Thursday, November 21st, 2013 | Blog Hop, Book Pimpage, Coming Soon, Contests | 8 Comments
Welcome to my stop on the Cover of Love Blog Hop.
Personally…I love love in all its many facets and shades. It’s one of the reasons I write multicultural and interracial romance. I firmly believe that people should have the choice to date and marry whoever they want to and not be ridiculed for it.
Right now my FAVORITE show on television features an interracial relationship (although taboo because he’s married) which in reality everyone should really HATE but because of the way the show is written…you can’t HELP but love these characters and WANT them to get their happily ever after.
I’m also having a super fan girl crush on Henry Cavill right now. I mean the man is HELLA FINE and can not take a bad picture. I will NOT admit how many times I’ve watched my DVD of Man of Steel since I went to Target at 9 o’clock in the morning the day it was released. Yes…it’s that bad. (Check out my Pinterest board dedicated to Mr. Superman himself and see if I’m wrong about not taking a bad picture.)
And ever since the mid 1990′s I have adored me some Shemar Moore who is bi-racial (white mother/black father). (You can check out my Pinterest board dedicated to him as well.)
I have finally finished book #4 in the Beach House Nights Series which I hope to have released soon. I’m also putting the finishing touches on a Christmas novella which I really need help on the title (see contest below) and will be working on a Valentine novella as soon as I finish it. After that…I have a couple of series I want to start working on. Not sure which I’m going to start first. Of course…they are all interracial.
I guess I’ll entice you with a snippet from my Christmas novella coming soon and then tell you about the contest. So…check it out.
She turned to see him standing just inside the door. “The rooms are wonderful. I can’t say enough how much you’ve outdone yourself. I mean, it’s better than a hotel room. They’re comfortable with an at home feel.”
A large smile spread across his face. “Good. I’m glad you’re satisfied with the accommodations.”
Oh…she was so much more than that…or could be much more if he…well, she wasn’t going to go there with him being so close and a bed just a few feet away.
“If you need anything, anyone on my staff is available to help you by dialing extension sixty one on the phone, or you can come see me. I’m right across the hall.”
Jorja had moved closer to him, couldn’t help it actually. It always felt like there was an invisible magnet between them. She peered around him. “Your office?”
They stood just over the threshold now, facing each other, so close she could smell the soap and aftershave he’d used this morning. She resisted the urge to lean closer and get a better whiff.
“My living quarters.”
“Oh. You live here too?”
In college, their dorm rooms had been two buildings apart. Knowing he was going to be across the hall from her when she got into bed tonight sent an involuntary sliver of awareness straight down her spine.
“Yes.” He never took his eyes off her face. He’d always been so direct that way, giving her his full attention. Being under his intense gaze had always unnerved her, made her think that he saw and read every expression on her face, knew every thought that crossed her mind.
So, there you go. My heroine is Jorja and my hero is Neal. They went to college together and shared a drunken kiss one night they never talked about but also never forgot! Jorja is coordinating her sisters wedding and she, her sister, and all the bridesmaids are staying in a cozy B&B in Colorado the week before the wedding. Neal just happens to own this B&B and one night decides it’s time to let Jorja know how he’s felt about her all these years and after a kiss under the mistletoe (of course) decides to perform a sexy strip tease that leads to a whole lot more.
I need a title…desperately! I’ve thought of Under The Mistletoe, Strip Tease Under The Mistletoe. Neither of these titles are doing it for me. LOL
I NEED YOUR HELP!!! My contest for the blog hop – help me come up with a great title for this sexy little Christmas novella. Leave a comment with your idea and if I choose your title…you will receive a free copy of the title when it releases AND a $10.00 gift cert to Amazon. Also….not part of the contest but if you like me and/or friend me on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest…I’ll love you forever! And while we’re talking about multicultural love – who is your favorite actor/actress of a different race? Leave that in your comment as well. I’m curious!
Color of Love Blog Hop Prizes!
1st prize: $50 Amazon gift card + 8 ebooks
2nd prize: $30 Amazon gift card+ 8 ebooks
3rd prize: $20 Amazon gift card + 8 ebooks
4th prize: $10 Amazon gift card + 8 ebooks
You have to enter the Rafflecopter to win! And don’t forget to visit the other authors participating in the hop. Have a great Thanksgiving!
