Friday, August 31, 2007

And The Winner Is.....

Susan reached into the hat and picked....
Ali Flores
Ali please email Susan at with your snail mail for your copy of Touch Me.Congratulations.Thanks very much to everyone who played, and to Susan for answering questions.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Fantastic Fives on Susan Lyons

Five words and/or phrases that describe you:

· Neurotic. I’m a writer – it goes with the territory.
· Creative. Not just with writing, but also photography.
· Organized. I’m a true mix of right brain and left brain.
· Way too busy. I really push myself to do a lot, but I also value and defend my reading time!
· A good friend.

Five people and/or things that inspire you:

· Other writers. They’re amazing people who somehow manage to write through all the neuroses (I swear, all writers are neurotic) and create memorable characters and thoughtful stories that inspire me.
· Family, friends and colleagues. Writing is a lonely life, and love and support are so important.
· Nature. I love its beauty and its strength.
· The voices in my head. All those characters and stories that are clamouring to get out.
· Real-life heroines and heroes. Whether they’re out there making the world a better place or just facing their own personal issues with quiet courage, they’re an inspiration.

Five of your favorite authors:

Barbara Samuel,
Kristin Hannah,
Luanne Rice,
Karen White,
Susan Wiggs.
They each write women’s fiction that’s on the romantic side. They create compelling, memorable characters and they all have a lovely writing style. Their work has given me so much pleasure over the years.

Describe five of your heroes/heroines through your eyes:

· I love writing about transition points in life. In real life, transitions may be triggered by external events or personal issues (like health), but often they happen because of meeting another person. That’s how it happens in my books. Women who think they know what they want meet guys who make them take a second look – and vice versa.
· Suzanne, the heroine of the first Awesome Foursome book (Champagne Rules, Feb 2006), wants a career but her priority is definitely home and family. So, I just had to team her up with Jaxon, child of an immigrant mom, who is all about career achievement.
· Jenny, heroine of the second book (Hot in Here, Aug 2006), respects her traditional Chinese-Canadian family yet wants to be a modern Western girl. She was juggling her worlds quite well, so I had to shake her up by sending her Scott, a sexy Caucasian firefighter – a man she can never take home to her parents.
· Ann, in the third book (Touch Me, Sept 2007), is the daughter of an uber-feminist mom and she’s so driven and stressed that her body’s in pain. Enter Greek God masseur, Adonis, who’s into balance, a healthy life and, oh yeah, tantric sex.
· Rina, the fourth heroine (She’s on Top, April 2008), has body-image issues that are so bad she’ll only make love in the dark. I had to pair her with a man who’s determined to bring her into the light and help her love her own body.
· Then there’s Tash, the heroine of my “Hot Down Under” novella (The Firefighter, Feb 2007), who travels to Australia to babysit her grandmother, and finds that the two of them aren’t the same women they were back home. Not after they meet two hot Australian men!

Five reasons to read your books:

· The heroines are quirky, fun and gutsy and the heroes are to die for.
· There’s always something to laugh over, plus a touch of poignancy.
· When my characters make it into bed, they have lots of fun and so will you (women readers tell me their guys are very happy when their women read my books ).
· You’ll see characters who are faced with challenges and have the courage to grow and change – and you’ll root for them and maybe it’ll help you find the courage to deal with some of your own challenges.
· I love writing and want to keep doing it, which means I need kind readers to buy my books and tell their friends!

Susan Lyons

If you have questions,Susan will be here throughout the day,ask away.

Extra!Extra! For Susan's contest,you've got to do a little work. Sign up for Susan's website contest and make sure to put in your entry, that I sent you. Good luck everyone.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Touch Me By Susan Lyons

Touch Me By Susan Lyons

The third book in the Awesome Foursome series, TOUCH ME is Ann Montgomery's story.
What happens when a stressed-out workaholic lady lawyer meets a Greek god masseur? For control-freak Ann, her career is all that matters. Laid-back Adonis Stefanakis has lessons to teach her: about balance, and getting in touch with her feminine, sensual side. Ann's willing to learn, but only if they play by her rules and take turns on top - i.e., in control!

For a sample and to watch the book trailer go here

For a chance to win Touch Me, come back tomorrow for Susan Lyons Fantastic Five.

And the 100th post Winner Is.....

