Wednesday, January 21, 2015

It’s a Fright Fest!

Welcome to my nightmare with my two favorite things: a book and a movie!

Back on October 17, 2014 old friends reunited at the 15 Year Anniversary screening of Indie horror film IN THE WOODS. Director Lynn Drzick, leading man DJ Perry and I hadn’t seen each other for years, but the creative spark was immediately rekindled due to our shared love of film. Here’s a bit of our history . . .



In the ‘90s, based on the recommendation of a local bookstore owner who loved my vampire romances, ambitious young filmmaker Lynn Drzick approached me to write a novelization from the screenplay for his first motion picture IN THE WOODS so he could include it in a package to get financing for the film. This expanded into my first acting role as “Bar Extra”, a chance to write the ADR (dubbing) script, and to book signings complete with director, cast and props in New Age and Comic Book stores, and even at a haunted house. A total geekfest for this moveaholic! Many enthusiastic discussions later between Lynn, DJ and I, our collaboration spun into several other screenplays, one becoming SAVAGE which was optioned and produced by another Indie company.

No one expected IN THE WOODS to become the little film that wouldn’t die. From limited screenings to VHS to DVD, it went into rotation on the Chiller cable channel and was packaged with other Indie horror films. A drinking game was spawned from the mention of furry rodents. Foreign markets snapped it up. And now VOD (video-on-demand) and Blu-ray releases, complete with a commentary track recorded by Lynn, DJ and I in Lynn’s home theatre, are scheduled for this spring. And now there’s talk of a sequel . . .


So that naturally led to lunch with Lynn and talk of resurrecting IN THE WOODS, the novelization.


Hundreds of years ago their battle began . . .

In an age of knights and sorcery, a good king must raise a monster to protect his people from the demon unleashed by a dark-hearted enemy determined to claim his kingdom. But once called forth upon blood-drenched fields, can such evil ever be truly laid to rest?

To a present day community held hostage by fear, a serial killer will soon be the least of its worries after two off-duty firefighters enter a forest and find a grave. What they dig up isn’t a victim or family pet. When they race from the woods, they bring a timeless hell with them . . .


Reviews:

"Horror and mystery combine to delight readers with a work reminiscent of early King." -- The Mystery Zone

"Horror at its finest and most eerie!" -- Midwest Book Review

"Horror fans be on the look-out for this terrifyingly delicious novel!" -- Vampyres

IN THE WOODS is now available on Kindle and will expand to other formats and paperback this spring.

DJ Perry, now a successful leading man and producer (see my post of December 9, 2014 for more on DJ and a review of his film ASHES OF EDEN), knowing how much I enjoy a good jump scare, has sent me a sneak peek of his latest film DONORS which will also debut this spring.



Here’s my take on DONORS: 

Donors is a tautly filmed locked door thriller that grabs you from the first claustrophobic minutes and doesn’t let go. The compelling cast of three and intimate tight shots that never reveal the whole picture quicken a sense of isolation and threat that keeps you guessing how seemingly separate pieces are going to come together as our party girl heroine (7th Heaven’s Niki Saletta)wakes to find herself a prisoner with only her cell phone to communicate. Unfortunately for her, she’s cried wolf one too many times for those she reaches out to, from her weary of her dramatics friends to jaded authorities, to believe her. Her escalating panic is cut between scenes of a radio talk show host (wonderfully portrayed by golden-voiced Russ Clark) whose call-in topic of kidnapping chillingly segues from ransom to much worse scenarios . Aside from a menacing masked figure (DJ Perry) moving about in a separate unidentified room, the rest of the players are disembodied voices, which pumps up the disconnect and tension. 

In Donors, it’s the suggestion of what you don’t see that supplies the real scare. Though disappointed by the device that pulls the plot of Donors together (probably because I’m a writer), it didn’t lessen my overall edge-of-the-seat experience as a viewer and appreciation for the abrupt shock of the ending to this satisfying cautionary tale. Nicely done. - Bestselling paranormal romance and horror author, Nancy Gideon

So as you can see, the shivers around here aren’t just from the Michigan winter!

