Calisa Rhose Welcomes Cait O’Sullivan to Tuesday Round Up #MFRW.Org #TamingtheTangoChampion

Osiyo~

I’m turning the round pen over to a friend, ex crit partner and a downright darling lady today. Cait O’Sullivan joined me at Lyrical Press, Inc. shortly before their sale to Kensington Publication Corp. and I was honored to help edit this delicious story I’d already read some of as her CP. Then in the midst of edits, the sale happened, and she had take it to a friend of mine who made the move to the new publisher as editor (which I did not do–so if you see anywhere that I work as editor for Lyrical Press, please let me know so I can correct it!), to make Cait’s book the masterpiece it is now. I still claim this book as one of my favorite works by an incredible new author!

Hot, romantic alpha male meets strong, determined traveler woman… What more could you want when sexy dance is introduced to reunite these two hot bloods? I’ll let Cait tell you all about her book.

Taming the Tango Champion by Cait O’Sullivan

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On travelling…

I have to admit to being addicted to traveling, that feeling of looking out of the plane window and saying goodbye to a country well known and knowing that the next time you see land so close, it’s going to be somewhere (if you’re lucky) new and exciting.

It’s the pleasure of the unknown, I think. The known and the reliable are pretty lovable too, don’t get me wrong, rather like a wonderful teddy that’s been part of your life for some time. But the brand new and shiny unknown? Glittering away at you, enticing you closer? Pretty damn seductive, in my opinion.

When I traveled around the world, like Ava, I had a very special time. Unlike her though, I finished off my twelve months hiking the Inca Trail to Macchu Picchu, one of my dreams and it was fabulous to fullfil. BUT! I am a bit envious of Ava, horse trekking through the Andes with such an incredible Alpha male and after writing about it, would love to live that dream (do you think that could work? Maybe by the very act of writing something, you could make it reality. That’d be fun, wouldn’t it?. Matthias took her through the Andes, a bit of skinny dipping involved, bit of fireside lovin’ going on and it was all rather fabulous.

One thing again that we didn’t have in common, Ava and I, was that I was very careful of my heart. The last thing I wanted to do was to lose it to some gorgeous man who lived halfway around the world from my family and friends. That way, in my opinion, lay heartbreak.

Ava, on the other hand, just couldn’t resist Matthias and took the bull by the horns (!). But after that lovely night, doubts crept in and to save the remaining vestiges of her heart, she fled. Too late!

When she found out she was pregnant, she returned, her romantic nature whispering to her that they could make it work. Only to discover that he had become engaged to another, a hot-blooded and beautiful Argentine.

Once more, she fled, back to London and a life as a single Mum. Here the commonality starts to creep back in again. I’m a divorced mum of two beautiful girls and it was quite cathartic writing about how difficult it can be, being solely responsible for the lives of two small people. Don’t get me wrong, there are also some very beautiful times that make up for it all, the way parenthood so often is and I hope I conveyed both the ups and the downs of being a single mum.

Also, and possibly more importantly for the sake of the book, I love love LOVE dancing. You know that Irish saying ‘sing like no-one is listening, dance like no-one is watching, live every day as though it’s your last’? I had that laminated and it hung off my backpack when I travelled and I do dance like no-one is watching (easier to do when you’re at home on your own J ). That feeling of freedom, of allowing the music to direct your body so your mind can disconnect and quieten down for a while is addictive. Writing about it was an enormous pleasure, and Ava falling in love, not just with with Matthias, but with dancing and the sheer joy of moving your body in ways you never would normally.

I feel a dance coming on….

Find Cait and her books: www.caitosullivan.blogspot.co.uk

Buy from: Kensington Press   Amazon.com   Amazon UK

 Also, should you want to read those initial chapters (unedited) where Ava and Matthias actually meet, check them out here!!

Yes check those chapters out! :)

Thanks for visiting and entertaining, Cait!

Dodadagohvi~

Calisa Rhose welcomes Cate Masters with Goddess Awakened #MFRWAuthor

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Welcome one and all! Grab a beverage of choice, something sweet and sinful. No-no, not the men. What’s the matter with you? You know the hands-on rules… The guest gets first pick! ;) Take a comfy seat for another, or a first, spin in the Round Pen.

Hey Calisa! Oo, these seats are comfy, thanks. I’d love a lavender margarita. If you’ve never heard of recipes made with culinary lavender, you should visit my heroine’s Lavender Hill Inn, where it’s one of her specialties on the inn’s menu!

I’m thrilled to welcome my wonderfully talented guest today, Cate Masters, who is sharing her book, Goddess, Awakened with us! Lavender margaritas? Sounds positively yummy, Cate. Give me the recipe and I’ll have cook whip some up for all of us!

For now, please show ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Cate some real Ranch love!

Thank you, thank you very much. :)

Before I get to the nosy 5-3-4 part of this interview, tell us a bit about you.

