Saturday, June 20, 2009

Blogging at Seduced by History today


Visit Seduced By History where I'm blogging today about The Book of Hours in the Middle Ages. Back in grad school I took a fab class called the "Transition from Manuscript to Print." It was about the history of the book in the Middle Ages. I loved the class and learned a lot. One of the perks of this class was the opportunity to see manuscript and incunabula - early some of the first printed books. For this class I did a comparison between a manuscript Book of Hours and early printed one. I took a ton of pictures to illustrate my paper. It was great fun.

Friday, June 19, 2009

#RWAfail - change needed regarding digital publishing.

Deidre Knight posted an outstanding blog, The Digital Age and RWA, at the ESPAN (Electronic Small Press Authors Network) blog this past week. President of RWA, Diane Pershing Posted a response on Friday. I was underwhelmed with Ms. Pershing's response.

I found out about a new Yahoo listserv for those interested in making a difference.
Please retweet or forward the info below to any writer interested in affecting a real change.


In response to the debacle that was Diane Pershing's response regarding the current high-level position on digital publishing, a group has been started.

If you think digital publishing has a place in our world
If you think digital publishing needs a voice in RWA
If you think digital published authors deserve education on the ins and outs of specifically digital publishing

Please join.http://groups.yahoo.com/group/RWAchange/members

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Library use

Great report on the surge in library use on The Today Show. Check it out (along with a library book)!!







Friday, June 12, 2009

New Reviews for Protect and Defend!


Wow - I've gotten some more great reviews for
Protect and Defend!

Bitten by Books reviewer Megan said some really cool things about my first book.

"Francesca Hawley wrote Protect and Defend so well that you can actually feel the emotions that the characters went through coming off the pages."

Yaaaay! She liked it. She really liked it!
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I received great review from Erotic Horizon too! The reviewer said some super stuff about Protect and Defend! Wooo Hoooo!

"Ms. Hawley is a new to me author and i found her writing style to be easy – very edgy with an underlying element of fun. It has a “expect the jack to jump out of the box at any minute” feel and this sort of tension filled expectation continued a good way through the book. I really like it and it was a pleasure to be surprised."

Breaking News - Protect and Defend will be release in print from Ellora's Cave later on this year. I don't have a release date as yet, but I think it will be sometime in August or September. I'll keep you posted!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Blogging at Embrace the Shadows today!

Hi everyone,
June is promo month for me. Today, I'm blogging over at Embrace the Shadows about what inspired me to find the perfect heroine for Eaduin Kempe. Please join me to leave a comment. One commenter will win a copy of my book, Seeking Truth. Hope to see you there!

http://embracetheshadows.wordpress.com/2009/06/11/welcome-our-guest-francesca-hawley/

P.S. My apologies if you see this post more than once today.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Cry Mercy Tour - Day 12 - Toni Andrews


Today my guest is Toni Andrews.


She is the author of a number of books and writes as both Toni Andrews and Virginia Reede. I've really enjoyed following her Cry Mercy Tour because she's funny and shares a lot of herself with her readers, which is VERY cool. Because many of her visits (like the one here) are virtual, you can go back and get caught up with how the month has been going for her. All of her virtual interviews are posted on YouTube. Visit Toni's YouTube page to find out more!

So without further ado - or chattiness from me - Here's Toni!!!







Blurb - Cry Mercy




I just want a normal life…even if I'm not entirely sure I'm human.My name is Mercy Hollings and I'm a successful hypnotherapist in Balboa, California. The problem is, my good fortune is dependent on a dark secret. I can make people do whatever I want using telepathy, a power I call "the press." And that ability has hurt some people I never wanted to hurt, so I try to keep it under wraps.

I also try to keep people at a distance…at least, I used to. Recently a group of fearless characters broke through my self-imposed walls and became my friends: Sukey, my receptionist-turned-P.I.; Tino, a Chicano gang leader; Hilda, a wealthy society widow; Grant, a retired millionaire—and Sam, my sexy-as-hell ex-boyfriend.

But with friends comes drama. Tino has inadvertently led me into the dark world of gang violence, and Sukey has pushed me into searching for my biological parents, the only people who can finally tell me who—or what—I really am.


Where to find Toni and her book!

Toni's web site: http://toniandrews.com/

Where to send your Self Addressed Stamped Envelope to get a signed book plate for your copy: http://toniandrews.com/CryMercyTour.htm

Toni's Blog: http://tinyurl.com/ToniBlog

Toni's TV show: http://toniandrews.com/SoManyBooks.htm

Cry Mercy Trailer: http://tinyurl.com/75vl4s

Book Rx, Toni's "Book Doctor" service: http://toniandrews.com/BookRx.htm



Links to purchase the book:

Mira Books (discounted while they last!) http://tinyurl.com/oe8tkd

Amazon Link: http://tinyurl.com/CryMercy

Amazon UK Link: http://tinyurl.com/prh6ej

Barnes and Noble: http://tinyurl.com/pxrx9f

Indigo Books (Canada): http://tinyurl.com/qcycaf

Rendezvous Romance (Australia) http://tinyurl.com/r4g56z

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Seeking Truth - Cover War Contender


Seeking Truth is in a throw-down today over at Embrace the Shadows blog today. Each week they do a Clash of the Covers contest and this week, Seeking Truth is matched up against some tough competition. Please visit and vote for my cover.
Also, on Thursday I'll be a guest blogger over at Embrace the Shadows. I'm not sure about the topic yet, other than that it will be paranormal and maybe medieval.
PLEASE...Stop by to keep me company Thursday and vote for my cover today! Thanks!!!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Toni Andrews is coming to visit

Hi everyone,

I have exciting news! Wednesday, June 10, Toni Andrews will be a guest on my blog to promote her latest release, Cry Mercy. I'm going to send her some interview questions and she's going to video record the interview for me to post here on my blog. This is going to be SOOOOOOOO cool. Please stop by to watch the video and leave comments!






Friday, June 5, 2009

Tarot reading for Eaduin

Greetings all,

Arwen Lynch did a tarot reading for the hero of my latest book, Seeking Truth. Stop by to see Eaduin's responses at: http://tarotbyarwen.com/blog/?p=1812 . At first I had trouble getting back into Eaduin's mind (I've been spending a lot of time with Joe Blackwolf lately). However once I got back into Eaduin's POV, the responses were pretty fascinating.

Stop over at Arwens to comment, because one lucky commenter will win a copy of my book! Hope to see you there!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Guest Blog at The Naughty Girls Next Door!



I'm blogging today about getting into the mind of my medieval warrior, Eaduin over at The Naughty Girls Next Door. Please stop by to visit. One lucky commenter will win a copy of my book.