Man Law by Adrienne Giordano – $0.99 sale

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11_21 Man LawSecurity Consultant Vic Andrews lives by his Man Laws:

Never mess with your best friend’s sister
Never get caught
Never get attached

But he can’t deny his irresistible attraction to Gina Delgado, a young widow with three kids and plenty of strings attached. Even so, having a physical relationship doesn’t mean they’re “in a relationship.”

Gina lost her husband to tragedy; she is not getting emotionally involved with another man in a dangerous profession. Sleeping with Vic is just stress relief.

Until one of Vic’s assignments goes wrong and the target selects Gina and her kids for revenge. There’s nothing Vic won’t do to protect Gina and the children–the family he realizes, too late, he wants. He’ll accomplish his mission but will he have lost his only chance at true love?

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Man Law: Never mess with your best friend’s sister.

“Ah, shit.” Vic Andrews, butthead supreme, listened to the churn of the ocean’s waves. Or was it his life skittering off its axis?

Gina laughed that belly laugh of hers and he couldn’t help smiling. He extracted himself from her lush little body and rolled off. The St. Barth sand stuck to his back. Yep, they’d worked up a sweat. Salty sea air invaded his nostrils and he inhaled, letting the moisture flood his system.

Jesus Hotel Christ.

What had he been thinking? He’d been heading back to his room after closing down the resort’s bar and there she was, the girl—er, woman—of his dreams, crying on the beach. No condition for her to be in after witnessing her brother’s marriage to the love of his life.

Vic didn’t mention the fact it was 3:00 a.m. and she was alone on a secluded beach where any drunken asshole, like him, could have at her. Although technically he wasn’t drunk. Buzzed maybe. Big difference. Besides, they’d been at a wedding. Buzzed was allowed.

Gina moved and he finally turned toward her. “I’m—”

“No, absolutely not,” she said. She swiped at her curly mane of dark hair. Her face gave away nothing, but that meant squat. Gina knew how to hide bad moods.

The whoosh of the ocean lapping against the shore distracted him and he stared into the blackness.

“What did I say?” he asked.

“You were going to apologize. I don’t want to hear it.”

Apologize? Him? “I’m not sorry.” He touched her arm. “Are you?”

Please don’t say you’re sorry. Please.

That would be all he needed. He’d just freakin’ obliterated the sister rule Mike had invoked nearly a million—maybe two million—times. The sister rule was Man Law, and Man Laws were about the only rules Vic followed.

He only wanted to check on her, and before he knew it, voila, the clothes were off, the condom was on and they were humping like bunnies right there on the beach. At least no one saw them. All the well-meaning people were asleep.

Gina brushed sand from her legs and stood to straighten the sliplike dress he’d shoved up over her hips. The silky fabric glided over her curves, and the activity in Vic’s lower region made him groan. A thirty-five year-old mother of three, and she was killing him. He should be ashamed.

Screw that.

She was right there. Right there. And, because he’d probably never get the opportunity again, he should grab her and—

“I’m not sorry,” Gina said. “Not about the sex. I’m sorry about other things, but this, I loved.”
Vic retrieved his pants and stood. Gina and her honesty. Good or bad, she just put it out there and didn’t worry about the repercussions. He guessed it came from losing her husband at the age of thirty-one. She had nothing to lose.

“I need to go,” she said, watching him with her big brown eyes as the moonlight drenched her face. He put his shirt on. Did she have to look at him that way? Particularly when he wanted a replay.

“Aren’t the kids bunking with your folks?”

“They are, but you know how Matthew is. He might search for me.”

Fifteen-year-old Matt, her eldest son, took his job as man of the family seriously.

“Right. Okay.” Vic motioned toward the resort. “I’ll walk you.”

Gina held up a hand. “I’ll be fine.”

Nuh-uh. No way. “I am going to walk you. It’s late and you shouldn’t go by yourself.”

Hell, she shouldn’t have been out here alone in the first place, but he knew she’d tear him a few new ones if he said it.

She stood there, peering up at him and—God—she was fantastic. She had a classic oval face with high cheekbones and a nose he knew she hated. For over two years now he’d imagined running his finger over the little bump in it, but never dared. Every inch of her seemed perfectly imperfect.

Blown sister rule.

Gina shoved her fingers through her curls. “We screwed up. I can’t believe it. We’ve been so good.”

“We didn’t screw up. We had a simultaneous brain fart. Again.”

She laughed and shook her head.

“Anyway, walk me to the edge of the beach. You can see my room from there and can watch me go up.”

“Gina, what’s the big deal? Nobody will know we just—” he waved his hand, “—you know.”

“It’ll be better if you don’t walk me. With his mental radar, Michael is probably waiting by the door. On his damned wedding night. I swear he’s a freak. He should stay out of it.”

Oh, boy. She was getting fired up. Maintenance mode. His friend needed protection. They were both ex-special ops, but they didn’t stand a chance against all five foot three of Gina.

“Mike loves you. He’s trying to protect you.”

“From you? You’re his best friend.”

Vic ran his hands over her shoulders. “Yeah, but I’m not right for you.”

“The circumstances aren’t right. That’s true, but he doesn’t have to keep reminding me.”

“He does it to me too.”

They strolled to the edge of the beach, and he squeezed her hand. Don’t go. Just stay for a while. All he wanted was more time with her. Not a lot to ask.

On tiptoes, she brushed a kiss over his lips. A little hum escaped his throat. What the hell was that?

“I had a great time,” she said. “You were just what I needed.”

“I think a ‘but’ is coming.”

“We can’t do this again.”

Yep. Not good. “I know.”

She pulled her hand from his and hauled ass toward her room. Away from him.

He waited while she went up the stairs and she stopped in front of the window of the room next to hers. A minute later the door opened and Matt came out. He turned and, apparently using his Spidey sense, looked straight at Vic.

And we’re busted.

