Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Tempting Tamera

Imagine, if you will, an idyllic small town. Everyone knows everyone else. It’s Stepford, but without nefarious undercurrents. Perfection…

Welcome to Cranston, MI. Cranston is a special place created to cater to the lifestyles of its residents, real men and women who want the freedom to love the way they want to without the censure of mainstream society. Two men. One woman. Ménage.

Tempting Tamera is the first in the Cranston series. The next will be Boy Toys which doesn’t take place in Cranston but is connected.

Here’s what Tamera is about: A new job, a new home, a new lifestyle…

When teacher Tamera moved to Cranston to teach, she knew the lifestyle she’d encounter would take some getting used to. Though she was raised in an open-minded household she doesn’t have experience with ménage relationships therefore her attraction to her fellow teachers, Kai and Brian, takes her by surprise.

When the trio is stranded together during a freak snowstorm, Tamera discovers her attraction isn’t one sided. In fact, the men have been waiting for the opportunity to show her how perfect three can be.

Tempting Tamera is NOW AVAILABLE at Total-e-bound.

Pirates. I kinda like them…in novels, in movies. I abhor BOOK pirates. Monday I had the unfortunate experience of finding all of my books up for grabs at a pirate site. Yes, I had a bit of a fit and told all the powers that be. This is my livelihood people! Piracy is stealing! If you find someone offering free ebooks for “trade” please let the publisher know.

Addendum: I just found out that Tempting Tamera has hit the top ten at Total-e-bound!! YAY!!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Some More RT-ness

Let’s start with the people I met (the same people I miss already):

Anny Cook—she is the Zen queen she’s been purported to be. I’ve been waffling lately, and she put me on the right track without even knowing it. Anny is a wonderful lady and I was glad to meet her. Her house hunk was very nice too.

Kelly Kirch—Yes she has great eyes whether she wants to admit it or not. Very cute. Very nice. Fun to be around. She could be the little sister I never had, though she’s not as snarky as I am. With time, I’m sure that could be corrected. Like Anny, it was wonderful to finally meet Kelly after spending so much time on her blog.

Kaenar Langford—OMG, this woman is a trip. She’s a tiny bundle of fun and quirkiness. Everyday I checked out her funky shoes. And oh the stories she can tell about her bathhouse research…

Kate Poole—Very nice lady and a bundle of fun. I was lucky enough to sit beside her at the book signing. (I love her book Anchor and Storm. An excellent read)

M.A. Ellis—My goodness, this woman can network and promo!! She’s a machine. And very nice. I was thrilled to finally meet her.

Judith Rochelle—Brilliant woman and talented. And very, very sweet. I have been dying to meet her and it was everything I’d hoped. Judith is a fantastic lady.

Cindy Spencer Pape—Cindy was always there with a smile and cheer. And you should see her dragon wings…

Catherine Chernow—Catherine helped us stuff bags for TEB. She was so helpful and cheerful. And she has quite a New York accent. It was cool to meet her. I love her book Diary of a Mad Escort.

Claire from TEB—speaking of accents… I could have listened to Claire talk all week. It was excellent to be able to spend so much time with her during the week. What a great lady to be associated with…and fun too.

And the ones I knew, three of my best friends:

Carol Lynne—One of the sweetest, most genuine people I know. I was thrilled to be able to spend so much time with her. I cried when she left Saturday morning.

Lacey Thorn—Lacey knows how to party and have a good time. Beyond that she’s caring and fun to be with. I can’t wait until we party again… The first drinks are on me!

Bronwyn Green—RT wouldn’t have been the same without my best friend in all the world.

(the picture... in no particular order... Carol Lynne, Claire from TEB, Lacey Thorn, Cindy Spencer Pape, Bronwyn Green, MaryAnn [I don't know her last name], Me)

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Recap and Home Again

Friday was a whirlwind. We started out the day with the Ellora’s Cave brunch where they talked about the company and some of their plans, including their theme and promo plan for next year’s RT. We each received our Hollywood Star (they were beside the red carpet at the EC ball) and a lovely briefcase with the Ellora’s Cave, Cerridwen Press, Lotus Circle and Jasmine Jade logos on it. I picked up my pictures I had taken with the Mr. Romance competitors and the EC Cavemen. They turned out pretty good and I really don’t have the shocked expression of a woman who’s had one of the cavemen slide his hand up between her upper thighs. Jesus H…!

