Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Guest Post: Dianne Castell author of Hot and Irresistible

Dianne Castell, author of the book Hot and Irresistible, stopped by to share with us a piece she wrote.

Giving Back

Whenever we achieve something in out lives we’ve had help along the way. Somehow, someway we all stand on the shoulders of others. Someone has helped us to get where we want to go.

When we do achieve our goal we must then help others. It’s the right thing to do and it’s fun! Now that I’m a published author I believe I must help other get published and I must give my readers the best read I can.

Lori Foster, a dear friend since before either of us were published, believes this too so we came up with the Reader/Writer Get-together. We’ve done this for five years now here in Cincinnati and the sixth year is in the works. The cost is fifty-five dollars, just enough to cover the costs of the three meals at the Marriott where the get-together is held. It is always the first weekend in June.

The idea behind the get-together is three fold. Lori and I bring in editors and agents who take author appointments where writers can pitch their work and find representation. We have over a hundred authors attend each year so readers have a chance to meet their favorite authors and get acquainted with new authors and talk books. And we also have a huge raffle of donated baskets and a huge book fair. All the proceeds of the raffle and a percentage of the Barnes and Noble book fair go to local charities. To date the get-together has generated over thirty-thousand dollars for local charities such as the YWCA Battered Woman’s Shelter, AAF the Animal Adoption Foundation a no-kill shelter, One-Way Farm a home for abused and abandoned children.

There is nothing more fun then talking about books and there is no group of people more generous and supportive than readers and writers. Lori and I want to do our best to give back to that community. The Reader/Writer Get-together is our way of helping others and our community as others have helped us.

To see photos of the get-together visit my website DianneCastell.com. It’s a blast and for all the right reasons.

About the book:

In a city of history, mystery, and more than a few ghosts, four best friends who have never fit in anywhere except with each other are about to get close - and closer still - to four sexy bachelors with some very alluring secrets...Bebe Fitzpatrick's hard upbringing taught her how to take care of herself, how to tell true friends from false, and how to be a good cop. She can also sweet-talk a man like she means it...until she stumbles into the arms of a damn sexy Yankee who's gunning for Savannah's favorite shady entrepreneur...As far as Donovan McCabe is concerned, the main obstacle to his investigation is the one thing he can't help wanting in his way. Bebe's smart, sassy, and utterly oblivious to her own appeal. Add the fact that a Boston cop trying to arrest one of Savannah's best-loved citizens is about as popular as the reincarnation of General Grant. What Donovan needs is a better game plan. What he's about to get is southern "hospitality" that'll make his toes curl...

About Dianne:

USA Today best selling author Dianne Castell writes for Kensington BRAVA. She also writes a monthly editor interview column for Romance Writers Report. Her books have won Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award, been on the cover of Romantic Times Magazine and included in Rhapsody Book Club, Doubleday Book Club and have made the Waldenbooks Bestseller list. The second book in her Savannah Sizzles series for the BRAVA line, Hot and Irresistible, hits the shelves Nov‘09. Hot and Dangerous is on in May ’10. Dianne lives in Cincinnati with her two cats and will do just about anything to get out of housework. You can visit her website at www.diannecastell.com or email her at DianneCastell@hotmail.com.


Susan Helene Gottfried said...

I'll certainly second that, Dianne! I loved it last year.

Ladies, I've posted this over at Win a Book.

mariska said...

Hi Dianne,
you are right about giving back. coz we're not living alone on this planet. And i still believe whenever we give someone our help, the favour will come back to us eventually.

Your book sounds great ! well, i'm still new with your works :)

uniquas at ymail dot com

Dianne Castell said...

Hi, Susan!
So glad you made it to the get-together last year. Lori and I love doing this each year, meeting new friends and seeing old ones!

Thanks for posting at Win a Book.

Hugs, Dianne

Dianne Castell said...

Hi, Mariska.
What goes around comes around...for sure. :-)

Hope to see you at the June event this year. Thanks for posting and the nice words about Hot and Irresistible.

Hugs, Dianne

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