Warm Holiday Greetings

I hope that this post finds you in the company of family and friends. From me and my characters to you, Merry Christmas! Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and read about my adventures, books, and all things Denise. I hope that the holidays find you well and you have a happy and blessed 2014. Continue reading “Warm Holiday Greetings”

Torquere Charity Sip Blitz Release

Our Bloghop Starts Here: Torquere Press

Happy happy, joy joy! It’s release day! Hope you all pick up a copy of the anthology!

My story, written under my pen name Avery Dawes, is titled Drama on Skyline Drive and features Ranger Mason Lake and his boyfriend Jax Chamberlain. This story is a follow-up to Mountain Memories but can be read as a stand-alone.

Does this bit get you interested??

A heated argument is interrupted by news of a badly
injured hiker. Can Jax and Mason set aside their differences long enough torescue the wounded teen before the storm really breaks?

If not, perhaps I can tempt you with an excerpt:

Mason got into the driver’s seat, grabbed the maps and paperwork on his passenger seat and tossed them onto his back seat, and then waited for Jax to get in. He started the SUV and rolled down the window. He yelled, “Nita, I’m going to be running lights and sirens. I don’t want you to try and keep up. Just head for the trailhead.”

She gave a thumbs-up as Mason gunned the engine, roaring out of the lot.

The strobe lights on his SUV flashed red and blue and his siren screamed as they sped south along Skyline Drive to the trailhead. Safely navigating the curvy road demanded Mason’s full attention; thankfully Jax didn’t try to make small talk. The ranger had already shelved the frustration he felt with his lover about their argument. Nate and the upcoming rescue were at the forefront of his mind. He and Jax would have to talk later and hopefully smooth things out between them.

Mason pulled into the lot and parked before he radioed the dispatcher to let her know that he had arrived and would be starting down the trail. He provided Nita’s description and indicated she would be waiting to guide the others to the injured male. A quick check of the sky showed the storm moving in their direction, but it seemed to be taking its time. They might just be able to do this without getting soaked or struck by lightning. Considering the morning he’d had, Mason felt grateful for the little things.

Jax had donned his hiking boots while Mason drove. The ranger knew Jax would have water and extra supplies in his pack; after all, he had been taught by the best. Nice, Lake, way to pat yourself on the back! Mason enjoyed the outdoors and wanted to share those experiences with Jax. His lover didn’t mind; in fact, he said the scenery provided good inspiration for composing new music.

Check out www.torquerepress.com for more details. I will post buy links once I have them.

The Wrap: Vol. 2

It so good to back on the blog! I’ve missed it this week!

Day_lilies_webPhoto of the Week: (left) More flowers. This photo of day lilies was taken by a friend. I used it as inspiration for a sketch. Just loved the colors!

Word to Describe the Past Week: Sore!! I’ve tried to start exercising again (as in more than walking), and my body doth protest! I’ve not be held back by motivation but by aching muscles as in “Oh, I had muscles there?? Really??”

Books: I started reading Stephani Hecht’s Lost Shifter series. It’s an m-m series that focuses on feline shifters. Pretty interesting! The first one is Primal Passions; the second is A Feral Christmas. I awarded both 3.5 stars.

Writing: Edits are finished on Avery’s m-m story, Drama on Skyline Drive. Yay! It will be part of Torquere Press’s Charity Sip, to be released in mid-September. Unfortunately, the words weren’t flowing yesterday so I only added just under 2K to Manny and Chad’s story. It is so very close to being done!! Grr!!

“Pie” Theme: After my friend Nicole and I finished our bike ride, we treated ourselves to Apple Pie a la mode. The town where we rode didn’t have a coffee shop (our normal haunt for post-ride sustenance) so we settled on a small restaurant and pie!

TV/ Movies: Still addicted to Teen Wolf. Yeah, it’s bad. I finished the second season and am now re-watching the first season. Have to say that Derek Hale, who is played by Tyler Hoechlin, is so very drool-worthy. Here’s a link for some pics of Tyler. Heating_Up_The_Summer1

Pimp of the Week: Gotta do it… Heating up the Summer (the anthology that includes Latin Heat) is available in paperback. Whoo hoo! I’ve ordered several copies and want to plan some giveaways. http://goo.gl/QkIHDY

Writing Update

I got good news from Torquere Press the other day, and I wanted to share!

Drama on Skyline Drivehas been accepted into their Charity Sips anthology (this is an m-m anthology where royalties are donated to charity). I’m excited about this story as it gives the reader more insight into Mason’s personality. It also set-ups a sequel novella (that is laid out but not written) to Mountain Memories. Hopefully that has your interest peaked!

