New Cover Reveals

In a heartbreaking turn of events Musa Publishing has closed. Musa was home to me as an editor, intern, and author for over three years. My cohort in sexy crime, Vanessa North, had books there as well. Between the two of us, I believe eleven books have been pulled. Including my Seducing Kate. So sad!

Not only is it upsetting that these and other amazing books have lost their homes, but Musa really was a wonderful publisher. The directors of the company truly invested in their writers and staff. As a matter of fact, I guarantee I learned more from working and interning at Musa than I did in my two year master in publishing program. They took me in and gave much more than they received.

I’m not sure what Vanessa has planned for her now pulled books, but after yo-yoing quite a bit, I’ve decided on re-releasing my books. This has made for an insane week of rushing to get new books put together before so when my rights revert they are still available.

The rush? My new series is about to come out and Mama needs more than one book on the market. I don’t want to gain new readers and then have nothing else to offer. So, the decision was made. Imma jump right into self-publishing with both feet rather than tip-toeing like I was planning to do with the Stonehill Romance series.

And there’s no better way to do that than with a few cover reveals, right? (links are to Amazon pre-sale….still working on getting everything up and running, but soon, my pretties!)

First up, Seducing Kate:

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Okay, not going to lie. I think this is a very yummy cover.

Next up, Marci’s sweet romance Forever Yours:

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Next…okay, this isn’t a new cover because I had made this one myself and they kept it, but up until now, this wasn’t available anywhere but Musa… The Legend of Sarah Latham.

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So now, you’re saying, “But, Em, that’s only three books…”

Yes, you are correct.

The Messenger will be keeping its cover because it was previously released through another company and when I got my rights back, I bought the cover art. Sure, I could redo it, and maybe I will once I have a few minutes to breathe (this week has been insanity). Right now, The Messenger has a re-release date of March 27 because it needs an editorial overhaul. With that, may come a new cover.

As for Unforgettable You, I’m going to incorporate that into my new Stonehill Romance series. I will be re-released in January 2016 with a similar, but slightly different cover.

And that’s that. There you have it. Out with the old, in with the new.

And please, tip your hat to Musa Publishing. They did amazing things. Publishing is just a bitch of an industry.

 

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What’s in a Name?

MM_SSI4_StormWarning_300x400I am going to start work again on my next SSI book.  Start work, you ask?  Why haven’t you been writing like a fiend, you query?

Life threw me a huge-ass curve ball about the size of a mountain so I had to take a short break. My husband had to have immediate open heart surgery on February 9th.

Being a lawyer by profession and an extreme A-type, I compartmentalize in order to handle stress (and trust me, the love of your life, your mate of 45 years, undergoing quintuple bypass surgery is VERY stressful). But the unfortunate side effect is — my Muse recedes so my focus is all on the stress life has chosen to throw at me this time around.

But all is well. :) He is home and recovering, slowly, but recovering.  So, I can now turn part of my attention back to my work in progress.

When I last worked on the book, I’d left open some names for secondary and not-so-secondary characters.  I am one of those authors who has to know the name of a character in order to write more smoothly.  And, it gets really awkward typing Evil-Villain-formerly-known-as-DoD-Traitor, Henchman, Evil Minions 1, 2, and 3.

Emergency surgery interrupts creative process, and all naming flew out the door.  Now, I am back and I NEED names.  Now! 

Thus I am asking for help. :)  I will describe the characters in general who need names and ask for suggestions.  Any names I choose to use, I will acknowledge the person who gave me that name in the front of Storm Warning.  You will also have my undying gratitude since I hate to make up names, but I do know the right one when I see it. :)

The first character needing a name contains a SPOILER ALERT for those who have not read Weather the Storm.  Not a big spoiler, but a minor one.

1. Dept. of Defense Capt. Syd MacLean escapes in the early part of Weather the Storm. He escapes to Rio where he undergoes plastic surgery and then takes on the identity of a reclusive Brazilian import-export businessman that he had set up many years ago.  Of course, his business is a front for illegal trafficking of all kinds. I need a name for him.  One that sounds Brazilian.  He also needs an evil nickname since he has a reputation, mostly earned by the men who provide security and enforcement in his illegal activities in South and Central America. He also is making a move to take over businesses in his new persona that he ran in his old – he is doing so in order to throw the intelligence agencies off base.