A little hand reaches in and picks......
Rachael from NJ
Congratulations Rachael, send your snail mail to
danetteb @ spaces).
Thank you all for playing and come back tomorrow for
my special guest Susan Lyons.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Fantastic Fives on MaryJanice Davidson

(I was sparkling when MJD accepted my invite to do this fantastic five interview. MJ is one of the authors who,if I met her in person,I'd be tongue-tied from being in awe. Her books ,to me, are hilarious and they always brighten my day. )

Five phrases or words that describe you:

Funny (and not just funny-looking, either, so shut up)
Obsessed with writing (but that’s worked out all right for me)

Five people and/or things that inspire you:

J.K. Rowling
Stephen King (I love writer rags-to-riches stories, and these two were REALLY poor before they hit the big time)
Other writers’ success (I use my crushing envy as a way to get my butt back into the writing chair)
My parents (at a time when they had no money, they risked a lot and made their dream of early retirement come true)
My husband (he’s ridiculously smart and comes up with GREAT ideas for some of my books…and if I’m stumped on an outline, he often comes up with just the right way to fix it)

Five of your favorite authors:

Stephen King (the old stuff…nothing after Delores Claiborne)
John Sandford (the Books of Prey, starring supercool cop Lucas Davenport)
Ann Rule (true crime writer; SMALL SACRIFICES is on my Top Three List Of Greatest Books Ever)
Michelle Bardsley (funny vampire stuff…”Don’t Talk Back To Your Vampire”, etc.

Describe five of your heroes/heroines of your books through your eyes:

Betsy the Vampire Queen: vacuous, shoe-obsessed, not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but dependable in a pinch and, probably most important, a loyal friend
Fred the Mermaid: grumpy, lonely, allergic to shellfish, lousy swimmer (with legs)
King Alexander of Alaska: loud, profane, a great dad, a terrific monarch (when he can be cornered like a rat and forced to read legislation)
Sinclair the Vampire King: tall, sexy, madly in love with Betsy (and terrified by it), formidable
Ireland (in the upcoming anthology NO REST FOR THE WITCHES): easily distracted, friendly (she has opened her home to a vampire, a fairy, a werewolf, a possessed car, and a zombie), more powerful than she knows

Five reasons to read your books:

If you want a good laugh
If you want a quick read
If you want to help send my children to college
If you want to try something that will take your mind off the state of the world
If you like funny supernatural stories


Extra!Extra! One lucky commenter will win a copy of "The Royal Mess" and since this is my 100th post of 2007, I have a copy of one of my faves from MJ "Hello, Gorgeous!" to giveaway to another commenter.

Monday, August 27, 2007

The Royal Mess By MaryJanice Davidson

One of my favorite authors has a new book coming out,it's

The Royal Mess By MaryJanice Davidson

Jeffrey Rodinov is descended from one of the oldest families in Alaska, and a Rodinov has been protecting a Baranov for generations. It's a job Jeffrey takes VERY seriously. Six feet four inches, 220 fatless lbs., black hair, and blue eyes; weapon of choice: the 9 mm Beretta. In a pinch? His fists. IQ: 157. (Yes, crossword puzzle, in ink, just after taking out the guy behind you. No thanks necessary.) No one ever sees Jeffrey Rodinov coming, and no one -not even a mouthy, illegitimate princess - is going to keep him from playing bodyguard when his decrees it.

Right. But no Rodinov ever had to protect Princess Nicole Krenski. Her credentials? Hunting guide in the Alaskan wilderness. Smart. Stubborn bordering on exasperating. Five-seven. Blue eyes. Very kissable mouth. Very kissable neck, back, legs, wrists, earlobes. The lady says she doesn't need a bodyguard, but that's where she's wrong. Someone needs to watch her and show her the royal ropes (and cuffs...and scarves...). Someone who can make her feel like a queen - in and out of bed. And that's a job Jeffrey Rodinov takes very seriously as well...

In this deliciously sexy, wickedly funny companion to The Royal Treatment and The Royal Pain, a reluctant princess and a determined royal bodyguard are about to discover that when it comes to powerful love, there are no defenses...

