Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Aftermath . . . of Christmas

As I sit here on this fine Wednesday morning sipping my Earl Grey in the mountain of my presents* I blissfully call on that wonderful Christmas morning when I opened them all and fondly recollect on all the splendor.

One such memory comes to me as being the finest present of them all. Yes, as in one ring to rule them ALL. Now, I should preface this with, I got some pretty awesome gifts and one came in check form - pretty awesome. No, this gift is epic. This gift is a hand quilted pillow with my friggin' book's picture on it!! E P I C !!!!! Take a look at its picture below, isn't that some serious awesomeness? Now go tell Annie (the pillow's creator) that you love it and her, and while your there follow her blog. :0D http://small-book.blogspot.com/

Now here's a picture of the picture of my book pillow. That I now currently sleep with.








* Caution: Highly exaggerated

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

And MORE Breaking News!

It's feeling like Christmas around here with all these amazing news updates!

Night Owl Reviews just gave The Legend of Lady MacLaoch the rare and coveted 5 out of 5 stars rating!! AND was selected as Night Owl Reviews Top Pick!!!

Here's an excerpt:
"This was a very enjoyable read and kept me entranced the whole way through. I most definitely wanted to see Cole and Rowan get together and wanted to slap Eryka.

There are some wonderful side characters in this, from the dressmaker who make sure that Cole has a dress to make Rowan pant, to the MacDonagh brothers, Angus and Bernie, the lovable, laughable old men who run the tour boat and may be something a bit more.

This is definitely one for the keeper pile ladies (and gentlemen too, if they prefer)! I know I’ll be reading it again!"

Read the full review here: Night Owl Reviews - The Legend of Lady MacLaoch

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Breaking News!

The Legend of Lady MacLaoch and I will be featured on Goodreads reading forum Romance Reader Reading Challenge's group on Jan 14-16!! Stay tuned for the link! There will be a massive Q & A as well as a chance to win an autographed copy of the novel!!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Rowan MacLaoch, The Cursed

“Aye,” Angus agreed. “When ye see him, he’s nice enough, but ye can see the distance in his eyes, like he’s carrying a burden he cannae unload. . . I’d not want tae be on the other side of a battle from him. He’s got the look of a man who’s seen hell and come back to tell about it.”
Rowan MacLaoch is many things, and counted among being an ex-Royal Air Force pilot and chieftain of the MacLaoch clan he is also cursed. Cursed by a woman who he's never met but shares his blood and her centuries old fate.

In the Year of Our Lord 1211, Scotland

Pain gripped her abdomen in convulsive ripples, telling her she would  not survive to see the morning. Her last breath would be soon—with it, she would accomplish her last wakeful deed in this world. She looked up at the man who possessively held her newborn child, the man she called father and enemy. She spoke the words that reverberated through her soul, as if they were pulled from the very earth, full of power and purpose.
I curse ye, Father. I curse the ground beneath yer feet, the air ye breathe, the blood within yer veins, and the seed ye spill upon this earth. May ye die having felt my pain and if ye havenae, may no MacLaoch chieftain ever know love.
Only when they have walked the lonely halls of despair will I bestow upon them a peace I once held long ago, and then only for a moment. I will feast upon yer pain and drink the anguish of this curse until the one who calls himself chief of the MacLaochs has shared in my anguish. Until then, I will haunt ye and yers every eve and every dawn and all time in between, forever.
Rowan's curse developed over several months while editing the manuscript. Like all books they are written, edited, rewritten etc. until the final product is delivered to your bookshelf. Well in one of those iterations I realized that Rowan's darkness - because he'd had it from the very moment his name was penned on paper - came from something beyond him. It wasn't just from his experiences at war, which were gruesome, but rather something he'd be born with. Something that was passed down to him, something inevitable and haunting with its mythical power. There is nothing quite like a curse that is handed down from generation to generation and is known by all the townsfolk, who look at you and shake their heads knowingly and sadly, to make a deeply moving darkness in someone. And that was when the curse came to light - if you will.

Rowan, for those of you who've read it, know that in the early years he denied the existence of the curse and went along his merry way doing as he pleased until fateful chapter one. It was after that war experience that he realized for the first time that indeed the curse was laid into more than just myth, but rather blood.

