Saturday Status 11/15/14

Welcome to mid November! This year is just practically gone! Okay, so this Saturday Status isn’t a weekly thing anymore. Sorry about that. I’ll at least check in every month (Mom!)

Work in Progress News ~ Still plugging away on Letters from Victor. I’m determined to finish this one by the end of the year. If I don’t, you each have my permission to thwap me next time you see me.

Favorite Song of the Week ~ “Geez, Alanna! When are you going to get tired of posting Pentatonix songs?” Never, okay!? This one is from their new Christmas album, though the song itself isn’t very Christmasy. The lyrics are actually a bit disturbing, but I did some Googling and learned that the lyricist says they’re just nonsense so don’t read anything into them, just enjoy. Plus the clappy thingie is cool.

Backlist News ~ I have GREAT NEWS! My interracial (bmww) novella At Ease has been picked up by Samhain Publishing! Samhain is one of my two favorite publishers to work with, and I really couldn’t be happier. This puts all of my men in uniform together at Samhain, too. At Ease was my only book with Ellora’s Cave, and there are a lot of words to describe how I feel about getting AE back in my hot little hands and right into Samhain’s. If you’re following the EC news, you’ll understand what I mean. I’m tempted to change the title, since there’s not a whole lot of military reference in the book, as the title suggests, but we’ll see what my editor thinks. Have you read At Ease? What do you think? Change the title, or add more military?

Tweet of the Week ~

Industry News ~ FINALLY, Amazon has buried the Hachette! (Sorry, I had to.) No, it wasn’t a totally one sided thing, and I think everyone came out of this at least a little bit happy. I think. Source

2718629What I’m reading ~ Riding Wild is book one of a six book series by Jaci Burton, so it’s an older book (2008). This one is chock full of romance and suspense.

Mac Canfield was the last man Lily West expected to see again, never mind aim her gun at. But there he was, the bad boy who’d broken her heart years ago – still a thief, hijacking a priceless artifact – and it was all she could do to push aside the memories of how it felt to have his perfectly chiseled body next to hers.

Today’s Tearjerker ~ Okay, I always lose it on military homecoming videos. This one has a twist. This soldier’s wife is surprising HIM! If you don’t soak two tissues, check your pulse.

Book Snippet ~ From Tessa’s Pride:

He toyed with her oval belt buckle, and her libido sprang to life with his proximity. She wanted to feel his hands on her. It would be so easy to help him undo her belt. Then the zipper on her jeans. Instead she stared up at him, expecting him to disappear into a fine mist if she so much as moved a muscle. Only when he pulled her shirt from her waistband and slid his cool hand up her warm abdomen did she suck in a sharp breath.

“Stop me, Tessa. If you’re going to stop me, do it now, because I’m about to lose myself in you.”

Stop him. Should she? She opened and closed her mouth a few times as she tried to figure out what to say. She swallowed. “We shouldn’t…”

“Probably not,” he agreed, “but I want to.”

That’s it for me. Hope you all have a great week. Stay warm out there, unless you’re in Australia, then stay cool!

Saturday Status 10/18/14

Bz1eUspIQAAbsXS<—THIS is autumn in Wyoming. We’re actually getting an autumn here! It’s so pretty. I can see why it’s a favorite for many. So yet another Saturday where I haven’t much to report, but here I am anyway.

Work in Progress News ~ Plugging away on Letters to Victor, my story about the ski patrol. It’s coming along, just not as quickly as I wish it were. I might be distracted by October baseball…

Favorite Song of the Week ~ This Amerindian music is Peruvian with a modern kick. I get goosebumps.

Only very talented musicians can dance like that then play any kind of wind instrument with that kind of control. Believe me.

Tweet of the Week ~

Industry News ~ I’ve got nothing new. I guess no news is good news? So there’s some good news.

22763272What I’m reading ~ Look at this: Thirteen amazing authors, thirteen military m/m romances. One dollar. You can’t lose. I also can’t post all 13 blurbs here, but click on that cover to read them from Amazon.

Today’s Tearjerker ~

Book Snippet ~ From Taking Her There:

“Lately I haven’t been working. Just a whole lot of staring and cussing. Maybe a little screaming.” He took her empty glass and set it beside his.

“Try music?” She cuddled back against him.

“From rap to opera. I think I’ve tried everything.” He reached down to cup her ass through her robe. “But with this kind of distraction, why would I want to focus?”

“Oh now, don’t blame me. I don’t want the governor on my ass. I’ve managed to stay off political naughty lists so far.”

“You’re naughty?” He rolled them both over until he had her pinned beneath him. “I think that’s half your appeal.”

“Only because you’re naughtier.”

That’ll do it for me. See you next week!

Saturday Status 10/4/14

Saturday again! And it’s October, which means awesome baseball! Except my team didn’t make it to the postseason, I still had fun watching all year. So who do I root for to win it all?

Work in Progress News ~ I’ve been working on my ski patrol story, titled Letters from Victor. Maybe I’ll get it done before ski season! Wouldn’t that be great? I’ll put sweet chocolaty offerings on my Muse’s shrine, we’ll see if that helps. I signed up for the Romance Times convention in Dallas in May of 2015, and I refuse to go without a new book out, so maybe that will light a fire under my butt.

Favorite Song of the Week ~ Keith Urban’s new one. And his HAIR IS BACK YOU GUYS!! I really like this song, but I might need a NSFW warning on the video…whoo weee!!

Backlist News ~ As of  tomorrow, my book AT EASE will no longer be available. I got the rights back from Ellora’s Cave, and it will be off the shelf as I ponder its new home. I’m ridiculously happy about this.

Tweet of the Week ~

Industry News ~  It’s not really news anymore, but a couple of weeks ago, digital first erotic romance publisher Ellora’s Cave came under scrutiny, then filed suit against their scrutinizers. There are several blog posts that explain the whole situation better than I could.  Here You Go.  That should do it.

What I’m reading ~ Nothing new this week, I’ve been re-reading some old favorites. I can’t be the only one who does this, right? I mean seriously, there are some books I just can’t get enough of. If they were made of paper they’d be pretty worn right now. Plus, I find it easier to fall asleep to a book I’ve already read. I’ve got plenty of books in my TBR, but if you’ve read something recently that you loved, let me know! My TBR can never be too big.

Today’s Tearjerker ~

Book Snippet ~ From Letters from Victor, my work in progress:

“I’m not in the habit of getting guys stupid drunk to seduce them.”

Nathan set both bottles of water on the glass coffee table and leaned in. “Good thing then, because I’m not stupid drunk. I’ve got just enough in my system to make me think that bringing you here is a very good idea. And don’t worry. You’re not the one that’ll be doing the seducing.”

Okay, that’s it for me. Hope you guys have a great weekend! If you’d like to join in on the Saturday Status parade, just use the hashtag #SaturdayStatus so I can find you on Twitter.

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