1st day of fall

Summer in Winnipeg had some good points. It also had day after day of grey crud clouding up our bright prairie skies.

I should be surprised that the first day of fall (yesterday) was one of the warmest this year. I got to do some driving through residential areas and the leaves are starting to turn.

I am working like a dog this morning to get my work done so I can go for a long walk this afternoon with my camera to capture some of nature’s glorious displays. I don’t want all I remember about fall to be afternoons of raking. I want to revel in the yellows and reds and the last of the greens.

When you are driving home from work this week, take a minute to pull off your thoroughfare and toodle down a residential street for a few blocks, open up your car windows, look up and breathe in.

We’ve got a great fall going on. Get out and enjoy it for as long as we’ve got it.

Screen Idol trailer hits USA Today and Drama Queen trailer debuts

I’m so excited!  My SCREEN IDOL book trailer was just recommended in the Happy Ever After column of USA Today! (Thank you very much, Robin Covington, for your great review of my non-traditional trailer.)

With such a great set up, how could I not release my second one, this one teasing about Layla and Russ’s grand romance. So here it is, the awesome trailer for DRAMA QUEEN!

http://youtu.be/5ZcmrCldoPE

Yoga pt 2 – Listen to your body

I’m halfway through my 10-visit hot yoga pass. So far, I’ve learned two things.

1. I truly enjoy hot yoga. I like the mental and the physical parts. I can’t believe it. I never would have guessed I was a yoga girl.

2. I do not enjoy hot yoga in the evenings. I’ve been going to classes that run from 8 to 9pm. Then I come home and have a cool shower. You’d think I’d be ready for bed. Nope. Not happening. Turns out, my body decides it likes being overheated and wants to stay that way for hours. Drinking ice water doesn’t help either. If I take an evening class, I’m up till at least 1am waiting for my body to shut down for the night.

Fortunately, with the fall schedule, I can take morning classes and I’ll be switching to those immediately. All the benefits, none of the sleep deprivation.

I’m sharing this very strange peek into my life to remind you that your body talks to you all the time. You can make it do what you want up to a point. After that, it’s in charge. I’m not just talking about stretching till you feel the burn. If you run without sleep, you will pay. If you don’t fuel it properly, your engine is going to break down. So do yourself a favour and take a minute to listen to what it’s saying. It wants you to be around for a while. Listen to it and you will.

Duty-free

Not the responsibility kind of duty. The tax kind.

I recently went on my first cross-border shopping trip to Fargo in over a decade. My observations about driving from Winnipeg to Fargo include.

1. There are two ten-mile (16 km) sections of highway under construction, one on either side of the border. That’s a lot of construction.

2. Just after Morris, MB the speed limit increases from 100 km/h to 110 km/h. That’s not much but it is noticeable. Once you cross the border it jumps to 75 mph, which is 120 km/h. That is very noticeable. I have decided I don’t enjoy driving that fast, at least not in my lightweight Mazda 3.

3. Winnipeg needs a Chili’s restaurant.

4. And a Chico’s ladies wear store.

5. Thank goodness they raised the duty-free limit to $800 if you stay for longer than 48 hours. Note to self – get a bigger trunk next time.

6. Make sure you look at the clock when you cross the border. I was praying the cars in front of me had problems because I timed it too close. My time in the US – 48 hours, 15 seconds.

7. You can bring back cold viruses duty-free. When the border guards asked what I was bringing back, I was going to say “the plague” but with the Ebola scares going on right now, I decided silence was the better part of valour.

8. Travelling is wonderful but there is no place like home.

Guest Post: Houston Havens and her new series

(Edited at 7:45pm. Originally, I incorrectly attributed “Phantom Desires” to the wrong publisher. My apologies to Houston Havens and to H.A.W.K. Publishing, the actual publisher.)

