Friday, November 21, 2014

Contest for the Final Push!

There are only 7 days left in my kickstarter funding project. I'm sitting at 60% funded. People may not understand that if you don't get pledges equalling 100% you don't get anything.

In order to reach my goal I'm launching a contest for free books! Everyone who has already pledged has been entered. Each new pledge will be entered as they come. Here's how many entries you get per pledge level.

1 entry for pledging $1-$15
2 entries for pledging $20-$37
3 entries for pledging $50
4 entries for pledging $100

There will be multiple winners! First draw gets first choice of prizes and down the line. Winners will be announced on November 28th if we reach goal. My hubby will probably kill me if I start mailing books not having reached goal, but we'll see. :)

Here's what's up for grabs.

A short story edit from Amie McCracken--editor extraordinaire! This is the woman I trust to edit Fade Into Me. Here's what it will entail:
The short story edit would mean a comprehensive edit on any story up to 5,000 words. I will read through for story consistency, fact-checking, character and plot, as well as line-by-line editing. And we can have one round of discussion after they have my notes and have had a chance to consider them.
A copy of Wilder Mage, book 1 in the Magic Withheld series by CD Coffelt. This is what I think of when I think of Urban Fantasy. Our world with a twist!

A copy of West of Paradise by Marcy Hatch. Don't let the cover fool you, this is the best of science fiction with an old west twist. The scifi parts are great and the westerns part reminded me of my days reading Louie L'Amour in high school.

An e-copy and an Audible copy of Dead Running by Cami Checketts. This is a great romantic suspense novel. Sometimes you just don't know who to trust with your life or your heart. Especially when looks can be deceiving. This book also made me want to start running again.

The Reckoning by Tanya Parker Mills. I've not actually read this one, but it's described as "hard hitting and gritty". It's about a journalist who is captured inside Iraq in 2002. Fiction, but the author grew up in Greece, Turkey, Iraq and Lebanon. It's a "Next Generation Indie Book Award Winner"

Firebird by Kathy Tyers. This is the only book that isn't new, but it was a gem of a find at a local thrift store. Space opera at its best! The fact that the pages are a little yellowed and have that old book smell is a bonus for any print lover.

Darkness by Elizabeth Arroyo. This is a mind bending psychological thriller with a paranormal twist. It's one you won't be able to put down, especially if you like your novels dark. ;)

So, take a moment and go make a pledge! Just click below.

Monday, November 17, 2014

A Weekend of Surprises!

The weekend was busy as always, but there were two surprises I'd like to share with you.

First, this showed up in my mail, totally unexpected.


As soon as I finish reading my batch of contest entries, I'll be reading this.

I also received an email from full of interview questions. This week I'll be one of their featured new authors in honor of Nanowrimo. The timing is perfect since they are also letting people know about my kickstarter project. There's only 11 days left and half the money to raise.

The first interview is up now. You can read it HERE.

There is also a review of The Magic Wakes up on their site.

Later this week they will review Stellar Cloud and post the other two sections of the interview. Stop by and leave me a comment or ask questions!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Bold New Worlds Contest Entries and other News

Woot! We did get entries for the high school short story contest at the last minute! 56 entries were received by the end of Monday night. All the stories have been put into a document with names removed and sent to the judges. In a few weeks we will have our winners!

And, I'm half way through my kickstarter project with 51%. I teeter between hopeful and pulling my hair out. I probably shouldn't have included every single thing I want to do in the final cost. Well, it's all a learning experience, right?

Here's the link again, JUST IN CASE you want to pre-order your own signed copy of FADE INTO ME by pledging $12.

Monday, November 10, 2014


Last week I had guest posts on two blogs, but I forgot to mention them here.

First, I was at Amie McCraken's blog talking about why I love working with an editor. You can read that post HERE.

Next, I was over at Colleen Story's blog Writing and Wellness talking about how being a writer has affected my health and how I deal with that. Colleen has been amazing at posting "sound bites" from that interview on twitter. I'd read them and think, "wow, that's pretty deep."

