Monday, October 16, 2017

Halloween drinks to die for

I was just sitting here thinking, "Hmmm. What's something fun to blog about for Halloween. And what would people likely be doing besides giving out candy?" 

My first thought, going to parties! LOL Well, whether you're at a party, throwing your own party, or giving out candy, or all of the above, you can add one of these drinks to your celebration and crank it up a notch. Personally, I recommend the Zombie Apocalypse. ;)

1. Zombie Apacolypse

1 1/2 parts Absolut Mandrin
1/2 part Malibu
1 part passion fruit puree
1/2 part white grapefruit juice
3/4 part cinnamon schnaps
2 dashes Perno Absinthe

Pour over crushed ice, top with 1/2 part Cappalletti
Feel free to garnish with body parts. 

2. Polyjuice Potion

I'm sure Harry Potter fans like me will love this one. 
Ingredients should be mixed to taste, and according to how much you want to make.

Lime sherbet
Sprite
Neon green food coloring
Your favorite tequila
Rose's Lime

3. Blood Orange Punch


This one makes enough to serve at a party.

1 cup chilled blood orange juice
4 (12 oz) chilled blackberry sodas
1 cup rum (I recommend The Kracken)
1/4 cup fresh lime juice or Rose's Lime
1 cup fresh blackberries
1 blood orange thinly sliced
Pansies to garnish

Instructions

1. Stir all ingredients together in a large pitcher or punch bowl filled with ice.
2. Add your garnish (and blackberries) and serve immediately.















Thursday, January 26, 2017

My readers keep me going

I won't lie, I was having a rough/stressful day today. And then, I decided to take a break and check my email. I got the most wonderful and unexpected letter.

I have asked permission to share excerpts from this letter, but will, of course, maintain the privacy of the reader.

The letter was about Frank and The Werewolf Tamer and the Notte Oscura series. It was from a woman who has, due to physical scars, "always felt like a freak."

She said, "I know it's fiction, and Frank isn't real, but this story has inspired me more than words can say. These people are real to me and even though we haven't met, so are you. Your words made me feel like ... NOT a freak, for the first time in a long time. So, thank you, author I've never met who I hope doesn't think I'm crazy. I appreciate your words."

I cried. Okay, I freaking UGLY cried for about 10 minutes.

I needed to hear this so much. And I am so glad to know that I was able to help someone else. It does my heart good to know that I helped improve the way someone feels about themselves. Naturally, I expressed all of this to her and assured her that I do NOT think she's crazy. I think she is brave for opening up like this to a complete stranger. And I think she is amazing for having the courage to be honest with herself.

You guys matter to me. Each and every one of you. Don't ever doubt that. And please, never hesitate to reach out to me. I will always make the time to respond, because you and what you have to say is important to me.

I am going to save this letter and read it again on days when I wonder if I'm any good at this whole writing thing. I will read it on days when I wonder why I keep going. But most of all, I will read it on days when I feel like a freak.




Monday, January 23, 2017

A Werewolf Cowboy Boxed Set and A Demon In Print

Hi, everyone :)

Sorry for the slight delay in posts. I live in the sticks and I had a disruption in my internet service. But, the good news is this hasn't kept me from writing a new book that will be out this fall called Bloodlines. It has a slight twist on my usual werewolf tales.

After I finish editing Bloodlines, I'll begin working on the second Tris Grima book, Bite of Frost. I've had lots of questions about this new series and I am so grateful that it has been well-received. Rest assured, I haven't forgotten about Tris Grima and her hot gargoyle. **( Though the titles won't be out until this fall, I've uploaded the cover art below so you'll know what to look for.)**

And as always, I'm happy to have you here. Feel free to share this blog with your paranormal loving friends. I'd be glad to have them here as well.

NEW STUFF THIS MONTH


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**The complete There’s No Place series is now available in one boxed set!**

Kate thought the hardest part of returning to her hometown would be facing her ex, Gerry. After all, she left him the day before their wedding. Turns out the hardest part was learning that he is now engaged to someone else. Oh, and somewhere in the past six years, he became a werewolf.

As if things weren’t complicated enough, she just broke up with her own fiancĂ©, the man she left with in the first place.
Jacob Warner has done everything within his power to maintain magical control over Kate, but his hold over her is beginning to lose strength, no matter what he does.

