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Defiant is a RITA finalist!
Defiant (MacKinnon's Rangers #3) is a finalist for Romance Writers of America's RITA Award for Best Historical. The RITA is the most prestigious award given in the world of romantic fiction, kind of the romance world's version of the Oscar.
Surrender, the first book in this series, was a RITA finalist in 2007. Although the book didn't win, the conference that summer was unforgettable. I take pride in the fact that two out of three books in this series (so far) have been RITA finalists.
Winners will be announced at the gala awards ceremony at RWA's annual conference, to be held this year on July 17-20 in Atlanta. Yes, I will be there! Being a RITA finalist at the RWA conference is kind of like being a princess for five days. If you're in the Atlanta area, be sure to come to the big "Readers for Life" literacy book signing on Wednesday night, where all of your favorite authors will be signing books for a good cause. I would love to meet you!
For more information on the literacy signing, visit http://www.rwa.org/p/cm/ld/fid=564.
The I-Team series is now available in audiobook format!
The five full-length novels of the I-Team series, together with my novella Skin Deep, are available in audiobook format wherever audiobooks are sold. In September 2012, Tantor Audio bought the audiobook rights to the I-Team series and quickly went about producing the books. Many thanks to all of you whose votes put my books so high in the Romance Author's Backlist You Most Want to See in Audio category of Speaking of Audiobooks' annual Favorite Audiobook Poll in 2011 and again in 2012. They heard you!
Actor Kaleo Griffith, a native Hawaiian, narrated the books, quickly winning over hardcore I-Team fans, who love the warmth and sexiness of his voice. He and I spent hours talking about the stories and the characters before he recorded the books. He won me over during the first call by showing a great deal of sensitivity toward the stories and characters. Collaborating with him on the series was one of the highlights of 2012 for me, and I'm grateful for all the skill and effort he brought to the project.
Striking Distance (I-Team 6) will be available in audiobook when the book is released in print in November 2013. The rest of the series is already available through Audible and I-Tunes, as well as Tantor Audio's website.
There is a chance that "Heaven Can't Wait," an I-Team related novella could also make it into audiobook in the near future. Stay tuned!
I am thrilled about this because I've long been a lover of audiobooks, and I've loved introducing the I-Team stories to a new group of readers - or should I say "listeners."
Striking Distance (I-Team Book 6) is set for a Nov. 5, 2013, release
Right now I'm hard at work on Striking Distance, Book 6 in the I-Team series. This book introduces two new-to-the-series characters. The heroine is Laura Nilsson, a former TV reporter, who joins the I-Team after 18 months as an Al Qaeda captive leaves her unable to face news cameras again. The hero is SOC Javier "Cobra" Corbray, the active-duty Navy SEAL who rescued Laura from the hell of captivity. Together the two must face the secrets of Laura's past. The closer they come to the truth about her abduction, however, the more their lives are in danger. Their happy ending will not come without major sacrifice.
This has been a challenging book for me, in part because I'm working very hard for authenticity when it comes to the SEAL aspects of the story. I've done my homework, however, and am excited to share the story with you. Originally slated for a May 2013 release, the story was pushed back to give me more time. I can't write to meet a deadline; I write to meet my own expectations.
Ready to Rock It!
Early in 2012, I joined forces with 10 other traditionally published authors who are also self-publishing to form the new Rock*It Reads brand. Rock*It Reads members are traditionally published authors committed to bringing high standards and professional quality to their self-published works. Whenever readers see the RIR logo, they know the book they are purchasing is held to an excellent standard of quality.
So far the Rock*It Reads brand includes Monica Burns, Lila DiPasqua, Colleen Gleason, Erin Kellison, Vanessa Kelly, Kris Kennedy, Laurie London, Jennifer Lyon, Margo Maguire, Mia Marlow, Elisabeth Naughton, Sharon Page, Juliana Stone, Joan Swan, Bonnie Vanak, Norah Wilson—and me! Visit our website at www.rockitreads.com to get the latest news on our self-pubbed releases and to peruse both our traditional titles and our independently published books, which span a range of sub-genres.
We are Authors You Love with Stories that Rock.
Answers to your most frequently asked questions
Lately, I've been getting the same questions a dozen times a day, so I thought I'd post some answers here and perhaps alleviate some confusion.
Q. Do you plan to give Captain Joseph his own story or write more books in the MacKinnon's Rangers series?
A: YES! I plan to write two more books in the series, but I can't say when. Those who adore Joseph should know that one of those two stories will be his.
Q. Do you plan to write more I-Team books?
A: Absolutely. Right now I'm working on Striking Distance, Book 6 in the series. It tells the story of two new-to-the-series characters — Laura Nilsson and SOC Javier "Cobra" Corbray. Watch my blog for excerpts. I know a lot of you love Holly — I do, too — but I'm saving Horny Holly's story for last.
Q. Why do you go so long between books?
A: I write two different sub-genres, plus I'm a very picky writer and try very hard to write the best book possible. I'd rather make people wait than churn out garbage sequels. In the end, it won't matter how fast my books were released, but whether they were worth reading.
Q. Do you plan to write more books in the Kenleigh-Blakewell Family Saga?
A: Yes, I do. I want to give Ruaidhrí his own story, and, of course, we need to find out what happens with Emma Rose. I'd also like to give Nicholas and Bethie's Isabelle her own story. When I'll have time to write these stories I can't say. Stay tuned.
Q. Will Skin Deep, your self-published I-Team After Hours novella, be available in print one day?
A: YES! After getting so many emails requesting the book in print, I decided to publish all of my independently published books both in ebook and in paperback. Skin Deep will be available on Jan. 29, while Sweet Release and Carnal Gift will be out on or around Feb. 5. Though ebooks are clearly here to stay, a large number of readers still prefer to have a book they can hold. I can understand that and want to make sure my books are always available to those who want to read them.
Perfume designed exclusively for Unlawful Contact!
I am so excited to announce that internationally known perfumer Dawn Spencer Hurwitz has created two new scents in honor of Unlawful Contact. Dawn designs scents for Hollywood stars, New York jet-setters and Parisian socialites. Using natural oils and essences, not chemicals, she makes her perfumes by hand, one drop at a time, just as perfumers did three hundred years ago.
I met Dawn this past summer and was so impressed by her work that I asked if she’d be interested in turning the characters in Unlawful Contact into scents. She read the manuscript, took lots of notes about Marc’s and Sophie’s personalities, and then began to turn those into scents.
I went in to sniff the final results last week, and I love them! I’ve been wearing “Sophie” ever since and dabbing “Marc” on all the men in my life. “Marc” captures the scents of Colorado’s mountains together with Marc Hunter’s deep masculine sexuality, while “Sophie” captures Sophie’s sexy, sleek sophistication with a touch of innocent “fairy sprite” sensuality. The two work well together, both featuring certain musk notes that make them a “couple.”
Working with an artist like Dawn was so much fun. She and I are talking about doing it again, perhaps going backward with the I-Team series. “Julian” anyone?
The scents are now done and can be ordered from her Web site at www.dshperfumes.com. The perfumes are part of the Essence Studio collection. She has a variety of sizes available, including samples for under $4.