Sunday, December 27, 2009

Wicked Desire Excerpt and Video

Maggie Myers returns home to rebuild her life and to escape her stalking ex-husband. To local small town sheriff Matt Dillon she’s more trouble than he needs. But the lady has enough sass and curves to tempt a saint. Well, he never claimed to be a saint, and Maggie is about to find out she’s been teasing the wrong man.


“I hope you don’t mind, Sheriff, but I was starving.” She popped another, smaller berry into her mouth. “They forgot to give me my ration of bread and water back at the jail.” Her smart mouth was going to land her in trouble some day.

“Your smart mouth is going to land you in trouble some day,” he remarked, guessing her thoughts. “Why aren’t you in bed?”

Hadn’t she just told him why? She just managed to hold back a smile. She dipped a finger in the whipped cream and brought it to her mouth, glancing up at Matt innocently. “I wasn’t sure how you’d feel about me eating in your bed.”

Without warning Matt moved away from the door and walked further into the room. The look in his eyes was almost wild. He looked hungry. Maggie caught her breath but he ignored it, continuing toward her with purposeful strides. With a growl he reached for her arm and hauled her to her feet, nearly toppling over the chair she’d been sitting in.


“I brought you here with one thought in mind, to prove to myself that I was immune to you. That I could be in the same room, house with you and control my thoughts of wanting to screw the hell out of you. I’ve always prided myself on being strong enough to overcome any temptation.”

“Do I tempt you?” Her hands fell to his chest.

His laugh was a deep grunt. “Day and night. Hell, you’d tempt a saint, honey. I intend to kiss you and nothing is going to stop me.”

He didn’t sound happy, but that didn’t stop him swooping down on her and taking her mouth in a savage, lustful kiss. His powerful arms crushed Maggie to him. He locked her arms behind her back, even though she wasn’t struggling to escape.

She moaned softly, dreamily, welcoming Matt’s powerful embrace and forceful mouth. When his free hand fastened on her breast, wildfire exploded through her blood, threatening to consume her. She arched her back and thrust her aching flesh more fully into his rough caress. Silently pleading for him to do more.

His hand began to move over her, exploring every inch through the thin fabric of the tee shirt she was wearing, taking his time as though she were something to treasure. Breathless whispers escaped Maggie as she eagerly gave in to his silent, hungry demands.She began to squirm beneath his ardent caresses with a need to participate. But Matt refused to release her hands, keeping total control of the situation. Teasing her at his will. Finally she was able to twist her head, breaking their fiery kiss,

“Mathew!” she panted, gulping in mouthfuls of air. “Please, I need to touch you, too.” Maggie was careful to keep her face turned away but his mouth only moved to the soft exposed arch of her throat. She felt his teeth gently rake along her skin, causing a ripple of sharp desire down her spine.

“Sheriff…” she pleaded, shuddering violently against his length. She felt his hard-on pressing against her and a pool of warmth flooded between her legs. She was actually throbbing with arousal.


“God, don’t say my name like that, Maggie.” His voice came out hoarse, revealing the highly aroused state he was in. “You’re going to make me come.”

Maggie laughed huskily. “Isn’t that why you brought me here?” She finally tugged free. Before she lost her nerve she reached forward and fondled the hot, pulsing length of him through his thin pajama bottoms. His shaft felt thick and strong in her palm. The breath hissed from between his tightly clenched teeth, his eyes darkened into murky, fathomless pools. His nostrils flared, taking in the raw essence of their combined body heat. Chemistry. Maggie watched as he closed his eyes and groaned. “Isn’t it…Sheriff?” She gave him a little squeeze, reveling in her power when he shuddered.

“Yes! Damn you!” he admitted. “I could have turned you loose at the station but for the first time in my life I’ve forgotten the main objective and said to hell with the rules. Nothing I do concerning you makes any sense.”

Maggie shivered wildly, gently squeezing the bulge in her
hand. It thrilled her that she had that kind of power over Matt.

