Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Thanksgiving Eve! - Cecile Tellier

Happy Pre-Thanksgiving today!  I've got so many things to be thankful for this year, one of the most important is for you all.  Having people to read what I write is integral to not only a career but also just to my soul.  I'm very happy to share my mind's stories with you and hope to keep doing so for a very long time! I'm thankful for my family near and far, my children, and my strong network of support and friends!  I am also very thankful for our troops and service men and women overseas, our fire departments, and law enforcement who tirelessly spend every day working and often don't get Thanksgiving off.  I encourage you to thank any of those individuals you know or see,  or help someone less fortunate.

My newest release Kendall's Promise is now out from Evernight Publishing!  

The Magus of Miami, 1

Alysia Renaldo’s life was fairly typical and without troubles until the day a hurricane hit her family home in Miami.  The storm and the aftermath would forever change her life.  
Kendall Cerda had been waiting for the moment he would see Alysia again.  He didn't count on it coming with a threat to her life and safety.  It will be up to him to protect Alysia and put a stop to those who would take her from him. 
They will need to work together if they have a chance of survival when the danger of a fanatic extremist group comes for Alysia.  Navigating Aly’s feelings for Kendall will complicate things.  Will they make it through the obstacles together or will their lives together be brief?
Buy Links:
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B017Y48NDU
Evernight: http://www.evernightpublishing.com/kendalls-promise-by-cecile-tellier/

It is also available on iBooks, Barnes and Nobles, Kobu, Smashwords and most ebook retailers. 

People often ask what I'm working on, right now I'm getting ready to unveil a new paranormal boxset that has a new novella in it with a bunch of awesome ladies.  I've also been busy doing photoshoots for some works in progress that are going to be mentioned more soon, for now though bask in the awesome that is Dante one of the male models I've had the pleasure to work with lately! 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Not the usual excerpt book: Finder of Lost Love @kayelleallen #amreading #puzzle

The book Finder of Lost Love is not the usual excerpt book. This is a sample book that also incorporates a game for readers to play. By either reading all the excerpts first, or by reading them one at a time, the reader is able to answer questions, solve a puzzle, and then get a chance to win prizes. It's a new way to find great authors. The concept is a new one. It's called a Read and Play Adventure.

About the Book

Riley Anderson's fiancé, an investigative journalist, has been kidnapped by the mob, and the police will do nothing for twenty-four hours. By then, she's sure Leo will be dead. Something's wrong. You sense it. But as a new PI with little experience and few friends to assist you, can you save the day, or get Leo and Riley killed?

Locate clues hidden in twelve short stories plucked from romance novels by bestselling authors Jennie Marts, Bev Pettersen, Marie Treanor, Debora Dennis, Red L Jameson, Dariel Raye, Kayelle Allen, Ann Omasta, Lana Williams, Sydney Jane Baily, Nhys Glover and Tonya Plank.

You're the only one who has any chance of succeeding. Take the case! Read the stories, watch the mystery unfold, collect the clues, solve the puzzle and get a chance to win great prizes. It's easy and lots of fun!

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A free book is available to go along with this book. Visit my website to download Bro, the Story Behind the Antonello Brothers. http://kayelleallen.com/bro

About the Author

Kayelle Allen is a best-selling, award-winning author. Her unstoppable heroes and heroines include contemporary every day folk, role-playing immortal gamers, futuristic covert agents, and warriors who purr.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Doctor Who Day

November 23rd is Doctor Who Day. I write Sci-Fi romance and Steampunk Romance so naturally along with that, I am a bit of a nerd. I must confess, for whatever reason I'm not a die-hard Dr. Who enthusiast, however it does seem that the day should be honored.

I've included Dr.Who themed photos I've taken at local comic-cons.

As it's the holiday season with Thanksgiving this week, here is a Dr. Who Christmas themed video.

The closest romances I have to Dr. Who are my AI comedy Romances, Mind Date series:

A Woman of Intelectual Means

Her meets Humans meets a 1960's screwball romance
Em met the perfect man online, but he doesn't know she's artificial intelligence -- no body, just code.Em gets to know Jason through emails and Sim dating games. Jason makes her feel...so human. Is Em's superior intelligence enough to find a way to overcome the differences between flesh and code?
Em found the perfect man on the internet, but he doesn't know she's an artificial intelligence system -- no body, just code.

