The Snarkology Halloween Blog Hop

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We’re Hopping between Oct. 27 – Oct. 31, 2014

Over 50 participating bloggers

LOTS of prizes will be given away including the grand prize of a $100 Amazon or B&N gift card!

I know I’ve said it before, but I LOVE Halloween. I love the change in the weather. I love decorating my house and work cubicle with lights and lots of fun stuff. And I really love dressing in costumes because for a day you can be anything you want! I think it’s the most fun holiday of the entire year!

For those of you throwing a Halloween party or those who need to take snacks to one, here’s a few of my favorite spooky-ookie food ideas:

  • Mummy Mini Pizzas – Just take a mini bagel or English muffin or whatever small round bread you want to use as the base, slice it in half so you have the flat side up. Cover it with pizza sauce. Add two black olives (the flat ones, not whole) for eyes. Then lay white cheese strips (mozzarella presumably) below and a few above the eyes so it looks like mummy wrappings. The red pizza sauce peeking through lends a nice bloody body effect.
  • Dirt & worms – A super easy thing to do. Just crumble Oreo cookies for the “dirt” and add gummy worms for effect. You can add the “dirt” to the top of a cup of chocolate pudding, stand a vanilla cookie up on one side as a tombstone (Milanos are great for this! You can even write on it with icing). Add a worm for effect. And you’ve got an in instant grave! In a cup. Or cover an entire cake with it. You can use the dirt & worms anywhere on your buffet for decoration.
  • Jello Brains – Someone has made a gelatin mold that is shaped like a brain. Kinda gross but makes fun food! You can also use it to make brain shaped dip or cheese spread. Don’t forget to add food coloring or gummy worms!
  • Rice Krispy Treats – I love Rice Krispy treats. Not only are they tasty but you can shape them into almost anything you can imagine. Roll them flat and cut them out with cookie cutters. Cut them into squares and decorate them as Frankenstein heads. Roll them into balls and decorate them to look like pumpkins or maybe even eyeballs.
  • Mummy hotdogs – Roll canned biscuits flat then cut them into strips and wrap them around a hotdog leaving a small gap toward one end for the eyes. Bake them. Then when you’re ready to serve, use two drops of mustard for the eyes.
  • Deviled eggs – Add some green food coloring to the egg mixture then fill the white egg part as usual. Top the egg with a black olive slice and a red pimento for the pupil. You can also use red food coloring to make the whites of the “eyeball” appear bloodshot.

There are dozens of creative food ideas out there. What is your favorite or your specialty? Leave me a comment and you’ll be entered to win an ebook from my backlist (winner’s choice). On Saturday, Nov. 1st I’ll have an unbiased party (one of my kids) pull a name from the hat . BONUS: If your name is drawn and you’ve friended me on Facebook, I’ll throw in a swag pack that includes a beaded purse charm/zipper pull.

Be sure you check out my paranormal romance, Ghostly Persuasion. It’s the perfect read for this time of year!

ghostlypersuasion_msrPart of the multi-author Emerald Isle Fantasies series (NOTE: Books can be read in any order)

When American-born Katie takes her mother’s ashes home to Ireland, she finds hunky but spellbound Seamus loitering in her suite at Castle Tullamore. Seamus is surprised Katie can see and hear him because he was turned into a spirit three hundred years earlier. He acts as her personal tour guide, not only showing her the historical sights but introducing her to voyeurism and a variety of other carnal delights. As frustrating as it is not to be able to touch each other, they push the limits as far as possible.

Katie is determined to help Seamus break the spell cast on him by the wife of a previous lord, a woman he refused to take as a lover. With help from a few castle ghosts and the local witch, the two of them aim to free him and find a way to be together in the flesh.

And there’s even a book trailer video:

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The blog hop coordinators will be giving away a $100 Amazon or B&N gift card and two $15 Amazon or B&N gift cards. Winners will be drawn on Nov. 1st. To enter the drawing follow this link to Rafflecopter: a Rafflecopter giveaway

Make sure you visit the other sites in the hop. There will be lots of prizes given away by the hosting authors as well as the Grand Prize from the hop coordinators! It’s like Trick or Treat for readers!!

