Thursday, October 25, 2012

Nominated for WIP Blog Hop & more

I was nominated for the WORK-IN-PROGRESS BLOG HOP by my dear friend and fellow author – Allyn Stotz - Thank you, Allyn.

I’ve taken the questions she sent me and answered them as well, Now they are posted on my blog. I hope you take a minute to read them.

At the end, you’ll see three I sent the questions to: followed by their websites. Check them out as well.

First I'd like to take a quick moment to send pictures from the book signing at Barnes & Noble. I posted info on blog last time.


What is the title to your work - in - progress?
I’m working on book 3 of my Samantha Cain Series…The Truth Revealed

Where did the idea for your book come from?
The idea for the character, Samantha Cain, came when I was working the nightshift as a dispatcher and heard a noise outside. After I checked it out and came back inside, I thought what if I had a character who did that and found a person being killed, and she tries to help stop the killing till the police arrive -- only to become the killers next target. Book 1 – Be Not Afraid – followed with Book 2 Testimony of Innocence (here Samantha has to prove her innocence after her boss is murdered and she becomes the prime suspect). THEN comes book 3. What crime would come to Samantha now? I thought of her son, near and dear to her heart – so maybe a kidnapping? As I’ve been working on the MS it has taken a few turns during the writing. That is the fun part of being the author…and letting your characters take on a true persona as you are writing. They guide me into different directions. I can’t wait to read the finished product in The Truth Revealed.

What genre does your book fall under? Mystery – with a touch of romance.

What actors would you choose to play the characters in the movie rendition? Sandra Bullock for Samantha Cain

What is the synopsis of your book in one sentence? Their first PI case…a missing child…or is it two…can they find him in time?

What other book would you compare this work - in - progress to in your genre?
Books by Dee Henderson (her mystery novels) or Jill Elizabeth Nelson’s – To Catch a Thief series

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? I’ve been working on the first draft for almost a year off and on, between getting my latest two releases Testimony of Innocence and Crime in The Big Easy ready for my publisher this year. The series book came out in September and the stand-alone suspense came out a few weeks ago in October.

Will this book be self-published or represented by an agency? My publishers name is Oak Tara Publishing. God blessed me when He had them offer me a contract on Be Not Afraid. I believe we will have a long relationship. I love Ramona Tucker and how well she works with me…helping me…encouraging me.

What inspired you to write this book? I prayed, asking for where my series should go, and this was where I was lead in my heart.
What else about your book might pique your readers’ interest? My series books take place in Baton Rouge Louisiana. If you live in this area, that might make you want to take a closer look. If you don’t live here and want to get a little of our southern flavor, you might want to read my Samantha Cain Mysteries.

Now it's time to announce the three people I've nominated. I hope they have some fun with it!

Jill Elizabeth Nelson --

Sylvia Rochester --

Elaine Grant --

Saturday, October 20, 2012

What a day!

Today I had another book signing. This one was at Barnes & Noble. I love the chance I get to meet my readers, and introducing my book, Testimony of Innocence, to new readers. Today I was blessed by seeing a cousin I hadn't seen in years. It was such a joy. We reminisced about the good old days. Both got a little teary eyed when we talked about our fathers who were brothers. Both are deceased and missed but still loved. All and all the signing was a good one and I look forward to more.

Next Saturday will be The Louisiana Book Festival. I'm looking forward to that. People come from all around to meet Louisiana authors. Not only are there books galore, but there is so much more. They have story reading for children, face painting, usually some sort of cooking display, teaching how to fix a special book that may be falling apart, food of all sorts to eat, and more. It's a festival, what can I say? And its in the south...we do everything in a big way.

This Friday I'll be taping for the local talk show, Around Town. I'm looking forward to meeting Scott Rogers face-to-face. He seems like a very nice guy. I believe this episode will be aired Saturday morning of the 27th.

My grandson, Scotty, went to his homecoming dance. I'm looking forward to seeing pictures of he and his date. I hear they made a very handsome couple. I'll share a picture or two when I see them.

