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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Weekend, Fun Books, New Releases, & Such...

Happy Tuesday All,

I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend, and

found something fun to do. My husband, parents, and I went to an Italian restaurant to hear author, Raymond Benson, play the piano. Not only is the man a multi-published author, but he's a very accomplished pianist. We had a great time hearing him play, and I got to visit with him, his wife, and a few of my chapter mates afterwards. My family and I also had a nice dinner at the restaurant. I got to introduce my chapter mates to my family, which was fun, too.

Next week is super-duper busy for me, so I'll probably won't be posting any blog posts. I'm working on revisions for my YA novel, and working on the companion/sequel for All's Fair In Love & Lion, on top of everything else going on. I expect the 2nd round of edits for AFIL&L soon, too. (After all, July 10th is getting closer!)

While I'm busy with all these many things, here's some books to keep you happily occupied:

Recently I discovered author Lisa Scott. I've been reading her contemporary short story romances. They're cute and a lot of fun. She has several available on Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook. I've read a compilation set, as well as My Fake Fiance, and Second Chance. They're fun, quick reads.


Today also marks the release of Katie McGarry's newest full-length contemporary YA, Dare You To. I've read her other full-length YA, Pushing The Limits, and her novella, Crossing The Line. I think she's a very talented author. It's available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Also available is Josephine Angelini's 3rd Starcrossed novel, Goddess. I've really enjoyed how she's used the Helen of Troy story and made it her own. You can find Goddess at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Shauna Allen's next book, The Halo Effect will be out very soon!

For a list of upcoming novels, check out this post.

I'll try to have more blog posts this week, but I do have several things going on, so please be patient.

What novels are you looking forward to being released?

Have A Tremendously Terrific Tuesday!

Monday, May 20, 2013

It's All About The Romance...

Happy Monday All,

Hope everyone had a great weekend. Mine was pretty good. Relaxing.  What about yours?

I don't know how many times I've mentioned I'm a hopeless romantic (probably at least twice every year since I started this blog, right? So, I started in around 2009, so 4 years, times 2, equals 8). So by now everyone knows I am.

Although I don't call it "hopelessly romantic",  I call it "helplessly romantic" because I can't help myself. I'm drawn to pretty much anything romantic. Movies, music, books, dates with husband. Yep.

There's a movie that the Hallmark Channel put out called How To
Fall In Love. In it they talk about whether or not old fashioned romance is dead. I don't think it is. I think if you look hard enough, you find it. Sure, you might have to look harder in some places than other places, but it's there. (It's a sweet movie, and I really enjoyed it...some good dating/personal advice, too).

There's a book out by Dr. Gary Chapman called The Five Love Languages. It talks about finding what way you feel the most loved:  Words of Affirmation, Acts Of Service, Gifts, Physical Touch, Quality Time.  Very interesting book, and a really good way to understand yourself, and the person you're interested in. My husband and I have a copy, and we both read it. I highly recommend it. There's even a section of Dr. Chapman's website dedicated to The Five Love Languages.

Whenever my husband pays me a good compliment--even if I don't remember specifics--I always remember how it made me feel. There are times he's said just the right thing at just the right time, and I remember it. For me, that's incredibly romantic. Or when we're sitting together, watching a movie or a show, and he just reaches over and touches me. It's like a Romance novel or a movie. 

So what's your idea of romance? What makes you feel all gooey and romantic inside?

Have A Magical Moment Monday!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

New & Upcoming Releases For Your Summer Reading Enjoyment...

Happy Thursday Everyone,

Thank you for the prayers and positive thoughts for offspring and I. Offspring is doing better--and I'm working on getting better.

There's been several new releases lately and I've been utterly remiss in posting about them, so here we go:



In no particular order:

Author pal of mine, Wareeze Woodson's debut novel, a Historical Romance, Conduct Unbecoming A Gentleman was recently released. You can find it on Amazon. 

I did announce when C.C. Hunter's YA Paranormal final book in Kylie's Shadow Falls series, Chosen At Nightfall. I did a short review of this one.

Teri Thackston put out a Paranormal Romance, Wait Until Moonrise, available in E-Reader format. 

J.D. Faver has a new Romance, The Reluctant Rancher available through Amazon. 

Contemporary Fantasy Author, Shanna Swendson has her newest Enchanted Inc. book available in print (I don't know if it's available on E-Reader yet. Last I saw it was going to be coming soon). Book 7, Kiss And Spell is now available through Amazon. 

I recently got into Kiera Cass's YA series, which includes a novella called The Prince, but the first full-length novel in that series is called The Selection. The newest release is The Elite. Very fun series. (And yes, I've read all 3 stories--interested to see what comes next!)

