Sunday, May 19, 2019

WeWriWa: Daddy Issues – PRINCE OF DREAMS


Being the daughter of a police commissioner isn’t easy. Add family tragedy, instability, secrets and suspected criminality . . . what’s a girl to do? Especially a girl who’s fallen for a mysterious someone capable of destroying everything her life is built upon. But free-spirited Ophelia Brady, the steadfast cornerstone of her household, doesn’t march to Daddy’s orders . . . until a dangerous situation and a compromising romance pushes her into an uncomfortable corner in PRINCE OF DREAMS, book 4 in my “House of Terriot” dark shapeshifter series. (Excerpt creatively edited)

Made of stern stuff forged into unbendable iron by his ambition, Warren Brady rarely let personal feelings intrude upon duty, and he took his job as a single parent very seriously . . . or rather as a single parent in the overly critical public eye. His palm slapped down on the leather blotter, making her clear her seat cushion, as he rumbled, "Some thug gets aggressive with my daughter and you didn't think I’d find out?”

She’d missed the proverbial trap door beneath her feet until he gripped the lever. The floor fell away, leaving her dangling at the end of his carefully arranged noose of consequence.

"Pack up your crystals and cards and the rest of that nonsense. I no longer find it amusing or healthy, and it stops now before you supply fresh headlines to shame our family. Time to grow up, Ophelia, and do your part."

Her teeth clenched to keep her jaw from trembling and to prevent words she'd regret from tumbling out. There'd be no further argument. Her freedom gone, it was time to play the role of dutiful daughter.

Poor Phe! To protect her family and her father’s intriguing new employee, she must forfeit the freedoms that make life under a microscope survivable. Until she discovers some sacrifices are worth any cost. It’s then Ophelia Brady truly becomes her father’s daughter - a force to be reckoned with.


Because I’m seriously binge-ing my way through Riverdale, I found this musical number by the show’s crime kingpin’s pampered daughter a great fit. Because privilege isn’t always easy . . . and it doesn’t come without a price.

   

Once I visit everyone, I plan to spend this weekend doing some serious plotting on RISE BY MOONLIGHT, the concluding book in my shapeshifter series, while digging in the dirt to fill my patio pots with some colorful inspiration. And next weekend (everyone needs a birthday on a National holiday!), I hope to sit outside to appreciate the fruits of labor both manual and mental.

Happy Writing, fellow Warriors!


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Sunday, May 12, 2019

WeWriWa: (Grand)Mother Knows Best! PRINCE OF DREAMS

Happy Mother’s Day for those who are one, have one, or want to be one! In celebration, this video captures Momdom in all its glory (WARNING: Amy Schumer humor ahead. Not suitable for delicate ears.)


In honor of the occasion, my PRINCE OF DREAMS is going to the source for relationship answers . . . and because I’m proud to be one, that’s Grandma . . . 

“I want to do the right thing, but I don’t know if I’d be the right thing for her.” 

His grandmother smiled, a world of experience in that gesture, as she advised, “The right thing is never the easy thing, and I can’t make that choice for you.” Her chilly hand pressed over his, reminding Kip of her frailty while at the same time, her wise expression and strong reply reassured, “If you focus only on obligations, you’ll lose the joy of being alive. Your mother would say go boldly in the direction of your happiness, but I’d add, go wisely.” She stood, her thin frame beginning to shiver, perhaps from the cold, perhaps not. “We’ll love you and support you in whatever you choose, Christopher, just make it a choice you can live with. Don’t let someone else make it for you.” 

Instead of making that promise, he said simply, “I love you, Gram.” 

Ruth Terriot smiled in resignation, brushing the floppy hair back from his troubled brow, bending to kiss it before whispering, “Don’t forget where you live.” 

He took her veined hand and laid it over his heart as he told her, “Right here, always.”

Isn’t is just like (Grand)Mom to turn it back on you when you’re looking for answers! In plain ‘Mom Speak,’ “I don’t have a clue. Figure it out yourself!” And my poor hero will . . . eventually. Isn’t that what the rest of the book is for? Mom’s know these things! Trust us. Today, we don’t want to be your Yoda. We want a hot bath, a hotter book and an hour alone to enjoy both for Mother’s Day. And a call to wish us Happy Mom’s Day, if you’re not there in person (before or after said bath!) or to fill you with happy thoughts about us if we’re only there in memories.

