This past week I finished my new novel, Killer Music and it’s now with my editor. If all goes as planned, I hope to release it in April or May. It’s a different genre, with the main character, Cooper “Coop” Harrington, a private detective in Nashville. It was fun, but challenging to write in this genre. Part of the fun is thinking of how to kill people and what clues to leave behind. Thrillers are my favorite type of novel to read and I’d love to write one. What’s your favorite genre?
To celebrate, of course, I read a couple of books…The Dark Tide by Andrew Gross is excellent as is The Orphan Train. I’ve also been keeping up with Downton Abbey and a few of my other favorite shows. I think things at Downton are a bit boring this season and we’re almost at the end, so not much hope for livening it up this time around.
I’m working with my designer to come up with a cover for the novel, which is one of my favorite things to do when getting ready to publish. I’m also getting ready to attend the Las Vegas Writer’s Conference in April. I’m hoping to learn lots and meet some new authors while I’m there.
Don’t forget, April 15th (in honor of Tax Day-NOT), I’m doing a book signing in Carson City at Capital Coffee. They have graciously agreed to carry my books in their shop all the time, but I’ll be there to sign copies and visit from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on April 15th. Hope to see some of you there, especially my old friends from the Legislature!
I’ll be back in touch to reveal the cover soon and plan to start on the fourth novel in the Hometown Harbor Series. If you’re a fan of the series, I’d love to hear the character you’d most like featured in the fourth book. I also need some reviews to market the series, so if you've read the second or third book and enjoyed them, please leave a quick review for me.
Thanks to all the readers who attended my book signing at the Red Zinnia this past week. It was fun to visit with all of you and enjoy treats of the season.
I just learned something about Amazon I wanted to share. You can choose to “follow” an author on her Amazon Author Page and will be notified of new releases. Navigating to my author page is easy, just click my name and you’ll go to a page with all my books and you’ll see a yellow “Follow” button on the left side. So, please consider following me on Amazon and while you’re there I’d appreciate a review of the second the third books, if you haven’t done one yet.
I’m always looking for more “likes” on my Facebook page and that is yet another way to keep track of what I’m doing and when a new book will be released. I’m trying to learn to like Twitter and understand how it can be as useful as proclaimed. If you’re into Twitter, I’d love to hear from you and have you follow me. Facebook is easier and more useful to me, but alas, I do tweet occasionally. All the ways to connect with me are on my website~look for the buttons in the upper right.
I’m grateful for all of my readers and so enjoy hearing from you. I’ve had the excitement of receiving a few emails from readers across the country this year and each time I get one it makes my day! I took December off to enjoy the holidays, but plan to be back writing on my new detective novel in January. I’ve been reading lots of books during my downtime and my favorite is the new one from David Baldacci.
I also plan another release in the Hometown Harbor Series next year. I’d love to hear your ideas about the next book in the series. Here’s hoping you find some time for reading during the coming busy weeks of holiday celebrations. Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas.
Saturday I’ll be featured on A Blue Million Books and look forward to hearing what you think of The Dirty Dozen interview questions I did with blogger and author, Amy Metz. She asked some toughies, but it was fun. Take the time to check out her blog; she does a terrific job of promoting authors and books and writes her own wonderful novels.
I attended our annual tree lighting last night and posted a picture of my hometown tree. It’s always a fun event and this year so much warmer than most, plus we were treated to fireworks!
I had a great response to the release of A Promise of Home and the promotion I ran for my other two books. I’m looking for more reviews on Amazon, so if you’ve enjoyed any of the books, I’d be grateful if you took the time to leave a positive review. It’s always fun to hear from readers who enjoy the series.
Speaking of the new book, I’ll be signing and chatting at the Red Zinnia on December 17th from 5:00-7:30 p.m. If you’re in town, I hope you stop to visit and have a yummy treat.
Hope you’re enjoying the Christmas season as much as I am. I’ve been making cookies and candy, wrapping presents, and enjoying the wonderful Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel. I hope you take time out to enjoy the best parts of the season and by all means settle in and read a great book!
