Thursday, December 23, 2010

Miss Molly!!

Congrats to Molly Daniels my contest winner! Email me at brynnpaulin@comcast.net to claim your prize!!!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Look What Showed Up in MY Stocking!!

Yay!! Yuletide Greetings, installment 3 of Taboo Wishes, is out today at Resplendence Publishing. Nothing better than a sexy holiday read after a day of Christmas rush!!

Here’s a look:

Zach Colvin never believed in Santa, so filling in as Santa at the mall for one of his friends is not making his holiday bright. He’s supposed to be on vacation, not working. When his brother promises to send him a package full of holiday cheer he never expected it to be a near-naked woman.

Kate Morgan has made a mistake. After many emails, she’s meeting a man for a near-anonymous hook up, but she stunned to find a different man opening the front door—a man with a determined grin, mesmerizing eyes, and a naughty penchant for spanking.

Now...I only give away ebooks once or twice a year, but I'm giving away all three of my December books to one lucky blogger. Leave me a comment and let me know what Taboo Wish you'd like to see me write about and I'll put your name in a hat for the drawing.

Happy Holidays!!!!
Brynn

Friday, December 3, 2010

Blood of the Wolf Finally Here!

I can't believe it's been a year since the last Dragon book. Blood of the Wolf has finally arrived. Here's a look:

Once upon a time, Lucan Aventech thought he was human. Then the day of his changing arrived. As his skin ignited and he shifted to Dragon form for the first time, he was in a horrific accident—or so it appeared. He survived, but everyone, including his beloved Meda, believed him dead.

Now that he’s finally come to terms with being a Dragon shifter and he’s no longer a danger to others, he’s ready to reclaim his life and reclaim Meda. Reigniting the love between them should be easy, right? But Meda’s deep-seated anger and pain as she comes to terms with who he is and the fact that he abandoned her makes things far more difficult than Lucan ever imagined. Nevertheless, nothing can stop the passion still burning between them. Not even the Djinn who wants to claim her as his own. Now, Lucan has only to convince her that this time is forever.

Blood of the Wolf is available at Resplendence Publishing.

Pop over to Writer's Evolution today where we're talking about success.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Letters to Characters

I have a few letters to write to my characters today.

Dear Mr. Smith,
I would appreciate if you'd observe office hours. They do not start until 6:30 AM. 4:30 AM is not acceptable even if you are bringing me the opening of my book.
Thank you.

Additionally>>>

Dear Ms. Francesca Cress,
I would appreciate it if you too would observe office hours. I know that you are anxious for your book, but please, office hours end at 11:00PM. I cannot help you with how Justin managed to get you tied up without you knowing it. I know you're pissed but I must insist that you visit during therapy hours. No appointment necessary.
Thank you.

