Musings on the Writing Life

Conference Shenanigans in New York City

20150726_101442The Romance Writers of America‘s annual national conference just ended. It has been four days of non-stop fun. I can’t decide what I enjoyed more: the workshops, the fangirl moments, the visits with new and old friends, the RITA Golden Heart ceremony, or the amazing shoes people wore. :-)

It’s hard to put into words how much you learn and how much fun you have at the event. You really have to go to get the whole experience. Imagine a whole conference room filled with women–and a few men–who love what they do, are incredibly passionate about their work–and books in general–and can’t stop talking about it/sharing their knowledge/helping you in your career, no matter what level they are at in theirs. Bestselling authors who are at the pinnacle of their career trajectory are just as likely to chat in the bar with newbies as they are hanging out with their peers.

This was my first year as a contracted author and I was soaking in the moments. It was the first time I had lunch with my agent in New York. The first time I had lunch with my editor in New York. Did I mention this was a big publishing event in New York? Did I mention I was there? :-)

I headed out early with my friend Jere’ and we had time to play tourists before the conference started. If you’d like to see the pictures, they’re all posted in an album on my Facebook author page.

Hope to see you next year in San Diego!

Debut Book VIKING WARRIOR RISING Signing & Reading

AuntiesSigningVWRMy town has a fantastic independent bookstore. I love browsing for new and favorite authors at Auntie’s Bookstore and I’ve been to so many author appearances at the store. I’ve seen my favorite big-name authors, discovered new authors at all levels of their careers, and seen local writer friends launch their debuts. And now it’s my turn!

I can’t tell you what an honor it is to have Auntie’s host my debut party. This is truly a dream come true, both publishing the book and reading at the store.

By an amazing unplanned coincident, my mom is going to be here during my book release week. She and a friend are stopping by after a big international quilt show in Houston. I’m so excited that she’s going to be visiting from Sweden just at the right moment to share my big day.

I know it’s months away but Auntie’s just confirmed today, so I have to share with everyone right now. There’s no way I can keep this inside. :-)

If you happen to be in the Spokane area in early November, consider yourself invited. There’s a Facebook Event set up to which you can add yourself or any book lovers you know. Hope to see you there!


Cover Reveal: FORGET TOMORROW by Pintip Dunn

Due to bad spam filters and a horrendous thunderstorm power outage, I’m a little late posting my friend and Golden Heart sister Pintip Dunn‘s gorgeous cover for FORGET TOMORROW. Although, that does not in anyway diminish my excitement over sharing how amazing her debut novel looks and reads. Plus, I’m super thrilled that we share a release date of November 3. She and I will be celebrating together big time!

ForgetTomorrow-900pxYou can celebrate with us too! Add FORGET TOMORROW to your Goodreads List or pre-order from Barnes & Noble and Amazon. I’ve been waiting for those links since the very first time Pintip told me what the book is about. I bet you’ll click them as soon as you read this:

Imagine a world where your destiny has already been decided…by your future self.

It’s Callie’s seventeenth birthday and, like everyone else, she’s eagerly awaiting her vision―a memory sent back in time to sculpt each citizen into the person they’re meant to be. A world-class swimmer. A renowned scientist.

Or in Callie’s case, a criminal.

In her vision, she sees herself murdering her beloved — and gifted — younger sister. Before she can process what it means, Callie is arrested, treated viciously, and placed in Limbo―a prison for those destined to break the law. With the help of her childhood crush, Logan, a boy she hasn’t spoken to in five years, she escapes this hellish prison.

But on the run from her future, as well as the government, Callie sets in motion a chain of events that she hopes will change her fate. If not, she must figure out how to protect her sister from the biggest threat of all—Callie, herself.

Get to know Pintip

pintipWhen my first-grade teacher asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I replied, “An author.” Although I have pursued other interests over the years, this dream has never wavered.

I graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. I received my J.D. at Yale Law School, where I was an editor of the YALE LAW JOURNAL. I published an article in the YALE LAW JOURNAL, entitled, “How Judges Overrule: Speech Act Theory and the Doctrine of Stare Decisis,” and received the Barry S. Kaplan Prize for best paper in Law and Literature.

I am represented by literary agent Beth Miller of Writers House. I’m a 2012 Golden Heart® finalist and a 2014 double-finalist. I’m a member of Romance Writers of AmericaWashington Romance WritersYARWA, and The Golden Network.

I live with my husband and children in Maryland. Visit me at: WebsiteGoodreadsTwitterFacebook

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