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.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Monday, October 13, 2014

Release the Hounds – Literally! It’s Release Day for Remembered by Moonlight!

Some things are worth waiting for. And I’ve been waiting for this day for years – for the chance to put deliciously dangerous Shape-shifter clan leader Max Savoie and his fiery mate, NOPD detective Charlotte Caissie back into the spotlight with their own book! They’ve been waiting not so patiently for their happy ending. But that road to happily-ever-after has been a rocky one, and still has a twist or two to take.

Here it is – ready to read at last!


Monday, October 6, 2014

Ready – Set – One Click!

REMEMBERED BY MOONLIGHT is now available for pre-order on Amazon!


Release day (October 13, 2014!) is just a week away, but you can have RbM ready and waiting to read with a One-Click today.

I’m taking my show on the road!