Sunday, July 27, 2014

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To My EIN….

I've been doing quite a bit of research over the past few months, so as not to overload my brain by trying to learn too much all at once.  In the process of learning the path to self-publication one has to venture into the tricky waters of getting an ITIN or an EIN from the IRS in the USA.  After reading about how tricky it can be to get an ITIN I discovered that I could instead get an EIN. 

So following instructions from the wonderful Catherine, Caffeinated website, I ventured into the world of applying for my EIN. Thank heavens for the information on this wonderful website, otherwise I may have been bamboozled from start to finish.  This doesn't mean I wasn't bamboozled. I was. And it took me some time but I got there in the end and here's how.

I phoned the IRS in the USA to get my EIN so I can self-publish my next book, Footloose & Faerie Free on Amazon, which all went swimmingly.  I didn't even have to wait in a queue.  I got through to the right person immediately. Yay! Except the IRS representative was keen for me to complete an SS4 and I stated that I heard I could get an EIN over the phone and would prefer to do it this way.  She said yes you can but it's useful to have a completed SS4 incase anything ever goes wrong and that I was fully informed. But she was happy to do it over the phone and told me to please write all this down on an SS4 and write down my EIN in triplicate in several locations so you never lose it she said.  So after providing all the details so kindly provided on Catherine, Caffeinated she gave me my EIN.  

Next was my attempt to match my online paperwork with Amazon and the IRS with my EIN. That’s why one should fill out an SS4 said the IRS!! To remind you what they said and the exact details you gave them!! One tiny detail missed and the application was rejected. Apparently the IRS don’t do apostrophes. After freaking out, I tried a second time, remembering the IRS's comment about apostrophes and saying she would put a space between the O and the S and tried again.

Yippee! I am now registered through Amazon and the IRS with her EIN without the aid of a completed SS4!! Phew!! 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Spotlight on Nancy C. Weeks - In The Shadow of Pride Release & Giveaway

Hi all,

Although Nancy and I have never met, we both sold our first books to Crimson Romance and have formed a friendship that the wonders of the internet can now provide and I mean it when I say she is a fabulous writer and I'm really happy to see that Mac finally has his own story.  Nancy writes romantic suspense and her fourth book in her Shadows series, The Shadow of Pride is out on 21 July and she's visiting on my blog to tell us all about it and to give away a free digital copy (see below for more details). Remember to leave your email address when you comment so I can contact you if you win.  Over to you Nancy.

Hello Rowena!

I’m so pleased to be visiting with you today to share the news about my newest novel, In the Shadow of Pride. Pride is the fourth book in my In the Shadows series and I am so very happy with the way everything turned out.

In this story, you will meet the third McNeil brother, Luke ‘Mac’ McNeil. Mac has a tough job as a FBI Special-Agent-In-Charge. He sees the worst that mankind has to offer on a daily bases. One of the most heart wrenching experiences he had to live through was losing his friend and fellow agent, Rico Trevena. Rico was on an undercover operation and Mac was his handler. The unthinkable happened and Rico lost his life while saving Mac’s younger brother, Jason [from In the Shadow of Greed]. Rico’s last words to Mac: “Promise me you’ll take care of Lexie for me. Promise!”  For the last three years, Rico’s wife, Lexie Trevena has made that promise almost impossible to keep because she hates everything about the FBI and despises Mac.

Throwing my gorgeous Mac McNeil and spunky, Lexie Trevena into life altering situations, making them work through their animosity toward each other and then watching them fall in love on the page is what makes being an author such a joy.

I loved every minute of writing In the Shadow of Pride. If you would like to see who I envisioned while writing this story, please  drop by my Pinterest story board here:


In the next few days, I will be posting three free chapters of In the Shadow of Pride on my website:


Have questions? I would love to answer them. Feel free to ask me anything. Here is a question to help get you started. Have you ever disliked someone, but over time, began to see this person in a different light? Did you ever become friends?  I would love to give away a free digital copy to one lucky commenter so please leave an email with your question. Rowena, you get to do the drawing. J

I left a blurb and a short excerpt. I hope you enjoy In the Shadow of Pride as much as I enjoyed writing it. Rowena, thank you again for having me on your lovely blog today. This has been such fun!

Hugs to all,

Nancy C. Weeks

You are most welcome Nancy.  Check out the Blurb and an excerpt below of Nancy's latest release as well as buy buttons for her other books in the Shadows series and don't forget to leave a comment to go in the draw for a free digital copy of The Shadow of Pride.

Blurb for in the Shadow of Pride

Lexie Trevena buried her murdered husband, discovered he had cheated on her, and signed to adopt his newborn son—all before noon. Now she just wants to raise her child in the loving, supportive home she never had. The last thing she needs is another man to complicate her life, but her best friends feel differently. Their matchmaking meddling accidentally places Lexie smack in the path of a terrorist who intends to use her as his pawn.

The only person who can help her is the FBI agent she holds responsible for her husband’s death.

