Thursday, July 2, 2015

SEAL Wolf Hunting!


I just returned from another wildlife reserve that has wolves--Ashton, Nebraska. Unfortunately, they were all sleeping and I only managed a couple of pictures when two were moving. I talked to the people who manage them and they said they actually have 16 wolves, 8 of those puppies. *sigh*

I did manage to get a couple of pictures of the adults, and one of the puppies was moving about beyond a fence next to the one that was sleeping, and I captured it!


 adult gray wolf
yearling
Wolf and puppy

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Paul Cunningham has eluded many traps in his long career as a Navy SEAL, but there's no way out of this one. On a rare visit home, he gets "volunteered" for a local charity bachelor auction, and the community is counting on him. Then he discovers that the sexy she-wolf with the winning ticket is Lori Greypaw-the one woman he could never resist. And she has plans for Paul that go way beyond a simple date. For the first time in his bachelor life, this alpha wolf SEAL is going to have to prove his worth...
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It's too hot for the wolves to be out during the day--same here. Hope you are all staying cool and having a blast this summer! 

Any plans for 4th of July? I've got Billionaire in Wolf's Clothing deadline fast approaching, so except for the fireworks in that, nothing planned!

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

New Release: NOT SO NEW IN TOWN By Michele Summers

Second in the Harmony Homecomings series. Lucy Doolan comes home to Harmony, NC after many years away to help take care of her pregnant stepsister and nephew. She didn't plan on running into her high school crush Brogan Reese and she really didn't plan on going to work for him. In the scene below, Brogan drives Lucy home after dinner and she has agreed to think about his job offer and he has agreed to help her with her difficult nephew, Parker.
Exclusive excerpt: the first kiss...


“I better get inside…have to check on Parker and–––”
“Sure.” His feet were rooted to the driveway. After a long, drawn-out pause, he stepped back creating space between his white button-down shirt and her gold necklace with the pearl drop nestled near her cleavage. Brogan ripped his gaze away from the swell of her heaving breasts and closed the car door. Taking a moment, he squeezed his eyes shut, pulling air into his deprived lungs. Then he turned and ushered her to the house. At the front door, Lucy rested her hand on the doorknob.
He cleared his throat. “Any special requests for tomorrow’s treat?”
Large gold hoop earrings danced as she shook her head no. “Surprise me. Thanks again, Brogan. See you tomorrow.”
“Yeah, sure. No problem.” He rocked back on his heels, watching her disappear inside the dimly lit house. Shoving his hands in his pocket, he headed back to his car, his leather loafers echoing against the cement walkway. “Keep moving and don’t look back,” he muttered to himself. “Business and pleasure don’t mix.”
He gripped the cool car door handle, and despite all the warring in his head, looked up. Lucy’s silhouette was outlined behind the sheers covering the front window. His hand dropped and formed a tight fist. The sheers fluttered and the front door light flicked off, casting the house in darkness.
With shaking muscles Brogan didn’t think. He sprinted up the walk and jumped the three front steps. As he raised his hand, the front door flew open and Lucy stumbled into his chest, slamming the door closed behind her. His arm locked around her waist, and he pushed her against the solid wood door. Her heated gaze focused on his face as he lowered his mouth, trying to take it slow. But the instant his lips touched hers…he wanted it all. He wanted to consume her until they became one. Fire raged through his veins from the scent of her skin, the feel of her curves and the texture of her lips. He was a goner.
His tongue swept inside her warm, wet mouth and the kiss turned serious and devouring. The instant her tongue touched his, a shudder ran down his spine. He pressed her deeper against the door, needing to feel the length of her against his body. Her hands moved to his shoulders and gripped his muscles beneath his shirt. She smelled like warm woman and great sex. She brushed her fingers at the top of his collar and spread them through his hair. A moan escaped her throat, twisting his gut with pain and pleasure. Brogan groaned into her greedy mouth. The need rushing through him burned him alive. And he welcomed it. For the first time in a very long time, he allowed the lust to spread its liquid fire. He rocked against her, tilting her head for better access. His thumb brushed her neck and connected with her racing pulse. Their mouths opened and closed as they couldn’t stop feeding each other hungry kisses.
Suddenly he froze. Arms and legs rigid. His head shot up, pulling air into his deprived lungs. “Shit!”
Lucy blinked her fiery gray eyes in confusion. “What–––Omigod!” She pushed at his chest.
Brogan turned, pulling Lucy in front. He blocked his face with his other arm against the glare of the red and blue flashing lights.
From the police cruiser idling in her driveway.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Mystical Cleaning or Just Getting Rid of the Crap by Jade Lee


For those of you who follow me on twitter (@JadeLeeAuthor) or Facebook (Jade Lee Author), you know that I’ve started something kinda weird with @CindyDees. Guess what it is:

A. Mystical Yoga – we stretch, pose, and pray to the God of Flexibility that we don’t break something.
B. Disposing of 27 items a day for 9 days in a row.
C. Using burning sage to smudge out all the evil spirits in my whole house room by room. Yes, I did accidentally set fire to my hair.
D. Tossing out shoes. You read it right–shoes. Every ugly, worn, pinching, or otherwise annoying pair.

