Nov 23

Wednesday blogging: I’m thankful for…

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So, 2016 hasn’t been an awesome year. In fact, it’s been a downright crappy one. But there are still plenty of things I’m grateful for. I have a wonderful husband, a beautiful daughter, a cuddly puppy that loves me more than anyone, a job that I love, my brothers and sister are all in good health, my parents’ health seems to be improving….

Okay, so maybe 2016 hasn’t been all that bad, if I have so much to be thankful for. I don’t know what y’all believe, but I believe that there is a God in Heaven who loves us all, and tomorrow is a new day. I’m especially thankful for that.

Family

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Friends

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Check out what the other bloggers are thankful for by clicking the links below:

Kellie || Bronwyn

Nov 16

Wordless Wednesday: Love

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(this one is just for Bronwyn Green. She knows why.)

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Check out the other ladies’ posts:

Bronwyn || Gwen || Kellie || Deelylah || Kris

Nov 09

Wednesday Blogging: Promptly Penned – Outcome Engineer

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This week’s promptly penned managed to fit into the WIP I’m working on for the first part of my NaNo project, which is also a novella I plan to release within the Love Brothers Holiday box set along with 15 other brilliant authors (including fellow blogger Deelylah Mullin!)

Person A: She smiled a little. “You’re a manipulator.”
Person B: “I like to think of myself as an outcome engineer.”

 

A timid knock sounded at the door. A few of the other radiologists in the practice were a little on the crotchety side, and any time someone had to interrupt one of us, they tended to fear the result of the knock. One of the neuro radiologists either completely ignored whoever was at the door, or answered with a roar that sounded throughout the rest of the offices. He was a dick to pretty much everyone, so we didn’t really talk much.

“Come in,” I called, setting the microphone down on the desk and spinning my chair to face the door.

Rosalyn, the department secretary, poked her head in. “Can I talk to you for a minute, sir?”

Uh oh. She broke out the ‘sir.’ That means she’s got bad news.

“Sure, what’s up?”

Her salt and pepper hair was pulled back into her usual bun, only today she’d shoved a pencil into the mass of hair. A pair of glasses sat on top of her head, while another sat perched at the end of her nose. Rosalyn always reminded me of my librarian from the elementary school I attended—she looked like a mean old lady with a dozen cats, but she was actually the kind, grandmotherly type that everyone adored.

She stood just inside the door to the reading room, awkwardly shuffling her feet on the ugly blue carpet most offices seemed to have and holding a stack of papers in her arms. “I’m guessing you haven’t checked your texts or emails lately?”

I glanced at the forgotten cell phone sitting on top of the leather briefcase my grandfather had given me when I graduated from medical school. The screen flashed with what looked like the millionth text message I’d missed that morning. “Oops. I forgot I brought my phone in today. What’d I miss?”

Rosalyn laughed and gestured to the phone. “I don’t know why you even bother having one of those. You never answer it, usually forget you even have it, and I’m not even sure you know how to use all the features on it.”

While it was all true, there was no way I was willing to admit that she was right. As a doctor, I knew the basics of the phone and the apps I had to use most often. But if anyone asked me how to use the GPS or buy something on the Amazon app… I was hopelessly lost.

“Yeah, yeah, yeah. What’s going on, Roz?”

Her serious mask reappeared. “I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but there’s been a catastrophic computer failure at Southwest. And at Delta. All flights incoming and outgoing have been canceled until they can figure out what the problem is.”

It didn’t immediately click that she was referring to the flight I’d scheduled for tomorrow. The one that would take me to Ohio for the conference on stereotactic and ultrasound guided breast biopsies mandatory for me to maintain my current licensing to read mammograms. The only fucking seminar left in the entire country in the time I had left to complete the requirement.

Running a hand through my hair, I cursed under my breath. “What are my options?”

Rosalyn thumbed through the papers in her arms, nearly dropping them in the process.

“You can set those on my desk, you know.” I said, scooting aside to give her room. “I don’t bite; I’m not like Andrew or Timothy.”

