#LASR_Anniv Your Wild Heart by Dena Garson

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YourWildHeartWildlife biologist, Isabelle Acker, meets sexy park ranger, Wyatt Powell. His Wolf sits up and takes notice of her, but when he learns why she came to the park, he becomes wary of her intentions. After all, as far as the general population knows, there are no wolves in the Black Hills.

Ordered by his Alpha to keep an eye on the smoking-hot biologist, Wyatt finds it difficult to keep his hands to himself. He wants to possess her, to share everything about his life, but that might endanger the Tao Pack. But the attraction proves too great and, unable to deny his Wolf, he takes her with a passion he didn’t know he possessed.
However, their sexual bliss is short-lived, and on the night of the full moon, more than one secret is revealed. When all is said and done, they must each decide—is what they have between them true love or just hot sex?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Dena Garson is a Process Redesign Specialist by day and a writer and jewelry designer by night. She is raising two rowdy boys who play lots of sports which forces her to spend way too much time on the practice field and/or sidelines. Thankfully she has a loyal and loving Labrador Retriever to listen when she complains and a spoiled cat who reminds her daily she is merely a servant.

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Things I Like Doing When I’m Not Writing by Dena Garson – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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7_15 dena CommentGift (3)This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Dena will be awarding a Gift Basket that includes: a handmade tablet cover, tissue cover & tissues, handmade earrings, handmade stamped necklace (“We’re All Mad Here”), decorative pen, beaded bookmark, Dena swag (pen, nail file, sticker, magnet, key ring), and a Dena tee-shirt, to a randomly drawn winner (International) via Rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

Things I like doing when I’m not writing

• Making jewelry/playing with beads. My beads keep me sane. If the words aren’t coming, I can spend some time playing with colors and textures and eventually the words bubble back to the surface. And it has the added bonus of keeping me and my BFF in sparkly pretties!

• Reading. Sadly, my reading time has gone waaay down since I started writing. I need to make more time for it.

• Hanging out with my boys – sometimes they even talk me into playing on the xbox with them. I can be pretty mean with a shotgun. But just for the record, I do NOT like zombies.

• Watching football – both of my boys play so we spend a lot of time on the practice fields during the fall. I’m a big fan of the Dallas Cowboys and we follow one of the local college teams too.

• Walk. I sit so much with my day job and then again when I get home and work on my computer that my back gets a little kinked up. Walking helps those muscles and it clears my head. Not to mention the sunshine and fresh air soothe the soul!

MediaKit_BookCover_RiskyBusinessTwo coworkers are brought together when an embarrassing bet is brought to light at the annual office party. Mia worries her trust in Jake, the company playboy, may place her heart and reputation at risk.

Enjoy an excerpt:

“And off they go,” Mia mumbled as she watched her traitorous friends weave their way across the room, leaving her alone with Jake. She turned and looked up into his eyes. Even though the lights were too low to see the exact shade, she knew they were the color of well-worn denim. “I hope you’re aware of what you unleashed on your pals.”

She considered the man standing before her. He was tall with broad, strong-looking shoulders. She knew he played ball with some of the guys in the office because she’d often heard them talking about the games over coffee in the break room. The way his shirts fit indicated he worked out. Add that to his classic blond hair and blue eyes and he was definitely drool-worthy, as Mandy would say.

The biggest question in Mia’s mind was whether or not he would ever see her as anything but an analyst with more opinions than boobs. Thankfully she had the data to back those opinions up.

“They may thank me in the morning,” Jake said with a twinkle in his eye.

“They might,” she conceded.

He stepped closer to Mia. Close enough that she could feel the warmth of his body radiating to her already flushed skin.

“Besides,” he lowered his voice and held Mia’s gaze, “it served its purpose.”

“What purpose is that?”

“To get you to myself.”

About the Author:MediaKit_AuthorPhoto_RiskyBusinessDena Garson loves to read romance—the hotter the better. When one of her BFFs said “one of us should be writing this stuff”, she took up the challenge. If she isn’t writing, she’s designing jewelry but somehow she still manages to make it into the office on a regular basis.

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Spring Blogfest: Dena Garson

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Spring is here! Spring is here! It’s in the air!
*sneeze* *sniffle, sniffle* *dabs eyes with tissue*
Well… something is in the air.

I really do love spring. The pollen doesn’t always agree with me. But I love, love, love the budding flowers and return of warm weather.

