I know it’s been a while since I updated my blog. Mostly because I haven’t done much writing lately. My muse seems to have fled the country. I’m pretty jealous of her.
Anyway, you might have heard that Samhain Publishing is closing its doors at the end of the month. I can’t tell you how thrilled I was when I first signed with them. They were super good to me, and they seemed to have the magic touch. I loved just about everything about them. What this means is that the rights of five of my books will be returned to me. I pondered sending them to the only other publisher I trust right now (Carina Press) but in the end I decided to just recover and self publish them through Dark Mountain Books. These should be back up for sale sometime in the beginning of March.
I know, it’s been a while. You’d think I have lots of news to share, but I really don’t have a whole lot, which is why it’s been a while since I posted any kind of update. It’s autumn already. The summer went too quickly. In another month or so I’ll be wondering (again) why I live here.
Work in Progress News ~ So my m/m ski instructor and violinist wip, titled Letters from Victor was just not feeling right. Then I read a few books in first person and thought maybe that’s what was wrong. So I changed LfV from third person to first, and I actually like the way it’s working. I’ve never tried first person before, so this might be a total flop. We’ll see. I’m at 21K, so about halfway I think. Still pantsing this one. Favorite Song of the Week ~ Pentatonix covered that funky song Where Are Ü Now. I think I like this version better.
I really enjoyed the way it played out. There is a playful feeling that I really enjoyed. There are also a few serious parts but overall there is just this warm, playful feeling that enhanced the reading experience.
Tweet of the Week ~
GHOST: I’m here to warn you to change your ways before it’s too late POLTERGEIST: I’ma open your cupboards
Industry News ~ Looks like Oyster, the subscription ebook service is shutting it’s virtual doors. This leaves Scribd and Amazon Kindle Unlimited as subscription services. I’m pretty sad to see this go, though I wasn’t a paying customer, so I guess it’s partly my fault…[source]
What I’m reading ~ I’m reading Sandra Brown’s latest. I usually devour hers on release day, but this time I’m taking my time to savor.
Crawford Hunt wants his daughter back. Following the death of his wife four years ago, Crawford, a Texas Ranger, fell into a downward spiral that left him relegated to deskwork and with his five-year-old daughter Georgia in the custody of her grandparents. But Crawford has cleaned up his act, met all the court imposed requirements, and now the fate of his family lies with Judge Holly Spencer. (blurb continued, click the cover)
Today’s Tearjerker ~ Okay, it’s another ad. But it’s a Kleenex ad, so grab some.
Book Snippet ~ From Last Call:
“We’ve been keeping an eye on her. She’s in no condition to drive.”
No shit. The woman in the car was oblivious to the men outside. She tossed her head side to side and sang into an imaginary microphone. “Yeah, I gathered that.” He walked around Joanne’s thumping car and knocked on her window.
The first thing he saw was a big pink bubble. When it popped, she pulled the gum back into her mouth, smiled and waved.
Cute. A mass of blonde waves and a smattering of freckles across her nose. She looked like someone’s baby sister, all right. Eric smiled and motioned for her to roll down the window.
She blinked a couple of times before she nodded, curls bouncing on her cheeks. She held up a finger while she fumbled on the door panel. Eric chuckled when she locked and unlocked the doors several times before the window came down, and hip-hop music blared through the opening.
“Well, hello there, cutie pie. What’s your name? I’m Joanne, but you can call me…um…Joanne.” She climbed up to kneel on the seat and lean out through the window, propping her generous breasts on one forearm and twisting a finger through her hair with the other hand in a drunken, flirtatious gesture. He amended his first impression. This was no little girl.
Okay, that’s it for me. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.
This was an easy and enjoyable read. Maureen is stuck between developing a relationship with a too good to be true guy and holding to the plan that can save her mother. While the characters are not complex you find yourself rooting for Maureen to throw the auction to the wind and run off with Nicholas…The love scenes are hot and find you wishing they would keep going. Absolutely a fun and quick read!
Tweet of the Week ~
WEDDINGCEREMONYTIP: Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue; something fleek, one canoe, some risotto, déjà vu.
