Tuesday, December 4, 2012

"Cole" for the Fire

How about a little Cole to keep you warm? I am pleased to present my newest release Stocking Full of Cole. I just can't say enough about how much I love this book. Yes, it's my book, but those of you who follow my blog know that I love all my books, but I just don't gush about them. That seems silly to me -- the gushing, that is. But Cole is special. This one is definitely my most romantic work to date. It's hot, yet it's definitely very sweet -- but what else would you like to find in your stocking?

Here's what it's about:

When Tamah Jones came home for the holidays, the last thing she expected was to learn Cole Greenwood, a man eleven years her junior, wants her and has for years. For Cole, Tamah has always been unattainable. Now, however, he’s ready to make a move and prove he’s the one for her. He’s ready to give everything, just to be hers, but the two must overcome geography, age difference and her overbearing family before being together can be more than a distant Christmas dream.

Stocking Full of Cole is available from Resplendence Publishing.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Saturday Ten: Favorite Books

I have a lot of books, and I have way more than ten favorites. But today, I'm going to name just a few of the bunch I love. Most of my favorites are older titles, but these are books that have shaped me and/or stuck with me. In no specific order:

1. Captive Fantasy by L. Rosario

Seraphina Scala has just confessed she's never had an orgasm and now her friend has the perfect solution-a night spent at Captive Fantasy, a club that guarantees to fulfill every deep, dark, secret desire. Sera would rather admit she's a vampire than join her friend at such a place, but she doesn't, and she finds herself surrounded by ravenous women and drop-dead gorgeous men. One in particular steals her attention...

2. Wednesday Nights With Jamie by Daisy Dexter Dobbs

Lyla's favorite day of the week is Wednesday. That's the day she allows herself to indulge in chocolate truffles, fine wine and scintillating sex with Jamie. Well, with her vibrator, Jamie-2, that is. The real Jamie, her boss, has no clue Lyla lusts after him or that he's the featured player in her fantasy sex scenarios.

When a crisis throws them together, sparks fly and passion ignites. And hot, sweaty, sultry sex with the living, breathing Jamie is definitely a whole lot better than solitary sex with a battery-operated plastic wand.

Love, devotion and shattering orgasms. What could be more perfect? They'd be on their way to a blissful happily ever after if it weren't for one teensy little problem. Lyla is an evil white temptress in search of something exotic and forbidden in her bed. And Jamie is a lowdown, scheming black man looking to better himself by having a white woman draped on his arm.

At least that's the way their narrow-minded mothers see it. And they'll do everything in their power to keep Jamie and Lyla apart.


3. Full Bodied Charmer by Marilyn Lee

Having recently discovered that there is a whole segment of the male populace who like their women large and bold, Jennifer Rose has finally learned to be comfortable with the fact that she is full-figured. To celebrate, she decides to take a walk on the wild side. The moment she spots the tall, blonde, handsome Rick Markham at a charity bachelor auction, her libido slips into active overdrive. Although she's been hurt in the past, she determines to get more for her money than dinner and pleasant conversation. Rick Markham is ready to settle down and raise a family with his ideal woman: a tall, slender, beautiful blonde. This description does not apply to the sultry, plus-sized Jennifer Rose, who wins a bidding war with his ideal woman, requiring him to spend an evening with her. After a surprising dinner, a slow dance, and several kisses that excite and arouse him, Rick is ready to hop into the sack with Jennifer for a one-night stand. Neither of them is prepared for what happens when he does...

