Friday, June 24, 2011

In the Big Apple

This is my last blog post before jetting off to the Big Apple - heading to RWA Nationals next week which I predict is going to be very July 4th-ish - lots of fun and fireworks. :-)

I'm spending a little time with my good friend Fiona Harper - we're roomies and going to lots of cheesy touristy stuff! But there's some business and some glam stuff on the agenda too - parties and drinks with my agent and editor, the Harlequin Black and White Ball at the Waldorf, the RITA awards.

If you're going to be in NYC, on Tuesday at 5:30 at the Marriott Marquis, Times Square (the conference location) there is a booksigning for charity happening - nearly 500 authors participating, including me. I would LOVE to meet you!

Afterwards I'm off to the Bookseller's Best Awards - I'm a finalist in the Traditional category.

Thursday I'll be signing A FAMILY FOR THE RUGGED RANCHER at the Harlequin signing that goes from 9:45 to 11:15.

And on Friday at 2 I'm giving a workshop with Fiona and our senior editor, Bryony Green, called HOW TO WRITE SIZZLE WITHOUT SEX AND EMOTION WITHOUT TRAGEDY. Directly afterwards I'm at the Samhain Publishing signing, signing copies of SOLD TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER. It goes from 3 to 4:30.

For those of you going to conference - I hope to see you at one of these events, or in the lobby where all the action REALLY happens. If you see me, give me a shout and say hello!

And for you blog readers - I'll be back on July 5, once I'm back from NY and a family wedding. :-) What a way to kick off summer!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Susan Mallery Giveaway - including Honeymoon With The Rancher!

Are you interested in a great, fantastic, amazing summer prize? Susan Mallery is holding a huge contest right now - and I'm a part of it! Here are the deets:


Summer Love Giveaway!

Want to win a Kindle, a $50 Amazon gift card, plus twenty-five free romances from some of Harlequin’s top authors, including me? Go to the contest page inside Susan Mallery’s Members Only area from June 22 through July 1 to enter. If you’re not a member yet, you can join for free. The winner will be chosen at random on July 1. Good luck! www.susanmallery.com/members/contest.php

Monday, June 20, 2011

Conference Readiness

One week from today Fiona Harper and I will be taking New York City by storm and I'm hoping for good weather. I can deal with sun/humidity, spf, and needing to hydrate. Just no rain, k?

And after our whirlwind tour, it's the beginning of conference. I'm excited. I'm nervous. I'm excited again. So here's my advice for surviving Nationals, especially if you're a first timer.

  • I'm nervous because my schedule is really, really packed. So tip #1 - that I learned after "hitting the conference wall" in DC in 09 is that it is really important to take some time to regroup and recharge - how you do that is up to you. It could be going to your room for a bit, finding a quiet corner with a coffee, or leaving the conference hotel for a meal.

  • I'm also nervous because I'm giving a workshop (along with Fiona and our Senior Editor). After attending workshops at Nationals, I am dealing with this by repeating to myself that I am not doing it alone, that we have a great moderator and it's one hour, not a lifetime.

  • When I attended my first Nationals, I sat in the lobby for over 3 hours waiting for my room to be ready. ALONE. It took me an hour and a half to get up the nerve to speak to a group nearby - a group that included people I actually recognized (like Trish Milburn). I finally asked if I could join them and it wasn't scary at all.  Moral? Most of the people are very, very nice and welcoming. Smile, say "Hi, mind if I join you?" Holly Jacobs told me at registration that there are two kinds of people: those who know you and love you and those who will know you and love you and the other people don't matter.

  • Wear clothes that are comfortable and appropriate. Business casual is the general daytime dress. Parties might require something a bit fancier.  And while we all chat about dresses and shoes (yes, I've been shopping and have already had my hair done!), really if you simply manage to look neat and tidy and comfortable, you'll be in clover.  Make sure you have comfy shoes and save the killer heels for RITA night and the few hours of fancy parties.

  • Don't over lubricate. The bar will be a happening spot and there's nothing wrong with grabbing a cocktail. But overindulging - especially when you're tired and/or overwhelmed can work against you. I seriously found that a single glass of wine at the end of the day was more than enough to relax me. Try club soda, tonic water, water with lemon. Or a few spritzers, which only contain half the alcohol than a full glass of wine but still have a sense of occasion about them. To be honest - at $12 a glass, it's not hard to turn down a second glass of wine. The last thing you want to do is have too much and say something you regret the next morning.

