Welcome all visitors from Dani Jace's blog. Isn't she fabulous, writing those hot and hunky heroes?
The week's challenge: In 10 words or less, describe a kiss. Include the words pink & sweet.
Her kiss, a soft pink salvation for his tortured soul.
Now onto the marvelous Mikki Cober! Let's see how she handled this challenge!
Two Chrome Extensions You Need!
If you cut and paste often online, you need these two Chrome browsers extensions: Tab Scissors and Tab Glue. Easily split the browser window, rearrange the tabs in each browser half. Then glue them back together and get one with the rest of your work.
I'm hosting the truly lovely Gemma Brocato today to celebrate her new release Bed of Roses. Since her story centers around a single woman suddenly becoming a teenage girl's guardian, I thought this "Top Ten" would give us a great insight into her heroine's personality. So, tell us, Gemma, what are Malin's Top Ten adjustments to living with a teen?
Hi, Carolyn. Thanks so much for having me over today. You’ve certainly challenged me with listing only ten adjustments that the main character in Bed Of Roses has to make when a teenager suddenly moves into her home.
In Bed Of Roses, Malin Eckert’s mother, Harriet, abandoned Mal at the age of 12. And in the twenty years since Harriet left, Mal hasn’t had any contact with her. Now, her mother has died in a drunk driving accident and Mal is stunned to find out that Harriet remarried and started a whole new family. In a karmic twist of fate, Mal is named as guardian of the Harriet’s other daughter, 15 year-old, Gaby. You know there is going to have to be a lot of adjusting going on. Here’s Mal’s Top Ten List:
One of my favorite aspects of this story was watching the relationship between the two sisters flower and develop. A woman raising a child from birth has a long-standing relationship with teenage that serves them during those difficult years. Mal had to learn quickly what it is to raise and guide a teen. She isn’t always certain she is up to the task. But when push comes to shove, she doesn’t want to lose her new sister. I hope your readers will enjoy the story and the relationship between Mal and Gaby as much as I have.
Thanks again for having me over today, Carolyn. I really enjoyed it.
Any time, Gemma! I love your Five Senses series, the premise of it, and your true-to-life heroines. For excerpts and links, read on!
Book Title: Bed of Roses (A Five Senses Novel) Author: Gemma Brocato Genre: Contemporary Romance Release Date: April 7, 2015 Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions
Bed of Roses Book #4 - The Five Senses SeriesThis close to Valentine’s Day Malin Eckert’s flower shop is entering their busiest season. As if the added work isn’t enough, her father’s drinking has spiraled out of control and Mal discovers she’s been named guardian of a fifteen-year-old sibling she never knew about. To make matters worse, Mal’s crushing on a customer, a serial dater who drops by the shop with alarming regularity to send flowers to other women. Gunnar Sims never had the best luck with women, a fact that doesn’t stop his growing attraction to his florist. His new business is losing money and he should be concentrating on that, but instead finds Mal an enticing distraction. In spite of her best intentions to keep Gunnar firmly in the friend zone, Mal finds herself falling for the classically handsome gym owner. As her affection for Gunnar and her sister, Gabriella, grows, Mal’s heart hangs in the balance when it appears both could be taken away from her. Content Warning: Hard bodies, spoiled princesses, and a levelheaded woman who know how to smell the roses.
Gemma's favorite desk accessories for many years were a circular wooden token, better known as a 'round tuit,' and a slip of paper from a fortune cookie proclaiming her a lover of words; some day she'd write a book. All it took was a transfer to the United Kingdom, the lovely English springtime, and a huge dose of homesickness to write her first novel. Once it was completed and sent off with a kiss, even the rejections addressed to 'Dear Author' were gratifying.
After returning to America, she spent a number of years as a copywriter, dedicating her skills to making insurance and the agents who sell them sound sexy. Eventually, her full-time job as a writer interfered with her desire to be a writer full-time and she left the world of financial products behind to pursue a career as a romance author. Gemma focuses mainly on contemporary romance, with an occasional detour into science fiction romance. Her titles are available in digital and print-on-demand at all major retailers.a Rafflecopter giveaway
Meet Nick and Beth
So Victoria Barbour wants to know about the characters in our work-in-progress. If you're visiting from Beth Carter's blog, come on it and make yourself at home! If you missed her, you've got to meander back and check out her cast of characters.
My work-in-progress, tentatively titled just "Ghost Story" until I settle on something better, is the first in my Back in the Boondocks series based on a few small counties I've lived in. I grew up in a very large county with a small, rural population where everyone knew everyone else and most likely were related in some way. It mattered if you were a "come here" or could trace your roots back to the original colonists. If you grew up in the rural South, you're probably nodding your head right now.
Don't get me wrong, I love the simplicity, the groundedness of growing up in such a small community but there are certain realities you have to accept, live with or fight against. One such issue is gossip. Everyone knows your business. Or will as soon as Miss Smith lunches with Mrs. Jones. Or Cousin Emma Jean picks up her prescription for her nerves from Mr. Anderson at the pharmacy, bless her heart.
Nick Serafini doesn't want to deal with the Women's Club ladies trying to "help" him by setting him up with their daughters. In fact, he doesn't confide in anyone except his mother that he's left the priesthood. The only reason he's returned to Yates County is to help save the family business following his father's recent death. He can't wait to get out of town to figure out the rest of his life and get away from the cursed location of a teenage tragedy that's haunted him every day since.
Widow Beth Strickland returns home with her young daughter, finding a new purpose as she's inherited her aunt's historical home. Requiring new electrical, plumbing and, for the heat of Tidewater Virginia's summer, central air conditioning. Undaunted by the ghost stories she's heard all her life, she hires Serafini Construction to renovate the property, unaware that her foreman will be her high school love, Nick.
Will the renovation reawaken passions between Nick and Beth while spirits renew their attacks? Can they unravel the mysteries tied to founding families or end up like other poor souls who've underestimated the power of conjured spirits?
My goal is to finish this first installment this summer. Meanwhile, I have two Wiccan Haus novellas releasing this summer and a contribution to a box set. Busy year, but I can't wait for you to meet these characters, each who has a little piece of me.
Time to meet PJ Fiala's characters. I'll see you over there!
CloudConvert - File Conversion Utility
I've been MIA lately. Sick kids, sick pet, busier than heck at the day job. But with spring infusing fresh energy in my winter weary soul, I'm back!
Today I'm sharing a Chrome app, CloudConvert. It is also a website, but I use Google products so much, it's convenient to have a connected app.
We've all needed to convert a file type to something else. This app/site converts audio, video, documents, even ebook files. And you can choose Google Drive or Dropbox as the destination so set it to convert and go about your business. When the file is converted, it will appear in that location. And it's free! It is in Beta, so there may be glitches.
Shifters & Spice (e-book 99 cents!)
Romance writer. Paranormal and contemporary. Mother of two and wife of perfect husband. Love the environment, travel and reading.
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