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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

What's up, Wednesdays?

This will be the last post from the Lady Scribes. We will miss all of you and didn't want to leave you without information about where else to find us on the web.

This week's question…
Where can we find the Lady Scribes after June?

I also blog over at the Superauthors  and can generally be found there once a month. I also occasionally post to the blog on my website. And, of course, you can find me on Facebook and Twitter.
~Jennifer Lohmann

I've only been a Lady Scribe for a short time, but it's been a great time. You can always find me on Twitter, Facebook and my blog. I'm also trying to get into the Pinterest habit, so come find me there. And, if you're a contemporary romance fan, come hang out at the Contemporary Romance Cafe with me. Look forward to seeing you around the net!
~Kat Latham

I've loved blogging at LadyScribes, but again, am not saying goodbye! You can find more about my current books and upcoming releases on my website.  I can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads! Oh, and I'm also striving to get myself more connected on Pinterest! Looking forward to keeping touch with everyone! Hugs
~Christi Caldwell

As a founding member of Lady Scribes, it's hard to say goodbye. I've had lots of happy times here at the blog. Fortunately, no place is too far away on the Internet, and you don't need a passport to come see me! You can find me on Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads (where I may post a blog from time to time if I'm feeling especially longwinded). I'm also on Pinterest where I love searching for Regency gowns for inspiration and creating storyboards for my newest series, Rival Rogues.

To keep up with my latests releases, you can visit my website or sign up for my newsletter for news and free reads. Or if you're interested in joining my street team and being the first to see my newest covers, read excerpts, and possibly have access to my books before they hit the shelves, you can sign up here. Can't wait to see you at these new places!
~Samantha Grace


Sunday, June 22, 2014

Five Years....

Five years. In the grand scheme of life, it doesn't sound like very many years, and in the grand scheme of life it really isn't very many years. 

And yet, in that span of time, so much happened and didn't happen in my life. 

Five years ago, I was an aspiring romance author.

Five years ago, I was an aspiring mother. 

Five years ago, I found success in my 2nd IVF cycle and gave birth...to a beautiful baby boy with Down syndrome. 


Five years ago, I was unable to return to work, instead learning, sometimes struggling to care for a child with a disability.
 
As those days slipped by, I began to navigate through a new, uncertain world. Through all the fears and uncertainty, I found a kind of healing in the written word. I began to craft a world of imperfect heroes and heroines because I could identify with those imperfect people...because I was, and am in no way, perfect. My son, he taught me the beauty of imperfection. Life is not always perfect, it's often hard, but it has enriched my life in ways that I could never have imagined. 

My Nana Lil, she always used to say to me, 'your world is going to open up for you someday', but at the time, I carried so much bitterness that her words seemed like an impossibility. For me, I saw in my life, the things I couldn't do. I couldn't get pregnant without medical assistance. I also saw the things I wasn't able to do. My books were being rejected by editors and agents because it was "risky"; 'people didn't want to read about 'imperfect' heroes and heroines. 

Over the years, I followed Lady Scribes. And then, I was invited to be part of the Lady Scribes. 

So much of my life played out on those blog posts. I underwent eight more IVF cycles. I had several, heartbreaking pregnancy losses.

 I celebrated my son. I worried for my son. 

I despaired of ever being a mother to more children. And then I was pregnant with my twins. 

                       




When at 20 weeks 5 days I was placed on bedrest due to preterm labor complications, it was just one more thing I could not control in my life. 



What I could control, however, was what I wrote. And how much I wrote. For the 18 weeks I spent on bedrest, I wrote 3 books, 1 novella, and I decided to publish them. 


                                              

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It's funny how very much can change in five years. I'm now a mother to three, beautiful children. I've been on Amazon's bestseller Regency and Historical Romance lists. I have my third full-length novel coming out in a few weeks. 


So I don't want to say good-bye today, because I don't believe this is good-bye. I hope to keep in touch with everyone on Facebook and Twitter, and every other social media outlet out there! 

Instead, I wanted to say thank you. Thank you for your kind words during some tremendously heartbreaking times in my life. Thank you for your prayers. Thank you for your encouragement. Thank you for reading. 

Just...thank you. 

Hugs and Love, 
Christi Caldwell
The Countess of Courage

Friday, June 20, 2014

Hello, Future!

A few months pre-published
This is the blog post that almost wasn’t. Between complete indecisiveness on my part over the topic, and two weeks of spotty to now no Internet service, I wasn’t sure I could pull it off. (Thank goodness for coffee shops and Wi-Fi!) Being only partially connected these past two weeks reminds me there was once a time when I didn’t know the charms of the World Wide Web. It’s a distant memory, hazy and surreal.

I feel much the same about Lady Scribes. I can barely remember a time when it wasn’t part of my life. Therefore, it’s a bittersweet moment for me announcing the end of such a wonderful time. When we first started the blog, most of us were unpublished authors with high-hopes of realizing our dreams. What a joy it is to say that has come true for all the original members! It is also great to say the newer authors who’ve spent time as a Lady Scribe are busier than ever writing new books and connecting with readers in different ways. It wasn’t easy, but those of us remaining decided it was time to close the blog. What’s Up, Wednesday next week will be our last day.    

There is a saying that all good things must end. I’m not sure I agree with that sentiment. The best things I’ve gained from the blog remain long after my days of blogging are done: the wonderful friendships I’ve made with readers and my fellow Lady Scribes, and a cache of good memories. I had a lot of fun looking back through the archives to choose my favorite blog posts for today. I hope you enjoy the walk down memory lane, too.

Samantha's Top 5 Favorite Blog Posts:

The Nearly Wed game as part of the Febutant Ball with fellow authors Kristin Callihan, Mandy Collins, Anna Randol, Jillian Stone, & Heather Snow. TAKE A LOOK HERE
To view all the other authors’ characters participating in the Nearly Wed Game, hit older post until you reach Anna Randol’s post.

Stories about my neurotic dog, Dani. TAKE A LOOK HERE

The Pants Blog was fun and hilarious! TAKE A LOOK HERE 

My confession about buying Brazil Butt Lift workout DVDs. TAKE A LOOK HERE 

My favorite interview of all time with the Marronites! (Paul Marron’s biggest fans) TAKE A LOOK HERE 

Of course, none of the ladies are disappearing off the grid. You’ll still see me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinetrest, and Goodreads. And if any of you bloggers would like my characters or me to make a guest appearance on your blog, we would be thrilled with a capital T!!! (Can you tell I spent the last 24 hours with a group of tween girls?) Feel free to contact me through my email address: samantha@samanthagraceauthor.com 

Also, beginning Monday I’ll put out the call for street team members, and I’m so excited about interacting with the team like I have been with our regular Lady Scribe readers. Y’all are the best! If you are interested in joining my street team, you can send me an email, direct message through FB or Twitter, or look for a link to the sign-up sheet on FB and Twitter Monday, June 23rd.

Have you had a time in your life when you were sad to say goodbye but still excited about what the future held?