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I can’t wait for this!  I’m even going to go a bit fangirl as some of my favorite authors will be there too! 

Here is the link to the BAE event, March 16, 2013 in Boston!
Boston Author Event

http://bostonauthorevent.blogspot.com/

I love Aesta’s book blog.  See, I even have a link for her right over there on the left.  No, the left menu, silly.  Right there under Super Cool Blogs.  See it? 

Anyway, I’m glad to participate in this epic event where YOU the AMAZING READERS get a chance to ask your favorite authors a question or pose one to our characters.  This is so much fun!   You are going to flip when you see all of the authors in this thing.

So you want a chance at winning a signed copy of Love Unscripted?  I’ve got paperbacks now in preparation for the launch of the physical books this January. 

Click on the banner below to redirect.  Good Luck!!

I am happy to participate and support one of my favorite book bloggers, Autumn at http://www.autumnreview.com, celebrate the first anniversary of her blog. 

Enter for your chance to win copies from the awesome Jamie McGuire, Tracey Garvis-Graves, myself, Jenn Cooksey, and Courtney Cole!!

Here is the link to enter!  Good Luck!  http://www.autumnreview.com/2012/11/autumns-epically-awesome-one-year_27.html#more

I am proud to announce that Love Unrehearsed was nominated by thousands of readers to be a Goodreads Reader’s Choice in the 2012 contest! There are a lot of wonderful titles in the ROMANCE category; will I make it to the second round? I hope so. Still, I am just overjoyed that my novel was even nominated for this! Thank you to all the wonderful readers who nominated and voted for it! Bless you all.

Nook Giveaway

 UPDATE:  AND THE WINNER IS!!!

Congratulations to Jamie Kiser, winner of the fancy shmancy Nook Tablet in my latest giveaway!!! Thanks to all who entered. ♥

Time to give away a brand spankin’ new 8 GB Nook Tablet to one lucky winner!  Enter below to win!

 

Good luck !! 

 

What started out as a fun night with my husband, son, and friends turned into the most amazing night of revelations and an incredible story of tenacity and survival. 

Let me start at the beginning. I was having dinner with hubby, our 8-year-old birthday boy, and our friends Missy, Craig, and their two children at a local restaurant/family fun center. No matter where I am or whatever I’m doing, the Writer’s Brain never shuts off.

I’ve been toggling with spin off story lines from Love Unscripted involving bodyguard Kyle Trent’s brothers. I’ve given Kyle three brothers: Adam, Michael, and Jason, and I have their stories pretty much outlined and first chapter bare bones typed. Every writer has different methods of character development and for these three brothers I have a good idea of what makes them tick.

 Jason’s story was the last one I had developed. He’s in his 30’s, is living outside of DC, and he’s just returned from Hell. He was a medic aboard an Army helicopter, was captured, endures things that no man wants to even imagine, and when he’s back on US soil he is missing the lower half of his left leg. So what does all of this have to do with dinner last night? I’m getting to that.

I started writing Jason’s opening scenes – those first few sentences that let’s us get to know him. What’s his situation? What are his struggles? What is it that he is going to have to overcome and grow from as the story progresses? Is he on tons of medication? Does he have nightmares? Flashbacks? Happy? Sad? Pissed off at the world? And what the hell is the name of the Palomino mare he’s struggling to hold on to while cursing that she’s pulling him off balance?

These details are all of those things that let’s us become intimately acquainted with the character. Tidbits of a man and his struggles that I have never personally experienced. So – so much for writing about what I know.

I do a lot of research. I have to or else readers like you will become disconnected from the material and angry because the fiction isn’t factual. How the hell can I write about a man who has lost a limb? The closest I’ve ever been to relating to that was when I broke my right ankle and had to figure out creative ways to shower with a cast on. And let me tell ya, there is only so much you can glean from Google.

