Thursday, August 30, 2012

Romantic Quote Thursday



I seem to have loved you in numberless forms, numberless times, in life after life, in age after age forever.
~Rabindranath Tagore

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

A Tale of Two Vampires (A Dark Ones Novel) #Books


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that are eagerly anticipated.

Book: A Tale of Two Vampires (A Dark Ones Novel)

Release Date: September 4, 2012

By: Katie MacAlister

Publisher: Signet


From Amazon:



Time isn’t always on a vampire’s side....

Iolanthe Tennyson has had a very bad year—due in part to the very bad men in her life. So she’s accepted her cousin’s invitation to spend the summer in Austria to indulge her photography hobby. Rumors of a haunted forest there draw Iolanthe into the dark woods—and into the eighteenth century....

Nikola Czerny is a cursed man, forced by his half brothers to live forever as a Dark One. But his miserable existence takes an intriguing turn when a strange, babbling woman is thrown in his path. Iolanthe claims to know Nikola’s daughter—three hundred years in the future. She also knows what fate—in the form of his murderous half brothers—has in store for him. If only she knew the consequences of changing the past to save one good, impossibly sexy vampire...


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Teaser Tuesday Snippets


Welcome to Teaser Tuesday. Each Tuesday, I will post a snippet of a book from my personal bookshelf. Some books may be fiction. Some may be on the craft of writing. Here's today's selection.


After more than two decades of marriage, he knew this woman inside and out. So why did he so often miss the mark about pleasing her? Why couldn't he make his wife happy?
"I'm sorry for the flash of temper," Ali said quietly. "I shouldn't have embarrassed us both in front of my friends."

He accepted the apology with a shrug. "So how badly did I screw up? Are you going to call it quits again?"
"No, I'm not going to call it quits again," she parroted, a snippy note in her tone. "That said, I have to ask. What in the world were you thinking, Mac? You are a federal court judge! You can't walk away from that to run a restaurant."

Working to maintain his patience, he spoke in a conciliatory tone. "Actually, I don't want to run a restaurant. That's your dream."

Page 276 Heartache Falls by Emily March




Here's the Blurb:




Married for more than twenty years, and with her children out of the nest, Ali Timberlake has come to Eternity Springs alone. She's looking for answers to heartbreaking questions and searching for something that's missing deep within herself. Taking a lease on the Bristlecone Cafe' in pursuit of a lifelong dream, Ali feels revitalized as she becomes part of this charming mountain town. But a big piece of her is still back in Denver with her husband, Mac, a successful judge--and a man who isn't going to let the woman he loves leave without a fight.

When Mac shows up in Eternity Springs--sexy, seductive, and determined to win his wife back--he experiences the wonder of the place that has given Ali such feelings of happiness and belonging. He wants that for her, but even more, he wants that with her. Ali has found a special place for her heart. But is there still enough room left in that heart for him?

Do you have this book in your bookshelf?

Monday, August 27, 2012

Monday Musing


Good Morning!

Last Monday I mentioned I listen to music when I write romantic scenes for my WIPs. My current wip is a contemporary western. It involves western ranching with southern hospitality. Here is a partial list of love songs I've used to help set the mood:

I Wanna Be Loved by Eric Benet

The Man In Love With You by George Strait

When You Kiss Me by Shania Twain and

Never Gonna Let You Go by Faith Evans

What are some love songs you've used to set your romantic mood?

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Fear the Darkness (Guardians of Eternity) #Books


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that are eagerly anticipated.

Book: Fear the Darkness (Guardians of Eternity)

Release Date: August 28, 2012

By: Alexandra Ivy

Publisher: Zebra




From Amazon:

Beautiful Cassandra is a Were, a prophet both vulnerable and defiant, blessed with visions that portend the fate of the world. A rare and delicate creature, Cassie must be protected at all costs. Enter Caine, a powerful cur turned pure-blooded Were whose recent tangles with a demon lord have left him in serious need of redemption. Caine is duty-bound to keep Cassie out of danger - and that means resisting his potent urge to seduce her. As Cassie's mysterious visions lead them in and out of danger, Caine believes he has found his true mate, the woman with whom he is bound for all eternity. Cassie is both charmed and frightened by Caine's magnetism, and unsure if he - or her feelings for him - can be trusted. But Cassie can't afford to doubt Caine now. A deadly enemy bent on destruction is closer than they realize - and only they can keep chaos from ruling the world.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Teaser Tuesday Snippets


Welcome to Teaser Tuesday. Each Tuesday, I will post a snippet of a book from my personal bookshelf. Some books may be fiction. Some may be on the craft of writing. Here's today's selection.


As Matthias stared into those beautiful eyes of hers, he felt ancient. Ancient and broken and trapped. But as he had learned two years ago, he couldn't stop the trajectory of his life. It was like putting your palms up to an avalanche: You got crushed and the rush of snow and ice didn't even notice.
"I am not afraid of you," she said.
"You should be," he replied grimly, thinking of the twelve different ways he could make it so she didn't come down for breakfast tomorrow morning. "You should be very afraid."

Page 191 Crave by J. R. Ward




Here's the Blurb:






Seven deadly sins. Seven souls that must be saved. One more no-holds-barred battle between Jim Heron, a fallen angel with a hardened heart, and a demon with everything to lose.

Isaac Rothe is a black-ops soldier with a dark past and a grim future. The target of an assassin, he finds himself behind bars, his fate in the hands of his gorgeous public defender, Grier Childe. His hot attraction to her is a totally wrong place--wrong time kind of thing--and that's before Jim Heron tells him his soul is in danger. Caught up in a wicked game with the demon who shadows Jim, Isaac must decide whether the soldier in him can believe that true love is the ultimate weapon against evil...