AND>>>

Dear Dragon Community,
You do realize that I'm writing your book? Some input would be appreciated.
Thank you.

~~~Management

Friday, October 8, 2010

A Big Smile

I have the sweetest one... This was an unexpected Thursday present from my husband:

Monday, October 4, 2010

Random Acts

Today, I did a random act o Monday kindness. I'm not telling you this to toot my horn. It was no big deal. But I gotta say, it turned out soooooooo cool. Usually, when you do something, you don't get to see what happens after that. Not so today. By coincidence, I got to hear the results. Or the continuation as the case might be.

This morning, I went to Starbucks as I usually do on Monday morning -- Monday's kick my butt. And on a whim, I told the person at the window to charge my card for the person behind me as well. I didn't know her. The most I could tell when I looked up after that was that she looked like she was on her way to work and she had a hot pink baby seat in the back of her SUV. A mom going to work. Definitely in need of a free coffee.

Here's where it gets cool. By coincidence -- or maybe not because we're usually there about the same time -- Bronwyn Green pulled into Starbucks about five cars behind me. And this is what I found out... The lady behind me paid for the car behind her, and the person behind her did the same, and so on, so that when Bron pulled to the window, her coffee was paid for. A whole line of strangers doing something nice for the person behind them. And Bronwyn did the same. So a whole line of people got to feel good about someone doing something nice for them and then doing something nice for someone else.

I love it!

Happy Monday!!! Do something nice for someone else today. You never know what will happen!

~~Brynn

Saturday, October 2, 2010

An Important Message

As the mother of two teenagers, I can't say how important I find this message. Pass it on.
In case the video doesn't come up, here's the link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_B-hVWQnjjM

Saturday, September 25, 2010

What the Wind Blew In

It's been wicked windy here in Michigan. We were under a wind advisory for something like 36 hours. It was blowing like crazy and there were branches (and other things) all over the place. And what a radical weather change it was 82 yesterday morning. This morning...51. An amazing difference.

So, I like to say, the wind blew in my favorite TV shows last night. Admittedly, I barely watch TV at all. I take time to see two shows and that's it. This year, the TV networks have conspired to make my life easy. Thank you CBS and CW, lol. They put my two favs on the same nights, back to back. Awesome!

So...I started out with Medium. I missed most of last season because of a schedule conflict, but I have the DVDs on order. Still starting in this season wasn't a problem at all. I understood right where we were at. Patricia Arquette (Allison) and Maria Lark (Bridgette) did a great job with portraying each other's characters. They did a body switch in this opening episode, kinda like Freaky Friday. It was a good cringe-worthy Medium but fun too.

Then I switched over to Supernatural. Now the story arc they were on ended last season so I knew there would be changes. I've been trolling the news sites so I even knew what a lot of the changes would be. I was prepared. I was okay with what they said was coming. In fact, I've been excited.

I was disappointed. And now for the laundry list of dislikes... And if you don't watch Supernatural, you might was well end here. I'm gonna lose you.

Jenson Ackles and Jared Padalecki were cast in their roles for a reason. What I discovered is that Jenson (Dean) doesn't do sensitive guy as well as Sam -- this is as opposed to playing the broken hard ass which he does really well. That was little of my problem. MOSTLY, I was opposed to Jared's (Sam) portrayal. He doesn't do emotionless hard ass well. At all. It made him flat and it was as if Sam phoned in his performance. I know they're going for the whole role-reversal thing, and I thought I'd like it, but it's just not working.

I did not like the intro of the the Campbells and please God please let them be temporary. This episode felt a lot less like a great premiere and more like a professor's syllabus of 'here's all the crap you need to know this year'.

I also didn't like how the brothers weren't acting like they'd totally take a bullet for each other like they always used to. Their devotion was always one of the best parts of the show.

But I did like the yorkie in the shed. Made me laugh and think of the yellow fever episode when Dean was running terrified from the little yorkie. Looked like the same dog... And yellow fever... yellow eyed demon showing up... Hmm... I think perhaps it was an intentional gift to fans.

~~Brynn

Friday, September 24, 2010

I'm Too Sexy for My Wings

Good morning!!! I got a new cover for my upcoming release, Fallen. What do you think?

Monday, September 20, 2010

Back!!!

I just got back from Authors After Dark. It was a great time!!! I love spending time with my best friends. I talk to them just about every day, but seeing them is so much better. I have to say, Stella Price did an awesome job coordinating the conference. With all the snafus that were out of her hands, she still managed to keep things on track and moving along as they needed to.

I was so excited to meet one of my friends, Kris Norris, in person -- finally. She is absolutely fantastic. Just an all around superb person. I hope I get to see her again soon even though she comes to conferences all the way from Canada. Of course I got to see Carol Lynne, Bronwyn Green, Mia Watts and Jennifer Armintrout too!!!

Bronwyn, Mia, Kris and I went in to NYC one of the days and had quite the adventure. We started at the bus station, went to Times Square, then had lunch at the Jekyll and Hyde Club (which is one of my favorite places). We took the long carriage ride through Central Park - after dickering with the bike tour guys and deciding to go with the much nicer and reasonable horse and carriage.

Afteward, due to a bit of a misdirection problem, we took a loooooooooong subway ride, then finally went to ground zero. I've been there before and it made a huge impression. This time it just looked like a construction site. Then we were off to the walk through Battery Park. The battered globe that was once between the Twin Towers made a bigger impression.

Then it was off to the Staton Island Ferry and a view of the Statue of Liberty. This was where we met a hysterical guy named Jose who entertained us the whole way. He told us about the ferry crashing into the pier twice in the last year and promised to save us. Kris announced she would kayak on him and we discovered Mia has a toe fetish (sorry Mia. I promised I was not letting it go) and I decided I'd just swim for it.

Another, much shorter subway ride followed then we took the bus back to our hotel. We were exhausted and had dinner at one of the restaurants by the hotel. Bronwyn fell asleep at the table while we waited for our bill. I was ready to join her.

The next day was the official start of the conference. I meet so fantastic people there. Someone I will now list as a good friend and I was thrilled to meet was Sonya Bateman. She's a sweetheart and it was fun having her hang out with us. I haven't read any of her books yet, but I hear they're awesome. I'm going to download one today for my ereader.

All in all, it was a fun time and I know I'll have more to share, but there's the overview. And I have to say:

1. My husband told everyone the past five days how grateful he was for me and that he had no idea how much I do every day.

2. I almost cried when I saw my husband and kids coming up the concourse to greet me yesterday. Despite the fun, I was so thankful to be home. Gotta say, I love those boys.

~~Brynn

Monday, September 13, 2010

Not A Lot to Say

It was an eventful weekend. Busy, fun, entertaining but, today, I'm exhausted. I feel like a nap but I'm having lunch with my husband and his friend. No time. And with the dryer situation, I'm off to the laundromat again today. Ah, the mundane...

