Archive for April, 2010

Hachette Book Group- Mother’s Day Giveaway

April 29, 2010 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News 43 Comments →

What can you win? Three winners will each get a package with the following:

MONTANA DESTINY By R.C. Ryan
ISBN 9780446548632, Mass Market, US$6.99/CAN$8.99
Author R.C. Ryan’s Webpage

RAVISHED BY A HIGHLANDER By Paula Quinn
ISBN 9780446552387, Mass Market, US$6.99/CAN$8.99
Author Paula Quinn’s Website

STILL THE ONE By Robin Wells
ISBN 9780446555982, Mass Market, US$6.99/CAN$8.99
Author Robin Wells Webpage

DESIRE ME By Robyn DeHart
ISBN 9780446541978, Mass Market, US$6.99/CAN$8.99
Author Robyn DeHart’s Website

KNIGHT OF PASSION By Margaret Mallory
ISBN 9780446559867, Mass Market, US$6.99/CAN$8.99
Author Margaret Mallory’s Website

TO SURRENDER TO A ROGUE By Cara Elliott
ISBN 9780446541312, Mass Market, US$6.99/CAN$8.99

Author Cara Elliot’s Webpage

How do you enter to win?

 Go to each Author’s website then come back here and in  comments tell me something of interest you found at each Author’s site.

On the evening of May 9th I will pick 3 random winners from the comments.

 Clear as mud? ;-)

Good luck!!

 

Dynamics of Family

April 28, 2010 By: Guestauthor Category: Guest Blogger, Latest News No Comments →

I’ve been writing and building my families so I’ve been thinking a lot about families lately. Also I had something happen that made me think of family. Let me first give you the typical definition and my own.

The Typical Dictionary Definition of Family ~

A fundamental social group in society typically consisting of one or two parents and their children.

The McKenna Jeffries Definition of Family ~

Individuals who share ties either through blood or through a deeper bond that surpasses friendship that shares in each other’s lives to create a close knit unit of familial relations.

Some examples of family are what I have at my chat group McKenna Jeffries List. Another is the people I see as family although some are not family by blood.

I had some good news to celebrate and was thinking of my mom not being here to share it with me. It made me a little sad. I celebrated by phone with my one sister since she lives too far away to celebrate with me in person. My lunch buddy who I eat with everyday who I think of as part of my extended family celebrated with me about my news. Moments like this continues to reaffirms my take on the diversity of the definition of family.

As I’ve mentioned a few times in the past at various places family isn’t about the blood it’s all about what is in the heart. There are millions of definitions you can have of family. Think of some moment in your life and give me what is your own definition of family?

McKenna Jeffries
http://www.mckennajeffries.com/
…. sensual, edgy, unexpected

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Conquering Jazz – What’s a woman to do when she unwittingly makes a tantalizing proposition to her best friend?

Be brazen, bold and set some ground rules. Her offer. One night of carnal bliss. No emotion allowed.

His counter offer. A continued affair to fulfill all their sexual cravings.

His hidden agenda. Conquer to make sure their affair never ends.

Buy here at Liquid Silver Book.

Paranormal talents that make you chuckle

April 22, 2010 By: Guestauthor Category: Contests, Guest Blogger 10 Comments →

“I think there were only two gentlemen there. The others are servants. One has a deep baritone voice, while the other sounds more boyish. Let me concentrate. They seem to be talking about a girl.” Jana used her bat hearing, which was five times better than a human’s, to listen to the conversation taking place in Novaland. Her expression grew more abstracted as she began, in a toneless voice, to repeat what she was hearing, for the benefit of her mother and sisters.

She is a very pretty girl.

You find every girl pretty.

I would not be as fastidious as you are. She had guts to come here and confront you. She didn’t flinch much, so spirited and full of fire. I don’t know why you had to deliberately scare her off.

I need someone with more than headstrong spirit. I need someone with wit and determination, who will not be easily scared off, if we are to be successful with the quest.

I don’t know if you are going about this the right way, buying yourself a stranger as a wife. You could at least choose someone you have known longer.

