And the winner is …

January 20th, 2014

Drumroll, please!

Beanie votes

Look at all those names in there!  Dozens and dozens and DOZENS of names!   Oh, and did you notice the hat?  It’s my new favorite.

Beanie

Isn’t it cute?  It kind of looks like a tea cozy in this picture, but it looks better on, trust me.  Wish I could say that I was the one who knit it, but I have to give credit to the good folks at SmartWool this time around. I’ve worn their fabulous socks for years, but only recently discovered their delicious hats.

I’m dragging this out to torture you, can you tell?

 OK, down to business, time to choose a name…

Picking a name

And the winner is …

Samantha

Samantha!

The quote she chose as her theme for 2014 is:  “I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition.”  — Martha Washington

Great quote, Samantha!  I’m putting that one in my “keeper” file.  In fact, I’m putting ALL the quotes that ALL of you shared in my “keeper” file.  They were just wonderfully inspiring.

Congratulations, Samantha!  I’ll be contacting you directly for mailing information for your prize — a complete set of the Mother-Daughter Book Club series, autographed, of course!

MDBC Boxed Set 2013

Cover reveal #1

January 14th, 2014

Ta da!

ABSOLUTELY TRULY cover

 

I promised you a cover reveal, and here it is. Isn’t it breathtaking? 

I am just over the MOON about this cover! Could it possibly be any more gorgeous? Or intriguing? It’s absolutely truly perfect!

And did you notice the owl?  There’s one on the back cover as well:

ABSOLUTELY TRULY back cover

(By the way, if you click on these pictures, they should enlarge for you so you can see all the glorious detail.)

Those of you who have been reading my blog for a while may remember that right around this time last year, I spotted an owl in my backyard. (Click here to read about it.) I was flailing around with ABSOLUTELY TRULY at the time, my writerly tires stuck in the mud. I was desperately in need of something to get the story going again, but I wasn’t sure what that something was until it arrived on my doorstep. What followed was some happy research (click here for the lowdown on that) and a much better book — which you’ll be able to read next November!

I know that’s a long time away, but I couldn’t resist sharing this beautiful cover with you. I promise to post a sneak peek of the first chapter or two in a bit here. We’re still tweaking a few things, but look for it in a few weeks.

And guess what? I have TWO BOOKS coming out in 2014, so a second cover reveal will also be coming along soon!

 

 

Saturday Story Starter

November 16th, 2013

Welcome to the Saturday Story Starter!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted one, and I apologize — we’re long overdue for a writing date together. Too many deadlines + too much travel = crazy life! I’ve so enjoyed all the stories you’ve shared so far (click here and here and here and read the comments field to check them out) — I just love the hum and buzz of collective creativity!

As you know, the Saturday Story Starter is purely for fun, just as a way to exercise those writing muscles (think of it as Heather’s Literary Gym). There are no prizes, only the simple joy of putting words on paper (well, OK, computer screen). Also, I won’t be offering critiques, just brief words of encouragement, but I will read all your entries, that I can promise!

Here’s this week’s photo:

Heceta Head

If you click on it, you should be able to enlarge it for a better look. It’s a great shot, isn’t it? ::pats self on back::  My husband and I spent a week on the Oregon Coast recently, which is one of my favorite places in the whole world. We hiked and read and ate fabulous seafood and napped and watched old movies. Bliss. One of our excursions took us to this beautiful, windswept spot. It’s called Heceta Head. The fog started to lift shortly before I took this picture, but it still has an air of mystery about it, doesn’t it?

STORY STARTER:  Write about this place. Maybe something happens, or maybe you just describe it for us. It’s up to you. If you need a jumpstart, here’s a first line you can use:

The storm blew out to sea shortly before dawn…

Ready, set, write!

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