Friday, January 20, 2017

THE EXCITING CONCLUSION WILL BE RELEASED LATER THIS YEAR

Dr. Michaela Blautsauger finally finds her mate in...

COLD-HEARTED VAMPIRE

                      

                                  

 The 4th book and exciting conclusion to The Blautsaugers of Amber Heights series is in the hands of my editor. We are tentatively planning on a summer or fall release. 

Cold-Hearted Vampire features the eldest daughter, Dr. Blautsauger, and Michaela might well be the most misunderstood member of the family. She was born during an age when girls were considered their father's property until marriage. After that they were legally designated as their husband's chattel. No wonder she chafed against such restrictions. Even as a young she-vamp, she realizes her only way out is to never marry. To make sure her independence is complete she also knows she has to find a way to earn her own income.

Almost three hundred years later, her kick-ass and take names attitude hasn't changed. Against her father's wishes she's still unmarried and has earned her medical decree. For the last fifty plus years she's worked as a physician and scientist. Her most cherished desire is to formulate the perfect synthetic blood. One which will release vampires from their dependence on humans. 

Unfortunately, she hit a snag while attempting to reach her goal. She needs an artificial molecule. A liposome base sturdy enough to transport all the necessary nutrients throughout the circulatory system. Plant fructans might be the answer and provide a workable foundation. If she can only find the right plant.

At that exact moment she hears about a rare plant
that might be just perfect but there's a problem. The 
ch'ich pak' or blood plant only grows near a sacred 
cenote in the Yucatan jungle which is deep within the 
belly of enemy territory. And the Toltecs would love 
to get their hands on a Nosferatu. Especially a Blautsauger. 
She goes anyway, even knowing she might be walking 
into a trap.

Human Detective Seth Whitehead has had his suspicions 
about the Blautsauger family. In particular the coldly aloof 
but enticing Dr. Michaela Blautsauger. Even as he finds 
himself drawn to her, he knows she is hiding secrets. 
Knowledge that might help him apprehend the serial 
killer he's been hunting. 

Following her to Mexico turns into a race against time. 
As they swim in the cool waters of the cenote and accept 
their intense attraction. Seth knows danger is looming. 
The Toltecs know she is there and they are hunting for 
her. If he can't get her out of the jungle before the 
Toltecs find them it will be certain death for both 
of them.

Start at the very beginning of the saga with IT'S 
A WONDERFUL UNDEAD LIFE. What happens 
when you pray for an angel and get a vampire 
instead? Cailey Kantor is going to find out with 
a little help from Gabe Blautsauger.







     


          




Next is A VAMPIRE IN THE SCRYING GLASS. The

beautiful genius, Morgan Maguire, hides a 
supernatural secret from the world. Rafe
Blautsauger fights his attraction to the human
woman but forces conspire against them.



 The third installment is A VAMPIRE TO
BE RECKONED WITH. Metta Blautsauger
has been fighting pre-conceived notions all
her life. Her family considers her to be a
ditz. The rest of the vampire community
believes she's a good-natured simpleton.

In reality she used to be an agent with
Orcus, a shadow vampire organization.
She returned home after an operation
gone went sour but she hasn't been idle.
Unbeknownst to all but a small group
of human ministers, she's gone rogue. 
She's hunting human traffickers without 
official Orcus sanction even knowing 
the penalty is a stake through her heart.

Lucas O'Cuinn, her former trainer and love,
has been sent to reel her in. He's headed
her way but with an agenda all his own.



    
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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Password Purgatory by Alicia Dean


Am I the only one who thinks keeping up with and changing passwords is an unfathomable nightmare? Yes, I know, we need the security, but geez…at what cost? Our sanity? Long ago when I was a young'ish, naive, bright-eyed first time computer user, I chose a password that would be easy to remember. I vowed to use that same password for everything, until the end of time (against the dire warnings of the Password Guru/Gods/Kings, who insist you should use different passwords for everything, change them more often than  you do your underwear, and be sure to include lower case letters, capital letters, numbers, symbols, morse code, Egyptian hieroglyphics, and Klingon).

