Hot Kiss Blog Hop


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I have joined a blog hop. Don’t know what I’m doing, but I’m going to try to figure it out. I think I have to post a hot kiss. I can do that I love to write hot kisses. Let me go find a good one! Be right back!


Here’s one from Little Lies which will be released very soon!

Zack took the wine glass from her hand and placed it on the small table beside his glass. Slowly, but with deliberation, Zack pulled Sara into his arms and lowered his lips to her.

“I refuse to single-handedly set equal rights back fifty years,” he whispered just before his mouth settled gently on hers.

His lips were firm, smooth and warm as they slanted across hers. Gentle tingles started from the contact and moved slowly along her nerve endings, cascading lower until they settled in her belly, warming her in a deliciously sensuous way. Her body had never responded with such wild cravings as Zack’s touch prompted. These intense urges were foreign to her, as was this instant desire that left her knees weak. Her rational mind credited it to the riot of hormones flooding through her system. Regardless of the reason, her body was ready for Zack.

The trail his mouth scorched from her lips to her cheek ignited fire in her blood and mind. Her skin tingled as he moved lower to her jaw. She let her head fall back as he found the tender skin just beneath her ear. She struggled to maintain control, drew a ragged breath as Zack tasted and nipped his way to the hollow at the base of her throat.

“We should take this inside,” she whispered as Zack’s fingers slid her dress from one shoulder.

Spring Fling Multi-Author Book Giveaway


Spring Fling, find a great romance to read!

Originally posted on Pink Fuzzy Slippers Authors:

romantic flower bouquetTo celebrate the first day of spring the Pink Fuzzy Slipper Authors are kicking off this loveliest of seasons with a romance giveaway. Each author is contributing one eBook in kindle or nook book to be awarded to the lucky winner, selected from the visitors who leave us a comment. We’ll announce the recipient of all these books on Monday. Comment away, and welcome to our updated blog. We used to be on Blogger, but recently moved to WordPress.

Below are the books we’re offering, an eclectic mix of romance from  a talented bunch of ladies.

From USA Today bestselling author, Mona Risk, a sweet and humorous romance novel,  her new release, WEDDING SURPRISE:

Monas CoverBlurb: Two weeks before their wedding, Claire and David receive an unexpected announcement that can destroy their relationship. Is their love for each other strong enough to turn the worst wedding surprise into the best?

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Love Me Some “ing” Verbs.


MM is a great editor and she knows I really love the ing verbs when writing.

Originally posted on Gilded Dragonfly Books:


Turning from the window, Mary faced her laptop to write her blog.

Love me some ing verbs!

I live in the Deep South, so what else is new? Many of us useing verbs in our writing to add variety to our sentence structure. We use them in dialogue and in narrative. The problem is that MANY writers use ing verbs incorrectly. Yes, we do. Though I am a grammar teacher, I’ll try to make my explanations simple. (snort)

“I’m fixin’ to go to the store.” works in dialogue if your character speaks that way.

Writing fixing ruins the Southern part of that structure.

“I am going to the store.” works to show intent or in answer to a question about   where a character is going. (There is nothing wrong with using present progressive tenses.  We have a variety of tenses, just as we have a variety of…

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Good People and snow!


Gilded Dragonfly Books has a new anthology coming soon! Love this cover!

Originally posted on Pink Fuzzy Slippers Authors:

Last week we Georgia folks saw snow! Yes, snow.  Yankees comment on our shutting down everything when even one snowflake falls.  Last year we didn’t shut down and people were stuck in a storm of snow and ice. There had been warnings but a lot of people headed home at the same time and a tad late. Truckers from all over lined the highways and interstates.  School buses full of children spent the night in those buses. Kids spent the night in school, causing outrage for those poos kids and those stupid southerners who didn’t know how to handle snow.  Many good folks proved Southern hospitality still exists and took water to as many stranded motorists as possible. A lot of good came from the bad.

Back to my recent experience. Snow was imminent, according the weather folks and I needed to make a trip to the bank, my Ex…

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Wickedly Exotic Winter Erotic Wonderland


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I have a new story out in this awesome anthology. All proceeds go to the National Autism Association. This project was very close to my heart because I just retired after twenty years as a special education teacher. Download you copy now for an exciting, hot sexy read and to help with Autism research.

WickedlyExoticCover updatedMy story is Wonderland by Night, the heroine is an ER nurse who takes an exotic vacation after working long hours during the holidays. Her vacation package includes unparalleled opportunities for personal interaction, but does that include a gorgeous werewolf lover?

Download your copy today! This anthology took #1 in its category, now please help us put it into the top 100 on Amazon so we can give more to the National Autism Association.  Remember all proceeds go to Autism research. Get your copy today!

Haunting Tales of Spirit Lake, our Halloween anthology/ Nan Monroe


I love anthologies and this one has lots of great stories. Nan Monroe’s Sepia World is very different. I enjoyed reading it.

Originally posted on Gilded Dragonfly Books:

From Haunting Tales of Spirit Lake



Nan Monroe

The night before my parents were killed in a car accident I dreamed of a huge baby buggy smashing through a window of the twentieth floor of a high rise.
I am not, nor have I ever been, a great talker. My custom has always been to observe, listen, and hold my thoughts inside. People call me “unknowable,” and I can’t say they’re wrong. After the accident I hugged my silence more closely than ever, but in a strange moment when I felt my heart would turn inside out if I didn’t speak I told Ethan Chance about my dream. Ethan was my closest friend, because among all the kids my age, seventeen, only he shared my passion for black-and-white movies. Even when I don’t care to talk about my feelings or my views on…

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“Everything Is Awesome!”


