Posted by: selenafulton | August 20, 2014

Going for your dreams

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I don’t have a release date, but I’ll keep you all posted.

Speaking of posts, I know I haven’t blogged for a few weeks, but I’ve been crazy busy. Some of you know I’m working on two different manuscripts at the same time. I received the galley on one, and the other has gone to the copy editor.

Ever since I was a young girl, I wanted to be a published author. It’s been a long road, with lots of rejections, near misses, and decisions. I’ve ridden the highs and lows writers everywhere share. I’ve attended workshops, pitched to editors and agents, and now…it’s happening.

I’m closer to my dream than ever before.

Years ago, my pastor made an example out of me when it comes to having goals. It isn’t enough to want something. You have to put out the work. Study the material. Do whatever it takes to accomplish your goal. I listened to his sermon, nodding in agreement, thinking of my own goals.

Then he mentioned me by name in front of the entire congregation. I think I turned ten shades of red. He said how I’d written a book and “It’s pretty good.” The manuscript he read hasn’t been published yet, but it was the first time my desire, my goal was out there in the public eye. This was more than a few of my friends knowing my dreams. He made my dreams public to my entire church.

I think if you have a dream, a goal, you have to make it public. Other people WILL make you accountable. The’ll ask you about it, reminding you maybe that you need to get back to work. Dust off that keyboard. Your manuscript will not be published if it never gets off your hard drive!

A couple of nights ago, I was feeling a bit overwhelmed and then I thought, I’m realizing my dream. I’m going to have not one, but TWO books out shortly!

I couldn’t wipe the smile from my face.
Can’t wait to reveal my second cover!

I’m almost there!

 

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Posted by: selenafulton | August 8, 2014

What it means to belong

You want to hear a great story? Go to:http://barbaravey.com/2014/08/07/the-divine-secrets-of-the-lalala-sisterhood/

See these ladies? I count them as some of my very special friends. Read this blog to hear about this wonderful group I belong to. I wasn’t able to come to San Antonio this year, so I’m not in this picture, but I plan to go to NYC next year with two books published!

What does it mean to belong to such a wonderful group? On March 26, 2010, I once again nursed my wounds. I had entered a writing contest, The Golden Heart, and once again, did not final. I wasn’t alone.

It’s a tough competition, and writing is a tough occupation. You pour your heart out, working late into the night, sweating out the words in the hopes someone will not only like your book, but that you’ll sell it! The Golden Heart contest is one of many contests for romance writers.

One of my friends from my local chapter, Valerie Bowman, was also among the many writers who did not final. She began what is known as the Lalala’s and began inviting other writers. The attitude was, We will persevere! We will get published! When she invited me, I accepted. With all that positive attitude, we were sure to go far.

I really needed their camaraderie that year. My mom was diagnosed with cancer, I was unemployed, and I had every reason to be down. But my friends not only encouraged me emotionally, we critiqued each other, and I was able to tell share the news with my mom about receiving TWO contract offers that year! She was so proud. 🙂

This is yet another blog about how we all began:
http://ashlynmacnamara.net/the-divine-secrets-of-the-lalala-sisterhood-two-more-stories/

I’m so glad to belong to such a wonderful support network. Love you guys! We’ve come a long way in only four years!

Posted by: selenafulton | August 6, 2014

Let’s hear it for Mary Behre and her new release: GUARDED!

Today I am welcoming a friend of mine, Mary Behre. Her novel, GUARDED comes out tomorrow, on August 7.

 

  Please welcome, Mary Behre!
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You do NOT want to miss out on her great new novel!

Mary, give me a brief description of your book. GUARDED: (A TIDEWATER NOVEL #2)
A psychic veterinarian who can talk to everything from naked mole rats to ferrets, stumbles onto an exotic animal kidnapping ring. When a zoo owner is murdered and all signs point to the vet as the killer, she enlists the aid of her super sexy cop friend.
Will he be able to help her clear her name before he’s forced to arrest her?

How did you choose this genre?

I didn’t set out to be a paranormal romantic suspense author. It just developed over time. I’ve always been drawn to the paranormal. It probably comes from living in areas where ghost stories are just part of everyday life. But I love solving puzzles too. So when I started writing the Tidewater Series, the psychics and the mystery just went hand in hand.

What do you do for fun (when you’re not writing?)

I’m a water girl at heart. I go to the water every chance I get. Doesn’t matter if it’s sailing, tubing, canoeing, kayaking, or just sitting on the beach, as long as the water is nearby. I find the water the best place to recharge and reset.

When did you know you wanted to write books?