Happy viewing and Happy Reading. May the Fright be with you!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

IWSG: Let It Go! … Starting 2015 Without the Baggage

Over the holidays I finally watched Frozen (I think I was one of the last holdouts!). Cute movie, great animation, heavy rotation songs, but the message resonated: Carrying around the pain, perceived failures and wrongs of the past snowballs into a crushing weight that becomes impossible to carry. We place this burden upon our own shoulders by allowing it to overshadow our dreams, our self-talk and motivation. This year, my resolutions don’t revolve around what I plan to obtain, but rather, what I plan to leave behind (over and above those pesky holiday pounds!). This right-on-the-money motivator will be hanging above my laptop:


I’ve felt burdened by all seven at one time or another, but last year, in particular, I found myself bemoaning missed opportunities that brought others success. I didn’t follow through, I failed to catch the boat in time, I was too late to ride the first big wave, etc. etc. In 2015, instead of beating myself up about the coulda, shoulda, wouldas, I’m focusing on making the most of what’s in MY career path . . . that hefty backlist to be mined, doors to the Big 5 still open, the just tested waters of self-pubbing. 2015 will be a year of looking ahead, not back. My year of letting go.



So, which of the Seven Deadly Sins have you suffered from, and how do you plan to let them go?

One of the very unique and cool things I did do in 2014 was to participate in the Insecure Writers Support Group Guide to Publishing and Beyond project with an article on career steps. If you haven’t downloaded this free (let me say that again, FREE!) collection of inspiration and advice from over 100 authors regarding writing at every level, give it to yourself as a primer for a great 2015.



Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time.

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Twitter hashtag is #IWSG


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Getting to Know Your Favorite (or new favorite!) Author: 20 Questions with Lora Lee

It seems like I’ve been waiting just about FOREVER for a new release from one of my favorite authors (it’s always so much loooonger when it’s anticipated!). I’m so excited to raise the roof over BRINGING IN THE THIEVES, the first book (of hopefully MANY!) in Lora Lee’s “Joyful Noise” cozy mystery series. You might already know Lora Lee as Loralee Lillibridge, and realize you’re in for a great curl up in a chair, turn off the phone and shoo away the family read. If not, it’s my pleasure to introduce you to both the book and the author – one of my fabulous critique partners and role model (I want to be LL when I grow up!) who can’t help but tote around a ray of Texas sunshine wherever she goes, and knows how to eat grits the right way, just like I was taught!

Give a big “Yee Haw” welcome to Lora Lee as she shares a bit about herself . . .



Getting to Know You:

Party dress or blue jeans? Definitely blue jeans at home, but I’m all for a party dress once in a while.

Night owl or early bird? Early bird, simply because I wake up early. I’d love to sleep late some morning.

Five words your friends use to describe you? Really? I have no idea. Majestic? Regal? Wise? Wonderful? Her Highness?

Five words you use to describe yourself? Stubborn, adventurous, curious, loving, family-oriented.

Other creative outlets? Travel and reading. 

Things that make you go “EEEEEEK!” Definitely spiders and snakes!

Favorite books from childhood? Black Beauty, Little Women, all Nancy Drew books.

Three favorite movies? The Quiet Man – African Queen – National Velvet.

What’s on your Bucket List? Another trip to Ireland.

Something quirky about you that no one knows (we won’t tell anyone!)? I don’t like coconut in any form except for flavoring for pina coladas.

Favorite comfort food? Chicken-fried steak with white gravy and biscuits. Also grits with butter, salt and pepper –NO sugar or milk ever!


The Written Word:

Favorite type of hero (Type A bad boy or Type B good guy) (Which would you rather live with?) Hmmm. Good question, Nancy. I’d rather live with a good guy who had just enough bad boy in him to be interesting. Very interesting!

Favorite genre to read? I don’t write in any of these genres, but I do love a good Western like Lonesome Dove. Also enjoy a riveting Romantic Suspense by Donnell Bell or C. Hope Clark. Always a Nora Roberts fan.

What are you reading right now? In Bed With a Spy by Alyssa Alexander and Blood Magic by Nora Roberts.

Favorite books you can read over and over? The Born In trilogy by Nora Roberts, The Last True Cowboy by Kathleen Eagle and Jackson Rule by Sharon Sala.

