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Saturday, September 25, 2021

Palm Trees, Autumn Leaves, and a Steamy Snippet for You!

 Huzzah! We're in our new home at last. Meet Laila the date palm, named after the young woman with a Zillow habit who found us this house. 



I know we've officially tipped over into autumn, but we're expecting 96 degrees today. Yikes! The only autumn leaves falling here are the palm fronds the gardener saws off. Las Vegas is full of well-groomed palm trees. 

 We had much more storage in the previous house, and the current shipping delays and wood shortage mean it'll take a long while to get the shelves and cabinets we need to sort our stuff. Ah well. Visitors will just have to pardon the boxes for a few months more. I've yet to visit the community pool, but I'm having a blast taking Zumba and belly dance classes again at the community gym, and I've joined the art club! Turns out I love the texture and control of oil painting. I wonder where I'll set up my easel.



Speaking of artists, most of my romance characters are artistic in one way or another. Love, Art, and Other Obstacles: Book Nirvana 3 takes place in autumn and features two young artists who are rivals in a competition for an art grant both desperately need. Margot is a graphic artist who works with computers, and Elmer is a potter who creates whimsical ceramicware. Here’s Margot’s first look at Elmer’s work.

“Here’s a piece I sold last summer.” He tapped the screen to life and showed her a large urn glazed in shimmering earth tones with a similar river-ribbon spiraling up the side. “But the figures on this one were mostly adults. I thought, since she wants a donation for the Rainbow Center, I’d glaze the column in rainbow colors and populate it with kids.” His hopeful smile, the passion sparkling in his eyes, the tenderness with which his fingertip skimmed the image…

Damn, I want him. And he’s going to win this competition.

She cleared her throat. “Impressive.”

He flashed an aw-shucks grin. “You know how it is. You try different projects until you figure out what your thing is. Mine seems to be little figures hidden in the leaves. Like this.” Leaning across her lap, he lifted a shallow bowl from the nightstand and placed it in her hands. The glaze shimmered in bronze and red, and a garland of autumn leaves ringed the rim. Merry faces peeped out from between and behind, woodland sprites swapping jokes.

She turned it round and round, her stomach sinking lower and lower as she examined the exquisite detail. I am so out of my league.

He nudged her shoulder with his. “So, wanna bounce some ideas off me?”

No, she damn well did not. She’d made some preliminary files for her collage of images and text. Like Elmer, she wanted to incorporate a rainbow and kids, something about rising from negative to positive, from uncertainty to confidence, something about diversity and acceptance and hope. But her vision was a nebulous jumble compared to Elmer’s detailed plan. “I, uh, need to do more work on it.”

He replaced the bowl on the nightstand, his back muscles flexing as he leaned across her lap.

Her fingers itched to explore the slope from broad shoulders to narrow hips.

“But you’re gonna do something with kids and rainbows, right?”

Her throat tightened. “I’m not copying you, if that’s what you mean.”

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To read more of Elmer & Margot’s steamy, artistic exploits, get your copy of Love, Art, & Other Obstacles. https://books2read.com/u/bar2RP

Thanks for reading! Until next month, I wish you a glorious, golden autumn—or spring, if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere.

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Friday, September 24, 2021

New, Fun Project



Embarking on a new project is always exciting, especially when it's something you've wanted to do for years. I thought about this, researched it, and created designs for this project for a few years before finally figuring out the best way to start. Just over a week ago, while working on "Dark Sentinels Book Three: Parrish," I opened a swag shop! I'm still adding products because it takes quite a bit of time getting things set up, but the grand opening of "L'Adagio Press" will be early next month. I'll be sure to post notices on my blogs, website, and social media.

For now, take a look at some of the available designs and a few that will be available for sale soon. In addition to swag, you can find Halloween and holiday season designs. I'll share the store link below. These are a few of my favorites.


