Friday, December 28, 2012

Four More Days Until Mystic Cowboy!

Soon, my precious, soon!
Now that we've survived Christmas and cleaned up the aftermath (uh, we have cleaned up the aftermath, right? No? Don't feel bad--me neither), I can focus on what comes next--Mystic Cowboy! 

Rebel Runs Fast is going to be out on New Year's Day--Jan. 1st! I'm so excited! Don't forget to get your copy--the reviews are coming in! Here's from RT Book Reviews:

 Four Stars! Both generosity and greed play an important part in this love story where the tension mounts as illness threatens the entire reservation. Excellent character development is the highlight of Anderson’s tale — Madeline and Rebel are often at odds as Rebel struggles to maintain his heritage and lifestyle while keeping Madeline by his side.

 Here's where you can get your copy: Amazon | Powell’s | Indiebound | B &N | Samhain

Stay tuned for more information about the giveaway and the blog tour! It all kicks off on January 1st--starting 2013 with a bang this year!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Bittersweet Accolades for A Man of Privilege

I'm so excited!

Sara, the Harlequin Junkie, named A Man of Privilege one of the Top 10 Harlequins of 2012!

I'm so excited about this! Privilege came out in July and I'm so thrilled that readers and reviewers are still remembering James and Maggie.

This is extra-special to me because I dedicated it, in part, to my Gram, who died the day it was released on July 4th. I received my author copies six weeks before she passed, so she had plenty of time to tell everyone about 'her' book.

I've been missing my Gram a lot today as I wrote Christmas cards. Gram was a fanatic about her cards. She kept a running tally of how many she'd received and announced the total--often over seventy, occasionally up to 90--to anyone who stood still long enough to listen at both Christmas and her birthday. I think it was her way of letting everyone know that, even though she was very old, she had not been forgotten. People remembered her, by God, and you should, too!

I'm so glad 'her' book is the one people remember, the one people loved. Because I know I'll never forget her.

And you shouldn't, either.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

An RT Reviewers' Choice Award Nominee!

Order: Amazon | Powell’s
  Indiebound | B & N 
GREAT News! I'm so excited!

A Man of Privilege was nominated for Best Desire book! RT Book Reviews hosts the annual Reviewers' Choice Awards presentation at their Book Lovers Convention--and A Man of Privilege was nominated! You can read all about it here.

What makes this even more exciting is that I've already planned to go to the Convention next year--it'll be in Kansas City, MO, which is only 4 1/2 hours from my house! I'll be going with my friend The Lovely Mary, so we'll get to go to the award presentation and she'll take pictures (something I might forget to do otherwise).

Yipppeeeeee! I'm so thrilled about this!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

The Mystic Cowboy: Brick by Brick Book Trailer!

Did you guys see the exclusive release of Mystic Cowboy: Brick by Brick that I had on Heroes & Heartbreakers? No?

Don't worry--I'm putting it up here, too!

Yes, I really did make a book trailer with my son and his many, many Legos. What do you think? 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Meeting Fifi!

I know you think it's all books and prizes around here (and, really, that's a big part of it), but that's not all that goes on around the ol' Authorial Homestead. I'm still walking The Kid to school and reading stories in his class and . . .

Dogs. Walking dogs, feeding dogs, cleaning up after dogs, and playing with dogs.

I realized it had been a while since I'd talked about my dogs--heck, things have been so busy, I'm not sure how much I've even really talked about Fifi, the Australian Cattle Shepard mix (or, as I call her, the Shepard Thing) we adopted on The Kid's seventh birthday.

Yes, her ears look Yoda-ish in certain positions.

This is Fifi. She's not quite two; the shelter said she was a year and a half when we got her in May. She'd had a less-than-fun life. She'd been surrendered to the shelter as a puppy with her little mates and had been adopted out pretty quickly. She was cute and fluffy and adorable.

And high energy. She was returned to the shelter when she was a year old in January--much less cute, much bigger, still very high energy.

There she sat for months. Five months, to be precise. That's a long time to live in a place with concrete floors.

Meanwhile, in the Authorial Household, it had been eight months since Jake had gone to that big, soft couch in the sky. We'd put up a dog-proof fence; it was Spring, so there was no house-training a dog in the dead of winter. The Kid wanted another puppy to make up for Jake's loss. In all actuality, Gater was a little lonely, too. He was always more of a pack dog than a loner, anyway. 

Jake had been a wiener dog, but our new fence was a wrought-iron thing with a 3-4 inch gap that a smaller dog could slip through. And my husband didn't want to get 'another Jake.' He had grown up with German Shepards, though, and asked if we could maybe get a Shepard.