She probably thought I didn’t catch the roll of her eyes as she moved to place everything on the desk. Andrew and Timothy were brilliant doctors, but I was pretty sure they’d missed the day they taught bedside manner in medical school.

Each paper she handed me contained different options. I could take a train for just over a thousand dollars with a room where I could sleep and shower. The bus was also an option, but I didn’t want to be crammed into that small a space with so many people for days on end. Or, I could make the sixteen and a half hour drive, myself.

The train option was starting to look mighty attractive, until Rosalyn reminded me of one major fact I’d forgotten.

“Oh, I’m also trying to find alternate transportation for Katie.”

She said it so offhand, it could almost have been innocent. But Rosalyn had known me for a long time, and while I might have been able to hide my feelings from everyone else, Rosalyn had me pegged from the minute Katherine Molloy walked through the doors at Mercy General.

Narrowing my eyes, I sent her a glare that she just laughed at. “What are your thoughts, Dr. Bauer? Or would you like me to come back later?”

Gears began turning in my head. I had no idea how I was going to talk Katie into spending two days at a minimum in a car with me, but I was damn sure going to try. If I was ever going to take a chance and get to know this woman, now was the time.

Rosalyn made a show of looking up at the clock. “I do believe it’s time for lunch.”

Her secret way of trying to play matchmaker had been to remind me of when Katie would take lunch or specifically schedule me for a rotation that would put me in the radiology department multiple times a day. Rosalyn probably didn’t think I’d noticed, but I had.

I just never bothered to complain about it.

I patted my stomach, which was still sore as fuck from my work out that morning. “You know, I think I am kind of hungry. I wonder what they have in the cafeteria today?”

“Your favorite—food.” She smiled a little.

“You’re a manipulator.”

“I like to think of myself as an outcome engineer.”

“Uh huh. Outcome engineer. You’re positively Machiavellian.” As much as I teased her for it, I kind of loved her for it. “You want anything?”

Roz shook her head, her expression horrified. “Like I’d ever eat there. I brought my lunch, dear.” With that, she winked at me and playfully smacked my leg. “Now, get going. You know how crowded the cafeteria gets.”

 

See what the other ladies have come up with:

Bronwyn || Deelylah || Kris

Oct 07

Books worth your bucks: Prime Minister by Ainsley Booth and Sadie Haller

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In today’s edition of Books Worth Your Bucks, I’m talking about Prime Minister by Ainsley Booth and Sadie Haller, two of my favorite authors.

Nowadays, everyone’s going gaga over Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, but really they should be fangirling over Gavin Strong, the fictional PM in this book. He’s hot. He’s sweet. He’s kinky AF. You’ll love him, I promise. And Ellie is awesome as the intern-turned-submissive-girlfriend. She may be a sub in the bedroom, but she’s still feisty and super intelligent. I gushed over this book for WEEKS after I read it. And the next book in the series is coming out this month!! Doctor Badboy is due to release October 18th and I CAN’T WAIT.

 

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Ellie Montague is smart, sensitive, and so gorgeous it hurts to look at her. She’s also an intern in my office. The office of the Prime Minister of Canada.*
That’s me. The PM.
She calls me that because when she calls me Sir, I get hard and she gets flustered, and as long as she’s my intern, I can’t twist my hands in her strawberry-blonde hair and show her what else I’d like her to do with that pretty pink mouth.**

Ellie:
How much I like the PM varies on a daily basis. He’s intense, controlling, and a perfectionist in every way—and he demands the same of his staff.
How much I want him never wavers.
There’s something about him that tugs at me deep inside, and makes me wish that just once he’d cross the line in a late night work session. I’d take that secret to the grave if it meant I got a taste of the barely restrained beast inside him.***
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FOOTNOTES:
* This is a fictional erotic romance. No prime ministers or interns were harmed in the making of this book.
** Except it’s a BDSM romance, so they were hurt a little.
*** Spoiler alert: she gets more than a taste. And she likes it.

