Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Hump Day Hook 13: Did I Really Write This?

Welcome to the Hump Day Hook Hop for January 30th, 2013! With this blog hop, each author posts one(ish) paragraph from a WIP or finished book for all to see and - we hope! - leave a comment...

Do other authors experience this? With All My Tomorrows being in the spotlight recently, I decided to pull it out the other night just before bed; and I swear it was as if I had not even written it!  I found myself really getting into it (not like I didn't know what was going to happen).

So, even if you've already read All My Tomorrows, I hope you will enjoy this little excerpt....


   Alice turned to leave the dance floor and stopped just short of walking into Peter. Before she understood what was happening, he had taken her hands and tugged her toward him.
   “Where’s Winnie?” she asked.
   He furrowed his brow and peered at her through squinted eyes. “Why would she be here?”
   He stepped forward as she resisted. “I’ve been dancing – I’m all sweaty.” She was, too. Her blouse clung to her chest, and her scalp was drenched.
   “So am I.” He traced her face with his eyes and pulled her into his arms.
   Her arms were trapped against his damp chest, so she had no choice but to circle them around his neck; but that only brought their bodies closer. They barely moved, their feet somehow turning them in a sluggish rotation, reminding her of slow dancing in high school. A tingly numbness enveloped her. She surrendered to it and laid her head against his shoulder, and he tightened his hold..... 



Oooooh...and I just love what happens next!


Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to hop on over to the other authors' sites for their hooks. Click here for the list of this week's participants! 

PS: All My Tomorrows in not a work in progress 
and is available now (eBook only $2.99)!



And don't forget to click on the Pulse and Prejudice Pop Culture Challenge for your chance to win an iPad4 PLUS Cash Jackpot!



Monday, January 28, 2013

It's the Bicentennial Anniversary of Pride and Prejudice - GET A CLUE!


200 years old already! Gosh - it seems like only yesterday that Pride and Prejudice was just a tiny line on my required reading list for junior high school. If Sister Felix could see me now! Who would have believed that this little romance novel could have everlasting consequences, not just on my life but throughout the Western world - and beyond! (Lest we forget the Bollywood tribute Bride and Prejudice!)

I don't know about you, but I have not one but TWO bottles of champagne chilled (one for each century) and a birthday cake on order. We have a dinner planned fit for the master of a grand estate (although I doubt white soup will be on the menu).

I think, too, it might be time for me to re-read The Pride of the Peacock by Victoria Holt - the first romance novel I ever read. I think it may have planted the seeds for my desire to become an authority on Miss Austen's classic.


LAST CHANCE - MONDAY ONLY - January 28th, Pulse and Prejudice - the vampire adaptation of Jane Austen's classic - will be available at a discount of 25% off on all eBook formats at the Secret Cravings store! That's only $4.88!***


So this is the perfect opportunity for you to grab your copy and get ready for the Dark Jane Austen Book Club, as Pulse and Prejudice is their book-of-the-month for February!

***Also available from Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and everywhere else at regular price.

And now, without further ado...The first clue for the Pulse and Prejudice Pop Culture Challenge!

 

As  promised, throughout the contest period, I will be providing clues to help you along in this scavenger hunt. In honour of this momentous occasion, I offer a clue to one of the most difficult references in Pulse and Prejudice (unless, like yours truly, you had at one time been married to an English professor!). The allusion to William Faulkner can be found early in Volume 2, Chapter 3 of Pulse and Prejudice (and I mean very early - like in the first two paragraphs!) and it comes from Faulkner's novel The Wild Palms

If you want to make sure you don't miss any clues, just follow this blog.

PLUS -  Leave a comment below telling me what actor you would choose to play the Vampire Darcy, and you will be entered in a drawing to win an autographed copy of All My Tomorrows - my modern twist on Pride and Prejudice - and a few other birthday treats! Happy birthday, Mr. Darcy! You don't look a day over 28!
~Colette         

PS: In case you missed it, yesterday's Sunday Six is a snippet from Pulse and Prejudice at the Netherfield Ball.


About Pulse and Prejudice

In this thrilling and sensual adaptation of the classic love story, Elizabeth Bennet and the citizens of Hertfordshire know Fitzwilliam Darcy to be a proud, unpleasant sort of man, but they never suspect the dark secret of his true nature.  He is not a man at all – but a vampire.

When the haughty and wealthy Fitzwilliam Darcy arrives in the rural county of Hertfordshire, he finds he cannot control his attraction to Elizabeth Bennet – a horrifying thought because, as she is too far below his social standing to ignite his heart, he fears she must appeal to the dark impulses he struggles to suppress.

