Stay with me is now available on Amazon, Smashwords and Google Play. I am still waiting for it to go live on Nook and Kobo. I don't know what is taking it so long. Normally that are just as fast as Kindle but for some reason that was not the case this time around. I will keep you updated on when it does finally go live with them. Now that I've completed Stay With Me my next goal is to finish up the other two books that I have been working on for quite so time. The book that follows 'Only Me' and 'Remember Me' called Second Chances. And I really want to complete Shift but I think I am going to have to print it and do some major revisions there. I feel like it's missing something and I don't think I can just add it in. So I see a re-write in my future. I think that I have found some new inspiration with Shift so I am looking forward to getting back to work. I always knew that Shift was going to take a bit more in the way of research and so far that seem to be holding true. In other news I am also moving at the end of this month. I will be moving from Charlotte to Winston-Salem. Joy I love packing (said with all the sarcasm in my body). It's not a far move only an hour and twenty minutes away. However to some of my family members I may as well be moving across that country. I am looking forward to the change. Somewhere new. So that is all for now as soon as Stay With Me goes live on Kobo and Nook I will post the buy links. Off to work now. Goodbye for now.
Yes I know that I am supposed to be working on Second Chances and Shift, and I am. However Stay With Me is a book that I wrote back in 2007. At the time when I wrote it I had some technical problems with my laptop (my kids spilled coffee on it). And I was left with only a printed copy of my work. Recently while moving somethings around I found that unfinished cope of Stay with me. I decided that I needed to finish it and publish it. Well after a month and a half of typing and revising I am in the editing phase of Stay With Me. The funny this is I haven't even started on working on the cover for the book. My hope is that I can get it a wrapped up within the next two weeks so that I can get back to focusing on Second Chances and Shift. The bright side of this is that Stay With Me is full is almost finished so that I can give you all something new to read while I'm working on something else. So look for Stay With Me to hit Amazon by the second week of June. Then my hope is to have Second Chances done before the end of summer. I know that I can do it, if the kids don't sidetrack me. I am so sorry for the long wait on something new but to say sorry here is a Teaser from Stay With Me.
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Mitchell was standing in his kitchen seriously questioning his thinking. What the hell could he have been thinking cooking lunch here? Yes the closest restaurant was twenty-five miles away but he could have met her there. Cooking wasn’t the problem, he was a master in the kitchen. The problem was having her alone in his home for any extended period of time.
He walked into the kitchen and started working on the chicken he was preparing for their lunch. Coq au vin with garlic mashed potatoes and field green salad and crème brulee for desert. Once thing were well under way he headed for the shower. He stepped out of the shower in fifteen minutes. Rubbed on some lotion and the dressed in a pair of dark jeans and a heather grey sweater. He tied his hair back with a rubber band. He felt better, calmer.
The only problem was he couldn’t figure out why he was nervous in the first place. “Come on pull yourself together.” He said aloud. She is just a woman, a woman he had never seen before. There was absolutely no reason to get excited. He went to the kitchen to check on the food. As he pulled the chicken out of the oven he heard a car door. He wiped his hands on a dish towel and headed for the door. God let her be ugly he thought. She knocked on the door. Mitchell held his breath.
Zaria stood outside of Mitchell’s front door waiting for him to answer the door. She could hear the wind whistling through the trees. There was a scrumptious smell of food cooking. She assumed it was coming from somewhere nearby. Even though she hadn’t seen another house for miles. She heard the locks click on the door. Can’t turn back now she thought as she held her breath.
Mitchell opened the door. Oh dear God she’s gorgeous he thought. There she was standing in front of him. Her hair caught in a rough breeze a strand blew across her face. She smiled and swiped it away with the back of her hand. Her dress hugged her curves. Were her eyes green? No they were hazel, they had to be contacts. And her smile. She was just too beautiful to be real. Now what am I going to do? I just have to get through lunch. Then I’ll only have to see her in the occasional meeting. That’s it just get through lunch.
