#FreebieFriday Paranormal Reads

Happy Friday! I think most of us are glad that it’s Friday and we’ve got a weekend to decompress. I know I love Fridays and being able to take some extra time to write, spend time with family and friends, and read.

Last week I brought you some free contemporary romance reads. This week I’ve got some paranormal freebies for you. If you read one of these and like it, please take a moment to leave a review. Reviews are really really helpful to authors!

So now, in no particular order, are some free paranormal reads. Please note these were free at the time of posting this blog. Please make sure of the price before ordering.

Drowning Mermaids by Nadia Scrieva – 2014 Reader’s Favorite Awards Winner

A Hidden Fire: Elemental Mysteries Book One by Elizabeth Hunter

Dragonborn (The Jade Lee Romantic Fantasies, Book 1) by Jade Lee

A Touch of Midnight: A Midnight Breed Novella (The Midnight Breed Series Book 1) by Lara Adrian

Savage Hunger (Heart of the Jaguar Book 1) by Terry Spear

Eternity: Immortal Witches Book 1 (The Immortal Witches) by Maggie Shayne
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#ThrowbackThursday My Lucky 7 Ladies & a new release!

I truly believe that one God closes one door, he opens another. In my case, it wasn’t really a fully closed door, but God kind of nudging me to do something different. That happened many years ago after the birth of my daughter which led me to becoming a writer.

In 2012 it was going to a fabulous retreat in South Carolina where I was introduced to a number of ladies who were taking a different path in their writing careers, namely indie publishing. I’d been thinking about doing that for some time, especially since I had books to which the rights had reverted. I also had ideas for some novellas that I knew would be hard to sell in the traditional world.

I started by getting back the rights to several of my early contemporary novels. From there I worked on getting them ready for release and also, writing some new stories. The next big step was getting together with some friends to try out the new box set craze and the result of that was the very successful Lucky 7 Bad Boys Box Set.

Thank you all for embracing that set and making it a NY Times and USA Today bestseller! We could not have done that without your support and it is truly appreciated.

Here is a picture of some of my Lucky 7 writing buddies. This picture was taken when we were all together for the Romantic Times Convention in New Orleans. It was so awesome to get to spend time with them since most of our communications were via phone or electronic.

From left to right, that’s me, Virna DePaul, Susan Hatler and Sophia Knightly. I’ve actually known Sophia for nearly 15 years since we used to write for the same line at one time. It is awesome to be able to work with her again as well as all the other fabulous Lucky 7 Ladies.

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Well, the Lucky 7 Ladies have a new release – Lucky 7 Brazen Bachelors. The box set includes seven contemporary romance novellas that range from sexy to sweet and have all kinds of interesting bachelor heroes! The set is specially priced at 99 cents and is now available for pre-order. You can get it here:

Amazon: http://bit.ly/7BrazenAMZ
Amazon UK: http://bit.ly/7BrazenUKAMZ
Amazon CA: http://bit.ly/7BrazenCAAMZ

Additional retailers are coming shortly.

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#WriteWed Meeting You is inspiring!

I’ve just set up a meet and greet with a young lady and fan who I was lucky enough to meet on Facebook. I’m excited about getting time to chat with her.

I was recently in Kansas City for business, but was able to have breakfast with two of my buddies from the reader/writer world.

I love getting to meet you guys! It’s one of the most exciting and fun things about being a writer. I’m hoping that this year we’ll be able to meet up at one of the events I’ll be attending. Here’s a quick list of them so far:

Liberty States Fiction Writers Create Something Magical Conference – March 21 and 22, Iselin, NJ

RWA National Conference – July 22-25 New York City, NY

RomCon Conference – September 25-27, Denver, CO – You can purchase a ticket to sit at lunch with me and everyone who sits with me will be mailed a special swag gift worth at least $25 after the convention.

Midwestern Book Lovers Conference – October 22-25, Minneapolis, MN. Excited about this one since I get to stay in the Mall of America. It’s on my bucket list.

Philly Author Fest – November 14, King of Prussia, PA

If you’ll be at any of these conferences, please let me know ahead of time so we can plan some time together!

Here’s a photo of some of my dear friends at RT 2013. We got to see each other and had a lovely time just hanging out.
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#ManCandyMonday Bradley Cooper in American Sniper

It’s been a crazy couple of months with the holidays and work and writing obligations. Since Saturday was a rainy and dreary day, my hubby and I decided we were going to go to the movies, especially since there was one movie we both really wanted to see: American Sniper. We had actually wanted to go on Friday night, but it was sold out. We weren’t the only ones interested in going. The movie added another 64.4 million in box office sales to last week’s 107 million dollar take. Since release, it’s made nearly 200 million dollars.

Why the interest? Well, for me it was to maybe learn more about Chris Kyle, America’s deadliest sniper and a man who by all accounts was multi-faceted and a hero. He died trying to help a fellow veteran and earned both Silver Stars and Bronze Stars during his military service. If you want to find out more about Chris Kyle, click here for a well-rounded article. Why do I say “wel-rounded”?

There are those who will decry both Kyle and the movie. All I can say is that I thought the movie was thought-provoking and sad. You all know I support our military and that I’m as patriotic as can be. I went into the movie with those sentiments and I left the movie with those sentiments. War is hell and the movie shows that. God bless those who brave that hell for us.

I have to say that Bradley Cooper has surprised me yet again. He’s far beefier in the movie than in Silver Linings Playbook or his other movies. He looks a lot like Chris Kyle with the addition of a neatly trimmed beard. The transformation is amazing as was Bradley’s acting. For that, I’ve chosen him as today’s Man Candy!

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By Chad J. McNeeley, U.S. Navy [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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#FreebieFriday Some New and Free Contemporary Romances for you!