Industry News ~ Since I last posted, Amazon has changed the rules for their subscription service. They’ll now pay by the page rather than per borrow. This makes a lot of sense to me, and will reward those authors who write good beefy page-turners. Amazon’s move is much better than Scribd’s move. Scribd’s subscription service was losing money, apparently they didn’t realize how voracious romance readers can be. So rather than looking for other ways to stay afloat–and there are other ways if one stops to ponder–Scribd just deleted 90% of books labeled romance from its service. That didn’t go over well at all. I went ahead and deleted my remaining books from Scribd, sorry for any inconvenience.
What I’m reading ~ Angel, by Johanna Lindsey. A nice historical western:
Hoping to cool off a twenty-five-year-old feud between two neighboring families, Cassie Stuart only succeeds in pouring kerosene on the flames. Both sides have warned her to get out of Texas pronto…or they will burn her father’s ranch to the ground. What Cassie needs is a peacemaker but she ends up with a widow-maker instead.
He is called Angel , a ruggedly handsome hired gun with eyes as black as sin. Unwanted and unwelcomed by his ungrateful employer, he would just as soon leave Cassie to fend for herself. But a stubborn sense of duty , and a desire to taste the sweetness of her kiss steels Angel’s resolve to make Cassie want him, come hell or high water…and for more than his gun alone.
Today’s Tearjerker ~ This is in Finnish, but you don’t need to understand the words.
Book Snippet ~ From For a Price:
“When should I pick you up?”
Few people knew her cell phone number, even fewer had hinted at a night out. She knew exactly who was on the other end of the phone, but she couldn’t let him know that. She also needed some time to steady her racing heart.
“Who’s this?” She tried not to let her smile come through her voice. There was a long pause on the other end.
“Did you agree to more than one date tonight?”
“Well, I can’t be sure.” She lay back onto her bed, throwing her free arm over her head. “Is this the seventy-five year old gymnast?”
“Guess again.” She heard his smile.
“Are you the man who’s been breathing heavy in my ear every Friday since I got to Vegas?”
“I’m the man who’s going to make you a very wealthy woman.”
Maureen bolted upright. What did he mean by that? Did he know who she was? Her heart beat loudly, its pressure pounded in her eardrums. Aside from the fact that she didn’t want this man to know about her upcoming prostitution stint, she wondered if he intended to make the final bid.
“What do you mean?” Her voice sounded as thin as tissue paper.
“Your investment strategy, or did you find yourself another advisor?”
She released a pent up breath, and tried to clear her mind. “Oh, well I’ve got one final interview before I make my decision.”
All right, folks. That’s it for me. I’m off to a family barbecue. then to watch the fireworks! Stay safe out there.
Howdy! It’s been a while. Not that you’ve missed anything. I did have a good time in Dallas during the RT Conference. It was cloudy the whole time, but still warm. I met my idol, Sandra Brown, and only embarrassed myself a little bit. I think. I know I babbled a lot and my face glowed red. This picture is from a recent trip to Colorado. Pictures never do mountains justice.
Work in Progress News ~ Plugging away on my firefighter story. I finally came up with a bit of an internal conflict, but I think it needs more, so we’ll see what happens. Pantsing is hard, guys.
Favorite Song of the Week ~ You probably remember Howard Jones from his 1980s synth days, but he’s still writing and performing music, and I think he’s only gotten better. (That’s a play on words if you’re a HoJo fan) The video is pretty psychedelic…
Backlist Review ~ From FLIPPED which ison sale through the end of the month for only $0.99! Lasha at Dark Diva Reviews gave Flipped 4 1⁄2 Delightful Divas and this review: “What I loved about Flipped by Olivia Brynn was the relationship between Carter and Mario. You could feel the history, love and friendship between the two men as you were reading. Plus, once they decide to become lovers…wow, there was some serious chemistry going on there! But then Ms. Brynn adds in the extra twist that both men are tops, so how will this affect them in the long run if they decide they want a relationship and not just a one night stand? That is not a plot device I’ve normally seen in m/m books, where so many characters switch, so the originality of that plot point really perked my interest.”
Tweet of the Week ~
A man is knocked out during a robbery.His wife and children are brutally murdered- Pixar: Gee it’s kinda dark …Ok a FISH is- Pix: YES.
Leyla Karimi can’t keep her eyes off the hunky guy living in the house behind her. How couldany woman resist ogling Dr. Mason Barrett, especially when he makes it so easy by parading around in his skin and skivvies?