 

About the Author: 11_21 man Adrienne Giordano HeadshotUSA Today bestselling author Adrienne Giordano writes romantic suspense and mystery. She is a Jersey girl at heart, but now lives in the Midwest with her workaholic husband, sports obsessed son and Buddy the Wheaten Terrorist (Terrier). She is a co-founder of Romance University blog and Lady Jane’s Salon-Naperville, a reading series dedicated to romantic fiction.

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2014 Autumn Collection by various authors – Spotlight and Giveaway

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Six complete sweet to sensual romances from six multi-talented authors in settings that are sure to keep you spellbound with tales about young magic, charming reunions, and new beginnings. Enjoy the darker side where witches cast spells, vampires exist, and zombies walk the earth. There’s a story for everyone.

Man of Her Dreams by Gerald Costlow

Anise and Charlene are living the busy lives of young Goth women trying to juggle college and jobs and – in their case – training as apprentice Sherritt witches under the tutelage of Anise’s mother, Annabel.

Then over Thanksgiving break, the girls encounter a young man named Donnie who claims to be running from a demon – a demon sent by the Devil himself. They might have dismissed the man as deluded, but Anise recognizes him from her dreams. He is the perfect lover she’s been dreaming of night after night.

Now the witches are involved in a deadly game of hide-and-seek, discovering they have only days to figure out how to help Donnie. Are even the famous Sherritt witches up to the challenge? Third in the Modern Day Sherritt series.

Under the Harvest Moon by Markee Anderson

Victoria Sommerfield is the maid of honor at her neighbor’s wedding, the day after the Harvest Festival. She’s also very fond of Kirby, her best friend from high school, who’s also in the bridal party. Victoria’s forced to make a few decisions thanks to a crime in town. At least Kirby can save the day, for now. But can she take the next step with him?

Day of the Dead ~ (Dia de los Muertos) by Cecilia Corona

The Day of the Dead takes on a new meaning, when the dead don’t stay dead. Dr. Valentina Bellmonte, a cancer survivor, is the new coroner at Hope Memorial. Her faith is put to the test when a body arrives at the morgue drained of blood and the man responsible for the crime is sporting fangs. Could vampires be real?

Her good friend, Dr. Xander Carlisle seems to know the truth, but he’s unwilling to confide in her. He has a secret of his own and it’s not just how he feels about her, but something else entirely, something he’s forbidden to reveal.

Apple of His Eye by Nan O’Berry

Callie Dalton’s truck runs out of gas on the road to her family’s fruit stand. When a forestry agent Marshall Albright comes to her rescue, little does she know that he is the grandson of her grandfather’s worst enemy, Brice Huntington. It seems the Dalton’s and Huntington’s have been waging a feud for the past twenty-nine years, ever since Laura Huntington left Stephen Dalton at the altar.

Falling in love was the easy part; the hard part is going to be keeping their grandparents from confronting one another. Can their love bring these two warring factions together?

Alive by Vincent Nutt

A mutated form of Cholera infects the world, creating zeeks, zombielike creatures in every respect. The group I’m with has traveled far. We’ve all lost those we’ve held dear along the way, but when life is unpredictable, anything can happen… This Thanksgiving brings new friends into our lives, and a fresh look at what tomorrow may bring.

Young Witchcraft by Stephanie Burkhart

Rachel’s secret would have Cotton Mather rolling over in his grave. She’s been raised from an early age to use magic for good, despite her temptation to cast a spell against Phil the bully who can’t stop teasing her.

Joe thinks Rachel is cool, especially when she weaves her healing magic spells on him, but he’s got his own problems. It’s not easy keeping Rachel safe from Phil’s constant threats.

When Phil poisons Rachel, can love and a little young witchcraft bring Rachel and Joe together or has years of Phil’s bullying ruined their relationship for good?

Enjoy an excerpt from “Man of Her Dreams”

“Oh, good grief,” said a woman’s voice from nowhere. “The old ‘naked in public’ dream. You sure this is him? This is the man in my dreams? Where’s the wild mare he rides across the moor, and the kilt, and the windswept hair, and the—all right, so he’s got the washboard abs, and the…the rest of the package. But still…”

“The spell doesn’t lie, Sis,” responded another woman’s voice from nowhere. “This is the man of your dreams. Anyway, a kilt? I think it’s time you got rid of that Braveheart poster. The symbolism of his dream is obvious, according to your Psych 101 textbook I doubt you ever read—about as obvious as your man riding a wild mare. Does your kilted dream lover whip the mare into a lathered frenzy?”

“He d-doesn’t…you’ve got a dirty mind. So what’s this guy’s problem? A fear of being locked out of motel rooms?”

The second voice sighed. “He’s unhappy with his life and searching for something better. Being naked means he’s broke, so don’t count on lavish gifts or expensive honeymoons from this guy. How many of the good catches had insomnia, for the spell to settle on this loser?”

About the Authors: Markee Anderson makes her home in northeast Wisconsin, surrounded by Packer fans, snow, and cheese. Along with her husband, they have three adult children and two Boston terrier babies. She writes under different pen names, all at: www.sweettalebooks.com

Come visit her at: http://markeeanderson.com

Stephanie Burkhart was born in Manchester, New Hampshire. After graduating from Central High, she joined the U.S. Army. She spent eleven years in the military, seven stationed in Germany. She left the Army in 1997 and settled in California. Stephanie has been married for over twenty years and has two boys, Andrew and Joseph. She now works for LAPD as a 9-1-1 Dispatcher.

Come visit her at: http://www.stephanieburkhart.com

Gerald Costlow lives in Michigan and has published several novels and numerous short stories and novellas over the years. He’s currently publishing a romantic-supernatural series with Publishing by Rebecca Vickery.

Cecilia Corona is a massage therapist by day and enjoys the adventures of writing by night. When she’s not sitting at her computer plotting her next tale, she’s enjoying the Southern California weather. She loves movies, animals of all kinds, especially her three dogs, and she’s a big fan of mermaids. When she was young and saw the movie Splash for the first time, she believed sprinkling salt in the bathtub would magically allow her to grow a tail. She was sadly disappointed when the experiment didn’t work. If she can’t be a mermaid, then maybe she’ll just have to write about them.

