Monday, November 23, 2015

Saving Casey by Liza O'Connor


 
Why did I put a giant papermache lady part in my story?
 
When Cass first arrives at her huge white mansion ‘family home’ she is horrified by its outrageous size. When they park in the garage with stalls for ten cars, not one of them under a million dollars, she is sickened by the waste of money. Then when it turns out they require a golf cart to drive through the wide hall that leads to the main house, she’s speechless. However, this is all forgotten when they enter the ballroom.
Here’s how it goes:
She gasped when the elevator doors opened and they entered an immense and mostly empty space with a glistening wood floor. Mostly…but not entirely, and the few items occupying the thousand square foot room caused her intake of breath. Before her stood what had to be the world’s largest purple and green papier-mâché vagina. At the other end of the room was a twenty-foot twisted red penis.
Her father kissed her temple. “Glad to have you home safe and sound, kitten.” He then turned and headed to the elevator.
 
Why on earth would I think of putting a giant vagina in the ballroom? I’m pretty sure that wouldn’t go over well with the proper socialites of the town. However as we discover along the way, Cass’s new mom, Anne, has been shunned due to Casey’s past stunts. So balls are never held at their house anymore because absolutely no one would come. Only one person in the entire town has remained her friend: Margaret, the mother of the boy Casey accused of raping her when she was twelve years old. Thus, Anne commissioned an artist to create the giant vagina and the twisted red penis to symbolize the anger she has for her husband, since he has also abandoned her, having fallen in love with someone else.
And how did I think of such a thing to put in her ballroom. The strangest of all my friends had a very large papier-mâché vagina on her stairway. I recall it was larger than me. It’s possible they put it on the stairs because it was actually taller than the first floor and the stairwell had more ceiling space.
Why did she have it all? She had been involved in a theatre production of The Vagina Monologue and when the play ended its run, she took it home with her.
 
 
Saving Casey
By
Liza O’Connor
 
 
 
Book 1 of the
Requires Rescue Series
Contemporary Suspense
 
BLURB
When 80 year old Cass Goldman learns she has inoperable cancer, she decides to end her life, peacefully on her terms. So imagine her horror when she wakes to find herself in a hospital with strange rich people staring at her. It’s not until the doctor arrives to examine her that she realizes she’s no longer old. She’s in the body of a seventeen year old teen named Casey.
Unfortunately, her new body comes with some serious baggage. First of all, the kid has burned every bridge imaginable. Secondly, those ‘people’ in her room are her outrageously rich parents and while the Dad seems friendly, the mother wants nothing to do with her. The moment they take her home to a horrifically huge mansion, which she dubs Tara, she’s abandoned to the care of the butler.
While Cass is determined to turn this train wreck of a life around, doing so is far harder than she expected. In fact, without help, she’ll end up dead just like the last occupant of this body. Thankfully, her dad has his hunky head of security become her body guard. Between her eighty years of life lessons and hunky Troy’s help, she just might live long enough not to be jail bait.
 
EXCERPT
He grimaced and kissed her hands. “I’m sorry I taught you old math. This is no doubt my fault.”
Cass groaned at how wrong he was. “Let’s just blame this one on God.”
“Don’t let your mother hear you say that.”
“Why? Is she religious?”
He shrugged.
“Because I’m struggling with the image of a religious woman placing a giant vagina and penis in a room that otherwise might be useful as a roller rink.”
Evidently, she’d crossed the line with her comment. He choked and buried his head. Once he recovered from coughs, which sounded suspiciously like subversive laughter, he looked up. “Don’t mention that to your mother either.”
“Which part? The incompatibility of giant sex organs and religion, or making the room a skating rink?”
He covered his face, but not before she glimpsed a smile. “Both,” his muffled voice replied.
 
