Thursday, January 31, 2013


Please welcome the extraordinary bestselling authors Leta Blake and Keira Andrews.

They're here today to talk about their latest release Ascending Hearts – Book Two of the Tempting Tales Series.

 They've generously donating one eBook copy to one lucky commenter.


Tell Leta and Keira what you think of their latest book and  remember to leave your email address.


 Isn't the cover wonderful?




1. Tell us a little bit about your newest release.

Ascending Hearts, our newest release, is the second book in our Tempting Tales series through Ellora’s Cave. Based on Jack & the Beanstalk this time around, we’re offering up a sweet, sexy tale with angst, hot sex, and, of course, the guaranteed fairy tale happy ending.

Blurb:

 Rumors of treasure have long sent fortune hunters clambering up a magic beanstalk to a mysterious castle in the clouds. Survivors told of an evil giant who guards the gold with savage strength. No sane man would dare risk the climb—but Jack has nothing left to lose. Shunned for his evil red hair and abandoned by his cruel lover, he’s desperate to escape his life.

Rion isn’t a giant, only a man bearing the burden of protecting his family’s legacy. It’s a lonely existence, but he’s duty bound. Then Jack appears, and Rion’s world changes. After a blazing confrontation, undeniable lust sparks. Isolated in the clouds, Jack and Rion give in to their desire and growing connection. Soon they must protect the treasure—and each other—from a new threat. And they have everything to lose.

Excerpt:


Numb fingers gripping the stalk, Jack held his breath as he swayed. The gust of wind howled in his ears and he closed his eyes, heart thumping. He’d been climbing for hours, and sure enough the stalk had begun to narrow. He forced his lungs to expand and suck in the thin, frigid air.

The stars were hidden by thick clouds, and the tiny slice of moon only appeared from time to time as the wind whipped up. Jack could barely see the stalk, relying on touch to find his handholds and footholds as he climbed. He hadn’t looked down once, and of course now it was pointless since there was only blackness around him.

While at first he’d climbed quickly and with a sense of abandon, anger and grief fueling him, now he plodded, lungs heaving in the thin air, his limbs burning with exertion yet the cold making him shiver. Sweat dried on his skin and his throat was parched. As he trembled with another gust of wind, he considered retreating.

Jack thought of what he would be returning to: nothing. An empty cottage without even Inga for company. A debt he couldn’t hope to pay if he still wanted to feed himself. Worst of all, more loneliness without end in sight. He exhaled deeply and reached up. No, even if he should die on this night, it would be preferable to going back to his hollow existence.

Pushing with his foot, he lifted himself up, continuing onward slowly and steadily until the air turned to a strange fog that he was afraid of choking on. Jack realized after a few moments that he had reached the clouds. His limbs ached, his muscles cramped and pushed to their limit from the hours of climbing. He willed himself to continue, knowing he must be close.

Jack’s pulse raced when the moon disappeared altogether and the darkness seemed to close in even tighter. As the narrowing stalk rocked from side to side, he curled his fingers around a thin stem, certain it would snap. But the stalk seemed made of iron at its core, and no matter how thin it became, it did not break, not even at the point where Jack wrapped his arms and legs around it, pulling himself up as he once did on the rope Adair nightly dropped from his chamber window so many years ago.

It wasn’t until the stalk was almost at an end that Jack looked up and realized the deeper darkness shrouding him was due to the hulking shadow of a structure above him. With a burst of adrenaline, he realized he’d made it to the giant’s lair. As he’d heard from those very few who had returned with their lives, it was a stone castle, as huge as any Jack had seen in picture books.

Eagerly, he looked for a way inside. He shimmied farther up the stalk and reached. He touched only air. In the dark hulk of the castle above, he could make out a hole in the bottom. With a sinking heart and a violent churn of his stomach, he realized his predicament.

The stalk had not finished growing, of course.

The wind, sharp as a blade, slashed Jack’s face, and he closed his eyes as the stalk wavered and whipped to and fro. Panic unspooled in his gut, and he swallowed hard, his throat like sandpaper. I’m going to die. A whimper escaped his lips, and he clung to the stalk, utterly rigid.

Earlier he’d told himself that death was preferable to his lot, but now as he faced the very real possibility of the end, he found the yearning for life still held sway over him. There was a frantic need deep within to survive, and Jack drew on that urge to bring energy to his body and clarity to his mind.

Inching up, Jack climbed as high as he could on the stalk, squeezing it between his knees as he stood on the last stem and reached. His fingertips barely grazed the stone. If he could go just a bit higher, he could grasp the ledge and pull himself into the castle. For a wild moment, he wondered how quickly the stalk grew, and whether he could simply wait.

Laughter tinged with an edge of hysteria escaped Jack’s lips. No, he must act now. He knew what he must do. He took a deep breath and blew it out slowly as he bent his knees. He would have but one chance. After all the years of dreaming, of imagining his victory over the stalk, the moment was here. He could go back, or he could go forward and make the world new.

With a desperate burst of power, he jumped, arms outstretched.

His left hand lost purchase almost immediately, and he gripped the ledge with only his right hand. Swinging his legs with a grunt, Jack propelled himself up and caught hold with his left hand. His fingernails cracked as he dug in, tendons in his fingers screaming.

His chin reached the ledge and he managed to get his arms up, digging in with his elbows. The wind shrieked, and he used it to rock back and forth until he had the momentum to swing his left leg up and over the ledge. With a groan, he hauled himself up and rolled to safety.

Heart pounding, he forced a deep breath into his lungs, exhaling slowly. I made it.

He panted and stared up at the domed ceiling above him, exhausted. He felt giddy as he chuckled softly, his body burning and aching all over from his climb. He knew he should move, should find the treasure, but for a minute, all Jack could do was breathe and revel in the fact that his heart still beat and his aching body remained in one piece and not splattered red on the fields far below.

