Monday, December 24, 2012

BRoP Year in Review--Pauline Baird Jones

Enjoy your Christmas Eve, everyone! As 2012 comes to a close, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on some of the joys and triumphs of the year. To that end, we bring you the 2012 Blog Ring of Power in Review! We’ve teamed up with this years’ BRoP interviewees to bring you eleven days worth of “year in review” guest posts and ten fabulous giveaway prizes! Each day a new guest post will be shared and you’ll have another opportunity to enter the giveaway—so get hopping! And be sure to enter the giveaway at the end of this post!


Pauline Baird Jones: The Scenic Route Through 2012 and Beyond I am not sure I like this looking back stuff. The more things change, the more they don’t change in my life. Last year at this time, I was frantically preparing for Christmas and late with a book deadline. (Fortunately, my publisher is very understanding.) This year I’m preparing for Christmas and behind on a book deadline. I know, it’s a slight difference, but I’m too tired to be frantic this year. And late seems to be my new normal.

The highs for 2012 are:

*    Hubs and I found out we will finally be grandparents! Of twins! A boy and a girl! I know it’s not book news, but it is for sure the high point. Won’t happen until 2013, but yeah, a little excited. (Doing grandma version of a jig!)
*    Kicking Ashe released in 2/12. It was my thirteenth novel. Not sure if that was good or bad luck, but have been working hard on number fourteen, just in case.
*    Began process of moving my novels into audio format. I had found one producer to release the audio of The Key, but had not had time or energy to find producers for other books. Then Amazon opened ACX, an exchange where authors can find producers to work with. I’m excited to report that all but two projects are currently in production and I should have five or six out in time for Christmas, with the rest releasing in 2013.
*    Because of the possibilities of the audio releases, I talked to my publisher about releasing my short fiction in digital collections. That was a fun project, collecting my short fiction and getting it out. Do those count as fourteen, fifteen and sixteen? Cause I could use the good luck.
*    Last January, I...recommitted to blogging. I’d blogged off and on for several years, but life--and not knowing what to blog about--kept knocking me off track. I’ve taken a couple of blogging classes this year and am proud to report that I’ve posted at least one blog a week since then. And I have increased my blog output to 3x a week just recently. Even with the blogging classes, it took me a while to find my blogging point of view. Taking the Scenic Route is now my tag line and also my Wednesday meme. What makes this particularly fun for me is that I’ve been able to incorporate many of my hubby’s amazing photographs into my blog, including all the photos in the slideshow on my landing page. Because my life with him has been about taking the scenic route, and taking it to some very interesting places.

And in the looking ahead portion of this looking back blog post, 2013 should see my first indie release as an author. While I love working with my current publisher, and intend to continue (I hope!) working with them, I’m also excited to be expanding my portfolio into the indie realm. Early in 2013 I’ll be releasing my first romantic suspense novel in five years. It will be, I hope, the first in a series set in a city that I love and miss: New Orleans.

The Big Uneasy: Relatively Risky.

When a quirky artist discovers she's related to the New Orleans mob, and secrets thought long hidden begin to ooze up from the past, a handsome homicide detective may be her only chance to survive her "killing cousins."

I hope your year was wonderful and that 2013 will also be a grand adventure. One thing I do on my blog is do a monthly drawing for a $10 gift card to AnaBanana’s Bath & Body Treats. Happy to do the same for this blog post. To be entered, just tell me one thing you hope for in 2013. Oh, and throw in an email, so I can let you know if you win. Happy Holidays and New Year!

Pauline Baird Jones had a tough time with reality from the get-go. After “schooling” from four (yes FOUR brothers) she knew that some people needed love and others needed shooting. She figured she could handle both without going to jail.
Romantic suspense was the logical starting point, but there were more worlds to explore, more rules to break and minds to bend. She grabbed her pocket watch and time travel device and dove through the wormhole into the world of science fiction and Steampunk. Let’s face it, she’s been making up science her whole life. (Sorry science teacher!)
And while she loves mayhem, doing it legal, by going fictional is way better than getting strip searched. So she goes “Godzilla” on her characters and then gives the good ones a happy ever after.
In her real life, Pauline loves her family, chocolate, bacon, Diet Dr. Pepper, TV, movies and taking it easy. And she loves taking the scenic route.
To find out more about her fictional mayhem, visit her website. The first part of her original BRoP interview was here.

Our authors have generously donated a variety of fabulous prizes!
•    Prize pack containing an e-book copy of Yesterday's Dreams, Tomorrow's Memories, Today's Promise, In An Iron Cage, and A Legacy of Stars by Danielle Ackley McPhail
•    Prize pack containing an e-book copy of The Watchtower, Under Cover of Wicca, and Of Covens and Packs by Darke Conteur
•    e-book copy of The Flower of Isbelline by Heidi Garrett
•    e-book copy Dance on Fire and Dance on Fire: Flashpoint by James Garcia, Jr.
•    $10 gift card to (courtesy of Pauline Baird Jones)
•    Winner’s choice of paperback copy Daughter of the Goddess Lands or Shadow of the Horsemen by Sandra Saidak
•    e-book copy of Open Minds by Susan Kaye Quinn

Entering is easy – just use the Rafflecopter below. Winners will be chosen from among eligible Rafflecopter entries (chosen by Rafflecopter) and receive a prize of our choice. We’ll do our best to give the print books to those that don’t have an e-reader, but we can’t make any guarantees, so please be aware when entering that you are most likely going to win an e-book.

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Be sure to stop to check out each of the stops on the Year In Review – new chances to enter the giveaway each day!

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Pauline B Jones said...

Many thanks for having me back to the blog ring of power! Happy holidays to all of you!

TerriBruce said...

And happy holidays to you, Pauline! Congratulations on a great year and here's to many more! I love that you found your blogging groove, in part, by incorporating elements from your wider (non-writing) life!

Pauline B Jones said...

Many thanks, Terri! Bring on 2013, right? (grin)

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