Set against the vivid backdrop of historical Regency England, this adaptation of Pride and Prejudice follows the cursed Mr. Darcy as he endeavours to overcome both his love and his bloodlust for Miss Elizabeth Bennet.   Although Pulse and Prejudice adheres to the original plot and style of the Jane Austen classic, it is not a “mash-up” but an imaginative, thrilling variation told primarily from Mr. Darcy’s point of view as he descends into the seedier side of London and introduces Elizabeth to a world of passion and the paranormal she never knew existed.

Pulse and Prejudice has been meticulously researched for historical accuracy and remains faithful to nineteenth century literary conventions and Miss Austen’s narrative.  The author spent fifteen months traveling to Britain and researching Regency England, as well as vampire lore and literature.  In the few instances in which the plots overlap, excerpts from canon have been expertly woven in so that prior knowledge of Pride and Prejudice is not required for full enjoyment of this remarkable novel.

Click here for more information, excerpts, and reviews.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Six Sentence Sunday

http://www.sixsunday.com/for January 27th, 2013


And the 200th Anniversary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice!

In honour of the birthday of the world's most beloved novel,  Secret Cravings Publishing and I have a gift for YOU! Through Monday, January 28th, Pulse and Prejudice - the vampire adaptation of Jane Austen's classic - will be available at a discount of 25% off on all eBook formats at the Secret Cravings store!  

PLUS - tell me whom YOU would choose to play Vampire Darcy for a chance to win an autographed copy of All My Tomorrows! For full details on all the birthday surprises, click here.
 
And in honouring this anniversary, the following excerpt is, of course, from Pulse and Prejudice, the paranormal adaptation of the Jane Austen classic, which tells the story of Mr. Darcy, vampire.

Here, Darcy and Elizabeth are dancing at the Netherfield Ball. 
You will find it differs slightly from Miss Austen's version....

http://www.colettesaucier.com/pulse-and-prejudice/    The dance brought their hands together once more, and they faced each other for a moment; but in that moment, his eyes met hers and did not release them. She was caught, frozen; unsteady on her feet, she might have fallen if Darcy had not taken her about the waist.
    “Miss Bennet,” he said in a low murmur.
    “I—I am sorry. I think I need some air.”
    “Yes, of course.” He led her through the crush and out to the terrace. “Are you ill? May I bring you something?”
    She leaned against the wall and shook her head gently. “No, I thank you. I do not know what happened. It has never happened before. Suddenly, I felt like I was…” She looked up at him with brow furrowed. “I do not know what I was feeling.”
    They both seemed to realize at the same moment that his arm still wrapped around her, her bodice pressed against his ribcage, his face mere inches from hers as their breath intermingled....


 Remember to check out the birthday blog post here for discounts, giveaways and more!

For more Six Sentence Sunday snippets from other authors, please go to: sixsunday.com 

(FYI:  This is the last week of the official Six Sunday, but I plan to keep posting each Sunday as long as you want to read them - and I hope other authors will join me as well! On Twitter, use #SixSunday.)

 

 And don't forget to click on the Pulse and Prejudice Pop Culture Challenge for your chance to win an iPad4 PLUS a Cash Jackpot!

 

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Happy 200th Birthday, Mr. Darcy!

It's the Bicentennial Anniversary of Pride and Prejudice!


On January 28th, 1813,  the novel that Germine Greer called "the matrix on which all Harlequin romances are built" was published, thus thrusting upon Western civilization "the best-selling plot-line in literature."

And what would any birthday be without cake? Uh, I mean GIFTS! Of course, by all means have cake! But Secret Cravings Publishing and I also have a gift for YOU!
Through Monday, January 28th, Pulse and Prejudice - the vampire adaptation of Jane Austen's classic - will be available at a discount of 25% off on all eBook formats at the Secret Cravings store! That's only $4.88!***


In addition, on Monday I will be giving the first clue for the Pulse and Prejudice Pop Culture Challenge! So this is the perfect opportunity for you to grab your copy and get in on this exciting scavenger hunt. You can also get ready for the Dark Jane Austen Book Club, as Pulse and Prejudice is their selection for February!

Click here for the book trailer as featured on USA Today.

