Monday, December 31, 2012

Have a Great New Year!

Here's to a terrific 2013.  Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Last Day to Get TIP OF THE SPEAR Free!

I know, I know. I've been yapping about this free book. But today is the last day to get Tip of the Spear for free from Amazon. Note: in another two weeks, the book will be also available in other formats at B&N and All Romance Ebooks. 

Year 1156 NB, the New Beginning. Welcome to the New West, where the Nature Laws dictate who lives and dies by the way they treat the land, carnivorous horses and blood trees are accepted mutations courtesy of the sky rocks, and the Impact Zone separates the earth-friendly territories of the West from a more sophisticated, steam-powered East. Women are rare commodities, living in extended families with more than one husband, and children are a necessity in a world where sterility is often the norm. Life is full of challenge, romance and adventure. Something one courageous, wounded Amazon will find out firsthand.
Thais (Tay-iss) lost her mother, her queen, and most of her tribe at the hands of brutal foreigners, all while she enjoyed a respite from duty. But the young Amazon with vengeance in her heart refuses to lose anything else. She’ll bring back the queen’s stolen crown or die trying. Life in the Territories has its perils: the Nature Laws, carnivorous beasts, and treacherous men who survived the Time of Dying. One man in particular, a warrior in his own right, has an odd effect on her senses. She comes to desire him, to trust him, and she doesn’t like it. Men are good for war and breeding, neither of which Thais has time for, not when she’s so close to finding those responsible for the crown’s theft. In the course of her quest, Thais finds much more than atonement for her troubled past, but a pure and lasting love, if only she has the courage to accept it.
Available at Amazon

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Tip of the Spear FREE!!!

Free today through the 29th at Amazon. Merry Christmas, everyone!

Monday, December 24, 2012

One More Day until...

Christmas. And to celebrate, Tip of the Spear, with its new cover, will be FREE from Amazon 12/25-12/29. So if you know anyone receiving a new Kindle, phone or tablet for Christmas, tell them to head to Amazon for a free download. And make sure to head there yourself!
Merry Christmas and happy holidays. 

Saturday, December 22, 2012

New Cover: Tip of the Spear

Had to share! I've been working with the talented P and N Graphics to design a new cover for Tip of the Spear. I liked the old one, but it didn't convey that little-bit-different/sexy/earthy quality I was hoping for. It was nice for a Western, but the story is a little spicier than nice. So, with the help of the very patient Scott Carpenter, I now have the first of four covers for my Amazon Western series. Here's book one: Tip of the Spear.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Entranced at B&N!

Finally! Entranced is now available at Barnes & Noble 
as well as Amazon, Loose Id, and ARe

Monday, December 17, 2012

It's the Little Things...

Happy Monday. It's been snowing here, and school is delayed by 2 hours for the kids, so I'm already experiencing bliss before coffee--note, sarcasm. I've also talked to a friend about a critique I recently gave her. And it brought me to an interesting conclusion.

It's all in the details.

My friend wrote a young adult book about an angry teenager dealing with some major drama--the death of her family. There are paranormal elements to the book, and the whole concept is terrific. EXCEPT there were points of confusion for me in several places. What's funny is that we talked, and she had answers for everything. Not in a defensive, that's-why-I-did-that way, but because she really did have viable explanations for everything. Problem is, she didn't put them in the book.

And that's a problem many authors face. Have you ever read a book where you just don't understand why characters do certain things? I have. Heck, I've written drafts like that. Sometimes it takes another person, someone removed from the story and the backstory in the author's head, to see the issues. This isn't to pat myself on the back for doing a critique, but to point out how easy it is for an author to know what she or he means to say, but not put it in the story because the author understands and doesn't realize she/he hasn't shared that factoid with the audience. 

Once I spoke about these items with my friend, she realized she needed to put small bits in. Fortunately, the story is solid. It just needs some tightening. But that tightening makes all the difference. What a cool concept. And as I think that, the sun is coming out and the snow starting to lighten up a bit.

Happy Monday. 

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Last Day for FREE!!

Today's the last day to get Working Out for free at All Romance Ebooks. So hop on over and check it out!

A woman with a history of picking Mr. Wrong.

A man with a powerful kink for control.

When lust turns to love, who's really on top?

