Come meet me…for a good cause!

As some of you know, every year I try to do a run/walk or a bike ride for a charitable cause: MS, Arthritis, Diabetes, etc.

This year, I’ll be doing two and I’d like to offer the invitation to all of you who live in or can make arrangements to be in the area of either of these to come out, put on a team shirt and join me!

The first is the Oklahoma BIke-MS ride. This happens on Sept. 20th and 21st. We leave from Chandler, OK (halfway between Tulsa and Oklahoma City) and ride in a loop each day. This will be the third year I do this ride and I absolutely LOVE it. There are different loops for different skill levels. In the afternoons there is fun music, vendors, and just a great relaxing atmosphere. If this is up your ally and would like to come out and ride with our team, please contact me and I’d be glad to give you all the information you need. We plan to have an awesome time and would love to have you join us!

If you’re interested or would just like to see what it’s all about, here’s a link to the OK MS-150 website.

 

My second event this year is a walk for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis AKA Lou Gehrig’s Disease). While I have no personal ties to MS, I do have a tie to ALS. My maternal grandmother (the one who I dedicated my first book to due to her awesome decorating skills) had ALS. She was a Bossier City (Louisiana) resident, so when I saw that there was a Bossier City/Shreveport walk, I knew I had to go! This walk will be on Saturday, Oct. 18 on the Louisiana Boardwalk in Bossier City, LA.  Again, we’re planning an awesome time–even my mom is getting all excited about this and has suggested hosting a lunch to follow!

If you’re interested and would like more information on joining our team, please feel free to contact me. If you’d like to see what it’s all about, here’s a link.

 

Another Travel Adventure!

Okay, so I’ll admit I’m behind on my conference/convention travel adventures, and believe me I had just as an eventful trip on the way home FROM RT as I did on the way there. Plus, I had a rather interesting trip to Phoenix a few weeks back. But yesterday I took another adventure and I just have to say, it’s worth sharing!

Most of us have a bucket list, right? Well, if not, go make one! It’ll change how you think about things and when you see an overwhelming list of things you want to do before you cock up your toes, you just might jump out and take a chance when the opportunity presents itself.

One of the things on my bucket list was to ride a train–and I don’t mean the train at the zoo or the “Christmas Train” that many little towns or big cities have. I know, this sounds ridiculous to some, but I don’t live in a huge city. I don’t do subways. I have a car and that’s just how I get around. So when I created my bucket list a few years back, ride a train (a real train with a real destination not just in a loop) was on my list. Therefore, when someone mentioned riding the rails via Amtrak from Oklahoma City to Fort Worth, I suspended the reality that I live in where I need to finish a book and jumped on the idea of a train ride. This family and ours booked our tickets and that was it–everything was planned.

Because the train left so early in the morning compared to just how far away we live, we left for “the City” as we all call it in y part of the state the night before, stayed in a hotel and were ready to go!

We thought by staying in a hotel we’d get to the train station at a good time to get a good seat…uh, not so much. We did manage to find eight seats together, but they were facing backwards which was a trip. Luckily, I didn’t get sick, but poor Bob did. Otherwise, the way down there were no real problems other than a slight 15-minute delay and more “sway” than I thought there’d be. Oh and the first time the train made a connection it made me jump.  But that was okay. On the train there was much to do like playing with all the little levers that adjusted the seats and stare out the window and the few small towns and numerous cows we passed.

In Fort Worth we baked like potatoes as we walked around Sundance Square and choked down a lunch that made my stomach clench at first whiff.

Then came the fun…

Wanting to get seats that faced the correct direction this time, we stood on the platform so we’d be the first people on the train at 4:50. And we were. Then we waited. And waited. And waited some more. Around 5:10 they announced they were waiting for another train to come in who was going to bring us 25 passengers and they were “a few minutes away”. Well, that “few minutes” turned into over an hour and our train that as supposed to leave the station at 5:25 didn’t leave until closer to 6:30.

