Friday, December 27, 2013

Editors Required

Looking forward, 2014 is going to be an exciting year. Part of that excitement stems from the challenge and joy of building something amazing and working to make dreams come true. In that vein, Hearts Desire Press is looking to expand its team of Content Editors and Line Editors.

Content Editor Requirements: A solid understanding of GMC, POV and Grammar.

Line Editor Requirements: A thorough knowledge of Grammar and familiarity with the Chicago Manual of Style.

If you know of anyone who would be interested in becoming part of our team, and enjoy working with some fantastic authors I would appreciate it if you’d have them contact us.

Please put the position you are inquiring about in the subject line of your email. In the body of your email please give us a brief summary of your editing experience, the romance genres you prefer to edit, and how many authors you are willing to take on.

An application can be obtained by emailing employmentATheartsdesirepressDOTcom

Please feel free to share this with anyone you know who may be interested.

Wishing you happiness and much success in the New Year!


Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Hearts Desire Press


Just in case any of you are wondering where I’ve gone, or what I’m up to these days I can finally tell you! As my dream of working in the world of publishing continues to evolve, to that end I’m opening my own publishing company.

You can find it here:

Hearts Desire Press

Yes, we’re the new kid in this crazy ever-changing publishing world. And we’re a bit different. I wouldn’t go so far as to call us a hybrid, but I see our place in an author’s endeavor to build a writing career as one smoothly functioning part of a whole. Not the be-all-end-all goal of career building.

These days the smart, career focused author will have their eggs in many baskets, traditional publication, small press, and indie. I applaud that, and believe it’s entirely appropriate.

If as an author you find you like what we do at HDP, you’re welcome to publish with us for as little or as long as you like, but we understand that these days it takes more than one publishing experience to build a solid writing career.

Those of you who know me, know I’ve been self-employed for a long time. HDP isn’t my first trip around the business block. I know how hard you must to work to build success. And I can’t think of anything I’d rather do than work with those in the publishing world. So if you’re an editor, an author, or a marketing professional I’d appreciate it if you’d consider working with Hearts Desire Press in the future.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!



To all of my American family and friends, wishing you a wonderful holiday. You're in my thoughts today and always. If the holidays aren't your cup of tea, here's a hug from me to you. *hug*
 
And to all of my writer friends and my readers - I'm so very blessed and lucky to have you in my life! Thank you for all of your love and support throughout the year. It is noticed and appreciated very much.
 
Love,
Sutton
 
 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Fall Book Extravaganza Giveaway!

Welcome to the 
Fall Book Extravaganza Giveaway!



  We are excited to announce that this is our first year hosting the Fall Book Extravaganza Giveaway and we had 25 awesome authors and book bloggers sponsor over 55 prizes, including a Kindle Fire! Below you will find a Rafflecopter where you can enter to win one of these FABULOUS PRIZES! 
GRAND PRIZE: Kindle Fire HD

Plus, 55+ other great prizes!

~Swag & Gift Cards ~

$15 Amazon Gift Card

Mixed Swag Pack -YA & Adult

$25 Book Lovers Pack

"Box of Books"

Book Swag

~ Print Books ~

Sweetwater Canyon Series (FULL SET)
(Series includes to books that have already been released and two future releases.)

(2) Signed Copies of Kea's Flight 

(2) Signed Copies of If the World Ended, Would I Notice 

(2) Signed Copies of Everything Happens for a Reason (but nothing happens for a GOOD reason)

Signed Copy of Bared Naked 

Signed Dean Koontz Novel

~ eBooks ~

Ghostly Clues
by  Kay LaLone

(5) Crash and Burn

Bad Blood

Paranormal Books 

Urban Harvest 

The Chosen 

Silent Screams 
by  Annette Gisby 

New Zealand with a Hobbit Botherer
by  Annette Gisby 

(3) Through the Crimson Mirror

(3) Beginner's Success in Public Speaking

Awaken (Divine Hunter Book 1) 

Wicked Hunger 

Transitions

SEE ME

Remember the Stars

Antique Charming


(4) Newly Published Books

(2) Kea's Flight

(2) If the World Ended, Would I Notice?

STRENGTH

COURAGE

(3) Beyond the Winner's Circle 

(5) Bared Naked 

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You can find more information about the great 
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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Thrill Me, Kill Me

 Hey, Everyone! Today I'm doing my monthly blog spot at Through Heart-Shaped Glasses. I'm talking about some of my favorite authors.



So stop on by. Tell who your favorite author is.  Don't forget, every comment is entered into a monthly drawing for swag!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Beyond the Winner's Circle

Happy Monday, Everyone!

Just a quick note to let you know that the second book in my Cameron Motorsports series, Beyond the Winner's Circle (formerly known as Center Ring) is now available. It has a shiny new cover, it's been re-edited and spiffed up. Here's the new blurb:

BUY IT HERE
Two desperate souls entwined by murder, set free by passion.

