Mar 18

Buy the Books!

Here’s the one-page resource for everything you need to know about me and my books…especially how to buy them!

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Jul 27

Pam Daugherty

I just wanted to link to the website for Pam Daugherty, who’s doing a fantastic job narrating the Waking Dream audiobook.  So, here it is!

Jul 25

“Waking Dream” audiobook

Production is underway on the audiobook for book five of the Dream Series, “Waking Dream.”

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I’ve got a new narrator, Pam Daugherty, and she’s doing a fantastic job.  You can hear a sample below, from chapter two of the book:

Jul 25

Book Tour – “Tortured” by Kate Givans

 

Title: Tortured

Author: Kate Givans

Series: Tortured #1

Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Drama

A contemporary romantic drama about loss, healing, and love’s ability to reach beyond scars and secrets, no matter how deep or hidden.


WARNING: This book is intended for 18+ readers ONLY. Potentially triggering content and concepts in books to follow.

More than a year after the death of his best friend, Josh is still tormented by the past. Everything changes when free-spirited Willow barges into his life. She challenges him, helps him feel something other than the overwhelming pain, sadness, and anger.

There’s just one problem.

Underneath that carefree spirit, Willow is elusive and secretive. Josh believes she may be fighting a few demons of her own, but he harder he tries to uncover the truth, the more she pushes him away.

Can Josh get her to open up before it’s too late? Or will he discover that some secrets are better left untold?

Author Bio:

Quirky, clumsy, and always a little off-key, Kate Givans has always loved books and the words contained within. Now that she’s writing the stories, she’s filling them with broken characters, angst, and even a few of those happily-ever-afters that seem to evade us in real life.

When not writing, this gypsy-hearted wife and mother of five can be found guzzling coffee, day-dreaming, dancing for no reason at all, playing with the voices in her head, watching her favorite shows (Originals, Grey’s, OUAT, The Following), listening to music, and reminding herself to “breathe.”
Connect with Kate Givans:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8304451.Kate_Givans

Blog: http://authorkategivans.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorkategivans?ref_type=bookmark

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KateGivans

Excerpt

I made my way out into the store, taking my time as I browed the narrow aisles. I flipped through the small music collection. I’d never been a fan of Country Classics, but it was about the only thing you could find in hole-in-the-wall fill stations out here. I moved to the maps of Kansas, Texas, Arkansas and Missouri. Thumbing through them, I wondered just how different one Midwest state really is from the next. After that, I made my way down the aisle of strange gas station knick knacks, hats, knives and t-shirts. I took my time to look at everything, but wasn’t really looking for anything in particular. I just needed to pass some time.

“Can I help ya’ find somethin’, sugar?” Loletta called from behind the counter.

That was my cue.

I headed over to the coffee station, grabbed a cup, and filled it with half dark roast and half hot chocolate. As I made my way to the register, I snagged a bag of peanuts and a couple cans of ravioli, taking care to not spill hot liquid down my front. As she rang up my purchase, I did my best to avoid staring at the mid-40’s cashier. I doubted anyone had ever told her that all that blue and red makeup made her look like a clown, but I certainly wasn’t going to be the one to break the news.

“That’ll be $6.85, sugar,” she said with a loud snap of her gum.

Not bothering with the small chat, I pulled out a ten dollar bill. I was just about to hand it over when I heard a familiar voice. I couldn’t tell what it had said, but the breezy, tinkling sound registered instantly. Only, it sounded like something was wrong.

Craning my neck towards the exit, I tried to see what all the commotion was about, but the backside of a police officer obstructed my view. I found myself being pulled in the direction of the doorway, but I wasn’t sure why.

“Hey!” Loletta called from behind me. “Ain’t ya gonna pay for your stuff?”

“I…uh…forgot something,” I answered over my shoulder, dismissing her with a distracted wave of my hand as I made my way closer to the last aisle of the store. When I rounded the large display of magazines, my suspicions were confirmed. It was her, the girl that had tormented my thoughts for days.

Willow.