“Maggie…” He shuddered.

Tory Richards
Whiskey Creek Press Torrid
Romance with an Attitude Blog


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The Forbiddance Love

Aeritas Bejewel is a France traveler musician that represents his violin for African King Donatus request. And while him teaching Queen Azalea a private lesson about passion, King Donatus intend to hire these slave traders to abduct the poor tribe from theirs village to made his evil dark army of Demon Warriors.

Aeritas is a talent musician and also was a key player every woman's burn lustful desire, but until he had meet Queen Azalea. As his intense lust lesson have up turn into the love lesson for Azalea that he doesn't at least expect of it. Azalea was cold bloody toward any outsiders of her comer and her poor home land, but her coldness has turn to fire over his charm and music of lust. How they fall deeply eachelse arms as their passion continuing to burn as the set fire of the king palace.
The King the other hand is heartless, evil; forever more want this lust for power and also the betrayer of danger to own people. Because of his new flock of darkness has gain him more powers to tries defense the tribe, that lead Saurel the voodooist to only chance to defend Donatus and his evil warriors is Aeritas must become a vampire that what protector had forsake her to do.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Leigh's Annual Festivus Airing of Grievances

Don't worry, I certainly have no grief against you guys. I think it's been a pretty good 2009 for me personally - some highs, some lows, a few mehs. If anything, the end of 2009 gives me inspiration to work toward a better 2010, and that's my goal.

Reading through my blog, I found an old post of my New Year's Resolutions for 2009. Thought it would be a good time to tally the score. From an initial look, it isn't very pretty, but rest assured I have a great excuse for slacking. ;-)

For 2009, I resolved:

1) Lose weight - Will go more smoothly if Obama can ban carbs.

I have actually lost 30 pounds in the last three months! I have 30 more to make goal so I can wear that nice faerie costume for RT.

2) Complete one full-length Dareville novel - Most likely it will be Dare Devils

Alas, I didn't make that happen. I did publish a few Dareville shorts and get 20K into my next mystery, though. 2010 will be about finishing that.

3) Increase Phaze Books sales by 50% - We did it this year, why not?

I think we did okay. :-) As far as awards go, it's been our best year yet with four EPIC Award noms.

4) Redo website...again - I am so fickle

Done! I loves it.

5) Get new cart installed at Phaze - put that off long enough

Still working on new Phaze site. I will have more time in 2010 to finish.

6) Increase promotion efforts - more blogging and tweeting, less whining

I think I handle myself well on the blog and the Twitter. The whining I save for home.

7) Save up for Rush's next tour - and there will be a tour. Oh yes, there will.

There will, too! Rumor is new album next year and a short indoor tour. Whoo!

So, how did you do this year?

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Wish Upon a Holiday Star

World's Oldest Santa Figurine Believed Found
By Jennifer Viegas
Mon Dec 14, 2009 09:15 AM ET

Archaeologists working in Akron, Ohio, claim to have found the world's oldest three-dimensional representation of Santa Claus.
Known as the "Blue Santa," the object was made circa 1884 by The American Marble & Toy Manufacturing Company, which burned to the ground in 1904. The figurine is 2.5 inches tall.

Project leader Brian Graham said, "It's a wishing Santa. You hold it in your hand and wish for the present you want for Christmas."

More... ~ ~

Wishes... in my corner of the blogging realm, Christmas wishes, holiday wishes, even New Moon wishes, as in astrology... yes, *wishes* have been the overall theme I’ve seen this holly jolly season.

Wednesday was the new moon, a time to start those new projects and I discover via astrologer, Deana Gast, that it’s an ideal time to make ten wishes for the coming month. I used to be a dreamy-eyed, wishing kind of gal. Wish upon a star and live your dreams, that was the motto of my soul. Not so much anymore. Life knocked it out of me, honestly.
Still, I did make those ten wishes.

