Friday, June 28, 2013

Alicia's Possession Number 1 Bestselling Romantic Suspense, Number 4 Bestseller Overall!

I Am Stunned!


As frequent readers of this blog can attest, I have been quite nervous about jumping genres - not just by going into Romantic Suspense, but also by throwing in a little light bondage and Dominance to boot! That's why I am so thrilled and gratified to find that just one week after the launch party for Alicia's Possession, it is already the publisher's #1 Bestselling Romantic Suspense AND #4 Bestseller overall. It even somehow made it to the #2 Bestselling BDSM ranking! (I hope the S&M crowd won't be too terribly disappointed by its relative tameness.)

I do hope that this bodes well for my current work in progress - another Romantic Suspense entitled The Widow.  After that, I promise to return to the sequel to Pulse and Prejudice.

In the meantime, if you haven't gotten it already, Alicia's Possession is available from the Secret Cravings Publishing Store in all eBook formats (mobi for Kindle, ePub for Nook or iBook, etc.).  I would certainly love to hear what you think of it!  And, of course, it is available from Amazon and Amazon UK for Kindle, Barnes & Noble for Nook, and wherever fine eBooks are sold.

UPDATE: Check out its FIRST Amazon review:  5.0 out of 5 stars Hot and mysterious!
"Magnificent! Sensual, deep & alluring. I was completely riveted by both the mystery and the romance. Looking for something steamy to make you tremble in all the right ways? Look no further. This one is for you. I highly recommend to readers who enjoy romantic suspense with toe-curling bedroom scenes. Brilliant work, Saucier."
For those of you who have already gotten it, thanks for helping to make its first week such a success!  I do hope you enjoyed it!
~Colette

About Alicia's Possession


All My Tomorrows
Haunted by a traumatic accident and her husband’s betrayal, Alicia believes she can never trust again. Now she must surrender her will to Mason if she wants to find out if the bizarre events terrorizing her are the work of the paranormal, her own paranoia, or something far more sinister.

After recovering from a freak car crash that put her in a coma for two months and left her with no memory of the accident, wealthy socialite Alicia Pageant becomes convinced there is a connection between the seemingly mysterious disappearance of her neighbor and a series of bizarre occurrences inside her own house; but everyone—including the detective investigating the neighbor’s disappearance—thinks the woman’s head injury has left her unable to distinguish reality from fantasy.

When Detective Mason Crawley is called out to investigate this “suspicious incident,” Alicia’s palpable sadness and vulnerability awaken his instinct to protect her and lead her into the light; but as her story begins to unravel, each new piece of information creates more questions than it answers. He begins to wonder if the woman he is falling in love with is a witness to a cleverly-concealed crime, dangerously delusional, or a murderer.

(Contains light bondage and elements of Dominance and submission.)

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Information Age, Winners Galore, and the New Top Dog!

Greetings, everyone! 

I survived my trip to New York City to launch my new release Alicia's Possession (PLUS meet with my new agent!), and as many times as my flight home was delayed, I began to think I would be staying there until my next release!

I came home to find out that Alicia's Possession is already the #2 Bestselling Romantic Suspense for Secret Cravings Publishing!  If you want to help it make it to #1, you can get it from their store here in ANY eBook format! (Of course, it is also available almost everywhere eBooks are sold; just click here.)


In current events:  First of all, I have a Guest Post on Austen Authors today called I've Been Pinned about the Information Age and how it has affected communication - for better or for worse! I hope you will stop by and let me know what you think the rapid and radical changes.


The Winner of the Alicia's Possession Release Party Giveaway as selected by Random.org is Cherie Lord!  If you didn't win, never fear! It is available almost everywhere eBooks are sold, so just click here!  I can even personally inscribe any of these formats of eBooks personally to you through the magic of Autography!
Click here to get Alicia's Possession personally inscribed to you:


It should come as no surprise to anyone (if I do say so myself) that my beloved PBGV, the inspiration for "Amadeus" in Pulse and Prejudice, won the title of TOP DOG in the Doggone Blog Hop for Charity! In case you missed the short video and the photo montage, I'm sure you will want to check them out here. I have made my promised donation to the Brown Dog Foundation, which helps fund veterinary bills for families who can't afford them, and I would encourage you all to do so as well!

