Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Mystical Cleaning or Just Getting Rid of the Crap by Jade Lee

For those of you who follow me on twitter (@JadeLeeAuthor) or Facebook (Jade Lee Author), you know that I’ve started something kinda weird with @CindyDees. Guess what it is:

A. Mystical Yoga – we stretch, pose, and pray to the God of Flexibility that we don’t break something.
B. Disposing of 27 items a day for 9 days in a row.
C. Using burning sage to smudge out all the evil spirits in my whole house room by room. Yes, I did accidentally set fire to my hair.
D. Tossing out shoes. You read it right–shoes. Every ugly, worn, pinching, or otherwise annoying pair.

Answer: B – I’m sure there’s all sorts of numerological reasons for the 27 items for 9 days in a row. The idea is that clutter holds space in your life. If you want new experiences to come in, you have to get rid of the old crap. So after 9 days (if you miss one, you have to start over) something magical is supposed to enter your life. I’m on day 8 right now. So far what’s entered is dust and a sense of accomplishment. Yup, all those little things that I swore I’d deal with...I actually did. Well, not all of them, but a lot! I’m very proud of myself.

As for the other choices, praying to the God of Flexibility is what I always do on the rare occasions when I attempt yoga. Burning sage is something I’ve done once and yup, don’t hold that stuff too close to your face. Or maybe when smudging you’re supposed to use the smoke, not the fire. As for tossing out shoes–well, I have been as part of the 9 day clearing out, but that’s not all I’ve been getting rid of.

Here are just some little notes about my mystical cleansing experience. I tossed huge piles of expired make up, some I hadn’t even opened yet. But do I really need sparkly blue eyeshadow from a decade ago? This is a picture of my trunk filled with items for my FIRST trip to Good Will. I have no idea if they’ll resell any of it or it’s all destined for the dumpster. Don’t care. It’s not in my house anymore.

Here’s a picture of my cabinet after I tossed all the expired food. And yes, the sponge went too.

So what have you cleaned out lately? And after you’re done, maybe you’ll pick up a copy of 50 Ways to Ruin a Rake. Check it out here: http://jadeleeauthor.com/50-ways-to-ruin-a-rake


Monday, June 29, 2015

Race to the Finish

June 29th? Im. Possible.

Ok, not impossible, but the summer has flown by so quickly that I can hardly believe July is almost here. I've been keeping busy with my upcoming releases from Sourcebooks: the Romance of the Turf series, focusing on a talented but troubled family at the heart of Newmarket's Thoroughbred-racing scene. 

I've just finished copyedits on the introductory novella, "The Sport of Baronets," which will be out in January. In February comes the first full-length novel, A Gentleman's Game--which I finished revising at the beginning of June. (My editor likes it! Yay!) The second novel is due in September, so I'm working on that now.

Not that I've spent the whole summer at a computer so far. Last weekend, Little Miss R and I took a trip out of state for a family reunion. While she played on a water slide, I caught up with my relatives--including one of my aunts, who gave me a manila envelope full of childhood "treasures" I had sent to her over the years. Here's one of them:

I drew this around the time I turned six, before I was apparently aware that people had noses. The names of the horses--as printed on their tack, because why not--are "Hish," "Dewey Ann," "His," "Han," "May," and "Red." 

I'm troubled by the fact that only one of the horses has a jockey. Did the rest buck theirs off? Han's behavior seems to indicate yes. In addition, May appears to be kicking a toy horse, or maybe that's my youthful mastery of perspective.

Considering my early fascination with racing, the Romance of the Turf series was an inevitable step in my writing career. :) Each romance will have a horse race in it--though with far more jockeys than this picture shows. And the horses will have much stranger names, too. As the hero of "The Sport of Baronets" says, "What a sad world it would be if the name of a racehorse had to make sense."

I hope you all enjoy the new series! I'll be posting info on the Books page of my website as soon as I can share more. You can also sign up for my newsletter to be sure you get the latest scoop before anyone else: http://theresaromain.com

Happy summer to you all! And if you find yourself in a horse race, keep a hand on your nose to make sure it doesn't vanish.

Historical romance author Theresa Romain pursued an impractical education that allowed her to read everything she could get her hands on. She then worked for universities and libraries, where she got to read even more. Eventually she started writing, too. She lives with her family in the Midwest. Find her at theresaromain.com or on Facebook or Twitter.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Shana's Winner

The randomly chosen winner of the books by Grace Burrowes, Julie Ann Walker, and Tera Lynn Childs & Tracy Deebs is Missy Terry! Thanks to all who commented.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Wanted: Beta Hero for Alpha Heroine

My baby girl needs a friend.

