Leap Year Blog Hop

This is my first hop and I’m a little nervous. I pictured bunnies hopping over the fields, then small green frogs hopping from lily pad to lily pad. Such is the way my mind works. Next I remembered playing leap frog as a child. Everyone got to participate so it does relate to our hop today. This is for fun. Jump from blog to blog and leave a comment at each. The authors are rewarding the bunnies, frogs, playful children or commenters with a chance to win a book at each blog.

I’m awarding an e-book copy of Ancient Blood. Please leave a comment with a contact email address in be put in the drawing. Read to the end for the next leap. I’ve also included the full list for those who missed one.

Ancient Blood

Ancient Blood by Barbara Edwards is a Paranormal with strong romantic elements

This excerpt is sensuous

Lily Alban escapes a murderous stalker, but his vicious attack leaves her with the ability to see auras. She finds safety in the tiny hamlet of Rhodes End where a stranger stands out like a red light. Try as she might to deny her growing desire for Cole, she seeks his help but soon discovers the man she loves is not a man at all.

Werewolf Cole Benedict resists his attraction to Lily. A botanist researching the healing herbs to find a cure for Lycanthropy, he’s determined to protect Lily from her stalker as well as himself even in human form, but instinct takes over when he changes to his inner beast.

Together they must use their extraordinary gifts to catch Lily’s stalker before he attacks again, but revealing their secrets to one another could destroy their growing love or save them both.

 

Excerpt:

“Lily?” His strong hands gently cupped her shoulders.

“Don’t, please don’t.”

She pulled away, fully intending to flee. Her resistance shattered, and she turned into his embrace. It was too late to escape. Pressing against his strength, she wound her arms around his neck and pulled him closer. His erection prodded her stomach, and she moaned. A heavy groan filled his throat as he lifted her from her feet. He kicked the bag aside as he sat her on the counter.

“I can’t wait,” he growled. His flaring aura spiraled with colors she couldn’t name. She caught her breath. One hand burrowed through her hair, keeping her still as he stepped between her thighs. “You’re all I could think about all day.”

Clasping her bottom, he slid her to the edge of the counter. With his lips claiming her mouth, he unbuttoned her slacks, than lifted her slightly to push them down and off.

The cold surface only made her more aware of his scorching heat. His rough denim pants scraped her inner thighs in contrast with the silky hair under her palms. Her pulse leaped, and she gasped. His male scent mixed with hints of the wild forest filled her nostrils. When his fingertip explored the heated moisture gathering at her juncture, she tightened her thighs around his hips.

Don’t forget to comment and leave a contact.

The next stop is at ML Spenser – Tale Spinner

http://msspencertalespinner.blogspot.com

 

Happy Leap Year Day!

Here’s the full list of participants so you can see them all!

http://amberkally

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http://msspencertalespinner.blogspot.com
http://www.darkersideofromance.com
http://wendysoliman.blogspot.com/
http://rachel-haimowitz.blogspot.com
http://ladyjanice.blogspot.com/
http://www.lynncrain.blogspot.com
http://www.rannsiracusa.com/blog

Trying Triberr

Triberr is my newest challenge. Family and friends know I don’t understand anything on the computer. This is one of my flaws. Another one is to say yes before I think it through. So Triberr and I were united when another author asked for new tribe members.

First let me state I am happy with Triberr. It has opened a whole world of interesting people who like to read away from the usual author loops and writing industry-oriented sites. I do thank all the places that provide reviews, but this is a whole new world.

I expected to blog three times a week, a New Year’s resolution. My fellow tribesmen (women?) would Tweet about said blogs. In response I would Tweet their blogs.

Triberr is a work in progress. It is growing and changing as I type. In good ways, I think.

I’m not going to give you a blow by blow about joining Triberr. It can be complicated as a few of the people who joined my little tribe can attest, especially when Chief Barbara is also learning the ropes.

Okay, I can’t resist.

The first step is to join twitter. Then the tribe chief exchanges follows with you. The chief sends an invite.

Does this sound like a bunch of men set it up? Giggle.

You follow the instructions to add the rss feed to your blog.

There you go- posts go up on your tribal stream. Back to Tweet, etc.

The other side of this is the encouragement to have a FaceBook page to send likes to. Also a Google+ page for more likes. The simple and fast buttons let you post to Twitter, like on FaceBook, like on Google+, recommend on StumbleUpon and LinkedIn.

