Little Wave in a Big Ocean

“Among my most prized possessions are words that I have never spoken.”

~Orson Scott Card

We all have those times in our lives when we know we have to take a break from some things in order to try and fix others. It’s been a minute since I sat down and wrote a thoughtful blog post. That changes today.

               “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”

It is my belief that most of us have heard this at some time in our lives and I can honestly say that I have lived my life by it. Growing up, I heard it nearly every day. What makes a person repeat something like this to a child they are molding into an adult? I can think of a few reasons.

We can use words to create an escape for others, that’s one of the truly wonderful gifts of this world and I’m always aware that it lies right at my fingertips. On the other side of that are the times—and I pray they are less often although I fear they are not—when words are employed not to lift up but to hurt and bring down. As the Kings of Leon say, sometimes words lie at “the tip of your tongue, the top of your lungs.” It is those with the potential for anger and negativity that are best left unsaid.

When I was growing up, my mom was often called names and labeled negatively because of her lifestyle and wardrobe choices. Sure, she was a Single mom with a Red sports car with the personalized plate, “PaperDoll”. She wore Dove shorts, stockings and high heels. She had the Farrah Fawcett hair and spent a lot of time on The Vegas strip. She also Worked all day at the newspaper and danced all night at Caesar’s Palace. I’d look at her and think, “My mom is the blonde Wonder Woman.” Most days I was in awe of her. No matter how tough things got for us, every day, multiple times a day, I heard the words, “I love you, sweetie.” My mom never said a bad word against anyone, mind you, but she got an earful. Did people think her child wasn’t listening too? I heard.

Hooker. Prostitute. Groupie.

My beautiful mom, Las Vegas, circa 1980's.

My beautiful mom, Las Vegas, circa 1980’s.

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Three Hot Releases, Three Incredible Women!

Hello out there! Happy Tuesday everyone. I know I’ve been so quiet but I promise you it’s because I’m writing, writing, writing! But today guess what I’m doing? Today I’m CELEBRATING! Back in 2010, I joined the Washington DC Romance Writers group and they are by far the most amazing ladies (and one gentleman, Hi Tim!). Generous, brilliant and warm are the three words I’d use to describe them all. I could go on and on but I’ll just say that it was the first time I’d ever entered somewhere a complete stranger and left with true lifelong friends. And three of those friends have SMOKING HOT romance releases today. So it is my greatest pleasure to share with you…

lynneHot Nights with the Fireman by my critique partner and friend, Lynne Silver! True story: after reading the first draft for this, my first words to Lynne were how the book’s hero, Jason, was one of those who could get away with ANYTHING and I’d still love him. So consider yourselves warned!

ONE SPARK IS ALL IT TAKES

Everyone in Washington, DC, knows that when the heat is on, you call Valerie Wainright. This brilliant, brassy PR maven can spin any hot scandal, and she’s never let a client ruffle her feathers. Yet when she agrees to teach DC’s bravest how to handle a media frenzy, she faces an entirely different kind of fire. Keeping things all business and no pleasure is far harder than she expected.

After steamy photos ignite the Internet, firefighter Jason Moore instantly goes from hero to bad boy. While he couldn’t care less about an online rep, he cares a lot about his job and saving lives. If Valerie can help clear his name, he’ll do what she says-even if it means forcing himself to keep his hands off her. But beneath Valerie’s cool cover, Jason feels a smoldering desire that lights his own. And this is one inferno he’ll definitely want to stoke . . .

Book Release Date: July 14, 2015, by Hachette Book Group. CHECK OUT THIS FIERY BOOK HERE! Continue reading

A Cover You Won’t Forget! Forget Tomorrow by #PintipDunn #entangledteen

Happy Friday, friends! I hope the week was kind to you. I’m still busy, busy, busy writing but had to pop out of the cave for one very special cover reveal. My very dear friend and fellow Waterworld Mermaid, Pintip Dunn, has an extra special Young Adult title coming out soon-ish with Entangled Teen and I am bursting with pride to share it with you and toot her horn. Her writing is phenomenal. And her cover is so cool! Please check it out. let us know what you think about the blurb and cover and have a wonderful weekend everyone! 

Drum roll please….

ForgetTomorrow

Forget Tomorrow

by Pintip Dunn

Release Date: 11/03/15

Entangled Teen

 Summary from Goodreads:

Imagine a world where your destiny has already been decided…by your future self. Continue reading

I Love Lucy and Her Latest Steamy Romance!

Hello friends and Happy Almost Memorial Day! I know I’ve been extra quiet lately but that’s because my muse became very ambitious a few months ago and I’ve got no less than four books I’m working on to get to you! So while I’m holed up in the writing cave playing slave to my muse, I’m very happy to bring you the newest release by my good teasing friend, the awesome Lucy Felthouse. With the long holiday weekend upon us, here’s a little something to heat up the first official weekend of summer…

nativetongueOut Now – Native Tongue – M/M Erotic Romance by Lucy Felthouse (@cw1985) #erotica #romance #military #interracial

Blurb:

They may be back on British soil, but the battle isn’t over.

When Captain Hugh Wilkes fell for his Afghan interpreter, Rustam Balkhi, he always knew things would never be easy. After months of complete secrecy, their return to England should have spelt an end to the sneaking around and the insane risks. But it seems there are many obstacles for them to overcome before they can truly be happy together. Can they get past those obstacles, or is this one battle too many for their fledgling relationship?

Author’s note: Although this story does work as a standalone tale, it’s recommended that you read the first instalment of the characters’ journey first—Desert Heat, which is available from all good retailers.

Buy links: http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk/published-works/native-tongue/

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Mid Week Tease: Sin Pointe’s magical webmaster, Big Ben!

MWTease15Welcome to Mid Week Tease!

I’m thinking of the number 70 right now. Why? Because that’s how many days there are until San Diego’s Comic Con 2015 happens! I love me some Comic Con but the last time I’d been able to score tickets, or as we call it a badge, had been 2010. That was a good year. I had the honor of sitting in on Andy Whitfield’s final Comic Con panel. Such a beautiful soul. Every year I’d try again to get registered online and within minutes, it would sell out before I had the chance. Sadness. But then I found out I could apply for a special badge, one for creative professionals which included authors! I just had to submit an appropriate piece of work I’d created and wait to see if the magic would happen. Guess what? It did! Today I’m teasing you from that very special book, Sin’s Haven (A Sin Pointe Novel, #3) about a quirky, gentle giant of a webmaster for a little band you might have heard of called Sin Pointe. I owe Big Ben, big time. He so sexy and sweet and in a bit of a confusing tight spot…

He shook his head, trying to understand last night. The problem was, his pride might be swelling on one hand but on the other, he felt like a huge ass wipe. He’d slept with a woman whose name he couldn’t remember and oh yeah, he didn’t do that kind of thing. It wasn’t anywhere in his nature. Jaxon and Stefan made women melt at the mere thought of the things those guys could do to them. Unless a chick was super into a personalized website or slick Facebook banner, Ben didn’t have much woo factor to offer. And a one-night-stand-to-blow-your-mind was definitely not on his menu. He wouldn’t have slept with Erby on their first date and he’d known her for six years! Okay, maybe he would have last night… Continue reading