A Special Guest Host for the Fourth of July!

Today’s guest host is Reid Lance Rosenthal, who is celebrating a milestone… two of his books were selected to be today’s Amazon Kindle Daily Deal!

You’ll recall Reid was the judge of the “Best First” contest, and even though he was in the midst of fighting to save his ranch from the Arapaho wildfires he still managed to fulfill his judging duty and pick the winners. He’s a man of his word even when faced with staggering challenges, and he’s a fantastic author too.

Take it away, Reid!

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THE PASSIONS OF THE AMERICAN SPIRIT WOVEN WITH THE PRIDE OF INDEPENDENCE DAY!

Threads West, Book One, July 2013 Reprint releasing TODAY (120 more pages and eight gripping new chapters) AND Maps of Fate, Book Two — #1 bestsellers, winners of 13 national awards, JULY 4TH ONLY – AMAZON KINDLE DAILY DEALS!  TODAY ONLY $1.99 per ebook.

Ipad/Nook readers go to www.threadswestseries.com.

Kindle readers go to http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000677541 

This sweeping multi-era series is compared by reviewers and authors to Lonesome Dove, Centennial, L’Amour (“with steam”) and called by some “the Gone With The Wind of the West.” The tale bursts with the action, romance and promise of historical America and the West.

The epic saga of Threads West begins in 1854 with the first of five, richly textured, complex generations of unforgettable, multicultural characters. The separate lives of these driven men and independent women from Europe and America are drawn to a common destiny that beckons seductively from the wild and remote flanks of the American West. Swept into the dangerous currents of the far-distant frontier by the mysterious rivers of fate, the power of the land and the American spirit, their journeys are turbulent quests intertwined with romance and adversity, passions and pathos, despair and triumph.

You will recognize the characters who live in these pages. They are you. They are us. This is not only their story. It is our story.

 

“Long ago, I fell madly in love with Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry.… The splendor and adventure of  THREADS WEST has now surpassed my love of McMurtry’s Western saga…packed with adventure, romance, history, conflict, and emotion.… Far more romantic/sexy than McMurtry ever wrote…a real feel of how the West was won, by men AND women.… Five stars is not enough!”

~ Eve Paludan, Two-time #1 National bestseller, Writer’s Digest Book Club

 

“Fluent and strong…sensual, evocative and unforgettable…compared to McMurtry’s Pulitzer-Prize-winning Lonesome Dove and Michener’s Centennial.… Rosenthal’s epic masterpiece will rival even some of Louis L’Amour’s best loved work.”

~ Lois Henderson, BookPleasures.com MA General Linguistics,

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Release Day for Along the Way Home! Cover, Contests, and More!

Along the Way Home releases today! There’s blog posts, contests, and tons of merriment going on around the internet, and I’ll be updating this post throughout the day/week as the links to Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other retailers go live.

First, I’d like to finally reveal the cover…

Along The Way Home-Christi Corbett

Advance Praise for Along the Way Home

In Along the Way Home, author Christi Corbett unfurls an unforgettable epic romance inside of an epic Western adventure. Beautifully crafted, this debut novel is a tender journey of the heart as well as a treacherous journey of many miles. Along the Way Home is a squeaky-clean historical romance with authentic period details and deep emotion. Much danger, risk, courage and compassion will make you long for more books from this talented author. As heartwarming as Christy.”

Eve Paludan, author of Taking Back Tara (Ranch Lovers Romance series) 

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A breathtaking account of courage and adventure along the Oregon Trail. Travel this dangerous journey with characters you will treasure as they cope with heart-wrenching difficulties they never thought to encounter in a search to fulfill their hopes and dreams. Christi Corbett’s debut novel, Along the Way Home, will both surprise and delight.

Jillian Kent, author of The Ravensmoore Chronicles

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A dash of action! A touch of intrigue! Loads of sweet, clean romantic promise–a chick flick 1840’s historical western that will tickle young adults and ladies!

Reid Lance Rosenthal, Winner of 15 National Awards, #1 Best Selling Author of the Threads West, An American Saga series.

Purchase Information

Along the Way Home costs $2.99 and is available as an ebook at the following retailers (I’ll post the links as they go live throughout the day) and it will be available in print form sometime next month.

Amazon

Barnes and Noble 

Kobo

BookStrand

Astraea Press (my publisher)

OmniLit/All Romance E-Books

Smashwords 

ibookstore 

iTunes (Not available yet, will update when it goes live)

Blog Posts and Contests Galore!

Many  fellow writers agreed to help spread the word about my release, and I’ve got a lot of blog posts lined up for this week. I’ll post them here as they go live. Right now there’s only one, but by the end of the week they’ll be many more 😀

Rose Gordon: In this post you’ll learn how talking too much in 9th Grade English led to an interesting discovery.

Rachel Van Dyken: How a Road Trip in a Crowded Hyundai Inspired My First Novel. (There’s a contest with this post!)

Angie Eads is featuring an excerpt where Jake (the rugged trail guide) and Kate (the prim society woman) first meet and immediately clash over what’s important enough to bring along. Hint, Kate wants china and dresses, Jake wants tools and spare wagon parts.

Given that Along the Way Home is set on the 1843 Oregon Trail, I’m doing several giveaways of an Oregon Trail themed prize package on several of my guest posts this week. All you’ll need to do is leave a comment and you’re entered to win!

So, what are you doing this week? Anything exciting?

