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The Fabulous BRENDA NOVAK with When Lightning Strikes!

I’m thrilled to welcome Brenda Novak to the blog to celebrate the release of her new Whiskey Creek series with WHEN LIGHTNING STRIKES! Brenda is giving away a copy below PLUS she has a FREE novella available in the series right now! Link is included here!

It was 1996 when I attended my first RWA’s national conference. I’d just finished an 800-page behemoth of a manuscript that didn’t really fit the market and was five months pregnant with my fifth child, but it didn’t matter that my novel needed to be completely rewritten because I felt as if I’d struck gold. I’d been toiling away in every stolen moment I could manage while my husband worked and my kids napped but I didn’t know how to market what I’d written once I typed “The End”—until I found RWA.

A friend of a friend told me about the organization and their annual conference and insisted I attend, and I owe that woman a great deal of gratitude because finding RWA made all the difference. In Dallas, I attended every publisher spotlight I could fit into my schedule, gave my very first pitch to an editor and an agent, learned of the Golden Heart, a national contest which helped launch my career the following summer, and connected with the Sacramento chapter, which could offer support at home. After almost a week, I returned to my family absolutely buzzing with excitement. I could hardly think straight for the next month! I’d found all the information and contacts I needed in order to get published. Now I could see a way to make my dreams come true.

That was sixteen years ago. Since then I’ve written more than forty books, hit the USA Today as well as The New York Times, and gone to national every year except one. Thankfully, it still holds the same magic for me. What I do while I’m there has changed a bit. I’m now too busy meeting with other authors and my agent and editor to attend the fabulous workshops they provide (except the ones I give myself), but I still come home completely enthused about my career and books in general.

This year was especially fun because my editor and I were preparing for the launch of my new Whiskey Creek series and we’d just gotten a glowing review on the first book, WHEN LIGHTNING STRIKES, from Publisher’s Weekly:
Gail and Simon’s heartwarming romance develops slowly and sweetly. The sex is fantastic, but the best part is how Simon and Gail tease and laugh as they grow closer.

We were also preparing for the release a 150-page digital novella, a prequel, called WHEN WE TOUCH, which is currently FREE at all e-trailers. You can download it HERE.

Many of my readers want to know if these books signal a permanent change in genre—but they don’t. I’m still writing suspense. As a matter of fact, I’m currently working on the first book in a new very chilling (pun intended ) series set in Alaska. Visit my web site for more details at brendanovak.com.


Olivia Arnold is arranging the festivities — and it’s the hardest thing she’s ever done. Because she should’ve been marrying Kyle Houseman. They were together for two years. . . But her jealous sister, Noelle, purposely stole him away — and now she’s pregnant.

All their friends in Whiskey Creek know as well as Olivia does that Kyle’s making a mistake. His stepbrother, Brandon, knows it, too. But Kyle’s determined to go through with it, for his child’s sake.

Olivia’s still devastated but surprisingly, Brandon, the black sheep of the family, is there to provide comfort and consolation. The intensity between them, both physical and emotional, shows Olivia that maybe Kyle wasn’t the right man for her. . .But is Brandon?

Download your FREE copy here: Amazon.com | BN.com | Website


Gail DeMarco left Whiskey Creek, California, to make a name for herself in Los Angeles. Her PR firm has accumulated a roster of A-list clients, including the biggest box office hit of all—sexy and unpredictable Simon O’Neal. But Simon, who’s just been through a turbulent divorce, is so busy self-destructing he won’t listen to anything she says. She drops him from her list—and he retaliates by taking the rest of her clients with him.

WHEN LIGHTNING STRIKES will be available on August 28, 2012.

Preorder your copy here: Amazon.com | BN.com

LAUNCH PARTY ANNOUNCEMENT: Come help us celebrate the release of WHEN LIGHTNING STRIKES, the first book in Brenda Novak’s new Whiskey Creek Series, at the Barnes & Noble in Citrus Heights (Birdcage Walk Center across from Sunrise Mall) on Saturday, September 1st (Labor Day Weekend), from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. The first 100 guests will receive a goody bag full of fun surprises. Each attendee will receive 5 free raffle tickets for a chance to win one or more of 10 fabulous gift baskets. And there will be food and drink. If you have any questions please contact Danita Moon at danita.moon@comcast.net.

Come Join My Fan Club

Visit my website at www.brendanovak.com and join my Fan Club. You will soon have the opportunity to purchase items related to the Whiskey Creek series–like a fabulous Black Gold Coffee mug and an Amos Auto Body T-shirt. There will be a town tour, a blog and much more! To join Brenda’s fan club, all you have to do is email or snail mail your receipt for WHEN LIGHTNING STRIKES showing it was purchased before September 4th. Not only will you receive access to the password protected part of the site, but you’ll get an exclusive, limited edition set of ten Whiskey Creek trading cards autographed by Brenda. (You can send your receipt to Danita Moon at danita.moon@comcast.net or Danita Moon 3825 Little Rock Drive Apt 88 Antelope, CA 95843.


One lucky commenter will receive a signed copy of WHEN LIGHTNING STRIKES before it hits the bookstores.
The winner will be chosen on August 18th.

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