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!



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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!!


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Sunday, March 5, 2017

WeWriWA: Woman on a Mission


It’s no secret – I love a strong heroine! To compete with and complement my hunky Alpha heroes, they have to be smart, tough, brave and loyal. No problem there. What I sometimes find difficult is making them sympathetic without appearing weak. My first draft Mia Guedry in PRINCE OF POWER was hard as acrylic nails, determined to avenge her family and snatch back her rightful place at the head of her clan no matter what she had to do. She came off as admirable, but also as unlikable. Draft two Mia, had softened edges, unresolved doubts and a betraying heart that made her struggle with the choices she needed to make. What a difference that gentler pallet made when coloring her actions. Here’s a glimpse of Mia wrestling with the direction she’s chosen:



She’d sworn vengeance over the graves of her father and uncle, had been denied the body of her brother to weep over. What was she waiting for? They were her enemies, enemies she’d vowed to destroy in the names of her dead. Why was she stalling? Because one of them had the most delicious lips and the other made her laugh? 

Sitting in her rental, staring down over the cold, deep waters of Lake Tahoe, gripping the wheel until her hands, then her arms and shoulders shook, Mia drew upon the rage, the pain, the sorrow and determination to take back what belonged to her. A vision arose, one as cold and clear as those blue waters, not of her standing atop the bodies of this enemy clan, but of their bones scattering in the wind until nothing remained of their legacy. 

To defeat them, she needed to divide them, to weaken that tentative loyalty their new king inspired. Without Bram the Beast to hold them together on short, choking leases of rage and fear, they could be taken apart, piece by piece, prince by prince, until nothing remained of their stronghold, and eventual, of their name. 

Divide and conquer, starting with the wedge she’d already driven between their clan’s most powerful supporters: Her two lovers.
 

I’m a woman on a mission next weekend, traveling to Arizona (leaving 20-degree Michigan behind – what a sacrifice!) to participate in the Tucson Festival of Books as a signing author in the Tell-Tale Publishing booth. If you’re in the neighborhood, stop by and say hey!



Once my promo stint is done, I’ll be settling into some serious work on PRINCE OF FOOLS (and into a hot tub for a little vacay). A dirty job, I know. And as difficult as it may be, here’s another look at Colin Terriot, my PRINCE OF POWER (now available in a gorgeous trade paperback!)




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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Happy writing, all! May your trails be happy and sunny!



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, March 1, 2017

IWSG: Trash to Cash - Reviving Rejected Projects


I’m a word hoarder. I never throw away anything. This is easier now that discarded projects and WIPs are kept on discs instead of in boxes filled with yellowing sheets. I finished my first manuscript in the early ‘80s and since then, it hasn’t been alone in its exile to the “Does Not Meet Our Current Needs” pile. But I believe in Karma – What goes around Comes Around, and yes, some of those rejected gems have found a new purpose and new homes and have gone on to embrace success.

I pounced on the IWSG monthly question of “Have you ever pulled out a really old story and reworked it? How did it work out?” My lengthy career is filled with such occasions. I’ve had proposals rejected or ‘passed over’ by my publishers only to be tweaked and find a home with a different editor, a different line, or a new house. My favorite tale (or tail, hehehe) is about a werewolf proposal I shopped around both on my own and through an agent that got interest but no takers. Into the drawer for a decade then revived, refreshed and off to a new publisher for a new line where it got an editor all excited . . . about the prologue . . . but could I change everything else, i.e. the entire plot and all the characters? In other words, write an entire new book off those first six-pages. Yes, I could, and did. It became the first book in a series of three manuscripts that I completed before getting that “Call” to purchase . . . but they only wanted to buy the first book and only if I’d change my hero from a bad @ss to a kinder, gentler shapeshifter. That wasn’t something I was willing to rework, so after much angsting, I turned down the contract, reached out to another former editor and found a home at Pocket Books for not just the three manuscripts, but for a total of eight books that have since branched out through self-pubbing to my new “House of Terriot” series with Book Two of four, PRINCE OF POWER, just released on Monday!






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.

