Sunday, September 22, 2019

WeWriWa: Dreams v Desires – RISE BY MOONLIGHT


The one thing I like the most about the returning heroine in my “By Moonlight” series is her self-sufficient determination. But strength can sometimes become its own weakness as Cee Cee discovers in this excerpt from my W.I.P.

Troubled by her restless demons, Cee Cee relied upon the heat and security radiating from the male beside her. It had never been her habit to depend upon anyone for strength, let alone a man once thought to be both mobster and monster, but Max Savoie had quickly become a habit impossible to break. Not that she wanted to, never that! But after a lifetime of caring only for herself with a determined, excluding selfishness, sometimes she had to remind herself to let him in, to trust him to trust her. 

Like now. 

She had no defensible reasons for hiding her agenda from her mate. If anyone could be counted on to support her choices, she need look no farther than the figure beside her. She knew that. But knowing and blindly believing were sometimes difficult to justify when standing at a crossroads of divergent paths, one that led to dreams and the other to desires. Difficult scales to balance upon an uncertain fulcrum.

In my opinion, the strongest and most admirable people recognize and admit their own flaws and by that, seek to improve. On the flipside, the best villains never do. They can’t accept the same imperfections in their own character that they demonize in others. Greed becomes ambition. Exploitation of the powerless is justified as for their own good or their protection. Cruelty is cloaked as teaching character. It’s hard to admit mistakes and much easier to blame them on others. It’s easier to take the credit than to share it with those deserving of it. Dreams and desires are there for the taking, regardless of who it hurts. And therein lies the line between hero and bad guy, a line that can be danced upon but never crossed. I’ll be looking for a good sneak peek of my villain to share next week.

Hoping to get more chapters in this weekend leading up to a four-day Write In near Lake Michigan starting on Thursday. Let the words roll!

Happy Weekend, fellow Warriors!


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Sunday, September 15, 2019

WeWriWa: Making Up – RISE BY MOONLIGHT


The best part of disagreeing with someone you love is making up afterwards – even if you still don’t agree. ‘Don’t ever go to bed angry’ is good advice that’s kept my main characters together through 15 books, and today’s excerpt from RISE BY MOONLIGHT is no exception. 

“You look refreshed,” he murmured, smile neutral. 

“You look . . . Savoie, you are the hardest damned person to read sometimes, hell, make that most of the time,” she corrected, crossing to where he stood by their open balcony doors. The cool night breeze did tempting things beneath the thin T-shirt molded to her lush frame, the way her fingertips did along his shirtfront as she stepped up close. It wasn’t in her nature to hide from a problem, but she was a master at circumventing them with her sighed request of, “Could you just hold me?” 

“I can do that, Detective.” 

His big hands soothed along the tough line of her, one going high to press flat between the always capable shoulders, the other slipping low to rest at the tempting dip of her spine. She melted against him, all supple muscle and heat and, with a jolt, he realized, vulnerability. 

Head tucking beneath his chin now that she was barefoot, she sighed, “I don’t like it when we argue.” 

“Nor do I, sha.” 

Discussion tabled for the night, but not forever.

A calm before the storm of truth and consequences to come? Perhaps, but I’ll let them enjoy it . . . at least until next week. 


I’m taking part in the Midnight Reader Appreciation Day event on the Midnight Garden Reader Group Facebook page on Friday, September 20th as one of over 130 authors posting giveaways throughout the day. Stop over to join the group so you can get in on the fun, meet new authors, and have a chance to win some great stuff! Everybody loves free stuff! 


Had a great time last weekend with my critique group, plotting, writing, relaxing with Rocketman and homemade caramel corn (thank you, Steve!), and just plain absorbing creative energy from one another. The encouragement of like-minded folk is essential in our solitary career path. And that’s what we find here each Sunday with our fellow Warriors. If I haven’t said it enough, THANK YOU for your uplifting words and for sharing slices of your writing journey each week – a path none of us travel alone.

Enjoy the Weekend and Write On!!


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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Sunday, September 8, 2019

WeWriWa: It’s a Grrrrrl Thing – RISE BY MOONLIGHT


Relationships are hard. Especially when you put two strong, determined and, frankly, dangerously different individuals together. The main couple from my “By Moonlight” shapeshifter series are equally matched for their courage and commitment to what they believe in. Bring a baby-onboard into the hormonal mix and those protective instinctive roar to life. Today’s excerpt from my W.I.P., RISE BY MOONLIGHT is just the tip of the iceberg they’ll have to chip through.

