FULL HEAT coming July 5

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Forget shining armor. Motorcycle shop owner Mary Jane Parker could use a knight in black leather right about now. A local gang has been extorting her for protection money, and standing her ground would be a lot easier with the Brothers of Mayhem at her back. She just needs to convince the club’s new president to take the job. The powerful, brooding biker claims he’s not interested-but if his version of tough love is supposed to be punishment, Mary Jane would gladly misbehave for the rest of her life.

Storm Ryder has no interest in rescuing anyone but himself. He spent three agonizing years in prison, and there’s no way in hell he’s going back, not over a spoiled rich girl who’s flirting with trouble. So why does he find himself craving Mary Jane’s lips-and holding her close when he should be pushing her away? Deep down in his tortured soul, Storm knows she’ll be there for him. And when Mary Jane needs him most, he’ll find the courage to give her everything he’s got.

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He kinda makes you think of this photo.

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Author Meda White and myself are having an Angel and Demon Party with lots of giveaways.  Come by and say you’ll be there on February 16, 2016.  That’s the day HIDDEN HEAT will be released.  YAY!

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We will be giving away gift cards, books, and swag.  A few of these for example.

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The red oval is a jar opener/coaster.  I’m sure you can guess what the other two items are.  HA!

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Staring Feb. 8 on Goodreads is Romance Week. Be sure to stop by my profile and ask me questions.  By the way, here’s my choice for most romantic quote.

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I will be signing at several places this year.
April 7, 2016The Novel Experience, Atlanta GA
June 11, 2016:  Heart of Dixie Romance Readers Luncheon, Huntsville, AL
October 1, 2016: Moonlight and Magnolias Conference, Peachtree Corners, GA
November 5, 2016: Southern Magic Romance Readers Luncheon, Birmingham, AL

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If you’ve been following me on Facebook, you know that I love hockey.  If you’re in Nashville on February 20, I’ll be at the Predators’ game against LA Kings.  Let me know if you’ll be there, and I’ll meet up with you and give you some swag. Hope to see you there.

Whew!  That’s it for now. Time for me to get back to working on NAKED HEAT (after the game tonight). That’s Wolf’s story. He’s kidnapped the love of his life, and he’s in deep do-do.  LOL!

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More Pictures From NYC Trip

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Shelf in wall at Madame X’s going up steps to Lady Jane’s Salon

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Picture at Madame X’s going up steps to Lady Jane’s Salon

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Crowd at Lady Jane’s Salon

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One of several seating areas for Lady Jane’s Salon

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Lady Jane’s Salon

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Lady Jane’s Salon

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Lady Jane’s Salon – The MC

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Another picture from the hotel. I couldn’t get over the crowds and the number of taxis.

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Stage set up with big pool for dogs to jump in. Might have been something to do with Good Morning America (building on left)

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Betty, me and Victoria – I look like I’m up to no good. Well, yeah.

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If my feet wasn’t hurting, I would’ve walked across the street and gotten a better picture. Love horses. And cops.

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Beautiful at night, heh?

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So many lights on.

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My buddy, Heather, giving a workshop. She actually made law interesting.

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Me with my 2015 RWA PRO Mentor award. So awesome!

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Almost looks like a painting.

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The ball at top is the one they drop on New Years.

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Yes. Another picture of Times Square. It was amazingly crowded.

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Times Square – buses, taxis and so many tourists!

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See!

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Random House’s cocktail party – view from window.

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Random House’s cocktail party – Some famous names on those books.

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Random House – more books on shelves both sides. I didn’t stop to look.

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Purse I bought in NYC. Love it!

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Loved the little Minion show/ad in Times Square.

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There were a few naked women hanging around (pun intended). The men would pay to get their picture taken with them. One way to make a living.

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The lights fascinated me.

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And the crowds drove me nuts.

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See the M&M character? He was HUGE!

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Don’t know what the ad was, but it was so romantic, I had to take a picture.

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Yes. More of the same, sorta.

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Look close and you can see more naked girls. They had barely there bottoms and no tops. They have red, white and blue feathers on their heads. Just painted breasts.

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My chocolate RITA (Everyone got one at the award ceremony. It tasted like Easter Bunny.)

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I couldn’t resist and got Meda to take this picture while in our cab. HELLO KITTY! GIANT HELLO KITTY that is.

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I had a blast in New York City. Here are some pictures to enjoy.

