Welcome! 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 ~
Next time at the market, take a fruit out of someone’s basket, smell it, and say “mmm. Ripe. Congratulations”. Means a lot.
— josh groban (@joshgroban) July 2, 2014
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!”
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.
“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.”
“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 🙂