Code of Misconduct
Humans meets Her meets a 1960's Screwball Romance 
For a headless, bodiless, everything but mindless, woman, Betty gets around. She’s just an artificial intelligence system looking for a little fun by dating a hundred hot-blooded men online. The most eligible bachelor is Chet, a real live cowboy. He doesn’t know Betty is an artificial intelligence system. However, Chet has a secret of his own. Will his deep, dark secret save their relationship or doom it?

Happy Dr. Who Day!

Sunday, November 22, 2015


Not quite ready for Christmas reading, but want to relax with a story set in autumn? The hero and heroine of my award-winning novella NATURALLY YOURS fall in love under the Harvest Moon. This book has received 100% positive reviews, is an Award of Excellence Finalist, and gained numerous 5 star reviews from book bloggers. Give NATURALLY YOURS a try over the Thanksgiving holidays.

“I read this wonderful book in one sitting and I enjoyed every word.”5★ ~Jodie’s W.I.N.E List.


Who will save a man who saves the world?

Paramedic Mickey Kendall hasn’t slept a full night since his return from Iraq. He rescues victims by day and protects the innocent after dark. Mickey doesn’t do it for glory; he wants absolution, not admiration. He lives by the rule: No personal contact after a rescue. That code meets the ultimate test when Mickey saves a child’s life on a roadside and declines the parents’ invitation to dinner at their upscale restaurant.

Master chef Amanda Greer lives by the principle that delicious food and good company build bridges. When she learns Mickey has refused her business partners’ hospitality, she persuades him to change his mind. The handsome paramedic visits her restaurant and Amanda joins him at his table. Their unexpected chemistry turns kinetic and leads to a passionate kiss.
In Amanda’s arms, Mickey finds relief from the stressors that haunt him, but resists falling in love. When Amanda challenges him to face his demons and accept the love she offers, Mickey arrives at a crossroad. The war-weary paramedic must first save himself to claim the woman who reignites his passion for living and revives his wounded heart.

“You can’t go wrong with Adele Downs.” ~Will Work for Books

 “They called you a hero in the press.” Her dark lashes lowered and lifted and she smiled at him with admiration shining in her eyes. “They were right, of course. What you did for Jack can never be repaid.”
Mickey winced at the hero reference. “I hate to disappoint you, but I only did what I’m trained to do.”
Amanda made sounds of disagreement low in her throat. “Elena told me at least a hundred and fifty cars passed her on the highway. Every one of them ignored her cries for help. Of all those people, don’t you think one might have been medically trained? Or at least cared enough to respond? No. You stopped. Only you.”
Oh. He hadn’t thought of that.
She pointed a finger at his chest. “There’s a difference between you and other people. There’s no other way to explain what happened on that roadway. Elena is convinced you’re special, and I never doubt her perceptions. That’s another reason why I wanted to meet you.”
Mickey stared into Amanda’s eyes and her pupils dilated. Her lips parted, ever so slightly, as if to welcome a kiss. Her tongue touched the inside of her bottom lip and disappeared. Mickey knew then, she felt it too. Synergy. Chemistry. An attraction so powerful it turned kinetic on contact.
Some called it love at first sight.
Amanda. Even her name was beautiful.
She took a sip of her drink and he watched her mouth and throat work the liquid. When she set down the tumbler, she wiped a droplet from the corner of her mouth with a trimmed, unpolished fingertip. Mickey wished he could have swiped the bead away with his tongue.
Amanda leaned closer and pressed a hand to his wrist. “Trained or not, you were the only stranger on that highway who had a heart.”
Mickey laid his hand over hers and she let him keep it there. Until now, he wasn’t sure he still had a heart. His had been chipped away, piece by piece, like a block of ice since the war. He’d considered it long gone, with his soul. In mere minutes, what was left had thawed in the center, leaving him raw and exposed.
Amanda continued to speak; clearly unaware she’d stripped away another layer. “I love Jack like he’s my own son. He’s a terrific kid. I’ve helped take care of him since the day the Martins and I started this restaurant. When you saved him, you saved us all.” Amanda leaned in and pressed a quick, sweet kiss against Mickey’s jaw.
Their gazes locked when she sat back in her chair. The gravity of her words and her straightforward kiss humbled him into speechlessness. He’d been thanked many times before, but this woman had gotten to him like no one else. He squeezed her hand and then downed the rest of his drink. Amanda took another sip of hers and set the glass on the table before retreating into silence. She turned the tumbler slowly in her hands.
Mickey looked back at her and tapped two fingers against the menu’s leather cover. “Nothing here is what I expected.”
Amanda returned a quiet smile, either assuming he meant food choices, or pretending he had. She tucked her arms beneath her breasts and leaned forward against the edge of the table, lifting perfect white swells above the neckline of her blouse. “Organic means untouched by artificiality. Grown and consumed in its natural state. We eat only healthy foods unspoiled by chemicals, preservatives, hormones, steroids, antibiotics, and genetically modified seeds or cells. Pure.”
Pure. Mickey gazed at the stunning woman by his side. The texture of her skin looked smooth as cream and welcoming to the touch. He longed to run his hands along her thighs, imagining sleek roads leading to heaven at their apex. “I like the sound of that.” The way she looked back at him while he studied her face made him wonder if she’d read his mind.
The one that had gone dirty.