It wasn’t that he felt in any way superior to his mate. Charlotte Caissie had proven herself tough and capable and far above the gender card she was trying to force upon his argument. He didn’t fear for her because if he’d learned anything, it was that the females of either species were equal if not more skilled in handling trying circumstances. Like the others who’d mated and stood by his small cluster of friends, she was smart and tough and unbelievably fierce when what she loved was threatened.

Max feared for her, not because she was weaker, but because she was his. Just, as she would ferociously claim he was hers. Two parts of the same whole now that they were a bonded pair. 

But those two parts would soon become a trio.

Neither of them had ever had any kind of normal family life growing up amid danger and deception, but their child, he vowed every time he glanced at that ever-increasing midsection, would be different—fiercely loved, protected, spared from the isolating fear that had shaped both parents. And Max would do absolutely anything to see that dream to fruition. 


Poor Max is going to have a rough time keeping this “little woman” safe – especially when her job as an NO detective puts her in the line of fire. Even the best intentions tend to fuel the fire with a woman as fiercely independent as Cee Cee who has spent her entire career proving herself as an equal. Just don’t say girl like it’s a bad thing.


I’m spending this weekend with my grrrrl friends, the fabulous critique partners who’ve had my back for almost twenty years, hosting both at home and at the job (my new bosses let me use our office conference room to host a Saturday write in! Now that’s an employment perk!), and at month’s end, I’m heading to Lake Michigan for a four-day writers’ getaway. I’ve got a quarter of this first draft left to conquer and am determined to make it so! Wish me luck.


Since pages need a proper setting to come to fruition, check out this month’s Insecure Writers Support Group post reflecting on my dream place(s) to write.

Happy Fall and Happy Writing, fellow Warriors!!


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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

IWSG: Water, Water, Everywhere


Our Insecure Writers Support Group question for September is “If you could pick one place in the world to sit and write your next story, where would it be and why?” For me, a Michigan native defined by the Great Lakes, that’s anywhere there’s water.

There’s something about a water mass that calms, revitalizes and energizes my creative soul. There’s a rhythm, a tranquil power to it that hypnotizes with each wave and ripple. The sound is soothing and almost musical. Plant me at an open window where I can see, smell and listen to its song and words flow.



I can’t pick just one special place, though Gun Lake, Michigan comes to mind first since our annual Mid-Michigan Romance Writers of America Retreat from Harsh Reality meets on the water’s edge. I sneak away from the activities to plant myself in a quiet space with a window open and WIP magic occurs.


Other favorites spots are where my critique group has gathered around our Mitten, from a bluff overlooking Lake Huron in Ontario to the shore of Lake Michigan complete with lighthouse (top two photos), and the yearly getaway with a group of my former co-workers at a lake cottage turned lake mansion on Lake James, Indiana. An obscenely early riser, I can always find a stolen hour and an extra chapter as nature wakes and the sunrise spills across the water.


Even when my laptop wasn’t at hand, my imagination was swept away during an Ixtapa, Mexico vacation where the salty Pacific (and Coronas with lime on a sunny terrace between pool and ocean with strangers turned friends helping me plot ways to do murder ala the hang gliders soaring above our bay) gave way to the back drop for one of my romantic suspenses.



Perhaps my favorite escape of the imagination was cruising the Caribbean, getting up before daybreak to sit out on the balcony each morning, writing by the light of my screen to the sound of the ocean until distracted by an amazing sunrise. Salt, surf, serenity . . . aaaaah!



It doesn’t have to be an ocean or a Great Lake. Even a stream running behind our Riverside Retreat in Marshall, Michigan fulfilled my muse as mist rose from it each morning.


Sooooo, where is your Paradise, fellow IWSGers? I can’t wait to find out!



Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time.The awesome co-hosts for the September 4th posting of the IWSG will be Gwen Gardner, Doreen McGettigan, Tyrean Martinson, Chemist Ken, and Cathrina Constantiner!

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Twitter hashtag is #IWSG

Sunday, August 25, 2019

WeWriWa: The Danger Zone . . . RISE BY MOONLIGHT


Opposites attract, but those differences that once seemed so appealing can quickly become an obstacle if not careful. Max Savoie, the hero in my W.I.P. RISE BY MOONLIGHT is nothing if not careful until he falls hard for that irresistible opposite. The week’s excerpt sums it up.


He was a criminal turned business powerhouse, leading a clan of shapeshifters threatened with extermination. 

She was a fiercely determined detective sworn to protect a very different kind of citizen from a deadly truth about to overtake them.

