Saturday, December 15, 2012

Writer's Workspace:Louise M Gouge plus giveaway (US and Canada only)

Pink Heart Society visits with Love Inspired Historical author Louise M Gouge and has a giveaway (US and Canadian addresses only)
Thank you so much for inviting me to be a guest of The Pink Heart Society!
I’m a very organized person. Honest, I am. You should see my kitchen. Everything is in perfect order. Even behind the cupboard doors, the cans and jars are classified according to product type and every can is lined up facing the front. Even the refrigerator looks like that. . .except after my grandson gets into it.
Now my desk – where I write my books and grade freshman essays – is another subject altogether. As you can see in the picture, clutter abounds. But there is a method to my madness. See if you agree.
First and foremost, I have my computer. Even though it’s a laptop, I use a keyboard and a mouse. And because I want to actually see what I’m writing, I have a large external monitor. Seems like that would be enough for any writer, right?
Not for me (and I would guess for many other writers). I have supplies and research books on the bookshelves on my right. I have my Kindle in front of me so I can read other writers’ books. Cell phone, of course. Television remote so I can take breaks throughout the day. Boxes of Christmas cards are stacked on the right side of the desk so I won’t forget to sign and send them very soon.
Behind those boxes is my stack of school papers all ready for next semester’s classes. I teach English composition and Introduction to Humanities at lovely college just minutes from my home, and I’m all ready for spring semester, which begins on January 7. See, I truly am organized.
On the left side of my desk is my junk pile. Well, it’s not exactly junk, just notes, magazines, letters, and miscellaneous stuff that I really should sort through. And I do it maybe once a year. With luck. And the right kind of motivation.
Every writer gets the munchies, so I keep mixed nuts handy, plus a little Tupperware cup to measure them out so I won’t eat too many. Then there’s my Diet Coke and my water cup—pink, of course. After all, I’m a romance writer.
Of course there are a bazillion other things on my desk, including a Walmart bag with an item I need to take back. That will be fun during this busy season. Not!
So here’s what I want to do. If you study the picture and can name one thing that I didn’t mention above, plus say what you think I use it for, I’ll put your name in the pot to receive the first two books in my LADIES IN WAITING series from Love Inspired Historical. Here’s the scoop on the second book, A SUITABLE WIFE:
Theirs was an impossible attraction: Lady Beatrice Gregory has beauty, brains—and a wastrel brother. With her family fortune squandered, her only chance of a Season is as a lowly companion. London’s glittering balls and parties are bittersweet when Beatrice has no hope of a match. Still, helping Lord Greystone with his charitable work brings her genuine pleasure, perhaps more that she dares to admit. Even when every marriageable miss in London is paraded before him, the only woman to capture Lord Greystone’s attention is the one he shouldn’t pursue. Attaching himself to a ruined family would jeopardize his ambitions. Yet Lady Beatrice may be the only wife to suit his lord’s heart.
I hope to hear from you!
Award-winning Florida author Louise M. Gouge writes historical fiction for Harlequin's Love Inspired imprint. In addition to numerous other awards, Louise is the recipient of the prestigious Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award for her 2005 historical novel, Hannah Rose (first place) and her 2011 Regency novella, The Gentleman Takes a Bride, (second place). Please visit her Web site at


  1. There's a fan that I think you use to cool yourself down when writing certain scenes.


    1. LOL! Yes, there's a fan, but it's there because I live in Florida and even with air conditioning it gets pretty hot. Thanks for writing!

  2. Well there is a clock on the shelves which I think must be at eye level so you can glance up and see the time.