Release News – Predator’s Trinity!

Gosh, it’s good to be back! It’s been a busy few weeks for me. Between family vacation time, extra work hours and getting the kids ready for school, it’s been a whirlwind.

Oh, and then I’ve had a bit on my plate with three releases scheduled for the fall! One of them released yesterday and I’m proud to share it with you.


Predator’s Trinity picks up where Predator’s Fire left off. Our friends on Gemini Island are battling a terrible foe, shape shifter cult leader August Crane. He has promised vengeance and slaughter. When we last saw the gang from the Ursa Fishing Lodge and Resort, they were safe, but knew it was only a matter of time before Crane struck again.

I’ve tried very hard to make Predator’s Trinity a book any romance fan can enjoy, but I think most of my readers would agree you will get the full benefit of the story if you read the previous books in the series first. It helps to better understand the conflict.

Along with these trials, I bring you a sexy new romance, this one a menage between twin jaguar shifter brothers Byron and Percy Moon and human librarian Suzan Marsh. This was so much fun to write and I really got to flex my writer muscles on this triad. Come to think of it, so did Percy, Byron and Suzan. Hee hee.

Please enjoy this new romance. 

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What makes a romance unique?

I was scrolling through Facebook recently and caught a comment written by my pal Nita from The Book Chick Blog. Please give her a like when you check her out and let her know Rosanna sent you. In her post, she made a point about the lack of unique romance books, and it made me wonder.

What makes a romance novel unique? It’s a tough question. After all, romances are, by their very nature, predictable. We need to know the couple will unite at the end. We see the same predictability in mysteries. By the end of the book, the murderer must be revealed and (hopefully) punished. So, in this sense, can a romance be unique at all?


We do see a lot of the same romance tropes in today’s fiction, but I think audiences demand them, too. My own shape shifter series is the most popular of my series, and God only knows there are hundreds of other shifter series out there. Romance readers still love those classic paranormal characters. But do these books lack individuality? Perhaps there are similar traits, but there is one thing that separates them.

In my opinion, it boils down to author voice. This is what gives a book flavor. This is what keeps readers coming back. A reader “clicks” with an author’s voice. It can often make or break a book and it is what helps a reader relate to the story and characters. If I like an author’s voice, I don’t even mind if the story is less than unique. I just want to keep reading.

Is it possible to be completely, undeniably, 100% unique anyway? I don’t know. We’ve been told no thought is original. And don’t readers also value a sense of familiarity as well? We read romance for the same reason we read cozy mysteries: we cherish the sense of nostalgia and know we are assured of a satisfying resolution.

There is, I think, a danger in “unique” translating into “quirky.” Too quirky. I’m wary of gimmicks, as a rule. For example, I write about shape shifters. I don’t want to be the author who writes about rodent shifters or pink lizard shifters. Give me my traditional wolves and bears and tigers. Think of some of the crazy books out there right now. Do I want to contribute to that level of crazy? No. I don’t want to be the author who pens a book about a vampire with a unicorn horn on his head, who has a career as a grocer and takes pottery classes, leading him to fall in love with one of his vases. Sure, this all sounds very silly, but hopefully I’m making a point.

I think we gravitate to a familiar trope because we want to have a sense how it will unfold, at least to some extent. It’s nice to throw in some twists and turns, but at the end of the day, certain aspects must hold. We want our romantic heroes to be fierce and protective. We want the heroines to have some level of spunk. And we want them to embark on a grand adventure, realistic or not, one that strengthens their bond.

At the same time, I understand what The Book Chick is saying. As an avid reader of romance, she must see the same stories play out over and over.

So what else can make a romance stand out?

I think character is a big one. We don’t want to see cookie-cutter characters, even if they are vampires or cowboys or millionaires or some other trope we’ve seen a thousand times. There should be something to differentiate them, and it’s up to the author to discover those quirks and habits and wounds.

