Monthly archives "October 2014"


Participant-2014-Web-BannerYesterday was a tough day.  I wrote a pretty raw and emotional post and I wanted to say thank you to those that liked, commented, sent an email or tweeted a message.  It’s friends like you that make the day easier – and I appreciate that you didn’t all poke fun or point out all my mistakes 🙂  I’ll get around to fixing them someday.

Today is a new day and I’ve got my smile back.  My darling husband got me concert tickets to see Tyler Farr and Brantley Gilbert, so what’s not to smile about?  We’re also going away for the weekend, which will give me some time to think about, and finish plotting out my story for NaNoWriMo.  Yep, I’m giving it a go.  I’ve never tried it before, but I’ve been hearing so much that I couldn’t resist.  Plus I think having a deadline and a challenge will give me a little push and the discipline that I need.  I do have some worries.  Roughly 1600 words a day is a lot for me.  I don’t typically write every day and when I do, I strive for 1000, but it ends up usually being somewhere around 600-800. I’m not sure how this is going to work out with life being a little chaotic right now, but what can it hurt?  If I don’t complete it, I don’t and if I do … yay for me!

So feel free to look me up and add me to your buddy list and good luck to anyone participating.  To celebrate, I’m giving away a digital copy of Drive Me Sane on my Facebook page.  I like things simple, so all you have to do is comment where you’re from on the post.  Contest runs til noon tomorrow (or since I’ll be travelling, whenever I get to a place that I can pick a winner).  Best of luck!


I don’t do birthdays well.   Let me clarify, I don’t do my birthday well and it has nothing to do with that number creeping closer to the big 40.  Yes- I’m getting close.  I’m not teetering on the edge just yet, but a card from my aunt reminded me that it’s not far away.  Aging has never been an issue with me.  Thirty came and went without any hitches.  In fact I’m much more comfortable with the person I am now than I ever was in my twenties. No, my issues don’t stem from vanity of growing old, but rather a day full of memories from the first time I saw my husband cry.  The day our oldest son was born.

I should be getting ready for a party, or maybe not.  I’m not sure that parties are cool for teenagers.  He may prefer to have a couple friends over and celebrate with cake.  But would it be chocolate or  white?  And would he want money or a gift?  I have no clue what to buy or what he’d like.  Books, games, music or clothes?  Of course then I’d have to know sizes and taste.  Probably money would be the best.

Would he have blue eyes like mine or my husbands deep chocolate brown?  Light or dark hair?  Hopefully, like his brothers, he’d have his father’s height.  And would he be a doting big brother providing strength and guidance to my two younger sons or would they  be a thorn in his side?  He’d be at the age where girls are important, and I’m not sure that I’d be ready for that.

I’d probably be upset about a messy room or music being too loud.  I may even be overwhelmed with the idea of having to help with homework and trying to wrangle him into the shower and bed.  Getting three boys up in the morning and dropped off at three different schools would definitely be a task.  My twelve year old is starting to show a major attitude, so I’m sure by now he would have already introduced us to the joys of having a teenager.  Joys I’ll never get to experience with him.

I’ll never get to meet his wife or kids.  Or be excited when he gets his first job or buys a house.  There will be no high school or college graduation.  No teaching him how to drive.  No fishing or hunting trips with his dad.  I’ll never know about girlfriends or crushes or even a first kiss. There was no first day of school, no first steps, or babbling his first words.  In fact I never heard so much as a tiny cry.  Born too early with lungs too weak, he was gone before I ever got the chance to tell him that I loved him.

Three hundred and sixty-four days out of the year, I do pretty well.  There are days that I don’t think of him and yes admitting that makes me feel guilty.   It’s the same when someone ask me how many children I have and I say two.  The only thing I know to say, is that it’s called coping and dealing and learning to live on and every person does this in their own way.  But today is his day and although we share it, it’s not one that I like to celebrate.  We will, of course.   My boys will insist.

There will be no surprises, because my husband understands my need for this day to go smoothly and without any unexpected occurrences.   He’s planned dinner out for just the four of us.  We’ll eat and smile and laugh, but my husband and I both will be thinking of the little boy who’s missing.  The little boy who should be at the table but isn’t.    A baby that opened a gap in our hearts that will never be filled.The other birthday we should be celebrating.