So I’m in mid sentence at the dinner table, trying to be sociable without talking while chewing on pizza, and I notice a young man sitting with his girlfriend and another couple a few tables away. His cowboy hat first caught my eye and then, to get comfortable, I notice him disconnect his prosthetic leg. The urge to spring out of my chair and talk to him was overwhelming. I literally clawed the table to stay put. I wanted to talk to him in the worst way but then the waitress brought him this monster sized hamburger and there was no way I was going to be rude and interrupt the man’s dinner. Rule #2 (I think) is NEVER COME BETWEEN A MAN AND HIS FOOD.

I left the man and his burger in peace. Research would have to wait. I could deal with feeling bummed about a missed opportunity – that’s why I ordered a double Gin and Tonic.

And then – as fate would have it – I see him in the game center with his friends. Like a freaking psycho stalker crazy author chick I watched, observed, and finally – after a small freak out in front of hubby and Missy about wanting to talk to the guy – I got the nerve to approach him.

“Hi, my name is Tina. I write romance novels. I’m a partial lunatic with twenty imaginary friends who really needs to ask you questions about life.”

His name is Kyle, and by some stroke of luck or grace, he’s willing to talk to me. I ask him a barrage of questions, storing each answer in my brain file labeled “Jason Trent.” I started out gentle and benign and then got personal. Those things that we take for granted every day: showering, sleeping, dealing with pain, struggling with the emotional aftermath, making love to his girl. (oh, you know I had to go there – I write Romance novels, people! And as an added bonus, I met his lovely girlfriend who happens to be a new Kindle owner and is just as obsessed about Christian and his Fifty Shades as the rest of us. OMG! It was instant love!  And if that wasn’t mind-blowing enough, Kyle rides horses as well – same as Mr. Jason Trent.)

Kyle tells me his story. How he was driving down the highway minding his own business when his life changed forever. Another car started it and I sort of blacked out mentally when he described when the tractor trailer got involved and drug his car 500, 5,000 – too damn many feet far for my rational brain to handle.

And then, to top it all off, once the dust started to settle, Kyle’s car caught fire. A passerby happened to be a medic and tried to get Kyle out, but his leg was pinned. Let’s just say field surgery was performed on the final few inches of attached flesh and Kyle’s leg from slightly below the knee down stayed twisted in the wreckage.

Kyle was flown by Medevac to the hospital.

Apparently it was not his time to go. My jaw dropped when he showed me pictures of his car or technically, what was left of it. And then he tells me he was back to work in only four months! Holy shit! Just from talking to him I could tell he’s the kind of guy who says “watch me” and or “F-You” when someone tells him he can’t do something.

I learned a lot. My heart and mind are now forever altered from meeting and knowing him.

Just know that when Jason’s fictitious story is written, a tenacious survivor named Kyle from Pennsylvania is woven all around him.

Here are pictures of what’s left of Kyle’s car. 

 

 

 

 

 

I am proud to announce the release of Love Unscripted for Amazon Kindle. 
 
It’s been a labor intensive process, but it’s finally done and available on the US, DE, and UK Amazon Kindle sites.
 
Here are the links to jump you to them. 

 

Amazon.com USA site – CLICK HERE

 

Amazon UK site – CLICK HERE

 

Amazon DE site – CLICK HERE

 

Please inform your Kindle Lovin’  friends to get your copy today!

Congratulations to

Heather B. from North Carolina

and

Jenna W. from Utah

Winners of the Goodreads.com reader giveaway!

I hope you enjoy every word!

 

Since it is taking me F O R E V E R to get the ebook versions of Love Unscripted published, I am making available the entire novel in PDF form.

Visit the “P u r c h a s e  t h e   B o o k” link on the right side menu bar.  The choice for purchasing the PDF is last in the list of purchase options. 

The PDF is well below the paper version, at on $9.99.  This file is confirmed to work on KINDLE readers.  I know – I own one and have tested it, of course!

Once payment is confirmed, I will email the file to you.  Please be patient; I only look at my emails 20 times a day and it may take an hour or so for me to get back to you.  I am also working on an automated store, but I am running out of arms, fingers, and time to do all the things I need to do.