Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Year of Highs and Lows

I'm so glad that 2014 is ending on a high note for me -- a brand new book, and one that I dearly love. The Surrogate Husband was a really fun book to write. What with Lucy's pink hair, multiple piercings, and the colorful cast of characters that makes up her family, her life was just enjoyable to step in to.

And then there's Dex. Mr. Marine-turned CPA has such a hot vibe that I never wanted to get out of his point of view when I was writing. Rather than tell you, I'll give you a snipet.

Shutting his briefcase, he looked out the window and glimpsed a hot-pink Kawasaki Ninja cruising down the road. Too fast. Lucy. She’d told him during one of their phone conversations that she’d recently bought the bike. She wore a matching helmet, a black leather jacket, and short skirt. Beyond hot.
But he held his breath when a car turned in front of her, cutting her off. She stopped short. All he could think about was Caroline, driving that Mustang of hers too fast. Always too fast. Until that rainy night two and a half years ago, the last night of his fiancée’s life.
He scrubbed a hand over his face, then stepped out of the café and tried to walk off the memory as he crossed the street toward Lucy’s building.
She steered into the lot where he’d parked, climbed off the bike, and turned her back to him. Taking off the helmet, she shook out her long black-and-pink hair. Her bangs brushed her dark eyebrows, and he noticed a small gold ball at the arch of the left one. Not his thing, but it looked good on her.
Where else did she have piercings? He dropped his gaze to her breasts and wondered. None of the women he’d dated had pierced nipples, yet the idea was surprisingly arousing.
Now his erotic dreams about her were never going to stop.
“Hey, Dex. What are you doing here?” She unlocked the door to the shop. Her smile was perfect except for that tiny space between her two front teeth. Natural, not the product of years of braces.
He could have called to ask her to email the payroll records, as he did for most of his clients, but then he wouldn’t have gotten to see her again. Plus, he had to give her an answer about the wedding. Following her inside, he tried not to stare. But how was he supposed to resist? Her scent surrounded him. Her legs—covered in shimmery, black stockings—stretched from here to Canada.
“Good morning. How’s the Ninja?”
She set her helmet on the counter, which was actually an antique dresser. “Great. I can’t resist riding when the weather’s this gorgeous.”
“Wouldn’t hurt you to slow down a little.” He tipped his chin toward the road. “I couldn’t help but notice you narrowly missed getting hit.”
She actually flinched at his comment, leaving him to wonder why his well-meant advice would make her react so strongly. She didn’t seem the type to care what anyone else thought. “Would have been the other guy’s fault,” she said with a scowl.

Stubborn woman.

You see why I like Dex? There's something so hot about him. 

Writing and releasing this book was definitely a high for me this year. But this wasn't an easy year for me or my family. We had some really low lows when we lost someone who was very special to us. I've learned that you have to stop to appreciate the good things as they happen because you never know when the bad will come.

I, for one, will be overjoyed to welcome 2015.  Tell me something you're looking forward to in the coming year. I'll pick a random commenter from below to win a print copy of The Surrogate Husband (US or Canada only) or an ebook if international winner. 

Thursday, November 27, 2014

True Gratitude

Thanksgiving is a wonderful reminder that we all have much to be grateful for. But this year as we go around the table, saying what we are thankful for, I think my words will be more heartfelt than usual.

You see, in recent months, I've been to the doctor many times and had numerous tests to try to determine what's been wrong with me. I won't bore you with details, but my health hadn't been quite right for several month, and the cause was a mystery. Until a few days ago when I went to see a specialist.

In my head, I always go to the darkest place, the land of doom and gloom, and diseases with no cure. But after a rather short visit with a specialist, he came up with an answer. A hereditary condition that is much more manageable than anything my pessimistic mind had envisioned. In a few weeks we should get the confirmation of his diagnosis, although he was pretty sure he was correct.

My husband and I left the office feeling on top of the world. And suddenly, I have true gratitude. I'm not sweating the small stuff. All I can hope is that the feeling lasts. Life is good. Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 17, 2014

My Lips are Sealed

I've always sucked at keeping news to myself. But that's exactly what I must do. My new book is ready to go. The absolutely gorgeous cover is complete, the page proofs are finished, all the i's are dotted and the t's are crossed. But the release date is more than three weeks away!

Does anyone have a muzzle? Because I can't promote the book for at least two more weeks. I've been securing ad space, writing blog posts, arranging all sorts of fun promo events, so at least that stuff has kept me busy.

You see, I would really like for my book to make a big splash. In order to do that, I need most of the sales to happen right around release day. So mum's the word before then. Which is oh so hard for me. I can tell you a few things about the book, though.

First, it features two fun romance tropes -- the fake marriage, and opposites attract. And when I say opposites, boy, do I mean it!

