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My origin story and a party with giveaways

Here’s a quick update on all the fun things happening through the end of the month. I hope to see you around!

Love Romance Reads Interview

I'm over at the Love Romance Reads blog today, dishing about my origin story (as a writer), where I write, some of my favorite authors, and who I admire.

gwen with her golden retriever

I've included lots of photos—and even a video—so I hope you'll drop by and ask me a question or post a comment!

Military Romance Facebook Party

Join me and ten military romance authors for fun and giveaways on July 30th from 12-6pm Pacific (that's 3-9pm in New York, 8pm-2am in London, and 7am-1pm July 31 in Sydney). We'll leave the party open until Sunday, so no worries if you can't make it live.

Military Romance FB Party graphic

Select “Going” on the Facebook party page to get a reminder so you don't miss the fun!

Last Chance for the Summer Bundle of Romance Giveaway

The Summer Bundle of Romance Giveaway has been extended until July 31st! This is the one where I've teamed up with 30+ fantastic authors to give away a huge collection of Romantic Suspense novels to 2 lucky winners, PLUS a brand new eReader to the Grand Prize winner!

A summer bundle of romantic suspense ad graphic displaying the cover of Blind Justice and a collage of other covers

You could win my novel BLIND JUSTICE, plus books from authors like Sharon Hamilton, Kate Allenton, Blair Babylon, and more—just by following me and other great Romantic Suspense authors on BookBub!

Enter the giveaway by clicking here => bit.ly/RomanticSuspense-July2019.

I hope you'll get involved in all the fun! I look forward to seeing you on the Love Romance Reads blog or at the Facebook party.

Have a wonderful July and August!

Book news and a new year

Happy new year! I know, it’s a little late—and I completely blew off posting on the blog in December—but I was working feverishly to finish my manuscript and celebrating the holidays with family. Did you have a good holiday? Is 2019 treating you well so far?

We took the kids on a short cruise to Catalina and Ensenada over Christmas. I don’t cruise well, but it was a fun trip, and I enjoyed having both kids home for more than a week. My oldest is all the way in Virginia, so having them here was a special treat.

side of a cruise ship with island and boats in background
Carnival Imagination moored off Catalina Island
reindeer towel animal
The reindeer came to the ship
clear shallow water with rocks and a large white building in the background
Catalina Island Casino
mountains and boats on an ocean harbor framed by a palm tree
Avalon from the Casino on Catalina Island
man wearing cowboy hat walking with guitar in front of building with playing card murals
Ensenada

(If you want to see more photos of my travels, my dog, my writing, and whatever other quirky thing catches my eye along the way, the best place to follow me is Instagram.)

My big news for the new year is that I finished the first draft of Men of Steele #5 yesterday! 🥳 It took me far too long, but it feels great to reach The End. I’ll have to work on revisions soon, but I hope to have the book out in late March. I’ve been wanting to tell Tara Fujimoto’s story for ages (she played a key role in Blind Fury and a minor role in each of the other books), so I’m excited to finally give her the HEA—happy ever after—she deserves.

Keep an eye out for previews and a cover reveal. And if you’re on my newsletter list, you’ll see it all first, along with some of the best books I read in 2018. 😉

Anything exciting in the works for you this year?

Have a fabulous 2019!

Books, prizes, and holiday recipes at The Charmed Connection

Overwhelmed by holiday crowds and shopping yet? Looking for some holiday fun and maybe a few prizes for yourself?

The Charmed Connection Readers Group—a Facebook group where readers and authors connect—is hosting a holiday bookstore and author takeover.

Holiday Bookstore flyer

Throughout this week, from November 26th (that’s today!) through December 2nd, authors will be popping in with games, giveaways, and yummy holiday recipes. You can browse the holiday bookstores to find new-to-you authors, get delicious recipe ideas in Mrs. Claus’s Kitchen, and chat with authors and other readers.

I’ll be taking over The Charmed Connection on Thursday, November 29th from 4-5pm Pacific Time (that’s 7pm in Virginia, 1am Friday in Barcelona, and 11am Friday in Sydney). Mark your calendar now and join me for the fun!

Thanks to you

Happy Thanksgiving Day in orange and red script with a fall leaf at the bottomThank you for being part of my online community, for reading my books and blog posts and newsletters, for taking my classes, for commenting and writing and spreading the word to your friends.

I’m truly grateful to be able to write and teach, and that’s all due to you.

If you celebrate Thanksgiving, I wish you a happy day with friends and loved ones. If not, have a nice weekend anyway. 😉

To all the veterans

Gwen holding a baby and kissing her husband who's wearing Air Force camouflage/BDUs

Kissing my husband goodbye, circa 1997

Today I honor the men and women of all races, ages, backgrounds, sexual orientations, political beliefs, religions (or lack thereof), and even different nationalities who’ve served in the US armed forces.

I appreciate your commitment and sacrifice—and that of your families—whether you faced armed conflict or faced a computer.

Special thanks to my husband, father, father-in-law, and uncle.

Happy Veterans Day!

Happy Halloween

 

table filled with Halloween cookies, open book, woman's hands holding a mug, with "Happy Halloween!" written across bottom on a white ribbon

Happy Halloween! Are you a dress-up-hand-out-candy person, or a hide-in-/leave-the-house person? Now that my kids are grown, I'm the latter (yes, introvert), but I'd love to hear about your costumes, or your kids' costumes. 

Have a fun, spooky day.