New Release!

It’s release day for my alter-ego’s book, Kat’s Song.  BUY LINK

Blurb:

Kat McKay’s heart is locked tight against further entanglements. Determined not to give it again, she’s abandoned all hope of love and holds herself apart from men. The last one did a number on her and she’s never going there again.

Paul Baker, world-renowned musician, keeps his deepest secret close to his heart. He’s as determined as Kat McKay not to let his heart get stomped on. The difference is, his isn’t personal. It’s public.

Out of necessity, the two of them join together. One with a motive to protect and the other reluctant to be protected. Their competing desires threaten to derail them both. Resolution can only be made at great risk.

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Badurday- May 4, 2013- Tony Stark

Is there any boy badder than Tony Stark as played by Robert Downey, Jr? He’s handsome, he’s charismatic, he’s brilliant and he’s not afraid of anyone. The latest installment in his story came out yesterday and I can’t wait to see it. I have to wait though since I’m claustrophobic and the theater will be too crowded for me for a bit. So, as I eagerly anticipate getting to go, here’s some trailers I’ve watched a few times – Enjoy.

If you’re like me and need to wait for the theaters to clear out some and need something to do, here’s a book you could read. It doesn’t have Tony Stark but it has a handsome Spaniard Grandee as the hero. Murder, mystery and romance on the high seas. What more could you want? Yeah, yeah, I know, Tony Stark.
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Bernadette McSwain’s family has a strong connection to the Queen Mary ocean liner. They’re invited to sail on the Queen’s final voyage to her new home in Long Beach, California in 1967. Bernadette and her cousin, Michel are writing a book on the spirits who haunt the mighty ship. Bernadette’s psychic abilities help in their research. They meet a young Spanish grandee, Lazarus Garcia, who’s on the ship as a chef to learn to run his own first class restaurant. He’s surrounded by anguished spirits whom Bernadette can see. When passengers start to die in violent ways, Bernadette suspects Lazarus of the crimes. This suspicion causes a rift between the cousins as Michel has befriended the Spaniard. As the voyage continues and Lazarus tries to charm her, Bernadette must make a decision about him or face losing her cousin, both literally and figuratively.

Badurday- April 20, 2012- Harrison Ford

I got a review this week on one of my books that came out about six months ago and it was a superb 4 star review. I was excited to see it and the reviewer totally “got” my characters. The hero in the story The Gambler’s Brother was inspired by Harrison Ford in two movies of his that I love, Hanover Street and Force Ten From Navarone. In both those movies and especially Hanover Street, he plays a cocky, straight-shooting military officer in WWII. My Beaumont McSwain in my story was also a cocky American pilot until a mission went awry. The novel is partially his journey back to being whole and accepting what has happened to him. Here’s the ad for Hanover Street from when it was in theatres.

Here’s the link to the review of The Gambler’s Brother review.

Snapdragon was the reviewer and I think some of my favorite parts of her review were as follows:

“Wrought with very human emotion, The Gambler’s Brother will not fail to move you.

We find ourselves aboard the Queen Mary, here at the end of the war (1946). Bo Mcswain is endearing from the get go, and we readers are just like all those war brides he mentions, lured in with the promise of this novel, if not actual chocolate bars and nylon hose.”

The Gambler’s Brother is set during a specific, and relatively little-known period of time, (and little known event) following the war. The storyline is very fresh. Fans of WWII-era fiction will certainly enjoy.”

Badurday- December 1, 2012- Free Read

I have a free read available today from Desert Breeze Publishing- there are quite a few over there and I encourage you all to head over and download them- it will give you a chance to check out the writers’ styles and see if you like their work. Mine is called Christmas on St. Charles Avenue and takes place in New Orleans. I love that DBP gives us the option to do this each year (the free reads from prior years are available, too). This was my first year to do it and I love this little story – Here’s the blurb and cover: Isn’t the cover wonderful? The present means it’s a present to you- FREE! Merry Christmas from the Gambler and his family as well as the author.

Blurb:

New Orleans, Christmas Eve, 1947: Brothers, Dirk and Beaumont McSwain are both about to become fathers. Dirk’s wife has had a number of miscarriages and at thirty-six years old, is afraid this is her last chance for a healthy baby. Bo’s wife is pregnant for the first time. Both are due to give birth soon. The brothers arrange a surprise ride for their women in Papa Noel’s sleigh which is actually a horse drawn carriage with fake reindeer. The evening starts out merry and bright but before the night is over, they will need a Christmas miracle.

http://stores.desertbreezepublishing.com/-strse-394/The-Gambler’s-Inheritance-cln–Christmas/Detail.bok

FREE READ!!

