Saturday, July 23, 2016

Gotta Love Facebook



Despite all the ads, the political rhetoric, and recipe videos that make me hungry even though I’ve just eaten, I love Facebook.  It has provided me with a venue to keep in touch with people that would otherwise have slipped out of my life forever. Because of Facebook, yesterday a friend that I hadn’t seen in fifteen years and I met up to do a bit of shopping and just spend a day catching up with each other. Within minutes we were laughing and carrying on as if we’d seen each other every day for the last fifteen years. In fact, we were so busy laughing, we missed a turn and ended up ‘lost’ on our way to the shopping extravaganza that we’d been invited to via Facebook. Luckily all we had to do was open Facebook on my phone, click on the address and the phone started talking to us, telling us to turn around, and then step by step, told us how to get where we needed to go—interrupting our laughing now and again to remind us the next turn was coming up. 

We happened to drive past Paisley Park, and of course stopped to walk the fence line and see all the memorials people have left for Prince. Some were utterly amazing. As were the people, including a women who had flown in from L.A. that morning to pay her own tribute to him. 

Later, (after the shopping extravaganza that left us filling her car with deals that were too good to be true) we ventured on to find a wonderful little cafĂ© and shared a lovely meal and browsed the sidewalk sales going on in the area. Needless to say, it was a fabulous day that happened because of Facebook. 

I also appreciate how Facebook allows me to share writing news, both on my page and my Author page. Yesterday, I shared the cover art for my next release Unwrapping the Rancher’s Secret. I love this cover! And yes, it’s a Christmas story. Another thing I love to read and write. 

Today I’ll spend some time working on my next WIP about a blacksmith who wants a wife and a mail order bride who has promised to wed the town’s mayor. Then I have to get busy with prep work for tomorrow. We are hosting Bear’s birthday party. Our amazing granddog turned nine last Sunday, so all the kids, grandkids, and granddogs will be over to celebrate. 

I hope you have a fabulous weekend, and if you are browsing Facebook, stop by and say hi!
Cheers!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Goodness, it's been a while since I posted a blog!



July already! I hope you all had a wonderful time celebrating our Nation’s Independence Day! We had a great time with water balloons, volley ball, fireworks, and of course Papa barbequed. One of our granddaughters made these wonderful cupcakes. Upon arrival at our house, she told me, “Grandma, I made them all by myself. All Mom did was pick out the eggshells.” 

We had all the grandkids here for a couple of days last week, and one morning while Papa and I were in the garage, he looked out the door and said, “Grandma, you have to see what’s coming across the driveway.” The cousins had given each other makeovers.




Amongst the weeks of fun and company, I have managed to get some writing done:

Excitingly, The Bootlegger’s Daughter is being released in Norway and Sweden this month. I received my author copies of the translated versions yesterday. The other books in that series will also be released in Norway and Sweden this year. The next American release will be Unwrapping the Rancher in November and my cattle drive story was completed and accepted last month, it will be released sometime next spring. Currently, I’m working on a mail order bride duet, which is what I’ll be doing today, and need to get started!

I hope you all have a wonderful July, full of sunshine and happy days!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Books and Fairy Trees



Coming in May/June will be Her Cheyenne Warrior, and today I received a wonderful review for this book from RT Reviews: Robinson’s talent for period detail shines in her newest stand-alone novel, and the author’s dare to go retro with the classic “Englishwoman vs. Indian chief” plot might just revive an entire sub-genre. Mildly sexy and thoroughly engaging, this tale of broken hearts allowing love in once more is a guaranteed HEA. RT REVIEWS- See more at: http://www.rtbookreviews.com/book-review/her-cheyenne-warrior#sthash.uBAdv9Wf.dpuf

I’m so glad they enjoyed this book. It was a joy to write—but also one that kept me up at night making sure Black Horse was as authentic as I could make him.

Next up will be Unwrapping The Rancher’s Secret, a holiday story that will be released November 1st.

I just completed a round of revisions on my cattle drive story and sent it back to my editor and now am finishing up a few things in my ghost story for my agent. After that I’ll dig deep into a mail order bride book I’m writing in collaboration with another author. It’s the first book in my next four book contract with Harlequin.

