Monthly Archives: May 2012

Mother’s Helper

Today is the last day of the mother/mama/mom themed What’s Playing Wednesdays. There were a lot of Wednesdays this month!

Next Wednesday is the release day for my newest book, You Bet Your Banshee, and I have a special theme ready just for my heroine. I’ll let y’all know what that is next week. Nope, not letting the cat out of the bag just yet!

So this week we have The Rolling Stones. I’m not a huge Stones fan, but they do have some classic music that I can’t help but sing along with. There are some songs they came out with that I loathe though, so yeah, that kind of turned me off from them. “Beast of Burden” would have to be one of them and “Emotional Rescue” is the other. They drive me flippin’ insane and I nearly break something if they’re playing. I don’t know what it is, but I’ve always disliked those two songs.

But today’s song is one I can tolerate very well. “Mother’s Little Helper” is one hell of a cynical song and I’m kind of surprised it’s only been remade a few times and none of those have gone to the top of the charts. You’d think it would be popular. *shrug*

So here for the last themed day of Mother’s Day month, we have The Rolling Stones! (I’m not quite as awesome at announcing as Ed Sullivan.)

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Shame On Me

I didn’t blog yesterday. *wince* Y’all forgive me, right?

I’ve come to the realization that as much as I love blogging and sharing all the craziness in my life, I have too much going on to blog everyday. Oh, I’ll still post as much as possible, but I’m going to ease back a little. I’ll still do my What’s Playing Wednesdays (because I love them so much), and definitely keep Fantasy Man Fridays (because I know how much y’all love them, it has nothing to do with my inherit need to scout out sexy mens), but I will be scaling back on the posts.

And saying that, I’m taking part in a blog hop. I know, I don’t do them often, but this time around I simply have to. Why? Because I’m going to be blog hopping with the other authors in the Keyboards and Kink Anthologywhich comes out June 8. So, starting June 4th through June 7th, you have the chance to comment on any of our blogs to win a copy of the anthology which has my short story, Immortal Game. How awesome is that?

On top of that release, it looks like You Bet Your Banshee is coming out June 6th. I’m really excited about it and already have the What’s Playing Wednesday theme ready to go for June. I’ll explain that next week and I think you’ll get a kick out of it.

In other news…it’s hot as hell down here. Just sayin’. Again. Because it bears repeating. It’s insanely hot and the day job has me outside for hours at a time this week. Joy, joy, joy. Notice there’s no happy to that familiar refrain? Yeah, ’cause heat does not amuse me. LOL

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Fantasy Man Friday

Yippee skippy for Friday! Woo-hoo! I’m so ready for this week to end, although it was a great week as far as I’m concerned. I’m over at Angelina Rain’s blog today for an interview. Give it a peek!

I got the cover for Primal Song and it’s boootiful! I worked through a problem in my WIP and punched out nearly 7,000 words yesterday. Woot! And I got to see my lovely godson who’s down from college. Of course he made baby Bennett cry just by looking at him, but he’s really a lovely young man. Honest.

This weekend looks to be great. I’m going to be over at Southern Sizzle Romance tomorrow talking about how I got a contract from an accidental pitch at Silken Sands Conference. While that’s awaiting your reading pleasure, I’ll be getting my hair did. Yay! The beautiful scarlet red I had is all faded now, but I’m thinking it’s time for a complete change-up. Maybe black? Maybe dark brown? Who knows? It all depends on what mood I’m in when I hit the salon with my sister.

And on Sunday, I’ve been invited to a crawfish boil. I can’t actually eat the crawfish because I’m allergic, but I get dibs on the potatoes and corn and other goodies that comes out of the pot. It should be a lot of fun and nearly the entire family will be there. Prepare for some stories next week! LOL

And now for the absolute best part of Fridays…the Fantasy Man:

Oh my, oh my, my, my…really, is there anything else to say? Other than “nomnomnom”? Or what about “Come to mama”? Yeah, I’m thinking all of those things. Rar.

Happy Friday, y’all. I hope you have a safe and fun Memorial Day weekend!

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Summer Blues

Besides the heat, the next worst thing about summer is the lack of shows to watch.

For those of you Duck Dynasty fans, last night was the season finale. And it was a good one. I was almost in tears watching Si do his turkey dance o’ love. But now what will I watch?

Granted, I don’t actually watch a lot. Most of the time I turn the television on for background noise as I read, but lately I’ve found myself getting more and more caught up in what’s on the tube. Sunday nights I have to drag myself to bed because I get sucked in by Holmes on Homes on HGTV and I don’t even like home improvement shows. Wednesday nights were my Duck Dynasty nights, Thursdays is reserved for Swamp People, and Friday nights are Ghost Adventures.

