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It’s been a busy year here at Casa Cahoon. Last week we were visiting family in Idaho. We spent some time in Bowmont, then headed to the mountains for some relaxing camping time. Lovely place near the middle fork of the Payette River.

I’ll post pictures once my husband releases the camera cards.

But let’s get back to Texas – and the RWA convention.

First night was the literary signing. My first ever. So much fun meeting my virtual friends who are really nice people. (Practicing my signature, just in case…)IMG_20140723_172917_250

Then I got to meet the Kensington crew – Esi Sogah, my editor, and Ellen Chan, my publicist. IMG_20140723_190356_038

The next morning Esi and I had breakfast at my hotel since it was haunted… LOL – but what a view! IMG_20140725_191415_140

Then we hurried to the Kensington signing.  (Three other people have that same dress – one author from my chapter.) IMG_20140724_094026_817

By the time I rushed to lunch with my lala group, I was exhausted. After lunch, I attended a few workshops and then ran back to the hotel to get ready for the evening activities. Kensington-1102Kensington-1001

Mostly I had a lot of fun on Thursday – can you tell from the photos?IMG_20140724_201538_904

Lynn

Mary_Behre_Author_Photo (1)First Friday Author Alert! 

Mary Behre is my first victim, I mean guest, for First Friday Author Alert where I bring my blog peeps a chance to meet the amazing people I have in my virtual life.

Mary is part of my lalala sister group and is definitively the cruise social director. You might have met her checking badges at the recent RWA Nat’ls convention for the Thursday lunch. Or signing her amazing books. 

So, here she is…

Hi Lynn,

Thank you for inviting me onto your blog! I’m excited to be here. :)

How long does it take you to write a book?

That’s an interesting question. I write in fits and starts, because I do, I have to document times I’m working. Adding up the time, it works out to be about two months to complete the first draft and six months to get through copy edits.

What does your family think of your writing?

I’m very fortunate to have a family who’s completely supportive of my writing career. For the launch of my debut novel, my extended family drove in from three different states just to support me. My children proudly tell everyone they meet that their mom writes romance. My husband and my father-in-law are part of my beta readers. And let me tell you, if I make the guy too wimpy, they let me know. :) It’s really amazing how supportive they are and I’m thankful every day.

What is the most important thing you do for your career?

Treat it as a career, not a part-time job. There’s a different mentality between having a career and having a part-time job. One implies a future in a business, with measurable goals and achievements. The other implies being present only when the time requires it.

Amen, sister. I get so crazy when I’m talking to a ‘writer’ who does everything in their life, except write.  What do you enjoy most about writing?

Getting lost in the world. There comes a moment when writing a story that stops being words on a screen but becomes a world in which I am completely immersed. It’s such an exciting feeling.

How many hours a day to you spend writing?

When I’m in full blown writing mode, I can write for 12 hours a day. But I can only keep that pace for a short period of time, then I need down time. Typically, I’ll write like that for a weekend, then settle into writing eight hours a day for four to eight weeks. Long enough to write the first and second drafts. But then I’m fried for about a month which is good. That’s when I’ll send the manuscript off to my critique partners. By the time I get it back, I’m ready to go again.

I’m a second job writer, so getting 8-12 hours a day into a book seems like heaven.  Speaking of day jobs, what are some jobs you’ve done that would end up in a book? 

Let’s see, I’ve had a colorful life of jobs since I worked my way through college sometimes holding down three jobs at once. So far, I’ve had a preschool teacher in SPIRITED and a CPR Instructor in GUARDED. But in book three, ENERGIZED (working title), I have a caterer and a waitress. And there are bound to be more of my jobs in future books including a disaster worker, a tour guide, and a photographer.

I’m reading GUARDED right now and totally enjoying the ride. What’s not to love about a character who can ‘talk’ to guinea pigs. (My son had the little creatures when he was growing up, piles of cuddly fur. – Tribbles to the sci-fi set.) 

And now, GUARDED….Guarded_cover

A psychic veterinarian who can talk to everything from naked mole rats to ferrets, stumbles onto an exotic animal kidnapping ring. When a zoo owner is murdered and all signs point to the vet as the killer, she enlists the aid of her super sexy cop friend.

