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{November 7, 2009}   It’s Release Day!!

Yay! My new holiday-themed release That Taste of Orange comes out TODAY!!!! Eternal Press releases my second short fiction piece with them this year. I’m very excited–in case you really can’t tell–and am actually the first one at the Eternal Press Launch Party! I was afraid I was late, and I’m the only one there. Please stop by the Launch Party and join me! You’ll meet all the other Eternal Press authors with new releases today. There’s a fine line up, too, so everyone should find something there to enjoy!

TTOO.VS The Blurb:

Can the taste of orange rekindle their passion?

If ever two people were perfectly suited for each other, it’s Sabrina and Chas. Both pastry chefs. Both excellent cooks. And both love the taste of orange. But the Christmas season has been a very busy time at their pastry shop, and they’re both feeling the weight of the long hours, the lack of personal time, and the stress of the holidays.

Sabrina wants nothing more for Christmas than to regain the wonderful relationship she once had with her husband. The very traits that drew her to him in the beginning are now driving her crazy. Chas loves his wife, but he’s overworked and needs some down time. When he suggests they need time apart—and neglects to tell her where he was one evening—Sabrina thinks the worst.

Will the end of the holidays signal the end of their union? Or can one juicy little orange bring them back where they belong?

The Excerpt:

She got up and went downstairs, wondering where Chas was. As she stood in the kitchen doorway, she smiled. He was wearing the bottoms to a pair of pajamas she bought him last year. They had candy canes all over them. His dark brown hair—which reminded her of dark chocolate when wet—was damp and a crescent-shaped section hung over his forehead. It was clear that he’d taken a shower while she napped. She wondered how he’d been in their bedroom without her knowing. Used to be, she could just sense when he was around her.

His chest was bare save for the bib apron he wore. In the front pocket of the apron were a hand towel and a potholder. Tucked into the waistband of his pants was another hand towel. On the counter were several small glass bowls containing various ingredients circling a large mixing bowl, a carton of eggs, and the bottle of Amade ChocOrange liqueur. He picked up a wooden spoon, twirling it like a drummer would a stick, before using it to mix whatever was in the bowl. She watched him, unable to take her eyes off his biceps…watching them pump up and down as he reached for the little glass bowls one at a time, dumping ingredients into the mixing bowl. Exchanging the wooden spoon for a stainless steel whisk, he hummed as he expertly whipped the chocolate-orange velvet cream to a light, delicate fluff.

He grabbed a teaspoon from the drawer, which he dipped into the cream. Her eyes followed the spoon to his mouth, eagerly watching his tongue as he licked the remains of the cream off the stainless steel. Her body heated up. She really wanted to go in there, rip off the bib apron, and smear his chest with that cream.

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{November 7, 2009}   My apologies!

Hello!  First, I apologize for being away from my blog for so long.  I think my last post was October 21st!  I actually took a break from just about everything except work and family.  It needed to be done.  2009 has been a stellar year for me as a writer!  I’m very thankful to my Heavenly Father for all the blessings He has bestowed upon me…and they have been plentiful!

So, again, I apologize for being away so long, and I hope you–my dear readers–will forgive me and continue reading!

Happy Saturday!

Valerie



{October 21, 2009}   Cover Corner: Roxanne Rhoads

Story strumpet, tome loving tart, eccentric night owl…these are all words that can describe freelance writer and erotic romance author Roxanne Rhoads. Roxanne is a fellow Eternal Press author that the Write Time & Place is very happy to welcome to this week’s Cover Corner. Roxanne’s participating a virtual book tour for her October 7th release, Eternal Desire, which is why Cover Corner is appearing on Wednesday this week as opposed to it’s normal Tuesday. Please set a spell and read more about her new release, watch a video, and get to know Roxanne a bit! When you’ve scrolled to the bottom of this showcase, leave her a comment and let her know you’ve been here! Thanx so much … ~Valerie

Blurb:

Misty Overgrown CemetaryLiz Beth, a paranormal researcher, is haunted by the seductive vampire, Quillon, who may or may not be real. She arrives in New Orleans the week of Halloween to search for the elusive vampire of her dreams and instead encounters a handsome stranger, Christien, with whom she begins a passionate affair with.

Soon she is torn between her dream lover and a flesh and blood man, both of whom are a mystery to her. The closer it gets to Halloween the wilder things become. LizBeth gets closer to the truth about Quillon while Christien has her under his own spell.

Will all be revealed at the Vampyre Ball or will the masks stay in place?

In New Orleans at Halloween anything is possible.

Excerpt:

The ball was a grand affair, full of lavish and elaborate vampires of all types. Some were modern or Goth, and others were stylishly dressed in period costumes. Everywhere I looked, there was white flesh and sharp fangs though they all seemed to be fake. I retreated to a restroom to clean up and to do a better job of fixing my makeup. I also put in my fangs.

