Friday, September 26, 2014

Chatting Today at Love Romances Cafe!

Come join me today at Love Romances Cafe, where I'm talking 8:00 PM-9:00 PM EST all about FLASHPOINT, my newest paranormal romance, coming October 1st!  You can find excerpts and character interviews, and learn how to win a FREE copy of FLASHPOINT of your very own.

If you'd like to know a bit more about FLASHPOINT, click here for back cover copy, an excerpt, and the book trailer. Hope to see you tonight at Love Romances Cafe!


Faith Markham has it all - almost: beauty, paranormal power, and the job of her dreams as an archaeologist. The one thing eluding her is a love that will transcend time. Too bad that when she hires Hakon Ivarsson, the tough-talking trail guide has absolutely no plans to let her tie him down.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Guest Author: Charlotte Copper!

Good morning!  Please help me welcome guest author Charlotte Copper to the blog today.  Charlotte writes paranormal romance, and she's here today to share with you her newest book, HEART SHIFTER!

1) How did you get started writing?
When I first got divorced many years ago, I would write stories in my head while driving to work. It would force me to stop thinking about the stuff that was going on in my life at the time. Eventually I decided to put the stories down on paper. (My first story was about my ex husband's funeral - a man who is still very much alive. LOL)

2) What interests or excites you most about your genre(s)?
Every other year or so, the idea that paranormal romance is dead begins to circulating right now in fact. But I have always loved the extra twist that paranormal adds to romance. 

3) Who or what is your favorite inspiration when writing?
Coke and chocolate! Also, I've got a 17 year old daughter, and 18 & 20 year old stepdaughters. I think being published shows them that with hard work and perseverance you can achieve your dreams. Of course my daughter likes to tell her friends I write porn, so I'm not sure if this second point is entirely working. But they say any publicity is good publicity.

4) Tell me about your latest book or work in progress.
My second novella, HEART SHIFTER, just released 9/17 from Wild Rose Press. It's a light paranormal romance set in Northern Ontario. 

For widowed teacher Sarah, an invitation to spend the summer up north is the perfect opportunity for her sons to get to know their father’s estranged family better and for Sarah to learn more about why her deceased husband, Ken, left his childhood home at such an early age. Her handsome host, Mitch Mingan, has remained a bachelor because he doesn’t want his wife or children to have to suffer his family’s destiny. Their fate and the reason why his cousin, Ken, left home: the Mingan men turn into wolves! Heart Shifter is the story of how Sarah and Mitch discover that the biggest surprise is their feelings towards each other.

5) Please share with us the first paragraph of your latest work.
First paragraph only? OK here it is:
Naked, twenty-three men gathered in the clearing. And waited.

Thank you for joining us today, Charlotte!  If you want to know more about Charlotte or her books, please check out the following links!

Buy at The Wild Rose Press:
Buy from Amazon:

Twitter:  @CharlotteCopper

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Hiccup's Armor (or, How to Be Your Geekiest)

Most of you are aware of the Dreamworks hit movie, "How to Train Your Dragon."  The movie now has a hit sequel in which the hero, Hiccup, wears a leather armor flight suit (see above).  My 7-year-old son thinks this armor is The Coolest Thing Ever.

Most of you are also aware that I'm a big, huge geek who's into the Renaissance Faire and leatherworking projects.  The gauntlet had been thrown.

For the past few weeks, Hubby and I have been making a modified version of Hiccup's chest armor for our son.  Modified because, once we built it, our growing-like-a-weed son would have it for five minutes and then be too big to fit in it.  So, we designed this armor to fit him for several years to come, because it can be taken apart and adjusted as he grows.  It's also easy for him to get on and off.

Thus, I give you Modified Hiccup's Armor.  Dragon not included.

It's not film-accurate, but for its purpose, it will do very nicely indeed.  We tried it on our older nephew, so we're reasonably sure that this will fit our son for the next five years or more.  Heck, taken apart, it even fits me!  We watched some pretty amazing video from "Modrenman," who designed the whole flight suit and went to pains to make it accurate.  We then cobbled together a posterboard mockup of the pieces, and made several subsequent trips to Tandy Leather for supplies.

We decided against doing the collar, so it would fit him more comfortably as he grows, and even made a miniature saddle for his stuffed Toothless, who attaches to his left shoulder using the big strap.  (I did mention we're geeky, didn't I?)

Result: one very happy little grade-schooler.  Too bad we don't have a Night Fury handy to send him off on an adventure. :)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Remembering 9/11

Just taking a moment today to remember and honor those who died in the September 11th attacks.  I continue to hope that someday, the world will recognize our collective similarities rather than our differences, and start on the path to a true and lasting peace.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

FLASHPOINT "Walkabout Wednesdays" Event Begins!

Hungry for some adventure this fall? Head over to my Facebook Events page starting today, and join the "Walkabout Wednesdays" event! You could win a FREE copy of my upcoming book, FLASHPOINT!

There's no cost to participate - just a fun online "treasure hunt!" See you there!

Monday, September 01, 2014


The wait is over, and Lobster Cove has new residents! HEAVY NETTING is now on sale, and you can learn more about Bran and Jenna's story by clicking the link!

He's all wrong for Lobster Cove...but he might be just right for her. Fall in love this September with a stay in Lobster Cove!