Tomorrow is going to be MJ's Fantastic Five Interview, so come back and comment, there
could be a surprise involved. `g*

Friday, August 24, 2007

A New Dish To Look Out For

Dee and Dee are dishing about the new release by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer, it is

Agnes and the Hitman

Take one food writer named Cranky Agnes, add a hitman named Shane, mix them together with a Southern mob wedding, a missing necklace, two annoyed flamingos, and a dog named Rhett, and you've got a recipe for a sexy, hilarious novel about the disastrous side of true love...Agnes Crandall's life goes awry when a dognapper invades her kitchen one night, seriously hampering her attempts to put on a wedding that she's staked her entire net worth on. Then a hero climbs through her bedroom window. His name is Shane - no last name, just Shane- and he has his own problems: He's got a big hit scheduled, a rival trying to take him out, and an ex-mobster uncle asking him to protect some little kid named Agnes. When he finds out that Agnes isn't so little, that his uncle has forgotten to mention a missing five million bucks he might have lost in Agnes's house, and that his last hit was a miss, Shane's life isn't looking so good , either. Then a bunch of lowlifes come looking for the money, a string of hitmen show up for Agnes, and some wedding guests gather with the intent to throw more than rice. Agnes and Shane have their hands full with greed, florists, treachery, flamingos, mayhem, mothers of the bride, and - most dangerous of all - each other.

There's a contest to win a signed copy of this book on DeeandDee and after reading the dish, you just might want to run to the store A.S.A.P.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

A Quiz and a Contest

Which Psy-Changeling Hero Is For You?

Your Psy/Changeling Hero: Vaughn

Protective, possessive and sensual to the core, Vaughn is a sentinel with the heart of a jaguar. If he decides to make you his, there's no getting away. So run...or get ready to tangle with the wild fury of a changeling who is more animal than most.Find out more about Vaughn and the series at
Take this quiz!


Make A Quiz More Quizzes Grab Code

Nalini Singh has started a blog contest to promote her upcoming release Caressed By Ice. To join in on the fun, take the quiz above and post it on your blog,then head over to Nalini's blog and comment that you blogged and where you blogged at. Fun and simple! Visit Nalini for addition information. Go now and spread the word J

Monday, August 20, 2007

Vampy YA Books Just Released

The two books I've been looking forward to, came out last Thursday.I'm a little sad because they haven't made it to my local bookstore yet,but that doesn't mean they're not at yours *g*

The first is a debut author.....

The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod: Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer

Junior high really sucks for thirteen-year-old Vladimir Tod. Bullies harass him, the principal is dogging him, and the girl he likes prefers his best friend. Oh, and Vlad has a secret: his mother was human, but his father was a vampire. With no idea of the extent of his powers, Vlad struggles daily with his blood cravings and his enlarged fangs. When a substitute teacher begins to question him a little too closely, Vlad worries that his cover is about to be blown. But then he faces a much bigger problem: he’s being hunted by a vampire killer.

Make sure to stop by Heather's blog and watch the trailer

and the second is debuting her first YA book......

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger. . . .
Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.

If the description has caught your attention, look on Richelle's website for an excerpt

Extra,Extra: Today's my little ones birthday, Happy Birthday Baby Girl!!!!!

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Bloggers and Readers Unite!

Ok that was corny, but it was the first thing that came to mind when thinking of a title.

I'd like to introduce you all to a new Multi Author blog and website that has just been launched into the blogsphere. They are ........

The mystery romance authors involved are

Please welcome them to the blogsphere by visiting their new website and say hi to them on their new blog. While you are there check out the contest they have going on to help spread the word about these wonderful authors.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Fantastic Fives on Ashlyn Chase

Five phrases or words that describe you:

and kind (to everyone! I hate snobs with a passion… Oh, but I’m nice to them too.)

Five people and/or things that inspire you:

and tact.

Five of your favorite authors:
Damn. Only five?

Rebecca Williams,
Kate Douglas,
Ruby Storm,
Judy Mays,
Mary Winter,
Michelle Bardsley,
Nathalie Gray,
Sasha White,
Janet Miller…
Okay, so I can’t count. These are ladies who’re not only wonderful authors but nice people too—at least to me. Yes. Niceness counts. There are a gazillion great authors. Why read only the Divas?

Describe five of your heroes/heroines of your books through your eyes:
I'll do this as if everyone voted on these categories. i.e. "Most likely to succeed."

