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Guest Post – Kelly Maher – Ideas for the 4th of July

July 3, 2017 Guest Post 1

Steph here … You know I’ve gone to a few book conventions over the last few years and have met a lot of fun authors, publishing people and bloggers… well one of them is Kelly Maher who is releasing a new book on July 4th  *stayed tuned for my review tomorrow* but she is visiting today to share some of her favorite things to do in Washington, D.C. both on the holiday and period.  I hope you enjoy and go grab her book —

Thank you *so* much to Steph and company for welcoming me to Book-A-Holic Anon! I’m Kelly Maher, and my book, THE BRIDESMAID AND THE HURRICANE, releases tomorrow from your favorite ebook retailers!! Since it’s the Fourth of July, and I live and set the novel in DC, I thought I’d share a top five list of my favorite things to do in the DC area, especially during the Fourth!

 

  1. Whether I go in person–like I did the first summer I lived in DC–or watch on TV, A CAPITAL FOURTH on PBS is a *MUST*! My family and I have watched for years, and this year’s line-up of performers with host John Stamos (WHOOO-BABY!) is banging! I do have to note that if you go to A CAPITAL FOURTH, you may want to sit to the side of the stage for a better live view of the fireworks. And speaking of fireworks…
  2. FIREWORKS!! I *love* fireworks displays during the Fourth of July. The DC professional display is gorgeous, and I recommend sitting or standing somewhere near the Lincoln Memorial. If you can’t be that close, there are lots of places with good views, and a friend of mine gives two big thumbs up to the view from the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial which is across the Potomac from the Lincoln Memorial in Virginia.
  3. After the fireworks, you may want to consider getting some adult milkshakes. There are a number of places in DC that offer these, but my favorites are the ones at Ted’s Bulletin. They’ve got two locations, but I go to the one on 14th Street NW. I’ve taken pretty much all of my family there at some point, and a few of them have requested return visits!
  4. One of the things I celebrate during the Fourth (besides family birthdays), is what founded our country: the Declaration of Independence. You can see it at the National Archives, along with the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. In addition to our founding documents, the National Archives has regular exhibits of interesting things in their collections. I particularly enjoyed the one on Prohibition! If you’ve got kids, they also have sleepover events on a regular basis!
  5. And since Radhika and Colm, my hero and heroine in THE BRIDESMAID AND THE HURRICANE, are journalists, I can’t not mention the Newseum. This is one of the private museums in DC where you have to pay an entrance fee, but it is totally worth it! Plus, the admission is good for two days. Personally, I’m looking forward to checking out David Fahrenthold’s legal pads where he tracked the work he did while crafting the story about the current president’s history of charitable giving.

 

I hope you’ll check out THE BRIDESMAID AND THE HURRICANE when it releases! I had a lot of fun talking about things I love doing, seeing, and eating in DC 🙂

Thank you so much to Kelly and I really hope her enthusiasm for the city she calls home speaks to you and gets you to check her out!

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For Crown and Kingdom – Jeffe Kennedy Guest Post

April 28, 2016 Guest Post 2

Most of you who follow this blog know that I have enjoyed a lot of stories from Jeffe Kennedy over the years.  This story is something I am looking forward to but I also love seeing what has inspired her stories of The Twelve Kingdoms and here we get a glimpse of what makes her tick.

Thoughts….

It should be no secret by now that I love mythology of all kinds. It started with attending Catholic rituals in my tender youth, combined with an early acquisition of a tattered copy of Bullfinch’s Greek Mythology. The two are more closely related than you’d think! I also read all kinds of fantasy with consuming passion, including every fairy tale I could lay my hands on.

Later in life, as I headed to college, my very Catholic grandmother told me that I didn’t believe in the Holy Church because I didn’t know enough about it – so I majored in Religious Studies along with Biology. Being who I am, however (remember that copy of Bullfinch’s?), I took courses in every religious practice the university offered, including one in Greek Mythology! Along with Islam, Judaism, Jewish and Catholic mysticism, oriental philosophies of all stripes and a smattering of others.

In short, my head is stuffed with religious mythologies of all kinds.

So, when I wrote The Twelve Kingdoms books, though I didn’t plan to have a religious mythology as a foundation for the world, I wasn’t too surprised when one developed. I didn’t really draw on any particular legend, religion or mythology, however. One of the beautiful – and liberating – aspects of creating a religious mythology is that it allows an author to comment on the role of belief in our lives without criticizing any particular philosophy.

Because I truly believe there’s no line of belief that’s wrong or another that’s right – the problems come in when people take their beliefs to extremes or try to force them on others.

All that said, I wanted the mythology of The Twelve Kingdoms and Uncharted Realms to be based on goddesses to contrast with the primarily patriarchal religions that dominate our world today. The stories are heroine-centric, so the mythology is infused with the divine feminine also. Sharp readers might recognize aspects of Aprodite, Athena and Artemis in Glorianna, Danu and Moranu.

Though I did a bit of mixing and matching too!

More about Jeffe:

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Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning author whose works include non-fiction, poetry, short fiction, and novels. She has been a Ucross Foundation Fellow, received the Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship for Poetry, and was awarded a Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Award. Her essays have appeared in many publications, including Redbook.

