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
   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!


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. 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.


Monday, April 14, 2014

I have arrived!


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!


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. 

Friday, October 11, 2013

No Friday news...only a small announcment


Have you noticed my blog was empty this week?
Did you notice my Facebook feed was blank?
Why am I being so quiet on Twitter?


I'm taking a sabbatical. 

You see, in this past year I've had three books come out! And also in the this past year, I've written zilch. Nada. Nothing. ZERO.
And that is not good! Writers need to WRITE!

So for the next however long, I'll be closing up shop, shutting the place down, going for a walk-a-about, however you want to put it it. :-) 
JD will be quiet while she tries to write another story...or two. 

Enjoy the rest of your year, folks! I'll see you some time next year! 


Friday, October 4, 2013

Book Boyfriend Smackdown Continues! Vote!

Ain't nobody got time for Friday's News You Can Use.


My boys are fighting for their lives. LIVES, I tell you. And they need YOUR votes! 


We've got Macy Quinn Oliver, thirty-four. A swoony and sensitive ex Air Force Pilot who now spends his days as a grief counselor at a VA hospital. He's tight with his family, flies a sweet trick plane and is about as patient as a man can get. He's also a widower who believe death isn't the end, it is simply, Until Next Time. Quinn loves. Quinn lives.

Would you like Quinn as your book boyfriend??

Check out Quinn on the Book Addicts Not So Anonymous blog.  Read an excerpt!! You can also enter to win a copy of the ebook!



And next we have Lance Cummings. A thirty-four year old hard-working single dad who owns his own construction company in Burlington, Vermont. His life revolves around his son, Jax, his sister, Candice, and helping anyone and everyone he can. He's strong, caring, and knows what he wants. And he goes after what he wants. Even if they put up a fight.

Is Lance more your type?

Check out Lance on Love Affair with Books. Read an excerpt!! You can also enter to win a copy of the ebook!



And last (but CERTAINLY not least), we have Xavier Cain. At twenty-seven, Xavier is the owner (and designer) of XS, a super popular fashion line. For the last ten years he's been pulling himself out of poverty and into a place where a certain girl's family would approve of him. He's got determination, drive, and some wicked fashion sense! Brooding and broken, but with the perfect dash of swoony and sensitive. We he finds the girl of his dreams, he is NOT letting her go.

Is Xavier the kind of man that make your heart go pitter-patter?

Check out Xavier on Book Junkies Anonymous. Read an excerpt!!


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

You Tell Me....Writer's: How Do You Find Time To WRITE?

We all know how important it is for us writers to, well, write. 

I've been writing for...uh..(hold on while I count in my head)....four years now (or is it five?) and I honestly thought it would get easier as I went. I mean, the Offspring is getting older, I'm getting more comfortable with what I'm doing, blah, blah, blah. But I've found the opposite to be true. Now it's like squeezing juice from a raisin to find the time to just sit and write.

I know the majority of you have jobs, families, children and everything else that fills yours hours, so HOW DO YOU DO IT? And for those of you who are published, how do you manage to keep up all that networking, editing, deadlines, releases, etc, and find time to jot down something new?

I've heard all about the scheduling time, priorities, etc. I'm a total pantster, and writing makes me feel free from the constrictive and rigid everyday grind, but "scheduling" writing just does not work for me. Heh, maybe that's my problem. :-) Maybe if I scheduled and was able to actually write when forced to, I could do it. I WISH that was the case. That would make my life so much easier.

So tell me how you all do it? Where do you find your balance? Do you have a magic clock in your pocket that gives you extra hours? Huh, huh, DO YA? ;-)


Guess what day it is? Guess. What. Day. It. IS? Come one! I know you know! 
H U M P   D A Y 
Woot! Woot! 

Oh, and before you go!!!
All the wonderful, sexy, to-die-for men in my romances are going head-to-head with other Omnific author heroes. Would you help a lady out and vote for MY GUYS?? I've got other men hots on my heals (which in the normal world would be perfectly fine, but not here!)

Vote for my heroes: Lance Cummings, Xavier Cain, and Macy Quinn Oliver

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