 
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Liza O’Connor is a nut.
Not a real nut, but she is prone to being a smart ass at times, and not surprisingly her heroines say odd and inappropriate things in her book, as well. So even in a suspense novel you can expect to laugh along the way. That’s because Liza loves to see humor in the crazy world around her.
Saving Casey was actually the first book Liza published. Having recently reclaimed her rights to the book, she is happily re-publishing it as her 18th book. And because her books sell better when in a series, she using Saving Casey to kick of a new series called Requires Rescue. It will be different from her other series where the same characters show up in each book. This series will be about strong women who are trying to go it alone, only when help is offered, they have the good sense to accept the helping hand, because in all of our lives, there will come a time you need someone else to help you. Being strong doesn’t make us invincible. Book 1 is Casey/Cass’s story. Book 2 will be about an entirely different young woman who desperately needs help before she’s murdered on the streets of NYC. Book 3, well the plot is super unique, and more books will follow.
You’ll be able to read the series in any order you want, but in each case, you’ll have a strong young woman, a guy stepping up to help when no one else does, and danger galore with humor stuffed in anywhere I can.
I hope you’ll come along with me so you can laugh, love, and get revenge.
 
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Sunday, November 1, 2015

A work in progress

I haven't updated my blog since the end of September. I haven't worked on my current project in over a month either. Life gets in the way too much for my comfort.

But rest assured, I AM still working on the third book in the Amethyst Chronicles entitled Past Reflections. And to prove I have been working, here's a bit from chapter one.

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Why would she be dreaming? Last thing she remembered was getting the device Dr. Fergas asked for. She was examining the weird looking contraption and then was under an attack. The fireballs were all around them before she was engulfed in a bright light. Her stomach flipped at the realization.

Them. Her and Liam. Only now he was gone. Her entire world had disappeared.

The only thing that made sense to her was if the device actually worked.

“Oh, no.” She covered her forehead with her hand. “Oh, wow. Okay.”
“Is everything okay?” Dr. Brooks asked.
“Not in the slightest. Okay.” Ember rubbed her temples, trying to come up with another way to phrase her next question other than blurting it out. She quickly gave up. “What year is this?”
“Year?” Dr. Rhodes questioned. She exchanged an odd glance with her counterpart. “2016.”
“2016.”

Ember let out a deep breath as her mind reeled. Her head hit the wall and she slid down to the floor, bringing her knees to her chest. Dr. Rhodes watched her curiously as Dr. Brooks walked in front of Ember, peering at her awkwardly. She reached for Ember’s hands, but stopped when her friend snapped her name.

“She’s not going to hurt me, Mack,” she insisted.
“Better safe than sorry.”

Dr. Brooks shot the woman a glare before turning her attention back to Ember. Still, she didn’t attempt to touch again. The soft blue eyes seemed unfazed as she searched Ember’s purple ones for answers. It was time she gave some. Ember stood up, smoothing out the front of her navy blue uniform in the process.

“Okay, what I’m about to say is going to sound strange. I’m not even sure I can really prove it, but I am going to ask you to trust me.”
“Awfully big statement coming from a woman who appeared in my lab out of thin air, but go ahead.” Dr. Rhodes nodded toward her.
“As I said, my name is Ember Wilson. I am an agent with the ISC from the year 3018. I was on a mission to retrieve a device that you invented.” Ember pointed to Dr. Rhodes. “What I found was an oddly-shaped device with a pyramid on top. My team and I were under attack and the device began to light up. Next thing I know, I’m here.”

Both women paused at her words. Dr. Rhodes scanned over Ember’s appearance and turned to Dr. Brooks.

“Maddie, do you know what this means?”
“Yes!” she exclaimed. “Your machine will work!”

Ember was taken aback as the scientists wrapped their arms around each other and began to dance in a circle. They laughed in celebration until Ember cleared her throat and they stopped.

“I’m sorry, forgive us,” Dr. Brooks said. “I know how this must seem to you.”
“Look, I know you aren’t celebrating my misfortune, Dr. Brooks—”
“Maddie,” she corrected.

Surprise rippled through her. Ember felt honored. To be standing in front of this woman whom she admired so much and to be able to call her by the same name her friends and family did made Ember smile.

