Tuesday, December 31, 2013
We are asking readers to put together one or two minute videos that tell why you like my books, more specifically McKenna's Honor and why you'd like to see it on the Big Screen!
I have a page set up at Facebook for you to follow, stay up to date, and post your videos.You may post your quick one or two minute video expressing why you enjoy my books and why you think this is a great idea! :D I only ask that you speak from the heart. :D And state your first name and where you are from.
When I'm ready to make the pitch to Warner Brothers, I'd like to borrow some snippets from some of the videos and use them in the pitch. I will, of course, get your permission first!
You can see the video that explains it a bit better at YouTube.
From the bottom of my heart, I thank each and every one of you for your support, encouragement and love. I'm glad you can be part of this epic journey!
I made the official announcement this evening. You can watch the video here:
For more information, please visit the official "Bring McKenna's Honor To the Big Screen" page at Facebook.
From the bottom of my heart...thank you!
Monday, December 30, 2013
Sunday, December 29, 2013
I have so many exciting things going on right now and I can't wait to share them with you. Some are far more top secret than others. :D
I hope you can join us Tuesday night for a special event at Facebook where I will be make a formal announcement. I think my readers are going to be very excited to learn what we've been working on for the past two weeks!
Yes, I realize it is New Year's Eve, but I do believe it is appropriate considering what we've got going on! :D
Love you all!
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
I can remember when my girls were very young. There were many, many Christmases where they would wake us up as early as 3:30 in the morning because they were so excited! They would come skipping into my bedroom and squeal with delight to inform us that "Santa was here! Santa was here!"
I remember one Christmas when they were a bit older, before their baby brother was born (there is a ten year gap between youngest daughter and first son, and yes, he was a surprise!), I politely told them that they could not wake me up until 6:00 a.m. because we were not going to have a repeat of the previous year when they woke us up at 2:30 in the morning! I'm sorry, but 2:30 a.m. is just way too early.
That morning, my oldest daughter came into my bedroom, gave me a kiss, and said, "Mommy, its five, dot-dot-fifty-seven. Is that too early? We've been waiting since four, dot-dot oh five." (Gotta love how a kid reads a digital clock!)
I wasn't sure if I wanted to laugh at how sweet and innocent she sounded or cry for feeling like the world's worst mother! I didn't think they'd take me so literally!
Fast forward several years to when their baby brother is old enough to understand the whole Santa thing. While my daughters were always excited about Christmas (to the point of waking their mother up at 2:30 in the morning), their brother was not so inclined. The boy will be 16 next month. He has never come crashing into my bedroom at ungodly hours to inform me that Santa has been here. Not once.
Every year its the same thing: we have to wake him up.
I can remember one year in particular when my daughters were beyond excited to watch their little brother open his presents. The girls were much older and I think Michael was eight or nine years old. The girls were up before the crack of dawn while their little brother slumbered. They were stunned that a little kid could still be asleep when it was Christmas morning! (It was, after all, way past five, dot-dot, fifty-seven!)
The girls, Kevin and I enjoyed coffee while Mike slept away as if it were not the most special and magical day of the year. I made the girls leave him to sleep -- much to their aggravation and dismay. Finally, I couldn't take their leg bouncing and repeated and stunned comments of "OhmygodIcan'tbelieveheisstillsleeping!" any longer. It was 8:30 in the morning. They dragged him out of bed.
Now, don't get me wrong, the boy does love Christmas and yes he was always excited about the arrival of Santa. He's just an odd duck that doesn't feel the need to wake his mom up, not for any reason. This boy, even when he was little, would not wake me up, even in the middle of the night if he was sick.
I can't tell you the number of times I've awakened on a regular, every-day morning, to find my son sick, only to learn he'd thrown up three times in the middle of the night, or had a fever. "Why didn't you wake me up???" His response is always the same. "I didn't want to bother you and its not a big deal." Yes, that is the kind of kid he is.
So here it is, Christmas morning again. I've been up since 5:45. My husband woke up about 20 minutes ago and we waiting for our stoic son to rise. (My husband is worse than any little kid. If he'd had his way, he would have given us our presents last week but that's another story.)
As I write this, I can hear my husband's leg bouncing -- he's in the living room. And I know what he's thinking: OhmygodIcan'tbelieveheisstillsleeping!
I'll sign off for now. I have a kid to wake up. Its tradition now.
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
These past few months have been so busy! I haven't had time to do my newsletter let alone blog. I apologize for that.
The remodel is coming along nicely (that may be a wee generous, but considering everything we've gone through I reckon it fits!) We have subfloors!! Who knew something as simple as subfloors could be so exciting?