Next week, I’ll turn it over to my heroine to address ‘Daddy Issues.’ Fair play, after all.



Where in the World has Nancy been? Sick, mostly, after a hell week of preparing for a huge event at work. Not much writing done, but with my new ‘baby’ (that looked much smaller in the store!) I’ll be back at the keyboard . . . once I remember it’s an All-In-One computer for writing and not a 27” Dell gateway to Netflix!


After visiting all of you, I should be writing . . . right after that bath.

Happy Mom’s Day and Happy Writing, fellow Warriors!!


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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

IWSG: Power of the Written Word

Our Insecure Writers Support Group question for May 1 is: What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?


In my upscale elementary school, I was the painfully shy daydreamer wearing out-of-style, home sewn hand-me-downs from two older sisters, with small circle of close friends who enjoyed my vivid imagination. A huge reader, I never thought storytelling would be my super power until a sixth grade English assignment. Write a fractured fairytale. After telling my story idea to friends, they encouraged me to write, Sandrella, the tale of a young teen excited about going to her first school dance in hopes of catching the eye of her rich, handsome crush with a little supernatural help. But reality can’t live up to the fantasy because the ‘prince’ turns out to be a bore, the party a drag, and the night a waste of magic. Those few hand-written pages earned me an A+, which was reward enough. But then the school newsletter was mailed out to all the parents featuring student works selected by teachers at each grade level as the best of the best.There was Sandrella, finally the belle of the ball! And beneath the title was my name. In print. For the first time ever. The thrill of seeing that typed name was somehow better than all the sudden recognition from my peers. My name. In print. And I knew right then that this sixth grader was going to grow up to be a writer. Through the power of imagination spun into words, I’d found my public‘voice.’

And she wrote happily-ever-after.


What’s your super power?


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 May 1st posting of the IWSG will be Lee Lowery, Juneta Key, Yvonne Ventresca, and T. Powell Coltrin!

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

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Sunday, April 28, 2019

WeWriWa: Welcome to the Jungle – on SALE just $.99!!


I’m excited to feature two sales – two books from two different pen name personalities, one a couple-centric contemporary by Dana Ransom and the other, a Nancy Gideon paranormal that have one thing in common – a walk on the wild side. Danger comes in all forms when you’re out of your element, whether it’s an untamed wilderness or a jungle steaming with malevolence. My excerpt today is from MIDNIGHT SHADOWS, from my “Touched by Midnight” vampire romance series. 

“They found a tomb, Sheba, buried out in the jungle, maybe the tomb. I thought you’d want to know.”

Dizziness swam up to engulf her senses, sickness sloshing in her belly, roaring upward to sear her throat and nose with the acrid bite of remembered fear, making the world go momentarily black then green . . . then red.

“Sheba, are you still there?”

She bent over, tucking her head between her knees as nausea thundered in her ears and left her trembling. She tried to hang up the phone, missing the cradle once, twice, then just let the receiver fall to the worn rug as she dropped to her knees, swaying in the thrall of a shuddering sickness she couldn’t name.

No, that wasn’t quite true. She knew the name . . . Peru. Paulo called it home, but to Sheba it only meant one thing.

Death.

Does that make you want to book reservations and don a pith helmet? Not me! But our intrepid myth-busting ethnologist, Sheba Reynard is eager to conquer the fears that haunt her with the help of a government-hired monster hunter who knows the name of Sheba’s nightmare . . . Vampire. 



It may be a jungle out there, but are the North woods any safer? Not for Beth Marston who treks to the wilds of Michigan’s UP with her briefcase and designer heels for answers of her own – as to why the man of her dreams abandoned their marriage without explanation. Ready to do battle, she didn’t expect her opposition to take the form of a leaky tent, a surly dog, a moose and a wrong step that add up to unexpected danger and desire. 




Whether it’s a stormy backwoods in LIFETIME INVESTMENT or the deadly unknowns menacing MIDNIGHT SHADOWS . . . some things are worth the risk. What’s $.99 when you can hurry the heart rate from the comfort of your Kindle? 