PLUS -  Leave a comment below telling me what actor you would choose to play the Vampire Darcy, and you will be entered in a drawing to win an autographed copy of All My Tomorrows - my modern twist on Pride and Prejudice - and a few other birthday treats!
~Colette         

***Also available from Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and everywhere else at regular price.


About Pulse and Prejudice

In this thrilling and sensual adaptation of the classic love story, Elizabeth Bennet and the citizens of Hertfordshire know Fitzwilliam Darcy to be a proud, unpleasant sort of man, but they never suspect the dark secret of his true nature.  He is not a man at all – but a vampire.

When the haughty and wealthy Fitzwilliam Darcy arrives in the rural county of Hertfordshire, he finds he cannot control his attraction to Elizabeth Bennet – a horrifying thought because, as she is too far below his social standing to ignite his heart, he fears she must appeal to the dark impulses he struggles to suppress.

Set against the vivid backdrop of historical Regency England, this adaptation of Pride and Prejudice follows the cursed Mr. Darcy as he endeavours to overcome both his love and his bloodlust for Miss Elizabeth Bennet.   Although Pulse and Prejudice adheres to the original plot and style of the Jane Austen classic, it is not a “mash-up” but an imaginative, thrilling variation told primarily from Mr.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Thursday Thirteen - Romance Films


Welcome to the Thursday 13 for 1-24-13! 




This is a collection I had planned on using for Valentine's Day, but since the amazing romance writer Jean Joachim just had this article published in USA Today and listed the favourite romance films of her fellow Secret Cravings authors - including yours truly! - I decided to publish this list early.

 

My Thirteen Favourite Romance Movies


13. Moulin Rouge - This is my favourite film of all time, but certainly not because of the romance since we know from the first scene that the heroine is going to die.  Sorry - If the boy doesn't end up with the girl, it is not going to be ranked high on my list. Ditto Casablanca. Lovelovelove the movie, but no Happily Ever After (unless Rick and Louie are going off for an M/M sequel!).

12. Ghost - This is one of those films that, if I ever catch it while running through the channels, I'll stop and watch it. Alas, again, no HEA.

 
11. Meet Joe Black - Happily Ever After?? Well, debatable. But when young Brad Pitt took off his shirt in the love scene, there was a collective moan in the movie theatre.

10. Kate & Leopold - BUT it has to be the Director's Cut! I've seen them both, and the theatrical release doesn't even make sense.

9. Bounce - Not sure why it did so poorly at the box office, but this is a fav of mine!

8. While You Were Sleeping - I have to agree with Jean on this one. The chemistry between the hero and heroine is a-m-a-z-i-n-g!!!

7. Notting Hill - I must confess, this one did inform All My Tomorrows to a certain degree: The concept of a movie star falling in love with, well, someone who is not a movie star.

6. Mr. & Mrs. Smith - Another confession. If you don't see your favourite on my list, it's probably because I haven't seen it. Believe it or not, romance is not my favourite genre of films.  What do I prefer? That's right - ACTION movies. This one is awesome with both.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Hump Day Hook #12


And Now for Something Completely Different...

Welcome to the Hump Day Hook Hop for January 23rd, 2013! With this blog hop, each author posts one(ish) paragraph from a WIP or finished book for all to see and - we hope! - leave a comment...

I realize my previous eleven Hump Day Hooks have all been from my current work in progress, Dearest Bloodiest Elizabeth, the sequel to Pulse and Prejudice, the vampire adaptation of the Austen classic.  The 7/7/7 meme that's been going around forced me to dig up another (completely unedited) manuscript I have in the pipeline, so I thought I would share a taste of it if for no other reason than to demonstrate that I do write novels wholly unrelated to Pride and Prejudice! (Also, I have had some complaints from fans of Pulse who have avoided the weekly samples of its sequel because of the fear of "spoilers.")

In this scene from Untitled, our hero has driven our heroine home because she had a few too many margaritas...

   He took off his seat belt then reached over and unlatched hers.  Leaning over, he stared into her inebriated face and stroked her hair gently. “How do you feel?” he asked, his voice low and soft as he twisted a tendril around his finger.
   She said nothing of the tingling sensation coursing through her body. Instead, she wrapped her arms around his neck and pulled him closer.  “You tell me.”
   “I think you feel drunk,” he said, still in a murmur.
   She smiled at him, her heavy eyes at half-mast. “Aren’t you going to kiss me?”
   “No,” he said simply, drawing his fingers down her face in a sensual caress that sent a shiver rushing over her.
   Their faces three inches apart, her heart raced even as her breath became slow and heavy, matching his. “Don’t you want to kiss me?”
   He leaned his forehead against hers and closed his eyes, then, placing his hand on the back of her head, he pushed his fingers into her hair with an unyielding grip. “You know I do, but not like this. Not when you can use tequila as a reason or an excuse. I want our first kiss to be when you are stone sober, when you want it, you’ll feel it, and you’ll remember it.”



