What do we have here?

I’ve wanted the perfect romantic cover with just a hint of suspense for my novel, My Everything, for the longest time. Got it!

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Security consultant Ben McCall is alone. His wife and unborn child are dead, victims of an assassination attempt meant for someone else. He blames himself. Grieving, he disappears, dead to almost everyone and everything from his past. When his best friend is in danger Ben resurfaces, only to find his friend isn’t the target of a murderer, he is.

Grace Adams is one of the walking wounded. A pain specialist who treats cancer patients, she’s lost her new husband to leukemia. One night she finds herself incapacitated by a severe headache. From out of nowhere a man comes to her aid. He’s the man she fell in love with years before, Ben McCall. As the passion between them reignites, Grace too becomes a target of the madman who stalks Ben.

Now it’s not just their rekindled love at stake, it’s their very lives.

Buy link:  My Everything

Many thanks to J.W. Manus and her new minion, Andria.

 

 

Monday Monday…

What did I do this weekend? Apparently I spent a way too much time clenching my teeth because my TMJ, which I haven’t felt in years, really flared up. I think I was channeling Sheldon Cooper–

Yeah, that's me...

Yeah, that’s me…

Okay, all the news that’s fit to print! Speaking of print…

Come Back To Me and One Foot In Heaven, Journey of a Hospice Nurse, will literally be out in print this week.  If, (big if), I can get the books uploaded to Createspace without, in addition to turning my face into a frozen mask, going bald due to hair-tearing. I’ll keep you apprised of my progress.

I made terrific progress on my YA over the weekend (which is not really YA but I have no idea how to classify it other than to call it YA). Working title? Caleb Wiseman. It’s another one of them dream-inspired stories like Captured and My Everything.

Speaking of dreams– mine have been really weird and vivid. Dreams of catastrophes, talking horses, birds in my kitchen, dead relatives. Tom Stronach got a cameo in one.

Oh! I’m working on a cookbook. This is gonna take some time, maybe a lifetime. Who knows?

In the meantime I’m sending you to several thought-provoking blog posts.

Is it Me? Tom Stronach Lunch on the Thames.

Grace Beyond Grace- Unstoppable Souls.

The Best Chapter- Give Mourning Time Time.

 

 

It’s the story…

It’s not always the prose.

When I wrote Come Back To Me, I told a story.  The prose is rough and it might seem to some readers as if the editing is slapshod. The story shifts from past to present to past to present.  I deliberately mixed up my tenses because real life doesn’t always flow in a straight line. And I did it without a second thought.

I wrote the Story.  Yes, capital ‘S’ for Story. For once I ignored grammatical constructs. Screw ‘em. I needed to spit out Cara’s tale.

Had I obsessed about perfect prose, Come Back To Me would never have been written, not in a million years. The story was too gut-wrenching.

As Voltaire says – “The perfect is the enemy of the good.”

I’ve come to believe the following– Readers want to read a good story.

 

Wicked Wednesday with Debut Author Stephanie Berget!

 

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Whew!  Is it hot in here or is it just me?

Sean O’Connell’s life is perfect, or it was until his partying lifestyle affected his bull riding. Now he’s ended the season too broke to leave the Northwest for the warm southern rodeos. When a wild night with his buddies gets out of hand, he wakes up naked, staring into the angry eyes of a strange woman. His infallible O’Connell charm gets him nowhere with the dark-haired beauty. It’s obvious she’s not his usual good-time girl, so why can’t he forget her?

Bar-manager Catherine Silvera finds a waterlogged, unconscious cowboy freezing to death in front of the Sugarwater Bar. She saves his life–then runs faster than a jackrabbit with a coyote on its tail.  Any man who makes his living rodeoing is bad news, especially if he thinks partying is part of the competition. He’s everything she doesn’t want in a man, so why can’t she shake her attraction to the rugged cowboy?

Excerpt:

Catherine glanced at him. “You’re nice people. You just hide it well.” The giggle burst out of her.

Sean had never heard her giggle. She didn’t seem like the giggling type of woman. Then he realized what she’d said.

“I hide it well? And I suppose you can see right through me to the warm chocolaty core?” She giggled again then laughed outright. And laughter looked very good on Catherine Silvera.