Then I realized there are new shows coming on. I just have to catch them. Storage Wars is starting its new season. Swamp People isn’t over yet. And then there’s the show shot in my parish, Cajun Justice that starts in a couple of weeks. Now, I’ll have to watch this show because I have to see how they portray the people here. Okay, and also to see if I know anyone they arrest. I know, I know. It’s going to piss me off. I know this ahead of time, so be prepared for some ranting posts over the summer. Just warning you.

So what are you sad to see end? What shows will you wait with bated breath for the return of?

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Mama Mia

Continuing on the mama theme we have going in honor of Mother’s Day, I had to pull out the ABBA. You knew it was coming, right?

I mean, it’s ABBA. Probably one of the best, badly dressed bands from the 70s. I’m sorry, let me back up a little. I adore ABBA. I have since I was little. This love was only reinforced in college when I’d sleep at my best friend’s house and her German mother would serenade us with “Waterloo” and “Fernando” at seven o’clock in the morning after we’d been out all night partying. It was either ABBA or Rockin’ Polka (her mother had an evil streak).

Then to make ABBA’s awesomeness even more evident, the movie The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert featured a lot of ABBA from songs to uh, special surprises. It only enhanced my love of “Mama Mia” because really, it’s a great song. ABBA had a ton of great songs and sometimes, when no one’s around to hear this metal head act out of character, I’ll load in my Best of ABBA cd and crank it up to sing along to “Take A Chance On Me” and “Dancing Queen”. Ahem.

So here’s today’s song for the mama’s. I haven’t seen the movie Mama Mia! Mostly because I can’t abide bad covers and I’m afraid I’ll break something if I hear someone butcher ABBA. Here’s the original though.

And now you see why I say they’re the best, worst-dressed band from the 70s. I’ve never seen so much ill-fitting clothes!

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Can You Feel the Cover Love

Yesterday I received an awesome email. Yup, you guessed it. I got the cover for Primal Song, my Ellora’s Cave book. Let me give you a little background on the story before I show you the cover. (Like you can’t scroll down to see it for yourself.)

Not the official blurb:

Deputy Daisy Picou had her heart broken by a harem-forming lion when she was younger and now wants nothing to do with the mangy cats. But when a beast of a lion shifter shows up in her small town for an impromptu concert, her body decides it has to have him. Fighting against the pull of a lust stronger than anything she’s ever known, Daisy succumbs to Ram’s seductive moves and promises of forever. But she isn’t sure she can let of her past to grab hold of a future with a rock star whose life is worlds apart from her own. 

Ramsey “Ram” Reinhardt has done the rock star thing for a long time and has never felt anything like what he feels for the bear shifting deputy. He had no intention of sticking around the tiny town ofMaison Rouge, but with Daisy as its prime attraction, he has a feeling he’s finally found a home. It won’t be easy convincing the wary bear shifter to take a chance on him, but Ram hasn’t become a star by giving in. He’ll use every weapon at his disposal to make her realize they’re meant to be together. Forever.

That’s the gist of the story and here’s what the art department came up with for my cover:

Weee!!! They managed to fit the girl, the guy, their beasts, and the rock star bit. How awesome is that? I think you can tell at a glance this book is about shifters, hot sex, and music. What do you think?

And wait, is it any coincidence that I have two cover reveals this week? Will there be three? Because I’m still waiting on cover art for You Bet Your Banshee. *bounces*

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Immortal Game

I’m taking it easy today. Too many days of thinking of blog posts has fried my circuits. So I’m going to take the easy way out and talk about my upcoming short story release.

Immortal Game (Olympus, Inc.) is coming out in Evernight’s Keyboards and Kink Anthology on June 8. Here’s a little snippet of what the anthology is about:

A night at home on the computer doesn’t have to be boring…
 
Feel like chatting? Or maybe doing something more daring? The stranger reaching out across cyberspace could be a creepy pervert, but what if he wasn’t? What if he’s a vampire, the sexy boy next door, or even your gorgeous boss? Thirteen tales explore all the delicious possibilities when online relationships lead to sexy encounters away from the keyboard.

My offering in the anthology is based in the same world as Immortal Love, although none of the characters in that book appears in this story. This was something I decided to write the day before I submitted it. I know, I know, procrastination much? But once I figured out who my characters were, my fingers flew across the keyboard. That was the fastest 9k words I’ve ever written and I hope I did their story justice.