A Writer’s Life:

OCD plotter or free range pantser? Well, I wish I could claim to be a plotter of any kind, but I free range write for several chapters until I get the feel of my characters and the direction they’re leading me. Sometimes the story changes and I go with the flow to see where it goes.

Do you have a set writing schedule? No, I wish I did. I would be more productive with one. I get most of my writing done in the wee hours of the morning because I’m usually awake before anyone and I do need quiet time to concentrate.

Biggest hurdle to getting words on the page and how you overcome it? Turning off my internal editor has always been my downfall. When I finally realized that, I’m able to recognize it and keep striving to write straight through a first, very ugly, first draft.

What’s on your desk? Oh, my! It’s chaos right now as we’ve been rearranging rooms while recovering from some water damage in part of the house. My desk is temporarily the dining room table or any flat surface near me. A calendar, pens and pencils, sticky notes, spiral notebook for my daily to-do lists, coffee cup usually needing a refill, and my over-worked laptop.

When can we get your next book and what’s it all about? There is no release date for book #2 in the Joyful Noise Mysteries series and no definite title, but rest assured there will be more escapades with Frankie Lou and the Joyful Noise teens when they take a road trip to a Texas dude ranch and wind up singing for their lives.


Serving up her own batch of deep-fried sass by the page full, Lora Lee’s first mystery Bringing In The Thieves, Book #1 of the Joyful Noise Mysteries, is set in the type of Southern small-town the author knows so well. Revolving around the world of choirs, glee clubs and the well-intentioned shenanigans of a close-knit church community (Bless their hearts!), the series stars single mom, Frankie Lou McMasters—a preacher’s kid who fell from grace—and her misfit group of teenage singers who form the Joyful Noise. Mix in a body in the baptistery and a wrongfully-convicted ex-con with a golden voice, and it adds up to a heap of sour notes in Ruby Springs, Texas, with Frankie Lou fixin’ to find out what’s what before she gets the blame, like always. Bringing In The Thieves is a December 2014 release from Bell Bridge Books available in ebook and print versions.


Here’s a sample of what’s happening in the fictional town of Ruby Springs, Texas, when Frankie Lou McMasters – a preacher’s daughter with a tarnished halo – returns to her home town to put the shine back on her reputation. Add a band of misfit teenage singers, a wrongly-convicted ex-con, a body in the baptistery and suddenly Frankie Lou is vocalizing deep in the heart of murder.
Short excerpt: 

Now, I’m almost thirty years old, but truth is, I’ve never been hauled off to any police headquarters until tonight. My very first ride in a squad car might’ve been exciting if I’d needed the research to write an article on the county’s crime-fighting system. Unfortunately, that wasn’t even close to the reason why I was being driven downtown by two serious-looking RSPD officers. Did you know the back seat of a squad car is wooden and uncomfortably narrow? I tugged to straighten the bulky robe around me and scrunched down on the narrow seat as best I could, hoping no one in town would see me. That was a picture I wouldn’t want to see on the news.
Keep in tune with Lora Lee and Joyful Noise at . . .


About Lora Lee


Born in a small town in the Texas Hill Country, Lora Lee discovered the magic of reading at an early age and began inventing stories before she could write down the words. Her preacher daddy, as well as her mama, encouraged her love of books by making certain she always had a library card each time they moved to a new town. Known to her supportive critique group as LL or Tex, author Lora Lee is Mom to her four children and Grandma to her nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. With hubby by her side, she enjoys their exuberant family gatherings when all twenty-six members join them for good food and noisy ball games in the back yard.

Lora Lee also writes as Loralee Lillibridge. Learn more about her contemporary romances at her Blogging Across the Back Fence and her Loralee Lillibridge Website.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Ashes of Eden Review

I’m all about giving a shout out when one of my friends’ done good. I met DJ Perry over fifteen years ago when I wrote the novelization for IN THE WOODS, the Indie horror film he was starring in. 