Does birth count? I cannot remember a time in my life when I wasn’t penning some story. In high school, I’d entertain my friends at lunch with my latest short story. In college, I kept up my roommate with tales of serial killers on the loose and determined heroines out to stop them. But it was more than fifteen years after college before I wrote my first romance and another four before I sold my first paranormal romantic suspense novel.

How long does it take you to write a book?

I tend to write in fits and starts. But I always time it, so I know how much time I’ve spent. It took six months from beginning to end to write SPIRITED (A Tidewater Novel #1) and two months from beginning to end to write GUARDED (A Tidewater Novel #2).

Name one thing readers don’t know about you.

I’m a titled Lady of Dunans Castle in Scotland. Seriously! I’m Lady Mary Behre. I own one square foot of land in Scotland. So one day, I’m determined to fly my family there and see if we can all stand on the spot at the same time!

AUTHOR BIO:
Mary Behre is the author of The Tidewater Series. Stories with humor, suspense, and a psychic love-connection.

Her debut novel, SPIRITED (Tidewater Novel #1) was an award-winning manuscript before it sold to Berkley Sensation. GUARDED (Tidewater Novel #2), is already receiving praise from reviewers and readers.

The Tidewater Series features three sisters separated years before in the foster care system. They search for love, each other, and a way to live with their psychic abilities. In each book, they’re tossed into the middle of mysteries that only their unique gifts can help solve.

Social Media:
Website: http://marybehre.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/MaryBehre.Author
Twitter: http://twitter.com/MaryBehre
Email: mary@marybehre.com

Buy Links:
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Guarded-Tidewater-Novel-Mary-Behre/dp/0425268624/ref=tmm_mmp_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1405558343&sr=8-2
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/guarded-mary-behre/1118329731?ean=9780425268629
Books-A-Million: http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Guarded/Mary-Behre/9780425268629?id=5991298991366
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/guarded/id808322619?mt=11

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Posted by: selenafulton | July 17, 2014

Cover reveal for my friend Gina Danna

Every now and then, I like to host new authors on my page and facilitate with their cover reveal. Please welcome Gina Danna.

Coming July 27, 2014: TEMPTED BY HIS TOUCH

A boxed set of ten scorching hot historical romances featuring dukes, rogues, and alpha heroes and the women who can’t resist them. Fall in love with tales of intrigue, suspense, wit, and passion.

For a limited time (July 27-Sept. 21), you can purchase TEMPTED BY HIS TOUCH for just 99 CENTS. That’s a savings of almost $35! That’s at least a week’s worth of coffee! Or a really nice bottle of wine!

I’m so excited to reveal the cover of TEMPTED BY HIS TOUCH! Without further fuss . . . ta da!!

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And now to tempt you with the books included in Tempted by His Touch . . .

Sonata for a Scoundrel
By Anthea Lawson, RITA-nominated author
Clara Becker is a supremely gifted composer—a talent of little to no use to a woman in 1830s Europe. Her compositions are only worth something when published under her brother’s name, yet this deception barely enables them to scrape out a living in the poorest quarter of London. When Darien Reynard, the most celebrated musician in Europe, comes across Becker’s compositions, he knows this music will secure his place in history. Darien invites the composer to tour with him, but must agree to a most unusual demand—that he bring along his sister . . .

Scoundrel Ever After
By Darcy Burke
When wallflower Audrey Cheswick runs away with England’s most wanted criminal, she learns adventure comes with a price—not just her reputation or her virtue, but her heart. If Ethan Jagger can escape the hangman’s noose and start anew, will she consent to love a scoundrel ever after?

Once Upon a Duke
By Eva Devon
Everything is going swimmingly for Kathryn Darrell. She’s got an annuity of a hundred thousand a year, her lecherous-heart breaking husband has had the good graces to pop off, and best of all, she has her freedom—something she has every intention of reveling in to the fullest. And who better to revel with than Ryder Blake, the infamous Duke of Darkwell?

Dark Surrender
By Erica Ridley
Violet Whitechapel committed an unspeakable crime to save a child. To escape the hangman’s noose, she takes refuge in a crumbling abbey with secrets darker than her own. But when those secrets begin to unravel, none of the abbey’s residents will be able to remain hidden . . .

