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Book Feature - Chrysalis & The Beam

Chrysalis (Chrysalis Series #1)
by Michel Prince
YA Paranormal Multicultural Romance
Published by Rebel Ink Press
Released on April 17, 2012
Heat Level: Sweet
Length: 437 pages

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In the annals of dysfunctional families, the Chisholm’s are working their way to the top. Drug abuse, an unwed mother with multiple fathers, and the questionable cash flow for the 'pretty one'. All this from a seemingly normal, two parent middle class family. But were the choices truly made of their free will?

Bad choices are a Chisholm family trait, one that confounds the youngest child, Ellie, who's trying to separate herself by making smart decisions. And falling for Oscar Jeffreys, the hot…

Book Feature & Giveaway - Good Enough to Share (Good Enough, Part 1 - Christmas)

Good Enough to Share (Good Enough, Part 1 -
by Zara Stoneley
Erotic Contemporary Romance
Heat Level: Sizzling
Word Count: 48,000

Warning: Contains explicit sexual content, including f/m/f and m/f/m ménage.

One Christmas, four friends - will they still be together by New Year?

Divorce wasn’t part of the plan for Holly, but then again nor was spending the festive period with two sexy men and Santa’s little helper! With a disastrous marriage behind her, and three good friends who are willing to share, moving on could be fun – if only she can accept that sometimes her heart is wiser than her head.

Dane doesn’t do commitment, which suits Holly just fine. But when things heat up between the four friends, he’s forced to face up to his past. Will realizing he’s good enough mean he no longer wants to share…?

Laid back Charlie knows that if his best friend becomes his lover he could end up losing big time. But can he resist? And when the girl he once loved co…

My Old Foe: Edits (And Sometimes They Make Me Cry)

It's Monday again. Funny how we keep coming back to that. As a society, we largely hate it. Why don't we do something about it?

I spent a lot of time editing on Saturday, finishing up another reading of The Turncoat's Temptress so I can finally get that sent out to beta readers. Like The Sky Pirate's Wife, there's a scene right before the black moment that gets me every time. I'm all sitting in my chair, feeling bad for the heroine because damn, it's not fair that she has to suffer so. Poor girl has not had it easy and to throw her into the lion's den like that breaks my heart. It wasn't bad enough I had to write a scene where the characters talked about what would happen if one of them died, because then I wrote this line:

She only wanted Abel and Van Buren there for one reason: they'd drag Basil back to the ship if she died. She could trust them with that task. “I want them to come. Please.”
Because if you know anything about Abel and Van Buren…

The Friday Five - It's Weathering

I totally thought I was going to get away with not posting today. You see, there was supposed to be freezing formerly liquid nasty falling from the sky. Normally, I'd be all, boo, freezing formerly liquid nasty is evil! But I was sort of looking forward to another 3-day weekend and sleeping in. And editing, I was planning on editing. Clearly the gods of weather and editing got together and had a few drinks. Hey, they said, let's get Allison's hopes up and then dash them by making the forecast clear so that she has to go to work instead of sleeping and editing. That plan seems to be sticking. I guess I'll carry on as usual then. How about . . . weather folklore?

1) Myth: Pigs gather leaves before a storm.
Truth: Pigs have nesting instincts like most animals. If a pig is gathering leaves, it probably just wants to make its bed a little more comfy. The instinct is more common in sows.

2) Myth: Birds lighting on wires indicates a storm. (One of my husband's favorite say…

Book Feature - Sweet Prairie Passion

Normally I don't do introduction on book features. Well, I feel like I have to say something here because the author I'm featuring today is Rosanne Bittner. If you haven't read her books, stop what you're doing and go to it. Because no kidding, Ms. Bittner is the author who introduced me to romance novels and her books are one of the reasons I'm an author. Without further fan-girl gushing ado, I give you her book feature:

The first in a powerful series about the settling of the American West and its affect on pioneers and Native Americans alike.

Zeke Monroe, a half Indian scout, meets 16-year-old Abigail Trent on a wagon train west, and therein lies the beginning of a magnificent love story that covers fifty years of passion and drama set against the rugged frontier of an untamed land.