Speaking of blood - that is where the details of the curse lie. Rowan is hit hardest with the curse because he is the last of the known MacLaochs descended from the infamous legendary Lady MacLaoch. The blood ties with the pain he experiences and status as chieftain set off, unbeknownst to him, the perfect storm of curse culmination that ends with the massive pyrotechnics scene at the end of the book. Not to mention the one thing he thought he'd never have . . . love.


Read the first 6 chapters, here.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Shipped!

Just a quick post to say that for those who won the LibraryThing giveaway I've finally shipped them! Keep an eye on your mailboxes!!


And random tidbit - my birfday is comin' up!! Woohoo! Finally turning 21. Thought it'd never get here . . . :0D

Monday, November 28, 2011

LibraryThing Winners!

We had over 300 entrants to The Legend of Lady MacLaoch LibraryThing giveaway but only 5 lucky winners!

Congrats to Heather, Cheryl, Sandra, Kevin, and Kelsy!!



Monday, November 21, 2011

Gobble-Gobble!

It's that time again!! And raise your hand if you thought you had at LEAST a week or two more until the big Turkey Day??  *raises hand*

As we all are hustling about running errands or "doing it" (read blog post here) I thought I would throw out a recipe that my gran made every year. It was that pink frozen thing that would show up after the turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes had been consumed. It's one of those desserts that's so strange that I have to post it here for folks to make. It's called Grammies Arctic Freeze.

Grammie Banks’ Pink Arctic Freeze

1 can whole cranberries
2 3 ounce pkgs of cream cheese, softened
2 Tbs mayonnaise
2 Tbs sugar
1 9 ounce can crushed drained pineapple
½ cup chopped walnuts
1 cup whipping cream, whipped, to be folded in last


Mix first 6 ingredients.
Then whip the cream and fold it into the mixture.
Pour into a regular size loaf pan and cover with saran wrap.
Freeze for at least 6 hours. Best to do the night or day before.

Most important is to remember to take it out about 10-15 minutes early to
soften a bit. Then put it on a plate, slice it and serve it! Looks nice on a bed
of lettuce, also.




Do you have a strange holiday recipe or tradition?


Saturday, November 19, 2011

Do It

Love and the making of it.

This topic often comes up at cocktail hour with the ladies, each of us comparing love lives – and it’s something of a revelation for me to hear the confessions of those who’ve gone months and years, without an intimate moment with their husband. And not for medical reasons.

When was the last time you made love to your husband? The man you’ve committed your life to? Yesterday? Couple months? Was it a year ago or more?

Today we’re breaking the love ban. Today, entering the most stressful time of year we are going to find time, make time, invest in the time to make love.

I devote my life to the creation of love, the manifestation of it through trial and circumstance in my characters. Not unlike daily life, where we get the kids ready for school, then head to work, then to after work activities, home again, eat and to bed too exhausted to think about making love much less do it, but - oh yes, there’s a but (and a butt) - not any more. Not today.

Today, this morning, find him and kiss him. Tell him that you love him. Set aside your task, your differences that have cropped up over the years – no matter how trivial or heavy they may be, put down your cell phone/his cell phone, and remember – vividly – why you fell in love with him. He’s your best friend, compatriot, the loving father of your children, the one who held your hair back when you got too drunk one night six years ago, or last week. ;0) Now, kiss him again.

Love, is an intimate act. Some say it’s hard, complicated, and stressful. Only if you let it. And today, it’s not. Today it is simple, today it is uncomplicated, easy and joyous. It is the sharing of a moment together, the soft kisses and a giggle. Yeah, you know there’s giggling. It’s slow. It’s the moment that you steal once the kids are off to bed or at a friend’s house. It’s the moment you get when the bedroom door swings shut with that knowing click. It’s the moment you’ll get today when all else has gone completely berserk but in this one thing you’ll find someone you’ll remember that you love. Someone that will ease your heart and make you smile. It is that person you’ll make love to today.

