Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Flirting With Disaster

The second book in my Tanner Creek series is out. Falling in love could be the very definition of a disaster.


Brooke Hall has a foul-mouth and a quick temper, and she prefers a man who isn't afraid to get his hands dirty. In other words, everything an uptight book nerd like Dane Nichols isn't. He likes his women soft, mild-mannered, and traditional. That doesn't stop him from wanting her even though their verbal sparring is legendary in Tanner Creek. When an opportunity that will benefit both of their fledgling businesses comes along, they agree to join forces...albeit reluctantly.

It doesn't take long for Dane to see past Brooke's prickly exterior. Her intelligence and fierce loyalty to her friends and family makes him crave more than a hot, short affair despite the occasional sense of deja vu. He's had more than his fair share of tumultuous relationship where both parties were too stubborn to be vulnerable and honest.

Dane's smile is as quick as his wit, and Brooke can't seem to resist or out of bed. When he drops his guard and makes a play for her heart, Brooke has to let go of the fear that all he wants to do is change her into his ideal woman.

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Flirting With A New Release

I know. It's been a year. I've shocked even myself, but I'm sure you want the deets. Here they go.

All was right in Peyton Tanner's world until trouble walked into her bar, the Grog Monster, and his name was Tate Briggs.

For the past ten years Peyton's managed to live her life scandal-free. A feat considering her father's the mayor, in a very small town. Staying under the radar is a priority when her every action is reported like the hottest news. And Peyton knows how fast that grapevine can turn on her. So no matter how delicious and forbidden Tate can be, she's not willing to turn her world into gossip central, again, for lust.

Tate Briggs learned a long time ago to want what you want and not apologize for it, and he wants Peyton. He can understand her trepidation. Small towns are only kind to their local sweethearts when she's agreeable and perfect, but at some point Peyton's got to live for herself. But his patience is tested when she insists their affair must remain a secret. It goes against everything he believes in.

When their relationship becomes more than a sexual affair, Peyton will have to decide between her beloved small town or the man she loves.

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

A Decade of Snark

No one is more shocked than I that I've lasted this long. And to be honest I didn't do this on my own. So I just want to say thank you. To every critique partner, beta reader, writing forum and every author I've met. You have made this an incredible journey I could not have fathomed when I started at 19.

But most of you are here for a giveaway. Here's a purty graphic to see some of the prizes up for grabs and below it will be the rafflecopter link.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, September 5, 2014

It's A Contest, Baby

I figured 10 years of writing required some kind of celebration. So I wrangled a few people I know and asked them donate to this cause. So what does that mean? GIVEAWAY. Starting September 7th I'll have a rafflecopter up so you can enter to win. Go ahead and take a gander at some of the authors and prizes.

Melissa Blue

And after this list...There's still more. So check back on the 7th.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Reforming the Cowboy and Marisa Cleveland

Give a big, warm welcome to Marisa! She's giving her past self some writing advice.

Dear Three Years Ago Me:

It's September of 2010, and you "retired" from teaching back in June. You plan to write full-time, supergluing your fingertips to the keyboard, indulging in your wildest fantasies. But here's what the three-years-ago me should have done:

1. Get and train your Dragon. Since you've started using Dragon, your life is so much easier. First drafts fly from your lips to the computer's blank page. It took you about a week to really train the voice recognition software, but once you did, first drafts were smooth sailing. You tried out a couple different headphones and microphones, and you still alternate between the corded ones and the wireless, but you love it. You "write" and pace and sit and stretch and lie on the floor. So, yeah, don't wait so long to get and train your Dragon.

2. Buy stock in your favorite hand lotion. You will go through more bottles of lotion than you ever did while coaching gymnastics or living in the cold northern states. Lotion will keep your skin feeling soft, and even though it's not proven to anyone outside of then-you and now-me, lotion will help your fingers feel more nimble during those long stretches of revisions and more revisions and late night edits.