Say something Zaria, don’t just stand here like a star stuck fool. Speak damn it speak. Zaria thrust her hand forward. Heaven let words come out. “Hi Mitchell, it’s nice to finally meet you.” Zaria said still smiling with her hand outstretched. He took it in his.
“Z-Zaria, I’m sorry come on in please.” Mitchell said stepping aside to let her pass. She walked in taking in the sights of his mountain top cabin. Try as he might he couldn’t help watching her walk by. She had a way of it, not quite sexy yet it still was. Her walk was one of grace, almost girlish. Not the provocative walk of a woman. Even though she was every bit a provocative woman. Heaven help him he couldn’t breathe. Say something you fool, you big buffoon don’t just stand here with your mouth hanging open. She is not the first woman you have ever seen.
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I hope you enjoyed that now it's back to work.
Well everyone Only me is available on the following eReaders Kindle, Kobo, and Nook (The product page isn't up yet.). It is all so available on smashwords and the paperback is available in my eBookstore and will be on Amazon within the next 5-7 days. I am. I am waiting for smashwords to finish processing it so that it can go to Apple iBookstore. I am thrilled at since this was the second go round I didn't have any really problems with getting things done.
Although Google Books is giving me some trouble apparently I can not use the following character [space] I kid you not that is what it told me when I tried to upload my book last night. I'm trying to figure out if they just want one long run on sentence or what. It's ridiculous really what do they want from me. I am so happy with how this book turned out. If you go over to the Snip its tab you can read one of my favorite excerpts from the book.
I brought back some of the characters for Remember and I also created some new one. Now what I have to do is make a decision on what to work on next. I could keep working on Shift. I'm in chapter eight page 125 my goal is to have at least three hundred pages. Or I could work on another Romance novel. It's one that I wrote almost seven years ago. It needs a little polishing and maybe a few more chapters. But I could probably have it done in a month. I think I will live it up to my readers.
Which one would you rather I work on first. Should it be Sci-Fi or should it be more Romance. I'd love to know what you as a reader would want. So please leave me a comment, or a suggestion. Well I am off to go and deal with Google Books wish me luck and Happy reading.
Jumping up and down and doing the happy dance. I just finish writing Only Me. I have printed it out and now I am going to spend my weekend editing. Yea. I am so happy. I hope to have it published and ready for sale by the end of next week. I really enjoyed writing this one and I feel like it is better than my last. But I'll leave that up to the readers. I can't wait to find out how you all feel about this one. Well I've still got a lot of work to do so I will be going but before I go here is my inspiration song for chapter eleven of Only Me. You can only imagine what kind if mood I was in at the time. I'll post as soon as the book goes on sale.
Let me first say happy birthday to my Mom. Today is her __ birthday. Never tell a woman's age. Anyhow I have been diligently working on my next book and I am happy to say that I am about 85% finished. As soon as I am done writing this little up date blog I am going to go right back to work. I just realized last night that I haven't written anything here in about a month. Not that it really matters not sure that many people actually read this. I do this solely for the people that are curious as to when the next book will be done. I am so far keeping up with my plan and hopefully I will be done by be the beginning of next month. As so as I finish writing you will know. I will gladly post another blog. Shortly after I finish writing I will start proof-reading. The cover is already done, once it's published I'm not sure what I'm going to work on. I have a book that I wrote a few years back that is just waiting for a few revisions and about three more chapters. I could have it finished in about a month or I may finish working on the first book of Shift. Or I have several other story outlines that I may work on. I would love to have at least three books out by the anniversary of my first book it is completely doable. So that will be my new goal to work for. Now I am going to get back to work, watch Crazy Stupid Love for the umpteenth time and eat white cheddar popcorn. Love that movie anyway back to work bye. Oh and here's a song for you something from my current writing playlist
So after a series of unfortunate events I am finally back to work. First of all my flash drive broke trapping all of my work in it. Then my oldest daughter tripped over my laptop cord and broke my screen. It has been a long month. So I got lucky and found copies of my work in my email (I email my work to myself and then read it on my tablet so I can edit it more easily). When I found the email I did a little dance. Now I don't have to wait for the geek squad to do data recover on my flash drive. I had to send my laptop in to have the screen repaired. That took about two weeks. Needless to say I have set myself up an office area away from the heavy traffic areas that my children travel in.
