Kate Douglas Guest Blogs…

Monday, June 30, 2008

Today’s guest is author, Kate Douglas…

 

We’re home and still trying to get our bearings after a three week trip around America’s Midwest in our nineteen foot motorhome! What a trip—it all begin with plans to drive to Lori Foster and Dianne Castell’s reader and writer gathering in Cincinnati, Ohio. Ohio is a LONG way from California, but now that my husband is retired, it seemed like a great idea to drive instead of fly.

 

Of course, when we originally made our plans, gasoline was around $3.50 a gallon. Who would have guessed it would be over $4.00 by the time we took off! No matter—plans were made and we decided this would be a once in a lifetime trip, so off we went. I had announced the trip through my newsletter http://groups.yahoo.com/group/KateDouglas/ and set up meetings with readers along the way. Believe me, that is what made the whole journey absolutely special! My first stop was in Salt Lake City, UT, where I met the first reader along the way. We just sat and gabbed at the coffee shop in Barnes and Noble and it was so relaxing and fun to be able to chat with someone who immediately felt like an old friend!

 

We repeated this same thing across the country, stopping at various Barnes and Noble stores where I was scheduled to meet readers. We managed to make all our connections, even though we had to change a few of the times. It’s so much more fun to do the “one on one” thing, rather than a book signing, and by the time I got to Lori and Dianne’s gathering in Ohio I was really on a roll.

 

My husband and I had traveled through country that was totally new to both of us, met so many neat folks and got a first hand look at the flooding throughout the Midwest. We got up close and personal with some really scary weather near Ottumwa, and learned the value of a good, strong hotel room vs. our RV in a thunderstorm! After the conference, we headed north to International Falls with a few more book store stops along the way, and then headed west. The last book store stop was in Bismarck, North Dakota, and then we were on to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. I’ve really been looking forward to seeing that country, as it’s very much like the area where I set many of my Wolf Tales stories, and so far I’ve done it all using Google Earth, maps and travel books. Seeing it and camping in it gave me an entirely new feel for the rugged yet beautiful country. It’s definitely the sort of terrain where my Chanku would hang out!

 

We drove over Beartooth Pass out of Billings—I’ve never been so high up before when I wasn’t in an airplane! Sheesh…that pass is at 10, 877 feet and the views were amazing. By the time we rolled into our driveway here in Cobb, we’d logged over 6,300 miles through a total of fifteen states. We’d driven through mountains and deserts, farmland and cities, and all of it was new to us. Leave it to me to get the travel bug now that gas makes it too expensive to travel!

 

I know my experiences have definitely given me a new perspective—I now know for sure the rest of America is NOT like California—some places better, some are worse, but they’re all definitely different! I’d love to hear about your trips—have you ever gone somewhere that changed the way you felt about this country? Do you have a favorite state? We both decided Wisconsin was one of the prettiest…of course, that was before we saw the Black Hills of South Dakota, the Grand Tetons, the Nevada desert in bloom, the…well, you get the picture!

 

If you’re interested, take a look at some of our photos from the trip and the conference. I’ve got them posted at www.katedouglas.com/june2008

 

Thanks, Jennifer, for letting me tromp all over your blog!

 

Kate Douglas

www.katedouglas.com

www.groups.yahoo.com/group/KateDouglas/

www.myspace.com/katedouglas_wolftales

 

Thank you, Kate, for that great guest blog!

 

Readers, don’t forget to look for Kate’s latest release, Wolf Tales VI, available now!

 

Kate has very generously donated prizes for FOUR lucky winners.  Three winners will receive their choice of either Wolf Tales V or Sexy Beast IV.  And one lucky winner will receive a copy of her new release, Wolf Tales VI.

 

Winners will be drawn from those that leave a comment answering Kate’s questions and announced Saturday, July 5, so please check back to see if you won!


Special Announcement & a great contest…

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Okay, I was planning on posting this yesterday, but I had to go out of town and wasn’t able to get to the computer.

