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.