Friday, December 5, 2008

Bouncing Butterflies

I was notified this morning that I will be the speaker for a Chamber of Commerce progressive dinner.

It will end at a local library with dessert and a book signing. I have a very active local author, Sunny Fraizer, to thank for setting this up and I am excited!

Sunny is an award winning mystery writer - check out her website: http://www.sunnyfrazier.com/

If you're in the central California area the event is at the Hanford Library, January 15, 2009, 8:00 p.m.

Blessings,

Victoria

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Book Signing Experiences

I wanted to share my experience at my first book signing. While I didn't have a sell out I made some fantastic connections and had some questions answered on things I was wondering about.

The sale was a local author's book sale put on my a writing group located in a small town about thirty miles up the interstate. I knew a handful of the authors from conferences and classes. We donated a small portion of each sale for the library that housed the event.

One of my unanswered questions was why "my town" (and the town of several of the visiting authors) was so seemingly unsupportive. I was relieved to find out that it wasn't just me and most of them hadn't had much response from our local bookstores, etc.

I received two more invitations to sales in smaller towns and was asked to speak in a book store in another town nearby. My table partner is entered in the Eppie's and she's also a judge - small world.

All in all - it was a great day. I guess what I'm trying to share here is that you need to take your promotions where you can find them even if that means a little traveling.

So, I've got to buy one of those little computer suitcases on wheels for my books & stuff, join my other fellow local authors on the road show and make the best of it all!

Have books, will travel . . .

Victoria

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Nicola Beaumont's Forever From Paris

I was so taken with this short story. The soft, poignant message of Nicola Beaumont’s TWRP Rosette left me with a renewed hope as how prayers and promises come to fruition.

Marty and Anna had been in love since they were sixteen but Anna’s life has dwindled due to a debilitating disease. Marty sat aside his dreams of becoming a minister and married Anna vowing to care of her, his forever love.

Anna knew her time was near but her one desire was for Marty to find someone else to share his life with once she was gone. Her dream and a unique set of promises begin to unfold with a chance encounter at the Louvre where Marty meets Marie Wu.

Find out how promises are kept when God is in control in Forever From Paris.

The Desire of her heart
Finally, a man who doesn’t think Marie is a bumbling fool for not being able to articulate her thoughts. Kind, thoughtful, attentive…handsome: He’s definitely the answer to her prayer for a devoted husband.

A promise of forever…
Observant, funny, shy…gorgeous: Martin is tempted by the thought of a lifetime with Marie, but he must put aside his desire, for his heart is not free to love another woman.

Buy Link: "http://www.thewildrosepress.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=898

I give this story my red heart:
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Friday, October 24, 2008

I’m pleased to review Cindy K. Green’s Relationship Rescue

Two broken hearts and a hopeful friend lead a couple on their path to a relationship rescue.

A few short months earlier, Robynn and Mitch were on their way to the altar, but then he let her walk out of his life. She was hurt, he was shattered and seeing each other each Sunday at church didn’t help.

However, their friend, Marina Anthony, wanted to play matchmaker and reluctantly her husband, Chad, agrees. Marina plans blind dates for both Robynn and Mitch which turn out to be disastrous and they wind up in the Anthony’s coffee shop to soothe their egos.

Robynn finds Mitch sitting on a couch reading the sports page. They begin to talk and they realize Marina, who happens to be beaming from the counter, set them up. They leave for a walk and find themselves in their special place in the park where they discover: Love is patient, love is kind. . .

Blurb:

After Mitchell Regan and Robynn Hartley broke off their engagement, they remained friends and continued attending the same church. They've attempted to keep their unhappiness a secret from each other and everyone else but they can't fool their close friends, Marina and Chad Anthony, who decide enough is enough. It's time for a Relationship Rescue.

I give this my red rose bouquet:
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Buy Link: http://www.thewildrosepress.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=144&products_id=965

Friday, October 10, 2008

A Sigh of Love by Bess McBride

Bess McBride won me over with her Wild Rose Press publication, Love of My Heart, and when Bess first announced her book, A Sigh of Love, was to be released, I was anxious to get a copy.

