Sunday, July 5, 2020

WeWRiWa: Wanting What You Can’t Have . . . PRINCE OF POWER

Mia Guedry’s got it bad for the worst possible male. They’re from different clans with opposite goals that prevent any future together. But that doesn’t stop her from desiring Colin Terriot, a prince in the enemy shapeshifter House of Terriot. Commiserate with her in this weekly excerpt from PRINCE OF POWER, one of the four books in my HOUSE OF TERRIOT boxed set.

He was everything she desired in handsome face and masculine form. Wanting him went far beyond those surface delights, to places she’d never imaged finding peace and potential happiness. His heart was strong and courageous, his will unbendingly decent, his spirit beautiful and infinitely intriguing with all its shades of complexity. She’d never tire of looking at him or learning about him, perhaps even from him. 

She’d never wanted anything so much in her entire life as what she saw when he gazed up at her in question. 

His caution ebbed away, and she saw trust. Absolute, soul-stripping trust. And it broke her heart because Mia knew she wasn’t worthy. She would hurt him, had hurt him. She wouldn’t mean to but eventually who and what they were would crush what they wanted and what they might have meant to one another.


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.


For this looooong HOT weekend, what better way to spend it then between the pages of a compelling book. Might I offer four-books-in-one for just $3.99, in my HOUSE OF TERRIOT for your reading pleasure . . .


I’m spending the holiday going through line edits for RISE BY MOONLIGHT, the last book in the By Moonlight series that follows directly from the four-book mini-series. And when not at the computer, I have a special visitor – my grandguy is here to visit until Friday! Fun (safe fun!) will definitely ensue!!

Hope everyone enjoying this 4th of July weekend is taking precautions with their celebrations and considering pets and easily startled elder neighbors (especially cranky ones, like me!).

Happy HOT weekend, fellow Warriors!

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

IWSG: C-C-C-Changes to the Publishing Industry

Our Insecure Writers Support Group question for this month is There have been many industry changes in the last decade, so what are some changes you would like to see happen in the next decade?

As someone whose been around the industry block for more than one decade, I’ve seen more changes than most, from submitting typed pages in a manuscript box to doing editor pitches on Twitter (not me, per say. I’m not that evolved). I’ve barely caught up to the changes in the last year let alone ten! Publishing is in its own Industrial Revolution started in the digital era and exploding with self-publishing. We went from having the Big Six to the Six Billion Pound Gorillas Amazon and Facebook collecting cover charges at every door. But what I’d like to see is more industry changes within our own author ranks. That’s why I’ve been busy One Clicking.

Diversity wasn’t something that hit me personally and professionally until Romance Writers of America was right in the middle of a huge upheaval going into 2020 on behalf of systematically stifled non-White authors. This is the industry change that’s been long overdue and will outlast this decade. So many brilliant, talented voices are finally being recognized and explored by new readers. THIS! This is what the new decade needs. Do a search on Twitter to discover lists of wonderful Black authors in every genre from Fiction to Fantasy and YA that are hitting bestseller lists because readers are finally aware of them. Support Black authors/Authors of Color by buying their books and reading them, by retweeting and reposting, by leaving reviews and recommendations, by asking for them in bookstores. 

Children and young people, as well as adults, need to read more about characters like them, as well as those who are different, who are brave, are loved, who struggle and who succeed. Change this new decade by celebrating ALL authors with stories to tell. I’m looking forward to reading them!

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.The awesome co-hosts for the July 1st posting of the IWSG will be Jenni Enzor, Beth Camp, Liesbet @ Roaming About, Tyrean Martinson, and Sandra Cox!

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Twitter hashtag is #IWSG

Sunday, June 28, 2020

WeWriWa: Playing with Fire . . . PRINCE OF POWER

I’m picking back up where I left off with my House of Terriot mini series by celebrating my Prince of Power, Colin Terriot, in this week’s excerpt. Enjoy with a little get-you-in-the-mood music.

What had happened to him since he’d hung out his shingle here in the Big Easy where nothing had been easy, that’s for damned sure? The sense of unity within his family had been ripped apart. He’d placed himself on a path without knowing where it led, doubting everything he’d been so sure of before climbing on this bullet train to disaster with a female he knew he couldn’t trust. 

He’d lost faith in his goals and respect for his king, ruined the tentative relationships he’d begun to build with Rico and Kip, and none of those monumental things seemed to matter as he mooned over Mia Guedry. 

He never let anyone get close to him. After those he’d loved were torn away, he’d sworn he’d never willingly suffer that again. Then, he’d fallen for Cale’s grand ideals, had let his brother’s new mate cuddle up to a warm fuzzy part of him that made him uncomfortable as all hell, looked forward to the often irritating company of his siblings, and had drunk the Kool-Aid in the whole Unite the Clans business. 

But Mia . . . she wasn’t demanding small concessions. She’d set fire to his world! 

Was it passion or arson?

It’s always combustible when you pit two strong, determined enemies against one another . . . but it gets especially hot when one of the things they’re fighting is their attraction to each another. I’ll be featuring Mia’s POV next weekend. Until then, if you haven’t yet had the chance, now’s the time to grab up a copy of my HOUSE OF TERRIOT 4-book boxed set which includes all four of my too hot to handle couples for only $3.99! Sizzling summer reading!