Who do you mean? Don’t say my cousin Anne, or Caroline, or any of the women in the enclave in Cosmos. No offence to you, but I don’t think your sister Caroline would survive the first hurdle of the quest. She sulks for days if she so much as gets her nails slightly dirty. As for Anne, you know she is so sickly. How could she bear what I intend to do with my wife? And as for the women in Cosmos, most of them are only interested in my teuros. I don’t need that kind of woman to complicate the quest. In fact, let’s not discuss this any further. The Lawcove party will be here soon, and Jana, the eldest one, has bat hearing that can hear things kilometers away. We don’t want to let anything important slip.

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The above is an excerpt from Enid Wilson‘s novel In Quest of Theta Magic. It was originally written as a Pride and Prejudice inspired futuristic romance.  It features many characters with special talents. Want to see what special talents the main hero and heroine Dean Williams and Elana Bailey possess? Check out this trailer.YouTube Preview Image

In Quest of Theta Magic, first published last year, is newly released in Kindle format on 3 April 2010.

Dean Williams has no need for love, but he does needs a wife, fast, since only his quest for Theta magic can save his sister. But who could be courageous and tough enough to endure what he needs to demand from his new wife?

Elana Bailey is determined to brave the ugly beast in order to save her fragile sister. But she doesn’t expect the only reason for the match is to create a daughter to help Dean with his quest. What if she bears a son instead? Will they succeed in the quest?

REVIEWS: “Between the babies, sibling rivalry, an exotic wedding and dire predictions, the tension builds around the characters and eventually brings Dean and Elena together and pits them against the world. I loved the author’s sense of humor …” - Coffee Time Romance, 5 cups, Ultra Rare Extraordinary Read

“This book was so good I sped through it in one sitting. The futuristic story was unique and intriguing with great characters. I enjoyed the banter between Dean and Elana. It was witty and natural making the whole story seem genuine and it led to some pretty steamy love scenes.” – Reading with Monie, 5 Stars

Enid, who has guest blogged here a few times, is delighted to give out a gorgeous black T-shirt with the cover photo of Theta Magic to a lucky reader (You can choose the size). The giveaway is open to any one who has bought a paperback or kindle version of the novel.

Please leave Enid a comment about what special talents you want to see in fantasy stories and email her at enid.wilson28 (at) yahoo.com.au with your proof of purchase to enter the competition. Giveaway ends 30 April 2010.

Buy In Quest of Theta Magic in Kindle format

Check out Enid’s novels at SteamyDarcy

GUEST BLOG by Emery Lee author of THE HIGHEST STAKES

April 21, 2010 By: Guestauthor Category: Guest Blogger, Latest News 6 Comments →

Romance THE HIGHEST STAKES

GUEST BLOG by Emery Lee author of THE HIGHEST STAKES

www.authoremerylee.com

As a self professed “romance junkie,” history buff, and horse lover, I began my writing career with the idea of merging these somewhat ill assorted themes. The result of my endeavor, THE HIGHEST STAKES, although not a romance novel in the very traditional mode, converges the elements of ambition, deception, thwarted love, and horse racing; into a sum much greater than its parts – a love story of epic proportions.Although the novel is comprised of many diverse elements: the class divide in Georgian England, political corruption and intrigue, war with France that would ultimately span a half-century, and the origins of Thoroughbred horse racing, The Highest Stakes is at heart a story of abiding romantic love.

“Or, to be more precise, a story of love constantly foiled and frustrated.”(-Cori Van Housen, Historical Novel Review)

The main theme of THE HIGHEST STAKES is the very tortuous journey of Charlotte Wallace, a lonely girl who finds first friendship, and then true love in the most unexpected of places, and Robert Devington, the head groom of her uncle’s racing stables, who is equally astounded to discover his soul mate in his master’s niece. Although limited by Charlotte’s uncle to the lowly position of under groom, Robert is neither illiterate, nor lacking ambition, and heedless of the class divide, which would separate them, Robert and Charlotte are determined to build their future together.

