As spring chases away the winter blues, the Roses are finding inspiration in the words of others. For April:

Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else. ~ Margaret Mead

Monday, April 20, 2015

Spring Cleaning and A Giveaway! Win a Signed Paperback from Laura Breck

Laura Breck
Instead of catching up on my writing as I should be, I've been spring cleaning. Impulsively. It started with the car, getting everything clean and shiny for summer, then it grew to encompass the closets, cabinets, drawers, and even those dark, creepy places underneath footed cabinets - ewww!

Not Laura Breck's husband.
The worst was my husband's personal foundation-wear drawer. He doesn't like to throw away socks or underwear, so the old ones migrate to the back of the drawer and keep the darn thing from closing right. The local Goodwill is going to be shocked when they open a whole garbage bag full of boxer briefs! 

Although I have nearly half the house in amazingly tidy order, I do need to get back to what I do all day. Strange, isn't it, when the job I love gets so overwhelming that cleaning is like a vacation? Oh well, that's just a sign that I should get out and walk more, take advantage of the beautiful Minnesota spring we're enjoying.

And to get me out of the house and into town to mail a package, I'm giving away a signed paperback copy of Dancing in a Hurricane. All you need to do to win is to tell me which place in your house or garage is most in need of a good spring cleaning!

Win This Book in Paperback!

Have a wonderful day!
~Smart Women ~Sexy Men ~Seductive Romance
~Dancing in a Hurricane is available in digital formats at Amazon, Smashwords, and Barnes & Noble and in paperback at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Createspace
~Love in the Land of Lakes is available in digital format at Smashwords, All Romance Ebooks, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon, and in paperback at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Createspace

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Some Hot Hero Teasers

On the heels of Jannine's fantastic post about not pushing your books down people's throats, I am sharing my latest venture. :) I am part of a boxed set of 10 full novels of romantic suspense and/or paranormal that is currently on pre-order for 99¢. Mainly, I'm talking about the set because I wanted to share these awesome hero teasers that one of the authors, Dana Delamar, created for each of us. 

One thing this experience has reinforced is how fabulous authors are! I have been so, so blessed to make a ton of wonderful friends in the writing world. I knew some of the authors going into this boxed set, but I've made a handful of new connections, and these ladies are great. They are funny, supportive, and talented. We each bring in our own ideas and skills (I'm more in the 'idea' camp than the 'skills' camp, unfortunately :)), and it's been truly beneficial...and a blast!

Click here to find on Amazon: Passion & Danger

(A portion of the proceeds to benefit research for breast cancer and thymic cancer, a rare form of cancer which one of our authors in the set, Alexa Grace, has.)

Now, feast your eyes...

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Book Sales are like a Jannine Gallant

Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

Apparently book sales are also like that illusive butterfly. We all strive to market our books and attract some attention in the hope of achieving a few sales. I have a feeling most of us aren't happy with the results we're getting. Maybe because we're going about it all wrong.

I read a post the other day on this topic. It was called "Please shut up: Why self-promotion as an author doesn't work." You can click on the title to go to the blog, but basically what the author is saying is we can blog, post and tweet our little brains out on social media, but no one is listening. No one on social media wants to be sold something. Her theory is the only good social media does is to connect with people. We should talk about topics that interest us and create friendships--not try to pimp our books. In doing so, maybe those people will think, "Gee, she seems like a nice person. Maybe I should go buy her book!" We shouldn't push ourselves on people. We should lure them in instead. She used a fishing analogy, but I'm picturing myself leaving a trail of breadcrumbs through the woods... Okay, I guess that makes me the evil witch in the gingerbread house! LOL

Her other point is that we should quit worrying about marketing and just write good books. To succeed, we need a superior product plus the key ingredient...luck. I've given this some thought, and I fear this woman is spot on. Blogging, posting and tweeting about my books really hasn't worked very well when it comes to sales. But I've made a lot of great author friends in the process. Too bad most of us don't have a lot of time to read because we're too busy marketing and squeezing in writing time around the edges. I do enjoy posting the occasional photo of my kids on Facebook. They usually get way more comments and likes than book posts attract. So, should we all simply stop trying to promote on social media and just write great books? Then there's that other all important ingredient... You might want to ask yourself, in the immortal words of Dirty Harry, "Do you feel lucky?"

