Book Cover Reveal and Contest

Book Three in my King’s Valley Romance Series will be available for pre-order in just a few days! I’m so pleased with the final cover. I didn’t want to stray from the design of the first two books. TRODW_b_500I think all books in a series should have the same cover format for consistency. Don’t you? Anyway, the couple on the cover are exactly how I imagined my Hero and heroine. From the backside. Haha! I don’t know about you, dear reader, but I prefer romance book covers that don’t show too much (if  anything at all) of the main characters’ faces. I’d rather leave that to my imagination.

By the way, Book Four in this series is heading your way this May.  Oh, did I mention that I’m giving away one signed print edition of The Return of Devin Wakefield?

Enter Here! [Contest has ended] The only requirement is that you follow my blog. And why wouldn’t you? Then you’ll be the first to know about future contests, giveaways, sneak peeks, and other fun stuff, including fascinating (no, really) insights into the life of a romance writer.

Happy Reading!

UPDATE 3/22/2018  Congrats to Lindsey on winning one free print edition of this book! I am amazed that her name is so close to the name of the heroine in the book: Lindy. It was meant to be!

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Have YOU forgotten how to read?

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I came across this insightful article by Michael Harris the other day:  I have forgotten how to read.  I found myself nodding my head and saying, “Yep, I’ve done that. Yep, my nephews are like that…” Wait. Have I forgotten how to read, too?

The article talks about the “old” book-oriented style of reading vs. the screen-oriented (computer, tablet, e-reader) style of reading and the impact online reading has had on not just the WAY we read, but HOW we read. It this day of instant gratification and ever shortening attention spans, the ability to read DEEPLY, to get LOST in what we are reading seems to be diminishing.

As a reader, I agree 100% with the premise of Michael’s article. Especially in the last year or two, I find myself easily distracted when I’m trying to absorb a piece of non-fiction, whether online or in print. This doesn’t happen as much with fiction, unless it’s very badly written—in which case I’ll stop reading it altogether. With all that’s happening in the world today, I long to ESCAPE into a good fiction novel. I hope I never lose that gift of immersing myself in a great story and losing all sense of what is happening around me.

As a writer, I worry that if readers are truly forgetting HOW to read deeply, what impact will that have on the quality and size of readership (both mine and in general) over the next decade or so? As Michael notes, will writers become more and more cynical in their writing in their desire for more shares, clicks, likes and comments? “The words I write now filter through a new set of criteria. Do they grab; do they anger? Can this be read without care? Are the sentences brief enough? And the thoughts?”  The cynical reader will translate into a cynical writer and vice versa.

Read Michael’s article for yourself. In the meantime, I’m going to write another chapter in my latest book. Personally, I can’t read someone else’s fiction while working on my own. Too much distraction.