Sunday, July 31, 2011

Why Vampires Are Sexy with Arial Burnz- Part 4




Welcome to Part 4 of Arial Burnz’s guest blog post on the Scorcher Blog Tour – Week 1! (If this is your first stop, you’ll want to go back to Part 1. 

Thanks so much for having me on your blog, Lisa!!

Continuing with our topic Why Vampires Are Sexy: As mentioned before, most vampires in stories these days have heightened senses. This is what benefits the reader most, I think. The more of the five senses you bring into a story, the more the reader is brought into the experience. The feather-light touches of breath and lips against skin. The urgent pulses of panting and heartbeats caressing the ears. The anticipated taste of a kiss. The aroma of rose oil, musky sexuality and even the forbidden scent and taste of blood.

Which brings me to another allure of vampires…the forbidden. There is a dark side to most creatures of the night, which has the immediate label of “Bad Boy” or “Bad Girl” written all over it. There’s something sexy about danger! Most vampires engage in the forbidden act of consuming our life’s blood, or in some situations our souls. It’s a deadly line they walk, associating with mortals and the source of their sustenance.

In this excerpt, Broderick and Davina share their first kiss, and Broderick has a difficult time controlling the Hunger in him, which wants to devour her as much as he does:

You’ll have to go to the next blog to read that excerpt. I’m SUCH a tease! Before you do, let’s check in and give a purpose to your post. Continuing to excite the six senses as it pertains to vampires…we’ll explore the sense of sight in this post.

What do YOU find hot about what you SEE regarding vampires? Do signs of the supernatural excite you? Broderick has a silver core in the pupils of his eyes when the Hunger is aroused. Is a full, kissable mouth more titillating with a pair of fangs? Is it that “Bad Boy/Girl” aura about the vampire that is so exciting? Do tell!

HOW TO ENTER
Leave a comment on this blog AND at the other five blogs on the Scorcher Tour to be entered into the drawing this week. One lucky winner will receive an eBook copy of MIDNIGHT CONQUEST and be forwarded into the final drawing at the end of the blog tour for a $30 Amazon.com gift certificate.

To continue to Part 5 – Visit AJ Nuest’s Blog 


MIDNIGHT CONQUEST is available at the following locations in eBook format:

If you missed the previous stops you can find the links here:

Part 1 – Arial’s Blog  
Part 2 – Sarah’s Blog 
Part 3 – Amie’s Blog 









Meet An Author Monday


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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Patricia Leever talks about her latest work, Cat O' Nine Tails


Before I begin I’d like to send out a big thanks to Miss Lisa for hosting this Sizzling Summer Author Extravaganza!

Hidey ho my sparkly little love monkeys, greetings and welcome! My name is Patricia Leever, new author with Omnific Publishing and I’m here to tell you about my soon to be released historical romance novel, Cat O’ Nine Tails!

If you enjoy fast paced tales with pirates, island hideaways, sword fights and scintillating romance, then Cat O’ Nine Tails is the story for you!

Cat O’ Nine Tails stars Aeron Lynch, a tough as nails female pirate and Orrin Walsh, a straight laced bounty hunter. Sparks fly between them when Orrin happens on her island hideaway and finds her bathing in a lagoon…

Taking in a deep breath, Orrin turned back to the lagoon only to find his beautiful water goddess standing before him. Her eyes snapped in blue and green fury as her sword sat poised at his throat.

“See something inviting do you?” the woman purred, crystal clear droplets of water shimmering along her naked flesh as she stood confidently before him. “Out, now.”

Straightening to his full height, Orrin moved from behind the cover of vines and low-lying tree branches, his gaze traveling the entire length of her body.

Her eyes narrowed at him, and she pressed the tip of her blade to his throat after one step.

“Close your eyes,” she spat, “lest I slit your throat this instant.” Glancing down, she evidently noticed his obvious arousal and slid her blade down his body to the top of his trousers. “Or worse.”

Clearing his throat, Orrin closed his eyes and stepped out into the open. 

The woman swiftly rid him of his sword. “Sit,” she commanded, “and keep your eyes closed, until I instruct you otherwise.”

