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Friday Fun Facts

Hi and welcome to Friday Fun Facts!  Come play along and learn something new about me, and I’ll learn something new about you.

My youngest son and I were having a conversation this week, the type you have where you reminisce from days gone by and share childhood stories.  We were talking about things that had happened in his life.  Events from when he was younger that he had fond memories of.

The first day of kindergarten, the first time a friend came over after school, when he learned to read.  He even asked about the art picture that I’d had hung up for years, but finally took down not long ago to store away for later.  We discussed past vacations and got to talking about pictures from some of those trips, especially the camping trip to Ohio where we camped with my nephew and his wife and kids.  We had many great pictures from that trip, my hubs in his boat, the kids at the campfire roasting marshmellows to just silly shots of everyone.  Then we laughed as we discussed how he used to go with me to yard sales and one in particular he begged me for a helmet, in case he fell down was his reasoning in wanting it.  LOL  And how at another sale he talked me into getting a kitten.  (That’d me Smoky, he’s a great cat)

And it all ended when he brought up his worst Christmas ever.  Apparently I messed up and didn’t get him—I mean Santa Claus didn’t get him—any of the gifts he wanted.  (Yes, I do remember that day well.  Right after he opened his last present he huffed that this was his worst Christmas ever.)  At the time my heart broke, but now it’s a funny story.

There were so many stories and events and we had quite a few laughs.  After we quieted down he asked me how old he was in that picture?  How old was he when he learned to read?  How old was he when we got Smoky?  Or when he had a friend over for the first time after school…the list went on and on.  The funny thing was it seemed like every answer I gave him he was either five, almost five or had just turned five.

Yep, even at the ripe old age of 5, he’d had his worst Christmas ever.  Sad that it only took five years, but I think after that he’s had some pretty good ones.  lol

Anyway, we joked five was his lucky age, the year he’d had the most fun and memorable events.

Which brings me to today’s Friday Fun Fact question….Drum roll please…

If you could go back in time and be any age you wanted…a particular age maybe that you have the fondest memories, or did something spectacular, which age would you pick and why?

Looking forward to reading your answers!


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What to Read Wednesday

I’m so glad today is Wednesday because that means it’s time for another round of What to Read Wednesday.  Today author Tara West is visiting and we’re going to learn a few things about her and she’s also going to share her latest release Sophie’s Secret, Whispers Book 1.

Let’s dive right in 🙂

Welcome to What to Read Wednesday, Tara!  Thanks for visiting.  Tell us about you the person, not the author:)

After suffering with a serious illness, I’ve become somewhat of a holistic health nut and am feeling much better through natural treatment. I’m an advocate for natural health and wellness and help run a support group for others with thyroid disease. I have a wonderfully supportive husband and we have a beautiful little girl. We love to swim, fish and vacation anywhere there’s sun and sand.

I love that you took control in your treatment, Tara!  Very inspiring 🙂 If you were a crayon, what color would you be and why?

I would be bright blue, the color of my husband’s eyes.

Love that answer.  Board games or video games?

I used to say board games, but I love my Wii fit, so definitely video.

I love the Wii too…lots of fun.  What genre (s) do you write?

YA paranormal and YA fantasy

Describe your writing space.

It’s usually a cluttered desk that overlooks my beautiful Texas backyard. While I write I get to watch the cardinals fly through the live oaks and listen to our wooden chime and my doggies barking. I’ve got a really cool ice dragon sculpture sitting by my computer that my friend gave me to help inspire the fantasy I’m writing, and I’ve always got a green smoothie or a green tea at hand.

Sounds like a great creative space!  Share a blurb from Sophie’s Secret, your latest release.

Sophie Sinora and her BFFs struggle to keep their strengthening paranormal powers secret while trying to fit in at school. Her teacher’s suicidal thoughts, a threatening locker bully, a teasing school flirt, her hormonal pregnant sister, and the tension between Sophie and her friends, only add to her problems. Hopefully, she can fix them in time to save her teacher’s life and her social life.

