25 June, 2018

Rosemary Wolfe, MD, Monster Doctor by Rexanna Ipock-Brown #BlogToour




Title: Rosemary Wolfe, M.D. (Monster Doctor) (Loving Monsters Series Book 1) 
Author: Rexanna Ipock-Brown 
Genre: Paranormal Romance 
Release Date: April 15, 2018 
Cover Designer: Angela Fristoe at Covered Creatively http://www.coveredcreatively.com/



Never date vampires.
Dr. Rosemary Wolfe loves her career as a physician and veterinarian to the Genetically Diverse Beings in her community. She’ll do almost anything to help them. Dating them is another matter. Been there, done that, almost married a psycho. A witch and werewolf, she’s convinced her differences make her unlovable, therefore she reluctantly embraces her friends-with-benefits lifestyle. Bryce Gold meets Rosemary at a party and asks her on a date. After losing his last wife to a vengeful vampire, Bryce has sworn off serious relationships for good. Not a heartless vampire, he’s simply endured all the grief he can. But his thoughts are filled with the sexy Dr. Wolfe, and he’s reconsidering his principles. The more time they spend together, the more he realizes she could be the one to heal his heart. Soon, Rosemary and Bryce find love might not be enough to save them from their pasts. They will have to awaken their neglected powers to save their lives and relationship.
CONTENT WARNING: This book includes an adventurous witch/wolf trying to find love. It contains smoking hot shifters and vampires, swoon-worthy love scenes, naughty language, and a dash of violence to spice things up. Intended for mature audiences





They walked hand-in-hand to her apartment’s front entrance. She shivered when Bryce closed his long fingers over her hand taking her key. The lock clicked, and he moved back to allow her to enter. Her attention glued to him, she bumped an entryway table sending a lamp careening to the floor. Spinning around too late, she tightened. In a blur of action, Bryce caught it. With shaking hands, Rosemary took a moment to position the lamp back on the table. “Thanks, it belonged to my grandma on my mom’s side.” “No problem. What’s the use of having vampire reflexes if you don’t use them?” His smoky voice set fire to her lady parts. Her imagination concocted a slew of uses for his talents. She was lost. He saved her Grandma Rosie’s lamp. She was shocked to discover she wanted to give him a chance. “So true.” How to say this? “Okay, then.” He suddenly appeared vulnerable. “Thanks for a great night. I enjoyed myself.” She edged closer until his warmth flowed over her. His voice came out almost in a whisper. “Did you enjoy yourself enough to consider going on another date with me?” She edged closer and tilted her head. She shook with the need to kiss him.  She stroked his cheek with her hand. “Yes, I would like that.” He grabbed her hand, giving it a firm shake, and then he headed for the door. “Great, I’ll call you. Good night.” What the hell? Her mouth flew open as she stood there in shock. “Good… goodnight.” Before she could say more, he turned around and his strong arms wrapped around her, holding her close, her breasts flattened to his broad, powerful chest. He lifted her chin and gazed into her eyes. A psychic tingle passed between them leaving no doubt in her mind he wanted her. “You didn’t think I’d leave without kissing you, did you?” And, then he smiled. Rosemary started to speak, but before the smart-ass answer shot out, he possessed her mouth. Her pulse banged in a primal rhythm of need. All thoughts abandoned her mind. He slipped his tongue slowly between her lips. As she kissed him back with a passion she could barely control, tendrils of fear slipped into her thoughts. Her tongue felt the fullness of his fangs pushing at the corners of his mouth. Am I nuts? He’s a vampire. A big, strong, sexy vampire. Her body arched as his large hands caressed her back, dropping lower and lower until with a palm on each of her butt cheeks, he pulled her into him. She glanced for a second at his eyes that glowed. The pulse of his throbbing manhood beat a tune of need across her belly. She moaned as his leg slipped between her thighs. She welcomed his fingers searching for her breasts as he deepened the kiss. When he found them, he pinched her nipples, releasing a flood of need between her legs. Eyes flying open, she realized his fangs had extended to their full length. The knowledge they were approaching the point of no return, froze her. For a moment, they stared at each other. With obvious effort, she pulled back. He growled but allowed her to step away. Afraid of what she had almost done, she swallowed, trying to control her lust. “Bryce, I’m sorry. I need more time.” Bryce shuddered. “I have to go, before I can’t.” Trembling, he kissed her gently in the center of her forehead and left.






