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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

What's Up, Wednesday?

This week's question…
Apparently May starts National Barbecue Month here in the United States. Do you like to barbecue or grill outside in the summer? What's your favorite thing to grill or barbecue?

My favorite thing about grilling or barbecuing is letting someone else do it for me! I love to cook, but cooking outside doesn't interest me at all. I have a nice grill, though, if someone wants to make me dinner!
~Jennifer Lohmann 

I live in a major barbecue zone, so my favorite thing is to drive over to the Barbecue House in downtown Auburn (Alabama) and pick up pulled pork and side dishes like potato salad and Brunswick stew. And pie. Did I mention pie?
--Suzanne Johnson

I'm a vegetarian, so when people start talking about barbecues they often give me a look like, "Oh, crud, we'll have to get something special for you." I've had waaay more than my fair share of veggie burgers. My husband is a keen barbecuer, and he makes fantastic things for me. My favorite are grilled kebabs made of red peppers, zucchini and halloumi (it's a really salty, really hard cheese). Mmm...is it summer yet??
--Kat Latham

I think anything grilled tastes better, but for over a year my diet has consisted of only fish, veggies, and grains. I'd love to discover some great new fish or vegetable recipes. I guess I better start searching since it IS National Barbecue Month.
~Samantha Grace 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Author Spotlight on Gina Danna

I'm thrilled to welcome the talented Gina Danna to Lady Scribes! Gina is a dear friend and critique partner promoting the release of her latest work, "Love and Vengeance", a brilliant love story set in ancient Rome! Gina will give a copy away to one lucky commentor. *Winner will be posted in the comments section tomorrow!




The Blurb! 


Rome 108 A.D., under the Emperor Trajan, is the center of the civilized world. It is a time of sophistication and decadence, a brutal world to their conquered.

Marcus, a Roman citizen sentenced to die as a gladiator, accused by his wife and brother for a crime he did not commit. Yet death eludes him and he rises to become champion of the sands. The title he does not want. He seeks revenge but his victories in the Colosseum bestow monetary rewards he can use to save a beautiful slave, Gustina, from certain death by the beasts. She gives him a taste of love in a world full of lies, betrayal and murder.

But his overwhelming desire for vengeance, for blood and the kill, brings a higher price tag – can he satisfy the demon inside him and face the truth? A truth that will kill the woman he loves?

Now the Excerpt!!! 

The air filled with the gladiators’ whooping and hollering on the arrival of Marcus, Iduma and the others from the Colosseum. Today’s wins marked the games as halfway through and with the arrival of Trajan tomorrow, the spectacles became grander, as if the first fifty days had been practice.
            “Champion!”
            Marcus turned at the yell and barely grabbed the wine jug thrust into his hands. Tevia, in one of his rare moments of breaking stoic face, grinned animatedly. Marcus tilted his head in the slave’s direction, a solitary thanks. He knew Tevia was uncomfortable in the lower ludus, as the gladiators either belittled him as Aulus’ toad or, if he was lucky, ignored him. Marcus was one of the few that treated him as another slave, not better or worse, though his position near Aulus placed him as the man to seek for favors or advice. The champion’s knowledge from his prior slave days gave him the insight to Tevia’s position and befriended the man early. But for him to be here now was a puzzle.
            An even bigger puzzle was the flash of anger jetting through Iduma’s eyes at the Domina’s personal slave. Marcus frowned.
Tevia’s shoulders straightened. “Marcus, all the wine you can drink. There’s enough for everyone to get as much as they want.”
Roars heralded throughout the chamber as the others heard this, doubling when the doors on the other side, leading from the Villa’s storage, opened. In came two slaves pulling the wooden cart carrying the wine jugs. Marcus watched as he took another slug from the one he had.
Tevia bent closer. “Dominus made comment about special reward for you, later, in your cell.”
Marcus’ heart skipped a beat. Trying to maintain a plain, indifferent face, he downed more wine. Gustina. His eyes narrowed on the man, trying to pinpoint what he meant. Tevia just smiled and nodded. The confirmation made fire pore through his blood. He hadn’t seen her in weeks and felt her absence strongly.
But even in his rush of excitement, he did notice the angry look on the Brit’s face as he snorted and walked away. He turned to follow.
“Marcus,” Tevia called. “Be wary of those you trust. Even the gods bend wills to make us do as they want.”
“What is your purpose?” The house slave’s statement sent a chill snaking down his spine. Odd, once more, the demon was absent. Inconsistent beast.
“Perhaps nothing,” the man said with a shrug. “Be wary of Iduma. He now carries his own demon.”
Marcus smirked. He knew they thought he was possessed. And maybe he was, though he now believed it was by the brown-haired beauty he stole from the Afterlife’s grip. Something wasn’t right. He could feel it, but after the day he’d had, sweltering on the sands, he just didn’t care. He put the wine jug to his lips and gulped. When he looked down again, Tevia was gone.
He turned and hit an onslaught of his brothers, his fellow gladiators. Most had cups in their hands, slapping backs and joking. Even Iduma.
Time to solve the issue. Marcus walked up to the Brit. “Time to celebrate, brother.” He poured into the man’s cup.
Iduma smiled, raising the cup in thanks and downing it. Pushing the empty container back at him, Iduma’s wayward grin was restored. “Yes, brother. And we championed with the luck of the gods.”
Marcus guffawed. “Perhaps you needed their aid, but not I.”
Iduma laughed and stepped back a space. “Surely, you jest. Or I will give safety a wider berth, in case they send a lightning bolt ripping through the ceiling.”
Marcus laughed. “I am not their plaything. I need not worry.”
Around them, the others downed wine and roared in satisfaction when the whores arrived. Marcus retrieved another jug, pulling the cork from its neck and flicking it across the room. One of the harlots caught it and ambled up to him, grinning.
“Champion, I have your attention,” she said seductively, sauntering closer.
He smiled. Her hand came to his chest, lightly tracing a design as she continued talking to him, trying to entice him to take her. She wasn’t bad looking, considering her profession, but his heart tugged for another. He opened his mouth to tell her no when beyond her, he saw his brother gladiators enjoying the night, drinking and fucking the other whores. Against the far wall, he caught a glimpse of Gustina, and he felt alive. Even the quiet demon purred.
It only lasted a moment. Just as he reached to take the whore’s hand off him and go to Gustina, he saw Iduma step closer to his woman. Marcus’ gaze narrowed. The Brit spoke to her and she nodded, her hand went to him, resting on his chest. Iduma’s head bent closer.
Marcus’ blood boiled. They looked too familiar with each other. As if they were lovers…. The demon prowled, snarling.
The whore slid away.
“Champion!”
He wouldn’t have heard the call if he hadn’t been hit in his bicep by the other gladiator. He whipped around, fury unfurling, to find Ludo, jug in hand. An unusual appearance. With a frown, he tilted his head, damping down the anger. “Doctore.”
“Come, let us drink to the return of your prowess,” the man’s arm encircled Marcus’ shoulders as he poured the wine into the empty cup.
Marcus snorted. He drank, wanting to look for her, but Ludo had turned them around. Though the man may be drinking with him, Marcus saw the whip was still attached to the doctore’s waist. He took another sip, resigning himself for the moment. She would be with him soon and then, he’d find the truth.