Answer: B – I’m sure there’s all sorts of numerological reasons for the 27 items for 9 days in a row. The idea is that clutter holds space in your life. If you want new experiences to come in, you have to get rid of the old crap. So after 9 days (if you miss one, you have to start over) something magical is supposed to enter your life. I’m on day 8 right now. So far what’s entered is dust and a sense of accomplishment. Yup, all those little things that I swore I’d deal with...I actually did. Well, not all of them, but a lot! I’m very proud of myself.

As for the other choices, praying to the God of Flexibility is what I always do on the rare occasions when I attempt yoga. Burning sage is something I’ve done once and yup, don’t hold that stuff too close to your face. Or maybe when smudging you’re supposed to use the smoke, not the fire. As for tossing out shoes–well, I have been as part of the 9 day clearing out, but that’s not all I’ve been getting rid of.

Here are just some little notes about my mystical cleansing experience. I tossed huge piles of expired make up, some I hadn’t even opened yet. But do I really need sparkly blue eyeshadow from a decade ago? This is a picture of my trunk filled with items for my FIRST trip to Good Will. I have no idea if they’ll resell any of it or it’s all destined for the dumpster. Don’t care. It’s not in my house anymore.



Here’s a picture of my cabinet after I tossed all the expired food. And yes, the sponge went too.



So what have you cleaned out lately? And after you’re done, maybe you’ll pick up a copy of 50 Ways to Ruin a Rake. Check it out here: http://jadeleeauthor.com/50-ways-to-ruin-a-rake


 





Monday, June 29, 2015

Race to the Finish

June 29th? Im. Possible.

Ok, not impossible, but the summer has flown by so quickly that I can hardly believe July is almost here. I've been keeping busy with my upcoming releases from Sourcebooks: the Romance of the Turf series, focusing on a talented but troubled family at the heart of Newmarket's Thoroughbred-racing scene. 

I've just finished copyedits on the introductory novella, "The Sport of Baronets," which will be out in January. In February comes the first full-length novel, A Gentleman's Game--which I finished revising at the beginning of June. (My editor likes it! Yay!) The second novel is due in September, so I'm working on that now.

Not that I've spent the whole summer at a computer so far. Last weekend, Little Miss R and I took a trip out of state for a family reunion. While she played on a water slide, I caught up with my relatives--including one of my aunts, who gave me a manila envelope full of childhood "treasures" I had sent to her over the years. Here's one of them:

I drew this around the time I turned six, before I was apparently aware that people had noses. The names of the horses--as printed on their tack, because why not--are "Hish," "Dewey Ann," "His," "Han," "May," and "Red." 

I'm troubled by the fact that only one of the horses has a jockey. Did the rest buck theirs off? Han's behavior seems to indicate yes. In addition, May appears to be kicking a toy horse, or maybe that's my youthful mastery of perspective.

Considering my early fascination with racing, the Romance of the Turf series was an inevitable step in my writing career. :) Each romance will have a horse race in it--though with far more jockeys than this picture shows. And the horses will have much stranger names, too. As the hero of "The Sport of Baronets" says, "What a sad world it would be if the name of a racehorse had to make sense."

I hope you all enjoy the new series! I'll be posting info on the Books page of my website as soon as I can share more. You can also sign up for my newsletter to be sure you get the latest scoop before anyone else: http://theresaromain.com

Happy summer to you all! And if you find yourself in a horse race, keep a hand on your nose to make sure it doesn't vanish.

Historical romance author Theresa Romain pursued an impractical education that allowed her to read everything she could get her hands on. She then worked for universities and libraries, where she got to read even more. Eventually she started writing, too. She lives with her family in the Midwest. Find her at theresaromain.com or on Facebook or Twitter.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Shana's Winner

The randomly chosen winner of the books by Grace Burrowes, Julie Ann Walker, and Tera Lynn Childs & Tracy Deebs is Missy Terry! Thanks to all who commented.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Wanted: Beta Hero for Alpha Heroine

My baby girl needs a friend.

Here she is giving me the evil eye after a wash...

We inherited her after a family marriage breakup meant that person had to shift to smaller digs. Kobe was only supposed to be a guest for a few months, but she and my boyfriend fell in love with each other, and it was decided that she had to stay. 

