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Hot Heroes Faceoff - Round 2

  Crimson Romance Authors Heat Things Up! ROUND TWO The two Crimson Romance heroes squaring off today are ready for battle! Round 1 winner, the immortal Chago from SEAL OF SURRENDER by Traci Douglass is squaring off against challenger Dylan Bond, International War Journalist from IN LOVE ANDWAR by Tara Mills . How are our heroes feeling about this next round? Chago left late last night, summoned for a top-secret mission at an undisclosed location with no mention of a solid return date. Such is the life of a Scion warrior. Traci was able to slip a small digital camera to Barron, Chago's youngest brother, with instructions for him to try and get me some photos of Chago in the field. We'll see what he sends back... :) And there are always satellite phones and e-mail. So never fear ladies, Traci will make sure Chago is well accounted for during Round 2! Dylan's taking it all in stride, tolerating his heroine's high protein, low carb diet, but he does have

Hot Heroes Faceoff

Crimson Romance Authors Heat Things Up! Crimson Romance authors love their leading men and are willing to fight for them. In celebration of Lover’s Day on April 23, we’re kicking off the first-ever Hot Heroes Faceoff. The event will run each Tuesday for the next six weeks, in which two hot heroes will square off for your votes. The winning hero on April 23 will advance to the next round. On June 4 we’ll crown the hot hero for the summer and throw in some prizes here and there along the way! Our first two heroes squaring off are Jordon from Save MySoul by Elley Arden and Chago from Seal of Surrender by Traci Douglass . Here’s a little background on their hotties: Jordon Kemmons wears a Versace suit like it's nobody's business. As a successful baseball agent, he's a tough negotiator who's used to getting his way, but he has a soft spot for free-spirited women who love him flaws and all. Chago has always been the quiet one amongst his warrior Sci

Prepping for Romance with Author Heather Thurmeier - Interview

Escape to My Arms by Heather Thurmeier Sara’s been preparing for this moment her whole life—she just never believed it would actually happen. With her bug-out bag and emergency food already in her truck, her only goal is to get to her family’s hidden bunker and wait out the pandemic that’s hit every major cruise ship port in the US. But her plan quickly falls apart. She’s out of gas, her route to the bunker is now a two-lane parking lot with no alternative in sight, and her only weapon is a pocketknife. For an experienced prepper, she’s made every rookie mistake. Dane believes he’s safe in his cabin, off the beaten path and in the woods with his own source for water, electricity and an endless supply of food to hunt. After finding Sara stranded and alone, he’s suddenly not only providing for and protecting himself, but also the girl who wandered out of the woods and into his life. When looters come looking to take what he has, Sara and Dane’s only option is to make a run for


Ta Da! Release day has arrived and so has Fated Souls - to your favorite e-reader*! Where you can find it: Amazon  , iTunes and Kobo Check out these excellent reviews: The Romancebookworm and Books with Benefits And if you've ever wondered what I sound like, Books with Benefits has posted an interview with me, here:  Interview  with me! I was a guest on the Editor's Blog at Crimson Romance on Wednesday, talking about wat I find sexy & f ellow Crimson author K.M. Jackson interviewed me on her blog, Kwana Writes   Yesterday, author MJ Schiller interviewed the lovers of  Fated Souls , Aidan & Maggie, on her blog, MJ Schiller Author  a nd Souls was featured on the USA Today's Happily Ever After blog. Today I'm featured on the blog Tara Mills Romance where Tara calls me [and I love this] paranormal diva & you can also find me talking with  Holley Trent about the 5 W's as they pertain to Fated Souls. Check out the reviews  Fate

Just 3 More Days

We are skipping Fiction Friday (My apologies -  Jocelyn & Gabriel will be back soon, I promise) in favor of a little housekeeping in anticipation of RELEASE DAY :   Fated Souls is currently available for pre-order on Amazon at 20%: It's also available on iTunes: Monday is the Big Day !   A link to Barnes & Noble will be posted here and on my Facebook page when that retailer gets its butt moving =D Starting next week you can find me, Fated Souls , Maggie, Aidan and/or Gealach making appearances on the following wonderful sites (this list will be updated as new appearances are scheduled): 4/15      The Romance Bookworm 4/15     Books with Benefits 4/17      Crimson Romance           4/17     Kwana Jackson Writes