But there was no rest to be had, for a bellow of rage boomed like thunder.

Jack clasped his hands over his ears, gasping as the very foundation of the castle seemed to shudder. Summoning strength from he knew not where, Jack leapt to his feet and turned this way and that, not sure where to run.

Light appeared in the passageway ahead, flickering flames that illuminated the great shadow of a beast. The giant’s growl filled the air as if dredged up from the depths of hell, and Jack quaked, clammy fear clawing its way from his throat in a cry. He stood and ran blindly into the castle.

The giant pursued.

Jack turned left, then right, running deeper into the darkness. Lurching forward, he sought a place to hide, but he could barely see in front of his face let alone discover a hidey hole. The giant’s booming footsteps filled Jack’s ears, moving ever closer.

The giant’s outraged roar reverberated off the walls, and with the ease of a child plucking a worm from the garden, Jack felt a rending tug on the back of his tunic. Then only blackness.


2. Tell us about your upcoming writing projects.
The third book in the Tempting Tales series will hopefully be out this spring or early summer. It’s based on the tale The Twelve Dancing Princesses and we promise a different version of the story than any read before. I blogged quite a bit about this story at my website, including pictures of the characters and a gist of what makes the story special.
http://letablake.wordpress.com/2012/12/26/the-next-big-thing-blog-hop-leta-blake/”>in

 Additionally, Keira is working on a World War II romance that is, if I do say so myself, really excellent. It may be my favorite romance book of the year and it isn’t even published yet!

As for me, I’m working on the final stages of a coming of age novel that I began nearly ten years ago. It’s been a labor of love fraught with frustration and a lot of tears. But I think this is the year for it. I hope to have it finished by May and ready to either submit or self-publish by the fall.

3. What do you enjoy most about writing?


I love the rush of it all. There are several different kinds of rushes involved. There’s the high of inspiration, when the idea for the story first descends upon you and the characters spring to life in your head. There’s the joy of the initial flow of writing, when it is all going so well. Then there is the satisfaction of working out the kinks, of pushing through the hard parts, and the sense of rightness when a scene comes to life or a puzzle piece falls into place and you’ve overcome the difficulties. There’s the thrill of finally finishing the dang thing and finally submitting it to an editor, and the relief of acceptance (hopefully). There’s the rush of cover art and release dates and the exquisite anxiety of waiting for the first reviews. And finally there’s the calmness of release, of knowing that it’s out there in the world being ready by someone and that you did your best by it no matter what. It’s a process that I’m addicted to and that’s all there is to it.

4. Would you consider self publishing?

Absolutely. Some books just aren’t good fits for publishing companies and yet deserve to be out there in the world. I understand why such books aren’t part of their business model, and yet to leave them languishing seems unacceptable. In this day and age, the self-published novel has reached a level of acceptability that I think makes it a very appealing option for those kinds of books

5. What do you hope readers take with them after reading your work?

Mainly I hope they
are transported. I hope they got a break from their daily stress and that they were titillated or moved by the love stories, the erotica, and the characters.

6. List two authors we would find you reading when taking a break from your own writing.


As far as romance writers go, I obviously read Keira Andrews, but I also love reading for Skylar M. Cates. Her first book, Exposed, should be out shortly through Dreamspinner Press. Keep an eye out for it because it’s fantastic.

As far as non-romance, I’m a huge fan of Catherynne Valente and Ginn Hale. Though, perhaps Ginn Hale counts as romance to a degree? I’m not sure. Both of those writers rocked my world in different ways in 2012, though. I will read anything either of them ever write.

Leta’s bio:

Leta Blake's love of fairy tales and erotica has combined in the co-authored series Tempting Tales published through Ellora's Cave. Leta looks forward to writing many more books in the future, both in and out of the fairy tale genre. Leta lives happily with her husband, her kid, and one too many dogs. She hopes to continue writing sexy stories for many years to come.


Keira’s bio:
 
After writing for years yet never really finding the right inspiration, Keira Andrews discovered her voice in gay romance, which has become her passion. She writes both contemporary and historical stories, and—although she loves delicious angst along the way—Keira firmly believes in happy endings. For as Oscar Wilde once said, “The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.”


You can find this marvelous book here:
http://www.ellorascave.com/ascending-hearts.html

Places Leta can be found around the web:
Email: leta.blake.author@gmail.com
Website: letablake.wordpress.com
Facebook: facebook.com/letablake
Twitter: twitter.com/letablake
GoodReads: goodreads.com/author/show/6425833.Leta_Blake
Tumblr: letablake.tumblr.com/


Places Keira can be found around the web:
Email: keira.andrews@gmail.com
Website: keiraandrews.com
Twitter: twitter.com/keiraandrews
Facebook: facebook.com/keira.andrews.50


Thank you both and I wish you great success!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Release Day! Valentine Special Delivery




Valentine's Day is next month.

Are you ready?  Have you bought your sweetheart anything yet?

My birthday is right beforeValentine's Day, so my husband and I combine the two. I usually get chocolate, wine and sometimes flowers.

In my new release 'Valentine Special Delivery', Vickie Valentine gets something a really special. Check it out....




Blurb:
Vickie's husband took her dog, emptied their bank account and ran off with his secretary. The only thing he left her with is his car payment and a bad taste in her mouth.

Vickie has a new life that revolves around her derelict car, a struggling new business and a sexy FedEx delivery guy.

After a well-placed kiss, Jake gets a taste of Vickie—and now he can't get enough. After delivering packages all day, he's more than willing to let her unwrap his package.

Bio:
Sharon Kleve was born and raised in Washington and currently lives on the Olympic Peninsula with her husband.

She loves romance. She loves reading romance, living romance, and especially loves writing about romance. She gets no greater feeling than watching her characters come alive in each other's arms. Most of all, she loves giving her characters the happily ever after they deserve—with a few bumps and bruises along the way.

