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Pecs and Presents Blog Hop

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you!
To celebrate the ending of an epic year, we are bringing you a contest and potential presents. Oh, and some very hot pecs… because what is better than pecs and presents?! All you have to do is visit the authors participating and guess what Caveman each set of pecs belong to.
Each of the authors below has offered something for the prize box. There will be ONE winner of the prize box across the blog hop: 

Amazon Gift Cards totaling $25, Ellora’s Cave GC worth $10, ebook copies of Alpha in Hiding, Valentine Master, Take It Off!, Primal Song, Double Dare
How do you enter? Well, you must do the following:

1. Visit each author’s blog

Lea Barrymire

Danica Avet

AM Griffin

Sky Robinson

Erin Simone

Frances Stockton

2. Enter your guess as to who’s pecs are featured on THAT blog post in the Linky (do NOT post as a comment)

3. Every person that answers correctly on this blog will be entered once for the prize

4. If you have all of the guesses correct on all 6 blogs you will be entered an two additional times for the prize.

So, you can be entered a maximum of 8 times for this contest.

Who does this torso belong to?

You can click on each of the names to visit their Facebook pages to take a gander at their pecs

Georgio

Justin

Nick

Christian

Taylor

David

Enter you guess using the Linky below… Do NOT enter your guess as a comment:
This is a Blog Hop!


You are next… Click here to enter
This list will close in 3 days, 0 hrs, 40 min (12/24/2012 12:59 PM North America – Eastern Standard Time)

What is a blog hop?
Get the code here…

Here’s the legal mumbo jumbo:

– Entering this contest means you have read, understood, and agree with all rules and regulations stated.

– Entrants must be 18 or older (or age of majority in your country) to enter and to win.

– No purchase necessary.

– Void where prohibited.

– All stated rules are subject to change without notification or reason given.

– Chances of winning vary widely based on the number of entries received.

– Prize is as stated. No substitutions or exchanges.

– Contest host is not responsible to misrepresented/mistyped email addresses, spam filters, mailer daemons, and other internet wackiness that may crop up at the time of winner notification.

– Winners are final.

– Contest Starts 00:01EST December 22nd and Ends 12:59EST December 24th and open to International participants

– Winners will be notified via email, twitter, or facebook no later than 12:00EST December 26th

-Respond by date to collect prize is 14 days from notification date.

This linky list is not open yet. It will open for new entries in 37 days, 7 hrs, 26 min (12/21/2012 12:01 AM North America – Eastern Standard Time)

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Release Day!!

And the crowd goes wild! Not really, but that’s what I hear in my head. Hey, I’m a writer, it’s what we do!

So today is the release of the second book in my Veil Series, Succubus-in-Waiting, and I’m ready for some fun! I’ll admit it, this book was one of my favorites to write. I adored Connor and Piper, so I hope everyone else does as well.

Did I mention that today’s also Mardi Gras? Woo-hoo!

I know I said I was going to keep with the Mardi Gras theme for What’s Playing Wednesday, but it seemed wrong not to play the most heard Mardi Gras song on Fat Tuesday. So here you go, the supreme Mardi Gras song 🙂

If you saw the whole video, then you saw a lot of parade pictures. Yes, today is the day for shouting, “Throw me something, Mister!” and in honor of that and my book release, I’m over at Falyn Donaldson’s blog for a special book release um, parade. That’s right! Now, everyone knows that New Orleans is infamous for people who flash for beads. I’m on Falyn’s blog asking you to flash me…with pictures of hunky men.

Yes! Go on over to read all about it and be sure to keep your eyes peeled for nummy men who might catch my attention so I’ll “throw”  you something. Sound like fun? I hope it is! I look forward to seeing y’all there!

Happy Mardi Gras!

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Lundi Gras

Happy Lundi Gras! You’re probably wondering what the hell Lundi Gras is. Well, tomorrow is Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras, so today means Fat Monday. It’s also known as Shrove Monday. *shrug*

Anyway, I have a lot of news to report, so get out your notebooks. Ready?

First of all, the winners from Ciara Knight’s blog interview and giveaway are…Rebecca Zanetti and Susan Fields! Yay! I had such a wonderful time on Ciara’s blog and I’m so thankful she invited me over to meet some of her readers. Okay, it sounds like a cocktail party, doesn’t it? Well, that’s because it felt like that…minus the drinks (unless y’all had some and didn’t share) and minus the uncomfortable party dress (yay for pajamas!).

Secondly, today I’m over at Rebecca Zanetti’s blog for another interview and giveaway! It was an honest drawing on Ciara’s blog. I promise. Random.org is my friend and doesn’t accept bribes as far as I know 🙂 So hop on over to Rebecca’s blog for your chance to win another hand-painted mask!

