Friday, August 31, 2012

Labor Day Blog Hop - Your Chance to Win Books

Happy Labor Day to all my US friends! Here's hoping you got a day off to celebrate - I have Monday to relax before school starts the next day, which gives me time to chat on the blog if anybody is around!

Don't forget, if you're interested in a Rafflecopter giveaway
, click on the link to enter.

If you've come here from the blog hop, welcome! I'm happy to announce I do have some recent works that may interest you:
  • Why, Why, Zed?, M/M erotic romance, is now available in audio.
  • Dare to Act, an M/M romance, is available via Kindle.
If you're looking for more to read, check out my entire backlist

If you leave a comment below with your favorite Labor Day activity, I'll put you in a drawing to win a $10 gift credit to All Romance! Good luck!







Thursday, August 30, 2012

Now in Audio - M/M Erotica Why, Why, Zed?

I'm pleased to announce that my latest audiobook, Why, Why, Zed?, is now available through Audible. Here's the blurb:

A cryptic phone call to Cameron “Zed” Zedmore’s cell reveals a plot to steal away Zed’s live-in love, Nick. Devestating the thought of infidelity is, Zed realizes he can’t blame Nick for being tempted to stray, as Zed’s work has kept him in the lab, and out of their bed, for long hours.

Nick loves Zed, but isn’t crazy about being a “house husband” anymore. He has needs Zed won’t meet, and when another friend offers help in that department, Nick is tempted to accept. But then Zed comes home early…

Why, Why, Zed is still at Phaze in eBook format, too. This is my first M/M story to go to audio, and I have recently contracted M-Squared. I really enjoyed the narrator's voice on Zed, and hope to get him to do another story in the future. For now, hope you like this one.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Back to the Beach!

If you've come here from the JustRomance.me blog hop, welcome! Comment to win a $10 credit to All Romance eBooks.


One thing I like about where I live is that I am walking distance from the beach. When the weather is cool I like to walk along the shore and enjoy the breeze. I don't get out to the ocean as often as I'd like, but I tend to wait until the tourists have gone home before I can claim a spot in the sand. I prefer to sit and wave watch than swim, and I always have a book or a digital reader in hand.

If you're looking for a good beach read, or one for any locale, I have a new release called Dare to Act. While technically it is not a beach book, there are scenes set in Virginia Beach, one in particular where Parker - our hero - is enjoying a view of the Atlantic Ocean. If you're lucky, you can spot dolphins playing in the distance. There are dolphin watching tours in the area, if ever you come to VB for a vacation. I can recommend a few good places to eat as well.

If I ever do retire (ha), I'd like to move down to St. Augustine Beach. I'm a Florida native, and I've always loved the area. Maybe one day.

Anyway, if you would like to add to your TBR stack for your next beach trip, comment below with the name of your favorite beach destination. One random winner gets a $10 gift card to All Romance. Good luck!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Guest Post - Jenn Nixon

Please welcome guest author Jenn Nixon, here to promote her latest book!


Jenn Nixon resides in New Jersey. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and Liberty State Fiction Writers. Her love for thrillers and suspense often finds its way into her novels whether they are Science Fiction or Romance. When not writing, Jenn spends her free time reading, absorbing pop culture and current events, and social networking online. For more information please visit www.jennnixon.com or http://jennafern.blogspot.com/


To protect her family and find a killer, Felicia "Lucky" Fascino assumed her adoptive father's identity and joined the network of moral assassins to finish the job he began. Eliminating the man responsible for murdering her mother has consumed her for the last five years. Completing the job is the only way Lucky and her family can return to a safe and normal life. Lucky's uncle, Stephen Chambers, hasn't come close to tracking the killer. He announces he's stepping down as her handler to concentrate on the investigation and names Elizabeth, his daughter, as successor.