3. Enjoy every bit of this journey, because you will never be at a lower point or a higher one than the one you are at right now. You will have days when the words won't flow, but you will make them, because you have finally admitted that you are a romance writer (even though you still haven't finished writing a romance novel). You will have days of glorious triumphs, when strangers admire what you are doing and where you are going in life. Take the good and forget the bad - if you can figure out how. But remember, this is your journey alone to make, and comparing yourself to others might help you mark your progress, but don't let it destroy your dream. You will get there.

All my love,

Country singer Billy Hardy needs to get back on the charts. His manager assures him headlining the opening of a cafe in South Beach is his best chance at getting back to the big time. If he fails, his career is over for good this time.

Lacey Durant can't believe opening night includes the country singer she crushed on through college. And her customers agree he's dreamy. But his playboy reputation threatens her cafe's image and she can't afford that. She insists Billy stay with her so she can keep an eye on him, and thwart overenthusiastic fans.

Billy's charms and Lacey's sexy curves prove more than either can resist, but she refuses to be just another lyric in his well-known songs of heartbreak.

About Marisa:
Marisa loves to laugh, hates to cry, and does both often. She married her best friend, and her adult romance novels focus on sensual relationships developed through friendship. She loves to connect with readers.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Love Lost and Found and Michele DeWinton

Despite our epic battle last week, I'm happy to welcome Michele DeWinton to the blawg. Give her a warm welcome!

Thanks so much for having me over. It’s going to be a crazy fun ride with the fab four Entangled Indulgence September release authors. Nothing like spreading the love about the Indulgence love! Sofia asked me what advice I would have given my writing-self three years ago, knowing what I do now? Here what popped up for me, hope you enjoy.

  1. Be in it for the long haul – because things can get rough out there. You might have a dream start (and I’ve had a dream ride really, my first book getting picked up by a main stream publisher and then when I ventured into romance having my first two books taken to the first publishers I shipped them too) but if you’re serious about this writing malarkey, sure as pigs love mud, it’s likely you’ll get rejected somewhere along the way. Try and take the good with the bad and just keep on keeping on.

  2. Write for yourself first, everyone else next – If you want to keep up this writing business you’ve gotta enjoy it. The moral of my story is that you don’t know where inspiration will spring from, or from what meagre beginnings your writing star will start shining. But you can keep pushing a passionate pen. You can float your dreams out on paper and let your characters dance with them. You can let the colour of some dark forest haunt your words or the light of morning warm them. And even if you don’t want anyone else to see them, those words will be all yours. Full of poise and personality and passion, you will have created something that no one else has. And you will have made the world just a tiny bit better because of it. Isn’t that fantastic.
  3. Be patient – time moves very, very slowly with publishing houses and even agents. The Romance world tends to be faster on balance than other genres in my experience, but just when you think everything is rocking along, sometimes things can come to a grinding halt. Don’t sweat it – it’ll still happen and you’re editor wont thank you for the million emails you send her asking BUT WHEN?

  4. Adhere to the fab four piece of writing advice someone once told you and you thought they were joking:
  • Write. There are very few full time writers who make a serious living from their craft, but the discipline to get up every day and make yourself get onto the page is the thing that will likely be the difference between you getting published and not.

  • Edit. Don’t send off the first draft of anything, short story, play, novel. Even if it is a piece of genius. Let it sit, just for a couple of days if that’s all you’ve got and then re-read. You’ll likely pick up something that could do with tweaking.

  • Create a team. I’ve been part of a writing group for the last few years and they are the only people who see my first drafts. Having an objective eye look over your work is invaluable.

