Saturday, March 10, 2018

Announcing . . . The Busy Mom's Guide to Writing AND an Awesome Contest!

So any of you who have followed my blog for 
any length of time know that I not only write about my books and inspiration, but I also write stuff that I hope is helpful to other writers. This journey has been an interesting one to say the least. I've typed a lot, laughed a lot and cried a lot. And had TONS of help from other people along the way. 

Part 2 of this little story involves this amazing writer I met who just happened to end up becoming my real-life neighbor. Not only does Jamie Foley make the most amazing cheese dip I've ever tasted, but she also worked for Harper Collins and Costco as a webmaster and best-selling author Beth Wiseman as a publicist. So we put our crazy, sleep-deprived mom heads together, and came up with this book filled with wonder, words, and hopefully some wisdom that can help any writer, but especially writing moms. 

In this book you will:
Help you plan out your writing goals, time management, and financial budget
- Encourage you to enlist aid from the right people--critique partners, editors, cover designers, and more
- Guide you to making the best decision for you regarding independent and traditional publishing
- Give you questions to ask yourself at the end of each chapter to help you move closer to your writing dreams
- Steer you away from mistakes we’ve made

The book will be released March 30th, but you can pre-order it right now for the special price of 99 cents! 

Aaaaand if that wasn't enough, we have an AWESOME rafflecopter contest where you can enter to win a 25.00 Amazon gift card and two AMAZING craft books. And anyone who enters the contest will get a FREE download, "Fifty Websites Every Author Should Know," a list of the very best author-related websites Jamie and I have found over the years. Enter the Rafflecopter and get your download here: 

Good luck! And happy writing!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Stepping Into the River Girl's World

I've always heard you should write what you know, and I've possibly taken that advice to heart a bit too much since five of my books are based on my hometown of Bastrop, Texas, including my contemporary series, Miss Main Street. (The town in the book is called Wimber, but it's Bastrop, through and through).

Bastrop is a lovely little town, and I've lived here most of my life. We have the Old Iron Bridge, which has been a part of the town in some form or fashion since 1923, but the current one was built to replace an 1890's version. We have a gorgeous river walk, lit now with electric lamps to replace the old-fashioned lanterns that must have bobbed down the trail during fishing expeditions in earlier days.

Photo courtesy of Cherie Haines
In River Girl's Song, I've included references to many buildings in historic Bastrop, including the First National Bank and The First United Methodist Church, which was actually established in Bastrop, TX in 1851. The bell in the church tower was once a bell for the Water Moccasin steamboat that ran along the river in the early 1800's. 

It was so much fun finding little connections like these in my research, even though I didn't get to include them all in my books. History is fascinating to me. 

So while I had the town to study (since I live here), I also wanted to get a feel for how Zillia must have lived. What tools would she have used? What would her house have been like? For this research I paid a visit to Jourdan-Bauchman Pioneer Farms in Round Rock Texas, which is settled along Walnut Creek. 

Pioneer Farm features a working farm environment, complete with animals and several sites created with homes from different periods in history. There's a 1886 Cotton Planter's farm, which would more reflect the affluent life Zillia came from before her pa passed away. 

Then there's an 1873 Texian farm, which would be more like where Zillia lived with her ma when they moved to Texas. 

Vistors are allowed to tour the buildings and see objects used in everyday pioneer life. It really gives a sense of actually going back in time. And it also helped me add in details I might have missed. 

The farm also hosts an authentic dry goods store, which was handy for me since I reference them several times in the Texas Women of Spirit series.

All in all, the visit was a wonderful experience, and if you're in the Round Rock area I heartily recommend you visit. For more information, check out 

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

New Cover and Cover reveal!

So if you have read my latest women's contemporary novella, you might remember the title being Tangled in Time, and you might remember the cover looking something like this:

It was a gorgeous cover, designed, as always, by my wonderful cover designer Elaina Lee from For the Muse Designs. But after a few months, I realized the title and cover were misleading folks into thinking the book was, amazingly enough, a time traveling story. 
So I had to go back to the drawing board. After a month of agonizing and searching for just the right title and picture, I decided to call the book Secondhand Secrets instead, and the long-suffering Elaina Lee created me a brand-new cover to match. 

I believe this cover fits the modern-day boutique-queen moves back to small-town feel I was looking for. 
Which one do you like the best?

Aaaaaand while I had Elaina working on this cover, I thought why not get the second book's cover finished? Therefore, I am please to reveal the cover for Blessed Arrangements, Miss Main Street book 2!!!

Lila's flower shop and wedding business keep her plenty busy. Add in a handsome firefighter and crazy hits the fan. 
When Lila's sister and nephew move back in and a terrible disaster threatens her tiny Texas town, Lila realizes she might not be able to fix everything on her own. Will God send the miracle she needs to get out of this mess?

Blessed Arrangements is up for pre-order for a limited, special price! Find it at Angela's author page at Amazon here:

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Hot Off the Press!

When I was seven years old, I was sick. My dad felt sorry for me and gave me a 100+ year old copy of Grimm's Fairy Tales. I opened the leather cover and entered into a world of dancing princesses, brave travelers and cunning foxes. Danger and magic awaited at every turn.
Though my women's fiction is by far my best seller, my favorite genre is and always will be fantasy. So even though this book is tiny in comparison to my other series, it holds a special place in my heart.
The stunning cover was created by the amazingly talented Elaina Lee at For the Muse Designs.
You can get your own Kindle copy of Metal-Locks and Other Fairy Tales on Amazon for a mere 99 cents. The paperback edition should be out by July 13th, 2017. HOWEVER, if you comment on this blog post with your favorite fairy tale, you will be in the drawing to win a FREE signed paperback copy (U.S. residents only). Winner will be notified July 20th,

Monday, July 10, 2017

Today, (July 10th) is the last day to enter a HUGE contest to win a Kindle Fire and 30+ great books! (Including The River Girl's Song) Enter here!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Cover Reveal! Miss Main Street Book 1: Tangled in Time

I'm excited to present the new cover 
of the first book in my latest series, created by the talented Elaina Lee from For the Muse Designs!  

Every small town has its secrets. Darcy’s have been locked up inside her since that last summer when she left WimberTexas, and the boy she loved, for a glitzy life in Los Angeles.  
Seven years later, her gran’s passed away. Darcy’s been named as the sole owner of the Tangled in Time antique store. Darcy can’t wait to get back to the place where she’s always felt she belonged. But owning a business isn’t as easy as it seems. And sometimes the past is better left alone. 
But Darcy is determined to push forward, despite the obstacles that cross her path. And maybe even have another chance with the man who stayed behind.

Hoping to release sometime at the beginning of June!

And if anyone wants to know why it's taken me so long to release a new book, here's why:

His name is Tyrel Kole Castillo, and he was born December 7th. So you can imagine!

Stay tuned for pre-order info!