way to Bloom.

Coming January 2012

Find it on GoodReads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10673028-bloom

 

YA Book of AWESOME: After Obsession by Carrie Jones

This book was absolutely amazing. Carrie Jones became one of my favorite YA authors last year when I happened across Need and quickly bought the series. After Obsession was another happy find. I hadn’t realized it was coming and I jumped on it when I saw it released. I read it in two days, struggling to savor every gorgeous, intriguing, breath taking word as I raced from scene to scene, chapter to chapter, dying to know what would happen next.

Carrie crafts the best YA MCs, strong and good, flawed like the rest of us, but ultimately conquering their fears, reaching their goals. They face obstacles head on and do it selflessly. The chemistry in this book was off the chart, never really coming to the full on make out you crave, but leaving you with enough to know there is love there. That beyond the final page, more is unfolding in their lives.

After Obsession was the first YA thriller I’ve read. I’m not positive ‘thriller’ is exactly the right word, but I know my heart raced and the hair on my arms stood at attention for most of the book. The evil is right there, touching their lives, tainting the pages, not drifting somewhere beyond like in many stories. I loved the tension. I worried for the characters, in many cases rightfully so. This was a very real book where stakes were high and bad bad things happened. They weren’t’ alluded to. She told you straight out, and it was creepy bad.

I know I haven’t told you anything about the plot. LOL. I went into this thinking it was another sequel to the Need, Captivate, Entice books so I had no idea what I was getting into. I think that made it even better. I want you to dive in like I did — pun intended. You’ll get that later. So, I guess all I’m willing to say now is if you like YA, you will love this book. The characters are great. The story is intriguing and creeptastic and wonderful.

Read it. Read it. Read it.

Feature Friday! Kentucky Blues by Cat Shaffer

Kentucky Blues by Cat Shaffer

Elise Drummond has never forgotten her first love – and never expected to learn via the grapevine that he was back in Brookville and living with her mother. Sam McCade had broken her heart, and she wasn’t about to let him destroy her mother’s as well. A quick trip back to Kentucky to lay down the law and she could back to the safe life she’d built for herself in Kansas City. 

When Sam McCade went on the run in the middle of the night to save his sister from her abusive husband, there was only one person he could trust to help them, Hannah Drummond. He expected the local gossips to have a field day with his return to Brookville, but he never dreamed Elise would roll into town to check out the situation for herself.

And he certainly never imagined that in order to save his sister, Elise would be willing to sacrifice herself as the pawn in a dangerous game of catch the monster when his brother-in-law decides to take back what he wants – no matter who stands in his way.

Pick up a copy on Amazon today! Kentucky Blues by Cat Shaffer

About the Author

Cat Shaffer is a native Buckeye who saw the light and moved to Kentucky over 20 years ago. Able to say “Louisville” like a native, she adores living in the land of beautiful horses and fast women … no, wait, it goes the other way around! A member of RWA for over a decade and a Golden Heart finalist, Cat loves adventure, danger and those to-die-for heroes. Or writing about them, anyway. Away from the keyboard, she’s a mother and grandmother who volunteers with the Red Cross, leads her church choir and has never met a house plant she couldn’t kill. She also lives with a big Sheltie and a gray tabby who keep her humble by reminding her of her place as their servant.

 

Christmas Party with my Peeps

Well, this is the most wonderful time of the year. It’s time again for friends and families to get together and laugh and simply be. This is happening for my local guild of word nerds too! Each year the Canton Writer’s Guild gathers together, not for a meeting, but to party. We get to talk and relax and interact in a special way. Most of the time we have fun, but let’s face it. We only have a couple hours a month and we have things to accomplish at the meetings, so twice a year we meet just to hang out. Christmas is one of those times.

I really enjoy seeing my friends in their Christmas threads and giant smiles. We have more punch than coffee and more cookies than I would like to admit. There’s a bond between writers outsiders don’t seem to understand. This is why I believe it is important to belong to a group, a guild, a community of writers in some manner. If your town doesn’t have a writer’s group, find one online. I love online communities and I can tell you three of my closest friends right now live across the country. Two of them I don’t expect I’ll ever get to meet because the distance is so great and time is so limited. But none of that matters. The net brings us together at the push of SEND.

This season, when you’re shopping for gifts for everyone you know, take a minute to get a gift for yourself. Find and join a writers group. It’s the best gift a writer can giver themselves, career-wise, inspiration-wise or otherwise!

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