Monday, October 31, 2016
The first one is a Bloody Shirley Temple. Nothing says Halloween like Shirley Temple and blood. Click here for the recipe.
These Ghost Milkshakes are really cute. They're sort of a dessert drink. Click here for the recipe.
My daughter loves candy corn, so here's a drink she might enjoy. Click here for the recipe for Candy Corn Layered Halloween Sipper.
What are your plans for Halloween?
Friday, October 28, 2016
Whether it's a book that hit a list, or new contract for several books, or in my case...a reader/author conference--first in my part of the country, and it was a big hit!
Regardless, success is awesome! Getting to the top of that goal mountain is part relief and part elation. The view from the top is fabulous.
Until you realize you could get knocked off that peak, and probably will at some point. Life is not meant to be all rainbows and unicorns.
I'm still riding that high as I plan for next year's Fall in Love with New England Romance Reader/Author Conference. It will begin Friday the 13th! LOL. Perfect since we celebrate early Halloween. Don't ask to register yet. We're still creating forms and a website. But it's great to know that authors are already enthusiastic about attending in 2017.
Here's our facebook link. Fall in Love with New England Romance Reader/Author Conference
You can see lots of pictures from this year--including my costume, an Indian goddess with many arms. I was the Goddess of Multitasking. LOL A lot of us probably wish we had a few more arms and hands!
So, if you had more hands, what would you do?
Thursday, October 27, 2016
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
As the autumn chill creeps into the air and each morning brings a new tug-of-war between the comfort of my bed and the inevitable pull of responsibility, I start fantasizing about my favorite cold weather romances. I don’t know about you, but I LOVE those stories where near-strangers are forced to spend time together… and, of course, they wind up falling in love! It got me thinking about what I love to read in a romance. Here are just a few of my favorite romance tropes:
- Forced Proximity: Yeah. This is pretty much my favorite. Give me a cozy cabin, two people and a blizzard and I’m a happy camper.
- Beauty and the Beast: I’m not sure there’s anything I love more than a beast being tamed by his lady love.
- Enemies to lovers: Because there’s nothing better than hot-as-hell hate sex, right?
- Time travel: When it comes to paranormal, a certain kind of time travel romance gets me every time. I cry, usually, so you won’t see me reading these in public.
Under Her Skin
Her Body is His Canvas
A darkly possessive relationship has left Uma alone and on the run. Beneath her drab clothing, she hides a terrible secret-proof of her abuse, tattooed onto her skin in a lurid reminder of everything she's survived.
Caught between a brutal past and an uncertain future, Uma's reluctant to bare herself to anyone, much less a rough ex-con whose rage drives him in ways she will never understand. But beneath his frightening exterior, Ivan is gentle. Warm. Compassionate. And just as determined to heal Uma's broken heart as he is to destroy the monster who left his mark scrawled across the delicate tapestry of her skin.
Adriana Anders writes romance that's dark, smart, and full of heart. She has acted and sung, slung cocktails and corrected copy. She’s worked for start-ups, multinationals and small nonprofits, but it wasn’t until she returned to her first love—writing romance—that she finally felt like she’d come home. Today, she resides with her tall French husband, two small children and fat bastard of a French cat in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where she writes the dark, gritty, emotional love stories of her heart.
Her award-winning debut novel, Under Her Skin, the first in the Blank Canvas series, will be out from Sourcebooks Casablanca in February 2017.
Visit Adriana: www.adrianaanders.com
Monday, October 24, 2016
Since my debut, Beautiful Crazy, is out next week and I’m currently finishing up book 3 (Beautiful Wreck) in the Rock ’n’ Ink series, I thought it might be fun to share some thoughts on inspiration. Authors, and creative types in general, glean creative kindling from a myriad of different sources. Some authors have dreams that play out as full scenes, others journal, and many use art to light the fire of inspiration. Usually I draw my ideas from the Internet (Yay for Instagram, Pinterest and Tumblr), but a lot of inspiration comes from facets of my own life.
Music:If you know anything about me at all, you probably know I’m a huge music lover. I listen to everything from electroswing to Jack White to heavy metal to rockabilly. Music plays a big part in my new series, Rock 'n' Ink, as it centers around a heavy metal band on the rise. But my tastes are much broader and a lot more eclectic than just one genre. For a sample of some of my favorites, check out my playlists for Beautiful Crazy:
Except one: HOCKEY! I love hockey and I especially love my San Jose Sharks. There’s something about the grace and elegance mixed with the sheer brutality and athleticism that calls to me. Not to mention the players…holy hell, you guys, hockey players are hot!
Check out some of my hockey inspiration on my Pinterest board.
Hallmark movies:I tend to write a little bit naughty so this might seem odd coming from me, but I adore Hallmark movies. I mean, I LOVE them. They’re my reward for adulting well or meeting my word count. They’re my current drug of choice. Hallmark movies are excellent reminders of how consistent story structure can keep viewers/readers interested despite knowing the outcome will give the characters their HEA.
My life:Duh, right? It's so obvious, but I really do find that paying attention to the world around me provides the riches soil for story ideas. My relationships with the people I know and love, as well as the stories I weave around people I see just walking down the street tend to offer the most inspiration.
I’d love to know where you find your creative inspiration.
My debut, Beautiful Crazy, releases next Tuesday! I'm so excited to share Kevan and Mason with the world!
About Kasey LaneAward-winning author Kasey Lane writes sexy romances featuring music, hot guys with ink, kick ass women, and always a happily ever after. A California transplant, she lives with her high school crush turned husband, two smart, but devilish kids, two dumb-as-rocks Papillons, and a bunch of bossy chickens in the lush Oregon forest. Visit her on line where you'll find her swearing too much and talking about the San Jose Sharks, tattoos, and Jack White.
