Sunday, May 30, 2010

Booksellers' Best Award Finalist!

I'm so thrilled to announce the my book, His Forever Love, is a finalist for the Booksellers' Best Award! The contest is sponsored by the Greater Detroit chapter, and the judges are booksellers and librarians. The winners will be announced at the Romance Writers of America National Conference in Orlando in July. I'm excited that I'll be at the conference so can attend!

Here's a list of the finalists in all categories. Congrats to all!

TRADITIONAL

Helen Brenna
From The Outside

Lucy Gordon
Italian Tycoon, Secret Son

Fiona Harper
Invitation to the Boss's Ball

Glynna Kaye
Dreaming Of Home

Joselyn Vaughn
CEO's Don't Cry

SHORT CONTEMPORARY

Christine Columbus
The Perfect Country and Western Story

Robyn Grady
The Billionaire's Fake Engagement

Sandra Hyatt
Having The Billionaire's Baby

Geri Krotow
What Family Means

Lynne Marshall
Temporary Doctor, Surprise Father

Cara Summers
Twin Temptation

Cara Summers
Christmas Male

LONG CONTEMPORARY

Lisa Dale
Simple WIshes

Susan Gable
A Kid To The Rescue

Elaine Grant
No Hero Like Him

Janice Maynard
Hot Mail

Terry McLaughlin
A Small Town Reunion

Kay Stockham
Simon Says Mommy

Linda Warren
Caitlyn's Prize

SINGLE TITLE

Toni Blake
One Reckless Summer

Marilyn Brant
According To Jane

Robin Kaye
Breakfast in Bed

Susan Mallery
Hot On Her Heels

Karen White
The Lost Hours

ROMANTIC SUSPENSE

Kylie Brant
Waking The Dead

Marilee Brothers
Rock and Roll Queen of Bedlam

Ava Gray
Skin Game

Sandy James
Free Falling

EROTIC

Jaci Burton
Riding On Instinct

Red Garnier
The Satin Sash

Lara Santiago
Rogue's Run

Shelli Stevens
Take Me

Tracy Wolff
Full Exposure

SHORT HISTORICAL

Jennifer Ashley
The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie

Caroline Fyffe
Where The Wind Blows

Carolyn Jewel
Indiscreet

Margaret Mallory
Knight of Pleasure

Elizabeth Rolls
Lord Braybrook's Penniless Bride

Christine Wells
Wicked Little Game

LONG HISTORICAL

Anna Campbell
Captive of Sin

Hannah Howell
If He's Wicked

Hannah Howell
If He's Sinful

Regina Jeffers
Darcy's Temptation

PARANORMAL/TIME TRAVEL/FUTURISTIC

Sharon Ashwood
Ravenous: The Dark Forgotten

Maureen Child
Vanished

Lisa Childs
Immortal bride

Gail Dayton
New Blood

Cynthia Eden
Midnight's Master

Ann Hinnenkamp
Dyad Dreams

Sharon Sala
The Warrior


INSPIRATIONAL

Sandra Bricker
Love Finds You in Holiday, Florida

Amanda Cabot
Paper Roses

Irene Hannon
An Eye for an Eye

Trish Perry
Sunset Beach

Marlo Schalesky
If Tomorrow Never Comes

Missy Tippens
His Forever Love

BEST FIRST BOOK

Marilyn Brant
According To Jane

Red Garnier
The Satin Sash

Ann Hinnenkamp
Dyad Dreams

Glynna Kaye
Dreaming Of Home

Monday, May 24, 2010

Welcome Debut Author, Cara Lynn James!

I'm so thrilled to welcome my friend and Thomas Nelson debut author Cara Lynn James! Cara's first book has just been released (check out the gorgeous cover!), and I'd like to introduce you to her today.

Cara: Hi, Missy! Thank you for having me on your blog.

Missy: How long have you been writing for publication?

C: I decided to start writing for publication a few months after I moved with my family from Vermont to north Florida. That was November 2002. I remember because that’s when I joined RWA and the Gulf Coast Chapter of RWA. It was wonderful to talk to writers and learn more about the craft and about publication from people who knew what they were talking about. Some chapter members were already published and the rest were also serious writers. That was so different from typing away in private not having a clue about what I was doing. I was afraid if I told anyone about ‘my secret habit’ they’d laugh at me. Actually, I did tell a friend and she did laugh!

