Dec 21

Holiday Greetings

Today’s blog post is titled “holiday greetings.” I was going to ask the rest of the blog group exactly what we were supposed to post, but I was babysitting and got distracted by the urge to find all the alcohol on the planet (I didn’t, but I did end up stress baking some pretty delicious chocolate cupcakes) so I forgot.

So, I’m writing this post late, and will likely have to beg the other bloggers to add my link to their posts tomorrow (if I remember because I’m babysitting again).

I’m not graphically inclined in any way, so I used my Google Fu skills so find something pretty and post it here. I’m wishing you and yours the happiest of holiday seasons, no matter what you celebrate.

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Gwen || Bronwyn

Dec 15

*fangirl flails* Liz Crowe read my book! Here’s what she thought…

*fangirl flails* Liz Crowe mini-reviewed my contribution to the CELEBRATE! Love Brothers Holiday Anthology!

Here’s the blurb:

Detoured CoverKatherine “Katie” Molloy is in trouble. She desperately needs continuing education credits to maintain her professional license, but the only class available within the timeframe allotted is several states away. The most catastrophic computer failure to hit the airline industry in history has grounded every single flight leaving Houston for days and by the time all flights are rescheduled, the conference will be over.

Dr. Vincent Bauer comes to Katie’s rescue when he offers to drive them both to the conference, since he was scheduled to attend, as well. Unfortunately, his brand new car breaks down more than a hundred miles from their destination, stranding them in Lucasville, Kentucky.

Just as things begin to heat up between the radiology department manager and the good doctor, strange things begin to happen, causing them to think the break down might not have been so coincidental, after all. Can the Love Brothers get the car fixed before they’re permanently Detoured?

Here are Liz’s thoughts about my novella DETOURED:

This is a “road trip romance,” complete with a sexy doc who finds his nerdy soulmate in the strong-as-nails radiology department manager when their forced to hit the road by car to make a continuing education conference. I really enjoyed the way Ms. Prince set up the two for the ultimate hookup in a hotel when their car breaks down in Lucasville. While it’s really only one Love brother who’s a mechanic, he does fix the car and discovers something sinister going on with Dr. Dreamboat’s ex-girlfriend.

Here’s a little of what #LizLoves in excerpt #1:

After righting myself, I reached to make sure the woman I’d nearly bowled over was okay. She was already turning to check on me, and somehow I ended up flat on my ass, covered in spinach, and staring up at Katie Molloy, who looked like she was trying her best not to laugh.

Shit. Fuck. Damn. Way to look cool in front of the girl Bauer. Now, try to get up without tripping over yourself again.

You want to convince her that you’re safe to ride in a car with for days on end. Showing her that you’re also kind of a dork when she’s around isn’t the best way to do that.

“Dr. Bauer, are you okay?” She leaned down to give me a hand, her long blonde braid falling from behind her to dangle between us. The scent of her shampoo wafted toward me—apples.

How much of a bastard did it make me if that smell made me want to take a bite out of her ass?

Katie is a dyed-in-the-wool TV and pop culture nerd and plenty of references to Supernatural, Star Wars, The Big Bang Theory, Grey’s Anatomy, and plenty of others pepper the story.

Here’s one, in the form of a #LizLoves excerpt #2:

Vince appeared to be mentally debating whether he should sit on the recliner or the bed. Rather than sitting in the chair—which was placed by the head of the bed—he removed his shoes and sat by my feet, facing me. It didn’t look remotely comfortable, but this would give us a better chance to talk. Which of course, I tactfully avoided by asking what kind of movie he wanted to watch.

“I think I’m in the mood for a comedy, how about you?” He crossed one long leg over the other allowing me to catch a glimpse of his Dexter’s Lab socks.

“I didn’t even know they made Dexter’s Lab socks!” I said, pointing excitedly. “Where do you get them? I need a pair of those in my life.” Lifting my pants leg, I showed him my Invader Zim-covered feet. Gir was a personal obsession of mine. “When Cayleigh calls, the doom song plays. And when she texts, Gir says ‘taco, taco, taco!’ because…well we love tacos.”

He shook his head, causing a few strands of his thick, dark hair to fall into his eyes. Resisting the urge to touch him was like Anakin Skywalker resisting the Dark Side—a losing battle.