“Okay, Maddie. I don’t need to tell you I don’t belong here. So if you and Dr. Rhodes don’t mind, I’d like to be getting back to my own time.”
“Call me Mack,” she instructed. “I would love to, but that’s going to be a problem. The device you described is one I’m currently working on, but . . . well . . .”
“Well, what?”
“It’s not operational yet.”
Ember’s eyes darkened. She swallowed the growl forming in her throat. “What do you mean, not operational?”
“It’s not completed.”
“Are you kidding me?” Ember sputtered. “You mean I’m stranded here?”
The two women exchanged another glance. “We’re . . . not sure,” Maddie admitted.
“Not sure.” Bitterness dripped from Ember’s voice. “You two are geniuses. Figure it out.”
“Okay, I know this comes as a shock—” Maddie began.
“A shock? You think this is a shock?” Ember stepped toward Maddie.

Mack pushed the woman behind her, glaring hard at Ember. The action made Ember pause. She could only imagine how she appeared to them. She slowly nodded, taking a step back and pressed against the wall.

“I’m sorry. I’m not going to hurt you.”
“That remains to be seen,” Mack said in a flat tone.
“We know that,” Maddie said, placing her hand on Mack’s shoulder. “We’ll figure it out. Just bear with us, all right?”

Ember nodded. It was, after all, unfair of her to expect them to have all the answers.

Maddie gave her a gentle smile and walked over to the desk, picked up a flat device in the shape of a small rectangle, and turned her attention to the newcomer.
“Okay, then. Let’s start from the beginning, shall we?”


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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Stranded with the Cyborg spotlight

Happy Release Day, Cara Bristol! Book 1 of the Cy-Ops sci-fi romance series is now available.





Blurb:

Penelope Aaron, the former Terran president’s daughter, regrets how she got Agent Brock Mann booted from the security force. But now that she’s an interplanetary ambassador about to embark on her first diplomatic mission, she still doesn’t want him tagging along. Especially since he seems to be stronger, faster, more muscled, and sexier than she remembers. And pretending to be her husband? This mission couldn’t get more impossible!

Ten years ago Penelope Isabella Aaron had been a pain in Brock Mann’s you-know-what. Much has changed in a decade: “PIA” as he code-named her, has grown up and is about to attend her first Alliance of Planets summit conference, and Brock has been transformed into a cyborg after a near-fatal attack. Now a secret agent with Cyber Operations, a covert paramilitary organization, Brock gets called in, not when the going gets tough, but when the going gets impossible. So when he’s unexpectedly assigned to escort Penelope to the summit meeting, he balks at babysitting a prissy ambassador. But after a terrorist bombing, a crash landing on a hostile planet, and a growing attraction to his protectee, Operation: PIA may become his most impossible assignment yet.

Check out the excerpt!




“What was so urgent it couldn’t wait until I got back from Darius 4?” Brock flung himself into the wide sensa-chair, which conformed to the angles and lines of his body to provide optimal support and comfort. He would have preferred an android pleasure worker fit her realistic feminine form around him rather than a piece of furniture—as he’d been about to experience when the Cyber Operations director’s summons had come through. “You’re the one who insisted I take respite time.”


“Drink?” Carter punched a button on his console, a cabinet slid open, and he removed a decanter. After pouring two shots of bronze liqueur, he shoved one across the desk.

Brock’s internal warning system flashed an alert. “What’s the bad news?”

“Why do you assume that?”

“Whenever you break out the Cerinian brandy, you’re either trying to butter me up or soften the blow.” He eyed the man who’d been his friend since they’d served together in the Terran Central Protection Office thirteen years ago. Carter’s blank expression betrayed nothing, but the brandy sang like a yellow songbird.

The director knocked back his shot then thumped his chest with his fist. Cerinian brandy went down smooth until the afterburn lit your throat on fire. Or it did to one who was unaltered. Brock swallowed his and felt only slight warmth.

“I have an assignment for you,” Carter said, his voice hoarse from the liqueur. “The Association of Planets Summit is on Malodonus next week. There’s been a threat against…the Terran ambassador.” He hesitated like he expected Brock to short-circuit a computer chip.

