Friday, April 25, 2008

Recommended Read

Eek! I just received a review from Two Lips Review on A Wife for Big John, they gave it FIVE LIPS and tagged it as a Recommended Read!

Reviewer Laura says, "This was a really good book. And reading about the cupcakes and pies Dani made for Big John was making me hungry as I read! The humor here was so much fun. I laughed at Dani’s attempts at finding a wife for Big John, and the results she received. The romance blossomed nicely too. I liked the interaction Lauri Robinson created between Dani and Big John as they got to know each other and eventually fall in love. I definitely recommend reading Wife For Big John. I enjoyed it immensely and you will too!"

Click here to read the full review.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

SHEESH! I've been tagged!

THANKS Paty Jager for tagging me on a night I had to work until 10:00! You owe me cup of cyber tea! Or maybe highly caffeinated coffee! LOL

The rules:
1) Link back to the person who tagged you. 2) Post the rules on your blog. 3) Write six things about yourself. 4) Tag six people at the end of your post by posting links to their blogsites. 5) Let them know they've been tagged by leaving a comment on their site. 6) And let your tagger know when your entry is up.

Now the hard part… Six random things about me.
1) I love wide open spaces, where your eyes can see the earth touch the sky. 2) I hate water, i.e. lakes, rivers, etc. I cringe every time I have to drive on a bridge. (Yes, I live in Minnesota and have to drive over them constantly.) 3) I’m a terrible picture taker--both in front of and behind the camera. 4) I like peace and quiet and do not enjoy traveling to big cities. 5) I love history, and would love to time travel back to the old west.6) My ‘dream car’ is a 65 Mustang convertible. RED.

Now for 6 unsuspecting people to tag. Hmm....How about…
Phyllis Campbell
Bess McBride
Tricia Ann Woods
Leanne Tyler

Have fun!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Open Water

I drive past five different lakes in my 14 mile commute to work. Coming home today I was so excited to see open water. There was still some ice floating here and there on a couple of the lakes, but for the most part all of them have open water. To me this really signifies spring is here! YEAH!

On the writing side of things…

The Long and Short of It reviewed A Wife for Big John and gave it FIVE (5) BOOKS! Reviewer Camellia says, “A WIFE FOR BIG JOHN is one to keep so when life is “too-much with us”, we can read it again and escape for a time to the timber land of Minnesota to get our faith in humanity reaffirmed. This Happy-Ever-After story reminds me why I love to read romance.” View the entire review here.

And…Here is the cover for Shotgun Bride, the first book in The Quinter Brides series. Every time I get a new cover I proclaim it as my favorite!

Shotgun Bride
Like most girls, Jessie Johnson will never forget the first time she met her mother-in-law. After all who can forget a shotgun pointed at them? Bartered for a dead horse at gun point, she either agrees to marry one of the Quinter boys or her brother will hang for horse theft. Jessie knows nothing about being a wife- other than the wedding will likely put her new husband in grave danger.

After being knocked unconscious by his brothers, Kid Quinter finds himself surrounded by his uncouth family, the sheriff, a preacher, and an adorable young woman. Tied to a chair, he's given no choice but to marry Jessie Johnson. And that’s just the beginning of his troubles- it appears his pretty little wife has quite a past, including a notorious gunslinger looking for retribution.

Monday, April 14, 2008

A Romance Writer is also a Romance Reader

I’ve always enjoyed reading, I remembering spending a whole summer in my brother’s tree fort reading the Box Car Children series for a box car book marker from the local library. I haven’t changed; I can stay up until the wee hours of the morning finishing a good book. Historical romances are my favorite, and I only remember one book that I never finished. It sat on my nightstand for a couple years at least. I moved it to the book case in the spare bedroom for several more before I finally admitted I wasn’t ever going to finish it and gave it to Good Will.

Well…I now have a second one sitting on my night stand. It really bothers me- I don’t like leaving things undone. BUT, I just can’t get the gumption to finish this one. It’s a romance, by a best selling author, and it’s even autographed. I met her last fall and this was her latest release. Part of the reason may be because it’s a contemporary, but I’ve read several other contemporaries since starting this one. I really can’t pinpoint what’s wrong with the book. I like the hero and heroine just fine. There’s a compelling plot, some tension, some humor, etc. etc. I don’t like how many points of view the author gives us, but I can’t say that’s the reason I don’t want to read it either. Yet, I can’t seem to just ‘put it away’ and decide to never finish it…

Have you ever had a book you just couldn’t finish?

Monday, April 7, 2008

Wow, What a Week!

Last week was phenomenal!

I was offered a contract by The Wild Rose Press for Shotgun Bride. It will be the first book of the Brides for the Quinter Boys series!

I got the release date for An Unbelievable Journey, it will be May 28th. This is a short story so will only be released in e-book.

I met a friend I haven’t seen in ages for coffee. She was driving through town and called. It was so good to see her.

My husband and I went to the Wild Turkey Federation banquet and I won TWO new shotguns. On the live auction we bought a coffee table made out of moose antlers and two matching lamps. (They are not as ugly as they sound. Trust me!) And on the silent auction I bought a really cool clock that hangs on deer antlers. Yes, it all matches the deco of my living room which is full of ‘dead’ animals.

This week started out good too! I heard on the radio today is National NO HOUSEWORK DAY!
I’ve never heard of it before, but I’M GAME!
How about you?