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Times change, tastes change, and hope springs eternal for those woeful forgotten words seeking a forever home. Take them out, dust them off, slap on a new coat of paint and take them out for a spin in these new markets. You just might have that first book of ten . . . What are you waiting for?

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 March 1st posting will be Tamara Narayan, Patsy Collins, M.J. Fifield, and Nicohle Christopherson!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

WeWriWa: A New Hope for a New Release (Day, Tomorrow!!)


Sometimes strength is discovered in realizing you can’t do things alone. A larger threat can bring even the most determined enemies together to fight for the survival of all . . . if that tricky thing called trust has its way. PRINCE OF POWER, my new release (as of 02-27-17!) finds the opposing factions in my shape-shifter world forced to set aside old animosities if they want to save their freedom and way of life. Not an easy task as these three negotiators from the Lake Tahoe, Memphis and New Orleans clans met to agree not to disagree.

“Since we don’t trust each other worth a damn, let’s start with the threat to all of us,” Colin began, pouring another cup of the strong chicory brew. “My clan is tempted to hunker down on our mountain and say to hell with you, let them destroy you all then we’ll pick through the pieces.” 

“Like scavengers,” Mia sneered, “the coyotes of our kind.” 

“Survivors,” he corrected, “that don’t need you since we aren’t vulnerable to outside attack or influence.” 

“We’re all vulnerable,” Silas cut in, “because we think we’re our greatest enemy, which is a mistake, and if we continue to glare and squabble among ourselves, they’re going to sweep in like a plague and infect us all with their stronger will. What’s more important, our petty differences or the survival of our people?” 

“I kinda like being petty,” Colin muttered, but his expression grew thoughtful as he added, “We’re not much for politics outside our own, but I’m here to learn what they want from us and to stop them.”

“We’re a resource,” Silas laid out simply, “and they’re not going to leave us alone unless we show them we’re not to be toyed with, by getting over our differences and joining together, to make them fear us instead of the other way around. That’s why we have no time for pettiness and politics, even though I enjoy both as much as the next guy.” He quirked a smile at Colin before concluding, “I know we’re talking generations of bad blood and ugly deeds here, but we’ve got to learn to trust each other before we find our families on the bottom of their sensible shoes.”


Starting Book Two off on uneasy ground, the terms of the new allegiance are strained by deception and an unexpected attraction that threatens to burn down their best laid plans . . . as well as burn up the pages. And that’s just in the first few chapters. Welcome to the “House of Terriot” and Colin, PRINCE OF POWER.




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.

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Hope to see you on the e-shelves tomorrow when PRINCE OF POWER roars to life in print and e-formats.

Happy Reading!!



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Sunday, February 19, 2017

WeWriWa: A Hop, A Steal and A Chance with PRINCE OF HONOR


Before PRINCE OF POWER, Book #2 in my “House of Terriot” dark paranormal shape-shifter series, is released next week, I’m inviting readers to enjoy Book #1 PRINCE OF HONOR with a one week price drop to $0.99 AND a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card with my “Get It While It’s H.O.T.!” Blog Hop.

What’s better than one Terriot prince? TWO! So, I’m sharing a scene with the heroes from Book #1 and Book #2 in it. To set the stage (in an earlier excerpt some time ago) Turow has returned the traitor (the bad girl he’s always loved) to his clan to face their justice – as his mate! When she runs from him at the end of the best night of their lives, after his first assumption that she’s fled with his brother Colin proves false, he must consider that she’s returned to her villainous path with their family’s enemy. Here’s a peak . . .






“It’s my fault.” 

“You think every damned thing from global warming to that crappy dub-step music is your fault, so let me do this, brother, because it shouldn’t be you, can’t be you!” Studying him a moment longer, Colin sighed heavily, “Row, it’ll destroy you.” 

“There’s no getting over this for me because I’m the fool who never saw it coming.” 

Colin hauled him in hard then let him go, saying gruffly, “If you decide to run off with her, I sure wouldn’t blame you, but don’t throw in with James or I’ll get the job of coming after the both of you. Maybe it’s all a mistake. She’s head over heels about you, so it has to be something else, has to be!” 