If it was only their age difference, she would have made a move a long time ago. Except Mason is more than a neighbor. He’s her baby brother’s oldest friend. It’s not like they can have a casual fling and walk away in the morning.
Today’s Tearjerker ~ This performance artist and her lover went their separate ways years ago. As she performs a piece at MOMA where she shares a minute of silence with a stranger, her former lover Ulay sat down in the empty chair. A third artist, a musician, saw the video and wrote the song you hear. Okay, if you just read that paragraph, you can skip ahead to about 36 seconds on the video.
Book Snippet ~ From Flipped:
Mario tossed aside the sweat-soaked T-shirt he’d just peeled over his head and turned, to look over his shoulder at Carter. Every window in the house stood wide open, but there wasn’t a breeze to clean out the stuffy air caused by drywall dust, the compressor for the air-powered tools, and the sweat and heat from two male bodies.
“Too hot for you?”
“Very hot.” Carter set the trowel down and took off his own shirt. “But I think I can handle it.”
Mario watched each muscle in Carter’s abs ripple back into place as he lowered his arms. The freckle on his hipbone peeked from behind his waistband, making Mario’s mouth water. “Maybe we should work in separate rooms. I think I’d get more done if I didn’t stop to stare and daydream every thirty seconds.”
Carter shook his head. “Nice try. I know you hate drywall, and this is your way of getting out of finishing this job.” He crossed the room, a dangerous glint in his eye.
That’s it for this week. I’m enjoying the weather here on top of this mountain. Hope you all get some fresh air as well!
You’ll never guess what’s going on outside my window today. Unless you’re a neighbor of mine.…or maybe you follow me on Twitter and you’ve seen my complaining. Yep, it’s a snowstorm. In May. I hope it clears up by Tuesday, because I’ll be on the road. I know I swore I wouldn’t go to RT, but then a few things fell into place like first finding out that SANDRABROWNWILLBETHERE!!!! then very cheap airline tickets, and finally three very nice people who are willing to put up with my snoring for a couple nights. So yeah, Dallas TX is about to get a whole lot of Alanna. And probably some Olivia as well.
Work in Progress News ~ I started a new work in progress. sigh I’ve got so many wips in the fire it’s ridiculous! One of these days I’ll even finish one of them!
Favorite Song of the Week ~ I was once a very big fan of Barenaked Ladies. It was very sad when one of the founding members left the group, and their sound changed. This is their new single though, album out in June, and I’m cautiously optimistic.
“Wow…as an author myself, I was blown away by this story. It has everything…wonderfully developed characters, a delicious love story and a bit of suspense thrown in. I absolutely adored the building, halting relationship between Kara and Derek. And I think the author hit the mark (at least with me) because I fell completely in love with Derek. He’s the quintessential hero. And the way he wove his patient and loving way around the anal-retentive Kara was beautiful to watch. Seriously, this was one of the best books I’ve read in a very long time. Nice job, Alanna Coca. I can’t wait to read more from you!”
Tweet of the Week ~
Omg. The WiFi went off a minute ago so my kids came out of their rooms. They’re getting so tall!
What I’m reading ~ I’m getting ready to pack for Dallas, and knowing I’ll meet Sandra Brown, I had to choose only TWO books to have her sign. So I’m bringing the book by her pen name that I read when I was 12, that started my love for romance. This is the cover, too. It’s a great western set in the early 20th century with some suspense elements. sigh I love this book so much. So I reread it, for about the 97th time. It comes out in digital in December. I pre-ordered it two years ago…
Today’s Tearjerker ~ Happy Mother’s Day. Grab a tissue.
Book Snippet ~
“What is with you lately?” Krista twirled her Chinese noodles around her chopsticks, while Kara poked at her food.
“What do you mean? Nothing’s with me.”
“Yeah, so that’s the problem. You’re acting like you did after Buddy got run over in seventh grade.”
Krista was ten months younger than Kara, and their birthdays fell so that they were actually enrolled in the same grade at school. They had been inseparable since they could both walk. They rarely fought while growing up, and with having polar opposite coloring and personalities, they were often confused for best friends rather than sisters, which was just fine with them.
Now, staring into her Irish twin’s face, Kara couldn’t help but unload. “It’s the guy. The donor I found last month.”
