Saturday Status 7/19/14

WP_20140712_002Hello! I’m back from the Romance Novel Convention! Here I am with my best author buddy Trina M Lee. If you’re interested in more pictures from the convention, I posted them on Flickr, and of course I posted a bunch of Vines if you like six second videos. So I took some time off to recover from the trip and now I’m already anxious to get started again, so that’s a good sign!  Now if only I could pick a wip to work on…

Favorite Song of the Week ~ I’m having a hard time categorizing this song. But the message is fun: Meghan Trainor’s All About That Bass:

Backlist News ~ There’s still time to get Flipped and Fine Print for FREE at Smashwords

Tweet of the Week ~


Industry News ~ By now you’ve probably heard about Kindle Unlimited. It’s like the Oyster for Kindle devices. The good part is the fact that you don’t actually need a Kindle device to partake in Kindle Unlimited. For $9.99 a month, one can read as many books (in the KU selection) as one wants! The problem I see with it are the fact that it’s only going to have Kindle Select books in it (so authors have chosen to keep books off all other venues) and a few others. Although I would never make my books available on only one platform, Select seems to be popular with some authors, and more power to them. I hope KU is a big hit for their sakes.

What I’m reading ~ On a Night Like This by Barbara Freethy. It’s FREE right now! (I got it in a box set). Incidentally, it’s also enrolled in Kindle Unlimited. Click the cover to open an Amazon tab.

The second oldest of the Callaway clan, Aiden Callaway veered from the family tradition of urban firefighting and became a smokejumper, never questioning his choice until the job took the life of his friend, Kyle, and left Aiden with injuries and fractured memories. Everyone blames Aiden for what happened, but he doesn’t remember, nor is he sure he wants to remember. The truth may clear Aiden of blame but destroy Kyle’s reputation and hurt the people he left behind. Aiden seeks help from an unlikely ally …

Sara had always been untouchable, sweet, innocent, his sister’s best friend, and the girl next door. But one reckless night in their youth took their relationship to a new level. Sara has never forgiven or forgotten the way Aiden brought it crashing down, but she’s no longer that girl with the crazy crush. She’s a woman in search of her own truth.

The sparks between Aiden and Sara have been smoldering for a very long time. Sara is afraid to take another chance on a man who broke her heart, and Aiden knows better than anyone how dangerous an intense fire can be. As teenagers they weren’t ready for each other. Are they ready now?

Today’s Tearjerker ~ Another commercial. Sorry, but these advertising guys know their stuff!

Flipped by Olivia Brynn 200x300Book Snippet ~ From Flipped:

Mario was only one of three people in the world who knew Carter’s history. Hell, Mario knew everything there was to know about Carter, and though the man loved to talk, he had never once betrayed that confidence or teased him about the incident.

At that thought, Carter realized the car was quiet. Rarely did Mario even turn on the radio, since he’d just turn the volume down or talk over it anyway, but now there wasn’t even any chatter to fill the empty space.

Carter glanced across at Mario, whose brow was furrowed. The disturbed expression was uncharacteristic. Even more so than the silence.

Carter tossed his phone onto the dash. “Maybe next time we try the new place on Ninety-second Street. I hear they have half-price well drinks during happy hour.”

“Sounds good.” Mario’s voice was rough, as if he was distracted and answering on rote.

“Or we could go to a country western bar. Swing dance with some ladies.”

“Okay.”

Yeah, Mario wasn’t listening. Carter turned to the window to hide his grin. “We could always just stay home and play Scrabble.”

“You cheat.”

He glanced over at Mario and encountered a raised middle finger. “You think I wasn’t listening?”

“I told you, you didn’t have to leave the club. I could have grabbed a taxi.”

“And I told you I was done.”

“Then why are you being such a prick?”

Mario’s face melted into a mischievous smile. “You are what you eat.”

 

Okay, enough from me, you’ve got a beautiful summer weekend to enjoy! See you all next week.

Saturday Status 7/5/2014

bellagioWelcome! I’m headed to Las Vegas this week to join in the fun at the Romance Novel Convention. Anyone close by? I’d love to chat. I’ll be the pale girl sweating in the shade. It’s 73 F here now and it couldn’t be more perfect. Still, I’m very excited to visit with my fellow authors, especially Trina M Lee!! Be sure to follow me on Twitter if you’d like to see some photos and Vines of my adventures.

Work in Progress News ~ Ugh.

Favorite Song of the Week ~  An oldie but a goodie. This just happens to be playing as I write out this status report.

Tweet of the Week ~

What I’m reading ~ A Measured Risk by Natasha Blackthorne. I was in the mood for some historical stuff and breezed through this one: 
Emotionally scarred in the horrific accident that took her husband’s life, Lady Cranfield is imprisoned by her lingering terror of horses and carriages. She longed to be closer to the fascinating Earl of Ruel. She sensed intuitively that he could teach her how to overcome the terrors that held her in bondage. 
And now she’s willing to risk almost anything-her reputation, even her virtue-to find out. But what he proposes startles her. 
When the shy, studious and socially awkward young widow approached him, Ruel instantly sensed she would be the sweetest, most submissive experience of a lifetime-if only he can gain her total and complete trust. He makes her a non-negotiable offer. His help in return for her submission and obedience. 
But Lady Cranfield grew up neglected by her ducal parents, raised by servants and then later ignored by her handsome, charming husband. She’s learnt to protect her heart at all costs and she trusts no one but herself. 
How can the jaded Earl of Ruel break through her self-protective defences and show her how to love when he has spent his lifetime avoiding that tender trap?

