Sunday, December 30, 2012

Moving to a New Year

Oh I'll be glad to see the end of 2012. This has been a hard year for a number of reasons but I'm intending to turn it around in 2013.

And already I've seen a lot of improvement in regards to my writing. I placed Beauty and the Baritone for sale and it's been selling. I'm no E.L. James or even EW James or LOL James but for me, Lori Green, it's fun and exciting to see sales.

The other cool thing is that I'm seeing sales at all retailers. So Amazon, Barnes & Noble, All Romance, Kobo and Smashwords. I've never seen that before.

Apparently people like thinly disguised fan fic starring my best friend, without anal. Who knew?

I'm going to making a minor announcement soon about Marinated Publishing (yup, still exists) and a new writer under the Marinated Banner. We hate her guts but she sells in Great Britain (I really don't understand Brits. They call the bathroom the loo and they buy bad porn.) (Isn't E.L.O.L. James British? Ha. Point to me.)

This is the year that my daughter will start eating. I say that based on the holidays and she's been eating some of my cooking... enough to make me stop worrying that she'll starve to death.

This is also going to be the year of Elle's Designs. Trust me. My girl Lea/Elle can rock a cover with the best of them and we're going to show you. Get ready to place your order.

More than anything, I think this is the year of getting it done. I'm the Queen of Procrastination and 2013 will be the year that ends. Which means my kitchen will get painted, my bills will get paid off and my Hollywood Heroes series will get finished.

And for Carolyn? Well, that's for her to share.

Yoo Hoo, Carol? Time to tell us what's going on.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Back to Hawking the Wares....

When beautiful soprano Carolyn (heh) shows up on the doorstep of baritone Mateo Lopez (hee) neither is aware of the journey they are about to take. Carolyn claims she wants to be submissive to the broken, bitter baritone (alliteration!!) but he is too broken and bitter (LOL!!!) to trust.

Lots of hot smexxing, some pulled muscles and a believe it or not, a HEA.

Oh yeah. I did it. I done wrote a dirty story and put my BFF in it. At least this time there was no anal. It was my Christmas gift to her *snort*.

Only 99 cents at the below mentioned retailers:




Coming soon to Kobo, Books on Board and Apple iBookstore.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas

Leave your email address in the comments and I'll send you for absolutely free, a Kindle copy of Yesterday's Headline:

It's my hot Hollywood romance, absolutely free because everyone should get a gift for Christmas.

Only good for the 24th - 26th.

Then we're back to hawking our books for money :-)

Friday, December 21, 2012

Simple Jess by Pamela Morsi

I've been on a reading binge recently and have been tearing through books in an almost manic need to devour words. Simple Jess by Pamela Morsi was picked up as one of Dear Author's daily deals and what a sweet read it is.

At the beginning of the book, I felt the language was slightly stilted and difficult to read. Since the story is very years ago and the people in the book were highly uneducated, it was an interesting read because the author tried her best to sound authentic (and did a good job).

I did start to enjoy the book and soon was ripping through it, unable to put it down.

The story is as follows: widow Althea is being forced to marry by Christmas day. Despite the absurdity of the situation, it's a real dilemma for her as she's a woman who can't run the farm her dead husband left her, her mother in law wants to have more control over her and the town is uncomfortable with her choice to remain independent.

Jess is a simple man who was born with the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck so it cut off oxygen to his brain. He's a good man, hard working, able to remember instructions and seeking his own independence (of a sort). Jess ends up working for Althea, he's going to help her prepare for winter and in return she'll gift him with her husband's hunting dogs.

To say Jess is a perfect romance hero is problematic since he's simple, words get caught for him and he can't express himself. But he's honest, pure, capable of being a provider and ultimately, he's romantic in his own way and very aware of his own sexual feelings.

It was simply brilliant. And when Jess and Althea finally come together, I had to stop reading for a while because it made me feel overwhelmed by the emotion in it.When Althea got her Christmas present, I had tears in my eyes.

The supporting characters (especially Mavis and Eben) have a compelling story and I think Ms. Morsi created a character in Eben that truly took one of the most disolute bastards and made him sympathetic.

