Rude Much? Why no…why do you ask? An author’s view of the world outside of writing…

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When I wrote my first novella last December I can honestly say I never planned on writing a book. I kind of just fell into it. This may irritate those that have struggled for a while to get something written and published, but it doesn’t negate my achievements. In fact, I’d say I look at my first book and cringe with all the mistakes I see in it.  I still have A LOT to learn about writing, but I can tell you I’ve learned a lot about myself on this journey.

Some people are truly happy for me and my minor success…and it is minor…because I’m leaps and bounds away from having a best seller and making tons of money. In fact to date I’ve made less than $2 on A Flawed Jewel. While that will probably grow on my next royalty statement nothing is given in the world of publishing. Just because my book was accepted and released does not mean people will run out and buy it. (Although if you wanna help a girl out…*winks*)

Let me explain how writing has changed my life. I have constant ideas floating through my head. I’m churning out ideas much slower than they form. I have oodles of ideas lined up on books I want to write at some point and have little time to do it. One other thing has changed and that’s how much I talk about writing. It has become important to me and therefore I share and share often. I talk about my woes and I shout loudly when I finish something. If I have a goal I want to let the world know I met it. I started a new book–Yay! I finished the rough draft–double yay. Man today I’m slacking and got zero written–Big frowny face. The biggest thing I have learned is patience. Something you need a great amount of if you want to be a writer.

My point of this post is that this is my life now. I’m not going to apologize to anyone out there because writing now consumes me. It is a part of me in a way I never thought possible and I don’t feel like I need to justify it. You don’t like it? Don’t pay attention to it. If you are happy for me let me know. If you don’t care…well carry on my peeps. Just the way I plan on doing. If you have questions feel free to ask. I’m more than willing to share my limited knowledge. (Again it is LIMITED as I’m still a newbie with a lot to learn myself.)

Anywho…its something to think on. Writers can get sucked into there own world and often times don’t see what’s happening around them. When they do come up for air…well it’s up to you if they like what they find, but don’t worry no matter what it will fuel some ideas for future work. Don’t be surprised if a character resembles you in many ways only to die a horrible death. (kidding…mostly)

 

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Cowgirl Fever Excerpt and Preorder Available

 

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Cowgirl Fever (Novak Springs Book 1) is now available for preorder on Amazon. It releases on September 4. Go forth and buy!

Go to Amazon and get your copy today.

Blurb

Dallas Novak swore off women after his fiancée broke their engagement when his parents died. His plans were drastically changed when he was suddenly responsible for his family and their ranch, Novak Springs. Resigned to his new life, he threw himself into making the ranch successful alongside his siblings. They were the only things he had room for in his life. That changes when his little sister comes home from college with a broken heart of her own. She needs a distraction and has an idea for a Cowgirl Yoga program on the ranch. Dallas reluctantly agrees to give her new business a trial run so she has something to keep her mind off her lost love.

Ginnifer Zeiss is a well-established journalist for a prominent magazine in New York. When Emma Novak approaches her to write an article for her new business, she drops everything to experience what a real ranch is like. She had secretly always loved ranches and is attracted to sexy cowboys. So with her best friend in tow, they prepare to experience a horse ranch in Washington state.

When Dallas meets Ginnifer he is instantly attracted to her. He starts to question his rule of only spending one night with a woman and forgetting about her. The more time he spends in Ginnifer’s company, the more he wonders if he can live without her. Can he get over the betrayal he felt when his ex-fiancée left him long enough to grab happiness?

Excerpt

“I should’ve known I could find you here.” Ginnifer turned to see Dallas leaning against one of the posts in the barn. “I think you may have made a friend for life,” he said.

“She’s a beautiful horse,” Ginnifer replied as she was petting Olympia’s mane. “I thought it would be too late to come and see you, so I decided to visit with these two wonderful creatures.”

Dallas sauntered over to where Ginnifer was standing and pulled her into his arms. Once she was fully seated within his embrace, she looked up into his eyes. A smile only a man could possibly portray crossed his face. Leaning his face closer to hers, he told her, “It’s never too late for you to come see me, Gin.”

Ginnifer crinkled her nose up and shook her head at him. “Yes, tonight would’ve been, but only because I had no idea where to find you in that house or if it was unlocked for me to find you.”

Dallas pulled her closer as he leaned down and brushed his lips against her cheek. Bringing his mouth up to her ear, he whispered, “Well, we can remedy that now. I can show you exactly where you can find me each night.”

Ginnifer laughed and pulled away from him. “In a bit of a hurry are you?”

