Hello and happy October! For the next 2 weeks it’s WORTH THE RISK x 2 around here! Charlene Sands and I are teaming up to celebrate our same title books and we’re giving away $25 Gift Cards AND a chance to win a Nook Color or Kindle Fire! See our Risky Release Party info below for our Contest WORTH entering!

Karma or Coincidence?

A few years ago I was very lucky to get a mentor in my local RWA chapter, LARA (Los Angeles Romance Authors). I think I may have been introduced to Charlene Sands, but certainly we’d never spoken at length to each other. Well, that changed the second we “really” met.

The first email between us went something like this…

Charlene: Hi Robin. I’m Charlene and I’m going to be your mentor. Let’s meet for lunch and talk.

Me: Hi Charlene. Thanks so much. I’d love to meet! (And then I secretly did a little happy dance, because ohmygod, Charlene Sands was my mentor!)

We met and talked. And talked. And talked. I probably would have gone home with her if she’d let me.

I still pinch myself that Charlene isn’t just my mentor—she’s my friend. One I hold very dear. We’ve done lots of coffee and lunches and writer events together since that wonderful first meet ☺, and she’s always been there to support my writing endeavors.

When I got “the email” from Adrien-Luc Sanders at Entangled Publishing offering me a contract for my novella, Worth the Risk, Charlene was one of the first people I told. I actually hadn’t mentioned to anyone that I submitted to Entangled, so when I shared my news with Charlene, she was ecstatic. And then she told me the fourth Harlequin Desire in her Red Ridge series was titled Worth the Risk, too!

How coincidental and awesome was that? I felt like fate had stepped in, and I couldn’t have been more happy to share my debut novella’s title with Charlene’s fall release. But wait, there’s more. When I told Charlene my heroine’s name was Samantha (Sam), she cracked up. Her heroine’s name was Sammie.

I’d like to think our heroines are similar, too. Both are spunky and want to be successful businesswomen. And both mix business and pleasure with heroes that they just can’t resist even though they know they should.

Charlene’s generosity and support continued while I edited and then something awesome happened. I’m usually very shy and hate asking anyone for anything, but I thought, just do it. So I did. I sent Charlene the final manuscript and asked if she’d give me a cover quote. And she did! The most wonderful quote a debut author could ask for. My first book was made all the more special by the kind words of someone I look up to so very much.

So for the next 2 weeks Charlene and I are celebrating both our releases. (My Worth the Risk released a few months ago and Charlene’s releases today.) We’ve got posts planned for Wednesday and Friday and more posts next week, and hope you’ll come back to party with us. *throws confetti and hands out cupcakes* (Really yummy cupcakes. You don’t want to miss them.)


Post a comment during the next 2 weeks on our blogs to be entered to win a $25 Gift Card to either Amazon or Barnes and Noble. TWO winners (one on my blog, one on Charlene’s) will be announced on Monday, October 15th, so be sure to check back. (Leave a comment on both our blogs and that counts twice! We’re all about the x2 this week!)

But wait! There’s more! Please spread the word about Worth the Risk. Help us reach our goal of ranking in the Top 1000 books on Amazon or Barnes and Noble and one lucky commenter will win a Nook Color (Value: $149) or Kindle Fire (Value: $159) or gift card equivalent IF we do. (We need to rank in the triple digits.)

Mention our Risky Release Party on Facebook

Tweet about Worth the Risk on Twitter

Post a review on Amazon, B&N or Goodreads

Amazon for Charlene’s book

Amazon for Robin’s book 

Like and Tag us on Amazon

Check out our books

Tell your friends about our books

Sample FB or Tweet: Don’t miss @CharleneSands & @RobinBielman’s Risky Release Party & you could win an e-Reader! http://charlenesands.blogspot.com/ http://robinbielman.com/blog

The e-Reader giveaway also ends on October 15th, and we really hope we get to announce someone’s name! Each and every comment on both our blog posts from October 1st to October 14th counts as an entry.

Thanks so much for being a part of our celebration!

Robin and Charlene

P.S. Thanks so much to everyone who has already bought, read, reviewed, and/or added Worth the Risk to Goodreads. We’re so thankful for your support!!

(Be sure to leave your full email addy when you post on the blogs and let us know how you’ve helped!)

Posted October 1, 2012 by Robin Bielman in Giveaway, Worth the Risk / 32 Comments

32 responses to “Karma or Coincidence? Plus a Giveaway!

  1. Cheryl S.

    Yeah! Happy release day to Charlene. And, of course, I already bought your book on its release day. I posted on FB about the contest. Good luck on making the Top 1000!

  2. Carol L

    Congrats to you and Charlene Robin. I think it’s wonderful that two friends have so much in common when it comes to your books. :) I’d say it’s Great Karma.
    I don’t have FB or Twitter but I liked you both on Amazon and I will certainly be reading both books. Wishing you many sales and hope that great Karma brings you both into the top 1,000 books on Amazon and B&N.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  3. How cool that your chapter assigns mentors! Wow! That’s a great idea. And lucky for you for getting Charlene, who is both a wonderful writer and a truly nice person. What a cool coincidence, too, that the two of you have such similar threads with your books.

