St. Martin’s Press Authors Invade the Lair!

Today, the St. Martin’s Press authors are storming our fortress to drink our grog, raid our Tim Tams and steal our men! Sven is guarding his chest expander and his cocktail recipes. Ermingarde is protecting our flank with fire. The Romans, cabana boys and hockey hunks are debating whether to put up the good fight or gracefully surrender… Unbeknownst to the SMP authors, the Banditas have a mole. Christina Brooke fully intends to turn this raid into a party, and the guests of honour are all you lovely Bandita Buddies! Below, you’ll see a list of the fantabulous prizes up
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George, Please Don’t Die!

  I am not much of a fantasy reader.  Nor sci-fi or anything connected to fairies, fae, or magik.  I think my brain doesn’t make pictures out of those kinds of stories, so I’m much more friendly toward them when the movie versions are released.   But I seriously got hooked on George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire.  I’m nearing the end of reading book five, “A Dance of Dragons,” and am amazed at how the game board has changed throughout the series.  Major players have died and interesting characters have arisen.   I’ve watched the stunning HBO series
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Rescuing Jenny

Currently, I’m working on book 2 in my New Jersey Ice Cats series – working title Rescuing Jenny. Tentatively scheduled for release from Harlequin Super Romance next summer, this is Tru and Jenny’s story.

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Just Keep Swimming…

I feel like this post is going to my “What I Learned Over Summer Vacation” post.  Only summer vacation–for me–is the RWA National Conference.  Every year I go, & every year I come home with a boatload of new information that seems crucial to career success but that requires a LOT of digesting.   Well, now I’ve had time to digest, & I think I’m ready to share.  Here are (according to RWA13, anyway) the keys to a successful career as  romance novelist:  1)  Write fast. Romance readers have a voracious appetite for their favorite authors, & they want to
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Five places I’d like to visit.

I’ve been traveling a lot lately. Two trips to Ohio and one to Atlanta, all since the first of June. Boy am I tired! How do baseball players, who have to travel every few days for weeks at a time survive it? This year I still have two more trips planned, one to North Carolina to attend a police academy for writers and one more home to see my mom in the fall. All this traveling got me to thinking. Where would I like to travel if money were no option. So here’s my top five places:  1. SCOTLAND. The
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Guardian Winners

We have two more winners of NetGalley access to read Guardian for free!  Winners must have or be willing to create a NetGalley account, but there’s no charge for that. The winner from my post of July 16 on the power of touch is… Linda The winner from today’s post on discovering new authors is… Laurie G Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to everyone who stopped by!  Linda and Laurie, please email nancy AT nancynorthcott DOT com with the email address you use for NetGalley.  

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A World of Difference with Sandy Blair

There are some people in this world that just make it a better place, not only because they’re funny and compassionate, but because their books take us to other times or places, and make us laugh, cry and sigh at the Happy Ever After. Today’s guest, my very good friend and critique partner, Sandy Blair, is one of those people. (Although I have yet to forgive her very brawny Scot of a husband for moving her from Texas to New England.) I and her readers, both old and new, have been thrilled that she’s revamped and reissued her back list
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The Last Thing I Needed…

…in this past year was to discover more authors whose books I loved.  But of course that’s exactly what I did.  I just can’t resist trying a new-to-me author when I see an intriguing book.  In the hope that my misery might acquire yours for company, let’s talk about our recent discoveries. I dropped by The Romance Dish a few months back when Andrea was reviewing Julie James’ latest book, Love Irresistibly.  It’s about Cade, an assistant U.S. attorney who needs help from a restaurant chain’s lawyer, Brooke.  They’re both career-focused, intent on keeping their personal lives light and easy.
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Nicola Cornick’s Winner!

Thanks to everyone who made Nicola’s visit yesterday such a blast. She had a wonderful time here! I’m delighted now to announce the winner of THE LADY AND THE LAIRD: AMY ROSE! Congratulations, Amy Rose. Please email Nicola on ncornick @ madasafish.com (no spaces) with your snail mail details and she’ll get your book off to you. Happy reading!

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The Distraction of No Distractions

Writing is hard. It’s so much easier not to write, and to complain about the distractions that prevent you from writing. Except… recently, I’ve noticed a very strange phenomenon. The lack of distractions can be very distracting! I wish all the distractions would go away, but when they do… “The house is too quiet,” I think. “Something must be wrong.” I can’t continue writing until after I investigate. So I check out the bedroom and discover that the bed needs to be made. Or it was made but the pillow is lumpy, and how can I keep writing when a
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