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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A Bit Of This And That...

Happy Wednesday All,

It's late in the afternoon when I'm writing this, but oh well. I've gotten the mock up cover art for Book Two of my Immortal Dreams Trilogy and love it. It's not totally finalized (I asked about something so I'm waiting to hear back on that) but I'm happy with the direction and everything. I don't know when I'll do a cover reveal for Book Two since it's not scheduled to come out until Fall of 2014. 

Fountain in Frankenmuth, Michigan
We have been soggy in my neck of the woods. Rain for almost 3 days straight. Monday poured, Tuesday poured and rained on and off, and then early morning today it was raining hard. There was quite a lot of thunder and lightning, but at least it wasn't like Tuesday morning when we thought we were going to be dealing with a tornado (the wind sounded a lot like it was trying to form one, thank goodness it didn't happen--I certainly said a prayer of thanks to God on that one!) Now no rain, and trying to be sunny. Husband said it was very humid. Ah, Texas Summers...how I know them well!

Also, I've done some updates to the Books portion of my website, so if you click here, you can check it out. 

June 8th is the final day to enter NWHRWA's Lone Star Contest. It's a chance to get your work in front of professionals' eyes. It's also a chance to get feedback. You can check out the rules by clicking here.

I'm excited over author Katie McGarry's newest release, Take Me On. I haven't gotten it, yet, but I plan to.


What 2014 releases are you looking forward to? 

Have A Wonderfully Whimsical Wednesday!


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Cover Reveal--IMMORTAL DREAMS BOOK ONE: DIVINE LOVE

Happy Tuesday/Wednesday Everybody,

I'm posting this on Tuesday night, so whenever you read it--whether Tuesday night or Wednesday during the day, happy that day to you!

Today I'm pleased to do a cover reveal...for the first book in the Immortal Dreams Trilogy!

So without further ado, I give you the cover art for Immortal Dreams Book One: Divine Love:



I love it! I think it turned out lovely. The incredibly talented Fiona Jayde is the artist behind this cover. She also did the cover art for my novel that was published last year, All's Fair In Love & Lion. I really love her work.

Anyway, enjoy!

*PLEASE NOTE:  A notice regarding an issue with commenting shows up at the top of the comment box whenever you leave a comment--and some of my regular readers know this, but for those who don't, the message states that ALL comments come to me before being posted. The reason this happens is because there was a lot of trouble with people trying to post and posts not coming up and there wasn't anything I could do about it, so I fixed the settings. If your post doesn't show up by the beginning of next week (5/26 or 5/27 2014) send me an email.

Have A Wonderfully Whimsical Wednesday!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Return To Shadow Falls...

Happy Thursday Everybody,

Originally I had planned to post this on Friday, but I've got several things going on in my world, so I figured I'd post it now.

Today I have an official blog book review for you...


Fans of C.C. Hunter's Shadow Falls series rejoice! A new journey has begun...

Della Tsang might be a bad ass vampire, but underneath her tough exterior you'll find a broken heart.

Having hid the fact she's a vampire from her parents and sister, Della endures her parents' suspicions. She also deals with the fact the guy she was in love with before she turned has left her and (if we're honest, was something of a jerk one of the times she came across him). All she wants is her parents' love and affection, but does she dare tell them about her and her cousin, Chan--who, in fact, is not dead, but faked it when he got turned?

This isn't all she has to deal with. Not by a long shot. There's a brand new being on the Shadow Falls campus and Della doesn't trust him as far as she can throw him--which would be pretty far if she could just get her hands on him. Never mind the fact she finds him attractive--
or the fact he inspired her friends to donate blood just so that she wouldn't have to spend anytime with him during the whole "Meet Your Camp Mates" session.

But there's more brewing than potential boyfriends and distrusting parents. Della's been feeling strange lately and having odd dreams. Not to mention something's wrong with Chan, but nobody will tell her where he is or what's up.