2.  The man who appears as the front man for Syd’s Brazilian business is a red-haired Irish-looking male.  He is the man who puts together the hack-a-thon that Tweeter and DJ infiltrate in Belize to gather intelligence for NSA about the reclusive Brazilian businessman who is no longer so reclusive and who is making power moves in the Southern hemisphere. He is glib and personable, but underneath he is a shark.

3.  Need a name for the negotiator for Syd’s business.  This is the guy who is GQ handsome in a South American sort of Latin lover way.  He negotiates from a position of strength and power and usually meets little opposition, but when he does he sends in the business’s enforcer.

4.  Need a name for the enforcer.  He is also Latin American, but he looks like he would eat babies for breakfast.  He is scarred from torture in a Colombian prison. He is ruthless.

5.  And I need a name for Tweeter’s alter ego on the Dark Net which is the alter ego he uses to get invited to the hack-a-thon.  I need both his Dark Net handle and false identity name that he and Keely created for him with the DIA’s help so he could troll the shadow net for terrorists, drug runners, gun traffickers and the like.  His reputation on the Dark Net makes him the man to beat out for the job being offered at the end of the hack-a-thon.

Okay, kids, there you have it.  I need names. Help me please!  Thank you. I <3 you all.

 

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Cooking Up a Story with Marianne Rice

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Marianne Rice – Debut Author

I’d like to welcome Marianne Rice who is joining me today to talk about her writing (and cooking) style. Her debut book False Start, the first of her McKay-Tucker Men series, released last Monday. ~ KaLyn Cooper

In the writing world, we often hear the words “plotter” and “pantser”. If you’re not a writer, these terms may be new to you. In a nutshell, a plotter is one who plots out every scene and chapter and makes notes and outlines before writing. A pantser is someone who sits down at their computer and writes the story as it comes to mind.

Me? I’m neither. I’m a cooker. Literally and figuratively. I love to cook, bake, grill, you name it. I’m obsessed with Pinterest and Allrecipes. I stew—pun intended—over a recipe and think about how I can make it my own by adding a dash of this, a splash of that, or what healthy substitutes I can use in place of butter or sugar. It’s fun, but I don’t like to be rushed in my food planning. When I make my way to the kitchen, I know I have all the ingredients and have even figured out the final presentation of my masterpiece. My end product is typically what I had envisioned, but sometimes while I’m in the heat of the moment—pun intended…again—I think of a new something special to add.

I do the same with my writing. I spend months thinking about my characters and all of their goals, motivation and conflicts—what drives them, scares them, and empowers them. Much to my husband’s dismay, I don’t think about him when I go to bed. Instead, I toss and turn, thinking about my characters and what sort of obstacles are going to get in their way and how they’re going to over come them. I typically run through the book a few times in my mind before I type a single word of the story. Then, when I have time (ha!), I sit down and let the words flow. My stories have thus far stayed on track, but a new idea or character may maneuver into the story along the way. I’m flexible like that. J

My first drafts aren’t very pretty. I know some writers who hem and haw and take hours to write a few paragraphs, but what they’ve written is beautiful and needs little revising. Me? I’d get too bogged down trying to coming up with the perfect metaphor and then life would happen, I’d get distracted with Facebook, Pinterest, or my kids, and all writing would cease. So instead of stressing over the little details, I get the words on the page before going back to make it pretty. I can handle life’s distractions because I know where I’m going.

This process has worked well for me (not so much for my husband). I love being able to sit in front of my laptop and write five thousand words in a few hours. There is no such thing as a perfect recipe; everything, whether it be chocolate cream puffs, carrot ginger soup, or my next book can be modified. But I like to have a vision of where I’m going, what I need to make it happen, and what it’s going to look like in the end.

And then I make myself a fancy drink (that I’ve found on Pinterest and tweaked) and celebrate my accomplishment.

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False Start Available NOW

He’s got to make the riskiest play of his life to get her to fall in love again …

Blurb

Ex-NFL player turned high school football coach Connor McKay is well loved by all…except by the sexy principal who wants to make changes to his athletic program. Intrigued by Meg Fulton’s beauty and intelligence, Connor doesn’t mind going head-to-head with her. When he and Meg are set up on a blind date, he’s finally able to open a crack in Meg’s high emotional wall and see the caring woman inside. What Connor doesn’t expect is that his buddy and ex-teammate is the one responsible for Meg’s wall in the first place. To choose between a one-time brother and the woman he’s fallen hopelessly in love with, Connor will make the riskiest play of his life.

