Mailing list/Drawing for Signed Paperback

Email/Mailing List

I am starting an email/mailing list* for anyone who would like to be notified when books from my new series, Trouble with Men, are available in eBook and print. By joining my mailing list, you will automatically be included in a drawing for a signed copy of The Trouble with Snowmen whenever the paperback is available.

If you would like to be added to the list, email me at:  dorlana(dot) vann at gmail.com with the following information:

  • Your name and email address.
  • Your snail mail address if you would also like to be on my mailing list to receive a postcard and bookmark by mail. (You do not have to include your snail mail address to be eligible for the paperback drawing– winner will be notified by email, and I can get your info then.)

*The list will not be used for any other purpose other than emailing/mailing when the eBooks and print books are available and emailing the winner of the drawing.

About the Series: Trouble with Men

My upcoming contemporary romance series has fun, new dating terms and concepts, outrageous shenanigans, a touch of magical realism, twists and turns, broken hearts, chemistry, fashion, seduction, food, and – of course – romance.

Even though there will be returning characters who make minor appearances and minor characters who become our heroes and heroines, each book is a stand-alone read where new couples get their own stories. Characters move in and out of a downtown Houston multiplex – a 1920s house (some say it’s haunted) that has been renovated into four separate apartments. And my favorite trope “opposites attract” is the theme that also ties these books together.

Trouble with Men series will be published by Soul Mate Publishing starting as early as August of this year.  Right now (May 2015), book 1 (The Trouble with Snowmen) and book 2 (The Trouble with Scarecrows) are in the editing stages – see below for more info on each book. I had a lot of fun writing these two books and am very excited to share them. I hope you will find them fun, flirty, and entertaining. And, after a lot of refiguring characters and concepts, I have officially started book 3 (title TBA).

Book 1: The Trouble with Snowmen (August 2015 – Soul Mate Publishing )

Book 2: The Trouble with Scarecrows (Winter 2015 – Soul Mate Publishing)

Book 3: TBA

Love and Laughter,

Dorlana

Finding Myself … as a Writer

A few weeks ago, we were cleaning our storage room, and I found box after box of my writing stuff – some of it dated back twenty years, some of it was awful, and there were some beginnings without endings. But what I found more interesting was the variety of topics and genres I’d explored early on: poetry, short stories, cookbook ideas (I’ve always been somewhat of a foodie), children’s crosswords, nonfiction articles, and on and on it went – Clearly, I was trying to find myself as a writer.

My first novel was in there; I probably spent ten years on that thing, and I’m not sure if I’ll ever pursue it further. I was a huge V.C. Andrews fan at the time, and I infused family saga with my love of the 1920s. But over the years, when I tried to reopen it and edit, I realized the story just wasn’t me anymore. Maybe it never was – it was V.C. Andrews’.

About ten years ago, I started the rough draft of my second book, Jaclyn’s Ghost, and started out the same way I had with the first book. At the time, I was reading Anne Rice, and I’ve always loved paranormal. I was going to write a scary ghost story … but I did something different, I let my characters lead the way and it came out as a romantic comedy – and that was when I finally found the genre that inspired me – quirky paranormal romance.

My short stories started out kind of simple and pointless, and now I know exactly which story sparked a turning point:  “Phone Calls and Dwarfs.”  I had discovered fairy tales and how to purposely use something as inspiration to ignite my imagination. I started a website, Supernatural Fairy Tales, and, for a couple of years, I gave myself a challenge each month to write and post a short story with two criteria – fairy tales and paranormal. (Later, I wrote four YA novels inspired by some of these stories.)

A couple of years ago, I decided to go a different route and write a contemporary romance (The Trouble with Snowmen) without fairy tale inspirations or anything supernatural … wrong. Albeit they aren’t the main genre of the book, but they still snuck in there.

So, after many years of trial and error, I believe I have found myself as a writer – or it found me and won’t let go. And if you happen to pick up a copy of The Trouble with Snowmen  (Soul Mate Publishing Summer 2015) you’ll know the origin of all the elements (romantic comedy, fairy tales, and paranormal) that wiggled their way into my story.

Love and Laughter,

Dorlana

Spring For Love Blog Hop and Giveaway – Featuring Author Densie Webb

spring for love blog hopHi friends,

Welcome to the 3rd and final day of Spring for Love blog hop and giveaway. Make sure to check out the giveaway for a chance to win lots of awesome gifts, including 50 bucks to Amazon! On this last day, I thought I would share what I love about spring. I think it’s the best time of year to sit outside, eat, socialize, and have a margarita!