Kate’s heart yearns for the past she cannot reclaim, and the man she left behind. As the expression goes, there’s no place like home.

Warning: This series contains some graphic language, and violence. There will be a happy ending.





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**The Eternal Kiss is available in print for the very first time.**

When Selina summons a demon to fulfill her desires, she wants a night of passion with no strings attached. The only problem with that is she has accidentally summoned one of the seven princes of Hell. Asmodeus is more than capable of satisfying any desire, however, he is bound by a curse. And thanks to Selina's spell, he is now bound to her as well ... at least until her desires are fulfilled.

COMING THIS FALL

Sunday, November 20, 2016

What I'm working on right now

Sorry it's been so long since my last post. I'm really starting to suck at this blogging thing. LOL

Anyway, I've had some people asking about what I'm working on and what's in my schedule next. I thought I'd just do a post here and answer as many questions as I can. 








Right at this very moment (notes scattered all over my desk) I'm working on a re-release. Constant Cravings was previously with Ellora's Cave. As of Dec. 31, 2016, my rights to all my titles still published with EC will revert to me. Constant Cravings is one of those titles. I always wanted to do a bit more with this book, and I wanted it to be called Shaman's Touch. So, when it is re-released it will likely be expanded and it will definitely have its original title, Shaman's Touch. :) I will make a note in the books' description for Amazon and other vendors that it is a re-release and list the previous title.



Shaman's Touch is more than just a re-release though. It is the launch for my new series Unseelie of Atlanta. Each book will have some returning characters, but will tell the story of a different couple (or maybe a menage, I don't know yet. lol) kind of like my Notte Oscura series. So, in that respect they are standalone, but they do also tie together loosely.

At the moment I am working on notes for what a lot of people call the "series bible." That way I can keep everything straight. I've already started work on book two in this series. It will be called Wounded Heart and it will feature a really unique shifter. Other than that I don't have many details for you, sorry. 

Shaman's Touch is on my schedule for July 2017. Wounded Heart is on my schedule for Jan. 2019. Yes, I know that's a long time, but I've got a lot going on in between.

I've also begun making notes on a third book, Lord of Frost. However, notes are as far as that one has gotten. Lord of Frost is on my schedule for Dec. 2019.

I've gotten a few questions about the Tris Grima series. Book one in this brand new series (Love me HARD) is currently exclusive to the boxed set Taming the Vampire. I will release Love me HARD as a single title before I release book two. Book two currently does not have a title. Love me HARD is, for the moment, on my schedule for October, 2018 to be released as a single title. That may change depending on how quickly I'm able to prepare the re-releases I've got coming up and write the second Tris Grima book. 

It's awesome that so many people have enjoyed this first book and I'm excited that you all want more. There will be more. I promise. I'm just not certain of an exact date yet.

Also on my schedule is a shifter story for an anthology project coming up in Oct. 2017. So far I have some drafted that might become a standalone book or it might be a novella that works well for the anthology. It really depends on how much I write. LOL If the word count is right for the antho, then that's where it will be. If not, the story titled Bloodlines will be out in April, 2019. 

Soon I will be working on 4 other titles for re-release. These books will be out between 2017 and early 2020.  I know some people think that re-release means you just put them back out there and they don't understand why this takes so long. LOL Because that's not what I do. These books will be re-formatted, new covers will be made (which I've already done YAY!), they might (very likely) be expanded, and they will go to the editor once again. 

One of these re-release titles that was a very short story written to the publishers word count specifications MIGHT be expanded into a novella. I'm not sure, but I'd really like to if I have the time. So, no promises, but I might be doing this.

I will also be releasing some recently finished series into boxed sets, and catching up on formatting and putting books into print. I know some people have been patiently waiting for all of my titles to be available in print. I appreciate you and I am working on it.

Well, I think that pretty much sums it up. I've been very, very busy, and I will have more to come soon. Just think, this doesn't even begin to cover my also busy personal life. Holy shit, right? lol






Thursday, August 11, 2016

Taming the Vampire




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I am thrilled to be a part of this awesome boxed set. The official release date is October 31, 2016.

Check out this amazing lineup of authors.