“The guy you stalked? Not panning out? Did he fail the physical?” Kris covered her sister’s hand on the table.
“No, physically he was fine. Perfect even.” Too perfect. “But he wanted to change some of the conditions of the contract.”
Kara looked around the crowded eating area where they sat surrounded by parked strollers and exhausted shoppers. No one who was close enough to hear was listening; they were parents busy calming down their children or teens flirting with passersby.
Kara was glad that Kris had brought this up. She had been hoping to get all of this off of her chest for the last week. Well, ten days really, but she’d tried to come to terms with it before inviting help. She shoved her cup of noodles away, and gave her sister a sad smile.
“He…uh…wanted to bypass the clinic.”
Kris wrinkled her brow in confusion, and Kara raised her eyebrow in a telling gesture.
“Oh! Oh God! You mean he wanted to—”
“Yes. Something I wasn’t prepared for, to say the least,” Kara grumbled.
Kris’s lips twitched. Kara knew her sister was hiding a smirk, or even an outright laugh.
Before I go, I’ve got BIGNEWS! Olivia’s re-release At Ease is up for preorder! Check it out HERE where you can read chapter one and see where it’s available.
Okay folks, you probably won’t hear from me again until after I get back from Dallas. Follow me on Twitter, I’ll be posting a lot of pictures and Vines!
Well, it’s springtime in most of the world, but here on top of this Wyoming mountain range, I’m buried under a foot of snow. Although I’m sick of winter weather, this is much needed moisture, so I’m not complaining (much).
Work in Progress News ~ I’ve hopped around to a few wips this week. I hate when I do that, because it feels like I’m not getting anywhere on any of them. And I’m not. Which one of you would like to come over to my house and give me a swift kick?
Favorite Song of the Week ~ This is Wyclef Jean and Avicii with Divine Sorrow. There’s a one hour version, I thought I’d just share this four minute one lol
Backlist Review ~ From You Gotta Read Reviews, Sarina Hermann seemed to enjoy Falling Star: Hmmm…a spin off for Ty…
Tweet of the Week ~
My super-power? I’d say it’s rearranging cookies on the tray so no one knows I’ve eaten some. — Willowbuttercup (@Willowbottom) April 14, 2015
Industry News ~ Looks like Amazon and Harper Collins came to an agreement recently, and it didn’t take nearly as long as Hachette’s negotiations, so I assume one or both parties learned from that. More here.
What I’m reading ~ I’ve just been re-reading some old favorites lately. Currently on my Kindle is Grey’s Awakening by Cameron Dane. An edited version of the blurb:
Grey is, hands-down, one of the sexiest men Sirus has ever seen. Too bad he’s an arrogant ass and his eyes are so damn cold. Every once in a while, though, Sirus thinks he sees a hint of fiery passion in the controlled man sleeping one room away.
For Grey, one look at the roughly handsome Sirus puts Grey’s celibacy pact in serious jeopardy. One problem: Grey doesn’t believe in love, has even less patience for relationships, and he refuses to get mixed up in another messy romantic partnership that can only end badly.
Two weeks. Two hard men. Both running like hell from love. Look out. Something’s gotta give.
Today’s Tearjerker ~
Book Snippet ~ From Falling Star:
Well, that’s all I have to say. Enjoy your spring, no matter what kind of weather you have to deal with.
Happy Easter/Passover Weekend! I’m currently organizing the annual treasure hunt for my daughter, even though she told me she didn’t need one this year. I don’t hide eggs because my dog will eat anything left out. And many things not left out.
Work in Progress News ~ A lovely reader emailed me (Olivia) asking about Rising Heat, the second book in the Earth Scents series, the follow up to Falling Star. That email got me thinking about that poor book. Rising Heat has been pushed to the back burner so many times. I blame Dean (the hero) for not speaking to me. I think we got into a never ending cycle of pouting. So I opened RH up, we’ll see if I get any better results this time around.