4. A Heart So Wild by Johanna Lindsey

Courtney Harte is certain her missing father is a alive, lost somewhere deep in Indian territory. But she needs a guide to lead her safely through this dangerous, unfamiliar country, someone as wild and unpredictable as the land itself. And that man is the gunslinger they call Chandos.
Courtney fears this enigmatic loner whose dark secrets torture his soul, yet whose eyes, bluer than the frontier sky, enflame the innocent, determined lady with wanton desires. But on the treacherous path they have chosen they have no one to trust but each other--as shared perils to their lives and hearts unleash turbulent, unbridled, passions that only love can tame.
(Confession Time: I own THREE copies of this book)

5. Sexed Up by Sally Painter

In 2383, all the men on Earth are dead. The Anti-Male world government, convinced it was "God's will", has outlawed all research into re-creating males.Working illegally, Randi Mayers, the world's foremost sex-replacement designer, aims to create the closest thing to a real man the technology is capable of. William, the result of advanced nanite technology incorporated with DNA, is the ultimate "sex replacement" and everything Randi dreamed of. His sexual prowess leaves her breathless — and very, very satisfied.But William is much more than a machine, dammit — he's a man! As his "testing" continues and he demonstrates more and more human characteristics, they fall in love, but discovery and industrial espionage place them on a collision course with the Anti-Male faction, with dire results.

6. Tempting the Beast by Lora Leigh (I LOVE this whole series)

Callan Lyons is a genetic experiment. One of six fighting for freedom and the survival of their Pride. Merinus Tyler is the reporter who will tempt him, draw him, until the fury of the "mating frenzy" locks them into a battle of sexual heat there is no escape from. Deception, blood, and the evil Genetics Council are hot on their trail. Callan will use his strength to try and save them both...and do all in his power to keep his woman in the process.

7. Flat-out Sexy by Erin McCarthy (I also LOVE this series!!)

The last place widowed single mother Tamara Briggs wanted to find a man was at the racetrack. Been there, done that. But rookie driver Elec Monroe sure does get her heart racing.

8. Something Wild (All Through the Night Antho) by Shannon McKenna

It started out as a not-so-innocent flirtation, but Annie Simon can't resist the powerful man on the motorcycle . . . or his tantalizingly erotic promises. Long-haired and leather-clad, Jacob Kerr is strong, sexy, and determined to give her the ultimate lesson in pleasure, if she's willing. And all she can say is yes . . .

9. Luring Lucy by Lori Foster

All Lucy was looking for when she went to her vacation home was an innocent fling to quell the yearning she had felt since her husband died four years ago. She never expected her longtime friend Bram to lure her into a love affair so hot. 

10. Dance Through Time by Lynn Kurland

Romance writer Elizabeth Smith falls asleep in Central Park, New York City, in 1996, only to awaken in fourteenth-century Scotland, where she finds herself in the arms of her dream man, powerful Scottish laird James MacLeod. 


These are all fantastic books. Check them out!!

~~Brynn

Friday, November 2, 2012

Something Sad

There are a few things, people actually, that are making me sad — really sad. People I care about, people I’ve worked with in the past who are no longer writing. It twists my gut to know these very talented people have apparently put down their pens and walked away.

I’m speaking specifically about three people (LD, AL/EH and EA). All three of these people were beaten down by the industry and stopped writing. All three are utterly talented and people I’d work with again in an instant, no questions.

One of the group I mentioned I also considered a good friend. When she walked away, she left behind all of us, friend or not.I wonder if she was given the choice, between her day job and her writing career. She works for a Christian organization and I wouldn’t be surprised if she faced an ultimatum.

That too saddens me. I wonder what I would do if faced by the same. Well, sort of. I’ve often thought over what I’d do if “outed” at church. I’d walk away. Religion is far different from faith. But church and your livelihood are far different too. The thought that someone would be forced to choose between their writing and the rest of life just makes me want to cry. Writing is life for most writers.

I hope the best for these three friends, and I wish there was something I could do for them. I guess, most of all I hope they read this and know I’m still here for them.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Ending the Slump

Hey! It's me, the bad blogger. I'm back (I hope!). I have to say, this has been a bit of a "slump year" all around for me. Not as much writing as usual, not as much motivation for much of anything beyond getting by, but I feel as if that's all behind me. Things are better.

