Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Come Fly with Me -- new cover reveal and it's FREE today!

I love to fly…I’ve traveled a lot and enjoy the excitement of the airport, watching everyone, wondering what their stories are, where they’re going. I’ve met interesting people in airports…but so far I’ve not met anyone like Jace Chantiers, the hero in my novella, COME FLY WITH ME.

A Bad Boy Billionaire.

I’ve redesigned the cover…and here it is:

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Here’s the blurb:

London’s Heathrow airport

New Year’s Eve


Kacie Bennett is stranded in London and desperate to get home to avert a family crisis. She’s shocked when a tall, dark handsome stranger offers her a first class airline ticket, no strings attached.

What’s a girl to do?

Kacie is the plain sister of the three Bennett girls. Tall and practical, she buries her loneliness in creating unique breads and croissants for the family business, The 3 Bees (Bennett’s Bed & Breakfast). She’s studying at a culinary school in Piccadilly when she gets a desperate call from her sister Emma.

Their baby sister Megan is eloping with a guy twice her age after breaking up with her boyfriend. Kacie is frantic to get back home to Forgotten Valley, California to save her sister from marrying the wrong man.

She can’t believe her good luck when the most gorgeous man she’s ever seen insists she take the ticket.

What does he want in return?

Jace Chantiers is a self-made oil billionaire, a player who can have any supermodel he wants, but he doesn’t believe in love. That would mean opening up about the pain in his past, something he swears he’ll never do. When he has to cancel his date to fly to San Francisco for an urgent business meeting, he overhears Kacie’s panicked phone call from her sister and is intrigued by her plight.

He never expected to ring in the New Year with a gorgeous blonde who needs his help. Kacie gets under his skin with her go-to attitude, hard work ethic, and strong dedication to her family. Something he never had growing up. She makes him wonder if he’s missing out on something, something his money can’t buy.

Can Kacie resist this gorgeous man the British tabloids have labeled the sexiest man alive? Does she dare lose her inhibitions at thirty thousand feet…or will she also lose her heart?

Link to my Amazon page: COME FLY WITH ME. It's FREE July 29-31, 2015

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BONUS: 

You can read the Prologue to LOVE ME FOREVER in its entirety at the end of COME FLY WITH ME.  So get your free copy and check it out!

If you love Civil War romance and time travel and TWO hunky military heroes, check out my Kindle Scout winner below.

~Jina
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LOVE ME FOREVER

She wore gray.
He wore blue.
But their love defied the boundaries of war.
And time.

LOVE ME FOREVER is a Kindle Scout selection and is now available for PRE-ORDER at Amazon.com!  

Thursday, July 23, 2015

What's in a Name?

Dalton Diaz is a pen name. There are a few reasons for that, one of them being that it's extremely rare for anyone to get my real name right. That reason is also why I gave each of my four sons strong, yet simple "manly" names. That's how my eldest son ended up with 3 penis euphemisms. This was discovered during his middle school years. Oh, and again in his military years. My bad.

Look at that! One paragraph, and I'm off course already.

This blog is supposed to be about when it's perhaps advisable to choose an alias for business reasons. You know, like the old Far Side comic with Sam and Ella's egg stand?

Sometimes, names can be funny and harmless. Like becoming a dentist if your last name is Chew or Gumm. Keeping your last name if it happens to be Payne (in any form)? Not advisable. Not advisable for anything in the medical/dental field, really. Though I did once see an add for a veterinary clinic where the two vets were Dr. Poacher and Dr. Hawk. That's freakin' funny.


I used to drive by a real estate office where the guy's last name was Van Wart. The office closed. Now I drive by this sign every once in awhile. It's not too bad, but you do have to wonder why he wouldn't use his full name.













Are there any fun-named businesses you've heard of, or that you frequent? Do tell!






www.DaltonDiaz.com

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Happily Edit After...with Cinderella: My Kindle Scout Experience Part 3



(You can read my previous posts about my experience with the Kindle Scout program by clicking on Part 1 and Part 2.)

Remember when Cinderella was all aflutter getting ready for the ball? Her fairy godmother shows up and poof! Cindy has a gorgeous gown, a carriage, and the sexiest pair of glass slippers. Next, she meets the prince, loses her slipper, gets it back, and marries the handsomest man in the land.

Then comes a reality check.

Cindy is a princess with a hundred and fifty room castle to manage, servants galore, royal obligations, and a demanding mother-in-law who can’t wait to show her off at high teas.

First, she must learn how to be a princess.