Her most recent works include a number of fiction series: the fantasy romance novels of A Covenant of Thorns; the contemporary BDSM novellas of the Facets of Passion, and an erotic contemporary serial novel, Master of the Opera. A fourth series, the fantasy trilogy The Twelve Kingdoms, hit the shelves starting in May 2014 and book 1, The Mark of the Tala, received a starred Library Journal review was nominated for the RT Book of the Year while the sequel, The Tears of the Rose was nominated for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Best Fantasy Romance of 2014 and the third book, The Talon of the Hawk, won the RT Reviewers’ Choice Best Fantasy Romance of 2015. Two more books will follow in this world, beginning with The Pages of the Mind May 2016. A fifth series, the erotic romance trilogy, Falling Under, started with Going Under, and was followed by Under His Touch and Under Contract.

She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with two Maine coon cats, plentiful free-range lizards and a very handsome Doctor of Oriental Medicine.

Jeffe can be found online at her website: JeffeKennedy.com, every Sunday at the popular Word Whores blog, on Facebook, on Goodreads and pretty much constantly on Twitter @jeffekennedy. She is represented by Connor Goldsmith of Fuse Literary.

 

And a bit about For Crown and Kingdom:

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The Crown of the Queen

A Twelve Kingdoms Novella

Dafne Mailloux, librarian and temporary babysitter to the heirs to the High Throne of the Twelve – now Thirteen – Kingdoms, finds it difficult to leave the paradise of Annfwn behind. Particularly that trove of rare books in temptingly unfamiliar languages. But duty calls, and hers is to the crown. It’s not like her heart belongs elsewhere. But how can she crown a queen who hesitates to take the throne?

This novella will be part of a duology called For Crown and Kingdom, which will also contain a novella by Grace Draven.

For Crown and Kingdom (The Crown of the Queen) will release on May 24, 2016 and will be available in digital format and print.

Buy links will be added to the bookpage once available:

http://www.jeffekennedy.com/for-crown-and-kingdom/

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Edged Blade Tour – Welcome J.C. Daniels aka Shiloh Walker!!!!

February 2, 2015 Guest Post, Tours 10

Ok for those of you who are looking for a kick-ass heroine who has been taken thru hell and is still one of the strongest characters I have read…. Well why aren’t you reading Kit!!!  She’s something else and taking us on this journey has been J.C. Daniels aka Shiloh Walker who excels at ripping my heart out and shredding it to pieces no matter which name she’s writing under.  I had the chance to ask her a few questions and I hope you like her answers even as I repeated a question just cause dammit enquiring minds (Ok maybe just mine…) need the answers…  LOL

 

Question 1:  How much fun have you had torturing your readers with the journey you have taken Kit thru thus far?

Ah…well, I don’t do it just to torture readers.  Honestly, I’m just telling the stories that play out in my head, basically the way Kit tells them to me.

Question 2:  Are you going to let Justin find his mate?  I mean come on the man deserves it.

Right now, I’m focusing on Kit’s story.  Whether or not anything ever happens with Justin, we’ll just have to wait and see.  prime example of her ways to torture us…  LOL sc

Question 3:  If you had the chance to rewrite any (and I mean any) book or work in history what would it be?

Ah… the only books I’m any good at writing are mine, and I can only write the books I’ve written the way they wanted to be written.

Question 4:  I find myself consistently amazed at how much heart and backstory you fit in to your books, how do the ideas come to you?

I mentioned earlier that write the books as they come to me–I tend to do more ‘narrating’… the characters are pretty much in my head, living out their stories and I’m just writing down what happens as it happens.

Question 5:  Be honest…  How much fun is torturing your readers by making them go thru some really difficult times with your characters?  You don’t seem to shy away from any tough subjects.

Well, I don’t write anything just to torture readers. These are just the way the stories play out in my head–bad things do happen.  When one of my stories decide they are going to have something rough happen, I tackle it.  I’m not doing my story justice by shying away from whatever it is and it’s short-changing readers as well.
I personally have enjoyed this series even as it tore me apart…  I love an author that isn’t afraid to go there but also brings it about in a way that is honest to both the story and characters that inhabit the world that is created.  While I might curse them occasionally I appreciate the craft involved in making us so invested in the story.

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In the year since her life was torn apart, Kit Colbana has slowly rebuilt herself. There’s a promise of hope in the relationship with the alpha of the local shapeshifters and she no longer comes screaming into wakefulness. Life’s not perfect but then again, when was it ever?

When her best friend Justin comes to her for help, there’s little question as to what her answer will be. Witches are disappearing and Justin won’t rest until he has answers. Soon, they learn that it’s not just witches who’ve gone missing, but vampires and shifters, too.

Unlikely alliances are forged as Kit and Justin found themselves drawn into a twisted web of lies and betrayal. As the clock counts down and the culprit behind recent disappearances is revealed, those Kit loves the most become the target of somebody who will kill to protect an ugly secret.

 

Shiloh Walker - author pic, photographer Ayrica BishopAbout JC:

J.C. Daniels is the alter ego of author Shiloh Walker and was created basically because Shiloh writes like a hyperactive bunny and an intervention was necessary. J.C. is the intervention. The name… J.C. Daniels is a play off of the three people who pretty much run Shiloh’s life.

Professional Bio

J.C./Shiloh Walker has been writing since she was a kid. She fell in love with vampires with the book Bunnicula and has worked her way up to the more…ah…serious works of fiction. She loves reading and writing just about every kind of romance. Once upon a time she worked as a nurse, but now she writes full time and lives with her family in the Midwest. She writes urban fantasy, romantic suspense and paranormal romance, among other things.

