Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Melanie Card's Take on Plotting and Pantsing

I'm so excited to host fellow 
Entangled Publishing author 
Melanie Card
on the blog today! She's got a great post, plus don't miss her yummy excerpt, down below!

Thanks Laura for inviting me to be your guest. I'm so excited to be here. Today I'm chatting about my writing process. Which actually isn't quite true, I'm really chatting about my process right now and the process I used while writing my debut novel WARD AGAINST DEATH.

There's always this question going around writers' group about are you a pantser or a plotter? Is one better than the other? More efficient? More open to creativity? And the real answer is that there isn't one answer.

For me each book is different (I tried my hand at a number of books before I sold. Some hopefully will never see the light of day, others maybe we'll see on shelves soon.) When I started writing WARD AGAINST DEATH, I was a pantser.

A pantser is somebody who writes by the seat of her pants. She doesn't have a plot laid out beforehand, she just looks at the blank page sets fingers to the keyboard and starts writing.

A plotter on the other hand is somebody who plots the book out before writing.

I had set myself the goal of trying to write a first draft in a month (a fun challenge just to see how far I could get, for those familiar with NaNoWriMo, an unofficial one because it wasn’t November) One month later, I had most of a book... and it was a complete mess. Which is kind of what's expected when you do a book-in-a-month challenge. But I had missed some major plot holes and that required me to toss 100 pages and rewrite a large section of the book.

In response to that, I tried plotting. My next writing attempt I sat down and did a detailed plot of the book. Figured out the characters' motivations, what each scene would look like, where they'd peak and fall, etc. That I think was the hardest book I've ever written and the one that I think needs the most work (I should probably just shove it in a box, put it under my bed, and consider it an unsuccessful experiment.)

But what I learned through the process is I, like many writers, fall somewhere on the continuum of pantser vs. plotter. There is no one way to write a book and as I continue to write books, I discover that each book develops in different ways. Sometimes I just need the four or five significant events and can fill in the rest. Other times, the book just flows and I'm almost done before I realize I need to figure out where the story is going.

There are still times when I plot the book out, but I don't think I'll ever do as detailed a plot outline as that failed experiment. For me, my characters have a tendency to do something or say something I hadn't intended them to do which changes the direction of the plot (usually for the better).

I'm sure many a writer has blogged about pantsing vs. plotting. And, just as every writer is different, there will be as many answers to the question, what type of writer are you? In the case of writing, I'm a fan of do whatever works. And I learned by writing Ward Against Death things that work for me and don't work for me.

Thanks for joining me today. I think the biggest thing I learned from the pantsing vs. plotting adventure was not to think of myself as one thing or the other. Some books I’m more pantser than plotter, some books more plotter than pantser. Do whatever works and have fun writing.

So, what's your take on the great 
pantsing vs. plotting debate?

Connect with Melanie: 
Melanie has always been drawn to story telling and can't remember a time when she wasn’t creating a story in her head. Her early stories were adventures with fairies and dragons and sword swinging princesses.

Today she continues to spin tales of magic in lands near and far, while her cat sits on the edge of her desk and supervises. When she’s not writing, you can find her pretending to be other people with her local community theatre groups.
WARD AGAINST DEATH: CHRONICLES OF A RELUCTANT NECROMANCER - Book One
Twenty-year-old Ward de’Ath expected this to be a simple job—bring a nobleman’s daughter back from the dead for fifteen minutes, let her family say good-bye, and launch his fledgling career as a necromancer. Goddess knows he can’t be a surgeon—the Quayestri already branded him a criminal for trying—so bringing people back from the dead it is.

But when Ward wakes the beautiful Celia Carlyle, he gets more than he bargained for. Insistent that she’s been murdered, Celia begs Ward to keep her alive and help her find justice. By the time she drags him out her bedroom window and into the sewers, Ward can’t bring himself to break his damned physician’s Oath and desert her.