Keeping secrets is a family trait, and Elizabeth's addition to the business tests Lucky's ability to maintain the pretense that the job doesn't affect her despite the fact that all network hits are hardened criminals. While keeping her family at arm's length, Lucky begins to feel the weight of her career choice and reclusive lifestyle. Then a chance encounter with an enigmatic hit man during one of her jobs turns into a provocative and dangerous affair. Distracted by the secret trysts with Kenji Zinn and mounting tension within her family, Lucky starts to make mistakes that threaten her livelihood and almost claim her life. When her family is targeted, Lucky must make several rash decisions she believes can save them and preserve her own sanity

Excerpt

By midnight, she was wandering the half-deserted, glacial streets of Manhattan, looking for a place to drink.

Lucky found a decent bar with a large front window. She drank a gin  and tonic, loathing the creatures of the night living their lives. At one time, long ago, she’d been just like them, enjoying her youth. Now, she just sneered at their happiness and tried to numb the jealousy.

After her second drink, she tapped  Shoukan’s number into her cell phone and then erased it. If she did that, he’d have access to her.

Lucky ordered a third drink.

Her eyesight blurred from the mix of her fourth drink and adrenaline. It was a destructive combination. That’s what she got for being a lightweight and drinking right after a job. Thinking the cold air might help, she paid her tab and took to the streets. When she got to the end of the block, Lucky retrieved her cell phone. She tapped in the number from memory and stared at the screen. Shoving it in her pocket, she trudged to the end of the next block and paused at the light. Everything remained hazy. She felt completely wired and drunk.

Lucky crossed street after street, attempting to sober up and not to think of him. Those eyes, the way they stared at her, into her. She stopped to admire a large, red sculpture and pulled the phone out again. Opening it, the screen lit up with his number.

Her thumb hit send. She cursed under her breath, lifting the phone to her ear. It rang once. The line stopped ringing before she hung up. If he was there, he didn’t say anything. Had he given her his handler’s number? Or a fake one? Was she that gullible? She heard him breathing and leaned against a building.

Lucky shuddered. “I’ve been drinking.”

“I have been thinking…of you,” he said softly through the phone as if he was miffed she hadn’t contacted him earlier.

“I shouldn’t have called.”

“Yet you did.”

One drink…it can’t hurt, right?  She shut her eyes. “Are you still in the city?”

“Yes,” he said instantly. “I wish to see you.” His voice sparked another shiver down her spine.

“Why?”

“For the same reasons you called me.”

“I’m drunk, I have an excuse.”

“No, you drank to create one.”

Lucky drew a painful, jagged breath. She bit her bottom lip, gripped the phone, and opened her eyes. “I just want to take you up on that offer for a drink.”

“That is not what you want.”

Her hand trembled. It was true. Right now, she wanted him. He tore through four years of solitude and read her like an open book after thirty minutes of contact. That intrigued her. It was also hazardous.

“What do you want?” she eventually asked in a hushed tone.

“You, Lucky.”

Oh shit. The way he said her name started a fire. This one was too strong to put out alone. The logical side of her brain shut off. “Where are you staying?”

“The Wolcott on Thirty-First.” It may have been her imagination, but he seemed to be breathing faster too.

“What room?” She began walking in the opposite direction.

“Three ten.”

“I have my knife with me.”

“You will not need it,” he murmured.

“I’ll be there in fifteen.” She needed and deserved this; it was about time she cashed in. Lucky clicked the phone off and silenced it. She shoved it in her coat pocket and went straight to the hotel.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Adventures in Couponing - Harris Teeter Super Double Coupon Week

I've talked about couponing before - I try to use as many as possible when shopping these days, and sometimes that means sacrificing some brand loyalty to save a buck. Though I continue to work and write (and market...did you know I have a new M/M Dareville book out now?) we still need to watch our budget. When a good sale comes up, it's nice to have food in stock. I've taken to brown-bagging lunches, which has helped. I just have to convince hubby to do the same.

