When worlds COLLIDE

Today, I have a special guest.

She’s someone I admire. She’s strong, fearless, caring and above all, she is the author of COLLIDE. One of the most exciting books i’ve read in a LONG time.

With every guest to this blog, I want something different. A little bit of the “YOU” inside the powerful writing machine! So when I asked for a Playlist, Melissa didn’t disappoint. And since I am re-reading (yes, it’s that good) Collide, I was doubly excited. Now I can match songs to scenes, I can just that little bit of something to the story i’m reading about.

Don’t forget to read scroll down a little further and read all about Collide By Melissa J. Cripin.

 

Melissa J. Crispin’s playlist for Collide
Just So You Know by Jesse McCartney
I Won’t Give Up by Jason Mraz
Ever Dream by Nightwish
Fight Song by Rachel Platten
Starts with Goodbye by Carrie Underwood
Mad World by Michael Andrews (feat. Gary Jules)
Your Guardian Angel by Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
Bring Me to Life by Evanescence
It Will Rain by Bruno Mars
Lover Lay Down by Dave Matthews Band
Let Her Go by Passenger
This by Ed Sheeran
Everlong by the Foo Fighters
My Immortal by Evanescence
It’s an eclectic mix of genres, but I listen to all different music so that’s how it turned out. I also had Landslide by Fleetwood Mac in there, but cut it at the last minute because it seemed too depressing.

 

 

Kayla has a plan. She’s moving to the city after graduation and Luke’s coming with her. He’ll eventually become a doctor, she’ll be a ballerina—and they’ll live happily ever after. That is, until dark forces, led by a sister she never knew existed, start hunting her down for a power she never knew she had.

When Kayla starts working with a boy named Alec to learn how to defend herself and to stop the evil from eliminating the worlds, she finds herself falling for him. Hard. Torn between two loves and struggling to do what’s right for Earth and Afterlife, Kayla must decide if she’s fighting to keep her life together, or letting it go to save everyone else’s.

 

 

 

Kastil Eavenshade An Outlaw In Her Bed

With us today is Kastil Eavenshade!  Take a look at that cover, isn’t it a beauty?!  I hear tell she created it herself.So take a moment to read up about it and when your done, don’t forget to scroll down and check out a little bit about her writing process.

 

An Outlaw in her Bed
Release Date: March 21, 2016
Publisher: Roane Publishing
Keywords: Erotic, Romance, Western, Gunslinger, Old West, Bad Boy
An outlaw by trade, Travis Colburn refuses to be tied down by a woman. Life on the run leaves him no room for love, until a calico queen’s wicked lips tattoo his soul. Her searing kiss leads him on a path entwined with the devil himself, and nothing will stand in his way—not even cold lead from a gun.

When a bullet steals her husband’s life, Ella Gilby gets more than she bargained for from a tall, dark stranger. Death walks in his shadow and the temptation he offers swallows her whole. The more she denies the attraction, the more her desire for the deadly desperado draws her back in.

Heaven and debauchery collide, and the love sparked in a single night reignites as Ella

recaptures the man she lost long ago. Unless their shaded past tears their world in two.
 