Conflict is another point. There was a period where babies were all the rage, especially babies the heroine didn’t expect. Great source of conflict, but it’s been done many times. It’s up to us to find new sources of tension. In today’s modern world, with its modern challenges, we have a wealth of information upon which we can draw.

I’d love to know what you think. What makes a romance unique in your eyes?


You get what you pay for.

There was some conversation in one of my author loops recently, after a couple of authors noticed that prices on their ebooks had been raised by their publisher. That opened up a long thread of comments, firstly filled with worry.

“Readers won’t pay that.”

“No one wants to buy ebooks that are priced higher than $5.”

“Too expensive.”

I admit, at first, I wondered the same thing. But then I wondered some more.

Sure, the internet romance world is flooded by $0.99 specials and freebies. With the ladies of Love, Lust and Laptops, I have a couple of freebies myself. It’s a great idea and helps new readers connect with an author.

But does that mean all our books should sit a bargain-basement prices? No.

Sometimes I get discouraged because I see the bestsellers are the folks who often price themselves at a buck or two. Great deal, right? I admit I’ve snapped up a few of these cheap books myself. Often, once I read them, I’m disappointed. I don’t want to say all cheap books are worthless, but there are a lot of them out there with bad grammar, bad stories and bad cover art. And at that point, paying $0.99 isn’t such a deal anymore.

I don’t mind paying a little more, knowing I’m getting a good product. Remember the old adage, “You get what you pay for?” It’s often true. If you go too cheap, it can bite you in the bottom.

It’s sort of like umbrellas. I’ve bought a lot of cheap umbrellas in my life, the cheap and cheerful ones you can find at a dollar store. Invariably, they break or the wind snaps them. When I’m standing in the rain, getting soaked, holding a broken umbrella, I’m not so cheerful. However, when I’ve spent a few dollars on a well-crafted umbrella, it takes care of me. It keeps me dry and holds up in the worst storms.

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I don’t want my books to be like dollar store umbrellas. I want to be the umbrella that lasts a long time, helping you feel good. I want to be worth every penny you spend on me. And I can guarantee, for those few dollars, you got a lot of hard work in return, from me and from the good folks at my publishers.

In the end, undervaluing ourselves isn’t the answer. When you provide a good product, people don’t mind paying. You’ll still find my books on sale here and there, but am I just giving it away?  No.

I’m worth more than that.



It’s time for summer reading!

As some of you may know, I work at my local library, as well as writing. It’s a great job for an author who needs a sideline and especially in the summer.

Summer means the kids are coming and it’s an exhilarating time for everyone associated with the library for that reason. Our local library runs a summer reading club for kids. As part of the club, kids set reading goals and receive prizes for accomplishing their goals. It’s a great way to keep children interested in books and feeling they’ve achieved new heights.


But it doesn’t have to be just for kids. Why not set goals for ourselves this summer? We all need a bit of down time and I’m never more at ease than when I’m curled up with a new book. When we read, it’s our time. Our preferences, our fantasies. Is there anything better than stretching out on a beach or by the pool and cracking the spine of a hot new romance? Or firing it up for the first time on our ereaders, watching it download? I love that anticipation.

What sorts of summer reads do you enjoy? Do you indulge in chick lit? Do you dabble in different genres? Do you refrain from darker, heavier reads and stick to lighter, fun fare?

Share some of your favorite summer books here!

Geek love is the sweetest love.

It’s official. I’ve fallen in love again. Well, a few times.

Hubs and I have been plowing our way through a couple of TV series lately and I have discovered a couple of new all-time favorite shows. I can’t get enough of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and Silicon Valley. And it strikes me that although these are two very different programs, there is one huge similarity.

The main characters are total geeks.

Now I mean this with love and respect, having been one for my entire life. These shows feature men who are incredibly intelligent and so funny I pee myself more with every joke (not a good image, I admit, but you know what I mean.)


