Here's the meet-cute between my characters Lucy Hawley and Joseph Wade from my "ending" in Five Roads From Beltane. Merry Christmas!
Lucy Hawley stretched on her tips of her toes and extended her fingers to push an errant can of baking soda back onto the shelf. The ladder she was on shook beneath her unsteady grip. She grabbed for the shelf to help stabilize her position, but missed. The rest of the baking soda cans spilled to the floor. “Lucy? What is going on back there?” She cringed, then scrambled down from the ladder. Clarence Hutson, her employer, wouldn’t be pleased by her accident. “I knocked a few things over, sir. It won’t take more than a moment to restore them.” She bent and started picking up the cans. “I’m nearly finished with the stocking.” He rounded the corner of the shelf. “Sweet mercy, Lucy. How did this happen?” “The ladder isn’t the most stable item in the store, sir.” Mr. Hutson put his hands on his hips. “But you’re certainly the clumsiest. Get this mess …
Proven fact: You can never have too much pirate in your life. Unless, maybe, you're like trapped by Somali pirates or something. Don't do that. Have some fictional, hot pirates instead, 'k?
Here's a snippet from Sin and the Sea, my contribution to the Treasured Love box set. Warm wind coaxed Sinda Pound’s hair
from the knot at her neck. The silvery moon cast light on the dark waves
slapping the hull of the Blackest Sin.
Now and then, the salt spray burned her eyes. She licked her lips, savoring the
taste. At her right hip, the weight of her cutlass tapped her calf as the wind
picked up again. She traced the engravings on the hilt while she leaned on the
deck rail. Blackest
Sin pulled against the anchor mooring
it in the harbor like an anxious horse awaiting a long run. Tension pulled
Sinda’s shoulders up toward her ears. Patience had never been her strong suit,
though she’d had years to hone it. She rested her hand against the
railing. In the darkness, it was nigh impossi…
"My memory loves you; it asks about you all the time." -Johnathon Carroll
Happy birthday, Daddy.
It's been fourteen years since I handed you a present, and thirteen years since the last time we said good bye. It's a sharp pain. The other day me and Mom were talking about seeing strangers who look like you. I've been in three places where I saw a man who could have been your twin. I laughed, because one was wearing shorts. You almost never did. He was holding a beagle puppy though, and you always did like beagles. The curly hair and ball cap hit close to home too. It was everything I had in me not to go up to that man and talk to you.
It happened when Jame was in the hospital one time too. That guy was you, except overweight. Dark, curly hair, a smile. Wrong, but familiar.
Once, I thought I saw you driving down the road in Crane. In a Ford truck, no less. And it was like a knife in the gut.
I haven't "seen" you in a while, but I do think of you when…
I'm pretty sure I'm only writing the same thing over and over, except in different forms. I'm keeping up with word count--just barely. Enough to give myself a little boost every day for the next day, but it's tight. And scary.
The hero is probably breaking out of his shell too soon. The heroine is kind of flat and uninteresting. I'm praying that when I go back and read this again, it's going to be amazing.
It's a long time until I reach the next badge after hitting the 10k mark last night. Twenty-five thousand words will earn me another one. I can't wait and I dread it. As per usual, my carpal tunnel has decided flare up again. Sleeping in my brace last night was not a cure-all, sadly. I didn't figure it would be, so I guess I'll go at it again tonight. Sometimes it takes around two weeks before things align inside my wrists again. Right now, it feels like there's a funky catch in there. Like it needs to be popped, but won't. Not. Fun. S…
It's nearly that time again, folks. The hapless race to the end of November in a landslide of words. I haven't accomplished much as a writer this year, I'm ashamed to say. There's something pressing on my mind and has been for two long years. There's the wobbly world of the news from Samhain that they were closing, then they weren't. I don't even know what's going with that at the moment.
On the other hand, my self-publishing hasn't been going too badly, it's just that I don't devote enough time to getting the three books I have written edited and out there. I should. I really ought to, but I haven't. Somehow, it's much easier to be lazy. That's about the case with every endeavor ever.