  • Eat. With crazy schedules it's easy to forget to eat, but you need to. Breakfast isn't part of the package, so I'm planning on keeping a box of protein bars in my room. Rumour has it that you need to request a room with a fridge if you want one.  Otherwise, it pays to scout out local shops where you can grab some fruit and yogurt for a reasonable price, or a bagel. My big challenge is having things happening over my normal dinner hour, so I need to make sure I eat between the daytime stuff and evening events. Conference is hectic. Coffee is not fuel.

  • Don't try to do everything. This year I've got the workshop and three signings, the Librarian's Day events, two cocktail parties, a reception, drinks with my editor, tea with the Romance authors, a focus group, a Meet and Greet, not to mention the Harlequin Party and the RITA awards. Attending workshops is going to be hit and miss, depending on hours to spare and my state of mind. I'm not going to try to fit it all in. Instead I plan on picking the workshops I really want and downloading them after the conference is over. Yes, it'll cost me a little bit of money, but it's worth it.

  • Leave room for opportunity. Some of my best moments in DC in 09 were the times "in between" things when I met up with people by accident. You never know who you'll meet. I ended up having an unexpected coffee with a lovely person who ended up becoming my agent.

  • And most of all - have fun. It is incredibly inspiring and awesome to look around and see superstars. To feel all the positive energy that happens at National conference. To meet up with friends you haven't seen in a few years (if ever in person!). Celebrate being a part of it. It's worth celebrating.
And if you happen to see me in your travels, stop and say Hi.

See you in New York!

Friday, June 17, 2011

#Fridayreads - A Special Offer!

Today I want to share a very special event!

My good friend Bev Pettersen has her first book, Jockeys and Jewels, available at amazon and smashwords. I'm so thrilled for her - this is one of her Golden Heart Finalist books (and yes, she has finalled more than once!) and if you like romance, mystery, and horses - you're going to love it!

I'm in possession of a special code that will allow one lucky commenter to download the book for free - I already bought it yesterday, so Bev suggested I pass the good fortune along. :-)

All you have to do is leave a comment and I'll draw at the end of the day!

You can visit Bev's website here.

Racehorse trainer, Kurt MacKinnon, resents being yanked back into undercover police work. But when his ex-partner is brutally murdered, he moves his third-string horses to a dirt road track, determined to hunt down the killer.

Struggling apprentice jockey, Julie West, pins her dreams of a vital win on the charismatic trainer, never suspecting she’s a person of interest—and not because of her riding ability.

Kurt didn’t expect his temperamental colt to blossom under Julie’s deft touch nor for his own rusty heart to soften. However, his deception draws them both into the cross-hairs of a killer…and now much more than their love is in danger.               

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Beginning a playlist...

This week, as I think about writing Ty and Clara's story (book 2 in my current duet), a couple of songs hit me smack between the eyes and I just KNEW there were the first 2 on my playlist for this book.

The first is Just a Kiss by Lady Antebellum - and when I watched this performance I thought "Yeah, this is why I like guys in jeans and black t-shirts and sometimes tats with scruff. Yum yum. But mostly it's the lyrics that spoke to me knowing Clara and Ty's pasts.



The other song is Can't Breathe by Fefe Dobson...love love love it and it'll come in handy during the last half of the book.



I already love these two characters so I'm looking forward to writing the book a lot. Which probably means it will turn out to be a pain in the ass.

In other news - Humble Pie on the menu this morning as I owe fellow Romance author Barb Wallace coffee when we're in New York. The Canucks lost last night in a 4-0 shutout to the Bruins. Disappointed is an understatement. Faster feet and sharper sticks on the part of the Canucks throughout the whole series would have helped immensely. You can't lay the blame all on Luongo - defensively his team let him down. You just can't let a team like the Bruins waltz in and leave your goalie hanging. And when the Canucks DID show up and play great hockey - Tim Thomas was outstanding in goal. He was so calm and collected.

Anyway I'm off to get some writing accomplished - catch you on the flip side.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

#WW - The 4 D's Post 4 - Dedication

Well, here we are at the final "D" for #WriterWednesday.  Dedication.

The 4 D's really all blend together in so many ways. Dedication is commitment, and so is discipline. Determination and Desire go hand in hand - the want and the...well...commitment to go after it. It does all come down to commitment in the end, doesn't it!

But dedication means more than just being dedicated to writing a book, or selling a book. It's more than being dedicated to the end result. It's the willingness to put in the work to get there. When I talked about Determination, I talked about what you do after rejections and how you handle setbacks by moving forward. For me, Determination is going a little bit deeper. It is everything put into practice.