Here she is giving me the evil eye after a wash...

We inherited her after a family marriage breakup meant that person had to shift to smaller digs. Kobe was only supposed to be a guest for a few months, but she and my boyfriend fell in love with each other, and it was decided that she had to stay. 

It's been a couple of years now, and she's getting a little greyer, and a little bit slower. So now we're on the lookout for a puppy friend for her to play with. Kobe likes: Walks, car drives, camping, swimming and chasing tennis balls. Also partial to long snoozes. Does not like: small white fluffy dogs.

The problem?

We want to do a little research to make sure we try and match her up with a friend who suits her. Kobe is very much the boss of the yard, but gets along well with less-dominant dogs (like Hazel below).  My boyfriend wants an Irish Wolfhound, or a poodle. I want something medium sized, friendly, and good with people - and cats. Top of my list? Golden Retriever, or something similar sized, or a German Short Haired Pointer, but I'm totally open to suggestions. 

With her 'cousin' after an exhausting afternoon tearing apart a cushion...
So, does anyone have any experience with these breeds, or other suggested types? We're hoping to narrow it down, and then maybe strart looking at the RSPCA (rescue centre) to see if they have any dogs that match up. Right now it's at the research stage, but we're hoping to start looking soon. 


Bec McMaster writes award-winning romance novels featuring red-hot alpha males, kick-ass heroines and edge-of-your-seat adventures. Her London Steampunk series is available from Sourcebooks, and Forged By Desire is a 2015 RITA finalist. Read more about her at www.becmcmaster.com. 

Friday, June 26, 2015

Who doesn't love free samples?

Hi guys! Gina Lamm here. Going to a conference, show, or fair with my mother is always fun. The woman adores anything free. It doesn't matter what it is, if she could use it or not, or if it's the least bit practical. Whenever we leave, we're burdened down with bags full o'stuff. Eventually (sooner if my father gets hold of it) most of the flyers, fans, and useless stuff gets tossed, but let there be a lip balm or a notepad in there and mom will hold onto it forever.

If you feel a kinship with my mother, then today's your lucky day!

I've got some incredibly talented friends, and one of them has put together a super-awesome romance sampler just in time for some beach reading. And best of all, it's free! TEASERS AND TASTES features some incredible authors, with books separated by genre, and page samples of each to give you a great idea of whether you might enjoy that author's work. I'm thrilled to have KISS THE EARL included in the time travel section! It's been an honor to have my work situated alongside some of these ladies', and I hope, while you're packing your bags for your summer vacation, you'll consider adding TEASERS AND TASTES to your ebook library.

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

H is for Hawk by Deb Werksman

For the first time ever on this blog, I’m going to review a book!

I recently read H is for Hawk, a memoir about a woman who, while grieving her father’s death, decided to train a baby goshawk. (BABY GOSHAWK!!!!!!!)

This is MABEL, the goshawk. Isn’t she beautiful?

I adore hawks, let me just say—I see turkey hawks on my way to and from the office every day, and there they are up there, sitting on the lampposts, or cruising the air currents, with their sharp eyes, their magnificent wingspans, and their grace and deadliness. Shivers.

Helen MacDonald had experience with falconry, so she knew what she was getting into. DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME! I am completely satisfied with the vicarious experience of training a goshawk; I have no desire to try it myself.

Helen’s writing is magnificent—brilliant, beautiful, poignant and deep. I wished at times that she had  not taken the book into sadness at every opportunity—there were many instances when I felt the word choices could have been lighter, more joyful and delighted, but she was grieving at the time, so it’s understandable. She quoted T.H. White’s book The Goshawk quite a bit, and I could have wished for just about 25-30% less of that, but it was ok because the rest of the book was so magnificent. I particularly loved the falconry language. At one point, she says that Mabel “snapped into yarak instantly”—yarak is that state of supreme fitness and conditioning that results in a hawk being ready to pounce. Don’t you feel that way sometimes? (I do, without the fitness part.)

Highly recommend this beautiful fascinating memoir.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

POLDARK Rides Again!

Cloak billowing in the wind, tricorne hat perched proudly on his head, he galloped across my television screen and changed my life forever.

Hyperbole? Not by much.

