Pucker Up!

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Pucker up, baby, because it’s Kiss a Ginger Day, all day today!

And what better way to spend the day than with one of my sassy red-haired leading ladies?  That right.  Supporting my belief that there should be more gingers in erotica, all of my heroines are strong, smart, sexy redheads.

Let me introduce you to them.

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Bella Grant, of LUKE & BELLA, is a strong-willed ginger.  She’s also a take-charge professional journalist with an appetite for excitement.

Tasked with creating a new brand of television travel show, she’s jetting off to exotic destinations, staying in romantic hotels, and experiencing new sights and cultures.  It’s no wonder she falls for her dreamy partner on this adventure, sexy photographer Luke McGillicutty.

But Bella gets more than she bargained for when she discovers that Luke is Dominant.

Will she agree to explore her submissive side?

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After spoiled Hollywood starlet, red-haired Shasta Pyke of LOST & BOUND, finds herself in trouble with the law, she’s exiled to the wilderness of northern Ontario until the dust settles and public attention moves on the the next big train wreck.

It’s there that she meets rugged mountain man Blake Walker, a Daddy Dominant who sees in Shasta the baby girl he’s been searching for.

But will this bratty ginger ever willingly give him her submission?

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Maggie Flynn, the leading lady in the RANNIGAN’S REDEMPTION trilogy (RESISTING RISK, RUNNING ROGUE, and RANSOMING REDEMPTION) is a smart, capable, and determined new lawyer.  She’s also hopelessly in love with sexy rake Michael Rannigan, the high-powered Manhattan attorney who hired her straight out of law school.

But down-to-earth, red-haired Maggie is so far from Michael’s usual type, the surgically-enhanced, bottle-blonde babes he keeps on his contact list.  So why can’t Michael get Maggie off his mind?

Fair warning:  This epic 5-STAR story does NOT go where you think it’s going to go, but it’s page-turning, character-driven erotic romance you’ll love to read again and again.  (P.S. RESISTING RISK is only .99–Not much of a risk there.)

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I almost forgot about spunky ginger Katie Parker from my naughty little novella, JUST ONE NIGHT.  On a cruise with her best girlfriends from high school, Katie is determined to forget about the man who did her wrong.  She’s looking for a great-looking guy for a night of red-hot anonymous passion.

On board the ship, she finds hunky Mac Coleman, who’s more than willing to go along with her plan.  The only problem is, can he convince her that what they’ve found together is worth more than just one night?

Priced at only .99, JUST ONE NIGHT is available exclusively on Amazon, and it’s FREE with Kindle Unlimited.

So how are you celebrating Kiss a Ginger Day?

Be My Guest On Tuesday: Pandora Spocks Presents Lost and Bound

Many thanks to Lilah E. Noir for featuring Lost & Bound today! ❤

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tuesdayIt’s Tuesday so it’s time for another guest spotlight. A few months ago the lovely Pandora Spocks who was kind enough to attend my  Author Spotlight and interview. She said she was working on a new novel with a light BDSM theme similar to her first book, Luke and Bella. Lost and Bound, the story of a spoiled Hollywood starlet and a dominant mountain man, is already finished and is to be released on January 31st. You can pre-order it today on Amazon, Apple, Nook, Kobo and 24 symbols.

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Blake Walker is no stranger to tragedy.  Immediately following a horrific event years earlier, he was lost for a while until he embraced his Dominant nature and found his true calling.  But things change and now he’s back where he started, helping to run his family’s secluded lake lodge.

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Behind the Book–Post 2: The DeHavilland Beaver

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DeHavilland Beaver, landing on Rawhide Lake

LOST & BOUND, my new erotic romance novel coming out January 31, is set in the wilderness of northern Ontario, a place that is near and dear to my heart.  For generations, my family has owned a rustic log cabin located in the remote reaches of that beautiful area, and I spent many a summer vacation there as a child.

Rawhide Lake, home of the tiny island where the cabin sits, is located roughly 30 miles from the town of Elliot Lake, and is uninhabited, save for our cabin and a few remote guest cabins located miles away at the other end of the lake.  There are no roads and the lake is accessible only by bush plane or by portaging across several lakes.

There was one summer when we spent a couple of days waiting for the weather to clear enough to be able to make the flight, but by the third morning, being unwilling to waste more of our vacation, we opted to make the portage.  This means that we left our vehicle at the guest lodge of some friends of ours, loaded up as much as we could carry, and hiked from there to the first of about three lakes.  Having paid the teenage son of the lodge owners to carry an outboard motor for us, we schlepped our bags, coolers, and food through the forest for an hour or so, and loaded it all into the skiff that waited, overturned at the edge of the lake.  Once we’d ridden to the other side of the lake, we gathered our things once again and hiked over hill and dale to the next lake, where we repeated the same process a couple more times.

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DeHavilland Beaver, Rawhide Lake (Notice the open pilot door.)

While it was an unexpected adventure, it was a reminder of why we normally paid quite a sum to a bush pilot, who’d fly us and our things to the lake in about 45 minutes.

The DeHavilland Beaver is the quintessential Canadian bush plane.  They were first flown in 1947 and were commercially produced until 1967.

In LOST & BOUND, leading man Blake Walker, former wilderness counselor, has spent the last few years helping to run his family’s business, Lake Miranda Lodge.  He also owns a DeHavilland Beaver, which he uses to fly guests to and from some of their more remote properties.

In the story, after several days of being alone on the tiny island, leading lady Shasta Pyke begs Blake to take her with him when he flies to a nearby lake to ready a remote cabin for incoming guests.  As I wrote that part of the story, I tried to paint a sensory impression of what it’s like to bounce along the top of the water and take off in a small aircraft.  Truthfully, it’s a bit scary, and believe me when I say that your tummy does the little ‘whoopsy’ thing.