I’m enjoying three days and nights lakeside at our annual Mid-Michigan RWA Retreat from Harsh Reality with hopefully not a storm or a vampire (well, maybe if he’s hot-blooded!) to hamper my productivity. Here’s wishing all my fellow Warriors a wonderful weekend!!



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Sunday, April 14, 2019

WeWriWa: Nowhere to Run . . . PRINCE OF FOOLS


Just when Amber James thought she might have it all – a safe harbor, a strong, good man who accepts her in spite of the secrets she can’t share and a daughter whose father she can’t reveal, giving her hope for a future that includes happiness and safety - that ingrained truth she’s run from since a frightened teen rears up to tear that dream
away . . .


It was over, the dream, the desire, the hopes that they'd become more. Rico Terriot was a luxury she couldn't afford.

Amber stood panting in the center of her kitchen, her sense of security torn away by a single, paralyzing fact - they were still looking. The call on Evie’s phone . . . was it the first of many escalating threats warning her to keep her mouth shut . . . or else, putting Rico in greater danger by mere association?

They’d have to leave New Orleans. The time to plan for a quick escape started now, this minute, ticking down toward what could be their last. If they didn’t disappear, both her and Evangeline, they’d be as good as dead.

Again, the thought flashed through heart and mind to go to Rico, that he’d get them out of the city if she asked, but she couldn’t involve him, not while he was within reach of those who meant her harm and wrapped up in his own intrigues. If she ran without explanation, he’d follow - she knew he would - so she’d have to make sure he wouldn’t want to.

Survivor’s instincts that had kept her alive and Evie safe kicked into place, setting in motion the pattern of cool, sharp, unemotional thought that would carry them away from harm . . . and all they’d ever desired.


But Amber doesn’t realize what lengths her prince will take to protect her and that future he sees for the three of them together in PRINCE OF FOOLS, Book 3 in my “House of Terriot” spin-off of my “By Moonlight” series (now wrapping up with my current WIP!).




I’m taking two weekends off before sharing the final “House of Terriot” book, PRINCE OF DREAMS to promo a special $.99 sale from April 16 to 30 on two very different (and not just because of my pen names!) books – LIFETIME INVESTMENT, a contemporary romance written as Dana Ransom and MIDNIGHT SHADOWS, part of my Nancy Gideon “Touched by Midnight” vampire series. Looking forward to reintroducing you to them!

Finally – SPRING! Windows open, birds chirping and even took my sister’s old dog for a long walk so he could leave p-mail on every bush and tree. Will have to go check replies soon now that sidewalks are free of ice and snow!

Happy driving with windows down and Happy Writing, Fellow Warriors!!


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Thursday, April 11, 2019

What’s a Bunny to do? BUNNY OMEGA ON THE RUN Blog Tour


How much reading outside the box do you do? Due to limited reading time, I used to have a short list of favorite authors in a very narrow scope of genres. But now, with impulsive One Click e-book buying and my wonderful friends from Insecure Writers Support Group and Weekend Writing Warriors to tease me with unique storylines, my eyes have been opened to what I’ve been missing.You know what I’ve discovered – New voices and views make things fresh again. Good writing, engaging dialog and unforgettable characters can transcend any genre. As a writer (and a reader!), you grow complacent if you don’t expand your boundaries. So, having been happily tempted outside my normal reading box by her Alien Sci-Fi romances as well as enjoying her gripping Paranormals, I jumped onboard Weekend Writing Warriors author pal Jessica Subjects’ blog tour after reading fun and frisky excerpts from her new release, Bunny Omega on the Run, and can’t wait to burrow into the full book. Prepare to be delighted! 


As a pop star, I never expected to find true love.

Not in a world where everything is temporary and often fake. But then he ran into me. Not once, but twice. My tiger instantly recognized him as my mate. Now, I just have to convince Kish that what we have is real. 

Love was for the weak.

I was doing just fine on my own. Then I met TK. Literally smacked right into him. But no matter how much I wanted it to be true, I refused to believe that he could love a bunny shifter from the wrong part of town.