And so, dear readers, what do you think? Would you be willing to jump genres with me?  
If you want a bit more, read Page 7 here. Oh, and by the way - this is not a romance novel...

UPDATE:  Since so many have asked about the genre, I would classify it as Metaphysical Fiction
 - perhaps a metaphysical romance? - so nothing is quite what one might expect.



Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to hop on over to the other authors' sites for their hooks.

Click here for the list of this week's participants to visit for this Hump Day Hook! 



And don't forget to click on the Pulse and Prejudice Pop Culture Challenge for your chance to win an iPad4 PLUS a Cash Jackpot!



Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The Very Inspiring Blogger Award

I am overwhelmed!  I have been tapped by three of my fellow bloggers - all inspirations in their own write - for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.  First, I must tell you a little something about the lovely ladies who have nominated me:

Ciaran Dwynvil burns up the pages with his paranormal romances, and he weaves fantasy worlds through her words of poetry. Be warned - we aren't talking Hogsmeade here!

Christina Cole is a fellow Sweet Cravings author, with her novels Irresistible and Happily Ever After. She has been writing since the tender age of seven, and I'm looking forward to her novel about pirates in my home state of Louisiana!

Paloma Beck has become something of a mentor to me over the last several months, and you can credit her for my success in the blogosphere. She writes both paranormal and contemporary romance (like yours truly!) and her novel Coming Home was just voted a Top 10 Romance Novel of 2012 - but I'm a sucker for her Seven Sisters series!

7 Things About Colette

  • I have a degree in Philosophy of Religion and, like Paloma, taught religious education.
  • I spent a month in Peru, including a week with the Matses tribe in the Amazonian rainforest, where I participated in three religious ceremonies led by a curandero.
  • I share Christina's love of languages, although I have mastered none of them. I have tried to learn French, Spanish, and Italian; and I have a minor in Russian.  My professor said of my Russian that I am a "talented translator," which means
    I couldn't speak it worth a damn.
  • Like Ciaran, I love wine. I am quite particular when it comes to reds - my favourite being Châteauneuf-du-Pape. When it comes to whites, though, except for oakey Chardonnays - ick! - one seems about as good as another.  I'd rather spend the extra money on cheese!
  • On my bucket list: I hope to visit all seven continents.  I only have Australia and Antarctica to go! Looking forward to seeing those penguins...
  • I started writing romance novels in junior high school. I had quite a following, too; teenage girls passing my filled spiral notebooks around.
  • At my most recent wedding (we won't go into how many I have had), I walked down the aisle to the Beatles' Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds played by a cellist.


 My Choice of 15 Inspiring Blogs you'll want to check out:

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Six Sentence Sunday




for January 20th, 2013.



Once again, as with last week's Six Sentence Sunday, in honor of its being voted a Top 10 Romance Novel of 2012 in the P&E Readers' Poll, today I present another excerpt from All My Tomorrows.


And no romance novel would be complete without a little conflict...

 
     Peter crashed into her office with such violence the door hit the wall.
“Are you out of your f#¢k*ng mind?”
      “Uh – Door. Closed. There for a reason.” Alice had never seen him so angry before – not even on screen – with his eyes bulging and his nostrils flaring and his fist twisted around what must have at one point been the script – and it pleased her immensely.
      Her calm manner only provoked him, and he threw the mutilated script on her desk. “Are you insane?”
      “If you do not calm down, I will have to ask you to leave.”
      He turned away and ran his fingers through his hair, possibly pulling some of it out in the process....



For more six sentence snippets from other fabulous authors, please go to sixsunday.com


About All My Tomorrows:

All My Tomorrows is losing the ratings war.

For headwriter Alice McGillicutty, the past year has had enough drama. Her mother passed away, her last relationship ended in disaster, and now poor ratings are catapulting her long-running soap opera toward cancellation. For comfort and creative inspiration, she begins reading The Edge of Darkness, an old melodramatic paperback she found among her mother’s belongings.

When scandal rips Hollywood bad boy Peter Walsingham off the tabloids and into her studio, Alice doubts the small screen is big enough for his ego – or his entourage. In their battle of pride and prejudice, will Peter’s vanity and arrogance compel Alice to write him out of her script, or can she find a role for him in All My Tomorrows?

Click here for reviews and excerpt.


Thanks so much to the readers for voting All My Tomorrows a Top 10 Romance Novel of 2012!