The Vampire Ball was fun despite the show which was in the words of two people at my table “Bloody Awful!” I left directly after dessert. Apparently, I was the first of a multitude. From what I hear, people were fleeing like rats on a sinking ship. About eleven of us ended up in my room. It was a bit of a wonderful recap of lunch where we’d started with five people and ended up with about twelve. That was the way of the week.

That and complaints about the facility. RT was spectacular. I will definitely go again. I had a phenomenal time with my friends and meeting people who’ve read my books and talking about my books to people who haven’t. It was an odd dichotomy. The horror of the Hilton and the wonderful convention. There were troublesome things about the convention…there always are…but it was fun nonetheless. I spent a lot of time laughing about my nametag which proclaimed me as an “aspiring author”. The RT staff did their best however to make things right all over the place when they were obviously fighting a losing battle with the hotel.

By Friday night, we decided we couldn’t take much more of the Hilton and decided to check out on Saturday. We weren’t the only ones. Talk about rats fleeing a ship… As soon as the book signing was over, the lobby was flooded with people trying to leave.

The trip home on Saturday was smooth and we talked about a bazillion things, two of which stick out in my mind: online friends and manners.

Manners first. I know the hotel had a lot of problems, but some of the staff worked their hineys off. The maid…the bellhops…Josh the wonderful bar waiter. All of them seemed genuinely shocked to be tipped and profusely thanked. What’s up with that? Aren’t people taught to tip and be polite anymore? I’m sorry, but that’s one of my pet peeves.

The other topic is online friends. I met so many of my friends at the convention and by far that was the best part of the week. I may never have seen their faces, but these were not strangers. These people are all so very special to me and it broke my heart to have to be parted from them again. But…I love the internet. Because of it, we’re never all that far apart even if we’re a world away.

Thanks for a spectacular week everyone. I can’t wait for Orlando next year.

More tomorrow. Today, I'm a bit exhausted.

Friday, April 18, 2008

RT Recap – Day Four

Thursday started out slow. I skipped breakfast, stayed in the room and edited for awhile, before I headed out to check out Club RT. While there I hung out at the Total-e-bound table for a bit and met quite a few readers. Afterward, I finally meandered over to the giveaway room where I got a bazillion free books. Wow! We’re talking over a hundred dollars in great books, and some of them were books I’ve been dying to read.

My roomie was sick, so I dumped my books and took my laptop down to the bar where I networked some more (and left her in silence). Yes, I really did network…and I only drank Coke. Our waiter was awesome…one of the few here. Overall, the staff has not been very good. At the restaurant on the first day, our waitress was terrible. She even told me no when I asked for something. Waits for food and/or service have been really long. Seriously, you should go to the restaurant and bar to order before you’re hungry. Ninety percent of the staff are just downright rude.

The hotel is like a demilitarized zone with all the construction going on. There’s white dust from the plaster EVERYWHERE. There are holes in wallpaper, shoddy paint jobs where sections have been missed and plaster splotches all over the carpets. Our maid is awesome, but getting enough bathroom linens can be a challenge…and yesterday, some of the ones we got weren’t what anyone would call clean. GROSS.

There’s seriously not enough eye candy to overcome the deplorable lack of preparedness at this hotel. Honestly, I don’t think they had a clue what they were getting into.

But speaking of eye candy, I had my picture taken with the Mr. Romance Candidates. They’re very nice. Later, I found my “interview” on Night Owl Romance. By the way, I met Tammy from Night Owl on Tuesday night. What a sweetheart! I was so glad to meet her.