Third, (I told you I had a lot of news!) my first book in the Veil Series, Ruby: Uncut and on the Loose is now available for print! You can order it from Amazon or Barnes and Nobles. Yay.

Then, tomorrow is the release day of my second book in the Veil Series, Succubus-in-Waiting. I’ll be hosting a “parade” over at Falyn Donaldson’s blog. You flash your hot men to me and I’ll “throw” you some goodies! Be sure to stop by for that, it’s sure to be a lot fun 🙂

And the last bit of news, (finally!) I received an e-mail over the weekend about a local writer’s conference. It’s only one day, but it looks to be filled with a lot of great information and speakers. If you happen to be in the New Orleans area on the weekend of March 26, you may want to check it out: http://www.terrebonne.lib.la.us/jubilee2011.pdf

So that’s everything! I hope everyone has a great day!

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Winner!

Well, after a wonderful weekend of comments, Jillian has picked a winner in her giveaway. Sue Serigny, you’re the lucky winner of Jillian’s shoe charm! I’ll contact you today to let you know how you can go about receiving your booty (bwahah).

It’s always a pleasure to interview my friends who are coming out with new releases. The one thing I can say about this writing business is that it’s amazing how tightly knit the writing community is. When my friends find success, it feels like my own. There are so many out there who have books coming out for the first, second, third, and many more times, I wish I could interview them all!

In keeping with that, I’ll be interviewing the wonderfully sassy Sayde Grace, author of some wicked cowboys! Can we say hot? *fans herself* Sayde will be talking about her latest release,  The Harder They Buck, and I’m still trying to figure out what kind of naughty questions to ask her! 😉 She’ll be by next Tuesday (December 14) and I suppose I’ll have to find a sexy cowboy for this week’s Fantasy Man Friday. You know, to whet your appetite! 😉 Such a chore. Really!

Next month (yes, I’m already talking about 2011), I’ll have Avril Ashton , another one of my fabulous critique partners. Her first release, A Wicked Ride, will be out February 1, 2011 and I can’t wait for everyone else to read it!

I haven’t scheduled anything for February yet, but I’m sure I’ll find someone I just have to interview!

Again, I’d like to thank Jillian for taking time to stop by Unearthly Musings. I had a wonderful time with her interview and hope you all pick up her latest release. Don’t forget, we’ll have another interview next week with Sayde Grace and another in January with Avril Ashton! Also! I’m so pimping out my other critique partner! Daisy Harris’ first release Mere Temptation is now out on Kindle! Squee!!

I know what you’re thinking: so many books, so little time. So you’d better hop to!

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Got A Monkey On Your Back

Well, happy November 1st everyone! When I worked for the parish government, we had this day off because it’s All Saints Day. It was lovely. It should be All New Orleans Saints Day since we won last night, but that’s another story.

Before I get into the meat of this post, I’d like to announce the winner of a book by Shelley Munro! Drumroll please….The winner is….Melinda Pierce! Melinda, e-mail me at danica.avet@gmail.com so we can hook you up with Shelley to claim your prize. I’d like to once again thank Shelley for honoring us with her interview and thank everyone who participated! It was a wonderful end to October Horror month.

Now for November. Last week, Lynn Rush scared me by asking what my theme would be for this month. Er, well, I don’t really plan to have a theme, but with NaNoWriMo underway, I’ve decided that at least once a week, we’ll talk about NaNo’ing and progress.

I wasn’t sure if I was going to participate or not. I did last year and won. It felt wonderful. The story I wrote was…well, it’s not that great, but at least it let me get a particular character out of my head. I know I can do it since I wrote an 80k manuscript in September. Yes, between September 10 and September 30, I wrote my latest work, Tie Him Up. I know I can do the same again this month.

Yet, isn’t there a fear that you won’t finish? Knowing you have a goal to meet (even if it’s just something between you and your peers) leaves you with the feeling that you should write constantly. It’s like having a monkey on your back. When you’re doing something that doesn’t pertain to writing, you can still feel that knowledge creeping up on you. It’s…well, it’s sort of like this:

Mia was sweet enough to pose for this picture. She has a monkey on her back and you can see the confusion in her face. Of course, that might have had more to do with the fact that she’d just been playing with her stolen monkey (yes, she stole it from my sister’s dog years ago) and suddenly it was on her back. Doesn’t her face just scream, “Mom, what the hell do you think you’re doing?”

I like to think NaNo is the same. You write, you ponder, you write some more, but there are times when you need to step back from it. 50k words in a month is no small feat and it can be overwhelming. I suspect it’s even worse for people who plot every part of their story down to the smallest detail. Me? I don’t plot. I’ve tried but I get bogged down by insignificant details. For pantsters, it’s probably a little more, well normal. I’m not sure. But the purpose of NaNo is to just toss the words out there and then clean up later.