Bunny Omega on the Run is a super sweet with knotty heat MM mpreg shifter popstar romance. It is book 1 of the Shifter Towers series but can be read as a standalone. 
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EXCERPT


I eyed the barrel of the 9mm pointed at my face. Clutching my hands behind me, I tried to hide the excessive shaking throughout my body. “It’s okay. You can pay me later. I’ll...I’ll just be going.” Anything to get away from there alive. 


The lanky, bald man in the black suit clicked the safety off. “There won’t be another time.” 

Without waiting for a shot to be fired, I spun around and bolted down the street. I had no time to shift. I simply ran. Over fences. Through yards. Down one alley after another. I didn’t stop. Couldn’t stop. My mom and siblings depended on me. I couldn’t help them if I was dead. 

After what felt like forever, my thighs burned and chest ached. I had to stop. Or at least slow down. But I didn’t know if I was still being pursued. I dared a glance behind me. No one. Thank fuck! It was time to slow down. Shift and find a place to hide.

Smack! 

I slammed into something hard. Someone hard. Liquid terror filled my veins. Somehow the guy in the suit had outsmarted me. I was dead. Gone. No chance to say goodbye to my family. My knees gave out, and I crumpled toward the ground. But strong arms caught me, lifted me back up. Did the man want to stare in my face when he killed me? 

“Whoa, whoa. It’s okay, little omega. I won’t hurt you.” The man pulled me closer. Tight into his broad chest. 

And that’s when I smelled the wild, rugged scent. A predator. Not the human who had been chasing me, but a tiger. I was in the arms of one of the most dangerous types of shifters in the world.


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ABOUT JESSICA E. SUBJECT

Jessica E. Subject is the author of science fiction romance, mostly alien romances, ranging from sweet to super hot. Sometimes she dabbles in paranormal and contemporary as well, bringing to life a wide variety of characters. In her stories, you could not only meet a sexy alien or two, but also clones and androids. You may be transported to a dystopian world where rebels are fighting to live and love, or to another planet for a romantic rendezvous.

When Jessica is not reading, writing, or doing dreaded housework, she likes to go to fitness class, listen to BTS, and walk her Great Pyrenees/Retriever her family adopted from the local animal shelter.

Jessica lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two energetic children. And she loves to hear from her readers. 




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*Contest is international except where prohibited by law. Must be 18 or older to enter. No substitutions will be made.Contest ends April 15, 2019. Prizes will come directly from the author and are not sponsored by anyone else. Good luck!

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

WeWriWa: Where To Turn When There’s Nowhere to Run - PRINCE OF FOOLS


Amber James is a survivor. To save herself and her young daughter, she’s made a new life for herself in the middle of New Orleans’ secret shapeshifter population, hiding in plain sight, concealing a secret that could get them killed. The last thing she expects is to fall hard for the last male in the world who would give her a second glance – royalty from another clan in love with his brother’s mate, who sees her as a sympathetic ear and a one night stand he can’t remember. But heartache is preferable to the danger that surrounds them when he decides to become that better man she always knew him to be.

"I want you to know there's not a damned thing in this world that you could tell me that would make me think less of you as a person, a female, or as a mother because I know you, Amber James, that you're strong and good and kind." 

She made a soft little sound in her throat but didn't stop him. 

"Up until now, I thought my name defined me, a Terriot prince, and that was enough to get me anything I wanted except self-respect. I didn't see that as ever changing until I met you. That you could look at me, at who and what I was, at what I did, and could see something worth even a second of your time still amazes me. I want to be what you see when you look at me.” 

Her fingers spread wide, inviting his to slip between them as he continued. 

"I don't know anything about your family except what you've told me, that you have shadows in your past as dark as mine, and I will never judge you because of them. I'm not going to ask you what they are, not tonight, but I'm going to want you to tell me, not because it's any of my business, but because I can't be that man I need to be to protect you and Evie unless I know what to watch out for. I'll move heaven and earth for you . . . all you have to do is ask." 


When I started writing PRINCE OF FOOLS, I wasn’t sure how I was going to redeem the careless and self-centered Rico Terriot from my “House of Terriot” series – until I got to the tender, family-centric heart of him. All he needed was a self-reliant female, who saw him as that “more” he always longed to be, to bring out the hero inside him. And what a hero he evolves into for this desperate woman and child. But more on that next week . . .