I joined StumbleUpon. I hadn’t heard of this really active blog site search engine. You recommend a post to the site and it is added to the day’s search. Hopefully your tribe mates add yours. A couple bring you up the list.

I rejoined LinkedIn. I hadn’t seen the point to a group I never intended to visit, but this got me there. I found a large community of writers, aspiring writers, editors, etc. When I friend one, I also got to connect with all their friends, a very wide spreading web of connections to have at your fingertips.

I bet I left a lot of information out.

I can tell you my followers on Twitter have jumped. Visitors to my blog have increased in numbers. I don’t know yet if it has affected my sales, but I’m working on building name recognition for my next book so that may be a very nice side benefit.

I can’t tell you how much time I spend on Triberr. On weekends more tribesmen publish blogs so its longer. Less than an hour I would guess, a lot less.
Have you tried Triberr? Do you want to?

Read my excerpt below.

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Ancient Blood

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Kindle http://www.amazon.com/Ancient-Blood-Finding-Rhodes-ebook/dp/B0052NUR12/

About Ancient Blood

Lily Alban escapes a murderous stalker, but his vicious attack leaves her with the ability to see auras. She finds safety in the tiny hamlet of Rhodes End where a stranger stands out like a red light. Try as she might to deny her growing desire for Cole, she seeks his help but soon discovers the man she loves is not a man at all.

Werewolf Cole Benedict resists his attraction to Lily. A botanist researching the healing herbs to find a cure for Lycanthropy, he’s determined to protect Lily from her stalker as well as himself even in human form, but instinct takes over when he changes to his inner beast.

Together they must use their extraordinary gifts to catch Lily’s stalker before he attacks again, but revealing their secrets to one another could destroy their growing love or save them both.

Lily sighed. “Since this happened,” she ran a finger along the scar on her nape. “I’ve seen lights, haloes, auras, whatever they’re called. They reflect whatever emotions the person is feeling. My doctors said I was crazy and I had to lie to them, convince them it had been temporary. Only the effect never faded. Since I’ve moved to Rhodes End it intensified.”

She closed her mouth tightly as his golden eyes narrowed. “And?”

Irritated by his quiet response, she pushed her hair out of her face. “I can read yours. Sometimes. Mostly when you’re a wolf.”

“What does it look like?” He looked interested as one of his dark brows quirked upward.

“A spinning kaleidoscope, so beautiful it takes my breath away,” she whispered.

He pulled to the side of the road, leaned across the seat, and cupped her chin in one hand. “You do love me.”

 

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#Review – Storm Riders by Karen Michelle Nutt

#Review – Storm Riders by Karen Michelle Nutt

Storm Rider Samantha Skelly’s mission is to mend rifts in time. Sent on the power of a thunderstorm to 1879 to rescue Ace McTavish is one more job. Save the package, mend the rift and leave without any personal exchange. Everything is fine until she poses as a local ‘lady of the night’ and kisses Ace. Their attraction is instant. Sparks fly as Sam fights to keep her distance despite her growing passion.

Ace is thankful he’s been saved from hanging, but he can’t leave without his kidnapped niece. He understands there is no future for him with a woman from the future, but loves her anyway. Sam and her partner reluctantly agree to help him save his niece since it will keep the rift closed.

Karen Michelle Nutt has provided an interesting and satisfying read. She ties up all the threads of the story and leaves the reader with a happy ending.

http://www.amazon.com/Storm-Riders-ebook/dp/B006HNPGHG/ref=cm_pdp_rev_itm_title_1

Here’s another review. I’m still a little nervous about reviewing. I like to think i know a lot about many subjects, but this is different. I hope it helps you to find another good book.

Author Website: http://barbaraedwards.net

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Email: Barbara.edwards2@yahoo.com

 

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Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002TG4NFG

 

Battle of Olustee, a Civil War re-enactment

The Battle of Olustee, originally named the Battle of Ocean Pond happened 148 years ago. Both my husband and I are Civil War re-enactors with the 3rd Florida, Company A, a Confederate Unit. Captain Bill is with the attending medical corps and follows the troops onto the field to check for dead and dying. In reality, he checks for injuries or heatstroke, a common happening when soldiers wore woolen uniforms in the humid Florida heat.

Being a re-enactor has added richness to my writing, although I started because I love history. I’ve found friends that also love to be here.