Back then, he was a young, ambitious actor with a mega-watt smile and boundless enthusiasm for his craft. That energy has helped him build a career as one of the hardest working professionals out there. A sought after leading man who has starred alongside some of my favorite actors, DJ’s also stepped behind the camera as a screenwriter and an independent producer, forming Collective Development, Inc. where he’s helmed or assisted on over thirty feature films ranging from horror and historicals to Christian genres. I’ve been following his international achievements via FaceBook and his fabulous blog “Clawing My Way to the Middle” until we were able to get back together at the 15 year anniversary screening of IN THE WOODS. It was like getting the band back together!


I’m beyond proud of ASHES OF EDEN, DJ’s latest endeavor as both actor and producer. This crime vs Christianity family drama started out small with screenings around our native Michigan and, after a positive response and reviews for the powerhouse talent in my home state, is about to break out in a big way. Here’s a look at ASHES OF EDEN . . .


Review of Ashes of Eden

Ashes of Eden had me at the trailer! I loved the look, the music and the idea of blending gritty street life with faith struggles, so I pounced on the invitation to do a review. 

Shane Hagedorn’s film supplies fresh, uncompromising entertainment as it follows high school senior Red, played with an appealing vulnerability by Steven Sutherland, as his attempt to overcome one mistake spirals into a series of bad choices, including stealing from a drug dealer (BAD idea!) to save his single mom and younger brother from eviction. The themes of hope, regrets, failure and forgiveness threading through the film’s often harsh reality are brought home by the wonderfully nuanced performance of Melissa Anschutz as Red’s mother Dana, a small community police officer whose son’s clash with the law pulls her between guilt, protectiveness, belief and duty, and are further enhanced by a superb soundtrack that balances the flow from raw conflict and despair to the uplifting power of self-acceptance and emotional healing. 

For a small budget film made in my home state of Michigan, Ashes of Eden delivers big screen appeal. Minor issues of occasional sound quality (okay, I know how hard it is to make gunshots realistic) are easily overshadowed by the strength of the cast. Their tightly meshed acting ability carries the story quickly and compellingly without stereotypes. I especially enjoyed Bello Pizzimenti as Red’s likable yet clueless best-friend-you-don’t-ever-want-to-have Vargas, Mayra Leal as his toughly tender girlfriend Angela, DJ Perry as Donnie, the menacing, cold-eyed dealer, Josh Carrizales, whose affable Ponch provides comic relief, and Michael Joiner as Dana’s solid, supportive love interest. 

Encouraging without being preachy, a cautionary tale that’s not predictable, Ashes of Eden walks those fine lines comfortably to offer an honest message that’s thoughtfully and thoroughly satisfying. Marketed as a Christian film, it plays easily to all adult audiences who enjoy taut family drama.

Hats off and happy viewing!

Monday, December 1, 2014

The Gifts From Door-to-Door with The Christmas Wonder Giveaway Hop!

As a child, one of the things I loved about the holidays was Christmas caroling. My sisters and I would join the neighbor kids and go from house to house along our block singing our favorite songs of the season (my favorite was “Oh, Come All Ye Faithful” because I did the harmony). We’d be invited inside to warm our noses and our insides with hot chocolate and cookies. In the same spirit, the Christmas Wonder Giveaway Hop invites you to go blog-to-blog from December 1 to December 31 to hear what we love most about the season, and which books have made our Christmas wish lists! There's a giveaway at each stop so be sure to visit them all!


The other thing I anticipated at Christmas time was that visit to Santa Claus. Our local Gilmore’s Department Store had the true Santa, of course, where I waited, clinging to my mom’s hand, for that chance to say what I wanted for Christmas. But first came that dreaded question: Had I been naughty or nice that year? Truthfully, like all kids, I’d been a bit of both, but I didn’t dare tell Santa that (or my mom!). What a dilemma for a child to be in?

Not to worry. I won’t ask “Naughty or Nice.” I have a bit of both to offer this season.

On the “Naughty” side (as paranormals tend to be) is REMEMBERED BY MOONLIGHT with its deliciously dark and wicked sexy shape-shifter hero.


Because the road to Happily-Ever-After . . .

Clever, cool and preternaturally lethal, Max Savoie is leader of a secretive shape-shifter clan, heir to a mobster’s legacy, and the love of New Orleans’ top cop . . . but he can’t remember any of them. The only way to recover his memories, and his rightful place with the woman who risked all to save him, is to surrender to a mysterious visitor who holds the key to his tortuous past. 

