Monday, June 20, 2016

What I'm Working on this Week

Last week was better. This week needs to rock!
Writing:
STSB — Super secret project for DDS
WW Ranch
Reclaiming #2
Alpha
Club Raven
 
In edits/rewrites:
Diggers
Pulling from Both Sides
 
At beta:
nothing
 
At proofing:
Rain and Whiskey
 
On hold:
Double U
Eternity is a Long Time
Soft Place to Land
 
Subbed:
nothing
 
The week's plan?
Finish Reclaiming #2

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Firemen and Smokejumpers a Guest Post by Julia Talbot

Hey, y'all!

Hijacking the wife's blog today to talk about my new story on ARE for their Fearless line. It's on pre-order right now with a general release date of July 1.

It's been years since I wrote firemen, but I couldn't resist since the call asked for heroes/men in uniform. Anyone who knows me knows I'm obsessed with mountain disasters. Avalanche on Everest? Wildfire flashover in Glenwood Canyon? Giant boulder falling on highway and closing it for days? I'm there. I love the dynamics of an emergency, the way first responders work. I hate to see people get hurt, so don't think I'm a ghoul, but those disaster stories have built in drama that does make a writer salivate.

So, that's where Out of the Frying Pan comes in. A wildfire season. Two former lovers who meet again ten years later and have to work together. Sloane is a wildfire smokejumper. Jenson is a municipal firefighter. Together they're like gasoline and matches...




There's the amazing cover by Erin Dameron Hill.

Here's the blurb!


Trust comes at a price.

Jenson Parkinson can't believe it when Sloane Marlen shows up at his Colorado mountain fire station. They were lovers years ago, until Sloane broke Jenson's trust, and his heart.

Sloane knows he's not guilty of the misdeeds Jenson believes he committed, but he never figured out how to convince Jenson. Or how to get over him. Can Sloane grab this second chance with both hands and teach Jenson he's worthy of trust... and love?



Julia





Monday, June 6, 2016

What I'm Working On This Week

*cheers myself on* I have to get back on the horse.
Writing:
STSB — Super secret project for DDS
WW Ranch
The Cowboy and Clown
Alpha
Club Raven
 
In edits/rewrites:
Diggers
Pulling from Both Sides
Rain and Whiskey
 
At beta:
Catch and Release
 
At proofing:
Mr. Unlucky
 
On hold:
Double U
Eternity is a Long Time
Soft Place to Land
 
Subbed:
Catch and Release
 
The week's plan?
Edits. Writing. Edits and writing.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Guest Post: Julie Lynn Hayes

 


Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Julie Lynn Hayes,  author of Bad Dogs and Drag Queens.  Hi Julie, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
 
 
1)   Tell us something no one else knows about your characters.

Vinnie has no idea who his father is, having never met him, and Ethan has his own reasons why he goes to see his own family alone, and never takes Vinnie with him.
 
 
2)   Have you ever written something that made you cry?

Yes, I have. I wrote a short Christmas story for Vinnie and Ethan, and it brought a tear to my own eye.
 
3)   Have you ever co-written with someone before?

Yes, I have. I co-wrote the Moonlit Skies series with M.A. Church, and the Southern Comfort series with S.L. Danielson.
 
4)   What is the most difficult part of writing for you?

Finding time to write. I work a full-time job, and have other things that require my time. If I can find the time, I can do pretty well with the rest of writing.
 
5)   Name your four most important food groups.

Coffee, chocolate, meat, cheese


Julie Lynn Hayes
 
Bad Dogs and Drag Queens
Rose and Thorne
Book: One
 
Release Date: May 25, 2016

Blurb:
 
Vinnie Delarosa and Ethan Thorne are partners—on and off the clock. Federal undercover detectives, they’re part of a covert task force designed to promote goodwill between the feds and local authorities. They lend an unobtrusive helping hand wherever it’s needed. No credit required.

Vinnie and Ethan work primarily in the Southeast region of the United States and live together in Richmond, Virginia. A mugger problem brings them to Roanoke, where Vinnie is thrown out as bait to catch the man who’s been snatching purses in a city park, but they end up with more than they bargained for. Why is Vinnie always the one who has to wear the dress? Ethan says it’s because Vinnie looks much prettier in a skirt. How can he argue with that?