In the non-mundane realm...bad news/good news. Yuletide Greetings has been moved. It will release Dec. 8. So...next up, for all you Dragon lovers, Blood of the Wolf, book three in the Cruentus Dragon series. To clarify, there is no wolf in this story. Wolf refers to Lucan the hero, who's also a bit of a lone wolf. I'm definitely excited for that book to appear. I hope my fellow Dragon lovers will enjoy it. Shortly, after you'll see the third Taboo Wishes book, Mr. Smith's Whip.

Well, back to work with me...and maybe to find some coffee.

Oh and go Jimmie Johnson! Congrats on the 3rd place in Richmond and being #2 in the Chase. Best of luck! My fingers are crossed!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Busy Day

Well, up at the crack of dawn...

I'm posting a quick blog before I'm off to downtown for the annual Scout Salute with my Boy Scout troop. I'm tired enough that this morning I contemplated for a moment the irony that it always falls on my birthday so I always have to be up ungodly early. Um...no irony. 9/11 doesn't move every year. Derr... Yes, tired.

We have a low-key but fun day planned. Movie (Salt), dinner, hot tub. I'm looking forward to it, but I may try to fit in a nap somewhere in there :-)

This is where I'm going:

Thursday, September 9, 2010

To Squee and Not To Squee

First off, I want to say thanks to “D” (you know who you are) who sent me the best letter yesterday. I really appreciated what she had to say. Thank you “D”.

Okay…so, yesterday was a crazy day. My dryer is freakin’ broken. I had to go to the dreaded Laundromat! Actually, it wasn’t so bad. I used the time to do some studying. Yep, I still study. It was nice to have some downtime away from the computer.

One thing I’m studying is Dragons—specifically, my Dragons. I loaded my Cruentus Dragon books on my eReader to reread them as I settle in to work on book three in the series. I’m excited about book three. It’s my favorite theme: a reunion story. Lucan, the hero, has been separated from the heroine since he shifted into Dragon form the first time. Before that, he thought he was human. The heroine thought he was dead, and as you can imagine, she’s not pleased with him. How would you react if the lover you thought was dead suddenly returned? Stay tuned for our heroine’s reaction.

Speaking of heroines, I had a seriously girly moment yesterday—okay, I needed a segue way and this has nothing to do with heroines. Anyway. Seriously girly moment. I think Bronwyn can testify that I actually squeeeeeed at her on voice mail. I found the most perfect shoes in the whole world. This is serious business. I have big feet, not dainty cute feet like my relatives who get to wear equally cute shoes. No. Large, clunky feet. Let me tell you, finding shoes I like and that are also comfortable is nigh unto impossible. It was definitely a squee-worthy moment.

Another one of those might be cool today. Oh! Speaking of being cool...I'm over on Writer's Evolution today. Come over and say hi!

Early Morning Coffee

You know, one of the things I miss during the summer is early mornings. Don't get me wrong, I think 6 AM is an ungodly hour, but somehow, when I do have to be up, I enjoy the quiet time with my cup of coffee while the kids get ready for school. Of course, that's after 'omg, omg, GOD! I have to get up? WHY????' -- that would be me, not the kids. Once I'm up though and the first one's in the shower, peace...

Believe it or not, most days, it's pretty peaceful around here in the AM. The kids have their routines; I drink my coffee and make breakfast. This morning, I enjoyed the scent of cinnamon rolls while I was able to gather my thoughts. Don't be too impressed. It was Grands.

So this morning, my considerations turned to my writing release schedule and workload. I'm seriously considering halving the number of books I have scheduled for the coming year. I want to be able to spend more time on each project. I won't lie. This comes after two Amazon reviews that in my opinion poorly judged two of my books. They weren't 'awful reviews', in fact, I got four stars on both of them, but they're bothering me. For someone who usually has steel skin, they're really bothering me. Bad.

On the matter, I'll suspend judgment for another week or so. Perhaps I'll feel differently after the Authors After Dark conference.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Head Space

The kids went back to school yesterday. The "baby" started high school while my oldest started his junior year. I feel old!!!! Oh well, I did have kids as a young twenty-something. This was the plan :-)

So...kids back in school...I am so thankful. I love having them around, but my productivity is slashed during summer break. I can't think when subconsciously I'm constantly expecting an interruption. I get no head space--no time to really think. Yesterday was a day of running so I had no time to enjoy the "aloneness" but today... It's only been two hours and I've gotten so much done! That's probably a good thing since my to-do list is monumental, lol!

I'm hard at work on my next project. I need to get it to my editor asap. Hopefully, now that I can think, it will roll along smoothly. I'm enjoying the book, but I can't wait for it to be done. Next up: DRAGONS!!!

Monday, September 6, 2010

I have a new book!!

My new story is out today at Total-e-bound as part of the Threefold Anthology! It's called Strangers in the Night and is part of my new series, Behind Sin's Door. And take a look who's in the antho with me! I can't think of a better line up. I'm thrilled to be with them.

Here's the blurb:

The bar, Sin’s Door, has a reputation and McKenzie Stewart knows all about it.

She’s been warned it’s nothing but a meat market, but meeting someone is exactly what she has in mind when she goes there one hot, September night.

Little does she realize that she’ll meet not one but two men and experience pleasure that keeps her coming back for more.

EXCERPT:

McKenzie Stewart knew what lay just inside Sin’s Door. Sex. Lots of it. Anonymous and hopefully hot.

Nervously, she ran her tongue over her bottom lip. Could she do this? It wasn’t exactly the kind of thing a quiet nanny usually did. Okay, it was the kind of thing a nanny never did. But at the moment, she wasn’t one. She had no charges and none lined up for a few months until the Andersons returned home from their trip abroad to Europe. They hadn’t wanted a nanny with them, and McKenzie was quite sure Mrs. Anderson didn’t want her around at all, but her husband insisted. To give the kids a sense of stability, you know? he’d told his wife, and somehow, she’d acted as if it was okay that he’d felt up the help.

McKenzie wasn’t all right with it, but at the moment, jobs weren’t exactly falling from trees. Neither were men—not that she was at all interested in Mr. Anderson. She just wanted a sexy as hell guy to keep her warm. Barring that, a normal guy would be okay.

So here she stood, staring at the green and blue neon lights of Sin’s Door. Normal did not reside beyond that portal to debauchery.

Butterflies bombarded her insides as she ran a trembling hand over her short, red plaid skirt. She’d dressed sweet, innocent, and subtly naughty tonight—not that the hint of school girl in her dress was subtle, but so be it. At twenty-five, with fewer curves that your average high school cheerleader, she could still get away with that.

She took a deep breath and pushed back her thick fall of dark brown hair. It brushed her lower back as she stepped towards the point of no return. And it was that point. She was not chickening out. Once she got through those doors, she was picking a guy and making a move and getting her brains fucked out. And tomorrow, maybe she’d do it again.

McKenzie was tired of being nursemaid to the rich and mistress to none. Her schedule left her zero time for men, and now at loose ends, she had no one to be with. And she wanted sex. Lord, how she wanted sex. Perhaps Mr. Anderson had sensed that, and that’s why he’d tried to feel her up just before his family’s trip. Or perhaps he was just a pervert. She wasn’t taking the blame for his actions.

So no man, no time—and usually no time for a man. It all brought her here, looking for anonymous sex. That would be far better than finding some poor guy who might want a relationship. Her job just didn’t allow for one. Not much. What guy would be happy with Saturdays after the kids’ bedtimes until Monday morning at six a.m.?

Yes, this was better.

Resolved as she made it across the street, she tamped down any remaining nerves. Her panties grew damp with anticipation with every step she took—and she hadn’t even set eyes on the man.