Adrian: (Vampire Vintage) Most likely to bite gently and suck slowly.
Raphael: (Heaving Bosoms) Most likely to go above and beyond the call of duty.
Randy: (Being Randy) Most likely to tell you the unvarnished truth.
Joell: (Wonder Witch) Most likely to kick some magic ass and take no prisoners.
Shane (Crusher) Derby: (Demolishing Mr. Perfect) Most likely to loosen up a prude.

Five reasons to read your books:

Because I need the money,
Because I love to make people laugh,
Because I love fan mail and of course you’ll send me some,
Because I can justify not doing housework to bring you more fun reads,
Oh, and just so this isn’t all about me—because you’ll fall in love with my unique heroes and amazing heroines while enjoying highly original stories with happy, but not sappy endings.

Where there’s fire, there’s Ash

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Demolishing Mr. Perfect By Ashlyn Chase

Demolishing Mr.Perfect By Ashlyn Chase

Even though she’s a nurse at a sperm bank, meeting young, virile medical students every day, Natalie Watson’s relationships always seem to suffer from “stress fractures.” With a hopeless prognosis, she seeks metaphysical help. The tealeaf reader tells her there's a perfect man for her, but she might have to change her definition of perfect.
Shane (Crusher) Derby, owner of Derby Demolition, takes out his aggressions all day long by blowing up buildings and smashing the contents. He couldn’t be mellower until the nurse in the adjacent building tells him to keep it down. He’s making her donors jump and miss their cups. And he has the nerve to think it’s funny.

Available from Ellora's Cave August 15th
Come back tomorrow to meet the author, Ashlyn Chase.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Fantastic Fives on Anny Cook

Five phrases or words that describe you:


Five people and/or things that inspire you:

My family (actually, there are five of them--husband and four kids),
my friends,
my fellow authors,
my editor,
and my memories.

Five of your favorite authors:

Oh, man, only five?
Cindy Pape because she has a way with geeks,
Amarinda Jones because she definitely has a way with CEOs!,
Janice Bennett--mystery writer with excellence,
Louis L'Amour--his books defined real men and real women--people with honor and integrity, and...
Mercedes Lackey--my first real experience with fantasy.

Describe five of your heroes/heroines of your books through your eyes:

Oh, wow. Okay,
1) Dancer from Dancer's Delight was my first hero. He's been in my head forever. He's strong and vulnerable, talented and humble, loving and sexy.
2) Eppie from Dancer's Delight is a heroine because she dared to go with her heart even when it put her life in danger.
3) Arano from Cherished Destinies because he had the vision and patience to wait for his dream love.
4) Arturo--his twin--who had the courage to go on and seek love after suffering a devastating loss.
5) And finally, Chrysanthemum from the book of that title. She had the courage and enthusiasm to go wherever Gareth led her.

Five reasons to read your books:

and Fantasy

Anny Cook -- Simmering Romance with a Smile Chrysanthemum now at EC
Dancer's Delight now at CP Traveller's Refuge 8/10/2007 EC
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Traveller's Refuge by Anny Cook

Traveller's Refuge by Anny Cook

Framed and running for his life, Traveller Devereaux decides to follow his missing brother Dancer, using the clues he left behind when he disappeared. They lead Traveller to the mysterious Mystic Valley where the people are blue, the flora and fauna are decidedly odd, and the mating customs are definitely different.
On his journey to the Valley, he is injured in a serious accident that traps him in a cave with his best friend, Bishop. Bish finds the hidden tunnel leading to the valley and takes Traveller to safety. Trav’s slow recovery allows him much needed time to adjust to the valley and fall in love with Wrenna, the woman chosen as his bond mate. When he finds out that she is related to the man who murdered his parents and siblings, he must choose between the woman he loves and her murderous grandfather.

For an excerpt visit Anny's bookshelf here
Come back tomorrow to learn more about Anny and her

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Fantastic Fives on Elizabeth Jewell

Five phrases or words that describe you:

highly caffeinated

Five people and/or things that inspire you:

My kids,
good TV,
Jensen Ackles,

Five of your favorite authors:

I'm going to expand this to cover
writers in general, not just novelists:
Neil Gaiman,
Diana Gabaldon,
Joss Whedon,
the Brontes,
Erik Kripke

Describe five of your heroes/heroines of your books in your eyes:

Heath from Legacy of the Snake (Insatiable: Ellora's Cave/Pocket)--He's caught in a situation not of his own making, and is just trying to do the right thing with as much grace and humor as he can muster. Oh, and he talks to fish.

