Friday, November 23, 2012

Book Trailer for Lovedust and Trailblazers

Lovedust and Trailblazers - click for the trailer

Yes, there are some explicit love scenes, but, Josiah and Minnie deserve it!

Please see my trailer for more on my latest release. Now available at Secret Cravings Publishing. Soon available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Thank you for previewing this trailer.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

OCD, Thanksgiving, and Love...a Tuesday Tale

Ahoy Fellow Fathomers! Happy Tuesday and time for another edition of Tuesday Tales. This week I take you  to my new young adult romance WIP, Eyelashes Freeze in North Dakota-But Not Warm Hearts.  Follow Adelaide's journey as I present the following picture prompt:

"Adelaide washed her face, brushed her teeth, and braided her hair, wondering how many other people thought about their movements and actions as much as she did. She read the book, The Boy Who Couldn’t Stop Washing, when she was a teenager. The book detailed accounts of people suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, OCD, for short. The featured boy washed himself for hours each day, fearing germs. Other people relentlessly counted or checked things continuously- one woman plucked out each of her eyebrows in an obsession for symmetry of them.
Over the years, she rationalized her actions were not as extreme as the examples in that book. However, having a sense of order consumed her. She acknowledged her feelings as perfection or attention to detail, and disregarded any clinical diagnosis. Adelaide was again her own best therapist. I’m simply a hodge podge of eccentricities. Her reflection in the bathroom mirror pleasingly shone back at her. Carefully putting away her toiletries and make-up, Adelaide switched off the bathroom light, and went back into her room to gather her textbooks and netbook.
Reaching for her backpack, her stomach growled, throwing her mind into a spin. Adelaide’s rapid thought process quickly escalated her imagination to the last full table she shared with her family at Thanksgiving. She ticked off the list of food in her mind-turkey, dressing, celery casserole, mashed potatoes, giblet gravy, stuffed mushrooms…she made exactly two dozen. Stop! What are you doing? Get a grip today, being nervous is not my friend. It’s just a guy for crying out loud.
But, I’m new at this and it’s scary…
Adelaide cleared her mind of the obsessive thoughts and spent a moment considering a reasonable breakfast. Glancing at her watch, she decided to forego the morning meal in the cafeteria. She needed the extra time to search for him..."

Now that you've read my contribution to TT, please visit my creative friends over at our main blog, Tuesday Tales for their take on this Thanksgiving table. I hope you have a warm and wonderful holiday full of blessings.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Rancher's Recipes Guaranteed to Please

Ahoy Fellow Fathomers! Today in The Locker I share with you some rancher secret recipes to kick-off the release of my 4th book, Lovedust and Trailblazers. Rancher woman Minnie knows the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach and following are two examples of how she keeps Josiah happy.
Josiah’s contribution is guaranteed to see anyone through their chores of the afternoon, with his hearty meat and potatoes mix-up.  Truthfully, though, folks, these recipes are kitchen tested and easy staples in my own busy home-not just works of fiction. J I hope you enjoy them!
Cattle Company Cornbread Pie
2 boxes Jiffy cornbread mix
1 can creamed corn
1 can or 16 oz frozen whole kernel corn
8 oz nonfat/non-carb vanilla yogurt
8 oz nonfat sour cream
2 eggs, slightly beaten
Mix all ingredients together and spoon into a 13x9 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 min until golden brown and set in middle. May take additional cooking time, watch closely.

Minnie’s Macaroni Round-Up
1 lb elbow macaroni
1 lb lean ground beef
1 lg can tomato juice
Diced onion
Boil macaroni until just tender (do not overcook, if anything, slightly undercook). While macaroni boils, crumble and brown ground beef. Drain and rinse ground beef to remove excess fat. Strain macaroni and return to same kettle. Add cooked ground beef and the tomato juice, mixing well, heat through. Season to taste with garlic powder. Serve with diced onion scattered on top.

Josiah’s Rustlin’ Ranch Style Potatoes
5-6 russet potatoes, peeled and diced
2 cans Ranch Style Beans
1 lb lean ground beef (You may also substitute chopped smoked sausage)
Fry potatoes in vegetable oil until slightly tender. Add the ground beef, breaking and crumbling as it browns. Cover and cook for 5-7 minutes longer. Uncover and turn potatoes and ground beef, cooking until potatoes are fork tender and ground beef fully browned. Add both cans Ranch Style Beans. Serve hot.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Do Demons Vote? A Blue Ink "Election" Tuesday Tale

Ahoy Fellow Fathomers! Happy Tuesday and time for another edition of Tuesday Tales. This week I take you again to my new paranormal thriller WIP, Blue Ink-the Skin Stalker For our journey to the unknown, I present the word prompt "election".