About Gina Danna
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Gina Danna has spent the better part of her life reading. History has been her love and she spent numerous hours devouring historical romance stories, dreaming of writing one of her own. Years later, after receiving undergraduate and graduate degrees in History, writing academic research papers and writing for museum programs and events, she finally found the time to write her own stories of historical romantic fiction.





Now, under the supervision of her three dogs and three cats, she writes amid a library of research books, with her only true break away is to spend time with her other life long dream – her Arabian horse – with him, her muse can play.
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Monday, April 28, 2014

Celebrating the Release of "Never Courted, Suddenly Wed"!

I am so incredibly excited about the release of "Never Courted, Suddenly Wed", Book 2 in my Scandalous Seasons series. Christopher, Earl of Waxham was never intended as Miss Sophie Winters' hero. I'd originally imagined Sophie with the Duke of Mallen. However, after two starts of 15,000 words each, I could not get Waxham out of my head. He insisted that Sophie was his heroine. Alas, who am I to argue with such a determined hero?

Scheduled to release tomorrow, April 29th, I've decided to do an early release event with Lady Scribes! I'll be giving away a copy to one person who stops by and comments. *Winner will be posted in the comments section tomorrow!



Blurb

Christopher Ansley, Earl of Waxham, has constructed a perfect image for the ton--the ladies love him and his company is desired by all. Only two people know the truth about Waxham’s secret. Unfortunately, one of them is Miss Sophie Winters.

Sophie Winters has known Christopher since she was in leading strings. As children, they delighted in tormenting each other. Now at one and twenty, she still has a tendency to find herself in scrapes, and her marital prospects are slim.

When his father threatens to expose his shame to the ton, unless he weds Sophie for her dowry, Christopher concocts a plan to remain a bachelor. What he didn't plan on, was falling in love with the lively, impetuous Sophie. As secrets are exposed, will Christopher’s love be enough when she discovers his role in his father’s scheme?
Sophie stole a peek from the corner of her eye.
Christopher sat back; his expertly folded white cravat a stark contrast to the midnight black fabric of his coat. His broad shoulders filled the sabre leg dining chair and he studied her with an inscrutable expression. From the relaxed line of his square jaw, to the almost bored expression in his eyes, he maintained a remarkable composure. Drat the man! How she wished she could remain as cool and unaffected by the insufferable bounder.
“Don’t you know it’s rude to stare, my lord?” she said for his ears alone.
He drummed his fingertips along the arms of his chair. “Christopher will suffice.”
“Very well, don’t you know it’s rude to stare, Christopher?”
His brows dipped. “You’ve not changed at all.”
She touched her palm to her breast. “Why, thank you.”
Christopher’s jaw hardened. “That was not a compliment.”
She smiled up at him. “Oh, I knew that.”
“It’s no wonder…” His gaze fell to her décolletage and the words died on his lips.
…you are still unwed.           
She glared at him, having little doubt as to what he’d been about to utter. “What was that, Christopher?”
He blinked several times. “Nothing. Nothing at all.”
But it had been there and Sophie hated that it stung as it did. It never ceased to stun her with the fact that no matter who uttered those words—her mother, brother, strangers, or even this man she’d grown alongside as a child—they always managed to hurt.
“Waxham, do tell us. The scandal sheets have mentioned you’re in the market for a wife.”
Sophie winced at her mother’s blunt statement. “There’s no question there, Mother.”
Her mother blinked in apparent confusion. “I beg your pardon?”
You said, Waxham, do tell us. You followed it with a statement. There was no question there.”
Mother’s mouth formed a small moue of displeasure. “Very well. Are you in the market for a wife, Waxham?”
Sophie picked up her fork and knife and speared a piece of the heavily seasoned meat. She popped it into her mouth and chewed, all the while wishing she could slip under the tablecloth and hide from the disgusted twitch of Christopher’s lips. Sophie very well knew her mother to be a salacious gossip and was cause for much shame.
A loud guffaw burst from the Marquess of Milford’s chest. “I keep telling the boy it’s about time he settles down. Hopefully he intends to heed my advice.” The pointed look he shot toward his son did not go unmarked by Sophie.
Christi Caldwell, the bestselling author of “Forever Betrothed, Never the Bride,” and “A Season of Hope”, blames Judith McNaught's "Whitney, My Love!" for luring her into the world of historical romance. While sitting in her graduate school apartment at the University of Connecticut, Christi decided to set aside her notes and pick up her laptop to try her hand at romance. She believes the most perfect heroes and heroines have imperfections, and she rather enjoys torturing them before crafting them a well-deserved happily ever after! 
Christi makes her home in southern Connecticut where she spends her time writing her own enchanting historical romances and being a full-time wife and mother!

Visit www.christicaldwellauthor.com to learn more about what Christi is working on, or join her on Facebook at Christi Caldwell Author and Twitter @ChristiCaldwell !

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Fave Friday: Our Favorite Non-Human Species is....

I'm a fan of paranormal, so it's always fun to give some brain cells over to the task of pondering the pros and cons of my most-loved species.

Before I give my rundown, here's what some of my fellow Lady Scribes had to say:

Jennifer Lohmann: "I don't read a lot of paranormal novels, but when I do, I always root for the werewolves. Twilight, True Blood books, Anita Blake, I don't care. I always wanted the women to end up with the wolves."

Let's have a howl for Richard, Jacob, and Alcide! And insist that Jennifer check out Adam Hauptman in the Mercy Thompson novels, yes?

