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”

The Wrap: Vol. 4

I’m trying to get back into a routine with my wrap-up of the past week. 2 weeks in a row isn’t much of a pattern, but hopefully I’m off to a good start! It may be more challenging when the holidays get here. *grins*

Word to Describe the Past Week: Sneezy! I’ve been having sinus issues most of the week. I started taking Vitamin C and trying to drink more water. I really don’t need a cold or a sinus infection, but it seems something is making the rounds. Stay back! I don’t have time to be sickly!

Books: I just finished Striking Distance by Pamela Clare. Stay tuned – I will be posting a review of this romantic suspense novel. I will give you a clue – I really enjoyed it…thinking it will be 4 stars!

Writing: I hate to admit that I’ve been a slacker this week. I think I only managed 500 words on my NaNoWriMo story. Ugh. I am way behind my goal. However, I have another story bouncing around my head (go figure, right), and I re-read one of my M-M stories that ‘s 75% done.  I decided I’d like to have it done by the end of the year so it can be released in time for Valentine’s Day. It is a prequel to Wild Horses. I really need a snow day or two so I can stay home from work and write!

TV/ Movies: Still addicted to Arrow. Ah, Stephen Amell… Sadly I cancelled my subscription to HuluPlus. I was having too many issues with it (unreliable), and they pulled Teen Wolf Season 3 – not cool!!

I also had a chance to watch Skyfall again. While I liked it, I think my favorite Bond movie where Daniel Craig is Bond would be Casino Royale.

Anything else? I’m trying to think…there isn’t much else notable to report. I’m still spending quality time in the gym. I’ve actually been pretty sore; I started a new workout that has me lifting heavy. I also got new running shoes – they rock! They are lightweight and have lots of cushioning. Willow is doing fine. She has done nothing but sleep today so I can only imagine what trouble she will find tonight! Wish me luck!


Manny & Chad: WIP

I feel like I’ve been doing a lot of book reviews (a.k.a. commentary) of late so I wanted to change things up a bit.

For those of you who read Wild Horses, you will remember Harry Vincent and Manny Palmero, the two Santa Fe Police Officers who visit Georgia’s coffee shop on a regular basis. Manny is the overprotective big brother figure who is in a relationship with Chad, an artist.

I fell in love with Manny while writing Georgia’s story so I decided to start writing the story of how Manny and Chad met and came to be a couple. I haven’t come up with a title yet . . . I’m hoping something from the story jumps out at me. After all, thinking of titles is one of my downfalls!!

Below is an excerpt of the work-in-progress. I hope you enjoy it!


He didn’t consider himself a touchy-feely kind of guy, but for some reason Manny wanted to have his hands on Chad. There was just something about the man that screamed adorable and eager to please.

“Ooh, did Chad give you that, Manny?” Maria eyed the bracelet on his wrist. Manny still hadn’t released Chad’s neck. His fingers lightly massaged the tension lingering at the top of the man’s shoulders.

“He did. Isn’t his work fabulous?” Manny winked at his sister. She had horrible timing, but if she was going to insert herself into their space, he was going to make her pay. The price would be awarding Chad the coveted retail spot in downtown Santa Fe at a reasonable price.

The smaller man blushed, likely because of Manny’s compliments. In reality, though, he wasn’t pouring it on thick. The man had talent. He deserved to be recognized. Manny watched his sister carefully; he knew she was mulling over his compliments. Compared to the other artists they had seen this evening, it was no contest. Chad’s work screamed quality and was definitely unique.


In reference to the above, Maria is Manny’s older sister, a savvy business owner and property manager.

So far the story is just under 8800 words and is about a third of the way done. Not sure when I will have it finished, but rest assured, I will announce it on here. Please stay tuned!


Free on Amazon Kindle

Happy Friday! If you are looking for a short, sweet romance story, please check out Wild Horses. It is a free download on Amazon Kindle today and tomorrow.

Here is a link to help you out: http://tinyurl.com/acpwwmy

If you need some convincing, below is a piece of Dafna Yee’s review, which was posted on Amazon.

“I really loved the imagery in this story; I had a clear mental picture of the wild horses in the snow and I could practically smell the coffee. This was a very easy read and I smiled a lot while I read it.”

Thanks for the great comments, Dafna!

Hope everyone has a great weekend!


In my quest to avoid post-pasta dinner sleepiness, I’m going to blog. And hopefully complete this before my battery dies since I neglected to charge my laptop prior to use. Oops!

This blog post is going to be a hodgepodge of what’s up with me of late. Hope you don’t mind – I will be including reading and wCity of Glassriting so never fear!!

First day of spring: a bust. ‘Nuff said there. (I won’t mention the snow flurries they are calling for overnight.)

Singing: had rehearsal last night. Have dress rehearsal Friday night. Concert Saturday. Yes, I’m scared. We are performing Bach’s Magnificat. Tough!!

Reading: hooked on the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. Love the gang – Clary, Jace, Alec, and Simon. I must say Simon is much cooler now that he has become a vamp. I’m 300ish pages into the third book, City of Glass. I rated City of Bones (book #1) 4 stars and City of Ashes (book #2) 4.5 stars. Whoo hoo! Despite all of that happiness, can someone please tell me if Magnus and Alec get together?? wink wink

Writing: check out my interview with Georgia and Jonathan from Wild Horses. http://bookstogonow.blogspot.com/2013/03/character-interview-for-book-wild.html I’ve also recently finished a flash fiction piece titled Hidden Memories. I hope to submit it this weekend. Yay!

Book Shopping: (saved the best for last) I purchased book #4 in the Mortal Instruments series, City of Fallen Angels. I got the new Mercedes Thompson book, Frost Burned. Maya Bank’s latest in the KGI series, Shades of Gray, made it into the pile. Edge of Dawn, the newest release in the Midnight Breed series, was in there, too. Hmm….what else am I missing? Can you tell it has been a while since I’ve been to a bookstore (to buy actual paper copy books and not Kindle ebooks)???

If you don’t think that’s enough, next weekend I hope to format my first self-published release. Stay tuned for details on that!

Note to self: Google Chrome and WordPress don’t get along very well when dealing with images.

Just Call Me a Zombie

How far away is spring?? Between being sick and the winter weather (i.e., lack of copious amounts of sunshine), I am feeling zombie-fied. I need something to break out of my routine. Get up tired, go to work, come home tired, eat dinner, and attempt to motivate myself to be productive. It’s rough, can’t you tell?!! At the rate I’m going, I’ll be extra pasty with dark circles around my eyes, mumbling as I stumble through the local graveyard!

Seriously, I need to kick the sore throat and runny nose. That would be a huge help! Might even give me some more energy. Then, I could put my inner zombie to bed!

Okay, enough of Zombie Denise! I am managing to write some. Whoo hoo! Here’s the latest update:

Tumbling in Time sequel – I’ve found the perfect woman to rescue Rafe. He’s gonna love her! The only clue you get is her name: Araceli.

Wild Horses spin-off – I’ve started working on the story of how Manny and Chad met. I fell in love with Manny when I was writing Georgia and Jonathan’s story. In fact, Manny almost stole the show. Now, he can do all the stealing he wants in his own story.

I’m also working on a steamy threesome – Alexandra, David, and Nate – set on Sanibel Island, Florida. I’m hoping to get it finished to submit for the Hot Summer Nights anthology. So far, I’m a third of the way into the story.

In addition to those, I have two blog posts that need to be written by Monday. Yikes! Nothing like a little pressure. No worries – I have ideas for both.

In the spririt of summer and sunshine, I’m ending with a picture from one of my Florida trips. This one was taken in Key Largo. Soon it will be beach time!