NOTE – I was unable to add the Linky List of participants so here are the links to our hop host and the hop participants just before and after me in the list:

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New Release: Fueled by Lust: Caelius by Celeste Prater


Celeste Prater has teamed up with Goddess Fish Promotions to celebrate the release of her book, Fueled by Lust: Celius. As part of her book tour Celeste will be awarding a $25 GC for either Amazon or Barnes and Noble to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter. See the bottom of this post for more information.

Tell us about your journey to publication.

Writing a book has been on my bucket list for years. I finally got serious about it in 2010 after I finished by Master’s degree. Between 2011 and 2013 I read over 600 erotic romance novels to figure out what had been done to death, what was riveting and held my attention, what not to do to the poor readers, and what I hadn’t seen. Then I had my epiphany about the story I needed to tell. Drusus (Book 1) just rolled out quickly after that. I then hit the internet and researched publishing companies and learned how to prepare the package for submission.

Over an eight month period I submitted it out and waited on pins and needles. Many of the publishers don’t want you to have your submission floating around to multiple sites (which I don’t blame them), so the wait was atrocious. The first one rejected me because I firmly believe I pissed off the submission editor. Her email kept eating the revision she asked for and I made the mistake of submitting it back to the main website and then copying all three of her emails asking if she’d received it. She rejected me less than thirty minutes later after stating that she has 24 hours to respond to inquiries. I’m glad I didn’t end up there, so it was really a good thing. They take lifetime rights of your books. I think that’s a little harsh, so someone was looking out for me.

The second one rejected me a month later. No reason given, but I probably freaked them out with the graphic sex. I should have researched them a little better. Live and learn.

On the third try, I got picked up by Siren Publishing. It was a very wild moment. I was sitting in my cubicle at work and trying not to scream like an idiot when I got the email. I did do a little wild dance that I should have filmed. It was crazy. I love being a part of Siren’s catalog. Great people to work with! Excellent edit staff and they are very quick to respond to any questions. They own my heart.

The part that had me stunned for a little bit was when I joined the Siren’s author’s group and found myself among a group of writers that I had read multiple times and thoroughly enjoyed. Very surreal to become one of them.

What is your favorite indulgence (food, spa treatment, etc.)?

I like going to the movies by myself. I just want to sit there and get lost in the story without having to talk to anyone or fight over the popcorn. I haven’t been in a while, so I definitely need to indulge myself. Thanks for reminding me!

Tell us about the Fueled by Lust series.

The Insedi are a race of beings that were living peacefully on their home world until a neighboring planet’s ‘mad king’ decided he wanted to take them over. He thought that by killing all of their females he could control them. Instead, he got a planetary war and a whole lot of trouble from the Insedi warrior breed. In order to assure their continued existence, the Insedi needed to find a mate alternate. To do this, they travel through a planetary vortex back to the home of their original ancestors—Earth.

The Insedi came into existence when an ancient Roman Emperor and his wife stumbled upon a planetary vortex that took them to an alien world occupied by pure energy forms known as the Nubis. The Nubis were intrigued by the humans, mimicked their essence, and formed the first Insedi breed. This is why they look just like humans, carry ancient Latin names, and can still reform into their pure energy form. The Insedi have a symbiotic relationship with their planet and require energy stabilization. Only mated Insedi are fully stable. Those without mates need to constantly replenish.

Since Earth doesn’t provide their usual energy source, the Earth-bound males were fortunate enough to stumble upon an alternate—sensual and sexual desire. They take on the roles of male strippers and male escorts in order to be around this energy until they can locate their mates. Now you know where the title comes from—they’re FUELED BY LUST.