Now, some of you might say seven books out this year does not qualify as a slump, but dude! that's so off my normal mark. I'm hoping to get back to normal next year. It's funny what a bad case of writer's block can do. And yes, I've always said I don't believe in writer's block, but if what has assailed me this year isn't a block, I don't know what is! There were days on end when I would stare at walls, the ceiling, my computer screen and just have nothing, no matter how hard I tried or what trick I tried. There were no stories there. I had ideas -- I always have ideas -- but there was no text to accompany them.

That's past now. Suddenly, the past few weeks, it's like a canvas has been pulled off me. I see this whole expanse of possibilities before me just waiting to be put to paper. I'm fired up and the sparks of idea are getting ready to blaze into an inferno of words. I feel inspired and energized which is something that's been missing.

But let me clarify... Obviously, I got work done this year -- and it was good work! Still every word was a struggle taking me ten times as long as normal. I have to say, I'm proud of what I did because I didn't just quit. I hope this blog doesn't come across as woe is me because I don't feel that way. I'm just excited to finally be moving forward. I feel like the old me is back. Maybe my brain just needed a little rest. I don't know.

Anyway, in celebration of this new day dawning, I've updated my blog with a new hot look and I'm getting ready to roll into 2013. Talk soon!

~~Brynn

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Friday, July 6, 2012

Hot Man For a Hot Day


And that is all. Have a great day! :-)

Friday, June 15, 2012

Seven Sentence Challenge

The Rules:

Go to page 7 or 77 in your current manuscript

Go to line 7

Post on your blog or Facebook page the next 7 lines, or sentences, as they are – no cheating

Tag 7 other authors to do the same.

The man entered in a blur, slamming the door shut as he moved. Lips, so familiar but so long absent covered hers in a moment. And that spicy, woodsy scent. She breathed it in, the fragrance igniting her memory banks. Heat flooded through her body as it instantly remembered and responded to him. Her thighs grew soft, her sex so wet, her womb tight…

Her lips parted on a groan and let him in.


(From: Rebellious Submission, Cress Family book 5)

And I challenge:

Bronwyn Green
Dakota Rebel
Simone Anderson
Jennifer Armintrout
Gabrielle Holly
Mia Watts
Kelsey St. James

~~Brynn

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday

Good morning! For this week's Six Sentence, I thought that I'd share a snip from my upcoming Daly Way, Briar's Cowboys. Here goes:

Though it was legendary for its horse stock, one didn’t find the Flying D without knowing where it was at or having a great map. For Briar, it was the former—she’d never forget her way home.

Centuries-old trees canopied the path for a good fifteen minutes before thinning to finally reveal a sprawling spread that was one of the largest in all of the region, weighing in at over one-hundred-thousand acres. She could get lost here for days—and she needed that.

When her old friend, Robert Daly had invited her to come back, she’d known it was time.

There was nowhere like home to heal.

Tune in next week when I'll share another Briar clip!!

Hugs!
~~Brynn

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Being Real

Today's post isn't about a book or writing or anything like that. It's all about being real. Deep down real.

Ever been in a funk and you couldn't explain it? I try to be cheerful and upbeat all the time, but seriously, for the past month, I've mostly been mad. Just angry for no identifiable reason. Have you ever been there?

I don't know. Maybe it's not so much angry as agitated

Personally, things are decent in my life with only the normal aggravations. But, I've been so upset for other people I'm a strung out mess. The middle of this past week, I didn't have enough fingers on one hand to count the number of people close to me who were sick, really sick, and some of them with unexplained maladies that weren't going away. Serious things that really worried me. One of my favorite teachers from high school passed away. He was only 64 and he'd discovered a short three weeks before he had cancer. He didn't deserve to go that way. Heck, no one deserves to go that way. We were also shocked by one of my husband's friends getting arrested. It was so shocking because he was a great guy, awesome to be around. He appeared to be a model citizen. Not so much. What he did was really bad. Shocking. Really distressing. He destroyed his family by his actions. I just cried for his family and for him the other day. His consequences are tragic and, among other things, he's never going to see his kids again. I wish people would think. Really think.

