BLISS Goodreads Giveaway 12.18 to 12.30.15

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Hi friends. I’m running a new giveaway on Goodreads from December 18th to December 30th, 2015. Enter here for a chance to win an autographed copy of BLISS!

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Got a Nook? Get My Books! Only $1.99 Until 11/2

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Hey all! Just wanted to alert you to a fantastic promotion Barnes and Noble is running from now until November 2nd. It’s called “Fall in Love” (get it?) and during this time both BLISS and LAST CHANCE LLAMA RANCH are only $1.99 on B&N’s Nook ebook reader. Here are the links!

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Who Knew? I’m a Ham!

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Last night I had the privilege of reading and signing copies of my novel BLISS at the venerable Collected Works Bookstore here in Santa Fe. (It is the premiere indie bookstore in town, woo hoo!) The owner Dorothy made me most welcome, and the very talented Candace Walsh, who wrote the memoir Licking the Spoon, was kind enough to introduce me.

Allowing the BLISS to wash over me, all windswept-like.

Allowing the BLISS to wash over me, all windswept-like.

I wore my favorite Anthropologie dress, and a pair of heels that hurt the hell out of my feet, but even so armored, I was quite nervous! My mouth was dry as dust, and my hands were trembling.  Until I stepped on the little stage, coughed into the mic, and started to read…

Me at the podium (ie, giant spatula-like thing)

Me at the podium (ie, giant spatula-like thing)

It took me a few sentences, but pretty soon I was really enjoying myself!  I even started doing some of my characters’ voices and gestures, drawing out lines for suspense…

Getting into the swing of things

Getting into the swing of things

And I felt rather saucy! I mention this only because I’m the last person who enjoys having a spotlight on her. My husband is an actor, and I’ve always admired his ability to lay it all out there on stage, while feeling “oh, I could never do that myself!” I’m a classic, garden variety introvert, and I like to be appreciated for my wit on the page, rather than the stage. But I do have to confess, it was a blast hearing people’s reactions to my words; getting the meaning across just the way I wanted it to be received, and getting instant feedback in the form of laughter and smiles.

Rapt audience?

Rapt audience?

And after I knocked ’em dead with chapter 4 (ok, mildly amused them), Candace did a little interview with me and I totally didn’t make a massive ass of myself.

Q&A with Candace after the reading

Q&A with Candace after the reading

I wouldn’t say this public speaking stuff is my forte, but I will say that it was a surprisingly fun time, and I’m looking forward to more!

Me hamming it up with BLISS

Me hamming it up with BLISS

Book Signing in Santa Fe!

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Hey folks, just a quickie reminder, Tuesday January 14th at 6pm I’m doing a reading and signing at Santa Fe’s premiere independent bookstore, Collected Works! Come out and listen to me as I practice my best plumy, resonant, and hopefully not too absurd authorial voice while I read juicy bits from BLISS!

Deets below:

Collected Works Bookstore

Tuesday, January 14th at 6pm

202 Galisteo Street

Santa Fe, NM 87501

Reading, signing, and Q&A!

Learn more about the event on Facebook…

The Faces of BLISS!

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Sorry I’ve been quiet for a few days… Thanksgiving was quite a distraction, between cooking and snooping around various bookstores to see how & where they’d displayed my baby BLISS. Happy to say I saw it on the New Arrivals table at a few Barnes & Noble stores (between Dolly Parton and a guide to dogs, whee?). Anyhow, thought I’d share some BLISS-ful faces. Feel free to submit a picture of yourself with a copy and I’ll post it!

THANK YOU!

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Dear friends, family, and countrymen (okay, colleagues at ye olde day job), I just want to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who bought BLISS, everyone who let me know “Amazon says it’s in the mail!” and expressed excitement on my behalf. For those who read it early and enjoyed it enough to post a review or tweet kind words, thank you, you’re amazing, and your cookies are baking in the oven.