So Lawless has been sitting in a combination limbo of my flash drive and my Google Docs drive for over a year. Gathering dust a not even 10,000 words. I know I need to work on it as badly as I need to edit the other books I have written. Yet, I did…
Drumroll, please! I'm very excited to bring you something special today. It was a sooper sekrit prajekt I worked on over the summer. It's not an anthology, no! It's more like a choose your adventure book, sort of. You get a beginning with five characters and the chance to read about how the beginning affects them all. Here's the lo-down:
Five Roads From Beltane Western Interactive Book
Which Path Will You Choose?
Presented By D’Ann Lindun, Allison Merritt, RaeAnne Hadley, Susan Horsnell and Margaret Tanner
Outlaws hold up the bank in Beltane at the busiest time of the week. Dire consequences follow, not only for the outlaws, but also their hostages.
The scene is set.
One beginning, five different endings.
Five Authors: RaeAnne Hadley, D’Ann Lindun, Margaret Tanner,
Allison Merritt and Susan Horsnell
The path is up to you.
The story unfolds in the way YOU decide.
Which path will you choose?
Tomorrow I'll be at the 2nd annual LibraryCon at one of my favorite libraries in the area--Springfield-Greene County.
There's going to be tons of fun with comic-type stuff, books, candy, cosplay, and prizes! I will be featuring The Guardian Chronicles with all-new covers! And...my first-ever venture in cosplaying. Because I'm a nut-job, I'm feminizing Dean Winchester. So you get that. Sorry if it's weird.
On the other hand, I do have free candy, free bookmarks, a few Heckmaster pins left over from VisionCon, and I have fun books. So there's definitely that.
Visiting SGCL's LibraryCon FB page here for more details and panels and guests and all the good stuff.
When February rolls around (believe me, I can wait), it will mark five wacky years of adventure in self-publishing.
So for giggles, because I'm not busy enough, I think--what a great time to design new covers and spruce up the book interiors and change the name of my first series!
I think the hardest redoing all this was coming up with a new series name. So why bother, you ask?
Well, I thought it might offer wider appeal to a larger group of people. Don't get me wrong. These are romance novels, but they're also adventure stories, paranormal stories, alternate history stories, and not to mention, humorous stories. In the end, it all boils down to Guardian involvement (largely on Basil Tinwhistle's behalf), so I thought, yep, this is exactly the sort of thing he would chronicle.
Not a lot of change between the covers, so don't go thinking I've messed anything up. But you know what, always worth the read. If you liked the Heckmasters and you haven'…
When tragedy strikes Dani’s business partner it brings Ren back into her life. She’d thought she moved past her feelings for him, but one glance and they come flooding back.
Growing up as an orphan, Daniella Brosen has trouble connecting with other people. She has no room for anyone in her life, except her best friend, Rendall Sousa. He is the only male she’s ever loved or will love. Circumstances beyond her control tear them apart, and she has no choice but to leave him behind.
When Daniella left without a word it broke Ren’s heart. If she’d given him a chance he’d have told her how much he loved her. Dani was everything to him, but she made her choice. There was only one course of action left to him—move on without her.
As their lives become intertwined again, can Ren convince her he’s always loved her or will she push him away forever?
“So the nurse tells me you’re Mr. Price’s emergency contact.”
A voice filled the room. It was as familiar as breathing. She would hav…
Well, it's about time we had another release chock full of hotness wrapped in Wranglers and topped off with a Stetson. *wolf whistle*
I'm pleased to announce the release of our fourth cowboy anthology--Cowboy Time! It's exclusive to Amazon and is available in paperback.
Click your boot heels together and get it here for just 99 cents!
Happily Ever After, Cowboy by Allison Merritt
She’s planning the wedding of her dreams with a pretend groom and a fake ceremony. What could possibly go wrong?
A Cowboy’s Magic by Leslie P. Garcia
Every cowboy needs a little Magic in his life…
A Pigskin Cowboy by Melissa Keir
Being financially secure is Charley’s biggest dream. Clearing his name is Kane’s. When the media comes looking for the big story, will Kane and Charley’s relationship survive the drama or will the football player run again?
Keep Calm and… Cowboy by Autumn Piper
Everyone knows his area of expertise falls squarely between the sheets, but nobody knows his best friend just asked…
Jonathan and Rebecca’s paths cross at exactly the right moment, when each most needs to hear what the other has to say.
But Jonathan is three days from entering the priesthood, and Rebecca leaves him to his peace. But he is unable to find peace.