During the holiday season, it is easy for us all to get wrapped up in food preparation, gift buying, holiday party hosting and forget the finer moments. The moments between taking the turkey out of the oven and making gravy that you steal a kiss or a scandalous fondle. It’s remembering that through all these amazing luscious wonders of the season that we are humans and by nature we are emotional creatures who thrive on love. And while you are having a panic attack over the last of the Diestel turkeys having been sold moments ago and where on gods green earth are you to find another?? Take a deep breath, think of that lovely intimate moment you shared with your husband and smile. Because who gives a shit when you have that?

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Paperback Giveaway





November 24th at 7:46pm The LibraryThing giveaway of The Legend of Lady MacLaoch will CLOSE - FOREVER!! So head over there and get your name down!! Today!!

Click here to enter giveaway (some scrolling down the page might be involved).

Monday, November 14, 2011

Guilty Pleasure

It's been lazy dayz around the house lately. Nothing but finishing the ending of The Mechanic (working title), schmoozing with folks about The Legend of Lady MacLaoch, playing with sex wax (see Lady Reader's Bookstuff blog entry), and reading truly awesome smut.

What I've been reading. Don't judge! LOL!
Truly awesome smut comes in the form of (for me at least) well written creative writing that explores ideas that I've not even thought of with a penetrating love story. *snicker*

I was enthralled this weekend with Seducing Mr. Darcy by Gwyn Cready. As a recommended read by my girl Annie over at The Small Book blog I have to readily admit that I wouldn't have touched the book with a ten foot pole because of its cover. And yes we are all taught to not judge a book by its cover but I also know that the percentage of novels that I read with swooning women in the arms of a half-naked-baby-oil-sheened man are fairly low. Only because these tend to be the corporate romances that demand several books from their authors per year, yielding low-quality high-quantity novels. That said, my horizons were expanded this weekend as I delved into the pages of a unique, well written, goofy, complex romance that featured the characters from Jane Austen's beloved Pride and Prejudice and a modern day bird researcher. The main character is funny, the story is action packed, the hero is smart and likeable.... Anyway if you have the time and a large glass of wine and an empty couch to lie on - pick it up, it's a good one. I pinky swear.

What's your go-to guilty pleasure?

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Modicum of Normalcy

Warning: this is a random post.
I've been laid up with my annual cold from Wednesday thru today. Little on the mildly insane side today as I've watched my entire Netflix queue, read all my fun fluffy (read: easy on a snot filled head) books and now have just the internet to entertain me... which as we all know is the rabbit hole of rabbit holes.

Well, I'm off to google stalk, chat, take cold medication and be a downright nuisance to anyone within arms and vocal reach. And since the hubby left me to my devices that means the only ones left to do my bidding are my pug minions.  Yes? Hello? World Domination is that you? It is? I'm coming darling. *cough, cough, HACK*

Anyone have some fun and entertaining sites they'd like to share? I'm even open for Netflix Insta-watch recommendations too!!

Speaking of entertaining, have folks been over to Bad Lip Reading? Here's a funny one:



Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Becky at The Good E Reader


Me in an interview for ebook of the week! Click link below to view it.
My girl Mercy over at Good E Reader asked me the other day if I'd be game for doing my upcoming feature for ebook of the week via Spreecast with her. After .0002 seconds of deliberation I said, Y E S ! and went about my merry way until it was time to do the interview yesterday evening.

I suppose it was right before the interview that I realized it would be recorded. Recorded, my face and all the words I say entombed for an eternity. And along with that eternity it would be blasted out for the ENTIRE world to see. And because I'm an optimist I assume that roughly the entire population of the world will see it - despite their access to the internet.

Though in the aftermath of the interview I can reflect and safely say that I avoided lighting myself on fire and doing anything that would prevent me running for president in the future. And I did it for an entire 4.45 minutes. Not bad, not bad at all.

Check out Mercy and me in our interview: click here.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

99 Cents at Internet Speed

So, as I sit here and type this at Case Study Coffee Shop here in Portland I've just witnessed an internet phenomenon - the speed of information.

Just Sunday (two days ago) I started the fall holiday sale of The Legend of Lady MacLaoch (ebook is now 99 cents), and before I've been able to get out the email and drum up notice about it, word is out and down the block. How does that happen??

Well, before this blog gets to be old news let me say this Q U I C K :

The Legend of Lady MacLaoch ebook on sale for the holidays now for 99 cents.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Two Trick Pony

A two trick pony.
The website got a facelift!! In case you arrived and were wondering where the scenery went, not to worry, you're in the right spot.