Undone
By Lila DiPasqua
One sinfully seductive hero on a dangerous mission. One mysterious beauty intent on guarding her secrets. One steamy, emotionally charged historical romance from the acclaimed Fiery Tales Series…Inspired by Rapunzel…Rescuing this beauty from the ‘tower’ is only the beginning…

To Dare the Duke of Dangerfield
By Bronwen Evans, USA Today Bestselling Author
Harlow Telford, the Duke of Dangerfield, is amused by his hellion neighbor, Lady Caitlin Southall. When she bursts into one of his private gatherings, he mistakes her for the entertainment. Her slap across his face sets him straight and raises the absurd desire to seduce the unconventional beauty into his bed. When she issues her daft challenge to win back her father’s pile of rubble, the terms are set. And he’ll do anything to win–except fall in love…

The Problem with Seduction
By Emma Locke
Elizabeth Spencer needs a man, one who won’t be too picky about his reputation. Lord Constantine Alexander can’t afford another trip to debtors’ prison, which makes him the perfect candidate. She doesn’t expect him to have a heart of gold, nor does she expect to find him irresistible—because while she needs a man, she doesn’t particularly want one.

A Dangerous Invitation
By Erica Monroe
Struggling to survive in London’s dangerous rookeries, Kate Morgan is determined not to give into the temptation of past love Daniel O’Reilly when he returns to win back her heart and prove he’s innocent of murder.

Great & Unfortunate Desires – NEVER BEFORE RELEASED!
By Gina Danna
Tristan, the Marquis of Wrenworth and British spy, must marry but he’s haunted by guilt of war. Lady Evelyn Hurstine’s past makes her fear men but for Tristan, she’s willing to overcome her fear. Caught in a world of intrigue and mayhem, can they find love before the traitor destroys them both?

Lady of Pleasure
By Delilah Marvelle, RT Award-winning Author
Lady Caroline Arabella Starling has been in love with her older brother’s best friend, Caldwell, since she was thirteen. Unfortunately, too many things keep getting in the way of proving her love. Her four younger sisters, her mother, her brother, all of society and the man she loves himself. But where there is a will, there is a way, and Caroline is about to redefine not only respectability but true love.

Because TEMPTED BY HIS TOUCH features dukes, rogues, and alpha heroes, which do you prefer? Or is your ideal guy not on that list? Tell us in the comments!

Be sure to join us July 27-August 2 for a release extravaganza! Details will be posted on our Facebook page, where we’re hosting a party with fabulous teasers, giveaways, and most of all: FUN – Wednesday, July 30, 6-11 pm Eastern.

https://www.facebook.com/events/250318105177956/?context=create&ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming&source=49

Posted by: selenafulton | July 5, 2014

Taking A Break

Remember the famous line on the show “Friends” where Ross exclaims, “We were taking a break?”

Nobody agreed with him.

But here I am, taking a break from writing when the first draft of Book 2 is almost finished. My critique partners are up to Chapter 9. My edits have been turned back into my editors on both the other books I’m working on.

Yes…I’m juggling edits on two books, while writing another one.

I love being an author. I really do. But I don’t know if it’s the heat, or the fact that every morning I crawl out of my bed, grab a shot of joe and turn on my computer before my eyes are even focused…or maybe it’s the late hours I’ve been working on my manuscripts in the evening…

Today, I was just tired. I found every excuse not to work today. I went shopping. I did laundry. I planned a weekend getaway. I even played mindless games of spider solitaire! One might think I’m taking a break.

But just as Rachel proved Ross wrong, I am not. My mind is constantly on my story, to the point I’m dreaming my scenes the last two nights. Maybe that’s why I’m so tired? I’m ‘working’, even in my sleep?

So, I’m blogging. I’m still writing. But I’m taking a break…

Posted by: selenafulton | June 19, 2014

Welcome Guest Author Icy Snow Blackstone!

Welcome everyone! Today I have a guest blogger today, author Icy Snow Blackstone.

Since I will not be able to be online tomorrow until late, I am posting this today. Please take a moment and leave a comment for her.

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Tuesday’s Child is a romance but it’s also a bit of a thriller and a mystery. It’s a return to a town which was the setting for Jericho Road, a story set in the South in the Vietnam era. It’s now forty years later, and Temple, Georgia, is still filled with scandals…some of them surprisingly unknown to the inhabitants.

Grace McAllister has neither seen nor heard from her father since her mother left him twenty years before. Now, Benjamin Troup McAllister is dead and Grace is invited to return to Temple for the reading of his will. She’s in for more than the culture shock of a small Southern town, however, for not only does she inherit nothing, but her father’s will also denies his paternity. Enlisting childhood friend Mayfield Donovan, Grace attempts to find her real father. As they sift through the facts of her mother’s life and the men who loved her, they uncover a tale of revenge, deception, and murder, and discover a truth neither wants to believe or accept…

Grace, who had been looking forward to meeting her half-brother and sister now finds herself completely alone. Her only ally is May Donovan, whom she’d never considered a friend at all.

