The Four Letter Word – Fun Fact or Not on Friday

There are a lot of four letter words.  remove your mind from going down the dark tunnel-or the gutter.  Seriously stop it!  Okay.  Back on track now.  I find it interesting that several very important words that shape our lives are 4 letters.  Love and fear are two that I think can shape people and how they handle life.

As a child I knew a lot of fear.  Fear of failure, fear of getting lost, fear of change, fear of being 10379858_883353919832_7604146096195761269_ounwanted, fear, fear, fear. I was afraid of everything.  I actually went to a teacher in the sixth grade and requested to have a separate role in the class so that I was never be put on the spot during class.  I was so afraid of ridicule.

Well as an adult those fears stayed and grew worse until my life could be boiled down to one problem-I wasn’t living, I was hiding.  Writing has become my outlet.  In away I still hide behind my words, but at the same time my fear gives me plots and imperfect heroines and heroes.

Why do I share a huge flaw in my character so openly in my blog and in my writing?  I hope it shows someone, anyone, that sometimes our worst bits of humanity are what make life interesting.  No one wants to read about a perfect person.

Good news for my readers. I haven’t outgrown all my fears.  Some are soul deep, so I guess that means more reading material for you 🙂

Words to live by though-learn to control your fear so that it never controls you.

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Secret of the Souls release-Meet Hyla

Meet Hyla from Secret of the Souls, the second book in Terri Rochenski’s Pool of Souls series. I love to hear from the characters and find out what their side of the story is. 

Thank you Hyla for taking time out from saving the nation.  I know you are busy, but we’d love to hear a little about your story.

Is there an object or possession in your life that you cherish and why?

My healer’s bag. It defines who I am, what sect I came from on Taran. While I don’t have the Gift of Healing, my herbs help those in need.

Do you have a crush on someone and if you just said yes you need to spill.

Yes.

Conlin, a Native Soul-Walker, has burrowed his way into my heart, but nothing can come of it. Why? Because of the next answer.

Do you have a best friend? 

Being a Seer makes it difficult to have friends. Seeing one’s aura and soul within their eyes makes it difficult to make friends, let alone trust anyone. No feelings are hidden from my Sight. No emotion – anger, betrayal, bitterness, lies – it’s all there for me to See.

What’s your family like?

Unfortunately, I have no true family. My mother showed upon Taran’s shores, burning with fever. She delivered me without uttering a word before her soul left to dwell with our ancestors. Soroca, our sect leader, raised me, but she could never be mistaken for a loving mother.

Where are you from?

       A Native, I was born and raised on Taran, an island off the south-eastern shore of Durlund. Since we differ in looks from the humans, it makes for an easier to life to avoid the mainland. Yes, some of our people live among them, but I have no such wish.

SecretOfTheSouls-Cover-Final500Title: Secret of the Souls (Pool of Souls #2)
Author: Terri Rochenski
Publisher: J. Taylor Publishing
Release Date: October 6, 2014
Keywords: Adult Fantasy

Blurb:
Thrust out of their homes by a human High Priest on a vengeful mission, the Natives of Derlund no longer have a place to call their own. One escaped capture, however, and now she, Hyla, is the only one who can save her people.

For, Hyla, though, saving her nation isn’t her ultimate goal—returning to the Pool of Souls is. Becoming its Guardian and preserving their faith is her heart’s desire. The perils of her current journey, though, could leave her unable to fulfill that dream.

To find her way back to the Pool, Hyla must live among dangerous, powerful humans willing to defend the Natives, and must submit herself—her Talents—to them. While her protection is paramount, plots to end Hyla’s life will push her to her physical and emotional limits.

On the edge of sanity, her courage tested, and convictions nearly broken, Hyla’s final test of loyalty to her faith comes with the death of one she could have loved.

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Terri started writing stories in the 8th grade, when a little gnome whispered in her brain. Gundi’s Great Adventure never hit the best seller list, but it started a long love affair with storytelling.
Today she enjoys an escape to Middle Earth during the rare ‘me’ moments her three young children allow. When not playing toys, picking them back up, or kissing boo-boos, she can be found sprawled on the couch with a book or pencil in hand, and toothpicks propping her eyelids open.

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Throw Back Thursday – When I Started to Write

When I first started to write I simply knew I would be the next big one. The next Stephanie Meyer or <Insert famous author>.  This wasn’t because my vampires sparked, because well, they didn’t.  No.  It was because I had something to say that would bring joy to people. Little did I know that the average it takes a person to get published isn’t exactly a fact, but it is founded on facts.  The average I last heard was 8 years.  Is that true today? I would say no.  Why?  Well now there is self-publication and therefore one more statistic.

