Saturday, December 17, 2011

Kindle Fire Giveaway is here!

It's pretty simple, my friends: Go to my Carina Press paranormal authors group blog, Here Be Magic and comment on our "December Will Be Magic Again" post. At this point, fewer than two dozen have commented so the odds are good....and the goods are great!

First place wins the Kindle Fire. Second place wins a boatload of ebooks, including Stone Kissed!

Go ye forth, therefore and comment!


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Kindle Fire Giveaway

Heads up!

My group blog, Here Be Magic is celebrating the holidays by giving YOU (oh, randomly-chosen follower/commenter) a Kindle Fire. In addition, we'll be giving away a ton of books, including Stone Kissed.

So mark your calendars for the week of 12/17-24 because the odds are good--and the goods are great!



Monday, November 28, 2011

Kentucky Public Libraries... and moi.


I was honored to be asked to be part of this video. You can find me at 3:18 (and the beginning, and the very end).

If I ever lost my hands, I would probably become unable to talk.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

When Faking It Is Better

Part two of my adventures with Mom, Crystal of murphyscabins.com and her mother. In which we enjoy a fake Kentucky Derby (and save about $80 grand).

And of course...I'm giving away a Kentucky Derby souvenir glass! So stop by to enter.



Monday, November 21, 2011

We have a WINNER! (And another chance to win 11/22!)

Congratulations to our winner of two Elijah Craig whiskey glasses (complete with Stone Kissed coasters). Not you? No worries. Tomorrow you may win a 2010 Kentucky Derby souvenir glass that I'm giving away with my post at http://herebemagic.blogspot.com. So stop by and enter!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Everybody Needs a Little...Bourbon?

Today at Everybody Needs a Little Romance, I dish about "Not Your Mama's Sunday Dinner"--a recent adventure with...my Mama! Free bourbon cocktail recipe AND souvenir glass giveaway. So come comment!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Friday, October 21, 2011

Remembering Letters

I've written them. I've gotten them. But not often in the last few years. Today at Everybody Needs A Little Romance, I blog about real, honest-to-goodness letters.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Friday, September 16, 2011

You CAN do it (again. I fixed the link)!

Sorry about that everyone (And big thanks to Teri Ann for letting me know about the hinky link). Please DO stop in at http://everybodyneedsalittleromance.com/2011/09/16/from-reader-to-writer/ if you still have time. Keri The HTML Coding Queen Scullery Maid

You can do it.

Is there a book in you? I talk about the transition from reader to writer at Everybody Needs A Little Romance today (and post unflattering pictures of myself. Get 'em before they're gone.)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

I am Wise in my Wiseyness

A fellow local writer, Jason Rust of Puddintopia, invited me to blog today. He's given me the warmest welcome EVER and made me feel like the Queen of All Knowledge Book-Related. I'm still cracking up. In any case, please come say hello to my neighbor and me!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Congratulations, Nikki!

One of my favorite book bloggers, Nikki Brandyberry, has crossed the 6-digit hit mark at her blog, Ramblings from a Chaotic Mind!
I'm honored that she invited me to help celebrate! Comment on her interview of me by August 26, 2011, and you may win a FREE copy of Stone Kissed.

Friday, August 19, 2011

What's in a Name?

So...I have certain hangups, and I discuss one of them here at Everybody Needs a Little Romance today. Please stop in and say hello!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

In Which I Am Accused of Piracy.

I invited Teri Anne Stanley to Verona with the best intentions. I intended to show her this:
But I got a little carried away. We had a slight misunderstanding.

On her blog, she makes the heinous accusation that I am a "pirate." Please go defend my honor.


Thursday, July 14, 2011

Book Camp part deux

I'm at Everybody Needs a Little Romance today with part two of my 3-part series on my experiences at the RWA national conference. Stop by and say hi, please!

(And if you missed part 1...here you go!)

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Katiebabs gets it right

I'm loving reading all of the different blogs on the RWA 2011 experience. Some people had a very different conference from me. Katiebabs at Babbling about Books and I crossed paths a few times, moving tangentially to each other, but never quite hitting. Next time were at conference together, I'm fixing that.