Set in Alaska, which is painted in breathtaking beauty by the words of Ms. McBride, Abbie embarks on a lonely journey to revisit her former home. After her divorce ten years prior, Abbie moved to Seattle and devoted herself to motherhood then a coworker introduces her to George. Abbie and George correspond by phone for a few months and he pressures her to visit him. But when the nonrefundable plane ticket is purchased and Abbie notifies George of her plans, he makes it clear he doesn’t want her to come.

Abbie decides she’ll go to Alaska by herself, visit the old neighborhood and do a little sightseeing. Whether happy or sad Abbie has a habit of sighing which is noticed by her seatmate on the plane, an attractive Native American named Tom.

Abbie who sees herself as too eager and full of reservation is instantly attracted to him. As they share a few casual dates, she desperately wants to build a relationship with Tom but there are many obstacles in their way. Not only the possibility of a long distance romance but George suddenly appears in the picture as does Tom’s ex-wife, Debbie. Debbie and George want back what was once their’s which causes considerable doubt and hurt to Tom’s and Abbie’s budding relationship. She is heartbroken but can’t get Tom out of her mind.

This wonderfully written story finds two people who are full of self-doubt and fears. Since they’ve both experienced rejection and hurt in their past lives, they find it hard to trust each other.

While this book is certainly well worth the read, an incident happens midway through the story which makes it very hard to put down. In fact, I didn’t!

Thank you, Bess, for another great book.

I’m always so sad when your stories are over . . . . Sigh!

I give this book my golden heart award:
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You may purchase Bess McBride's books here:


www.thewildrosepress.com/index.php?main_page=advanced_search_result&search_in_description=1&keyword=Bess+McBride.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Sony eReader Giveaway

I'm one of the participating authors in The Wild Rose Press eReader giveaway. The contest runs until December 15, 2008.

Click on this link and you can participate in the contest:

http://thewildrosepress.com/publisher/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1588&Itemid=135.>

Good Luck!

Victoria

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Review ~ Table for One

I'm starting something new today - reviews. I'm reviewing a few of the titles from The Wild Rose Press and posting them here as time permits. Having just finished Georgiana Daniels' wonderfully funny, Table for One that's where I'll start.

Ms. Daniels blends the mishaps and misfortunes of Lucy Brocklehurst’s life into a charming tale of love and happy endings.

Lucy, as are all the single females in the church, is infatuated with the new youth minister, Carter but he seems to be equally infatuated with Marci. Lucy, along with Edgar and his meddling mother, Mrs. Flowers, sign up as youth group chaperones. Lucy joins because of Carter and all thought Lucy has no clue, Edgar joins because of her.

As Lucy’s 30th birthday arrives, her well-meaning mother plans Lucy a surprise party, but to Lucy’s horror only men have been invited. She arrives, delivered by her older brother, in sweats and an old tee shirt. After Carter tells Lucy he’s found her church notebook, the very one she’d doodled in during services linking her name and Carter’s, he tells her he wants to be “just friends”. Humiliated and also embarrassed by her parents’ hopes of finding her a date, she asks has Edgar to take her home.

Lucy then realizes maybe Edgar is the one who deserves her heart and they secretly start dating and Edgar’s mother begins an all out campaign to keep them apart. Edgar finally proposes but Lucy’s resolves begins to collapse. She feels she must let Edgar go and not make him choose between her and his mother, but a week doesn’t pass until Lucy spots Edgar with Marci!

Pick up a copy of Table for One for the poignantly sweet outcome of Lucy’s and Edgar’s relationship.

I recommend this book for a wonderfully happy romp through love and romance. I give it my Red Heart Award:
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Purchase Link:
http://www.thewildrosepress.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=144&products_id=679.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Introducing Guest Blogger Rose Zediker

Hi!

I’m Rose Ross Zediker and I'm a writer. I have published numerous children's stories, articles, devotions and craft activities in the Christian genre. I have an inspirational novella out from The Wild Rose Press. I completed a non-fiction children's book, Wealth in Biblical Times with an upcoming release date.

You can read a recently published article, Retelling Bible Stories at

http://www.institutechildrenslit.com/rx/ws06/biblestories.shtml
If you are a member of Shoutlife or Myspace, check out my weekly blogs about writing at
http://www.myspace.com/roserosszediker.

and
http://www.shoutlife.com/profile_view.cfm?uid=54220

And if you have a Shoutlife or Myspace profile and we’re not friends, send me a request. I‘d be glad to have you as a friend.




