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Book Feature & Giveaway - Borderland Beauty (The Borderland Legacy #2)" by Samantha Holt

Borderland Beauty (The Borderland Legacy #2) by Samantha Holt Historical Romance Publisher: Jupiter Gardens Press Release Date: May 23, 2013 Heat Level: Steamy Word Count: 50,000 Available at: Amazon || ARe || B&N
Blurb: Lord Dominic is in need of a wife. With the reivers, the wild and dangerous criminals that haunt the borderlands, breathing down his neck and his brother now married, he needs a strong woman by his side. So when he finds out about an old marriage contract between him and his neighbour’s daughter, he vows to give the mysterious woman a chance. Upon meeting the beautiful, feisty maiden, he vows to make her his wife.
Lucy Montgomery wants nothing to do with the arrogant lord. She doesn’t understand his interest in her. Surely a man like Dominic could never fall for a woman like her. Hurt by the past, she refuses to believe that she is anything more than a game to him. If only she didn't find him quite so charming.
Can Dominic persuade Lucy that she is more than ju…

Stuff That Baffles Me

You knew it was coming. Yep, a banner for STBM. I mean, why not? There's one for TFF and for In Other News, so there might as well be one here. Okay, here we go. I know you're ready for this week's edition of Stuff That Baffles Me.

Uh-huh. It's a board game. About dog poop. Is this for kids who don't have pets or something? I'm sure it's meant to appeal to young children (it says 4+ on the box) for potty humor reasons. It only has a 3 star rating on Amazon. I just...yeah, my faith in humanity isn't doing very well.
This has been...Stuff That Baffles Me.

I've done a lot of editing recently and I'm pretty sure I'm either going blind, or I just need an eye exam. I'm really hoping it's the latter. I can only stand to look at black letters on white backgrounds for so long before my eyes wander somewhere else because they need color!
Yep, my hummingbirds are still fighting. Fortunately, there haven't been any more attempts on their pa…

The Friday Five - Five Words You're Mistakenly Using In Your Novel

FAIL. Yep, I FAIL all the time when I'm writing a novel. Usually because I'm typing so fast, I don't feel like I have time to go back and correct my mistakes. That's what later is for. Even though that red squiggly line is telling me I goofed. But sometimes that red squiggle doesn't appear because you've used the wrong word, just in the wrong context. It's Friday, you're going to learn something. Let's check out some commonly mistaken words on today's
1) Do/due - I make this mistake all the time. You can see it frequently in my blog. "You'll have to make due", I'll say. *Buzzer noise* Nope, it's make do. D'oh. Examples:  Make do means you can get along without something. Due means something owed, or something proper.
2) Foreward/forward - Separated by a wee 'e', these two words have very different meanings. Examples: Foreward - an introduction or notes before a document. Forward - to go ahead, to move, at the fron…

Book Feature - Seductive Shadows by Marni Mann

Contemporary Erotic Romance
Publisher: Booktrope
Heat Level: Sizzling
Word Count: 86,000

Charlie is a passionate, sensually inspired art student, desperately seeking an escape from an abusive past that haunts her and a tragic accident that emptied her heart. Scarred and unable to love, her yearning for physical pleasure and contact leads her into a tantalizing, dangerous world of power and seduction. The anonymity of the deal offers security, the money provides financial freedom, and the madam’s authority is the mother figure she longs for.

 But the thrill of the mansion and its arousing dominance quickly fades when she meets the renowned yet mysterious Cameron Hardy, whose intense, baby blue eyes send a nervous flutter through her core. He’s sexy, and not in a subtle way. Cameron stimulates her art, intellect and desires. Just as he begins to break through her emotional boundaries, Charlie discovers a devastating connection between her past and her scandalous work at the mans…

Once Again, It's Time For...

You guessed it. Stuff That Baffles Me.

Today, I have for your viewing pleasure, an actual honest-to-God foot stool.

This has been Stuff That Baffles Me.

The hummingbirds are at it again. I think there are some new ones in the neighborhood, a really pretty little female with grayish-green feathers and some cool white markings all over her body. She and another male who looks smaller than the males I've been seeing were trying to drink out of my petunias. Sorry, chickees, there's nothing in those 'tunias for you. The other HBs seemed angry about the invaders and there was a lot of fighting yesterday.
I got chapter two of my WIP finished. It went a little smoother than it did the last time I opened that document, maybe a week or two ago. I tend to open it, look at it, shake my head and go on to other things. Well, I finally wrestled it into submission. I'm also reading through The Heckmasters , clearing up somethings and, drum roll! I'm preparing The Siren's Senti…

The Friday Five - Contests, Conference, & Pitching, Oh My

This isn't anything you haven't heard out of me before, but I'm asking you not to pass over it. As you know, if you follow along on Facebook, G+ or Twitter, ORACon is coming up September 21st. We host a fiction writer's contest and the deadline has been extended, so you've still got 2 weeks to get that entry in, and we're having live pitches in front of Laurie McLean from Foreward Literary Agency and Holly Atkinson, an editor with Samhain. So now I'm going to natter about 5 reasons you ought to do one or all of these things.

1) This is my 5th year attending ORACon. Actually, I've lost track, but I feel pretty sure it's the 5th. I'm pretty sure I went to the one in 2009. I don't think there's any photographic evidence, but  (forgive me if this story is posted somewhere else on this blog. I feel sure that it is) I will never forget when I walked into Wal-Mart to buy donut holes and the cashier asked me if I had big plans for the day and I …

Book Feature & Giveaway - The Good Sister by Amielise Gable

The Good Sister
by Amielise Gable
Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Gypsy Angel Books
Release Date: April 30, 2013
Heat Level: Sensual
Word Count: 60,000
Available at:
Amazon || B&N || iTunes

After her mother’s sudden death, Ryanne Myers is home again. It has been fifteen years since she escaped Mount Pleasant and everyone and everything in it. Now she must oversee the closing of her mother’s affairs. The only bright spot is Ryanne’s blossoming friendship with boarder CJ Richter. Ryanne senses that CJ just might be her soul mate, but the handsome excavator is somewhat of a standoffish loner.

