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BLOGWORDS – Wednesday 7 November 2018 – TESSA BOOK BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAY WINNER

TESSA BOOK BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAY WINNER

Blog tour hosted by Bird’s Nest Books.

CONGRATULATIONS

to

LORI RAINES!!

You’re the winner of Tessa’s Birthday Prize Pack!

“When you pretend to be something you’re not, it always finds you out.”

 

“Don’t ever be ashamed of who you are. Don’t ever, for anyone, hide your true self. Know your true self, and shine like God made you to be.”

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

One mother.  Two daughters.  One favorite.  One not.

When Cassie Barclay is presented with an opportunity – or is it a curse – she jumps at the chance.  She takes on a new life, her sister’s life, and although at first, it holds appeal and promise, she soon realizes sometimes the fairy tale is tainted.

Assuming the name of Tessa, Cassie moves into the life that was her sister’s, and faces first one realization then another, one disappointment after another. Stepping into Connie’s life does not automatically grant her all that Connie had or was. But it does deny all that she had and was as Cassie. As herself.

Just when she believes her life is on an even keel, something comes along to ripple the waters and remind her of her secret. Until the day she gets a phone call that rips her world apart. Who is the mysterious caller? And who knows her secret?

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

“I’ve always had voices—er, stories in my head. I once said I should write them all down so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!”

 

Ms. Mason writes stories of identity conflict. Her characters encounter situations that force the question, “Who am I really?” For all who have ever wondered who you are or why you’re here, her stories will touch you in a very real—maybe too real—and a very deep way. “I know, I write from experience.”

 

Ms. Mason has seven novels, Tessa, Clara Bess, and Cissy, in the unsavory heritage series, and The Long Shadows of Summer, The Tilting Leaves of Autumn, The Silent Song of Winter, and The Whispering Winds of Spring in her Seasons series. All of Ms. Mason’s books are available on Amazon, both for Kindle and in print. She also has several poems included in an anthology, Where Dreams and Visions Live (Anthologies of the Heart Book 1) by Mary Blowers, as well as a short story, Sarafina’s Light, also in an anthology, Blood Moon, compiled by Mary Blowers. She is working on a on One for the Price of Two, the first story in her new series, FourSquare, to release next year.

 

http://robinemason.com

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/

https://www.facebook.com/Author.Robin.E.Mason/

http://www.amazon.com/Robin-E.-Mason/e/B00MR5IQ9S
https://twitter.com/amythyst212
http://www.pinterest.com/amythyst212/

https://www.instagram.com/robinemason212/

https://plus.google.com/+RobinEMason

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7808042.Robin_E_Mason

 

 

“Maybe you have to know the darkness to truly appreciate the light.”—Madeline L’Engle

 

 

#Blogwords, Special Edition, Tessa Book Birthday Giveaway Winner, unsavory heritage series, Clara Bess, Cissy

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BLOGWORDS – Wednesday 31 October 2018 – SPECIAL EDITION – TESSA BOOK BIRTHDAY and RE-NEW COVER REVEAL

SPECIAL EDITION – TESSA BOOK BIRTHDAY and RE-NEW COVER REVEAL

 

“When you pretend to be something you’re not, it always finds you out.”

 

 

“Don’t ever be ashamed of who you are. Don’t ever, for anyone, hide your true self. Know your true self, and shine like God made you to be.”

 

 “I’ve been thrown in the deep end.  Of a deep ocean.  In a tidal wave.  And all I want to do is write my stories… Since the release of Tessa, I have sought to broaden my writer’s presence.  I have joined writer’s pages and groups, I have subscribed to other author’s pages.  I started a blog and revived another one, and this robin bird finally decided to tweet.  It’s all about shouting to the world, “HEY!  Look at me!”  So, HEY, lookie here, look at me!  And I’m overwhelmed… So, now you know.  I’m learning to swim.  And I think my feet are touching some sand in the murky waters, and I’m starting to wade through this media panoply.  Can’t make promises, not yet, gotta get the rhythm of it yet, but my goal is to post a new blog at least once a week, to introduce myself. That and write my stories.”  excerpted from my first blog post, 11 April 2014

 

Five years ago I had a shiny new degree, BFA in Interior Design—but not the shiny new career to go with it. Disappointed and somewhat adrift, I dove back into the story I had begun just prior to starting my college career. That story was Tessa. Within four or five months, I had the story finished, and I stepped off the relative safety of the pier I had been treading. At first I flailed about, helpless in that tidal wave, and though the sands of this wonderful and amazing industry are ever shifting, I have found some steady footing. I have found my own identity as an author, and embrace this writing career with all the challenges and rewards and friendships it offers. Welcome to my world, and welcome to the party!