Friday, September 13th, 2013 | Book Pimpage, Five Question Friday, Writing | No Comments
1. Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
My favorite character from my books is Sidney, Falcone and Driscoll Investigations’ perky admin. She’s brings out the best in Giulia and Frank. She’s all-natural, always bubbly, and thinks everything’s an adventure. I have the most fun writing her. In Book 3, Veiled Threat, she finally gets to have her all-natural wedding. It was the most fun research I ever did.
2. If you were deserted on an island, who are 3 famous people you would want with you?
If I was on a deserted island, the three famous people I’d want with me are Gerard Butler, Cecilia Bartoli, and Colm Wilkinson. I’m a contralto, so it’d be all about the singing! And The Gerard has the advantage of being real easy on the eyes. I’m sure one of them can fish, and I’m a pretty good cook. We’d manage.
3. Is there an Author that you would really like to meet? Why?
There are so many authors I want to meet: HP Lovecraft. Dickens. MR James. Kazuya Minekura. Hotaru Odagiri. The Brothers Grimm. Patricia McKillip. Um.. they don’t all have to be living, do they?
- An actor or a book character you have a crush on?
I have the worst crush on Sebastian St. Cyr, the hero of CS Harris’ historical mystery series. Of course I also have a wee crush on Ian Rutledge from the Charles Todd series. Antigone—she had strength. Miss Marple—although I love her best in the Margaret Rutherford movies.
5. What are some day jobs you have held? Have any of them impacted your writing? If so, share an example.
Day Jobs that had an impact on my writing—that’s an easy one. From 1979 to 1983, I was a Franciscan nun. Honestly, that was a 24/7/365 job. On the pedestal, wearing the outfit, under the microscope. So my three published books are about an ex-nun who solves crimes. I have to admit that I’ve never solved a crime in real life… unless I count the time when my kids were 2 and 6. We found abstract designs on the walls of their bedroom—in purple. Then we found a trail of markers laid from the designs to my older son’s bed—all purple markers. At last we found a purple marker stashed under my older son’s pillow. An open and shut case, right? Except my older son used all the markers when he drew—and he never drew on the walls. My younger son, on the other hand, loved purple. It was all he drew with. I sensed a frame up. And I was right. The younger son confessed. Someday I’ll put that in a book.
It’s private investigator Giulia Falcone’s second Christmas since leaving the convent. She’s happy to be spending it with Frank Driscoll, even if his switching from boss to boyfriend and back again is giving her whiplash. But Giulia’s holiday is darkened with disturbing news from her friends Anya and Laurel—their adopted baby girl has been kidnapped. When she learns that two kidnappings in nearby communities, both involving same-sex couples, ended with devastating fatalities, Giulia is more determined than ever to return the infant girl to her mothers. With Frank reluctantly backing her and the understaffed police offering little assistance, Giulia goes undercover to snare the kidnappers before they can do further harm.
Veiled Threat is available NOW!! Get your copy here.
Alice would love it if you stalked her on the web. You can find Alice…
Facebook: Alice Loweecey
Friday, July 5th, 2013 | Book Pimpage, Five Question Friday, Writing | No Comments
I would like to welcome author Kadi Dillon to my blog today for Five Question Friday. Kadi will give away an e-copy of Dancing With Deception to one lucky person who posts on the blog.
Friday, June 28th, 2013 | Book Pimpage, Contests, Five Question Friday | No Comments
I would like to welcome author N. Wood to Five Question Friday! Nat will be giving away an e-copy of My Bittersweet to one lucky winner who posts on the blog.
For Nicholas Walker, life barely seems worth living. With a too small apartment, a dead end job and a homophobic stepfather, what’s the point? He is at the end of his tether – until he meets Archer. When a misplaced joke pulls them together, will Archer be able to convince Nicholas that he does have something to live for, or is it really better to have loved and lost than to never love at all?
The beeping was getting louder. I understood it was some kind of an alarm, but I didn’t usually set one for work. Groaning, I opened my eyes to find a bright light all around me. I had to blink a couple of times before I realized it was sunlight coming through the window. Weeks had passed since I’d last seen sunlight and like that time this would probably only last an hour or two as well.
I shifted a little, wanting to roll onto my side and block out the din with a pillow over my head. As I moved I discovered a sensation in my briefs like I hadn’t felt for a few years. Oh God, no – seriously? A wet dream?
I slipped my hand under the covers to investigate, to see if I had indeed shot a load in my sleep, but before I could even reach my waist it came into contact with something soft, faintly hairy and warm.
I froze straight away as I recalled the night before. There had been no amazing mind-blowing sex with Archer. That obviously was just a dream. Instead it had been an amazing mind-blowing jerking off session across the room from Archer while he did the same. I remembered he’d led me back to his bed so I could rest. I’d been sleepy and my head had been hurting. He’d gone to leave and I had asked him to stay.
