Musings on the Writing Life

Giveaway: Can’t Make RT Convention, Crave Books and Swag!

As promised, here’s a consolation prize for all of us who couldn’t make it to the Romantic Times Magazine Convention in Dallas. It’s going on right now and although I’m enjoying everyone’s pictures on social media, I’m also very jealous that I’m not enjoying all the fun stuff.

If you too couldn’t make it to the convention, head on over to my Facebook page for a chance to win the amazing prize package in this picture.


It includes signed books by amazing Sourcebooks Casablanca authors Shana Galen, Mary Wine, Terry Spear, Tammy Falkner, and Lydia Dare; a beautiful wood box from India: a mini journal: and four marauding Vikings.

All you have to do to enter is to like my Facebook page, tell me in the FB comments (not here) what you would be doing right now if you were at RT, and share the FB post with your friends, if you can.

This link will take you straight to my Facebook page. Good luck!

May the 4th Be With You

imagesToday is a favorite day of mine, not just because it is the day after my birthday, but because it is Star Wars day! The nerd in me rejoices and expresses itself even more strongly on this day than regular days.

Star Wars was the first movie I saw without parental supervision. My friend Ingela and I got a lift from my dad and asked him to drop us off a block away from the movie theater so it looked like we were cool kids walking to buy our own tickets. We were twelve and had no idea what cool was. And the only reason we were seeing Star Wars was because it was the year Return of the Jedi released and we could see a double feature of Star Wars and The Empire Strikes back for the price of one movie. So not only were we not cool, we were cheapskates too.

JediBettyWhiteThe cool thing that did happen that day was that we both became life-long Star Wars fans and begged our parents for more spending money and another lift so we could see Return of the Jedi the following weekend.

I’ve seen all the Star Wars movies many times since then. I often re-watch them on today’s date, just to celebrate.

Today I greeted my class with “May the 4th be with you.” The class answered back in unison, “You’re a nerd Ms. Bradley!” Which is true and I’m happy and proud to be one. :-)

How do you celebrate Star Wars day and what’s your favorite Star Wars memory?

Extra treat: here’s my favorite May the 4th Be With You picture that I’ve seen on social media today. This one came from @GoT_Tyrion


Cover Reveal: LETTING GO by Jessica Ruddick

My fellow 2014 Golden Heart nominee and agent sister Jessica Ruddick is revealing her cover for her debut book LETTING GO today. I have a severe case of cover envy right now. Isn’t it gorgeous? If you are a fan of smart and spell-binding New Adult fiction, you want to put this book on your To Read list. The release date is May 26, click here to add it to your Good Reads list.



How long do you hold on?

Cori Elliott likes order. Her schedule, her social life…even her GPA is perfect. Then she finds out her high school boyfriend’s death wasn’t an accident—it was suicide. The devastating revelation is enough to fracture her perfectly structured life, sending Cori in a downward spiral of self-doubt and impulsive decisions.

And right into the arms of Luke Evans.

But Cori’s life isn’t perfect anymore. In fact, it’s all coming apart. The only way she can save herself is to let go of everything—including the girl she used to be. Even if it means losing the one guy who might just be perfect for her in the process…

Jessica croppedAbout the Author:

Jessica Ruddick is a 2014 Golden Heart finalist for her new adult novel, Letting Go, which was inspired by her own college experiences. She lives in Virginia and is married to her college sweetheart—their first date was a fraternity toga party (and nothing inspires love like a toga, right?). When she doesn’t have her nose in a book or her hands on a keyboard, she can be found wrangling her two rambunctious sons, taming two rowdy but lovable rescue dogs, and battling the herd of dust bunnies that has taken up residence in her home. To learn more about Jessica, please visit her website at


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