Anyway, today began a special super double coupon week at Harris Teeter. Normally HT doubles coupons up to 99 cents, but today they went up to $1.98. After work, little one and I went out with a stack to use, and I learned two things:

1) You have to get up at the ass crack of dawn to get what you want. For much of the trip, I found gaping holes instead of the product I wanted.

2) Extreme couponers travel in packs. We got to the cereal aisle and watched this crew of moms ravage the Kellogg's shelf. Long story short, we didn't get any Krave on this trip.

I did, however, manage to get some things cheap, and I cut a little over 50% off my overall bill. Among the bigger savings:


  • Two boxes of Quaker Chewy granola bars - VIC card special 2/$4 with $1 double coupon = $1 per box.
  • Baileys brand vanilla coffee creamer - $2.39 with $1 double coupon = $.39 for the bottle.
  • Two boxes of Shredded Wheat cereal - BOGO free @ $4.39 with $1 double coupon = $1.20 per box.
  • Two jars of Nutella - 2 for $6 plus $1 double coupon = $2 per jar.
  • Two SPAM singles - $2.58 plus $1 double coupon = $.29 each.
  • Two boxes of EGGO waffles - $4 plus $1 double coupon = $1 per box.
  • One bottle of Sambazon Acai juice - $2.99 plus $1.50 double coupon = FREE!
It's a start, for me. I know some women are savvy enough to save even more. I just don't have the room right now to stuff groceries.


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Interview with Sophie Pembroke

Me Want Food welcomes Sophie Pembroke!

Thanks for stopping to chat! Please tell us a bit about your latest release, or what's coming up.

Thanks for having me! My latest book, An A to Z of Love, is the story of Mia Page, subject of gossip in the seaside town of Aberarian for half her life, ever since her father ran off with his secretary - and the contents of the town museum safe - when she was fourteen. Despite this, Mia loves her hometown; loves working at the A to Z shop, eating seafood with her best friend Charlie at his restaurant, and catching the classic midnight movie at the crumbling Coliseum cinema. And wondering if one day Charlie might be more than a friend…

But everything she loves is suddenly under threat from her ex-best friend, and Charlie’s ex-girlfriend, Becky, who plans to turn Mia’s beloved Coliseum into a casino, and her sleepy hometown into a less classy, Welsh, Atlantic City.

How did you become inspired to write this work?

The setting actually came first for this book. Aberarian is loosely based on all the Welsh seaside towns I’ve have fantastic holidays in since I was a child. But Aberarian’s fading away, crumbling, and finding it hard to make ends meet. Once I had the place, I knew that in today’s world, it would have to have a pretty special community to make it a thriving town again. And that’s when Mia walked into my head.

What is a day in your writing life like? Do you have a set schedule?

I tend to work while my daughter is at pre-school, which means grabbing a few hours here and there according to her schedule. But at the moment I do have all day Wednesdays to myself, so I tend to write new material in the morning, when I’m freshest, then edit or do promotion or web work in the afternoons.

Do you consider yourself a plotter or a pantser? Or maybe both?
I used to be a very detailed plotter, but more and more I find myself making things up as I go along these days. I spend more time upfront making sure I know my characters inside out, and that seems to help tell the story for me. Often the plot doesn’t actually finalise until I start revising the story.

Do you own an e-reader, or maybe two? How do you like it?

I have a Kindle, and I adore it. I love downloading samples of everything I might ever want to read, then going through them when I have the time, to figure out which ones I actually want to buy.

Do you have any social media profiles/pages where readers can follow you?
Absolutely! I’m on twitter as Sophie_Pembroke, and also on Facebook and Goodreads.

Do you have a blog/Yahoo group for readers to stay updated on your works?
I blog on my website, www.SophiePembroke.com. I always mean to write about my books, but seem to end up posting a lot more about cakes, castles, and how the daughter has interrupted my writing this week!

Desert Island quiz: you can only bring one album, one DVD set for your favorite TV show, and one movie. What are they?

Joni Mitchell’s Blue, The West Wing, and Robin Hood Prince of Thieves (it’s a long story…)

Will we see you at any cons/signings soon?