The reasons people participate are as varied at the soldiers and their wives. Some honor their ancestors who fought bravely for a Cause they believed in. Some want to keep history alive, portraying it accurately. The men are soldiers, medical, or civilians like a funeral director, sepia toned photographer, muleskinner, blacksmith, carpenter, hat-maker, the list is as long as the occupations of men in that period.

Women portray laundresses, cooks and seamstresses. One makes lace on a hand loom, another cooks soap from lye, while mothers herd their children out of the way of drilling soldiers.

It’s a love that crosses generations.

The battle spread across miles as the Union tried to gain control of the railhead. The intention was to cut the supply lines from the south. Florida was providing beef and food to the starving Rebels. The Confederates used Cavalry to decimate the Union troops.

Almost three thousand men were killed or wounded during this battle. It makes no difference any more if they were Confederate or Union, they were all patriots, Americans to the last drop of blood.

I hope you take the time to friend or like me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter.

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Book One: Rhodes End Series
Ancient Awakening

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#Review-Seeing Red by Maggie Toussaint

Seeing Red by Maggie Toussaint

By the time Emma meets Quentin, a man she could care about, she’d convinced she’s the latest victim a family curse. Emma is determined to avoid love. She has enough problems. Her sisters won’t agree to sign over the family home so she can convert it to a Bed & Breakfast although this is her dream. Quentin is a building contractor who volunteers his time to help her after finding his sister is her best friend.

Quentin’s lost four fiancées by jumping into relationships. Meeting Emma, he’s convinced she is the one, but he’ll woo her, not rush her. He’d determined to do it right this time.

An accident at the house hurts both women. Quentin discovers it was deliberate and insists Emma stay with him until they discover the person behind the threat.

Seeing Red is a nicely woven tale with a well developed cast of characters.

I’d recommend it to my friends.

I haven’t done a lot of reviews. I can count them on one hand, but I liked Maggie Toussaint’s book and decided to start with it. I have several books on my to-be-read pile that I’m hoping to share with you.

Drop by my website for excerpts from my books.

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Robins bring Spring

The first robin of Spring has a lot of meaning in New England. The promise that warm weather is arriving adds a note of joy to their welcome.

Spring arrives

In Florida, the promise of spring is more subtle. Green creeps across the brown fields. Red Bud trees blossom with a spray of pink/lavender flowers. Pine cones make a thunking noise on the roof as they drop from the trees. Squirrels chitter like maniacs as they chase each other around and around.

This camp is on the migration paths of hundreds of different bird species. I have an Audubon book to identify them but I’m not quick enough most of the time to see all the details.

Late this afternoon, we took a soda outside and watched the sun going down.

The flutter of wings filled the air.

A thousand robins landed in the open field in front of our camper.

Did you ever see so many robins in one flock? I didn’t know they traveled like that.

This was a gem of a moment.

We watched the birds for almost an hour. One robin yanked a fat grub from the soil and ate it with relish. They poked and pulled at the ground, hunting for more grubs or insect eggs. This is nature’s way of balancing the species. If the birds don’t stop, there can be too many insects to infest the forest.

A pair of red-headed woodpeckers pecked at the bark high on a slash pine. Then they left as quickly as they had arrived.

The robins left in smaller groups. By dark not one lingered.

So we finished our drinks. It’s nice to know that all those birds will be in someone’s yard in a few days. And a child will shout, “Look, Mommy, the first robin of Spring is here!”

 

Another Love

Check out my Historical Romance: Another Love at my website.

Some promises are made to be broken.

Caught in a web of political intrigue, graft and threats to a beloved child, Meg Warren and Drew Larkin hunt the men threatening the downfall of President Cleveland and the economic fabric of America. From a poor farm to the ostentatious world of New York’s elite, they sift lies, discover trust and an attraction they cannot resist. The last thing they expect to find is a love worth more than gold.

“Quote.” – Pat Potter, award winning author calls Another Love…“A real page turner with wonderful characters and a unique plot. You can’t miss with this one.”

Review from Romantic Times Magazine **** 1/2 (four and one-half stars)

http://www.amazon.com/Another-Love-Barbara-Edwards/dp/1590888332/

 

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Who called me primitive?

Book One: Rhodes End Series
Ancient Awakening

Primitive camping is a far cry from my usual fifth wheel comfort. What are you talking about, you ask? Why aren’t you working on your book? Since everything can be fodder for a writer’s grist mill, I have to share our latest adventure.

