Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wednesday Words of Wisdom

Wednesday Words of Wisdom

(a short, silly poem or random thought by yours truly)



The pessimist says: The world can be such an ugly place.

The optimist says: The world is a beautiful place. 

The dog says: The world loves me and I love the world! Squirrel. 

The cat says: Bow down to me world. 

The kid says: The world is a fun and amazing place! 

The recent college grad says: The world better get ready for me. 

The middle-aged working parents say: The world is kicking our asses.

The retired folks says: The world was tough, but in the end, we did what we could and it treated us well. 


How you feel about the world, depends on your perspective. What's yours?

~JD

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Paranormal Romance WITHOUT Vampires or Werewolves WHOOT!



I don't normally do posts on Tuesday, but today I shall make an exception for my wonderful friend, Barb Garren, who is having the re-release of her paranormal romance, Infinite Potential Phasms.


INFINITE POTENTIAL

PHASMS, VOLUME 1


For Kelsi Thomas, losing her husband seems like the worst thing that could happen. It's not.  Twenty-three year old Kelsi always knows when bad things are coming, but even she never thought she'd lose Jamie after three years of marriage. Since he died, she's been living her worst nightmare. Her nights are filled with dreams of a Dark-Haired Man, and her days are full of guilt. The Man fills her with longing and confusion, promising to giver her all she needs, all she wants, all she feared she'd never have again. If only the dreams would stay in her head, where they belong. Kelsi starts seeing the Dark-Haired Man in her waking life, 
shadowing her wherever she goes. And when her mysterious new neighbor, Aiden Hardt, knows about the Man in her dreams, Kelsi worries she can't trust her own mind.  "He's not what he seems."  Aiden's cryptic words don't frighten Kelsi as much as the way she feels around him. Kelsi must sort through her emotions and figure out what's real, before she can ever hope to have a normal life again.  

Sounds intense, right? Well, it is. 

Here is the review I gave the book on Goodreads:

This is a great debut by Barbara Garren. I don't read a lot of paranormal romance because they can't seem to get away from vampires and werewolves, but this one does! It's finally a paranormal with some real, well, other paranormal stuff. 

We first meet Kelsi when she loses the love of her life, her husband. It's a traumatic experience that nearly breaks her. At the same time, we find that Kelsi has a special paranormal gift. She believes this gift might be what's helping her find solstice from her pain in various different forms. Enter the Dark Haired Man. Is he just a dream? A way for Kelsi to overcome the loss of her husband? Or is he real?

He's the kind of guy who wraps around your thoughts and never lets you go. You want him so bad that you don't. You know he might not be not good for you but you don't care because you know he will solve all your problems. He's breathtaking and beautiful and makes you do things you never thought you could do. 

Enter Aiden. A man so strikingly similar to the Dark Haired Man that Kelsi doesn't know what to think of him. Even though he's similar to the Dark Haired Man, he's still different, and it's that "different" that scares Kelsi. 

As she travels through strange dreams and realms, sees things during the day that couldn't possibly be there, and follows both men in different directions, she gets something she never bargained for. And she has no idea what to do...or what is right anymore. 

Kelsi struggles to find herself--and her place in life and love--between her beloved dead husband, the mysterious Dark Haired Man, and Aiden. And she has to do without destroying herself.

Add this book to your TBR list on Goodreads.
Or heck, go ahead and buy it on Amazon! 

You won't regret it. 

~JD

Monday, April 21, 2014

#RT2014 I'll be going!

The 2014 Romantic Times Convention is being held in New Orleans, May 13th-18th.

Originally, I was going to go the whole week and attend the conference itself. Then some things beyond my control happened so I had to just say, "sorry, no, can't go".

But THEN, my wonderful husband tweaked a few things and convinced me the "things beyond my control" shouldn't stop me from going just a few a days to see some wonderful people.

I AGREE.

SO, I will be going to NOLA from May 15th-17th. I won't be attending the convention itself (it's a little overpriced if you aren't going to go the whole week and do like everything on the agenda). I will, however, be going to do two things:

1. See beautiful New Orleans (the hubs has always wanted to go there).
2. See these wonderful people (I've only met one in person thus far). They're my critters and writer friends and have helped me through the best and worst of my short author career. I'm honored to be able to call each and everyone of them my friends. And truly, THEY are why I'm going to make this short two day trip. When else will all of us be together in the exact same place?!?!? Probably never. So here are the people who have made this trip a necessity:

Sarah Fine
Jaime Loren
Barbara Garren
Carmen Paul

Those four gals are totally going to make a 12 hour drive (one way) and a two-day stay worth it. TOTALLY worth it.

Are you going to RT this year? If so, what's the thing you're looking forward to the most? If not, are you going to go to other conferences this year? (It's okay if not, you can be like me and stay home!)

Happy Monday all!

~JD

Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday's News Use Can Use

It's that time of week again...FRIDAYYYYYYYYYYYY!

Whoot! Whoot!

Here's some good news use can use (hopefully):

1. Bestseller Lists? You've got it!
   New York Times
   Barnes and Noble
   Amazon
   Publishers Weekly

Frozen is on Amazon's list (no surprise there) and a Duck Commander book (insight from the wives) is on Publishers Weekly. Hmmm....