However, nothing is as it seems—including Celia. One second, she’s treating Ward like sewage, the next she’s kissing him. And for a nobleman’s daughter, she sure has a lot of enemies. If he could just convince his heart to give up on the infuriating beauty, he might get out of this alive…
Mmm, what an excerpt:

He looked at her with his brown eyes, and she knew she’d found her moment. She set her cup aside and knelt at his feet, clasping his hand between hers.

“You’re right. This is our first good lead and we should follow it. But it can wait a moment. We’re celebrating you. And you haven’t finished your drink.”

“That’s because you topped it up.”

She smiled and sat back on her heels. “Because I plan on getting you drunk and taking advantage of you.”

He laughed and took a long swig from his cup. “No, really, I should—”

“No.” She skimmed her hands up his thighs to his waist and leaned in, brushing her nose against his. “Really.”

He gasped and flushed. The strength of her advance was risky, but she no longer had time to play it slow. She knew he found her attractive. Now was her only opportunity.

“Celia.” His voice wavered on an uneven breath. “I...”

She ran her hands up his chest, along his neck, and cupped his jaw between her palms.

If she closed her eyes, she could imagine Ward was the innocent, honest man she’d believed.

Beneath her fingers, she could feel his noble heritage, the chiseled lines of his cheeks and jaw. His betrayal hurt more than she thought possible, and she pressed her lips to his before she could change her mind.

He froze, and his lips trembled under hers. It was too fast, too soon, and she eased back. But he caught the back of her head with his hand and deepened the kiss with a sudden, intense need, sending a shock of pleasure through her.

Celia gasped, caught off guard. She shouldn’t have been. When Ward decided to do something, he committed fully to it.
Thanks for reading, and don't forget to leave Melanie some comment love!
Laura

Monday, August 29, 2011

Welcome Guest Author Brooke Moss!

I'm so very excited to welcome fellow Entangled Publishing author 
Brooke Moss 
to the blog today!
 
Welcome, Brooke!  Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.

Thanks for having me here today, I am thrilled to be sharing The What If Guy with you!

My name is Brooke Moss, and I live in eastern Washington state with the husband I lovingly call my nerd, a very lazy dog, and our four lovely (crazy) children. I write contemporary romance and romantic women’s fiction, my debut book, The What If Guy, came out on August 2nd, and I have a trilogy coming out during summer of 2012.

Awesome! The What If Guy is at the top of my TBR pile—looks like so much fun! Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.

The What If Guy tells the story of single mother, Autumn Cole, who is returning to her miniscule hometown of Fairfield, Washington to reluctantly reclaim her role as daughter of the town drunk. Her live becomes even more complicated when she discovers that her son’s history teacher is none other than Henry Tobler, the college sweetheart she left behind, but never stopped loving.

Sounds so good! Which character is your favorite and why?

I love all of my characters, because they all were parts of the whole that wound up being my debut novel! Though…in all honesty…I have a certain fondness for Autumn’s son, Elliott, who is twelve. He is based on my oldest child, who marches to the beat of his own drum and has an incredibly sarcastic wit. I loved Elliott.

Oh, man, kids can be such wonderful scene stealers, can’t they? As the author, what surprised you about this story?

When I set out writing this story, I had no idea that Autumn was going to be a single mom after getting pregnant in college. When I wrote that part, I actually gasped. I was shocked! I had no idea that it was going to happen. I guess Autumn had a story to tell… J

That’s really cool! Just shows how a story takes control sometimes! Will there be any sequels or other books in the same series?

I am planning on eventually writing Layla Deberaux’s story, who is a character in The What If Guy. Plus, I would like to tackle the loose end that is Autumn’s mother. Ultimately, I would love to make a Fairfield Series. But right now, I have to finish the WIP I am currently working on, and I need to finish the trilogy coming out next summer.

Sounds like a busy schedule! What was the hardest thing for you about writing this story?

Billy Cole’s struggle with alcoholism struck a cord with me. It was an emotional subject matter to write about, and a very cathartic process. I’m glad I tackled it.

Good for you. What are you working on right now?

Right now I am working on edits to the Secret Series (trilogy), as well as an amazing WIP that I am incredibly proud of! I can’t wait to share it with the world!

