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November 22, 2014

EP Award Semi-Finalist_Humor bossoverboard EP Award Semi-Finalist_ContempThank you to whomever nominated my book!! Very unexpected but what a happy, happy surprise.


The polls are open for voting now here:


EVERNIGHT 2014 READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS


P.S. There’s a $25 gift card up for grabs to a lucky voter.


P.S.S. Other nominees I’d like to give a plug to are:


Colors of Us by Sandra Bunino (Best Heroine, Best New Adult, Best Cover)


Witches and Lycans by Kastil Eavenshade (Best Naughty Fairy Tale)


In the Blind by S. J. Maylee (Best BDSM, Best Cover)


and finally 2 of the anthologies containing short stories from my alter-ego, Lila Shaw, HIS and Executive Assistant.


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Published on November 22, 2014 08:13 • 1 view

November 19, 2014

Mid Week Tease ButtonHi all, after a bit of a hiatus, I’m back with a teaser from my recent release Boss Overboard.


In this scene, our hero, Paul, is being very persistent in his attempts to lure the heroine, Lydia, into more than just a working relationship. Lydia has been stubbornly resisting, so Paul, who is a gambling man, is trying a new tack.


Paul shifted his body closer, not quite touching but almost. A thud on the floor told him she dropped her bag. It wasn’t enough to warn him she would reach out to his waist, eliciting a shiver when she made contact with his bare skin. Her soft fingers curled around his side abdominal muscles, her thumb tracing the vertical groove between muscle and hipbone.


“And when I finally make my way to this spot right behind your other ear, I’ll tell you how much you’re affecting me, because I’m probably going to be hard as a diamond by then. You’ll be ready for me, too, only we aren’t nearly there yet, not by a mile. Maybe I’ll hint at what I’m going to do to you, how I’m going to soon have you begging me to take you, to make love to you. You’ll reach down and touch me, to feel for yourself the truth of what I tell you. Want to know what you’ll say?”


“No” she said breathlessly, the little liar.


“You won’t say anything but ‘mais oui’. Just two tiny syllables from your lips, with your voice, but in those two words, you’ll give yourself to me, entrust all your pleasure, all the secrets of your body, soul and mind to me.” He shifted closer, aligning his lips to hers but not touching. The only part of his body in contact with hers was his chest against her breasts, barely grazing. “Your body, however, will say more than ‘yes’.”


Lydia’s body seemed to be agreeing because he could feel her nipples straining against the fabric of her bikini top, against him, the only points of contact. She swayed forward and pressed her lips to his, and placed her other hand on the flat of his belly. She could deny she wanted him all she liked, but the physical evidence gave her away.


With the last shreds of his willpower, he played his riskiest card. Abruptly, he broke contact and stepped back. “I’ll see you at eight.” He took but a brief second to memorize the expression on her face—yearning, shock, and he hoped, disappointment—before turning his back to return to his suite, praying he’d not bet unwisely.


If you liked that and think contemporary cruise ship romance might be your thing, I hope you’ll consider picking up a copy of Boss Overboard, available at most booksellers.


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Now, go check out the other fabulous teasers from some awesome authors!





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Published on November 19, 2014 06:29 • 1 view

October 29, 2014

MidWeekTeaseHalloweenThis week’s Mid-Week tease, hosted by the inimitable Sandra Bunino, is a special Halloween treat. Since I don’t write that much paranormal under this pen name, I thought I’d give you a sneak peek into the start of The P.U.R.E. #2, working titled Pure Chance. I was planning on working on this for NaNo, if I do it this year, which starts this Saturday, November 1.


In this opening scene, Gayle and Jon are back and are jetting to Las Vegas (unedited):


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Las Vegas looked like a very hot desert and an inhospitable place to crash land. The thermals were brutal, tossing our little plane ruthlessly. Jon would have to pry my fingers off the armrest when we landed, assuming we survived.


I glanced his way. He turned and caught my eye, leaned over and kissed me on the nose.  “Almost on the ground.”


“Hopefully still able to walk erect and not incinerated beyond recognition.”


Jon peeled my fingers off the armrest and held my hand in his. “I got you, ” he murmured.


“Who’s got you?”