Kat Latham (whom I must confess is in a little critique group with me so I have forced my books on her): "I'm not a paranormal reader either, but I will read absolutely everything my fellow Lady Scribe Suzanne Johnson writes. I apparently have a thing for strong cops who shift into shaggy dogs. And that's a sentence I never thought I'd write."

And Alex Warin thanks you from the bottom of his monosyllabic, shaggy heart! I think that's a shapeshifter vote.

Samantha Grace: "I like witches best, because they can hold their own with the vamps and wolves. Plus, I like that they are most similar to humans, and I don't like that humans are usually the weaker ones in paranormal. I'd like to see regular humans kick some vampire tushie when they are attacked."

I'll consider that a vote for Rachel Morgan, my favorite twitchy witch, as her demon pal Al calls her.

My personal favorites? In ascending order....

No. 5: Witches. I'm not a big witch fan, or I wasn't until Rachel Morgan won me over, so witches get the nod purely on Rachel's strengths. Although I must say I don't think much of her fellow witches for the most part. I do love that the witches in Kim Harrison's Hollows series are both male and female, as are the wizards in the Dresden series and in my own. I very much dislike the wizards are men/witches are women dichotomy. But I do like magic-makers because the mythology is broad enough that my favorite authors can take it and twist it into new ways to make it their own.

No. 4: Werecritters and Shapeshifters. I'll lump these together because, like urban fantasy and paranormal romance, they share a lot of mythology and DNA. In my mind, the two (much like witches and wizards) are not interchangeable. A werewolf or other were-animal, for me, has shifts that are tied to the moon, exact a physical toll, and create a dual nature. Think of Adam or Alcide or Anita's Richard, who have personality traits and quirks associated with their wolves or with the moon cycles. They can make other werewolves or animals. In my books, the only were-animal, so far, is Jake Warin.
     A shapeshifter, on the other hand, can shift at will without a physical toll. He or she can take on different shapes, or might be limited to one. There's usually magic involved, not a virus or lycanthropic strain. Shifters, in my own books, are born and not made. So Rene Delachaise is a merman or aquatic shifter, while Alex is a canine shifter.

No. 3: Elves. Elves fascinate me because, like witches and wizards, the mythology is so broad that it gives authors huge leeway in developing their worlds. So you have the ethereal elves of Tolkien, the stubborn and wild elves of the Hollows, or my own elves, who are political snakes.

No. 2: Wizards. John Taylor (from Simon R Green's Nightside series) and the Harrys (Dresden and Potter) sealed that deal. If they were more sexy than clever they might have pushed the fanged ones aside, but not quite (sorry DJ) so....

No. 1: Vampires. Jean-Claude made me fall in love, and the Black Dagger Brotherhood sealed the deal. And, yeah, I'm fond of my Penton boys and girls.

 I'm only beginning to write about the fae as they enter the picture in my Sentinels world, and am having great fun with them. So maybe next time I make this list....

What's YOUR favorite species?

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

What's Up, Wednesday?

This week's question…
Earth Day was yesterday. Have you made any energy efficient changes in your household? What were they? Maybe we can all get some good ideas!

I've done lots of small things like changing my light bulbs, unplugging electronics, etc. I also have one really big one. When my HVAC unit broke (dead, leaking carbon monoxide and thousands of dollars to fix), I shopped around for a month or so for ideas. Eventually I got a groundsource heat pump. It was expensive in the outset, but after tax credits turned out to be only a couple thousand more than replacing the HVAC with a newer version of what I'd had. And, since the super-efficient groundsource system saves me almost a thousand dollars a year in heating and cooling bills, I've made that money back quickly. The initial quote from Green Horizon (the company who installed the system) was a bit hard to swallow! The decision's not for everyone, but I'm glad I made it.
~Jennifer Lohmann 

My changes are also small. I switched to all energy-saving bulbs, and as I've replaced appliances (the washer, dryer, stove, and fridge all bit the dust last year) I've made sure they were Energy Star designated. I installed a couple of ceiling fans to help in the summer so the AC doesn't have to be turned as low. And it isn't household related, but I recycle cardboard and plastic--fortunately, my town has great curbside recycling pickup.
~Suzanne Johnson

I haven't made any changes, but I've been arguing against my husband getting a car--does that count? I haven't owned a car since I left the U.S. almost twelve years ago. We travel around town by bike (gotta love the Netherlands) or bus. But I fear it's a battle I'm losing--especially as our family grows and so does the amount of stuff we seem to cart around.
~Kat Latham

Ugh. I don't feel like we do enough. Right now I'm trying to get the kids to remember to turn off the lights. That will be a major accomplishment if it ever happens. We recycle religiously, but our town has a great recycling program that makes it easy. We did choose a low-flow toilet when we remodeled the bathroom, and we'll have energy efficient windows placed in the basement during our current remodel. And we've also had the thermostat down lower than normal to pay for our basement remodel. At some point I'd like to replace several outside doors to make them less drafty. I guess our washer and dryer are energy-efficient too. I forgot we replaced those a few years ago.
~Samantha Grace 

Congratulations to Carolyn Mccanna, winner of last week's drawing for a copy of The Heart of a Duke! Please watch your email for a message from Samantha arranging for you to receive your copy. 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Spotlight on Jerrica Knight-Catania

I am so excited to welcome a fellow Regency romance writer, the very talented Jerrica Knight-Catania to Lady Scribes where she's giving us a look at her recent release, "The Temptation of the Duke", Book 5 in her Wetherby Brides Series! Jerrica will be giving away a copy to one person who stops by and comments! (Winners are notified in the Comments section the following day!)

So allow me to present...the cover!



I give you the Blurb... 

Grace Clarke is no longer willing to accept the position of "poor relations." Her sister has married well and taken her under her wing, so with her new connections, it ought to be a breeze to find a wealthy, titled gentleman to help elevate her station in life. Of course, she never expects for him to find her. Especially not in such a compromising position. But once she gets over her humiliation, she discovers that the duke next door is far more than just a duke. He's a man that sets her heart--and other parts of her--aflame. 

Evan Gilford, Duke of Somerset, has spent the last fifteen years trying to avoid his destiny: marriage. But he can't ignore his duty anymore, not with his guilty conscience nagging at him all the bloody time and a betrothed waiting to become his duchess. So he returns to London, only to discover that he has a new and rather enchanting neighbor who soon makes him question where his loyalties lie: with his family or his heart.

