What Immune System?

I don’t know what is with my body this winter. I’ve managed to catch just about every sickness that has gone around. Well, with the exception of the flu (*knock on wood* I guess there’s still time for that!).

In exasperation, I texted my friend Dawn last night and told her I should just live in a bubble; that will be the only way for me to stay healthy. Being the awesome friend she is, she offered that I could do that if she could roll me around!

Then, my friend Julie had to get in on the bubble action. Here’s her refrain to my new situation…

Roll me around, I just wanna get better.

Roll me around, til I find a better day.

Roll me around, find some method to my madness, there’s gotta be something else coming my way…

So that’s what my life has come to?? It sounds like the start to either a depressing short story or a bad country song…at this point, I’m not sure which. After Julie’s refrain, I’m thinking song is the way to go!

As I type this, I have a box of Kleenex and a trash can within arm’s reach (see what I mean??). I hope and pray that spring is close by—as in right around the immediate, very next corner. Somehow, after checking the extended forecast, I don’t think that’s the case.  Continue reading “What Immune System?”

Curse Me Not Book Tour

Title:  Curse Me NotCurse-Me-Not

Author:   Elizabeth Fisher

Published:  December 1st, 2014

Publisher:  Champagne Book Group

Genre:  Paranormal Romance

Content Warning:  Adult Sexual Content

Recommended Age:  17+

Synopsis:  Southern unsophisticate Elzetta Swan has gained the ability to see auras and the more lucrative ability to clean revenge curses from those auras. Embracing the gift faster than grass through a goose, Elzetta is about to finish her first year as a legally licensed bodywasher with a trendy new lifestyle and a countrified inner child that’s skipping all the way to the bank. But when a routine cleansing suddenly turns ugly, she begins to wonder if a powerful invoker has come to town—one who’s hooked on the rush of setting particularly nasty curses.

As Elzetta attempts to track down the culprit, she faces two fateful confrontations. Each will threaten her trendy new life and the hallelujah hankering she’s formed for the unlikeliest of urban white knights, but together those confrontations could do much worse. They could create in Elzetta a vengeful rage all her own.

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Interview with Ms. Fisher: 

Tell us about the story. Where did you get the inspiration for it? How long did it take you to write it? Do you share any traits or likes/ dislikes with your characters? Where is your story set? A fictional place or somewhere you’ve visited/ lived?

Curse Me Not introduces Appalachian unsophisticate Elzetta Swan who’s recently gained the ability to see auras and the more lucrative ability to clean revenge curses from those auras. Embracing the gift faster than grass through a goose, she’s about to finish her first year as a licensed “bodywasher” with a countrified inner child that’s skipping all the way to the bank. But when a routine cleansing suddenly turns ugly, Elzetta finds herself in over her head. She must face threats to both her trendy new life and the hallelujah hankering she’s formed for a reluctant—and way too sexy—urban white knight who’s crossed her path. Continue reading “Curse Me Not Book Tour”

Born of Fury

As many of you know, I’m a huge fan of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s The League series. I’ve had Born of Fury and just hadn’t gotten around to reading it. Well, until a couple of days ago. Given the fact I like to read and bed and I now have to wear glasses (grr…), it is difficult to hold a 700 page hardbound novel. Needless to say, I survived!

Born of Fury is the 7th book in the series. It’s the story of Dancer Hauk, the massive, lumbering Andarion.

Here’s the description:

The war is on…Born_of_Fury

Counted among the fiercest Andarion warriors ever born, Hauk is one of the five founding members of the Sentella- an organization that has declared war on the League that rules the Ichidian universe with an iron fist and terrifies it with an army of well-trained assassins. Hauk’s enemies are legion, but he fears nothing and no one. He will do whatever it takes to survive and protect his Sentella brethren.

Sumi Antaxas is one of the best assassins the League has ever trained. In her world, failure is not an option and she has never met a target she couldn’t execute. So when she’s assigned Hauk, she believes it’ll be a quick and easy mission.

But nothing is ever as simple as it seems, and Hauk is far better trained and skilled than his dossier shows. More than that, as she pursues him, she stumbles upon the key that will bring down not only Hauk, but the entire Sentella organization.