Robin Ellis as Ross Poldark
One summer, our local PBS station broadcast the 1970s miniseries Poldark--about the changing fortunes of an ancient Cornish mining family--and its sequel back-to-back. Almost 30 weeks of high drama, smoldering romance, and swashbuckling adventure, unfolding against the wild, beautiful landscape of 18th century Cornwall. The lavish production was lovingly written—despite some dramatic liberties taken early in the series—and wonderfully cast, with a brooding Robin Ellis as the title character (a soldier who returns to a ruined estate and a sweetheart now engaged to his cousin instead), and a fiery Angharad Rees as Demelza, one of the main women in Poldark’s life. Other standouts included Ralph Bates, as Poldark’s smarmy parvenu nemesis, George Warleggan, and Richard Morant as dashing doctor Dwight Enys, who becomes one of Poldark’s closest friends.

Aidan Turner as the New Poldark

Needless to say, I adored the series and the novels by Winston Graham that inspired it (more on those in a moment). So I felt a mixture of excitement and trepidation this past winter when I saw a promo for the new Poldark, which will begin airing this summer (As of this posting, the first episode will have been shown on PBS.)  Did it stand a chance of being as good as the original? Would the producers understand how important the whole sense of Cornwall as a community was to the series? Would they take the time to tell the story properly, without shortchanging key events or relationships? How good would the casting be? And could I accept Aidan Turner as Ross Poldark when the last time I saw him he was three feet shorter, fully bearded, and making eyes at an elf?

Fortunately, initial word on the new Poldark, which has already aired in the UK, has been reassuring. Winston Graham passed away in 2003 (at 95, a year after writing Bella Poldark, the 12th and last Poldark novel!), but Robin Ellis is still living and plays a cameo role in the new series. Several British newspapers have interviewed Ellis about both Poldarks, and he has had only positive things to say about his involvement with them. Ellis also told the Daily Mail, "The key to the enduring popularity of Poldark is the characters and the story and the writing . . . Winston Graham created this community where there is love, hate, poverty, riches, all human life is there. But he does it in a three-dimensional way so you fall in love with it. You care for the characters."

That particular quote gladdens my heart because I came to love the novels as much as the miniseries—and because Graham has been a huge influence on my own work. Waltz with a Stranger and A Song at Twilight are both set largely in Cornwall, though a century later, and I have striven to capture the same sense of place and community, the same wealth and range of emotions that Graham does in The Poldark Saga.

Demelza tries to comfort a brooding Ross
Graham’s characterization has shaped mine as well: Ross is an original, as is the inimitable Demelza, but my heroes bear more than a trace of his stamp. Like Ross, James Trelawney is happiest and most himself in his native county, while Robin Pendarvis shares his initials, along with the first name of Ross’s best-known portrayer. Both men are also strong, stoic, and down-to-earth, with little tolerance for snobs or fools. And their heroines are matches for them in every way. I’ve always felt that Graham really liked and appreciated strong, capable women, which isn’t always the case with male authors!
My books also contain what I think of as “Poldark moments”—scenes in which desire and attraction play out against the dramatic Cornish landscape.

Photo courtesy of the Daily Mail
Like this scene in Waltz with a Stranger, where the heroine, Aurelia—wading in the sea—first sees James in his native element:

The wind off the sea whistled in her ears and flapped the wide brim of her hat. On impulse, she loosened the ribbons under her chin, took off the hat, and stood bareheaded in the sun, letting the breeze ruffle her hair, tease it loose from its pins. Her skirt billowed around her, and she stepped forward more boldly into the surf. The cold felt merely invigorating this time, and she stood with the sea swirling about her ankles, gazing toward the horizon, where the deepening blue of the sea met the softer blue of the sky.

She did not hear the hoofbeats at first, and even when the sound reached her ears, she did not immediately identify them as such. They seemed nothing more than part of the sea’s rumble. Not until she felt the ground quiver beneath her feet did she look up to see the lone horseman galloping toward her.

Beneath the open sky, horse and rider moved as one, the latter’s head gleaming with the same inky gloss as his horse’s hide, making his shirt seem whiter by comparison. Watching him approach, Aurelia experienced a jolt of recognition almost physical in its intensity. No London dandy, transplanted from his usual environs of Hyde Park and Rotten Row.

No London dandy—but James Trelawney, Earl of Trevenan, in his rightful place. 

(From Waltz with a Stranger, Ch. 18)

Every grain of sand, every blade of marram grass matters in Graham’s world, and no character is too insignificant to have a backstory and an inner life. Whatever their station, Graham’s characters love and hate, work and dream, fight and make peace, and involve us—the readers—in their struggles. What more can one ask of any story? The family saga may be out of literary fashion at the moment, but I for one would love to see it revive.