2. Speaking of the Duck Commander, did you know my daughter thinks I'm like Sy? If you don't watch the show, that's okay, because I don't either. Although I've seen a show or two to see what my daughter is talking about. I should've grounded her for life for her comparison. I will cop to the tea thing though. :-)

3. My good friend Sarah Fine has a new book, Scan, coming out in two weeks! Follow her on twitter to get all the updates and giveways! @finesarah

4. I went to a comedy club the other day and came across Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction. It's "Comedians compete writing and performing Erotic Fan Fiction pieces, based upon their whim or audience suggestion. It's really stupid".

But funny as hell.  And they have a podcast!!

5.  If you've missed it, my good friend from the sunny west coast is having a re-release party for her first book: Phasms: Infinite Potential. Learn all about it here.

6. The Romantic Times Convention is fast approaching!! I will not be able to attend (SUPER bummed, btw), but lots of writer friends will be!! Are you planning on attending? Are you planning on attending any conference this year?

That's all I can think of for now! Have a wonderful weekend!

~JD

6. The Romantic 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Romance about men for women written by a man.

It's come to my attention that romance isn't quite it used to be when Nora Roberts became uber popular. Funny, sad, fact: she's my favorite author. (I feel the need to put a disclaimer in here about her newer stuff, but I won't).

Now romance isn't just about the innocent women in need of men to help them. It isn't about the girl learning a lesson in life. It isn't about the virgin, the love triangle, the baby drama, the rich man, the hot woman, blah, blah, blah. Romance cliches are a plenty, I tell you. :-)

Over the past several years, romance has branched into a smush of women's fiction, comedy, and well, not-so-healthy relationships, true love stories, and the like. But I digress.

My point is, there is literally a romance book out there for everything and everyone. Contemporary, erotic, fantasy, paranormal, sweet, funny, not-so-funny, tragic, you name it.

But...one thing I noticed is missing.

A romance written from a man's point of view...with a real man's point of view. 

Don't get me wrong, there's a small (I stress the word small here) number of men who have written romance and done very well. But most of those stories are told from a woman and man's perspective. As a woman, I want to know what a man is thinking 24/7. I LOVE LOVE LOVE stories that are written solely in the man's perspective.

Now only if those men's prospective where actually what a man thought. We women romance authors, while we try, cannot fully grasp the thoughts and feelings of the opposite sex. Sorry, it just ain't gonna happen (unless you have a man in your pocket or ear or something).

So what do we need? 

Romance about men for women written by a man. 

What do you think about that concept?

 I'm on a mission here, peeps. And I'm in the process of helping someone with this exact thing. It might be an epic fail, but it's be fun as hell.


~JD

Monday, April 14, 2014

I have arrived!

HELLLLLLO PEEPS!!

Truly, I arrived a long time ago, but I took a break, and now I'm BACK.

Whoot. Whoot.

So all, what's new with you? Tell me. Tell me.

You've probably noticed I've not only be quiet on the blog, but also on Twitter and Facebook. But if you sent me an email, I replied. ;-)

I've been working HARD. Hard. Hard. Hard. Not all on books, mind you. Oh, but I've been doing that too. Just not as hard as I should be. I've got some cool stuff I'm gonna be sharing with you in a couple of weeks, so I hope you'll drop by for that. Some funny stories and a new serial series that going to come out REAL soon.

Until then!

~JD 

Monday, November 18, 2013

Cover Reveal: PHASMS by Barbara Garren

Greetings bloggie peeps! I know I'm supposed to be working on a  new book (hence my silence), but a dear friend is having her cover reveal today, so I HAD to be a part of that!!

Without further ado, here's the cover reveal for PHASMS.


Uh...holy hotness, Batman. LOOK AT THAT DUDE IN THE PICTURE. *swoons* 
Let's learn about the book! 

* * * 

Kelsi always Knows when bad things are coming, but even she never thought she’d lose her husband at only twenty-three. Since he died, she’s been living her worst nightmare.

Her nights are filled with dreams of a Dark Haired Man, but her days are full of guilt, because the Man fills her with longing and confusion, promising to give her all she needs, all she wants, all she feared she’d never have again.
If only the dreams would stay in her head where they belong.
Kelsi starts seeing the Dark Haired Man in her waking life, shadowing her wherever she goes.  And when her mysterious new neighbor, Aiden Hardt, knows about the Man in her dreams, Kelsi worries she can’t trust her own mind.
He’s not what he seems.
But even Aiden’s cryptic words don’t frighten her as much as the way she feels around him. Kelsi must sort through her emotions and figure out what’s real before she can ever hope to have a normal life again.

* * * 

I've read this book and it's amazing! 
Now let's take a look-see at the author

* * * 


Barbara was born and raised in Southern California, but left to explore the world courtesy of the U.S. Navy. After traveling the world, she forced herself to live a humble life in in San Francisco, New York and Norfolk, Virginia. She now calls San Diego home and you won’t pry her out with a crowbar.
She would be the first  to tell you her husband, Henry, is the inspiration for all the romance, and the real Charlie - who is as cute as he sounds in her books - is a terrorist. When not working for the U.S. Navy, she can be found running, reading or writing. She firmly believes a well rounded diet consists of coffee, scotch, chocolate, popcorn and Luna Bars. In that order. 
She's a graduate of CUNY and Penn State - and manages to write a decent line here and there despite those burdens. 





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