I've just been in such pain for other people.

Literally, every day this week, I went to bed and stared at the ceiling for an hour before I finally got up and brainlessly played an off-version of Bejeweled on my iPad until I couldn't keep my eyes open anymore. Anything mindless to keep me from thinking.

Maybe I shouldn't admit this here. Maybe I should keep everything upbeat and superficial. I don't know. I think sometimes it's best to just be real and to let you know you're not alone if you go through things like this, too.

Hugs to all of you. And hopefully back to the regularly scheduled cheer tomorrow.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Hey everyone! So yesterday was a big day for me. Mr. Inspiration and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary. Pretty cool. There were some days I'll admit I thought we'd never make it. I'm glad we did.

In other news, I turned in my next book to Ellora's Cave. If all goes well, the first book in my Mounted in Alaska series will be out soon. I'm deep into writing my next book for them. It will be the next installment in the Brotherly Bonds series. I know I've been saying Francesca's book is coming for awhile, but it is REALLY!!! I'm a third of the way into it and it's coming along beautifully. I plan to have it in to my editor by mid-June.

For my Daly fans, yes, I'm working on that book too. Briar's book will be out in July. I've also committed to two short Erotic Gem books that will be slice of life glimpses at Daly. First will focus on Leena and her guys. They have a surprise for her, but will it shake up things in Daly? The second will feature River who will be the heroine of Corralled and Claimed. It'll sort of be a prequel. All four books will come out this year. Daly and my new Tales Undone series are my focus at Resplendence Publishing for the rest of this year.

Above, I posted my new cover for Tales Undone. I'm not talking about it yet, but I am soooooo excited about this series!!!

~~Brynn

Monday, May 7, 2012

50 Shades From SNL

Funny stuff :-)
(Yes, I endorse getting an e-reader ASAP)



Thursday, May 3, 2012

A new book: Special Force

I'm very pleased to announce my newest offering, Special Force. It's a quick little story and super HOT. It's available now at Resplendence Publishing.

Here's what it's about:

Amelia Barker and Keon Munro are about to meet face-to-face for the first time. With F-16 butterflies dive-bombing her belly, she nervously awaits her soldier and the promises he made over the internet. Fresh off deployment, Keon is ready for some one-on-one action with the woman who captured his heart through cyberspace. Too bad she’s not who he thinks she is. Either way, she’d better be ready for his special force. He’s been dreaming of this night for months, and her sweet behind is his.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Taxes and a new work day

You know, I think the IRS gets a bad rap -- at least the people who work there. I've had to talk to them quite a few times in the past year (because I'm just that lucky) and all but one time, every person has been absolutely polite and delightful. I just wanted to throw that out there. Tax collectors from the beginning of time have gotten a nasty rep -- some of them deservedly, I'll admit. I have to say, I'd hate to have that job. You hear IRS and you get a nasty taste in your mouth. It's conditioning, I guess, and the fact we hate all the damn forms and deadlines. There's always that specter out there too, that chance we're going to get -- gulp -- audited. Most people I know have the kind of fear and reverence for the Internal Revenue Service that truthfully we should just reserve for God. It's an interesting personality study.

Anyway, thankfully, tax day is behind us. Now it's time to move on to the rest of the year. It's that day when we vow to keep better records for next year, to make sure we have enough deductions, and maybe make payments ahead if we're self employed. That usually lasts about a week for me. I usually keep good records anyway, but the rest, I don't so much think about. I'm am the tax guy's nightmare.

Enough about that.

My dream yesterday spawned an idea for a whole new series. Strangely though, it has nothing to do with most of the dream, just a split second moment of dream within dream. Continued weirdness ensues.

But the new series...definitely not weird. I'm so looking forward to it. I'm jotting scenes for the first one right now. That's about it, though, because I'm also working on a short-short story, on the next Daly Way, and on a shape-shifter book. Multi-tasking. It is my M.O.

