Life, Love, and Music ~ A Playlist

Happy Friday everyone! Like quite a few authors out there, I love to listen to music while I’m working. It can sometimes help drive my scenes forward, or keep me motivated to push forward. I’ve been working on a YA/NA novella project along with several other things. I will reveal the cover (yes I already have it) as I get closer to being able to release the book. In the meantime, here is the playlist of music I listen to while working on this story…

Kissin’ in the Tail Lights

Monday has rolled around once again. Yep. Like a bad penny, it just keeps turning up. Control the things we can and let go of the things we can’t. That’s what my mom always says. So I’m controlling Monday the only way I know how…musically (and for all my non country loving fans, I promise we will be getting back to something a little harder in the near future, but for now, we need to keep it country). New discovery for me folks! Shane Lee. Hope you enjoy and don’t be afraid to go doin’ a little of your own Kissin’ in the Tail Lights. :) P.S. look at that little countdown time over there…who’s getting excited?

Jimmy Fallon ~ Thursday Three Fun

It’s been a rough and very long week. So when that happens, I go find happy. That isn’t very hard. I love Jimmy Fallon. He makes me laugh. Here are three random pics from the Tonight Show Jimmy vault o’ fun. Do you have a fav who always brings a smile to your face? Do tell.

Love when he plays games. This made me laugh.

 
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Or through music…

Head Above Water

Today’s music Monday is brought to you by Theory of a Deadman and my current story, Bewitching Ways. This song is one of Avalynn’s favorites. It is a good one and of course, I do like TOD so it helps. Hope you enjoy. Feels kind of perfect for a Monday too. Bonus!

I’m going to get back to writing. Have a great week everyone!

First Lines Friday

Openings to books can be so difficult to get right, and as an author you feel satisfied with those first few lines, well…that is worth celebrating and sharing. Here are the first few lines to the book I’m currently working on, Bewitching Ways.

Avalynn hated the dead.

Their souls called to her. It was nothing personal against them. She hadn’t known most of them during their lives. It was the audacity of those beyond the grave wanting to communicate with her that she loathed. Yet even with her discomfort in dealing with the dearly departed, she often found comfort in the cemetery. Go figure.

Whiskey

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you are all looking forward to a great week. Me? Well I have Debora Dennis here later this week for a Friday Flirt and that is going to be fun. I love when my critique partners are able to join me on my blog. If you didn’t see the news on Facebook, I contracted another book. Yay! A Soul to Keep was contracted by a new publisher, Hearts Desire Press. I’m really excited about working with them. Other than that, I’m just listening to the music that inspires me to write more stories! Like this one that was introduced to me by the lovely Molly McClain last night. Give it a listen.

Vampire’s Kiss Martini

Well I really wanted a fun recipe for Halloween. So I scoured the internet and I found this delectable treat courtesy of Sandra Lee from Semi-Homemade. And what a perfect name! So here’s the scoop on a scary good Halloween Cocktail.

Picture from Semi Homemade

Ingredients

  • 1 part raspberry liqueur, Chambord®
  • 1 part vodka, Absolut®
  • 1 part Champagne, Korbel®
  • Licorice, wax teeth, candy corn, and/or blood orange slice

Directions

  1. In a chilled martini glass, layer raspberry liqueur, vodka, and Champagne. Garnish with licorice, wax teeth, candy corn, and/or blood orange slice.

Recipe courtesy of Sandra Lee.
For the grown-ups who aren’t on chaperon duty, try this Halloween-style twist on a classic Champagne cocktail. Sandra Lee suggests garnishing each martini glass with a set of gummy wax teeth, but licorice, blood orange slices, or candy corn will work just as well for a less kitschy look.

Personally, I’m wondering how this little drink would translate into a cupcake. May have to give it a try!

For Two Women Who Amaze Me~

Mother’s day has passed and yet I still feel the need to make my tribute to the two women who inspire me every day and make me strive to be a better mother, sister, daughter, aunt, and friend. To my mom and my sister, thank you for always being there for me and teaching me a little bit more about myself every day.

Thank you for the wonderful day we had yesterday, every day leading up to it, and every day we will have after.

