Sunday, May 28, 2017

WeWriWa: More Than Just Friends . . .


A Shifter prince is leaving Lake Tahoe in a charter jet on dangerous business for his clan. A single mom is working three-to-midnight bartending in New Orleans to make ends meet. What’s the chance of a head-on collision leaving either broken heart undamaged? I’m not good at math but I think I can figure this one out.

I’m finally past the 50K mark in PRINCE OF FOOLS and picking up steam in Rico and Amber’s “Will He/Why Won’t She” relationship. The plot is thickening along with the tension . . . now if I only had the hours in the day for that dash to the finish line. Since my birthday yesterday reminded me that I’m a few springs past my sprinting years, I’ll have to settle for a quick lope. Like this excerpt suggests, the hardest part is convincing my characters to head in the same direction.

Rico stood staring absently at that closed door, savoring the sweetness she’d left on his lips. Again, a startling rumble quickened low in his belly, tightening like hunger but not quite lust, as if his body remember the taste his mind had forgotten. 

You’re going to ruin everything, you fool! 

What was he thinking, kissing her? That’s not what she wanted or needed from him. He didn’t want her to think he was just another randy guy sniffing around for a quick roll that meant less than nothing, because that’s not what she was to him. She was his only friend, the only true connection he’d made here in New Orleans . . . hell, maybe anywhere, ever. 

He had strike one against him already after that drunken disaster, and he’d never gotten a second chance when it mattered. Amber James and her daughter mattered, something real in the deceptive role he was playing, something he’d protect with every instinct . . . like family.


I’m hoping to get more pages in this long weekend. Add in said birthday, some flag waving, a family affair, and visiting all you all, and I’m cautiously optimistic.


Happy Holiday! And Happy Writing!



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Sunday, May 21, 2017

WeWriWa: A Simple Thank You


I was thrilled to get an e-mail from a reviewer yesterday that PRINCE OF HONOR, the first book in my “House of Terriot” deadly, damaged and delicious shape shifter prince series won an award. Woo Hoo! Everyone loves to be a winner, so to share my excitement, I’m posting an excerpt from PRINCE OF HONOR for this week’s 8-10 line snippet.


“Why?” 

He didn’t ask what her demand meant. “I did what any man would do to protect his mate, as I promised you I would.” 

Too simple, too complex, just like that unblinking, patient stare. 

Suddenly she was afraid to know what lay behind it, fearing the truth would shatter the delicate masquerade they’d settled into, because if she learned what motivated Turow Terriot’s action, what stirred in his earlier gaze, she’d have to recognize and deal with him as a man as well as a mate and that left her at a terrifying loss. She knew how to manipulate greed, how to bend and mold desire to her best advantage, but she had absolutely no idea how to interpret what might move this quietly powerful prince to love someone like her. 

Because knowing would require responding to the unexpected turmoil twisting inside her. 

“Thank you,” she told him again, and rolled away before she betrayed her confusion . . .and her shaky, ridiculously weepy gratitude. 

“You’re welcome.” Just that.


I took a risk with PoH, picking a seemingly unredeemable villain from a previous book as my wily heroine and pitting her against the strong, silent prince who has loved her forever and now must return her as a traitor to the family fold to face possible death. In order for him to save her life, and her, his, they make a tenuous bargain that will make or break them as a couple. Here’s what the reviewer had to say and a clip from her review:


“Per my recommendation, your book has received a CTRR (Coffee Time Reviewer's Recommend Award) from Coffee Time Romance & More. This award recognizes outstanding writing styles in all book types and genres. Your book has received this award because I feel it is above and beyond a 5 Cup Rating.”


“This is the first book in a spinoff series from Gideon’s Moonlight series. You do not have to have read that series to enjoy it, but you totally should because it is fantabulous. Gideon has a gift of creating relationships with people who are total opposites and making it work. At first I was not sure that Sylvia could be redeemed, but Gideon proved me wrong, her character depictions and their interactions are stellar and you cannot help but become invested in their lives. Besides the hot, hot sexy times, one of the best things to see was Turow working to teach Sylvia how to love. This is a superb start to a new series and I so look forward to the next one.”

Llaph

Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More

I’m still aglow as I spend the weekend with part of my critique group and my local RWA chapter here in Mid-Michigan while sneaking time to dive into the second half of PRINCE OF FOOLS, Book #3 as it powers toward the finish.

Happy Writing (writing happy!)!


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Monday, May 15, 2017

Love In Bloom Giveaway Hop!


Spring is finally in the air and everything is blooming, from flowers to romance! My fellow Hop sites and I are eager to help you celebrate with this awesome Giveaway sponsored by Bookhounds.