One of her favorite things to do is picking up a new book and sinking into the story, immersing herself in the emotions between the characters. She hopes to inspire her readers the same way her favorite authors have inspired her.

When not writing, she can usually be found either curled up in her recliner with her cat and a good book, or in the kitchen baking sourdough bread or bagels.


Contact me here:http://www.sharonkleve.com/
http://authorsharonkleve.blogspot.com/
http://www.facebook.com/sharonrkleve
https://twitter.com/#!/SharonKleve
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5399389.Sharon_Kleve



Links to Purchase:
Amazon US:

 http://www.amazon.com/Valentine-Special-Delivery-ebook/dp/B00B7PI4DM/ref=sr_1_7?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1359564606&sr=1-7&keywords=sharon+kleve

Amazon UK:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Valentine-Special-Delivery-ebook/dp/B00B7PI4DM/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1359567344&sr=8-6


Author of "The Corny Myers Series"Flamingo Blues, Published December 2011
Be Mine, Published February 2012
Klutzy Love, Published August 2012

Love Under The Christmas Tree, (Christmas Anthology), Published November 2012

Josey's Christmas Cookie, Published November 2012

Valentine Special Delivery, Published January 2013




Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Congratulations Anita Blake for winning the pretty butterfly pin! Valentine's Day is upon us--A Day for Romance and Love!


How would you like to win this beautiful crystal butterfly pin?




Leave a comment and email address on Jan 29th - Jan 30th and I'll draw a random name.


If you like animals and romance you'll love my Valentine's Day book 'Be Mine'.



Be Mine Blurb:
Corny has a unique psychic ability to communicate with animals, but can she come up with five days of perfect Valentines gifts for her tough-as-nails Seattle cop boyfriend.

Time is running out and Brutus—the horny Labrador, Molly—the hussy French Poodle, Hernando Lamberto—the prized Pekinese, Harry—the Penguin, Buddy the Butt Head—Iguana, and three raccoons all need Corny’s attention.

Can she pull it all together for the perfect Valentine’s Day celebration?

Excerpt:
"Corny, do you really think that's a good idea?" Brutus tried to whisper, but it sounded like he had laryngitis.

"Shush Brutus; and get your hairy Labrador butt off the bed. You'll wake Steve up before I'm done putting the finishing touches on his first Valentine present." I tried to be quit and gentle as I applied the final touches. Getting Brutus to be quite was a feat all in its own. "What's not to like about vanilla ice cream, whipping cream, nuts, chocolate syrup, and a nice maraschino cherry to top it all off?" I whispered, as I placed the cherry on top the whipping cream.

"Well, for one thing you're covering Steve's dick with a chocolate sundae and like you said, he's asleep." Brutus sounded smug.



Bio:

Sharon Kleve was born and raised in Washington and currently lives on the Olympic Peninsula with her husband.

She loves romance. She loves reading romance, living romance, and especially loves writing about romance. She gets no greater feeling than watching her characters come alive in each other's arms. Most of all, she loves giving her characters the happily ever after they deserve—with a few bumps and bruises along the way.

One of her favorite things to do is picking up a new book and sinking into the story, immersing herself in the emotions between the characters. She hopes to inspire her readers the same way her favorite authors have inspired her.

When not writing, she can usually be found either curled up in her recliner with her cat and a good book, or in the kitchen baking sourdough bread or bagels.



Contact me here:

http://www.sharonkleve.com/
http://authorsharonkleve.blogspot.com/
http://www.facebook.com/sharonrkleve
https://twitter.com/#!/SharonKleve
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5399389.Sharon_Kleve



Links to Purchase:Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Sharon-Kleve/e/B006JAH14S/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Klutzy-Love-ebook/dp/B0091HGE6W/ref=pd_rhf_ee_p_t_1
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/Sharon-kleve?keyword=Sharon+kleve&store=allproducts&iehack=%E2%98%A0
Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/search?query=sharon+kleve



Author of "The Corny Myers Series"Flamingo Blues, Published December 2011
Be Mine, Published February 2012
Klutzy Love, Published August 2012


Love Under The Christmas Tree, (Christmas Anthology), Published November 2012

Josey's Christmas Cookie, Published November 2012

Valentine Special Delivery, Soon to be Published 2013

Monday, January 28, 2013

Please give bestselling author M. S. Spencer a big welcome! 




 M. S. has graciously offered a giveaway, to one randomly chosen  commenter, a beautiful rose-decorated key chain.

Please leave a comment for her and your email address and she will contact you.


Why don't you start off by telling everyone a little about yourself.



Although M. S. Spencer has lived or traveled in five continents, the last 30 years have been spent mostly in Washington, D.C. as a librarian, Congressional staff assistant, speechwriter, editor, birdwatcher, kayaker, policy wonk, chair of a large volunteer program, and non-profit director. She is blessed with two fabulous grown children, and the company of Iggy Pop the cat.

Ms. Spencer has published six contemporary romance novels. Lost in His Arms is set in the spinning world of 1991 when countries fell like flies and a CIA fixer had his hands full.


In Lost and Found we follow a desperate wife searching the wilds of Maine for the husband who disappeared.

Losers Keepers is a tale of love, lust and treachery set on the island of Chincoteague.

In Triptych legend, history, and romance intertwine in a triptych of suspense high above the Potomac River.

Artful Dodging: the Torpedo Factory Murders.

Her latest release is Mai Tais and Mayhem: Murder at Mote Marine (a Sarasota Romance). Set on the Florida Gulf coast, it follows the adventures of Tessa Diamond as she deals with new love, old love, murder, sea turtles, big fish, smugglers, parrots, pigs, and the Russian mob, not necessarily in that order.




