Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween 2012


Tonight I'm taking the Mini Beast to my parents' house so he can go to their church social. They're having a Halloween festival with costumes, games, food, and candy - all that jazz. It's safer than going door to door, so I'm all for it.

Later, I'm going to do tarot readings for a few friends using the Halloween Tarot deck (by Kipling West), then I'm going to probably set the laundry going, have some wine, and work on Twilight's Edge. My goal is to have that book out as soon as possible. I hope to have it out this year, but I've only just found an editor to take it on. Once I send it there, I'm going to hire a friend to do the formatting for me. My primary concern with it right now is focus on the rewrites.

Tomorrow is the start of NaNoWriMo, and I'm still on the fence about whether I want to commit myself to that right now. I'll probably go ahead and bash out 2k. But it will be interesting to see how far I get with a NaNo project, since I have other commitments I'm facing.

That's all for now. Whatever your plans for tonight, I hope you have a safe and happy Halloween!

Monday, October 29, 2012

New Release Available Today : Hungry for Love

Hungry for Love is available today! 

Coming Together: Hungry for Love is a collection of zombie-themed erotic fiction edited by the fabulous Sommer Marsden. Sales proceeds benefit the American Diabetes Association.

Adult-content warning: This book is intended for readers over the age of 18. Contains content that may offend sensitive readers.


  • Little Deaths (Cora Zane) 
  • My Name is Brighton (Alana Noel Voth) 
  • Dead in the Water (Lynn Townsend)
  • Head Full of Zombie (Alison Tyler)
  •  Zombie Apocalypse: First Responder (Kissa Starling) 
  • You Look Better Dead (Jeffrey L. Shipley) 
  • Zombie Goddess (Sadey Quinn) 
  • Dark Hunger ( Erzabet Bishop)
  • Love Never Dies (t'Sade)
  • Meat (Bobby Diabolus)
  • Annie Morgan (Armand Rosamilia)
  • Queer Zombie Disco (Kirsty Logan)
  • The Tenderest Meat (Elise Hepner) 
  • Last Man on Earth (Blacksilk) 
  • Zombie Factory (Kiki Howell) 
  • Screen Siren (Annabeth Leong) 
  • You Make a Dead Man Come ( Sommer Marsden) 

BUY LINKS: 
Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/249587

Amazon Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Coming-Together-Hungry-Love-ebook/dp/B009YA7XYS/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1351558992&sr=8-2&keywords=Sommer+Marsden+Hungry+for+Love

Amazon (Paperback Edition): http://www.amazon.com/Coming-Together-Hungry-Sommer-Marsden/dp/1479125571/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1351558992&sr=8-1&keywords=Sommer+Marsden+Hungry+for+Love

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Jake the Dog, and Current Projects

Jake the brindle pup.
We were watching John
Carpenter's The Thing.
  
I know, I know... I've missed a lot of blogging days. There's been so much going on, I had to make some concessions. I let the blogging schedule go while adjusting to hubby working out of state, and Mini being out of school for fall break.

Also, there's a new puppy in the house, a mixed brindle pup. Mini named him Jake after the dog on Adventure Time, which somehow seems to fit the puppy's bubbly personality. Jake's definitely a handful - basically he's a furry toddler who likes to chew on furniture and pee in doorways.

He requires a lot of extra attention, and keep in mind, he's not the only pet in the house. There's SassiePup and KippityCat, and I'm trying to give each animal a daily dose of individual attention so they don't feel threatened by Jake's sudden appearance in the household.

Doggy sitting won't be so time consuming once Jake is out of the puppy phase. Until then, this is a learning process for all of us.

For now, Jake's gradually adjusting to the household schedule, and I'm grateful he's a good pup who is already sleeping through the night. That saves me from walking the puppy at two in the morning. Because if you take one doggy outside, you have to take both, which means I'd have to put SassiePup on the leash and haul her outside, too.

Anyway, on to writing, I'm working on a second draft of one story, and I'm brainstorming for a paranormal novel. I'm still on the fence about whether or not to join NaNo this year. The past two months have been crazy busy, and I'm not sure I want to put that kind of pressure on myself right now. I've already got two stories I have to polish and submit by the end of the year, and I'm determined to kick Twilight's Edge out the door as soon as possible. So, I'm pretty much booked on writing projects through January. As always, I'll be sharing news about the progress of my projects as I work on them.

