Wednesday, November 13, 2013


It's my pleasure to have romance author, Amanda Forester, again visiting with us Over Coffee. I like her list. :-)

Thank you for inviting me today!  November is a great month for thanksgiving so I thought I'd share (in no particular order of importance) my Writer's Thanksgiving List!

1.      Writers groups.  I am grateful for Romance Writers of America and my local writers groups.  When I started writing, I knew nothing about writing a novel and the business of publishing so I had a steep learning curve.  Through the monthly magazine, online groups, and conferences I have learned a lot!
2.      A good chair.  Never underestimate the importance of a good ergonomic chair if your tushy is going to spend hours sitting in it - your back will thank you!  A close second is my split ergonomic keyboard. 
3.      Scrivener. I have enjoyed the Scrivener writing program which allows me to easily
Miles, author stress reliever
rearrange scenes as I go and has sections for character descriptions and even a section for research, which is so important for historical authors.
4.      Editorial.  It is still amazing to me that I can send in a manuscript that I think is near perfect and then go several rounds of edits followed by a sea of red ink copy edits.  My editor, Deb Werksman, and the editorial team at Sourcebooks make me look good!
5.      Barbara!  My agent, Barbara Poelle, takes care of details before I even understand them, has an inflated sense of my worth, and is a huge cheerleader!
6.      Chocolate.  What writer doesn't run on chocolate? Around this time of year I'm a sucker for chocolate peppermint bark and the classic chocolate orange.
7.      Miles the Cat.  When I get stuck or frustrated with a story, my extra large Persian says, "don't worry, pet me!"
Crazy Daisy, author editorial assistant (those plot points
weren't really necessary to the story).
  8.  Whiteboard.  When I get stuck I break out the colored whiteboard pens.  My storyboard may end up looking like a preschool project, but it works for me.

  9.  Crazy Daisy and the kidlets.  I would get stuck writing all day until my head hit the keyboard if my crazy puppy and equally rambunctious children didn't drag me out to play.

  10. My loving husband. My hubby is not only the inspiration for romance, but also tells me those four magic words, "I'll do the dishes."  Thanks honey!

So what are you thankful for?  Comment for a chance to win a copy of Midsummer Bride!

Thanks so much for inviting me.  I hope a little Midsummer Bride will warm your hearts this holiday season!


I'm thrilled to share my latest release, Midsummer Bride, Regency Marriage Mart series

One Unconventional American Heiress Can Be Even Wilder Than the Highlands...

Miss Harriet Burton, a horrendously rich American heiress, laughs too loud, states her opinion directly, and even conducts science experiments. Her aristocratic grandfather is desperate to get her respectably wed and is offering a king's ransom to anyone able to arrange a suitable marriage that comes with a title. In contrast, Harriet is interested in science and avoiding matrimony – until she meets Duncan Maclachlan, Earl of Thornton. 

Thornton has sworn to never marry for money, but is drawn to the irrepressible Harriet. What begins as friendship, and a desire to prevent his castle from being destroyed by some chemistry experiments gone wrong, sparks into a reaction that threatens to consume them both.


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Amanda Forester holds a PhD in psychology and worked for many years in academia before discovering that writing historical romance was decidedly more fun. Whether in the rugged Highlands of medieval Scotland or the decadent ballrooms of Regency England, her novels offer fast-paced adventures filled with wit, intrigue, and romance.


~Sia McKye~ said...
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~Sia McKye~ said...

AMANDA--thank you for taking the time to visit with us Over Coffee. It's always good to see your smiling face.

Writers need good tools and staff and Daisy and Miles are great helpers! This shot of Daisy just cracks me up. Would you look at that face? Priceless. I can see where Miles is purrfect for stress--such cute smush-faced kitty. :-)

Thank god my hubs does dishes and cooks (makes a fab weekend breakfast), too. He's always been a domestic god among men. Love it!

Sheila Deeth said...

I love that list too. What I'm thankful for... today, for two sons phoning and one visiting, all in the space of three days!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Love your list. And your dog looks a lot like my sweet puppy. I'm so grateful for mine too.

Kat Sheridan said...

What a great list! And the look on Daisy's face is priceless! As a writer, I'm thankful for having such great friends in the writing community. And personally, I'm thankful for a hubs who understands not to interrupt when the muse has me in a stranglehold!

L.G. Smith said...

Always good to take a moment and be thankful for all the little things that make life better. I'm always grateful for chocolate, of course, but my critique partner is someone in particular I'm grateful for. He points things out to me in the writing that I would never have considered on my own. Makes me grow as a writer. :)

~Sia McKye~ said...

SHIELA--woo-hoo. They get so busy in their lives don't they?

NATALIE--I loved that shot too.

KAT--it helps when hubs sees you wearing the tiara. Great visual reminder that the muse is present.

LUANNE--a good critique partner is worth their weight in gold. Glad you have a good one.

Wendy said...

Your puppy is gorgeous!

Jo said...

I'm thankful for the ability to read and write, especially to read all the wonderful books that you authors write for us.

Amanda Forester said...

Thanks everyone for stopping by today! Miles and Daisy wave a paw. Ever since Daisy developed a taste for post-its I had to move to the whiteboard!

DonnaGalanti said...

Great list! I'm thankful for my weekly writer's group who supports, encourages me and helps me out when I'm stuck on a writing issue. Through them I've learned we may write alone - but we can't get published alone! :)

Yolanda Renee said...

Men who cook and do dishes - where?

LOL. I love your list and just simply say ditto!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Sia and Amanda .. oh to be thankful - such a wonderful world .. and those sound like excellent Thanksgiving reasons ...

Good luck with the book .. A MidSummer's Bride ... cheers Hilary

David P. King said...

An epic list that really shines what you're thankful for, and congrats to Amanda for her release! :)

Andrew Leon said...

I want a good chair! Actually, I want that perfect chair, the one that's the comfiest chair in the universe that you can't get out of once you sit down in it.
Not that I know what I would do with it once I had it...

Sandy Xiong said...

I'm most thankful for my family. I'm always thankful for them every year but it's true. I go to college away from home and whenever I go home, it's like a reunion. Without them, I don't know what I will do.