Monday, November 24, 2014


Not a lot of blogging going on here, have you noticed? Mostly because I'm not sure what I have to say at this very strange and difficult time in my life. I am not cut out for widowhood, I believe. I could bore you with the realities of my life these last 4 weeks. Insurance stress, death benefit stress, getting on with life stress and as of today, Social Security Administration stress (they're trying to pay a dead man). Did you know it would be easier to catch a fly with chopsticks than get a human on the phone at the SSA?

Or I could tell you about putting away the medical supplies I used to care for him and crying. Or changing the sheets for the first time since he passed...and crying. Or ya know...making coffee...and crying.

But there is writing, though. That's a bright spot. Because I had this weird notion (much like when I quit smoking) that I wouldn't be able to write now that I'm a widow (I thought I wouldn't be able to write sans smokes). But I can. And I am. So, I'm grateful for that.

Another thing I am looking forward to is the release of my Christmas novella 'Tis the Season which comes out from Excessica on December 5th. So that...yeah, I'm looking forward to that.

What I'm not looking forward to is December 1st, which is my 43rd birthday. It's the first birthday I can recall not looking forward to. This is the first year I wished I could skip it. Jim always made my birthday great. Even if he had to work. It was still him coming home and yay! it's your birthday and I got to spend it with my best friend/favorite person/husband. So, I think the kids and I will go out to eat because my guy isn't here to cook and it will be a change of scenery.

Let's see...what else. Well, like I said, there's writing. I'm more than half done the anthology of all new stories I'm putting together to be the follow up to Lucky 13. And Obsession Suite is selling in a modest but steady stream and...

Yeah, that's all I've got. I am trying to find a shred of my Christmas spirit. Trying to embrace, even on some level, moving forward. But it is slow going and difficult to say the least.

On that note, I'd like to thank all my writer friends and readers yet again for their unfailing kindness, support, understanding and love. You're awesome. And I'm grateful for you. <3


Sunday, November 9, 2014

Just a toe...

I haven't blogged since we lost Jim. So this is me sticking just a toe into the water. I knew I'd be down for the count for a few weeks. I anticipated it. But now I am itching to focus on something and do what I do to process all my emotions. Write. So I started tentatively a few days ago. I will be blogging helter skelter for a while, I'm sure. But I'm here and trying to find the balance between grieving and purpose. Thank you to all of you who have contacted me with condolences, kindness, support and love. You are very much appreciated and when you reach out you touch my heart.


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

My Best Friend

At 9:33 a.m. yesterday morning, I lost my very best friend in the world. I feel like half of myself is missing now. But I am beyond overjoyed for him that he is no longer in the incredible pain he endured for way too long. As each hour passes, the image of my sick husband, at the mercy of his disease, is being replaced more and more by the memory of my whole, happy, healthy husband with his booming voice and equally booming laugh. Jim, and the family we built, is the best thing that has ever happened to me, and I am beyond grateful that I have our children--and what amazing, kind and caring children they are--because it means I will forever have part of him and a constant reminder of our amazing love.

*December 25, 2013

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Treat no trick!

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by Sommer Marsden

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Spooky, sexy spot #12: Rozlyn Sparks (and friends)

I may have a few more stragglers coming in but as of right now this is the last SSS in the chamber! I'll post snippets from some of my own paranormals through the rest of the month, as well as, a link to a fun monster-friendly spot, annnnnd any last minute party goers that may arrive. For now we have a box set, Crimson Dreams, that's so tasty your mouth will water. And your fangs will definitely come out. *chomp*

CRIMSON DREAMS: A Vampire Anthology
10 tantalizing tales of Vampires in one enticing multi-author boxed set! Together, these stories have over 500+ five star reviews. Vampires have never been more wicked…
****Recommended for readers 18yrs + for Mature Content****

