4/21/15

Swamp People - Where My Agency Siblings Go Swamp

Happy Book Birthday to our agency brother 
Robert Lettrick for his book release of THE MURK!!!

In the Okefenokee Swamp grows a rare and beautiful flower with a power unlike any other. Many have tried to claim it-no one has come out alive. But fourteen-year-old Piper Canfield is desperate, and this flower may be her only chance to keep a promise she made a long time ago.
Accompanied by her little brother, Creeper, her friend Tad, and two local guides, Piper embarks on the quest of a lifetime. But there's a deadly predator lurking unseen in the black water, one nearly as old as the Oke itself. Some say it's a monster. Others say an evil spirit. The truth is far more terrifying.
Piper's task is simple: find the flower . . . or die trying.


Per tradition, the agency siblings go all out with a photo tribute to celebrate Robert's book release. This time it's hosted by our agency sister Holly Bodger. She's gone all out to write a hilarious tribute. (Setting the bar kind of high aren't you there, Holly?) Go over to her blog and get a giggle as the entire Clan MacLeod shows how we do swamp. Don't forget to tell Robert congratulations.

Here is my photo tribute:

*Dana's actual legs, not a leg-actor, were used in the taking of this  photo. Actual sunbathing in swamps is not recommended. 'Gator suntan oil is not a real product...I don't think. 

3/16/15

Writer's Retreat

I'm so blessed to be apart of an amazing group of woman.  It's been a LONG time ago since we first met at SCBWI.  I couldn't have made it though my publishing journey without my girlies.  Thanks for another awesome retreat. XOXO

(Front: Amaris Glass, Rachel Searles, Jessica Love, Kathryn Rose. Back: me, Elizabeth Briggs)


3/10/15

Clan MacLeod Celebrates The Orphan Queen

It's a Clan MacLeod tradition to celebrate the book release of our agency siblings (authors represented by Lauren MacLeod.)  And today we wish a Happy Book Birthday to the amazingly talented

Jodi Meadows

The Orphan Queen!!!

It's the first book in her new fantasy series.  Go check it out here.

Per tradition, Clan MacLeod siblings have created a photo tribute to honor her special day. Be sure to wish Jodi Meadows a happy book birthday!


THE OAR FAN QUEEN 
  
THE HAT QUEEN
Holly Bodger author of 5 TO 1

THE KING OF BARK 'N' ROLL
Slushpuppy fur-child of our awesome agent Lauren MacLeod

THE HAIR QUEEN
Valerie Cole contemporary YA author

THE BLACK KNIFE

THE SNOW QUEEN

THE PROM QUEEN...NEVER
And me, Dana Elmendorf, author of SOUTH OF SUNSHINE
Yes that is my prom dress from 25 years ago.  Don't be fooled, it's NOT zipped up.

Check out our past Clan MacLeod Celebrations here:
Jodi Meadows' INFINTE
Sashi Kaufman's THE OTHER WAY AROUND
Hélène Boudreau's REAL MERMAIDS DON'T SELL SEASHELLS
Robert Lettrick's FRENZY
Lizzie Friend POOR LITTLE DEAD GIRLS

3/3/15

Book Review: Start Me Up by Nicole Michaels

Finally this book is out in the world!  Guys, I loved this book so much. From the gorgeous cover to the richly written characters to the oh-so-charming town. (I have to move to this town for the delectable shops and the strong hot men.) From the very first page, Michaels gives you a sexy taste of the main love interest Mike Everett.  Who doesn’t love a strong confident man who can take his niece to a little girl’s birthday party?  He’s the perfect balance of man’s man with the tender love and protection for the women in his life.  And Anne Edmond is an incredibly talented woman (the one we are all copying her Pinterest ideas from) who’s perfectly organized life is about to come undone when Mike walks through her front door. 


The colorful cast of characters makes you rooting for the next person’s story in the series.  Michael’s writing is witty, clever and refreshing.  She knows how to write the sweet pull-at-your-heartstrings moments as well as how to rev up the sexy time to get your blood stirring. I cannot wait to find out what this author will be writing next.  No doubt her future books will be “buy with 1 click” for me.

If you get a chance, please wish my friend Nicole Micheals a happy Book Birthday!  So much deserved success, my OLBFF.  I wish I could be there today to celebrate it with you.  XOXO!!!

Now head on over to Amazon or your local indie bookstore and purchase a copy.  You don't want to miss this story.  Here's the book jacket cover:

Why do Do-It-Yourself...

Single mom Anne Edmond can handle—and hand-make—just about anything. From table settings to party favors, floral arrangements to nursery décor, there is no project her creativity and a glue gun can’t tackle. But dating? That’s a whole ’nother story. Case in point: Mike Everett. He’s a gorgeous mechanic and known car-whisperer, a man who can work with auto parts like nobody’s business. And he has thrown a monkey wrench into Anne’s carefully-crafted life...

When you can do it together?

One look at Anne is enough for Mike to know that she’s no fixer-upper. She’s perfect just the way she is—and the chemistry between them works like a charm. Mike’s always been a no-strings kind of guy, but Anne’s impressive self-reliance—and gorgeous exterior—gives him pause. This time, a fast joyride just doesn’t seem like enough. But first he has to convince Anne that he means to take her all the way...

2/13/15

Love Radio

Need some love tunes that will guarantee a make-out session with your sweetheart? Here's my top 14 Valentine's day love songs. You can't get your smooch on without Matthew Mayfield or Cary Brothers. Citizen Cope's sideways is about drunk in love as a man can get. When Paper Route promises "If there's a sonnet that makes you feel wanted, then, Sugar, I'm on it." how do you not swoon? And for those who are still holding on to the 90s, I have some Dashboard Confessional, Snow Patrol and Justin Nozuka.
Ima get me some sugar tomorrow!
Happy Valentine's Day!

*Spotify didn't have ALL my songs so I included two more in the SoundCloud playlist below.