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EReader Daily News is running a weekly Twitter competition to win a prize package of eBooks (value $25+ or more) to an entrant who will be drawn at random. This will run for 4 weeks only. You could be a lucky winner with some great  beach reading for your Kindle this summer.

To enter, just “Like” Ereader Daily News on Facebook, then follow them on Twitter & RT with hashtag #eReadersROCK. The week’s winner will get emails from the authors for the FREE eBooks. Also, on week 5, all entrants will get the opportunity to get a signed book package from the authors who donated their books for the contest.

This week’s selection of books:

 Blame It On Texas by Tori Scott

Jockeys & Jewels by Bev Pettersen

The Pearl Witch by Theda Hudson

Mending Fences by Lucy Francis

Shattered by Jesebel Jorge

Let Us Prey by Jamie Lee Scott

Deadly Offerings by Alexa Grace Shattered by Kate Kelly

The Throwbacks by Stephanie Queen

Redeemed by Jill Hughey

Not Enough Hours in the Day

I’m getting emails, Facebook messages, and tweets asking when the sequel will be released for Blame it on Texas. Right now, it’s looking like mid to late May. I’d hoped to have it ready earlier, but life has a way of knocking well-planned goals aside. Between family obligations and a very ill dog, I’m getting about four hours of sleep a night. I write from midnight to 4 am, sleep until 8, and get up to clean house, do the blog and promo stuff, clean more (mother is coming to visit for the whole month of May), spend time taking care of the dog and the hubby, more social media stuff, more cleaning, back to writing.

But the writing is only half of it. You write, you read and revise what you wrote the day before, you write more, etc. Once you finish, you read it through, you send it out to Beta readers, an editor, cover artist and you wait until they all get back to you. Then you do the edits and rewriting, read it again, send it back. In the meantime, while you’re waiting for the copy editor, you do another read-through, you format copies for the different outlets, and send it out for review,  Once everyone has sent feedback and you have your cover, you start the process of getting it up online.

I’m glad people are anxious for the sequel. I just want everyone to know I’m running (writing) as fast I can. While you’re waiting, I have 9 books and one novella collection available on Amazon. You can see them on my author page at amazon.com/author/toriscott or http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/tori-scott. Just remember, Four Houses is not mine. It’s by YA author Victoria Scott, no relation.

Superstition is RT Magazine Top Pick!

Got exciting news today. Superstition got a Top Pick from Romantic Times magazine for June, and 4 1/2 stars. Woo-Hoo!  http://amzn.com/B006NGUEGA

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Authors of Main Street

Come over to the Authors of Main Street blog and say hi! I’ll be there through tomorrow and we’re collecting names all month of those who comment for a great prize to be awarded at the end of the month. There’s a new blog post by a different author every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  http://authorsofmainstreet.wordpress.com/2012/04/11/writing-about-texas-yall/comment-page-1/#comment-97

Good News!

Beginning next week, I’ll have some very special authors visiting the blog to talk about their Golden Heart final, their publishing journeys, the RT convention, and anything else they think is important at the time. Stay tuned. Should be interesting and fun. And you never know, there might even be prizes.

Welcome to the World through My Eyes

In addition to writing, I have a passion for photography. To me, the two arts are related. They help me to show how I view the world. In writing, it’s through my characters. In photography, it’s through the lens. I’m a lot better at writing than I am at photography, but fortunately I don’t have to pay the bills with my pictures.

The weekend my husband and I took a trip to Ennis, Texas to take pictures of the bluebonnets. I learned it’s incredibly hard to capture the true beauty and color of Texas’ State Flower. The bluebonnet is to Texas what the four-leaf clover is to Ireland and we’re incredibly proud and protective of it.

What better start to my new WordPress blog than a couple of my favorite photos from the weekend? Do you have a hobby that helps you to relax or spurs creativity in other areas?

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