Favorite Song of the Week ~ Modest Mouse is a really neat band. Last week they released a new album, this is their first single. The video is a bit…um…artistic:
Backlist Reviews ~ First, let me tell you that COMPANYINK is now FREE! on most etailer sites! (Amazon is always last to get the memo) Links are all next to the Company Ink cover right HERE. Okay, now a review for Cover Story, another short by Olivia that hasn’t received many reviews. Holler at me if you’d like a copy in exchange for your opinion! This one is from Karen over at Goodreads:
Cover Story is a tastefully written and incredibly hot story that has you turning the pages to find out where the fantasy takes Cate. It is very sensual and I thoroughly enjoyed it. You’ll find yourself wanting to read it again – preferably with a partner nearby! Fans of contemporary erotic romance are going to love this one.
Tweet of the Week ~
“I AMHAVINGTHEBESTDAY!” she screamed out her car window, donut crumbs tumbling from her mouth.
Industry News ~ By now you’ve heard about the Dear Author blog vs. Ellora’s Cave publisher. This week Jane from DA announced that she’d been secretly published as a new adult author, she’s been writing since 2012, and even has a movie deal in the works. My first thought was “wow, that’s great, congrats!” My following thoughts were tangled. There are several authors who have put their unclustered views out there in the web, if you’d like to check that out. Grab some popcorn.
What I’m reading ~ Okay, I admit I bought this just because it’s only $1.99, but I have read and enjoyed book one and two in this series. Click the cover to get your own copy while the price is so good.
Emma Shaw needs a husband, and fast! Not because she’s interested in romance—after all, she’s too busy with her landscaping company—but because Grandma Shaw is coming to town, and she will have nonstop questions about Emma’s (stagnant) love life.
Sean Kowalski no sooner leaves the army than he’s recruited by Emma to be her fake fiancé. Sean doesn’t like the deception, but he can’t help his attraction to the feisty brunette. A little pretend kissing won’t hurt anyone—especially when there’s no chance he’ll fall for a woman with deep roots in a town he’s not planning to call home. But when fake, innocent kisses lead to very real, explosive sparks, Emma and Sean discover that their big ruse might just lead to happily-ever-after….
Today’s Tearjerker ~
Book Snippet ~ From Cover Story:
“Zoe says you’re a banker.” Bo lifted a strand of hair away from her temple.
She pulled her focus away from the mechanical monstrosity Keith was creating, and focused again on the man sitting close beside her. “Not exactly. Zoe tells people I’m a banker because it’s easier to explain.”
“So why don’t you explain?”
She smiled. “It’s not very interesting. I’m sure you don’t really want to hear details.”
“We’re going to get pretty intimate in the next few hours.” He raised one eyebrow. “I don’t like to get naked with a complete stranger.”
Keith snorted. “Liar. You’d take your clothes off to order a pizza.”
“No one’s talking to you.”
The photographer snapped a picture of Bo’s snarl. “Showtime, Romeo. Let’s see some skin.” Keith ducked back down, and snapped a few pictures.
Skin? I can’t do this. Cate’s hands were damp with sweat, and she’d tangled her fingers together almost painfully.
That’s all I’ve got for you this weekend. If you celebrate Easter or Passover, have a great one! If not, enjoy your weekend!
It’s St. Pat’s Weekend! Do you have plans? I’ll be in Missouri, but I’ll be home in time to see an Irish band in concert on the 17th. I usually get a corned beef, but I’m not sure I’ll have time this year. I’ll have to settle for my annual pint of Guinness.
Work in Progress News ~ I don’t want to talk about it.
Favorite Song of the Week ~ It’s St Patrick’s Day Weekend!! I hope all of you with even a little bit of Irish inside (even if it’s in spirit rather than blood) will have a great and safe weekend. Here’s some Riverdance for you guys.
Backlist Review ~ This is the only review for Company Ink! If you’d like to read this title in exchange for an honest review, please email me at email@example.com. This is from Pearl’s World of Romance, where it received a score of 84:
In 5 short chapters COMPANYINK offered everything I look for in a sexy contemporary novella: heat, chemistry, humor and external conflict. Wrapped up in a tight, fast-paced package I went through it quick and easy and was left yearning for more when I finished.
Tweet of the Week ~
What is everyone writing songs about? John: revolution Paul: forgiveness George: true love Ringo: hmm, a submarine or maybe an octopus
Industry News ~ A new app that changes out “dirty” words in an ebook, called CleanReader was introduced this week, leaving many authors a bit frustrated with the thought of an app changing their work. I personally don’t care what you do with my book once you purchase it it’s yours to do with as you please. What are your thoughts?