Please visit Cecilia’s website at: http://authorceciliacorona.blogspot.com

Nan O’Berry lives on a small farm in western tidewater with her family and pets including a Black Angus cow named Esmeralda. A graduate of Old Dominion University with a degree in education, she taught elementary school for several years before turning her attention to writing romance. She loves hearing from readers.

Please feel free to contact her on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-OBerry-Romance- Author/161753103856411

When Vincent Nutt isn’t fighting off zeeks, he’s going to school and working toward his BA in Video Game Design.

You can find Vincent online at: http://vincentnutt.blogspot.com/

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A Spy Unmasked by Tina Gabrielle – Spotlight and Giveaway



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The mission did not go quite as Robert Ware–known in society as the new Earl of Kirkland–planned. A spy in the service of His Majesty, Robert is a “guest” at a masquerade party as he retrieves vital information for a murder investigation. Until he’s quite unexpectedly interrupted by an exquisite, masked woman with glittering green eyes. And a pistol she has cocked and aimed right at him…

Lady Sophia Merrill has defiantly taken up justice’s shining sword, determined to expose the brigand who murdered her eccentric but brilliant father, and stole his latest invention. Now she must masquerade as Robert’s betrothed in order to infiltrate the Inventor’s Society and find the killer. But the undeniable potent attraction between them not only imperils the investigation, but Sophia’s reputation… and both of their lives.

Enjoy an excerpt:

Frustration roiled inside Sophia. “If it’s any consolation, I don’t like the idea of working together any more than you do.”

“I highly doubt it,” Robert said.

“It’s true,” she insisted.

“You appear quite eager to go along with Wendover’s plans.”

“I’m eager only to seek justice for my father’s murder.”

He hesitated, and his gaze roved and lazily appraised her. “You do realize we’ll attend the house party next week as an engaged couple.”

She felt her face grow warm, and she looked up at him with an effort. “In name only.”

“It makes no difference. We’ll have to socialize. Act as a loving couple. Sit beside each other during the evening meal and stare longingly into each other’s eyes. It’s not too late to change your mind.”

“I won’t.”

He flashed a smile, his teeth white against the bronzed perfection of his face. “Perhaps we should practice to be certain we can pull it off.”

He took a step closer and cupped her face with his hand. His palm was calloused, not as smooth as she would have expected of a lord’s hands. But then again, he wasn’t solely an earl.

He leaned close until she could see the specks of blue in his brilliant eyes. A strange fluttering began in the pit of her stomach as he lowered his head inch by inch until his breath fanned her lips.

About the Author:

Award-winning author Tina Gabrielle is an attorney and former mechanical engineer whose love of reading for pleasure helped her get through years of academia. She often picked up a romance and let her fantasies of knights in shining armor and lords and ladies carry her away. After multi-publishing for a prestigious law journal, she fulfilled her dream of writing fiction. A Spy Unmasked is the first book In The Crown’s Secret Service series. The second book in the series, At The Spy’s Pleasure, is coming in April 2015 from Entangled Publishing. She is also the author of adventurous Regency historical romances, In The Barrister’s Bed, In The Barrister’s Chambers, Lady Of Scandal, and A Perfect Scandal from Kensington Books.

Publisher’s Weekly calls her Regency Barrister’s series, “Well-matched lovers…witty comradely repartee.” Tina’s books have been Barnes & Noble top picks, and her first book, Lady Of Scandal, was nominated as best first historical by Romantic Times Book Reviews.

Website: www.tinagabrielle.com
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Ash’s Advice for Writers by Ash Krafton – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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Ash’s Advice for Writers

When I first began my journey toward publication, I read piles of articles directed toward the working writer—on craft, on submissions, on handling rejection. I read blogs, amassed a writer’s library, and took online workshops and classes. But it wasn’t just knowledge or technique I was looking for.

It was encouragement.

I wanted to write. I didn’t lack inspiration—I saw a story in nearly everything. What I lacked was any sense of ownership of the name “author”.

After all, I had been a lifelong reader. I ate, slept, breathed books and my favorite authors were my heroes. I wanted to write…but I had a hard time envisioning myself within their ranks. I wasn’t sure how I’d make that big step from hobby writer to published author because it seemed like a really huge step. And I worried that, while taking that step, I’d stumble.

So, instead of obsessing about a failure that hadn’t yet happened, I did what made me happy. I wrote. And I wrote a lot. While I worked on my first novel, I wrote shorter things, too—poems and short stories, all sorts of things, which I submitted to editors of magazine and journals. I dreamed of being a novelist, but in the meantime, I was becoming a working writer, improving my craft and familiarizing myself with the business side of it all.

My husband worried I was distracting myself by spending so much time on what he called “the small stuff”. While it was smaller, in a sense, it was no less important than my novel project, and the experience I gained was priceless.

I learned how to submit and query. I improved my professional demeanor. I learned how to handle rejection. I got to put into practice so much of what I’d read about way back in the beginning. Most importantly, I learned the biggest lesson of all, the one thing I’d been seeking when digging through web pages and ordering stacks of writing books. I found the encouragement I’d needed all along—and I found it within myself.

Perseverance.

Writing a novel is a huge thing. It’s one thing to sit in the comfort of my home, tapping away to capture the images and the stories in my head. Sending it out into the world, however, is a totally different game. The whole time I wrote and revised and edited, I worried about the moment I would send that book out—and the rejections that would come. I worried I wouldn’t be able to handle it, and that I would retreat at the first sign of adversity.

But, see…writing and submitting and publishing the small stuff kept me writing, kept me working. Yes, there were rejections with those things, but there were a lot of acceptances, too. I began building a tidy little bio, even earning a Pushcart Prize nomination—and with the YESs and the NOs and the HOORAYs came a sense of endurance, of experience, of accomplishment…and perseverance kept me moving forward.