I’m just a writer living the dream. My hubby of 36 years acts as chief cheerleader and enabler, my three wonderful grandboys keep me young (and exhausted!), and my dog Lily and cat Chairman Maiow are my furry babies who keep me company while I write.

We have five grandgirls. Oh for a boy! LOL Okay, I’ll begin with five questions, then follow with three more, and end with four final ones.

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAMy writing area at the moment is a cozy recliner in a corner of the my living room. What does your writing space look like?

After 18 years raising three kids in a cramped rancher (with one bathroom, ugh), we moved to a house in the country with A SPARE ROOM (and three bathrooms, yay)! I claimed the extra room as my writing room, painted it a pale blue and added my good-luck-writing totems – among them, a Hawaiian ukelele-playing Gumby, a Chinese dragon, a Sgt. Pepper’s music box and several owls in various sizes. I use the desktop as the business end of writing and playing with Photoshop. The laptop has no Internet, so that’s my writing computer, which on nice days I love to take outside to the deck.

Oo, that room sounds heavenly! I’m jealous. LOL For a lot of writers it’s a life-altering event coming up with titles and character names. Others it comes as naturally as breathing. Which is it for you?

Titles used to stump me but are getting easier. Character names, on the other hand, are the one thing that will hold up a story. If the name doesn’t fit the hero or heroine, it all feels wrong to me. Sometimes I insert [hero] as a placeholder until I figure out who the heck he is.

What advice would you offer aspiring and new writers?

Write, write, and then write some more. Experiment. Don’t try to copy anyone or write to trends. Follow your heart.

The constant shift of the industry makes me often scratch my head and ask ‘what next?’ So, what do you think it takes to be a successful author at the moment?

Great question. I don’t believe there’s any one answer. What works for one author will not work for another. Sometimes a book goes viral because it resonates with readers who help spread the word. Yet I know some fantastic authors who seem to be in the Best Kept Secrets category.

What a wonderful answer, and very true. Who would you like to meet in the publishing industry- dead or alive- and why?

Ray Bradbury. I fell in love with his stories as a teen, and am still in awe of his writing. After I became serious about learning the craft of fiction, his enthusiasm for writing was a great inspiration.

It’s time for 3 in 1! I’ll ask the questions and you answer them in one word. :lol:

Favorite animal? Dog

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter? Fall

Favorite food? Tiramisu

I’m a dog person too. Well done! :)

Okay, Flash four. Ready? What are you working on now?

I’m in revisions with the second Goddess Connection novel set in Egypt, where I’ve wanted to visit since forever. Luckily, as a writer I can go anywhere virtually, at least. This heroine (each book’s a standalone and features a different one) is a descendant of Bastet, the goddess of cats. Here’s the draft blurb: Ancient pyramid spells. Mummified warriors. Artifacts appearing from nowhere. And that’s just Sandy Whitaker’s day job. When spells become curses, and the dead return for vengeance, her dream job turns into a living nightmare. Once Sandy embraces her goddess heritage, can she fulfill her destiny?

The warrior Iker’s triumphed over pharaohs and returned from battles victorious, but dealing with Sandy Whitaker is his hardest task yet. A descendant of Bast, she’s headstrong, naïve and completely alluring. Can he convince her to perform the ritual spells to save the Queen Pharaoh Hatshepsut’s eternal soul? More importantly, can he help her realize she doesn’t need to be descended from a goddess to be one herself?

I love being able to travel through books and yours sound so interesting! What are you sharing today?

Goddess, Awakened – The Goddess Connection, Book 1

Fantasy/paranormal romance novel, about 89,700 words

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In starting her life over, Joss had expected some resistance, even some trouble, but not this. The bedroom floor boards trembled beneath her golden-slippered feet. Tendrils of an unseen power curled upward from deep within the ground, tingling through her toes. She paused to steady herself, then continued to put the finishing touches on her costume. The tremors grew into rumbles and their hum seeped beneath her skin. When their tiny wisps twined through her mind, she clenched her hands. Enough. Go away.

Thick as starlight on a clear summer’s eve, sweet as the lavender blossoms she had yet to plant, energy whooshed up through the cracks of the worn wood and out into the October night.

She gripped the bureau until it passed, the vibrations rolling over her in lessening waves. Bubbly, effervescent waves. “Third time tonight, Taz.” Each departure took longer, and more of the essence remained.

When the dog whined, she stroked his fur. “Don’t worry, it won’t hurt you.”

Even if tonight the waves were palpable enough to make her hairs stand on end. Oh, no, please.

Nothing could ruin tonight. More than a party, this event would determine her future. And after three years of grief, she’d never allow anything to trap her in its clutches again.

Where can we find you and your books?

Amazon | Barnes & Noble |All Romance eBooks| Kensington

Blog: http://catemasters.blogspot.com

Email: cate.masters@gmail.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cate-Masters/89969413736?ref=ts

Twitter: @CateMasters

Where will you be next?