Okay – enough depressing words.  So for fun. 

If you are a writer – what is the first thing you tried to publish?

If you are a reader – what have you thought of some authors new releases vs. their later releases?

 

Here is my embarrassment.  Mind you I started to seriously write during the vampire craze about 7 bad ideasyears ago.

Seventeen year old girl who is human, falls for a vampire that is a friend of her vampire family.  Yes – a human raised by vampires.  There’s some crazy vengeance from a few hundred years of feuds, some trips to Ireland and Italy.  Shopping in France.  A crush from a human boy – so a small love triangle.  Love struck girl is kidnapped, but don’t panic.  There is an over indulgent HEA – because all my stories are happily ever after.  The end!

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When Books Make You Angry

Who has read a book that drives you batty?  The kind of book where you want to reach out and strangle the main character?  I think we all have.  It’s pretty much human nature to not love everyone and everything.  The difference of that kind of book compared to a book that can actually make me angry, is that I will continue to read book number one and question the later.

Seriously.  There is a difference between being able to relate to a character or at least care.  That’s the difference, you care enough to want to throttle a character or you flat out hate a character and the author for what they’ve done.  Caring doesn’t mean you can always relate, but you care and want to strangle said character for going against your idea of better judgement.  The second example is that you have such an unlikable character it makes you want to throw the book into the kiddie pool and scream that you want your money back.20140527-155254-57174806.jpg

So that’s where i am. I’m reading a book that I might actually hate.  I honestly think the main character is stupid – mostly because it feels like the author hasn’t shown me enough to why the character is doing what she is doing.  Being that the book in on my kindle I won’t be throwing it into the pool.  I am however trying to decide if I continue.  Maybe the story is good enough to skim?  I guess I will take a break and make some bags of water for the kids.  They stay cool to the touch, which is super nice for summer and maybe my temper at this book.  Grrrrr.

 

 

Fun Fact Friday-Jamie Ayres Gets All Mushy and Her New Release, 18 Truths

Happy Friday! Oh and happy Valentines Day!  Jamie Ayres is here to help us celebrate with not only her new release 18 Truths (watch the trailer:18 Truths Book Trailer), but also with her own tale of romance.  Don’t forget to enter the contest here. The floor is yours Jamie!

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Thanks for hosting me, Michelle! In honor of Valentine’s Day, I’m sharing the story about how hubs and I first met. You’ve all heard the rumors, but here’s the TRUTH to set the record straight. (Totally kidding, I know I’m not famous enough for rumors, but it’s nice to pretend . . . that’s why I’m a writer!)

I was 14 years old, and it was the first day of high school. After locating my fourth period Word Processing class, I stepped in the doorway in search of an open seat. That’s when I spotted him. Sitting in the third row, second to last seat, that last seat next to him still wide open. In my head, I heard a gentle whisper that said, “You’re going to marry that boy someday.”

Believe it or not, at this stage in my life, I DID NOT hear voices in my head, let alone listen to them. But for whatever reason, I didn’t panic. I just thought, Well, I better go sit next to him then. I introduced myself right away. This boy was named Dan Ayres.

For the next month, I talked Dan’s ear off. He barely said five words to me in response, often drumming his fingers on the table, playing with his pencil, or making low noises of agreement when I voiced one of my many opinions. Finally, my teacher moved me to the front of the room for . . . get this, talking too much! Imagine that! Me—talking too much?

As I shuffled to the front row, I was convinced Mrs. Allen had just messed up fate and Dan would never ask me out. Flash forward to fifth period lunch. For the past month, there was this other boy (I’ll call him “Guy”) who had actually talked to me since the first day of school. We had a mutual friend named Nikki who introduced us and although I didn’t think I was going to marry him someday, I did think he was H*O*T. That same day Mrs. Allen moved my seat, Guy asked me out. Figuring Dan was a no-go, I said yes. He asked if I’d come to his cross-country meet that day. I said yes again. Nikki and I walked down to the track after school as I told her, “You know that boy Dan? The one I’m gonna marry one day? I’m pretty sure he runs cross country, too.” She rolled her eyes and laughed.