I’m at the Festival of Romance (http://festivalofromance.co.uk/) in Bedford in the UK this November, along with some really fabulous authors. Definitely worth checking out, if you’re in the country!

*****


Everyone’s talking about Mia Page. Again.

Mia Page has been the subject of gossip in Aberarian for half her life, ever since her father ran off with his secretary–and the contents of the local museum safe–when she was fourteen.

Still, Mia loves her hometown, loves working at the A to Z shop, eating seafood with her best friend Charlie at his restaurant, catching the classic midnight movie at the crumbling Coliseum cinema. And if she ever wonders if things might be even better if Charlie were more than just a friend, well, it’s only an idle thought in a lonely moment. After all, friendship always trumps romance, doesn’t it? And she’s never been one to rock the boat.

But everything she loves is suddenly under threat from Charlie’s ex- girlfriend, Becky, and her plans to turn Mia’s beloved Coliseum into a casino, transforming the sleepy seaside town forever. As Mia tries to pull the people of Aberarian together to save the town they adore, she starts to find her own place in the community, a family of sorts, and maybe even love. Until her father suddenly reappears, and people start asking what he wants to take from them this time…

WARNING: Some sexual scenes. Also contains seafood.

*****

Sophie Pembroke has been writing romance for years, ever since she stayed up all night reading Mills and Boon novels as part of her English degree at Lancaster University. She loves to set her contemporary romance stories in the places she has lived – from the wilds of the Welsh mountains, to the gentile humour of the English country village, or the heat and tension of a London summer. She also has a tendency to make her characters kiss in castles.

Currently, she makes her home in Hertfordshire, with her husband and daughter. She writes love stories in her little spare room office, while drinking too much tea and eating homemade cakes. Or, when things are looking very bad for her heroes and heroines, white wine and dark chocolate.

Sophie keeps a blog at www.SophiePembroke.com, which should be about romance and writing, but is usually about cake and castles instead.

LINKS:

Web & Blog: www.SophiePembroke.com

Twitter: @Sophie_Pembroke - https://twitter.com/#!/Sophie_Pembroke

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Sophie-Pembroke/134474999990027

Facebook Profile: https://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/profile.php?id=100003136928151

Good Reads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/5111053-sophie-pembroke

Lyrical Press: http://www.lyricalpress.com/store/index.php?main_page=authors&authors_id=206

Room for Love: http://sophiepembroke.com/love-from-wales-series/room-for-love/

An A to Z of Love: http://sophiepembroke.com/love-from-wales-series/an-a-to-z-of-love/

Love from Wales Series: http://sophiepembroke.com/love-from-wales-series/

Thursday, August 2, 2012

New Title - M/M Erotic Romance - Dare to Act

At long last, I'm pleased to announce the release of DARE TO ACT, the latest Dareville book. This is M/M erotic romance and stands alone from the other Dareville stories (of course, I try to write them all that way), but if you're new to the series, I hope you'll check out the other books as well.

Right now you can buy from the publisher, or All Romance. I'll have other links as they go live. Hope you enjoy this one - I really believe this is the best one yet. Check the ARe link for an excerpt.

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When actor Parker Stigwood stuns the world by doing the unthinkable on live television, he's convinced his career is over. Disgusted by Hollywood hypocrisy, he pushes the pause button on his life and retreats to his parents' home in Dareville to contemplate his future. Little does he realize, various forces have plans for him on a personal and professional level.

Luke Hall is excited to direct his first play for the local arts center, more so when the handsome movie star volunteers to watch rehearsals and offer pointers. Luke would rather watch Parker, but there are interruptions to his viewing pleasure. When a well-meaning friend seeking benefits places doubts in Luke's head about Parker's intentions, Luke wonders if their relationship will bomb at the box office.

On and off-stage, Luke and Parker's passion sizzles. But will Parker dare to act on his feelings for Luke and leave his star behind for good?