The Whitney Awards (and Storymakers!)

(This is an update better late than never, guys. After a BIG family move from North Carolina to Charleston, SC I’m finally making it through my endlessly long to-do list.)

Back in May, I attended the Storymakers Conference (my favorite writing conference OF ALL TIME) in Provo, Utah. The past two years I’ve been in charge of the conference so my experience mostly involved problem solving, fire dousing, and drinking large quantities of Cherry Pepsi. But this year? I wasn’t in charge of anything, and oh how lovely it was. I went to classes! I learned! I spent time with my writer friends! I have some really amazing writer friends, so this was absolutely the very best part. How about some photo evidence?

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(This is a teeny tiny sampling. I’m terrible at taking pictures.)

I’ve said this oh, so many times, but if you’ve ever had any interest in writing and publishing and you could make it to Provo in the Spring? COME TO STORYMAKERS. It’s a great conference for writers across all different genres, skill levels, and career paths. Start planning now though, because registration (Which I’m in charge of for 2018, so trust me on this one!) WILL sell out, and probably within just a couple of weeks. Check out the website, sign up for updates, follow the conference on Facebook, whatever you need to do to stay in the loop.

After the conference, I attended the 2016 Whitney Awards Gala, where Love at First Note was a finalist in the Contemporary Romance category. And guess what? I won!

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It was an honor to be nominated and a joy to win. My acceptance speech was all about my sister, Emily, who, in general, is both my biggest cheerleader and toughest critic (in the best possible way). But for this book? She went above and beyond as my musical consultant and inside source. As a professional musician, she knew just how to teach me the ways of the symphony and pick the best music to reflect Emma and Elliott’s journey. This book was for her, and I’m so glad she was there with me the night it was honored in such a lovely way.

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A Timeless Romance Anthology: Valentine’s Day Collection

What a year 2016 has been! I’m not going to lie. There’s been some TOUGH STUFF to endure in 2016. But I’m all about looking on the bright side and right now I’m moving into 2017 with hope for good things all around: personally and professionally. There are some good things on the horizon writing wise, which I’m excited to share with you now.

Due out Feb.1st: A Timeless Romance Anthology Valentine’s Day Collection

valentines-day-collection-cover-1I had so much fun writing a novella for this collection. It’s an honor to be included among such talented authors, especially when I’ve loved so many of the previous Timeless Romance Anthologies. This is the 19th edition! I’m excited to read the other novellas featured, but here’s a little teaser for my contribution: Hold Your Breath.

Kayla Phillips doesn’t have time to focus on anything but her swimming. A recent college grad and Olympic hopeful, her training is more important than everything else, especially dating. But then she reconnects with Nate Hanson, a fellow swimmer and her high school crush, and wonders if her priorities aren’t actually what they ought to be. She’d never let a little romance stand in the way of her Olympic dreams, but this is Nate. With him, it’s bigger than romance. Bigger than everything. Will Kayla and Nate find balance in and out of the water? Or will they walk away, too afraid to hold their breath and just jump in?

The anthology is up for pre-order on Amazon right now. Care to check it out?

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I’m also excited to release another novel, coming in May of 2017. I don’t have a cover just yet, but I can give you a title: Wrong for You. Are you intrigued? You should be! This one is similar in style to Love at First Note–a romantic comedy I hope you’ll all enjoy. I can’t wait to tell you more! Soon. (I hope.) Soon!

Speaking of Love at First Note, I was honored to see the novel included in a few “Best of 2016” lists. I still get a little swoony when I think of Elliott and love that he and Emma’s romance resonated with readers. There are some great books listed on these lists, so I encourage you to check them out.

(click the medal below to see Prismatic Prospects 2016 Best Reads)

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Singing Librarian Best Reads of 2016

Katie’s Clean Book Collection Top Books of 2016

I hope you all have a warm and happy new year and that 2017 brings JOY in all its forms to you, and yours.

Love at First Note Grand Prize Giveaway

It’s been a busy book launch month so far, but we’re not quite finished yet! And this next giveaway? It’s most my favorite ever. Love at First Note is a book all about music, so I wanted to pull together a collection of prizes that celebrate great music and the role it can play in our lives. (Also, great chocolate. It’s in the book, but even if it wasn’t, do we need an actual reason to celebrate great chocolate?)

2 lucky winners will receive the following:

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  • One signed copy of Love at First Note
  • One signed copy of pianist, William Joseph‘s latest album, Be Still
  • One signed copy of violinist Aaron Ashton‘s latest album, Split the Difference
  • One original playlist of the songs and sounds of Love at First Note
  • One 6 piece box of Truffles of assorted flavors from French Broad Chocolates in Asheville, NC

So let’s talk about the prizes a little, yeah?

Love at First Note. Obviously, I’m a fan. Hopefully you don’t need me to give you a reason for why I included this one.

William Joseph’s Be Still. I’ve always loved William Joseph’s music, but just for the sake of the book, his style and approach to music is similar to what I imagined for Elliott when writing Love at First Note. (Elliott is more a cross between William Joseph and the Piano Guys… though William might take the edge in comparisons. I mean, he and Elliott have the same hair, and we all know how important THAT is.) The album included in the giveaway is a personal favorite. It’s a collection of hymns: my go-to “calm my soul and sooth my weary heart” music.

Aaron Ashton’s Split the Difference. Year’s ago, Aaron Ashton did some missionary work on my side of the country and got to know my family pretty well. He’s an incredibly talented and accomplished violinist and I love the music on this album. The back of the album reads . . . about that place between violin and fiddle. And it’s a really great place. To me, it sounds like my home. Like my mountains and the traditions and history that exist here. I’d love to know what it sounds like to you!

The original Love at First Note Playlist. To be fair, I couldn’t include ALL the classical music mentioned in the book. It would take four hours to do so. So I borrowed my sister’s brain and whittled it down to a sampling. I can’t stop listening to it myself. Such amazing music.

French Broad Chocolates. Emma and her sister, Ava, visit the French Broad Chocolate Lounge in the book–a place that is very real and very delicious. It’s my favorite date night hang out. Their truffle flavors are amazing and different and totally unexpected and I can’t wait to share.

So! You know you want to enter. There are lots of ways to do so thanks to Rafflecopter, including one, very free, very easy, very “you don’t have to share anything anywhere” way. (I do hope you will share, though. It matters.)

Just click below and you’ll see all your entry options. Giveaway runs through March, 28th, 2016.

As always, thank you for reading, reviewing and supporting authors in their writing endeavors. We couldn’t do it without you.

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