Before you leave, pop over to my review of fellow Warrior Diane Burton’s new middle grade sci-fi release, RESCUING MARA’S FATHER – It’s out of this world awesome!! And there’s goodies! 

Write on, 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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Friday, April 5, 2019

RESCUING MARA’S FATHER Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway!


As someone who was captured by the spell of story-telling practically from the cradle, I know how important it is to entice a young mind with the potential found between the covers of a book. So, I jumped at the chance to preview author buddy, Diane Burton’s first venture into the Young Adult market. Having read all of Di’s quirky contemporaries and high-flying space operas, I eagerly began RESCUING MARA’S FATHER. I found it an impossible read – impossible to put down! Foolishly, I began reading it on my lunch hour at work . . . not enough time! Couldn’t wait to get home to cue it up on my laptop and jump back into the adventure of the spunky (but never obnoxious) teen heroine and her sidekicks, young and old. (I’m buying a copy for my grandson!). What an adventure! Take a taste . . . then run to One Click!

My Review: Rescuing Mara’s Father by Diane Burton 

Impossible to put down! 5-Stars!

In this tightly woven, highly entertaining Hero(ine)’s Journey from pampered to imperiled, Mara is the perfectly imperfect 14-year-old, filled with the dreams and drama of someone who never quite fit in and doesn’t realize the importance of what she has – the safety of a loving home – until it’s suddenly stolen from her. The challenges she and her devoted friends will undertake to find her kidnapped father provide the stuff of great and constantly sustained adventure.

The author’s talent for world-building is amazing, evolving naturally on each page from the delightful ‘slanguage’ of the characters to the differences of castes and cultures set in a lush, often harsh backdrop that embraces the reader and doesn’t let go. Wonderfully paced backstory reveals traverse the dangerous path of long-kept secrets, constantly teasing with subtle foreshadowing to keep pages flipping all the way to a satisfying end for readers of any age. Can’t wait to read more from this new (to Young Adult) author! 



Her father is gone! Taken by the Queen of Compara’s agents. Mara has to rescue him before the Queen tortures and kills him. 

Instead of the kind, loving father she’s always known, he’s become demanding, critical, with impossible expectations—not just as Father but also as the only teacher in their frontier outpost. Mara would rather scoop zircan poop than listen to another boring lecture about governments on Central Planets. Give her a starship engine to take apart or, better yet, fly, and she’s happy. Now, he’s gone. 

Never mind, they’ve had a rocky road lately. 

Never mind, Father promised she could go off planet to Tech Institute next month when she turns fifteen, where she’ll learn to fly starships. 

Never mind, she ran away because she’s furious with him because he reneged on that promise. Father is her only parent. She has to save him. 

Along with her best friend, eleven-year-old Jako, and his brother 15-year-old Lukus, Mara sets off to find her father. Her mentor, old spaceport mechanic, seems to know why the Queen captured Father. In fact, he seems to know her father well. But, does he tell her everything? Of course not. He dribbles out info like a mush-eating baby. Worse, he indicates he’ll be leaving them soon. And Lukus can’t wait to get off our planet. Mara’s afraid they will all leave, and she’ll be on her own. Despite her fears, Mara has to rescue her father.

About D.M. Burton


The first time D.M. Burton saw Star Wars IV: A New Hope, she was hooked on science fiction and space travel. The Star Trek movies made her want to travel to other planets. Alas, she is still Earth-bound. D.M. and her husband live in Michigan, close to their two children and five grandchildren.

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For more info and excerpts, visit D.M.’s Website

She writes adult fiction as Diane Burton, where she combines her love of mystery, adventure, science fiction and romance into writing romantic fiction. Besides writing science fiction romance, she writes romantic suspense, and cozy mysteries.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

IWSG: I Need a (Scenic) Vacation!


Our Insecure Writers Support Group question for April is: If you could use a wish to help you write just ONE scene/chapter of your book, which one would it be? (examples: fight scene / first kiss scene / death scene / chase scene / first chapter / middle chapter / end chapter, etc.)

