My perfect day: coffee shop; laptop; WiFi availability; java mocha; characters demanding their stories be told; a plot that comes together; and hours to live in an alternate reality.
Seriously, I have always loved reading, and now I love writing. As a preteen, I devoured Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys Mysteries, but when I reached my teens, the romance genre became my favorite and that has never changed. After years of procrastinating, I decided to try my hand at writing and I've been doing so with a passion ever since. I have written over twenty-five novels and novellas in the romance genres of fantasy, contemporary, contemporary western, and historical western. Because I hate saying goodbye to characters who have lived with me for months, I usually create a series so they can be revisited from book to book.
I also have a YA novel titled Fragile Hearts under the pen name of Colleen Clay.
In 2014 I was honored to receive the gold medal from Readers' Favorite International Book Contest for Abby: Mail Order Bride in the historical romance category.
Here are some of my favorite reviews:
"Verna Clay is going onto my list of favorite writers. Dream Kisses was my introduction to her books. I am hooked! I am reading everything I can find. My advise is run; don't walk to all your devises, your public library or bookstore to obtain access to her books!" ~Betty on Amazon (Dream Kisses)
"...It turned out to be one of the most beautifully written stories I've read in years. This one will stay with me for a long time." ~Barnes & Noble reviewer (Christmas Kisses)
"When you see a Verna Clay book, you know right off that it will be good and there will be a twist or two. The Oasis Series is off to a great start. I can hardly wait for the next book , Branded in Oasis." ~Dorothy on Amazon (Stranded in Oasis)
"I can say with all honesty that Verna Clay has become a favorite author of mine, and I was giddy to read the first book of this new series taking place in the fictional Arizona small town of Oasis...If you've never read a Verna Clay novel, now is the perfect time to embrace a new addiction. Side effects are chuckles, mild euphoria, and the production of good mood enhancing chemicals in the brain." ~Angie Just Read with The Romance Reviews (Stranded in Oasis) (TRR Top Pick)
"Verna Clay's writing is a new discovery for me. She enthralled me from the first word to the last page. All I want now is to read another book of hers." ~Steffi at TRR (Abby: Mail Order Bride) (TRR Top Pick)
"Ladies, this one has it all! Great cowboy! Humor, love, romance and a whole lot more. From the very first sentence to THE END, this was an exciting ride back through time! A book you'd like to see adapted into a soap opera so it never has to end! The characters become friends and you don't want to say goodbye! I'd have to recommend this book to everyone!" ~Selena on Amazon (Cry of the West: Hallie)
"This story takes you on a journey through a time and place most only imagine..." ~Amy D. Fries on Amazon (Abby: Mail Order Bride)
"I loved this book. It had heart and made me cry a few times. It was so true to life in it's real emotions..." ~Florida Girl on Amazon (Abby: Mail Order Bride)
"This was a amazing journey...I have read it 3 times and still cry! I also laugh and love the characters. They touched my life in a very nice way..." ~Iwiggy on Amazon (Abby Mail Order Bride)
"I haven't enjoyed such a read in a long while. Romance novels are so often wound around similar plots and flowery vocabulary...It is that forbidden square of chocolate that gives hope to the hopeful romantic." ~Lisa McCombs at Readers Favorite Book Reviews (Dream Kisses)
"...This is a wonderful romance series that will have you loving the characters, and wishing to join their lives on the ranch!" ~Kristie I. at Readers Favorite Book Reviews (Honey Kisses)
"..I have always found the stories of the wagon trains heading west to be quite fascinating and "Cry of the West: Hallie" was rich in detail allowing me to visualize the obstacles the travelers faced. I thought that Hallie was such a strong female lead, but Ms.Clay also allows us to glimpse a more vulnerable side of her as well...Overall, it was easy to see that Ms.Clay really did her research when it came to the Oregon Trail, she brings the trip west to life...I really look forward to reading more from this talented author!" ~Brenda Casto at Readers Favorite Book Reviews (Cry of the West: Hallie)
"This is just a very good book. A refreshing story of amazing pioneer spirit. There is enough romance for the genre. The author takes the reader along this 4 month journey. I read this book quickly because I could not put it down... ~Frances on Amazon (Cry of the West: Hallie)
Calendar of Events
March 28: Release of The Last Kiss (Romance on the Ranch #10)
Feb 14: Release of Forgotten Kisses (Romance on the Ranch #8)
May 30: Release of Angel Kisses (Romance on the Ranch #9)
September 29: Release of SOMEWHERE by the Sea (Finding SOMEWHERE Series #1)
October 20: 2nd edition release of Shapeling Trilogy (Roth: Protector; Fawn: Master; Davide: Prince)
December 12: Release of SOMEWHERE to Spend Christmas (Finding SOMEWHERE Series #2)
Jan. 1: Release of Forever Kisses (Romance on the Ranch #7)
Jan. 9: Friday First Kiss blog hosted by Author Lily Graison
Feb. 3: Feature Abby: Mail Order Bride in Pioneer Hearts Valentine's Day Event on FB
March 1: Healing Woman of the Red Rocks available for preorder
March 1: Participate in "The Romance Reviews" month long celebration.
