Sunday, May 31, 2009

Excerpt from FASCINATION

Here's an excerpt from Fascination, my newest release from Awe-Struck Publishing, a sweet contemporary romance that will be out this July! Enjoy!

“Alex, before you go, there’s something I . . . something I want to say.”

“What’s that?”

At the door, Alex had pulled on his coat. He stood, watching as Candy zippered it for him. Then, slowly, almost seductively, she trailed the palms of her hands up both sides of that zipper. Clutching handfuls of his coat’s collar, she looked up at him, a coy smiling playing on her lips.
The look she gave him, alone, made his breath catch at the back of his throat.

“I’m so glad it was you, Alex.” Her voice was barely above a whisper. A sultry whisper.


“I mean, of all the people who could have been there that night, of all the people who could have pulled us from the plane, or what was left of it . . . ” She grinned, bringing her face within an inch—maybe less—of his. “I’m glad that it was you. I’m glad it was you there. No one else.”

“Me, too, Candy. Me, too.”

Alex knew the kiss was coming, but he’d expected another of those harmless, sweet-as-sugar pecks on the cheek. He didn’t expect her mouth to capture his, then basically set it and his whole being on fire.

That was a woman on the other end of that kiss. A woman who was perhaps the most womanly who’d ever kissed him.

It wasn’t just one kiss, either. That kiss evolved into another kiss. Alex accepted both with the hunger of a man who’d just tasted what a real, fiery kiss was supposed to taste like.

“Good night, my hero,” she teased.

He didn’t correct her. He was too wrapped up in yearning for a third kiss, though it wouldn’t be happening.

“ ’Night, Candy. Can’t wait till next week.”

“Same here, honey. Same here.”

What did he have to lose? He’d already committed himself. Next week, he’d be volunteering to make a fool of himself in front of her. So what harm was there in reaching forward . . . and stealing that third kiss?

And she let it be stolen. Wholeheartedly.

Maybe the fumes from her brother’s plan had messed with both their heads.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

More on the Changing Face of Publishing

News about the upcoming BookExpo America in New York, which directly relates to an early entry of mine in this blog where I wrote about the changing face of publishing. It's an interesting piece with a lot to say about not only the staying power of the ebook market, but how it's actually done better than other mediums. Check it out!

Monday, May 25, 2009



That’s all the time Alex Reinhard has to rescue a pilot and his passenger before their crashed plane explodes. He’s no hero—yet that’s what everyone’s calling him. That’s especially what he seems to be in the eyes of Candy Norwood, the woman whose life he saved. The mild-mannered bachelor, who happens to be more Clark Kent than Superman, can’t deny the sparks flaring up between him and the pretty investment executive. Make that former exec, since Candy left her glamorous Wall Street life behind to find what she considers true success: a peaceful life right there in Alex’s hometown.

And she’s making room in that life for him. What Candy has for her hero, the hunky but shy owner of the local diner, is more than attraction, it’s fascination. That troubles Alex, because isn’t this lady way out of his league? Is she just grateful to him for having pulled her from the wreckage? In any case, the man’s in trouble, because that fascination is mutual. And the more time he spends in her arms, the more he kisses her, the more powerful her spell over him.
One thing’s for certain: There’s a short distance between fascination and a deep love that can last forever. And that’s a distance about to be crossed by two people brought together by fate.

FASCINATION is my newest book, a sweet contemporary romance due out July 2009 from Awe-Struck Publishing! Check back for more news & an excerpt, which I'll be posting here next month!

Website vs. Blog

Before I begin, I want to take the time to send out a shout of thanks to the wonderful heroes and heroines, the men and women in the United States Armed Forces, and to revere those who gave the supreme sacrifice in their service on this Memorial Day. The American soldier will always be, first and foremost, the ORIGINAL American Idol!

And now on to the subject of this looooooooooong overdue entry...

I'm losing my Geocities website. :( Yeah, yeah, I know--mostly everybody else who writes professionally has their own cool site with their name in the URL and their own little dot-com. Me, I had a Geocities. What can I say? It was free *and* it was fun and creative, being my own webmistress.

But now my website will be going away when Geocities goes away. What do I do now? Get another website? Do I need a website? From my searching around on Google, I'm finding there's a whole debate on the website versus blog thingy. And from visiting this site (which I'm happy to be listed on), it looks like authors are making their blogs lively, warm places to visit, maybe even more so than a slick website.
Not to mention MySpace. That, I DO update pretty regularly. Gotta love a site where you can add a song, pictures galore, and connect with readers, other writers, friends, coworkers, relatives, pretty much everybody on the planet! Ditto for Facebook, though I find MySpace easier to use and more versatile. And Twitter. (Haven't figured that one out yet. Maybe some Tweeters can fill me in???)
So for now, I think I'll hold off on my website. But I'm going to be better about updating this blog.
But many thanks to you, Geocities. You were fun to create & update with. And I really did learn a lot from you.
Next up: News on my upcoming book, FASCINATION, which will be out in July!