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Dec 08

Cover Reveal: Detoured

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7 more days until CELEBRATE! A Love Brothers Anthology is available!

Join 16 best-selling, award-winning authors as they bring their own unique stories to this critically acclaimed, Amazon best-selling, family saga-style romance series by Liz Crowe.

Everything from breweries, wineries, distilleries and race car drivers, to EMTs, Olympic athletes, cops, and serious second chances—PLUS a brand new Love Brothers story from Liz herself—can be found in this amazing collection of novellas from some of your favorite romance story-tellers.

Available December 15, 2016, everywhere ebooks are sold, the CELEBRATE Anthology is the perfect holiday romance reading treat—and is only around for a limited time.

Don’t miss your chance to feel the holiday love—Love Brothers style!

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The title for the novella I contributed is DETOURED. It not only ties into Liz Crowe’s Love Brothers world, but also begins a new series I’m co-writing with Deelylah Mullin (who also appears in the Love Brothers anthology). And here is my gorgeous cover (created by the amazing Kris Norris):

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Katherine “Katie” Molloy is in trouble. She desperately needs continuing education credits to maintain her professional license, but the only class available within the timeframe allotted is several states away. The most catastrophic computer failure to hit the airline industry in history has grounded every single flight leaving Houston for days and by the time all flights are rescheduled, the conference will be over.

 

Dr. Vincent Bauer comes to Katie’s rescue when he offers to drive them both to the conference, since he was scheduled to attend, as well. Unfortunately, his brand new car breaks down more than a hundred miles from their destination, stranding them in Lucasville, Kentucky.

 

Just as things begin to heat up between the radiology department manager and the good doctor, strange things begin to happen, causing them to think the break down might not have been so coincidental, after all. Can the Love Brothers get the car fixed before they’re permanently Detoured?

*Edited by Sunnie Andrews and Elise Hepner*

 

 

Dec 07

Nostalgic Notes: Toys

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I’m not normally super sentimental over things. I have boxes of mementos from my childhood–mostly things my mother saved for me that she thought I’d want when I got older, and I likely will when I want to show Monkey, but I don’t ever get the urge to sort through the boxes to wander down Memory Lane.

So when this prompt came up, I immediately went, “Huh… I have no idea what to post about.”

And then I forgot about the post, and it went live with nothing on it because I’m a dork like that. But it also gave me time to think about things. And I actually came up with stuff! Go me!

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I know a lot of people used their Cricket and teddy Ruxbin dolls (both of which Twin and I had) to play tapes of Ozzy and stuff when they were older, and it was hilarious (okay, it was) but the reason I remember it best is because I got my Cricket doll for Christmas in 1986 when he was stuck in Texas Children’s Hospital for a year battling Burkitt’s Lymphoma. We walked down to the toy room to play, and when we got back, “Santa” had arrived. Twin also got this giant stuffed purple monster with gold horns that reminds me a lot of Ludo from Labyrinth, but for the life of me, I can’t remember what it’s really called or find a picture of it. Sadface.

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This probably isn’t the same toy, since it was the 80s when we had it and Googling “1980s Optimus Prime toy” doesn’t actually bring up anything from the 80s. But it was about as tall as we were (we were like 5 or so, so we were shorties) and we loved the hell out of that thing. It transformed and everything. I’m pretty sure we broke it pretty quick, cause we were destructive little shits, but that’s what happens when you give kids toys with moving parts.

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Our uncle got us one of those monkey dolls that suck their thumbs when he was stationed in Germany. I’m sure it has a name, though I don’t know what it is. I carried that thing with me EVERYWHERE. It was the first doll I actually cared about.

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I had a twin brother, so boy toys were my thing. My mom tried SO HARD to get me into Barbie dolls, but I didn’t want anything to do with that mess. Gimme GI Joe and ThunderCats any day. And we totally had these action figures, btw.

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Castle Grayskull. We spent HOURS rescuing dumbass princesses who couldn’t get their shit together from Skeletor and whatever Bad Guy of the Month we came up with. And for some reason, Twin always wanted to be a giant cat. *shrugs* Guess that’s why he’s the cat person and I have dogs. LOL

Check out the other bloggers Nostalgic Notes by clicking the links below:

Deelylah || Bronwyn || Gwen || Kellie

 

 

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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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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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.”

 

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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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