What a pleasure to be here, Elle. *Waves to Elle’s readers* Hello everyone, my name is Houston Havens. For those of you who haven’t discovered me or my multi-genre series, it’s only fair for me to give you a heads up. I’m NOT your normal erotic romance author. I’m an Irish lass who can’t be kept inside that ‘standard’ author’s box that most publisher expect.

Let me tell you about my Psychic Ménage Series. It’s a ten genre mix, a first in the romance and erotic romance world. And I’m proud to say, from all the rave four- and five-star reviews and best sellers lists at ARe and Amazon (UK and USA) I didn’t disappoint my readers. So get ready for this Erotic, Paranormal, Romance, Fantasy, Futuristic, Ménage (MFMM), Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic, Sci-Fi, Suspense with a flavor of Light BDSM.

So, for those of you who dare to walk the wide side and take that leap of faith, or for those who long for a change in reading material…check me out!

For all who enjoyed Sinful Surrender Book 1 of my Psychic Ménage Series…that ‘edge of the seat’ waiting is nearly over…Book 2 is coming out soon (see below)! And for those who didn’t read Sinful Surrender yet – It’s time to get it! Let me tempt you with a blurb.

LSB Cover Art Template for PhotoShopBlurb ~ Sinful Surrender

Top psychic spy Fay Avalon saw too much on her latest mind traveling mission and is now on the run from her post-catastrophic dystopian government, searching for the truth and proof. She escapes but is shot down, landing in the arms of the enemy.

In Drakker and Arlo’s world, women are so rare the men have accepted a polyandrous lifestyle. When the brothers stumble upon Fay unconscious in the wreckage of an aircraft, they are immediately attracted to her. Arlo wants to keep her, but Drakker knows they can’t. They must take her to their brother Logan Abán, leader of their people.

Logan struggles with trusting anyone, even himself. When a beautiful, intelligent, and intriguing woman falls into their laps, his denied desires for intimacy challenge his need to trust the spy. He’s frustrated by romantic Arlo’s claims of her innocence. Even when pragmatic and dominating Drakker defends her as well, Logan refuses to trust his gut.

Can one woman satisfy the diverse desires of three men? Will Logan’s fears be realized by betrayal? Is Fay to be sentenced to death as a spy, suffer a fate worse than death by being returned to her government as a traitor, or will she find a new life and love as the wife of three sexy brothers?

Print Buy Links:

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Ebooks Buy Links:

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Here is a sneak preview of the cover for book 2 called Phantom Desire, just released through H.A.W.K Publishing. (Edited by Elle Rush, originally erroneously credited to the wrong publisher.)

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Blurb for Phantom Desire:

Mind traveler Chandra Lamar is on the run, not only from her post-catastrophic dystopian government but from a past she can’t remember. A psychic vision pushes her to recall her purpose for being, but it’s a ghost that awakens her desires for a life she fears she’ll never have. Both push her to remember the past because it threatens what she wants in the now; the Nodin men.

Andonis Nodin battles to accept his failures. The heavy burden nearly breaks him when he can’t save a loved one from the grim reaper’s grip and questions his desire for Chandra, the woman he blames for the death around him.

Nikias finds true love with Chandra in his arms, but is desperate to stop her from seeking revenge on a mission he knows is a one way trip.

Ortello knows for them to recapture the love they once felt for each other, he must be willing to let her go. But overcoming his obsession to make Chandra his and his alone isn’t easy.

Will Chandra go through with the vengeance in her heart or give it up for love? Who is the powerful woman in her haunting visions and will those revealing apparitions crumble her world with the Nodin clan? Does Chandra find true love in the arms of the Nodin men or does her Phantom Desire forever own her heart?

E-Book Buy Links

Amazon

Print Buy Links

Amazon

Author Bio

Houston Havens retired from a successful modeling career and an adventurous jet-set lifestyle to set the world on fire with her erotic romance books. A tenacious Irish lass, she strives to entertain with seductive stories created from her decadent imagination and traces of a provocative lifestyle she may or may not admit to.