The Osceola National Forest is a quarter million acres of pine forest, swamp and undeveloped land in the Panhandle of Florida. It stretches to the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia. The forest is dotted with camping areas. Some like Ocean Pond, a lovely fishing

Sunset at Ocean Pond

lake, offer electric and water hook-ups, the others are primitive camping.

So how did I end up at West Tower as a camp host? West Tower is primitive. There is no water on the sites, no electric and certainly no sewer. There is a single seat sanitary facility (outhouse) with a sink and exterior water faucet.

After finding the host site did have these amenities, my husband volunteered and I agreed, thinking the quiet would be good for my writing.

Firefighting equipment in the Osceola National Forest

It takes about five miles of driving on graded dirt roads to reach West Tower. We’re fifteen miles from the nearest city limits. There are times when I wonder what would happen if we broke down.  No cell phones work. That should have been a hint my air card wouldn’t work on my computer. Like most people, I take the modern conveniences for granted.

So what are the duties of a host in the real wilderness? Clean the toilet. Not hard since it’s not used much. Pick up the campsites, remove trash, and empty the fire pits. It’s a little more demanding, but not overwhelming since most people are neat campers. The camp host also clears the trails. West Tower is the trail head for more than fifty miles of equestrian trails, the blue trail, The Florida Trail and the gold trail go past. There are ATV trails marked for people who enjoy riding through the forest.

We’re not here during hunting season, but the place is packed with eager hunters and their dogs. The hunters seek everything legal in its season. There’s black powder and turkey hunting, deer, and even wild hogs. These are serious hunters who butcher and eat their prey. It gives you a different perspective than shopping in a grocery store.

I’ve found West tower to be a remarkably busy place. Forestry people stop to talk about their work. Hikers pass through regularly. Backpackers are frequent campers. Horseback riders use the trails and after parking their horse trailers stop to talk.

The nights are dark, the stars so clear you want to touch them. And something howls in the late hours that sounds like a wolf.

 

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Guest Carrie James Haynes and Daughter of Deceit

Guest Carrie James Haynes discusses her book Daughter of Deceit and ghosts.

The murdered do haunt their murderers, I believe. I know that ghosts have wandered on earth. Be with me always — take any form — drive me mad! Only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you!

EMILY BRONTE, Wuthering Heights
Do you believe in ghosts? Paranormal activity? Whether one admits it or not, ghosts fascinates us? Paranormal activity attracts us to a story, draws us in to wanting to why. Why are we drawn to the unknown?

 Ghost stories are meant to scare. Admit it- everyone loves a good ghost story. For that matter, everyone knows a good ghost story. So is it the fear and the thrill that attracts us to books with paranormal elements? Ghosts are an unexplained occurrences to most of us, but in some aspect I believe we empathize with these lost souls. Most ghosts have a tragic tale associated with them. When I was inCharlestonlast summer, I went on one of the ghost walks and was told a sad story about a mother who lost her baby. I was touched by the story of a woman who died over a hundred years ago.

 

Daughter of Deceit

Daughter of Deceit is my second book with paranormal elements within it. So does that mean I believe in ghosts? The short answer is yes. The long answer…for another time.

When I write, I never use an outline. I let the story take me. When I was writing the first draft of Daughter of Deceit, something bothered me. Something just wasn’t right. I was at the last action scene that it hit me exactly what I needed to do. I went back and revised the whole of the book.

Can spirits cross back over from the other side? Are they searching for closure? Good or malevolent? With purpose or simply lost?

Daughter of Deceit, set in Regency England, is a historical romantic suspense book with paranormal elements. It has it all. Love, mystery, ghosts…

Blurb-

Shunned fromLondonsociety for being the daughter ofEngland’s most notorious spy, Alyce Hythe desires only to clear her father’s name. But strange things have been happening causing old rumors to be whispered of mystic ghosts and demons. Only one thing is certain for Alyce…someone wants her dead.

Long has Lord Julian Casvelyn lived with guilt brought on when his brother was murdered by England’s most infamous traitor. But one eventful night has changed everything Lord Julian believed about his brother’s death. Never did he suspect the woman he has just saved from certain harm is the daughter of that man. Now Julian is caught in midst of a conspiracy and desire for that woman.

Thrown together by fate, the two search for answers long denied them and along the way discover a love that can free them both.

Visit Carrie James Haynes’ blog- Castles in the Air

http://carriejameshaynes.blogspot.com/

Daughter of Deceit

http://www.amazon.com/Daughter-of-Deceit-ebook/dp/B0072UNDH8/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1328008797&sr=8-2