And Now...an Excerpt! 
It was times like these Grace was grateful she wasn’t musically inclined. If she were, she imagined she’d be having a worse time than she was at this very moment. Goodness, but these poor girls were horrific musiciansif one could even call them that. According to the program, they were playing a piece by Haydn and Grace was certain the composer was turning circles in his grave. It sounded as if a bunch of barnyard animals had gotten into a row.
Chloe put a hand on top of Grace’s in an effort to still her fidgeting. Grace cast her sister a sidelong glance that said, If you had let me stay home, you wouldn’t have had to put up with me. Of course, Chloe couldn’t be bothered to look at her, so she probably didn’t pick up on the silent message, but still. They’d argued about this earlier in the day when Grace had begged to be allowed to stay home. Granted, it wasn’t like her, despite not being terribly fond of musicales. She normally didn’t like to miss an opportunity to meet an eligible gentleman, but ever since her walk in the garden with Evan, she couldn’t seem to think of anyone or anything else. He was forbidden, of course, but it didn’t stop her from daydreaming about him. Or pining for him. And it certainly didn’t stop that swirling in her belly that made her want to toss up her accounts.
The music came to a stop, and the audience applauded politely despite how dreadful it had been. Grace glanced down at her program again, praying it would say the concert was over, even though she knew very well they were nowhere near the end. When she looked back up, her gaze landed on the small group of people who had arrived late to the event. Her stomach plummeted, and her heart sped to a frighteningly dangerous speed. Heat infused her cheeks, and everywhere else for that matter. Why did her entire body feel aflame?
She snapped open her fan and began to wave it frantically in front of her face as the party, which included Evan and his betrothed, took their seats a few rows back.
Blast this heaviness in my chest! Was this what love felt like? Or was it merely infatuation? Goodness, if this was only infatuation, she was doomed if she ever fell truly in love. Perhaps this was why their society looked down upon love matches. What if everyone walked about with racing hearts and churning stomachs all the time? The city would be in a state of total chaos, wouldn’t it?
Should she dare a glance behind? Just to see where they were sitting. Surely no one would notice. She placed her fan in her lap and then rubbed her hands down her dress as the musicians started the next piece.
“Would you stop fidgeting, Grace,” Chloe whispered through clenched teeth.
Grace stilled her hands, though her whole body felt as if it were running a race. “Sorry,” she whispered back. And then she did it. She dared a backward glance, only to be met with Evan’s piercing blue gaze.
Good heavens! He was looking at her, blast him. And he had the audacity, sitting there next to his fiancée, to wink at her. But not just any wink. This one was accompanied by a wry smile that sent Grace into even more of a dither than she’d been in previously. What did it mean anyway? Was it a wink of friendship? Or was it more? Was he being flirtatious?
No, he wouldn’t dare. Not with his fiancée sitting beside him. Heavens, what kind of man would that make him?

About the Author...

Jerrica Knight-Catania knew from an early age that she was destined for romance. She would spend hours as a young girl sitting in a chair by an open window, listening to the rain, and dreaming of the day Prince Charming would burst in and declare his undying love for her. But it wasn't until she was 28-years-old, tired of her life in the theater, that she turned her focus toward writing Regency Romance novels. All her dreaming paid off, and she now gets to relive those romantic scenes she'd dreamt up as a child as she commits them to paper. She lives in sunny Palm Beach with her real life Prince Charming, their Princess-in-training and their aristocat, Dr. Snuggle.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Operation Office Makeover


 Ever since I decided to quit the day job and stay home to be a writer I have been working out of my basement, which is windowless, by the way. By no stretch of the imagination can you call our basement inspiring! I love the rest of our house, but our basement has always sort of been an out of sight out of mind room. You know the room you would like to look nice, but no one ever sees it so why would you spend your money on making it look better.

Except I see my basement everyday and I have been complaining for the last year that I really need to do something to make it nicer.

Let it never be said nothing good can come out of being disorganized, because being disorganized was the instigator for Operation Office Makeover. A project I have now wholeheartedly embraced. The husband on the other hand, not so much! My sudden desire to really actually do something about the dreaded basement came about because I was writing on an old desk that had one drawer and was too short for me! So not only did I have nowhere to file any of my papers, but I would often have lower back and neck pain from being hunched over my computer all the time.

I cajoled my husband into letting me buy a desk by selling it as the glorious key to organization which would surely make me file all those paper laying in the out box! So, I got on line, found a beautiful desk and one month later I had a desk that was just my size. Now Goldilocks and I have something in common!

Do you know the problem with buying something new? No? I'll tell you. It makes all the other old stuff in the room look worse! My shiny new desk really made the rest of my furniture in the basement look terrible. Oh, and I forgot to mention that my new desk was so big there wasn't really room for my husband's old desk that he did our bills on. So one day I went to a local furniture store that I love and bought my husband a small corner desk to do our bills. This is My office after all, so naturally I get to have the biggest desk!

Once I had two pretty new desk I certainly could not keep that old metal filing cabinet that my husband had brought into our marriage fourteen years ago. Last week my beautiful new filing cabinet came and my cool metal stand that I got because I am certain I need to put Regency decor on it!

Do you see where this is going? Now I have some great furniture but the office still does not look ultra fab! I mentioned to my husband, in my sweetest voice, that I do believe this office needs to be repainted and get new floors. After all, they did not have carpet in the Regency period and since I am mainly a Regency writer I should try to create an office that reflects the period! The logic sounds good doesn't it?

The pictures I have shown you are some of the pieces I have bought.

Here is my challenge to you! I despise shopping for accessories, but I need some Regency era art for my walls and I think maybe some retro bright colored mail bins for my desk. Other than that I am stumped! I'd love to hear your ideas! Anyone who leaves me an idea today will be put in a drawing to win an e copy of my new book Dancing With The Devil!

Have a wonderful day!

The Marchioness of Mayhem

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

What's Up, Wednesday?

This week's question…
What's your morning pick-me-up, coffee or tea? Maybe a soda? A smoothie?