I am about a quarter of the way though my next book. Only Me. I should be finished by March. Yea. I am really enjoying writing it and I find myself smiling or just plain laughing out loud at my characters. Their dynamic together is intriguing. I have already decided who I like and who I don't and I'll just tell you know when you meet them you will instantly hate them as much as I do. In this next book you'll meet some new character as well as get to see what some of my old characters are up to. I can wait to finish so I can see how it will end. Because if you've read my blog before you know I don't tell them what to do they tell me what the want and I just write it down for them. So I will leave you with a little teaser.
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The next two weeks went by without another problem. The night of the gala rolled around so quickly it took her by surprise. Her father hadn’t spoken to her since the day she had confronted him and Miss Sanders. She wasn’t sure if that was a good thing or a bad thing. She stood in her suite dressed for the gala. The red backless strapless satin gown she had ordered arrived earlier that week. She put her red feathered mask on and headed downstairs. Most of the guess that had previous declined their invitation had changed their minds and decided to attend.
By the time she arrived in the grand ballroom the party was already in full swing. Couples were whirling around the dance floor. Masks everywhere she turned. Food and Champagne appeared everywhere carried on silver trays. Sparkling white lights shimmered throughout the room. Flowers in various shades of white, red and green were all over filling the air with their fragrant aroma. The only downside to this little soirée was that she only knew a few people in attendance.
She spied Delaney and her Husband. She'd recognize Delaney’s protruding belly anywhere. Checking the time on the large clock in the room she saw that she had about a half hour before she was to give her speech. She made her way across the room towards her friend. She was halfway there when someone caught her by her hand
“May I have this dance?” The impossibly tall stranger in a black and gold mask and classic tuxedo asked taking her hand and pulling her into his arms before she had assented to his request. Before she knew what was happening she was twirling across the floor into the group of dancing couples. “A woman as beautiful as you shouldn’t be alone on a night like this.” He said softly in her ear.
“What makes you think I’m alone?” she asked flustered.
“I watched you come in.”
“That doesn’t mean I’m alone. My date could just be out in the hall.”
“Then he is a fool.” He said as the corner of his mouth pulled up into a half smile. “Only a fool would let you leave it side for even a second.”
“That’s one of the best lines I’ve heard in a long time.”
“It’s no line, it’s the truth. If it was me and I had the opportunity to call you mine for even one night, I would be your shadow.” His dark eyes stared down at her through his mask.
Sienna felt her face flood with color. It took all of her effort to break the connection of their eyes. Her body warmed over and goose bumps rose on her arms. She had the sudden urge to fan herself. She couldn’t speak so she allowed herself to be whirled around the floor instead. “So was I wrong, or is the really a fool out in the hall somewhere?” He asked.
“No there’s no one in the hall, I did come alone.”
“Well then I guess I shall become your shadow, because I am no fool.” He smiled a brilliant white smile.
“Who are you?” She couldn’t help asking.
“I believe that would ruin the mystique of a masquerade ball if I told you that. So for now you can call me Shadow.” He said impishly. As they spun past the clock he whispered in her ear. “I believe you have a speech to deliver.”
He stopped spinning and led her to the stage where the band played. Somehow he knew who she was though she had not a clue how, or who he was. He helped her onto the stage and mouthed I’ll be right here, before releasing her hand. The band stopped playing as she took the microphone in her hands.
“Welcome everyone.” She spoke clearly into the microphone. “To the grand opening of Sinclair Grand of Charlotte. I hope that you are all having an amazing and magical evening.” She looked out over the crowd, before her eyes came to rest on her ‘shadow’. “Looking around me, I see the fruit of nearly fifty years of dreaming. Dreaming that grew into a clear vision that turn into a reality. My grandfather opened the first Sinclair Grand forty-seven years ago and I have watched it grow and shape into something that my family can be proud of. I have never been more proud to call myself a Sinclair than I am at this moment. To all of my friends, family and staff, thank you for your support. To my guest, may the mystique of this evening remain with you. Goodnight and enjoy the rest of your evening.” Everyone broke out into applause.
