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Book Barrage

It's fun to say. Just say it out loud. Book (which is an awesome word in its own right) barrage.

I've been anxiously awaiting my BB for The Sky Pirate's Wife. The second book in the L&L series has a special place in my heart. It's set mostly in Oklahoma and I spent the first five years of my life there, learning how to talk like an Okie. Most of that's been erased by time and the harsh taunting of Missouri children. "You talk funny" was a familiar mantra at my school. I was too shy at the to shoot back something like, "Well, at least I know how to read."

Anyway, in celebration of SPW bouncing around the Interwebz, I'm giving away a cool steampunk necklace.
And a $10 gift card to the one and only Amazon. Be sure to fill out the info on the Rafflecopter on any of the sites listed below. I also like comments. They give me the warm-fuzzies.
Where I'm at today: Brianna's Bookshelf Danita Minnis In Love With Romance Musings of a Writing Re…

The Iceman Melted-eth, Finally

Well, that was an unscheduled four day weekend.

It consisted of editing, sleeping, munching on unhealthy food, reading,  and watching entirely too much television. They're calling for snow tonight. Oy.

In addition to reducing my brain to slush with TV, I finished Liza O'Connor's Saving Casey, and Bec McMaster's Kiss of Steel. Both great books. The genres differ a lot, but that's me, reading all over the board.

I also managed five hundred words on the new WIP. Funny how my brain begs to write and then when I give and say, yes, brain, you can write another novel, it sort of gives up. Meh. The first meeting between characters is always a little awkward. It'll get better. You can follow the progress and some of my other thoughts about the series on my new blog (which hasn't been updated due to inclement weather--valid excuse!) called Legends & Lovers: The Final Journey. I already have three whacky posts up. I'm about to do another with an excerpt from T…

Guest Post - Lacey Wolfe

The unlikable character’s transition into the likeable character. Say what?

Over a year ago, I penned a story titled, Fool Me Once. When I started this novella, I didn’t realize it was going to be a series. My heroine had a roommate however that begged to have her story told as well. The Hot Bods series was born. Then I had to decide who would be in this series.

Skylar was in book one and her roommate was Amy—which became book two. Book three feature the receptionist at the Hot Bods gym. And finally, book four, Opposites Attract, has been released and it features Francesca—the unlikable character, hopefully turned likeable.

You see, Francesca was the other woman in the first book, Fool Me Once. The woman who wanted Skylar’s man. I wrote Francesca to come off as a gold digger and piece of arm candy to men. In book two, More Than Useful, Francesca was the sister to the hero, Adam, and Amy’s future sister-in-law. Yikes! And Francesca was still on the snobbish side. But when I realized F…

Strawberry Blonde

No TFF today. Instead, this Valentine's story that I forgot I wrote a while back. It's flash fiction, which we can all mutually agree is not my thang. Normally I like me some strong hero, but nerdy Luke is kind of cute and way different than anyone else I've ever written.


Annie only had eyes for the mound of strawberries piled high in the pint basket on the kitchen counter. Her long-fingered hand stretched out, plucking a large red fruit from the top. She swirled it into the bowl of confiture de lait before lifting it to her mouth. White teeth, a shade or two lighter than her marble white skin, pierced the fleshy fruit.
Luke's gaze traced the dark pink outline of her lips, took in the way she closed her eyes as though experiencing heaven, and his groin tightened when she moaned with pleasure. The slender column of the throat moved as she swallowed. It wasn't a stretch to imagine her mouth enclosing over him.
She washed the strawberry down with a sip of cheap champa…

A Valentine's Quickie

Oh, get your minds out of the gutter.
Just a quick post for V-Day, one of my favorite memories from college.
When I was a sophomore, I got a card in my P.O. box. It was from my parents, all nicely enveloped in a cute pink wrapper. I opened the card and read how it said some nice, sweet things about what a great person I am, you know, like V-Day cards do.
At the bottom of the card it was signed in my dad's handwriting. It said,
Love, Bobby Jeannie Jamie
Not, love Dad, Mom, and Jamie (my brother). Just everyone's first names. I about died laughing. That night I called my parents and since dad was retired, I knew I'd get to talk to him. I told him and Mom that I got my card in the mail. And then I told them that it was signed funny and proceeded to read it.
Mom, of course, laughed. and asked him why he signed it like that. It must have embarrassed him because he was pretty grumpy after that--and if you understood my dad, you'd realize he was seldom grumpy. I still have th…

Book Feature - June Kramin

Double Mocha, Heavy on Your Phone Number
by June Kramin
Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Published by Musa Publishing
Released on December 16, 2011
Heat Level: Sensual
Word Count: 79,000

Buy Links
Musa Publishing || ARe || B&N || Smashwords

Blurb
Unable to make it home in a snowstorm, Ellie seeks shelter at an old farmhouse. When the owner’s grandson shows up and happens to be the man she had given the brush off to twice, it takes all they have not to kill each other during the snowed-in days that follow.

The last thing Ellie plans on is the relationship outlasting the storm. Bix’s persistence at a relationship and attempts to help her at her job with his computer skills proves to be more than Ellie can continue to push away. She finds herself where she never wanted to be after losing her fiancĂ© a year ago. In love again.

When Ellie’s twin sister shows up and puts all their lives at risk, they must now weather a different kind of storm together.

