Happy August 1st. I’m not sure where the summer is going but it seems to be heading there fast. I just realized I didn’t post a single blog in the month of July. To be honest, I didn’t have a lot going on in my writing life last month.
August will be different. This month I am participating in the Long and Short Reviews’ 8th Anniversary Bash. It lasts from August 17th through the 28th. At some point in that time frame there will be a trivia question from me. Answer it correctly and you’ll be entered to win a copy of one of my books. I’m sorry to say that I don’t remember which one I put up for grabs.
Also this month I will be working harder to get another book finished. My writing has been a bit stagnant for various reasons but I’m feeling the stirrings of my muse again. I have one Archangel series book left in my Entangled contract. However, there are still five more brothers who need to have their stories told. I promise those stories will be published one way or another.
As for my Gargoyle Masters… I’m still waiting on word from Samhain about contracting book two. If they decide not to offer me a contract then I might try my hand at self-publishing for the first time. I haven’t decided yet if I’d like to go that route or try subbing it to a different publisher. To be honest, I don’t want anyone who is waiting for this book to wait any longer than absolutely necessary.
On an unexpected note, I decided to ask Samhain if I can re-edit They Call Me Death. The contract expires this summer and there are a lot of things I would love to change in that book. They said yes. I don’t know exactly what that means yet, but there it is. More info to come as I have it.
I hope everyone has been having a wonderful summer. Try to enjoy what’s left of it and stay cool. We’re boiling down here in Southeast Texas.
He’ll unleash her indecent desires…in the most provocative way possible
Working for a celebrated photographer of lush nudes, many with BDSM themes, isn’t easy for Jodi. She’s full-figured, wholesome and longing for Mac, her bad boy boss. His shaggy hair, wicked tat and total hotness make her dream of ditching her work as his assistant to get down on her knees as his eager sub. If he’d only notice her.
Who says he hasn’t? As laid-back as they come, Mac can’t get over how uptight Jodi is around him…like he might bite her. Not what he has in mind. Her guileless nature and voluptuous figure do dangerous things to his self-control.
Lucky for him a client’s request has Jodi finally yielding to her sensual nature, because Mac’s fully prepared to dominate, demanding her submission, delivering punishment. In other words, an erotic takeover.
Mac slung the leather strap over his shoulder and dropped the manacles on a table to the side. The lightweight metal clinked delicately in comparison to the noise of the savage music. Its harsh bass matched his pounding pulse.
He’d done it again. Without even trying, he’d run Jodi off. Every time he caught her watching him, she acted as though he was going to bite her…or maybe fire her. Was she worried about losing her job?
Mac hadn’t a clue. Since he’d been old enough to notice women, their emotions had baffled him. In middle and high school, the girls had liked how he looked and he sure as hell loved how they felt, so they’d hooked up for some good times. When those brief encounters had ended, there were endless recriminations and tears from the girls. Eventually, he’d learned to expect that. Females got pissed about nearly everything. They cried. They also survived to weep another day.
During college, he’d admittedly acted like a dog, mounting every woman who moved. No way would he get married even once or—god forbid—would he repeat his parents’ mistakes by tying the knot more than once. He was simply out for a good time and an education. Again there’d been the breakup fights. His ex-girlfriends always avoided him as they would an STD. But he’d never had a woman behave that way before he’d even touched them.
What was with Jodi? More than once, Mac had sensed her interest, seeing desire in her eyes when he unexpectedly caught her watching him. At first, he’d thought she’d disapproved of him photographing nudes for a living—especially with the added debauchery of BDSM. That notion had died a quick death when he’d noted her flushed cheeks and barely contained excitement.
No different from a few minutes ago.
For a second, she’d surrendered within his gaze, her hazel eyes glistening with arousal. Her lips had parted in seeming anticipation of his tongue or maybe his cock. In that moment, he’d again recognized a kindred spirit. She liked naughty games. She wanted a Dom to punish her for being bad then love her until he’d drained away her doubt, replacing it with wonder and joy.
Mac liked that. He enjoyed her.
Jodi didn’t come on strong like most of the women he knew. Shit, she didn’t come on at all. She sure as hell didn’t worry about her looks, which was a relief. Mac couldn’t count the times he’d tried to have a real conversation with one of the models—discussing the craziness of a current war or the horrors of the latest workplace shooting—only to have her nod absently while she caught glimpses of herself in any reflective surface she could find.