So, if there are any writers out there listening—if I can tell you the single most empowering word, the one thing that will serve you well throughout your writing career, it’s this:

Persevere. Just keep going. A rejection is a stepping stone that gets you closer to what you want. And remember, no piece of writing is insignificant. Even if a novel is your primary goal, don’t discard the opportunity to write other things, like poetry and blog posts and writing articles. It all counts.

But the bottom line is keep writing, and persevere. It’s the only way to get there.

MEDIA KIT WordsThatBind_w9084_750Social worker Tam Kerish can’t keep her cool professionalism when steamy client Mr. Burns kindles a desire for more than a client-therapist relationship—so she drops him. However, they discover she’s the talisman to which Burns, an immortal djinn, has been bound since the days of King Solomon…and that makes it difficult.

Ethical guidelines are unequivocal when it comes to personal relationships with clients. However, the djinn has a thawing effect on the usually non-emotive Tam, who begins to feel true emotion whenever he is near. Tam has to make a difficult choice: to stay on the outside, forever looking in…or to turn her back on her entire world, just for the chance to finally experience what it means to fall in love.

Read an excerpt:

“So. You’ve destroyed a stereotype for me. A genie who lives in a library. Different.”

“When in Rome, no?” He stirred his cup before setting down the spoon with a light clink against the saucer. “Or, I suppose it is more accurate to say when in human form. When I am Burns, I prefer here.”

“Human form.” It didn’t sound right. Who said things like that, and meant it? “Can you change into anything you want? Any shape at all?”

He stretched out his legs and cocked his head, sliding his gaze up and away. “I suppose I could. I’m getting old and set in my ways. There’s this…” He swept his hands down the line of his body.

Her eyes were unable to keep from following, not even when he lingered over his midsection. Even lounging, his shirt was tightly tucked into his beltline. No belly fat there.

He tilted his head and gave her an upper-teeth smile, nibbling gently at his lower lip. “And apparently this form is pleasing to the eye, so I wear it often. But there are others. Tiger, a favorite. Savage and regal and the colors of flames in the night. Fearsome to behold, but very useful when dealing with physical conditions in which a human form may be outmatched. Plus, I can lash my tail.”

His voice took a teasing, conspirator’s tone. “I love my tail. You’d love it too, if you saw it.”

She trained her eyes firmly upon his. No way would she give him the pleasure of checking out his tail.

About the Author: MEDIA KIT Author Photo retro smallerAsh Krafton is a speculative fiction author from northeastern Pennsylvania. Krafton’s first novel, Bleeding Hearts was published in 2012 as part of an urban fantasy trilogy The Books of the Demimonde (Pink Narcissus Press). An urban fantasy novella, Strangers at the Hell Gate, was published by Wild Rose Press in 2013. Her newest release, Words That Bind, won first place in the HeRA RWA “Show Me the Spark” 2013 competition as well as a Zebulon award in 2014.

Krafton also writes New Adult speculative fiction novels under the pen name AJ Krafton. Upcoming titles include The Heartbeat Thief, Face of the Enemy, and the award-winning Takin’ It Back. She is part of a YA/NA collective known as the Infinite Ink Authors.

In addition to novel-length fiction, Krafton enjoys writing poetry and short prose, some of which earned distinctions in various writing competitions. One of her poems was also nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She’s a proud member of Pennwriters, Romance Writers of America, and Pikes Peak Writers. Krafton also writes for the Query Tracker Blog and the Prose and Cons blog.

She resides with her family in northeast Pennsylvania.

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Shimmy For Me by Deanna Cameron – Spotlight and Giveaway

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Cover_Shimmy For MeJuggling two jobs to keep her belly dance studio afloat keeps Abby Anderson’s mind off her shattered love life—until a reawakened pain sends her into the arms of an anonymous stranger she plucks from the audience of her tribal belly dance show. No names, no strings, no romance. She tells herself it’s a harmless hookup.

Until he turns up at her day job . . .

Derek Collier, the sexy heir to the Collier media dynasty, just landed everything he’s always wanted: the publisher’s seat at the Orange County Herald. Except his first order of business is to sell the newspaper. Reeling from his family’s betrayal, his only comfort is the memory of that mysterious belly dancer and the perfect night they spent together.

He won’t rest until he finds her again.

She’ll lose everything if he does.

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By the time Abby took her place on the small stage, the lights were low, and a slow, snaky melody had filled the restaurant’s main room. She was only a silhouette to the roomful of diners, holding her pose like a living statue. She usually closed her eyes during this prelude and focused on the energy of the music and the audience.

Not tonight.

In the darkness, her gaze roamed. She wanted a good view before the stage lights came up to brighten her, and blind her.

Nearly every seat was filled. A good draw for a Thursday night. Mostly couples, some groups. But it was the single men she searched for. The ones who sat on the fringe to watch.

Would it be the college jock tipping back beer in a bottle? The shy guy in the Oxford shirt fidgeting with his soda straw? Maybe the older . . .

A Suit at the bar caught her eye. One hand wrapped around a highball glass, the other tugging at his tie. Calm. Confident. And sexy as hell. The way his gaze locked on her made her tingle in all the right places.

He was the one.

Derek Collier sipped his Macallan 18 and watched the restaurant’s belly dancer come alive to the hypnotic rhythm pulsing through the dining room. When he’d seen the words “belly dancing” glowing in blue neon beneath the Sultan’s Tent sign, he’d expected the kind of flashy beads and sequins dancer he’d seen a hundred times before.

He didn’t expect this.

The poster at the front called her Zenina, a tribal fusion belly dancer. Whatever that was. From his vantage point at the bar, she looked like nothing he’d ever seen—part bohemian waif, part harem fantasy, part . . . Damn, the way she swayed and writhed up there was making it impossible to think.

