Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop


My fellow Five Golden Rings anthology author, Karen Erickson, tagged me to participate in The Next Big Thing blog hop and answer a few questions about the book I'm currently working on. So let's get to it!


What is your working title of your book?

The working title was the name that stuck: Moonlight Madness.

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Where did the idea come from for the book?

I’d published a time travel (WISH FOR THE MOON), and that story had an enchanted Druid portal. I just couldn’t resist the idea that other couples from other time periods might fall through the same opening between the past and the present!

There are also two teenagers, and being a school librarian, I'm surrounded by teen angst 24/7! The two kids in the story provide plenty of conflict for the hero and heroine!

What genre does your book fall under?

My publisher categorizes it as historical romance, but purists need to know the couple spends a large amount of time in present-day Wales.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

I have a hard time with this, because the hero was a conglomeration of several of my Hollywood crushes. To single out one actor, I’d say he’s probably a lot like Chris Hemsworth. Think big, fair, and ripped. But he also has a lot of Taylor Kitsch in his flirty, self-assured personality.

For the heroine’s actress, she’s an intelligent brunette.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Only one woman can unlock the enchanted portal of time before it's too late--his soulmate.

Will your book be self-published or published by an agency?

It will be published by The Wild Rose Press.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

(Hangs head in shame) I started this right after the first book, back in 2008! I had it 2/3 finished, hit a dry spell and put it away for a while to work on some other romance genres. When I picked it back up earlier this year, it practically finished writing itself. Easy breezy.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

This is so hard, because I have so many influences. Maybe books by Anne Stuart or Lynn Kurland.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I love the Renaissance era. The hero is a swashbuckling, Shakespeare-quoting rake. Honestly, I kept comparing him to Errol Flynn!

Also The Princess Bride. Yes, there’s a little Wesley in my hero!

What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?

Rance comes from a time when women were often treated as chattel. However, after traveling through time and meeting the heroine—whom he must rely on—Rance discovers the strength of the fairer sex. It’s fun to watch his struggles and Tess’s ability to put him in his place! But it’s also a poignant story with both characters torn between their responsibility to the people they care about and their growing love for each other.

I've tagged a paranormal romance author to blog next week (12/26). Charlene Wilson is my blog-sister at Ravencraft Romance Realm and she’s one of the sweetest authors you’ll ever meet. That’s my new catch phrase for her, by the way! LOL. Stop by and show her some love!


Thursday, December 06, 2012

Win One of FIVE Copies of FIVE GOLDEN RINGS!! A Giveaway from Sophie Barnes!

Bestselling author Sophie Barnes is giving away FIVE copies of FIVE GOLDEN RINGS: A CHRISTMAS COLLECTION! Historical romance lovers and anyone who adores the holidays, this is your chance to win the ebook, which includes HER CHRISTMAS KNIGHT, a Medieval romance by me, for free. Enter to win below on the Rafflecopter.




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Saturday, December 01, 2012

A Quick and Easy Christmas Recipe & the Fall in Love Contest Winner

Congrats to Jennifer Mathis, winner of an e-book copy of MOONLIGHT MADNESS here on my blog!!! And congrats to all the Fall in Love blog hop contest winners!

Thanks to everyone who visited and entered. I'll have more giveaways this month on the tour for my new novella, HER CHRISTMAS KNIGHT, included in FIVE GOLDEN RINGS: A CHRISTMAS COLLECTION, available for download December 11 from Avon Impulse. Visit my website here for  stops on the FIVE GOLDEN RINGS tour! New stops are added each week, so be sure to check frequently to see where I'm going to be.

It's Christmas, my favorite time of the year to cook. Christmas parties and potlucks are everywhere, but if you're busy like me, you need quick and easy treats to make. Here's a super recipe I learned from my son's fiancee:


Cake Balls

Ingredients: a cake baked from a mix, ready-to-use frosting, 3 packs of almond bark (chocolate or vanilla)

Bake your cake according to the box recipe. I prefer chocolate, but any flavor works great. Let the cake cool.  In a large mixing bowl, combine the cake and frosting until they're completely mixed (I use my hands because it's easier--but messy!). Form the mixture into small balls and place on wax paper on a cookie sheet. Freeze overnight. Melt the almond bark in a saucepan over low heat. Dip the frozen cake balls into the almond bark one at a time, completely coating them. Return the balls to wax paper to cool. This makes a full batch of yummy truffle-like treats!

