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Friday, May 31, 2013

Roping Love, by Tamara Hoffa...





Blurb:

Ten Years ago love slipped through Chance’s lasso. This time “He was going after her and she didn’t stand a chance, just like a calf in a chute, he was going to rope her with his love and ride back into her life.”

Carrie Stewart is a dedicated horsewoman. She runs a successful breeding and training program. She is a good friend, a good sister and a favorite aunt, but she has been burned by love. Carrie has never gotten over her first love, Chance Ryan. After ten years of absence Chance shows back up in her life. Should she risk her heart again, with the man who left it broken at her feet in the past? Chance has some serious work ahead of him to win back the one woman he could never forget.


Excerpt 1

It had been ten years since Carrie was last at Congress. She was a competitor then. She’d almost forgotten how exciting it all was, so many people, so many beautiful animals, adrenaline running high, and everyone hoping for the performance of a lifetime. On the AQHA circuit, the All American Quarter Horse Congress was the star. Winning here meant fame, acclaim and in many cases money, if not from the win itself, then from the increase in your horse’s worth, especially for stallions and mares, where their show history dictated their stud fees and foal prices.

They watched the calf roping from a good spot in the center of the stands through the first two eliminations, Tyler talking non-stop through it all. It was amazing how much her nephew knew about the sport for only being ten years old. He was enthralled and obviously having a ball. Around lunch time they headed to the exhibition building. The trade show didn’t start for a few more days, but, there were already plenty of vendors set up to sell their wares. You could buy anything you wanted for a horse or rider at these big shows. Saddles, bridles, blankets, hats, boots, jeans, belts, and the jewelry. It always amazed Carrie how much jewelry was available at these things, everything from one of a kind, hand-crafted pieces, to mass produced costume jewelry. If racing was “the sport of kings” then the AQHA was “the sport of queens”.

The people here had money and loved to spend it.

They found a hot dog stand and grabbed a couple footlongs and strolled through the displays.

“Before we head over to the Coliseum for the roping, I need to check out the auction barn” Carrie told Tyler.

“There are a couple mares I want to check out. Okay?”

“Yeah, that’s cool.”

Damn, she really hoped the mares she’d spotted in the catalogue looked as good as they sounded. After checking the map and locating the barn they needed, they made the long trek across the grounds to Barn H. Horses up for sale in auction were housed in this area with their information sheets tacked to the stall doors.

Some of the owners were milling about to answer questions or groom their horses. Carrie walked down the center aisle scrutinized the information sheets in search of the horses she wanted to see.About half-way down the aisle she spotted the Palomino mare. As she stepped up to the stall door the two men inside turned at her approach. Her heart stopped in her chest. It couldn’t be-God couldn’t be that cruel to her. She blinked, certain her eyes were playing tricks on her, but no they weren’t, staring back at her was Chance Ryan.

The man who had broken her heart ten years ago.

 

Excerpt 2

Chance felt like he’d been thrown from a bucking bronco. Ten years. He hadn’t seen her in ten years. And it was just like before. God, she was even more beautiful than she had been at eighteen. Time had matured her body, her curves a little fuller than they had been. Her hair was short now, almost boyish in length, but curling softly around her face it looked feminine and flirty. It was a deeper shade of blonde now too, a golden honey color that looked stunning against her sun-bronzed skin. What the hell was she doing here? And who the hell was the kid with her? Chance was busy doing mental math, the kid looked nine or ten. Carrie had called him several times in the months after he left. He’d never returned her calls. Could she have been trying to tell him she was pregnant? No it couldn’t be, she would have told him. Wouldn’t she have?

“I’d say small world, but since it really is a small world and we haven’t run into each other in ten years…”

Carrie arched one eyebrow, he always loved when she did that, it looked so haughty and hot.

“What brings you here?” Chance asked

“Same as you I guess, looking for some brood mares.”

“Actually, we’re selling this mare.” Nodding at the other, nearly forgotten man in the stall. “This is my brother, Chase.”

“Nice to meet you,” Carrie said, looking down at Tyler, “Well, we need to get to the Coliseum, Tyler wants to see the cutting.” Keeping her arm around his shoulders they turned to leave.

“We should talk,” Chance said

Carrie looked over her shoulder and stared him straight in the eye. “I think the time for talking is long past.”