You can learn more and connect with JC here website| Facebook | twitter and Goodreads

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Enter to win one of two prizes by J.C. Daniels. A Kindle Fire or a tea set—including a mix of Kit’s favorite tea, as well as download of books 1-3. Enter via the widget below. Be sure to check back and see if you’ve won and check out the rest of the participating blogs!

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Guest Post – Sarah M. Anderson – Nobody!!!!

May 7, 2014 Guest Post 0

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Nobody Bodine is a nobody who came from a nobody and will always be a nobody.

He disappears into the shadows—no one sees him if he doesn’t want them to. He exists in neither the white man’s world nor the tribe’s, dispensing vigilante justice when he sees fit. There’s no other place for a man like him in this world.

Until Melinda Mitchell shows up on the rez. From the first moment he lays eyes on her, he can tell there’s something different about her. For starters, she’s not afraid of him. She asks where his scars came from, and why he has so many. But more than that, she sees him. For the first time in his life, Nobody feels like a somebody in her eyes.

Melinda has come west to run the new day care on the White Sandy Reservation. She’s intrigued by this strange man and his tattered skin, and when she discovers that he’s a self-appointed guardian angel for the boy in her care, she realizes that there’s more to Nobody than meets the eyes. But how far will he go to keep the boy safe? And will she be able to draw him into the light?

In case you’ve missed it..  I don’t know how… See how much I love Nobody here…  And now Sarah is nice enough to visit me and give us more of him to love with this excerpt.

 

Chapter 10 Excerpt

What was left of the firelight caught the colors of her hair as she smiled a wide, open smile at him. She was sitting on a blanket, her skirt fanned out around her. “I’ve been waiting on you, Mr. Bodine.”

He whipped his hat off his head. “Sorry to have kept you waiting. I was making sure.”

She accepted this. “I was worried about you.”

He wasn’t sure what he was supposed to say to this. People didn’t worry about him. At least, they didn’t worry that he was all right. More than likely, they worried that he was around and up to no good.

She looked up at him, her eyes shining in the low light. “Come,” she said, patting the blanket next to her. “Have a seat.”

Nobody didn’t move. It was one thing to have had her in his arms—on his lap, essentially—when he’d been too wounded to be considered a threat. But he was better now. Not great, but better. Most people would be afraid of him.

Not her. “I don’t bite,” she said, her tone light and teasing. “And I won’t make you talk this time. Just . . . come sit with me. Please.”

He wanted to do just that, maybe slip his arm back around her waist again and feel the weight of her body anchored against his. It was the sort of thing that probably happened all the time. Rebel sat like that with his wife on a regular basis. There was something about it that seemed normal.

He wanted to sit with her. She wanted him to do just that. So why couldn’t he make his feet move? Why did he feel like maybe he shouldn’t have come?

“Nobody?” Her voice was soft in the night—concerned. “Why won’t you come sit?”

He realized he was crushing his hat. He tried to stop but it didn’t work, so he ducked his head. He couldn’t even come up with a response to a simple question.

He couldn’t be normal.

He heard her get up. She was probably going in—had probably given up on him. Just as well. He began to move back into the shadows. He’d go check on Jamie. Yeah, that’s what he needed to do.

“Don’t.” He startled at how close her voice had gotten. His head popped up. She was walking around the fire. Toward him. “Don’t go.”

He stood, rooted to the spot as she closed the distance between them. One of her pretty little hands reached out and settled on his side, where the bandage was. “How are you?”

Her voice was like the trickle of water in his stream, cool and inviting after a hot summer day. “Good,” he managed to get out as her fingers skimmed over his shirt.

She took another small step toward him, her hand settling on his hip. “Do you need Madeline to look at it?”

“No, Ma’am. It’s healing.” She gave him a soft smile as she took another step in. His heart began to pound. He didn’t like it. He could face down six men and get stabbed in the gut and not be nervous about it at all, but one woman with wildfire hair made him all jumpy.

“Did you take the antibiotics?” Her other hand settled around his waist. The only thing keeping her chest from his was his hat.

Jesus, she was playing with fire. She had no idea what he was capable of. None. “No.”

He waited for the scolding. At least, that’s what her sister would have done. But not her. Her fingertips dug into the waistband of his jeans, pulling him forward. Into her. “Not even as a personal favor to me?” she asked, her lips curving into the most secret of smiles.

Nobody set his jaw. She was playing with him, that was all. She was just dancing with the devil in the pale moonlight because this was all a joke. Maybe she got off on him being dangerous. Maybe she was just trying to prove something to her sister.

She tilted her head to one side, looking up at him through her lashes. He’d read books where the woman would do that and then lead the man over the edge of a cliff. He’d never understood why any man would fall for it—until now.

It was the same look she’d given him when she’d woken up with her head in his lap. God help him, she wasn’t afraid of him. He didn’t know why she wasn’t, but he was pretty sure he didn’t care anymore.

“I’m going to kiss you,” she said, her voice barely a whisper as she stood up on her tiptoes.

His fingers dug into his hat. It was a good hat, but he didn’t mind that it was meeting its death in the line of duty like this. He braced himself for her touch. He would not lose control. He would not do anything that hurt her. “Okay.”

She stopped then and he was just sure that he’d blown it by opening his big, fat mouth and doing the stupid thing—talking. But instead she just stared at him like—like—like he was the only man in the world. Just him. “Are you going to kiss me back?”

He didn’t have a clue what he was supposed to say to that. So he didn’t say anything. Instead, he let go of his poor hat and pulled her into his arms and crushed her lips against his.