Grabbing a magazine from the display rack, I opened it and pretended to read while eavesdropping on the conversation happening just a few feet away from me. At first, I was worried that she’d notice me, but her watery blue eyes were fixed on the officer in front of her as she gnawed at her bottom lip, strands of hair clinging to her tear-stained cheeks.

She looked like a little girl standing next to the six-odd food Officer Warren. She even sounded a little like one when she spoke. “I wasn’t stealing, I swear.”

But Officer Warren didn’t seem convinced. “Look, Miss, we can do this the easy way or the hard way. The easy way, you come with me quietly. The hard way…” He uncrossed his arms, brushing the shiny metal handcuffs attached to his side.

I didn’t think. I just reacted. “Excuse me, Officer?”

He hesitated for just a moment, as if afraid Willow might flee if he took her eyes off of her – not that she could with his massive frame blocking the doorway. He was so tall that even I cowered a bit when he finally turned his head in my direction, a strained smile plastered on his face.

“Josh?”

“Sorry to interrupt, but um…she’s with me.”

Turning the rest of his body towards me, he cocked a suspecting eyebrow and returned his chubby arms to their former location – his massive chest. “You know this girl?” He jutted a thumb in Willow’s direction.

“Yes, sir. I do,” I responded without hesitation, hoping he couldn’t see how hard I was working at swallowing the massive lump of fear in my throat.

He gave a low grunt. “Well, maybe you can tell me why she felt the need to lift a box of tampons.”

I shot Willow a quick glance over the officer’s shoulder, looking for the validity of his statement. Pleading blue eyes, guilt-ridden face, and a pink box of feminine products tucked under her arm said it all.What had I gotten myself into?

 

Playlist:

Shinedown, Save Me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8dyxGiBx3g
The Fray, You Found Me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFg_8u87zT0
Get Scared, Built for Blame: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k82La8Lkra8
3 Doors Down, So Far Down: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDK5qGlLT8s
Bush, Greedy Fly: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FExyoAh6Ng
Nickleback, Savin’ Me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JQiEs32SqQ
Stone Sour, Bother: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-pXD0FXLQ8
Papa Roach, Scars: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHbNU9WuVgw
The Fray, How to Save a Life: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjVQ36NhbMk
Coldplay, Fix You: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbJuEFs7-kU
Imagine Dragons, Demons: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWRsgZuwf_8&feature=kp
Jasmine Thomspon, Everybody Hurts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWGL3SbhLDQ
Seether, Fade Away: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNgQr_FdZvE
Goo Goo Dolls, Before It’s Too Late: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtSAIhP1-5s
Sick Puppies, All the Same: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cs72v-2zjsg
John Legend, All of Me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=450p7goxZqg
Hoobastank, Lucky: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0M1lhBLbeU
Adelitas Way, Alive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRs-1QVo4_M&feature=kp
Evanescence, Bring Me to Life: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YxaaGgTQYM
Little Green Cars, The John Wayne: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJEVkuNsEi0
Breaking Benjamin, Diary of Jane: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWaB4PXCwFU
Fireflight, Desperate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQctVDvIFWg
Lynard Skynard, Free Bird: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=np0solnL1XY
Goo Goo Dolls, Here is Gone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNtN83-vQmw
3 Doors Down, Let Me Go: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thc1MtNagC8
The Fray, Never Say Never: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aihu16RyYp8Art of Dying, Die Trying: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFlVi9MHpDc

AUTHOR Q&A

Author Q &A:
What made you decide you wanted to be a writer?

Deep down, I think I’ve always known. I started reading at four. When I was seven, I wrote my first book. It was a short, adorable little thing that I wrote for my mom. Along the way, I lost sight of that – maybe it was the responsibility of being a mom, or the idea that I was supposed to grow up and do the responsibility thing. Whatever the case, it kind of got buried in day to day life. Then, after my mother passed away, I found my book in her things. It all came flooding back, but again, I tossed it aside, figuring it was just too late. It wasn’t until I met my best friend that all that changed. I learned about Indie publishing and fell in love instantly.

How would you describe your books, in a nutshell?