I left the restroom and, as I was walking by the coat check room, I felt a strange tingle on the back of my neck. Suddenly, an arm reached out and pulled me in.

I figured it was Christien again, but it wasn’t. A masked man stood only inches away. His face was almost completely hidden. All I could see were his full, sensual lips curving into a seductive smile. I noticed the cross dangling from his neck. It was my cross, the one the stranger took from me in the alley. Fear and fire coursed through my body. My knees became weak. He grabbed me before I hit the ground. His scent intoxicated me. I felt like I was floating.

“You look so enchanting tonight, Liz Beth, like a vampire bride. And you smell so wonderful—a mix of cinnamon and passion. You make me want you so.”

I was powerless to do anything as he slid his hand under my dress. It was just like my dream.

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Bio:

When not fulfilling one the many roles being a wife and mother of three require, Roxanne’s world revolves around words…reading them, writing them, editing them, and talking about them. In addition to writing her own stories she loves to read and review what others write. She operates a book review site, Fang-tastic Books, dedicated to her favorite type of book- anything paranormal. Her favorite genres are paranormal romance and urban fantasy but she’ll read just about anything featuring vampires, ghosts, witches and whatnot.

Roxanne writes everything from articles to web content as a freelance writer and poet. Her erotic and romance stories and poems have appeared in Playgirl Magazine, several print anthologies, in ebooks and on numerous Websites.

When not reading or writing Roxanne loves to hang out with her family, craft, garden and search for unique vintage finds.

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{September 30, 2009}   Honor Thy Neighbor: Snippets!

As promised, I’m posting various snippets from my new release, Honor Thy Neighbor. Honor Thy Neighbor is a mystery/crime novel that also falls into the romance genre due to the fantastic relationship between the two main characters: Ashlynn and Sean Myerson. Enjoy the snippets, and leave me a comment or two telling me which were your favorites! Thanks! … ~Valerie

Mystery Snippet #1:

Walking down the sidewalk and into the alley, she spied Eliza’s car in its usual spot. As she made her way around the car to the back door, a startled scream parted her lips. She found Eliza prostrate on the ground between the car and the shop’s rear door—the petal pink dress she wore saturated with her own blood.

Romance Snippet #1:

Ashlynn sat up, the sheet falling from her shoulders to reveal her naked torso, healthy and toned. “We haven’t made love yet.”

Sean turned, his eyes drinking in the view she willingly gave him. His body reacted. Her auburn tresses—unkempt by sleep’s beautician—poured over her shoulder, barely covering the firm swell of flesh. Her passion always turned her sultry blue eyes a subtle shade of navy.

Mystery Snippet #2:

“Alex spotted someone in the yard at the front of Leo’s house,” Nancy said to Sean. “He lost sight when the figure went around the side of the house.”

“Call the station. Get a car up there now,” Sean ordered. “They’re supposed to be patrolling the neighborhood, so it won’t take long to get a response. Dispatch will log your calls as anonymous tips. There won’t be any trails leading back to this house.”

Romance Snippet #2:

Sean searched her eyes, seeing nothing but love and desire there. His mouth met hers. He needed more from her, had to have more from her. Releasing the front clasp, he parted the soft silkiness of her bra, her breasts poured out and into his waiting hands. He tasted her, every bare inch of her breasts. The cool rainwater blended with her natural taste, inciting him to seek more from her.

His mouth moved along her neck, over her shoulders and again on her breasts before returning to her mouth.

Mystery Snippet #3:

Sean lowered his voice. “Is there a safe place behind the bar for my weapon?”

Leo showed his first sign of uneasiness. “There’s an old cash drawer beneath the bar. We stopped using it when we got the computerized registers. No one even remembers it’s there. Will that do?”

“As long as it’s accessible.” Sean glanced around. “Anyone besides you know what I’m really doing here?”

The older man paused, searching Sean’s eyes. “No one suspects a thing. Frank put out the word he wanted to hire a new bartender. Everyone knew.”

“What happened to the last bartender?”

“Someone murdered him.”

Romance Snippet #3:

“Nancy and Alex will be here in an hour. Are you getting up, or shall I conduct the strategy session in our bedroom?”

Tossing the sheet away from her, she stood and stretched. As she moved past him she whispered, “You may have won the round, but your eyes tell me you lost the bout.”

Catching her around the waist, he brought her naked body flush against him “I’d say you’re lethal.”

Mystery Snippet #4:

Nancy handed Cain the plastic bag containing the letter. “Sean wants it taken to Forensics.”

“When did he get this?”

