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Newsletter Dated: 6/1/2003 3:52:33 PM
Subject: Greetings for June
Please forgive me if you receive two copies. The Authorsden program froze part way through, and I have no way of knowing how many messages were sent. Patricia.
Patricia’s Occasional Newsletter (distributed only by request)
from author Patricia Crossley, www.patriciacrossley.com Please stop by for a visit, read some of my extracts and reviews & pick up some free downloads. email email@example.com,
June 1 2003
Hello everyone. Thank you for letting me spend time with you again. May is over already and there are less than three months before we head back to Africa.
They tell us writers that we have to get our characters up a tree and then throw stones at them to make them react. For the last month or so I've felt like a character in a novel as we've ridden a roller coaster of ups and downs!
First, we were asked to set up a computer lab in Africa to upgrade the skills of the teachers in the few schools which have computers, and also to teach others who can't afford the costs of special courses. Great project! Especially since we would like to train local people as instructors and leave them to carry on teaching the course after we leave.
First question: Where to get computers? A friend works in the IT department of a township near Victoria and they were upgrading. Voilŕ, ten computers!
The next problem was to organize shipping. A local church here regularly ships containers of supplies and donated goods to South America and Africa. Would they have space for us? No, they aren't sending anything to Africa before next year.
Now what? By chance we heard of an organization shipping a container of computer supplies to Western Kenya in July. We met with them and asked for space. They are sympathetic and we are waiting to hear if they can fit us in. They have to!! We've checked out the computers, loaded software and are now packing them.
Someone came along a few days ago and said they might have ten more machines for us. Eeek! I hope the container is huge.
In the meantime, terrorist threats caused BA to cancel all flights to and from Nairobi until further notice. Interesting. We need a new routing. Then an organization that works in Uganda asked us to teach for a month in Kampala first, then do some set up work for them in Western Kenya. We no longer have to fly to Nairobi from London.
We still do not know how much our share of the container will be, or if there will be customs duty. A couple of days ago, a friend offered us enough money to cover any such costs and to pay the instructors we want. And so it goes: problem-solution. Wonderful.
Life is just as interesting as fiction.
This month I have a number of goodies for you:
- my new contracts
- meet some of my author friends
- a great deal from NovelBooks
- contest winners and the next contest
I also write under a pen name of Margrett Dawson. This is for my line of stories that are much spicier than the regular romance novels and are restricted to over 18. This may not be to the taste of everyone, so they are in a separate section of my web site. If you click on the heading ‛Margrett Dawson's romantica' in the side bar of www.patriciacrossley.com you can read about the short story "Fantasy Island" now available in the romantica anthology "Afternoon Delights" from Liquid Silver Books in June. (www.liquidsilverbooks.com)
Writing still as Margrett Dawson I have contracted a full length novel "Secret Services" set in London in 1929 to Ellora's Cave. The book should be out around September. "Take an adventurous girl, add a handsome spy and stir with a dash of treachery." Watch for it at www.ellorascave.com.
Now, you love to read don't you, but books can get expensive. No matter whether you love mysteries, romances or science fiction, NovelBooks is offering a great deal. You can download any two of a list of books for only $2. Yes, that's right! $2 for TWO books. I've certainly taken advantage of it to add to my ToBeRead pile. Or should I say my TBR line up for my PDA? I've heard that they may change the list of books after a few weeks, so be sure to check back often. Go to www.novelbooksinc.com to browse the books from all genres that are listed in the special deal.
Now to introduce you to my writing friends for this month:
First, here's Ariana Overton. Ari does wonderful book covers (she did the covers for my two books Dancing with the Devil and Beloved Stranger) and also writes with her husband Max. They are happy to announce that The Glass House Trilogy is being released in hardcopy on June 31st at Mundania Press LLC
GLASS HOUSE, where Australian mythology, current events, romance and mystery combine. In this first novel of a trilogy, followed by A GLASS DARKLY and LOOKING GLASS, Max & Ariana Overton introduce their readers to a world where anything can and does happen.
Available from NovelBooks, Inc. in ebook and trade paperback (www.novelbooksinc.com) and
from Mundania Press LLC in hardcover. (www.mundania.com)
Soon to be a movie from Profeta Pictures
Next we have Diane Amos, whose book GETTING PERSONAL, is out in May 2003, from Five Star (www.fivestarpublications.com)
Diane sent me this perfect TEN review from Romance Reviews Today:
GETTING PERSONAL is a delight! The book is filled with a cast of characters that provides plenty of chuckles and laugh out loud humor -- the parrot who spouts obscenities, the "private eye" who works at Radio Shack, the parade of men who respond to the online ad, and Monique's mother, flower child turned erotic writer, to name a few. And then there's Monique herself, a quirky gem of a character who is at times side-splittingly funny while still exhibiting enough vulnerability and emotion to make her fully dimensional. Jake is the perfect foil for Monique's craziness; where she's impulsive and plunges headlong into trouble, he looks before he leaps and is somehow always there to pluck her out of the messy situations she gets herself into.
