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!!


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!