It's been a couple of years now, and she's getting a little greyer, and a little bit slower. So now we're on the lookout for a puppy friend for her to play with. Kobe likes: Walks, car drives, camping, swimming and chasing tennis balls. Also partial to long snoozes. Does not like: small white fluffy dogs.

The problem?

We want to do a little research to make sure we try and match her up with a friend who suits her. Kobe is very much the boss of the yard, but gets along well with less-dominant dogs (like Hazel below).  My boyfriend wants an Irish Wolfhound, or a poodle. I want something medium sized, friendly, and good with people - and cats. Top of my list? Golden Retriever, or something similar sized, or a German Short Haired Pointer, but I'm totally open to suggestions. 

With her 'cousin' after an exhausting afternoon tearing apart a cushion...
So, does anyone have any experience with these breeds, or other suggested types? We're hoping to narrow it down, and then maybe strart looking at the RSPCA (rescue centre) to see if they have any dogs that match up. Right now it's at the research stage, but we're hoping to start looking soon. 

Thanks!

Bec McMaster writes award-winning romance novels featuring red-hot alpha males, kick-ass heroines and edge-of-your-seat adventures. Her London Steampunk series is available from Sourcebooks, and Forged By Desire is a 2015 RITA finalist. Read more about her at www.becmcmaster.com. 

Friday, June 26, 2015

Who doesn't love free samples?

Hi guys! Gina Lamm here. Going to a conference, show, or fair with my mother is always fun. The woman adores anything free. It doesn't matter what it is, if she could use it or not, or if it's the least bit practical. Whenever we leave, we're burdened down with bags full o'stuff. Eventually (sooner if my father gets hold of it) most of the flyers, fans, and useless stuff gets tossed, but let there be a lip balm or a notepad in there and mom will hold onto it forever.

If you feel a kinship with my mother, then today's your lucky day!

I've got some incredibly talented friends, and one of them has put together a super-awesome romance sampler just in time for some beach reading. And best of all, it's free! TEASERS AND TASTES features some incredible authors, with books separated by genre, and page samples of each to give you a great idea of whether you might enjoy that author's work. I'm thrilled to have KISS THE EARL included in the time travel section! It's been an honor to have my work situated alongside some of these ladies', and I hope, while you're packing your bags for your summer vacation, you'll consider adding TEASERS AND TASTES to your ebook library.

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

H is for Hawk by Deb Werksman


For the first time ever on this blog, I’m going to review a book!

I recently read H is for Hawk, a memoir about a woman who, while grieving her father’s death, decided to train a baby goshawk. (BABY GOSHAWK!!!!!!!)



This is MABEL, the goshawk. Isn’t she beautiful?

I adore hawks, let me just say—I see turkey hawks on my way to and from the office every day, and there they are up there, sitting on the lampposts, or cruising the air currents, with their sharp eyes, their magnificent wingspans, and their grace and deadliness. Shivers.

Helen MacDonald had experience with falconry, so she knew what she was getting into. DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME! I am completely satisfied with the vicarious experience of training a goshawk; I have no desire to try it myself.

Helen’s writing is magnificent—brilliant, beautiful, poignant and deep. I wished at times that she had  not taken the book into sadness at every opportunity—there were many instances when I felt the word choices could have been lighter, more joyful and delighted, but she was grieving at the time, so it’s understandable. She quoted T.H. White’s book The Goshawk quite a bit, and I could have wished for just about 25-30% less of that, but it was ok because the rest of the book was so magnificent. I particularly loved the falconry language. At one point, she says that Mabel “snapped into yarak instantly”—yarak is that state of supreme fitness and conditioning that results in a hawk being ready to pounce. Don’t you feel that way sometimes? (I do, without the fitness part.)

Highly recommend this beautiful fascinating memoir.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

POLDARK Rides Again!


Cloak billowing in the wind, tricorne hat perched proudly on his head, he galloped across my television screen and changed my life forever.

Hyperbole? Not by much.

Robin Ellis as Ross Poldark
One summer, our local PBS station broadcast the 1970s miniseries Poldark--about the changing fortunes of an ancient Cornish mining family--and its sequel back-to-back. Almost 30 weeks of high drama, smoldering romance, and swashbuckling adventure, unfolding against the wild, beautiful landscape of 18th century Cornwall. The lavish production was lovingly written—despite some dramatic liberties taken early in the series—and wonderfully cast, with a brooding Robin Ellis as the title character (a soldier who returns to a ruined estate and a sweetheart now engaged to his cousin instead), and a fiery Angharad Rees as Demelza, one of the main women in Poldark’s life. Other standouts included Ralph Bates, as Poldark’s smarmy parvenu nemesis, George Warleggan, and Richard Morant as dashing doctor Dwight Enys, who becomes one of Poldark’s closest friends.

