Sunday, January 11, 2015

Get in the Loop with Sandra Jones

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Happy Sunday!

It's icy and cold here, so today I stayed inside and placed an order for some gorgeous postcards for my upcoming Medieval romance, HIS CAPTIVE PRINCESS. The cover is by Kim Killion, and it looks amazing with another strong, kick-butt heroine!

I should still have some cards left, but how can you get one? Simple. Just follow the link below and submit your name, email, and address. This will also put you on my newsletter subscriber list, where you'll get monthly news from me along with exclusive book excerpts, fun contests, and offers.

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I'd love to add you to our loop and send you some swag!

Best wishes,
Sandra 
XOXO



  

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Soiled Dove--A Snippet Sunday

It's been a while since I've posted a snippet, so I thought it was high time I shared one again. Today's Snippet Sunday comes from the prologue to Book 2 of the River Rogues. HER MOST WANTED is Kit Wainwright's story, a gunslinger we meet in HER WICKED CAPTAIN, The River Rogues Bk 1 (Samhain/November 4 2014). This snippet belongs to the heroine, Cora Riley, a "soiled dove" and owner of a frontier town bordello!


The gun, still warm from shooting the sheriff, fit just right against Cora Lynn Riley’s ribs, wedged beneath her breasts between her corset and her blouse. Her heart thundered like a cannonball as she looked for a way to exit the room that wouldn’t require going near the body on the floor, but unfortunately, there wasn’t one. The sound of the blast would likely bring someone upstairs to check on the man, and she couldn’t be caught alone with him.

Balancing on her toes to miss the blood spreading across the boards and with her skirt spanning Bill Sidlow’s bloated thighs, she stepped over the first booted leg. Then lifting her hem to avoid dragging her petticoat across the man’s torso, now damp and crimson, she set her left foot down with care between his side and his spread-eagle arm.

Don’t look, don’t look. But morbid curiosity got the better of her. She had to be absolutely certain the bastard was dead, so she glanced down at Sidlow’s face. 

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Thursday, January 01, 2015

Happy "Mari Lwyd," or New Year to You!



HAPPY NEW YEAR, or Mari Lwyd, as in the Welsh tradition, from a crusty old Welsh dame--me. LOL! As usual I stayed up as long as I could (10:30 pm!) last night, then got up at 5:00 am without an alarm. Yeah, I'm of that age, I suppose.

I just thought I'd share a New Year's tradition from the Welsh, the country of my forefathers and the setting for some of my medieval romance novels, including my next release this April, HIS CAPTIVE PRINCESS. 

New Year's Day is the day in which Mari Lwyd or Grey Mare day is celebrated.

Mari Lwyd (photo by Andy Dingle
It's a bit frightening, but in some parts, the Welsh still follow the old ritual of visiting door-to-door (often pubs) with a fellow wearing a sheet and a horse's head!!! Participants sing, hoping to gain access to the house and be rewarded with food and drink. 

The ritual is ancient, said to have begun by worshippers of the Celtic goddess Rhiannon and has continued throughout the centuries. 

The start of the ritual often takes place Christmas week, a bit like wassailing, but begins around 2pm on New Year's Day in some parts of Wales. 

Um, I'm not sure I'd let any drunken singers into my house, especially if they were in possession of a horse's skull, but who knows? I'm all about extending the holiday season if it involves wassail!

Either way, Happy New Year's, everyone!

--Sandra