Caffeine and Bingo

Life without Caffeine…day three…

I never considered myself dependent on caffeine. I drink an occasional cup of coffee, but not often. Sure, I have like two…maybe four…cups of hot tea in the morning, but it isn’t coffee.

So imagine my surprise when I went to the doctor earlier this week for a checkup and the first thing he did after taking my blood pressure was tell me to nix the caffeine.

What?

Seriously???

But, I’m innocent, I tell ya!

He laughed, shook his head, and then said, “No more caffeine.”

Okay, fine. I keep decaf on hand, I can handle it.

Ladies and gentlemen, day one was fine. Until about 8 pm when I finally sat down on the sofa and was out like a light.

Day two? Perfectly fine. But then 8 pm rolled around, and I crashed and burned.

I am now on day three of no caffeine, Friday night, I have plans that require me to leave the house. I’m a bit terrified that I’m going to fall asleep before I even leave the house!

I didn’t get headaches or grouchiness. I may have been a bit more scatterbrained (don’t laugh!) but overall, I thought I was doing okay. Apparently, though, caffeine is what was keeping me alive and kicking after the sun went down.

How could I have been so dependent and not known it? Those addictions are sneaky, I tell ya.

Anyway, I realized how little I actually know about caffeine, so I did a little research and learned a few things.

  • Caffeine is a psychoactive drug and is used by most adults daily.
  • After digestion, it can take up to 45 minutes for the effects of caffeine to begin and they wear off within three hours.
  • The natural bitterness of caffeine is used as a pest deterrent in plants.
  • It is recommended that adults not consume more than 300mg of caffeine a day. Most adults average over 600mg.
  • And the most interesting thing…even decaffeinated beverages have some traces of caffeine in them. Boo!

We’re not going to listen to the last one. Excuse me while I double up on my decaffeinated tea.

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Collecting Romance Books and Another Bingo Clue

Hot ZoneOne of my all-time favorite authors has another book out.  Jayne Ann Krentz (and all her pen names) is a must-buy, must-read author for me.  Always has been and always will be.  [See her new book to the left – I just received mine on Tuesday and am saving it for the weekend and uninterrupted reading time!]

And as it is usual with my favorite, go-to authors, I must have all her back list on my shelves so I can re-read her earlier books at my leisure.  Now, JAK has written a lot of books since she was first published in 1980.

Her pen names include Jayne Ann Krentz, Jayne Castle, Amanda Quick, Jayne Bentley, Jayne Taylor, Amanda Glass, and Stephanie James.

I own all of her books, under all her names, but 6 books.  Yes, all of them but 6.  The six I am missing are four of her Jayne Bentley books (A Moment Past Midnight, 1980; Maiden of the Morning, 1980; Hired Husband, 1981; and Sabrina’s Scheme, 1981) and two of her Jayne Castle books (Queen of Hearts, 1980, and Vintage of Surrender, 1980).

Sometime in the mid-1990s, I made it my goal to own everything she has ever written — and the only reason I don’t have those last few is scarcity and, when available, cost.  I do have some of her very early books in the original paperbacks that now cost a bundle, but I found them in small town used bookstores, the Goodwill, or through the kindness of my fellow book-a-holics. 🙂

My aspiration as an author — is to be like Jayne.  I hope for a long writing career.  I would also love to have fans who’d like to own all my books –probably the highest compliment any fan can give an author.

So, Jayne Ann Krentz, if you read this, please know, I LOVE your writing.  You have given me many enjoyable hours. Thank you.

BTW, I also have extensive collections of  JD Robb’s In Death series (ALL of them and I re-read the books every year beginning on Thanksgiving Day), Elizabeth Lowell, Donna Leon, Elizabeth Peters, Mary Stewart, and Kay Hooper. Yes, I am a book-a-holic. And, yes, I have a lot of bookshelves.

Now, please share any authors you collect religiously. Maybe I can find a new author to whom I can become addicted. 😉

Here’s the next Bingo Clue – this is to win a download of KaLyn Cooper’s Explosive Combination! Since this is KaLyn’s first book, you can start your book collection of her books from the very beginning.

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Work In Progress and The Next BINGO Clue

As with most authors, I am on deadline.

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THIS WAS MY INSPIRATION FOR THE QUAD LOOKING OUT FROM THE SECOND OR THIRD FLOOR OF THE HOUSE TOWARD THE CARIBBEAN SEA. IN MY STORY, THE THATCHED ROOF ON THE LEFT COVERS TWO BEDROOMS. TWO, MORE BEDROOMS, WHERE A LOT OF ACTION TAKES PLACE, ARE IN THE MAIN HOUSE ON THE LOWER LEVEL. OFF TO THE RIGHT IS THE SIX-CAR GARAGE.