Rosemary Wolfe, M.D. (Monster Doctor) is Rexanna’s debut novel. Rexanna is a member of the Romance Writers of America and the Columbia chapter of the Missouri Writer’s Guild. Rexanna’s characters are drawn from her work as a psychic consultant. She has assisted police departments with cold cases, was a popular guest on radio call-in shows, and has been featured on local and national television. Rexanna married her college sweetheart, who also loves reading and is an easy blusher. Their long-shared Saturday afternoon activity is to go out for lunch and then to a library or bookstore. They’ve done this for most of their 35-year marriage. Rexanna’s favorite hobbies include walking her dachshund/king cavalier spaniel rescue dog, collecting crystals, and reading romance novels.



 










22 June, 2018

Do You Keep a Journal or Diary? #MFRWauthor #bloghop



Late Entry!


No Internet meant No Submission...


but, better late than never?

Whatever, this is now Week 25 of the MFRW Author Blog's 52-Week Blog Challenge, and this week's topic of discussion is: Do You Keep a Journal or Diary?

Quick Answer:  NO

But, I used to!

I also used to horde the cute, colorful, and sometimes stylish Journal and Diary lined notebooks.

Every time I went to Waldenbooks, it was to seek out and obtain the latest Johanna Lindsey romance novel and then browse the wide assortment of Journals.

The more colorful, the better.

Like anything, and with time, these things went from $2.99 or $5 to $7.99 and up to $12.00

Funny thing is, when I stopped hording them like I did legal pads, gel pens, and bargain bin romance novels, AND over time, the prices for these same cool journals started a slight decrease in price.

Now, you'll find them in the same bargain bins as the paperback romance novels used to reside.

And, the last time I went to a bookstore, it was in downtown Detroit at a rather famous used book store with creaking hardwood floors, leaded glass windows, and some of the most interesting wall decorations imaginable... including some local artists paintings, sculptures, and such.


John K. King Used Bookstore

Waldenbook's went the way of the carrier pidgeon, so book buying became a rare event something akin to a day-trip for me.

Unless I drove way up north to Squirreled Away or even further, to Port Huron OR the local library, it just wasn't a thing anymore to monthly visit the local book seller and purchase a month's worth of reading material.

Is a good thing for John K. King, right off the expressway, lots of parking, and stories upon stories of floors with which to browse everything, and I do mean everything.

Sadly (or not, depending how you look at it) the minute you walk in the door of this place, you are greeted by shelves (and boxes) of FREE and BOGO books.

Naturally, I spend a few minutes at the entrance, browsing.

What I mean by sadly, though, is that a majority of the things offered for FREE are Romance novels in paperback.

Didn't care!

Browsed, read the blurbs, judged the covers, and stuffed my plastic bag with what I wanted before actually entering this mammoth of a used bookstore.

John K. King section
 But, back to the Diary/Journal thing.

I used to do it and loved it, but I also recall doing it for a few nights and then not doing anything for a few months (years?)

It was random stuff, too.

Today I ate... My friend said...  I was really angry when...

Nothing to look back on with any amount of interest, pride, or helpfulness, in other words.

It had its moments and purpose, but I was never a full-fledged, dyed in the wool kind of memory keeper that way.

And, before computers and laptops and cell phones and such, the lined Journal with a super-fancy cover was the best (and most fun) way for me to write my stories.

Them, and the packages of legal pads (I always chose pink and purple over the standard yellow) I'd stock up on at Office Max.