I came to the realization the other day that while I love and adore Lady MacLaoch and may yet write another of Rowan and Cole's story it's time to make way for novel #2, The Mechanic (working title). Thus, we are no longer a one trick pony.

You'll notice the swag design is easier on the eyeballs and things are organized such that when the cover graphic for the new novel comes in, there will be room for it, and not have MacLaoch smothered all over it. Not that any of us would mind a bit of MacLaoch smothered all over us . . .

Stay tuned for more. And if you haven't yet, get on the email list so you can get updates on release schedule for the next book. Sign-up here.

PS -  for extra credit points can anyone identify the animal riding atop the pony? I just realized it's not another pony!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Gushing

Fast cars, foul language, rough sex. My next novel.
Head down, nose applied to grindstone, and what have I got? Some serious work on the next novel The Mechanic (working title) - things are really coming together, and I'm PUMPED!! There are still gaping holes in it but holy crap this thing is coming together. I thought it was going to be a short story back in November of last year and wrote a post pasting the begining, and I've dug it out of the archives for ya. Work that Muscle is the post and it's waaaaaaaaaay unedited so watch out literary critic, you will cringe. :0)

Monday, October 10, 2011

Lover and a Fighter

Photo courtesy: http://cydwicker.com
Last week Friday, my good friend and literary genius Kate Carman, while in town from Seattle helped me to clean out my wine cellar. During one of the wine cellar clean-out evenings, the recent blog tour came up in discussion, and we got to talking about Rowan MacLaoch. Rowan, being dubbed a Renaissance man by my girl over at Her Book Self made us start a debate on what Renaissance man really means. Wikipedia became involved when we just couldn't agree, and the final say was that it was knowing a little bit about a lot of things. The details are hazy, but at some point it had been described as a yin and yang. A lover and a fighter.

"Wait" I said putting down my wine glass and lifting my hand, "waitwaitwait. Did you just call him a lover and a fighter?"
Kate, "Who? Oh, yeah, Rowan. He's like a lover and a fighter he's got both you know?"
"No really though, he's --"
"Omigod!! He's a fighter pilot!! A literal lover and a fighter!!"
Insert squeals of pun-y laughter here.

The photo above is my mental depiction of what I think a renaissance man looks like. But, what are your thoughts on modern day renaissance men? Who are they and what does it mean to you?


Sunday, October 2, 2011

Blog Tour Wrap-up

What an awesome tour!! Thank you to everyone who participated and to the bloggers for hosting - y'all made the Legendary Blog Tour a blast.

Also, congrats to all the giveaway winners! Currently announced are The Small Book Blog: Angel, and Ali's Bookshelf: Laura.

Don't forget that if you didn't win a copy, it's okay! Head on over to the "Store" tab (above ----^) and download a copy now! Available in all ebook formats for $2.99.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Final Tour Stop: Pages of Forbidden Love


Book Review and Final Interview!
 

Stop by Pages of Forbidden Love to see what Alexa has to say about The Legend of Lady MacLaoch, does she love it? Or wish for more? Check it out now!
And remember for the author interview not to be shy if you have questions of your own to ask!

Excerpt from Alexa's interview with Becky:
Q: What made you think of combining contemporary and historical romance?
A: Oh, great question! I'd not really thought of The Legend of Lady MacLaoch as a blend of comtemporary and historical romance until now. You see. . . Read more>>

 
Giveaways

If you haven't already, enter to win!! Don't know where to go? Click here for your giveaway guide.

Giveaways end TODAY* and tomorrow!


*Ali's Bookshelf has closed, The Small Book Blog is closing shortly, along with A New Kind of Ordinary. Her Book Self is open until tomorrow. 
 
 
 
 

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Today's Stop: A New Kind of Ordinary


Interview and International Giveaway!

Stop by A New Kind of Ordinary to enter to win an ebook copy of The Legend of Lady MacLaoch! This is the LAST giveaway opprotunity on the tour!
The interview today is fresh and fun - what would Becky bring with her on a desert island? And remember not to be shy if you have questions of your own to ask!