About The Author:

Adele Downs is the best-selling, award-winning author of more than 20 romance titles, including those written under another pen name, and a former journalist with hundreds of articles to her credit. When not writing in her home office in rural Pennsylvania, she can be found reading a book on the nearest beach, taking photographs, or riding in her convertible.

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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Treasured Find is a Night Owls Review Top Pick!! #paranormal #kindleunlimited

I hope everyone's November is going well. Mine's been hectic, but wonderful. I've been busy revising Beautiful Mistake, book 2 in my Royal Pride series, but I wanted to take a moment to share some good news. Treasured Find, book 1, has been reviewed by Night Owl Reviews and has been labeled as a TOP PICK!
Here's a little snippet of what they say:

"This fascinating paranormal romance is a delicious introduction to a world that has very special feline shapeshifters who are part of the elite section of their society. I love the novelty of these multispecies shifters, and the complex organization they have."

Stop over and read the rest! Night Owl Top Pick Review

Treasured Find
Royal Pride, book 1
Sometimes the greatest finds are unexpected
After five centuries, Rafe Alexander knows what to expect from life—boredom broken by the occasional call from Shifter Affairs. No matter how mundane the job, he always accepts their plea for help. He knows what it’s like to lose loved ones to the shifter trafficking rings decimating their species.
But the task that takes him to West Virginia changes everything. A human is dead. A shifter child is missing. And the human female connected to both tragedies is hiding a secret.
He needs to discover the mystery surrounding her. But the felines he houses—lion, tiger and jaguar—want him to get close to her for another reason. Jasmine is special, both for how she affects him and for the treasure she’s been guarding.
And as danger mounts, he’s left balancing his desire for revenge and his need to protect. But the line between them isn’t always black and white, especially where his family is concerned.
NOTE: This book was previously released. It has been revised and re-edited.

Excerpt #1
“Don’t get any crazy ideas. I am not going out with any of your husband’s friends. No more blind dates, thank you very much.”
“You don’t need any help from me. Once you drop the ‘stay away from me’ glare you usually wear around members of the opposite sex, you’ll have no problem picking up a guy.” Cindy tapped a single finger against her chin. “We might even have to beat them off you, especially if you display your goods a little more.”
She tugged at Jazz’s shirt until the lacy edge barely covered her nipples.
Jazz gasped and slapped away her friend’s hands. She quickly righted her top and glared at Cindy. Jazz hated her goods. Her breasts were too big for her frame, but genetics was a crapshoot. You got whatever the DNA mixing bowl dished out.
“Stop it. I am not enticing any lewd perverts with a showing of my goods.”
Cindy raised her hands. “Just promise me you’ll keep an open mind.”
Jazz bit back her sharp retort. Cindy meant well. It wasn’t her fault Jazz had to keep men at arm’s length. It wasn’t Jazz’s either, but those were the facts. Time for another lie. What was one more?
“Fine. The next hot guy who shows any interest in me…” I’ll ignore just like I did with the blond hunk Josh was talking to. She inwardly rolled her eyes at the ridiculousness of her lame fib. “will be the one I take home.”
“Now that’s an offer I can’t resist.”
Jazz pivoted. A wide expanse of muscle filled her vision. She followed the ridges of his stomach lower. His narrow waist met lean, denim-covered hips. Openmouthed, she stared at the growing bulge in his pants. An answering spark of arousal lighted within her. Shivers of awareness, the same ones that had skipped down her spine a few minutes ago, traveled from the hardening tips of her breasts to her clit. The bundle of nerves took on a heartbeat of its own.
She glanced into his face. Exotic, uptilted honey-brown eyes were framed by long blond lashes. Specks of color floated in those oddly bright eyes—gold, blue, green. Beautiful and downright captivating.
His full lips, parted slightly, glistened as if he’d licked them. She swiped her tongue across her suddenly dry ones.
“Am I hot enough for you?” He rubbed his thumb over the corner of her mouth. “Because I’m interested. Very, very interested.”

