Sunday, November 9, 2014

A @SecretCravings Author @SandyNachlinger Does #NaNoWriMo. Do You?

Welcome Sandy Nachlinger, author of Bluebonnets for Elly and co-author of I.O.U. Sex.

I started writing BLUEBONNETS FOR ELLY during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) with the goal of creating a love story. However, as I got into the plot and began to know my characters better, Elly's grandmother keep butting in. That kind of thing seems to happen during NaNoWriMo. The characters take over! I finally gave up and let Granny have her say. The end result is a book that not only shows the romance between a man and a woman, but also the loving relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter. I hope readers enjoy the interaction between these two women, as well as the sparks that fly between Elly and Derek.


When Elly moves to Shannon Ridge, Texas, she expects to fill her days helping her grandmother—doling out medications and running errands. Still smarting from her fiancĂ©’s betrayal, the last thing she needs or wants is a man, especially a good lookin’ one. She’s been down that road before.

Derek White’s wife left him without a word, and he’s reluctant to get involved with another woman. But Granny Macauley’s granddaughter sure is tempting. He still doesn’t understand why Jeanette left him, so how can he explain that to Elly? And can he be sure he’s legally free?

Granny says some things come along only once and you have to grab them while you can. But when Derek’s past threatens and Elly’s ex-fiancĂ© reappears, she must decide—give her former love a second chance or gamble on a man whose history may ruin everything.

Authors who participate in #NaNoWriMo publish books. How about you?

Sandy's book is available in paperback and ebook formats

Saturday, November 8, 2014

My #NaNoWriMo Experience: @SecretCravings Author @JillianChantal

Welcome Jillian Chantal, SCP Author, to Romance Beckons.

I’m Jillian Chantal and NaNoWriMo is a fun, challenging exercise that I’ve done since 2009. All of the stories I’ve written have been published except for the one for 2013 but it’s under contract and I’m waiting for the first round of edits on it. I signed the contract in May and anticipate the edits soon.

There are several reasons I love the process of NaNo. I love the camaraderie of the online community, the fun of the local write-ins and the challenge of getting those words on paper while also working and getting ready for the holidays. It’s a mad time of year but oh, so much fun.

I get a lot done during my lunch hours- at least a start on the daily word count. I try to double the words on the weekends so I can not stress it so much on the weekdays. I say that but you know what? I still am compelled to meet or exceed that blasted word count. I tend to get obsessive about it and have won early each year.

I have a new release from Sweet Cravings Publishing this month called Thanks for Giving. It
will be available on the website sometime soon. It’s a Thanksgiving story where the heroine is asked to consider being tested as a bone marrow donor. I am on the donor list myself and the cause is near and dear to my heart. I’ve used this as a starting point for a sweet romance.

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Friday, November 7, 2014

King Arthur's Sister in Washington's Court #FallingIntoLove @KimHeadlee #KASIWC

Readers are Falling Into Love with Romance Books.

King Arthur’s Sister in Washington’s Court by Author Kim Iverson Headlee, Science Fiction/Fantasy Time-Travel Romance

1 November 2014 (ebook)
1 February 2015 (audiobook)
1 November 2015 (hardcover)

Morgan le Fay, 6th-century Queen of Gore and the only major character not killed off by Mark Twain in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, vows revenge upon the Yankee Hank Morgan. She casts a spell to take her to 1879 Connecticut so she may waylay Sir Boss before he can travel back in time to destroy her world. But the spell misses by 300 miles and 200 years, landing her in the Washington, D.C., of 2079, replete with flying limousines, hovering office buildings, virtual-reality television, and sundry other technological marvels.

Whatever is a time-displaced queen of magic and minions to do? Why, rebuild her kingdom, of course—two kingdoms, in fact: as Campaign Boss for the reelection of American President Malory Beckham Hinton, and as owner of the London Knights world-champion baseball franchise.

Written as though by the old master himself, King Arthur’s Sister in Washington’s Court by Mark Twain as channeled by Kim Iverson Headlee offers laughs, love, and a candid look at American society, popular culture, politics, baseball...and the human heart.

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King Arthur’s Sister in Washington’s Court
by Mark Twain as channeled by Kim Iverson Headlee 
CLARICE HELPED ME pack my clothing and accessories for the relocation to London: just what I would need for the first brace of weeks, which amounted to eight large traveling cases, one of which was devoted to my hair accoutrements and cosmetics. Not long after arriving in this century, Clarice had introduced me to these wonderful products, which allowed me to create the same visual effect as I had done for decades with the aid of magic; now you sit privy to the secret of how I could cast ever so many enchantments for President Malory and remain looking as glorious as ever.
While I was yet sorting through my garments deciding which to bring and which to leave, my thoughts turned toward a leaving of another sort. I must have appeared sorrowful, for of a sudden Clarice asked if aught ailed me.
“I shall miss you, Clarice, when I get to London.” Since that answer represented only half the truth, I hurried on with: “And yet I know that you shall perform your duties in continuing to oversee my office here in Washington to the utmost of your considerable abilities.”
That made her smile, and she thanked me for the compliment, but her look turned shrewd. “I imagine you’ll miss President Hinton, too.”
“Of course I shall. She has become as a sister to me.”
I resumed examination of the dress I had been holding, a sexy little black thing that I would have loved to have worn only for Accolon…
“Please tell me about him,” said Clarice.
“I beg your pardon?”
The shrewd look was back. Mayhap it had never left. “Sir Accolon. Queen Morgan, you have not—um, partnered with any man of this century more often than once to my certain knowledge, since I manage your schedule. I suspect that you have not yet found anyone you like, let alone love, as well as he. No one of this era could make you go all moony-eyed while looking at a dress; therefore, you must be thinking about Accolon. So, please tell me about him.”
Ha. I knew I had chosen her as my trusted adviser for good reason, and I rewarded her accordingly.
As the memories swirled about in my mind, making me yearn even more acutely for Accolon’s company, I said:
“He was a knight with very few peers during his lifetime, excepting only Sir Launcelot and Sir Gawaine. And my brother—those three were the only knights who ever bested him in single combat. So naturally, he was big—in all parts and portions—and muscular, and very strong, yet as a lover he was no brute, but as tender as any virgin maid could ever wish for. His intellect was nearly as keen as mine, as was his eagerness to assist me in righting the wrongs inflicted upon me by my brother. He had hair as glossy black as a raven’s wing, which he kept short-cropped in the old Roman style; he once said it was more comfortable under the helmet than having masses of hair stuffed up under and making the head sweat overmuch. It had a fine curl to it that I found most endearing. His eyes were an unforgettable shade of blue, and he had a strong chin that he kept clean-shaven…Lord God in heaven! Who on earth is that?”

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