On Gothic–Guest blog at A Woman’s Wisdom

Sing a Mournful Melody, Gothic, short story

Available at Amazon

Monday again, well, for today I have a little guest post of my own to tout.  You may remember, about a month ago, a lovely blogger named Bodicia reviewed my latest piece, SING A MOURNFUL MELODY. Today, she has a guest post by yours truly concerning the story. If you’d like to learn a little bit more about it, and why I decided to write a truly Gothic story, you can read the post here.

Enjoy–and thank you again, Bodicia! :) It’s been a pleasure, my friend!

A faery godmother’s not so serene life on sale

Did you have a magical Valentine’s day? We did. It’s downtime and the short slide down to spring (and spring break) right? :)

I’ve been writing away and almost finished with (what I hope will be) my next release. So stay tuned for that. More magic is on the way. In the meantime, Changeling’s Crown is on sale for $.99 extended through the 19th at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. If you haven’t gotten it before I hope you’ll check it out.

CHANGELINGS CROWNWhen Ianthe began her career as a faery godmother, she stumbled so badly that Snow White will probably never speak to her again. After a long suspension, she’s finally been given a chance to redeem herself…but everything on this latest assignment is going wrong.

But why? Continue reading

Cover reveal–Beyond Reach by Siobhan Davis

Today is the cover reveal for Beyond Reach (True Calling #2) by Siobhan Davis. This cover reveal is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours.

Beyond ReachBeyond Reach (True Calling #2)
By Siobhan Davis
Genre: Science Fiction/Dystopian Romance
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: April 30, 2015

Blurb:
Now back on Earth, Ariana is caught in a dangerous crossfire between clandestine rebel organization Clementia and the power-hungry government. Refusing to divulge the location of the secret information entrusted to her by her father, she desperately tries to bargain for her Mom, Lily, and Cal’s rescue. But she’s fighting a losing battle, and the clock is ticking. Continue reading

New Release: The Long Road To You by Jane Leopold Quinn

Today, I’ve invited my friend and romance author Jane Leopold Quinn to the blog. She has a new book out, The Long Road To You, and I invited her to tell us a little about it and the interesting history behind the story. Jane, my friend, you have the floor.

The Long Road To You

The Brothers Agee – Nick

by Jane Leopold Quinn

http://amzn.com/B00SX7AR5K

My two historical western releases are my homage to the western. Their inspiration came from my love of the TV western, The Big Valley. I was/am a Nick Barkley fan. For a while I monitored a fan fiction site relating to this show. Heath was the big favorite, Jarrod fans were strong, but Nick fans were loyal. That black clothing and especially the omnipresent black gloves were somehow sexy. In Nick’s case, a black Stetson didn’t make him the bad guy.

My first manuscript written was The Long Road to You, and it starred a hero named Nick. Around the same time, I was listening to an Andrea Bocelli CD, Sogno, and in particular the song, O Mare e Tu. Its haunting minor chords, the Spanish/Arabic/Gypsy sounds put me in mind of the Flamenco. A young Anglo woman became my heroine, and she became the Flamenco dancer. You’d think a Mexican or Spanish woman would be the dancer, but I turned it around so the properly brought up and schooled American girl fell in love with the Flamenco, tried to break her bonds of propriety, and flee to escape the threat of an arranged marriage. This book became Jake and Ivy, the first in The Brothers Agee series.

Jake and Ivy is available herehttp://amzn.com/B00OEFC9LK

Both heroes Jake and Nick were inspired, in part, by an incident in my husband’s youth. The brothers were raised in an orphanage. Nick left when Jake was ten years old, and they rediscovered each other in Jake and Ivy. My heart ached for the young orphan boys.

After Jake and Ivy’s happily ever after, Nick realized that he yearned to quit roaming, settle down, and find his own home. His visit to Jake’s ranch brings along the discovery of the neighboring ranch owner, Margee McPherson. Margee’s feistiness, independence, and beauty make Nick think of the life he needs now and how long the road has been to this place and time.

The Long Road To You

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The Long Road to You by Jane Leopold QuinnNick Gabriel, orphan, outlaw, reformed man, yearns for what his brother Jake has—land, a home, and best of all, a loving wife. Nick pulls a woman off a rearing horse, slamming her sexy, lithe body against his, the impetuous action setting him up to lose his heart.