With a devilish grin Dallas said, “Absolutely.”

“I don’t know that I’m done visiting with Olympia and her baby. Does he have a name yet?” she asked.

Dallas shook his head. “No, why don’t you name him?”

Excitement filling her voice, she said, “Really? Oh, I have to think about this…he’s so beautiful, he needs a name to match.”
Dallas laughed as Ginnifer bubbled with excitement. “Do you have anything in mind to fit such lofty expectations?”

“What do you think about calling him Eros?” she asked.

Dallas pulled back and looked at her, shock evident on his face. “The God of Love?”

“Yes, because everyone that looks at him will fall instantly in love with him. I think it’s very appropriate.”

Smiling down at her, Dallas nodded his head in agreement. He leaned down and kissed her forehead before saying, “It is perfect. Are you ready to stay the night with me, or do you want to visit with Olympia and Eros longer?”

Ginnifer was more than ready to spend the night with him. The more time she spent with him, the harder it was to leave. She was already in too deep to pull herself out. It was starting to look like she might be nursing a broken heart when she went back to New York. There was no way she was going to deny herself whatever time she had with him. So with that decision made, she nodded her head in affirmation and agreed, “Yes, take me to your bed.”

Dallas smiled as he pulled away from her. He grabbed her hand in his and pulled her along with him out of the barn. Ginnifer thought he would be in a hurry to get her inside of his bedroom, but he strolled along in a slow, lazy pace as they followed the path to the house. Dallas confused her at every turn. She thought all he wanted from her was sex, but the more she got to know him, it seemed like he genuinely liked to spend time with her. It was a conundrum she couldn’t pick apart and solve. When they got to the steps leading to the front door, Dallas stopped and pulled her into his arms. He brought his lips to hers in a quick scorching kiss before letting her go. Ginnifer felt butterflies growing inside of her stomach. The man was constantly surprising her.

Brushing his hands alongside of her cheek, he pushed back her hair. “I just needed to do that once before I got you inside.”
“You don’t see me complaining.”

A bark of laughter floated through the air. “That’s what I love about you, Gin. You constantly surprise me. Come on, let’s get inside,” he said as he grabbed her hand again. They stepped quietly into the house as he led her to his bedroom.

If Ginnifer was confused before, she was even more so now. What did he mean when he said he loved that about me? Those words scared her, but she wasn’t going to allow them to interfere with her night. She had been looking forward to spending this time with Dallas all day. She needed it. So when Dallas opened his bedroom door, Ginnifer left her reservations behind as she followed him inside.

The Vanishing by Rebekah Lewis-Rafflecopter giveaway

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Release Date: August 22, 2014

Want to win a copy? Visit the rafflecopter on my author page to enter.

Here is a blurb:

A bad day spins out of control when Cadence finds herself in the middle of the Tulgy Wood with a grinning cat who can vanish at will and a renown Wonderland hero in need of a companion to the Red Queen’s court.

What happens when the hero who saved Wonderland from the destruction of the famed Jabberwock needs to find a worthy paramour before the Red Queen picks one for him? Devrel, the last of the Cheshire cats, has the perfect solution. He’ll just pluck one from the human world and gift her to him for his un-birthday.

Realizing her friends were playing a joke on her, Cadence is heading home when she sees the cat smiling at her. Next thing she knows, she’s in Wonderland and in the arms of a handsome man who thinks she’s slightly unhinged upon meeting her. Intrigued by Gareth, Cadence makes an offer to act as his companion in exchange for his protection as they journey from the Tulgy Wood to the Red Kingdom—a simple solution which endangers both of their hearts as the castle looms in the distance.

Excerpt:

“Devrel,” the man called out. His forehead scrunched up, and she wondered what troubled such a handsome man so.

The grinning cat appeared on the man’s shoulder, towering over him as he leaned down and answered, actually answered, with, “She’s rather odd, isn’t she?”

At this, Cadence lost it. She laughed, only to be forced into a fit of hysterical giggles when both the man and the cat glanced at each other and back at her.

“Mayhap I broke her,” Devrel said, smile faltering ever so slightly as he reached down and swiped at the air in front of her face with huge paw.

The man sighed and shook his head. The hair falling over his forehead bounced with the movement. “Why did you bring her?”

“Bring whom?”

He pinned Devrel with a glare.

The cat snickered. “I jest. It’s what I do. As for the girl…” Devrel faced her again. “Let me fetch her some borogove feathers. We can mash them up to powder and have her drink them with tea. I believe she’s befuddled.”