I drink a cup of coffee every morning. And, since it's just me and it's just one cup of coffee, I buy beans from a local Durham roasting company, Counter Culture Coffee, and the Clever Coffee Dripper. That one cup is going to be the best cup I can make it!
~Jennifer Lohmann

I pick myself up every morning with a cup of Starbucks Coffee! My habit got really expensive so I now make my Starbucks at home. I even have the mocha powder to make my Cafe Mocha Skinny!
~Julie Johnstone

Gotta have my coffee fix, preferably Community Coffee with Chicory, which I developed an addiction to from living in New Orleans for almost fifteen years. I'm happy dancing because they're making K-Cups for my Keurig now. I'm also addicted to Italian Sweet Cream sugar-free creamer.
~Suzanne Johnson

I drink a few cups of coffee and a few cups of tea every day. I think that's the hazard of having a toddler. After a year of being caffeine free, I practically need an IV-drip of it to help me function after Doodle Bug wakes me up at the butt-crack of dawn.
~Kat Latham

Coffee and Facebook. :)
~Samantha Grace

A nap! ; ) the twins are up all night so sleeping comes before all else! Yes, even food and drink! But my morning beverage of choice is warm water with a half packet of True Lemon!
~Christi Caldwell

So far, we're all coffee folks. What about you, readers? Coffee, tea, or something else?

Samantha is giving away a copy (ebook or print-winner's choice) of The Heart of a Duke today. If you would like to be entered into the drawing, be sure to include your email address with your comment. 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Who's Ben Skrewd?

Happy U.S. Tax Day from the ladies at Red Door Reads.

Last year, a number of the Red Door authors met at the RWA National Conference for a little side meeting and a chance to bond in person vs. online. This group of ladies were discussing what sort of project they could do as a group. They didn’t want to do a holiday theme or something that had been done already, but they did want something universal. Someone (who will remain anonymous) posed the loaded question -  “So who’s Ben Skrewd?” 

Anyway, after a few chuckles, we all realized that everyone has had the feeling of “Ben Skrewd” at one point or another in their life. Story ideas began to flow, and it didn’t take long for half of the Red Door authors to decide to take those story ideas and create a novella series like no other. There are 11 different novellas in the collection, and it is comprised of stories set in 19th Century England to present day Milwaukee and Ireland. Heroes who are cops and some who are aristocratic lords. Heroines who slay demons and some who see ghosts.

Each novella is as different and diverse as the authors, but each story has two things in common. ONE - A red door on each cover outside and TWO - a mysterious character named Ben Skrewd somewhere on the pages inside. 

For a short period of time, each Who’s Ben Skrewd novella is on sale for $0.99.  Also today, we are celebrating the launch with a Facebook release party beginning at 2:00 p.m. Central Time. There will be all sorts of prizes/giveaways and the opportunity to talk to your favorite Red Door authors. We do hope you’ll be able to join us - https://www.facebook.com/events/798282543534467/

But that isn’t all. Beginning today through April 22nd, we’re sponsoring a slightly different kind of contest. Each Ben Skrewd novella author has hidden a silhouette of “Ben” somewhere on our websites. Can YOU find all of the missing Bens? If so, submit your answers Here  - for a chance to win an iPad mini!

Without further ado…

The Red Door Reads ‘Who’s Ben Skrewd?’ Novella Series


Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness (A Half Moon House Series Novella) by DEB MARLOWE

It's warring nations and the battle of the sexes as Liberty Baylis takes on Simon Lansing, Viscount Brodham in the fight for her friend's happiness. Brodham wants to retire to the peace of the country, but he'll take on the cheeky American chit if it will keep his nephew safe and happy. The war is on, but when banter, flirtation and kisses become weapons, will they wish the battle to end?


Hexed (A Deadly Sins Novella) by ANDRIS BEAR

The hero and heroine of ANGEL UNLEASHED, Jake Ryder and Liadin, return for a novella adventure. Jake and Lia fought Heaven and Hell for their happily ever after, but when Jake takes down what he thinks is a petty thief, he becomes the target of a dark and powerful force—one Liadin can’t kill.



Her Muse, Lord Patrick (A Muses Novella) by JANE CHARLES

Lord Patrick Delaney promised to deliver an important message to his best friend’s sister, but promises are hard to keep when one becomes a ghost. After Patrick is attacked in the forest and tossed into a river, he is surprised to wake at the country estate where the lovely Miss Laura Chetwey is mourning the loss of her brother. Even more surprising, she seems to be the only person who can see or hear him, which should make his mission easy to complete… if only he could remember the message he is supposed to deliver. 

Laura’s brother has been missing for four months and she has come to believe he perished at sea. Taking refuge at her uncle’s estate, she tries to escape her grief by immersing herself in the imaginary world of fiction by penning a horrid novel. But the line between reality and make-believe becomes hard to distinguish when a handsome ghost arrives at Torrington Abbey to protect her and steals her heart in the process.

Trapped between the span of life and death, Patrick fears he will vanish forever once he remembers the news of Laura's brother. Will they ever have a chance to be together, or is the opportunity for love lost to them forever?

In the Stars (A Regency Encounter Novella) by AVA STONE

Ever since a mysterious fortuneteller informed Miss Wilhelmina Throssell that she’d soon meet her true love - a one-eyed commander -Mina's thought of little else. She never imagined marriage was in the stars for her or that she had a true love out there somewhere. Anywhere.

Lieutenant-Colonel Nathaniel Carrick, Viscount Healeyfield returned home from the battlefields with nothing but his honor, his excellent eye-sight, and a crumbling abbey to his name. As luck would have it however, his wealthy mentor has a daughter of marriageable age that he’d like to see wed before he dies. Almost instantly, Nathaniel is quite smitten with the girl. She’s lovely, enchanting and the most unique female of his acquaintance. Unfortunately, the girl in question is quite adamant that her one true love, whoever he may be, has but a single eye.

Dances with Demons (A Phoenix Chronicles Novella) by LORI HANDELAND

Multiple RITA award winning author, Lori Handeland, brings you a novella set in her popular urban fantasy world, The Phoenix Chronicles . . .

When a demon comes calling Megan Murphy's bar blows sky-high, and she's suddenly on the run with her klutzy day shift bartender, the exceedingly gorgeous Quinn Fitzpatrick. 

Quinn has been in love with Megan from the moment he saw her.  Too bad he's living a lie.  He isn't as klutzy as he makes out, nor as human as she believes.  Quinn was sent to protect Megan from anything that slithers.

But there's danger afoot, and the best place for them both is one that’s far, far away.  A place Quinn Fitzpatrick once called home.  Ireland--land of fairies and gargoyles, shape-shifters, dragons and more.