Dark, twisty, angsty, with a lot of heart and a peppering of romance. That may change as I go along, but it definitely fits most of my current writing.

What has been your biggest struggle when it comes to writing and publishing?

I have to say my biggest struggle has been believing in myself enough to actually do it. At first, I wasn’t really sure I could tell a story that anyone else would enjoy. Plus, I’ve always been oversensitive, so the fear of rejection kind of kept me frozen for a few years. Thankfully, I’ve had some pretty amazing people in my life that believed in me until I could do it for myself.

Where do you draw your writing inspiration from?

Honestly, there’s not any one place that I find inspiration. It’s more of a conglomeration of personal experience, music, cinema, pop culture, books, and random ideas that seem to come out of nowhere. Each piece of the puzzle seems to play its own little role in the writing process for me.

Do you share any traits, characteristics, or traits with any of your characters?

Admittedly, I do. While each and every one of them is different, I find that I share certain struggles, personality traits, or nuances with most of my characters. And in so many ways, they teach me lessons about myself. I learn from them – the things they endure and somehow manage to overcome, the truths that they come to see and believe about the world around them or themselves. It’s a very interesting process, to say the least.

Do you have any favorite authors?

I do! But I have entirely too many to mention! Not just because I don’t want to exclude anyone, but also because I don’t read just one particular genre of book. I have my dark and twisty, contemporary, my guilty erotica reads, romance, zombies…needless to say, I’m extremely eclectic in my reading tastes.

Jul 24

Chapter One…

Or, even better, how about ALL the chapters of the next Dream Series book?  Or, at least, the chapter titles.  I’ve got them figured out for the whole book.  As usual with these books, I’m using movie and TV titles for the chapter titles.  In some cases, the plot of the movie or show actually matches what’s going on in the chapter.  Sometimes it’s just the title of the movie, even though the actual plot couldn’t be farther from what’s going on in the book.  I’ll leave it to you to imagine which is which…

Prologue: Halloween

Chapter 1: A Very Long Engagement

Chapter 2: Flying Blind

Chapter 3: Sunday in New York

Chapter 4: Ellen

Chapter 5: The Ring

Chapter 6: Will and Grace

Chapter 7: Boeing Boeing

Chapter 8: Confessions of a Shopaholic

Chapter 9: Mona Lisa Smile

Chapter 10: Midnight in Paris

Chapter 11: Missing

Chapter 12: Houseboat

Chapter 13: Grace Under Fire

Chapter 14: The Talk

Chapter 15: The Last Time I Saw Paris

Chapter 16: The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Epilogue: Executive Suite

 

And there you go!

Jul 23

Author Spotlight – L.A. Remenicky and “Invisible”

I’ve got another fantastic author to introduce to you.  Say hi to L.A. Remenicky!

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L.A. Remenicky is a forty-something wife and mother of three fur kids.  She has been an avid reader as long as she can remember.  She used to disappear with a book when it was time to do dishes or clear the table.

She reads all genres, but her favorites are romance and horror.  She started out reading Nancy Drew and quickly graduated to adult romances.  Her favorite romance is “Moonraker’s Bride” by Madeline Brent.

Her favorite author is Stephen King – She loves how he can weave a story and characters together.

She only started writing recently after thinking about it for years, signing up for NANOWRIMO in 2012 and winning.

You can follow her all over the Innertubes: at her website, on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Goodreads and at her Amazon Author Page.

And here’s her novel, “Invisible”

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They found each other.  Then the killer found them.

Detective Jackson “Jax” McKenna walks into a psychologist’s office and finds that the doctor bears a striking resemblance to his first love, Lainie, who disappeared ten years ago after their disastrous first date ended in violence.

Dr. Elizabeth Parker is really Elaine Wilson, Jax’s Lainie.  She’s been in hiding since the night that changed both their lives.  Jax discovers the truth when the killer lets Lainie know he’s found her.  When Jax and Lainie go on the run to keep Lainie safe, old feelings resurface as the killer threatens their lives.  Can Jax save Lainie and help her stay Invisible?

