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  • Go on a blind date

    I so wanted to make the title of this post “Can I dance with your dates?” but I didn’t because I feel like not a lot of people will get that reference.

    Everything here is cancelled, which means I’m stuck in a house with three other people for at least nine days (but probably more like 21). I don’t do well without alone time. Did I check the supply of Drambuie the moment the text saying the schools were closed came through? Yes. Yes, I did.

    Along with day drinking and fending off small humans and a husband, I’m writing. Having all the aforementioned people in the house adds a new level of excitement while writing sexy times.

    But I digress. This post is actually to let you know that I’m running a giveaway! Yay free books! There will be 11 winners. You can get extra entries when people use your social media link to sign up.

    Good luck and remember: even a blind squirrel finds a nut now and again.

  • New release!

    This hunka hunka alien love is now available on Amazon (and in Kindle Unlimited)! Kiran was so much fun to write, I’m already working on another one. Here’s the blurb:

    Go to space, they said. It’ll be an adventure, they said. They had no idea.

    Cora’s boring job as a lab tech on board the space station Shangris is interrupted when two ships fall out of hyperspace and put Earth smack in the middle of an intergalactic war. She’s not sure which side she should be on, but the built-like-a-brick-house blue warrior who rescues her from the crumbling station could be more evil than Hannibal Lecter and she might not care. Especially if he’s in to eating people. But not in the creepy way.

    The Talia’s captain ordered Kiran and his team to search the damaged station for survivors, and kill any Scovid he might find. The squid-like humanoids were known for using more primitive races for barbaric experiments. The Talia was tailing this particular ship when they jumped blindly into an unknown sector of the galaxy. With Ka’atari mates being as rare as a three-headed givuthde, he never dreamed his would be one of the survivors.

    Things get even more complicated when another hyperspace jump, an unruly alien pet, and politicians get involved.

    Hunka hunka blue alien love, action packed, steamy sci-fi romance. This is a stand alone novella with a guaranteed happily ever after and no cliffhangers.

    I don’t know how Covid-19 is affecting y’all, but here they’ve just closed the schools for the next week and told the husband to work from home for two weeks.

    We’re going to be holed up like a bunch of hermits, which is fine with me since I’m already 85% a recluse, but the kids and husband are going to go stir crazy.

    I expect there’ll be some day drinking going on. And reading, of course. Like most, I have an impressive TBR list, but if you have recommendations, send them my way.

    Stay safe and let’s hope the curve flattens soon.

  • Thank you, Ms. Lindsey

    The first news I saw when I woke up this morning announced the passing of Johanna Lindsey after a long battle with lung cancer.

    Like many romance writers of my generation, I was drawn into the genre by her stories. I fell in love with her characters, and point to Tender Rebel and Anthony as the reason I fell headlong into romance. My dream to become a writer crystalized with that book. She was my gateway drug.

    At one time I had paperback copies of every book she wrote. During our last move, I pared my collection drastically and only about fifteen remain. Over time I lost favor with her stories as readers often do and moved on to other authors. I still love those first romances, as troublesome as they might be. She was a product of her time and the bodice ripper trope makes an appearance a time or two and there are certainly infamous scenes among her works. (The utterly ridiculous sex on a horse in Savage Thunder made me laugh out loud even as a sixteen year old.) People like to point to her as both the lauded mother of the genre and an example of how problematic it can be.

    I’m aware of all the issues, but none of that matters to me right now. Right now, I’m incredibly sad to have lost a person who made an incredible impact on me.

    Thank you, Ms. Lindsey, for helping me find my voice as a woman and a writer.

  • A Tiny Present

    My tiny little present to you is a playlist of some of my favorite Christmas/holiday songs. Some are traditional favorites with a twist, others aren’t traditional at all. I hope you enjoy them!

     

  • Thankful place setting

    Do you even turkey, bro?

    I don’t know what’s happening here, but the turkey looks rightfully concerned.

    If you’re in the US, and you celebrate, happy Thanksgiving! I’m doing this a day early because tomorrow I’ll be sleeping in and then cooking one side dish for our small family get together. My brother is hosting, so most of the cooking is on him and my sister-in-law.

    If you’re heading to a get together that could get awkward, or even ugly, remember Captain Awkward has some great scripts so you can be prepared. I’ve linked to the family category, but all her stuff is amazing. Truly the no bullshit advice columnist we all need. Also, take care of you.

    If you aren’t in the US, you should totally try some green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, and pecan pie.

    In either case, have a great day! If you can’t think of anything to be grateful for, remember that I’m grateful for you.

  • October!

    October is my favorite month. Not only is it home to my favorite holiday Halloween, it’s also the month of my birthday, my mom’s birthday and my anniversary. October is full of good things for me. I even (inadvertently) have Halloween cats!

