Pictures from #RWA14

I am still catching my breath from my trip to San Antonio, Texas for #RWA14! It was a whirlwind adventure as always but it was extra special because my hubby came along–although he artfully avoided be photographed. Thanks to Carolyn Brown’s husband, Mr. B., I have a lot more pictures than usual to share with you. Carolyn’s hubby is by her side at every RWA conference and you will find him with camera in hand. This man can snap some great pictures!

Here’s a shot of the famed Riverwalk–it goes on forever!!!

100_1487There was a lot eating and drinking on this trip!

Mmmmm beer.

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First up at the conference was the RWA Literacy Signing. It was tons of fun and I even go to meet one of my street team gals! Molly came by and it was such a thrill to meet her. I also kept myself entertained with #whiteboardwars.

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With some of the amazing Sourcebooks peeps! Two of our awesome editors, Cat and Mary! Also my super fab publicist, Amelia!100_1268

Hamming it up with Carolyn Brown and Cheryl Brooks!

By the way, Carolyn won the Booksellers Best Award and Cheryl took 2nd place in the PRISM awards!!! So cool!

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One of the best parts about RWA is connecting with author friends like Robin Covington…
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This is a shot of author Carolyn Brown, my editor, Deb Werksman, RITA winning author, Susanna Kearsely, and the owner of Sourcebooks, Dominique Raccah!
100_1595Sourcebooks always treats their authors well but the dinner they throw for us every year at RWA is always an affair to be remembered! First they picked us up at the hotel and brought us to dinner in these huge stretch Hummer limos!

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Then for the ride home….they had a whole fleet of Cinderella horse drawn carriages!

100_1588 100_1586Dinner was absolutely amazing and we each had these adorable champagne bottles waiting for us at the tables!

10502354_10152668131280628_8329865042589056326_nSince I knew there would be a lot of good food and booze, I arranged to have Fit Club workouts every morning. Two sessions. 6 am and 6:30am! My editor was the only who made it there with me all 3 mornings at 6 am– but other folks made it for the 6:30!

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Our Thursday at 6:30m workout had the biggest showing!

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I am SO thrilled for my buddy, Susanna Kearsley!! She won the RITA Award for Best Paranormal Romance for her novel The Firebird!10450769_10152670164780628_5804286006039051815_n 100_1635

My friend Denny Bryce won the Golden Heart award for her manuscript Chasing Damn!10527269_10152670227145628_6209484199443073578_n

 

 

There was some research time at the San Antonio Firefighters museum. Yes. I know that I’m a dork.10517574_10152667561940628_2181131922765896442_nThen there’s the inevitable time chatting in the lobby….or seeing the sights!

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Whew! I’m pooped just thinking about it :) Thanks again to Carolyn and Charles Brown for the pics!

Until next year…..see you in NYC!

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The Winner of the #NYCVAMPS Cocktail Contest is….


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We asked the readers to give us some snazzy drink recipes for the Dead in the City cocktail contest and you all did not disappoint! There were lots of snazzy drink ideas and it was difficult to choose but I finally decided on  a winner and I can’t wait to make it.

The runner up and winner of the Vampire Trouble cocktail gift basket is Marcia B.!!!

 

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The winner is…..Mz. BN

Here’s the winning recipe that was submitted.  Her drink will be featured in an upcoming Dead in the City novel and is now the signature cocktail for #NYCVAMPS! I chose this recipe because it’s sweet but has some bite with that grapefruit juice thrown in and that sure does fit my vampire chicks in NYC.

  • 1 cup ice
  • 2 oz mango juice
  • 2 oz strawberry juice
  • 1 oz apple juice
  • 1 oz grapefruit juice
  • 2 oz cucumber vodka
  • Blend and enjoy!

Now this will be perfect to make while I’m at the beach this week but there’s just one problem…we need a name for it! That’s where all of you come in.  What should we call this fruity, sweet, and snazzy drink?

If I select your cocktail name then you will get a shout in the acknowledgements of my next book too! Oh, and a $10 Amazon Gift Card! Woot! Comment below with your name for this cocktail recipe by Wednesday, August 13th!

Dream on….

 

 

VAMPIRE TROUBLE is a BTS Award Nominee!

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I received some exciting news from my publicist! VAMPIRE TROUBLE has been nominated for the BTS Book Reviews Magazine Red Carpet Review Award! Huzzah! Because Maya and Shane’s story got a 4.5 star review, it’s eligible for this award. From what I understand there will be a voting process starting in October and then a big red carpet award ceremony in February in Orlando, Florida. I’m told it’s a black tie affair. What fun!