Nothing says Spring to me like those first warm days exposing timid winter skin to delicious sunlight while nose deep in a good book. Let me help you get your lawnchair-read stack started with a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card.


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While you're daydreaming about how to invest that gift certificate, let me tease you with the first two sizzling reads in my new "House of Terriot" shape-shifter series guaranteed to send temperatures rising!



"Fantabulous Five Cup Read! Stellar character depictions and hot, hot sexy times - you can't help but become invested!" Coffeetime Romance & More

“Get ready for fifty shades of tall, dark and deliciously dangerous with Colin Terriot, the hottest shifter yet! Five Stars!” – Book Bling



Once you've had a chance to cool down (fanning self!) follow along the links below for other chances to WIN!!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

WeWriWa: Motherhood . . . It's Not For Sissies!


The best Mother's Day gift? All weekend to write! No meals to prepare (except to fill the cat bowls!), sleep in (until 6:30!), Vitamin D therapy to plot (if it's sunny). Simple pleasures that mean a lot in a hectic life. Being a mom is hard work. Being a mom employed full-time outside the home is brutal work. Being a mom, employed full-time outside the home AND a writer . . . is not for sissies! I'm hoping to spend my Mom's Weekend at the computer with short breaks for the above guilty pleasures working to bring the sections of PRINCE OF FOOLS together (combining page 1 through Chapter 12 being written at home with later scenes created at work during lunch hour). I think I'm going to be surprised to find a hefty amount of the book to be done! While I'm doing that (and visiting with WWW blogs), I'm sharing a taste of motherhood as seen through the weary eyes of Amber James, my heroine from PRINCE OF FOOLS when she's confronted with determined parental course versus desirable dream.

“It’s time to get rid of the ghosts and start working on the flesh and blood, as in a certain really hot-blooded Terriot.” 

Amber risked a glance toward the rowdy group, attention lingering on the square-jawed profile of the prince in question, confusion and longing bubbling up until the pressure grew too great to contain without spilling, "I’m out of my league with him, Mia, and I don't know if I'm doing the right thing . . . for either of us. If it was just me, I'd take the risk, but it isn't, and it won't be for a long time, so I have to think of my daughter first." 

In soul-shredding confession, she admitted, “We're becoming this wonderful habit that's all friendship and family, warm fuzzies and restless nights, but I don't know if it'll ever become more, not when he's afraid to take the leap and I'm afraid of the fall." 

"He'd make a perfect mate and father for you and your girl, you know that, don't you, so why don't you tell me what the real problem is?" 

"The problem is me, not him. I never got the chance to be young and date and flirt with love, I went right from being a child to a mother so I don't know how I should feel. There are . . . are things he doesn't know, things that might change everything and I don't want to lose him!" 

"I doubt there's anything you could tell him that would tarnish the way he looks at you and Evie." 

Amber answered with a grim smile, because she knew there was.

What do you think poor lovelorn Amber should do? Seriously, tell me. I'm at that point of the book when she has to make a choice. But will she choose . . . wisely, from the head or from the pitter-pattering heart?

Happy Mom's Day to all those Moms, Grandmoms and Moms-to-be! And to all who aren't moms, take time to appreciate them!!


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Sunday, May 7, 2017

WeWriWa: Max & Cee Cee - The Meet That Launched a Thousand Sighs . . .


While writing a post on Wednesday regarding a research trip in New Orleans for my “By Moonlight” series, I got to waxing sentimental about my original series couple whose chemistry was so strong, it pulled me through four books as the main heroine and heroine (unheard of in romance!) then reader demand brought them back for an encore after four spin-off books: Max Savoie, the undeniably dark and dangerous mobster bodyguard who is something more than just a man and the target of his unwise fixation, Charlotte Caissie, a tough as nails NOPD detective out to bring down his boss/father figure. Here’s a clip from their first on the page encounter – though their history goes back farther than she knows . . .


He was the only man she allowed to move in on her without snapping to immediate Back-The-F-Off defensiveness. She didn’t know why she’d never felt threatened by him, this big man who was most likely a ruthless murderer.

She could feel his heat without actual contact, and though it was unsettling, it didn’t set off the expected alarm bells – because it wasn’t alarm that unsettled her. It was something else – something quiet, something deep, like a secret her soul knew but wouldn’t share with her mind. What was it about him that tugged a blanket of calm over instinctual agitation? 

He never touched her, not even a casual brush of his hand or unintentional bump of his body. Sometimes she perversely found herself wondering what it would be like, that contact he withheld so purposefully.

I’d rather it was you.

Though her heart slammed against her ribs, her reply was a decisively cold, “That’s not going to happen, Max.”