Years ago I lived in Macon, Georgia with my family and every March I think of the cherry blossom festival. The city gets covered in little pink and white petals when the trees are in full bloom. According to the Cherry Blossom Festival website, there are now over 300,000 Yoshino Cherry Trees in Macon now. Can you imagine that?? It’s absolutely beautiful.

DENA blossoms-1366734549IH6And azaleas. My grandmother grew them by the dozen. I have a deeply rooted love of that bush because of her. Wish I could get them to grow half as well as she did. But I suspect it had something to do with all the tall pine trees she had in her yard and the TLC she gave her plants. Then again, grandma may have had the magic touch and it just didn’t get passed down to me.

Out here in Oklahoma we have a few cherry trees but the pear trees far outweigh them. They’re pretty also but I don’t think the blooming season is quite as long. And of course we have quite a few redbuds here (after all, it is the state tree).

So what’s your favorite springtime flower, tree or shrub? Leave a comment and let me know where you’re from and why you picked that plant. One lucky commenter will receive an electronic copy of my book, Loss of Control.

Like an annual bursting into color at the start of the growing season, one of my earliest books is now back out on the shelf for all to see. Risky Business has a few tweaks and a hot new cover so it’s ready to hop onto your tablet or reading device! Check it out:

DENA RiskyBusinessEbookFinal-FJM_Thumbnail_200x300 Mia Sanford has admired Jake Hudson from afar ever since she transferred to Marketing. She might be comfortable tangling with the company playboy in meeting rooms but not in private. Facts and figures she can handle, but that blue-eyed devil is out of her league.

Jake was impressed with Mia, the sexy analyst who provides his monthly Marketing data, the first day he met her. Not only is she smart and reliable, she has legs that have inspired a few sizzling hot workplace fantasies. However, her girl-next-door demeanor and the company’s no fraternization rules force Jake to keep things strictly professional.

When Mia becomes the target of an embarrassing betting pool at the annual office party, Jake alerts her to the danger. But since he never expressed an interest in her until now Mia isn’t certain if he’s really looking out for her, or just trying to win the pool himself. If she trusts him, it might place both her reputation and her heart on the line.

About the Author: Dena Garson loves to read romance—the hotter the better. When one of her BFFs said “one of us should be writing this stuff”, she took up the challenge. If she isn’t writing, she’s designing jewelry but somehow she still manages to make it into the office on a regular basis.

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Author Interview: Dena Garson

Long and Short Reviews welcomes Dena Garson, whose latest book Mystic’s Touch was released in February.

Mystic’s Touch is Dena’s sixth book with Ellora’s Cave–two were actually short stories, but were released as “Naughty Nooners” (she loves the title of the collection!)  Her book Ghostly Persuasion was the most fun to write because of the association with the Emerald Isle Fantasies series.

“A group of us got together and developed the concept of a haunted castle turned hotel in Ireland. We named it Tullamore Castle,” she said. “Each of us wrote a story based on the setting we came up with – including the different paranormal elements. It was so much fun tossing ideas around with those ladies. And now I consider them a great support group – a place I can go to with questions or ideas or even just a hug.”

Dena always has more than one manuscript going (four or five in progress at any given time) so she can switch to a different story if she gets stuck on one.  She has a couple in specific that she’s hopping back and forth on. I asked her to tell us about them.

“One is a Native American historical. Of course it’s going to be erotic romance but it will also have a touch of paranormal. I’m not sure what category that will be when it’s finished though!

“I live in Oklahoma and I’m surrounded my Native American culture. More than once it’s been suggested I write a story with a Native American hero and/or heroine. I filed the idea away in the back of my mind. Then one day I stumbled across a series of legends about medicine men or shaman who could transform into animals. The legends said when the shaman first learned to make the transformation, they had to wear the animal skin but as they become more comfortable with the magic they didn’t need the skin any longer.

“I was captivated.

“Native American medicine men. Magic. Shifters. There is definitely a story in there.

“The other story I’m working on is something that came to me a couple years ago. I wrote the first three chapters and put it down. But after writing Mystic’s Touch, I realized the two stories might be linked. So I’ve been reviewing all my story notes and filling in the blanks that I didn’t have answers for before.

“This one is about the granddaughter of the King who has magical gifts she’s been taught to keep hidden. When she discovers a beast in the castle dungeons she follows clues and helps him escape. The beast turns out to be one of the sons from a neighboring kingdom who was transformed by someone practicing dark magic.

