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Exciting news and a little rambling…and a fic rec

Hello friends…long time no blog, huh? Life’s been busy as hell and my inspiration has been leaving me high and dry. It’s very frustrating to say the least.

But now I have some exciting news to share! Wrapped up In Chains, my best-selling novel published in 2014 is coming out in audio book form in a few weeks. It will be available at Audible.com and shortly after, at Amazon and iTunes. I’ve been waiting for this for what seems like forever and so stoked that it’s finally happened.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the book, here’s the blurb:

Devon West is a professional Dom who runs his own club, doesn’t believe in romance, and has never been in a long-term relationship. All this changes when he rescues Chase Mackenzie.

Chase is a runaway who has been kept as a slave since he was sixteen. Now twenty-three, he’s still innocent and sweet despite being severely abused and left behind by his Dom.

When Devon finds out that the man who held Chase hostage is the same man who hurt him terribly when he started learning about the sub/Dom lifestyle, he knows he has to keep Chase safe.

Spoiled rich boy and sociopath James Kingston is obsessed with Devon. He’s convinced Devon would be his perfect sub and Devon only thinks he’s a Dom because he needs proper discipline. Losing Chase to Devon is like rubbing salt in the wound, and he’s determined to get them both under his thumb. This time, Chase may need to rescue Devon.

I am still so proud of this story and the messages of love and appreciation I’ve received because of it still overwhelm me a little.

If audio books are your thing, I hope that you will take a listen to this one. I’ll post the links as soon as I have them but until the, you can get the ebook or paperback version here at Dreamspinner Press or if you prefer, you can pick it up at Amazon.

Oh and here’s the beautiful cover because it makes me smile. Paul Richmond did a beautiful job didn’t he?

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So, I have a few other things to say.

I probably shouldn’t get started on the US election because I know that it’s not my country, but I do have to say that the outcome affects so much more of the world than just the United States.

Maybe I would feel better if I could find one person who can give me some logical, sensible reasons as to why they support Donald Trump, but so far, I can’t. All I here is “he’s gonna fix this country.” When you ask how, people have no idea. They just know he’s spewing the hateful rhetoric that appeals to their bigoted, homophobic, misogynistic hearts. There doesn’t seem to be anything not attached to him that isn’t about anger and fear and I just don’t understand why anyone would want fall into that.

Do I think that Hilary Clinton is perfect? No, but then again I don’t have the highest opinion of politicians in general. I think many people start out in public service with good intentions but by the time they get to the point where they can truly make a difference they are so corrupted by the system that their original intentions are mostly likely lost.

But I hope that Ms. Clinton gets the chance to try because the alternative is so abhorrent that I can’t even begin to imagine how terrible it could be.

Donald Trump is a man completely obsessed with himself and this run for the presidency is nothing but a huge ego trip. He cares nothing for the average person because he has nothing in common with them. He’s never had to struggle for anything in his life and he sees himself above everyone. He holds no compassion or empathy for anyone and that is not a man who needs to have control over a country so powerful. In truth, I’m terrified of what could happen if he becomes president and I hope that all those people who have even a lick of common sense get out there and vote to keep America out of his hands.

Okay, I’m done with that now. On to more pleasant things.

I’m very excited for Rhys Ford’s new novel Mad Lizard Mambo come out in September so I am reccing the first book in the series Black Dog Blues.

Rhys Ford writes amazing characters that capture my heart and her Sinner’s Gin series stands at the top of my list of favorites. Miki and Kane and all their friends and family feel like friends that I visit often.

But Kai Gracen has his own charms and a kick ass attitude. This story is the best kind of fantasy and incorporates everything that I love about the genre. Here’s the blurb for Black Dog Blues:

Ever since being part of the pot in a high-stakes poker game, elfin outcast Kai Gracen figures he used up his good karma when Dempsey, a human Stalker, won the hand and took him in. Following the violent merge of Earth and Underhill, the human and elfin races are left with a messy, monster-ridden world, and Stalkers are the only cavalry willing to ride to someone’s rescue when something shadowy appears.

It’s a hard life but one Kai likes—filled with bounty, a few friends, and most importantly, no other elfin around to remind him of his past. And killing monsters is easy. Especially since he’s one himself.

But when a sidhe lord named Ryder arrives in San Diego, Kai is conscripted to do a job for Ryder’s fledgling Dawn Court. It’s supposed to be a simple run up the coast during dragon-mating season to retrieve a pregnant human woman seeking sanctuary. Easy, quick, and best of all, profitable. But Kai ends up in the middle of a deadly bloodline feud he has no hope of escaping.

No one ever got rich being a Stalker. But then few of them got old either and it doesn’t look like Kai will be the exception.

This story completely swept me away and it feels like I’ve been waiting forever to see what happened to Kai and Ryder after the story closed and I’m sure I will be raving about Mad Lizard Mambo as soon as I can get my greedy little hands on it.

You can find all her books here at Dreamspinner Press or here at Amazon if that’s more your thing. Take a chance and try something new, trust me you’ll like it.

 

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Where in the hell have I been???? And yes, I have a book rec!

So, life has been a little busy. To say the very least.

