Dr. Duffy’s Close Encounter (Maggie)

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Hi, All!

Someone was sad that I hadn’t posted about my trip to New Orleans.  Well, let me just tell you, it was amazing.  I walked on the Moonwalk, atop the levee, looking out over the Mississippi River in awe.  I listened to jazz on the streets.  I ate great food, and best of all, made friends I’ll never forget.  The keynote was well received, I made them laugh, and then made them cry, and I think they really liked it.  ;)

All very good.  Of course I couldn’t wait to get home, which is always the case.  And now it’s as warm here as it was there, and I’m outside daily and relishing every second.

I have a couple of projects you can get involved with though so I want to get to those right away.  First, our annual SPRING INTO FITNESS CHALLENGE is about to begin over at Maggie’s Health and Fitness.  This year’s challenge is to create a workout plan for the month of April.  It can be anything you like; choose something from the many fabulous workout DVDs, websites, magazines, etc, or make up one of your own.  The idea is to build yourself a month-long schedule.  Make a chart to hang on your wall with what you will do on what day of the week, and what day or days you’ll give yourself for resting up.  Get it all ready so that you can begin on April 1st.

We’ll be sharing our workout plans, and reporting in each day on the page and via the email loop.  (you can subscribe to the email loop too if you prefer it.  Send a blank email to this email address: maggies-health-and-fitness-subscribe@yahoogroups.com )

Best part: everyone who manages to get through the month of April sticking to their plan, will be tossed into the drawing for some neat prizes at the end of the month.  (To be announced.)  It’s entirely on the honor system, and you’ll be granted a few cheat days to use or not at your own discretion.  So please pop over to the Facebook page or join the yahoogroup and join in the SPRING INTO FITNESS fun!  (I don’t make any money or anything off this, or even add you to a mailing list or anything.  It’s just because I think we do better if we support each other.)

Buy it on Monday March 26th and save a buck!

Okay, next thing, and this is big.  DR. DUFFY’S CLOSE ENCOUNTER will be ready to publish on Kindle and Nook over this weekend. (Originally titled OUT OF THIS WORLD MARRIAGE, it’s been re-edited, polished, packaged, and I’m re-releasing it.)  I’d like to shoot for a powerful opening day on MONDAY MARCH 26th! I would like you all to help me spread the word and the links (which I’ll have soon) in my “BUY THE BOOK ON MONDAY & SAVE A BUCK” Campaign.  So if you’ll just check in on my facebook page or on twitter (@maggieshayne) over the weekend, (and I’ll try to post here as well on Sunday with my fellow Broads’ permission)  I’ll get an easy to share post up with the Nook and Kindle links to the book, and I’ll ask you to share them for me. The book will be $3.99 on Monday only. Tuesday it goes up to its regular price of $4.99. Let’s see if we can make this work! THANK YOU ALL for playing along.

Do you love this cover?  My daughter Jessica of Author’s Life Saver did it!

And now you’re all updated for the week!  Make it a great one!

Maggie

Exciting Springtime Fun! (Maggie)

It’s SPRING! The robins have returned. The red-winged blackbirds are calling for their mates. The Crocuses are in full bloom. The sun is shining, and I have my first running injury. It’s all good! And it looks like, here in central New York at least, we’re sort of skipping straight to summer. In two weeks’ time we skipped from the occasional high 40′s / low 50′s, to 60′s, 70′s and almost 80 this very week. Bam, summer is upon us. Just like that. Last week there was still snow. This week we’ll hit 78 degrees. That’s life around these parts, and I’m not complaining.

So I’m hard at work trying to finish the second book of my Portal Trilogy, MARK OF THE WITCH by April, and right now that looks quite impossible. However, I know it will get done. I always manage somehow. Worrying about how I’ll do the impossible will only prevent it getting done. I don’t worry about how to make the sun rise in the morning or keep the earth spinning on its axis, or the phases of moon moving in their perfect cycle, or to make spring arrive, but those things always happen too. So it’s best to just relax and trust.
In the meantime, I’ve got some exciting things happening. I’m going to be re-releasing three more Maggie Shayne Classics in April; MIRANDA’S VIKING, OUT OF THIS WORLD MARRIAGE (which will have a new title) and FORGOTTEN VOWS…? My “authorslifesaver” Jessica is hard at work scanning and creating fabulous covers as we speak, and we’re expecting the paperwork to arrive any day now giving us the official go ahead. I’m very excited about these books. There’s a discussion going on right now at my facebook page as to what the new title should be for my “Gorgeous Alien crashes in Iowa Doctor’s back 40″ book. But I’ll take suggestions here too. It was a Silhouette Intimate Moments back in the day. A fun, steamy story, as all three of these were.

So what do you think? We’ve had dozens of suggestions for titles already, and readers are choosing their faves. But as I said, I’ll take help here too. That discussion, btw, is at www.facebook.com/maggieshayneauthor

Okay, so, my title: Dr. Duffy’s Close Encounter is apparently not hitting the right vibe. (Probably would only work if the book was a comedy instead of a sexy paranormal romance with some funny moments.) So what do YOU think would make a great title?