Monday, December 31, 2012
Saturday, December 29, 2012
I look forward to reading more next year. I've missed so many great stories. Maybe 2013 will bring my reading total back into the double digits. I think I need to join a reading challenge for some accountability. Anyone have a favorite?
- You'll Never Blue Ball in This Town Again: One Woman's Painfully Funny Quest to Give It Up by Heather McDonald - p
- There's a (Slight) Chance I Might Be Going to Hell: A Novel of Sewer Pipes, Pageant Queens, and Big Trouble by Laurie Notaro - a
- Live What You Love: Notes from a Passionate Life by Bob & Melinda Blanchard - p
- It Looked Different on the Model: Epic Tales of Impending Shame and Infamy by Laurie Notaro - a
- Sweet Surrender by Lori Wilde (Blaze) - p
- Real Men Last All Night by Lora Leigh, Lori Foster, Cheyenne McCray, Heidi Betts - p
- The Winter Lodge by Susan Wiggs - p
- Drop Dead Healthy: One Man's Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection by AJ Jacobs - a
- It Starts With Food by Dallas & Melissa Hartwig - p
- Feeling the Heat by Brenda Jackson (Desire) - p
- Getting Red-Hot With The Rogue by Ally Blake (Presents) - p
- 101 Things I Hate About Your House by James Swan - p
- Bread is the Devil by Heather Bauer - p
- Temptation by Brenda Jackson (Desire) - e
- The G Free Diet by Elisabeth Hasselbeck - p
- Hot Head by Damon Suede - e
- Frat Boy and Toppy by Ann Tenorino - e
- Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan - a
- In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan - a
- The Inside Tract : your good gut guide to great digestive health by Gerard Mullin - p
- Eating Well for Optimum Health by Andrew Weil MD - a
- Wheat Belly by William Davis MD - a
- Soup of the Day by Kate McMillan - e
- Salad for Dinner by Tasha DeSerio - e
- The 25 Greatest Top Secret Recipes by Todd Wilbur - e
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Thursday, December 13, 2012
- Latest release? Savage Betrayal.
- In the hottest scene...kisses or condoms? Kisses. The build up can be so sensual That first kiss so explosive.
- What are you working on? Good Girl Gone Plaid. The first book in my series The McLaughlins.
- What have you Googled for research? What haven't I? Most recently various levels of assault charges and the consequences of them.
- What do you drink when writing? Iced tea or coffee usually. Rarely ever alcohol. It'd just make me sleepy.
- Do you have a writing uniform? Not at all. If I'm at home, I love to be comfy in pajamas or yoga pants, but if I'm going out to write, I try and look cute. If not presentable.
- Where do you write? Most often in a recliner, or bed at night. But during the day sometimes I'll go out to a local coffee shop or bookstore to write with friends or alone.
- What was the last thing you read? Jane's Gift, so I could give it a quote (my amiga Karen Erickson's book!)
- Paper, audio, or ebook? Ebook and paper. If I buy a new book, it's on ebook.
- Favorite book in the last few months? I'm currently halfway through, and totally charmed by, Baby It's Cold Outside: An Alaskan Nights Novel by Addison Fox
- Favorite social network? Oooh probably Facebook. But I do adore Pinterest and Twitter.
- Secret super power? Being a nice person. The effects can be rather powerful. But, it's not really a secret. Or a super power.
- Guilty pleasure? Bacon. I know it's not that exciting or surprising. If I wasn't on deadline I might be more creative, but there you have it. I'd consider being a vegetarian if it weren't for bacon. *Sigh*
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Thursday, December 06, 2012
Thursday, November 29, 2012
I'm back to share another lightning interviews with my authorly peeps. Enjoy!
- Latest release? Bonds of Trust
- In the hottest scene...kisses or condoms? Condoms.
- What are you working on? Wicked Play #3, Bonds of Desire
- What have you Googled for research? Ha! Just looked up the definition of Hoity-Toity.
- What do you drink when writing? Coffee, water, Coke in that order as the day progresses.
- Do you have a writing uniform? Anything comfortable. Definitely, no jeans.
- Where do you write? My office. I just redid it in February and love it.
- What was the last thing you read? Starfish and Coffee by Kele Moon
- Paper, audio, or ebook? ebook all the way.
- Favorite book in the last few months? Sidecar by Amy Lane
- Favorite social network? I'm becoming a Twitter girl. Never thought that'd happen.