Oh, I’m so intrigued! I guess I’ll be good and wait patiently! *stares at Brooke* What happened to the first book you ever wrote?

It is still sitting here in my office, all 250K words of it. J It is not fit for human consumption. I can promise you that.

Hello Tome, how are you? That’s kinda awesome! What do you find easiest and hardest to write?

Easiest would be dialogue between lovers or friends. The back and forth banter. I love that. The most difficult for me is writing and condensing backstory. My editors can attest to that.

LOL Have you incorporated actual events or people from your own life into your books?

Yes, I most certainly have. But I keep that info close to my heart. If you read my book and think you see a piece of yourself in the characters, I want to keep you wondering…
                                                                                         
I like that. Is there a theme or message that runs through your work?

Definitely. I write characters that are real. When a woman talks, she doesn’t sound like a thesaurus. We don’t all sound like Jane Eyre. When my internal dialogue is running amok, I don’t speak eloquently. I speak like a normal, everyday woman. I make jokes, silly observances, sarcastic and snarky quips, and I whine. I strive to write characters who are real. The theme for all of my books is: real stories, about real women, in real situations that could really happen.

And I’m sure that makes your characters ones readers can readily identify with! What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?

That I studied art and wanted to become a children’s book illustrator or a cartoonist. I still draw, but not nearly often enough. I had grand dreams of living in a loft in Seattle, working as a freelance artist, and living off of coffee and cigarettes. Good thing it didn’t work out.

That’s pretty cool! Which romance book or series (or other genre, if you don’t write romance) do you wish you had written?

Oh, that’s an easy one…I wish I’d written any one of Kristan Higgin’s books. She is a genius. Her work is evocative and multi-layered, yet…completely hilarious and sentimental at the same time. I admire her work in so many ways. Plus…word on the street is, she wears fabulous shoes.

LOL Nice! Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?

Vincent Youngblood. He is the hero in the WIP I am currently working on. He is wonderfully handsome and charming, but wounded and flawed, and I am so excited to share him with the world.

Can’t wait! Okay, now, just for fun:
Milk chocolate or dark chocolate? Dark, dark, dark!!

Salty or sweet? How about both?

Bed or kitchen table? Hmmm…I prefer against the wall in my office. Oh wait, are we talking about where to store my favorite books?

Beach or mountains? Mountains. The greener the better. I am a Washington girl through and through!

Give or receive? Always give. Always.


What would you do if your “what if” guy showed up at the lowest point of your life?

(Autumn Cole clocked hers with an encyclopedia.)

After losing her job at a swanky Seattle art gallery and finding out her father has been hospitalized, single mother Autumn Cole reluctantly returns to her tiny hometown of Fairfield, Washington to put the pieces of her life back together.

Her disgruntled twelve‐year old son isn’t thrilled about going from hip to hick, but Autumn’s got it worse. She resumes her role as the daughter of the town drunk, promptly facing a crisis with her father that’s been decades in the making.

Running into Henry Tobler, and nearly breaking his nose, is almost more than she can handle, but can rediscovering love–and herself–with her “what if” guy teach Autumn to forgive before it’s too late?
ENJOY THIS EXCERPT FROM THE WHAT IF GUY:

 I knocked on the door of room five. Elliott briefly slipped his hand into mine and whispered, “Love you, Mom.”
I squeezed his hand. “Love you, too, buddy.”
“Come on in,” a male voice called.
The classroom looked and felt exactly the same way it had when I was a kid, including the judgmental stares from the students. With his back to the class, the teacher scribbled a makeshift map on the whiteboard at the front of the room. All of the students’ eyes shifted to Elliott. Some looked at him with interest, but others already glared with disapproval. I wished that El hadn’t been wearing his yellow and black checkered vest and a bow tie when I’d thundered down the stairs to find him waiting at the front door, tapping his foot. What had been stylish in his funky Seattle school was a blinking neon sign declaring I’m an oddball at a small country school like this.
“Um, hi?” Elliott’s voice cracked. “I’m Elliott Cole, and I’m, uh, new.”
Pride swelled in my chest, and I beamed at my son. I leaned down and whispered in his ear. “You’re awesome, El. I love you.”
He gave me a stiff nod. “Thanks.”
“Welcome, Elliott, it’s good to have you.” The teacher spoke in a low, gravelly voice.
I straightened and smiled at the teacher. “Thanks…”
All the oxygen left my lungs, and I stood paralyzed. The class became silent. Elliott’s teacher and I stared at each other, dumbfounded—mouths open, hands half-extended, eyes round and wide like headlights set on bright. My insides vibrated like the engine of an idling grain truck. All in response to the teacher, who gawked at me with what appeared to be the same mixture of shock and disbelief.
Elliott’s teacher was Henry Tobler.
“What are you doing here?” I whispered.
I regretted my words the moment they came out. I should have said something eloquent or profound. Something that would have made seeing each other for the first time in over a decade less awkward. As if that were remotely possible.
Henry’s eyes, that rainy-day shade of gray, narrowed, and a line formed between his eyebrows. “I work here.”
I couldn’t help staring. Henry looked like a teacher, but no teacher I’d ever had at Palouse Plains. He wore a grayish-blue button-down shirt, untucked, and a worn, olive-colored sport coat. His wavy, brown hair was cut shorter than I remembered. Even at ten o’clock in the morning, he sported a sexy five o’clock shadow that made my stomach twist. I remembered those whiskers well.
He still resembled the young man I’d made eyes at across the lecture hall during college, so long ago—his face chiseled and rugged-looking. Back then, a perpetual smile had teased at one side of his mouth. Now, I saw no hint of that smile. But his eyes still revealed his emotions, no matter how hard he tried to hide them. I wish he’d outgrown that, because his eyes screamed, I’m not happy to see you.
“Y-you’re a teacher now?” I stammered.
“I’ve always been a teacher.”
            “Right, but…”
Brooke writes complex, character-driven stories about kismet, reunited lovers, first love, and the kind of romance that we should all have the chance at finding. She prefers her stories laced with some humor just for fun, and enough drama to keep her readers flipping the pages, and begging for more!

When Brooke isn't spinning tales, she spends her time drawing/cartooning, reading two books a week (ask her who her faves are), watching movies then comparing them to books, and, of course, wrangling four kids, one hubby she lovingly refers to as her "nerd", and attempting to conquer the Mount Everest of laundry that is the bane of her existence.
Thanks for being coming on the blog! 
Where can we find you on the web?


Everyone, leave Brooke some comment love! And thanks for reading,
Laura & Brooke

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Six Sentence Sunday #25

This week, I've got six more from my debut erotic romance, JUST GOTTA SAY. The reason? Today I'm one of the featured authors in Decadent Publishing's Erotic Romance Blog Tour. More on that below... So, our girl Callie's still fantasizing about her roommates, for now:
While none of the scenes featured more than two guys with a woman, she began writing in a role for a third man, and those were the images that made her juices flow the hardest and her orgasm approach like a freaking freight train. Movie Jack and Movie Noah just weren’t complete without Movie Lucas—the long-time source of all her orgasmic dreams before her accidental voyeurism.
Lucas Branson, whose broad shoulders, big hands, and too-infrequent smiles owned her, whose short, brown hair curled at the ends when he let it grow at all, and whose hazel eyes reflected the anguish he carried inside. She’d never known anyone who looked so tough and serious on the outside, but was so broken-up and vulnerable on the inside. Sometimes her arms ached from the need to hold him, and she couldn’t restrain herself—she’d hug him and make a joke about it or roll her eyes like it was no big deal.
No, nothing was complete without Lucas.
If you'd like to read more JUST GOTTA SAY, see the grand debut of the story's book trailer, OR enter to win a copy of the novella, go check me out today on the Decadent Erotic Romance Blog Tour!