The phrase she was so mad she could chew nails and spit screws ran though his mind at her look. Damn. He had really fucked things up between them. Why hadn’t he taken her calls again?

Oh, yeah, to give her a chance at a good life.

“I really need to talk to you.”

“There’s nothing left to say.”

Buy links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Roping-Love-ebook/dp/B00CO9R68O/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1368021740&sr=1-1&keywords=Roping+Love

All Romance E-books: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-ropinglove-1190964-149.html

Secret Cravings Publishing: http://store.secretcravingspublishing.com/index.php?main_page=book_info&cPath=4&products_id=584

Bookstrand: http://www.bookstrand.com/roping-love

Bio:

Tamara Hoffa lives in central Tennessee, with her husband of 30 years, her three grown children, two grandchildren, 5 dogs and 1 cat. Tamara started reading when she was four years old and has rarely been seen without a book at hand since. At home you will usually find her in “nana’s chair” with her kindle, her laptop or one of her precious, precocious grandson’s in her lap. Tamara is a reviewer, a professional reader and can now add author to her repertoire.  Tamara is proof positive that it’s never too late to reach for your dreams.


Contact Links:

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/AuthorTamaraHoffa

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/TamaraHoffa

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6537898.Tamara_Hoffa

Blog: http://sslyblog.wordpress.com/

 

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Best wishes,
~Author Jennifer Labelle~
http://www.jenniferlabelle.com


 

Monday, May 27, 2013

A GIVEAWAY & Body Butter with Renee Luke. Who wants FREE Coffee & a Choice of her Backlist?


Blurb:

 
Because of non-refundable tickets and a loser, would-be groom caught with his pants around his ankles just before the wedding, Jade Palmer finds herself all alone on an exotic island, in a resort world renowned for its specialty creams. After a year of depriving herself to fit into the designer gown, she plans on flaunting her new slim body in a bikini on the beach, indulging in some of the resorts special creams, and taking care of her needs for a change. Her main need, a man to live out the sexual fantasy this trip was meant to be.


 
This resort gig was his mother’s thing, so how Ty Zamir got suckered into caretaking her business for the summer is beyond him. Worse yet, because of a scheduling mix-up, he’s left delivering breakfast to their newest guest.  She’s naked when he arrives--and dreaming--mumbling about fantasies and creams. Ty’s supposed to leave the tray of breakfast creams, and quietly leave her room, but he pauses and she awakes before he can.  She tells him he’s why she came--what she needs--and offers herself in exchange for being shown how to use all of the island’s exotic, edible creams.

Short Excerpt:


Jade was half asleep, the shades pulled partially, the windows open so the cool sea breezes drifted across her damp skin. Milky moonlight filtered into the room offset the tiny flickering of the flame on the single jasmine candle.


Her limbs were heavy, relaxed. She lay back on the smooth cotton sheets, their supple texture fine against her skin. Four days on an exotic island, known for their erotic creams, body butters, and intimate encounters.


And she’d had sex once. Once.


Flopping onto her back, she smoothed a palm down her body, touching her breasts, pausing to flick the beaded tip with her thumb. She ached. All over. She’d tried to appease the need for physical release by running on the beach.


“Alrighty then,” she laughed at herself. It hadn’t helped ease the tension. It’d merely left her sore, regularly unused muscles protesting the sudden exertion.


She’d made her way back to her room, her body tired and sluggish, and had soaked in the tub until her skin had wrinkled. Pushing herself from the sudsy warm water, she’d stalked naked and dripping bubbles to the bed and collapsed there. Still wet. Her body too tired to move, muscles finally feeling a little better.


But her mind continued to race, sleep refusing to allow her refuge.


Moaning, she put her arm over her face, covering her eyes. She needed rest. Peaceful rest. Rest not haunted by dreams and need.


A knock thumped at the door. Glancing at the clock, she realized it was late, past one in the morning. She ignored it. Maybe it was the wrong room and they were looking for someone else.


“Or maybe not,” she murmured when the knock came again, a little more insistent.


“Oh lord.” She sat up, her body protesting, then looked around for something to put on. Spotting nothing, she grabbed the sheet from the bed, wrapped it around her body and stalked begrudgingly to the door, yanking it open.


He stood there.


He stood on her threshold, one hand suspended to pound again, the other holding a tray, on it several bowls of cream.
Links:
www.reneeluke.net
https://twitter.com/ReneeLukeNovels
www.facebook.com/reneelukenovels

http://amzn.com/B00CPCYD3Q

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Woohoo, that is some hot stuff!