FEW ARE ANGELS by Inger Iversen ~ War is raging between the Immortals and the Dark Prince’s army of half-breed vampires — and gifted Ella finds herself at the center. Can renegade half-breed vampire Kale keep her safe as their forbidden love awakens?
BLOOD OF THE SON (Skye Morrison Vampire Series, #1) by J.L. McCoy ~ Recent college grad, Skye Morrison, accepts a new job from gorgeous businessman, Archer Rhys, as the executive assistant at The Mausoleum, Austin's newest and hottest Goth club. She quickly finds out she may have gotten more than she bargained for. Blood of the Son; this isn’t your little sister’s vampire novel.
RELUCTANT STORM by P.A. Warren ~ What if everything about your world was a lie? When Claire discovers there’s a vampire world out there she never knew existed, she ends up used as a pawn in someone else’s game. Two powerful men strive to use her in their devious competition. Loyalties will be tested, ties will be broken, and love will face the ultimate test.
BLOOD WARRIOR by H.D. Gordon ~ The tale of two sisters who take on a world of vampires and werewolves, as well as the monsters that dwell within themselves.
VAMPIRE COP by Sheri Kurtz ~ Chef Deputy Sheriff Shawn Anderson finds himself the victim of a frame job. Now he has to find out who is setting him up without letting on that he's a vampire.
REIGN OF BLOOD Book #1 by Alexia Purdy ~ April Tate is a seventeen-year-old ferocious vampire killer who lives in the remains of Las Vegas one year after a viral epidemic has left the world decimated. After her family is abducted, her world tilts when she discovers they're not truly alone.
IMMORTALIS CARPE NOCTEM by Katie Salidas ~ Becoming a vampire is easy. Living with the condition...that's the hard part. Newbie vampire Alyssa never asked for this life, but now it's all she has. Rescued from death by Lysander, the aloof and sexy leader of the Peregrinus vampire clan, she's barely cut her teeth before she becomes a target of Kallisto, an ancient and vindictive vampire queen and Lysander's old mate.
(The Girl With No Name, Aluminum Butterflies, By Lantern’s Light, Prologue to the Apocalypse, & Scarred) by Michael Hammor ~ As the economy worsens, Agent Simmons investigates a murder at a border patrol check point. Tapping the talents of an IT technician, they uncover more than they wanted to know.
A young woman wanders, seeking revenge. One night, she’s attacked under an overpass. As the hunters stalk their prey, they have no idea things may not be as they seem. Soon, a price is placed on her head. She struggles with her demons as external forces align against her.  She will have to make a difficult decision; join forces with the Mayor of Huachuca City, or Dance with the Dawn.
THE SCENE, Dylan Hart book #1 by R.M. Gilmore ~ Irreverent, twenty-something journalist, Dylan Hart, is not your average heroine. With a big butt and an even bigger mouth, she has her work cut out for her when she decides to cash-in on the blood-drained bodies of seven prostitutes scattered throughout southern California.
With her best friend in tow, and two contrasting boy-babes at her heels, the crew is pulled into an all too real sanguinarian lifestyle and dragged them through a bloody good mystery. Horrible pun intended.
INTO THE ABYSS by Lissette E. Manning ~ An unexpected plague brought down the entire world, leaving its inhabitants to founder in its wake. Survival is a must, a lesson both human and vampire alike are learning quite well. AbbessĂ© Franklin has promised herself that she’ll wipe out the Falgori with every stroke of her sword, or die trying in the process.


Friday, October 24, 2014

Spooky, sexy spot #11: Kiki Howell

Redux! Yes, Kiki was here earlier this month but she has not one, but two (who else hears The Count from Sesame Street in their head right now?)...two! spooky, sexy reads this month. Here's the second one...

Soul Lights: A Hallowe'en Romance of an Erotic Danse Macabre


Lighting a soul light in a cemetery on Hallowe’en hoping to catch a glimpse of her mother in the danse macabre, Nina’s sadness weighs her down. Then something shimmers on the edge of the tree line. Called to it, she lets a spirit whose flesh is hot and solid but invisible, like no spirit she’s encountered before, lead her into the woods.
With sensations of Deja Vu, she immediately trusts him but knows not why. Wanting that dangerous reach for life that comes only through skin on skin contact, she gives into her needs, outside, against a tree, at the whim of this spirit who feels like a real flesh and blood man. But, secrets await her once Kailen’s spirit materializes fully. And, who steps through the portal next with a Hallowe’en gift will change her life forever…


