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Thursday, September 30th, 2010 by Cynthia Eden
I Finished!

Today, I’m celebrating. :-) I just sent my completed manuscript to my lovely editor at Kensington Brava. I gave my Fallen Angel of Death a happy ending (well, as happy as the guy could get!), and now I get to sick back and relax.

Um, okay, not relax. Because I have about 6 story ideas already pushing in my head–and I can’t decide which one to write first! Don’t get me wrong, I love having lots of ideas. I just wish that my fingers could type faster so that I’d have the chance to write them all.

But, before I dive into a new tale, I will force myself to take a few nights off–recharging time. During this recharge, I will read many of the books that have made my TBR stack so high, and I think I’ll catch up on a few new TV shows. Anything special I should be watching? Or not watching?

For now, I am about to go and find a very good book to read. I hope you have a good one that you’re reading, too!

Thanks,

Cynthia Eden
www.cynthiaeden.com
THE NAUGHTY LIST–Available now from Kensington Brava
ETERNAL FLAME–Available 11/30/10 from Kensington Brava

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010 by Donna Grant
Books, books, books!

Tuesdays are always fun for me. I love heading to the bookstore and seeing what has come in. And I always leave with books. lol.


Two of the Dangerous Women had releases yesterday. I picked up Jennifer Haymore’s A SEASON OF SEDUCTION as well as Cynthia Eden’s THE NAUGHTY LIST.


There were many others I picked up, but I’d rather here what books you bought!


hugs,
D

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010 by Lisa Renee Jones
Celebrating great Historical romance with Jennifer Haymore

Hello hello everyone. Boy do I wish I could say I was enjoying the fall but it appears we have one more heat spell the next few days before temps drop.  So next week I will celebrate and post some gorgeous Colorado Springs Mountain fall pictures:)

But isn’t the heat appropriate to celebrate a sizzling Jennifer Haymore release? I love historical romance because I don’t write it and when I find a great author like Jennifer I just forget craft, forget my writing, and just escape.  And this cover is a scrumptious as the book! Here’s a little peek into Jennifer’s newest on shelves today!

A Season of Seduction

A Touch of Scandal(Move your mouse over the cover to see the stepback!)

Grand Central Publishing ♦ October 1, 2010
ISBN-10: 0446540285 ♦ ISBN-13: 978-0446540285
AmazonBarnes & NobleBooks-A-Million
BordersChapters IndigoIndieBound

Although the widowed Lady Rebecca has sworn off marriage, men are another matter. London’s cold winter nights have her dreaming of warmer pursuits-like finding a lover to satisfy her hungry heart. Someone handsome, discreet, and most importantly as uninterested in marriage as she is. Someone like Jack Fulton

A known adventurer and playboy, Jack seems like the perfect choice. There’s just one problem: Jack isn’t interested in an affair. He needs the beautiful, mysterious Lady Rebecca to be his wife. And he doesn’t have much time to persuade her. A secret from Jack’s past is about to surface, and by Christmas Day he’ll be either married to Rebecca or dead.

Excerpt

The day of the dinner engagement with Jack and his family arrived, and that afternoon, Becky sat in her favorite chair in the salon warming her toes by the fire, an unopened book on her lap. Tonight was the first time Becky would see Jack since the morning of his proposal over a week ago. But tonight, her entire family would be in attendance, including her sharp-tongued Aunt Bertrice, who’d arrived from Yorkshire for the holidays just this morning.

A knock sounded on the door and she looked up to see a footman peek into the salon. “You’ve a visitor, my lady. Mr. Fulton is here to see you.”

Jack! She hadn’t expected him to arrive before dinner. She jumped out of her chair, set the book aside, and shook out the flounces in her slate-colored skirts. “He’s early.”

“Yes, my lady.”

“Please show him up.”

A few moments later, Jack entered, bringing with him that masculine virility that shone about him like an aura. He was tall and broad and everything she ever imagined when she’d lain alone at night and envisioned perfection in a man.

Just inside the room, he stopped, a smile curving his wicked lips. The footman left, closing the door behind him.

“Thank God,” Jack said, his voice an arousing amalgam of roughness and quiet. “I thought I’d never see you alone.”

Her fingertips fidgeted in her skirts.

In two long, silent strides over the carpet, he stood before her. He hooked one broad arm around her waist and tugged her against him.

Every muscle in her body stiffened, but then his mouth descended over hers, and she melted.

His lips were the richest dessert, soft and creamy, passionate, as hungry for her as she was for him. She dropped her skirts, twined her arms about his neck, and kissed him back with the force of all the twisted emotions that had confounded her in the last several days.