And now, if you've followed my trail of breadcrumbs and think I'm a nice person...go buy my latest book! LOL It's available on Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Or, leave a comment to tell us what you think about marketing books on social media. Should we all just shut up?

Friday, April 17, 2015

Trailblazing by Betsy Ashton

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Having been on this earth for a number of decades gives me new perspective on blazing trails for others to follow. When I started in college, I never realized what an impact my generation would have on future ones. Sure, everyone yapped at high school graduation about how we were going to change the world. No one yapped about how we would build on a foundation set long before we arrived in numbers "too big to ignore."

I fell into the women's movement like coming home to roost. It was natural. It was logical. It was long overdue. The women's movement had so many different wings that a young college student (me) could find something to follow. 

Women had the vote but didn't have equal pay for equal work. (Still don't) Women could study what they wanted in institutes of higher education but were steered away from what we now call STEM courses--Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. We weren't supposed to be good at those male-dominated subjects. Women of color had it even worse, because they fought two separate battles.

So one day last summer, I spoke to a group of young women. Now, understand I normally speak to older women when promoting my book, but this time I was invited to speak to recent high school and college graduates. I asked them how many were in STEM curricula. More than 60% raised their hands. I asked if they had be advised to go into the "safe" courses of study--office work, teaching or nursing. Those were the careers of choice my guidance counselor set out for me. Zero %. I asked how many had graduated from or been accepted into a four-year institute of higher education. 100%.

Wow! How things had changed. These women were excited about computer science, engineering, ecology and other biological sciences.

I asked if they thought they would be paid the same as an equally qualified man. 90% did. Reality check time. Not flipping likely. They will more than likely earn less over their lifetime, as much as 10-25% less.

My generation opened doors. We fought for our rights to be treated equally. We forged new pathways where none existed or where the gates were locked against us. But, no matter what we did, no matter how many times we marched and burned our bras, no matter how many letters we went to Washington, we haven't been able to get to parity in pay.

I don't know about you, but if I'm earning 10% less that my male colleague, I'm going to be pissed. 10% is a dime on a dollar, One thin dime. It's past time all women get equal pay.

I want my damned dime. Don't you?


Betsy Ashton is the author of Mad Max, Unintended Consequences, and Uncharted Territory, A Mad Max Mystery, which is now available in e-book at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Uniquely Similar by Donna Michaels

Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else. ~ Margaret Mead

I’m a firm believer that we are all unique, so doesn’t that, in itself, make us similar? 

As authors, we have an ‘idea’ that turns into a plot, that turns into a book, regardless of the genre, publisher, or ranking. We are all authors with published books. 

As readers, we love to read, doesn’t matter the genre, publisher, or author. We are all readers who enjoy a good book. 

And because I enjoy writing contemporary cowboys and military heroes, does not mean I don’t love to write sci-fi or suspense or time travel, because I do. Just like thousands of other authors.

Publishers, editors, and even readers encourage us to write out-side-the box, looking for that unique, fresh voice with a new and different plot. And yet, we are asked, or told, what author we write similar to. 

Uniquely similar. 

One of my cowboys is being translated into Japanese, and what’s even cooler, is that it’s being hand drawn into a MANGA, which is a graphic novel. I can’t wait! I won’t be able to read it, but I can look at it! Unique, I know, but so are a few other titles from The Wild Rose Press.
Again, I’m uniquely similar. 

You know what? I’m quite all right with that label because all of my favorite authors, actors, inspirational figures from history, they all fall into that category as well.  

So, go on, tell me what makes you uniquely similar. J 

I currently have a cowboy on sale for .99 cents…along with 7 other authors. See? The theme even fits this sale. lol



In conjunction with the sale, we’re running a Rafflecopter with the prize of a $50 GC to Amazon or BN!! Here’s the link to enter:


Have a great April, and thanks for reading,