Margee McPherson’s whole world revolves around running the ranch her father left her and handling the creepy ranch foreman she also inherited. Years before, she’d made a mistake that ended tragically. Now, she won’t allow the drifter cowboy, Nick Gabriel, to get anywhere near her no matter how tall, dark, and handsome he is, and how much she longs to be in his arms.

Both have secrets in their pasts. Will Margee’s fear and guilt keep her from moving forward with her life? Nick’s fallen in love with the beautiful rancher. Can he prove to her his roaming days are over? And will they survive their past secrets, finding the love they didn’t know they craved?

PG – RATED EXCERPT

Keeping himself busy in the barn, Nick Gabriel heard the shrill screams. “What the hell?” He sprinted outside. Pandemonium. The ranch yard had erupted with a chaotic din of sounds. A half-ton horse’s iron-clad killing hooves batted the air. His heart almost exploded in his chest in fear for the heavily pregnant Ivy. She was right under the rearing gelding.

“Get that damn horse!” he yelled, racing toward them. Christ. The baby.

The second the horse’s front feet hit the ground, the female rider, her legs wrapped around the barrel belly, jerked the reins sharply to the left yanking her mount away from Ivy. Snorting, angry at being thwarted, the beast tossed his head from side to side, dancing and twisting his hindquarters frantically.

Nick’s eyes and throat burned from the dust and dirt kicked up by heavy hooves. With one hand, he grabbed the bridle, pulling it down to force the horse’s head lower. The other hand snared the woman off and into his arms.

“What are you doing! Where’s Ivy?” The female struggled with him, trying to get away.

“Damn it, woman! Hold still.” His heart pounded with a mixture of fury and fear. “Shouldn’t be on a horse if you can’t control it,” he muttered in a tight cold growl.

Her head snapped up. Her light eyes flashed at him. Her mouth opened and closed as she gasped for breath while digging her fingernails into his arm to pry it from around her waist.

“I’ve got him, Nick.”

He let go of the reins when he heard Jake’s voice. Both hands free now, he spun the woman around and slammed her against his chest. She landed hard. They were glued together, chest to thigh. Her fists flew at him, striking wildly at his nose and ears, knocking his Stetson off. He bent her backwards to throw her off balance and gripped one wrist, pulling it in between them. That didn’t stop her. Gasping and grunting, she continued pushing at him and landing increasingly painful blows with her knees added to the mix.

“Let me go, damn you!”

Then she went limp like she was trying to shimmy right out of his arms. Why he just didn’t release her he had no idea. All he knew was that her soft wiggling body felt good in his hands. His fear for Ivy, anger at this woman, and the startling sensuality of her in his arms baffled him. He was hot, and it was caused by more than the blazing sun.

The Brothers Agee Series –

The Long Road To You available now at Amazon – http://amzn.com/B00SX7AR5K

Jake and Ivy available now at Amazon - http://amzn.com/B00OEFC9LK

Author Jane Leopold QuinnBio

Sensual fantasies were locked in my mind for years until a friend said, “Why don’t you write them down?” Why not, indeed? One spiral notebook, a pen and the unleashing of my imagination later, and here I am with more than a dozen books published. The craft of writing erotic romance has become my passion and my niche in life. I love every part of the creative process — developing characters, designing the plot, even drawing the layout of physical spaces from my stories. My careers have been varied — third grade school teacher, bookkeeper, secretary — none of which gave me a bit of inspiration. But now I’m lucky enough to write romance full time — the best job in the universe!

My Books

Ellora’s Cave

Lost and Found

The Real Deal

Indie

Valentine’s Day

His, Hers & His

The Keeper

Soldier, Come Home

Winning Violetta

A Promise at Dawn

Jake and Ivy

Wooing the Librarian

Home to Stay

The Long Road to You

Siren

Undercover Lover

Mercenary Desires

I’ll Be Your Last

Jane Leopold Quinn

My Romance:  Love With a Scorching Sensuality

http://janeleopoldquinn.BlogSpot.com  +  https://twitter.com/jelquinnauthor

Amazon Author Page

What a gorgeous song, Jane and I can see why it influenced your book.  Thank you for being with us, and good luck with your new release. :)

Bad Hair day….sucks

I’ve discussed this topic here before, I have allergies and sometimes it’s hard not to whine about it. I stopped using incense in my rituals years ago when they gave my husband asthma (and I must admit, triggered some in me too). I’ve lost a few family members in recent years, and at the time of their deaths, I burnt candles here at home for them, until one day my husband pulled out the filter on our a/c to find it pitch black. EEEK. I’ve not burned a candle (much) I’ve had to scan ingredient lists for thyme, after I bought a plant and found myself allergic to it. I know to avoid these things. Don’t burn candles, don’t burn incense, don’t use thyme, so it’s no big deal. I just buy cosmetics and stuff without the offending ingredients and avoid incense when I can.