This is Diane Amos's debut novel, and I predict we'll see lots more from her in the future. For a wonderfully funny, entertaining story, I highly recommend GETTING PERSONAL. Joanne Holbrook http://www.romrevtoday.com/
Diane's web site is at www.dianeamos.com
Our excerpt this month is from Jewel Stone' s Wings of Love'
"I can't go on like this, Rhett. I can't go on looking into the faces of my clients and lying. I'm responsible for their safety. That madman could have come into the campgrounds, even watched us. This is more than I can handle."
She wanted to be taken into Rhett's arms, held in his powerful embrace, and hear him tell her it was all going to be all right. She lowered her chin, felt selfish for wanting Rhett's comfort, when it was he Oliver taunted. Tears welled in her eyes. Rhett whisked a loose strand of hair from her face, tucking it behind her ear. She swallowed down the lump lodged in her throat and looked up into his eyes.
Only when Rhett held her did the terror of the situation cease to grip her. Needing to seek this shelter, A.J. brought her mouth to his and delivered a kiss soft as the moonbeams dancing down from the heavens. She retreated, licking his moisture from her lips. Wanting more, her hands slid under his jacket and felt the beating of his heart.
"Don't keep taking me to places I can't go," he said hoarsely as her tongue skimmed the line of his jaw.
"What's stopping you?"
"I have nothing to offer."
"I'm not asking for anything."
His hands banded her waist, lifting her to straddle him. "Don't think if you kiss me I'll turn into a prince."
"I have no delusions about who or what you are, Rhett Porter." Hands gripped around the blades of powerful shoulders, she breathed warm breath on his lobe and said, "This may not be my fairytale, but there is magic here all the same." She pushed further up his lap, her heat met hardness. With soft teeth she bit his neck, then suckled as her hips worked friction between them.
"Potent, wicked, sinful magic."
The pads of his fingers pressed into her. "Don't." The strain of his voice, the tightening of his grip fed A.J.'s desire.
She stood and slowly unbuttoned her shirt, gaze locked with Rhett's. Crisp air whisked at her stomach. Slipping the band from her hair, she shook out the French braid.
"A.J.," he began as she took his hands.
"Shhh." With a tug, she pulled Rhett to his feet, unbuckled his gun belt, and set it on the log. She lifted Rhett's shirt over his head and ran her hands over hard planes. "You're so strong," she murmured as her fingertips trailed the dark hair on his chest to where it disappeared under the band of his jeans.
"Have you ever let a woman take from you? Ever let a woman make love to you?"
"This isn't love, A.J." He raked his hands through his hair.
She unsnapped the button. "Should I die on this mountain, I'm going to die having experienced what you make me feel."
Careful of his healing wound, she slid his jeans down and tossed them aside when he stepped out of them. From the back of his calves to his muscular thighs, her hands slipped through coarse hair. She stood, pressing her body against his flesh. His mouth came to hers. She pulled away, nipping the underside of his jaw.
"I want you, Rhett, all of you... my way. Slow." A breeze floated the scent of pine and cedar and damp grass through the air. "You're torturing me."
For the first time in her life, she felt in control, totally and completely. "Do you like it?"
Order now from Wings ePress http://wings-press.com
Jewel Stone asks you to Enter to win a FREE romantic gift! http://authorjewelstone.com
ESCAPADE FOR ONE, an adventure/suspense novel AVAILABLE NOW!
WINGS OF LOVE, a contemporary romance coming July 2003!
Plenty of entries for the May Contest where I offered ten copies of A Suitable Father on disk.
And the winners are: A. Muller, Janet Gould, Louis Keith, Teresa Balderas, Cindy Proctor, Sophie Murphy, Chris Wine, Sherry Seymour, Ana Luise Santiago, Patricia Hilke. Congratulations!
A while ago I promised to offer another unframed original Haida print. That is the first prize for my June contest. Go to my web site (www.patriciacrossley.com) to see the picture. Plus I'll throw in another five copies of A Suitable Father. (If you won this book this month, I'll find another one for you)
And while we’re talking of free stuff, don’t forget that I have complete novels, short stories and recipe books on my website. Please come and help yourself.
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