Looky, Looky What I Got Today!

My third book in The Circle series, CIRCLE OF DECEPTION, is a finalist in the 2014 Aspen Gold Published Writers Contest!

They gave me a nifty website medallion to use.

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This is the third contest in two years that it has been a finalist. (The e-book came out in December 2012 and paperback in January 2013.)

Happy Birthday to Me!

googleI know that Google does this for everyone (they did it last year), but I still get tickled.  By the way, today, I’m celebrating my birthday and I’ve giving away 21 free copies of CIRCLE OF DISHONOR. (The age I wish I was again. HA!)
How do you get a copy? Wish me happy birthday here and then email me at carlaswafford @ charter.net with your e-book preference (Kindle or Nook). The first twenty-one people who do wins a copy. (This promotion is going on at Facebook too. So that number is part of the count.)

And for those who are late in wishing me happy birthday don’t worry, the cost of the novella is still 99 cents for a few more days.

Remember that the best way to say thank you to an author for writing a book you enjoyed is to leave a review.

[All of the copies have been given away!  Thanks!  Updated 7/19/14]

Enough of The Angst!

MH900423167I’ve been watching shows on Syfy and Netflix lately, and I have to say they’re some of the most angst filled I’ve ever seen. What’s up with the doom and gloom shows? And a better question is why in the hell do I watch them?

On Syfy, I’ve been watching Defiance and Dominion. I have to say they do occasionally have a little sunshine to come through the story-line. But I’m tired of seeing the good guys getting beaten up so much.

[Though not on air at this time, Walking Dead from AMC is another one. GEEZ!]

Then there are the Netflix shows: Sons of Anarchy (originally on FX) and Hemlock Grove. Let’s start with Hemlock. Each time you think things are getting better, they don’t. Okay I understand it’s human nature not to see others do well, we get jealous and we find it boring when they do. But geez, Louise, the fellows (and ladies) need a break!

*spoiler alert – do not read if you have not seen and plan to watch SOA*

The worse of the batch is Sons of Anarchy. I watched two (or was it three – drawback of watching so many without much of a break) seasons and I truly don’t remember one scene that went well without some type of letdown or ass-kicking. OMG! I was so upset when the little boy’s adopted parents were killed. Yeah, I know it was fiction. I couldn’t sleep that night from thinking about it. That’s when I decided I don’t need this crap. I want happy. Maybe even romantic comedies and such.

Action-adventure is my all time favorite, and it’s not lost on me that they usually have an happy ending. The bad guys lose and sometimes those bad guys are actually just badder guys. You know, the badder guys lose and the regular bad guys win. Think Fast and Furious (any number) and The Italian Job.

Oh, one of my favorite action-adventure movies is Knight and Day. Love the scene with Tom Cruise in his sunglasses (the man knows how to use them) walking on top of a wall. Oh, yes, so iconic that it could be a romantic novel. He shows up at the perfect time. And the scene where Cameron Diaz complains that he won’t kiss her, and he walks through gunfire to do it. Sweet!

Of course, I also like most of the James Bond movies, a few of the Mission Impossible ones, and the Die Hard movies (#4 is my favorite).

And you wondered why I write romantic suspense with action/adventure.

For A Limited Time!

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000039_00009]In celebration of that special day this week (Shhh! My birthday is Wednesday), the price of CIRCLE OF DISHONOR is 99 cents. (No, it’s not my age.) Amazon has changed it already.

B&N, Kobo, iBooks and a few other places will have it changed in next few hours or so. It will be that price for only a few days. So go get it!

 

Super Book Blast Tour

The commenter winner of the $25 Gift Card (Amazon/B&N) is DeeJay Sakata!

And the $25 Gift Card (Amazon/B&N) for the website host is Snarky Mom!

[Updated 6/29/14 with winners at each location and specials shown above. Those without winners didn't have anyone commenting besides me and Goddess Fish Promotions and sometimes the web-host. So people missed out!  Those who won, be sure to go back to the blog and post a thanks to the website. My info on how to collect is there. Congratulations to those who took the time out and commented.]

SBB_CircleOfDishonor_Banner I’ll be traveling around today at the websites below, saying hi and giving away free copies of CIRCLE OF DISHONOR to commenters. At the end of the tour, I’ll give away a $25 Amazon/B&N gift card too. Hope to see you there!

