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Living in the fast lane @ Arizona Dreamin’

3 Jun

Wow! What a weekend I had. And not just any weekend, a looooong/ incredible/ fun/ energetic/ interesting/ educative/ relaxing weekend which started on Thursday with the official release of my newest historical romance BORN IN SIN, and a virtual party on Facebook to celebrate  it.

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Later in the afternoon I met the committee organizing the AZ Dreamin Conference, Arizona’s FIRST Romance Reader Event and began preparing to welcome the attendees. Beginning Thursday night I didn’t get home until after 10pm only to do it all over again the next morning starting at 8am. I have to admit that while my energy level sunk progressively toward the afternoon I operated on Carmel Machiattos which gave me the exact needed boost. Whoever invented Carmel Machiatto: God Bless You!

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Friday morning during the Buildin’ The Dream Event I took some interesting workshops about The Pitt falls of Self-publishing with the sassy Morgan Kearns, Creating Your Brand with the one and only Kris Tualla, and Characters To Love and Hate with Erin Quinn and Erin Kellison.  I also wanted to attend Deena Remiel‘s workshop about Marketing your books, but it was given at the same time with Morgan’s workshop and unfortunately my clone wasn’t there to join me. I’m humbled and honored to have spent hours in their lovely companies while learning more about the crafts of writing and publishing.

While I met old friends I made new ones. Loved catching up with everyone, and being introduced to new authors. Sharon Hamilton is one of them. Not only is she a sweetheart, but Sharon is also a mother of a SEAL, which brings both of us on common ground since I’m a sucker for all things army. Tami Vinson, KC Klein, Amber Scott, and so many more have also been added to my fave list of new authors.

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photo-3The highlight of Saturday night was the contest “Man Of Our Dream.” Tall, handsome, packs of muscles, corky, funny–you name it, the guys had it all. They gave us a ton of reasons to laugh and enjoy the view while entertaining us with their sexy persona and not only. And that’s as far as I’m going to disclose what happened there… I would only add that James D Magnussen won. Look at the photo below and you will understand why…

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Sunday morning’s author panel brought everything to a point we all dreaded: saying goodbye. I already miss “my girls”, but I also look forward to keeping in touch and seeing them next year at the 2014 AZ Dreamin Conference.

For those of you interested to meet new authors, make new friends with the same passion for books you can also join us. Kris, Morgan and Deena are hard at work organizing already the next event. For more info click here. Check regularly for when tickets go on sale. I know this year we were sold out at least a month in advance so get your ticket in time.

Goodbye AZ Dreamin 2013. Hello AZ Dreamin 2014!

Charity Hopping Around the World Giveaway Hop-DAY 1

30 Mar

There is one very dear sporting event I’m proud being part of–Pat’s Run. Not only was Pat Tilman the NFL player-turned-U.S. Army Ranger an ASU alumnus, but his generous spirit, his legacy keeps on living giving hope to many veterans and their families into a better day, a better life. Last year my sister and her husband traveled all the way from Germany to join me in Pat’s Run. This year, my son Patrick will be my running buddy and I’m beyond ecstatic we’ll do it together.

You’ll ask what has Pat’s Run to do with the next giveaway? Well, as the name states Charity Hopping Around the World is about charities and promoting them. This blog hop is as always organized by Kathy @ I’m A Reader Not A Writer and co-hosted by Reading Away the Days and Reading a Little Bit of Everything. Thank you ladies for your hard work!

 I’m excited about this hop because it allows me to talk about my favorite charity which is the Pat Tillman Foundation.

In 2002, Pat Tillman proudly put his NFL career with the Arizona Cardinals on hold to serve his country. This decision was just one of many he made over the course of his lifetime to help others and serve a cause greater than his own self-interest.

Following Pat’s death in 2004, while serving with the U.S. Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment in Afghanistan, his family and friends established the Pat Tillman Foundation.

The mission of the Pat Tillman Foundation is to invest in military veterans and their spouses through educational scholarships; building a diverse community of leaders committed to service to others.

I always had a soft spot for all-things army and since my newest release A World Apart is dedicated to all men and women in uniform it only makes sense to offer up for grabs an e-copy of it. I also have a hard copy of Boots On The Ground By Dusk written by Pat’s mother, Mary Tillman.

    

Good luck entering the form below!

Charity Hopping Around the World Giveaway Hop

29 Mar

There is one very dear sporting event I’m proud being part of–Pat’s Run. Not only was Pat Tilman the NFL player-turned-U.S. Army Ranger an ASU alumnus, but his generous spirit, his legacy keeps on living giving hope to many veterans and their families into a better day, a better life. Last year my sister and her husband traveled all the way from Germany to join me in Pat’s Run. This year, my son Patrick will be my running buddy and I’m beyond ecstatic we’ll do it together.

You’ll ask what has Pat’s Run to do with the next giveaway? Well, as the name states Charity Hopping Around the World is about charities and promoting them. This blog hop is as always organized by Kathy @ I’m A Reader Not A Writer and co-hosted by Reading Away the Days and Reading a Little Bit of Everything. Thank you ladies for your hard work!

 I’m excited about this hop because it allows me to talk about my favorite charity which is the Pat Tillman Foundation.

In 2002, Pat Tillman proudly put his NFL career with the Arizona Cardinals on hold to serve his country. This decision was just one of many he made over the course of his lifetime to help others and serve a cause greater than his own self-interest.

Following Pat’s death in 2004, while serving with the U.S. Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment in Afghanistan, his family and friends established the Pat Tillman Foundation.

The mission of the Pat Tillman Foundation is to invest in military veterans and their spouses through educational scholarships; building a diverse community of leaders committed to service to others.

I always had a soft spot for all-things army and since my newest release A World Apart is dedicated to all men and women in uniform it only makes sense to offer up for grabs an e-copy of it. I also have a hard copy of Boots On The Ground By Dusk written by Pat’s mother, Mary Tillman.

    

Good luck entering the form below!