If you’ll notice in the photo, the pilot always kept his door open except when we were in the air.  I have no idea why he did that, but I added it to the story, making sure that Shasta freaked out about it a little.  Hmm…  Writing as therapy…

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Once you’re in the air, the view of the wilderness is spectacular.  The lakes were all formed by glaciers and they can be very deep in places.  But the water is crystal clear for way deeper than you’d imagine.  It’s absolutely breathtaking.

The forests, lakes, and marshes are home to all kinds of wildlife, including black bears, moose, foxes, wolves, and other potentially scary critters.

Once, while flying to the island, the pilot spotted a moose standing in the shallows of a lake below us, so he banked around sharply to circle the massive beast and give us a good look.  Which was cool, after my life stopped flashing before my eyes.  In the story, I had Blake do the same for Shasta, and she reacted pretty much like I did.

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Landing on the water is quite an experience, too.  Again, there’s the little tummy flip, and the sudden bumping of the pontoons across the top of the water.  I always loved the way the pontoons create a spray that fantails out behind the plane.  The view is better from the ground, but you can still see it from inside the plane.

In LOST & BOUND, Blake adores his plane, but I also gave another character an older model of the deHavilland Beaver.  You’ll have to read to find out who it is.

Curious?  You’ll have to wait a bit longer to read LOST & BOUND.  But stay tuned for the next Behind the Book post.

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LOST & BOUND will be released on January 31,

but you can PreOrder it now by using this universal link:

books2read.com/LostandBound

Advantages and Disadvantages of Self-Publishing

This is such a great article about the pros and cons of self publishing. Recently, there was a nasty article on Huff Post wherein a traditionally published author disparaged Indie authors, saying that self publishing is “an insult to the written word.” She even quoted one of my favorite authors, Sue Grafton, who complained that she doesn’t like “short cuts” to publishing. As though a mystery series based on the letters of the alphabet is somehow akin to Shakespeare. I won’t post the link to the article, she gets paid per exposure, but using what I’ve quoted, you’ll be able to find it if you want to. But in honor of all the talented Indie authors out there, I’m sharing this post. Happy 2017!

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Source: Advantages and Disadvantages of Self-Publishing

ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF SELF-PUBLISHING

Advantages and Disadvantages of Self-Publishing

I am finally (finally!) compiling my “Starting Out as an Indie Author” series into a book, and since I started this weekend, I’ve noticed a couple of things I still need to add. Since the first part of the book revolves around the question, “Is Self-Publishing For You?” I realized I had to write my own version of the consideration of the pros and cons of indie and traditional publishing. (I have a few more things up my sleeve that I will probably blog about in the next week or two.)

So with no further ado, here’s my take on the debate:

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A traditionally published novel can easily take up to two years from the time it is accepted to the time it actually comes out…

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Behind the Book: Post 1–The Setting of Lost & Bound

 

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LOST & BOUND, Book 2 in The Dream Dominant Collection, will be released on January 31, 2017.

It’s the story of a spoiled former child star, Shasta Pyke, who, when she gets into some legal trouble, is sent to cool her heels for a while, out of the limelight in the wilderness of northern Ontario.  There, she meets former wilderness counselor Blake Walker, who pilots a bush plane and helps run his family’s remote guest lodge.

I have wanted to write a book with this setting for a while, and when the idea of Blake and Shasta came to me, I knew it was the perfect time.  The remote forests and lakes of northern Ontario have always been special to me from the time I was a little girl.

Beginning in the mid-1940s, my family has owned a log cabin on a tiny island in what locals there call ‘Cottage Country.’  It seems lots of folks from Toronto like to get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city and relax on the area’s many quiet lakes.

In about 1947, my great-grandparents purchased the property on Rawhide Lake from a friend of theirs, a woman whose husband unexpectedly died there.  I can recall spending time there with them, my grandparents, and my parents when I was a very small child.  My kids were the fifth generation to vacation there.

For the book, I changed the name to Lake Miranda, but Rawhide Lake is located about 30 miles away from the town of Elliot Lake.  For the purposes of the story, I created two towns: Eliot Lake and Elliott Lake.  You’ll have to read the book to see why I did that.

Rawhide Lake is extremely isolated, accessible only by bush plane, or by portaging across several lakes.  Blake’s family’s home, Lake Miranda Lodge, is based on a couple of wilderness lodges in the area.  While in the story, Shasta could see the lodge from her island, our cabin is the only structure on that end of Rawhide Lake.  There are some remote guest cabins, belonging to one of the local lodges, situated a couple of miles down at the opposite end of the lake.

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My family’s cabin, built in 1946.

The Island Cabin, where Shasta initially stays, is based on my family’s cabin.  I took some liberties with the design of the structure, adding a bedroom alcove and a fireplace.  It does have a cast-iron wood burning stove, which my grandmother swore was carried in on the back of a very large Native American man.  There is no electricity, and it doesn’t have running water, unless you count the green hand pump Shasta confronts when she first arrives.  And it does, in fact, have an outhouse way out back.

For the book, I conveniently placed a spring on the island.  In reality, we had to take a 15-20 minute boat ride to get drinking water from a spring on the mainland.

While the cabin is rustic and lacks basic modern conveniences, the beauty and tranquility of the place makes it completely worthwhile.

 

Intrigued?  Watch the book trailer for LOST & BOUND.

LOST & BOUND is available at your favorite online bookseller.

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Watch for more Behind the Book, coming soon…