Sophie doesn’t sound like your typical teenager.  Love all the action and your cover is great.  Describe your hero using 5 words.

Cute, flirty, smart, sweet, fun

Now your heroine.

Insecure, loyal, smart, sweet, caring

What was the easiest part about writing this story?

The dialog between the friends comes natural. Plus, I was able to draw on my own weird experiences as a teen.

The hardest?

Writing the ghost scene was a little scary. I was afraid to sleep after that. LOL.

Great to know there’s a scary ghost scene in your book.  How did you come up with the title?

It was easy. Sophie is my daughter’s name.

Please share an excerpt of your book!

“Sophie?” Frankie leaned closer.

I was struck with a rush of cool, minty air. Dentyne Ice. The boy was on fire. I jerked up to see Frankie’s lopsided grin. He was facing the paper toward me. I looked at his equation.

S + F = 2

“Mrs. Stein told me you don’t understand why we use letters instead of numbers. So imagine ‘S’ stands for the initial of a person.” Frankie pointed to the equation. “Who do you know whose name begins with an ‘S’?”

Somewhere, in the furthest corner of my mind, I suspected the answer he wanted but was too nervous to give it. “Sally?”

“Sally?” He set down the pencil and rubbed his jaw. “I don’t know a girl named Sally.”

I smiled and bit my lip. “I made her up.”

“Alright. Give me the name of someone beginning with an ‘F’.”

His voice was deep for a guy his age, yet so soft, I had to lean closer to hear him. “Fritz.”

He quirked an eyebrow. “Fritz?”

I felt the heat rising in my cheeks. I grabbed the pencil and squeezed, as I tried to still my shaking fingers. “You wanted a name.”

“You’re right.” He flashed a teasing grin. “Let’s take Sally and Fritz, for example.” Frankie reached for the pencil.

I jumped at the contact of his skin on mine. I could feel my face redden even before he had time to react.

“I need the pencil.” He waved his fingers. “So I can finish the equation.”

“I’m sorry.” I clenched the pencil and tried to squeeze all the nervousness out of my body. Frankie Salas was flirting with me and I didn’t understand why. I was too nervous to read his mind. Because I was so nervous, I couldn’t even focus on my own thoughts.

His deep brown eyes found mine. “Is there something wrong?”

I felt my body tingle at the feel of his penetrating gaze. “No. I just don’t like algebra.”

A good excuse, but not hardly the truth. Something was wrong with me and I was feeling incredibly foolish for my nervousness. I wasn’t in love with Frankie. The rest of the female population was. So why did I have to remind myself of this? Frankie was a player and I wasn’t about to be added to his list of love-sick admirers.

He wrapped his fingers around mine and gently pried the pencil out of my hand. I felt heat race through my neck, my cheeks and down my spine.

“Now imagine Fritz asks Sophie, sorry, Sally to go out with him. How many people would that equal?” Frankie winked, not even trying to conceal the mischief brewing in his eyes.

“Two?” I whispered. I couldn’t tear my gaze from his face.

“Great. Sally plus Fritz equals two people.” Frankie scribbled something on the paper.

I breathed out. “Yes.”

“So what number does Sally represent?”

 “Stupid.” I said it without thinking. This was Frankie’s fault. He had my brain all mixed up.

Frankie’s eyes widened. “What? Stupid’s not a number.”

“Sorry, I don’t know why I said that.” I closed my eyes and pretended to think. I knew the answer but I needed some time to settle my nerves. Unfortunately, Frankie was still there when I opened my eyes, still hot, still tempting me with that playful smile. “One.”

“That’s right, Sally equals one.” Frankie reassuringly squeezed my hand.

I thought about pulling free, but something willed me to squeeze back. I was an idiot.

“So how’s the lesson coming?” Mrs. Stein’s melodic voice broke the spell.

Thank God.