If only it could always be like this. Her guilt and fear melted away, slid down her spine and pooled at her feet, leaving her fresh and pure and clean. Open to whatever he offered her.

He could make her lower all her shields. All he needed to do was keep kissing her, keep his lips pressed against her cheek, her eyelids, her jaw. Keep his hands firmly gripping her about the waist, holding her steady.

This was togetherness. If only they could stay like this, joined, inseparable…

But it ended all too quickly. He pulled away gently, then bent his forehead to hers. “I’ve missed you,” he murmured, his breath a whisper over her lips.

“I’ve missed you, too.”

“I’m going crazy for wanting you.”

Should she tell him the truth? Admit that she wanted him, too? Had desperately craved his touch every day since she’d last seen him?

Once, she’d felt this way with William, but that had faded sooner than she ever could have predicted. It was all a figment of her wishful imaginings, this security she felt in Jack’s arms. Even that had already proved false—for she’d been in his arms when all those people had stormed into the bedchamber last week.

He stroked the back of his finger down the side of her cheek. “You want me, too. I feel it.” His lips moved to her ear, his breath dancing over her lobe. “Let’s finish this nonsense. Marry me.”

She sighed. As much as she wanted him, she couldn’t suggest another evening with him in Sheffield’s Hotel.

He didn’t want that anymore. He wanted more. He wanted too much.

Pulling back, he scraped a thumb over her brow, smoothing it. “I’ve made up my mind—I made it up a week ago. I want you. I’m ready to commit to marrying you.”

She stared up at him, her forehead furrowed in consternation. “How can you say that so easily? How can you commit your life to someone you hardly know?”

He shrugged. “I’ve chosen my path. I will not be dissuaded from it. Not now, not ten years from now. This is what I what. You are what I want.” He gazed down at her face, his dark eyes intent. “Do you understand
that?”

“I…think so.” She turned away. “But it’s not so simple for me.”

“Why?” he demanded.

She crossed her arms tight across her shimmery gray bodice, closing herself off to him. “I never thought I’d marry again. I thought I’d live out the remainder of my days as a widow bluestocking.”

He chuckled. “You? A bluestocking?”

Once again it struck her how very little they knew of each other. Scandal aside, he intended to spend a lifetime with her based on nothing but their immediate carnal attraction. They possessed only a sliver of knowledge of each other beyond it.

She remembered those long days at Kenilworth after she and William had married. William had grown distant,
and she’d begun to realize they weren’t as well matched as he’d led her to believe. She’d never felt lonelier.
Since William died, she’d surrounded herself with her family, and more recently, Cecelia, and though she was physically lonely, that feeling was nothing compared to the soul-deep aloneness she’d felt at Kenilworth.

It wasn’t a difficult stretch of the imagination to think the same thing might happen with Jack. He was a bachelor rogue. Thirty years old, accustomed to gallivanting about the globe and taking lovers when the mood struck him. Accustomed to his freedom. Perhaps he’d loved a girl once, but that was long ago. Did he have the first idea how to know—to really know—a woman? Did he have the first idea how to be a husband? For that matter, did she have any idea how to be a proper wife?

“Becky?” He touched her hair, lightly stroking his fingers over the braided strands twisted at her nape. “I would make you happy,” he said, his voice quiet but emphatic. “I swear it.”

“Would you?” Turning back to him, she searched his eyes and found nothing but promise in them.

“I swear it,” he repeated. His lips descended on hers again, sweet and warm. His gentle touch swept through her, softening her muscles and her resistance.

“Marry me,” he whispered against her lips.

“No,” she whispered back. Then she winced as he stiffened. “Jack…I….”

His hands curled around her shoulders, but he didn’t pull away.

“I don’t mean it to sound so final.” Give him a chance, Kate had said, and she was right. It would be ridiculous, not to mention foolish, to dismiss Jack out of fear that he might be another William. “You must give me time.”

The tightening of his fingers on her shoulders was subtle, but she felt it. “I want you, Becky. Now.”

“I’m not ready.”

With a harsh, frustrated breath, he drew back, thrusting his hand through his blond-streaked hair. “I’m going to convince you otherwise. You’re afraid because of what happened to you last time. But you keep forgetting: I’m not him.”

“I know. Just…please. Be patient with me.”

“I’m not a patient man.”

“It will take time for me to learn how to trust again.”

A small thrill wound through her at his insistence, at the steely determination in his eyes. “And once I win your trust?”

“Then…if it can be done…yes. I will consider marrying you.”

He squared his shoulders. His brown eyes bore into hers in direct challenge. “I will win your trust, then. It won’t take long.”

He seemed very convinced of that, but she knew herself better than Jack did. “I hope you’re right,” she said with a small smile.

“I am right. By month’s end, we’ll be at the altar.”

