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FREE Read – Shadow Play!

Next week, Fire Kissed, book one in my new Shadow Kissed series, releases. I’m excited that the day is almost here… and I can’t quite believe it either. My blog tour got started yesterday at Vampire Book Club. You can check out the rest of my blog tour on my site.

To celebrate the release, my publisher has made my enovella, Shadow Play, a free download at most online retailers. Download it at Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Happy reading!


The world is growing dark with it as mysteries from antiquity and legend creep into our time, bringing a new world of danger, beauty and…

Dr. Cam Kalamos has dedicated his life to studying its strange properties, but nothing is more intriguing than a woman whose soul is split in half, one part under her control, one part bent on…

How can he resist the lure of a lover with no inhibitions and an insatiable desire to possess him? Both Ellie and her shadow want Cam, but there is an innocent child to be rescued from the forest and the strange fae creatures of…

Love, loyalty, betrayal – which will rule? As Ellie sends her other self into the darkness, there is only one certainty: Trusting in shadows is a dangerous game.

Arizona Anyone?

Arizona Anyone?

I love readers’ conferences and a couple of weeks ago I got to attend a fantastic one. It’s called Arizona Dreamin’ and you can find out about next year here.



This year was my second year (and the second year of the con). Next year will run two days to this year’s one and a bit, so I know there will be more activities, but I don’t know what they are. This year there was a meet-and-greet party, speed dating authors, a romance model contest, a dinner hosted by the authors, and my favorite… the bookclubs.

Each bookclub is hosted by an author, who spotlights their books over a half hour. Several bookclubs go on simultaneously and when I wasn’t hosting, I was attending. Authors get to plan what happens during their bookclub—games, a reading, giveaways. But that’s not all there is to it.  See, I’m a reader too, and I have been longer than I’ve been a writer. So to get together and gab about books in a really laid back setting was wonderful. It was intimate, hilarious, naughty, and I came away with tons of friends. In fact, after the last bookclub of the night, a bunch of us ran over to see Snow White and the Huntsman.

I owe a special thanks to Jessica Jordan, Karen McCoy, Heather Lire, and Melanie Sands for their wonderful support and help.  I’d had surgery the week before the con and was a little wobbly. They got me thru (propped me upright).  We gabbed too much, laughed a lot, and I can’t wait for next year.

A writer’s fantasy

When I was about twenty I got a subscription to a writer’s magazine, which I would read cover to cover. And when I mean cover to cover, I mean that I read even the classifieds at the back. There was one ad that set my heart aflutter… I don’t remember the details, but the bold-faced words read: Irish Island Cottage. It went on to advertise a perfect writing retreat.

I remember staring at that ad as if the text would transport me to that magical place. I had fantasies of strolling along a cliff over the ocean, pondering my stories. I imagined myself having a pensive cup of tea, when I actually don’t like tea at all. (I know, I’m weird that way.) My husband would be in the fantasy to keep the nights warm and cozy (I was just barely married then). And I had red hair, though I’ve naturally got light brown. And it blew in the wind, just enough to look romantic, but not enough to get in my eyes…which were busy with the aforementioned pensive expression. I have no recollection of fantasizing about actually writing at the writing retreat. Back then I had a lot of trouble making it past the first few chapters. It was very frustrating, and frustration had no place in my daydreams.

To this day, many years later, I still fantasize about the damn cottage. School and more school and kids have filled up the days, and now I imagine the cottage with my kids around too.  Because how can I go to an Irish Island Cottage and not bring the zoo with me? That’s proof that I’ve become a little bit more of a realist—I’ll probably attempt to write, but in my pajamas shut inside the bedroom to escape family chaos. And I won’t get too close to the edge of any cliff, because my kids will follow and they have not yet learned that they can’t fly. But my hair will very likely be reddish, because that’s what I’m coloring it these days.

My husband and I talk about making the trip (four plane tickets from Arizona makes me gasp), but I hope we’ll do it.  Maybe next year?

Shadow Play cover!

I am very excited to post the cover to my upcoming novella release!

Shadow Play is the second in my Shadow novella series, and though it stands alone, it also continues the story of Cam and Ellie, the main characters of the first novella, Shadow Touch. Two more novellas are planned in the series–I just turned in the synopsis for the third, tentatively titled Shadow Hunt. I can’t wait to write it.