Thanks, as always, to all those who stop by and read / comment each week--it's the highlight of my Sundays. Don't forget to check out the Other Sixers' posts and follow the #sixsunday hashtag on twitter!

Thanks for reading,
Laura

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Happy Birthday to Me!


Things I'd like for my birthday:
5. Not to spend it in a hurricane [Oops, no control over that one!]

4. No bickering from my children [Fat chance! O.o]

3. To eat that whole chocolate cake and lose two pounds [bwahahahaha!]

2. To quit my job and write full-time [Hmm...maybe...someday...many years from now...]

1. To see Hearts in Darkness surpass the 1K amazon sales rank again! [Now, wait just a minute! This one's maybe doable. Right? Right? Especially since it dropped to #976 on Thursday! So, if you've been waiting to purchase Hearts, would you please consider doing so today, from amazon? Even #999 would make my birthday great!] *grins*

Thanks for reading,
Laura

LATE-BREAKING NEWS!!! [lol] Hearts in Darkness just this morning hit a second bestseller list on Amazon! At 11:30 am EST:

Friday, August 26, 2011

The Vampire as a Soul Mate by Bertena Varney

SEE GIVEAWAY DETAILS BELOW!
In Lure of the Vampire, I discuss the concept of the vampire as a soul mate. A lover who we know at the moment that we see him that he is the one. He is the one that knows you- knows all about you and your desires. He is the one that makes your heart skip a beat when you see him. He is your soul mate.

This vampire encourages you to be who you really are; they accept you for you and empower you to find that strength. The women who fall in love with this soul mate loves him for the fact that he knows them and they are destined to be together.

Here is an excerpt from the essay in the Literature section titled, “Lure of the Dead Boyfriend”:
Many times in vampire literature, females are very accepting and non judgmental of who they love. They may be scared at certain times in the relationship, but are always looking for that equal in any relationship, no matter if he is a vampire. As a result, these female characters tend to be strong characters that are alive in the stories today.

These characters and their readers fall in love with these charismatic and seductive monsters. The vampire characters in the books display superhuman abilities. Vampires by nature can seduce the lead female character, defeat death, and physically destroy their enemies to protect.  This is very seductive to the reader.

The vampire’s super human abilities are coupled only with their struggle to hate the monster within. They hate who they are and what they have to do in order to survive. Many are doomed to walk the earth and to repent of their sins from their previous life. During this internal struggle, these vampires tend to find their soul mate, that one woman who can deliver them from hell and love them all at the same time.

Examples of these books include The Templar Vampire Series by Rene Lyons. In this story there are five Templar Knights who fell from the grace of God by straying from his plan during the Crusades. Each of the five Templar Knights suffered a harsh childhood and an even more devastating adult life as a solider for God. They murdered, raped, pillaged, and stole all in the name of religion but, as time went on, their mission strayed, as did their focus and commitment to God.

As it was in history, Rene wrote that King Philip IV of France charged the Templar Knights with heresy and had them executed. But, this is where the author’s story changes history in this series of books. 

Five of the knights, Constantine, Lucian, Tristan, Sebastian and Raphael, were brought back from the dead by the archangel, Michael. Michael thrusts his spear and pulls their hearts from their chests. He declares that now they can only enter heaven once they find redemption in God’s eyes for all of their sins. He declares them “undead” “vampire” “soulless” and tells them that in order to earn this redemption they must find the Day Star and protect it till the time for their redemption arrives.

In Midnight Sun, Day Star, and Tempting Darkness, the first three of the four that have been published, the Templar vampires struggle with the fact that they must find redemption and that if one of them fail then they all fail. Each book is the romantic adventure and story of each vampire and his chance at love and redemption. Each vampire struggles with who they were, who they have become, and the fear of damnation as each find that “light in the darkness” that makes them stronger and allows them to find redemption.