Next week, the Hungry for Love anthology is being released. Zombies for Halloween? Yes, please! I'll have more about that very soon. Until then, I hope you have a great week. Happy reading! :o)

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Just Breathe

It's been a stressful week, and my household is all out of sorts right now. Even so, I'm trying my best to cope with the changes while still making time to write. 

Mini is home for fall break until Monday, and early this morning hubby took off for Arkansas. He's starting a job today that is supposed to last for five weeks. As you can probably imagine, any pretense at a normal household schedule is completely out the window at this point.

Add to that, two days ago, a puppy showed up on our doorstep and moved in with us. He's spindly-legged and loves to chew on everything, and it's safe to say KippyCat and SassiePup are not even remotely impressed by his tiger-striped cuteness. Poor beasts. Sass is in total fussy hussy mode, and I've had to scold her more than once about being weird and snippy. Well, okay. She was weird and snippy before the new baby dog arrived. Now she is simply more so than usual. The thing is, with the house in total chaos, the attitude is most unwelcome. Yeah, yeah, I know. It's going to take time for everyone to adjust to a two dog/one cat household. This is especially true for the pets. I'm hanging in there.

Anyway, like I said, through all this I'm trying to write. Chasing Moonlight was recently released, and I have two short stories coming out in anthologies between Halloween and mid-November. Work wise, I've got a couple of erotic stories to finish by the end of this month, and I'm finally back to work on Twilight's Edge.  I'll be really glad to get that effing book off my desk - sooner rather than later. That's been the thorn in my side lately - that one fairy tale collection. There's one story in the volume that just keeps growing and growing and growing without a resolution, so I've got that one in mind to take care of first. 

So there you have it. The insanity that is my current state of being. {g} Much writing to do, much responsibility, and very little time. That's all for now. Happy Thursday, everyone!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Chasing Moonlight :: Release Day

It's release day for Chasing Moonlight.

About Chasing Moonlight -
Blaze Logan can't figure out why Shelby keeps avoiding him, especially since he's sure the raven-haired beauty is his mate. When she breaks one date too many, he goes to her cabin to call her out, only to find her in the throes of a painful transformation. 

Shelby's secret is out. Unable to control her inner wolf, she is at the mercy of the moon. Determined to help her gain control no matter what it takes, Blaze is going to have to act fast in order to help her. She’s chasing moonlight, and the full moon is only days away.


BUY LINK - http://www.cobblestone-press.com/catalog/books/chasingmoonlight.htm#

EXCERPT - {Adult Content Warning :: Chasing Moonlight contains adult content, including graphic sexual situations and language. This work of fiction is intended for readers over the age of 18.}

Chapter One


The hot August night smelled of wolf, burn barrels, and lust. Across the ruined, century-old homestead, motorcycles revved, the rumbling engines opening to a full throttle roar that blanketed the riot of catcalls and rock music. Blaze Logan pushed through the crowd, looking for Shelby, the one woman who held his heart in her hands.

He spotted a slender woman with long, straight black hair walking along the rows of motorcycles, and his heart leapt. Was it her?

Tense and hopeful, he followed behind her a few minutes, but then the woman turned her head, and he glimpsed her angular profile—definitely not Shelby. His heart sank. Frowning, he stopped near one of the burn barrels and scanned the crowd.

The full moon was still a couple of days away, and Miller’s Landing was packed for a Thursday night. That alone might’ve driven her off. She was painfully shy and mostly stayed to herself, so it was likely a large gathering wouldn’t be her thing. Hell, it had taken some careful maneuvering on his part to get her to speak more than a few words to him. Still, he wanted to give Shelby the benefit of the doubt, even if it wasn’t the first time she’d stood him up.

He made his way back over to the row of motorcycles closest to where he’d parked. So much for that. He continued to scan the crowd, but Shelby was nowhere to be seen, and he was right back to where he started. Again. This made what? His third complete walk around the landing?

Cursing under his breath, he turned to head back to his bike when his older brother’s best friend, Chase, came walking up, his arm around his pretty, blonde mate, Betsey.

“Hey, man, what are you doing out on a school night?” Chase grabbed him in a bear hug, hard hands patting leather.