- Secret super power? Teleporting. Skip flying or invisible jets. Just get me there.
- Guilty pleasure? Reality TV. I always watch Survivor, The Amazing Race, So You Think You Can Dance. Others come and go, but those three are a must.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
’Tis the season for unwrapping the gift of pleasure.
Under the Caribbean Sun, Book 1
When Saskia snags a last-minute ticket home to the Caribbean isle of Anguilla, she intends to surprise her workaholic father and to reconnect over Christmas. When she finds he’s away on business, there’s still plenty to fill her time while she waits. Sailing, snorkeling…and an unexpected, very adult attraction to her girlhood crush.
Joe Prinsen is certain Saskia has returned to the island only to ask for money. He feels it’s time she learns the truth about her father’s depleted financial situation from the man himself. And he intends to make sure she sticks around long enough to hear it.
Except the girl he remembers has matured into a devastatingly sexy woman. She's taking all his noble intentions and unwrapping them, one by one, until their shared desire is revealed in the warm Caribbean water. Saskia’s only home for Christmas. And once she finds out the secret he’s hiding, she’ll no doubt leave the Caribbean, and him, for good.
Product WarningsThe only thing hotter than the tropical sun is the sex—in the surf, on the water, against the bookcase… Readers will be wise to monitor electronic devices, and themselves, for overheating.
"I can't go to sleep before I've been in the ocean. Drop me off before you head
up the hill, will you?" Saskia gave a languid stretch that pressed her breasts
against the thin silk of the scarf she called a dress.
If he got any sleep tonight it would be a miracle. Every time he blinked, he
kept imagining undoing the simple knot holding the dress on her shoulder and
finding she wore nothing beneath it. He had a semi and he was simply driving a
By the time they got their clothes on and made it back to his truck, Joe knew
he'd made a critical error. She'd taken off her dress and his brain had shorted
out. That never happened. Even as a hormonal adolescent he'd been able to think
with the right head.
As he jammed the truck in gear and climbed the gravel road up the hill, he tried
to think of anything but that Saskia wore nothing beneath the wisp of a dress
currently plastered to her lithe body. His dick was still telling him to race
home, and his brain had to agree. He needed to get home and get his ass in a
The idea came from...
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Monday : Nikki Duncan & An Ecclectic Author
Tuesday Maggie Jamieson (Q&A)
Wednesday : Cynthia D'Alba
Thursday : Donna Alward
Friday : Lissa Matthews
Saturday, November 24, 2012
To relieve my anxiety, I'm sharing another excerpt of the story. This one shows Sass driving Joe to distraction. Such fun!
"I can’t go to sleep before I’ve been in the ocean. Drop me off before you head up the hill, will you?" Saskia gave a languid stretch that pressed her breasts against the thin silk of the scarf she called a dress.
If he got any sleep tonight it would be a miracle. Every time he blinked, he kept imagining undoing the simple knot holding the dress on her shoulder and finding she wore nothing beneath it. He had a semi and he was simply driving a girl home.
"Here? At Blowing Point? It’s a dock, not a beach." She gave his arm a playful swat that should not have turned him on. Damn it.
"On any other island I might agree with you. But I grew up on this beach. It’s sandy and clean and calm, and the place I would race down to every morning for a splash before my folks snatched me up to head to work."
He parked the truck to the north of the ferry dock and followed Saskia down to the small stretch of beach he’d found her on earlier. Only the moon and stars lit their way, making the deserted sweep of sand seem even more private.
With everything so dim, it was as if the world was in grayscale, an old black-and-white movie of a beautiful woman taking unhurried steps along the sandy shore. Like it was happening to someone else, someone who didn’t need to remember this woman was the only child of the man he respected most in the world.
"Are you going to join me, or do you only like to watch?" Saskia untied the knot on her shoulder with slow precision.
He cleared his throat. "I don’t think it’s safe for you to be out here alone."
"I live in Miami. I can handle myself. Besides, Anguilla is known for the lack of crime. And I’ve been swimming since I could walk."
She slipped out of her sandals and he watched her toes curl into the fine sand. Then her dress fell atop her bare feet and he closed his eyes, not sure he was strong enough to look up without his mood turning feral. Maybe the full moon had turned him into some kind of werewolf, because mating was all his mind could think of, and his body primed in wait.
