Saturday, September 26, 2015

Sexy Today! A Snippet from the Psychological Romantic Suspense Alicia's Possession Readers,

Welcome to this week's My Sexy Saturday!

This week’s theme: Sexy Today
So today, there really is no theme except sexy today. Authors are free to post whatever they want within the normal rules. Just make it sexy, sexy and more sexy...
I have selected a little snippet from the psychological, romantic suspense Alicia's Possession.

Alicia is the last person Detective Mason Crawley should pursue since she is at the heart of his investigation into a disappearance, which eventually turns into a hunt for a killer; but her palpable sadness and vulnerability awaken his Dominant nature and instinct to protect. Is he is falling in love with a woman who is dangerously delusional, a witness to a cleverly-concealed crime, or a murderer?

“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. 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?”

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Marilyn Brant: The One that I Want for Coffee with Colette!

Coffee with ColetteGood morning, dear readers! 

Have you missed me??? It's been so long, you must have thought I'd given up coffee! Hahahahahahahaha!!! As if that would happen...

I must say that my guest today, fellow Austen Author  (and USA Today Bestselling Author - not too shabby!) Marilyn Brant has to be one of the most patient and understanding people I have ever known. You see, I invited her to stop by a month ago to tell you all about her exciting new Mirabelle Harbor series, and of course that's when my laptop decided all it wanted to do for me was show my desktop image. I mean, I love penguins, but I need a computer! So she is finally back for the first time in two years! Then she told you all about her romantic mystery The Road to You.  She also joined me for coffee earlier that year to tell us about Pride, Prejudice, and the Perfect Match.  I just love the premise for her new novel, having the chance to meet your teenage idol once you're an adult.... (Of course, I've seen Mikhail Baryshnikov lately - not looking so hot!) Just take a look at this snippet and I know you'll agree!

Marilyn Brant on The One that I Want

It's *always* a pleasure getting to visit Colette...and I hope someday we'll get to have coffee together for real! 

I love writing modern versions of stories that touch upon certain Austen-esque themes and deal with characters who have to reevaluate their opinions of each other. This new Mirabelle Harbor series -- and the novel THE ONE THAT I WANT in particular -- was based on a premise that's been a part of my imagination for a decade and a half: What would a woman's "first impressions" be of a man she'd idolized as a teen...if she finally got to meet him 20 years later?

I had lots of movie-star idols when I was in high school and college, but I rarely thought it would be possible to meet one of them. I lived in Wisconsin (read: very far from New York City or Los Angeles) and I just didn't happen to be introduced to any famous pop-culture folks during my youth. Not rock stars. Not film/TV actors. Not even authors. I didn't meet my first published writer until I was a teacher living just north of Chicago. 

But something else happened when I moved to the Chicagoland area, where I've set my

Saturday, September 19, 2015

One Sexy Boy ~ A Modern Mr Darcy for My Sexy Saturday
Good morning, dear readers! Ready for a NEW My Sexy Saturday?

This week’s theme is One Sexy Boy!

We all know it just takes one sexy boy to get us going. That boy will turn into the man of our dreams. They can start out on the wrong side of the tracks, the right side of the tracks, the rich side or even the poor side. They can be good or they can be bad, we will love them all the same.
They give us hidden looks, a longing gaze, with love’s promise shining in their eyes and all the things that come with love. We love sexy and it’s always so fun to share.
So this will sound apropos to nothing, but my laptop decided to stop working over a month ago.  I thought it was an issue with the operating system and tried to wait out my free upgrade to Windows 10. In the meantime, I ran several other checks on it, however, which eventually indicated a problem with the hardware. Well, it is a really old computer, missing the letter 'H' and medical tape holding the power cord in because the battery only lasted approximately two minutes.

Once my AmEx card recycled, I ordered a new one. I do like it, but it's taking a lot of adjusting. That being said, I finally have iTunes again for the first time in >3 years because my old computer one day decided it didn't like Apple and would shut down any time I opened iTunes.

No, really!  I am going somewhere with this! You see, music has always been, eh-hum, instrumental in my storylines; and so I created a new playlist called "Novels" with all the songs I use in my books. After listening to all of the songs (one of which is below, btw), I really wanted to read The Proud and the Prejudiced again. I know - my own novel - but I hadn't read it in so long, and I do love the characters, Alice and Peter. (They are the modern stand-ins for Elizabeth and Darcy.) Wow, I think Peter is sexy. Of course, I did write im that way! And he is always staring at Eli--ALICE, and she thinks only to find fault.

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 All My Tomorrows toward cancellation.
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?

Now this is only supposed to be 7 paragraphs, but it was really difficult to judge since they are reading from a script with clipped dialog and little narrative.  In this scene early in the novel, the lead actress Giselle has a "trifling little cold," and ultimately Peter convinces the soap's director Mr. Peacock to have Alice stand in during the rehearsal.

So they are on the set for the soap opera, and Alice is acting the part of Sienna and Peter is acting the part of Tristan (who was thought to be lost at sea). Got it? Now.... ACTION!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Sweet Talk ~ Seven Words for My Sexy Saturday Excerpt & Labor Day Sale
Good morning, dear readers! It's time for a NEW My Sexy Saturday ~ PLUS I have a special sale for this long Labor Day Weekend!

This week’s theme is Talk Sexy to Me!

We know all about talking sexy to me. We know that lovers have a special language that only two of them share. The hidden looks, the longing gaze, the love shining in their eyes all accompanied by those sexy, sexy words. Sometimes, they are whispered, sometimes spoken aloud and occasionally shouted from rooftops.
The Widow is a noir romantic thriller, and in keeping with that genre, the hero and the heroine are flawed, complex characters. He is cynical and incapable of trusting anyone. She is disillusioned and self-destructive, to the point of considering sacrificing herself for an assignment they both know will degrade her.

They have only one hope to cling to: Each other. If you read last week's excerpt for Sexy has It, it has the love and the power to melt the world away.

Now the rules of My Sexy Saturday are simple:
          Post 7 paragraphs or 7 sentences or 7 words ONLY.

I admit, I do occasionally fudge a bit if a sentence is a single word or similar; but today is easy. Being an upper class Connecticut girl who just bumbled her way into marriage in a Mexican drug cartel, Catherine speaks and understands little Spanish. When David cannot bring himself to open his heart to her, he tells her the seven words that, if she knew, would reveal all....

“Tu eres en mi cariño siempre amor.”

“Tu eres en mi cariño siempre amor.”

Seeing as I did write a blog post comparing writing a novel to child birth,
it seemed fitting to have a LABOR DAY sale! (Oh, stop groaning...) eBooks of The Widow are 40% off through Monday Only!  
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About The Widow

NOTE: This is a noir romantic suspense. Contains strong language and intense sexual situations.

What is Noir Fiction?

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