The main setting for the series is Austin, Texas and the Insedi home world of Insedivertus, but there are instances where the story will lead them to other planets and galaxies. It’s got a mixture of mystery, angst, unbridled passion, humor, and some good twists.

I strongly recommend that the series be read in sequence. Each installment has a main focus on a set of characters, but some of the story’s overlap and characters from prior books make appearances again. The world and cast of characters grow with each book.

What do you like best about your hero, Caelius Meron?

Caelius is the youngest of the Insedi warrior’s that are earth bound. He’s twenty-six and has only been on Earth for less than six months, so he’s struggling to acclimate. The language throws him off quite a bit. You see him in smaller parts throughout the series, but quickly learn in this installment that he’s more mature and alpha than anyone gave him credit. He wants to find his mate so badly that it almost drives him nuts. I absolutely loved Caelius’s personality. He’s a total sweetheart housed in an intimidating body. When he spots the love of his life, he’s willing to sacrifice his own happiness to just know that she’s okay. I loved that he’s able to see past the outer shell of someone and truly find their essence.

What’s next for you?

I’m almost done with book 6 for Maxim’s story. I’ll probably have it over to the publisher shortly after Caelius’s release on 10-9. I’ve already have the beginning of book 7 for Makar and Baruch’s installment. You’ll first meet them in Book 4 for Lucien, and will find out a little more in Maxim’s book. It will be my first foray into the ménage world. I can’t wait!

Thanks so much for hosting me today. Enjoyed it! Big hug to my fans!


Cover-fueledbylustcaeliusCaelius Meron strips at Heat Seekers Male Revue just so he can find his mate. So imagine his shock when he finds her in a cooking class he was forced to attend. So what’s the problem? There’s twenty-two of them according to Rhia Brennan. Undaunted by her claim that he’s too young, Caelius battles every roadblock she places. But what if one may be too difficult to ignore?

Kallon Aceso knows exactly who should own his heart, but Ulixes Dionysus doesn’t appear to want it. But is it really something else buried so deep that it may keep them apart forever?

Travel with these two Insedi as they both chase their hearts desire, only to be thwarted by misconceptions and mistakes from the past. Can they scale these insurmountable walls, or will they have to walk away and forever mourn what they could never have?

Book 5 in the Fueled By Lust Series brings back the sexy males that make your legs tremble just by saying your name.


Lowering his voice, Caelius leaned in even closer. He feared he may have disappointed her, and he didn’t want to miss any part of her expression.

“Does what I do each night bother you?”

She looked up and blinked a few times before she spoke. Her voice came low and husky, and his skin pebbled.

“No. Not in the least. It was the sexiest thing I’ve ever seen in my life.” He watched her throat work on a hard swallow before she continued.

“Your body was gleaming and showed off every single muscle as you swung that sword. It was the first time I’d seen your hair down, too. It’s…it’s beautiful. After you won, you worked your way down the row of women and paid each one of them close attention. I’m sure they felt like they were the only person in the room when you looked at them. With every song, your body swayed perfectly to the music, and it mesmerized me. I…uh…yeah…it was great.”

Caelius was having a hard time focusing on her answer. Her jasmine-scented desire had resurfaced and was wreaking havoc on his concentration, not to mention his cock. It was at full length and pushing insistently against his jeans. He said the first thing that came to mind. Something he wanted very badly.

“I want to kiss you, Rhia.” He wasn’t expecting her to recoil as if he was a hissing viper. Her laughter was shaky and broken.

“Good grief, Caelius. Why on Earth would you want to kiss me?

Author Bio and Links:

I was born and raised in a small town between Dallas/Fort Worth and Austin. Wanting to see more than my small Texas town, I joined the Marines, which satisfied my craving to see more of the U.S. and my drive to see if I could be one of the few and the proud.

A firm believer in educating the mind, I have achieved several advanced degrees, the latest being a master’s of science.

My true love is writing erotic romance, especially about alien hunks that know how to treat their females.

