Saturday, April 19, 2014

Summary Sunday on Saturday!

The Lady and the Minstrel is in the hands of its first round of beta readers, so while I'm waiting anxiously for my readers' reactions, I'm working on a new novelette, or possibly a novella. We'll see how it turns out in the end. I thought it would be fun to write a little follow-up on the romance between Lucianna and Sir Balduin that began in Illuminations of the Heart. I'm discovering that Lucianna has all kinds of secrets in her past that she's been hiding from me and everyone else until now!

Now that I've got a new project underway, I've decided to resume my Summary Sunday reports where I share with you one new sentence (or more) that I wrote during my writing sessions the previous week. Usually I share these sentences with you on Sunday, but since this Sunday is Easter, I decided to share them on Saturday this week instead. :-)

So here's a little taste of what I'm working on for Lucianna's Story. (I don't have a better name than that for it yet.)

Monday: It had never bothered Sir Balduin before that Acelet sometimes called him “old grumbler,” anymore than Acelet had ever objected to Sir Balduin calling him “young Acelet” when the youth was trying very hard to prove himself a man rather than a boy.

Tuesday: (Acelet to Sir Balduin) "He’s taught me the words for all sorts of shades for women’s eyes to incorporate in one’s poetry. I had no idea eyes came in so many variations, had you?”

Wednesday: Lucianna had imagined the angels who embroidered the holy altar cloths in the celestial city must all employ needles so divine for their sacred, joyous work.

Thursday: “You mean Siri knows that absurd story you and your dear Elisabetta concocted, you mean,” Serafino said with a sneer in his voice.

Friday: They had had years to create an elaborate, convincing, and tragic tale of Lucianna’s unknown parentage. Two young girls who had become inseparable during their time in the abbey, and desperate and determined to maintain their sisterhood when Elisabetta’s father finally called her home.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Indie Author Hub Publishing Conference 2014

Soooo wishing I could go to this! I know many of the presenters and can vouch they are accomplished in their subjects. If you'd like to learn more about Indie publishing or how to improve if you're already Indie published, I promise this conference will be worth your while!

Learn more about the conference presenters here: 

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Fool for Books Giveaway Hop: Winner!

Congratulations to Brandi Dagwan, winner of the Fool for Books Giveaway Hop on JDP NEWS! Brandi has won winner's choice of a 2 e-book combo of my sweet medieval romances, Loyalty's Web and Illuminations of the Heart, or a print copy of Loyalty's Web

Thank you so much to all who entered!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Fool for Books Blog Hop

Wow, it's time for another blog hop already! How lucky can you readers be? The Fool for Books Blog Hop is sponsored by I Am a Reader, Not a Writer.

Here at JDP NEWS, I'm giving away reader's choice of TWO of my e-books (Loyalty's Web and Illuminations of the Heart) or ONE print copy of Loyalty's Web. Both are sweet medieval romances.



This giveaway is open to international, as well as USA, entries as long as you can download Kindle or e-pub books, or Book Depository mails to your country. If you do not know if they mail to your country, please check the link below:

Enter via the Rafflecopter form below. The winner will be selected on April 8. (If the Rafflecopter form doesn't show up, click on the link that says "a Rafflecopter giveaway" and it should take you to the signup form.)

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Lucky Leprechaun Blog Hop Giveaway: Winner

Congratulations to Michelle Willems! Michelle has won a print copy of my medieval romance, Loyalty's Web, in the Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop!

Thank you so much to all who entered!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Lucky Leprechaun Giveawy Hop

Welcome to the Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop, sponsored by I Am a Reader Not a Writer and Books Complete Me!

Here at JDP NEWS I'm giving away a paperback copy of my sweet medieval romance, Loyalty's Web.

This giveaway is open to international, as well as USA, entries as long as Book Depository mails to your country. If you do not know if they mail to your country, please check the link below:

Enter via the Rafflecopter form below. The winner will be selected on March 25. (If the Rafflecopter form doesn't show up, click on the link that says "a Rafflecopter giveaway" and it should take you to the signup form.)

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All entered? Then click below to find some more great giveaways!

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Illuminations of the Heart is back!

