Yet another cover reveal – Between Venus and Mars

I’m thrilled to be part of Soul Mate Publishing’s flagship project, the Soul Mate Tree.

Starting in January Soul Mate will be releasing 13 books, one per month, in this exciting new series.

My story, Between Venus and Mars is scheduled for an August release. I know, that’s over a year away, but we all did get our covers, and they’re amazing.

Here’s mine:

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Between Venus and Mars

(A science fiction romantic comedy)

Blurb:

Once Upon a Galaxy . . .

Zana Starchild is on a mission to restore her tribe’s livestock and save herself from one more meal of kelp. Sure, it’s technically illegal to visit Old Earth, but to a rim rat like Zana, galactic laws are really just guidelines. Her wrecked starship just means she’ll need to use her backup plan to get off the abandoned world, an old Earth legend her uncle passed down to her.

Pulled from a relaxing shower, across the galaxy to Old Earth, Galactic Marshall Kyle Kepler finds himself naked and marooned with a quirky rim rat. Zana’s broken more laws than Kyle can count, and he plans to arrest her, just as soon as he can find transport off the planet and a pair of pants.

A junk heap of a starship, a magical tree, and a roving gang of mutant kangaroos are just the beginning of rollicking intergalactic journey filled with laughs, love, and adventure.

Daughter of Darkness – Cover reveal

The latest chapter in the Heavenly Wars saga launches in June, and I’ve just been advised it will be going up for presale in the next few days, so I’d like to share the cover and blurb:

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Blurb:

“It wouldn’t be the first time I’d been kicked out of heaven.

After a thousand years in exile, the goddess Nott learned to live without interaction with the other Norse Gods. Hidden away amidst the devastation of a dead heaven, and working to aid the besieged mortals of Midgaard, Nott found peace. The night is her realm, and darkness her best friend. But war finds her. And her grandfather, Loki, wants her at his side, when he conquers Asgaard.

 

And then there’s Tyr . . .

 

Visions of the Night Goddess have haunted Tyr’s dreams for a millennium. Unjustly accused, she’d fled Asgaard before he could stop her. Now, circumstances offer him an opportunity to reconnect with the woman who’d walked away from the Golden Realm—the woman who’d eluded him for a thousand years, yet always haunted his dreams. But Nott’s family ties threaten to put the goddess on the other side, in a war that’s blazing across the heavens.

 

***Update***

Now available for presale at: https://www.amazon.com/Daughter-Darkness-Heavenly-Wars-Book-ebook/dp/B01FUO50EG

Romance Writers Weekly – A Space To Create

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Welcome to the romance Writers Weekly blog hop, where every week a great group of romance writers answer questions and accept challenges. Diverse in what we write, we are unified in the quest to bring you, the romance reader, a very happy ever after.

You can join us daily on our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/RomanceWritersWeekly/

 

If you’ve just hopped over from Carrie Elks blog or are starting your hop here, welcome.

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Coming Down by Carrie Elks.

And check out Carrie’s’s wonderful contemporary romance novel, Coming Down:

Today’s topic comes from Brenda Margriet – Describe your perfect writing space/retreat. Do you need hustle and bustle or peace and quiet? Coffee shop or secluded cabin?

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Click picture to check out When Time Falls Still by Brenda Margriet.

I’m lucky enough to have my perfect writing space right in my home. My desk, bookshelves, computer with two displays, and coffee, tea, and food right down the hall in the kitchen. I’m not one for noisy, I usually don’t even play music. I need quiet to listen to my characters. Sometimes they talk very quietly.

 

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My workspace.

So where is Marc Stevens‘ perfect writing space? Stop by his blog at https://marcstevenserotica.wordpress.com/ to find out as the Romance Writers Weekly Blog Hop continues.

And check out Marc’s fun and sexy novella, Suburban Spies in the Cherished Secrets anthology:

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Check out Suburban Spies by Marc Stevens.

Romance Writers Weekly – Finding the right spot.

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Welcome to the romance Writers Weekly blog hop, where every week a great group of romance writers answer questions and accept challenges. Diverse in what we write, we are unified in the quest to bring you, the romance reader, a very happy ever after.

You can join us daily on our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/RomanceWritersWeekly/

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If you’ve just hopped over from Leslie Hachtel’s blog or are starting your hop here, welcome.

And check out Leslie’s wonderful historical fantasy novel, Dream Dancer:

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Today’s topic comes from the wonderful Carrie Elks – How do you choose the location for you books? Do you pick somewhere you’ve already been, or do you research creatively, using Google and other methods to find the perfect spot?