Drusus, Severus, Cato, Lucien, Caelius, Maxim and many more have swirled in my dreams until I had to bring them to life and allow them to find love within the pages of the Fueled by Lust book series.

Book 1 DRUSUS was nominated as Top 5 Finalist and placed 3rd in the 2014 RWA Passionate Ink’s 9th Annual Passionate Plume Book Contest in Erotic SciFi/Fantasy Category, Book 2 SEVERUS achieved BEST BOOK review rating and won April 2014 BOOK OF THE MONTH Reader Poll at LONG AND SHORT REVIEWS, Book 3 CATO won the May/June 2014 BOOK OF THE MONTH Reader Poll at LONG AND SHORT REVIEWS. All currently released books in the series have resided made it into the Top 5 Bestseller Lists at within days of release as well as making it into the Top 10 Hottest New Releases in Erotic Science Fiction on Amazon.

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New Release: The Heart of Christmas by Brenda Novak


Brenda Novak has teamed up with Goddess Fish Promotions to celebrate the release of her new book As part of her tour Brenda will be awarding a $100 Amazon gift card to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter. See the bottom of this post for more information.


Cover_Heart of ChristmasJust call her Christmas Eve…

Eve Harmon has always enjoyed Christmas, but this year it reminds her of everything she doesn’t have. Almost all her friends are married now, and that’s what Eve wants, too. Love. A husband and kids of her own. But the B-and-B she manages and even Whiskey Creek, the small Gold Country town where she was born and raised, suddenly seem…confining.

As Eve turns thirty-five, she’s worried that her future will simply be a reflection of her past. She’s dated all the eligible men in the area. There’s no one she could even imagine as a husband—until a handsome stranger comes to town. Eve’s definitely attracted to him, and he seems to have the same reaction to her. But his darkly mysterious past could ruin Eve’s happily ever after—just when it finally seems within reach. Just when she’s counting on the best Christmas of her life!


Moving slowly to compensate for her hangover, she managed to prop herself against the headboard and, once there, frowned at her bedmate.

Who the heck was he?

She had no idea, but she was relieved to see that he was no bum off the street. He wasn’t even one of those “he looked a lot more attractive last night” kind of pickups everyone joked about. This guy was so far above average that she began to wonder why he wasn’t already taken. Heaven forbid that was the case! She didn’t see a ring on his left hand, which rested on the pillow above his head. But he had to have some story. If he looked this good sleep-tousled, she could only imagine what he’d be like once he had a chance to clean up.

It was his bone structure, she decided. Those pronounced cheekbones. The narrow bridge across his nicely shaped nose. The distinct ridge of his upper eye sockets. He also had a strong chin and a manly jaw, which certainly didn’t detract.

So maybe she couldn’t point to just one or two features. With his long, sandy-colored hair spread across his pillow, he resembled a fallen angel—and his body further enhanced that image. Although bedding covered his lower half—thank goodness—she could see his torso. He was built like a greyhound or panther, lean and sinewy and ideally proportioned with very little body hair. What body hair he did have was golden and downy, as appealing as his tanned skin.

He’d make a nice subject for a painter, she mused, someone looking for refined masculine beauty—a man who could even be called elegant.

But not everything about him was elegant. When she looked closer, she could see that he had some very unusual scars….

What types of injuries could’ve caused those? she wondered. It seemed to her that he’d been shot, and more than once. Several round, bullet-size marks dotted his chest. Then there was a long, jagged scar on his side that must’ve come from something else….

Out of nowhere—he didn’t open his eyes first, so she had no warning—he grabbed her wrists in a crushing grip and slammed her onto her back.

Eve gasped as she stared up at him. Gone was the image of an angel, fallen or otherwise. Shocked at being so easily and unexpectedly overpowered, she couldn’t even scream. His fierce expression, as if he was intent on causing her bodily harm, made it worse.

Had she brought home a homicidal maniac? Was he about to kill her?

