Habits

I think that writers are avid people watchers.  We’re most comfortable on the edges of the action where we have the best view.

We notice little nuances of facial expression or body language or turns of phrase, things that other people are completely unaware of as they hustle along their way.

We gather little details and tuck them away for later.  I suppose that makes us introverts, turning things over and over in our minds.

So when you’re reading a novel, you shouldn’t be surprised to see things you recognize from time to time.  We’re paying attention.

Pandora Spocks–The Smashwords Interview

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Have you ever been curious about Pandora Spocks, Author?  LOL!

Smashwords has posted a new interview.  Here’s a sneak peek.

What’s the story behind your latest book?
Rannigan’s Redemption is a romantic drama about Michael Rannigan, a hotshot Manhattan attorney, and Maggie Flynn, the recent law school grad he hires to join his elite high-profile defense practice.

Professionally, Michael is smart enough to surround himself with great legal minds. They do all the leg-work and he breezes in and saves the day for their very wealthy, very grateful clients. Privately, Michael is an inveterate player. As one reviewer put it, “his commitment issues have commitment issues.”

Maggie had a completely different plan for her career after graduation, but when she spies Michael at a job fair, she can’t resist interviewing with him. She’s studied his cases and she knows he’s one of the best. But not lost on her are the facts that he’s charming, handsome, and sexy as hell.

Michael prefers to date Barbie look-alikes with significantly lower IQs than Maggie’s. Still, he’s drawn to her in an unnervingly undeniable way.

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wrote my first novel, Luke & Bella: Two Streets Over a chapter at a time, posting them online just for kicks. Much to my surprise, people were reading the chapters and clamoring for more. When the story was finished, and I’d posted it twice in its entirety, I thought maybe it would be interesting to publish the whole thing as a book and see what happened.

Here’s the link for the entire interview.

Sexy Sunday Excerpt

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Rannigan’s Redemption Part 1: Resisting Risk launched on Tuesday to enthusiastic 5 STAR reviews.  It’s the first part of a trilogy about hotshot Manhattan attorney Michael Rannigan and Maggie Flynn, the recent law school grad he’s hired to join his elite high-profile defense practice.  For Sexy Sunday, I thought I’d release a new excerpt.