Oh God, he had stayed?
I moved my hand slowly, tracing along the weight that was over my waist. Sure enough I discovered a large hand at the end of an arm. Turning my head and squinting against the sunlight I found the owner of the arm lying next to me, his blue eyes open and watching me; he’d stayed perfectly still as I’d poked and prodded at his arm to work out what it was. When my eyes met his I noticed concern in the cobalt depths.
He lifted his head from the pillow but kept his gaze on mine. “Are you alright?”
I wasn’t sure what he was referring to; my health in general? How I felt after what we’d experienced last night? Or the fact I’d just woken up to find him in bed beside me after embarrassingly blowing a load in my briefs to a highly arousing dream of him fucking me? I just nodded my head quickly in answer and seemingly thinking I was uncomfortable he slid his arm away from me, rolling onto his back and sitting up.
He leaned over and switched off his annoying alarm clock then glanced back to me, but before he could speak I beat him to it. “I got to piss.”
My Bittersweet is available NOW!! Get your copy here.
N. Wood would love it if you stalked her on the web…
Friday, June 21st, 2013 | Book Pimpage, Five Question Friday | No Comments
I would like to welcome author Michele Richard to Five Question Friday.
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Friday, June 14th, 2013 | Book Pimpage, Five Question Friday, Writing | No Comments
I would like to welcome Shawna Romkey to Five Question Friday. Shawna will give away an e-copy of Speak of the Devil to one lucky poster.
- Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
I would say Lily. She’s a teenage girl who has experienced some tragic things that she isn’t capable of dealing with. She has inner strength but doesn’t know it yet, so her journey is coming to terms with who she is and what she can do. I think a lot of girls her age have more power than they realize and more strength, but they give it away to other people. I think it’s extremely important for girls to find their strength.
- What can your readers expect from you in the future?
I’m almost finished with the second book in the Speak of the Devil series. I plan for it to be a trilogy, so this next book is the bridge book. Bad things happen. The working title is The Devil Made Me Do It. The logline is: The demons strike back!
- What book are you currently reading and in what format (ebook/paperback/hardcover)?
I’m reading Death Lies Between Us by Jody A. Kessler. It’s published by Crescent Moon Press, my publisher and due out March 1. I was lucky enough to snag an advanced copy in eBook form.
- Where and when do you prefer to do your writing?
I do my writing in the morning as soon as the husband and kids leave the house. Well usually I start laundry or the dishwasher, then I get back in bed with my laptop and bang out a#1k1hr. I try to find other writers on twitter, but I’m usually the first #1k1hr person on that early in the morning. The house is quiet, I’m still in my pj’s, the phone isn’t ringing yet, so I’m comfortable and can fit in a thousand words pretty easily then tackle my day guilt free.
- If you were deserted on an island, who are 3 famous people you would want with you?
Stephen King to talk writing with and he could tell us great stories to keep us entertained.
Nathan Fillion, because, well I have a geek girl crush on him.
Jason Sudekis because he went to KU like I did, so we could talk about that, and he’d be funny to keep our spirits up.
You can stalk Shawna on the web….
What happens when falling in love and falling from grace collide?
After dying in a car accident with her two best friends, Lily miraculously awakens to grief and guilt. She escapes to her dad’s to come to terms with the event and meets some people at her new school who seem all too eager to help her heal. Sliding deeper into sorrow and trying to fight her feelings for two of them, she finds out who…what they really are and that they are falling too.
Can she find the strength to move on from the past, reconcile her feelings for Luc, find a way to stop a divine war with fallen angels, and still pass the eleventh grade?
Rain fell, not uncommon for late spring in Missouri. “If you don’t like the weather here,” my grandfather would say, “wait five minutes.” Of course, I’d visited distant relatives in Maine once before, and they said the same thing.
Julie fumbled with the wipers while I pulled the sun visor down to check my face in its little rectangular mirror, even though I’’ only left my vanity like five minutes ago. The lights on either side lit up the interior of the car. I reached into my tiny party purse to find my lip gloss, which was easy to locate since I’d only packed the essentials in my bag: phone, some cash, and make-up. As I glanced at myself, I saw Mike in the reflection, smiling at me from the back seat. I stuck my tongue out at him, making him laugh, and put on the lip-gloss, fully aware of how flirty I acted.
