1.31.2013

Happy Anniversary to Me!

It's been one year today since I signed my first publishing contract with Still Moments Publishing. This year has flown by so fast as I've gone from being an unpublished author to multi-published by multiple publishers.

I have many people to thank for their encouragement and support during the last twelve months. I couldn't have navigated the new (for me) and exciting world of publishing without my wonderful husband and my two children.

I'd especially like to thank Darlene Fredette of Still Moments Publishing, Bernadette Marie of 5 Prince Publishing, and Laurence Patterson of Crooked Cat Publishing.

Today, marks another first for me--the launch of my official author website. Please come by www.denisemoncrief.com and have a look around.


1.30.2013

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop - Again - Week 32



Welcome to the NEXT BIG THING Blog Hop. What is a blog hop? It’s a way for readers to discover authors new to them. I hope you'll find new-to-you authors whose works you enjoy. On this stop on the blog hop, you'll find a bit of information on me and one of my books and links to five other authors you can explore!


Crisis of Identity just released from 5 Prince Publishing. Here is the blurb...


Tess Copeland is an operator. Her motto? Necessity is the mother of a good a con. When Hurricane Irving slams into the Texas Gulf coast, Tess seizes the opportunity to escape her past by hijacking a dead woman’s life, but Shelby Coleman’s was the wrong identity to steal. And the cop that trails her? He’s a U.S. Marshall with the Fugitive Task Force for the northern district of Illinois. Tess left Chicago because the criminal justice system gave her no choice. Now she’s on the run from ghosts of misdeeds past—both hers and Shelby’s.

Enter Trevor Smith, a pseudo-cowboy from Houston, Texas, with good looks, a quick tongue, and testosterone poisoning. Will Tess succumb to his questionable charms and become his damsel in distress? She doesn’t have to faint at his feet—she’s capable of handling just about anything. But will she choose to let Trevor be the man? When Tess kidnaps her niece, her life changes. She must make some hard decisions. Does she trust the lawman that promises her redemption, or does she trust the cowboy that promises her nothing but himself?




Crisis of Identity is available at 5 Prince PublishingAmazonitunesSmashwordsBarnes & Noble, and in Print from Createspace.




I'd like to express my gratitude to fellow author, Christine Steendam, for inviting me to participate in this event. You can click the following links to learn more about Christine Steendam and her books.

Christine's blog: Caffeine & Contemplation- 
chrissteen.wordpress.com
Christine's Facebook: facebook.com/authorchristine.s
Christine's Twitter: @chrissteen1991




In this blog hop, my fellow authors and I, in our respective blogs, have answered ten questions about our current book or work-in-progress (giving you a sneak peek). We've also included some behind-the-scenes information about how and why we write what we write--the characters, inspirations, plotting, and other choices we make. I hope you enjoy it!

Please feel free to comment and share your thoughts and questions. Here is my Next Big Thing!

1: What is the working title of your book?

Crisis of Identity

2: Where did the idea come from for the book?

I was listening to a news story about a hurricane that was about to hit the Texas Gulf coast near Galveston, and the reporter stated the local authorities were asking residents to write their social security numbers on their arms in permanent marker if they decided to stay rather than evacuate. So I asked a "what if" question? What if someone used the chaos after a hurricane to switch identities with someone who died in the storm?

3: What genre does your book come under?

Romance suspense with humorous bite

4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

I see young Sissy Spacek for Tess, a young Tommy Lee Jones for Trevor, and David Boreanaz as Jake.

5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

When Hurricane Irving slams into the Texas Gulf coast, Tess seizes the opportunity to escape her past by hijacking a dead woman’s life, but Shelby Coleman’s was the wrong identity to steal. 




6: Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?

Crisis of Identity was just released by an independent publisher, 5 Prince Publishing.

7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Probably a couple of weeks, but I have edited the story so many times since I finished the first draft, the total time would probably amount to months.

8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Well there are plenty of quirky books about con artists, but I don't think any in the romance suspense genre actually involved dead bodies, identity switches, and hurricanes!

9: Who or what inspired you to write this book?

My inspiration came from the events surrounding Hurricane Ike.

10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

My heroine is no damsel in distress. She can handle just about anything. But in the end, it's her desire to protect her sister's baby that causes her to define the kind of woman she truly wants to be.

Below you will find authors who will be joining me virtually, via blog, next Wednesday. Please be sure to bookmark their sites, and add them to your calendars for updates on their upcoming books! Happy Writing and Reading!



3. Liberty Blake at www.libertysspells.blogspot.com

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1.28.2013

Conversations With My Muse - Duct Tape Edition



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It was hard to ignore my muse. Really. She pestered me until I had to put duct tape over her mouth. She still managed to make her presence known, but I didn’t let her get to me. Nope. I needed the break. I took a month off from blogging and promoting my books so I could get some much needed rest. Too bad the month wasn’t very restful. But that’s another story.



So recently I tore the duct tape from muse’s mouth and we had this conversation:

Muse: What the—

Me: Don’t give me attitude! I needed a break. You know how exhausted I was.