Saturday, January 19, 2013

Saturday Seven?

There's a new writer meme going around, and I have been tagged - twice!  In this game, authors go to page 7 or 77 of a manuscript, count down 7 lines, then copy the next 7 lines as their Facebook status.

I had a difficult time with this game because nothing interesting was happening on page 7 or 77 of my published novels, All My Tomorrows & Pulse and Prejudice, or even the sequel to the latter, my current WIP Dearest Bloodiest Elizabeth!  So I had to go to another (completely unedited!) work in progress, which I hope to finish in the next year.

Now that I am thinking about this story again, I thought I would post Page 7 in its entirety for anyone who's interested....

From Untitled - Chapter 1 Page 7


Slowly everyone in their large party trickled out of the restaurant, and they made their way to the exit.  Outside the front doors, the final pleasantries, he conveyed a slight hug and peck on the cheek to April, then turned and repeated this to her.  Her heart skipped a beat.
    She walked on to her car, but once in the driver’s seat, she sat holding the steering wheel without turning the engine.  Just as she started to insert the key into the ignition, he tapped on her window.  “You know, I think I could stand one more drink.  How about you?”
    What was she doing?
    She walked back in with him in silence, his hand on the small of her back as they were seated at a table for two.  She struggled for words to say, just like that one day when he saw her alone at lunch.  “I haven’t seen you in the cafeteria in the afternoon anymore,” she finally said.
    His eyes pulled her into them.  “I know.”  He said nothing more, but she understood:  anything more than fifteen minutes would be too much.  She knew now that they had both been resisting this compulsion, like a tongue completely attracted to a raw tooth.
    He took her left hand from where it rested on her glass and stared at it as he turned her wedding band around her finger.  “I don’t know what to do here.”
    She shook her head almost imperceptibly.  “I just can’t.”
    Taking her other hand as well, he intertwined their fingers, sending warmth through her body.  “Let’s just be here now, just like this.  You have no idea how much I look forward to seeing you everyday.”
    “Yes.  I do.”
    They both neglected their drinks, neither wanting to release their hands.  She didn’t know that holding hands could make her feel so alive.  “I want to know everything about you,”  she said.  “Start from the beginning.”
    Staring into her eyes, he said, “What if this is the beginning?”



Thursday, January 17, 2013

Thursday Thirteen: Travel Edition


Welcome to the Thursday 13 for 1-17-13! 



 

Here are 13 places I have been that begin 

with the letter "T" (in alphabetical order):


Thailand

 1.    Tacoma

 2.    Tampa


 3.    Texarkana

 4.    Thailand
 
The Sacred Valley


 5.    The Netherlands

 6.    The Sacred Valley

 7.    Thibodaux


 8.    Trenton
 


The Netherlands


 9.    Troy
10.    Tucson
11.    Tunisia
12.    Tuscaloosa
13.    Tuscany
Tuscany



The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others’ comments. It’s easy and fun! Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!

Use #thursday13 in twitter. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged!



View More Thursday Thirteen Participants


And don't forget to click on the Pulse and Prejudice Pop Culture Challenge for your chance to win an iPad4 PLUS a Cash Jackpot!


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Hump Day Hook #11


Welcome to the Hump Day Hook Hop for January 16th, 2013!

With this blog hop, each author posts one paragraph from a WIP or finished book for all to see. Then, it would be really cool if you could visit all the writers participating and comment on their paragraph!


This excerpt is from my current work in progress, Dearest Bloodiest Elizabeth, the sequel to Pulse and Prejudice, the vampire adaptation of Jane Austen's classic love story. Sorry - it is more than just a paragraph, but I had a difficult time choosing!

Whilst reading Pride and Prejudice (or Pulse and Prejudice, for that matter), did you ever wonder what was going on in the mind of Lady Catherine de Bourgh's daughter Anne? In this scene, we find her in close conversation with her cousin Mr. Darcy...



