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Out With the Old...No, Wait, It Was Good!

Well. It appears we've reached the end of the year once again. That's good news, y'all. Means we survived! Woohoo! Give yourselves a hand. 
It's time to the annual recap of cool (and not so cool) stuff that happened. No sense putting it off, let's get to it.
First things first, I came into 2013 with a lot of dread. Around mid-December last year I started getting this tight knot of panic in my chest if I thought about the future too much. Granted, my 19+12 birthday didn't roll around until mid-year, but I was a little flustered about that. Mostly, though, I was bothered by sadness because 2013 marked the ten year anniversary of my dad's death. There were a lot of mornings where I didn't want to get out of bed because a decade is a long, long time to go without seeing someone you love.
So I stayed busy. I buried myself in writing projects, which requires a lot of concentration. If you're concentrating on making characters miserable and ultimately hap…

The Christmas Recap

Whoosh! That's the sound Christmas made as it went hurtling by. One minute it was December 23rd, then it was my husband pushing me out the door to hurry up and get to my mom's house for Christmas Eve. The man couldn't sit still. He didn't want to watch soap operas (who does?), he didn't want to wait for the dog and me to dry our hair, he wanted the gifts loaded, stuff in the truck, let's go, let's go, let's go.

Men, amiright?

And then he had to replace the piece of cardboard in front of the radiator while me and PeeWee sat in the truck freezing our bums off. Sheesh.

We had a to make a couple of stops--one for snacks and one for gas, but we arrived well ahead of scheduled time. I called Mom when we were about 15 minutes away and she'd just gotten out of the shower. Then while we were packing stuff in, my husband gave my brother his present of cow feed and I didn't even get to put the bow on it!

We snacked and talked and ordered dinner from Pizza H…

Season's Greetings

I hope you all have a lovely holiday with lots of good family, friends, and food!

Love,
Allison

Book Feature- Forever Blue by Elodie Parkes

Five things I wanted for the story, ‘Forever Blue’ (from the author)
1. A heroin who was capable, brave, ready for love, and not afraid to go for it.
2. A hero who was hot, sexy, but not afraid to admit his love and need for his woman.
3. A story that had an element of mystery and strangeness to fit the season.
4. A story that took place in the country where silence and nature can conjure up the ethereal.
5. A love story that sizzled with sex, but also touches your heart with happiness.


Excerpt:
When she arrived home, he was in his usual place on the patio. It was an exceptionally dark night. The moon was covered with dense cloud. Rain fell in huge drops. He heard the Land Rover long before she pulled into her path and parked. Jasper heard her humming. She went through her front door. If she had been to a hide somewhere other than in the local area she was home early, he decided. He listened to the sound of her making a hot drink in her kitchen. He smiled. He couldn’t stop smiling. The …

The Friday Five - Bibliophile Christmas

We're not hard to buy for. We like books and stuff to do with books. We're just smart like that.

1) Aww, look at this cute necklace. We love books and we want the world to know! And it's on lined paper. It's like someone's inside our heads! On Etsy for the bargain price of $13.95.



2) Pens! Not to write in books with though. That's a no-no. Please don't write in books! Especially if they're not yours. You make the book fairy cry. I like these because there's one for the procrastinator and I'm nothing if not the queen of procrastinating. Perfect for your readers and writers! From $8.50 to $14.00.

3) Add insults to your injuries with these Shakespearean bandages. And for the low, low price of $2.50 at Amazon. You can also get some in the shape of Edgar Allen Poe. Hmm...

4) Transparent book plate. I'd LOVE to have one of these. It would protect books from whatever I'm eating when I eat and read like I almost always do at lunch. Brilliance! App…

Cue the Celebration Music, Y'all

Sorry for the glare on the shiny bottle of Martinelli's. Cameras, amiright?

What's this bottle for? Didn't we just open one of these? Yes, we did. We're not opening bottles of Martinelli's (also, I'm not stocking these in a cellar or anything. I kid you not, I've actually had this bottle since June. I hope it didn't have an expiration date before then...) for the fun of it.