Happy Birthday Michael.


beachI know it’s Fall, but currently in my world, or in my imaginary world, I’m someplace with and endless supply of white sandy beaches, a breeze blowing through my hair and the taste of salt water on my lips.  It’s gorgeous there … in fact, I think I’ll head on back.  My heroine in my current work, is getting ready to set off on a zip lining adventure.  I’ve never been, so I don’t think it’s something I’d want to miss.  Happy Saturday!

Review- Christmas with a SEAL by Tawny Weber

Christmas with a SEALChristmas with a SEAL by Tawny Weber


Subject: Navy SEAL Lieutenant Phillip Banks

Mission: Resist one saucy redhead’s attempts to de-Scrooge him…and seduce him!

Silversmith Frankie Silvera has lost her creative mojo. And she knows how to get it back—by getting her sexy on with a certain hot sailor. Just the thought of Phillip’s hard, Navy-trained body against her, and everything goes molten. He’s the “inspiration” Frankie needs for the holidays!

Navy SEAL Phillip Banks is the prince of protocol. But after his last mission went horribly off-course, all of that control has dissipated. Now he’s at the mercy of one very determined female who is pulling out all the stops on Operation Christmas—including red-hot lingerie and the promise of oh-so-wicked delights… But does giving in mean giving up everything he’s worked for?

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have read three or four of the SEAL series by Tawny Weber. A part of the Blaze imprint from Harlequin, these steamy reads cater to quick, highly attractive characters that like to stay busy-if you know what I mean.

There seems to be a trend with this series- uptight, over responsible SEAL meets quirky and fun heroine. With an instant attraction, they fall all into each other, while trying to keep it light. I have to say, this has been my favorite installment of the series, thus far. The heroine and hero are both nicely developed and intriguing, and you are introduced to some secondary characters that add a little depth to the story. It wasn’t all about the sex- not that it lacked, but there was more to it than that.

Fast, sexually energized, with fun characters, it’s a definitely a read you’ll enjoy.

I received a complimentary copy of Christmas with a SEAL from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Christmas with a SEAL releases November 1st and can be preordered on Amazon here

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7.7.7 CHALLENGE- A Peek At My WIP


No big surprise here … I was included in a 7.7.7 challenge by my good friend, Bill.  He’s mentioned so often on my blog, that I’m not sure an introduction is necessary.  But for anyone that doesn’t know Bill or hasn’t already check out his blog, you can do so now by clicking here.  Really, you should, because he posts some interesting things and is just a neat guy to know.  Besides, he’s working on his first thriller and I can guarantee you’ll want to grab a copy the minute that baby is released!

The 7.7.7 challenge is for the author to go to page 7 of their current WIP (work in progress), skip down to line 7 and then, share the next 7 lines of their manuscript with you.  Okay, I have to admit, I have several WIP …  all in various stages of completion.  I recently updated this blog to include the three that are somewhat, mildly, part of the way finished.  The upside to that?  At least I had choices of what to use in this challenge.  Oddly, I didn’t choose something from any of the three works that I have listed and sadly, I don’t have a name for this piece.

The following scene takes place at an airport baggage claim after two strangers meet on a plane and find out they are staying at the same Mexican Resort.

He stood, admiring her curves as she bent, tossing a layer of blonde hair over her shoulder while checking the nametag on the luggage. He hadn’t realized how pretty she was at first. His only intention had been to try and calm her from the knuckle clutch she had on the armrest. It wasn’t until she turned, the fear completely masking her face, that he noticed the cute indention on her chin. So taken with the beauty mark, he didn’t see the light dusting of freckles across the bridge of her nose or the matching caramel color of her eyes. But once he did, it was hard to look away and hard to hide the smile that kept creeping up.  Finally, he gave in and let it have its way.

Exactly at 7.7.7   What did you expect from a romance?

Since I’m terrible at nominating these things, I’m just going to link you to a couple friends whom have also done the challenge.  Make sure you check out their work, because they are truly some talented folks!

WC Cunningham, Writes – Just in case you didn’t click up on top, here it is again!

E.L. Wicker- A writers journey- E.L. just finished the final edits on her first novel.  This will be another one you wont want to miss.

Paige Randall, Finding the write way– You can’t go wrong with a girl who loves bourbon and has a wicked sense of humor.

