Archive | January 2016



New release: Montana Rebel by Debra Salonen

MONTANA REBEL, Big Sky Mavericks, IX is now available.

Who knew Fate had a sense of humor?

Read the prologue and first chapter here:

Don’t look down and don’t give up.

Justin Oberman‘s credo for living his adventurous–some might say death-defying–life to the max served him well until the unfortunate outcome of a climb made him walk away from the sport he loved. A lucrative new job offer could pave the way to a more traditional life in Marietta, Montana, where his two best friends have fallen in love with the women of their dreams. But settling down always seemed more daunting than Everest and not worth considering until a mysterious lady in red walks into his life on New Year’s Eve. Suddenly, that happily-ever-after stuff Flynn and Tucker have been raving about looks within reach.

The first fall is always the hardest.

Nikki Magnesson Richards has loved Justin Oberman most of her life. First, from the safety of her brothers’ old tree house. Later, with unrequited teen-age angst. Her poorly thought out attempt to get him to notice her cost them both dearly. Now, a dozen years later, her fairy godfather boss has orchestrated the most romantic meeting possible–the Big Sky Mavericks Masked Ball for Charity. A kiss at midnight with her very own Prince Charming isn’t too much to ask, is it? But what are two star-crossed lovers supposed to do when one kiss isn’t enough?

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The Big Sky Mavericks series

Book 1: Montana Cowgirl
Book 2: Montana Cowboy
Book 3: Montana Darling
Book 4: Montana Maverick
Book 5: Her Forever Gift – Free!
Book 6: Montana Hero
Book 7: Montana Rogue
Book 8: Montana Miracle
Book 9: Montana Rebel

Two February Online Workshops for Writers

The following two workshops are being offered through the Yosemite Romance Writers. Additional information and sign-up instructions can be found at YRW’s Workshop Page HERE.

POV: It’s Not Just a Point of View

  • Dates: February 3-28
  • Instructor: Shannon Donnelly
  • PRICE: $20/$25

Third person, first person, multiple viewpoints, single—all of it can be confusing.  What works?  When to change viewpoint?  And how do you take POV so deep a reader feels everything a character feels?  This workshop covers some basic elements of POV control, including how to make better choices for which character’s viewpoint to use and how to write deep POV that compels a reader’s attention.  Exercises will be offered to sharpen POV control, one of the most fundamental, and strongest techniques in any writer’s tool box.

The workshop will cover:

1) Types of POV – advantages & disadvantages to each
2) Which character’s eyes to use
3) How to know when POV is slipping
4) POV and tense (past vs. present vs. future)
5) Changing POV smoothly & effectively
6) Deep POV – getting inside your characters
7) Writing Techniques to help
8) Editing to tighten POV

About the Instructor

Shannon Donnelly’s writing has won numerous awards, including a RITA nomination for Best Regency, the Grand Prize in the “Minute Maid Sensational Romance Writer” contest, judged by Nora Roberts, RWA’s Golden Heart, and others. Her writing has repeatedly earned 4½ Star Top Pick reviews from Romantic Times magazine, as well as praise from Booklist and other reviewers, who note: “simply superb”…”wonderfully uplifting”….and “beautifully written.”

Her Regency romances can be found as ebooks on all formats, and with Cool Gus Publishing, and include a series of four novellas.

She also has out the Mackenzie Solomon, Demon/Warders Urban Fantasy series, Burn Baby Burn and Riding in on a Burning Tire, and the Urban Fantasy, Edge Walkers. Her work has been on the top seller list of and includes Paths of Desire, a Historical Regency romance.

She is the author of several young adult horror stories, and computer games. She lives in New Mexico with two horses, two donkeys, two dogs, and only one love of her life. Shannon can be found online at,, and twitter/sdwriter.

How to Write FAST

  • Dates: February 1-26
  • Instructor: Peter Andrews
  • PRICE: $20/$25

Crank up the efficiency and get that novel, short story, article or script DONE. Through exercises, evaluations, tips and technologies, you can learn to write faster. Discover how to break through blocks, get ideas, develop plots, draft and polish in less time without losing quality.

Using handouts, group discussions, writing samples and exercises this workshop will cover:

  • Identifying obstacles to writing and remedies
  • Questions that help build plots, arguments, scenes and synopses
  • Developing your process notebook so you can write for results
  • Technology that speeds your writing
  • Fast identification of prose problems and checklists for rewriting
  • Dealing with distractions
  • Measurements that keep you on track
  • Writer’s block and how to use it

Instructional Methods:  By the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • Recognize obstacles to writing and avoid them
  • Use checklists and questions to create and organize material
  • Create stories and articles more quickly
  • Adapt and document known processes for writing that fit their style and intent

About the Instructor

Currently Peter Andrews is a full-time speechwriter. He has taught four different virtual courses for IBM and its clients. He has also worked professionally in PR, as a Web producer and a radio producer. He has hundreds of nonfiction articles in print, and has written and produced 30-minute videos. 