He eased back, moving with startling grace for a man his size: “I can dream, can’t I?”

This dynamic couple, who appear in almost all the series books, be they “Moonlight,” “Shadows” or “House of Terriot” launched its own Goodreads group of fans who are constantly demanding MORE from their favorite pair, so I guess I’ll have to comply as soon as I finish the last two books of my current “H.O.T.” series. For newbies, here’s a bit of backstory . . .


Get caught up (and caught up!) in the series from the beginning with MASKED BY MOONLIGHT (the book that earned me my first Publisher’s Weekly starred review!) or jump to REMEMBERED BY MOONLIGHT which begins the threads leading into the Terriot books. Once you sink your teeth in, you won’t want to let go!


Amazon Barnes & Nobles | Kobo Books

IN THIS STUNNING FIRST BOOK FROM NANCY GIDEON’S SIZZLING NEW SERIES, A TENACIOUS COP AND HER SHAPE-SHIFTING ENEMY SACRIFICE EVERYTHING FOR FORBIDDEN DESIRE. 

ALL SHE WANTS IS REVENGE. 

New Orleans homicide detective Charlotte Caissie is dedicated to bringing down the crime boss responsible for her father’s murder. Using Jimmy Legere’s mysterious and irresistible right-hand man is a dangerous gamble, and not only due to his reputation as more monster than man. Because her feelings for Max Savoie are . . . complicated. 

THEN HE RISKS HIS LIFE TO SAVE HERS. 

Rescued from the swamps as a child, Max exists silently in Legere’s shadow, heeding only his voice—until Charlotte Caissie awakens his emotions and tests his loyalties. Stepping outside his cautious rules threatens more than just his heart. He could expose his darkest secret. 

NOW THEY’RE BOTH IN OVER THEIR HEADS. 

Testing boundaries they weren’t meant to cross means facing the truth about who and what they are—and what they need from each other. If Max is the murderer she seeks, Charlotte could be his next victim. She can’t afford to trust any man. Good thing Max isn’t one.


Because the road to . . . 

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 past, and his rightful place in the arms of the woman who risked all to save him, is to surrender to a mysterious visitor who could use him as a weapon against all he’d loved.

Happily-Ever-After . . . 

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. The key to his memories is locked in a tortuous past. To reclaim the strength of their passionate bond, Max must learn to trust her enough to face that darkness at her side before the threat it hides exposes the secret Cee Cee carries.

Is never smooth. 

When an investigation into grisly deaths in an underground Shifter fight club points to more than just dangerous clan rivalries, Cee Cee enlists Max’s help to find a traitor in their midst while there’s still time to turn a deadly invading tide. But the cost of saving their treasured future may mean sacrificing his past. Especially when the enemy they pursue . . . might be Max, himself.

“Every delicious word Nancy Gideon puts on the page exhilarates with a sensuous ferocity. Hopelessly addicted.”Darynda Jones, NY Times Bestselling Author

Off to enjoy a sunny Sunday as soon as I check in with my WeWriWa peeps to see what they’ve been doing. Happy May and Happy Writing!!




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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

IWSG: The Inner Beast - Keep Hands and Feet Inside the Boat!


One of the great things about being a writer is boldly going where others only venture on the page. I LOVE research (one of the reasons I enjoyed the college experience and had more library cards - remember those? - than credit cards!). Sorting and arranging facts then laying them out like puzzle pieces to form a picture in the mind’s eye might just be my super power, so I’m all over this month’s IWSG question: What’s the weirdest/coolest thing you’ve ever had to research for your story . . . but first, I’m really thrilled to be part of this month’s welcoming spiel.

The awesome co-hosts for the May 3rd posting of the IWSG will be Nancy Gideon, Tamara Narayan, Liesbet @ Roaming About, Michelle Wallace, and Feather Stone! 
Squee, that's me!! I can't wait to begin my second tour of co-hostessy duties, and visit with many of you! But first, my top research moment:
After writing the first book in my “By Moonlight” shape-shifter series, I knew that to get an extra layer of authenticity, I wanted to experience my setting up close and personal. So, it was off to New Orleans with two of my critique partners for a week-long immersion into the sight, sounds, scents and tastes of my favorite city. I quickly discovered there was no way to adequately describe walking face first into the heavy humidity, the savory bouquet and exquisite tingle of Cajun cooking, the sense of history steeped in every stone, the rocking jostle of the street car, the intriguing music of accented voices and the carefree joie de vie crowding the uneven sidewalks at all hours without having felt their embrace. I’d been in the city before during conferences and knew those unique vibes but I hadn’t ventured beyond those regimented boundaries into the heart of Louisiana.