Music blared from the bar, flooding the sidewalk and street with sound as she approached. Would she even hear a pickup line if someone tried to toss one out? She’d have to rely on body language, she supposed. Just fine. If she could hear the guy, there was more of a chance that he’d tell her his name. She really didn’t want that.

She shivered at a fantasy of what she did want, a fantasy that had haunted her the last few weeks as she’d spent nearly every night with her vibrator. Her pulse raced at the thought. Her on the bar, being passed around to man after man. Fucking a parade of them as everyone watched. Loving every second of it.

Never going to happen.

She pulled open the heavy wood door to Sin’s Door, anticipation prickling her skin.

Inside was nearly as dark as outside, with crazy beams of green and blue lights slowly moving over the crowd. The interior as warm as late June, and just about as steamy. To bring out the body heat and natural musk in people, she decided as a light perspiration started to coat her skin. It wasn’t warm enough for her to really sweat—gross—and definitely more comfortable than actual summer heat. It was more like the heady warmth that took a body after particularly fantastic sex.

Sex… Where to find it? Tiny white lights lined the walkways on the floor, cordoning off the bar from the aisle and the aisle from the table area and the dance floor from it all. McKenzie had no idea where to start. Feeling a bit like a deer caught in headlights, she glanced around until she was bumped from behind by a couple entering the bar.

The man’s hand slid down McKenzie’s back to her ass and right on up under her skirt where he cupped a cheek bared by her thong.

“New?” he whispered, and his woman leaned into McKenzie’s other side and stroked her palm up McKenzie’s torso to cup her breast. The woman’s thumb flicked over the peak while McKenzie mutely nodded her response to the man’s question. His thumb traced the crease of McKenzie’s ass.

The woman’s warm, minty breath puffed against McKenzie’s ear, “Try the bar, darling. Get a drink and look available, not terrified.”

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Yuletide Greetings!!!!

Yes I know it's a little early, but I want to share my cover!! Coming this month: Yuletide Greetings from Resplendence Publishing!

Friday, August 20, 2010

The Chuck List

First off, let me congratulate Dakota Rebel on the arrival of Rebel 2.0. I'm so happy for you!! During the gestation and anticipation of the arrival of version 2.0, I must inform all of you that there was a long, inventive but largely unsuccessful campaign by my husband to get Mr. and Mrs. Rebel to name their bundle of joy Chuck. They were having none of it.

A mistake, surely. An oversight. Chuck is a strong solid name. And here fifty of the very famous and wonderful Chucks:

  1. Chuck Wepner – inspiration for the Rocky movies
  2. Chuck Norris
  3. Chuck Berry – My Ding-a-ling. Very ding-a-ling-centric. Important for a boy.
  4. Chuck Jones – Daffy Duck creator
  5. Chuck Yeager – General and famous pilot
  6. Chuck (aka “Chuckie”) – determined and could wield a knife
  7. Chuck Brown – Snappy dresser. Can rock the bald.
  8. Chuck the groundhog – Staten Island’s Buckeye Chuck. Only slightly less famous than Pete
  9. Chuck Taylor – All-star
  10. Ground Chuck – feeding many
  11. Wood Chuck – Would if he could. Very dependable. Tries hard.
  12. Chuck Norris
  13. Chucks – Cool footwear for sexy yuppies
  14. Chuck the Prophet – Supernatural dude. Awesome.
  15. Chuck the Vampire – little know Twilight vampire. Was up for Edwards spot but doesn’t sparkle quite as sissily.
  16. Chuck Liddel – Martial artist, UFC Champ
  17. Chuck (of Charlie’s Angels) – Please, he had women at his beck and call, willing to run into danger for him.
  18. Chuck Chan – Ancient Chinese secret of famous detectives
  19. Chuck means “Man”
  20. Chuck Stapel – famous chef with famous premium knives
  21. Chuck-e-cheese – second most famous mouse in the world!!!
  22. Chuck Norris
  23. Chuck – the TV series
  24. Chuck Bukowski – Awesome poet
  25. Chucklemayne – Also known as Chuck the Great, one of the first rulers of England
  26. Prince Chuck – we try to forget about him, but he is famous. Likes horses.
  27. Good Luck Chuck – awesome movie
  28. Chuck Darwin – renowned scientific theorist
  29. Chuck Heston – Best Moses besides the real one
  30. Chuck-ston Chews – Good chewy candy bars in three flavors
  31. Chuck-les – also good candy
  32. Chuck Norris
  33. Chuck Bronson – Tough guy actor (Dirty Dozen, Magnificent Seven, Deathwish)
  34. Chuck Sheen – Without him the show would be 1 ½ Men. Not very snappy.
  35. Chuck Nelson Reilly – Famous comedian/actor. Awesome on Matchgame, too.
  36. Chuck Braxton – Power lifter, another tough guy, in Guiness Book of World Records. Hey you can’t argue with anything Guinness!
  37. Chuck Schumer – Famous Sandwich maker
  38. Chuck Smith – Chuck pairs well with the ordinary.
  39. Chuck Green – Famous tap dancer. He’s got rhythm.
  40. Chuck wagon – feeds people; feeds dogs.
  41. Chuck roast – makes the best sloppy joes.
  42. Chuck Norris
  43. Chuck Chaplin – snappy hat, nice ‘stache, and a cool cane.
  44. Chuck Dickens – A Tale of What? Two Cities. Into ghost stories too.
  45. Chuck Daniels – Singer. Got the devil to come visit Georgia.
  46. Chuck Barclay – Famous basketball player
  47. Chuck – the ventriloquist dummy on Soap
  48. Chuck Bucket – owns a whole chocolate factory. Knows how to come out on top!
  49. Chuck the Unicorn – The only one who knows the way to Candy Mountain.
  50. And last but not least… Smokey the Bear. His real name is Chuck.

Okay, so a few might be inventions. Or they might not be...
I'm over in Writer's Evolution today too. Check out some of my creations!! Oh and also, check out a slice of my everyday normal conversations with Bronwyn over on her blog.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Plays Well With Others by Brynn Paulin

Hey everyone! Check out my new book trailer created by AWESOME Kris Norris!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

TWILIGHT SUCKS! Emo Vampire Song : The Key of Awesome #3

Okay, y'all know I like Twilight, but geez, this is funny. ~~ Brynn

Oh...and also...Plays Well With Others (Book 2 Daly Way) is out today at Resplendence.com!

Enjoy the video:

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Dad Life

I promised dads equal time:

Friday, July 16, 2010

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Author After Dark Convention!!!

Authors After Dark Is coming sooner then you think! Are you a blogger? or an aspiring author? a Reader with a voracious love of books? Well AAD is the con for you! Designed by authors FOR readers, AAD is the only con that doesn't break your bank! Its the cheapest con around that FEEDS YOU 5 MEALS for no additional fee! And did we mention its FREE ALCOHOL all weekend!? That's right!

Attendees this year will be treated to over 2400 free books, over 125 door prizes, several parties, mini events, workshops, tons of swag (and the good kind too!) photo opps, and tons of surprises!

And Aspiring writers? Small press authors? How would YOU like to get in front of a NY editor without the hassle of a big con's appointment schedule? This year are are lucky to have several editors from Ballantine, Kensington, and Harlequin, as well as some of the small presses like MLR Press, Torquere, Tease Publishing, Phaze, Total E Bound and More. a Full list will be up on the AAD site soon and appointments will be taken starting August 15th! The Catch? You MUST be registered by August 1st to participate, and each editor is ONLY taking 10 appointments! Be remembered! get your MS into shape!

And Bloggers? We have some fantastic goodies for you. Special goodie bags FILLED with books (ARC's, signed copies and Ltd Edition US books!) as well as the ability to engage your favorite authors for interviews and Q and A!

Check out everything on our website (http://aadromanceunlimited.com) and we hope to see you with us this year. You are in for a fantastic weekend!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Team Jasper! Rawr!!!