Excerpt from Melanie's interview with Becky:
Q: I absolutely loved Rowan. What is your favorite thing about him?
A: He’s a great guy isn’t he?! And this is also a great question, one I’ve not gotten a lot of feedback on. Let me ask you, what is your favorite thing about him? (MM:I'll be answering this question in my review. Stay tuned!!) For me it’s Read more>>

Tomorrow (last day):

Friday, September 30
  Pages of Forbidden Love
http://pages-of-forbidden-love.blogspot.com/


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

GIVEAWAYS

Just a quick post to get the word out about the giveaways (aka - free autographed book) in the blog tour right now.

They are open for entries now and will end October 1st.

Enter now. If you've already read it, give the gift of an awesome read to someone for Christmas. The cool part? All paperback giveaways will be personalized and autographed.

Where do you enter, you ask? You have four places to choose from, as of today there are three (tomorrow will make four):

The Small Book Blog
Her Book Self
Ali's Bookshelf
A New Kind of Ordinary (this one will be an e-book giveaway)


At the participating blog, either leave a comment or leave your name - read each blog for details on how to enter. Now, if you're out side of the US you'll want to stop by A New Kind of Ordinary blog tomorrow and enter for the e-book giveaway, because the paperbacks aren't traveling outside the US (postage issues).


Today's stop: Ali's Bookshelf



Review, Interview, and Giveaway!

Another giveaway?! Is it Christmas already?
No, it's a Legendary Blog Tour!


Head over to Ali's Bookshelf to enter to win. Contest details are listed there.
Also, Ali asks a whole new set of interview questions and don't be shy if you have some of your own to ask!


Excerpt from Ali's interview with Becky:
Q: Are there any special lessons you want your readers to learn from this amazing book?
A: The overarching lessons to be taken away from the novel are unique to each reader, much like other forms of art I’ve discovered that . . . Read more>>

Tomorrow:

Thursday, September 29
 A New Kind of Ordinary
http://melaniemccullough.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Tour Stop: Her Book Self


Interview, trivia, giveaway - Oh, my!

Today at Her Book Self, Lisa sits down with Becky to answer
life's most challenging question: Who IS Rowan MacLaoch??

Find out the answer now at Her Book Self.
And while you are there answer the trivia question for
a chance to win a copy of The Legend of Lady MacLaoch!

Excerpt from Lisa's interview with Becky:
Q: Hi Becky! Tell us a bit about yourself. How did you get started as a writer and how did a girl from Hawaii end up writing a book set in Scotland?
A: Alooooooha! Mahalo nui loa (thank you very much) Lisa for having me! Well, the two-second explanation on how a girl from Hawaii got to Scotland is, by plane. Iceland Air, specifically... Read more>>


Tomorrow:

Wednesday, September 28 
Ali's Bookshelf 
http://alisbookshelfreviews.
blogspot.com/

Monday, September 26, 2011

Blog Tour: The Small Book Blog


Today's Stop Includes a Giveaway!!
 
Stop by The Small Book Blog today for an interview with
Author Becky Banks and a chance to

win a copy of The Legend of Lady MacLaoch!

 
Excerpt from Annie's interview with Becky:

Q: Rowan and Cole have an almost mystical bond/connection. They are able to feel each other when they are near or the emotion the other is feeling, especially strong feelings. Where did you come up with this connection and theory?
A: Great question, and this is one that is hard to answer. Rowan and Cole are deeply intertwined, their love is a destiny. Their connection, being a powerful ancestral one...Click here to read more at The Small Book Blog
 

Tomorrow:

Tuesday, September 27 
Her Book Self
http://herbookself.blogspot.com/
 
 

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Welcome to our first stop!!

Today:
The Legend of Lady MacLaoch gets reviewed by: Romancing the Book

Stop by to see what reviewer Stephanie had to say! Do you agree? Have something to add? Leave a comment!

Excerpt from Stephanie's review:
"
...Fictional Scottish history and dark, brooding mystery ignite the pages of The Legend of Lady MacLaoch. An ancient curse brings Cole to Scotland and into the arms of Rowan MacLaoch, chieftain of the MacLaoch clan. He is the modern version of the sexy Scottish hero (kilts and all!!!!) and..." Click here to read more.