She plays at modesty when half the Queen’s Navy claims to have borne witness to her wares. Orrin sat on the rocky ground, scoffing aloud at the ridiculousness. He felt her hand grip his face and the cold steel of what he imagined was a dagger against his cheek.

You will not gaze upon my form as you see fit.”  

Would you like to read more? Well you can, and before everyone else too!

You, yes YOU, can win an official e-ARC of Cat O’ Nine Tails, courtesy of Omnific Publishing! That’s right; you can be one of the first people on the planet to get your pirate on!

Just leave your name and email in the comment section below to be entered for a chance to win!

You can find more information about Patricia at:



Please stay tuned to www.patricialeever.com for updates on Cat O’ Nine Tails release and occasional random ramblings from yours truly.

Go forth my snuggly little love monkeys and get ready to GET YOUR PIRATE ON!

Until next time,

Patty <3

Giveaway rules:
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This giveaway will be open until August 3rd. Good luck!!


Friday, July 29, 2011

Author Sondrae Bennett talks about unique shifters



Have you ever played the game where you guess what type of animal your friends would be? For whatever reason, whenever my friends played the game, I always got chosen as something unintimidating, like Kuala or Chipmunk. Not exactly a scary predator found in the average shifter story.

Truth is, most of us probably wouldn’t fall under the wolf, lion, hyena categories. Which is why, in the world of my Alpine Woods Shifters series, the characters shift into a wide variety of animals, not just the typical predator. The series focuses around the Callahan family, a family of wolves, but all of them mate outside the pack (at least so far). In Arctic Winds, the heroine  is an arctic fox. But the really unique shifters in the world come out in the second book, Chasing Paradise, being released this Monday with Lyrical Press.
Our story opens on an exclusive shifter only resort in California. We see everything from Cheetah shifters to horse shifters, and our heroine’s type of animal, otters. Yep, you read that right. My heroine is an otter shifter. She’s short, curvy, quiet, and a great fisher. So what happens when an innocent otter shifter finds her match in a stubborn wolf who’s determined to avoid mating? You’ll just have to read the book to find out.

Blurb:

He’ll do whatever it takes to earn back her trust.

A vacation is exactly what Ethan needs to escape the mate hungry females in his pack. Determined to have fun, he can’t think of a better way to start than sampling all the different flavors the shifter only resort has to offer, and not the food variety. But after he meets Gwen, no one else holds any interest for him. Ethan came on vacation to avoid mating. There’s no way he’s going to give up his freedom without a fight.

Gwen is devastated when she hears her mate denying everything they are to each other. She can’t sit by, watching him fool around with other girls at the resort. Or worse, crawl back, unable to resist the mating pull but not really wanting her. She needs to get away and her own vacation sounds like the perfect plan. But she should have remembered what her mother always taught her, never run from a predator unless you want them to chase you. The hunt is on…

WARNING: This title contains explicit sex 


Author bio:


I love romance. I love reading romance, living romance (who doesn't), but I especially love writing romance. There's no greater feeling than watching my characters come alive in each other's arms. Most of all, I love giving my characters the happily ever afters they deserve, with a little necessary drama first.

One of my favorite things is picking up a new book and sinking into the story, immersing myself in the emotions between the characters. I hope someday to inspire readers the same way my favorite authors have inspired me.

When not writing, I can usually be found curled up on the couch with a good book, taking my dogs for walks, or spending time with my family.It always makes my day to hear from my readers.
Blog: http://sondraebennett.blogspot.com
I can also be found on facebook, twitter, and Goodreads. 
Link for Arctic Winds (unfortunately, I won't have Chasing Paradise until August 1st as there are no pre-sales) 


Giveaway details:

Sondrae is graciously offering up a digital copy of Arctic Winds, the first book in her Alpine Woods Shifter series to one lucky commenter. Woohoo!!

Giveaway rules: 

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Giveaway open until the end of the month. Good luck!



Thursday, July 28, 2011

Guest post and giveaway with author Maureen O. Betita

Hey, everyone! Please join me in welcoming the fabulous Maureen O. Betita to my blog!


What Makes Your Summer Sizzle?