After inheriting billions, auto-racing heiress, Julia Cameron, is under investigation by the police for the deaths of her adoptive parents. Growing up on the streets has given Julia a deep distrust of the law, now she’s determined to take justice into her own hands and find the real killer.

Scarred from a nasty divorce, ex-cop, Roane Jameson, is through with lying, scheming women. Assigned as Julia’s bodyguard, he believes she is just one more—this time trying to get away with murder. But the poor little rich girl turns out to be a smart, savvy woman who’ll do whatever it takes to protect those she loves, even allow a former cop into her life.

It isn’t long before Roane realizes Julia is innocent, there’s a murderer on the loose, and he’s coming after her. Now the race is on, and Roane and Julia must work together to find a killer. A happy ending doesn’t seem to be on track for these two, will they find love Beyond the Winner’s Circle?

If you enjoy romantic suspense, you might want to give this a try.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Ten Quickies with Jamie Adams


Today, I must extend my apologies to Jaimie Adams. I was supposed to host her on Monday, but I was sick and missed it. Let's not confuse me with someone who's organized and does these things in advance, okay? So please, let's show her some love, and check out her new YA release, Not Pretty Enough.

Now let's get crackin'.
1. Mountains or Beaches?

I quite like both actually! I’ll say beaches because I live in amongst mountains but don’t see the beach very often so it’s always nice to head down there!

2. Early Morning or Late Night?

Late night. I’m not a morning person at all! If I get up too early or I’m too tired then I tend to stare at the computer screen and not do anything so mornings aren’t very productive for me, whereas I can work late into the night and get much more done then!
3. High Heels or Sneakers?

Sneakers. I’m not a very girly girl and don’t know how people can walk in some of the heels you see around!

4. Summer or Winter?

Winter! I love snow and cold weather and I hate being too hot, so winter is definitely my favourite time of year!

5. Wine or Chocolate?

Chocolate, easily! Nothing makes you feel better than chocolate!

6. Pen or Laptop?

Laptop. I’m too slow writing with a pen, and my handwriting is horrible!

7. Sports Car or Motorcycle?

 Car. Somehow they seem safer than motorcycles!

 8. Tea or Coffee?

Tea! How could you even ask me that?! Tea is an absolute necessity, and I am addicted to it. I can’t function in the mornings without a cuppa! I can’t stand coffee – I don’t mind coffee flavoured things like cake or ice cream, but coffee itself is horrible! Tea all the way!

9. Appetizer or Dessert?

No contest - dessert!

10. Kindle or Paperback?

Kindle! I never expected to love my Kindle like I do, I bought it thinking I’d never give up physical books but might use it occasionally, but the thing is that paperbacks take up so much space, and I’ve run out of that! The Kindle is so easy and holds so many books, I now choose the Kindle edition over the paperback every time. I don’t know how I’d survive without my Kindle!

BUY IT HERE
 Blurb: "New Year's Resolutions:
1. Lloyd Layton will know I exist. He once said three whole words to me, so this is obviously progress. If I don't get a proper conversation out of him soon, then I'll take my top off and streak through the cafeteria, because nobody could fail to notice these boobs.
2. I will not get expelled for streaking through the cafeteria."

Those are the words that begin her mission.
Chessie is fourteen, not pretty enough, and very much in love. Lloyd Layton is hot, popular, and unaware of Chessie's existence.
Her goal is clear: to get Lloyd to love her as much as she loves him, and she has exactly one year to do it.
As Chessie's obsession with Lloyd reaches boiling point and she starts to spin a web of lies that spiral out of control, Lloyd turns out to be not quite the prince she thought he was.
Can Chessie avoid the gathering storm before things go too far?


Excerpt:

There’s a common misconception that everyone wants big boobs. Let me tell you something: they don’t. If they’re fourteen and have a chest bigger than most of their school, including the teachers, they don’t. I’m a DD cup. People pay thousands of pounds to have their boobs enlarged to be smaller than mine. I can’t remember the last time I passed for a half fare on the bus. Or the last time a bus driver asked my face and not my chest for the fare. Everyone notices boobs when you’re my age. In fact, the only human in the world who doesn’t notice them is the one person I would quite like to notice them.

Lloyd Layton.

I’d quite like him to notice my personality too, but at this point just noticing my mere existence will do. If I have to use my boobs to lure him in, then so be it. The thing is, Lloyd Layton is hot, popular, and really, really tall. Taller than everyone else in our year. Taller than the teachers. Occasionally taller than the doorways. He knows what it’s like to be picked on for a physical attribute you can’t control. He’s different too. He knows what it’s like to be an outsider. Okay, when it comes to Lloyd Layton, he’s not really an outsider, because he’s absolutely gorgeous and loads of people like him, and I doubt anyone would dare to pick on him for anything because he could knock them flying with one swoop of his gigantic hands. But still. He’s taller than everyone and I have bigger boobs than everyone. We’re clearly a match made in heaven. It’s just a shame that he can’t see it yet.

But I’m sure he will one day soon.

I’m actually moving closer to that goal because he said one sentence to me back in December.

