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Daily Dose Holiday Blog Giveaway: Let Freedom Ring
Daily Dose / December 3, 2009

Author Lisa Pietsch is a real peach and a personal friend. Her first novel The Path to Freedom follows the exploits of Sarah Stevens as she finds herself and a calling with a highly specialized task force. Lisa’s military background plays no small part in delivering a jam-packed action adventure that leaves you wanting more. Fortunately, books 2, 3 and 4 are on their way in 2010! How’s that for a holiday present! If you enjoy action-adventure, kickass heroines and sexy men with guns, this is the e-book for you. The Path to Freedom In the war on terror…sometimes the best weapon is a woman… Sarah Stevens is a washed-up military cop whose life is a shambles until she is offered a position as an agent with the CIA. The thirty-year-old, overweight, down-on-her-luck Stevens goes to a secret training camp where she is transformed into a sexy and deadly agent whose mission is to stop, by any means possible, the financiers of terrorism against the United States and its allies. Sarah soon discovers that this is an exciting new life loaded with adventure, danger and undeniable temptations. Read an excerpt. The Rules 1. You comment on the blog in order…

Fresh Pick | LAKESHORE CHRISTMAS by Susan Wiggs
Fresh Pick / December 3, 2009

Lakeshore Chronicles October 2009On Sale: September 29, 2009Featuring: Eddie Haven400 pages ISBN: 0778326896EAN: 9780778326892Hardcover$21.95 Romance Contemporary Buy at Lakeshore Christmas by Susan Wiggs Maureen Davenport lives for Christmas—and there’s nothing more magical than Christmas on Willow Lake. The prim librarian is finally getting her chance to direct Avalon’s annual holiday pageant, and she’s determined to make it truly spectacular. But it might just require one of those Christmas miracles she’s always read about. Because her codirector is recovering former child star Eddie Haven, a long-haired, tattooed lump of coal in Maureen’s pageant stocking. Eddie can’t stand Christmas, but a court order from a judge has landed him right in the middle of the merrymaking. Maureen and Eddie spar over every detail of the pageant, from casting troubled kids to Eddie’s original – and distinctly untraditional – music. Is he trying to sabotage the performance to spite her? Or is she trying too hard to fit the show into her storybook-perfect notion of Christmas? And how is it possible that they’re falling in love? #1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs conjures the heartwarming holiday tale of two people looking beyond the disappointments of the past to the promise…

MARY LYDON SIMONSEN | How I Write Aka Talking To Myself
Uncategorized / December 3, 2009

Thank you for inviting me to write a guest blog on Fresh Fiction. I thought I would share with you today a little bit about my writing process, which actually involves a goodly amount of self-directed conversation, also known as talking to myself. Before I sit down in front of a computer to begin my novel, I have been walking around with a story in my head for weeks, months, and in the case of Searching for Pemberley, years. By the time I put my fingers on the keyboard, I have very definite ideas as to how the story will begin and end, but the mushy middle is subject to change. When I begin writing a story, I start with a “brain dump;” that is, I type out a very rough draft of a chapter. Once I have that down, I want my mind to be empty of all other thoughts, so I go for a long walk or I engage in some mindless task, such as sweeping the patio or pruning my shrubs. But when I really need to concentrate on a scene, my favorite thing to do is to get out my Shark steamer and clean my tile…