Then a miracle happened...



In the 80s, this thing was sheer genius!

A typewriter with a built-in printer AND disks to save your work!

A freaking word processor, people!

I wrote and wrote and wrote (typed, and typed, and typed, that is) on my Brother for so long, it wasn't funny.

I'd save the disks (kept buying more) but would print out the story to let my friend read.

She used to get all my journals and legal pads before the fabulous Brother thingy, genius invention, hit the market.

Just a few short years later, though, I was able to buy my first PC.

An Acer that cost a whopping $1,300 with its 4MB ram and unheard of 128K hard drive.

LOL

HAD to have a PC, though!

Dial-up networking, Windows 95 OS.

You guys know what I'm talking about, right?

Hey, it was all the rage, and the kids got a huge kick out of the goofy games I bought them.

My favorite was (and still is) Hover.

I also really enjoyed the Bulletin Boards (??)

I still can't quite recall what those rooms used to be called, but you went somewhere on Netscape and typed in whatever interested you (Gardening) and a Room (or rooms) appeared, which you then selected at random, and began chatting with like-minded folk about your favorite hobby.

I met a few nice people there, and a few not-so-nice as well :(

So, the bottom line for this week's late entry is, No, I no longer keep a Diary or Journal.





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15 June, 2018

The One Thing I Can't Live Without #MFRWauthor #bloghop




Hello, there!

I missed last week's Hop, so this is now Week 24 of the MFRW Author Blog's 52-Week Blog Challenge, and the topic is: Item I Can't Live Without.

If you had asked me just two years ago if I could live without music, I'd have emphatically told you N.O.

Nearly my entire life was spent listening to, enjoying, recording, dancing to, and driving wherever with some type of music blaring back at me.

Especially when I was writing.

I honestly never believed it would be possible to write without ambient background filler to urge me on.

Any time I hopped in my car, or even as a kid hopping into mom or pop's car, the 'radio' was always on as soon as the engine turned over.

Elevators, fancy anchor stores at the mall, concerts, and even movies include some form of music.

But, lo and behold, people...

I have not been inclined to listen to music for more than a year.

I just stopped turning on the car radio, tuning in to my favorite internet sound files, or clicking on one of many Media folders filled with tons and tons of music.

I don't know why, or if it was something specific that caused me to stop, but I think it goes back to the day I had to say goodbye to my Hyundai Elantra.

Being without wheels for a set amount of time might have been the culprit, and it probably doesn't make a lot of sense considering I still have Groove Salad on Soma.fm, Spotify, and iTunes at my disposal.

Not to mention the tons of music files stored and cataloged on my Windows Media Player.

I just don't listen to music anymore.

Even when I write!

So, when I think about what to answer for this week's challenge question, I'm a bit wary about what to choose.

Cigarettes?

Must have something to do with my hands (when I'm not typing, playing a video game, or working).

My daily dose of Diet Coke?

It's a caffeine thing, really.

The internet?

I've said it before, that is something I know for a fact I can live without because I've been without numerous times and not once suffered any type of withdrawal symptom as a result.

The computer?

This might be a contender, because despite not caring whether I'm plugged in to the rest of the world or not, I do often wonder if any authors still use a typewriter, or better still, pen and paper to write their manuscripts.

Would anyone in the Publishing world accept a manuscript that way, I wonder?

ANSWER


Actually, if I were to choose BOOKS as my final answer, I feel safe in assuming this isn't just a passing fancy.

Well, go back to the MUSIC section above...

Right now, I would say that BOOKS are the one thing I could not do without because they are a nightly ritual with me and have been for years.

Before that, they were just a daily part of my life the same way that food, drink, and sleep were.

I just read because the books were there, they had lovely cover art, and inside was a world I wanted to escape to and often did.

I suppose the day may come when I can't read books anymore.

I mean, I already prefer my Kindle to paperback because of hand and wrist issues (makes me very sad, believe me), so it stands to reason that as I age, perhaps even trying to read from a Kindle will become an issue...