Taking an airboat into the tangled, sweaty and wildly gorgeous center of the bayou, I found the untamed pulse for my series. The raw beauty, the unexpected twists and turns, the isolation, and . . . the very real danger. One of the touristy things to enjoy is the guide coaxing alligators up to the side of the boat. What a show! Each inch from snout to brow is a powerful foot of body length. Those gliding beauties can leap more than just a few feet straight up out of the water with the thrust of their tail. A fact I truly appreciated when the concerned guide advised me not to move as a big boy nudged up alongside the boat where I was sitting, apparently thinking my white sneaker looked just like one of those tasty marshmallows they so enjoy. I wisely froze like a box lunch while the guide used his oar to gently dissuade the would-be diner. In that heart-in-the-throat moment, I truly understood the non-human characters in my books. No matter how docile and obliging they might seem floating lazily on the surface in their Armani suits, underneath, they’re powerful, dangerously unpredictable creatures of instinct and survival that can snap at any given second with a bite that has sharp teeth. And they’re almost always hungry. That revelation was the nugget of truth behind my whole trip, that, and deciding that maybe sitting on the edge isn’t always best idea when wearing white shoes. Who knew?




You can get a look at these sleek, not quite tamed predators in my new spin-off series “House of Terriot.” I’m busily typing Book 3 while keeping a careful eye out for that massive bite radius.




What favorite research recollections surface for my fellow authors? Follow the links below to find out.


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!


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Sunday, April 30, 2017

WeWriWa: Heat of the Moment


In case you were worried about poor lovelorn Amber after last week’s excerpt, I thought I’d better assuage all concerns that her miserable, lonely lot will remain unchanged. In fact, after several failed sparks, things seem to be heating up nicely here in Chapter 10 (though you know how quickly that might change depending upon what’s thrown on the fire – kerosene or sand!) and the impossible might be within reach . . .


What was she so afraid of, that compared to the specter of his former lover, she wouldn't be enough?

No more time to angst over it as he keyed his door and guided her inside the darkened room, a switch flooding the gigantic space with painfully bright illumination, leaving no dark shadows or alcohol fog to disguise who was beside him.

Rico shed his coat and helped with hers, turning away to hang them up when he asked, "Can I get you something, a drink, something to eat that's not cake frosting?"

Amber moved quickly, before courage failed her, twining arms about his neck, whispering, "Just you," as she pulled him down to her parted lips.

Coats dropping to the lush carpet, his hands touched lightly at her waist as they kissed slowly, deeply. As indescribable pleasure zinged through her, he lifted just far enough to read the urgency in her dark eyes, murmuring gruffly, "Okay then."

He bent to take her mouth again, his clever tongue getting involved, blowing all her circuits of self-control with its aggressive play. The taste of him - bourbon with a birthday cake chaser - strong, sweet and irresistible, like him. His hands got busy, pulling loose the ends of her good silk blouse, smoothing over bare skin like a steam iron, hot yet careful not to linger anywhere long enough to burn. Too late . . . she was already on fire.


Time for things to take a turn for the better or is she just holding onto a dream? Since I’m waxing ‘80s sentimental lately, here’s the tune she’s playing, but I’m not convinced that one’s on his playlist.


. . . (Sorry, wandered off for a moment thinking of Dean Winchester in Supernatural) . . . Back to our heroine. Will she go after the dream or let it, and him, go? And even if she does, will he be content to leave? Off to Chapter 11 to see, as soon as I find out what you’ve been doing!

In the meantime, get the down-low on our hero’s fiery love triangle in PRINCE OF POWER, Book 2 of the “House of Terriot” series, and while you’re at it, go for some last minute chances to win with PRINCE OF POWER and the Spring Fling Scavenger Hunt.


The grand prize is a $100 Amazon Gift Card. There will be over 90 winners. The prize pool is $850!

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Spring is in the air and it's time to start hunting for flowers, books and spring related words. The event is open from April 12th to May 3rd.

34 AUTHORS
OVER 90 WINNERS
$850 IN PRIZES
Grand Prize: $100 Amazon eGift Card
$50 Amazon eGift Cards (2 Winners)
$25 Amazon eGift Cards (3 Winners)
$10 Amazon eGift Cards (30 Winners)
$5 Amazon eGift Cards (55 Winners)

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

WeWriWa: A Cinderella Story


While you're reading this latest excerpt, I'll be in the last day of my MMRWA Retreat from Harsh Reality writers' weekend and, hopefully, far beyond mid-Chapter Nine of PRINCE OF FOOLS (at least, one hopes!). The plan is to enjoy the camaraderie, the fabulous meals, the hot tub, and inspiration provided at our yearly escape at the lush Bay Pointe Inn on Gun Lake, MI. The job is to squeak in some solid computer time during breaks and early morning write-ins. So, while I'm here, suffering for my art (snort!), here's a look at the night-to-night thankless job of the heroine in Book 3 of my "House of Terriot" dark paranormal shape-shifter series. 