Then I'd remember I said that! Somehow she really got me to open up and be very honest about some things I tend to hold in. For the most part I put forth a positive and upbeat front online. I do it on purpose. Most of the time it's just because I want to encourage others. Sometimes it's because I feel if I keep acting positive and happy I will be. This interview exposed some of my darker moments.

You can read that interview HERE.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Sneak Peak--An Unexpected Kiss by Cindy Roland Anderson

My Kickstarter Project is live! 

Please take the time to drop in and pre-order your signed print copy of FADE INTO ME by making a $12 pledge. Watch the trailer and share it on facebook, twitter, your blog, wherever you hang out on line. Tell your friends, family and neighbors! 

If you are outside the US, you can get e-copies of FADE INTO ME and my short story collection, STELLAR CLOUD, at the $8 pledge level. 

Christmas in Snow Valley is only $.99 until November 8th.

Amazon * iTunes * B&N * Smashwords * Kobo

Snow Valley, Montana, is a small community with the tradition of doing Christmas big. Festivities begin with tree lighting in the town square the day after Thanksgiving and continue until the culminating romantic Christmas Ball. From the Polar Express to a Winter Carnival, there’s something for every wonder-filled  child—and every couple who’s in love—or about to be.

And the last one for the week. Remember, the special introductory price ends on Saturday.

An Unexpected Kiss by Cindy Roland Anderson

Unlocking her door, Lucy opened it and slid in behind the wheel. She closed the door, knowing Cole probably wondered what was wrong with her. Just as she started the car, a knock on the driver’s side window made her jump.

Cole stood there watching her, his face reflecting both a mixture of confusion and amusement. Lucy lowered the window, and he leaned down so they were eye level.

“Are you running away from me?”

Why did he have to be so direct?


He grinned. “That’s the second time you’ve done this. I’m beginning to think you don’t like me.”

She snorted an unladylike laugh. “Right.”

“Don’t laugh. I’m getting a complex.”“

If it’s any consolation, it’s me not you.”

That earned her another perplexed look. “That’s a little cliché. I’m sure you can do better than that.”

Yeah, she could, but she didn’t dare blurt out how much she liked kissing him, and admit that that was what scared her.

Inadvertently, her gaze dropped to his mouth. She noticed the faint shadow of dark whiskers along his jaw, and she suddenly wanted to kiss him again.

“Aren’t you freezing?” she asked, hoping to distract him as much as herself.

“Yes.” He unexpectedly rounded the car, opened the door and took the passenger seat. “That’s better.” He held out his bare hands in front of the vent, which blew mildly warm air.

The scent of his cologne permeated the air, and having him so close started a slow burn inside Lucy’s belly. Who needed heating systems with this man around?

“What are you doing?”

“Trying to get warm.” He looked her way, that smile back on his face. “And trying to get a straight answer out of you about why you keep running away from me.”

“I don’t want to talk about it.”

“Is it about that kiss we just shared?” His blue eyes twinkled. “Or about the ones in the airport?”

Both. “I said I don’t want to talk about it.”

“Okay. What do you want to talk about?”

She laughed. “I never said I wanted to talk about anything.”

Cole studied her silently, like he was really trying to figure her out. Lucy felt the intensity of his gaze, and was unable to pull her eyes away. The interior of the car seemed to shrink, and the air pulsed with an electrical energy that prickled her skin with goose flesh.

As if a giant gravitational force was at work between them, she felt herself leaning toward him. Cole slanted closer until she felt his warm breath mingle with hers. She should move away, make some wisecrack…anything to stop this crazy attraction.

Instead, her eyes fluttered closed as their lips connected. Slowly, he moved his mouth against hers, and like a beautifully choreographed dance, she returned the kiss. Heat infused every part of her, leaving her limbs languid.

Her heart thumped wildly, and a sigh escaped as he deepened the kiss. Barley cognizant of her surroundings, Lucy was both relieved and frustrated when Cole ended the kiss and edged slightly back.

“Lucy, I’m coming to pick you up tomorrow.” His voice was rough with emotion, his eyes serious.

She swallowed, and knew it was pointless to argue. “Okay.”

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