So how was your weekend, my blogster buds? Friday night turned into pizza and a movie night for us. We rented the Avengers. I love the actors in the Avengers, love the Iron Man series and the Thor series, but unfortunately neither the HH or I enjoyed Age of Ultron. The back and forth dialogue between them was good, snappy. But the plot just didn't do it for me. Enjoyed the pizza:)
Saturday night we went looking for toys since the babies will be in next weekend. And...had pizza.
Give me pizza, chocolate and a bestseller under my belt (Isn't that a odd phrase?) and I'll die a happy woman.
This is my first anthology, so I'm excited about the release. The common theme between all the stories: romance and recipes. Each author has included a recipe with the book.
Gimme Some Sugar, Stephanie Berget~Pastry Chef, Cary Crockett, is more
at home with city life, cupcakes and croissants than beef, beans and
bacon, but she has to convince ranch owner Micah West she's up to the
job of feeding his hired hands. The camp cook on Micah West's central
Oregon ranch has up and quit without notice and his crew of hungry
cowboys is about to mutiny. Maintaining a hands-off policy toward his
sexy new cook becomes tougher than managing a herd of disgruntled
A Matter of Taste, J.R. Barrett~How to Make the perfect man: Once
cup of mystery, one cup of tall, one cup of dark, one cup of sexy. Joy
is thrilled to inherit her grandmother's handwritten recipe book.
There's magic between those covers. She just doesn't know how much
magic, and which covers... Spicy.
Queen of Diamonds, Sandra Cox~Logan Hunter is a bestselling author
with a penchant for the ladies. Kendall Theron, his efficient publicist,
is prim and colorless- at least on the surface. Beneath the proper
facade is a woman who will do anything to protect her family...even if
it's not quite legal. Sweet.
Anything You Want, Tina Donahue~With the big three-O only days away,
Jamie has had it with dieting, exercises and being alone. Off she goes
to Wicked Desires, a decadent Caribbean resort where clothing is
optional but carnal and physical appetites rule. Her desires are
perfectly in tune with two Alpha billionaires, Creed and Tav, determined
to show Jamie a good time, complete with all the food she craves and a
wicked touch of BDSM. Extra-spicy.
Hard Copy, Amity Grays~Aubrae Palmer is paying the piper-a handsome
business tycoon she has unintentionally libeled. The cost? She must pose
as his fiancee and accompany him to a vineyard in Southern Idaho. The
plan is to avoid a lawsuit by helping him win back the land her rather
scathing article has cost him. Semi-sweet.
100 Kisses, JW Manus~When baker Molly Larsen accidentally poisons
the grandmother of scary, sexy billionaire Blake Connor, he demands she
make amends. He wants his pound of flesh in the form of 100 kisses. His
terms are any time, anywhere, and Molly cannot refuse Blake- or else.
To celebrate the release of A Matter of Taste Anthology I'll be giving a way a copy of Southern Living's The Southern Cake Book. To enter just go to the contest page and leave your snail mail in the comment section.
Vampires have come a long way from the old black and
white stills of Count Dracula in movies of the 1930s and 1940s.If someone came to your door looking like
that cartoonish stereotype—unless it was a Halloween costume party—I expect you
wouldn’t invite them across your threshold.
In modern-day media, vampires are somewhat prettier
and more alluring---a la True Blood, The
Originals or even Buffy and its
progeny. (Whether vampires should
sparkle in the sunlight or not is a debate for another time.) But there’s no
question that the appeal of the dark, mystical vampire sits well across the
Whatever they look like, though, one of the traits
they tend to share in common is that they drink the blood of others to
replenish their own vitality. As Louis
says in Interview with the Vampire: “Blood,
I was to find, was a necessity as well. I woke the next evening with a hunger I
had never felt.”
But the literature also tells of a kind of vampire
that never has to take a drop of blood from its victim: the psychic vampire.
What this sort of vampire seeks out is the xi,
or the life force energy inside a person. In the same way that a “traditional”
vampire sucks blood to strengthen himself, a psychic vampire will drain her
victim of energy, leaving them with “general debility, lack of motivation and
energy, an emaciated physique, a pallid complexion, and an overall sense of
weakness,” according to Dr. Bruce Goldberg.
Have you ever felt like the person you’re talking to
is absorbing your energy, your very breath? We’ve all met someone who just
leaves us feeling exhausted and without resources after a meeting or
conversation. Perhaps it’s that woman in your office who always has major drama
going on and she can’t wait until you step into work to tell you her latest
tale of woe. Five minutes into your day, and you’re already wiped out. Or if
we’re service providers, clients can also leave us feeling the same way. People
who thrive on drama every moment can debilitate those of us who have achieved
calm in our own lives.
For those who are intuitive, or empaths, this may
set you up as a victim, especially in places full of people, like sporting
events, shopping malls or other crowded venues.
Dr. Judith Orloff has written
often on this issue and how people
might protect themselves from psychic vampires:the easiest one is just walk away. She also
suggests that you visualize an energy shield of bright white light around you
that you can use at “family dinners or social events where you're trapped.”
Georgia MacLeod goes so far as to suggest that carrying
an amulet might be appropriate as a defense.
Does this feeling sound familiar? Take notice of how
people around you make you feel, and then take steps to strengthen yourself,
set proper boundaries and feel better.
LOVE ME, KISS ME, KILL ME excerpt
away isn’t necessarily the answer.
In her mad rush to escape a failed marriage, Sara Woods takes the first job
available and lands in the middle of a mystery. Her first assignment as a news
reporter for the Ralston Courier is the investigation of a string of deaths,
all young women, all her age.
She becomes a patient at the Goldstone Clinic, a local mecca of healing, to
deal with chronic pain from her past. But all is not as it seems at the
Goldstone, its doctors and nurses are all the picture of perfect beauty and
health. Patients at the clinic first seem to get better, then they deteriorate.
