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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!

My first podcast appearance

Today marks my first time on a podcast. It's with the crazy bunch of guys from the Self Publishing Podcast, and we're basically gushing about Scrivener the whole time. It was fun!

I'd love to hear what you thought, or what you love about Scrivener that I didn't get to mention.

Image credit: http://www.kde-look.org/content/show.php?content=14788 via Wikimedia Commons.

So that’s what I sound like…

About a month ago, my former Scrivener student Lynne Klippel asked me if I’d do an interview about Scrivener for her online author summit, Successful Author Secrets.

I was pretty nervous about the whole idea of a delayed-but-essentially-live broadcast, but I think it came out pretty well, despite being on my cell phone.

And I learned a few things. Like the fact that I say “absolutely” a lot. I joked on Twitter and Facebook that you could make a drinking game out of it, though probably only if you did shots. It’s maybe one beer’s worth. 😉

Turns out I also laugh frequently–don't you dare say giggle–though I somehow still manage to sound like I know what I’m talking about most of the time. My son was just explaining yesterday how laughing is a way to defuse social tension, so let’s say I defused often.

If you want to check out my interview, I highly recommend signing up for the whole (FREE!) conference. Lynne has a great lineup of speakers discussing topics like marketing, time management, social media, and ebooks.

Too bad I couldn’t have listened to Wayne Kelly’s “Insider Tips on Acing Radio Interviews” before this one, but if you want to, he's up on May 23rd.

Image: By Pthompsen (Own work) , via Wikimedia Commons