♥ I’m heading to Florida in February for fun and sun and to join Heather Graham, Bonnie Vanak and Rebecca Zanetti on a panel exploring what it’s like to write–and sell–paranormal romance. It’s all part of the Florida Romance Writers Fun in the Sun Conference, which takes place on a cruise ship. I can’t wait! I have more fun travel and conference plans for 2015, see my Appearances page for details.
♥ First Sale! My paranormal romance series Viking Warriors will be published by Sourcebooks. The debut book comes out in 2015, title still to be decided. I’m super excited to be working with editor Cat Clyne and send a huge thank you to my agent Sarah E. Younger of the Nancy Yost Literary Agency for her role in making it all happen.
♥ I am so honored to be one of the 2014 GOLDEN HEART FINALIST! VALHALLA’S KING was nominated in the paranormal category. Check out interviews of me and other Golden Heart finalists on the USA Today Happily Ever After and the Ruby Slippered Sisterhood blogs. We were all also profiled on Jillian Lark’s blog. Although I didn’t win, the award ceremony will forever be a magical memory. Congratulations to all the 2014 RITA and Golden Heart winners!
♥ More contest news: My romantic suspense A FLASH OF FEAR was a finalists in the 2014 REALIZING THE DREAM CONTEST.
♥ Buy the gift that keeps on giving! My essay “Thanksgiving: A Different Perspective” is included in the Three River Press collection Female Nomad and Friends: Tales of Breaking Free and Breaking Bread Around the World, edited by Rita Golden Gelman.
The authors of this book are donating the royalties to fund scholarships for Delhi slum kids who graduate from high school but don’t have the means to continue their education. The Rotary club in Delhi (via a Rotary Club in Maryland) are administrating the funds, as well as vetting and mentoring the young men and women who qualify. Read the intro to the book, which includes a fabulous recipe for Curried Carrot Soup, on Random House’s website. Purchase a copy now from your favorite store: