Monday, September 22, 2014

Married to A Romance Writer

Married to a Writer: How Embarrassing

Pamela Tracy here.

I'm a romance writer, yup, and that job travels with me wherever I go, whether to the store, to my son's soccer game, to work, to church, well, you get the idea.

My husband and son travel with me, too.

Sometimes the two worlds collide.

So, a few months ago, we're at the Apple store because I needed a new computer.  Mine had finally deteriorated so much that the only thing I could do was word processing.  And that was iffy because the system froze every 24 or so hours.  Then, I'd have to shut everything down and start from scratch.  The Internet would no longer work on the computer; I couldn't get  photos either.

I digress.

So, romance writer me and hubby are standing in front of the computer I want and waiting for a service rep.  My son is over at a kids' table playing on the iPads.

I'm typing away.

Rep comes over and asked me, "What can I do for you today?"

I point to the computer screen and there are all my computer questions.

My husband is embarrassed.  This is not the normal thing to do, you see.  He wants me to ask aloud, like a normal person.  As if romance writers were normal.  How boring!

The rep says, "Oh, I'll need to get someone with a little more knowledge about...." and he walks away.

I start to type more questions.

My husband is aghast.  "No, just ask the questions."

I said "Okay."

Here's what I did on the computer instead of typing my questions.  And, yes, my husband is a plumber by trade 

Don Smith
Professor Me
Plumbing 101
October 11, 2013
Clean Fingernails
Plumbers, in American, face a strange malady.  It’s called tooth fungi, and it happens when they bite their fingernails.  Oh, not all plumbers bite their fingernails, but there are a few who cannot break the habit even when they see their coworkers with green teeth.  We’re not just talking slightly green; we’re talking florescent green.  The kind of green that glows in the dark and can guide planes in for landing.

This malady first occurred in the early 1920’s when Zeke Carmichael, of Carmichael plumbing, noticed a strange itching just about his top two teeth. He’d already lost the bottom teeth to a fist fight over  how many inches a toilet should be from a wall.  He very much wanted to keep the top two, so immediately went to a dentist.  Or, at least, he went to someone who pretended to be a dentist. 

Totally made up, on the spot.  Not true.

My husband read it with a mixture of horror and laughter.  He begged me to delete it before the technician showed.

So, in conclusion, Don't Mess With a Romance Writer Who Has a Computer in her Hand.   you might just get hurt

Friday, September 19, 2014

Regency Goodies Giveaway

Camy here! To celebrate the release of my Regency romance, Prelude for a Lord (written under a pen name, Camille Elliot) I’m holding a huge giveaway of books, hand-knit lace shawls, Jane Austen tea, and violin Christmas ornaments!

Click here for more information and to enter my Regency Goodies Giveaway

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Researching Crime and Law Enforcement!

Debby Giusti here!

I recently attended the Writers' Police Academy, held in Jamestown, North Carolina, and came home with a notebook full of information I can use in my stories. The conference is the brainchild of Lee Lofland, a former cop turned writer. He brings law enforcement experts from around the country together each year and hosts four-days of workshops, drive-alongs, hands-on demonstrations and simulated activities for writers.

Debby Giusti (L) with fellow writer Connie Gillam (R)
taking part in an ambulance drive-along. The sirens were screaming
and lights flashing as we raced around the campus!

A mock crash site demonstration. 

The Sheriff's Department Dive Team put on an
Underwater Evidence Retrieval Demonstration.

This year, registration booked up in twelve hours, which proves how many authors want to take part. For anyone writing in the suspense or mystery genres, the Writers' Police Academy--or WPA--is a dream come true. The faculty was eager to answer our questions and even add tips they thought would improve our stories. Not only did we get the facts, but we also learned about the person behind the badge. Hearing them banter back and forth, tell jokes and war tales, provided lots of fodder for our own stories.
Lucky me to get my picture with Michael Conneally, the
guest speaker at the WPA banquet SAT night. According
to Lee, Michael gets it right about cops in his novels.

Check out information about the WPA on their website. Lee also has a great blog, The Graveyard Shift, and he's always open to comments and questions.

I'm hoping to attend next year. Maybe I'll see you there!

Happy writing! Happy reading!

Wishing you abundant blessings,
Debby Giusti


Mission: Christmas Rescue by Debby Giusti 
On the run from a killer, Elizabeth Tate must accept U.S. Army Captain Nick Fontaine’s protection for the sake of her young niece and nephew. Now her life is in the hands of the very man who broke her heart years ago.