He glanced past me toward the window I sat next to. “We’re looking good. Don’t worry.”


Eyes squeezed shut, I chanted to myself, “Safe, safe, safe.”


A thermal tipped our wings to the side. I clutched Jon’s hand more tightly.handsome man and lovely woman


Safe, safe, safe.


The wings leveled off, and then we fell.


A few gasps blended with my own.


“Whoa! What a rush!” Jon exclaimed.


Again the wings wobbled as the hand of an invisible gremlin, as malevolent as it was mischievous played with us.


Safe, safe, safe.


My blood rushed to my toes, eager little piggies for terra firma, only it threatened to take the contents of my lunch with me. As the blood abandoned ship, malaise crept into the void. Someone shoved cotton in my ears and then spun me around and around. A cold sweat popped out over my skin. I briefly pondered if crashing might be the lesser evil.


Sick, sick, sick.


With my free hand I fumbled in the seat pocket in front of me. Jon let go of my other hand when I tugged it away to aid in my frantic search.


“Gayle? Are you okay?”


Sick, sick, sick.


My fingers found the white paper bag. I opened it, bent my head over and hurled.


What a great way to start …


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Way to start what??? An elopement? An assignment? A vacation? What? What?


Honestly? I don’t know!!  Not yet. Still plotting this puppy.


bossoverboardJust FYI…Purely Relative (The P.U.R.E. #1.5) will be on sale for Thanksgiving starting November 1st. Boss Overboard, my latest release, is still on sale at Evernight for 25% off. And speaking of Evernight sales, don’t miss their Paranormal sale with selected paranormal titles discounted 25%. There’s a certain author I know who writes humorous succubus stories you might also like. ;)


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Be sure to check out the other Mid-Week teases (links below) for this special Halloween edition!






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Published on October 29, 2014 00:01 • 2 views

October 22, 2014

bossoverboardIt’s release day for Boss Overboard! Where’s the champagne?



Available for purchase at these fine booksellers:


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More booksellers will be added later. Barnes & Noble, Kobo and iTunes usually take up to a week.


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What’s it about?

An all expenses paid, trans-Atlantic cruise has romance written all over it…unless you’re the poor sap who has to inspect the toilets and time the cafeteria lines. As if secret-shopping her company’s failing cruise ship isn’t bad enough, Lydia Johnson is forced to bring along a “top talent” new hire as her assistant. With a heart barely healed from her ex-fiancé’s deceit, she’s in no mood to train a man who might cheat her out of an overdue promotion.


Paul Thomas may be new to J.P. Theriot Enterprises, but he certainly knows his way around cruise ships. The Cajun charmer also isn’t shy about pursuing his desires, including his wary, but oh-so-sexy-when-she lets-her-hair-down manager. He’s shared more about himself with Lydia than any other woman…except who he really is–J.P. Theriot.


 


Join me on a 16 day tour, the same duration as the cruise in the novel, as I visit a few very supportive fellow authors.


Sailing Schedule (Check back for updates): BonVoyage

October 22 (Day 1: Depart New Orleans)

Claire Gillian (you are here!)

Sandra Bunino

Terri Rochenski

Shout with Emaginette


October 23 (Day 2: At Sea)

Moira Callahan


October 24 (Day 3: At Sea)

Kastil Eavenshade

LD Blakeley


October 25 (Day 4: At Sea)


October 26 (Day 5: At Sea)


October 27 (Day 6: At Sea)

Paige Warren


October 28 (Day 7: At Sea)

Jessica Coulter Smith


October 29 (Day 8: At Sea)

Stacey Espino


October 30 (Day 9: At Sea)

Doris O’Connor


October 31 (Day 10: Ponta Delgada, The Azores)


November 1 (Day 11: At Sea)


November 2 (Day 12: At Sea)


November 3 (Day 13: At Sea)


November 4 (Day 14: Provence)

SJ Maylee


November 5 (Day 15: Florence / Pisa)

Donina Lynn


November 6 (Day 16: Rome)

Elodie Parks



A Giveaway to thank you for visiting:

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And a little music…

I’ve always loved this Daniel Lanois song, Under A Stormy Sky:


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Published on October 22, 2014 10:37 • 6 views

October 15, 2014

First, the cover:
bossoverboardAnd the blurb:

An all expenses paid, trans-Atlantic cruise has romance written all over it…unless you’re the poor sap who has to inspect the toilets and time the cafeteria lines. As if secret-shopping her company’s failing cruise ship isn’t bad enough, Lydia Johnson is forced to bring along a “top talent” new hire as her assistant. With a heart barely healed from her ex-fiancé’s deceit, she’s in no mood to train a man who might cheat her out of an overdue promotion.