“I just love myths, magic and the paranormal!”

I wondered, “What do you like to do when you are not writing?”

“I make beaded jewelry and I read a lot. I have two boys at home and they’re trying to teach me to play their video games. I keep telling them it’s not easy when you’re used to one joystick and one firing button (think Atari here).Our xbox controller has something ridiculous like ten buttons and two controllers. Holy cow! But I’m getting pretty good with a shotgun on Black Ops!”

Dena is insatiably curious and is constantly looking things up.

“If there is something weird, odd, unusual and maybe even a little twisted, it’s going to catch my attention,” she assured me.

If she needs to know something for a story, she’ll check the internet; she’ll read books and magazines: she’ll talk to experts or people who have witnessed or experienced something.

“I do enough research to lend credibility to my story if/when I think it’s necessary but I don’t like getting bogged down with boring details. I’d rather let the story unfold,” she told me. “‘As an example, for the manuscript I’m working on now, I did a little research to find out what kind of clothing and footwear would have been worn during that time period. I also looked for pictures and descriptions of tepees. Most of that information simply helped me set the scene in my head. It won’t necessarily find its way onto the page.”

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

“Write. Write a lot. Find your voice, gain some confidence and don’t be afraid of rejection. Just because a publisher says no to your manuscript, doesn’t mean that someone else won’t say yes. You have to find the publisher who is looking for whatever you’re writing or have written.

“Oh, and if you haven’t yet, read Stephen King’s book ‘On Writing’.”

 About the Author: 4_4 Lunch w girls 10112013 - profile2 Dena Garson loves to read romance – the hotter the better. When one of her BFF’s said “one of us should be writing this stuff” she took up the challenge. If she isn’t writing, she’s making beaded jewelry and somehow still manages to make it into the office on a regular basis.

 

 

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4_4 mysticstouch_msrWhen Prince Ceros returns home to take his place on the throne, he falls prey to a mysterious malady that leaves him unable to speak or move, though his thoughts and awareness remain intact. Danet, a talented healer, realizes the prince is alert inside his body. The two are able to share thoughts telepathically. Unfortunately her connection with Ceros may bring unwanted attention to her abilities and result in her banishment from the city.

Their unique bond grows as Danet races to find a remedy for the prince’s condition. Desire turns to love, which makes Danet fear for their future when he awakens. They seek out the villain attempting to take the throne and endeavor to find a way to stay together.

Inside Scoop: Ceros’ secret shifter status adds complication and intrigue to their budding romance.

 

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Winter Blogfest: Dena Garson

These are a few of my favorite things…

 Who can forget Julie Andrews and her version of that song? As I was growing up, we watched The Sound of Music every year around Christmas so it’s likely that song will remain with me forever.

As I wrapped presents, I found myself thinking about all of the things I love about this time of the year. Here are some of the things that made the top of the list.

1)      Holiday lights. I’ve never understood my attraction to them. I love them on my tree, around my office space, hanging from houses and lining driveways and yards. I even love it when tall buildings turn on/off certain lights to make a special design. More than once I’ve fallen asleep on the couch just watching the lights. Whatever your reason for celebrating, make sure you use lots of twinkle lights!

2)      Gifts. Not so much the getting – honestly – it’s the giving. I love finding out then fulfilling my kids’ greatest wishes. Santa is big in my house. Even when you’re too big to believe anymore. And for friends and family, there is often a hand-made something. I do a wide variety of crafts and I like the challenge of thinking of something special to make for those closest to me.

3)      Really-bad-for-you food. I don’t like to cook, but I sure like sampling the goodies that everyone else makes. For some reason people spend a lot of time in the kitchen during the month of December. I don’t get the appeal, but I love the results! Cookies, candies, pies, and other things you don’t see during the rest of the year seem to magically appear around the office and on your doorstep. I say bring on the butter and the sugar!

4)      Snow. I hate to be cold, but I love snow. It’s hypnotic as comes down and it’s beautiful once it’s fallen. And in the still of the night, once the ground is covered by a blanket of snow, there’s a magical sound to be heard. If you’ve never done it, stand outside and listen to the sound of falling snow. There’s nothing like it.