Through The Eyes of Love




Here is a blurb from my White Rosebud published by The Wild Rose Press. I hope you enjoy it!

Once the gangly boy next door, Mike Redmond grew into a six-foot, six-inch man. His former occupation as a guitarist in a Christian Rock Band necessitated a certain look including waist-length blond hair, goatee and hoop earrings. Forced into a major career change, Mike gave the situation over to God and follows what the Lord put on his heart. Opening a music store in Clearview and winning Audra's love.

Audra Pope runs a successful insurance agency but shies away from relationships, including one with God. Men want a perfect "magazine ad" woman and, due to her spine deformity, Audra doesn't meet that standard. Although Mike's outward appearance bothers an influential business owner, Audra begins to fall in love with him. Can she learn to see people, including herself, the way God does from the inside out?

This book is available for purchase through many outlets, including Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com.



Monday, August 25, 2008

Introducing Guest Blogger Pamela Thibodeaux

I'm happy to have as my guest blogger this week Pamela Thibodeaux. She's a truly amazing author with many credits to her name.

Award-winning author, Pamela S. Thibodeaux is the Co-Founder/President & Treasurer of Bayou Writers Group in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Multi-published in romantic fiction as well as creative non-fiction, her writing has been tagged as, “Inspirational with an Edge!” and reviewed as “steamier and grittier than the typical Christian novel without decreasing the message.”






Email: pthib-7@centurytel.net
Website address: http://pamelathibodeaux.com.
Blog: http://pamswildroseblog.blogspot.com.
MySpace: http://myspace.com/pamelasthibodeaux.


Books and Blurbs:

Amazon Link: amazon.com/exec/obidos/search-handle-url/002-3165282-8434425?%5Fencoding=UTF8&search-type=ss&index=books&field-author=Pamela%2C%20S%20Thibodeaux.


Tempered Hearts
© 2005
Publisher: ComStar Media
ISBN# 0-9769960-2-2
Rancher Craig Harris and veterinarian Tamera Collins clash from the moment they meet. Innocence is pitted against arrogance as tempers rise and passions ignite to form a love as pure as the finest gold, fresh from the crucible and as strong as steel. Thrown together amid tragedy and unsated passion, Tamera and Craig share a strong attraction that neither accepts as the first stages of love. Torn between desire and dislike, they must make peace with their pasts and God in order to open up to the love blossoming between them. It is a love that nothing can destroy when they come to understand that only when hearts are tempered, minds are opened and wills are softened can man discern the will of God for his life.

Tempered Dreams
© 2005
Publisher: ComStar Media
ISBN# 0-9769960-3-0
Dr. Scott Hensley (introduced in Tempered Hearts) has built a wall around his heart since the death of his wife and parents. Katrina Simmons is recovering from scars inflicted on her as a battered wife. Can dreams be renewed and faith strengthened? Can they find joy and peace in God’s love and in love for one another? Find out in: Tempered Dreams.

Tempered Fire
© 2006
Publisher: ComStar Media
ISBN# 1-933866-08-X
Amber Harris is a good girl on the brink of womanhood. Stanley Morrison is a young man at the start of his life. For each other, they have always felt the fireworks that two people in love should feel. But the questions about his past, his pride, and Amber's father might be the end of what could be a strong relationship. As the two try to protect their budding romance, some unlikely but powerful forces conspire to keep them apart. Will they survive the wishes of everyone around them with their relationship intact? Find out in Tempered Fire.

Tempered Joy
© 2008
Publisher: ComStar Media
ISBN: 1-933866-14-4
All around rodeo cowboy and heir to the Rockin’ H Ranch, Ace Harris is determined not to fall in love. He’s only loved one woman in his life, his mother, and no one can even come close to filling her boots. Lexie Morgan thinks rodeo cowboys have rocks for brains and a death wish for a soul. A broken childhood and the death of her father and best friend leave her doubting and questioning God (despite her years of religious upbringing) and afraid of love. Can two young people who clash from the onset learn to trust in the healing power of God and find love and happiness amidst tragedy and grief? Find out in Tempered Joy by Pamela S Thibodeaux

Link for Tempered E-Books:
http://www.comstar-games.com/csg-store/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=25_27.