Always the misfit growing up, newly hired high school principal Meg Fulton uses a fashionable wardrobe and a sharp tongue to keep men at a safe distance. After a drunken, abusive experience in the back of a Chevy as a naïve teen, she became a single mother with a tough hide…until Connor McKay walks into the picture. She can’t stand him. He’s a sports-loving alpha male––no thanks! Meg has a good reason to hate jocks. Been there, done that, much to her regret. But as her path continues to cross with Connor’s, and attraction heats to a boiling point, Meg learns there’s more to Connor than biceps and a tight rear end. Things are heating up with them, when someone from her past threatens to tear them apart. Meg runs for cover…and from Connor. It will take a leap of love for Meg to shed the scars of her past and let love into her life.

Excerpt:

“We need to talk.”

Startled by the deep growl, Meg Fulton looked up to the towering stack of testosterone filling her office doorway and cursed the butterflies that fluttered in her stomach.

She straightened her posture, ran her hand through her thick hair in an attempt to put all the strays back in place, and then reached for the lapels of the suit coat that wasn’t there. She felt vulnerable in her silk tank top and wished she had an extra layer to shield her from the menacing daggers targeted at her. Putting on the jacket would only make a spectacle of herself. The thin tank would have to do.

“Sure. Have a seat.” She crossed her legs and attempted to smile. Inwardly, Meg groaned. Connor McKay. She’d noticed him on the football field coaching his athletes and had not looked forward to the expected confrontation.

He remained in the doorway, making no move toward the empty seats across from her desk. His blond hair was short, barely longer than the scruff on his face, and as she looked up she saw his eyes—a fierce, fiery blue filled with accusation and something that ranged between confusion and lust.

Bio:

Marianne Rice writes contemporary romances set in small New England towns. Her heroes are big and strong, yet value family and humor, while her heroines her smart, sexy, sometimes a little bit sassy, and are often battling a strong internal conflict. Together, they deal with real life issues and always find everlasting love. When she’s not writing, Marianne spends her time buying shoes, eating chocolate, chauffeuring her herd of children to their varying sporting events, and when there’s time, relaxing with fancy drinks and a great read. She tries to make time for her husband too, but he often places behind her love affair with books.

Connect with her on Facebook http://facebook.com/Mariannericeauthor or

visit her website at http://www.mariannerice.weebly.com

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After the HEA

I’ve had many readers contact me, letting me know they’d love to read sequels for some of my books. I’m flattered by this sentiment. It’s such a joy to know people respond to one’s characters and want to live in their worlds a while longer.

It makes me wonder if it’s worthwhile to continue a saga that has already reached a “happily ever after.” In other words, what happens after the all-important HEA and does that post-HEA story deserve a book?

I have to be honest. I don’t think so. For me, it’s enough to know those characters are committed to one another. I don’t need to witness their wedding or watch them have children, unless it’s important to the story arc and character development. In my opinion, the main conflict of any romance is getting those main characters together. Once they’re together and have admitted love, do we really need to see their day-to-day life afterward? No.

I know it’s all the rage now to make trilogies of stories that can resolve in one book. That’s just not my style and I think my faithful readers appreciate that I know when to keep things short and sweet. Not that every trilogy is gratuitous, but I’ve certainly read a few that are. Unless that couple faces continued threats and conflicts, what more do we really need to know?

Let’s face it. What really happens after the HEA? Real life sets in and most of us don’t care to read about real life. We live it.

Even still, in the interest of fun, I’ve made a few guesses at what “real life” would look like for some of my couples.

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Remember Eryx and Maia from For the Love of a God? Well, they are still happy and living in Toronto. Maia continues working at her beloved museum and Eryx is editing volumes of Greek history for a publisher. After all, he was there when it all happened. They still love each other madly but every once in a while, Eryx complains about having to fish long strands of dark hair out of the shower drain. When he mentions it, Maia reminds him she has to put up with all the mortal women giving him looks of longing on a constant basis. Eryx usually shuts up after that.

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Oh, and Gioia and Soren from Predator’s Serenade? Gioia no longer works as an office manager. After meeting Soren, she decided to take on the massive job of scheduling his musical appearances and gigs. She calls herself his “manager.” Soren rolls his eyes and says it’s the role she was born to play because she’s so bossy. She follows him from gig to gig and when his rowdy fans get a little too close, Gioia lets out ursine growls. Being a bear shifter has its perks.