She made a little squeaking noise in the back of her throat. Damn it all to hell, this is what she did to him. He made a promise to himself that he wouldn’t hurt her and what did he do? Scare the hell out of her.

He pulled away, fighting the urge to bolt. “Sorry,” he mumbled, wondering if it was worth it to get his hat before he ran. He let go of her. “I—sorry.”

“Oh, no you don’t.” The next thing he knew, she had looped her arms around his neck and was holding him in place. “Don’t you dare kiss me like that and then disappear.”

“I don’t want to hurt you.” There. He’d said what he should have said earlier.

“Then don’t hurt me.” Her lips brushed over his, a whisper of a touch. Jesus, she was going to kill him. “Just kiss me slow and hard.”

He couldn’t help the way his arms shook as he tightened his grip on her, her breasts pressed against his chest. It’d been a long time. God, he hoped he wouldn’t screw this up. “Yes, Ma’am.”

She made a sound that could have been a giggle but could have been a sigh as he pressed his lips against hers. So, so long. Too damn long. Going slow was harder than he’d thought it would be, but he wanted to remember everything—the way she tilted her head to one side and sighed, the way she felt in his arms—the way she made him feel. Strong and real and alive.

Then she traced her tongue over his lips. He heard a noise and realized that it was him, groaning. She tasted of sweet oranges and sunsets and something wild and free.

He had to be careful. If he hurt her, he’d never forgive himself. So instead of filling his hands with her ass, he forced his hands to glide down over her clothing. Instead of ripping her shirt off and feasting himself on her breasts, he focused on kissing her.

Which was a good plan until her teeth nipped his lower lip—not hard enough to draw blood, but more than enough to make his dick stand up at attention. The desire hit him so hard that it worried him. What if he lost control?

Better not to. “Don’t,” he growled, grabbing her arms from around his neck and holding them to her side.

She shook her head in a slightly dazed way. “What? Why not?” Then she realized that he had her arms pinned. She raised an eyebrow at him as she flexed her wrists, testing his grip. But amazingly, she didn’t scream or sob in terror. She just licked her lips. “No biting. Got it.”

“I didn’t say that.”

“Then why shouldn’t I?” She leaned forward and he was powerless to stop her as her teeth skimmed along his neck. “If you liked it.”

His arms shook. ‘Liked it’ wasn’t the way he’d describe it. It made him rock-hard for her. It made him want to do things that he had no business doing to her.

And the fact that she kept pushing him instead of running away from him—it made him mad. He didn’t know why, but it did. “Why aren’t you afraid of me?” he demanded. It came out meaner than he meant it to, but he couldn’t help it. Why couldn’t she see the dangerous man everyone else did?

“Why are you afraid of me?” she replied in her quiet tone.

“I’m not,” he snapped back even as he knew he was. He was scared of this fearless woman. He didn’t like being scared of anyone, especially beautiful women. “You should be afraid of me. I’m a bad man. I hurt people.” These were unavoidable facts. No one would dispute them.

“You protected me. You keep Jamie safe.”

“You don’t understand.”

She stared up at him, all wide eyes and innocence. Could she really not see the truth? “Then make me understand, Nobody. I like you. You’re an unusual man with an unusual talent and a code of honor that’s all your own. A gunslinger from the Old West—minus the gun—just like the hero in a Louis L’Amour book. How does that make you a bad man?”

He wanted the talking to stop. He wanted to go back to the kissing part and he wanted to let the kissing go on and on until they were tangled up in each other, unable to tell where his skin ended and hers began.

But to do that would be to lie to her. And he wasn’t going to do that. Not to her.

Stupid codes of honor. He would have rather her never known what kind of animal he was but she’d forced his hand, all because she wasn’t afraid of him.

He couldn’t bear to look her in the eyes. So he roughly pulled her into his chest and put his mouth near her ear. At first she was soft against him, like she was ready for the kissing to start back up.

“You should be afraid of me,” he began, feeling the goodbye in his throat, “because I killed a man with my bare hands. I did hard time. I am not a good man.”

Her body went ramrod straight. He let go of her and took a step back. Her eyes were wide-open with shock, her mouth stuck in a silent scream.

Yeah. His work here was done.

He turned and began to run. Not away from her—not because he was afraid of her, damn it all. Because that was the best way to keep her safe. To stay the hell away from her.

“Nobody,” she called out after him.

He didn’t stop.

 

 

Nobody is available as an ebook now at Amazon, Kobo, Google Play, B & N, and Apple. Print editions are available at your favorite online bookseller.

 

 

About the Author:

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Award-winning author Sarah M. Anderson may live east of the Mississippi River, but her heart lies out west on the Great Plains. With a lifelong love of horses and two history teachers for parents, it wasn’t long before her characters found themselves out in South Dakota among the Lakota Sioux.  She loves to put people from two different worlds into new situations and to see how their backgrounds and cultures take them someplace they never thought they’d go.

 

When not helping out at school or walking her rescue dogs, Sarah spends her days having conversations with imaginary cowboys and American Indians, all of which is surprisingly well-tolerated by her wonderful husband and son. You can learn more about Sarah at www.sarahmanderson.com.

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Guest Post – Stacy Gail – My Method for Dialogue Creation – Contest!

April 2, 2014 Contest, Guest Post 2

Please welcome Stacy to the blog!  Even though she’s made me ugly cry (Starting from Scratch) I still love her stories and hope you will go check some of them out including Dangerous Angel!  I love having her visit and hope you enjoy it as much as I do!  Be sure to check out the contest for some great prizes!