About the Author:

DeAnna Cameron writes novels featuring feisty heroines transformed by true love and belly dance—the oldest and most exciting dance form in the world. Her novels have been translated into Japanese, Polish, and Serbian, and her work has been praised for its “deft prose, energetic characters and . . . colorful images” by RT Book Reviews and called “most entertaining” by the Historical Novel Review. Before turning to fiction, DeAnna worked as a journalist, writing and editing for several Southern California newspapers and magazines. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America, as well as its Orange County chapter. When she isn’t working on her next novel, she can usually be found at her jeweler’s bench, creating new wire-wrap, bead, and multimedia designs. She lives in Orange County, Calif., with her family.

 

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The Rake’s Handbook by Sally Orr – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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What would I tell a new author?
When I decided to write a book, I had no idea how to start. Believe me, I was clueless. First, I stared at the blank page like a deer in headlights–frozen. However, I was also a research scientist, so I did research into books that sell. My results, and a natural proclivity for all things English, led me to choose a Regency-era romance for my first book. So here I go!

Right, how do you write a book?

Easy peasy, I bought a “how to write a novel” type of book. The chapter headings were concepts like: characterization, plotting, dialog, emotion, grammar, narration, and hooks. Eeeck! There’s a ton to learn about this whole writing business.

“Dammit, Jim, I’m a scientist not a novel writer.”

Obviously I needed professional help. So one February, I found myself sitting at my local Romance Writers of America (RWA) chapter meeting. I was scared silly (well, I’m always silly, so ignore that comment). Back-story was the subject of the talk that day. I had a sneaking suspicion that back-story was not the story in the back of the book, but I was not totally sure. Instead, I learned even more about what writers call “craft.” And boy, is craft a complicated subject.

How do I learn?

First, I decided plotting was the hardest concept for me to grasp. First books usually do not sell, so I’ll use the first one to learn craft. Therefore, I picked the Pride and Prejudice plot to hang my story on and started typing away. Next, I needed a professional tutor to help me learn. Now there are many ways to get your fledgling manuscript reviewed. Many use critique partner or groups. Some writers take general classes or specific classes on craft. The method I used was RWA chapter contests. For a fee, at least three people would give detailed comments on my writing and how to improve it. It worked like a charm. Yes, there were some snarky, incorrect comments, but overall it was a wonderful experience. Almost all of the ladies were generous with their time and knowledge. I’d try something on paper like “I know, I’ll use the horse’s POV.” Whatever crazy idea I had, I received many good tips on what to do and not to do. So the first thing I would tell a new author is to take advantage of well-known contests. Not all of them will work out, but if you stick too it, you can become a better writer. And in my opinion, other than hiring a personal tutor, a better writer faster than any of the other methods. Happy typing.

Are there any great tips you can share to help beginning writers?

11_19 sally orr book coverThe definitive guide to seduction…

The Rake’s Handbook was written on a dare, and soon took the ton by storm. Now its author, Ross Thornbury, is publicly reviled by the ladies—who are, of course, forbidden to read the handbook—but privately revered by the gentlemen. Unfortunately, Ross’s notoriety is working against him and he flees London painfully aware of the shortcomings of his own jaded heart.

Spirited young widow Elinor Colton lives next to Ross’s country estate. She’s appalled not only by his rakish reputation, but also by his progressive industrial plans. Elinor is sure she is immune to Ross’s seductive ways. But he keeps coming around…impressing her with his vision for England’s future and stunning her with his smiles.

How does one resist the man who wrote the manual on love?

 

Author Bio

11_19 Sally Orr Author PhotoSally Orr worked for thirty years in medical research, specializing in the discovery of gene function. After joining an English history message board, she posted many, many examples of absolute tomfoolery. As a result, a cyber-friend challenged her to write a novel. Since she is a hopeless Anglophile, it’s not surprising that her first book is a Regency romance. Sally lives with her husband in San Diego, surrounded by too many nerdy books and not enough old English cars.

 

 

 

 

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An Interview and Giveaway with Petie McCarty

A special welcome to Petie McCarty who is joining us today. Petie will be awarding a Kindle Copy of Angel to the Rescue to a randomly drawn commenter.

Petie has written eight complete novels, two additional romances are over half-finished — one a Highland romance and the other a regency time travel. Four are published with Desert Breeze and one more scheduled for an April release.

“The first two books I wrote are tucked away in a drawer — and on a computer thumb drive — where they won’t see the light of day without a major re-write,” she told me.

Petie is currently on deadline for her third Mystery Angel Romance scheduled for release in April 2015. Each love story has an angel hidden in the plot, and the angel’s identity is not revealed until the finale unless the reader figures it out first. I asked her to tell us a little about it.

“In this as yet untitled MAR, a Black Ops Navy SEAL suspects his partner of sending stolen classified information to his sister in the states for safekeeping right before the partner was murdered by Syrian terrorists. The SEAL must get to the sister before the terrorists do. I’m leaning toward The SEAL’s Angel for a title, but if anyone has any great suggestions, send me an email at petiemccarty@aol.com. I’d love to hear them.”

When Petie first started writing, she thought her stories needed a “shtick” — a gimmick to make them unique and stand out. She’d always loved the television series, Touched by an Angel, and thought it would be fun to hide the angel’s identity in the story. Thus, the Mystery Angel Romances were born.

“I’m writing my third MAR at present, and the reader comments I’ve received regarding my previously released MARs — No Going Back and Angel to the Rescue — indicate I’ve done well fooling my readers with the hidden angel,” she said. “That adds even more fun to the writing. I get to leave red herrings throughout the plot to divert the reader from the identity of the real angel in the story.”\

With her first two published novels, Everglades and Catch of the Day Petie went for a unique venue. She spent two years of her career conducting aquatic plant surveys in lakes, rivers, and wetland marshes all over Florida aboard every type of floatable craft and usually aboard airboats.

“Everything that happens to Kayli Heddon on the airboat safari in my novel, Everglades, happened to me at some time in my career: the midge storm, swimming with a gator, the leeches, the heart-stopping airboat maneuvers. Everything, that is, except getting stranded overnight with a sexy airboat guide,” she said.

However, her experiences did lead to the scariest moment of her life.