Amber buffed the bar top to a mirror-like shine, motions brisk, leaning into the job with a fierce concentration, a thankless job because no matter how glossy she made it, the underlying scars and countless rings would soon reappear to spoil the perfect look she tried to maintain. Frederick Terriot was like that surface. Though dazzled by the shine, she knew what lay beneath, and no matter how hard she worked to change that fact, the damage had already been done, the flaws she tried to overlook forever marring what she longed to embrace. 

Rico was a dark storybook prince to her Cinderella barmaid. Behind that careless grin and sad eyes lay what his clan made him: rich, deadly, proud, thoughtless as well as vulnerable, and as far above her and her dreams as his soaring mountaintop to her bayou. Men like Frederick Terriot didn’t truly see females like her, not as equals, not as feeling, wanting, sharing partners. He used them for the moment to fill a need, not a permanent void, not because he was cruel or insensitive, but because of who he’d been raised to be. 

And that would never, ever change, no matter what she hoped, no matter what Mia Geudry vowed, no matter what those soft, seducing lips might promise. 

Her heart carried more wounds than her body, her mind not quite as many as her soul, yet still, foolishly, she might have taken a chance on this once in a lifetime prince if she were the only one at risk. But she had more to protect than just herself.


I think she needs a hero - one with a glass slipper.

Back to the keyboard. I might be late, but I plan to make the rounds to see what everyone else is up to.

Happy Writing and (FINALLY!) Happy Spring! And a Happy Big Three Ohhhhh to my youngest!



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Sunday, April 16, 2017

WeWriWa: Steamy Windows

If the cover isn't enough to give it away, Colin Terriot, my PRINCE OF POWER, is hot stuff, and his attraction to Mia Guedry, the frustrating negotiator for a rival clan, has been on a slow, steady burn since Book 1 of my "House of Terriot" series (the an acronym being H.o.T., which believe it or not, wasn't planned!). Keeping the fire stoked for 460-some pages was a challenge they were more than ready to rise to, even when other obstacles (including a love triangle that continues to cause friction in Book 3) got in the way, right down to the final pages that end up where many a relationship begins . . . in the back seat. (Edited for 8-10 line limits).

Add a little Tina just to set the mood and enjoy!



He’d dreamed of doing Mia Guedry in the backseat of the T-bird since the moment he caressed that sleek red leather interior with his gaze, but now that he had her straddling his lap, her lips soft and expressive upon his own, a quick rush to the finish was the last thing on his mind. 

His hands kneaded her rear, finding the firm curves irresistible, just like the bountiful spill over the top of her bra that he adored with the stroke of his tongue. The low purr of her contentment was as sexy as the T-bird's well-tuned carburetor. 

He'd left the radio on and began singing along with Steve Miller's “New Kind of Love,” taking the words about being ready to settle down to heart as he crooned, "So c'mon pretty baby, we're gonna raise a family." 

"We still have to figure out how to build a strong platform our clans can trust and get behind." As her fingers worked their way down the buttons of his shirt, she lifted so he could skim the snug denim down her legs and warm her bare skin with the chafe of his palms. 

"I've got an idea about that." 

"What is it?" 

"I've got other ideas I need to express first." When she rocked her hips, he gave that sassy grin and promised, "This is just the first of many."


To fuel the flames, PRINCE OF POWER  is one of the sponsored titles included in Night Owl Reviews "Spring Fling" scavenger hunt!



The grand prize is a $100 Amazon Gift Card. There will be over 90 winners. The prize pool is $850!


Night Owl Reviews Web Hunt

Spring is in the air and it's time to start hunting for flowers, books and spring related words. The event is open from April 12th to May 3rd.

34 AUTHORS

OVER 90 WINNERS
$850 IN PRIZES

Grand Prize: $100 Amazon eGift Card
$50 Amazon eGift Cards (2 Winners)
$25 Amazon eGift Cards (3 Winners)
$10 Amazon eGift Cards (30 Winners)
$5 Amazon eGift Cards (55 Winners)

All Amazon cards will be purchased via the Amazon.com website. This contest is open worldwide. Void where prohibited.


Happy Spring, y'all!!


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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Night Owl Reviews Spring Fling Scavenger Hunt

Hi Readers!

I've got a treat for you. I'm one of the sponsors of the Night Owl Reviews Spring Fling Scavenger Hunt.

