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.

Saturday Status 9/20/14

3788625_sHello! We’re sneaking up on what some of you call “Autumn”, but it’s just pre-winter to me.  Hoping the weather stays mild enough for the leaves to change colors before they freeze and drop dead.  (Why do I live here again??)

Work in Progress News ~ Dean started talking to me! I feel so honored. I’ve been able to focus on him for a few days now, and it feels good!

Favorite Song of the Week ~ 97 year old Fred Stobaugh wrote a poem about his late wife, and the good folks at Green Shoe Studio put it to music and made this very cool video. Please feel free to support Fred by purchasing this on iTunes or Amazon. If you can see through your tears to click. This is so good, it doubles as today’s tearjerker! Okay, I’m cheating.

Tweet of the Week ~


Industry News ~ A new Kindle! The Kindle Voyage, which is a lighter, thinner, and sharper Paperwhite. There are a lot of pretty cool features on it, but my favorite is the etched glass, which gives it the feel of paper. Seriously! You can have it all for a dollar under $200. At this point, I’m happy with my Paperwhite. Just like I’m not camping out for a new phone this week either. I’ll just caress a paperback as I’m reading.

22428748What I’m reading ~ A new one by Cameron Dane’s alter ego Jamie Urban! Jamie writes a little less intense scenes than Cameron, but I love her both ways. This is a friends to lovers GFY-ish.

If a sexy, straight lifeguard and a closeted, virginal geek can get past their fears they might have a shot to turn their unlikely friendship into a scorching-hot chance at true love. The Lifeguard and the Geek by Jamie Urban proves that sometimes best friends make the best lovers!

retreat-cinecover-smallerBook Snippet ~ From Retreat:

“I don’t trust myself around you Andi. You come near me, and I forget every restriction I’ve forced on myself.” His voice turned husky, like the low voice of a sensuous jazz singer. His breath in her ear was the music.

“I’m sorry. Do you want me to go?” Her eyelids were sealed, and she couldn’t seem to lift them to his.

“Yes. I do. I want you to get far away from me.” His statement was belied by the actions of his mouth, his hands, his hips. “I want you to start dressing in long heavy robes and veils so I can’t see your sweet body and gorgeous face. I want you to stop using that perfume that drives me to distraction when you walk past me.” He pressed his hard arousal against her, and caught his breath. “I want you to make me forget what it was like with you.”

 

Okay, so it’s a short report this week. You guys have a great weekend!

Saturday Status 9/13/14

Derek JeterHowdy! I missed last week’s status, and yesterday I had computer issues, so it’s really a Sunday Status.  I still have the issues, but I found a workaround. Why don’t these machines last forever? I haven’t even worn off the letters on this keyboard yet 🙁 I’m sharing a picture of Derek Jeter, because of course I’m sharing a picture of Derek Jeter.

Work in Progress News ~ Working away on a book that I don’t even have a working title for. Usually I name them after my hero, but he’s still John Doe until his personality shines through. One of these days a John and Jane will stick! That would be very strange…

Favorite Song of the Week ~ So a video editor had a day off or something. Found a bunch of amateur videos on YouTube, and mixed them into this original work:

Tweet of the Week ~


Industry News ~ There is so much I want to tell you but I can’t. Please do Google.

What I’m reading ~ I started on Jennifer Bernard’s Fireman series. I’ve met Jennifer in real life, and she’s such a great person, and I do love every word she publishes. Firefighter Patrick “Psycho” Callahan earns his nickname every day. Fast, fit, and a furious worker, he thrives on the danger which helps him forget a near-tragedy that changed his life forever. But when his off-duty carousing gets out of hand, Patrick is sent back to Loveless, Nevada, where the wildfire threatening his hometown has nothing on sizzling Dr. Lara Nelson.

Lara would rather be thought of as the physician who returned to Loveless than as the misfit brought up at a hippie New Age commune. But right now she’s focused on her job at hand, patching up injured firemen…until the past hits her in the hard-muscled, blue-eyed form of Patrick Callahan. Now, the embers of their decade-old attraction have ignited into a full-on inferno, as the bad-boy firefighter and the good doctor take a walk on the wild side they’ll never forget.

