Friday, March 31, 2017

Spring in My Step by Shana Galen

Spring is my favorite time of year. The weather is beautiful, and I love being outside. One of my favorite ways to enjoy the weather and stay productive is to take an afternoon walk. When I start feeling tired and sluggish after lunch, I get the dog's leash and we head out.

One of my favorite places to walk is Rice University.

It's not far from me, and the paths are beautiful.

All of the trees create a gorgeous canopy that provides really nice shade and lots of places for birds and squirrels to frolic. The dog loves that!

Walking also helps me keep on track when I'm writing. I can work out plot problems or brainstorm ideas for new books. There's something about movement that engages my brain. And the scenery isn't bad either!

Texas Bluebonnets

Thursday, March 30, 2017

So much little sanity.

Hey, everyone!
Let me get this out of the way first...

My one author anthology, containing 3 of my most beloved novellas will be released 4/4. (Being Randy, Djinn and Tonic, and Dear Sexy Lexie were previously pubbed individually by Ellora's Cave) It's up for pre-orders on Kindle now!

Also that day, (4/4) Guardian of the Angels, a novella about a city boy and a country girl with a touch of magic, is coming out from Decadent Publishing. Lovely people to work with! No link yet, but you can make a note to look up the title--or better yet, my name--and see all my books for sale!

I'm working steadily (sort of) on my Sourcebooks contracted novels, so... 
I don't have time to promote a bunch of novellas separately. What to do? I've combined 6 of them into 2 books. Immortally Yours was released 1/3/17, and contains Life by Lizette, Death by Delilah, and Giggles by Gabby.  
Also that day, I repubbed Vampire Vintage -- figuring that promoting two releases at once would save me time. Now VV is on sale today and tomorrow on Kindle. It goes back to full price on 4/1.

Author's tip! 
As you may have noticed, I use Universal Links. I rename the link with my title and voila! I can actually remember the link to all the venues selling the book without looking them all up. LOL
Well, that's all the time (and sanity) I have to write a blog post. LOL. 
What do my fellow authors do to save time promoting?  

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Between a Wolf and a Hard Place! Releases Tuesday!

BETWEEN A WOLF AND A HARD PLACE by Terry Spear (4 stars) RT Reviews! Yay!!
The newest addition to the Silver Town Wolf series is dark, sexy and replete with a haunting spin. Readers will get a kick out of the author’s vivid imagination. This steamy tale of love intermingles perfectly with the more thrilling moments, and can easily be read as a stand-alone.

Ellie MacTire and her sisters own the Silver Town hotel. In addition to being a wolf-shifter, Ellie also has the ability to communicate with the dead. She has an inkling that Alpha werewolf Brett Silver has something up his sleeve when he donates a family heirloom to the hotel. He’s had his eyes and heart set on Ellie, and nothing will stand in his way until she’s his. Unfortunately, there are some creepy things occurring around town. Can Ellie keep her family and the town safe? And will she be able to keep her composure around Brett in order to find out who’s behind the mysterious happenings? (SOURCEBOOKS, Apr., 352 pp., $7.99)

Wooing a she-wolf isn’t as easy as it looks in this bold paranormal romance from USA Today bestseller Terry Spear

In Silver Town, the secrets run deep…

Alpha werewolf Brett Silver has an ulterior motive when he donates a prized family heirloom to the Silver Town hotel. Ellie MacTire owns the place with her sisters, and he’s out to get her attention.
Ellie is even more special than Brett knows. She’s a wolf-shifter with a unique ability to commune with the dead. Ellie has been ostracized, so she protects herself and those she loves by revealing nothing—not even when strange and dangerous things begin to happen in Silver Town. And especially not to the devastatingly handsome and generous wolf who’s determined to win her over…
“A master storyteller.” —RT Book Reviews for Alpha Wolf Need Not Apply, 4 Stars
Silver Town Wolf Series:
Destiny of the Wolf (Book 1)
Wolf Fever (Book 2)
Dreaming of the Wolf (Book 3)
Silence of the Wolf (Book 4)
A Silver Wolf Christmas (Book 5)
Alpha Wolf Need Not Apply (Book 6)
Between a Wolf and a Hard Place (Book 7)
Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Another Silver Wolf Novel!
April 4, 2017

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”
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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

That Giant Fireball in the Sky? It's the Sun!