Peter Andrews co-wrote one non-fiction book that came out October 2009;  another nonfiction book (ghosted) came out in December 2010. He wrote a one-act play that was selected for two festivals, with performances in both cases (once in a Manhattan theater). Peter Andrews has sold dozens of short stories, from 300 words to 5000 words.

Available for Pre-Order: DIE FOR YOU by Michele Mills

The science-fiction romance, Die for You, by Michele Mills, published by Samhain Publishing, is available for pre-order now at Google Play. CLICK HERE. The pre-release price is $5.50, but the book appears to be available at a discount at the time of this post for $4.24–a terrific deal. Die for You is the first book in Michele Mills’ Catastrophe Series.

Love, in a hopeless place.

Catastrophe Series, Book 1

Two months after a virus took out civilization, Rachel Donnelly is the last living soul in California, as far as she can tell. Until she runs into a Marine sniper, battle-hardened but alive and healthy.

Adam Sanchez would love nothing more than a slamming session of I-can’t-believe-we’re-alive post-apocalyptic sex in the back of his Hummer. But Rachel’s fragility, inexperience—and much younger age—hold him back from exposing her to his raw, aggressive sexuality. If anything, Rachel needs protection. Especially from himself.

As they band together with other survivors to battle feral animals, violent ex-cons, and motorcycle clubs jockeying for power, Rachel grows stronger in mind, body, and spirit—strong enough to give the dangerously sexy Marine what they both crave.

The power of their passion rocks Adam’s world, bringing him to his knees—which, he discovers too late, is the worst possible place to be when danger springs from the shadows.

Warning: Contains a sexy Marine, a tattooed ex-con, a girl who blossoms into a sexually assured young woman, laughter despite the pain, m/f/m ménage, hope, love, and more bad language and violence than are strictly necessary.  

Pre-Order My Divinely Decadent Duke Before Midnight January 22 for Only 99 cents


  • One committed handsome rake with a need
  • One beautiful naïve woman with an equal need
  • Can their mutual needs form an arranged marriage of convenience?
  • And when the marriage turns inconvenient, does love enter into the equation?

NINETY-NINE CENTS for the Amazon e book – Last chance up until midnight tonight Jan. 22nd, thereafter $5.99

Wireless delivery on world wide release date January 29th.


A small token of appreciation to my wonderful readers so I’m spreading the love. Have to say, though, I’ve never created a duke I didn’t fall in love with and this one is so special.

–Sandra Masters



Orphaned and abandoned by family, Lady Cassandra Montgomery yearns for love. Beautiful and innocent, she attracts the attention of a renowned rake, the Duke of Althorn. When her security is threatened, she offers him a proposal for an arranged marriage in exchange for his guarantee of safety for her and her ward. After her first taste of desire in his arms, she finds the sexual attraction irresistible. Finding herself in a family way, she leaves his home, unsure of his love.

The Duke is at first enraged by the brazen behavior, yet he sees Cassandra as a captivating caregiver for his mother and impossible to resist. He agrees. The arrangement becomes inconvenient because love and sex enter the equation.

Will she believe her husband truly loves her and return to his waiting arms?

Will the Duke admit his love and use his rakish skills to woo Cassandra back to his bed?

Craft: Trust the Magic

There’s a bit of magic that happens to all writers at one time or another.

You sit down to start writing and the words aren’t coming.

You keep at it for a bit, and the words still aren’t coming.

You press on and on, and the words still aren’t coming.

And at some point, the words start coming. The emotions are flowing. The scene seems to be writing itself.

It feels like magic when that happens.

The problem is that you can’t make the magic happen.

Sometimes when you write, the magic doesn’t happen.

That’s discouraging, but remember that the magic doesn’t always happen. That’s what makes it magic when it does.

It’s OK when the magic doesn’t happen.

Sometimes it doesn’t happen for days, or weeks, or months.

You may think the magic is lost, that you’ll never have it again.

But you will.

You will if you give it a chance.

You won’t if you give up on it.

The magic will come again.

Maybe today, maybe some other day.

But it will come.

Trust the magic.

Wait for the magic.

Enjoy the magic when it comes.

Don’t kid yourself that you can make the magic happen. You can’t.

Don’t torment yourself when the magic doesn’t happen. It will.

Wait for the magic.

Believe in the magic.

Trust the magic.

This article is reprinted by permission of the author.
Award-winning novelist Randy Ingermanson, “the Snowflake Guy,” publishes the free monthly Advanced Fiction Writing E-zine, with more than 14,000 readers. If you want to learn the craft and marketing of fiction, AND make your writing more valuable to editors, AND have FUN doing it,