Here’s the blurb I wrote for the story:

Iris Argyris is tired of rainbows and purity. Unfortunately, as the Greek goddess of rainbows, she can’t do anything about that part of her life, but she can change the other. Meeting with the mortal she’s fallen in love with via an online role-playing game is one way to end her streak of purity and innocence. Although she’s known him for five years, meeting her beloved Thunderkiss doesn’t turn out the way she thought it would because he’s none other than a coworker at Olympus, Inc. with a dangerous reputation. A man who’d never looked at her twice.

Briareus Colonomos is the Greek god of storms and one of the original giants. Rude, crude, and not quite handsome, he’s spent thousands of years trying to find a woman who’d see beneath the surface. When he meets Pain-Bow Brite online, he thinks he’s finally found someone who can care for him. It doesn’t matter that she’s mortal. He wants her and he’ll have her. Except she isn’t mortal at all. She’s goody two-shoes goddess, Iris. A woman too pure and innocent for the likes of him. Or is she? He’ll find out and if she’s half the bad girl as her online character is, he’ll have to keep her forever.

Happy Thursday, folks!

Yeah, it really is Monday, isn’t it?

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Fantasy Man Friday

*confused look* Oh, wait. Today’s Friday! Friiiiiiiiidaaaaaaaay! Thank God! Seriously y’all, what a week!

This week has been full of ups and downs. Mitchell Guist (of Swamp People fame) dying, Donna Summer passing away and then the up side with my cousin graduating from high school, Immortal Love breaking into the top 10 on Bookstrand’s 30-day Bestsellers in Fairy tale/Myths category, release date for Immortal Game in the Keyboards and Kink Anthology, edits for You Bet Your Banshee…yeah, it’s been a busy week.

But that’s the way life goes. Sometimes it really sucks and sometimes it’s really awesome. It is what it is and we just have to work around it.

Heavy stuff, huh?

Yeah, I know. I have my moments. *snort* Actually, I’ve been pondering the Ellora’s Cave thing because it’s so full of awesome I still have moments when I stop and think, “Holy crap, I’m going to be published with Ellora’s friggin’ Cave!” and it’s been what, three weeks? Something like that? It’ll only get worse as the edits roll in and then cover art and then a release date is set…it isn’t that I consider myself more published now or anything, it’s just that when you get a chance to work with a publisher you admire, your brain goes into full-on fangirl mode.

Y’all realize I’m going to be dogging the steps of some of my favorite authors at RomantiCon right? I apologize ahead of time, ladies, but I’ll definitely be popping up in front of you with a hopeful “will you sign this for me?” or I might even tackle hug you randomly. Meh. I’m so not going to look cool at that conference. And there are supposed to be sexy men there too? What’s a poor girl to do? Probably drop into a dead faint at the first flash of naked skin. *swoon*

Have you ever found yourself unreasonably giddy around a man? Like to the point that you’re not sure if you’re going to start giggling (or laughing hysterically if you’re like the women in my family), or take the poor man down to the ground like some wounded gazelle? You know, if the man looked like this guy:

Um, rar. *nervous laughter* Seriously, y’all don’t feel the need to titter a bit at how gorgeous he is? This is the kind of guy I’d gawk at in real life while my face gets redder and redder. I’ve only had that happen to me twice (thank god). But in my defense, one of the guys looked just like Gerard Butler in 300. No lie! I’m sorry, did I get off track?

I must have, this guy is giving me a you-just-wait-until-I-get-you-alone look that makes me want to drag him into a closet or something. Rar.

Happy Friday, y’all! Have a safe weekend!

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Guest Blogger Lila Shaw

Today I have Lila Shaw on the blog with her book, All’s Fair in Love and War.

But first, a little about Lila!

Lila Shaw is the pen name for a writer of works of erotica and erotic romance.  She also writes adult fiction (romance, suspense and short stories in all genres) and non-fiction under the pen name of Claire Gillian.
Lila’s erotic writings typically involve strong-willed women with feminist tendencies, and are often playful, sarcastic and even silly.  She believes if you can’t occasionally laugh at the physical aspects of love, you’re taking life far too seriously.

Her published works include All’s Fair in Love and War, short stories in the Midnight Seduction and Stockings and Suspenders anthologies, all from Evernight Publishing. As Claire Gillian, her debut novel, The P.U.R.E. was released April 16th.

Lila lives in the Pacific NW with her (inspirational) husband and two sons.  She works full time as a finance/operations professional for a large insurance company. 

Blurb:

Only two obstacles block Shelby Donaldson’s path to success at her new job–her sizzling hot supervisor and his freezing cold attitude. Maybe her flirting got a little out of hand at first, but that’s no reason for Mr. Sighs-A-Lot to screw her over in her performance review.