However, my fairy tale password fantasy was soon shattered. Because, just like the Password Guru/Gods/Kings, many sites did not like my simple, easy to remember password. They insisted I add all the aforementioned ridiculousness. They weren't all that subtle about it either. I'm sure you've seen THIS before:



So, I did as they demanded. I created another ‘universal’ password that included all of that. Only one, though, so I’d be sure to remember it. Guess what? The omnipotent ruler of the computer hemisphere was STILL not happy. Periodically, one of the sites I visited would give me the dreaded message: “It’s Time to Update Your Password” – WHAT??!!??!!! No, please!!! Spank me, stick a fork in my eye, waterboard me, make me watch endless episodes of "Keeping up with the Kardashians"…ANYTHING besides making me change my password! 

But, alas, I DID have to change it. And, of course, I’ve had to change it many times since. You know how it goes, you try to use a wrong password on a site, so they make you update it. You make note of it somewhere, but you can’t remember where, so the next time you go into the site, you have to update it again. You provide a 'new' password and get the message: Please try a password you haven’t used before. You’re like, how??? There ARE no passwords I haven’t used before…

But, yesterday, I experienced the worst possible password fiasco. I pulled out a laptop I hadn’t used in a while. I typed in my most recent Microsoft password to get past the Guard of the Windows and access my desktop. I received a message: “You are not connected to the internet. Please use the last password you used on this computer.” WTF??? I can’t remember a password from 5 minutes ago, let alone freaking months ago. I attempted again, and again, and was shunned with every try. Then, I was like, “Oh, I just need to connect to the internet.” I did (after I had searched for and located my wifi password, of course). I tried my most recent Windows Password. Nope, sorry, “Incorrect Password.” How could it be incorrect? I updated it YESTERDAY. 

Pleeeeaaassseeee, I just want to access my desktop. Is that too much to ask?


I got onto my desktop PC and logged in to Windows, using the same recently-updated password, just to be sure. Yes, I confirmed, it was correct. I tried again on the laptop. Huh-uh, nope, sorry, too bad, so sad. Okay, so maybe it didn’t like me effing around with so many passwords. I’ll start all over. I updated my Microsoft PW again. Same message. Grrrr. I started a ‘chat’ with a Microsoft customer service rep. She went through all the questions/steps, and couldn’t help me. She referred me to their tech support, who would call me. I turned the phone over to my daughter, since I had to get ready for work. (This was ALL before I went in to the day job). My daughter finally noticed that I was missing an ‘I’ when I set up my email address, so it was AlicaMDean instead of AliciaMDean. (SMH…how did I do that???) Then, by some miracle, I remembered the password I was ‘probably’ using during that time. I tried it and...voila! I was in!!!


Whew. What a freaking pain! What do people do who only have ONE computer, the one they are trying to log into? WHY do we need protection from even getting onto Windows? What can ne'er do wells and dastardly fiends do to us via Windows when they don’t know all of our many, many, complicated and extensive passwords? I couldn’t care less if someone accesses my desktop. Help yourself! I just want a world where I’m not controlled, judged, and tormented by password demons. Is that too much to ask?

Soooo...I guess what I'm trying to say is, do any of you have a solution? An easy way to update/store/remember/survive Password Purgatory?


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Joys of Pioneer Life...NOT by Jannine Gallant

My work area to make dinner.

I always thought I was born in the wrong era, that I should have been a pioneer conquering the West. I was a history major, and that time period always fascinated me. Let me tell you...I was wrong.

Our street after the cutter came through. The berms are taller than me.

We had a massive series of storms move through Tahoe last week that took out power to the entire region. We went through a 31 hour stretch without power then had power for a day before it went out again. 45 hours of no power for the next stretch. We had one blissful evening of light and internet before it went out yet again...and stayed out. As I'm typing this, I'm at work in the main PUD offices, which have been set up as a Red Cross warming zone. Since the rec center I normally work at on weekends is in my neighborhood and powerless, they decided to send me over here to make myself useful. Yea, power and internet for my six hour shift before I go home to the dark zone... Have I mentioned cell reception in my house sucks. Yeah, one bar if I put my phone in the right spot by the dining room window. So, I'm truly cut off from the world!

Even Ginger isn't thrilled since the snow is so deep in the woods we have to walk on the street.

I took Ginger for a walk this morning and found the crux of my problems for this most recent outage. A tree fell, taking out power lines in our neighborhood. There's a wad of tangled wires on the ground with caution tape blocking that section of the street. Oh joy. No one was working on it, and I have a feeling we're low on their priority totem pole. We're 2 days into this most recent stretch of no power and counting. I can only hope it'll all be over by the time this posts on the 18th.

