Friday, March 30, 2018

Happy Easter Chocolate, Everyone!!

As my kids chirped repeatedly tonight before they went to bed: three more sleeps until Easter!! They're excited because a big-eared, fluffy-tailed, chocolate-wielding bunny will sneak into our house when everyone's sleeping and leave them candy. Me? I find it all just a bit creepy—especially when I think about what that bunny might be wearing (and how much chocolate I'll probably eat!).


Speaking of chocolate... as you can see, my chocolate lab cross, Jasper, is pretty excited about the whole thing too. Funny story: when I bought the bunny ears, the tag said they were chocolate-scented. I guess you had to be a dog to notice. And he did. Repeatedly…as I was trying to snap the photo. (No bunny ears were hurt during the making of this blog!).
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And last, but not least…chocolate.

 
Please share any of your chocolate—I mean—Easter traditions down below. Have a great weekend, Everyone!!

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Alyson McLayne writes historical romance set in the Highlands of Scotland. Highland Conquest, Book 2 in her series, The Sons Of Gregor MacLeod, is out now!
He was looking for vengeange…
Laird Lachlan MacKay never planned on leading his clan, but when his older brother was murdered, he was left with no choice. His vow to avenge his brother has led him to the MacPherson clan—and their bewitching healer, Amber.
Instead, he found her
Amber MacPherson is desperate. Dressed as a boy to escape her clan's treacherous leader, she runs right into Lachlan—who orders her detained. At first she causes him nothing but frustration, especially when she blackmails him into helping her clan. But when she’s threatened by the same man who murdered his brother, Lachlan will do whatever it takes to keep her safe—and by his side.


Snag your copy today!



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Alyson McLayne is a mom of twins and an award-winning writer of contemporary, historical, and paranormal romance. She’s also a dog lover and cat servant with a serious stash of dark chocolate. After getting her degree in theater at the University of Alberta, she promptly moved to the West Coast of Canada where she worked in film for several years and met her Prop Master husband.
She and her family reside in Vancouver with their sweet but troublesome chocolate lab puppy named Jasper.
Please catch up with Alyson on social media. She loves chatting with her readers! 



Friday, March 23, 2018

Five of My Favorite (Not So Typical) Heroic Traits


Five of My Favorite (Not So Typical) Heroic Traits:

5.    He doesn’t always have to be the hero. I love when the hero’s there to help when he’s needed, but he also knows when to step back and trust that his love can handle the situation. It’s great getting rescued and all, but sometimes it’s more fun to be the one to rescue him.
4.    He’s shy. Confidence is hot, sure, but I have a soft spot for a rough and tough guy who gets a bit tongue-tied in the presence of his crush, especially if…
3.    He’s also secretly hilarious. If he makes me laugh, he’ll steal my heart.
2.    He’s really good at horseback riding. Whether he’s a cowboy or a Mountie, there’s just something about a man who knows what he’s doing on a horse. The tight pants don’t hurt, either.
1.    He loves animals. I mean, puppies and hot guys? Yes. Grumpy cats and hot guys? Yes. Rescued baby goats and hot guys? Yes. The combination of fuzzy animals and hot guys works every time. When someone steps in to help an animal in need (even if it’s just in need of snuggles), there’s really nothing more heroic (or more adorable) than that.



 Survive the Night


He’s always been a haven:
For the lost. The sick. The injured.
But when a hunted woman takes shelter in his arms, this gentle giant swears he’ll
do more than heal her battered spirit—he’ll defend her with his life.

K9 Officer Otto Gunnersen always had a soft spot for anyone in need. As Monroe’s very own Dr. Doolittle, he dedicates himself to rehabilitating the injured souls that cross his path—but for all his big heart, he’s never been in love.

Until he meets Sarah Clifton’s haunted eyes. Until he realizes he’ll do anything to save her.

All Sarah wants is to escape a life caught between ambitious crime families, but there’s no outrunning her past. Her power-mad brother would hunt her to the ends of the earth…but he’d never expect Sarah to fight back. With Otto and the whole of Monroe, Colorado by her side, Sarah’s finally ready to face whatever comes her way.

It’s time to take a stand.


Survive the Night (Rocky Mountain K9 Unit #3) is available now at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBooks!


Thursday, March 22, 2018

Linda Broday: Epitaphs and Tombstones


Some people might think I’m morbid, but I’ve always loved cemeteries. I love walking through them, reading the tombstones, imagining the person’s story. Did they achieve their hopes and dreams? Did they know love? Were they loved in return? How did they die? So many questions go through my mind.

In my newest book THE COWBOY WHO CAME CALLING that released last month, I had a scene where the H/H are discussing what they want on their tombstones. Glory is losing her eyesight and very distraught about the fact. Luke’s trying to lighten her spirits by telling her everything he wants his epitaph to say.

Here’s the short scene:
“Do you ever give any thought what you’d want as an epitaph, Glory?”  Saying the name that occupied Luke’s waking moments more and more, gave him pleasure.

“Hell’s bells, what a morbid subject.”