Tomorrow:


Monday, September 26    
The Small Book Blog 
http://small-book.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

A Legendary Blog Tour!


SCHEDULE

Sunday, September 25 
Romancing the Book
http://www.romancing-the-book.com/

Monday, September 26    
The Small Book Blog 
http://small-book.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, September 27 
Her Book Self 
http://herbookself.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, September 28 
Ali's Bookshelf 
http://alisbookshelfreviews.blogspot.com/

Thursday, September 29
A New Kind of Ordinary 
http://melaniemccullough.blogspot.com/

Friday, September 30
Pages of Forbidden Love 
http://pages-of-forbidden-love.blogspot.com/

Thursday, September 8, 2011

TOUR!!



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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Dedication to a Certified Badass

Bobbie Banks 1921-2011
On Monday my grandmother, the woman who taught me many things in life, but above all else eat peanut butter, love potatoes, and don't take shit from nobody--oh, and sit up straight, elbows off the table and act like a lady, left this world for another. She was 90 years old, and is survived by her even ornery-er sister who is 94.

Gran was a certified badass. She was also a lady, a tomboy, and untamed spirit who enjoyed cooking and caring for others, as well as a pick up game of volleyball or the random road trip. Sure, she taught me how to sew, cook like the devil (she was originally from New Orleans y'all), and take tea at 3p. But more than that she passed on to me a sense of strength and confidence - even in the face of adversity. Having lived through WWII and the attack on Pearl Harbor, of which, I remember her telling me that she was standing on her back porch when a Japanese war plane went by. She said he was so close she could see the pilot's face in the cockpit.

Through the depression and wars she lived, and with an enduring sense of freedom. Recently I was home visiting her and I came across a photo that represents her to a T. Its her as a young woman, she's astride an partially tame stallion with bare feet and sans safety gear, smiling from ear to ear as he rears up and takes off. It's a note worthy piece of gran memorabilia, she was both a lady and a hellion, to the very end. And I, as well as all those she left behind, will miss and love her forever. Goodbye gran and God bless.



Monday, August 1, 2011

Whisky!

I just put a little blurb on the website about Rowan's favorite whisky, the Talisker 25 year. It's quite a complex and delicious whisky that suits his personality quite well. So as the Facebook page says:

For all those who want to sip what Rowan sips, taste what Rowan tastes, and experience things a chieftain would experience, lets take a trip to Talisker distillery. Shall we? Enjoy a nip of his favorite, the Talisker 25 year. http://www.malts.com/index.php​/en_us/Our-Whiskies/Talisker
Whisky tasting in local pub
Whisky sampling at Aberlour . . . at 10am!
Not to be excluded would be our main gal Cole, growing up in the South she had been exposed to excellent bourbons, (which some could argue is just whisk(e)y in virgin casks - making them sweeter than their Scottish counter parts which are aged in used casks (wine, bourbon, sherry, etc.)) so her palate was accustomed to more sweet whiskys such as those found in the Speyside whisky region. In her evening of whisky sampling at the local pub with the wretched Kelly she sampled and discovered her favorites: the Abelhour distillery's A'bunadh, Benromach's Organic (aged in virgin pine casks), and the ancient and ever lovely Oban.

Enjoy!  ;0)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Office Envy

My temporary office on Maui.
Just a quick post - I took this yesterday while at my temporary office. I'm currently working on my second manuscript, a gritty sex-riddled love story about a man with a tattered past and a strong headed woman who walked away with his heart, and now wants back in. Its working title is called The Mechanic (it will change, please don't get attached). This was actually a short story that blossomed into a full-blown novel before I could stop it, so naturally I let it have it's way.

Well, back to writing! And gloating from my family's place in rural Maui. :0)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Pilgrimage

It happens to every child at least once in your life. Sometimes in the teen years and others not until they are about to die - we all go home. Not because we're forced to but rather there's that indescribable pull on our proverbial umbilical cords taking us there. I've been called home many a time, but I'm incredibly good at compartmentalizing my life and throwing myself headlong into work and other fabulous distractions to not notice the calling. That was until several weeks ago when the calling became more of a shout and ignore it, I could not. Thus, my pilgrimage home begins. My journey will take me away from the life I've built here for about a month, I'll see family: an ailing grandmother, a brother with a newborn, mother, father, sister, aunts, uncles, sister's in law, all of them mine, my family. Toss in there life long friends in the place I was born and raised, and you've got home for me. Home. That feels nice.