REVIEW- A Husband for Danna

A Husband for DannaA Husband for Danna by Christina Lorenzen

BLURB Off and running! In her frenzied quest to escape from a groom her father has chosen for her, Danna Rashba ‘borrows’ a limousine parked on Main Street. The last thing on her mind is finding a groom from another wedding in the backseat. What are the chances that the bride and groom from two different weddings running from the altar on the same day? The last thing Danna wants is a hostage as she tries to escape from her nuptials. The last thing Eric Harmon wants is to be saddled with yet another spoiled, needy woman. He’s furious about this wrench in his plans, he accuses Danna of stealing. He wants to send her home in a cab as soon as they get to the nearest town, but Danna refuses. Much to Eric’s frustration, one thing after another seems to keep them tied together. Soon the generosity of a local shopkeeper and several people in town have them mistaken for newlyweds. Danna and Eric find themselves stepping into the role as husband and wife leading them to realize they just may be each other’s ‘match’. But will Danna be able to stand up to her rigid, old fashioned father and choose her own husband?

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Runaway bride kidnaps runaway groom … what could be more interesting than that?

I was immediately intrigued with the runaway bride meets runaway groom storyline, as it puts a new spin on an old theme. A Husband for Danna did not disappoint. With well developed characters and a knack for writing descriptions that allows you to visually picture each scene as it unfolds, Christina Lorenzen, makes a splash into romance as an author to read. It’s a perfectly paced, beautiful, modest love story that leaves you racing to finish it up and then sad when it comes to an end.

You can find it on Amazon here.

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The Unexpected HoneymoonThe Unexpected Honeymoon by Barbara Wallace


A holiday to remember…

Widower Carlos Chavez manages La Joya del Mayan, the most romantic resort in Mexico. On good days, the romance passes unnoticed; on dark days, it only reminds him of his loss.

But the honeymoon suite’s latest guest, Larissa Boyd, has rocked his steadfastness. Stunningly beautiful, she seems lost. And no wonder…she’s on a honeymoon for one!

The chemistry is instant – and their similarities run deep. Could it be that the two loneliest hearts on the island have found love…in the most unexpected of places?

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The gist of The Unexpected Honeymoon is like many. Girl get’s jilted at the alter, decides to follow through with her honeymoon plans and meets a hunky man willing to take her mind off of the reason why she’s there. I’ll admit, I’m a sucker for these things. I mean who deserves a HEA more than a bride left at the alter? I can’t say that much sets this story apart from any of the others, but what I did enjoy, was that the circumstances didn’t leave the heroine jaded to the idea of romance, as well as, the authors style of writing that lets you understand the characters and their feelings without being overbearing or blatant. There was no constant hashing of how attracted the characters were to one another, or any explicit love scenes needed to drive home that they enjoyed each other’s company. The hints and feelings were subtle, yet perfectly conveyed. And I absolutely loved the intermingling of Spanish into the storyline. The only bad thing I can find to say, is that the last few chapters jumped a round a bit more than I would have liked. It almost seemed rushed, but overall it was still a very good story.

Old storyline, good writing, modest and likable characters.  Find it on Amazon.

I received a complimentary copy of The Unexpected Honeymoon from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Review- The Ravishing of Beauty

The Ravishing of BeautyThe Ravishing of Beauty by Jessica Satin


Warning: This story was written to unlock your darkest fantasies and innermost desires. It is not for the faint of heart and is not your mother’s erotica. All of the sexual descriptions found in this book are very explicit in nature. It’s not suitable for someone under 18 years of age. Read at your own risk.

Belle’s choice to become the Beast’s prisoner changes her in ways she never imagined.

After her Beast transforms back into his human form, they eagerly explore each other’s bodies. He can ram his fingers into her and probe his tongue deep between her lips. She can feel the warm bulge of his muscles and run her fingers through his red-gold hair, but it’s not enough. Their sexual affair began long before he was human, and Belle can’t help remembering what it was like to have sex with her Beast. She learned to love him through all the blood and sacrifice it required. Belle and Prince Adam must learn to find new ways to express their depraved desires

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Hmm… Hmm… Hmm…

I don’t even know where to start. So how about …this is a retold erotica version of the story Beauty and The Beast. I fully understood that going into the story. I read the blurb. It said “this is not your mothers erotica.” Nope it is definitely not. I’m pretty sure my mother has never read erotica, in fact my mother doesn’t read and if she did, it would probably be some kind of love inspired stuff where they blush whenever they kiss. Okay, maybe that was harsh, because I like the modest love stories just as much as I like the steamy ones. However, I have to say that this story was new for me. I was definitely out of my element here. I’ve read some light BDSM and enjoyed it, but this goes beyond those limits. Unfortunately, it just isn’t my thing.