Featuring Tales from NYT, USA Today and National Bestselling Authors:
Mandy M. Roth - Midnight Echoes (ties to the Immortal Ops Series World)
Michelle M. Pillow - Tribes of the Vampire Novella
Jennifer Ashley - Immortals: Forbidden Taste
Charlene Hartnady - A Mate for Brynn: A Novella
Teresa Gabelman - The Enforcer
Celia Kyle - Love Bite
Kristen Painter - The Vampire’s True Love Trials (Nocturne Falls)
Colleen Gleason - Immortal Glamour (Gotham Hollywood Series)
Yasmine Galenorn - Blood Music (Bewitching Bedlam)
P. Jameson - Breaking the Skin
V. Vaughn - Hart Attack
Carmen Caine - Highlander Blood Moon
Marie Mason - Being Naughty With the Vampire
Mina Carter - Vampire's Kiss
Deanna Chase - Bite of Betrayal (Billionaire Blood Bonds)
Emma Storm - Twice Bitten, Once Tamed
Patricia A. Rasey - Preacher (Sons of Sangue)
Alyssa Day - William’s Witch: A Cardinal Witches novella
Caridad Pineiro - Dare to Love: The Calling is Reborn Vampire Novels
Erin Kellison - Until Dawn: A Dragons of Bloodfire World Novella
Laurie London - Unraveled by Blood: A Sweetblood World Novella
Selene Charles - Fae Bridge Over Troubled Waters
Chloe Cole - Conquered (New England Nightwalkers)
Elle Thorne - Inescapable (Only After Dark)
Tasha Black - Nobody’s Home, A Tarker’s Hollow Tale
JC Andrijeski - Black Blood, A Quentin Black Mystery Story
Jaide Fox - Blood Fever (Shadowmere Legacies)
Tracey H. Kitts - Love me Hard (Tris Grima Series)
Over 25 All New Paranormal Alpha Male Tales of Contemporary, Military, Shifters, Billionaires, Werewolves, Magic, Fae, Witches, Dragons, Demons & More
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Vampire hunter Tris Grima is having difficulty finding those responsible for her mother’s murder, and making her a vampire. With the help of her guardian/sexy gargoyle Hugh, she will begin to uncover the truth.

Warning: This story contains one hard to resist gargoyle.



Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Taking a break, body surfing, and a new release

I've been working very hard to get ahead of schedule and STAY THERE. Why? So I can have a little bit of time off, like normal people. LOL That's a thing still right? It's been so long since I've had a true break, I've forgotten.

Here's my idea of a "break." I've got new releases written ahead, already edited, formatted, cover art done, and ready to go. I've done this all the way through summer 2018. Yes, you read that correctly. That way, I'm not writing my butt off every second and I can have an opportunity for new and wonderful stories to come to mind. :)

However, during that time I don't exactly get to rest. I'm still working on getting those releases out, sending newsletters, and maintaining my website (which needs to be checked about once a week for software updates). 

This "break" that's been going on for only about a month has given me time to catch up on my yards, spend more time with my family, and plant a massive pumpkin garden with my dad. :) 

I've also been going to the beach as much as possible and body surfing, despite getting 10 jellyfish stings the time before last. LOL Yes, you read that correctly too. These weren't the big deadly ones, just the little ones that sting like a beyotch and leave purple bruises. But I still caught those waves, so jellyfish can suck it. Ha. Ha. Ha.

Oh, I also have a new book up for pre-order.

Of all the stories I've ever written, Frank and The Werewolf Tamer has received the most requests for a sequel. I'm pleased that I finally got a chance to fulfill those requests. Night Touch tells the story of a brand new character, Rosalie. It also gets us a little closer to a fan favorite, Kurtis, the Dracula impersonator. And for those who've loved the Lilith Mercury series, there are a few cameo appearances in this one. 

Night Touch officially releases September 2, 2016.





This is Book Two in the Notte Oscura series. Each book in this series is a standalone story with returning characters.

Rosalie's psychic abilities have significantly changed her life. Skin against skin contact gives her visions, which sometimes includes the untimely death of those she touches. Fortunately for her, these abilities do not work on vampires.

NOTE: This story contains graphic language, sex, and violence.