Aidan Turner as the New Poldark



Needless to say, I adored the series and the novels by Winston Graham that inspired it (more on those in a moment). So I felt a mixture of excitement and trepidation this past winter when I saw a promo for the new Poldark, which will begin airing this summer (As of this posting, the first episode will have been shown on PBS.)  Did it stand a chance of being as good as the original? Would the producers understand how important the whole sense of Cornwall as a community was to the series? Would they take the time to tell the story properly, without shortchanging key events or relationships? How good would the casting be? And could I accept Aidan Turner as Ross Poldark when the last time I saw him he was three feet shorter, fully bearded, and making eyes at an elf?

Fortunately, initial word on the new Poldark, which has already aired in the UK, has been reassuring. Winston Graham passed away in 2003 (at 95, a year after writing Bella Poldark, the 12th and last Poldark novel!), but Robin Ellis is still living and plays a cameo role in the new series. Several British newspapers have interviewed Ellis about both Poldarks, and he has had only positive things to say about his involvement with them. Ellis also told the Daily Mail, "The key to the enduring popularity of Poldark is the characters and the story and the writing . . . Winston Graham created this community where there is love, hate, poverty, riches, all human life is there. But he does it in a three-dimensional way so you fall in love with it. You care for the characters."

That particular quote gladdens my heart because I came to love the novels as much as the miniseries—and because Graham has been a huge influence on my own work. Waltz with a Stranger and A Song at Twilight are both set largely in Cornwall, though a century later, and I have striven to capture the same sense of place and community, the same wealth and range of emotions that Graham does in The Poldark Saga.

Demelza tries to comfort a brooding Ross
Graham’s characterization has shaped mine as well: Ross is an original, as is the inimitable Demelza, but my heroes bear more than a trace of his stamp. Like Ross, James Trelawney is happiest and most himself in his native county, while Robin Pendarvis shares his initials, along with the first name of Ross’s best-known portrayer. Both men are also strong, stoic, and down-to-earth, with little tolerance for snobs or fools. And their heroines are matches for them in every way. I’ve always felt that Graham really liked and appreciated strong, capable women, which isn’t always the case with male authors!
           
My books also contain what I think of as “Poldark moments”—scenes in which desire and attraction play out against the dramatic Cornish landscape.

Photo courtesy of the Daily Mail
Like this scene in Waltz with a Stranger, where the heroine, Aurelia—wading in the sea—first sees James in his native element:

The wind off the sea whistled in her ears and flapped the wide brim of her hat. On impulse, she loosened the ribbons under her chin, took off the hat, and stood bareheaded in the sun, letting the breeze ruffle her hair, tease it loose from its pins. Her skirt billowed around her, and she stepped forward more boldly into the surf. The cold felt merely invigorating this time, and she stood with the sea swirling about her ankles, gazing toward the horizon, where the deepening blue of the sea met the softer blue of the sky.

She did not hear the hoofbeats at first, and even when the sound reached her ears, she did not immediately identify them as such. They seemed nothing more than part of the sea’s rumble. Not until she felt the ground quiver beneath her feet did she look up to see the lone horseman galloping toward her.

Beneath the open sky, horse and rider moved as one, the latter’s head gleaming with the same inky gloss as his horse’s hide, making his shirt seem whiter by comparison. Watching him approach, Aurelia experienced a jolt of recognition almost physical in its intensity. No London dandy, transplanted from his usual environs of Hyde Park and Rotten Row.

No London dandy—but James Trelawney, Earl of Trevenan, in his rightful place. 

(From Waltz with a Stranger, Ch. 18)

Every grain of sand, every blade of marram grass matters in Graham’s world, and no character is too insignificant to have a backstory and an inner life. Whatever their station, Graham’s characters love and hate, work and dream, fight and make peace, and involve us—the readers—in their struggles. What more can one ask of any story? The family saga may be out of literary fashion at the moment, but I for one would love to see it revive.

Winston Graham with "Demelza," "Ross," and "Jud"
Meanwhile, I hope the new series will indeed be as good as the old. And I hope that a new generation will discover Graham’s books (I certainly wouldn’t complain if they discovered mine as well!) And I hope that I can find room in my heart for Aidan Turner’s Ross, even if Robin Ellis will always be the definitive portrayer to me. He had Graham’s official stamp of approval, after all. One of Ellis’s most cherished possessions is a copy of Ross Poldark containing the following inscription from the author:

Dear Robin,

I have so far watched twelve instalments [sic] with hyper-critical gaze and have never seen you put a foot wrong.

You've played many parts and will have many more, but I doubt if you'll play another character in which you achieve a greater identity with what the author intended, or give him – and about ten million other people – so much pleasure.

Winston, Christmas 1975.

What particular authors or works have strongly influenced or inspired you?

Pamela Sherwood