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WINNERS! Release Celebration Giveaway

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WINNERS! Release Celebration Giveaway

And we have winners!!! Thank you to everyone who entered. If your name wasn’t drawn, never fear. If you signed up for my newsletter, I will be drawing and announcing one name to receive an autographed book or gift card each quarter… so don’t forget to check your inbox! And the winners are: THIRD PRIZE Autographed copy of Oath of the Brotherhood* Janelle Leonard SECOND PRIZE $20 Starbucks gift card Autographed copy of Oath of the Brotherhood* Lisa Medeiros GRAND PRIZE Handcrafted, genuine leather Moleskine notebook cover from...

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RWA 2014 Recap… and A Gold Stowaway

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RWA 2014 Recap… and A Gold Stowaway

Fresh back from the 2014 RWA national conference in San Antonio, Texas… with some unexpected carry-on luggage, a few new friends, and a sleep deficit that will take me well into September to make up for. But let me back up. For those of you who are curious about all the events that take place at RWA, here were some of my highlights. “Readers for Life” Literacy Autographing I flew into San Antonio on Wednesday, the same day as the literacy autographing, so I may have prayed incessantly for an on-time flight and good weather....

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Writing Process Blog Hop

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Writing Process Blog Hop

Welcome to my stop on the writing process blog hop! I’ve read a bunch of these but never participated in one before. If you’re a newbie like me, the idea is quite ingenious. Each participant answers a series of questions, links back to the original tagger, and then tags two or three more participants. At this point, I think there have been enough tags and hops to wrap around the earth half a dozen times, so if you keep clicking back to the “original tagger” on each post, you can hop along through an interesting series...

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Cover Reveal

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Cover Reveal

It’s that time… cover reveal time! I’m excited to show the cover that amazing designer Kirk DouPounce has designed for the second book in the Song of Seare series, Beneath the Forsaken City. I love how he captured the darker tone and increased danger of the second book in the series while keeping with the look of the first cover. Beneath the Forsaken City releases in February 2015. In the meantime, have you read the first book in the series, Oath of the Brotherhood? You can buy it at: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | CBD And...

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Why You Should Stop Looking for Advice

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Why You Should Stop Looking for Advice

I’m going to give all the writers out there a little bit of advice: stop looking for advice. Okay, so I recognize the hypocrisy in that statement. But stick with me for a minute. Lately, my reader feed and my social media has been inundated with advice. “Five Things You Should Never Do.” “The One Thing You Shouldn’t Care About.” “Ten Ways That I’m A Better Parent Than You.” (Okay, that last one isn’t real, but it might as well be.) Part of this comes from the fact that there’s a lot of people out there trying to make a name for themselves,...

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Release Celebration Giveaway!

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Release Celebration Giveaway!

Extended until July 31, 2014! It’s that time again! I get a little giddy when I have a book releasing, and when I get giddy, I like to give stuff away. So here it is, a chance to win some really cool stuff! GRAND PRIZE: Handcrafted, genuine leather Moleskine notebook cover from Oberon Designs (of course, with the legendary Moleskine notebook inside!) Matching ribbon and silver Celtic knot bookmark Rustic mug for your favorite choice of beverage Autographed copy of Oath of the Brotherhood* SECOND PRIZE: $20 Starbucks gift card...

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Where On The Web is Carla Laureano?

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I may be showing my age with the Carmen Sandiego reference, but I have been somewhat AWOL from my blog lately… for good reason. Book launches tend to be a flurry of interviews and guest blog posts, so I’ve been spending time elsewhere on the web. If you’d like to join some of my gracious web hosts, here are a couple of my recent stops:   Check out the review for Oath of the Brotherhood and a fun interview on the background of the story!     I was thrilled to write this month’s “For Writers”...

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Winning the Battle Against Burnout

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Winning the Battle Against Burnout

I’m blogging away from home this morning with the amazing Ronie Kendig! Won’t you pop over and join the conversation about overcoming the battle against writer burnout?

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Book Review: Born of Persuasion, by Jessica Dotta

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Book Review: Born of Persuasion, by Jessica Dotta

My copy of Born of Persuasion has a very interesting history. I ordered it before I left for the ACFW conference in Indianapolis last fall and read the first several chapters on the plane. I set it on the desk in my hotel room once I arrived, intending to read it on the way back. Unfortunately, in the jumble of books and clothing and all around madness of packing up to leave, one of my roommates packed it in her suitcase and took it home to Arkansas, where it waited until I realized I couldn’t find it and she realized that she had it. When...

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Five Best Productivity Tools

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I know I’ve been busy when an entire week has passed without writing a blog post, and it hasn’t even crossed my mind. It’s not as if I’m busy right now (where’s that sarcasm font when you need it?): between family life with all of its end-of-the-school-year hecticness and work life (two books due to my publishers in five months, building a new website, the unexpected early “soft” launch of my first fantasy novel, and the beginning of promos for the new series), it’s hard to fit it all in. So I thought I’d do a blog post a la Michael Hyatt on...

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