“Charlotte and Robert’s love blossoms as he teaches her about riding, and only their passion for each other eclipses their mutual love of all things equine. But realizing their dreams of romance seems ever beyond their reach. With each twist and turn of fate and the machinations of wily antagonists, Emery Lee ratchets up the suspense…”  (-Cori Van Housen, Historical Novel Review)


 The drama first begins at the Lichfield races, where Robert prepares Sir Garfield’s prime racing prospect for her maiden race. When Charles Wallace, Sir Garfield’s son, fails to show, Robert is confronted with a dilemma of profound magnitude. Does he risk his turf career by deceiving the racing stewards to win Sir Garfield’s favor, or does he allow the horse to lose by default and surely run afoul of the man whose good graces he most seeks?Although Robert has proven himself a force to be reckoned with in matters of the turf, Sir Garfield Wallace is not about to throw away his niece on a stable groom, when he can use her to further his own agenda.The fateful race setting the plot in motion, is the first of several which serve to guide the destinies of Robert and Charlotte throughout THE HIGHEST STAKES.
A secondary romantic thread is introduced through Captain Philip Drake, the feckless younger son of an aristocrat, determined to make his way in the world more expeditiously than soldiering. While accompanying his brother-in-arms to the Doncaster races, Philip sets his sights on wedding an heiress, finding exactly what he seeks in Sir Garfield’s daughter Beatrix. The “easy” path he chooses, however, proves a winding and perilous journey leading to deception, betrayal, heartbreak, and seemingly utter loss.

“Will Charlotte and Robert end up together? Will Major Drake fade away in his chosen life of dissipation or step up to ancestral duties? The beauty of the book is that you cannot anticipate how it will go; you can only hang on for the ride.”  (Cori Van Housen, Historical Novel Review)  

Passion, danger and intrigue pull you into Rule’s Bride from the very start …

April 19, 2010 By: Guestauthor Category: Guest Blogger, Latest News 10 Comments →

RULE’S BRIDE

The Final Book in the The Bride Trilogy

Hello!

Just a quick note to let you know that my new book, RULE’S BRIDE, the final book in the Brides Trilogy following ROYAL’S BRIDE and REESE’S BRIDE, will be out the end of the April.  Rule Dewar is the youngest and wildest of the handsome Dewar brothers and he became one of my favorite heroes.  I hope you’ll watch for RULE’S BRIDE and that you enjoy!   

All best and happy reading, Kat

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Write Like the Wind by Mary Vine

April 16, 2010 By: Guestauthor Category: Contests, Latest News 7 Comments →

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It seems to me that some writers can write like the wind, producing two or three books to my one. Some have children, others have full-time jobs, but all have issues that pull them away from the page, yet they are still successful in the field. Perhaps I have only half of the needed talent, while a prolific writer has the whole shebang. I thought this was true once, but not anymore.

It has been said that a successful writer is an organized writer. I consistently have papers waiting to be organized on the top of my desk that are separated into two stacks, one on each side of the computer. After tiring of the mess, I bought a roll top desk to hide it, but every once in awhile I’m overwhelmed by the feeling that I might be missing something important in the pile and straighten it. Certainly, I am not the only writer whose desk is in disarray, many successful authors have an even bigger mess than mine, so I don’t think that by organized a tidy desk is what is meant. If this is true, then in what way does organization count, and does organization bring forth speed in writing?

Whether you write as you go or outline your story every step of the way, you’ll get the story written, and one way can be just as fast as the other. Since the joy of writing only goes so far before it becomes work, you need to know what you are going to write when you sit down. If you aren’t inspired when your butt hits the chair, and you don’t know something of where you are going, you’ll be staring at a blank page. Distractions here we come.

In those early writing years, I thought that I could only write when I was stress-free, because that’s when the inspiration would flow. Then one day a writer told me that the book her fans liked the most was written during a very stressful time in her life. I wish she had added that I would never get any writing done if I waited for a time without stress.

Without inspiration, what is needed is a system. Print off a free monthly calendar online and jot down your plans. Perhaps one page a day to complete your book is reasonable to record, because you can complete 365 pages in a year. Pen in what you will write when you sit down, it doesn’t have to be a complete outline, but enough to keep you going. You have to spend time up front to make it work. That is organization.

I set up a writing schedule while working full-time and it is amazing how much more work I’ve gotten done since. Next, I started to rethink the book-in-a-month challenge, even though I couldn’t write a book in a month, I knew I could get several new pages written. While writing, I didn’t know if I could salvage any of the story, but found much of it usable when I got a chance to go back through.