Be sure to pop over the Jennifer’s site and check out her 12 Days of seduction going on!

http://www.jenniferhaymore.com/bookshelf/a-season-of-seduction/

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010 by Cynthia Eden
It’s In the Air…A Paranormal Feeling

Ah…October is nearly here. October is one of my absolute favorite months. And this October is coming for me at the perfect time. I know, that may sound weird–after all, October always comes at the exact same time, huh? But, wait…

I will be turning in my current project in just a few days. That means, come October 1, I get to start a brand new story. To me, October=Halloween, and Halloween=Monsters…so go ahead, take a guess about the characters who will be in my book. :-)

Writing a story about vampires or werewolves in Halloween is a pure joy for me. The story just reinforces my Halloween High and I’m pretty much grinning the entire month. Love, love it!

So, now my question is…which monster do I want to write this time? I have some old favorites, but in my books, I do like to create some new beasties, too. That new creation is part of the fun! Maybe I’ll just pull a creature straight out of my nightmares or my (less scary) dreams.

Are there any other huge Halloween fans out there? If so, what do you like best about this time of the year?

Thanks!

Cynthia Eden
www.cynthiaeden.com
THE NAUGHTY LIST–Available 09/28/10 from Kensington Brava
ETERNAL FLAME–Available 11/30/10 from Kensington Brava

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010 by Donna Grant
Its Fall!

One of the things I love about fall is the new shows – and returning shows – on TV. I admit, we watch quite a bit of TV, but mostly we DVR everything and watch it when we can. So we’ll have 6 shows taped sometimes before we can get to it.


That’s what happened with The Gates. Of course, I got so into it that we watched it as soon as we could once we got caught up. I also got hooked watching SciFi’s new show Haven based off Stephen King’s Colorado Kid. *Great* show. Love, love, love it!


I was delighted with the return of Castle (one of my favorites!) and NCIS:LA this week.


And Vampire Diaries returned last week. Yes, I got hooked last year. Can’t wait to see what happens this season.


Here are my other must see shows:
Bones
Fringe
The Mentalist
Supernatural
Destination Truth (my daughter *loves* this)
Ghost Hunters
and most especially Stargate: Universe


Besides Hawaii 5-0 we’re giving Blue Bloods a try. There were a couple of other shows I was interested in (Lone Star being one of them) but they interferred with shows I was already hooked on, so I didn’t get to watch or DVR.


So, tell me which shows you found this summer, new shows coming this fall, or your old favorites returning.


hugs,
D

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010 by Lisa Renee Jones
Lost in the ending….

lost-fox-lilly-2_lNormally I talk about audio books on Tuesdays but I’m taking a  break to talk about the last season of Lost. DH and I just had two weekends in a row of LOST marathons to finish Lost. It was….frustrating. I felt like the writers had no real idea where they were going and tried to find an answer to that problem. OR they swore at one point the island wasn’t Purgatory so even if it was, they were not going to give an answer that said for sure — it was Purgatory.

I don’t even know where to begin with all the things that were wrong but I’ll give it a try:

–IF the island was just a place with a weird magnetic pull, then why were there polar Bears and people gifted with no aging –aka RICHARD — chosen by JACOB – who also did not age.That is more magical and high being than electromagnetic. And remember when the female doc first showed up on the show, they showed someone getting hit by a truck and all disappearing and appearing. Crazy magical stuff.

–I have no idea though if its Purgatory how people came and left the island. Again — I think the writers seemed like they didn’t know where they were going with this. They just threw things out there with no idea of an ending or to debunk the speculation is was Purgatory.

–Magic drinks and magic overseers who never age while others do…. support Purgatory — though really I’d think no one would age. Nothing was solid in this world building. I think many an editor would hang a writer by their toes for such things.

–The black smoke — the brother  — HE DIED and and they even showed his skeleton later. So  how in the world — if  this is JUST an island with electromagnetic field –  did he live in his body and become the black smoke.  And how could he show himself as Jack’s father or whoever he wanted to be?

And in the end, I didn’t believe Jack and Kate belonged together though I believed Sawyer was really in love with Julia.  That took away from the happy Jack and Kate found each other ending. I liked Jack and his kid and his happy life he’d discovered much better for him. I wanted Jack to have true happiness.  Jack was always the special one in this series.

So– not such a happy finish for me.  Sad to follow something this long and feel this dissatisfied with the ending.

I’d love to hear any thoughts you might have on the ending.