So we went to the shelter and looked. There were a few other beagle mixes like Gater, but then I saw Fifi.

She's about 45 pounds--half the size of a German Shepard. She sure looks like one, though. I packed up my husband and Gater (because we had to make sure the dogs would play well together) and headed out to meet n' greet the new dog. It went well, and we brought her home.

Rescue dogs are a funny thing sometimes. Instead of a blank-ish slate that you get with puppies, you get a collection of weird behaviors and reactions that you have to guess as to their meaning. As far as we could tell, Fifi had never used steps before; she got up them okay, but was freaked out by going down the first few times. Either she'd never been on a couch or she'd been punished for being on the couch, because she was terrified of the darn thing for a long time and is just now getting to the point where she'll climb up and fall asleep. (It's an old, beat-up couch, so it's okay.) And, like so many rescue dogs, she needs constant reassurance that yes, you *do* still love her. Plus, she's still high energy. We have to walk her or she gets twitchy. And when that happens, she makes Gater look so calm he's positively meditative. 

They may seem like they're snuggling, but really . . .

It's on like Donkey Kong!

So Fifi's been with us for about four months now, and she's really settling into the family routine well. She still thinks she's a lapdog, which can get, um, painful at times (she's got big feet--and claws!), but otherwise, she's a good dog.


Thursday, September 13, 2012

Distinction WINNERS!

Whoohoo! This is the fun part--picking winners!

Did you win a book? Let's find out below who won an autographed copy of A Man of Distinction, shall we?

August 27: Harlequin Desire Blog LANEY WAS THE WINNER! 

August 28: Spicin’ It Up: BN100 WAS THE WINNER! 

September 4: Peanut Butter on the Keyboard: IVY WAS THE WINNER! 

September 5: Novel Thoughts: FEDORA WAS THE WINNER! 

September 6: Romancing the Book: DIANE SALLANS WAS THE WINNER! 

September 7: Sisterhood of the Jaunty Quills: REBE WAS THE WINNER! 

September 8: Pink Heart Society: KAELEE WAS THE WINNER!

September 9: Romance Bandits: CATE S WAS THE WINNER!

September 10: Carribean Accent Book Reviews

September 12: Mo’s Book Buzz Chat: FEDORA WAS THE WINNER

And the winner of the A Man of Distinction Necklace is . . . JAYE SHIELDS, from the Jaunty Quills blog! Congratulations!

Winners, send your snail mail address to message AT sarahmanderson DOT com and I'll mail your swag out!

Thanks to everyone who read and commented--it was fun!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

A Man of Distinction is HERE!!

Release Day, Release Day, la la la la laaaaa la!

Isn't he something?
Amazon | Powell’s | Indiebound B & N | other online retailers

A Man of Distinction is out! Yippeeee! I'm so excited! Plus, bonus, my husband *finally* read the dedication and realized Distinction was 'his' book! So that was a bonus!

In case you missed it, here's the Blog Tour Schedule:

August 27: Harlequin Desire Blog

August 28: Spicin’ It Up

August 29: Heroes and Heartbreakers

September 4: Peanut Butter on the Keyboard 

September 5: Novel Thoughts

September 6: Romancing the Book 

September 7: Sisterhood of the Jaunty Quills 

September 8: Pink Heart Society

September 8: Signing at Great Debates, Quincy, IL

September 9: Romance Bandits 

September 11: Authorial Moms Prize Drawing

September 12: Mo’s Book Buzz Chat

I hope everyone joins me in celebrating the release of A Man of Distinction!

Monday, August 6, 2012

A Newsletter Giveaway!

Hi, everyone! How have you been? I took a little blogging break after the A Man of Privilege Blog Tour wrapped up. (You can still check out *all* the guest blogs I wrote. They're listed here.) And I have a more, um, restrained blog tour planned for A Man of Distinction at the end of the month.

All That Jazz
Will you be the winner?
But today, I'm talking about my newsletter--and another chance for you to win a handmade book necklace!

Yes! I have a newsletter! It's surprising to me, too.

What happened was, I failed at newslettering. It was an abject, complete failure. So I did what any sane, desperate author would do--I hired someone else to do it for me.

Melissa Jolly of Author Rx put together a newsletter template for me that I absolutely love--and, thus far, appear to understand how to use (added bonus!).

But a newsletter is only as good as the people who read it. I know that you want to read it anyway (right?), but I'm in a giving mood, so I'm going to sweeten the pot. If you sign up before August 31st, I'm going to pick one name randomly to win this stunning book necklace, All That Jazz! I made it myself! Plus, there's a very special message from Gater the Wonder Mutt. But you'll never know what it is unless you subscribe.