I live in the Northwest corner of the U.S.  I'm used to drizzle, showers, rain, downpours, deluges, and all other forms of precipitation.  This year has been a wet one--one of the soggiest seasons in recent memory.  So it was a bit of a shock when for a few hours the other day the weather turned.  I was driving to work, listening to the news when I heard this report, "This just in. The giant fireball in the sky has been identified as the sun."

Yeah, it had been a while since that celestial object had made an appearance.  All us northwesterners crawled out of our homes like blind moles, blinking in the sunlight.  Spring had arrived!  Well, at least for a few hours until it started raining again.  Still, it gave me a chance to go down to the beach and remember why I live here.  Truly, it is a beautiful place--when not quite so water-logged.  Time to shave my legs, paint my toes, and get ready for the sun!  Here are a few of my favorite springtime activities.

I love the beach--the brisk wind, the fresh smell of the saltwater, and the gentle sound of the waves.  Somewhere there are sandy beaches, but not around here. On my local beaches you wear sturdy boots and walk carefully over the barnacle-encrusted rocks to find colorful crabs, sunstars, anemones, or maybe even a baby octopus.  Exploring tide pools in the extreme low tides of spring is a favorite activities.

Another thing I love around here are the tulip fields. Nothing says spring more than color as far as the eye can see.

What are your favorite things to do in the spring?

Monday, March 27, 2017

Debut Author in Full-on Wibble

I have a book coming out in one week and one day. It’s my first book. It’s that book that I wrote and then put in a drawer and thought naaaaaah, and then pulled out for a crit group meeting, and then let somebody talk me into contesting it, and then, holy monkeynuts, somebody asked to read more of it.

That book. Will be released into the world. Next week.

I am currently tracking real close to what we in an earlier decade would have called OMGWTFBBQ mode. Seriously, in ONE WEEK my world will change indelibly. I will become a professional writer, a published authoress, a superheroine of gigantic…okay, maybe not that. 

But! Different. Everything will be different, and at this point I have zero control over any of it. The control freak inside me has not died a little. She has died eleventy billion times, just like Buffy. And every time somebody asks, “So, book coming out. You excited?” she dies all over again.

And at three in the morning when sleep is impossible and all I can think of are likely pseudonyms for restarting a writing career in the future after everyone has forgotten this disaster? Or the next morning when I jolt awake from the best dream ever, imagining myself thronged at a book store, having to stage dive into the mosh of semi-naked fanboys hoisting my book above their perfectly coiffed manbuns?

God, what does one do? To, you know, take the edge off? Some friends’ kind suggestions:

- Read books. Lots of books. All the books. Refill the well. < -- This works. This helps. The good books give me a target to aim for. The less awesome ones boost my confidence that I can do this.

- Play games. < -- Also works, especially at three in the morning. I ran Luigi off a bridge in Mario Kart, became Queen of Ferelden in Dragon Age Origins, and did a lot of just vile things in Fallout. Went back to bed and dreamed sweet because none of that was real, and at the same time, all of it was.

- Go off sugar for Lent. < -- Although you’d think the lack of sugar would be calming, this tactic is working not so well. I dream of donuts. Coffee and I are spatting lovers, and he's bitter about it. We might need a break.

- Exercise. < -- Good and bad results. The good: I’m so exhausted at night I fall asleep right away. The bad: ow. Perpetual ow.

- Write the next damn book. < -- Perfect, only, best solution.

Because really? That’s the only thing I have control over. I can put my soul on paper and scrawl The End in blue ink all over it. I can do that. All us writers can do that one thing, the best thing. And we can breathe.

The rest is rust and stardust.*

*Not my words. Thanks, Nabokov.

Oh, and this is the book what done me in:

Coming at ya April 4, 2017.

Pre-order at Amazon Barnes & Noble | iBooks 

Vivien Jackson writes stories with robots, grenades, pixies, and always, always down-home salacious kissery. She's an unrepentant fangirl of many fandoms and would love to discuss your favorite ships here or here or here.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Kim Redford Discovers a Bit of Texas in California

One of my favorite tours in Texas is the string of five missions along the San Antonio River. Most people have heard about, or even seen, the Alamo (1718) in downtown San Antonio because of the famous Battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836. Yet there are another four magnificent missions in the area.