“Sometime this morning. Leo found it when he opened the restaurant. Sean said it refers to a boy who’s been seeing Leo’s daughter. Apparently, he’s not in high school. He has his own agenda.”

“Where’s the girl now?”

Romance Snippet #4:

“Where are we?” she finally asked.

“I don’t know. I think we’re in a basement or under a porch. I don’t know.”

“How long have we been here?”

“I don’t know that, either. They drugged me after I put you in the car. I can’t be sure of the day, either.”

A small laugh parted her lips. “You are a well of information. What time is it?”

“Nighttime.”

“Looks like you got one right,” she mused.

“I do my best.”



{August 4, 2009}   Cover Corner: Julie Lence

It is with pleasure that The Write Time & Place showcases the work of romance writer, Julie Lence. Known simply as Juls to her family and friends, her books are available through her publisher, Asylett Press, as well as through several on-line outlets in both print and e-format. Click on the covers to read excerpts. Click the Comment button beneath the post and leave Juls some feedback. Thanks! Valerie

LL-BookFront_LRGFemales are man’s worst enemy. Charming, beautiful, they can rip a man to shreds without batting an eye.

Handsome, rugged cowboy Lucas Weston is living proof of the damage a woman can cause. Determined to keep another miss from running stampede over his heart, Lucas has garnered the reputation of a man who favors flirting and wild times between the sheets. When he’s roped into taking to the trail to escort Missy Morgan back to her home in San Francisco, Lucas isn’t too pleased…until he discovers she uses her poker-playing, whiskey-swilling ways to hide her own fears. What those fears might be, he doesn’t know, but he’s going to find out. Drawn to her from the start, Missy represents the opportunity for the life fate cheated him out of seven years ago.

Trust no one – especially men. Guard your heart. Don’t take chances. Remain in control. And never, ever forget that night…

Missy Morgan has lived by a rigid set of rules for so long she knows no other way. Life hasn’t always been fair. Fate has dealt her more losing hands than she cares to remember. But she has Lady Luck and her family. For them she’ll remain strong…until a handsome cowboy enters her life and challenges the way she lives. Against her will, she’s drawn to Lucas’ blue eyes and honesty. Would it be so terrible if she put her trust in him? The odds say yes, but something else says no. And what about that horrible night? It’s hung over her head for so long only a fool would gamble on Lucas’ goodness. And she’s not a fool. Or is she?

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LOTD-BookFront_LRGRoyce Weston has little use for the opposite sex, until Paige Morgan deals him a hand he can’t refuse.

Royce Weston knows firsthand women are exceptional liars, especially the one who has wormed her way into his family’s good graces by claiming amnesia. Since Paige didn’t heed his advice at the poker tables, he reasons a bit of friendly persuasion is needed to send her packing from Wooded Acres. But when she matches him trick for trick and has his ranch hands jumping to please her, Royce knows he’s met his match. A simpering miss she is not. Sassy and daring. If only she’d give him a reason to trust her…

Royce despises her – Paige knows that much is true. But she’s convinced he knows something about her past. Until her tells her about her family, she isn’t going anywhere. If, in the meantime, she happens to tame this rough and tough cowboy, all the better. Any girl will tell you it’s not how you play the cards, it’s the Luck of the Draw that counts.

Review

“With great characters and an intriguing plot, Luck of the Draw is a wonderful and fast-paced story that grabs the reader’s attention and does not let go. Luck of the Draw is a promising debut from Julie Lence, and I look forward to reading more from this talented author.”

~Jennifer

Reviewer for LWR Book Reviews

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Meet Juls~

Julie was born and raised in upstate New York. She married her high school sweetheart and accompanied him on a 20-year career with the United States Air Force. She and her husband enjoy life in Colorado, where they relocated upon his retirement.

Julie has been an avid reader of romance since the 1980’s. One of her favorite authors inspired her to put pen to paper, and since she’d always enjoyed creating stories, she decided to give it a try. The result is her first western romance, Luck of the Draw.

Julie has been writing for over fifteen years. She is a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA) and is active in her local chapter, Pike’s Peak Romance Writers. Currently, she is working on her next western historical, the third installment in the Weston family series.

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{July 30, 2009}   This n That

Remember the edit hurdle I wrote about a few days ago?  Well, I did it!  I pulled that memory to the surface and wrote the scene, making it the subject of the beginning of the book.  It wasn’t difficult.  I just needed to think it through.  Ninety percent of the time, when an editor suggests a change, points out a problem, or writes a comment about a scene or a chapter, they’re right.  Some editing is subjective, meaning that if you were to ask two editors, they might disagree.  However, a fresh set of eyes on your work is rarely a bad thing, which is why I try to always be a professional and accept that perhaps my work is not as perfect as I think it is.  ‘nuf said!