Who Stole My Swing?

arboles, beautiful, broken, broken swing, color, fun

 

You know, the one that was a little weathered and beaten down, but helped me stay in the ‘swing’ of things? It kept me tethered to the place where reality and fantasy collide. The one place I could escape into the worlds where my stories took shape. I desperately need it back.

There is a favor I must ask if the swing happens to be in your possession. Please do not repair it. The state it was in at the time of it’s disappearance is the state I would like it returned in. The rope is a little rough against the palms of my hands, and the seat will leave a splinter in your arse if you slide too quickly from it. It is falling apart and not worth much, but in my eyes, it was the most perfect swing I could ever ask for. If you see it, please be kind and return it, so I may fall back into the swing of things.

I would post a reward for the safe return of my swing, but alas, you know the old saying about starving artists….

Sincerely,

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Flirting with Wolves~

Happy Friday everyone! I have a surprise for all you lovelies out there….Nina Croft. Don’t you all love me? I invited her back to flirt with us again. Rico was so damn sexy in her last flirt, I figured she’s gotta have more sexiness and hot man flirting to kick off our weekend. Right? So let’s see if she is up to the challenge!

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Hi, I’m Nina Croft, and Moira has very nicely invited me back to flirt some more. Last time I was here, I was flirting with a vampire. So today, for a change, I’m going to flirt with a werewolf and give you a few lines from Sebastian Quinn, the hero of Bound to Moonlight, my latest release.

So here’s a few lines from Sebastian and Anya:

“I’m going to leave you alone for a while,” Sebastian said. “I want you to think about it, and when I come back, you will tell me what happened to my people.” He locked the door and turned to leave.

“Sebastian.”

“What?”

“I’ll never talk.”

A pain clenched his heart. “Then I think we will both live to regret it.”

~*~

Then he was pressing her into the bars with his hard body. He leaned in close to her ear, and his warm breath whispered against her neck. “I will make you talk,” he murmured, and she shivered at the dark promise in his voice.


~*~

“I hurt. Am I dying?”

“Not if I can help it.”

Anya smiled then, a slight curve of her lips that didn’t banish the fear from her eyes. “I don’t think you can.”

“Sweetheart, I can do anything I want to.”

“I’m not your sweetheart. I’m not anyone’s sweetheart.” Her tone was sad and defeated. “I’m scared,” she whispered.

~*~

“You’re being nice,” she said.

He gave her a wolfish smile. “Just until you’re better.”

She bit her lip. “Then what?”

“Then you tell me who you’re working for and what you’ve done with my people.”

“Are you going to make me?”

She searched his face, saw the smile slide away and his eyes turn to ice. She shivered.

“I’ll do whatever I need to get my people back,” he said.

~*~

“I’m not going to break,” Anya said.

“I don’t want to hurt you.”

“You won’t.” She reached up and framed his beautiful face with her fingers, stared into his eyes, human once more. “Make love to me, Sebastian. Make love as though it’s the only time we’ll ever have.”


Let me know what kind of supernatural creature you would like to flirt with for a chance to win an ecopy of Bound to Moonlight.

Bound to Moonlight – Blurb

Anya, a powerful telepath, has always believed she worked for the good guys–the organization that created her, trained her, and turned her into the ultimate weapon. Her most recent assignment: assassinate the head of a group of mercenaries. The very man she believes is responsible for the death of her sister.

Investigating the disappearance of three pack members, Alpha werewolf, Sebastian Quinn, finds himself under the scrutiny of a deadly group, The Agency. Targeted by their assassin, he must now fight to save his own life.

Captured and held by the charismatic werewolf, Anya feels the stirrings of passion. For the first time, there is something beyond duty. Now she is faced with a choice — complete her assigned mission or risk everything she has ever known for a chance at love.


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Bio:

Nina Croft grew up in the north of England. After training as an accountant, she spent four years working as a volunteer in Zambia, which left her with a love of the sun and a dislike of 9-5 work. She then spent a number of years mixing travel (whenever possible) with work (whenever necessary) but has now settled down to a life of writing and picking almonds on a remote farm in the mountains of southern Spain.

Nina writes all types of romance often mixed with elements of the paranormal and science fiction.


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Well, she definitely didn’t let me down! Thank you so much for stopping by Nina. Now come on all my lovely readers…tell us about your dream supernatural flirt! Lay it on us…we can take it.