And you can buy it, right now, at:

Amazon (Kindle or Paperback)

Amazon UK

Barnes & Noble\

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Or, you can add it to your Goodreads TBR: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20411332-invisible

 

L.A.’s provided us with an excerpt to whet your appetite for the book, too…

“Dr. Parker? Your four o’clock appointment is here.” Sheila’s announcement made me jump and when I looked at the clock, I realized how much time had passed while I was deep in thought. This was the last appointment of the week, and I was ready for a couple of days off to unwind.

I shuffled the papers on my desk and found the new patient file I’d been reading when Sheila called. The file included official documents from police department internal affairs for a psychological evaluation. I’ve seen several of these orders over the years. It’s protocol whenever an active officer is wounded in the line of duty and is required before they’re allowed to return to work. I reached for the folder and pressed the intercom button. “Sheila, please send him in as soon as he’s filled out the insurance paperwork. Thank you.”

Sheila knew to give me a few extra minutes to allow time to limp to the conversation area to set the stage and sit in my customary spot. I preferred not to begin sessions with the inevitable questions about my own disability. The people who came to see me were in need of my expertise and compassion. It was all about their healing, not mine.

The name on the file folder, J. McKenna, gave me a chill. He was wounded in the line of duty, shot by a bank robbery suspect. Seeing the name reminded me of where I came from and why I was in hiding. I pushed the memories down. I’m not that person anymore. That person doesn’t exist. It wasn’t necessary to touch the locket underneath my sweater as a reminder, but it had become a nervous habit. The locket was the only thing I kept from that life.

The door opened, and Sheila showed my patient in and as my eyes met his, my heart stopped for what seemed like hours. After reading the file, I was afraid of this. How many Jackson McKennas could there be? The hair is shorter, and the face is older, but it’s him, I would know those eyes anywhere. Jackson McKenna. He was my first love and indirectly the reason I have to use a cane to walk farther than across the room.

I cleared my throat and stood, reaching out to shake his hand as I would with any new patient, hoping he didn’t recognize me.

“I’m Dr. Parker. Please make yourself comfortable, Officer McKenna, and we can get started.”

When I realized his right arm was in a sling, I dropped mine back to my side. I picked up my notepad and pen, hoping he didn’t see the way my hands were shaking.

“It’s actually Detective, not Officer.”

He sat on the couch across from me and looked at me with those hazel eyes that have haunted my dreams for ten years, and then he shook his head.

“You remind me of someone I used to know a long time ago.”

 

 

 

Jul 22

Indie Author Spotlight – Josephine McNabb and “Fire and Fangs”

I’ve got another great indie author for you to meet today.  Say hello to Josephine McNabb!

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My bio – I’m twenty-three and I’m from Northern Ireland.I have two brothers and I grew up on a farm. I am currently in university and I’ll admit the books aren’t as interesting as the ones I choose to read. I’ve always read growing up, my mother used to read stories to me all the time. I decided to write my first book about a year and a half ago without really realising that it was going to turn into a whole book. I’m in the process of editing book 2 and looking forward to starting book 3.

 

You can follow Josephine on Facebook!

And here’s her book…

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No one knows that they are living alongside the creatures that horror stories are made of…
Danni Malone grew up fighting monsters and catching rogues. She keeps her powers hidden and is desperate to live a normal life with her boyfriend Greg. 
Keri Jenkins joined the Paranormal Division of the Government after a horrific incident that left her orphaned.
Both of these women are thrown together to catch the person trying to kill the influential Vampire Nest Master Damon. They move in with him and pose as his new security, dealing with threats and assassination attempts.
Will they catch the would-be-killer in time?
Will they be able to save the supernatural community from disaster?
Or will these women lose everything?

You can buy it on Amazon or at Amazon UK.

And I’ve also got a great interview with Josephine…

Who is your favorite author? 
That’s a hard one, Ilona Andrews, just beating Kresley Cole by a millimeter.
 
How do you describe your writing style? 
No idea! It just goes from my head to my fingers. I tend to write things in detail and give it a dramatic flare. I write to affect. 
 