The Winner of the eBook of Pulse and Prejudice as selected by Random.org is Linzé Brandon, and congratulations to her! Yet once again, if you did not win, have no fear! Pulse and Prejudice is available in paperback, all eBook formats, and even audiobook! And, yes, I can even inscribe an eBook of Pulse and Prejudice to you as well.
Click here to get Pulse and Prejudice personally inscribed to you:

Last week certainly was action-packed, so I am looking forward to a little peace and quiet when I might actually be able to get some writing done!

Oh, and don't forget to check out my Guest Post on Austen Authors.......

I've Been Pinned

          So the other day I was using this social media tool you might have heard of called Pinterest, which allows people to share just about anything they find on the Internet (although I have found an odd imbalance of weight-loss and fitness “pins” to fattening recipes) and categorize them onto virtual boards. Continue reading......

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Release Day for Romantic Suspense ALICIA'S POSSESSION!

“A great story. It's got everything—sex, crime, cops, more sex, a twisted mystery, knot tying, and a superb denouement.” Chuck Hustmyre, screenwriter and bestselling author of THE AXMAN OF NEW ORLEANS

Haunted by a traumatic accident and her husband’s betrayal, Alicia believes she can never trust again. Now she must surrender her will to Mason if she wants to find out if the bizarre events terrorizing her are the work of the paranormal, her own paranoia, or something far more sinister.

EBook Now Available! Click here!

Good morning, dear readers! Here is my latest release - jumping genres with a romantic suspense thriller! Also, I have stretched myself as an author by entering the world of Dominance and submission and a little light bondage - eeek!  I hope you will enjoy this new literary adventure with me! (I'll let you in on a secret: My work in progress is another romantic suspense - but no bondage or Dominance in this one...)

GIVEAWAY!

Now what would a book release be without a giveaway?  Leave a comment below (and please include your email address) for a chance to win an eBook of Alicia's Possession.  I will even inscribe it to you if you like! I'll select a winner Monday night.
~Colette   
All My Tomorrows



UPDATE: The winner of the eBook as selected by Random.org is Cherie Lord!  Congratulations!  If you didn't win, never fear! It is available almost everywhere eBooks are sold  I can even personally inscribe any of these formats of eBooks personally to you through the magic of Autography!
Click here to get Alicia's Possession personally inscribed to you:

About Alicia's Possession


After recovering from a freak car crash that put her in a coma for two months and left her with no memory of the accident, wealthy socialite Alicia Pageant becomes convinced there is a connection between the seemingly mysterious disappearance of her neighbor and a series of bizarre occurrences inside her own house; but everyone—including the detective investigating the neighbor’s disappearance—thinks the woman’s head injury has left her unable to distinguish reality from fantasy.

When Detective Mason Crawley is called out to investigate this “suspicious incident,” Alicia’s palpable sadness and vulnerability awaken his instinct to protect her and lead her into the light; but as her story begins to unravel, each new piece of information creates more questions than it answers. He begins to wonder if the woman he is falling in love with is a witness to a cleverly-concealed crime, dangerously delusional, or a murderer.

(Contains light bondage and elements of Dominance and submission.)