Her interest in the paranormal, fascination with quantum science, passion with myths, and the lure of her mysterious Celtic Irish-Druid bloodlines are combined with generally unknown truths, strange facts, and questionable fiction. Her novels reflect a mix of the past, present, and future, with sexy blends of futuristic science fiction, paranormal fantasy, western romance, and always love everlasting. A traditional house-published author of six romances, a seven book erotic romance series and numerous articles in literary magazines.

Stop by for a visit and leave a comment at http://houstonhavens.wordpress.com

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Guest Post: Rosanna Leo and “Predator’s Fire”

predator'sfireoptI’m thrilled to have Rosanna over to visit today to talk about her writing and her fabulous, scorching hot, Gemini Island Shifter series. (Seriously, it’ll melt your thermometer!)

“WRITING WITH MY SON”

Thanks so much to Elle for hosting me today. I’m thrilled to be here.

I’m here as part of my blog tour for my new release Predator’s Fire, Gemini Island Shifters 5. However, before I share a bit about the book, I’d like to tell you a bit about my writing partner. He’s pretty special, and my guess is no other romance author writes with her tween son. That’s right, my 11-year-old son Andrew considers himself my partner.

Let me explain why. Andrew is a creative kid. In fact, I have hopes he might become a writer himself one day. He once penned a story called “Blood Alley.” It was freaking awesome. It had a dark witch, homeless orphans and lots of blood and gore. At the end, I believe all the orphans were dispatched in a gruesome manner. Sad, I know, but still rather edgy for his age (at the time, he was about 8).

When I was first published, Andrew took a keen interest in my work. Of course, I never share the naughty bits with him. However, he peruses all my covers, gives his opinions and when I started the Gemini Island Shifters series, he wanted to be involved. I allowed him this opportunity on book 2, Predator’s Serenade. Now, the writing is all mine, but Andrew named one of the characters (the teen boy Gunnar) and supplied the kid’s description. I loved talking plot lines with him and with each new book, he offers ideas. Yes, he’s really more of an honorary writing partner, but it’s still nice to know he cares.

Andrew is quite fond of all my shifters and was excited to see jaguar shifter Killian Moon get his own book with Predator’s Fire. You see, we’d been discussing Killian for a while. There is a distinct possibility Andrew suggested I kill off some homeless orphans in this book too, but I have gone in a different direction. My son is more of a Stephen King-esque sort of writer, as you can see.

I do have another son, Daniel, who is 13. Although he is polite and smiles when Mom talks about her books, his interest isn’t quite as keen. However, if they ever base an Xbox game on one of my books, I know Daniel will be all over it.

I hope you enjoy Predator’s Fire and the Gemini Island Shifters series.

BLURB:

When Nina Suzuki discovers the body of her best friend Janine, her world turns upside down. Things go from bad to worse when Janine’s corpse seems to transform into that of a large, brown wolf. For the first time, Nina is faced to confront all the clues indicating her BFF was not what she seemed. A letter from the dead woman opens Nina’s eyes to a strange, new world. The same letter warns of a sinister group called the Alpha Brethren, and urges her to find Killian Moon of the Ursa Fishing Lodge and Resort on Gemini Island.

Killian Moon is a jaguar shifter and teen mentor at the Ursa Lodge in Northern Ontario. He may be a comfort and inspiration to confused teen shifters, but he also has a fiery past. His past comes back to haunt him when human Nina arrives at the resort, demanding to speak with him. Demanding answers. Can he trust her with knowledge that will not only change her life, but possibly endanger those around him?

As Killian begrudgingly tutors Nina on all things shifter, their mutual curiosity flares into passionate need. Once they touch, once they succumb to desire, there is no going back. Killian realizes Nina is his mate and they both begin to comprehend the terror threatening those on their shifter-friendly island. He is forced to confront the tragedy in his family and determines to protect Nina at all costs.

But can they protect everyone they love from a cult of dangerous shifters, intent on horror and destruction?