Our driveway after I got the car shoveled out.

So, the moral of my story is...being a pioneer wasn't a whole lot of fun. Or maybe we're just spoiled. By the way, WILDE ONE is on sale for 99 cents all month. So, if you haven't started my BORN TO BE WILDE series, now's a great time to do it! Available on AMAZON or find additional buy links on my WEBSITE.


Have a great day filled with light and internet connectivity!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Letter To My Younger Self, Part I by Betsy Ashton

Dear Betsy,

I have so much to tell you, not all of which you will want to hear. I have advice, which I'm sure you will not like, as well as memories of things you will do, both good and bad.

The first thing I'd ask you to think about is not what you want to be when grow up, but how you want to live. If you can define the how of living, the what will follow course. What I mean is if you want to live the life of the rich and famous, you could marry into money. You could also find a career that would lead to that fame and fortune.

What I would ask you to consider is the price of that fame and fortune. Do you want to give up your privacy for a life of avoiding the paparazzi? Do you want people to stare at you every time you go out in public, not let you eat your meal without someone commenting on your food choices? Do you want to hide behind closed blinds and high walls to protect your children and your privacy in a world that will increasingly blur lines between public and private lives, between what is acceptable behavior and what is intrusive and potentially dangerous intrusion.

Do you choose a life where you are fulfilled with your family and friends? You will marry, once to the wrong man, once to the right one. In the first case, you will not pay attention to what your friends and family say to warn you off the marriage before it happens. You will marry and realize as you walk down the aisle that you could still stop it. But you will not. You will learn from this so when the right man finally appears out of the darkness in a disco in Tokyo you will recognize him as the right person to have in your life.

You will inherit a family, not have your own children, and you will be just fine with that. You will discover three children who will become your closest friends as years go by and they grow up. You will not try to be their mother, since they already have that role filled, but you will be able to be a role model and friend who listens to hopes and fears.

You will have many friends over the years, but not all of them will be around forever. You might have the very best friend who comes into your life for a few days and then exits, leaving behind a footprint of a particular kind of friendship at a moment of need. You will have opportunities to be that five-day best friend often in your life. I hope you remember how important it was when your first five-minute best friend reached out a hand to help.

Some of your friends will turn out not to be as true as you had once believed. You will learn to identify those friends who are toxic, who are emotional vampires who suck the life out of you. When this happens, you will be called on to decide how you want to let the friendship go. You can cause a blow up that will harm both of you. Better, you can let the friendship whither slowly over time. Only you can decide which path to take. Choose wisely, and you will be comfortable with your decision. Choose unwisely, and you might feel better for the blow up but in the long run will realize you chose the wrong path.

To be continued on January 27.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Almost Back to Boring By Donna Michaels

Hello, Donna Michaels here. Can you believe January is already half over? I swear I have to learn to stop blinking. I hope your year is off to a great start!


My daughter went back to college yesterday and took her cutie pie, Franco, with her. Here he was being nutty and a super big help as I was plotting, the other day.


I miss them both already.

Look at that ball of fur. lol How could I possible write with that face staring at me?





Then, this coming weekend, my son goes back to IUP, so the house will settle back down to boring.



Good thing I have a ton of writing to do! Especially considering I haven't written much since, HER TROUBLED COWBOY, which released the middle of December.

A book near and dear to my heart. I kind of needed time to recoup after tackling a subject that hit close to home.



But, now it's time to burrow deep into my writing cave to get my third book for Entangled written by this month's impending deadline. :-) I'm looking forward to getting back to Cord's story, especially since he happens to resemble a certain supernatural Dean from TV.

Nothing boring about that!

The excitement is just getting started. 2017 looks to be an even busier writing year than 2016. I'm involved in a super secret project with almost a dozen incredible authors that I personally fangirl! We're going to have a big reveal in March. I can't wait to share it with everyone!

And on February 3rd, FIRST RIDE releases! I'm so honored to be included in this great boxed set with first in a series books from a collection of incredibly talented western authors!


Only $ .99 cents on February 3rd!

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Hope you'll be able to join us for a day-long release party!
The fun starts at 12:30 pm Est. on Feb. 3rd!