He shrugged. “Just out wandering around.” He kept an eye on the crowd, afraid that if he stopped looking for Shelby, he might miss her.
“On the prowl?” Betsey teased.

“Chasing tail is more like it.” Chase kissed his mate upside the head.

Blaze snorted. The only tail he was interested in chasing seemed to have a talent for avoiding him. “When did you guys get here?”

“About thirty minutes ago,” Chase said.

“Did you catch Drake and Libby? They’re around here somewhere.”

“Yeah, we talked to them for a minute,” Chase said. “They went for a run.”

A muscle ticked in his cheek. He tamped down the sudden stab of jealousy that came unbidden. It was tough being the last guy left unmated within his close circle of friends, but he didn’t begrudge his brother having a mate. Drake loved Libby. He’d be lost without her.

“Hey, Blaze!”

He turned toward the feminine voice, hoping to find Shelby, but it was the flirty redhead from the post office. Dread curled through him. What was her name? Amanda? Miranda? Madeline? Tonight, instead of her too-tight uniform, she wore a tiny pair of cut-off jean shorts that showed off a pair of mile-long legs and the cheeks of her ass. Dark eyes glittering with mischief, she bit her lower lip and did a slow, sexy dance in the bed of her pickup truck. A blatant attempt to lure him over.

Chase lifted a black brow. “I hope you were looking for trouble.”

“Not tonight.” And definitely not with her.

Betsey chuckled. “If nothing else, you’ve got options.”

A frown creased his forehead. Not a chance. “Look, I’ll catch you guys later.” He gave Chase a fist bump.

“Sure thing, dog. See you at work tomorrow.”

Blaze headed toward his bike before the redhead could get any new ideas. The last thing he wanted was to hurt her feelings, but his mood was officially shot to shit. It sucked, but he had no one to blame but himself. Shelby hadn’t exactly promised to show up. She’d told him she might, so it wasn’t technically a date. What made it worse; she’d pulled this same dodge on him when he’d asked her to meet him for coffee. Next time, he’d make double damn sure to get her phone number.

Snarling in frustration, he stepped through the break in the trees where he’d parked his Harley and shed his leather jacket, tossing it over seat. His shirt was the next to go, then his boots, which he dropped on the ground beside his bike before he stripped out of his jeans.

The moonlight kissed his naked skin. He closed his eyes a moment and willed it to give him peace, despite the instinct that told him only his mate could ease his soul. He raked his hands through his hair then rolled his tense shoulders. Ready to run, he shifted into a large gray wolf and loped into the woods.

The trails were familiar to him, and he navigated them easily, a specific destination in his mind. The night winds rustled his thick fur, and he stopped a moment to lift his nose and sniff for signs that someone else might have walked along this particular deer trail. Wood smells pervaded, filling his nose with the pungent tang of pinesap, rocky soil, and prey. The only predator, man or wolf, he scented was himself. A good thing, because he’d become territorial about this patch of land and the woman who lived nearby.
Shelby.

Ahead, the trees thinned away, revealing a flat rock outcropping along a grassy ledge overlooking curvy, Lodge Pine Road. The wolf stood near the drop point and looked down the hillside, which sloped away in a carpet of meadow grass and wild flowers to a tiny cabin nestled securely in a pocket of fir trees on the opposite side of the valley.

Hunger burned in him, a knot of anxious fire that gnawed at him no matter what form he took. He had called to her many nights, and still she hadn’t come to him.

Wolf shifted back into man, and Blaze stood naked on the ledge. His beast wrested inside, and he narrowed his eyes, searching the homestead below for signs of his woman.

Her ghost white ’67 Mustang sat in the driveway. The cabin lights were out, even the single porch light that sometimes burned well into the day. No telling flicker of color from the TV through the gauze drapes covering her living room window, but she was there. No doubt about that. Her very nearness called to him, urged him to go to her, present himself as her mate and claim her.

Gruff laughter rumbled in his chest. What would she say if he did just that? She’d probably call him crazy and run like a frightened rabbit. No. He couldn’t risk scaring her away. She avoided him well enough already.

He rolled his neck to ease the taut muscles there. Never had he wanted a woman so much. Desire for her skirted a fine edge between torment and arousal, but his interest in her covered far more than just sex. He wanted to hear her voice and breathe in her scent. He wanted to know her secrets, her dreams.