 

Today, I’m celebrating my debut novel’s fourth birthday. A brief word of explanation— Tessa, has a double birthday; at the prompting and with the help of a friend, I first released her in early March 2014, but for Kindle only. I quickly learned the value of having print copies, and with the help of that same friend (who did all the formatting for me) I released and had all the celebration in October.

 

Tessa’s official book birthday is 31 October, which is fitting for the story—she assumed an identity not her own, thus “wearing a mask.”

 

So welcome to the celebration! Grab a mask, and a virtual cuppa tea and birthday cake!

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

One mother.  Two daughters.  One favorite.  One not.

 

When Cassie Barclay is presented with an opportunity – or is it a curse – she jumps at the chance.  She takes on a new life, her sister’s life, and although at first, it holds appeal and promise, she soon realizes sometimes the fairy tale is tainted.

 

Assuming the name of Tessa, Cassie moves into the life that was her sister’s, and faces first one realization then another, one disappointment after another. Stepping into Connie’s life does not automatically grant her all that Connie had or was. But it does deny all that she had and was as Cassie. As herself.

 

Just when she believes her life is on an even keel, something comes along to ripple the waters and remind her of her secret. Until the day she gets a phone call that rips her world apart. Who is the mysterious caller? And who knows her secret?

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

“I’ve always had voices—er, stories in my head. I once said I should write them all down so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!”

 

Ms. Mason writes stories of identity conflict. Her characters encounter situations that force the question, “Who am I really?” For all who have ever wondered who you are or why you’re here, her stories will touch you in a very real—maybe too real—and a very deep way. “I know, I write from experience.”

 

Ms. Mason has seven novels, Tessa, Clara Bess, and Cissy, in the unsavory heritage series, and The Long Shadows of Summer, The Tilting Leaves of Autumn, The Silent Song of Winter, and The Whispering Winds of Spring in her Seasons series. All of Ms. Mason’s books are available on Amazon, both for Kindle and in print. She also has several poems included in an anthology, Where Dreams and Visions Live (Anthologies of the Heart Book 1) by Mary Blowers, as well as a short story, Sarafina’s Light, also in an anthology, Blood Moon, compiled by Mary Blowers. She is working on a on One for the Price of Two, the first story in her new series, FourSquare, to release next year.

 

http://robinemason.com

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/

https://www.facebook.com/Author.Robin.E.Mason/

http://www.amazon.com/Robin-E.-Mason/e/B00MR5IQ9S
https://twitter.com/amythyst212
http://www.pinterest.com/amythyst212/

https://www.instagram.com/robinemason212/

https://plus.google.com/+RobinEMason

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7808042.Robin_E_Mason

 

EVOLUTION OF A COVER

dat first cover doh…

 

RE-NEW COVER REVEAL

‘Dat first cover’ was my uneducated and oblivious attempt at cover design.  The second try captured the essence I wanted, but didn’t convey well to the second and third books in the series. Number three was professionally done, but as lovely as it is, I still didn’t love it. I took the design back into my hands last year with the fourth cover, but it was missing something. Now, for Tessa’s birthday, she has a stunning new look!

 

 

Isn’t she gorgeous!!!

 

🎉 GIVEAWAY 🎉

* runs through midnight 7 November

Birthday Blitz Bash for Robin E. Mason’s debut novel, #Tessa is under way, starting with this Blog & Social Media Blitz! Tessa is available on Amazon, both in print and Kindle format!  Purchase here:  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IPZ5JEE/.

