Saturday Status 9/20/14

3788625_sHello! We’re sneaking up on what some of you call “Autumn”, but it’s just pre-winter to me.  Hoping the weather stays mild enough for the leaves to change colors before they freeze and drop dead.  (Why do I live here again??)

Work in Progress News ~ Dean started talking to me! I feel so honored. I’ve been able to focus on him for a few days now, and it feels good!

Favorite Song of the Week ~ 97 year old Fred Stobaugh wrote a poem about his late wife, and the good folks at Green Shoe Studio put it to music and made this very cool video. Please feel free to support Fred by purchasing this on iTunes or Amazon. If you can see through your tears to click. This is so good, it doubles as today’s tearjerker! Okay, I’m cheating.

Tweet of the Week ~


Industry News ~ A new Kindle! The Kindle Voyage, which is a lighter, thinner, and sharper Paperwhite. There are a lot of pretty cool features on it, but my favorite is the etched glass, which gives it the feel of paper. Seriously! You can have it all for a dollar under $200. At this point, I’m happy with my Paperwhite. Just like I’m not camping out for a new phone this week either. I’ll just caress a paperback as I’m reading.

22428748What I’m reading ~ A new one by Cameron Dane’s alter ego Jamie Urban! Jamie writes a little less intense scenes than Cameron, but I love her both ways. This is a friends to lovers GFY-ish.

If a sexy, straight lifeguard and a closeted, virginal geek can get past their fears they might have a shot to turn their unlikely friendship into a scorching-hot chance at true love. The Lifeguard and the Geek by Jamie Urban proves that sometimes best friends make the best lovers!

retreat-cinecover-smallerBook Snippet ~ From Retreat:

“I don’t trust myself around you Andi. You come near me, and I forget every restriction I’ve forced on myself.” His voice turned husky, like the low voice of a sensuous jazz singer. His breath in her ear was the music.

“I’m sorry. Do you want me to go?” Her eyelids were sealed, and she couldn’t seem to lift them to his.

“Yes. I do. I want you to get far away from me.” His statement was belied by the actions of his mouth, his hands, his hips. “I want you to start dressing in long heavy robes and veils so I can’t see your sweet body and gorgeous face. I want you to stop using that perfume that drives me to distraction when you walk past me.” He pressed his hard arousal against her, and caught his breath. “I want you to make me forget what it was like with you.”

 

Okay, so it’s a short report this week. You guys have a great weekend!

Saturday Status 9/13/14

Derek JeterHowdy! I missed last week’s status, and yesterday I had computer issues, so it’s really a Sunday Status.  I still have the issues, but I found a workaround. Why don’t these machines last forever? I haven’t even worn off the letters on this keyboard yet :( I’m sharing a picture of Derek Jeter, because of course I’m sharing a picture of Derek Jeter.

Work in Progress News ~ Working away on a book that I don’t even have a working title for. Usually I name them after my hero, but he’s still John Doe until his personality shines through. One of these days a John and Jane will stick! That would be very strange…

Favorite Song of the Week ~ So a video editor had a day off or something. Found a bunch of amateur videos on YouTube, and mixed them into this original work:

Tweet of the Week ~


Industry News ~ There is so much I want to tell you but I can’t. Please do Google.

What I’m reading ~ I started on Jennifer Bernard’s Fireman series. I’ve met Jennifer in real life, and she’s such a great person, and I do love every word she publishes. Firefighter Patrick “Psycho” Callahan earns his nickname every day. Fast, fit, and a furious worker, he thrives on the danger which helps him forget a near-tragedy that changed his life forever. But when his off-duty carousing gets out of hand, Patrick is sent back to Loveless, Nevada, where the wildfire threatening his hometown has nothing on sizzling Dr. Lara Nelson.

Lara would rather be thought of as the physician who returned to Loveless than as the misfit brought up at a hippie New Age commune. But right now she’s focused on her job at hand, patching up injured firemen…until the past hits her in the hard-muscled, blue-eyed form of Patrick Callahan. Now, the embers of their decade-old attraction have ignited into a full-on inferno, as the bad-boy firefighter and the good doctor take a walk on the wild side they’ll never forget.

Today’s Tearjerker ~ This daughter moved the date of her wedding so her father could attend. Then she made sure he got the first dance with the bride.

Book Snippet ~From PreView, my romantic suspense. It’s a short snippet, but it makes me smile:

“I have nothing to say to you.” Unless one would count the new names she’d made up to describe him, but she didn’t have that kind of time.

“Maybe not, but I have something to say to you, and you can either listen to me right now, or you can hang up and I’ll—”

She hung up.

 

Okay, that’s it for me. I hope you stay warm and snow-free until at least autumn. I don’t think I’ll be so lucky.

Saturday Status 8/30/14

Welcome! It’s the end of August, and already it’s cooled down here enough to make me turn on my heater :( Why do I live here again? I missed last week’s status because I was in St Louis! And yes, it was HOT there, so maybe I’m just never happy.

Work in Progress News ~  I’ve been hopping around on wips this week. Haven’t accomplished much to speak of on any of them, but it feels good to stay busy. School started on Monday, so I’ve got no excuse not to type my fingerprints off.

Favorite Song of the Week ~ Every Breath You Take – or as my daughter calls it “the stalking song” by the Police as covered by UB40. Because every song needs reggae-ified.

Backlist News ~ This weekend All Romance Ebooks is having a 30% rebate, and all of my titles (both Alanna Coca and Olivia Brynn are included! It’s a great weekend for romance.

Tweet of the Week ~ I laughed ridiculously hard after reading this:


What I’m reading ~ While I was in Missouri, the newest Sandra Brown’s newest book came out! I’m just starting it now. So excited!

Dr. Emory Charbonneau, a pediatrician and marathon runner, disappears on a mountain road in North Carolina. By the time her husband Jeff, miffed over a recent argument, reports her missing, the trail has grown cold. Literally. Fog and ice encapsulate the mountainous wilderness and paralyze the search for her.

While police suspect Jeff of “instant divorce,” Emory, suffering from an unexplained head injury, regains consciousness and finds herself the captive of a man whose violent past is so dark that he won’t even tell her his name. She’s determined to escape him, and willing to take any risks necessary to survive. 

Unexpectedly, however, the two have a dangerous encounter with people who adhere to a code of justice all their own. At the center of the dispute is a desperate young woman whom Emory can’t turn her back on, even if it means breaking the law. Wrong becomes right at the hands of the man who strikes fear, but also sparks passion.

As her husband’s deception is revealed, and the FBI closes in on her captor, Emory begins to wonder if the man with no name is, in fact, her rescuer from those who wish her dead – and from heartbreak.

Today’s Tearjerker ~

Book Snippet ~ From Position Secured:

He stood straight, and Mari felt the first stirrings of embarrassment. What had she just done? She didn’t even know him! She avoided looking at his face, but he cradled her chin in his hand and tilted her head back so she couldn’t help but look into two blue eyes.

Damn, her fantasies were good. She’d pegged this guy, right down to that glassy look. His pupils had dilated. His breath came fast against her cheeks.

“Now that we got that out of the way, I think you can relax a little bit and enjoy the rest of this.”

She swallowed. “The rest?”

He grinned. A cocky, predatory smile that only tilted one side of his mouth, but crinkled both eyes with mirth. “We’re just getting started.” He took her hand and, like one hypnotized, Mari followed him as he backed into her room and sat her on the bed. He straddled her knees and stood inches in front of her. She had to look way up to see him.

 

Okay folks. Enjoy your Labor Day Weekend. Grill some delicious foods, put your feet up, and send summer off with a bang!

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