Monday, October 19, 2009

Guest Blog and Contest- Linda Wisdom

I am so honored and excited to have Linda Wisdom, author of Hex in High Heels guest blogging for me today!


A Writer’s Journey

Writing has always been a love for me and romance writing was a great fit when I started out. Plus I was honing my craft with each book.

At the time I was one of tho
se cocky ones who read a few Harlequin Presents and said “I can write one of these.” My husband said, “then do it.” Could I ignore that kind of dare? No way!

We’re talking the Dark Ages. I wrote my first book on an IBM Executive typewriter, which used proportional spacing. The minute I finished that book, another idea came to mind and I wrote that one too. Then the question came “I wrote the books, now it’s time to do something with them.” Not easy when there was no Romance Writers of America and I didn’t know any other writers. But luckily, a brand spanking new publisher, Silhouette Books, was looking for new authors. I sent the manuscripts to them in November and wow, they sold in December on my wedding anniversary. I was a published author!

But I wasn’t about to stop there. I wrote another book before any of the Silhouette books hit the shelves. I was also fired from my job because of my writing, so it was time to sink or swim. Being a stubborn person I was determined to fulfill my lifelong dream of being a writer.

And I did! Thirty years and close to eighty books later I’m still writing and still loving it. Yes, there are days when I ask myself why. Days when my characters won’t behave or the story isn’t going the path I wish. Usually because my idea of direction isn’t the same way my characters want to go. Perils of not doing what they say.

And along the way I’ve written in a lot of sub-genres. Dramatic romance, humorous romance, romantic suspense, one action adventure romance, and paranormal. I finally took my favorites and meshed the humor and paranormal together. For me, it was a perfect fit. I could use my love for the odd and magickal and put them together. I could create witches with attitude, yet ones you’d want to hang out with. Sexy heroes with that extra something and critters you wouldn’t find in your local pet store unless that pet store offered up a lot of magick to go with them. Or fuzzy bunny slippers with fangs and gargoyles that love to get into mischief.

Every author wants to know their books are read. I want more than that. I want my readers to read and enjoy them. To lose themselves in another world where anything can happen and where they can forget about any troubles they might have.

Of course, whether I accomplished that is up to my readers. But you have to say that man-eating bunny slippers can’t help but bring a smile to your face.

Like the previous three books in my Hex series, Hex in High Heels is filled with fun, crazy/fun creatures and a sassy witch who’s hot for the local Were Border collie. Not to mention elves you don’t find working for Santa.

Let’s hear it for the fun books. I know I love reading them. So what about you? Do you prefer dark and edgy or the funnier romances?

Linda

Hex in High Heels, Book 4 in the Hex Series, In Stores October 2009!
In this sexy, funny paranormal romance by bestselling author Linda Wisdom, it's all beautiful witch Blair Fitzpatrick can do to keep a lid on her talent for revenge spells, but things are about to get a lot more complicated...

Blair loves running her vintage shop and hanging out with witchy friends Stasi and Jazz. She's forever had a crush on hunky carpenter Jake Harrison, whose Were nature (he's a Border collie) makes him loyal, lovable, and fierce when need be. Just as sparks are beginning to fly, Blair is served with a big surprise when Jake's mother shows up along with his pack leader, who threatens to make Jake heel! When the alpha does the unthinkable, Blair is pushed over the edge. No one messes with her boyfriend-to-be, even if he does shed on the furniture!

About the Author
Linda Wisdom has published more than 70 novels with 13 million copies sold worldwide including traditional, paranormal, humor, action/adventure romance, and romantic suspense. Her bestselling books have been nominated for Romantic Times awards and the Romance Writers of America Rita Award. She lives with her husband in Murrieta, California.

Thanks to Danielle, from Sourcebooks, I can giveaway 1 copy of Hex in High Heels!!

HOW TO ENTER:
~Post a comment saying that you would like to be entered (make sure to leave your e-mail address or your comment won't count!)
+1 Post about the contest on your blog and leave the link in your comment
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~~For each thing that you do, please leave a separate comment or you will only be entered once!!
~~The contest will end on Monday, October 26th at 11:59pm
~~This contest is open to US and Canada only.

32 comments:

  1. Just wanted to stop by and say how much I loved this book. To the author, "Happy Writing!"

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  2. looks like a great book, can't wait to get my hands on it!
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  3. Thank you Tea!

    It's always nice to hear my work has been enjoyed. And I hope you continue to enjoy the witches.

    Linda

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  4. This book looks fun. Please enter me
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  5. Please enter me Andrea -- I love Linda Wisdom's books...I hope she includes a Huntington Beach locale in one of the upcoming releases.

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    I follow you as well....

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  6. Thanks Mary!

    Huntington Beach could show up.

    Linda

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  8. would love to be entered
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  11. No need to enter me. I'm dropping in to say thanks for the e-mail. This is posted at Win a Book for you.

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  12. I would love to win.. these books look fantastic.

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  13. I'm a follower...

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  16. Thanks so much for coming by!

    Linda

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  17. This sounds like such a fun book! Please count me in!

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  18. I would love to read this.

    I am a follower.

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  19. Hello Linda and Andrea! Thanks for the interview and giveaway! I would very much like to be entered, thanks!

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  20. I am a twitter follower! (@b42bella)

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  21. I tweeted :-)

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  22. And, I am a blog follower!

    Thanks again!
    ~bella

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  23. The book sounds great. I would love to read it. Please enter me!

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  25. +1 Follower!

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  26. This sounds like such a fun book, I'd love a chance to win it.

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  27. I'd love to read this one. Please include me.

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