Without each other’s comfort and strength, they must each struggle to forge a new path, with only memories of the one day that changed everything.
But are they able to forget and let go?
Will be released July 2, 2016 from Inkspell Publishing.
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The Vikings have landed! Now available exclusively on Amazon, it's your favorite secondary characters from Her Heart's Surrender in their own adventure, Her Heart's Desire.
I didn't do an author's note in this book, but readers may come upon a certain part about Idunna's childlessness and wonder, is that true? The answer is, yes, it was common back then, however, it was frowned upon when making good, strong Norse babies was the key to overtaking the world. Needless to say, it was a strange world filled with proud people who tried to keep up appearances as much back then as they do today.
One of my favorite lines from Her Heart's Surrender is: “If marriage is all it takes to spare a life after all this death, then I will marry Eoghann Kentigern.”
For being a minor character in that novel, Idunna was one of the bravest. I didn't think Her Heart's Surrender would be more than a stand-alone, but then Idunna and Eoghann needed a story of their own. Here …
At long last, here is the cover for the sequel to Her Heart's Surrender. This book is about Ealasaid's brother, the skull-bashing Eoghann, boy who wanted to be emperor, but found out that life sometimes have crueler intentions.
One woman's desire will unite enemies and raise heroes.
Weary of battle and loss, Idunna Fundinsdottir has two desires--peace and to hold a child of her own. As a war widow, her one chance at happiness rests in the hands of Eoghann Kentigern, a man who was once her enemy. Despite their differences, she saves the mysterious Saxon from the noose and binds herself to him in marriage. She longs for a child, but the fair Saxon tempts her heart as well.
In a moment of clarity, Eoghann killed his brother in battle to save his long-lost sister, then vowed his fealty to a Norse king. When a plot to murder the king and his family comes to light, to repay his debts, Eoghann takes his family's life in his hands and flees for safety. Forced to return to Suib…
Last week I found out Her Heart's Surrender was officially nominated for a RONE Award in the Pre-Medieval category. This week, it's voting time! Situate your clicking finger, please.
Here's the lovely review from InD'Tale Magazine. A 4.5 ain't bad, ain't bad at all. I'm humbled by the kind things everyone had to say about this book because I'd never attempted anything like it before. I love the setting and the characters. It was a challenge, but a good one.
Last Sunday, my uncle passed away. He was only in his 50's, which is young, but he'd been in poor health for a while. Death sucks, no matter what.
Next week, I'm changing jobs, which is waaay scary. And stressful. My feed and sleep have been off ever since making this choice. It'll be okay, of course, but my overactive brain likes to make me pretend it won't be. Shut it, brain.
Also, you may recall that Three Worlds Press closed. And then... $!#% me, if Samhain sent an email about closing. I first heard the news on my FB page and scrambled to my email on Friday afternoon. I was heartbroken. The masses are screaming, "oh, dear sweet and fluffy lord, what's going to happen to the Heckmasters!?!?". Okay, they probably aren't, but I loved, loved, loved working with everyone there. I loved how my editor loved my weird, wild Heckmasters.
I cried. It felt like someone passed away. And having already been to one me…
I mentioned a post or two ago that the rights for Her Heart's Surrender are being reverted to me. Last night, I received the email with the document in it. So today, I'm presenting the all-new cover for my first Viking book.
Here you go:
And you're saying, but Ealasaid and Hella were both blond. Whaaat?
Well, in times of changes, there are obviously changes. So now they're dark-haired.
The paperback from Three Worlds Press is still listed on Amazon, so don't go over there thinking you're getting a new version with dark-haired people. This one won't be available until sometime in March. I have a ton of stuff going on right now, so I'm a little behind getting formatting done. I'll let you know when it's available again.
Allison Hall is fed up with being a social outcast. Even at the tech company where she works for her brother and his best friend, Jared, she's the invisible nerdy girl. What she needs is confidence—and that requires a makeover and dating tips. And she knows just the man to help…
Jared Esterly is shocked when Allison asks for his assistance and turns her down, knowing that her brother—his business partner and best friend, Nick—would kill him if he dated her, even if it is just for practice. But when Al’s attempt to make changes on her own fails spectacularly, Jared reluctantly steps in. Things heat up quickly, and soon lessons move from the salon to the bedroom.
When overprotective big-brother Nick discovers Jar…