Posts Tagged ‘fiction’

Writing Two Genres at Once?

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Blogging over on Seekerville today about the craziness of writing in two worlds. Great stuff if you want to pop in! Seekerville hosts Dana Mentink

When your life goes to the dogs…

 

 

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Thought you might enjoy my appearance on the Harvest House Blog. Yep, I’ve learned a lot from this rascally animals! Take a peek!

 

 

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Corned beef….and Key Lime Pie? A St. Patty’s Day recipe for you.

 

Reposting this in case you need a quick St. Patty’s Day recipe!

Irish Blessing
May the roof above us never fall in.
And may the friends gathered below it never fall out.

A quick St. Patrick’s Day blessing for all. I hope today finds you enjoying the people and places that you love! Any special activities on the books for today at your house? I believe there is corned beef and cabbage on the horizon at O’Mentink Manor! Below is a recipe I’m preparing for tonight. Yes, I realize it’s not Irish in the slightest, but it is green and YUMMY!

Key Lime Pie

1 container frozen limeade

1 can sweetened condensed milk

1 tub Cool Whip

3 drops green food coloring

1 graham cracker crust

Thaw limeade. Pour half into a bowl. (You can use the other half to make limeade if you adjust the water. )shamrock

Add condensed milk and combine along with the three drops of green food coloring. Fold in Cool Whip. Pour into prepared graham cracker crust and chill. Enjoy!

Here comes Tippy!!!! St. Patty’s Day prize drawing.

Because I’m excited…WAY excited… to be launching Sit, Stay, Love, in April, it’s time to have some fun. Want to play Travels With Tippy? Here’s how!

What do you do? Send me your address and I’ll mail you a “Travels With Tippy” card.

You snap a picture of your pet with the photo card and post it on FB or Twitter and tag me.

What do I do? I enter you in the first “pet themed” prize drawing to be held on St. Patty’s Day!

Fun huh? Then send me your address a.s.a.p so I can get your card in the mail!

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Last day to enter the January contest! How many books did you read in January?

In honor of this last day of January, here’s a review of Dangerous Tidings, my holiday release. I was greatly blessed by the plethora of kind reviews and extremely honored by all those who took the time to post one.

So how many books would you estimate you read in this past month? Post your number and you’re entered into the January contest for a book and gift card. Winner announced tomorrow! 

Five Star Review of Dangerous Tidings

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Buy Link, Dangerous Tidings

 

Three ways to drive a romance reader nuts.

 

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In the course of my career, I’ve been guilty of a few of these I’m sure. The learning curve is steep and readers will let you know quickly if you’ve created the following:

1. Unlikable heroes. Yes, that amazing hero has to be flawed, of course, unlikeable in many ways, but the reader has to like SOMETHING about them. In the course of the novel they are going to grow and change, hopefully improve too, but right from the get go there has to be that intangible something that makes us want to keep reading.

2. Weak heroines. Modern romance readers are accomplished women, smart, savvy, self sufficient. They know better than to walk into dark, deserted warehouses with no cell phone after hearing a scream and a chainsaw starting up. Heroines can’t be the “tied to the railroad tracks waiting for rescue” kind of ladies. Readers won’t respect that.

3. Dead pets. Readers will forgive a lot, but not the tragic death of Fido or Pussy Cat. If you hurt a beloved pet, you’re going to GET MAIL. Same applies to birds, as I discovered early on my career. It’s not just a rule for mammals!

So what drives you nuts in books that you read? Kicking off the new year with January prize-a signed book and an ITunes gift card. 

Preorder Dana’s newest book, a rolicking romance. Here comes Tippy!  Sit, Stay, Love

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New Year’s Eve traditions…The Great Mentink debate

 

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It must be New Year’s Eve because we’re all ready here to disagree about movies. Yep. We Mentinks live on the wild side and we celebrate New Year’s Eve with a movie night. Trouble is…the ladies at our gathering don’t really like war movies, or too much blood and guts. We also do not like to cry. That’s right, no deeply poignant movies for us… nothing that involves lost pets, loss of a spouse, gradual descent into illness, etc. And one more thing….we don’t agree on what’s funny either! The men in the gang are easier to please, as long as it’s not a sappy rom com. So what does that leave? Action adventure, a nice spy movie maybe?

What are your New Year’s Eve traditions? Last day to enter the December drawing!