Excerpt

 

“What do you want?” she asked. “I don’t know what you want from me.”
Mason gripped her upper arms, forcing her eyes to meet his. He knew he’d made a mistake the moment her warmth bled through the silk of her robe and into his palms, sending a ripple of sensation up his arms and down his body. "Why did you lie about knowing Judith?" he asked, his voice low and gravelly but not in the terse tone he used to intimidate a witness. No, she might not recognize it, but he could hear his lust cradling each syllable.
She squeezed her eyes tight as if to prevent her tears’ escape, but instead it forced them down her cheeks. “I wasn’t lying. I don’t know her. I don’t remember her. I don’t remember anything.”
He lifted one hand from her arm and brushed the tears from her cheek with his thumb before running it across her bottom lip. Her eyes remained closed, and his chest rose and fell in rhythm with hers. He leaned in close enough to inhale her breath.
“Don’t,” she said without force.
He shuffled his feet forward the few inches required for his body to brush against her breasts. “How can you not remember?”
“Th-the accident.”
He brought his mouth down, barely touching hers, his tongue tasting the salt of tears on her lips—those lips he had wanted to kiss from the first moment they’d met.
“Please,” she said on a puff of air and tried to pull away from him, but he tightened his hold on her arm.
“Please what?”
“Please…don’t kiss me.”
“I think you want me to kiss you.” When she said nothing in protest, he pressed his lips to hers and gently pulled first her top, then her bottom lip into his mouth. He held her chin between his thumb and fist to lift her face.
Tears still streamed down her cheeks, but she opened her eyes and shook her head. “I…I can’t do this.”
Mason trailed his finger down her throat to the opening of her robe, stopping just over her heart, and she trembled with a hitch in her breath.
“What do you mean you didn’t remember her because of the accident?”
“I have…gaps, memory loss.” Her tears had begun to wane.
“I’m going to kiss you again.”
“No,” she whispered when his mouth hovered mere millimeters over hers. He dropped his hand from her arm to the small of her back and pulled her against him, and she gasped at the unmistakable evidence of his arousal. “I’m not ready for this.”
“Because of your injury?”
“Because of the infidelity. My husband. He hurt me.” Her words pinched his heart and he nodded. “I can’t be with a man—any man. I can’t trust anyone. I don’t even trust myself to have the sense or judgment to know who can be trusted. I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to trust anyone again.”
Mason laid a soft kiss on her mouth, tugging her bottom lip gently between his teeth. He lifted his face just enough to look at her. In time, he could teach her to trust again, at least to trust him, but it would take patience—and perseverance. He thought she might be worth the effort.
“If you want me to stop,” he told her, “if you really mean it, say ‘apple.’”
Alicia furrowed her brow and blinked before meeting his stare directly. “But I told you to stop.”
“Yes, but you didn’t mean it.” The color rushing into her cheeks proved him right. “I will only stop if you say ‘apple.’ Understand?”
She responded with a single, slow nod, never taking her eyes off him. When he covered her mouth with his, he ran his tongue along the seam of her lips, and she opened for him. He wrapped both arms around her then, holding her tight, and she placed her hands on his shoulders. As his tongue swirled inside her mouth, she leaned against him and released a low, moaning sigh. He allowed the kiss to continue and to deepen, in part because he wanted to prevent her from using the safety word, but primarily because he didn’t want to relinquish her delicious mouth. Although he would never call himself a connoisseur, he could detect the subtle notes of cherry, chocolate, and plum from the wine on her tongue.


Thursday, June 20, 2013

Cocktails with Scott Cairns ABNA Semi-finalist Author of Silver

Martini à la Colette: Very dry and a little dirty
Good evening, dear readers! 
Thank you for joining me for my new feature, Cocktails with Colette, which I will have on Thursday evenings now and then to introduce you to my friends who write in genres other than romance.

(If you are looking for the Doggone Blog Hop to Vote for "Amadeus" as Top Dog for charity, click here.)

Tonight I am thrilled to introduce you to an author who joins us for Happy Hour from "across the pond" (and if you've been reading my blog long enough, you know what a complete Anglophile I am and how I cannot wait to get back there!). Scott Cairns and I became acquainted because we were both selected 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Semi-finalists - the final 25 out of 10,000 entries! If that tells you anything, you should know that his novel Silver should jump to the top of your TBR list! So shake yourself a martini (gently - you don't want to water it down) and hear what Scott has to tell us this evening...
~Colette


I met Colette through the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards where we both managed to advance to the last 25. Being a writer can be an isolating experience at times and it was really important for me to be able to reach out and share the amazing experience with people like Colette. She then invited me for cocktails and not being one to shy away from a friendly beverage or two, I heartily agreed.