Annabeth from 6 Enchanted Princesses (Master of Secret Desires: Ellora's Cave/Pocket)--She's put herself in danger and under the power of an evil sorcerer in order to protect her sisters. When Fitz arrives on the scene, she sees the possibility of rescue. And has sex with an invisible guy.

David Fraser from Lady of the Seals (Lover from Another World: Ellora's Cave/Pocket)--A man who's fallen in love with a woman with a secret that can change his whole world. One of my favorite heroes.

Roarke and Riordan (Dark Callings series: Changeling Press)--Two strong, alpha males, one a vampire, who find love and healing with each other. Two funny, intense, sexy guys.

Keely (Pandora's People:Keely: Changeling Press)--A woman with powers even she doesn't completely understand, afraid to find love again after the death of her previous lover. But I made her do it, anyway.

Five reasons to read your books:

Because they don't suck. :-)

To spend some time away from the drudgery of everyday life. Forget the stupid dishes--read a steamy book!

The guys are hot and sometimes there are vampires.

Because it's way more fun than paying bills or vacuuming.

Because my kids need new shoes...

Elizabeth Jewell

My website is at
Blog at:

Monday, August 6, 2007

Insatiable by Sherri L. King, S. L. Carpenter, and Elizabeth Jewell

Insatiable by Sherri L. King,
S. L. Carpenter, and Elizabeth Jewell


Sanctuary - Sherri L. King
When a plague of zombies takes over her city, Anna thinks she is the lone
survivor -- until she meets five others who join her in a plot to escape. But
Anna soon changes her plan when Enigma, an ancient fairy warrior, appears and
grants her immunity from the wrath of the undead -- with a passionate embrace
that sends arousing sparks coursing through their bodies. Now, together they
must destroy the zombies and prevent the plague from spreading -- if they can keep their hands off each other long enough to fight.
Toys 4 Us - S.L. Carpenter
By day, Dana is a senior executive at an advertising agency, but by night, she
sells an arousing collection of pleasure toys at parties. Beginning her secret
hobby after breaking up with an inadequate ex-boyfriend, Dana has since become a
sexual being with needs -- but no one to fill them. So when Derrick, a handsome
friend she had always desired from afar, shows up at her door unexpectedly, Dana
initiates a night of all-consuming passion -- with all her toys in tow. Before
long, she and Derrick are enjoying the kinds of pleasures she never thought
The Legacy of the Snake - Elizabeth Jewell
After inheriting his grandfather's estate, Heath decides to investigate the
land, because his Grandpa once told him that beautiful fairies live among the
mountains. Lo and behold, while exploring, Heath is abducted and taken to a
magical world where he meets Elena, a beautiful, voluptuous seductress with
golden locks and deep blue eyes. Little does he know, Elena has captured him to
find out if he is a suitable mate for her enchanted blood. Lucky for her, Heath
shows her all kinds of magic -- fulfilling her most sensual desires.
Go to the nearest bookstore to pick up this book or to read an excerpt and buy info
go here
Come back tomorrow to meet Elizabeth Jewell from Insatiable

Friday, August 3, 2007

"Name Quiz"

.......Taken from Larissa Ione

1. YOUR ROCK STAR NAME: (first pet & current street name) Chiquita Kipapa
2. YOUR “FLY Guy/Girl” NAME: (first initial of first name, first three letters of your middle name) D Jea
3. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal) Green Dragon
4. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you were born)
Jeaneane San Francisco
5. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first name, first 2 letters of mom’s maiden) Bocdasa
6. SUPERHERO NAME: (”The”, your favorite color, favorite drink) The Green Midori
7. NASCAR NAME: (the first name of your grandfathers) Byron Alfred
8. FUTURISTIC NAME: (the name of your favorite perfume/cologne and the name of your favorite kind of shoes) Pleasures Diesal
9. WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother & father’s middle name) Dawn Frederick
Anybody else want to play?

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

And the Winner Is...

Bonnie reached into the hat and picked....


Cathy please email Bonnie at with your snail mail for your copy of Built.Congratulations.Thanks very much to everyone who played, and to Bonnie for answering questions.