I quickly pulled my hand away and arched back. Now I saw why so many girls had fallen for Frankie Salas. The boy was magic, pure magic.

That was a great excerpt!  What is the most difficult for you to write:  characters, conflict or emotion?

Emotion. I have to be in a certain mood. However, setting is most hard for me.

Do you have a particular time of the day that is easiest for you to get the words flowing?

Afternoon or late at night.

Share your current WIP with us. 🙂

Curse of the Ice Dragon about a young boy who must break a witch’s curse before her dragon kills him and his family.

What are 3 writing tips you’d like to share with other authors or prospective authors with us today?

Be prolific. Write, write, write.

And finally Tara, where can we find you and your book?

Blog: and website:

Sophie’s Secret is out in all ebook venues and there’s some older print versions from my former publisher. Here’s the Zon link:

Tara, your book sounds great and I also enjoyed browsing your website to check out all of your amazing cover art!  Thank you so much for joining me today!


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Six Sentence Sunday 3/25/12

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Welcome to Six Sentence Sunday!  Thank you for taking the time to visit.  I love reading comments, so please let me know what you think of my six.

YAY…I’m glad to report that Some Like it in Handcuffs officially released in PRINT and EBOOK format this past Friday…woot woot!!  I’ve included the links below in case you’re interested in purchasing the book after you read the snippet 🙂  Because of course my six sentences will be from Some Like it in Handcuffs…featuring Sunny Kennedy and Judson Blackwolf 🙂  (can you tell I’m a little excited…lol)?

Quick set up…this is a continuation from last week.  This snippet features Judson and Sunny on the dance floor at the bar.  They’d been talked into sharing a dance and let’s just say Judson is going to go for it 🙂  (((finally))) hehehe

Sunny’s insides trembled when Judson lifted her face with his thumb to meet his heat filled eyes.

“Don’t hate me for this.” He growled huskily. Those five words lit fire to the insides of her thighs.

Judson lowered his head and pressed his firm lips to hers. If he hadn’t held her so securely in his arms, she would’ve oozed into a puddle of hot lava at his feet.

I hope you enjoyed these six.  For more great snippets please go to SIX SENTENCE SUNDAY.  Or join in the fun next week with six of your own.

Happy Reading!


If you’re interested in owning a copy of Some Like it in Handcuffs…here are the links:

The Wild Rose Press (EBOOK)

The Wild Rose Press (PRINT)

Amazon (EBOOK & PRINT)


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Friday Fun Facts & RELEASE DAY

Hi and welcome to Friday Fun Facts!  Come play along and learn something new about me, and I’ll learn something new about you.

Whew, this has been a busy week.  And an exciting one.  This week I’ve been getting ready for the release of my debut book Some Like it in Handcuffs.  I’ve been finishing up guest blogs, interviews and making sure everything is in order for my blog tour.  Which means, I’ve been spending a lot of time on the computer.

But, shhh, I do enjoy it. 🙂

The week didn’t allow for much extras though and I’m not sure if it’s because I was just a bit more unorganized than normal, or the excitement of everything took control, or if it was just a fluke and I was having a week that didn’t have spare minutes.  I am thankful that I usually think ahead, and this week was no exception.  I tried not to book anything extra for myself, and we didn’t have a What to Read Wednesday guest…which actually made me feel like I was forgetting something.  LOL  But I’m glad to say from here on out I’ll continue as normal with my blog posts.

So, after over a year of waiting Some Like it in Handcuffs is now available in print and ebook format.  So, so, so exciting.

This week had me thinking about so many things.  I think it’s from a lot of those interview questions I answered…lol.

Have I always wanted to write?’   ‘Tell us a little about your book.’   ‘Share your blurb.’    ‘Tell us your writing goals.’   ‘Is there anything in particular about writing you find challenging?’

All of these questions and more really got my mind whirling with questions of my own.  A little niggle of self doubt sometimes seeped in too and I wondered if my story was good enough, did the blurb draw the reader in, did I choose the right excerpt, and my title?