I'd like to thank Renee for sharing with us today. For those of you who would like to read more, Renee has offered up an awesome GIVEAWAY to one lucky commenter.

What's up for grabs you ask?

Well, how about a $10 Starbuck's gift certificate and your choice of one e-book in Renee's backlist. Sounds good to me! :)

So please leave a comment with your email address' and let Renee know which of her backlist is on your wish list for a chance to win it.

She'll be announcing her winner on Thursday May, 30th. Good luck!

Best wishes,
~Author Jennifer Labelle~
http://www.jenniferlabelle.com

Friday, May 24, 2013

Lethal Obsession & An Interview with Shandra Miller...


Title:  Lethal Obsession

Release date: It's been out now since March 1

Author: Shandra Miller

Genre: Erotica/suspense

Blurb: Angela Martin is chief detective for the Moose Creek, N.C., police department, when a possible murder call comes in. At the scene she finds the body of a woman, hanging from hands bound overhead, eyes blindfolded, mouth gagged. Red whip marks crisscross the woman’s buttocks, the back of her legs. She recognizes the scene, knows exactly what happened to the woman before she died, because Det. Angela Martin was bound and blindfolded, gagged and whipped exactly as this woman had been. By a man she met on line.

A killer.

A master whose power over her is so strong she’s willing to risk everything – her career, even her life – to be with him again.

LETHAL OBSESSION is a novel of desire and domination, suspicion and fear, and the mysterious way those emotions mingle into an inescapable pull, one that might cost Angela her life.

Buy link: http://amzn.to/148DO67 for your Kindle

Questions:

1.      How long have you been an author? I've been writing in some form or another since I was a child, probably since I was 10 or so. In terms of writing for publication, I published my first work just last year when I began publishing a series of short erotic tales. Lethal Obsession is my first novel.

2.      What is your favourite genre? I suppose erotica, although I'm really not so much into labels. Lethal Obsession would definitely be considered erotica because of some of the explicit content, but it stands apart from the erotica with a suspense tale of a serial killer on the loose.

3.      If someone hasn't read any of your work, what book would you recommend they start with and why? Lethal Obsession. I think that gives a better feel for my range as a writer and storyteller. As I said, it's erotica, it's suspense, and it's a tale about a woman coming to grips with her life – things she can't control, things she should control but doesn't want to, learning her own limitations.

4.      What is the biggest surprise you’ve discovered about the writing process? It’s work! The initial creative process of coming up with a story, of putting the pieces together is a lot of fun, but trying to write well, revising and editing, rereading and rewriting, hammering that first draft into an eventual publishable story takes a lot of energy, time, and effort.

5.      Can you tell us about one of your current works in progress? Well, I'm hip-deep in a sequel to Lethal Obsession. The novel ends on a bit of a cliff-hanger, so I'm working on the follow-up, following the main character, Detective Angela Martin, as she struggles with what happened in Lethal Obsession, how it changed her, and trying up some loose ends.

6.      Name one thing readers would be surprised to know about you. Oh. That's a tough one. I like to play in the rain? Is that a surprise? Okay, if that's not good enough – hmmmm – I live alone out in the woods? I don't know, I'm really not much of one to keep secrets. Most of the important information I have on my website.

7.      Name your top three writing goals? First I want to become known as a solid, strong writer, someone who is serious about her craft and who works hard at writing and story-telling. Second, I want to break through some boundaries, not be pigeon-holed in one or two genres. I want to write erotica that's really blazing hot, but I want to write chilling suspense stories and fun kid's stories – really stretch myself and become a well-rounded writer. Third, I'd like to eventually make a fulltime living at this.

Fun Questions -

1.      If you had a warning label, what would it say? Volatile, handle with care.

2.      If you had the chance to meet one of your characters privately, who would it be and what would you do? I'd meet Detective Angela Martin, especially where she is in my sequel, and tell her she's on a path to self-destruction, that she's let the villain in the first novel (Lethal Obsession) continue to hold power over her life the way she's living now, that she needs to forgive herself, focus on the work and move on.

3.      What is the naughtiest thing you’ve ever done? Oh. Well. Um. What's the definition of naughty these days? I used to work in a traveling carnival – does doing it with a co-worker off in the shadows of one of the rides, in sight of the public but in an area dark enough where most people really wouldn't be able to tell what we're doing – does that count? What about nearly every night for two weeks?