Ah, the sizzle of summer! Steamy nights, languid mornings, sweaty afternoons…and beach reads. I don’t know about anyone else, but I want light reading for the summer. Give me some frothy mystery, amusing romp through space, bickering flea-bitten werewolves or other absurd premise and I’m set for a reading binge.

Yes, make me smile. Make me raise an eyebrow. Make me chuckle and embarrass myself with trying to stifle my laughter at Starbucks. Better yet, make me snort my Americano and reach for the shamwow to wipe off my reader.

Covers with cartoon images, bright colors and details to obsess over will attract me.
It’s summer, I want to laugh and not think about how fast Christmas will descend once summer is over. (Is it just me, or do the two seem to blend seamlessly into each other lately?)

Or, late at night, make me set the book down and go looking for my husband. Yeah, I can dig that also.

I’ve written books that I think fulfill both of my desires for what I want to read. (I mean, honestly, I have to write stories I’d read or what’s the sense of any of it?)

In The Kraken’s Mirror, I take a lonely widow and throw her to the pirates. She lands on her feet and goes on to seize the treasure of a cursed pirate captain’s attention. Of course, he captures her heart along the way. Yup, I threw together a match making Kraken, a Tortuga pirate paradise where blenders work and the crew listen to their ipods as they swab the decks.


Hey, it makes me laugh!

In The Ship’s Mistress and The Sister’s Story, I satisfy the nighttime craving with two erotic shorts about humans in an alien universe. The Etwan set Jahiri on the path of sensual delight and it’s a journey she flourishes in, until a client is determined to keep her to himself. She finds unexpected allies and a match to her desire as a ship’s mistress on the high seas.


The Sister’s Story tells of Jahiri’s little sister and the quest to find her barely remembered sibling. Uncovering the past putsholds more danger than she imagined, but with two men at her side, Sari will discover who she is and expand the limits of passion.


What do you like to read during the sizzling days of summer?

One lucky commenter will win their choice of an electronic copy of one of the three titles above.

You can find out more information about Maureen here:




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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Finding the perfect name, with author Lisa Fox



Finding the Perfect Name

First, a HUGE thanks to Lisa for inviting me to be a part of this Extravaganza. I am so excited to be here today!

Finding the perfect name for your characters can be a lot of work. I know I have scoured numerous baby name books, websites and name generators in my time trying to find that perfect fit, the one name that will say it all in just the right way, with all the right syllables and inflection and meaning. And though I still spend my time searching all those places whenever I start a new project, I’ve never found any of my names that way.

My character names come from the oddest places. Let me give you an example. I write this serial soap opera free read paranormal romance every week on my blog called Moonlight and Merlot. Recently, I decided to introduce a demon-type bad guy. His name is Aster.

I’m sure I could have consulted all types of websites with ancient Greek or Latin or whatever type names and pronunciations to get a good, solid, believable demon name but I didn’t do any of that. I happened to be playing a really awesome video game called Dragon Age when I stumbled across the name. In the game, there are these priests who speak whenever you enter a certain city. They are preaching the equivalent of the bible in that world and one of the passages starts out with, “As there is but one world, one life, one death, there is but one god…”

Pretty straightforward stuff, but at first, I didn’t hear it that way. In fact, it was only when I turned on the subtitles that I learned what she was actually saying. For the longest time I thought it was, “Aster is but one world…”

Aster. It was so perfect. So I stole it. Even though I didn’t really steal anything at all.

A similar thing occurred when I needed a name for my hero in Santa’s Sleeping Beauty. Nathan isn’t an unusual name, but still. It isn’t so much about the uniqueness of the name for me, but rather about finding the right one. Anyway, I happened to be visiting New York at the time I was writing it. I took the train into the city and if you are familiar at all with New York, you’ll know that the Amtrak station is right on 34th Street, about two blocks from Macy’s—where my characters meet on Christmas Eve night. I actually had to walk past Macy’s to get to the subway I needed and as I walked by, a woman was standing in front of the entrance calling for “Nate.” The whole coincidental nature of the situation just seemed too perfect and I couldn’t pass up that kind of gift. Obviously, the gods of writing were talking to me, right? I had no choice but to listen.