It all started in May, really, if you think about it. I was working on The Wrong Brother's Bride and on the first Heckmasters book. Two at once, boy, that was some work. Good work though. I finished TWBB around the end of May, but Wystan took me a little longer, like mid-June.

I'd already submitted TWBB to the Weta Nichols Writing Contest, but I was chomping the bit to send it to my Lyrical editor, so I did that instead and withdrew the entry. I swapped it out for Wystan. I was nervous about it. You guys know I like a healthy dollop of weird in my writing; Wystan is crawling…

Another One Bites the Dust

I was really hoping to finish The Heckmasters: Eban this month. I started it in October and it was time to put that baby to bed. I had some trouble going into the final chapters, because there was kind of a lot going on.

You have the possessed heroine and have to figure out how to unpossess her because the demon laughs at the "traditional" exorcism ways. You have the trouble hero who's in love with the heroine from the previous novel, but alas, she loves his brother and marries him instead, so I had to make this hero fall in love with this heroine. You have the unexpected angel roaming around (who wasn't in my plans at all), you have a forgotten past, a long-lost brother, a long-lost father, and surprise! Another long-lost brother. It kind of boiled down to everyone wants to kill everyone else. Early Sunday morning, after half-paying attention to reruns of Burn Notice and Leverage, I finished Eban's book. I'm glad it's over and I managed the HFN. I'm …

It's Friday and I Got Nothin'

I mean, I've been snowed in since practically last Friday. I missed the ORA Christmas Party--huge sad face. I sat on my bum from Thursday until Saturday afternoon when hell or high water I was getting out of the house. The road was covered in mooshed down snow and ice, but my trusty little POS Taurus got me to a nearby town. I took the PeeWee Monster with me because I thought if I ran off the road, at least I'd have company. I didn't run off the road though, because I am amazing! That was easily the worst road I've ever driven on. I just don't do snow.

I accidentally colored my hair brown, trimmed my bangs blunt-style and too short, tore my sole remaining left contact, and got a massive headache from squinting. It was super fun! Not. I looked a bit like Angelica Houston with my bangs uncurled and straight across my forehead. I looked a bit like Gibbs on NCIS when my hair was parted down the middle. I've always wondered why he doesn't cut his and maybe use a…

Book Feature - Hustlin' Texas by KC Klein

Genre: Suspense, Contemporary Romance
Length: 238 pages
Release Date: December 5, 2013
Published by: eKensington
Buy it at Amazon || Barnes & Noble

Blurb:
“Sassy, sexy, fun.”—Lori Wilde

“A sexy read.” —Rachel Gibson

Only one person in Oak Groves is happy to see bad girl Nikki Logan back in town…

Oak Groves’ most beloved bachelor, Jett Avery, lives by a simple set of rules. Getting involved with a complicated woman isn’t one of them. He learned that the hard way two years ago when he spent one of the most incredible nights of his life with Nikki Logan. But then she hightailed it out of town, never to be seen again—until now. It might be time to break one of those rules…

Picking up the pieces of her life, Nikki is back in Oak Groves, face to face with the one man she’s done her best to forget. But she has her reasons for being here—and they don’t include winding up in bed with Jett. Especially since he’ll never forgive her once he finds out the truth about why she’s back…

Praise for KC …

The Friday Five - Winter, Bluck!

Winter. Ew. This time of year is not my friend. It's all dark and cold and often snoy/icy/sleety. I want to curl up in my hoodie, sweat pants, find a snuggly blanket, and watch countless hours of daytime TV. But I won't. Instead, I'm telling you even more facts about this godawful season.

1) The winter of 1779-80 was so cold and nasty that ice piled 20 feet high on the Delmarva Coast (along Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia) and stayed there until spring. The Potomac River froze and people could walk across it to the island of Kent.

