Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Amazing deal on an author boxed set!

Love Potion No. 11

Available 2014-09-07
$0.99 USD

 Get it at Smashwords | Amazon  | ibooks

Eleven full length paranormal novels celebrating strong women, sizzling hot heroes, and all the things that go bump in the night. 

Secrets by Liz Schulte: While Olivia Martin observed life through her camera, the Abyss gazed back at her. She is about to find out there is a lot she doesn't know and sometimes what you don't know can kill you.

The Charmer by Autumn Dawn: Jasmine didn’t realize her friend Wiley was special until they were drawn into another world. Here Wiley is betrothed to the ruler of the Haunt, a wererace both dangerous and proud. Will Jasmine find the portal home, or will she find a werewolf of her own?

Forever Fae by L.P. Dover: He leans down, lips parted, and then our lips connect ... We didn't know that this one kiss has FOREVER changed the Land of the Fae.

Stronger Than Magic by Melinda VanLone: Water can be deadly, in the right hands.
In a world of magic, hidden away from those who have no power, Tarian Xannon commands the natural forces of water, air, and fire. She fights not only to keep the throne she thought she hated, but to accept her true place in the world. Will her power be enough? Or are some things stronger than magic?

Give Me by L.K. Rigel: A Romance Reviews top pick.
Lilith Evergreen has always lived in the California desert, but when she receives an antique ring as a gift, she dreams of a castle by the sea, a magnificent tree at cliff's edge, and a mysterious woman who calls her to Dumnos, a land of mist and rain. There she meets Cade Bausiney, the future Earl of Dumnos. His attraction to her is overwhelming ~ but are the feelings real or magically induced?

Taming the Wolf by Stephanie Nelson: Attacked by a wolf while hiking, Anna Avery's life just got a little hairier. When dead bodies start showing up and Anna was the last to see them alive. She'll have to prove her innocence and tame the wolf who bites first and asks questions never.

Sweet Magic Song by Olivia Hardin: Belle Bittner was sold to the highest bidder when she was just a child, sought for the magic lying dormant in her blood. As she tries to escape the world she was raised in, separating myth from fact to decipher the truth about her powers could mean the destruction of the new life she is trying to build.

Enlightened by Melissa Lummis: Loti Dupree is about to learn that karma’s a nightmare. Someone out there will stop at nothing to kill her and only the vampire named Wolf and a destiny she isn’t prepared to embrace stands between her and an early grave.

Undeniable by Tawdra Kandle: For Rafe Brooks, running from a broken heart means losing himself in alcohol and women. Numbing the pain works until he meets an irresistible redhead with secrets of her own. For Rafe and Jocelyn, when life is uncertain, love is undeniable.

Hanna, Hanna, One-and-Two by Myndi Shafer: Twenty-two year old Johanna Cochrin’s world is broken. Eating mists ravage the plains, and wilder-than-most hunt and kill in all but the most protected lands. But when she is kidnapped from a remote government compound, she must learn to trust people she has never met and share the secrets she never meant to share.

Divine Destiny by Joanna Grace: Avery McClain's life is shattered and she is rescued by a Thracian warrior. He takes her to the Haven where she discovers her life was meant for a higher calling.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

John replaced the element in the oven and soldered a blown thingie in the circuit board, and so far the oven works. Fingers crossed that it will hold for a while.

Working on Bramble Burn today. It really helps to switch between stories to keep things fresh, so I'm alternating working on Rowen & Gold.

What is Bramble Burn? A daydream that's captured my imagination, so I decided it was book worthy.

It had been thirty years since the Convergence, when the dimensions aligned and combined Earth and the world of Gwyllon, known in human mythology as “Underhill”. Elven castles and random buildings sprouted in vacant lots, on major highways, sometimes merging with existing buildings, twisting into completely new structures; the courthouse had merged with an Elven government building. Roads and rail systems reformed, and after the rioting, starvation and death, agriculture finally sorted itself and food began to flow. A new government formed of elves and men had arisen, a society of human tech and elven magic. Cell phones and frost giants, race cars and elven steeds, dungeons and dragons…
And everywhere, monsters.

Juniper was twenty-three, a child of the new generation of small farmers. Her grandfather was Tylwyth Teg, an elf of the forest. Her father had been mostly normal, or pretended to be, but Juniper had her grandfather’s hunger for growing things. He’d tolerated her visiting his woods as long as he could, but there could be only one Forest Lord. He’d told her kindly but firmly to find her own Wood. She could not go back, or he’d kill her.
“Be sure to write, let me know how you’re doing,” he’d said, and meant it. After all, they were still family.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Snippet: older than dirt

Mrs. Yuimen brushed him aside, her scanning the girl. She was the house cook and resident healer, and older than dirt. “Nothing broken,” she pronounced. “Hot polices and lavender oil for the bruises, willow, cayenne and ginger for the pain.” She left fetch the supplies.
Since he was clearly not needed, Sage joined Griffin to fill him in on the night’s activities. “We’ll need to send word to her family. I imagine the lads have caught the horse by now and taken him to the stables.”
“Do we know her name?” Jordan asked, glancing appreciatively at the fire that sprang up in the fireplace. She tucked the blankets around her patient.
Now that she was covered, Griffin peered at the woman with interest. “Isn’t that Mrs. James from next door? How did she get here?”
“We found her on our property being chased by hellhounds,” Sage answered, frowning thoughtfully. “I can only assume the house lowered the wall to let her in.”
Jordan raised her brows. “What are you up to, Hyani?” Once a fae, Hyani had suffered terribly when her family had killed her husband. Unable to bear the grief, she’d turned herself into a house so that she could still shelter her children. A romantic, she was known to arrange matches for family. Hyani seemed to feel her house needed a human matriarch and had gone to incredible lengths to pair Griffin and Jordan.
Jordan looked speculatively at the unconscious girl. “We’ll need to notify her family.”
“Of course. I’ll see to it,” Sage promised. “No doubt they’re worried by now. He nodded at the housekeeper as he strode to the door. “Mrs. Yuimen.”
The old one looked down her huge nose at him, her thick brows lowered over sharp black eyes. Hair like wet soot flopped over her brow, escaping from a black ribbon tied at her nape. She grunted dismissively, pushing a trolley laden with medical supplies toward the patient.
Sage hurried downstairs and called for a carriage. It wouldn’t do to arrive at the neighbors as an owl.

HGTV is infecting me.

HGTV is infecting me. We're thinking of saving up to buy a foreclosed house as a rental. We're getting to the age when smart investments and make sense, and with a down market, now is the time. We'll see.

 Meanwhile, I'm thinking of ways to make the yard even more beautiful. There's nothing like a pretty landscape to soothe the soul, and my roses are lovely.

Looking forward to finishing the bedroom floor in a couple of weeks. I want my house back in order.

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

No casseroles were harmed in the accident.

The element in the oven blew out last night. There was the sound of sizzling electronics and smoke, and poof! The element burnt right through. The oven had been acting up prior to that, and that's when we should have ordered a new element. John found one on Amazon for $12, but it won't be here for days. Thankfully, we have crockpots, a turkey oven, waffle irons, microwaves and a plug in burner, so I think I'll manage :)

No casseroles were harmed in the accident. In fact, I may make tamale pie in the microwave from now on.

Working on Bramble Burn today, because I need some fun.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

God save me from teenagers.

September 2. Hang in there, moms; school is starting soon. We will throw a party and clink bottles. I'll be having hard cider. You?