Oh and did I mention that once you get on the train, you can’t get back off? Furthermore, the only eats on a train are “snack bar” that doesn’t even open until after the train starts rolling. (One more thing on the snack bar, they have quite an extensive menu–not. The only thing we vegetarians could eat was a peanut butter and jelly sandwich–one of those frozen Smuckers varieties at that.) Anyway, because everyone was so hungry right off, the line for the snack bar coiled through the car and up the stairs and in the aisle between other passengers. It was long. So despite my nearly inedible lunch, we stayed seated until it’d been about 1:15 minutes since  the train left and when we made it downstairs, there were only about six people ahead of us. That’s manageable.

Back to the adventure….

Had the delay at the station been the only delay, our arrival time would have been 10:23 (an hour late) and everything would have still been fine. But don’t forget Rose Gordon is involved so something weird has to happen to make for a more interesting journey. Well, it does and doesn’t at the same time. Thankfully nothing too serious happened, however…

Just as we’re chugging out of the station in Gainesville, TX the sky grows…dark. At first a little gray, then a strange greenish color that thankfully changed very quickly. Then the lightning started… And not just a single streak. No it spidered and had branches and stretched across the sky.  A moment later there was an announcement that we’re about to be delayed because A. two freight trains are coming southbound on our track and we need to get out of their way and B. the weather is growing unsafe. Simultaneously, Bob and I reach for our iPads and sure enough there is a huge storm up ahead right in the direction our train is going. Oh, and the National Weather Service has put out a severe thunderstorm warning. Splendid. So for about half and hour we sit at a stand still on a “pull out” to wait for the trains to go by and for the weather to pass. Meanwhile, lightning is just lighting up the sky all around. It’s quite lovely actually, but would be even lovelier if I wasn’t stranded in a train in the middle of nowhere with 100+ strangers. Then we start chugging again only to make another stop mid-track because there’s a flash flood warning in effect for where we’re going.

At this point the “fun” of a train ride was over. The novelty had worn off and I was wondering why on earth I ever wanted to put that on my bucket list! I couldn’t even begin to tell you how long it’d been before we started rolling again. I did notice, however, when we passed through Ardmore that it appeared there really had been quite a storm. It was really dark so I can’t be sure, but it looked like one of the cross bars that comes down when the train passes had been blown off and was lying in the middle of the street. Water was everywhere and limbs were down.

By the time we returned to OKC I exhausted and worn out; it was 11:30, more than two hours past when scheduled.

It was a no-brainer decision to stay another night in a hotel. Little did we know, however, it’d be the most expensive hotel IN the city that we went to. But of course that is my luck. It’s also my luck that the guy behind the counter didn’t tell me the price until after he’d swiped my card at which point my jaw hit the desk, but alas, I was too tired to pick it back up and rattle off a retort and instead just dragged myself up the stairs and down the hall to a modest room that probably didn’t even have as many square feet as what I’d paid to use it.

So I must ask… does anyone want to come traveling with me???

Entire first series on SALE!

For an extremely limited time–like 30 hours only–my boxed set of my entire first series–The Scandalous Sisters Series–is on sale for .99 at the following retailers!

Additionally, there is STILL time to enter my giveaway, and by sharing this sales (via the link provided) you can gain three entries!

I was asked for a more mobile-friendly link to the giveaway entries, so here it is:

http://www.parchmentandplume.com/blog/rose-gordon-does-a-huge-giveaway

Changes

Some of us LOVE change and others HATE it, but either way, change is a part of life and I have some changes to announce.

A few weeks back I signed a few contracts and will be having all of my books made into mass market paperbacks which is HUGE for me. They’ll not only be of a smaller size, but they’ll be in a more expanded distribution; and the best part is, I’ll be able to price each copy at a lower price so we all win!

The change that comes with this is in the form of some of my covers. Two series, the Banks Brothers’ Brides and the Fort Gibson Officers series had to have the covers change. The others either had to have minor or no changes. The new covers have already been selected and will be showcased soon. I want to tell you all this as a head’s up, if there are any of the books I’ve mentioned that you absolutely LOVE the current cover of and would like a paperback copy, I’d suggest ordering it in the near future as I can’t guarantee how long it will still be available.

Thank you all so much for your support over the years and sticking with me to experience such awesomeness!

Exciting news for the Groom Series!

1. Her Imperfect Groom is now available as an audiobook!

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Amazon.com     Audible.com    iBooks will be coming shortly.