2) S.A.D. (seasonal affective disorder) was first diagnosed in 1984. You'd think, especially after reading about Delmarva, that it would've been recognized a long time ago. Symptoms of S.A.D. start showing up in the fall and last until spring. They include lowered energy, grouchiness, and depression.

3) What's the difference between sleet and freezing rain? Sleet is frozen precipitation, freezing rain is liquid that freezes when it …

Book Feature & Guest Post - King of Hearts by Kay David

In King of Hearts, my latest Entangled Ignite, learn what happens to hero and heroine before the book even starts.  Follow the blog schedule at http://kaydavid.com/ or http://buythebooktours.com/.  This is the fourth installment so be sure and keep up.  You don’t want to miss a word of this hot and steamy encounter or the a chance to win a beautiful pair of silver earrings!
You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. Famous words from my mother’s treasure trove of advice.  
So what did Kingson Landry think the first time he laid eyes on Jessie Delacourt? 
1.) Were those legs as long as they looked? The longer he looked at Jessie, the better she looked.  He’d never seen a woman as beautiful and sexy as the undercover Texas Ranger, and truth be told, she’d snuck into his head more than once since they’d first met.  Red head, killer body, legs that didn’t stop.  From the gleam in her eyes to the high leather boots, she was the total package.  The white Softail motorcycle she r…

A Lot of Pictures of the Same Book

Happy couple of days after Thanksgiving! Let's see, it was Gray Thursday, Black Friday, Foggy Saturday, Sleep-in Sunday, and at last, Cyber Monday. Got your Christmas shopping done? I'm sooooo close.

I spent a lot of time this weekend working on getting Wildwood Spring up to snuff. Me and Anna the Talking Robot are getting close and snuggly again. I hate that robot and at the same time, I don't know how I lived without her.

I don't really have much for you, but I do have some photos of a certain book to share.


Is that what you think it is? Yes, yes it is.
Oh, so pretty.

It's for sale at Amazon. You too can look skinny while holding this book.

Now we're waiting on the galley for The Wrong Brother's Bride. It is by and far one of my favorite books. I also visited Springfield National Cemetery over the weekend and saw the grave of Judge Geiger, who does some stuff in TWBB that I don't want to spoil for you, but I was all, "Oh my god, I know that guy!&qu…

You Can Pop That Champagne Now

The Friday Five has been usurped by good news. Get your champagne glasses ready. Actually, I have a bottle of Martinelli's Sparkling Cider because I don't like champagne, although I dream of the day I become wealthy and can shake the bottle, spewing frothy golden alcohol everywhere just because. Probably this can be done with Martinelli's, but I'm not going to try, because there's no one to clean it up but me. Like my husband would do it. Ha. Anyway, drink up. We have lots to celebrate.

I finished NaNoWriMo at 50,035. I realize I posted on FB that it was 50,010, but the word counter and the validater on the NaNo site disagreed. Who cares, that's most of the book done. Editing is going to be painful, but I have to get through another 10-15k first.

 I found out Wednesday morning that I've been selected to sign at the Kimberling Area Library in Kimberling City, Mo on February 1, 2014. I had to fill out an application to see if they would pick me because they ha…

Peaks and Plateaus

Today's post is brought to you by the letter D for get it Done!

So Monday night I was valiantly typing away and it hits me that I'm so close to my NaNoWriMo goal. The first time in two years like I mentioned in the last post. I didn't play ball last year, instead choosing to save the book I'd been working on for Jano after stupidly deleting 70k, but it's okay, because I kind of hated it. The year before, I was working on The Sky Pirate's Wife, which was also a second draft after the first one just didn't fly. I didn't meet the 50k goal, coming up short in the 40ks, I think. 2011 was kind of a rough year, so it didn't hit the priority beacon.

Remember, I lost my flash drive containing the opening of The Heckmasters: Eban, back in early October. I was only 1200 words in at the time. The beginning came to me as I was finishing Wystan, although I knew I didn't want to start it immediately after Wystan was done. I needed a little space (sure, because…

Don't Pop the Champagne Yet, But...