4.      Finally, can you give us your contact links? Sure. You can find me at http://shandramillerwriter.blogspot.com/, on FB at https://www.facebook.com/shandra.miller.52?ref=tn_tnmn (send me a Friend request!) and at @shandramillerwr on Twitter. Give me a follow and I'll follow you right back.
 
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Best wishes,
~Author Jennifer Labelle~

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Jack, Jewels, and Junior is now out! Who Wants a Copy?


After six months with the man she adores, Angel Martinez has a sexy anniversary night planned. If everything goes her way, their bedroom fantasies will be played out with the help of Jack, Jewels, and Junior, new toys she bought just for the occasion.

Brody Cahill comes home from work expecting an empty apartment and a date with a TV dinner. Instead he’s greeted to the delightful sight of his girlfriend waiting for him, and in the buff no less. Forget dinner, Angel is on his menu! The night takes a delectable twist, “J” becomes his favorite letter of the alphabet, and Brody gives her a special anniversary surprise of his own. This is one naughty night they won’t forget…and hope to repeat!

BUY LINKS: ~ Only $1.99 ~

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/jack-jewels-and-junior-jennifer-labelle/1115141044?ean=2940016780931

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Jack-Jewels-Junior-Edge-ebook/dp/B00CEL09O0/ref=la_B0058ALAWY_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1369003686&sr=1-10

All Romance E-books: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-jackjewelsandjunior-1165046-146.html

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I'm pleased to say another of my sexy shorts is up for grabs, and I'm in need of some reviews. Who wants a copy?

Leave a comment with your email address' for a chance to win.

Best wishes,
~Author Jennifer Labelle~
http://www.jenniferlabelle.com

Monday, May 13, 2013

An Interview & A GIVEAWAY with Lacie Nation...


Title: Gravity Beach

Release date: May 2013

Author: Lacie Nation

Genre: Contemporary

Blurb: Jolie Baker had it all, amazing friends, a college degree, and a man she planned to spend the rest of her life with. When her love is killed in action, Jolie has to learn to live again. Three years after Ethan’s death, she moves to Gravity Beach to start a new life. At her new teaching job, one of her students is surprised when her father returns home from war. Jolie never imagined how important the returning solider and his daughter would become.

David Stokes wants nothing more than to raise his daughter, Madison, and give her the best life he can. Because Madison’s mother abandoned them, David is all she has. When he meets his little girl’s teacher on the beach, he is surprised by how much he wants to know her. David sees the pain in Jolie’s eyes, but will his love be enough to ease her tattered soul?


Questions:

1.      How long have you been an author? I’ve been writing as long as I can remember, but I’ve been published for a couple years.

2.      What is your favourite genre? I go through moods. Sometimes I love paranormal. Others I like contemporary. I also LOVE young adult books.

3.      If someone hasn't read any of your work, what book would you recommend they start with and why? Courageous Dare. It is my favorite story and still to this date some of my best writing. It’s packed full of emotion, humor, and passion.

4.      What is the biggest surprise you’ve discovered about the writing process? It’s harder than one would think. Writing is more than putting words on paper. It’s creating a world, characters, and plots that people can relate to. And then putting it out there for everyone to see is another monster in its self.

5.      Can you tell us about one of your current works in progress? I don’t have anything that I’m actually working on right now, but I do have a young adult book banging around in my head...with zombies...and a love triangle.

6.      Name one thing readers would be surprised to know about you. I am terrified of the dark. I am not even joking.

7.      Name your top three writing goals? For people to love my stories. That really is the only goal. I don’t have to make millions, or be at the top of any list. I simply want to write books that people love to read.

Fun Questions -

1.      If you had a warning label, what would it say? Caution: no brain mouth filter.

2.      If you had the chance to meet one of your characters privately, who would it be and what would you do? Oh if you are going to force me to pick just one, I would have to go with Nash Jenson from Courageous Dare. I can’t really say we would do anything naughty LOL. I’d love to simply ride horses with him. I know that sounds lame.

3.      What is the naughtiest thing you’ve ever done? *Blushes* really? OMG...I’m not giving details, but I will tell you it involved a dive in movie.