M: Who are some of your favorite authors or what's your favorite book?

C: Of course my favorite authors are Seekers! I read both inspirational and secular fiction—women’s fiction, mystery, historicals, suspense and romance. I used to read mainly thrillers, but I moved on to other genres. I’m not going to mention who my favorite inspirational authors are because I have many I really enjoy and I don’t want to leave anyone out. Maeve Binchy and Rhys Bowen are two I always read. I have two all time favorite books. It’s a tie between The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Picher and Gone With the Wind.

M: What's your fav movie?

C: Same as above—Gone With the Wind. I also love the Godfather movies, the Jane Austen movies and most anything on Masterpiece Theatre or Masterpiece Mystery. I loved Upstairs, Downstairs. My favorite movies make me laugh or make me cry.

M: Can you tell readers something unusual about yourself?

C: I once owned a small bookstore in Shelburne, Vermont. I guess that’s not out of character for a writer. But running a business is completely different from reading or writing books. Let’s see. I was also a Naval officer for almost eight years and flew in the back seat of training command jets wearing about 50 pounds of equipment--a flight suit, boots, a helmet, oxygen mask, torso harness and G suit. Very heavy stuff. Sitting on an ejection seat is really uncomfortable and kind of scary!

M: What's your family make-up?

C: My husband is a retired Science teacher and Navy pilot. Our daughter and her three year old son live with us along with her Papillion, Sparky. We have a son who just graduated from college. He lives in an apartment about five minutes away from us.

M: What's your writing area like?

C: My office is our enclosed porch which I love. My desk and bookcases are up against the brick wall. Usually I sit on a recliner loveseat and write on my laptop—or look at the jasmine vines or flower garden. The jasmine smells so good. I hate it when the weather gets so hot I have to close the windows and turn on the air conditioner. I’m a New Englander at heart. I like lots of fresh air. The problem with the porch is you have to walk through it to get to the deck and the back yard. I don’t always get a lot of privacy, but I love the feel of the room.


Thanks, Cara, for letting us take a peek into your life! I didn't know about you owning a bookstore! And I loved hearing about your writing space. :)

Now here's a peek at Love on a Dime:

In age of elegance and excess, Lilly Westbrook longs for a love both true and eternal.

Newport, Rhode Island, 1899, is a place of shimmering waves, sleek yachts, and ladies of leisure. Of opulent mansions that serve as summer cottages for the rich and famous. Home of railroad magnates and banking tycoons--dashing young men and the women who aspire to marry them.

But it's not the place for lady novelists. Especially not those who pen disreputable dime novels. This poses a problem for Lilly Westbrook, because that's exactly what she does.

No one in Lilly's social set knows she pens fiction under the nom de plume Fannie Cole. Not her family or the wealthy young man about to propose to her. And especially not Jackson Grail, the long-lost beau who just bought her publishing company...and who stirs her heart more than she cares to admit.

But Lilly must put aside her feelings and follow the path that will maintain her family's social stature and provide the financial security that everyone is depending on.

Now Lilly faces a double dilemma. Can she continue to protect her secret identity? And will she have the courage to choose the man who will risk it all just to win her heart?

Be sure to visit Cara at http://caralynnjames.com/.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Guest Interview

Mindy Obenhaus has posted an interview with me this week on her blog, Divine Imagination. I hope you'll stop by. And be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of one of my books!


Please also stop by the Seekerville blog today. I'm having Irene Hannon as my guest! And she's giving away a copy of one of her books as well.

Missy

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Catching up!

Since I turned in my book, I've been working on a new proposal. But I decided to take today to answer reader letters, package up some books to mail to blog winners, update my website and finally put together a newsletter! So for those of you who've subscribed to my quarterly newsletter, I hope to have one out soon! And for those who've sent me snail mail, my reply postcards will go in the mail today. I enjoy reading your letters so much! Your messages truly touch me. (The emails as well.)

Thanks, all of you, for your support!

Missy