John Oliver keeps me in stitches. His tirades on politicians, corruption and the lunacy of the world are always on point and well-researched. You can tell this man not only does his homework, but feels passion for the subjects he presents. John Oliver can skewer a celebrity or corporation like no one can, but he does so with English humour and a healthy dose of irreverence. If I’d known him in high school, I would have begged him to be my best friend. We would have huddled in the corners at school dances and giggled at the popular kids.


And then there’s Silicon Valley. I laugh just thinking about it. The show is about a group of young IT geeks who are doing their very best to start their own computer company, and usually failing dismally because of their character flaws. These are guys with whom I could have gone to school. Smart as whips, they know everything there is to know about technology. As a result, the show is intelligent, never talking down to the audience. But they make mistakes, often huge ones, resulting in major laughs. Oh, and I have a big crush on actor T.J. Miller, who plays Erlich (the big, hairy blond guy on the right). His every line is delivered with deadly precision and the most incredible comedic timing.

So what am I really trying to say in this blog? Just this: gorgeous guys with hard abs and killer looks may be okay. But at the end of the day, if a man can’t make me think and laugh, he’ll get nowhere. Geek love is always the sweetest love.

A taste of Predator’s Trinity.

I’m so pleased to announce the upcoming release of my next book in the Gemini Island Shifters series, Predator’s Trinity. Slated for publication August 24 at Liquid Silver Books, book 6 brings us the romance between jaguar shifter twins Percy and Byron Moon and human librarian Suzan Marsh. Not only will they have to deal with the strong emotions of a menage relationship, they must find a way to vanquish wolf shifter August Crane.

You will remember August from book 5. He’s not a nice man and will do anything it takes to defeat our friends on Gemini Island.

I don’t yet have a cover but hope to be able to share one soon. However, if you’d like a sense for what Byron and Percy look like, I envision them a little bit like this.


Not bad, huh?

Please enjoy this snippet from Predator’s Trinity, but before you join my shifters, I’ll take a moment to let you know I’ve started a street team, Rosanna Leo’s Pride. If you’d like to join us on Facebook, it’s a great way to join some like-minded readers and be among the first to learn about my work and read my ARCs. Hope to see you there!

Blurb for Predator’s Trinity:

Librarian Suzan Marsh is an empath and has always felt assaulted by the feelings of others. She has had to distance herself from the people in her life, raising a mental barrier to ward off unwanted emotions. When wolf shifter August Crane abducts her, he breaks through the walls she constructed, forcing her to accept a frightening new truth.

Jaguar shifter twins Percy and Byron Moon are familiar with the evil ways of August Crane. Because of him, their childhood was destroyed. Because of him, their way of life at the peaceful Ursa Fishing Lodge and Resort is threatened. And they won’t rest until he is dead.

When Crane drags Suzan into his cult and decides to make her his “concubine,” Percy and Byron know they must save the human woman. Their connection to her is strong and they cannot deny the dream they always held close. That they could share a woman and make her their mate.

But even after rescuing Suzan, none of them are free from Crane’s clutches. The wolf shifter has plans, ones that involve the demise of every shape shifter at the Ursa Resort. Not only must Percy and Byron keep Suzan safe, they must convince her to accept them both. In order to stop Crane from hurting everyone they love, they must learn to fight together.


“I will kill those Moon boys if it’s the last thing I do.”

At the mention of the name Moon, Suzan cracked open her eyes, but not enough to elicit attention from Crane and his mongrel friends. Still bound to the chair, she remained still, breathing slowly so they’d think she was still unconscious.

The men were huddled in the opposite corner of the sitting room, gathered around an occasional table. She didn’t dare glance toward the clock, but from the shadows in the room, she could tell she’d been out for a while, maybe hours. The windows in the room were open and a light breeze made the curtains rustle. Should she chance a scream? No. Crane hadn’t bothered to shut the windows. He knew no one would listen to her screams here.

One of the men shifted his balance from one foot to the other. “Do you want us to take them out?”