  • Read. Everything.
Felicity Williams can't remember the last five years thanks to an accident that wiped out her memory. She fled her old life in hopes of starting fresh and found refuge working on a cruise ship. But her past is coming for her…
Rick McCarthy wakes after a climbing accident to discover that his business partner and fiancée has quit her job and disappeared. He’s trying to accept that she’s run out on him, but now he needs her signature to close a deal that could literally be life or death. He’ll go to any extreme to get what he needs…even if that means becoming someone else to win her back. But a little lie becomes a large mess when they’re stranded on a deserted island together, and old misunderstandings might ruin their chance at new love…

Michele de Winton loves sunshine, chardonnay, (preferably together), beaches, trees, great vegetarian food, steamy writing and happy endings. She’s been known to be an all round arty type and it's no wonder that her first romance has a little sparkle of the stage tucked into its pages. Being a writer was not was she was supposed to be when she ‘grew up' but then neither was being a dancer. Sometimes her performing past jumps out of the dress up box and requires attention. But most of the time she’s content to stay in her PJs. All day. And she also thinks that chocolate can solve pretty much everything. Her debut romance The Boss and Her Billionaire hit the top 100 Bestsellers on Barnes and Noble in its first week and continues to do well. Love Lost and Found is the second in that series. You can get in touch with her at:
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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Winning the Boss's Heart and Hayson Manning

Let's welcome Hayson Manning to the blawg! She's talking music. 

Music I Write By

When I sit down and start my writing day, my seventh cup of joe sits on my desk, stare blankly at the screen, then I hit play and let my writing playlist soak into my soul.

Here’s my list of music that gets me where I need to be.

Yep. Glen Campbell. Showing my age here, but my mum loved him. My mum died suddenly a long time ago. She’d sing along at maximum volume as if she was twenty-one and leaving Galveston. I play that song, a lot, and it always makes me smile and feel that she’s beside me, singing loudly. It’s also guaranteed to clear the room of my moaning children, so I play it. Often.

Don’t Let me Down
Watching X Factor when it first came to the USA, I fell in love with the voice of LeRoy Bell. This song soaks into my soul and reminds me to believe in myself and to not let myself down.

Hold On
I was watching SNL – Saturday Night Live, and caught Alabama Shakes singing Hold On. It struck me deep in my gut. Brittany Howard sings with everything she has. She reminds me to let go and write with abandon, to dig where I don’t want to go, but where I need to. Write with everything I have.

Mary J. Blige and U2. The lyrics are beautiful and listening to them, I hear Bono ripping the words out of his heart. Mary J. Blige adds pain and emotion I can only hope to emulate.

Tongue Tied
This Grouplove song just makes me smile. I don’t know why. It’s my happy song.

Sung by George Harrison. Yeah, going old school, again, but the lyrics in this song and the way he sings it, you know he’s looking at his woman and putting himself out there. Don’t we all want that directed at us? I know I do.

What are the songs that move you?

Blurb Winning the Boss’s Heart
Mason Christian has twelve weeks to flip something old into something new, and then he's getting the hell out of Footsteps Bay - a tiny New Zealand coastal town. Not even his temporary secretary and personal assistant--the feisty, luscious Billie McLeod--will deter him, but there's no denying she makes him feel alive. More alive than he's felt in three years...
Billie has one dream: save enough money to finish her degree. That's why she's agreed to work for hard ass, all-business-no-pleasure Mason Christian--a man who has every intention of destroying through modernization the town's most cherished historical home. Before she can say 'see ya' she's signed on the dotted line and is contractually bound to be Mason's forty-second assistant. But working with male perfection every day is awesome with a capital A--as long as they can stick to a hands-off policy that gets harder every day...

Hayson Manning Bio:
Hayson Manning writes fun and flirty romances with alpha dudes and sassy woman. She lives in Southern California with her lovely sloth children, infuriating but much loved shoe-dropping husband, a tubby opinionated cat (as if a cat doesn't ever have an opinion). There will often be a foster dog parked on the couch waiting for their forever home. She loves a good glass of wine, dreams of winning the lottery, cries while watching Antiques Roadshow and is cannot speak she's sobbing so much by the end of Undercover Boss. She is also an expert at finding new and inventive ways to avoid exercise.

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