LINKS:

Frisky Beavers Website || Ainsley Booth || Sadie Haller || Amazon ||  Barnes & Noble || iBooks ||  Kobo || Android/Google Play Store || Goodreads 

Oct 05

Wednesday Blogging – The List (yes, that list)

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We have a new blogger joining our group this week… my very own writing partner Deelylah Mullin! She’s a fabulous writer, editor, and all around awesome person. Please give her a warm welcome.

This week’s topic is The List. You know, the list of 5 celebrities you can sleep with and it doesn’t count as cheating (as seen on “Friends”). As I’ve been boy-crazy since birth and routinely have “celebrity boyfriends” that I tease my husband about, this should be simple.

Except, it’s not.

Because I do have so many celebrity crushes. And what exactly counts as a celeb? Movie/TV stars? Musicians? Politicians? There are hotties all over the place, so there are limitless options.

1. Well, the first one that comes to mind is Dominic Sherwood, who plays Jace on Shadowhunters. He also played Christian Ozera on Vampire Academy, where I originally fell for him. He met his girlfriend Sarah Hyland on the set of the movie and they’ve apparently been inseparable ever since. Look at that picture of them! He freaking worships that girl.

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2. Speaking of Sarah Hyland… The girl is just plain STUNNING. She’s beautiful dressed up or down, makeup or no, and judging from her Instagram and Twitter profiles (where she’s very active), she seems to be a really cool chick.

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3. Paul Wesley. I know, I know. It used to be Ian, but… after meeting Paul at The Vampire Diaries convention, I totally transferred to #TeamPaul #TeamStefan. He’s funny and sweet and OHGODSOSEXY. Especially when he’s playing Ripper!Stefan on the show.

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4. Jared Padalecki. Yeah, Sam is totally on my list. Like there’d be any doubt. I’m a huge Supernatural fan (thanks a lot Kris) and he’s always been my favorite. Probably in part because I saw him first on Gilmore Girls, but also, I just really love Jared. Don’t get me wrong, Jensen has a huge part of my heart. They’re both Texas boys, and I’ve vowed to hang around Austin the next time the show is on break so I can accidentally run into them.

I’m not a stalker, I swear.

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5. Jason Behr. He hasn’t been on TV (routinely) since Roswell, but it hasn’t lessened my love for him. He did a guest stint on Buffy as her ex (who tried to kill her because of his desire to become a vampire due to an inoperable brain tumor) and totally captured my attention. But as Max Evans, he captured my heart. I’m rewatching the series with my daughter now because I loved it so much and she’s pretty much into whatever I am. The tattoos in the last pic were done for a movie, but DAMN!

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Okay, so that’s in no way the end of the list. Not even a little. Like I said, I’m a little… person-crazy (I can’t really call myself boy crazy with Sarah Hyland on the list, now can I?)

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Jensen Ackles

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Misha Collins

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Justin Baldoni

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

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And the list goes on… :)

 

Want to see who the other bloggers have put on their lists? Click the links below:

Bronwyn || Torrance || Deelylah || Jessica || Gwen

Sep 09

Books worth your bucks – Force of Nature by Kris Norris

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Welcome to Books Worth Your Bucks. This is an ongoing blog hop with fellow authors to introduce Indie or small pubbed authors to our readers. Each Friday we will spotlight an author’s book, give buy links along with the links to the other authors participating in the hop, and say why we think this book is worth your bucks.

While it’s no secret that I’m a total Kris Norris cover art fangirl (just check my Facebook feed), I’m also a huge Kris Norris author fangirl. She has an ability to weave a story that has you entranced from page one and writes characters you fall head over heels in love with.

Here’s the blurb to her awesome book Forces of Nature:

kris Love—an unparalleled force of nature. Conservation Officer, Finley McKay, isn’t a stranger to criticism. Taking risks to protect delicate ecosystems doesn’t impress most people—including the doctor renting the cabin beside hers. The man’s arrogant, opinionated and far too sexy in his faded jeans and tees. She already knows he’s an ass—she just wished it mattered enough to make her keep her distance. Dr. Coen Brady isn’t looking to fit in. Having recently retired from the military, he’s hoping to spend a few months hiding from the world in a small, out-of-the-way town in northern Washington. But just his luck, he has the misfortune of running into his next-door neighbor. A girl who seems determined to get herself killed before his time there is up. She’s reckless, stubborn and slowly driving him insane. When anger morphs into angry sex, Coen knows taking her to bed is a calculated risk—one he might regret when her investigation turns deadly, leaving Finley’s life hanging in the balance. Breaking a few rules to keep her in the game doesn’t seem that dangerous, until it becomes painfully obvious she won’t stop until justice is served—even if the price is her life.