 
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Did you have a particular scene that inspired you to write this book
I’m a big fan of westerns. While I have a nice collection of older ones, two that I drew
inspiration from were Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven and 1993’s Tombstone. Val Kilmer just
kills it as Doc Holliday in Tombstone. One strong theme was explored in these movies—
redemption of some sort. William Munny in Unforgiven is portrayed as a man with a vicious past of criminal activities. “Killer of women and children” being one of them. I suspect, like most legends, it’s unfounded in any amount of truth. However, by reputation alone a person can do great things. Whether by good or bad deeds, something legendary can make a person pause. By using what whispered rumors had given him, he avenged not only the woman he’d been paid to help but his friend Ned who was tortured and killed in the process.
While he got paid, he took the job because what it entailed—justice for a woman who was
disfigured by a man. In Tombstone, three men with the Cowboys—McMasters, Texas Jack,
and Jack Johnston—join forces with Wyatt Earp after their gang targets women. While based
in history, this showed that morals did exist. Fun fact: an actor named Wyatt Earp is in the
movie and he’s related to the legend.
When I first wrote this story, I didn’t have any type of confrontation with guns except for
one particular scene. The Wild West, in fact, didn’t have that many shoot outs. In an age
where internet and phones didn’t exist, you could make yourself into some puffed up
gunslinger on swagger alone. Not to say that shooting didn’t happen but it had more to do
with protecting than to gain a reputation. However, in rewrites and such, I added a few
areas.
One thing you had to be in the west was strong to endure the environment, especially when railroads hadn’t laid any tracks down. Everything came by stagecoach or supply wagons and you hoped the guards on them did their job. I wanted Ellie, the female main character, to overcome many obstacles. Each time I sat down with this manuscript was an opportunity to let her shine through adversity. A strong female lead was important to me. Westerns are usually about men and rarely show that. Though I’ve seen a few good female characters, they’re always in the background. All in all, I had a blast writing this one and hope to write more historical westerns in the future

Cover reveal: Masked Hearts

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Masked Hearts
A sweet romance anthology
By Various Authors
Publisher:
Roane Publishing
Release Date: May 23, 2016
Keywords: Fantasy, romance, shifters, dragon, elves, masquerade, sweet

What secrets do the Masked Hearts hold?

Dragons, elves and shifters abound in these five sweet, romantic fantasy tales. But, no matter the realm of origin or the race of the species, one theme resonates throughout. To find a love that’s lasting, one must be willing to take off the mask, and reveal their true heart.

Affinity by Dana Wright

Behind the shadows lies the truth…
A magic mirror and a houseful of ghosts await Kristen when fate leads her to Wanderly House. Secrets and spirits consume her days, but one look in the magic mirror and her heart falls fast. A mask, a cloak, and a key leading her to an enchanted evening in the faery garden might be Kristen’s end as all that glitters may well have sharp teeth.
Magic mirror on the wall…
Connor is trapped in Faery. With only a view through a bewitched mirror to the real world, his attention is nabbed by a curious cat shifter with a ghostly following. Can he find a way to break the spell that binds him so he can reach the girl that haunts his dreams?
When the forces of Faery and Wanderly House collide, will Kristen and Connor’s love be enough to save them?

Water Woman by Claire Davon

Sparks fly when a Spanish water woman, and an African two-horned horse shifter meet at a masquerade. Kimoni has gone to ask Isidora to use her skills to aid him with his ailing grandfather. When strangers claiming to be Isidora’s relatives try to force her to share her powers, the pair is plunged into danger. Isidora and Kimoni look for a way to fight the ruthless intruders, while also saving his grandfather.
Using their combined powers, they meet the challenge, all the while conscious of the growing attraction between them. It has been a long time since Isidora has met a man who calls to her as Kimoni does. The strong, handsome horse shifter sings to her senses, and she sees a matching spark in his eyes. Can love between them blossom? Can a water woman and a horse shifter find happiness together?

Dragon Law by Nemma Wollenfang

The kingdom of Baelin is under attack. A terrifying dragon rains fire down on the capital city, burning all in his path. The people’s one hope lies with the Princess Draxa, who – in accordance with an ancient rite – must willingly sacrifice her future to sate the beast’s wrath.
For her kingdom, Draxa will do it. She will leave Andre, the fierce soldier she loves with all of her heart, don her red cloak, and make the treacherous trip into the heart of the mountain, to face the monstrous Lord Siouxlian in his lair.

Feather Fall by Sheryl Winters

Brooke Adair’s autism has turned the world into a constant puzzle, especially when it comes to men. When she meets fellow swan shifter Blake Landen in a dream, though, Brooke feels a potential connection to someone who could understand her. If she lets him.
But trusting in Blake takes a whole lot more courage than Brooke has. After all, if she doesn’t take this leap, Brooke might miss out on meeting the one man she could actually learn to understand.

