Car Lover

Yesterday, I had to drive through downtown Birmingham to avoid a horrible back up on the interstate. As I’m driving along, trying to avoid as many red lights as I can, low and behold what do I pass on the side of the street? A Maserati!

I swear I physically got excited. Why I love that type of car so much, I have no idea at all. They just ring my bell. Here’s a picture of it. *sigh* If I had stopped, I swear I would’ve licked it.

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Celebrating an Anniversary With Giveaways!

Today is my Second Anniversary of my debut book, CIRCLE OF DESIRE! Last year, I totally forgot to celebrate, so I thought I would make up for it today. I’ve decided to give away more than one prize.

1) In CIRCLE OF DESIRE, who was Theo’s current mistress?

The winner receives a $25 gift certificate to the book store of your choice.

2) In CIRCLE OF DANGER, who was Charlie in love with?

The winner receives a $15 gift certificate to the book store of your choice

3) In CIRCLE OF DECEPTION, who rode in to the rescue on a horse?

The winner receives a $10 gift certificate to the book store of your choice, and if you live in the U.S., I’ll send you a tee shirt that looks like this. (Size XL – if too large, you can wear it as a nightshirt.)

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Rules: One winner per question (first one with the correct answer wins) and you can only win one prize. We need to share the love.

Good luck!

P.S. For those who haven’t read the books, Excerpts can be found at my website. Click here. They won’t give you the answers, but hopefully you’ll want to read them.

 

[The party has ended.  Be on the look out for next year. Updated 11/22/13.]

Writing A Real Book

Deadly MenThe other day people were commenting (loop or Facebook) of how people they know and some strangers would come up to them and ask when they plan to write a real book. Or ask, why do they write filth?

Really?   0~o  Huh?

My books are real and have three-dimensional characters. Besides, why is good sex filthy? Well, if you do it in a mud puddle because you couldn’t wait to get somewhere more convenient, you would end up dirty. Good for you!

I’ve never had anyone to ask me those questions. Truthfully, I’m not a scary person but I’m known for being blunt. But even I respect people’s choices in what they write or the job they hold. There are times I’m speechless when people are rude.

If a person had the guts to ask me, I believe I would laugh in their face.

Really.

Here Let Me Help You

mad womanI can’t tell you how many times I’ve read a review (not mine) and become frustrated when an angry reviewer gives a novella one star because “It was too short.” You’re reading and that’s important. Obviously, you want to learn. So be sure to watch for certain words before you click on that FREE, $0.99 or $1.99 specials.

Short Story: That means exactly what it says. It’s a story that’s short. Probably around 50 pages or less.

Novella:  Dictionary.com tells us, “A fictional prose narrative that is longer and more complex than a short story; a short novel.” I would say anything 51 pages to around 200 pages.

Part 1 (or 2 or 3, etc.):  That book will be short. Can’t guess at the size as it varies and is up to the author (or publisher) of how many pages they want to make each part. But it’s like watching a 30 minute TV series that continues next week. You will only get PART of the story.

Okay, this is what you need to look at closely if you’re not sure.

For example, on Amazon they now tell you how many pages under Product Details. No guessing.

At Barnes and Noble, they don’t give you the number but if you see a File Size of around 126 KB under Product Details, chances are it’s short. If you’re still unsure, look at the reviews. Yes. People will complain about the length. Thus why I’m writing this post.

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I checked Kobo and they don’t show pages or file size, but let’s use some common sense. Chances are if it is $0.99 and has the word(s) Novella, Short Story or Part 1, it will not be a full novel.

Now I’m not saying all $1.99 or lower price books are short stories.  My books have been $1.99 and $0.99 before and they are full pledged novels, and I’ve grabbed up some great books for those prices myself. You just need to stop and read a little bit if this sort of thing pisses you off.

Authors love happy readers.

Lots Of Fun Stuff, Will You Be There?

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Look at all of that stuff! That’s my stash of swag I will be giving away or raffling off. Wouldn’t you like to know what’s in the boxes and bags? You need to be at the Southern Magic Romance Readers Luncheon on November 2. Want to find out where and how? Click here. Jeaniene Frost will be there!  She’s the keynote speaker.  Plus we will have 35 more authors for you to meet. Probably a few you know. One I’m looking forward to meeting is Shiloh Walker. She’s a favorite of mine.

Anyway, I hope to see you there.  Be sure to say hi!