"This watching my every move thing you have going on is starting to feel a little voyeuristic, don’t you think? Is that your kink?"
It took everything in him not to growl when he opened his eyes to see her standing before him, hand on her trim waist and a sexy tilt to her hip. Her tight body was on display in a bandeau bikini top and nothing but a few tiny crocheted flowers and string for bottoms.
"See, when you look at me like that, I’m not convinced you’re worried about me swimming alone at all." She winked and turned towards the water, confirming that there was in fact next to nothing covering her from behind.
The pulse in his painfully hard cock echoed in his ears. He wished they were standing on the edge of the frigid North Sea, instead of the sensual sand of the Caribbean. Following her into the warm water would lead him nowhere good.
And yet his polo wound up on the sand beside her dress, his sandals next to hers and his shorts didn’t even make it to the water’s edge.
If you can't wait, there's another excerpt here.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
I'm inviting my favorite Author Peeps to Jenna's Romantic Notions every Thursday for a lightning quick
- What's your latest release?
- In the hottest scene, will we see kisses or condoms?
- What are you working on?
- What have you Googled lately for research?
- What do you drink while writing?
- Do you have a writing uniform?
- Where do you write?
- What's the last thing you read?
- Paper, audio, or ebook?
- Favorite book released in the last few months?
- Favorite social network?
- Secret super power?
- Guilty pleasure?
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Plus, Debbie makes cookies. And Jessa Slade made salted caramel brownies. No joke, our bait was out in force!
The devoted customers at Jan's also make a point to support local authors. It's lovely to get to connect to readers on that level.
Our booksigning behind the scenes gossip? Terri Reed just finished her 28th book for Love Inspired. Jessa Slade has a not-so-secret holiday book out. Maggie Jamieson just finished a secret project we all have high hopes for. Linda Mercury got the cover for her third book with Kensington. Gina Fluharty is waiting to hear back on requests for her high-concept paranormal. Christy Carlyle is THE person to go to for all design needs, especially bookmarks, blog headers & bookcovers. Nancy Brophy may hunt me down to get her tablecloth back. AND...
So many people responded to the Drive Me Crazy free offer from Samhain, they're ending the promotion early. So, if you still have your code and haven't downloaded it yet...do it before Cyber Monday.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
- Latest release? Drive Me Crazy
- In the hottest scene...kisses or condoms? Condoms
- What are you working on? Caribbean Casanova & Caribbean Crush
- What have you Googled for research? Joe Manganiello, Cam Gigandet, Anguilla, hurricaine, Celiac
- What do you drink when writing? Tea, all kinds
- Do you have a writing uniform? lounge pants, wool socks, a t-shirt and a zip-up sweater
- Where do you write? in my office, or in front of the TV in my bedroom
- What was the last thing you read? It Looked Different on the Model by Laurie Notaro
- Paper, audio, or ebook? Audio
- Favorite book in the last few months? The Winter Lodge by Susan Wiggs
- Favorite social network? Pinterest
- Secret super power? Able to come up with an excuse for any situation.
- Guilty pleasure? Reality TV
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
Monday, November 05, 2012
Saturday, November 03, 2012
By the time they got their clothes on and made it back to his truck, Joe knew he’d made a critical error. She’d taken off her dress and his brain had shorted out. That never happened. Even as a hormonal adolescent he’d been able to think with the right head.
He might have to stay there all damned night to make sure he didn’t do something stupid. Again.
Maybe if this damned island were bigger, he would have figured out his next move by the time he pulled up beside the house.
"Someone is in a hurry." Saskia undid her seatbelt and climbed out of the truck.
He winced, realizing she thought he’d powered home for an entirely different reason. He rubbed the tense muscles in his neck, willing his mind to come up with some kind of escape route. Some way to rewind time so he hadn’t been stupid enough to get in the water.
But thinking brought to mind visions of Saskia naked, the feel of her nipple ring beneath his tongue, the taste of her. Maybe the only way out of this was to chop his own head off.
Either one would do.
He huffed a breath and got out of the truck, peering in the darkness for Saskia. The water had reflected the moonlight, but up here the world had been reduced to dark outlines. He thought of how she’d bounded towards the hammock when she’d first arrived and checked there. Finding it empty, he climbed in himself.Caribbean Christmas inspiration Pinboard - http://pinterest.com/jbayleyburke/caribbean-christmas/
Maybe he could fall asleep out here, dream up some solution and fix everything in the morning.
