THE ROMANCE REVIEWS 4th Anniversary Party

trrIt’s a month long celebration and I’m there! Well, I’ll be there tomorrow for a Question & Answer type game.   I’m offering up an ebook copy of Drive Me Sane to the person who wins.  And along with me, there are hundreds of other authors with prizes galore!  Head on over to The Romance Reviews for all the details.  Please note that you must be registered and logged into their site to take part in the giveaways.

I must admit, I’m partial to this site.  Unknown to me, my publisher submitted Drive Me Sane to them for a review.  Needless to say, I was beyond words and in tears with their response.  No lie!  I bawled like a baby.

You can find Angi’s 4 Star Review here or below:

“They fell in love as teens but their fears and frustrations as young adults drove them apart. Years have passed and, now, both their lives are on a downward spiral. An unforeseen chance to reconnect is the second chance they both desperately need to exorcise old hurts, as well as conquer the troubles that are currently holding each of them hostage.

Discharged from the Army and suffering PTSD after a tour in Afghanistan, Sera Cavins makes a quiet return to her Uncle Roy’s empty home in Kentucky to attempt to get her broken life back together. The remorse, regret, and guilt she feels has manifested into fears she’s not ready to confess to anyone. Finding her former fiancé Tyler Creech at her uncle’s home brings back even older hurts that make it doubly hard for Sera to hide the many secrets that steal her peace of mind and sap her wounded spirit.

Up and coming country music star Tyler Creech’s life is being consumed by the demands of his career, and his life no longer seems his own. The mounting pressure is taking both a physical and mental toll on him, so a few weeks’ hiatus at his mother and stepfather Roy’s home in Kentucky is where he hopes to work through some of the issues that are leaving him sleepless and torn. He never expected to run into Sera Cavins, the woman who pushed him away and who still haunts him with unresolved heartache and regrets.

If they can bear to share the same roof, maybe they can finally uncover the reasons behind their broken engagement and broken lives, let go the pain and fear and, finally, heal and move forward together.

Debut author Dena Rogers makes a spectacular entrance to the field of romance with this nicely paced emotional tale that’s sole focus is on mending broken hearts and broken lives. In my humble opinion, one can’t help but applaud the author’s tackling of the subject of PTSD in a former female soldier, and I thought her handling of the subject was relevant, vividly moving, and very well done.

With regards to Sera, I found her attempts to repress her emotions, as a means of self-protection, to be utterly convincing and understandable, even though I found I didn’t always like her when she engaged these defense mechanisms. Ms. Rogers nicely countered Sera’s actions with the often understated actions of Tyler, whom she characterized with the compassionate ability to understand and sense Sera’s needs in the face of his own troubled emotions. This balance of give and take in characterization truly enhanced the gradual changes in this couple’s relationship and kept the plot moving with new revelations and just enough valid recriminations to keep Tyler and Sera’s relationship grounded and real.

Despite the novella length of DRIVE ME SANE, this tale has lots of depth, adequate back story, and there are few psychological or emotional issues that are left untouched. Crafting such a compelling story in approximately one hundred pages is a feat that deserves recognition and surely designates Dena Rogers as a talented new author to watch.”

Hello September

Fall is in the air.  Although the mid-day temperatures haven’t yet begun to dwindle, Kentucky mornings and evenings already have a chill about them that make you want to stay curled up in bed and read a good book.  Soon the leaves will change painting a beautiful landscape across the state.  It’s my favorite time of year.  But September doesn’t only ring in my favorite season.  It also gives me a few extra days off of work and our county fair to look forward to.  If you’ve never been to a small-town county fair, then you’re missing out on something.  Kicking off with a beauty pageant, there are week long events.  A talent contest showcases those gifted in singing and dancing.  The pet show get’s our fury friends (and not so fury friends) involved.  The baby contest draws a huge crowd for those wanting to admire the chubbiest cheeks and prettiest hair. And for those that might like events with a little less flair, there’s the exhibit hall that houses everything from canned goods to all sorts of arts and crafts.  The animal show and greasy pig contest are big favorites too.  Yes, I said greasy pig contest!  And yes, both my boys enter.  My big guy was a finalist last year and has his eyes on winning this year.  What’s a greasy pig contest? Well, it’s when you grease up a pig (various sizes for different ages), turn it loose in a muddy pit and let the contestants chase it around until it’s caught and placed in a bucket.  It’s quite messy, but is hilarious to watch.  A parade, that shuts down nearly the whole town, and a car derby that can get pretty intense and interesting rounds out the weeks events.

This year, September brings a busy schedule in the writing world for me too.  All month long The Romance Reviews is hosting Fall Into Love Party.  One of my first reviews came from one of their reviewers, Angie.  Her full review can be found here.  In short she wrote:

“Debut author Dena Rogers makes a spectacular entrance to the field of romance with this nicely paced emotional tale that’s sole focus is on mending broken hearts and broken lives. In my humble opinion, one can’t help but applaud the author’s tackling of the subject of PTSD in a former female soldier, and I thought her handling of the subject was relevant, vividly moving, and very well done.

With regards to Sera, I found her attempts to repress her emotions, as a means of self-protection, to be utterly convincing and understandable, even though I found I didn’t always like her when she engaged these defense mechanisms. Ms. Rogers nicely countered Sera’s actions with the often understated actions of Tyler, whom she characterized with the compassionate ability to understand and sense Sera’s needs in the face of his own troubled emotions. This balance of give and take in characterization truly enhanced the gradual changes in this couple’s relationship and kept the plot moving with new revelations and just enough valid recriminations to keep Tyler and Sera’s relationship grounded and real.

Despite the novella length of DRIVE ME SANE, this tale has lots of depth, adequate back story, and there are few psychological or emotional issues that are left untouched. Crafting such a compelling story in approximately one hundred pages is a feat that deserves recognition and surely designates Dena Rogers as a talented new author to watch.”

This was a request that my publisher, Crimson, sent without my knowledge.  To say I was surprised by the kind words was an understatement.  So I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to be a part of their event.  There are over 250 participating authors with more than 200 prizes, including a $100 giftcard.  It sounds like it’s going to be a fun time, with a question and answer type scavenger hunt as part of the games.  I’ll be there on Tuesday, September 2nd.  Come check out the fun and please remember that you must register and be logged in at The Romance Reviews so that your points earned can be tracked.   FALL INTO LOVE PARTY.

I had a weekend feature on Fiction Vixen that includes an exclusive excerpt and my favorite quote and I’ll also have a spotlight on Deep In The Heart of Romance September 10th.  And don’t forget my Goodreads giveaway that ends September 20th.  It’s a busy month, but a good kind of busy!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Drive Me Sane by Dena Rogers

Drive Me Sane

by Dena Rogers

Giveaway ends September 20, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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