Time changes this weekend and I am so glad. It's really dark in the morning when we're crawling out of bed before six, but I find that I get more writing done if I get an early start.
Interesting...just had an earthquake while writing this--a little short, sharp jolt. Just a reminder when you're a Californian, the ground really does tend to shift beneath your feet! (Just checked the USGS site, and it was a 3.6 very close to our old house up in Cobb--we REALLY felt them there!)
But, back to writing--I've passed the half-way mark on Redemption, the second book in my Romantic Suspense series for St. Martin's Press, and hope to have it finished and to my editor before Thanksgiving. It's coming along well--Ben, my hero, starts out as such scum, but he's a good guy at heart who's made some really stupid decisions. He's reached a point in his life where he knows it's time to man up, and so far I'm really starting to like him. A lot.
I've got copy edits here to go through for Tangled. That's the novella coming out next May in the Hot Alphas Anthology with Lora Leigh, Laurelin McGee, and Shiloh Walker. Seems like such a long way off, but time's moving so fast that it's making my head spin!
Before I forget, I've been reading some really good books this past month--just finished Elizabeth Hoyt's newest in her Maiden Lane Series, Darling Beast. It's absolutely wonderful. And a totally different book by a new to me author, Cover Him With Darkness by Janine Ashbless, is finally out, and I highly recommend it. It's much darker than what I usually read, but I was asked to read this one for a cover quote by the editor at Cleis Press. I told her I have a rule that unless it's a book I'd give five stars to on an Amazon review, I won't give a quote. My reasoning is that I want what I say about a book to mean something to the readers who know me and might take a chance on a book I've said is good, and I stick to this rule. If I could have given this book six stars, I would have. Could NOT put it down. It's not going to be for everyone, but it's absolutely mesmerizing. Take a look at the blurb on Amazon and see if it appeals to your adventurous side!
I'm totally hooked on anything Jessica Scott writes, and am currently reading her newest Coming Home novella, All I Want for Christmas is You. Have only just started the story, and it's almost kept me from doing the newsletter. I really didn't want to put it down. I had never read military romances before discovering Jessica Scott's Coming Home series, but I am absolutely hooked on everything this author writes. This one is already tugging at my heart. Capt. Scott has served in the Middle East and she knows what our soldiers--both men and women--are going through, and how hard it is to make that transition home to family and loved ones. Her stories are wonderful romances, but they're also giving me a totally new appreciation for the sacrifices our men and women in uniform make for us every day. Definitely one I recommend.
Have also read Robyn Carr's latest in her Thunder Point series, and it's another winner. Read The Homecoming. Robyn's stories are always keepers, the kinds of books you want to read over and over again.
Almost forgot! Dakota Cassidy's Talking After Midnight. Dakota and I have been friends for ages, and the woman is real-life hysterical--but so is her writing. You talk about heart? Her stories are about funny people with dialog to die for, but they're also characters that you would love to just settle back with a good bottle of wine and drink and swap stories with. This entire series is just a pure joy to read. And one of Dakota's (and also my) best buds, Renee George, has a series of M/M romance shorts out called "CockTails." They're wonderful. Short, sexy and entertaining, and again, they're such perfectly sweet romances that I absolutely love them. I'm hoping the link works--it will take you to a whole list of her stories.
I know I'm forgetting some--my apologies, but writing has kept me really busy this month. I lost some time after having some minor surgery early in October, though I can actually say that between me and the Mac, I am finally winning. (Which is my way of saying I haven't chucked the blasted computer through the window yet!) I'm able to write again--it was a very frustrating month or so of adjustment, and a reminder that I really DON'T do change well.
I need to get ahead of schedule on my writing so I can read Nalini Singh's newest, Archangel's Shadows, and Yasmine Galenorn's Priestess Dreaming, both of which are sitting here beside my chair, taunting me.
I also want to give some books away. Cleaning out some of my stash, again, and I've got two copies each of Dream Unchained, Sexy Beast VIII, and Wolf Tales VIII, so when you enter, please tell me which ones you're interested in winning (and you can list all three if you don't have them, and if your name is picked, you'll get one of them)
So, your instructions are to fill in the entry form and tell me which print book you would like a chance to win--list any of the three that you don't have or all three, though the winner will only get one book. And this month I will also choose at least one winner out of the US. Don't forget to give me your snail mail address. This contest is for print books, not ebooks, and I really don't have time to chase you down for your address. PLEASE double check your email address--I had three people I couldn't track down last month without a lot of time-consuming work. If your email bounces because you wrote it down wrong, I'm not going to hunt for you. I'll just choose another winner.
I hope you have a wonderful Halloween and that you're staying safe and healthy, and please don't forget to find time to read a good book. They're so good for the soul! (and if they're romances, they're good for the heart, too...)
Take care and be well,
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