Charlotte walked the streets of New Orleans where its citizens were in blissful oblivion of the danger closing in on them. Part of her job was preserving their right to ignorance. The death of his mobster mentor had pushed Max’s profession upon him at the same time he’d discovered that there were others like him. His kind existed by keeping to anonymous shadows, working and living undetected next to their human counterparts in a delicate balance. 

Together, the unlikely couple walked a parallel line of complications both tried not to cross. Their paths were different yet led to the same end . . . the survival of those they loved. But these recent discoveries forced their goals to merge in startling new directions, bringing those staunchly held objectives at odds once more. 

And upped the level of danger beyond Max’s comfort zone.

As if they didn’t already have enough to overcome! But they will . . . at least they have about eight more chapters to make sure that happily-ever-after is secured. Those eight chapters I’m determined to get through even though my anticipated release date will come and go. Life . . . sigh. It throws unexpected curves, some unwanted, some thrilling. I’ve been riding out a combination of both but now my writing life is settling back into a productive rhythm and I’m focused on that end . . . getting this book and this series to its long-anticipated end. Thanks for your patience (though mine has been severely strained,more often than not!). 


Here's how cool my new office is – they’re letting me use our cushy conference room to host my critique partners for Write In weekend after next! Whaaaaat? That’s the best work perk yet! Now, to make use of it and WRITE ON!

I’m double-dutying it today with a post on Paranormal Romantics, so pop over and weigh in on what you think my next project should be.

Hope you’re enjoying the waning days of summer, fellow Warriors. Write On!



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Sunday, August 11, 2019

WeWriWa: Everything Old is New Again! REMEMBERED BY MOONLIGHT - S*A*L*E!


Back in 2014, I’d just finished the contracted books for Pocket – my eight-book “By Moonlight” series. I was restless for something new but reluctant to let go of the characters and a storyline I loved. I wanted to reward the loyal readers of my dark paranormal shape-shifter series with what they’d been clamoring for – the return of their first and favorite couple - shape-shifter Max Savoie and New Orleans detective Charlotte Caissie. Their road to happily-ever-after deserved a dream destination. AND, it’d be the perfect book for those new to the series because as the hero (who has no memory of the world he’s built for himself and those he loves) rediscovers his past, the reader learns about that unique yet deadly world alongside him. REMEMBERED BY MOONLIGHT gave me the adventure of something new and exciting in my first self-publishing venture combined with a continued series that was tried, true and dear to my heart. AND it’s BACK. Here’s a heart-breaking look at our heroine as she struggles to help the hero find his way back to their life together.


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, but worse was having him here in the lush, sexy surroundings he’d built for them to share, so 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, knowledge 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.


I’m celebrating (perhaps prolonging would be the better word) the approaching end of the series with my W.I.P. (the 15th and final book-SNIFF!) with a
SALE to coax those who haven’t shared the journey so far, to come along for the wild ride. Hop aboard!



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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.”

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*Just a reminder that MIDNIGHT ENCHANTMENT, the book that resurrected my “Touched by Midnight” vampire series is also on SALE August 1-15.

Hope you’re enjoying these lazy days of Summer, fellow Warriors, but not too much. You need to be WRITING!



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

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

IWSG: Surprise! I never saw THAT coming!


One of my favorite things to do (an obsession, really!) is to see how quickly I can guess the ending of a book/movie. Rarely, do I get that satisfactory surprise (okay, Crying Game, Sixth Sense, The Prestige, you got me!) so I jumped on this month’s Insecure Writers Support Group question: Has your writing ever taken you by surprise? Answer: Every dang time.

For me, writing is an ever-evolving process of discovery. Even when first I started out with those 20-page outlines to gain publisher approval, at some point in the book, the characters ambushed me with a startling new revelation about their motivations or past that either changed or enriched the ending. If I knew it all before I started, I wouldn’t enjoy the journey quite so much. Yes, it’s an annoying, time consuming process when those sudden Ah-HAAAA moments make you go back and seed the appropriate clues to tease the reader, but in most cases, that revelation arrives from what’s already there. Percolating in the plot.

I am in no way a pantser. Not this OCD/ADD girl who needs a game plan to get out of the house and to work every morning. But the more books I wrote, the more I trusted the element of surprise to fill in the blanks along the way. To all those who curse editing, I’ve made it my buddy, skipping over those areas in contention (after marking them for the re-write) so they don’t slow my forward momentum, then go back with what I discover in that big Ah-HAAA to lay a subtle trail.

But please, no, “Where the heck did that come from?” Nothing worse than a resolution dropping from the sky to save the author from doing the upfront leg work. Or that maddening Blair Witch WTH was that?! that makes no sense. Just because one author can tell you the hero is a metaphorical cockroach, doesn’t mean everyone can get away with it. But please, don’t stop trying to surprise me and I won’t let you down, either.