The windshield wipers couldn’t keep up with the sudden downpour. The pitter-patter turned to thumping. Hail came down in gumball-sized pellets. “Damn.” Julie jerked the steering wheel to keep The Whale off the curb.
“Slow down, Jules.” Mike gripped Julie’s headrest. “We can pull over until it passes.”
“Yeah.” She squinted to see the road before her.
I pressed my lips together to smooth out the gloss. “Damn is right. I didn’t bring a jacket.”
The Whale swerved to the right crunching along the gravel on the side of the road. I braced myself in my seat. Julie leaned up to the steering wheel and peered over it as my grandmother sometimes did when she drove. I squinted because of the stupid light up visor mirror. I slammed it shut, but Julie panicked and over corrected, pulling The Whale to the left and careening over the yellow dotted line in the middle of the street.
“Julie!” Mike shouted.
Time slowed andticked out in heartbeats.
Julie cringed, her hands moving up to shield her face. Her head turned away from the highway.
Mike reached protectively from the back seat.
The headlights illuminated the rail of the overpass.
The car hit the rail on the opposite side of the road with a hard thud.
Crap. We’re going over the bridge.
The Whale’s nose pointed down toward the water.
A jolt forward and my forehead slammed into the dashboard.
The Whale flipped in the air. I’m upside down.
Did my mom say good-bye when I left?
Cold water rushed into the car.
Is this it?
I can’t breathe. Oh my God, I can’t breathe. I can’t see or breathe!
My heart quickened. It pounded. The Whale leaned on its side under the surface of the water which rushed in fast, and I couldn’t see a damn thing.
Calm, stay calm. Don’t panic. They say when you’re drowning not to panic because you use up your air faster.
Dammit, am I drowning?
I tried to get myself upright and jerked out of my seat belt. Luckily, it gave way. I fought the latch to open the door facing up, but the pressure of the water from Black Water River held it closed, trapping me inside.
Jesus. I know this river. It’s more of a creek. It can’t be more than fifteen feet across and ten feet deep.
I pushed at the door. Opening my mouth to scream, I swallowed water.
I couldn’t see or hear Julie or Mike. My watch ticked. Or was it my heart beating?
Ba bum. Ba bum. Ba bum.
The dreams came. Like a good sleep you don’t want to wake up from. I felt heavy and floaty. I wore this long white gauzy gown and the wind blew my dress and my hair like in some feminine hygiene commercial. I could breathe slowly and deeply. Completely relaxed and at peace, but I was alone.
I floated along in a white space for a while. Drifting. Breathing. Relaxing. Had I gone to a spa? After an immeasurable amount of time, others appeared. They wore white clothing, too, and they floated like me, reaching out. They opened their arms as if to welcome me to them.
I stopped and frowned. I heard no sound, and I didn’t know who these white floaty people were or why they welcomed me. They smiled, genuinely happy, and held their arms out to me. I panicked.
Where’s my mom? My family? Wait, Mike and Julie were just with me, where are they? Are those wings?
I noticed the others floating with me had white feathery wings.
“Lily,: one of them called out.
Holy hell. I’m dead.
Friday, June 7th, 2013 | Book Pimpage, Five Question Friday, Writing | No Comments
I would like to welcome author Kimberly Williams to Five Question Friday. Kimberly will give away an e-copy of No Longer Ugly Inside to one lucky poster.
Friday, May 31st, 2013 | Book Pimpage, Five Question Friday, Writing | No Comments
I would like to welcome Marteeka Karland to Five Question Friday.
1. Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?
I’m totally good at falling… broke the same finger TWICE in a matter of like five weeks. *groan*
2. Is there an Author that you would really like to meet? Why?
Angela Knight. Because she’s SO FRIGGIN COOL!!! And because I owe her a big ole tackle hug and a sloppy kiss with tongue and I really want to see her reaction when I follow threw with my threat to pay my debt.
3. What are 3 things you never leave home without (apart from keys, money and phone)?
The mini laptop, my kindle fire, and sometimes I even bother to put on clothes.
4. Where and when do you prefer to do your writing?
The “where” is anywhere I can find a place. I’m not really picky. The when… generally the later the better. I’m kind of a night owl and, since making writing my full time job, I’ve got my days and nights turned around. Besides, at night, there isn’t anyone up to BOTHER ME…
5. If you were deserted on an island, who are 3 famous people you would want with you?
Vin Diesel, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and any other guy with big muscles and a good sense of humor.
