Sunday, January 30, 2011

Pizza, wine, and a movie

It was good to be a girl growing up in the country. And where I live was truly country when I was fourteen. It's not so much anymore. Sure, it's RURAL, but the unique flavor of a community founded by five large families has been lost. Too many new folks just sleep in the houses they built or bought here. It's a condition of many small dots on the map. But I digress.

Like a lot of young girls, I loved horses. We had neighbors with a stable, and I had permission to ride four of the less valuable horses at will. With their own children grown and gone, the only stipulation was that I exercise all of them, not just my favorite. Now that's a deal.

It just so happened my favorite was a sweet, and smart, little guy named Sinbad who'd follow me around like a dog. He was the one who always galloped to meet me at the gate, ready for adventure. I never rode him far, mindful of the small stature he didn't know he had, but he's the one I missed when the stable was sold. Anyway, I loved horses.

So where I am going with this trip down memory lane? Right to last night.

Last night, all I had on my mind was finishing chapter ten. The current WIP has a March 1 deadline, but I want it finished now. So when my honey, this sixty-something, balding, near-sighted, ex-bad boy lead guitarist said it was time for a movie night, I stared at him. When he left to go pickup a pizza, I realized just how serious he was.

I was suspicious. I've lived with this man for almost twenty years. He goes along with the concept of movie night, but he doesn't initiate them. And he brought home a bottle of wine with the pizza! Yep. Suspicious behavior. I started to see dollar signs, as in whatever he wants to buy must be BIG.

Well, I must confess this morning, sheepishly, that I had it wrong this time. The spousal unit didn't have an ulterior motive beyond providing me with an enjoyable evening. We settled on the sofa with our pizza and cheap White Zif, and he selected a pay-per-view channel. The movie - Secretariat.

I love this guy almost as much as I love horses.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Beneath Dark Stars

January 28, 2011

**This post has been updated**

I've been gifted with some great covers since landing at Amber Quill Press. Trace Edward Zaber, the resident cover magician, can take a few senseless lines that are equal to verbal grunts off one of those forms we have to fill out, and turn them into art.

Beneath Dark Stars - the sequel to The Back Stairs. Coming in March. The web page is under construction. Thank heavens for the weekend and the chance to catch up on my chores!

Update April 2, 2017
The cover displayed is one I made after Amber Quill closed. I like it much better than the original! 

Gay romance with a paranormal shift
available now at AmazoniTunes/AppleBarnes and NobleKobo, and other online booksellers. 

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Every picture tells a story

January 27, 2011


I emailed this to the board chair this morning. Suffice it to say, he knows I won't be going to the office today. I offered to allow him to run the snowblower in and out my lane, which is about 1,000 feet long with a hill, but he declined.

That's a 2006 Dodge Charger under the snow, by the way. Really.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Stylish Blogger Award

This has certainly been a stellar week. First, WHAT YOU DON'T CONFESS was nominated as one of the best GLBTQ books of 2010 at Love Romances Cafe - and then the week got better!

The lovely and talented Melissa Bradley, author of Maxie Briscoe, Werewolf (also nominated for best erotic book at LRC), has tapped Between the Keys for the Stylish Blog Award. I'm totally flattered, especially as I'm a fan of Melissa's blog, Melissa's Imaginarium.

For those who have been nominated, there are few criteria to meet:

1. Thank and link back to the person who nominated you, only do not re-nominate them.

2. Share 7 things about yourself

3. Pass along this nomination to 10 recently discovered stylish and cool bloggers

4. Contact them and tell them about their nomination.

Okay, I can do all that. Really! I have fresh coffee, so anything is possible. Here are my Stylish Blogger nominees, in no particular order:

Welcome to Lizzie's World - Lizzie T. Leaf

Passionately Sweet Ecstasies by Carolina Valdez

The Multiverse's Archival Chambers by D. Renee Bagby

My Reviews and Ramblings by Elisa Rolle

Donuts and Desires by Giselle Renarde

Other Worlds of Romance by Linda Mooney

Brenda Williamson by Brenda Williamson

Writes Romance by Shawn Lane

Sweet as honey..Hotter than hell by Sloane Taylor

Romance That Thrives in the Dark by Diana Castilleja

So there's ten. That was too easy. I have about twenty more. Now I'm to the hard part - seven things you might not know about me. Prepare for boredom to set in, because I'm just not that super-interesting. I'll give it the old college try...

7. I think mowing grass is fun.

6. The most beautiful thing I've seen is the woods when the trees are covered with ice and the sunlight hits the branches and turns them to crystal.

5. I'm skilled with a chainsaw.

4. My first crush was on Little Joe.

3. It took me forty years to discover I'm a writer.

2. My grandfather was the single, biggest influence on my life.

1. Several times a year I set aside a Friday night to stay awake and meditate.

There they are. Seven things you never wanted to know about me, but I had to share. Now I have to go email my ten nominees and hope they'll still talk to me in the morning.

Life through the eyes of Greenbrier Smokey Deuce:

Saturday, January 8, 2011

December Promise - coming soon

Yes, I'm doing a "coming soon," the reason being this cover is gorgeous! When I first saw the picture with all those beautiful blues, I knew that someday I wanted those colors on a cover. 

December Promise - In the time between one December to another, a promise can make anything possible.

December Promise, coming February 13, 2011.


Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Amber Allure Top Ten Best Seller List, December 2010

*Update - Amber Quill closed its doors on 3/30/2016.

January 5, 2011

Congratulations to the authors on the December 2010 Top Ten Best Seller list at Amber Allure! What a great way to cap off 2010. It's a good thing the year-end sale at Amber Allure is still on for a few more days. My TBR list just got longer.

1. Shades Of Dreams - T. A. Chase (Gay / Contemporary)
2. I'll Run Away For The Holidays - Stephani Hecht (Gay / Contemporary)
3. Shift Happens - Storm Grant (Gay / Shapeshifter)
4. The Werewolf In Red - Mimi Riser (Gay / Werewolf)
5. A Different Breed - Angel Martinez (Gay / Vampire)
6. Fielder's Choice - Gabrina Garza (Gay / Contemporary)
7. (Boys Of The Zodiac) Capricorn: Forgotten Faces - Vivien Dean (Gay / Paranormal)
8. (Boys Of The Zodiac) Sagittarius: Mr. November - Pepper Espinoza (Gay / Shapeshifter)
9. Egypt's Captive - C. D. Leavitt (Gay / Historical)
10. Fawnskin 2: Frenzied - A. J. Llewellyn & D. J. Manly (Gay / Paranormal)

I'd like to add personal congrats to Brit Blaise** and Victor J. Banis on their December releases, too.

**Note - sadly, Brit Blaise has passed away.