After a seven month hiatus, my 2008 Whitney Award finaling medieval romance, Illuminations of the Heart, is back in print with its shiny new cover! E-copies are again available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble at a special .99-cent relaunch purchase price through March 15. (Regular price: $4.99)

Siri de Calendri was trained in the art of illumination in her brother’s workshop in 12th century Venice, but when her brother dies his will sends her far from home. Siri travels to the faraway county of Poitou in France, where she enters the guardianship of her brother’s friend, Triston de Brielle. Once settled, she hopes to find employment in an illuminator’s shop— until Triston unexpectedly snatches her heart away with a kiss.

Triston is a man of quiet honor and courage, but the guilt he carries for the death of his wife, Clothilde, has left him numb and hesitant to love again. Worse yet, Siri bears an uncanny resemblance to his lost love. Or does she? Her merry laughter and twinkling eyes are very different from his late wife's shy smiles and quiet ways. Yet when he gazes into Siri's face, all he sees is Clothilde.

Then Triston's past returns to threaten them both. Trapped between the rivalry of the king's sons on the one hand and a neighbor out for vengeance on the other, Triston realizes it would be safer to send Siri away. Siri is determined not to be cast off and not to live in another woman’s shadow. She has illuminated many a priceless book with pen and paint, but can her own vibrant spirit illuminate the darkness in Triston’s soul and make his heart beat for her alone?

Illuminations of the Heart continues the story of Triston de Brielle from Loyalty's Web.

Buy your copy today on Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Summary Sunday

Well, we've come to the end of Summary Sundays for The Lady and the Minstrel. I typed "The End" on my first draft on Friday and since my next goal is to do a cutting revision, I won't have any new sentences to share with you for awhile. Here is a final sample of sentences from my writing sessions this week.

Monday: Robert had rarely seen Strode and Gunthar eye-to-eye like this. Strode had the more hulking build, but Gunthar stood every inch Strode’s height and something about the implacable set of Gunthar’s shoulders, the haughty turn of his mouth, the uncompromising air of command his still strong form wore as easily as an old, familiar mantle, made Strode appear inexplicably small.

Tuesday: This was not the way of either of their worlds, for a villein and an earl to be friends.

Wednesday: “Hugh,” Lady Helen rebuked her husband, “have a little sympathy for their feelings. As I recall, someone hustled me off to my wedding night quite contrary to my father’s wishes.”

Thursday: Robert realized her hand was still tucked in his and that he gripped her slim fingers a little too tightly. He tried to ease his grip while he awaited her reply.

Friday: THE END!

Thanks for letting me share new sentences with you along this long and sometimes very scary journey! Next up: revision #1. Wish me luck!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Loyalty's Web ~ now in print!

For those of you who have been asking when Loyalty's Web will once again be available in print, the answer is--now! Not only can you now purchase a print copy on Amazon, but through the end of February, I'm offering print copies of Loyalty's Web at a special "Valentine" offer of only $12.95! Come March the cost will rise to it's regular $15.95 pricing, so if you've been wanting to add it to your library, you won't find a better time than now.

And look at the beautiful full-cover that An Author's Art has made me. Isn't it lovely?

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Summary Sunday

Good news! I am definitely in the last chapter of The Lady and the Minstrel! I hope to finish up my first draft this week. If not this week, early the next week. (Because you never know what life might throw at you to make you miss a day or two.) That means I won't have many more new sentences to share with you from this particular writing project. Here is probably my next-to-the-last Summary Sunday with you from The Lady and the Minstrel.

Monday: (Kit:) “To the devil with you, Rob. Do you think I don’t know what you are trying to do?”

Wednesday: Strode gripped his hilt with both hands and raised the point of the blade above their struggling bodies, poising it to spear the two men together as one might impale a pair of fish.

Thursday: The ragged voice startled Robert.

Friday: Gunthar dealt Robert a brisk cuff on the side of the head. “Young fool,” he said.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Summary Sunday

I'm either in the next-to-the-last or the next-to-the-next-to-the-last chapter of The Lady and the Minstrel. I'm not quite sure which, but either way, I'm close to the end! Here are a few sentences from this week's writing sessions.

Monday: Robert could ramble around the palace looking for a way out, only to most likely be cut down or recaptured and thrown back into that pit. Or—

Tuesday: “You think you can reach that before I plunge this through your heart?” Robert said, raising the dagger.

Wednesday: (Kit to Rob) “Those brats of your brother’s would not be the first villein pups to accidentally fall down the well or into a fire.”

Thursday: Kit’s sharp-drawn breath cut Robert off. “He knows about the king?”