Hanging out at author Eden Glenn’s today

Hey, peeps–

Author Eden Glenn had me over for a spot of tea and a little Q&A today. We talked about my latest novella, From the Boots Up, writing, and a couple other things. I’m giving away a .pdf of From the Boots Up, so come on down and comment if you’d like in on the drawing.

Click this link to go over to Eden’s and hang out with me. 😀

Happy Tuesday!

Oh, and it’s National Hug Your Cat Day, so if you have a kitty, give it some lovies.

What’s Happenin’

Hey, peeps–

Okay, so wow. It seems that people are digging the two main characters in From the Boots Up and I’ve gotten some luuuuv and some questions about what’s next for Meg n’ Gina. Well, don’t you worry. I’ve got a novel I’m finishing up with the “what’s next.” You didn’t really think I was through with those two, did you? Muah ha ha! Stay tuned!

Other stuff. I was interviewed recently by the awesome Liz McMullen at her show, so if you’d like to hear me blather on about books and writing and go off on some tangents with her, well, there it is. I also do a reading from the latest in my New Mexico series, which is in progress and not published yet! So if you’ve been following that series, well, here’s your chance to see what Chris is going to be up to in book 4. Plus, Liz put together a super-awesome slideshow to accompany the chatting. Hit the link up there to check it out.

Other, other stuff. I will be attending the annual GCLS conference in June. It’s in Dallas this year. I’ll be running around like a freak, as usual. I’ve been scheduled for a panel or two (not sure yet; waiting to see), and I will be TEACHING A CLASS, people. Or workshop. Whatever you want to call it. The class deals with setting and learning how it can be its own character. I’m trying to get y’all to think about your surroundings in ways that will help you bring it into your own writing. I’ll let you know the deets when the schedule is posted for GCLS.

I’ve also got something planned for mid-September. It’s kind of still percolating, and an awesome crew of fellow authors and readers are working on getting some stuff together for that, but I’ll keep you posted. It’ll be super-groovy. For reals. You’ll see.

What’s in the hopper: As you know, I just released From the Boots Up. The third in my Far Seek Chronicles is with the publisher and in editing. I’ll probably be getting the edited manuscript back next month. New Mexico 4 (I’ll release the title once I’m closer to sending it to the publisher) is nearly done; I’m planning on sending that to the publisher in June. And THEN. Well. I’ve got a couple of romance novels to deal with, including the follow-up to Meg n’ Gina (from Boots).

So there you go. That’s the scoop. Staying busy. Hoping everyone’s well and that you all have a fab Thursday.

Book Giveaway! Oh, yeah! FOR TOTAL REALS!

Hi, kids! HAPPY FRIDAY!

I’m doing a book giveaway at Women and Words, where I also blog. Don’t worry, I’ll provide that link at the bottom for you so you can go and get in on the fun. In the meantime, read more for specifics about this stuff.

Thought I’d toss out a print copy of the anthology Under This Cowgirl’s Hat (ed. SA Clements), which includes my longish short story “From the Boots Up.” I’ll have this on offer throughout Saturday, and we’ll pick a winner on Sunday, noon Eastern Standard US time. The rules are at the end of this post. Seriously. I’m not making that up.

source: Torquere Press

Here’s the rundown on the stories included therein:

Tea and Kisses by CB Potts
When Iris’ neighbor Randy decides to auction off his ranch, she decides to put a bid in on the place. Renee is the Randy’s sister, and she figures Iris has ulterior motives. Iris is honest, but city girl Renee doesn’t understand how country friendships work. Can Iris make Renee understand how good being neighborly can be?

Reversible Cowgirls by Shanna Germain
Stephanie has some problems with her love life. She’s seeing a married woman, their relationship is going nowhere, and Stephanie needs to break it off. Then she meets Macie, the new veterinarian in town, who takes her by surprise with the heat they generate. Can Stephanie work through her problems and take Macie on full time?

Bright Lights and Boob Jobs by BA Tortuga
Maddie works in the city as an exotic dancer. She’s missing her cowgirl ways and her family, but she’s too proud to go home a failure. When her best friend Shannon shows up, Maddie’s torn between what she thinks she needs to do to succeed, and what Shannon urges her to find in her life. Can love change her mind?

From the Boots Up by Andi Marquette
Meg isn’t at all sure she wants to spend time with an LA reporter who wants to do a feature on her father’s Wyoming dude ranch, but she will for him. A chance meeting at the local feed store takes Meg’s mind off the impending visit from the city slicker, however, and Meg wonders about Gina, the attractive woman whose flat tire she helped fix in the parking lot. When Gina turns out to be the reporter, Meg realizes her summer at the ranch might just have taken a turn for the better.

The Good Life by Jodi Payne
Ruby has come home to New Mexico for her father, who’s in the hospital. She’s been living her own life in the city, far away from cows and scrub brush. Caroline is a cowgirl with a lot of charm, but will Ruby be able to give everything up and stay at the ranch?
[synopses from Torquere Press website, with exception of “From the Boots Up”]

Okay, usual rules. LEAVE A COMMENT AT WOMEN AND WORDS AT THIS LINK HERE if you’d like to be considered for this drawing. DO NOT LEAVE A COMMENT HERE. GO OVER TO WOMEN AND WORDS TO LEAVE A COMMENT. Make sure you include your email address AT WOMEN AND WORDS WHEN YOU LEAVE A COMMENT THERE (don’t worry–only the elves here at Women and Words see it! Swear! For reals!) so we can contact you if you win.

You’ve got ’til Sunday at noon EST US time. If you’re not of the US, here’s a link to a world clock time zone converter (that’s how much we luuuuv you). 😀

Cheers and good luck!