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Other shifter books:
ROYAL Pride series
Ø  Beautiful Mistake, book 2, available for Pre-order, releases 1-11-16
Ø  Favorite Obsession, book 3, available for Pre-order soon
KAGAN Wolves series (a parallel series set in the same world as the Royal Pride series)
Ø  Chance on Love, book 0.5, releases 2-23-16
Ø  Bridged by Love, book 1, available now
Ø  Shared for Love, book 2 (MMF), releases 5-10-16

The details…
Book Title: Treasured Find
Series Name: Royal Pride
Series Number: 1.0
Author: Nancy Corrigan
Length: 92K
Publication Date: November 11th 2015

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A little about Nancy…
A true romantic at heart, Nancy Corrigan is convinced there’s a knight in shining armor for every woman (or man), but you won’t find damsels in distress in her stories. She adores pairing alpha heroes with women strong enough to match them and bring them to their knees. She also enjoys flipping the traditional roles in romances because her motto is—love and people should never be forced to conform to anyone’s norm.

She holds a degree in chemistry and has worked in research but now focuses on ensuring quality. She considers it the perfect outlet for her as she’s the first to admit she has some OCD tendencies. It carries over into her writing life too. While engrossed in a novel, she has a habit of forgetting to eat and sleep. Fortunately, she’s married to her own knight in shining armor who understands her oddities and loves her anyway. They reside in Pennsylvania with their three children, dog, snake and guinea pigs. Her other interests include tattoos, animals, classic cars and all things spooky and sexy.

Friday, November 20, 2015

There He Sat: Brooding

The latest release in the There He Sat collection is now available. Told from each male protagonist's point of view, these are alluring tales of betrayal, retribution and salvation and each is peppered with extremely hot sex! Comprising a collection, the stories are not interconnected and can be read in any order.

After catching his fiancée and his boss in a sexual tryst, Josh Dawson needs to get away from everything. A new city, a new life, is the answer. Waiting for the train that will whisk him away to his new beginning, he meets a confounding but enticing woman named Tara. She is everything his ex-fiancee, Kim, is not and Josh soon finds himself in an unexpected but extremely fulfilling relationship.

Rapidly constructing a happier lifestyle, Josh is shocked when Kim appears on his doorstep. Full of remorse and promises of a brighter future, she begs him for a second chance. Forced to question if his feelings for Tara are genuine or if he is merely rebounding from Kim, Josh’s doubt threatens his content new existence.

Torn between two vastly different women, Josh struggles with a decision that will bring joy to one and heartbreak to the other. His past and future collide in his tumultuous present and Josh faces a task that will change three lives forever.



The words on the page swam before Josh’s eyes. Try as he might, he could not concentrate on the book in his hands. Reading was to be a distraction, a way to pass the time whilst waiting for the train. However, the intended carefree task had become an exercise in futility. No matter where he was or what he did, he could not block out the image of Kim, naked, straddling his boss, Lou. He could picture her sweat-soaked hair stuck to her neck and shoulders as her breasts swayed with the effort of riding Lou’s cock fiercely. The heavy scents of perspiration and sex filled his nostrils every time he remembered the horrid sight.

With a huff, he tossed the paperback into the trash container beside him and crossed his arms. He closed his eyes and attempted to focus on the new job that awaited him in a new city. He was grateful for the much-needed fresh start. He only wished that he could feel the elation for it that he should. However, Kim had robbed him of that, among so many other emotions. Now, he was either furious or numb, incapable of feeling anything other than one of those two extremes.

He opened his eyes and looked about the station as he shifted his body on the hard wood bench. At this late hour the building was almost deserted, apparently not many people rode the midnight train to Calgary. He caught sight of a custodian and watched him languidly push a broom around the floor in front of the washrooms. After a few moments, he grew bored of the man’s slow and lazy movements and stared at his shoes, cursing himself for arriving at the station so early. He knew it would be difficult to pass the time and yet he could not stand being in his parent’s home a moment longer.
Despite their continual reassurances that they understood what he was going through, he could not help but feel like a failure when he had had no choice but to temporarily move back home.  He truly appreciated them allowing him to stay there while he had found his new job and prepared to move to Calgary. However, he could not bear another second of his father’s encouraging words that starting over was a good thing or his mother’s tearful begging for him to keep in contact as he was moving so far away.