I quit my dayhome after 12 years and took a job as a cashier at a local grocery store and after 6 months, some foolish person made me the Front End Manager (sorry boss, you’re awesome) and it feels like I’ve been running in circles ever since.

However, today I sat down and wrote 2000 words for the first time in forever and it felt damn good. My shifter WIP is finally going again and I can’t wait to get it done. I’m so proud of it and I hope you guys are all gonna like it.

And so much has happened in the world of equality.

In the United States, everyone is entitled to get married to the person they love. And isn’t that just the grandest thing?

The law says so, no matter what small-minded county clerks in Kentucky think and by the way, Kim Davis you should be ashamed of yourself. You are not someone who should be trying to represent “marital purity”  with your background and it’s sad that they didn’t just fire you for not doing your damn job. This circus you’ve created to grab your 15 minutes of fame is shameful and unnecessary and I’m betting that there are a lot of Christians out there who are ashamed of your bigotry.

Okay, there’s my rant for the day. I refuse to give this woman one more minute of attention.

So, what else is new? My girl is starting grade 9 this week and I keep looking at her and wondering how in the hell that happened. She’s so smart and funny and sarcastic and beautiful and every single time I look at her, I’m so proud to be her mother. I mean, she’s 14 years old and is taking World History as one of her optional classes! She could be taking foods, or woodworking or something but no, she’s basically taking Social Studies on purpose! God I love her!

My sister got married to the man of her dreams and it was a beautiful wedding. It was about as country as you can get and everyone had a blast and I’m so happy for her and her kids and the new family she’s building with this amazing man who makes her smile.

On the writing side of things, I’m waiting for the release of my first audiobook. That’s right, Wrapped Up in Chains is coming soon as an audiobook and I admit that I might have squealed a little when I heard about it.

I also have an idea for a sequel to Wrapped but I refuse to start anything until Love Aggression is finished. I am done being distracted away from this story.

So yeah, that’s a pretty boring update I guess. I’ve been working so damn much that there really hasn’t been time for much of anything else, but I promise that I’m going to try to do better with these blog updates, okay Aunty LeAnn?

I do have a rec for you as well. The College Rose Romances by Ashavan Doyon are a perfect set of stories for those of you who like their stories to feel a little more real. Loving Aidan, Steven’s Heart and Andrew’s Prayer are not fluffy. There is pain and angst and so much heart in this wonderful series and I encourage you all to check them out. You can find Ashavan on Amazon here.

And of course, you can find me on Amazon as well here.

And for your viewing pleasure, a gorgeous photograph by Anthony Aceto. He’s amazing with a camera.

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A change is as good as a rest….and an author rec

So. I’ve made a big decision and I’m changing jobs. I’ve run a dayhome in my small town for the last 12 years and while I’ve loved the kids and had a lot of fun, I think it’s time for something different. I love that it made it possible for me to stay home and care for my daughter, even if she didn’t always appreciate it (Mom, I wanna go to the cool dayhome Mercedes goes to) but I think I need to get out and remember how to interact with people older than 6.

There’s also the whole issue with kids coming and going and never knowing how much my paycheck is going to be at the end of the month, plus the fact that I’m considered to be self-employed and the pains that causes me. When people can just pull their kids and leave a serious 650 dollar hole in your paycheck, it leaves your feeling scared and unsettled.

So, I’ve given my noticed and started training at my new job and while I know that it will hold its own challenges, I’m hoping it will rejuvenate me and help other areas of my life as well.

Like my writing. It is so affected by the rest of my life. When I’m worried and unsettled, focusing on my story is difficult at best and some days, it’s downright impossible. When you can’t figure out if you can pay your bills, it’s hard to concentrate on romance between two hot and growly shifters and I really, really want to get this book finished.

My daughter is old enough now, that spending some time alone at home isn’t too much of a hardship for her. In fact, she will probably enjoy the freedom that comes with it (of course, living in a small town populated with so many family members sort of limits that freedom a little naturally). But, it was gratifying to have her tell me that it would be weird not having me around and that it would take some getting used to. I think it helps that I will be working at a store that’s a 10 minute walk from our house and she always knows where to find me.

On the writing front, well it’s much the same. The French Translation of my second novel “All the Things I Didn’t See” is out today from my publisher and I’m finding that very exciting.  It’s the fourth language for that book and it makes me smile to think that people in other parts of the world are enjoying it.

The shifter story is coming along, slowly but surely and I’d like to say I’ll have it done by the end of March but I’m too chicken to make that kind of commitment. Anything could happen and I would feel even worse if I failed. But I have a lot of great supporters behind me, that are rooting me on and poking me in the back with a pencil when I let myself get too lost. They know who they are and thanks guys.

So, yeah, that’s it for the catching up portion of this post so now on to the part that I enjoy the most, the fic rec. Only, it’s not just a fic, it’s an author.

Rhys Ford is one of those authors that just lets me get lost in a story, so when I emerge from it, blinking in the light, I feel like I’ve been on a journey of epic proportions.

Her Sinners Gin series is my favorite. Big Irish men with huge families who inevitably find men who are a little bent, but definitely not broken. With a memorable dog as my favorite side character. These stories have made me laugh….and cry and want to throw things and I’ve never regretted letting myself get invested in the lives of the people she’s bringing to life.