 

 

Bird’s Nest Books is celebrating Tessa’s fourth birthday with a tour-wide #giveaway! Robin is gifting one reader a Prize Pack that includes:

A signed print copy of Tessa

3 oz packette of Tessa’s Tea

unsavory heritage mug

necklace with paint palette pendant

unsavory heritage bookmark

three (3) framed mini art prints

BONUS  BOOKS from Heather Gilbert, Lisa Lickel, and Linda Rodante

 

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Giveaway is sponsored by Bird’s Nest Books, and is not affiliated by any social media venues. Open to US residents only.

 

#BirdsNestBooks #bookbirthday #Tessabookbirthday  #unsavoryheritage #RobinEMason

 

“Maybe you have to know the darkness to truly appreciate the light.”—Madeline L’Engle

 

 

BONUS STUFF

 

BEHIND THE SCENES

  1. The first sentence of this story came to me in July 2008 while I was taking a walk.
  2. In June of that year, Father God had told me to go to school for my degree in Interior Design. Little did I know how valuable all.that.art.history would be to my story!
  3. I loved art history so much I almost added it as a minor.
  4. Tessa is set in western New York State. Why, I’ve no clue, except it’s what the story demanded. I have never been there.
  5. I Googled maps of the area and situated the town of Sunset Valley north of Salamanca and Allegany State Park. The town of Kcynia was so named for the Polish immigrant ancestry, and was located west of Sunset Valley at Mayville on the north end of Chautauqua Lake.
  6. I wrote Tessa without regard to—truly in ignorance of—genre, Christian Fiction or otherwise.
  7. A sequel hadn’t occurred to me as I wrote her story. It was only when asked that I found two specific spots that pointed directly to the second book. And the series was born, the name of which just happened to be in the blurb.
  8. I thought for the longest that because I didn’t plot and outline that I was doing it wrong! Only when I began to tap into this amazing industry did I learn there are others like me and we have a name—Pantzers!
  9. I type by touch, sometimes with my eyes closed, and in the scene when Connie dies, I was so IN the scene I nearly hyperventilated!
  10. One of the characters is a behinds-the-scenes prayer warrior. I had no clue when I first met (wrote) this person, and was delighted to make the discovery about 2/3 of the way through the story!

 

PROLOGUE (exceprt)

Tessa flopped onto the divan, more worn and weary in her thirty-seven years than the faded and threadbare divan in its 137 years. What will I tell the others, she moaned to herself, too weary even to weep at the events of the past thirteen days.

Two weeks ago, all was sunshine and roses, blue skies and songbirds. Then she got the first phone call.

“Mrs. Trent, I know your secret,” a tenor voice had said. Quite simply, not at all menacing or threatening. Except that he knew. Oh, God, he knew. He gave no name, and on the antique French style phone, there was no caller ID. Had he known that, she wondered idly. Had he realized that she would have no way to trace the call?

The old rotary phone jangled harshly now, shattering her stupor. Reaching to answer it, she knew it would not be him. Not any more. He was finished with her.
“Hello?”

“Mom?” Saundra was alarmed at her mother’s voice, the dismay, the sadness. “Mom, what’s the matter? Why didn’t you answer your cell?”

Tessa knew she owed an explanation, but did not know how to begin. How much to tell. “Just a long day. A long and awful day. I just got in and I think I’ll take a shower and have a bite of supper.”

Saundra knew it was more than just a ‘terribly, awful’ day. She could hear it in Tessa’s voice. “You hop in a shower, Mom. Make it a long, steamy one. I’ll bring some Chinese and we’ll watch a movie.”

Oh, God. How do I get out of this. Tessa knew Saundra could read her better than even Howie after more than twelve years of marriage.

“Thanks, Sweetie, but I think I’ll take an Ambien and go on to bed.”

Saundra knew Tessa was hedging, but gave her the grace to play innocent.

And Tessa knew Saundra knew.

“Have a good night’s rest, Mom. Call me in the morning.”

Not even the Ambien provided a good night’s rest, though. Tessa tossed and turned, drifting off only to be rudely awakened by her tangled thoughts. Like falling in a dream, over and over. That’s my life, she thought, as she drifted off again. Falling, falling, over and over.

 

QUOTES

Don’t ever be ashamed of who you are. Don’t ever, for anyone, hide your true self. Know your true self, and shine like God made you to be.

 

Marni Miller was an exotic creature. Five-foot-nine and slender. Sleek black hair that she wore long and straight. And ice blue eyes. Now, those blue eyes were snowflakes, misted and adrift.