Her conference sounds a lot like mine, and her take on the vibe this year was spot on. http://kbgbabbles.blogspot.com/2011/07/my-final-thoughts-on-2011-rwa-national.html 

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Shiloh, When I Was Young...

The amazing Shiloh Walker welcomes me today to guest post on her blog. Come over and say hello!

(I hope she doesn't hate that song. It's my favorite Neil Diamond song. I love when he wails "SHILOH" at the end. Don't you?)

Friday, June 17, 2011

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

...and another winner!

Sheree,
Thanks for commenting on my post, "Swag Happy." You're the winner of the bag of goodies from the Lori Foster/Duffy Brown/Linda Keller Reader Author Get-Together.

Please send me your shipping address to Keri@KeriStevens.com.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Winners! Winners! (And win more!)

Big thanks to all of you who visited on Carina Press's anniversary bash! Executive Editor Angela James has posted the winners of the 19 blogs + Kobo winner here: http://carinapress.com/blog/2011/06/thank-you-and-winners/

But MY winner is R.K. Charron! Thanks for playing, R.K.!

If you weren't R.K. or one of the other big winners, there's still hope for you...until Sunday at midnight, I'm still offering up a huge bag of conference swag for grabs on this post.

So swing by, watch the video and see what goodies romance authors like to share.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Celebrating Carina Press's 1st Anniversary with Harlequin's Amy Wilkins

I'm proud to share my blog today with Angela James, Executive Editor of Carina Press (MY publisher!) and Amy Wilkins of Carina Press/Harlequin. My blog (along with 18 others) is celebrating the first anniversary of the place where "no great story goes untold." Please enjoy Amy's post and comment at the end before 9A eastern on Wednesday because this party has great prizes--including a Kobo eReader.

And now...here's Angela!

In celebration of our one year anniversary, I asked as many of our Harlequin team members and Carina Press freelance editors as possible to write a short blog post, talking about what the past year or so has been like for them, working on Carina Press. I deliberately didn't provide any direction other than that, because I wanted to see what people came up with, in the spirit of Carina's 1st anniversary. I was so pleased when I saw what they'd all come up with, and had to say (and some of these posts made me just a little teary)! I hope you enjoy the post, and look for your opportunity to win a Carina Press book at the bottom of this post. ~Angela James

Amy Wilkins is Assistant Manager of Digital Content and Social Media at Harlequin and a member of the Carina Press Acquisition Team. When not making sure our ebooks get made, Amy manages two Harlequin blogs and the @HarlequinBooks Twitter account, and builds her eReader collection (3 so far!) in her spare time. You can follow her on Twitter.

Glutton for Punishment, Carina Press-Style
By Amy Wilkins, Harlequin Digital and Carina Press Acquisition Team

It’s been one year since Carina Press launched on June 7, 2010. Of course, for most of us here at Carina Press and Harlequin, it feels a lot longer. Months before that date, we were reading submissions, reviewing covers, formatting files, building websites and thousands of other tasks to build a new business.

I could say that since then things have calmed down. That would be a total lie. Personally, I’m as busy as ever… I like to call my job on Harlequin’s ebook program my “full-time job.” Everything else – managing some of Harlequin’s social media properties and working on the Carina Press acquisition team, for example – is extra.

But you know what? I wouldn’t change a thing.

Last week, my department faced a HUGE deadline for a project. Cue panic and string of crises. In the midst of this deadline, we had a Carina cover copy review meeting. Jenny Bullough (my boss :) ) said I could skip to work on the other project….

My response: “But…I like our cover copy meetings!”

It’s no secret I looooove writing cover copy; it’s my favorite part of my job. And I love the Carina meetings where we talk about our books and have so much fun that we’ve joked about live tweeting one. I know you’re curious about how many times we say “sexytimes” per meeting (hint: a LOT). How many people can say they have a job where meetings are fun?