The sound of small wheels caught his attention and he looked up to see a young woman walking toward him. She wheeled two suitcases behind her, one in each hand, and had two bags slung over each shoulder. She shuffled her flip-flop encased feet under the weight she carried, her floral sundress moving erratically around her legs. He wanted to look away but knew she was approaching him. There was no one else present and the lost look upon her face informed him that she was about to ask him something. Steeling himself for an unwanted conversation and hoping it would be over quickly, Josh held her gaze until she stopped before him.

Now he could see how red and puffy the areas around her eyes were. He assumed she had been crying recently. She smiled thinly at him. He thought the gesture looked forced, as if she did not want to smile but believed she should.

“Is this where the train to Calgary boards?”

Her voice was low and timid and held a sweetness he had not anticipated.  The small but genuine smile that formed on his lips surprised him.

“Yeah, the platform is right out the doors behind me.”

“Oh, thank God,” she sighed.

She righted the suitcases and then shrugged her shoulders to drop her bags. One of them hit a suitcase and then rolled several feet away on the filed floor but she did not seem to notice. She shuffled a few more steps and then plopped down on the bench beside him. He immediately straightened his spine and slid to the furthest end of the bench, wondering why she had not sat on the empty bench beside the one he occupied. His peripheral vision caught her head turn in his direction, and he reluctantly looked back to her. He watched the corners of her lips twitch and thought she was about to smile again. Her chin quivered and then, to his surprise and gross discomfort, she burst into tears.


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Author Bio:

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been writing stories, and exploring my imagination. I’m a relatively new author in the publishing world, having recently had the first three stories in the There He Sat series, a collection of erotic shorts, being published. Before that I self-published two novels. One is a sweet romance, and the other a somewhat steamier look at the passionate relationship between a single mom and a vampire.

While I have been writing my entire life, I had to set aside my dreams to tend to the realities of attending college, working and raising my family. After planning a career and studying for it, I was sidelined by health issues that continue to plague me. The downtime allowed me to reopen the door to my writing ambitions, and here I am, writing daily and publishing professionally now. If you’d like to check out my work, I write in multiple genres, so there’s something for everyone! You can follow me on social media, as well. Links and all that, as well as my blog, can be found on my website. I’d love for you to visit me there!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Freedom is so Sweet

No matter how you feel about Pharrell's Happy, it fits in this situation. I'm extremely happy. As of today, 18 Nov 2015, I am FREE of Ellora's Cave. Completely free. My rights are my own again.

Zenobia Renquist
Discover Different and Unique Romance & Erotica
Charmed Lovers (Box Set) :: With humans caught in a war between vampires and mages, three couples' love endures amidst the chaos.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Party in Hawaii

Come for mai tai's, sunsets and hula dancing!

Guest authors are coming for a day of teasers, giveaways and excerpts. Celebrating release day for our book, Lesley Kelly and I, A Taste of Paradise, along with other Blaze releases! Regina Kyle, Kelli Ireland and Vicki Lewis Thompson.

Regina Kyle
Dani Collins
Tawny Weber
Scarlett Cole
Vicki Lewis Thompson
Stefanie London
Kelli Ireland .
Jamie K Schmidt
Gina Gordon
Annie Raines
Karen Booth
Sophia Henry
Cathy McDavid
Juliet Burns
Vonnie Davis
Taryn Leigh Taylor
Tina Marie Clark
Kate Pearce

Click HERE to join the party fun and for more details

My newsletter will be starting up in December with freebies too! Please click HERE if you'd like to hear from me. I promise it will be short and sweet :D I also have links to all sale sites for my books on my website.

Hope you see you in Hawaii! Aloha!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

NaNoWriMo - Let the Words Flow!

You may have heard of National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, in which participants aim to write a 50,000 word novel in one month. If you're a writer, this may or may not appeal to you. For me, it works. While I try to write 500 words on a typical day, if I don't make it because life interferes, oh well. During NaNoWriMo, I make the words a priority. Sure my house could use a serious dusting right about now, but it can wait. 

During this NaNo, I'm working on the stories of the Knights of Stone, a band of gargoyle shifter brothers. Since I've never been good at plotting, but more of a let's see where this story is going to go kind of writer, I'm flipping between stories of three of the brothers. The scenes are rough. Characters don't all have names yet. Yet, it's working in it's strange sort of way. When something develops in one brother's story, it makes me go back to another's, which is helping to shape the characters and this world I've created in my mind. 