The terror that surged up must’ve shown on her face because he suddenly came to his senses. He gave his head a shake. His expression cleared and, letting go, he eased off her and slid back onto his side of the bed.

“Sorry about that. I thought…” His words trailed off, and he covered his eyes with one arm as if he needed a moment to pull himself together.

Her heart was now pounding in unison with her head. But once she could speak somewhat normally, she prompted him to finish his sentence. “Thought what?”

His lips turned down. “Never mind. I was dreaming.”

She pressed a hand to her chest as though she could slow her galloping pulse. “It couldn’t have been a pleasant dream.”

“They never are,” he muttered.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Brenda Novak is the author of more than fifty books. A four-time Rita nominee, she has won many awards, including the National Reader’s Choice, the Bookseller’s Best, the Book Buyer’s Best, the Daphne, and the Holt Medallion. She also runs an annual on-line auction for diabetes research every May at (her youngest son has this disease). To date, she’s raised over $2 million. For more about Brenda, please




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New Release: Breaking the Rules by Mel Curtis

Today Mel Curtis is here to share a little about her newest book, Breaking the Rules.

And because she’s awesome, Mel is offering everyone who reads this post a FREE copy of Amber Rules from her web site (download is only available between October 23-29, 2014).  Amber Rules is Book 1 in the series.  There are three books currently out in the series, plus 2 novellas.  See the bottom of this post for the link and download instructions.

In addition, you can get a FREE sweet new adult novella set within the Hollywood Rules world by signing up for Melinda’s book release email newsletter. To sign up, follow this link:

Blurb about Breaking the Rules:


To say Jack and Vivian Gordon’s marriage has been rocky would be an understatement. The Gordons have been on a roller coaster of love and lust, but can’t seem to get on the same page at the same time. This power couple needs a time-out to find their happily ever after.  And life coach to Hollywood’s rich and powerful, Cora Rule, has just the solution – have the couple sign their divorce papers in a safe room…and lock them inside.


Vivian Gordon had a problem.

A six-foot-two-inch hunk of a problem.

Sex with Jack hadn’t solved the problem.  Marrying him hadn’t solved the problem.  Leaving him hadn’t solved the problem.

The problem was that Viv loved her husband, but Jack didn’t love her.

It wasn’t as if Jack was incapable of love, as some of Hollywood moguls seemed to be.  No, Jack had passion aplenty, but it was for the NBA team he owned, the L.A. Flash, not for a woman.  Not for Viv.

Viv watched Jack swim his daily laps with strong, commanding strokes.  Heaven forbid Jack didn’t get his laps in.  If he didn’t, he was the biggest shit.

Her Gianvito Rossi black suede lace up heels clicked slowly across the white marble tile as she approached the patio doors in the house they’d once shared.  Her cadence was one of a doomed prisoner being shown the open door of the gas chamber.

This is the end.

And she’d chosen the execution date.

Buy Links:

B&N available 10/22

MelindaCurtis (574x640)Author Bio/Info:

Melinda Curtis is an award winning, USA Today recommended, Amazon best selling author.  She writes independently published, steamy Hollywood Rules series as Mel Curtis. Jayne Ann Krentz says of Blue Rules: “Sharp, sassy, modern version of a screwball comedy from Hollywood’s Golden Age except a lot hotter.”  Melinda also writes the Harmony Valley series of sweet and emotional romances for the Harlequin Heartwarming line. Brenda Novak says: “Season of Change has found a place on my keeper shelf”.



Twitter: @MelCurtisAuthor


Limited Time Offer – FREE Download (Oct. 23-29, 2014 only)

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New Release: Pitch Imperfect by Elise Alden


Elise Alden has partnered with Goddess Fish Promotions to celebrate the release of her new book, Pitch imperfect. As part of her book tour, she will be giving away a $50 Amazon/ gift card via Rafflecopter. See the bottom of this post for more information.

Have you ever had an imaginary friend?