When Zeke and Abbie’s eyes met, their gazes held in the moonlight, and they both knew what had to be.  In the next moment Zeke’s lips were on hers, searching tenderly …

Garble, Garble, Garble

When I realized it was Tuesday, I wanted to just hit random keys and pretend this is a real post, because I doubt anyone could tell the difference anyway. But I didn't.

I'm exhausted and the week has just started. You may have heard that I'm doing Zumba now. The sides of my calves feel like someone is driving ten penny nails into them with every step. When I got home last night, I had to run up the slope to the deck and run up the stairs just to get into the house because I figured the horrible pain would go away faster if I just ran instead of taking shuffling steps. Pretty sure this fun dance/party was invented by a psychopath. I found it was easier to hunch over walk so I didn't have to straighten my legs the whole way for about an hour after I got home. My husband said, "I've walked like that when I'm down in my back." I replied with, "My back's fine. I can't straighten my legs."

I like Zumba, because I always feel really good af…

Get The Author A Cookie

No Friday Five today. I'm celebrating the completion of the fourth book in the Legends & Lovers series. Yep. The Siren's Sentinel is finished. Wednesday, just before noon, I typed the happily-ever-after.

Believe it or not, the last third of this book flowed from my fingers like magic . . . um, magic . . . flowing waters? Don't get me wrong. It took forever to write, but it pretty well wrote itself. It just seemed like it would never end. For a book that I spent weeks combing over the beginning, fretting it wasn't very good, the end rolled out in big chunks. A good, satisfying ending. The kind the heroine deserves after being kicked by the bad guy from the last book.

You may remember me complaining about this book a lot in the first go-round. The hero was a wuss (do people still say that?), his back story was all shifty and not that interesting. When I dreamed up the character of Ransom Shaw, I never saw him like that. It was disappointing.

When that 70k monstrosity…

Guest Blog & Giveaway - Purchase I’ve Regretted

Hey everybody! Today I've got author Sara Walter Ellwood. She's on a blog tour promoting her latest release and she has a giveaway, so be sure to enter!

Have you ever bought something and totally regretted it afterward? In my current release Gambling On A Secret, the heroine Charli Monroe buys a dilapidated ranch. The Victorian mansion needs not only a major remodel, but nearly rebuilt. The barn is collapsing and the roof needs replaced.

She stares out at the falling-down outbuildings and wonders whatever possessed her to buy such a dump. Eventually, Charli sees the beauty under all the ugly and the potential for her ranch shines through. But until then, she seriously regrets her rash decision to buy it.

I recently bought a pair of high heels I loved in the store. I paid more for them than I normally would ever pay for shoes even with a coupon and walked out of the store pleased with myself. Then I wore them to work.

They were four inch heels, but three inch is really my limit…

When I Procrastinate, You Get Bad Art

Today was supposed to be a day for celebrating. You see, I finally hit 80,000 words on The Siren's Sentinel. That was supposed to be the big finish. Huzzah! Book 4 is over after five months.

Book 4 is not over. I started a war and I haven't even begun the big, bad final battle. Right now all the characters are waiting for an epic speech from their queen, the reluctant heroine. They're waiting for the mother of all storms to hit and the bloodshed to begin.

I got nothin'.

I have no idea how to end this thing. I mean, obviously I have a vague clue because the HEA is guaranteed, right? But I've got to work it all out so it's horrible and tear-jerking and really shows what a turnaround the heroine has made (because in book 3, she's a real piece of work) to deserve her HEA. Must show why she deserves the love and loyalty of the hero, which she's convinced she doesn't really deserve after all the bad stuff she's done.

Sometimes being a pantser is a rea…

The Friday Five - When I'm Lazy, You Get Cats

It's Friday at long last! My Jano progress is eeking forward, nowhere near as productive as last week, but it's climbing. Huzzah.

I see you all out there, rubbing your hands together, mouths watering as you wait for today's TFF topic. Know what? I'm feeling really lazy. So I just looked up that frowny cat that's taken over Facebook, saved some photos of the little bugger and that's what you're getting.