As a child, May was the bully who made Grace’s life a living Hell. He knocked her down, skinned her knees, took her for a bike ride and left her to walk home alone.  As a man, he’s done an about-face. Tall, handsome, and apparently eager to help ease Grace’s pain—in any way possible—he’s there for her and ready to do whatever it takes to help her discover who her father really is.

When a friend offers to help and is nearly killed for his troubles, May and Grace go it alone, and what they find will shake the foundation of their newly-discovered love…

Distraught over the contents of her father’s will, Grace returns to her hotel where she proceeds to drown her sorrows in Tom Collinses, and that’s where May finds her…

Tuesday’s Child is available from Class Act Books.

Link: http://www.classactbooks.com/index.php/component/virtuemart/romance/tuesday-s-child-pdf-detail?Itemid=0

Icy Snow Blackstone is the pseudonym of Toni V. Sweeney. She is also the author of Jericho Road, Bargain with Lucifer, Brother Devil, and Gypsy Charm, romances all set in the South. Her paranormal romance The Irish Lady’s Spanish Lover will also be released by Class Act Books later this year.

Posted by: selenafulton | June 17, 2014

Love is…paying attention to details…

When I was growing up, and maybe they still do, the newspaper used to print a little cartoon with the above caption. It would say something like Love is…taking care of her when she’s sick.

I used to cut out these sweet cartoons and tape them to my wall, or bulletin board, or cubicle. I suppose you could say I’ve always been a romantic at heart.

So when my husband developed allergies that put him into anaphylactic shock, I began an earnest campaign of making sure our food was safe. I read labels, I adjusted recipes. If it had even a smidgeon of something he was allergic to, out it went.

Imagine how I felt whenever he would eat those foods somewhere else without his epi-pen! I nearly went into a panic attack. What if he had a reaction? What if we couldn’t get him to the doctor in time? What if I lost him?

I would fuss and fume, my love for him so strong, I didn’t want anything to happen to him. Eventually, we learned to deal with his allergy, and he knew (usually) when he could eat something, and when he couldn’t.

Does someone you love have a medical condition that certain things most people deal with every day with no ill effect? How do you deal with it? Do you carelessly forget about it or is it a combined effort?

Love is…taking care of each other. For better or for worse…

Posted by: selenafulton | June 13, 2014

Friday the 13th

Are you superstitious? Do you avoid black cats or anything to do with the number 13?

This could be an October post, but today is Friday the 13th, AND we have a full moon on top of it. I don’t worry so much about the number 13. And I’ve had several black cats over my lifetime. But there are some things that I do avoid. I don’t walk under ladders, for instance. Think about it. It’s not exactly safe, especially if someone is on the ladder! LOL. And if a black cat should cross your path, be careful not to trip over it!

And full moons…? Wasn’t the moon beautiful last night? We have a lot of trees by my house, but I was still able to enjoy the sight.

On that note, I must close. Have a great day!

 

Posted by: selenafulton | May 26, 2014

Blog Hop!

I was recently invited on a blog hop for my friend and critique partner, Kathryn J. Bain. If you want to know more about her and her books, check her out at www.kathrynjbain.com.

Now the last time I did a blog hop, I ran out of time to invite anyone to “hop” along with me. Too many apples in the basket! Hopefully, I did better this time!

Here are some of the questions I was asked about my writing process:

1) What am I working on?

That’s a great question! I’m actually working on several projects right now. Ever hear of throwing a bunch of “stuff” against the wall in the hopes that some of it will stick? Well, I recently did just that, and it’s all sticking!

I am working on edits for one project, Like A Bad Penny. It will be coming out with The Wild Rose Press and I’m so excited. This is a reunion story where a young couple is torn apart by circumstances. Years later, they find each other in an unlikely place, but their lives have both changed. Will they get back together? Do they want to? And what about the secret that threatens to tear them apart?

My next project is a fairy tale series that I just signed with Entangled Publishing. The Crystal Slipper is the first in the series, a fun contemporary Cinderella story with a little extra twist. I’ve always loved fairy tales and I’m super excited about working on a series.

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?

My ideas comes from a myriad of places, but I think the biggest difference in my work is my odd sense of humor that comes across in my voice. I love torturing my characters, but I love laughing along with them, too.

3) Why do I write what I do?

I write what I enjoy reading. With the story Like A Bad Penny, I loved the idea of second chances. If we could have a second chance, would we change anything? On my fairy tale series, I have always loved stories with a little magic and love. I hope my readers will enjoy them.

4) How does my writing process work?

