Tuesday, March 29, 2011

I'm being interviewed!

I'm over at Lia Slater's blog today being interviewed! Please stop by and check out her Writers with Sizzle for a chance to win a free e-book copy of my newest release, The Witch and the Vampire.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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Myspace Graphics, St. Patrick's Day Graphics at WishAFriend.

When Irish eyes are smiling,
Tis like a morn in spring.
With a lilt of Irish laughter
You can hear the angels sing
When Irish hearts are happy
All the world is bright and gay
When Irish eyes are smiling
Sure, they steal your heart away.

I'm wearing my lucky green shirt today! Did you partake of a Shamrock Shake or some Green Beer? I've passed on both of those, but I do enjoy those tiny Irish potato candies. And to make this St.Patrick's Day even more enjoyable, I'm watching Destination Truth LIVE with Josh Gates investigating Ireland's legendary banshee at Duckett's Grove Castle. As much as I enjoy watching Josh and his crew hunt for mysterious creatures, in this case, I hope he doesn't find it.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Read an E-Book Week

It's been 40 years since the first e-book was created. Yes! Can you believe it? E-books have been around longer than I imagined. I feel late in the game to become addicted to the new trend of reading. Being a lover of the written word, I encourage people to read anything, from cereal boxes to electronic devices and all material in-between. Reading is, in my opinion, the best hobby one could have.

I was unaware until yesterday, that this week is Read an E-Book Week. How did I miss that?? Thankfully, I caught it in time so I grabbed my Sony e-reader and scrolled down my list of books. I've collected many since my husband purchased it for my birthday last year. I selected a book, Angelic by Kelley Armstrong, and began to read. It didn't take me long to realize, I didn't need the excuse of Read an E-book week to pick up this device. In fact, I read from my e-reader at least every day. It's handy to hold while I'm feeding the baby, easy on the eyes while I'm exercising on my elliptical machine, and slim enough to slide into my over-stuffed handbag when I leave the house (after all, I can never go anywhere without something to read!).

And how easy to purchase books!! With a simple click of the button, the book is now mine, instant reading gratification! This is welcome indeed since within the last year and a half, my area has seen two major bookstores close. In fact, the only bookstore left is 45 minutes away (on a good non-traffic day!), and with gas prices increasing my weekly bookstore trip is just not an option for me anymore.

So, in honor of Read an E-Book Week, I'm going to list a few favorite websites where you can find me haunting the virtual bookshelves.

Of course, being a Black Rose author, it would be remiss of me not to mention my absolute favorite e-book garden, The Wild Rose Press. You can find my published books here. My newest e-book was released this week, what perfect e-book timing!

Some other great places are Digi Books Cafe, All Romance Ebooks, Bookstrand, and the Sony E-Reader Bookstore.  Those with Kindles, I know Amazon provides an endless supply of e-books, and Nook lovers, I'm thinking you're aware of Fictionwise. These are just a few. I know there are so many, many more, plenty that I'm not even aware of yet. In fact, maybe you could recommend a few of your favorite places to buy e-books? I'm always looking for new books!

Another favorite hang-out of mine is GoodReads. I find so many great books by joining groups and talking with other members. It's interesting to see what people are reading, what they're saying in their reviews and what they're recommending. I've found lots of new authors by scrolling through my friends' bookshelves.

So, I hope you've found some great e-books to read this week. And, if you missed it (like I almost did) then I encourage you to read an e-book next week, and next month...really, just keep on reading!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Release Day for The Witch and the Vampire

Today is the day! The Witch and the Vampire is now available!

Melora Merriweather is searching for a fellow witch to protect her from a scheming uncle with plans of marriage. When her carriage overturns on her journey, she is rescued by a mysterious man whom she learns is the very person she seeks. But, he’s not the witch she thought he was…

Sebastian Collins should have left for London days ago. Now a snowstorm has trapped him with a woman who has come seeking protection, a woman who intrigues him like no other. And with each passing hour, his hunger for her grows…hunger for her kiss, her caress, and her blood.

(Pages 170) Sensual
word count: 28000


“You are Sebastian Collins? Of Caldwell House?” she asked. Had she made some horrible mistake? Who knew how old this letter might be? There had been no date written on any of them. Could this have come from a previous owner of the single address she had managed to discover leading her here? But, no, it could not be possible. Her dreams never misled her.

“Indeed, I am,” he answered, relieving her fears. He paused briefly, and then continued, “But there is no Mrs. Collins.”

Comprehension dawned. The blush of embarrassment and dread crept up her neck. To her surprise, Mr. Collins stiffened in agitation.

“I-I am truly sorry,” she stated, suddenly understanding his reaction. At least, now it made sense why Mrs. Collins never entered her dreams. “I had not realized she had passed. I apologize for the grief I have surely inflicted on you.”

“No, no,” he said, with a shake of his head. He appeared to have difficulty speaking for a moment until at last, with a deep breath, he reclaimed his composure. Still, he kept his eyes cast down, toward the fire. “You fail to understand. I have never married.”

Melora stared at him. Confused, she looked again at the letter in her hand. “But the letters…?”
This time, his head snapped up, and he looked in her direction. She inhaled sharply at the sight of his light blue eyes staring at her. Into her. Through her. Sharp. Piercing. As if he searched her soul for the answers to his questions.

And if you haven't read it yet, don't miss the prequel, The Witch and the Wolf, the story of Melora's sister, Lillian Merriweather!

Both are available at The Wild Rose Press! And, if you'd like to learn more about my books, please check out my website.