In the race to report her information, she is overtaken by enemies out to end her as effectively as she intends to end Hauk. Now her only key to survival is the one man she’s been sent to kill. And Hauk doesn’t trust her at all.

The only question is, will he help her to live… or send her to her grave. Continue reading “Born of Fury”

Another Flash Fiction Friday

This week I’m sharing the last assignment in Lisa Kessler’s Flash Fiction class. If I haven’t mentioned before, I want to reiterate how much fun the class was and how much I learned. Thanks, Lisa! *hugs*

The last assignment was a story on the topic of our choice and the word limit was 500. I think this is my favorite length. It’s tough and forces you to make every word count. I chose to write a speculative fiction piece. I hope you enjoy it! (In case you’re curious, this story came in at 495 words.)

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Confederates Rising

A cool, damp caress traced Jenna’s jaw before brushing her lips. Shivering at the delicate touch, she pulled her grandmother’s quilt higher. She’d expected realism from her first Civil War reenactment, but the canvas tent was damn cold.

A firm hand shook her awake. Jenna shrieked, her heart thudding wildly in her chest. “Who’s there?” She fumbled for her lantern.

“I’m sorry, but I my brother needs your help.” With nimble fingers, he lit the wick.

Why was a Confederate soldier leaning over her cot? Was it some kind of prank?

“Miss, please, you must hurry!” The man tugged at her quilt. Continue reading “Another Flash Fiction Friday”

Wednesday Briefs: More of Avery’s Latest Story

After getting sidetracked by life, I finally got back to Murder, Myles, and Me. Avery’s story is developing more, but you will have to wait for the next installment to see how things go with Officer Friendly.

Remember, Wednesday Brief stories have to be 500-1000 words and based on a prompt. This story incorporates two prompts since it was written over two different weeks. The first prompt is “duck, gun, & flag” and the second is “want some sugar with your coffee?”

Without further delay, Part 2 of

Murder, Myles, and Me

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Avery Dawes

Kelsey and I situated ourselves on the dock opposite each other with our backs leaning against the old wooden posts.

I crossed my legs, mirroring Kelsey’s position. “So, what’s your gut feeling on what happened to Ad?”

She sighed. “I hate to say this, Gavin, but I don’t think it’s good. He could be dead.”

I rubbed my heart. It ached, like a part of me was missing. I didn’t tell Kelsey that—didn’t want her thinking I’m crazy, but I knew deep down that Ad had left us. Permanently. “I think he’s dead.” It was so hard to speak those words. Tears glistened in my eyes. “Let’s start by fleshing out the five W’s.”

Kelsey began. “First off, who? Let’s operate on the assumption he went missing and was then killed. By whom—that’s the question.”

Nodding, I continued. “Second W: what? We’ll assume murder, by what means? A gun? Drowning?” Continue reading “Wednesday Briefs: More of Avery’s Latest Story”

Flash Fiction Friday

I wanted to share another piece of flash fiction I wrote as a part of Lisa Kessler’s class. I had so much fun working on these short fiction pieces. The max word count for this assignment was 500 words. I used every available word. We were told to write a romance piece, but a sub-genre that was something new. Since I normally write romance, I picked historical–Civil War era. I hope you enjoy the peek into Elizabeth’s day! And I hope you appreciate that I stepped out of my comfort zone to tackle a historical piece. LOL

A Chance Meeting

Last night, she kissed a Union soldier. Her very first kiss. His firm lips upon hers, the touch of his rough hands, and the scratchy wool of his blue uniform…it all felt so real. She’d been shocked to realize it was only a dream.

Elizabeth pushed her sleeves up and wiped her sweat-drenched forehead. The June morning seemed no different than the day before—bright sunshine and high humidity.

Deciding it was too hot to do laundry inside, she set-up the large wooden bucket on the back porch then filled it with hot water. After grabbing the soap and worn washboard, Elizabeth started scrubbing. Continue reading “Flash Fiction Friday”

Unspeakable Book Blitz

UnspeakableTitle:  Unspeakable

Series:  The Freedom Series, Book 1

Author:  Michelle K. Pickett

Published:  February 10th, 2015

Publisher:  Clean Teen Publishing

Genre:  YA Mature Contemporary Romance

Content Warning:  Abuse, adult language, non-explicit sexual situations, and mild drug use

Recommended Age:  14+

Synopsis:

“Breathe. No one will break me. I’m strong. Breathe. Just breathe.”

