June 2016

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

WeWrWa: It’s a Bestseller, Baby!

PARANORMAL ATTRACTIONS, the new boxed set featuring my dark shapeshifter novel, REMEMBERED BY MOONLIGHT along with 8 other deliciously different offerings, debuted Monday and instantly hit on multiple Amazon Top 100 Bestseller lists in low double digits (missing Paid Kindle only because it was released on Kindle Unlimited for free too) and still remains there as of this writing! Woo Hoo! What a new breath of fresh air for my book and my By Moonlight series. Me, doing the happy dance!

Here’s a last look at REMEMBERED BY MOONLIGHT for today’s 8-10 drama-drenched sentences:

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.

While I’m busy using my would-be writing time to stalk Facebook groups with PR, here’s another taste of my latest release. Bring on the popcorn!

Praise from Publisher’s Weekly for the “By Moonlight” series: 

“A paranormal romance series with intriguing characters and zippy action . . . Gideon masters the tension required to keep her complex and engaging story moving.” (Starred Review) 

“Vivid writing, plot twists and a satisfying ending will keep readers coming back to Gideon’s magical NOLA.” 

“Rich and complex. Enticing new dimensions to the Shifter world keep things fresh. Gideon delivers well-crafted prose and page-turning tension.”

If you haven’t snapped up a copy of PARANORMAL ATTRACTIONS while only $0.99 (!), hurry before it jumps up to its regular price.

Happy Happy Dance Weekend!! 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.

Spread the word, share the love, warriors - Hashtag #8sunday.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

WeWriWa: New Release Ahoy!

You wait, you plan, you worry, but nothing prepares you for RELEASE DAY of a new title. Okay, so it’s actually tomorrow, June 20, but I’m gearing up for it. It’s not like REMEMBERED BY MOONLIGHT is new. My dark paranormal shape-shifter book had its debut in 2014, but is being reborn within the embrace of the boxed set PARANORMAL ATTRACTIONS (at $0.99 – a steal!!). Sorta like starting to date again and meeting all new people! Okay, now I am nervous!

What better way to introduce my shape-shifter hero than through the eyes of the woman who loves him in today’s excerpt:

The bare wall of windows let in the lights of the city against an ink-black sky, silhouetting a solitary figure. Her throat clutched as she recalled the first time she’d seen him there when the building was still a metal skeleton, toeing the edge of the beam, his dark coat billowing behind him like the wings of a fallen angel. His pose was no less dramatic now, sleek, dark and solitary as he stared out into the night. 

He turned slowly to face her. 

Here was the Max Savoie she’d fallen helplessly in love with against all her best intentions—impeccably dressed, the lines of a designer suit skimming his long, lean and lethal frame, the toes of his athletic shoes peeping from beneath tailored slacks in sassy juxtaposition. 

Darkness and shadow carved out features too rough and bold to be handsome, yet too compelling to be ignored. Unblinking eyes, as pale and green as the still waters of the bayou, shone with an eerie intensity from beneath an uncompromising line of heavy brows and unruly black hair nearly tamed by a stylishly short cut. Faint stubble shaded the set of his rugged jaw, lending a harshly dangerous air to his outward sophistication. 

He was thuggishly elegant, graceful yet seething with raw power, aloof and still undeniably fascinating. 

Everything she’d ever wanted.

I’ll be featuring snippets from the other books in the set right here throughout the next two weeks, so stop back for some samplings. (Hey, its $0.99! Nine reads! Such a deal!)

Paranormal Attractions Trailer!

Time to get back to PRINCE OF POWER (which was about a third written when I had to back track to PRINCE OF HONOR for sake of storyline). Colin Terriot . . . sigh.

Hope your weekend word count battles are victorious!!

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.

Spread the word, share the love, warriors - Hashtag #8sunday.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

WeWriWa: Pre-release Pandemonium!

While busily editing my WIP, I’m stepping back to do promo on the paranormal boxed set I’m featured in. My PARANORMAL ATTRACTIONS selection contains a direct tie-in to PRINCE OF HONOR (said WIP) as REMEMBERED BY MOONLIGHT launches a series of plot arcs that continue into my “House of Terriot Foursome” series. For this week’s 8-10 lines, here’s another glimpse at REMEMBERED BY MOONLIGHT with my hero, Max Savoie, ruminating over the past he doesn’t remember . . .

