As you can see, I’m also trying something new, namely, using Wattpad for the excerpt. I’d love to hear if you like this or if you preferred the other way I was doing it!
Yeehaw I had an awesome time in San Antonio. It was lots of fun to see the historical sites in the city, enjoy some Tex-Mex food and margaritas, spend time with my writing buddies and visit with some cowboys.
I haven’t really written a story with cowboys, except possibly maybe Soldier’s Secret Child which was set in the Texas Hill Country. I could get inspired to write one with Man Candy like this! Thanks to Kindle Love Stories and Wolf photography for some of the photos.
I’m leaving for the RWA National Conference later tonight! It’s in San Antonio and I’ve always wanted to go there. I’m doing a little giveaway for while I am gone (see below). For those of you not on Facebook, just leave a comment on this blog and if possible, share it it with others for a chance to win.
I will try to post photos and share info from the conference as soon as I can!
Since I understand it’s the final season, it’s time to showcase today’s Man Candy, Charlie Hunnam!
Emmy-nominated Charlie is a British actor who has starred in a number of television programs and movies. He was discovered at the age of 17 while clowning around in a store. That led to his first acting gig.
His latest movie is Pacific Rim and in 2015, he’s slated to appear in Crimson Peak, a “ghost story and gothic romance.” Sounds like my cup of tea, Charlie!
I have to confess, I’ve got nothing this morning. I was up late since I was lucky enough to go see Queen with Adam Lambert at Madison Square Garden. I’ll post photos later today for you!
Since it is Freebie Friday, I’ve tracked down some free reads for you today!
Bedding the Wrong Brother Contemporary Romance by Virna DePaul
Love at First Date Contemporary Romance by my buddy Susan Hatler
Heart Raider Contemporary Romance by my buddy Sophia Knightly
Beyond Young Adult Sci Fi Romance by my buddy Maureen A. Miller
Sugar & Spice A Karme Kafe Novella by Tawny Weber
I don’t really remember when this was taken, although I remember the day! My parents took us out to one of the Long Island parks to relax and have some fun. That’s my younger sister Carmen to the left, my mom Carmen in the middle, and me to the right, all just hanging out having fun.
The three men in the back are my dad, my older brother, and a family friend.
We had such a good time heading out to “the country.” LOL. My mom would always pack a big picnic lunch for us and we’d spend the day out on Long Island before heading back to Queens where we were living at the time. We eventually moved out to “the country” and I grew up there.
For those who are wondering, my sister and I are not twins. My parents just used to dress alike. I think it was a thing back then and I always felt like I had stepped out of The Sound of Music or something like that. I hated those Mary Janes. They’d come home scuffed and dirty every day and my poor granddad would have to make them look spiffy again.
For those of you who read the books, you may recall that these were more romantic suspense with paranormal elements than paranormal with romantic suspense.
Now here’s my dilemma: I was plotting out the next book in the series – THE SHATTERED. It was really leaning toward paranormal sci fi with the introduction of Hunters from an alternate universe.
Now that I have these rights back, I’ve been toying with the idea of directing the books and the Hunters back toward being more romantic suspense. My idea was to have humans discovering more about the Hunters and somehow posing a threat to the existence of the Hunter clans. I’d also still have to deal with Christopher’s psycho father, but that could be handled as part of the romantic suspense.
So what do you think? Alternate universe and heavy on the paranormal elements or romantic suspense with lighter paranormal elements.
This is your chance to decide how the series will continue and I’d love to have your thoughts on it!
While you’re pondering my dilemma, how about some #ManWars to help you past #Humpday. For those of you who don’t use Facebook, just leave a comment here for a chance to win the print copy of IMMORTAL TEMPTATION.
I’m really happy to have with me today my friend and fellow author Jenn Nixon who is sharing a teaser from her book, LUCKY’S CHARM. Here’s a little bit about Jenn:
Jenn’s love of writing started the year she received her first diary and Nancy Drew novel. Throughout her teenage years, she kept a diary of her personal thoughts and feelings but graduated from Nancy Drew to other mystery suspense novels.
Jenn often adds a thriller and suspense element to anything she writes be it Romance, Science Fiction, or Fantasy. When not writing, she spends her time reading, observing pop culture, playing with her two dogs, and working on various charitable projects in her home state of New Jersey.
To protect her family and find a killer, Felicia “Lucky” Fascino assumed her adoptive father’s identity and joined the network, an organization of moral assassins to finish the job he began. Eliminating the man responsible for murdering her mother has consumed her for the last five years. While keeping her Uncle Stephen and cousin Elizabeth at arm’s length, Lucky begins to feel the weight of her career choice and reclusive lifestyle. Then a chance encounter with an enigmatic hit man, during one of her jobs, turns into a provocative and dangerous affair. Distracted by the secret trysts with Kenji Zinn and mounting tension within her family, Lucky makes reckless mistakes that threaten her livelihood and almost claim her life.
Things get complicated for Lucky as her feelings for Kenji bubble to the surface.
“I’m not…good at this anymore.” Lucky puffed out a heavy breath and clutched the phone. “I can’t wrap my mind around it. I’ve really tried to forget you.”
“Because, I can’t want…this.”
“What do you mean?”
“Be with someone while doing what I do. Sharing my life… I haven’t for a long time. I don’t see how I can do it with—”
That stopped her cold. Lucky shut her eyes and banged her head against the wall. Not only was it the oddest conversation she’d ever have, it frightened her because he was dead on.
“Why add to the torment?” she snapped.
“Being with you was far from torture.” His reply was husky and saturated with innuendo. Lucky ignored the ripples of electricity on her skin.
“We’re not good people, Kenji. I’ve already accepted that, but I think you’ve still got blinders on.”
“No, I have a sense we are more alike than you realize. I know why you eliminated McKowen. He was a vile man.”
“Yeah… We might be the bad guys, but we’re never the villains.” Lucky softened her tone. “We’re not heroes either, just stuck in the middle somewhere.”
“This is what we do, not who we are. It does not change what happened between us. We should not ignore this.”
“I don’t know….” The contact with him did something to her, but finding the words to explain it seemed impossible. Lucky did want to see him again, though, not for all the right reasons.
“Where are you, right now?”
“Miami,” he said immediately. “Let me come to you, wherever you wish.”
“I….” The confusion twisted through her. He was determined without being forceful.
“The choice is yours. Call me after you complete your task,” he said without demand.
To find out more about Jenn or purchase Lucky’s Charm:
My sympathies to those in Latin America who were hoping for a win for Argentina. Congratulations to the German team for winning this year’s World Cup!
To the U.S. team, you rocked it!
As for soccer, or football as the rest of the world calls it, there are some exciting moments, I must confess. My favorite ones?