You want this so badly you can taste it (Desire). You set a routine for putting words on the page (Discipline). You submit your work and get rejected, but you're not done yet - you'll show them! (Determination). But how do you do it?

By dedication. Dedication to the dream, dedication to story, dedication to craft.

It is how you improve, learn, succeed. Dedication involves opening your mind and seeing your flaws as well as your strengths and learning how to improve the first and capitalize on the second. Dedication to the craft means that it's all about THIS story, not the one before that it sitting on an editor's desk. With each manuscript you improve. With each manuscript you are closer to finding your voice or honing your voice because voices are what stand out. Dedication to improving and learning means finding ways of improving characterization, plotting, pace...all the story elements. Dedication means it's not just about landing a publishing contract, but fulfilling the promise you have made to the reader every single time - and exceeding their expectations.

It's a tall order, isn't it? And that's why "making it" is so special. This process - this life - isn't for everyone. It is flipping hard. It's hard to pour your heart and soul into a book only to have it rejected, or have it reduced to a simple star rating. It's hard to face that rejection or bad review and face the flaws and the things you could have done better. And yet...we do it. Because we love it. Because writing is like breathing.

RITA Nominee Paula Graves always says that when times get tough, if you can quit, do it. There is a vast difference in writing because you love it and writing for publication. You can do both but you don't have to. You can write for pleasure. In the end - I write for pleasure. But I have to deal with the business end of things too and it is not always easy. I know in my heart that if I hadn't sold, I'd still be writing. I'd also probably be working another job, though... :-)

Writing for publication is a bit like standing naked in the square. If you've poured your emotions into your story, it can be like a window into a part of yourself and frequently a part you wouldn't necessarily show others. It is a lot of looking in the mirror and accepting flaws instead of deluding yourself into thinking you have a perfect reflection.

I'll go back to Donald Maass, though, to really bring it all back to one and wrap this up: you need that fire in the belly. The fire in the belly means you will do what it takes to succeed - or as Gladwell puts it in Outliers - put in your 10,000 hours.

Desire, Determination, Discipline, Dedication. As my CP Michelle Styles is fond of saying, You are capable of more than you think.

Happy writing,

Donna

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Blurby Goodness

Last night my final books for OFF THE CLOCK hit my inbox. Naturally, I opened the file to have a look-see at the finished product - including the back cover blurb.  I adore it. It is one of those blurbs that makes me hope that what's inside lives up to expectations. I sent an e-mail to my editor saying whoever wrote it gets my wholehearted thanks. Blurb writing is HARD and it's so much better than what I sent in on my blurb form.

So without  further ado: Cover and blurb for OFF THE CLOCK, a First Responders Novella coming October 4 from Samhain Publishing:

The last thing she needs is a hero…
First Responders, Book 1
Paramedic Gabe Brennan’s job is saving lives. When he witnesses an accident and rushes in to help, the victim brings back memories of the night that marked him forever. The night he almost couldn’t save his best friend, Brandon. Brandon’s sister is in the car. She’s pregnant. And his longing for her is just as sharp as ever.

Carly’s never been so glad to see a friendly face. Gabe’s gallant rescue—and the gentle kiss he bestows upon her at the hospital—resurrect feelings she buried long ago. Having just closed the book on a crumbling marriage, she’s not too keen on opening herself up to hurt again. Not even for the one man who’s always seemed to be there when she needed him most.

Gabe knows he shouldn’t be falling for Carly, especially since she insists she’s off the market. But the chemistry still simmering between them after all these years is no accident. Now all he has to do is convince her she belongs in the empty space he’s always held open for her. The one next to his heart…

Caution: Contents—and paramedic hero—may be too hot to handle!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Catching up

It's Monday! We had a super productive weekend here and even managed a quick dip in the pool (it's cool enough that quick did the trick. The pool was only 76 degrees on Saturday afternoon!). My revisions are sent and that means the next 2 weeks leading up to RWA 11 in New York are filled with organizational tasks and hopefully some word count on the next project. Today I have cut my inbox by half, and despite the mail strike I have gotten my mailout together for the post office - it's still operating M-W-F. :-) Hopefully this means prizes I'm sending now will not be delayed by any more than a few days.

My husband was also home part of the morning since today is college graduation and he had to be on hand to give out diplomas. Then he is going out to lunch with colleagues. A "slow" day like today makes up for the days when he is up until ten or eleven doing prep work. :-) My sister called too and we caught up...and before I know it the day will be gone!