Today’s Tearjerker ~ This daughter moved the date of her wedding so her father could attend. Then she made sure he got the first dance with the bride.

Book Snippet ~From PreView, my romantic suspense. It’s a short snippet, but it makes me smile:

“I have nothing to say to you.” Unless one would count the new names she’d made up to describe him, but she didn’t have that kind of time.

“Maybe not, but I have something to say to you, and you can either listen to me right now, or you can hang up and I’ll—”

She hung up.

 

Okay, that’s it for me. I hope you stay warm and snow-free until at least autumn. I don’t think I’ll be so lucky.

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.

Sizzling Summer Nights Blog Hop

 Welcome to the Sizzling Summer Nights Blog Hop hosted by JustRomance.Me! If you’re just happening by my post and want to get in on the fun, just click on the man with the wet tee shirt there, he’ll help you get on board. You could win a Kindle Fire!

I’m sharing an excerpt of my book Fine Print, where Kara and Derek are enjoying a little getaway to the sizzling beaches of Cancun Mexico:

 

 

You can find Fine Print at your favorite etailer, just click the cover to open a new tab in your browser with all store links.

Thanks for hopping along with us! I hope you’ll join us for the end-of-hop chat! Doors open Sunday at 7:00 pm Eastern, so save the chat link at the end of the hop. I’d love to visit with you! Good luck in the drawing. Stay cool out there!

Saturday Status 7/26/14

Hey guys! We’re near the end of July, and I feel like I haven’t squeezed enough enjoyment out of summer yet! I’ll have to plan a camping trip soon or something. I really need to move somewhere that has a longer season.

Work in Progress News ~ Plugging away on my “bed and breakfast” wip. Regular blog readers know that I name my wips after the Hero. This one is so fresh that I don’t even have a name for him yet. It takes a while for the characters’ personalities to shine through enough to name them, so right now they’re “John and Jane Doe”. Got any good hero names you’d like to share?

Favorite Song of the Week ~ If you are active on any single social networking site, you’ve seen this. Probably multiple times, but as an author, I just gotta:

Tweet of the Week ~


What I’m reading ~ September Moon by my friend Trina M Lee came out last week while we were in Las Vegas. If you haven’t read the series, now is your chance. The first FOUR full length novels are bundled together and at a special low price of FREE. It’s a great series, and September Moon just takes it to the next level.

Death is coming for Alexa O’Brien. 

Alexa must stop Shya from claiming Lilah’s vacant throne. If the demon succeeds all hell will break loose. Forming alliances is a challenge. The vampires hate her and the wolves don’t trust her. Rebellious vampire activity creates tension between Alexa and the FPA. It gets ugly when the covert government operation learns that Shya needs her as a sacrifice.

The strain of what’s to come is weighing on both Arys and Alexa. Arys’s need to protect her is as strong as his growing desire to kill her. Haunted by visions of her death at his hand, Arys can no longer trust himself. The strength of their bond is about to be put to the test.

Today’s Tearjerker ~

Book Snippet ~ From For a Price, which is FREE at all e-tailers!

He kissed her. He couldn’t help it. It was awkward and somewhat dangerous the way they practically fell out of their chairs, but it was worth it. He released her when the waiter cleared his throat. He’d forgotten that they’d ordered ice cream. Nick watched her take two bites, and tried to keep his thoughts away from the erotic things her chilled tongue could do to him.
“Tell me why.”
The spoon froze in her mouth. She looked at him curiously, then pulled it through her lips. “Tell you why what?”
“Why…you’re still a virgin at twenty-four…”

Well folks, that’s it for another week. Hope you all have a great one.

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!