The Inheritance
© 2007
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
ISBN# 1-60154-055-8
The Inheritance is about the chance we all long for…the chance to start over. Widowed at age thirty-nine and suffering from empty nest syndrome, Rebecca Sinclair is overshadowed by grief and loneliness. Her husband has been deceased for a year, her oldest child has moved to New York in pursuit of an acting career and her youngest child is attending college in France. Having spent over half of her life as a wife and mother, she has no idea what God has in store for her now. Will an unexpected inheritance in the wine country of New York bring meaning and purpose to her life and give her the courage to love again? US Postal worker Raymond Jacobey has been in love with the little widow since he first set eyes on her. A wanderer searching for the ever-illusive soul mate, Ray has never stayed in one place too long. Raised by self-centered, high-power executives, he’s longed for the idyllic life of residing in a cozy house in a small town with the love of his life. Will he gain the heart of the lovely widow or will he lose her to the wine country of New York? Find out in: The Inheritance By Pamela S Thibodeaux

Link to buy: http://thewildrosepress.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=410.

Short E-books:

Cathy’s Angel
© 2007
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
ISBN# n/a short story
Single mom Cathy Johnson is tired of running her life alone…what she needs is a well-trained angel to help out. Jared Savoy gave up the dream of having a family when he discovered he is sterile. Can a confirmed bachelor and the mother of four find love amid normal daily chaos? Find out in Cathy’s Angel by Pamela S Thibodeaux

Buy Link: http://thewildrosepress.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=613


Choices
© 2008
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
ISBN# n/a – short story
Best-selling novelist and songwriter, Camie Rogers has penned numerous accounts of the secret love she holds in her heart. Country-Music Superstar Kip Allen has changed from the shy, humble boy, to the epitome of “star.” Can the two rediscover each other after one night of his Home is where the Heart is Tour? Find out in Choices by Pamela S Thibodeaux

Buy Link: http://thewildrosepress.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=701.


A Hero for Jessica
© 2008
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
ISBN #: n/a – short story
Anthony Paul Seville is known as the ‘most eligible bachelor’ in New Orleans, possibly even the entire state of Louisiana, but finds himself alone—completely and explicitly alone. Jessica Aucoin is a writer on her way to fame and fortune, but is haunted by a man from her past. Will the “champion” lawyer and the author of romantic suspense find love written in their future? Find out in... A Hero for Jessica by Pamela S Thibodeaux

Link to buy: http://thewildrosepress.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=764.

My Book Page @ TWRP: http://thewildrosepress.com/index.php?main_page=index&manufacturers_id=142.


Coming Soon!

The Visionary
© 2008
Publisher: Enspiren Press
978-1-897540-12-1 Electronic book - ISBN
978-1-897540-11-4 Print book-ISBN

A Visionary is someone who sees into the future, Taylor Forrestier sees into the past but only as it pertains to her work. Hailed by Architectural Digest and Architectural Review as “a visionary with an instinct for beauty and an eye for the unique” Taylor is undoubtedly a brilliant architect and gifted designer. But she and twin brother Trevor, share more than a successful business. The two share a childhood wrought with lies and deceit and the kind of abuse that’s disgustingly prevalent in today’s society. Can the love of God and the awesome healing power of His grace and mercy free the twins from their past and open their hearts to the good plan and the future He has for their lives? Find out in…The Visionary by Pamela S Thibodeaux

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Introducing Guest Blogger Georgiana Daniels

I'd like to welcome Georgiana. Her first book, Table for One, has had some outstanding reviews.


Georgiana Daniels is the wife of a super-generous husband, and the mother of a teen and two tots. After graduating with a degree in public relations, she spent several years in the business world, but now has the privilege of staying home and working on the stories she loves. Table for One is her first book. When not writing, she spends her time burning up miles on the treadmill, blogging, and participating in ACFW and RWA.