Buy Links:

$4.99 Amazon || B&N || iBooks || ARe

 

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Sep 09

In loving memory

It’s no secret that our family is a tight one. I was blessed to grow up physically and emotionally close to each of my aunts, learning from them and growing into the woman I am today because of their guidance and love. They say it takes a village to raise a child. I think my family took that saying literally.

I learned humor from my Aunt Donna. And that you’re not supposed to feed your dog Red Hots (although I think that part was my mom and the epic lecture post-candy feast). I also learned that laughter is a wonderful cure for what ails you.

From my Aunt Ginger, I learned that we go shopping at Foleys, of course (family joke). No really, Aunt Ginger taught me there is beauty in quiet strength and you can learn –and do– anything as long as you’re willing to work for it…even be a truck driver to pay my mother’s electric bill.

And Aunt Judy… Aunt Judy taught me kindness. Generosity. Loyalty. She fiercely defended those she loved and she loved many. While she only birthed three children, she had more than could ever be counted. All the kids (and some not-so-kids) in any neighborhood they ever lived in called her “Mom.”

And she was. If you needed to eat, she fed you. If you needed clothes, she gave you the shirt off her back even if she had nothing else. If you needed shelter, she made up a bed for you in her own home. Aunt Judy gave of herself without asking for anything in return – the very definition of generous.

Every party we had, whether it be a wedding, birthday, holiday, or baby shower, Aunt Judy could always be counted on to come through the door bearing mountains of food and buckets–literally–of presents. Making people happy made her happy. And she was really good at her job. Even when she was pinching you with her toes because you did something to annoy her.

Aunt Judy Pooty (I know she’s mad at me for calling her that but let’s face it: it’s funny), you will always be missed, always be remembered, and most certainly always be loved.

Aug 24

Wednesday Blogging: Behind the scenes of my latest project

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I actually have four books in progress at the moment, most of which tie into the series I’m writing with Deelylah Mullin. We’re calling it the Mercy General series right now, but that could change before we publish the first one. I’m writing a book about a hot cardiothoracic surgeon(When I Get You Alone), a hot history professor (Stay a Little Longer), a nurse and a hot lifeguard (Summer Breeze), and a hot Radiologist (title TBD).

Go behind the scenes of the other bloggers’ latest works:

Bronwyn || Jess || Kayleigh || Gwen || Jessica || Kris || Torrance

Aug 23

The Liebster Award

Bronwyn Green nominated me for a Liebster Award, which is kind of awesome since I love, respect, and admire Bronwyn like crazy. Okay, not in a “crazy stalker” kind of way, but a “really good friend” kind of way.

I’m just digging myself into a hole here, aren’t I?

Okay, so the basics of this award are that someone nominates you for awesome blogging, they give you 11 questions to answer, and then you nominate 11 more people and give 11 of your own questions for them to answer. If you want to. Unfortunately, everyone who I’d nominate has already been nominated. Thanks, Brownyn. :p

So, here are the questions Bron asked.

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1.) What do you feel is the most criminally underrated movie or TV show? I’d say Firefly, but it’s a cult classic, despite only having one season. So, I guess I’ll say the show I’m currently binge watching–Saving Hope. It was on NBC for most of the first season, but they stopping showing it on American TV when they still had two episodes left. Really pissed me off because I had to know what happened to Charlie and Alex. Luckily, Ion is showing the series and I DVR every episode. It may or may not be because I love Daniel Gilles as De. Joel Goran (even though he’s now on The Originals full time).

2.) How do you feel about clowns? They freak me the fuck out. Stay away evil scary things. Stay away.