“I take that as a no.”  He settled his shoulder against hers, enjoying the intimate touch.  “Don’t tell me you haven’t at least considered death when you’re lying in bed at night with nothing but the sound of your own breathing for company.”

“My day is filled with too much work to waste with idle thoughts.”

“But what about the nights?”  He let his tone drop to a bare whisper.  “Are they filled as well?” Luke could sense deep agitation.  That was something no gentleman should ask a lady.  An apology formed in his mind, but never reached his lips.  Glory jerked away and kicked a clump of dead grass with her toe.  The rising full moon behind framed her livid features.

“She lived.  She died.  End of story.  That’s all.”

Despite knowing trouble when he saw it, he pressed.  “You don’t expect anyone to care, do you?  Or is it you’re too afraid to find out there’s more?”

The tremble of her chin sent jolting pain through him.  He wanted to hold her in his arms and prove life held passion and happiness and time for laughing.  Ha, such boldness for a man who could offer nothing other than wispy daydreams.  He couldn’t even bring Perkins in alive.

He leaned forward and clasped his hands together to keep from reaching for her.  “This is what I want.  Here lies Luke McClain, he was one hell of a lawman.  He fought injustice and crime wherever he found it.  He gave generously of himself to make the world a safer place.  He lived well and loved hard.  He will be missed.”

“My stars, Luke.  A tombstone only has so much room.  You can’t write a whole darn book.”



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I’ll end with some lines from actual tombstones.

“He never killed a man who didn’t need killing.” Gunfighter Clay Allison

“She was faithful to her three soldier-boy husbands and is now waiting the reward for faithful service.” Sophia Gearhart

“Here lies Lester Moore. Four slugs from a .44. No Les. No more.”

“Here lies Butch, we planted him raw. He was quick on the trigger but slow on the draw.”

“Here lies Elizabeth, my wife of 47 years, and this is the first damn thing she’s ever done to oblige me.”

“Here lies the body of poor Aunt Charlotte. Born a virgin, died a harlot.”

“Rest in peace my love. Now we will both get some.”

“He died in bed.” Doc Holliday

“Here lies Scottie Fife for foolin’ around with the marshal’s wife.”

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I really love visiting old cemeteries. In a plot next to my parents in the small country cemetery where they’re buried is a family who all died in the 1800s. The wife’s name was Texanna and I used her name as my heroine in a story I wrote for Give Me a Texas Ranger. Do cemeteries interest you or maybe you’ve seen a tombstone you’d like to share.



Where to buy The Cowboy Who Came Calling

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

7 Ways to Spring into a New Series


I write romance. I also read romance, urban fantasy, fantasy, and a host of other genres. I'm always on the lookout for a new series to read. And I say series, because typically if I like a book, I want to read more in that world. But books aren't cheap, and it's tough anymore to find quality work that appeals to me because there is so much out there to wade through.

So how do I find a new series to read that won't break the budget?

Here are 7 tips that help me:

  1. Word of mouth and wait for sales. Not the best approach, but it works. And my friends and I talk about books, so if one of them says a series is worth reading, I pay attention.
  2. A sales advertiser, i.e. Bookbub. I subscribe to Bookbub and Book Gorilla. Those subscriptions are free and let me know when books (in the categories I choose) are on sale. I've found quite a few great reads through that.
  3. Author newsletters. Many of the authors I like have newsletters, and I subscribe to them. They will sometimes mentions books they like, which sends me to those new authors, who often give you a book for free for subscribing, or keep you up to date on sales.
  4. Library. I download ebooks from my library all the time, and it's a total money-saver. However, this doesn't necessarily show me a new series. It does let me try new series without worrying about cost, though.
  5. Publisher newsletters. I have signed up with quite a few publisher newsletters (hello Sourcebooks Casablanca Sweet Deals!) that send me sales on their books. And since I'm already interested in certain series and authors, this is a direct link to great sales.
  6. Become a reviewer. I own and operate Romance Junkies, a review site. Our reviewers get free books for an honest review. This is awesome because we not only get the books for free, we often get them ahead of publication date. I read a lot of new series through RJ!  (If interested in reviewing, contact me. *grin*)
  7. Facebook or Amazon ads. There's a reason authors advertise, and it can pay off for readers. I don't often follow ads, but since it doesn't cost me to click for more information, I've found that the algorithms FB and Amazon use actually apply to what interests me. (Not all the time, but enough that I'm okay with the ads I see.) I've found quite a few new series on sale this way. 

I hope that helps. I'm always on the lookout for great new series that won't strain my budget. Good luck!

And don't miss my The Donnigans series, the last of which arrives May 1st!

What do you do when a "fake" relationship is so much better than the real thing?
Hope Donnigan is finally getting her life together. She's working a job she likes, has some amazing friends, and is steering clear of Mr. Wrong. Now if only she could get her mother to understand that. Maybe a hot tattoo artist from the other side town is just the ticket to teach her mom a lesson.
J.T. Webster fell for Hope months ago at his sister's wedding. So when she propositions him to be her fake boyfriend to get her mother off her back, he's all in. The only problem is J.T. had no idea their pretend relationship would be better than anything real he's ever had...