  1. Carpe_Diem
  2. Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock - Erin
  3. Queen of the Night Reviews - Jay Riv
  4. Deal Sharing Aunt
  5. Bunny’s Review
  6. In Shadows
  7. The Pen and Muse Book Reviews
  8. Literary Nook - Carol Savoy
  9. Snarky Mom Reads… - Ashley Anne Applebe
  10. Read More Romance
  11. Our Wolves Den
  12. Brooke Blogs - D J Sakata
  13. Aly’s Miscellany
  14. Mismatched Bookends
  15. Two Ends of the Pen
  16. BookSkater
  17. Angels with Attitude Book Reviews - RitaWray
  18. Room With Books
  19. Romance Novel Giveaways
  20. For the Love of Bookends - Shannon
  21. Serenity Doesn’t Come Easy
  22. Jodie Pierce’s Ink Slinger’s Blog
  23. Writer Wonderland - Angela Adams
  24. Welcome to My World of Dreams
  25. It’s Raining Books - Mary Preston
  26. Straight from the Library - Virginia
  27. Long and Short Reviews Elise-Maria Barton
  28. fundinmental - Laura Thomas
  29. Books and Other Spells - Anna
  30. Jen’s Reading Obsession
  31. The Simple Things in Life
  32. Sexy Adventures Passionate Tales
  33. Carpe Libros
  34. Mia Downing - Kim Muhl
  35. Nephy’s World
  36. A Book Addict’s Delight

What’s That In Your Pocket?

CircleofDesire mm cOver the years in romance and erotica, I’ve seen (or is that read) the size of a man’s penis go from average to King Kong in length and width (ouch!). I’ll never forget reading a historical romance where the guy’s cock was so big he had to wear a sheath around it whenever he rode out to battle the enemy. Funny but oddly sexy.

Anyway, I came across this interesting article called Does Size Really Matter? It’s worth a read and maybe the next time (if you’re a writer), you’ll think twice before giving your hero a huge “pleasure rod.”  If you want to know more about penises and sizes, click here and read what Wikipedia said about it.

This all makes me remember a scene in CIRCLE OF DESIRE.

She [Olivia] leaned back in the chair, looking at him [Collin] with half-closed eyes. “Listen I hate men. No, I’m not sexually interested in women. I already have a pussy. Why would I  want another one? I put up with men for one reason only. Their cocks. Big throbbing ones. A real live hot, hard cock is ten times better than any synthetic one at satisfying my needs. I like playing with them and then leaving before they want more. Was that what you wanted to hear?

The burning sensation in her stomach said it all. She hated this discussion. She hated that he couldn’t bring himself to care enough to protect her. Why she expected any man to protect her when she’d done it for herself all this time, she didn’t know. She just did.

Love that woman!

Release Party!

I’m having a release party on Facebook. If you’re not part of Facebook or having a problem getting on there, then comment here. On June 23, I’ll give away some books and even a gift card.  But if you can come to the Facebook party, then be sure to comment there. Five other authors will be giving away goodies on Facebook!

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A Parent’s Revenge

They called this video First Moon Party, but I call it A Parent’s Revenge. See what happens when you lie.  LOL! I laughed so hard, I had to watch it twice to hear it all.  Mercy! I do have a warp sense of humor and obviously they do too.

Bah! Rules!

Woman Reading a DiaryFor the last few weeks I’ve been listening to some NYT bestselling books on audio. It’s inspiring all the way around.

As I was telling a buddy the other day, when I decided to try my hand at writing, it was out of desperation for something I liked to read. I had read all of my favorite writers’ books at that point (they can only write only so fast) and wanted to read what I knew for sure I would enjoy. Other authors start writing because they read something awful and said they could do better. But me, I wanted something just as good.

Though I’m not up to the excellence as the ladies I read, I continue to work on improving my books while keeping true to my voice.

One of the things I’ve learned while listening to the audios is that they’re not perfect. Close enough, but I catch a few things. And when I say I catch a few things, I’m saying they’re minor. It proves to me to stop sweating the small stuff.

Side note: One of the ways an author self-edits her book is to read it out loud. You catch so many errors that way. Helps smooth out the writing. But we’re all human and still miss a few.

Yes. There are grammar rules and they should be followed. Yet, at times you can break the rules if it will make the scene more dramatic or funny or whatever.  In other words, there must be a reason to break the rule.

My critique partner can tell you, I don’t believe in characters saying each other’s name over and over again, especially in a scene where there is only two people. Wouldn’t you get ticked, if your better half said your name at the beginning or end of every other sentence? You’d think they were mad at you or being sarcastic. But in one of the books, the hero refers to the heroine quite often by a nickname. It caught my attention, but didn’t irritate me (or the heroine). It actually helped the reader to remember there was a difference between the two lovers.

I caught inconsistencies in facts, but it didn’t bother me because the story was so wonderful. Yes. Great writing can help you overlook the small errors too.

So here’s to me hoping that my writing improves to the point people forgive me of all my small mistakes and understand the choices I make in my books.

Blog Tour and Something to Think About

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Hey, want a free copy of my latest book scheduled to be released June 23? Then be on the lookout for the list of blogs hosting a review or just a good old fashioned promo stop. Come by and say hello, you’ll be eligible to win a free copy or even a $25 gift card to Amazon/B&N.

Now for something I keep forgetting to mention. Along with CIRCLE OF DISHONOR being a novella, it is different than the other three books.  You’re wondering how, right? Without giving away too much of the little book, let me say that the plot is more about the relationship than the usual bad guy/girl versus good guy/girl. It’s hotter too. Much more sensual than the other books, plus it has a little bondage. HA! Surprised you?

It’s definitely a book you would want to read late at night with your sweetie within touching distance. *eyebrows wiggle*