Well, Christmas is behind us for another year. There’s nothing left to do except put away the decorations and take down the tree (except clean up and return duplicate gifts and the like). My family gathered here in our century old home. Everyone brought their dogs who are as much a part of the family as anyone. Both my older daughter and I got Kindle Fires for Christmas. My husband got a Nook Color. We’re all exploring our new toys and loading them down with books! My younger daughter got an iPad (not the fancy new version but the older one which was priced to sell). So we’re all ready for whatever 2012 brings in the way of books and magazines. My two sons(-in-law) got gorgeous leather Man Bags for which I tackled the wilds of NYC’s Chinatown to find at a bargain price (Fossil ain’t got nothing on me).
There are many predictions about 2012, both good and bad, and it’s all very exciting (even a little unsettling), but I choose to see the coming year as a new adventure full of possibility! In addition to a new Colby Agency trilogy coming in the summer, which will herald in that 50th Colby, I will explore many new adventures with my new Faces of Evil series in 2012. Books one, OBSESSION, and two, IMPULSE, are out now. Look for POWER in February and then RAGE in April. All the Faces of Evil books are set in Birmingham, Alabama, my father’s hometown. Growing up Birmingham was like a second home to me. It’s also very special because of the brilliants doctors and hospitals there. As you know my oldest daughter was born with very serious physical challenges and the fantastic folks in Birmingham saved her life and set her on the path to a normal future in spite of the many odds against her. So Birmingham will forever hold a special place in my heart. For my first post in 2012 I’ll feature a research trip to the Magic City for POWER with lots of photos from interesting places. I’ll be doing that a few times next year and I promise that one of those adventures will include the hauntingly famous Sloss Furnace! So be sure and watch for those posts. You’ll see where Police Chief Dan Burnett lives and the popular Five Points area that Lori Wells calls home and we’ll all consider the options for a new home for Jess Harris somewhere that suits her. If you haven’t read OBSESSION and IMPULSE already, I hope you will soon! You don’t need an ereader to read ebooks. The Kindle or BN apps are available for free download right to your computer!
Speaking of ereaders, this is the final day to comment to win! So, drop by and tell me about your Christmas or just say hello and you are automatically entered into the contest for a new Kindle or Nook (your choice of either $100 value!). In addition, another winner will be chosen to receive a one year subscription to the fantastic RT Book Reviews magazine. You’ll love the magazine! More than 200 books are reviewed each month. And all the great news and upcoming events surrounding books are found in this one beautiful magazine! So be sure to comment today! The winners will be announced this Saturday, December 31st, right here with the MSW’s weekly winners!
Since so many of us got ereaders for Christmas and some lucky winner will be getting one this weekend, we need books and more books to load up on! Don’t miss the newest releases by all our great MSW authors (just click one of the covers to the right and you can find any one of our latest releases). Today, I’m pleased to offer some very special free books by dear friends Vicki Hinze and Kathy Carmichael.
First up is the terrific Vicki Hinze. Vicki’s next book, NOT THIS TIME, is coming in February but is available for preorder now. Here’s a a taste of the chilling story: A blood-soaked mattress. A terrorist attack. A traitor. Sara and Beth built a multi-million dollar business as anti-terrorism consultants but business and friendship are strained–Beth doesn’t trust Sara’s husband. Now he’s missing, verified kidnapped, and Beth is the prime suspect! Sounds like just my kind of story! But we don’t want to wait for a fantastic read so Vicki has generously offered to giveaway a free digital copy of her short story Before the White Rose (general fiction). Email Vicki at http://vickihinze.com/contact for your free digital story just for stopping by MSW today!
The funny and heartwarming Kathy Carmichael is giving away five copies of her fabulous DIARY OF A CONFESSIONS QUEEN. Kathy has found that tiny details can make all the difference for readers to fully invest in a story. Authors spend countless hours working on making sure even the smallest of details are exactly right. When she was writing Diary of a Confessions Queen, Kathy spent several days trying to nail one specific detail that was important for the end of the book. Since she had written and sold confessions for the confessions magazine market, it was natural for her to create a heroine who writes confessions as her career. Amy is a little different, though, because when she researches topics for her confessions, she thinks she has the same skills—for instance, when she researched psychics, she came to believe she was clairvoyant. When she writes about a lady wrestler, she thinks she’s a skilled wrestler, too. An important detail for the book denouement meant Kathy needed to invent a wrestling move for Amy. She sought advice from fellow author, Kimberly Llewellyn, who had previously been a professional lady wrestler. After working out the details of the needed new move, Kathy tried it on her husband and—it worked! (Cue evil laughter.) Kathy had him exactly where she wanted him. Thus the Dead Man’s Cradle was born. To find out more, check out her comedic mystery, Diary of a Confessions Queen. For a chance to win one of 5 Kindle or Nook eBook copies of Diary of a Confessions Queen, contact Kathy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many great opportunities here today, folks. Be sure to leave a comment and you are automatically entered into my Kindle/Nook giveaway AND the RT Book Reviews Magazine giveaway. And be sure to email Vicki for a free digital story and Kathy for the chance to win yet another free story! And don’t forget to check back on Saturday for today’s winners of the ereader and RT magazine! See you in the New Year!