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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Follow Me!

I'm just popping in to say I'm hitting the promo trail for Second Skin and I have a bunch of guest appearances scheduled at the sites of some of my fabulous fellow authors. I'm not going to spam my own blog every day with links, so if you want to tag along on this adventure, make sure you're following me on Facebook and/or Twitter! (Links are over there in the right column.)

I'll also be tweaking the artwork section here sometime soon and making it a bit more organized. (I hope. Fingers crossed.) I won't give away too many details now, but there's a super-fun art project in the works, so stay tuned!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Second Skin is Out Today!

It's here! I'm still in love with this cover, and I like to pretend I look like this when I wear my sunglasses (let's ignore my actual picture over there somewhere to the right...). I mused about this story for a bit over at the official 1 Night Stand blog, so be sure to check it out!

In the meantime, I'll post the official blurb, excerpt, and links:

Anna’s career as a high-level CIA operative is put on involuntary hiatus. When a trusted colleague passes along the information for the 1Night Stand service, Anna decides to take the plunge against her better judgment and seek some intimate company. But her CIA instincts can’t be ignored, and when she contacts Madame Eve, she uses an alias.

Brendan owns a lucrative manufacturing company, but he’s yet to achieve the goal of finding a woman with whom he can share his successes and joys. But beneath his polished, capable exterior hides the painfully shy teenager he’s never been able to escape. When his own efforts in the dating scene fall short, he turns to 1Night Stand.

It would be so easy to fall in love with Brendan, and Anna’s protective mask slides away, piece-by-piece, revealing more of herself than she should dare. Before she can slip away with the sunrise, Brendan shows their encounter in a new light. Will Anna take a chance on their future, or will she choose to return to her undercover, but lonely life? 

“It’s beautiful out here, isn’t it?” His breath danced across the tip of her ear.


“Summers in this region are always nice, but they’re nothing compared to the autumn foliage,” he said. “Have you ever been up here during that time of year?”

Anna continued tracing idle lines from his wrist to his elbow. “No, I haven’t.”

His head dipped lower and his lips grazed her skin. “I realize it’s early for us, but I’d love to come back here with you. We could watch the changing colors, cuddle in front of a roaring fire….”

Anguish stabbed at her. The images he described sounded flawless and enticing. Every part of her yearned to agree to whatever he offered, but planning a rendezvous posed too much of a risk. She hadn’t predicted the difficulties of keeping up an ongoing charade with the man she met.

“That sounds lovely.” She swallowed hard and turned toward him. Her cheek rested in the crook of his neck, though its comfort did nothing to assuage her unexpected guilt over the upcoming lie. “Maybe we can work something out.”

Second Skin is available from Decadent Publishing, and can also be found on Amazon, B&N, and All Romance!

Monday, March 17, 2014

The End is In Sight

As of right now, Second Skin is set to release on Friday. Cross your fingers and mark it on your calendars!

Nextly, it seems I have finally unearthed myself from the great big whopping pile of work I had. Of course it's only a matter of time before things get crazy and I'm swamped again, but for now, I'm going to enjoy the breathing room while it lasts.

During the Escape from Work Mountain, I did get a fair amount of writing done on The Fall of the Midnight Scorpions. As much as I like my site/blog, if a choice has to be made, writing fiction is always going to win out over writing here. Sad but true. Anyway, it's been coming along, and sometime in the past week, I had that moment.

That glorious moment.

That wonderful moment.

The one where you've been writing for months, chiseling away at that fantastic plot you've been dreaming about for ages, getting the damn words onto the damn page, and then all of a sudden...the end is in sight. You can see the finish line. You're in the home stretch.

It always seems to sneak up on me, and then I rejoice when I finally realize it. By my current calculations, I have three more chapters and an epilogue to do before going back through and adding in the things I forgot. Then it's time for the final proofing and then shipping it off. In some ways, it feels like quite the lengthy list, while in others, it feels like I'm right there.

I write in order (as I've mentioned before), which means that I save the climax for, well, where it goes. The excitement's there, the motivation is there, so I'm hoping this part will just fly by. These parts have been in my head for so long, and now it's finally time to put my heart and soul on the page and it's going to FEEL SO GOOD.

If I were a runner, I'm sure there's some type of running or marathon metaphor I could be using here. But HAHAno. I don't run. Ever. I'd best leave that alone.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Which End is Up?

No real post here today, just popping in to say that 1) I am still swamped with work and blogging's definitely taking a backseat, and 2) the release of Second Skin has been pushed back a little bit, so if you were expecting it on Friday, sorry!

I really wish I could share some of the work stories I alluded to in the last post. Boobulon has told me that one of them HAS to make its way into a book someday because it's just that damn good. (I believe "comedy gold" was the phrase he used.) I might see if I can work it in as brief backstory somewhere down the line. I mean, every character has to have one, right?