Special Ops Christmas by Susan Sleeman 
Researcher Claire Reed’s top secret project is stolen, putting her at risk of being kidnapped to unlock it. Her undercover bodyguard—her former love, Green Beret Travis Chapman—is on his most dangerous mission yet.

Homefront Holiday Hero by Jodie Bailey 
When someone tries to kill the daughter of a military official, U.S. Army major Tyler Rainey must keep Kelly Walters from harm…while guarding his own heart against very unexpected feelings.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

So Ready by Leann Harris

I am so ready for the summer to be over. Enough of hot. I'm ready to see color in the trees and feel the coolness in the air.  I always promise myself that  my husband and I will drive to Colorado and see the color--the Aspens around Colorado Springs, but that usually falls through. But I can always hope.

The thing I enjoy the most is sitting on the back porch in the morning, drinking hot tea and reading my Bible before the day begins. It's the only way to begin the day.
 And the other thing about Fall is the State Fair of Texas.

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Thrill of a Terrific Title

by Keli Gwyn

After months of waiting, my first Love Inspired Historical has a title! Family of Her Dreams will be released June 2015.

My story was contracted this past December. For nine l-o-n-g months I waited to find out what it would be called. I wondered if it the title would be one of those I'd suggested, if it would fit the story and if I'd like it.

The answer to all of those questions is a resounding yes.

I sent my editor over a dozen possible titles. She shared the list with the Love Inspired team. They picked one of them. Since choosing titles isn't my strong suit, I was surprised and pleased.

My story is about a woman raised in an orphanage since the age of three. All her life she's dreamed about one thing: having a family of her own. Family of Her Dreams does an excellent job conveying that.

I not only like the title. I love it! As my writing partner said, the words family and dreams are "evocative and powerful." I agree.

I've long been a fan of Love Inspired and have admired their titles and covers. They do such a great job with both. I have one and can't wait for the other. It won't be long now.

Of all the Love Inspired titles you've seen, which stand out as your favorites?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Allie Pleiter this a plot twist or villain?

I admit, this doesn't really have a lot to do with writing...except that you can be sure it will show up in one of my books one of these days.

It was just too darling and funny not to share.  If you've ever wondered what kind of zaniness goes on in the Pleiter household, here's a peek:

I'm thinking this needs to be uploaded to America's Funniest Home Videos--maybe it will help pay for all the toilet paper she wastes (this isn't the first time she's done this, but it's definitely a distance record....).  What do you think?

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Christmas is Coming!

Susan Sleeman here. Okay, don't panic. You still have plenty of time to get that Christmas shopping done, but I wanted to stop in to tell you that October means Love Inspired Christmas books will start releasing. I was fortunate enough this year to be able to write two of them. How fun it was to write about Christmas in the heat of summer. LOL

The first book, Holiday Defenders is compilation of stories with three amazing military heroes. I got to write this book with Debby Guisti and Jodie Bailey. I am so humbled to be included with them. This book is available for preorder and you can enter to win a copy at Goodreads. Click on the picture below to go to Amazon to preorder your copy.

The second story is the first in my new First Responders series and it releases in November. It to is available for preorder, too. Here are the details.


When armed robbers strike her bank, hostage negotiator Skyler Brennan’s life is on the line. Rescue comes from the last person she thought she could count on—the ex-boyfriend who chose his job over their relationship.
FBI agent Logan Hunter knows how much is resting on this case. The promotion of his dreams…and the safety of the woman he’s never been able to forget. But when an unexpected twist in the case pulls Logan in two separate directions, he’ll have to make an impossible choice. Will he manage to have it all by Christmas—a career and love—or will he lose them both?
So, my question of the day. Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? I confess I have bought two gifts already. I'm a planner. What can I say.

SUSAN SLEEMAN is a best-selling author of inspirational and clean read romantic suspense books. Awards include Thread of Suspicion-2013 Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Best Book Award, No Way Out-2014 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence finalist, and The Christmas Witness-2012 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence finalist. In addition to writing, Susan also hosts the popular website She currently lives in Oregon with her husband, but has lived in nine states. They have two daughters, a son-in-law, and an adorable grandson. To connect with Susan outside of her – Website visit any of these social media sites-