The world is growing dark with it as mysteries from antiquity and legend creep into our time, bringing a new world of danger, beauty and…

Dr. Cam Kalamos has dedicated his life to studying its strange properties, but nothing is more intriguing than a woman whose soul is split in half, one part under her control, one part bent on…

How can he resist the lure of a lover with no inhibitions and an insatiable desire to possess him? Both Ellie and her shadow want Cam, but there is an innocent child to be rescued from the forest and the strange fae creatures of…

Love, loyalty, betrayal—which will rule? As Ellie sends her other self into the darkness, there is only one certainty: Trusting in shadows is a dangerous game.

Shadow Play releases May 2012 from Kensington Zebra.

The Infamous Year of Three Trees

treeMy husband and I moved out to Arizona a while back so I could go to grad school at ASU. A couple years later, we had our first child, and a year after that, bought our first house.  I am very enthusiastic about Christmas, so that first year (about 7ish years ago) we got an upstairs tree (a smallish one) for the loft and a full size for the family room. Christmas spirit everywhere. I had a house, a family, and was ready to start my own traditions. I was so excited, I was a menace.

I did not understand why so many people in Arizona have artificial trees. I couldn’t see any fun at all in pulling an artificial tree out of a box in the garage. No matter how nice they were, the trees didn’t feel right, didn’t smell like Christmas.  Plus, I had warm childhood memories of hunting through Christmas tree lots for the perfect tree.

We got our trees, the big and the mini, Thanksgiving weekend. Two weeks later, both were so dry they could only be good for kindling. Likewise, I started seeing articles and news reports about what a fire hazard Christmas trees are out here where it’s so dang dry in the winter. I saw a very sobering YouTube video showing how fast a whole house could catch from a Christmas tree, and soon I refused to turn the lights on the trees on at all.  They sat there—dry, decorated sticks. Needles were everywhere—fantastic for our toddler. We finally decided to take down our ornaments and lights and drag the kindling into the back yard, before Christmas. My good friend and neighbor didn’t try to mask her laughing, and to this day, won’t let me live it down.

We bought a third tree to fill the depressing hole in our living room. Trees are inexpensive out here (a fraction of what they are back east!) and we couldn’t afford an artificial one that year. Decorating for the third time was not as much fun as you’d think. The mocking from my mommy friends was less so.

In the years since, we’ve had a gorgeous artificial tree. I love it. We got it at Costco. It came in a big box. The branches have pre-strung lights so bright you could probably see them from space.  But best of all, the tree won’t burn my house down, which fills me with all kinds of Christmas spirit. 

(Update: My husband just read this post and he said I left out the part where he tried to save the big tree. One night he took off all the ornaments, left the lights, dragged the tree to the garage, and sawed off a little more of the trunk so that the tree could get more water. Then brought it back in, put it up, and put the ornaments on. He tells me now he did it when our daughter and I were sleeping. That, right there, is why I married him.)

Check out Kensington’s ad for Erin’s Shadow Series

Hi all!  This is Rebecca and I thought I’d pop by.  It’s actually Erin’s day today, but she’s under deadline until October.  She’ll start blogging then. 

So, I thought I’d show everyone the very cool advertisement Kensington has sent out for her series.

How awesome is this?!?

Notice at the bottom there are directions to enter a contest on twitter and win a signed copy of SHADOWMAN.

I don’t need one because I talked Erin’s editor into giving me an ARC when I was in NYC.  🙂

It’s Me, Sayde Grace with the Winner’s List

Hello everyone! I closed the contest during the wee hours of the morning. I am so excited to announce the winners which I will later in this post. I’ll post winners in two groups, check back later for the second group! Yes, I am being difficult! It’s just the way I roll 🙂 And you will learn I am totally full of bull and love picking around! You’ll either love me or hate me 🙂

The first order of business though is for me to introduce myself. After the scavenger hunt I am guessing you all realize that I also write a lot of stories about cowboys. Its true. I love writing stories about the west and handsome strong cowboys. But my first love as a reader came in the way of a demon. Being from the south, the Bible Belt, I was beyond shocked to find I loved reading about demons struggling to be good. I mean demons are bad!! Really bad, we aren’t supposed to cheer for them! On top of that, I was even more confused when I read my first novel where the evil vampire loved being the evil bad guy and I loved him for it. That is not supposed to happen right? Wrong, the guy was just such a good bad guy that I had to admire him!