After an unthinkable event, Ryanne’s life spins out of control, and she must deal not only with her grasping, selfish sister, but also a manipulative, wannabe suitor. CJ offers Ryanne a way out, but at what price?

Beware: Everyone has secrets in Mount Pleasant…And they enjoy them!

5 Stars TOP PICK, Night Owl Romance

“Drama, romance, mystery, and murder, all centered around a little to…

Now It's Time For...

Stuff That Baffles Me!

That's right. It's all new. Actually, this photo is old, but I forgot the new one, so you'll have to make do until next Monday. You can do it.

And now...
Stuff That Baffles Me!

Why does this horse have an ear on its chin?
Your guess is as good as mine. This has been... Stuff That Baffles Me!

I had a massive headache yesterday and seriously thought about keeling over. Instead, I passed out in my husband's recliner for about two hours. The dog and hummingbirds were very polite while I was conked out. See, the dog has a tendency to whine or try to escape while the door is open, and the hummingbirds have territorial rights on the hummingbird feeder (which contains crack which they let the sugar water sit until it turns into alcohol* [I sh!t you not], and then they go all Gettysburg on each other). They're normally very vocal and flappy, but they obviously noticed their alcohol-providing friend was sprawled in a chair and reeked of Max Muscle Rub …

The Friday Five - Free Reads

Here's my idea for today. Free downloadable e-books. Sounds great, doesn't it? My research has led me to these and you should download them, because, hey, this is the beginning of the weekend and it's hot outside. Get them fast, because no telling how long they'll be free. You gotta jump on that.

1) Sunny Days Ahead - D'Ann Lindun - You can read this as a stand-alone, but it is in the Cowboys of Black Mountain series. Contemporary western romance, do not miss it. D'Ann is a fantastic author!

2) Out of Control (The Kincaid Brides Book #1) - Mary Connealy - A historical Christian romance, but I like me some Christian romance to balance out all the hoo-hoos and hee-haws once in awhile.

3) A Home in the West (The Amish of Apple Grove) - Lori Copeland & Virginia Smith - I like me some Amish romance too. Plus, Lori Copeland. Of course it's good.

4) Big Girls Do It Better (Erotic Romance Book 1) - Jasinda Wilder - We were talking about the couple that co-wrote…

Book Feature - The Purple Heart by Christie A.C. Gucker

The Purple Heart
by Christie A.C. Gucker
Contemporary Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Categories: Inspirational, Military, Mystery/Thriller
Publisher: Pagan Writers Press
Release Date: February 22, 2013
Heat Level: Sizzling
Word Count/Length: 52,000 words/164 pages

Blurb When does hiding the truth become an outright lie?

As an Army psychologist, Sydney Porter has heard her share of horror stories. The battle-scarred, down-trodden, and guilt-ridden have come to her office, seeking her help. When a highly decorated soldier is referred to her, she feels confident she can help heal his wounds. The chemistry between herself and Sergeant Aiden Thane is instantaneous. Sparks ignite and against her friend’s advice, she opens both her
home and her heart.

Torn between a voice of reason and her undeniable feelings, Sydney begins to question just what is hiding behind her lover’s decorated uniform. What secrets are hidden behind his Purple Heart?

And does she really want to know?

Warning: This title…

I Don't Feel Like Talking to You

I'd rather be playing Angry Birds in Space right now, but that's not really on the agenda.

Because I don't feel like talking to you, there's this.

From The Heckmasters - Wystan.

 Wystan glared. “I can paint five times faster than you and still do a better job than the sorry attempt you're trying to pass off.” “Doubt it,” Tell muttered. He knew a ploy when he saw one. They'd get out of the heat sooner with another set of helping hands. Rhia would likely be pleased by the gesture too. He imagined her smile and the way her eyes lit up when she was happy. “I'll do it, but someone owes me dinner as payment for my painting expertise.” “Expertise. Oh, thank God, we've got Wystan on our crew now. We'd be lost without him,” Tell muttered. “We ought to be grateful his expertise only costs us the price of dinner.” Eban smirked. “All right, Mr. Expert. Let's see you finish a wall by yourself and we'll talk dinner.” Wystan ignored them, painting in…

Spotlight/Excerpt- Promise Me (Promise Me Series #1) by Tara Fox Hall

Book Title: Promise Me (Promise Me Series #1) – Vampire romance
Format: print and e-book
Pages: 233
Date Released: June 2012
Amazon ||  Lulu ||  Amazon UK || Smashwords || Barnes and Noble || Melange Books

When young widow Sarelle McGarran finds the vampire Danial Racklan unconscious and hurt in her woods, intuitive concern quickly becomes passionate love. Together Danial and Sar work to overcome their own past heartbreaks, their vastly different lifestyles, and Danial's relentless enemies. Yet Danial needs more; an Oath of forever. But can Sar give Danial his greatest desire?

“I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to offend you. But I want to be clear that I don’t expect you to give me money because we…because we’re—”
“Intimate?” he supplied with a leer. “Lovers?”
I blushed, glad my back was to him. “Yes,” I said curtly.
“It’s my feelings for you that make me offer. I understand you’re independent and used to taking care of yourself. But I want you to have an easier time of it than…