... except that there are also AUDIO versions of all the books I like, so yay!

I couldn't live without being able to read, so BOOKS is my final answer.





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02 June, 2018

Escape With Me by Lisa Eugene #ReleaseBlitz, #giveaway




Title: Escape with Me 
Author: Lisa Eugene 
Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Release Date: June 2, 2018 
Cover Designer: Blushing Books 



Jealousy was her sin Lust was her savior An ordinary woman did an extraordinary thing Stepped out of her box, and tore down the confining walls Guilt gave her purpose, fueled her determination to find her missing sister. A small-town girl must learn to survive in a tough, unforgiving city In a world of dangerous lies, dark secrets and hungry shadows She finds an ally in an NFL superstar A man whose sexy vitality rivals his drive to win He’s a force to be reckoned with, a god on and off the field But his reckless passion and damaged soul may prove to be an even greater danger Her love for him may only destroy her Because in the end, can she save him?



     


 







Lisa Eugene began writing as a way to mentally escape from the hectic medical world where she has been a practicing nurse for over twenty years. She loves to incorporate her medical background into her steamy, romantic reads. Her books are fast paced, emotional roller-coasters---and her fans always enjoy the ride. When she's not plotting her next dangerous, fast-paced, sexy adventure, you can find her juggling a full time job, playing soccer mom, or curled up reading a good romance. Lisa loves hearing from fans.



















01 June, 2018

The Best Gift I Ever Gave #MFRWauthor #Bloghop




HAPPY FIRST DAY OF JUNE!


Not sure about the rest of the USA or around the globe, but in my neck of the woods, we've been in a heatwave, with temps in the low 90s (Fahrenheit) and with the muggies as well.

I love it!

And, it's not even officially Summertime yet, so that is pretty cool.

Except when I'm working inside a sweat box known as elementary school, then it isn't as 'cool' as I'd like it to be.

Today's topic hits on the fact that I, for the first time ever, went to work in a sleeveless dress AND flip flops!

It is part of the new-me Gift I'm giving to myself, to let go of the past, that way of thinking and feeling, and discovering someone new, someone alive, and someone I've never met before but wouldn't mind getting to know better.

So, without further ado, here is this week's response!






Hello, everyone, and welcome back for Week 22 of the MFRW Author Blog's 52-Week Blog Challenge.

This week, the topic is: The Best Gift I Ever Gave

Last week, I enjoyed reading the posts from contributors to the Hop who talked about themselves and the types of gifts they received FROM themselves, so I'm overly anxious to read from them this week to find out more.

If there is one thing I need to learn how to do (yes, even at my age, and I do believe you are capable of teaching old dogs new tricks), it is to give myself more credit.

In the year-and-a-half that I've participated in this Hop, all of the topics had me thinking outwardly, and from the perspective of others.

At age 56, I need to not give a damn anymore and start giving a half-damn about myself.

My kids are grown, with significant others, and living their lives free of (and from) their mother, and it seems long overdue that I start re-living my life as a single gal again, too.

I spent far, too long dwelling on a ruined past, dwelling on the what-if's, and muddling my way through the present without purpose, direction, or focus.

So, for this week's short but sweet answer, I'm going to say that The Best Gift I Ever Gave is yet to be given, and that I am to be the recipient of said gift.

And, as a really quick #2, I'd like to pat myself on the back by adding that I believe my greatest gift to my children (and the world) was my Mothering skills.

I raised two fine, upstanding young adults who are level-headed, well-adjusted, religious, and thoughtful.

They didn't turn out to be nearly as neurotic, maladjusted, and confused as their mother, so that, to me, is a huge gift.

I remember one of my biggest worries as a young, struggling mother was that any of my offspring would turn out to be like me, inherit even one of my negative traits, or that through some fault of my own, I'd neglect to notice that I was sending them down that same, neurotic path toward unhappiness.

Apparently, that wasn't the case!




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