 

Author Devyn Quinn has been a guest here several times before and will be returning on July 11th! 
This time we are going to do things a little bit different…
Devyn is going to answer questions submitted by YOU!

 

So, if you have a question for Devyn about her books, writing, or whatever, please e-mail it to jennifersrandommusings @ gmail.com (without the spaces) with “Devyn Quinn Question” in the subject line.

 

Everyone who submits a question will be entered to win a fabulous prize!
One lucky winner will win their choice of ONE of the following books:
Sins of the Night, Sins of the Flesh, Trio or
Eros Island.

 

           

 

You may submit up to three questions, but each person will receive only one entry into the contest regardless of the number of questions asked. 

Questions must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST on July 4, 2007.   I will then compile a list of the questions and send it on to Devyn.

 

Winner will be randomly drawn from those that enter.  The winner will be notified by e-mail and announced here on the blog July 11th when Devyn answers your questions (please note, she may not be able to answer every question, but we’ll see).
Please remember to take a look at the contest rules (found in the sidebar).

 

You can visit Devyn’s website at:  http://www.devynquinn.com/

 

I hope this made sense…let me know if you have any questions about the rules or contest.

E.T.A.  Questions may now also be submitted through the comments…since apparently I wasn’t clear…LOL.


Special Guest Eve Kenin…

Friday, June 27, 2008

Please welcome special guest, Eve Kenin AKA Eve Silver!

 

Thanks for inviting me to guest blog. I asked Tatiana, the heroine of HIDDEN (July 2008 ) these questions at the beginning of her story. She offered some interesting replies:

 

I am: both brave and afraid, part warrior, part waif

 

I like: I’m not certain yet what I like. I spent my life trapped in a cell, prisoner of a madman, Duncan Bane, scientific test subject of a monster, Gavin Ward. I haven’t quite figured out yet what I like.

 

I wish: I could see my siblings once more. Wizard. Yuriko. They were all I had, and now I am alone.

 

I wonder: if my brother is alive. I haven’t seen Wizard in years, and I suspect he’s dead…but something inside of me whispers that maybe, just maybe, he escaped the hell of our prison, the cruel grasp of Duncan Bane. Maybe he survived. Our sister, Yuriko is dead. My fault. But Wizard…

 

I dream: that I find him. That he didn’t die. That I am not completely, utterly alone.

 

I pretend: whatever I need to pretend to face each day, to face myself, to get the job done.

 

I know: I will find Tolliver and Ward. And I will stop them. Or I will die trying.

 

I fear: small confined spaces. Large open spaces. People. Everything. Nothing. I make myself feel nothing.

 

I worry: about…No. I don’t let myself worry. It is a wasteful expenditure of resources.

 

I appreciate: my genetic enhancements, though at one time, I despised them. Now, they’ve kept me alive in more than one desperate situation, and I’ve learned to value my unique abilities.

 

I hope: to kill Tolliver, and then to kill Ward. To rid the world of two twisted, evil monsters who have no morals, no ethics.

 

I look: in the mirror and wonder who I am. Who I really am.

 

I read: anything and everything. Knowledge is power.

 

I want: to understand the way people think. Normal human interaction is so foreign to me.

 

I dance to: I have never danced. Perhaps some day I will learn.

 

I am happy when: I stand in the arboretum in New Edmonton and breathe in the smell of fresh, green foliage. There are so few trees left here now. The Waste is a barren, frozen stretch of forever.

 

 

I wonder if Tatiana would give the same answers at the end of her story. It’d be interesting to check in with her and see if she’s learned to dance.

 

Happy reading!