"You’re kind of freaking out, aren’t you?"
The sound of her voice startled him and his heart hammered even faster. "I’m sorry."
She had a sweet laugh, light and almost musical. "Sorry that the two minutes it took to drive here gave you time to have second thoughts and now your balls ache? Or sorry that in your head I was still a bratty kid and now we’re about to do some amazing things on your bed?"
"Both?" Neither. She was Dutch’s daughter, but it was more than that. She’d somehow had the power to make him stop thinking. He’d done that once before and wound up wrecked.
"It’s very sweet that you want to be noble." Her voice moved closer, yet he still startled when she laid a hand on his chest. She trailed over the contours of his muscles, pausing to roll a nipple between her fingers. Damn if it didn’t seem connected to his cock. "Or do you want me to come on to you? Is that your kink?"
"You are awfully interested in kinks. Every time you ask I wonder what yours is."
"I’m working on it."
He bit back a groan. "Listen, we need to slow this down." To a dead stop. He tried to remember why he’d been so frustrated with her just a few hours ago, but there was too much testosterone flowing through him for logic.
"I don’t beg. So if that’s your thing, you’re going to have to get over yourself." She pinched his nipple, but didn’t release it. Just kept holding until the sharp pain eased, a heavy ache taking its place. "Do you want to take me upstairs?"
"Yes," his traitorous mouth spoke for him. No doubt his greedy tongue wanted more of her. "But I’m not going to. You just got here, and you were drinking tonight…"
"I drank champagne." She released her hold, only to flick his tender peak with her fingernail. He covered the spot with his hand, pressing to hold the feeling in. "But I do have one request."
"You can have any room you want. I’ll stay out here."
"Johannes." Her hot breath puffed against his ear, her hair whispering against his shoulder. "No touching yourself. If you’re hard for me, it’s for me, not for you."
Her words went straight to his cock, filling it and deepening the ache in his balls. He wanted to squeeze himself, but didn’t. It was only fair.
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Saturday, September 29, 2012
Friday, September 28, 2012
Come meet your favorite Samhain authors at the annual Emerald City Writers Conference Book Fair, Saturday, October 27 at the Westin Hotel in Bellevue, Washington. Don't miss Jenna Bayley-Burke, Cathryn Cade, Karen Erickson, Shelli Stevens, and many more.
Monday, September 17, 2012
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Saturday, September 01, 2012
This fast-paced story touches on the fears and sexiness of an illicit romance. Bayley-Burke (Compromising Positions; Her Cinderella Complex) gives both Breeze and Logan realistic concerns in their relationship, while providing each with a robust background. Like a piece of sweet chocolate, For Kicks is a quick bite of delicious fun. For Kicks, Library Journal
Monday, August 20, 2012
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Friday, August 10, 2012
Saturday, July 28, 2012
No matter what you do, you could be doing more.What am I willing to give up? TV, internet, hobbies, volunteering, entertainment, household tasks, sleep, exercise, social life, reading How can I optimize my work environment? What practices will help me stay focused? What place can I call my own? Is the phone too distracting? Email? Internet? Do I work better at home or away? Does my family respect my working time? Cluttered or orderly? Music or quiet? Does tracking help? Goal setting? NaNo?
Writing is a little bit of inspiration, some luck, and a whole lot of hard work.
Sometimes friends thoughts on your writing interferes with your relationships. It may be because they are not pursuing their dreams, and they reflect that on you.
Being taken seriously as a writer starts with you. Brain surgeons don't text in the middle of a procedure.Stop sabotaging yourself. If you tell yourself it's too hard, you're saying it is harder than you want to work. Write faster - you don't have time to be self-indulgent, just get the job done. Try the 45/15 rule. Promise yourself to BITCHOK 45 minutes and then 15 minutes to do whatever writing sprints - like 1k1hr
Bette Davis said - If you stop being sacred, pack it up and go hime because you have lost it.
Q - What are the heat levels of the books at Samhain? Genuinely open to all heat levels - from swinging from the chandeliers to a sweet kiss.
Q - Is there a specific sub-genre you are looking for? We like to maintain diversity on our list. As far as sales go, contemporary does well, but we do have a lot of it, so it can take longer to get released. We don't like to compete our authors against each other. Western contemporary is doing quite well. We have a lot of editors who love sci-fi romance. You don't know what the next big trend is.