Excerpt
Bix was surprised to see Ellie s…

Milestones

Still sniffling and snuffling around. I'm not sick, but I'm not 1000% either. So, come on, body. Either be sick or be well, but stop playing in both corners because it's ridiculous.


Trust in what you love, continue to do it, and it will take you where you need to go. Natalie Goldberg
What the--? Did I just break up a post with a quote? Why, yes. Yes, I did. But . . . why? I'll tell you why.
Guess what yesterday was?

You don't want to guess? Well, that's just rude.Okay, I'll tell you. (Y'all are digging the interactivity of this blog, right?)
It was the 1-year anniversary of the official release date of The Treasure Hunter's Lady. Does it not seem perfectly appropriate then, that I'm working on the 5th book in the series right now? Yes, yes it does. What will I be working on for Camp NaNoWriMo, then? Well, since that's like four months away, let's worry about it then.
There's really not much I can say about having an anniversary. No o…

The Friday Five - Sites I Heart

I'm somewhat snotty this morning, kids. My brain feels like it's full of cotton, my eyes are swimmy, and I'm trying to figure out how to sneak off for a nap. I had a great idea for TFF, but I'm so tired, I don't want to invest the time to do it right now. So I'm copping out and leaving you with five links to sites that I love visiting  and are guaranteed to entertain you.



1) Cracked.com - A humor website that makes fun of anything and everything. It also teaches. Some of the great ideas that hit my brain have come from this site. Most of the articles are in list for. The six greatest, the five worst, 4 ways, etc. They also have Photoplasty, a contest that viewers participate in and use Paint or Photoshop to distort photos and make them funnier.

2) Mentalfloss.com - It's where I get my knowledge fix. From this site, I discovered author Ransom Riggs, who wrote Miss Peregrine's School for Peculiar Children (rumored to become a movie someday soon). They hav…

Book Feature - Ride the Free Wind

Blurb:
Abigail Trent Monroe abandons the only life she’s ever known to live among the Cheyenne with her half-breed husband, Zeke.  Together they face peril and enjoy a passion most never experience.  Their love is so strong that no amount of danger or rugged living can come between this man and woman so devoted to one another.

Against the backdrop of a magnificent landscape and during a time when freedom meant everything to the Native Americans, Zeke and Abbie cling to one another for courage and strength.


Excerpt:
Clinging to Zeke tightly, Abbie pleaded.  “Don’t let go!  Don’t ever let go!”

“It’s all right, Abbie-girl,” he told her quietly.

He gladly kept his arms around her, and she kissed his neck, breathing in the wonderful, manly scent of him, running her hands across his broad, strong shoulders.  He moved his lips back to her own in one long, lingering, hungry kiss, then he swung her up into his arms.  She rested her head on his shoulder and asked no questions. … It did not matt…

I'm Conflicted (verb): showing mutually inconsistent feelings

I'm not normal. In case you were ever mistakenly under the impression that I am. We should clear that up.
I'm not normal because sometimes I stand in the shower and cry for no good reason. I cry when I should be happy. It's not that I'm unhappy, it's more like I'm confused about what I want. On one hand, I have the fantastic (by which I mean fantasy, not awesome) L&L series waiting to make its appearance on e-readers, and eventually in print, everywhere. I'm in control. I decide release dates, covers, promotions, all the good stuff. I like being in charge, even though sometimes I'm not very good at it.
On the other hand, with the series nearly at an end (geez, 2014 is 46 weeks away), I don't know what I want anymore. I finished The Convict & the Cattleman with the intention of subbing it to publishers. Unless all else fails and it can join the line with the others.
You know how long it's been since I queried anything? Two years. I'v…

Never Say Never

I had such a great weekend. That's a big change from 'Oh, God, it's Monday. Why, why?', right? Well, let me tell you about it.

First, I got to see Warm Bodies. Most of the time we pick movies we're bound to love. Or I sucker my husband into going to a movie I'm bound to love. Few and far between are the times we go to a movie theater and see something we hate. If Warm Bodies was on DVD, I would be watching it right now. I would not have stopped watching it all weekend. I loved it that much. Oh, it's a predictable old love story (Romeo and Juliet. Anyone heard of that?). But it's fresh because . . . zombies. And absolutely hilarious, perfect dialogue. Rob Corddry gets my vote for the very best lines in the movie.

Secondly, we had an ORA meeting Saturday. I'm nothing if not bold *snort* and so I took the first chapter of The Siren's Sentinel to critique. It got a lot of good feedback, including an editor who said she didn't like steampunk, but…

Book Feautre & Giveaway - Boots on the Ground (Canada's Finest #2)

Boots on the Ground (Canada's Finest #2)
by Angela S. Stone
Erotic M/M Romance (Military)
Published by Phaze Books
Release Date: November 20, 2012
Heat Level: Sizzling
Length: 189 pages

Blurb
Ash Cooper and Jason McCarty know they need to do one thing, and one thing alone: Stay Alive.

An IED attack destroyed their convoy and left them both injured in the high desert of Afghanistan and running from insurgents. They take refuge with a group of Afghan civilians, and their only hope of rescue is two satellite phones that might be damaged beyond repair.

Ash and Jason join forces with a British army nurse to survive the harsh living conditions. As days to turn to weeks, they think of home, the husbands they left behind, and the lives they want to return to.

But with food rations running short, the elders angry at them, and the hope of rescue lost, Ash and Jason start to give up, and in the end turn to each other in their struggle for survival.

Warning: This title is intended for readers…