Wednesday, November 22, 2017

HAPPY THANKSGIVING



Have a safe and joyful Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 17, 2017

BIG Holiday Sale at Prairie Rose Publications

Today From Prairie Rose Publications:



Newly Released anthology, SWEET TEXAS CHRISTMAS, is now only 99 cents on Kindle

Christmas in Texas couldn’t be sweeter than these stories of lost love found and new love discovered at the most joyous time of the year! SWEET TEXAS CHRISTMAS is a boxed set of Christmas novellas that will warm your heart and keep you reading long into the night to see how these couples find their happily-ever-after ending!
With the holiday season in full swing, these western heroes and their ladies come together in a delightful collection of four deliciously sweet Yuletide stories you’re sure to love and remember. Authors Stacey Coverstone, Cheryl Pierson, Sarah McNeal, and Marie Piper have penned these scrumptious Christmas tales just for your reading pleasure, along with a special surprise in each story!

Each of these holiday tales includes a delectable dessert recipe guaranteed to bring an added measure of Christmas sweetness your way! There’s nothing quite like a SWEET TEXAS CHRISTMAS!

My Contribution/A Christmas Visitor

Blurb:
Sterling Thoroughgood was Matilda Barton’s first and only love, but he left her three years ago to seek his fortune in Wyoming. And now he’s come back with a puzzle box as a gift with a secret inside. But as far as Matilda’s concerned, it’s three years too late.
Is love lost forever or does the mysterious puzzle box hold the key to happiness?

Excerpt:

“Don’t you even think about stepping up on this porch, Sterling Alexander Thoroughgood, or I’ll shoot a hole in you big enough for a team of horses to jump through.” The woman wearing a faded blue calico dress aimed the shotgun straight at his heart…and sometimes his liver since she wasn’t holding the shotgun all that steady.
Sterling raised his hands in the air. His bare hands were practically numb from the cold. He glanced up at the slate gray sky. Snow’s comin’. Then he grinned at the woman holding the shotgun. “Merry Christmas to you, too, Matilda.”
She dipped the shotgun for just a moment, but raised it again as if on a second thought. “What do you want here after being gone for three years? Did you break some hearts up in Wyoming? Maybe you have some fathers and brothers gunning for you and you thought you’d come running back here to hide.”
Well, there it was. He’d hurt her when he left and she wasn’t about to let him forget it. 



Another Christmas anthology, WISHING FOR A COWBOY, FREE on Kindle
Cowboys, kisses and love in the holiday air make for a special recipe in each of these wonderful new stories. Christmas miracles can happen when you're WISHING FOR A COWBOY!

My Contribution/A Husband For Christmas

Teekonka Red Sky loves Jane and her son, but all his efforts to help them past their painful memories of the night Jane's husband, Michael Pierpont, died have been unsuccessful. Unwilling to give up, can his Lakota beliefs help him bring peace to Robin and free Jane to love again?

Excerpt:

He laughed, the sound rich and deep, interrupting her. “I know your name…Jane.” He spoke her name softly, reverently as if it were a treasure.  He chuckled a little. “My first name’s about as long as my last.”
“Does Teekonka mean something in Lakota, like brave or warrior, or some such thing?”
“It means ‘talks too much.’ Figures, doesn’t it?” He did laugh then, and Jane couldn’t help laughing along with him.
He touched her face at the corner of her mouth with his finger. “Your face brightens when you laugh.”
Jane backed away. “You’re just flirting with me now.”
He flashed her a wide grin. “Yes ma’am, I am, but I also mean it. You are very pretty.”
She stood speechless unable to respond to him. She couldn’t remember the last time a man complimented her, let alone blatantly flirted with her. It felt good, like a warm hug on a cold day. He bent his head and kissed her. His lips, warm and supple, took hers in a tender way, so sensual, yet asking nothing more. Jane’s heart beat against her ribs, and heat flooded her core. All too soon, Teekonka pulled away and grinned.
“I best be gettin’ back to the gas station. Mr. Anderson brought in his tractor and, with this snowstorm coming, he’ll be needing it to plow the snow from his drive. He and Ben are going to help keep the streets in town clear, too. We could all be grateful for that.” Teekonka buttoned his coat and replaced his hat, covering his shaggy length of thick, black hair.  



Tuesday, November 07, 2017

My New Slogan and Graphic


Thanks to Kaye Spencer, a friend and colleague helped me with this graphic. Also, thanks to my Facebook friends and authors, I now have a new slogan that defines my multi-genre stories more than my previous slogan.
As an author I have responsibilities beyond writing stories which include promotion, establishing my brand and platform. I don't mind really. I just want to do a good job with it.
So I really appreciate how my writer friends came to my rescue. Thanks y'all! 

Monday, November 06, 2017

Building An Author Brand: Creating A Slogan






In the beginning of my career I only wrote paranormal and fantasy romance. Coming up with a slogan that defined my brand was simple. It read, “Romance out of this world.” My signature was Sarah J. McNeal, Paranormal and Fantasy Author.

Well, over the years, things have changed. I have written contemporary romance, straight up with no chaser, and in recent years I have devoted my writing to western romance, both historical and contemporary.

So coming up with a short slogan that defines my brand is more complicated now. After Deborah MacGillivray’s article last week, I got in touch with Donna Gilanti, a best-selling author and speaker who has a website and free downloads of information about building platforms for writers.

She talked to me about writing a slogan to define my brand and suggested I tie together my multiple genres into one brand with something like, “Author of romance across the ages” or maybe “Romance across time and space.”