Duty or Desire by Sharon Hughson

Alyona Wyrden dwells contentedly in her elven realm, but when her brother disappears, she travels to Earth to bring him home.
Camden Kerr hunts down magical artifacts, keeping them out of the wrong hands. The amulet that draws Alyona to her brother is just the sort of object Cam’s after. The way his flesh responds to the lithe, blonde necklace wearer is a different matter altogether. When their paths keep crossing, Camden decides they can work together-until he discovers her elven heritage.
Can their attraction defeat prejudice? Which will rule—duty or desire?

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An Outlaw in Her Bed

Today, i’m lucky to share with you an author who has a truly unique writing style. Each word and story arc carefully thought out. There are a multitude of ways I respect her writing, so when she told me she had a new story out, I had to find out more.. So peek down below and read all about Kastil Eavenshade’s latest book, An Outlaw in her Bed!

 

 

Roane Publishing is giving away
THREE eARCs of 
An Outlaw in her Bed!
 
An Outlaw in her Bed
By: Kastil Eavenshade
Release Date: March 21, 2016
Publisher: Roane Publishing
Keywords: Erotic, Romance, Western, Gunslinger, Old West, Bad Boy
 
An outlaw by trade, Travis Colburn refuses to be tied down by a woman. Life on the run leaves him no room for love, until a calico queen’s wicked lips tattoo his soul. Her searing kiss leads him on a path entwined with the devil himself, and nothing will stand in his way—not even cold lead from a gun.
 
When a bullet steals her husband’s life, Ella Gilby gets more than she bargained for from a tall, dark stranger. Death walks in his shadow and the temptation he offers swallows her whole. The more she denies the attraction, the more her desire for the deadly desperado draws her back in.
 