Since I wrote Santa’s Sleeping Beauty in July last year, I think it is only fitting that I give it away this scorching hot month!


Blurb: When Jordan takes a break from her last-minute Christmas shopping to have a cup of coffee, she meets a handsome Santa with a twinkle in his eye and a sinful smile. He offers her a special Christmas treat that Jordan is more than happy to accept.

Naughty never felt sooo right as together they share an outrageous night of love that is supposed to end with the coming of dawn.

Or so they thought…

Find Lisa Online:

Twitter: @LisaFoxRomance

Giveaway rules:
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  • If you're not following Lisa, you should!
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This giveaway will be open until the end of the month!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Guest post and giveaway with author Louisa Bacio

Hey, peeps! Please join me in welcoming author, Louisa Bacio to my blog today!


Beach Bunnies

Digging in the Sand with Louisa Bacio

There’s nothing that says summer extravaganza to me than the beach. First, I’d like to give a big heartfelt thank you to Lisa for hosting this sizzling blog party, and then I’d like to explore some favorite hotspots in Southern California.

Balboa Beach, Newport Beach

Balboa can be reached a few ways but the most fun has to be the ferry. In addition to stretching out on the warm sand, make sure to put some time aside to visit the fun zone and play skeeball, and a chocolate-dipped banana with peanuts or a balboa bar tops off the day. More outgoing types can rent bicycles, or bring your skates to glide down the ample pathways. One of my favorite memories growing up is buying seashells from the local vendor. (And I’m told that my idea of “Balboa” is actually Newport, and the “island” is more residential. What’s in a name?)

Mother’s Beach, Long Beach

Ah, how my life has changed now that I’m a mother. Soft green grass flowing into delicate sand and a wading area that’s free from wild waves. The area makes for a perfect combination for bringing little ones and introducing them to the joys of sand play (plus, playgrounds!). Check the status of this one before heading there, though, it’s often closed for unpleasant reasons. (Ugh!)

Salt Creek, Laguna Niguel

For those looking to ogle some sexy surfers and surfettes in skimpy bikinis, Salt Creek is the place to go. Long stretches of beaches, hard-hitting waves – of course with the surfers around, and full services. The only drawback to this location is the LONG walk lugging all your beach gear back up the hill to the parking structures. Give your calf muscles a workout and check out the gem.

Seal Beach

The last Orange County beach before getting into “Los Angeles.” Seal Beach features a quaint main street with killer restaurants and most of the usual touristy-type shops with a few originals in for good measure. If you’re up for an adventure, plan on eating at Ruby’s at the END of the gorgeous pier. If it feels like the earth is moving while you’re chowing down on burgers and fries, that’s because it probably is. Often another hotspot for surfers, and families alike. Bring a light jacket to walk the pier because when that breeze picks, it gets chilly!

Victoria Beach, Laguna Beach

Nestled on the way to South Laguna, Victoria Beach can be found hidden amongst residential areas. The inner cover offers light waves and plenty of secluded resting spots. But don’t expect to find any facilities or snack bars here. Really, it’s a locals-mostly location.

Hopefully, you’ve enjoyed my little cruise through some favorite SoCal summer spots. And, there’s plenty more to choose from.

And now for a giveaway!

Today I’ll be giving away a copy of my latest novel, Sex University: All-Girls Academy. It’s an erotic contemporary, set in Berkeley at an all-girls school. Features f/f and f/f/f. Unfortunately, it’s set in the spring-time, which means no beach scenes!



Sex University: All-Girls Academy

Raised by an over-controlling and manipulative father, Savannah “Van” Morgan flees the East Coast for the West, seeking sanctuary with her Aunt Lucy, headmistress of San Francisco Sex University. Rather than staying at the main campus, Van enrolls in SFSU’s more nurturing “sister” school, the All-Girls Academy. 

After visiting the main campus of SFSU, Margaret “Maggie” O’Neil hangs up her police badge in search of new experiences and hoping to awaken her own dormant sexuality.