I'd love to hear about your latest book, Mai Tais and Mayhem: Murder at Mote Marine (a Sarasota Romance).


Book Blurb:

When Tessa Diamond rescued a baby pufferfish from a hungry gull, her good deed led her into a shady world of smuggling, Russian gangsters, and coded messages, confronting murder, attempted ravishment, parrots, sea turtles and big fish, only to encounter blossoming romances at every turn, including one of her own.

She is drawn to Cameron Mason, tiger-eyed and handsome, but before she can drop her longstanding opposition to marriage and accept her true love, she must face the possibility that he could be a thief, and even a murderer.


Book Excerpt:


“Do you work here?”

Tessa jumped. A man stood next to her. Distracted by her ruminations on life and death, she at first only gave him a cursory once-over. His trim body and broad shoulders encased in a finely made dark suit hinted at strength. He wore a nametag, but the writing was too small for her to decipher without getting up close and personal with his chest. Once her eyes traveled up to his face, though, she wanted to. Very badly. Talk about hot.

He reminded her of a dream she’d had a few weeks earlier, in which a stranger held her in his arms and crooned a love song. Here in the flesh was her stranger. Dark blond hair feathered with gold, the mysterious tawny eyes of a stalking tiger, gently tanned skin drawn taut over the arched cheekbones, a nose…well, the nose could use some work. It tilted at an odd angle, presumably due to a collision with a blunt instrument sometime in the past. Tessa found it endearing.

“I repeat, do you work here?”

“I…uh…no. I don’t.” She indicated the nametag. “Do you?”

“Technically yes, only not in this building. I’m hoping you can tell me which door I use to get out. I mean, now that the aquarium’s closed.”

“It is? Oh damn.” She checked her watch. Sure enough, the minute hand showed ten minutes after five. “I guess we’d both better leave.”

Together they made a circuit of the doors, finding them all locked. Finally, the door to the gift shop gave to the combined pressure of four hands. Feeling like mischievous children, they crept past the ancient man counting money from the cash register. At the main entrance, her companion grinned at her. “Shall we make a break for it?”

Tessa smiled back and legged it out to the parking lot. She was rooting around in her bag for her keys when he caught up with her. “Hey, I didn’t catch your name.”

“Well, catch your breath first.” She waited, thinking he didn’t seem in very good shape despite his physique. Good. Otherwise he might have been too perfect. She didn’t want any complications in her life right now.

“Sorry,” he puffed. “I guess I haven’t entirely recovered from that bout with pneumonia.”

Damn.

“So, are you going to tell me your name? After all, we’re partners in crime now.”

“Tessa Diamond. And you are?”

“Cameron Mason. At your service.”

“Nice meeting you.” Tessa turned to her car. He cupped her elbow with a big, warm hand.

“Say, Ms. Diamond, can I interest you in a drink?”

“I don’t think...”

“You see, I was supposed to meet with the Lab director at five and he called in sick. Since I live up in Bradenton I really don’t want to schlep all the way back during rush hour. It would be nice to while away some time.” His lips curled in a tentative smile and she knew she’d have to give in. “You’d be doing me a favor. How does Tommy Bahama sound?”

Tessa gazed deep into his eyes, the green and brown intermixing in a steamy jungle of color. She woke up with a start when he touched her elbow again. “Miss Diamond?”

“Uh, sure. That would be fine.” Can you act any lamer, Tessa? But those eyes…

“My car or yours?”

“Er, why don’t I follow you?” She should at least make an attempt at keeping her distance. Anything to get away from that scent of his, a combination of dark rum and cinnamon, Very…tasty.

“Okay. I’m the tropical blue hybrid over there. The one with the I Love Caviar bumper sticker.”

“And I’m…” she stopped.

“The red Porsche. I know.”

Shut up, Tessa.



Wow, that sounds wonderful. I can't wait to read it. I have a couple fun questions for you.


1. Coffee or tea? 

     Both. I have one strong cup of coffee in the morning, then a nice cup of Darjeeling about 3 or 4 in the afternoon. If I have a cold, I take a cup of Red Zinger with rum and a few other secret ingredients. In our family, we call it “the elixir.”



2. Tell us about your upcoming writing projects.

 
    Slated for release in May is Lapses of Memory, in which two people meet every few years as both their love and flight technology grows. The principle romance—between two journalists as they compete for scoops in international hot spots—is intertwined with that of their daughter’s present-day predicament—having to choose between a reserved American and a dashing Frenchman. I’m currently working on The Mark of Love and Death, another romantic suspense/murder mystery, this time set in Alexandria, Virginia at the landmark George Washington Masonic Memorial. If you’re interested in international intrigue involving renegade freemasons and black ops, long-lost papers of George Washington, and great romance, this is for you.

3. How do you choose the character's names?

   
Hoo boy, that’s a process. I now have several lists of possible names to which I refer when I begin a story. Somewhere around the third chapter, when the character has begun to develop, I take a second look at the name. It’s almost never right; in fact, I may go through three or four names for the principles during the course of drafting the story.
        In several books I’ve tried to incorporate names with meanings—in Triptych, a tale of lost artworks, jealousy, sex, larceny and genius set high above the mighty Potomac, my hero calls himself the Chevalier du bon Arnaque—which is French slang for a good scam artist. In Mai Tais & Mayhem, an extraordinary number of characters have fish names. I plan to have a contest to see who can find them all!

4. What's next for you? 
    My last child having announced that he’s moving away, I’m thinking of dragging up my roots in the Washington DC area and moving—possibly splitting my time between Maine and Florida.
5. What do you enjoy most about writing? 

     Finishing the second draft! I also enjoy story telling—tossing something wild and crazy and unexpected into the mix, some of the time based on something that actually happened to me.


6. How many hours a day to you spend writing? 


      Around five, depending on what I’m working on.