So I wasn’t going to miss that meeting. I worked late the day before so just I could attend.
I think that’s one reason Carina Press is so special. Everyone on the team from freelance staff, the writers, to us here at Carina/Harlequin will give that extra time, take on brand-new tasks and yes, sometimes be gluttons for punishment, because we love what we do.

So Happy Birthday, Carina Press. Here’s to many more years!
(BTW, we did meet that deadline. :) )

To celebrate Carina's one year anniversary of publishing books, we're giving away some prizes. Today, on each of the nineteen blogs our team members are featured on, we're giving away a download of a Carina Press book to one random winner (that's nineteen total winners!) All you need to do to be entered to win is comment on this post. You can enter to win on all nineteen posts. In addition, on the Carina Press blog, we're giving away a grand prize of a Kobo ereader and 12 Carina Press books of the winner's choice. Visit the Carina Press blog to enter to win, and to see links to all 19 of today's blog posts.

And a sincere thank you from all of us, to our readers and authors, for making Carina Press's first year a success!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Swag Happy

Circle of Seven Productions guru, Sheila English, reviewed the swag bags from the Lori Foster Reader Author Get Together this weekend on her blog. She discusses my contribution to what amounts to Trick-Or-Treating for grownups at about the 10:00 minute mark...

I love that slightly disbelieving giggle you hear when she talks about my personalizing the envelopes.

Here's why I did it: I've been to four conferences now, and I know how overwhelming and nervewracking it can be. Introverted writers meet excited readers, and we're struck dumb that (a) you read our books and (b) you liked them. Or aspiring authors spend the weekend with dry mouths and cramping stomach contemplating their pitch to the agents and editors walking around, daring to look much like normal people.

I knew I wouldn't get to meet everyone. I knew I wouldn't get to connect with many of the people I hoped to see. So in the days before the conference, I had a little fun imagining who would open the envelopes. Who was The Superb One? Who was the Enchanting One? Would I get to eat with the Witty One? (In fact, I did.) My facebook fans helped me out, sending me lists of great words to put on the envelopes (and thank you for all of your help).

So if I didn't get to shake your hand and say "thank you" to you this weekend, I know it's my loss. But know that I was thinking of you, just the same.

Comment on this post - and one random commenter will get some of the swag (but fair warning: The candy is all gone :( )

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Going to a Conference and I'm Gonna Get Bookish...

This year I'm attending the Annual Reader Author Get Together for the first time as a published author. I'm feeling more than a little giddy about this--three years ago I attended as a reader, but I was working on Stone Kissed and knew I wanted to be on the other side of the table at the book signing one day.

I went a little swag-happy: Each attendee gets a great tote bag full of bookmarks, books, pens, candy and tchotchkes from dozens and dozens of authors. My sons and I packaged my "swag" up in envelopes and hand-wrote a little note on each one. Projects like that always take longer than you expect, but having attended five or six conferences now, I know how much fun it is to dig through the swag-bag after a long day of laughing, talking and making new friends.


This event is one of my all-time favorites. Lori Foster, Duffy Brown and Linda Keller keep it low-key and fun, and OH the raffles! We raise a lot of money for charity, and get up to shenanigans. Here's some photographic evidence from the 2009 conference. In 2010, my so-called "friends" hid my camera (though I'm sure they'll deny it).

What about you? Have you ever gone to a romance novel conference, or another specialty event just for the fun of it?

Friday, May 20, 2011

Telling the truth, most of the truth, and something like the truth

I'm blogging with my new team at http://www.everybodyneedsalittleromance.com/ today. Come over and ask me questions. I've gotten some good ones so far, like "Will you marry me?" and "What's it like writing for Carina Press?"

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

STONE KISSED wins 2011 Golden Quill for best first book!

I've sat on this news for a week because the contest coordinator had to contact finalists and winners as far away as Australia, so I have no fingernails left but...

STONE KISSED won the 2011 Golden Quill award for Best First Book!


Many thanks to the Desert Rose RWA.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Will, Kate and the Wrath of the Romance Author

It's the morning after. Do the newest fairytale couple know what they're in for? Let's talk truth in fiction (or just gossip) at Here Be Magic, the group blog of the Carina Press paranormal/fantasy authors!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Welcome, Jules Bennett!