From north (upstream of the San Antonio River) to south (downstream), you can follow the Mission Parkway with fifteen miles of hiking, biking, paddling trails, and culture bus routes. The Park connects Mission Concepcion, Mission San Jose, Mission San Juan, and Mission Espada to the San Antonio Riverwalk through a series of park portals (

San Jose (1720), San José y San Miguel de Aguayo, was once a major social and cultural center, as well as the strongest garrison of the five missions. San Juan (1731), San Juan Capistrano, supplied agricultural and other products to the region. Concepcion (1731), Nuestra Señora de la Purísima Concepción de Acuña, became the center of local religious celebrations. Espada (1731), San Francisco de la Espada, was renowned for its unique bell chapel and stone entry.

When I recently made my way to Southern California, I had San Juan Capistrano on my mind because I knew there was another mission in the area with the same name as the one in Texas. I quickly found the mission famous for its returning swallows in the lovely village of San Juan Capistrano.

Mission San Juan Capistrano California (1776) ( is an inspirational historical, cultural, and religious site. The adobe wall enclosed compound consists of outstanding architecture, stunning oil paintings, religious artifacts, agriculture implements, horse tack, and rich landscape. Restoration and preservation is ongoing as public contributions fund this exceptional educational site for current and future generations.

Mission San Juan Capistrano California (1776)
Did I compare San Juan Capistrano Texas with the sister mission in California? I couldn’t help doing just that. I even met a lady in the gift shop who was buying—wouldn’t you know it?—a gift for a friend in Dallas. After hearing my Texas accent, she wanted my opinion on her choice. I assured her the present was perfect. And so we parted ways, even as she kept her connection to Texas and I kept mine to California.

I must admit there is definitely more glitz and glamour in the Golden State mission, but San Juan Capistrano sparkles big and bright in the wide open spaces of the Lone Star State. And yet, the missions in Texas and California—even after almost three hundred years—exhibit the same peace, serenity, and beauty deep in their heart of hearts.

Kim Redford's Smokin' Hot Cowboys

Kim Redford is an acclaimed, bestselling author of Western romance novels. She grew up in Texas with cowboys, cowgirls, horses, cattle, and rodeos for inspiration. She divides her time between homes in Texas and Oklahoma, where she’s a rescue cat wrangler and horseback rider—when she takes a break from her keyboard. Visit her at

Thursday, March 23, 2017

My Top Ten Favorite Bromances

Bromances are pretty much the staple of the entertainment world to me. Nothing beats the banter and the friendship of two or more men. The way they interact, the way they rely on each other, the way they look to one another as not just friends, but brothers too. In Reckless Hearts, I took my love for this idea and paired it back to my days of being the girlfriend/wife of a hubby who has more bromances than I ever did girlfriends. From his high-school best friends, to his rugby playing buddies years later, I stored my eye-witness accounts into the back of my mind, unknowing that I’d use them years later for the Reckless Hearts series.

It wasn’t just my experience firsthand that had me loving the concept of bromance-ism, but also different characters in movies, books, and TV shows too.

Below are my top ten favorites bromances. Make sure to comment with some of your favorites too! I’d hate to think I’ve been missing out on some.

10. Nick and Schmidt from New Girl.

Talk about opposites attract in the friend department. I love these two. Schmidt, with his crazy cockiness, and Nick with his goofy, lovable side… These two were a match made in cable TV heaven.

9.  Seth and Ryan from The OC.

Back in the day, when teen drama was all I ever watched, these two boys rocked my fictional world. They were just so damn cute with their friendship that I wanted nothing more than to hug them through my TV screen. (In a non-obsessive-creepy-fangirl way, of course.)

8. Danny, Joey, and Jessie from Full House.

I grew up with this show and cannot, for the life of me, picture a world without these three men. Add in the fact that they also gave me the Reckless Hearts idea and I couldn’t love them anymore than I already do.

7.  Phil, Stu, Doug, and Alan from The Hangover.

What could possibly top these four? Not a lot. They were hilarious, though clueless, and their banter and escapades were everything.

6.  Kolton, Sawyer, and Nico from Kelly Siskind’s Over the Top series.

If you haven’t read this series, then you are seriously missing out. Not only are they sexy and romantic, but they feature one of the best fictional book bromances ever. I adore the relationship between these three men. They’re hilarious and bromance-perfection.

5.  Peter, Michael, and Jack from Three Men and a Baby.

Of course I needed to give a shout out to this movie and these boys. This was another one that inspired Reckless Hearts. I may have only been five years old when this movie came out, but I can remember it as though it was released yesterday. (It also helped that I’ve watched it constantly over the years too.) This is one of those movies that will stick with you for years, and the bromance shared can’t be forgotten.