During this event I'm going to help you find some great new books. Make sure to check my featured title Prince of Power, Book 2 in my "House of Terriot" dark shape-shifter series out along the way.


The grand prize is a $100 Amazon Gift Card. There will be over 90 winners. The prize pool is $850!


Night Owl Reviews Web Hunt

Spring is in the air and it's time to start hunting for flowers, books and spring related words. The event is open from April 12th to May 3rd.

34 AUTHORS
OVER 90 WINNERS
$850 IN PRIZES

Grand Prize: $100 Amazon eGift Card
$50 Amazon eGift Cards (2 Winners)
$25 Amazon eGift Cards (3 Winners)
$10 Amazon eGift Cards (30 Winners)
$5 Amazon eGift Cards (55 Winners)

All Amazon cards will be purchased via the Amazon.com website. This contest is open worldwide. Void where prohibited.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

WeWriWa: Feels Like the First Time


They say you never forget your first time . . . Mine was back in the early '80s when I got an unexpected call from Carin Taylor Richman in New York saying she wanted to buy my book . . . and to see anything else I had written. That first book, which I'm proud to say went into a second printing, was my first real learning experience, and now, as I'm getting it ready to go back into print and, for the first time, e-format with Tell-Tale Publishing, I realized how much I'd learned in the last thirty years.

SWEET TEMPEST was written as a long, sexy historical set during the Regency period, before sexy Regencies became wildly popular. Zebra published it in their traditional Regency line which was mostly made up of standard chaste Georgette Heyer fare, so mine was a Zebra in a pony corral. I mean it wasn't like I was trying to keep it a secret! From the first chapter, and this first newly edited excerpt I'll share, the heat index was already rising . . .

"Now, sir, to business," she began brusquely. "Why are you keeping me here? Since you have admitted your intent to kill me, I don’t think you to be a soft-hearted reformer, and since I am for the most part still decently clad, I assume your motives are not of a depraved nature—unless you were waiting for me to be a more responsive victim to your lusts . . . so, what is it then?"

"Gad, you are famous," Connor laughed, leaning back in his chair to ob­serve her as he smiled. "What a delightful creature you are."

Tempest didn't share his amusement. "I am waiting, sir. I demand to know your purpose."

His lazy stare warmed with humor and a deeper, more intimate heat as he told her bluntly, "I should like you to be my mistress."

Her eyes went wid­e in shock.


That was the beginning of a long, prolific career with Zebra, writing regencies as Lauren Giddings (my first pen name!), historicals and contemporaries as Dana Ransom, and finally a vampire series under my own name. Now that I have the rights back to all of them, I've gotten to enjoy (and edit!) them all over again. Belle Books rereleased the contemporaries and vampire books. Tell-Tale is bringing out my two Regencies, and I've not yet decided how to handle the historicals.

In the first chapter of SWEET TEMPEST, my POV was all over the place, the voice passive, the participles dangling (and I hate it when they do that!), but I still loved the story of the spoiled, bored aristocrat whose life is turned upside down when the daring highway man he shoots during a robbery turns out to be a lovely young woman he takes under his wing . . . and eventually under his covers. I'm going through it with a more sophisticated eye (one hopes!) and am looking forward to the August release. And the other thing that needs updating . . . that cover!

Have you pulled out any of your old works and attempted to breathe new life into them? How did that work out for you? Too much work or a learning experience? You can let me know how I did in August!


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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

IWSG: A to Z? OMG!

April launches a curious frenzy called the A to Z Blog Challenge. The rules are simple and sound fun: Blog every weekday starting with a topic that begins with A and ultimately ends with Z. The purpose is to network, get exposure for you and your blog, and for your books. Awesome! Unless you're like me. This kind of organized event, like NaNo, creates a panic in my creative soul that totally paralyzes me.

Maybe it's my ADD with OCD rising that rebels against the frantically paced structure of producing a vast amount of product that will not end up between page one and page end of my W-I-P. Maybe it's the fact that between writing for publication, social media, and my 8-to-5 job and accompanying drive time, I'm already working 15 hours between 4:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. every weekday (I know, I'm such a sloth I take an hour for dinner - that I prepare - and watch 1 or maybe 2 hours of TV a day and average about 6 hours of sleep) and use the weekends to write for at least 8 more hours, do the weekly blogs I'm committed to writing, promotional events, and actually venture out to buy food and go to a monthly writers' meeting. The time and active brain cells it would take to think up, execute and then pay my VA to put 26 posts on my blog, plus the stress of finding time to visit and comment on other blogger's posts for that entire month, because that's something I'd feel compelled to do, . . . I know I'm a Gemini, but I'm only one person and that person likes to occasionally sit down at the table and sleep for a few hours.