The grandkids are growing like weeds and getting smarter and smarter by the day. They're perfect, as always, and I'm looking forward to spending time with them today and tomorrow.
I started making chili at 8:30 this morning. Yes, chili. That is our Christmas Eve tradition: Chili, potato soup, home made bread, and LOTS of cookies, fudge and deserts! What are some of your traditions? I still have fudge and pies to make but I should have those whipped up in no time.
I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of you, from the bottom of my heart, for helping to make 2013 one of the most amazing years of my life! I couldn't have done it without you! Below is a link to a little video I put together to express more fully just what you all mean to me!
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
So as I talked to my mom and made the list, she said, "Make sure you buy the cheap frozen pumpkin pies, not the expensive ones. And for heaven's sake, don't you try to make one!"
No, I was not offended by her request/demand/suggestion. After my first attempt at making a pumpkin pie from scratch a few years ago, my family made me swear never to try to make one again. Yes, it was that bad!
Picture it...Illinois...2009...Thanksgiving. A woman on the cusp of menopause. A family gathered for the traditional Thanksgiving Dinner......A woman (me) makes two of the most beautiful pumpkin pies she'd ever seen. She was happy, elated, over-the-moon proud of her accomplishment. She'd never made a pumpkin pie before. They were beautiful.
We had finished stuffing ourselves with turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, bread, green bean casserole and all the other things we make for this meal. There is always room for pie. I'm not sure, but I think that is on our family crest. As we all sat around my mother's living room, men with belts undone and everyone awash in the afterglow of a fine meal, it was time for pie.
My husband's favorite pie is pumpkin. I had made the most beautiful pies, quite proud of myself as this was my first attempt and quite frankly, they could have graced the cover of Better Homes and Gardens Magazine. I was almost giddy with pride and could not wait to give a big slice to my husband.
So we cut the pies, plated them, some with whipped cream some without. My husband prefers his without. My daughters helped me serve the family. I was too full for pie (I'd rather have mashed potatoes for my dessert.)
I sat with unconcealed excitement, next to my husband, waiting to hear how wonderful the pie tasted. Everyone took a bite as I smiled and waited.
It was like watching synchronized swimming. All forks went down on plates at same time. My husband, God bless him, didn't even flinch, but the rest of the family did.
"How does it taste, honey? Is it good?" I asked with a big smile.
He cleared his throat. "I think I'm just too full."
Now, I've seen my husband consume an entire pumpkin pie in one sitting and that was after a big meal. I knew something was up. I looked around the room. No one was eating the pie, save for my son, who had a half a tub of cool whip on his slice. My daughters were glancing at each other, my mother had gone seven shades of gray. I caught a glimpse of "should I flee now?" in my son-in-law's eyes.
I looked at my husband. "What is wrong?" I whispered in his ear. "Are you ill?"
Kevin leaned in and whispered, "Honey, um, how much sugar did you put in the pie?"
"Sugar? What sugar?"
He blinked. I blinked.
"I used pumpkin pie filling. All I had to add was some milk and eggs. Everything else was already in it."
That is when the room erupted into a fit of laughter. My mother, who normally has my back in all situations, was laughing so hard that tears were rolling down her face.
"Did you read the recipe on the back of the can?" My daughter asked.
"Yes, I did miss smarty pants!"
"Did you have your readers on?" My other daughter asked.
Insulted, I stomped to mom's kitchen, found a can of pumpkin pie filling and began to read the recipe on the back. Damned print was so tiny! I grabbed my glasses from my purse while the traitors I used to call family continued to laugh. I began to read the recipe aloud and stopped, dead in my tracks. "Evaporated milk, cinnamon, salt....damn."
Sugar? How on earth did I miss it? I didn't even think to add sugar, thinking it was already sweetened. "But apple pie filling and blueberry pie filling, they all have the sugar already in it! Why in the heck doesn't pumpkin pie filling???" I went nine shades of red. My daughters fell to the floor, rolling, holding their sides, unable to breathe because they were laughing so hard.
"Now I know why alligators eat their young!" I told them.
My son piped up. "Its okay if you put enough cool whip on it." He was sincere, God love him.
My husband smiled, patted me on the head and told me not to worry, he still loved me. My daughters were not so kind. They made me swear never, and I do mean never to bake another pumpkin pie again, at least not without my reading glasses and adult supervision.
My youngest daughter bought pumpkin pies last night. The expensive ones - but don't tell mom.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Suzan's Chili Recipe
(I'm a 'dump' cook. I usually toss things in until they look and taste right.)