Before we begin, I’d like to thank Stephanie for allowing me to pop onto her blog to chat about my latest paranormal romance, DANGEROUS ANGEL. I’m so excited about this release, as it’s the action-packed conclusion to The Earth Angels, a miniseries published by Carina Press, and the culmination of a project I’ve been working on for almost two years. Thanks, Steph! 😀

You know how writers generally have this image of being quiet and shy in real life? Yeah, that’s not me. 😛 I don’t think anyone who knows me would use the words “quiet” or “shy” to describe me (though I have my moments). So is it any wonder my favorite part of writing a book is putting together dialogue? It’s like having a perfect conversation. I never get interrupted and I always get to say exactly what I wanted. Win! 😀

I have a process in creating dialogue. I talk out loud. In a silent room by myself, I’m talking up a storm! When I was writing DANGEROUS ANGEL, a dialogue-heavy book, there were a couple of times when I made myself hoarse by the end of the day. But it was necessary, as the two main characters are so different. The hero, Kyle, is ADHD and fun-loving, whereas the heroine, Nikita, is much more grounded. With two such disparate personalities, I had to make sure they didn’t clash. In the end, I allowed their dialogue to highlight how their differences complimented each other. Hopefully this harmonious blend of personalities comes through in this scene, where Kyle is trying to get information out of fellow bounty hunter, Nikita:

“Let’s have it.”

“I don’t think so.”

“What?” Maybe it was because he seemed so relaxed as he slouched against his car, but Nikita couldn’t stifle a little squeak when he suddenly moved so that he was face to face with her, propping his hands against the car’s hood on either side of her hips. He stood between her knees, their faces so close together the delicious threat of his breath feathered across her lips. With that sensual menace to her peace of mind hovering so near, her heart decided it was time to play out the Great Escape by knocking a hole through her chest. “Sorry, but I didn’t quite catch that. I could’ve sworn I just heard you say no. You didn’t tell me no, did you?”

Her brain had to be sun-fried. Having her personal space invaded should have filled her with indignation, not feverish excitement. “What if I did?”

“I thought we were working together on this one. Combining our resources, using teamwork. You know, like Sherlock and Watson, or Laverne and Shirley.”

“I don’t want to be Laverne, and have you noticed how close you are?”

“No one wants to be Laverne, she had bad posture and a funny accent. And nothing’s escaped my notice—especially that part about you telling me no.” He loomed closer still, until every breath was filled with the scent of him—like an exhilarating rush of fresh air after a wild storm. “Denying me like that for no good reason makes me want to spank you for being a bad girl. You don’t want me to spank you, do you, Nikita?”

Oh my God, yes. “Depends. Over the panties or bare-butt?”

“Bare-butt’s the only way to go.”

“This is so true.” It was nice they agreed on something. “But since I don’t enjoy the idea of flashing my ass in the parking lot of The Toy Box, I suppose I should explain why I’m not in the mood to play nice.”

“Go right ahead.” He pushed deeper between her knees. “I’m all ears, Sparkle.”

Oh, no he wasn’t. The proof of that was pressing closer, his body heat radiating through the folds of her skirt to sear the hidden cleft between her legs. “You had all that time to chew things over with the Beirs twins, yet you haven’t shared a thing with me yet.”

“There’s not much to share.”

“I’ll be the judge of that.”

“Nothing spectacular comes to mind. Not with the twins, anyway.” He tilted his head and shifted his weight. The sandpaper-like rasp of his unshaven cheek brushed the smoothness of hers, and she feared he heard her breath flutter. “Dibby’s offering a reward for the return of his wee lost lamb. Isn’t that sweet?”

“A reward?” Her eyes widened, but she wasn’t sure if it was his newsflash or the hard press of his aroused flesh against her inner thigh. “My, my.”

“I know. Impressive, isn’t it?”

Oh, wasn’t he the funny one. “Depends. How big are we talking about?”

The corner of his mouth curled. “Big enough to make both of us happy.”

“I don’t know about that. I’m hard to please.”

“I’m not worried. I’m up to the challenge.” And with that he closed the meager distance between them and captured her mouth.

So, my dialogue-producing process might be a little odd, but it works for me. Here’s hoping everyone else enjoys it as much as I do. ^_^

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Read on if you’d like to learn more about DANGEROUS ANGEL:
Book four of the Earth Angels series

Miami’s best bounty hunter, Nikita Tesoro will do anything to collar a fugitive, including stepping into a stripper’s stilettos for the night. Outsmarting her rival Kyle Beaudecker is just a bonus. Despite the sexual tension sparking between them, Nikita keeps a professional distance from “Hurricane” Kyle. After all, she can’t get hurt if she doesn’t care.

A descendant of the archangel Barakiel with the power to harness electricity, Kyle should be focusing his energy on tracking down a demon that may be hiding in the human realm. But he’s a lover, not a fighter, and he’d much rather use his special talents for pleasure: specifically Nikita’s. And teaming up to find a bail jumper means spending lots of time together…

But when their case takes a turn for the demonic, Kyle can no longer hide his true nature from Nikita. He’ll do whatever it takes to win her heart—even stop the apocalypse. But he can’t do it alone.

