Happy Birthday Evernight Publishing!

Hi! Beginning October 8th through October 12th, I am one of the authors hosting the Evernight Birthday Blog Hop. The celebration runs through the 12th.
A note:  Stephanie, at Fangs, Wands and Fairy Dust, let me know she is posting a review of my latest release, Stay, on her site on the 8th.  Here is the link:  Stay
I want to say a word about Evernight – When every other publishing house rejected my unusual work of Women’s Fiction, Come Back To Me, Evernight snatched it up. I will be forever grateful for their wonderful enthusiasm, the editing, the cover, the support they provided me.  Come Back To Me was the toughest book I’ve ever written because it’s autobiographical and it is definitely not fun and games.  

I recently received an incredible review on Amazon – made me cry – I’m not going to quote the review but I will point you in the right direction:  Julia deserves many more reviews.  No, I don’t know the reviewer, no I didn’t pay her or send her a copy, and yes, I did burst into tears.

Thank you, Evernight!  I’ll be giving away one Kindle copy and one print copy of Come Back To Me.  (Print copy for U.S. residents only.)

Sometimes the safest path is to keep people at a distance…especially men. Cara’s life has been one nightmare after another. Abused as a child and neglected by her parents, she’s quick to blame herself for every cruel thing that happens to her. And then there’s James, the only man capable of making her forget her misgivings and learn to love again. James, a young doctor in training, is aware of Cara’s history. He’s determined to break through her barriers and build a life with her…and fails. Cara runs away in an attempt to reinvent herself and James fears he’s lost her for good. When she falls into the hands of a drug dealer and mob boss, life as they know it is about to get a whole lot worse. Can their love withstand the demons of her past and present?

Welcome to the Evernight Publishing birthday blog hop!
Evernight Publishing opened its doors two years ago. In those two years we’ve signed over one hundred and sixty authors and published over three hundred books. From paranormal to contemporary, we’ve had more best sellers than we can count and made thousands of people smile, sigh and gasp. So, as a thank you to all our readers and everyone who has supported us, we’re holding this blog hop and we have a whole lot of prizes to offer you.
Here’s how it works… the more blogs you hop to (shown below) the more chance you have of winning prizes. Each author on the hop is offering a prize and Evernight is offering the following grand prizes, a Kindle, a $100 Amazon gift certificate, two Evernight swag bags (which includes a tote, a tee, vouchers, a mug and other coolness) and a personalized Facebook banner. To be in with a chance of winning the author prize simply follow the blog you’re visiting and leave a comment which includes your email address. Each entry on each blog is then counted towards the grand prize draw. The more entries you have, the better your chance of winning a grand prize! You also get extra points for liking the Evernight Facebook pagehttp://www.facebook.com/#!/evernightpublishing. Just make sure you let us know in the comments that you’ve done so.
Good luck and happy hopping!

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An Amazing Contest!

Attention Newsletter Subscribers:  This one’s for you!














Two prizes, two winners.  You decide which prize you want, or maybe you want to try for both!  Here’s how you can enter:

To be entered once, answer me this…In what popular television show did ‘Honey Dust‘ feature prominently?

To be entered twice, tell me in which episode of said television show ‘Honey Dust‘ was mentioned.

To be entered thrice, tell me which character said the following:  “Honey Dust, it makes a woman’s skin feel silky smooth.”

Kama Sutra Honey Dust:  This sensuous edible powder is made with pure, natural honey, one of ancient India’s most prized skin conditioners. Dust it on yourself and your lover, leaving a silky-soft glow, a delicate fragrance and an irresistible taste. Included in an air-tight canister is a black satin pouch filled with powder and a handmade feather applicator designed to tickle more than your imagination.

Prize number two:  A one of a kind handcrafted, fully functioning Steampunk watch with a leather band.

To enter as many times as you want, recommend your favorite Steampunk novels for me to read.  I’m not very familiar with Steampunk and I think it’s time I paid more attention to the genre.

The contest runs through Thursday.  The winners will be announced on Friday as I’m leaving town Saturday night.

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I killed a day.

Between the World Cup and the S. F. Giants, hiking for two hours and gardening, I killed a day.  I managed to edit exactly two pages of my new WIP, In the Flesh, the sequel to Incorporeal, which – by the way – sending subliminal messages your way…buy Incorporeal…buy Incorporeal…buy Incorporeal…

Aren’t I subtle???

Still recovering from all recent events.  It’s been a little crazy.  We were down in Oakland last night for a big birthday party.  The band was amazing, but so loud I think I’ve lost a good percentage of my hearing.  I could have danced all night if I wasn’t still so bloody tired!  I feel as if someone – hint hint – should put me in a vampire hidey-hole, and leave me there to sleep for three days.

Contest for newsletter subscribers coming up.  Stay tuned.  You should already have the info!  Love you!  A contest for copies of my backlist books to follow!

Pop Quiz!

Who wrote the following lyrics to what song?  And the name of the song?

“I’m a pretty good cook
I’m sitting on my groceries
Come up to my kitchen
I’ll show you my best recipe
I try and I try but I can’t save a cent
I’m up after midnight cooking
Trying to make my rent
I’m rough but I’m pleasin’
I was raised on robbery”

First correct answer wins a $5.00 Amazon gift card!

This is just for fun ladies and gents and I’m too tired for much besides fun…

Ritual of Proof, by Dara Joy

Charlie was so right!

I ordered a copy of Ritual of Proof the same night I uploaded Charlie’s post about Creative Christmas gift giving.  I found a used paperback copy for $.01.  I’m not a big fan of Regency – there, said it.  There’s nothing wrong with the Regency period or Regency Romances, they simply aren’t my cup of tea.  But…Charlie nailed it when she said Dara Joy turns the Regency on its head.  If she hadn’t said it first, those would be the very words out of my mouth.  It’s like reading a Regency through a glass darkly.  Ritual of Proof is the Alice in Wonderland version of a Regency Romance.  I love it.  Women control the world and men are mere window dressing – and they’re displayed at soirees in the hopes of making a good match.  The book is a joy to read – no pun intended.

Linnea Sinclair’s book is sitting on my bedside table and I just ordered three more used books from Amazon.  I’m reading a lot lately, probably because my attention is pretty fragmented.  I’m trying to convince myself that it’s okay to have several works started and stalled.  Besides, I’m beginning a new project involving Captured that promises to be involving and I hope, worthwhile.  Fingers crossed!

In the meantime – Sharon Hamilton, please email me so I can get you your Sensual Amber body lotion.  In the event that the winner cannot contact me by Monday morning, the prize will go to our runner up, already chosen by a panel of ADD experts.