Another Book Coming Soon for Reid Lance Rosenthal

Reid Lance Rosenthal will release another book in his Threads West series in only a few months! (Official release is planned for February 2013). This latest book is called, Uncompahgre—Where the Water Turns Rock Red.

Reid b and w picture

(Click here for his interview and book trailers of his first two books)

You’ll remember Reid as the judge of the “Best First” Contest here on this blog. Not only did he generously offer great book prizes and critiques to the winners, he kept his word and judged the contest even as the horrible Arapaho fire threatened his ranch.

(Click here for the “Best First” contest details)

Recently he’s been on a book tour promoting his books (click on the link under his picture for details) and audio CD’s. The schedule is hectic…six signings in two and a half days, plus a 500 mile drive!

You can find more information about his book signings, his plans for the next three books in the series, and get details on how to order his audio cd’s (voiced by him!) on his Facebook page or his website.

Meet the Winners of the “What’s Going On Here?!” Contest

Moriah Densley has selected the winner and runner-ups for the “What’s Going On Here?!” Caption Contest.

The Second runner up, and winner of Reid Lance Rosenthal’s book, Threads West, is M.V. Freeman, with the following entry:

“Hey, you said brush your teeth, you didn’t tell us *how* we had to do it.”

The First runner up, and winner of a critique from Moriah of their first 10 pages of their novel,  AND a copy of her e-book, Song for Sophia, is Florence Fois, with the following entry: 

“Hey mom, don’t blame me. It was her idea.”

The Grand Prize winner, and winner of a critique from Moriah of their first 15 pages of their novel, AND and a copy of her e-book, Song for Sophia, AND, a package of writing goodies from me is Talynn Lynn, with the following entry:

“Come back here, bro! You got toilet paper stuck to your foot!”

Congratulations to all the winners!

 

“Best First” Contest Update, Fires, and More

I heard from Reid about when he expects to announce the winners of the “Best First” contest. This is tentative, but he expects to notify me of the winners by this Friday, and I hope to have them posted here on Tuesday the 10th.

I know, I know. You’re reading this and thinking “Tentative?!” “Expects?!” “Hope to?!”

Yep, that’s what I said. And for good reason. I’m not holding him to either date because he’s got a lot going on right now.

If you recall, the first line of the bio paragraph from Reid’s interview on this blog reads, “Reid is fourth generation land and cattle.”

Reid is in the midst of the horrific wildfires gripping the nation right now, specifically the Arapaho Fire. On his Facebook page, he wrote that the situation is “… now grim. Beginning to move dozers, pumps, and other equipment up country to the cabins in the AM. Horse and cattle moving through opened gates down country.”

You can check out his page on Facebook for more details, pictures, and video. And, drop him a line of support and encouragement too if you’re so inclined.

Click HERE to view his personal page on Facebook, including photos of the fire and details of all he’s doing to save his ranch.

Click HERE to view the Threads West page Reid has up on Facebook. He has photos there as well.

Do you know anyone affected by the wildfires across America?

Contest Update, and Some Fun Links

The “Best First” contest was a rousing success and garnered a whopping THIRTY-FOUR entries!

I don’t envy Reid right now as being the one who has to sift through all those fantastic sentences and select three as winners (One Grand Prize winner and two runners-up). When I was compiling the list for Reid I couldn’t help but think how hard it was going to be for him to just pick three!

So, it’s little wonder that he hasn’t made his selection yet. While we wait, I found some fun links that I wanted to share…

Click HERE to see the newest editing symbols. They are hilarious!

Click HERE to see why I’m stalking the mailman as I await a package from Amazon that will contain what I hope will be the best writing tool evah! Seriously, I peer out my window when the mailman drives up to our box just hoping against hope that Amazon shipped it early. So far, no such luck. I think I’ve become Mrs. Kravitz by now I’m looking out the curtain so much 😦

Click HERE if you have no idea who Mrs. Kravitz is.

And finally, click HERE to learn about a book I wish I had when my twins were at that oh so tender age of not wanting to go to sleep—the hubby and I called that age zero to now. (Hint…the title is Go the F*&k to Sleep)

 

“Best First” Writing Contest Open for Submissions!

Yesterday, I introduced award-winning author of the Threads West, An American Saga, series, Reid Lance Rosenthal.

Reid has generously agreed to act as the sole judge the “Best First” Contest, and is including a critique to the winner!

Now, without further ado, let’s get to the contest details…

Entrants shall enter the first sentence to any novel they’ve completed, but haven’t published.

If you’ve written more than one novel you can enter the first sentence from each—just complete separate entries for each one.

Entries should include author’s name, title of novel, genre, and first sentence. (Use my example below as a guideline.)

Christi Corbett

Along the Way Home

Historical Western Romance

Every Wednesday Kate stood on the same front porch, her hand poised inches from the door, willing herself to do the unthinkable—walk away without knocking.

All genres accepted.

Enter your sentence in the comments section of this post.

Contest deadline is June 22nd, 2012 at 11:59 pm PDT (Pacific Daylight Time).

Winners will be announced when Reid is done judging 🙂

Prizes are amazing, and as follows…

Grand Prize Winner will receive a critique of their first page of their novel from Reid, AND books one and two of Reid’s Threads West, An American Saga, series…Threads West and Maps of Fate.

First Runner Up will receive a package of writing goodies (chosen by me and I always include great stuff!) AND books one and two of Reid’s Threads West, An American Saga, series…Threads West and Maps of Fate.

Second Runner Up will receive book one of Reid’s Threads West, An American Saga, series…Threads West.  

Best wishes!