OMG..The Title!  That is a huge one, because for me the title is the first thing, along with the  cover, that draws me toward a book when I’m book shopping.  I hoped I got it right.  But it also got me thinking with how hectic my life was this week, if I had to give my life a title…hmm

Which brings me to today’s Friday Fun Fact question….Drum roll please…

If you were writing a book about your life…what would the title be and why?

Looking forward to reading your answers.

I’m also going to do a shameless plug since it’s my official release day for Some Like it in Handcuffs.   Hehehe  My book tour is in full swing and today I’ll be interviewing on Sarah Ballance’s blog and the wonderful Mirriam Smyth is spotlighting me on her blog.  At the top of my webpage there is a link titled Book Tour Blog Links and if you care to follow me around on my tour, all the dates and links will be added there.  I’m doing them a week at a time, so you’ll notice some empty links beside the dates.  I would love it if you’d care to join me on 1, 2, 10 or all of my tour dates.

I’m also including the links here and a short blurb to where you can buy Some Like it in Handcuffs either in print or ebook.  (Just because I can’t resist and I’m excited…and hey, you might want to read my book :))


Sunny Kennedy, the only female in a family of blue blood male detectives, is determined to prove testosterone isn’t the only qualification required to solve a cold case. Handcuffed while undercover then taken to the precinct by an attractive detective, her domineering family demands she work with Detective Judson Blackwolf, or she’s off the case.

Judson Blackwolf thinks women in law enforcement should work behind the scenes. The prospect of working with his Captain’s sexy daughter doesn’t thrill him. He only agrees in hopes of solving the murder of his one time mentor’s daughter. Once the case is over, he’s moving to Montana to heal his wounds from the loss of his last partner.

But when their investigation takes a dangerous turn, Sunny and Jud soon realize their feelings for each other cannot be denied.


The Wild Rose Press (Ebook)

The Wild Rose Press (Print)

Thanks everyone for showing all your support in such wonderful ways 🙂


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Six Sentence Sunday 3/18/12

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Welcome to Six Sentence Sunday!  Thank you for taking the time to visit.  I love reading comments, so please let me know what you think of my six.

Since we are a mere 5 days away from my release, I’m sharing a snippet from Some Like it in Handcuffs.  YAY!!  Also, my book is available on The Wild Rose Press website to order in advance and will be available in both print and ebook on March 23rd!   How cool is that?

Quick set up…this is a continuation from last week.  This snippet features Judson and Sunny on the dance floor at the bar.  They’d been talked into sharing a dance, although Sunny confessed to having two left feet.  And of course Judson’s attraction to Sunny took over.  Men, you gotta love em!

The soft tassels of her Flapper dress tickled his hands. He pressed his palms against her shoulders and she moved closer. They slowed. His hands slid down to her waist as if her dress were made of honey. A feeling of rightness spread through him, her soft curves molded into his hard and ready body. She sighed into his shoulder.

Judson’s voice came out in a harsh whisper against her ear, “You don’t give yourself credit. You’re a great dancer.”

“I’m faking it.” He couldn’t see her face, but he heard the smile in her voice.

I hope you enjoyed these six.  For more great snippets please go to SIX SENTENCE SUNDAY.  Or join in the fun next week with six of your own.

Happy Reading!



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Friday Fun Facts

Hi and welcome to Friday Fun Facts!  Come play along and learn something new about me, and I’ll learn something new about you.

Okay, I admit it, I have some weird quirks and habits, but I think we all do.  One of the oddest, at least according to my hubs and kids, is that I have a few select cups that I use for certain beverages.  I mean as in I HAVE to have those particular cups, no others will suffice.  One of my quirks with dishes is that I must have matching sets…my everyday dishes, my cups, mugs…everything.  Except for these select cups.  No rhyme or reason, but it tis the way it is 🙂

Now mostly I’m a girl that likes her water.  And I can drink that out of any cup, as long as it’s glass (no plastic cups in this here house…sorry)  A cold beverage just tastes better in a glass…or something breakable.  LOL.