Table for One

Since writing Table for One, many people have asked what inspired the story. It's simple--the lack of single, godly men in the church. Though I've been happily married for almost seven years, I remember the days of singleness with nary a Y-chromosome in sight, and when a new man would come on the scene all the women would flock to him. (Naturally I never wanted to be a flocker, but that's beside the point.) Under such circumstances, the difficulty of focusing our sights on God and not man, and learning to be content with His timing and not ours, can stretch our faith until it hurts.

It's been over two years since I started writing Table for One, but I'll never forget when I put my finger on the perfect opening. I was walking across the parking lot at Sam's Club on Valentine's Day and thinking about how ridiculously phony I thought the whole thing was. Evidently, marriage never erased the negative feelings that took years to develop. Then it hit me--my heroine doesn't like Valentine's Day either! But why? A-ha! Because everyone knows she's single and dateless, and her parents send her pity flowers. Boom, TFO was on a roll.

Putting my heroine through torture every day as I sat down to write was more fun than I can recount. But the bottom line I hope that readers take away from the story is this: trust God, because He will fulfill your desires in unexpected ways.

Blurb:

Successful stockbroker Lucy Brocklehurst hasn't had a date in four years. In a town where the ratio of single women to men is 7:1, she's determined to wait on God for the perfect mate--as long as it's the hot new youth pastor at her church.

Lucy will do anything to get his attention, including volunteering for the youth group. Through a series of misadventures on the teen outings, Lucy finds herself falling in love with a kindhearted chaperone named Edgar Flowers. But when their relationship grows serious, Lucy discovers the lengths his recently widowed mother will go to in order to keep them apart. What starts out as harmless interference turns into an all out tug of war, with Edgar as the prize!

Will Lucy crumble under the scrutiny of her would-be mother-in-law? Or can Lucy and Edgar's budding romance survive the schemes of his meddling mom?

Purchase Link:
http://www.thewildrosepress.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=144&products_id=679.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Introducing Guest Blogger Kara Lynn Russell


I'm privileged to have Guest Blogger Kara Lynn Russell this week. She's the author of the vastly popular Orchard Hill Series, another of which will be released this week.

Accepting Charity

Hello everyone and thank you Vicki for having me on your blog. I’m here to tell you about my latest release from The Wild Rose Press – Accepting Charity. This story is number 6 in my Orchard Hill Romance series. If you haven’t visited Orchard Hill yet, let me tell you a little bit about it.

This year there’s something special going on in the tiny town of Orchard Hill. Town matchmakers and longtime rivals Pansy Parker and Misty Green have decided to settle, for once and for all, just who is the best at bringing couples together. Whoever makes the most matches over a one year time frame will win…well nothing really because the contest is a secret. But they’ll have the satisfaction of knowing they’re the best.

In “Accepting Charity” it’s Misty’s turn to play matchmaker for Sarah and David. David is having a rough time, dealing with his sister’s death, settling her estate and learning to take care of his niece, Charity. Misty introduces him to Sarah, a speech therapist who helps him understand Charity’s disability. They are becoming friends when another relative challenges David’s suitability as a guardian, based on his single status and the amount of travel he needs to do for his job.

David would gladly let this other relative adopt Charity if he thought she could be a better guardian – but she’s definitely not mother material. So David and Sarah come up with a plan – they’ll pretend to be engaged to strengthen David’s position as guardian. But soon there’s more than pretend going on between them. Sarah can’t believe that someone like David would really care for her, and David must convince her otherwise if he wants to keep his new family together.

For the latest Orchard Hill information, visit my Orchard Hill Highlights blog – orchardhill.blogspot.com. For series information including blurbs, excerpts and free reads, visit my website – karalynnrussell.googlepages.org. You’ll find the excerpt for “Accepting Charity” here - http://karalynnrussell.googlepages.com/acceptingcharity.

Thank you again for inviting me to be here today, Vicki. Have a blessed day everyone.

Kara Lynn Russell

Monday, July 14, 2008

Where Does All My Time Go?

I'm finding I rarely get here to post anymore. My excuses run long and wide. Mostly summer and all the activities and weather over 110 fries not only eggs on the sidewalk but my brain :).

I'm battling with Cairo trying to get it just right for TWRP and I've entered the Easter Lily contest with them, too. Alvarado Gold has dropped off the radar screen on their best seller's list but did rather well and I'm proud of it. Who knows it may resurface as I see the other books do from time to time.

