Sunday, December 30, 2012

End of 2012

My final post for 2012.

This past year was eventful, some not so good. We lost a lot of wonderful people, including some celeberties: Ernest Borgnine, Whitney Houston, Michael Clark Duncan, Larry Hagman, and just recently, Charles Durning.

This year also saw some good times, like my oldes son's wedding. We had a blast. The weather was beautiful, wedding was beautiful and the reception was a hoot! I even helped lead the conga line with the bride's mom--both of us wearing dreadlocks and shaking maracas! And lets not forget my husband dancing to 'My Humps' while the bride's brother sang. Yes, good times.

Here's a nice photo of me with my guys!

I also had two releases this past year:

Cowboy-Sexy, part of The Honky Tonk Hearts Series from The Wild Rose Press.

And I also released my very first self-published novel:

Captive Hero (Time-shift Heroes Series) through Amazon and CreateSpace.

So, as this year draws to a close, I'd just like to thank the readers for their support, and for helping my two releases hit some high notes on Amazon. I do appreciate the 'likes' and reviews, too!

Come on in, 2013!

Thank you for reading,


Monday, December 17, 2012

Stuff Your Stocking With Books Blogfest!

I'm blogging over at LASR in their Stuff Your Stocking With Books Blogfest!

Celebrate the holidays with Long and Short Reviews --
and fill your stockings with books and other gifts!

From 12/17/12 - 12/21/12 dozens of authors in all genres will be blogging and you can win!

Every post will be offering a goodie... all you have to do is leave a comment.  One comment will be chosen at random* at every blog to win -- it might be you!

Mystery/Suspense Guest Blog
Romance Guest Blog
Erotic Romance Guest Blog
YA/Middle Grade Guest Blog
Science Fiction / Fantasy Guest Blog

*Winners drawn by the author no later than 12/25/12.

So head on over and check out today's guests:

Good luck!


Monday, December 10, 2012

Cat in a Tree

Well, it's that time of year when, once again, we debate when to put up our Christmas tree. Normally, it would go up the weekend after Thanksgiving, but when the kittens were added to our household two years ago, we amended the time-table. Picking up and fixing the tree several times a week became old, real fast. lol

Now, Willow and Heero are 2 1/2 years old, and although Heero can jump on top of the fridge, he isn't our concern. Nope. It's Willow. She loves the tree! Heero doesn't like the pickiness of the fake needles, but Willow doesn't care what-so-ever. So, we joking said we were going to take bets on how long it would be before she climbed. 

We all lost.

There she is, happy as can be perched at the top. 

We didn't even finish fixing the branches, let alone get the lights on, and up she went...from the back side, the smart little bugger...I couldn't reach her. lol I don't think she cares for the pickiness of the branches either, because she only stays there about a minute, looking down on the other cats as if the say:

 "Ha! I win!"

And she's right, she does. 

I don't have a problem with her in the tree as long as she doesn't knock it over. We only have plastic ornaments and non-breakables as decorations. (Learned the hard way about the glass ones when the kids were very young.) Of course, this morning the beautiful purple bird my son's girlfriend gave me can no longer clip to the tree, thanks to Willow. Yep, found the poor bird on the floor this morning-minus the clip. 

Sorry, Ally...but since you're the one who gave Willow to Zach, I'm sure you'll be okay with her playfullness. :-)

The bird is still pretty much in one piece, so I placed it back on the tree. Yeah, I know. I'm inviting disaster, but I couldn't help myself. I can't resist that face! And I love a playful animal!

I shall keep you all apprised as to how long the tree remains upright.

Anyone want to venture a guess?

Have a great week,


Friday, December 7, 2012

I Started a Newsletter

I'm going to keep this post short. Through a lot of deliberation and research, I decided  it was time to start a newsletter. 

Doing so will keep me in touch with readers who are interested in my work while I'm in between releases. It's not good to fall out of the limelight, even for a few months. I'm sure you'd all agree. So, if you'd like to keep in touch, be entered in exclusive newsletter contests, and just have a little fun, then please use the form on my sideboard and sign up. I'd love to keep in touch!

Thanks, and have a great weekend!


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

I've been tagged in the Zig Zag Tag!

Hello, everyone! My author friend, JM Stewart tagged me in the Zig Zag Tag just before Thanksgiving. Sorry it's taken me so long to get this post out. I was having a little bit of trouble finding someone else to tag. Certainly understandable this time of the year. I want to thank Dawn Douglas for stepping up to the plate!

This is how it works:  Find the word 'look' in your new release, upcoming release or work-in-progress, and post an excerpt from that section of the book/manuscript. I'm posting from my new release Captive Hero which is:

FREE for 2 more days!

This book is my first ever self-published novel. Captive Hero is the first book in my Time-shift Heroes Series. This is Samantha's and Mitch's story. Here's the blurb:

When Marine Corp test pilot, Captain Samantha Sheppard accidentally flies back in time and inadvertently saves the life of a WWII VMF Black Sheep pilot, she changes history and makes a crack decision to abduct him back to the present. With the timeline in jeopardy, she hides the handsome pilot at her secluded cabin in the Colorado wilderness.
But convincing her sexy, stubborn captive that he is now in another century proves harder than she anticipated—and soon it becomes difficult to tell who is captor and who is captive when the more he learns about the future, the more Sam discovers about the past, and the soul-deep connection between them.
As their flames of desire burn into overdrive, her flying Ace makes a historical discovery that threatens her family’s very existence. Sam’s fears are taken to new heights when she realizes the only way to fix the time-line is to sacrifice her captive hero...or is it?
Can love truly survive the test of time?               

 Okay, here's my excerpt containing word 'look'. Set up: Samantha just came out of the bathroom in nothing but a towel because Mitch took her duffle bag and all her clothes, which he was searching for weapons...etc. when he comes across her birth control pills. This scene takes place immediately after she explains the pills to him.

He folded his arms across his chest, his body heating before he even got the words out. “So, you are planning to seduce me.”
“What? Oh for the love of…” Her mouth clamped shut, eyes glittered and body stiffened. “If you must know, I need the hormone therapy to help with cysts. I have to take one pill a day at the same time every day, and I’ll need one first thing in the morning. Now, give me my damn pills!”
Before he could react, she lunged for the packet and gripped the bottom edge. Damn, she was fast. He pulled while she tugged, and he tried desperately to ignore the soft curves brushing his body or the mouthful of wet hair tickling his face.  God, she smells great. More vanilla. He inhaled and a layer of warmth increased the heat already throbbing inside. Touching her was out of the question. He’d just have to keep twisting and lifting.
Several more seconds of sweet torture and he finally got the upper hand. Success. He ripped the pills from her grasp.
“Dammit, Captain,” she growled, her warm breath hitting his chin.
Didn’t the woman know how to give up? Apparently not. She continued her delicious assault, pressing against him, reaching, trying to crawl up his body for the damn packet. Cripes. She was potent.
And naked.
All the struggling loosened the towel which softly thudded on to his right foot.
“Shit!” She released him and bent down to grab the wayward towel, brushing his throbbing body along the way.
He went still. Very still. He didn’t even dare to breathe. But he did look. Oh, hell yeah, he looked.

The other rule to the 'tag' is that I'm supposed to tag five people, but as I mentioned earlier, I only have one. Don't forget to stop by Dawn's blog and check out her Zig Zag Tag!

 And don't forget to get your FREE copy of Captive Hero HERE today!!