He needed to be close to her. Hell, he needed her. She was on his mind every waking moment. He fantasized about running with her, kissing her, making love to her in the moonlight while her soft black hair spilled through his fingers like so much silk. Just imaging her looking at him with love shining in her eyes was enough to make his inner wolf struggle for dominance.

“Shelby.” Her name was a whispered prayer.

Usually women flocked to him, even the human females aware of who and what he was. But Shelby was different. She stayed to herself. If she had any close friends, he didn’t know who they were. He had tried repeatedly to draw her out, to clue her in that he wanted to spend time with her and get to know her better, but still she withdrew from him.

Blaze clutched his hands in his hair and bit back the urge to shift. He’d tried his best to keep a reasonable distance, but being away from her for days at a time was becoming unbearable. How much longer could he take this separation? Frustration built inside him until finally, he lifted his chin to the moon and let out a long, sorrowful howl, a desperate plea for mercy. The silver notes shivered on the air, beckoning Shelby to come to him, to save him, to ease his body and salve his heart.

* * * * *

For the full first chapter excerpt of Chasing Moonlight, visit the book page at Cobblestone Press! http://www.cobblestone-press.com/catalog/books/chasingmoonlight.htm#

Thursday, October 11, 2012

A Reader's Frustration :: Where are the books?

Most of these books were
released earlier this year.
Normally by the second week of every month, I've read at least two Harlequin romances. Right now, I'm not a very happy reader. I managed to grab one September release Desire last month, it was a Maureen Child title, but I wasn't able to grab any of the others before they were gone.

Aside from that one book, I haven't been able to read any Harlequins over the past two months because they have suddenly become unavailable in stores in my area. This is so frustrating I could chew nails.

Where are all the books? 

Back to my reading habits... When it comes to romances, I read more Desire books than any other line, with Nocturne a distant second. The Nocturnes are almost impossible to find for some reason. It didn't used to be that way when the line first started. But, I'm not the only one noticing this problem. My friend in Kentucky, who is a Nocturne reader, has confirmed this in her area as well, so it's not just a Louisiana distribution thing.

At first, I simply had to run to the store within a few days of the books arriving on the shelf to pick out the ones I wanted. However, our local store now usually carries only one of the two Nocturne books released every month, and they don't carry many copies - no more than three or four - so the Nocturnes sell out almost as soon as they hit the shelves.

The Desire books used to be easier to pick up. That's what got me started reading them. I think Harlequin releases six Desire titles a month, so I had a much better chance of getting a book I wanted. Of six Desire books a month, I'd typically buy and read four books throughout the month. That's been my habit for the past year and a half? Something like that.

Let me just say, since about May, I've been struggling to find Desires and Nocturnes on the shelves. Our local Walmart has gone from having all the Desire books on the shelves per month, to four of the books per month, and now there are none being put out. The Nocturnes are nearly gone as well. I spotted one Karen Whiddon Nocturne in a store thirty miles away just a few days ago. I am absolutely frustrated with trying to buy these books.

I've been to three locations in the past two weeks, in my town and surrounding areas, and the only Desire line book on the shelves right now is one of the thicker novel type Desires by one of Harlequin's top tier authors. (Which means, their books are given the special treatment - they're longer and more expensive. They're different.) That is not what I'm looking for.

So, unless I want to order these books online, I can't purchase them in the store. Right now, with my husband out of work, I'm cutting costs at every corner. It's currently cheaper to buy these books at a retailer, than it is to buy them online. The digital books are more expensive that the print, but the print books have a shipping cost attached if I buy them from the eHarlequin shop or any other online bookseller.

Yes, I can buy the paperbacks used cheaply, but even if I spent a penny on a used book from Amazon, with the 3.99 shipping added, it still costs more to buy the book used, than if I'd purchased a brand new Harlequin off the shelf. Pretend a moment I were to buy a full month's collection of books used. If the books didn't come from the same seller, it would then cost me an additional 3.99 in shipping per book.

It's gotten to the point with searching for these books, that I have friends and family scouting stores further out for me. I can't afford to drive two hours, waste a tank of gasoline, and then the books not be on the shelf when I get there.

As of today, I'm writing to my local stores to lodge a complaint about the availability of the books. Right now, there are only Presents, a scant few Intrigues, and Blazes at my local store. I'm shocked really, given the area, that they no longer carry Love Inspired. Those were always a big seller here. Now, poof. They're gone.

