Cover Reveal: Geek Groom

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Sometimes I need a swift kick in the pants to get something finished. Such is the case with Geek Groom. It's nearly finished. So what better way to ensure that I get it done than to show off the cover, and promise you that it will be available before the end of the month. 

I know. I"m nothing if not silly.

I wish I had a blurb to share with you, but alas, I'm too busy writing the book to write about the book. Instead, I thought I'd share a few of my favourite quotes with you.

Oh, and in case you're wondering, this is the continuation of Jillian and Evan's story that I started with Geek God. 

Finally, a huge thanks to my bestie, Crystal McLellan, for not only designing yet another amazing cover for me, but for letting me hang out with her in her studio while she did the photoshoot. The rings are hers. The dice are mine.

I hope you enjoy!

When I was a little girl there were a lot of things I imagined I’d be doing in the months leading up to my wedding. Going for a mani-pedi. Check. Trying on a million gowns. Check. Choosing a china pattern. Check. Groping the hairy legs of what I hope are men while trying to determine which one is my clearly up-for-anything groom. Nope. That was most certainly not on the list.
— Jillian Carew, Geek Groom
My love, your family would have to be pretty bad to stop me from wanting to spend the rest of my life with you. Like, lich-king bad. Demon-spawn bad. And even then, I could be swayed to the dark side because you’re a pretty fine temptress.
— Evan Sharp, Geek Groom
I know, girls. I know all too well that feeling that hits you in the stomach the first time you lay eyes on him. It doesn’t go away. Sometimes he’ll be putting milk in the fridge and I’ll look at the way his shirt pulls taut across his back. It’s swoon-worthy. But nothing, not his arms, his face, his hair—not even his ass—is as remarkable as the man he is inside. And he’s all mine.
— Jillian, Geek Groom


Chef D'Amour: A Sizzling New Contemporary Romance by Brenda Margriet

I'm thrilled to have Brenda Margriet on the blog today to share some of the images that helped fuel her imagination while working on her new release, Chef D'Amour. (CLICK HERE TO GET A COPY!) Brenda is a member of the Romance Writers Weekly group that I love so dearly, plus she's Canadian. And did I mention she's an awesome author pal of mine? Three for three. And this new book makes it four for four for reasons why she rocks. 

It's been a while since I've done one of these picture blogs so let me remind you how it works. I asked Brenda a bunch of one word questions about her book and she had to respond with a very short answer and a photo. I loved her answers! Hope you do as well. 

Book? Jemma's new job on a TV reality show has one rule: no fraternizing with the cast. Easy! Until she meets Paul, the show's sexy CHEF D'AMOUR.

Click the cover to go pick up your e-copy! 

Click the cover to go pick up your e-copy! 

Jemma? Paul's wicked fairy – persnickety, loyal and independent to a fault.

Love this hair style! Wish I had a nice angular face to pull it off. 

Love this hair style! Wish I had a nice angular face to pull it off. 

 Paul? The good son trying to prove his worth to his father – who falls in love with a woman no one would have chosen for him, even himself.

Brenda says he's good, but I see a hint of naughty in those eyes. 

Brenda says he's good, but I see a hint of naughty in those eyes. 

 Allure? The one thing she wants – the one person she can't have.

 Kitchen? Thirteen women vying for Paul's heart by cooking creative, romantic meals – but the one he wants won't let him get close.

I secretly dream of being Masterchef: Canada. Um. Guess it's not a secret anymore. 

I secretly dream of being Masterchef: Canada. Um. Guess it's not a secret anymore. 

 Next? Meet Justice Cooper – a reserved security guard whose life turns topsy-turvy when he meets an ambitious, career-driven university professor.

Yes yes yes! Please make "next" happen very soon. 

Yes yes yes! Please make "next" happen very soon. 

 Brenda? Pursuing a life long dream, while doing her best to appreciate every instant of the life she already has.

Click on Brenda's beautiful scarf (I think it's a pashmina) to go to her website to  read an excerpt of   Chef d'Amour  ,.   now available in print and ebook from The Wild Rose Press, and all major ebook retailers.

Click on Brenda's beautiful scarf (I think it's a pashmina) to go to her website to read an excerpt of Chef d'Amour,. now available in print and ebook from The Wild Rose Press, and all major ebook retailers.

 

 

 

 

 

Link to Wild Rose Press:  http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=index&manufacturers_id=1012

Room to Write: A peek into an author's writing space

I asked some of my fellow Passionate Kisses box set authors to share with me where they write. I've been thinking a lot lately about life as a writer before having a child and after. Back before him, I was big into finding the "right" writing environment. I had idea sod what my writing space should look like, and what I should do for inspiration. But now that I'm a full time author/full time mom, my writing space has turned out to be anywhere I happen to be with a free moment. 

It was this curiosity that led me to wonder where other contemporary romance author get creative.

First up, Jessi Gage. I'm leading with Jessi because when she sent me her photo it reminded me of one of my favourite places to write in the house. Can you spot the similarity?

Jessi Gage's neat writing space. If you wanna check out what she creates from here, click on her nice red sofa and you'll go straight out to her Amazon page. 

Jessi Gage's neat writing space. If you wanna check out what she creates from here, click on her nice red sofa and you'll go straight out to her Amazon page. 

My not-so near writing space. And no, the smurf has no significance other than that's where the wee one's hat happened to be resting while I was writing. Sorta creepy.