No, but I have an imaginary ‘other self’. No, I’m not a schizo…or maybe I am? I have to ask that other self. Because an entirely alien woman occasionally takes over my mind and body so that I can disconnect from everything I find distasteful. She’s the one who doesn’t wash dishes, cook, deal with tantrums or balance her accounts. She cannot settle disputes or act as mediator because on her alien planet—Thebzil—such things do not exist.  Neither does she understand Bicker or speak Waaa (a common Earth tongue) and when she hears either of these she has a tendency to break into spontaneous fun. Or craziness. My children know their mother is sometimes inhabited by this alien being, usually when she is at the end of her tether, and they look forward to seeing her at the most extraordinary times. And as for me, well, I enjoy my trip to Thebzil—a change is as good as a rest.

Are you a romantic?

Yes! I cannot fathom why people turn their noses up at romance or sneer at romance novels. Love is what makes us who we are, and romance is our given right to celebrate everything that’s beautiful and wonderful about falling in love. Large gestures or small, gifts, or a quiet moment trailing a petal down your loved-one’s arm, I am a one hundred percent die-hard romantic. I don’t want to see films or read books that end in tragedy. Life is stark enough without deliberately making myself unhappy. That’s why I’m a HEA writer. I believe in redemption and second chances, that love might not conquer all, but that it’s a hell of a lot better to love someone than go through life alone.


Cover_Pitch ImperfectOnce-famous singer Anjuli Carver has returned to tiny Heaverlock Village alone and nearly broke. She’s poured every last penny into a rambling Victorian manor, hoping to start over. Trouble is, her money pit is falling to pieces and the only restoration architect for miles is Rob Douglas…her ex-fiancé.

For eight years, Rob has regretted not telling Anjuli why he never answered her letters. Being left at the altar broke his heart, but being used for sex one night in London after the fact nearly drove him to the edge of sanity, and he’ll be damned if he allows Anjuli to wreak havoc on his life again. He’ll restore her manor, all right, and give her taste of her own medicine while he’s at it.

But how long can revenge last when memories of their shared past keep rushing to the surface?

Soon, Rob wants answers. Why did Anjuli leave the international spotlight to become a recluse in the Scottish Borderlands? And why does she refuse to sing? Anjuli wants nothing more than to be left alone with her grief, even as she struggles to keep her sexy fantasies about Rob in check. With gossipy villagers, interfering friends and more secrets between them than notes on a scale, Anjuli and Rob will need to find forgiveness in order to work together, then decide if they’re willing to risk it all on an encore performance.

Author Bio and Links:

Elise reads, writes and revels in romance, and is never happier than when caught up in a heart-thumping, sweat-your-socks-off tale—hers or somebody else’s. She loves creating stories about flawed characters, people for whom love isn’t simply a question of boy-meets-girl, but a gut wrenching journey of transformation.

To find out more about Elise and her books, check out her website . Drop by and say hello  on or tweet to her @elise_alden

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New YA Release: Eventide by Christine Allen-Riley

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Eventide (Iron Falls, #1)

by Christine Allen-Riley

Release Date: 10/2014

The driver in a tragic car accident that killed her best friend, Devon Greer is consumed by guilt. When powerful hallucinations convince her that she’s seeing Rachael everywhere, Devon thinks she’s going crazy. But her friend isn’t truly gone. To save Rachael from the faeries who stole her, Devon must pit herself against the Court of the Sidhe. Once she witnesses the true form of the fey, Devon’s life is in danger—and so are the lives of everyone she loves. Now, Devon must not only protect herself, but also Jonah Seafort, Rachael’s cousin and the only person Devon can trust to help her. While the Sidhe walk among them, no one is safe…

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My Review

Devon Greer experiences a huge loss when she looses her best friend in a tragic car accident. Not only does she have to put up with normal teen angst and hateful schoolmates but she has to try to figure out if she’s loosing her mind when she starts to see her dead friend in the woods.
Christine quickly pulled me into Devon’s camp and had me rooting for her all the way. I’m anxious to see what she throws at Devon in the next book.
This was a really good read and I plan to share it with my 14 year old.