Jules Bennett is a rising star in Harlequin's Desire line. I'm honored that she agreed to let me pepper her with questions about her books, her characters and her writing life. Her latest release, HER INNOCENCE, HIS CONQUEST is heating up my Kindle as we speak.

Jules, what are the core characteristics of a "Bennett hero"?

My men have to have a soft heart when it comes to women. A little bit of a troubled past always makes for a stronger man. I love when he's at war with himself over anything, that makes him seem human and vulnerable. But he MUST be a great protector, yet know when to step aside and let the woman take the lead.

Tell us a bit about your writing process.

Oh, how I wish I was a panster. I want to just sit down and let the story fly out my fingertips. Unfortunately I have a military dad and everything is planned...EVERYTHING! I'm talking spreadsheets here - can you say boring?
I have to have silence. No silence, no work. Simple as that. So I write in the middle of the night when my family is asleep because there's no silence in a house with a 5 and 3 year old. No routine (refer back to the age of kids). I wish I did because I like structure (refer back to military papa).

How do you like to connect with readers?

I hang on Twitter, that's my breather from writing. I keep my readers updated through my Facebook Fan Page and do contests through that as well. Locally I do many radio interviews, speak at my college and library, and make sure all my books are signed in the stores around my area.

Tell us about Her Innocence, His Conquest.
Architecture kingpin and expert playboy Zach Marcum knew exactly how to get what he wanted—both on the job and in the bedroom. Until sexy, independent and impossible-to-ignore Ana Clark charged into his life. Her construction company could make his luxury resort project a multimillion-dollar reality, but he couldn't risk letting the career-driven siren slip past his defenses. Discovering she was a virgin made the seduction stakes even greater, as Zach crossed the line from business to pleasure….

And a little more about Jules...

Wife to her high school sweetheart, mother to two little girls, former salon owner—oh, and author—Jules Bennett isn't afraid to tackle the blessings of life head-on. Once she sets a goal in her sights, get out of her way or come along for the ride…just ask her husband.
Jules lives in the Midwest where she loves spending time with her family and making memories. Jules's love extends beyond her family and books. She's an avid shoe, hat and purse connoisseur. She feels that her font of knowledge when it comes to accessories is essential when setting a scene.
Jules participates in the Harlequin Desire Author Blog and holds launch contests through her Web site when she has a new release. Please visit her Web site, where you can sign up for her newsletter to keep up to date on everything in Jules's life.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Romance Trading Cards for Stone Kissed

The latest craze sweeping the nation: Romance Trading Cards. Collect 'em all!

Delia Forrest and Grant Wolverton of Stone Kissed are each getting a card:



Ain't they purty? If you are going to be at the Cincinnati Reader-Author Get Together, The RWA National Conference in NYC or Bouchercon in St. Louis this year, hunt me down to get your own set (and look for the RTC logo at other book signings to find other authors' cards).

If you're not going to get to see me, you are welcome to send me a SASE at Keri Stevens, P.O. Box 297, Verona KY 41092 and I'll mail you a set as soon as they come off the printing press.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Help a Reader out: Kentucky horse country/Derby romances

One of the delights I've discovered in my new home state is bourbon whiskey. I like it neat and in cocktails. There are seven distilleries within driving distance of my house and guests often get dragged to tours and tastings.

In honor of my new treat, I'm hunting down romance novels set in Horse Country and/or that involve the Kentucky Derby (I know Nora Roberts did a series...) I'd like a HUGE list so... comment and recommend some reads!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Operation Auction 2011

A few weeks ago, a member of the romance community lost her husband and the father of her four daughters in an act of senseless violence. Things like this make all of us feel so helpless. Many writers are trying to alleviate some of her practical concerns with Operation Auction on eBay.

I've donated a copy of Stone Kissed, plus I'll work the winning bidder's name in as a character in a STONE KISSED sequel. Please consider bidding...and click on the Operation Auction link on the right side of the page to see more than 400 other great opportunities, books, gift packages, etc.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Keri-Stevens-eARC-Stone-Kissed-character-name-/290548109000?pt=US_Fiction_Books&hash=item43a6044ec8

For more info about Fatin's story, please visit Lauren Dane's blog at http://www.laurendane.com/.