And when you add ghosts to the mix, it doesn't make it any easier.

Mysteries, action, Della's sass, and all your favorite characters from Shadow Falls are back in a whole new adventure.

Shadow Falls, with all its mysteries, romance, adventure, and action awaits you! 

Shadow Falls After Dark: Reborn by C.C. Hunter will be available for purchase on May 20, 2014. You can pre-order Della's book by going to Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  Also, be sure to check out C.C.'s novella and another Della story, Saved At Sunrise (which is a great way to get background on Steve, who is determined to win the prickly vampire's heart).  If you preorder (order the book BEFORE May 20th, you can enter C.C. Hunter's publisher, St. Martin's Press sweepstakes)

Have A Thrillingly Terrific Thursday!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Any Wonder I Write Romance...

Happy Thursday Everybody,

Me with my author copy
of ALL'S FAIR IN LOVE & LION
It's wonderful to be able to hold
the physical book in hands!
Before I get to today's topic, I just wanted to let anyone who didn't already know, All's Fair In Love & Lion is available in paperback! You can either order it through Amazon or you can order it through Barnes & Noble. Some of you have told me you've already put in orders. Thank you so much! I truly appreciate it. 

So today is a very special day because...

May 8th is me and Husband's 10th wedding anniversary. In some ways, it feels like the years have flown by. Other times, I know there were moments where it seemed like time crawled. 

I still remember the day pretty well. I got up (I don't remember what time), showered, dressed, got my hair done. After returning from the hairdresser, ate a quick cheese sandwich, boarded the limo and headed over to the Church.

Once I got into my dress, we walked from the changing room to the Church building itself, and I waited in the cry room with a few people until it was my turn to go down the aisle. 

One of the preludes I'd chosen was a song my younger brother and I collaborated on called The Bride's Prayer (I Will Always Love
You).  My brother took my lyrics and put them to music. He played them while a friend from the choir (I wasn't in choir, I just knew this person) who was a soprano and sang beautiful sang the woman's part while one my brothers-in-law, who is a tenor, sang the male part. It was lovely. I don't think I have the lyrics or the music anymore--I don't remember where that ended up being stored.

Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring by Johann Sebastian Bach was the processional. Once everyone else had gone down the aisle, my father escorted me. I remember my heart was ramming in my chest I was so nervous about being up in front of everybody. As we walked down the aisle, and I kept thinking "I know that person and that person and that person!" I was so overjoyed to see so many people I loved. Then I thought, "DUH Bethany. OF COURSE they're here, it's your wedding day!" I felt really stupid after that. LOL 
At our reception
I told you Husband looked
handsome in his tux!
That foot you see in the bottom of the pic
was a little kid who attended our wedding
with his grandparents.
He was so cute!

I remember when I caught sight of my real life hero. He was so handsome in his tux. I'm telling you...men don't know how incredible it is to look at them all dressed up--especially when you're seeing the man you love so dearly. The wedding ceremony was lovely--we had so many people we cared about involved.

When we arrived at the reception, Husband and I snuck in. The poor DJ didn't even have much time to announce us and the photographer was scrambling to take pictures of our entrance. But you see, I just wanted to have a good time with family and friends--I didn't care about making a grand entrance. 

Wedding party table at our reception
Sorry it's kind of blurry.
The flowers were red and lavender roses
for the bridesmaids.
I carried champagne and white colored roses.
I was too tied up in knots to eat much, so I didn't have ANY cake (which sucks, because none of it got saved! Every last piece was eaten. So other than the tasting, and one tiny bite before everyone else got served, I got none of it--I didn't even get to taste the groom's cake and I had wanted to so much, but my stomach was bothering me so I could barely eat).

We had fun going from table to table talking with everybody, dancing and just hanging out. I hadn't wanted to leave. In fact, we were some of the last to go. I think only my parents and a couple of family members left after us. 