After five years without a day off, Brock had been ordered to take R & R or be reassigned to desk duty. His irritation with the edict had been relieved somewhat when he’d arrived at the Darius 4 pleasure resort and discovered the android sex workers were almost lifelike.

First Carter told him to go then he recalled him. Brock wouldn’t blow any gaskets, but he was irked. Quit jerking me around. “What government official hasn’t received a threat? It’s part of the job. What’s so special about this case?” He shifted in the sensa-chair so its fingers could massage his lower spine.

“According to intel, Lamis-Odg is involved.”

Lamis-Odg had contributed nothing significant or positive toward the advancement of society in thousands of years yet opposed the AOP’s goal to draw the peoples of the galaxy into an alliance. Historically, the backwater planet had been more bluster than bite but, in recent years, had resorted to terrorism to intimidate its adversaries.

Brock flexed his right hand. “How certain is the threat?”
Author bio
Multi-published, Cara Bristol is the author of more than 20 erotic romance titles. She writes science fiction, contemporary, and paranormal erotic romance. No matter what the subgenre, one thing remains constant: her emphasis on character-driven seriously hot erotic stories with sizzling chemistry between the hero and heroine. Cara has lived many places in the United States, but currently lives in Missouri with her husband. She has two grown stepkids. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading and traveling.
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Monday, September 21, 2015

Cover Reveal: Rabbit in Red

“I promise you there will be more blood tonight! Oh, YES,” he shouted. “MUCH. MORE. BLOOD!”



The first book in Joe Chianakas horror mystery series, Rabbit in Red, will be launching Tuesday, September 29th!


Synopsis:
Bill Wise has blood in his past, so he turns to horror films to wipe it clean. Jaime Stein has felt the betrayal of death, so she too takes refuge in the on-screen deaths of others. Now Bill, Jaime, and seventeen other horror-loving teens have gathered at Rabbit in Red Studios, the brainchild of eccentric horror producer Jay “JB” Bell, for the terror-filled, blood-drenched contest of their lives. 

JB has presented this competition as a race between the best of the best that will reward the winners with cash, internships, and a career making the movies they love. But things aren’t always as they seem at Rabbit in Red, and soon life starts to imitate art. Will Bill and Jaime be strong enough to confront real horror to save their friends, or will they all fall victim to JB’s twisted plans?


I'm really excited about this. It reminds me of stories my best friend Brian and I would talk about in high school.

 
 
What do you think of the cover? Also, please make sure you join us on Facebook Saturday, September 26th and Sunday, September 27th for Distinguished Press's New Release Round-Up! We'll be playing games, giving out prizes, and having a great time. RSVP now and meet your new favorite author.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Research, research, research!

Hello! I'm sorry it's been a while since I've updated. My new work schedule doesn't give me a lot of free time lately. I promise I'm still here! Still hard at work on the third installment of the Amethyst Chronicles and on Jackson Gray's origin story. I hope to have information on one of them soon.

Today I want to get something off of my chest. Books are a gateway to another world. You can be anything in a book. Go anywhere. It's an escape from everyday life and means to expand your imagination. And what is a big component in allowing us to do this?

The details. Little things that may not exactly add to the plot but make you feel like you are immersed in the book. It sets the tone, the environment and helps you visualize. A good book can really make you feel like you are there.

It takes work for the author to put the reader in the story. Definitely not an easy task. I know I've researched information for a single line that would never appear anywhere else again, but it was an important detail that would add to the scene. But lately I've been reading some books that I think either the author got lazy with the details or thought they didn't need to research.

Research is important! I can't stand it when authors will make up information or will just put something down. Even in sci-fi, almost all of what I write has some scientific merit or thought behind it.

Liza O'Connor is the perfect example of an author knowing how important the details are. I love her sleuth series and the painstaking additions she puts in blows my mind. I'd love to look at her file or search history. I can clearly picture running around London with Vic, being on a boat with Jacko, or listening to a snarling baby. I can't wait to read her sci-fi series. (been sitting on my app, I promise I will get to it soon!). She goes to great lengths without hitting the reader over the head with the information.