     This is probably a bad idea. Maggie stood on the terrace of Michael’s apartment looking out over the city. It looked magical after dark, all dotted with twinkling lights. Even the traffic sounds were muted from this height. Lost in thought as she was, Michael’s voice startled her.
“That’s better. Can I get you something?”
She turned to see that he’d exchanged his suit for jeans and a faded forest green t-shirt. His feet were bare. “Come on in, I’ll pour you something.”
Wordlessly, she followed him back inside the apartment. Baseball was playing on the huge flat-screen television; the sound was low. Michael turned to her. “Relax,” he said, eyes sparkling with amusement. “We’re not at work anymore.”
He continued on to the bar. Maggie stopped by the kitchen counter where she’d dropped her purse, stepping out of her black pumps and removing the jacket of her black skirt suit, folding it carefully and laying it over the back of the couch.
She felt vaguely uncomfortable and rubbed her arms, now bare in her sleeveless grey chiffon blouse, as she crossed the room to the bar. Michael was behind the sleek black counter, his back turned, so she sat on one of the ultra-modern black bar stools, tucking her feet carefully onto the footrest as she noticed the mirrored front of the bar. He was reaching into the glass-fronted oak cabinet that complimented the apartment’s light hardwood floor. From this vantage point she could appreciate the way his shirt hugged his torso, the contours of his shoulders and back evident as he moved.
     Focus, Maggie. She cleared her throat. “This really is a beautiful apartment.”
He glanced over his shoulder. “But not your style,” he quipped, grinning.
Maggie blushed. “I like more classical design, of course, but this is very nice,” she said, fidgeting with her bracelet.
Michael turned around and placed two heavy glass tumblers on the counter. Beside the glasses he placed a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve bourbon. Maggie frowned slightly and looked up at him. “This isn’t the same bottle I gave you a few years ago, is it?”
He grinned. “Yes, it is.”
She shook her head. “But how…? I mean, why didn’t you drink it?” Her face fell. “You didn’t like it.”
“Are you kidding? I love this. I only bring it out for special occasions, for people I know will appreciate it.” He poured for them both. “Every year you get me great bourbon, but the year you gave me this?” He lifted the bottle admiringly. “You knocked it out of the park.” He replaced the bottle and walked around the bar to where she sat. On the bar stool she was as tall as Michael.
Maggie snickered. “Baseball reference.”
Michael laughed and lifted his glass. “To baseball, especially my Yankees, may they win the pennant!” Maggie laughed and touched her glass to his.
“And, to friends,” he added, regarding her warmly.
Maggie sipped quietly, blushing again. She set down her glass and turned to look out the huge wall of windows, fidgeting absently with her bracelet again.
Michael nodded at her wrist. “Is that the one I gave you?” he asked.
She looked down, surprised. “It is. I forgot that I had it on. I wear it a lot, actually, but most of the time it’s hidden beneath my sleeves.” She held it out for him to see. “I love it. It’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever owned,” she said earnestly.
Michael took her hand and looked closely at the bracelet, fingering the moonstones and turning it around her wrist. “You should have beautiful things,” he murmured. He lifted her hand and turned it over, gently pressing her palm to his lips.
Maggie felt her heart pound. She’d had a lot of bourbon. That could explain the rush of heat she felt. It could. She slowly moved her hand to cup his jaw, feeling the prickle of his ever-present five o’clock shadow. His soulful brown eyes drew her like a magnet, as though some invisible force pulled her to him, or him to her, it was hard to tell.
“Aw, Mags,” he breathed, just before their lips met. Like the handful of other times they’d kissed, the heat was instant, the hunger and desperation, tongues seeking and finding. When he pulled back she was breathless.
“I should probably go,” she whispered. She slid off the stool and unsteadily stepped away from the bar. Michael shoved his hands in his pockets and followed her to the kitchen counter where she’d left her things. Maggie stopped at the counter, her back to him, and she closed her eyes.
“I wish…” he began, and stopped.
Maggie licked her lips, eyes still closed. “What do you wish?” Her voice was husky.
Michael lightly caressed her upper arms with his finger tips and nuzzled the back of her neck through her long red hair. “I wish you didn’t have to go.”

Rannigan’s Redemption Part 1: Resisting Risk is available at these fine retailers:

Amazon, iTunes, B&N, Kobo, and Smashwords

Coming soon: Rannigan’s Redemption Part 2: Running Rogue

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Her Christmas Cowboy ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ #Spanking #Romance #Spanking Cowboy #Smexy

Check out the latest by Maggie Carpenter! Definitely going on my TBR list!!

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Wonderful to be able to post again. I’m typing this on a brand new laptop. Apple couldn’t fix the old one. Ahh, the joy of a warranty. For those of you who don’t follow me on FB, this is my Christmas Cowboy romance, a spanking sweet story at a tempting Christmas price of only $2.99.

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It’s Christmas Eve, and Connor McBride is still haunted by a woman he talked to for only five minutes one month before. He still isn’t sure if it had been the way her blue eyes had told him she was sweet but sassy, or the way she drank her beer, holding the nozzle to her lips and tilting back her head. It had been so damn sexy he’d wanted to lean over the bar, rip it out of her hands, and kiss her like it was his last night on planet earth.

Little does he know that she…

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Watch This Space–G. S. Bailey

I’ve been in promo-mode for the last few weeks with the release of my new book, Rannigan’s Redemption, so I’ve been lax with posting much of anything else.  BUT!  I recently read a really cool book I want to tell you about.

Australian G. S. Bailey is the author of a whole slew of mystery and suspense novels, all with a steamy dose of romance on the side.  I’ve been wanting to read something of his for some time and I finally read his new book, Kangaroo Crossing.  I was not disappointed.  Here’s my review.