‘Silver’ is my first full length novel and, whilst it was nominated in the General Fiction category of the recent ABNA awards, it is an historical novel with romance very much at the heart. I will warn you in advance that there is also some erotic content which I should put some context to. ‘Silver’ is the story of Avery (Alice) Silver, a man born in a woman’s body in 19th century London. The story is very much one of identity and follows both his personal journey to becoming a man but also the dual narrative of his daughter in the early 20th century who makes the shocking discovery of her father’s secret past after his death. Avery’s journey to becoming the man he knows that he is, centres on time on issues of gender and sexuality and there are some explicit but important scenes. These were difficult to write at times, as getting the balance between gratuitous sex and assisting the narrative can be hard to judge. I was also very aware of those classic fails from the annual Bad Sex in Fiction, examples of which can be found here. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/27/bad-sex-aawards_n_2199706.html

The following is an excerpt from Chapter One of ‘Silver,' where Avery’s daughter is identifying her father’s body:

        “Imogen?” John’s voice was gentle and the questioning tone enquired only if I was sure of what I was about to do. His hand was upon my shoulder and I leant my cheek against it, my eyes closed. At once, I was both grateful for him being behind me but I also needed to do this alone, and after a moment, I kissed his hand and stepped forward into the room. The gaslights cast my shadow across the bed and the sheet that had been pulled up over the body was beyond the reach of the gloomy light. My father, usually a forward thinking and modern man, refused to be connected to an electricity supply and so, with a surprisingly steady hand, I took up a lamp from the dresser and lit my father’s bedside oil lamp. The light jumped up

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Doggone Blog Hop for Charity - Vote "Amadeus" TOP DOG!

Welcome to the Doggone Blog Hop! 

Vote for "Amadeus" as TOP DOG for Charity!


This is a different kind of blog hop since we are trying to raise money - as well as awareness - for doggie charities, but we'll try to have some fun, too!  Over the next three days, for EVERY COMMENT LEFT BELOW with the words "TOP DOG," I will donate $1 to the Brown Dog Foundation, which helps fund veterinary bills for families who can't afford them. (Yes, I am shamelessly using bribery to get you to vote for my dog.) PLUS if YOU make a donation to the animal charity of your choice, email me the receipt, and I will MATCH your donation!

Also, everyone who leaves a comment below will be entered to win an eBook copy of Pulse and Prejudice - I can even inscribe it to you. You see, the only character in that novel inspired by someone in my real life is the dog Amadeus. He is modeled after my Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen (PBGV for short). You can click here to learn more about the breed.

Once you watch this video I made of him (mainly to drive my kids crazy after I first got my iPhone), I think you will agree he deserved a role in Pulse and Prejudice - and why he deserves your vote as Top Dog! If you would like to read a snippet of the novel with Amadeus as the star, click here for that excerpt.

I hope you enjoy this video! (If the videos snag, just refresh and play again.)




And if you haven't had enough, here's a video of him playing with my grandpuppy on my bed as I am trying to write (you might see my laptop on the right at times).



TO VOTE: Just leave a comment below with the words TOP DOG (and include your email in case you win the inscribed eBook), and email me any donation you make to colette@colettesaucier.com and I will match it!

Then continue on the Doggone Blog Hop for Charity with these amazing authors!


UPDATE:

It should come as no surprise to anyone (if I do say so myself) that my beloved PBGV, the inspiration for "Amadeus" in Pulse and Prejudice, won the title of TOP DOG in the Doggone Blog Hop for Charity! I will be making my donation to the Brown Dog Foundation, which helps fund veterinary bills for families who can't afford them.