Expecting to return to Richmond afterward, Vinnie and Ethan find themselves assigned a new case instead. They are to go undercover at The Stroll, one of the biggest gay nightclubs in Roanoke. Someone is terrorizing both the customers and the performers. Could they be dealing with a hate crime? Someone has to protect the drag queens of Roanoke, so it’s Vinnie and Ethan to the rescue!

The author is donating 10% of the royalties from this book to No Kid Hungry.  Visit nokidhungry.org for more information about this organization.
 
 
Pages or Words: 50,000 words
 
Categories: Crime Fiction, Fiction, Gay Fiction, Humor, Romance
 
Excerpt:
“Remind me again whose stupid idea this lipstick was,” I huffed under my breath. Without thinking, I licked my lips. They felt greasy, and tasted even worse. I forced myself not to grimace, afraid it might crack the foundation I’d slathered on my face.
“Mine, you sexy beast,” came the smart-ass reply in my ear. “I think you got purty lips, mmhmmm.”
“Fuck you,” I growled. “You should be doing this, not me, and you know it. I did it last time.”
And the time before that. And the time before that. Wait, did I detect a pattern here?
“What I know is you look better in a skirt than I do. And you look damn good out of it too.”
My cheeks filled with heat at Ethan’s words. Luckily the darkness hid a multitude of sins, my embarrassment being the least of them. Hopefully, no one else was listening—I knew I’d never hear the end of it. Just what I needed—to be the object of ridicule of the Roanoke PD.
 
 
 

Meet the author:
 
Julie Lynn Hayes first began publishing short stories and poetry in the 1990’s, when it was a different ballgame altogether, and Ebooks hadn’t been dreamed of yet. That changed in 2010 with the acceptance of her first romance novel. She’s come a long way since that first book appeared, and is finding the journey a very educational one.

She lives in St. Louis with her daughter Sarah and her cat Ramesses. She often writes of two men finding true love and happiness in one another’s arms, and is a great believer in the happily ever after. She likes to write in different genres, to stretch herself in order to see what is possible. Her great challenge is to be told something can’t be done—she feels compelled to do it.

When she isn’t writing, she enjoys crafts, such as crocheting and cross stitch,  needlepoint and knitting, and she loves to cook, spending time watching the Food Network. Her favorite chef is Geoffrey Zakarian. Her family thinks she’s a bit off, but she doesn’t mind. Marching to the beat of one’s own drummer is a good thing, after all. Her published works can be found at Dreamspinner Press, eXtasy Books, and Wayward Ink Press.
 
Where to find the author:
 
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond

Tour Dates & Stops:
23-May: Open Skye Book Reviews, My Fiction Nook, Multitasking Mommas
24-May: Velvet Panic, Nephy Hart, Louise Lyons
25-May: Happily Ever Chapter, Books A to Z, The Novel Approach
26-May: Parker Williams, Man2ManTastic, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words
27-May: Divine Magazine, A.M. Leibowitz
30-May: Jessie G. Books, Inked Rainbow Reads, Wake Up Your Wild Side
31-May: Outrageous Heroes, Bayou Book Junkie
1-Jun: Hearts on Fire, Nautical Star Books, Prism Book Alliance
2-Jun: Rednecks and Romance, MM Book Escape
3-Jun: Emotion In Motion, Bonkers About Books
6-Jun: Anna Butler Fiction
7-Jun: MM Good Book Reviews
8-Jun: The Fuzzy, Fluffy World of Chris T. Kat
9-Jun: Unquietly Me
10-Jun: BFD Book Blog
13-Jun: Wicked Faerie's Tales and Reviews
14-Jun: Molly Lolly
15-Jun: Love Bytes
16-Jun: Havan Fellows
17-Jun: Alpha Book Club, Elisa - My Reviews and Ramblings
 
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Monday, May 23, 2016

Guest Post: Renee Cronin


Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Renee Cronin, author of Fistful of Love.

Hi Renee, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
 

 1)   How do you develop your plots and characters?


 My characters tend to be inspired by real world interactions I have or past interactions. The plots come to me in different ways. I take the train to work, so sometimes I find myself making up stories about folks I see making their way through the day.


 2)   Who doesn’t love a good hero? Tell us about your protagonist. Was there a real life inspiration behind them?


 Jeya is a social worker, who works with juveniles in the court system. She is trying to get out of an abusive relationship. She has a best friend, Roman. She’s very connected to his family, especially after the death of her parents at age twenty-three.