 

Eve

http://www.evesilver.net

HIS WICKED SINS~August 2008

NATURE OF THE BEAST (anthology)~Sept 2008

DEMON’S HUNGER~December 2008

http://www.evekenin.com

HIDDEN~July 2008

 

***Leave a comment for a chance to win an ARC of the trade paperback vampire collection NATURE OF THE BEAST***

 

 

Thanks Eve and Tatiana for that great interview!  
Eve has been really busy and has several upcoming releases under both Eve Kenin and Eve Silver.  Take a look…

 

HIDDEN by Eve Kenin

July 2008

Tatiana has honed her genetic gifts to perfection. She can withstand the subzero temperatures of the Northern Waste, read somebody’s mind with the briefest touch, and slice through bone with her bare hands. Which makes her one badass chick, all right. Nothing gets to her. Until she meets Tristan. Villain or ally, she can’t be sure. But one thing she does know: he has gifts too-including the ability to ramp up her heart rate to dangerous levels. But before they can start some chemistry of their own, they have to survive being trapped in an underground lab, hunted by a madman, and exposed to a plague that could destroy mankind.

 

HIS WICKED SINS by Eve Silver

August 2008

In the quiet hamlet of Yorkshire, the hallowed halls of Burndale School stand…and evil lurks in its dark corners. For a serial killer with a proclivity for blonde women has struck again-this time, murdering two of its teachers. Now everyone is wondering when the killer will seek his next victim…

 

Elizabeth Canham has accepted a teaching position at the local boarding school in Yorkshire. But her quiet life takes a surprising turn when she meets Griffin Fairfax-the handsome father of one of her pupils. His mesmerizing stare quickly draws her in, and she can’t deny the fierce attraction between them…

 

Griffin Fairfax appears to be a doting father and gentleman. But one disturbing truth lies at the heart of the murders-all of the victims were intimately connected to him. When Elizabeth discovers this, she wonders if it’s a mere coincidence or if Griffin could be a charming, seductive killer so many women have lost their hearts-and lives-to…

 

NATURE OF THE BEAST (anthology by Hannah Howell, Adrienne Basso and Eve Silver)

September 2008

“Kiss of the Vampire”

In 1839 London, someone is killing Sarah Lowell’s patients, draining them of their blood. Killian Thayne, an enigmatic surgeon, offers Sarah his protection, but his sensual presence urges her to risk everything for him embrace…

 

DEMON’S HUNGER by Eve Silver

December 2008

Forensic anthropologist Vivien Cairn fears she’s losing her mind. Her libido has kicked into overdrive, and she’s blacking out-leaving hours of her life unaccounted for and no memory of where she’s been…or what she’s done. But when a sexy stranger rescues her from a demon attack, Vivien realizes there’s more than just her sanity at stake…

 

A seductive killer is luring victims, and Sorcerer Dain Hawkins finds himself walking a dangerous line between ancient duty and sizzling desire when the brotherhood-and Vivien herself-begin to suspect that her mysterious symptoms may connect her to the crimes. Can Dain save Vivien from the evil that threatens to claim her? Or will they both succumb to…Demon’s Hunger…

 

Don’t those sound great?

Which ones intrigue you the most?

 

And don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win an ARC of the trade paperback vampire collection NATURE OF THE BEAST.
Winner will be randomly selected from those that leave a comment and announced on July 1, so please be sure to check back to see if you are a winner.


We have a winner!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Sorry for the delay…the Internet Gremlins struck again!

I want to thank Jana Mercy, Katy and Noah for yesterday and a big thanks to all of those that left a comment.

The winner of an autographed coverflat of Her Last Fling, a deck of 2008 Ellora’s Cave playing cards, and a screen cleaner is….

Liza!

Please e-mail me using the addy that can be found in the sidebar with your mailing info and I will get that to Jana!


Interview with Katy & Noah from Her Last Fling

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Today I have two very special guests…Katy Simmons and Noah Hilton from Her Last Fling by Jana Mercy

 

He was her last fling. She was his first.

 

Tired of dead-end relationships, Katy Simmons is determined to find her forever man. Only problem is, every time she thinks she’s found him, he turns out to be a dud and she no longer trusts her instincts where good-looking men are concerned.