Of course, one thing I discovered while searching for frowny cat memes is that most of them aren't funny. I've sifted through them. For you.

Now with more cats.

I saw one that said Garfield was a grumpy cat before it was cool. I was just grumpy. Does that count? I still haven't figured out how this isn't a meme yet.
Oh, by the way. You forgot to click and share my RTKC or Bust! campaign. You can do that by clicking that link there or the really bad Paint icon on the upper right.
Happy Friday, kids!

Queen Harebrain Speaks

I've declared myself Queen of Harebrain Plans. I'm really good at coming up with them, awesome at failing them, but this time it's not as crazy as usual--maybe.
After lots of thinking about it and exploring Indiegogo, I decided to post a campaign that might be of some benefit to, if not me, then some others. Here's the lowdown.

What I Need & What You Get
The registration fee for a published author at Romantic Times is $474. In addition to the registration fee, I need money for a place to stay, gas, and a hot meal or two--fuel for the author's soul. 
If you help support me here's what you'll get:
* A personalized 'Thank You' on my blog.
* A personalised 'Thank You' card in the mail.
* A free e-copies of The Treasure Hunter's Lady, The Sky Pirate's Wife, and The Turncoat's Temptress.
* Special autographed artwork from all three books.
* Mention on the Dedication page of the next book.
But wait! There's more! If I don't r…

Recapping The Write-in

So by now everybody knows I'm participating in Jano. Which is like NaNo, in case you skipped the sentence where I explained that before.

On January 1st I was watching my cursor blink and thinking, I cannot do this. I was mad at the characters because they're great, but they just weren't doing what I felt like they needed to do.

I was able to corral them and make them act like functioning characters Friday night. Unfortunately, they didn't play nice and they let me whole a scene that actually comes later in the book instead of writing the scene that should have come next.

So Saturday was spent filling in the blanks. I was almost late to the write-in, mostly because I decided to do something different with my hair. I haven't had a hair cut in two months because I'm debating letting it grow out again, at least to my shoulders. Anyway, I decided to curl it like I used to. The front part, anyhow. It looked decent. But I got to the write-in, irritated because someone…

The Friday Five - Things I've Done Instead of Writing

January is here and I sort of totally told myself I would finish L&L book 4 aka The Siren's Sentinel. This is the 4th of January and while the goal of Jano is to write a 50k novel in 31 days, I told myself I only have 30k to finish up, so I only need to write a thousand words a day. Easy-peasy.

Not so much.

Here are five things I've been doing instead of writing on SS.

1) Editing The Turncoat's Temptress - This is a good thing. Because on January 2nd I declared publicly that it will release as planned on April 16, 2013. So it's not all bad. In fact, that's necessary.

2) Buying stock photos and making new covers. For books I haven't even written yet. I came up with an idea and I was like bam! Love it! And immediately started looking at stock photos. Not smart. I now have a cover for a book that's only a little over half written and one that's not written at all. D'oh.

3) Working on other blog posts. Because it's important, people. I have a r…

Book Feature - Weathering Rock by Mae Clair

Title: Weathering Rock
Author: Mae Clair
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: time travel/paranormal romance
Buy it: Amazon || Barnes & Noble || Lyrical Press || Kobo

Colonel Caleb DeCardian was fighting America’s Civil War on the side of the Union when a freak shower of ball lightning transported him to the present, along with rival and former friend, Seth Reilly. Adapting to the 21st century is hard enough for the colonel, but he also has to find Seth, who cursed him to life as a werewolf. The last thing on Caleb’s mind is romance. Then fetching Arianna Hart nearly runs him down with her car. He can’t deny his attraction to the outspoken schoolteacher, but knows he should forget her.

Arianna finds Caleb bewildering, yet intriguing: courtly manners, smoldering sensuality and eyes that glow silver at night? When she sees Civil War photographs featuring a Union officer who looks exactly like Caleb, she begins to understand the man she is falling in love with harbors multiple secr…