Colin Montoya is not going to fall for Shelby’s sex-in-a-suit brand of temptation. He’s got her number and is not going to dial it, nor is he going to allow Shelby’s philandering brother to marry his baby sister.

After an explosive one-night stand goes awry, battle lines are drawn.  But can the warring co-workers negotiate a cease-fire long enough to realize their romantic fortunes might just lie in each other?
Excerpt:

Colin watched Shelby leave, baffled as usual by her flighty behavior. She was the most frustrating woman he had ever met, in more ways than one. Having to work with her for three weeks had stretched his tolerance to the limit. He was grateful to finally be rid of her, the signed performance review in his hot little hands. If only his body felt the same way about her as his head.

He rose from his chair and followed her out. He checked his watch. Nearly five-thirty. Since it was also a Friday, happy hour at the usual location awaited. Good thing, too, because he always felt like a stiff drink after an exchange with Shelby Donaldson.

Shelby sashayed around the corner to her cubicle. Colin couldn’t help but track her hips as they swayed. Exasperated with his unbidden reaction, he made a hard right into his own cubicle and collapsed into his chair. After lingering over a few last minute client details, he organized and stowed his work, then headed out.

At Roscoe’s Sports Bar and Grill in the heart of downtown Portland, Oregon, Colin zeroed in on the tiny table a couple of his buddies had staked out near the foosball tables. Pulling up a bar stool, he ordered a beer then dove into the order of nachos that claimed nearly the entire surface of the table. He and his friends caught up with each other, and he shared the reason for his tardiness.

“Isn’t that her over there?” His friend and colleague Allan pointed to a table of giggly women near the bar.

Colin turned and saw several women from his firm, including Shelby.

“Yeah.” He spun back around, hoping she hadn’t spotted him.

“Which one is she?” his other friend, Christian, asked.

“She’s the one in the red sweater with long dark hair parted on the side, big hoop earrings with these stupid cats hanging from the bottom, sinister blood red talons for fingernails. You can’t miss her if you look for the pall of obstinacy that surrounds her, sort of like Pigpen from Peanuts with his cloud of dirt.”

“The one with the nice rack?”

“I hadn’t noticed.” Colin feigned disinterest, struggling to keep all inflection from his voice.

“I guess you were too preoccupied with her pus – kitties.” Allen slapped him on the back, and both friends guffawed.

If Colin were being honest, he’d have to admit that not much about Shelby escaped his attention – hazel eyes that danced with amusement at the oddest things, a laugh that contrasted sharply with her delicate features in its bawdiness. And yes, she had a nice rack, as well as nice legs and a tight little body she obviously pampered. Every square inch of her was designed to distract and lure a man to his doom. Even her infectious laughter, which cut through the din of the bar, got to him. It always had, but that lethal package was marred by a personality made of piss and vinegar when she didn’t get her way. Given the inappropriateness of dating a co-worker, especially a subordinate, he was almost grateful for the fatal flaw.
Colin escaped to the bathrooms to shut out the mirthful sounds. On his return, he met Shelby in the narrow hallway. They did the obstacle dance with each other before he stopped and stood to one side. As she nodded then passed, he got a whiff of her perfume, the same scent she wore every day. Over his shoulder, he watched her walk away before he continued back to his table, shaking his head. He absolutely hated how she turned him upside down.

***Wow, great excerpt! This book sounds great. If you want to stalk follow Lila, you can find her here:

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Mama Said

Well hello people! I’m over at The Vampire Scribe today with an excerpt of Immortal Love. There’s also still time to win a copy of Immortal Love and a $10 Amazon gift card over at Lila Shaw’s blog, so be sure to visit!

Mother’s Day might be over, but we’re still listening to mama themed songs. We’ve gone way back, we’ve gone all metal, and now we’re going all dangerous.

Now, as I’ve said before, these songs have mama or mother in the title, but that doesn’t mean it’s all about the happy-maternal feelings mothers have for their children, or vice versa. It’s about the song title.

So for today’s song, I went with one of my favorite songs from the 90s. It’s one of those songs that even my mom knows. I don’t know how, but I’ve heard her sing a couple of lines when she thinks no one is watching (or listening).

It also doesn’t hurt that this musician is seriously hot.

Do you have any idea who I’m talking about?

No? Well, let me introduce you to LL Cool J. His song “Mama Said Knock You Out” came out in 1995. I remember hearing it and thinking “this is a cool a#$ song!”. I have it in my playlist and if I happen to miss the first part of the song, have to start it all over again because I have to sing/rap along. Just remember, “don’t call it a comeback”.

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