While things heat up again here in Michigan after a fairly balmy week, I’ll be spending a lot of mornings out in my oasis with cat and coffee while deciding what project to start next. Decisions, decisions . . .

Have a fun and SAFE 4th of July, those of you here in the States and happy writing, fellow Warriors!

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Sunday, June 21, 2020

WeWriWa: The Pause that Refreshes . . . RISE BY MOONLIGHT

Okay, I confess. Last week, I was a wreak. But now that the scramble to get in one last read thru on my W-I-P is complete, it’s been swept from my hands and into those of my trusty line-editing critique partner/retired English teacher for that final whack of a ruler. Grammar is NOT my forte (even though I finally learned what a preposition is after doing homework with my 7th grade grandson!). Now comes my favorite part of writing . . . a break! And it’s just what my hero of the By Moonlight series needed, too, as we visit this week’s excerpt from RISE BY MOONLIGHT.

Time had escaped him as he’d run the woods with the Terriots. Hours lost meaning as they’d hunted and challenged, at one with the earth and the air and the sky, basic beings driven by uncomplicated joy within the security of the pack. He hadn’t experienced such freedom . . . since his father had taught him those secrets he’d never shared with another, until now. That their kind could shift into a pure animal form, one of four-legged simplicity. 

The day had been more than simple fun. He’d been pushing them, testing them, gaging their abilities. And they’d far surpassed expectations. If he had to go into a battle he wasn’t sure he could win, they were who he’d want at his side. 

But would they be enough?

All work, no play. Not a good scenario. So, what does one do on a two-week break? Being OCD, I had a loooong list of tasks, but being ADD as well, I promptly overlooked it to do the one thing I needed to do most . . .

My zen place is Tucson, AZ. The mountains, the space, the fresh air (which unfortunately is being devastated and polluted by a very scary fire on those beloved acres! Send positive thoughts their way!) so I’ve created a mini-desert on the patio to enjoy with my cat and my second cup of coffee each mid-morning. Nothing but the sound of leaves rustling, birds chirping . . . and the neighbors’ lawn mowers . . . arghhhh!

For those of you who tackle your own grammar, here’s a handy chart so you can make sense of your proof reader’s comments’.

Hope you’re having a great weekend, fellow Warriors. I’m hoping for a little rain to cut these near-90s temperature, but being in Michigan, it’s better than snow!

Happy Writing!! And don’t forget to take a break.

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Sunday, June 14, 2020

WeWRiWa: Herding Cats . . . RISE BY MOONLIGHT Final Revisions, #WeWriWa

If you've ever had one cat, let alone the three I have, and have tried to put them in a carrier to go to the vet, you’ll know exactly where I am this weekend in the last revision of RISE BY MOONLIGHT. I started out my career as a one draft writer – from my typewriter direct to the bookstore. That pretty much continued for the majority of my career, with only minor bumps along the way. . . until I started the final By Moonlight book in a series that began over ten years and 14 books ago. Over ten main couples, 14 major villains, and an MGM cast of thousands of secondaries, each with their own issues demanding to be addressed in the 400-some pages I have . . . Okay (deep breath) I’m OCD. I can handle this. They all just have to get with the same program . . . like the hero and heroine in this excerpt.

“I don’t want to change who you are, Max, and hope what I am is still what you want for the long haul. I’ve never cared what anyone else thought of me or wanted from me . . . until you. If you need me to be something else, someone else, I can try if it will put your mind at ease and let you sleep nights. I can’t bear for you to be miserable.”

The first glimmer of dampness in her eyes brought him around the big table to crouch at her side so they faced one another and the problem directly. His stripped bare honesty clutched at her soul.

“Charlotte, who you are is who I love. I would never demand that you change. But I would ask you to be careful and to understand my fear isn’t due to some lack in you but rather a weakness in me that couldn’t bear to face a future without you, especially now. All I ask is that you not jump to be the first through the door in every situation.”

Like them, I thought I was golden until I sent my 98,000+ word final edit out to trusted Beta readers who loved the storylines and the characters but . . . agreed that they didn’t mesh into a satisfying story. Too many choppy scenes. Too much secondary character drama. And worst of all, a climactic ending that just . . . wasn’t. And this a week before the project was slated to go to my line editor! For a book I promised would be out in July!

So . . . action scenes yanked from mid-book to ending, favorite chapters and characters gutted (No paragraphs were harmed, just saved for extra content!), and the last third of the book all reshuffled. Eyes crossed and finger flying, I’ve got the final few scenes left to restructure and then . . . another read through. I can’t wait to see the project I never wanted to end off my frickin’ desk!

Taking a step back . . . Just a reminder that The HOUSE OF TERRIOT four-book boxed set is still on sale to catch you up on those pesky plot points. Have them all read (but not re-edited!) and be right up to speed for the RISE BY MOONLIGHT release in July!


One last word to my characters . . . Don’t go changing! I’m serious. No changing, not even a word!

Have a great Sunday, fellow Warriors!

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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