Speaking of which, the whole latter part of this week is going to be me completely blowing my Weight Watchers points and baking up a storm… (in the middle of a winter storm, which rather sucks). The reason for this is that I’ll be reading and signing copies of the book at Barnes & Noble at the Coronado Mall in Albuquerque on Friday, and chatting with readers at Self Serve Toys in Albuquerque on Saturday night.  The details are on my Events Page. Of course, I don’t want anyone to go away hungry, so I’m making everything from cupcakes to biscochitos to lemon bars to bring along. Let’s all get fat and BLISS out together!

Again, my friends, thank you for the support, the great feedback, and for being in my life. Feel free to send pics of yourself holding up your copy of BLISS, and I’ll post ’em!

Final Countdown

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It’s four days until the official drop date for BLISS. “Doesn’t seem real” barely covers the surreal sensation this knowledge engenders in me. Partly it’s because there’s no red-carpet premiere, no box office numbers to tally when a book comes out. Most authors I know just spend the day obsessively checking their sales rank on Amazon.com, and surely I won’t be able to resist either.  I’ll bombard the Twitterverse with tweets, and annoy the crap out of my Facebook followers reminding them of the big event.  (Apologies in advance!) But otherwise, what marks such a momentous day for a writer? I suspect… not much. I’ll probably wear my cute new shoes, despite Santa Fe being a ridiculous place to wear high heels.  And some dear friends will join me for a celebratory meal.  Aside from that? I can only imagine what’s going on out there, beyond my control.

Are little elves stocking my novel on Barnes & Noble shelves?  Will some avid lover of women’s fiction be browsing a store in South Dakota and come stumbling across a new book with a pretty white cover?  Will she creep closer, daring to pick up the nice, weighty paperback, feel the pleasant tactile sensation of the jacket against her fingers?  Will she turn it over, and snort a small chuckle as she reads the tagline “Nothing says ‘oops’ like your naked ass skidding in the salmon mousse?”  Or perhaps wrinkle her nose and say, “No mousse-y ass for me, thanks!”  Might some store clerk in an indie bookstore happen to flip through it during breaks in the back room (ha, back room!) and decide, “Hey, I dig this, I’m going to put it on the ‘recommended reads’ table?”

I’ve no earthly idea.  And no control at this point. I crafted BLISS as if it were the most important confection of my career, adding all my favorite fantasies and wish fulfillment into the mix. I can only hope it tastes as sweet to the reader as it did to the writer.

You Like Me… You Really Like Me! (At Least 4 of You)

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So, I’m driving a shopping cart full of cat litter and trash bags around Target this afternoon (oh, the joy!) and I stop to check my phone.  (Hey, shopping is boring, what can I say.  At least I didn’t block anyone’s path to the yogurt.)  I see an email from my delightful, I’m-eternally-grateful-to-them publisher with some feedback from readers who participated in last month’s Goodreads first-read giveaway.  (Check it out here to read reviews.)  Not to toot my own horn (okay, totally to toot my own horn), but WOW!  The ones who took the time to write reviews really seemed to enjoy BLISS the way I’d hoped.  One woman said, “This was, for me, a one-sitting, pages flying read.”

Sniffle.

Those of you who are writers know just how important it is that somebody see the same thing in your work that you see in your mind, and that you spend all those hours trying to shovel in there.  It’s why I spend weeks dithering over exactly the right word; why I corner friends and fellow writing workshoppers and demand, “Is this funny?!  Does that make sense?”  But in the end the novel is just out there, alone, without you to explain or excuse or butter up your reader.  If you’re lucky enough to find readers, that is.

BLISS isn’t officially out until November 19th, but already, people outside of my immediate circle have gotten their hands on it.  Woman’s Day online said they loved it.  Library Journal gave it the thumbs’ up.  And now, real readers!  People who read the kind of books I read are finally being introduced to my work – and so far I haven’t been beaned in the head with a rotten tomato.  I know the responses can’t all be good, but for now, I’m just swimming in delight and so very grateful.

Oh, and one-sitting lady? Slow down. It took me a long time to write that book!