Been a while since I’ve posted news, what with all my talk about focus and time management and what not. Turns out, a lot has been going on in Barb Wallace land. Why not join me in an eggnog latte and I’ll tell you what’s happening.
First, the big news. I was thrilled to find out my May release, SWEPT AWAY BY THE TYCOON was nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award. This is my third RT nomination since 2011. (THE HEART OF A HERO and DARING TO DATE THE BOSS also received nods.) Can I tell you I’m absolutely floored to be able to say that? I mean, there are still days when Il can’t believe I’m a published author. In fact, the other day, I saw a note in my Twitter stream where someone listed me as one of their favorite authors. I had to read my name four or five times before I could believe she wasn’t joking.
Needless to say, the RT nod came at the best possible time too. I was neck deep in revisions for my upcoming duet. Which brings me to the next piece of news. I’ve got release dates for my next two books. A MILLIONAIRE FOR CINDERELLA will be released in July while it’s companion book (which is still untitled) will be out in August. The two books tell the stories of Piper and Patience Rush, two sisters struggling to break away from their troubled past. There’s a neat suplot linking the two books as well involving the search for a missing painting. I don’t want to tell you too much, lest I spoil the stories. I will say, however, that writing Patience was both fun and challenging. The online nickname for her story was CINDERELLA WAS A STRIPPER. I think that says it all.
Look for more information about this duet as the details evolve.
Speaking of releases, I got word last week that production has started on the audio version of WEEKEND AGREEMENT, my 2012 Entangled Indulgence. My first audio book! I am so psyched. Well, psyched and nervous. It’s going to be weird hearing my words being read aloud.
With luck, WEEKEND AGREEMENT, the audio version, will be released sometime this winter. I think I’m going to have to have some kind of giveaway to celebrate. Most likely for newsletter subscribers, so if you haven’t signed up for the Barbara Wallace Bulletin, now’s a good time to do so.
What? Can’t wait for a giveaway? Then maybe you’ll want to attend one these two events:
On November 21, I’ll be visiting Gerri Krowtow’s blog as part of her holiday book drive for soldiers. The drive is simple. For every person who registers for Gerri’s newsletter, Harlequin will donate one book for a soldier to enjoy. Soldiers get a lot of downtime, and when you’re deployed, there isn’t a lot to do. They really appreciate the reading material.
Gerri’s both a former Naval officer and a Navy wife, so helping our men and women in uniform is a cause dear to her heart. I was thrilled to help out since it won’t be long before Lt. Tattoo is one of those men. I’d like to think when he’s serving overseas that there will be an author like Gerri looking to make his holiday a little brighter.
Also in December, I’ll be on Facebook helping Wendy Marcus celebrate the release of her Loveswept novel, LOVING YOU IS EASY. Keep an eye out on Facebook for the date of her online release party. One lucky party guest will win the Barbara Wallace novel of their choice.
And finally, you may or may not have noticed the announcement I posted last week. Penny Romance, also known as romance author Penny Watson is hosting her first annual Holiday Bash on Saturday, December 6 at the Needham Rennaisance Hotel from 12-4. She’s billing the event as a chance for readers, bloggers, and authors to mingle and celebrate the holidays. There will be books and other stocking stuffers for sale, door prizes, and a cash bar. I’ll be there offering copies of my backlist titles in exchange for a charitable donation. (I’m piggybacking on my pal Cathryn Parry’s idea. We haven’t picked a charity yet, but are leaning toward either an animal shelter or a veteran’s organization.) If you life in the New England area, I hope you’ll pop by and say hello. I love meeting readers – even those who don’t read my books. (Although I hear picking up THE UNEXPECTED HONEYMOON is a good way to get on Santa’s nice list.)
Well, looks like I’ve covered everything. My eggnog latte is almost gone too. That means it’s time to head back into the writing cave. Piper’s story awaits. By the way, I’m also hoping to pull together some free original content for you all to read this winter. (Again, newsletter subscribers will get the first read.) Fingers crossed that with all that’s going on, I don’t forget to celebrate the holidays.
Oh who am I kidding? Of course I will. Until next week!