This summer’s crazy busy. Along with a review tour and a release day bash (both with great giveaways), I’m going to be visiting so many places, it’s best to keep an eye on my blog so you can follow along: http://catemasters.blogspot.com

Do you have a favorite goddess?

Great question. I’ll wait to see what others say. :lol: Thank you so much for playing along Cate! Wishing you much luck with your book and writing. I hope you’ll come visit again one day.

Thanks so much for having me today! It’s been a real pleasure. I’d love to visit again!

Dodadagohvi~

Hiatus, Frisbee, Relaxation and Jewelry #jewelry #frisbeegolf

Osiyo~

So as I said a while back, I’m on hiatus from writing. I needed a break to focus on family and personal lives for a bit. That doesn’t mean I can stop thinking about writing and my characters, who sit surprisingly quiet and patient as I take this needed break. :lol:

As some have seen in a couple of recent posts, I dragged my other favorite pastime back out after nearly ten years. Jewelry. I’ve taken that one to a new level this time around though, adding polymer clay to my creations.

Jewelry IS fun!

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAAs with all creative outlet ideas, some things work, some don’t. This yellow and purple piece started out as a necklace pendant, now…well, I’m not sure what it is other than interesting since it took on a life of its own. :lol: What does it look like to you?

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERABut then, this army green pendant turned out perfect and the dusting of pearl glimmer powder really lights it up and shows off the subtle texture I added to the flattened center.  It’s really more even and centered than this picture makes it seem. I’ll make something simple with this so as not to detract from the laid back focal.

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I returned to my beads for this next project, and this has to be one of my favorites to date. I don’t know who made the glass rocks, but they are beautiful (unlike this closeup photo!) and so earthy that I fell in love and had to make earrings to match. I call this set Red Dirt Craze.

I have more items but these are a few I made most recently. I’ll be selling “Lisa’s Pieces” once I have a nice base stock pile, but for now I do take special orders and I will try, and have made, jewelry items to match with some (romance) books for authors and promotion as well. I’ll reveal some of these at a later date. It’s such a relaxing craft, much like writing a new book can be, before the editing phase, which all writers know is NOT relaxing as we yank out hanks of our hair! LOL

But, as with writing, we also need to get in some physical activity and I was introduced to a great one yesterday. My son in-law discovered Frisbee Golf this summer. In fact, we had a big tournament held in our little town here back in April that sil played in as his first. Wow! My sil was practicing a couple of weeks ago and ran into the world’s champion disc golfer (his actual title!) and autographed one of sil’s pro discs with that guy’s name on it. He saves that trophy on a shelf in his office now. LOL But I digress. So my daughter has also gotten involved in this air-form of golf and I get to watch my little Kia a lot more while her parents play. Happy gramma days there!

Frisbee: it’s not just for kids anymore

Well, yesterday was one of those days I never want to talk about, much less repeat…EVER! My darling daughter took pity on me and invited me to get out for dinner at her house. She made roast, one of my favorite dishes, so I couldn’t say no if I’d wanted to. I brought leftovers home and had it for lunch today. :) We were just finishing dinner when her husband called her into his office and when she returned she said Kris wanted to know if I would like to go play Frisbee. Why sure. I’d played with Fribsees all the time as a kid. Who hasn’t?

I actually couldn’t understand the big deal with the tournaments and a kids game that attracted thousands of adults. After all, you throw a disc. Period. Right?

Wrong!

We went to a “9-hole” course not far from home (they live just five minutes from me so the course is close to us both) for a short game because our town’s course is 18-holes and very long. Kris said it generally takes 2-3 hours to complete that one, and we didn’t have that much time to play since it was already after six. First thing my daughter handed me one of her discs and Kris began telling me to hold it like this, do this with your fingers here (the bottom), then press down with your thumb like this to bend the disc… Wait. Bend the hard plastic disc? With my little, weakling hands, with my thumb and wimpy fingers? I laughed. Riiiiiight.

Disc_golf_in_basketI was after Stephanie and Kia (remember she’s five years old. lol). So I stood on the approximately four by eight foot cement Tee pad surrounded by pretty green grass and dubiously eyed a steel basket draped with chains and cemented into the ground. It looked like it was at least 100 feet away. How in hell was I supposed to throw my Frisbee that far? Into that little basket?

Surprisingly, it wasn’t as difficult as I knew it would be to grip and bend my loaner disc, aaaaaand throw! OMGosh. It went all of ten feet. Pathetic! My second throw wasn’t any better as my disc smacked a pole on the black top, then rolled half way across the parking lot! In the opposite direction of that little basket. Ugh I don’t remember tossing a Frisbee as such UNrelaxing WORK! Well, I was in it for the exercise, right?