I won't call out an author who I feel lacks where Liza strives. But let's just say I won't be reading them again. Period.

Books are fun. The writing is hard. If I have to stop reading to look up something to see if that could be probable or not...then I doubt I will pick the book back up. I typically don't leave reviews if that's the case. Sometimes I wonder if that's a good thing. Can the behavior be corrected if the author doesn't know? But I don't want to create bad blood between me and another author either. Hmm...something for me to think about, I guess.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Happy release day, Jennifer Gadd!

Today marks the release of Cat Moon (Were Children book one), a new YA paranormal series from Distinguished Press. Get it this weekend for $.99 here, Join us Saturday on Facebook as we celebrate with fun games and prizes all day. Win free books. Find a new author to love. Great times! RSVP Here.

Emma has big problems. She has no family and no home. She wanders the streets of The Warren, scavenging for her next meal and trying to keep warm. Haunted by the memory of a mother she barely recalls, Emma dreams of being a part of a real family. She is helped in her search for belonging by an assortment of eccentric characters: a friendly shopkeeper and his cranky uncle, the nice woman who runs the local mission, a ditzy cat lady, and a good-natured prostitute with a drinking problem.
 
Her biggest obstacle, however, is that every full moon, she turns into a feral cat! Emma is one of the Were. She and those like her are ruthlessly hunted by the captain of the Were-Guard, whose religious zealotry makes him especially dangerous. When the sinister Bram Fitzwilliam enters the picture to assist the Guard, Emma is in more danger than ever. Before she finds what she’s looking for, Emma must find a strength and courage she never knew she had. Her journey will teach her that dreams don’t always come true the way you want them to, that people aren’t always what they seem, and that real families can be chosen.

Let's find out more!


Five Facts about this Book:

  1. I got the idea for the book when all the vampire books exploded onto YA fiction, and I wanted to do something different.
  2. I finished the rough draft at a Borders in Overland Park, Kansas. I hope that’s not the reason they went bankrupt.
  3. The story was initially vetted by my younger daughter and her best friend, and after they read it, they created a role play game based on it.
  4. All of the herbal medicine lore in the first book is researched and accurate (but not intended to take the place of advice from your medical practitioner.)
  5. My own daughters’ names are Rachel and Margaret.

 

Five Things About Emma

  1. She isn’t sure, but she thinks she’s about twelve years old.
  2. She learned to read a very early age. She can’t really remember not ever knowing how to read.
  3. The shift back and forth from human to animal mind causes sporadic memory losses, so she doesn’t know if her memories are real or imagined.
  4. She has a deep moral conscience, but homelessness has made her do things of which she is ashamed.
  5. For all her street smarts, she is essentially naïve and innocent.
 
Author Bio:
Jennifer L. Gadd is a life-long reader and writer who holds a deep interest in writing quality literature for children and young adults. She writes mostly science fiction and fantasy, as well as hi-lo books for struggling readers. Her favorite authors are Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Jane Austen, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Agatha Christie, Candace M. Robb, Ellis Peters, and Anne Perry. She has lived in Texas, Illinois, and Alaska, and currently resides in Kansas City, Kansas, where she is a reading interventionist at an urban middle school.
 
 

Sunday, July 12, 2015

First podcast with Jennifer Gadd

Two weeks away from her debut novel, Jennifer L. Gadd speaks with me about all things Cat Moon, children's novels, and why elementary teachers seem to have perfect handwriting. Listen here.

Synopsis:

Emma has big problems. She has no family and no home. She wanders the streets of The Warren, scavenging for her next meal and trying to keep warm. Haunted by the memory of a mother she barely recalls, Emma dreams of being a part of a real family. She is helped in her search for belonging by an assortment of eccentric characters: a friendly shopkeeper and his cranky uncle, the nice woman who runs the local mission, a ditzy cat lady, and a good-natured prostitute with a drinking problem.