4. King, Bear, and Preppy from the King Series by T.M. Frazier.

A dark romance series meshed with a dark bromance? Yes. Please. Thank you. Read this series. I can’t really do these three guys and their bromance justice with a few lines.

3. Styx and Ky from The Hades Hangmen Series by Tillie Cole.

This is another dark romance series, featuring a rough and rugged group of motorcycle club men. Styx was the club president, Ky the vice president, and together, they were pretty much epic as far as the bromance department went. Though this series might be hard to read for some, I highly rec it for these two men alone.

2.  Corey and Shawn from Boy Meets World.

Holy macaroni, did I love these two. They were just a couple of teens trying to make it through life, but together they rocked the TV world, including mine. I adored them together. Corey’s goofy self, paired with Shawn’s rowdy self, was TV genius.

1.  Rick and Daryl from The Walking Dead.

The number one spot was a no-brainer for me. Take my love of gruff men and add in some zombies, and you’ve got the perfect recipe for the perfect bromance. I’ve adored these two from day one of that show and (SPOILER ALERT) when they were reunited midseason during season seven, I’m not ashamed to say I cried crocodile, happy tears.


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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

How I Discovered My Love of Reading by Abbie Roads

How I Discovered My Love of Reading 


Abbie Roads

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I was a sensitive child. I was an anxious child. I was a fearful child.

My second grade teacher made all that worse. She was a yeller, not a nurturer. Not only that, whenever a student walked up to her desk to turn in a paper, as they turned to walk away she swatted them on the butt.

Maybe that sounds trivial to you all. But back then spanking in schools was allowed. So her swatting ‘every’ student on the butt felt like the equivalent of punishment. She made kids cry from this. She made me cry from this. And then she’d get angry and demand to know why we were upset.

I was terrified of her. I started backing away from her when I turned in my papers so she couldn’t reach my back side. Still she just plain scared me. Her classroom rule was that after you handed in your paper, you had to lay your head down on your desk until she told you to raise it. I remember burying my face in my arms and crying because I was so miserable. I cried every day.

And then I missed a day of school because I was sick. The standard used to be that the second grade was when we first started learning to read. My teacher called us into the reading circle. She had a book that we passed around and each of us was supposed to read the next word in the sentence. It came to me and I had the word ‘as’.

I stopped. Didn’t speak.

My teacher said, “Sound it out.”
I knew what sound an ‘a’ made and I knew what sound an ‘s’ made. In my mind it sounded like ‘ass’
and I knew ass was a very bad word. I was already petrified of my teacher—there was no way I was going to say ‘ass’ in front of her.

“We just learned this yesterday.”

“I wasn’t here yesterday.” It took a ton of courage just to say that.

“That doesn’t matter. You should be able to sound it out.”

Oh, I could sound it out and I didn’t know why she’d want me to say ‘ass’ out loud. Was this some trick? Like how she spanked us for turning in a paper. Was she trying to get me to say a bad word so she could punish me?

“Sound it out. Sound it out. Sound it out.” Over and over she kept saying those words. “You should know this. It’s easy.”

I didn’t utter a peep.

After that episode I got sent to the slow reader’s class.

It was one of the best things to ever happen to me!
The teacher of the slow reader’s class was nice and nurturing. Pretty quickly she realized I didn’t have a reading disorder and discussed sending me back to my normal class. I begged her to keep me there. Begged her. And Mrs. Knickle kept me in the slow reader’s class all school year, despite me not being a slow reader. Thank You Mrs. Knickle! Being able to leave my normal class and go to Mrs. Knickle’s room every day made school bearable.

It wasn’t like Mrs. Knickle didn’t make me work. She fed me books and I ate them up. That slow readers class is where I discovered that I loved books. I learned that books were a great escape from my anxiety and fear. I didn’t feel bad while I was reading. By the time the school year was over I was reading a sixth grade level and wanted to be a writer!

And that moment when I learned that ‘as’ wasn’t pronounced ‘ass’… Best mistake I’ve ever made!

How did you discover that you loved reading?

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Abbie Roads writes dark emotional novels featuring damaged characters, but always gives her hero and heroine a happy ending… after torturing them for three hundred pages. RACE THE DARKNESS and HUNT THE DAWN are available now! SAVING MERCY is available for pre-order.