 

Damn this baby, thought Marni in a flash of rage. Why did you have to be conceived? Why do you have to be flopping around inside me right now?

 

Marni took the bundle, her bundle of joy she presumed, and looked at it. A shock of black hair, and deep blue eyes that blinked back at her. “Hello, my little Cassie. We have the same birthday, you and I.” Then she drifted off to sleep and the nurse walked the baby down to the nursery.

 

Painting, Cassie knew. Painting was, just—there. She did it. Without effort almost. She saw, in her mind’s eye, and she painted. She had taken some of the classes at Mommie’s gallery, and had learned about color and composition and how different mediums worked, separately and together. The classes allowed her to understand more of what she was creating, and to improve her unique talent.

 

Tessa was still merging the two lives into one, was forced to choose between some of her own natural inclinations and what she knew would have been Connie’s choices.  If Marni thought there was a blending of her two daughters, she had no idea how true that thought really was.

 

Marni had never had a cheerleader in her corner until Mr. Bales, and Reid Faulkner, who brought her out of her shell; Cassie, however, had Marni, keeping her in the shadows.

 

Tessa sat on her porch swing on the back deck, drinking a beer.  Marni’s lack of spirituality had transferred to her daughters, but Tessa found herself praying to a God she didn’t know.

 

CHARACTER INTERVIEW – TESSA TRENT

rem: Good afternoon, Tessa, welcome.

TESSA: Good afternoon. It’s good to be here.

rem: Your childhood was rather a Cinderella story. What was it like growing up without your mother’s attention?

TESSA: I didn’t know any different, until I started school and my friends talked about their mommies. But, Carlotta was there for me since the day I was born, and Aunt Vandy is in my earliest memories. I grew up with her kids, they are like sibling-cousins to me, perhaps more than anything else. Of course, Molly has always been like a big sister to me, and now that we’re adults, we have an amazing friendship.

Once Mother and Heath began courting—they never just dated, it was so society oriented, and once they finally became exclusive, I guess everyone knew they’d marry. He was kind to me, paid more attention to me than Mother did really. His mother, my Grandmother Lila was particularly sweet to me, too. I know now that was for his sake.

rem: What about Kase? What effect did he have on your childhood?

TESSA: Kase was the one person who made my childhood special. I was still so little when he and Mother split up, and I didn’t understand. I’d see him in the gallery sometimes, and he’d wink at me, and give me great big hugs. He was so withdrawn with other people, but with me, he was the most affectionate and tender man you could imagine. And I mean that in the best way, not inappropriate at all.

rem: How did you feel when your sister was born?

TESSA: I knew there was a baby coming, but I was only ten years old. I thought they would go get her somewhere, or that Santa might bring her. I remember being so disappointed that Christmas morning, because Santa hadn’t come, and Mother and Heath weren’t home.

rem: That must have been difficult for you. How did that make you feel about the baby?

TESSA: Oddly enough, it made me feel protective. After the new baby novelty wore off, something in me kicked in that made me want to protect her, to be sure she never felt as put off as I did. I knew Aunt Vandy would love her too, and I wasn’t jealous. I wanted to be for her what Vandy was for me.

rem: So you two were close. Her death must have been traumatic for you.

TESSA: pause, deep breath In a word, yes. I watched (author privilege, no spoilers here; Tessa was about to give away too much!)

rem: And when your mother arrived in Greece, what was that like?

TESSA: Remember, she had already said how she felt on the phone. She didn’t know it was me she was talking to, of course, she thought I was Connie. That was the more traumatic part. I knew how she felt, but to hear it put into words, I just… deep breath and pause And then she got there, and she was showering me with affection. I tried, truly I did, to tell her. But I couldn’t make the words come out.

rem: Didn’t you think someone would discover what you did?

TESSA: Every day. Not a day went by in thirteen years that it didn’t cross my mind at least once. I couldn’t tell Howie, I couldn’t tell Molly, nobody. I was terrified if they found out, if they knew, that they’d hate me. That they would feel the same way my mother always had about me, unwanted, indifferent.

rem: Why did you choose the name Tessa? You were living life as Connie, why not keep her name?