“Back when I surveyed lakes for the state, our department held an annual training course for the regional biologists at a lake in north Florida. We spent the week on airboats being tested on plant ID and mapping techniques. We had no TV or entertainment at the church camp where our training session was held, so one evening, two biologists and yours truly decided to go for an airboat ride after dark. I wasn’t afraid to go since I hadn’t seen a gator on the lake all week. Well, the buggers had evidently been hiding.

“The airboat we chose was a small one, a one-seater for the driver; two of us stood next to the driver’s seat and held on. I had to aim the single lantern-type flashlight we brought to use as a headlight as we drove out across the lake, which left the area around us darker than the inside of a cow. And full of dozens upon dozens of shiny red eyes. Devil eyes.

“We stopped about half-way across the lake, having decided our excursion might not have been the brightest of ideas. The gleaming red eyes were everywhere. That was when the other biologist standing next to the driver’s seat said, “Why are my feet getting wet?” The boat was taking on water in the pitch-black dark, and the dozens of red eyes were closing in.

“Holy Cow! That was the scariest moment of my life.”

Her favorite character is Skye Landers, the hero in Everglades.

“He agrees to take the airboat safari into the famed River of Grass as a favor to his cousin Jimmy who got called out of town and couldn’t take the gig. Skye grew up with Jimmy in the Everglades, so he knows what he’s doing, but the heroine thinks she’s in charge of the expedition, and that’s when the sensual sparks start to fly. Alpha male and spunky female — what a match!

“Running through Florida waterways by airboat has to be one of the most exciting and dangerous modes of transportation ever created. I mean, there you have a sixty-inch propeller going around three feet behind your head and only a chain link fence in place to protect you if the propeller ever broke free. Perfect place for a take-charge alpha hero.

“When I did my years of aquatic survey work, I never once got to have a hunky airboat driver, so in Everglades, I created my own. And I did a mighty fine job if I do say so myself. I hope you check him out and fall in love with him — just like I did,” she said with a grin.

While her experiences on that job helped her in writing, she didn’t consider that the weirdest thing she had done in the name of research. That came about when she was writing Angel to the Rescue. She realized she need to know what type of gun her police negotiator would carry as his standard police-issue sidearm. After doing a little research, she found that varies from state to state as well as between large cities and small towns.

“So, I stopped a deputy in Chili’s at lunch one day — stuck my arm out in the aisle to stop him, actually — and asked what the standard-issue sidearm was for our Sheriff’s department. That got me the Sheriff’s version of a ‘stink-eye’ once-over until I explained that I wrote novels and was asking the question for research. Of course, I got a different look altogether when I said, ‘Whip yours out and let me have a look.’ Poor choice of words, no doubt.”

Petie told me she never realized just how important titles were to a book until she read a RWA article about it.

“I was surprised to learn editors have made offers for books in the past just because they fell in love with the title. Not often, but it’s happened. Titles should separate themselves from the rest of the pack. The words should snatch the imagination and push the reader to immediately open the front cover and see what’s inside,” she told me. “An editor quoted in the article said she’d like to have a dollar for every submittal she’d received with the title, Second Chance. I was horrified! My WIP at that moment in time was titled — Yikes! — Second Chance. Thank goodness, my publisher allowed me to change the title of my WIP to No Going Back as soon as I finished reading the article.”

“What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?” I asked.

“I write a large portion of each rough draft in shorthand — yes, the ancient Gregg shorthand — and I can type as fast from reading shorthand as from reading typed print. The shorthand is built on phonetics and has its own shortcuts and abbreviations to speed writing along. My mother forced me to take typing and shorthand in high school. Though at the time, I hated the classes, I haven’t stopped thanking her since. I use the shorthand every day and for just about everything, even grocery shopping lists.”

Because of this, she can write just about anywhere and never goes anywhere without her steno pad. She’s written in the doctor’s office, shopping mall bench, restaurant, ferry, airplane.

“When I get far enough ahead — or if I reach a scene that requires extra conniving to get my characters up to scratch — then I type scenes for a day or two,” she explained. “Every writer has their own process. This peculiar one works for me.”

“What is your strangest habit?” I wondered.

“Oh, how embarrassing! Well, here goes… I smell books. There — I admitted it. I love the smell of books, especially paperbacks, and yes, I stick my nose right in the crease to take a big whiff. I forget sometimes, when I’m reading in a public venue like an airport or a doctor’s office, and I have to catch myself before I bury my nose in the pages and people think I’m a whack job. The fetish may be genetic. My sister caught my nephew sniffing his books. When she called to tell me, I couldn’t stop laughing, so I had to confess.”

Finally, I asked, “What advice would you give a new writer just starting out?”

“My best advice is to fight the overwhelming urge to submit your first novel to a publisher as soon as you finish editing the story. Every novel needs at least two complex edits, preferably four or five, and all edits require a minimum of a week or more in between to percolate. You’d be surprised how much your critique will change if you walk away from your story for a short period of time. Believe it or not, every published author could go through each of their published novels and find editing they would like to do. You’d also be surprised how much rejection you can ward off by waiting until the manuscript is the best it can be.

“Lastly, develop a thick skin before you make your first submittal, and never take rejection or bad reviews personally. Even NY Times bestselling authors get less than stellar reviews from time to time. Remember… you can please some of your readers all of the time, and all of your readers some of the time, but you’ll never please all of your readers all of the time.”

11_18 AngelToTheRescueCoverArt72dpiChild psychologist Rachel Kelly isn’t quite sure how to handle the situation with her newest client — a six-year-old boy who says he can talk to angels and one is coming to help Rachel. She already has her hands full of trouble this Christmas season, and things quickly take a turn for the worse when a stalker crashes Rachel’s Christmas party and takes her young clients hostage.

Police negotiator, Lt. Jake Dillon, walked away from his fiancée Rachel when she suddenly balked at having kids. His kids. Yet when the hostage crisis erupts, Rachel calls Jake first. Now he has a choice to make — stand back and wait for the cavalry to save Rachel or step in and try to save her himself. Time is running out, and Jake may be their only chance for rescue.

