Writing News and an Excerpt

Romance_150._V373831083_In February I entered a contest through Amazon called the “Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award” and guess what?  My manuscript has made it through the first two stages of the contest.  At the moment No Regrets is a Quarter-Finalist in the Romance Category, along with 100 other manuscripts.  The final winner will be given a contract with Amazon Publishing.  Talk about exciting!

As a Quarter-Finalist, my manuscript is currently being read and reviewed by Publishers Weekly; they will then give me a review which I can use for marketing and promotion purposes.  It’s a pretty amazing gift.  But the fun thing is that readers are also allowed to view an excerpt of my manuscript right now, and can even post their own reviews that will be shared with the contest judges.  Want to join the fun?  If you’d like to download the free book excerpt from No Regrets to your Kindle, click here for the link.

I know some of you may not have a Kindle, so I’ve also posted a link to the excerpt here; unfortunately I can’t properly format this version, so be prepared!   You’ll find the link to my Amazon page (for reviewing purposes) at the top and bottom of the page.

I hope you enjoy reading a little bit of No Regrets!  I had a lot of fun writing this book and it’s really exciting to finally be able to share some of it with you.  Thanks for joining me on this adventure!  And now, on to more writing… :)

Les Amis

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I finished this cute little lap quilt with one week to go – pretty proud of myself.  I can’t wait to see my sister open it.

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I chose this fabric for her quilt because it says “Les Amis De La Foret” (friends of the forest).  She loves the outdoors and works hard to protect wild animals and their environments.  I tease her all the time about being a tree hugger, but the truth is the trees, little frogs, and turtles in her part of the world are lucky to have her on their side.  :)

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Speaking of wild little animals…

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This binding thing gets easier with every quilt I make.  I’m actually enjoying it now.  See how neat the corners are?  So proud.  ;)

The Perfect Match {Book Review}

The Perfect Match

If there is a more hilarious romance author than Kristan Higgins, I have yet to track her down.   This is exactly why I adore Higgins’ books.  Every single one of her novels has made me both laugh out loud and sniffle into tissues, chapter after chapter.

Higgins’ most recent romance novel, The Perfect Match, is the second in her Blue Heron series.  The setting of this series takes place in the stunning Finger Lakes region of New York at a family owned vineyard.  Honor Holland is the middle sister of four children and a witty and sweet character who makes the story a fun read.  Add to this the delicious British hero Tom Holland, and The Perfect Match quickly becomes a book that’s difficult to put down.

My favorites of the story?  Higgins wrote Tom Holland’s character beautifully, with  British slang and mannerisms so believable that I never once doubted his authenticity.  A story of arranged marriage is always fun  to read, and Higgins does a great job of making this one fresh and fun.  Lastly, I simply adore the entire Holland family – hilarious siblings, grumpy grandparents, sweet and oblivious father, and of course, the furry four-legged family members that have great personalities of their own.

If you’re looking for a funny and heartwarming romance novel to curl up with over the holiday season, then The Perfect Match is perfect for you.

Here is an overview and review from Booklist:
The winemaking Holland family, first introduced in The Best Man (2013), returns in Higgins’ latest Blue Heron romance. Middle sister Honor has been so focused on growing the family business, she hasn’t started her own family. She’s then humiliated when her lifelong friend and occasional hookup partner, Brogan, turns down her misguided marriage proposal. Enter Tom Barlow, a British professor who needs a green card to stay in the country and remain close to his dead fiancée’s son. After a blind date, Honor and Tom impulsively decide to enter a marriage of convenience. Of course, once they’re living together for their sham engagement, their natural chemistry leads to what inconveniently seems like real love. Higgins once again blends sweet romance, quirky humor, and realistic emotion in a story that will keep readers entranced. Fans will also enjoy checking in with Faith and Levi and the other Hollands who make cameo appearances. –Aleksandra Walker

Owls and Turtles and Birdies, Oh My!

I’ve been busy, busy, busy making a couple of quilted gifties for Christmas.  I can’t wait to wrap them up!

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This yellow/green lap quilt uses zig-zag stitching that I absolutely love.  It’s the third quilt I’ve created using this pattern (Easy Does It! by Darlene Zimmerman).

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And this colorful quilt was created using the adorable Le Amis Fabric Collection.  The colors are so cheerful and the animals on it… SO cute!  The owls and turtles are my favorite.

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And as if I don’t have enough sewing projects to work on already, today I gathered some cute fabrics to make a wintery quilt.  Since I won’t be able to finish it by Christmas, I thought I’d avoid red and green and instead try reds and grays and aquas so it can be used all season long.  I’m thinking a checker-pieced pattern here… with double-stitch quilting… and I’ll probably change my mind ten times before I actually get started.  :)

An Invitation

Hello friends!  It’s been a little while since I’ve posted on my sewing blog!  Things have been crazy busy with my new book, and I’m currently writing the next one.   I’m about halfway through it and hoping to be finished by Christmas.  Fingers crossed!

I would like to invite you over to my author blog where I post a few times a week – sometimes about writing and publishing, sometimes about my adventures in the creative world.  I’m going to be posting my sewing adventures over there too, so please pop in and visit! You can even sign up to receive my blog posts by email (just type in your email address under blog subscription) so you won’t miss any news, fun, or giveaways.

I hope you are having a wonderful fall!  Can you believe the holiday season is upon us??  Time goes so quickly these days… if only we could figure out how to slow things down a little.  ;)

Happy crafting and sewing!

Book Giveaway!

Look what came in the mail yesterday – the very first copy of my book!  Want to win it?  Just visit my facebook page, leave a comment and you’re entered to win.  New visitors who “like” my author page will be entered as well.

Contest ends September 5th.  Good luck!  And thank you all, so much, for your support and excitement as I begin this writing adventure with my debut novel!  

Good excuse

I haven’t been sewing for a little while, but I do have a good excuse for my absence…

My debut novel is coming out in September!  Don’t you just love the cover?  I’m so pleased with the designs that my publishers chose.  And I’m so excited to share my book with you!

I’ll be posting upcoming info on my author Facebook page, so pop over and join me if you want the updates.

Hopefully I’ll get back into my sewing projects now that things are calming down here a little.  And although I haven’t been very good at leaving comments, I have been visiting your blogs and love the projects you’re posting!  You all are so inspiring!