FREE READ!!

Badurday- October 27, 2012- Harrison Ford

I love this movie called Hanover Street. It’s set in WWII and is such a beautiful story. I also love a movie called Force Ten From Navarone. Both star Harrison Ford as a military officer. His RAF role in Hanover Street inspired the hero’s job in my story, The Gambler’s Brother. My book came out this week and is available to order here. Here are the trailers for the movies and for my book as well. Enjoy your Saturday- Watch a war flick or read a book.

Badurday- July 14, 2012- Jeremy Northam

I watched The Net this week and again fell in love with the bad boy all over again. Jeremy Northam plays the seductively evil villain in this movie and it was one of the first movies I ever saw him in. And, as usual, even way back then, I fell for the bad guy. I kept hoping for redemption for him. Alas, it was not to be.

I also turned in the first edits this week on The Gambler’s Brother which is due out in October. Jeremy was the inspiration for the hero in The Gambler. That story is the first in a series of three books, so Mr. Northam has been on my mind this week. The Gambler is available now at my publisher as well as other outlets.

Enjoy this montage of Jeremy’s film roles from You-tube.

Badurday – March 31, 2012- My Latest Book Trailer

The book will be available April 15, 2012

Badurday- March 10, 2012- New Cover and Inspiration

I got my cover for my April 15, 2012 release called The Gambler. It’s book one in a trilogy with books two and three to be released in six month increments. All three of them will be out by April 2013 and they are published by Desert Breeze Publishing- the company with the best covers ever. The hero in this story was inspired by Jeremy Northam. He’s super sexy and I adore him in all his incarnations. I’m posting the cover as well as some Jeremy photos for your perusal.

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Badurday- September 10, 2011- ENTANGLED

Today we take a bit of a break from Badurday so I can tell you all about a cool anthology that comes out on Monday. Some of my friends have written stories with a Halloween theme and the proceeds for the book are going to be donated for breast cancer research. Here’s some info on it- oh, and at the end, I rewarded you for reading all this with a picture of the man I used as the inspiration for my new book that will be coming out in April 2012.  It’s called The Gambler and is the first in a series of three to be released over the space of a year by Desert Breeze Publishing.   

Ghosts, vampires, demons, and more! Entangled includes ten suspense-filled paranormal short stories from authors Cynthia Eden, Jennifer Estep, Edie Ramer, Lori Brighton, Michelle Diener, Misty Evans, Nancy Haddock, Liz Kreger, Dale Mayer, and Michelle Miles, plus a Seven Deadly Sins novella by Allison Brennan.

 Stacia Kane contributed the foreword. Formatting and cover art were also donated to the project by Lori Devoti and Laura Morrigan.

 All proceeds go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

 Q: Tell us about Entangled.

A: Entangled includes ten suspense-filled paranormal stories from authors Lori Brighton, Michelle Diener, Cynthia Eden, Jennifer Estep, Misty Evans, Nancy Haddock, Liz Kreger, Dale Mayer, Michelle Miles, and Edie Ramer, plus a brand new Seven Deadly Sins novella by Allison Brennan. Stacia Kane contributed the foreword and the book’s formatting and cover art were also donated to the project by Lori Devoti and Laura Morrigan. All proceeds from the sale of Entangled will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).

 Q: Are the stories connected?

A: The anthology has a Halloween theme, so the stories all have Halloween elements in them.

 Q: Are they all one genre?

A: All the stories paranormal, but some are heavier on suspense, while others have more romance. We even have a young adult story by Jennifer Estep that’s related to herMythosAcademyseries.

 Q: How did you all come up with the decision to do this book? Who initiated it and how did you all get together?

A: Edie Ramer and Misty Evans wanted to do a collaboration together, and over three or four emails earlier this year, they decided to do a paranormal anthology of short stories and have the proceeds go to breast cancer. They invited authors whose books they read and enjoyed, and the response was overwhelmingly positive.

 Q: Tell us more about the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

A: BCRF-funded research has helped save lives and improved the quality of care and rate of survival for tens of thousands of breast cancer patients in the past decade. Their research has revealed that the “cure” is a mosaic made up of as many approaches to diagnosing, treating, preventing and surviving as there are different types of breast cancer. The anthology is also a mosaic made up of many stories donated for this worthwhile cause.

 Q: Is there a time limit on purchasing Entangled so the proceeds go to the BCRF?

A: Entangled will available for at least a year and all proceeds will go to BCRF, no matter when it’s purchased. After a year, if it’s still selling well, we’ll keep it available, and again, all proceeds will go to BCRF.

 Q: How much will the ebook cost?