The Winner of the eBook of Pulse and Prejudice as selected by Random.org is Linzé Brandon, and congratulations to her!

If you did not win, have no fear! Pulse and Prejudice is available in paperback, all eBook formats, and even audiobook! And I can even inscribe an eBook of Pulse and Prejudice to you as well.
Click here get Pulse and Prejudice personally inscribed to you:


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Lapses of Memory NEW Release from M S Spencer

Coffee with ColetteGood morning, dear readers! 
If you are looking for the Doggone Blog Hop to Vote for "Amadeus" as Top Dog for charity, click here.

Now, without further ado, it is my privilege to introduce the incredibly talented M.S. Spenser. She is a fellow Secret Cravings Publishing author and has dropped by to tell you about her hot New Release, Lapses of Memory!  I loved and highly-recommend her novel Artful Dodging (also available on Amazon and B&N). I can honestly say I was hooked from the moment I read the description of Lapses of Memory, and I bet you will be, too. She has included an (adult!) excerpt below, PLUS she is giving away a copy to some lucky winner, so leave a comment and include your email address. This one is sure to be on the top of your TBR list.
~Colette


Thanks for having me, Colette. I’d love to talk about my new release, Lapses of Memory, and give away a pdf copy to one lucky reader. Please be sure to remind those who comment to leave their email address in the comment.

Lapses of Memory follow the exploits of two journalists, Sydney Bellek and Elian Davies, as they travel the globe reporting on various world catastrophes. In one of their encounters they find themselves embroiled in the early stages of the revolution in Iran and only barely escape. A few years later we find them rivals in the search for a scoop on the Lebanese Civil War. Their love is reignited each time they meet, but in the long years following each meeting Sydney forgets him. For his part, Elian knows from the age of seven that they are meant for each other, but when Sydney finally sees the truth, he has lost his memory—literally. Can she make him remember her? Will their new love be enough to replace the old one?

http://www.amazon.com/Lapses-of-Memory-ebook/dp/B00CRJEEKE/ref=cm_cr_pr_pb_tMeanwhile, Sydney’s daughter Olivia chronicles the ups and downs of her parents’ romance, making it difficult to concentrate on her own dilemma—how to choose between the rich and dashing Rémy de Beaumec, who wants to fly her around the world, and the steady, quiet, American-to-the-core, Benjamin Knox, who only wants to make her happy.

Having lived through some of the events that Sydney and Elian confront, I wanted to convey both the excitement and the fear you feel when enmeshed in a world-shattering crisis. As reporters, Sydney and Elian sensed that something important was happening, but couldn’t know the extent or the consequences of it. As lovers, their evolving romance was often interrupted by their ambitions. Coupled with their daughter’s quandary, a happy ending for anyone seemed far from secure. And yet…and yet…I hope you find the story as romantic as I do.


Lapses of Memory, by M. S. Spencer
Secret Cravings Publishing (May 10, 2013)
Ebook, 70,000 words
Romance, Action/Adventure, M/F, 3 flames

Available Now in All eBook formats from Secret Cravings Publishing as well as Amazon for Kindle and Barnes and Noble for Nook.

ADULT EXCERPT (Read at your own risk!)

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Take a Trip Out of this World

It's the Secret Cravings Paranormal Blog Hop!


About this time last year, I came out with a little novel called Pulse and Prejudice, the paranormal adaptation of Jane Austen's classic romance, which retells the love story from the point of view of Mr. Darcy - Vampire. Let me tell you, I had no idea what I was getting myself into! The last year has been a non-stop convoy of blog posts, interviews, and public appearances. Don't get me wrong. Yes, it has been exhausting, but I am finally fulfilling my dream of being a writer. Plus Pulse and Prejudice has just come out in an incredible audiobook version, I've had two more books published, I'm hard at work on two more, and I even have an honest-to-goodness literary agent! Now if I could just figure out a way to get rid of this pesky day job...