    Anne stopped to catch her breath, and Darcy offered her water, which she shook away. “I regret only how I have not lived. I could never be the daughter Mamá wanted.”
    “Anne, Lady Catherine is completely devoted to you.”
    “I know I have been a disappointment to her. She dreamed of a daughter she could present at court, who would be a great proficient…”
    “Do not tire yourself; you must save your breath.”
    “For what, William? To cool my porridge? I have few breaths left. Allow me to use them to speak to you. I must own to a bit of jealousy I have felt towards your wife.”
    Darcy blinked back his surprise. “I…I am sorry, Anne. I had no notion that you thought a match between us – ”
    She squeezed his hand with her weak fingers. “No, William, not for marrying you – never that. In spite of all of my mother’s professions of being against your marriage, I could see even last year how she liked Elizabeth and wished I had been more like she. Healthy and lively. I am glad Elizabeth is come to our family. Mamá is not as cold as she might seem at times. She has been disappointed in life, her hopes and dreams for a daughter, seeing her through a London Season.”
    Her words evoked an ache in his chest. “And what of your own hopes and dreams?”
    “I should have liked a Season, I think, and the chance to become an accomplished woman, to learn to play and sing. I would have liked to walk Rosings Park instead of riding always in a phaeton, to see your Pemberley.”



Love to know what you think! 



Thanks for stopping by! Hop on over to the other authors' sites for their hooks.

Please go to the Hump Day Hook Facebook Group for this weeks' participants or click here for a list of all the participants in the Hump Day Hook Blog hop! 

Next Up:  Paloma Beck with a SIZZLING excerpt!


And don't forget to click on the Pulse and Prejudice Pop Culture Challenge for your chance to win an iPad4 PLUS a Cash Jackpot!




Monday, January 14, 2013

Pride, Prejudice, and the Perfect Match by Marilyn Brant

Check out this New Release from fellow Austen Author, the lovely and talented Marilyn Brant!  I love just about any Austen-inspired romance, and anyone who has read All My Tomorrows knows I am a sucker for a modern twist on Pride & Prejudice. I couldn't resist Marilyn's newest release.  I am already 62% into it, and I might have to stay up all night to finish!  You'll want to add it to the top of your TBR list, too!   
~Colette


An original, contemporary Austen-inspired romance...


A single mother and an ER doctor meet on an Internet dating site—each for reasons that have little to do with finding their perfect match—in this modern, Austen-inspired story. It’s a tribute to the power of both “pride” and “prejudice” in bringing two people romantically together, despite their mutual insistence that they should stay apart…

Would an Elizabeth Bennet by any other name be as appealing to a Darcy?

Beth Ann Bennet isn’t looking for love. She’s an aspiring social worker using an online alias to study sex-role stereotypes. Dr. William Darcy isn’t looking for love either. He’s just trying to fund his new clinic by winning a major bet. Both think Lady Catherine’s Love Match Website will help them get what they want—fast, easy, and without endangering their hearts. Both are in for a big surprise.

Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match…where true love is just a fib and a click away.



Marilyn is the award-winning women's fiction author of ACCORDING TO JANE (2009), FRIDAY MORNINGS AT NINE (2010) and A SUMMER IN EUROPE (2011), all from Kensington Books. She's also a #1 Kindle bestseller and has written a series of fun and flirty contemporary romantic comedies, available exclusively as original ebooks. The first of these, ON ANY GIVEN SUNDAE, was released in June 2011 and hit Amazon's Top 100 List for "Bestsellers in Humor." Her second digital story, DOUBLE DIPPING, was a September 2011 release and a 2012 International Digital Awards Finalist for "Best Contemporary Romance." Just out is HOLIDAY MAN (November 2012) and the newest Austen-inspired story, PRIDE, PREJUDICE AND THE PERFECT MATCH (January 2013).

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Six Sentence Sunday




for January 13th, 2013.



As with last week's Six Sentence Sunday, in honor of its nomination for the P&E Readers' Poll Romance Novel of 2012, today I present an excerpt from All My Tomorrows.


In this scene, Alice shares a duet with Peter....

 
Somehow a microphone materialized in Alice's hand, but – too stunned to move – she couldn’t bring it to her mouth. After singing the refrain, Peter began the second verse, and she forgot he was acting. She might have stood there transfixed if he hadn’t squeezed her hand to remind her to sing. When she began, the audience cheered, perhaps vicariously joining her on stage; but then they all disappeared. She couldn’t see anyone, she couldn’t hear anyone except Peter. He pulled her closer to him, and it pulled at her heart as well. He kissed her hand, closing his eyes and letting his lips linger until he sang again...

Thanks so much to the readers who nominated All My Tomorrows for the P&E Readers' Poll Romance Novel of 2012!


For more six sentence snippets from other fabulous authors, please go to sixsunday.com


About All My Tomorrows:

All My Tomorrows is losing the ratings war.

For headwriter Alice McGillicutty, the past year has had enough drama. Her mother passed away, her last relationship ended in disaster, and now poor ratings are catapulting her long-running soap opera toward cancellation. For comfort and creative inspiration, she begins reading The Edge of Darkness, an old melodramatic paperback she found among her mother’s belongings.