I’ve only come up with one lame slogan: “Romance bridging time and place.” As you can see, there is nothing that indicates my western romances. So I need some help.

I would love it if my writer friends would tell me their genres and their slogans so I can get a clue about what I should create for my own brand. I should would appreciate you help.

Friday, October 27, 2017

SWEET TEXAS CHRISTMAS Anthology/A Christmas Vistor


SWEET TEXAS CHRISTMAS  releases on November 2, 2017

 SWEET TEXAS CHRISTMAS is an anthology of sweet historical western romances that take place in the state of Texas written by veteran western romance writers: Stacey Coverstone, Sarah J. McNeal, Cheryl Pierson, and Marie Piper.
(my contribution) A Christmas Visitor
from Prairie Rose Publications
Preorder Buy Link: SWEET TEXAS CHRISTMAS
Christmas in Texas couldn’t be sweeter than these stories of lost love found and new love discovered at the most joyous time of the year! SWEET TEXAS CHRISTMAS is a boxed set of Christmas novellas that will warm your heart and keep you reading long into the night to see how these couples find their happily-ever-after ending!

With the holiday season in full swing, these western heroes and their ladies come together in a delightful collection of four deliciously sweet Yuletide stories you’re sure to love and remember. Authors Stacey Coverstone, Cheryl Pierson, Sarah McNeal, and Marie Piper have penned these scrumptious Christmas tales just for your reading pleasure, along with a special surprise in each story!

Each of these holiday tales includes a delectable dessert recipe guaranteed to bring an added measure of Christmas sweetness your way! There’s nothing quite like a SWEET TEXAS CHRISTMAS!
Logline: He left her…Now he’s back…But not for long…
Blurb:
Sterling Thoroughgood was Matilda Barton’s first and only love, but he left her three years ago to seek his fortune in Wyoming. And now he’s come back with a puzzle box as a gift with a secret inside. But as far as Matilda’s concerned, it’s three years too late.
Is love lost forever or does the mysterious puzzle box hold the key to happiness?
Excerpt:

“Don’t you even think about stepping up on this porch, Sterling Alexander Thoroughgood, or I’ll shoot a hole in you big enough for a team of horses to jump through.” The woman wearing a faded blue calico dress aimed the shotgun straight at his heart…and sometimes his liver since she wasn’t holding the shotgun all that steady.

Sterling raised his hands in the air. His bare hands were practically numb from the cold. He glanced up at the slate gray sky. Snow’s comin’. Then he grinned at the woman holding the shotgun. “Merry Christmas to you, too, Matilda.”

She dipped the shotgun for just a moment, but raised it again as if on a second thought. “What do you want here after being gone for three years? Did you break some hearts up in Wyoming? Maybe you have some fathers and brothers gunning for you and you thought you’d come running back here to hide.”

Well, there it was. He’d hurt her when he left and she wasn’t about to let him forget it.


Friday, October 13, 2017

An Unusual House Guest

Big surprise! I woke up Wednesday morning to find a baby frog hopping across my bedroom floor. Even though he tried to disguise himself as a tiny dust ball, I realized it was a living creature when the dust bunny actually hopped. It took a second hop to penetrate my foggy brain. It was then that I noticed its eyes and it blinked. The dust ball masquerade was over.

A moment of panic rushed in. I certainly wasn’t going to harm the little guy. That just wouldn’t be my style. It’s not like the little thing was coming to kill me or something. It was just lost and confused most likely. I dug into the bathroom cabinet and found an old baby wipes box and a little dust pan and brush I keep in there. I nudged the little froggy into the box, took it outside to the deck, and released it into the wilds of the potted mint. Little froggy now had everything it needed—plenty of places to get shelter, water from one of the bird baths, and, with some gratitude on my part, plenty of mosquitoes to eat. We are both happy now.



I had another baby frog some years back who lived in the metal whirligig on the deck. Thank goodness the whirligig was no longer functional or it could have been a hazard instead of a hideaway. That frog grew up and moved on. Maybe this new baby frog is one of its offspring.


The frog is sitting on top of the cloud between the 2 airplanes

Apparently my house has become a frog has become a froggy sanctuary. I have no idea where these frogs come from. As far as I know there is no creek or pond anywhere around. The only thing that disturbs me is this recent frog—how did it get into my bedroom? I may never know. I just hope no snakes find a way in. I would freak out for certain. My sister did have a problem with little garter snakes in her house when she lived in Raleigh. When I had a doggie door, the cat would bring in things like birds, moles, and one time, a little garter snake and she would release them and chase them around in the house. Needless to say, I shut down that doggie door and Liberty hasn’t been allowed outside in the years since then.


Have any of you had wildlife loose in your house? What about snakes?

Monday, October 09, 2017

My New Release: SONG OF MY HEART


SONG OF MY HEART releases October 10, 2017


Contemporary short story by Sarah J. McNeal

Logline:  Facing death might change Gideon’s life.

Blurb:

Gideon thought he had the perfect life as a musician with a beautiful model as his girlfriend, until he was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Ashamed and afraid he may die, Gideon hits bottom when his girlfriend dumps him for a real man.

Hope comes in the form of his father’s ghost and a person he has just met. Can he beat the odds and survive? And if he does, can he ever find happiness again?

                       
BUY LINK:’


I'll be at the Fire Star Press blog tomorrow. Come over and comment for a chance to win a free digital copy of SONG OF MY HEART.