It’s Freebie Friday and look for some freebies from me in the near future. In the meantime, I’ve rounded up some free contemporary romance Kindle e-books for you! I have not read all of these yet and if you beat me to it, please let me know what you think. Also, one of the things that helps authors most is reviews, so please please please leave a review if you liked the book.

Billionaire’s First Christmas by Holly Rayner

The Look of Love by Bella Andre

My Last Blind Date by Susan Hatler

Big Girls Do It Box Set by Jasinda Wilder

Falling for You by Julie Ortolon

At Last by Barbara Bretton

Let Me Love You by Kristin Miller

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!
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#ThrowbackThursday My Mom – Best friend and Mentor

My mom was my best friend and mentor and I know my daughter feels the same way about me. My daughter is my best friend and I am blessed to have her in my life.

This is another picture of my mom as a toddler. She’s wearing the traditional Galician dress and I’ve even got a little doll at home with this outfit. I’ll have to snap a picture of that for you to see it. The dolls were sent from our family in Spain for my sister and me. My doll has green eyes like me and my sister’s doll has blue eyes, like her.

Anyway, my mom. She was so cute as a kid and my sister looked just like her then and now as an adult.
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#WriteWed Plotting with Friends & Lucy the Elephant

This weekend I got together with some writing friends from the fabulous Liberty States Fiction Writers. If you write genre fiction, you should really check out this organization. They’ve also got a great conference coming up in March with a number of workshops as well as editor/agent appointments.

I’m in the process of writing ONE NIGHT OF PLEASURE and wanted to bounce some ideas off my friends. They were awesome in helping me firm up some issues that I had and right now I’m chugging along on the first draft of this novella. I’m loving Bridget who is my kind of girl. Laid back and more comfortable in jeans and work boots than a fancy gown or high heels.

Of course, her first sexy encounter with the hero, retired Navy Captain Mark Smith (who you met in STAY THE NIGHT) will put her out of her element and into those girly clothes she just hates.

Actually, you kind of hear about Bridget in ONE LAST NIGHT and you get to meet her at the end of STAY THE NIGHT.

I’m having fun so far in setting the opening of this story in an Atlantic City casino and researching where I’ll take Bridget and Mark in Margate. I got to stay in Margate once many many years ago and it’s the perfect setting for Mark’s home. If you are ever down in that area, make sure to check out Lucy the Elephant. Lucy is a national history landmark and is one of the last animal-shaped buildings in the world (I believe). It’s been used for several different things such as a restaurant and tavern and it had a nearby hotel. Here’s a photo of it and it’s sure to get a mention in the book.
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I hope you enjoyed this behind the scenes look at my writer inspiration.

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#TeaserTuesday BE MINE #Erotic #Romance #Boxset #99cents

The BE MINE: 10 Erotic Romances for Valentine’s Day is available now for pre-order. As I’ve mentioned, it includes STAY THE NIGHT, my sexy Navy Seal reunion story. The box set contains 10 stories for only 99 cents. That’s a savings of $15 dollars! Wow!

Here is a little visual teaser for you and another kind of tease: You’ll see more of Rafe and Elena, as well as other characters from the Take a Chance series, in ONE NIGHT OF PLEASURE (Late February 2015).
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You can get BE MINE at the following retailers:

BE Mine Erotic Romance Box Set
Amazon: http://bit.ly/AMZBeMine
Amazon UK: http://bit.ly/AMZUKBeMine
Amazon CA: http://bit.ly/AMZCABeMine
Amazon AU: http://bit.ly/AMZAUBeMine
B&N: http://bit.ly/BNBeMine
Kobo: http://bit.ly/KoboBeMine

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway from the BE MINE authors!
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#ManCandyMonday Nicholas Hoult

The other day I finally got around to watching Warm Bodies. Loved it! An interesting premise that was really well done. The zombie hero was really really adorable and quite cute, even in zombie mode. If you haven’t seen it, you really must watch it.

Imagine my surprise when that same cutie showed up in the latest Jaguar commercials. There is just something sexy nerdy about him that I can’t resist. So here’s Nicholas Hoult, hero from Warm Bodies, and the bad boy in the Jaguar commercials.

If you can’t see the ad below, click here to see the Nicholas Hoult Jaguar commercial.

Here’s another fun thing from the Warm Bodies Facebook page!

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#FoodieFriday Egg Creams & Business Trips

Sorry for being silent, but I was away on business and it was impossible to blog. The trip went nicely. Business accomplished, delicious Kansas City BBQ tasted and even more awesome, I got to visit with some friends! Of course my little kitten Slate was not happy to see me go and wanted to sneak away with me!
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While I was away the topic of egg creams came up. Egg creams are a Brooklyn tradition and include neither eggs nor cream and are quite easy to make! Where does the name “egg cream” come from? Theories abound that it is because fountain sodas of that time sometimes had eggs and cream or that the name is a bastardization of either French or Yiddish words. Regardless, it’s a tasty treat.

Ingredients

1/2 cup 2% or Whole Milk (skim or 1% do not foam enough)
2 tablespoons Chocolate Syrup (Fox’s U-Bet is the most commonly used in Brooklyn)
Seltzer

Directions

Some people will tell you to put the milk in the glass and then add the seltzer, stir and add the chocolate after.

I think it’s more fun to put the chocolate in the bottom of the glass, add the milk and then pour in the seltzer while stirring. What you’ll get is a foamy chocolatey soda that’s lighter than an ice cream soda.

My family used to have a Cuban variation of the egg cream that involves putting about 2-3 tablespoons of condensed (not evaporated) milk in a glass and then adding a cola while stirring. Very tasty also, but very very sweet!

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend! See you Monday!
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Thanks to Jason Perlow for releasing these photos into the public domain.

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