P.S.  Did you see the poster against the wall? Oh, yes, that will be raffled off too.  He’s beautiful in that size.  *snicker*

Worth Repeating

Postcard three books1A few months ago, I mentioned on Facebook five ways to say thank you to the authors that write the books you love.  I thought it worth repeating here.

5) Purchase the book new from a reputable bookseller.
4) Be sure to hit LIKE and rate it wherever it’s sold on line (see #5).
3) Sign up for the author’s newsletter (if she has one). Publishers love knowing the author has fans interested enough in her early/special announcements.
2) Become a fan: Follow, tweet, and LIKE and comment occasionally. (Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads and her blog.) We love hearing from you.
1) TELL YOUR FRIENDS AND ANYONE WHO WILL LISTEN ABOUT THE BOOK(S)!

Then we can thank you in return by writing MORE BOOKS!

What Do You Know About History?

Just some of my research books.

Just some of my research books.

I love historical romances. Especially those set in the Middle Ages and the U.S. West in the 1800s. In fact, my first completed manuscript was set during the medieval times. And I have another one that has done well in contests (unpublished and uncompleted).

Recently, I wrote the first couple chapters of a western. Just trying my hand at it and I placed it in a contest that allow published authors to enter categories they are not published in. The scores were good. The comments were interesting.

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Just a few more research books.

The main complaint I have is when a judge makes a comment about the morals of that time that are so narrow and uninformed, and most likely taken from movies about the period, I just shake my head. Not all women were treated like ladies and not all men treated them as gentlemen. If a woman who appeared to be a prostitute knocked on his door, I can promise she would never be allowed anywhere near his family.

History is a funny thing. People love to think back “in the good ol’ days” that everyone treated everyone fairly. They forget it wasn’t until the 20th century that women even had the right to vote. In the 1800s, women were considered second class citizens and treated almost like children.

The majority of women at the time had the choice of being a wife or, if they didn’t have family that could afford to take care of them, a prostitute.

Anyway, people really need to remember that the 1800s and earlier had harsher and tighter morals. Sure all kinds of naughty things went on, but they tried to keep it separated from their family life.

Sigh. This could be debated and picked apart forever. Let’s say this is my opinion and leave it at that.

Books Spoil Watching Television

bruceI’ve noticed I’ve become picky about watching television. Partly, of course, because I rather be writing. Feels more productive some days. But mostly because television shows usually disappoint me. If they have romance in them at all, they drag it out, making the sexual tension so frustrating, I get to the point I scream at the TV, “Get on with it!” E.g. Elementary and Unforgettable – love those shows but so frustrating.

Comparing TV series to books is unfair in a way. But let’s compare TV series to a book series such as Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress with Cat and Bones. Two vampires who try to keep the supernatural world in order. The hero and heroine hooked up in the first book (after some interesting love/hate situations) and then they sorta broke up before book two but got back together. So I believe if the story is good enough, having the two main characters having sex and enjoying each other, doesn’t dilute the telling.

Some TV executives still believe the old Moonlighting series failed in its fourth season because the two main characters had sex in season three. (Click here to read more about that.) I disagree and obviously whoever wrote the info in Wikipedia agreed with me. Hey, Bruce was making Die Hard during season three. He was about to be a big time action star. Sigh. Love that man.

Anyway, I believe the main characters can have sex, great sex for that matter, and still be interesting because as we all know sex doesn’t solve all problems. And if you’re like me, when I’m pissed at my hubby, sex is the last thing on my mind. Yeah, I heard angry sex is great, but I’m not wired that way. My characters in my books (CIRCLE OF DESIRE) may be that way, but not me!

So what is my point? Let the people have sex and then complicate it. It will make it more interesting.

Watching The Chronicles of Riddick AGAIN

I have The Chronicles of RIddick on DVD, but if I see it come on a TV station, I can’t resist. Love that movie. Two hunks I love to watch move, hear them talk, and see them kick ass. Vin Diesel and Karl Urban. But I have to say Karl is my favorite in the movie. Something about armor and that dangerous hair cut. What can I say? I have a kinky side. Like you didn’t know.  Ha!

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Love those glowing eyes. Scary sexy.

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Warrior new age.

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Lucky girl. You know she was taking advantage.

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All cleaned up and sexy.

Over at Romance Magicians Today

Yep, I’m visiting Romance Magicians today. Usually once a month I’m there. Anyway, I’m talking about the demise of Romantic Suspense.  Click here to read about it.