Paul Thomas may be new to J.P. Theriot Enterprises, but he certainly knows his way around cruise ships. The Cajun charmer also isn’t shy about pursuing his desires, including his wary, but oh-so-sexy-when-she lets-her-hair-down manager. He’s shared more about himself with Lydia than any other woman…except who he really is–J.P. Theriot.


And the book trailer:


Finally, the release date:
October 22, 2014!!

The cover reminds me a little of Meljean Brook’s book, The Iron Duke: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0042JSOTY/ The cruise ship on which the story takes place is certainly suffering from its fair share of problems and weather does play into the story. However, seeing as how my eye goes to the mighty fine bare male chest and abs, the inclement weather danger is temporarily forgotten. The woman is a pretty good representation of Lydia.

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Published on October 15, 2014 06:00 • 2 views

October 14, 2014

SotS Blog Tour Button

Guest author Terri Rochenski has the keys to my blog today to tell you a little bit about her new release, Secret of the Souls, book #2 in the Pool of Souls series.


Writing a series always has its challenges. I asked Terri what some of hers were in writing book two of Pool of Souls. Here she is to tell you more about it…


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SecretOfTheSouls-Cover-Final500Ten goofs I made / corrected while writing book #2 of Pool of Souls

For some reason when I try to type the word ‘from’, my fingers type ‘form’. More than one such occurrence was found while editing!!
Horrible, but … occasionally I still put in two spaces after a sentence. *slinks away in embarrassment*
Some days the brain forgets there’s such a thing as these little tricksters: lead / led and beacon / beckon. Yeah. My brain no likey these two.
During edits, I realized my love affair with ‘eyes’ and ‘gaze’.
In fantasy, there are always strange names, and although I try to choose pretty basic, easy to pronounce ones, I STILL misspell them. *face palm*
Trying to remember when to use Lord / lord, Lady / lady, & King / king. You’d think after the first of the series being published that I would have a clue.
Moving body parts. Yup. Like this one booboo I had to fix:

Lord Thayne’s fist smashed onto the bath’s tiled edge. Um. No.


The lord smashed his fist onto the bath’s tiled edge. Much better.



A person’s gaze TO someone rather than ON them while speaking. *double face palm*
PoV breeches. Bad, bad, bad.
Missing quotation marks!!!

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Thanks, Terri. Gee, those don’t sound that bad.


Secret of Souls is available NOW in both paperback and ebook formats:

Paperback:

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Ebook:

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About Terri:

Tracey Hanlon PhotographyTerri started writing stories in the 8th grade, when a little gnome whispered in her brain. Gundi’s Great Adventure never hit the best seller list, but it started a long love affair with storytelling.


Today she enjoys an escape to Middle Earth during the rare ‘me’ moments her three young children allow. When not playing toys, picking them back up, or kissing boo-boos, she can be found sprawled on the couch with a book or pencil in hand, and toothpicks propping her eyelids open.


Find more about Terri at www.terrirochenski.com


Website / Blog / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads

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Published on October 14, 2014 06:00 • 16 views

October 11, 2014

I’m anxiously awaiting my cover for Boss Overboard. Edits are substantially done–just one more proofing round. It’s supposed to be released this month but I don’t have the exact date yet.


In the meantime, I made a graphic for fun. Meet Lydia and Paul, our heroine and hero:


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Don’t look too closely at it. As a matter of fact, you should probably squint a little, take off your glasses if you wear them and are near-sighted, smear a little Vaseline on your computer screen. OK, maybe not the Vaseline.

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Published on October 11, 2014 12:57 • 8 views

September 30, 2014

Edits have started for my high seas Cajun romance, Boss Overboard. The cover will be coming soon too.


