Thursday, October 1, 2015

DEAL ALERT - Meet the Lone Pine Pride!

If you haven't met the shifters of the Lone Pine Pride, now is your moment! JAGUAR'S KISS, the first book of the series, is FREE for a limited time on all ebook platforms!

Amazon :: B&N :: iBooks :: Kobo

AND if that wasn't enough, the second book of the series, TAMING THE LION is now only 99 centsNow through October 15th ONLY.

Amazon :: B&N :: iBooks :: Kobo

Go forth and read, boys and girls!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Make It Golden!

Are you an aspiring author planning to enter the Golden Heart this year?  The Rubies are hosting their annual Make It Golden Contest TODAY and the winner receives a paid entry fee for the contest!  Go forth and check it out, but hurry!  Entries will only be accepted until Midnight EST (or when the entry limit is reached, whichever is sooner). 

Good luck!!!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Cover Similarities

I'm talking covers! With so many books out there is it even possible for cover art to be unique in the age of the stock photo? Do covers need to be unique to be effective and catch your eye? Survey says?  Join me at the Ruby Blog and give me your take!

Friday, September 4, 2015

The Inside Scoop on Lone Pine Pride

Behold!  I am interviewed!  The rockstar goddesses at Fresh Fiction had questions about Lone Pine Pride.  And I had answers!  Want to know who's next?  ;)  Have any burning questions of your own?

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Go Jump Off a Cliff (Snarktember)

Good morning, boys and girls, and happy Snarktember!  Today I'm celebrating Skyscraper Day over with Snarky Mom Reads and YOU could win your choice of two Lone Pine Pride ebooks AND enter to win the Grand Prize which includes a shiny new Kindle Fire HD!  Good luck!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

In Case You Missed It - Videos from RWA Nationals

Were you unable to make it to the RWA National Conference in New York this year? Did you get caught in a meeting or sleeping in after a fancy publisher party or running out to catch a Broadway show and you missed some parts? This year, whether you were there in the ballroom or not, RWA is giving us the opportunity to watch (or rewatch) the Keynote and Featured Speakers, as well as the RITA and Golden Heart Awards Ceremony!
The first speaker was Keynote Barbara Freethy, who talked about the ups and downs in her long career (and the curse of the cartoon cover):

On Friday, Julia Quinn spoke (and her story about her mom made me grin):

Saturday morning was Nalini Singh (and I might have mentioned once or twice that I'm a total fangirl where this goddess is concerned) - and as I mentioned in my post-conference post, she spoke of protecting the joy (among other things):

And then it was time for the RITA and Golden Heart Awards Ceremony. I was delighted that we were able to stream this year and able to debut our new theme song (composed by Carl Wishneusky and underwritten by Stephanie Laurens). I was truly thrilled to be part of putting this awards ceremony together - along with my extraordinary committee (Linda Needham, Victoria Alexander, and Terri Reed), our brilliant MC Lisa Kleypas, and our goddess of an Office Liaison, Judy Scott, as well as the fantastic gentlemen and lady of our production company. If you loved it, I can't take the credit, because the awards shows are defined by the host and the speeches of the honorees (and the videos were a labor of love from one of our esteemed committee ladies), but it was fun to be a cog behind the scenes. So here it is, in case you missed it, this year's Golden Heart and RITA Awards Ceremony:

And, just in case you're interested, you can also view and purchase RWA2015 photos: (download free RWA2015 headshots here)
And purchase RWA2015 audio recordings:
This way we can be there even if we weren't, and remember even the details we forgot. So let's celebrate romance together! :)

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Tiger - Week One

It's been a good week, boys and girls!  Folks seem to be enjoying Tangling with the Tiger, but in case you haven't checked it out yet, here's another little teaser and a (Top Pick!) review that just popped into my inbox.  :)

Tangling with the Tiger - Out Now
“I don’t want you to get the wrong idea. I’m not anyone’s savior. I’m not going to heal you with love or anything like that. I don’t want a mate.”
“I’m too broken to ask for that,” he said softly. “But when I’m with you things are…” Again the words, why wouldn’t they work? “Peaceful. I just want some of that peace.”
She wet her lips, the sight tantalizing and distracting. “So you use me for peace and I use you for…um…” A blush stained her cheeks.
Sex. “Whatever you want.” He could have said it for her, but he found it entirely too adorable to see bold, brash Grace stammering for words.
“Right. So we just use one another and everyone’s happy?”
Happy. That was a word he hadn’t thought about in a while. His thoughts fractured, skittering after happy, chasing it, trying to remember what it felt like.
He focused on her face, on the tiny frown wrinkle between her brows as she studied him.
“Your eyes were doing that thing again.”
Grace. Happy. “Yes.”
Her frown deepened. “What?”
The words weren’t working. So he dismissed them. Her lips were close.
So he kissed them.


According to the lovely folks at Night Owl Reviews who gave us a Top Pick (!!!) Tangling with the Tiger is "awesome, fun, steamy, suspenseful, and exciting to read. I was caught up in the fascinating and truly original storyline, romance, action, and drama."

Check out the Full Review.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Odysseus, Orpheus, and the Quest for a New Car

My attempts to buy a car have now descended to the level of farce.  (Or Greek myth.  If someone told me the gods were messing with me, I would be relieved - at least then I would have an explanation.)

After a number of previous setbacks, I worked up my gumption, checked dealer inventories and set off on Saturday to test drive (and possibly buy!) a model/trim that is on my shortlist. 

We arrive at the biggest car dealership I've ever seen, but alas we do not see the car.  Salesman says not to worry. He will locate it - every car on the mega-lot has GPS on their locator system. 

Every car except that one.

We hop in another car with our salesman and drive it around the mega-lot, looking for the distinctive blue paint of the missing stick-shift model.  He realizes it may have been moved to an overflow lot off site and drives us over there.  Voila!  It exists!

And the keys are locked inside it.

Not to worry! Salesman leaves us in the overflow lot and runs back to the main lot to get the spare key.  He returns triumphant!

And the battery is dead.

Salesman runs back.  Gets a jumper box.  The car starts!

And the alarm goes off.

Only way to turn off the alarm is to turn off the engine, but once the alarm is deactivated, the car refuses to start again.  Turn the ignition and click-click-click.  Nada.  Salesman decides to try jumper cables to another car, under the assumption that the jumper box is out of juice.  Goes to fetch the cables.  Returns.

Click-click-click.  Nada.

Salesman confesses there was the beginnings of a nest of some sort near the battery.  Something might have chewed through a wire... The service department will have to look at it. 

And they've all just gone home for the day.

But if I buy today, I can get an amazing deal!  I decline, preferring to buy cars that run.

We head to Dealer #2 - much smaller, but I've checked their inventory and they have the model/trim I'm considering.  We make it there before closing.  We see the car.  A salesman sneaks up on us (in a strangely creepy manner).  I express a desire to test-drive the car.  No problem!  I hand over my license.  The salesman asks for proof of insurance.  "But I don't own a car."  (He does not seem to understand that insurance companies insure CARS, not random carless drivers.  Keeps referring to me as "never having been insured" even after I explain to him that I have had insurance in the past, but I do not currently because I was living in Manhattan where I did not want a car and then have been renting cars as needed and using my credit card insurance for the rentals since leaving the City.)  Alas, he can't let us drive the car without proof of insurance.  He will not even unlock it. 

But he wants to talk numbers.  I can get a great deal if I buy today.

I return home carless.  Again.

The Fates are screwing with me.