There they will dance with demons, and Megan will uncover every secret Quinn has.

Firebird (A Columbyana Novella) by LINDA WINSTEAD JONES

Rori has always felt out of place in her powerful shape-shifting family. When it becomes clear to her that she has no place among them, she decides to start a new life in a seaside town. A normal life. 

Panther-shifter Kalum is drawn to the far eastern edge of Columbyana, where his mate has been hiding. He tried for years to deny her, but that is no longer possible. Like it or not, she is his. 
And secrets await...

Accidentally in Love (A More Courtesan Chronicles Novella) by CLAUDIA DAIN

  Miss Emeline Harlow had loved Christopher Culley all her life and was going to marry him. Unfortunately, he didn't seem to know that. Just because they had grown up in each other's pockets from the time they were children, just because their mothers were best friends, and just because her three younger brothers all thought of Kit Culley as a brother, did not make Emeline Kit's sister. Somehow, Kit was blind to that fact. Emeline will just have to use her London come-out to show Kit that she is not a little girl, not his sister, and not to be ignored. Emeline Harlow, with a little help from Lady Eleanor Kirkland and Sophia Dalby, is going to succeed brilliantly at all three.


The Earl’s Passionate Plot by SUSAN GEE HEINO

Falling in love was never part of the plan...
When Miss Mariah Langley inherited beautiful Renford Hall she planned to stay there forever. Now the Earl of Dovington has shown up to evict her! He's waving legal proof that the property is his and he's arranged to lease it to an eligible heiress. With nowhere to go, Mariah agrees to host his potential lessees in exchange for additional time there.

With guests arriving and tempers flaring, there seems but one obvious solution. The spinster and the earl engage in a battle of wits and wooing: they each scheme to find a partner for the other, hoping romance will give the enemy reason to relinquish the house. It's hard to focus on matchmaking, however, when they can't keep their hands off each other!

Touch of Trouble (A Blake Brothers Novella) by SUSAN SEY
He’s in hot pursuit…
Drew Blake loves women. All women. Normally, they love him right back but Meghan Wise? Not so much. To his shock, Meg is immune to charm, impervious to flattery, and just plain impatient with his attention. So what the hell is she doing knocking at his bedroom door after midnight with a smile and an invitation?

She’s hard to get...
Meg prefers to fly solo, generally speaking, but she knows when to buddy up. Like now, for example, when an annoying situation suddenly goes all law-and-order on her on the middle of the night. She’ll deal with it, of course, but she’ll need a bodyguard. Unfortunately, the only person who’s both interested in her body and handy at midnight is Drew Blake.

She’s in a touch of trouble…
Meg’s not offering quite the adventure Drew has in mind but he jumps at it anyway. Because there’s just something about this girl, something beyond the surface slick and the endless legs. Something soft, vulnerable, and precious that she really doesn’t want him to see. Which is why he desperately wants to see it. Drew’s not one to resist temptation, either. The question is, can she resist him?
…but it just might be his lucky night.

Reagan’s Revenge (A Reed Brothers Novella) by TAMMY FALKNER

Calmly, Carefully, Completely left readers with one question — would Reagan ever get justice against her attacker?  

A chance meeting, a well-deserved ass kicking and the end of Emily and Logan's engagement? Find out what happens next in Reagan's Revenge!

Cross Springs In Bloom (A Cross Springs Novella) by CAREN CRANE

Cross Springs' biggest gossip, Mindy MacPherson, goes after a mysterious rose grower's secrets and encounters her lone one-night stand, Javier Morales Nieto. Mindy had only one regret from her night with Javier: that she didn't have the courage to face the morning after and see whether their feelings would last. With the Cross Springs flower show imminent, the heat gets turned up high and fast!
A chance meeting, a well-deserved ass kicking and the end of Emily and Logan's engagement? Find out what happens next in Reagan's Revenge!

You can find them all at http://www.RedDoorReads.com!


Monday, April 14, 2014

Local artists and impulse buys

Yesterday, I went to the Durham Art Walk and wandered around. I didn't have intentions of buying anything, but I like looking at the work of small independent artists (as a writer, I feel a kinship to them). Of course, since I wasn't intending to buy something, I did.

I was tempted by the lovely jewelry made with vintage pieces at the Cockamamie Jewelry table. She had a lovely leather bracelet with the definition of evidence on it that spoke to me. There were also the fortune cookie necklaces of Tiffany Coley (seriously, these were awesome!) But, I resisted all these lovely pieces.

However, two items caught my eye and my wallet. The first was a photograph of a chicken by Scott Harris. He had some beautiful photographs that really felt like North Carolina, including a sea  of pastel pedestal sinks that must have been at some flea market somewhere. He also had a weakness of mine--a chicken picture. I have a silly "great wall of chicken" in my dining room with funky chicken kitsch on it and his chicken picture fits in perfectly. Whimsical, without being too country. So, impulse buy #1.

Impulse buy #2: As you may remember, I've been looking for a new purse for awhile (I mentioned this on a What's Up, Wednesday post sometime back). While I love my current purse, it does not fit my sunglasses, wallet, Nook, etc. Often, I drop my wallet on the street while digging around for my keys--all while swearing a blue streak. Well, I may have been able to pass up the Lady Industrial purses made with upholstery samples, but Eliza Reed and her beautiful purses caught me at just the right time (i.e. I'd been repeatedly fighting with my current purse).  I am now the proud owner of a new purse. I've already moved all my stuff from my old purse to my new one (I love moving into new purses and wallets, such possibility in such a little package).

I like to think of myself as being immune from impulse buys, but these artists caught me at the right time with the right pieces of art and I wasn't able to resist. I'm going to enjoy my new purchases!

What about you? Do you like to shop at art fairs, flea markets and the like? Do you go to look, buy, or both?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Fave Friday: Our Favorite Fictional Siblings

Me and my big ideas! Since yesterday was "National Siblings Day," I thought it might be fun to talk about our favorite fictional siblings....and then had trouble thinking of any.

Thanks to Samantha Grace, whose first historical romancer read was Johanna Lindsey's books featuring the Mallory siblings. "I fell in love with that family, which I know is what inspired me to write about siblings," she says. "I grew up with two younger brothers and I have a half sister that I didn't live with except when I was in college. I always wanted to be part of a large family, but not enough to give birth to twelve kids!"