But Sarah, I hear you asking, *how* can I register to win? Easy-Peasy! Just follow this link and add your name and email. Doesn't get much easier than that! And I'll only send a newsletter out a few weeks before a book release, which means twice this year, but five times next year. (Why, yes, that *is* a lot of books next year. It's a good problem to have!)

So there you go! Sign up for the newsletter and be registered for All That Jazz! And stay tuned--the A Man of Distinction Blog Tour kicks off on August 27th!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Prizes for July 9th through 14th!

More prizes!
We're entering the home stretch of the A Man of Privilege Blog tour--only one week to go after this!

Now, without further ado, WINNERS!

From Get Lost in a Story: May!

From Romance Novel News: Jaye Shields!

From Scorching Reviews: Rachel!

From Musings from the Slush Pile: Dana Sitar!

From Wild n' Wicked Cowboys: Rainbow Brite!

And the winner of the Duchess necklace is: Sonali!

The Luxuriate, the final necklace
to be given away!
We've got one week to go--and one more necklace to go! Comment on one of the following three blogs to win the last necklace, the Luxuriate, to be given away at the A Man of Privilege Blog Tour Wrap Up on July 23rd at the Harlequin Desire blog!

July 16: Romance University

July 17: Heroes and Heartbreakers

July 18: Amy Alessio’s Vintage Food Blog

July 23: Harlequin Desire Blog Wrap Up

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Prizes for July 2nd through 8th

What better way to celebrate
 this book than by giving
away a bunch of copies?
Whoohoo! Prize time!

From Ramblings From a Chaotic Mind: Kim H!

From Happily Ever After: Mary Grzesik!

From Romance Bandits: Susan Sey!

From Novel Thoughts: Maria D.!

From Romance at Random: Diane!

From SOS Aloha!: BN100!

Tatiana Perry won a necklace for signing up for my soon-to-be-released newsletter at the book signing. Congratulations, Tatiana! (Everyone else will have a chance in the very-soon future!)

And the winner of Golden Eyes is . . .  Rebe from the Novel Thoughts blog!

The Duchess, to be given
given away on July 15th!
What's next? Another week, more prizes! This week I'm giving away The Duchess, another totally unique, handcrafted Book Necklace! Just be sure to comment at one of the following blogs when I'm there and you're entered to win! The more you comment, the better your chances!

July 9: Get Lost in a Story

July 10: Romance Novel News

July 11: Mo’s Book Buzz Chat

July 12: Scorching Book Reviews>

July 13: Musings From the Peanut Gallery

July 14: Wild & Wicked Cowboys

July 14: RT Blogs

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Winners for June 25 through July 1

What better way to celebrate
 this book than by giving
away a bunch of copies?
Yah! It's my favorite time of the blog tour--the time when I mail out prizes! Whoooo, PRIZES!

Winners of books are:

From Book Pushers, KIM!

From the Stiletto Gang, MARYBELLE!

Send your snail mail addresses to: message AT sarahmanderson DOT com!

Nikki at Ramblings From a Chaotic Mind is keeping my guest post open until July 3rd, at which point she'll pick the winner and announce it on her site, so I'll list it here next week. Which means you've still got time to comment for a chance to win a copy!

And the winner of the Dynasty necklace is:

HEATHER MCKENNA! Congratulations, Heather! Wear it with pride!

Golden Eyes
To be given away on July 8th!
Didn't win? Don't worry! Here's a list of the blogs where I'll be guesting during Release Week--comment early and often and be entered to win this stunning handmade book necklace, Golden Eyes! This one-of-a-kind piece of wearable art is valued at at least $35 dollars! Probably more! I'll draw for Golden Eyes on July 8th, so don't miss your chance to win by commenting on the following blogs!

July 3: Video Interview at Happy Ever After 

July 4: Romance Bandits 

July 5: Novel Thoughts

July 6: SOS Aloha 

July 7: Romance at Random

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

My first TV interview!

So, at 10 a.m. on Monday, I got an email from Hannah McNeff, morning newswoman on my local t.v. station, asking if I could be in the studio at 6 the next morning. Never one to pass up free p.r., I said 'Sure!' and spent the next seven hours spastically worrying about what to wear. I posted photos of tops on Twitter, ran (literally) through a mall, and generally was in a tizzy.

The day got off to a bang at 2:30, when The Kid started fussing in his sleep. I was super-nervous (and also, due to the running around the mall in sandals thing, very sore) and couldn't get back to sleep. Seriously. But on the bright side, I was at the studio on time and fully caffeinated!