Turow heaved a cleansing breath, straightening, hardening for what he needed to do with his grim claim of, “It doesn’t matter why.” 

“You watch yourself around Jamie . . . get in and out before he knows you’re on your way.” 

“He already knows,” Row said with absolute certainty.


Gotta love those stoic heroes who burn hot beneath their outer cool. Enjoy the heat at a terrific price and grab at a chance for that gift certificate by following along with my Spotlight Hop:

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Sunday, February 19, 2017
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Wednesday, February 22, 2017
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Thursday, February 23, 2017
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Saturday, February 25, 2017
Paranormal Realms
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Visit each stop and enter for a chance to win a $10 Amazon Gift Card!


And if you’re still feeling lucky, jump on board my Goodreads Giveaway for a chance to win a signed copy of PRINCE OF POWER before its debut on February 27!



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Prince of Power by Nancy Gideon

Prince of Power

by Nancy Gideon

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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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Happy Reading!!



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, February 15, 2017

TAKE FIVE on a New Release Magic Carpet Ride with Elizabeth Alsobrooks and STOLEN SECRETS!



I'm thrilled to have one of my critique partners (and good buddy!) Elizabeth Alsobrooks stop in today to Take Five regarding her brand new release STOLEN SECRETS. A novella spinoff with secondary characters from her ILLUMINATI Urban Fantasy series, it's filled with adventure, fantasy and some pretty hot sexy times. I LOVED it! Welcome Elizabeth, who brought along some seriously cool promotional teasers, and Take Five . . .

"Take Five" with Elizabeth Alsobrooks and STOLEN SECRETS 

1. Secret Societies! Treasure hunters! Egyptian Gods and Goddess! You've got it all going on, girl. How fun was researching this book, and how much was fact vs. imagination?

I love research, especially location research. Our trip to New Orleans where you were researching your By Moonlight series and I was researching a setting from my second Illuminati book was a blast! Believe it or not, the foundation of my world-building is based upon hard research I morph in my imagination, from locations, mythology, history, conspiracy theories, and even legends from ancient to modern times.

2. STOLEN SECRETS is a novella. Why did you decide to follow the first novel, THE BOOK OF LIFE with a shorter tease rather than the second book of the series, THE TREE OF LIFE (both of which are great, BTW!)

Thanks! My Illuminati series is Urban Fantasy, so really long, as in the first one was 600 pages plus. It takes a long time to do that much research and writing and my readers were growing impatient, wanting their Illuminati fix. Also, I try to create complex characters, people I myself could admire or would want to know personally—even the secondary characters. So I thought it would be fun to do some sexy, quick-read romantic spinoffs showcasing some of the secondary characters. I was hoping it would make seeing them in the larger works more fun, too!

3. You wear two pretty big hats, those of author and publisher. How do you balance your time between your books and client books (though I'm sure living in sunny Arizona makes it easier!)?

If only I knew how to juggle. If not for the publishing hat I would probably have 20 novels completed and already published since retiring from my day jobs. My own work takes second place, almost always. Recently, however, I have decided to spend at least one day a week (as in there are 7 days in the week) for my own work, and I have tried to stop replying to most emails on the weekends, unless they’re deadline related.

4. What's in the future for your mythological characters? More books? More crossovers like the short story in THE KEEPER'S SECRET from Tell-Tale Publishing's Annual Horror Anthology? We want to see more of them!

I am in love with Egyptian mythology and superstitions, mythology in general, actually. I collect world-wide fairy tales and legends and love chasing after some unheard of superstition or legend’s source, which is why everything I write has some paranormal or supernatural element and always mythological elements. I have a third book already planned for my Illuminati series, The Sea of Life, and a 4th is begging for a completed synopsis, The Origin of Life. I see a lot of spin-off series in there too. They’re fun to write and the length is inviting to someone as busy as me. That includes the horror stories too. I really enjoyed writing The Opal Ring. Who doesn’t find Jinn interesting? I’m also toying with the idea of a dark paranormal that has entered my imagination. So many ideas, so little time. Like I said, if not for the many hats, I would have a ton of publications already out there.