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About Stacy Gail: A competitive figure skater from the age of eight, Stacy Gail began writing stories in between events to pass the time. By the age of fourteen, she told her parents she was either going to be a figure skating coach who was also a published romance writer, or a romance writer who was also a skating pro. Now with a day job of playing on the ice with her students, and writing everything from steampunk to cyberpunk, contemporary to paranormal at night, both dreams have come true.

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Quick Q&A with Jessica Scott – Giveaway of All For You!

February 6, 2014 Contest, Guest Post 2

I’d like to start by saying a huge thank you to Jessica Scott for answering a few questions and visiting today.  If you haven’t read any of this series…. GET TO IT ALREADY!!!  She does an amazing job of getting not only an amazing romance built in each installment but she brings to light a lot of the struggles our military families deal with every day when their loved ones are in the line of fire, wounded mentally and physically, or in general the day to day that most of us take for granted which they can’t.  I love seeing military life shown so realistically and the characters jump off the page to represent people you might know in real life.  Now on to Jessica…

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Q: What would you like readers to learn or better understand after reading your books or where could they find out more? (I know some will be shocked to see the toll that deployments have on families)

The Good Soldiers by David Finkle and The Long Road Home by Martha Raddatz. Also good reads are Fiasco & The Gamble by Tom Ricks

Q:  As a fellow student (undergrad for me and I know grad for you) how do you balance family, career and your writing but still try to have a chance to relax?

Easy, I don’t have time to relax. Stress management occurs on the brief snapshots I can carve for working out. Otherwise? Stress and I take lots of warm, hot showers together and talk about our lifetime traumas.

Q: Who was your biggest supporter when you first realized you wanted to write?

My friends in the Austin RWA. That group of ladies is just amazing.

Q:  What do you use to inspire you when you hit a tough spot in your writing?

Deadline psychosis. Otherwise, I usually walk away when I’m struggling with something because it means I haven’t figured out what’s wrong with the story yet.

Q: What writers do you love to read in your down time?  Is there a particular genre or writing style you are drawn to?

Right now, I’m mired in sociology readings but I love Laura Griffin, Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter series, Emily McKay’s Lair series and anything by Shawntelle Madison. She cracks me up with her writing.

Q: If you could re-write anything.. and I mean anything..  what would it be and why?  (this just interests me as I was asked that in high school & found some of the answers intriguing…)

I don’t know. I never really thought about it.

Q:  Is there any question you wish someone would ask you?  (yeah yeah I know…  cliché….) 

Not really because those questions are ones I probably wouldn’t answer anyway.  😉

Q: Besides your upcoming release what other books or projects are you working on right now?

My dissertation and all of my homework in sociology. I’m hoping to get three more books written in the Coming Home series but that will probably only happen if they make amphetamines legal (I’m joking).

 

So now head out and get All For You – Reza’s amazing story…

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Can a battle-scarred warrior . . .

Stay sober. Get deployed. Lead his platoon. Those are the only things that matter to Sergeant First Class Reza Iaconelli. What he wants is for everyone to stay out of his way; what he gets is Captain Emily Lindberg telling him how to deal with his men. Fort Hood’s newest shrink is smart as a whip and sexy as hell. She’s also full of questions—about the army, its soldiers, and the agony etched on Reza’s body and soul.

. . . open his heart to love?

Emily has devoted her life to giving soldiers the care they need—and deserve. Little does she know that means facing down the fierce wall of muscle that is Sergeant Iaconelli like it’s just another day at the office. When Reza agrees to help her understand what makes a soldier tick, she’s thrilled. Too bad it doesn’t help her unravel the sexy warrior in front of her who stokes her desire and touches a part of her she thought long dead. He’s the man who thinks combat is the only escape from the demons that haunt him. The man who needs her most of all . . .

 

Now for my fun… I’m going to giveaway 5 Kindle/Nook copies of All For You to those who comment below and either just say Hi to Jessica or tell us your story of being a family member of a solider or happen to be a soldier that wants to share something with us.  Entries will be accepted until 2/14/2014 at 11:59 pm US Central.  Please put your format preference in your comment.

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How Far Would You Go With the Boss? Jackie Ashenden Wants to Know!

January 7, 2014 Entangled Publishing, Guest Post 0

Please help me welcome Jackie Ashenden to the blog today in support of her latest Entangled Indulgence release –

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Marisa Clair wants to get her artist dreams back on track after a life detour. That means no partying, no shopping…and definitely no men to distract her. Should be easy, but there’s something about her hot and exceedingly uptight boss and she can’t seem to stop herself from ruffling Mr. Tall, Dark and Irritating.

Financial consultant Luke McNamara lives his life strictly by schedule – his OCD simply won’t allow him to do anything else. And the very last thing he needs is a sassy blonde putting lipstick on his collar and messing with his routine. She annoys the hell out of him so why can’t he stop thinking about the color of her panties…and how free he feels when he’s with her?

Marisa and Luke’s plans to steer clear of one another are shot to hell after a hot office encounter. Now the two of them will have to learn to get along as they face a much more permanent reminder of their lack of self-control – a pregnancy.

And now…  Jackie:

Hi and thanks for having me on the blog. Okay, I’ve got kind of theme going with the next few posts on this blog tour. I’m examining the lure of forbidden attraction – especially when it comes to office romances. Mainly because the hero and heroine of Talking Dirty with the Boss have that going on in a major way.

 

So it’s hard when you’re attracted to someone at work. It’s where we spend a large portion of our daily lives and our work colleagues are people we see a lot of – in some cases more than our families. And it becomes difficult when there’s attraction going on and the question becomes will I or won’t I? So many reasons not to, right? Then again, meeting decent people can be a problem if you don’t go out to clubs or bars, or don’t have a huge social network.