Heaven and debauchery collide, and the love sparked in a single night reignites as Ella recaptures the man she lost long ago. Unless their shaded past tears their world in two.
 
~~~oOo~~~
 
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You don’t even have to be a blogger.
 
If you are willing to leave an honest review before March 21st, you are eligible to enter.
 
How? Simply fill out the form!
 
You have until Midnight of February 27th when three winners will be chosen by random drawing.
 
 
 

It wasn’t my Star Wars

luke skywalker

It wasn’t my Star Wars.

I didn’t feel the emotions of the rest of the crowd.

Halfway through, I found myself thinking of a book I’m writing.

I was bored.

I know, I know. You’re going to tell me about a small robot with half the charm of R2D2, and you’re going to tell me how the lead character was a girl. That interracial leads don’t happen (I saw Lethal Weapon people!)

And I just have to say. I left the theatre with no feeling for that movie at all.

In contrast, I walked into a theatre when I was a child. I read every word on the screen as it scrolled down. I remember thinking that it was a brilliant eye-catching way to capture my attention. Deep thoughts for a kid who still played with Barbie dolls.

I walked out of that theatre with an entirely new concept of storytelling. I believed the characters. Luke wasn’t just a whiny boy; he was a kid who looked sad while everyone else talked at a table because he missed his aunt and uncle. He was a kid who was scared and didn’t want to leave home. He did it anyway, not for a princess but for an old man who was a friend.

I walked out of that theatre knowing I’d watched the greatest movie ever. (and I had, I was only eleven.)

So when I went to see, well that movie.

I was excited.

I was happy.

It was my star wars.

When I walked out of that theatre, sadness tugged at my heart.

It wasn’t wasn’t my Star Wars.

When a director or a writer places a mark on a movie. His thoughts do more than go into the page, more than direct the movie, they direct the theme of the movie.

I miss the young George Lucas and despite the flaws of the last three Star Wars movies, I will always be grateful for the first three. For his thought process, his youthful excitement and his love of the unknown went into it.

So thank you, George Lucas, thank you so much for my Star Wars.

 

 

Trouble in Paradise

HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY TO 
 
TROUBLE IN PARADISE & LONDON SAINT JAMES!
 
 
 
Trouble in Paradise
A Paradise Ranch Novel
Contemporary Romance, Erotic, Western
by London Saint James
Publisher: Roane Publishing
Release Date: February 15, 2016
 
If you know what’s good for you, you’ll go back to Dallas.
 
Since coming home Sutton has inherited herself a heap of headaches, two bossy men who want her for their own, threatening notes, and a whole lot of trouble in Paradise.
 
Having Doc McNab as competition, being ten years Sutton’s senior, and under her employ, meant the deck was stacked against Flint Palmer when it came to winning the sexy, vivacious Sutton as his woman. No way would she be interested in an old, worn-out, ex-rodeo cowboy like him, but that wasn’t going to stop the man from trying.
 
With the exception of the pretty as a picture, Sutton Callaway, Kale McNab’s childhood sucked. He’d been jerked up more so than raised by his ex-convict of a father, eventually leaving the girl and West Texas behind. Now, he’s all grown and back in Sutton’s life, willing to do whatever it takes to stay there.
 
 

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Excerpt:

After propping up the hood, Sutton stood on her tip toes, waved a hand about in an effort to keep the smoke from her face, and glanced at the guts of the truck—as if she would know what she was looking for. She supposed the doing made her feel as if she were taking proactive measures about the situation, until the coughing started. Perhaps sticking her head beneath the hood hadn’t been the best idea.

Covering her nose with one hand, still swiping the foul air with the other, she took a step back. The breeze kicked up and blew another puff of nasty at her. She coughed yet again and stomped a booted foot on the pavement, irritated.


* * * *

 

Kale’s morning had royally sucked. He hated when he had to put down an animal, and as a result, he’d pretty much been in a mood when Flint called him about Maeflower. He sure hoped he didn’t have to put two horses down in the same day, a fact he’d been grumbling about under his breath when he jumped in his truck. But after leaving his office and driving down Main Street, he saw something with the potential to vastly improve his afternoon.

 

The corner’s of Kale’s mouth turned up into a smile as he pulled his F-150 dual cab into the parking lot of Dunning’s, watching Sutton Callaway doing the hippy, hippy, shake in tight daisy dukes, a faded turquoise T-shirt, and turquoise cowgirl boots.

God bless Texas.

 

 

What people are saying about Trouble in Paradise:



Holy hell in a hand basket! Whoo! What a twisting turning, one hell of a cliff hanger, roller coaster ride that was. Oh, I also forgot the not one, but two hot Alpha males, hot kinky sex, and spankings. This not one of those books you want to miss. It’s literally got it all!” – Goodreads 5* Review
 
5 sexy stars!! Whoo I may need to be hosed down after reading this sexy, sexy book!!” – Goodreads Review
 
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A $20 Amazon Gift Card!
 
 
Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code.  No purchase necessary, but you must be 18 or older to enter. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter, and announced on the widget. Winner well be notified by emailed and have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. The number of entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Roane Publishing’s marketing department.

Diets and other things

gluten-free-brownies

A friend asked me how my diet was going, and I told her the truth.

I crashed and burned Sunday night and ate everything in the house.

Her sad silence did not bother me, neither did the sudden, “oh no. We’ll get you back on track.”

And to her getting to your goal weight is the successful rough. To me? Changing a lifetime of bad habits is the goal. I don’t  need to get back back on track. Why?  Because I’m older now, a wee bit wiser. I know myself better than I did a few years ago.  I’m not going to pretend that I’m not an emotional eater. I’m not going to pretend that I got this way by eating clean every day of my life. I didn’t. And i’m not going to pretend that I have ruined my diet by a one day slip.

The fact is. I’m human. I cry, I make mistakes, I eat brownies after calls from my Mother-in-law.

I also know that eating badly for one night isn’t the end of my diet. It’s just going to take me longer to get to my goal. That of being a healthy eater.

It takes a while for a person to change bad habits but beating yourself up over slips in life is pointless.

Change, grow, be yourself, take your time getting there. It’s the journey I’m undertaking. And for once, I’m ready to take it.brownie