The house may have quieted down as far as kitty high-jinx, but not my line up of heroes waiting on me to pen their stories. Ooh...I like that...

Time to tackle some hero high-jinx. :-)

Thanks for reading,

~Donna
www.DonnaMichaelsAuthor.com



Sunday, January 15, 2017

The Best Book Signing Ever! by Alison Henderson

Like most authors, I've done a few book signings over the years. When my first book--a Western historical romance--was released in 2010, I gave a talk and signed books at the historic home I'd used as a model for the heroine's house, I did a Valentine's Day signing in a gift shop in the small Missouri River town where the story was set, and I spoke to my college roommate's book club and signed books. All events were fun and I sold quite a few books, but I never did a signing in an actual bookstore until last month.

I'm sure you're all familiar with SMALL TOWN CHRISTMAS TALES, my collection of holiday short stories released in the fall of 2015. In early November of that year, I screwed up my courage and took a copy into a cute local bookstore, as well as the perennial Christmas shop on the main street of our little town. I chatted with the owners, left my contact information, and went home to wait, certain they would want to carry my book in their stores. Days and weeks passed without a word. 

Christmas came and went, so I shrugged my shoulders and moved on. Imagine my surprise when I received an email out of the blue, a YEAR later, from the owner of the bookshop saying they'd like to carry my book for the holidays and schedule a signing for the weekend before Christmas! I rushed right in to The Pilgrim's Way with a few copies of SMALL TOWN CHRISTMAS TALES for their shelves and set things up for the signing. Imagine my further surprise ten days later when I received another email asking for more books because they'd already sold several. This was getting exciting!

I fired off a press release to three local newspapers, bought peppermint and milk chocolate truffles to hand out to patrons, and tried to keep the butterflies at bay. The morning of the signing, I loaded my bag with candy and ten more copies of the Christmas book, as well as three copies each of my two female bodyguard books. Wonder of wonders, the owner had lent the copy of UNWRITTEN RULES I'd left with her to a customer who is an avid reader. The woman loved the book and told her they should stock it in the store!


I was nervous at first, but as soon as things got rolling, that melted away. We live in a tourist town, so Saturday afternoons usually bring quite a bit of walk-in traffic. Talking to strangers does not come naturally to me, but I found offering candy to everyone who entered the store a perfect way to break the ice and start a conversation. A couple of local writer friends stopped by to offer moral support, and this adorable couple came all the way from Salinas to buy my book after reading about the signing in the paper!


The signing only lasted two hours, but in that time I sold eight copies of SMALL TOWN CHRISTMAS TALES, two copies of UNWRITTEN RULES, and one copy of BOILING POINT. I consider that a rousing success. The owner seemed pleased and asked me to bring more copies of the bodyguard books because she plans to keep them in stock. 

I never expected to see my books on the shelf in a real bookstore, but now I'm thrilled to be able to tell anyone I meet that they can find my books at The Pilgrim's Way in downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea. What a rush!


Alison 
www.alisonhenderson.com 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

New Year's Book List by Christine DePetrillo

It’s time for a New Year’s Book List!

My Top Five Picks:

1. Sarina Bowen’s True North Series – I’ve read three so far and OMG, sooo good. Vermont setting. Sexy as hell guys. Cozy endings that stick with you long after you’ve finished the book. You won’t be disappointed.

2. Marie Forces’s Green Mountain Series – Yeah, so take the explanation from #1 and paste it here. I I’m a little addicted to reading about Vermont. VT always makes me happy!
3. Paige Tyler’s SWAT Series – Alpha werewolves who always get the bad guys. Sign me up! I’m on Book Five of this series and loving every minute of it.
4. Stephanie Kay’s Love by the Bay Series – Great desserts and fun drinks make the two books in this series must reads. Can’t wait for the next book!

5. Okay this last one isn’t a book. It’s a TV show – Younger – on TVLand or I watch it on Amazon Video because I don’t have that channel. It is totally worth the $1.99 I pay to view it. The premise is a 40-year old woman who couldn’t get a job in publishing so she pretends to be in her 20s instead. Maintaining a lie like that isn’t easy, but it sure is hilarious. The characters are well-developed and there are so many moments that make you go awww that you won’t be able to wipe the smile off your face. Give it a try.

Okay, what recommendations do you have for me? Books? TV? Movies? Music? Let me have it!

Toodles,

Chris
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