Allison, Lexine, and Jessica are quite, girl-next-door types who may appear fragile but have the strength and courage to help and to handle the love of the vampires, Sebastian, Constantine, and Lucian respectively. They follow the basic pattern of most vampire romance novels. They are a little fearful and cautious at first; they struggle together through the adventure, while denying their love; then an explosive erotic love scene brings the meant-to-be soul mates together. The romance is the novel. The love is forever and the monster and female character are soul mates forever.
This section also provides the reader with a list of vampire books that the reader may be interested in. They are divided among the classics, young adult, and adult. Each section provides the reader with links to website to where they may either download these books for free- if they are in public domain- or to purchase these books via the author’s websites.

So, do you think of the vampire as a soul mate? If so which vampire from literature is your soul mate? Which seduces not just your body but your mind and your soul? [GIVEAWAY: 1 commenter will win an ebook copy of Bertena's book! e-mail address required!]

I can’t wait to hear your comments below.

Thank you for having me today,
Bertena

Lure of the Vampire: A Pop Culture Reference Book of Lists, Websites, and "Very Telling" Personal Essays is a perfect quick to grab reference book for the vampire fan or author. It's concise enough to assist you in finding links to what you are looking for without our being too cumbersome and confusing.


Ebooks will be coming to Kindle, Nook and Smashwords soon.
Bertena Varney is from Winchester, KY and currently resides in Bowling Green, KY. She attended Morehead State University where she received the following degrees: - B.A. in Social Science and Education - M.A. in Social Science and Education - M.A. in Sociology and Criminology - Rank 2 Secondary Education Certification While in college She used all of her extra essays, projects and independent study classes to study vampires in pop culture….thus the creation of Lure of the Vampire.

She has been employed as a middle and high school as well as college instructor. Here past employers include Morehead State University She has been employed Morehead State University, Eastern Kentucky University and National College and will be lecturing at Bowling Green Community College in the fall.

Currently she is planning her lecture tour schedule. In the past she has presented papers at conference such as Sirens in Vail, Colorado and The Harry Potter Witching Hour in Salem, Mass. Currently she is scheduled for ScareFest, Dance on the Dark Side and A Day of Mystical Blood Lust.

She is also planning to begin a vampirology course based upon her studies of vampires in pop culture.
Find Bertena on the web:

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Hearts in Darkness a Bestseller!

Good morning, good morning! I'm doing a jig today because HEARTS IN DARKNESS earned a new accolade: AMAZON BESTSELLER! 
So, if it wasn't exciting enough that HEARTS has been on three Kindle Top-Rated lists for 2+ months, that it was on Fictionwise's Top 10 Bestselling ebooks list for 2+ months and remains in the Top 25, TODAY it hit an amazon bestseller list with its best ever sales rank! And it's all thanks to you!

So, thank you, thank you, thank you!

Thanks for reading,
Laura

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Six Sentence Sunday #24

In celebration of receiving notification of my September 30 release date for my debut contemporary erotic romance - a menage a quatres no less! - I'm sharing six from JUST GOTTA SAY. Heroine Callie Davis has a fantasy, and this is the only way she imagines she can fulfill it:
Callie closed the door and settled her toys on the table. She loaded the DVD, hoping the movie lived up to its ridiculous but promising name: 3-Way-Stravaganza. On the way to the leather couch she shrugged out of her robe, the blue flickering of the huge television providing the only light. She felt a little foolish until the screen started playing snippets from each of the six scenes against the background of a hot, rhythmic bass beat. Her own pulse matched the music.
Oh, yeah. This would do just fine.

Hehe! Be sure to visit the Other Sixers' posts and follow the #sixsunday hashtag on twitter! Thanks as always to those of you who read and comment each week - I always look forward to Sundays!

Thanks for reading,
Laura

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Happy Book Birthday!

Happy Saturday to everyone, and Happy Book Birthday to my debut contemporary and paranormal romances!

HEARTS IN DARKNESS is officially four months old today, while FOREVER FREED is three months old.

In celebration, I'm sharing this 25% off code with you, good on both the ebook and print books of both books, but only at The Wild Rose Press's site. Enter code: 3b9ceb5854

Thanks for reading!
Laura

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Help Me Pick Me!

