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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…