Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Lightning Strikes - Twice!

The craziest thing happened last Friday morning.

It was RITA and Golden Heart Call Day - a date which I have celebrated annually ever since I became a Ruby back in 2009 with my Golden Heart final.  My folks and I were in Ohio visiting my gran for an early 89th Birthday celebration (her actual bday is this Sunday), so we were hanging out and chatting in their hotel suite while I watched the RITA nominations go out, hoping to see some friends popping up on the list.  I had entered, but I wasn't nervous really because I didn't have any expectations for myself - though I had jokingly (okay, semi-jokingly) informed my folks that they would have to take me out to dinner at one of our favorite local restaurants to console me later.

I had popped over to the Ruby blog to cheer on the finalists announcing they'd just gotten The Call when the craziest thing happened. 

I got an email.

You were expecting me to say my phone rang, weren't you?  Nope.  My big moment came when I saw an email from fellow Ruby and current RWA President Diane Kelly.  Asking me if I was awake.  Telling me to call her if I was.  (I'm Alaskan, so if I'd been at home I would have been asleep for several hours more.)

I stared.  I stood up.  I sat down. I stood up again.  I announced to my parents, "Something just happened.  Diane Kelly just asked me if I'm awake.  There is only one reason she would ask that today."  Then I burst into tears.

I took about thirty seconds to calm down - my mom might have hugged me, my dad might have wondered about my sanity - then I called Diane.  And she confirmed it with the most beautiful words in the world: Double Finalist.

Mid-Length Contemporary Romance, for my Lizzie Shane books Romancing Miss Right and Falling for Mister Wrong.

There was more crying.  There was laughing.  There was me trying desperately to keep it together and not babble.  When I got off the phone I told my parents, "I'm a Double Finalist."  And I completely lost it.

I am not, under normal circumstances, a big crier.  But as I called and texted and emailed my nearest and dearest to share the news, I cried the whole dang time.  Apparently, that kind of validation flooding your system can be pretty overwhelming.

A little over an hour later, I got to go tell my grandmother in person - who is one of my most devoted readers and staunch supporters.  It couldn't have been more perfect.

My (incredible, amazing, supportive, brilliant) parents did take me to dinner at Mezzo that night, along with my aunt who has beta read everything I've ever written, but it wasn't a consolation.  It was euphoria.

It still feels like a dream.  An honor so big I can't make sense of it.  But I plan to enjoy every second of it.

Monday, March 21, 2016


I haven't had much to say lately.  I tend to emerge from my writing hole when I have some news to share - a new release date to announce, a new book to squeal about - but lately that news has been thin on the ground.

I'd love to be able to tell you about a new book in the Lone Pine Pride series, but I'm afraid Mateo's story has been indefinitely delayed.  My publisher is closing up shop and until I know what that will mean for me and my books moving forward, I have put the Lone Pine Pride series on pause.

In the mean time my other books are still being sold at the usual retailers and you can check out my contemporary pen name, Lizzie Shane, while we all wait for news on what will be happening with my paranormal future.

I'm trying to have patience (never really one of my virtues) so please bear with me as we're buffering...

Monday, January 11, 2016

Calling All Writers!

Hear ye, hear ye!  It's the Ruby Slippered Sisterhood's Annual Winter Writing Festival!  If you're a pen-monkey looking for a good motivational tool to help you pile up words during the winter months then be sure to head over and take a look!  We have prizes, we have writing sprints, we have camaraderie.  Come play (and work) with us! 

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Tiger Up For Grabs

In addition to Jaguar's Kiss (FREE: Amazon :: B&N :: iBooks :: Kobo) and Taming the Lion (99 cents: Amazon :: B&N :: iBooks :: Kobo), which are still on sale until October 15th, you can now sign up to win a signed print copy of Tangling with the Tiger.  Behold! 

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Tangling with the Tiger by Vivi Andrews

Tangling with the Tiger

by Vivi Andrews

Giveaway ends October 31, 2015.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter Giveaway

October is the perfect month to binge on Lone Pine Pride.  ;)  Good luck, boys and girls!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

DEAL ALERT - Meet the Lone Pine Pride!

If you haven't met the shifters of the Lone Pine Pride, now is your moment! JAGUAR'S KISS, the first book of the series, is FREE for a limited time on all ebook platforms!

Amazon :: B&N :: iBooks :: Kobo

AND if that wasn't enough, the second book of the series, TAMING THE LION is now only 99 centsNow through October 15th ONLY.

Amazon :: B&N :: iBooks :: Kobo

Go forth and read, boys and girls!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Make It Golden!

Are you an aspiring author planning to enter the Golden Heart this year?  The Rubies are hosting their annual Make It Golden Contest TODAY and the winner receives a paid entry fee for the contest!  Go forth and check it out, but hurry!  Entries will only be accepted until Midnight EST (or when the entry limit is reached, whichever is sooner). 

Good luck!!!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Cover Similarities

I'm talking covers! With so many books out there is it even possible for cover art to be unique in the age of the stock photo? Do covers need to be unique to be effective and catch your eye? Survey says?  Join me at the Ruby Blog and give me your take!

Friday, September 4, 2015

The Inside Scoop on Lone Pine Pride

Behold!  I am interviewed!  The rockstar goddesses at Fresh Fiction had questions about Lone Pine Pride.  And I had answers!  Want to know who's next?  ;)  Have any burning questions of your own?