Excerpt:

“How much longer do I have to wait? I want to see Killian Moon. Now.”

The feminine voice, strangely soft despite its insistence, echoed deep in his being, awakening his jaguar. The great cat roared to life, turned toward the office and inhaled deeply. Its eyes flashed in interest.

In…recognition?

Killian breathed in at the same time, catching the scent of cherry blossoms through the door. The sweet perfume, mixed with human outrage, proved a heady distraction, making him forget why he was there. Shaking his head, he tried to dismiss the odd sensation as Ryland opened the door.

The door swung open and the first person he glimpsed was one of the clerks from reception, trying his hardest to placate the unexpected guest. “I’m sure Mr. Snow and Mr. Moon will be right back.”

And then his gaze landed on the petite human. Tapered Asian eyes, so dark and mysterious, but rimmed with circles of exhaustion. Smooth, cinnamon skin hinted at a mixed background. Wearing no makeup, she appeared younger than she must be, but her presence and keen eyes pegged her at around thirty years old. She had a riot of curly, black hair and feminine curves that ought to come with a warning. He could see it now. Beware: this woman’s body will cause insanity in men. Even as she gesticulated at the clerk, her boobs jiggled in such a way his throat went dry.

He pictured her in a corset, her breasts spilling over delicate lace edging, and almost forgot his name.

This Nina Suzuki was damn hot and his jaguar seemed to agree. The animal licked its lips, its golden gaze assessing and appreciating every detail, from her rounded hips to her come-hither rack.

Yes, the creature uttered on a frenzied breath.

FIND IT HERE:

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Fast Five with M.S. Kaye and “Once and Again”

OnceandAgainI’m very pleased to invite M.S. Kaye over to chat and introduce her new inspirational romance Once and Again.

1. If you were stuck on a deserted island, what is the one book you’d like to have with you?

Jane Eyre It’s my favorite book of all time. It has the perfect balance of darkness and hope, intrigue and romance, wonderfully mysterious yet flawed characters with horrible pasts. I love the deep connection between the characters, and yet it’s never swoony or sappy.

Great choice! I love Jane Eyre (although I must admit that I usually start once she arrives at Thornfield Hall. Her childhood is just too sad.)

2. What is your favourite part of the writing process?

All of it, but if I had to choose, I’d say the initial outlining/idea conjuring process. Anything is possible.

3. How did you pick your characters’ names?

I LOVE names. I have lists in my phone of names I’ve come across that I like, I have favorite baby naming sites that show the meaning behind the names, and I also borrow from history or mythology.

4. How do you treat yourself after finishing a book?

Start on the next one!

Hard-core!

5. If you could co-write a story with any author (living or dead) who would you pick?

Charlotte Brontè. I have such amazing respect for what she accomplished in her books, which is even more amazing if you remember the time period in which she lived, when women didn’t hold the same respect and freedoms as we do now.

Tell us about your book.

On her deathbed, Aiden’s mother asks him to find his father, who had left them and disappeared thirteen years ago, shortly after Aiden’s brother died. While searching the roughest area of Baltimore, Aiden meets Maylynn. After eight years of seminary and one year of priesthood, Aiden had thought he was capable of seeing beautiful women in only a platonic way. But Maylynn proves to be too difficult.

Seven years later, Maylynn shows up on Father Aiden’s doorstep for a premarital counseling session with her fiancé. Aiden soon realizes something is wrong, more than just his constant struggle against his attraction—Maylynn and her fiancé, Davis, are hiding something from him.

Where can we find it?

Buy Links:

Jupiter Gardens Press (Publisher – all formats),  Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, ARe

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Author Bio

M. S. Kaye is a 4th degree black belt and certified instructor of Songahm Taekwondo. A transplant from Ohio, she resides with her husband Corey in Jacksonville, FL, where she does her best not to melt in the sun.

Contact M. S. Kaye at:

www.BooksByMSK.com
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Twitter: @mskosciuszko
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