My American Historical short story: In the Shadow of My Heart is currently number on on the American Historical list and several people have told me they've read my short, free read Slugger's Surprise.

If you've find yourself here, I appreciate you stopping by. I'll post any news and try to stay cool!

Blessings,

Victoria

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Introducing Guest Blogger Cindy Green




May 30, 2008 marks the date for the release of Cindy’s sixth book title, Meeting Mr. Right Online. It is a sweet, chick-lit novella but never fear it ends with an HEA. A few questions to Cindy about writing this book.


How did you go about writing this story?
This story resulted from a few factors. I was reading a couple of chick-lit novels last spring, I’d just watched several episodes of a certain tv show with my sisters which resulted in the names of all the side characters, and I really did have an online friend like this who I had come to rely on and then all of a sudden didn’t hear from. My friend though was only a friend and we started writing again in a very short time. But the situation made me think…What if??? It all went from there.

Did you plot out this story or write it pantser style?
There was no plotting to this story until toward the end and then it was only ideas of what I wanted to happen to bring about the conclusion. I began writing this story on my PDA late at night in the dark (this is also how I wrote NovelTea #1). Sounds weird, right? :D Well, we authors are an odd lot. LOL! I was in the middle of editing a full-length novel and to those of you who have ever done that we know how consuming it is. I needed to write something new. So, there in the dark as my husband slept, I began this story.


Is the finished version much different from your first draft?

Yes, actually, it is. It is about 5,000 words longer to begin with. I changed the heroine’s profession, adding a secondary plot line about her work worries. And I made her love interest British instead of American. My husband calls me an Anglophile as I love all things British especially Period Dramas and British television. I thought, ‘I can write an English bloke.’ I had a couple English author friends read through his passages to make sure he seemed real. It seems he passed muster.




Meeting Mr. Right Online
By Cindy K. Green
Sweet/Chicklit Novella
By Grace Publishing
$1.49

Watch the book trailer

Blurb:
What’s a girl to do when she’s thirty-three and all her friends have started their lives and left her behind?
Lucinda Kelley works for a local cable television show, assists her sister in her tumultuous relationships, and yearns for the day she can meet Mr. Right. All that seems to change when she meets Londoner Julian Crawford in an on-line tv chat room. Eight months later, via email he has become her best friend and closest confidant. Then one day the messages cease, and Lucinda feels lost until she makes a vow to end this infatuation with someone she has never met and move on to something real. When an alarming revelation is exposed, it could be Lucinda’s undoing or it might be exactly what she was looking for.


Excerpt #1: The Opening


Good evening, this is Amber Heffernan reporting live for Channel 11 entertainment news outside the beautiful Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. In just a few minutes, the glamorous Lucinda Kelley will emerge with her new husband, that handsome British financier. This couple has been in the media limelight since they first started seeing each other almost six months ago, outshining all of the other popular Hollywood pairs. The bride was married today in a Vera Wang strapless scoop-neck wedding gown, and I’m told she looked absolutely stunning. When the couple exits the hotel, they will travel to JFK International Airport to board the family jet to Jamaica where the twosome plan to depart for a two week honeymoon. After that they will settle into their Malibu home in California where Lucinda produces her award winning television sitcom…

The computer beeped letting me know it had finally booted up, and there I was, daydreaming again. I really had to stop doing that. I clicked the button once more, hoping this time it would be there. I held my breath for the few seconds it took to check my email messages, feeling that depressed, empty sensation yet again when I didn’t see it. Rubbing my forehead, I closed my eyes. This was absolutely ridiculous. Why did I torture myself so?

