Monthly Archives: February 2012

I dreamed a story last night!

Well, at least part of one.  Haven’t done that in years.  And better yet, it’s actually something viable to follow up on later! Super jazzed!

Oh Wednesday, how I love thee…

Seriously–it’s not Monday, and we’re on the downhill slide to Friday!  I’ve got a fun mentoring session planned for my AFSO21 peeps this morning at 0800, and last night I wrote my requisite 1,000 words, so all in all, I’m purty darned happy.  How is YOUR Wednesday treating you???

TABT–Primal Bonds by Jennifer Ashley

Primal Bonds (Shifters Unbound, #2)Primal Bonds by Jennifer Ashley

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is my first paranormal Jennifer Ashley title (I LOVE her historicals) and I was very impressed. So much so that the first and subsequent stories are now in my shopping cart!

First, the characters: Sean and Andrea were combustible together, and the twists and turns they wound their way through made their eventual HEA so very satisfying. The secondary characters were fabulous, and I can’t wait to see their stories unfold.

Second, the worldbuilding: Exceedingly well-done worldbuilding that wasn’t so convoluted I felt I needed a separate notebook to keep things straight (which makes me NUTS). The second-class citizen theme is innovatively done and kept me riveted.

This one is a definite recommend!

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Misc Ramblings–Summerland & Brotherhood free to borrow on Amazon…

Good news!!  If you’re an Amazon Prime member and have a Kindle, The Summerland and The Brotherhood are up now available to check out for FREE!

Swing on by when you get a moment!

http://www.amazon.com/The-Summerland-ebook/dp/B004P8JJGO/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_1

http://www.amazon.com/The-Brotherhood-ebook/dp/B004T349J2/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_3

On the writing front, spending this last day of my long weekend working on the LAST chapter of Shoot to Thrill!!!

Six Sentence Sunday — unnamed WiP

Here’s a little bit of something I’ve been working on.  It’ll be the next one up in my writing queue, once Shoot to Thrill is done.  Hope you enjoy!

 

She looked out over what had once been a thriving city, unable to believe the destruction below.  It unfolded before her eyes, a war-ravaged landscape no longer peopled by the beautiful, the affluent.  Now Los Angeleslay in ruins, the dregs of society living off the remnants of civilization, one scanty meal to the next.

Peri Johnson stood on what had been the mountain overlooking the Hollywood sign, not quite believing this was the teeming city she’d left only five years before.  The sun reflecting off her aviator’s Ray Bans and the trim, expensive cut of her blue flight suit seemed to mock the devastation and poverty laid out before her.  Shaking her head slowly, she tried to take it all in, absorb the impact, but her eyes kept straying, almost as if ordered, to the crooked “D” seventy-five feet below.

 

Don’t  forget to check out the other authors participating in SSS at http://www.sixsunday.com/

Cupid’s Choice Blog Hop

Hopefully you got here via the blog hop bar at the top of the site, but if not, here’s the link that brings you into our web…bwah ha ha!!  http://justromance.me/

Here’s a story idea I’ve been playing with for awhile.  Hope you enjoy it!! And don’t forget to continue the hop all the way to the end to enter for some awesome prizes!!!

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Rose Carpenter prided herself on being a pretty normal woman.  Well, expect for the whole demon-servitude thing. How in the hell (ha ha, pun intended) she’d landed herself in this gig still boggled the mind.

And now she had six more months of her sentence to work through.  Some days, like today she didn’t know if she’d make it.

Yeah, this assignment seriously sucked.

The man she’d been assigned to monitor, hottie though he was, was boring.  Utterly, completely boring.

Right now he was in his basement, running on the treadmill, watching ESPN.  Stereotype, much?

And while seeing sweat roll down his so-fine chest was a bennie, her sentence had included deadening her libido, which really sucked.

She sighed and straightened out her invisible legs.

Martin McAllister would run his ever-loving heart out for the next forty-five minutes, and in that time, nothing incriminating or promisory would pass his lips.

Figured, she had to get the one “good” vice cop in the city as an assignment.  An angel to her devil.  It just wasn’t fair.  All she’d done was promise a tiny bit of her soul to help her get a promotion.  Unfortunately, Satan had heard and sent his regards. She’d had the job of her dreams for one whole day, then the “terms” of their agreement had come due.