Why should we read your book? 
Its a book that keeps you hooked, I know when I was writing it I was hooked! There’s plenty of action and suspense as well as a love story (or two). The whole book is focused around who is trying to kill Nest Master Damon and the struggles that Danni and Keri encounter while trying to protect him. 
 
Have any of your characters been modeled after yourself? 
I don’t think they are entirely. Maybe Danni’s temper is a bit like mine, like how ‘The Heat’ manifests her temper and anger physically. 
 
If you could exchange lives with any of your characters for a day which character would you choose and why? 
Well it would have to be Danni, just so that I could have the cool powers and be able to shoot a bow. 
 
What books have most influenced your life? 
As I’ve said, Kresley Cole’s Immortals after Dark was a huge series for me that I still follow. I think Danielle and Gareth’s book was the one that got to me the most. 
 
If you could select one book that you could rewrite and add your own unique twist on, which book would that be and why? 
Harry Portter, just so that I could make Hermione ask Voldemort if he ever considered drawing on eyebrows. 
 
Beatles or Monkees? 
Neither
 
Why? 
Not my kind of music. I’m a country girl. 
 
Who should play you in a film of your life?
Jessica Alba even though she looks nothing like me. And I wish I was that tall. 

 

Jul 21

Dream Vacation update

Just checking in…

The new book is at a little over 33,000 words, with 6 chapters and change written.  So 10 chapters and 40-50,000 words to go.  This might end up being the shortest book of the series (unless something changes as I’m writing, which is always possible!).  The book after that, “Shattered Dream,” will probably end up being longer (and a heck of a lot darker, too).

Jul 21

Indie Author Spotlight – Lyndi Lamont

I’ve got a great author for you today – Lyndi Lamont, and she’s thrilled because she’s a part of a fantastic new box set with several other romance authors…

Lyndi Lamont is the racy alter ego of author Linda McLaughlin, who writes historical and Regency Romance. Since becoming Lyndi Lamont, she has discovered that writing sexy romance is a license to be naughty, at least between the pages of a book.

Find her online at:

Website http://lindalyndi.com

Facebook http://www.facebook.com/LyndiLamont

Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/LyndiLamont

Google+ https://plus.google.com/u/0/+LyndiLamont/

Twitter https://twitter.com/LyndiLamont

 

Here’s the box set, featuring Lyndi…

Romance Super Bundle II: Second Chances

by Dale Mayer, Donna Marie Rogers, Stacey Joy Netzel, Amy Gamet, Edie Ramer, Lois Winston, Pamela Fryer, Georgina Lee, Kate Kelly, Wendy Ely and Lyndi Lamont

Now available for only 99 cents (US) and featuring NY Times, USA Today, Amazon & B&N bestselling authors!

A lonesome cowboy, a heartbroken widower, a spurned bride-to-be, an unexpected pregnancy, intrigue, murder and more…485,000 words/nearly 2000 pages of heroes and heroines in need of second chances in eleven romantic stories.

 

Buy it at:

Amazon US: http://amzn.com/B00LH382SQ

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00LH382SQ

Amazon DE: http://www.amazon.de/dp/B00LH382SQ

All Romance eBooks: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-romancesuperbundleiisecondchances-1562474-166.html

BN/ Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/romance-super-bundle-ii-amy-gamet/1119912653

Kobo http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/romance-super-bundle-ii-second-chances

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/454767

apple iBookstore: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/romance-super-bundle-ii-second/id896143703?mt=11&uo=4

Add to your shelf at Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22663871-romance-super-bundle-ii

Stories included in the set:

Second Chances—Dale Mayer

Go ahead. Take Charge of your life. Move forward…if you can…

Changing her future means letting go of her past. Karina heads to a weekend seminar to do try to do just that. But she soon realizes bigger issues are facing her…

And one of them is deadly…

The Perfect Blend—Donna Marie Rogers

Carrie is on the verge of bankruptcy when Matt walks in and offers her unwanted business advice. The rich playboy fled L.A. for the anonymity of small town life and quickly falls for the local coffee shop owner—who’s as infuriating as she is beautiful.

