Tuesday, March 29, 2011

NOR - Top Pick for CAPTIVE!

My lovely editor just sent through this review from Night Owl Reviews for Captive - 41/2 star Top Pick! Here's a snippet:

I loved how Bren and Morwyn were able to move into a relationship, with so much against them. There was little reason for them to trust each other, yet they found themselves wanting to believe the best in each other. I found it interesting how Morwyn twisted her desire into an acceptable penalty to her shaken faith, while she tried to keep her heart out of it, she didn't quite succeed. But then again, neither did Bren, who fought a guilt as strong as hers. The passion between them was scorching hot, and I felt Ms. Phillips did a great job creating sizzling scenes that never seemed to get lost in over-the-top prose.

Thank you Aemelia for the fabulous review!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Darklight on... ME!

Today I'm in the hot seat over at the Darkside Down Under blog, where you can discover all sorts of fascinating facts about me! (or not so fascinating, as the case may be!!!) Thank you to the ever-patient Eleni Konstantine for setting up the interview!!

Friday, March 11, 2011

And the party continues...

The party over at PW Beyond Her Book is absolutely phenomenal! Have you visited yet? Today would be a good day because the venue is a castle and the prizes range from contemporary, historical, erotica, e-book and audio books - awesome!! There are also several e-readers up for grabs. And since Forbidden and Captive fall in the historical and erotic categories, a copy of one of my books is also on offer!

Have fun!

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Give me an 'O'

Over the last couple of weeks I've received several lovely emails from readers, and today I received a wonderful letter in the mail which absolutely made my day (month, really!). It's the most fabulous feeling to know someone has enjoyed your books that much and really does make it all worthwhile when you struggle through those less than wonderful writerly days :-) Thank you!

My dear friend Shelley Munro contacted me today to let me know Forbidden has been reviewed by Just Erotic Romance Reviews. I'm thrilled that the reviewer, Aggie Tsirikas, gave the book a Gold Star Award and an 'O' Rating (this stands for 'Orgasmic' !!!) JERR is a review publication, so I can't link directly to the review but hopefully it will be up on their website in a month or so.

Here are a couple of snippets:

"Ms. Phillips skill in creating sexual tension that simmers and explodes from the first meeting between Carys and Maximus is palpable. While their love scenes are filled with erotic passion and grace it doesn’t overpower the story, but rather enhances their developing love adding dimension to their developing personalities and relationship...

"It’s satisfying to find a new author whose debut novel is so impressive with attention to detail giving us a glimpse into the life of these Roman legionaries and Celts, but also wrapping it all up in a fantastical and engrossing story to give us a compelling and spellbinding romance. I’m sure I’ll be re-reading Forbidden many times. I highly recommend Forbidden and for these reasons I recommend a Gold Star Award."

Monday, March 07, 2011

PW 4th Annual Anniversary Bash

The wonderful Barbara Vey over at Publishers Weekly's Beyond Her Book is gearing up for her annual anniversary bash. This is a virtual party and it's going to run non-stop from Monday through Saturday, and there are the most amazing prizes to be won! Not only fabulous books but there are also 17 e-readers to be given away - and you can win just by leaving a comment over at the party.

Here's the scoop directly from Barbara:

Here’s the daily schedule, but e-readers will be given away daily, so get your comments in every day:

Monday, March 7th - Paranormal, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror, Urban Fantasy (Takes place in haunted house)

Tuesday March 8thThriller, Mystery, Suspense, Adventure (Takes place at a murder scene)

Wednesday March 9thPublishers, Editors, Bloggers, Librarians (takes place on an island)

Thursday March 10thInspirational, YA, Nonfiction (takes place at a shopping mall)

Friday March 11thContemporary/Historical/Erotica/E-Books/Audio (takes place at a castle)

Saturday March 12thRomance Blowout (takes place at Niagara Falls)

I'll be there on Friday with a giveaway of a copy of either Forbidden or Captive. Looks like the party's going to be a blast!

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Social Media

If you're a writer, what social media do you use? The chances are that, beside your website, you also have a blog, maybe a Facebook page and possibly use Twitter. How do you find time to juggle the social networking with everything else and still find time to write? Is it essential for a writer to have an interactive online presence? Which is your favourite and why?

I've recently set up a new Facebook Like page. I love chatting with readers online and hope this could be a way of connecting. I also have a Twitter account but to be honest I'm not too sure what I'm doing over there, which is why I often appear to fall of the edge of the twitterverse.

What medium do readers most like as a way of connecting to authors? Is it important to have that interaction and if so do you prefer if the author uses a blog, FB, Twitter or some other media? Or does it not matter to you?

Seductive Musings has a great post about the different social medias from a reader's perspective, and makes the point that for many readers it's the author's website that is the first and most important port of call when looking for up to date info. The post is long but is well worth reading and certainly gave me a lot to think about.

What are your thoughts?

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Hot Cover Love

Today I'm over at the lovely VampFanGirl's blog, Lovin' Me Some Romance, where I'm talking about hot covers and what it is about them that we especially love? Pop on over and leave a comment to go into the draw for a giveaway of either Forbidden or Captive!

I've also set up a new Like page on Facebook, so if you'd like to join please click on the link below!!