Q - What is the submission process? We ask for a query and a full synopsis, attached as a rtf or word doc. We prefer a full mss, but if you'd rather do just a few chapters, that is okay too. We try to respond within 12-16 weeks. After 12 weeks you can ask for a status update if you're concerned. You get an auto response that your email was received.
Q - Last year you were very transparent about sales and how well erotic romance was doing well. Has that balanced back out with non-erotic novels? The answer is crazy complicated. Some books come out and do very well, others struggle. Author name recognition, cover art, cover copy, advance buzz - there are a lot of variables. How much and someone who submits potentially earn? It varies. For writers who have a regular schedule of releases with Samhain, but are not NYT bestsellers. Low selling is under 1000 copies, and tends to be authors with only a book or two with us. Midlist is anything from 1000-10000 copies. High selling range is everything above that. Erotic has the highest possible range because in some ways, that is where digital started and authors have built a career. In 2011, 20% earned 10K or more. 3% earned over 100K.
Q - Should the writer know which editor to target, or should they send to the submissions address and hope for the best. Put that in the query letter, but use the submission address. You never know when editors are closed to submissions.
Q - How do you determine what goes to print? Anything over 50K will go to print
Q - What is the sweet spot with number of releases per year? 2-4 per year. Doesn't have to all be novels. Readers like variety. One of our highest selling authors only has one release a year. There is not a lot a publisher can do to build you if you only give them one book. Your front list sells your backlist, and your backlist is what really makes you money.
Q - Do you do promotional pricing? We do freebies, especially with series. We're always open to trying different things.
Q - What international markets are you in? We can sell to all markets we can get to through distribution. Working hard on translation rights internationally, and building a presence in foreign markets.
Q - Who writes the warning labels? Some authors love to write them, some editors love to write them. When it comes to warnings, content comes first so if there is anything in the book that might be a trigger, that is the most important thing. Being funny comes second.
Q - What do you see as the future of sci-fi romance at Samhain? Would like to see more of it. Sales are lower than paranormal and urban fantasy right now, but you never know what is going to hit next. No current plans as a separate line, but there is room within Samhain Romance. Sci-fi with romantic elements is great too.
Q - Is there a royalty structure different between digital and print? Most publishers offer a lower royalty percentage on print because it has a higher cost to publisher. Our royalty percentage is off list, not net.
Q - When do rights revert back to authors? Ask for lifetime of copyright, but there is a standard 7 year term.
Q - How long does it take from submission to release? At least 8 months. Edits are expected to turn in everything 90 days before release In January this becomes 120 days. Contracts can take a while, so can revisions and edits. Right now we're booking into 2013. Preorders are what is getting books on the NYT lists. The longer the book is for pre-order, the higher it seems to land on the list.
Q - How many writers do you actually have? Around 600 in total 400 US, 150 had a release in 2011
Q - What is the interest in YA? We currently do not publish YA. We want to wait until we can do it right. It is such a popular, competitive market. New adult works for us.
Q - Do you do audio books, how do you decide which to release? Just signed out first audiobook deal - Maya Banks Colters Woman series to Audiogo.
Q - Do you do anthologies? We tend to release stories digitally by themselves, and then bundle things that go together for print. Tend to be a collection by one author. Takes about 12 months after the last release. Occasionally our editors will put out a call for things they are interested in putting together.
Q - What types of romantic suspense are you looking for? The traditional market seems to have tightened for it, so we're getting lots of great submissions. The market is strong for action/adventure. There is strill room for mystery lit.
Q - For a new author, what is the marketing expectation? We don't require anything, but if an author is interested in marketing they partner with their editor for that. Authors are their own advocate, especially for things that are new and different from what we've already done. The most important thing for an author is an updated, easily navigable website with a complete booklist. Don't do social media unless you like to. No one is interested if you aren't. No one follows you for review or Amazon links.
Advertise in RT every month, they go to PW, Library Journal, RT for review every month. Sponsoring events. Jumbotron ad was the big splash this year.
We work hard to bring the Samhain brand because that brings readers to new authors. The highest visited page on our site is our new releases page. By being part of the Samhain brand, you're taking advantage of the recognition of bestsellers like Lorelei James, Vivian Arend...
Q - Overall estimate of the acceptance rate 8%, but that includes authors already within Samhain. Probably 3-5%.