After a few years of reading everything I could get my hands on(well romance wise) I began writing my own stories. The first ones sucked and I still struggle to keep the new stories from sucking, but I’ve managed somehow to become a published author. During the process I’ve found I’m a blender, no you can’t stick ice in my mouth and tap me on the head to grind it up. What I mean is that while some authors tend to write in one genre I write all over the place. I love blending my cowboys with demons or making my shifters vampires too! Creating new and exciting characters, settings, and worlds are just a few things I love about being a writer.

I enjoy writing paranormal stories because you can create so many different scenarios for your characters. In my latest series, Gabriel’s Army, a select group of angels and demons are led by the Angel Gabriel to harvest souls of the earths most wanted, good or evil beings. The angels and demons in this army must transport souls to the Haven where the souls are judged and sent to heaven or hell.  It’s all very dramatic at the Haven, because both want as many souls as they can get to tip the balance of the age old fight between good and evil.

To become a soldier in the elite army the angels and demons must first live as humans, born into the world with a soul until Gabriel comes for them. Oh the complications of being a human! Gabriel must take their humanity and soul when the time comes and take them from their life as humans. Each member loses the ability to feel human emotion so they can harvest souls without prejudice or remorse. But what happens when one soulless soldier is reminded of what it was to have a human life and be loved? What happens when he comes face to face with the woman he left behind and the child he never knew he had?

Being a blender, I made sure to bring my demon Kipling a little western flair. He’s an ex bull rider 🙂 and currently a soulless demon! His is the first in my series and I’m looking forward to bringing you many, many more sexy complicated stories.

But we all know what you want, the list of who won what!! I know, I’ve rambled on long enough about my new series, but I’m really excited dang it!! And I will post the answers along with the second group in the next few hours. I believe I have a picture coming from a pizza place and one of our authors. Ok, enough. Here you go:

Group A winners are:

Nicki who wins Kristin Miller’s Intervamption!

Danny who wins Sayde Grace’s Voodoo, I Do

Renee Bennett who won her choice of Erin Kellison’s Shadow series books.

Susan Nystoriak who won a signed copy of Rebecca Zanetti’s Fated.

Diane who won Marcella Burnard’s Enemy Gates.

 Winners, if you didn’t post your email addy in the comment you left please email me at or leave a comment in this thread so that we can get you those prizes!

thanks all,


Scavenger Hunt

Hello everyone!! Before we get started with the party I just want to give a huge thank you to all the wonderful authors who have decided to participate in this blog. Today and Saturday you all will have the chance to win lots of terrific prizes. How you ask? Well simple, just scroll down and look over the list of questions and websites to visit. Comment with the answers and you will be entered to win digital books, ARCs and many other prizes. The Scavenger Hunt will run Friday- Sunday night at midnight pacific time. Monday the answers will be posted along with the winners! So lets get started, remember to read the question and then click on the websites to hunt down that answer! Please leave your answers here in the comments. Thanks.

  1. What was the career path that Danica Avet shot down?
  2. In Rebecca Zanetti’s CLAIMED, what is the heroine Emma Paulsen’s profession?
  3. Which author on this blog was once a rodeo queen?
  4. In DESTINED MATE, Katie Reus’s upcoming release, what is the heroine’s name?
  5. What is the name of Kristin Miller’s favorite pizza place in Arcata?
  6. What is the name of the hero in Cynthia Eden’s upcoming novel, ANGEL OF DARKNESS?
  7. In Erin Kellison’s September release, SHADOWMAN, what does the hero build?
  8. In Marcella Burnard’s ENEMY GAMES, who’s missing?

HERE are the PRIZES:

  • From Sayde Grace – two digital copies of her books
  • From Cynthia Eden – an ARC of Angel of Darkness or a digital copy of Never Cry Wolf
  • From Danica Avet – digital copy of any one of the Veil series and a set of Romance Trading Cards
  • From Rebecca Zanetti – signed copy of Fated
  • From Kristin Miller – digital copy of Intervamption
  • From Marcella Burnard – signed copy of Enemy Gates
  • From Katie Reus – digital (or audio) copy of Deadly Obsession and a digital copy of Destined Mate when it comes out in October
  • From Erin Kellison – signed copy of your choice from the Shadow series

HINTS (Though these are super easy, y’all don’t need no stinking hints!):

 All right everyone, go forth, scavenge and have fun!!!

 Thanks all


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