3.) What’s your favorite book? HA! Like I could pick one.

4.) Where is your happy place? Sitting on the back porch in the fall (because it’s too F’ing hot in the Texas summer) with my hoodie on, cup of hot tea in one hand, and a book in the other. That, or Key West, FL.

5.) Growing up, what was your favorite toy? A koala I got the same year my grandmother died, when I was 6. My daughter now sleeps with that bear, who I named “Grandma.”

6.) What was the worst job you ever had? The one where I cried every day when I woke up because I knew I had to go in. Physically and emotionally draining. Working there sent me into such a huge depression that it was difficult for me to function beyond the basics. Get up. Go to work. Eat lunch if there’s time. Come home. Think about making dinner and order out because I’m too tired. Get the kid bathed and watch TV together in my bedroom with my family. Fall asleep with the kid laying on my legs and wake up to Mr. Prince sending her to bed. Do it all again the next day.

7.) What fact about you surprises people the most? That I hate pork. The texture, the flavor, all of it. Bacon is about the only thing I can stand, and even then, it’s in small doses.

8.) What’s the one thing you wish you’d known as a freshman in college? That the Navy isn’t as exciting as it looks on TV and college isn’t actually that boring.

9.) What are two of your bucket list items? To go to London and make out with JJ Watt. And/or Dominic Sherwood. Both at the same time might be pretty fun. (KIDDING MOM!)

….not really. Shh.

10.) Do you play any instruments? If so, which one(s)? If not, are there any you wish you could play? If so, which ones? I used to play the flute when I was in middle school, but my house was robbed and it was stolen. Which hugely sucks for someone who was around 12 at the time. Now, I sing. That’s it. But Mr. Prince plays guitar, drums, bass, and keyboard. So, that’s a thing.

11.) What’s the most thoughtful gift you’ve ever been given? This may sound funny, but a GPS. My husband and I had barely been dating two months, and he bought me one because it was before the time that everyone has GPS for free on their phones, and I get horribly, horribly lost. I mean, everywhere I go. SO LOST. So, he bought me an incredibly expensive GPS for my car so I wouldn’t get lost anymore.

Aug 18

Not everyone who smiles…

writer-605764_960_720So, a new author posted to a group I belong to about someone basically warning her about publishing and bringing this poor woman to tears with all the doom and gloom speak. She’s literally a brand new author. Her first book hasn’t even been published yet. She signed her contract, edits are coming down the pipeline, and she’s nearing first down but she hasn’t reached the end zone yet.

Sorry, I think I got excited about football season coming up there, for a minute.

Anyway, she asked, “Who the fuck does that to brand new authors?” And it got me thinking. While my journey to publication has been relatively great, I can’t say that every single person along the way has been super supportive or even positive.

Now, I’m having a bit of a horrible day, so my anxiety level is high and my filter is off. Some of this may sound very Debbie Downer or Bitchy McBitcherson, but I’ve got things floating on the brain and I actually have the guts to say them. So I’m gonna.

I wish I could say that everyone in the world was nice, that the good guys always win, love conquers all, and there really is a pot of gold at the end of every rainbow. We all know that’s bullshit.Mean-Girls-Phone-Santina-Muha-HelloGiggles

The bottom line is: people are horrible. Especially in a competitive business like this one. Whether we like it or not, publishing is a competition just like everything else in life. I absolutely support every single one of you and wish you the utmost success in life. But I also want success. I want to write ALL THE BOOKS and make ALL THE MONEY. I want to go rub elbows with Christopher Rice (wait, I do that already–hi Chris! I adore you) um… with Nora Roberts and be as prolific as she is. I’d kill to have her royalty checks, that’s for damn sure.

So, while I personally wouldn’t throw you under the bus–because my momma taught me better than that and I firmly believe in the Golden Rule–not everyone else is like me. Not everyone who smiles to your face is your friend. Jealous people will try to hold you down and stop you from achieving any success at all.

With that absolutely maudlin note, I’m off to edit. Tomorrow, I will be Suzy Sunshine again.

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