This one is self-imposed. At the beginning of the year, I created a business plan and set specific goals for 2014.

My next goal is to publish a Christmas novel which should have been completed by the end of July, according to The Plan.

Life happened and the story didn’t. Well, that’s not exactly accurate. I was extremely busy with family obligations in July, but I did write almost every day.

The story happened, and it happened, and more of it happened. I just hadn’t reached the end when planned. What I had hoped would be about 55,000 words didn’t work out that way.

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JACK’S RECENTLY-DIVORCED SISTER AND TWO BOYS ARE STAYING IN THE POOL HOUSE IN A CANCUN CHRISTMAS. IT PROVIDES PLENTY OF SHADE FOR MY HEROINE’S TWO-YEAR-OLD BLONDE DAUGHTER, ADDISON, TO PLAY OUTSIDE YET KEEP HER SENSITIVE SKIN OUT OF THE INTENSE CARIBBEAN SUN.

When I reached 40,000, my hero and heroine were finally having sex, but there was a lot more to the story yet to be told.

I’m currently at 57,000 and it’s moving along well. I figure I’ll finish somewhere around 75-80,000 words by the first week in September.

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MEET JACK GIRARD, MY HERO. HE’S A FORMER SEAL WHO NOW OWNS BAD ASS CATAMARANS WHICH TAKES CRUISE SHIP GUESTS SNORKELING OR SCUBA DIVING ON THE REEFS AROUND ISLA MUJERES, THE ISLE OF WOMEN, JUST OFF CANCUN.

For today’s blog I thought I’d share some visuals with you that I used when writing A Cancun Christmas. It’s a working title and has changed several times already, but goes with the next in this series, A Cancun Crisis.

Stay tuned for more updates on my work in progress.

 

Playing BINGO with us? The next winner receives an eBook copy of Explosive Combination, my most recent release. Here’s today’s clue:

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A trailer and a new cover!

My friends, it feels as if it’s been forever since I’ve been able to treat you to a sexy new cover, but today’s the day. As my faithful readers know, Predator’s Fire, Gemini Island Shifters 5, comes Sept. 8. You will find it that day at www.lsbooks.com, as well as Amazon, ARE, to be followed at B&N and Kobo and other locations.

And we have cover!

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Graphic artist Lyn Taylor, who has created all my Gemini Island Shifters books, did an amazing job. She has consistently made covers for me that truly reflect my characters, and found a way to make each of these covers unique, while retaining that magical Gemini Island flair. Thank you and big hugs to Lyn!

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And now, to go along with that sexy cover, I have a new trailer for the book, created by the wonderful Nita Banks at The Book Chick. You can request a hot trailer from her here: http://bookchickwithkick.com/trailer-request/

The Book Chick takes so much time, crafting videos with style and love, and I thank her for all she’s done for me. The Predator’s Fire trailer is here for your viewing pleasure. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htqoJprYm6A&feature=youtu.be

Thanks to all my readers for their constant interest and enthusiasm. You folks keep me going and I lurve you. That’s right, LURVE.

Need a new BINGO clue? Here you go!

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Another Clue!! Yes, we’re still playing!

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Despite having a winner last week, we still have a goodie to give away from KaLynn, so we’re going to play until we get another winner. Get out those bingo boards and check out this clue….

In the meantime, If you’re not playing along, check out my newest release, Her Lieutenant, by my alter ego Theodora Lane, who writes traditional romance. Her_Lieutenant-Theodora_Lane-500x800 As you can see, it’s a historical set in 1600’s Russia, starring Arisha Bagry, a young woman in exile, and Lieutenant Alexei Zolvar, a young lieutenant who’d rather be fighting than bringing her back to her family. The sparks between these two fly, and I had a blast writing their dialogue. Here’s an example….

Looking into her fierce blue eyes, Alexei knew this would be a battle of wills. Damnation. Every cursed mile back to Bagry would be hard fought, with little gain for him in the end. Just another “Well done, Lieutenant Zolvar” and “We’ve got another mission for you that no one wants, Lieutenant Zolvar.”

“Nonetheless, you are going.” He straightened and faced her.

Ignoring him, she gathered the small bundles sitting on her desk, along with the apples, and placed them in a blue cloth bag. Removing her embroidered shawl, she exchanged it for a dark gray woolen traveling cloak and headed down the aisle to the door.