1 Large can tomato juice
1 Medium can Brooks Chili Beans - mild or hot, your choice
1 pound ground beef - I use 90% lean
1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
Sunday, October 27, 2013
So I went into my copy of Rowan’s Lady to double check. Low and behold, there they were: errors that had, I can assure you, been fixed previously.
I believe I have figured out what happened. I had major technical issues when it came time to convert Rowan’s Lady from a word doc to the epub version. For some strange reason, I could not get the ‘comments’ sections (comments left by my beautiful editor) to go away. I ended up having to strip all of the formatting from the document then copy and paste it into a new document. I then had to reformat every single paragraph. Why it did not save the changes to begin with, I do not know. But something happened where it did not save the changes. Technology can sometimes be an unruly and ugly beast and taming it is sometimes next to impossible.
I have contacted my KDP liaison via email (it is Sunday night) and I have uploaded the corrected version. I have also made the decision to hire a professional formatter for all future books so that I don’t have a problem with conversion ever again. (It can take hours to convert the document, and sometimes I end up cussing like a drunken sailor!)
These errors are not the result of bad editing. I have a beautiful, talented editor and she does a phenomenal job.
I take full responsibility for not checking the document one final time before uploading. As I said before, I had made all the final changes and edits, but for whatever reason, the file got corrupted.
From the bottom of my heart, I apologize for the inconvenience. I never want to publish anything that has glaring errors. I want my readers to be able to read my stories without being distracted by typos or errors.
Hopefully, Amazon will be able to send you updated/error-free versions very soon.
Again, from the bottom of my heart, I am most humbly sorry!
PS: My KDP liaison just responded to my email! He said they will take care of everything tomorrow! :D
I thank you all, in advance, for being understanding. I'm told that I'm not the first author this has happened to. I won't make this mistake again, I promise.
I think you're all just beautiful and I appreciate each and every one of you.
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Well, release day for Rowan's Lady is less than two days away! You can pre-order it at Amazon. It will be released on Monday, October 21. :D
We're going to have a little Ceilidh (party) over at Facebook to celebrate! I'll be giving away lots of neat prizes and books, among other things. The party starts Sunday, October 20, 2013 at noon. I have several people assisting. We'll go through to about 9:00 tomorrow night, then back at it on Monday.
I know I've said it before, but it just begs to be said again. I love you all! I wouldn't be where I am today if it weren't for all of you!
So come on by, bring your friends! I have several special author friends who will be popping in and out throughout the ceilidh too! I look forward to seeing you there! :D
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Friday, September 13, 2013
The pre-order link for Rowan's Lady is now live! :D It went officially live at around 5:00 this morning. By 6:30 it was already at number 69 in Historical Scottish Romance!!! WOW! Thank you all so very much. You're just the best!
Thursday, September 12, 2013
I can't wait to hear what you all think of it!
Rowan's Lady is coming along quite nicely! We should have the pre-order link ready within the next 48 hours. Yes!! There will be pre-order links for both the ebook and the paperback. We also have a release day set for October 21, 2013. Just in time for fall!
As soon as I have the pre-order link(s) I will post them here and via Facebook and Twitter. :D You will then get to see the cover.
The cover is beautiful!! I LOVE what my cover artist has done. We have another beautiful lass and no, this one is not related to me. :D This lass is a professional cover model.
I can't express to you enough just what each of you means to me! You've helped make some pretty awesome dreams come true over the past 21 months! I know, without a shadow of a doubt, that I would not be where I am today were it not for all of you wonderful, dedicated and kind readers. You're all simply the best!
I will keep you posted!
Monday, September 9, 2013
Sunday, September 8, 2013
I think it is so beautiful...I'm a very blessed woman to have such sweet people in my life.
Monday, August 19, 2013
I'm happy to announce that I have bundled the first three books in The Clan MacDougall Series! Readers can now get all three books for their Kindle for $5.99. Its like getting Laiden's Daughter for a penny! (Feel free to spread the word!)
|Now available at Amazon|
Rowan's Lady is still set for release at some time in October. As soon as I have a pre-order link, I'll get that to you. You can always stay up to date on news by following me on my fan page at Facebook.
Now...back to working on Rowan's Lady!
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
I left for Las Vegas on the 5th. It was a phenomenal experience! I'll post more on that later. We arrived home late Sunday night. Exhausted, excited, but glad to be home.
|My husband and I at the costume party. Yes, he is wearing his kilt!|
You can see the pictures at my Facebook page.
As most of you already know, I am an independent author. Create Space is where I have my paperback books made. Currently, I am their featured author! This is a tremendous honor. You can learn a little more about me and my journey at their site. This was a fun interview! :D
I can't thank each of you enough for all of your support and kindness! If there was ever a contest on who had the best readers, I'd win. Hands down. Every time. :D