Excerpt #2: The Job

I stumbled onto my office floor right on time, my head aching from lack of sleep. I had maybe five minutes to spare. Just enough time to get some coffee and take my place at the writer’s table. The boy’s club greeted me as I stepped into the room. This may be a small cable television show, but it was still a man’s world. That is, except for Candace Clooney and myself. She looked like she could even be George’s daughter, too, with those dark penetrating eyes and the ability to sway people to her way of thinking. And, let’s not forget that smooth, creamy skin and pert nose. She’d been on staff a whole two years less than me—straight out of college, I might add—and they had already given her more writing credits than me this season. Her voice, her very presence, grated on my nerves like a piece of sand caught inside my eyelid. She was my nemesis, if you will—that is, if my life were a comic book. Well, sometimes it sure felt like it. And here I was waiting for my superhero to swoop in and save the day. Don’t hold your breath, Lucy.
I neared the coffee maker and grabbed a mug from the table. As I began to pour the hot beverage, an awful scent of designer perfume wafted toward me. Candace. It couldn’t be anyone else.
“Morning, Lucy.” She sounded just as irritatingly fresh as she looked in that trendy DKNY suit. Of course, her tone might fool others but I knew better. She was up to no good.
I gave her a half nod before returning to my coffee regimen. “Hey, Candace.”
She leaned backwards into the coffee sideboard so she could look me in the eyes—and probably show off her stick-figure legs to the guys at the table. “So, how are the pages coming this week? You need any help? We could bounce ideas off each other if you want.”
I turned my body so I faced her, standing tall and foreboding. I doubt I really appeared foreboding, even if I did stand about six inches taller than her. Another reason to hate her. Petite and adorable Candace. Please note the sarcasm. But don’t let her appearance distract you. She’s only ever looking out for herself.
“Thanks for the offer,” I replied with all the sweetness I could muster. “It’s coming together great.” I didn’t say anything else because I restrained myself and walked to the table, taking a seat next to my one and only work friend, Derek Recinos, an assistant script editor. Derek and I were friends, nothing more. He had a girlfriend who I actually liked. In fact, the three of us went out occasionally to a movie or dinner.
“Hey, Luc. What up with you?” asked Derek with a smile so charming it could literally knock any girl off her feet, especially a girl who hadn’t had a date in…a long time. He really should be careful the way he threw it around. He might cause some real damage. Gorgeous, six-foot-three Derek had olive skin, shiny black hair with a slight wave, and large cinnamon brown eyes. To top it off, he was also the sweetest guy you’ll ever meet.
“I’m fine. Nervous, but fine,” I replied, my hands starting to shake. Today could make or break me in this biz.

Excerpt #3: The Meeting

The Stranger stretched out his hand, and it took me a second to realize I should shake it. While placing my hand into his, I moved my eyes upward to his face. Time seemed to stop as I took in a good view of him. They say the eyes are the windows to the soul. Whoever said that must have met Julian. His eyes were deep, soulful as if he could read your every thought. He looked at me with an intensity I’d never felt before. As cliché as it sounds, I went weak in the knees, accompanied by a tingly sensation moving up my arm and down my back. I couldn’t help but shiver.
“Lucinda Kelley?” he asked me.
Oh my gosh! His voice…That accent. It was a warm baritone as alluring as his eyes which now took on a playful manner. I could still feel the effects of his voice deep down inside to the very core of me. I closed my eyes in a flutter.
“Is that the same Lucinda Kelley who writes for Waiting for Love?” His mouth quirked to the side as if holding back his humor.
My throat locked up and I couldn’t answer. My heart! There was something definitely wrong with my heart. The erratic beat couldn’t be healthy. A second later Liz spoke in my place. “Yes, she is. Have you seen the show? She’s very talented, my big sister.”
Julian never turned his gaze from my face, even as Liz spoke. “I thought I recognized the name.”
There could be no denying that he knew exactly who I was. I just wanted to disappear and find myself back at my home in my warm, comforting bed to realize that this whole episode had been some unbelievable dream. I could feel color creeping into my cheeks as if they were on fire.
Derek took this moment to lean over to my ear. “I’ve got to get going.” As I listened, I watched the smile melt from Julian’s mouth. I nodded over to Derek, and he took this as his first and only time to place a kiss on my cheek. He’d never done that before, and now he had to do it in front of Julian. Oh horrors!
As luck would have it, Maria came up at that moment and led Julian off to meet some of the other couples who had just arrived. I remained stapled to my spot. What was I going to do? Then it came to me. The break I needed to make my great escape had arrived—like Clint Eastwood in Escape from Alcatraz. I might even need one of those homemade rafts tonight, Clint.