On the outside, Willow appears to have it all. She’s beautiful, smart, from an influential family, and she dates the most popular guy in school—Jaden. But she would walk away from it all in a second. Willow is tormented by lies and suffocating guilt, not the hearts and flowers people believe her life is full of.

She carries a dark secret. Plagued by nightmares and pain, the secret dominates her life. If she hadn’t walked away. If she had just…but she didn’t. And now she has to live with her choice. But when someone uncovers her family’s past, they use it against her, crushing her spirit little by little. She tells herself she just has to make it to graduation. Then she can leave Middleton, and her secret, far behind. Continue reading “Unspeakable Book Blitz”

Sunday Snippet: Break Out

Unfortunately, I’ve been away from the blog for a bit. A close family friend passed away unexpectedly. It’s taken me some time to figure out why his death has really bothered me. I think it’s because he’s younger than my parents–too young to be gone already. Generally, for me, it’s been a wake up call that life is fleeting, and we need to cherish friends and family.

Okay, so enough with the philosophizing. What have I been reading? A novella that’s got a sexy, brooding vampire in outer space. Seriously. I just finished Break Out (Blood Hunter #1) by Nina Croft.

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The year is 3048, Earth is no longer habitable, and man has fled to the stars where they’ve discovered the secret of immortality—Meridian. Unfortunately, the radioactive mineral is exorbitantly expensive and only available to a select few. A new class comprised of the super rich and immortal soon evolves. The Collective, as they’re called, rule the universe.

Two-thousand-year-old Ricardo Sanchez, vampire and rogue pilot of the space cruiser, El Cazador, can’t resist two things: gorgeous women and impossible jobs. When beautiful Skylar Rossaria approaches him to break a prisoner out of the Collective’s maximum security prison on Trakis One, Rico jumps at the chance. Being hunted by the Collective has never been so dangerous–or so fun! Continue reading “Sunday Snippet: Break Out”

New Release: The Belgian Chocolate Remedy

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Milan, a Belgian chocolatier, has lost his beloved brother. Yet life goes on, and he must ready his booth for Outfest—Ludolf would have wanted him to carry on. Jesse is a rudderless soul, unable to cope with the rejection of his lover. He comes to Lafayette, Indiana at the request of his best friend, Reggie. She inveigles him into helping her friend Milan… a way to pass the time, or something more?

Excerpt

Milan had gone back to his last batch of chocolate—unscathed and unburned—and removed it from the burner, where it was cooling. “Would you like to brush the molds with chocolate?” he asked.

“Sure, I guess.” Jesse shrugged. It didn’t seem that difficult, at least in theory. “What’s it for?”

“To coat them.” Milan pulled a pastry brush from a drawer. He already set the molds out; they were simply waiting to be used.  “I have some in the freezer already done,” he explained, seeing Jessie’s questioning look.  “This is not all I have.”

“Okay,” Jessie said, “just show me what you want me to do.” Continue reading “New Release: The Belgian Chocolate Remedy”

New Release: Bratty Angel

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Blurb:

A bratty angel…

First, Patrick is accosted by a hellhound with a yen for fries and ketchup. Then he encounters a beautiful, but bratty angel who doesn’t seem to understand the concept of ‘no’… or personal space. Not to mention he demands Patrick pleasure him, which Patrick refuses to do. So why does Patrick feel a connection to this unruly seraphim? And why can’t he forget him?

Two weeks later, the brat is back, making more demands. But Patrick makes it clear he doesn’t do demands. That should be the end of it, right? Or not… Maybe there’s more to this bratty angel than meets the eye. If Patrick has the patience to get past his bratty ways.

Excerpt:

Patrick rounded the corner fast, almost too fast. He barely kept his balance, groaning when his left knee twisted, reminding him that his ability to outrun anyone or anything had taken a turn for the worse. If that damn thing he’d only snatched a brief glimpse of got him, he’d be mauled and killed. Continue reading “New Release: Bratty Angel”