 3)   What real-life inspirations do you use when world building?


 I use past relationships, past experiences at work and in college. I use experiences of friends and family to inspire me. And sometimes, I just let me imagination run wild and create whatever.


 4)   Did you learn anything from this book and what was it?


 I learned that you can discover yourself in your writing. I learned that I hadn’t been honest with myself about my past experiences. It was a cathartic process.


 5)   It’s your last meal on earth. What do you choose?


 Oh, no fair! Macaroni & Cheese. I know boring, but it’s my absolute favorite.



Author Name:  Renee Cronin 
Book Name: Fistful of Love 
Release Date: April 4, 2016

Blurb: At the age of 23, social worker, Jeya Wellington was pretty much on her own. The devastating loss of her parents left her bereft and alone. Her best friend, Roman and his family have been like surrogates, but they could never replace what she lost. She needed a different connection. Shortly after losing her parents, she finds love and comfort in the arms of Rayne Watson, a correctional officer. 

Rayne was exactly what she needed at the time, but now, two years later, Jeya wants out. She never expected love to come with bruises. She didn't anticipate losing friends and living in fear. This was not her idea of true love. With the support of Roman, Jeya finds a way to leave. But Rayne isn’t letting go that easily. They made a commitment to each, and she has the tattoo to prove it - ‘Til Death Do Us Part

Torn between the love she has for Rayne and the instinct to protect herself, is Jeya’s will stronger than her vow?


 Pages or Words: 46,323 

Categories: Lesbian Fiction, Domestic Violence 

Excerpt:

It’s over.

Two simple words, intended to signify the end, were instead just the beginning. Jeya took a deep breath, and the pain that pierced her side served as the reminder she needed. She hit the send button. Unexpected relief instantly washed over her. “I did it. Step one. Now for step two.” Jeya placed her phone on the bed and stood up to double-check her suitcase. Going over the checklist in her mind, she felt confident that she had the essentials. A week away from home required more than she’d anticipated, but she had no intention of returning until the rainstorm had passed. Jeya took a second to acknowledge the double entendre of the word. Her girlfriend, Rayne, was definitely a hurricane. Her temper was unpredictable and left damage in its wake similar to that which Hurricane Gloria had. She knew she’d be safer at Roman’s house for the next several days.

 The lyrics to “Dangerously in Love” cursed the air. The perfect ringtone to describe her relationship. She braced herself as she walked to the bed and picked up the phone. Jeya anticipated nothing less than an explosive response from her short-tempered girlfriend.  


Buy the book: Amazon: http://amzn.to/2512nUS 

Meet the author:

Renee Cronin is a self-professed devour of knowledge, and a voracious reader. She began writing in earnest in 2005, when the characters in her head became so loud she was forced to tell their stories, or risk getting swept away into the abyss of her imagination. Renee has since used writing as a personal outlet to express her feelings, ideas, views, thoughts, and opinions about the world and the issues that impact her on a deep personal and societal level. (And of course writing also quiets the voices in her head of the many characters that are yearning to have their stories told.) Renee’s inspiration to publish is in large part due to the overwhelming display of encouragement, and support from family and friends, who believe she has a gift with words that need to be shared with world. Born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, she works in the social work field avidly advocating and supporting the varied needs of the people in her community. Renee is a bibliophile with a transcendent love for words. Her soul yearns for the acoustic stylings from a plethora of musical genres. As she continues on this journey of published author she hopes to keep her readers captivated and pining for more.
 


Where to find the author: Facebook: www.facebook.com/reneecronin78
Twitter: @reneecronin78
Website: www.renee-cronin.com
 


Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29505751-fistful-of-love

Publisher: Renee Cronin

Cover Artist: Natasha Snow

Tour Dates & Stops:
4-Apr: Wicked Faerie's Tales and Reviews, Full Moon Dreaming
11-Apr: Molly Lolly, Charley Descoteaux
18-Apr: Unquietly Me, Velvet Panic, Bayou Book Junkie
25-Apr: Happily Ever Chapter, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words
2-May: TTC Books and More, BFD Book Blog
9-May: Prism Book Alliance, Love Bytes
15-May: Inked Rainbow Reads, MM Good Book Reviews, My Fiction Nook
23-May: A.M. Leibowitz, Oh My Shelves, Rednecks and Romance, Dawn’s Reading Nook  

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