More than previous years I’ve noticed folks are wishing, regardless of their personal holiday beliefs and traditions. Certainly, given our current economy and the world situation, why wouldn’t we all be wishing for better times? Not only concerned about ourselves and our loved ones, most of us are also wishing good things for our fellow human beings. I know I am.

Wishes... often that’s the ‘what if’ basis for our erotic romance stories. The fantasy of ‘what if’ can be based on a wish the heroine or hero makes. Or, it can simply be a *happily ever after* wish fulfilled.

For example, what if Santa popped down the chimney and he wasn’t a bowl full of jelly, but sexy as all get out, and he caught you in that new alluring red teddy... and well, he just had to have you beneath his suddenly standing tree. Yes, despite the fact, he’s supposed to be delivering all those presents around the globe. And, his package for you. Very inspiring, indeed. Or, is that hugely arousing? Okay, the tree lights flared brightly, then flashed out because the passion was so hot, there was a mighty surge of electricity. And then, there was that business of putting out the tree skirt fire... yep, the flames of lust, what can you do, but succumb? Oh, Santa baby!

Wishes... yep, they’re the ‘what if’ stuff of our hot explicit romance books.

And why not? Why not wish upon a holiday star...


For holiday fun, my version of the famous poem penned by Clement Clarke Moore entitled, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, also known as A Visit from Saint Nicholas ~

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through my home
Only I was stirring, to pen my romance tome.
My best black silk stockings were hung, ready to wear,
In hopes, my miracle Santa stud would soon be here.

The pets are nestled all snug in their places,
With visions of holiday treats making them run dream races.
Their mamma has just slipped into her red lace teddy,
And is settling her brains to continue writing her fantasy.

When out on the lawn I hear such a loud clatter,
I spring up from my desk to see what is the matter.
Away to the window I trot in my boa-trimmed slippers
To take a peek through the curtains. Oh no, is that drunk Mrs. Kippers?

The full moon shines on icy slush, instead of new-fallen snow
Giving a natural spotlight to celebrating Mrs. Kippers below.
Yet, what to my wondering gaze does appear?
But an old-fashioned sleigh, and eight majestic reindeer.

With a Viking driver, so handsomely tall and magnificent,
I knew in a moment I must be dreaming this whole event.
More rapid than jets, his stags flew the midnight sky untamed,
His long mane blew wild as he shouted, and called them by name!

"Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! soar on Donner and Blitzen!
Fly to the top of each roof! Above the city walls!
Now race higher and faster! And sail over all!"

As autumn leaves that before the approaching blizzard fly,
When they meet with a whirlwind and spiral to the sky.
So up to my rooftop, the brown and white stags they flew,
With a sleigh full of glittering gifts, and Viking Santa too.

And then, after a blinking of my eyes, I heard on the roof
The precise landing, then the pawing of each jingle-belled hoof.
As I drew in my dreaming head, and spun around,
Down my fake chimney the Viking arrived, with an impressive bound.

He was splendidly dressed in red and faux fur, down to his boots,
And his garments remained perfect, despite all the ashes and soot.
A bundle of shiny presents he had flung behind his back,
And he looked like a romantic hero as he dashingly opened his pack.

His darkening eyes, how they naughtily twinkled! And at his dimples I gawk!
His features are sternly carved, reminding me of a beautiful proud hawk!
His full sexy mouth slowly turns upwards, a knowing grin,
As I continue to stare like a vixen at his strong virile chin.

With a saunter he approaches, making me weak in the knees.
His searing gaze travels the length of my body. And I freeze.
Without a word his powerful arm captures my pliant waist.
Crushing the lace against my skin, he has me tightly embraced.

Oh, how stalwart he feels, his muscles like hot heated ropes
And I sigh, then softly pant as I give free reign to my hopes.
His half-lidded gaze takes in my face, then settles on my parted lips
While his palms slide in a caress and boldly seize my hips.

“Oh, Santa,” I softly exhale, before his mouth claims mine in a torrid kiss.
“Wear those black silk stockings,” he rasps. “I promise bliss
When I return from leaving presents beneath every sparkling tree.”
After plundering my eager mouth with another kiss, he spins from me.