She was leaving.

Without him.

He followed her as fast as he could without running. It was undignified for an officer to chase a woman down in the streets, that’s what corporals were for.

“Where do you think you are going?” he barked.

“Home.” She flipped her hand at him, as if brushing him off.

She headed down a lane leading away from the cottage, putting distance between them. Forgoing dignity, Alexei broke into a run, jerked Ruj’s reins from the branch, and followed. She strode, hands in tight fists as they pumped at her sides.

He cursed under his breath—the woman, the mission, Captain Cherburko, and as always, his damn luck.

Dragging a reluctant Ruj behind him, he realized he had been a fool to think this would be an easy mission.

The narrow path opened into another clearing revealing a larger stone cottage with a thatched roof surrounded by a low stone wall. Dropping Ruj’s reins, Alexei put on a burst of speed and almost reached her.

Pushing open a creaking wooden gate, she stepped through, and with a small push from her, it swung back and cracked Alexei on his knee. He bit his lip, keeping back an oath.

She was to the door.

Throwing himself forward to make it there in time, he wedged his boot in the gap as she spun and slammed the door shut.

“Jesus wept!” This time, he could not hold back. “I think you have broken my foot.” He groaned through clenched teeth. She-devil? A hellcat.

“That’s what you get for trying to drag me off against my will.” She leaned against the door, one blue eye glaring at him through the crack. “If you do not leave me alone, I will call…a…a…”

“Druzhina?” By the narrowing of her eye, he knew he had scored his mark.

“No. A large farm hand. With a scythe.”

“Well, there do not seem to be any out here. Have you got one in there with you?” he drawled.

With a very feminine growl, she slammed her body against the door again. Alexei winced but held firm. Did breaking into her house and dragging her out constitute appropriate treatment? Or would he be taken out and beheaded with his own sword when she reported his behavior to her father?

Reason first. Death last.

“I am not finished with you.” His voice boomed against the wooden door.

“Well, I am finished with you. You are dismissed. Go away,” she ordered.

“You cannot order me, Lady Bagry. I take my orders from only three people, the Tsar, the General of the Druzhina, and my commanding officer. You are not on that list.”

She growled. “No one orders me, not even my father has that right anymore.” She fell against the door again. It would be a wonder if he could walk after this.

So much for reason. What lay between that and death? Force? Trickery? Bribery? Seduction? Damnation?

Taking a deep breath, he braced himself. He threw his shoulder against the door and it flew open. He fell forward and sprawled on the stone floor.

Rolling onto his back, he groaned and felt his nose. No blood, at least.

Arisha stood over him, hands on her hips, eyes narrowed, and the fiercest frown he had seen from her yet. That look might make a sane man flee, but not a Druzhina.

It’s available now at all the regular places….
Taliesin Publishing – http://www.taliesinpublishing.com/her-lieutenant-p60.php
Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Her-Lieutenant-Theodore-Lane-ebook/dp/B00LG83N0O/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1404627037&sr=8-1-fkmr1&keywords=theodora+lane+her+lieutenant

Queer Romance Month

Happy Saturday, friends! Vanessa here with a special Saturday post to talk about an upcoming event near and dear to my heart.

I’m thrilled to be a part of the upcoming Queer Romance Month! This October, we’re celebrating romance fiction, queerness, allyship, and most of all, love.Badge 1

I believe one of the best things about the romance genre is that it’s sex-positive and rewards the protagonists with a happy ever after. I believe it’s important for everyone to be able to find characters in fiction to whom they can relate, and that everyone deserves to have their love and their relationships treated with equal respect and celebration.

I believe that love is love!

I hope you’ll join us this October!

Learn more about the event (and check out the amazing list of participating authors) at http://queerromancemonth.com

And don’t forget to follow us on twitter: http://twitter.com/queerromance

 

And we have a winner…our first!

Hi everyone!

Just a quick note to thank everyone who played BINGO with us. We appreciate your interest and enthusiasm.

Congrats to Seelkfirecie for winning a signed copy of Love in the Cards, our sexy anthology set in New Orleans.

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Now some more good news….Because this has been so fun and we’ve gotten such great feedback, we are going to play until we get one more winner! We didn’t post a clue today, but we will get back to it tomorrow. Keep playing on the board you’ve already started, and let’s see who calls Bingo next! The next winner will get an e-copy of KaLyn’s Explosive Combination.

Thank you!