Monday, June 29, 2009
I finished up a manuscript today and sent it off to my editor. Now the waiting begins. But I don't sit around and do nothing while I'm waiting. I get right to work on my next project.
But first...I clean!
After I send off a manuscript, I get out the dustcloth and dig out my desk. I file my notes and research material, garbage anything that needs to go and clear away the space. That way, I feel like I'm truly finished and am ready to begin a new project. It's just a ritual I do and I find it works for me.
So, my desk is clean. There are no notecards propped up against my keyboard, no filecards piled to one side of my monitor and no scribbled notes propped up on my paper stand. It's all clear and ready for the next mess...I mean creative endeavour.
Now I just need to figure out what that project is.
Have a great Monday!
Saturday, June 27, 2009
This is the third Flashback Friday, so I thought I'd finish the Summersville Secrets series with a look at Lily Blossoms. This is an older woman/younger man romance. It's part of the series, but can be read as a stand alone book.
“What do you say?” Carson, the man she’s lusted over for the past five years, is standing in her kitchen, offering himself up for research.
Lily isn’t convinced she hasn’t fallen asleep at her keyboard and is now having the most amazing dream. No one in the town of Summersville knows she writes erotic romance under a pseudonym. Everyone knows her as the quiet, conservative woman who owns and operates the local flower shop, Lily’s Blossoms. She’s rarely dated and certainly not a man eight years younger.
But Carson is resolute. He’s wanted Lily for years and when he stumbles onto her secret, he seizes the opportunity to get closer to her. Lily has a list of erotic fantasies she wants to research including sex in public, roses, whipped cream and a striptease. Carson has a few ideas of his own and he’s determined to be the man she experiences each and every item with. What she doesn’t know is that he has an agenda of his own—one that ends with them together forever.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
For Linda Fletcher, the sign in front of her new business says it all. Past Promises Antiques is her declaration of independence from her powerful and manipulative family—and a vow to herself that her future will be different.
She never considered herself the no-strings-affair type, but the chemistry between her and her newly hired handyman is too intense to ignore. Moving to Jamesville was a bold step, so what’s the harm in taking one more—into his arms?
Levi Mann’s shadowed past keeps his bags packed light and his feet on the move. But one look at Linda, and he finds himself willing to hang around—just long enough to figure out what it is that triggers their explosive passion.
Purchase Past Promises
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
The first is Jennifer Haymore. A Hint of Wicked is a historical romance that I found to be original and totally engaging. I honestly wasn't certain how the author was going to resolve the conflicts, but she did so skillfully. I was totally satisfied and look forward to her next book!
The next book was by Carolyn Jewel. My Wicked Enemy was a totally captivating paranormal romance. I'll definitely be reading more by this author.
If you're looking for a new author, why not give one of these ladies a try.
Sophie, the Duchess of Calton, has finally moved on. After seven years mourning the loss of her husband, Garrett, at Waterloo, she has married his cousin and heir, Tristan. Sophie gives herself to him body and soul. . . until the day Garrett returns from the Continent, demanding his title, his lands-and his wife.
TORN BETWEEN TWO HUSBANDS . . .
Now Sophie must choose between her first love and her new love, knowing that no matter what, her choice will destroy one of the men she adores. Will it be Garrett, her childhood sweetheart, whose loss nearly destroyed her once already? Or will it be Tristan, beloved friend turned lover, who supported her through the last, dark years and
introduced her to a passion she had never known? As her two husbands battle for her heart, Sophie finds herself immersed in a dangerous game-where the stakes are not only love . . . but life and death.
A desire that can't be controlled...Carson Philips is a witch on the run. For years, the notorious mage, Alvaro Magellan, has held her as his psychological prisoner. But once Carson gets a glimpse of the true extent of his evil, she flees Magellan's mansion--stealing a stone talisman of unimaginable power on the way. Her only hope for survival is a demon who ignites a voracious hunger in her she can't deny, a longing she can't resist...
A hunger that can't be sated...Nikodemus is a warlord with a mission: Kill Magellan and his green-eyed witch at any cost. But when he meets the desperate Carson, the pull of her magic takes his breathe away. He's not sure he can trust this tantalizing woman--she is his enemy--and less sure he can keep his hands off her. But Magellan will stop at nothing to reclaim what belongs to him. Can Nikodemus stop him before his desire for Carson destroys them both?
Sunday, June 21, 2009
This is also known as Midsummer and is celebrated by many cultures, both past and present. Do something special today to mark the longest day of the year!
Read more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solstice
Friday, June 19, 2009
What do you get when you combine a sexy guy, a sensible career woman and a hot summer day...a HEAT WAVE!