Ten years later, I'm still crazy about my handsome real life hero. He hasn't worn a tux since the wedding (not for lack of me lobbying for it) but he's still handsome. Maybe even more so because I know him better than I did then. We're parents, now, and that's been
Rose bush we saw in Arkansas last year
a life-changing event, but it's taught us a lot.

One memory from the wedding Husband told me was that when he caught sight of me coming down the aisle I didn't just knock his socks off, I disintegrated them. What can I say...the guy knows how to make me feel awesome.

So here's to my wonderful husband, my offspring, family and friends who have made being married to my handsome hero special.


And you wonder why I write romance?

Have A Thrillingly Terrific Thursday!

Friday, May 2, 2014

What's An Author To Do?

Happy Friday All,

Recently I've gotten some questions that I want to address, but I don't want to come off harsh. 

First off, let me say I sympathize with aspiring, not-yet-published authors. I've been there. I was there for years. It's hard, it's frustrating. It feels like your work will never get into the public eye. It feels hopeless and impossible. You're searching for that right combination and keep hoping someone--or something--will have the magical answer that will grant you that coveted title of "published author".

Or, you're one of those authors who have queried, and queried, and queried and keep getting rejection letters and are so frustrated you don't know what to do. I've been there, too.

The thing is, there's no magical potion, there's no short cut, there's no surefire combination. It truly is research, learning, growing,
I don't even own a magic wand.
being there with the right people at the right time with the right story. I know, it sucks to hear that. It's tough to hear that. It makes you want to scream. But it's the truth.


I'm not trying to be mean or harsh or uncaring. I'm trying to be honest because lying to you wouldn't do you any good.


Someone once asked me if my publisher would publish said writer's book. My response was "I don't know. Research their website and see if your story fits what they're looking for. If it does, query them."  Seriously. I can't speak for you. I can't make a phone call and say "So-and-so author has an incredibly amazing idea that you want to jump on!" Because I don't know if it is the right incredibly, amazing story that publisher or agent is looking for. Especially if I haven't read your story. Especially if I don't know what genre you write. I have NO clue. I have to pitch my stories to my publisher same as you. But I can't guarantee that my publisher is going to say yes. 


Now, I have a pretty good idea of what my publisher is looking for, so with my own (note, my work, not anyone else's) work I can decide whether or not I'm going to pitch it to my publisher. But I can't speak for your work. In fact, it's something agents and publishers don't want. They don't want to hear from anyone about your work except you. They want you to query them to tell them about your awesome story. They don't want me to do it because it's not my story. It's yours.

Another question I got went along the lines of "I want you to use your connections for this book idea." It was a Non-fiction book. I don't write non-fiction (other than blog posts, the occasional essay I've done in the past, and some personal poetry). I write Fiction. Primarily Romance (even my New Adult novels have a Romance focus to them).

The only Non-Fiction I know that covers Romance are books on writing Romance or Romance publishers/agents. That's it. Any connections I have are just with other authors, and they'll tell you the same thing I'm telling you:



Do your research. 
Learn your craft. 
Query. 
Attend conferences and writers' group meetings. 
Read blogs on writing and publishing.
Follow the professionals on Facebook and Twitter. 



I hate crashing hopes like this, but like I said, I have to be honest. I don't have a magic carpet to offer you. I can't sell you the Golden Gate Bridge, and there's no short cut to the title "published author" (even self-published authors have to research cover artists, editors, beta readers and how-to format and put out their work).

I've done some blog posts about suggestions on resources for trying to get your work published in the past, and the same old advice always given:  Write, write, write. Read. Research. Query. And,
don't give up. If you're the praying type, pray. Think positive thoughts. But none of us have a short cut to offer you. We've had to do the same thing you're doing and sometimes we still do.

Please know, I wish you good wishes on your journey and those of us who have published, do understand your frustration and we will keep rooting for you.

Have A Fabulously Fantastic Friday Everybody!