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Kangaroo Crossing is Book 5 of author G.S. Bailey’s Mystery Loves Romance series. Journalist Blake is a confirmed city boy. He’s also a player, content to entertain himself with casual hook-ups and one-night stands rather than risk having his heart broken again.
Madeline runs her family’s cattle station in the outback about as far away from the big city as one can get. She and her family are still reeling from the yet unsolved murder of Maddy’s mother years before. While she’s happy with her simple country life, she wouldn’t mind finding a man to share it with.
Their worlds collide when Blake is assigned to look into new evidence in the case of Madeline’s mother and several other cold cases. He’s gentleman enough to know he shouldn’t trifle with her heart. But is it really trifling if he’s falling for her?
I loved this book. The author takes us with him on a trip into the Australian outback, weaving together awe of Mother Nature and terrific suspense. And he builds incredible sexual tension between the main characters. I haven’t read the other books in this series and that’s okay because they’re all stand-alone. But I think I know what goes next on my To-Read list.

Check out Kangaroo Crossing and other steamy mysteries by G. S. Bailey!

New Review of Rannigan’s Redemption!

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I’m beyond grateful to the incomparable Patient Lee for her terrific review of the recently released Rannigan’s Redemption Part 1: Resisting Risk.  She posted her review on Writerotica.  You can click the link to read it.

Rannigan’s Redemption Part 2: Running Rogue will be out in February.

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Part 1 of Rannigan is available at the usual outlets.

Amazon, iTunes, B&N, Kobo, and Smashwords

No author is an island …

As Indie Authors, we need each other. We aren’t in competition. We’re the best source of support.

Books: Publishing, Reading, Writing

I finished reading a book on marketing that, while good, worthwhile, and filled with lots of ideas and information (much of which I already use) to get your book out there and selling, it fell short, in my estimation.

Yes, it discussed the importance of building a fan base and giving fans what they want, and it also suggested one way of developing your career as being to call on others more experienced in your field and essentially “use” them and their influence to get ahead (something I didn’t particularly agree with).

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But where the book fell short was in not once mentioning the importance of “promoting the writing and books of other authors” or in working with other authors to create a community in which all can thrive. Authors who read and follow the advice in this book will come out looking like lone wolves grasping after sales alone…

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I’m A Lucky Girl

20151208_194941-1All in all, it’s been a great release day for Rannigan’s Redemption.  I mean, there was the day from hell at my day job.  But ignoring that, a few copies have sold, it’s gotten some amazingly positive reviews, and I’ve had huge support from many of you.  I can’t thank you enough.  You all mean the world to me.

And I even received launch day flowers from my biggest fan, my Sir.

Yep.  I’m a lucky girl.

Smart Sexy Launch Party

Welcome to the Smart Sexy Launch Party for

Rannigan’s Redemption part 1: Resisting Risk! 

Rannigan’s Redemption Part 1: Resisting Risk is OUT today!  It’s a smart, sexy contemporary romance about hotshot lawyer Michael Rannigan and his complicated relationship with Maggie Flynn, the spunky redhead he hired fresh out of law school.

Here’s one last excerpt.