He was by her side before she had even replaced the microphone back in its stand. Taking her hand he spun her back onto the dance floor. “That was the longest five minutes ever.” He said pressing his hand the small of her bare back.
“So you’re not going to tell me who you are?”
“Does it matter?”
So I have been hard at work doing a multitude of different things. Mostly preparing for the up coming holiday and recovering from the last one. I am taking a break from writing Shift in order to give myself sometime to decide where my story is taking me. So while I am taking a break I am not slacking off I a working on another book entitled Only Me. It is a romance novel base here in Charlotte. Since I haven't written enough to give you a true teaser I will give you the back cover notes. I hope that you like what you read, Only me will most likely come out before book one of Shift so you can look for it soon in ebook stores. Without further ado here's a sample.
Sienna Sanclair never thought that when she ran from her unwanted fiancé' that she would be running right in to the arms of another. She had decided a long time ago never to be like her mother. She had big dreams and there wasn't a man in any of them. However Liam Pierceson would be the man of any woman's dreams, just not hers.
Paul Newlyn has just been given the gift of a lifetime. Too bad for him his gift has decided that she doesn't want to be given. In a last ditch effort to win her over he decides to give her a gift of his own. A gift that could prove to be the biggest mistake of his life.
Liam Pierceson high powered business attorney has never been afraid to fight for what he wants and with Sienna Sanclair he is sure that this will be a fight to the death. Every time he takes a step forward she makes him take two steps back, but there is just no way he will give up on this witty island beauty. He likes a woman that can keep him on his toes.
Read on as the story unfolds on the woman that refuses to be claimed and the two men hell bent on have her as his own.
So I know it's been awhile since I have updated my blog. I have been really busy. With what you may ask well motherhood of course. It is amazing. My kids drive me crazy, especially my daughters. My house never stays clean for longer that an hour, someone is always hungry and I can never get any work done but my world would be empty without them. My oldest daughter is giving my a lot of trouble as most pre-teen girls do. My two year old it doing what two year olds do best. Getting into everything and bouncing off the walls. My son and his snarky comments and digs at his sisters they are all just insane but I love them all more than my next breath of air, and I need them just as much.
That being said I am making some headway on Shift. I have been working on it as much as I can. I've been reading my work and I like what I'm reading but I am bias so I don't really think my opinion really matters. So it will be up to my readers. I am hoping the you all will enjoy reading it as much as I am enjoying writing it. I've been finding time somehow not really sure how (I'm sure it has something to do with only sleeping about 5 hours a day) but I have been reading some books as well the latest book that I read was The Ghost Hunter By Lori Brighton. I really enjoyed it.
Before I go maybe I should give you a little something to enjoy while you wait. Here is a little teaser from my upcoming book Shift Bond Unbroken.
Aamina sat at the table with Yasmin slurping down her second soda. Every few minutes or so her eyes would dart around to the entrance. She was sure that Yasmin thought she was crazy to be honest she thought so herself. Her subconscious was taking over her life. Bringing her dreams out into the light of day, making her act like a mental case. The stresses of her life were finally catching up with her.
“Aamina.” Yasmin whispered loudly waving her hand in front of Aamina’s face. “If you don’t start talking soon I’m going to march you right across campus to student counselling “
Aamina blinked a few time before saying “I’m not sure exactly what to say.”
“What happened to you today? You could start there.”
“Let’s just say I woke up on the wrong side of the couch.”
“Huh, Aamina you’re not making any sense.”
“Oh” Aamina groaned slapping her hand over her eyes. “None of what I’m about to tell you is going to make any sense. You’ll probably bypass student counselling and take me straight to mental health after I tell you what’s bothering me.”
“Try me?” Yasmin said leaning back in her seat and giving Aamina a bemused look.
“I guess I should start at the beginning.” She said taking a sip of her soda. “All summer long I have been having dreams, dreams of a man.”