Memphis Heat 2: Streetwise
by Marteeka Karland and Shelby Morgen
Memphis, Tennessee. The Russian mob’s moving in, and the FBI’s recruiting Memphis PD’s finest — finest werewolves — to form their new FBI Paranormal Activities Task Force.
Jarod and Belle have been assigned to the FBI — their job, infiltrate the Russian Wolf pack. All they have to do is find the pack. But the closer they get to the Russians, the farther away they seem to be from the truth. So far they’ve found more werewolf cops than Russian wolves.
The Russians seem to have declared war on the MPD, leaving a team of dead cops in their wake, and the Memphis PD to clean up their mess. MPD’s Colonel has a few secrets of his own, and he doesn’t really appreciate FBI intervention on something that’s clearly local jurisdiction — in more ways than one.
When Officer Butch Carson and his rookie trainee, Regan “Sundance” O’Mally, are caught between the MPD and the Russians, they have no one they can turn to but each other. The more they learn about being werewolves, the tighter their own bond becomes. And the more determined they are to stop the assassins who nearly added them to the growing list of victims.
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Marteeka would love it if you stalked her on the world wide web…
Friday, May 24th, 2013 | Book Pimpage, Five Question Friday, Writing | 1 Comment
I would like to welcome author Anne Selby to Five Question Friday! Anne will give away an e-copy of The Serpent and the Peacock to one lucky person who comments on the post.
1. Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
Roger Hamilton. Probably because he is so confused as to the situation he finds himself in. He is a senior police detective in the London Metropolitan police, he is also the Senior Investigating Officer on a murder with a lot of responsibility, but he finds himself losing any control over everything in his life as the story progresses.
2. Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?
I was an Army marksman during my 11 years of service in the British Army, I play drums and guitar and was part of a Blues Band and performed throughout Europe, I can build and configure computers. I am not sure if any of that is unique per se, but I think it might be for a 62 year old pensioner!
3. What can your readers expect from you in the future?
I am three quarters of the way through the second book in the series which continues the story of Roger Hamilton. It’s called The Paths of the Moon. I am working on the outline of a new series of detective novels based on one of the characters from this sequel.
4. Is there an Author that you would really like to meet? Why?
I’d have loved to have met J R R Tolkien, I am fascinated with the world, the language and the races he created.
5. What book are you currently reading and in what format (ebook/paperback/hardcover)?
I am currently reading a book by a man called Bernard Schaffer and it’s based on the Jack the Ripper murders and the story has Sherlock Holmes being asked to investigate.
A Crime/Fantasy novel, based on the Sumerian myths of the Fallen Angels or Grigori.
The other two bowed their heads, almost in deference. They slipped silently into the trees and were swallowed up in the night. The third figure rubbed his chin, smiled grimly to himself and settled himself down to await the inevitable arrival of the police.
The Serpent and the Peacock is available NOW. Get your copy here!
Anne would love it if you stalked her on the web….
Monday, May 20th, 2013 | Blog Hop, Contests | 64 Comments
Welcome all you Wet and Wild readers. I don’t know about you…but I”m ready for summer to begin. And what better way to get the party started than a Wet and Wild Blog Hop to celebrate summer AND reading! There will be a ton of prizes for you to win, including a $100 gift card to Victoria’s Secret AND a digital gift basket featuring Wanderlust by Skye Warren, Fever by Maya Banks, Knight and Stay by Kitty French, Dirty Distractions by Cari Quinn and The Girl in 6E by Alessandra Torre.
PLUS I have a $15 gift card and an e-copy of Under His Covers that you can win right here by posting on my blog.
So…go forth and enter my lovely readers but first, answer this question in your post (please include your email address). What book are you most looking forward to read this summer? Me…I’m anxiously awaiting Entwined With You by Sylvia Day.
Five Question Friday
February 1 - Holly Trent
February 8 - Daniel Alexander
February - 15 - Lisa Bilbrey
February 22 - MB Feeny
March 1 - RE Hargrave
March 8 - Karen Rose Smith
March 15 - Ciaran Dwynvil
March 22 - Debra Hartman
March 29 - Clarice Wynter
April 5 - Jennah Scott
April 12 - Cornell Thomas
April 19 - Melissa Blue
April 26 - Massimo Marino
May 3 - Lyric james
May 10 - Tara Lain
May 17 - Kenneth Weene
May 24 - Anne Selby
May 31 - Marteeka Karland
June 7 - Kimberly Williams
June 14 - Shawna Romkey
June 21 - Michele Richard
June 28 - N. Wood
July 5 - Kadi Dillon
Sept. 13 - Alice Loweecey
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