Unless Rachel’s little angel-spying client is telling the truth…

About the Author: 11_18 Petie Bio picPetie spent a large part of her career working as a biologist at Walt Disney World — “The Most Magical Place on Earth” — where she enjoyed working in the land of fairy tales by day and creating her own romantic fairy tales by night. She eventually said good-bye to her “day” job in order to write her stories full-time.

Petie is a member of Romance Writers of America, and she shares homes in Tennessee and Florida with her horticulturist husband, a spoiled-rotten English Springer spaniel addicted to pimento-stuffed green olives, and a noisy Nanday conure named Sassy who made a cameo appearance in Angel to the Rescue.

Visit Petie’s web site online at http://www.petiemccarty.com, her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/petie.mccarty, Twitter, or Pinterest.

Heart of Steel by Elizabeth Einspanier – Spotlight and Giveaway


Welcome to the cover reveal of HEART OF STEEL by Elizabeth Einspanier, a Science Fiction Romance available February 17, 2015. Elizabeth is giving away a $20 gift certificate to Steampunk Emporium. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

When reclusive cyborg Alistair Mechanus meets his captive, ER doctor Julia Parker, it is love at first sight–for him. While he eagerly drops his plans for World Conquest to woo her, ten years of solitude have left his social skills badly rusted. When his misguided act of kindness spirals out of control, however, Julia is forced to trust the mad genius with her life, and she discovers the vulnerable side under his armored plating. She has the skills he needs to unlock his forgotten past, but learning who he used to be may come at the cost of his remaining sanity.

Enjoy an excerpt:

“I need you to keep talking,” he said quietly, and was surprised by the tremor he heard in his own voice. He cleared his throat. “I’m not used to being alone in my own head. It’s…” he shook his head. “It’s too quiet, without Arthur.”

She touched his shoulder, just below the ragged fabric where his sleeve had once been. Her fingers were warm and soothing against his bare skin.

“How’s your arm feeling?” she asked.

“I don’t expect it will fall off,” he said. “It still hurts, but I can manage.”

She was quiet for another interval, though two or three times he heard her inhale as if to speak.

“I… look,” she said, sounding uncertain. “You’ve… done a lot for me. You saved my life… you led me to safety… you even put your life on the line for me—and this is just today. I don’t… I don’t think I really thanked you for all that. I was hung up on the parts you didn’t do, or did wrong, and that isn’t right.”

“You tended to my injuries,” he pointed out. “Was that not gratitude?”

“That was me being a doctor,” she said. “That’s different.”

He wasn’t sure where she was going with this, and had no idea how to request that she get to the point already without sounding peevish. That absolutely wouldn’t do.

However, the silence between them stretched, a yawning void that he could not bear to leave empty. He turned his head to look at her again, and that was when she kissed him on the mouth.

About the Author:

Elizabeth Einspanier is the self-published author of the Weird Western novella Sheep’s Clothing and the upcoming sci-fi romance novel Heart of Steel. Her short stories have been published in Down in the Dirt and Dark Fire Fiction. She is a member of the St. Louis Writer’s Guild and an associate member of the Horror Writers of America. She lives in St. Louis, but frequently spends extended periods in worlds of her own creation.

Website: http://elizabetheinspanier.com
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Lessons I Learned from my Hero and Heroine by Dean C. Moore

 

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Lessons I learned from my hero and heroine

I’ve read Love on the Run many times, as you might imagine, and I’m still learning things from Zinio and Delaney. I think that’s because when we write it’s from an altered state of consciousness, one in which we’re much smarter and wiser, and more in touch with our higher self, that higher power that guides our hands. Scientists would offer an explanation that is just as valid; they’d say the brain is “entrained.” Meaning that our right and left hemispheres are in sync, and our superconscious, conscious, and unconscious minds come into alignment. That’s a whole lot of mind power to throw at a task, and much more than we usually leverage. This is why when you want to change the world, you don’t posit a rational argument, your write fiction. As authors we’re all spell casters by nature because we know it is only through the altered state of consciousness of both writing and reading the book that we have this power to transform the world. So when I’ve been out of the state too long, I re-enter it, either by writing a new book, editing an existing one, or revisiting old friends, as with Zinio and Delaney.

There’s a reason we keep going back to our favorite books, we absorb what we can on the first pass, we employ those new behaviors in our lives, and when we wall short of the mark, we go back in for another tune up. From Zinio and Delaney, more specifically, some of the things I picked up on this pass include the fact that sometimes people can be perfect for one another and not realize it. They can be overly attuned to what sets them apart. In Zinio’s case, he’s pragmatic, down to earth, sees just the problem in front of him and despises people who come at the world with rose tinted glasses. Delaney, a romantic at heart, is also a bleeding heart for every social cause you could imagine. On her viewfinder of late are the plights of the elderly and of those suffering with terminal illnesses. The two drive each other positively batty with what separates them, bridging the divide often with scathing humor.

But there is so much that make these two characters peas in a pod. They’re both amazingly quick witted and dazzling under pressure, such as the pressure of robbing banks, casinos… And they have a talent for raising life to the level of art, and to do the seemingly impossible job of walking on water time and again. Do they have lessons to learn themselves, you bet, but you’re secretly hoping the whole time it will not change the fundamental nature of who they are, which is just too precious.

If Zinio plots twenty moves ahead, Delaney is sheer improvisational genius. If he consults his mind in all matters, she consults her heart. There’s something about living inside their heads that allows me to come at the world from both perspectives better. Their entire relationship seems to be predicated on the enhanced integration of heart and mind that they both need. I suppose you could read some Buddhist scrolls on the matter and meditate on the issue, but there’s something about living through their trials and tribulations to find wholeness in themselves and in their relationship that does the trick for me. And it’s just way more fun. Besides more people are looking to be entertained than enlightened. The trick is to offer the former while doing the latter.

