Contest Winner/New Covers/New Contest!

So…I’ve been receiving a ton of questions regarding the new releases of some of my books…specifically Desert Fire, To Echo the Past, An Old-Fashioned Romance, Divine Deception, Daydreams and The Highwayman of Tanglewood. Therefore, I’ve decided to share a little secret information with everyone.

These particular titles were initially published by a publisher other than Distractions Ink, and were literally in bondage! Since 2008 (the year The Highwayman of Tanglewood was first published) I have been battling to get the publishing rights to my books back in my hip pocket. Without going into great detail, it has been a long, frustrating road to trudge. In truth, it probably took ten years off my life, and it definitely added weight to my rear end. However, it’s over now and I’m able to breathe easier. My books are all mine once more! Whew!

And so, with the publishing rights well in hand again, Distractions Ink worked to re-edit, redesign and re-publish The McCall Trilogy (har har) and other titles that had been out of my hands for so long. You cannot believe the relief I feel! It’s so liberating and fresh. These poor books had been slaves—trapped in something that didn’t let their true nature and ambiance shine! So I hope you enjoy the new versions of these books as much as I do…because now they’re liberated and I feel better!

You’ve probably also noticed that some of my books that were once available only as e-books have finally made their way to print versions. That’s another project I’ve been working on for some time, and I’m so thankful that they’re now finding their way to bookshelves as well! In realizing that e-books are outselling print books 100 to 1 these days, I’m very grateful that books like The Light of the Lovers’ Moon, Sweet Cherry Ray and (as of tomorrow) The Tide of the Mermaid Tears are being made available n a tangible form.

I love books! I love to hold them, smell them, see them stacked here and there on bookshelves. It breaks my heart to know that technology is changing the book world. Yet, I understand convenience, too. So I’m glad that my books are available to both electronic devise readers and traditional book readers. It helps me to sleep better knowing that which ever format you prefer is available to you.

So there you have it…the answer to a couple of book questions I’ve received lately. BUT this doesn’t make for a very fun blog now does it? Thus, I’m on to random goofiness! After all, that’s where I’m most comfortable!

Let’s begin with the winner of the “First Memory” contest. Okay…how do I possibly choose a winner out of all the fabulous entries? Everyone’s was fabulous! And I loved how so many involved time spent with grandparents! However, I have to say that the one that just jumped out at me (and I’m warning you…it’s kind of sad) was Trista Rich’s! You have to read her comment! I think the reason it did jump out at me is because it kind of reminded me of a first memory one of my Uncle’s once told me. Blah blah…not matter the reason…Trista-you won the DVD! Toss an e-mail to me at with your address and I’ll get the DVD in the mail! And thank you to EVERYONE for sharing your first memories! I loved reading them!

As for this week’s contest…hmmm…let me think of something really silly…hold on…okay I’ve got it! My friend Stephanie found this for me! AND since tomorrow marks the release of The Tide of the Mermaid Tears in print form…how about this…leave a comment concerning your positive thoughts on the video below, and be entered to win a 500 piece puzzle of the famous print The Pirate and the Mermaid by Scott Gustafson! Fun, huh? Yep…watch the Cherish video and then comment and you’ll be automatically entered to win! See? I’m so weird!

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15 Responses to Contest Winner/New Covers/New Contest!

  1. Sil says:

    I love the hunky mermen and the little boy is so adorable…great choice to go with the printing of your book!!

  2. Becki K. says:

    I am so happy for you Marcia!! I can only imagine the frustration of having something that is your heart and soul and a part of you and not be able to have control of it and do what you want with it. I am so glad that that process is over! I remember last summer at our lunch that you were really frustrated about this. So, yay!! And I am loving that all the e-books are making it to print. I so prefer the print books over e-books. I just haven’t been able to make the switch to electronic. When your e-books come out I have them printed and bound (plastic comb binding). So when they come out in book form I have to have them as well!! Can’t wait to get ‘The Tide of the Mermaid Tears’!!

  3. Megan N. says:

    I love how the hunky mermen are staring at Madonna as she sings! And the little boy is just DARLING! I think I will add this song to my playlist and enjoy the memory of this video each time I hear it!

  4. Stacey says:

    I LOVE this video! So fun! My girls have been obsessed with a nikelodeon show H2O that is about three mermaids. So we have had a lot of mermaid talk at our house lately! I think there needs to be a sexy merman pillowcase to go with a certain collection maybe? lol! Glad you got your books back, what a relief! Can’t wait to get the book form! Yay! Love ya!

  5. Brooke says:

    I have always, always loved this video! Ever since I was a little girl. There is just something about mermaids/mermen. . .

  6. Megs says:

    I love when you add things to the stories and make them into print books! I loved the epilogue in Kissing Cousins! I’ve just been wondering what happened with the I.O.U. in Kiss in the Dark! I was so looking forward to that. Oh well, I can go back and read about Dusty Britches and Fair Faris of Loch Loland.. 🙂

  7. Dawn Sherman says:

    Well, now I will just have to buy your ‘liberated’ books and donate my ‘slave’ books to my local library!

    Mermen! Aww…

  8. Beth says:

    Great Video. Perfect for the anversery of Mermaid Tears. Today is my anversery and my husbands is clueless to it. I have a stake dinner prepared and woundering if he will think I am being extra nice or will he remember, only time will tell. He is a great guy though.

  9. Sarah Crump says:

    I love this song! This is one of my all time favorite Madonna songs! Oh the mermen are just breath taking. 🙂

  10. Michelle says:

    Ha ha, it’s been years since I’ve seen this. So funny! I always wondered how the mermen fit in with the song. The black and white makes the video even better, don’t think it would have the same effect if it were to be in color.

  11. Chalinor L says:

    What a fun video. 🙂 I guess everyone dreams of hunky mermen. hahaha

  12. Jessica says:

    Makes me think of the painting…they are pretty hunky!

  13. Jessica says:

    Wait does that mean you have added more to those books now being reprinted (the McCall trilogy I mean)?

  14. Nikki says:

    KAPOWIE! Those mermen have MASSIVE….CHESTS…. 😉 Their tales were pretty stunning, too. I could cherish some time at the beach with a lot less Madonna and a lot more manly fish.

  15. Krissie says:

    Love the video. Who wouldn’t want to be walking on the beach and have a very handsome, strong mermaid man swim up to the beach to take you away. It would be something I would cherish. But for now I will just have to vision my husband as that hunky man. I wonder if I could talk him into wearing a mermaid costume for just one night. Ha I doubt it, but its worth a try.

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