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Their Sexy Thoughts ~ Alicia's Possession for My Sexy Saturday

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Gentle Readers,

Welcome to this week's My Sexy Saturday!

"This week’s theme is Their Sexy Thoughts. When characters think about each other in a sexy, exciting way, we as readers adore them. We love hearing about how the hero thinks the heroine is sexy and loving and oh so much more as the story progresses. As writers, we love putting those words down and getting them just right."


I have selected a little snippet from the romantic suspense Alicia's Possession, the second time Mason lays eyes on Alicia.

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?

    Mason pushed the doorbell then banged on the oak door without waiting. Al…

How to be a Lush and Still lose Weight (or how I lost over 30 pounds with my wine and cheese diet)

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Good morning, dear readers!
Or, at least I hope I am getting this posted in time for morning. My soul-sucking day job had me working overtime again, and then - after a single glass of wine! (I swear...and no cheese!) - I fell asleep until almost 9:00 pm. We have an Internet curfew of nine o'clock in our home, but my husband was working tonight and not around to keep me awake, so he has allowed me special dispensation tonight since I had promised to post this on my blog for Friday.

So...several...no, many people have asked how I lost so much weight, and relatively quickly. If you scroll down to the lower left corner, you will see My Fitness Pal progress. Well, it used to say 31 pounds lost, but we had a lot of "events" that involved eating (anniversary, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Boxing Day {yes, that's a thing that we celebrate with friends}), and there was a lot of eating out when one of my husband's oldest/dearest friends came down for a visit, plus there was our &…

Devil in the Details

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In my previous blog – “What Can I Say?” – I requested ideas for future blogs. Today I have written based on one such suggestion. (Thanks, SuzeJA!)


Whilst reading my novels, which I am certain you either have or will in the very near future, one thing you will not find is physical descriptions of the main characters. Unless something about their appearance is essential either to the development of the plot or the character, I don’t do it. I won’t do it. Other authors go into details about height, hair color, eyes and often even their clothes. Generally when I am reading, that’s when I skim-skim-skim. Especially in a romance novel. How am I supposed to relate to a twenty-two year old statuesque blond? I am sure I am in the minority here. Indeed, after my daughter read The Proud and the Prejudiced, my modern twist on Pride and Prejudice, we had the following exchange:

Her: You have to describe what the characters look like.

Me: Not gonna do it

Her: Mother, if you are going to be a roman…

You are Cordially Invited to THE PROUD AND THE PREJUDICED Print Release and PRIDE AND PREJUDICE Birthday Party

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Greetings, dear readers!

The Official Release date of the print edition of The Proud and the Prejudice is upon us, launching TONIGHT - Wednesday, January 28th - the 202nd Anniversary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice! To celebrate, we are having an online party on the Facebook Events page from 6:30 until 10:00 pm Central time (so 7:30 Eastern/5:30 Mountain/4:30 Pacific - anyone else will have to do their own math!)

Every 20 minutes
, we will be giving away a special Party Favor to participants, including MP3 Songs, Commemorative Jane Austen stamps, Gift Cards, eBooks from some of your favourite authors including Abigail Reynolds, Monica Fairview, Shannon Winslow, Leslie Diamond, Sally Smith O'Rourke, and yours truly - and of course the beautiful new hardbound edition of The Proud and the Prejudice (which will also be available at a one-time special discounted price).

TODAY ONLY - 33% OFF NEW HARDBACK EDITION OF The Proud and The Prejudiced! Select Release Day Special: 
Be su…

I’m So Sexy ~ Modern Riff on Pride and Prejudice for My Sexy Saturday

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Welcome to My Sexy Saturday!


This week’s theme is I’m So Sexy, and there’s nothing more interesting that someone who exudes sexiness but doesn’t flaunt it. These are those who are naturally sexy, like the girl or boy next door. Or the boss who acts like a nerd. Or maybe one who wears something that makes someone want to strip them bare. Those are the characters we want to read about.

So here is a short snippet from The Proud and the Prejudiced. In this modern twist on Pride and Prejudice, Alice has no idea how "sexy" she is to Peter, but she can certainly feel how sexy he is....



“Tell me this is real,” Peter said. “Tell me I’m not dreaming.”

“Shouldn’t I be saying that?” The frenzied, ravenous kisses from the alley had transitioned into gentle lips upon lips, which somehow were more intimate.

“After the party, I thought I’d never see you again. I hated how we left things.” As his kisses deepened, he unhooked her bra and slid the straps from her shoulders, then he caressed from…

How to Make the Perfect Dirty Dry Vodka Martini - Cocktails with Colette

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Good evening, dear readers!
The video below will demonstrate how to make the perfect dirty dry vodka martini, so scroll on down if that's all you want.

I usually have a guest join me for Cocktails, but we have been working on a "critical" project at my soul-sucking day job "without enough resources," which means middle management's poor planning is forcing the peons to work a lot of overtime (without compensation). Thus, I have not had the time to entertain.

I have, however, been a guest on Karen Docter's Killer Book Bench with an excerpt fromThe Proud and the Prejudiced.So I suppose tonight my guest is I! Thus, if you want to know more, I will direct you there because if you leave a comment, you could win a $20 Amazon Gift Card.

Click here to read the excerpt and to qualify for the giveaway. (By the way, the hardback is now available for Pre-order directly from the publisher ahead of its release date. Of course, it is already available in all eBook format…

Back on Karen's Killer Book Bench with Giveaway and Excerpt from Modern Twist on Austen

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Greetings, dear readers!

I am back on Karen Docter's Killer Book Bench today, but this time I have an excerpt fromThe Proud and the Prejudiced.

Plus, leave a comment and you could win a $20 Amazon Gift Card. Click here to read the excerpt and to qualify for the giveaway.

By the way, the hardback is now available for Pre-order directly from the publisher ahead of its release date. Of course, it is already available in all eBook formats for $2.99.

On Monday, Karen interviewed me about my writing, what I would serve you for dinner, and why a penguin would walk into my office wearing a sombrero. 
Click here (or on the penguin) if you missed it....




Check out my interview on Karen's Killer Book Bench!

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Good morning, dear readers!

Today I have the honour of being interviewed on Karen Docter's Killer Book Bench about my writing, what I would serve you for dinner, and why a penguin would walk into my office wearing a sombrero. PLUS there's a $20 Amazon Gift Card giveaway! Click here to check it out....

Be sure to come back on Wednesday for excerpt from The Proud and the Prejudiced!


New Sexy Saturday: Sneak Peek THE PROUD AND THE PREJUDICED Modern Twist on Austen

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Welcome to My Sexy Saturday! "This week’s theme is Our Sexy New Year. As the New Year starts, what’s more fun than thinking about all those New Year resolutions. Or not. How about those things your characters did at the holiday parties?"
OK, well I don't have any excerpts for a New Years party, but I do have a party scene in The Proud and the Prejudiced: A Modern Twist on Pride and Prejudice. For those of you familiar with the Jane Austen classic, this is akin to the Netherfield Ball - but no white soup!


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 h…

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