Saturday Status 6/14/14

Howdy! It’s a breezy (as usual) summery day here on top of this mountain. Isn’t this the coolest tree? It’s at a local park here. I feel like I’ve stepped into a Dr. Seuss book. I’ve got a bunch of driving to do in the next few days, but I’ve got just enough time to catch you up on what I’ve been up to:

Work in Progress News ~ I haven’t accomplished much this week. I’m so ashamed of myself. Still, I open my wip every day, and get a little bit done. Luckily I have Trina M. Lee who will keep me in line and focused.

Favorite Song of the Week ~ Sorry. I know you’re probably sick of Let it Go. But this one is “Africanized”!

Backlist News ~ For a Price, Olivia’s very first published novella is now FREE at many retailers, and hopefully the rest will get with the times. I wrote this book over a long weekend, after reading an article about a woman auctioning off her virginity. Check it out! You’ve got nothing to lose:

 

 
Tweet of the Week ~


16094280What I’m reading ~ The author of this book passed suddenly last week. If you feel so inclined, and if you enjoy romantic suspense, you might give this a try. Every little bit will help her young family during this difficult time. I honestly haven’t read it yet, but it really looks good!

For two years, State Trooper Kayne Dobrescu has wanted only one thing: to understand why his wife inexplicably killed their children and then herself. Memories haunt his days and lay siege to his nights, leaving him questioning his reasons for living. 

Jessica Hallstatt became a widow and single mother the night her firefighter husband died in a fiery explosion at an accident scene. While her husband may have died a hero, he left Jessica with deep emotional scars that haven’t begun to heal. 

When Kayne accepted a transfer to the mountain town of Payson, Arizona, he never expected to meet anyone like Jessica. From the moment he pulled her over for speeding, he was drawn in by her whiskey-colored eyes and sassy dimple. He knows she and her children are a forever type package, and he’s vowed never to give anyone the power to destroy him again. Yet fate has other ideas, throwing Kayne and Jessica together in a fight against an unknown enemy to save the life of a child—and hopefully one another. 
Today’s Tearjerker ~

Book Snippet ~ From Cover Story:

She pulled him down for another kiss. His tongue made danced in her mouth, his lips gentle but demanding, his hands moving in perfect harmony with the rest of his body to make her feel his kiss from head to toe. Like two teenagers discovering sex, they were tangled in each other. She only pulled away from his mouth to breathe and whisper encouragement and praise in his ear.

He looked down to grin at her. When she smiled back, he again covered her lips with his.

Music. A jaunty tune, even muffled by the bedding rang clear through the room.

Cate bit her lip, her amusement clear.

His head rose, and he grinned up at her. “They can leave a message.” He went back to his seduction of her shoulder, ignoring the persistent ringing.

Before it even stopped, there was a pounding on the door.

“I know you’re in there, Bo. I can hear your phone.”

 

Okay folks, that’s it for me.  Have a great weekend.

 

LOVING DAY BLOG HOP

lovingWelcome to my blog! I hope you’re enjoying your hop along the blogosphere with dozens of IR/MC romance authors.

 

A few months ago, while discussing current events with my young daughter, I explained that it used to be illegal to marry someone of a different race. When she twisted her face in the most perplexed expression, I could only do one thing.

I smiled.

Yes, it was a ridiculous law.

 

So check out this slideshow of just a few of the famous interracial couples who all owe their thanks to Richard and Mildred Loving:

Can you believe Sidney Poitier has been married to his wife Joanna Shimkus for 35 years? That’s like four lifetimes in Hollywood! That’s true love right there. 

Now not to make this post too long, because I know you’ve got a lot of other blogs to hop along to, but I’ve posted a (NSFW!) snippet of my novella Position Secured, a fun little romp between a Latina lady and a Caucasian cop below:

 

Thanks for stopping by! I’m giving away a copy of my novella At Ease to one commenter below, so good luck! Click here to visit Sam Cheever’s blog, the next stop on your hop, and be sure to enter the Swirl Awards giveaway HERE!

 

Saturday Status 6/7/14

Bourbon StreetI’ve been slacking on these status updates, and I just read Dee Carney’s which inspired me to get back into it! Thanks, Dee. Also, I realized I haven’t posted a RT Conference update! I’ll do that soon too, but until then you can look through my pictures on Flickr. New Orleans was amazing, you guys. Even if I don’t like seafood!

