HOLD ME Countdown – Meet the Editor: Rhonda Helms

13 Days To Release Day!


Today I thought it would be fun to have a special celebrity guest star on the blog.

Writing a book is hard, but editing somebody else’s book has to be even harder.  With skill, wit, and infinite patience, the editor can help the writer uncover her true story.  Then she helps her polish it up all nice and pretty so other people can actually understand what in the heck is going on.  In other words, a good editor ROCKS.

HOLD ME Countdown – The Day I Got The Call

15 Days to Release Day!


The day a writer gets “The Call” saying that somebody wants to acquire your book is a day about which many dream.  And if “The Call” is to say that an editor wants to acquire your first book, well, then the future just opens up, does it not?  It does!  When receiving such a call, the writer holds the phone receiver cradled to her cheek while, through eyes drowned with tears, she gazes into a sky filled with rainbows, and moonbeams.

So, here’s how it happened with me.

HOLD ME Countdown – FBI Quiz Answers and a Winner!

18  Days to Release Day!


First let’s do the important stuff.  Who won the Amazon gift certificate?

I chose the name in a very scientific manner.  I had 12 comments – remember it didn’t matter if your answers were right or wrong, anybody who commented was entered to win.  Anyway, I wrote everyone’s name on a piece of paper, crumbled them all up, shook them well, and had the name drawn by a non-participant (all stages of the process were documented).

And the winner is:

Cristina Genna!

HOLD ME Countdown – FBI Quiz

20 Days to Release Day!


Today on the countdown we’re going to see how much you know about the FBI.   Luc Vasco, the hero of HOLD ME, is an FBI Special Agent. Since his work gets him and Katie into a lot of trouble, it’s only fair that we learn a little bit about the history of the agency that employs him.

HOLD ME Countdown – Battle Plans

Private Horvath!

What?  Who?…. Blogosphere? Is that you?

I am Sergeant Blogosphere, Private, and the appropriate response to my calling you is “Sir, yes Sir.”

What is this?

I cain’t HEAR you!

Um…Sir.  Yes, uh, sir.

Fair enough.  Now front and center, Private and make it snappy.

::moves forward:: Um, yeah?

Stand at attention when I’m talking to you, girl.

Sir. Yes, sir. ::snaps to attention::

When is release day, Private?

Release day is in 23 days, sir!

And what day is that, Private?

It is Monnnnday, September 5th, sir!

HOLD ME Countdown – Twelve Big Puppies

25 Days to Release Day!


In my book, the hero, Luc Vasco, has a Newfoundland dog named Spot.  Spot is female, very protective, and quite large.

In honor of Spot, I wanted to tell you about some friends of mine.  They, too, cohabitate with a female Newfoundland.  Her name is Athena.

They also share their home with a male Bernese Mountain dog.  His name is Paladin.

One spring, with the blessing of my friends, romance bloomed between Athena and Paladin.  A young man’s fancy turned to love and after a suitable interval Athena found herself in the family way.