One hour a night, five days a week is another easy plan to get more writing done. I discovered that if I wrote at least an hour after work each day, I had five hours of typing in and still had the weekend to spend with my family. If I took additional writing time on the weekend all the better, but if not, I still felt like I’d gotten something done and it was relatively easy to do.

Sometimes, to be visible at home, I take my AlphaSmart (that I bought used for fifty dollars) and type near my husband while he’s watching TV. The AS is lightweight, extremely sturdy, smaller than my laptop, and runs forever on a battery. When finished, I plug it into my computer and it sends what I’ve typed into a document. I’ve also used the AS in the community while waiting for appointments, or when I travel, helping me write more than I would have been able to without it. Now that’s another easy to do plan.

Still, I have quite a bit of work to do to keep up to the speed of others. I tell myself I’m not in competition because I’m working full time and that when I retire I will be able to write like the wind, however, the saying is true that if you want something done ask a busy person. In actuality, the answer to writing speed has everything to do with why a writer writes. Many of the fastest writers in history wrote for a reason. To keep poverty at bay, writing was approached like a job, not a hobby. Today, the most prolific writers I know approach their work just like anyone in any other profession; they count on the money to pay the bills. Something (whatever it is) has to drive you to write, to get it done far after the joy of writing has left the room.

In summary, to write like the wind, schedule what you will do each day while still being present for your family, put your butt in the chair, and have a commitment to get it done that will move your writing from a hobby to a serious career. www.maryvine.com

GOOD COP, BAD GIRL – New from Ellora’s Cave!

April 15, 2010 By: Guestauthor Category: Guest Blogger, Latest News 14 Comments →

I’m so excited to announce that I have a new erotic romance out with Ellora’s Cave called Good Cop, Bad Girl that’s fun, sexy and smokin’ hot!

When people ask me where I get my ideas for my books, I tell them anywhere and everywhere, which is true.  Sometimes, I’ll read an article in a newspaper or magazine and it will give me an idea.  Other times, someone will say something that will make me think, hey that’d be a great idea for a book.  That’s how I came up with the story for Good Cop, Bad Girl.  One of the women who works in my hubby’s office is a huge fan of the television show “Cops” and she was telling him about an episode in which a cop pulled over a pair of girls for speeding and they thought the whole thing was a prank because the guy was just way too good looking to be a cop.

When my hubby told me about it, I immediately had one of those hey-that’d-be-a-great-idea-for-a-book moments!  Having the hero pull the heroine over for a traffic stop wasn’t going to work, though, so I decided to have him show up at her apartment because the party she’s having for her birthday is getting a little too loud and disturbing the neighbors. And instead of thinking it’s some kind of prank, she assumes the hot cop is a male stripper her friends hired for her birthday.  Hmm, a hot guy in uniform that comes with his own handcuffs.  You probably think you know exactly where this is going, don’t you?

While I won’t tell you exactly what happens between the hero and heroine, I will share a sexy excerpt with you!  Hope you enjoy it!  And if you decide to pick up Good Cop, Bad Girl let me know how you like it!

GOOD COP, BAD GIRL

Gotta love a guy who comes with his own handcuffs!

When a hunky cop shows up at Julie Hanson’s apartment to tell her the police received a complaint about the noise from her birthday party, she assumes he’s a male stripper her girlfriends hired. Upon discovering the gorgeous Kirk Chandler really is a police officer, she’s completely mortified, especially since she teased him about giving her a birthday spanking.

Kirk appears at her door for a second time later that night, bearing gifts and asking if she got her birthday spanking. Julie not only gets her bottom nicely warmed, but is treated to a night of pleasure that qualifies as the best birthday present any girl could ask for.

Excerpt:

Laughing, Julie yanked open the door and found herself face to face with the most gorgeous guy she’d ever seen. Tall, with short-cropped brown hair and a perfectly chiseled jaw, he had a wide, sensuous mouth and soulful dark eyes. More gold than brown, they were the kind of eyes a girl could end up getting lost in.

