We have visitors for a month and my time is limited but I wanted to share the latest news coming out of International Heat. We have a new member. And she’s an Aussie!!! Go check out all about it HERE!
Damn, I’m exhausted. I was one of the three ringleaders of the RWAustralia Clayton’s Conference. It’s the conference you’re having when you’re not having a conference. *grin* My brain is fried, my back is killing and the builder in my head with the jackhammer needs to leave. NOW! LOL
Anyway, no spotlight but head of to Rhian’s blog to see who this weeks shining star is.
In the spotlight this week is Aussie author Jess Dee.
What can I say about Jess?? Ummm…. Well she’s not against the idea of enjoying a little champers with our chrissie lunch. She talks a mile a minute. Oh, no wait, that’s me! LOL Back to Jess. I first ‘discovered’ Jess by accident. She was on the Samhain Cafe loop chatting away when I realized she was an Aussie!! I’m an Aussie so it stands to reason that I should know allllllll….. about this fellow writer. The Friendship Gods must have been smiling because during that discussion the wonderful Viv ‘discovered’ me and she was already talking to Jess so things kind of steamrolled from there and then suddenly I’m emailing with Jess and we’re discussing getting together for lunch a Christmas when I’m finally on home soil for a month. That lunch, shared with the lovelyCaitlyn Nicholas, was the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Jess isn’t afraid to tell you how it is, or throw out a one liner that has you in stitches for hours. I’ve so enjoyed knowing her that while in Sydney for a week last month I rang to see if she was up for a bit of lunch. School holidays be damned, she dropped everything to come and spend a few hours talking shop. Ok fine, I did the talking and she listened. But I’m missing the point, she is a fabulous friend and an even more fabulous writer. Last week saw her novella A Question of Trust release in the print anthologyThree’s Company. And this week her story Circle of Friends: Steve’s Story is up for Best Book of the Week at Whipped Cream Reviews. Vote for Jess’s book Circle of Friends: Steve’s StoryHERE!
Make sure you check out all Jess’s books HERE!
My personal fave is Ask Adam. And no it’s not because I have an autographed copy sitting right by my desk. *grin*
Can one wild night of passion turn into the romance of a lifetime?
Lexi Tanner’s got a major problem: AJ Riley, the man she’s about to approach for a hefty donation, turns out to be the stranger she shared a night of steamy sex with less than a week past. She’ll do anything to raise money for a children’s charity—anything except sell herself. Now how can she ask AJ for money without it seeming like he’s paying for sexual favors?
If there’s one thing the past has taught Adam “AJ” Riley, it’s that loving someone can only lead to pain. He knows he shouldn’t feel so attracted to Lexi, and he definitely shouldn’t trust a woman who’d sleep with a man one week and approach him for money the next. Yet somehow Lexi breaks through all his barriers. His instincts tell him to run but his heart wants to give Lexi—and love—a second chance. How can he let go of his tragic past and still protect his battered heart?
Warning, this title contains the following: steamy sex, graphic language and red-hot romance.
This weeks spotlight is Jambrea Jo Jones.
She’s talented and has many disguises but the one I like best is friend. Earlier this year Jambrea decided to push herself as a writer and write a novel length story. Semper Fi – Magnus started out as a contest entry and after lots of panic over whether she’d be able to make the length I offered to be her counter. Okay so I bullied her into it, same thing. *grin* Every week she would send me a new chapter and if I didn’t get it I’d harass her until I did. *shrug* It’s a hard job but someone has to do it. LOL
Jambrea finished the story and it’s so damn good that Liquid Silver Books has picked it up. Yay!!! No release date yet but I can’t wait to see this story published. I love Mag. The man is smokin’ hawt! Oh and Em’s okay to. *giggle* Now Jambrea is planning a whole series of Semper Fi stories and yes *hangs head in shame* I’ve offered to be her counter again. It’s best to be consistent with these things I’ve found. *BWG*
Dismayed when the full moon reveals his lover’s secret, Butch runs instead of facing his fears. Fate crashes into his life when a train ride goes horribly wrong. Now Butch must face the truth–or will tragedy intervene yet again, separating the lovers forever?
Let me introduce Vivian Arend!!! She’s one of my CP’s and she has become one of my closest friends too. She’s funny and smart and I just can’t remember what my life was like before she found me. LOL
She’s a real newbie to the writing world but that hasn’t stopped her from getting in there and going after what she wants. Her first book was out earlier this year and her third came out just last week (you can check them out HERE!) but I’m gonna show you her second book because she named the heroine after me. *grin*
Waiting for his life partner has been difficult. Convincing her that she’s a part of an ancient Atlantis coupling is going to be harder. Luckily, Dylan Finbar’s had plenty of time to develop the patience and the persistence to outlast her protests.
Rachel Hart’s as mesmerized by the young visiting history professor as the rest of the student population. Only, she’s the one that makes his heart complete. Anam Seis, Soul Mates. Can she accept that the attraction between them has been centuries in the making and her potential lover wants not only her body but her soul?
This week I’m spotlighting Sherry Ricardo. She’s an editor and I have to say there’s no way I’d want her job. And no it’s not because I can’t spell to save my life or that my grammar is worse than a 1st grader. I know how exhausted I get when I do a line by line crit on one of my CP’s stories. The thought of doing that everyday just makes me cringe. Editors are a tough but fair breed of human that a writer can’t live without. They also help us improve with every little thing they pull us up on. Here’s a look at one of the books Sherry has editored.
The Macgregor’s Daughter By Dee Julian
In 1776 England, American born Anadreya Macgregor is branded a spy by the arrogant Marquis of Canderlay. Despite her pleas of innocence, he refuses to listen and has her imprisoned. Aided by the Scottish father she never knew, Dreya escapes to Dragon’s Breath Castle.
Five years later, the laird is missing and a badly injured Frenchman washes ashore. Dreya is wary of the blind and amnesic man, though something about him is hauntingly familiar. Is he an ally or a ruthless mercenary who stumbled upon her father’s smuggling activities?
The stranger’s vision and memory gradually return and Dreya discovers her fate and the continued existence of her clan might very well be in his hands. As the web of deception binding them together unravels, both are in danger of losing everything. Including their hearts.
Graphic Artist Valerie Tibbs is in the spotlight this week. If you’ve had the pleasure of seeing her work you’ll know there’s no need for a spotlight, her work just sparkles. At the urging of a couple of author friends Valerie kind of fell into the graphic arts business and am I ever so glad she did! Her work graces the covers of over 80 ebooks, numerous websites and blogs, bookmarks, business card, signature banners and more. her talents are endless and I’m more than thrilled to not only hold up some of her work with my name on it but to be able to call her friend. Check out the many ways Valerie can make you shine at her website HERE! Here is a sample of what the lovely Val has made for me, well for Rhian:-