I’ve just released GABRIOLA ISLAND LOVERS, containing two linked romance novels: With Strings Attached and When Love Returns.
I wrote With Strings Attached while living on Gabriola Island, one of the beautiful British Columbia Gulf Islands. Molly, the heroine, came to this picturesque island to rescue a cat – and found the man of her dreams. She also found herself in a mess that her irresponsible father had left behind when he disappeared.
By the time Molly and Patrick had found their happy ending, I’d fallen for Patrick’s widowed brother David, and I knew I had to find a heroine for him. I had a great time finding Julie for David, and bringing her back to the island and into the path of the man she’d proposed to at the age of 12 – a very humiliating childhood memory! Molly and Patrick’s romance was published as When Love Returns
Now both these books are being published in one volume, Gabriola Island Lovers – check out the book’s page for sales links. From now until December 7, you can save 80% on the ePub version of this book. Just follow the link to Smashwords and enter coupon code HR26C on checkout.
Have a good December
My romance novel The Truth About Trish is enjoying a “free” promotion on Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords this weekend.
It seems a suitable time for this particular title to be on free, as I’m giving a workshop today on character-driven plotting, and pacing to maintain tension – and this story was very much a result of character-driven plotting, because I had to dig deep into the characters of Abby (the heroine) and Ryan (her hero) in writing their story.
So pick up a copy and enjoy - and for those of you with Kindles, although Trish is priced at $.99 on Amazon, you can get your free kindle version at Smashwords.
This Saturday I’ll be giving a day-long workshop for the Romance Writers of America’s Vancouver Island Chapter. If you’re in the Nanaimo area, come along and join us in an exploration of character-driven plotting, and pacing your novel to maintain story tension.
When: November 2, 2013, 9:00 to 4:00 (registration from 9:00 to 9:30)
Where: Vancouver Island University, 900 Fifth Street, Building 255, Room 170, Nanaimo (Campus Parking Map)
Cost: $40.00 if registering after October 19th or at the door. Lunch, coffee, and tea is included.
Session 1—Character-Driven Plotting
In this workshop, Vanessa explores character-driven plotting, and the technique of using the hero and heroine’s personal territory to build a bridge between character and conflict. We all want the magic formula to work: characters + conflict = a great story. Sometimes, we need a little help, and adding a territorial imperative to the mix could be exactly what your story needs.
Session 2—Pacing to Maintain Tension
Pacing a book involves finding the balance between showing and telling, between emotional intensity and distance, between slow and fast. Vanessa makes this complex technical subject clear with graphic examples. Topics include time and the writer: story time, reader time, and writer time; the simple rule that covers it all; and how pacing relates to viewpoint and narrative style.
I’m looking forward to a great day with this group of enthusiastic writers!
Killing Bliss by EC Sheedy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I loved this book when I read the initial release in 2005, and I’m loving it all over again now reading the Kindle edition. Wonderful story, great characters, and I can’t write a better blurb about it than the author’s own, which starts:
One night. Two bullets. Three runaways.
Addy Michaels, living her careful life on a forgotten back road, thinks she’s safe–that the past and its corpses are long buried. Surely after fifteen years the cops have quit looking for the street kids believed to have kidnapped a baby and killed their prostitute foster mother¬, Belle Bliss.Addy couldn’t be more wrong.A cold case.
Hot again, when the missing child’s grandmother hires renowned profiler Cade Harding to find her grandson. Cade tracks Addy to her safe haven in a remote area of Washington state. Their attraction to each other is immediate, dangerous, and badly timed because…Cade isn’t alone.
A twisted killer
Faceless and unknowable, a murderer follows in Cade’s footsteps–on the hunt for anyone who can tell the truth about killing Bliss.
All roads lead to Addy.
EC Sheedy has a wonderful knack for a beautiful turn of phrase that has served her well in romance. In her romantic suspense novels, EC reveals a talent for spooky atmospheres and gritty, street-wise characters.
The author is one of the Pen Warriors, a group including myself and 4 other writing friends. At our regular writing retreats, I have the great pleasure of hearing scraps of her stories before they come out. That wets my appetite for the real thing – and I’m heading back to my eReader right now to read a few more pages before my family come for a Sunday night dinner.
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The Hit by David Baldacci
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I’m a definite fan of David Baldacci’s Will Robie series. I read this book on the heels of Baldacci’s first Will Robie book. The Innocent. Both are excellent, although I connected more deeply with The Innocent, and loved its character-driven plot.
The Hit is an exciting read, and I will be watching for the third in the Will Robie series. Baldacci is a skilled craftsman when it comes to writing thrillers peopled with vibrant, believable characters. My favorites are some of his early titles, particularly Absolute Power and Absolute Power The Winner The Winner.
