Sunday, March 1, 2015

Do We Need A Hero?

I finished watching my recording of the season finale of How to Get Away with Murder and I felt conflicted. I enjoyed the twists and turns. I have since the beginning, but I have been losing interest in the series. After the finale, I was leaning towards not watching it again. On the other hand, I do enjoy those twists and turns. I thought about the shows I usually record. They are crime dramas with a hero or heroine. The good guys go after the bad guys and win. I was left wondering whether or not a show needs a hero?

Romance writers and readers are used to having a hero and a happy ending. We leave our books or television with a sense that good overcame evil and all is right with the world.

Then I remembered Breaking Bad. I believe the character development was superb. We watched the nice guy, a teacher, turn bad for good reasons. Eventually, he had to admit he reached a point where he enjoyed being bad because he was good at it. But even when he was bad, he still protected Jesse and his family, including his brother-in-law, who worked for the DEA.

I get the impression that Annalise on How to Get Away with Murder would throw anyone under the bus if it fit into her scheme to win. I feel sorry for the character she had affair with. He seems to be a nice guy who has suffered the most from knowing her. The students who work for her have been dragged to the dark side as well. I feel sorry for them, but that isn't enough to keep me watching. I need a hero on this show. It is a popular series, so I am sure many people do not agree with me. We are all entitled to our own opinion.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

VEILED, by Caris Roane

Hi, Everyone! I'm working hard on the sequel to AWAKENING, called VEILED. It took me a long time to come up with just the right title for the second installment of RAPTURE'S EDGE. The creation of both the title and the book for episode two, have taken so much longer than I expected. But each time I would sit down to work on the book, it was the entire series that called to me and kept offering up all sorts of intriguing ideas. I'd have pen in hand with the intention of sketching out ideas for VEILED, then some odd concept for episode sixteen would call to me.
After a couple of weeks of this, I surrendered to my apparent need to attend to the series as a whole and it's been a wonderful journey so far.
RAPTURE'S EDGE is the continuation of my Guardians of Ascension work, my beloved series that saw only six books with a NY publisher. It's heartbreaking to have a series cancelled especially when I'd planned soooo many books since I'd imagined such a big world.
With self-publishing, I can get back to the characters I love and a world that inspires me. Just for fun, I've included some of the pics I use to keep my imagination fired up.
Happy reading!
Caris Roane

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Japanese Cover for THE FIRE LORD'S LOVER

Many thanks go to Sourcebooks Rights Manager Sara Hartman-Seeskin for the sale of the foreign rights to Japan for THE FIRE LORD'S LOVER...AND for sending me a copy of the book. Here's a copy of the Japanese cover:

How cool is that? I lived several years in Okinawa when my dad was in the Air Force, and have fond memories of the people and island, so this is especially thrilling for me. My son has a friend who is studying the Japanese language, and I'm looking forward to her translating some of the book to me. It will be fascinating to hear how my voice has changed (although I imagine much will be in the hands of the translator, hence her name right by mine on the cover). It's interesting that the book is about 2/3 the size of an American paperback. It also has a dust jacket, which you usually only see on hardcover books.

Have I mentioned lately how much I adore my publisher, Sourcebooks?

Below is a picture of my family in Okinawa, and the backside of me running after my older sister on a beach in Okinawa. We lived there from 1963-65. The photo after that is, of course, my American cover of THE FIRE LORD'S LOVER.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Historical Romance Giveaway

Do you like historical romance? Do you want to try a love story with a touch of intrigue during a war? Then this giveaway might be for you.

I'm giving away 3 copies of each of my World War 1 series. Stop by for a chance to win.

Click here for more details

Tuesday, January 27, 2015


This gives you an idea of how far behind I am on everything, but I've finally finished the book video for the new fourth book in The Relics of Merlin series, and am sharing it here today. There's a lot of magic in it, so enjoy!

Until Next Time,

Sunday, January 11, 2015


You have a book for sale, now what? It won;t sell itself. You need to market, promote.

While tweeting and retweeting on Twitter, I have come across book promoters. I haven;t used any, but I plan to keep an eye on them and determine if they are worth using. I also don't plan on spending much money, so I'll check their price schedules. I'm not recommending these people, but I will share their names so you can do your own research.

Author Retweet
Free Book Promotions
Review My Ebook
Elite Book Promotions
Free Kindle Books
Tweet Your Book

If you have any information about this list, I would appreciate the feedback.

Good luck,
Tina Swayzee McCright

Thursday, January 8, 2015

New Release– End of Lonely Street by Alicia Dean – Plus an Awesome Giveaway

I’m excited to share my latest release from The Wild Rose Press on what would have been Elvis’ eightieth birthday. ‘End of Lonely Street’ is a Vintage Romance Short Story set in 1957, in the era when Elvis first burst on the scene. Like my heroine in the story, I am a diehard Elvis fan. (As you probably figured out, I took the title from a line in Heartbreak Hotel, which was Elvis’ first million selling record).

Check out End of Lonely Street and enter to win GREAT prizes…

GIVEAWAY: - Entries accepted from January 8, 2015 through noon on January 22, 2015

Three prizes – 

Elvis Gift Basket including DVD, CD, plus more
$25 Amazon Gift Card
$10 Amazon Gift Card

First place winner has first choice, second place winner has second choice, third place winner receives remaining prize.

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