I can haz snacks? It’s Big Game Sunday!

BLITZING EMILY made its big debut on January 7th, which was one of the best days of my life. My author friends Tweeted and e-mailed congratulations. My husband brought me a dozen roses. I got a review from one of my author friends that made me ugly cry with happiness. (Thank you, Kim!) I am so touched by so many people who’ve read the book and loved it.

RUSHING AMY will make its way into the world on February 11th. I am really looking forward to it. I hope you’ll love Matt. All authors fall in love with their heroes, but Matt had my heart before one sentence was written for many reasons. I’ll be interested to hear what my readers think of him, too.

While I am getting ready for a second book release (wooo-hoooo!) my beloved Seattle Seahawks are playing in the biggest game of their lives tomorrow. I have been waiting for this for a long, long time. While I’m counting down the hours tomorrow, I’ll spend some time in the kitchen. We all know the big game means SNACKS! Here’s one of my husband’s favorites. It’s easy, filling, and can be made ahead of time. I have made it so many times now I don’t use a recipe, so let’s hope for the best here. ūüėČ

Seven-Layer Dip

1 can refried beans (I use the smaller can, it can be made with the bigger can if you’d like)

1 ripe avocado (it’s okay to use more than one if you like avocado)

1 large tomato

1 can sliced black olives

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (we’ve also used shredded jack/cheddar, it’s yummy)

1 cup mayonnaise

1 cup sour cream

1 cup salsa (we use picante sauce, which also works)

1 bunch green onions, diced

Using a 13″ x 7″ pan (measurements are approximate, LOL) spread the refried beans evenly in the bottom. Mix together the mayo and sour cream, spread over top of the refried beans. Mash up the avocado, spread mixture as evenly as possible atop the mayo/sour cream mixture. Cut tomato into chunks, spread over avocado. Pour salsa over tomatoes. Spread shredded cheese over mixture. Drain and sprinkle sliced olives over top, and sprinkle diced green onion on last.

Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate for later. Enjoy!

One last thing — if you’d love to chat with others who love football and/or romance, I’ll be taking over my publisher’s Twitter account during halftime of tomorrow’s game! There will be giveaways and fun. If you’d like to join in, we’ll be at hashtag #luvfootball. I hope to see you there!

 

BLITZING EMILY debuts TOMORROW!

Seven years and one million words later, my first book debuts tomorrow! To say I’m excited is an understatement.

Amanda the editor sent me the first copy of my book hot off the presses on Thursday. Is it weird to sit on the couch and hug your own book?

I hope you’ll love the adventures of Brandon and Emily!

This holiday season, I dream of peace

My first book, BLITZING EMILY, is out in two weeks. I’m spending this week finishing up CATCHING CAMERON, the third book in the series. In the meantime, I’ll be enjoying the holidays like everyone else. I’ll be doing a bit of work to my blog and website before January 6th as well. (Something new for the New Year!)

I wish everyone who visits here¬†the happiest of holidays with those you like and love. I hope 2014 is full of things you dream of and hope for. In the meantime, I hope you’ll enjoy Leroy Bell’s “Dream of Peace”. I believe it’s possible.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytanVLWiijc

It’s a cover reveal – Part Deux!

RushingAmy

RUSHING AMY, the second book in my Love and Football series, will be published February 11, 2014!

I love this cover, but I really love this book. Amy Hamilton meets the love of her life, Matt Stephens, an hour after her older sister’s wedding. Needless to say, hilarity (and some really good tequila) ensues.

I hope you’ll enjoy reading Matt and Amy’s story as much as I loved writing it!

BLITZING EMILY has a cover!

I spent the past weekend at Greater Seattle Romance Writers of America’s annual conference, otherwise known as the Emerald City Writers’ Conference. I had a wonderful time networking, going to writing and business workshops, and hearing some truly inspiring speakers. Karen Rose gave a speech yesterday afternoon that had the entire ballroom in tears. I also had a great time catching up with many, many author friends. I’m excited to say there were lots of people talking about the cover image I sent out on Twitter and Facebook earlier that morning.

One of the biggest thrills for a debut author is seeing the cover of your book for the first time. I e-mailed descriptions of my characters, a few photos, a short synopsis of my story, and a group of people went to work!

To say I’m excited to unveil their finished product is an understatement. I hope you’ll love it, too. Thanks to all at Avon Romance, especially my editor, Amanda Bergeron, and my agent, Sarah Younger at Nancy Yost Literary Agency.

BLITZING EMILY will be available on January 7, 2014!

Blitzing Emily

Adventures in Publishing, or I can haz new titles?