So you're going to have to bear with me and wait. But I will say, I think this book will be totally worth the wait. I'll give you a heads-up before it goes on sale. Then I'm sure you'll want to snap up your own copy. Trust me. You will!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Getting Back my Mojo

I don't normally read a lot of non-fiction, but a psychologist friend recommended this book, Learned Optimism, by Martin Seligman, over lunch a few weeks ago.
"You've had a rough year," she explained. And she was right. With the long illness and eventual death of my father and a few health issues of my own, the past nine months or so have been challenging, to say the least.

But I've always considered myself optimistic, I told her.

She gave me a subtle grin that I imagine her patients are familiar with. "Point is, you've learned to expect the worst case scenario. And that mindset makes you fearful, and it hold you back from achieving things I know you can achieve."

I was sure she was wrong. And to prove it to her, I bought the book. One of the first things it tells the reader is that most pessimistic people don't believe that they are. Hmm. A few chapters in there's a test with a rather complicated scoring system that measures your optimism versus pessimism in various parameters.

I won't give away exactly how that works, but suffice it to say that I learned something. Although in most of those parameters I am naturally optimistic, there's one area in which I am way on the pessimistic side of the scale. Perhaps that tendency causes me to be so fearful about certain situations that I self-sabotage.

I haven't gotten much farther in the book, but now that I am intrigued, I do plan to finish it. The rest of the book is supposed to help me overcome my pessimistic part so that I can achieve what I want and thus be happier.

Okay - I'm in. I'll report back when I finish the book.

What about you? Would you consider yourself a natural optimist or a pessimist?

Friday, November 1, 2013

Giveaways Galore!

Today's the day! I'm celebrating the release of the first two books in The Witches of Freedom Moon series, HIDDEN MAGIC and KILLER MAGIC! Win books by some of my favorite authors - Katie ReusKaylea CrossKatherine Garbera, Cynthia Eden, Naima Simone, Maureen A. MillerB.J. DanielsKc BurnDalton DiazLori SjobergNancy Robards Thompson, Zoe Archer, Saranna DeWylde & Toni Anderson
Can't wait to see you there! Friday, November 1 from 2-6 pm, EST

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop!

There are the books everyone has heard about: Twilight, Hunger Games, Fifty Shades of Gray. But what about all those books written by people you’ve never heard of? Some of them are treasures, just waiting to be found, and that’s what this blog hop is all about: the books you might not have heard about, but that you might end up loving.

This blog hop is like a game of tag. One author posts and tags five other authors who link back to their website the next week and tag five new authors. If you follow the blog hop long enough, you’re bound to find some books you’ll love! Maybe you’ll even discover a book that ends up being the next big thing.

I was tagged by Elizabeth Schechter. You can learn more about her books on her blog!

This blog hop includes ten questions to help you learn more about an author’s current work in progress, so here’s a little info about my current project:

1: What is the working title of your book?
My current work in progress is titled Killer Magic.

2: Where did the idea come from for the book?
This is book 2 in a three-book series. It centers on a woman accused of several arsons in a community of witches and psychics. I’ve been studying about witches and all things occult for several years now and since I enjoy series about friends, I decided to write mine about the witches in a particular coven.

3: What genre does your book fall under?
You mean I can only choose one? Sorry - can’t! Paranormal romance, erotic romance and romantic suspense.

4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Hugh Jackman would play the sexy fireman and Haley Berry would play the witch.

5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
One sentence? Yikes! A beautiful psychic is accused of setting fires in a village of witches, but when she goes after the real culprit, she must rely on the help of a sexy fireman to keep her from being the next victim.

6: Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
The first book is currently being considered by a publisher and I am hoping they will contract the series.

7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
It’s still in the writing stage, but on average, I write a book every four months - three of those months are spent on the first draft.

8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I’ve never read any books about real witches - those practicing the modern witchcraft so it’s hard to make any comparisons.

9: Who or What inspired you to write this book?
I went to a store in my hometown a couple years ago to buy incense. The place is an occult shop with all sorts of herbs and candles and books. In the back they do psychic readings and I decided to get one. When I checked out their website I found that they offered classes on introduction to Wicca. The teacher, a very young woman who knows a lot about all things occult, inspirited me to write this series.

10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
I think the series will be fresh and original because I am basing it on modern day witches, a growing religion. Although I have ramped up the magic, the spells are real in their execution.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Blog Hop

Have you ever stumbled upon a new-to-you author by reading a blog post or following a link on Facebook? Well I have - in fact, more than once. So I decided to join in a blog hop in hopes of finding some as well as being found by readers.

So please check back next week for my interview. I was tagged by Elizabeth Schechter, a self-described pervy fetish writer!