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Why My Resolutions Fail

29 Dec

Everybody always likes to predict what they will do for the next year. I’m not big on New Year’s resolutions. If I want to change something in my life, I just do it.  I don’t wait.  What’s that saying? There’s no time like the present.

So, instead of telling you my plans for next year, let me recap all the stuff I did in 2012. Honey, let me tell you, I’ve been a busy little bee!  If 2013 starts off like 2012, I may have to ask Santa for my very own clone.

Here it goes:

  • Jan 2012-Nov 2012 – Interviewed fabulous romance authors on my Internet Radio Show, The Chanta Rand Show
  • March 2012 – Published my futuristic romance, YOU’VE GOT MALE!
  • April 2012 – Attended the 2012 Romance Slam Jam in Little Rock, AR where I received an award for Debut Author of the Year
  • Aug 2012 – Published my romantic suspense, DELAY OF GAME
  • Aug 2012 – Hosted on Long & Short Reviews Anniversary Blog fest (check out my article, Fifty Shades of Blue)
  • Aug 2012 – Interviewed by author Diane Kelly on the Killer Fiction Blog
  • Oct. 2012 – Hosted six romance authors for a week-long blog tour on ChantaRandBlog.com
  • Oct 2012 – Published my short story, BRO-MANCE 101
  • Nov 2012 – Undercover Monday Promo
  • Dec 2012 – Guest on KIX 96 Radio with Kimberly Kaye (Click here to hear my interview)

I’d like to do more promotion, but I’m busy doing what I do best–writing.  My husband just told me it would be cruel and unusual punishment if I didn’t give readers a glimpse into my future.  The problem with writing all of my goals down is that I actually have to attempt to accomplish them.  So, here is my plan for next year.  If it happens great, if not, get over it.

My projects for 2013

  • January 9, 2013 – Debuting on Romancing the Jock Blog
  • March 2013 – Goddess
  • May 2013 – Attending 2013 Romance Slam Jam in Milwaukee, WI
  • Aug 2013 – Scheduled to publish STEEL IN LOVE, (3-Quel to The Highest Bidder)
  • November 2013 – Scheduled to publish THIEF OF HEARTS (Historical Romance)

You can check out all of my hard work anytime. I’m on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords.

BROMANCE 101 COVER

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Come Get Your KIX With Me!

28 Nov

I’ll be chatting live on the radio with Kimberly Kaye, host of 96 KIX Radio.  I’m honored to be the Author of the Week this Thursday, November 29th.  Make sure to tune in at 1 PM CST. You won’t want to miss this as I talk about my sizzling hot new romance, DELAY OF GAME.  This book has murder, mystery, and of course, lots of steamy romance!

And for you sports lovers, you’ll get to learn more about Romancing the Jock, a new blog I’m featured on along with a host of other talented authors who love writing about sports and romance.

To listen, click on the link below:

http://chantarand.com/

Check out the book trailer

Available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Drop and Give Me 20 – LICKS!

9 Nov

Veterans Day is the day we observe to honor and thank all military personnel who served the United States in all wars. I’m the proud daughter of a Vietnam and a Korean war veteran (Hi Dad!).

I salute all the veterans out there who put their lives on the line so we can enjoy the freedoms we often take for granted.

One of the freedoms we enjoy is the ability to read whatever we want.  In honor of Veterans Day, I’m listing a few books with military themes.

So, on Veterans Day, remember those who served, fly your American flag high, and get engrossed in a juicy novel – ’cause there ain’t nothin’ sexier than a man in uniform!

  • The Grunt – LaTrivia S. Nelson (This is good one! Dang – just look at the cover. That should be motivation enough!)
  • Special Forces – Erisa Knowles
  • Until There Was You – Jessica Scott
  • Dating A Cougar – Donna McDonald (I’m currently reading this one!)
  • Her Forbidden Hero – Laura Kaye
  • The Edge of Trust – KT Bryan
  • Saints and Sinners – Capri Montgomery
  • Will and Dena: Love and Life in WWII – Bob Rogers
  • The Sweetest Temptation – Rochelle Ayers
  • Who Needs a Hero? – Jennifer L. Hart
  • Taken with the Enemy: Tia Fanning
  • The Path to Freedom – Lisa Pietsch

Okay, I’ve given you enough to get started. What the heck are you still doing here? Go read!

I’m on Killer Fiction Today

11 Sep

I’m on the Killer Fiction Blog today talking about my latest release, Delay of Game.  A big shout-out to Diane Kelly, my host and also the author of Dealth, Taxes, and a French Manicure.  I’ve posted some of our interview below. Happy reading!

Diane: DELAY OF GAME looks like another great book with a super sexy hero–definitely the Chanta Rand “brand” we all love! Can you tell the Killer Fiction fans a little about it?
Chanta:  You guessed it. There is definitely a sexy hero involved–and a heroine who’s tough enough to put him in his place. Delay of Game is the sequel to my best-selling book, The Highest Bidder. It’s the story of Tyrek Powers, a quarterback who plays for the California Predators. This notorious party boy has champagne tastes and the budget to match. When a dead woman is found in his tub after one of his famous Predator Parties, he becomes the prime suspect. Sidelined until the case is resolved, Tyrek is determined to clear his name, even if it means joining forces with Persia Banks, the tough detective who’s working the case–as well as his nerves.
Persia Banks is a wise-ass, beer-drinking, gun-toting detective. She gets her kicks by putting bad guys behind bars for good. When she’s not visiting her shrink for her anger management issues, she’s using her photographic memory to solve crimes. Convinced of Tyrek’s guilt, she resents his constant meddling in the case. But as the weeks drag on with no leads in sight, Persia reluctantly accepts Tyrek’s help. She doesn’t trust him as far as she can throw him–and worse yet, she doesn’t trust the way her body ignites whenever she sees him.
Giving into their carnal desires only makes things worse. Can these two control their feelings long enough to find the real killer? Or will lust cloud their judgment?
Diane: You won the Romance Slam Jam 2012 Debut Author award. Woo hoo! Brag on yourself a bit and tell us how winning this award feels and what it has meant for your career.
Chanta:  I will admit my head was so big my hats didn’t fit for a week afterward! But seriously, it was sort of like a validation of my writing. I don’t study the literary market or analyze the next hot trend. I just write what interests me. If my work sells–great. If it doesn’t, at least I’ve written a story I’m passionate about. The Romance Slam Jam is the largest gathering of African-American authors and readers in the country. To be recognized as the RSJ Debut Author of the Year is truly a humbling honor for me. It’s helped to increase my visibility as an author and it’s exposed me to readers and fans who were previously unaware of my work.
In case anyone is interested, the RSJ will be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin May 2nd-5th, 2013. For more details, visit : http://www.romanceslamjam.org/
Diane: You write in several different genres. Do you have a favorite? What are some of the things you enjoy about each genre?
Chanta:  My favorite genre is definitely historical romance. I’m a history junkie and I need my fix every now and then. And I want everyone else to have a healthy dose too! The research is both fun and draining. My first book, Pharaoh’s Desire, set in ancient Egypt, took almost ten years to write. I had a lot of what I call life interruptions along the way. I’m working on the sequel, which will be entitled….
To read the entire interview, check out the link below:

http://killerfictionwriters.blogspot.com/