4.      Finally, can you give us your contact links?




Twitter: @lacie_nation 
 
 
 
Excerpt:
Jolie wanted to say something profound to him. She wanted to tell him how much she loved him. How important he was to her very being. But, when she pressed her hand against his chest every single word left her brain. There was not a single trace of his normal warmth. His chest, normally firm, because he was a muscular man, now was hard to the touch and she could feel the coldness radiating through the thick layers of his uniform. Jolie jerked her hand away and stumbled back. She couldn’t catch her breath. Her heart beat so fast it was painful. She needed air, so she rushed back through the mourning people and crashed through the front doors of the funeral home. The fingers she’s pressed to his chest still felt cold and the chill seemed to be spreading throughout her entire body. Jolie wanted her love back. She wanted her life back. She wanted Ethan.
Bio:
I live in Columbus, Ga with my fiancée and our dog, Libby.  I spend most of my time reading and writing.  I write from a very personal place and find that creating a story based off of things I have been through is very cleansing.  I am extremely close to my family so I tend to use little quirks that I love from my family members to create characters that are realistic. 
 
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GIVEAWAY TIME!
 
I'd like to thank Lacie for joining us today. Lacie is not only a fabulous author, but an amazing person and it's been a pleasure to get to know her. I've been looking forward to reading Gravity Beach for quite a while now, and for those of you who haven't had the pleasure, Courageous Dare is the first in the series, and I promise you won't be able to put it down until you reach the end and are craving more...
Please leave some comments with your email address' because one lucky winner will be chosen to win an e-book copy of her latest release. Lacie will be announcing her winner on Thurs. May 16th.
 
Best wishes,
~Author Jennifer Labelle~
 

Friday, May 10, 2013

A GIVEAWAY & Revelations with Julie Lynn Hayes...


The Making of Revelations: How it came to be

The idea was born many years ago. Over forty, actually. When I was a teenager. Back then, it didn’t have a name, and it had no real shape. But I knew what I wanted to do. I wanted to tell the story of Judas Iscariot. The trouble was I didn’t know how.

What drew me to Judas, is probably what you’re asking yourself, and that’s a valid question. Ask anyone else who Judas is and you’ll get answers that are probably all variations on a theme of betrayal. I’m not sure exactly when I began to question that, but I do know that when I saw Jesus Christ Superstar performed live back in 1971 (or thereabouts), I had an epiphany regarding him. I saw him, not as the bad guy as often portrayed, but someone who not only believed in Jesus but was willing to do what he needed him to do. For without Judas’ “betrayal” of Jesus, the story would not have worked out the way it did. It needed to happen that way. And if you read the Gospel of Judas, he was the only apostle who trusted Jesus enough to do that for him. Gives one food for thought, doesn’t it?

Very interesting, but where’s the story, I wondered. Was I going to take an historical perspective, research the man and his life? Easier said than done, especially back then. We had no Internet. We didn’t even have computers. Research was all done through books. Libraries had card catalogs, a far cry from today when you can log onto your library website and browse their selection, then request what you want. So I looked and I found bupkus (nothing). I had the Bible, of course, but it tends to be limited on information, as well as a bit biased.

So nothing was written, and I let it go, as my thoughts formulated in the back of my head. In the meantime, I was reading, watching… and learning. King of Kings was my first Biblical movie, and I loved it. Jeffrey Hunter’s portrayal of Jesus is very moving, and I was very enamored of the film. Jesus Christ Superstar – I think I know all the words, I’ve listened so many times. I liked the stage version, but the first film not so much.

Besides watching these things and others, I read. Christopher Moore’s Lamb, The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal. What a fabulous book! I loved it! So much I bought the special edition. And I read The Gospel of Judas! Forty years ago I’d never heard of such a thing. Of course I read the DaVinci Code, and watched the movie. And everything began to percolate inside my head…

Then one day it happened. Judas spoke to me, for the first time. And I simply began to write it down, not knowing what he might say, or where his story might lead. It turned out to be quite the story and took me on quite the journey, and led to places that I didn’t expect it to. If he’d have spoken forty years ago, I would not have been ready to receive his message. But my life up until the moment that I first heard him speak prepared me. And the result is Revelations.

The original title was Kyrie Eleison, a tribute to the Mister Mr. song, Kyrie. Kyrie eleison means Christ, have mercy on us. But then fellow author Marie Sexton, who was reading Kyrie for me at the time, suggested a simpler title. A better title. Revelations. So Revelations it became.