Kinda like putting out a good book. It’s a lot of work. Period.

After my 30-day campaign with Kindle Scout for LOVE ME FOREVER, my Civil War time travel romance, being on and off the Hot and Trending list, then waiting to see if I made the cut, came my reality check.

Edits.

Most writers would rather clean bathrooms for a week than open the Editorial Letter.

I was shaking in my slippers when mine came. I worked more than two years on “LOVE ME FOREVER,,” getting the research right, the romance, settings. Not an easy task. My story is over 150,000 words.

Which brings me to one of my favorite things about Kindle Scout: the Kindle Press Team. With everyone jumping into the self-publishing arena, it’s easy to want to write, write, write and get it out there. Do-it-yourself, especially if you’ve been writing for a long time. I can wrap my head around a story pretty well. I’ve written several novels for trad publishers, non-fiction books, kids’ TV scripts, and plenty of magazine columns and stories.

But no writer is an island.

A good editor is as important as Cinderella’s fairy godmother. She/he can wave their magic wand and give you that extra spin on your book, make you dig deeper, cut excess. One thing that drew me to the Kindle Scout program was the idea of receiving editorial input.

I wasn't disappointed. The editorial guidance at Kindle Scout/Kindle Press is awesome.

I’m thrilled to say that my editor at Kindle Press was thorough, gave excellent suggestions, made me think, and complimented me along the way when she particularly liked something. She’s definitely one of the best editors I’ve ever had. The turnaround was quick: a week to complete the edits. I admit I hardly slept and I maxed out the balance on my Starbucks gold card, but the KP Team gave me a heads up three weeks before as to exactly what day to expect the email with the attached files and they delivered.

So here we are at a new juncture in my Kindle Scout experience. Edits done; book in production.

Pre-order now on Amazon.

Am I nervous? You bet I am. I put my heart and soul into this story, laughed and cried with my characters every step of the way. I’m anxious to get it out there. But the best part is, I feel confident that as part of the Kindle Scout program, LOVE ME FOREVER, is the best it can be.

Update:  LOVE ME FOREVER got a five star review!! Check it out on Amazon.

"Gripped me from the first page and wouldn't let go..." Jade Onyx


~Jina

Website: www.jinabacarr.com
Blog: www.jinabacarr.wordpress.com

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LOVE ME FOREVER,

She wore gray.
He wore blue.
But their love defied the boundaries of war.
And time.

LOVE ME FOREVER is a Kindle Scout selection and will be published on August 4, 2015.

You’ll meet both my heroines and both my heroes in the excerpt. It’s a saga of love and romance and war. Believe me, I walked every road, fought every battle with my characters, even walked around in a hoop skirt to “get it right.”

This is a book of the heart…any questions? Please ask!!

I'd love to hear from you. You can find me on social media:

www.facebook.com/JinaBacarr.author
 
And on Vimeo you'll find my videos--all 71 of them covering my books, poems, etc.:

https://vimeo.com/user216350/videos

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Summer Gazpacho

It's finally acting like summer around here, and the hot, humid days (& nights!) remind me of one of my favorite summer meals, which reminds me of my mom. You know how everyone has at least one dish they are famous for making/bringing to a party? Mom had three, one of which was her Gazpacho. My dad proposed to my mom in Spain, and she came back with a ring and adapted this recipe from a Spanish cookbook. This dish meant so much to her that she had a Gazpacho serving set!

Dalton's Mom's Gazpacho
(Warning! Base must be made at least 3 hrs in advance, preferably day before.)

1        28oz Tomato Juice (NOT V8! I use low sodium)
2        Green Peppers, medium size
2     English Cucumbers, peeled
1/2  Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2/3  Cup Red Wine Vinegar
2       Onions, medium
4       Peeled Tomatoes, large
1      TBL  Salt (or less)
1/4  tsp Tabasco
1/4  tsp Garlic Powder

In a blender, combine 2 tomatoes, 1 cucumber, 1 onion, ½ green pepper, and 1 cup tomato juice. Blend for 30 seconds. Mix remaining tomatoes juice with the puree, add olive oil, wine vinegar, Tabasco, salt and pepper. Chill for minimum of 3 hours, preferably overnight.
This is the base. If you taste it now, it won't be good! You have to wait.

Chop more green peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions into small bite-size pieces and serve with base. I like to put the base in a large bowl and each veggie in a separate bowl so people can choose what they like. Also good as extras: cilantro, red pepper, avocado, fresh lime wedges, hot chilis.