Uh, yeah....I hear you on that one! I've written some siblings into my work as well--most notably the Delachaise twins, Rene and Robert, in River Road. Jake and Alex Warin are first cousins only two years apart in age and grew up together, so I consider them almost brothers.

The first siblings I remember reading about were the Bobbsey Twins. I loved Flossie and Freddie and Bert and Nan.


The Five Little Peppers! Because poor, struggling families were always fun to read about, right?


And, of course, Little Women. I used to pretend I was Jo, eating apples and writing in a garrett, although I'm pretty sure I didn't know what that was at the time.

Scarlett O'Hara's sisters were such pale, undeveloped characters I barely remember them.

In more contemporary works, I love the growing relationship between Harry Dresden and his half-brother Thomas. Did you know about this print novella released a few years ago by Subterranean Press? It's told from Thomas's point of view!

And, er....I read mostly paranormal these days and they're filled with loners. Hm. Might be a topic for another day.

So, weigh in for a shot at a pair of either one of my books or a pair of mystery print books from my towering TBR mountain! I'll announce the winner in this space next Friday!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

It's Sad to Bid Adieu, to you and you and you

Okay, who sang the last part of the title to this post?  I apologize now if the song gets stuck in your head.

This will be my last post with LadyScribes and I must bid adieu.

Wow, it was a bit painful to type those words. I was one of the original LadyScribes when we decided to form this blog. We had some great posts and over time, friendships were formed. When we came together originally, we already knew each other well.  As a few authors found the need to leave, others came in and I made new friends. I wouldn't trade any of them for the world. They are my sisters, my support. I am still critique partners with some and talk on a regular basis with others.

LadyScribes was probably one of the best things that could have happened to this writer and I am sad to leave. Unfortunately, life has gotten so busy that I must take a step back from blogging. I am becoming more involved in theater (directing this summer) and the timelines for books being finished seems to be getting shorter. They aren't, it just feels that way. And, my baby is about to graduate high school to go off to basic training. I want to spend every possible moment I can with him before he is gone.

But, as I said, these ladies are also my friends. We won't lose touch.  In fact, I will see many of the authors who have graced the blog since the beginning in a few more weeks at the RT Convention in New Orleans. I cannot wait!

I love this writer's convention. It is always a blast and it is great to reconnect with readers and meet new ones as well.

But, with RT (or any convention) comes the question of Swag.  

I've tossed so many ideas around I think my head is going to spin.  I don't know what readers/authors like to get as swag.

A free book is a given ;) At least that is always my favorite, and I will have one or two of those. But what else gets you excited? Tell me, please. I need ideas - quick!

Are you going to RT? If so, I'll look for you.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

What's Up, Wednesday?

This week's question…
Time to start planning your summer vacations! If money were no object, where would you go? 

I've always wanted to take one of those walking tours in the British Isles and--since money is no object--I'd get one of the luxury ones! Something like this or this. I love the idea of backpacking, but am not a camping fan. This seems like the perfect mix.
~Jennifer Lohmann

Since writing my last book there, I really want to go to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and find some little tucked-away spot on the coast around Main-a-Dieu. Watching the fog on the North Atlantic, the lobster boats, chilling out. Actually, anyplace that doesn't have traffic or crowds would be awesome.
~Suzanne Johnson

There are three places that are at the top of my travel list: New Zealand, Australia and Alaska. Getting Down Under would take so long that I'd want to spend a significant amount of time there--like, a year. Sadly, I can imagine what my boss's reaction would be if I asked to take a one-year vacation.
~Kat Latham

I'd love to go to England so I can see all the place I write about in my stories. Google maps and the internet can only provide so much information. I would like to have the experiences. I'd also want to see Scotland and Ireland. There are tons of other places I would like to go, but that would be a great summer trip. I'm thinking maybe a month?
~Samantha Grace

Readers, what about you? Money is no object, so where will you go on vacation?

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Spotlight on Catherine Gayle!

I'm very happy to have my good friend and former Lady Scribe Catherine Gayle with us today. She has been a busy lady since we last heard from her, writing more of those wonderful Regency romances readers love AND creating the most fantastic contemporary romances. I could gush over her Portland Storm series forever, but I know you all would rather hear from Catherine. So let's jump in, shall we?    

Welcome, Cat! Most of your readers probably already know you began your writing career as a Regency historical romance author before venturing into contemporary romance. Can you tell us a little about how this transition came about, and if you see yourself returning to historical romance some day?

CG: It happened completely by accident. I’ve tried writing in other genres before, and each time I’ve failed spectacularly. In fact, the failures have been so epic that I was convinced I could never write anything contemporary. But one day, when I had a deadline looming on a historical novel that was giving me fits, I saw the opening scene to BREAKAWAY in my mind. It was so clear and so completely fleshed out that I decided to take an hour and write it down. As soon as I did, I sent it off to some friends who also write contemporary romance and asked them to be brutally honest with me. I fully expected them to tell me it was awful, I had no business even attempting to write something like that, and I needed to burn it and get back to work on my historical. That didn’t happen. In fact, the general consensus was that I needed to ditch the historical (at least for now) and write what became BREAKAWAY. And I did. Three weeks later, I’d sent it off to my editor, and already had fully-formed ideas for at least a few more books in the Portland Storm series.

I’m not completely abandoning historical romance. In fact, I just finished my next historical novella, A DANCE WITH THE DEVIL, last month. It’s with my editor now, and it should release later this month. I did write a few hockey stories in a row, because I was launching a new part of my career and felt it was imperative to get enough books out there to build up a bit of an audience. But now my plan is to alternate between the two worlds so that I can keep my historical readers happy as well as my contemporary readers.


I am absolutely in love with your Portland Storm hockey team and I’ve never watched hockey in my life. I love that a non-sports fan like me can still be so hooked on your stories. I have my own ideas, but what do you think makes your stories so universally appealing?

CG: In my opinion, it’s that these books aren’t just about hockey. The hockey team is a key component and it’s what holds the books of the series together, but there is always a much bigger, real life theme running through the books. I tackle some of the uglier parts of the real world in this series—rape, panic attacks, incest and molestation, and cancer, and who knows what else I’ll tackle in future books—and I don’t handle them in a hands-off kind of way. I try to really delve into the emotional turmoil involved, and help the characters dig their way out of it. Hockey is just a fun counterpoint. J


One thing I really appreciate about the books is I feel I get to go backstage with the players and learn about a fascinating world I knew nothing about. How much research did you have to do learn about the ins and outs of how the hockey leagues operate?