My new book, A Promise of Home, releases on November 21. To celebrate, the first two e-books in the series will be on sale for 99 cents from November 20-24. Consider gifting the first two books to someone special this season. Amazon makes it easy to send an e-book as a gift.
With Thanksgiving only two weeks away, I’ve been making my list and checking out a few new recipes. One of my favorite recipe blogs is the Brown Eyed Baker. She has some great recipes and two irresistible golden retrievers she features on Fridays. If you enjoy cooking and baking, check her out.
I always seem to cook too much food, but love the leftovers that come with the big dinner. I’m trying to decide on pie flavors~lemon meringue, pumpkin, berry, and apple are my choices and I’d like to get it down to two, but it may not happen. What’s your favorite?
Whether you’re traveling to visit family or cooking up your own culinary delights, I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. Make sure and squeeze in a little time between eating, cooking, and shopping to read the new book ~it’ll help get you in the mood for Christmas!
**I’ll be at the Red Zinnia on December 17th from 5:00-7:30 p.m. for a book signing**
Just in time for holiday gifts, A Promise of Home
will release on November 21, 2014. The electronic version is available for pre-order now on Amazon. I’m also finalizing an event in Fallon to kick-off the latest book where print copies will be available for purchase and it might happen before the release date!
I absolutely love the cover for the new book! My cover designer, Kari at Cover to Cover Designs, does a fabulous job. I am especially fond of the cute puppy with the Santa hat. This book has some twists and surprises to keep the reader entertained. I love Christmas and releasing a book with a touch of a holiday theme is rewarding.
I’ve also updated my website with book club discussion questions for all three books. Look for the page titled “Books and Resources”. SPOILER ALERT~Don’t read them until you’ve read the books!
Please help pass the word about my books to your friends and family. If you’re on Facebook, please “Like” and share my page at https://www.facebook.com/tammylgrace.books
. As always, I’d appreciate positive reviews on Amazon.
I’ll post more as soon as I have the details about my book signing in Fallon and also be on the lookout for discount e-books at Amazon to celebrate the release of A Promise of Home.
The first two e-books will be on a sale for a few days starting November 20th.
St. Helena in Napa Valley
I’m sharing another photo from my trip to Napa~they’re just too pretty to keep to myself! I’m thrilled to report I finished up the third book in the Hometown Harbor Series this past week. A PROMISE OF HOME will be released in November and it has a touch of Christmas, so it’ll be a perfect read for the holiday season.
I’ll be in Minden at the Douglas County Library on October 15th. They’re hosting an Author Day and I’ll be joining about fifteen other authors. Minden is gorgeous this time of year, so if you’re looking for something fun to do, drive over to meet some Nevada authors. The event runs from 4:30-6:30 p.m. I’ve conned my mom into coming with me and she’s excited to meet author Todd Borg from Lake Tahoe.
Look for another fun local event to celebrate the launch of A Promise of Home. I’ll have more details soon. My cover should be done in the next week or two and I’m excited to share it with you.
I heard from a reader from New York this week and she made my day. She told me how much she liked my books and was happy to know about the third one coming out soon. She’s putting it on her Christmas list.
I’m always looking to build my platform, so please share my Facebook, Twitter, and website with your friends. The weather is gorgeous here, so get out and enjoy it this week!
View from Rombauer Vineyards in St. Helena
I took a trip to Napa Valley recently and was able to watch some of the harvest activities. The weather was gorgeous, as was the scenery. I’ve also been picking berries and making jam and doing all those fun fall activities.
I’m especially excited to have something new to watch on television. I’ve been anxiously awaiting the return of some of my favorites and the launch of some interesting new shows. So, this week I’ve been recording LOTS!
So far, my favorite new show is Forever. The main character reminds me a little of Sherlock Holmes. The biggest disappointment of the week has been NCIS: New Orleans. I’ve always liked Scott Bakula, but as much as I wanted to like the new show, it just isn’t doing it for me. New Orleans is not a locale I’m excited about and it seems the show is trying too hard to showcase the city instead of the storyline. I’ll keep watching a few more times, but it needs to get better before I allocate precious DVR time and space.
