And on that note, if you've been on my Facebook page at all, you've seen the photos I've posted--Doug, the long-suffering spouse--took some promo shots of me this past week, and out of about 150+ photos (damn but I love digital cameras!) we got about three...I hate getting my picture taken! I'm not going to post them here--there's a "note" on my Facebook Author Page if you want to take a look. And please, while you're there and if you haven't, I'd appreciate it if you "like" the page. (Publishers actually LOOK at stuff like that! Go figure!!)
I just finished page proofs on REDEMPTION--it comes out December 29--and once you read Jake and Kaz's story in INTIMATE, which releases December 1, I think you'll really love Jake's brother Ben's story. I've also turned in AWAKENED, the third and final story of the trilogy, and I'm absolutely thrilled with the way it turned out. Marcus Reed is a character who was briefly introduced in TANGLED, the story in Hot Alphas, and it was so hard to finish this book because I really didn't want to let him go. I think I get a bit too attached to my characters, but Marc was really special.
We're still dealing with drought here in northern California. The grape crop is going to be very small, but they're talking about excellent quality, so that's a good thing, but I will be so glad when we finally get through the current heat wave! It's been over 100 degrees every day this week--even the cactus is wilted!
You have to admit, it's not often you see wilted cacti! I've been watering it when I can, but it's obviously not been enough. I'm sort of hoping I get enough time this year to make prickly pear jelly. I hear it's really good stuff! (Those fruits are the prickly pears--not all that sweet and really full of seeds and stickers, but they make good jelly.)
In July of this year, I finally made it to Ground Zero to see the 9/11 Memorial. It was absolutely beautiful, and so heartbreaking. We as a country and a people were forever changed by that attack. Suddenly, we weren't invincible. We could be hurt just like everyone else. A hard lesson, and a horrible way to learn it.
On the reading front--I just finished Nalini Singh's ARCHANGEL'S ENIGMA, and it's absolutely wonderful. Still haven't been able to put it on the keeper shelf because I know I'm going to want to read it again. Right now I'm reading YOU'VE GOT TAIL, by good friend Renee George, and I'm loving it, too. It's an ebook, and for a print lover like me, it's got to be good to hold my attention on my tablet, but this one is so funny and so unexpected that it's a hoot to read.
I know I've read a few other good books, but I can't recall the titles right now. Will mention them when I announce winners of my contest. This month I've got three extra copies of Hot Alphas to give away, so please enter in the form at the right (or if you're on your mobile, scroll all the way to the end, past the comments section, to the form that says Contest entry form) and I will choose winners in one week. DO NOT PUT YOUR ENTRY IN THE COMMENTS SECTION. I WILL DELETE IT FOR YOU OWN SAFETY. Remember, everyone can see comments, including your home address, but the contest entry form is entirely private. I'm the only one who sees that.
AND!!! Next Tuesday, September 15, the first in my Feral Passions series from St. Martin's Press releases in a duet titled CLAIMED BY THE MATE with AC Arthur. I'll be hanging out at a release party on Facebook on the 15th. My time slot is 7:45-8:15 Eastern time, so for you folks out here on the left coast, I'll be there by 4:45 if not before. I'm currently working on the second book in that series, so far called WILD PASSIONS, though that's always subject to change. Hoping to get my act together well enough to have a giveaway or two.
Anyway, I'm going to be busy writing, not socializing as much as usual, and trying to get the book done before the surgery, since that stuff always makes me grumpy. (Just ask my spouse--he'll agree) I hope all of you are well, that you've had a great summer and are looking forward to a change in weather as much as I am. We really need some rain. Cacti are NOT supposed to wilt!!
Don't forget to carve out some time for yourself, read a good book, put your feet up and relax a bit. The kids are back in school and hopefully you'll be able to find some "me time." I know I plan to--can't wait to get out and play with my new potting bench!
Best to you,