Wednesday Briefs: I’m back!

It’s been such a long time since I’ve had the time and desire to write creatively. With grad school over for now, I’m getting back to flashing and Wednesday Briefs. Woohoo!

As a refresh, Wednesday brief stories are based on a prompt and must range from 500 to 1000 words. Several authors take part…be sure to check out the links to their stories.

My story this week is based on a picture of a road, shrouded in fog. I’d like to start writing a new novella based on the location and characters in this week’s story. I hope you like the peek into Blue Crab Cove, Maryland.

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Photo courtesy of Kevin Mitnak

Honoring Tradition 

(**Note: I wrote this story the weekend before Memorial Day so it’s just a bit late…please forgive me.)

My patrol car gleamed in the morning sunlight. I’d gotten up early to wash and polish every possible surface. Today, I was the lead car in Blue Crab Cove’s annual Memorial Day parade. This was an honor I didn’t take lightly. My father had served in the Navy prior to joining the Oregon State Police. Thinking of him, I paused in mid-swipe, allowing myself a short prayer. Dad had been killed in the line of duty almost five years ago. Holidays like these were still tough for me, but I was determined to pay my respects to all who’d served and paid the ultimate price.

“You ready to go, Lindsey?” My sergeant, Ken Wakefield, walked toward me. “The mayor just arrived. They want to kick things off soon.”

I scanned my car one last time— grateful for my sunglasses. I turned to face my sergeant. “Yep, I’m good.”

He clapped me lightly on the shoulder. “Your car looks great.” He paused, cleared his throat with meaning. “Your dad would be proud.”

I nodded. Tears pricked my eyes, and I didn’t trust my voice to come out sure and strong.

An obnoxious horn blared, interrupting the moment. Thank goodness. My sergeant rolled his eyes. “He sure has a way of making an entrance.” Continue reading

Cover Reveal: Suvi’s Revenge

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Neither Brenda nor Tami grew up writing stories or dreaming of one day being authors but that changed when they shared a joint dream of creating a world to bring to life the stories of a group of dangerously handsome supernaturals.

Brenda is a Southern California girl who grew up in chaos, having ten siblings. Her mother is a brave, courageous woman who gave birth to a small village of children and has successfully battled advanced stage breast cancer for almost two years. Her parents did something right and taught Brenda how to persevere and accomplish whatever she set her mind to. Whether that was completing her bachelors and Masters degrees, or writing books, she is always up for a challenge.

Brenda survived the brutal murder of her first husband, John DeCaprio, at the hands of the children he was counseling to go on and help children in similar situations. Brenda remarried years later and now lives with her husband and their three fun-loving, energetic children. She loves running, reading, cooking, and Monster Energy drinks. And, Tami’s margaritas!

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Tami is a southern girl, born and raised in Georgia. She is married and has two boys, so needless to say, she is surrounded by testosterone. We are trying to bottle Tami’s strength and positive outlook on life. It has helped her beat breast cancer and she is a proud three-year survivor. She loves reading paranormal romances, running at the lake near her home, watching college football (Go Dawgs!!!), and is always in search of the next best margarita.

Their life journeys led them both to Texas and one another. They fast became best friends and can always be found together. Whether it’s lounging by the pool or writing steamy love scenes, they are frequently seen pissing themselves from laughter. It’s embarrassing, really. But that’s ok, life is good!!

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My Musings on Bittersweet

Before I get to my thoughts on Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore, I want to give some background on how I came to have the book (yes, paperback, not ebook).

I was in Orlando, Florida, for a work conference. I had the misfortune of traveling with two coworkers. Yes, you’re reading into this correctly…I was the third wheel, the female cramping their boob-scoping missions. When we stopped by Target, I jumped at the chance to pick-up a puzzle book to entertain myself. Well, being the bookworm that I am, I had to check out the books (sorry, Target, but the book section was a disaster). Bittersweet was stuck in front of a YA title. The cover caught my eye as did the 20% off sticker (yeah, I won’t lie!).

I wasn’t familiar with the author and hadn’t heard anything about the book. I did a quick check of the reviews on Goodreads. To my surprise, the reviews that came up first were one and two stars. What?! So I weighed my options…I liked the cover and the blurb. And, heck, it was on sale. I was willing to take the chance!

In case you aren’t familiar, here’s the blurb:

Suspenseful and cinematic, Bittersweet exposes the gothic underbelly of an idyllic world of privilege and an outsider’s hunger to belong.