Buy Link: http://store.secretcravingspublishing.com/index.php?main_page=book_info&cPath=4&products_id=500



Author contact information: Blog: http://msspencertalespinner.blogspot.com
Facebook Author Page: www.facebook.com/M.S.SpencerAuthor
Twitter:
www.twitter.com/msspencerauthor
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/msspencerauthor/

Thank you and I wish you great success!



Saturday, January 19, 2013

Congratulations Foretta on winning an eBook copy of Be Mine!


Welcome to Happy Endings Giveaway Blog Hop



January 19th- 26th 2013



Click on the links below and hop around to win fantastic givewaways.



Read the blurb to Be Mine and answer the question below.

"Can she pull it all together for the perfect Valentine’s Day celebration?"

 You could win an ecopy of my Valentine Story, 'Be Mine'.

 Make sure to leave your email along with your answer.




Be Mine Blurb:

 

Corny has a unique psychic ability to communicate with animals, but can she come up with five days of perfect Valentines gifts for her tough-as-nails Seattle cop boyfriend.

Time is running out and Brutus—the horny Labrador, Molly—the hussy French Poodle, Hernando Lamberto—the prized Pekinese, Harry—the Penguin, Buddy the Butt Head—Iguana, and three raccoons all need Corny’s attention.

Can she pull it all together for the perfect Valentine’s Day celebration?



Be Mine Excerpt:


"Corny, do you really think that's a good idea?" Brutus tried to whisper, but it sounded like he had laryngitis.

"Shush Brutus; and get your hairy Labrador butt off the bed. You'll wake Steve up before I'm done putting the finishing touches on his first Valentine present." I tried to be quit and gentle as I applied the final touches. Getting Brutus to be quite was a feat all in its own. "What's not to like about vanilla ice cream, whipping cream, nuts, chocolate syrup, and a nice maraschino cherry to top it all off?" I whispered, as I placed the cherry on top the whipping cream.

"Well, for one thing you're covering Steve's dick with a chocolate sundae and like you said, he's asleep."
Brutus sounded smug.



Bio:

Sharon Kleve was born and raised in Washington and currently lives on the Olympic Peninsula with her husband.

She loves romance. She loves reading romance, living romance, and especially loves writing about romance. She gets no greater feeling than watching her characters come alive in each other's arms. Most of all, she loves giving her characters the happily ever after they deserve—with a few bumps and bruises along the way.

One of her favorite things to do is picking up a new book and sinking into the story, immersing herself in the emotions between the characters. She hopes to inspire her readers the same way her favorite authors have inspired her.

When not writing, she can usually be found either curled up in her recliner with her cat and a good book, or in the kitchen baking sourdough bread or bagels.


Contact me here:
http://www.sharonkleve.com/
http://authorsharonkleve.blogspot.com/
http://www.facebook.com/sharonrkleve
https://twitter.com/#!/SharonKleve
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5399389.Sharon_Kleve



Links to Purchase:
Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Sharon-Kleve/e/B006JAH14S/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Klutzy-Love-ebook/dp/B0091HGE6W/ref=pd_rhf_ee_p_t_1
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/Sharon-kleve?keyword=Sharon+kleve&store=allproducts&iehack=%E2%98%A0
Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/search?query=sharon+kleve



Author of "The Corny Myers Series"Flamingo Blues, Published December 2011
Be Mine, Published February 2012
Klutzy Love, Published August 2012


Love Under The Christmas Tree, (Christmas Anthology), Published November 2012


Josey's Christmas Cookie, Published November 2012





Thursday, January 17, 2013

Congratulations Marlena! You've won the pretty shoe bracelet.

Back by Popular Demand: The Girly Book Blog Hop


January 17th - 21st



Click here and check out all the wonderful giveaways!

http://libby-mercer.blogspot.com/2012/11/back-by-popular-demand-girly-book-blog.html


Oh, The Places You Could Go! 

Losing yourself in a brand new novel is like traveling to a brand new world. Wheather your transported to a
pulsating metropolis, an exotic island, a quaint little mountain village or even a township that existed three hundred years ago, you can visit an unlimited number of locations through your beloved books. No passport required.

Leave a comment about where you'd like to be transported and your email address and I'll be drawing a name of one lucky winner to receive this lovely shoe bracelet.





My books are all set in Seattle WA, so far. They say 'write what you know'. Well, I've lived in the Seattle area my whole life and love it. It just made sense to write about it.





Be Mine Blurb:


Corny has a unique psychic ability to communicate with animals, but can she come up with five days of perfect Valentines gifts for her tough-as-nails Seattle cop boyfriend.

Time is running out and Brutus—the horny Labrador, Molly—the hussy French Poodle, Hernando Lamberto—the prized Pekinese, Harry—the Penguin, Buddy the Butt Head—Iguana, and three raccoons all need Corny’s attention.

Can she pull it all together for the perfect Valentine’s Day celebration?


Be Mine Excerpt:



"Corny, do you really think that's a good idea?" Brutus tried to whisper, but it sounded like he had laryngitis.

"Shush Brutus; and get your hairy Labrador butt off the bed. You'll wake Steve up before I'm done putting the finishing touches on his first Valentine present." I tried to be quit and gentle as I applied the final touches. Getting Brutus to be quite was a feat all in its own. "What's not to like about vanilla ice cream, whipping cream, nuts, chocolate syrup, and a nice maraschino cherry to top it all off?" I whispered, as I placed the cherry on top the whipping cream.

"Well, for one thing you're covering Steve's dick with a chocolate sundae and like you said, he's asleep." Brutus sounded smug.


Bio:

Sharon Kleve was born and raised in Washington and currently lives on the Olympic Peninsula with her husband.