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As a present to my readers – and to encourage new readers – I’m giving away free eBook copies of my romance IF YOU LOVED ME on KOBO and Apple iBooks.
IF YOU LOVED ME
When Seattle surgeon Emma Garrett’s son disappears on an adventurous kayaking trip, Emma desperately needs the help of an expert who knows the territory.
Nobody knows the Pacific Ocean’s north coast wilderness like Gray McKenzie, but when Emma arrives on Gray’s remote doorstep unannounced and determined to enlist his aid in the search for her son, she soon realizes that reawakening her past may cost far more than she’d imagined
Thank you for downloading and reading this story. If you enjoy it, consider leaving a review at the eBook store where you got the book, and checking out my other titles.
Have a good day
I just finished reading the Wool Omnibus, and I’m floating. WOOL is everything a great Science Fiction should be – amazing, visceral, delightful story filled with powerful characters caught up in an epic search for meaning!
The birth of a great science fiction author is a very special event, and WOOL puts its author up there with the greatest Science Fiction writers – those who write (and wrote) books about real characters, searching for meaning, searching for their own truth, fighting and losing and winning and – above all – grabbing readers by the throat and carrying them on an amazing journey.
Wool goes up on my electronic bookshelf, along with a few select read-them-again-and-again-over-the-years Science Fiction novels, right between Alexai Panshin’s RITE OF PASSAGE and Robert Hienlien’s STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND.
Thank you, Hugh Howey! (and thank you @versoe for recommending this book!)
To celebrate my birthday, I’m offering the Kindle edition of THINK ABOUT LOVE free this weekend!
One of the things I love about being a writer is the joy of sharing my belief in love with my readers. I treasure the joy of sharing life and love with the man I love, our five adult children, and seven grandchildren – the seventh, Rebecca, just arrived two weeks ago!
This weekend, I’d like to share Think About Love – a story I loved writing - with readers who love romance.
Think About Love was the first of my books to be reviewed by Publisher’s Weekly. My editor at Kensington sent me the review before I saw a copy of the printed book. I hoped to see good sales for this title, but unfortunately, hardly anyone got to see the book because the publisher discontinued the Zebra Bouquet line, and Think About Love was published in the imprint’s final month. The publisher printed so few copies that I didn’t even get the copies I’d ordered for my friends and family. I generally refer to this book as, “the one they printed 10 copies of,” although I admit that’s an exaggeration
Now, thanks to the marvels of Indie publishing, Think About Love has been available in my own Indie edition for a couple of months. Because independent authors get to choose their own cover artists, I’m lucky enough to have the perfect cover, designed by my daughter, Angela Oltmann of AngieOCreations.com.
I hope you enjoy reading the story of Samantha, a successful and ambitious businesswoman, whose life is turned upside down when she gets a call for help in a family emergency.
Have a great day
Think About Love – free this weekend at
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Tonight I finished reading one of the most inspiring books I’ve read in a long time – M. J. Adam’s Unforgiving – the Memoir of an Asperger Teen
I met the author at the Surrey International Writers’ Conference a few weeks ago, and talking with her was a pleasure from the first moment. How could it be otherwise when she told me that she’d once learned something very important about writing from a workshop I presented in Surrey – that when you’re writing about relationships, there must be personal growth for the characters.
Learning that I’d helped a developing writer made my day, and before the conference ended I had the pleasure of sharing the special kind of conversation that writers treasure. I went home with her memoir and promised myself I’d read it soon.
Well, I’ve just finished reading Unforgiving, and I want to tell everyone what a great thing M. J. Adam has done.
Unforgiving – the Memoir of an Asperger Teen is one of the most beautiful books I have ever read.
M. J. Adam has crafted an inspiring book, a definite must-read for anyone who has, knows, is, or was an Asperger’s teen. I highly recommend it for anyone who cares about child survivors of any kind of trauma, or for teens struggling to understand themselves and the world they live in.
The events that happened to Margaret Jean should never happen to any child. Yet they did happen, and each page of Margaret Jean’s memoir rings with love, the amazing power of healing, and the spirit of survival.
I cried. I laughed. I cheered Margaret Jean’s indomitable inner strength, and felt honoured that she had shared herself so deeply with this reader.
Buy this book. Read it. You’ll be glad you did.
Take a man, a woman, and a starlit night.
Mix thoroughly, and add love.
Seeing Stars – last two free days on Amazon’s Kindle store, September 15 and 16.
Download your free copy and take a journey with mountaintop astronomer Claire Welland, who is anything but starry-eyed, and the man she remembers as the bad boy from her high school days.
Free Saturday and Sunday on the Amazon Kindle store!