We walked over to my disc, remember the parking lot? The rules are that whomever’s disc lands the farthest from the basket goes first on each throw (unless you throw past the basket I think). Oh- and I wasn’t expected to make a basket in one throw! Like golf, that would be a hole in one (throw or swing). Cool, yes, but rare. I think it took me at least four throws to make my first hole. LOL And so our game went; me going first at every round and last in every basket .

Little_Axe_disc_coursemarkedThis image to the left is the course we played. You’ll see where #1 begins (at the top of the picture in white, we didn’t use the pro tee in red)) and the basket at the fuchsia dot, in relation to the parking lot. The green dot on the gray in the image (parking lot area) is my disc on my second throw. There was probably 30 feet of grass between the black top and the basket and I missed it by a long shot. LOL

On the second hole a man I’ll call “Roger” caught up to us and we offered to let him “play through” but he declined and said he’d just join us if we didn’t mind. Hey, what’s one more? I’m sure Roger could use a good laugh and I was the one to give it to him with my less than stellar form! Do you know, there’s a certain way to hold the discs for different effects? Three that I used yesterday.

Alternative throws: one of which you hold the disc sort of like a knife thrower tossing at a wall of balloons (or a brave soul). I used this to get over the shrubs I landed in the middle of  on the second hole and couldn’t throw around.

Fore hand: Gripped between middle and forefingers and the thumb and thrown from the outside position, arm tucked against your side and then extended. I used this as it gave me the most force and control in my throws.

Back hand: How we all throw a Frisbee, crossing our chest and coming around as we throw…that’s the one that got me into that parking lot. :lol:

Unlike those for regular golf, disc courses are cluttered with trees we have to play around and between and I did pretty well avoiding them. To all our amazement, I was good at using my left hand–I’m right-handed–to get around trees and into clearings. Mainly because I can’t aim or throw worth a damn, I fear! Although, on #4 I did land in a batch of poison ivy or oak because that park is chock full of the stuff! LOL After about an hour, lots of laughs and water to rehydrate, and the offer of a little “herbal” pain relief for dd’s headache coming on near the end of the course (which she declined lol), we finished our game. I humiliated myself, laughed at me, enjoyed family and had a blast and got good exercise doing it. I can’t wait to play again! I’m told by Kris that after a few rounds I’ll get better. I’m not so sure about that because, seriously, I was horrible! But I’m up for the challenge. I think I’ll try to convince Mitch to play too. :P Miraculously, and best of all, I didn’t hurt afterward with my arthritis. I actually felt invigorated. :)

I’ll let you know if I play again, maybe get some pictures for whatever reason and a few laughs. LOL Until then, I’ll make jewelry and host bloggers and live. :)

Dodadagohvi~

Calisa Rhose ~ Friday FanFare presents Summer Settings by Mae Clair #MFRWAuthor

Summer Settings by Mae Clair

I’m thrilled to have my friend Mae Clair back again! I’ll just let her take it away.

Mae ClairHello, it’s great to be back at the ranch once again. Thanks for your awesome hospitality, Calisa! Today, I’d like to ask your readers a question about book settings.

Are you a seasonal reader? Do you enjoy a book set at a particular time of year?

As a reader, I’m pretty much all over the board. I love autumn, can cozy up with a story that unfolds over Christmas or winter, and easily get swept away by the newness of spring and the breezy trappings of summer.

My reading is different than watching movies. I’m loving Christmas in July on the Hallmark channel this month! But my books usually stay with the season when it comes to winter wonderland settings or extreme holiday settings for some unplanned reason. I guess living in Oklahoma where we typically get 100*+ in summer, it’s hard to conjure snow scenes with my face dripping like hot wax in our heavy humidity. LOL

With the release of my fourth novel—Eclipse Lake—a romantic mystery set at a sleepy lake resort in June, something dawned on me. I looked back over my three previous novels and realized they were all set during summer. Not only that, the stories took place from late May into late June.

Hmm. Pattern here?

What is it about June that attracts me? In the case of Eclipse Lake, I was able to draw upon the vibrancy and indulgent impressions of the surroundings—the raucous chorus of tree frogs and the whispering symphony of crickets. The dance of fireflies, the setting sun sinking like cooling lava into a glass-smooth lake, the heady scent of wild honeysuckle and sun-sweetened strawberries.

There’s something about June that whispers of freedom. Maybe it goes back to childhood when June signaled the end of the school year and three months of uninhibited fun. I’m not sure what attracts me about this month, but it obviously works well for my writing style. Interestingly, my next novel (already under contract) is set in October and leads into Halloween. An interesting change of pace given my penchant for wild clover, night blooming jasmine and roadside ice cream stands.

Whatever your favorite season, I think you’ll find the setting of ECLIPSE LAKE able to transport you into early summer. Join me in a tale that is equal parts mystery and romance. A tale of family relationships, past mistakes, forgiveness, and redemption . . .