Winston Graham with "Demelza," "Ross," and "Jud"
Meanwhile, I hope the new series will indeed be as good as the old. And I hope that a new generation will discover Graham’s books (I certainly wouldn’t complain if they discovered mine as well!) And I hope that I can find room in my heart for Aidan Turner’s Ross, even if Robin Ellis will always be the definitive portrayer to me. He had Graham’s official stamp of approval, after all. One of Ellis’s most cherished possessions is a copy of Ross Poldark containing the following inscription from the author:

Dear Robin,

I have so far watched twelve instalments [sic] with hyper-critical gaze and have never seen you put a foot wrong.

You've played many parts and will have many more, but I doubt if you'll play another character in which you achieve a greater identity with what the author intended, or give him – and about ten million other people – so much pleasure.

Winston, Christmas 1975.

What particular authors or works have strongly influenced or inspired you?

Pamela Sherwood


Monday, June 22, 2015

When Princess Galen Threw Me Under the Bus

My friends and fellow Sourcebooks' authors Tera Lynn Childs and Tracy Deebs had a signing Friday evening in Houston. I headed over there after gymnastics with my five-year old in tow. The signing was held at a children's bookstore, so I figured Princess Galen could look at children's books while I listened to the authors chat. This sort of worked, and at the end of the evening, I got in line to get a copy of Powerless signed.

Princess Galen got in line with me, and a reader in front of me recognized me and Princess Galen.

Reader to PG: How does it feel to have a famous author as a mom?
Me: Oh, I'm not fam--
PG (interrupting): It's horrible! She works all the time and never plays with me.
Me: Gasp! That is not true!
PG: Yes, it is. You never, ever play with me!
Reader: Oh, I think it's my turn. Bye.
Me (hissing): How could you say that?
PG (smiling): I'm just kidding.

This is how books like Mommy Dearest start. I anticipate Princess Galen is saving up every slight for her memoir now.

But something good did come out of Princess Galen's betrayal. I have a signed copy of Powerless to give away. And since I love to support my Sourcebooks' sisters, I also have a copy of Born Wild by Julie Anne Walker, and a signed copy of The Duke's Disaster by Grace Burrowes to give away too!

Just comment below and tell me if our kids or someone else you know has ever thrown you under the bus. I'll choose a winner randomly and post the winner on Sunday. PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL IN YOUR COMMENT SO I CAN EMAIL YOU IF YOU WIN.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

New Release: Singer of Death

The Singer of Death (Court of Annwyn 5) is out now, and still at the first week special price of 99c :)

If you haven't read any of the series yet that's okay because each book stands alone, however if you want a little primer on all things Annwyn keep reading.

The Outcast Prince saw Caspian, a changeling and Prince Felan's secret son, get caught up in the hunt for the secret doorway to Annwyn while trying to keep Lydia safe from fairies. She wasn't impressed by the chaos but ultimately decided that Caspian couldn't really pick his family.

In Lord of the Hunt the Queen's mischief making continued. Verden, lord of the hunt, found himself in hot water and was saved by the lovely Taryn who was only in Annwyn to try and save her father's life.

Prince Felan discovered how hard it was going to be for Jacquie To Love a King as he had to fight to claim the throne of Annwyn from his mother's schemes. the secret enemy was revealed. During the battles in Annwyn plague swept across our world.

This of course left many dead and power gaps to be exploited. Henry Saint soon discovered that Annwyn doesn't like large gatherings of banished fairies but he was able to strike a deal while falling in love with the spy, Darah. He became the Darkling Lord.

A year after the plagues, half a billion dead and our world is slowly recovering. Humans still know nothing about fairies and that is the way Annwyn would like to keep it...the trouble is not all changelings are aware of Annwyn's laws and some of them are struggling to get by.

Singer of Death
An acid attack left Bronwyn scarred, but when she sings she is beautiful again. Her voice is hypnotic and powerful. For those moments she has control, no one can hurt her and no one is immune. Or so she thought.

Jonah Sheppard is a thief on the run. When he meets Bronwyn his life begins to make sense. He isn’t human. He is a changeling like her. Their fairy blood has given them magic and he thinks they should use it. It’s a game she wants to play.

Bronwyn knows he only wants her for her voice, but she doesn’t care. And he knows that she could do so much better than a career criminal. A fragile trust grows but when they draw the attention of human and fairy authorities everything they know is torn away.

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SHONA HUSK is the author of the Shadowlands, Court of Annwyn and the Face the Music Series. You can find out more information about Shona and her edgy romances at www.shonahusk.com or follow her on Twitter @ShonaHusk, Facebook www.facebook.com/shonahusk or join her newsletter: http://mad.ly/signups/119074/join

Friday, June 19, 2015

What's Your Go To Chick Flick? By Gina Conkle

Chick flicks are like romance novels: they give you a dose of feel good when you need it most.  Do you have a "go to" movie that never lets you down?