. . . Is Never Smooth.

After rescuing her mate from his ruthless captors in the North, hard-hitting Detective Charlotte Caissie is now painfully vulnerable—a stranger in his eyes—and in his bed. But the cost of saving their treasured future may mean sacrificing his past, while exposing the secret Cee Cee carries. Because the enemy they pursue . . . might be Max, himself.
Yummy . . . I’m warming up already!

But if you prefer “Nice” (well, Nice, but with more sizzle than sweetness), there’s my Dana Ransom contemporary FROM THIS DAY FORWARD where a pair of broken hearts try to piece together their belief in love and happiness.


 
Can two broken hearts make a perfect match? 

Widowed on her honeymoon, Robyn Lee pours all her unfulfilled dreams of a happily-ever-after into her wedding planner business, hiding her own heartbreak by making perfect memories for couples beginning the loving future she was denied. The last thing she needs is the brother of her dream client—whose endorsement will guarantee Robyn’s success—to rock the boat…and her regimented world.

Through the lens of his camera, photojournalist Kyle Travers has witnessed all the ugliness life can offer. Still reeling from the death of his news partner in the field, he sees the frilly job of photographer at his sister’s wedding as an annoyance—until he meets the steely organizer who protects her broken spirit almost as fiercely as he does his own—making him wonder if two fractured halves can make a stronger whole.

So you don’t have to choose right now (and you don’t have to tell if you’re more imp or angel!) I’m providing a $10 Amazon gift card as my part of the Giveaway so you can get both in e-book or one in print.


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Oh, come on. I want to know. Naughty or Nice? Which are you?

Happy Holidays and Happy Reading as you follow along the Hop! I’ll have my nose in Lora Lee’s sassy cozy mystery BRINGING IN THE THIEVES and, after the first of the year, Kresley Cole’s YA paranormal, DEAD OF WINTER. So I guess I’m still a bit of both!



Friday, November 28, 2014

Black Friday Comes to the Booklover in Bewitching Book Tours’ Hot Holiday Giveaway!

If you’re like me and love a good deal . . . especially one you don’t have to leave home for, the Hot Holiday Giveaway is just the gift you’ve been looking for . . . to give to yourself!


I’m joining with a holiday crush of authors all eager to present you with great reading for the holiday season. From Black Friday to December 15, browse the bookcase below for the items being given away. See anything you like? How could you NOT!? 


And the best part, you don’t have to brave crowds. The Rafflecopter below contains all the prizes . . . including a Kindle Fire! . . .and ways to enter within it. I’m giving away a $10 Amazon gift card so you can pick up anything you might have missed (though I’d suggest you try REMEMBERED BY MOONLIGHT, of course!).


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Which books are you just dying to see in your stocking?

Happy Holidays and Happy Reading!!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

New Contemporary Release: FROM THIS DAY FORWARD

One of the worst feelings for an author is to sell a book then never have it see the light of day. When Zebra closed the doors on its imaginative Lucky In Love line back in the ‘90s—just months before my contemporary FROM THIS DAY FORWARD was supposed to be released—I was left with a gorgeous cover and that empty sense of loss. I never expected to have the satisfaction of placing my story in readers’ hands until Deb Dixon met with me at a conference in NYC decades later and asked about my backlist. Yes! Did I ever have backlist!

      

I’ve been thrilled to see the reissues of my first three Dana Ransom contemporary romances, LOVE’S OWN REWARD, TOTALLY YOURS and LIFETIME INVESTMENT, with their shiny new covers. But it’s the release of FROM THIS DAY FORWARD that I’ve been anticipating, giving this emotional book of the heart its first chance at the limelight. Revised to meet the expectations of today’s readers, and wrapped in a gorgeous cover, I’m proud to present . . . FROM THIS DAY FORWARD.



Dana Ransom aka Nancy Gideon
BelleBooks/BellBridge / November 20, 2014

Can two broken hearts make a perfect match? 

Widowed on her honeymoon, Robyn Lee pours all her unfulfilled dreams of a happily-ever-after into her wedding planner business, hiding her own heartbreak by making perfect memories for couples beginning the loving future she was denied. The last thing she needs is the brother of her dream client—whose endorsement will guarantee Robyn’s success—to rock the boat…and her regimented world.