Right now while I'm waiting for something, I'm going to read the RWR that came last week and that has been waiting for a spare moment ever since. I am enjoying having revisions done and am crossing fingers that my editor likes what I've done!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Beginner, Striver, or Warrior?

Yesterday I watched a morning show clip with Tony Horton, talking about his book BRING IT. For those of you who don't know, Tony's the man behind the P90X Program. I read the reviews of Bring It when it first came out, and I didn't buy it because overwhelmingly the opinion seemed to be that if you were familiar with Tony, his philosophies and his programs, this didn't offer a lot of new material. But if you are not, there's lots of good info there to get you started.

On the show yesterday, Tony talked about the three levels (which I hadn't heard of before). The levels are Beginner, Striver, and Warrior.

Beginner is what it says on the label. You're beginning. You want to make a change, you're probably out of shape, carrying around substantial extra weight, and need a place to start. Beginners make small dietary changes at a time, get active and modify moves to a beginner level.

A Striver is perhaps someone who has less to lose, who is doing a lot of things right but maybe has plateaued. A striver eats clean, works out regularly, and is striving for that healthy lifestyle (and is on the way).

A Warrior is top of the chain - bringing it every workout, a peak performer, in fact I'd say performance is a key component to the Warrior. Warriors don't just do the full move, they add an advanced component.

So the question is - which are you?

I was thinking about this today. By the numbers, I'm a Striver. I have less than 20 lbs left to get to where I'd like to be. I'm watching my diet, making sure I get lean protein and veggies and water and eating every few hours. I'm working out 6-7 days a week, not including dog walks or yard work. In most P90X moves I am doing the full move to failure rather than a modified move (we will not talk about Dreya Rolls or Tabletop Dips). In some moves I am adding an advanced component (some bits are easier than others).

I'm not in Warrior shape. I know that.

But in some ways I think if you took the numbers away, I am a warrior. I feel like a warrior. I work my reps to failure and try for one more. I love the way I feel when I'm done a workout and I'll admit it, I'm seduced by the idea of strength and muscle tone. My favourite workouts, next to Kenpo, are the resistance training ones. I think I've always liked the idea of athleticism rather than the idea of skinny.

If you were to see me today, you would probably see an overweight 30-something who looks nothing like the P90X success stories. You'd see a Striver.

But attitude counts. Attitude is huge. And the same holds true for those of you who are aiming for any goal. By the numbers my chances of becoming published were pretty slim. I went through the Beginner stage of writing. I went through the Striver. But the Warrior attitude was there all along, pushing me to the next level. It was attainable because I believed it was attainable - numbers schmumbers.

I'm telling you, that attitude is what's going to take you places. Take no prisoners. Bring it.  

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Sure Signs of Summer

When the garden starts blooming, I know summer is on its way - despite how wet and grey and cool it's been so far! On the few odd sunny days we've had, I've snapped a few pics. Next week should be even better - the Weigela and Clematis are budding and are sure to be in flower soon!

But for now I'll just leave you with some pics to cheer up your Thursday. It is hard to be gloomy when there are flowers.
Apple Blossoms

Mini Rhododendron

Bleeding Heart

Rhododendron


Lilacs- that the deer didn't get this year! Ha!

I'm told this is wild dogwood.

Wild Lily of the Valley. Flowers look diff and smaller, but smell gorgeous.



Wednesday, June 08, 2011

#WW - The 4 D's Post 3: Discipline

Welcome back to regular service of #WriterWednesday posts! Today I'm continuing on with the 3rd of the 4 D's - Discipline.

This is probably the hardest of the D's on a day to day basis. It is easier to dream and have the desire to write a cracking story and have it accepted to publication. It's easier to get up each day, determined that it's going to happen. It's even - dare I say it - easier to be dedicated to the pursuit of publication. But when you get right down to brass tacks, Desire, Determination, Dedication - those are the inner resolve you have. Discipline is the practice, and it's a bitch sometimes.

That's not to say the others are easy, not at all, because that resolve and faith in yourself will be challenged often and in difficult ways. But Discipline is the real WORK of writing for publication. Without it all the resolve in the world won't matter because you won't have a product to sell.

You would think that with 19 books written for publication and another in the works, discipline wouldn't be a problem for me. But it is. Every single day. Every time I sit down I make choices. We all know there are a million distractions, keeping us from increasing our word count. There is the internet - the biggest time suck of all. There is the "business" part of this job, there's promotion, there's laundry and a messy house or grass that needs cutting or a great book we're reading. There are less tangible distractions too - like crows of doubt, whispering in our ears that we're going to fail anyway. Fear of failure - heck, fear of success when it comes to that - stand in our way.

