Friday, September 29, 2006

Debut Release Contest

I'm celebrating the release of my debut novel, Her Protector, with a contest! One lucky reader will win a download of the book.

To enter just send an email to with the title “debut release contest” Please include your name and state of residency. By entering you are giving permission for that information to be placed on my website and blog in the event that you are the winner.

The contest will run through October 20th, 2006. You must be 18 or older to enter. One entry per person please. The winner will be notified by email and will have one week to reply. If there's no reply after seven days a new winner will be drawn.

If you would like to be placed on a mailing list to be advised of my upcoming releases and events, please note that in your email. This is not a requirement to enter the contest!

Good luck!

Saturday, September 23, 2006

"Her Protector" Available for Purchase

I’m very excited to announce that Her Protector is now available for purchase from New Concepts Publishing!

  • Purchase This Book
  • Banned Books

    Banned Books Week: September 23-30, 2006

    Celebrate your freedom to read! This annual event reminds Americans not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted.

    Check the American Library Association’s website for more information, including lists of the most frequently challenged books.

    I’d like to share with you my own experience regarding banned books. My junior year in high school (early eighties, small southern town), my English teacher passed out copies of The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck and told us we would start reading the book the next day. The next day she took the copies back up. Some parents had called the school complaining that the book was inappropriate reading material, and the school decided to ban the book.

    Know what happened?

    We drove to the next town (there were no bookstores in my little hometown), bought copies of the book, and read it. By making the book forbidden, they’d made it tempting and made us curious. They’d made us WANT to read it.

    The inappropriate part? Well, we couldn’t figure out what it was, so we did some sleuthing, and apparently it was the very end of the book when Rose of Sharon breastfeeds a starving man. Trust me when I say that none of us were incredibly shocked by this, nor were we scarred for life as result of reading it.

    I have very mixed feelings when it comes to children and banned books. I’m a parent. Do I want some control over what my children read? You bet I do! Some books are not appropriate for children. But while I think parents should have control over their child’s reading material, merely in my personal opinion, I think some parents take this too far.

    One of the most challenged books is The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, in part because of its frequent use of the 'n' word. So do you just pretend like the 'n' word wasn’t, and still isn’t, used? Pretending something doesn’t exist will not make it cease to exist. My son has read this book, and after he read it WE DISCUSSED IT. That’s the key! Know what your kids are reading and discuss it with them. It may be some of the best conversations you ever have with your children.

    Thursday, September 21, 2006

    Book Cover for "Her Protector"

    I just received the book cover for Her Protector. I’m very pleased! Cover artist Jenny Dixon did an excellent job.

    Tuesday, September 19, 2006

    More Favorite Quotes

    "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." -- Edmund Burke

    "It is when we forget ourselves that we do things that are remembered." -- Eugene Bertin

    "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart." -- Helen Keller

    If you have a favorite quote, please share it!

    Saturday, September 16, 2006

    What I'm Reading--Enslave Me Sweetly

    Enslave Me Sweetly by Gena Showalter (Downtown Press)

    Friday, September 15, 2006

    The winner is…

    A huge thanks to everyone who participated in my blog contest/drawing. I really enjoyed hearing about your favorite types of romance heroes! Please continue to visit my blog to learn about upcoming contests and share your thoughts on other subjects :)

    I had my youngest son draw a name out of the hat, and the winner is...Jackie W. from California.

    Congrats, Jackie. An autographed copy of Just One Look by P.J. Womack is en route to you. Happy reading!

    Saturday, September 02, 2006

    Favorite Type of Hero--Contest/Drawing!

    I’m interested in hearing about your favorite type of romance hero. Maybe you adore a certain personality type—the chief, the bad boy, the charmer, the best friend, etc. Maybe you’re drawn to heroes with specific occupations—CEO, cop, cowboy, doctor, artist, etc. Or maybe there are other qualities that make you melt, such as a certain accent.

    What’s my favorite? I like them all :) but if I had to choose just one…a charming cowboy with a slow southern drawl. Yummy! Then again, the Aussie accent just makes me all warm and tingly inside. And the bad boys... Well, as I said, I like them all.

    As an incentive for you to share your thoughts, I’m holding a drawing. The prize is an autographed copy of a book by one of my wonderfully talented critique partners.

    Just One Look by P.J. Womack
    Contemporary Romance
    Publisher: New Concepts Publishing
    Rating: Spicy
    Blurb: From the moment Victor Raven saw Lauren Rose he wanted her with a desperation that bordered on obsession. He's determined to win her love by fair means or foul. Only one obstacle stands in his way ... Lauren is consumed with hatred for the man responsible for her father’s death--Victor Raven himself.

    Everyone who leaves a comment between now and September 14th will be entered into the drawing. The winner will be announced on September 15th, 2006. I DO need your email address so I can contact you in the event that you win the drawing. If I can backtrack and locate an address for you (for example, an email address listed on blogger), then that’s wonderful. If not, then you need to send your email address, along with a copy of your post, to Be aware that I will be posting the winner's name and state of residency on my blog.

    For information about P.J.’s other books, please visit her website at:

    Friday, September 01, 2006

    Stupid Criminals

    I couldn’t write characters like these in a manuscript, because readers would find it unbelievable that anyone could be so stupid.

    Texas authorities, responding to a store robbery, seized a man who was fleeing naked. He said he'd stripped after the job because he figured his clothes would make him identifiable.

    An inmate who escaped from County Jail in an orange jumpsuit broke into the theater department at Baylor to slip into something less conspicuous. Police apprehended the escapee in a leprechaun costume.

    Police in Georgia, investigating a purse snatching, picked up a man who fit the thief's description and drove him back to the scene. He was told to exit the car and face the victim for an I.D. The suspect carefully eyed the victim, and blurted, "Yeah, that's the woman I robbed."

    Police in Los Angeles had good luck with a robbery suspect who just couldn't control himself during a lineup. When detectives asked each man in the lineup to repeat the words: "Give me all your money or I'll shoot", the man shouted, "That's not what I said!"

    A South Carolina man walked into a local police station, dropped a bag of cocaine on the counter, informed the desk sergeant that it was substandard cut, and asked that the person who sold it to him be arrested immediately.

    A man in Utah called the police to report a home burglary. The only thing he reported stolen was a bag of marijuana he’d planned to sell.

    A pair of robbers in Michigan entered a store nervously waving revolvers. The first one shouted, "Nobody move!" When his partner moved, the startled first bandit shot him.

    Police in Kansas, arrested a 22-year-old man after he tried to pass two counterfeit $16 bills.

    When a man attempted to siphon gasoline from a motor home parked on a Seattle street, he got much more than he bargained for. Police arrived at the scene to find an ill man curled up next to a motor home near spilled sewage. A police spokesman said that the man admitted to trying to steal gasoline and plugged his hose into the motor home's sewage tank by mistake.

    A man on trail in Oklahoma City for the armed robbery of a convenience store was acting as his own attorney. When the store manager testified that he was the robber, the man jumped up, accused the woman of lying and then said, "I should of blown your [expletive] head off!" He paused, then quickly added, "- if I'd been the one that was there." The jury took 20 minutes to convict him.

    A drug-possession defendant on trial in Michigan said he had been searched without a warrant. The prosecutor said the officer didn't need a warrant because a "bulge" in the defendant’s jacket could have been a gun. Nonsense, said the defendant, who happened to be wearing the same jacket that day in court. He handed it over so the judge could see it. The judge discovered a packet of cocaine in the pocket.

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