I don't know where the knot in the distribution chain is happening. If people are buying the books - and there I was buying four to six books a month, and I could tell I wasn't the only person buying them by looking at the dents in the stock - then, I don't understand why they have stopped carrying these lines in my area.

This is so frustrating for a reader. Someone has seriously dropped the ball with this one.

All that said, please understand, I'm not upset with the authors at all. I realize the distribution is out of the author's hands, but I've stopped looking at the releases online, because it's cruel temptation. I know I can't order them online right now, and it's nearly impossible to find the books in the stores. I hope by complaining to my local stores, I'm able to at least get a few of these books back on the shelves.

Should something come of all this, I'll write an update post when I hear something back.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Recurring Dreams :: Road Construction

On Tuesday, hubby and I had to run errands, which took us one town over from where we live. On the way there, we ran into some road construction. Hubby was driving, so I glanced out the window at the guys working to build a short bridge over a swampy area right before you hit the town. Suddenly it clicked...all those dreams about road construction I've had over the past thirty years. Just like that, I understood what they meant.

I've been having recurring dreams about road construction since I was about three years old. My family moved around quite a bit when I was very young, because my dad worked as an industrial electrician. "Chasing jobs" as my parents called it. There was a lot of traveling back and forth between Louisiana and Texas during the late 70s - early 80s, because we had mom's family on one side of the state line, and dad's on the other. Too, dad had a lot of connections in the industry that kept him working from project to project. We were constantly on the go.

Anyway, when I was younger, road construction zones filled me with anxiety. I don't really know why, or what incident triggered that anxiety in me. I'm not afraid of construction zones in waking life, but when I was a child, I often would dream about waking up in the back seat of my parent's Oldsmobile Cutlass to find myself alone in the car, no one behind the wheel, and most of the time, the car would be speeding out of control through a construction zone. That dream in particular is one of the earliest dream memories that I can recall. I was about three or four when I had that dream the first time.

Over the years, the dream has become more complicated. Some of the construction zone dreams place me in a roller coaster cart, a mine cart, or in an unfamiliar car speeding down an unfamiliar stretch of interstate, or along a series of really curvy roads or tracks that are unfinished. Sometimes I know where I'm going in the dream. Other times, I'm completely lost. Sometimes I'm in control. Sometimes I can only sit there and see where the car takes me. There are many variations on the dream, but the theme and feeling is always the same.

A few years ago, I had this very vivid dream of driving in the car with either Mini or Oldest in the passenger seat. I was on this stretch of unfamiliar interstate, and I was following the road signs, trying to find my exit, when suddenly the traffic got very heavy. In the blink of an eye, the interstate was a tangled mess of construction. There were lots of loops and service roads. Most were torn up, rerouted, and such. There were a lot of road closed signs, and detour signs. That sort of thing.

I finally saw our exit number, and I merged into the exit lane on the right. The minute I was on the exit ramp, I realized I was in trouble. The road ended abruptly up ahead. It was a sudden change that went from heavy-concrete-paved-road to nothing but red dirt, construction cones, and rebar within just a few feet. I stopped the car right before I got to this patch of rebar sticking up out of the dirt, and this guy in a white construction hat looked at me from further down the road and began flagging me away.

Beside me, Mini or Oldest, whoever was with me, began crying because they were terrified. I looked out the car window on their side, and saw we were on a very narrow, sky high bridge with no barricades. Below was a rocky, forested area leading further down to calm water, like a slow moving river or something. Anyway, the construction team had cranes out there because they were preparing to put up the cement risers, the barricades meant to keep you from driving off the sides of the bridge. That's why all the rebar was there.

I was a nervous wreck in the dream. I had to either back up onto this off ramp somehow, or turn around in a really tight spot - with no safety barrier of any kind, with a huge drop beneath the bridge, and to make it all worse - my kid is in the car with me. So it's not just me in danger, it's my kid, too. I was terrified. My heart was pounding in the dream. The last part I remember, I was looking over my shoulder where the road was still part of the completed ramp, and trying to back my car onto it. There was a two foot gap between the road and the dirt, and there was more rebar sticking out. I woke up in a cold sweat.

