Sunday, February 28, 2010

A Crash, A Celebration, and A Contest

February has been a strange month, to say the least.

First, the crash(es). My camera-phone went kaplooie. Which means I'm going to have to use links instead of pictures to illustrate my post. Then my computer started acting wonky and I couldn't get online but maybe once a day, first thing in the morning. The rest of the day - pfft! Name the error message, I got it. Now it's fine. But who knows for how long?

Second, the celebrations. February 11 was my birthday. Yay, me! No sooner did I blow out the candles than I finished my book, The Talk of the Town, and sold it. All on the same day! It's a historical, set in 1933 America, and it'll be out in hardback in 2011. So please stay tuned.

Third, I joined a number of other novelists at A Writer's Work. We're each putting some of our books - a lot of old favorites and new discoveries, some romance, some mystery, even some nonfiction - in eBook format. We launch the site on March 1 and you're all invited to stop by.

Still celebrating now, my nephew and his wife had the sweetest little baby girl on February 22. Her name is Violet and she weighed in at 6 lbs 14 oz. I live in MO and they live in TX, but I'm heading south in March and can't wait to get my arms around that little Yellow Rose.

While I was kicking up my heels, I put some more of my books in the Kindle format. (ACK, I can't get the links to work, but read on.) When Last We Loved was a launch book for the Silhouette Desire Line as well as a worlwide bestseller, and can be found at Amazon. Then there's Love in the China Sea which was also a huge bestseller. And then there's Romeo, Romeo, the original contemporary romantic comedy that I've flacked here before but which I sincerely hope you'll take a look at.

Finally, the contest. I'll start by saying I made my niece the cutest top down cropped jacket from Encore Tweed with Plymouth Pattern #1720. And while I was messing around with the Plymouth stuff, I got a great ball of Sockin' Sox yarn for one of you, lucky readers. It's in Color #1, which is in various shades of blue and beige.

If you've registered for a contest with me before, I've got your email in my Contest file. If not, just send me an email at Fran@FranBaker.com with Sock Yarn in the subject line and I'll add you to the pile - I mean file. I'll draw the winner's name on March 7. Good luck!

Whew! I don't know about you, but I'm tired!

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4 Comments:

Blogger Cindi Myers said...

Fran, you've been so busy! Good for you. Congratulations on all the new projects. Cindi

11:21 PM  
Blogger teabird said...

Congratulations on finishing the new book! I love historicals - can't wait to read this one. And, of course, belated birthday greetings!

11:22 PM  
Blogger Nancy Herkness said...

Selling your book on the very day you finished it!?!? WTG, Fran! Sounds fabulous; I'm looking forward to your book's release date.

8:52 AM  
Blogger Fran Baker said...

Nancy, I had already been in contact with the editor, who said she wanted a finished book before she would commit. So that's what she got.

9:00 AM  

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