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

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Gentle 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 arousa…

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

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Good 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 Branthas 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 Mikh…

One Sexy Boy ~ A Modern Mr Darcy for My Sexy Saturday

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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 ba…

Sweet Talk ~ Seven Words for My Sexy Saturday Excerpt & Labor Day Sale

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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 isTalk 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…

Sexy Has the Power to Set People Free! My Sexy Saturday Excerpt from THE WIDOW

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Greetings! Welcome to a NEW My Sexy Saturday!


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This week’s theme isSexy Has It!

Sexy has love, sexy has wonderful. Sexy has the power to change worlds, set people free and everything in between. Catherine is
The Widow in this noir romantic thriller. She is troubled, disillusioned, and self-destructive, desperately trying to run away from the mistakes of her past.

With David as the undercover DEA agent who cannot ignore his obsession with her, indeed it does seem as though sexy has the power to set Catherine free...

They stared at each other in the flickering candlelight as their bodies moved together, and she resisted closing her eyes, wanting to focus on him, memorize this moment. His timing was flawless with each subtle action—stroking her face gently as he whispered Spanish words she did not understand; or fiercely cl…

Labor Pains: How Writing a Novel is Like Childbirth

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Good morning, dear readers!
Now I am not the first author to compare a novel to one's baby or writing it to childbirth. First there is the conception, which may take months to come to fruition or could occur completely by chance in the middle of the night - quite unexpectedly!

After the idea for the novel is conceived comes the period of gestation, which for me at least takes months. (Is it a coincidence that when I began wrote the first draft of Pulse and Prejudice, I typed "The End" exactly 9 months later on my twins' birthday?) Months of writing, nurturing, receiving advice from everyone on what could be done better to ensure a healthy outcome. Making preparations - a cover to cradle the upcoming release. A complete matching set of everything - from banners to bookmarks - welcoming it into the world. Tell everyone to expect its arrival!

Then the birth. The nerves at the approaching due date. Will everything go well? What if its not healthy? People reject it? The rele…

What Is Noir Fiction?

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Good morning, dear readers!
The Widow - a noir romantic suspense - will be released on Wednesday, August 5th. Many readers, however - unless they are long-time fans of the genre - may not be familiar with noir fiction or what it represents. My readers in particular might wonder why I would choose to write a noir crime thriller, but what can I say? I was inspired! And I do say I embrace all genres of romance...

So what is noir fiction?

From Wikipedia:
"Noir fiction (or roman noir) is a literary genre closely related to hardboiled genre with a distinction that the protagonist is not a detective, but instead either a victim, a suspect, or a perpetrator. Other common characteristics include the self-destructive qualities of the protagonist. A typical protagonist of the Noir fiction is dealing with the legal, political or other system that is no less corrupt than the perpetrator by whom the protagonist is either victimized and/or has to victimize others on a daily basis, leading to Lose…

A Very Sexy Time from THE WIDOW for My Sexy Saturday

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Greetings, and welcome to a NEW My Sexy Saturday!


This week’s theme isA Very Sexy Time!



Releasing this Wednesday, August 5th, The Widow is a noir romantic thriller with Catherine as the troubled, disillusioned, self-destructive heroine and David, the hero, an undercover DEA agent, who cannot bring himself to trust her nor ignore his obsession with her, which haunts his dreams.

Here is a short excerpt, about why David might be willing to risk a multi-million dollar DEA operation, or even his life, for her....


The moment the door to the suite closed behind them, David jerked Catherine back against his chest and into his arms, assaulting her mouth, pouring all his pent-up aggression into the kiss. They had never “made up” after their argument, and he wasn’t about to let her raise that icy barrier between them again. But instead of resisting, she flung her arms around his neck, matching his fervor, a conflagration of passion. He untied the knot at the back of her neck, and if they had had a…

Noir Romantic Suspense THE WIDOW Now Available for Pre-Order

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YES!  The thrilling noir The Widow is NOW AVAILABLE for Pre-Order!
What that actually means is that I have submitted the FINAL version to the publisher, so I am officially done! (Well, I still have to approve the proof of the print edition, but I'm sure it will be fine....I hope...)

It will be released in print and eBook August 5th.
Available NOW for Pre-Order on Kindle, Nook, and other eBook formats, and in hardback at a Special Pre-Sale Price.
But I know you want something to read NOW, so I have reduced the price of the eBooks of my Pride and Prejudice adaptations just until The Widow is released on August 5th. Pulse and Prejudice is only $2.99 and The Proud and the Prejudiced is half price at $1.49!


Now back to coming attractions...

Above I have a phote from a scene from the classic Hitchcock film Notorious, which is one of my favourite films of all time and is partly the inspiration for The Widow (or the second half at least); however, instead of Nazis, it is loosely based on th…

Our Sexy Woman! Excerpt from THE WIDOW Romantic Noir Suspense for My Sexy Saturday

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Greetings, and welcome to a NEW My Sexy Saturday!


This week’s theme is Our Sexy Woman!
"This week’s theme is My Sexy Woman. Yes, this is our nod to the heroines. You all know what make them sexy and wonderful. Need we say more!"Wow - Could the timing for this week's theme be any more perfect, with The Widow available for Pre-Order this week! It's almost as coincidental as last week's escape of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, who was the inspiration for the drug lord Ignacio "El Ratón" Martinez in The Widow.