Her biggest obstacle, however, is that every full moon, she turns into a feral cat! Emma is one of the Were. She and those like her are ruthlessly hunted by the captain of the Were-Guard, whose religious zealotry makes him especially dangerous. When the sinister Bram Fitzwilliam enters the picture to assist the Guard, Emma is in more danger than ever. Before she finds what she’s looking for, Emma must find a strength and courage she never knew she had. Her journey will teach her that dreams don’t always come true the way you want them to, that people aren’t always what they seem, and that real families can be chosen.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Gods of Probabilities


 
Meet Zousan

Meet Zousan, aka, Zeus:

 
Gods age much, much slower than us. Zousan looks to be in his thirties, but he’s over thirty billion earth years old. Oh course, he doesn’t judge his age by earth rotations. That would be silly. Truth is, he categorizes his life in three segments slots: his years growing up in the space academy,  the years of misery under his tyrannical and unreasonable father’s thumb, and his years of freedom when he burst forth into a newly created multiverse, finally in charge of not just his life, but his entire crew.

In short order, he discovered leading a bunch of Gods was a pain in the ass. But one of his staff, he adores. His daughter, Athena. She was just a child when they burst through and honestly, she was his sole captivation over the next few billion years. (I’m using earth measurements since we never adopted the Universal time measurements of space.)

 
Athena has grown into a beautiful talented young woman, an artist of the highest caliber.

However, this piece of art disturbed him.

 
Here’s an excerpt from The Gods’ of Probabilities where he discusses this particular art:

Excerpt

From early on, his creative daughter spent most of her time making artwork from space particles. At first they were clumsy splatters, but as she matured so did her designs. Recently she had created three plumes that looked far too much like a man’s privates to suit his liking.

Since he’d threatened all his male crew with a one-way trip through a black hole sans ship if they messed with his daughter, she shouldn’t have a clue what lay beneath their uniforms, especially not ones standing so firm and tall.

He intended to discover which of his worthless crew he needed to return to his father with a note saying, “Great job! This loser you insisted I take onto my ship defiled your beloved granddaughter and you are thus fired from all grand-parenting duties.”

For the next million years, he spied on his daughter. Upon finding no worthless men sneaking into her room, he tried another technique: honesty.

He called her in and asked her what she thought her pretty columns represented.

Athena blushed and suddenly found great interest in her hot cocoa.

“Sweetheart, I’m not trying to embarrass you, but I do need to know who showed you something that inspired you to make three of these.”

She breathed in deeply. “The computer.”

“Then none of the crew has touched you?”

“No, but that has to change. I am a young woman now, and I have needs.”

He so regretted opening up this can of worms.  “Wow! Look at the time. I have a meeting with my crew...”

 
The Gods of Probabilities

By

Liza O’Connor

 Blurb

The Gods require a time shifter to ensure the Path of Light reigns during the final collapse of possibilities. To speed the process of finding an Oceanic with the specific talents needed, God DNA is induced in several batches of Oceanic eggs, resulting in a generation of brilliant tiny blue Oceanic children.

One charming boy named Drogan has the ability to manipulate quantum reality in ways that will strengthen the Path of Light. Only trouble is that his gift runs a high probability of killing him and wiping out the Path of Light for good.

While the bureaucratic Gods will try to assist, in Quantum all possibilities not only can, but do happen, so the future is never certain.

 

 

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About Author

Liza is a multiple genre author of 15 novels. A Late Victorian Series, The Adventures of Xavier & Vic, plus a spinoff, A Right to Love, is an ongoing series.    A Long Road to Love is a humorous Contemporary Disaster Romance series (5 books). She has two single books. One is a humorous, bad boys contemporary novel with ghosts, called Ghost Lover, the other is Untamed & Unabashed, a spinoff from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

Now, she’s rolling out her Science fiction series (with romance & humor) called The Multiverses. The first four books are slotted for last half of 2015.  In addition she hopes, if she hasn’t dropped from exhaustion by then, to re-release a sometimes humorous/suspense thriller called Saving Casey. It’s the story of a middle-class old woman who dies and wakes up in a trust-fund teen’s body with no choice but to turn around Casey’s life, despite the many bridges the teen has burnt.