(BTW, the picture to right is Lacey Thorn with a bunch of the Cavemen)

Eventually, I made it back to the room to get ready for the Faery Ball. Bronwyn braided ribbons into my hair and sewed in a few sequins. Very cool! The dress was awesome. The ball was fun… again with the unprepared though. The hotel had no idea so many people would be attending. That confuses me, but hey, I’m not going there again. The music was fun. It was a mix of the eighties and nineties. I was in an ebullient mood and even did the stage walk for the costume contest. We had to walk across on the arm of an EC model (BONUS), twirl in the middle of the stage (you know the dance move twirl) then leave the stage. Memo to me: I can’t spin. Moving on…

I didn’t win. Who cares. It was fun. I stayed at the party and visited with Cindy Spencer Pape and Judith Rochelle until midnight after all my roomies went upstairs. Then I stumbled upstairs and fell into bed. Then off of it…

See you tomorrow.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

RT Recap – Day Two and Three

Nearly everyone arrived Tuesday. At one point, I think we had six people’s luggage in our room and several more people than that. When we started out to have dinner last night, I think we had a table for seven, but by the time they seated us, it had exploded to a table for fifteen.

We meet Claire from Total-e-bound and spent the day with her. She hung out with us most of the day and even shopped with us at Station Square.

Later I chatted with a very nice couple in the elevator, only to find out shortly later that it was Anny Cook and her house hunk.

Let’s see…also met up with Judith Rochelle (!!!), Cheryl Sterling, Kate Poole, MaryAnn Stephens, Jen Armintrout’s husband Mr. Jen, JL Wilson, Mona Risk and Kelly Kirch. And Carol Lynne is here!!! Yay Carol! (On Wednesday, I met up with Jen Armintrout, Isabelle Drake, Catherine Chernow, Charlotte Featherstone, Colleen Gleason, Taige Crenshaw, Tammy Kearly and Holli Bertrum)

We shopped at Station Square. There were some cute shops there, but I didn’t find souvenirs. We did a tiny bit of site seeing and hopped back in the van to go back to the hotel. Then came the EC Virgin party…

Let me just say: CAVEMEN.

Wednesday was a busy day of preparing promo. We ate lunch at a place called Olive or Twist. In the afternoon, we had the book signing. My first book signing!!!! What fun. I was sitting beside Kate Poole, who’s a wonderful lady. I met a lot of wonderful people and I still have cover flats of my book available. They turned out really cool. Anyone who wants one should just email me and I’ll send a signed one out to them.

The book signing ended fifteen minutes late and I literally had to run to get back to my room, change for the EC party and get back down stairs. I had a half hour. That was bad considering the elevators sometimes took fifteen minutes one way. One of the elevators was broken too. Well…more than broken. It plummeted three floors and trapped people in it for several hours. Yikes!!!

I did get downstairs in time and even had time to get my picture taken with the Cavemen.

The party was kinda fun. No one could really hear but I was escorted by Rodney and escorted down the stairs by Kevin (Okay I’m a little in love with Kevin. He’s such a flirt.) Directly after the stage walk and the Caveman performance, ten of us went to the bar for a bit. Then off to bed (after cleaning the room. What a tornado area!!)

More after Under the Sea...

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Recap Day One – And we drove…

Bronwyn and I started out the day early by driving halfway across the state to meet with Lacey Thorn and Cindy Spencer Pape at Cindy’s house. And then we were off. It was a great trip with no problems. We stopped at Ellora’s Cave about halfway way to Pittsburgh and met the staff there. They were all wonderful. Raelene, who oversees all the editorial staff (and I know oversees a whole lot more) took time out of what has to be a horrendously busy pre-RT schedule and took us on a tour of the building. It was great to see their office and see where the books are made. The man in charge of the printing presses (Randy) took us for a full tour and showed us each step of the printing process. While there we met Manaconda, the office mascot—a real live python!

Then we were off again, arriving in Pittsburgh around 6 PM. We checked in and had a cute bell boy take us up to our room—what a flirt! The room… Tiny does not begin to describe it. The closet sucks and doesn’t have enough space. My dresses bunch up at the bottom because the hanging area isn’t tall enough. There isn’t adequate drawer space either. My clothes are destined to be squished in my suitcase the entire trip which means I’ll have to iron!!! Yuck!

Once we sort of settled in and all jumped on our computers to check email, we were off. We met up with Kaenar Langford and took a brief walking tour of the surrounding area. No, we’re not that healthy. We were looking for food. We ended up finding a tiny Greek Restaurant with excellent food. We laughed the whole time while Kaenar told us outrageous stories of her experiences doing research for her new book. By the time dinner was over and we walked back, there wasn’t much to do…except GO TO THE BAR!