So, let me give you a good surprise: Not just one - but TWO pivotal books from my paranormal series! MIDNIGHT ENCHANTMENT from “Touched by Midnight” (vampire) and REMEMBERED BY MOONLIGHT from “By Moonlight” (shapeshifter) are only $0.99 from August 1-15. Surprises guaranteed. Sink your teeth in and enjoy!





Happy Writing, my insecure brethren. Don’t be afraid to boldly go where your plotline has never gone before!



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 August 7th posting of the IWSG will be Renee Scattergood, Sadira Stone, Jacqui Murray, Tamara Narayan, and LG Keltner!

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Twitter hashtag is #IWSG

Sunday, August 4, 2019

WiWriWa: One Fierce Alpha Male and One Heck of a Great SALE!


Nothing starts off a new month like, not just one, but TWO sales of pivotal books from my paranormal romance series “Touched by Midnight” (vampire) and “By Moonlight” (shapeshifter)! But first, to the sneak peek business at hand . . . 

Last week, Charlotte Caissie, the heroine of my latest, RISE BY MOONLIGHT, was shrugging off the dangers of her role as an NOPD detective and her mate/husband Max Savoie was having none of it. Don’t you love it when two combustible chemicals interact, and you anticipate the explosion you know is coming. BOOM. Here it is. 

“We are not having this conversation.”

Her curt response frosted the air between them, then as gradual as a glacial advance, his expression settled into unreadable lines, covering emotions he feared he couldn’t control. “And just when do you think it would be appropriate to discuss the risks you take with the safety of my wife and child?”

A taut impasse ensued, testing fierce convictions and even stronger wills. Neither would break or ease down until Cee Cee bit out, “Do you want to know what I think about your macho male posturing?”

“Please.” A tic jumped in his cheek before he drawled out between clenched teeth, “Enlighten me.”

Her chin hoisted to a prideful angle as a gun-site stare fixed on his. “I think,” she growled, “it makes me hot as hell.”

Max blinked, then his stare caught fire.
 
I think this argument is going to be settled . . . amicably. 

I’ve been making marked progress in RISE BY MOONLIGHT (thanks to four days off before the start of my new job tomorrow). I’m in a celebratory mood, Soooo, I want to share the two books that brought two series back to life. MIDNIGHT ENCHANTMENT returned to the dark, historical setting of my Midnight vampire series after readers of the three original books that were long out of print still clamored for more. New genre press, ImaJinn Books (now part of BelleBooks) bought not only MIDNIGHT ENCHANTMENT but five more books in the series – and finally was able to reissue the original three. REMEMBERED BY MOONLIGHT did much the same for my shapeshifter series as my first self-published title, continuing the characters from the first six to RISE BY MOONLIGHT, the final #15. I’ll hype MIDNIGHT ENCHANTMENT this week REMEMBERED BY MOONLIGHT next. 


A deal with the devil. . . 

After a 400 year existence as a vampire, Gerard Pasquale wants only to be left alone to shadow the midnight streets of turn of the century New Orleans . . . until blackmail binds him to a mortal bride who throws his dark world into upheaval. Certain he can escape the unwanted bargain through the treacherous terms he makes, Gerard discovers his new wife may not be as helpless to resist his will as he at first believes. 

. . . that might save them both!

Haunted by a whispered past of witchcraft and voodoo, Laure Cristobel became a bride out of necessity to protect herself and the unborn child she carries. Though alarmed to find herself wed to a monster, she's dangerously close to falling in love with the man he once was—the man she hopes she can make him once again . . . . 

"An extraordinary, suspenseful tale. Ms. Gideon once again displays her awesome talents. A definite keeper!"—The New-Age Bookshelf. 

Sink your teeth in and enjoy this suavely sinister antihero (my favorite of the series!) while walking the streets of pre-turn of the century New Orleans (my favorite place!) for less than $1.00!! 

Happy August! And Happy Writing, fellow Warriors!


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Sunday, July 28, 2019

WeWriWa: She Works Hard for her Money . . . RISE BY MOONLIGHT


Strong, tough-minded women hold tough jobs
– jobs typically held by men in the stereotypical world. These days, those genre rolls are being broken, and in my fictional world they’re shattered by characters like Charlotte Caissie from my “By Moonlight” series. A hard-as-nails New Orleans detective, she stands as an equal with partners both on the streets she defends and with the one who shares her life after hours. But a strong alpha male like Max Savoie can find it hard to relinquish that role of protector when it comes to the woman he loves in my W.I.P. RISE BY MOONLIGHT

“Got a break in the case tonight.”