Liza would love to know: What’s your favorite genre?

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Happy Father's Day!

I am very fortunate to have a very special relationship with my father. Words cannot express how grateful I am for him. But I will certainly do my best.

 

 
My father has always been there for me growing up. He taught me how to throw a baseball. He introduced me to my love of science fiction and my dislike for horror genre.
Dad showed me how to properly maintain my car. Not only can I change the oil and the tire, I can replace the thermostat, alternator, and flush the radiator. I can diagnose several problems now and talk intelligently to the mechanic. That alone has saved me thousands of dollars.
 
 
This is one of my favorite photos of my parents. This was of their wedding day. Two images had merged into one. My parents showed me how to love. I have a happy and healthy marriage after watching him and Mom for the 18 years I had before Mom passed away in 2000. For a long time, he had a picture of her by his bed and would tell her goodnight and he loved her. He showed me what it's like to truly love someone more than anything. I always saw her reflected in his eyes.
 

 He taught me to be colorblind, to treat others how I wanted to be treated. It's okay that people have other beliefs than I do. We're all the same in the eyes of God. Someone's race, religion, or sexual orientation has no barring on my personal life, so why worry about it? Why should that be a deciding factor in how they are received? We're all humans. We should treat each other accordingly.


 
I loved watching movies with Dad. From horrible sci-fi B-movies to Indiana Jones to Cinderella. He always instilled a sense of fun and adventure in everything. Dad also showed me how to be tough. We discovered about a year or so ago that we both have very similar stories about when we broke our noses. I still don't regret never having my nose reset.


And this is just one of my favorite photos with my brother Wayne. We like to duplicate this every Disney trip.


I need to get this in a frame. We did this at Disney in a little kiosk at Pop Century hotel. I really love it. Dad is one of my best friends. He is someone I can tell anything to. I love our long talks about everything and nothing.



My wedding day. This was one of the best pictures taken, in my opinion. Daddy is walking me down the aisle and looking like he can barely keep from crying. I may be married now, and definitely not so little, but I will always be your baby girl. You are the greatest man I've ever known. I hope I can be one-tenth the person you are. Always kind, always putting your family first. Determined, hard working, strong ethics and unshakable faith. I love you, Daddy. Today, tomorrow, and forever.

Happy Father's Day.
 

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Shifters Gone Alpha boxed set


Shifters Gone Alpha: Shape shifter Romance Boxed Set
 

When it comes to love, it doesn't take long for shifters to go alpha. This boxed set of NEW stories from bestselling authors shows how there's nothing a shifter won't do for their mate's pleasure. 

Her Alpha Mate by Michele Bardsley 
As the Fire Pack alpha’s wife Alice Mason will do anything ensure the future of her wolf pack and the ancient bloodline of her husband. Even if it means she must sacrifice her own life… 

The Bear Witch Project by Renee George 
Bears and witches are natural enemies, so when bear shifter Ty Wasape meets curvy witch Solange Tremaine at an Osage casino, he is naturally torn between killing her or making her his mate. 

Her Destiny by Brandy Walker 
Selena has a new job, new home, and new friends; to include a cat she calls Felix. When her life is threatened Felix, aka Malcolm, comes to the rescue bringing her into a world she never knew existed. 

KnightForce 1 by Sydney Addae 
La Patron’s rebel problem needs correcting before the cops get involved. Asia, Angus and Tyrese, arrive in the Rocky Mountains to prevent more deaths and keep humans unaware Shifters live next door. 

Darkness Rising by Lisa Carlisle 
Antoine Chevalier is a gargoyle shifter living in Paris. When he's attacked by rogue vampires, he's forced to abandon his identity and must recreate himself in a world now filled with darkness.

Her Dragon’s Soul by Julia Mills 
Find mate…check. Bond with mate…check. Exorcise demon taking take over mate hence saving dragon kin and the world…oh crap, not again. Can't a dragon catch a break? 