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Sightseeing cruise with buddy, Heather Leonard.

Bar with NASCAR on one of the TVs

Bar with NASCAR on one of the TVs

 

Intrepid Navy Ship in background with planes.

Intrepid Navy Ship in background with planes.

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Times Square ahead (Heather Leonard and Meda White in front of me)

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Near Times Square

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Statue of Liberty

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Abandoned building on island

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Yankee Stadium in background with cool speed boat

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Unusual Building near water

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Ellis Island and city in background.

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Heather and my other buddy, Meda. Had so much fun with these ladies.

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Went to see Wicked. Pretty good.

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One of the well dressed men I saw in NYC. SO MANY GOOD LOOKING MEN! My neck hurt from looking.

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They did a presentation and opened this wall. Then you saw NYC from way above.

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Food! This was one of the good restaurants. Sadly, I forgot the name but it was near the theater.

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View from One World Trade Center.

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View from One World Trade Center.

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View from One World Trade Center.

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View from One World Trade Center.

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View from One World Trade Center.

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View from One World Trade Center.

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View from One World Trade Center.

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View from One World Trade Center.

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Inside One World Trade Center.

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View from One World Trade Center (this was a floor – really an outside camera projecting beneath the glass)

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View from One World Trade Center. (Amazing, isn’t it?)

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View from One World Trade Center.

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View from One World Trade Center.

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View from One World Trade Center.

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View from One World Trade Center.

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View from One World Trade Center.

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Inside One World Trade Center.

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Inside One World Trade Center.

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View from One World Trade Center.

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View from One World Trade Center.

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View from One World Trade Center.

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View from One World Trade Center.

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What do you think?

My latest ad.  It will be placed in the RWA magazine/book/program for the conference in New York. So can’t wait! The trip will be so much fun. I’ve never been there. Yes. I will probably be one of those tourist craning my neck at the tall buildings, getting in everyone’s way.  HA!

Be sure to let me know what you think about the ad. If something negative (misspelling, etc.), let me know. I want it to be perfect.

Defiance and Dishonor adSadly, when it shows up in the magazine it will be in black and white. I checked that out, and it looks good, but not as good as color.

Hey, if you’re wondering, that’s Birmingham, Alabama USA in the background. I took the picture from a side road near my day job one morning.

By the way, CIRCLE OF DESIRE is still 99 cents. That one isn’t a novella. That’s a full book for a dirt cheap price. CIRCLE OF DANGER is $1.99 and it’s also a full book.

 

Where’s Carla?

Beautiful Woman Enjoys CoffeeGuess what I found out today? My workshop with Lexi George and Heather Leonard has been picked for the Moonlight and Magnolias conference in Norcross, GA this October. We’re so excited. Twice we’ve presented it (and I was so freaking stiff – got to work on that – so unlike me) for groups of writers.

It’s called The Pitch is Back. Yeah, yeah. Not very original, but it works and I plan to play the Elton John song (appropriate considering he lives in Atlanta part of the time) The Bitch is Back while waiting for people to sit. Anyway, it will be a lot of fun to attend as we actually act out how to behave and not behave with an editor and agent. Not just telling you BUT REALLY SHOWING IT! HA! It’s a lot of laughs.

So come and join in the fun. Click here to find out more about the conference. It’s probably one of the three largest RWA chapter conferences.

And don’t forget I will be signing my book, CIRCLE OF DECEPTION, at the book fair October 11 there.

See you then!

Blast From The Recent Past

I came across this video of Avon’s Two Ply Bride contest that was held at 2013 RT Book Lovers Convention in Kansas City. It was so much fun! I was a judge (dressed in gold) with Lorraine Heath and two Avon Addicts. Crazy!

RT Book Lovers Convention!

This is where you can find me. Plus I will be wandering around acting like a freshman in college free from my parents for the first time.  LOL!

May 2, Thursday
1:30 p.m.     The Bride Wore Two-Ply (I’m a judge)
4:00 p.m.     RT EXPO (E-books – “book signing”)  – open to the public with $5 admittance
May 3, Friday
8:30 a.m.     Fountain City Jazz Club Mixer (Breakfast including Mimosas!)
6:15 p.m.     Avon’s Red Slipper Lounge
May 4, Saturday
11:00 a.m.     Giant Book Fair (book signing) – open to the public with $5 admittance
7:15 p.m.       FAN-tastic Day