But the best news of all is…


Boss Overboard is an Editor’s Pick!!


epeditorsesal1sSweet! Thank you to my editor and to Evernight!

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Published on September 30, 2014 18:13 • 7 views

September 16, 2014

J. Taylor Publishing are giving away FIVE ARCs of Secret of the Souls by Terri Rochenski!
Check it out!

Secret of the Souls


Thrust out of their homes by a human High Priest on a vengeful mission, the Natives of Derlund no longer have a place to call their own. One escaped capture, however, and now she, Hyla, is the only one who can save her people.


For, Hyla, though, saving her nation isn’t her ultimate goal—returning to the Pool of Souls is. Becoming its Guardian and preserving their faith is her heart’s desire. The perils of her current journey, though, could leave her unable to fulfill that dream.


To find her way back to the Pool, Hyla must live among dangerous, powerful humans willing to defend the Natives, and must submit herself—her Talents—to them. While her protection is paramount, plots to end Hyla’s life will push her to her physical and emotional limits.


On the edge of sanity, her courage tested, and convictions nearly broken, Hyla’s final test of loyalty to her faith comes with the death of one she could have loved.


Readers will experience Hyla’s spiritual and self-discovering journey once more, in this latest addition to the Pool of Souls duology.


And J. Taylor Publishing is giving away FIVE ARC copies.


To YOU!


You don’t even have to be a book blogger!


Nope, so long as you are willing to leave an honest review* by October 12th 2014, you are eligible to enter.


Interested?


Then just fill out the form and keep your fingers crossed.


You have until midnight of September 21st, 2014 to enter.


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*A review should consist of your honest thoughts regarding a book, usually a few paragraphs long and around 150 – 500 (or more, if desired) words in length.


About Terri Rochenski


Terri started writing stories in the 8th grade, when a little gnome whispered in her brain. Gundi’s Great Adventure never hit the best seller list, but it started a long love affair with the fantasy genre.


Today she enjoys an escape to Middle Earth during the rare ‘me’ moments her three young children allow. When not playing toys, picking them back up, or kissing boo-boos, she can be found sprawled on the couch with a book or pencil in hand, and toothpicks propping her eyelids open.

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Published on September 16, 2014 06:00 • 3 views

September 12, 2014

I may have mentioned at least a thousand times that I also write  young adult novels under the pen name of Iris St. Clair. That puppy releases on Tuesday, September 16th! Can I get a whoop!?


I thought I’d mention it here since it’s currently available for pre-order at Amazon.


I started this one several years ago, but it’s kind of been on the backburner while I concentrated on my adult offerings. It’s always been a favorite of mine though because it draws from a real life incident that grazed my family.


Here are the deets:


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Disappointment has been on speed dial in Ellen Grayson’s life lately. Her dad died, her mom numbs the grief with drugs and alcohol, and her so-called friends have slowly abandoned her.


Trusting a popular teacher with her troubles should have been safe and should NOT have led to an unwelcome seduction attempt that made her desperate to escape the final moments of Junior year. Lesson learned. Best to keep all the sordid details to herself and trust no one.


Enter Rex Jacobi, a cocky boy, recently transplanted from New York City and fellow summer camp employee. Though his quick wit and confidence draws her in, she can’t let him get too close. And summer is just long enough and hot enough to keep a boy like that at arm’s length.


But by the time Rex’s charm wears down her resistance, it’s too late. He’s put Ellen on the “just friends” shelf and has shifted his romantic attentions to the impossibly annoying and perky anti-Ellen. Even worse, the teacher who tried to get her to sleep with him is still at it, preying on other girls while Ellen struggles to come to terms with what happened.


With her ability to trust as shaky as a chastity vow on prom night, Ellen must decide if she has enough remaining courage to speak up about the well-liked teacher and risk retribution, tell Rex how she really feels about him and risk heartbreak, or hold all her secrets inside. After all, it’s the only safe place she knows when the only thing louder than words is the fear of being rejected.


Pre-order / Order:

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And yeah…you may hear from me again about this next week. Fair warning. ;)


Rex

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Published on September 12, 2014 06:37 • 6 views