April 2: Release of Healing Woman of the Red Rocks (Red Rocks Trilogy: PAST, Present, Future)
June 1: Participate in "The Romance Reviews" month long celebration.
July 31: Release of Song of the Red Rocks (Red Rocks Trilogy: Past, PRESENT, Future)
October 30: Release of Spirit Tree of the Red Rocks (Red Rocks Trilogy: Past, Present, FUTURE)
Jan. 1: Release of Stranded in Oasis (Oasis Series #1)
Jan. 9: Interview by Felicia Rogers regarding Stranded in Oasis
Jan. 10: Participating in Bookwench's 1000 Likes Celebration Party on facebook
Feb. 3: Release of Fragile Hearts under pen name Colleen Clay
April 11: Release of Branded in Oasis (Oasis Series #2)
July 8: Release of Crashed in Oasis (Oasis Series #3)
July 14: Received notification that Abby: Mail Order Bride is a finalist in the Readers' Favorite Annual International Award Contest in the category of historical romance. Winners to be announced on September 1st.
August 23: Participation in "Author's Forum and Book Signing" through the Cottonwood, Arizona Public Library. Event to be held at the Parks and Rec Dept. across from the library from 11:00-1:00. At least 45 local authors are expected to participate.
September 1: Received notification that Abby: Mail Order Bride won the gold medal in the annual "Readers' Favorite International Book Contest." The awards ceremony will be held in Miami, FL in November.
September 6: Release of Joy's Return (Unconventional Series #4)
September 15: Release of Jazmine
November 22: Attend Readers Favorite Award Ceremony in Miami, Florida to receive gold medal for Abby: Mail Order Bride (category: historical romance).
December 1: Rock Star Kisses released
December 1: Forever Kisses goes on presale
Jan. 4: Release of Cry of the West: Hallie (Finding Home Series #1)
Feb. 15: Release of Candy Kisses (Romance on the Ranch Series #4)
Feb. 18: Interview by Island Lovelies Book Club
Mar. 11-17: Participation in Ladies Love Country Cowboys at Amanda McIntyre's blog
Mar. 16: Interview on my blog with author Lorrie Struiff
Mar. 23: Interview by Lorrie Struiff
May 2: Q & A with Free eBooks Daily
May 27: Release of Rescue on the Rio: Lilah (Finding Home Series #2)
June 25: Release of audio book: Abby: Mail Order Bride
August 20: Release of Missouri Challenge: Daisy (Finding Home Series #3)
September 17: Release of audio book: Cry of the West: Hallie
October 11: Release of Christmas Kisses
Jan. 17: Release of Dream Kisses (Romance on the Ranch Series #1)
Feb. 14: Blog spot at Felicia Rogers website with free PDFs of Dream Kisses being given away.
Mar. 4: Release of Honey Kisses (Romance on the Ranch Series #2)
Apr. 7: Release of Baby Kisses (Romance on the Ranch Series #3)
May 11: Release of Romance on the Ranch Collection (Books 1-3)
June 10: Release of Abby: Mail Order Bride (Unconventional Series #1)
Aug. 10: Release of Broken Angel (Unconventional Series #2)
Sept. 29: Release of Ryder's Salvation (Unconventional Series #3)
Sept. 29: Release of Unconventional Series Collection (Books 1-3)
July 3: Release of Roth: Shapeling Trilogy Book One: Protector
Aug. 31: Release of Fawn: Shapeling Trilogy Book Two: Master
Sept. 18: Interview by Felicia Rogers.
Oct. 6: Interview by Hampton Reviews.
Oct. 9: Release of Restoring 'Tween Time
Oct. 14: Reading winning entry at Literary Harvest sponsored by Central Oregon Writers Guild.
Nov. 5: Selling and signing books at the Central Oregon Author Fair in Central Point, Oregon.
Nov. 14: Release of Davide: Shapeling Trilogy Book Three: Prince
Dec. 15: Displaying books at annual holiday social at Central Oregon Writers Guild meeting.
Dec. 25: Release of Shapeling Trilogy Collection: Roth, Fawn, Davide