Again, off we went. I tried to call a few friends to have them join us, but no dice. Then we’d been in the bar for a whole five minutes, when I realized that a woman sitting nearby and telling another patron about her books was my email friend who I’d tried to contact to join us at the bar. Enter MA Ellis. Our group was now six, and we had a lovely visit. Soon we were seven as Ann Jacob’s son came over to join us. What a hoot!

Then, back to the room to fall into bed. Today, I’m looking forward to meeting Desiree Holt who’s rooming with Cindy. I’m also excited to meet Kelly Kirch and Anny Cook who should be arriving today. I can’t wait for Carol Lynne to get here, as well as my RWA chapter mates and friends, Cheryl Sterling and Jennifer Armintrout. Other than meeting with friends, there’s not much going on today until tonight when things will kick off with the Ellora’s Cave Virgin’s party. Yes, I am a virgin—at least in the RT sense. I have a feeling there will be a lot more than first timers there. It will be great to meet the other Ellora’s Cave authors.

More tomorrow.


Sunday, April 13, 2008

Yep, This Was Me

Sandra Cox's contest has ended. Wasn't it fun?? Congrats to all the winners. Here's my picture. This was me at 2 months. Weren't my parents mean? They stuck me in a stocking and sent this picture as their Christmas card:

And this is the one I didn't use. I was eighteen months old. Pudgy little thing, huh?

Well I'm off to pack for RT. I have an enormous list and I leave at 8:30 tomorrow morning. I promise to post updates while I'm there.


Friday, April 11, 2008

A Little More Construction

Last month when I changed my blog's look, I started out because I wanted to go to three columns. I'm really glad I didn't mess with the HTML while I was really busy. I might have broken my laptop by pounding angrily on it. I did mutter under my breath a lot today. It was a pain in the arse. But I'm happy with my widgets on the left are hanging up the load a little. I might have to do something about them, but I have 4 books pending so I wanted to list them.

One thing that happened when I changed the blog was that I lost my blog link list. It was on the right. It's now on the left. I'm missing quite a few names I used to have on there. If you're not on there it's NOT because I've decided I don't like your blog. It's because I just haven't found your link again. Drop me a note so I can get you re-added.

I think I'm done remodeling for now.

By the way...have I mentioned the BEST SEAMSTRESS in the WORLD? She delivered my vampire dress today. That Bronwyn Green sure rocks! I saw her dress for the vampire ball too. VERY nice.

I've been working on my next book. I found an awesome spreadsheet to keep track of my progress, using my proposed final word count and my daily words completed. It's got a nifty pie chart showing how I'm doing too. Yes, I am weirdly excited by spreadsheets and charts and character worksheets. Go fig. Anyway, according to the chart, I'm 8% done with the book. I'm pleased with that considering I finished the last one on Wednesday. I may actually finish this one quickly.

Pop on over to Sandra Cox's blog and check out her baby picture contest. I'm pretty sure I know who today's child is. She's a reader of this blog. Check it out and guess for a chance to win books. You don't have to be right to be entered in the drawing. Then, speaking of young ones, you may want to swing over to Dakota Rebel's blog and tell her how old 28 isn't and how wonderful that age is. Finally, head on over to Ashley Ladd's beautiful new blog and check out her Wild Fantasies contest (to celebrate her Wild Fantasies book). She's asking: What favorite fantasy would you like to live out if you had a holodec? Now, c'mon...I know you guys. You're pretty inventive. Go show Ashley some love.

See you!! ~~Brynn

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Thanks Dakota! Thanks Bronwyn!

Thanks so much to Dakota Rebel for taking over my spot at the Total-e-bound blog today. Check it out. She written an excellent and thoughtful article on emotions.

I have special thanks to the BEST SEAMSTRESS IN THE WORLD too. The awesome Ms. Bronwyn Green presented me with my fairy ball dress yesterday and I must say that she rocks my socks off. She did a fabulous job with some pretty bitchy fabric.

Yesterday, I picked up my dress for the EC party. Is it a Golden Age of Hollywood dress? No. Not really. But I love it. I will definitely be cleavage-e-rrific in it, that's for sure, although that's not why I love the dress. It's just pretty.