She’d never experienced the woods quite this way, to this depth. As they moved or stopped, their bodies continued to brush against each other in various ways. All of her nerve endings remained on high alert. They wanted more of him against her. As she became more disoriented to time and place so far into the trees now, all she only heard his voice. The low timbre floated over her as he talked of things that didn’t quite seem of this time. She didn’t question it though, a slave to her senses, as his body moved hers. Of course, her ghostly guide would defy all the laws of the spirit world, but she failed to focus on it. She should fear his voice, as she lost all her self-preservation instincts when he spoke.
“We are close to my cas…home,” he stumbled over his words. She could feel his breath on her face. He moved in front of her, taking her by the arms to stop her. Something shimmered again in front of her, the quick image of a masculine face, but then disappeared.
He then pulled her toward him as he guided her over a few inches of some rough terrain into a small opening in the trees. Her feet fell in awkward positions over the bumps in the earth. Feeling off balance or out of sorts, she reached out quickly for him. One hand landed on a muscled arm and the other fell flat over his obviously tone abs as he caught her wrists with one of his hands.
“Sorry,” she apologized as she bit her lower lip and felt the blood rush to her cheeks again.
“No apologies,” he half-groaned.
 She bit down harder on her lower lip while she freed one of her hands. Bravely, she ran her free hand up his arm to his shoulders and then his face. Catching herself, she swallowed a gasp when her fingers brushed over his lips. She carefully explored and he didn’t stop her. Moving her fingers around, she thought she could make out a chiseled cheek structure. She’d never had to learn someone’s face this way. The moment proved intimate, exotic, stimulating, as far from scary as one could get.
Nina forced her other arm free of his hold and brought her hand up toward his other cheek.   Yet, to her surprise, Kailen grabbed it back before it got there. 
 About the Author

Ever since she was young, Kiki Howell has loved to listen to a well-woven tale with real characters, inspired plots, and delightful resolutions. Kiki could spend hours lost in a book, and soon she knew that creating lives, loves, and losses with just words had to be the greatest thing that she could do. To that end, she pursued her study of literature and writing, earning a bachelor’s degree in English. 

In May, 2011, Kiki was chosen as an Ohioana Book Festival author for her novel, Torn Asunder. She's also had three flash fiction stories win writing contests. In the fall of 2013, her novel, Hidden Salem, made the Amazon Top 100 Bestsellers Lists in 3 categories: Paranormal, Suspense and Ghosts. You can find out more about Kiki on her website or stop by her blog

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On Halloween:

It’s hard for me to pick a favorite aspect of Halloween, as it’s one of my favorite holidays from the crisp chill in the air to the fall leaves, but I guess if forced, I would have to go with the evenings sitting in my fully-decorated living room that looks like a witch’s study full of books and potion bottles. With all of that candles lit and my misting cauldron going, I love to watch Halloween or horror movies.
Check out all the shorts on sale during my Witchy October Sale: four books at 0.99, BOGO Incentive and a Giveaway! Just stop by my blog for all the details

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Spooky, sexy spot #10: Hunter S. Jones (and friends)

Today we have a spooky, sexy antho offered up by Hunter S. Jones. And away we go...


Vampires, menages, witches, BDSM, sex clubs, Dommes, subs, zombies. These eight original stories by some of today's hottest erotic romance writers have one thing in common – a Masquerade. Behind a facade, the constraints of society fade, and fantasies come to life. Lose yourself in the Masquerade, and explore your wildest desires. Let the games begin…

C.P. Mandara - Dancing With Death
Alisa Easton - Masked Desires
Paige Matthews - Secrets
Glenda Horsfall - Under Cover
Gale Stanley - Optical Illusions
Kayla Lords - The Iron Maiden
Dakota Skye - Dominating Justice
Hunter S. Jones - Fables Deux

About the author:

Writer. Exile on Peachtree Street.
I make things up and write them down.

The art form I create when writing is much more interesting than anything you will ever know or learn about me. However, since you ask, I have lived in Tennessee and Georgia my entire life, except for one “lost summer” spent in Los Angeles. My first published stories were for a local underground rock publication in Nashville. Since then, I have published articles on music, fashion, art, travel and history.

October 2013 saw the launch of a novel collaboration, SEPTEMBER ENDS, contemporary fiction laced with romance, erotic and supernatural elements, bound by poetry. SEPTEMBER ENDS has been labeled an “Indie Sensation” due the critical reception and international recognition the novel has received.  It has been awarded Best Independently Published Romance by the peer recommended eFestival of Words. The book has been downloaded in every Amazon domain on the planet. It has achieved #1 status on Amazon for World Literature, #1 in British Poetry, #1 in Artistic Erotica and #1 in Contemporary Poetry.

September 2014 saw the launch of SEPTEMBER FIRST, prequel to SEPTEMBER ENDS. It is the newest addition to the September Stories. SEPTEMBER FIRST is the story of English poets, Jack O. Savage and Indie Shadwick.

Look for MASQUERADE, a paranormal erotic anthology, already on pre-order. MASQUERADE is officially launching November 2, 2014.

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On Halloween:

There’s something romantic and sexy about long, cool nights, isn’t there? It’s a time of enchantment.