Tag Archives: Erin Quinn

I write. I love. I dream. I write.

12 Feb

My interview for the Phoenix Magazine February edition is not random. Nor is the subject; romance writing. Why romance?

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Well, it’s simple; I’m a sucker for all things romance. For as long as I remember I’ve been in love. Starting with kindergarten and the boy with blond curls who took my hand each morning I enter the class, crying for my mommy, and ending with my hubby who stole my heart many years ago and still refuses to give it back.

I write romance because love is the universal language uniting two hearts regardless of their background, color, age, religion. Love conquers all. And since February is the month we celebrate Valentine’s Day the article comes at the right time to shed light into writing romance and what it takes to publish in today’s fast-paced industry and the era of electronic books.

I won’t lie;  when I met Brian Goddard, the art director for the photo session I was a nerve-wreck. But Brian is a pro; he talked art–my kind of language, and soon I was comfortable enough and loosen up a little to even laugh. My son Patrick was there (to cheer me up, of course). I remember the exact moment when Brian took this photo because I was looking at Patrick, and I love it!

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At the end of the session Brian asked if I were okay reading a snippet from A World Apart, one of my books. In front of the camera. Say what??? My heartbeat became erratic, my palms clammy. “Can you do this?” Brian asked.

“Sure, why not?” I said, trying to sound as if I’ve done it a million times. The truth is no one ever heard me reading from my books (I’m very aware of my accent). The reading is posted on the Phoenix Magazine’s youtube channel for everyone to see it.

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

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!

Signed Book Giveaway Hop

16 Apr

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Signed Book Giveaway Hop
April 16th to 22nd
Featuring Books Signed by the Author
As technology and humans evolve we authors have now a neat way of signing even electronic copies of books. Using Autograph.com any book can be signed with a push of a button then delivered to any electronic shelf (see mine on the right column, near the end of the page).
But I’m still a sucker for paperbacks. The smell of ink, the paper’s thickness between my fingers, the sound of another file being turned… that’s all part of the reading pleasure. With that in mind my prizes for today’s giveaway hop are simple: 3 winners US ONLY, each receiving a signed copy of my novels:
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Interested? I hope you are. And if you are all you have to do is fill out the form below and leave your answer to the following question: Do you have a signed item (be it a book, a DVD, a painting, a baseball, etc) by a famous person, what that item is and from whom? I have a signed poster by astronaut John Grunsfeld and one by fellow Arizonan and romance author Erin Quinn.
Good luck everyone!