    As for the cupcakes, I believe you about them being yummy. Have one for me, will ya?

    I have to run, but will do the Twitter/Facebook/etc. thing later.

    Happy Monday – and happy October!

  4. Kathleen O

    Happy Release day to both you and Charlene..
    I have posted on my FB page tell all about your New releases…
    Wishing you both lots and lots of sales,


  5. I love this story, Robin. It’s definitely karma. And good karma.
    You know I loved your book, and I’ve already recieved my copy of Charlene’s book on my Kindle. I’m looking forward to that read.
    Congratulations to both of you.

  6. Robin

    Hi Cheryl! Thank you so much for your continued support!

    Hi Carol! Thank you for the wonderful wishes! Let’s keep our fingers crossed the great karma continues. :)

    Hi Jo! Thank you so much!!

    Hi Caryn! You are so awesome to always be here for me! THANK YOU! And I would so love it if you helped spread the word!

    Hi Kathleen! Thank you very much!!

    Hi Penney! Thanks a bunch! The support this morning has been really great and I appreciate it so much!

    Hi Roben! Thank you!! I never get tired of hearing someone say they loved my story. :D

  7. GladysMP

    You have a great tutor and I know she is bursting with pride over your success. As for the book titles, “Two great minds running on the same track.” Congratulations to both of you!

  8. Kim

    Congratulations on your debut. There do seem to be some interesting coincidences in your blog post.


  9. i liked reading your blogs, thats so neat that your both books are the same name and the heroine’s and all the other good things in your life. Congrats on your first book and on both your release day! I read Charlene’s book already but will wait to write about the book on amazon and Goodreads. B@N.I enjoyed her book alot and willbe out buying yours this weekend for sure.

  10. Diane Sallans

    All those similarities can’t be coincidence – must be fate!
    Tweeted & shared on FB & Liked both books on Amazon as Diane Sallans

    sallans d at yahoo dot com

  11. Cathy P

    Hi Robin, and Happy Release Day! Thanks so much to you and Charlene Sands for the party and contest!

    I liked both of you on Amazon and Facebook, shared on Facebook, and tweeted on Twitter.

    My name on Facebook is Cathy Estabrook Phillips.

    Here was my tweet on Twitter: RISKY RELEASE PARTY from Charlene Sands and Robin Bielman. You could win an eReader. Contest ends October 15th.


  12. Nancy S

    Good luck to both of you and your books. I tend to lean toward the wacky option. What a great giveaway, count me in please.

  13. Robin

    Hi Chey! Thank you!

    Aww, Gladys, thanks so much!!

    Hi Kim! Thank you!

    Hi Sam! We both definitely struck gold! And my luck continued with meeting you! :)

    Hi Carole! Thanks so much for being a part of our celebration and thank you for buying my book!

    Hi Diane! Thank you so much! I like the idea of fate, too.

    Hi Nancy! Thank you – and you’re counted!

  14. desiree

    that is so cool i hope you both do good witht he book it on goggle pluse
    fb twitter and
    then i put it on pin under authors
    desi the blonde at msn dot com

  15. Robin

    Hi Desiree! Thank you!

    Hey Lynne! Me, too! LARA (and Christine A.) are pretty smart. ;)

    Hi Jan! Thanks so much!

    Hi Pat! Thanks for stopping by!

    Hi Trish! Thank you so much!

  16. Miss. Lucinda Fountain

    Thank you so much for a fantastic giveaway! I am trying to spread the word and i also will be posting my review of the book soon on GoodReads, amazon.com and amazon.co.uk. Thank you for this oportunity. x

    Email: lfountain1(at)hotmail(dot)co(dot)uk
    *apologies not on Facebook or Twitter*

  17. Isn’t it amazing when someone you admire ends up becoming a treasured friend? Such a special experience! So glad you and Charlene have found that! :)

  18. anne

    Congratulations and best wishes on your release. I will be reading both books. I liked the books on Amazon and on facebook.

  19. Robin

    Hi bn! Thank you!

    Hi Jennifer! Thank you so much! Charlene has been incredibly generous and let me ride on her coattails here. I really hope I don’t lag too far behind. *fingers crossed*

    Hi June! Thanks so much for the support and shout outs!

    Hi Lucinda! Thanks!! And no apologies necessary – we so appreciate any and all support.

    Hi Dovile! Thank you!

    Hey, Shari! I am so darn lucky to have Charlene! And you – thanks for always being here!

    Hi Anne! Thanks very much!!

  20. Catherine Lemanski

    I look forward to reading your book. I liked it on Amazon and plan to pass the word about it to everyone that I know who reads romance.

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