Nuts & Bolts

First before we get into the nuts & bolts:   Fated Souls is now available for pre-order on Amazon:   I mentioned in a post earlier this week that I submitted a novella to another publisher as a result of a Twitter pitch event last week. I haven’t heard anything back yet. And I didn't expect to; they announced day of the pitch that all submissions would get responses by the end of May. Unfortunately having that knowledge in advance has not stopped me from checking my email every five minutes like an obsessed teenager. [On a side note, it was submitted from a different email account than the one I used to query reviewers/bloggers regarding Souls & I check that every five minutes too. Is there a support group for this?] This particular story I shopped around some years before. It was received favorably but with the same caveat from each publisher/editor:   Change the ending.   Obviously, I refused or I wouldn’t still be submitting the pi

Anything Worth Doing...

I couldn’t figure out what I was going to blog about for my Crimson feature on release week. It’s funny, or at least I thought it was, to have writer’s block about the guest blog post I was going to do for the my book’s publisher. Then I thought I had this huge breakthrough and that I’d write the whole post from Gealach’s perspective maybe the night he first meets Maggie.    My book, Fated Souls , is a paranormal romance about a tabloid reporter, Maggie, and the horse rancher/werewolf she falls in love with, Aidan. Gealach is his furry alter ego. And not once in the entire book do I give the reader a wolf-eye’s view of what’s going on. There are a couple moments when we have Aidan’s voice while wolf but not Gealach’s. Eureka! Right? Wrong. Aidan specifically describes Gealach’s thought process as being instinctual not logical, which was why I never gave the wolf a voice in the first place. That left me with a blog entry that looks a little something like this: Hungry. Grrrrr. H


How do you know you’ve made it as a writer? Is it the “phone call” or in this modern era the “email” from a publisher after countless rejections? Is that first check? Or could it be your initial royalty statement perhaps? Have you ever been asked to sign a book? How magical was the moment when you held your book in your hand for the first time? Or downloaded it to your e-reader and saw your name placed alphabetically between two of your favorite authors? Maybe it’s your first review or your first bad review that made you feel like you’d made it. Or the flowers your parents sent you even though they were embarrassed by the subject matter. I had every one of those singular moments when my first novella was published two years ago. Yet it wasn’t even remotely close to the euphoria I experienced when I found out Fated Souls was getting published. This was different for me. Maybe because it's full length; maybe because I lived with these characters and this story for years and they

Sexy Trailer, Oh Me, Oh My!

Today's post is limited to YAY!  My trailer is ready and very sexy. Courtesy of Pratip Bhattacharjee

Come with me if you want to live....

Social media is going to kill me. Not actually reach out and kill me, well maybe, actually, but no, I’m just losing it a little. I’m talking to people in short one hundred and sixty character bursts. I use hashtags on personal correspondence. I wrote LOL on an inter-office memo the other day. Pinterest and RebelMouse are still a mystery but I will figure them out eventually. Hopefully before Skynet launches its revolution or we all turn into Duracells. Honestly I’m beginning to feel like I’m on a hamster wheel to nowhere though. Out of forty [yes 40!] queries I successfully arranged four reviews [yes 4 & yes I know that’s only a 10% acceptance rate]. The bloggers/reviewers who have said yes are fantastic and enthusiastic and offered me interviews on their sites as well. Could not be happier with those and DATES/LINKS will be made available.   Some of the places I wanted to query were closed to requests because their to-do list is full to bursting and those I pitched just

98% Excited, 2% Scared or Maybe....

In just two weeks (fourteen days to be exact) Fated Souls will be released. The excitement is rivaled only by the nerves. It’s a good nervous. I think. Yeah that about sums it up…. I swear people underestimate the relevance of that movie to everyday life ;)   Ever watch an awards show where someone says “It was such an honor just to be nominated!”? I always laugh; figuring that was such a crock. Everyone wants to win. But I think I get it now. I’m excited just to have been published. I’ve heard a lot about royalties and sales figures lately. I’ve read a ton of theories, questions, and suggestions about marketing and publicity. Did some investigating into branding (if you’re wondering – branding is about selling yourself versus selling your book), yuck. I’ve been working for hours a day, querying different bloggers and reviewers asking (a/k/a politely begging haha) for them to read and review my book so that their fans/readers/followers might want t