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Small towns hold the darkest secrets.

Fifteen years after leaving his criminal past and estranged brother behind, widower Dane Carlisle returns to his hometown on the banks of sleepy Eclipse Lake. Now, a successful businessman, he has kept his troubled past a secret from most everyone, including his seventeen-year-old son.

But memories in small towns are bitter and long.

Ellie Sullivan, a nature photographer for a national magazine, has a habit of ping-ponging across the map. Her latest assignment leads her to Eclipse Lake where she becomes caught up in the enmity between Dane, his brother Jonah, and a vengeful town sheriff. When freshly-discovered skeletal remains are linked to an unsolved murder and Dane’s past, Ellie is left questioning her growing attraction for a man who harbors long-buried secrets.

About Mae Clair:

Mae Clair opened a Pandora’s Box of characters when she was a child and never looked back. Her father, anartist who tinkered with writing, encouraged her to create make-believe worlds by spinning tales of far-off places on summer nights beneath the stars.

Mae loves creating character-driven fiction in settings that vary from contemporary to mythical. Wherever her pen takes her, she flavors her stories with mystery and romance. Married to her high school sweetheart, she lives in Pennsylvania and is passionate about cryptozoology, old photographs, a good Maine lobster tail and cats.

Discover more about Mae on her website and blog at MaeClair.net

You can find Mae Clair at the following haunts:

Website and Blog

Twitter (@MaeClair1)
Google+

Facebook Author Page

Amazon Author Page

Goodreads  

Purchase ECLIPSE LAKE from:
Amazon

Add ECLIPSE LAKE to your Goodreads List

What is your favorite part of a summer setting?

Definitely the fireflies! While living in California for nearly twenty years while raising our three daughters, I missed those mysterious flying bugs and the wonderment of watching my own girls chase them. Now, back in Oklahoma, I delight in being able to see my grandchildren chase and catch them these days.

Thanks Mae! What about all of you, what’s your answer to Mae’s question?

Dodadagohvi~

 

Calisa Rhose presents ~ Uncover Monday ~ July #MFRWAuthor #CoverReveal

UnCover Mondays on The Ranch!!!

Hey-Ho cover oglers! To satisfy your stare reflex urges–here’s July’s red hot cover art and the awesome authors, publishers and artists who made them possible for you to gaze upon this month. It would be great if you leave a comment letting everyone know what you like (or don’t like) about them and maybe even check out a few author links to meet those behind the books. Or just say hi. Don’t forget to tell your friends to stop by so they can appreciate some greatness too!

UnCover Mondays on The Ranch!!! This feature is only to highlight the authors (though if you see one you want to buy I’m sure the authors won’t mind :lol: ). Enjoy this months’ covers to ogle and explore. If there is one provided, you can follow the artist links by clicking on the name, or if there’s an artist link provided, to learn more about the amazing creators of these beautiful covers. I think they deserve fair mention since they helped create the book! As always, click the covers for author websites to find out more. I wish everyone a fabulous new year in 2014!

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AnUncommonLove_MJSchilling07.14Title: An Uncommon Love    

Website: www.mjschillerauthor.blogspot.com

Genre: Romance

Publisher: Kissmet Publishing

Cover artist’s name: Steven Novak

Release date: August 22, 2013

Princess Adriana had her life all figured out. Or, to be more precise, she had her life all figured out for her. Before she was even born she was betrothed to Garin, and that was perfectly acceptable as he became her childhood friend, and then, eventually, the person she would swap kisses with inside the palace gardens. She never questioned it, never had a reason to, until the day a commoner was brought before her father, the King, to be punished.

As soon as Adriana’s eyes connect with Seth’s across the stone courtyard, she begins to question everything in her life. For his part, Seth Hobbes is confused about his feelings for the beautiful princess who refuses to match any of his preconceived notions of what a princess should be like, starting when Adriana begs her father to release him. When Seth creeps into the castle at night to thank her, they begin to build a relationship with one another that is often as explosive as it is endearing. When fate ends up separating the two, they must undertake a long and arduous journey to be reunited and then overcome the objections Adriana’s father has to their relationship. Will Adriana be able to make Seth see her for herself and not as the princess that he imagines? And if she does, will she ever be able to convince her father that, despite his objections, there is nothing “common” about Seth at all?

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AnUnwillingHusband_TeraShanley07.14Title: An Unwilling Husband

Author: Tera Shanley

Weblink: www.terashanley.com

Publisher: Lyrical Press-Kensington Publishing Corp

Cover artist: Renee Rocco

Release date: May 5, 2014

Will a child of Society have the backbone to love a tough, wild west cowboy?