Pulse and Prejudice took me forever and a day to research and write because I wanted every detail to be historically accurate and true to Regency language and Jane Austen. That's why its sequel - Dearest Bloodiest Elizabeth - will likely be my last authentic historical novel! (I am planning a paranormal adaptation of Wuthering Heights, but I plan to make it steampunk to give me a lot more flexability.)  Rather than giving you the blurb yet again, here is the trailer for Pulse and Prejudice.



The trailer features photographs I took myself while on my trips to London and a piece of music of significance in the novel: Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata, although it wasn't called that at the time. This is one of scores (heehee) of little inside jokes I have throughout the novel because of the significance of moonlight in John Polidori's The Vampyre, which I borrowed for my vampire Darcy. (Be sure to check out the Pulse and Prejudice Pop Culture Challenge for your chance to win an iPad 4!)

Here is where I would normally have an excerpt from the novel, but Tim Campbell has done such a marvelous performance on the audiobook, I will just let him read it to you.



 Now onto the hop!

Today I am giving away an eBook of Pulse and Prejudice. Just leave a comment below, and don't forget to include your email address so I can contact you when you win!

UPDATE: The Winner of the eBook of Pulse and Prejudice as selected by Random.org is Vesper Meikle! Congratulations!

Be sure to visit all the other amazing authors on the Out of this World Secret Cravings Paranormal Blog Hop this weekend, as they will have some great prizes, too!



Friday, June 14, 2013

Rebecca Coleman on the Perils of Writing a Love Scene Plus COOKIES

My dear readers, thus far you have joined my guests and me for Coffee and Cocktails. Well, today we have something new for you: Cookies! Of course, this is decidedly unfair as I am still quite a distance from my weight-loss goal, but I think it's good to shock the metabolism occasionally with a splurge! Right? Good, I'm glad you're coming along with me on that. My guest today has become a dear friend just by virtue of her being so wonderfully kind and providing guidance from her wisdom and experience. So don't skip ahead to the recipethis blog post is great! I have had this exact problem and find myself texting my daughters asking them what they and their friends call various, um, body parts.... (They have been less than helpful.) It is my honour to introduce the amazing author Rebecca Coleman. I bet she is good cook, too!
~Colette


The Perils of Writing a Love Scene

by Rebecca Coleman

      There are few things quite as tantalizing as a well-written love scene, and few so hilarious as a bad one. Not long ago I was reading a manuscript in which the characters were getting a little frisky, then into full bodice-ripping mode-- and I was game for it until a single word brought the fantasy to a screeching halt. That word was "crotch."
      "Crotch?" puzzled one of my friends, when I griped about this on Facebook. "It sounds like something my mother would say. 'Honey, are those pants too tight in the crotch?'"
      It's a perilous business, trying to evoke lust in readers, when what is hot to one can be ridiculous to another. As my Facebook crotch discussion evolved, my friends happily revealed their most-hated words and phrases in love scenes. "Member" was a big one (ha! We hope). "Her sex" was another. And scientific studies have shown that women loathe the word "moist." How can a writer play it safe?
      My muse has yet to tell me. Several years ago I proudly submitted the beginning of my titillating new manuscript to an online writing workshop-- a story about a 16-year-old boy caught in a secret affair with a dangerous forty-something teacher. This book, The Kingdom of Childhood, would eventually be published to a good amount of fanfare and receive a nod from Library Journal as one of the "Best Books of 2011." But as a novice writer then, I sat in front of my computer and eagerly waited for feedback. At last an email came in, from a concerned man in Australia: "I don't know if you are aware of this, but the teacher's behavior in your story is illegal. You will want to make the boy at least 18."