My guest today is author Densie Webb. Densie has spent a long career as a freelance nonfiction writer and editor, specializing in health and nutrition, and has published several books and tons of articles on the topic over the years. She grew up in Louisiana, spent 13 years in New York, and settled in Austin, TX, where it’s summer nine months out of the year. She is an avid walker (not of the dead variety, though she loves anything to do with zombies, vampires or post-apocalyptic worlds), drinks too much coffee and has a small “devil dog” that keeps her on her toes. She has arrested development in musical tastes and her two children provide her with musical recommendations on a regular basis.

What does Densie like about spring? “I Love spring because it’s almost summer!”

Her Novel You’ll be thinking of me is available at Amazon

Densie Webb - You'll Be Thinking of Me

A chance encounter with a celebrity, an impromptu video of an innocent kiss and a shiny new espresso machine. It all added up to a juicy tale for 24-year old Rachael Allen to share. But when her best friend posts the video online, bizarre threats from an obsessed fan follow close behind. Mick Sullivan, the star in her video, offers to help and in the process, Rachael discovers that despite his reputation as a player of Olympian caliber, he’s down-to-earth—and emotionally damaged. Despite wildly divergent life paths, their shared southern upbringing and a passion for good music create a common thread that draws them to one another. As the threats escalate, and their relationship deepens, Rachael struggles to accept Mick’s past and ultimately decide if being with Mick Sullivan is worth the collateral damage.

Giveaway:

Visit the Spring for Love’s Rafflecopter to find out how you can win a $50.00 Amazon gift card or other fun gifts!  (Enter Here)

Visit Densie on the Web!

Website
Facebook
Twitter
GoodReads
Amazon Author Central

Thanks for stopping by. Visit all the participating author’s websites for more chances to win and to get the info on new and upcoming titles from Soul Mate Publishing. But hurry, it all ends today.

Love and Laughter,

Dorlana

Spring for Love Blog Hop and Giveaway – Featuring Author J.R.Richardson

spring for love blog hop

Hi Friends,

Welcome to day two of Spring for Love blog hop and giveaway. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a $50.00 Amazon gift card plus other great prizes!

My guest today is author J.R.Richardson. Jo tells contemporary stories with romance, humor, the supernatural, the paranormal, suspense, mystery, action and anything else she can think up. In 2012, she wrote Cursed be the Wicked, a character driven, paranormal mystery romance that was picked up by Soul Mate Publishing and released in March of 2014. Since then, Jo has also written a couple of short stories and her recently contracted contemporary romantic comedy, entitled Cookie Cutter, is set to release on March 23, 2015 through Little Bird Publishing.

Jo loves Spring because the weather is perfect in Florida this time of year. It’s when her family starts making trips to the beach more often and some of her favorite TV shows are starting to come back. Win Win!

Check out her latest novel, Cursed be the Wicked, which is available now on Amazon. Jo Richardson - Cursed be the Wicked

 

Cooper Shaw lives his life under a pen name and enjoys the anonymity it provides during his journeys across the globe as a seasoned writer for a travel magazine. When his job lands him in his hometown of Salem, Massachusetts to cover the famous Festival of the Dead, he soon realizes that he can’t stay invisible forever as he faces ghosts from a past he’s been trying to forget ever since he left. The city holds nothing but bad memories for Coop until he meets a quirky young woman with an old soul and curious insights by the name of Finnley Pierce. While she acts as his tour guide through a town he thought he knew, Finn helps him unearth the truth of his childhood and might even begin to open up his heart. By unraveling the mystery of his father’s murder, Coop may finally accept who he is, where he came from, and perhaps even realize what he wants for his future.

Giveaway:

Visit the Spring for Love’s Rafflecopter to find out how you can win a $50.00 Amazon gift card or other fun gifts!  (Enter Here)

Visit Jo on the Web:

Website 
Blog
Facebook
Twitter
GoodReads
Amazon Author Central 
Pinterest

More books by J.R.Richardson

All I Want for Christmas is a Soulmate (SMP anthology)

Cookie Cutter (Contemporary RomCom)

Make sure to stop by tomorrow. I will be featuring author Densie Webb and you’ll get another chance to win! And make sure to visit all the participating author’s websites for more chances to win and to get the info on new and upcoming titles from Soul Mate Publishing.

Love and Laughter,

Dorlana

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