Koby, my other grandson, is under the weather at the moment. He's been sick since this past Friday. He'll see a doctor Monday. It may be strep throat. Keep him in your prayers.

I think I shared this previously, but if so, sorry. You get to hear it again. Everyone always asks me which book is my favorite. I usually say I love them all...because I do. But my newest release is Crime in The Big Easy and I believe it's my favorite book of all times. As much as I love Samantha Cain and the mystery series...Crime in The Big Easy was my first suspense and it was so much fun writing. An excuse to visit New Orleans and hang around. Although I was born in New Orleans, my family moved to Baton Rouge before I was a year old, so I grew up here. Of course, I wouldn't trade living here for anything in the world...or should I say growing up here. Now that I'm older, I wouldn't mind retiring on a beach somewhere. Hee-hee. Check out the cover and check out my web site. Tomorrow and Monday I'll be adding a few more places I'll be in the next month. Hope to see you there.

I'll add the back so you can read the blurb.

Now I'll add my website so you can check out my events.

Monday, October 8, 2012

an important part I left off my blog - check it out

Here is the address to click on to watch the book video for Testimony of Innocence, book 2 of The Samantha Cain Series.

It is soooo good.  Check it out.

Afternoon Connection

Hey guys. It's afternoon time here...later than I normally post. Today is Columbus day. How many years ago was our nation discovered? I believe it was in 1462. All I can say is, God bless America...and I'm proud to be an American. For those of you who get the day off, I hope you are enjoying it.

A few minutes ago Scott, my husband, put together a laptop stand so I can sit in the living room or out on the deck and have a steady place for my lap top to go. I love it. It was a gift from our cousins in Cincinnati OH. We took a short vacation up there and enjoyed every minute of it. Hey Cathey and Barry (if you're reading this).

I came back to a wonderful surprise. As you all know, Testimony of Innocence book 2 of The Samantha Cain Series released in September. My publisher, OakTara, told me they would try to have Crime in The Big Easy ready in time for the Louisiana Book Festival on October 27, 2012. They did. The box I ordered for me was delivered my first day back. I LOVE IT!! Don't get me wrong. I love all of my stories I've been blessed to write, but Crime in The Big Easy and Hidden Secrets (not published yet) are my two favorite books I've written. I believe I have a special attachment to Crime in The Big Easy because it was my first suspense with a little romance. I was tickled pink when Ramona Tucker said they wanted to publish it. Not only is it an awesome story (I believe), I love my characters. They were probably the first ones who came to life as I was writing. This, by the way, was my 7th book written out of the many I have completed and started as of today. Wait till you get it. I hope you love it as much as I do. Check out the front and back cover of my new book...I tried to download the back and front cover and like on face book, it wouldn't work. I'll have to check into that. SO...I'll down load the cover.

Here is a quick reminder -- On October 20th, I'll be at Barnes & Noble in Mandeville from 2p.m. until 4p.m. If you live in that area, come see me. This signing is for Book 2 -- Testimony of Innocence that was released September 2012. They also have my other 4 books (Be Not Afraid, Book 1 of The Samantha Cain Mysteries, Passion from the Heart, All in God's Time, & Grace a Gift of Love. Crime in The Big Easy wasn't ready in time...not that we ever thought it would be. Anyway, I hope you in the area will come on down to the store. I love to visit with my readers and I'd love to meet you face-to-face. Here is the front and back view of Testimony of Innocence, book 2 of The Samantha Cain Mysteries. I love Samantha and her life...I hope you do too.

The Louisiana Book Festival will be October 27th in Baton Rouge, downtown by the Capital and The LA State Library. I have a booth, so watch for me.

I think I figured out the problem as to why I couldn't download the full cover. I'm going to try again. Here goes:

It worked. What's that old saying..."when all else fails, read the instructions." I needed to download it as a JPEG not a PDF. That's probably why I couldn't do it on FaceBook. Oh well. It's hear now. I hope you can get it big enough to read about Taylor Jaymes.

Also, my daughter in California let me know I was wrong on the date. It was 1692. Sorry. History and Geography were not my best subjects...and I've been out of school for some time.

Take care and God bless you. I hope to see you soon.