Good morning!!! Like all good Twilighters, I went to see the new movie, Eclipse, last night. I was hopeful, but wondered how this installment’s adaptation would go. In my opinion, this was the best of the three movies. It had an emotional depth that far exceeded the other three, and though I’ve always been an Edward fan, it was nice to see Edward not looking like he was on the verge of tears or in great pain all the time. Very, very nice. The scenes with Edward and Jacob were great -- and one in particular “made” the movie. (I don't want to spoil anything by saying which one)

So… Many people in reading my Wednesday Wonder Writer interviews, have asked “Team what?” They don’t understand the question. Let me explain for the un-Twilighted. It is common for Twilighters to be either Team Jacob (the wolf shifter) or Team Edward (the vampire). My husband has always said, he's team Alice, lol. I’ve always been strictly team Edward though Jake is so hot and definitely an alpha wolf type. But I have to admit, I have always, always loved Jasper. (Funny note, just before the movie started last night, one of the teen boys sitting behind me yelled "Team Jacob". Cracked me up.)

I’m forming Team Jasper, lol. Jasper is another of the vampires (Edward’s “brother”) and in Eclipse, he was finally given legs (that’s a metaphor for those who don’t know the books and movies – he’s always had physical legs). The Jasper in this movie was great and I have newfound respect for Jackson Rathbone. I’ll be watching his scenes avidly when I get the DVD. Fan? Me? No…

And the bad guy, who I didn't find so bad... (I won’t spoil with why) At the risk of sounding like a total, hormonal fan girl, Riley is hot. Seriously, hot. His mouth made his scenes. Okay, the guy’s not a bad actor. I’ll give him credit. In fact, I thought he did a great job. I was a little distracted though. I was picturing an upcoming hero in my books looking like him.

A bunch of the one-liners had me snorting. One of my favorites, from Edward about Jacob: Does he even own a shirt?

Perfect.

And Jacob (later in the movie): We all know I'm hotter than you.

Double meaning? ;-)

Overall, in case you can’t tell, I was very pleased with the movie. In fact, though I rarely see a movie more than once in the theatre, I’ll probably go see it again.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Wednesday Wonder Writer - Nancy Badger!!!

Good morning bloggers! Yesterday, I featured a book by new author, Nancy Badger. You don't need to have out a bazillion books to be a wonder writer, and I'm sure, after you read the interview, you'll agree with me that Nancy certainly qualifies for this group of excellent writers. Without further ado...the interview:

Nancy, Author’s lives intrigue readers and other writers. Tell me about your typical daily schedule.

I am fortunate to write full time. I retired from the state of New Hampshire 9-1-1 service when we sold our home and moved to North Carolina. We made one bedroom of our new home into an office, though you can sometimes find me with my laptop, papers, and research books spread out on the dining room table. Each morning, I send my hubby off to work and then go pick up my sister’s Golden Retriever. Hilary keeps my cat, Blaze, and I company. I check e-mails and Facebook, and then get to work.

Do you have a pre-writing routine to prepare yourself to get down to business?

Not really, though I check e-mail and make sure any current commitments are handled, such as promotion requests and family inquiries. I am a member of several loops and peruse the subject lines so I don’t miss an important announcement or an opportunity to query an agent. Depending on what I am working on, I start a binder for each project plus I have a binder for each book’s release where I list promotional avenues. I have tried several methods for getting a story started. Lately I am using Alex Sokoloff’s idea of the three-act play. I have large poster boards on the wall, divided into blocks, and I fill the blocks with sticky notes; love scenes, action, fights, and other plot twists. I find it helps to see what flows and what areas are void of action. Once a manuscript is finished, then the work begins. I edit and edit and share chapters with critique partners. When I think I am finished, I print it out, find a quiet place, and read it aloud.

What’s your writing style? Slow and steady? Quick and prolific? All over the place?

I would call it slow and steady. Others think I write a lot. Again, I have time to write whereas many authors still keep their day jobs or have young families. My youngest is twenty-five. Married thirty-four years, I have a great husband supporting me.

What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned since starting work in this industry?

The most important lesson learned thus far was that even though I had no idea what I was getting into, I kept at it until I got it right. I started out by reading a couple of books on formatting, a published guide to agents and editors, and a stack of printer paper. I had absolutely no concept of the difficulty of this business. And it is a business going through drastic changes. E-publishing has taken off and I am happy I approached a couple of e-publishers, and then sold three stories. I still want to see my name on a book in print, and I want an agent.

What are you working on now?

I will attend the Romance Writers of America conference later this month to take workshops and meet face to face with other authors. I am polishing a Scottish historical paranormal which I thought was finished a year ago. After several rejections, I submitted it to a few contests where I received awesome feedback. I have shared chapters with critique partners. It is close to perfect. I have completed about 1/3 of the second book in the series. I am also working on a present day paranormal romance set at a local art museum. I write on my blog and on Facebook as often as possible.

What’s your favorite genre to write?

That is a tough one. I am new to all this. I started out writing contemporary romance because that is what I grew up reading. I read Harlequin stories and grew fond of authors like Nora Roberts. I began writing paranormal historicals, with a Scottish flavor, because my husband and I volunteer each year at the New Hampshire Highland Games in Lincoln, NH: www.nhscots.org. Since I have sold in both genres, I’ll keep writing both.

I find a lot of authors like to read outside their chosen genre. What do you like to read?

I am a regency historical junky. Funny, I wasn’t one until I joined my local chapter of RWA. I am surrounded by wonderful, funny, intelligent women such as Claudia Dain, Liz Carlyle, Elizabeth Amber, and Sabrina Jeffries. They all write regencies and these women are inspiring. Someday I will find the confidence to write in their genre.

Do you have a favorite author or someone you look up to in the industry?

I have mentioned a few but I also enjoy Rachel Gibson, Stephanie Laurens, Hannah Howell, Janet Evanovich, Melissa Mayhew, Diana Gabaldon, and Janet Chapman to name a few. I am a voracious reader and try hard to limit my reading to later in the day. It’s part of my reward for work well done.

Tell me your writing story…when did you decide this was what you want to do? How long did it take you to get “the call”? When were you first published? Etc.

I started writing toward publication in October 2006. Hubby and I drove from New Hampshire to Raleigh, NC to pick up our son, Eric, at the Raleigh-Durham airport. This was a mid-point for family since many wanted to welcome him back from Iraq. I remember the tears as I waved a tiny American flag and met him at the gate with my Dad. The whole fourteen hour drive home, I sat in the backseat and wrote. We also made a day-trip to visit Eric’s brother, Robert, in Burlington, Vermont, so I had another five or six hours to write. The story flowed out of me and I completed the entire manuscript in one month. I received rejection letter after rejection letter, but kept writing. I had completed my fifth manuscript when I received an e-mail from Red Rose Publishing in August 2009 that they decided to buy my contemporary romance, SECRET LOVE MATCH. While waiting to edit that book with their editor, I wrote my novella, DRAGON’S CURSE, submitted it to a couple of publishers last January and sold it in March. So, on June 25th of this year BOTH my first books were released!

How many books have you had published and for whom?

