Two Paws Up!
Authors with pets: Looking for a noble cause and a good way to get some book exposure? Head over to book reviewer Jackie Burris and sign up for her blog hop, "Bloggers Help Paws with a Cause". This hop is sponsored by Danielle @ Romance Book Junkies and Laurie @ Bitten By Paranormal Romance.
Jackie is looking for posts spotlighting your pet(s).
You better believe I'll be there, whether I have a book out in March or not. Hmm...I wonder if the Frugal Dog will be ready by then. You never know.
The hop runs from March 1st through 8th and benefits Paws With A Cause.
Maria Wins a (Sur)Prize
I have to share this news. A couple months ago, I won a contest from Harlequin author, Melissa McClone. (Put her blog on your Reader and comment often because she holds regular contests!) Anyway, this time she was giving a special prize of several books from her recent RWA trip.
Poor Melissa came down with a plague of biblical proportions and the package sat unsent. I told her not to worry about it. Aside from getting well, she had her hands full with kids, pets, and shelter kitty, Miss Mousie. (Remember Miss Mousie? She's doing great now!)
Melissa never forgot me, and when she recovered, she sent my prize.
I expected two or three books--tops. Instead, I got this GIANT box full of books from some of my favorite authors. Tessa Dare, Elizabeth Holt, Sherrilyn Kenyon, to name a few. It was like getting Christmas early. I was so thrilled. Thank you, Melissa!
It's true. I've been leading a double life. Ever since I revealed my first cover for The Devil To Pay, I started getting requests to design other covers. I resisted because I was worried about things like art licenses and copyright issues and what I had to do to protect myself and my clients.
But for the past few weeks I've been researching it and seeing how other designers manage their businesses. And I've decided to take a great big diva plunge.
I don't have much in my portfolio yet, but with any luck that'll change soon. Meanwhile, there's a web site and a few pages to wander about and read.
If you have friends needing cover art, send them to the Diva. Do stop by (and then come back) to let me know what you think of the web layout.