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The Bull Rider and the Baby by Jeanine McAdam

Coffee with ColetteGood morning, dear readers! This week on Coffee with Colette, fellow Sweet Cravings Publishing author Jeanine McAdam has dropped by to tell you about her Newest Release, Volume 2 in The Skirts and Spurs Trilogy, The Bull Rider and the Baby This novel sounds like so much fun, with the heroine pregnant with one man's baby but falling in love with someone else. Today, though, Jeanine is going to tell you about another character in the story: the Tiger Mom! I have a feeling this lady is going to complicate things even more...Can't wait to find out! PLUS Jeanine has a GIVEAWAY! Just leave a comment below and you could win your very own copy of The Bull Rider and the Baby! (Don't forget to include your email address.)
~Colette


It’s out! My latest THE BULL RIDER AND THE BABY. This book is about Carrie Wang, a concussion researcher, and Caleb Cooper, a bull rider who keeps falling off his bull and hitting his head. Carrie is attracted to Caleb, her research subject, except Carrie is pregnant with Charles Winston’s baby. Charles wants Carrie to give the baby up for adoption while Carrie’s mother Rose Wang wants Carrie to make the situation respectable and get married. But Charles doesn’t want Carrie so she needs to find someone else...maybe Caleb?

However, this blog isn’t about Carrie and Caleb. I decided to talk today about Rose Wang, Carrie’s TIGER MOM! The Urban Dictionary defines a tiger mom as “a mother who is overly strict with her child in order to foster an academically competitive spirit. This form of upbringing is intended to direct a child towards financially successful careers at the potential risk of feeling emotionally unfulfilled and/or socially inept.”

Once Carrie gets pregnant, Rose is heart-wrenchingly disappointed in her daughter. She believes that if Carrie has the baby alone, she won’t be able to achieve the academic and financial success Rose wanted and planned for her. Plus, what would the neighbors think?

My problem as a writer when creating Rose’s character was that I disagreed strongly with her style of parenting. However I had to make her a sympathetic character even though she was making Carrie feel

Monday, June 10, 2013

Cover Reveal for Alicia's Possession

Coming June 22nd 

Available Now for Pre-Sale Only from the Secret Cravings Store

Haunted by a traumatic accident and her husband’s betrayal, Alicia believes she can never trust again. Now she must surrender her will to Mason if she wants to find out if the bizarre events terrorizing her are the work of the paranormal, her own paranoia, or something far more sinister.





Thursday, June 6, 2013

Shooter in the Crosshairs author Rick Portier Joins Me for Cocktails

Martini à la Colette: Very dry and a little dirty
Good evening, dear readers! 
Thank you for joining me for Happy Hour tonight! This is the first of a new feature I will have on Thursday evenings now and then to introduce you to my friends who write in genres other than romance. I for one adore true crime and suspense, which is why I am moving into the romantic suspense sub-genre myself, so I know I cannot be the only reader who may on occasion set aside a romance for a chilling thriller! 

I am excited to introduce as my first gentleman caller Rick Portier, the author of Shooter in the Crosshairs. This novel had me hooked from page one, and I read it in two days! (Damn that soul-sucking day job...)  Ever since I read it, I've wanted him to come on my blog and give you the inside scoop (I can't believe he says I got him drunk - that makes me sound like such a bed influence!), and he finally agreed! So check out what Rick has to tell you, then be sure to add this one to the top of your TBR list!
~Colette


Colette has been after me to do this forever, and she finally poured enough beer down my throat to convince me.

Ya see, romance ain’t exactly my thing. I’ve got nothing against flowers, sunsets, or a horseback ride under a canopy of live oaks. I’m just more of a passion guy. . . . And not the kind that starts as a slow, aching desire in your naughty parts.

Passion, for me, is something more than desire. Passion defines who we are. It is the reason we get up on cold, rainy mornings when we would rather be in bed with a good book. It is what lifts us up each time we are knocked down. It is the one thing that makes life worth living.

If I asked my wife what she was most passionate about, she would probably say a good merlot. (I think I rank somewhere between yard work and shaving her legs.) For me, it would have to be storytelling. I guess that’s how I ended up as a television news photographer and starving author. (Thankfully my wife is also passionate about eating and holds a real job.)