I have been writing toward publication for 3 ½ years. I have completed six manuscripts and sold three. Pretty good odds! My contemporary romance, SECRET LOVE MATCH, is with Red Rose Publishing, www.redrosepublishing.com and they recently purchased DESTINY’S MOUNTAIN. DRAGON’S CURSE is my first published book with Whispers Publishing, www.whispershome.com.

What’s your latest release? Can you tell us about the book and how you got the idea?

Since I have two out, let’s talk about DRAGON’S CURSE. I put a handful of characters on an uninhabited island off the western coast of Scotland. I researched some history books my husband has collected. He was a European history major and we have done extensive genealogy searches together. Once I picked a time frame and a piece of history I could use as my hero’s conflict, I started writing. I have never written anything with a paranormal flair, but the idea flew. It helps that I love dragons. My heroine needed something ‘special’ so I gave her the gift of premonitions, which she loathes. She is forced to use them for her guardian. She can only see the future when he asks...until she meets Draco and the visions pop up. This was my first foray into writing ‘short’. I weave lots of action, intrigue, romance, and disaster into the pages. And the book cover is hot! It actually shows the cliffs of the real Scottish island of Staffa, where I set my story.

What’s your writing space like?

I am embarrassed to call it a mess. First of all, I have a desk which I purposely faced toward the window so I could watch the birds at the feeders and see people walk by on our quiet street. The trouble is, my kitten grew into a cat and he wants to lay there. It was easier to give him the desk, and use my husband’s space. With the desktop computer, the printer, the phone, the back-up power source, the wireless router, and more, the space fills up. Add the papers, sticky notes, empty coffee mugs and you get the idea. I also shred paper as a stress-reliever, which creates a mess. My closet is organized. My darling husband added lots of shelves to the large closet and I have binders for every work in progress. I choose different colors. I have a degree in art education so color is important. I have a U. S. Army calendar and a calendar of Scottish islands on the wall. I recently printed eight by tens of my new book covers, matted them, and then framed them. I hope to add more to my walls.

What do you do when you’re not writing?

I used to volunteer quite a bit when I lived in New Hampshire. I was an EMT and fire fighter in my community. I am still class agent for my graduating class at Plymouth State. I moved to North Carolina about two years ago and have volunteered in the bowels of the NC Museum of Science relabeling acid free boxes into which my two sisters and I transferred old bird bones. We finished that project so are awaiting another. I am vice president of my local writers group, Heart of Carolina Romance Writers www.heartofcarolina.org. My husband, sons, and I travel back to New Hampshire every September where we volunteer at the Highland games www.nhscot.org. We love to travel. We venture to North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains for the annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games www.gmhg.org, and to the Outer Banks when we can swim. I also read, read, read!

I’m all about ‘giving people something to talk about’. We all experience crazy things from time to time. Can you tell us something unusual that you’ve done or had happen to you?

I think joining the Rumney FAST Squad was a turning point in my life. I joke and say having two accident-prone boys made me do it. My husband and I both joined the local fire department because we happened on accident scenes too often in and around our rural community and always felt helpless. I have saved homes from chimney fires, ridden a snowmobile to an accident scene, hiked halfway up a mountain trail to carry-out a cliff climber with a broken leg, called for life-flight for an injured child, and more. It is the reason I became a 9-1-1 emergency medical dispatcher. I retired when we sold our home and moved to Raleigh, NC to be near family, and have used my medical and fire fighting knowledge in some stories. DESTINY’S MOUNTAIN, a contemporary romance coming out later this year from Red Rose Publishing, has secondary characters that are paramedic-fire fighters.

Tell us… What’s your favorite movie and why?

I love the original PRIDE & PREDUDICE with Colin Firth. It is very long, yet I find myself smiling at many, many parts while I get into Elizabeth’s head. She was a simple young woman who survived the blush of new love, the pitfalls of family, and the strengths from standing up for herself.

Last questions… Coke or Pepsi? Diet coke. I am diabetic and control it with diet. I am slowly losing weight and feel so much better since I was diagnosed.

Summer or Winter? Summer, when I lived in New Hampshire. Too much snow. Now I like winter because summers are HOT here in North Carolina!

Cat person or Dog person? Cat. I have always owned a cat. Or should I say a cat has always owned me?

Bronte or Austen? Austen, by a mile.

Star Trek or Star Wars? Wow! Tough choice! Since I grew up watching the original Star Trek, I’ll go with that.

Team Edward or Team Jacob? I love Jacob, but I wish he hadn’t cut his hair.

McDonalds or Burger King? Burger King. Grilled burgers, with lettuce tomato, are heaven.

Author Bio and Contact Info:

Nancy Lee Badger writes full time and lives with her husband in Raleigh, NC. She loves everything Scottish. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Heart of Carolina Romance Writers, Fantasy-Futuristic & Paranormal Romance Writers, Celtic Heart Romance Writers, and Sisters in Crime. She is celebrating the recent release of her Scottish historical DRAGON’S CURSE available from Whispers Publishing. Visit her website: www.nancyleebadger.com, and her blog www.RescuingRomance.nancyleebadger.com For excerpts and more information.

Nancy, thank you for being here today!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Featured Book - Dragon's Curse by Nancy Badger!!

Hi everyone! I always love to introduce new authors. Today, I have Nancy Badger and her book Dragon's Curse.

Historical, Dragons, Scotland... Yummy! Check it out!!!! And oh! What an awesome cover too! Wow!

BLURB:

Sometimes a special gift and an unwanted curse cannot keep destined lovers apart.

Brianna Macleod has accompanied a shipload of her guardian’s friends to a remote island off the coast of Scotland. She eludes these Highland hunters to keep her innocence…and her gift of sight. Her attitude against falling for womanly desires changes when she nearly drowns. Saved by the talons of a terrifying winged beast, she awakens—naked—in a cave, beside an unusual man.

Cursed by a vengeful witch to transform into a dragon at inopportune times, Draco MacDonald hides on this deserted island to live alone: until he plucks a servant girl from certain death. Fueled by jealousy, and tempered by fear for her safety, he succumbs to an unfamiliar desire to mate. Her kisses propel him to dare to make her his own.

Set in 1592 Scotland on the Scottish island of Staffa, the cursed hero battles a ghostly witch, a hunter set on rape, and his own growing desire for a young woman with premonitions of his death.

Her kisses propel him to dare to make her his own.

EXCERPT:

The water foamed and splashed as if more than one creature fought beneath the surface. Brianna stared through the sea spray, wiping her face with a tattered bit of fabric. She stared toward whatever swam beneath the surface. The sun glinted on something very odd. Emerald-green scales and a long, barbed tail curled just under the surface before the water clouded with a crimson hue.

“Is that blood?” Nia whispered.

“Aye. I think something has come to our aid.”

“I hope the beasties are no’ fighting over who gets to eat us.”

Brianna laughed aloud. The sound startled both her and her friend. “Nay, I am no’ crazed. Fear does strange things to a person. I, too, hope we survive this adventure.”

“Adventure?” Nia shook her head, pointing to a large piece of floating debris, and said, “Look.”

“Tis probably a piece of decking. Mayhap we can raise our feet above the water and look less appetizing to the beasties.”

“Good idea. Swim for it,” Nia cried.