Jodi didn’t do that. She was unbelievably levelheaded and genuine. With her, Mac sensed a man could be himself. He wouldn’t have to put on a show and prove he was more than he could ever be. Imperfect was good enough. Being simply human would suffice. Her quiet manner and intelligence not only comforted, it aroused.
I’m an award-winning, bestselling novelist in erotic, paranormal, contemporary and historical romance for Kensington, Samhain Publishing, Ellora’s Cave, Siren Publishing, Booktrope, and indie. Yay! Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, Romantic Times and numerous online sites have praised my work, and trust me, I’m forever grateful for that. I’ve had my books reach finals in the EPIC competition, one title was named Book of the Year at a review site, and others have won awards in RWA-sponsored contests. I’m actually featured in the 2012 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market. Talk about feeling like a freaking star. Before my writing career, I was the editor of an award–winning Midwestern newspaper and worked in Story Direction for a Hollywood production company. Outside of being an admitted and unrepentant chocoholic, I’ve flown a single-engine plane (scary stuff), rewired an old house using an electricity for dummies book, and have been known to moan like Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally whenever I’m eating anything Mexican or Italian. Yeah, I like to eat (burp).
You can check me out here – yes, I am everywhere! J
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It’s March! That means St. Patrick’s Day, Spring Break, and two opportunities to win prizes from me.
The first opportunity comes next week on Tuesday, March 10th. I’m participating in Tina Donahue’s Freeing the Beast release party on Facebook. There will be authors taking over FB all day long in celebration of Tina’s new release. I will be on from 5pm to 6pm CST (3-4 Pacific, 4-5 Mountain, 6-7 Eastern). Join me for an hour of chatting about paranormal books and the heroes we love to read about in them. I’m also giving away a copy of Freeing the Beast and some swag.
Also in March, The Romance Reviews is having their 4th Anniversary party. I’ll have a question posted there on Saturday, March 7th. Answer correctly to be entered to win a swag bag from me that includes a Missy’s Minion t-shirt. There is also a grand prize of a $100 gift certificate! All prizes can be seen here. There are more than 350 authors participating, which means over 350 prizes to win!
I hope you can join me online throughout the month. Good luck!!
February is almost upon us and that means Valentine’s Day! Don’t worry if you don’t have a sweetheart to celebrate with this year. I’ve got a sweet deal for you instead: 24 authors, 8 days of fun, blog posts and a scavenger hunt.
Coffee Time Romance & More is celebrating V-day with a scavenger hunt just for the readers. There will be 3 blog posts per day, each with a link to that author’s website or blog. Click on the link and find the special clue, then at the end of the contest period see what message your clues spell out. Enter that message into the Rafflecopter (link provided with the last blog post) and you’re entered to win a Samsung Galaxy Tab® 4 NOOK® 7.0!
But that’s not all. Each of the 24 authors will also be giving away prizes. The more blog posts you comment on, the better your chance to win one of the many great gifts being offered. All blogs will be posted here beginning at 2 am February 3rd CST, through 8 pm February 10th. All winners of the individual author contests will be announced on February 12th, but the grand prize will be given away at the end of the month.
All sorts of prizes are being offered: free ebooks, books, gift cards and gift baskets. Mine is both a V-day gift box and a $5 Amazon gift card.
Here’s the schedule of participating authors:
Tuesday, February 3rd:
Wednesday, February 4th:
Thursday, February 5th:
Friday, February 6th:
Saturday, February 7th:
Sunday, February 8th:
Monday, February 9th:
Tuesday, February 10th:
One of my goals for last summer was to become an active pinner on Pinterest. That didn’t happen, though I did take some photos in anticipation of joining. Well, not I’ve joined (finally). I’ll have to dig up those photos to actually make something out of this new endeavor. You can find me by clicking below.
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Have you ever wanted to have dinner with me and meet my husband? Of course you have. Now you can have the chance to win two VIP passes to the Austin Author Affair in May, AND have dinner with me and my hubs at the Cheesecake Factory. And yes…I’ll even buy you cheesecake.
All you have to do is enter via the Rafflecopter form and on November 30th I’ll choose one lucky winner via random.org. The winner is responsible for transportation to the event, plus you must stay at the host hotel that weekend. More info about the event can be found here. The VIP passes include one VIP reader book bag, and access to the AAA Saturday night Karaoke Party and open bar. Food, drinks, and music are included in the cost. Not to mention all the amazing authors you’re going to meet!
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