They’ll find you, hurt you, kill you. 

Don’t let them see what you are, what you can do. 

Too very distinct voices haunted him: One he’d come to believe was his mother’s who’d died horribly when he was a child, and the other, he assumed from what he’d learned, was his mentor, mobster Jimmy Legere. What had they known that he had yet to discover if he was to survive? 

That one forceful need seemed to drive him, the key to all he had been, to all he was. A deep, desperate, clawing, tearing purpose rooted in fears that shadowed his soul, forbidding this trust his supposed mate spoke of, challenging the life of wealth and hard won respect he’d been shown that afternoon, denying the insistent claims that he was safe amongst friends. Why did none of those things quiet the insistence that all was not well, that he was teetering on a precipice of disaster that would carry all he’d loved with him? 

If survival was the key, his memories held the treasure of knowledge locked beyond that wall of blankness. He had to get through, or this woman, these people, this world he supposedly protected would all be lost. And that meant plunging into a vast unknown with only tentative threads of offered trust to hold him.

How can the poor guy move forward when the darkness of an unknown past threatens his future? What a predicament!

REMEMBERED BY MOONLIGHT, along with eight other delicious paranormal tales, is available for pre-order, with the release date of June 20 rapidly approaching.

Back to the pages of PRINCE OF HONOR . . .

How’s your weekend shaping up?

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.

Spread the word, share the love, warriors - Hashtag #8sunday.

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

IWSG: A Well Punctuated Life

I’ve always thought of the things on my plate as a smorgasbord – so many items to choose from but only so much room. Time is like that. No matter how you try to arrange it, manipulate it, deny it, there’s only so much of it. Cram too much in, you get sick. Too little, leaves you unsatisfied. At the moment my plate is overflowing. In addition to trying to get a first draft edited . . . so many ways to go but which way is the right way?

. . . I’ve also had to replace my trusty laptop Hal (“Good morning, Nancy!” and yes, I use that voice!). Horrors – it wasn’t just about moving files. I had to learn new stuff. Like Word 2016. I’m still trying to find that little helper for spelling the word right. I know I saw it in the tutorial somewhere. And then there’s the subtle differences in keyboard from Dell to HP and the freaky touch pad. And the search to find everything where I saved it. Is it in the Cloud? Is it on the thumb drive? Is it still in my imagination? Which has my corrections?

Soooooo, editing is on the backburner while I download all these new frustrations and watch the table of offerings continue to get longer. A Write-In for my local RWA chapter to finish planning. Two blogs to do. A basement to clean out for the carpet cleaners. Those dang flowers that won’t plant themselves. A page proof of the next book in my Touched by Midnight series to read through. My critique group coming over for the weekend (Ahhh. Time for a creative battery recharge!). That next W-I-P that suddenly became so much more interesting than anything else I need to take care of. The day job. And then the rush and bustle of getting info out on the Pre-Order release of my first boxed set. I can’t decide if I’m stuffed or starving.

So, I’m multi-tasking. Word 2016 mastered(ish), blog one done (almost) and now the promo shout-out for the new boxed set:

Vampires, sexy ghosts, gargoyles, mummy’s curses and a secret magical society are some of the fabulous paranormal twists you’ll find in PARANORMAL ATTRACTIONS, a boxed set of 9 steamy romances brought to you by Amazon, Barnes & Noble bestselling, and award-winning authors. Lose yourself in these light and dark paranormal stories that are priced at only $0.99 for a limited time.

My offering for the boxed set is my dark shape-shifter romance, REMEMBERED BY MOONLIGHT which anchors the set of books I’m working on now (so it’s a great time to grab it up for a low price to catch up on backstory. Just saying!).

Check, check and check off my Things to do Today list. Awww geez! I’ve got TWO lists. The other one will have to wait until the Day Job is over (and maybe I’ll sneak in some page proofing on my lunch hour!)

So how are your creative frustrations going? Plate empty or full?

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 June 1st posting will be Murees Dupe, Alexia Chamberlynn, Chemist Ken, and Heather Gardner!