Bio:
Cindy K. Green was born in California but now resides in North Carolina with her husband and two young sons. Growing up, she loved reading and writing, but her heart always lay in teaching. After graduating from college with a degree in history, Cindy taught Jr. High for four years in just about every subject. After the birth of her second child, she was able to stay home and focus on her writing as well as homeschool her children. In her spare time, she loves reading, photography, scrapbooking, Period Dramas, and spending time with family. Cindy writes Inspirational, Contemporary, Suspense, Young Adult, Fantasy and Historical. To learn more, visit www.cindykgreen.com.

Friday, May 23, 2008

In The Shadow of My Heart Release

My post Civil War short story is now available at The Wild Rose Press: http://www.thewildrosepress.com

Blurb: Katie and Charlie are star-crossed lovers in the Great Smokey Mountains of Tennessee in the Civil-War era. Their fathers are bitter enemies but the two teenagers fall in love before Charlie leaves to join the militia after the battle of Shiloh. Charlie begs Katie to wait for him but he never returns.

Enjoy,

Victoria

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Alvarado Gold Print Release May 16, 2008

Alvarado Gold will be released this Friday, May 16. It is available now at amazon.com or you may order it from other book stores. Here's the PRINT ISBN 1-60154-138-4.

Check out my publisher The Wild Rose Press http://www.thewildrosepress.com and search for Alvarado Gold for a blurb and reviews.

I was featured today in the Alavardo Post, too, if you'd like to read it:
http://www.alvaradopost.com/articles/2008/05/10/news/doc48253f1ba23b7594357694.txt

Blessings,

Victoria

Friday, March 28, 2008

Contest ~ Celebration

I decided to have a little contest to celebrate a few things:

This is the final weekend of White Rose Month at TWRP.

I have seven weeks to my print release date and I'm starting to do additional promotion. So I'm on The Romance Studio if you want to check that out and I've requested my book trailer be posted at Simply Romance Reviews.

I've updated my website: vcaine.homestead.com

The contest is for five lucky winners to receive a PDF copy of Alvarado Gold.

Don't for get to leave your email in the comment box, contest ends Monday, March 31, 2008.

Blessings,

Victoria

Thursday, February 28, 2008

New Cover!



My new cover is here for my Rosette - In the Shadow of Heart. The cover was done by none other than Kim Mendoza.

Here's an excerpt:

As I started toward the cabin, I heard a rustling in the trees behind me. I turned and time stood still. My breath caught in my throat as Charlie reached out.
“You waited for me, Katie.”
He became a blur as my eyes brimmed over and tears splashed, unattended down my cheeks. Then, he’d moved from the shadow of my heart and into the circle of my arms.

Blessings!

Victoria

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Valentine's Contest, Reviews and Other Stuff

Well, I'm back on the best seller list at TWRP. I was surprised. I received some terrific reviews from readers as well as The Long and the Short of It and my White Rose group had a contest over on their blog.

For whatever reason - I'm thankful to all of those who have followed my success.

Blessings,

Victoria

Monday, January 21, 2008

Good Things Come To Those Who Wait

I'll have to admit I was getting anxious about not getting a review especially since the book had been out two months and the galleys were sent a couple of weeks before that.

I received a 4 1/2 book review from the Long and The Short of It.

You can read my review here:

http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.com/2008/01/review-alvarado-gold.html

I'm very pleased and frankly just a tad excited.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Contest Winner!

Hi Everyone -

As promised I'm going to announce the winner of the $10.00 gift certificate tonight (or it's tonight in my part of the world).

None other than Sheryl Browne author of the soon to be released:

The Madness of Celia Summers. Sheryl is writing as Charlotte Chalmers

I'm happy my daughter picked Sheryl out of the hat - Sheryl was one of my first connections here at TWRP.

Thank you to all of you who visited my blog and left all those wonderful comments.

Victoria

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Contest

If you find yourself here as directed from The Wild Rose Press Loop, then leave me a comment with your email address included (so I can find you if you win).

If you just accidentally stumbled into my blog - you're welcome to leave me a comment, too, and join in the fun.

The winner will received a $10 gift certificate to The Wild Rose Press.

Good luck - I'll be getting in touch with the winner, posting it here on the blog and on the loop on January 14th.

Blessings,

Victoria