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I’m sure there are several books that will be nominees alongside my #NYCVAMPS but it sure is an honor to be nominated :)

 

2 Questions for My Readers~

I love my readers! Seriously, you guys ROCK! In order to better serve my readership and assure that my books get into your hands….I need to more about you!

It would be fabulous if you could take a hot minute and one-click your answers to these two polls! The more information my publisher and I have, the better we can serve you.

 

Thank you so much!

Dream on…..

PUMPED is #FREE!! *Limited time offer*

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Hello! I am slammed on deadline (as usual) but I wanted to come up for air to share this exciting sale with you! PUMPED is a #FREE download for a limited time. Please share with your romance loving friends and I hope you’re having a great summer.

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Did Someone Say Cocktails???

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Who loves cocktails and romance and vampires? Yes? Then this contest is for you!

 

The Official Dead in the City Cocktail Contest

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To celebrate the recent release of my latest Dead in the City title, VAMPIRE TROUBLE, Sourcebooks is holding a contest to create the official Dead in the City series cocktail!

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Before Monday, July 28th they’re asking readers to submit their unique cocktail recipe to Casablanca@sourcebooks.com for a chance to have their creation named the official Dead in the City cocktail and have it featured in my next Dead in the City title, VAMPIRES NEVER CRY WOLF (March 2015). I will be announcing the winner in a video where I make the drink!
Additionally, everyone who sends in their recipe will also be entered in a random drawing to win a Dead in the City themed prize pack including martini glasses, drink supplies, and other sweet treats!
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For the record…I enjoy vodka :)

 

VAMPIRE TROUBLE Blog Tour

 

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No book release month would be complete without a blog hop around the internet! Below are my blog hop dates and locations. Be sure to pop by because my publisher is giving away copies of my books at every stop!

2-Jul

Night Owl Reviews

http://www.nightowlreviews.com/v5

 

4-Jul

You Gotta Read

www.yougottaread.com

 

7-Jul

Ramblings from this Chick

http://ramblingsfromthischick.blogspot.com/

 

8-Jul

The Book Nympho

http://thebooknympho.com/

 

9-Jul

Casa Authors Blog

http://casablancaauthors.blogspot.com/

 

10-Jul

Fresh Fiction

http://freshfiction.com/

 

14-Jul

Manga Maniac Café

www.mangamaniaccafe.com

 

16-Jul

Long and Short Reviews

http://www.longandshortreviews.com

 

17-Jul

The Reading Café

http://www.thereadingcafe.com/

 

18-Jul

Romance Junkies

http://romancejunkies.com/

 

21-Jul

Booklovin Mamas

http://booklovinmamas.com/

 

23-Jul

Romancing the Dark Side

http://romancingthedarkside.com/

 

25-Jul

Reading Between the Wines

http://www.readingbetweenthewinesbookclub.com/

 

28-Jul

SOS Aloha

www.sosaloha.blogspot.com

 

29-Jul

Tynga Reviews

http://www.tyngasreviews.com/

 

30-Jul

Bookhounds

http://maryinhb.blogspot.com/

 

6-Aug

The Book Nympho: Stomp vs. Romp

http://thebooknympho.com/

It’s Release Day for VAMPIRE TROUBLE!!!

It’s here!

Book 2: Dead in the City

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 The second installment of the Dead in the City series and those of you who read TALL, DARK, AND VAMPIRE can probably guess that based on the title…this is Maya’s love story. Maya is a pain in the ass but she’s one of my favorite vamps in the coven. I’ll admit she’s a troublemaker but in VAMPIRE TROUBLE you’ll find out why Maya is so unsettled.

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Shane Quesada, a four-century old vampire sentry, is known for cold, unemotional precision when hunting rogue vampires.

Maya Robertson is a youngling vampire who will not be controlled—and to prove it, she rejects Shane’s protection—only to find herself in over her head with an alpha werewolf.

Soon, a war between the coven and the werewolf clan ignites, and Maya and Shane flee to Louisiana, where their passion for each other grows—as does Maya’s power. When she finds herself at the center of the conflict, will she finally trust Shane with her life—and her heart?

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Reviews

“[A] powerful love story that proves that while our past is inescapable, it is the core of our strength.” – Sarah MacLean for The Washington Post

“Humphreys is undoubtedly a rising star in the genre… The sparks that fly between the leading couple are totally irresistible, and the tension that unfolds between the vampires and the werewolves will have readers on the edge of their seats!” – RT Book Reviews

      Vampire Trouble (Dead in the City, #2)

Pre-Order

Remember to send your proof of purchase to casablanca@sourcebooks.com to get your #FREE #NYCVAMPS #GIFT

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Romance Panel at the Free Library of Philadelphia Tonight!