CG: In all honesty, I’ve been doing this “research” without realizing I was researching for years. I’ve been a hockey fan since I was a kid. I watch games, I watch behind-the-scenes shows, I read hockey blogs, read books about hockey and written by former hockey players, I watch hockey movies… That’s been a pastime and mild obsession of mine for years. In the last decade, the NHL has gone through two lockouts—the opposite of a strike, where it’s the team owners saying the players can’t come to work—and through those I’ve learned a ton about the inner workings of the League. It’s just been what I do for fun. LOL.


Your third story, TAKING A SHOT, is being released April 10th as part of the anthology SEDUCED BY THE GAME and I can’t wait. That is all. I don’t have a question. I just want you to write faster. LOL JK! I would like to know which characters are dearest to your heart and if you had more difficulty writing one book over the others.

CG: Hmmm… Well, out of my heroines, I’d have to say that I relate most to Dana Campbell from BREAKAWAY. I always steal a bit from myself or the people in my life when I’m creating characters, and Dana suffers from panic attacks as a result of rape, just like I do. Out of all my heroes so far, Jamie Babcock, aka Babs, is my favorite. He quite simply is the bee’s knees. I love writing him, and so far he’s played a pretty good-sized role as a secondary character in every book where he hasn’t been the hero. Another supporting character, Tuck Shaw from ON THE FLY, however, is probably my favorite character in the whole series. I stole a lot from my nephew in creating him, and I’m sure that plays a big role in why I’m so in love with this little guy. That said, the character became much different than I envisioned him being when I first started planning him, and he became quite a scene stealer. I didn’t mind too much. I have to say that so far, I haven’t really had difficulty writing any of these books—beyond the fact that I get so emotionally invested in them that they make me cry! LOL.


What can you tell us about your third book? Would you like to share an excerpt?

CG: The third story, TAKING A SHOT, is just a novella, not a full novel. I’d say it’s book 2.5 in the series (I’m writing book 3 now). As I said above, Jamie Babcock has played a big supporting role in the first two books in the series, and everyone knows he’s got a big crush on Katie Weber, the teenaged daughter of one of Babs’s teammates. The crush is mutual, but since she’s still in high school, Babs can’t really do anything about it. At the end of ON THE FLY, we learn that Katie has leukemia. When TAKING A SHOT starts, she’s recently started chemotherapy and her hair’s falling out—just in time for her senior prom. She’s not planning to go until Jamie intervenes.

Fair warning: this story is a tear-jerker. Have a box of tissues handy. And for those who are wondering, no, it is not the only story you’ll get for Jamie and Katie. Katie is still in high school here, and she’s sick and going through chemo. She’s not ready for a happy ever after ending. Frankly, they both have some growing up to do. This is just a teaser, if you will. Just a prequel that happens well before their real story. There will be more later.

Here’s an excerpt.

“I wouldn’t say no one would want to go with you.”
The look Jamie was giving me stole my breath and made my stomach flutter, but not like it always seemed to do lately when I was going to be sick. This was night and day from that—all crazy electricity and jangling nerves, kind of exciting instead of gross and sick feeling.
“Don’t tease me,” I said. I scrunched myself up in my seat, trying to put a little distance between us.
I wasn’t the only one who’d fallen head over heels for him pretty much the day he’d arrived in Portland. So had at least half the single girls here between the ages of ten and thirty.
He’d always been nice to me, but he was nice to everyone. If someone needed help, Jamie Babcock was the first person to notice it and do whatever was needed. Even when he’d been about to shave his head this morning, it was just because he was a nice guy.
I’d never really let myself believe anything would come from the friendship we had, even if I’d been daydreaming about him—and more than daydreaming—for two full hockey seasons now. “Don’t make me wish for things that aren’t ever going to happen. It’ll ruin my image of you.”
“I’m not teasing you. I want to take you to your prom.”


You recently were part of a hockey inspired anthology with Toni Aleo, Cassandra Carr and Cindy Carr, Jami Davenport, Jaymee Jacobs, V.L. Locey, Bianca Sommerland, and Nikki Worrell where proceeds go to Hockey Fights Cancer. Is there a connection to your Portland Storm series, or have you introduced a new team and characters?

CG: Well, like I outlined above, yes! TAKING A SHOT is book 2.5 in the Portland Storm series. The anthology, SEDUCED BY THE GAME, features 8 novellas written by the authors listed above. All of them are hockey romance. I’ve read the whole anthology, and I’m so excited to be part of it. We have some fantastic hockey romance for you! Most of these novellas are linked to the existing series that the authors are writing. And ALL of the profits from this anthology are being donated to Hockey Fights Cancer. It releases on April 10.

So my story still involves the same team and characters that my readers already know and love, but it also introduces a few new names—it takes place right after the trade deadline, and so there are some new guys on the team.


What is next for Catherine Gayle and the Portland Storm?

CG: I’m writing book 3 right now. It’s called LIGHT THE LAMP and stars Liam Kallen, a player who just joined the Storm at the trade deadline. You first meet him in TAKING A SHOT, so be sure you read that. It’ll be available in June of this year, so you won’t have to wait too much longer. I’m really excited about writing this book. So far, it’s the only book in the series that hasn’t made me cry while I’m writing it. Instead, I’m laughing. (No promises on the no crying thing, though. I’m not done writing it yet.)


Thanks so much for being with us. You know I love you like a sister and I’m one of your biggest fangirls. Kudos on the marvelous work you are doing. I hope everyone checks out “Breakaway” and “On the Fly”, so they are ready to devour “Taking a Shot”.


CG: Thank you so much for having me, and I love you, too! I’m so glad I get the chance to come back to the Lady Scribes every now and then.

QUESTIONS FOR READERS: Are you a sports fan? What sport do you think would make an interesting backdrop for a romance? (Note: You don't have to love hockey or any sports to love Catherine's books.)

GIVEAWAY: Catherine has generously offered to give ebook copies of BREAKAWAY and ON THE FLY to one lucky reader. Just leave Catherine a message and PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL so we can contact you if your name is drawn. The winner will be posted in the comments Wednesday morning. 

Be sure to visit Catherine's website to learn more about her books and appearances.