My not-so near writing space. And no, the smurf has no significance other than that's where the wee one's hat happened to be resting while I was writing. Sorta creepy.

This what Jessi said about her space.

"Here’s where the magic happens for me, LOL! It’s central to the huge messes my kids create every day, so I can pick and choose which areas to clean (or not to clean) as my muse dictates."

Then we have Sydney Holmes. What I love about Sydney's space is how upfront it is about a common writer's addiction: coffee and places to drink it. 

Click Sydney's coffee house photo to check out her Amazon page.  And nice computer, my friend. Very nice. ;)

Click Sydney's coffee house photo to check out her Amazon page.  And nice computer, my friend. Very nice. ;)

This photo was taken pre-baby when I had the luxury of hiding away for a week in the woods to do nothing but write and drink coffee. Ahhhhh. Still, wouldn't trade what I do now for anything in the world. 

This photo was taken pre-baby when I had the luxury of hiding away for a week in the woods to do nothing but write and drink coffee. Ahhhhh. Still, wouldn't trade what I do now for anything in the world. 

ere's what Sydney had to say about her coffee shop writing.

"What's not to like, it's clean, smells delicious and not my car!"

Since Sydney mentioned cars, my next photo of my space will prove that yes, writers do write in their cars. Often. 

Hey. At least I'm eating fruit while I write in my car. That's progress. 

Hey. At least I'm eating fruit while I write in my car. That's progress. 

Then we have Allie Boniface, who has the closest thing to a home office of all the photos sent to me. And I need to apologies to Allie right now. She didn't sent me this picture in this messed up angle. But it's late, my blog isn't cooperating, and I have packing to do for a trip, so I'm giving up trying to fix it and will just ask your indulgence to twist your head a little. 

Ah cats and their love of taking over our workspace. If you're not a cat owner you don't understand just how common this is for felines. It's like they know we need to work and aren't having any of it. To see what Allie has created with Hannah along for the ride, click the kitty and you'll be transported to her Amazon page. 

Ah cats and their love of taking over our workspace. If you're not a cat owner you don't understand just how common this is for felines. It's like they know we need to work and aren't having any of it. To see what Allie has created with Hannah along for the ride, click the kitty and you'll be transported to her Amazon page. 

Allie says of her space:

"Though I sometimes work on my laptop, lately I've been writing on my desktop in my home office. My writing coach, Hannah, is a big fan of ebooks, as you can see. She'd much rather sit on the printer than have me use it!"

And now we get to Liz Kelly. Ahhhh, Liz. Who gives us the glamourous side of being an author. When I saw this photo I immediately wrote to tell her to expect me there soon. All I can say is "Heaven".

Seriously Liz? I'm officially jealous! No wonder her books rock. Click on any of the beauty above and pop over to Lis's Amazon page. 

Seriously Liz? I'm officially jealous! No wonder her books rock. Click on any of the beauty above and pop over to Lis's Amazon page. 

Here's what she says about this spectacular space:

"For 8 months out of the year my office is poolside in Naples, Florida.  I swear, sitting her the stories just write themselves."

Honestly, I don't think I'd get out of the pool to write. I'd need to invest in a waterproof laptop. In case you're wondering where she spends the rest of the year (the summer) she heads to Chicago. 

So there you have it. Four of my Passionate Kisses pals and their writing spaces. Thanks so much to Jessi, Sydney, Allie and Liz for sharing with me. 

Finally, once last photo from one of my favourite places to write, even though I don't get there often. I'll leave you with this little piece of heaven in Newfoundland. 

I love being surrounded by tress and silence. 

I love being surrounded by tress and silence. 

Into the Darkness: J.J. Devine's hot new release

My fellow Romance Weekly pal J.J. Devine has a new novel out today! And I'm thrilled to share a bit about Into the Darkness with you today. 

I asked J.J. to sum it up in a couple of sentences and here's what she said to entice me!

Witches and vampires can only be found in make believe worlds, right? This is exactly what Raven thought before that fateful night when her mortal world came crashing down around her, bringing to her fingertips the fate of two very different worlds, vampires and witches.
— J.J. Devine

Now I'll be the first to confess that I'm a sucker for witches and vampires (thanks Anne Rice for that!) and so it's no wonder that I'm frothing at the mouth to get my hands on this. I have an excerpt below but if you want to jump right in and pick up a copy, click on the image here and you'll go right to J.J's Amazon author page. 

If you want to find out more about J.J. Devine and her books, here are some links to all the fantastic places you can reach her. Tell her I sent you. ;) 

Website:

http://definingjjdevine.weebly.com/

Blog:

http://definingjjdevine.weebly.com/ramblings-of-a-writer.html

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/JJDevineAuthor?ref=ts&fref=ts

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/JjDevine2010

Good luck on your release day, my friend. And for you, dear readers, enjoy this nice juicy excerpt. Happy reading! 

Excerpt from Into the Darkness by J.J. Devine

Raven awoke with a start. A single candle penetrated the darkness engulfing her. Her body began to tremble as she assessed her strange surroundings. She smelled Dragon; he was close. Her body hummed its need for him. What happened tonight? Where am I?

Tremors overtook her, remembering the events of the night. What had she become involved with? Vampires? Witches? And who were they trying to fool? Moreover, for what purpose?

Dragon’s heady scent filled her senses, drawing again her craving for blood. If she was the daughter of a vampire, as Tristan would have her believe, then why did she not have fangs?