His fond gaze narrowed into glittery emerald slits as he sketched his thumb along a small bruise darkening the side of her face. “At no little cost, I’m guessing.”

“To us, no,” she assured him, catching his hand for a tender squeeze, “but to his employers, plenty.”

Treading carefully where their work was concerned was an unspoken rule, since straying into areas of conflicting interest had a bad habit of creating strained, or worse, estranged bedfellows, but Cee Cee’s hesitation set all his warning bells clamoring like a Sunday steeple.

“Am I allowed to know what it involves, Detective?”

Cee Cee shrugged off his smooth prompt to insist, “Nothing out of the ordinary.”

Cher, your definition of ordinary encompasses a wealth of things that make my blood run cold.”

Laugh husky as her dark eyes flashed up to flirt with his, she teased, “Max, you’re the most hot-blooded man I know, and nothing scares you.”

“Except,” he drawled out low and lethal, “the thought of you in danger . . . especially now.”

Oh no he didn’t play that ‘Little Woman’ card! We’ll see where it gets him in next week’s snippet. And in the meantime, I’ve reached the halfway point in my manuscript through no little struggle. YeaaAAaaah! For more on that, visit my post We Never Talk Anymore on Paranormal Romantics. 

Lots going on these last few weeks. Several writing escapes to get the creative juices flowing again (it WORKED!) Here I am at last weekend’s day long keyboard frenzy with seven awesome author pals. 



Besides writing, I’ve made a cathartic decision to leave my job at a high-end (high stress), great pay and benefits (and great people) law firm to return to my roots with a small office doing family and criminal law, and swapping my contentious relationship with frantic data entry for the personal client contact I enjoy. I think that has a lot to do with my sudden burst of writing progress (see above link to PNR post). I’ll be tying up loose ends this week and moving to that new beginning on the first Monday of August. Soooo, I’m picking up momentum and feel like my favorite Aerosmith song from early college days . . . This train will keep rollin’!



Happy Weekend and Happy Writing, fellow Warriors!!



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Sunday, July 14, 2019

WeWriWa: She’s Got the Look - MIDNIGHT MASQUERADE $.99 SALE!


Nick Flynn’s got it bad . . . he just doesn’t know HOW bad yet. He’s beginning to suspect the dream job that took him from disgrace in Louisiana to the high roller’s attorney table in D.C. is more nightmare than blessing with its mysterious agenda and forceful way of getting what they want. Now, he’s met HER and is about to realize everyone – including him – is hiding behind a mask of darkness.


The Noir women gave him the creeps, too perfect, too good to be true, too aggressively sexual and blatant in their appetites, hungry as wolves circling through plump fowl seeking whom they could devour . . . not him, thank you very much. These man-eaters were out of his league, and he didn’t mind admitting it.

Until he saw her, and surprise stopped him dead in his tracks.

He hadn’t thought her particularly glamorous at their first meeting, looking like a long night on the Red-Eye, but here, under the muted pseudo-candle glow of the Noir, she sparkled, a jewel reflecting flame. Despite the statuesque build, the eye-popping display of bosom, the legs that went on longer than most new television series, and the glam clothes, there was a hint of vulnerability in the pale shade she’d chosen to shape the refined line of her lips, a fragility to the porcelain fairness of her skin even as it smoothly wrapped nicely defined muscle . . . and there was a glint of the dangerous in those constantly moving emerald eyes.

Here was a woman he wanted to know.

She didn’t move as he approached nor did her gaze ever leave his, but locked solid as if in challenge. She did none of the usual body language things women did when he drew near—none of the subtle thrusting of the chest, sultry pouting or inviting flutter of thick lashes. She waited with a combative readiness—a Green Beret in a Givenchey gown.

Family secrets about to be unburied, scandalous doings where nothing – and no one – is what they seem to be . . . and vampires(!) up the stakes for our hero and heroine. Neither Nick or Rae are perfect people, but if they want to remain human, they’d better find a way to reveal what’s behind the masquerade of wealth and power.


There are two days left in the MIDNIGHT MASQUERADE $0.99 Sale! Grab up a copy and settle in for the night with a spine-tingling read.

I’ve got my grandguy visiting me for the better part of the week, so my goal is to catch up with what everyone’s doing before he gets here. The good news is my writing roll on my W.I.P. continues, and this coming Saturday, I’ve got another day-long write-in to attend so I’ll be putting my hands down like this . . .


Well . . . maybe not just like that.

Happy Writing and have a great weekend 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.

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