Sunday, June 28, 2020

WeWriWa: Playing with Fire . . . PRINCE OF POWER

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

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

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

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

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

Was it passion or arson?

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


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

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

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Sunday, June 21, 2020

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

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

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

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

But would they be enough?

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

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

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

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

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

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Sunday, June 14, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Have a great Sunday, fellow Warriors!

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Sunday, June 7, 2020

WeWriWa: Take Me In, Sighed the Snake . . . PRINCE OF HONOR/HOUSE OF TERRIOT 4-Book Boxed Set, #NewRelease #BookDeals

While I’m powering through final edits for RISE BY MOONLIGHT, this month I’ll be sharing from the four books leading up to the climactic end of the By Moonlight shapeshifter series, starting with PRINCE OF HONOR, Turow and Sylvia Terriot’s tumultuous story. He’s the shy, loyal brother charged by his king to return the female he’s always loved to their mountaintop home where she’ll face fatal charges of treason. She’s a desperate schemer struggling against her conscience to save her life at the cost of the only male she’s ever trusted. Here’s a peek at their dire situation.

Turow knew better than to believe what she wanted him to see—what he wanted to see, still aching all over from his last lesson. Better to die with some dignity intact than to lead this lovely serpent to the bosom of their family. 

He stared at the key she dangled before him—to his cuffs and his freedom.

“When he finds it gone,” she continued with less amusement and more trepidation, “I’ll be in his sites, too, so swear you’ll protect me, Turow, and we can go home.”

Such a sweet, deadly deal, like everything Sylvia offered, too good to be totally true. He had no desire to remain chained to this chair until James arrived with a machete, but once burned and scarred by this female more deeply than any of his brother’s tortures, he didn’t jump at the opportunity.

“There’s only one way I can protect you if we return to the compound.”

She regarded him warily, sensing bad news behind his smooth offer but having no choice. She swallowed then tipped her chin up to an arrogant angle and asked, “What is it?

“You return to our mountain wearing the mark of our bond.”

The dynamics between Turow and Sylvia are spark-filled, heart-aching and always a surprise, making them one of my favorite couples.


“Fantabulous. Gideon has a gift for creating relationships with people who are total opposites and making it work. I was not sure that Sylvia could be redeemed, but Gideon proved me wrong, her character depictions and their interactions are stellar. Besides the hot, hot sexy times, one of the best things was Turow working to teach Sylvia how to love. A superb start to a new series. A Five Cups CTRR Award Recommended Read!”  Coffee Time Romance & More

PRINCE OF HONOR is the first of four H.o.T. books included in the HOUSE OF TERRIOT 4book boxed set, now priced at only $3.99!

While not chained to the keyboard, here’s a look at what I’ve been doing since sneaking out like a masked bandit to purchase pretties for the patio.

Excuse me while I head out to my tranquil space and bask . . . right after I check to see what you’ve been doing.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

IWSG: Putting the Insecure in IWSG!

I’ve got a secret. It’s deep and dark and one I’ve carried since the first of my 68 books was published back in 1987.

Our Insecure Writers Support Group question for June is: Writers have secrets – What are one or two of yours, something readers would never know from your work?

The funny thing about my secret is I never had a problem with it until I was published. I’ve always been a writer. I’ve never wanted to do anything else. I scribbled through notebooks of lined paper, have boxes of trial and errors someplace in the basement, and even told my mother when she insisted I go to college that, yes, I’d go but all I’d still want to be was an author.

Getting that first contract was the proudest moment of my life. That was back when I didn’t know another writer lived in the state of Michigan and had never met one in the wild. I had a local news reporter come to my house for an interview and had my picture taken with my two young sons posing with a stack of my two first releases that came out in the same month. It was a full- page article on the front of the Entertainment section! But all I took from reading the article was “Church-going housewife writes romance novels – oh, how cute and . . . naughty.” That headline might well have been “Baptist Writes Smut!” My now ex was horrified and hoped no one saw it - until he was teased mercilessly at work. His family never, EVER spoke about my writing (except for my nieces and nephews and my mom and sisters!). What should have been my proudest accomplishment felt more like a walk of shame. Something I should hide.

Everyone knows a romance writer’s cross to bear is the snickers (and not the yummy kind!). “When are you going to write a ‘real’ book?” “Oh, a love story. How sweet!” “I don’t read THOSE kinds of books.” When in a pack of writers, it’s easy to blow off those jibes but when circulating in a crowd of strangers it became my dirty little secret NOT to share.When meeting new people outside the industry, I never passed out bookmarks, never spoke of new releases or boasted of my backlist. The question of “What do you do?” was always answered, “I’m a stay at home mom”, “I work for an attorney,” not “I’m the award-winning author of 68 published novels!”

I must admit, my friends, my employers and especially my critique group never let me get away with cringing modesty, especially when one of the attorneys (now a judge!) read portions of my love scenes over the intercom at the office with such good-natured relish, I had to laugh and stop taking myself so seriously (and his wife and my fellow assistants grabbed up all my new releases!).

Thirty years later, I’m proud to say I’m in semi-recovery. I still shy from book signings and can’t make myself chase down strangers waving a copy of my newest release. But I DO, when asked what I do, admit that I’m a published author - of books. Yes, romance in general but in particular– historical, contemporary suspense, paranormal, a horror movie adaptation and screenplays, and self-help for writers chap books. I’m a writer. That’s what I do. I’m not rich, I’m not famous, but I’m happy doing what I love to do.

The secret is out!

So, this is me – boldly promoting my first four-book boxed set The House of Terriot, a mini-series from the soon to be 15-book By Moonlight dark shapeshifter series.


And when RISE BY MOONLIGHT comes out in July, it will be Book 70! All-in-all, not bad for a stay-at-home mom turned retired legal assistant!

I’ve told you mine. What’s YOUR secret?

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 June 3rd posting of the IWSG will be Pat Garcia, J.Q. Rose, and Natalie Aguirre!

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Twitter hashtag is #IWSG