Aamina eyed Yasmin for some sort of reaction, when she saw none she continued. I have watched this man being hanged, shot, and tortured. But every night he is there in my dreams as though nothing happened. Save the scars he otherwise appears to be the picture of health.”
“I dreamt of him one night speaking to a guard and the next morning I woke up and was able to speak Farsi. And today while I was in history 1160 I saw him.”
“Aamina,” Yasmin said shaking her head in disappointment. “You fell asleep in history class honestly it can’t be that boring.”
“I didn’t fall asleep Yasmin. He was there I mean like really there standing in front of me.”
“The guy from your dreams was standing in your history 1160 class.” She stared at her doubtfully
“Yes.” Aamina said nodding vehemently. “I knew his name before he even said it to me.”
“You spoke to him?” Yasmin was sitting on the edge of her seat now.
“Well no not really, he tried to introduce himself but I high tailed it out of there before he could say much more.
Yasmin sat back in her seat and stared at Aamina. “You know maybe you taking this history class was a bad idea. I do believe the strain of having to do real work has addled your brain.”
“You don’t believe me?” Aamina said disheartened.
“It’s all just really hard to swallow Aamina.” Yasmin sigh and folded her arms across her chest. “I mean come on if the shoe was on the other foot would you believe me?”
“I would try.” Aamina said acidly.
“Well as much as I would like to. It’s a bit too much to wrap my head around.”
“Look I have to go Yas. I’ve missed the last two days of work and I don’t want to miss anymore so I‘m going to go home and get ready.” Aamina said standing to leave.
“Aww, Aamina don’t be angry with me.”Yasmin said standing up to stop Aamina from leaving. “I want to believe you really I do. In the meantime why don’t you drop that history class? You don’t have to continue it on my account.”
“No I’m no quitter, I’ll just avoid dream boy at all costs. See ya later, Yas.”
Well today is my birthday and as a gift I got a much-needed new laptop. Yay I am so excited. It is awesome and runs so fast. My darling son asked if he and his sister were allowed to use my new laptop my response was a prompt heck no. Do not touch it do not think touching it, don't even breath on it. They are the reason that I needed a new laptop. My old laptop screen died so it had to be plugged into another monitor, which meant I had to be stationary to write. That was a very miserable experience. Not being able to go in other rooms and write.
That meant that I had to stay in the dining / office to work and it sucked. Now I can work no matter where I am I can work. I think I should go and kiss my sweet husband. I do love him so much right now. Granted I will probably not like him later. That is the hazard of being together for eleven years. Eventually you start to drive each other batty but I read somewhere that love is being with someone you want to kill but not doing it because you'd miss them. I believe that is very true because I envision myself throttling him at least once a day, but I could never actually do it. I couldn't imagine my life without him. I adore that man; he is what makes me whole.
So here's to my husband, my fabulous new laptop and not ever allowing my kids to touch it. Gotta get to work now. Hmm I think I go lay and bed and write. *Smiling widely*
I'm having a rough week. Not really accomplishing very much, due to the fact that I am dealing with a pretty severe cold. Since I have two jobs being Mommy and being an author I had to choose which one I could keep up with while trying to deal with said cold. As I have mentioned before in previous blogs, I have a two year old daughter who requires most of my energy and time so I made an executive decision to be mommy only while I nurse my cold. The problem is, is that I miss writing so I am not sure how much longer I can hold off on writing. I think I am going to try to get some work done today. If I can just stop coughing long enough to type without making too many ridiculous mistakes. Also while getting so much needed rest the other night, most likely a little high on cough syrup I had a dream that gave me my next idea for a good book to start writing but it is probably several month down the line, because I have to finish Part one of Shift and then the is Passion's Storm followed by Book two of Shift. I may work on it after that.
As I said I have so much to do and so very little time to do it. I'm going to do and take some Day Quil and drink some tea and tune out Wonder Pets and try getting some much needed work done. So wishing my headphones weren't broken because Wonder Pets is proving to be almost impossible to block out. Someone save me from preschool television.
Wife and mother of three doing my best to write and publish a book and take care of three kids a husband and dog while keeping my sanity