The Heart of the Matter—Stacey Joy Netzel

Heartbroken she can’t have kids, Allie keeps her distance when Rick moves home with an adorable 4 yr old son who’s as hard to resist as his father. Does she dare take a chance on an impossible dream, or will his desire for more kids devastate their future?

Meghan’s Wish—Amy Gamet

Meghan O’Connor returns to the family she ran away from as a teenager, afraid they won’t forgive her for leaving town with Liam Wheaton, the boy they tried so hard to keep her away from and the father of her baby. She never expected to find Liam living there, looking sexier than ever and mad as all hell.

Mo’s Heart (Miracle Interrupted, Book 5)—Edie Ramer

Mo Vincent did the right thing in New Jersey, and it cost him his son, his wife, his restaurant. Now he’s found a home in Miracle, Wisconsin. He should be content…but his heart wants what he can’t have…

Hooking Mr. Right—Lois Winston

A failure at relationships, Thea is secretly a bestselling romance guru. Luke is pursued by women using her books to snare him. When they meet, he thinks he’s finally found an honest woman, but Thea’s got more secrets than the CIA. Can a butt-ugly cat named Cupid play matchmaker?

The Lost Finder—Pamela Fryer

The first halfway decent guy to come along in eons…and he’s from another planet.

Private Investigator Brooke Weaver hopes she can slip into her Oregon hometown, find her client’s missing teenage daughter, and be on her way again before anyone notices. Not likely.

Cape of Secrets—Georgina Lee

Marika Host lands a dream summer job helping renowned archeologist Sir William write his memoirs, exposing years of secrets. His son Derrick adds romance to her summer. But when Sir William is murdered, Marika realizes some secrets are best kept buried.

Shattered—Kate Kelly

Failing to save his sister’s life, Jay Rawlings insists he be left alone to live the lonesome cowboy life. But when the woman he once loved returns to his ranch with a killer and the police in hot pursuit, Jay has to face the demons from his past.

In His Embrace—Wendy Ely

When life’s glow threatens to die, love guides the way.

Tori expected an ordinary Friday. It wasn’t. Ben’s hand rested on her hip a little longer during their goodbye. Then her tests came back abnormal. Scared and alone, she wishes for Ben’s hand to hold. Can he make it back to her in time?

How To Woo…A Reluctant Bride—Lyndi Lamont

A marriage of convenience, nothing more…until darkly handsome Evan Channing and demure Lydia Blatchford meet. The rules are simple for such an arrangement. No expectations, no illusions of anything more. But the rules are about to change…

Excerpt from How To Woo…A Reluctant Bride—Lyndi Lamont, steamy Victorian romance:

She licked her lips then plunged ahead. “I know how these things work. Arranged marriages, that is. I won’t expect fidelity from you.”

His shocked expression surprised her. “Is that what you think, Lydia? That I’m marrying you with the intention of cheating on you?”

“Perhaps not now,” she said. “But in a few years… It’s not as if ours is a love match. I won’t cut up a fuss if you decide to take a mistress. As long as you are discreet.”

“How very… sophisticated of you,” he said, his tone dry enough to parch a desert.

She took a deep breath before continuing. “And once I’ve produced the requisite heir and spare, I assume I’ll be free to seek my pleasure elsewhere.”

The thunderous look on his face startled her and she stepped back.

“You will do no such thing,” he said fiercely, reaching for her. “Ours may not be a love match now, but I fully intend to see it turns into one.”

With that, he pulled her into his embrace, trapping her arms between them as his encircled her shoulders and waist.

Covering her mouth with his, he kissed her with a heady combination of passion and anger. Her resistance crumbled in the face of his onslaught. She clutched at his lapels and returned his kiss, even parting her lips when his tongue probed them. Overwhelmed by the sensations his lips provoked, she let her eyes drift shut as she clung to him.

When he let her go, he was still visibly upset. “There will be no more talk of infidelity. Have I made myself clear, Lydia?”

 

Here’s an interview with Lyndi…

Q: Who is your favorite author?

A: Mary Jo Putney. I love her historical romances and think I’ve read all of them.