Pretty sure I have some more drinking to do here, she thought grimly as she ordered another bourbon. Slowly the group dwindled as people began making their way back to their own lives, their own weekends. At one point, Maggie went to the ladies’ room and when she returned, she didn’t see Michael any longer.
Still not ready to go home, she moved to the bar where she found an empty stool at the far end and ordered yet another bourbon.
“Make it two.” She turned to find Michael standing behind her.
“I thought you were gone,” she said.
“I had to see a man about a horse,” he grinned.
Maggie smiled, too. “Pull up a seat if you’re drinking,” she said.
Michael dragged a stool over and Maggie scooted hers as far against the wall as she could. “So what gives, Mags? You don’t seem glad we won the case.”
She frowned, looking into the distance. “It was wrong. Maybe she thought she wanted to sleep with him and then she changed her mind. No means no. Every time.” She stared into her glass. “What we did, what I did…just victimized the victim all over again. That’s not who I want to be.” She downed her drink.
Michael was thoughtful for a moment. “It’s what we do. We defend people who get into trouble.” He watched her disdainful expression. “I know. Sometimes our clients are rat bastards.” Maggie laughed in spite of herself. “But they’re entitled to the best defense we can manage. Rat bastard status notwithstanding.”
“Rat bastard status notwithstanding,” she repeated. They sat without talking for a while, sipping thoughtfully. The bartender rang the bell to indicate the end of happy hour.
She turned to Michael. “Why are you still here? You usually leave long before now.”
He shrugged. “I don’t know. Just wasn’t ready to leave, I guess. What about you?”
“Just not ready to go home, I suppose. You’re leaving tomorrow anyway, right?”
Michael nodded. “Yep.” They sat quietly again.
“So how is it you’re alone tonight? No stunning blonde coming to wisk you off someplace?” She cringed inside. That was a stupid, drunk-ass thing to say.
He grinned again and looked at his hands. “I don’t know. Seems like everyone’s got something going on. I think Vivian’s busy packing for the trip.”
“Vivian…” she repeated, nodding. “Well, on the bright side, you’ll save a fortune on pink champagne while you’re in the Maldives.” Her smile didn’t quite reach her eyes.
He chuckled lightly. “Yeah, there’s that. Do you want another drink?” he asked.
She grinned. “I would love another drink.”
“Good. Let’s have another.” He motioned to the bartender.
They spent the next hour and a half chatting over drinks about nothing in particular. They laughed as they recalled the incident with Hemphill and Standifer those years ago.
Who would ever have thought I’d laugh about that, Maggie reflected. She smiled at Michael affectionately. The conversation waned again and they sat companionably for a while.
“How about another round?”
Maggie shook her head. “I’m done,” she said. “I need to quit while I’m behind.”
“Yeah. I think I’m just going to go home and watch the game,” he said.
She smirked. “Baseball?”
“Baseball. My Yankees,” he grinned. Michael stared into his glass for a moment, then looked back at her. “Come with me.”

Hurry to your favorite e-book outlet and snag your own copy!

Amazon, iTunes, B&N, Kobo, and Smashwords

Out TODAY!

51syvvcbubl-_sx311_bo1204203200_Rannigan’s Redemption Part 1: Resisting Risk is out today!  It’s a smart, sexy contemporary romance set in a New York City law firm.

     Brilliant Manhattan attorney Michael Rannigan has his life arranged exactly the way he likes it. As a founding partner at the law firm of Murphy, Rannigan, & Metheny, he can let his underlings do the legwork on the high profile defense cases his exclusive 50th floor division handles. He prefers to simply breeze in and do what he does best: dazzle juries and charm the press.
His private life is well-ordered, too. Michael doesn’t have the time or the patience for relationships. Instead, he has a contact list of hot blondes who meet his needs at any given moment, whether it’s a date to a gallery opening or awards show. Or he just wants to get laid.
Some people would call him shallow. But they’re just envious.
Maggie Flynn has her life mapped out as well. After she graduates from law school she plans to take a job with the Prosecutor’s Office where she interned. But when she attends a job fair and meets Michael Rannigan, her plans change. She’s studied his cases, even heard him speak once. He’s smart and sexy and she can’t resist interviewing with him.
Michael hires Maggie and has her assigned to his elite 50th floor team. He knows smart when he sees it. He also sees the spark in her eyes. She wants him. And having her nearby strokes his ego. It’s not like anything will come of it, she’s so far from his type. But there’s something unsettling about Mary Margaret Flynn, like she can see through his bullshit in a way no one else ever bothered to do.
Maggie realizes that her crush on Michael is all but hopeless. He’s a self-absorbed womanizer. But beneath that cool exterior, she’s seen the man he can be and she’s sure that love can bring that out. In the meantime, she’s content to work with him.
What would happen if they ever crossed that line?

Stay tuned for an all-new excerpt later today…

You can get your copy of Rannigan’s Redemption Part 1: Resisting Risk at these links.

Amazon, iTunes, B&N, Kobo, and Smashwords