I hear him spring to his sleigh, to his stags give a fierce long shout,
Then, from my window I watch them depart like a meteor flaming out.
Still, I hear him exclaim, as he disappears from my sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to my gorgeous woman, leave on the light!"


Wish Upon on a Holiday Star...
May your most romantic dreams come true...


Savanna Kougar ~ Run on the Wild Side of Romance ~

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The Q Factor

I firmly believe the biggest difference between failure and success is the Q Factor. I'd have never been able to write Naughty is Nice without keeping that factor in mind.

In my mind's eye, I can picture everyone perking up and looking more intently at the screen. "What's the Q Factor?"

The answer is simple. If you're talking dropping about a bad habit, quitting is successful. For all other endeavors, quitting is the #1 guaranteed way to F-A-I-L. One of the best things about quitting is how amazingly easy it is to do. I won't list the reasons; everyone here has one they could use and make it sound plausible. My kids, my spouse, my job, my other responsibilities, my_____ (fill in the blank).

Campers camp. Fighters fight. Teachers teach. Writers write. Do you write? If yes, good! Stop and think a moment. Why do you write? Is writing both a release and an enjoyable time for you, and you don't mind some extra pocket change? Are you so driven by your inner need to write that you work a regular job and then write until you absolutely have to go to bed only to get up and do another round the next day? Are you in a position to write full time because you have other means of support while you write? Stick with me, now. I'm getting to the good stuff. I promise.

If you want to succeed, you must first decide what success is for you, otherwise, how will you know if you're successful? It sounds like one of those "well, duh!" kind of questions, but it isn't. Knowing what success is to you is what most people call having a goal.

Did you know a large percentage of retirees die within five years of retiring? Could that be because all their lives, they worked to retire? That was their big goal. Once they reached it, they didn't have anything else to focus on. A vague, "more travel, more time for the family, more golf..." how do you know if you have enough of "more" to feel successful? You don't. You need a measurement. I'm not saying anything else about setting goals. If you want a good, short article, click this link. It's a quick guide to setting smart goals.

Bottom line: If you don't want to fail, don't quit.

Knowing what you believe success is for you is the first step in being a successful writer. The rest is a combination of work, determination, skill, and a willingness to learn.

Monday, December 14, 2009


The biggest, baddest, most beautiful Harley-Davidson motorcycle I’d ever seen was parked near the boardwalk by Rehoboth Beach. The bike was pitch-black with bright silver chrome and had a thick, wide black leather seat. The cushion looked custom–extending from the rear passenger seat to the front, and then up toward the groove between the handle bars. Long enough to recline against.

Like a portable bed.

That seat inspired the setting for the final love scene in my erotic romance novel REV ME UP.

I’ve researched hundreds of photographs of Harley-Davidson motorcycles since the day I saw that custom bike and have yet to find another like it. The motorcycle pictured below is similar, copied from a free site and offered by There are thousands of pictures of Harley-Davidson motorcycles on the Internet if you want to relax and browse.

Can you imagine riding one of these with the hero of your dreams? Owning one of your own? Close your eyes and REV!

What’s your favorite motorcycle fantasy? Tell us in the comments section.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Mmmm Firefighters - A New Release

If you like them confident, well-endowed and tasting a little smoky, don't miss the December 7 release of Liquid Silver Books' HEART'S AFIRE DECEMBER - the final book of LSB's HEARTS AFIRE series - twelve yummy books, twenty-four steamy firefighter-centric romances.

Throughout the month of December, my co-author and I will be featuring our novella "This Fire" in a variety of formats - Thursday Thirteens (Thirteen Sentences from "This Fire" and Thirteen More Sentences from "This Fire"), excerpts at the Liquid Silver Books SEx blog, and a special whole Chapter One excerpt at our web site Monday, December 14.