My honestest interview at Open Book Society

Although some of my answers disturb my closest friend, I bar no holds in this interview with staff member Heidi of Open Book Society, who asked me some great questions I haven't been asked before.

http://openbooksociety.com/article/kerri-stevens-author-stone-kissed/

Thanks to blogs, the interview can continue! Comment on her post and I'll answer further questions there.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Congratulations, Louise!

Louise B. is the winner of the $50 Amazon gift certificate for National Read an e-Book week.
Everyone give her a round of applause--but quietly. She's reading!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

$50 Gift Card giveaway on facebook

To celebrate National Read an E-Book Week, I'm giving away a $50 Amazon.com gift card on facebook. All you have to do is like both Keri Stevens and Stone Kissed by midnight, EST, 3/11/11 to be entered in the drawing.

So go--click twice. And go on about your business. On Saturday, 3/12/11, one of y'all will wake up to pleasant news.

(Please note: I edited this post to correct the deadline date for entries. We need ALL week to party, don't we? And the winner can spend Saturday bragging!)

Friday, February 25, 2011

Three Articles of Faith

Writing books is a lonely, frustrating, often ego-shredding business. Three principles keep me going. I talk about them at Musetracks today--so come tell me what inspires you!

Friday, February 18, 2011

The Big Time

I hit the local news!

Thanks to Stephanie Salmon. She got me talking (and talking and talking) and did a great job of distilling my story to a readable length.

http://cincinnati.com/blogs/thebooneblog/2011/02/18/verona-author-publishes-first-romance-novel/

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Visiting the Working Stiffs

A group of crime and mystery writers--the Working Stiffs--invited me over to their corner of the webbiverse. Come say hello and leave off a confession or two. Crime Writers love confessions.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Guest author: Marsha A. Moore

I am so pleased to welcome fellow fantasy and paranormal author Marsha A. Moore to the blog today! I got to ask her a bunch of nosey questions....

Tell us about the universe of your books. What are some of the rules and traditions of your world?

I love escaping into imaginary worlds and I’m always world-building, even apart from my writing process. It’s who I am.

I enjoy reading/researching fantasy writing through the ages in folktales, myth, legend, and lore. My library of those is constantly growing. I often blend ideas of folklore from around the world into my works. I’ve used a foundation of Chinese lore in my recently completed manuscript, The Enchanted Bookstore: Seeking a Scribe, the first of a five-part series. The forces upholding good in that series are the four auspicious Chinese animals: phoenix, unicorn, tortoise, and dragon. These represent the four elements, fire, earth, water, air, respectively, which are believed to balance our world.
In my book, Tears on a Tranquil Lake, just released yesterday, I was intrigued by the legends of the pirate José Gaspar, known by his nickname Gasparilla. In the winter of 2008, I moved to Tampa, home of the yearly Gasparilla Festival. That inspired me to create a fantasy with a love triangle between a lovely mermaid, a handsome merman, and a smooth-talking pirate captain.

I’m just beginning to plot a new novel based upon spiritual legends of ancient India. This tie to lore and myth is a common thread in the universe of my books.

From Strunk and White to Thomas Hardy to Gabriel Garcia Marquez, you cite such diverse influences on your writing. What is one/are two of the most important lessons on writing you've learned from others?

In my formal literature studies I spent much time reading classics. The romantic period of literature captivated me. I’ve read the entire Thomas Hardy Thomas Hardy's complete fiction catalog. I spent years engrossed in reading George Elliot, Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, James Fenimore Cooper, and Washington Irving. I love how they elevated setting to the level of importance of a main character. Their richly textured settings inspire me enormously. The influences of those works infuse my own writing.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez is well known for writing fabulous magical realism. Reading his works encouraged me to let my imagination run more freely in my writing. He validated my tendency to think outside of boxes, and I am truly grateful.
Writing is a notoriously sedentary calling, and yet you remain physically active. How do you see your activity affecting your creativity, and vice versa?