Are you participating in NaNo? If so, what are you working on?

Here's part one of the series. Part two is in revisions and should be ready for release in a month or so.

Knights of Stone: Mason

Knights of Stone: MasonGargoyles, tree witches, and wolf shifters have divided the Isle of Stone after a great battle twenty-five years ago. When Kayla, a tree witch, hears about the unconventional rock concerts in the gargoyle’s territory, she sneaks from her coven and into their territory to see for herself. Night after night, she returns to see one in particular shift into human form and play guitar at these unconventional shows.
For several nights, Mason has kept watch for the pixie-like female. He plans to seduce her, thinking she’s a visitor from another island. When he discovers she’s one of the tree witches, he retreats, attempting to keep his distance. The temptation is strong, but forbidden.
Kayla and Mason attempt to meet in secret, but other elements on the isle command their attention. A magical cloak created by the three clans on the island is thinning, leading to repercussions for all the clans. Kayla and Mason are caught in the middle of it, and their actions may change the fate for all.
“Kayla and Mason fall in love despite their differences, despite being different. It is a new way of telling Romeo and Juliet. You cannot be with them because of something their ancestors did, and the kids saying I do not care about that, I want to be with them regardless. A lesson many of us need to learn. I would recommend this book to anyone wanting something a little different from their normal.”
~ 5* from Books and Beyond Fifty Shades
I love a paranormal book that has multiple beings, in this book there are Gargoyles, witches and  wolf shifters. The plot has twists and turns taking you through such a unique and mysterious world… Great story, great characters… Very unique!” 
~ Up All Night, Read All Day Book Reviews
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Monday, November 16, 2015

Never Enough Hours in a Day!

Here I am, with a book being re-published on December 1, and I don't even have the time to promote it! 

The district I sub for has lost many subs, so I've been working every weekday.  I drive right from there to tutor after school until 7 at least 3 nights per week, and on Saturday until 1.  I have very little time to spend with my family, let alone, to go on-line to keep up with the publishing world. And the holidays are coming! Yikes!

But I am excited about the re-publishing of my first female spy novel: Secret Love.

Here's the new cover!

Sheena has spent 12 years saving the world, one assignment at a time.  She enjoys the work, but is getting bored.  She tries her usual cure; a new man.  But something about this one is different--she develops feelings.  And in her world, even having feelings is dangerous.  Indulging them by falling in love can be deadly...for both of them.

You can find out more about the book by going to my website, which I'll be updating to use the new cover.  This was a book I spent lots of money to advertise, including buying some ads.  But the whole book has been revised and re-edited, and if I must say so myself, it's a better book now.  I'll be running some contests, so stay tuned!  


Saturday, November 14, 2015

The Secret Life of a Writer

I was born when writing romance novels were basically considered trash. Yep, romance was trash. Can you believe that? One of the most fundamental things in a person's life is finding a mate and marrying, and yet romance was trash, published in magazines that were of the same caliber.

So, yeah, we've come a long way baby!

But back to those days. I hinted at wanting to be a writer when I realized I could write a essay well. When I realized my imagination. Now, unlike some, my dream of being a writer was obscure to say the least.

Then the voices started. It was sometime after I saw my first movie. Now I realize that most of you have seen many movies, but you gotta realize that movies came into my life around the 1950's. Even though the 50's were a wonderful time to grow up, writing romance back then was not a desired field.
But for years after I saw my first movie as a teenager, with other teenagers, Blue Denim, I began to have those voices in my head. At first not knowing what to do with them, I acted them out in the backyard with my friends who thought I was a little crazy at the time. Jungle Jim and Tarzan were inspiration. I think one of the very first movies I saw was Gone With the Wind, but I obviously didn't pay much attention to it then. Either that or it stuck in my head so bad, romance was planted, who knows.

However, my parents hadn't a clue that deep inside me was a romance writer
In high school I wrote a book. My first. It was a Swiss Family Robinson kind of book, written more in the style of the Count of Monte Cristo. Friends found out and wanted to read it. I loaned it out, and it never came back to me. After getting over the shock, I shrugged and decided I would just write another one some day. I never rewrote that one. And back then I didn't have a copy of it, because I couldn't afford the paper or carbon.

Now you'd think I'd rush out and write another one, right away, wouldn't you? I didn't. Life seemed to get in the way because my parents moved a lot. I never went to the same school twice so to speak. I was the new kid on the block most of my life. Hated it.