I know there are people who will not like Revelations, and by extension, me. People who will not see the message it carries, only that it does not follow what they believe. But ultimately, no matter what you believe, Revelations is a story of love. Love is the message, and love is something that binds us all together.

Revelations is love.

Thank you for having me here, enjoy your day!
Blurb:
Judas has never been very popular, not in any incarnation that he and Jesus and the others have lived through. But he doesn't care about that. All he cares about is following the instructions of God as set forth in the script that they follow. And Jesus. For Judas has secretly loved the son of God for over two thousand years.
But now he decides that enough is enough, and he's tired of watching Jesus die far too early, and for what? This time Judas is determined to see that Jesus lives a long and happy life, no matter what price he has to pay to accomplish it...no matter if he has to make a deal with the devil himself.
Revelations is a story of what could be, told by those who play it out, time after time after time, unbeknownst to the rest of mankind.  They've come back again, for yet another round.  But this time is going to be different.  

Excerpt:
Prologue: God
            It's not always easy to sit on the sidelines and watch what is happening, to resist the urge to intervene in his best interest.  My son's that is. Jesus. But I do so, because I know it's for his own good.  As well as for the good of mankind. I can't let my concerns as his father override my vested interest in the fate of man. But sometimes that is easier said than done.
            This morning I am not alone. Someone else is with me, someone with his own agenda, although we are not as diametrically opposed as some would imagine us to be. Good and evil aren't the simplistic concepts some would portray them as being—there are more grey areas there than you might think. And rightly so.
            He smirks. Too much for my taste, I have to admit, but sometimes he does have his moments, and he too has a part to play in what is happening in the world of men. Someone needs to fill the role of the villain, after all.
            The stage is being set for the third act, the scripts have been handed round, and the actors are taking their places. Will this time end any differently than the others? That depends on my son, on Jesus. I'm thinking this will be the time when he'll make the change.
            "He'll change nothing," Lucifer interjects, although I've asked him nothing, certainly not inquired as to his opinion. 
            I glance at him. He's dressed to within an inch of his life, and wears the most ridiculous sunglasses I've ever seen. I decide not to comment on his fashion sense. "I think he might, this time. I think he's ready for change."
            Lucifer snorts. "It's been two thousand years, and neither one has exactly caught on yet. Why should this time be any different?"
            "Care to put your money where your mouth is?"
            He eyes me carefully. "I would, but you see you have this whole mystic omnipotent God thing going on. Personally, I don't care for those odds."
            I arch an eyebrow. "I may be omnipotent, but Jesus does have free will  and he does possess the ability to make his own decisions. You think I'd stack the deck in my son's favor? Just to win a bet with you?"
            "Let's say I'm taking no chances." He smiles. "Tell you what, though—give me free rein.  Let me do what I want, and you not say anything or do anything to interfere with me? As far as they're concerned, that is."
            I open my mouth to object, he hastily interjects. "No killing, I swear to it."
            That's better. I still have some measure of control over the serpent.
            "So be it." I agree, turning my attention back to where it had been, to my son.  I'm smirking now. Openly.
            O ye of little faith, watch and learn.
 
 
 
 
Julie Lynn Hayes was reading at the age of two and writing by the age of nine and always wanted to be a writer when she grew up. Two marriages, five children, and more than forty years later, that is still her dream. She blames her younger daughters for introducing her to yaoi and the world of M/M love, a world which has captured her imagination and her heart and fueled her writing in ways she'd never dreamed of before. She especially loves stories of two men finding true love and happiness in one another's arms and is a great believer in the happily ever after. She lives in St. Louis with her daughter Sarah and two cats, loves books and movies, and hopes to be a world traveler some day. She enjoys crafts, such as crocheting and cross stitch, knitting and needlepoint and loves to cook. While working a temporary day job, she continues to write her books and stories and reviews, which she posts in various places on the internet. Her family thinks she is a bit off, but she doesn't mind. Marching to the beat of one's own drummer is a good thing, after all.  Her other published works can be found at Dreamspinner Press, MuseitUp Publishing and No Boundaries Press, and coming soon with both Extasy Books and Torquere Press. She has also begun to self-publish and is an editor at MuseitUp.  
 
You can find her on her blog at http://julielynnhayes.blogspot.com, and you can contact her at tothemax.wolf@gmail.com.
 