And it's no less true for me now than it was before I sold. The only thing now is that I'm on a timeline and so I have to produce more and faster. Believe me, if I want to find an excuse to avoid a particular scene that's not working I'll find one. And that's even though I know that once I stick my head in there it will be better.

I'll let you in on a secret - I'm working on a new project (well, I was, until revisions came and I had to put it aside for a week or so) that scares the hell out of me. It shouldn't. I have nothing to lose at the moment.  I have to keep reminding myself of what Julie Cohen says - WRITE CRAP. At this point, I need to write it so that I have a full manuscript to work with and mold and craft into, hopefully, a good story. But it is testing my discipline because I'm afraid. I find the same with revisions. Sometimes it's easy to "let myself" get distracted because even though I KNOW these are light revisions, I also worry that I'm not doing it right or the way my editor envisions.

So...lots of people need to work on discipline. You can find what works best for you. Do you need to go sit in a coffee shop? Have complete silence? Do you need to turn off your internet connection? Set a timer? Write in chunks? Have a group to be accountable to? Set your own deadline? There are tons of ways to add discipline and a lot of it can come down to a routine. You make a routine and before you know it you'll miss it if you have to skip it. Personally, I get really crabby and antsy if I go too long without writing.

Last spring I used Michelle Styles's Chunk Writing to keep me on task during a tight deadline. 750 words, take a break, another 750...and a minimum of 3 chunks a day. 2200 words a day was a good pace and I finished a few days ahead of time. These days I use twitter to my advantage rather than a distraction. Take a look at the hashtag #1k1hr - the idea is to take an hour of time and try to get 1000 words. Sometimes you manage less, sometimes more. Right now I'm using it as pages revised rather than words. But the real thing is that it's about sitting and focusing for one hour without distractions. Do a couple of those a day and you have words to work with.

You cannot sell a book if you do not have a book finished. You won't finish a book without the discipline of sitting your butt in the chair with your hands on the keyboard. And truthfully - you won't sell more books if you don't get off your blog and get to work. :-)

Have a good one...and get writing!

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

New cover!




I just got the final cover for my Samhain novella coming out on October 4. I like it a lot. It's the first in a planned trio of novellas about First Responders - this book stars a paramedic, with a cop and a fireman to follow.

Meanwhile, I'm just working away on revisions and obsessing about conference clothes. I need to find a little black dress...

Monday, June 06, 2011

Catching up - again

Sorry the blog's been quiet lately - a family crisis last week took over and, well, priorities and all. Thankfully it all turned out better than we expected and my husband's dad is on the mend. We did end up with my brother in law here for the weekend which was great as we do not get to see him often at all.

But it was a crazy weekend. I had an all day workshop on Saturday, which meant all grocery shopping/cleaning/lawn mowing had to be done by Friday night - including getting most of the food ready for Saturday as we had company for supper. I got to bed at 1:30 and was up at 5:30. After the workshop - which was fab - I went downtown to pick up our guests from Calgary and brought them out to ours for dinner. The family pitched in - my daughters made cake, the dh did gorgeous ribs on the bbq, and I had salads that I'd made ahead. :-) I took them back downtown and then came back to watch the hockey game with the boys.

I was so tired yesterday that when my youngest started playing with my hair I totally fell asleep.

So I was all ready to start a brand new week and it's been a great day despite the grey weather. First up - revisions for my latest arrived and they are not bad at all - no panicking here by any stretch which is good, and I'll definitely have them done before New York (maybe even by the end of the week). I also found out I'll be signing books at the Harlequin author signing in New York at the RWA Conference in addition to the Literacy signing and Samhain author signing. I'm signing three different books, too - Honeymoon with the Rancher and Sold To The Highest Bidder at the Literacy signing, Sold To The Highest Bidder at the Samhain one and A Family For The Rugged Rancher at the Harlequin signing!

Two other nice things hit me inbox-wise today too, but I can't share them yet. Once I can I'll be sure to make an announcement!

So all in all it's been a good day!

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Award of Excellence Winner!

Today I'm celebrating a little bit because the announcement's been made for the Colorado Award of Excellence winners!

HER LONE COWBOY - aka my one-armed hero book - has won the Short Contemporary Category!

I'm so thrilled. I loved this hero from the moment he stepped on the page.

Congrats to the other winners and finalists - the coordinators said the competition was fierce! Still can't quite believe HLC took top spot!