My co-author also blogged about the resurrection of "This Fire" and if you're wondering about Ella Drake's story "Firestorm on E'Terra", she has a Thursday Thirteen of her own - Thirteen Sentences from "Firestorm on E'Terra."

Elise, Ella and I had a great time writing our respective stories and we hope you'll have a great time reading them!


Friday, December 11, 2009

Holiday Stories

The holidays are in full swing and I’ve just finished my shopping (thank goodness!). Now it’s on to the wrapping business – right about now I’m wishing I had a bunch of busy little elves working for me, wrapping presents, baking goodies and cleaning the house. Ooh and prepping the Christmas dinner…

I’m getting ahead of myself. I wanted to ask what puts you in the holiday spirit? Is it the scent of pine trees, the twinkling of lights or the sound of classic Christmas songs? I love all of those things but what I really love is to read a Christmas-themed romance.

And there’s so many to choose from! Every year I always pick up a few. Just tonight I ordered one from Amazon and had it sent it to my mom, one she specifically requested (Heather Graham’s new one). I’m jealous because I want to read it!

Not only do I love reading holiday stories but I love writing them too. I didn’t write a new one this year but I do have a few holiday stories in my backlist including Fairies & Wishes, Santa Baby and a freebie available at Samhain entitled All I Want for Christmas.

So tell me, do you enjoy reading holiday-themed books? Have any you could recommend to me? Do share…

Merry Christmas!

~ Karen

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Starting Anew

I usually like to get my blog posts done early but this time around, I’ve been procrastinating. Well, not exactly procrastinating. Just too tired when I finally hit the computer. You see, we’ve sold our motel and I’ve been flat out packing. It’s a very short settlement time and I have to have it all packed and shipped out ready for changeover on the 17th December. And of course, hubby has done his back in and can’t help me. Okay, he didn’t do it on purpose, but the timing stinks. Despite that, I have packed 75 boxes in just under 4 days. Not a bad effort even if I do say so myself.

In a way, it’s kind of scary. After 6 years running this motel, we are starting over. A new life. Retirement for hubby and full time writing for me. I’m not about to complain about being able to write when I feel like it. It has been my dream for the past 6 years. But it is kind of scary. It’s starting anew. A bit like how I feel each time I start a new book. Will I be able to do this? Will the plot sustain a full-length story? Will my editor love it? More importantly, will the reader love my characters and the life I’ve created on the page?

I go through this every time I start a new story. I second-guess myself. And I’m doing that right now with this shift. I have no idea where we’ll spend Christmas although a couple of weeks in Fiji has been mentioned. And I have no idea where I’ll end up living. Lol It’s a grand adventure. And isn’t that a bit like every book we pick up to read? We crack open that cover and start on a new adventure. So maybe comparing this shift to writing a new story is a good thing. It takes it out of the realms of scary and adds a dash of excitement. I have a brand new page to write on and that is definitely exciting.

Because I have no idea where I’ll be at Christmas, I’m going to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year now. And because I love Christmas time, I’m going to leave you with a couple of Christmas images. I’ll be back in January to tell you what I wrote on my blank page. Lol

Alexis Fleming

Monday, December 7, 2009

Random Holiday Thoughts!

I'm almost there...just on the verge and saying "whoopie" it's Xmas time. I had my first cup of hot chocolate last week. Yum! Yum! Don't ask me if I've started Xmas shopping yet...because I haven't. Black Friday? Forget about it!! Would not get out in that madness if someone paid me...well, maybe I would. But, I would rather just sleep in. No need in getting up that early in the morning if I don't have too. I do have a Xmas list, so, I pretty much know exactly what I'm going to buy for the family. Is my Xmas tree up? Nope. Not yet. I'm in the mood for change this year. New ornaments, tinsel...the whole nine yards. I've yet to find anything that makes me say "I gotta have that" though. So, I'm still looking. I will find something by the end of the week. Trying to convince the hubby to put lights on the house. He's still looking at me crazy for asking. Oh well. I think he may have this fear of falling off the roof. What do you think? :-)

Here's hoping you and yours have a wonderful holiday season!!!


