Finally! Personal Protection releases today

OMG what a great way to kick off Personal Protection’s release. Yesterday I received an email from Chrissy Dionne over at Romance Junkies telling me she’s already reviewed it. And given it 5 Ribbons! Chrissy says:

I’ve been anxiously awaiting this story since first being introduced to Sam in the first HAUBERK PROTECTION book, PRIVATE PROPERTY. There was a sense of sadness and loneliness about him that defined him and made him impossible to forget. In PRIVATE PROTECTION readers will get the opportunity to know Sam much better and meet the lady strong enough to tolerate his bullheadedness. He’s not going to be able to intimidate her and that’s exactly what he needs. While Sam and Rosie are the primary focus of this story, there are plenty of other characters to incite the imagination and make you want to know more about them.

Leah Braemel has written a perfect follow up storyline to PRIVATE PROPERTY in PRIVATE PROTECTION. It’s not necessary to read the first book in order to enjoy this one but since events that happened in the first story are mentioned throughout this book I’d recommend you do so. Besides, you’d get a better feel and understanding of Sam and how he thinks if you read this series in order. I’m now very hopeful that we’ll see even more HAUBERK PROTECTION books in the near future since I’ve developed a real fondness for so many of these characters.

And now you can read it too. Do you need to see the blurb again? Well, here it is anyway!

Personal Protection small 300 dpiSam Watson excels at keeping other people safe. Now a stalker is targeting him, but so what? A few doctored photos and a couple threatening phone calls are no big deal. He can watch his own back. Then again, the view from behind the sexy spitfire assigned to protect him isn’t so bad…

Rosalinda Ramos has managed to keep her attraction to Hauberk Security’s owner tightly under wraps. It’s just as well he doesn’t know. One slip—in the bedroom or on the job—will cost her her heart and her career, so she’s got only one thing on her mind. Protect Sam, whether he wants it or not.

The stakes—and the heat—rise exponentially when she discovers Sam belongs to an exclusive sex club—one she must investigate for potential suspects. Suddenly she finds herself immersed in a world that pushes her boundaries.

Sam delights in leading Rosie deep into his sexual shadows—until they go one game too far. Making him wonder if he can allow the woman he loves to take a bullet for him.

Friday Rambling

As many of you know, I joined the ranks on Twitter a while back. It’s been interesting watching my “following” grow. When I mentioned brownies one day, I had a half dozen people interested in recipes follow me. Poor people, they don’t realize that when I cook, I tell when something is done by when the smoke alarm goes off. Seriously! TWICE this week I’ve set fire to my toaster oven while I was grilling some cheese sandwiches – open-faced, melt the cheese until it bubbles and starts to turn brown. Okay, so it melted, dripped onto the burners and caught fire when I wasn’t watching. The bread got burned but I ate it anyway. Ooops, I wandered off topic there again, didn’t I? Oh, yeah — I was talking about Twitter and how people follow me. Anyway, when I mentioned I’d taken a BDSM course last year, I had a half dozen people in the BDSM world–professional dommes for instance–tag along. When someone starts following you, Twitter sends you an email telling who is following so you can follow them as well or if they turn out to be a spammer, you can block them. (For the record, I don’t “autofollow” people.) I’m always interested when people follow me who I don’t know. How did they find me? Did they see something I posted on the open loop and think it was interesting? Did I reply to someone they follow and they wanted to see what I’d said? Did they read something I’ve written and like it, are they a fan? Nah, that’s too big headed to consider.

This morning I had a small squee moment when I got an email telling me a favorite radio personality from Toronto was following me. Erin Davis of CHFI. I’ve listened to Erin for decades. Literally. She and I were pregnant at the same time – her with her daughter Lauren, me with Curly. (And since Curly is now 18, that tells you that I’m not exaggerating when I say decades.) When she left CHFI for a while, I followed her to her new station, and was thrilled when CHFI realized what a mistake they’d made and brought her back. She’s one of those down-to-earth people that I’ve always envisioned you could sit down and gossip with over tea or coffee. Which made me wonder, of all the people in the Golden Horseshoe, or in the Twitter world for that matter, how the heck did she find ME?
Because my head’s been in such a fog lately, I’ve not been making much progress on my editing of Andy’s story. So I’ve been reading. First Maya Bank’s book – which I heartily enjoyed, especially since it was free, LOL. Yesterday, I read fellow Toronto Romance Writer JK Coi’s Dark Immortal. I have to confess that I’ve not read the first two books in JK’s Immortal series, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying her Dark Immortal. Well done JK to write a book in a series that can stand alone. And even better, that makes me want to go out and buy the first two. It’s an urban fantasy with demons and vampires and kick-ass Immortal demon slayers. What I didn’t realize until I’d finished her DI was that it was another amnesia story. What are the odds that I’d read two amnesia stories back-to-back? Again, thoroughly enjoyable. Lots of sexual tension which I really enjoy, and I admire how writers can create and sustain the tension when the characters don’t actually have sex until quite a ways through the book. But when they do, whew! turn on the air conditioning!

