June 2020 Newsletter

Hello Again,

First how are you doing as we approach the mid part of June? I hope you are well and enjoying the warm weather which has once again arrived with a vengeance. I don’t know about where you live but in Massachusetts we went from wool socks to sandals and air conditioners.

During the stay-at-home order, due to the COVID-19 virus,  I knew I would haven’t an issue working from home for the day job as I am very productive, my biggest issue is I forget to take a break so I try to drink more water so nature forces me to get up and move around. But what about staying home and not being on the run all the time? Would I be able to do it and not go stir crazy that was the elephant in the room.

My office shut down on March 19, so effectively I’ve been home 3 months. I’ve learned a few things about myself that I had forgotten. I LOVE my little house. When I bought this place 16 years ago it was a transitional home. I had gotten divorced, downsized and bought the new house near public transportation in case my daughter needed to get around for a job and it was in my price range, bonus. Over the years, the kitchen has been remodeled, walls painted, systems updated and the yard went from a one quarter acre of grass to raised beds, fruit trees, flowers blooming, a small greenhouse and even a little chicken coop for hubby and yes, I remarried too.

I’ve been cooking amazing dinners, trying new recipes because I have the time and fallen in love with beer can chicken of all things. I’ve had time to read lots of new books and write too. I finished book 4 and 5 in the Crystal Lake Series and I’ve begun editing them. I created bites, for Book + Main if you haven’t checked it out, you should, it's free and you can find any genre of romance books for your reading pleasure. What is it with the ‘BITE’, well you can read much more than the blurb of a book in the bite and then if you want to buy, there is a link for your convenience. No need to register, you can check it out and it’s FREE.

One last tidbit: Please join my Facebook Reader Group  -   we can   talk about what you’re reading, what I’m reading and new books I’ll be releasing. 

Author Spotlight

This month I’d like to introduce you to a fellow #Romancegem, Caroline Clemmons
As you know each month I like to share someone who may be new to you that I think you may enjoy meeting.  Keep reading to learn more about Caroline’s most recent release and do sign up for her newsletter.
 

Caroline, how did you get started writing?

I used to make up stories but didn’t write them down until I took journalism in school. My dad always encouraged me to read and to write. I didn’t write anything but journalism articles and long, long letters to family. My mother-in-law brought me a grocery bag of romance novels and told me she knew from my letters that I could write a book. Since she didn’t particularly like me (I’d been divorced before I married my Hero), I took this as high praise. Hero agreed and I came up with a story to put on paper. My first attempt was pretty bad. Hero learned about RWA by accident. I joined and attended the local chapter, which had wonderful programs at the time. I found critique partners and benefitted from the chapter meeting speakers. The most helpful was a workshop presented by Laura Baker and Robin Perini called “Story Magic”. That was like a lightbulb going on over my head. My critique partner also attended that workshop.  

Who is your favorite character, and why?

My favorite heroine in another author’s work is Taylor Stapleton in Julie Garwood’s PRINCE CHARMINGMy favorite hero is Fallon in Louis L’Amour’s FALLON. For my own writing, the latest hero and heroine are usually my favorite. Right now, that’s Judith McAdams and Peyton Knight. 
What’s next for you? 

I’m releasing  AN AGENT FOR JUDITH Pinkerton Matchmaker Series, book 79
 
Judith McAdams’ brother in New Mexico hasn’t been heard from since a letter a month ago. In the letter he wrote he was being harassed by a neighbor who wanted his ranch for the water source. She fears he’s been injured and vows to go help him in any way she can. The woman who raised her insists on going. Judith wires the marshal to check on her brother. When he refuses, she goes to the Pinkerton Detective Agency in Denver. She learns she can’t accompany the agent as a civilian. She can go if she becomes a Pinkerton agent by entering a marriage of convenience with a male agent. Assured she can get an annulment later, she seizes the opportunity.

Peyton Knight values his job as a Pinkerton agent and is good at being a lawman. To keep the job he reluctantly agrees to a marriage of convenience with Judith. Together they will go to her brother’s rescue. Peyton is impressed with the beautiful redhead—if only she would admit he knows best. He even admires his mother-in-law but how did he end up with her on their trip? At least he’s found three men he trusts to help him rescue the brother.

Their journey is filled with obstacles. Will Judith’s brother be alive by the time they reach him? When they resolve the ranch issue, will Judith and Peyton part ways? 

Find Caroline Here:

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Monthly Contest

I’m happy to say our April winner, Annette from waytomanycats has claimed her gift.  Remember you can select a signed paperback or a travel coffee mug. It’s that easy and fun.
And I’m still looking for: 
Feb -  Robin – rwhit_99
March – Lesliann llamamama
May – Tabitha whitearticwolfie
 
This month’s winner is [email protected] please email me at [email protected] to select your gift. 
 
You know it’s my birthday month so I’ll select two people for June… Joanne Sawyer email me because you’re a winner too! 
 
Let me know if you’d like to talk about anything in the newsletter since I write it for you.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events
 
Here's hoping
Fall in Love in New England – Nashua, NH

Will go off on schedule for 2020- if not I'll be on the road in 2021. 
More details are on my website:
Events  

Until next time
I wish you happiness and love.

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