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  • Washington Loves Readers Luncheon October 25, 2014
    As you know (or not), I chaired the first ever Washington Loves Reader’s luncheon on October 11, 2014 along with author, Kimberly Kincaid. It basically meant I got to pick the lunch menu and assign seats. {Rubs hands mad with power} 40 authors showed up to wine and dine the readers, and well, when you getRead more...
  • Ladies of the 80s September 20, 2014
    The book takes place in 1980. I’m a total 80′s child, but I was young in the 80′s and only vaguely remember Reagan’s election. John Lennon’s shooting, I remember not at all. It was really fun doing the research for this book, because there were certain mindsets and mores I had to stick to. ForRead more...
  • Guest- Tina Donahue August 22, 2014
    I’m so thrilled to have one of my co-authors of the Brought to His Knees anthology here today. Tina Donahue has another release called Carnal Takeover! (Love the title) During the day, she’s in charge—at night, he’ll take command of her body, their desires…   Dominance and discipline. Alexandra hungers for both from Daniel, theRead more...

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Washington Loves Readers Luncheon

As you know (or not), I chaired the first ever Washington Loves Reader’s luncheon on October 11, 2014 along with author, Kimberly Kincaid. It basically meant I got to pick the lunch menu and assign seats. {Rubs hands mad with power} 40 authors showed up to wine and dine the readers, and well, when you get authors + romance readers + wine + chocolate cake, you know what happens?

Shenanigans! First off, I was wearing the same dress as author, Delancey Stewart! As  Delancey is taller and thinner than I am, let’s not play the tabloid game of “Who Wore it Best?” photo 234

 

 

 

 

Kim and I had asked the authors to team up to create the table centerpiece, and everyone did an amazing job! I’d known we were all creative writers, but I hadn’t known we could channel Martha Stewart! Check it out:

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Readers went home loaded down with books and swag. It was so successful, we’re doing it again next year! So pay attention to my newsletter cause you won’t want to be missing this!photo 5photo 6

Ladies of the 80s

The book takes place in 1980. I’m a total 80′s child, but I was young in the 80′s and only vaguely remember Reagan’s election. John Lennon’s shooting, I remember not at all.

It was really fun doing the research for this book, because there were certain mindsets and mores I had to stick to. For example, the threat of the old Soviet Union looms large. Every time Allison thinks Peter is weird and maybe a spy, she assumes he’s a Russian spy. Never American.

Cell phones for the average person were non-existent. When Peter wants to call Allison, he has to speak to the gamut of her family because anyone could pick up the phone in their living room.

The music was also in transition. Punk hadn’t quite finished its run, but the big hair metal bands (Poison, Def Leopard etc…) weren’t on the scene yet either. When Allison says she wants to be a rock star, she’s thinking Blondie & Pat Benatar.

People also think of Yuppies when they think of the 80s, but summer of 1980 wasn’t there yet. That’s more 1984 and John Hughes movies hadn’t burst onto the scene yet, or we know Allison would’ve been Pretty in Pink like Molly Ringwald.

What do you remember about 1980? Dare I ask how old you were? I was 5. Lynne 1980

 

Guest- Tina Donahue

I’m so thrilled to have one of my co-authors of the Brought to His Knees anthology here today. Tina Donahue has another release called Carnal Takeover! (Love the title)

During the day, she’s in charge—at night, he’ll take command of her body, their desires…

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Dominance and discipline. Alexandra hungers for both from Daniel, the lead engineer on her Alaskan energy project. She imagines him punishing then mounting her while his team watches. Full-figured, Alexandra hasn’t had much luck with guys, especially ones so potently male. To change that, she invites Daniel to teach her submission to his most carnal needs. She also invites his men.

For too long, Daniel’s craved Alexandra’s lush figure and smarts. However, she’s his boss, it’s not wise to mix business with pleasure, and no damn way does he intend to share her. After one lusty night of her submitting to him and his men, Daniel claims Alexandra as his sub. On his terms. No regrets. No strings.

Yeah, right.

Tell that to their hearts.

EXCERPT:

Nat closed the door. The wind pulled it shut with a loud bang. She jerked. Daniel didn’t seem to notice the noise. He moved into her.

Stunned, Alexandra couldn’t budge. He was closer than he’d ever been. She caught his scent, a woodsy, masculine fragrance, clean and inviting. It mingled with the crisp aroma of snow on his parka and the fabric softener he’d used on his brown-and-cream flannel shirt. Several strands of his wind-tousled hair caressed his forehead and bristly cheeks. God love him, he hadn’t shaved.