 

After years of walking the straight and narrow while caring for his ill mother and building his career, Noah Hilton has earned the right to let loose. He’s ready to taste the wilder side of life. However, his matchmaking mother has other plans.

 

When Noah’s mother and Katy turn to the same computer dating service, the embers of Katy and Noah’s not-so-forgotten encounter spark to life in a flame that threatens to devour Katy’s best intentions and Noah’s worst.

 

 

Jennifer: Thank you, Katy and Noah, for joining me today.

 

*Katy & Noah sit on my proverbial couch, snuggled close together, and smiling–mostly at each other* “Thanks, Jennifer. We’re excited to be visiting with you.”

 

Jennifer: How are you?  What have you been up to lately? 

 

*Katy glances at Noah and smiles proudly* “With the successful Men Who Make You Smile campaign, Noah & Jordan’s practice has boomed and they’re interviewing candidates for adding a new partner.”

 

Jennifer: That’s wonderful.  So, I have to ask, how do you feel about your story being published?

 

*Katy grimaces* “Oooh, do we really have to tell about all the mistakes we made on our journey to our happily-ever-after?  I still can’t believe I placed that ad at that computer matchmaking service or that I didn’t figure out that sweet little Bertie Hillman was Noah’s mother. And all those cow dates.” *Another wince*

 

*Noah takes Katy’s hand in his* “We both have our regrets.”

 

 Jennifer: *Rubs hands eagerly* Regrets? Do tell.

 

*Noah grins* “Come on, Jennifer, do you really want me to tell our secrets? Truth is, we all have regrets. Fortunately, mine didn’t cost me Pinky, uh, I mean Katy.”

 

“Yeah, we’ll leave it at that,” *Katy agrees, pressing a kiss to his cheek* “Rather than tell the world my hare-brained plan at finding my Mr. Right.”

 

“Not hare-brained,” *Noah defends* “Cow-brained.”

 

Jennifer:  *laughs*  Good one.  So, have you read it?  Did the author capture your story?

 

*Katy nods* “In the following scene from where Noah & I meet in a Memphis club, Jana gives a great glimpse at my frustration with being free milk when I really just wanted to be some great guy’s bought cow.” 

 

Lindsey didn’t bother hiding her interest. Katy wanted to flog her friend when Lindsey suggestively ran her fingers along her collar and smiled back at the grinning man. Darn it. Katy had seen him first.

 

Wait a minute, she wasn’t looking for another good-time guy-which was all some lounge lizard hanging out in a bar on a Saturday night could ever be. Lindsey could have him.

 

Needing a drink, she reached for her non-existent beer and wished the waitress would hurry. Another waitress walked by carrying an order of delicious-smelling hot wings. Katy’s stomach growled and she grabbed another nacho.

 

“Yeah, well, he’s looking at cow woman like she’s the finest thing he’s ever seen.” Stacey’s comment broke into Katy’s carbohydrate haze.

 

She dared another peek. He was looking at her like she was the sweetest soda pop and he wanted a long swig. She smiled. No. It hadn’t been her that smiled. At least, not the new, improved, serious about her future Katy. The old, live-for-the-moment and you’re-only-young-once Katy smiled. The Katy who shouted she wasn’t ready for the pasture quite yet and why was she foregoing her lust for life?

 

She was giving up free milk girl ways.

 

So why the goofy grin on her face?

 

It couldn’t possibly have anything to do with the fact he said something to the black-haired hunk sitting next to him, picked up his beer and sauntered toward their table with the sexiest swagger she’d ever seen.

 

Whoa. He was hunkier than she first thought.

 

She’d love to run her fingers through his silky hair. Maybe she should offer him a free cut at her salon? His green eyes shamed the richest of fields. A slightly crooked nose added character to his otherwise perfect features. His full lips lifted at the corner. And those dimples. Katy bit the inside of her lip. He would have dimples.