That is one of many similar road terror dreams I've had over the years, but for some reason, that one in particular has really stuck with me. It's especially vivid in my mind. Probably because it was one of those rare dreams where someone was in the car with me.

But anyway...back to waking life...

As hubby and I were driving into Win-mill-land on Tuesday, I glanced out the Jeep window at the construction team. They were talking and laughing, while over in the swampy area to the right, a machine was pounding in the "foot supports" for the bridge. I saw all this, and a thought occurred to me out of the blue: there's really nothing scary about road construction. It's just a road being built for you that isn't finished yet. 

As simple as that thought was, it triggered a major epiphany for me. It was like suddenly solving a thirty year old mystery. That's what it felt like.

So, road construction is made up of roads that aren't finished yet. They're paths that are going to be available for us in the future if and when they're completed, but they aren't available to us right now.

Think about that on a subconscious level. As a child, it was probably both a symbol of being confused by rules I didn't fully understand (road signs) and the future feeling out of control. Fear of the unknown. That sort of thing. I never truly knew what was on the path ahead of me. I never knew where we would be moving to one day to the next. Who would my classmates be at a new school?  Would I fit in? Would I be left with a relative while my parents set up house in another state? Things like that understandably cause anxiety in a child.

As an adult, I believe it's still about fear of the unknown - at least in part. I also feel like it means I'm still building pathways to where I want to be in my waking life. In addition to knowing that the path isn't ready for me yet, the dreams I've had most of the time, indicate I'm alone in my journey (the empty car symbol). But in the dream where I have Mini or Oldest in the car, that's a subconscious indicator that I'm aware the result of whatever choices I make on my own, in one way or another, affects my family. (Crying kidlet in the car.)

In our waking life, we work toward goals daily. Big and small ones. Even with the small goals, we're basically building pathways to take us from a concept or an idea, to the start of a goal, and onward to that unknown place where we fulfill our goal in the future. The road construction dream is almost a perfect map of that process. In the dream, the road is where I want to be subconsciously, but I'm not ready to take that path yet. The road hasn't been completed. The road isn't ready for me.

Thinking about the dream that way makes so much sense to me. It's says I'm trying to go too far too fast, before my road is built. I still have work to do before the road ahead of me is finished. My subconscious is telling me to slow down, take it easy, and don't try to speed through life. I'll be able to drive on that new road in the future, but I have to lay the foundation first. I have to put up the safety risers before I can go there. In other words, I'll reach my goals eventually, because I'm actively building toward them. And if I keep building, I'll end up where I'm supposed to be in due time.

This post probably sounds like a lot of mumbo jumbo to some people, but I'm glad I understand what the dreams mean now. In the future, should I dream of road construction again, I'll know it's my subconscious trying to tell me to slow down, and either wait for those pathways to open up for me, or I need to roll up my sleeves and work on building a road to get me to that place where I want to be.

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Chasing Moonlight :: October/November Releases

I'm a little behind on blogging. Last night I tried to come in and post, but my internet connection wasn't having it. Then today, I had errands to run. Anyway, now that I've had time to think about it, I realize I've been working almost non-stop since August.

Just yesterday, I managed to turn in all the contest entries I'd been given to judge for the first round of the Suzannah contest. After that, I wrapped up my freelance work. Once that was send back, I stared at my computer with this anxious feeling eating away at me because I'd actually reached the bottom of my to-do list. I honestly didn't know what to do with myself. {lol}

I'm sure my duty free situation will change soon enough, but in those few moments, I was reminded just how busy I've been in recent months. It's my hope that any readers checking my blog daily can forgive the lack of posts.

All that aside...I have new news! Chasing Moonlight is coming to Cobblestone Press on Monday, October 15th. (Next week!) For readers looking for this book, the staff usually posts the books late in the day. Just a head's up. Chasing Moonlight is Blaze's story. He's Drake's younger brother from Dominant Territory.

The unofficial blurb for Chasing Moonlight -
Blaze Logan can't figure out why Shelby keeps avoiding him, especially since he's sure the raven-haired beauty is his mate. When she breaks one date too many, he goes to her cabin to call her out, only to find her in the throes of a painful transformation. Shelby's secret is out. Unable to control her inner wolf, she is at the mercy of the moon. Determined to help her gain control no matter what it takes, Blaze is going to have to act fast in order to help her. She’s chasing moonlight, and the full moon is only days away.