 
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I'd like to thank Julie for joining us today and sharing her new release. Julie has decided to give one lucky winner an e-book choice of her backlist so please leave a comment stating which of her books is on your wish list and leave your email address'. She'll be announcing her winner on Monday May 13th.
 
Best wishes,
~Author Jennifer Labelle~
 

Monday, May 6, 2013

Names, Titles, New Releases & An Awesome GIVEAWAY with Sable Hunter...


A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME . . . . . THINKING ABOUT NAMES AND TITLES

As most of you probably realize, my name is not Sable. Sable Hunter is a pen name. It wasn’t even my choice of a pen name. I was feeling down and out, laid my head on the dining table, thinking about hanging up my writing profession when my assistant said, “Get up, Sable Hunter, you have a thousand more books to write.” I thought Sable Hunter sounded capable and adventuresome. I asked her where she came up with the name. It turned out that Sable Hunter was her avatar’s name in WAR or some such online game. My name before that had been Josie Arlington, famed New Orleans lady of the evening – hah, I should have just stuck with my real name, but I was trying to be incognito. So much for that - -  - so now, I’m Sable Hunter.

My real name is okay. I don’t know if anyone ever truly likes their name. I am lucky, I got to name my brother. My mother’s choice of a name was Philip Alexander, a pretty name, but my father remembered that she had liked a guy named Philip in college and he nixed the idea. We were going to call him Xander, which my dad also thought sounded a little off. So, the night before my brother was born – I was nine by the way – my parents were arguing over names and I spoke up. I knew they both liked Elvis so I suggested a true fan’s insight. “Why don’t you name him after Elvis’s twin brother? My parents both smiled, and in less than 24 hours – Jessie Garon was born.  My Aunt had a baby a few weeks later and she named him after two of the Barkley brothers from Big Valley – Nicholas Heath. I guess we’re big in celebrity names. 

One of my favorite things to do is pick hero and heroine names. I keep lists for future reference and save back the most ideal ones for the main characters. I also enjoy picking out titles for my books. Before I began writing, back when Jess was still in college, I was attempting to coerce him into a writing career. But he seldom does what I ask him to do, until he has explored every other avenue. He majored in Sociology and Communications and avoided my suggestion like the plague – until he figured out that the 9 to 5 life in an office was not for him. Jess is a marvelous writer and he helps me, as well. Plus he has gone into business with a friend – he’s doing good. Anyway – back to my original point. In trying to lure him into writing with me, I suggested that we write romance novels (he rolled his eyes) based on the songs of Elvis Presley (his singing idol). I suggested we could make Elvis (by another name, of course) the hero of every novel, just like the movies he used to make. Every Elvis movie was actually a romance novel on film. I told him we could contact Elvis Presley Enterprises and maybe they would sell the books at Graceland – haha – I was dreaming big. My proposition didn’t work. Jess wasn’t interested.

However, a few years later, I decided to go it alone. And although I didn’t write the novels exactly as planned, I have used the songs of Elvis several times as titles. And they have been successful – UNCHAINED MELODY, FEVER, T-R-O-U-B-L-E, BURNING LOVE, and FORGET ME NEVER. I took the words of the song and just let the theme speak to me, creating characters and situations that the song could have described.

Other titles came to me in different ways – HER MAGIC TOUCH spoke of Cady’s healing love for Joseph. BADASS was Isaac’s reputation. I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS told of Zane seeing with his heart rather than his blinded eyes. MY ALIYAH was a nod to my Uncle’s favorite show - NCIS and its female Mossad Agent, as well as my own fascination with Israel and the Texas Rangers – quite an odd mix, I admit. BOBBY DOES DALLAS – haha – well, Bobby played for the Dallas Cowboys and I thought anyone who had ever heard of the infamous porn flick Debbie Does Dallas would appreciate it – Bobby was one of my favorites.

My latest, FINDING DANDI was an unusual case. Dandi was a name that I collected in my childhood after watching a Walt Disney movie about a horse with that name – Dandi. I knew then that I would either name one of my children Dandi or eventually write a book with a heroine of that name. And I did. I created the character of Dandi in Burning Love, Beau’s cousin. Originally, I planned to make her and Lucas Dane’s romance a fun and irreverent romp. But Jess changed that, I went to him and said, “I’m thinking of calling the book FINE AND DANDI, something my Mom would say about things she approved of – “That’s fine and Dandi, sweetie.”