Enjoy!
Strawberry Cake Balls
frozen and ready to be dipped


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Woo Hoo Wednesday! Last Chance to Enter the FALL IN LOVE GIVEAWAY HOP

It's WOO HOO Wednesday!!

Only two days left to visit the stops on Reading Romance's FALL IN LOVE ALL OVER AGAIN Giveaway Hop


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Including two free ebooks available on the tour from me:


        

FIVE GOLDEN RINGS: A Christmas Collection--With historical romance stories, including HER CHRISTMAS KNIGHT--a medieval romance novella, by yours truly! And a chance for...
MOONLIGHT MADNESS--a full length Renaissance/Time Travel romance! Visit Reading Romances for more info!

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday--Midnight Cravings



Below is a Six Sentence snippet from my naughty werewolf novella, MIDNIGHT CRAVINGS, currently selling for 35% off at The Wild Rose Press during their Black Friday Sale this weekend!

While you're here, don't forget to comment on Reading Romance's Fall Giveaway Hop for a chance to win swag, including a free ebook from me!



About the snippet: After a painful break-up, all Audrey wants is a night with a hot Greek lover to help her forget. But she doesn't know Stephon, a lycan, can only mate for life...


"So you’re holding out for someone special or…or for something in particular?” 

He lay beside her and drew her hand to his heart. “I am waiting for one woman. A woman who will take me as I am and want no other.” His eyes searched hers. “Because I will want no other after her.” 

“Lucky girl.” 

Blurb: Audrey has a job most people only dream about, visiting exotic destinations. But her new assignment, writing a review of a remote villa in Greece, exposes more than she’d bargained for—the handsome locals are really murderous werewolves, and worse, her steamy Greek lover is a lycanthrope with Midnight Cravings.

Commitment-phobic Audrey wants nothing more than to prove her worth as a journalist in rustic Arcadia. Then she meets Stephon, a charming local, and wonders if she’ll be able to put the past behind her and learn how to say “yes”…to everything.
But looks, money, and sex appeal mask an ancient evil. Beneath the quaint facade of the village, a curse as old as time keeps Stephon from giving his body—or his heart—to anyone but his true mate. Because when the moon is full, the cravings begin.


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Fall Giveaway Blog Hop


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Welcome to one of the Fall in Love All Over Again Giveaway Hop stops, part of a MASSIVE giveaway!

I love historical and time travel romances. In honor of the blog hop theme "Fall in Love All Over Again," I'm offering a free ebook to one commenter.

 Comment below to enter to win a copy of YOUR choice--Moonlight Madness on Kindle or any of my other backstock titles on ebook. 




Moonlight Madness-- a time-travel/Renaissance romance
While visiting Wales, Rance Kingsley, Viscount Waldenham, receives a warning that his daughter will soon be kidnapped by Spanish enemies. Before he can aid her, Rance tumbles into a mysterious portal to the future. His only hope is to find his soulmate, the key to returning. However his curse continues when all signs point to Tess Hartman, a straight-laced teacher, as his match. After a cheating boyfriend, the only male Tess wants in her life is Dante, a troubled teen she would like to adopt. To bond with the boy, Tess brings him on a class field trip to Britain. But the Shakespeare experience becomes too real when sexy, eccentric Rance seduces her. When Tess falls for Rance's kisses and travels with him across four centuries, she's convinced he's made a mistake. How could she love a man who deceived her, separating her from everything she cares about, a man with MOONLIGHT MADNESS?

Here is an excerpt from Moonlight Madness:


“Thou art madder than I. Or mayhap more brave. The lightning.” Rance pointed to the roiling sky above.
He held his open doublet over their heads, blocking out some of the rain at his back.
The sight of him, so thoughtful, damp and sexy, set off seismic tremors in her stomach. An earthy masculine scent, his scent, drifted down from the doublet, and its warmth wrapped around her.
“Danté came back inside,” he told her. “Mayhap the rain will be gone soon. Probably by the time we reach the castle if we leave now.”
She couldn’t possibly spend another moment with this much temptation. Already, her fingers curled at her sides, craving to reach out and touch his rippling body, so plainly visible beneath the damp shirt.
She took a deep bracing breath. “Kiss me.”
“What?” Rance’s expression froze.
“I said kiss me. Now before I change my mind.” She tucked her dripping hair behind her ears and stared up at him in challenge. “You said if I kissed you you’d leave me alone. So kiss me, and then you can go on your way. I’m calling off the trip to Chepstow Castle. I’m soaked and the rain’s not letting up. You can call a taxi to come get you, and you could be back at the theater before the next performance.”
“I did say as much, but art thou sure? Is that what you want, what you truly want?” His gaze dropped to her mouth before floating back up to her eyes. A slight frown formed between his brows.
“Yes. Let’s be done. If all you’re after is a kiss, then do it already—”
His lips stopped hers, cutting off her words and stealing her breath. Holding his jacket aloft prevented him from touching her with his hands—but not with his body.
--Moonlight Madness

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Sunday, November 04, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday


Today I'm sharing a snippet from my new historical romance, MOONLIGHT MADNESS. Rance Kingsley, a notorious rake from the 17th century finds himself the victim of an ancient Druid curse. 

The Official Blurb for Moonlight Madness: 
While visiting Wales, Rance Kingsley, Viscount Waldenham, receives a warning that his daughter will soon be kidnapped by Spanish enemies. Before he can aid her, Rance tumbles into a mysterious portal to the future. His only hope is to find his soulmate, the key to returning. However his curse continues when all signs point to Tess Hartman, a straight-laced teacher, as his match. After a cheating boyfriend, the only male Tess wants in her life is Dante, a troubled teen she would like to adopt. To bond with the boy, Tess brings him on a class field trip to Britain. But the Shakespeare experience becomes too real when sexy, eccentric Rance seduces her. When Tess falls for Rance's kisses and travels with him across four centuries, she's convinced he's made a mistake. How could she love a man who deceived her, separating her from everything she cares about, a man with MOONLIGHT MADNESS?

From MOONLIGHT MADNESS, a Six Sunday snippet: 


Was it her? Could it be? Mayhap a kiss would bring the final sign he needed….
            Rance drew her near, aware that her restrained hand had balled into a fist of resistance, but too far gone, his patience could not be reclaimed. He bent toward her, his hair falling to frame her face and his. Lips hovering above hers, he explained softly, “I must find my mate.”
Moonlight Madness:
A Circle of Destiny book
Available now on Kindle

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And the first Circle of Destiny book:
Wish for the Moon:
A Circle of Destiny book
Available now in print and ebook

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Sandra Jones's Website


Saturday, November 03, 2012

No Shave November

I thought hard about what my first post for November would be. I don't NaNo, because I'm cranking out every word I possibly can each day anyway. Of course, being thankful is on everyone's mind this time of year, so I thought of things I'm thankful for. Family, friends, my job, health, writing, men...

Then it hit me. No-shave November.

I'm not crazy about facial hair, but there are some instances that make me reconsider. So today's post is my homage to No-shave November...

It's time to expose those beards the guys have been growing all month. Bring the men out of the dungeon...





A little salt with your pepper? I enjoy seasoning myself.





If any man can pull off a beard with style, it's Firth!





And my personal favorite...


Just enough for a nice stubble-burn. 

What's your whisker preference?

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Halloween Blog Hop GIVEAWAYS

Join me at this Friday, October 26 at Paranormal Romantics Blog and Monday, Oct 29 on Long and Short Reviews Blog for two Halloween GIVEAWAYS! That's right! Two chances to win a free, signed copy of WISH FOR THE MOON to celebrate the release of the second book in the Circle of Destiny series, MOONLIGHT MADNESS now on Kindle. It's going to be SCARY FUN!!!

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Pinterest Much?

I've just begun playing with Pinterest. I've started three boards. One entitled, I Candy. I'll give you three guesses what that board's about and the first two guesses don't count! ;-) It's a collection of men who fascinate and distract me!


http://pinterest.com/sandrawrites/i-candy/

The second is Wales. Again, it's obvious from the title. The board is filled with pins of the country and random Welsh things, including covers from my books set in that lovely old Celtic land.

http://pinterest.com/sandrawrites/wales/

The third is River Pirates. It's a collection of images I'm using as inspiration for my current WIP. Taylor Kitsch is there...like, a lot!!

http://pinterest.com/sandrawrites/river-pirates/

I'm hoping this will be useful and less distracting than other social media sites. After just a week, I've discovered some seriously good boards and more fodder for my stories. Pinterest, I'm sold!



Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Moonlight Madness Available on Kindle!!!


Return through the enchanted standing stones of ancient Wales for MOONLIGHT MADNESS!!!!

The OFFICIAL release date is January 18, but I've just learned that Kindle owners will be able to download my new time travel romance, MOONLIGHT MADNESS, today!!  

About the book: While visiting Wales, Rance Kingsley, Viscount Waldenham,receives a warning that his daughter will soon be kidnapped by Spanish enemies. Before he can aid her, Rance tumbles into a mysterious portal to the future.His only hope is to find his soulmate, the key to returning. However his curse continues when all signs point to Tess Hartman, a straight-laced teacher, as his match. After a cheating boyfriend, the only male Tess wants in her life is Dante, a troubled teen she would like to adopt. To bond with the boy, Tess brings him on a class field trip to Britain. But the Shakespeare experience becomes too real when sexy, eccentric Rance seduces her. When Tess falls for Rance's kisses and travels with him across four centuries, she's convinced he's made a mistake. How could she love a man who deceived her, separating her from everything she cares about, a man with MOONLIGHT MADNESS?




Sunday, September 23, 2012

Old Photo Inspiration


Right now I'm really crushing on this guy. The 1800s clothes, the proud angle of his head, and that wild hair. Swoon!

I think I could manage to write something about him! This is a face that surely launched a few sighs in the salons. "Tea, wine, or me?"

I discovered him at: http://17sixteen.wordpress.com/tag/men/

Another great place for man candy of yesteryear is http://mydaguerreotypeboyfriend.tumblr.com/page/2

I also collect crushes on the images of dead poets like rich people collect debt. Byron, Shelley, Keats. Le sigh. Poe, too--but for his romantic words, NOT the daguerreotypes of him. (Sorry, Edgar!)


Tuesday, July 03, 2012

It's Coming Soon!

I just got the cover got art for Moonlight Madness, my historical romance set in 17th century England, and all I can say is...Yowza!

I don't have a release date yet, so I have to keep the cover under wraps for a while, but I promise you're going to like it. As far as I'm concerned, the designer captured the story and characters perfectly. Now, excuse me while I return to ogling writing.




Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Matching Historical Romances to Their Settings

Scotland, Wales, Ireland, England...I love ALL British settings, but especially castles. Cold, windy, and damp, yet still very romantic. There's something about rough stone encrusted with lichen that makes me all...well, never mind. I think it's more about the MEN I imagine dwelling in such places.

Thinking about settings for my novels, I started to recall some of the more distinctive British settings from my favorite romances of the past 20 years or so. Below I've created a list of classic historical romance novels with real-life settings. See if you can match the book to its locale:

 1. The Outlaw Viking by Sandra Hill, 2. A Moment in Time by Bertrice Small, 3. Heather and Velvet by Teresa Medieros, 4. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, 5. The Bride Finder by Susan Carroll

A. Inverness, Scotland









B. Cornwall, England










C. Coppergate, York, England















D. Northumberland, England











E. Powys, Wales












How many do you know?

Answers: 1. C., 2. E., 3. D., 4. A., 5. B.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Give us a Kiss! Six Sentence Sunday


For this week's Six Sunday, I wanted to post something from one of my favorite funny scenes in my time travel,  Wish for the Moon. At this moment, Carrie and Matthias are attending a feast held in their honor. All is going well until a visiting bard has the audacity to request that Carrie bestow a kiss to the man of her choice, as was their custom! 


Being thoroughly out of her element--a modern woman in Medieval Wales--she picks the only man in the room she knows, Matthias. Unfortunately, up until now Matthias has treated her with the same interest as something stuck on the sole of his shoe!


“My lady?” he prompted, his voice thick as molasses.
     Carrie abandoned hope of returning to her seat or fleeing the room. She wanted to make a good impression on the crowd for his homecoming. In her stomach, however, great Celtic knots were forming.
     She stood on her toes, leaning precariously over the dog on the floor like a ballerina, and braced her trembling hands lightly on his chest. Matthias bent over her, casting her in shadow as his lips lowered to hers.


Wish for the Moon is available now from The Wild Rose Press and Amazon.