Do you have this book in your bookshelf?


Monday, August 20, 2012

Monday Musing


Good Morning!

I thought I'd share what my writing space looks like. I converted the second bedroom of my home into an office. The color scheme of the room is white, black with many shades of pink.

There are two windows wearing varying colors of pink curtains and white blinds. Between the windows is my black wooden triangle-shaped/corner desk with a black and fushia rolling chair. The desk holds my netbook, a landline phone, a dark pink based lamp with a white shade, my pink/fushia office tools and a clear in-tray for holding pages of edited works in progress and internet research.

My printer is on a black tray table next to the desk. Above the tray table, on the wall is a white magnetic board with small round multicolored magnets used as a storyboard or for messages.

Three black bookcases. One, a small two shelf bookcase. The top is used to hold open books currently in use. The shelves hold computer software and travel videos for out of state/country settings. Another, a small three shelf that holds five books each shelf. These are the books that are used all the time. The last, a large five shelf bookcase holding the rest of my books on craft of writing.

There is a TV for taking breaks from writing and a stereo system for listening to music when I need to be in the mood for writing romantic scenes.

A light pink, peach, beige and white sleeper sofa with throw pillows round out the room. It's used for those all important naps when the brain is too tired to function.

It's not too obvious that I like black and pink is it?

What is your writing space like?

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Romantic Quote Thursday



"For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.”
~Judy Garland

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Teaser Tuesday Snippets


Welcome to Teaser Tuesday. Each Tuesday, I will post a snippet of a book from my personal bookshelf. Some books may be fiction. Some may be on the craft of writing. Here's today's selection.

YA Selection

Nick opened his mouth to make another comment when he realized that conversation had stopped. The hair on the back of his neck stood up. Turning his head, he saw Brian being led out of the school in handcuffs.

Except for the blood marring his letterman's jacket, he looked normal. Completely. Totally. Normal. Yeah, his skin was a little pale and his eyes sunken like he hadn't slept well. But other than that...

No one could tell he'd tried to eat his best friend.

Page 107, Infinity: Chronicles of Nick by Sherrilyn Kenyon




Here's the Blurb





At fourteen, Nick Gautier thinks he knows everything about the world around him. Streetwise, tough, and savvy, Nick and his quick sarcasm are the stuff of legend... until the night when his best friends try to kill him. Saved by a mysterious warrior who has more fighting skills than Chuck Norris, Nick is sucked into the realm of the Dark-Hunters: immortal vampire slayers who risk everything to save humanity.

Nick quickly learns that the human world is only a veil covering a much larger and more dangerous one: a world where the captain of the football team is a werewolf and the girl he has a crush on goes out at night to stake the undead.

But before Nick can even learn the rules of this new world, his fellow students are turning into flesh-eating zombies. And he's next on the menu.

As if starting high school isn't hard enough...now Nick has to hide his new friends form his mom, his chain saw from the principal, and keep the zombies and the demon Simi from eating his brains, all without getting grounded or suspended. How in the world is he supposed to do that?

Do you have this on your bookshelf?

Monday, August 13, 2012

Monday Musing


Good Morning!

My thoughts today are about Tattoos. Tribal Tattoos. A lot of paranormal romance and urban fantasy book covers show the male body covered in tattoos between the neck and waist. They, the tattoos, look good. Damned good. But, where do they come from? why would men (and sometimes women) wear them? what do they mean?

Tribal Tattoos were found on a man's body as early as 5,000 years ago. This appears to be the oldest scientific proof. The practice of tattooing has been in place for many years in such places as Africa, New Zealand, North America and Europe--just to name a few.
Tattoos were worn primarily to designate a person's group or tribe. Tattoos were also worn to show loyalty for a particular group or tribe, to depict important battles that particular person may have fought in and to show what element, symbol or animal the person most identified with.

So the next time you drool over...I mean check out a book cover with a luscious tattooed male, let's think about what that cover may mean for the hero (its usually him on the cover). That cover may depict the paranormal group he represents, his loyalties, his pain and the battles he (or she) is in the mist of or have been a part of.

What are your thoughts on Tribal Tattoos? What do they mean to you?

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Romantic Quote Thursday



Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.
- Robert Heinlein

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Teaser Tuesday Snippets


Welcome to Teaser Tuesday. Each Tuesday, I will post a snippet of a book from my personal bookshelf. Some books may be fiction. Some may be on the craft of writing. Here's today's selection.


His gaze jumped back to her face, locking with hers. "I am reading your thoughts." His hand dropped to hers. He lifted her clenched fist to his chest and one by one pried open her fingers. "You are a bad-tempered little thing, aren't you? And very confused. One moment you feel remorse and think to offer me your services and the next you think to strike me. You already serve me. I have only to order and you will provide whatever I require. As for striking me, it is not advisable or permitted."

Page 81 Dark Predator by Christine Feehan



Here's the Blurb:



As brutal as the undead he hunted, Zacarias De La Cruz was a master executioner. Over the long, dark centuries, he plunged into so many battles they blurred into an endless lifetime of evil that hardened the soul of this merciless, ruthless and implacable dark predator.

Now his stark and savage journey is over. After a thousand years in a gray world, he has accomplished everything he set out to do. His brothers are safeguarded. Each has found a woman who completes him. And they are at peace. For his brothers, Zacarias has walked the edge of madness, but with centuries as a killing machine now left to the past, and without a hunt to define him, Zacarias wonders for the first time in his life, who he really is.

The answers await him back home in Peru in an unexpected betrayal, in the vengeance of an old enemy, in the inevitable consequences of a bloody family legacy, and in the deliverance of a lifemate he never could have imagined.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Monday Musing


No musings or reflections today, no internet service until just a few moments ago. I hope to see you again on next Monday.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

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