With subject matters such as an “Art Sex-education” class with an Italian visiting professor who’s more than happy to schedule private tutoring after-hours, the All-Girls Academy invites all sorts of sexual exploration. In the end, Van and Maggie will either fall victim to the pressures of society, or come together to save each other.

*** Tell me your favorite spot to kick it over the summer, and you’ll be entered to win an electronic copy (.pdf) of Sex University: All-Girls Academy.

Thanks for dropping in, and come visit me another time!

Louisa Bacio


Giveaway rules:

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  • If you're not following Louisa, you should!
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Giveaway open until the end of the month!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Author Liz Fichera talks books and sugar cravings


Books, Sugar Cravings, and Counting Calories—Oh, My!

Lisa, thank you so much for inviting me to participate in the Sizzling Summer Extravaganza.  And where I live in Arizona, that’s a capital “S” for Sizzling.  I don’t think it’s been below 105 degrees for the last month so I’m all for a blog diversion like this one where it’s nice and cool.

I wanted to talk about sweet things today—and by sweet, I’m talking those delicious baked goods with powdered sugar, sprinkles, chocolate, even fresh fruit (as long as there’s sugar somewhere in the vicinity).  Now I know everyone is paranoid these days about consuming too much sugar and flour but, gawd, I have a serious sweet tooth.  It’s the little things, folks.  Whenever I’m writing or reading, I need to have something sweet close by.  I’m rather hooked on those sugar chippers at Paradise Bakery, especially the ones that come with pink or green sprinkles.  And if I’m feeling industrious, I love to bake raspberry scones.  Raspberry scones are perfect with coffee or tea whenever I’m buried in a great book. 


So it’s no wonder that raspberry scones feature prominently in my latest release, CRAVING PERFECT.  While CRAVING PERFECT is in no way autobiographical, my heroine adores raspberry scones. 
What’s your favorite sweet or snack?  Do you prefer salty or sweet when you reach for something delish to nosh on?

Liz’s bio:
Liz is an author from the American Southwest.  She writes commercial fiction and young adult novels but mostly she writes stories about ordinary people who do extraordinary things.  When she’s not plotting her next novel, she loves to hike and run in the desert, mostly to balance out her daily chocolate intake.  Her latest novel CRAVING PERFECT released on July 25 from Carina Press.  She is also the author of CAPTIVE SPIRIT (2010) and the upcoming HOOKED (Harlequin Teen, 2013).  Don't hesitate to drop by her web site or blog to connect.
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Meet an author Monday


Hey, peeps!

It's time for the author blog hop! You know the drill :)



Authors!  Have a book out?  Are you under contract for publication?  Make sure you join in the hop. This is a great way to network your blog and let readers know who you are!







Here's how it works:

READERS:

  • Follow as many authors as you like. Just follow the Linky list and hop from author to author. The idea is to find as many "new to you" authors as you can, and hopefully some great new reading material as well.  Leave a comment as you hop from blog to blog!  We'd love to chat with you!



AUTHORS:



  • Follow the Meet an author Monday host (Cali Cheer Mom) along with any of the wonderfully talented authors on the list.
  • You will need to enter your name and blog url into the Linky tool.
  • Grab our super cute button and place it in a post. (THIS IS IMPORTANT!) If you don't create a post for the hop, your readers won't have a place to comment, and the hop will stop with you. So create a post, paste in the Linky code and start hopping!
  • The purpose of the hop is to meet "new to you" authors and discover great new reads. Follow as many authors as you can. Leave a comment and introduce yourself!
  • If you'd like to share the Linky list in a post on your blog ( Please do!) just follow the link and grab the code.
Authors! The more you promote this hop, the more successful it will be. Tweet about it. Post a link on Facebook. Talk about it on your blogs. Let's get the word out!