Angel Lullaby in Blue


Golden Retriever Puppy Christmas Print


Golden Globe Christmas Print


Black Cat Halloween Print

Like I said, I'm still adding new designs, so take a look. I hope you see something you like, and I welcome your suggestions.

Life's ultimate challenge is rising to your unique purpose



 

 

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Romance and Adventure Await with Kindle Vella

If you like serialized stories, check out Amazon's new platform for readers—Kindle Vella. They break brand new, previously unpublished novels down to episodes up to 5000 words. Then, release one episode at a time. 

The first few episodes are free. You pay for the rest with tokens. The token price is based on the word count of the episodes—it’s set at one token per 100 words. But Amazon is generously giving a large number of tokens free to readers.  They also offer several bundle options for purchasing tokens. Readers can also use features such as faves and thumbs up. 

There are plenty of romances of all types on kindle vella. 

Here's a link https://www.amazon.com/kindle-vella/category/21364104011

And here's my Space Opera RomCom

https://www.amazon.com/kindle-vella/story/B09FTCJ567

 

Rare Finds

Dr. Robbie McGreggor’s job as a civilian Xenoarchaeologist aboard the starship Celestial is discovering remains of long-lost extraterrestrial civilizations. Chosen to visit a planet not yet explored, he is stunned to encounter an alien culture that resembles deities from earth mythology. There he encounters his rarest find, Niamh, a passionate Irish Goddess. The Scottish Archeologist and the Space Goddess travel together on a path of adventure, danger, and romance throughout the galaxy.

For more Amazon print and ebooks of mine, please visit https://www.amazon.com/Cornelia-Amiri/e/B002BLFENY/ref=aufs_dp_fta_dsk


Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Welcome to Autumn

It’s the Autumnal Equinox, which signals the end of summer and the start of fall. As much as I dislike cold weather, I do love this time of year.

 

It’s time to pull out the cozy sweaters and wool socks and pull them on to stay warm. The heat comes on and the flannel sheets go back on the bed. (Did I mention I really dislike being cold.)

 

The air is crisp and the leaves are a variety of gorgeous and vibrant colors. I may be an adult, but I love kicking the dry leaves when I go on a walk.



 


The fall shows come back on television and hockey season begins. (I’m Canadian so it’s hockey for me, not football.)

 

It also starts the holiday season, which begins in October with Thanksgiving (Canadian), Halloween, Thanksgiving (American), and Christmas.

 

For me, fall is also a time of new beginnings, even more so than January 1st. So it’s time to take a deep breath and embrace the new season.

 

And if you’re looking for a book to read, you might want to check out BJORN CURSED, the latest in my Forgotten Brotherhood series.

 


Bjorn Cursed

Forgotten Brotherhood, Book 4

 

Lucifer is up to his old tricks, causing problems for the Forgotten Brotherhood. This time, he’s had a woman removed from the Norse afterlife and placed her right in the path of Bjorn Knutson. After the slaughter of his wife and family centuries ago, tortured and broken, Bjorn was cursed as the first Norse werewolf. Now he’s been tasked by Odin himself with killing the woman who escaped. Failure is not an option.

 

Before he can track her, he stumbles across a woman being accosted by three men in the middle of the night. Even though she’s human, he intervenes and is shocked to recognize the face of the one woman he could never kill — his wife Anja.

 

She’s also the one he’s hunting…and if he doesn’t kill her then both their lives are at stake.

 

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08PSF72N3/

Entangled Publishing: https://entangledpublishing.com/bjorn-cursed.html

B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bjorn-cursed-n-j-walters/1138427394

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/bjorn-cursed

iBooks: https://books.apple.com/us/book/bjorn-cursed/id1543726061

 

 


 

N.J. Walters is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has always been a voracious reader, and now she spends her days writing novels of her own. Vampires, werewolves, dragons, assassins, time-travelers, seductive handymen, and next-door neighbors with smoldering good looks—all vie for her attention. It’s a tough life, but someone’s got to live it.