For adventurous Margaret Flemming, arrived from Boston to be with her father, the Old West town of her childhood is a far cry from the drawing rooms and balls of the high society life she’s used to. Her fancy gowns and proper manners have no place in the dusty, cruel land inhabited by Indians and rough cowboys. And her fiercely independent streak constantly gets her in trouble. When tragedy strikes, there’s only one person she can turn to–her childhood friend, Garret Shaw–but he’s disgusted with her Society ways.

With his ranch under attack from the land-grabbing Jennings, the last thing Garret needs is to be saddled with a high-falutin’ lady. Even if she is his friend’s daughter and her kind ways tug at his hardened heart. Duty to her father forces them to wed, but he knows sure as anything, when the chance comes along, she’ll go back to Boston. No matter how much he wants her, loving her is not a risk he can take.

Will Maggie choose a life of luxury and ease over struggle and hardship with an ill-mannered cowboy? Only her heart can answer.

CONTENT WARNING: A potty-mouthed proper lady, a reluctant bridegroom and all kinds of trouble.

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AshRising_MelissaFox07.14Title: Ash Rising

Author: Melissa Fox

Weblink: www.melissa-fox.com

Genre: Romantic suspense

Publisher: Melissa Fox

Cover artist: Melissa Fox

Release date: May 20, 2014

Blurb: Infiltrating an international drug cartel is the dangerous chance of a lifetime for Asher Beaulieu of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Falling in love while running the op isn’t part of the plan, but he never had much use for plans anyway. Shrouded in deception and surrounded by temptation, his charmed life explodes in betrayal and tragedy.

DEA Special Agent Emmaline Justice is determined to be recognized for her work, not her sex. She doesn’t have time for an intriguing, wounded RCMP inspector. When the contacts she cultivated over long months of an international undercover investigation keep showing up dead, Emma must use her instincts as both an agent and a woman to determine Beaulieu’s role in the case and in her life.

One woman tore him apart. Another is brave enough to put him back together—if his past doesn’t kill him first.

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Changling'sCrown_JuliDRevezzo07.14Title: Changeling’s Crown

Author: Juli D. Revezzo

Weblink: www.julidrevezzo.com/

Genre: New Adult paranormal romance

Publisher: Raven Queen Publications

Cover artist: Boulevard Photografica

Release date: June 5, 2014

When Ianthe began her career as a faery godmother, she stumbled so badly that Snow White will probably never speak to her again. After a long suspension, she’s finally been given a chance to redeem herself…but everything on this latest assignment is going wrong.

But why?

Worse, she definitely doesn’t need an attractive mortal man distracting her from her duties. Of course, needs and wants are two different things.

Briak has had his eye on Ianthe for a very, very long time, but he’s been waiting for just the right moment to make his move. Despite the fact all hell’s about to break loose on his watch, he can’t resist the opportunity to insert himself into her earthly assignment. Can he convince Ianthe of her true calling and thereby win her heart? Or will his subterfuge ultimately cost him her love?

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EarthEnchanted_BrynnaCurry07.14Title: Earth Enchanted

Author: Brynna Curry

Weblink: www.brynnacurry.com

Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense

w/ Paranormal Elements

Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp. /Lyrical Press

Cover artist: Renee Rocco

Re-release date: February 3, 2014

Writer Liv Corrigan has the worst luck with men — her telepathy tends to make them run for the hills. When she meets widower and ex-cop Jack Roarke, she decides to keep her talent hidden. Things are looking up until their third date crashes and burns as the man who murdered Jack’s wife turns out to be after him too.
Injured, Jack retreats with Liv to his house under armed guard. But with Liv’s mysteries rapidly coming unraveled, a diamond-thief killer to stop and passion in the air, the safe house is anything but safe for their hearts!

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EclipseLake_MaeClair07.14Title: Eclipse Lake

Author: Mae Clair

Weblink: www.maeclair.net

Genre: Romantic Mystery

Publisher: Mae Clair

Cover artist: Laura Gordon

Release date: June 23, 2104

Small towns hold the darkest secrets.

Fifteen years after leaving his criminal past and estranged brother behind, widower Dane Carlisle returns to his hometown on the banks of sleepy Eclipse Lake. Now, a successful businessman, he has kept his troubled past a secret from most everyone, including his seventeen-year-old son.

But memories in small towns are bitter and long.

Ellie Sullivan, a nature photographer for a national magazine, has a habit of ping-ponging across the map. Her latest assignment leads her to Eclipse Lake where she becomes caught up in the enmity between Dane, his brother Jonah, and a vengeful town sheriff. When freshly-discovered skeletal remains are linked to an unsolved murder and Dane’s past, Ellie is left questioning her growing attraction for a man who harbors long-buried secrets.

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FlirtingWithFire_KyraJacobs07.14Title: Flirting With Fire

Author: Kyra Jacobs  

Weblink: www.kyrajacobs.wordpress.com

Genre: Romantic suspense

Publisher: Kyra Jacobs

Cover artist: Kyra Jacobs

Release date: July 8, 2014

Look, touch, but don’t fall in love.