Cover Reveal Rock Addiction by Nalini Singh

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Goodreads: http://bit.ly/1kdgjGW

RELEASE DATE: September 9th, 2014

Blurb

A bad boy wrapped in a sexy, muscled, grown-up package might be worth a little risk…

Molly Webster has always followed the rules. After an ugly scandal tore apart her childhood and made her the focus of the media’s harsh spotlight, she vowed to live an ordinary life. No fame. No impropriety. No pain. Then she meets Zachary Fox, a tattooed bad boy rocker with a voice like whiskey and sin, and a touch that could become an addiction.

A one-night stand with the hottest rock star on the planet, that’s all it was meant to be…

Fox promises scorching heat and dangerous pleasure, coaxing Molly to extend their one-night stand into a one-month fling. After that, he’ll be gone forever, his life never again intersecting with her own. Sex and sin and sensual indulgence, all with an expiration date. No ties, no regrets. Too late, Molly realizes it isn’t only her body that’s become addicted to Fox, but her heart…

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Meet the Author

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NEW YORK TIMES AND USA Today bestselling author of the Psy-Changeling and Guild Hunter series Nalini Singh usually writes about hot shapeshifters and dangerous angels. This time around, she decided to write about a hot and wickedly tempting rock star. If you’re seeing a theme here, you’re not wrong.

Nalini lives and works in beautiful New Zealand, and is passionate about writing. If you’d like to explore her other books, you can find lots of excerpts on her website. Slave to Sensation is the first book in the Psy-Changeling series, while Angels’ Blood is the first book in the Guild Hunter series. Once Rock Addiction is out, swing by the site to check out the special behind-the-scenes page, complete with photos of many of the locations used in the book.

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A Letter to My Muse

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I don’t know about any one else, but my muse is driving me batty. In a good way I suppose, but also in a sleep deprived please attach a IV drip of caffeine to my body so I can get through the day way.

Dear Muse-

I appreciate that you keep me overflowing with ideas. A few tips though so I can keep up with it all. Could you maybe spring them on me, I don’t know, when I’m sitting down watching a show that I don’t care about or even when I’m sitting at my computer perusing Facebook while I’m bored?

Places to avoid jumping me with ideas, the bathroom, the shower, driving, oh and sleeping. All of these are counterproductive to doing something with the information. The last time you hit me with an idea while driving I had to do a voice memo on my phone. I’m not even sure it made sense, but I had to get it all down lest I lose it. It did result in a 75k rough draft named Perceptive Soul so I suppose it wasn’t all bad. I won’t mention how I ended up with a historical series that should have only been one stand alone book because you interrupted my sleep, and is now six stories either written or planned. (or the notes I have on a chick who falls through time because of a whacked out dream. Yeah…but I digress)

So anyway, Dear Dear Muse of mine. I’m falling apart at the seams. I can’t keep up. Give me some time to catch up before you throw any more ideas my way. I promise I will appreciate them more when you do.

Cheekily Yours,

Dawn

I do appreciate the muse that visits me. He (As I like to think of him as an uber sexy piece of man flesh) gives me wonderful fascinating ideas. Maybe instead of flooding my imagination with these story ideas you could just give me a little….wait that isn’t suitable innocent eyes and ears…a tale for another time. I will leave you with what my imaginary muse looks like. (yeah he does look an awful lot like Ian Somerhalder…he’s my dream guy)

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Win a Ebook copy of The Raven’s Kill by Ella Grey

I’m running a contest via rafflecopter on my Facebook author page for an Ebook copy of The Raven’s Kill by Ella Grey. Contest begins at midnight (EST) July 23 and ends at midnight July 30. Click here to take you to the rafflecopter on my page. If the link doesn’t work (for some reason) just find Author Dawn Brower on Facebook and click the blue giveaway box.

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Blurb

What’s Raven going to do when his targeted kill turns out to be his mate?Raven is a shifter with the ability to see the darkness in a person’s soul. He has never strayed off his path or let a target live before, until he meets Cassandra for the first time. She’s an innocent, so why does someone want her dead?As soon as Cassandra laid eyes on the mysterious man, she wants him with an intensity that scares her. When he appears in her room one night with an impossible story, she has two choices—believe him or die.

It’s a fight against time and with an attraction that scares them both, no-one knows what the future holds.

Excerpt

Her moans had echoed all over the mansion. Raven had even heard them from his place on the roof; he’d shifted long enough to enter from the skylight before taking his human form again and went to investigate. The corridors were dark, but it wasn’t a problem. The dog he’d spotted earlier remained silent in the kitchen, a terrible guard but Raven was thankful he didn’t have to silence him.