The Widow is a noir thriller, and in classic noir style, Catherine is troubled, disillusioned, self-destructive. Here is a short excerpt - just six sentences - about our heroine Catherine and why David might be willing to risk a multi-million dollar DEA operation, or even his life, for her....


David knew he was staring, but he couldn’t tear his gaze away, desperate for something else to say, some other excuse to keep him there longer despite Cather…

100th My Sexy Saturday Celebration! We're Sexy HOT! Scene from The Proud and the Prejudiced

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Can you believe it is already the 100th My Sexy Saturday

I wish I could say I have participated from the beginning and had posted 100 Saturday snippets, but that whole life/career/dreams balance thing always gets in the way.

Before I get on with this week's snippet, I want to be sure that you caught the Cover Reveal yesterday for my upcoming the romantic noir thriller The Widow! It will be released on August 5th, but it will be available for pre-sale on July 22nd. This is the beautiful creation of the talented Dawné Dominique of Dusk til Dawn Designs, so if you missed it, please check it out here.

Now on to this week's excerpt.  I decided to take the theme literally. In my modern take on Pride and Prejudice, New Orleans is the equivalent as Kent. (Well, if Hollywood is Hertfordshire, why not?) Throughout the time that Alice and Peter (my 21st Century Elizabeth and Darcy -- don't ask...) are there, Alice is hot and miserable and constantly complaining about the heat and h…

Cover Reveal - THE WIDOW "Classic Noir at its best!"

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I am so excited to reveal the cover to my new novel, the romantic noir thriller The Widow! What do you think?  It will be released on August 5th, but it will be available for pre-sale on July 22nd.

Plus a week after its release, I will be at Authors After Dark in Atlanta and signing beautiful hardback editions on Saturday the 15th! This is the beautiful creation of the talented Dawné Dominique of Dusk til Dawn Designs, whom I now consider my own personal cover artist!



“When truth is buried underground it grows, it chokes, it gathers such an explosive force that on the day it bursts out, it blows up everything with it.”– Émile Zola,J’accuse



In this thrilling romantic noir suspense, DEA agent David Alvarez invested four years in deep undercover infiltrating the ruthless Sonora Drug Cartel only to have his primary target gunned down by a rival gang. Now his only hope in salvaging the operation and bringing the largest drug trafficker in the world to justice lies with the man’s beautiful, …

Cover Reveal & Giveaway! THE DEEPEST WELL by Juliette Cross

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Good morning, dear readers!

I am absolutely thrilled to have my dear friend Juliette Cross
back again for her latest cover reveal: The Deepest Well coming soon from Samhain. Isn't the cover gorgeous???  And be sure to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below!
Juliette will be joining me and several other Louisiana writers - the Acadia Authors Collective - on October 1st in Baton Rouge for the Louisiana Book Festival. Put it on your calendars so you can make plans to attend so you can meet Juliette in person!

Cover Reveal ~ The Deepest Well
Lady Katherine Blakely is married to a monster. At the height of the London Season, she discovers how low his debauchery sinks on the night of the Weathersby Ball. This same night, she meets a charming stranger, a gentleman from top to toe, not a wolf in gallant evening dress as so many of them are. But even he is not all that he seems.

Lord George Draconis Thornton has returned from abroad as Earl of Melbourne. As the commander of the Dominus Daemonum,…

Would I Be as Sweet? The Day I Received My Nom de Plume

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"Perhaps the only misplaced curiosity is that which persists in trying to find out here, on this side of death, what lies beyond the grave."                                                                                                                    ~Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette
"What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." - Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2)
In the grand tradition of Mark Twain, George Eliot, and Dr. Seuss, I have chosen to use a nom de plume. I did so not only to preserve some modicum of privacy in our Instagram world but also so as not to embarrass my grown daughters, who might not want their friends to know their mother could write a love scene. (By their estimation, I have had sex exactly twice since two of them are a set of twins.) Often I am asked how I chose the name "Colette," so today I will tell you how the name was bestowed upon me. These events occurred over twenty years ago, and I …

Our Sexy Man: Mr Darcy - Vampire! Excerpt from PULSE AND PREJUDICE for #MySexySaturday

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Greetings, and welcome to another My Sexy Saturday!

We are working our way up to the 100th Sexy Saturday, and it's going to be huge!

This week’s theme is Our Sexy Man!
"This is all about the sexy men in our books. The young ones, the old ones, the middle aged ones, the ones who turn us on like no other. It’s all about the sexy, hot romance they bring to the pages of the books we read and the books we write.
"Again, this theme has no genre, no rules except that the characters we’re talking about are male and sexy beyond all belief."

Now as far as I'm concerned, the only thing sexier than Mr. Darcy is a VAMPIRE Mr. Darcy! But as I discussed in my post Devil in the Details, Miss Austen provided little by way of physical descriptions of the characters in Pride and Prejudice. "Her physical descriptions of characters were as explicit as Jane – beautiful, Bingley – good-looking, Darcy – tall and handsome, Charlotte – plain, Lydia – stout, Mrs. Gardiner – elegant, M…

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