BLURB: Heat Wave
Book 2 Summersville Secrets (But can be read as a stand alone book)
Emma Howard has been sensible her entire life, focusing all her time and energy on her career. In fact, Emma doubts that there is much passion inside her, at least until Tucker Martin moves into her apartment building. Their immediate reaction to one another is explosive and she grabs the opportunity to explore her awakening sexuality. But after a heated encounter, Emma backs away from their growing relationship, unwilling to trust the passion flaring between them.
Tucker’s wanted Emma since the first moment he laid eyes on her. When a blackout traps them in an elevator, it’s not just the heat wave that makes Emma feel hot. Determined to convince her that they are made for each other, he’s more than willing to take advantage of the circumstances that have trapped them alone together.
But Emma’s fears go deeper than either of them realizes, and she will have to face her past before she can claim a future with Tucker.
You can check out Heat Wave or any of my other Ellora's Cave books at Ellora’s Cave
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Readers can download the first half of the book for free. That allows them to get a sense of the author's writing style and to see if they might enjoy the book. If they want to finish the book, they can purchase it. If not, they're not out any money.
This month, I'm one of the featured authors.
You can download the first half of my Jamesville book, The Seduction of Shamus O’Rourke. Just go to the Discover New Authors page of The Samhellion.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Ellorascave.com website. This past week has seen us enter the final stages of
transferring our site to bigger and better web servers to meet the demands of our ever growing family of customers, resulting in some interruption of ourservices. We have a dedicated team of developers at work resolving our web-related dysfunctions and expect to have things once again running along smoothly very soon.
To thank you for your infinite patience during this transitory period JasmineJade is offering all of our treasured readers 10% off their entire orderin the JasmineJade.com store for the rest of June. That includes Ellora's Cave ebooks and print books (even the ones on sale)!
To get your 10% discount enter ECWEB2009 into the coupon field when completing
your purchase at http://www.jasminejade.com./
Thank you for your patience and understanding. Happy reading!
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Summer is finally here! To celebrate, I’m giving away 5 PRINT Books between June 1st and July 31st—Summersville Heat, Overtime, Under Him, Candy Caresses, Ellora’s Cavemen: Seasons of Seduction III, and Feral Fixation.
The copy of Summersville Heat has been given away. The next drawing--on June 15th--is for Overtime, Under Him.
June 30th--Candy Caresses
July 15th--Ellora's Cavemen: Seasons of Seduction III
July 30th--Feral Fixation.
To enter, just go to my website and click on the “contests” page for details. You only have to enter once to be eligible for all the drawings.
Friday, June 12, 2009
I thought it would be fun to take a peek back at some of my books over the summer months. I'm calling this new feature...Flashback Friday. To start Flashback Friday is Annabelle Lee.
Annabelle Lee was my very first published book...the one that started my career.
Book 1 Summersville Secrets
By day Annabelle Lee is a perfect small town librarian with loose-fitting dresses and hair scrunched up in a tight bun. But at night, lying in her lonely bed, her sensuality emerges in scorching, erotic dreams about Mike Sloan.
Annabelle’s not the only one with a few fantasies, Mike has been dreaming of stripping her out of her prim clothing and into his bed, and when the opportunity arises, he grabs at the chance. Soon they’re heating up the sheets, and each other, with steamy sexual interludes.
While Annabelle is luxuriating in their no-strings, secret affair, Mike is longing for something more permanent—like exploring the exhilarating heights of passion as man and wife.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
Threads of Destiny just received a glowing review from Paranormal Romance Reviews. Here's a snippet of what reviewer, Stephanie Q. McGrath had to say:
"What a wonderful way to weave a tale for a character that so many of us loved. N.J. Walters has given us a fantastic and unique way to revisit a character that I personally had hoped would find happiness. I highly recommend you read this if you are one of the many fans of N.J. that wished to see Marc's story revisited. Heck, I recommend the whole series! Twists, turns, excitement and totally hot alpha male warriors...is there anything better?"
To read the entire review, click HERE
Monday, June 08, 2009
Then it was off to brunch with the family. My brother cooked tons of food. We all ate way too much good food and generally had a wonderful time.
Hope you had just as good a time this past weekend as I did.
Welcome to Monday!
Thursday, June 04, 2009
Here's a snippet of what reviewer, LT Blue, had to say:
"As a fan of the Dalakis Passion series I was ecstatic to see Ms. Walters has created Endless Chase as the fifth book...There are plenty of secondary characters in the story, including all of the stars from the previous books. I enjoyed that they didn’t take away from Chase’s story but they enhanced it. The sexual acts were as hot as I expected from the initial meeting of Chase and Katya. All fans of the Dalakis Passion series will be very happy with this story. Newcomers to the series will also enjoy this stand-alone read."
~LT Blue-Just Erotic Romance Reviews (JERR)
Thank you JERR and LT Blue!