Sunday, July 24, 2011

The romance author's recipe for making love with author Killian McRae


The Romantic Author’s Recipe for Making Love



Ingredients:
1 Hero
1 Heroine
1 Love, well blended
1-2 Obstacles to love
3-5 Settings (at least one with a bed)
1 clove of temptation
1 teaspoon of contempt (measure carefully, or recipe will turn bitter)
A handful of supporting characters
A pinch each of:
-lust

-tenderness

-desire

Preheat oven, and grease the plot with enough back story so nothing will stick once things get heated. In well-seasoned setting, gently fold in hero and heroine. Do not over mix. Blend in contempt and temptation- sparingly. Leave set one scene. In separate, smaller setting, prepare supporting characters. Batter will be lumpy. (Per author’s taste, fruits or nuts can be added at this stage.)  Crack and add one to two obstacles to love, and fold both into the hero-heroine setting. Add in setting with bed, before pouring contents into well-formed plot. Cook at 350 degrees for twenty pages. Remove from oven, sprinkle over with lust, desire, and tenderness. Continue cooking at 450  degrees for additional sixty to eighty pages.  Cooking will be done when indicator is erect. BE CAREFUL NOT TO OVERCOOK! Recipe should emerge from oven soft and moist. Allow to cool briefly before frosting with well-blended love and putting on paper. Serve warm to eager readers.



Killian McRae is the author of the scifi-suspense 12.21.12, and of the upcoming historical romance A Love by any Measure and YA fantasy Tallis. 

You can find more info about Killian at:





Saturday, July 23, 2011

Author Amie Louellen talks about the "What if" syndrome


The “What If?” Syndrome


The “What if?” Syndrome is a common ailment among writers, young and old alike. It has no boundaries, attacks indiscriminately, and will not let go until the idea is firmly on paper. Computers are the best antidote for a bad case of the “what if?“s. But the urge to record the “what if?”s is so strong that the back of a bank deposit slip will suffice. What exactly are the “what if”s? Anyone who writes would say, the “What if?”s  are the forces that drives writers to write.
I was recently asked in an interview where the idea for Brodie’s Bride came from. Honestly , it’s been a long time since I started Brodie and Savanna’s story. So long that I had to give it some thought. And that in turn made me think about how the idea developed.
In case you didn’t read that post about the initial idea (shocking I know since every word I write is golden, but there may be a few of you who missed it) Here’s how the story  came about.
There’s an old country song by Shelly West (I told you it was old) called Jose Quervo. And one of the verses goes—
Now wait a minute 
Things don't look too familiar 
Who is the cowboy who’s sleeping beside me 
He's awful cute 
But how'd I get his shirt on? 
I had too much tequila last night”

And that made me think, “What if my heroine goes out on the town, then wakes up the next morning in bed with a man she doesn’t know?”

Well, now that might be very interesting, but this is a romance (originally targeted for Harlequin) and there are certain rules that have to be followed. Is it really appropriate for her to go out and completely and knowingly over-indulge? Some might answer yes, but I thought there needed to be an innocence in my heroine that most likely wouldn’t be a part of someone who tied one on to the extent that she marries a man she doesn’t love—or KNOW. (Those pesky rules again.) So I made her drunkenness accidental. She takes allergy medication and orders an iced tea in a bar. She thinks she’s drinking regular sweet tea, but it’s the Long Island version. Multiply that by three or four and voila—an innocent but inebriated heroine. In case there’s anyone out there reading this who has never taken allergy medication and drank alcohol afterwards, let me just tell you…not a good idea. But now how come my heroine—whom I want to have a certain innocence—is in a bar? Has to be a valid reason. Of course she’s tailing her cheating fiancĂ© hoping to catch him in the act (so to speak).

Now our hero. Why would Brodie, a man who believes that love is destined to leave him behind, marry a woman he doesn’t know and at second glance believes to be a prostitute? Tequila. Lots and lots of tequila. It’s a double standard, I know, but over indulgence in a man is theoretically more acceptable than the same actions in a woman. (Rules, rules.) But he can’t just go out and party-hardy. He’s a romance hero. There are certain standards. So what would make Brodie feel the need to drown his emotions in a bottle? Well, how about the fact that his two best friends in the world have finally, finally gotten married after everything their families have put them through? He’s relieved, jealous, happy, and depressed all at the same time. He’s wondering why his own marriage failed, why his mother left him when he was young and why, why, why is he the only person in the world fated to be alone? Once he leaves his friends, he decides to stop off at a bar—just so happens not to be the best little club in Vegas—decides to have a drink and…the next thing he knows, he’s married to a stranger.

