Monday, June 26, 2017

#NewRelease #MilitaryMonday Semper Fi Cowboy is here! #SaddleUp

It's here! It's here! It's here! Sorry, I'm buzzing with excitement to share Semper Fi Cowboy with you, finally. This is a story over two years in the making, and I couldn't be happier to welcome you to the world of the Lone Star Leathernecks. 

Grab yours right now!

A leatherneck by any other name can still kick ass . . .

Subject: Captain Tanner Wilks, US Marine Corps

Current Status: Honorable discharge, returning home

Mission: Save the family ranch, replacing his father, retired Marine Colonel Jasper Wilks, before his next heart attack kills him

Obstacle: Julia Heller. He shared a hot night with the sexy new girl in town, before discovering she’s the ranch’s veterinarian. She’s made a home for herself at the ranch and doesn’t appreciate his return. What began as a passionate interlude rapidly proves vital to his sanity. Can he persuade the woman he’s falling for and the father he barely knows that they need him too?

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Celebrate #SummerSolstice with some #MagicMayhemWorld and #WitchyWednesday Goodness! Whew!

As our lovely, witch-in-chief would put it, HOLY SQUEEEBALLS ON FIRE! Summer Solstice is here and Assjacket is hopping! Go fill those Kindles and party! Party! Party!

Magic and Mayhem: The Witched Away Bride 
by Heather Long

It's the cracked finale of the series within a series. 

My story began when a vampire I dubbed Mr. Nasty-Face sent me on a crazy, impossible task to fix his mis-Turnment of a certain succubus. Easy, right? Yeah, then I ran into the skunk who would change my life (and spray me, but let’s forget that memory). Once I got to Assjacket, well, let’s just say I ended up with the teenager who wasn’t—a kind of happily-while-you’re-here scenario. Now my teen is a grown woman with a Highlander for a lover, and I’m left to deal with Gigi. She wants me to find her a happily-for-real-ever-after and I’ve still got to solve my problems.

So to be clear, all I have to do is undo the unbreakable, pair the unpairable, and keep my man happy. One out of three isn’t bad. I’m a witch singer, not a dang miracle worker.

Just sing at a couple of weddings, the Baba Yaga said, it’ll be fun, she said, it’ll solve all your problems…except no weddings are possible with the witched away brides.

Don't miss all the other witchy goodness!

Magic and Mayhem: Thor and Peace
by Barbra Annino

Magic and Mayhem: Sh*t My Vampire Says
by Michele Bardsley

Magic and Mayhem: Stop Your Witchin'
by Deanna Chase

Magic and Mayhem: If the Wand Fits 
by Saranna DeWylde 

Magic and Mayhem: Mr. & Mrs. Shift
by Renee George

Magic and Mayhem: There's No Place Like Wicked 
 by Cherie Marks

Magic and Mayhem: What A Witch Wants 
by Monette Michaels

Magic and Mayhem: Witch With An Axe To Grind 
by Isabel Micheals

Magic and Mayhem: Sammie Jo 
by Julia Mills

Magic and Mayhem: Witchy and the Beast 
 by Virginia Nelson 

Magic and Mayhem: Once Bitten, Twice Shy 
by Teresa Reasor

Magic and Mayhem: Secrets, Lies, and Meatballs 
by Jordan K.Rose

Magic and Mayhem: The Incompetent Witch and The Missing Men 
by DC Thome

How it all began....
Switching Hour: Magic and Mayhem Book One 
by Robyn Peterman 

Friday, June 16, 2017

#1stLineFriday Burning for some Wild West hunks with a twist? I’ve got an alpha for that.  Meet the men of Fevered Hearts

Meet Sam Kane. The oldest brother, the steadfast son, the confidant marshal – he’s never met a problem to hot to handle.

Grab yours!

The white man blamed the Indians saying they used their mojo on them.
The Indians blamed the white man saying they angered the spirits.
The survivors know it doesn’t matter.
Meet the fevered hearts, the men and women who survived spirit fever. Forever changed, these are their stories.

Sam Kane is the oldest brother, the steadfast son and the confident marshal.  He’s never met a problem too hot to handle until a gang behind a string of robberies across the territory set their sights on his town.  Now with the bank's gold inexplicably missing from a locked safe, the town hunting the elusive thieves and a passionate redhead with a fiery secret in his jail, Sam has his hands full.