And you thought I was done there? Nope. Home for me is Maui Hawai'i. And when I tell my coworkers at my day job this - after their initial rage over my abandonment then sympathies for my ailing grandmother - they look at me and say "I hate you. Send us pictures?" And I'm sure they're not asking for images of granny in her hospital bed.

So this is what I'm going to do, for the next month I'll post images and maybe a video blog or two and together we can take this pilgrimage home. Aloha ~

Monday, July 4, 2011

Day of Independence

Happy 4th of July people! Go forth, eat jell-o salad and light some explosives!!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Goodreads Giveaway Winners!!

Congratulations to the Goodreads giveaway winners Alexia, Allison, Roseanne, Tara, and Amanda!! The Legend of Lady MacLaoch is on its way to your mail boxes!!

For the rest of you 1,600 wonderful entry contestants not to fear The Legend of Lady MacLaoch is available for e-readers and paperback lovers via Amazon and Smashwords - go forth and satisfy your need for Scottish curses and love stories now!!

Yaaaaay!!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Free Stuff!!!

There's only ONE WEEK LEFT on the Goodreads giveaway of The Legend of Lady MacLaoch - get your name down today people!!



Goodreads Book Giveaway





The Legend of Lady MacLaoch by Becky Banks



The Legend of Lady MacLaoch


by Becky Banks



Giveaway ends June 24, 2011.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.




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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Into the depths of Rowan MacLaoch

By now some of you early readers have finished up The Legend of Lady MacLaoch and have demanded (Okay, not demands. Threats.) for more of the one, the only, Rowan. *sounds of girls screaming* So here ya go! This will be part one of, well, many.

First question I've been getting a lot is, who is the Rowan MacLaoch character based off of?

Well . . . my husband of course! Ha-ha, whoa! I am of course, just kidding. No, this war wounded, dark, clan chieftain is a culmination of many men I know. His looks, however, are based on a real life person, the bartender I met while in the town called Portree on the Isle of Skye. And alas, I was too busy drinking fine aged whisky and stuffing my face with nips and tatties (I'm still not sure what nips are - someone know?) to get his picture. So, while we're on the subject of looks, hows about we hear from the crowd - who do you think Rowan MacLaoch looks like?
image courtesy of unitedagents.co.uk

The image at right (Richard Armitage from BBC's North & South) is to get your creative juices flowing. :0)

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

And it begins!!

Awe ya, come to mama!
The aftermath of launch day was awesome - I spent some considerable time toasting with a new-author gift I got... OBAN!! Yum!!

For those who have already downloaded and read The Legend of Lady MacLaoch just a heads up check back regularly as this blog will start to morph over the next few weeks to feed your need of all things Scottish and Rowan related. Your welcome. :0)

This week we have the first set of FRESHLY printed books arriving, and once I'm done smelling them I'm gonna get my pen out and start signin'!! Who wants the first one?!?!
Btw - if you would like an autographed copy and not sure your name is on the list - send me an email at beckybanksonline(at)gmail(dot)com.

Let the journey begin!!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Today, Here, Now


It's here!!! For all of you that were waiting with baited breath -  wait no more! On the Store tab above you will find the paperback and Kindle versions of The Legend of Lady MacLaoch, click and enjoy!

Now for that dram of whisky . . .

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

9 Days Left...


That's right folks! Only NINE days left! Woohoo!!

TRIVIA WINNER: Lacey Beck!! Lacey wins a 1st edition autographed copy of The Legend of Lady MacLaoch - well played Lacey! To everyone who participated in this last week's trivia - excellent job it was a nail biting finish!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Behind the Scenes

Ever wonder what a new author does a week and a half before her book launches? Well, let me open that door for you. She has panic attacks, like mini timed explosions, with each new item that she discovers needs to be handled before launch. Then, when the husband offers her, during one of these diatribes, a few kind but meaningless words, "You'll be fine." She unfortunately gobbles him up and regurgitates him to the Kindle gods as a sacrifice.