Massage therapist Liz Williams lives by one rule: never date a client. A rule she’s never had trouble following until she lays hands on fireman playboy Torrunn MacKay. Trouble is, Liz’s sexy new client is dating her arch-rival at work…and has a strange habit of appearing just before the fire alarm sounds.

Firefighter Torrunn MacKay has got it made: killer job, downtown condo with a view, and hot blonde girlfriend with no more desire to tie the knot than he has. But the surprise attraction he feels toward his new masseuse is threatening to change all that. And what’s with the string of fires that seem to follow her everywhere?

Can Liz mind her table manners and keep Torrunn at arms’ length? Will Torrunn put his commitment fears aside to keep Liz safe? More than hearts will be in jeopardy when the two start Flirting with Fire.

CONTENT WARNING: Beware of darkened rooms, delicious fire fighters, and desperate pyromaniacs.

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SavedbytheSalsa_BarbaraBarrett07.14Title: Saved by the Salsa

Author: Barbara Barrett

Weblink: www.barbarabarrettbooks.com

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Cover artist: Debbie Taylor

Release date: August 8, 2014

How can junior architect Lacey Rogers keep her mind on her design project when her most potent designs are on her senior partner, Jack Dalton? Jack has always worked alone. Now he’s been assigned a partner. Is he losing his touch? But their mutual resistance melts as their bodies meet in the vibes of the Salsa. Can the dance keep them collaborating after the music ends?

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SoulTaker_KarenMichelleNutt07.14Title: Soul Taker

Author: Karen Michelle Nutt

Weblink: www.kmnbooks.com  

Genre: Urban Fantasy/Romance

Publisher: Rebecca J. Vickery Publisher

Cover artist: Karen Michelle Nutt

Gillian’s Book Covers, “Judge Your Book By Its Cover”

Release date: June 2014 Audiobook

No soul is safe…

A vampire from the Grim Sith sept is sucking the souls out of young women from the Boston area, but this sinister crime is far worse than a vampire seeking substance. He’s selling the souls to the highest bidder and it seems business is booming.

A vampire, a werewolf, and a Necromancer are a most unlikely team, but Garran, Harrison, and Isabella plan on putting a kink in the dubbed Soul Taker’s plans. It’s personal now. One of their friends has fallen victim to the Soul Taker’s charms, but to stop him from hurting anyone else, their efforts may involve raising the dead.

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TakenBySurprise_ValerieJClarizio07.14Title: Taken by Surprise        

Author: Valerie J. Clarizio

Weblink: www.valclarizio.wordpress.com

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press

Cover artist: Molly Courtright N/A

Release date: July 1, 2014

Everyone is shocked when Clare Ulster leaves her rich and handsome fiancé, and chucks her well-to-do Milwaukee city life and moves into her grandparents’ old homestead in a remote area of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  The quiet small town of Iron City is just what she needs to get her life in order and learn to stand on her own.  No men needed! 

Unfortunately, disaster follows her.  Unable to let her go, her abusive, cheating, ex- fiancé finds his way to the U.P. and sets out to make Clare’s life more of a living hell then he’d done in the past.  Additionally, Clare’s involvement with the Fire Chief, aka, town player, lands her in a world of trouble with his ring of female admirers, sending her on a dangerously chaotic adventure including murder and kidnapping.  Will Clare be able to survive the deceptively peaceful Iron City?

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I want to thank all the authors who submit and make this a special place to share their work!

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Calisa Rhose presents ~ Top Ten Reasons by Mae Clair #MFRWAuthor #guestpost #SolsticeIsland

Osiyo~

Hey everyone and welcome. I know it’s been a while…ok, over a month, since I’ve had a true guest on the ranch. Let’s just say it’s been closed for remodel. Will that work? :lol:

But to make up for the lack of activity, I give you a great summer read by a wonderful writer and friend. Mae Clair branched into self-publishing this year and I’m so dang excited for her! I’ll turn the round pen over to her now and we’ll have some fun.

Welcome back Mae! It’s all yours.

Thank you for letting me take over your blog today, Calisa. It’s always a pleasure to hang out at the ranch! For my visit, I’ve brought a Top Ten list along with my romantic-adventure novella, SOLSTICE ISLAND. It’s summer, so I thought your readers might enjoy a short summery read with a coastal setting. With that in mind, I give you:

Solstice Island_MCThe Top Ten Reasons Why You Should Read Solstice Island by Mae Clair:

  1. You’ll meet a hot charter boat captain trying to live down his family legacy.
  2. You’ll encounter a spunky heroine cryptozoologist, determined hot captain should embrace said family legacy and all the baggage that goes with it.
  3. You’ll be able to impress all your friends with your stunning new knowledge of cryptozoology.
  4. You may find yourself struck by the uncontrollable urge to look up blurry images of strange creatures online or go on a cryptid hunt (think Loch Ness, Big Foot, and the Jersey Devil).
  5. You’ll learn why you should never ignore a craving for mint chocolate chip ice cream.
  6. The next time your boat is attacked by a rampaging sea monster, you’ll know precisely what to do.
  7. You’ll be swept up in a tale of romance, adventure, and folklore.
  8. You’ll uncover buried treasure, thwart a villain, and discover a new use for a boat oar.
  9. As a 72 page novella, SOLSTICE ISLAND makes a quick summertime read.