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Friday, October 21, 2016
- Theo is a McCauley cousin, and Flynn and Brody fought over keeping him as a business apprentice in The Troublemaker Next Door and How to Handle a Heartbreaker.
- Ava is the counselor who helps Beth and James iron out some personal issues in Ruining Mr. Perfect.
- Sophie Ayers, sister to Beth McCauley and Linda Donnigan, is dating Liam Webster--Del’s dad. Del fell in love with Mike McCauley in What to Do with a Bad Boy.
- Landon runs into Sam in this book. Sam works for Del and was briefly mentioned in What to Do with a Bad Boy.
- Rena, Del’s cousin, is a waitress at Ray’s Bar, where Landon and his brother run into her.
- The gym Landon works out in is Jameson's Gym, which ties into my series The Works (not a McCauley tie-in, but a tie-in nonetheless)
For more about Landon and Ava, check out A SURE THING, which releases November 1st!
With the eldest Donnigan brothers adjusting to civilian life, their younger sister constantly in trouble, and their little brother clueless about life in general, falling in love is the last thing on anyone's mind...
Can this Bossy Badass Marine...
The Marine Corps was everything Landon Donnigan ever wanted in life...until a bullet sent him home with a medical discharge. Teaching a self-defense class at the gym is old-hat for a Marine, but when he meets sexy Ava Rosenthal, his combat skills are useless for protecting his heart.
Be her Mr. Right?
Ava can take care of herself and likes quiet, bookish men-not muscular warriors who think women need to be coddled. But Landon is more than he seems, and when they come together, the results are explosive.
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
My favorite Halloween costume as a kid? The ever-threatening Bunny Rabbit.
Clearly, I wasn't going to grow up and one day write a book about a demon hunting orphan's desperate bid to rid the world of vampyres and save her werewolf lover... Oh. Well, as long as it also packed a few laughs. Jane Slayre has a new low price for the ebook version. Check it out!
And while you're there, maybe investigate some other fun Halloween reads, like Ashlyn Chase's Flirting with Fangs series (http://amzn.to/2e5yxOB) or Molly Harper's Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs. (http://amzn.to/2ejfzDM).
Or classic horror fiction, like Henry James's Turn of the Screw (http://amzn.to/2dlxzMw) or Stephen King's It (http://amzn.to/2dZntP8).
What are your favorite Halloween books? Best costume? Your Halloween candy of choice?
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
If you read the first book in the series, REKINDLED, then you’ve already met firefighter Dane Chandler. He’d be the first one to tell you that he was a bit of a jerk back then, but he really is a great guy. Just ask Lexi Fletcher, the paramedic who falls for him!
The heat is on...
Paramedic Lexi Fletcher is thrilled to transfer to Station 58. For one thing, her commute time is half of what it used to be. For another, Station 58 has a much better facility and far more exciting calls. It doesn’t hurt that Dane Chandler, the firefighter she’s been crushing on since joining Dallas and Rescue, works there. Okay, to tell the truth, maybe Dane is the biggest reason she requested the move!
But just when things with Dane start to heat up, Lexi’s dream job takes a turn in the freaky direction. Patients she’s been bringing to the hospital are turning up dead, even though they were in stable condition when she dropped them off. Her instincts are screaming there’s something fishy going on, but she can’t figure out what it is, and she can’t get anyone to believe her—except Dane.
Can he help her find the killer and stop him from striking again, or will Lexi become the target of
The books in my DALLAS FIRE & RESCUE Kindle World are now live on Amazon! You can check them out at the link to the Landing Page below!
Thank you to the group of amazing authors who made launching my Kindle World possible! :)
Aliyah Burke, Beth Hale-Author, Delilah Devlin (coming soon), Desiree Holt, Donna Michaels, J.k. Harper, KaLyn Cooper, Kandi Silvers, Kate Richards, Laura Reed Garland, Lexi Post, Liz Crowe, Marissa Dobson, Rachel Naquin, Rachel Rivers, Regina Kammer, Siera London, Silver James, Thianna D. Durston, Tigris Eden, Valerie A Twombly, Wendi Zwaduk, and Yvette Hines!
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Monday, October 17, 2016
At long last, Mary Elizabeth meets her match in the handsome and reclusive Harry, Duke of Northumberland and faces her mother who banished her from her home. Mary Elizabeth rides a untamed stallion bared-backed, interferes with a fox hunt, and generally makes Harry chase her down at every turn. If he wants her, he has to catch her, but Harry Percy is up for the challenge. Read a preview below as well as a description of the last installment of my Highland adventures among the English ton.
She’s the Hellion of Hyde Park…
A foolproof plan to avoid marriage:
1. Always carry at least three blades.
2. Ride circles around any man.
3. Never get caught in a handsome duke’s arms.
Wild Highlander Mary Elizabeth Waters is living on borrowed time. She’s managed to dodge the marriage banns up to now, but even Englishmen can only be put off for so long…and there’s one in particular who has her in his sights.
Harold Percy, Duke of Northumberland, is enchanted by the beautiful hellion who outrides every man on his estate and dances Scottish reels while the ton looks on in horror. The more he sees Mary, the more he knows he has to have her, tradition and good sense be damned. But what’s a powerful man to do when the Highland spitfire of his dreams has no desire to be tamed...
A bit from HOW TO TRAIN YOUR HIGHLANDER:
Ever since Christy English picked up a fake sword in stage combat class at the age of fourteen, she has lived vicariously through the sword-wielding women of her imagination. A banker by day and a writer by night, she loves to eat chocolate, drink too many soft drinks, and walk the mountain trails of her home in North Carolina.
Friday, October 14, 2016
Thursday, October 13, 2016
We asked Nicole what she was most excited about for the release of True-Blue Cowboy Christmas.