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And what about Shane and Jules from Up In Flames? Well, like all my couples they are still exceedingly happy. Shane is still captain of the local fire squad and helps Jules in running her B&B. They’ve become quite successful. Jules says the downside is she has to change other people’s sheets on a regular basis and she is glad those details never made it into the book.

See? It’s fun to think about what our favorite characters might be doing after their HEA’s, but is it worth a new book? I don’t think so. All we really need to know is these couples are together, happy and committed. The rest is best left to the imagination.

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Shadow Maverick Ranch Series Boxed Set

Hi, my lovelies!

In honor of Valentine’s Day Month, I’m offering my Shadow Maverick Ranch Series Boxed Set for $0.99! This is for a limited time, so get it while you can! (Offer ends March 31, 2015. Regular price for this set is $6.99.) Here’s what you’ll get…

Hard workin’, hard lovin’ cowboys. Welcome to Shadow Maverick Ranch.

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Gavin Mathis is ready to settle down. He’s quit his job and come home to Shadow Maverick Ranch to do just that. Too bad his decision caused his beautiful former colleague to lose her job.

Lauren Delgado is a no-nonsense businesswoman. She’s had a crush on Gavin for years, but has a strict “hands-off” policy with the men she works with. When her life takes an unexpected turn, there’s nothing to stop her from accepting his invitation to Galveston Island, where the policy is definitely hands-on.

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Paxton Mathis is committed to bachelorhood. One failed marriage was more than enough to remind him of the dangers of getting too close. He has his work on the ranch; he has his family. He has everything he needs.

Event planner Reese Jameson accepted the job at Shadow Maverick Ranch for one reason: to face her biggest regret. Paxton Mathis was her first love, her first everything. And ten years ago, after a night of unbridled passion, it all came crashing down.

The moment they see each other again, it’s clear the years haven’t doused the heat between them. On the contrary, their flames burn hotter than ever. Despite Paxton’s attempts to keep things casual, old feelings emerge alongside a fierce hunger to keep Reese in his life forever. Reese willingly accepts Paxton’s need to keep things casual, but she’s worried her heart won’t get the message.

When Paxton is forced to face his fears, will history repeat itself, or will he take a chance on a whole new future?

Cowboy Redeemed

Unlike his brothers, Clayton Mathis isn’t looking for the woman of his dreams. He works hard, plays harder, and enjoys every minute of it. And with his family preparing to expand Shadow Maverick Ranch, settling down is the last thing on his mind—until a sexy blonde makes him an offer he can’t refuse.

Of all the men in the bar, Ainsley Russell has to go and proposition the one man who will cause her nothing but trouble. The Mathis family has been persistent in their bid to buy her property. Inheriting her uncle’s ranch has given her the first home she’s ever known … along with a mountain of debt that threatens to take it all away.

After learning Clay’s identity, Ainsley can’t run fast enough. Or far enough … since the gorgeous cowboy shows up on her doorstep the next morning, looking to pick up where they left off the night before…

Buy Links

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Get your copy today! And spread the word! :)

As always, thank you for reading.

Until next time,

~Parker

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A new mini series!! From Lynn Lorenz

DomsoftheChambers_GK_200So I had this idea in my head for ages. I wanted to write some short stories (like around 10K or so) set here in Houston. I wanted them to focus on a gay BDSM club. I wrote the first one, which inspired the second one, but wasn’t sure about the name of the club. I had one name, then found out it had been used, so I had to come up with a new one.

I also contracted the lovely talented Lex Valentine of Winterheart Designs to do my cover – same cover, just different titles – the names of the two men of that story -and she did a fabulous job, as you can see. In fact, the building inspired me to think of the new title.

My husband helped me, giving me a list of names, and I picked Doms of The Chambers. The building Lex used on the cover looked like one that had previously been something else, something classy. Like a law firm from the late 1800’s-1900’s. Now, it’s doing duty as Houston’s premiere gay BDSM club. And since it’s set in Houston I had fun bringing in a bit of the cowboy! So the members all wear silver cowboy buckles, with the scales of justice (legal) and the Lone Star (Texas) engraved on them. Yeehaw!
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I’ll be releasing the first two stories soon. I have some more work to do on them, formatting and such, but I’m so excited! These are my first original self-pub stories and I’m pricing them at $.99. I hope to have a total of six, but who knows!