Since I was a notorious write, re-write, write, re-write until I was sick of the story writer, NaNo helped me move past that habit. Oh sure, I do still go back and rewrite the beginning of the story, but that’s only if I’ve found myself with a problem that needs to be resolved before I can finish it.

So if you’re NaNo’ing this month, look for me! I’m listed as psychojawea (a nickname I was given in college). We can bemoan our insanity together.

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Author Interview: Shelley Munro

Greetings all! Today we have Shelley Munro on the blog telling us about herself and her latest book, The Spurned Viscountess. Without further ado, here’s Shelley!

BIO:

Shelley lives in New Zealand with her husband.

Typical New Zealanders, Shelley and her husband left home for their big OE soon after they married (translation of New Zealand speak – big overseas experience). A year long adventure lengthened to six years of roaming the world. Enduring memories include being almost sat on by a mountain gorilla in Rwanda, lazing on white sandy beaches in India, whale watching in Alaska, searching for leprechauns in Ireland, and dealing with ghosts in an English pub.

While travel is still a big attraction, these days Shelley is most likely found in front of her computer following another love – that of writing stories of romance and adventure. Other interests include watching rugby and rugby league (strictly for research purposes), and curling up with a good book.

BLURB:

She must marry him.
Cursed with the sight and rumors of witchcraft, Rosalind’s only chance at an ordinary life is marriage to Lucien, Viscount Hastings. She doesn’t expect love, only security and children of her own. Determined to go through with the wedding, she allows nothing she encounters at the gloomy Castle St. Clare to dissuade her.

He wants nothing to do with her.
Recently returned from the Continent, Lucien has no time for the English mouse his family has arranged for him to marry, not when he’s plotting to avenge the murder of his beloved Francesca. He has no intention of bedding Rosalind, not even to sire an heir.

Dark secrets will bind them.
Though spurned by her bridegroom, Rosalind turns to him for protection when she is plagued by a series of mysterious accidents and haunted by terrifying visions. Forced to keep Rosalind close, and tempted into passionate kisses, Lucien soon finds himself in grave danger of falling in love with his own wife…

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Okay…the camel picture on your website bio…did it spit at you?
No, it was a real cutie. It was still a baby and was curious about me. It tried to lick me.  

Where did you get the idea for The Spurned Viscountess
I originally wrote the very first scene of The Spurned Viscountess as a writing exercise for the Auckland Chapter of Romance Writers of New Zealand. I can’t remember what the topic for the exercise was now, but I wrote about a man who had lost his memory. His family told him he was Viscount Hastings, but the man didn’t believe them. He recalled nothing of his childhood years or any of the time before he met his wife in Italy. His “newly found family” expect him to go through with an arranged marriage. Lucien doesn’t wish to marry again, but he wants a reason to stay at the castle while he investigates the murder of his first wife.

I really liked my finished scene and started to think about where the story would go. I added all my favorite elements from historicals including smugglers, a gothic element, a scarred hero and a heroine in peril plus a creepy castle. The Spurned Viscountess is the end result.

You mentioned in our pre-interview e-mails that you don’t celebrate Halloween in New Zealand. Is there any particular tradition you’ve learned about that you think sounds like fun?
Yes, it’s true. We don’t celebrate Halloween in New Zealand. Dressing in a costume and going trick or treating sounds like fun as do all the decorations and the weird party foods. I love cooking, so making special cakes and other food for Halloween would be fun for me. 

With Halloween upon us (just around the corner!), I can’t help but ask: what makes Shelley Munro cower under the covers, or at least sends a shiver down your spine?
I’m a terrible sissy when it comes to horror movies. I refuse to watch them. In fact anything with too much blood and guts sends me fleeing to another room.

What made you choose a gothic romance? 
I read a lot of Victoria Holt books and other gothic romances when I was a teenager. I like the creepy castles and the element of danger that shimmers between the pages. With that sort of reading background gothic historical romance seemed like a natural choice.

Your hero, Lucien, sounds delicious. What’s your definition of a hero and are there any in New Zealand looking for an American girlfriend?Thank you! I’m rather partial to Lucien. My definition of a hero—someone who is strong and capable, someone with drive and ambition who is kind to children and animals and also to people who are less advantaged than him. He’s honorable. He doesn’t have to be handsome but he has charisma, which makes him sexy.

LOL – my husband is my hero. I’m sure there are a few more like him around somewhere in the country.