Lisa

Monday, September 20th, 2010 by Caridad Pineiro
Dark Side Demon Monday – Lilith the Succubus

succubusA succubus is a female demon who takes the form of a human woman in order to entice men, usually by offering them sex. In older tales, succubi could take energy from men to sustain themselves and were usually shown with a tail and wings. This picture is of Lilith tempting Eve into eating the forbidden fruit and you can see the tail and wings depicted by the artist. Lilith is one of the more well-known succubi.
In Jewish mythology, Lilith was Adam’s first wife who was created from the same materials and at the same time as Adam. Unlike Eve, Lilith would not be subordinate to Adam and in some texts, refused to return to Earth after having an affair with the archangel Samael. Another version of the Lilith legend has her returning to her home by the Red Sea where she became a lover to demons and produced 100 demon babies a day. When Lilith refused to return to Adam, she was punished, eventually becoming a succubus. Adam was then given the more docile Eve. Although much of the folklore around Lilith is of Jewish origin, Lilith has appeared in Sumerian, Greek and a number of other mythologies. Some say Lilith was the first vampire and has appeared Vampire Lilith in a couple of Marvel comics.

Thursday, September 16th, 2010 by Cynthia Eden
Research: The best way to write…is to read.

Today’s post is directed at any aspiring writers who may be out there. I’ve often had people tell me that they would like to write a book, but they aren’t exactly sure where to start in the whole writing process?

My advice? Start by reading. If you want to break into the paranormal romance market, get your hands on as many paranormal romances as you can–read them! See what is selling. See how far the boundaries are being pushed. Can you push them more? Do you have a new spin you’d like to add to things?

Want to break into category romance but you’re not real sure of the difference between a Harlequin Intrigue or a Silhouette Romantic Suspense? Don’t just look at the writing guidelines (though that is, of course, a necessary step), but actually get the books and read them so that you can see the differences in story style and pacing. See how many secondary plots are listed and check out the secondary characters.

Same rule for the YA market. YAs are exploding like crazy. But…don’t just assume you can write a YA without actually ever having read one. Do your homework–read. Read a variety of authors in the YA market (because that market sure is huge!).

Come on…look at it this way, the next time you’re reading a book and your spouse tries to interrupt, you can look at him and say, “Dude, I am working. Don’t interrupt while I’m researching.”

Have a great day!! And if you have any writing questions, ask away!

Cynthia Eden
www.cynthiaeden.com
BELONG TO THE NIGHT–Available now from Kensington Brava
THE NAUGHTY LIST–Available 9/28/10 from Kensington Brava

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010 by Donna Grant
Covers

I always like to find out how people buy authors/books they’ve never read before. I’m not at all surprised to discover that the covers have a lot to do with that decisions.


I know once I buy all the books I go looking for, I’ll browse the shelves to see if something catches my eye. I’ve found several great authors that way, but I also know I’ve not read some because of the covers.


And I hate that.


An author doesn’t have any control over their covers. I know many readers think they do (I’ve seen the emails yelling at authors because the readers think the cover is awful). The truth is covers, release dates, and most times even the titles are completely out of the author’s hands. The publisher, editor, and marketing department decide all of that.


It can be very frustrating, especially when an author doesn’t like a cover. If the cover isn’t pretty, hot, eye-catching, or whatever, its not likely to grab reader’s attention, which could translate into slow – or even worse, no – sales.


But if you get a gorgeous cover that makes you scream and jump up and down (ok, so I did that. I admit it freely) then that’s an added bonus. I mean, who can resist a hunky guy in a kilt, right? lol


So tell me, do covers make a difference in you buying a book?


hugs,
D

Monday, September 13th, 2010 by Caridad Pineiro
Dark Side Demon Monday – Ghosts

400px-Catrinas_2I’m busy working on a new short story for THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF GHOST ROMANCE which brings us to today’s topic on Dark Side Demon Monday: Ghosts. There are so many different kinds of ghosts in various cultures, from those who act as spirit guides to poltergeists to revenants, who return from the dead to haunt the living. In some cultures the spirits of the dead are celebrated, such as in Mexico with their Day of the Dead on November 2 (which coincides with the Catholic All Souls Day). Since there are so many variations on ghosts depending on culture, today I’d like to ask you two very simple questions.

The first: Do you believe in ghosts?

The second: Have you ever had a ghostly encounter?

As for me, the answer to the first question is a big yes. It’s also a big yes as to whether or not I’ve ever had a ghostly encounter.

One of those encounters was rather frightening and happened in Mystic, Connecticut. You can click here to read more about that ghostly encounter.

The other was not quite as awful and involved the presence of spirit orbs at a family event and also at DragonCon. You can click here to learn more about spirit orbs and see some of the pictures we took.

Thanks for dropping by! I’d love to hear your answers to those questions as well as any ghostly visits you may wish to share.

Photo credit: Tomascastelazo@en.wikipedia.com



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