 

 

Sir Wallace Benedict has a serious problem: he’s a thrice-jilted baronet who is helplessly in love with a lady he can hardly talk to, let alone offer for…

Edwina Banks also has a serious problem: she’s helplessly in love with Sir Wallace Benedict, who, rumor has it, is still quite taken with the first lady to jilt him. Deciding the only way she is to have a chance at her own happily-ever-after is to help Sir Wallace achieve his, she decides to give Sir Wallace advice on how to woo his lady.

Advice on how to woo the woman of his affection given by the woman of his affection? How can Sir Wallace refuse?

 

2. Her Sudden Groom is now available in German!

I know you all secretly read German so I wanted to make sure and get this posted so you’d all be able to go indulge yourselves. Honestly, though, this is rather exciting since it’s the first book I’ve had translated.

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If you want to check it out, here’s the link for Amazon (the only retailer who carries it).

It’s time for another Mega Giveaway!

It’s June and big things have been happening this month: Her Sudden Groom is now available in German, Her Imperfect Groom is now an audiobook (an exclusive post with direct links coming this weekend when it’s available at all three retailers), I’ve made awesome progress in Passions of a Gentlemen, I’ve moved another year closer to 30….AND I’ve been cleaning out my office. While doing the last, I realized I have A LOT of paperbacks…more than 200 to be exact. So, to celebrate all proper-like I’m having another massive giveaway.

PRIZES:

  • 10 winners will receive one of my eight audio books from audible.com, winner’s pick.
  • 8 winners will receive a signed paperback of Desires of a Baron*
  • 25 winners will receive a signed paperback of His Yankee Bride*
  • 5 winners will receive a signed paperback of the entire Fort Gibson Officers Series*

HOW TO ENTER:

There are three ways to enter.

  1. Like my page on Facebook–one entry only
  2. Like my publisher’s page on Facebook–one entry only
  3. Leave an honest review for ANY of my books at Amazon, B&N, and/or Goodreads–up to nine entries, more details below.
  4. Mystery way to enter to be announced on Friday!

I have a rafflecopter set up–just follow this link.

DETAILS ABOUT REVIEWS FOR ENTRIES:

  • Up to nine (9) possible entries–one for each day from today until the giveaway closes
  • Only one review link is permitted per day
  • Each link needs to be for a different book, duplicates will be eliminated (I have 16 books, plus the Scandalous Sisters Series Boxed set so there are plenty of options)
  • Reviews do NOT have to be positive, but they need to be honest
  • Reviews do NOT have to be new, preexisting ones count as long as you’re the one who left them

Q. What if I’ve only ever reviewed six (or five or two, etc) of your books?

A. Then you have two choices: a. just enter six of the days or b. pick three favorites you haven’t already reviewed and review them. Just like pre-existing reviews count, so do current ones.

DATES,  ELIGIBILITY and FURTHER INFORMATION:

Contest is open from now until June 28, 2014 at 11:59 pm EST

Winners will be chosen by random.org and notified by email within 24 hours. Each winner has 48 hours to claim his/her prize or a new winner will be selected.

This giveaway is open Internationally, however, due to shipping prices and customs, paperback winners are restricted to the US only. If you live outside of the US and win a paperback, an eBook or audiobook will be substituted.

Now, go enter!

 

Awk-Ward! More Tales from RT2014

As most of you have noticed, I’ve been very lax in my blogging recently. I’d love to say that’s because I’m this close to finishing Passions of a Gentleman, but alas, I am not. Instead, I’ve been taking a little time off of my writing to be there for a friend in need.

That said, I have a few more RT stories to share! All of these have one common theme: they’re awkward. Consider yourself warned.

1. I think I’ve mentioned this before, but in case I haven’t, I’m not a hugger. I know, that is SO strange considering I write romance novels, but yeah, I’m not a touchy-feely kind of gal. Of course I’ll hug readers when they request it, but overall I’m not the kind to initiate hugging or close touching. As you might guess, I’m not a fan of crowded elevators. They make my blood race, so in short RT is a little nerve-wracking for me just for the elevator rides alone. So on Friday when I was in the elevator and the door opened and a group of people got in, putting about 10-12 people in less than five square feet of space, I went into what I call elevator mode. This is where I just hold my breath, clasp my hands together and stand up as straight as I can so I’m not touching anyone and nobody is touching me. Well, imagine my surprise when I hear what appears to be a slight squeal followed by the words, “We’re in the elevator with Rose Gordon and I’m trying not to stare!” from a young lady who is directly in front of me staring quite intently at her feet!