On to other things…the weather was gorgeous here last weekend and I took advantage of it by cleaning out all of the flower gardens and putting down new mulch. The granddaughters had discovered a tree down by the wheeler trail that, although it’s still alive and well, had a hollow spot in its trunk. They of course decided fairies must live there, and that it needed to be decorated. So, while mulching, I laid some around their tree, being very careful to not disturb any of the work they had already completed to make it more enticing for the fairies.  They also have plans for a couple other tree trunks, and have convinced Papa they need a loft in the club house. He’s made a couple trips to the lumber yard, so I’m assuming that project will start taking shape soon.

Life is busy around here, but that’s what makes it fun!

Keep smiling!

Monday, March 7, 2016

Next Up...




First, thanks to all of you who have emailed/messaged me saying how much you enjoyed Saving Marina! I so appreciate each and every one of you!

Next up will be Western Spring Weddings! This is a great collection of short stories.

SPRING WEDDING FEVER IN THE WILD WILD WEST! 

THE CITY GIRL AND THE RANCHER by Lynna Banning 

Penniless, Clarissa Seaforth leaps at gruff rancher Graydon Harris's offer to become his cook. She's never cared for a man before, but surely it can't be hard to learn…

HIS SPRINGTIME BRIDE by Kathryn Albright 

Spring is in the air… Can rancher Gabe Coulter and Riley Rawlins, the boss's daughter, find forgiveness and renew the lovers' vows they made so long ago?

WHEN A COWBOY SAYS I DO by Lauri Robinson 

Dal Roberts must make his sister's wedding a success, which means accompanying seamstress Ellie to Wichita. Could there be a double wedding on the horizon…?

I just finished reading the other two stories—I love that perk of writing these anthologies! 

Then, in June, there will be Her Cheyenne Warrior. 

The Cheyenne's captive! 

Runaway heiress Lorna Bradford must reach California to claim her fortune, but when she's rescued from robbers by fierce warrior Black Horse, she's forced to remain under his protection. 

Immersed in a world so different from her own, wildcat Lorna learns how to be the kind of strong woman Black Horse needs. But, to stay by his side, she must first let go of everything she knows and decide to seize this chance for happiness with her Cheyenne warrior!

November will bring Unwrapping the Rancher’s Secret.

SALE:  Several of my books are on sale for $1.99 on Amazon. I have no idea how long this will last, but if you’re interested you can scroll through all of my books at my Author Page there. 
You can also follow me there to be notified of new releases. 
 
Even with one extra day, February seemed to fly by. It was a busy month with family gatherings, birthday parties, and many other fun events and days. I was able to finish my ‘orphan train’ story and sent it off to my editor and started on new story with a secret baby theme.  And most exciting is a mail order bride duet that another author and I are collaborating on. Having a partner, even in writing, always adds to the fun.

Our March weather has been much warmer than ‘normal’ and that has me itching to get outside. I’m gathering materials for the granddaughters to help me make a fairy house out of a stump up by the sauna, and each time I look at the box, I get a bit giddy thinking about working on it with them. Pinterest is full of ideas for fairy houses of all kinds. What a fun way to keep magic alive for everyone!

Stay happy, and healthy!


Monday, February 1, 2016

Ebook Release Day!




Saving Marina is now available in print and ebook! I’ve had people say it’s one of their favorites. That is always so wonderful to hear!

Seduced in Salem 

Sea captain Richard Tarr must claim his child after the death of his estranged wife. Arriving in Salem, he's shocked to discover his daughter is in the care of Marina Lindqvist—a rumored witch!

This beautiful, gentle woman awakens unfamiliar feelings in Richard. And as the threat from the Salem witch hunters grows, he knows he must protect misunderstood Marina at all costs. Little does he know that with Marina helping him bond with his little girl, she might just be saving him right back…



 
We had a fun weekend! My brother from Tennessee is in town and we had a terrific time visiting with him and his family. His daughter hosted the day, and before we arrived, she set up this amazing store for the younger kids to play in while the adults visited. Of course, we all took our turn at shopping at the store—and applying
to work there!

On the writing side of things, I’m heading for the finish line on my orphan train WIP, and then I’ll start working on one where the hero learns he has a 2 year-old daughter. It’s been playing in the back of mind for a while, so I’ll be glad to dig deeper into that one. 

It’s foggy and gloomy here today—but only outside. Inside all of us is where it counts, so keep that warm and sunny! You can do it!