Author pal of mine, Will Graham, has another Thriller, One Minute After Midnight is available through Amazon for your E-reading pleasure. 



In no particular order (aside from what month):

Shauna Allen's matchmaking angel will return soon in The Halo Effect. (May 2013) (Paranormal Romance).

Josephine Angelini's YA Paranormal Starcrossed Book 3, Goddess. (May 2013).

Author pal of mine, Jenn Langston will have her debut novel, a Historical Romance, His Perfect Bride, coming out in June 2013. 

Of course, there's my debut Romance (Fantasy & Paranormal elements), All's Fair In Love & Lion coming out on July 10, 2013. But y'all already knew that. :-)

Lesley Livingston has her second book in her Starling series, Descendant, coming out late August 2013. (YA Paranormal).

There's an author pal of mine who I believe has her debut Romance coming out in August 2013. I'll double-check details and have to get back to you all on that. (It's not listed on her site or Facebook page, so I'll have to ask her).

What other novels are coming out in May, June, July, and August that you're looking forward to? Please share that information in the comment section. Thank you!

Side note:  For anyone new to commenting on my blog:  All comments come to me FIRST for review. Once I see them, I publish them, and then they show up in the comment section. I know this seems a little tedious, but after some problems I had in previous years, this seems to work best. It also cuts down on duplicate comments, since I can eliminate any extra same posts when I review them.

Have A Tantalizingly Thrilling Thursday!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Post Mother's Day & Updates...

Happy Tuesday All,

Daffodils were my maternal
grandmother's favorite flower
Yes, I know the time stamp says Monday, but given that it's after 9:00 p.m. when I'm writing this, I figure I'll set it up to be Tuesday's post.

Hope all the Mothers had a wonderful Mother's Day Weekend! Mine was pretty good. Spent time with two dear friends of mine. We went out for dinner and hung out. It was a lot of fun. 

Sunday I went to church with my family and there was a special blessing for Mothers, so that was very nice. Me and my family saw my own mother later in the day. She's one awesome, awesome lady, so it's always great to see her! She's always been a tremendous source of comfort, encouragement, sound advice, and support. I've learned so much from my mother, so it's great to celebrate her. My husband, offspring, & myself gave her a gift that was a tie-in with All's Fair In Love & Lion (she's read
one of the drafts back when I was revising it to get it ready for submitting). We gave her a white rose, one of Sasha (the heroine) favorite kind of teas, and some chocolate. She loved all of it, and it felt good to spoil her.

Husband hasn't told me about my mother's day gift. He says he plans it for later in the year. Although given recent events and everything (paying for the car to be fixed) that idea may go to the wayside. But perhaps I can finagle a back massage instead. (He gives great massages and it's been a long time since I got one). So a back massage would be a totally awesome belated Mother's Day gift as far as I'm concerned!


Editor says I'll be getting 2nd round of edits probably in early June, so I'll be working to get that done well and quickly so I can send 'em back in time for July 10th release. The plan is it'll be available first on Amazon Kindle, then later go to other E-book formats, then around 9-10 months after release, be available in hard copy (in-print). At least, that's what it looks like at this point. I'll let you know if that changes.


If you look in the margins you'll see I've been a busy little reader. Been focusing a lot on YA, although I did recently finish a Paranormal Romance by Teri Thackson that gave me the shivers! Well written, but don't read it at night. :-)

What's everyone reading these days? What's one of your favorite genres?

Have A Tremendously Terrific Tuesday!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Updates, Swag, & Other Writing...

Happy Thursday All,

First all, thank you for all the Facebook love! I really appreciate it. (To check out my Facebook Author page, click here). It's great to be able to connect with y'all there. Also, if you want to drop me a line, you can email me.

I'll be ordering bookmarks for All's Fair In Love & Lion shortly. Also, I plan to do a giveaway with a fun swag item sometime in the future (haven't set a date for that, yet--but once I get those details figured out, I'll let y'all know). I can't believe in just 2 months it'll be out! I really am thrilled.  

Basic story line for All's Fair In Love & Lion:  Sasha Brighton is a high school English Teacher (she teaches Juniors) and she always wanted her own Prince Charming. However, she figures reality isn't fairy-tales. That is, until Monroe Dubay, a shapeshifter of sorts, steps out of her dreams and into her life. 

I hope you all enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it. :-)

As the July 10th release date draws closer, keep an eye out for all the little things that I'll be sharing...from graphics, to bookmarks, to...  

Well, you'll just have to stay tuned to find out!

