Saturday, March 31, 2012

Lucy Monroe's 2012 Reader Fitness Challenge

I want to share this information about best selling romance author LUCY MONROE's 2012 Reader Fitness Challenge. It's a great idea and you can win prizes, too! Full details are available at her website.

The Lucy Monroe Reader Fitness Challenge
April 1 - June 23, 2012

Sign up and tell your friends!
With weekly drawings for FREE workout DVDs and books by Lucy Monroe and other authors!
 Names will be drawn from among all registered participants
in the Lucy Monroe Reader Fitness Challenge and prizes
will be shipped to the address given on the
original registration form ONLY.

Dear Readers,

2011 was my wake-up call to get healthy and I've been working hard to improve my lifestyle with better eating and exercise habits to help me become healthier, stronger and happier.  I kicked off the year by joining my local Hillsboro Fitness Challenge in January.  

Not only have I lost weight and inches, but I have lots more energy and enthusiasm than I've had in years!  Because you are all such a big part of my life, though for the most part we'll never meet, I wanted to share this experience with you all - and thus the Lucy Monroe Reader Fitness Challenge was born.

I really can't wait to share my "after" picture with all of you in June.  Know that I'll be pulling for you and working right along with you as we all do our best to get stronger and healthier in time for summer!
Hugs and blessings on all our endeavors,

Grand Prize for Most Weight Lost*
Nook Simple Touch
First Runner Up for Most Weight Lost
Prize: The Hardback Collection by Lucy Monroe
& Barnes & Noble gift card
(Gift cards provided courtesy of Becke
Bronwen Evans & Lucy Monroe)
Second Place for Most Weight Lost
Prize: The Children of the Moon Collection
including an ARC of Dragon's Moon
as soon as they are made available by Berkley.
Third Place for Most Weight Lost
Prize: The Mercenaries Collection
NOTE: Lucy is happy to announce that duplicate prizes for First Runner Up, Second Place and Third Place will be given in each category with original weights of 250 lbs plus, 200 to 249.9 lbs & 199.9 lbs or less.

There are more prizes, too - go to Lucy's website to get all the details, and join this fabulous challenge!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

April at Barnes & Noble's Mystery Forum

This year is flying by, and April will be here before we know it. Here is the schedule so far - as always, there will probably be more guest blogs added along the way.

Week of April 2 – Dorothy St. James (who also writes as Dorothy McFalls)

Tuesday, April 3 – Guest blog by Erika Chase

Week of April 9 – Natalie J. Damschroder

Tuesday, April 10 – Guest blog by Linda O. Johnston

Week of April 16 – Libby Hellmann

Week of April 23 – American Mystery Classics: Frances Lockridge and Richard Lockridge


Friday, March 02, 2012


Do your books feature weapons and/or ammunition? 
Make sure you are writing about them accurately. 

The Ohio Valley chapter of RWA presents 
Adam Firestone with an all-day workshop:




Featured Topics:

  • Introduction to Firearms & Ammunition
  • Tactics, Techniques & Procedures
  • Terminal Ballistics
  • Cyber Crime
  • The Choreography of Direct Action
  • Hands On Show and Tell

Adam provides technical consulting services to the literary and entertainment industries,
specializing in action choreography and technical consulting on cyber and weapon technologies.


Saturday, April 14, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

(Q&A to 5 p.m.)

Kings Island Conference Center

5691 Kings Island Drive Mason, OH 45040

Registration Free to OVRWA Members 

$25 Fee to non-OVRWA members – Includes Box Lunch

Contact Becke Martin Davis, Vice President OVRWA, for details
(Post a comment here if you have questions)

Adam Firestone's Bio:
Adam Firestone brings more than 25 years of experience with weapon systems including small arms, artillery, armor, area denial systems and precision guided munitions to this workshop. Additionally, Adam is an accomplished small arms instructor, editor, literary consultant and co-author of a recently published work on the production of rifles in the United States for Allied forces during the First World War.
Growing up in New York City, Adam attended Yale University on an Army ROTC scholarship, and upon graduation, became a commissioned officer in the Army’s armor branch, and was assigned to a cavalry squadron. After active duty he transferred to the National Guard and attended Brooklyn Law School. Completing his legal education, Adam was admitted to a number of state and federal bars and practiced law in New York. During this time, Adam pursued his interest in firearms and firearms education, attaining instructor certifications in rifle, pistol and shotgun, among others. Additionally, he began what was to be a seventeen year tenure as a licensed firearms dealer.
In the mid-1990s, Adam left the practice of law and began designing military command and control and planning systems for warfare areas including naval mine warfare, combat engineering and amphibious maneuver warfare. For the last four years he has been responsible for the complete re-engineering of the systems that plan, initiate, control and evaluate one of the nation’s most important long-range precision strike and power projection weapon systems. As a result of this work, Adam developed an expertise in arms export control regulations such as the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).

Adam has been providing general and technical editing services to authors and publishing houses specializing in firearms books since the early 2000s. Additionally, Adam provides literary consulting services to fiction authors including action scene choreography, technical vetting and technical editing. In this line of experience, Adam has had the fortune to work with well known authors including Shannon McKenna and Elizabeth Jennings.

Check out Adam’s blog 

Arma Virumque Cano

Read more about Adam and his work with writers here: