Monthly Archives: May 2012

Reading Hydra? *snort* I wish!

Look out, children, I am in another one of my weird moods. So, I’m cruising along, reading my book, and I think … I’m so slow, there’s got to be a faster way to read.

Do you know the legend of the Hydra?

Try not to notice how naked he is, that’s not the point.

Every time Heracles whacked off the head of a Hydra, two grew in it’s place. I’d like to order eight to ten heads please. Temporarily, that is, to help me deal with my ever growing to-be read list. Do you have one of those? The list, silly, not the ten heads.

Or what if you were like Neo, from the Matrix, and you could just download books into your brain from a connection at the base of your neck?

… There is no spoon … 

Never mind. Neo’s busy right now.

I guess my point was my list is on Good Reads keeps getting longer and stands at a whopping three hundred and thirty two books. Wanna see?

Ambitious no? Well, all these amazing and talented authors just keep tempting me with too many awesome reading choices. It’s all their fault! Uh … okay no, but I digress. If I owned ten seperate heads, I know I could finally make a dent in my book pile that has grown the length of my arm.  Sigh. What’s a reader to do?

The main books I want to sink my YA Hydra teeth in right now are here:

Of course, that doesn’t even cover the YA that aren’t out yet, like these:

Or the ADULT books like:

Tip of the reading iceberg, people. My cats, Hugo and Loofah, have informed me my ten heads sound like a great play toy I would supply them with from the pet store. That just sounds painful. And my Matrix idea makes me a TSTL (too stupid to live) canidate, so I guess I’ll quit wishing and get back to reading my book the old fasioned way. A nice breeze is waiting on my porch swing. With my 32 oz southern tea in hand, I’ll head out there soon. Birds are singing and the smell of fresh cut summer grass is in the air. Maybe slow is not such a bad way to read after all.

How about you? Do you have a favorite place to sit and read? What about your reading list, manageable or scary? Let me know!

Do you want to touch him?

How badly do you want to see this movie?

Admit it, how many of you are going just to see Mr. Awesome?

Click here for trailer …

Isn’t she B.A.? I swear she is the coolest looking evil queen, like, ever!

And here is our not-so-damsel-in-distress. I have a feeling she’s not taking any crap from that queen!

Snow White and the Huntsman Soundtrack will feature Florence + the Machine. What could be better?

I know I’m getting my ticket. My girls and I are, how do I put this nicely, intense movie goers. We load up and tons and tons of junk food so we’re all hopped up on Milkduds, popcorn, gummy worms, Reese’s cups and nachos. Then we go to the midnight show—to ensure there are no little babies who will cry or talking toddlers to distract us. What? I’m a mom, too. Don’t judge me. I warned you we were crazy sick intense. We get there early so we can sit 3/4 up in the stadium theater seats, smack dab in the middle, because there are no better seats. Anyone texting or talking after the movie starts gets a Milkdud to the back the head and a stern glare.

Do you have any movie traditions, preferences, pet peeves, or okay, fetishes in your movie going? Let me know.

Yeah, the more I write, the more I’m considering my need counseling. Anyway, I can’t wait to go, can you? And if I see you there, sit next to me, share my nachos and … shhh.

Cover reveal: Make Believe

Oooh so exciting!

Make Believe

by J.A. Belfield, Jennifer M. Eaton, J. Keller Ford, Terri Rochenski, Kelly Said, Lynda R. Young

Release Date: December 3, 2012

Target Reader: Adult

Keywords: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Romance


Sacrificial Oath by Terri Rochenski An impetuous act unwittingly makes Alesuela the fulfillment of the Sovereign’s Blood Oath to their Goddess. In five days, she’ll be forced to make the greatest choice of her life: become the virginal sacrifice already promised, or force the man she loves most to die in her place.
With an impossible choice in front of her, she searches for ways to undo the oath, and in her quest, finds not everything in her life is as she expects.

The Amulet of Ormisez by J. Keller Ford There is only one way to save Elton Fletcher’s brother from an insanity-ridden death. After years away from home, fighting for his people, Elton returns to discover his only sibling, Cayden, possessed by greed and malice, and responsible for malicious, unthinkable deeds. Cayden, though, isn’t the only one afflicted by the Amulet of Ormisez, and Elton finds himself in yet another battle, where the price of failure could be his own life.

Birthright by Lynda R. Young Christa can mask the pain and hide the scars, but running from a birthright is impossible. She’s tried to escape her grief by fleeing to a small town in Florida. Much to her frustration, the locals think they recognize her even though she’s never been there before. To make things worse, a man named Jack spouts outrageous theories about her. Both spur Christa to bolt, to start fresh yet again, but there’s something about Jack that intrigues her enough to stay. The only problem? Someone else wants her to leave, and they won’t stop until she’s dead.

Petrified by Kelly Said A mysterious storm has replaced summer with winter, devastating crops and smothering Castle lands in snow.  Prince Sterling August stands alone as a leader, lost in personal grief as well as a desire to help his people but with an inability to do either. The answers he needs await him, but without Lochlyn, a woman who’s just as isolated as Sterling, he’ll never see what stands before him, cloaked in illusion.

Last Winter Red by Jennifer M. Eaton Emily is a Red, a woman whose sole purpose in life is to produce offspring. When her husband dies and leaves her childless, she risks her life and forsakes the safety of Terra—a disease-free city born after the nuclear holocaust. Beyond its boundaries, she knows, survives a man with whom she can be properly paired. The Outside, though, holds secrets the government struggles to keep, and what Emily discovers on her quest for a mate will change her life forever.

Escort to Insanity by J.A. Belfield From a charity auction, to a stroll in the park, to the craziest night of her life. Nicole Harrington can’t help but wonder how a simple event went so drastically wrong. Of course, the male escort she booked is wholly to blame. Not only charming but shrewdly intelligent, Benjamin Gold drags Nicole into a platoon of unimaginable problems—ones from which she’ll have to find the courage just to survive.

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When I say we…

I mean me, well, but not really.  Meet my crew…

Hugo (Hurley) was named after the LOST character. He’s a 25 pound, eleven-year-old Maine Coon rescue. He pretends to be a high brow book snob, but I totally see him reading over my shoulder at my cheesy, mushy, paranormal YA romance reads. He’s not fooling anybody.

Loofah Sponge (yes, his full name is Loofah Sponge, it’s on his chart at the vet’s) is a two-year-old, blue point exotic shorthair rescue. He’s a complete romantic (who I’ve seen cry on occasion at the end of a good book) and loves a fast paced urban fastasy or dystopian.

These are my friends. They help me write by keeping me company, providing important inspiration and much needed breaks when my head is about to explode from editing, block or too many ideas at once. Do you have a writing/reading buddy? Who or what is your muse? Do you believe in them? I love my pets and am passionate about animals. Are you? Tell me about them, and what they mean to you. I’d love to hear! 🙂

Next time you can meet my dog Scout and my horse Tucker, but that’s for another day …

Cover Re-Reveal Darkness & Light

A Holloway Pack Story
by J.A. Belfield

Release Date: July 1, 2011
ebook Re-Release Date: June 1, 2012 (with bonus scene content!)

Target Reader: Adult

Keywords: Paranormal RomanceRomanceUrban FantasyWerewolf
Back of the Book

Jem Stonehouse, a housewife with a neurotic husband bent on keeping her in line, dreams about werewolves in, what she believes, is a bid to escape boredom.

Sean Holloway is a werewolf, living a charade within the human race, whose mind drifts to a bond he shares with a woman he hasn’t met — at least, not in this lifetime.

Apart, the two are safe but live unfulfilled lives.

Together, they’ll become prey to rival packs just as they have been for hundreds of years.

When their worlds collide, and not for the first time, instinct takes over. Dreams become reality. Futures are uncertain. To keep history from repeating itself, Sean must teach Jem about his heritage, convince her of her role, and win her love.

Can Jem accept her destiny before it’s too late, or is her inner wolf buried too deep to save her future with Sean?

The re-release of the Darkness & Light ebook will include three bonus scenes from Sean Holloway’s perspective.
Double Bonus!
For the month of June (June 1 – 30, 2012), Darkness & Light will be on sale for just $.99 USD.


Other Books in this series include:
Instinct (#0)
Eternal (#0.5)
Blue Moon (#2)

Tidal Whispers Winner

Hi everybody!

Join with me to give a big shout out to our winner J. Keller Ford, winner of the advanced reader copy of Tidal Whispers. Yea!

Win an ARC of the upcoming anthology, Tidal Whispers

Tidal Whispers

by Jocelyn Adams, Claire Gillian, Julie Reece, Kelly Said

Release Date: June  4, 2012

Target Reader: Adult


Heart’s Desire by Julie Reece After a terrible accident, Tessa returns to her family beach house to heal. She doesn’t expect to see her first summer crush from seven years before. Cameron, though, reappears and ignites a relationship that’s far more intense than ever before. The only problem? Summer is once again coming to an end, and this time, Tessa will have to decide whether to choose life with Cameron or to never see him again.
The Sweetest Song by Claire Gillian Under Poseidon’s rule, Circe is the most destructive siren in the Pacific ocean, her songs luring ships and their crew to their watery graves. Not Otis, the best halibut fisherman in the Alaskan waters. His ship, the Calypso, has avoided disaster each time Circe set her sights on him.
Given one last chance to deliver Otis to Davy Jones’ locker, Circe takes to land to waylay the handsome captain. Instead, it may be Otis himself who hooks the Siren.
Pearl of Pau’maa by Kelly Said Should Miki choose to wed the local wealthy boy she doesn’t love, her stomach will stop grumbling. Her soul, however, will suffocate. With one last opportunity before she must concede, she sneaks off for a final dive to her hidden crate at the bottom of the seabed. What waits for her is more than a captured lobster. It’s a treasure she cannot claim without great sacrifice or true love.
The Undergarden by Jocelyn Adams Nixie, a water sprite, lives a solitary existence as she struggles to understand the strange world beyond her waters.  When she meets one of the pink ones, a curious boy named Wyatt, their friendship blooms into a love that can exist only upon the sands that divide his solid ground from her underwater paradise. Some love, though, once born, cannot be undone, even in the face of death.

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Curmudgeon Revealed

The PUREToday we welcome Claire Gillian to our humble home, and—

***NEWSFLASH*** This just in! Renouned Pacific Northwest Curmudgeon may actually be … uh, nice?

Claire Gillian is a number-crunching executive by profession, an after hours writer by passion, and a darkly romantic curmudgeon. Published in short stories and anthologies, The P.U.R.E marks Claire’s official, and debut, transition to the publication of her work in novel form.

While Claire’s writing spans all ages and subject matters, she’s happiest penning romance drenched in humor with a dash of intrigue and loads of spice.

Claire lives in the boggy Pacific NW with her husband and two teen-aged sons.

Ms. Gillian will now take your questions:

When did you begin writing, and did you always envisage being an author?

I never seriously envisioned being an author until a few years ago. I’d always had some fleeting sort of hope I’d one day write a novel similar to how I hoped I’d one day win an Olympic gold medal in something. Neither seemed attainable. I started writing in 2008 because of an unhealthy fascination with the television shows Heroes (season one mostly). I found the world of fan fiction and discovered I loved expressing my appreciation for the show by lifting its characters and putting them into situations of my own creation. I loved reading others’ works too. Fan fiction isn’t publishable for commercial purposes but it was a terrific entrée for me into writing and, most importantly, a safe venue for sharing my writing with others. From there, I got a glimpse that maybe, just maybe, I could be more than a fan fiction author.

Where does the title of your book, The P.U.R.E., come from?

PURE was a commonly used derogatory moniker during my own days in public accounting. It stands for previously undetected recruiting error. It’s a play on a professional standards rule dealing with how you should correct “previously undetected” accounting errors. The public accounting profession, especially the Big Four (Big Eight when I started) is known for wining and dining the cream of the crop graduates. The bitter reality is once you sign, you start at the bottom of the heap where no task is too menial, and new recruits who looked good on paper sometime fail to deliver the goods once hired. The irony is the hiring “error” can be made by either the company or the recruit, though it’s only used in practice to apply to the recruit, not the recruiter.

You’re a romantic and a CPA, how did you come up with the idea to combine these two worlds in your novel?

Actually I’m a reluctant romantic. In general I’m not very demonstrative. Outward expressions of love often embarrass me, to be honest. But I realize that love doesn’t care whether you’re romantic or not. I’m conservative with my heart and as a CPA, conservative in my profession. My MC Gayle demonstrates that same conservatism as does Jon. But there is passion…inside…and I love those flashes that slip out, those fleeting expressions, admissions, acts that reveal the cracks in the poised exterior and hint of the churning emotion within. I love a good mystery and the mystery of the heart is the greatest one of all and a joy to solve.

Did any of the characters or plot twists surprise you while writing?

Gracious yes. The P.U.R.E. had a completely different ending the first time I wrote it. The killer was a different person and his/her motives were derived from an entirely different set of circumstances. All I knew initially was that it would be about a new hire, a PURE, who wasn’t as dumb as her employer thought and who used that underestimation to her advantage. When I finally settled on the plot that is in the final product, it was a eureka moment that made me curse being a pantser instead of a plotter. That’s the downside of pantsing—you sometimes have to venture down multiple paths to find the right one. On the other hand, plotting in my head is often too brisk of a process and lacks the inspiration that I get when pantsing. So, I’ve learned to accept that initial visions of the story can and do warp into completely different outcomes.

What inspired you to create the character of Gayle Lindley? Do any of her characteristics or qualities, relate to your own?

Gayle is, in some respects, me. I lifted many of my own experiences when I first started in public accounting and gave them to her. Awkward, tongue-tied, politically inept, but idealistic inside as to how it should be and hopeful that I’d eventually get it right. Like Gayle, I too believed that I could only concentrate on my career or a relationship but not both and certainly not with a co-worker. I eschewed romantic entanglements with co-workers. Like Gayle, I and many of my female colleagues dealt with the good ol’ boy system because when I started females only comprised a very small percentage of the partners and were less than half of the managers too. Sexual harassment existed, at least in benign forms, that while not hostile (unlike Gayle’s situation which clearly was) were certainly not nurturing to females in a male-dominated profession. Legally that’s not sexual harassment but it was certainly unfair and aggravating.

Gayle is also based on a colleague from my public accounting years in Dallas. Smart as a whip, this woman worked for me on as many audits as I could nab her for. I thought she was amazing BUT she had a reputation for being a bit of a ditz and couldn’t seem to shake it. She went on to have a VERY successful career, started her own company that she sold for so much money she was able to retire barely into her forties. She sure showed her naysayers, of whom I am happy to say I was NOT one. She made me cry when we connected on Facebook and she sent me a really kind note expressing how much she appreciated the vote of confidence I gave her at the start of her career.

Gayle has a quick wit and there’s a lot of humor in the novel, was that element difficult to incorporate in a suspense story?

No. Humor was the easiest element for me. That’s just how I think, talk and write and always have. If I didn’t already have a strong “voice” when I started writing, I probably never would have become an author.

Jon is both sexy and charming, what characteristics describe your idea of a perfect hero?

Thank you! I love a clever hero with an element of mystery to him, and I do love a good mystery. I love a hero who is witty, and I love a hero who can move with ease between alpha and beta archetypes. Physically speaking, almost all of my heroes are tall and dark, often of Italian or Spanish heritage. That’s my preferred type so my heroines have similar tastes. LOL

How did you meet your husband? Was it love at first sight, or did you play hard to get?

It was definitely NOT love at first sight. I met him through a personals ad. In the olden days, BTI (Before the internet), we ran ads in newspapers. As I approached thirty, I shifted my sights from career to family and decided I was ready to have a serious relationship. Sounds calculating, I know. I advertised. He responded. I set aside his letter as a “maybe” and went out with a lot of frogs. I advertised again. He responded again and again I set aside his letter as a maybe, and again I dated a lot of frogs. The third time I advertised, he again replied and included a stick figure of himself he’d drawn on an otherwise typed letter. I called him and we talked on the phone for two hours. Met for drinks and talked for three hours. I liked him! But he didn’t call. I steeled up my nerve and during the middle of the day when MOST people are at work, I decided to call and leave a message on his answering machine to at least hint that I was still interested. If he never called back, well then I’d know for sure he wasn’t interested. That was my plan. Low risk. Only…he’d gone home for his half hour lunch break and answered his phone himself. I never dated another man and we’ve been together for over twenty years.

What books inspired you in high school? Did you have a favorite?

I loved the classics—Count of Monte Christo, Pride and Prejudice, The Three Musketeers, Jane Eyre, and I loved gothic romances by Mary Stewart, Victoria Holt and Phyllis Whitney. I also devoured Gone With The Wind. Loved, loved, loved GWTW.

Which young adult writers are your favorites?

I adored Stephanie Perkins’ Anna and the French Kiss. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins was amazing. I also really enjoyed Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, and The DUFF by Kody Keplinger.

What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

Work hard and be humble and accepting of well-intentioned criticism.


Thanks for joining us today, Claire, er, Ms Gillian.

Pssst. You know, as cranky as she wants you to think she is, I think she’s nice.

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Have you met the Reaper?

Cover Reveal!

Here’s the skinny:



by L.S. Murphy

Release Date: January  7, 2013

Target Reader: Young Adult


There’s no way sixteen year old Quincy Amarante will become the fifth grim reaper. None. Not over her shiny blue Mustang. Her Jimmy Choos. Or her dead body. She’s supposed to enjoy her sophomore year, not learn about some freaky future Destiny says she has no choice but to fulfill. It doesn’t take long for Quincy to realize the only way out of the game is to play along especially since Death can find her anyway, anywhere, anytime. And does. Like when she’s reassuring her friends she wants nothing to do with former best friend Ben Moorland, who’s returned from god-knows-where, and fails. Miserably.
Instead of maintaining her coveted popularity status, Quincy’s goes down like the Titanic.
Maybe … just maybe … that’s okay. It seems, perhaps, becoming a grim reaper isn’t just about the dead but more about a much needed shift in Quincy’s priorities—from who she thinks she wants to be to who she really is.

Doesn’t it sound fantastic? 🙂

More Info here …