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Friday, February 7th, 2014 • No Comments
Won’t you please be my Valentine? I’m having a Twitter contest during this season of love to celebrate the release of my conversation-heart-inspired anthology XOXO: Sweet and Sexy Romance!
On Valentine’s Day, I’ll be signing my Cleis Press anthologies at the wonderful Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, Virginia. I’d love it if you’d stop by if you’re in the area, but even if you aren’t you can enter this contest and support a fantastic indie publisher, an awesome indie bookstore and, well, me! Here’s all you need to do:
Follow me on Twitter at @kristinawright
Follow Fountain Bookstore on Twitter at @FountainBkstore
Follow my publisher Cleis Press on Twitter at @CleisPress
Between now and 5PM (Eastern) on Valentine’s Day use the hashtag #xoxo and tweet the following:
I want to read XOXO by @KristinaWright! http://www.amazon.com/xoxo-Sweet-Romance-Kristina-Wright-ebook/dp/B00GL9T366/ (You can also get a copy from @FountainBkstore or @CleisPress!) #xoxo
(Or something else that at least includes at least my Twitter handle and the #xoxo hashtag.)
You can tweet as many times as you like between now and 5PM (Eastern) on February 14. Only one winner will be chosen. (U.S. residents only, please, but see below for a contest for International readers!)
At 5PM (Eastern) on Valentine’s Day, a winner will be chosen at random. And what will this lucky winner receive? Oh, this is a delicious prize!
–A signed copy of XOXO: Sweet and Sexy Romance
–A signed copy of Bedded Bliss: A Couple’s Guide to Lust Ever After
–A signed copy of Best Erotic Romance 2014
–A box of Valentine’s chocolates
–A $50 Fountain Bookstore Gift Card (good in the store or online)
Books, chocolate and a gift certificate for more books! So what are you waiting for? Be my Valentine (and don’t forget the #xoxo hashtag!) and share the contest with your friends, Twitter pals and postal worker (who could certainly use a prize after delivering all those Valentine’s Day cards!). And, as always, thank you for your lovely support. It’s you, the readers, who make it possible for me to write and edit sweet and sexy stories! Thanks!
Oh, and for my international readers: I haven’t forgotten you! Between now and 5PM your local time on Valentine’s Day, follow Fountain Bookstore, Cleis Press and me on Twitter and tweet the following:
I want to read XOXO by @KristinaWright! http://www.amazon.com/xoxo-Sweet-Romance-Kristina-Wright-ebook/dp/B00GL9T366/ I’m in (your country). #xoxo
Of course, you should put your actual country in place of (your country) so that I know where you are! One winner will be chosen and will receive e-book copies of each of my anthologies above.
Happy Valentine’s Day, lovely friends and readers! May all your sexy, romantic dreams come true!
Tuesday, December 31st, 2013 • No Comments
2013 has been a very good year for me. To look at my “Year in Review” according to Facebook, the biggest events in my life were all about books, writing, children and getting my kitchen remodeled. That sounds about right. (Plus, I’m leaving 2013 with one less body organ than I started with, as I said goodbye to my bad, baby gallbladder back in March.)
2013 was the year I tentatively added “memoirist” to my resume with the publication of my genre-bending relationship guide Bedded Bliss: A Couple’s Guide to Lust Ever After. I’m particularly proud of Bedded Bliss as it is such a joyous celebration of committed love and lust and a much more well-rounded picture of happy long term relationships than anything I’ve ever seen. I’m so grateful to the authors who contributed their stories to this book and I’m so happy that reviews have been so positive.
This is also the year I sold to one of my dream publications, the wonderful Brain, Child Magazine. I sold two pieces to them: Wanting More Than Enough is an essay on motherhood, marriage, the parent/child relationship and, ultimately, forgiveness and patience. Anchors Aweigh is a blog post I wrote as part of Brain, Child’s “What is Family?” holiday series. It’s a snapshot of my twenty-three year Navy marriage and how it’s changed since the addition of two kids.
Finally in the memoir category for this year, I discovered The Good Men Project this year– a fantastic website for men (and the women who love them). My piece, Committing to It: Making Married Sex the Best Sex, is a reflection of the theme of Bedded Bliss and was very well-received– at last count, it had been shared hundreds of times on various social networks!
2013 was also the year I edited my first short-short collection for Cleis Press. XOXO: Sweet and Sexy Romance is a romantic, flirty, sexy book of almost 40 short-shorts and we’ll be doing a fun promotion for it to coincide with Valentine’s Day!
On the domestic front, my kitchen remodel back in April/May has been worth every headache and going over the estimated date of completion. While it was no fun living without running water on the first floor of the house (especially with two kids!), it’s been a joy to have more cabinet and counter space, and my beloved chalkboard wall. It’s my favorite feature in the kitchen, besides the coffee bar.
This year, I turned 46 and celebrated 23 years of marriage– which means I’ve been married to Jay for half my life now. We celebrated our anniversary with a child-free weekend getaway, but really every day with this man is a celebration. He’s the reason I could write a book like Bedded Bliss with such conviction– I believe in life long love and lust because I live it every day.
In 2013, my sons turned 2 and 4 and I’m reminded of what a wild ride the past four years have been. I wouldn’t change a thing– except I would’ve asked for more help when I needed it and I would’ve taken more naps when I had the chance! But mostly I just try to enjoy every day in this crazy life of mine. I’m a very lucky girl and I know it.
I’m looking forward to 2014 for so many reasons, both personal and professional, but there are a few more hours left in 2013 and I plan to enjoy them with my family and friends. I hope 2013 has been good to you and I wish you all good things in the new year. While I don’t blog nearly as often as I would like, you can always connect with me on Facebook and Twitter. (But mostly Facebook, where I post lots of pictures and other goodies that interest and entertain me.)
HAPPY NEW YEAR! Make 2014 special.
Wednesday, November 20th, 2013 • No Comments
One of my goals in 2014 is to be better about updating my blog and not relying entirely on Facebook and Twitter to share good news, calls for submissions, parenting adventures, etc. There are only so many hours in the day (and I swear the days get shorter as the year slips away), so my blog has been a victim of too many deadlines, too little time. I’ll work on that in the coming year.
For now, I wanted to share some things that have been going on in the past few months.
My first essay appeared on Brain, Child Magazine. Wanting More than Enough is about having children in my forties, being a less-than-perfect mother and moving beyond a painful past with my own mother. Brain, Child is one of my dream publications and having my byline underneath their masthead was a dream come true.
Bedded Bliss: A Couple’s Guide to Lust Ever After was published by the amazing Cleis Press. This book was my nightmare for several months, as I tried to take it from vision to reality. It is a cross-genre guide for committed couples, with advice, memoir, personal anecdotes, erotic fiction and a resource guide. This was another first for me– I’ve never written so personally about my marriage or attempted to blend memoir and fiction. With the help of a dozen amazing authors, all of whom are in long-term relationships, Bedded Bliss surpassed my greatest hopes. It’s available now in print and various ebook formats.
In other publishing news, I just inked the deal for my sixteenth book with Cleis Press! Best Erotic Romance 2015 will be the fourth edition in this popular series. And Best Erotic Romance 2014 will hit the shelves in February (if not earlier), with a luscious lineup of sexy, romantic stories and a foreword from the wonderful Lauren Dane!
It’s been a busy year, a challenging year, a good year– and it’s not over yet! I’ll be back soon. Promise.