She loves romance. She loves reading romance, living romance, and especially loves writing about romance. She gets no greater feeling than watching her characters come alive in each other's arms. Most of all, she loves giving her characters the happily ever after they deserve—with a few bumps and bruises along the way.

One of her favorite things to do is picking up a new book and sinking into the story, immersing herself in the emotions between the characters. She hopes to inspire her readers the same way her favorite authors have inspired her.

When not writing, she can usually be found either curled up in her recliner with her cat and a good book, or in the kitchen baking sourdough bread or bagels.

Contact me here:

 
http://www.sharonkleve.com/
http://authorsharonkleve.blogspot.com/
http://www.facebook.com/sharonrkleve
https://twitter.com/#!/SharonKleve
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5399389.Sharon_Kleve



Links to Purchase:

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Sharon-Kleve/e/B006JAH14S/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Klutzy-Love-ebook/dp/B0091HGE6W/ref=pd_rhf_ee_p_t_1
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/Sharon-kleve?keyword=Sharon+kleve&store=allproducts&iehack=%E2%98%A0
Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/search?query=sharon+kleve



Author of "The Corny Myers Series"
Flamingo Blues, Published December 2011
Be Mine, Published February 2012
Klutzy Love, Published August 2012

Love Under The Christmas Tree, (Christmas Anthology), Published November 2012

Josey's Christmas Cookie, Published November 2012



Wednesday, January 16, 2013


Welcome Bestselling Author Lynnette Hallberg. I'm glad you could stop by. Why don't you start by telling us about yourself.




Lynnette Hallberg, a recovering middle-school teacher, divides her time between Naples’ beaches and Georgia's Blue Ridge Mountains. She’s been a finalist in Romance Writers of America's national Golden Heart Contest, PASIC's Book of Your Heart Contest, and Georgia Romance Writers' Maggie Contest. Her books include Enchanted Evening; Moonlight, Motorcycles, and Bad Boys; Chantilly Lace and a Pretty Face; Night Shadows, and Just A Little White Lie.

She’s currently at work on a new series for Grand Central Publishing as Lynnette Austin. The first book in the Maverick Junction series, released December 4, 2012 by Grand Central Publishers, is Somebody Like You. Lynnette loves to travel—always on the lookout for new characters and new stories.


Tell us about your exciting new release, Somebody Like You! I love the cover...

 


Somebody Like You came out Dec. 4th. It’s the first in my Maverick Junction series. It’s written under my pen name, Lynnette Austin, for Grand Central Publishing.

Book blurb:

When a cowboy meets an heiress…

Cash Hardeman thought he'd have all the time in the world to find the right woman...until he discovers he’ll lose the family ranch to his gold digging step-grandmother if he’s not married by his 30th birthday. With the deadline just around the corner, Cash knows it's only a matter of time before he loses everything. But when Boston beauty Annelise blows into his life, he can't help but wonder if she's what he’s been looking for all along.

Giving her bodyguards and the paparazzi the slip, Annelise Montjoy has come to Maverick Junction in search of a long-lost relative, the only one who can save her grandfather’s life. But living incognito in the small Texas town is nothing like she expected, and she’s finding it difficult to keep her identity a secret--especially with a rough and tumble cowboy like Cash tempting her. Has she finally found the man who will love her for herself rather than her money?

Two people. Two secrets. Will these secrets catch up with them before Annelise and Cash can ride off into the Texas sunset?

Book excerpt:

“You’ve got to be kidding me.”

Annelise Montjoy motored her Harley along what appeared to be the town’s main street. This was Maverick Junction?

A blue Cadillac, surely old enough to be in a museum, was parked nose-in to the curb. An incredibly ugly dog sat in the front seat.

Thank God, this, the final destination of her cross-country trip from Boston, was temporary. It looked like the kind of place you ran away from, not toward. If luck was on her side, she’d be out of here in a couple weeks at the most.

And then a store door opened and her breath caught. Go, Texas! Look at that cowboy. So different from any of the men in her life. So…intriguing. She slowed to nearly a standstill and watched as he swiped an arm across his forehead, then dumped a grocery bag in the backseat of the old Caddy.

Cracking open a bottle of water, he turned his head in her direction. Her breath hitched as his gaze ran lazily over her, her bike. Then he snagged a Styrofoam cup from inside his car and filled it before setting it on the blistering pavement for the dog waiting patiently beside him.

Leaning against the faded fender, he thumbed back his battered Stetson and chugged the rest of the water. Twisting the cap back on, he tossed the bottle into the recycling bin beside the grocer’s door.

Annelise pulled her bike into a parking space across the street, deliberately turning her back on the stranger. While his clothes might have been stereotypical cowboy—worn jeans, a faded T-shirt, cowboy boots, and hat—he took everything from simmer to boiling point. The jeans hugged long legs, while the shirt stretched taut across his muscled chest. There was something very alluring about him and that surprised her. He wasn’t the kind of man she was usually drawn to.

He shouldn’t appeal to her.

He did.

Not so much as a breeze stirred. The flag on the post office hung limp, and the cheerful red, white, and blue balloons someone had hung outside a beauty salon drooped listlessly.

Unable to stop herself, she peeked in the bike’s rearview mirror. Cowboy was bent over, talking to the dog. Quite a view, but she wasn’t here to admire a fine jean-clad butt. She needed something cold to drink and something light to eat. Then she’d go in search of Dottie Willis and the apartment she’d rented over the Internet. Maverick Junction, Texas. Annelise wished she was driving through, wished she could view it as simply a spot on the map where she’d stopped for lunch one summer day.

Well, she’d just have to work fast.

But before she’d even taken two steps, her cell rang. She checked caller ID, blew out a huge sigh, and dutifully answered.

“Annelise, where are you? When are you coming home?” Her mother’s voice sounded strained.

“Don’t worry, Mom. Are you and Dad okay?”

“Come home.”

“I can’t.”


What a great book!