Maggie Doran is off men, having gone through a string of poor relationships. Then like clockwork, her libido fires up over her new boss--the epitome of bad choices. The man is built like a Greek god, sexy, and has a harem of eager gym groupies willing to give him anything he wants at the drop of a hat. Yet one more Mr. Wrong to add to her list.

Mac Jameson fell in lust with his newest employee the moment he laid eyes on her. Four months later he's still in no-man's land. Maggie ignores him when she's not glaring holes through him. The woman doesn't seem to realize he's in charge. Unfortunately, no other woman will do, but he's afraid if he does get Maggie in his clutches, she'll bolt when she understands he's got a powerful kink for control.

Except she doesn't bolt. She wants more. But just as Mac realizes Maggie is the woman he wants forever, she gets a shot at fulfilling a lifelong dream that might take her far away. Will she leave him when he's just found her? And did he really think she could love a guy like him? When push comes to shove, Mac only knows he's not giving up without a fight. He'll command and conquer her body, heart and soul. Because losing her isn't an option.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Working Out--FREE Today and Tomorrow

Merry Christmas and Happy holidays to everyone. To celebrate my readers and say thanks, I'm offering Working Out for free through All Romance Ebooks (ARe), who graciously chose the book as part of their 12 days of Christmas promotion.  So December 15 and 16, you can download Working Out from ARe in whatever format you need. Here's the link. Spread the word, and enjoy!!

Free Friday

Make sure not to miss your chance to download not one, but two books for free from All Romance Ebooks.

Here's the link. Just click on the free link banner at the top, sign in, and download in whatever format you need. Note, my book will be available tomorrow! Which one, you ask? Stop by ARe and see. :)

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

New Star Trek Trailer--Pass It On!

Friend of mine just showed me this, so I had to share. The new Star Trek trailer looks AWESOME.

Just One More Day...

One more day until All Romance Ebooks has their 12 Days of Christmas giveaway! For 12 days, ARe will offer free books. And here's a of mine is in there too! It's a great way to get introduced to authors and to read a great variety of romance--for free! I can't wait! Make sure to subscribe to their newsletter for updates.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

New Review: Tip of the Spear

Score: 4.50 / 5 - Reviewer Top Pick
It can’t get much worse than raining rocks from the sky, can it?  But wait, yes it can!  With the sky rocks came major changes to the planet and the creatures that inhabit it.  And so a new civilization was born, divided by the Impact Zone; old west on the left without any technology and snooty east on the right with technology.  You are stuck where you were when the rocks began to fall, since crossing the Zone is near impossible.  Enter our hero who has the ability to sense those around him.  He’s assigned to assist Thais in her mission to get information she needs to catch the man who killed her tribe.  What she doesn’t count on is falling for him.  And Hinto is shocked to find he feels the same.  As they tap-dance around one another trust is born, and from that love.  Two loners by definition and actions, Thais and Hinto form an unbreakable bond as they seek vengeance and justice.  

This was an awesome walk on the wild side.  A surplus of thought and imagination went into crafting this unique world and the romance that goes with it.  While I thoroughly got into Hinto and Thais, I’ve got to admit Hinto’s carnivorous steed Beast stole the show for me a time or two.  While over half the book is foreplay, watch out when Hinto and Thais finally consummate their feelings and cement their relationship.  I can’t wait to read Thais’ sister’s stories.


Monday, December 10, 2012

The Questionable Content

For those of you not familiar with my earlier plight, Amazon refused to distribute my most recent work, Entranced, because my publisher had labeled the story with a rape warning. I feel the warning was overkill on top of the violence issue. In a book 57000 words in length, the questionable scene was a paragraph long (two technically in the overall scene) and occurred between the villain and a minor character. The scene was meant to show how bad the villain truly is, not to be titillating or to overtake the story, which is a psychic romance/romantic thriller. 

Not wanting this one small scene to overshadow the story, I changed it in five minutes. (Honestly, had the scene been of critical importance, I would not have changed it. But I felt the notion of its offense just bothersome. Fixing it was annoying but didn't insult my artistic integrity, if that makes sense.) So now anyone purchasing the book gets the "revised" story.

