Monthly Archives: April 2014

Coming Soon…


Starting May 1st, join me on Thursdays where I’ll feature other authors and their works! This first week, I’ll be featuring the talented Liza O’Connor and her “A Long Road to Love” series. Join us for some great books and a wonderful time!

See you there!

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Promoting and Selling Books

Check out my blog on selling and promoting your books at Nights of Passion by clicking here.

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Sunday Snippet

Hi All!

Sharing a snippet today from my current work in progress, Touch Eternal. Enjoy!


Rafe laughed. The sound, rich and deep, moved over her like a caress. “Not x-ray vision. That would be interesting, although I believe only Superman has that particular curse or gift, depending on how you look at it. With you it would most certainly be a gift.”

He was flirting with her.

She crossed her arms over herself, unsure of how to react to his tone. He was an ancient vampire, not exactly the boy next door. “Are you going to turn around?”

“How do you know I’m not already turned around?”

 He didn’t sound like he was but she wasn’t completely sure. She reached out. Her fingers brushed over his nose, lips, neck and down his chest. Definitely not turned around, yet she couldn’t stop her exploration. Over his chest, along his ribs and down his stomach. Smooth and hard.

That’s all for today, folks! Please feel free to leave a comment and share your own snippets as well.

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Dear Author, Would You Hire Yourself?

I recently interviewed several candidates for my day job and while they brought some great qualities to the interview, they unfortunately demonstrated quite a few unwelcome qualities. In short, I just didn’t see them qualified for the particular role they were applying for, at least not yet.

Either way, the experience got me thinking about my own “writing interview” and how I’d fair as an author. If I’m going to be honest, I’d have to say that I haven’t always been qualified and even today, I’m not sure I’ve got all the qualities of the role. Does that mean I never will or can? I’d say no to that, but too often I believe publishers and agents see authors falling short of the mark.

When I look for those I’d like to hire on, I’m searching for career candidates who are hardworking, dedicated, talented in the requirements of the role and most of all, coachable to what it is they still need to learn. I also have to determine whether I and my peers have the time to invest in coaching them, meaning are the gaps small or will they require much more extensive work.

I’d imagine publishers and agents must look at authors in a similar light. Not only must they evaluate whether an author has produced a quality product, but they must also decide what the future holds for a relationship with this author. Can they depend on this author for continued quality work? Is the author dedicated and hardworking? Are they coachable? Or do they fall too short of the mark this time around?

Just a few thoughts to think about the next time you are beating yourself up about a rejection. Writing is a business and as authors we should constantly be improving our craft and our management of our own business and representation. Think about what you would want out of yourself as an employee and give it your all. You just might see a better success rate the next go round.

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Raw Emotions

As any writer/reader does, I love to surround myself with books, get wrapped up in the worlds of my characters and feel the emotions of them too. I love to fall in love with the heroes and heroines of books I write and read. I love to cry or laugh or even get angry. This last emotion came more as an appreciation of writing books. While we may not always like a book’s ending or like what characters in books do, the fact that they are eliciting emotions tells me that the author must be doing something right.

Agent Scott Eagan recently wrote a post called Writing Romance is About Falling in Love on his blog Babbles from Scott Eagan. In my opinion, he completely hits the nail on the head in stating that authors need to be bringing their readers through the entire process of falling in love. Anyone who has ever loved or even believed they’ve loved knows that there are so many moments to enjoy, from the first spark or awkwardness to that first tingly kiss, to those nights of angst because the other person has either done or not done what we’ve expected.

I can still remember the first time an attraction clicked between me and my now husband (at least on my side). It was his laugh and it made my stomach flip and he looked so happy all I could do was smile. Our first date was weird and our second date was weirder but there was just something that kept pulling me back for more and 11+ years later it still pulls.

Conveying these raw emotions on paper is no easy task and making your readers feel there too is even harder. It requires us to be raw and to open up our own experiences to assess how we truly felt and feel. And when your feeling most exposed and sometimes most uncomfortable, that is when you write, because that is when the real deal comes out.

Best of luck writing this week and be sure to challenge yourself. The results will truly be worth it.


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Irish Dreams New Cover Reveal

It’s an oldie but a goodie! Check out Irish Dreams new cover! I loved the old cover as well but as Lyrical Press has become an imprint of Kensington Publishing, Irish Dreams is no longer part of a collection. This cover shows a bit more of the softer sensuality this novella represents, especially being set out in the countryside of Ireland.


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Blood Eternal: Excerpt

Hi All!

Book one in the Blessed Series is now out on Kensington’s site as well as Amazon.  I’m including an excerpt from a scene right before it gets steamy between Luke and Savannah. Enjoy!

As Savannah neared Luke’s room, she slowed. His door was open. Curious, as he never left it open. She paused at the entrance. The bedroom was as spacious as she’d expected. A cozy sitting area opened up into a larger space where a four post bed stood against thebloodeternal middle of one wall.

Beyond the bed, the gray light of night’s transition traced Luke’s silhouette against an enormous window. Shirtless, he leaned on the glass. Low-slung pants hugged the base of his back and hips. Slender rays of moonlight dusted his shoulders, emphasizing their broadness and the definition of the muscles in his arms and back.

She placed a hand on her stomach to calm the flurry of nerves whirling within her. This t so attracted to him.

“Only a couple hours until I must close the blinds,” he said. “This is the closest I get to sunrise, as the sun is strongest for us then.”

“Your door was open.” She winced at her statement of the obvious. She’d never entered his room before. Why had he allowed her to tonight?

“Trouble going back sleep?” he asked

“Yes.” She twisted her hands together and stepped forward.

“And yet you entered a monster’s lair.”

After the way she’d behaved yesterday, she deserved his bitter words. “I planned to sit in the roof garden.”

He hung his head. “Enjoy yourself. Forgive my barbs, I grow tired.”

“I didn’t think vampires got tired.”

“Not much physically, however, that does not exempt us from life’s taxations.” He lifted his head but his face remained in the shadows. “What is it you want, Savannah? I cannot read your jumbled emotions and quite frankly, I have no inclination to probe further.”

“I know,” she said, thinking about her next words. Maybe now wasn’t a good time to talk to him and he was too fed up to hear her out.

“If you have come to fault me for your arousal—”

“No.” Her cheeks heated at his words. “Not exactly.” She breathed in deep. “I came to apologize for being so difficult.”

“What brought this about?” He moved toward her. “Have you changed your mind about becoming a vampire?”

She bit her lip and shook her head. “No, but I do realize you have no control over what you’ve become. After all I’ve been through, I should have been more understanding.”

He stopped, facing her. His gaze searched her face. “And now?” His voice was no more than a whisper.

“I don’t care anymore.” Savannah trembled, resisting the urge to cover her chest by crossing her arms. “I want to be with you, for as long as you’ll have me.”

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