To help your readers get to know you even better. Here are a few fun questions for you to amswer.

1. Do you like to listen to music while you write? If so, who are your favorite artists?

 You’ll very seldom catch me without music. J I bought myself a Bose music system for Christmas and am loving it! Country-western is my favorite music—Chris Young, Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Sugarland, Tim and Faith. But when I’m really deep into writing, I like things like Celtic Woman, Enya, Loreena McKennitt, the sound tracks from You’ve Got Mail, Notting Hill, and Mama Mia. I also love Maroon 5, Adele, the Beatles, Britney Spears, David Cook…I could go on and on.


2. Tell us a little bit about your newest release. Feel free to include a small excerpt.

My newest release, Somebody Like You, the first in my Maverick Junction series, has a hero and heroine who couldn’t be more different. Rancher Cash Hardeman loves longneck beers, while heiress Annelise Montjoy prefers champagne. Both have a secret—she’s trying to save her grandfather’s life; he’s trying to save the family ranch. Cash belongs in Maverick Junction, Texas, Annelise in Boston, or could it be they belong together?

I think a lot of us enjoy reading series, stories where we get to revisit old friends in familiar places. That’s one of the things that makes Somebody Like You fun. Maverick Junction, Texas, is a wonderful town with people who are caring, funny, and down to earth—and it’s full of cowboys. Who doesn’t love a cowboy? In the next two books, Nearest Thing to Heaven (June 4, 2013) and Can’t Stop Lovin’ You (December, 2013), we get to spend even more time with Annie and Cash, with grandmotherly Dottie, with Sophie and Ty and Maggie and Brawley at Bubba’s Roadhouse and Sally’s Café. So slip into your jeans, a T-shirt, your cowboy boots and hat and come along for a good read.


3. If you could be the hero/heroine in any novel, who would it be and why?

I’d love to be Eve Dallas in Nora Roberts’ In Death series. Why? Roarke, of course! What woman wouldn’t want to have him in her life—and loving her as Roarke does Eve? Dallas is brave, hard-working, and has the strongest moral compass! She’s careless with personal details but never drops the ball on things that really matter. Eve’s friends are totally devoted to her and add spice to her life—albeit begrudgingly on Eve’s part.


4. Coffee or tea?

Definitely coffee. My car’s license holder says Starbucks Junkie on it and I have a Starbucks gold card. Guess that about says it all, doesn’t it?


5. Tell us about your upcoming writing projects.

Since Somebody Like You is the first book in the Maverick Junction series, I’m madly working on the next two books. Nearest Thing to Heaven is written and will be released June 4, 2013. I’m writing Can’t Stop Lovin’ You now. This is the third book in the series and will be out in December of this year. I’m writing these under my pen name, Lynnette Austin. I have five other books published under Lynnette Hallberg.

I’m busy putting together a proposal for another Texas-based series, starring two brothers and a sister. I’m really excited about it. I think it’ll be a lot of fun. Another book, To Live or Die in Dixie, is in final edits—final author edits, that is.


6. How many hours a day to you spend writing?

This has really changed since I’m under contract. I have no idea who said this, but it’s so true. When you’re an unpublished writer, you’re an aspiring author. Once published, you’re a perspiring author. That doesn’t mean an unpublished writer works less hard at her craft, but once under contract, the heat is really on to get those books in by deadline.


I don’t really mark my day at the computer by time but rather word count. I figure I can write five days a week. That allows me to have a life, to take off for fun events, doctor’s appointments, lunch and movie with the girls, dinner with my husband. I pull out my calendar and count how many weeks till deadline. I subtract time to allow for publicity on released books and edit time for books turned in but not yet out. I take the weeks left, times that number by five, and divide by my contracted word count. That becomes my daily word count, and I write to that. Once I hit my mark for the day, I can choose to do more or shut down for the day. It works for me.


7. List two authors we would find you reading when taking a break from your own writing.

I love anything and everything that Nora Roberts writes. Her characters are just the best! I also love to read Lee Child and Mary Kay Andrews. Oh, that’s three, isn’t it? J And that’s why I’m a writer rather than an accountant!


You can find Lynnette's books here:

The book is available in both print and digital at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com

Lynnette's author contact information here:



www.authorlynnetteaustin.comTwitter@LynnetteHallbewww.facebook.com/people/Lynnette-Hallberg
www.Goodreads.com/author/LynnetteHallberg
www.lynnettehallberg.com



Thank you Lynnette and I wish you great success!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

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Welcome to the Snowbound Blog Hop!

January 10th - 13th 2013




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I'd love to hear about your favorite winter romance novel and you'll be entered to win this beautiful Peacock necklace. Be sure to leave your email address.




My favorite winter romance novel is Ice by, Linda Howard.

On holiday leave from the service, Gabriel McQueen is sent into a brewing ice storm to make sure that his father’s distant neighbor, Lolly Helton, who has fallen out of contact, is safe and sound. It’s a trip that Gabriel would rather not make, given the bitter winter weather—and the icy conditions that have always existed between him and Lolly. Arriving at Lolly’s home, Gabriel spots strangers through the windows—one of them packing a weapon—and kicks into combat mode. But once Lolly is rescued, the heat—and the hunt—are on. Snowbound, unarmed, and literally under the gun, Gabriel and Lolly must depend on each other to endure the merciless forces of nature and evade the ruthless enemy out in the blackness of the silent night—and out for their blood.


Snow is forcasted for the Kitsap Peninsula this week.  If I didn't have such a wonderful husband, I might wish to be snowbound with Gabriel McQueen. How about you?