I enjoyed the premier of The Big Bang Theory, NCIS, and Nashville this week and can’t wait to see what happens on Revenge and Castle. It’s going to be a good couple of weeks where all the cliffhangers are resolved.
In between all my television viewing, I’m wrapping up my third book in the Hometown Harbor Series~A Promise of Home. My cover designer plans to have my cover done in early October, so watch for the reveal. The book will launch in November this year~just in time for holiday shopping.
Enjoy the first weeks of fall and let me know what shows you’re watching~I don’t want to miss anything good.
North Shore Lake Tahoe 2014
Summer is winding down and I was able to sneak in a few days at Lake Tahoe. The cool air was a welcome respite from the summer heat. There’s nothing like the trees and crystal blue water. Sadly, the lake is noticeably low; I hope we get lots of snow this winter! I also had fun playing miniature golf and enjoyed some of the best ice cream at the lake~Mourelato’s Cable Car.
So, with summer almost a wrap, my favorite season will be upon us. I love fall for many reasons~the start of school, cooler weather, gorgeous leaf colors, and of course Fantasy Football. Our draft party is coming up and I need to study the rankings to get my picks ready. If you have any tips, please send them along.
My plan for the next week is to buckle down and produce more chapters for A Promise of Home. I’m also planning a blog tour after the release of the third book. I’ve got another event in the works for October and will be brainstorming more for the fall and winter.
I could use your help in the form of positive reviews, especially for the second book, Home Blooms. The importance of dozens of positive reviews on Amazon is always emphasized, especially when it comes to promoting my books. So, if you’ve enjoyed the books and haven’t yet left a review, please consider doing so.
If you follow football, be sure and comment with your top picks for a winning Fantasy Team.
What’s perfect with my Hometown Harbor Series? Fresh local veggies, of course!
I’ll be at the Maine Street Market next to the library in Fallon on Saturday morning, August 16th. Judy Carlson, another local author, will be joining me, so please stop by and visit with us. We’ll be signing (and selling) books from 8-noon. If you don’t yet have the first two books, Saturday will be a great day to purchase~special pricing for the market!
I enjoyed our few rainy days and was able to get ten chapters done on Book 3 of the Hometown Harbor Series. My cover designer is excited to start work on a cover for A Promise of Home (working title). My goal is to have it available by the end of November.
For those of you who have read the first two books, this one focuses on Regi. Her story unfolds and readers will get to see what transpires in her life and the outcome of the promise she made twenty years ago.
For Fallonites, Saturday is also the 1st Annual Community Reunion at Oats Park, beginning at 4:30 p.m. I'll be working a registration table~hope to see you at the market and the park!
I’ve been busy the last month. I had my high school reunion, bought a new car, and have been volunteering more than usual. As far as my reunion goes, it was much more fun than I thought it would be. I served on the organizational committee and was worried since not many classmates were planning to attend. While I wish more of my old friends could have made the trip, it was a great weekend of visiting.
When I retired, I wanted to incorporate some volunteer work into my now flexible schedule. I chose our local senior center. I’m basically a waitress and serve lunch, usually consisting of four courses, to the seniors in the dining room. I also fill in as a recording secretary for their meetings. It seems summer is a time when volunteers are not as available. If you have any free time in your schedule, I encourage you to check into volunteer opportunities in your town. I know for a fact our senior center needs more volunteers, so if you are local, please consider them.
On the writing front, I’m having fun with the third book in the Hometown Harbor Series. I’ve been working on a detective novel for the past couple of months, but mulling around the plot for the third book. The inspiration suddenly hit me and I was able to outline the book last week and now just have to write all those pesky scenes and words to make it all a reality. If you’ve read the second book, Home Blooms, you’ve met Regi. She’s the focus of my third book and I’d enjoy hearing your ideas about her character. I’ve hammered out the storyline, but always like to hear from readers, especially those with a definite opinion about a character.
I posted this gorgeous shot of Lake Tahoe because I'm hoping to squeeze in a trip before summer is over. Stay cool and enjoy the freedom of summer~I’m going to get back to my old friends in Friday Harbor.