Maybe this is something I'll jump into with enthusiasm when I retire from the work force. Other writers seem to thrive on the chaos of activity, love the experience, and reap benefits from it. But it's not for me, not now.

Write On, I say! Write on in your own ways that work for you! Isn't that why being a writer is such a fabulous occupation? There are opportunities out there for everyone to stimulate productive juices and fit individual needs, styles and desires. But me, I'll be finishing the first half of the next book in my "House of Terriot" dark shape-shifter series, not adding to my already overloaded plate by fretting about what starts with R or X.


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 

IWSG awesome co-hosts for the April 5th posting will be Christopher D. Votey, Madeline Mora-Summonte, Fundy Blue, and Chrys Fey!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

WeWriWa: Pick a Side


Sometimes forced down time is the best time to get inspiration flowing. During a four- hour (!) layover in Chicago on my way to the Tucson Book Festival, from 6-10 am, I pulled out my laptop in the Cubs Bar at O’Hare over a really good breakfast and a gallon of coffee to get up close and personal with Rico Terriot in my next book in the “House of Terriot” shape-shifter series. PRINCE OF FOOLS may be his nickname, but Rico is nobody’s fool when it comes to laying it on the line, which is what he finds himself doing in this scene at a somewhat seedier bar than I was in, down in New Orleans where he’s being courted for his talent as a warrior by the locals.

“You stood for us against your family . . . why would you do that?” 

“Just because we share the name doesn’t mean we all agree on our intentions.” 

“Which are?” 

“Have you met us?” Rico laughed. “We tend to think we can use, buy, take or control everything we see to our best advantage. Your location is a transportation advantage, a crossroads to our territory and a water highway into that of our enemies. My brother may speak a good line about for the good of all, but what it comes down to is for the good of our people, same with the Guedrys. If this becomes a battleground, none of us are going to protect you over our interests, that’s all I’m saying. You need to protect your own.” 

“Show us how.”


The game’s afoot and the stakes are high for our hero in this chance to prove himself to his clan, his lady love (once he realizes that’s what she is!) . . . and mostly to himself. I’m approaching the end of the first quarter (of the book) and the ball is in his hands. Let’s hope he doesn’t fumble.

Where have you found unexpected writing time in the strangest of places?


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Sunday, March 26, 2017

WeWriWa: Moving On . . .

As I finish up my promotional obligations for my latest release, PRINCE OF POWER, to concentrate on writing the next book in the series, PRINCE OF FOOLS, I searched for a topic for my monthly post over on Paranormal Romantics and came up with something that could do double duty both there, yesterday, and here, today, one of my favorite things – a book playlist. All my characters and plotlines move to their own beat. Here’s Colin’s, a hit from the past, both mine and, more personally, his. Driver picks tunes but that doesn’t make them easy to dance to.

There was something different about Colin Terriot, but Mia couldn’t pinpoint it as she leaned back against the door while he refused to acknowledge her, too busy adjusting the bass on the classic car’s tape deck and the volume to near concert level so he wouldn’t have to talk to her. Silence was fine, because it left the pleasure of looking at him, and looking at him was pure pleasure. 

He mouthed the words to the bouncy rock song, eyes on the road as if she wasn’t there. For the moment, she let him pretend, watching his hands stroke the steering wheel, wishing they were traveling over her with such tender attention. 

He started moving to the music, a subtle bob of his head at first, then the pulse of his knee, a rock to his shoulders that finally put his whole body in motion as he started singing loudly to “Jet Airliner,” its lyrics filled with leaving friends and all the people he trusted at home to move on. When he reached the line “with tears in my eyes,” did his glisten suspiciously? 

As if he’d left Tahoe for good. 

Was that what he was doing, what this strange mix of melancholy and anticipation was all about? Was he moving on to New Orleans? A whisper of temptation made her look away because it scared the crap out of her.


Blasts from the past combine with the hits that keep on coming in the soundtrack to Colin and Mia’s romance. Take a listen.



Thank goodness for them that the song never remains the same. How about your characters? Do they dance to their own music?




Obsessed with an enemy - the only female to ever walk away from him . . .

Colin . . . Prince in the House of Terriot

Brawny, cynical negotiator for his clan, Colin Terriot sees a move to New Orleans as an escape from a painful past and his reputation as a legendary lover. What he didn't expect was to fall hard for a rival spy, the female who tricked and betrayed him by leaving his bed for his brother's. Now, he now must work with her, up close and personal, as the envoy for her clan. Things are about to heat up.

Determined to have him - even if having him means losing all . . .