Sara enlists the help of Dr. Rick Paulsen, who teaches her how to access her
internal power, skills she never knew she had, revealing secrets from her past.
Police officer Brendon Zale also takes an interest in Sara, but he acts like a
stalker, watching her every move, and he won't leave her alone.
As she digs deeper into the story, and more young women die without
explanation, she tries to choose allies wisely, but not till the last
confrontation does she discover the identity of her true enemy.
We took advantage of the beautiful fall weather this weekend and went into the mountains, ate at Canyons then meandered to the Tanger Outlet.Though not as evocative as Valerie's and EC's, below are pics I snapped with my phone on the drive.
Dina Bushrod won the drawing for the wristlet and charm bracelet.
This is the big one boys and girls. With over two hundred participants that means over two hundred prizes, each valued at ten dollars or more. I'll be giving away a ten dollar amazon card and since it is the season...a copy of Vampire Bay in paper or e, winner's choice. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment, WITH YOUR EMAIL ADDIE. If you'd like to follow me on twitter: twitter.com@Sandra_Cox or like me on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SandraCox.Author
that would be great but it's certainly not necessary to enter or win.
Next on the list is Practical Frugality
The entire linky list can be found here:I Am A Reader. Good luck Halloween Hopsters.
THERE'S ALSO A CAKE BOOK GIVEAWAY GOING ON UNDER THE CONTEST PAGE. FEEL FREE TO ENTER.
This is such a sad commentary on our times. Last week the school my daughter and SIL teach at was locked down because of a shooter threat. Luckily, neither she nor her husband were there. And luckier yet, no one was hurt. The last article I read, the authorities weren't even certain there was a gun on campus. But prior to this there was an anonymous internet threat of a mass shooting so
the authorities were taking no chances. In this country, your safety is no longer insured when you go to church, school or the theater. Some people want to arm our faculty. (Can't you just see that in the job description. Besides having a masters in your chosen field, you must be willing to pack heat.) Some now carry guns to church. Where does it end?
In a household of rabid Cub fans, I have managed to maintain my distance from baseball for the length of our marriage. Last week I broke down. I watched the Cubbies take down the Pirates 4-0 Wednesday night. And then instead of going out Friday we ordered a pizza and watched them lose to the Cardinals 0-4. Last night it was Burger King and watching them win over the Cardinals 6-3.
Tonight....hopefully we'll be clicking bats.
Greetings, Blogster Buds. Today I'd like to welcome special friend and author Mae Claire and introduce you to her new work, Myth and Magic. I read this one and was blown away. It was a taut, suspenseful read, loaded with plenty of internal and external conflict, and written in deep POV. And what a perfect story for Halloween.
Thanks for joining us, Mae.
grateful to be here today with my most recent release, MYTH AND MAGIC, a
romantic suspense novel set during Halloween and centered on a creepy corporate
lodge. It’s on sale now across retailers for just $.99 through 11/4/15.
the questions writers get asked frequently is “Where do you find the inspiration for your characters?”
most writers will tell you characters find us before we find them. They have a
way of hunting us down and popping into our heads, loudly demanding attention.
Some are more forceful than others. All have a unique voice, but there are
always a handful that nag repeatedly until their story is told.
characters usually have romance in their future, but it is always intertwined
with a healthy dose of mystery and suspense. And they rarely have normal happy
AND MAGIC, my hero has to make amends with a great many people from his past.
He’s estranged from most of his family, has hurt the only woman he ever loved,
and is motivated by a tragic circumstance that claimed the life of his closest
childhood friend. Simply put, the guy has a lot of baggage—and it all comes to
a breaking point on Halloween.
Caith Breckwood showed up in my head, lugging all of his past sins, I knew I
had to tell his tale. Or maybe, I should say, he convinced me. He doesn’t
resemble anyone I know. He wasn’t inspired by news events or someone from
history. He just “appeared” as most of my characters do. I guess I have my muse
to thank for that. Either way, I’m happy I met him, and the people who populate
his world. You can find out all about them in MYTH AND MAGIC! J
Blurb for Myth and Magic:
AS CHILDREN THEY PLAYED GAMES OF MYTH AND MAGIC… Veronica Kent fell in love with Caith Breckwood
when they were children. As a teenager, she was
certain he was the man she was
destined to marry. But a traumatic event from Caith's past led him to fear a
future together. He left Veronica, hoping to save her from a terrible fate.
Twelve years later, Caith, now a P.I., is hired to investigate bizarre
incidents at the secluded retreat Veronica manages. Returning to his hometown,
Caith is forced to face his nightmares—and his feelings for the woman he’s
THEN ONE DAY THE MONSTERS BECAME REAL.
After the callous way Caith broke her heart,
Veronica isn’t thrilled to see him again. But strange occurrences have taken a
dangerous toll on business at Stone Willow Lodge. Forced to work together,
Veronica discovers it isn’t ghostly apparitions that frighten her, but her
passion for a man she has never forgotten. Or forgiven. Can two people with a
tarnished past unearth a magical future?
Buy Links for MYTH AND MAGIC…Just
$.99 through 11/4/2015
Mae Clair Bio Mae Clair opened a Pandora’s Box of characters when she was a child and
never looked back. Her father, anartist who tinkered with writing, encouraged her to
create make-believe worlds by spinning tales of far-off places on summer nights
beneath the stars.
Mae loves creating character-driven fiction in settings that vary from
contemporary to mythical. Wherever her pen takes her, she flavors her stories
with mystery and romance. Married to her high school sweetheart, she lives in
Pennsylvania and is passionate about cryptozoology, old photographs, a good
Maine lobster tail and cats.