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Author Interview with Brenda Dyer

Hey y'all. We've got Brenda Dyer on the blog today. If you like PNR (and who doesn't?) you're gonna like this interview.

What's your book/current WIP about? Love's Prophecy is about Mel, a vampire warrior and Breeana a veterinarian and singer--also a human--who come together by a force greater than they could ever imagine. Their love is written in the stars so to speak. Care to share your favorite line(s) from your story? Is it okay if it has a swear? Heck, I'm putting it down anyway--or maybe I'll bleep it out.  “You do this because you love me?” Breeana jumped at Mel, grabbing the front of his shirt, balling it up in her fists. “You break my heart into a million (bleeping) pieces and you have the gall to say you do so because you love me?” What's your next project? My next project is writing book two in The Prophecy Series. It is called Prophecy's Child. This is Kal's story. Describe your writing in a sentence. Strike when the iron is hot and cry …

Stuff I Find While I'm Walking - Crazy Lil' Dog

It's baaack. You know, SIFWIW, because the weather was g-o-r-g-e-o-u-s yesterday. I saddled up PeeWee Chin and we took a jaunt down to Hayes Springs Conservation Area. You might remember that my previous walking partner was a blue heeler named Restless. Well, poor Res met a tragic end when she darted in front of a truck. The general idea behind taking a dog with me to walk is for protection, but as you can see, PeeWee isn't much on size, much less guarding anything. The benefit of taking him on a walk is this dog has boundless energy. I tried to take a video of him acting like a crazy little monster, but it's a well-known fact that I am tech challenged.

There was a big log sitting beside the trail. I put PW on it, backed away from the log, got out the camera and just as I prepared to take the photo--PeeWee doesn't want to play any more. Here's a great shot of his back as he jumped down. Thanks, buddy. He's more than a little camera shy. I actually think it'…

The Friday Five - 5 Easy Ways to Promote Yourself

Listen up, because this is actually important. There will be a test. Okay, I'm kidding about the test, but not about the importance of promoting. Here are five things you can do to draw readers to your books, your website, or whatever.

I could tell you all about social media, but that'd be me preaching to the choir. While it is essential in this day and age to utilize Facebook and Twitter, maybe even make the foray into Google Plus and absolutely, positively do not hesitate to start a blog because once people find you, they want to dangle from your every word, you need to know how to spread the word about your website/blog/newsletter/social networking sites and your book.

I help.

#1) World Literary Cafe - This site has only recently changed over from The Women's Literary Cafe. I love this site because they have everything here. Want to host authors? There's a forum for that. Want to be reviewed? They do that (for about $45, which is reasonable). They have Free eBook F…

Author Interview with Lacey Wolfe

What's your book/current WIP about?

My current book that just released is More Than Useful and it’s the second book in my Hot Bods series—which is a stand-alone series.

Can she settle for just a little fun?

Every Tuesday and Thursday morning Adam stops by Amy's bakery for one of her delicious muffins…and a little
flirting. When he finally asks her out, Amy is thrilled.

Adam informs her from the beginning that he isn't looking for anything serious. Just a little fun. Amy agrees, even though she isn't entirely sure that's what she wants.

She does her best to play it cool, but Adam is sending so many mixed signals he's confusing her, which she finds incredibly frustrating.

Adam is terrified by the feelings he's developing for Amy. It would be so much easier if he just backed away from her. Then there's his sister, who is insisting that Amy is not the right girl for him.

Will Adam be able to figure out what his heart desires before it's too late and he …

The Tuesday After A Holiday Is Overrated

You know it's true.

I suppose it doesn't matter because it was inevitable that we'd all be back at work. But we don't have to like it. Nah, of course we do. Without work, who would pay the electricity bill that lets crazy novelists stay up all night to write?

No one. That's who. And then we wouldn't have the electricity to run our computers and type our little fingers to the bones. Which would be horrible because there are characters inside my brain beating against the walls of my head to get out. I wrote like a demon this weekend ending up with a word count of a little over 70k. That leaves me about 10k before I reach my goal of finishing The Sky Pirate's Wife. For some reason as I prepared to publish The Treasure Hunter's Lady (for some reason I almost wrote The Time Pirate's Treasure, I have no idea what that's about), I kept thinking that I have all year to write and finish SPW. Maybe my brain was on overload or the right connections just ha…

The Friday Five - Motivational Quotes

All right, fine. I forgot about you today because I haven't done The Friday Five in a while. When I realized it was a Friday morning and y'all would want TFF, I scrambled to come up with a topic. I got it. Something we can all use, some motivational quotes. Whether you're writing your first novel or your hundredth, there are times when one little kink can throw you off or sales aren't going like you hoped or the world just dumped on you and you wonder how you're going to go on. You just need some booze, uh, uplifting words to get you going. I know, I've been there and can go there at any time.

#1) "Whatever you are, be a good one." - Abraham Lincoln (1809-1864)

#2) "Be generous, be delicate, and always pursue the prize." - Henry James (1843-1916), from his essay about the rules of writing.

#3) "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of…

Diagnosis: Snow Madness

I tell ya, kids. I don't know what to write about today. I just thought since I missed you all on Monday, I should throw something your way.