Yes, things are a bit hectic at the moment. Especially with the last minute game changer with the printer (left Lulu's for Createspace - a surprise I'll have to share at a later date) and it might be a tad tight to get the manuscript approved for release by the 27th. Enter panic attack #44. However, despite the possible lateness of the paperback, the Kindle version is still on track and there are rumors flying around that it might be available before the 27th. But then the automatic converter from InDesign to epub caused my system to crash we had panic attack #45. But then today the husband showed me a plug-in from Amazon (tell all your publishing friends this) for InDesign that direct converts the InDesign manuscript to Kindle format. And damn skippy if that didn't just work like a dream.

Yes, chaos reigns. Realistically though when all the items that are left to do are laid out, this whole process is moving forward like a well oiled machine. Its engineer however feels oddly like a chain-smoker pounding red bulls in the ops room. The reward however is worth it all, and next week while y'all are luxuriating the pages of Legend know that I'll be sprawled on my couch with a well deserved whisky in hand.  :0)  

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Trivia!



The trivia portion of this release starts today! Go to The Legend of Lady MacLaoch's Facebook page to play!

Rules are in today's email. Not on the list? Sign-up here: http://tiny.cc/bntvi

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Question Answered - Pre-Order

So, many of you have asked about pre-ordering Legend. Pre-ordering from Amazon something that you, me, and everyone else has done at least once in their online shopping life. So it should be easy and fully automated right? Wrong.

This morning I dove into the subject with some depth on the Amazon forums and discovered that pre-ordering is on a case by large-publisher case basis. >.<  This in part due to that it's a MANUAL process. Yes, I said manual, as in Joe-Bob goes into your account and personally sets it up on the back end of the website for pre-ordering. He probably signs his name in there somewhere too: Joe-Bob was here.

Well, no worries! Millions will be made on this round and Ha'iku Press will be able to negotiate for pre-ordering to be available for the next novel! Yaaay!

But before the millions are made, if anyone knows a C Level manager in Amazon, give 'em a jingle and let them know you'd like Legend on pre-order. :0)

Friday, May 6, 2011

Smart Bitches

Ye-up, this is a blog about a blog: Today's Friday video on Smart Bitches Trashy books. Go get this awesomeness  HERE.

I'll quote Sarah from SBTB: "From Sunny comes this majestic pile of awesome..."

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The Legend of Lady MacLaoch Comin' to You Live on May 27th!


That's right folks! On May 27th it's comin' to you LIVE!! I've got a series of emails that are coming out in the up coming weeks - tons of fun for build up to the BIG DAY. Next week starts the trivia!! If you want to get on that email gravy train, get the hook-up here.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

They're Baaaaack!

This last round of edits came back on Friday and since then I've been prepping the manuscript for print and doing a final proof. And this part of the process - the formatting - is a pain in the ass. As a pro in the marketing field I use the professional programs that would take this formatting and make it into a dream. BUT for home use - and yes I've used all the 30-day free trials I can get with the pro software - I have to use Word. And while Word isn't horrible, it sure as fuck isn't a breeze to format a 245 page document. It's the little things like getting the text to line up exactly from one page to the next at the top and the bottom, or if you want to change the location of the footer to the header in InDesign you don't need to murmur a prayer prior to making that change. In Word? Prayer and maybe a sacrifice is needed so that you don't randomly lose a chapter. And yes, I'm quite aware that I'm pushing the envelope on what Word is capable of for my purposes and as soon as I'm able I'm buying the entire Adobe pro suite. I feel like a fucking Adobe commercial now.

Okay, it's late and I gots my grumpy pants on, but even so I have to admit overall things are speeding along nicely - next week is the layout edit then off to the printers. Woot!!! I'm so excited that my excitement's excited!

And now it's time for bed.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Tom Foolery

So breezing around my favorite blogs while Legend is at the editors (round 2 is complete on Friday!!) I ran across a blog entry at Smart Bitches Trashy Books that reminded me why I love them so much. These ladies don't pull any punches and tell it like it is. For example if you are a romance novelist and you put anal sex in your book this is the kind of review you can expect from my gals over there at SBTB, read blog entry here. Oh, and if you're squeamish, I highly recommend you NOT read it. :0)

Happy Monday!!