Why married? Rules again and a sign of the time—remember I started this many years ago. I thought it might be better to have them get married. They could wake up in bed together not married and leave that afternoon never to see each other again.  There has to be something to hold them together. My choices were married or baby. I chose marriage.

I’m certain every writer’s thought processes are different. But I do believe when people(read non-writers) ask where an idea comes from, this is what they really want to know. How did the writer get from idea to story? How did I get from song lyrics to romance novel?

 A lot of “What ifs”!


Amie Louellen--Brodie's Bride
Available now
from the Wild Rose Press


Amie Louellen loves nothing more than a good book.  Except for her family…and maybe homemade tacos…and shoes.  But reading and writing are definitely high on the list. When she's not creating quirky characters and happy endings she enjoys going to little league baseball games and boy scout meetings. Born and bred in Mississippi, Amie is a transplanted Southern Belle who now lives in Oklahoma with her deputy husband, their genius son, a spoiled cat, and one very hyper beagle.



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Blurb--Waking up next to a beautiful golden-haired stranger isn’t the worst thing that has ever happened to Brodie Harper, but staying in a fake marriage in order to gain a new construction contract could very well be.

Savanna Morgan just wanted a way out of an engagement to a man she didn’t love.  Marrying Brodie seemed liked the perfect answer at the time.  Less perfect the next morning when she finds herself disowned by her father and flat broke.  Now she must make it through the weekend. Monday they can get it all annulled and forget it ever happened.

The real problem may be keeping their hands off each other until then.

Excerpt
“On Monday, after our appointment, you’re leaving.”
“I have to go home,” she said quietly, turning away from him to stare into the postage-stamp sized back yard.
“But we have an agreement for the weekend.  I think we should have some ground rules.”
“Good idea.”  Savanna clapped her hands, then rubbed them together as if she were ready to get down to business.  “Like what?”
“We only have two working bedrooms here,” Brodie said.  “Mine and Nan’s.  Do you mind sharing a room with me?”
Her pupils dilated, and he knew she was thinking about the scarlet room they had shared last night.
“My room has two beds,” he continued.  “We can be like Lucy and Ricky.”
She smiled.  “If it was good enough for the Ricardos, I’m sure I can handle it for a few days.”
“We may not so lucky at the Sullivan’s.”
Sobering, she nodded.  “If there’s only one bed there, we can just take turns sleeping in it.”
“Fair enough.” Brodie said.  “Now, as a married couple—especially at the ranch—we’ll be expected to act like a married couple.”
“Okay.  But only around others.  When we’re alone, we can act like we’re not married.”
“Correct.  But sometimes…”  He took a step closer to where she leaned against the porch railing.  “Sometimes married people hold hands.”
He reached out and took her fingers into his own.  Her skin was velvet soft and smelled so sweet, like the mountains after a rain.
“I—I don’t have a problem with that.”
“Sometimes married couples put their arms around each other.”  He placed her hands behind his neck, then slid his arms around her waist.
“That’s okay,” she whispered.  He watched as she swallowed hard.
“And sometimes married people kiss.  Just a peck here and a peck there.  Are you going to have a problem with that?”
“Huh-uh.”  She shook her head.
“Maybe we should practice,” he rasped, bending his head close to hers.
“Maybe,” she repeated before he brushed his lips across hers once, then twice.
His intent had been the small, nearly chaste kiss of old married couple, but once he got close to Savanna, once he could smell her sweetness and taste her heady essence, he couldn’t stop himself.
He pulled her close to him, gathering handfuls of her tank top, securing her to him.  Over and over he slanted his mouth across hers.  Over and over, deeper and deeper, until her whimper brought him back.
He released her, his breath rasping in and out of his lungs in hard painful gasps. 
She grasped the edge of the porch railing, looking as disturbed as he felt.
With demonstrations like that, they may not ever convince Blair and Nan their marriage was an accidental twist of fate, but they would surely convince Red Sullivan their passion was for real.
Brodie ran his fingers through his hair, just one more gesture to keep from reaching for Savanna again.   
“There,” he managed to croak.  “That wasn’t so bad, now was it?”