5)      Days off of work. I’m a working author (as in, I still have a day-job) so days that I don’t have to go into the office but I still get paid for are fabulous! And getting to spend time with my boys because they are out of school at the same time, even better. If I don’t use the time to do some extra writing, I can use it to catch up on my reading. Ah… bliss!

There are lots of wonderful things about the holiday season. What are some of yours? Tell me in the comments and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a digital copy of my book, Risky Business, as well as a gift pack that includes a pair of snuggle socks (another of my favorite things), autographed bookmarks, a sticker and a key ring.

Risky Business blurb:

dena garson riskybusiness_msr-BLUSHMia Sanford has been working with Jake Hudson for years. Despite their obvious attraction, neither has been willing to take the chance and act on their feelings. Even though, as they both discover, everyone in the company thinks they should have gotten together long ago.

When Mia becomes the target of an embarrassing betting pool at the annual office party, Jake alerts her to the danger. But Jake is the company playboy, and has never expressed an interest in Mia until now. Is he really looking out for her, or just trying to win the pool himself? Mia must decide if she can trust him not only with her reputation, but also her heart.

 

Ellora’s Cave – http://www.ellorascave.com/risky-business.html

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About Dena:

Dena Garson loves to read romance—the hotter the better. When one of her BFFs said “one of us should be writing this stuff”, she took up the challenge. If she isn’t writing, she’s designing jewelry but somehow she still manages to make it into the office on a regular basis.

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Halloween Blogfest: Dena Garson

Have you ever seen a ghost?

I have. Or, at least, I think I have. And it wasn’t as scary as you’d think.

My maternal grandmother died about fifteen years ago. I was quite close to her and felt the loss rather keenly. To the point that I fell ill during the 14-hour drive to get to her home and be with my mother and attend the funeral. I don’t remember ever being so sick before. It was like having the flu but no one else had been sick, nor did they come down with anything after. Thankfully I recovered enough to attend the funeral and by the time we headed home I was pretty much well again.

A few weeks after we returned home, I remember waking up to a particularly bright, sunny morning. When I opened my eyes, there beside the bed, was a hazy figure of a woman. She looked at me and seemed to say something, but I didn’t hear anything. Then she patted my feet and turned and walked around the end of the bed toward the door and disappeared.

While I don’t remember what the figure looked like in detail as far as her clothes or her face, I remember it being a woman and I remember immediately thinking of my grandmother.

Now… before you go discounting my story you should know that no, I had not been drinking the night before, nor was I taking any medications. Yes, I am a morning person. I’m alert almost immediately upon waking. My highest energy levels are around 7 and 8 am (I know… I’ve been told I’m weird and very annoying in the morning to the night owls of my family). And, no, I hadn’t been watching horror movies or TV shows.

By the time that incident occurred, we had been living in our house for several years. I never experienced anything like and I don’t think the house was “haunted”. I am convinced the hazy figure was my grandmother, coming to check on me and perhaps tell me goodbye. After seeing her, I had a greater sense of closure than I did even at her funeral. Once my heartbeat settled down again, that is.

If that was a bit too much for you, how about a fictional ghost story?

My newest book, Ghostly Persuasion, is set in Ireland at Tullamore Castle where erotic enchantment lurks around every corner. There are witches, ghosts, werewolves, vampires, selkies and a drop-dead gorgeous handy-man. What more could you ask for?

ghostlypersuasion_msrWhen American-born Katie Ward takes her mother’s ashes home to Ireland, she finds hunky but spell-bound Seamus MacDonhnaill loitering in her suite at Tullamore Castle. Seamus is surprised Katie can see and hear him because he was turned into a spirit three hundred years earlier.

Seamus acts as her personal tour guide around the castle and estate. Not only does he show her the historical sights but Seamus introduces her to voyeurism and a variety of other cardinal delights. As frustrating as it is for them to not be able to touch each other, they push the limits as far possible.

Katie is determined to help Seamus break the spell cast on him by the wife of one of the previous lords. A woman he refused to take as a lover. Seamus only knows the spell will not be broken until he finds and claims his one true love. With help from a few castle ghosts and the local witch, Katie’s cousin, they break the spell.

Katie and Seamus fulfill her mother’s last request by spreading her ashes along the shoreline then begin their life together.

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I’m giving away an electronic copy of Ghostly Persuasion along with a swag pack to one randomly selected winner. Just leave a comment along with your email address to be entered to win. I’d be very interested in hearing if any of you have ever experienced something like that before.

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