On a holiday he hated, the last thing he expected was a sexy Secret Santa.

Ever since Richard Mayfield was given up for adoption right before Christmas he's hated the holiday. At work he's obligated to participate in the annual Secret Santa gift exchange. Surprised when love dice, edible undies, and Kama Sutra playing cards are left on his desk, he begins to wonder what kind of games his Secret Santa wants to play.

When Reghan West pulls Richard Mayfield's name, instead of the usual ten dollar a day gifts, she decides that being his sexy Secret Santa is definitely in order if she wants to finally get her man.

Available NOW from Cobblestone-Press.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

First Snow This Season

The sky is blue and sunny now but yesterday it was gray and heaving great gusts of heavy, wet snow. I was in heaven. My husband and I finished our Christmas shopping, made a mess of a gingerbread village kit, watched movies, napped and added a few more ornaments to our tree. This morning as I'm blogging, I'm munching on my favorite winter breakfast: whole grain toast with butter and homemade hot cranberry compote with a big steaming mug of Starbucks Christmas Blend.

Gifts are beneath the tree, all wrapped and pretty, and I even have a gift for you! Last week I contracted audio rights to the first of my Dragon Queen books and a 5-page demo is now live! Click the pretty picture at the left if you'd like to listen to the FREE demo.

If you'd like to know when MATING CALL is available in full audio format (March 2010) I'd love to add your name to my mailing list. You can e-mail me at emily.ryandavis @ with "MAILING LIST" as the subject heading.

I have more exciting news for the Dragon Queen books but I'll save it for another weekend because the really super awesome news this week? Tomorrow is release day for THIS FIRE, a novella I co-wrote with Elise Logan, included in a two-story anthology with the fantastic Ella Drake.

Watch for THIS FIRE and FIRESTORM ON D'TERRA at Liquid Silver Books tomorrow - you'll find both stories packaged as HEARTS AFIRE (December).

Firestorm on E'Terra by Ella Drake

When fire meets ice, the storm flames out of control.

Intragalactic smokejumper and former refugee Wilson Dex takes the latest in a long line of risks, a mission to quell the firestorm on planet E'terra.

Equipment from his transport ship malfunctions, forcing by-the-book Commander Samantha Varde dirtside to help Dex though she suffers from landsickness.

While fighting the ill-timed and against-code heat between them, they have hours to reprogram a torpedo, fly into a tornado, and chute into a firestorm, all to save the colony before the storm flames out of control.

This Fire by Elise Logan and Emily Ryan-Davis

Keeping secrets…

Trauma surgeon Eden Thomas leads a full, happy life. Playingsocially-acceptable girlfriend to her best friend Ryan and his lover Michael keeps her social calendar full of firehouse gatherings and politicians’ garden parties. She had never given much thought to romantic relationships of her own–until Seth.

…or telling lies?

Newly transferred first responder Seth Ripley is trying to escape a woman, not find a new one. Especially not a flirtatious blonde hanging off the arm of his co-worker. Every instinct tells him to stay away from the sexy surgeon, but in spite of his misgivings, he surrenders to the hot attraction. Just one night should work her out of his system. But one night fails to satisfy either of them.


Soon, Seth’s demands for the truth about her relationship with Ryan and Michael push Eden into a corner she can’t escape–betray her best friend in order to give the man she loves the confidence to believe in her or preserve her loyalty to Ryan by letting Seth walk away.

Visit the Liquid Silver community forum for an excerpt!

And don't forget to stop by Scorched Sheets tomorrow for a release party.


Saturday, December 5, 2009

Free Short! Standing Guard by Leigh Ellwood

A number of years ago, I'd published through the now defunct Venus Press a quickie called Standing Guard. I was inspired to write it following a conversation with a military wife whose husband had been deployed at the time. Where I am now, that's a common sight to experience, and I imagine during the holidays it's especially lonely. I don't know that a little short tale will make anybody feel better, but I hope you all enjoy it. I've decided, since it is rather short, to add it to my growing free read library.