She ached to run her fingers over his upper lip and chin.

Daniel didn’t give her the chance. With surprising ease, he slung his arm over her shoulder and drew her into him, their bodies touching. A jolt of desire hit Alexandra so hard she had to bite back a moan. His heat was incredible, chasing away the chill of his coat and the air she’d let inside. Nearly a head taller than her, he seemed enormous, virile, dangerous, and seductive.

Her heart beat out of time. They were near enough to kiss. His mouth rich and full, the stuff of her most salacious fantasies.

“You still want to do this?” he asked, low enough so the others wouldn’t hear.

Surprised by his question, she nodded. To have him leave now would be unthinkable.

“You feel safe?” he added.

His casual embrace ensured it, as though they were dating, comfortable with each other. “Yes, of course.”

Even though he didn’t have feelings for her, other than what appeared to be lust, he was a good man. He wouldn’t deliberately hurt her. Why was he asking?

He didn’t seem convinced of her answer. “You need to be certain,” he said. “This ends now unless you explicitly trust what’s going to happen.”

Alexandra started to perspire. “I do…what did you have in mind?”

Daniel studied her for a long moment, his expression unreadable, though there was a hint of indecency in his eyes. Heat prickled Alexandra’s cheeks and forehead, nourished by excitement not fear. Whatever he’d planned, she was definitely all for it. Downright eager.

“Everything,” he answered, parroting what she’d said yesterday. “I’m in charge. Not you. Not any of the other guys. Me, alone. If you can’t accept that, then this is over right—”

She interrupted, “I accept it.” He’d honored his part of their bargain by showing up and taking over in the best possible way. Now, Alexandra would honor hers. “You’re the boss.”

Delight danced in his eyes. “Yes, I am.”

He cupped the back of her head and pulled her into him, their thighs and bellies snuggled together. Alexandra inhaled sharply. Before she could release her breath on a wanting sigh, he slanted his mouth over hers and slipped his tongue between her lips.

God. She sagged against him, shocking need tearing through her, rendering Alexandra helpless and weak. If not for Daniel’s solid body, she would have dropped to the floor.

Tightening his hold, he deepened their kiss, his mouth greedy and demanding, hers loose and impassioned beneath his. She nestled closer. He ground his hips into hers, his opened parka allowing her to feel his erection, rock solid, long as freaking hell. Alexandra dug her fingers into his coat, wanting it off and them naked, him inside her.

Despite her wayward lust, Daniel didn’t stop and strip. He enjoyed her leisurely, fully, his tongue dancing with hers, then sweeping over her teeth. He tasted of minty toothpaste and a flavor that was unique to him which spoke of good health, a male at the height of his power. Alexandra finally moaned, unable to help herself. Daniel offered a faint growl in return, then broke their kiss and rested his forehead against hers.

As a lover and friend might do.

His behavior was so unexpected and enchanting, she lost all reserve and breathed, “I like you being in charge.”

He made a noise that sounded of contentment and amusement, then traced her jawline with his finger. “We’ll see.”

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5 Reasons to participate in an anthology/Box set

I’ve said it before, this summer is the summer of the box set. Some authors hit some big best seller lists and loads of authors are jumping on the bandwagon hoping to replicate their success. I’m one of them. In fact, I was asked to participate in no less than 3 sets in one week in March. I’m so glad I chose to go with the group I did. Here’s why:

1. You get the network effect. There are 11 authors in my set. If each of us has an average of 200 reader fans, that amplifies my reach times 11.

2. Publishing calendar: Authors can often be stuck with a slow schedule waiting on traditional publishers to do their editing and marketing thing. By participating in an anthology, I will have a book release this summer. Amazon likes prolific authors.

Brought to his knees_flat3. Cost: When I put a book out, I have to pay for editors, cover art, and formatting. With this anthology, I still paid but the costs were seriously lowered.

4. Education: I have my set ways of writing a book, publishing it and marketing it. Participating in an anthology allowed me behind the scenes of 11 authors marketing strategies and process. I learned about newsletters from Tina Donahue, Flash giveaways from Danica Avet, Facebook from AM Griffin, reader relationships from Cynthia D’Alba and so much more from Jennifer Kacey, Felice Fox, Sadye Grace, Amy Ruttan, Sabrina York, and Anya Richards.

5. Connection with my readers. I know I have reader fans, and I’m so happy to connect them with authors they might never have tried before without the option of a 99 cent anthology.

For authors: Have you or would you want to participate in a box set/anthology?

For readers: Do you like all these new sets? Do you feel as if you’re getting a good deal? Have you discovered any great new-to-you authors?