There are five days left in the month and I think it's fair to say I'm going to win NaNoWriMo for the first time in two years. I'm sitting pretty at 45k this morning, ahead of schedule by two days. I think I've got this mother. Assuming the characters don't give up, of course.

I wrote devilishly (it's a pun, because the hero is a half-demon and there are lots of other demons in the book, see?) fast over the weekend to get ahead. I successfully navigated the waters of 50k for the entire manuscript, which I started in October. I might have gone farther, but I was watching football yesterday and it was very distracting. And disappointing, because the stupid team with a good record lost. They lost to a team that's not even that great. I hope they're all being flogged this morning. There's a reason I'm not a football coach. I mean, it's mostly because I'm not athletic and I don't even know the reasons for most of the plays in football, bu…

The Friday Five - Things Going On Right This Second

I gotta make this quick, kids, because I'm up to my eyebrows in work. Five things going on now:

1) This:
 Available at Amazon for your reading pleasure! The ebook is available for pre-order at Kobo and iTunes right now, but will become availble at all your favorite e-book stores January 6, 2013.

2) This:




Ahh, crap. I'm still behind. Keeping up with the word count is not as easy as I would have hoped. This book is killing me.

3) This:













It's higher than than now, thanks to last night's massive addition of slightly over 3500 words to almost catch up to NaNo. God, my elbow is sore.

4) This:









5) And finally, this:

11/19/2013

“I will not say, do not weep, for not all tears are evil.” -J. R.R. Tolkien
You should know that I wrote a different letter to you this year. It was dark and angry. I couldn't figure out what I wanted to say and a bunch of bad stuff came out. It didn't seem fitting for a birthday letter, so I'm trying again.

Over the weekend, I read a paper I wrote for college about my first job, which reminded me of the time you took me on the roller coaster ride, Fire in the Hole. I was disappointed because me and my cousin always wanted to ride together, but we were too short to ride without an adult sitting beside us. I had you.

If I'd ever ridden it before, I couldn't remember then and can't now. I was scared. It was indoors, dark inside, and someone said there were men wearing masks. You know how scared I was of masks (I still am a little bit). You held my hand and told me there wasn't anything to be afraid of, it was all fake and you were right there. So when it was…

Please, Laugh at My Expense

I want to share something awful with you guys today. Don't worry, it's not a disease. It's a really awful novella I wrote when I was a teenager. You see how much I love you? I give you bad teenager writing I scrounged out of closet. It's a little long, but totally worth it, I promise.
Here's the run-down. It's the second in a trilogy I planned about three brothers (gee, I must have a thing for brothers). The first novella is missing, so I'm grasping at straws here, but apparently there was a war and the brothers were heroes. Their names are Stylus (I guarantee I did not know what a stylus was in, let's say 1996), Thyne, and Tristan (shut up, those don't sound anything like Wystan, Eban, and Tell...okay, maybe a little). Sty's wife either died before the war, or during it, or...something. One of them had a horse, I remember there being a painting of it on the wall. They all live together because their houses were destroyed in the war, or somethi…

Cover Reveal - The Promise by Kate Benson

Blurb:
Devastated by circumstances beyond her control, Sophie Ryan’s life rips her from the arms of her first love, Jack. With only memories of their lost love, she’s forced to start over in a new town; surviving on her own for the first time since he left. Trying to begin her new life, fate decides a different direction for her, causing her to make a choice she never thought she’d have to.

Unsure of commitment after his failed engagement, Chase Mitchell finds himself stuck on a path of failed conquests and late nights at the bar. That is until he finds a pair of mesmerizing green eyes sitting in his usual spot. Something about this quiet girl forces him to question everything he has ever thought about love.

As Sophie looks down at the fork that’s presented in her path, will she choose the right direction? Will she be able to move towards the arms of the man who standsin front of her? Or will she choose to keep her promise to the one life forced her to leave behind?



10 Things You Don’t…