Chasing Moonlight is the first of three releases I have coming out this fall.




On October 31st, Coming Together - Hungry For Love goes on sale. {How fun - a Halloween release date! :o)}

The Hungry for Love anthology was edited by the totally orsum Sommer Marsden, and it contains my zombies-in-love story, Little Deaths.

The proceeds of Hungry for Love are going to the American Diabetes Association. My dad is a type 2 diabetic, so this anthology hits pretty close to the heart for me. Not only that, the list of authors for this book is pretty spook-tacular, so be sure to check it out!



And there's still one more to go...

This next book is a delicious erotica/romance-erotica anthology for couples. Morning, Noon, and Night was edited by the lovely Alison Tyler. It's being released by Cleis Press on November 14th. My contribution to the anthology is titled 4 P.M. No Show. 

You can learn more about 4 P.M. No Show by going here.

I'm thrilled to be in this collection. I admit it - I read the whole book when I received the galleys. ;*) This is such a tasty book. I love everything about it, and I hope readers will love it, too.

You can pre-order both the paperback and Kindle editions for Morning, Noon, and Night on Amazon.com.

There you have it! My release list from October through mid-November. There is more to come, so I hope you'll keep checking back.

As always, there are other ways to find out about my new releases and book news - through my website, Facebook, and Twitter. Feel free to drop by anytime and say hi! :o)

Saturday, October 06, 2012

The Saturday What's What

I've been obsessively checking my inbox all morning.{g} I'm expecting news to come through over the next few days, which is making me super duper a-n-t-s-y. Not in a bad way. I can hardly wait to see what comes, but it's like I'm on springs. I jump every time a new email arrives. Ha!

This weekend I'll be busy judging contest entries. There is still so much left to do, and I have all these errands that keep pulling me off in different directions. Kinda frustrating, but oh well.

I'm going to try to take care of some of the influx of errands over the next two days, so I have more breathing room to finish up the fairy tale collection, and start rereading through all the book notes I've jotted down over the past week. In my spare time, what little of it there is, I'm trying to pull together a story for Adam 6 (from Connection). He started speaking to me recently and seems like he'd be a fun character to write about.

Yesterday, I updated my website and my Amazon page. I have a (mostly-complete) release schedule posted on my home page. Lots of new work coming out between the 15th of October through mid-November. When I get my cover art in for Chasing Moonlight, I'll post a release schedule here on the blog, and post the finalized blurb and all that.

Anyway, that's pretty much what's what around here. I hope you have a fantastic weekend!

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Characters in Pictures : Shelby from Chasing Moonlight

I'm so relieved it's October! Even with all the work I know is waiting for me on the horizon, I'm hoping a new month will equal a fresh start.

Last month was one struggle after another, but I'm putting that behind me now and moving forward. I have edits to finish, revisions to do, and freelance work to get a handle on, so I certainly have enough to keep me busy and out of trouble. Figuratively speaking, of course. ;o)

Chasing Moonlight, the latest book in the Werekind series, will be out this month at Cobblestone Press as part of the Octoberfest celebration. I was browsing my Facebook pictures yesterday and found my heroine's character sketches from February 2011! I forgot I'd taken pictures of her in Second Life. Anyway, this is Shelby Whitman.



Shelby in the woods. My favorite sketch piece.

Shelby is Blaze's mate. You may remember Blaze from Dominant Territory. He's Drake's younger brother.

About Chasing Moonlight


Blaze Logan can't figure out why Shelby keeps avoiding him, especially since he's sure the raven-haired beauty is his mate. When she breaks one date too many, he goes to her cabin to call her out, only to find her in the throes of a painful transformation. 

Shelby's secret is out. Unable to control her inner wolf, she is at the mercy of the moon. Determined to help her gain control no matter what it takes, Blaze is going to have to act fast in order to help her. She’s chasing moonlight, and the full moon is only days away.


I'll be posting more about the story as it gets closer to release date. There are a few more shots of Shelby in my Facebook albums if anyone is interested. I played with several looks for her. The shots above are what I finally decided on.

The skin, by the way, is from Becilia. The inworld store (Second Life) doesn't exist anymore, but I believe the skins are still available on the Marketplace. Just an FYI. This particular skin is one of my favorites. :o)