On scholarship at a prestigious East Coast college, ordinary Mabel Dagmar is surprised to befriend her roommate, the Bittersweetbeautiful, wild, blue-blooded Genevra Winslow. Ev invites Mabel to spend the summer at Bittersweet, her cottage on the Vermont estate where her family has been holding court for more than a century; it’s the kind of place where children twirl sparklers across the lawn during cocktail hour. Mabel falls in love with midnight skinny-dipping, the wet dog smell that lingers near the yachts, and the moneyed laughter that carries across the still lake while fireworks burst overhead. Before she knows it, she has everything she’s ever wanted: friendship, a boyfriend, access to wealth, and, most of all, for the first time in her life, the sense that she belongs.

But as Mabel becomes an insider, a terrible discovery leads to shocking violence and reveals what the Winslows may have done to keep their power intact – and what they might do to anyone who threatens them. Mabel must choose: either expose the ugliness surrounding her and face expulsion from paradise, or keep the family’s dark secrets and make Ev’s world her own.

This book hooked me from the start. I was enamored with the Winslow clan. The idea of Winloch, an expansive summer estate/ great camp, on the shores of Lake Champlain was fabulous. Some people have complained about Mabel, but I found her character realistic. How many of us haven’t wondered what it would be like to be rich (not millions of dollars, but billions)? How many of us, when we were poor college students, would welcome the opportunity to spend a summer in such a place as Winloch? Continue reading

Wednesday Briefs: More Shipwreck Headed Your Way

Yay! Avery was back to working on Shipwreck this past weekend.

Are you ready to find out if the kiss happened? Would Foster be so lucky to get a taste of the SEAL? Well…guess what…if you read below, you will get the answers to your questions *grins*

Before we get into the story, let’s review the rules:

  1. All stories must be 500-1000 words.
  2. They must include a prompt.

The prompt Avery used for this story was “…get swept away with your emotions.”

Hope you enjoy!

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Will’s brain shut down at Foster’s request. Had he heard correctly? Foster was asking permission to kiss him? No man had ever asked before.  For anything. Sex for Will was fucking, and did not involve kissing. It was a quick and dirty affair, where consent was implied.

Foster rubbed his stubbled cheek against Will’s, bringing him back to the present. “Are you with me, big guy? I was just asking for a simple kiss.”

And suddenly Will knew the meaning of that ridiculous saying “has the cat got your tongue?” Cause Luna sure must have his. There was no other reason to explain why he couldn’t formulate a simple yes or no answer to such an easy question.

“Let me guess…you’re having trouble because I’m so damn irresistible that words don’t exist to express how enamored you are of me?” Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday Book List

March 31: Ten Books You Recently Added To Your To-Be-Read List

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My books, starting with the most recent (and thanks to Goodreads for helping me keep track!):

1. Winter Kill by Josh LanyonWinter_Kill

2. Chimera by David Wellington

3. Bound by Flames by Jeaniene Frost

4. Falling into Love by S.C. Wynne

5. Magic to the Bone by Devon Monk

6. Sinjin by J.P. Mallory

7. Blood Assassin by Alexandra Ivy

8. Hemovore by Jordan Castillo Price

9. Spirit Sanguine by Lou Harper

10. Dark Craving by Donna Grant

And, I have to confess that Bittersweet Magic and Bittersweet Darkness have skipped to the top of my list. I’m sure you know how it is when you read the first book in a series and then have to read the next and the next and so on…well, that’s where I’m at now!

Must Read PNR Series

I haven’t been writing much of late, but I have been reading. My Kindle has been seeing lots of action!! I’m hooked on Nina Croft’s TBittersweet_Bloodhe Order Series. If you haven’t read any of the three books in this series, you must!

Let me introduce you to them. I’ve read the first two and have just started the third. I confess, I’m going to be sad when it’s over. I wish there were more in the series. The characters are great as is the plot. The author doesn’t overdo things–she includes vampires, fae, and werewolves. Well, and humans, too.

The first book is Bittersweet Blood. This is Tara and Christian Roth’s story. Let me tell you, ladies, Christian is hot and oh so very yummy.

Here’s the description:

Tara Collins just wants to be normal. Everyone else wants her dead.

Tara’s eccentric aunt raised her to be fearful of the world and follow the rules. But after her aunt’s death, Tara is ready to take control and experience life for the first time. But she quickly discovers that everything she’s been told is a web of lies. Determined to solve the mystery of who she is truly, she hires private investigator to help her uncover the truth.

Christian Roth is more than your average PI. A vampire and ex-demon hunter, Christian lives among the humans, trying to be “normal.” But recently, things seem to be falling apart. There’s a crazed demon hell-bent on revenge hunting him down, and a fae assassin on the loose with an unknown target. And the Order he abandoned desperately needs his help.

As the secrets of Tara’s past collide with the problems in Christian’s present, she finds herself fighting her attraction to the dark and mysterious investigator. Falling in love does not fit into her plans at all, but Tara soon learns that some rules are meant to be broken. Continue reading