5. You've got some pretty cool promo, from website to book trailers and more! First, do you do most of your own or farm it out, and second, how important do you feel self-promotion is for an author and where can a writer get the most bang for the buck? (You'll notice how sneakily I tucked in some extra questions!)

I do my own website, but I farm out the main ingredients, like the trailers, covers, promo posters, etc. I also hire out the formal PR, though I do my own social media and 2 blogs, Book Bling and the 18th on an author group blog called Paranormal Romantics. The company farms out most everything.

Due to many hats, I have a lot of contacts and resources in the field that individual authors may not, so can always get recommendations for the best and most affordable in all areas of media. My inbox is a steady stream of “offers” for just about anything you can think of.

I would recommend that anyone who writes fiction should join their local Romance Writers of America chapter and you will instantly access plenty of veteran know-how and expertise. Also, for free online help, join Marketing for Romance Writers. Their yahoo group is a running stream of PR and publication questions and answers, with a ton of self-promotion opportunities and service provider evaluations.

Authors who do little or no promotion will have a hard time broadening their fan base. Period. The best way to gain “real fans” is to build relationships with readers. No one can do that for you. Even the big name authors do meet-and-greets and a fair amount of their own social media. Being an author is a business and that means learning to use social media and attending live events, and guest appearances on blogs, like this one—and not just when you have a new release. Consistency is key if you want to constantly grow your fan base. More fans equal more sales. That said, I’m happy to be here! Thanks for having me, Nancy.



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Offered an enormous sum by an anonymous benefactor for the acquisition of an ancient ceremonial relic, a sum that would keep the antiquities shop in Cairo her father left her afloat while she continued her own archaeological pursuits, Lady Isabella Valentine was distracted rather than tempted, then suspicious, when the dashing young Bedouin slipped in just before closing and promised her a deal she couldn’t refuse--for the very same relic. Despite his sensual appeal, she did refuse him, sending him away. But neither of them know of the evil power they are up against, or what hidden dangers await them in the tomb of the high priest.

Prince Mukhtar, son of Sheikh Abdul Kummel al-Rahman, leader of the Hassana, is on a sacred Illuminati mission for Isis to retrieve something stolen from one of her temples over a thousand years ago. This mortal disbeliever though an enchanting English rose, however beautiful she might be, is clearly in the power of the Usurper and must be persuaded to help him, one way or another.





About Elizabeth Alsobrooks



Now that her children have flown from the nest, Elizabeth lives with her personal editor, Hudson (AKA Maltese), and husband, Kenton, (AKA Irish-Scotsman) at the foot of the beautiful Santa Catalina Mountain Range in Oro Valley, AZ.

She loves to sit on her patio sipping coffee and reading or brainstorming plots and enjoying the grandeur of her breathtaking mountain views.

Elizabeth calls herself a pantser on steroids. The first book of her Illuminati series flowed like a psychic muse channeled it from her fingertips to the keyboard. She wrote 120,000 words in 45 days. "After the first couple of chapters, the characters took over. They knew what they wanted and what they were willing to do to get it." She is more reluctant to discuss how long it took to edit and revise her manuscript.

Her love of mythology and ancient literature and history were the backbone for her series, and the Sigma Force series by James Rollins inspired the fast-paced adventures (He recently told her at a literacy fundraiser that he found that flattering, as no one had ever told him he was inspiring before!).

A friend compared Elizabeth's series to what it would be like if Ford and Jolie stepped through the Stargate, tried to kill each other, and ended up falling into a love as seemingly hopeless as Romeo and Juliet. Elizabeth claims she pictured a blond "The Rock" as the hero when she was writing, but that Jolie, with lavender eyes, would fit her heroine just fine.

Currently, she is dividing her writing time between book II in her Illuminati series and a New Adult spinoff series. Book 1 in the Immortal Sins series is titled Daughter of Ancients.

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You're only One Click away from the excitement. You don't even need a magic carpet (or to get sand in your shoes!) to enjoy the adventure, but feel free to take one if you've got one. This is one treasure worth pursuing! Happy reading!