Special-Agent-In-Charge Luke “Mac” McNeil watched his best friend and partner marry a woman he knew was too good for him, but he did nothing to stop the wedding. He stood by as Lexie adopted the cheating jerk’s son. But when someone goes to great lengths to make it appear that Lexie is responsible for launching a drone into the home of a prominent Texas senator, Mac’s conscience finally speaks up, and he fights for Lexie’s freedom ... even though all the evidence leads to her door, and she has never given him a reason to trust her.

Can Lexie and Mac find the courage to forgive and trust, or will their pride stand in the way of love, allowing terrorists to bring another devastating attack onto United States soil?

Sensuality Level: Sensual


Excerpt of In the Shadow of Pride

Excerpt of In the Shadow of Pride

Lexie leaned her back against the cool stone and made herself release Mac’s hand. She then took a breath of fresh, clean air and tried to hide the shakiness in her voice. “Now what?”
“I’m going to drop down to the roof. You will kneel on the ledge and, using the window to balance, turn so your legs hang over the edge. Let go of the ledge, and I’ll catch you.”
“Are you crazy? I can’t—”
“Lexie, look behind you.”
She turned her head slowly toward the open window. Flames appeared under the door and the small office was completely filled with smoke. One word escaped her lips. “Trapped.”
“Once we get down onto the roof, there’s a fire escape ladder to the street.” He reached for her hand. “Gabriel needs you. We can do this together.”
Finding her voice, she whispered, “Not fair using Gabriel.” She bit down on her lower lip and dredged up an ounce of courage. “Mac, do what you have to do.”
With the grace of a trained athlete, he lowered himself over the side until only the tips of his fingers were on the ledge. An instant later, he dropped, landing on his feet.
“Tag, you’re it, Lexie. Just drop and I’ll catch you. Trust me.”
Lexie’s heart pounded like she had just run the 100-yard dash. After a quick glance into the office, she knelt, and holding onto the window, rolled onto her stomach.
“That’s it. Now just ease your legs over the ledge.”
The instant her feet hit empty space, panic ripped through her and she swung a leg back onto the ledge as her fingers dug into the window frame. God, she couldn’t do this. It was freaking crazy.
“You have to let go of the window frame. I’m right under you.”
“This isn’t the time to be nice to me, Mac.”
“Okay, then how’s this? I’m loving the view of the sexiest red panties I have ever seen that barely cover an ass that will live in my dreams for years to―”
Lexie dropped. Before she could get out the ear-piercing, girly scream that roared in her head, she landed in Mac’s arms. The impact crushed the air from her lungs.
“You’re okay,” he whispered. “I’ve got you.”
Wrapping her arms around his neck, she allowed his strength and his herbal all-male scent to soothe her. He eased her legs back on solid ground, but she didn’t let go. She couldn’t remember a time in her life when she felt so safe, protected.
She raised her chin and met his amused stare. Of all stupid days to wear a skirt to work. As soon as she got out of this mess, it was going to Goodwill.
Heat spread up her neck and her chest tightened. “This one time, I’m going to let that go.”
“Let what go, Lexie?” Mac’s hand moved slowly down her back to her waist and pressed her tightly against him.
His touch sent a flash of need that had been dormant for too long into her gut. Lexie swallowed but couldn’t look him in the face. “That wasn’t my best moment on that ledge. You shouldn’t have looked.”
“You told me not to be nice. I was saving your life.”


Bio:
Nancy C. Weeks lives in suburban Maryland with her husband of more than thirty years. With her two grown children out of the nest, she loves spending her days on her deck writing as the local bird population keeps her company.

Find Nancy at:
Twitter: @NancyCWeeks

Look for In the Shadow of Pride at: 

Crimson Romance ebooks | Amazon | B&N | iTunes | Kobo | Google Play | BAM

Buy links for In the Shadow series:

IN THE SHADOW OF EVIL:

BARNES AND NOBLE: http://bit.ly/17hjfco

IN THE SHADOW OF GREED

BARNES AND NOBLE: http://bit.ly/16GHb6I

IN THE SHADOW OF MALICE

BARNES AND NOBLE: http://bit.ly/1dId2db


Thank you so much Nancy for visiting. 


Friday, July 18, 2014

Footloose & Faerie Free Countdown to Release….




Hi there everyone. It's sunny blue skies and really cold in NZ at the moment.  I have freesias popping up in the garden too. It's the first time I've ever grown them and there are only a couple of handfuls but it's such a delight to see them growing and flowering.  It might be an early spring here I'm thinking.  I've been doing house things - like getting two rooms ready to paint the walls.

In the meantime, I've being going through Footloose & Faerie Free yet once again, fine-tuning as it were and it's about to go out to a few readers for comments/review purposes.  I've even gone so far as to make myself a little poster which I put up at the beginning of this email.  It's my first attempt. I haven't quite figured out how to make it bigger and not blurry. I'd love to hear what you think or if you have any ideas on how I can improve the image quality.

And the countdown has begun.  It's only 39 days until I let Footloose & Faerie Free upon the world!