I officially started packing yesterday. I must say, it's a bit more intensive than I'm used to. I'm usually so laid back when I travel that I don't think about what shoes I'll wear with what outfit and my God what jewelry. Not so this time around. I swear I need different luggage for my shoes, jewelry and make-up. I need a rolling bag just to carry all my hair product and gear. Thank goodness I'm not flying. I suspect by Sunday night I'll be a wreck. It will be a great time though. I really can't wait.

I got my cover flat for Tribute for the Goddess yesterday. I can't share it yet, but it's beautiful. I love it. I also got the cover for the anthology I'm in with Carol Lynne, Bronwyn Green and Lacey Thorn. It's called Legend and will be out June 30.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008


I'm perhaps one of the happiest girls in the world right now. All my hard work the last few weeks has paid off and I'm ahead of schedule on work and I finished my book. I can literally sit in my and do nothing until RT and it would be okay.

Will I?

Of course not. That is so not me. I'll start on the next two projects. There won't be a mad rush though.

We had vicious thunderstorms here last night. I heard them... I was still awake, lol. I love thunderstorms actually, but some of the thunder actually scared my laid back dog. She was sound asleep and I swear she jumped two feet. Then she looked at me like "what the heck did you do?" It's always my fault.

When I finally made it into bed, it was still raining. I love sleeping to the sound of rain. Real rain. I bought some of those nature CDs. They just didn't cut it. I need the real deal.

Speaking of the real deal, I've had to order promo supplies recently. Vista Print rocks. My stuff is beautiful and delivery has been shocking. Awesome. Lightning fast. With my postcards, I actually received them a day and a half after I ordered. Plus their prices are reasonable and detailed. Now, I haven't had so much luck with another place. A pen place. I've had nothing but frustration with them. Hidden charges galore, including charges that they took out of my account when they shipped, but only showed up on the invoice in the package I received. And their seven day delivery. Well... so far we're at twenty days. I'll never use them again. I don't want to say their name, but email me if you want to know...

On to better things, the Tempting Tamera excerpt (unedited):

Once they’d gotten through the fair’s prelim details, she gathered up their plates and stood. “Sorry. Habit,” she said, turning back towards them. “Where’s the—”

Her words dropped off as she saw the snow through the picture window that had been out of sight where she’d been on the couch. The snow fell so heavily she could barely see her car in the driveway, and from what she could see, it was buried beneath the downfall. Damn. That would take forever to clear.

Kai gently took the plates from her hands and set them on the coffee table. “I’ll call and see what they’re saying about travel conditions. Last time it snowed like this, the Cranston PD ordered everyone to stay off the roads.”

“But…” She looked out the window again. Great, now they’d polite and offer to let her use the couch while they went upstairs together. She should have suspected it would snow like this when it was coming down the way it had on the way here. Stupid, stupid, stupid. She’d been so distracted she hadn’t even thought about a possibility of a snow storm.

“Looks like we might have a snow day tomorrow,” Brian commented.

That would be a nice way to start the weekend…except for the stranded part.

“I’m so sorry,” she sighed. “I should have been paying more attention to the weather so I could leave before it got bad.”

“I’m glad you didn’t.”

Her head snapped around towards Kai. “What?”

“Come here,” he said, leading her to the couch and gently pushing her down to sit. He crouched in front of her while Brian scooted to sit beside her. Suddenly, she had the overwhelming sensation that she’d gotten things completely wrong. How could she have forgotten where the men lived and worked. This was Cranston. The men’s close relationship…living together… They weren’t gay. Not in this town.

Butterflies kamikazed about her stomach. The arousal she’d temporarily doused flared back to life, flooding her cleft with moist tingles. Hadn’t her new-age parents taught her the advantages and dangers of visualization? And she’d visualized this like hell. Be careful what you wish for, Tam.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Goin' to the Market

I got great news today. Tribute for the Goddess will be going to print. I've scrambled around today getting things together. I'm so freaking excited!! All of the promo things I did for RT use my Tribute images, so it will be great to be able to tell people when it will be in print.