I promised to show what had changed, so here it is. Please be warned, this is not a nice scene. A woman is violated, but in context of the story, I thought it rang true. Here's the old scene from Entranced:

“I thought I told you to talk.” He took himself out, letting his brother get a good look at what he intended. He pulled Nera’s ass cheeks wider, demanding entry into the place she’d begged him never to go again. “I can’t hear you, dearest.” He moved closer, loving this power, the rush of satisfaction growing stronger.

She sobbed and talked while he rutted without mercy, telling him everything and anything while Klaus watched with wide eyes. When Ernst finished, he cleaned himself up and left her sobbing in a huge, bloody mess. In a much better mood now that he had information, he nodded to his brother.
 Now, the new scene:
“I thought I told you to talk.” He took her hand from his crotch and bent it nearly backward. She cried out, but he wanted to make his point clear. He snapped her wrist and twisted so the bone broke the skin. Blood trickled from the wound, and she shrieked as she went to her knees. “I can’t hear you, dearest.” He moved closer, loving this power, the rush of satisfaction growing stronger.
She sobbed and cradled her hand, telling him everything and anything while Klaus watched with wide eyes. 

When she finished, he yanked her head back by the hair.“Next time you answer as you’re told. No question.” 

“Yes, Ernst. Yes,” she panted, looking faint. 

In a much better mood now that he had information, he nodded to his brother.
So now you know what caused the ruckus. And yes, in the entire story, this one small section was apparently enough to make the book objectionable. Again, I DO NOT condone rape, but bad people do bad things. And overall, though brutal, I didn't think the scene was too over the top. But now it's changed, and I really don't think the change hurt or helped the story in any way. 

And that's as much drama as I can stand on a Monday morning without caffeine.  

Friday, December 7, 2012

Entranced: Now Available at Amazon

Now available at Amazon, Loose Id, and All Romance eBooks

An Update on Entranced

An update on Entranced. Apparently, there has been a problem with the "rape" warning on the book. (This warning was set by the publisher--not me.) The act in question was one paragraph long and something the villain did to a minor character. The wording of the warning made it sound as if the entire book was about rape, at least the way I read it, and Amazon refused to distribute the book.

has been very frustrating as I've had my villains do dastardly things in the past but never had a weird warning or had the book not carried because of it.

However, the incident was so minor and the villain has done so many other bad things I had no problem amending said paragraph so there's no longer any hint of rape. *shaking head* Had this been an integral scene in the book, I wouldn't have touched it. But it really was so minor in contrast to the rest of the book that changing it took five minutes on my part. Thus I'm still bemused that that tiny scene caused such an issue.


I've never been a proponent of violence against women, in any form. However, when a bad guy does bad and gets his just desserts, I'm pleased to see justice done.

Despite the weird warning on my book, that Amazon is deciding what to publish and not publish is a bit scary. I read a wonderful Stephen King book where one of his novellas is about a woman being raped, and the actual scene, her terror and the resultant emotional fallout, is described in detail. The book remains at Amazon, and justly so. And man, the story is awesome.

Okay, I rambled. Point is, Entranced has been revised, has a new ISBN, a new warning (deemed by the publisher) and has been redistributed everywhere. So I'm hoping it will soon be available at Amazon.
What a nightmare.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Entranced--Jack's Journey


Every great romance has exceptional characters. I've been in love with Jack Keiser since he first started working for Mrs. Sharpe in the Dawn Endeavor books. Back then, he was an ex-CIA type with a wife, working as a handyman for a bunch of shapeshifting ex-SEALs.

Except his wife wasn't exactly his wife, and there was a lot more going on with Jack than even I knew. 

At first, Jack was support. A handyman and added security for the people he worked for. He could handle a gun, knew hand-to-hand tactics, and had gotten in and out of dangerous situations more times than he liked to think about.

I had no idea that he was psychic.

He'd been working for the Psychic Warfare Program (PWP) for the government while on loan to the Dawn Endeavor group. At the time, the PWP had helped him hone his psychic skills, even enhanced them, but then the project went bust. After the fallout of being double-crossed and manipulated, Jack decided to make his own way in the world.

Jack set up shop in Central Oregon and created the a new home and business with the help of a silent partner. A natural leader, he took a handful of psychics from the defunct PWP with him and started the PowerUp! Gym. While his team work as genuine personal trainers, they also have side jobs as psychic investigators. And their number one client is Jack's silent partner, a man with his own secrets to hide. 