What I didn’t know then was Dan watched me walk down to the track, thinking, Jamie must be here to cheer me on. I’m going to finally ask her out. Then he saw Guy give his friend a hug and peck on the cheek (are you following along okay? There might be a quiz later, LOL). Dan asked his other teammates about us. They told him I was the Guy’s new girlfriend. Dan thought, Crap! Because Guy was one of his best friends.

Long story short, I ended up dating Guy for over three years. He was my first love. In many ways, I think it was a blessing in disguise Dan and I didn’t date until my first year of college. High school drama can be a heavy thing, and we avoided a lot of that by not dating. We weren’t the people we needed to be yet to have a healthy, functioning relationship.

By the time I actually didn’t want to date Dan anymore (due to religious reasons) was about the time he asked me out! Of course, I still said yes! I figured I owed it to the voice in my head to see if ‘it’ was right. Our first date went very well and lasted all night (no, not in the way that you think . . . we sat up talking at the beach). As usual, I got a little too excited and told him at the end of it: “I love you and I’ve known since the moment I saw you that I was going to marry you so whenever you’re ready, I am!”

His response? “Thanks.” Turns out, no matter how long you’ve been good friends with a boy, saying that on a first date kind of freaks them out. But the joke was on him because eight months later, we got married. That was August of 1998. The rest, they say, is history. 15+ years and still going strong 🙂

Weird thing is our daughter will start high school in the fall at the exact same one where we met that fateful day. I’d be terrified and thrilled if she came home after her first day and announced she met the guy she’s going to marry! The downside to getting married at 18 is our daughters think getting married that young is completely normal . . . sigh.

HAPPY*VALENTINE’S*DAY!!! What’s your real life love story?

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With the lessons the 18 Things life list taught her engraved on her heart, Olga embarks on a new adventure as a spirit guide, but nothing prepares her for the chilling truths she’s learning along the way.

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 Lying is unbearable, betrayal is inevitable, and choosing which path to take is impossible.

Olga Gay Worontzoff ended her senior year as an eighteen-year-old girl totally in love with Nate, enjoying their new romance and about to attend the university of her dreams. Now she’s spending her summer in the weird subculture of the Underworld, with charmingly witty and powerful angels, and problematic demons, trying to rescue Connor, the best friend and secret crush she was unable to save during a freak accident.

But Nate has other things on his mind, mainly Grace. She’s their first assignment as joint spirit guides, and Olga’s feeling hurt and jealous. His mysterious behavior has Olga questioning everything she believed about him and now she must decide whether to stick to their plan, or follow her heart.

Unfortunately, a series of mistakes threatens everyone around her and plants Olga in the center of cosmic events much larger than she ever imagined.

Only one thing is certain: the chilling truths uncovered during her journey will leave no one untouched.

 

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c3071d9733e93b0140151740329cfb40 Jamie Ayres writes young adult paranormal love stories by night and teaches young adults as a Language Arts middle school teacher by day. When not at home on her laptop or at school, she can often be found at a local book store grabbing random children and reading to them. So far, she has not been arrested for this. Although she spent her youthful summers around Lake Michigan, she now lives in Florida with her prince charming, two children (sometimes three based on how Mr. Ayres is acting), and a basset hound. She really does have grandmothers named Olga and Gay but unlike her heroine, she’s thankfully not named after either one of them. She loves lazy pajama days, the first page of a good book, stupid funny movies, and sharing stories with fantastic people like you. Her books include the first two installments of her trilogy, 18 Things and 18 Truths. Visit her online via Twitter, Facebook, or at www.jamieayres.com.

Fun Fact Friday – Georgie Tyler’s Warming Things Up

Georgie Profile PhotodbbIt’s cold here in Colorado. I can’t say its cold everywhere though. Georgie Tyler’s new release should thaw things out. Not only is her new release a romance set in the heat of a warm climate, the woman lives in a climate goldmine, Australia. Hey Georgie, feel free to send some warm thoughts our way. (… the book will warm your blood too.)

Georgie’s new release Doctors Beyond Borders, is unique and fresh.  I wanted to know what inspired such a cool plot. Take it away Georgie.

1. What inspired you to write Doctors Beyond Borders?

I admire people who leave their 1st world life to help others not so fortunate in the 3rd world. We read about them all the time in the news and in magazines. I wanted to make these people my main characters in DBB and along with developing a budding romance between the protagonists show the hardships and dangers they face being deployed to places like Sudan. Since I also supported children in Sudan through a charity, it was a no brainer to use this location as I had learnt quite a bit about it corresponding with my children and their families and from the charity itself. I’m also also convinced  I must have ventured into these sub-Saharan lands in a past life as they have always intrigued me. I’ve got a bit of a Lawrence of Arabia thing going on and think the music score to that film is one of the best ever!

2. Who is the character in your story that originally inspired the story?

It would have to be one of the boys my heroine, Ariadne sponsors before she embarks on her journey to Sudan as a volunteer Doctor for medicines Sans Frontieres (MSF). It’s remarkable how a story can stem from just one small idea and flourish into a whole book.

3. Where is your favorite place to write?

At my desk. It’s just a nook facing a large window allowing me to gaze at the evergreen treetops of the National Forest across the road. It’s a messy desk most of the time which can be aggravating, especially when I’m looking for something buried under a wad of papers and folders! But I read a quote from Albert Einstein once and I don’t care how messy it is anymore. He said;

‘If a cluttered desk signs a cluttered mind, of what then is an empty desk a sign?’s Beyond Borders

And if you think my desk is cluttered you should take a look at what’s going on in my head!  Having said that, it does get a tidy up once in a while!

Thanks for having me Michelle!

Doctors Beyond Borders

She’s about to find out that nothing is fair when it comes to war except perhaps, the healing power of love.

When Ariadne Tate takes a deployment to Sudan with a medical aid organisation, romance is the last thing on her mind…but Dr Ford Gosden puts a glitch in her plans. Too damn attractive for his own good and a thoroughly nice guy, Ford slowly seeps under Ariadne’s skin.

But Sudan is not a stable place to form a relationship, and as political tension escalates in the region, Ariadne has no choice but to focus on her job and her safety. Under the protection of a UN convoy, she heads out into the war-torn countryside — and the unthinkable happens. Captured and held hostage by a renegade with no chance of escape, Ariadne’s hope for a new life with the man she loves begins to fade and the fight for her life begins.

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When the hell were you going to tell me about this? Ford threw the piece of paper across the desk.

Ariadne bit the inside of her lip. She looked at her R&R leave glaring at her in black print. She took a deep breath and braced herself. I was going to tell you this week. Her voice was cool and steady.

He leaned down, his hands grabbing the sides of the desk. Everyone else seems to know. His lips were pulled tight across his teeth.

Ariadne gulped hard. I meant to tell you but I haven’t seen you much. She couldn’t look at him.

You saw me last night, he snarled.

Her eyes looked up. His face was scorched with anger.

It started to rub off on her. He could go to hell. Bursting into the office, demanding to know every move she made? It was because of him that she contrived this ridiculous strategy of working her guts out so she could avoid them fucking like a couple of rabbits.

What do you want me to do about it? It’s okay if I have to watch you leave and be left here in this hellhole. But when I decide to leave before you, you don’t like it. She tried to keep her voice even but knew she sounded like a petulant child.

He pushed himself off the desk, his eyes never leaving hers. They softened, saddened. I decided I was only going home for two weeks to sort some things out, then I planned to come back for your last couple of weeks here and then I thought I might visit Sydney…I’ve never been. The anger in his eyes had dissipated completely, now replaced by a deep-seated hurt.

Ariadne’s lips parted. Pangs of guilt stabbed at her and his stare slashed her to pieces. He was going to come to Sydney? She started to tremble. He wanted to come to Sydney with me? She felt the heat of tears searing her eyes. Her bottom lip began to quiver as he turned and strode out of the office. Alone and bereft, she dropped her head into her arms and sobbed.

About the Author:

Georgie Tyler lives on Sydney’s leafy North Shore with her husband and three children. After years of being a stay-at-home mum she decided to branch out and return to university to study teaching and pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a writer. When she’s not teaching or writing she likes to watch movies, catch up with family and friends, and has been known to dally on social media.

One in a Million Snowflakes Celebration – Oh and My Birthday

It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to.  Although, I have no reason to cry.  So let’s celebrate my birthday and One in a Million Snowflakes, part of the Winter’s Sweet Kiss anthology.  Cover

The weekend for Winter’s Sweet Kiss was quiet for promotions, so I thought I’d warm things up with a giveaway.  Plus, what better way to celebrate your birthday.

So here are the super simple ways to enter.

Leave a comment about your favorite scene from my story, One in a Million Snowflakes (try not to spoil it for those that haven’t read it yet. Just something simple, like ‘When Angela makes hot chocolate’.)

OR tell me which story you look forward to reading first.  I never read anthologies in order.