When scandal rips Hollywood bad boy Peter Walsingham off the tabloids and into her studio, Alice doubts the small screen is big enough for his ego – or his entourage. In their battle of pride and prejudice, will Peter’s vanity and arrogance compel Alice to write him out of her script, or can she find a role for him in All My Tomorrows?

Reviews:

"Romance at its best served on a silver platter."

"5 out of 5 stars:  All My Tomorrows has solidified the thoughts I had after reading Pulse and Prejudice, in that Saucier is a master storyteller."

"5 out of 5 stars: Saucier’s sense of humor is sprinkled throughout the story and her apparent dark-side make this a fabulous read!

 


Friday, January 11, 2013

Snow White. The Demon Huntress. Demon Tale 3



Today I am thrilled to have fellow Secret Cravings Publishing author Kerrianne Coombes visiting my blog to tell us about her newest addition to the Demon Tales Series, which is already at the top of my TBR list! Be sure to leave a comment for a chance in her awesome giveaway!  
 ~Colette



Thank you so much for having me today!

I am having a BIG Giveaway over on my blog that ends on the 1st of February, and anyone who comments on this post will be automatically entered into the prize draw! 

I am offering ALL THREE Demon Tale books (Ebook) A £10 Amazon voucher a £5 Secret Cravings Publishing Voucher AND a box of chocolate from the French chocolatier Voisin!!!

Snow White The Demon Huntress, is the third book in my series of Demon Tales.

Snow White is not like a Disney princess. She is hard, bad tempered and pretty lethal with a blade. 

She takes no crap, but gives as much as she can. Snow White had attitude in the bucket load, and I ADORE HER!!! ;-) If you want a soppy, weak princess story—then you wont get one here—move along.

Snow was so much fun to write. I loved hearing the things she had me typing, because sometimes her insults were just so darn cruel. In the opening scenes of the book, she is in a tavern, the barman is petrified of her and Snow does not care. 

Here is a little snippet of her attitude! 

Snow picked up her drink and leant against the bar top so that she could see all around the old inn.  The demon brew scorched at her throat and heated her insides, as she took large pulls to ward off the biting cold that had seeped into her body from the long ride over.
She was exhausted and utterly hacked off, and the fact that the demon she needed to see wasn’t here was just pissing her off further.  She turned her head and glared at the clock on the wall—an hour late—and huffed loudly.  The barman shifted uncomfortably behind her, and cleared his throat.
“Want another one, Snow?”
Snow just shoved the mug his way and grunted in agreement.  The barman hastily filled the mug back up and handed it to her, his hands trembling like a leaf in the wind.  Snow didn’t thank him, didn’t even look at him, she just lifted the drink and knocked back a healthy gulp.

But the thing about Snow is, as always, there is a reason for her bitterness—a reason why she has turned so hard, and this story shows us how love can melt even the thickest of ice…


Blurb

Hired demon hunter and paid debt collector, Snow White lives with her heart encased in ice and her mind set on survival—until she accepts the one job that threatens to turn her world upside down.
Blackmailed by hell gate demons, Snow has no choice but to accept the task of murdering a king. Dragged into a world of violence and death at a young age, Snow has no idea how to deal with king Sam, and his charm.
 When Sam’s evil bitch mother died fifteen years before, she left him with the knowledge that one day, she would return unless Sam breaks the spell.
Living with the knowledge that he has to die on his wedding night in order to break his mothers spell, Sam has never allowed himself to dream of love…Until a little assassin breaks into his castle and steals his heart.
 But deals have been made and magic has been cast. Fate has no power over what is in the past…



Thursday, January 10, 2013

Thursday Thirteen: Fun with Figures of Speech

Welcome to the Thursday 13 for January 10th, 2013!

I love figures of speech! In writing fiction, I enjoy using puns, metaphors, alliterations, etc., to add richness to the prose - as well as to have a little fun.  For example, in Pulse and Prejudice, the vampire Mr. Darcy is so disgusted by his affliction, he refuses to utter the word. Hence, when he is forced into the company of Mrs. Bennet early in the novel, I punctuate the paragraph with other "V" words:
The vagaries of fate never ceased in their vexation of Fitzwilliam Darcy. I—a gentleman of rank and good breeding—face impalement or incineration for an affliction not of my own choosing, yet Mrs. Bennet exhibits her vulgarity and vainglory without censure.