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Event Details
Romance Panel featuring: Megan Hart Flying; Sara Humphreys Vampire Trouble; Geri Krotow Navy Rescue
Monday, June 30th 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Admission is FREE!

If you’re in the Philadelphia area tonight, please join us! We’ll be chatting about all things romance and our latest releases!

Here’s a bit about my co-panelists…
Megan Hart is the author of more than 30 novels, novellas, and short stories in many genres of romantic fiction, including historical, contemporary, romantic suspense, romantic comedy, futuristic, fantasy, and erotic. Her books include Tear You Apart, The Favor, Precious and Fragile Things, Deeper, Naked, and Dirty. In Flying, a woman travels to a new city every other week in search of no-strings-attached romance and an escape from difficult memories at home.

Recipient of the Daphne du Maurier Award for Romantic Suspense, Geri Krotow is the author of six contemporary and historical romance novels inspired by her former career as a Naval Intelligence Officer. Her 2007 debut, A Rendezvous to Remember won the Yellow Rose of Texas Award for Excellence. Her new book, Navy Rescue is a suspenseful story of attraction, trust, and following orders.http://gerikrotow.com
Books will be available for purchase and we will be available to sign books after the event!

See you there!

 

Healthy For Life Thanks to T25!

I have struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember and food has controlled me in one way or another. I weighed my heaviest in high school and clocked in over 200 pounds but my senior year I got active and lost a lot of it. I was able to maintain a healthy weight after the birth of my first two children. However, after my twins arrived (boys 3 and 4)…my weight got out of control again.

I thought that was where my body was “meant” to be and try as I might I couldn’t lose the weight for more than a few weeks. It would always creep back up.

A couple of years ago, I reached a personal and professional milestone and quit my day job to write full-time. It’s been a dream come true to do what I love for a living but as with most things there is a downside. Sitting at a computer 6-8 hours a day 5 or more days a week is not good for the waistline.

While attending a reader convention in Florida this year in early February, I saw pictures of myself that people were posting and I could no longer deny it. I’d let my weight get out of control. It wasn’t the lighting or the angle…I’d gotten fat again and I felt disgusting. While in my hotel room crying about the state I’d gotten myself into, I saw a commercial for Nutrisystem. I knew that’s what I needed to help me take control. I picked up the phone and ordered it that day.  Nutirsystem was a wonderful program to help me get my eating habits under control.

While chatting with my college roommate about our weight struggles,  she said something that struck me to my core. “Food is the good girl’s drug.”

She was right. Food was my drug of choice. I used it to numb uncomfortable feelings for my entire life and I knew it had to stop. However, I also knew that diet alone wouldn’t get me to where I wanted to be. I needed to get moving. I’d seen the infomercial for T25–clearly those work on  me–and I ordered it.  25 minutes a day? Now that I could commit to.

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I put in my goal of losing 30 pounds–to get back to my pre-baby/wedding weight. To be honest, I really didn’t think I would be able to do it. I thought, well…I’m 44…I’ve had 4 boys…this may just be where I’m supposed to be.

NOPE! I not only hit my 30 pound weight loss goal but surpassed it and thanks to my 6 day a week workout schedule I wear a smaller size now at 44 than I did at 24!

So far I’ve lost 32 pounds and 33″ and  I went  from busting out of a size 12 to wearing a 6 or an 8!

30 Pound Loss Before and After Side by Side

I feel incredible!!! My energy is great. My blood pressure, which had gotten high, is back in the healthy range. My skin looks better. I look and feel younger. For the first time in 40+ years I will be wearing a bikini at the pool and beach this summer!!!! Now THAT is a huge personal milestone and I still can’t quite believe I can do it.

I wish I could bottle how I feel and give it to everyone I love. In that spirit, I signed up as a Beachbody coach. We’ve got a T25 Challenge Group started on Facebook and we’re kicking off on Monday, July 7th after the big holiday weekend.

So, what do you say? Are you ready to make a change? Do you want to take control of your life, body, and health? Then join us!!! If you can commit to 25 minutes  a day and healthy eating at least 85% of the time–you WILL get the results you want! Take it from this 44 year old mother of 4 boys….It’s never too late to take control and get the body you want!!!

You can find my Beachbody Coach page here and if you’re on Facebook then request to join the T25 Challenge For Change page here.