Monday, May 30, 2011

Goodreads Giveaway

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Lost and Found by Kelly Jamieson

Lost and Found

by Kelly Jamieson

Giveaway ends June 07, 2011.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

What I'm Reading Wednesday

I just finished reading My One and Only by Kristan Higgins. I'd reviewed a review of this book that wasn't so great, and I was worried that maybe there was a Kristan Higgins book I wouldn't like. But I'm happy to say that was not the case! Also happy I didn't let that review turn me off of reading this.

This book has all the usual humor and quirky charactes of a Kristan Higgins book, but I'm a sucker for a reunion story. I'm also a really big sucker for a story where the hero falls in love with the heroine at first sight and loves her forever. He knew the moment he met her he would marry her and he did. Their marriage didn't last, and I could see how they both contributed to that, and also how they were both in denial about their role in the breakdown. I loved Nick and I loved how her loved Harper.

I just started reading The Sweetest Thing by Jill Shalvis, which as it turns out, is another reunion story!

Friday, May 13, 2011

New contract!

For this Friday sneak peek I'm thrilled to announce that I've signed a new contract with Samhain Publishing!  One Wicked Night will be out...well, I don't know when, but I'll announce the release date as soon as I do. So here's the blurb and a tiny, totally unedited excerpt:

If she's going to risk it all to be bad, it better be good... 

Ten years ago, Kaelin spent a hot, steamy summer home from college, hanging out secretly with her best friend’s younger brother, the town bad boy Tyler Wirth, and his best friend Nick. She thought she was falling in love until she walked in on Tyler, Nick and another girl in a shocking scene of ménage sex and bondage. That scene has haunted her safe, predictable life ever since.  

The fallout from that night tore Tyler’s life apart and he left Mapleglen in disgrace, disowned by his parents. He’s made a life for himself now in Chicago, with a successful advertising career and a unique and complicated relationship with Nick.

Now Tyler’s sister, Kaelin’s best friend, is getting married. The last thing Tyler wants to do is go home to Mapleglen, but his sister wants him there for her wedding. Kaelin doesn’t want to see Tyler or Nick again. Tension is high in the Wirth home, with undercurrents of secrets, sins and sex. But when Kaelin gets fed up with her good girl reputation and, in a crazy act of rebellion, spends one wicked night with Tyler and Nick, the web of secrets starts to unravel ― and none of their lives will ever be the same.

Tyler automatically lifted a hand to his smarting cheek and rubbed it, stunned into speechlessness. Kaelin stood there, big brown eyes wide, mouth in an O of horror.  The chatter of the guests faded into silence, only the faint saxophone strains of the jazz CD playing quietly on the outdoor speakers drifting on the evening air.

            Jesus fucking Christ. She did not just do that.

            The two of them stared at each other, the air around them hot enough to burst into flames.

            “Omigod,” she said. She closed her eyes. Opened them. “Omigod.”

            She turned as if she was going to run, and he reached out and grabbed her upper arm. “Oh no you don’t,” he said through gritted teeth, heat still stinging his face.

            “Tyler.” His mother appeared at his side and he became aware of everyone around them, gawking at them as if they were a car wreck on the freeway. Shit. He glanced at his mom, took in the tightening of her mouth, the snapping in her eyes. “What are you doing?” She hissed the words out quietly.

            What was he doing? What the fuck? He was the one who just got decked!

            Nick appeared now, too, calm, controlled. He looked back and forth between him and Kaelin.

            “I am so sorry,” Kaelin whispered to Tyler’s mom. “I didn’t intend to cause a scene.”

            Mom looked at Kaelin. “What did he say to you?”

            Kaelin just stared back at her and shook her head. “ wasn’t his fault,” she finally stammered, shocking Tyler. His mom cast a look of disbelief his way. Of course it was his fault. It was always his fault.

            “I’m outta here,” he muttered, trying to push his way past Nick. “Let’s go.”

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

What I'm Reading Wednesday

With apologies to Beth Kery, I had to put her book on hold because last week was the release of Old Sins, Long Shadows by PG Forte. I've been waiting for this follow up to In The Dark for a long time and I couldn't wait to read it! I think I was even more eager after reading a little teaser PG sent me last year, a scene that she knew was going to really get me (and it did!).

This story moves from 15th Century Spain to present day San Franciso and back again. I loved reading the beginning of Damien and Conrad's love story and agonized for both of them, for the miscommunications and pride and hurt that keeps them apart when they so clearly love each other.

There are still secrets to be revealed and love to be found. I cried for Marc, near the end, but I love how he is changing and maturing. I sense there is a bigger role for him coming up in this vampire war -- and I can't wait to read more!!

Monday, May 9, 2011

WIPs and Chains

Since I don't have much to talk about in terms of a WIP (I spent the last week polishing some finished mansucripts and doing research for an idea I have) let's talk about hockey. Or rather, hockey players!

I've been watching the Vancouver-Nashville series and the Vancouver player who's really been playing well is Ryan Kesler. So let's have a look at Ryan Kesler.

Alas, Ryan is not a Canadian hockey player, which the majority of NHL player are. He was born August 31, 1984, in Livonia, Michigan. He began his first professional season here in my home city Winnipeg with the Manitoba Moose, the Canuck's AHL farm team, but not for long, as he was recalled by the Canucks in November and made his NHL debut on November 24, 2003.
Holding his!

In this series against Nashville, two goals on Saturday, and five goals and four assists in the last four games have people talking Conn Symthe trophy.

Friday, May 6, 2011

It's Friday!

If you didn't see this earlier this week, check out the review I got for my book Love Me at Dear Author. The review sparked a little discussion there, which is always good! Love Me was the first book I sold and the first book I published so it's a thrill to get such a good review for it at Dear Author!

AND...this week is the launch of the next serial story from Nine Naughty Novelists!! Check out Love's Savage Whiplash...warning! Do not consume beverages while reading! Spew alert!

There's a contest, too! Find out more here!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

What I'm Reading Wednesday

This week I finished Sweet Possession by Maya Banks. Great characters in this story. I liked how Connor has things pretty together and Lyric is the one with "issues". He's so steady and solid for her.

I just started reading Explosive by Beth Kery. I've wanted to get my hands on this book ever since it came out but it wasn't available to me at the Sony Store. But when I recently discovered the Kobo store, this was on my list!

Monday, May 2, 2011

WIPs and Chains

After struggling with the spin off story I'd been working on, I set it aside and tried to figure out something else to work on. I have so many ideas, and some of them are spin off stories of books I've written but which haven't sold yet and I have to admit that I wonder if I should bother working on them until the first story sells. What if it never does sell? Spending all that time working on a spin off story would then be a total waste.

Of course I shouldn't have the idea in my head that my stories will never sell. But realistically that is a possibility.

So I started working on some ideas for completely new stories. I got a couple of flashes of inspriation, like for one example, I have the basic story idea but I needed careers for my hero and heroine, and they had to be just the right career - and then the idea hit me! It's going to take some research, and I have 3 books at the library to pick up to get started on that, but that's okay, I really love this idea!

Then as I was sitting on my deck in the sun Friday afternoon drinking a glass of wine, the idea hit me for the spin off story I'd been struggling with - the perfect solution! Why didn't I see that sooner! So now I have a few projects I'm excited about and want to work on and I have to narrow it down to one to focus on...which one will it be?