I'm also working on edits and revisions to my YA Paranormal, Immortal Dreams Book 1:  Dream Weaver. This involves an 18 year old heroine, Laney Alberts (who is a self-described "walking contradiction"), and 18 year old hero, Erich Magnus, who is a cross between a nice guy and a jerk (he can't help it that girls swoon when he's around--he's 6'3", blue-green eyes, dark hair) The story involves Greek gods and goddess and I had a blast writing it. It will have a sequel, but I don't know if it will have a 3rd book or not. Have to see how the 2nd one goes. The 2nd book already has a title and has been started.

Meanwhile, what are you reading?

Have A Tantalizingly Thrilling Thursday!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

My Life As A Romance Novel (Or, Happy Anniversary To My Real Life Hero)

Happy Wednesday All,

Today is very special. Because today is me and my Real Life Hero's wedding anniversary. 

Our story begins many years ago...

Sometime around 11 years ago, Real Life Hero walked into my life. It was a late January evening and I was at a church sponsored young adult group. He caught my eye with his personable ways, and how handsome he looked in his black leather jacket (by the way, he doesn't have that leather jacket--he had to get a new one, and he still looks hunky in black leather jackets). However, I didn't think of having a relationship with him because I was with someone else. We had nice conversations, but I wasn't going to be disloyal to the other guy. Well, the relationship with the other guy fell through (and no, it wasn't because of Real Life Hero, there were a lot of other issues with that relationship and honestly, ex and I became better friends than we were romantic couple). 


Hero and I maintained a friendship, and he asked me out. But, being the timid goofball I was, I called off the romance some months later. I had a feeling Hero was the right guy, but I wasn't sure how I felt about that knowledge. I was in my early twenties and didn't know what to think. However, Hero had also figured I was the woman for him, and didn't give up hope. 

We maintained contact, and on New Year's Eve 2002, as we toasted the beginning of 2003, we talked about getting back together. I told him how I didn't want another relationship to fall apart. That I was tired of having my heart broken. He said to me, "You have to take a leap of faith." I replied, "If I fall, will you catch me?" He said he would.

March of 2003, he proposed to me after asking my father's permission. 14 months later on May 8, 2004, we were married. 

9 years later, he's still my best friend, my hero, and he still catches
me when I fall. He's an awesome father, and makes me feel special. The other guys I dated were nice guys, but my Real Life Hero, is truly the one God meant for me.

I love you, my hero! Thank you for loving me back. :-)

Do you have a special someone in your life? What's your romantic story?

Have A Wonderfully Wondrous Wednesday! 

Monday, May 6, 2013

A Little Taste...

Happy Monday All,

Wow...I know, it's so very long since I gave a real update. Things are heating up (in a good way).

I'm gearing up for July 10, 2013 when All's Fair In Love & Lion is released (YAY!) Yeah, it's still 2 months away, but there's several details.

In other news...the companion sequel to All's Fair In Love & Lion has a new title (originally I was calling it Inflamed, but I felt like that didn't really describe the book, so I came up with a new one, which I will reveal later). It's coming along and I like the direction it's going, so hopefully I can finish it up reasonably quickly. I really want to get through initial edits and get all fixed up as soon as possible. I sent a basic synopsis to my editor and she wants to see it when I'm done. So we'll see what happens with that one.

What can I tell you about AFINL&L? Well...let's see it's a Romance novel...there's aspects of fairy-tale in it (no, Monroe isn't a prince, but he's got a castle he inherited from his parents). Sasha is an high school English teacher who secretly wants her own Prince Charming and wonders if it could be Monroe. There's a whole cast of characters that were fun to write--from Sasha's exuberant best friend, to Monroe's lifelong friend, who is practically a brother to him. There's a cast of characters I had a blast creating. I just love this story. I'm so excited you, my readers, will finally have a chance to see it.

I know I'm teasing you, but I promise, you'll see more as time goes by and then, whoo-hoo, it'll be release day! So stay tuned. :-)

Have A Marvelously Magical Monday!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Please Be Patient...

Happy Friday All,

My blog is undergoing RE-construction. I've been getting a lot of emails lately from people saying they weren't able to read the blog--that the dark background was bleeding into the white of the posts making it hard to read dark font colors. This year is the first time I've had this complaint. I have no idea what is going on. I had no trouble viewing anything on this blog from my computer (or the 3 other or so computers I've viewed it on) so all I can say is I'm trying to be as accommodating as possible.

I've changed the background design to a lighter design. I plan to continue to use the dark font because it's easier to see on the white background of the blog posts.

I've adjusted the content in the margins--unfortunately, not everything is behaving itself. For some reason, despite the fact that I changed the color to black, when I viewed the blog some of the font coloring is a dark-gray or some color like that. I'm not sure why. I'm not a techie, or a web designer (and right now it's not in the cards for me to have one) so I have to do it all myself.

So please be patient. I'm doing my best to make this as viewable as possible.

Thank you.

Have A Fantastically Fabulous Friday!