Saturday, March 28, 2015

Did a little house cleaning on the website. Not quite to the point for a full update, I actually like the look and it's easy to use - which is a huge thing for me! Booklist is updated and includes a Christmas novella. All the "buy" links have been updated since the first four books were taken down and re-released when Lyrical Press was bought out and became a part of e Keningston. Hope to start fresh with some new content. Enjoy!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Don't Miss It!

Heart of Louisiana's Annual Romance Readers Luncheon
Saturday, November 16th, 2013
Tickets now on sale!
Your ticket includes lunch, keynote speech by top-selling author Maya Banks, and admission to the author book signing. In addition, all attendees will receive a complimentary gift bag and are eligible to win door prizes!

Keynote Speaker
Maya Banks

Authors scheduled to appear:
Farrah Rochon
Christa Allan
Winnie Griggs
Elaine Grant
Lynn Shurr
Shirley McCoy
Anne Clayre Mason
Bonnie Lynne
Wendy S. Russo
Josephine Templeton
Nancy S. Brandt
Steven R. Brandt

Location and Event Details
3739 Perkins Road
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70808

Itinerary (Saturday, November 16th, 2013)
11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. - Check-in and mingling
11:45 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Luncheon
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Book signings and more mingling

Thursday, May 17, 2012

A writing contest...

My blog has been woefully neglected like a lot of things lately, but I do hope to change all of that over the next couple of months... for starters - I'd like to share some information - Please check out the information on this writing contest!

2012 Heartbeat romance writing contest

HeartLa's 2012 contest is now open for entries!

Will your manuscript make an agent or editor's heart beat faster? Enter Heart of Louisiana's HeartBeat contest to find out!

Download our 2012 Heartbeat Contest Rules

Download our Entry Form and Waiver

Fee - $10 for all entrants
Deadline - July 13, 2012 via email (no paper entries accepted)
Eligibility – Unpublished authors or published authors not contracted for the entry
Entry – Query letter and first five pages of your unpublished romance novel
Categories – contemporary (long, short, single title), inspirational, historical, paranormal, erotic
Judges – Each entry will be read by at least one published author in the preliminary round
Final Judges – Published authors
Top Prize – To Be Announced


Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Readers Luncheon 2011

Mark your calendar for November 5, 2011 for HeartLA's Annual Readers' Luncheon


Special guest: Sabrina Jeffries

Tickets are now on sale!
CLICK HERE to register and pay by check ($40/ticket).
CLICK HERE to register and pay online ($40/ticket).

Location and Event Details

3739 Perkins Road
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70808
Itinerary (Saturday, November 5, 2011)
11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. - Check-in and mingling
11:45 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Luncheon
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Book signings and more mingling

Luncheon Buffet Menu

Juban's Sensation Salad

Chicken Florentine - Spinach stuffed breast of chicken with a sauce Mornay
Crispy Fillet of Catfish - Topped with Crawfish Etouffee

Oven Roasted New Potatoes
Sauteed Vegetables

Juban's Signature Bread Pudding - Served hot with a Meyer's Rum and Grand Marnier sauce
Chocolate Truffle Mousse Cake - Layers of moist cake and Boston Cream with chocolate truffle icing with whipped cream and chocolate sauce

Meal includes Iced Tea, Community Coffee, and French bread

Questions about the event can be directed to

Monday, August 22, 2011

5 things...

1. Be thankful. You never know when something tragic could happen. I live in a pretty rural area and I was headed out so the teens could have a yougart date, while I had some one on one time with the little one. I had a van full of teens (4) and my 1st grader… and we were not a mile from the house in a really dangerous curve when the unthinkable nearly happened. As I rounded the corner I saw a large car @ a high rate of speed in the ditch on my side of the road headed towards us. I slowed down and tried to pull over, but because of the crazy driving I really had no idea where to go, so I judged the best I could and prayed. When the car flew by not a foot from the front driver side of my van all I could do was breathe a sigh of relief. Most of the kids were more shaken than I was at the time… of course thinking about it later all I can say is – Be thankful – I am!

2. Routine is awesome… since we are getting in one around here things are getting easier for me to keep up and I love it.

3. Teens need advice… who knows if they will heed it, but I say it’s always best to give it. I’ve given up worrying about being “interfering”. It’s easier to say what I have to say and move on.

4. Never discount what someone else is thinking… it might just be worth hearing and might make a difference in your life.

5. Take time to listen… to your spouse, to your parent, to your friend, to your child.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Where did the time go...

Slowly but surely I’m crawling out from under that rock I’ve been living under for about six months… I know it’s time to get back on track with my writing and that includes blogging, because when I have accountability (blog) I always do better. I’m not going to kill myself since I still have a dozen other duties to tend to but I’m going to blog once a week at first and to make it seem simple in my mind I’m going to do something I’m calling “five things”. I’ll post five things – it might be as simple as a link or as complicated as writing insight.

1. Volunteering takes: time and energy and will take away from something else. Is it worth it? That’s a whole other topic for a different day – but in short: yes. But sometimes you have to learn how to say “no” – yeah this is directly for me!

2. Little things matter – especially to small children, take a few minutes to brighten someone’s day, even if you just offer them a smile.

3. My baby started 1st grade – and I couldn’t be happier

4. My oldest (I only have two) started High School – and I couldn’t be more ambivalent. I want to watch her grow into the wonderful young lady she is becoming, but this milestone makes her growing up so real…

5. Risking Delaney came out in April… and has only had one review that I’m aware of –I’d love to give away a copy if someone would be willing to write a review and post it someplace like --- just email me -- rmkey at cox (.) net if you are interested!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Where did the 1st half of 2011 go?

It seems like it was Christmas last week, and Easter yesterday! Of course things have been crazy as usual. Record low temperatures in south Louisiana - in May? Who would have thought it possible - but it's been pretty nice - it's sort of like Spring, which we usually skip right over.

Then the water...

The mighty Mississippi River has been wreaking havoc, raising, flooding, spillways being opened, more potential flooding, cresting, whew. Keeping those in danger in my thoughts (including some family). Thankfully we are high and dry.

Risking Delaney came out on 4/18/2011, and so far I've only seen one review of it, which you can find here. I'm working on the follow up story for Dirk and if you've read RD you'll know just who I'm talking about.

Something fun coming up before you know it...

The 5th annual HeartLA Reader's luncheon -- Novemeber 5th- and tickets are already on sale - if you'd like to check it out. Sabrina Jeffries will be the keynote speaker this year!