For me it's Leap Year.

In fact, Leap Year is my #3 all-time favorite movie. I know...You're thinking, "She numbers her favorite movies?"

I do. Don't judge me too harshly. Maybe that's why I love 'Anna' in Leap Year? The Amy Adams character is a control-freak American redhead who falls for a dark, brooding Irishman struggling to hold onto his small town pub. He's all wrong for this upwardly mobile Boston woman set on marrying a cardiologist.

Declan, the movie's hero, is brusque to the point of rudeness and cynical about love. Yet, he knows just the right the moment to pull out the chivalry card. He saves the day and wins hearts with an unassuming smile.

And here's the other interesting Leap Year fact: My go to person for chick flick recommendations is my husband, Brian. He's the one who told me about this cute romance.

With busy family schedules, we rely on Pay-per-View for many Friday night movies. Brian travels a lot for his job, which means logging lots of air miles. He typically works while he flies, but he'll check out the airplane movies and come home with his, "You'll like this" recommendation.

The ultimate seal of approval is the "DVD-worthy" movie in our family. That means we decided to buy the DVD to keep the viewing fun going for years to come. Okay, so my sons don't see the charm in Leap Year like I do, but I've seen plenty of Star Wars and superhero movies in my lifetime. It all balances out.

And I won't even tell you how many times I've seen Leap Year! Or how many times I watched it in a row one Saturday (4 although my youngest insists the number is 5).

What can I say? I needed a cute romance fix. I even love the soundtrack. That's how I discovered the singer Colbie Caillat.

One of these days I'll tell you about the other movie I've seen even more than Leap Year. That'd be #1 on my all-time favorite movie list.

Now it's your turn. What's your melt-my-heart-go-to chick flick?

I'm Gina Conkle, writer of Viking and Georgian romance with a softly sensual side.  http://ginaconkle.com/

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Writer at Large by Grace Burrowes

Becoming a published author has so many delightful benefits you don't anticipate as you're slogging toward your first publication day.

Romance writers in particular are among the most supportive, creative, delightful people you'd ever want to meet. Romance readers, I'm convinced, are the best readers on the planet. They are loyal, helpful, constructive, friendly... cannot say enough good things about my readers.

One more upside publication has brought me is the ability to travel to the UK, to research everything from settings, to language, to history, to--my
dedication is limitless, you see--food and drink. I'm writing this post from a hotel on the sea loch in Plockton, Scotland, and earlier this week I was in the Orkney Islands.  

If you have a chance to go to the Orkneys, do it. You might think islands as far north as Moscow would be cold and bleak, but turns out, these islands are fertile, temperate (a hard frost is rare), and beautiful. Wind and tides make them energy independent, and they offer everything from rock climbing to scuba diving (some of Germany's WWI fleet was scuttled here), to music festivals.

And so much history. I visited the oldest stone henge in Europe, the largest stone henge in Europe (they are neighbors), the best preserved stone age village in Europe (another neighbor), and a stone age tomb that the Vikings sheltered in during a medieval blizzard.

That tomb, Maesehowe, was delightful for the graffiti the Norsemen had left. It's the largest collection of runes outside Scandinavia, quite possibly also the funniest. "I miss the fair widow Ingebur" is a loose translation of one etching. Another says, "I carved this really high up." Yet another, "I'm the best rune carver in the world." And my favorite: "Hakkon is the guy who stole the treasure."

That old rascal Hakkon... For a busy guy, he gets around.

I never thought, when I began writing, that it would take me to Gaelic short courses, scrumptious desserts, the Royal Highland Games in Braemar, new friends, new dreams, and stone age wonders. My photography teacher at the Gaelic college this spring was a quiet guy, but what advice he gave was delightful. One gem I recall was, "Look behind you, look at your feet, look up. The best shots are often not the ones right before you."

I love to write, love to interact with my readers, love to hang out with writin' buddies. Those are the images I might have anticipated capturing had I been asked to describe the joys of being a published author.

But I've also seen daylight in the midnight sky, Viking graffiti, Her Royal Majesty toddling into church on an autumn Sunday, and so many more delights that if I never sold another book, I'd consider myself the most fortunate author on the planet.

What about you? Has your path led to unexpected wonders and joys? Unexpected laughs, friends, and good times? Did you find a treasure to savor in memory when you looked in unexpected directions?

Because I'm traveling, I can't respond very easily to comments, but I can promise to one commenter, I'll send a DVD of Neil Oliver's "History of Scotland."

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

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