My dear friends, this week my step-dad passed away from prostate cancer. He was a wonderful man who always took such good care of my mom, something I’ll always be grateful for. They divorced almost 30 years ago, but he was the love of my mom’s life and she never remarried. He always checked in on her and they remained very close friends until the end, this week. It breaks my heart to imagine that kind of love, those circumstances. Having that fierce kind of love up close and then having it from afar. I write romance. We read romance. But I’ve always known that happy endings are subjective, individual and unique to each person, each couple. That’s one of the things I’ve loved about reading and writing for Evernight publishing. Sometimes love doesn’t live inside the confines of a little pink box. Sometimes it’s the mottled color of bruises, or the beautiful yet scary shade of blood. Sometimes it is the color of the sun. Sometimes it’s midnight black. I think the best of times is when it’s all these and more. There are days when it’s hard to understand the intricacies of love and relationships and it’s those times when I think it helps to escape into someone else’s heart. Continue Reading
Hello out there. I’m taking a day to sit down and relax with the rhythm section of ultra-sexy rock band, Sin Pointe. And this day wouldn’t be possible had the talented and lovely author, Xio Axelrod, not invited us to join her blog hop so big cyber kisses to her. Check out a charming and smexy chat Xio had with her own characters last week HERE. Now for Stefan and Will from my latest release, Wicked Flower…
Me: Boys, it’s time. Please come on over and say hi to all the lovely people.
Stefan: Hey sweetie.
Will: Not funny, dude.
Stefan: What, I wasn’t talking to you, sweetie. I was looking out at all of Carlene’s sexy friends. Hey ladies. (Stefan’s giving you all a look that I want you to imagine would melt the polar ice caps right now. And of course he’s in all white, just for you.)
Will: Ladies, snap out of it. Carlene, was he not looking directly at me when he said that?
Me: …(author debating for a moment on what to say next and whether she thinks she’s going to be able to wrangle two of her favorite albeit ornery people in all the world to finish this little interview)… Will, you are pretty sweet. Maybe Stef was just referring to that fact. Stefan, be nice. Continue Reading
Welcome back to Mid Week Tease!
Welcome to the tease and thank you to our fabulous hostess, Sandra Bunino, for making it happen each week. I’m keeping everything short today. (Code for still feeling out this story, ;-))
Here’s my inspy for Anden…
And here’s a snippet from his log in “Set for Two: A Winter Wish” about a warrior class of wish-granting Siberian reindeer…
The beachside hills are so dry. You’re more likely to land on a tumbleweed than a soft patch of green grass. And yet a few leaps away is the endless and vast blue of the Pacific Ocean. And her house.
There is no honor in being taken care of amongst the bucks. But to find a partner who will both elevate and fit perfectly at my side, I’d give up old notions for a chance at that. I am no whelp, nor am I a liar. She moves along the beach and I can see myself joining her. This is my truth, no matter the consequences.
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Last Saturday, I had the incredible honor of being a guest author at Lady Jane’s Salon Silver Spring. For anyone not familiar with Lady Jane’s, this is a monthly event where romance authors are invited to come and read from their books. The original salon was co-founded by author Hope Tarr and operates in New York City, with several satellite locations, including my local one in Silver Spring/Bethesda, Maryland. I was over the moon at being invited and when I found out the other authors I’d be reading with, I just couldn’t believe what tremendous and fun company I would be part of.
I learned that Critique Partners are valuable in more than just getting those first drafts a whole lot less rough, they also serve to soothe nerves. Mine did an excellent job of that and I’m so thankful to both of them–Lynne Silver (Author of the Coded for Love series) and Kerri Carpenter (Soon to be published with Entangled Publishing). These ladies own my heart, not just for their crazy good romance stories that I get to read first but for their generosity and understanding. That night I literally needed something to do to calm my nerves and asked if I could get Kerri a drink. Asked if she’d like ice in it. Got to the soda fountain and had no recollection of whether she wanted ice or not! (She did want ice, I brought it to her without, she smiled like it was the best glass of non-iced Diet Coke she’d ever received. And that is why she’s my hero.)
(Lynne Silver, me, Kerri Carpenter) Continue Reading