One sentence. Three small words. Not the three words I would like to hear him say, but I’ll take what I can get.

It was the last lesson of the last day of term before the Christmas holidays. Double technology. Not usually something to get excited about, but we came to the conclusion that the Christmas spirit had gone to Mr. Vale’s head because he let us watch a movie in class instead of doing any work.

The Princess Bride.

We were allowed to pull chairs in around the TV and sit and watch a movie for two hours. Guess who pulled his chair in not that far away from mine?

Lloyd Layton.

I don’t know what happened next. I can’t explain it. It was like having an out of body experience. I’ll never understand how I had the courage to do it, but halfway through the film, I leaned over and said, “This is a good movie.” To Lloyd Layton. Better than that, he actually replied. He said, “Yes, it is.”

Three whole words.

It got even better than that again because after it was over and we were putting the chairs up on the desks, he smiled at me. A real smile. And it wasn’t at the person behind me because I was next to a wall. He smiled at me.

What a fun excerpt. This looks like an awesome read. If you enjoy YA, you should give it a try. Thanks so much for being with us today, Jaimie. We wish you much success with your book!


Thursday, September 19, 2013

Learning Never Stops

Hey Everyone!

Sorry for the downtime. I've been ill, but I'm all better now.  Today I'm over at our group blog talking about some of my favorite classes.






Stop on by and leave a comment to be entered in the drawing for this month's swag!



Monday, August 26, 2013

Cover Indecision

There’s a little bit of cover flutter going on in the Fox household these days. I have a happy announcement to make. My first novel, Slide Job (formerly Lion Tamers) is now available again. Yay!!

Which leads me to my next issue. If any of you out there have read it, please chime in. I do value your opinions. I love the shiny new cover. However, I’m not sure it accurately reflects the story.

Here’s the current cover with the white background.

Another issue with this cover, is that as a series, there seems to
be a derriere shortage. Who knew? There aren't enough different ones that fit the format correctly. I guess they could use the same
girl and change the colors, etc. but I'm not sure I like that idea.

And here’s the cover that I really like. But I’ve been told it’s not girlie enough. That romance readers won’t buy it. This is where you come in. Really?


My quandary is that I feel the current cover is a bit misleading in the way that having a half-dressed (although lovely) lady on the cover, would lead one to believe that there’s lots of hot sex. Well, there is some hot sex, but there’s more sexual tension and action, than sex. The title could be misleading also, Slide Job is a racing term, but I've had the occasional snicker that tells me people weren't thinking about racing when they looked at it. Not only that, the white makes me think of a light and airy story. If you've read it, you know it’s not. I don’t do light and airy. So again, I’m lead to the red one.

But ultimately, your opinion matters as well. What do you think? Red or white? Or do you even worry about the cover when you buy a book?



Monday, August 19, 2013

Traveling Romance

It's Monday, and I'm over at Through Heart-Shaped Glasses talking about travel and romance.

 
 
 
If you're looking for another way to procrastinate around the interwebs, come on over and check it out. Don't forget, every comment is entered in a monthly drawing to win some cool swag!
 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Bikers and Pearls by Vicki Wilkerson

Today (yes, Tuesday instead of Monday. Houseguests. Don't ask.) it's my pleasure to post my review of Bikers and Pearls by Vicky Wilkerson. It's a new release in Entangled Publishing's Bliss line and it's the best one I've read yet. Here's the blurb and my review!

Blurb:

Who said tempting a sweet Southern belle would be easy?
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When rebel biker Bullworth Clayton gets tangled up with pastel-and-pearls-clad April Church, sparks fly. Sure, April would clearly rather work with anyone else, but if teaming up with Bull means a successful charity event for a sick little boy they both care about, then so be it.

April is baffled at how drawn she is to the leather-wearing, tattooed Bull—he just doesn’t fit with her simple, safe, country-club life. And as much as the handsomely rugged man tempts her, she still can’t shake the images of the tragic motorcycle accident from her past, which left her scarred and her father broken.

Bull tempts her to don a pair of leather pants and go for a ride with him, while April desperately tries to resist her attraction to the wild side and keep her exploits hidden from her small town. Will they be able to navigate their differences and find a middle road to love?

My Review:

First and foremost, this is a heartwarming love story. If you love motorcycles you should read this book. If you hate motorcycles you should read this book. It reminds us of all there is to gain if we can find the courage to face not only our fears, but be willing to deal with our judgmental, self-righteous attitudes about other people for the greater good. Most everyone has valid reasons for the way they feel, but the willingness to be open to change is a beautiful thing.

Kudos to Ms. Wilkerson for writing a fabulous addition to the Bliss line. The conflict is very clear and believable as are the characters. The small town setting and the backdrop of everyone wanting to help a very sick little boy rounds out the story perfectly.

I can easily say this is the best Bliss book I’ve read yet. It’s a very sweet, very satisfying romance with a lovely HEA. I highly recommend it.

I received an advanced reading copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Wishing you much success with this outstanding story, Vicki!