But this past winter put a new, urgent turn on my allergies. I don’t often wear make up often–it’s just something I stopped doing a long time ago except for photos or special occasions. The news stories of all the chemicals found in the stuff puts me off, I must say. If you poke around on my blog you’ll find a post or two about the chemicals in nail polish. One thing I kept doing, though, was coloring my hair. I am Irish at heart, though not (so far as we can find) genetics and I’ve always lamented my dark hair. So I color it. (Yes, I’m owning up to those roots in my author photo, big deal). I’m just too young for those grays!

Medusa by Arnold Bocklin

Medusa by Arnold Bocklin, 1878

Concerned with the odd chemicals, I tried a more natural/organic brand a year ago, and strangely, reacted to it where I had never had a problem with the more well-known store brands. Huh. Weird. So, I went back to the least offensive of the store brands. Lately, my nearby stores stopped stocking my favorite color  (which we thought strange) but checking everywhere I could I couldn’t find any recalls or news about said-color, so I moved a shade darker. Did all the necessary tests and didn’t have a problem….until early January. In early January, I did a touch up (with said darker shade) and no problem for about a week. Then I woke up one morning with an ear itching and around my hairline… and…it got worse over the next couple days until I was squirmy-not comfortable. Through trial and error we deciphered my misery had all the earmarks of reaction to a chemical in the dye called PPD–and the beginnings of an allergic reaction that could potentially kill someone.  In my case, I lucked out in that my reaction wasn’t that bad. I abhor taking medication of any kind for anything (daily allergy pill included) but I downed a quart of Benadryl (no, not actually a quart), and washed (and washed, and washed and washed) with dish detergent and vitamin C (yes, that does actually work! I was skeptical when I read about it but it does) to get the darned color/the chemical out of my hair, and the itching subsided.*phew*  All this after I’d done an allergy test, first before coloring and it came up negative. (The instructions say wait 24-48 hours, after all, not seven days). So I used the color without any worry this might happen. But it did. (and it’s happened to others, including actresses–which I had wondered about). How could I have a reaction after the allergy test came up negative? I’ve not found a mention of this online. Just my luck, I guess.

Hubby teased about shaving my head at one point and I tell ya, I was seriously considering it. That’s how uncomfortable I felt.

I finally cut as much as possible the color out of my hair, and have been sporting what my friend Beth calls a guillotine cut. *cries* For someone like me who’s always loved my long hair, this hurt. I have to cut more as the newly-colored hair grows out until I get rid of all the colored hair, but after this reaction and everything I’ve read about PPDs and such, no more dyeing for me. I’m going to have to embrace the grays. Why? Everything I’ve read said that once you have a reaction to this chemical, you’re predisposed to have it happen again, and it may result in anaphylactic shock and death. EEP! Not something I’m brave enough to court. This sucks, not only for the gray hair but that I’ve been planning to get a tattoo and the articles say those inks can trigger a reaction too. (My first one, years ago, did not. Oh, if I known Raven Queen Publications was on the horizon!!) Anyway, it was a total scare here, and I have to wonder why my gods couldn’t have just …you know, put the idea in my head not to use the stuff again without the cluehammer but it will be for the best. *g* At least it’s spring. I won’t have to worry about ear warmers for a long while. *lol*

*Why not just use commercial color remover or bleach? It’s the hydrogen peroxide that fouled up/didn’t oxidize the PPD mixture fully, we think and why would I want to oxidize it???? (Or I was afraid and didn’t want to risk) And store bought color remover is …you guessed it, more chemicals. Besides, I wanted the color gone without having to re-color my hair again, and color removers seem to remove all color, leaving you having to re-dye your hair. Not what I want. Anyway, that’s my story. be careful, gals, and read those labels!