Work in Progress News ~ I’ve been dinking around on several wips. I know, I know, I need to focus on one! But back in the old days when I used to write, this worked well for me, so I guess I need to quit questioning it and just go with the flow.

Favorite Song of the Week ~ I can’t get enough of this song by Usher. I love that he’s gone back (kinda-sorta) to his R&B roots with this.

That dude can dance. (rawr)

Backlist News ~ Olivia’s Collection is now FREE on many sites (give Amazon time, it should eventually kick in there too.) Three novellas for one no price!

Tweet of the Week ~


Industry News ~ So by now you’ve probably heard about dispute between the world’s third-largest publisher Hachette and Amazon, with the latter making many of the former’s books either unavailable or very slow in arriving. I believe the issue is a lot more complex than I can understand, so I won’t try to unravel it here. There are several very good editorials out there on the subject if you’re in the mood to Google or Bing. Also this past week, the online magazine SLATE published an article shaming adults who read YA (Young Adult). You can imagine the backlash from that. Can you imagine feeling shame for reading Harry Potter!? Ridiculous.

What I’m reading ~ I’ve read several books since we last spoke (sorry!) I’m currently reading The River Leith. Blurb: After an injury in the ring, amateur boxer Leith Wenz wakes to discover his most recent memories are three years out of date. Unmoored and struggling to face his new reality, Leith must cope anew with painful revelations about his family. His brother is there to support him, but it’s the unfamiliar face of Zach, a man introduced as his best friend, that provides the calm he craves. Until Zach’s presence begins to stir up feelings Leith can’t explain…

Today’s Tearjerker ~

Book Snippet ~ From Company Ink by Olivia Brynn (HEY! This is in that free collection I mentioned above!)

Suddenly Sidney felt very naked. Heat burned her cheeks and she squeezed her thighs together before fumbling to latch her bra. She had three buttons on her blouse secured before he took both of her wrists in his hands.

“Hey, hey…don’t go shy on me now.” He moved back between her dangling knees.

She forced herself to look up at him. Grant Porter. Her boss. The man she’d have to report to on Monday with a status update on the prior week. The man who would give her annual performance evaluation in front of the company CEO in three months.

Grant Porter. My lover.

She swallowed. As confusion and misgivings fairly oozed from her pores, he stood staring down at her with the most caring expression she’d ever seen on a man. She licked her lips to moisten them, and again when she tasted him there.

“Don’t tell me you already regret this. I’d hate it if you started feeling uncomfortable around me.” He linked their hands together and squeezed. “Tell me. If I made a wrong move, tell me now. I’ll try to make it right. I can’t lose you. Not as a manager, not as a friend.” He lowered his chin to pierce her with his intense gaze. It was the same expression that had made her quiver in the seat just a few feet away earlier today. “Not as a lover.”

That’s it for me this week! I’ve committed to being better at this blogging thing, so expect another status update next week from both Dee and me. Have a great weekend!

Fool for Love Blog Hop

Welcome! I hope you’re all having a good time hopping around the web visiting all of us! I’m sure you’ll find an author or three that interests you! If you’re just happening upon this post, be sure to click the photo below to get on the guided blog tour by justromance.me. We’re having a lot of fun already, you don’t want to miss out.


So I don’t know about you, but when I heard the theme for this weekend’s hop, Fool For Love, I immediately thought about Elvis. I was going to post all the Elvis videos with Fool in the title, but wow, there are a lot. Do yourself a favor one rainy day and Google that.

If you like Elvis.

After getting rock n roll out of my system, I wrote this little scene, only I’m interpreting the word fool to mean “to trick” as in April Fool. I hope you enjoy:

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Okay, that’s it for me. If you’re looking for more tastes of my books, be sure to check out my Free Reads by Alanna Coca and Olivia Brynn. Enjoy the rest of the blog hop!