Brianna led the way. Numb fingers clutched the jagged plank. Pain seared up her arms as the wood scraped away skin and dripped blood into the water.

“Ye first,” Brianna insisted when she saw a shivering Nia’s pale skin. Brianna rejoiced when her companion reached the safety of the large planks.

“Now you,” Nia said.

“Move over a bit so I can—“

With a flurry of foam, she lost her grip.

Water closed over Brianna’s head. She brushed against something scaly before it pulled her beneath the waves. Talons clasped her around her waist. Suddenly, she was above the ocean surface. Wind and water stung her eyes. She kicked and struggled against the vise-like grip holding her above the waves as she tried to understand her predicament.

When she brushed damp locks of hair from her face, she stared at a horrifying reflection on the sea’s surface: a huge flying dragon with a small woman in its grip. Both her hands flew to the claws wrapped around her middle. Held fast, the flap of the beast’s great wings filled the sky with an eerie thump.

The stench of blood intruded, filling her nose and making her gag. This beast had won the fight under the sea, but what happened to Nia? What happened to Gregor, Cook, and the rest of the party? Would any survivors know of her death at the hands of a dragon? Would anyone grieve her loss?

“Dear God,” she cried. “What about Draco?”

The beast trembled at her words. It glided toward land. She recognized the steep cliffs of Staffa and the beach where she gathered driftwood. She spied the waterfall where Ranald met his death.

Clenched between the murderous talons of a dragon, she made plans to run as soon as they landed.

“Draco! Help me!” He promised he would come to her aid should she call, but he could not hear her from this distance. The man owned no weapons and no armor. Landing with a gentle bump on solid ground, the golden talons retracted. Now free, Brianna hiked up her skirts and blindly jumped over rocks and roots as she flew into the bushes. Low-lying brambles scratched her naked calves. She survived worse than this when a rope had tangled around her leg and pulled her under the sea.

“I nearly drowned. A sea beast wanted to eat me for supper, now a dragon has stolen me away to this island. What else could happen?” Out of breath, she glanced back at her attacker from the relative safety of jutting rocks and prickly groundcover. Nothing. No dragon.

Silence filled the air until a high-pitched squeal made her jump. A huge boar, bigger than any the hunters had brought down during their stay on Staffa, pawed the ground a few paces from her hiding spot.

“Nice piggy,” Brianna whispered. Great. I can turn and run back toward the dragon or be gored by an irate pig.

“Go up.”

Who said that? No matter. Turning, Brianna slipped a bare foot into a low crack in the nearest rock formation. Pushing upward, she climbed. Apparently enraged by her escape attempt, the animal’s squeals turned to angry snorts. The rock shook when he collided head-on with its base.

“Go ahead. Knock yourself silly.” The boar backed up and struck again. The boar’s irrational mood and raw strength left Brianna’s bloody fingers grasping for a better hold, but she held. She nearly lost her footing when he attacked a third time. Clinging to loosened soil, which covered the jagged boulder, she also worried about the dragon. Has it let me go, or does it plan to scoop me from my perch once I reach the top?

“Brianna?”

Shocked senseless, her grip loosened. She fell. The scrawny branches of a gorse bush, growing from a crack in one side of her stone perch, scratched her cheek and snatched at her hair. She screamed until she stopped with a thud.

A warm, male hand swept tangles from her face. The coarse skin of a masculine thumb swept blood from her painful cheek as she collapsed, with a sigh, into Draco’s chest.

“Ye do no’ fly. Do ye?” he asked.

“I certainly do no’, ye beast. Draco!” She pushed far enough away to stare up from his arms. “Be careful! A wild boar is near! He almost pushed me off my perch.”

“I should no’ wonder since I accomplished the task with only my voice.”

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

What's This? A Post About Me?

I've had a lot of wonder writer posts and feature book posts lately, but few posts related to me, so here we are. What's up Brynn?

Well, a lot. Yesterday was my oldest son's sixteenth birthday!! I can't believe he's already legal driving age. Truthfully, I've been dreading it for years -- about sixteen. I've received a tiny reprieve however. He doesn't want to drive yet. He doesn't even want to take driver's ed. Works for me. He had a really nice birthday though. We made sure sixteen would be one to remember.

It will also be a day I remember. I made a trip out of town for the morning, in the midst of a crashing storm that had people driving 35-45 on the highway. Ugly!!! Afterward, I raced back to town so I could get some quick maintenance work done on the car.

Quick. Yeah, right. Stop one... An oil change. I discovered that my new-to-me vehicle, hasn't had the oil changed in an eon apparently. It looked ugly. I also discovered that my coolant needs to be flushed every thirty thousand miles. It hasn't been. And my transmission needs to be flushed every fifteen thousand miles. It hadn't been. It will be now. Lucky for me, things are still looking very good in the radiator and transmission...

Next stop, a quick recharge of the air conditioner. Nope. It didn't need recharging. After about an hour and a half, they found that a fuse was blown (they figured that out fast, but they couldn't find the fuse because it's in a wonky spot, not with the other fuses).

So then I was off to the tire place. We had discovered that one of the axle boots was leaking. I don't know the techy terms for it, but it was "slinging grease" while we were driving. After about an hour, they let me know that it wasn't one, but two that were like that, and it would be double the price.

I finally left there after three hours. It was hot and humid and I was sweaty... I turned on the air. No air. Apparently, something else is wrong that's causing the fuse to pop. Pretty much at that point, after spending over $800, I was ready to cry. I took my sticky self home with the intention of taking a shower.

Nope. My husband was borrowing my mom's car so I could get the repairs done. She was ready for me to pick her up. Off I went again. I did finally get a shower after that then we went to celebrate my son's birthday. It was a good time with lots of laughter. I was exhausted when I got home though. For the first time in years, I went to bed at 9:20.

The car is back at the shop today and I'm hopeful that the bill won't be huge!!

In other, better news, Kidnap and Kink came out last week. It's book two in the Taboo Wishes series. If you liked Punished, you'll probably enjoy this one. I had several people tell me after Punished that they wanted to see Rob's story. This is it.

In other news, I'm working with an agent on a few books so hopefully, you'll be able to find a couple of my works in the traditional print market soon -- though soon is a lot longer in print than it is in eBook, LOL.

Oh!!! And I got a Sony eReader. I love it!!! I love it so much, I ended up getting my husband one as well. He's a big reader too so it's a good investment for him. Brynn Paulin: Converting the world to eBooks, one person at a time! LOL! Last night, he was reading Punished. I loved when parts amused him enough to read them aloud to me. I never let him read the books until after they're published. Personal preference.

I've read a bunch of Lori Foster books over the last month. Now, I'm reading Flat-Out Sexy by Erin McCarthy. It's really good. I love the hero in the book. He's awesome!

Mmm... Now here's one. We just finished Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern. It's a humor book, based on quotes from his dad. He wrote the book after literary agents came across the quotes on his Twitter by the same name. It's a hysterical book. Even better, it's going to be a TV show in the fall (Thursdays CBS). William Shatner will star as the dad. Fabulous.

Otherwise, I guess there's just been a lot of work work work. The EDJ has been out of control. And I'm hard at work writing a few upcoming books. News soon!

Have a fun, good-car-karma day!
~~Brynn

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Wednesday Wonder Writer - Cheryl Dragon!!!

