Saturday, January 25, 2014

Celebrating Four Great Aussies

If I’d written this a few years back, never in my wildest imaginings would I have guessed my writing life to turn out as it has. I’d hoped to become a published author, but hope and expect are very different things. I also didn’t figure on having my publishing life center in Australia.

Today, for the Aussie Owned and Read Blog Hop and to celebrate Australia Day,  I’d like to give credit where it’s due to some wonderful and talented Aussies…my publishing family.

Let’s start where it started then, shall we? I’d entered my information on a critique partner Meet and Greet, feeling like a eleven year old boy at a Jr. High School dance. I was nervous I’d be left without a hand to hold at the end of the evening, but that wasn’t’ the case. Through it, I connected with several great writers and one of them was Stacey Nash.

At that time we were both just starting our journey in publishing, seeking to grow as writers. Since then, Stacey has written several novels and her first, Forget Me Not, is due out in February through Entranced Publishing. She lent her keen eye to the manuscript of my first novel, Tearing the Shroud and we’ve become good friends in the process. I owe a lot to Stacy, not just for the editing. You see, it was Stacey who first pointed me to my publisher, Escape. Had she not encouraged me to contact them, I’d never thought to do so and I can’t thank her enough. The funny thing is, she’s an Aussie, published with a US company, and I’m a Yank working with and AU one...go figure.

This leads to my second honoree, Kate Cuthbert. I’d queried Tearing the Shroud with thirty-four agents and publishers and received a lot of encouraging feedback, but Kate industry person to fall in love with the story. She took a chance on this new writer, in an upcoming category (NA) and gave fantastic and patient support to me. She’s endured all my mistakes and questions, even taking the time to Skype with me before I signed the contract. This wasn’t just to get me in the door. Kate is a wonderful person, who continues to stay in touch, working to unsure Escape, and each of its authors, grows and progresses in a healthy way. Kate even paired me with someone to help with my blurb, Ainslie Paton, the next honoree.

Ainslie is a multi-published author with well over a million words in print, read any of her books…you won’t be disappointed. Even with all this experience, she accepted the challenge Kate gave, and helped me polish my blurb to its current sheen, but it didn’t end there. I felt a working connection with Ainslie and hoped she did as well. So, when the blurb was done, I offered to read one of her unpublished works and give comments. She accepted and it turned into an amazing working relationship as we critique each other’s work. She doesn’t let me get away with anything that’s off in my writing, challenging me to go deeper and push myself. My second novel, Mending the Shroud, would not be what it is without her. It will (hopefully) be out later this year through Escape.

Our last honoree comes in this place only due to being the last I’d met. Belinda Holmes is an outstanding editor. Escape paired me with her to work on Tearing the Shroud…talk about a lucky draw! She is a delight and gives insights that fill in the small gaps in my work. I’d thought of editors as cutting out the unneeded items, sliming down a novel to its slickest form but under her watchful eye my novel grew by ten thousand words. It is a much better story for having Belinda on the team. But more than that, she fell head over heels in love with it and that’s something I cherish more than I can express. I’ve requested her as my editor with all my Escape novels.

So, Stacey, Kate, Ainslie, and Belinda…here’s to you…four amazing Aussies. Happy Australia Day!

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Friday, January 17, 2014

11 Psychological reasons for the NEW ADULT Category

I caught a snippet of psychologist Meg Jay's interesting TED Talk while listening to Nation Public Radio. The the few sentences I heard prompted me to search it out. What I found in it encapsulates many of the things that float through my mind regarding the New Adult category. Here are points that leapt out. For me, they are great reasons to support New Adult as a distinct category:

  1. The 20’s are a developmental sweet spot.
  2. There are 50 million 20 somethings in the United States right now…15% of the population.
  3. Psychologists, sociologists, neurologists and fertility specialists know that claiming your 20’s is one of the simplest, yet most transformative, things you can do for work, love, happiness and maybe even for the world. 
  4. 80% of life’s most defining moments take place by age 35. 
  5. The first 10 years of a career has an exponential impact on how much money you’re going to earn.
  6. More than half of Americans are married, living with, or dating their future partner by 30. 
  7. The brain caps off your second…and last…growth spurt in your 20’s as it rewires itself for adulthood. That means whatever it is you want to change about yourself; the 20’s is a good time to change it. 
  8. Personality changes more in your 20’s than at any other time in life.
  9. Female fertility peaks at age 28. 
  10. The 20’s are the critical period of adult development.
  11. Your 20’s are the defining decade of adulthood.
What are your thoughts? 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Dark Paradise Reveal and Giveaway!

Angie Sandro
July 1, 2014
Grand Central Publishing/ Forever Yours



Mala LaCroix has spent her whole life trying to escape her destiny. As the last in a long line of “witch women,” she rejects the notion of spirits and hoodoo and instead does her best to blend in. But when she finds a dead body floating in the bayou behind her house, Mala taps into powers she never knew she had. She’s haunted by visions of the dead girl, demanding justice and vengeance.


Landry Prince has always had a crush on Mala, but when Mala discovers his sister, murdered and marked in some sort of Satanic ritual, he starts to wonder if all the rumors about the LaCroix family are true. Yet after Mala uses her connection to the spirit world to identify his sister’s killer, he starts to form his own bond to her . . . a very physical one. As they move closer to each other and closer to the truth, Mala and Landry must risk everything—their families, their love, and even their lives.


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Angie Sandro was born at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri. Within six weeks, she began the first of eleven relocations throughout the United States, Spain, and Guam before the age of eighteen.

Friends were left behind. The only constants in her life were her family and the books she shipped wherever she went. Traveling the world inspired her imagination and allowed her to create her own imaginary friends. Visits to her father's family in Louisiana inspired this story.

Angie now lives in Northern California with her husband, two children, and an overweight Labrador

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Love and Other Games On SALE!

Hi everyone. I'm a little behind on this as s severe chest flu hit our household and my fevered brain lost contact with the rest of the world. So, without further delay, let's get to the goodness!

The sexy winter Olympic anthology, Love and Other Games, has a new cover. To celebrate, the ebook is only 99 cents for a limited time! Pick up this hot winter romance on your Kindle, Nook, or Kobo.

Love and Other Games is a collection of four sexy new adult stories centered around athletes competing in the Winter Games by Ana Blaze, Melinda Dozier, Aria Kane, and Kara Leigh Miller.

What readers are saying:

"It's like a rom-com marathon with lots of sexy included. Who knew the Winter Olympics were so hot?" ~Book Nookie Reviews

"Four short stories full of lust, love and laughter. Each story was enjoyable to read and hard to put down." ~Author Katie L. Thompson

"I fell in love with each one of these stories (and guys)." ~White Zin Bookends

The authors are giving away a nook and other prizes to celebrate.