For a “Friday Feature” I’m going to share the first line of the story with you…Ready??

As he patrolled the Southern District of Shenandoah National Park, Ranger Mason Lake’s thoughts strayed to his lover, Jackson “Jax” Chamberlain.

So that didn’t quench your thirst, you say? How about a random sentence…

Jax shook his head, a sad smile gracing his lips. “Please, Mason, of course I’ll help. Do you need me to carry anything?”

That’s all for Drama – at least for now. When I get more information on the anthology, I will be sure to share it.

My other writing project that is really going to town (so to speak), is Manny and Chad’s story. I wrote 4K words on it yesterday so it is now at 14K words. I’m thinking it’s about half done. I love the chemistry that has developed between the two guys. It has been so much fun to write!

I’m going to end with a photo of Skyline Drive. I’ve done a lot of hiking in Shenandoah National Park, mostly in the fall. Even though the story is set in the summer, this pic will give you an idea of the road. Come to think of it, I may share future hiking pics, too. Enjoy!


Catch-up or Ketchup?

I don’t know where the time has gone of late, but my poor blog has been neglected! I figured I would take this Monday morning post to catch everyone up on what’s new (and just maybe) exciting with me! The “ketchup” part of my blog title is in reference to the upcoming 4th holiday. Plus, it just seemed to fit! Hee hee!

On the Writing Front:

  • I got edits back from Books to Go Now on my erotica story, Latin Heat. Yay!  I hope to get them back to BTGN in the next day or two. Hopefully, I will have cover art to share in the near future.
  • Avery’s just finished editing her submission for Torquere Press’s Charity Sip. The charity this year is OutServe. Such a great cause! She’s titled it Drama on Skyline Drive. Hopefully you will get to read about Mason and Jax in another park adventure!
  • Speaking of Jax and Mason, Jax was featured on Torquere’s blog, Romance for the Rest of Us. He took part in an interview recently. You can check out the post here.

On the Reading Front:

  • Last night I finished A Sinner Born by Avril Ashton. I have to say that I was so tired trying to get through the end that I’m going to go back and re-read, just to make sure I didn’t miss anything.
  • Maybe two days ago, I finished Blood and Sand by Elizabeth Hunter. I need to write the review, but this one is getting 5 stars! Whoo hoo!!

Anything else…

  • No hiking or cycling since I’m still prohibited from exercising.
  • I’m hoping to get to the movies over the holiday weekend. Maybe I’ll have something to report next week *wink*
  • I haven’t been sketching, which makes me sad. The weather hasn’t been good for being outside, but I’m getting the itch to work on some flower pics. Plus, I picked up blank watercolor cards at the store. I’m hoping to experiment with them soon. I figure I will need the practice if I want to make my own Christmas cards this year!
  • I am back to knitting. I started an easy shawl pattern. Sadly, there’s no lace in it, but maybe once I finish this one (successfully), I can attempt one with some lace. I did have a close call with it yesterday: I dropped a yarn over stitch. Thanks to mom for coming to the rescue!

Okay, enough ramblings…it’s time to edit!

Author Extra: Mountain Memories

mountainmemories3_webAs part of my release day with Torquere, I wrote a blurb about how Mountain Memories came to life – where I got some of my ideas. I wanted to share it with you as it gives insight into me and my characters. Hope you enjoy it!


This story is near and dear to my heart. During a couple of my summers in college, I spent time working in Rocky Mountain National Park while living in the town of Estes Park, Colorado. The Fern Lake trail was one of my favorite hikes. Given the beauty at the end of the hike – the lake, mountains and pine trees – I daydreamed about being the damsel in distress, who is rescued by a sexy ranger staffing the nearby cabin. Although, I must confess, the cabin in this story is a bit upgraded from the one found in the park! Wild animals were always a concern when hiking, and on my last trip to the park, there were several notices about mountain lion attacks. With all this information, I felt the beginnings of a story, fighting to get out of my head.

When I pictured Jax’s character, I wanted someone more artsy than outdoorsy, someone with a big heart. Given my love for playing the piano, I decided to make Jax a pianist and composer. Sadly, Jax is a better musician than I am, and I wish I could have his confidence when playing in front of a crowd!

Mason’s character came together easily as well. I’ve always had a thing for Dominic Purcell after watching Prison Break. I wanted Mason’s character to be like Dominic’s – tough, strong, and savvy. I also envisioned Mason as fiercely independent and putting his job at the forefront. At least until he meets Jax.

Link to the excerpt on Torquere’s site: https://www.torquerepress.com/fiction/mountainmemories.html

Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=78_91&products_id=3891

(Links for Amazon and Smashwords coming soon!)