Colin needed physical interaction to ease his mental trauma and right now, his stress meter was off the charts.  Melanie would be perfect.  He watched her pert breasts through her v-neck shirt, sweat beading underneath his hairline.
Stop.  Get up.  Leave.  You are a murder magnet and some psychopath is tailing you.  It is not all about you, stupid arrogant asshole.  Colin ran through all the scenarios in his head and each one ended the same way.  Melanie folded into an equipment bag.  Then, on an autopsy slab.  He needed to move away from her, now.  “Hey, thanks for the coffee and the concern.  I just need to get home and sort some things out.” Colin saw the longing in her eyes and her maternal instincts to care for him blatantly shone through. 
“Okay, you know, my shift is over in an hour, if you want some company?”  Melanie shamelessly offered herself up once more.  Didn’t this guy know she’d been crushing on him absolutely forever?
“I very much appreciate the offer, but, I really need some alone time.  I promise to visit you again soon.”  Colin got up quickly and moved out the door before he changed his mind.  He looked down toward the zipper on his trousers.  See, you don’t always rule my decisions.  He would have laughed at his wit if he were not so despondent. 
The Skin Stalker took whatever opening he could get.  He waited for Melanie to walk out the back entrance to take out the trash.  The deserted alley provided the perfect location.  He slipped up behind her and dragged her petite frame behind the large dumpster.  “You are too much of an opportunity to let pass by.  Sorry, you won’t be voting in the next election.” He slipped a plastic bag over her head and held her writhing body tightly until she finally slumped motionless. 

Now that you've read my contribution to TT, please visit my creative friends over at our main blog, Tuesday Tales for their take on "election"! and ROCK the VOTE!!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Book Review- Dating A Cougar- Donna McDonald

Book Review    ***1/2
Ahoy Fellow Fathomers! Today in The Locker is another book review. I take time to read on occasion to hone my skills and connect with readers and other authors. I gave a mature romance a go this time.
Dating a Cougar by Donna McDonald – the Never Too Late series

This 262 page read-in-a-day book is the first I’ve read by Donna McDonald. (More About Donna)When I saw this book listed as a free read, I decided to read Ms. McDonald’s bio and get a better understanding of who this author is. After I read her background as a technical writer and college instructor, encouraged by her potential writing skills, I downloaded the book and gave it a chance.
Ms. McDonald’s succinct writing style did not disappoint me. I like descriptors, good scene/character development, and closing a scene. She did a very good job of each of those. I noticed several proofing errors and one possible error in chapter eighteen when I thought the characters awakened to Sunday, but, it was Saturday in the chapter. I did not flip back on my Kindle to see if I read the weekend scene wrong from the start.
I did not feel the Hero, Casey, and his jealousy issue ever had a proper resolution. Our heroine, Alexa, being a former model and top business owner tends to carry herself well in any crowd, especially with the men. It caused an immense explosion that threatened to curtail their relationship development. So much so, I believed it was the end of them before it started. However, his jealousy melted away and I was not sure if it was because his feelings for her grew or maybe his confidence.
I also wondered how Alexa’s daughter, Jenna, would handle her “it’s complicated” relationship status with Seth-Casey’s cousin. The book ended rather abruptly with no resolution to their storyline; however, it pleased me to see they will have their own book in the series to tie up those loose ends. Seth’s obsession with his cell phone is irritating and I’m surprised Casey didn’t pitch the thing out the window trying to prove a point with him. I hope that improves in “their” upcoming book.
The book drew me in getting to know the characters. Of them all, I only found the character, “Lauren” almost exasperating and frigid. However, I notice a book in the series dedicated to her personal development and that gave me hope for her- I decided to give her a chance.
One scene in the book, a get together with all the characters began warm and inviting. It became annoying and drawn out with pillow fights and the like. Don’t get me wrong, I think this scene showed pivotal development in merging the characters and demonstrating drawing Casey into the fold. But, it was too long to hold my attention for the duration.
Ms. McDonald writes steamy interchanges between Casey and Alexa, so much so, I enjoyed the foreplay much better than the actual sex scenes. I felt the tension and the raw desire build. She captured their chemistry from their initial meeting and it only blossomed from there. It made me think of when I first met my husband and how we felt young again, that butterflies and healthy lust are not only for the younger crowd. I liked that mental perspective. Although explicit, the scenes do not depict erotica and are not graphic enough to embarrass a regular reader of sexually charged romances.
All in all, Ms. McDonald writes a believable story about an older woman finding genuine love and an accurate description of her fear of what to do with it. I could feel the character’s frustrations, infatuations, and just how intensely the human condition can affect anyone-regardless of age.