Klutzy Love Blurb:

Corny is a hot chick with a great job that she loves. All that changed in the blink of an eye when her boss had an accident involving an oversized rubber band. She’s still a hot chick, but her boss is dead.
Steve Spears is a seasoned narcotics cop who ends up wanting to strangle Corny on a regular basis. After finding out Corny’s dream of opening a pet detective business, he decides he doesn’t want a girlfriend who routinely puts herself in danger. That’s his job!
Corny misses Steve, but she’s getting on with her life. She decides to get a month’s worth of dating out of the way in a single night, by combining her three favorite things—men, food, and alcohol.
Steve’s big gun and cop’s intuition saves Corny’s life, but not from another trip to the emergency room. He makes Corny promise never to get hurt again—she agreed, but has her fingers crossed behind her back.
Klutzy Love Excerpt:
I raised my salty-rimmed margarita, "Let's make a toast to Mr. Langfield; he was kind, kooky, and had poor taste in women."
"Here, here. God bless the silly romantic fool," Kitty cheered and twirled her hair around her finger.
"I second that," Brenda clinked her glass to ours and munched on chips and salsa.
After a sip from my drink my sexy-guy radar started to beep. I did a quick scan of the restaurant and spotted my target. I discreetly waved my hand above my head and said, "Target acquired... target acquired." We laughed until we about peed our pants and then I leaned forward and quietly asked, "Do you think he heard me?" then giggled more. "I've seen my share of gorgeous men, but that guy is smok’n hot."
"Oh boy, is he ever," Kitty and Brenda said in unison and fanned their faces dramatically.
"He's been looking my way. I'm giving him my, 'you can buy me a drink' look."
All of a sudden Kitty rolled her eyes toward the bar and whispered, "Holy moly, he's coming this way."
Sure enough he made his way through the crowd on the dance floor towards our table. Before I hyperventilated from excitement, Kitty kicked me in the shin. "Thanks, I needed that." Kitty could be pretty levelheaded in stressful situations.


Contact me here:

Links to Purchase:

Author of "The Corny Myers Series"
Flamingo Blues, Published December 2011
Be Mine, Published February 2012
Klutzy Love, Published August 2012

Love Under The Christmas Tree, (Christmas Anthology), Published November 2012

Josey's Christmas Cookie, Published November 2012





Tuesday, January 1, 2013

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My wonderful husband and I take long walks on the weekends and this last weekend we talked about our New Years Resolutions. I told him, with great confidence, that I will quitting my day job and I'll be writing full-time by the end of the year.

He said, "I completely support your decision."

Now, I have to get my butt writing, so I can make my resolution come true.

What is your resolution this year? Tell me and add your email address. You can win a beautiful, sparkling ring from me.






Come check out my third book in The Corny Myers Series, Klutzy Love.



Blurb:

Corny is a hot chick with a great job that she loves. All that changed in the blink of an eye when her boss had an accident involving an oversized rubber band. She’s still a hot chick, but her boss is dead.

Steve Spears is a seasoned narcotics cop who ends up wanting to strangle Corny on a regular basis. After finding out Corny’s dream of opening a pet detective business, he decides he doesn’t want a girlfriend who routinely puts herself in danger. That’s his job!

 Corny misses Steve, but she’s getting on with her life. She decides to get a month’s worth of dating out of the way in a single night, by combining her three favorite things—men, food, and alcohol.

Steve’s big gun and cop’s intuition saves Corny’s life, but not from another trip to the emergency room. He makes Corny promise never to get hurt again—she agreed, but has her fingers crossed behind her back.

Excerpt:

I raised my salty-rimmed margarita, "Let's make a toast to Mr. Langfield; he was kind, kooky, and had poor taste in women."

"Here, here. God bless the silly romantic fool," Kitty cheered and twirled her hair around her finger.

 "I second that," Brenda clinked her glass to ours and munched on chips and salsa.

After a sip from my drink my sexy-guy radar started to beep. I did a quick scan of the restaurant and spotted my target. I discreetly waved my hand above my head and said, "Target acquired... target acquired." We laughed until we about peed our pants and then I leaned forward and quietly asked, "Do you think he heard me?" then giggled more. "I've seen my share of gorgeous men, but that guy is smok’n hot."

"Oh boy, is he ever," Kitty and Brenda said in unison and fanned their faces dramatically.

 "He's been looking my way. I'm giving him my, 'you can buy me a drink' look."

 All of a sudden Kitty rolled her eyes toward the bar and whispered, "Holy moly, he's coming this way."

Sure enough he made his way through the crowd on the dance floor towards our table. Before I hyperventilated from excitement, Kitty kicked me in the shin. "Thanks, I needed that." Kitty could be pretty levelheaded in stressful situations.


Bio:

Sharon Kleve was born and raised in Washington and currently lives on the Olympic Peninsula with her husband.

She loves romance. She loves reading romance, living romance, and especially loves writing about romance. She gets no greater feeling than watching her characters come alive in each other's arms. Most of all, she loves giving her characters the happily ever after they deserve—with a few bumps and bruises along the way.

One of her favorite things to do is picking up a new book and sinking into the story, immersing herself in the emotions between the characters. She hopes to inspire her readers the same way her favorite authors have inspired her.

When not writing, she can usually be found either curled up in her recliner with her cat and a good book, or in the kitchen baking sourdough bread or bagels.



Contact me here:
http://www.sharonkleve.com/
http://authorsharonkleve.blogspot.com/
http://www.facebook.com/sharonrkleve
https://twitter.com/#!/SharonKleve
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5399389.Sharon_Kleve


Links to Purchase:
Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Sharon-Kleve/e/B006JAH14S/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Klutzy-Love-ebook/dp/B0091HGE6W/ref=pd_rhf_ee_p_t_1


Author of "The Corny Myers Series"
Flamingo Blues, Published December 2011
Be Mine, Published February 2012
Klutzy Love, Published August 2012

Love Under The Christmas Tree, (Christmas Anthology), Published November 2012

Josey's Christmas Cookie, Published November 2012