TESSA: I couldn’t bear it. I loved her, I couldn’t let myself be called by her name. Tessie was my nickname for her from the time she was a tiny baby. And a twisted sort of bonus, Mother hated it. To insist she call me by the name she hated, gave me a sort of wicked glee.

rem: How did it make you feel when you got the phone call? Did you have any idea who it was?

TESSA: Honestly, the cruelty of it made me think of Mother at first, that she was behind it. But then again, she was indifferent toward me, but never cruel. I couldn’t fathom who could know what happened or how they found out. I wracked my brain trying to figure out who might possibly know, or who might loathe me so desperately to be so cruel.

rem: Tessa, thank you for being with us today. I hope our readers are sufficiently intrigued to want to know your whole story.

TESSA: I sure do hope so. Thank you for having me.

 

* originally posted on my blog, https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/, on 31 October 2014. https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2014/10/31/welcome-to-my-party-release-day-and-my-100th-post/

 

MINI AUTHOR INTERVIEW

rem:   If you could live anywhere in any time period, where would you go?

ROBINI’mma have to go with the answer I so often get and say I’ll stay right here and now. BUT oh! how I’d love to visit so many lands and eras—Edwardian (since my last series was set there) Regency—you know, on account of Jane Austen! Ancient Rome, Biblical times…

 

rem:   Where did you find this story idea?

ROBIN:   Well, once upon a time… I was taking a walk and I “got” the opening to the story, “Tessa flopped on the divan, more weary in her thirty seven years than the divan was in its hundred and thirty seven.”

 

rem:   Who was the easiest character to write and why? The most difficult?

ROBIN: Oh my! Always so hard, each character has difficult bits to write, and the delightful bits. Cassie / Tessa was probably easiest because she was like me in so many ways. Marni, however, was rather the antipathy of me, and that’s not always easy.

 

rem:   What do you munch on while you’re writing / researching / editing?

ROBIN:  Let me check the kitchen… Seriously, I’m a mood eater and/or I have to cater to my [low] blood sugar.

 

rem:   What do you do to recover once you’ve typed “THE END?”

ROBINSo far, I’ve dived immediately into a new story. Except the last time. My brain was done and checked itself out. That and my knee surgery took precedence over writing.

 

#Blogwords, Special Edition, Tessa Book Birthday, unsavory heritage series, Clara Bess, Cissy

 

 

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BLOGWORDS – SPECIAL EDITION – SOLD OUT

BLOGWORDS – SPECIAL EDITION – 25% OFF SALE

 

“When you pretend to be something you’re not, it always finds you out.”

* new cover coming soon

 

“Don’t ever be ashamed of who you are. Don’t ever, for anyone, hide your true self. Know your true self, and shine like God made you to be.”

 

My debut novel, Tessa, has a double birthday; at the prompting and with the help of a friend, I first released her in early March 2014, but for Kindle only. I quickly learned the value of having print copies, and with the help of that same friend (who did all the formatting for me) I released and had all the celebration in October.

 

Tessa’s official book birthday is 31 October, which is fitting for the story—she assumed an identity not her own, thus “wearing a mask.”

 

And now, after more than one cover version, she’s getting a brand new look! And the remaining books I have on hand need to go—for the low, low price of only $15!! *regular $20 each

 

I only have ONE COPY of each book in the series left—comment below or message on me Facebook to get your signed copy today!

 

 

#Blogwords, Special Edition, Tessa Book Birthday, unsavory heritage series, Clara Bess, Cissy, #booksale, 25% off

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BLOGWORDS – SPECIAL EDITION – 25% OFF SALE

BLOGWORDS – SPECIAL EDITION – 25% OFF SALE

 

“When you pretend to be something you’re not, it always finds you out.”

* new cover coming soon

 

“Don’t ever be ashamed of who you are. Don’t ever, for anyone, hide your true self. Know your true self, and shine like God made you to be.”

 

My debut novel, Tessa, has a double birthday; at the prompting and with the help of a friend, I first released her in early March 2014, but for Kindle only. I quickly learned the value of having print copies, and with the help of that same friend (who did all the formatting for me) I released and had all the celebration in October.

 

Tessa’s official book birthday is 31 October, which is fitting for the story—she assumed an identity not her own, thus “wearing a mask.”