Mia . . . Strong-willed Guedry heir

Denied her rightful legacy, Mia Guedry plans to stake her claim over the bodies of those who killed her family. But best laid plans fall before her desire for the one male she can't resist, the one who will never trust her once burned by her necessary deceptions. Saving her Terriot prince from plans already in motion may cost more than her inheritance . . . the price could be her life.

“Get ready for fifty shades of tall, dark and deliciously dangerous with Colin Terriot, the hottest shifter yet! Five Stars!” – Book Bling

“Hold onto your heart (& your panties, ladies!) . . . the Terriot princes are back! Things are heating up in New Orleans in this powerful story of obsession, betrayal and revenge. Intricately woven plot lines and complex characters carry PRINCE OF POWER to a block buster revelation in another Page Burning Must Read! Five Hearts!” – Cross My Heart Reviews



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Sunday, March 19, 2017

WeWriWa: A Different Drummer


Finally, back from Arizona and the awesome Tucson Festival of Books that caused me to miss last week’s post (hard to write when surrounded by wandering bagpipes, 800+ booths and 130,000 of your close personal friends in 91-degree heat! Waving to Ed who stopped by to visit with me and Elizabeth Alsobrooks). After dropping into bed when I got home from work Friday to sleep a solid 14 hours (!), I’m ready to get back to the keyboard, promoting my current title PRINCE OF POWER and to dive back into chapter four of the next up in the series, PRINCE OF FOOLS. Today’s excerpt is from PoP with an introduction to the hero and heroine in PoF as lovelorn Rico pines over Mia, the woman who’s come between him and his brother, spurning the advice of ever-wise bartender, Amber who knows what’s good for him in more ways than one.


Rico returned to his barstool to scan the club’s interior, his disappointment evident, finding a drink in front of him along with a sympathetic smile for a chaser. 

“Word of advice?” 

“Keep it to yourself,” he grumbled, wondering what bothered him more—that Mia was gone, or that she’d probably gone after someone else when he’d looked forward to her athletic exuberance to expel the complexities of his mood. He wasn’t a complicated guy, and his king and queen’s intrigues twisted him up into uncomfortable knots. He took a bitter swallow from his glass and glared up at the annoyingly non-judgmental Amber, demanding, “What?” 

“If you try to push between those two, you’ll get crushed.” 

“Says you,” he mumbled, feeling that pinch already. 

“From the altar of the Church of Broken Hearts,” she offered with a smile, her hand pressed briefly over his. “Can I get an Amen?”

He glowered until she turned to another customer then muttered to himself, “Amen.”
Why do some guys always go after the unattainable, missing the obvious right in front of them? Sigh. Poor Rico’s got a lot heartbreak ahead of him, and this volatile triangle spurs much of the angst and emotion in PRINCE OF POWER that carries over from Book 2 to Book 3. Enjoy watching the sparks fly between two heroes who follow very different drummers in my new title now available in all formats.



Obsessed with an enemy - the only female to ever walk away from him . . .

Colin . . . Prince in the House of Terriot

Brawny, cynical negotiator for his clan, Colin Terriot sees a move to New Orleans as an escape from a painful past and his reputation as a legendary lover. What he didn't expect was to fall hard for a rival spy, the female who tricked and betrayed him by leaving his bed for his brother's. Now, he now must work with her, up close and personal, as the envoy for her clan. Things are about to heat up.

Determined to have him - even if having him means losing all . . .

Mia . . . Strong-willed Guedry heir

Denied her rightful legacy, Mia Guedry plans to stake her claim over the bodies of those who killed her family. But best laid plans fall before her desire for the one male she can't resist, the one who will never trust her once burned by her necessary deceptions. Saving her Terriot prince from plans already in motion may cost more than her inheritance . . . the price could be her life.

“Get ready for fifty shades of tall, dark and deliciously dangerous with Colin Terriot, the hottest shifter yet! Five Stars!” – Book Bling

“Hold onto your heart (& your panties, ladies!) . . . the Terriot princes are back! Things are heating up in New Orleans in this powerful story of obsession, betrayal and revenge. Intricately woven plot lines and complex characters carry PRINCE OF POWER to a block buster revelation in another Page Burning Must Read! Five Hearts!” – Cross My Heart Reviews

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Time to unpack my suitcases and put my sandals away for at least a few more months as snow and ice collects here in Michigan. Thinking back fondly to last weekend and our Tell-Tale Publishing booth in AZ (here with author Francesca Quarto and author/publisher Elizabeth Alsobrooks aka Book Bling).


Think warm thoughts, fellow WWW friends and happy writing!!


Weekend Writing Warriors is a weekly hop for everyone who loves to write! Share an 8 to 10 sentence snippet of your writing on Sunday. Visit other participants on the list and read, critique, and comment on their 8sunday posts.


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