“Chocolaty core. Good description. I just need to lick through the hard sugar shell.”

Oh hell, the mental image just about blew him out of his boots. He grabbed her and pulled her between the buildings to a private spot.

“So you’re going to lick through the sugar shell?” It was his turn to laugh as he watched the blush spread up her neck and across her cheeks.

“I didn’t mean… You dirty-minded cowboy.” Even though she was blushing, she smiled.

“You’d better get started if you want to get to the chocolate tonight.” His mouth closed on hers. She pressed against him and slipped her tongue into his mouth. She’s taking me seriously was his last thought before his brain scrambled.

You can buy Sugarwater Ranch, by Stephanie Berget at Evernight, on Amazon, at Bookstrand, and at All Romance Ebooks.

Stephanie Berget was born loving horses and found her way to rodeo when she married her own hot cowboy. She and her husband traveled throughout the Northwest while she ran barrels and her cowboy rode bucking horses. She started writing to put a realistic view of rodeo and ranching into western romance. Stephanie and her husband live on a farm, located along the Oregon/Idaho border. They raise hay, horses and cattle, with the help of Dizzy Dottie, the Border Collie and Big Al, team roping horse extraordinaire.

Stephanie’s website:  http://www.stephanieberget.com/

**Julia’s note:  I had the great privilege to sample Stephanie’s story before she signed a contract.  I knew she had to get this published, no matter what!

 

Some Assembly Required.

Lately I’ve been thinking I should post an explanation, or rather  a breakdown, of my books according to genre and relation, or interrelation, i.e., series.

Right off the bat you should know I’m not ‘branded‘, as in I don’t write in one specific genre.  Which is not a good thing for an author, or so I’ve been told.  Branded authors sell better.

Not being branded is fine for me.  It’s like this, when you are as ADD-ish as I am, easily bored and have an interest in all kinds of literature… I mean, what else am I supposed to do?  I like my stories to come in all shapes and sizes so I write Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense, Paranormal Romance and SFR or Science Fiction Romance- all with some overlap.  And I throw in a few short stories, some of which have nothing at all to do with Romance.

I plan to expand into plain old Science Fiction/Fantasy and Lit Fic.  Because that’s where I began.  All things eventually return to their roots, at least that’s what I believe.

(Oh, by the way – my dad is doing much better.  He’s turned a corner.  Thank you god, gods, fates, doctors… everyone.  I’m feeling optimistic for the first time in a month, and more important, so is he.)

1.  Contemporary Romance:

Beauty and the Feast – which is also a bit of a Romantic Comedy and definitely erotic.

Pushing Her Boundaries – another Contemp that is weighted pretty heavily toward erotica.

Come Back to Me – which overlaps into the category of Romantic Suspense in addition to Women’s Fiction and Coming of Age.

Anytime Darlin’ – another Contemporary which also fits into the category of Romantic Suspense.

My Everything – ditto!  Contemp and Romantic Suspense with a Special Forces theme.

2.  Paranormal Romance:  A progression of the dead, ghosts and heavenly hosts~ all three can also be considered Contemporary Romance and works of Romantic Suspense.

Incorporeal, Book One, The Soul Series.  

In the Flesh, Book Two, The Soul Series.

Stay, Book Three, The Soul Series.

The Soul Series Special Edition – contains all three of the above books.

3.  Science Fiction/Fantasy Romance (SFR):

Captured – Writing this book was fun.  Tops my list of writing experiences.  I will eventually revisit the world of Mari and Ekkatt.

One Four All – my foray into the world of Menage – had to make it sci fi in order to stop giggling.

Daughters of Perserphone, Book One, Exile.

Daughters of Persephone, Book Two, Return.

Coming soon -

Daughters of Persephone, Book Three, Reborn.

Daughters of Persephone, Book Four, The Red Demon.

I’ll probably release an anthology containing all four books as well.  The Daughters series began as a self-challenge and ended as a very satisfying Space Opera.

Oh yes, almost forgot – I have a book of poetry out:

Poems of Love and Hate.  I’m a big fan of poetry.

4.  Shorties:

Is It Spicy?  (Non-Romance)

You Might Just Get It.

Liz and Me.

The Artist.

So there you have it.  Can’t wait to get to the next book – Kerosene!