Muse: But I’ve had all these ideas. You really should get it together, girl. Your muse isn’t going to wait forever, you know. One of these days, I’m going to go dry. Caput! Finito! The End! And then where will you be? You’ll be a has-been hack! (Note: never call a writer a has-been hack)

Me (with a really fake horrified look): Oh no, you can’t desert me! I need you!

Muse: Oh stop it with the pretendsies. You know you need me. You can’t write without me—

Me: You are a little too sold on yourself. (I study my fingernails.)

Muse (rolls eyes): All writers are divas. (Wait! Can a muse rolls her eyes? Never mind. This is my imagination, so yeah…Mine can.)

Me: You know, that’s a little insulting and…a blanket generalization. If you think you deserve a more…cooperative writer to harass, then feel free to find someone else to pester.

Muse (obviously ignoring my bluff): What’s with the duct tape, anyway? That crap hurts when you yank it off.

Me: I know. (Smiles wickedly.) You know what they say…

Muse: No. What?

Me: Duct tape is the Southerner’s tool of choice. If you can’t fix it with duct tape, it can’t be fixed.

Muse: Whatdaya mean? I am not broken! That is just mean-spirited. You can’t treat me like that!

Me: But I did…

Muse: You’re being ungrateful…again.

Me (tearing off a strip of duct tape): You know, I can—

Muse: No! Wait! I have an idea. Just listen…

Me: Okay, I’m listening.

Muse: So there was this gal with a roll of duct tape—

Me (nods appreciatively): Now you’re talking. Tell me more.



1.27.2013

Sunday Showcase - When Noonday Ends by Carmen DeSousa #5PP


Today, I'd like to showcase a book by my fellow 5 Prince Publishing author, Carmen DeSousa.


When a new attorney accepts a case of a woman accused of attempted homicide, he finds himself entwined in age-old secrets and a family that will stop at nothing to conceal them—even murder.

You can read an excerpt from the book on Carmen's Blog here.

You can purchase When Noonday Ends at the following links.



1.26.2013

It's the day after #ReleaseDay and I am Still Pumped! #CrisisofIdentity


It's the day after 5 Prince Publishing released my newest full length book, Crisis of Identity, and I am still pumped!

Here's a excerpt:



The unrepentant sunshine streamed through the cracks, jubilant in its victory over the storm. Only five days since the devastation of Hurricane Irving and the sun acted as if nothing had ever happened. I turned away from the brightness with an ill-tempered snort.

Jake caught up with me on the gym floor. “Did you get any sleep?” His question hit me as a trifle vindictive.

“No. But you did.”

“I snore.” He grinned. Then his smile faded. “I thought you’d be gone this morning.”

“Why? I have to finish the job.”

“That’s…admirable.”

The thought that pestered me all night erupted from my mouth. “What happens to that woman when you catch her?”

“She’ll go back to jail.” He stopped by the double doors and folded his arms over his chest, blocking my path. “Then she’ll go to trial.”

“What if she did what she had to do?”

“There was no evidence it was self defense.”

I stared hard at his implacable faƧade. How could the man be alternately warm and cold, compassionate and hard, flexible and unyielding? I stepped around him and entered the gym. There were already bodies lined up waiting for our initial inspection, so I began the task of collecting information from my column of the dead. The hours passed as I searched pockets and noted identifying characteristics on those with no papers or markings. I glanced toward the open door as two men begin loading the last group onto a waiting truck.

One more victim to notate. I squatted next to her. Even in partial decay, her features were enough like mine it pushed me back on my heels. I lifted her arm. My breath hitched. Her Social Security number was so nearly like mine. I scanned the gym. Jake, the one man who might care if she became me or I became her, was absent. With a few strokes of the pen, I could die and live again.

My heart pounded with the possibility I might get a chance to start over without the baggage of my past dragging me down. I changed her identity with a few swipes of a permanent marker. The number went onto my log with an unshaken hand, and I was free to escape the woman I used to be…the woman I didn’t want to be any longer.


Crisis of Identity is available at 5 Prince PublishingAmazonitunesSmashwordsBarnes & Noble, and in Print from Createspace.


1.25.2013

Happy #ReleaseDay - Crisis of Identity from #5PP


Yippee! I love release day! Five Prince Publishing just released my new full-length novel, Crisis of Identity.





Tess Copeland is an operator. Her motto? Necessity is the mother of a good a con. When Hurricane Irving slams into the Texas Gulf coast, Tess seizes the opportunity to escape her past by hijacking a dead woman’s life, but Shelby Coleman’s was the wrong identity to steal. And the cop that trails her? He’s a U.S. Marshall with the Fugitive Task Force for the northern district of Illinois. Tess left Chicago because the criminal justice system gave her no choice. Now she’s on the run from ghosts of misdeeds past—both hers and Shelby’s.

Enter Trevor Smith, a pseudo-cowboy from Houston, Texas, with good looks, a quick tongue, and testosterone poisoning. Will Tess succumb to his questionable charms and become his damsel in distress? She doesn’t have to faint at his feet—she’s capable of handling just about anything. But will she choose to let Trevor be the man? When Tess kidnaps her niece, her life changes. She must make some hard decisions. Does she trust the lawman that promises her redemption, or does she trust the cowboy that promises her nothing but himself?



Crisis of Identity can be purchased through the following sites:

Amazon
Smashwords
5 Prince Publishing
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