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Thursday, June 2, 2016

The World's Worst Newsletter Service

I've just concluded (hopefully I'll get a refund) one of the worst customer experiences of my entire life. Normally, I don't believe in calling out anyone in public. I think it's unprofessional and petty. However, in this case I feel I'm doing a favor to anyone who might consider using this service. This is a business and I am a business woman who is getting seriously screwed. I should share that, right? I mean, I don't want anyone else to have this same frustrating and infuriating experience.

The company I'm about to share my experience with is called SENDINBLUE. Run from them. Do not walk. Do not pass GO. Do not collect $200. Run as hard and as fast as you can from them and their horrible service.

I'm going to be completely blunt about all of this. I found them during an extensive search for an affordable newsletter delivery service. And they are affordable. I can send 40,000 emails for only $7.37 a month. Who wouldn't jump on that?! It sounds great, right? Especially since I couldn't afford to upgrade my plan with Mad Mimi.

To begin with, the platform itself is not user friendly at all. They give little to no "help" information. You really have to just figure it out yourself. But, I was willing to do that because it was so cheap and I'm on a tight budget.

The real problems began with this ridiculous "account validation." They say they have to validate your account ONCE to get things started. They don't bother to inform you of this until you've already signed up and created your first campaign/newsletter. All right, fine. Validate me then. This can take 24 hours or more.

The whole reason I started looking for a new service was because I participated in a huge multi-author giveaway. Some of you may have seen me post about it on this blog. As entry into the contest, readers signed up for at least one of the participating authors' newsletters. Some people signed up for ALL of our newsletters. That's awesome, but it left me scrambling to find a service to accommodate all those email addresses.

From the moment I started trying to import contacts and actually use the service I was paying for, things went sour. Very sour. I have had to answer the same questions over and over again. In fact, I'm going to share the FIFTH message I sent to them word for word below.

I've been asked the same questions now several times. I'll answer again in the hopes of being able to use my account as soon as possible. The large contacts list that I imported originally came from a contest. Readers opted to sign up for my newsletter along with many other newsletters as extra entries into the contest. The landing page for the giveaway might still be active if I need to provide that as proof. Everyone on that list signed up of their own free will. I'm a writer, not a marketer /spammer. 

I feel like no one is reading my replies as I get the same response each time, asking me where I got my contacts. I would really appreciate it if someone would actually read my response and see that I'm telling the truth and just need to use the service that I'm paying for.

Each response from them is more vague and condescending. Oh, and once I even got an "important update" in Italian. I speak some Italian, however, I only glanced at this on my phone and sent a reply saying, "Sorry, I don't speak Spanish. All I got was that this message is important." At a glance, Spanish and Italian do have many similar words. What did I get from these jerks? A smartass reply informing me that the message was in Italian, not Spanish, then an off-hand apology. What I got from this particular experience was, these idiots don't even know what language I speak.

The thing that finally made me decide to throw in the towel (in only 3 weeks) was when they suspended my scheduled newsletter right before it needed to go out. Yeah, I wasn't so nice in this one.

It seems that this service is not capable of running smoothly. I was told that my account had been validated AGAIN. Then I got a message that my scheduled newsletter did not go out as planned because my contacts have not been confirmed. Are you kidding me? I haven't added anyone new since I was told my account was validated. I am trying to inform my readers of a limited time free book. If this takes much longer, the book will no longer be free. 

This is beyond inconvenient. I scheduled this free book on Amazon AND this newsletter in advance JUST TO SHARE WITH THIS LIST OF PEOPLE. 

I'm trying to not be rude about this, but I am so angry right now. This is totally unacceptable.


I was given some crap about how their validation process is soooo important and because my account had been UNVALIDATED THE DAY BEFORE FOR NO REASON, they were treating this as my first campaign, all over again.

No. This is not the way you treat people. I am DONE with SENDINBLUE. I want my freaking money back. Unfortunately, they can't give me back my time or the sleep I lost worrying with this mess.

I was so wrong about Mad Mimi. I wasn't going to pay $42 a month for the SAME service. I would be paying for a service that actually works, customer service that responds promptly and with knowledgeable answers, and to not be hassled 24-freakin-7 about ridiculous things.

So, what's next for me? I have to find a way to work $42 a month into my budget. That might not sound like much, but it is expensive for me.