 

Alright, so New Year’s Eve and you’re at a party and your hot boss, who’s also a really great guy,  asks you to dance. Would you do it? I know, a dance is just a dance, nothing major, but what if it’s a slow dance? And the boss isn’t just average-hot, I’m talking hottie-hotness here. Every fantasy ever hotness.

 

And if you DID decide to say yes to the dance, what would you do if he asks you to the bar for a drink afterwards? You don’t have to drink alcohol, maybe he has a scotch and you have an orange juice or a coke. There isn’t anything sleazy about it, you’re both only going to talk. But you know there’s a definite ‘thing’ between you and he’s single and you’re single so it could go further. If you want it to…

 

Would you have that dance and that drink? And then walk away? Can you handle temptation or is it easier to avoid all potential office entanglements and say no straight up?

 

How far would you go with the boss?

 

 So now run and grab this wonderful read by clicking any of the links below!

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Entangled Edge – Releases for November 25, 2013

November 25, 2013 Entangled Publishing, Guest Post 0

Edge, a digital-first single-title romance line from Entangled Publishing, takes its lead from our popular Select imprint but gives its novels an edge in the marketplace by bringing great stories to readers at reasonable prices in a quick-and-easy way. Whether sexy or sweet, traditional romance or love and lust with a women’s fiction bent, at the center of every Edge book is heart. From Urban Fantasy to Contemporary Romance to Science Fiction Romance, Edge has a book for all romance readers—and right at their fingertips! As they say, all’s fair in love and war. To find out more about our titles, chat with authors, participate in special events, and to find out what books are coming next, visit the Entangled website, follow us on Twitter, and like our Facebook page.

Today I’m happy to be featuring Edge’s November releases!!

 

 

Some Like it Sinful by Robbie Terman

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Their attraction is sinfully delicious…

A struggling business and one act of vandalism may have brought them together, but bakery owner Chloe Nelson and professional hockey player Griffin Lange get along like chocolate and pickles. Chloe needs the famous (and famously unattached) Griffin to attract people to her pastries, and Griffin needs the curvaceous and fiery Chloe to keep him out of trouble. A fake relationship to keep the media interested seems like the perfect plan.

But when temptation throws them into bed together, a new plan arises. Why not make the fake real? Griffin’s winning every home game, and Chloe’s business has never been better. Both know it’s only physical—and only temporary. But can they drop their defenses for love, even if it means getting a little bit sinful?

 

Wild Card by Jamie Wyman

It was bad enough that gods gambled with human souls, but Catherine Sharp’s soul just had to be won by the Greek goddess of Discord, Eris. As if working a dead-end tech support job didn’t suck the life out of her as it was. Now, Cat finds herself performing random tasks for the goddess in her free time.
But when Coyote, the Native American trickster himself, claims to have won her own soul in Mayhem’s weekly poker game, Cat wants in on the action. With five sneaky gods upping the ante, Cat needs to find a way to collect the winning chips that could save her soul.
Marius, a handsome yet irritating satyr with his own debt to Eris, might finally come in handy for something. If they play their cards right and work together, Cat and Marius may just get their freedom back. If they don’t kill each other or fall in love first.

 

 

 


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Guest Post – Inara Scott – Who’s Writing This Story?? – Contest!

November 20, 2013 Contest, Entangled Publishing, Guest Post 6

Please welcome Inara Scott to the blog in support of her newest title – Falling for Mr. Wrong.  I’ve also decided to include a giveaway of this new title so check out the blurb at the end of the post and then enter to win a copy (details below).

And now…  over to Inara –

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Who’s Writing this Book Anyway? 

By Inara Scott

 

Each time I start a new book, I get to decide where the story will be set. This can make an author feel very powerful–“I am a god! I get to decide where my characters live! What their house looks like! Where they eat, work, play!”–but it is also very humbling. Because, contrary to what it may seem, I find that setting is one of the areas of my story that I control the least. Or, to put it another way, this is where the story takes over, and I lose control very quickly.

 

What do I mean by this? Well, in some cases, I do get to pick the location of the book. But as soon as I choose that location, I also have to take the baggage that comes with it, and the way that the city or state where I place people will affect their daily lives. When I set my first young adult series, THE TALENTS, in the Pacific Northwest, I also accepted the mood of the Pacific Northwest. I accepted the moss, the fog, and the drizzling rain. I accepted ancient evergreens and muddy trails in the woods.

 

When I set THE BOSS’S FAKE FIANCEE in New York City, I took on a hectic lifestyle, complete with busy streets, taxis, and–since the story took place in the fall–a glorious explosion of fall color when my hero and heroine visited the hero’s old family vacation home in Connecticut.

 

On the other hand, while I was plotting my latest book, FALLING FOR MR. WRONG, I had even less control over setting, because I started with the characters. I knew I was writing about Ross Bencher, a divorced father of three who was the younger brother of Brit Bencher (from RULES OF NEGOTIATION). I knew that despite Ross’s playboy exterior, he was actually a pretty devoted father to his kids, and that he was still smarting from his divorce. All of which meant he’d be looking for a woman who was stable, reliable, and predictable. Which in turn meant I had to set him up with someone completely unstable, unreliable, and unpredictable.

 

Following me, here? See, I’m an author. I torture people for a living. So if Ross wanted someone safe, I’d have to make him fall for someone unsafe. And what could be less safe than high-altitude mountaineering?