Don’t forget the contests are still ongoing over at The Samhellion, as well as the free short stories.

Cherry Cottage


My freebie short story, Cherry Cottage, is up for download today over at The Samhellion. After today it’ll be here. This story absolutely kicked my behind to write. It took me a week as well as phone calls from Texas and Louisiana as my critique partners poked and prodded me before I could move forward on it.

Facts about Cherry Cottage:

  • there really is a Cherry Cottage built in 1877. However, it is not in Niagara Falls. It is in Bowmanville Ontario though since I lived in it, it’s been renovated and is now an assisted living facility.
  • the real Cherry Cottage used to have (I really hope it still does) huge wooden doors that slid out of the wall to separate the living room from the dining room the way the hero describes.
  • the “carriage house” behind the real Cherry Cottage has long since been converted to a house and sold separately
  • there were a long line of lilacs in the back yard but no apple or cherry trees in its front or back yards which always made me wonder why it was called Cherry Cottage
  • the locale of the B&B in Niagara Falls was based upon Park Place where GG & I stayed last fall. It is on River Road overlooking the gorge, though it was built in the 1880s. And no, it needs no renovations. It’s a beautiful B&B that I highly recommend if you’re ever in the area. And yes, it does have a carriage house behind it that visitors can choose to stay in but there is no gazebo, more’s the pity.
  • the couple Brian takes a picture of was based on photos Gizmo Guy took of me on our honeymoon in Niagara Falls
  • there can be snow and ice in the gorge even as late as May
  • tulips and daffodils are only now blooming in the area, apple trees and cherry trees will be blooming into mid to late May.
  • No, I don’t look like that any more. Again, more’s the pity.

Here’s a short book trailer I did for it. Yeah, I was bored one night and in a total *Head/desk* mood about Andy’s story (still without a title-gah!) so I distracted myself with this little project. The videos are ones Gizmo Guy and I took in the fall of 2008, not in the spring unfortunately. Enjoy!

A different type of Reader

My time on Twitter has been really interesting. While I don’t “Tweet” much myself, and I try to limit when I open TweetDeck so I don’t get sucked into the Twitterverse instead of writing, I love finding links like this: a proposed Braille ebook reader. Wouldn’t that be cool? Although I was also surprised to learn that only 10% of blind people these days read Braille. Apparently it’s no longer taught in schools since most blind children are now in the regular school system where they can’t handle teaching braille and instead force children to rely on technology which leaves the blind person essentially illiterate. According to this article,

One study found that 44 percent of participants who grew up reading Braille were unemployed, compared with 77 percent for those who relied on print. Overall, blind adults face 70 percent unemployment.

and

The federation also did some original research, including a survey of 500 people that found the ability to read Braille correlated with higher levels of education, a higher likelihood of employment and higher income.

Sometimes relying on regular print/voice technology isn’t the way to go …

Don’t forget to go over to The Samhellion every day for a new contest and new free short story to download.

Spring Fling Contest at The Samhellion

It’s been one of those days where the simplest tasks ended up going wrong. I sent out a newsletter today and the coding that showed up so perfectly in the preview disappeared when I hit send. *sigh*

I’ve given up on Yahoo, I’m signing up for a mailing list and will be collecting names that way. Thanks to Shelli Stevens and Christine d’Abo for their suggestions.

One of the things I announced on the newsletter was Samhain’s Spring Fling contest. Then I nearly forgot to announce it here. There will be over 40 prizes given away over the next week, and once again Samhain authors have contributed short stories that you can download for free. (My story, Cherry Cottage, is up on the 22nd.) Today’s Fling can be found here. Once again, it’s a scavenger hunt where you have to go to the participating author’s websites and find the hidden icons. So every day for the next week, don’t forget to stop over at The Samhellion Blog to check for the free download and the participating authors in the day’s “hunt.”