Then I have that fun cup—actually I have 2…one for me and one for my sis—that is perfect for when my sister is over and we are enjoying something a little more adult.  You know, something you might put a paper umbrella in or a toothpick filled with fruits or veges or sometimes sausage…thinking bloody mary here 🙂  I love the colors…it just screams “I’m going to have fun and you can’t stop me.”

Then I have the other beverage that I love love love!  My coffee.  I love my coffee with a little bit of froo froo creamer…usually French vanilla but sometimes I like to jazz it up and go all crazy and add a dash of amaretto creamer or chocolate flavor, or whatever strikes my fancy on grocery shopping day 🙂  I also add 2 packages of sugar—and by sugar I’m referring to the artificial sweetener—Splenda more than likely.

When I’m on the go, I have my favorite travel mugs that suit my coffee needs.  As you can see the Coca Cola one has been well loved.  The kitty cat one reminds me of my cat Chocolate, which is the main reason I bought the cup.
Now when I’m at home, I have 3 different mugs that I use the most because they are roomy and I just like the way they feel in my hand.  But last summer hubs and I road tripped it to South Dakota to visit Mt Rushmore and I entered the gift shop to buy something for the kids and I.  From across the room a light beckoned me forth, slanting with bright brilliance over the best coffee mug in the world.  My Mt Rushmore ceramic coffee mug is the prettiest green, lightweight, and comes complete with the perfect sized handle.  I know my other cups are jealous because they have been ignored for quite awhile, but I don’t care.  And I’ve already informed hubs that if this mug breaks, we’ll be taking another road trip.  Well, unless I can find it on eBay.  lol

Which brings me to today’s Friday Fun Fact question….Drum roll please…

Do you have a special mug, cup or dish that you HAVE to use when you are drinking or eating something in particular?  No other will do, and when people find out that you play favorites, they give you that look—you know the one—like you’re a little bit off your rocker?  lol

Looking forward to reading your answers.


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Lucky Seven Meme

I’ve been tagged by the awesome Cindy Dwyer for the LUCKY 7 MEME—thank you, Cindy! Okay, I confess, I have no clue what a meme is, so I had to look it up.  Here’s the definition…always good to learn something new 🙂

  1. 1.    An element of a culture or behavior that may be passed from one individual to another by nongenetic means, esp. imitation.
  2. 2.    An image, video, etc. that is passed electronically from one Internet user to another.

Sounds FUN to me, so I’m playing along!  Here’s the rules…

1. Go to page 77 of my current work-in-progress

2. Find line 7

3. Copy and paste the next 7 lines (or sentences) into a blog post

4. Tag 7 other bloggers to do the same

The following is from my current WIP LOVE ON THE LINE.  I won’t include a scene set up and will just let you come to your own conclusion about the story, because who knows…I might end up changing something about goals and motivation before I submit this.  LOL 🙂

Her mind spun with all they’d done the last several days.  Zip lines, bicycling around the island, late dinners and laughter with the guys.  Gable had asked for several suggestions and opinions, even including her in on some of his ideas.  But when he’d considered her bicycle rental idea and also had taken her suggestion about enlarging the bar for Martinis and Bikinis, she’d been unable to contain her enthusiasm.  He in no way compared to Marcus.  Gable’s take charge attitude, mixed with his easy way, got things done.

As for where the money came from for all these changes—she had to trust him and her father. 

And now I can continue the fun by TAGGING 7other bloggers!  Love.  It.

Calisa Rhose ~ Pen of the Dreamer

Jennifer Lowery ~ Author

Mirriam Smyth

Sheri Fredrick

Zee Monodee ~ Author’s Corner

Romance Author Sara Walter Ellwood

Teresa blue ~ thingfinder

Now go for it ladies and have some fun of your own 🙂

And thanks for the TAG Cindy.


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