Will he be able to help her clear her name before he’s forced to arrest her?

Mary Behre is the author of The Tidewater Series. Stories with humor, suspense, and a psychic love-connection.

Her debut novel, SPIRITED (Tidewater Novel #1) was an award-winning manuscript before it sold to Berkley Sensation. GUARDED (Tidewater Novel #2), is already receiving praise from reviewers and readers.

The Tidewater Series features three sisters separated years before in the foster care system. They search for love, each other, and a way to live with their psychic abilities. In each book, they’re tossed into the middle of mysteries that only their unique gifts can help solve.

 Excerpt from GUARDED

 “Dev, the last time Jules and I saw each other—”

“You were both children.” Dev scooted closer to her on the couch and took her hands in his. “I don’t know everything about what went on with you two, but I remember enough to know the last time you saw her was hard. On both of you. Shells, give her a chance. I’ve gotten to know her. She’s a great person. A lot like you. And I know she misses you.”

“She does?” There was no missing the doubt and confusion in her eyes.

“She does.” He nodded. “Give yourself a chance. You deserve to know your family. Take it from someone who will never get an opportunity like this. What you have here is a gift. Grab it with both hands, Shells.”

The touch of her cool, delicate hands between his much larger ones sent a jolt of awareness through his body. From the way her eyes widened, she must have felt it too.

Shelley sucked in the right corner of her bottom lip. The sight of it thundered straight to his tightening groin. “All right. I’ll go with you to Tidewater, tomorrow. But that ocean view had better be spectacular,” she joked.

“Satisfaction guaranteed.”

“Thanks, Dev.” She beamed at him, then cleared her throat and pulled free from his touch. “Your girlfriend is one lucky woman.”

“Shelley, that relationship ended a long time ago. I . . . uh, don’t have a girlfriend.”

“You broke up? I’m sorry to hear that.” But the smile on her face and the dilation of her pupils belied that statement. She licked her lips and leaned closer to him. Her soft fingers entwined with his rougher ones again. “Really sorry.”

Awareness rocketed through him.

“Don’t be. I’m not.” And, oh God, her lips were right there. The scent of Shells, vanilla and sugar, teased his senses. His mouth watered for just a taste. Dev craved a taste of her, just a sample. Slowly, giving her time to pull back, he lowered his head.

 Social Media:

Website: http://marybehre.com

Facebook: http://facebook.com/MaryBehre.Author

Twitter: http://twitter.com/MaryBehre

Email: mary@marybehre.com

Buy Links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Guarded-Tidewater-Novel-Mary-Behre/dp/0425268624/ref=tmm_mmp_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1405558343&sr=8-2

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/guarded-mary-behre/1118329731?ean=9780425268629

Books-A-Million: http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Guarded/Mary-Behre/9780425268629?id=5991298991366

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/guarded/id808322619?mt=11

WANT YOUR OWN COPY OF GUARDED? Mary will gift one signed copy with swag to one lucky commentor.  Giveaway ends August 11th.  So what’s your favorite type of pet?

What happens when 2000 plus writers and industry professionals descend on a city? A lot of fun. (Although the seat mate on the flight back home thought I was a Mary Kay professional as they had their conference in Dallas the same week.) IMG_20140723_081951_316

First up, I booked a room at the Menger and hoped it was within safe walking distance to the conference hotel. Score! I loved it.IMG_20140723_132831_216

The lobby was filled with fun antiques – including these telecommunication devices.

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But if you wanted a little privacy for your call…IMG_20140724_082236_986

 

My room had a writing alcove. How cool was that? Of course Eileen Dreyer got a balcony with her room. I guess being a best selling author comes with perks. :) IMG_20140723_142415_618

The Alamo next door – yes, this was taken from my window. IMG_20140723_145659_033

And the lighted carriages that parked on the street.IMG_20140723_220927_404

Oh, and the pool.IMG_20140725_200412_619

First day, I visited the Alamo. The site started as a mission (which you know I love my missions. :)) IMG_20140723_132942_911

Here’s a few of the highlights – The tour was FREE. IMG_20140723_133122_679

No pictures allowed inside – of course, I got reprimanded, but I didn’t get my phone taken away. :) This is the courtyard and the original well. IMG_20140723_134332_453

They had cannons – that this little girl couldn’t pass up… IMG_20140723_135521_473

And tons of history… IMG_20140723_135704_687

Then I hit the gift shop and went a little crazy.