Great question! I exercise daily, usually bicycling 16-18 miles each week, kayaking for an hour or so around our lagoon, attending yoga classes or doing my own routines at home. A decade ago I contracted fibromyalgia. It was severe and the drugs for treatment caused such horrible side effects, after six months, I decided there must be a better way. I embraced exercise for pain management. Now, my health is very well managed, but the exercise came to be a way of life I enjoyed. It gives me so much. It clears my mind, so I my writing time is considerably more focused and effective. Also, it takes me on journeys inside my mind or outside in nature that bring me an endless supply of new writing ideas. I write fantasy romance. Those journeys bring me a wealth of magic.

Tell us a bit about Tears on a Tranquil Lake.

What a surprise for a young woman, to find herself suddenly transformed into a mermaid.

Ciel’s first thought – track down the merman who changed her and make him reverse his magic.
Unable to find him, survival in her new world becomes paramount. She eagerly accepts help from a dashing pirate captain who takes a fancy to her, lavishing her with finery.

When her merman does show up, he competes for her affection. One look into his eyes makes her life more complex -- he is her soul mate.

Which man will she choose – pirate captain or merman? Which life – human or mermaid? Caribbean adventures and dangers chase Ciel as she searches for decisions and the key to her happiness.

Warning: This book contains Haitian vodou, sultry wenches, foul-mouthed scalliwag pirates, overindulgence of fine Caribbean rum, and amorous encounters on deserted beaches.

Author Bio:

Marsha A. Moore is a romantic and a writer of fantasy romance/soft erotica. She loves being creative and enjoying the creativity of others in all art forms. Her other artistic pursuits include watercolor painting and drawing. She moved from Toledo to Tampa in 2008 and is happily transforming into a Floridian. Crazy about cycling, she usually passes the 1,000 mile mark yearly. She is learning kayaking and loving it. She’s also a yoga enthusiast and never has enough days spent at the beach, usually scribbling away at new stories with toes wiggling in the sand.


Give us a taste of the story, Marsha!
On deck, a conga drummer joined the musicians from two nights ago, entertaining us with some lively salsa tunes. The deck hands sang and shouted, rhythmically pulling at the rigging on the halyards, raising and lowering sails that propelled the ship out of the Bay.

With so many distractions onboard I failed to pay attention to sights the ship passed. Only when a large rock formation came astern on the portside did I see Meris seated on its peak, level with the schooner’s deck. He looked regal with his muscular flipper draped across the rocks and his emerald green tail fin fanned out wide, glistening in the sunlight.

I held out an arm and he lifted his open palm up to me. I bent far over the gunwale, wanting desperately to bridge the short distance. Forgetting everything except my desire to be with him I leaned farther, somehow believing I could swim through the air to reach him.

“No, Ciel! Stop!” Meris shouted.

Immediately, arms grasped me tight at my waist and pulled me back behind the railing, and then I perceived the dangers below. I would have fallen perilously near the hull, or crashed upon rocks in the narrow passageway. I glanced behind to see Black Sam holding me.

“No, lass, ye can’t dive here.”

Undaunted, I turned my attention back to Meris, whose position passed away from me as the schooner progressed. I squirmed free from Sam, and moved aft as quickly as I could, using the gunwale for support. Our bond throbbed within my heart.


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ISBN: 978-1-926931-29-6
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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Or let a PRO read you a story...

Okay, I did a decent job on BlogTalkRadio reading the first chapter Stone Kissed aloud.

But I'm no pro. My narrator through Audible.com, however, is terrific. If you link through here, you should get a 14-day/1 book trial subscription (which means you can download STONE KISSED for FREE during that time.)

I'm so excited by this. She's spent at least ten hours of her life reading my book. She has a lovely, versatile voice and I want to hug her and bake her casseroles. Or maybe not. I'm not nearly as good a cook as I feel I ought to be and I don't want to make her unhappy.

I'm her newest weird fan.

Come and Listen to a Story...