 

She visually traced wide shoulders and his flat abdomen covered by a black polo shirt tucked into snug but not painted-on jeans. She gulped and continued her assessment. Hips, narrow hips. Her gaze lingered in that vicinity until she realized the owner of the enticing package now stood about two feet from her. Busted.

 

Her, not his pants. No way could he not know what she gawked at. Grimacing, she looked into his amused eyes.

 

Feeling more than a little guilty but barely able to resist the excitement everything about him promised, she started to smile.

 

Darn it. She wasn’t supposed to smile. Or even almost smile. Before she lost herself in the lushness of his eyes, she averted her gaze to stare at a cardboard Elvis plastered to the wall. “Love me tender, love me true.” That’s what she wanted.

 

Stacey’s elbow nudged her with obvious enthusiasm.

 

“Remember, you’re a cow woman these days. I want him since you’ve taken a predilection to lactose intolerant men,” Lindsey whispered. “Men with milk mustaches don’t bother me in the slightest. Especially when they look like sin on a big stick.”

 

Stacey snickered. Katy cringed. Had he heard? She looked up. Laughter shimmered in his eyes.

 

He’d heard.

 

Heat scorched her cheeks. Regardless, he wouldn’t have a clue what the cow words meant. He flashed another grin. Katy’s heart flip-flopped and her mouth betrayed her by curving upwards in a returning smile.

 

Doubt niggled in her stomach. She shouldn’t be doing this. Shouldn’t even look at Mr. Milk Mustache and his adorable dimples.

 

He nodded his head. “Hello, ladies.”

 

His voice reached inside and stroked at her misgivings.

 

“Hello yourself.” Lindsey’s long lashes swooped down over her cheeks.

 

Puh-leeze. Katy considered kicking her under the table but didn’t want to risk scuffing her favorite heels-hot pink, strappy and as impractical as a pair of shoes could be.

 

For a brief second he acknowledged Lindsey’s greeting but almost immediately returned his attention to Katy. How could a gaze feel so.tangible? Like a blanket of warmth on a cold, rainy night? Yowzars, he was hot. So hot his heat pooled inside her. Or maybe that was lust sending her up in flames?

 

Think-what was that animal she was trying to be again?

 

*Noah’s eyes darken*  “That’s what you were thinking that night?”

 

*Katy’s gaze drops to his mouth*  “More feeling than thinking went on really.”

 

“Uhm, Jennifer, hate to cut the interview short, but,” *Noah leans in toward Katy, his eyes focused on her lips* “But something has come up.  Something…urgent.”
 

*Clears throat as Katy and Noah leave*

 

Um, sorry, folks, but unfortunately Katy and Noah are otherwise occupied, but if you’d like to find out more about them, check out www.janamercy.com or go here to buy your copy of Jana Mercy’s HER LAST FLING.

 

Jana will be stopping by today to answer questions (Noah & Katy, too, although it might be several hours…), so if you have questions about Katy, Noah, Ellora’s Cave, or Jana, be sure to ask/leave a comment.

Also, Jana will be giving away an autographed coverflat of Her Last Fling, a deck of 2008 Ellora’s Cave playing cards, and a screen cleaner to one lucky person who comments today.  The more comments, the more times you’re entered. 🙂

Edited to add:  Winner will be randomly selected and announced here on the blog tomorrow.


So, check it out…

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Okay, so a couple of weeks ago I invited the authors of The Soapbox Queens, Vicki Lewis Thompson, Jennifer LaBrecque, and Rhonda Nelson to be guests here on the blog.  All three were extremely busy with deadlines, but imagine my surprise when they kindly invited me to be a guest blogger on their blog!

So today I am Queen for the Day over on The Soapbox Queens.  I blogged about why I love romances and I would love for all of you to stop by!

Have a great day!


Monday Musing…

Monday, June 23, 2008

Thanks everyone for sharing your favorite sites…

So today’s Monday Musing is a quote:

“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.”
– Dolly Parton