Quote Of The Month

"There's a place in Hell reserved for women who don't help other women."
Madeleine Albright

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Another winning review for two Class of '85 members

Sharon Buchbinder, author of An Inn Decent Proposal, released today by The Wild Rose Press, received a 5 star rating from Night Owl Reviews, a well-known review site. It is well deserved as this story is a pip.
Icing on the cake came when the reviewer said how much she adored the entire series.


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The latest arrivals are here!

I am so very pleased to display the latest alumna to grace the Summerville Inn for the Class of '85 reunion:

After All These Years by Jannine Gallant will be released January 29, 2011. This delightful story, set for the most part in the Adirondack Mountains of Northern New York state, features a former cosmetics mogul, victimized by a hostile takeover, seeks refuge in her family's unused mountain cabin, then encounters a former love who lives nearby.

Embraceable You by Kat Henry Doran will be released February 23, 2011. The cover art took my breath away for it captured the romance between Druzilla Horvath and Rory McElroy which takes place over the course of only a few hours during the Eastman Awards banquet at the Inn. I'm sure you'll agree Tina Lynn, one of WRP's very talented artists outdid herself here.

Veronica Lynch's The List will follow three weeks later on March 16, 2011. Rather than people or places, artist Tina Lynn chose to use a literal 'list' for the cover. I couldn't be happier. it's different and unique enough to catch the eye of a browser at a book store.

Several more stories, just in and newly contracted by Margo Hoornstra and Jannine Gallant, both veterans of the reunion will be coming out in the spring, 2011.
Stick around, won't you?


Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Reunion list continues to grow

A decision has been made to make December 31st the deadline for submissions to the Class of '85. That gives us time to get a few more stories out there.

The second decision was to space out the releases in 2011 to every 3-4 weeks. I think this was a wise decision; it will give the authors a chance in the sun for a prolonged period of time.

For 2011, we have After All These Years by Jannine Gallant, scheduled for release on 1/28/11.
The List by Veronica Lynch will follow the end of February.
Embraceable You by Kat Henry Doran will come out the end of March. Author Margo Hoornstra [Glad Tidings] has submitted two new stories which look like they will fit right in with the rest of the class.

As soon as we have cover art it'll go up here.

Friday, October 29, 2010

More Alums at the Reunion

And two more have been added to our wonderful party!!
What kind of woman buries her husband in the morning and sleeps with his best friend that night? And so begins Glad Tidings, a delightful Class of 85 story with a holiday flair to it will come out 12/1/10.

An Inn Decent Proposal, which features the old and glorious Summerville Inn, with a fabulous cast of out-there characters, including a New Jersey mobster wannabe, comes out 12/29/10.

In each case the cover art is gorgeous; I am thrilled to have both stories join the party.

On a sadder note, our extremely talented cover artist Nicola Martinez is no longer with us. We will miss having her beautiful covers for the stories. And... we have come to the decision to close submissions to the Reunion effective December 31st. We are hoping to have enough submissions between now and then to take us well into 2011.

I hope you enjoy some if not all of these stories.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Things are looking up

Today is Monday. I've not needed narcotics for pain control since Saturday. I've also learned, painfully, not to overdo on computer work. "Light" typing means exactly that: not hours on end spent at the keyboard editing class of 85 stories.
In my defense, I overworked because of an inner compulsion to send three more class of 85 stories on the road toward release. I shall hold off on announcing the titles and authors until we are closer to the actual date but I am pleased to say two are from repeat authors Sharon Buchbinder and Jannine Gallant. Great stories. Really great. Lots of laughter.

Since my last post regarding the Class of 85, two more stories have been scheduled for release:
STAR POWER by MJ Fredrick comes out this week. It is a fun story about a Brad Pitt type movie hero who wasn't much in high school but turns into a hunk on screen. His mother shames him into attending the reunion. He can't say no to Mama--and to stave off potential groupies [and there is a few hysterical funny scenes about this very thing]--he brings along his personal assistant. Both are secretly in love with each other; it's interesting to see how each comes to grip with that fact.
Simply gorgeous cover art features the real deal Charlotte-Genesee lighthouse which stands on the bank of the Genesee River as it feeds into Lake Ontario. The art work is lovely as you'll see to the left.