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About the Author

Christine is a lover of books, nature, cats and shiny things but an active disliker of cooking, cleaning and stress. She is a mom, freelance editor & YA author – oh, and also a bit of a nerd.

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New Release: The Shucker’s Booktique by J. C. McKenzie

Today, J.C. McKenzie is back to tell us about her new book, The Shucker’s Booktique. To celebrate her book release, J.C. has created a Rafflecopter drawing to give away a $25 Gift Card to, 5 copies of The Shucker’s Booktique (ebook), and 3 copies of Shift Happens (ebook). See the bottom of this post for information on how to enter.

And now… an interview with J.C. McKenzie.

First of all, thanks for hosting me. It’s always a pleasure to be on another writer’s blog.

What is your favorite indulgence (food, drink, spa treatment or other)?

I love to get pedicures and usually choose an extremely vibrant color for the nail polish.

What are you reading right now – or what are some of your favorite books?

I’m not reading anything right now. I’ve been too busy with my day job. Some of my favorite books include: Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series (and Alpha & Omega), Kim Harrison’s The Hollows series, Jennifer Roberson’s Cheysuli series, and Roger Zelazny’s Chronicles of Amber.

What was the inspiration behind The Shucker’s Booktique?

When The Wild Rose Press announced the Lobster Cove series, an idea sprang to mind and kept riding me until I stopped my current project and wrote it down.

What do you like most about your heroine, Willa, in The Shucker’s Booktique?

I like her resilience. Despite being mistreated and taken advantage of by “loved ones” she’s not broken. She’s quietly fierce. I found her challenging and invigorating to write, since my other heroine is the breaking-your-face-because-you-pissed-me-off kind of girl.

What’s next for you?

Currently, I’m working on the third book of my Carus Series to make it submission ready. It’s finished, just needs some spit, polish and TLC. I’m currently a quarter of the way through writing the fourth installment as well. In summary, when I feel like writing, I write book 4. When I don’t feel like writing, I edit book 3, and when I reeeeaallly don’t feel the writing or editing, I promote my published works!

Blurb for The Shucker’s Booktique:

TheShuckersBooktique_w9189_750After her fiancé dumps her and her beloved Aunt Jenny goes missing, Willa Eklund travels to Lobster Cove with a broken heart to search for Jenny while running her bookstore. When a mysterious man visits the Shucker’s Booktique on a stormy night drenched in rain and covered in mud, Willa’s heart melts under his stormy gaze. She wants Lon and the answers he may have, but he also has a secret. Can Willa trust him?

Lon Devlin is a Tempest, a water sprite who can only take a human form during stormy nights. He rides the waves, lives by the tides, and nothing can hold him down, not even a beautiful woman. When he visits his mortal friend, he discovers she’s missing and her intriguing niece has taken her place. He wants Willa, but he also wants answers. What happened to Jenny?


Thump! Thump! Thump!

No! She gasped. It couldn’t be. The banging on the front door of the booktique had to be a figment of her imagination. She couldn’t will Lon into existence. Why would he come back? Especially if he was involved. Unless…cold ice prickled up her spine…unless he needed to eliminate her to take care of loose ends.

No. Crazy thoughts, Willa. He could’ve taken care of her the night before. No, her heart hammered against her chest for a different reason. But it didn’t matter. The knocking on the door wouldn’t, couldn’t be him.

Thump! Thump! Thump!

Could it? She clutched her hot mug in both hands and turned toward the doorway leading to the bookstore. From the kitchen in the back room, she had a clear view through the store to the front door, but not who stood on the other side.

“Willa!” Lon growled. “Wake up and let me in!”

Willa gasped and almost dropped her cup. The tea sloshed around and some spilled over her hands. It burned, but she didn’t move. She couldn’t breathe. Somehow the air got trapped inside her throat. Why was he here? What did he want?

Oh God, let it be me!

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