Another favourite figure of speech is the oxymoron, so today I offer my top thirteen:


13. Passive aggressive
12. Act naturally
11. Boneless ribs
10. Virtual reality
 9. Deafening silence
 8. Alone together
 7. Random order
 6. Awfully good
 5. Only choice
 4. Clearly confused
 3. Good grief
 2. Pretty ugly

   and my favourite oxymoron:
 1. Same difference


Am I alone in this, or do you have a few favourite oxymorons, too?


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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Hump Day Hook #10


Welcome to the Hump Day Hook Hop for January 9th, 2013!

With this blog hop, each author posts one paragraph from a WIP or finished book for all to see. Then, it would be really cool if you could visit all the writers participating and comment on their paragraph!


This paragraph is from my current work in progress, Dearest Bloodiest Elizabeth, the sequel to Pulse and Prejudice, my paranormal adaptation of Jane Austen's classic love story.  It's just a taste of how marriage to Elizabeth has affected the vampire Darcy....


    Darcy felt he had undergone a metamorphosis of sorts, a second transformation to reverse the pain and shame of the first.  After years of self-loathing, disgust for the beast he had become, the indignity of even pronouncing the word, he had found someone who not only accepted his dark nature but embraced it – welcomed it, reveled in it! – gaining from it a satisfaction to match his own. Naturally, no one could possibly have imagined the secret of their marriage bed; but anyone seeing him standing a bit taller, walking with a self-assurance - beyond mere pride - heretofore unknown, could not doubt that marriage agreed with him.
    Fitzwilliam Darcy, vampire, was happy.



Love to know what you think! 



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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The Pulse and Prejudice Pop Culture Challenge!

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Strewn about the prose of Pulse and Prejudice - the vampire adamptation of Jane Austen's classic love story - you will find tiny references to other things and people in film, music, and literature that I have enjoyed over the years, all of which are listed on the Acknowledgements page.

Since the publication of Pulse and Prejudice, I have been prodded relentlessly to reveal all of the pop culture allusions hidden throughout my novel like Easter eggs, which I am prepared to do; however, in honour of the 200th Anniversary of Pride and Prejudice, I thought it might be fun to give you, dear readers, the opportunity to find them first.

Hence, I present - in conjunction with Secret Cravings Publishing -


The rules of the contest are simple: Find the most pop culture allusions within the text of Pulse and Prejudice, and you will win a Fourth Generation iPad with Retina Display! PLUS, if you find ALL 25 of them, you will win a CASH BONUS from an ever-growing Jackpot! There are even prizes for runners-up!

There is no purchase necessary to enter or win, so feel free to borrow a copy from a friend or the library - although I'm sure you will want your own ;) . Just don't use a pirated copy, or you will be disqualified.

Submit your contest entry to: pulseandprejudicecontest@outlook.com by October 31st, 2013. We are keeping the challenge open long enough for everyone to participate AND to allow the Jackpot to grow! (Plus I'll be revealing a few hints from time to time, so Follow this blog or "Like" the Pulse and Prejudice Facebook Page.) For complete contest rules and more information, please go to PulseandPrejudice.comGood luck - and have fun!

Colette

Only open to residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, age 18 and older at the time of entry. Void in Puerto Rico and where otherwise prohibited by law. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING; HOWEVER, ANYONE USING A PIRATED COPY OF PULSE AND PREJUDICE WILL BE DISQUALIFIED. For complete contest rules and more information, please refer to the Contest Rules link on PulseandPrejudice.com


About Pulse and Prejudice

When the haughty and wealthy Fitzwilliam Darcy arrives in the rural county of Hertfordshire, he finds he cannot control his attraction to Elizabeth Bennet – a horrifying thought because, as she is too far below his social standing to ignite his heart, he fears she must appeal to the dark impulses he struggles to suppress.

Set against the vivid backdrop of historical Regency England, Pulse and Prejudice follows the cursed vampire Darcy as he strives to overcome both his love and his bloodlust for Miss Elizabeth Bennet. This compelling adaptation of Pride and Prejudice remains faithful to the original plot and style of the Jane Austen classic but tells Darcy’s story as he descends into the seedier side of London and introduces Elizabeth to a world of passion and the paranormal she never knew existed.

“What would Jane Austen have thought? I think she would have loved this book. She might even have written it herself had she lived in a less constrained age.” Books Are Cool

"Within only the first chapter, I found myself strangely drawn to the story. The vampire Darcy weaves his spell quickly." Austenprose

“Darcy’s demise and subsequent ‘rebirth’ are written to perfection. It has renewed my faith in the sub-genre.” Reflections of a Book Addict

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