What I’m reading ~ This Fairy Tale retelling collection is a lot of fun, and it includes some authors that I’ve personally met, and are great people. It’s limited time offer of $.99 for 11 books is pretty damn good, guys. Get to it:
Today’s Tearjerker ~ I’ve always wanted to learn sign language…
Book Snippet ~ From Company Ink:
That’s it for me. I’m enjoying springtime in Missouri this week. I hope you all get out and enjoy some spring weather. Happy St Pats!
Isn’t this a beautiful picture!? When I was in Jackson in January I looked for this famous barn, but it’s sitting on private land accessed from a small stretch of road that is closed throughout the winter. I never thought about it, but you don’t see any pictures of this barn in the snow. Now you know why!
Work in Progress News ~ Working away on Victor, but this morning I was visited by a plot bunny with TEETH! So I did stop and write a few paragraphs to get the idea down on “paper”. I think this new one might actually be an Alanna book, so woohoo! But I really need to finish Victor first, so back off, rabid plot bunny.
Favorite Song of the Week ~ So these guys were really popular across the pond, they didn’t make it huge here thanks to the other boy bands they were competing against at the time (Backstreet Boys, ‘N-Sync etc), and I’m a little sad that I didn’t get to join in on the screaming fan frenzy I think these guys deserve. They’re IRISH, you guys. Covering Garth Brooks:
Backlist News ~ I rarely have backlist news. I don’t know why I have this in my status update template. I think I’ll change this to highlight an old review from a backlist title. Too commercial? Well, it’s my blog, yo. So here we go, a review for PreView, back when it was originally titled “Préjà Vu”, by Seriously Reviewed:
HOLYCRAP!!! Let me start by saying that I was skeptical when I first grabbed this one. Though the blurb was interesting it didn’t just reach out and grab me by the nose.….BUT once I got started reading, I just couldn’t stop!!!
What a nifty little mystery with some sexiness right smack dab in the middle! By page 30 I thought I had it all figured out. I was sure I knew who the bad guy was and I was just waiting for the shoe to drop. BOYHOWDY did I get thrown a curve ball!
Ms Coca, *SNAPS* you did a great job! Totally kept me involved and interested and then WHAM! gave me a big shock! LOVEDIT! I will be looking for your name in the future
(I do miss that old cover by the way…)
Tweet of the Week ~ You’ve probably seen this in several places all over the net, but it truly is the tweet of the week, if not the month and year:
Industry News ~ So let’s say you wrote a book, and maybe you think the Big Five is too tough to get into, or not right for your book, but self publishing isn’t for you. Now there’s somewhere to turn. Booktrope takes your book (if you’re accepted into the system) and a pool of editors and cover designers collaborate and get your ms ready for publication. The good thing is that these folks will get paid royalties, so there’s no up front cost as far as that goes. I’m completely oversimplifying here, so be sure to check out their website if you want more info.
What I’m reading ~ So I bought several books on Valentine’s Day during All Romance Ebooks’ sale. Two I bought without much thought because I remembered the author, and wow. Those were awful awful books, I almost didn’t finish them. So after that, I re-read some old favorites to cleanse my palate. Then I picked up one from L.A. Witt, who never disappoints. This Friends-to-Lovers story has just enough angst to give it some teeth. Finding Master Right:
Today’s Tearjerker ~ Those who have the least, are the most likely to share.
Book Snippet ~ From At Ease, my book will be re-released in August!
Baseball is back! Well Spring Training at least. Okay, that’s all for now. Have a great week, everybody.
It’s Valentine’s Day! A great day for romance. I hope you all have a wonderful day, whether it’s with your better half, or curled up with a great book.
Work in Progress News ~ Making progress on Letters from Victor. I originally thought this would be a 15K short story, but it’s already at 19K and the boys aren’t quite at their HEA yet, (they barely had their first kiss!) so we’ll see what I end up with.
Favorite Song of the Week ~ I’m not even sure what you’d call this kind of music. A bit reggae? Calypso? Hip Hop? I’m not sure, but I like the groove. Okay, while finding the video for you guys, (wow, it’s not very good) I discovered that this song is from 2012, which is ANCIENT in music terms, but I only heard this song on the radio this week! So pardon me if this is all old news.