You can find it for free at Smashwords or ARe. Right now, it's work work work on Enter Sandman for Phaze Books, Dead Barchetta, and the first Nenah West story with Nona Wesley. I'll have more on that collaboration soon.

Friday, December 4, 2009

It's International Hug Day!!!

This video gives me a warm feeling. Really, what’s the harm in a few hugs? I have a habit of signing emails, HUGS. And I love to give them. This is probably not a day those fearing H1N1 will want to observe. LOL but a great day to hug family and send cyber hugs to friends on the internet all over the world.

International Hug Day has come at the right time, just as we all start fighting our way through crowded stores and cursing at inept drivers while in traffic jams. Before you reach your boiling point, you don’t have to physically do it (they would probably body slam you) but think about just giving the SOB annoying you- a hug. First off, can you imagine the look on their face? And when you hug, you have a better chance of letting go of that anger. I did it this morning after a mom cut me off while I was pulling into the drop off lane at elem. school. The thought of giving her a big ole hug made me laugh. It’s just a thought. *shrug* But do try to hug those you know, it’s a marvelous feeling to let someone know they matter to you.

Besides, if you look into it, there are a lot of benefits to hugging.
-A hug has the ability to lower blood pressure and heart rate.
-A hug creates those feelings of acceptance and compassion that can sometimes be difficult to find in our modern world and are hard for words to relate.
-When we experience a hug, we become more relaxed, we are happier, and our entire attitude tends to improve.
-Hugs are sometimes used as a form of physical therapy. Think about it: when you give or receive a hug, you are making full body contact with another person. Medical science has shown contact of this kind stimulates nerve endings throughout the body and increase circulation. Thus, some physical rehabilitation centers use hugs of various kinds in order to stimulate nerve endings and increase blood flow throughout the body.

Remember to ask before hugging someone you don't know that well. some people just aren't huggers.

I’ll leave you with some quotes about hugs:

-"You can't wrap love in a box, but you can wrap a person in a hug." unknown author

-"Millions and millions of years would still not give me half enough time to describe that tiny instant of eternity when you put your arms around me and I put my arms around you." Jacques Prevert

-"A silent hug means a thousand words to an unhappy heart." unknown author

-"Oh I love hugging. I wish I was an octopus, so I could hug 10 people at a time." Drew Barrymore

-"A hug makes me feel happy." Stephanna Lynn Barrett

- "I have a present for you, but I need to borrow your arms for wrapping paper." unknown author
A hug is a great gift - one size fits all, and it's easy to exchange. ~Author Unknown

May you be surrounded by those worthy of your hugs,
and with your permission-

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Dragon Menage - Yum!

I bet that subject line got your attention, eh? I should also add that my latest release from Samhain Publishing features two hot shapeshifting TWIN heroes. Double yum! ;-)

DRAGON STORM came out about a week or two ago in ebook formats and will be in print next year. Oh yeah, and it's sort of a Time Travel too - well, more of a dimension travel, with the twin dragon princes coming here to our world to find their lady. Here's the blurb:

Their love will span the ages… and two very different worlds.

Caught in a magical storm and deposited on modern-day Earth, twin dragon princes Darius and Connor are looking for a way home. Instead they find something most unexpected—their mate. The one woman who holds both their hearts in the palm of her healing hand—along with secrets about her origins that link their shared destinies.

When Josie patches up the injured man on her doorstep, her snowcat instincts tell her he’s much more than a man. And so is his brother. She also knows her dragon lovers cannot fly free on Earth. The only way to return them to their rightful place is to face the failures of her past, and leave the safety of her Oregon cabin to seek her estranged grandfather’s counsel. There she learns the painful truth: returning Darius and Connor to where they belong could mean giving up everything. Even her only chance for true love.

But fate has other plans for the trio. Magic swirls all around them. Whether it is for good or ill, only time will tell…

Warning: This book contains red hot twin action ménage a trois, a wild cat woman and two hunky dragon studs in black leather.

