Friday, January 29, 2016

Don't Miss the Epic Conclusion to Murder in Los Lobos! #BlackHills #Wolves #ScentofMadness

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While their Alpha fights to survive, an elusive killer hunts among their pack, slaying humans and the wolves who mated them. The Enforcer’s rigid rule and terse attitude have everyone uneasy. On the hunt for madness, he may lose everything…

Ryker continues to hunt for the elusive murderer. The others have eliminated several suspects, but tensions in the Black Hills have never been higher. For all of his experience in hunting and dealing with the wolves, Ryker has never found himself torn between two loves before—to be the killer he is, means he has to turn off the softer side Saja awoke in him.

Saja’s life with the wolves is nothing she would ever have imagined. Being the center of Ryker’s attention is both a blessing and a curse, but her mate’s gentle, indulgent nature seems to be a thing of the past. While she understands his remoteness comes from a place where caring and fear collide, she doesn’t want to lose Ryker to the madness creeping through the pack.

Clashes with Colt and several other dominants heighten the danger, and Ryker refuses to allow her out of his sight unless she is with Gee. When the killer sets his sights on her, will the Enforcer drive his mate away rather than lose her?

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

#WriterWednesday : Only the Loneliness

Writing is a loner’s business. Now before you ask isn’t that a typo? Let me be clear. There is a difference between being alone, being lonely and being a loner. The first step in any writing journey involves dreaming out loud and awake. In these mindful moments, stories unfold, characters come to life and for me, at least, the voices are distinct and clear.

While a writer’s success does not occur in a vacuum and others are involved along the way from crit partners to editors to proofreaders and eventually readers themselves, the first steps, the crucial steps are taken alone. It can be difficult to remember we are not alone when we are trapped in the throes of a story, when the outcome is literally within our grasp if only the characters will cooperate, discover the right clues or let themselves believe happiness is possible.

Choice is Vital

Writers, in my opinion, more than anyone else understand that you cannot force someone to be happy. You cannot force them to be different from who they are. The characters have to choose it, they have to embrace the chance and they have to leap for the ring.

So why is writing a loner’s world? Because truth be told, sometimes to hear them we have to not hear everything else. The world is noisy. Social media is a loud, blaring obnoxious scroll of PAY ATTENTION TO ME and OMG moments. Those distractions can yank us from the story, more, they can drown the voices we need to hear. Beyond the obvious distractions of the Internet are family, friends, pets, and my most loathsome enemies—the door-to-door solicitations which knock at the most inopportune moments, set off the dogs and must be discouraged from bothering us.

Creating the Write Space

You may say, but those are easy to take care of. Send the spouse to work, the kiddo off to school and don’t answer the door. Sometimes that’s possible. Most of the time it isn’t. If the dogs are barking, it’s hard to ignore them. If the kiddo is at school and needs something, texting makes me thirty seconds away from a response, and even the spouse has moments—fun ones, bad ones, necessary ones—all things that need to be answered.

Kiddo needs a doctor’s appointment? That’s a phone call. Kiddo’s teacher needs a response on a grading assignment? Email which can’t be ignored. Bills have to be paid? Order is misplaced? Prescriptions picked up? Details—life is in the details—and they don’t stop because you’ve left the so-called real world for the life of your characters in a book.

The Loner’s Journey

The best moments, are when you, the loner, set off without distractions to see where the story goes. I’ve been so deep before, I didn’t hear the phone, I didn’t hear someone come in and yes, the dogs had to shove the desk away to get me to stop writing so they could go outside.

I have had the discussion with others before, the basic necessity of needing alone time. Of craving it. I don’t reject offers to do things with others because I don’t like them or what they want to do, sometimes, it’s purely for the story. I need to be alone so I can delve into that world without all the background noise of this one.

Lonely vs Alone

Now and then, writing does feel lonely. It doesn’t seem as though anyone else can comprehend the time sunk into the imagination, of the emotions experienced as the characters rise, fail, then rise again. When the story ends, when we type those last precious words The End, we sag with exhaustion. I refer to this as a time of post-book coma. The world comes back to us in splinters for our attention, and we’re walking around in a hazy cloud of satisfaction infused weariness.

It’s done. We can send it to the editor. We can breathe again. We can catch up on all the things we’ve had to set aside…until the next story opens on the fresh page on the computer and we dive back into a new world, a new adventure, a new set of characters.

We’re Not Alone

At the end of the day, we may be loners who write alone, but we are not lonely. Readers join us when the story is in their hands, they go on the journey, following the path we created and trust me, there is no greater compliment a writer can receive than to hear—I couldn’t put it down. I forgot to go to sleep. It wouldn’t let me go.

We know how that is, because the story doesn’t let us go either. Not until we’re done.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Love, Best Friend Style #NewRelease Wolf with Benefits #WolvesofWillowBend

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After graduating college and spending a summer breaking the law, Shiloh Sullivan needs to make amends and accomplish something for Willow Bend. When she returns home, her best friend—the wolfish and playful Matt Montgomery—distracts her. In an effort to make his mother feel better, Matt cons Shiloh into telling his mother that she came home for him. The little fib, he promises, is all his mother needs to feel better about his sister’s recent mating and exodus across the ocean. Pretending a relationship with a wolf is impossible and, while Shiloh might be human, she knows the rules…

The friendly-with-benefits arrangement suits Matt fine. It makes his mother happy, helps the pack forgive his best friend, and gives him a reason to pry into the secrets Shiloh’s been keeping. Still, the closer they get and the more rules they break, the more Matt’s wolf wants to change their con game into a mating game. Two problems stand in his way—Shiloh’s very human parents never wanted their children to take the bite, and a wolf from across the line has his eye on her, too. Can Matt keep his best friend and mate her too?