Anyway, changed the beginning, and I gotta admit that it works better than I thought it would.  Plus it gives me a chance to introduce a character while he’s alive rather than after his demise, which is how it was.  That’s always a plus.  Easier to flesh out a living character than a dead one.

My friend JT finished his exhaustive edit of his first novel, which I have very much enjoyed reading.  I’m dismayed, though because now I don’t have anything from him to read.  I read the final chapter on Tuesday.  *sigh*  JT’s story is a very good one set in a real time period disguised as a fake one in the future.  His hero is a young man barely out of high school who’s forced to grow up in a scant amount of time.  It’s an excellent coming-of-age story, war story, love story, and story of personal victory all rolled into one.  Well done, JT!

I want to thank everyone who came to the blog and reviewed Cover Corner.  The traffic here over the past 2 days has been tremendous, and I sincerely hope it garners Mark some new fans and many sales.  So…thanks again!

Okay, gotta run, the office beckons whether I want it to or not!



{July 28, 2009}   Cover Corner: Mark Ozeroff

The Write Time & Place is pleased to showcase the new release of writer, Mark Ozeroff. Mark’s historical fiction novel Days of Smoke was released by Asylett Press in June and is doing very well on the Barnes & Noble owned Fictionwise. Click the cover to read an excerpt. Leave a comment and let Mark know what you think! 😛

DAYS OF SMOKE offers a compelling, mold-shattering view of World War II and the Holocaust from the unique perspective of German Luftwaffe pilot Hans Udet. Across aerial battlefields ranging over much of Europe, Hans progresses from a naïve young Messerschmidt pilot to an ace of increasing rank and responsibility. But unfolding events pit Hans’ love of the Fatherland against his natural compassion for humanity.

Days of Smoke

Fascism’s true ramifications come into focus after Hans saves a young woman from brutal sexual assault. His discovery that Rachel is Jewish–and her assailant a Storm Trooper–puts a face on Hans’ ideological conflict. As growing feelings for Rachel sensitize him to the “Jewish problem,” Hans is torn between mounting disdain for the Nazis and his sense of duty to Germany. Rachel is the unlikely bridge joining his disparate halves.

Meet Mark

Mark Ozeroff holds a near-religious fervor for aeronautical history. A lifelong pilot, he lives on an eclectic airport with aircraft ranging from Sopwith to Learjet.  It wasn’t unusual during the creation of DAYS OF SMOKE for engine song from a Rolls-Royce Merlin to nourish a burgeoning dogfight scene. Though he holds an MBA, it wasn’t until age forty-two that Mark finally realized what he wanted to be when he grew up, and thus started writing. When he’s not working on his next novel, Mark can often be found in the bicycle saddle.

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{July 20, 2009}   Book Cover Preview!

I just got the cover images for Honor Thy Neighbor, book one in the new Myerson Mystery series, which will be released in e-format in September and in print February 2010 by BookStrand Publishing. So, I thought I’d post it here and give you a sneak preview of what’s coming up!HTN.1.full

Book one introduces Sean and Ashlynn Myerson–the hero and heroine of the Myerson Mystery series. Sean’s the captain of the Homicide Division of the Oakmont Police Force while Ashlynn is a published writer. These two as a couple just sizzle. As a crime fighting, mystery solving duo, they’re unstoppable!

I’m so excited about the debut of this series, and am looking forward to releasing it to the reading public! Check back for an except and book blurb in the near future.



{June 24, 2009}   Stuff

OK, the blog needs more work, and I’m still trying to figure it all out, but I thought I better leave a new post today if only to say what I’ve been working on!

I’m getting ready for a new release.  Her Last is being released on July 7th in both e-format and print.  I’m really excited about this because it’s with a new publisher.  Eternal Press.  These folks are so easy to work with.  Plus, their stable of authors are very family oriented in that everyone helps/encourages everyone else.  I’m looking forward to the launch party Eternal Press hosts every month for their new releases.  For a peek at the cover art and the book’s blurb, just go to the New Releases page here on this blog.

I’m new to Twitter, too.  The account has been created, but I’ve not jumped in there and started yet.  I wanted to get this blog squared away and going before I tackled another project!

Make sure you check out the Already On The Shelf page.  All three of my current books–published by Asylett Press–are displayed there.  The covers are amazing!  My hubby Steve designed them and he’s incredibly talented!  Each book title is linked to the book’s page on the publisher’s website.  Take a gander.  Never know…one might just be the one you’re looking for!  😛

Thanks to everyone who stopped by in the past couple days.  I really appreciate you all doing that and freely offering your feedback/comments/suggestions!

Have a great evening!  😛

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