She knew the voice. It was Tyler, Crane’s favorite henchman, the one who’d turned into a tiger.

“Don’t be stupid,” answered Crane. “We can’t do a thing while they’re surrounded by their shifter friends from Gemini Island. I need to recruit more people for our cause. But when the time is right, I’ll take pleasure in ripping out their throats.” He paused and then out of nowhere, growled and pounded the table. “I hate those Moons!”

A few documents fluttered to the floor, along with a couple of photos. Thanks to the breeze at the window, several of the photos slid toward her on the floor and came to rest in front of her feet. She dared a glance while Crane and his cronies talked in the other corner.

The photo closest to her pictured two men, twins, by the looks of it. Both blond and ruggedly handsome, their images captured her imagination in a way that had her sucking in shallow breaths. She knew who they were. Percy and Byron Moon. Crane had spent much of his time complaining about the residents of Gemini Island and the Moon brothers were tops on his hit list. Them, and their older brother Killian. It seemed they had a shared history, one Crane regarded with blistering resentment.

Dazzled by the photo, she gazed at it until the rambling of the men in the room faded into nothingness. With her abilities, she could glean knowledge, even from a photo. Staring at Percy and Byron, she felt things. Warm and wonderful things that had her shifting in her seat. She perceived emotions from these men, as clearly as she did from Crane. Only the sensations she derived looking at the Moon twins were quite different. They made her happy and hopeful, and sad to be locked in a room with August Crane.

And she knew, as well as she knew the stacks in her library, that the Moon brothers would be her salvation.

For as long as she could remember, she had just known things. It was a gift that startled, no, terrified her adoptive family. It had lost her friends and prevented her from having regular relationships.

Nevertheless, as much as she often tried to tamp down her ability, one look at the Moons had her convinced they were her future. One glance at the photo and it seemed the wheel of fortune spun her in their direction.

For the first time since being abducted, she wanted to smile.


When bad habits resurface.

I would never call myself a writing expert. For one thing, it sounds rude. More to the point, it’s the sort of activity one can always improve.

In fact, if I’ve learned anything since embarking on this career, it’s that each new manuscript teaches me so much about myself and my writing. Yes, I may be at the point where I can trust myself not to make obvious mistakes, but that doesn’t mean a seasoned writer can’t fall back into old patterns. I don’t know about you, but I’ve always been the sort to break a habit and feel I’m cured, only to lapse back into it again. It’s sort of like nail biting. I can stop it here and there, but every so often, I find myself taking a nibble when no one’s watching.

In other words, it’s very easy to forget what we’ve learned.


Take my recent manuscript for Predator’s Trinity, Gemini Island Shifters 6. Our friend Monette Michaels recently shared her time and expertise and critiqued my finished story. And boy, am I glad she did! Like any good critique buddy, she pointed out my mistakes. I already knew many were there, but I was surprised to see how many old bad habits I’d fallen into. For instance, I made way too much use of the passive voice. This is easily fixed, thank goodness. A sharp pen and a sharper eye and off we go.

So why would I make so many mistakes that I thought I’d corrected? In this case, I was writing under a bit of duress due to my family situation. With my head in the clouds, I probably couldn’t identify my own bad habits. It was also very important to me that I get this story down and perhaps I rushed a bit. Rushing our writing is never wise but I found solace in writing over the past couple of months, and must not have been paying close enough attention to my technique. It was enough for me, just to get the story down on paper.

How do we correct these errors? The first step is to put the manuscript aside for a while. Let it breathe and take a breather as well. You’ll return fresher, more able to spot problems and inconsistencies. And make sure you have another trusted set of eyes. Monette spotted my problems and was able to communicate them in a clear, caring fashion. Tackle one issue at a time, so as not to get overwhelmed. Little by little, we all get there.

Most of all. Don’t sweat it too much. If you’re able to identify your problems, you can fix them.

Oh, and if you’re tempted to bite your nails like I am, sit on your hands.