Still, during those years, I barely wrote anything. I did manage to write a short story and send it to Redbook Magazine. Naturally it was rejected. I had no idea the long drawn out process of learning to write. It still didn't deter me. I kept on writing, because that is what a real writer does, keeps on keeping on.

I wrote off and on for years, stuck the manuscripts in my desk drawer, and said, "Maybe someday."
At thirty, after I had married my second husband and had two children, I went to a writers meet and got more interested. Came home, began writing more seriously and still tucked my work into my desk. Someday, I told myself.

It wasn't until I married my third husband that I really buckled down to writing. He was such an encouragement to me. So I joined a writing circle and began to take myself seriously since this voice thing wasn't going to go away.

It took a lifetime to learn all I needed to know, and still I'm learning something new all the time. You see I learned to use a computer, use a Word program, then I learn to format into e-formats. That came along when a e-writer came to a conference to talk about ebooks. Boy was I interested in this. So I began submitting to e-publishers, and I became published.

You'd think that would be that, writing for an e-publisher, but self-publishing evolved into it's own and I was even more enthusiastic. I learned to format my manuscript, l learned to make my own covers, I learned to put them on line, and let me tell you, all that sounds so simple but it wasn't for a seat of the pants kind of person who really did have to learn it herself.

Today, after more than fifty years of writing, I support myself. I'm not rich, I'm not even famous. I'm just a writer. But it didn't fall in my lap. I had to earn it. With God's help I did learn and get self published.

So the next time you hear someone ask, "How do you know you are a writer?" Well, if you keep on writing despite the rejections. If you keep on writing despite the critics, if you keep on writing and even shoving your work into a drawer, you ARE a writer. A writer is someone who writes no matter the outcome. A writer keeps on learning all their life, and someday with God's help it starts to pay off.

Don't get me wrong, some people have a quick success. I wasn't that lucky. But I was lucky enough to know that I really was a writer. It was never an easy road for me. It was a struggle. Despite the fact that until my third husband came along, I had little support, I continued to write. I learned not to tell anyone I was a writer. It took years to accomplish what I did, and most of the people that didn't believe I'd ever make it are gone. But God and I know I'm a writer. Not the best, not the worst, but a writer! And God knows it has fulfilled my life's dream.

The first book I published was Pretend Mom, not the first one I ever wrote, but the first one to make it as a real book. This isn't the original cover, but it is such an improvement. Pretend Mom is a sentimental journey about a girl going home after some years, after she's made a success of herself, and yet rediscovering herself.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Celebrate with me and some #Sexy #Cowboys @AuthorNicMorgan

Welcome to Sweet N Sexy Divas. I'm your tour host for today and every month on the 13th, Nicole Morgan. So sit back, relax, maybe even prop up your feet and enjoy your visit! 

Help me Celebrate!!!! 

Yesterday was the 6th anniversary of my very 1st book release with Siren Publishing!

Imagine this...

You're new to town, 
Your car gets a flat,
And two sleaze balls get a little rough...
Do you panic? Do you run? 
Or do you wait a minute, because Quinn is on his way,
And he won't just rescue you, but rock your entire world?
Back in the spring of 2009 I sat down to write a book without really knowing what it would be about. Like with most of my books I let the characters and my muse do the really hard thinking and I just type away. Then in November of that year it finally hit the cyber shelves and the first book in the Intimate Temptations series was born. Now almost 5 years old this little baby is one of my all time top sellers and is also available on ARe.  

Purchase from Bookstrand

Intimate Persuasions 
[Intimate Temptations 2]

Ann moved to Oakdale for a fresh start, and when she met Quinn, a sexy cowboy, she instantly fell for him. Unable to deny herself the need to have him, she gives in to a secret fantasy, only to fear their relationship will end before it truly starts.

Quinn soon realizes Ann means more to him than he ever could have imagined. He feels a connection with her that's much deeper than physical, but he has secret desires he keeps to himself, afraid to scare her with what he wants most.

Will they find a way to show each other their true selves and finally love each other completely? And if so, will Ann give him a part of herself she has given to no man before?