SOMETHING MORE by Keena Kincaid, a November release, is all about secrets and how avoiding them like the elephant in the middle of the living room can bring families down. this is a very strong story. I am proud to be part of it.
I hope you'll enjoy them too!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

it hurts to get old

I now understand what they mean when they say the cure is 10 times worse than the original problem.
It's called a rotator cuff repair and it ain't for sissies, believe me.
Today is post-op day 5 and I am finally down to 4 Percocets a day [as opposed to 8] and I didn't nap once!!! Mark that one down in your calendars.
I admit my mobility is much improved over what it was Friday night [immediately after surgery] which was NONE, it's still not great.
The pain is now only when I move so that's an improvement, a big improvement.
I think I might live.

Monday, September 6, 2010

A generous promo opportunity

A member of the Class of '85 authors' loop has made an offer to me as editor and the other authors to participate in her group blog Fuzzy Pink Slippers for the entire month of September.
This is a very generous offer; I am incredibly grateful to her for doing this.
It came about after I asked the authors on the loop to stop by the weekly WRP chats during the month of September as this month is when the Last Rose line is honored.
This is turning into something fascinating.
I am very grateful.
Hope you will be able to stop by either the WRP chats, every Tuesday at 9PM [est] or Fuzzy Pink Slippers.

Friday, September 3, 2010

An Update on The Class of '85

Here are the latest releases and those scheduled to come out during the month of September.

Lonely Road to You is out now.

Corvette Confessions--isn't this a great cover? will be released on September 8th. I'm so sorry I am unable to post the cover art here.

Fairy Tales Can Come True will follow on September 15th and is here to the right.

Bonded For Life will show up on 9/22/10--I am unable to post the cover art here.

and Transatlantic Loving will finish up the month on September 29th. the cover art, as you can see is perfect for this story.

I hope you can enjoy some, if not all, of these great stories.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Let's Celebrate Those Last Roses

September around the Wild Rose Press is reserved for the old broads of the Last Rose of Summer line.
On September 24th, I am delighted to announce the release of OUT OF THE DARK, the first and only and probably last anthology to come out of this line. It is three stories about three women who find their lives irretrievably changed after they spend time in jail.
The authors had a great deal of fun writing their stories. I had a lot of time laughing as I read and edited them!
These are wonderful examples of the talent which hangs out at the Old Lady Saloon and I love them.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

And The Beat Goes On

We are putting out the Class of '85 like a card shark fans a deck.
Here they are the rest for the month of August.

"The Serious Moonlight" likely my favorite of all the covers so far because of the mood the colors and moonlight create, comes out 8/18/10. Its theme is beauty and the beast with a twist. Yes, the hero bears scars from a childhood accident which put him at the mercy of children who turned into unthinking, cruel teens. The heroine, back in the day, was easily influenced by her two best friends. While she learned her lesson a long time ago, it is the two friends who 'grow up' during the reunion. It's a terrific story with a message we all can learn from.

The Lonely Road to You, also a great cover, complete with [if you look real real close] a terrific shaggy dog] which is perfect for the story which brought me to tears at the end. As I told the author, I don't do tears. She proved me wrong. This beauty comes out 8/25/10.


Sunday, August 1, 2010

The Class of '85 update

As of July 30th, we have 13 contracted titles with perhaps 3 or 4 under consideration. The first story will be released on August 11, 2010. Getting It Right.
When I look back on everything, we really didn't get moving on this series until April. From submission to publication: less than 4 whole months. Wow.
As soon as new cover art is announced I'll post them.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Class of '85 cover art

Four covers have been completed. They are beyond beautiful.
The Wild Rose Press artists always do a lovely job. This time, Nicola Martinez outdid herself. The covers tell the stories.
The authors are thrilled.
So am I.

Stay tuned for the next crop.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

The First Contract is Offered!

The Class of 85a has existed for less than 60 days and last evening the first contract was offered.
This is too good!
Great story, great ending, I am pleased.
Here's to many more successes.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

A brand new project at Last Rose of Summer

Did you ever wonder what happened to the Class of '85? Ever want to change history a little? Maybe exact a bit of revenge on the Prom Queen or redeem the Boy Most Likely to Serve Time at a Maximum Security Prison?

We are about to find out!
We are launching a new series at LROS entitled "The Class of '85".
Stories will revolve around an invitation to the 25th reunion of Summerville High School, class of '85. Summerville, a fictional city [sort of] sits on the shores of Lake Ontario in Western New York State.
Length is up to the author, 7,500 -- 40,000 words. Sensuality level is at author comfort, sweet to spicy.

This will rock the Wild Rose Press back on its socks!
Please join us if you'd like to rewrite history with us--and have some fun.