Through the lens of his camera, photojournalist Kyle Travers has witnessed all the ugliness life can offer. Still reeling from the death of his news partner in the field, he sees the frilly job of photographer at his sister’s wedding as an annoyance—until he meets the steely organizer who protects her broken spirit almost as fiercely as he does his own—making him wonder if two fractured halves can make a stronger whole.

To entice you, here’s a peek at Robyn and Kyle’s tumultuous road to romance . . .
Excerpt

“You’re wrong!” 

“Am I? I don’t think so. And I don’t think you think so either. And I can prove it to you.” 



As he took a quick step forward, he could see her sway, part of her wanting to yield, part of her wanting to run. He’d never seen so much panic in another’s eyes. It gave his conscience a nasty yank, but it didn’t stop him. He was, after all, no saint. 

The moment his head dipped down, hers ducked too, causing his nose to collide with the top of her head. The sudden swimming pain of it caused him to hesitate, but not to retreat. His grip on her tightened even as her palms were levering against his chest. Her hands pushing. Her fingers clinging. 

“Kyle, don’t.” There was so much anguish in her tone. A gentleman would have relented but she already knew he wasn’t a gentleman. 

“Robyn, don’t be afraid,” he said into the soft spill of her hair. “Don’t be ashamed of what you’re feeling.” 

“Kyle, please . . .” 

“He’s gone, Robyn. You can’t bring him back. You can’t keep hanging on.” 

“I don’t want to let go.” And at that moment, she did just that, releasing all the pent up emotions, all the festering grief. She leaned into the soft, faded fleece of his Pistons sweatshirt and sobbed like a baby with a broken heart. 

Instantly, his arms were around her, all thoughts of passion overwhelmed by those of care. It was then it hit him and hit him hard. When had he fallen in love with the grieving Robyn Lee? As if he needed any more complications in his life! 

“It’s all right, honey. Cry it out.” 

“I don’t want to cry it out. I don’t want to get over it. I don’t want to let it go. Don’t you understand? He was all I had, all I ever wanted! What have I got now? An empty house. Empty dreams that will never come true; his children I’ll never have, a future with him that we’ll never share. I don’t have anything of my own. Even my business, even the dream I always had for myself, he gave to me. There’s nothing for me except Gene. There never will be.” 

His hands began a firm massage of her tight shoulders. She felt good, fragile but good. And very quietly, he told her, “You have me.” 

“You?” If she hadn’t been so lost to her own pain, she might have felt the way her harshness shocked through him. 

“Hey, I’m not perfect, Robyn, but I’m here for you.”

She wrestled back out of his embrace, her eyes drenched with sorrow and a savage anger. “You’re not here for me. You’re here for you.” 

“You’re wrong,” he argued. “If you’d just for one minute climb out of that hole in the ground you’ve pulled in after yourself, you’d see how wrong you are.” 

“Am I? How big of you to come here preaching to me about leaving the past behind. What a prime example you are. Maybe you should check the position of your own glass house before you start pitching stones in my direction.” 

He went still as she ranted on, provoked beyond rational thought or compassionate considerations. 

“If you’re so noble and so perfect, why are you hiding behind a camera at your sister’s wedding? Huh? If you’re so big and brave and ready to give advice on how to take on the world, why can’t you take care of yourself? I can’t depend on you, Kyle. You don’t even trust yourself.” 

She couldn’t have done more damage if she’d crammed his soul down into a Cuisinart and flipped it to puree. She took all the tender sentiments that had been growing, wooing and warm, and froze them solid. Instinct and self-preservation saved him from suffering at her hands, from betraying how horribly her words hurt him. He was lucky. He wasn’t so far gone that he couldn’t pull out of it. He might be singed, but at least he wouldn’t crash and burn. Not over this hard and hopelessly angry woman. What had he ever seen in her that he’d wanted, anyway? And he switched from compassion to a chill attack in his own defense. 