Tweet of the Week ~ So many good ones, maybe you should Follow Me on Twitter so you can get all my faves.
“You want some breast milk?” “Gross, no” “It’s breast milk from big filthy cows” “Well, why didn’t you say so? Pour me a tall, cold glass”
Industry News ~ Amazon Giveaway, a new way to host or enter online giveaways. Looks to be a bit like rafflecopter, but it doesn’t support ebooks, so it’s not very useful to me just yet. Something to keep an eye on though.
What I’m reading ~ NEWRELEASE! From my friend Trina M Lee, book one of her new series For a VERY limited time, you can get this one at only $.99. Go! Hurry!
The feisty Crimson Sin guitarist with commitment issues, a werewolf best friend and a penchant for partying. She’s a nephilim, half human and half angel. Like all undecided nephilim, she has to choose: serve the light or the dark.
The intriguing bass player who catches Spike’s eye even though he’s her competition in the annual Battle of the Bands contest. He’s also an undecided nephilim and he doesn’t even know it.
An arrogant, drug dealing frontman. A dark nephilim, it’s his job to recruit Rowen for the dark and Spike is getting in his way. But there’s something he doesn’t know about Rowen. Something the dark has been keeping from Arrow.
When Spike and Arrow go head to head in more than just music, blackmail and secrets exposed challenge Spike to accept what she most fears: that she belongs in the battle between light and dark.
Today’s Tearjerker ~ This man kept his wife’s voice on his answering service since her death 10 years ago. Virgin Communications retreived it for him:
Book Snippet ~ From WITH A VIEW the free PREVIEW companion read that you can pick up by clicking the cover right there to the right–>
Okay ladies and gentlemen. Have a great long (in the US) weekend!
Work in Progress News ~ Well, I didn’t get a lot done on my wip, but I did refresh my websites! Both Alanna and Olivia’s got facelifts. Please check them out! My favorite part is the book excerpts and other info. just click on a cover.
Favorite Song of the Week ~ The hero in my wip is a violinist, and although Ludovico Einaudi is known for his piano compositions, here is one piece that my hero just played for me:
Tweet of the Week ~ When acclaimed neurophysiologist and bestselling author Colleen McCollough passed away, one newspaper printed a horrible obituary. (recap here) Twitter didn’t stand for it.
What I’m reading ~ This new adult book made me cry! And I liked it! Blurb:
Jet Taylor is the quintessential bad boy. A womanizer. A fighter. Dangerous. The type of guy most girls do their best to avoid. But Zoe Janes is no saint herself. In fact, she sees in Jet the perfect opportunity to distract herself from her responsibilities at home and the mistakes that keep her trapped there. He’s gorgeous, likes to party, and is clearly only interested in having fun—just like Zoe. The more time they spend together, the harder it is for Zoe to stick to her “fun only” mantra. Jet is getting under her skin, making her believe things could actually be different. She knows they’re both trapped by the sins of their past but Jet is starting to make her think freedom might actually be possible.
And that makes him the most dangerous boy of all.
Today’s Tearjerker ~
Book Snippet ~ From Wyoming Solace:
Okay boys and girls. That’s all for me. Have a great week.
Howdy! I’m fresh back from Jackson Wyoming, maybe one of the prettiest places on earth. As long as I’ve lived here, I’ve never visited the Tetons in the winter. They’re amazing all year! I discovered that Jackson has a really great library, where I sat in comfy chairs with a view to the ski mountain across the street. It was wonderful, but I’m glad to be home.
Work in Progress News ~ I worked faithfully all week on Letters from Victor. Around mid-week I opened up the original file, which was a whole different beginning and scene, but I actually liked it better than what I had, so I found a way to use that beginning and rework the rest so they both work together! Now the wip has a whole new life and I have high hopes that I can finish this soon.
Favorite Song of the Week ~SO glad I found the video to this. It’s adorable.
Backlist News ~ I just saw the draft for the cover of At Ease. This is the M/F IR short story that Ellora’s Cave published in 2011 and I sent it to Samhain when I got the rights back. I really like the cover. A lot. Edits should begin on that soon, it’s got a release date in August.