 

And now, after more than one cover version, she’s getting a brand new look! And the remaining books I have on hand need to go—for the low, low price of only $15!! *regular $20 each

 

I only have ONE COPY of each book in the series left—comment below or message on me Facebook to get your signed copy today!

 

 

#Blogwords, Special Edition, Tessa Book Birthday, unsavory heritage series, Clara Bess, Cissy, #booksale, 25% off

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BLOGWORDS – SPECIAL EDITION – 25% OFF SALE

BLOGWORDS – SPECIAL EDITION – 25% OFF SALE

 

“When you pretend to be something you’re not, it always finds you out.”

* new cover coming soon

 

“Don’t ever be ashamed of who you are. Don’t ever, for anyone, hide your true self. Know your true self, and shine like God made you to be.”

 

My debut novel, Tessa, has a double birthday; at the prompting and with the help of a friend, I first released her in early March 2014, but for Kindle only. I quickly learned the value of having print copies, and with the help of that same friend (who did all the formatting for me) I released and had all the celebration in October.

 

Tessa’s official book birthday is 31 October, which is fitting for the story—she assumed an identity not her own, thus “wearing a mask.”

 

And now, after more than one cover version, she’s getting a brand new look! And the remaining books I have on hand need to go—for the low, low price of only $15!! *regular $20 each

 

I only have ONE COPY of each book in the series left—comment below or message on me Facebook to get your signed copy today!

 

 

#Blogwords, Special Edition, Tessa Book Birthday, unsavory heritage series, Clara Bess, Cissy, #booksale, 25% off

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BLOGWORDS – SPECIAL EDITION – 25% OFF SALE

BLOGWORDS – SPECIAL EDITION – 25% OFF SALE

 

“When you pretend to be something you’re not, it always finds you out.”

* new cover coming soon

 

“Don’t ever be ashamed of who you are. Don’t ever, for anyone, hide your true self. Know your true self, and shine like God made you to be.”

 

My debut novel, Tessa, has a double birthday; at the prompting and with the help of a friend, I first released her in early March 2014, but for Kindle only. I quickly learned the value of having print copies, and with the help of that same friend (who did all the formatting for me) I released and had all the celebration in October.

 

Tessa’s official book birthday is 31 October, which is fitting for the story—she assumed an identity not her own, thus “wearing a mask.”

 

And now, after more than one cover version, she’s getting a brand new look! And the remaining books I have on hand need to go—for the low, low price of only $15!! *regular $20 each

 

I only have 2 copies of each book in the series left—comment below or message on me Facebook to get your signed copy today!

 

 

#Blogwords, Special Edition, Tessa Book Birthday, unsavory heritage series, Clara Bess, Cissy, #booksale, 25% off

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 8 May 2018 – SPECIAL EDITION – BLOGIVERSARY and COVER REVEAL DAY THREE

BLOGWORDS  – SPECIAL EDITION – BLOGIVERSARY and COVER REVEAL DAY THREE

“I’ve been thrown in the deep end.  Of a deep ocean.  In a tidal wave.  And all I want to do is write my stories.”

https://www.singinglibrarianbooks.com/

 

“the battle for identity… one story at a time”  Stories by Design

Website: two years— http://www.robinemason.com

Blog: five years— http://www.robinsnest212.wordpress.com

and kitties: six years! — meow.kittylove.meow

 

And I missed ‘em all! Leastways, I missed making mention of them, let alone celebrating them.

Then again, I’ve been, well, “thrown in the ocean, in the deep end, in a tidal wave…” Of writing. And I’m happy to say, the series is DONE! Finis. Complete! And ready to format and upload to CreateSpace!

Both the blog and the website have gotten some much needed attention—facelift, and a few tweaks here and there.

And both the blog and the website are a place for friends to gather, to get acquainted. A place to kick back and have a cuppa—and a cookie! All are welcome (unless you’re spam! LOL), the more the merrier—because virtual coffee and cookies never run out, right!

I’ve made countless author friends, and met so many in person. I’m honored and humbled to be in the company of other such gifted and prolific authors. I’ve found my niche and my calling, and I work to produce the best I can, both on the blog and in my stories; I strive for excellence not perfection. And I can’t imagine doing anything else anymore.

