Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Diversion Giveaway

The lovely Chris at Stumbling Over Chaos is hosting a giveaway for an ebook copy of Diversion, 2nd Edition, to be awarded after the story publish date of July 4. Just leave a comment on the post, saying you'd like to enter, and when the contest is over, Chris will pick a winner.

And while you're there, be sure to check out the Linkety, Misadventures in Stock Photography, and other fun features. Oh, and don't forget to admire Chaos and Mayhem, the two site kitties.

Enter here.


There are good guys, bad guys, and then there’s Lucky.

Former drug trafficker Richmond “Lucky” Lucklighter flaunts his past like a badge of honor. He speaks his mind, doesn’t play nice, and flirts with disaster while working off his sentence with the Southeastern Narcotics Bureau. If he can keep out of trouble a while longer he’ll be a free man–after he trains his replacement.

Textbook-quoting, by the book Bo Schollenberger is everything Lucky isn’t. Lucky slurps coffee, Bo lives caffeine free. Lucky worships bacon, Bo eats tofu. Lucky trusts no one, Bo calls suspects by first name. Yet when the chips are down on their shared case of breaking up a drug diversion ring, they may have more in common than they believe.

Two men. Close quarters. Friction results in heat. But Lucky scoffs at partnerships, no matter how thrilling the roller-coaster. Bo has two months to break down Lucky’s defenses… and seconds are ticking by.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Announcement for the Diversion Series

Those of you who are familiar with the Diversion series may know that the first installment, Diversion, is currently out of print. The story hasn't changed, but I've polished it a bit with all I've learned over the past three years since I wrote it, and plan to release the second edition on July 4th with Rocky Ridge Books. The old cover belongs to the former publisher, so Diversion will have a whole new look soon, which will reflect in the other installments. The book was originally intended as a stand-alone, but now it's grown into a series. I wanted something distinctive to represent the story, and preferred to show the characters.

Well, stock photos are limited, and many of the images are used again and again and again. Just check out Stumbling Over Chaos's regular feature, "Misadventures in Stock Photography." What could I do to ensure the "Lucky" I chose was as unique as the character himself?

When you need advice, who do you go to? Friends, of course! I have a dear friend who is as smoothly Southern as Lucky Lucklighter, and he agreed to be my Lucky. And those of you near the upstate of South Carolina, you might have to drop in and visit him, and get your hair done! In RL, he's a stylist extraordinaire. Interested? E-mail me privately and I can give you details.

Books two and three, Collusion and Corruption, are currently available, with book four, Manipulation, due out this fall.

Anyway, y'all, I'd like you to meet my friend Clay, aka, Lucky Lucklighter, one of the main characters of the Diversion series.

This lovely cover was created by the talented. L.C. Chase.

Diversion 2nd Edition is scheduled to release Friday, July 4th.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Interview and Giveaway at Boy Meets Boy Reviews

I've been privileged to be the author of the month at Boy Meets Boy Reviews. They interviewed me and are hosting a giveaway contest of one e-book copy each of my The Match Before Christmas series, including "The Match Before Christmas", "Fanning the Flames", and "A Lie I Can Live With." All you have to do it leave a comment on the post.

And look! They gave me my own unicorn! Come visit!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Creative Shifting, or What About Animals Other Than Wolves?

I grew up loving stories of shifters, called "werewolves" back in my teen years, when wolves were the only animals available for a second form. Or maybe a bat. And my early forays into writing were inspired by a paranormal series that branched out into bears, hyenas, and even rats! What a novel idea! And while my published works are mostly contemporary, sometimes the muse wants paranormal.

It is my honor to be Author of the Month at Boy Meets Boy Reviews where they've reviewed two of my stories: Naked Tails and Galen and the Forest Lord (read review here). While Galen and the Forest Lord features wolf shifters, Naked Tails introduces a slightly different animal: the North American Opossum, or "possum" for short. The story required a good deal of research, and includes some wonderful suggestions from friends about possum behavior and how this carries over to my heroes in their human forms. And why possums?

The story was my way of coping with "The Great Possum Invasion of 2011" when a four-legged marsupial decided the wall of my home made a good place to spent the winter. 

But let's not stop at possums. There's so many other lesser known shifters to explore. How about Tam Ames' snork-worthy Caged, (which you can download here)? Hamster shifter anyone? Do not drink liquids while reading on your computer.

Most recently, my pal P.D. Singer released an otter shifter on unsuspecting Colorado with Tail Slide. And gave him a box of Cheerios. Madness (of the fun kind!) ensues. Again I give you the "don't drink liquids while reading" warning.

So, if you're looking for a different kind of shifter, think small, like possums, otters, and hamsters. Oh! I also included foxes, a skunk, and a chipmunk in Naked Tails. Can't have enough shifters, in my book!

Look for my interview with Boy Meets Boy Reviews on Jun 25 or 26.

And many thanks to the Goodreads reviewer who shared the lovely possum pictured above. 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Book Release-A Heart for Robbie by JP Barnaby

 Good morning, y'all (evening, afternoon, etc.) It's release day for JP Barnaby's new book, A Heart for Robbie. I must say, the cover alone grabbed my heartstrings. 


Waiting for someone else’s child to die so yours can live is the worst kind of Hell.

Celebrated Young Adult author Julian Holmes pits the heroic characters in his Black Heart series against all different kinds of monsters. But when a critical heart defect threatens his son’s life, he finds he has no champion. No amount of books, classes, or practice can prepare Julian for the fight to save his beautiful son’s life.

Suddenly there are hospitals, transplant lists, and the nightmare of insurance red tape to navigate. In the midst of his trouble, Julian meets Simon Phelps, the insurance coordinator for Robbie’s case. Simon lives so deep in the closet he might never find his way out, but he dreams of exactly what Julian has. Then one night, drunken need and desperation brings them together, and a new fight begins.
Find A Heart for Robbie at Dreamspinner Press.