Shocked anyone even recognized me, all of my defenses fled and I of course greeted her and when she mentioned a hug, I can’t remember what I responded but a second later I found myself hugging someone in an elevator!

[As a side note, I do remember promising this young lady I'd bring her a book to my signing at Club RT later that day, but I didn't see her so if she'd like to contact me, we can work it out. I do remember her first name, but I won't post it here since that's the only way I can identify her.]

2. I didn’t participate in the large book fair this year. I’ve done those huge signings before and have trouble with them so I wanted to walk around and help any of my friends who might need help or just to show support. While waiting in the longest line in the world to be able to go into the book fair, I looked at the map of where everyone would be located and started putting checkmarks by anyone who I knew or even just knew OF and wanted to make a point to see. As I was scanning the list one name stood out to me and created another blood bubbling moment. Unfortunately, sometimes authors aren’t always nice to other authors and this particular one had stooped to a low I’d never seen before with something she did to one of my books (sorry, I can’t give details). As it would happen, we’d never actually met before or talked online, and every time I’ve seen her name these past two years it’s kind of put a sour taste in my mouth. In truth, it was controlling me. We had 50+ mutual Facebook friends and every time she’d comment on something someone posted, I suddenly felt like I couldn’t. It was controlling me in a weird way. So I had a decision to make: let just the mere sight of her name fill me with dread and distaste and keep me from chatting with my friends on FB and cower in the corner when we were in the same room together which was inevitable since we both show no signs of bowing out of writing anytime soon OR put it behind me.

I chose the latter.

After going to see everyone on my list I wanted to, I sucked it up, walked straight up to her table, grinned and said, “Congratulations on your latest book and all of your success. I’ve seen your books floating around the charts with mine and I just wanted to come introduce myself–” I thrust my hand out for her and let her take it, then said– “I’m Rose Gordon.”

A few more words were exchanged, but I can’t write them for fear of incriminating this person (I’m safe enough with what I already have because I had a similar speech with about 5-6 people other people who I introduced myself to). However, at that moment when I said who I was, something changed. Her grip on my hand tightened, something lit in her eyes–she knew–and a strange sense of peace and indifference came over me. Now, a month later, I can proudly say that my pulse doesn’t race and irritation doesn’t bubble inside of me when I see her name. Nothing. I can comment on FB without caring that she’s going to see me. Truly, I had nothing to hide before, but I’d still been uncomfortable–almost like I was so overcome with the shame and embarrassment that she’d tried to inflict on me previously that I couldn’t. And now? Now it’s not there.

3. With only a day left in NOLA, I decided I needed to go get my husband and kids some trinkets. Just as we went into this one store, my phone rang. It was Bob, who never calls me, so thinking there is something wrong, I answer it immediately.

Apparently, he just wanted to chat…

So while he’s chatting about something, I’m mindlessly walking around the store, not really paying attention to what I picked up or looked at. Then suddenly I hear giggling… (And not from my husband.) Casually, I try to look around the room to see what’s so funny that I’m missing out on and still giggles continue in one ear while my husband chats in the other. Finally, I shrugged and turned back to whatever thing I’d picked up earlier…and that’s when it all clicked. I looked down at what I was holding and gasped in horror, and yet, my hand wouldn’t release what appeared to be a Mardi Gras necklace with seven large pieces of rubber shaped like male genitalia (including some black squiggly marks on the whirligigs) and here I was holding the center phallus!

When I gathered my wits enough to know what I was touching, I dropped the staff and walked off, trying to pretend I hadn’t just been spotted with such an…interesting find. I immediately got off the phone so I A. wouldn’t unintentionally do the same thing again and B. so I could go back and snap a picture of it. Unfortunately, but the time I got back over to where it was, there was a little trio of teenagers snickering around it so I just left.

 

Once again, we’re wall human–even me. I get nervous in large groups or crowded spaces; I have feelings that can be shattered and have to overcome my own fears; and well I do embarrassing things like get caught holding a rubber tallywag while in a gift shop. I’m human, too!