Monday, August 3, 2015

Today's reviewer says: "The author did an incredible job writing the scenery and used great detail in her descriptions.  During some of the fighting scenes it was incredible reading!"

See more on my latest blog tour stop:  Archaeolibrarian

Come by and comment for your chance to win a $25 gift card. :-)

Monday, July 13, 2015

Welcome to the newest stop on my blog tour!  Visit Room with Books to read a review and leave a comment for your chance to win a $25 Amazon gift-card….

Monday, July 6, 2015

Two new stops on my blog tour!

Today we have stops with Book Lover Sue and Reading Romances.  Come hear my answers to all sorts of creative interview questions!  If you leave a comment, you could win a $25.00 gift card. :-)

Monday, June 22, 2015

Monday, June 15, 2015

Today I was interviewed by The Reading Addict!  Hear what I have to say about conquering self-doubt at:

Interview at The Reading Addict

Leave a comment to qualify for a gift-card giveaway!  :-)

Monday, June 1, 2015

Today there's a new stop on my blog tour!

Check out Interview of Olivia Fields at Black Heart Magazine and leave a comment to qualify for a chance at an Amazon gift card!

What do I really think about pirates vs. ninjas?  This is your chance to find out!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

My second professional romance novel, a paranormal contemporary called Jewel of the Naga, has been accepted for publication!  I haven't received final notification of a date, but based on past experience it should come out in summer 2016.

This is a bit of an ambivalent moment; on one hand, I'm very gratified and proud.  On the other… lots of work is associated with this: editing, re-editing, promotion.  I'm still promoting Her Heart's Liege, too!

Sometimes the time and emotions associated with promotion and other publication responsibilities make it challenging to compose new material.  However, I'm 16,000 words into a sequel to Jewel, so that's good progress in spite of the other commitments.  :-)

And there's always the tentatively-titled Path to Scotland, a second historical romance which is sitting at about 120,000 words and is not yet finished because I can't seem to decide if it should be two books or if it should expand into three….

I only wish I'd begun publishing professionally a decade or more ago.  :)  Better late than never, I guess!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Here's a handy tour guide for the stops along my blog tour, which is being run by GoddessFish:

May 25: Punya Reviews... - review only
June 1: Black Heart Magazine
June 8: Dena Garson - Real... Hot... Romance
June 8: LibriAmoriMiei - review only
June 15: The Reading Addict
June 22: Unabridged Andra's
July 6: Booklover Sue
July 6: Reading Romances
July 13: Room With Books - review only
July 20: Romance Novel Giveaways
July 27: Lisa Haselton's Reviews and Interviews
July 27: CBY Book Club
August 3: Archaeolibrarian - I dig good books! - review
August 10: The Blog of C.R. Moss
August 17: A Novel Kind of Bliss - review
August 17: The Pen and Muse Book Reviews

The first day of my blog tour is finally here, and we're off to a running start with this great four-star summation by Punya Reviews!

Her Heart's Liege: Review by Punya Reviews  <-- Stop by and leave a comment for a chance to win a gift card!

Stay tuned for more.  :-)

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Starting anew: one of the most intimidating and yet exciting moments in a writer's life.  The first real step on the journey to a new novel, writing down the first words…. the character concepts have been postulated, the core of the plot conceived.  I'm about to embark on the sequel to Jewel of the Naga, which I just sent to my publisher.

Now to cross my fingers and trust that the magic will happen!

Monday, April 13, 2015

My promo cards arrived!  Now I just need to attend an event where I can distribute them.  :-)

Monday, April 6, 2015

Designing a promotional flyer for Her Heart's Liege since there's a free prints offer this week on Shutterfly!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

It's finally here!

I'm so excited!  My first published book is on sale now, a special deal at $0.99 for the first month.  You can get it as .epub, .mobi, or .pdf file.  It's at these retailers:

Rogue Phoenix Press


Barnes and Noble

I hope you'll enjoy reading!  :-)

Monday, March 2, 2015

An excerpt from "Her Heart's Liege," available for sale March 8!

From Her Heart’s Liege
By Olivia Fields

Alex and the prince continued their sparring matches at regular intervals, varying tandem sword training with hand to hand. The craft of unarmed combat continued to prove frustrating for the prince, especially when defending against her attacks.

"Impossible," Holden lamented one afternoon as she put him on his face in the dirt for the umpteenth time, effortlessly seating herself atop his back. "You can't have done that. Again."

"I'm not using strength." She wound up his arm a bit more to demonstrate. "This is leverage."