...about a gal named, Delia.
Many thanks to fellow Carina Press author, Linda Mooney, for welcoming me to her BlogTalkRadio Other Worlds of Romance. I read the first chapter of Stone Kissed and took calls from Anni and Dawn--both of whom are great friends from twitter (although I didn't realize that Dawn from Missouri was MY "Dawn from Missouri" until after the interview was over. So sit back, and have a listen.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/other_worlds_of_romance/2011/01/11/guest-author-keri-stevens

Monday, January 10, 2011

Behind the Story with guest blogger Renee Vincent

 A Little Retrospection

With a new year turning over, I can’t help but look back and think of how fast time has flown. Honestly, it truly amazes me.

Three years ago, I had self-published my first romance novel, Ræliksen, and not because I was repeatedly rejected by publishers. In fact, I never pursued them. Not once. I simply wanted my story out there for the whole world to read, and to see my late sister's name, Lindsey, next to my name in print. Nothing more.



But then the book started to get great reviews and ratings. So, for the first time, I actually gave thought to submitting to publishers and agents, and making this into a career. Sure, when I was a little girl, I always dreamed of being a writer, but never gave thought to what it would take to truly be an author, or the steps necessary to get there. I talked to many author friends and gathered as much advice as I could, not really knowing if I would ever get that contract.



And in 2010, I did—a three book contract for my Emerald Isle Trilogy.



Now look where I am. It's only been three years and I currently have two published titles under my belt, with another to release in a few months. I have fans all over the world and the most supportive friends and family a girl could ask for. I will be going to Ireland this summer to finally get to see, with my own eyes, where my heroes, Dægan Ræliksen and Breandán Mac Liam, both stood with Mara on the island of Inis Mór. I will finally get to see the famous forty shades of green and all the beautiful places I wrote about in my series novels. And I will be having a book signing in Scotland as well.

I couldn't be happier.

Now, I know I've said this before, but I'll say it again: I would not be here, doing any of this, without the help of my beautiful sister’s words of encouragement before she left this earth. I owe all of this, and what's to come, to her.

Believe it not, this brings me to my point.

It has already been more than five years since her passing. Hard to believe…
And so, I just wanted to slow things down a bit, and give her a little moment of recognition for the happiness she has helped me to find, the dreams she has reminded me to chase, and the moments she has given me to treasure. Here's to you, my dearest Lindsey.

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Deep In The Heart Romance

 
Ræliksen
Book 1 of the Emerald Isle Trilogy

Mara, the daughter of an Irish clansman, was raised to believe the men of the North are heathens - murderous pagans without a moral bone in their bodies. Despite warnings of the Northmen's raids, and the growing threat of another incursion, Mara is continually drawn to her favorite place - the River Shannon.

Dægan Ræliksen, a wealthy chieftain from Norway's frozen fjords, secretly discovers Mara at the water's edge. He is charmed by her beauty and sensuous grace. As the days pass, his contentment with simply watching her grows thin. He can no longer deny his unabated desire for the young maiden. His search for a wife has ended.

However, Mara and Dægan come face-to-face in a time when Ireland is in turmoil - when every Irishman is being called up to fight against the Nordic foreigners. In these times of upheaval, how can Dægan make peace with Mara's father and acquire the woman he treasures? Furthermore, can Mara move past her fears and find the noble man within the savage?
 

Book Two of the Emerald Isle Trilogy

A tortured soul…
Breandán Mac Liam, the strapping young hunter from Ireland’s lush forests, is in love with Mara, an ineligible beautiful princess. For seven long years, he has been vividly haunted by her memory, taunted by the throes of his heartache. And not even the thought of her marriage to a Northman can extinguish the fierce, burning desire running rampant through his heart and soul.

An innocent heart…
Mara, the spirited Connacht princess, has no idea she is the object of the Irishman’s longing. She is living out her days on Inis Mór, raising a troubled son and trying to endure the cruel loneliness that afflicts her.