The Gathering: Homecoming by Ellis Leigh 
Join the trio from The Gathering as they navigate their new life. Blasius and Dante must make their mate Moira feel welcome, but their mountain girl has trouble finding her footing on marble floors. 

Wolves at the Door by Skye Jones 
Brooke is studying the wildlife of a remote Scottish area. What she finds shocks her. Sexy alpha, Drew, seduces Brooke. They spend the night together, but Drew wants more. He wants Brooke as his mate. 

Domlen’s Way by Solease M Barner 
Domlen's handsome, sexy, smart and a Dominate. He will ensure you are satiated, satisfied, sore and pleased. You will only have to submit to Domlen's Way to get the attention of this dragon-shifter. 

Rescued? By the Wolf by Cristina Rayne 
When Rogue lion shifter, Tori, jumps into the truck of an annoyingly hot wolf shifter she mistakes for human, lifelong hostilities and self-restraint are tested as they flee from the lions in pursuit. 

Spring Mates by Lynn Tyler 
Mating season. The time when a young man’s heart turns to creating a permanent bond with the one he loves. At least, in theory. 

Breaking the Storm by Sedona Venez 
One curvy fae witch. One smoking hot ‘Rock Star’ wolf shifter--and a curse that threatens their burning love. 






 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Unraveling cover reveal



Welcome to the cover reveal for The Unraveling, Volume One of The Luminated Threads by Laurel Wanrow! This is a steampunk fantasy romance with new adult-aged characters and themes. The Unraveling ebook is on preorder for a special preorder price of only .99 cents from Amazon! A print paperback edition also features this beautiful cover artwork by the talented Craig Shields, www.craigshields.co.uk.
The Unraveling releases June 23, 2015.

About the Book:

In 1868 England, the competition to control agriculture is fierce…

…and nobody says no to Derby’s industrial magnate.

Except Annmar Masterson. The nineteen-year-old rejects his improper advances and instead takes an advertising position on a farm. She discovers the isolated valley is home to gifted species—including animal and plant shifters—who hide their lives from the rest of England. The blue threads only she sees on their clockwork machinery prove her heritage is rooted with theirs, but their world is so different that Annmar doesn't know if she'll ever belong.

Shapeshifter Daeryn Darkcoat blames himself for the death of his mate and swears he won't be responsible for another pack. But when the farm he loves falls victim to an endless run of strange pests eating the crops, he joins the hunt, taking charge of an unruly team of predator shifters. In the midst of the battle, Annmar stirs feelings he can’t resist.

As Annmar becomes entangled in the fight against the pests, and with Daeryn, she discovers her magic might help…if she can learn to use it properly. If not, she’ll be forced to leave the people she has come to care for and become what she fears most: nothing more than another cog in the magnate’s gears.

THE UNRAVELING is a full-length novel, approximately 350 pages, for readers 18+ (new adult and older).

Please note: This is volume 1 of a three-part serialized novel. Volumes 2 & 3 will be published in 2015 to complete THE LUMINATED THREADS, a steampunk fantasy romance. To be notified of these releases, sign up for Laurel's Newsletter.

Preorder from Amazon for the special price of only .99 cents! 

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Laurel WanrowAbout the Author:
Laurel Wanrow loves misty mornings, the smell of freshly dug earth, petting long-haired guinea pigs and staring at the stars. She sees magic in nature and loves to photograph it.
Before kids, she studied and worked as a naturalist—someone who leads wildflower and other nature walks. During a stint of homeschooling, she turned her writing skills to fiction to share her love of the land, magical characters and fantastical settings.
When not living in her fantasy worlds, Laurel camps, hunts fossils and argues with her husband and two new adult kids over whose turn it is to clean house. Though they live on the East Coast, a cherished family cabin in the Colorado Rockies holds Laurel’s heart.
Visit her online at www.laurelwanrow.com.
To be notified of new releases: Laurel's Newsletter

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Giveaway:

One (1) winner gets a $10 Amazon gift card, and two (2) winners get paperbacks of The Unraveling by Laurel Wanrow (US/CA/UK)
Ends June 10, 2015
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