Or thirdly, if you can’t make up your mind, tell me what your favorite kind of romance is, such as contemporary.Nuttypam giveaway9

What do you win you ask? A wonderful sampler of Nutty Pam’s granola, handmade right here in Colorado.  It’s cold and currently snowing.  Think it might have had something to do with the setting in the story? Anyway, that’s not all.  You also get Nick’s favorite drink, hot chocolate.  Now that you are all snuggled up with your book you’ll need a bookmark.  I’m also adding an autographed bookmark.  (please note, this giveaway is only eligible to those in the USA for various reasons.  One is international food laws and two, shipping costs.).

So leave me a comment and your email so I can contact the winner.  Happy Holidays and happy reading.  You have until midnight MST on the 24th to enter.

Don’t forget the giveaway for Winter’s Sweet Kiss.  A paper copy of the book and a gift card!

Guilty – I Watch Terrible Movies

Anyone really embarrassed to admit they watch a movie or series?  I think a lot of people felt that way about Twilight – if you were over the age of 14 anyway. Well for me, my new guilty pleasuresteps are the terrible – and I MEAN TERRIBLE, Step Up Movies.  The plots are awful, well sub-par. The motives are weak and character development is far from well done.  So why do I watch them?  I love the music, the dancing, and the idea that it gets me off the couch to dance with my kids.  Plus, if you watch something mindless that has more music then dialogue you can actually multitask easily.

 Well, I did it.  I got that weight off my chest.  Phew. I feel so much better.

 So what is something you’ve watched recently that made you scratch your head and wonder, what the heck am I doing?

Memorial Day

In the United States, today is Memorial Day. A day to honor and remember those that have given their lives in the armed forces. I choose to not only honor those men and women, but to also thank and pray for each and everyone one of their families. Don’t forget that each person who serves is a son or daughter, husband or wife, brother or sister, mom or dad. They have meant something to someone.

These men and woman, those who have served or are serving, deserve our respect whether you agree with everything that is going on in the world or not. Not because they did something valiant today or yesterday, but because they chose a profession that went beyond the average persons comfort zone and they could or have paid with the ultimate price – their lives.

These service members inspire my writing every day. My hero’s are veterans in hope that in the bigger picture of life we remember there is always someone out there who has gone through something tougher.

Happy Memorial Day.
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Related Links

http://www.navysealfoundation.org/about-the-seals/our-fallen-heroes/ via https://www.facebook.com/pages/Danny-Dietz-Memorial-Page/195645903846522

Books with service men and women: Those Violet Eyes

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http://jennykellerford.wordpress.com/2012/09/07/wet-nose/

Www.denverzoo.org/veterans

Fun Fact Friday – How Do You Like Your Hero

I’ve been on a old movie kick.  When I say old, I am talking 50’s,60’s, 70’s.  I guess old means pre-now to clear up offending anyone.  Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Gidget, Bikini Beach, etc. Along side my hunger for these old romances, a new hero is emerging in BDSM erotic romances that brings me to wonder.  How do we like our heroes?gidget

I like my heroes to be strong, but have a soft side.  I like them to be just a little possessive and territorial, but not violent or a male chauvinistic.  He has to have morals, he has to be devoted  and he also has to have a sense of humor. You can get through a lot with laughs.  He’ll always be damaged by something, but it’s always something my heroines can fix or help him over come.  It’s the gooey center of my otherwise rock-solid man.  He’s usually the sound mind and down to earth person; bringing sanity into my heroines lives.seven brides for seven brothers

I asked a fellow author, Joanne Stewart, this same question and here is her response.

I like my heroes to be…soft, yet strong. I like them to be a mix between Alpha and Beta. He knows what he wants and what he likes. He’s strong in his principles, and he’s not afraid to stand up for them. He’s the type of guy who won’t hesitate to step to the heroine’s defense, whether she likes it or not. 😉 But he’s also soft around the edges. He’s got a heart of gold, makes a good friend and sibling. The kind of guy who’s good with kids and dogs. He’s flawed, got some quirk that absolutely drives the heroine crazy, but all in all, he’s a nice guy.

A related post from Joanne on hero’s can be found here.

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So how about you?  Do you like the men in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers?  They start out as womanizing pigs and end up loving their wives very much.  Do you like your men like Frankie in Bikini Beach – DENSE and running from commitment just to turn back to the woman you love in the end because something else didn’t work out?  Or how about the men in the new erotic romances? Damaged and on a quest for ultimate control.  It sort of seems like men have been portrayed as messed up for years.  I wonder why? hmmm
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