Speaking of RT (Romantic Times Book Lovers Convention), I'm going nuts getting ready. Tonight will be costume sewing time...something that will last through next week. In addition, the boss wants all my April work wrapped up by Monday. Yikes! I've been pulling my hair out, lol, but I'm getting it done. Who needs sleep, right?

Well, back at it. I hope to have the bulk of things done tonight. One project to go.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Reversing a decision

Almost sixteen years ago, my husband and I got married. I was at the end of college and he was just leaving his active duty stint in the Army. We were young and in love and he decided not to go to college as had always been his plan. College would come later.

Dumb decision on both our parts. I don't regret getting married and I don't regret the kids that arrived two and four years later. We've done alright, but not going to school has always been a sticking point.

So those of you who are know how you lay in bed late at night and just talk? Sometimes you talk about the strangest things. Sometimes decisions are made. Things you'd never thought about for weeks or longer. Last night, my husband was talking about needing something to fill his time and he was talking about his job--which he doesn't like. I suggested that he sign up to take classes at our local community college. He agreed--whole-heartedly--which actually surprised me because in the past, he's always hemmed and hawed about it. I think he thought maybe I'd let it drop (he does that...)

Well, as of this morning, he's registered. Summer classes start the beginning of May.

In other news:

MICROSOFT Bids to Acquire Catholic Church

By Hank Vorjes

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- In a joint press conference in St. Peter's Square this morning, MICROSOFT Corp. and the Vatican announced that the Redmond software giant will acquire the Roman Catholic Church in exchange for an unspecified number of shares of MICROSOFT common stock. If the deal goes through, it will be the first time a computer software company has acquired a major world religion.

With the acquisition, Pope Benedict XVI will become the senior vice-president of the combined company's new Religious Software Division, while MICROSOFT senior vice-presidents Michael Maples and Steven Ballmer will be invested in the College of Cardinals, said MICROSOFT Chairman Bill Gates.

"We expect a lot of growth in the religious market in the next five to ten years," said Gates. "The combined resources of MICROSOFT and the Catholic Church will allow us to make religion easier and more fun for a broader range of people."

Through the MICROSOFT Network, the company's new on-line service, "we will make the sacraments available on-line for the first time and revive the popular pre-Counter-Reformation practice of selling indulgences," said Gates. "You can get Communion, confess your sins, receive absolution -- even reduce your time in Purgatory -- all without leaving your home."

A new software application, MICROSOFT Church, will include a macro language which you can program to download heavenly graces automatically while you are away from your computer.

The deal grants MICROSOFT exclusive electronic rights to the Bible and the Vatican's prized art collection, which includes works by such masters as Michelangelo and Da Vinci. But critics say MICROSOFT will face stiff challenges if it attempts to limit competitors' access to these key intellectual properties.

"The Jewish people invented the look and feel of the holy scriptures," said Rabbi David Gottschalk of Philadelphia. "You take the parting of the Red Sea -- we had that thousands of years before the Catholics came on the scene."

But others argue that the Catholic and Jewish faiths both draw on a common Abrahamic heritage. "The Catholic Church has just been more successful in marketing it to a larger audience," notes Notre Dame theologian Father Kenneth Madigan. Over the last 2,000 years, the Catholic Church's market share has increased dramatically, while Judaism, which was the first to offer many of the concepts now touted by Christianity, lags behind.

Historically, the Church has a reputation as an aggressive competitor, leading crusades to pressure people to upgrade to Catholicism, and entering into exclusive licensing arrangements in various kingdoms whereby all subjects were instilled with Catholicism, whether or not they planned to use it. Today Christianity is available from several denominations, but the Catholic version is still the most widely used. The Church's mission is to reach "the four corners of the earth," echoing MICROSOFT's vision of "a computer on every desktop and in every home".

Gates described MICROSOFT's long-term strategy to develop a scalable religious architecture that will support all religions through emulation. A single core religion will be offered with a choice of interfaces according to the religion desired -- "One religion, a couple of different implementations," said Gates.

The MICROSOFT move could spark a wave of mergers and acquisitions, according to Herb Peters, a spokesman for the U.S. Southern Baptist Conference, as other churches scramble to strengthen their position in the increasingly competitive religious market.

Copyright (c) 2008 Knight-Ridder / Tribune Business News


Okay, yeah... the Microsoft thing is April Fools.