And the door was locked. So was the next door. And the next one. All five doors were locked, and let me tell you--sheer panic is what I felt there. Then someone walked by a window and noticed me. YAH! I was in!

So here's the interview on my webpage! (Sorry, but YouTube and Blogger weren't talking to each other today.)

Thanks so much to Hannah McNeff and the KHQA morning crew for having me!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Goodreads Giveaway for A Man of Privilege!

Why yes, he IS handsome, isn't he?
Pre-order: Amazon | Powell’s Indiebound | B & N 
On June 15th, I'm unofficially kicking off the A Man of Privilege Blog Tour with the opening bell of a Goodreads Giveaway! Five, count 'em, FIVE copies of A Man of Privilege will be up for grabs, so register early! All you have to do is click that cute little link over on the right side of the blog and you're there!

Also, on Monday, June 18th, I'm going to be visiting Cera duBois on her blog with my first interview of the season! Make sure to stop by and say HI--because I'm giving away a copy of A Man of Privilege there, too!

Books for everyone!

Monday, June 4, 2012

A Man of Distinction

Well, it's been--what, a month? Maybe two? And you know what that means--it's time for another cover!

Without further ado, here is A Man of Distinction!

Pre-order: Amazon | Powell’s | Indiebound 

Here's the blurb:

     "Let me see my son." 

     He'd said goodbye to his life on the reservation without regrets. He'd asked Tanya Rattling Blanket to come with him too many times, and Nick Longhair never begs. But when business brings him back to his ancestors' land, he finally understands what he exchanged for money and power. 

     In the years he's been in Chicago, Tanya has been raising his baby, a son he didn't know.... Determined to give his child every advantage, Nick isn't about to leave least not alone. But that means winning back the love of those he left behind.

Sounds good, right? This book is my first secret baby book, and I think it turned out really, really well. 

However, A Man of Distinction won't be out for . . . another 3 months. Dang. So, in the meantime, please content yourselves with James Carlson, who is available in JUST ONE MONTH:

Pre-order: Amazon | Powell’s | Indiebound 
     Blue-blooded lawyer James Carlson is working on the case of his life. After winning this trial, his career will be set. He won't let anything…or anyone…alter his course. Then he meets his witness.

     Maggie Eagle Heart makes him question everything—his family, his goals, his future. Because she's the one woman he wants, and she's the one woman who is completely off-limits. Yet even as he struggles to keep their relationship all about business, he can't deny the attraction is mutual—and irresistible.

     James has always done what is expected of him…until now.

Oh, yeah. It's going to be one GREAT summer!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Zombies by Inspirational Author Allie Pleiter

Welcome back, Allie! To talk about what every Love Inspired author is abuzz with right now . . . Zombies! (Really? Well, okay. Take it away, Allie!)


The Awesome Allie Pleiter,
Being Continually Awesome!
What’s the deal with every under-twenty male (and many over twenty, I might add) obsessing about zombies?  Are they the natural successor to vampire obsessions?  I shudder to think that vampires are the gateway drug to zombies.  Can cannibals (yes, I intended that alliteration) be far behind?

I don’t see an inspirational zombie romance in my professional future.  The folks at Love Inspired really would pitch fits if I pitched one, even as a joke (I considered it once...).  While zombies can somehow inhabit the world of Jane Austen, it seems my world isn’t ready for them.

With one exception.  I’ve decided I’ll write my son a zombie story for his 17th birthday next year.  Just to blow his teenage mind and to prove to myself that my muse really is a virtuoso beast.  It’ll be loads of fun, right?  Flesh-eating, brain munching zombies from the mind that brought you HOMEFRONT HERO?

Yeah, I didn’t think you’d go for it, either.  I’m harboring no delusions that this particular zombie tale will ever see publication.  I’ll never hand it over to my editor or agent unless its for laughs (or voluntary proofreading?).  This one’s just for an audience of one: my boy. 

These are the things we do as mothers.  We bend ourselves in ways that step into our children’s world.  We learn all the words to Raffi’s “Bananaphone,” or endure gangsta rap dreck coming out of our car stereo, or sit through the travesty that was the last Thomas the Tank Engine movie.  So, while I absolutely can’t see the humor in The Regular Show, I try to learn what he likes, how he sees the world, because I love him.

You’d think a woman who’s written a compelling novel about the Spanish Flu epidemic in WWI wouldn’t have to go so far to please a teenage boy.

You’d be wrong.