 

Enter Kelsey. She’s not nearly as much of a daredevil as Ross thinks she is, but she is headed to the Himalayas to climb one of the most dangerous mountains in the world. And with a character like that, I clearly couldn’t set this book in New York City.

 

I needed Colorado.

 

Boulder, to be exact.

 

Control? Not so much. The story took over a long time ago. Once I set the story in Boulder (and nearby Denver), I knew that the outdoors would have to play a big role in the story. Kelsey and Ross end up camping together, visiting climbing walls, and hiking. Ross, who recently moved to Colorado from New York, learns to breathe in the mountain air and relax. Before I knew it, the setting I was supposed to be choosing had taken over completely, affecting everything from the plot to the way the characters developed throughout the story.

 

So far, I’ve written books set in England, New York, Philadelphia, Miami, Colorado, and Washington State, and each time, the setting has managed to take control of the story in some significant way. My next book, REFORMING THE PLAYBOY, is part of a series set in Passion Creek, a fictional mountain town in Colorado. You can believe that the magic of Passion Creek left its mark on that story!

 

Now tell me, if you were writing a book, where would you set it? And once you did, do you think you could stop it from taking over your story?!

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Looking for Mrs. Right…

Single father of three Ross Bencher knows the kind of woman he wants: someone predictable, reliable, and safe, who can give his kids the security they deserve. Someone entirely different from high-altitude mountaineer Kelsey Hanson, who bewitches him with her long legs and wild passion. Kelsey’s about as far from his ideal as a woman can get, but try telling that to his body. Or his heart…

Falling for Mr. Wrong…

When Kelsey agreed to fill in as a temporary nanny for her best friend’s agency, she had no idea she’d be working for drop-dead sexy Ross Bencher, a man she can’t seem to keep her hands off. Kelsey knows if she wants to bring herself—and her father—back alive from the Himalayan Mountains, she can’t afford second-guessing or attachments. But Ross’s blue eyes and strong hands leave her gasping…and questioning everything she’s ever known about love…

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Now to win an e-copy of this book you just need to comment with an answer to Inara’s question up above…  I’ll pick one lucky winner from all entries received by 11/27/2013 at 11:59 pm Central.  So comment away and good luck!!

 

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Launch Blast – Entangled Embrace!!! New Adult Titles for November 11 2013!

November 11, 2013 Contest, Entangled Publishing, Guest Post 0

Entangled Embrace is Entangled’s New Adult line, launching today with three fantastic books! If you are looking for something new and mesmerizing, embrace the endless possibilities that this brand new Entangled Publishing new adult line offers!

Trouble Comes Knocking by Mary Duncanson

A girl who can’t forget…
Twenty-two-year-old Lucy Carver is like Sherlock Holmes in ballet flats, but her eidetic memory is more albatross than asset, and something she usually keeps hidden. When she notices that something’s amiss at her dead-end job, she jumps at the chance to finally use her ability for good. That is, until, a man is murdered, and she becomes the target of the killer.
A detective on his first case…
Detective Eli Reyes is overbearing, pompous, way too hot for Lucy’s own good, and seems as determined to ruin her relationship with her boyfriend, John, as finding the murderer. He brings Lucy in on the case, thinking she can help him get to the truth, only to cut her loose when he realizes he’s gotten far more than he ever bargained for.
A past that won’t go away…
When memories from her childhood invade her present, Lucy discovers a mystery bigger than she could have imagined. With the killer still after her, and Eli nowhere to be found, she takes things into her own hands, determined to expose the truth no matter what—before trouble comes knocking…again.

Hushed by Kelley York

Eighteen-year-old Archer couldn’t protect his best friend, Vivian, from what happened when they were kids, so he’s never stopped trying to protect her from everything else. It doesn’t matter that Vivian only uses him when hopping from one toxic relationship to another. Archer is always there, waiting to be noticed.
Then along comes Evan, the only person who’s ever cared about Archer without a single string attached. The harder he falls for Evan, the more Archer sees Vivian for the manipulative hot-mess she really is.
But Viv has her hooks in deep, and when she finds out about the murders Archer’s committed and his relationship with Evan, she threatens to turn him in if she doesn’t get what she wants…
And what she wants is Evan’s death, and for Archer to forfeit his last chance at redemption.

Definitely, Maybe in Love by Ophelia London

Her theory of attraction is about to get a new angle…

Spring Honeycutt wants two things: to ace her sustainable living thesis and to save the environment. Both seem hopelessly unobtainable until her college professor suggests that with a new angle, her paper could be published. Spring swears she’ll do whatever it takes to ensure that happens.

Whatever it takes, however, means forming a partnership with the very hot, very privileged, very conceited Henry Knightly.

Henry is Spring’s only hope at publication, but he’s also the über-rich son of a land developer and cash-strapped Spring’s polar opposite—though she can’t help being attracted to the way he pushes her buttons, both politically and physically. Spring finds there’s more to Henry than his old money and argyle sweaters…but can she drop the loud-and-proud act long enough to let him in? Suddenly, choosing between what she wants and what she needs puts Spring at odds with everything she believes in.

Definitely, Maybe in Love is a modern take on Pride and Prejudice that proves true love is worth risking a little pride.

Giveaway
To celebrate the launch of the new line, Entangled Embrace is giving away a Kindle Fire, an iPod Shuffle, and a $25 B&N Giftcard!

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