My answer, though I’m not proud of it is: The next scene. In the 70 books I’ve published, THIS one has been the most challenging. Sitting down at the keyboard without knowing how I was going to fill the page has never been a problem . . . until now. That, “I can’t wait to capture this idea in writing” drive hasn’t engaged. Instead of sliding behind the wheel with the vehicle of my imagination all warmed up and rearing to take me on an adventure, it’s stalled and cold, making me crank and grind out the words every time I turn on the computer. Once I get moving, I travel along comfortably, but being OCD/ADD, I’ve always had the trip all mapped out before I begin so I don’t waste any time making wrong turns on the journey. But not this time. Some days, it’s either call the Auto Club for a jump or just go back to bed.

Maybe I need a vacation for both body and mind. It’s been years since I’ve had any quality time off just to rest and recharge without obligations (I don’t count knee replacement surgery!). The idea of holing up someplace with WiFi, a comfy bed, a pool, a workout room, meals I don’t have to cook, and no expectations to meet except those of my characters . . . a dream trip! Some of my writer friends religiously rent a hotel room to finish their book. I don’t think I have enough time off accumulated to write 18 chapters . . . but I’d have a running start.

Where would you go to take a scenic break?

Pardon me. I’m off to scout locations . . . as soon as I visit my IWSG pals.

Happy Spring! And Happy Writing!



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 April 3rd posting of the IWSG will be J.H. Moncrieff, Natalie Aguirre, Patsy Collins, and Chemist Ken!

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Twitter hashtag is #IWSG

Sunday, March 31, 2019

WeWriWa: A Different Set of Standards . . . PRINCE OF POWER


Why is it that romance heroes and heroines (paranormal or otherwise) are bound by a different set of behavioral standards and expectations . . . both within the context of the pages and by the readers? I’ve found this to be particularly true with the heroine in PRINCE OF POWER. Mia Guedry is one tough, focused and determined female. Because of her gender, she’s been overlooked as successor of her shapeshifter clan, first in favor of her younger, totally unqualified brother then, upon his untimely death, by a male cousin who doesn’t want the job. In order to prove herself worthy, Mia is willing to tackle any obstacle a male would overcome, beginning with Colin Terriot, the negotiator from a rival clan. Unfortunately, they have a . . . history that keeps getting in the way.

She hadn’t made a sound but suddenly he tensed, aware of her, turning, fists raised and ready as if expecting a fight she’d happily provide, as she asked, “What’d that bag ever do to you?” 

His reply drawled low and gruff, “It got in my way.” 

Her gaze stroked down from an exertion-dappled brow lowered like storm clouds over a threatening horizon to those luscious lips parted slightly by labored breaths, dipping down into the cradle of his clavicle, flirting with the bold wolf’s head tattoo adorning delicious pecs before taking a thrill ride down the moguls of his abs to play in the tempting whorls of hair rising above the waistband of his shorts . . . Oh, yum! 

“What are you doing here, Mia?” he demanded, question curt and to the irritated point.

“I came to get in a work out if you feel like obliging me.” 

Disapproval may have narrowed his lips, but his stare glittered with possibilities as he suggested, “Maybe you should go to the girly spa down the street.” 

She couldn’t wait to knock that smug look off his face, drawling, “Afraid I’ll hurt you?” 

His mouth twitching at her sassy taunt, he replied, “In ways you wouldn’t imagine.” 

“You have no idea what I’m imagining.” 

Colin weighed the sultry innuendo as her lips pursed with the snap of challenge, and slowly he smiled, asking, “Ring or mats?”

Making the hard choices, going hand-to-hand, and even wooing enemies from another clan to pit them against one another, such behavior would be considered loyal and shrewd – from a righteous male. But from a female? Hardly admirable! Thankfully, Mia isn’t bothered by the opinions of others . . . except for one wary, once-burned prince who views her as a threatening equal and annoyingly teethes on her heart, endangering her plans. You know what they say about those best laid plans . . .

After a day off work to visit with Grandguy and a trip to my hometown stylist the next morning to get my spring cut and color, I’m all ready to hit the keyboard after I make my WeWriWa rounds. I’m starting the month of April with visits from PRINCE OF DREAMS, the final “House of Terriot” book and then, after a two week break to feature a couple of deals, I’ll start on new material from RISE BY MOONLIGHT . . . so I’d better get typing!!

Happy Spring at Last, 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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