Q: How do you describe your writing style? Use no more than two sentences.

A: I’d say formal but not flowery.

Q: Why should we read your book?

A: Well, since this is a boxed set, you’re getting a lot of bang for your buck minus one cent! Bundles are a great way to sample new authors.

Q: Have any of your characters been modeled after yourself?

I think there are bits of me in most of my female characters. Like Lydia in How To Woo… A Reluctant Bride, I was a bit of a wallflower when I was young, so it was fun to give her an eager groom and a happy ending.

Q: If you could exchange lives with any of your characters for a day which character would you choose and why?

A: Princess Ilona from Ilona’s Wolf: A Fairy Tale Romance. Ilona has magical powers, including telekinesis. That would come in handy when I leave my glasses or car keys on the other side of the room!

Q: What books have most influenced your life?

As a child, I loved Little Women by Louisa May Alcott and read it numerous times. Another book I loved is The Witch of Blackbird Pond. That’s the book that made me decide I wanted to write historical romance. Later, it was the works of Jane Austen.

Q: If you could select one book that you could rewrite and add your own unique twist on, which book would that be and why?

A: Forever Amber by Kathleen Winsor. I read it last year, and while the book was for the most part meticulously researched and rich in detail, I despised Amber. Not because she was sexually promiscuous but because she was a terrible person. I was hoping to see some kind of character arc as the book progressed, but she was still just as shallow and self-absorbed at the end as at the beginning, if not more so.

Q: Beatles or Monkees? Why?

A: The Beatles, because they were so creative and innovative, and their music will live forever. I liked the Monkees, but the group created and brought together by a recording studio, so not innovative at all.

Q: Who should play you in a film of your life?

A: Mayim Bialik (Amy Farrah Fowler on The Big Bang Theory)

 

Thanks for hosting me on your blog, James.

 

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Jul 14

Book of the Day!

DREAM STUDENT is the Book of the Day today at Ereader News Today – please hop on over and check it out:

http://ereadernewstoday.com/book-of-the-day-dream-student/6745749

Jul 13

Sneak Peek Sunday

It’s Sneak Peek Sunday!  Dozens of great authors (including me!) have sneak peeks of their work for you this morning…you can follow the link to see them.  And you can see what I’ve got for you, right here.

DREAM CHILD is the third book in the Dream Series, and here’s a sneak peek from the prologue, where Sara learns something very troubling about her daughter:

Sara looks down, and she’s surprised to see her belly rather than her feet.  She had no idea she would get this big this fast.  It wasn’t like this the last time, with Lizzie, she thinks.  But then, she reminds herself, Lizzie was just one – this time it’s two.

Sara walks into Lizzie’s room, where her daughter is sitting up in her bed, playing with a very old, very ratty stuffed rabbit. 

“Lizzie, honey?  Mommy needs to talk to you,” Sara says, and Lizzie sets Mister Pennington aside and looks up.  Sara sees her own eyes staring at her, something that she wonders if she’ll ever get used to.  She sits down on the bed, pats Lizzie on the head.  “You know your friend Marnie?”  Lizzie continues to look intently at Sara and nods her head up and down several times.  “You know how she has a baby brother?”  Lizzie continues to nod, not breaking eye contact with Sara.  Sara wonders if this was how she was with her mother.

She’s about to continue when someone else walks into Lizzie’s room.  Sara turns, but she knows before she does who she’ll see, and she knows – even though she’s never experienced this side of it before – exactly what’s going on.

Her daughter stands in the doorway, looking at Sara and another version of herself as well.  Sara doesn’t say anything; she doesn’t want to scare Lizzie.  Lizzie looks at herself briefly, but the image of herself seems to hold no interest.  She focuses on Sara, concentrating all her three-year-old attention span on her mother. 

“You’re so big, Mommy!”

 

***

 

Where’s Lizzie?  She was standing in the doorway.  She was – oh, my God.

She was seeing – she was inside – she saw me dreaming.  She’s got it just like I do.

AND, it’s on sale right now for $0.99:

Find it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Audible Audiobook!

 

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