My passion for stories and the news is what drove me down the path of my first novel, Shooter in the Crosshairs. Well, passion and a burning desire to pull every hair follicle from my scalp. Ya see, passionate characters don’t always behave like writers plan. Brock Nicholls is no different.

Brock is a brash, television news photographer. (Gee, I wonder where I got that idea?) And he screwed up.

When his television career went down in flames on the steps of a Dallas courthouse, it made national news and earned the TV photog a night in lock-up. Now, Brock’s stuck in the place where it all started, Baton Rouge, working for a mental midget like Percy Finch and his “Good News” strategy. An idea that has viewers flocking to the competition. If that weren’t bad enough, Finch has Brock locked into shooting pet parades for Katie Couric wannabes like Nancy Patrick.

Against his better judgment, Brock drags Nancy to the scene of a fire where he is plunged into the world that originally ignited his passion for this business—a world before cookie-cutter anchors and Barbie doll reporters. There he finds something that has been sorely missing in his life—the first real person he’s met in years, Ida Mae Christophe. Miss Ida is sure the man burning the

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

If I Loved You by Jean Joachim

Coffee with ColetteGood morning, dear readers! Before I introduce my visitor this week on Coffee with Colette, I want to mention a new feature I will have every now and then for my gentlemen callers who do not write in the romance genre. They will be joining me for Cocktails with Colette (and if you read a double-meaning in that, then you have a naughty mind!). So I hope you will pop by this Thursday evening for my first very special guest for cocktail hour!
Now, without further ado, it is my great honour to introduce fellow Secret Cravings Publishing author Jean Joachim! She has dropped by to tell you about the first book in her new Hollywood Hearts Series, If I Loved You. More specifically, she's going to tell you about how food plays a role! Now, for anyone who has been following my diet travails on my Facebook author page, I bet you can guess which picture below has me drooling!  I'll put this one on my TBR After Diet list! 
~Colette

 

FOOD & ROMANCE


Until a reader mentioned it, I wasn’t aware the role food plays in my contemporary romance novels. Perhaps growing up in a Jewish household, where food was such a symbol of love influenced me. This becomes evident in IF I LOVED YOU, the first book in my Hollywood Hearts series, as these snippets illustrate.

I love nothing more than to bring my hero and heroine together over a scrumptious meal in a fancy restaurant …


     The food arrived, arranged artistically. The duck on one side with wild rice on the other, Haricot verts rounded out the plate. Tiny, perfect slices of orange hugged the side of the duck, adding color and a gentle citrus scent. Hunger gnawed at Megan’s stomach. When she took the first forkful, the duck practically melted in her mouth. “It’s wonderful!” Megan gushed.
     “Knew you’d like it.” He smiled warmly at her.


or to be cooked in their apartment with lots of kissing in the kitchen.

     Meg walked in and stepped out of her shoes. A smile broke out across her face as she took a deep breath, savoring the mouth-watering scent. She padded into the kitchen only to interrupt an intimate moment. Penny faced the counter, tearing lettuce for a salad with Mark flush up against her back. He had his arms around her, his face buried in her neck. Megan couldn’t see his hands, but Penny’s moan left no doubt to their activity. She tiptoed back out, opened the front door, and then slammed it shut.

The sensuality of food, preparing it, sharing it and tasting it leads to easily to sharing other tastes in the bedroom. The challenge is making up different restaurants menus and dishes to be cooked at home that will deepen the pov of my characters, making them more real.

Food can also be used to weave in a bit of backstory and heighten the emotion of a scene…

Sunday, June 2, 2013

I refuse to admit how I know this blogger, but you will want to follow this one...

Here is a fun NEW blog for you to check out. Someone I happen to know (I plead the 5th on how) recently turned 29, and so she has begun a year-long bucket list of thirty things she wants to do before she hits the Big 3-0.  It's fun and funny, so check out her first-hand experience in this entry:  Botox!

30 Things By 30: #1 Botox