Monday, July 30, 2012

Lisa Renee Jones freebie for limited time only...Sorry, EXPIRED!

Update Aug. 1 2012....sorry, it appears to have lost the 'free' status even though that wasn't the author's intention it seems.  Ah, the joys of dealing with Amazon....stay tuned, if this gets rectified, I will update yet again!

Secrets Exposed by Lisa Renee Jones is was available for a very short time.  Please click on the image for the link.  There are several new titles coming out from this prolific author over the next few weeks, including the very hot If I Were You...stay tuned for more info!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

The joys of RWA 2012!

I am scrambling trying to recuperate from having limited internet access for the past few days, let alone from being very behind on writing reviews but just had to share my euphoria at having met so many wonderful authors and other related people from the Romance publishing world.  I am ecstatic at having met Nora Roberts/JD Robb, Jayne Krentz/Jayne Castle/Amanda Quick and of course, my very favorite historical romance author...Stephanie Laurens.  There are so many more lovely authors that I got a chance to chat with and I will have to wax rhapsodic in future posts when I have more time. 

I must say that I was really impressed with the folks at Kensington Publishing. (link to their site) I interacted with the staff of almost all of the major publishers who held signings yesterday and the prior day and several were less than gracious, one was absolutely rude to a friend of mine and others were thankfully cordial but I was blown away observing the Kensington staff.  I think it probably bodes well for how they treat their authors that all of the Kensington people that I had the opportunity to observe and interact with were exceedingly warm, respectful of everyone no matter their role or status and appreciative of any assistance.  Of course, it doesn't hurt that they deal with some extremely talented authors and the quality and care that the Kensington folks practice shows in the delightful stories that they publish so it's a win-win for us as readers.  Kudos to them and I was deeply appreciative of the opportunity to interact with them.  Once I figure out how to post some of my pictures, I will display some of the fun I had this past week but first I have to deal with the mundane tasks I have been ignoring while savoring the rarified air I have had the privilege of sharing the past very packed week with some of the biggest stars of the romance world.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Book Pushalooza and my first e-book contest!

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Overview of Dark Isle

When evil begets evil, a choice is forced on Quinn, the one person who can see
the danger. Does she save the ones she loves, or does she save the world from

As the realms of Fae and human collide, Quinn's future has never
looked so grim, or so damn impossible.

Genre- Urban Fantasy

Overview of Enemy in Blue

 The streets aren't safe when your enemy wears a blue uniform and a gold

What if the good guys weren't good?

What if a cop went
rogue and killed an innocent man?

What if it was all caught on video and the cop would do anything to
cover it up?

Chase this lawless cop through the streets and to a
scintillating series of showdowns with Cruz Marquez, a young attorney trying to
nail down his enemy in blue.

Will justice be served?

Genre- Thriller

Overview of Land of the Noonday Sun

When two strangers have nothing left but their dreams,
they must forge a relationship in Nantahala, North Carolina, a small town known
as Land of the Noonday Sun.

A man with a
traumatic past is able to turn his life around and is happy with his chosen
career as a whitewater guide. Everything changes though when fate hurls a woman
into his path. His carefree life is in turmoil, and his former weaknesses
threaten to overtake him. Will he be strong enough when tragedy strikes and is
once again in danger of losing everything he loves?

Genre- Contemporary Romance

Overview of This Time Forever

Delaney Brannigan and Blake Morrisson
met at the Cedar Cove annual costume dance, known only to each other as the
leopard and the cowboy--but, as Delaney soon discovers, the cowboy she'd
thought had ridden off into the sunset never to tempt her again, is none other
than the man she came from New York to find and discredit. Against her will,
Delaney is drawn deeper and deeper into an overwhelming attraction to Blake--an
attraction she can't give in to if she wants to keep the one thing she values
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Genre- Contemporary Romance

Overview of Cassidy Jones and the Secret Formula

Fourteen-year-old Cassidy Jones wakes up the morning after a minor
accident in the laboratory of a world-renowned geneticist to discover that her
body has undergone some bizarre physical changes. Her senses, strength, and speed
have been radically enhanced.

Lives are put at risk when they find themselves embroiled in a dangerous,
action-packed adventure. Soon they are forced to confront a maniacal villain
willing to do anything - including murder - to reach his own ambitious goals.

Genre- YA/MG Superhero

Overview of Gray Justice

Gray Justice is the fast-paced debut
thriller from Alan McDermott. When a killer walks free from court, the victim's
father sees just two options: accept the judge's decision; or take on the
entire British justice system. Tom Gray chooses the latter and his crusade
attracts instant worldwide media coverage. It was just what Tom was hoping for,
but it brought him a lot more than he bargained for.