However, with those feelings aside, the story isn’t terrible and I am sure there will be loads that enjoy this sort of tale. For me it’s a matter of personal preference. Although there is a bouncing of POV changes that somewhat throw you at times, the writing is good. And the author definitely has a knack for sex scenes.

If you like S&M, then you’d probably love this. Or if you just want to try something different, then by all means it will definitely enlighten you.  Find it on Amazon.

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With a Side of Sexy (The Sexy Series #1)With a Side of Sexy by Gigi Marie


Working as a waitress in the sexiest restaurant in LA has its perks: hot bartenders, a steady flow of cash in your pockets, and a phenomenally exciting night life. But for someone like me, who takes pleasure in routine and order, it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. I’ve always liked things uncomplicated and safe. Safe, that is, until Patrick Rivers bursts into my life, causing my world to spin off its axis. What I did not know was with one small act of chivalry, my life would forever change because of the one thing I feared most—letting myself feel.

*This is an erotic novella with explicit sex scenes meant for mature audiences only. This is not a stand-alone book, but is meant to be read with the rest of the ‘Sexy Series.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I must confess I was drawn to the title of this book for no other reason than it’s quirkiness. With a Side of Sexy is the first installment of six short novella length stories. One story in, and I’m hooked. It’s quick, flows easily, keeps your interest and is well written. There isn’t a lot of character development yet, which brings up some questions that aren’t answered in this installment, but the light banter between the two characters is funny and smooth and the steamy parts, are well, hot and steamy. With a slight cliffhanger at the end, I definitely want to read on.

This is a great story for anyone that wants a fast, enjoyable read.

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WeHammersmithBookClub002lcome back to, What I am reading? I’ve decided to keep this as a theme for my first post of each month.  The book reviews I post are usually done by request from either an author or as a courtesy to the publisher for a complimentary or advance copy that I’ve received, however I read more than what those entail and I’m going to try to gear this post to some of those lesser known titles or authors that I read.  Please note that whether I’m provided a copy or not, my reviews and/ or opinions are my own and will be honest.  However I do not believe in bashing an author or their work because I am well aware of the time, soul searching, and hard work that goes into writing and I honestly believe that if you are reading purely for enjoyment, you can usually find something good in almost everything written.



Moving On by Trisha Grace

Okay, I actually just finished this book, but since I have yet to start a new one and because I have a full weekend ahead, I’m writing this on Friday evening instead of Saturday like I usually do.  So it’s what we’re going with.


“After what you’ve been through with your parents and grandmother, you shouldn’t have to be here,” William Hayes said through his oxygen mask.


Kate & Tyler


He looked over at Kate.


Looking back on my list from last month, I haven’t made a very big dent in my TBR list.  If anything, I took on a few more reviews and then have books by friends that were recently published that I have added as well. The good thing about this, is that I’ve been writing more and when I’m writing, I don’t read as much.  Good for me, not so good for those I’ve promised reviews to.

The Ravishing of Beauty by Jessica Satin

The News Sorority by Sheila Weller

The Unexpected Honeymoon by Barbara Wallace

Exposed Secrets by April Nichols Baker

Christmas With A SEAL by Tawney Webber

Paper Love by Sarah Wildman

Christmas on 4th Street by Susan Mallery

The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Susan Meier

The Texans Christmas by Tanya Michaels

One Frosty Night by Janice Kay Johnson

A Last Chance Christmas by Vickie Lewis Thompson

Lost & Found by Brooke Davis

Hot Secrets by Lisa Renee Jones

A Husband For Danna by Christina Lorenzen

The Sexy Series by Gi Gi Marie

Well … that’s this month’s post of what I’m reading.  Hopefully I’ll be well onto my Christmas reads by the time next month rolls around, but who knows!

So what are you reading?  I’d love to know …