Scarlett Morning Star lived in seclusion in the mountains of West Texas most of her life.  She longs for adventure, but with seven very protective older brothers, adventure is hard to come by.  When she tags along uninvited on their latest escapade, she is left behind during a bank robbery and finds herself in the custody of the very sexy town marshal.

The town wants to lynch her, the Marshal wants answers and her brothers want her back, can Scarlett keep it together or will her explosive secret burn them all?

Her life.  His badge.  Their fight.

Read the first chapter right now!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Blazing a Trail with Foreshadowing #WriterWednesday

Foreshadowing is a dramatic device writers use to tease an important plot point which we must return to before the story ends. Think of foreshadowing a little like foreplay. Only in the case of foreshadowing, we're teasing a big twist in the story or an important piece of information which will affect the hero or heroine or both before the story ends.

It's important to remember that foreshadowing isn't a red herring. Red herrings mislead, foreshadowing promises.

So how do you use foreshadowing in your plot?

The incident needs to be foreshadowed

Significant events and information require foreshadowing. For example, if you look back in the Psy/Changeling series, the identity of the Ghost was foreshadowed in several books, his very presence suggesting a vital twist was coming and one where we, the readers, needed to pay attention.

Why foreshadow?

Teasing the reader is important because we need to build suspense, while preparing them for an event or addition which might otherwise seem random when it occurs later in the book. In Marshal of Hel Dorado, Scarlett's abilities are foreshadowed from the beginning yet they aren't revealed 'til nearly halfway through the book. Another example, Harry Potter's burning scar. It's a notable feature and it's mentioned in the very first book and the payoff comes repeatedly.

Good rule of thumb: Always pay off your foreshadowing...

One of my favorite quotes about foreshadowing comes from Anton Chekhov. The author is credited with suggesting that if you introduce a gun into a story, it better be fired before it's over. In other words, every element in a story must be vital to driving the tale, especially foreshadowing. Think about Star Trek Beyond's cold open and the gift Kirk tries to give to the critters. That device proves to be very important to the later tale.

Incorporate as you write and edit

One of the slipperiest slopes when using foreshadowing is editing. When you write you layer it through your initial text and you know why it's there. When you edit,  you may end up cutting sections where portions of your foreshadowing exist, don't forget to move those pertinent details to another scene. For example, in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, there were several cut scenes that included some important data foreshadowing the reason behind Padme's eventual choice. Cutting those scenes neutered the impact for the viewers, and we should have been able to get the information in another scene.

What if the foreshadowing doesn't work?

As I said above, foreshadowing is layered through your book or story, you the author know what every moment means but you need a beta reader, critique partner, or editor to read for you. Fresh eyes can let you know if it worked.

Delivering on a promise to your readers is the best thing an author can do. Don't be afraid to tease, to suggest, and to guide--as long as you deliver in the end. 

Do you have a favorite foreshadowed moment? 

Monday, June 12, 2017

Home from #RAGT17. Need a little #MotivationMonday? Me too...

Photo bombs for the win!
I just spent the last four days at #RAGT17, and I had an amazing time. One of the best parts of being an author is getting to hang out with readers and authors. You have to remember, most authors (myself included) were readers before we we were authors. My love of reading serves as one of the primary drives behind my writing books.

I had a blast at the signing! So. Many. People. And everyone smiling and laughing!

Books! Books! Books!

I got to meet so many awesome peeps, old friends and new!

Photobomb for the win!

We played lots of games in the Entangled boardroom.

I couldn't stop laughing at this one! Too awesome!

I have the best readers! They are just so much fun to chat with!

What you can't see are my bare feet!

Ronda always makes me smile!

Some of my best author friends I only get to see at events! Virginia Nelson made my day when she showed up!

She drove five hours just to say hi!

Years Avery Flynn and I have known each other and always forget to snap a pic!

Boom! We finally got a photo!

RAGT17 was full of win! And I am terrible about remembering to get photos! The laughter and stories refilled the well and my Monday motivation is ready to go!

What did you do this weekend?