Taking Control Of Your TBR Pile

Take Control of Your TBR Pile 2014
The Caffeinated Book Reviewer has a neat idea, and I thought you might be interested in it. Everyone knows how I feel about TBR piles. If not, you can read my post, just click here. Otherwise, get your act together. Be sure to click on the picture and go to her blog. Certainly a worthwhile cause, and you might win something.  Happy reading.
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Updating My Brand

I’ve decided to update my brand just a little. From Hot Romantic Suspense to Action  * Adventure Romantic Suspense. Simple and sweet, heh? Sure my books are still hot, but I believe the covers normally give readers that idea anyway. But I wanted people to understand my books are not about serial killers or slow paced suspense. Nothing really wrong with them, just not my cup of tea.

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As mentioned numerous times, they’re along the lines of Nikita and James Bond. My books are normally fast paced with lots of car chase scenes and lots of sex. They’re for adults who are not afraid of being themselves or fantasying about having more fun and being daring. You’ll get my drift after you read one.

Anyway, I’ve ordered some more book bags and changed up my logo a little. What do you think?

By the way, this is my 100th post for this blog. I’m keeping my promise to myself by not posting all the time, and so far it averages out to around twice a week. Not bad. I’m sure you have plenty more blogs to read than mine and most are waaay more interesting.  HA!

Hero Angst of The Circle Books

Beware – some spoilers mixed in.

Who doesn’t love a hero with a problem?  It could be the trouble-making heroine he’s fallen in love with or it could be the garbage he brought to the story from years before. Sherrilyn Kenyon is great at making the hero suffer as a kid and young adult. I’m sure there are other authors who do the same. Personally, I believe I pick on the heroine more than the hero, but I thought I would go over the angst that came out of my stories for the men.

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In his twenties, Collin Ryker was the lead operative of the internal group of deadly mercenaries called the OS (Onyx Scepter), the heart of The Circle. When he realized his guardian, Theo, the head of the organization his father built, was insane, he convinced most of the operatives in the OS to follow him and split off from The Circle. The decision had been a hard one as when his parents had died in a car bomb, Theo had been there for him.

He’d lost his whole family when that car exploded and had to deal with survivor’s guilt. He worked at being like the father he admired by being emotionless and cold in his decision making. To him, that was a sign of a great leader. But when it came to Olivia, he loved fighting with her. They argue and actually try to kick each other’s butts, not abusively, as they love testing each other. The end results brought about some great love scenes.

I have to say he’s the only hero of The Circle series who has the least angst.

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Arthur Ryker is the leader of The Circle, and mercy, he has some big time angst. Let’s start with the scar on the side of face and body, and the blind eye. They are reminders from when his life fell apart. He’d been near the car that exploded with his mother and father inside. He’d tried to save them.

Then there is the psycho old leader, Theo. He blackmailed a teenager Ryker, promising to not rape a young girl if he obeyed him in all things, including a despicable act that Ryker had thought to never experience again. He has to live with his decisions.


Final Hi-Res CoverCIRCLE OF DECEPTION

Finally, Rex Drago’s angst has nothing to do with Theo. His is actually tied in with his height. You say, height? Yeah. His dad had the short man syndrome and resented a son who was taller than him by the time he reached high school. Even in elementary, he was taller than the other kids and adults treated him as if he was mentally handicapped. A child of that height should be older and smarter they thought.

He feels he’s not smart enough to be the second in command of The Circle.

Oh, and then there is the relationship between him and his bad ass brother, Jack. He tries to love his older brother, but with too much “water under the bridge,” it may be too late.

Side note about the series:

If you noticed in The Circle series, there is a thin string of the King Arthur legend references. The heaviest are in the first book. Psycho Theo dresses up like a knight, and he believes a sword proves he deserves to be a leader (feeling guilty much?). Of course, The Circle is in reference to the table that all the knights sat around. Last, but not least, Ryker’s first name in CIRCLE OF DANGER. Arthur.

There’s another reference to King Arthur’s legend in the books?  Do you know what it is? I’ll give you a hint. It’s a name.

Does It Work?

I just finished reading an interesting article (not on line, sorry) about what authors should do in marketing their books. *sigh* It wore me out. So many things that has nothing to do with true writing. There’s no way I’ll do all that. I just want to write.

The most marketing I plan to do is 1) post on occasion here or a friend’s site, 2) tag this post to Facebook and Twitter, and 3) write, write and write.

Who knows. I may never get famous that way, but if my books are good enough to stir up excitement, they’ll do it on their own. My goal is to keep writing and improving each book that I publish (myself or by a publisher).

Okay. Enough said. Time to get back to writing. Time to cause mayhem and chaos in the romantic suspense (action/adventure) world. Someone must DIE!

Lassie, Come Home!

AmericanCollieDon’t worry. I haven’t gone away. I’ve been mostly at the must-be-there-to-have-a-roof-over-my-head day job, but something new has happened to me. I have a new critique partner!

*waves at Nancy*

So far, I haven’t broken her or run her off. Personally, I believe she’s a keeper. We’re alike enough not to frustrate each other but different enough to make the reading of each other’s work interesting.

Some of you may be wondering why it would keep me away from the blog? Well, technically it shouldn’t, but I’ve noticed I’m writing more. As in romance. And that’s a good thing. If you missed it on Facebook, I mentioned, in an offhanded way, that I wouldn’t be there as often as I had in the past. I rather write and edit stories.

Hopefully this means I’ll have two novellas out this summer and another one by Christmas. And somewhere along the way I have two contemporary books to finish. That is, if some editor doesn’t ask for my medieval romance, THE CAGED HEART. Hey, you never can tell.

They might.

Uh huh, maybe.

It can happen!

Even pretend confidence can work.

Come Over And Meet Lorraine Heath!

Over at Romance Magicians, I interviewed Lorraine Heath, and she’s giving away a copy of her latest book.  I LOOOVE it.  LORD OF WICKED INTENTIONS has a hero that’s not perfect and that’s the best kind.

Click here to go to the blog and comment.