Today’s Tearjerker ~ Okay it’s a commercial for a home improvement store, but it’s so good!

Book Snippet ~ From Fine Print, (which incidentally along with Flipped has a 100% coupon at Smashwords, so check that out!)

“Okay…so what are you going to do?”
“Well, on Friday morning, I’m flying to Cancún. I want you to go with me.”
Kara sat upright, and faced him. “What?”
“It’s a weekend trip, neither of them wanted to take off of work, so they wanted a long weekend. Cancún is a short flight.” He spoke calmly, and he looked serious, which was odd, considering the off-the-wall proposition he had just made. “Fly out at ten a.m., fly home Sunday at seven p.m. Of course, you’ll need to take Friday off, do you think…”
“Are you serious?”
“Of course. The tickets are non-refundable, and I don’t want to waste them. I also sprung for a two bedroom suite that I was told sleeps six. From the pictures, it looks like a great location, huge swimming pool, right on the beach…”
“But…I can’t go to Cancún with you!”
“Why not?”
Kara opened her mouth, then shut it when her planned words would make her sound like an old fuddy-duddy prude. She looked around her empty living room, hoping for a way out of this. As if someone would pop out from behind Max’s lazy boy and tell her she was on a hidden-camera television show. “I can’t just take a day off from work for no reason.”
Even to her ears that sounded lame, but maybe it would buy her time.
“Call in sick.” He dragged her back against him.
“I can’t do that!” She didn’t struggle.
“Why not?”
“My GM is a friend of mine. I couldn’t lie to him.”
“Good. Then tell him the truth. You have the opportunity to go to Cancún for the weekend, and you’ll see him on Monday.”
“But…”
“Am I going to have to call your sister?”
Well, that shut her up. Without thinking, Kara glanced over at the picture of Kris that sat in a Mickey Mouse frame on her mantle. Her silly smile as she tried to look like Goofy, the character who had his big felt arm around her shoulders. She knew what Kris would do, and she knew what Kris would say when she found out she turned down a weekend getaway to Cancún, Mexico.

Well, that’s it for me! Thanks for stopping by on this holiday weekend. Stay safe, if not sober :)

Saturday Status

4273014_blogHowdy! It’s a windy day here, but what’s new? At least there’s no snow.

Work in Progress News ~ Going back to my roots, and working on my western set in the late 1800s.  Which means I’ve got one browser tab open to the etymology website so I don’t mess anything up. It’s name is Jared, but that might change, it’s still a baby. I swore I’d never do historical again! Somebody talk me out of this!

Favorite Song of the Week ~ I love everything these guys do, but I’m trying not to use them every week. Here Pentatonix is covering Say Something by A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera.

Tweet of the Week ~ I hope the gif works for you. It’s so true!


Industry News ~ Looks like Barnes and Noble sold off their Nook division. [source: http://nyti.ms/1lna5y9] I hope this is a good move for BN, I’d like to see some steady competition in the digital reading world.

21463494What I’m reading ~ Defining Destiny by Deanna Chase. Here’s half of the blurb: Singer-songwriter Lucy Moore thought her life was perfect. At just twenty-one, she’s already met her soul mate and together they’ve landed a recording contract. But when her father dies and the love of her life betrays her in more ways than one, she returns home to pick up the pieces. On the shores of Mendocino, California, Lucy has some decisions to make. Should she start a solo career? Or should she leave it all behind for some semblance of normalcy in the quiet town she grew up in? And what about Seth, the tortured artist who always seems to be there when she needs him?

Today’s Tearjerker ~

Book Snippet ~ From Falling Star:

He followed her into her house, and even into her bedroom, despite her feeble attempts to kick him out. “If you brought some of your things over to my house, we wouldn’t have to go through this.” He peeled last night’s dress off her. Again.

“You wouldn’t mind a woman’s things in your bachelor bathroom?”

“Hell no. And when you aren’t with me, I can go in there and sniff them.”

“You’re depraved.”

“No, Depraved is what I would do after I sniffed them.”

“I think I’d like to see that.”

“I think I can arrange a private showing.” He pulled her into the shower, and lathered the loofa while she shampooed her hair.

“You, sir, are a distraction, and I can’t be late for work.”

“I’m just helping so you’ll be ready faster.”

“Then keep your tongue in your mouth.”

Not hardly. She did make it to work on time, but only because Adam drove like Mario Andretti. “And now I’ll have to pick you up tonight.” He kissed her cheek.

 

Okay folks. I’m off! Have a great weekend. Be sure to check out Dee Carney’s blog at http://deecarney.com to see what she’s been up to!

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