This is an exciting new author and part of a great new anthology.

Originally posted on Nan Monroe:

“Everything is cool when you’re part of a team,” proclaims that zingy song from The LEGO Movie. In the context of the movie, the song turns out to be ironic, but for me the words ring true, as I’m part of the team of writers at Gilded Dragonfly Books, and we are celebrating the publication of our newest holiday anthology, A Stone Mountain Christmas.

I had a chance to chat with my fellow Gilded Dragonfly writers when I attended my first (as Nan Monroe) meeting of the Georgia Romance Writers on November 15. Here’s a picture of us; my husband Matt, whom my writing comrades have dubbed “Nan’s prince,” took the photo:

Gilded Dragonfly family

Front row L – R: Carol Ansardi, Mary Marvella, Jackie Rod. Back row L – R: Melba Moon, a.k.a. M.J. Flournoy, Nan Monroe, Yasmin Bakhtiari.

You can read our work in Haunting Tales of Spirit…

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From my bookshelf: What I look for in a fictional heroine


This amazing new author has a short story in the anthology Haunting Tales of Spirit Lake.

Originally posted on Nan Monroe:

As I’ve mentioned previously, I like to read epic/historical fantasy and science fiction that features women doing cool things. Since “cool things” is an awfully vague phrase, I need to elaborate a little more clearly about what that means. What do I enjoy seeing fictional heroines do, or be? What qualities do I admire most in them?

1) Competence. I always take pleasure in encountering a butt-kicking warrior woman in the pages of an epic fantasy or a sci-fi adventure, like Sulien in Jo Walton’s The King’s Peace or Starhawk in Barbara Hambly’s The Ladies of Mandrigyn or Cordelia Naismith in Lois McMaster Bujold’s Cordelia’s Honor. But heroines don’t necessarily have to kick butt physically in order to make me happy. All I ask is that, whatever they do — whether they be courtesan-spies like Phedre in Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel’s Dart or rock musicians like Eddi in Emma Bull’s

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Excerpt from A Matter of Trust


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“Hell.” Mac Carlson hit speed dial for a second time, one white knuckled hand gripped the steering wheel. Crap like this didn’t happen on his watch. Carlson Group, though new in Atlanta, ranked number one in the security business.
He punched speed dial for the third time and swerved to miss a car that pulled out in front of him. He swore at the driver and flipped him off. The idiot would have killed a less skilled driver. Why didn’t they answer the damned phone?
The Knights’ alarm had activated and then fallen silent. Why? Mac had dropped Allen Knight off earlier at a meeting downtown. Only Knight’s wife and daughter stayed home, along with the family’s personal security, of course.
Could be a false alarm. Yeah, right. Like the newly installed multi-faceted security system all malfunctioned at once, no chance. Besides, Mac trusted his instincts and alarm bells were jangling through every cell of his being. His gut said this was real, and it wasn’t going to be pretty.
“Answer the phone.”
Where the hell was security? If Allen had allowed him to handpick the on-premise security team this wouldn’t be happening. Mac’s fist pounded the steering wheel.

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Let’s Celebrate a New Release!

Genealogy, Scrapbooking, & Card Making
By Ashley Ladd
When I’m not writing or reading, I like to hunt find my ancestors and learn about their lives. Whereas my mother’s family enjoys staying in touch with relatives and telling family stories, my father’s family is very secretive. You’d think they were guarding Fort Knox.
To the left is a picture of my “Cowboy Grandpa” standing on his homestead in Montana in 1918. I love this photograph. Below is my other grandpa during WWI during his service in Germany.
I spend a lot of time on finding photographs like this one, but when I’ve hit brick walls I’ve also been known to haunt graveyards in my family’s hometown of Cincinnati. Not just the offices of the big graveyards like Vine Street Hill and Spring Grove Cemetery but searching the headstones themselves for clues in the smaller cemeteries when I hit blocks.
I’ve found a couple long lost cousins through message boards on genealogy sites who have shared gems of information, who are now my Facebook friends, who continue to share historical photographs and stories.
Because I found so many awesome pictures scrapbooking seemed like a natural extension to my genealogy addiction. Once I found so many terrific photographs I wanted to showcase them and make sure my progeny would know everybody’s stories. I became a rabid avid photographer, snapping photos right and left of my kids and grandkids until they begged me to stop. I want our ancestors to know our generation too.
To the left is my granddaughter a few years ago. Saturday nights I often get together with my scrapbooking buddies and we put together pages. I’ve spent countless hours (and money) on this hobby. It’s not cheap but it’s so much fun. Often I join scrapbook challenges on as well that prompts me to take new photographs and try new scrapbooking techniques. I’m by no means an expert but I hope I’ve done a good job being our family’s historian.
An extension of scrapbooking was card making. It’s fun to play with glue, paper, ink, and glittery stuff. Sometimes I make my own birthday and Christmas cards. Here are some samples:

The monster card was a birthday card I made for my granddaughter’s 7th birthday. The reindeer card is a Christmas card.
I got a lot of practice coming up with spiffy titles for the scrapbook pages which should help me come up with good titles for my books.



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