Location, location, location.

Well, in my writing many times I’m making up my locations. In my new Hearts in Orbit series I have a whole galaxy (2 galaxies actually) to populate with planets, star bases, and futuristic cities. I do research astronomical terms to help in the naming, but the rest comes from Science Fiction movies and books, and the craziness that is my imagination.

I do much more research for my Heavenly Wars series. All the Norse mythological realms and the aspects of other mythology I use. I was happy to stumble across the Parthenon in Nashville, which I’ve used as a gateway to Mount Olympus. I also did a search to find information on the Atlanta Airport, which I later had Jord Thorson tear up a bit.

Sometimes my locations are based on places I’ve been, but often I rely on the internet, mostly Google search, to find me that perfect spot to set my stories.

And speaking of location, Brenda Margriet’s blog is the next location on our Romance Writers Weekly blog hop – http://www.brendamargriet.com/blog

If you’re looking for something tasty to read, check out Brenda’s wonderful Chef d’Amour:

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Romance Weekly – TSTL

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Welcome to the romance Writers Weekly blog hop, where every week a great group of romance writers answer questions and accept challenges. Diverse in what we write, we are unified in the quest to bring you, the romance reader, a very happy ever after.

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If you’ve just hopped over from Dani Jace’s blog, or are starting your hop here, welcome.

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And be sure to check out Dani’s blazing hot novel, Hot as Blazes.

 

 

Our topic for today: Good reviews, we love them! Bad reviews, we hate them…but some of them are helpful. What was your favorite negative review?

While researching for today’s blog, I went back and looked at my reviews. The good news is, I don’t have any reviews I would call bad. The bad news, I don’t have all that many reviews. So I have to take a bit of license with today’s topic.

The one time that really stands out to me as a negative comment influencing me is quite a few years ago while writing Son of Thunder. I submitted the first 2,500 words of my unfinished manuscript to a regional romance writers contest expecting glowing comments and (of course) a first place prize.

I didn’t even place. What I got instead were judges comments on how the start of my novel wasn’t very good. One judge in particular really took me to task on Meghan, my heroine, stating that she was TSTL.

I had to Google that: Too Stupid To Live

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Whoa! Was she that bad?

I read over the chapter and yeah, that judge had it right. She was wimpy and two-dimensional, needing to be saved by the hero a number of times in only the first few pages. That one comment made me go back and completely re-imagine my heroine. Meghan became a strong, kick-ass hero in her own right, and a ton more fun to write. Since then this one little comment has colored the creation of all my heroines. No more TSTL for me.

So, what has Leslie Hachtel learned from her negative reviews? (Does she really have any?) Find out by following this link: http://lesliehachtelwriter.wordpress.com

And  be sure to check out Leslie’s wonderful novel, The Defiant Bride: DefiantBride_140x210

Romance Weekly – My Life As A Romance Novel

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Welcome to the romance Writers Weekly blog hop, where every week a great group of romance writers answer questions and accept challenges. Diverse in what we write, we are unified in the quest to bring you, the romance reader, a very happy ever after.

You can join us daily on our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/RomanceWritersWeekly/

If you’ve just hopped over from Jenna Da Sie’s blog, or are starting your hop here, welcome.

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Today’s topic comes from Victoria Barbour – If your life was a romance novel, what subgenre would it be, and why would your heroine be amazing? Also, what would you call it? Can you write a blurb for it?

 

 

Subgenre: Lets label it a steamy contemporary that just accidentally got shelved with the sweet romances.

Why my heroine is amazing: They say that behind every famous man there a great woman standing behind him. To stand behind a not-so-famous man, especially one who wants to be a romance writer… that’s amazing!

 

Title: Sleepy in Sheboygan

Hey, I even made a cover:

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Blurb:

Passion erupts with all the intensity of Leave It To Beaver as retired sexagenarians Laurie and Steve leave their home town of 37 years to move to the big city. Waistlines expand rapidly with the discovery of each new fabulous restaurant and heads spin in the tasting rooms of numerous local wineries.

As winter closes in on them, that quiet new home in the quiet neighborhood sizzles with each new episode of Top Chef they consume.

But when Steve oversleeps on garbage day, it’s all they can do to get the bags to the curb on time.

Sure to spark an afternoon nap, Sleepy in Sheboygan is the first book in the Are You Kidding Me? He’s Making This A Series? series.

 

Look out New York Times Bestsellers List, here I come.

 

Now skip on over to Tracey Gee’s LOVExtra blog to check out her life story at: LOVExtra.com