How do I do that? Well, I break up my day like a job. Because, well, this IS my job. I have a list of tasks to do and I attack them just like I would if I had an office job. I don't recall one time in my pre-writing career that I had one item to complete on my desk. Generally, I had a to-do list as long as my arm. Same thing here. My list of books to write and where I want to send them gets longer by the month. I usually get at least one new book idea a month. At least. So I jot them down so I don't forget details, add them to my list then get back to work on the current tasks. I think right now, I have enough ideas to last me to 2015. Maybe longer...

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Weird Dream

Two posts in a row!? Is it the apocalypse already?

Have you ever had one of those dreams where you wake up and think "holy smokes! that would be a great book"? I had one those last night, although I have to admit, my first though was more "wtf" than "holy smokes".

So, as soon as the house quieted this morning, I wrote down the dream -- it was just that vivid. I don't know what the heck I'll do with it, but I have it saved now. The last time I had such a clear plotted dream it became In the Dark. Unlike a lot of authors, I don't get these dream gifts very often. I can actually think of only three in my life. One is still languishing in a "what do I do with you?" folder. Now there are two there.

The thing is, I just know it would be a great book. But it has a taboo element in it, so I don't know where to put it. It's not anything like beastiality or incest or anything like that. It's not that taboo. It's just not accepted by my publishers. The story's not actually all that erotic either though it does have a menage in it.

What to do? What to do?

While I think on that, why don't you check out my mail-a-palooza tab. Join up if you haven't already!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Mail-a-Palooza

Any sane American knows not to go to the post office on tax day (or in this case, the day before tax day) but where was I today? In line. At the post office. Doing one of my FAVORITE things!! Today was Mail-a-Palooza prize day and I was sending out 7 packages.

You might ask: What is Mail-a-palooza and how does it work?

Well, let me tell you.

Mail-a-palooza is my on-going contest. You enter it by emailing me, telling me you want to enter and including your postal address. It's important that I have your address or I can't send you anything.

Once a month, I do a drawing from my list and select seven people to get prizes. Sometimes it's books; sometimes it's other fun stuff. Not everyone gets the same prize. Once I pick you, you're out of the running for Mail-a-palooza. That is...UNTIL I have a new print book come out or I get new promotional items. When that happens, you're back in the drawing. Based on my current schedule, you could win up to four times a year.

You never know when you're going to get something. I don't send notifications. You'll just get a package in the mail.

So, if you want to get into the fun, drop me an email (brynnpaulin @ yahoo . com) and I'll get you in the running.

Have a great day!

~~ Brynn

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

My Next Book: Special Force

Sybil Disobedience and Stealing the Bride have both hit the shelves, but what's next? Well...next up is Special Force.

Grace Barker and Keon Munro are about to meet face-to-face for the first time, and with F-16 butterflies dive-bombing her belly, Grace nervously awaits her soldier and the promises he made over the internet. Fresh off deployment, Keon is ready for some one-on-one action with the woman who captured his heart through cyberspace, but she better be ready for this SEAL's special force.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Monday Twenty-one — General Information

Welcome to Monday. I thought today, I would start Monday 21. So here we go.

Brynn:

1. Has a dog who snores like a human.
2. Is a Boy Scout Troop Scoutmaster and has gotten all but two boys to Eagle, so far.
3. Thinks 65 is a good temp for the house all the time.
4. Is addicted to old-school romance novels (especially old Harlequins)
5. Doesn’t particularly like chocolate unless in the mood for it, and then just a teeny bit.
6. Is a perpetual Weight Watcher who might eventually make goal.
7. Loves fried Rangoon. (see last point, and now you understand)
8. Loves, loves, loves to cook and thinks butter is awesome. (See #6 again)
9. Is a NASCAR fan.
10. Isn’t afraid of spiders, bugs, clowns, storms, dentists or needles; is mildly scared of heights, basements and the dark; is fairly terrified of rodents and snakes.
11. Has a 1950’s housewife living inside her.
12. Likes Big Bang Theory, Supernatural, Once Upon a Time and Criminal Minds.
13. Also is a Family Feud, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy junkie.
14. Thinks the Keurig and the iPad are the greatest inventions in recent history.
15. Has a car decked out in Tinker Bell d├ęcor.
16. Collects penguins.
17. Never wanted to be a ballerina; always wanted to be a figure skater.
18. Can’t ice skate.
19. Mentors a first grader at a local school.
20. Thinks red is the best color and that blue is a close second.
21. Has crazy neighbors who do really weird things.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!!