I haven’t read her Cole McGinnis series yet, it’s next on my list, but her Hellsinger series is amazing.

My new favorite is Black Dog Blues. The first book in her new Kai Gracen series, it’s a roller coaster of a fantasy novel that twists and turns its way through the pages and I am dying for book two to come out.

Check her out at Amazon as well as at Dreamspinner Press and other places.

And of course, you can find me at Amazon as well.

And just because I love his work, here’s another gorgeous photograph from my friend Anthony Aceto

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I can karaoke but I can’t speak…wtf?

So, here I am stuck for what to say. I’m worried it’s going to be a trend.

Tomorrow I am scheduled to host an author’s chat on Dreamspinner’s Facebook page and all I can think is…”What if no one talks to me?” God, it’s like high school all over again.

I am a horrible public speaker. Put me up in front of a room full of people and I want to do one of two things…cry or sing.

I know…it’s totally weird.

When I go to karaoke I can stand up there and sing my heart out, no problem. I face the crowd unless I really don’t know the song, and look them in the eye as I pour all I have into my words and when I’m done I’m smiling because I did it without fainting in front of everyone.

But put me up there to give a speech? Forget it…I’m an absolute disaster. I stumble over my words and can barely be heard. Either that or I say something totally stupid and end up in tears.

I was never meant to be a motivational speaker.

Tomorrow I will be sitting there trying not to chew my nails…a habit I broke in high school when a boy I liked told me that guys like girls with long nails…as I hope and pray that someone answers when I say hello.

Of course, this will be in between keeping my dayhome kids happy and healthy so it’s not like I won’t be distracted. Trust me, two 3-year-olds and a 2-year-old are plenty distracting. And really cute.

I never thought about things like this when I submitted my first manuscript. I was so worried about whether or not it would be accepted that I didn’t think about promotion or editing or choosing a cover that will draw lots of readers.

I never thought about starting a blog or an authors page or that I would ever get emails from people who loved my stories that would make me cry.

All I wanted was to prove to my dearest, most supportive friends that me being published would never happen so they would shut up about it.

Turns out they were smarter than me.

Four books later and I hope that this is just the beginning for me. I want to be 86 years old and still putting out romance novels with two handsome boys on the covers. I always did like to be different.

So, if you get a chance, come and visit me tomorrow on FB starting at 6pm EST. I’ll answer any question (within reason of course) and hope to make some new friends.

Here’s the link to the event. https://www.facebook.com/events/412828542142649/

While I’m here, I would totally like to rec Touch Me Gently by JR Loveless. I dare you to not fall in love with the totally broken Kaden and the amazing Logan who puts him back together again. I think it’s a story that shows you that you can overcome the pain of your past to have a better future. If you’re looking for something angsty with hope, this is your story. http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=1965&cPath=55_303

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Writing and editing…sort of…

So, I was going over my fic list on my Livejournal account and realized that I hadn’t ever added one of my J2 fanfics to my account. I head over to my documents and load it up and start reading and immediately start head-desking **repeatedly slams head in to desk**.

It’s been a year and a half since I wrote this thing and the changes in my writing are startling. I used to be so bad about switching POV constantly, sometimes in the same paragraph, and staying in one tense used to be almost impossible for me.

When I see all the obvious mistakes and grammar issues, I’m embarrassed to think that I posted this story on the fandom community that way.

Of course, now I’m going over it and re-editing and getting really picky about it, but I also know, that when I’m done, there will still be mistakes that I’ve missed and when I spot them (or worse, have them pointed out to me) I will feel like the biggest idiot on the face of the planet.

But I shouldn’t. Editing your own work properly is probably one of the hardest jobs you will ever have. As a writer, your brain tends to see what it knows you intended to write, not what’s there. It’s the reason we need good betas when doing fanfic and amazing editors when you are trying to be published.

To all you editors out there, you are my hero’s, I’m not kidding you. When I’m reading something that isn’t mine, mistakes jump out at me with startling clarity…with my own stuff, not so much.

So, once I’m done with the editing on this, I am going to post it. I keep hoping that my fandom stuff will bring more readers over to my published stuff and besides, all the friends I’ve made in my fandoms have brought me to where I am today. Without their encouragement, I never would have tried to be published so I owe it to them to continue writing about the characters we all love.

I am reccing another awesome author today. Mary Calmes writes amazing stories about the supernatural world that let me get lost when I need to find myself somewhere different. Her Warder series is probably one of the most amazing sets of stories that I’ve ever read and her Change of Heart series is like no other were animal story I’ve ever read.

She also writes stories of love and fear and men who don’t know that they are so much stronger than they think and she tears out my heart every time.

If you would like to read her stories, they are available from Dreamspinner Press and let me assure you, they are worth every penny. I read everything she writes over and over again, whenever I need a few tears and a smile.

Okay, that’s enough ranting for today. I’m off to finish this edit, fight with LJ to post it and then get to work on my WIP once again…which I’m dreading and desperate for in equal measure.

But that’s a rant for another day….

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