Saturday, August 30, 2014

Snippet Sunday--Predator and Prey

Today I'm posting a Snippet Sunday excerpt of 8 lines from my upcoming reissue, MIDNIGHT CRAVINGS, a shifter romance. This short story is coming out in September. 

In this snippet, the hero, Stephon, a hunky Greek hotelier, is escorting the heroine, Audrey, a travel reviewer, to her lodgings in his remote Arcadian resort.


As they approached the row of villas, Stephon pointed out the many repairs that needed to be made: a path that needed gravel, motion-detector lights that didn’t always work, tree roots in the footpath making for hazardous trips, and a parking lot that needed lighting. The man was either a safety freak or a perfectionist.

“Keep inside your villa until sunrise and be sure
to lock your doors. We don’t have alarms—we have so few visitors.”

While he talked, his hand drifted across Audrey’s back—light as a feather. His accent, honey smooth, made her stomach flutter.

Too much wine. 

No, she couldn’t blame the booze. The guy made her drool, long before she’d felt a real buzz.


About MIDNIGHT CRAVINGS:


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 new 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.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

The Exotic Grand Tour



As an American from a small rural town, I'm intrigued by British settings in historical romances, but my beloved Regency and Highland characters are often tempted by the lure of warmer, more exotic locales.  

Countries like Spain, Italy, Greece, Egypt, and Morocco beckoned members of the ton to come explore, thus allowing them to escape their often-dreary lives. From roughly mid-seventeenth century to mid-nineteenth century, young, upperclass men made this pilgrimage from their homeland to see the world. Artists and writers were inspired by these trips to create some of their most famous works. And some, including Lord Byron, were persuaded to abandon their citizenship altogether. Far before the Regency era, even the Crusaders traveled to the warmer climates of the Holy Land before returning to England and spicing up (no pun intended) the pages of Medieval romances with tales of their journey and battlefield prowess.


Myself, I gobble up mysteries set among the Pyramids of Egypt or the islands of Greece. Most of the romance novels I write take place in America or Great Britain, but I have one story set in Greece. Although it's a paranormal romance, MIDNIGHT CRAVINGS is rich in Greek legend, myth, and history. I'm pleased to announce that I'll be sharing the re-release of that short story very soon! I enjoyed writing the romantic journey of my sexy couple who discovered passion among the ruins of the wild, windswept Arcadia mountains.

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What are your favorite exotic locales? Did some place like Egypt, India, or Italy make your bucket list? 




Saturday, August 23, 2014

Shall We Dance?--Snippet Sunday


For this week's Snippet Sunday, I'm posting an excerpt from my November release, HER WICKED CAPTAIN, the first book in The River Rogues series.
The worldly hero, Capt. Rory Campbell, a riverboat gambler, has orchestrated a dance in the backwoods settlement of Posey Hollow, and has invited the local fortune-telling heroine, Dell Samuels, as his special guest. 

Rory tugged at his cravat. “I’m delighted you changed your mind about coming.”
“I didn’t. I’m here with my family and a patron. I’m doing a card-reading later, otherwise I wouldn’t have.”
“Then the good fortune is all mine for sharing the pleasure of your company.” His hand cupped her elbow gently, guiding her a step closer to him to avoid a young couple headed to the dance floor. She tingled beneath his touch. “Your patron is a lucky man…or woman. I’d like nothing more than to see you in action.”
Heat fanned up her neck at his words spoken in a low teasing voice. 


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Friday, August 15, 2014

Smitten by Adah Isaacs Menken

June 15, 1835 – August 10, 1868


This week marked the anniversary of the death of Adah Isaacs Menken. There are few characters in American history I find more intriguing than Ms. Menken, a famous actress in her time, though some of the facts of her life are still a mystery. In part, her obscurity was self-created because Ms. Menken told many versions of her life story. She was also known by other names.

A great chameleon or maybe even a "Renaissance woman," she enjoyed acting, art, and poetry. Most authorities say she was of European and Creole descent, and for all of these she inspired my fortune-telling heroine, Philadelphia Samuels, in the first book of The River Rogues series, HER WICKED CAPTAIN. 

During Menken's infamous career as an actress, she traveled the world. Her most notorious role was when she rode a horse on the stage in the nude! She had many admirers, as you can probably imagine! I wish I could've known her, but her legend continues to flourish and grow.




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