“Well, excuse me, Ms. Lee. I should have guessed that you wouldn’t want my help. You’re doing just fine wallowing around in your pathetic little dreams. Forgive me for pointing out that there just might be something in life out there that could equal your husband’s perfect memory. Go ahead and suck your satisfaction off other people’s happiness if that’s what you want to do. Me, I’m just a cameraman. I see things through a lens, but at least I know how to bring it into focus. You seem to like your world in fuzzy fantasy. I’ll let you get back to whatever you were doing, Cinderella. Call me after midnight sometime when the ball’s over.” 

He grabbed up his coat and stalked out, leaving her behind with her huge tear-bruised eyes and pale face. To her foolish dreams and hopes that he could never fulfill. 

Because under all his bitter bite and bluster, he knew she was right.

He wasn’t the kind of man she could depend upon.
More of that back list to come when BelleBook’s ImaJinn imprint rereleases my “Midnight” vampire romance series—complete with the first three books which have loooong been out-of-print—beginning in March of 2015, one per month. I can’t wait!

For those who’ve been following along on my REMEMBERED BY MOONLIGHT blog tour, Monday, November 24’s stop at host Buy The Book Tours is your last chance to win the Amazon gift card giveaway. Stop by for my impressions of being a first time self-pubbed author.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Winter Booklovers Contest!!

It’s not a Winter Wonderland quite yet, but you can get in the spirit of the season—you know, curling up with a good book while the weather outside is frightful—by participating in the Night Owl Reviews Winter Booklovers Contest.

Night Owl Reviews Event

Gift cards galore are up for grabs, ranging from $25 to $100!! All you need to do is enter—and maybe discover a few new books and authors in the process! It’s a win/win!

I’m one of the sponsoring authors with my new dark paranormal release, REMEMBERED BY MOONLIGHT:



Where was Max? 

Had she expected it to be easy having him here so close and yet so agonizingly far away? Bad enough watching him in that antiseptic clinic cell, a prisoner of his own panicked madness, raving, raging, out of control. Worse was having him here in the lush, sexy surroundings he’d built for them to share, temptingly near yet impossible to reach. 

A bargain made in heartbreak hell. 

Though she might be tortured by cherished memories, he was not. She was nothing to him but a protective port in his emotional storm. And that knowledge was driven home like a stake through the heart every time they were together. Every time he stared at her through those cool green eyes without the slightest flicker of response. Every time he took that distancing step back to evade the casual graze of her hand. Every time he lay next to her in the night and silence created a force field of discomfort. 

Tripping over him every minute of the damned day only emphasized how much she wanted, needed him back. 

And underlined how far away he was.

Winners will be announced on December 11 during a chat with the authors. So enter now, and browse through the awesome sponsor books. Nothing to buy, no complicated hoops to jump through. Just our way of saying “Happy Holidays to Come, and Happy Reading!


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

IWSG: The Voices in My Head


I glance at the clock.

3:45 a.m.

Cursing Daylight Savings, I try to go back to sleep. Just two more hours. Is that too much to ask after grueling weeks of non-stop editing, blogging and proofreading on top of my full time job? But it’s too late and I know it, because my mind is already drifting—not toward that desired sleep. The voices begin. I recognize them. Just whispers at first from those who’ve been part of my every waking hour for the last few months as we worked together toward Release Day in mid-October. Then a scene begins to unfold, rolling like 35mm film, filled with action and passion. Not one of the many that I’d been tweaking and polishing in that frantic race to meet deadline. But something new.

Something from the next book.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Halloween Haunted Open House and Giveaway Blog Hop!!

It’s that time of year again, when thoughts turn to full moons, scary things that go bump in the night, candy corn, Trick-or-Treat and Haunted Houses! I’ve got all those things under one roof at my 4th Annual Haunted Open House and Giveaway Blog Hop!


The doors are open from October 27 through October 31 for ghoulish fun! I’ve got a ghostly host of special guests including NY Times bestseller, Darynda Jones, tarot expert Arwen Lynch and ImaJinn Books editor Brenda Chin along with out of this world giveaways! And if that wasn’t enough to entice you to my creaky door, there are rooms filled with thrills, chills and appetizing yummies (Not mummies! Well, there might be mummies . . .) waiting. Booklovers, film buffs, horror addicts, TV junkies, fright fiends - there’s something for everyone! Expect a haunting good time.