Allie Pleiter

Be sure to check out Allie's Latest Novel, Homefront Hero
Love Inspired Historical
May 2012

Back cover copy:
Dashing and valiantly wounded, Captain John Gallows could have stepped straight out of an army recruitment poster. Leanne Sample can't help being impressed—although the lovely Red Cross nurse tries to hide it. She knows better than to get attached to the daring captain who is only home to heal and help rally support for the war's final push. As soon as he's well enough, he'll rush back to Europe, back to war—and far away from South Carolina and Leanne. But when an epidemic strikes close to home, John comes to realize what it truly means to be a hero—Leanne's hero.

Author Bio:
An avid knitter, coffee junkie, and devoted chocoholic, Allie Pleiter writes both fiction and non-fiction.  The enthusiastic but slightly untidy mother of two, Allie spends her days writing books, buying yarn, and finding new ways to avoid housework.  Allie hails from Connecticut, moved to the midwest to attend Northwestern University, and currently lives outside Chicago, Illinois.  The “dare from a friend” to begin writing has produced two parenting books, fourteen novels, and various national speaking engagements on faith, women’s issues, and writing.  Visit her website at or her knitting blog at

Monday, May 14, 2012

Special Guest Hanna Martine!

Authorial Mom Hanna Martine!
Authorial Mom: Welcome to the Authorial Moms blog! Tell us a little about yourself. How many kids do you have? How old are they?

Hanna Martine: I have one. She's four going on fourteen.

AM: What do you write? How many books have you written/published? How old are they?

HM: I write paranormal romance novels and erotic short stories. My first novel, LIQUID LIES, releases from Berkley Sensation on July 3, 2012. Its follow-up, A TASTE OF ICE, doesn't have a release date yet. A novella taking place in the same world will appear in the paranormal romance anthology tentatively titled UNBOUND, also coming from Berkley Sensation. I will have a short story titled "In the Dog House" in Cleis Press's upcoming erotic romance anthology, ONLY YOU.

AM: Wow, that’s a pretty full schedule! Tell me about a typical day. How do you write with kids around? Or do you have to ship them off to school or grandparents’ houses to get anything done?

HM: I cart El Kiddo off to some sort of preschool every day of the week. I write best during the day, especially first thing in the morning.

AM: Did you write before you had kids, or after? What changed with your writing when you had kids?

You should really buy this book.
HM: Yes, I wrote before kids. Even though I literally had all the time in the world, I wasn't very productive or focused. Once I was home with my baby and her schedule became fixed, instead of napping when she napped, I wrote. Those quick sprints of work really forced me to hunker down and focus. I didn't procrastinate or get sidetracked because I couldn't afford to. I credit my child with giving me a work ethic and drive and desire that I didn't own before she came along. She makes me want to succeed. She makes me want to be able to say to her: Look what you can do when you have a dream and do everything in your power to achieve it. No excuses. Go for it.

AM: How old will one or more of your children have to be before they’re allowed to read your books?

HM: Considering I used to sneak my mom's romances when I was in high school (maybe even earlier, I don't recall)? I'm not sure. It will depend on her maturity and where we are in our relationship. I think the romances/books published today are far more sensible and better focused on female empowerment than the ones I read. I'd like to think that I will raise a confident, educated young woman who can read my books with mature eyes.

AM: Becoming an author means having a public persona. How do you combine motherhood with the demands of a public life? Do you feature your kid, keep her shielded under pseudonyms, or leave her out of the equation entirely? Has she asserted her opinion on this matter?

HM: I intend to keep my public and private lives as separate as possible. I use a pseudonym and only call my child El Kiddo online. It's just what makes me more comfortable.

AM: Most Moms I know have a limited amount of free time. Give me a few reasons why they should dedicate some of that time to your characters. What’s in it for us?

HM: Hot, ex-military guy with shaved head and mysterious torso-covering tattoo has got it bad for smart, driven water-magic sorceress he's been hired to kidnap. Want me to go on?

AM: Oh, my…that does sound delicious! Let’s have a little fun with fill-in-the-blanks. “The floor of my kitchen is so ___ you can ___ it.”

HM: “The floor of my kitchen is so full of dog hair you can make another Bernese Mountain Dog with it.”

AM: In what way have you turned into your mother? How are you coping with it?

HM: My mom always had a book with her. Always. I like to tell the story about how she ripped off the cover to THE CIDER HOUSE RULES and used it to wrap around her romance novels. I think she read THE CIDER HOUSE RULES for three years straight. I'm always reading, but I will never cover up what's in my hand. My mom loved books in general, and I'm so proud that she passed that love on to me.

AM: I sort of love your mother right now. Okay, what’s up next for you?

HM: I'm currently working on a novella for Berkley Sensation.

AM: Where can we find you and your books online?

HM: My books are sold through all major retailers.

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