She forced her gaze to move lower, taking in his broad shoulders and muscular biceps before coming to rest on the shiny badge on the front of his dark blue uniform. Directly across from it was a nametag that read Chandler. This hot hunk was a cop?

Abruptly realizing she was just standing there staring at him, she reached up to tuck her long, ash blonde hair behind an ear. “Can I help you, Officer?”

He glanced at the other girls still sitting in the living room before those incredible eyes settled on her again. “Is this your apartment, ma’am?”

She stifled a groan. Even his voice was sexy as sin. “Yes.”

“We got a complaint about the noise you and your friends were making.”

Julie automatically opened her mouth to apologize, only to close it again as the obvious suddenly struck her. God, she was slow sometimes. This mouthwatering specimen of a man wasn’t a real cop; he must be a male stripper her friends had hired for her birthday. And if he looked even half as good naked as he did in that uniform, then she was in for a real show. Her friends were the best!

She glanced at the other girls over her shoulder and gave them a wink before turning back to him. Her lips curved into a sexy smile. “And you’re here to arrest me, right?” she teased. “Or maybe you’d rather give me a birthday spanking instead?”

He lifted a brow, clearly caught off guard by the suggestion.

Julie was a little surprised by it herself. So much for not being able to ask a guy she’d just met for a spanking. She wasn’t usually quite so bold. Then again, she was already on her second margarita. Not that she was tipsy or anything. She was just feeling a little naughty. And if she couldn’t be naughty on her birthday, when could she be naughty?

When he didn’t answer, she gave him a pout. “No? And one of my friends just gave me the cutest heart-shaped paddle, too.” She shrugged. “Maybe later then. I’d much rather see you strip anyway.”

His brows drew together. “Strip?”

Damn, he was really good at staying in character. She nodded. “Yeah, you know, take off your clothes. Though I wouldn’t do it out in the hallway if I were you. Not unless you want my neighbors to really call the cops.”

When he didn’t move, she reached out and grabbed the front of his belt to give it a tug. He didn’t resist, but let her pull him into the entryway. As much as she would have liked to keep her hand right where it was, maybe even move it a little lower, she forced herself to release him. She should probably let him start dancing before she got too familiar. She waited, expecting him to make suggestive little moves with his hips and unbutton his shirt, but he only continued to regard her with that same authoritative expression on his face. Sheesh, this guy was seriously into his role.

Julie took a step closer to him. He was taller than she was by almost a foot and she had to tilt her chin to look up at him. Up close like this, she could see light flecks of green in his golden eyes.

“You’re really good, you know that? If I didn’t know better, I’d think you were a real cop.” She circled him slowly, running her hand up his arm and over his shoulder, then across his back. “The uniform looks real, that’s for sure.” She let her fingers trail over his opposite shoulder and down his other arm, her gaze going to the gun in the holster at his hip as she walked around to stand in front of him again. “So does the gun. And the handcuffs.” She ran a finger over the badge on his chest. “And that badge is the best I’ve ever seen.”

As she studied the radio clipped to his left shoulder, she realized it looked real, too. She didn’t know male strippers wore such authentic getups. She was about to say as much to him when the radio suddenly hissed.

“All units in the vicinity of Bayview, we have a 2-11 in progress…”

She frowned. Bayview was a neighborhood in the southern part of the city, across town from where she lived in the Lower Pacific Heights section of San Francisco. Oh…crap. This guy wasn’t a stripper. He was a real cop! She jerked her head up to look at him, her eyes wide.

A slow smile curved his mouth as he folded his arms across his broad chest. “That’s right, ma’am. The uniform is real. The gun is real. The handcuffs are real. The badge is real. And you,” he added meaningfully, “are in real trouble.”

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*hugs*

Paige

“Stories so hot, they’ll make your cheeks blush!”

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Series Landscape

April 13, 2010 By: Guestauthor Category: Guest Blogger 1 Comment →

I have a variety of series that I write so I have to keep organized. I have a sort of series landscape. A schedule of a sort of the order of my series and where it is going. There are layers to build when you write a series. The schedule helps me a lot with my writing and planning out my various series. I love writing series because I get to get deep into the world see previous characters and develop more. It is fun and of course time consuming. You must make sure that you keep the thread of the series accurate to your previous books and so on. LOL. But I love it. It’s like a puzzle that keeps getting more pieces that fit together to create a beautiful image.