The moans made him rock hard, she was the only one in the house, which left one very interesting possibility of what she was up to.

It didn’t take long to find her room, the door slightly ajar and he pushed it open a little more. Cassandra writhed on the bed, one hand between her legs and the other on her chest. He watched her come undone and knew he could do it better. He wanted her to fall apart with his tongue lapping at her juices, sucking and teasing her until she called out his name. He quite liked the fantasy and missed her eyes opening, resting on him. Her scream ripped through the air.

Well, what did you expect? That she’d pull you into her arms and you could finally find out what her lips taste like?

Raven darted from his place in the doorway and pressed his hand across her mouth. “I won’t hurt you.” The words left him in a rush, as she fought against him. “Cassandra, I don’t intend to hurt you. Listen to me. Please listen to me.” Her fighting gradually came to a stop, her breathing heavy and fast pressing against his chest. “I’m going to remove my hand. Don’t scream. I don’t want to keep you quiet.”

For the first time in his life, he didn’t know what he was doing. The smell of her desire, mixed with the vanilla perfume that seemed embedded into her skin, filled the air and it was distracting as hell.

“Trust me?”

It was asking a lot and he knew it, but she finally nodded. The impression of her lips against his hand felt like a burn, as if the brief touch left a scar against his skin.
“Please don’t hurt me.”

Her words made him angry that he hadn’t been able to control the situation better. “I promise.”

Cassandra moved away from him, turning to face him. She nibbled at her bottom lip, her fingers twisted together. “What do you want?”

If you would like to buy A Raven’s Kill here are some links.

Breathless Press

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

All Romance

Be sure to check out other books by Ella Grey. She has a new release A Touch of Death book one available for only $.99 on Breathless Press, Amazon, and All Romance.

Current Project-Perceptive Soul

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I have so many ideas floating through my brain sometimes I find it difficult to keep up with them. I counted the other day and I have five projects I either have at least one chapter written on or some extensive notes for future use. Today I want to talk about the one I’m mostly focusing on at the moment. It is a work in progress titled Perceptive Soul. It is a little different than what I’ve worked on before. It is kind of a historical, but not in the same time frame as my novellas. Pirates are fun and all, but I wanted to try something different. So what is Perceptive Soul about?

Well it is taking place during World War II. It actually starts just before the United States enters the war. The heroine works on the island of Hawaii as a nurse/physical therapist. She has something special about her, something she doesn’t completely realize or understand. She is an empath/psychic. Her abilities remained dormant for years,but they have begun to come to the surface at a time when she may not be handle the onslaught of emotions. Her life was going wonderful. She’s planning her wedding and is happy with her life. She doesn’t need these complications and yet she cannot ignore them. She meets someone that understands them and his job is to help her to control them.

I have about a third of this written. It has been a struggle to get it just right. Rebecca’s journey is filled with so many different facets. I hope I can do it justice. This isn’t just another Pearl Harbor story. Its a story about one woman’s struggle to survive, not only herself, but also the world around her. It is completely different than anything I’ve written before. Is there romance? yes, but its not the main focus of the story. *cross your fingers* I can make it work and get it published.

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A Flawed Jewel-contest to win an ebook copy

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Today I woke up to an email that made me go O.o. It had A Flawed Jewel in the subject line. The email was from Amazon. I opened it immediately thinking there was some issue. What I found made me laugh. Amazon was sending me a list of books I might want to buy with AFJ at the top of the list. Here is a screen shot of the email:

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Pretty interesting right? What an awesome way to start off the day. I say that because well I am also promoting my book in another place today. Look below for more information.

 

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I am part of a month long promotion over at The Romance Reviews. If you want a chance at winning a copy of my book A Flawed Jewel then go here.

Answer some of the trivia and hangman questions to enter the contest to win several different prizes. My book is only one thing that you can win. Good luck!

A Flawed Jewel-ARe silver star

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I haven’t been over to All Romance much since A Flawed Jewel was released. For some unknown reason I wandered over there today. As I was looking at it I noticed a symbol. What is this symbol you ask? Its a star with a circle around it.

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Now I had to wonder. What does this little star mean? Well apparently it means that A Flawed Jewel is a best seller either in its category or in the top ten. I’m willing to bet in the category as I fail to see any other area it would be. It’s awesome regardless.

Here is a full look of a screen shot

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and if you still doubt me here is a link to the page to buy it on ARe

I have to admit its pretty exciting to see that some one out there is buying my first book. Thank you to all those that did.