Marie 


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Happy Spring Equinox


In the northern hemisphere we’ve officially made it through the winter, even though there’s still plenty of snow in some places. The spring equinox is the time of year when the length of the day and night are equal. And from now on, the days get longer. Gardeners can plant or look forward to planting; the rest of us can anticipate flowers and returning warmth. 


One thing I do at this season is consider what I might to let go of. It’s spring cleaning in the larger sense – mental as well as physical. I look at what I’d like to release. Futile worries, maybe, or a needless sense of limitation. Physical cleaning can be part of it, with piles of donations for charity. But I appreciate the internal openness even more. Sweep all the cobwebs away!

Once the decks are clear I can think about what new initiatives I plan for the warm expansive times. What would fill the series I’m writing now with life and excitement? What would make me feel great? What can I do for friends and family and community? Are there projects, new relationships, skill studies you want to begin or carry through? Now’s a great time to think about it.

Have a wonderful spring!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Happy St. Patrick's Day!




In my Silver Town Wolf series, some of the Silver brothers/cousins, have married two of the triplet Irish sisters who run the Silver Town Hotel. I'll be writing the third's ones story for release next year.

Several of my ancestors were born and raised in Ireland. So my hat's off to you on St. Patrick's Day!
Corned beef, potatoes, carrots and cabbage are on the menu!

Happy St. Patrick's Day! 

Terry
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Monday, March 12, 2018

5 Ways Writing A Book Is Just Like Having Kids! — By Alyson McLayne

My five-year-old daughter had a major meltdown on the way to school this morning. We were walking fast because we were running late, and I’d been encouraging her and her brother to gallop their “horses” to each corner and wait for me to catch up. This worked well until we were a block or so away from school. Suddenly she was tired and stopped dead in her tracks.

“Carry me,” she said.

“No,” I said. “We’re almost there.”

Not to be ignored, she laid down on the sidewalk and cried while I persuaded, cajoled, and counted to three—several times—to get her moving again.

Ten minutes later, I finally got her off the ground and into class. As I was walking home, all I could think about was how I should have handled the situation differently. Being pushed for time, I tried to force her to keep moving rather than stopping, picking her up for a hug—on her schedule, not mine—and encouraging her to keep walking, staying open to her needs.

Which made me think, isn’t that just like writing a book! And a new blog topic was born…

5 Ways Writing A Book Is Like Having Kids!!

1.  Sometimes when you write, the words just aren’t flowing, and you end up forcing them because you have a deadline to meet. But often the best thing to do is take a break and let the story breathe. See what ideas rise to the surface. Then go forward gently, staying open to the organic needs of the story. Which is what happened with me and my daughter. When I tried to force her to keep moving and failed to address her underlying needs, she dug in her heels and refused to take another step!

2.  In a similar vein, the characters you create can be just like kids, they’re demanding, unreasonable, and never want to go where you want them to go in a timely manner! They have minds of their own and can say and do things that make you want to scream.

3.   One of the biggest frustrations about writing can be a diminishing word count. You spend all morning writing a scene and then delete the whole thing that afternoon because it’s just not right. Which is kind of like cleaning the house when you have kids—you spend hours cleaning only to have them come along behind you and mess it all up again, leaving you right back where you started.


4.     In romance novels, the hero and heroine are like toddlers—they have trouble keeping their clothes on and have lots of sleepless nights! (Thanks to my friend and fellow author Kari Cole for this one!!).

5.     Lastly, when your book is finally done, and it’s time to release it into the world, it can be hard to let go. You want to save it from criticism by people who see things differently from you. But in the end, you have to pry your fingers free and hit ‘send’ even if you’re afraid. If you’ve done your job right, as an author and as a parent, your book and baby will not only survive, but thrive.


I hope you had as much fun reading this list as I had writing it. If you think of other ways writing a book is just like having kids, please let me know!!


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Alyson McLayne writes historical romance set in the Highlands of Scotland. Highland Conquest, Book 2 in her series, The Sons Of Gregor MacLeod, is out now!

He was looking for vengeange…

Laird Lachlan MacKay never planned on leading his clan, but when his older brother was murdered, he was left with no choice. His vow to avenge his brother has led him to the MacPherson clan—and their bewitching healer, Amber.

Instead, he found her

Amber MacPherson is desperate. Dressed as a boy to escape her clan's treacherous leader, she runs right into Lachlan—who orders her detained. At first she causes him nothing but frustration, especially when she blackmails him into helping her clan. But when she’s threatened by the same man who murdered his brother, Lachlan will do whatever it takes to keep her safe—and by his side.



Snag your copy today!





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Alyson McLayne is a mom of twins and an award-winning writer of contemporary, historical, and paranormal romance. She’s also a dog lover and cat servant with a serious stash of dark chocolate. After getting her degree in theater at the University of Alberta, she promptly moved to the West Coast of Canada where she worked in film for several years and met her Prop Master husband.

She and her family reside in Vancouver with their sweet but troublesome chocolate lab puppy named Jasper.

Please catch up with Alyson on social media. She loves chatting with her readers! 






Saturday, March 10, 2018

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Have a super day!

Terry