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!

Saturday Status 8/16/14

Welcome! What an awful week news-wise. I’m still broken up about Robin Williams’ passing. You know how there’s a small handful of celebrities that feel like they’re “yours”? Like no one understands them or appreciates them like you do? Robin was one of those guys for me. He reminded me a bit of my brother, a bit of my father, and a bit of several favorite uncles all put together. I’ll miss him for a long long time.

Work in Progress News ~ Still working on Jackson. I didn’t get a whole lot done this week though. I think my muse is on an extended vacation. I have no excuse, so I won’t even bother trying to reason why. sigh At what point do I have to call myself a “Former Author”?

Favorite Song of the Week ~ AKNU. Three brothers. What do you guys think?

Tweet of the Week ~


What I’m reading ~ A new Cameron Dane book!
Ex-con David Joyner returns home knowing he must atone for his past sins. Working at an animal shelter, David keeps his head down, desperate to prove to a hostile town he’s a new man. The one time David looks up, he spots fellow motel dweller Ben, and is terrified by his attraction to the man. David doesn’t want to feel anything. He can only damage what he loves. 
On a forced vacation, PI Ben Evans accepts a job to tail a recently released prisoner. What begins as an easy gig turns complicated when Ben, a controlled man, can’t deny the pang of empathy he feels for his subject, David. Ben can’t suppress his aggressive sexual desires whenever he’s near David either. 
Repeatedly crossing paths, David and Ben do their best to fight their growing attraction. When passion explodes, and secrets are revealed, both men have to conquer inner demons in order to accept the others love. 
Someone has turned the tables on David, though, stalking him and leaving threatening notes. Will anyone believe David if he tells? And when David’s stalker raises the stakes, can Ben find the man who has become his world in time to save their love?

Today’s Tearjerker ~ Be sure to watch to the end.

last-call-cinecover-smallerBook Snippet ~ From Last Call:

“Josie?”

“Hm?”

“How do you feel?”

She stretched, then ran her hands down his arms until her fingers linked with his. “I feel great.”

“Not hungover at all?” He brought their hands tighter around her, hugging her against his front.

“My throat hurts, I must have been talking too loud. A bit of a headache, but not too bad.”

“That’s good, because I want to take you out.”

She was quiet for so long, he started to wonder if he’d blown it. No matter, he’d do it again in a heartbeat.

“Out?”

“Yeah, you know. We could start with lunch…maybe some putt-putt golf.” He stroked the soft skin of her stomach. “I have three days off from work, and I know that you’re…you know…unobligated.”

“I don’t know,” she rolled onto the mattress beside him and propped herself on her elbows. “My momma warned me about boys. They just want one thing.”

“Did she warn you about firemen?” He kissed the tip of her nose.

She giggled. “I know they handle some powerful hoses.”

Saturday Status 8/9/14

Howdy! Welcome back. If you reached this post via social media, you’re one of the lucky ones!

No status last week, since I was part of the JustRomance.Me blog hop. I know the three of you out there in the world really missed my status post. (Hi, Mom!) 

Work in Progress News ~ Back to work on Jackson. I don’t know why, he’s just the guy who started talking when I opened the WIP folder, so I’ll keep writing as long as he keeps talking. This is a standalone (at least for now) M/M. It’s actually a GFY, and I’m hesitant. Hope I can pull it off. Luckily I have a plethora of M/M authors I can rope into giving me advice on this thing.  

Favorite Song of the Week ~ New country duo, new label, new single. I’m gonna have to say these two are going to be pretty big. This song is great for many reasons:

Tweet of the Week ~


Industry News ~ Amazon has begun “same day delivery” in very limited areas (and with very limited merchandise options). I don’t think they get to use drones yet though, so I’ll hold out for that! I’m still hoping Hatchette and Amazon will work out their differences before my favorite author Sandra Brown’s book comes out later this month. If not I’ll have to read a hardback copy like the old days!

What I’m reading ~ Oh, you guys. I read a horrible book, and by chapter two I knew I was going to hate it, and I kept reading anyway. By chapter five I had several passages highlighted where the hero is such a JERK! I mean rude and mean and lots of fill in the blankishness. I shouldn’t have wasted my time, but this was written by a fairly well known author, so I figured I must be missing something. Anyway, I won’t be showcasing it here for you because I’m pretty disappointed that I won’t get those few hours of my life back.

Today’s Tearjerker ~

Book Snippet ~ From my wip Jackson, because I feel like sharing.

Noah slouched over his whiskey, trying like hell to ignore the dry-humping couple on the seat beside him. He’d get up and move, but the place was packed, and he had to hold onto this bar stool or he’d end up standing against the wall. Facing the crowd. That would lead to eye contact. Eye contact led to conversation.

Noah wasn’t here for conversation. He was here for ninety minutes and as much alcohol that his twenty dollar bill would buy. Unfortunately it wasn’t much, so he nursed his drink until the ice melted. He showed up fifteen minutes before this busload of bar-hopping college students. If there is a God, they’ll get bored and look for a club with dancing.

All right, you guys.  Football has already started, and baseball is still in full swing (haha!), but go out and enjoy these few remaining summer weekends.

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