One day of anchoring the news instead of being Barbie the Weather Girl.  One day where all hell had broken loose.  Where an earthquake had struck and almost swallowed the station whole.  She’d had a few minutes of gravy, and was now officially “missing”.

Yeah, her situation officially sucked.

Six more months of watching Mr. Perfect save the day and make the city safe, and then she’d be among the living again.

She didn’t usually feel this sorry for herself, but today was her thirtieth birthday and she had less than squat to show for those years.

Six more months, and her only hope for an early release was if Mr. Perfect fell from his lofty perch.

Considering the fact she now kinda liked him, okay, liked him a lot, that was highly unlikely.  She’d rather serve out the rest of her sentence than stick it to someone else, which meant she’d grown as a person, right?

Yeah, Martin was safe from her.

As if she’d spoken the words aloud, his gaze shifted to where she sat on the weight bench.

His eyes widened for one shocked moment before he blurted “Who the fuck are you?” and catapulted off the end of the treadmill.

 

Samhain’s SAMMIE Awards…vote if you’ve got a moment!

Curtains up! Light the Lights! The SAMMIES are coming, all right!

Soooo, totally not asking folks to do blind voting for my book, but if you read Behind Blue Eyes and enjoyed it (or any of Samhain’s books), then please take a moment to cast your vote!  It’s super easy through survey monkey, so no e-mail addies to enter or any of that jazz.

Only four categories, so easy sneezy!

Reader’s Choice Best Cover Art eBooks 2011

Reader’s Choice Best Cover Art Print Books 2011

Reader’s Choice Best eBook 2011

Reader’s Choice Best Print Book 2012

Please go to http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BQG585R to cast your vote. Voters are permitted three choices per category. Voting begins today and runs through March, 19, 2012.

The survey allows each participant to vote once. The blue links for each book/cover are hot and will take you to Samhain Publishing site so you can look at the cover or read the blurb for each book listed. Cast your choice for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each category. Then scroll to the NEXT button at the bottom of the page, this will take you to the next category. Repeat until you get to the last category. When you have voted for your choices, be sure to click on the DONE button at the bottom of the last page so your vote will count. Remember, each reader gets to vote once for the poll.

Thursday 13–my Netflix Queue

Slowly getting back to this blogging gig, a few posts a week at a time, and thought I’d add in our Netflix queue.  When it comes to streaming, I’m a fool for Bones, Eureka and Warehouse 13, but we usually reserve the “hard” copy DVDs for movies.  Now that football season is over, I expect we’ll be watching a few!

With no further ado…

  1. The Adjustment Bureau
  2. The Pentagon Wars (we use a clip of this in my day job and it’s hilarious)
  3. Moneyball
  4. Cowboys & Aliens
  5. Conspiracy
  6. Inception
  7. The Debt
  8. The Lincoln Lawyer
  9. The Help
  10. Michael Clayton
  11. Children of Men
  12. Lucky Number Slevin
  13. The Book of Eli

So what’s on your viewing wish list?

TABT–Deadly Lies, Cynthia Eden

Deadly Lies (Deadly, #3)Deadly Lies by Cynthia Eden

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Loved, loved, loved this third addition to the Deadly series. As other reviewers have recommended, suggest you read Deadly Fear before picking up this one. First, because it’s a freakin’ awesome book, and second, because it adds an additional layer of intrigue and suspense to Deadly Lies.

The characters were exceedingly well drawn, and because of that, it made the sex scenes that much more poignant and real. We “get” why Sam does what she does, and I like the fact Ms. Eden didn’t shy away from a behavior pattern not explored in most traditionally pubbed romantic suspense stories. Max is fabulous, and even when I didn’t understand exactly what made him tick, I trusted Ms. Eden to let me know when the time was right AND respect her characters enough to be honest.

If you haven’t cracked the Deadly series yet, you’re doing yourself a disservice — pick them up!!

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Word Count goodness!

Super thrilled to report I wrote 3K plus on Shoot to Thrill today! Of course, I deleted 1400 words of stuff I’d written before, so my ongoing wordcount is only up 1600, but I’ll take it, baby!