Jess misunderstood me. He goes, “I like that, it’s poignant.” I said, “Huh?” He said, “Yea, FINDING DANDI could tug at your heart strings.” I stepped back and was hit by a wave of inspiration. Dandi and Lucas Dane’s relationship would have to be volatile and inspiring and slip through their fingers – only to be grasped and held onto by the sheer determination of a hero worthy of love. Wow! I have to give it to Jess, sometimes he has good ideas. It was he who convinced me to let Aron McCoy go missing on his honeymoon in Hell Yeah! eight, which has proved to be quite an adventure for both me and my readers.

So, titles are important. Right now, I’m working on THUNDERBIRD with Ryan O’Leary, and SKYE BLUE, Noah’s much anticipated book. Skye is Noah’s love. For any of you that have read the Hell Yeah!, you know that Noah has been a pain in everyone’s patootie. He sees only black and white. Everything has to make sense. He cuts no one any slack. Every column has to add up and the scales of justice, as he sees it, have to balance. Noah has caused the family more trouble than a bull loose in a china shop. But they love him. Dozens of readers have expressed to me, “when is Noah going to get what’s coming to him?”

In SKYE BLUE, Noah will meet his match. A woman who is strong and sure of herself, a woman who is able to teach Noah the depths of love and make him want to go to his knees and beg her to give him a chance to show her exactly what she means to him. Noah’s life is darkened by hopelessness and only Skye can help him brush aside the clouds of despair and let the sunshine of a clear day brighten his heart. Haha! Well, you get the idea. Skye will be every answer that Noah has been searching for and before it’s over, he’ll have a whole new definition of what romance and a relationship is all about. Noah will get what’s coming to him – and he’ll enjoy every second of it.

Here’s an excerpt of FINDING DANDI – I hope you enjoy it.

At home, Lucas lay in his bed and shook with need. He relived every moment they had spent together. Just seeing her today, being near to her was paradise. There was so much he needed to think about, but his erection was enormous and he needed relief. For the first time in a long time he had hope. Closing his eyes, he imagined kissing her lips, nuzzling his face between her breasts, sinking balls deep inside of her sweet heat. “God!” Taking his cock in hand he stroked his own flesh in a hard fist. “Dandi, my Dandi!” He wanted to wrap himself around her, bury his head between her thighs, take her higher and harder than any man had ever taken a woman. “I love you!” he shouted to the empty room as he pumped his cock, his hips lifting from the bed in supplication. Lucas’s whole body went tense as he threw his head back and roared loud enough to be heard in the next county. Hot jets of cum arched up and fell on the skin of his belly and thighs. “Please God, let her love me back, let her remember me.” Grabbing a towel from the bedside table, he wiped himself clean, rolled over and clasped the pillow to his face. He was tired of being alone.

The next morning, Lucas had two priorities. First he had to see to his will. He had responsibilities, he had a child. And he wanted no possibility that Dandi and Lucy wouldn’t be taken care of if something happened to him. His lawyer tried to give him a hard time, asked if he wanted to have a paternity test. Hell, he hadn’t even seen his baby, but he didn’t have to. He was a father; he knew it as well as he knew his own name.

Second, he had to learn how to play paintball. After checking it out on the internet, he concluded that it was simple warfare, except he’d be armed with a gun that shot water soluble dye. Knowing Beau and Firepower Munitions, they would have a world class game field and take their play very, very seriously.

Taking a break between patients, he drove to the sports shop and bought everything he’d need. If Dandi wouldn’t come to him, he’d go to her – anywhere, anytime. As he drove back to the Touch Institute, he let it sink into his mind, body and soul that he had found Dandi. She was safe and – thank God – she was still single. He had his work cut out for him, for he had to win her love for the second time around.

 

Here’s the buy link to FINDING DANDI –


 

I’ll be giving away a copy of FINDING DANDI, just tell me your all time favorite title for a  book and why. I would love to know.

Thanks for reading,

SABLE
 
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I'd like to thank Sable for joining us today. She's an amazing writer and I'm looking forward to continuing on with the Hell Yeah! Series.
 
Don't forget to comment below with your email address' to win it. Sable will announce her winner on Thursday May 9th.
 
Best wishes,
~Author Jennifer Labelle~