Husband and wife thieves are on a mission. Just not the same one. He’s out to pay for her cancer therapy–at any costs. She’s out to humanize him, and make him less of a self-absorbed jerk.

The fast-talking, fast-acting, adrenaline seeking duo pick up a few on-again off-again sidekicks along their way, despite staunch protests from Zinio. But with all they’re up against–not the least of which being one smart, hound-dog of a lady detective–the question is: Can love conquer all?

“The story is smart and funny.” R. D. Hale, Sky City: The Rise of an Orphan

“For the booklover that doesn’t like having his or her time wasted.” Jack Heath, Remote Control

“This would make a brilliant movie or TV series.” Demelza Carlton, Ocean’s Gift

“Reminded me of The Thomas Crown Affair, down to the whip-cracking humor, the snazzy plot turns, and the character dynamics between the leads and the hotshot female detective on their tales.” Rhys Jones, The Whispering Void

“Only if you want an action packed read with fully developed and interesting characters.” Victor Longshanks, One Big Problem

About the Author:

I write sci-fi, fantasy, action-adventures and thrillers, or some combination thereof—usually with a strong vein of dark humor. Though, my works are dramas first; the humor is there to take the edge off as with the Raiders of the Lost Ark, Transformers, and Jurassic Park franchises.

I wrote screenplays for a while, and while enjoying them, I found them a bit confining. After a while you just need the extra page count to flesh out characters better and do additional world building, especially when considering doing anything epic in scope. I also took a run at future forecasting and trend tracking, being as I always had my head in the future, things like Alvin Toffler’s Future Shock. I also relished this, and can certainly see myself releasing a few titles accordingly in the nonfiction area. But since delving into novels, short and long, I’ve definitely found my home and my voice. For the first time I feel the restraints have been taken off of my imagination. I suppose all mediums have their limits, so I may end up doing a mix of things, but I suspect I will continue to spend most of my time with novels. Series add an additional dimension, allowing for even more depth and development both in the character and world building departments. But I remain at heart a divergent thinker, so, no surprise, I seem to have more series going than follow up installments at this point. That too may change over time; we’ll see. Until then, it may be best to just think of these books as one-offs if you’re fond of my writing style and some of the themes I work with.

My current catalog of twelve books represents a little over five years’ worth of work. I’m currently averaging a couple books annually. Of my existing franchises with multiple installments, The Hundred Year Clone books can be read in any order, while the 5 books of Renaissance 2.0 must be read in sequence as they form part of a singular story arc (much as with A Game of Thrones.)

I live in the country where I breed bluebirds, which are endangered in these parts, as my small contribution to restoring nature’s balance. When I’m not writing, or researching my next book, I may also be found socializing with friends, or working in my organic garden.


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Advice for Lovers by Leigh Greenwood – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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ADVICE FOR WRITERS

Some people think coming up with the idea for the story is the hard part of writing a book, and that after that everything else is easy. That couldn’t be further from the truth. The ideas are the easy part. Every writer has hundreds of them spinning around in his head at any given moment. Most of them can’t be turned into a book or are not suitable for the writer’s genre.

Once you have an idea, you need to decide if it interests you enough to hold your attention for the next six months to a year. If you’re bored with your own story, chances are you’ll bore the reader, too. Next you have to work with it to see if it can support a story of 100,000 words. If not, can you include subplots and secondary characters which are essential to the plot, not just fillers? Some writers outline in detail, others just start writing, but regardless of your writing style, you have to come up with a story that will sustain a reader’s interest for 100,000 words.

Now comes the hard part. You have to sit your butt in a chair, start typing, and make characters come to life who are so real and so engaging that your reader won’t want to put the book down to go to sleep. Some of your planning will help, and other parts will have to be discarded. Some plot points won’t have the importance you expected, unexpected events will take on greater importance, and your characters won’t do what you want them to do. If you’ve created characters so real they seem to have a life of their own, you have to go with them. That means being flexible and working through tangles you didn’t expect.

You finally get to the end of the book and breath a sigh of relief, but you’re only half done. Now you have to do the first revisions. Some scenes didn’t work as well as you thought, some characters are flat and need to be written out, some elements of the plot need a lot of tweaking to work like you hoped. Okay, you’ve finally gotten that done and it time to go back and check the details. Times, dates, historical evidence, clothes, houses, even the types of guns being used.

Finally you send it off to your editor and cross your fingers. Hopefully, she likes. If not, you may have to rewrite entire scenes, chapters, or even large sections of the book. You may have to alter your plot, change motivations, even reshape your main characters. Once that is done, you have to face the copy editor. This is usually easy, but once in a while it can be a headache.

This is really only a short version of what it takes to write a book, but hopefully it will give you a greater appreciation of the months of work necessary to provide you with those hours of pleasure.

 

11_14 leigh greenwoodTorn Between a Desire to be Free…

When Laurie Spencer said “I do”, she never realized she’d be trading one pair of shackles for another—until her husband’s unexpected death leaves her with an opportunity to escape her controlling family for good. Determined to be independent, Laurie approaches sexy rancher Jared Smith with an offer she hopes he can’t refuse…

And a Longing to be His…

Jared’s determined to make it in Texas, but with the local banker turned against him, it looks like his dream may be slipping through his fingers. When unconsciously sensual Laurie offers a partnership, his luck may be changing…but when she throws herself in as part of the deal, Jared’s not sure he’ll be able to respect the terms of their agreement and keep his eyes—and his hands—to himself.

There’s something about Laurie that awakens every protective instinct Jared has…and when all hell breaks loose, there’s nothing and no one who’ll be able to keep this cowboy from her side.

 

Leigh Greenwood is the USA Today bestselling author of the popular Seven Brides, Cowboys, and Night Riders series. The proud father of three grown children, Leigh resides in Charlotte, North Carolina. He never intended to be a writer, but he found it hard to ignore the people in his head, and the only way to get them out was to write. Visit him at www.leigh-greenwood.com.

 

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