Welcome to Wednesday!!! I have a fabulous (and prolific) Wonder Writer with me today. Cheryl Dragon is one of the most versatile authors I know. Give her a genre and she'll write it--and it will be great. This is one author whose books I read over and over. So without further gushing, here's Cheryl:

Author’s lives intrigue readers and other writers. Tell me about your typical daily schedule.

Every day starts with the ritual stabbing of my voodoo dolls to curse my enemies and then my manservant makes breakfast....

Oh wait, you want real stuff???

I’m so NOT intriguing. I wake up, go to the day job, come home and write with the TV on (I need some white noise) and then there’s the sleeping. All the fun is in my imagination.

Do you have a pre-writing routine to prepare yourself to get down to business?

Not really a routine. There must be some caffeine laced beverage. A TV on for white noise (I’m the freak writer who can’t take music...I need movement out of the corner of my eye). As long as I have time to write an entire scene, I’m good to go. I can’t write a page here or a page there, it has to be a complete scene.

While I’m eating dinner, I generally watch the Days of Our Lives (DVR’d) which helps cleanse my brain of the day job. I stopped watching it for years but somehow got sucked back in when Vivian and Shane returned.

What’s your writing style? Slow and steady? Quick and prolific? All over the place?

Quick and prolific. I don’t want to lose the spark of the characters and their story. I need to get the story out of my head and onto paper, then I can polish it up.

What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned since starting work in this industry?

The people are amazingly generous and loyal. There women I met in the beginning of my career and who I may not see for a few years and when we see each other, it’s like nothing has changed. And some writers I chat with almost daily for moral support or venting. In a solitary business, you need that network of support.

What are you working on now?

Right now? Pushing Penny, book two of the Raider’s Bodyguard Service series recently sold to Resplendence Publishing. It’s a BBW with some light bd. Putting on a fashion show, plus size designer Penny Beaumont, is going to Milan and taking a bodyguard. But Raider’s bodyguards have a habit of getting very involved with their clients and Grayson’s dominant side will pull her out of her shell or there will be consequences.

What’s your favorite genre to write?

Erotic romance is a great genre. I can dabble in many subgenres, from suspense to paranormal and have a blast.

I find a lot of authors like to read outside their chosen genre. What do you like to read?
Mysteries. Right now I’m waiting for the third in the Tattoo Shop Mysteries by Karen E. Oslon....fast paced fun in Vegas. Awesome!!

Do you have a favorite author or someone you look up to in the industry?

I want to be Desiree Holt! She’s so sweet and generous, and she writes circles around me. Someday!

Tell me your writing story…when did you decide this was what you want to do? How long did it take you to get “the call”? When were you first published? Etc.

Again, I’m not very exciting. I always wanted to be a writer. I entertained myself making up things and started writing in college for fun. I got a degree in business because my family is not a bunch of dreamers who do what they love, but we have to be practical (I’m the black sheep!).

So I write on the side. I tried to write category romance and mainstream stuff. I received nice rejections that I was close but just a little outside of their guidelines or not quite right. All of them liked my love scenes so i focused on the hot and gave Ellora’s Cave a try.
They bought a bunch of stuff from me and I’ve sold to other publishers as well, but jus sold another quickie to Ellora’s Cave. Look for Catcalling Catherine Coming Soon...

How many books have you had published and for whom?

You’re making me do math?? I hate math! I’m an accountant by day. Numbers are so boring (I’m grumpy after work....I need to escape to my fiction world....if you don’t my sarcastic humor you’ve stopped reading by now anyway:)

But for Brynn, I’ll count....

Keep in mind, I normally write shorts or novellas....

Ellora’s Cave: 12

Loose Id: 9

Pink Petal Books: 2
Total-E-Bound 4

And more to come...

What’s your latest release? Can you tell us about the book and how you got the idea?

A Firm Hand (Regency, light bdsm erotic romance) [Featured HERE]

In public they are a proper couple in every way, but behind closed doors they explore rough desires that could prove more than they can handle.

Mariah and James share dark passions and are a match in every way but marriage is only the beginning of their journey.

Mariah wants more of James' intense instruction but James pulls away. She must tempt him, trust him, and prove to him that the ghosts of their childhood losses won't keep them from a long and happy marriage and unspeakable pleasure.
I got the idea because I love regencies. Occasionally I’ll need a writing challenge, to do something I don’t normally do and this was one. I wanted it not to be about money or status, but about getting past the manners and the formality to the real need and love of a couple.

What’s your writing space like?

My third bedroom....it has bookcases, a TV, a small desk with computer....Excedrin, eye drops, water and diet coke. Pens galore. Two big torch lamps, a shredder and a printer. A wall calendar from the Chinese place that delivers fast (it’s the year of the Tiger if you were worried).

I have my lucky cat on the TV...next to the bit white jar candle in case the power goes out (thunder storms happen).

What do you do when you’re not writing?

Watch TV, movies, hang out with friends, sleep, come up with ideas for writing, and of course the day job.

I’m all about ‘giving people something to talk about’. We all experience crazy things from time to time. Can you tell us something unusual that you’ve done or had happen to you?

I’ve shot a Tommy gun. I live in the Chicagoland area and when Capone ran the city, the average people didn’t fear gangs. Unless you crossed them, they were good for peace and opened soup kitchens, got people liquor during prohibition, and so on. The people who had to worry were the cops. (FYI the cops pass these stories down from those days so this comes from them and my great grandfather).

All local police stations were issued Tommy guns aka the Chicago typewriter. When Capone was coming through a city, the police radioed from town to town for the cops to get off the road, not the people. Capone’s men really did ride the sideboards of old cars with their machine guns.

Well, family friends in the police department, allowed me to practice shooting at the police shooting range nearby. My dad has a huge gun collection but an actual machine gun....that belonged to the PD. It was fun and historic.

Tell us… What’s your favorite movie and why?

Moonstruck. It’s about the characters in a romance and Moonstruck has characters that grab you, make you hope for them, care for them, and cheer for them. An amazing cast and intense performances. It’s a classic!

Is there anything else you’d like to share with readers?

Obviously I’m a total TV addict. From Bones to Psyche to the Closer. Family Guy...My latest obsession is Glee. I tried to resist but you must give in.

I took a little break from writing (family stuff and I drafted a mystery for fun) but I’m back at the writing desk for the hot stuff. Soon you’ll see a list of coming soon titles on my website. I just need to finalize some blurbs and get a cover or two...

www.cheryldragon.com

I’m dabbling in ménage +!

I’ve got new releases coming from Resplendence Publishing & Ellora’s Cave. I’m working on more so get ready to see something new from me out in August!

Last questions… Coke or Pepsi? Coke! Diet Coke with Lime to be precise.

Summer or Winter? Winter... I hate humidity.

Cat person or Dog person? Cat person. Dogs are cute as long as they’re smaller than my cat. My cat can take a dog twice her size (those claws are lethal).

Bronte or Austen? Austen. Regency addict!

Star Trek or Star Wars? Star Trek (The Next Generation) but I still love Yoda!

Team Edward or Team Jacob? Vampires Rule!

McDonalds or Burger King? Whichever is on the way...I have to get home and write.

Cheryl, Thanks for being here today!