Tweet of the Week ~
“What if a third team came and attacked these two teams?” — my daughter, not understanding football/making football more awesome
What I’m reading ~ I just finished this one on my trip: Newly jobless and adrift, former investment banker Kerri Wilson travels to Virginia to see her best friend and regroup, only to run into billionaire playboy Ethan Lloyd. It’s been years since she’s snuck out of his bed after the most amazing sex of her life, and he’s so not her type — she likes them tall, dark and manageable. But he’s too hot to resist, and she succumbs to another sizzling, no-strings-attached (or so she thinks) night.
Today’s Tearjerker ~ I meant to post this before Christmas, but I got super lazy:
Book Snippet ~ From Tempting Tessa, my free read prequel to Tessa’s Pride I thought I’d post a screenshot here so the formatting is better:
Okay, that’s it for me. Have a great weekend, everyone!
Welcome! I hope you’re having fun hopping along with us on this very festive New Year’s Weekend! If you don’t know me, I’m romance author Alanna Coca, also writing erotic romance as Olivia Brynn. I write mostly contemporary single titles, including westerns and interracial short stories, but I do have an historic western thrown in there. If you’d like a sample, I have some Free Reads! They’re on the right sidebar as you scroll, so please pick one up in your favorite format. Visit my websites at your leisure by clicking my names above.
First, I’d like to share this video that Google made. Seriously worth 90 seconds of your time
Now I’ve got a little challenge for you. One of the following ten facts about New Year’s celebrations around the world is NOT true. Can you find it?
1) In Spain, when the clock strikes midnight, they eat twelve grapes–one for each lucky month ahead. Are grapes even in season in January?
2) In Denmark, they throw dishes at other people’s front doors. Those who end up with the most broken dishes on their porch are considered lucky, as they have an abundance of loyal friends. I suppose these folks feel pressured to have dinner parties after that, since none of their friends have any dishes left.
3) In Argentina, it’s good luck to start off the new year by stepping forward with your right foot at exactly 12:00 a.m. Tough luck for one-left-legged Argentinians.
4) In Egypt, several villages dress their oldest living male resident in white robes, then parade him down the main road where the rest of the citizens pin watch faces onto his clothing. By the time the elderly man finishes his trek, his clothing could weigh upwards of 300 pounds! I’d hate to see what they do to their youngest inhabitant.
5) Residents of Brazil dress all in white on New Year’s Eve to ward away bad spirits, then gather at the beach to toss flowers into the water to appease the goddess Yemaja. I’m all for living anywhere that I can be on a beach on January first.
6) In Columbia, you’d walk around your neighborhood carrying an empty suitcase to encourage traveling in the new year. Not sure what destiny a full suitcase would bring.
7) The Japanese ring a bell exactly 108 times, and they believe it is good luck to begin the new year laughing. This should be easy for us all!
8) Every year on Christmas Day, people in a small Peruvian village engage in fist fights to settle all of their differences so they can begin the new year with a clean slate. I think this is where Festivus came from.
9) The first Scot to cross a friend or neighbor’s threshold bearing gifts of food, whiskey and money is called “First Footing”. But what would happen if I’m visiting my friend and she’s out visiting someone else?
10) In South Africa, they throw old appliances out of their windows to ring in the new year. Must be a pretty dangerous place for a stroll.
Okay, my challenge to you: Only one of the above ten facts is NOTTRUE! In your comment below, give me the fact number that you think is too outlandish to be true. I’m putting comments on moderation to hide them from the rest of you, because peeking! So don’t worry if your comment doesn’t show, it’s there. Probably.
Everyone who’s right will get one of my handmade Christmas ornaments pictured here »
just in time for you to pack it away for next year! (sorry) So leave your shipping address in the comment, I’ll keep the comments hidden so they won’t show for anyone but me.
Everyone who comments will be put in a drawing for the winner’s choice of a digital backlist title. Good luck, and enjoy! After you comment, click this big purple button to visit the next author’s site. You won’t want to miss this:
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 GREATNEWS! 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 ~
Hey Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me. *Tambourine Man shakes tambourine for several minutes* Well that sucked.
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
What 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!
—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 ~
My refrigerator just walked to my bedroom, opened the door, stood there and stared at me for five minutes, then it closed the door and left.
Industry News ~ I’ve got nothing new. I guess no news is good news? So there’s some good news.
What 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.”