Friday, January 31, 2014

Cupid's Going International!

So you know how I've been saying lately that I'd have big news about Duping Cupid? Okay...I guess it's time to tell everyone since the contracts are signed, the paperwork's been transferred, and the deal is done. All that's left is the finished product. Ready?

Okay. Deep breath.

Duping Cupid has been acquired by a European publisher for translation and worldwide sale in the Macedonian language

That's right. Like another famous Macedonian, Alexander the Great, Cupid is going to take Europe by storm. The publisher, Ars Lamina, hopes to have the trade paperbacks available for sale in time for Valentine's Day. And I'll get copies for myself so when they arrive, you can bet I'll share photos here so you can all see.  

Have you read Duping Cupid yet? No? What are you waiting for? It's FREE on Amazon right now! But...not for very much longer. Grab it while you can. The reviewers love it. You will, too.


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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes (with apologies to David Bowie)

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Lots of changes going on for me in 2014--none of them intentional. It just works out that way sometimes. 

First, as many of you know, I got my start as a published author with Avalon Books. Two years ago, Avalon's entire backlist of sweet and cozy books was acquired by Amazon's publishing arms: Montlake (romance), Thomas & Mercer (mysteries), and Encore (westerns). For a while, we Avalon Authors struggled to maintain our identity in this ever-changing world. And while we're thrilled to introduce our works to new readers through these new opportunities, we also realized that "Avalon" no longer existed. So I'm issuing you all an invitation to join me and many of our very talented authors at Classic and Cozy, the new home for the former Avalon Authors blog. You'll find info on our old works, our new books, and all our writing adventures. I hope you'll bookmark the link and visit often.

Meanwhile, the ScribBLING Divas are tackling a new means of communication. We're going with a newsletter! Each month, we'll drop a little missive in your inbox with fun snippets, cover reveals, recipes, contests, and whatever our creativity can devise. You want to be in on it, right? You can sign up with the form on the right sidebar-------------> or at the Divas website or on my website. So you have no excuse to miss out. Sign up now. The first issue will be out in February!

You'll also be seeing some changes in my published works. I'll be reacquiring the rights back on a few old titles, reviewing and changing sales channels on others, and...going international! 

Stay tuned...



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Monday, January 20, 2014

Word of the Day: Snow

Yeah, we're expecting more of the white stuff to come our way tomorrow. Four to eight inches. Yippee. (Note the lack of exclamation point at the end of my declarative statement--this denotes sarcasm.)
So I'm preparing. I baked banana blueberry bread, I'm making chicken soup, and I'm considering tossing some turkey chili in the Crock Pot.
There's nothing like the threat of a snowstorm to put me in a "nesting" mood. I cook (I don't clean--are you joking?) and I make sure we've got plenty of firewood inside so I don't have to schlep once the fun starts. Then, once the flakes start swirling, I hunker down in my jammies and slippers with the fam, brew up flavored hot chocolate, allow the pets to curl up beside me and...

Oh, wait. I have to go to work tomorrow. Well, it was a nice fantasy, wasn't it?

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

In Your Dreams is the Winner!

In Your Dreams was chosen as Best Book of 2013 in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy Category by Paranormal Romance Guild's Reviewers Choice Awards! I couldn't be more thrilled to receive this honor. 

My sincere thanks to everyone who voted for Sean and Isabelle. They'd thank you themselves, but they're off living happily ever after.

Whaddya mean you haven't read it yet? What are you waiting for? Okay, to celebrate this momentous occasion, I've dropped the price for ONE WEEK ONLY to $1.99 and Amazon, for some odd reason, still has Book I, Eternally Yours (a finalist for 2013 Indie Book of the Year by Kindle Book Review) on sale for 
99 cents! So you can get both books currently available in the series for less than a large coffee! Now,that's a great deal on two award-winning books! How can you miss?


Buy Book I, Eternally Yours, from Amazon here.

Buy Book II, In Your Dreams from Amazon here.


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Friday, January 10, 2014

ThumBING Through The Search Engines

Every once in a while, I put my name into various search engines to see what pops up. It's more than a vanity thing. It's necessary to check for piracy (a rampant crime in digital publishing that steals money from the pocket of every author), to find reviews that might have slipped by, and to make sure there's nothing nefarious linked to me.

The first several pages are always what I expect: my website, my blog, my Amazon page, Facebook, book reviews I've seen, Goodreads, even my old MySpace page pops up though I haven't been there in years. But scroll about ten to twelve pages in and we enter the Twilight Zone. Here are a few of the bizarro items that popped up on Bing under "Gina Ardito" in those far-off pages:

Rare Girls of the South Seas 2009 Topless Women Calendar (pg 10) Umm...no. Just, no. For one thing, I'm paler than the moon. There is absolutely nothing "South Seas" about me. Let's just leave it at that.

The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mystery Series Season 2 (pg 11) Sure, I read Nancy Drew when I was a teen, but I was never on the show--as far as I know.

USTA Tournaments (pg 15) So, all those times the Hubster teased me about our tennis games being as competitive as Wimbledon? Maybe he was on to something.

3 People Named Dan Tuell in the U.S. (pg 16) I don't know anyone with this name. If you can figure out how this links to me, you're more of a super genius than Wile E. Coyote. Him, I know.

Owner's Manuals Motorabilia (pg 17) I bet the Hubster would *love* to order an owner's manual for me. It would make his life soooo much easier!

Rx Muscle Contest Gallery (pg 22) I hope I'm a judge!


Have you put your name in a search engine? What odd links did you find?


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