I’ve been home less than a week from the RWA National Conference in Atlanta.  I’m not used to one-way streets anymore and got all turned around.   It took me about 15 minutes to get back to my hotel from the self-parking garage because I kept misjudging where the streets led!

Anyway – recap coming soon.  I had a great time, met and remet some great people, learned a lot and learned how much I didn’t know.

No cupcake adventure this time, though.  Instead – it was the Search for a HOT DOG.  BOY, did I want one!

Oh, and some guy at the bar called me hot.  That was pretty sweet, too.  😉  Unless he was trying to be polite instead of saying sweaty.  hmmmm…

Awww, poor guy… he was just trying to be helpful

I was at Publix yesterday, staring at the buy-one-get-one-free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.  For reasons I won’t mention (and that certainly have nothing to do with me eating ANY of it), I had to replace the Chocolate Therapy flavor we bought the day before.  While I was deciding on the get-one-free flavor, a guy about 20 started staring at them with me.  We chatted about the importance of picking the right flavor, then he chose his (Chocolate Therapy and another I didn’t see) and went on his way.  Then I picked mine (Chocolate Fudge Brownie fro-yo).

I ended up behind him at the cashier’s.  As I took my wallet from my purse, something fell out and hit the floor.  He bent down before I could react, and picked up my nicely-wrapped maxi pad.

Thank goodness I’m beyond being embarrassed about things like that.  But he blushed as I took it from him and said thank you.  Poor kid.

I don’t think I’m going to turn that one into a meet-cute for a novel.

Woman of Steel! er… Iron!

I’ve always been anemic.  Not bad, but enough that sometimes I’m too low on iron when I go to donate blood.  I bruise easily, too.

I tried taking iron supplements, but I’m VERY VERY BAD at swallowing pills.  And those things were HUGE!  So it lasted about three days and then I was done.

Finally, one of my doctors convinced me to get an iron infusion.  A six-hour procedure, but should be a once-in-a-lifetime thing.

So I’m thinking – GREAT!  Six hours of sitting in a chair writing!  This will be AWESOME!  … until I got an infusion of Benadryl, too.   And off I went into sleepyland.


Did the rest of you have to work yesterday?


Hee hee hee…

I saw this sign outside of a Vet’s office:

Happy Father’s Day!
20% off neutering

And while I agree with the first statement, I ain’t gonna touch the second one.  (Happy Father’s Day!)

So what’s going on?

I’m working from home today – Thing2 got a bump on the noggin yesterday and has a headache, so we kept him home to get lots of rest.  I wish I could get rest, too, but there’s too much to do.

It’s been a little over a month since Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy? was released.  Blog spots have calmed down a bit, though I still have a couple coming up.  I have my name and book title set in Google Alerts, and it’s been really fun getting that email that says someone’s talking about me somewhere.  I’ve reached 25 reviews on Goodreads (14 on Amazon) and I’m hoping to hit the mark of 50 for each… eventually.

Soon I’ll be having a giveaway of books that *aren’t* mine, with the winner to be drawn from those who have reviewed my cowboy story.   It will be fun.  Though I’m not sure yet how I’m going to do it.

And what’s been going on with you for the past month?

The Next Big Blog Hop, take II

The Next Big Blog Tour has swung my way again, this time Christine S. Feldman of Crimson Romance.   And this time, I actually REMEMBERED!  Yay!

1)  What is the working title of your next book?

Who Wants to Marry a Doctor?  It’s also the actual title.  You hear so many times that authors don’t get to keep their titles, but I was very lucky.

2)  Where did the idea come from for the book?

It’s book 2 in the With This Ring series.  Book 1 was Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy, and I wanted something where I could switch genders (the doctor is a woman) and still have a nice ring to it.

3)  What genre does your book fall under?

Contemporary romance.  Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy? has been described as charming, sexy, and witty.  I hope Who Wants to Marry a Doctor? is the same.

4)  What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

I have a picture of an actress to play Sabrina, but I didn’t copy her name down with the picture, and I can’t remember who she is!  I hope I can find her again.  It took me a long, long time to find Quinn, but NCIS came to the rescue!  Will Beinbrink played a store clerk on an episode and I looked him up on imdb.  When I saw this picture, I about died.  PERFECT (except Quinn has blue eyes).

5)  What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

A pediatrician raising funds for a children’s clinic participates in a dating game where the audience votes for her dates with money.

6)  Who is publishing your book?

Grand Central Forever Yours, out in late 2013.

7)  How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

Six months from when I started to when I finished, but there was a lot going on in the middle there.  Overall, it took me about 10 months to have a finished manuscript.

8)  What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy?  *laugh*

I love the tones of Jill Shalvis and Rachel Gibson, so I’m hoping mine ranks up there with them.

9)  Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I wanted a sequel to Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy? That was was heavily inspired by reality TV.  The votes for Doctor are more like the audience participation shows instead of one-person-picks-all.

10)  What else about the book might pique the readers’ interests?

My hero Quinn is a war reporter who was involved in an IED blast in Afghanistan.  I’m dedicating the story to our soldiers past, present, and future.

I’m tagging the lovely and talented Mary Behre and Selena Fulton to tell us about their releases.

What a crazy week!

Release Week is almost over.  It’s been a fun ride, but it will be nice to get back to normal.  For the next few days you can go to Ramblings from this Chick and maybe win an e-version of the book.

Though I’m not really sure what’s normal.  Because every time I look at my bookshelf, I giggle.

Not just my bookshelf, though.  Lookie what I did:

Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy in a bookstore!

Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy in a bookstore!

That’s right.  I went to my local bookstore and shelved my book, right between Jill Shalvis and Maggie Shayne.  The alphabet gods were good to me.

Looks good there, no?

It’s May 7, 2013. Happy Birthday, WHO WANTS TO MARRY A COWBOY? !!!

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Cowboy on my Kindle

Cowboy on my Kindle

What are folks saying about it?
Lisa Jordan of Library Journal called Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy? “charming.”

Mary Gramlich, The Reading Reviewer, said “Abigail Sharpe hits the button on romantic perfection.”

“Charming and witty.  Abigail Sharpe will delight you.” from Christie Craig.

My first novel.  I’ll get my print copies on Thursday.  (And then I’m going to a book store and shelving it between Jill Shalvis and Maggie Shayne, and then taking a picture!) Holding my reality in my hands.  It’s going to be amazing.

Thank you to those who have gone on this journey with me.  This is just a stop along the way.

I’m blogging all over this week:

May 7, 2013:
USAToday Happily Ever After
Chicklets in the Kitchen
Kieran Kramer

May 8, 2013:
Stitch Read Cook (with Alyssa Day)

May 12, 2013:
Ramblings from this Chick

May 13, 2013:
Get Lost in a Story

May 15, 2013:
Romance Cooks


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