Pick up your copy of this HOT full length novel today for only 
99 cents on Bookstrand

Frustration overcame her and she kicked the tire. In retrospect that wasn’t the best idea, seeing as how she was wearing open toed, small-heeled sandals. Hobbling and cursing, she caught sight of a car pulling up behind her. Biting her bottom lip on the pain she stood up and looked at the man coming towards her.
“Oh great,” she whispered under her breath. The man had ‘ride me’ written all over his face. If this was going to be another one of those ‘I’ll help you if you help me’ sort of things then he could forget it.
“Well, hello there pretty lady.” He spit the toothpick out of his mouth and continued, “Need a little help, do ya?”
Be nice, maybe he’s not as sleazy as he seems. “Yes, I’m afraid I have a flat tire and I don’t know how to change it.”
He nodded smugly. “That’s all right darling. I’ll fix you up right good.”
You have got to be kidding me. The way that he was leering at her was giving his statement all sorts of alternate meanings. “Listen, I just need help with the tire. I really don’t need help with anything else.”
Not getting the hint, he came toward her. “Oh come on darling, after I fix your tire, you can thank me properly.” He grabbed her.
Ann had been ready. She’d met his type before and knew that his Neanderthal persona was merely lurking beneath the surface. She struggled against him and made her first attempt to knee him in the groin. He had been ready for her also though and swiftly moved out of the way, laughing at her attempt. Her eyes widened at the thought that he might actually be able to overpower her.
He pushed her against the side of the car and ground his hardness against her. Muttering lewd things in her ear, he attempted to grab under her shirt. Struggling against him, she gave her knee another hard and swift thrust upward. She was startled and thrown off balance as her knee was met with complete air. Where did he go?
“Leave…the…lady…alone! Got it?” A tall and muscular stranger who had dark hair peeking out from underneath a Stetson shouted to the man who was now lying on the ground.
 Ann stared at him, mesmerized by the glorious sight of his back side.Damn did he look hot! And that cowboy hat. Yeehaw, ride ‘em cowboy. And how tall was he? At least six and a half feet. She was interrupted from her mini fantasy as he shouted at the man again.
“I said to leave the lady alone. Did you not understand that?”
Stuttering the man shuffled to his feet. “Yeah, I’m sorry. I’ll go.” He got up and ran to his car.
The mysterious and sexy stranger walked to the man in three strides, “Apologize to the lady, and then get your sorry ass out of here!” He was now grabbing onto his shirt and inches from the man’s face.
“S-Sorry ma’am.”
“Good, now get your ass out of here!”
He waited for the man to drive away before turning to face her. Oh my, if she would have gone to a sketch artist and described her ideal man she couldn’t have done a better job. He was complete perfection in the masculine form. And the cowboy hat added to her fantasy about tenfold.
“Are you all right?” He walked toward her as he asked the question.
He was talking to her right? She should say something. Yeah, definitely. Say something, anything.
He was closer to her now and she was fairly certain that the temperature had risen a good twenty degrees. “I ah, I’m fine.”
He gave her a half smile. “Men can be real assholes sometimes, huh?”
She laughed, she couldn’t help it. He was right. Men could be real assholes sometimes. And how nice of him to be so astute to that fact. It was, after all, partially why she had left that jerk Larry and moved here. Oh no, she suddenly remembered. The reason she was on this god forsaken dirt road in the first place. The Roadhouse. She was going to be late for her interview.
“Can you change a flat?” She asked him abruptly.
“Yes I can. You got a spare?”
A spare? What the hell is a-- oh, a spare. “Yeah, it’s in the trunk.”
“All right then.” He walked to the back of her car and waited for her to unlock the trunk. Not even giving her the chance, he reached in and hauled the tire out. “You got an iron, a jack?”
He laughed at her, “Never mind. I’ll be right back.”
She watched him as he walked away. Boy did she watch him. Shouldn’t it be illegal for an ass to look that good?

Thanks for joining me today! I'll see you all next month on the 13th. Have a great month and remember to be SWEET and SEXY

Nicole Morgan is an author of erotic romance novels, which more often than not have a suspenseful back story. Erotic romance mixed with good old-fashioned whodunit. While she's written everything from contemporary to paranormal her leading men will more than likely be wearing a uniform of some kind. From military to police officers, she has a love for writing about those who protect and serve. From her very first novel about Navy SEALs to her more recent releases you will be sure to find a few twists and turns you were not expecting.

She also has a recurring monthly column in Book & Trailer Showcase's eMagazine, is a proud member of the Romance Books 4 Us Gold Authors and also one of the Sweet N Sexy Divas.  

Find out more about Nicole and her books by visiting her websiteblogGoogle + PageTwitterFacebook and her Yahoo Group, Nicole’s Think Tank.

Until next month lovies ~ Nic