A Doll for Christmas

bunnyhugs.jpgI have a book to review for you.  It’s romantic suspense.  And it’s around here somewhere, I just know it.  Tiny little thing.  I will find it.  Promise.

Until I do, I just wanted to show you the doll I’m getting for Christmas.  I’m a collector, you know.  I’m going to name her ‘Merrily,’ as in ‘Merrily, merrily, Christmas bells are ringing.’  http://www.ashtondrake.com/products/302114001_linda-murray-baby-doll-with-plush.html?searchTerm=bunny+hugs&N=9047&canonicalUrl=%2Fsearch%2Fbunny%2Bhugs.html

I always *strongly recommend* that you watch a YouTube video of any doll you order that you cannot see in real life.  This is because a doll is a *three-dimensional* art form, a sculpture.  What she looks like in real life will be very different from what she looks like in a *two-dimensional* picture.  You can see the Bunny Hugs doll’s face at about 2:00 minutes into the following video.  It’s always the face which sells me.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pc3wQ8vSDls&t=148s

At the moment, I have Evangeline who is a ‘Moment in My Arms, Forever in My Heart’ doll.  I have a JC Toys doll my mother gave me, but I don’t have her picture and I still need to do some restoration work on her.  I also have a Chatty Cathy doll who is over fifty years old who needs to be completely restored.  This is Evangeline and her link is below the picture.

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http://www.ashtondrake.com/products/301811001_realistic-baby-doll.html?searchTerm=moment+in+my+arms&N=9047&canonicalUrl=%2Fsearch%2Fmoment%2Bin%2Bmy%2Barms.html

By the way, I have a story in the works based on the true story of how my mother-in-law escaped East Germany after World War II.  She was a little girl at the time and lost her beloved doll in the process.

Laurie A. Green – An Enduring Author

Farewell_Andromeda-Final-200x300Okay, now it’s Laurie’s turn.  Sorry about the mix-up last week.

http://www.laurieagreen.com/category/books/

Laurie’s been a busy girl the last few years.  Here’s what she sent me-

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Hi! Thanks for the opportunity to catch up from days of yore on CritiqueCircle. Let me start by backtracking about six years.   https://www.critiquecircle.com/default.asp

In 2011 and 2012, I was a three-time finalist in the RWA Golden Heart© Awards for three different unpublished science fiction romance novels. Since then, my first novel, (originally titled P2PC) was published as Inherit the Stars in 2015.

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Inherit the Stars won the 2016 Carolyn Readers Choice Award and was named by LibraryJournal.com as one of the Best Books of 2015 in E-Originals.

But my novel wasn’t actually my first published work. That was a novelette, Farewell Andromeda, a romance between a female deep space charter pilot and a famous astronomer (…or is he)? It’s currently available at no cost via InstaFreebie as a special bonus for my newsletter subscribers, so I’ll extend that invitation to your readers, too. Here’s the link:  https://www.instafreebie.com/free/k6LUH

Last year, I was invited to take part in a themed science fiction romance collection called Pets in Space. You got it, the central theme of each story in the collection had something to do with a pet. My story, StarDog, took place in the same universe as my previous books. In fact, it’s set just six months before the beginning of Inherit the Stars and that allowed me to explore the Inherited Stars Universe at a time when tensions were just starting to come to a head between the Ithian Alliance and the rest of the known galaxy.

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I was thrilled when LibraryJournal.com also chose Pets in Space as one of the Best Books of 2016 in E-Originals Fiction. In addition, it won two SFR Galaxy Awards. Sadly, Pets in Space went off sale at the end of April and it’s no longer available. But…

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This year, I’ll be releasing Courting Disaster: StarDog2 which will be part of the second Pets in Space collection titled Embrace the Romance. This new story will be a sequel to both StarDog and Inherit the Stars, and involves another high stakes adventure and conflicted romance in the aftermath of the history-altering event known as Operation Reset. It features two of the minor characters from the novel who were always destined to end up in an adventure of their own. Here’s a teaser:

Captain Navene Jagger, commander of a mysterious, derelict starship, must pretend to be married to Ketsia Tayah, the woman he is escorting through a dangerous section of space. As he deals with threats that might get them both killed, he’s unaware of the power of the StarDog at her side.

Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2 will be out this October.

In the midst of all this, I also retired from my day job after twenty-one years as a military budget director, so being an author is my career now and I have a lot more time to devote to it. I plan to release many more titles in the years to come.

Thanks for allowing me to check in with news about all my authorly doings!

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You’re welcome, Laurie.  Thanks for catching me up!

Newblood & the Ice Princess

I’ve been burning up a lot of brain cells figuring how I want to revise my first published novel, Sugar Rush.  I got the rights back to it, but not to the cover art.  That’s totally okay.  It wouldn’t work anyway.  Newblood & the Ice Princess is its new title and it will feel more Urban Fantasy than Paranormal in its new incarnation.

Sugar Rush had a sequel, Sweet Bytes, which was published by yet another ePublisher, which has since gone out of business.  I got my rights back to that one too.  The cover art was even more gorgeous, in my opinion, but I don’t have the rights to it and it would not work either.

See, I’ve come to realize that I want to follow a different path on the close of Sugar Rush.  The heroine, Ophelia, has an identical twin sister, Bianca, who famously throws a sewing machine out her window.  On the close of this novel, I’m more interested, at least right now, in what happens to Bianca who is a time traveler.  I love me some Time Travel, you know.  Probably thanks to Star Trek. 

So, I’ve decided to write a new ending to Sugar Rush to close it out more and set that fictional universe up to follow Bianca’s adventures next.  But, also, I want to end so I can pick up with Ophelia later on too.

This is what I get for having a visually cluttered, non-linear imagination.  But, at least, I’m not bored.  🙂

At this point, I’m in the middle of reformatting the novel.  The next step will be to make the revisions.  Being a visual thinker, I’m very excited about developing my own cover art for this story.  I’ve found the perfect images and I hope to share them with you soon.