                   

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Sunday, September 19, 2021

Sneak Peek - MIDNIGHT RENEGADE by Anya Summers

 Hi gang! Happy Fall!

Today I have a sneak peek excerpt from my upcoming release, MIDNIGHT RENEGADE. I just loved writing this second chance, enemies to lovers romance.

Excerpt from MIDNIGHT RENEGADE

She lifted her drink in commiserating toast. “It really sucks. I was looking forward to tonight.”

Brody cast her a lopsided grin that was a downright panty-melter, and clinked his glass against hers with a small husky laugh that skittered along her spine. “I hear ya. I’m surprised that you don’t have a Dom you scene with regularly.”

An image of herself restrained to a stockade with Brody wielding a flogger flashed through Reegan’s brain. It ignited a low burn in her abdomen.

Good God! Why was she having sexy thoughts about Brody? Was she just that hard up for an orgasm and some hardcore dominance that anyone would do, even him?

“I work too damn much for that. The money is great but its murder on my social life. What’s your excuse? Why don’t you have a submissive of your very own? I don’t remember you being without a date in college,” she said.

At the mention of their shared past, banked fury blared in his cold stare. “Like you, I tend to put work before anything else.”

The two of them were a pair. She had known Brody since she was eighteen. She had been a freshman to his senior status in college. And they both had made choices along the way that couldn’t be taken back. Back then, she had always acted out when her emotions were damaged. But they’d had that one night, so long ago, that now begged the question: what if? What if he hadn’t ghosted her after the fact? What if she hadn’t taken the hurt of rejection and blasted him any time their paths crossed ever since, creating an enmity that developed a life of its own? Would they have ended up in bed together? Dated each other, even?

“We could scene together.”

At his words, she choked on the sip she had just taken. She sputtered, “What?”

Glancing at him like he had grown three heads, she couldn’t believe the suggestion had even left his mouth. Scene with him? Was the man insane? They could barely tolerate one another, or even stand to be in the same room.

“Am I speaking a foreign language? What part of we should do a scene together did you not understand?” His impassive, blasé stare dared her to deny her hearing was perfect.

“I understood you. I just can’t believe those words left your mouth, and that you’re actually suggesting we scene with each other. Not that I am saying we should, but even if I were to say yes, and that’s a pretty big if, there is nowhere left to scene here in the club,” she blurted without thinking. Then she swallowed the last bit of her drink to hide her embarrassment. How could she say that to him, of all people? Acting like she would be up for a scene with him if the space was available. They weren’t friends, or even frenemies. They had been enemies since her freshman year in college.

Why did Brody want a scene with her in the first place? Was this some kind of twisted joke on his part? She trusted the man as far as she could throw him—which, with a good five inches and easily sixty pounds of muscle on her, wasn’t all that far.

Available for Pre-Order! On Sale 9/24/21!
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MIDNIGHT RENEGADE
Dungeon Singles Night
Book 4

Release date: September 24, 2021

They were enemies…with benefits. 

Sworn adversaries with no love lost between them. And yet, the night Brody throws down the gauntlet, challenges Reegan to surrender to his touch, she recklessly accepts. 

An erotic pact forged in flames. But there are rules. He will give no quarter. No emotional ties. No commitment. And absolutely, no falling in love.

She agrees to his terms. She makes a deal with the devil. She’s playing with fire.

And they are both about to be burned...

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About Anya

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Anya grew up listening to Cardinals baseball and reading anything she could get her hands on. She remembers her mother saying if only she would read the right type of books instead binging her way through the romance aisles at the bookstore, she’d have been a doctor. While Anya never did get that doctorate, she graduated cum laude from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with an M.A. in History.

Anya is a bestselling and award-winning author published in multiple fiction genres. She also writes urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and contemporary romance under the name Maggie Mae Gallagher. A total geek at her core, when she is not writing, she adores attending the latest comic con or spending time with her family. She currently lives in the Midwest with her two furry felines.

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