A large series landscape. In each series you building worlds with lots of people, places and so on. Bringing you – the reader- into the lives of the characters and world. It is fun to do and I can’t wait to see what comes next in any of my series. Each book adds another layer to my series landscape. More to the world and inspires even more books. It is an ongoing cycle. Some series may have an end point but there maybe other characters that may create a sin off. You never know what can happen when writing any book. That is the most fun of the series. The surprises.

I love revisiting my series and writing the next book. It’s like opening a candy jar and finding my favorite candies. I guess that is why I tend to like to read series too. To get into the world and become part of it.

Taige Crenshaw
http://www.taigecrenshaw.com/
…increasing the sizzle factor

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Wilde Seduction – What happens when a woman who doesn’t know how to relax meets a man whose lust for life will change her and make all her deepest desires come to life?

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Interview with Gothic historical author Erica Ridley

April 08, 2010 By: Guestauthor Category: Guest Blogger 7 Comments →

 Today we welcome debut Gothic historical author Erica Ridley!

You spent a few months in England last year. Research?
Erica Ridley
And writing! I was working on finishing the book that comes after Too Wicked To Kiss, and trying to fit sightseeing and exploring in whenever I wasn’t writing. (Or working… being able to do my dayjob from my laptop is a blessing and a curse. It gives me the freedom to travel to the far corners of the earth–but I might find myself stuck there working in a hotel room instead of out seeing the sights!)

Did you at least make it outside your hotel room a few times?

Yes! I actually rented a room in a flat for the duration, which worked out splendidly. Besides giving me my own space to unpack and relax, my flatmates were great people and always up for showing me around London… which has certainly changed since the Regency period I write about… At first, I thought I would’ve felt more comfortable visiting in 1813 instead of 2009–at least in 1813, I would’ve known what was going on, LOL!

For example?

You know the saying that the UK and the US are two countries divided by a single language? It’s so true. Everywhere I went, people *appeared* to be speaking English… and yet, I frequently found myself unable to comprehend the words. For example, just outside main doors to the Heathrow airport, I saw a sign that said “Humped Pelican Crossing”. Seriously? Humped Pelican? I’m originally from the Midwest, so something like “deer crossing” might’ve made more sense than humped pelicans… but even still, not in the walkway to the airport. Later, I asked a local about the humped pelican sign and his answer was, “Oh, right, that’s to differentiate them from zebra crossings.” Ah. So much clearer. =)

What was the best thing about London?

Getting to visit several period houses! I love walking through homes and seeing them how they would have really looked during the time period I write about. The furniture, the decorations, the artifacts–all of it. Whenever possible, I toured with a guide so that I could ask questions and listen to the stories of the people who once lived there. I only wish I could’ve taken photographs… although I think I cleaned each gift shop out of postcards!

How do you do your research when you don’t happen to be in England?

First and foremost, the Internet. There are so many websites and databases at our disposal, these days. Not to mention the sites individual cities might put up with information on local history, or museum websites with photos and information about the items in their collection. I love to visit museums, too–seeing period paintings and costumes always gets my imagination going. And of course I have a ton of research books on the shelves next to my computer… you can never have too many books!

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TOO WICKED TO KISS by Erica RidleyHIS TOUCH HOLDS HER CAPTIVE…

From the ravens circling its spires to the gargoyles adorning its roof, Blackberry Manor looms ominously over its rambling grounds. And behind its doors, amid the flickering shadows and secret passageways, danger lies in wait.

TO HIS EVERY DARK DESIRE…

Evangeline Pemberton has been invited to a party at the sprawling estate of reclusive Gavin Lioncroft, who is rumored to have murdered his parents. Initially, Gavin’s towering presence and brusque manner instill fear in Evangeline…until his rakish features and seductive attentions profoundly arouse her. But when a guest is murdered, Evangeline is torn. Could the man to whom she is so powerfully drawn, also be a ruthless killer?