You probably already guessed I hate snow. I've broadcasted that all over FB and Twitter. If you weren't aware, well, you are now.

I've been behind on e-mails, blog spots, drawing names for contests, marketing, kissing the feet of people who help me, and generally everything except writing. Yes, yes, I did get some writing done. 4,000 words worth of writing, in fact.

The Sky Pirate's Wife is 81% finished. Well, finished as in it has 81% of the required words toward putting the ### at the end. I don't like THE END. In my mind, it's not the end. Because in SPW, I finally got around to mentioning Abel and Romy, although they don't make an appearance. Well, I can't tell you why or how I mentioned them because it would give things away and I don't want to do that.

I also finally got to introduce the world to Basil…

Author Interview with Robin Murphy

Today we're doing 10 questions with author Robin Murphy. Let's give her a big hand! What's your book/current WIP about? Sullivan’s Secret is about Dr. Marie Bartek, whose life has been uneventful as the local veterinarian on Sullivan's Island, SC, until her ability to see spirits returns after eighteen years. After confiding in her best friend and realizing their interests in the paranormal, they organize a paranormal investigation team called Sullivan's Island Paranormal Society, SIPS. Marie learns to channel her ability through the help of one of the team members, but not before learning the spirits are trying to warn her about the murders taking place on Sullivan's Island. Sullivan's Secret captivates the reader with murder, suspense, and the world of the paranormal. Care to share your favorite line(s) from your story? Marie absentmindedly touched her neck and felt the bandage. “Is this going to leave a scar?” Gale leaned forward in her chair and wiped the t…

With Love

Lots of love, because, well, it's the month of love. Actually, to be honest, I keep seeing red decorations at Wal-Mart and I think, "Christmas is over, WTH?"

Right. Anyway, in honor of good ol' V-Day, I'm blog hopping with The Blog Hop Spot and giving you a chance to win an e-copy of my debut steampunk romance novel, The Treasure Hunter's Lady, which just came out yesterday. Careful, it's probably still hot off the e-press. Don't burn your fingers.

To celebrate Valentine's Day and because I'm a huge believer in gathering random facts, here are some interesting facts relating to the kissy-kissy, smoochy-smoochy holiday.

♥ In the 1840's, Ester A. Howland began selling the first mass-produced valentines.

♥ Lupercalia, which was the festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of fertility, was deemed "un-Christian" by the Catholic church. Instead, they celebrated St. Valentine's Day. There are at least 3 known saints named Valenti…

Release Day

First off, are you looking for my Valentine's Day Blog Hop Contests? Look up under contests (or you can scroll down), that'll get you in the right direction. For the rest of you, excited about RELEASE DAY:

Oh man, what I wouldn't give for some kind of cool song intro with this post. You can sing the lyrics to Fergie's Glamorous in your head if you want to. I am.

There are so many things to say, so many people I want to thank and I think this is a good time to just say it all. Think of this as like the credits at the end of the movie. Or a super-lame 'thank you' speech at the Academy Awards.

First, I have to thank God. You don't just stumble into a craft by accident. You're given a purpose, a reason to be and he said, "This one's going to write." I could've used a little help on the math front, but hey who am I to complain?

And my mom, who got to be the first person to hear the good news when I got my contract and who was there when tha…

Valentine Score

Ah, l'amour. A little pre-Valentine's lovin' from me to you. As part of the Just Romance Me Blog Hop (where you can win fabulous prizes just by visiting wonderful, generous authors), I want to share an excerpt from my brand spanking new debut novel, The Treasure Hunter's Lady, which I will be giving away as an e-copy to one lucky blog hopper just for visiting me!

To set you up: Abel Courte and Romy Farrington are on an airship bound for Bismarck, Dakota Territory. Abel's hunting the legendary Diamond of Uktena and Romy's on his tail because she believes he's going to sell it for major cash. In Native American lore, the Diamond can cure any disease and bring riches and prosperity to the whoever possesses it. One only has to wrest it away from a giant, violent serpent in order to use the Diamond. But it's not just a search for the jewel weighing on their minds. Romy and Abel are very attracted to one another.
Abel's face was close to hers, his mouth in…

The Treasure Hunter's Lady

February 10, 2012

Chapter One Excerpt - The Treasure Hunter's Lady

On this fine Tuesday morning, a mere three days from the release of The Treasure Hunter's Lady, I present to you the first chapter. Enjoy!  Chapter One
Boston – 1884

Abel Courte leaned against the straight-as-a-pin picket fence and stared up at the stars, brilliant white against the black curtain of sky. Night hid the fragrant summer roses blossoming around the backyard of the cottage. The scent masked the pungent aroma of people living too close together and garbage left to rot in the alleys.
A thousand miles away, the same stars were shining down on San Antonio, Texas. Homesickness rolled over Abel like ocean waves. He'd give anything to be back there helping his aunt tend her garden, working side-by-side with his uncle or playing a game with his twin cousins. On a map, Boston wasn't so far from Texas, but it might as well be another world.
A shuffling noise made him reach for the Bennett Special laser pistol tucked into the holster beneath his canvas duster. The hammer fell…