I'd also like to mention a few other things coming up in the next few weeks. My very first NY-published book, HALF PAST DEAD, will be out at the end of the month from Kensington Brava. It's actually a 2-author anthology that features two stories tied together by the theme of zombies. Yes, I said ZOMBIES! :)

Here's a little about my part of the book...

Special Forces soldier Simon Blackwell ended his affair with Mariana Daniels three years ago, but he hasn’t stopped protecting her. Mariana has no knowledge of the dark, deadly creatures that lurk in the forest surrounding her clinic, or of the mysterious powers that make Simon the only one who can defeat them. But soon he’ll have no choice but to reveal the truth, and urge her to trust in an explosive passion that never faded…

And I guess it's not too early to mention the first full-length novel in this new zombie-themed military paranormal series, ONCE BITTEN, TWICE DEAD. It'll be out in March 2010. Here's a little bit about it...

When police officer Sarah Petit investigates a disturbance in an abandoned building, she expects to find a few underage drinkers. Instead, she’s attacked by creatures straight out of a horror movie. Waking a week later in a hospital, Sarah is visited by Special Forces soldier Captain Xavier Beauvoir. The zombies who attacked Sarah are the result of military research gone terrifyingly wrong, and Sarah’s immunity to the virus makes her the perfect person to help Xavier eradicate them. But his smooth Cajun accent, whiskey-colored eyes, and dizzying kiss are risky to her in a very different way.

Sarah attracts danger like a magnet—and the smart, fearless cop attracts Xavier too, instilling a bone-deep need that’s undermining his steady façade. Enlisting her aid is a necessary gamble, but vicious undead creatures are not the only enemy they face. And the only way to keep each other safe is to trust in an instant connection that could be their greatest strength—or the perfect way to destroy them both.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

3 Winners Announced!

Happy Holidays!

I wish all of you and your families a happy, healthy and safe Holiday Season!

Congrats to the three winners of the Thanksgiving Contest! This contest was open only to newsletter subscribers. Because this contest was so popular, the next contest will also have 3 winners and is open to newsletter subscribers. Details will be in the next newsletter scheduled for December 18th, so join the yahoo newsletter list so you can enter! (Just send an email to: that's all )

The entrants for the Thanksgiving Newsletter Contest had to respond to the following scenario:

A demon has marked you for its own. You now have a red aura emitting around your body that lets other demons know you're taken, but you're not going quietly. You must hide from demons. What are the three things you must do or take with you to ensure you survive? Be creative.

Prizes: 3 autographed books awarded: 1 book to 1 winner: Reunited, Book 1 of Gargoyles Seduced, Midnight Treat, featuring To Kiss a Gargoyle and TTGBITN VI, featuring Dream Lovers of Gargoyle Castle.

Here are the winners' responses (all of the answers were fun and creative, so I'm glad it was a random drawing because it would have been impossible to pick from such great creative responses.

Gayle O. Won Reunited:
1. I would drink a lot of Blue Hawaiians to change my aura to purple
(red +blue = purple). They would then think I was royalty and not
Bother or harm me.
2. I would have a shotgun with plenty of silver bullets to shot them
In the head. Hey, it works for Zombies so it must be worth a try.
3. I would take my set of encyclopedias and read from them incessantly
Creating my own demon filibuster. Hopefully the sound of my monotone
Voice going on and on and on will bore them to death, put them to
Sleep or have them leave me alone as they don't want to hear my voice
Going on and on and on for hours on end. :)

Maggie J. Won TTGBITN VI:

1. Go to the beauty salon. Must look my best when on the run.
2. Whip
3. Lots of chocolate

Crystal B. Won Midnight Treat:

1. A magic cloak to cover me and hide my aura
2. A sword blessed by a priest
3. A Blackberry with all loyal contacts on speed dial to help me battle the demons

Big Hugs and Congrats to the winners and to everyone who entered!