Gray Justice is much more than a simple tale of revenge: it's a rollercoaster
ride with an ending you'll never forget!

Genre- Thriller

Overview of Gone at Zero Hundred 00:00

"Their lives are in the hands of two 18-year-olds..."

A Prominent P.I. is
gunned down - killed by a sniper - and it’s broadcasted on live TV.

her daughter, along with her childhood pal, are thrust into a complex and
riveting thriller forced to take on a secret club whose members call themselves
The Privileged Ones.

Murder. Teen abductions and illegal underground

They’re chased by men in ski-masks, nearly gunned down by
members of a cartel, and the only way to bring down this criminal enterprise; is
to crash a Mardi Gras bash and stop their private cruise ship from sailing off
into the sunset.


Overview of Allegiance

Who do YOU pledge allegiance to?

After exposing one of the most notorious rings of police corruption in history,
lawyer Cruz Marquez planned on starting a new life south of the border. That
plan unraveled when an extremist group of Minutemen captured and tortured him
and his wife.

Will Cruz pledge allegiance to do right, or will he do anything
to serve up revenge?

Genre- Thriller

Overview of Curbchek Reload

Curbchek-Reload is a dark account of the streets as they were worked by
Zach Fortier, a dangerously deranged cop. Welcome back to the inner city and
the twisted mentality of Zach Fortier. Patrolling the streets, broken and
mentally damaged from years of urban violence, Zach fights a losing battle to
maintain a hold on reality. Join him in the passenger seat of a police cruiser
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Curbchek-Reload you get a front row seat to an attempted murder of a cop,
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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

RWA here I come!

I am so very tickled to be going to the RWA (Romance Writers of America) conference in Anaheim this week.  My very favorite historical romance writer, Stephanie Laurens, is the keynote speaker and I am thrilled that she has come all of the way from Australia to our side of the continent!  I have been reading her works since I first discovered the Cynster family and have enjoyed the various Bastion Club, Black Cobra titles as well as the many anthologies she has contributed to (yes, her books take up a couple of shelves on my bookshelf).  I am also delighted and hope to glimpse from afar some of my other favorites including Jayne Anne Krentz/Jayne Castle/Amanda Quick, Nora Roberts (I figure I'll know where she is because of the hordes of people around her) and Suzanne Brockmann.  I am amazed to have been reading works from all of these lovely ladies since most of them wrote in the series romance categories and I fell in love with their styles then.

I am ecstatic to realize that I may also get a chance to meet some of my newer favorite authors such as Maya Banks, Sylvia Day, Nalini Singh, Jennifer Estep, Thea Harrison, Jaci Burton, Cheryl Brooks, Tamara Hogan, Lauren Dane, Karen Erickson, Lori Handeland, Elisabeth Naughton, Brenda Novak, and Terry Spear to name just a few.  Just looking at the map of the room makes me tired so who knows if I will get the opportunity to make it all the way around to meeting all of them.

I am looking forward to attending the "Christmas" party that Sabrina Jeffries is giving for her fans and I have had the very wonderful experience of being invited to the Kensington reception so it will be a fantastic week!

Then there will the wonderful and whirlwind experience of seeing Kim (that dynamo from the SOS Aloha blog) and her young men.  It is always breathless hanging with Kim since she seems to know practically everyone and she just brightens the room whenever she appears!  So....I will be a little quiet for the rest of the week but I will be definitely immersed in the world of BOOKS!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Wonderful ways to start the day cont'd + ADULT only titles

Ok, I admit I got a little distracted yesterday by my discussion about croissants (yum).  I like making sandwiches from the ones they sell at Costco© also...and, if you do buy them in bulk and don't eat them immediately, cut them in half (so that you have a top and a bottom), wrap them in whatever you like (we use those plastic bags with zippers) and freeze them.  That way, you can take one out and pop it into the oven and then you can put jelly or butter or both on and have a great snack or you can just sit one out and by the time you get all of your sandwich items together, it has defrosted enough to be perfect by the time you are ready to eat.  Ah well, distracted again!

Anyway, the other reason it was a great way to start the day is that I have been winning books and my e-mailbox had several lovely surprises!  Be forewarned, these are all adult only titles.  Please continue only if you are 18 years or older.

I won a copy of Deviant Knights by Alexandra O'Hurley and my other prize for Eden Bradley's blog tour promoting her newest release Fallen Angel (although I can't wait for Temptation's Edge in August and I enjoyed Sanctuary which is out now!).  That was a great tour because I won 4 different e-books!  (reinforcement for following blog tours)    I also won Finding Sean and Finding Jen by Eileen Ann Brennan and Alpha Mountie  by Lena Loneson.  What a fantastic weekend but how will I ever catch up?  A nice problem to have, lol.