A: Entangled will be discounted to $2.99 during September and October in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. After that the price will go up to $3.99. For stories of this caliber, it’s a fantastic deal at either price.

 Q: Can people donate to the cause even if they can’t or don’t want to purchase Entangled?

A: Absolutely. Go to  http://www.bcrfcure.org to make a donation in your name, or in the name of someone you know who’s been touched by breast cancer.

Stories include:

HALLOWEEN FROST by USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Estep (author of theMythosAcademy, Elemental Assassin, and Bigtime series) — It’s Halloween atMythosAcademy, but Gwen Frost and her friends are in for more tricks than treats when they run into a mythological monster intent on killing them.

 THE FAT CAT by Edie Ramer (author of Cattitude, Galaxy Girls) — In a battle for the souls of seven women, a wizard has the god of war on his side; all the witch has is a fat, black cat.

 MEDIUM RARE by Nancy Haddock (author of the Oldest City Vampire trilogy) —What’s spooking the spirits ofSt. Augustine? As the witching hour of Halloween approaches, ghost seer Colleen Cotton must team with a by-the-book paranormal investigator to locate the one ghost who can save the city’s specters. If she fails, her own great grandfather’s spirit may be lost forever.

 SWEET DEMON by Misty Evans (author of the Witches Anonymous series) —When Chicago’s vampire king insists Kali Sweet join his empire, the vengeance demon must rely on her ex – the half-human, half-chaos demon who left her at the altar three hundred years ago – in order to escape the vamp’s clutches.

 SIAN’S SOLUTION by Dale Meyer (author of the Psychic Visions series) — When a vampire discovers the human man she loves has been captured and hung in a blood farm, she goes against her own kind and risks everything to save him.

 A BIT OF BITE by Cynthia Eden (author of NEVER CRY WOLF and ANGEL OF DARKNESS) — A killer is stalking the streets of Crossroads, Mississippi, and it’s up to Sheriff Ava Dushaine to stop him. But when suspicion falls on werewolf alpha Julian Kasey—Ava’s ex-lover and the man who still haunts her dreams—Ava knows that she’ll either have to prove his innocence…or watch the whole town go up in flames.

 SINFULLY SWEET by Michelle Miles (author of the Coffee House series) — When Chloe bakes a little magic into her pastries, she attracts the attention of Edward, the sexy half-demon, half-witch, who’s come to warn her those who murdered her sister are now after her.

 A NIGHT OF FOREVER by Lori Brighton (author of A Night of Secrets and To Seduce an Earl) — Who is Aidan Callaghan? Mary Ellen James is intent on uncovering the truth about the mysterious man, but as she soon finds out, some things are best left buried in the past.

 FEEL THE MAGIC by Liz Kreger (author of the Part of Tomorrow series) — Jenna Carmichael’s magical attempt to rectify Jessica Manfield’s birth identity takes an unexpected turn when the past comes back to haunt her.

 BREAKING OUT by Michelle Diener (author of the Tudor-set historical suspense novel In A Treacherous Court) — Imprisoned in a secret facility, powerful telekinetic Kelli Barrack and two other ‘special’ inmates grab a chance to escape, only to confront their worst nightmares on the outside.

 GHOSTLY JUSTICE, an all-new Seven Deadly Sins novella by New York Times bestselling author Allison Brennan (author of the Seven Deadly Sins series) — Demon hunters Moira O’Donnell and Rafe Cooper are dragged into the dangerous world of nocturnal predators to find “Ghostly Justice” for a virgin sacrificed to an ancient blood demon.

Here’s your bad boy of the day- I’d like to run my hands across that chest and through that hair!!

Badurday- July 9, 2011- Tom Felton

Today in honor of the upcoming last Harry Potter film, I’m posting these photos of Tom Felton, a/k/a Draco Malfoy. He was such a snot nosed little kid in the first movie but he’s grown up to be quite the  handsome fellow. I love that his character’s name, like most of the ones from the books, came from ancient history, Greek and Latin roots.  Draco was an Athenian law maker and his laws provided for severe punishments for minor offenses.  He lived in ancient Greece in the 600s BC.  Malfoy comes from the Latin word for malevolent or malicious. I have great admiration for JK Rowling and her sublime use of language skills in naming her characters.

Lucky for us, the guy that plays Draco is really nothing like his character. He seems to be quite a pleasant young man in the interviews I’ve seen him in.

Just as an aside, my newest book comes out on Friday, July 15 from  http://stores.desertbreezepublishing.com/StoreFront.bok  and I wanted to share the cover here, too.   

So, enjoy Draco, enjoy the end of the Harry Potter saga and enjoy your week.

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