If we gave stars, this would be a 5star review.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Motorcycle Man, 2

Okay, I have to swallow some of my words. Not all but some.

I finished the book and it was a compelling read. I had issues how Tack, the hero manhandled Tyra, the heroine and those issues weren't resolved. Some of Tack's moves were well explained later but during the first half of the book there was a lot of physical manhandling that stuck in my throat and wasn't ever acceptable.

But the story was a fascinating read. It was marvelously dirty in the best way possible. The sex was nasty, just as sex should be.

The dialogue (mostly Tyra's) was pretty *yawn* and the weirdness of having 3/4ths of the book in first person from Tyra's POV then switching to other POVs was whack (in a bad way).

Would I read K. Ashley again? Yes. Am I enthralled and wanting to immediately tear through her back list? No.

But I'd say that if you want a different kind of romance with a different kind of hero, this could really please you. But be prepared to have your teeth ache throughout for different things

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Motorcycle Man by Kristen Ashley

Carolyn bought the book based on the crazed fan-girl vapors everyone on the internet seems to have when this book is mentioned. Carolyn told me that she loved the hero (just like the rest of the reading population).

I'm maybe 40% through the book, am getting quite pissed and wondering what the hell the author will do next since we've already had the Russian mob, kidnapping, family sneak attacks and the greatest alpha-hole hero to strut across a page.

I can see why so many women adore Tack, the hero. He's a politically correct rape fantasy. He physically overpowers the heroine all the damned time and refuses to accept anything she says because he knows better. He infantalizes the heroine, disrespects all of her boundaries, tells her she loves his abuse and then she simpers and says deep down she really does.

She's just a girl who likes a man to walk into her home, treat it like it matters not, man handle her whennever he wants, refuse to hear her when she needs space, doesn't accept the word no but it's all okay because he'd never hurt her and he has cool tats.

I seem to be mssing something here. I do know that if that man showed up in my daughter's life, I'd be buying a shotgun and I'd use it.

I don't know if I'll even finish the book. Every time Tack forces Tyra into a submission hold so he can tell her how she feels or what she needs to do, I want to scream.

Seriously, anywhere near my daughter and I'll shoot you asshole.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Uncertain Magic by Laura Kinsdale

There are a number of Laura Kinsdale's backlist books on sale, or perhaps it's the regular price for them. I bought two or three and just finished reading Uncertain Magic.

Blurb:  Roderica Delamore is an heiress and should be a prize catch—except for an embarrassing and magical secret. She has the ability to hear the thoughts of those around her and has never been able to trust anyone as a result. So she dedicates herself to raising her family’s prize thoroughbreds and resigns herself to a life without romance—until she meets Faelan Savigar, the Earl of Iveragh, a mysterious, roguish Irishman whose thoughts are entirely closed to her unusual perceptions and she discovers that she has finally met the man she has been waiting her whole life to discover.

He is called “the Devil Earl,” and is as enigmatic to everyone else as he turns out to be to Roderica. He is also impoverished, damned in society by dark rumor and innuendo, and, for all she knows he could be a liar, a swindler or worse but his secrets stir her and Roderica is prepared to entrust her life—and her heart—to an enchanting stranger.

I don't know that I'd call the Devil Earl 'roguish', not as that word is usually used, which implies a modicum of humor. Faelan is all angst but I found it a guilty pleasure to watch him fall under Roddy's spell.

The action moves from England to Ireland with wonderful descriptions of the Irish countryside and of the Irish revolt.

I'm not a good reviewer, but I wanted to share the pleasure this book gave me. I love an alpha male who's gentle with his woman; I love watching him fall under her spell, no matter how hard he fights it.

The only complaint I have is that the ending seemed rather abrupt. It just sort of ended; I could have used another chapter or an epilogue to settle me down

I'll still recommend this book though. I liked both the hero and heroine, I even liked the supernatural elements.



Thursday, December 6, 2012

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Sunday, December 2, 2012

WRITE !!!!

Lea and I started sending writing inspiration to one another, mostly cribbed from Facebook. Some are amazing.