    Agent Floofy Buttkins and Rorschach. It's so far proven impossible to get a good picture of them both at the same time.
    So big good things in October. I also tend to reexamine goals and set new ones. Refresh and hit the reset button. This October, I’m hitting the reset button on my writing. Not entirely, but I’m giving my books and newsletter a makeover and adding a few secrets for subscribers.
     
    Along with all that, I still need to get some pumpkins and run to Costco for candy. Our neighborhood is hit or miss for big numbers of trick-or-treaters. Some years we run out early, and some years we’re eating fun-sized candy bars well past Christmas.
     
    I’m not sure I’ll have time to make a new costume this year, and right now, both kids are saying they don’t want to trick-or-treat, which makes me sad. I’m hoping they change their minds. Even if they don’t want to troll the neighborhood for candy, they have fun handing it out to the kids who visit our house.
     
    The critters are covered since I picked up a cardboard haunted house with a scratcher floor for the cats and a skeleton sweatshirt for the dog at Aldi. Their “finds” section gets me every time.
     

    What are you dressing up as for Halloween?

  • This keeps happening

    Meet Rorschach.*

    I actually do have book type things to tell you, but first: cat.

    Sterling, my sweet summer child, ended up being very, very sick. He would sneeze in fits, the end of his nose was torn up, and his lymph nodes were swollen. Just about every 30 days we were giving him the FIV/FeLV combo test, and the third one came back positive for FeLV. Unlike FIV, where infected cats can live normal, happy and healthy lives, feline leukemia virus is a bitch of a disease. Unfortunately, Sterling’s infection progressed rapidly into lymphoma and his quality of life tanked.

    I am so grateful to have given him a home for four months where he was loved and lavished with affection. He certainly gave me years worth of love in return.

    Out of that sadness came more love! Though I have had tuxedos, Rorschach is my first all black cat. Along with Agent Floofy Buttkins, I can say I have Halloween cats. 🙂 I brought him home yesterday and as you can see, he’s settling in quite nicely.

    If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, prepare to be inundated with (more) pictures of all three animal writing assistants.

    And now the book stuff!

    If you haven’t grabbed a 99c copy of Brimstone Born or Born of Ashes yet, be sure to get one before the weekend is over! Monday morning they will go back to their regular price ($2.99).

    You’ll also want to get signed up for my newsletter (handy box is on the upper right ➹) so you can gain access to the new secrets page. All sorts of fun stuff is going there, like free short stories, world maps, character lists, behind the scenes pictures and info… basically it’s your all-access pass to insider goodies.

    Hermann Rorschach c.1910

    * I totally had to look up how to spell Hermann Rorschach’s name correctly and in so doing, saw a picture of him. I’d always pictured some stodgy old dude with a creepy mustache (totally looking at you Nietzsche), but as befits my handsome boy, he is actually a historical hottie.

  • Team Building/Born of Ashes updates

    With the Born of Ashes release approaching quickly (preorders will be available May 7th!) I decided to put together an ARC team. Read all about it and apply to join on the oh-so-cleverly titled ARC team page.

    I’ll be sending ARCs of Brimstone Born first, with reviews due on May 13th. Those team members who’d like to continue the series will then be sent an ARC of Born of Ashes.

    To get you all caught up before Born of Ashes releases, Brimstone Born will go on sale for $.99 on May 11th.

    TL;DR:

    • Join the ARC team!
    • Preorders for Born of Ashes available May 7th, with the release date set for May 14th.
    • Brimstone Born available for $.99 for a limited time starting May 11th.
  • Finished the Cover!

    I’m pretty pleased with how the cover for Born of Ashes, empyrean book 2, has turned out. I wish she featured more prominently, but my feedback crew (and I) didn’t like the way it looked with Arathusa’s wings not fully visible. Even so I think she looks pretty badass.

    Now I’m working on the blurb for the back cover. Summarizing a ~70,000 word book into ~100 words that gives you an idea what it’s about without spoiling the whole story is hard. It’s honestly the hardest part of the whole process for me.

    I’m also working on maps to include in this and future empyrean series books. You’ll be traveling to a few more realms you didn’t visit in Brimstone Born, and I think a map might be helpful. Once the Empyrean map is finished I plan to make them for each individual realm as well. I’ll be putting those up on the Super Secret Page of Awesome as they’re finished (gain access to that by signing up for the newsletter ~>).

    What do you think, is there anything that needs tweaking on the cover? Let me know!

  • Too many stories…

    As my editor scalpels Born of Ashes with red ink I’ve been trying to decide which series to start next. (Empyrean book 3 is already underway, but sometimes to keep the word fires burning I need to switch to a different story for a bit.)

    Since I have a horrible aversion to making decisions, I will put it to you.

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    P.S. I kind of love my cow. I’ve named him Herman. I’ll have to work Herman into the story somehow. Anybody know why aliens abduct cows anyway? Seriously, why is it always a cow?