One of my favorite lines from Princess Bride is: There is too much; let me sum up.

That's the spirit of today's post. There's a lot in here: 2012 Goals, two giveaways, an interview, some news...

First up: the goals. I thought about this yesterday, and I figured I'd go ahead and pop them up here. I've known for a awhile that 2012 would be busy book-wise for me, but I don't want that to be my life. So I thought about that too. I don't do resolutions (no one keeps those anyway) but I do have specific things, publishing and not, that I plan to do this year.

1. Write every day. You'd think this was a given, but no, it's not. Lately, because of life and the day job, I've tended to write in bursts. This is actually pretty stressful, so for my peace of mind, I'll write every day like I used to once upon a time.

2. Keep losing weight. I'm super slow about this. Maybe in five years I'll make it to my goal, but a little at a time is good for me.

3. Blog more. Seriously, I like to blog. I need to be better about getting it into my schedule!

4. Take time for little indulgences.

5. Take opportunities to spend more time with the family -- all of them, not just the ones with whom I live. I saw a bunch of my extended family members over the holidays and it reminded me of how much I miss them.

6. Spend more time at the Y and doing yoga. I love water aerobics at the Y and I love doing yoga, but I've been a lazy slacker lately. Back on track. Brynn!!

7. Keep cooking home-cooked meals my family adores. This became a 2011 mid-year goal. I'm sick of fast food, eating out and the same old-same old standbys. I've spent considerable time finding yummy recipes and learning to cook new things. The family loves it and it's been healthier too!

8. Organize all my storage spaces. I want to do this ASAP. My house is pretty orderly, but all my cupboards, closets and other storage spaces can use a really good purge and reorganizing.

So aside from goals, what does 2012 hold for me? At the moment, I have 14 books scheduled (see...I told you I had a busy year ahead, lol). My oldest son is graduating from high school and starting college. My husband and I will celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. I'll be attending several writing conferences (RT, AAD, Romanticon) and taking a few trips (Gencon, Alaska and maybe this will be the year I get to go to Times Square for New Years). It's going to be a big, busy year. I'm looking forward to it!

And now... the giveaways:

First, one that isn't mine. I was emailed by the fantastic Beth Fantaskey about her new YA book, Jessica Rules the Dark Side. It releases Jan. 10. Those of you who've been around awhile might remember that I featured the book Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side on my blog in 2011. I loved the book and I'm looking forward to the new one. As part of the promotion, her publisher is giving away electronic copies of the first book until Jan 6. Here's the LINK. The download now button will take you to a place where you can get the various versions, including Kindle and Nook. Also, Beth has a free read on her site. It's a short story that goes between the two books. It's not imperative to read it before the 2nd book, but it's fun. Here's that LINK. If you read young adult, I'd highly recommend Jessica's Guide.

Second: All of the Phases authors have been interviewed by Guilty Indulgence. Lots of fun questions with snappy answers. Check it out. As part of the interview, one lucky commenter will win all 12 of the Phases books! The contest ends Jan. 7.

And finally, the news: Sybil Disobedience will be out this month on the 18th. The expanded re-release of Stealing the Bride will be out February 1st. I'm hoping to have news for you on Finding Francesca within the next two-three weeks. Here are a couple covers (!!!):