Goodreads Giveaway




Goodreads Book Giveaway





A Family for the Rugged Rancher by Donna Alward



A Family for the Rugged Rancher


by Donna Alward



Giveaway ends July 04, 2011.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.




Enter to win


Wednesday, June 01, 2011

A Special #WW - Soraya Lane

This #WritersWednesday I have a real treat for you - this is what happens when all your hard work pays off! Please welcome Soraya Lane - debut author with Harlequin Romance! I'm absolutely thrilled that we're paired together in our UK and Australian releases, and she's here to answer a few questions about selling her FIRST BOOK!  Soldier on her Doorstep is out in June in the UK, and in North America in July. Ready? Here we go!


This is your debut Romance/Cherish! Woo hoo! We’re burning to know – what led up to you getting The Call?

It seemed like a very long journey to The Call! Now that I can look back on it, it wasn’t that long, but just before I sold, I did start to wonder if I’d ever make it. I’d been writing seriously for about five years, and this was the tenth manuscript that I’d completed, so I had been very committed to becoming published. During that time, I had some awful rejections and some lovely detailed ones, and I can honestly say that the heartache of being rejected so many times was worth it when I received the call!

What led you to want to write about the US military? Where did the idea for Soldier on Her Doorstep come from?

To be honest, I don’t know where the idea for Soldier on Her Doorstep came from. I’ve always loved reading about and watching US military stories/movies, and the hero and heroine in this story entered my mind one day and bugged me until I wrote their story. Once I started, I wanted to explore the idea of falling in love for a second time, as the heroine, Lisa, has already lost her husband, who she thought was the love of her life. Lisa also has a young daughter, and I also wanted to explore the very real concept of a child losing a parent who’s been serving overseas.

You live in a gorgeous part of the world, but one that’s seen its share of hardships lately. What’s it been like to be in Christchurch over the last year?

Christchurch is the most beautiful place to live, but the last six months have been hard. It’s hard to explain how terrifying and unsettling earthquakes can be – I could certainly never have imagined it had I not experienced it first hand. Our lovely city has been completely devastated, and it may be a decade before it’s rebuilt, but one day it will be restored back to its former glory.

You’re also a brand new mum! How’s the time management thing working out for you? What’s your work schedule like?

With the ongoing earthquakes and a new (and first!) baby in the house, our lives have changed drastically! Unfortunately our little son has had dreadful reflux and hardly ever sleeps, so writing has been more difficult than usual. Add to that my parent’s losing their home when the last big earthquake struck, and we’ve had a lot going on! I’m lucky that my Mom is here every day to help me, so I can still squeeze in quality writing time. I work as a full-time freelance writer too, so there’s always lots of writing to be done!

The first year after selling is, well, full of firsts! Which things have been terribly exciting?

Oh, all the wonderful firsts! Signing my first contract was pretty exciting, and seeing my first cover up on Amazon was incredible. But nothing can beat seeing the mailman arrive with a huge bag and ripping it open to find your author copies inside! Holding my first hardback book was amazing J

What are we going to see from you in the near future?

This year is actually very exciting for me, as I have Soldier out in the UK in June (paired with my favourite author Donna!) and in July in the USA. Then my second book, The Army Ranger’s Return, is out in the UK in July and the USA in August. They form a duet called Heroes Come Home. If that wasn’t exciting enough, I have my third book, Rodeo Daddy, out in the UK/USA in November!

I’d love to give away a copy of my debut book, and to make it even better, I’ll give away a UK edition, so you can read Donna’s latest release too! Donna was my mentor the year I sold, so it’s incredibly special to me that my first book was paired with hers. Leave a comment and I’ll randomly pick a winner!


Soldier on Her Doorstep

“Soldier Alex Dane promised his dying comrade he'd make sure his wife and daughter were okay, and so he finds himself on a doorstep with his heart in his mouth.

Lisa Kennedy loved her husband, but she must focus on her daughter, Lilly, who hasn't spoken since her daddy's death. Still, the least she can do is offer this battle-weary hero a place to rest.

When Lilly's little hand reaches for Alex's big, strong one, for the first time Lisa feels her buried emotions begin to stir.”

I’m also giving away a copy of Soldier on Her Doorstep on my blog this month, so head over to www.sorayalane.blogspot for another chance to win!


Donna's note: Did you also know that Soraya scored a coveted 4 1/2 star review from Romantic Times and a TOP PICK? Way to kick off your career with a bang, Soraya! Congratulations!