After that, I actually went to the conference. :) More next week.

 

 

 

MISSION-TO-MURDER-SMALL-BANNERI’d say cue the music, but I keep hearing the bat man theme instead of the Mission Impossible one. :)

Here’s the tour list! Jill’s got her own post up at Dru’s Book Musing today. And, I’m at Killer Hobbies as well.

Tour Participants

July 31 – Dru’s Book Musing – Guest Post
August 1 – Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers – Booked by Author
August 2 – Booklady’s Booknotes – Review, Guest Post, Giveaway
August 3 – Cozy Up With Kathy – Interview
August 4 – StoreyBook Reviews – Review, Guest Post
August 5 – Kaisy Daisy’s Corner – Review
August 6 – A Blue Million Books – Interview, Guest Post
August 7 – Socrates’ Book Reviews – Review
August 8 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review, Interview
August 9 – Mystery Playground – Interview,
August 10 – Community Bookstop – Review, Giveaway
August 11 – The Bookwyrm’s Hoard – Review, Interview
August 12 – Melina’s Book Blog – Review, Guest Post

In the California coastal town of South Cove, history is one of its many tourist attractions—until it becomes deadly…
Jill Gardner, proprietor of Coffee, Books, and More, has discovered that the old stone wall on her property might be a centuries-old mission worthy of being declared a landmark. But Craig Morgan, the obnoxious owner of South Cove’s most popular tourist spot, The Castle, makes it his business to contest her claim. When Morgan is found murdered at The Castle shortly after a heated argument with Jill, even her detective boyfriend has to ask her for an alibi. Jill decides she must find the real murderer to clear her name. But when the killer comes for her, she’ll need to jump from historic preservation to self-preservation …Mission To Murder (eBook)

 

July 31st is release day. Check out the following blogs. Special thanks to Ellen Chan along with Lori Caswell for their assistance as well as all the lovely blog hosts.

First stop, is an unscheduled one. Tomorrow (7/30) I’m at Elizabeth Lynn Casey’s blog talking about friendship.

Then it’s time to Escape with Dollycas and the Mission to Murder tour. Click here for the schedule. MISSION-TO-MURDER-SMALL-BANNER

 

There’s blog posts, interviews, and even a few giveaways. So check it out!

See you on line.

Lynn

I love San Antonio!

riverwalk-san-antonioI’m visiting the city for the first time for the Romance Writers of America conference and have fallen in love with the touristy downtown area.  I’m staying at The Menger, the oldest continually operating hotel west of the Mississippi. Although it’s been a bit of a walk each morning to the conference site, I love the old time charm of the place.

Bonus, I can see the Alamo across the street from my hotel window. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

And the pool is amazing. (It reminds me of The Castle’s pool in MISSION TO MURDER.)

(Lots of pictures to come but I don’t have the cord to download them here.- Packing failure.)

Exciting news… MISSION is releasing in five…FIVE… days. I’m so honored by all the people who have read Jill’s adventures in her little tourist trap town of South Cove. GUIDEBOOK TO MURDER is still getting good reviews from new readers. So if you haven’t read the first book of the series, there’s still time.Mission

 

First thing – winner chosen by random number generator (gotta love Google) of an e-copy of SHAWNEE HOLIDAY is Mary M. Forbes – Our Canadian visitor. Mary, look for an email from me.

Next – did I mention that GUIDEBOOK hit a couple lists the other day? Guidebook to Murder2 (eBook)

Wait for it… #1 best seller in cozy mysteries

USA TODAY best seller at #59.

And, drum roll -

NYTimes ebook list at #21.

I’m a list girl. LOL

Big thanks to all the readers who took a chance at a debut cozy. Let’s do the same for MISSION TO MURDER when it releases at the end of the month. :) Mission To Murder (eBook)

The Cowboy and I took a few days off line over the fourth. Amazing. We had such a great time. Just what I needed to unwind a little. IMG_20140601_124754_705

This weekend will find me tied to the computer, crafting out the story for Book #4 – which you’ll see in March 2015.

 

 

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