Most of the time, I’m a pantser. As I write along, I’m almost surprised by what my characters will do! In The Crystal Slipper, the idea for my story came from a holiday party (much the same way Celinda received her gift), where I received a crystal shoe ornament. I knew the moment I laid hands on that ornament I’d found the source of my next book. It sits prominently on my desk as a reminder.

My most productive writing times are first thing in the morning, and later on in the evening. Even if I have the entire day to myself, I’m rarely productive after about eleven a.m. through until after supper. Maybe it’s because for years while my daughter was growing up, I had to schedule my writing time to whenever I could grab a few moments.

I love the quietness of a new morning when the sun is creeping over the horizon and the birds begin their song. I love sipping my coffee and getting lost in my manuscript, the world I’m building at the moment. In the evening, the same goes. All during my day, I think of my story. While I am driving down the road I try to find out what my characters will do or say. I’ve been known to email or text myself with notes. When I open the document that evening, I’m able to pick up where I left off.

Thank you for sharing a little piece of my world. Below are two writers who have agreed to blog hop with me.

Fay Lamb’s emotionally charged stories remind the reader that God is always in the details. Fay has contracted with Write Integrity Press for three series. Stalking Willowand Better than Revenge, Books 1 and 2 in the Amazing Graceromantic suspense series are currently available for purchase. Charisse and Libby, the first two releases in her The Ties That Bind contemporary romance series are also available. Fay has also collaborated on three romance novellas: The Christmas Three Treasure Hunt, A Ruby Christmas, and the newest A Dozen Apologies. Her adventurous spirit has taken her into the realm of non-fiction with The Art of Characterization: How to Use the Elements of Storytelling to Connect Readers to an Unforgettable Cast.

Future Write Integrity Press releases from Fay are: Everybody’s Broken and Frozen Notes, Books 3 and 4 of Amazing Grace and Hope and Delilah, Books 3 and 4 from The Ties that Bind. Also, look for Book 1 in Fay’s Serenity Key series entitled Storms in Serenity.

Fay and her husband, Marc, reside in Titusville, Florida, where multi-generations of their families have lived. The legacy continues with their two married sons and six grandchildren.

Fay loves to meet readers, and you can find her on her personal Facebook page, her Facebook Author page, and at The Tactical Editor on Facebook. She’s also active on Twitter. Then there are her blogs: On the Ledge, Inner Source, and the Tactical Editor. And, yes, there’s one more: Goodreads.

Mary Elizabeth Hall educates her three daughters at home in sunny South Carolina. They laugh about how they can’t roast marshmallows without experimenting to see how various snack foods burn on a stick. They’re also the only family they know with an 8-foot handmade catapult in their basement. Mary’s prayer is that her husband will dispose of it someday before he dies.

With degrees from Cornell and Syracuse, Mary has a professional background in human services and program management, but she’s found that her true passion is for writing and editing. She’s currently editing history textbooks and has done revision writing for Sonlight Curriculum. Her debut novel Amberly was released in August 2012 and is available in all the usual places. Amberly is the first of a series called Crestmere. Mary’s short story Healer was released in 2011 in Fables for Japan, an anthology to benefit Japan’s tsunami victims, available at no cost from www.fables4japan.com.

Mary enjoys inspiring people to love the Lord with passion and prays that all she writes will honor Him. When she’s not teaching, grading, scrubbing, folding, or chasing (and occasionally writing), she enjoys drawing and photography, teaching guitar, and helping lead worship. Visit her website and blog at http://maryelizabethhall.com/.

I consider these lovely ladies friends as well as fellow authors. Please go check them out!

 

Posted by: selenafulton | May 22, 2014

Summertime Memories

The song goes, “Memories, pressed between the pages of my mind.”

I liked that song. It had a nice melody, a sweet sentiment. Last night, I was thinking of memories, of old pictures. Maybe it was because so many people were posting pictures of their mothers recently for Mother’s Day, many of them already gone from this world.

When I was growing up, we used to visit an old lady. She would sometimes even attend family gatherings and I thought she was an aunt or something. In my later years, I discovered she was a family friend. I also liked the idea her last name was Love. Her and her husband had a cottage on a lake they called The Love Nest.

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When my mom was a kid, her family spent many happy summers at the Love Nest. I looked at pictures of rowboats on the lake, lily pads, and a small cabin. I can just imagine the damp smell of wet bathing suits, the sounds of kids laughing in the water, and the creak of oars as fishermen go out in the early morning for fishing.

It must’ve been wonderful.

Memorial Day weekend is nearly here. What summer memories will you make?

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