Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Science Fiction Romance

I am a member of the Science Fiction Romance Brigade and this summer, we're having a special café with great posts and prizes and more. Each week is a new feature.
June 1-7 - Space Opera I
June 8-14 - Weird Science
June 15- 21st - Dystopia
June 22-28th - Androids and Aliens
June 29-July 5th - Supernova Hot
July 6- 12 - Space Opera II

I will be one of the featured authors the last week so be sure to keep checking back here and at the SFR Brigade BlogSpot:
Or check out the regular spot:

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Cover Reveal - Lovin' the Odds

I absolutely adore Liquid Silver! Here is the cover art for my new book, releasing July 6th! Second in the Gambling on Love series - futuristic romance.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Word Puzzles

I am a word puzzle fanatic. There I said it. I admit it. I love word puzzles - crosswords, word search, word puzzles, you name it. I'm there. My Sunday routine is to read the paper in the morning, then settle down with the puzzle page. The New York Times crossword waits until later in the evening, when I have time to really work on it. Mostly because that one really challenges me. It is also the only puzzle I do in pencil. For all the others, it's a pen.

When I'm waiting in a doctor's office, I take a book of puzzles along. I do puzzles before I go to sleep. They help calm me and settle me down for a rest. They are my go-to thing for relaxation. Though, sometimes, I do admit I get a little frustrated with some of them.

I got started doing puzzles when I was a kid. I was a "slow reader" when I was very young. So my dad would take me on his lap and do crossword puzzles with me. He'd teach me the words, how to spell them, and their meanings. When we went out and were sitting, waiting in the car somewhere, he'd find a long word on a billboard and have me find as many words as possible in that one word.

We graduated from those easy word games to Scrabble and, eventually, I surpassed him and became a top reader in my class.

But I remember those games and how he, someone who was extremely intelligent, but not very educated, taught me what none of the "professional teachers" could. He taught me to love words. That words have power. And no, I'm not denigrating teachers - I have a great respect and admiration for them. I was one myself for several years. But my dad was able to work with me one-on-one and make the learning fun. This was before special classes and specialized instruction existed so he could do what they did not have the time or resources to do.

The love of the written word that my father instilled in me is something that lives on to this day. It is because of him that I became a lover of books, of writing, of words. I became a teacher, a librarian, a writer, an editor because of him. My first book was published just  few short months after he passed, but I know he had a hand in it.

Last week, I published my fifteenth book (only five of which are now available). My dream come true. But I'm not done yet. There are more books in me and more to come.

But right now, the NY Times Sunday crossword is calling. Hmmm... anyone know a six letter word for "with formal properness"? ;)


Tuesday, April 07, 2015

The Turn of the Card Launch Day

Yippee! It's Launch Day for my new story, The Turn of the Card. This is a futuristic novella (meaning it's shorter than a full novel, but longer than a short story) and is the first in a series (but each story is stand alone so you get a nice, satisfying ending).

Jessica Windemere loses her freedom when her father bets her in a poker game. But she isn’t willing to accept her fate without a fight. To have her revenge, she first must survive an unknown world while contracted as some stranger’s wife. She wants nothing more to do with men until a huge, dark god rides into her camp. Can she risk losing her new love on the turn of a card?

Kiernan Randall is on his way home from a trading mission. The group of abandoned women he finds were definitely not expected, especially their feisty red-haired leader. She is contracted to his enemy, but gives herself to him and firmly entwines his heart. Can he trust her enough to let her wager their future together on her skill with cards?

 Read an excerpt here.

Purchase here:
Liquid Silver Books
All Romance Ebooks

I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Edit me this...

I got a new contract from Liquid Silver for the next book in my "Gamblin' on Love" series. The first one, The Turn of the Card, will be out on April 6th and is available for pre-order now (at a 20 percent discount!). The next one is called "Lovin' the Odds". All the stories in this series are futuristics, meaning they take place on other planets or in space. But the romance is still there. :)

I was introduced to my new editor this morning and I'm looking forward to getting to work on this new book. It will tentatively be out this summer sometime. All the books fall into the "novella" range in size, meaning they're around 20-25000 words. Which is good for both the editor and me because it doesn't take as long to edit.

And that's a good thing. Because while I'm working on my own stuff, I'm also working as an editor on other people's stuff. I am in heavy edit mode this month. Get it done and get it out. And I'm good with that. I find that the more I edit, the less I have to edit of my own stuff because I know what to look for.

Which is something you can do to help yourself. Some of the stories I am asked to look at either for edits or evaluations are horrible. Poor spelling, even worse punctuation, continuity issues, and more. So, I am asking all you authors out there - do yourself, and your poor overworked/underpaid editors a favor and learn the techniques of writing. Yes, telling a good story is important. Very important. But if nobody can, or wants to, read it because of the poor writing, then it will go nowhere.

And that's my rant for today. :) 

New freebie story on the freebie page. Enjoy.


Monday, March 23, 2015

Looking back to go forward

One of my writing friends (hi Misty Simon!) challenged me to write a short story for an anthology several of us are doing. My part of it is to be a futuristic (science fiction) story.

In order to come up with some ideas for this story, I went back and looked at some old shorts I'd written a long time ago. And wow. I had a lot of them. But they're really short, some barely a thousand words, so I thought I'd start posting some of them here for you to enjoy. Maybe once a week or so under a new page - Freebies. I'll put the first one up later today (after I get some breakfast) and hope you enjoy them. :)


Sunday, March 15, 2015

Challenges and Triumphs

The past month has been a challenge for me. Yes, I had the usual stuff like colds and stomach issues - those are minor (though they don't feel like it at the time), but the biggest challenge was a hole in my retina. Yep. The part of your eye that lets you see. I had emergency cryosurgery (freezing) and was not allowed to read or be on the computer or do any close work for two weeks. That was the worst part. No reading???!!! NOOOOO!!! Everything I do for work and fun involves close work - reading, playing computer games, sewing, even cooking (no reading recipes). For two weeks, I was forced to experience what thousands of people face on a permanent basis. Never have I been so glad to be able to get back to my work.

As for the triumph part, here you go! My new story, THE TURN OF A CARD, is available for preorder from Liquid Silver Books now. YAY!! By pre-ordering, you save 20%.

This is a futuristic novella.  Jess Windemere’s father lost her in a game of cards. Sent to a distant planet to be bound to a stranger, she is determined to regain her freedom. The Turn of the Card Book 1 of Vicky Burkholder’s new romance series, Gambling on Love, is a rollicking space adventure you won’t want to miss. When the turn of a card can seal your fate, you better stack the deck.