The first book is Geoff and Kit. One of the members of The Chambers has died from cancer, and he’s made a very strange request of Geoff Hanover. Geoff can walk away or fulfill the last request of a fellow Dom.

The second book is Harlan and Robby. They’ve been together for two years. Robby is Harlan’s boy and they’re as happy as can be in their life together. But when tragedy strikes The Chambers, Harlan rethinks his relationship with Robby.

These stories will be available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, AllRomance ebooks, and iBooks. I’ll let you know when they’re live! I hope you’ll enjoy them!

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Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!! Usually, this is a night spent with the hubby, reminiscing about how much we wuv each other, but this year have alternative plans. It couldn’t be helped.

My girlfriend and I are going to the casino f0r a concert. Had to be done. So what am I going to do for my beloved to make this up to him?

Make his favorite dessert, of course! This isn’t the fastest or easiest thing, but, hey, when I’m spending Valentine’s evening in a casino rocking out to The B-52’s with my big hair and bell bottoms on, the man deserves a treat.

Recipe from here:

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  • Crust:
  • 2 c. graham cracker crumbs (about 15 sheets)
  • 2 tbsp. granulated sugar
  • Pinch salt
  • 5 tbsp. butter, melted
  • Filling:
  • 2 lbs. or (4) 8 oz. blocks plain cream cheese, room temperature
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1½ c. granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • ⅔ c. sour cream, room temperature
  • ⅔ c. heavy whipping cream, room temperature
  • Sour cream topping:
  • 1½ c. sour cream
  • ¼ c. powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla bean paste
DIRECTIONS
  1. Cover the bottom and sides of a 9-inch springform pan with extra large aluminum foil so that the no water can leak in (it’s worth a trip to the store to buy the 18″ wide foil). Wrap it with two layer for extra security. Crimp the top of the foil around the top edge of the springform pan. You can also place the springform pan in a slightly larger cake pan (10″) that has 2″ sides (I ran out of big foil but had a nice cake pan that it just barely fit into. I didn’t have to worry at all about the foil keeping water out).
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, placing the top rack in lower third of oven. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the finely ground graham cracker crumbs with the sugar and salt. Pour the melted butter over top and mix until the crumbs become coated.
  3. Pour into the prepared springform pan and gently smooth out (I like to use a metal measuring cup for this). Carefully work the crumbs up the sides so that they are 1½” tall and approximately ¼” thick. You should have a nice layer on the bottom and the sides should go about halfway up your pan. Place into the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Turn oven down to 325 degrees.
  4. Beat the cream cheese, salt and vanilla in the bowl of a stand mixer for approximately 4 minutes or until smooth and creamy. With mixing speed on low, gradually add the sugar, then turn back up to high and beat for an additional minute. With mixing speed on low, add the eggs one at a time, mixing until incorporated. Add the sour cream, then the heavy cream, beat on high for 1 minute.
  5. Place the prepared springform pan into a large high-sided roasting pan. Pour the cream cheese filling into the springform pan, smoothing out the top with a spatula. Pour boiling water around the springform pan, taking care not to get any on the filling. You’ll want the water to go halfway up the side of the pan (this was just to the lip of my 2″ tall cake pan). Place in the oven and bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour and 45 minuets. If you like extra firm cheesecake, continue baking for an additional 14 minutes for a total of 2 hours.
  6. After the the cheesecake has baked, turn off the oven, slightly crack the door open and allow to cool for 1 hour. This is the key to getting a perfect top without it falling or cracks forming. Remove the cheesecake from the bath, dry the bottom and cover with foil. Place in the refrigerator to chill for at least 4 hours before serving, I prefer 6+ hours.
  7. Prepare the topping by combining all of the ingredients in a mixing bowl and stirring together until smooth. Using a spatula, spread over the top of the cooled cheesecake (you can also do this at about 3 hours into the chill time so that it can set during that remaining hour). During the chilling process the cheesecake should come away from the edges of the pan, making it easy and mess-free to remove it before serving.
NOTES
-Fresh fruit, nuts or decadent swirls make great additions to this cheesecake. You can also top it with pretty much anything your heart desires!
-This can be made gluten-free by using gluten-free graham crackers such as these.
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