"I concede." He went limp, and she sat on him for a moment longer, liking their position rather more than she strictly should. She made herself move before the moment stretched too long, heaving off him, and offered him a hand up.

He reached for her, and gave her no warning whatsoever before yanking hard. Off-balance, she toppled helplessly onto him. He rolled her under his body, pinning her arms with his hands, his waist sinking between her thighs.

"There," he said with satisfaction. "Escape this."

She clenched her fists in exasperation, trying breathlessly to ignore the sensation of his body weighing down on her, pushing her thighs apart and pressing against the center of her. "I haven't showed you everything I know. Not yet."

She bucked her hips up sharply and kicked her heels against the ground, unseating him. They rolled, trading advantage back and forth. He couldn't pin her, but neither could she escape without hurting him. They thrashed about wildly, kicking up dust, dirt, and bracken as they struggled. He clutched her tightly against his chest. He was laughing, and she realized she was too. They abruptly fetched up against one of the log segments surrounding the fire ring, and she found herself lying on top of him, her face a few inches from his.

They froze there, and their laughter faded. He did not try to dislodge her again. His eyes grew warm and deep. He was still smiling, his lips parted slightly. She lost herself in his gaze, wavering on the verge of sinking down to taste his mouth.

She felt his hands settling slowly on her waist, anticipating her kiss. He was smeared with dirt. Bits of dried fern stuck to the sweat on his face and body, tangled in his untidy hair. He looked so good he almost seemed edible. Hypnotized, she was tempted to bend her head and lick a droplet of perspiration right off his cheek.

Carl was watching them, she knew.

"You're a mess," she observed, hearing the breathlessness in her voice. "Get up and wash that dirt off. Carl almost has the supper ready."

The spell was broken.

She climbed off him, briskly dusting all the twigs and bracken off her clothes, using her fingers to pluck what she could out of her hair. It was so bad she'd have to get out her comb and re-weave her braid.

The prince went to splash in the pond, and she disciplined herself not to watch. Carl looked up as she went to the wagon for her comb and returned to the fire.

"One of these days he'll weary of you rubbing his nose in the dirt and give you a right good thrashing," he said amiably.

"On the day he can, I'll be proud of him." She slouched by the fire and began to unravel her braid, all but exhausted. She rubbed her neck, which was covered with grit and dust. That was too damned close for comfort. She'd have to see to it there was no more light horseplay of that sort.

"Ohhh, will you look at him," Carl muttered, gazing past her toward the pond, and Alex barely managed to stop herself before she obeyed.

"Look at what?"

"The results of your handiwork."

She snorted. The prince's idea of modesty still left much to be desired. "Flaunting himself again, is he?" She began combing at the bottom of her hair, slowly working her way up as the tangles came out.

"You might say that." Carl turned the spit where a pheasant the prince had managed to shoot was roasting, dripping juices on the fire and producing a mouthwatering smell. "He would be if anyone were looking, at any rate."

"Well, I'm not." She didn't bother to keep the tartness from her voice. "I wonder why you are."

"Purely to keep you informed, of course." Carl chuckled. "It's the least I can do."

"Let me guess. He has two arms, two legs, and a cock he's rather more than reasonably proud of. Just like any man." She re-wove the braid briskly and tied it with a bit of leather.

"He's sprouted a good bit more muscle than he had in Norwich. I'd have thought you'd appreciate a chance to enjoy examining your handiwork." Carl wasn't at all perturbed by her frank speech. "I believe he's grown a bit more courtesy, as well."

"If he had an ounce of politeness, he wouldn't strip naked and wash in the presence of a lady." She thought of making a mint infusion, then reached for their jug of ale instead and poured herself a mug.

"Well, mayhap if you want to be treated more like a lady, you could act more like one." Carl glanced at her out of the corner of his eye, calculating how angry he was making her. "Instead of like a sergeant at the drill." 

"I act like what I am," she muttered.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

The woes of editing

I just finished responding to editing suggestions on Her Heart's Liege (it should available in March, squee)!

It was a long and tedious process.  In several cases, I didn't agree with the advice I was given.  You can't always replace a semicolon with either a comma or a period!  But there it is... I wish I could tell you no errors remain, but sadly I know better than that.  It's virtually impossible to make such a long piece of writing perfect.  Suffice it to say I've done the best I could, and consulted a variety of other kind people for help in the process, all of whom have played a role in making the final product better.

Even now, I have a final proofreading yet to review and approve...
It feels very intimidating to contemplate sending the impending release of the novel... both intimidating and satisfying.  I hope people will enjoy it.