Friday, August 31, 2007

My First Reviews for Finding Passion

Brenda at The Romance Studio gave Finding Passion 4 & 1/2 hearts!

Here’s what she had to say:

This short story is packed with explosive sexual situations and tear-inducing arguments. There are few other characters involved; however, the couple managed to captivate this audience with their multiple circumstances that helped them work on the disastrous state of their marriage. Even though short in words, the plot is solid and believable. It was a quick story which is perfect for a lunch hour read.

Ms. Pamela Tyner has written a great book which reminds us how important communication is to any type relationship. I recommend you read Finding Passion as quickly as possible.

Click HERE to read the entire review.

I also received a review from Maura at Coffee Time Romance. Here's what she had to say:

This is a sensual story of a couple at a crossroads. Long working hours and her family have torn the two apart until they are more like roommates than a married couple.

...this is a very well written and entertaining story.

Click HERE to read the entire review.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Want Some Free Bookmarks?

I received my bookmarks today for both Finding Passion and Her Protector. I’m eager to give some away! All you have to do is send your name and address to Please put 'bookmarks' in the subject line.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

What I'm Reading

Currently Reading: Match Me If You Can by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Why I chose to read it: A few months ago I read Ain't She Sweet? by Ms. Phillips, and at the back of the book was a excerpt for Match Me If You Can. I loved the excerpt, so I bought the book.

Reading Next: A Hunger like No Other by Kresley Cole

Why I chose to read it: Someone gave me this book almost a year ago, and it’s been sitting in my to-be-read stack ever since (yes, that's a long time, but my to-be-read stack is huge). Recently I saw that it won the 2007 RITA Award for Best Paranormal Romance, and that convinced me to move it to the top of the stack.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

It's Not Public Domain?

On this day in 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King gave his famous "I have a dream" speech in Washington, DC, which is considered by many (myself included) to be one of the greatest speeches in American history.

In honor of that, I had hoped to post a video of the speech in its entirety, but I nixed that plan after reading THIS article (The Washington Post, January 15, 2006) which states that Dr. King’s speeches are not public domain. They are owned by his family and "those who want to hear or use the speech in its entirety must buy a copy sanctioned by the King family, which receives the proceeds."

I can certainly understand that the family doesn’t want others to make money off of Dr. King’s speeches, but by denying people the right to even hear them (unless they pay for it)...well, there’s an entire generation of kids who may never hear this very powerful, inspiring speech (although they might hear small portions of it).

I am not criticizing the family for their decision, because I have no right to do that. The situation just makes me sad. And I have to wonder if maybe Dr. King himself would have been sadden by it. Personally, I think he might have been.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Something To Make You Smile

A man and his wife were working in their garden. As she was bent over pulling some weeds, he said, "Your butt’s getting huge. I bet it’s bigger than the barbecue."

With that, he proceeded to get a measuring tape and measured the grill. Then he went over to where his wife was working and measured her rear. "I was right, your butt is two inches wider than the barbecue!"

The woman chose to ignore her husband, and she continued with her work.

Later that night in bed, the husband felt a little frisky. He cuddled up to his wife and started to kiss her neck. She looked over her shoulder at him and said, "If you think I'm going to fire up this big-ass grill for one little weenie, you better think again."

Friday, August 24, 2007

Guess What I Did Today....

Here’s a hint:

This was my first experience with this procedure, and while it wasn’t pleasant, it wasn’t nearly as horrible as I had imagined it would be.

If you’re over 39, and haven’t gotten yours yet this year, call and schedule it, because it is important to do. Besides, if I had to go through it, you should too :)

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Percentage Who Agree/Disagree With My Pet Peeve

I thought you might be interested in knowing how many people agreed/disagreed with my pet peeve.

For those who didn’t read the interview (and go read it!), when asked if I have any pet peeves, my reply was: "I have a few, but my biggest one these days is when someone uses text message spelling, such as 'u' for 'you', in anything other than a text message. It just makes me cringe."

In order to enter my August contest, people had to tell me if this is also one of their pet peeves. They could either state simply 'I agree' or 'it doesn't bother me' or they could elaborate on their answer. For those who elaborated, thank you! I enjoyed reading your thoughts on the issue.

61% stated that they also dislike it (although maybe not to the degree that I do). 39% stated that it doesn’t bother them at all.

So, I was pondering why this might bother some and not others. I think:
1) Maybe it’s an age issue. Maybe those who are younger find it more acceptable, because it’s pretty much always been the norm. Note: I’m not saying I’m old! But, I didn’t grow up in the age of text messaging either.
2) Maybe those who use text message abbreviations more often aren’t bothered by it, because it’s easier for them to read. Part of my frustration is that it takes me 5 minutes to decipher something that I could read in 1 minute if all the words were spelled properly.
3) Maybe I’m just anal :) It could have something to do with the fact that as a writer I have to spell correctly.

At any rate, I suppose I’d better learn to get used to it, because I don’t think this trend will disappear anytime in the near future.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

August Contest Winner/Reminder for RJ Summer Fantasy Contest

I received over 40 entries for my August contest. A huge thanks to everyone who entered!

I had my youngest son draw a name out of the hat, and the winner is....Dawn M. from the UK.

Dawn won a Fictionwise gift certificate for a download of my novella Finding Passion from Whispers Publishing AND a download of a second novella from Whispers Publishing of her choice. She chose the book Derailed by Rhiannon Neeley.

Congrats, Dawn! I hope you enjoy the books.

Please remember to check my website and blog the beginning of September for information about my next contest.

In the meantime, don’t forget about the Romance Junkies Summer Fantasy Contest that I’m participating in. You can find details about it by visiting my website HERE and clicking on the contest link. The last date for entries is August 31st.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

August Contest (ends 08/20/07)

The winner of my August contest will receive a gift certificate from Fictionwise (you must have a Fictionwise account, but it’s free and easy to set up) for a download of my novella Finding Passion from Whispers Publishing AND a download of a second novella from Whispers Publishing of their choice.

Here’s how you can be entered in the drawing:
When Cassandra from Coffee Time Romance interviewed me, she asked if I have any pet peeves. Send me an email and tell me what I said is my biggest pet peeve these days, and also tell me if it’s one of yours. A simple "I agree" or "it doesn’t bother me" will suffice, but please feel free to expand on your answer if you wish.

Visit my website HERE for more details. Please note that you must be 18 or older to enter the contest!

The contest will run through August 20th, 2007.

Good luck!