Badurday- March 9, 2013- Blog Hop With Prizes

This weekend, one of my publishers Sweet/Secret Cravings, is having a Sweet blog hop. There are thirty-four writers participating and there are tons of giveaways. Over at my personal blog, I’m sharing an excerpt from my April release called Venetian Masks and I’m giving away two prizes. One is a back-list e-book and one is a lovely Italian ceramic dip holder and spreader. Two commenters will win. I’m also sharing a recipe for cannoli. Check it out at

Click HERE or on the picture to head over to see the list of all 34 participants. Win something today or tomorrow. Happy spring.

Badurday- December 15, 2012- Blog Hop

The Secret Cravings authors are doing a favorite things blog hop this weekend and giving away some super books and other stuff. I’m giving away five of my favorite things. Come by my personal blog here and comment for a chance to win. You can also click the link to the other blogs in the hop. And of course, my favorite bad boy, Alan Rickman plays a part- how could he not?

Here’s my post from over there:

Here goes: Five things that find favor with me:

1. Lindt chocolates. The extra creamy one is my absolute favorite. Although my normal go-to chocolate is dark, this extra creamy stuff is a treat.

2. Scarves. I love to wear scarves. I wear them year round because they can dress up a plain outfit quite nicely. They add a touch of color in the summer and a touch of warmth in the winter. They are multi-purpose and fun.

3. Tea. I drink tea all day long. My favorite for hot tea is Earl Grey but I will drink most any of it. I’m not as big a fan of green tea since it seems too puny to me. I like a robust, black tea. As to cold tea, I like mine straight. No sugar, no lemon, no anything to muddy the waters, so to speak.

4. Of course, anyone who has read this blog knows I can’t have a list of favorites without including my favorite actor of all time, Alan Rickman. My kids call him my alphabet man because he could be on the television or movie screen and recite the alphabet and I’d watch. Sadly, they’re right.

5. My book called Surf Break-. I love my town – it’s one of my favorite things and this story is based here where I live and pays homage to my favorite eating joint on the beach, Surf Burger.

The giveaway? Some chocolate, a scarf, some tea, an Alan Rickman movie and a e-copy of Surf Break. Leave me your comments and then hop on over to some of the other blogs. 14674_2541024421320_759478737_a

Badurday- May 19, 2012- Eion Bradley

I’ve been watching Once Upon a Time since it started and man, do they have some hot guys on that show. Sigh. I’ve been very intrigued by this one. He rode into town on a motorcycle with a leather jacket and jeans and a scruffy face. I melted. He’s got wonderful blue eyes and is gorgeous. We were left in the dark about him for quite a while and recently found out his role in the story. I don’t want to ruin it if you haven’t been watching, so I won’t say who he plays.

He was also in Band of Brothers and one of the sites I looked at said he was in Fight Club. He must have been super young then. I can’t recall that but mayhaps I need to watch it again.

I was working on my cover questionnaire for The Tainted Keitre, a story that is coming out with Secret Cravings Publishing and who else better to play the hero, Anton? I like when publishers ask to see a link to the person you had in mind as the characters when the story was written. I think it makes for better cover art. Of course, I also like my readers to picture the hero in their own mind with the qualities they like so I don’t overdo it on the descriptions- some say that makes me Hemingway since he didn’t like to overdo descriptions either. I take that! Enjoy Eion!

Meet the Silken Sands Editors

A short note before I introduce out Silken Sands editors. I’m blogging today at  The Writers Vineyard on Avoiding the Dreaded Anachronism, my search for accuracy while researching for Amazona, a story about a Pictish Princess who bargains with a Roman nobleman for help in searching for her kidnapped brother. You can check it out at  .  

The 2012 Silken Sands Conference is set for March 16-18, 2012, at the Hampton Inn (2 Via DeLuna) in beautiful Pensacola Beach. Meet the editors are scheduled to attend the 2012 Silken Sands Conference who are scheduled to participate in pitch sessions: 

AMANDA BERGERON, Associate Editor, Harper Collins/Avon

Amanda Bergeron joined William Morrow/Avon in 2008. She acquires romance of all subgenres for both Avon and digital-first imprint Avon Impulse. Some recent and upcoming titles on her list include A Town Called Valentine by Emma Cane, Second Chance at the Sugar Shack by Candis Terry and Brazen by Margo Maguire. She also acquires historical fiction, commercial women’s fiction and the occasional mystery/suspense project.

SANDY SULLIVAN, Executive Editor, Secret Cravings Publisher

Sandy Sullivan, an established author in her own right, founded Secret  Cravings Publishing in January 2011. She started SCP to give authors a place where they had more say and more control over their manuscripts.

GRACE BRADLEY, Editor Ellora’s Cave

Grace Bradley began working with Ellora’s Cave in 2009. She currently  acquires across all sub-genres of romance, with heat levels from sweet to erotic, as well as erotica.  She lives in Atlanta with her husband, two children, two dogs and one very spoiled cat. 

HOLY BLANCK, Editor, St. Martin’s Press

Holly Blanck is an editor at St. Martin’s Press who is acquiring both adult commercial fiction and young adult novels for all parts of the list and for all formats. Holly graduated from Ramapo College of New Jersey and began her publishing career at BookEnds Literary Agency. She is actively looking for all areas of romance, strong commercial women’s fiction, urban fantasy and humor.

ANGELA JAMES, Executive Editor, Carina Press

Angela James, executive editor of Carina Press, Harlequin’s digital-first imprint, is a veteran of the digital publishing industry and a long-time advocate for digital publishing. She has enjoyed nearly a decade of experience in her field, including successfully launching, building and serving as executive editor for two digital-first presses, most recently Carina Press. She remains active in the writing and digital publishing community via social media, as well as national and international publishing and writing conferences.

Counting the Days to Conference.

Next week, a Gorgeous Torc with a Twist. RitaBay

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