And the number one reason you should read SOLSTICE ISLAND:

  1. You can buy it on Amazon for just $.99!

SOLSTICE ISLAND Blurb:

Can an ancient leviathan work magic between a practical man and an idealistic woman?

Rylie Carswell is an amateur cryptozoologist in search of a mythical creature, the Sea Goliath. In order to reach Solstice Island, a location the ancient leviathan is rumored to haunt, she’s forced to hire charter boat captain, Daniel Decatur.

Initially, Daniel wants nothing to do with the trip or the fool woman waving double payment in his face. Convinced she’s yet another loony treasure hunter looking for gold on the remote island, he reluctantly agrees. An embittered neighbor wants to have his charter license yanked, so the extra cash will help him stay afloat.

It doesn’t take long for Daniel to realize Rylie is after the same beast his parents were tracking when they mysteriously vanished ten years earlier. He’s avoided all links to cryptozoology ever since, but the smart and sexy cryptid hunter has him second-guessing his oath and wondering what he’s signed on for.

Warning: A family legacy, glowing plankton and rough waters.

About Mae Clair:

Mae Clair has been chasing myth, monsters and folklore through research and reading since she was a kid. As an adult, she stumbled onto the field of cryptozoology and realized there were others like her who loved speculating about weird and wonderful creatures.

Her blog, From the Pen of Mae Clair, features a weekly post each Monday where she examines a different myth or urban legend. In 2013, she journeyed to West Virginia to learn more about the legendary Mothman, a creature who will factor into an upcoming novel.

As a writer, she pens tales of romantic mystery flavored with a twist of myth or folklore. Married to her high school sweetheart, Mae lives in Pennsylvania. Her passions include cats, history and exploring old graveyards. Look for Mae on her website at MaeClair.net

You can find Mae Clair at the following haunts:

Website and Blog

Twitter (@MaeClair1)

Google+

Facebook Author Page

Amazon Author Page

Goodreads  

Purchase SOLSTICE ISLAND from:

Amazon

Add SOLSTICE ISLAND to your Goodreads TBR

Well, that makes me want to explore cryptids! Thanks for sharing your book, Mae. I wish you tons of luck on this one.

Don’t forget to like this post and say hi to Mae!

Dodadagohvi~

We’re All Ears: June Inspiration #Lisa’sPieces #jewelry

Osiyo~

For my regular fans and friends, you know me for my writing. I’m currently on a sort of forced/self-induced hiatus from writing while I deal with some personal issues. But you don’t know I also create jewelry with beads, wire and polymer clay. Since I don’t want you to think I’ve disappeared I thought I’d share this other aspect of me. :)

It’s my other passion and I’m going to be showcasing some items I make for Lisa’s Pieces (my jewelry designer name) here until I get my jewelry blog set up. Today is the first time I decided to join with a site called Earrings Everyday for their We’re All Ears blog hop challenge. The host loves earrings, handmade jewelry and each month she posts a photo for inspiration and invites others to use that inspiration to create gorgeous, unusual and original earrings. This is something that appealed to me.

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The instant I looked at the June image, which you can see on her site here, I knew what I wanted to make. The swirls drew me in, but it was the top skylight that I focused on with my Cherokee heritage in mind. It looks like a dream catcher to me, and I love dream catchers! So, I decided to keep the swirly aspect and add a dream catcher to my earrings.

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAI’ve had the pair of silver feathers forever and didn’t know how I wanted to use them until this project. They are perfect, don’t you think? Then I added the mother of pearl birds to the top because my husband thought they needed a little something extra. I agree. :)

I used 20 gauge wire and formed a swirl, then tweaked it to the size I wanted and added size .08 Toho beads in black and clear. Since I used black beads and black string to make the dream catcher you can’t see the string in a picture unless I put a piece of paper behind it. It might have been better to use white string. I didn’t, but as you can see with the paper in there… I was able to sew in tiny dream catchers into the bottom of the pieces to attach the feathers to.

I call these “Spiraling Dream”.

It’s been fun participating in this adventure! You can see what others have created using the same inspiring image by scrolling to the bottom of the host post here: http://earrings-everyday.blogspot.com/2014/06/were-all-ears-june-reveal.html

I hope you’ll join me for some of my creations and as soon as I have the jewelry site set up I’ll add a link here to get to it.

Until then,

Dodadagohvi~