You have quite the bookshelf! Do you have a favorite genre? How do you come up with your ideas and decide which genre they fit in?
I’m equal opportunity when it comes to genres. I like reading most genres and writing them all seemed a natural extension of this. I tend to write more contemporary and paranormal than anything else. Ideas are one thing that I find easy. Almost anything can inspire me—from TV, movies, magazines, the news or a trip to our local mall. The genre depends on how the idea comes to me and also if I need a break from a particular genre. I think swapping around helps keep me fresh.

Do you have a favorite movie? Actor? (I hope it isn’t Gerard Butler…)
I like The Mummy staring Brendon Fraser. I’ve watched this movie countless times and still love it. It’s the setting and the adventure plus Brendon Fraser looks pretty good. *grin*

What’s your writing routine like? Are you an everyday writer, or a binge writer? (I waffle between bingeing and everyday…but then again, my college advisor did say I had no discipline.)
LOL – I wouldn’t listen to them. I write every day. It’s a habit I’ve developed from when I first started writing. These days I feel a bit lost if I don’t do my daily writing. 

What kind of music do you listen to when you’re writing?
I like all kinds of music. At present I’m listening to a lot of Country music. I start off listening to music but, once I start writing, I tend to tune out. I’m afraid music is wasted on me during my writing hours.

What do you do when you’re not churning out your latest manuscript?
I like to travel. Most days I go for a walk and/or a bike ride to get out in the fresh air. I enjoy cooking, photography and of course reading. We also do a little fostering for the SPCA so when we’re fostering a dog, I do lots of extra walking.

Do you have one piece of advice you were given that you hold true to no matter what?
I steal the Nike motto – “Just Do It”. That always works for me.

Who are your favorite authors?
I have so many favorite authors—too many to mention. I like Kate Pearce, Louisa Edwards, Keri Arthur and Ilona Andrews and many others.

What is Shelley Munro working on next? We like to be teased.
Well, since you asked…I’m working on more than one book at present.
-I’m working on book 11 (the final book) in my paranormal Middlemarch Mates series about a feline shapeshifter community living in a small New Zealand country town.
-I’m working on a follow up to Fancy Free (a story about a woman who inherits a condom factory)
-I’m working on a follow up story to The Bottom Line – this story is about one of the secondary characters from The Bottom Line.
-And finally, I have another gothic romance in the planning stages.

Now, for the extra special treat. Shelley is offering a prize to one lucky person! Shelley, tell us what the prize is.

PRIZE – I’ll give away a download from my Ellora’s Cave or Samhain Publishing backlist. The winner can choose one download from my backlist.

Be sure to comment between now and Sunday for your chance to win one of Shelley’s books. The winner will be announced on Monday. Good luck!

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Dogs Love Me, or Do They?

Well, maybe not all dogs. I seem to remember a Doberman Pincer when I was about 10 who scared the ever lovin’ crap out of me. We lived just a block from a convenience store and my mom told me to walk myself up to the store to get a gallon of milk. It was my very first time allowed to go to the store by myself. I only ever walked to school and home. There was no wandering the neighborhood or anything, so you can imagine how proud and happy I was. I was finally growing up!

So I’m sauntering down the street. Okay, it was more like skipping and muttering “One gallon of milk, one gallon of milk” the entire way. The street curved so there was a blind spot ahead. I didn’t pay any attention. But when I came around that curve, there was a huge Doberman sitting on the edge of its property. It saw me and barked. I saw it and stopped dead in my tracks. I went cold because that sucker had huge teeth and its head was at the same height as my throat. It stood and barked again. I took a step back, all thoughts of milk, being a grown-up, and anything else I might’ve been thinking of fading away.

It took a step forward and I screamed, “MOOOOOOOOOOOOM!” and took off running. The dog kind of yiped and ran back to its yard. I don’t know if it was scared by my lung capacity, my graceless running, or the thought that my mom – who was in our house a block away – might’ve heard her daughter’s cry for help and come to handle up on it. I ran the entire way home, waiting to feel that dog’s teeth in my leg, butt, head, whatever. Images of my mother finding me torn to shreds played through my head. I made it home, panting, sweating, and crying like…well, like a little girl. My mom, who was making pancakes and needed that milk, turned around and said, “Where’s the milk?”

I hated dogs after that. I wouldn’t play with them, didn’t trust them, and thought they were goofy. Then, I got a dog and now I’m a convert. Dogs love me. It’s really embarrassing. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve come home with a pit bull in my yard trying to get in my house because…well, I’m just that awesome apparently.

So really, it shouldn’t be any surprise when Tawna Fenske (a hilarious lady with a unique way of picking contest winners) allowed her dog to choose the winner of her What the @#$% is that? contest, her dog chose my ball. Bwahahaha. Now, if it had been a cat picking the winner, then no doubt the cat would’ve gone to my ball and peed on it. That’s just how cool I am.

What a way to start the week!

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