Jack knows about secrets. The team thinks he's a natural leader, an enhanced alpha type that commands by sheer force of will. But Jack's other talent makes him an oddity among oddities. After touching a person just once, he can assume his or her shape at will.

He was born aggressive, and he's also a powerhouse when it comes to protecting what's his. And ever since taking on the mission to find his silent partner's missing sister, he's become increasingly drawn to her picture. And when he meets her face to face, he falls in love.

Impossible, since Jack doesn't trust women, not after what his so-called wife did to him years ago. He's strong, prickly, violent when he needs to be, and dominating as hell. Until he meets Heather and is overcome by the need to not only possess, but protect. It's a hell of a thing for a man who vowed never to trust another enough to love.  But we're talking about Jack here, and he's nothing if not adaptable.

And speaking of Entranced, don't miss the blog contest Carrie Ann Ryan and I are doing. You've got a few more days to get in on the fun. Click on the picture below for the link.

Monday, December 3, 2012

2 Authors, 2 New Releases: GIVEAWAY!

The incredible Carrie Ann Ryan is releasing a new book, and so am I! We love writing and reading, and let's face it, Carrie Ann is the queen of swag! *grin* Carrie Ann writes heroes you can sink your teeth into and heroines you can connect with. A two for go with our 2 releases!

ONE winner from either of our blogs will be chosen to win some prizes
1) Amazon Gift Cards
2) Print copy of the Dawn Endeavor series.
3) Print Copy of Charmed Spirits, Holiday Montana Book 1
4) Some swag!

Comment on both of our blogs to enter.  On my blog, you must answer this question:
If you could have one psychic power, what would it be and why?
You can find Carrie Ann's question here.

ENTRANCED ~ A PowerUp! story
Jack Keiser hasn't had an easy time of it. After a disastrous mission for the government years ago, he's been wary of trusting his fellow agents. Or ex-agents, since they no longer work for the government but for him. Keeping the psychics in line is a full time job, made harder by his own strangely developing talent. Jack has the ability to change his shape. He's a chameleon who can assum the appearance of anyone he's ever touched. Even among psychics he's an oddball.

Now Jack's in a bind. Heather Stallbridge, sister to his silent partner in the gym, has gone missing, and it's up to Jack to find her. His journey leads him into the German Alps and to a strange village with even stranger people. To top off an already bad situation, the moment Jack sees Heather, he experiences what feels like love at first sight. Their connection is irrefutable, but he can't trust that it's real. And that doubt is a problem, because without working together, they'll never find a way to escape the killers in the mountains, or to discover the unexplainable love growing between them.
Find it on:

Justin Cooper wasn't always the straight-laced Holiday Elementary School principal. In his youth he broke all the rules and enjoyed being the bad Cooper brother. One Christmas Eve night he got a little too rowdy and things changed forever. Now the consequences of that fateful night have come back in full force, and the myths of Christmas might be more real than he thought.

Rina Brewer is one of Santa's elves. Not the tiny cute little toy maker, but the sexy, petite, energy filled bombshell kind.  She's come to Holiday to aid Justin in his new role as Santa's executive, but as soon as she sees the sexy ex-bad boy, she realized the job may be more than she bargained for.

As they work together to make this Christmas one to remember, an old foe has come to town to make sure that his holiday is the coldest yet.

Warning: Contains a perky elf who dreams of something more, a Christmas myth who may be a baddie, and a sexy ex-bad boy who craves Christmas cookies...and a certain perky blonde.

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A Nice Monday--Giveaway News and More

Happy Monday to you. I know for many it's nearly noon, but I'm happily on Pacific time, and I'm drinking my first cup of coffee. ah.

A few items to start the week. 

1. I finished two major projects and turned them in last Friday. So hurray, me.

2. Tomorrow Entranced releases with Loose Id, and I'm holding a contest with Carrie Ann Ryan to give away some cool stuff. So do check back to win Amazon gift cards, print books, and swag.

3.  Today I'm guest blogging at Read Our Lips, with another chance to win a copy of Tip of the Spear. And just as fun, a nice steamy excerpt from the book.

4.  I did mention I'm drinking coffee right? Yes, it's a fine, fine day. Enjoy yours.