 

So Happy Blogiversary to Robin’s Nest and Stories by Design!

And to Juniper, Penelope, Jake, and Jasper!

* Shadow decided two years ago she’d rather live outdoors (and besides, I don’t know exactly when she was born—but I do know she’s seven.)

And a million thanks to all my followers and anyone who has ever read a post or commented! You’re the reason I’m here! And for those who didn’t know, I’ve started a readers group on Facebook—Robin’s Readers Flock—and I’d love to have you join us!

 

“I’ve always had voices—er, stories in my head. I once said I should write them all down so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!”

 

 

And today’s cover tease:

C’est moi!

 

I write stories of identity conflict. My characters encounter situations that force the question, “Who am I, really?” For all who have ever wondered who you are or why you’re here, my stories will touch you in a very real—maybe too real—and a very deep way. I know, I write from experience.

 

I am all about family, and my website is designed like a home. In fact, the drawings are my design for my dream home. I love family gatherings, the bigger and louder and zanier the better. My house is designed for company and for fun. I love windows and window seats. I love the outdoors so there’s a sun porch or Florida room. I love to cook and the kitchen is spacious, and I love to entertain. There’s even a movie room in the basement for movie night.

 

Come on in, take off your shoes, and let’s have a nice hot cuppa. Come sit by the fireplace or on the back deck, and let’s visit a while.

 

 

because The Whispering Winds of Spring releases this month, I give you…

Amidst the clamor of confusion, can she hear the whisper of her memories?

 

The southern town of Saisons lies at the crossroads between North and South, progressive and genteel antebellum life. Between East and West, between history and heritage, and new frontiers. Downton Abbey meets Gone With the Wind.

 

It’s 1912, in a world where slavery is dying and women’s rights are rising, and four young women who once shared a bond—and experienced a tragedy—question their own truths.

 

Simone Dubois’ life was unraveling. All she had known and held dear was gone from her. At ten, all she wanted was to escape beneath the black waters of the Edisto River. She couldn’t know her whole life would be stolen from her.

 

When she returns to Saisons sixteen years later, she has no memory of ever having been there. Not even that it was her birthplace. Enlisting the help of her childhood friend, Mercedes—whose name stayed with her, if in shadowy dreams only—Simone encounters misty memories, and stirs up more mystery than she started with.

 

rem:   Hullo Robin, welcome to… your party!  If you could live anywhere in any time period, where would you go?

ROBIN:   I’ll stay here and now to live—but I’d visit any number of ages in history in a heartbeat. I’m enamored of the Medieval Era, and my current series is set in the Edwardian Era, so those would be my first stops.

rem:   Oh, yes, the Medieval Era! So Celtic-ish… Where did you find this story idea?

ROBIN:   Like all the rest of ‘em, it came to me. I think I had the girls’ names first, then each of the titles. As a pantser, the story unfolds as I write it and I discover more and more detail along the way. And this series!! Let me just say, I was stunned—and heartbroken—more than once!

rem:   Stories on the breeze… Who was the easiest character to write and why? The most difficult?

ROBIN:   Truly, because I write in first person and am “in” the head of my characters –slash- meet them like I meet anyone in person, each one is relatively easy—and difficult—to write. I’ve identified with each of my main characters on some way, which goes a long way to writing. Clara Bess, though, gave me a bit of trouble early in her story—she wasn’t talking to anyone and it seemed she thought that included me!

rem:   I’ve been there for that. You nearly hyperventilated writing a scene once, didn’t you?

ROBIN: [nods] Yup. And utterly bawled at… well, no spoilers.

rem:  What do you munch on while you’re writing / researching / editing?

ROBIN:   I graze more than have a single preferred munchable. Therefore I have a supply of snackies available. It varies depending on what I’m craving…cookies, cashews, I try to be good and eat fruit… And my blood sugar is dictating more what / when / how I eat than ever before… OY

rem:   mmmmm, CHOCOLATE…. What do you do to recover once you’ve typed “THE END?”

ROBIN:   So far I’ve jumped right into the next story… Yes, again!

rem:   Yeah, well, that’s not exactly what I meant by celebration… 😉

 

 

What’s your favourite part or feature of my blog or the website?

 

 

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