TOO WICKED TO KISS

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Have you ever been somewhere where, although you spoke the language, you felt like you still didn’t understand what was going on? (Eventually, Erica did end up solving the mystery of the zebras and pelicans!) And what’s your opinion: is it true that you can never have too many books? 

Dream Thieves, The Path to Freedom and Lisa Pietsch’s Taste of Liberty

April 07, 2010 By: Guestauthor Category: Guest Blogger, Latest News 5 Comments →

Ever since I was a kid, my parents insisted that it was vitally important I go to college.  I grew up knowing I’d go to college and dreamed of the days when I could attend a liberal arts school where I could read the classics, act in plays and fill my mind with all the many wonders of a classical education.

I got the grades.  I was in college prep and gifted programs.  I was the lead in nearly every play I’d been in.  I even directed.

During my junior year in high school, the proper time to browse and apply to colleges, I came home with applications for Brown, Bates and Bryn Mawr.

Then my parents dropped the bomb.

It went something like this:

While we fully expect you to attend college, we need you to understand you’re on your own to pay for it.  We suggest you set your  career aspirations a bit lower.  You’ll never make a living in the arts.  You aren’t that good.  Get a trade.  Go to cooking school.

In one fell swoop, my dream was stolen.

I decided to join the military, get the GI Bill and go to college when my enlistment was up.

Not only did my parents not approve but my Principal and Guidance officer went so far as to stage an intervention and tell me I was better suited as a suburban housewife than a soldier.  I didn’t have the stuff to be a good soldier.

There it was again, stolen dream.

So I did what they all wanted me to do.  I got engaged to my high school sweetheart, even though he’d cheated on me and treated me like crap.  Then I worked three jobs just to afford a two-year Associate Degree program in Business Management at the University of Maine.

With one class left to graduation I blew a gasket.  It wasn’t the life I wanted.  I left him and I left school.

I floated for a few years, always working, barely making ends meet, sometimes homeless, but I did get my diploma.

Then I joined the Air Force.  I became a cop, and a darned fine one at that.  After graduation from the Security Police Academy, I thought:

That principal and guidance counselor can suck it!

When I left the Air Force I went to college.  Not a great one but I was able to study history, political science and some foreign languages.

Then, I married a man who supported my dreams.  It was the first time I could really dream and had the support to try.  I started writing.  First it was freelance writing and the money was good.

Can’t make a living in the arts, huh?

Suck it!

Then I tried my hand at fiction and there were people who actually liked it.  Every time someone praised my work, I had a hard time believing them because my parents had explained to me that I just wasn’t good enough.  Finally enough people read it and liked it and I realized that with work and practice I could get better.  I could be good enough after all.

When my debut novel, The Path to Freedom, was Sapphire Blue Publishing’s bestseller for over a year and they contracted the next two books in the series, A Taste of Liberty and Freedom’s Promise, I could finally look at my past and say it:

SUCK IT!

They didn’t think I could do any of it it, but I did it all and then some.

Don’t let anyone steal your dreams.

Don’t let anyone clip your wings.

It took me twenty years instead of four but I finally did what I’d dreamed of doing all those years ago.

As for the naysayers…

They can SUCK IT!

~~~

About Lisa:

Lisa Pietsch is a mother, military wife, veteran (U.S.A.F. Security Forces), freelance writer and novelist currently living in Denver.

Some of her interests include terrorists and terrorism, the small arms trade, human trafficking and drug trafficking. All of these topics are represented in the Task Force 125 series which are stories of espionage and paramilitary operations centered around the character of Sarah Stevens who is recruited into the CIA’s Special Activities Division.  She writes non-fiction articles on these topics and puts her business degree to use by writing freelance articles on author marketing, career planning and social media marketing for authors.

Previously, she was a military cop in the U.S. Air Force who spoke French, Russian and Spanish, traveled the world as a U.N. Peacekeeper, was trained as a Hostage Negotiator by the FBI and worked with MI-5 on personal security details.

She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Heart of Denver Romance Writers and RomVets

Visit Lisa online at http://lisapietsch.com/ and find her novels at http://www.SapphireBluePublishing.com.

Connect with Lisa on Facebook, MySpace and Twitter too!

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