Released previously in the Romancing the Wolf set.


Monday, December 21, 2015

Holiday Giveaway Winners

First and foremost, I want to say thank you to everyone who nominated someone to receive a gift. Please note that winners have been chosen from all the nominations and are posted on the respective blogs.

$100 Gift Card

Kathy Heare Watts

$50 Gift Cards

Shadow Kohler
Tina Reader Becker

Happy Yule! Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays to all!

Friday, December 18, 2015

Heather Long #Holiday #Giveaway Holiday Musings by @TamiLundAuthor #eBooks #Win

Here’s the thing about Christmas: each and every year, it comes around at just the right moment. It’s that time of year when we’re wrapping up things at work, wondering if you’re going to get an end-of-year bonus, probably starting to think about taxes and whether there’s anything at all you can do in these last few weeks to ensure you don’t pay out the nose. The days are stupid short; if you work a day job, you probably haven’t seen the sun in a month.

Disclaimer! This is all assuming you live in the Western hemisphere. If you’re in Australia, you’re probably scratching your head and wondering what the hell I’m talking about. Or, you’re thinking I’m just another one of those damn Americans, always thinking of myself. Well, not always. I just gave Australians a plug, eh!

Anyway, back to the misery that is December (in the Western hemisphere).

It’s just so… dark. Where I live, it’s also usually cloudy. All the damn time. And snowy. With the occasional rainfall mixed in for good measure. Because there’s nothing quite like driving home and skidding on black ice.

But that’s all okay, because it’s Christmas! The lights! The gifts! The goodwill! The food! The drink! The cheer! The happiness! The decorations and homemade ornaments! Cookies! Family! So much excitement and thrill and wonder—and then the days start getting longer. By the time the holidays are over and it’s time to go back to the real world, it’s actually still daylight when you drive home from work again.

And from there it gets better and better—lighter and lighter and warmer and warmer. And suddenly it’s summer, and life is pretty damn peachy.

It’s like Christmas is the climax of my favorite book. As we draw closer and closer, it gets darker and more hopeless. Just as you wonder how the hell the hero and heroine could ever break free of this terrible, horrible evil moment, BOOM, Christmas. And then there’s a sweet (or sexy—or both) wrap up, and finally (summer), the happily ever after.

Yeah, Christmas is just one more reason I write (and read, and love) happily ever afters.

PS—I know Heather’s giving away all sorts of goodies throughout this hop, and here’s one more: The prequel to my Lightbearer series releases to the public on December 27th. If you want to give this series a try for free, click this link: FREE READ. But it’s only free until Christmas, so hurry! Oh, and Merry Christmas!!

For Heather's Holiday Giveaway!!

As we go into the holiday season, I have been asking myself what I can do or how I can give to others. It has been a tough year for my family and a tough year for many families whether it is our soldiers fighting overseas, their families waiting at home, death in the families, divorces, economic hard times, cutthroat politicians trading on fear and hate and last, but most certainly not least tragedies such as those faced in Paris, Beirut, and many other places.

We are very familiar with the choke of the times. Here, I wanted to give something back this holiday season. Years ago, one of my local radio stations used to have write ins for people to nominate families for Christmas or holiday gift certificates. Nominated families or individuals included those who really were not going to have much to celebrate because they couldn't afford gifts or decorations or a big Christmas meal.

Beginning today and lasting until December 18, I am hosting a holiday give away post featuring an item and the author who is giving it away. To enter, all someone has to do is nominate the person they want to send the gift to and post a short reason why. If that person wins, then the gift will be sent to the recipient with a note wishing them a happy holiday season signed from the author giving it away, me and of course the person who entered them.

So far, I have several authors and items pledged to this effort. Be sure to visit daily throughout the holiday season and nominate those you love and care about and send them a gift – and yes, I will send them around the world!

Holiday Giveaway Rules

For a chance to win:
  1. Nominate the person you want to send that day’s gift to and a short reason as to why. (All entries in comments are counted toward final giveaways whether you use rafflecopter or not)
  2. For an extra entry, spread the word about this giveaway: Blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc. - leave a link in the comments. 
  3. Leave your email with your comment ONLY IF it is NOT part of your profile.
  4. This giveaway is open to everyone for nominations, however you cannot enter yourself.
  5. You may only win one gift to send.
  6. Giveaways begin November today and run through December 18.
As a special edition to the giveaway, several of the authors have donated towards gift cards that will go to three lucky commentators for giving the gift of caring to someone else in their lives. Every time you nominate someone for a prize is an opportunity to be listed in this giveaway. The final winners will be announced on December 19, so be sure to watch for it!

Thank you to the readers for hanging out with me each day, even when I have nothing to say (which is far more often than I'd like!).

Today's Giveaway

Comment to nominate someone to win the first 3 books in the Lightbearer Series!

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