It’s been a jam-packed summer. While everyone else was at the beach or enjoying the sunshine, I’ve been welded to a desk chair. By choice. I’m working on the three books that will be out in January, February, and April of next year. Here’s what happened.

One of the things a¬†debut author learns is how little you’ve been clued in on what happens right after your agent sells your work. It’s not the agent’s fault. I think there’s some password-protected meeting I didn’t know about, maybe.¬†I have learned many, many things about the process of what happens when a book gets published over the past few months, which I may be blogging about soon. (The short version: Finishing the book and sending it in is just the beginning.)

While I’m musing on all the things I’ve learned this summer, I’m burying the lede. Not only are my books currently available for pre-sale (wheeeee!), there are some new titles, and a brand-new series title, too. You might be wondering how this might have happened. Let’s see if I can describe the past couple of weeks, shall we?

Three weeks or so ago, my agent and editor asked if I could please send them an e-mail with a few ideas on what I’d like my book covers to look like. Considering the fact most authors have little to no control over what their covers look like, I was very happy about this. I wrote an e-mail approaching the word count of War and Peace¬†(with .jpg photos of covers I’ve admired) containing stuff like what my hero and heroine look like — hair color, eye color, height,¬†photos of celebrities that resemble them¬†in my mind,¬†what time of year the¬†books are set¬†in, and sent it off. This was in preparation for the cover conference, which was held at my publisher’s offices in beautiful New York City. Angels sang, there were puppies and rainbows and hopefully a cronut or two, and my editor wrote me back and said it was very successful. And, oh, by the way, we’d like to change¬†the titles on two of your books.

WHAT?

I’m sure it comes as no surprise to anyone when I say that authors are very protective of their work. You go into a dark, silent room with nothing but a keyboard and your imagination (that’s a lie; I’ve had food and drink¬†in here before) and emerge later with a 100,000 word book. Let’s face it, authors make the mama bear on the webcam from Brooks Falls, AK¬†look lax. (Side note to Amanda: I hardly ever watch that. Really.) This protectiveness extends to the title you came up with after musing on it for most of the time the book was in the process of being written.

I lucked out with BLITZING EMILY. A very generous woman named Gari¬†suggested it. I loved it.¬†Hopefully, she will see this and I can send¬†her a copy of the finished product. The marketing and sales department at Avon Impulse loved it, too, which I’m happy about. The other two titles I had, though, weren’t a big hit. My books are funny contemporary romances with pro football heroes. The titles should say something about football, shouldn’t they?

“How about RUSHING AMY?” Amanda e-mailed. I had to give this¬†some thought. In the meantime, there was a flurry of e-mail back and forth with my agent, Sarah. Sarah takes care of the professional stuff. She’s also great at soothing and reassuring authors, who need A LOT of it. (Another blog post. I should be¬†taking notes on this.) I made a list of football-related terms, we had a short e-mailed discussion, and Sarah suggested, “How about CATCHING CAMERON for the third book?” I wrote back and said that I liked the two titles, and we should suggest them to Amanda. One more thing: I would like to retain the LOVE AND FOOTBALL title from my second book in some manner. Would this be possible?

Amanda wrote me back in a big hurry. The marketing and sales group loved the titles, and my series will be known as “A Love and Football Novel”.

Phew. My books have wonderful titles and a terrific series title. Now on to the good stuff!

I’d love to say I had a lot of advance notification of this, but one Sunday morning a couple of weeks ago, I pulled up Amazon.com to look for something else. I put my pen name into the “search” function for fun.

MY BOOKS WERE THERE.

If I could make this light up and vibrate, I would. For a debut author, it’s an amazing moment. After all, it’s tangible. There’s three books available for pre-sale, and¬†they’re mine! I made an author page as quickly as possible, too. The descriptive blurbs are still in the process of being added to my book listings, but you can go and check out one author’s work if you’d like. (Pre-orders are encouraged, too.)

http://www.amazon.com/Julie-Brannagh/e/B00EHN21US

I’ll add pre-order information to my website as well. Right now, though, celebrate with me, won’t you?

 

 

Welcome, visitors!

I’m thrilled that Sarah of Smart Bitches, Trashy Books published my review of Jill Shalvis’ FOREVER AND A DAY this afternoon. I loved Jill’s book. I hope you will, too!

I wrote a series about a fictitious NFL team based in Seattle, and the women they fall in love with. My Seattle Sharks make their debut in January of 2014! If you’d like to read more, please click on Books above.

Thank you so much for visiting, and thank you again to Sarah for publishing my book review!