I need your help! I got headshots done last week, photographed by the wonderful Renee Hollingshead of Columbia, MD, and I'm not sure which one I like best. So, I'm asking for your input. Which image should I use for all my publicity materials????

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Okay, vote early, vote often! LOL And thanks for helping me pick, well, me!
Laura

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

New Cover Love!

I'm so excited to share with you my latest cover! North of Need is Book 1 in the Heart of the Anemoi series and will release November 1 from Entangled Publishing. Look at this abslicious gorgeousness!

Heather Howland is clearly the goddess of cover design. I'm totally in love! And it's such a great representation of my hero, Owen Winters, and the magic and fantasy of the story!

Here's the blurb:
While attempting to escape the agonizing memories she associates with Christmas, twenty-nine-year-old widow Megan Snow builds a snow family outside the mountain cabin she once shared with her husband—and collapses in tears against the snowman at the sight of what she’ll never have.

Called to life by the power of Megan’s tears, snow god Owen Winters appears unconscious on her doorstep in the midst of a raging blizzard. As she nurses him to health, Owen finds unexpected solace in her company and unimagined pleasure in the warmth of her body, and vows to win her heart for a chance at humanity.

Megan is drawn to Owen’s mismatched eyes, otherworldly masculinity, and enthusiasm for the littlest things, and her heart opens enough to believe he’s a Christmas miracle. But this miracle comes with an expiration—before the snow melts and the temperature rises, Megan must let go of her widow’s grief and learn to trust love again, or she’ll lose Owen forever.
North of Need has already earned advanced praise from paranormal romance author of the Harlequin Nocturne Mythica series, Stephanie Draven:
Using ancient winter mythology as an allegory for grief, Kaye has written a sexy story that packs a powerful emotional punch. With a heroine you can root for and a hero who is a dream come true, NORTH OF NEED is pure winter magic and Kaye’s sparkling talent warms the heart.
Stay tuned here for the North of Need blog tour, October 25 - November 18, with a book giveaway at every stop!

So, whatd'ya think??? Thanks for reading,
Laura

Monday, August 15, 2011

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!

And...I've got winners! 
Two to be precise! Of the NEW print edition of HEARTS IN DARKNESS!

And, they are:

@Lolarific322
@Book Savvy Babe

CONGRATULATIONS, LADIES!

And thanks to everyone who entered! If you'd like to give HEARTS IN DARKNESS a try in print, here's a 25% off coupon good only at my publisher's buy page (actually, it would be good on anything you might like over there, print or ebook!): Use code 3b9ceb5854

Thanks for all your support and, as always, thanks for reading,
Laura

Interview & Giveaway!

Hey guys! I've been interviewed over at EJ Stevens' super cool paranormal blog, From the Shadows! I'm talking about my family's haunted houses, Alex O'Loughlin, what happened after I hit my head, Alex O'Loughlin, writing, Forever Freed, and ALEX FREAKING O'LOUGHLIN! What more do I need you to say to go over there?

How 'bout this: I'm giving stuff away, too!

Thanks for reading,
Laura

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Six Sentence Sunday #23

In celebration of the fact that HEARTS IN DARKNESS is newly and somewhat unexpectedly available in print, I'm going with six from this book again. Here's Caden Grayson, taking action before his inaction becomes regret:
Stalking around the back of the Jeep, he glared up at Makenna—glaring not so much at her as at his own idiocy for not making things right before the eleventh goddamned hour.
Her eyes widened. Her lips froze somewhere between a smile and an O. She pushed and held the door open for him.
And he hoped for all he was worth he was correctly reading the desire on her face.
He crowded right up into her space, pressed his body against hers—trapping her against the glass of the door behind her, plunged his hands into her hair until he was cupping the nape of her neck, and devoured her lips with his.
In further celebration of this totally awesome development, feel free to also see the previous post here, wherein I'm giving away two print books! Giveaway ends tonight at midnight EST!

Be sure to read the Other Sixers' posts and follow the #sixsunday hashtag on twitter!

Thanks for reading and commenting--I appreciate it each and every week!
Laura