A deadly secret…
Ordered by the king on his deathbed, Breandán must return to Mara and bring her through the perilous lands of Connacht to fulfill her father’s last dying wish. But as their worlds collide, Breandán not only finds himself wrapped in the arms of Mara’s embrace, but thrown into a struggle to defend his honor.

With Mara caught between the family she loves and the father she knows, can Breandán uncover the mystery of her past and still protect her from a secret that threatens them all?

Thursday, January 6, 2011

What if you don't have (or want) a Kindle, Nook or other eReader?

A number of you have been asking me in passing, "What if I don't have a Kindle? How can I read Stone Kissed?" I give you a babbled explanation and you nod at me, then turn your grocery cart away from mine and roll away.

(Let me take a moment here to stiffen my upper lip...)

But! You don't have to have a dedicated eReader to enjoy Stone Kissed or any of the other eBooks out there. Tia Nevitt tells you just what to do if you'd like to read books on your computer, phone or other device. So go now to this post:

http://www.tianevitt.com/download-ereader/

Did you go?

Really?

Go on... http://www.tianevitt.com/download-ereader/

And and after you've made your laptop into a library, become a downloading freak. Not only can you buy great books from all of the online retailers (which makes your computer more versatile than any single ereading device) but you can get hundreds of books in the public domain for free.


I've gotten a dozen Bobbsey Twins books in the last two days.

Seriously. Who doesn't love the Bobbsey Twins?

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Smart and Sexy KERI FORD gives me my just desserts.

She's younger than me and adorable inside and out. When I met Keri Ford at Lori Foster and Duffy Brown's Reader-Author Get Together last year, she charmed the jealousy right out of me. And then I read Through The Wall, and I was jealous all over again. Now's she taken over my blog to tempt and tease us all. Typical.

This has absolutely nothing to do with my release, Through The Wall, but it’s on my mind.

Desserts. Specifically, Sonic's Red Velvet Cheesecake Blast since it just came up on my TV.



Look at this thing. Seriously. Look. At. It. I want to inhale it through my screen. Yes, yes, yes, there’s that whole diet resolution thing people having going on---but COME ON.

Cake ~ check!
Cheesecake ~ check!
Ice Cream ~ check!
Good Whipped Topping ~ check!

There is nothing about this thing I DON’T want to eat. I’m tempted to eat the cup just to make sure I get all the bits that might have soaked into the Styrofoam. I think I read it has some 800+calories in it. Totally worth the splurge, I think.

By the time this posts, I should have tasted this goodness and can let you know the results. What’s an over the top dessert you’ve been wanting to try?

Thanks so much Stevens for having me today! Since you do that whole fitness thing and are likely croaking over, I swear I’ll do some sit ups or something after I eat this thing…eventually after I eat it, that is, to make up for it!

And oh, I did have a recent book release and all…

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She doesn’t want wild and raunchy, just a little spice…
Stephanie Faulkner listens to her neighbor’s nightly sexcapades through her bedroom wall. What used to make her blush now has her reaching for her vibrator. But she’s had enough self-fulfillment and now wants the real thing.
He wants commitment and long-term, not a quick roll…
The only woman Parker Madison ever wanted for long-term was Stephanie...but she's off-limits. He’s tried to find a substitute but there just isn’t another woman like her. Now that she's available, if he gives her time to get over her ex-husband...will he finally get his long-desired chance?
Short-term doesn't lead to long term. Or does it…?
Read Chapter One HERE!!
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Saturday, January 1, 2011

My Resolution.

I love my twitter like chocolate loves caramel. When that little red number pops up on facebook, I squeal like a woman who's just found caramel covered in chocolate. The internet makes me happy and I so enjoy connecting with people I might never otherwise meet.

But I haven't had a letter in almost a year. And I haven't written a letter in years. Stamps are for those annoying vendors who haven't figured out to set up web-based payment systems. And every time I lick an envelope I'm surprised at how bad the glue tastes.

So this year, I'm pulling out one of my trusty pens (promo from my buddy Gabriella Edwards) and real paper notecards and I will write a handwritten note, card or even letter once a day, at least four days out of the week.

I will save the U.S. Postal Service single-handedly, I'm convinced.