Don’t wait on Friday.

Today when I got up, I grabbed my gratitude journal, my devotional and a hot cup of coffee in my favorite mug (peacock!).  I turned on the fireplace and settled in to began writing in my journal. A sense of peace and contentment came over me. I quickly realized that it wasn’t because of anything special happening that day, or that some event was coming up. It was simply because I was just being in the moment.

We live our lives, waiting for things like success, money or a level of accomplishment that we forget to live in the now. How much time do we waste by just waiting to finally live?

Stop sleepwalking through life and wake up to the endless possibilities around you. Discover your talents, work your butt off, and appreciate all the little things in life.

So stop waiting on Friday to start enjoying your life. Start now. You’ll look back on your life in a year and realized how much living you’ve done!

Valentine’s Day. The dark side.

I’m going to tell you a secret. When I was in high school I hated Valentine’s Day. HATED. Not for what it represented, but for how it validated me. I was a shy introvert who preferred books to boys and hiding in the shadows to standing out. You see, while all the cheerleaders and popular girls got flowers, candy and balloons, I  never received a thing.  Year after year, the same thing. I even asked my mom to let me stay at home on February 14. She never let me.

Isn’t it funny how we let things and people validate us as a person. It’s not until we reach an age of adulthood where it doesn’t really matter so much what people think of us. It’s then we realize that the most important relationship we will ever have is  relationship with ourselves. So we really should LOVE ourselves. Right?

Ah, to go back in time and have a talk with my younger self. To tell her that high school is so fleeting and a lot of those relationships won’t matter in five or ten years. Better relationships will come along, some that last forever.  I’d also tell her how great she is, just as she is, and she should never try to please anyone but live for her destiny.

So this year, on Valentine’s Day, I’m going to love myself and treat myself to a lovely bottle of wine by the fire. I’ll count my blessings and I’ll reflect on how far I’ve come and how many more adventures I have left in me!

Found in the Quiet

I think I am a rare creature. You see, I love getting up early while it’s still dark out, before the house is awake and humming with activity. I love the peace that can only be found in the wee hours of the morning. It gives me time to go over my day, to reflect on the previous day and to be grateful for all the good things in my life. Sitting in front of a fire with a cup of hot coffee is my own personal heaven on earth. It’s my escape. What is something you do  every day just for yourself?

Halloween Blog Hop!!

halloween blog hop! Welcome everyone! It’s that time of year again! JoLynne Valerie’s Annual Halloween Blog Hop! My name is Jodi Vaughn and I am the author of the RISE OF THE ARKANSAS WEREWOLVES series. I’ve just released the fourth book, DARKSIDE OF THE MOON, a few weeks ago and am writing the fifth book as we speak! While you’re here, go check out my novels and what events I’ll be attending next! Let’s get started!! I’m thrilled to be participating in this year’s blog hop! So put up a chair, grab your favorite cup of cider and let’s have fun! I love Halloween. I love the cooler temps, the evening fires, and snuggling under a blanket. Most of all I love thinking back to when I was a child at this time of year. I grew up in the countryside of Mississippi and sometimes when my busy mother could manage, she would make my Halloween costume. Some favorites were Old Mother Hubbard (she even made me a bonnet) and Raggedy Ann (this was the only time she let me dye my hair and yes it was red!). I also remember my dad making popcorn balls from scratch to hand out to the trick-or-treaters when we were running low on candy! There is just something special about a homemade gift. So when my son was little I wanted to make something for him for Halloween. Before I started writing full time, I used to quilt. So for Halloween one year I made my son a quilt with his handprints. I turned his handprints upside down in each quilt block so they looked like ghosts. I even added some fabric that looked like cobwebs for windows. Every year I pull out that quilt and display it. Check it out below!! ****Giveaway alert***** I’m giving a signed copy of DARKSIDE OF THE MOON to one lucky reader. All you have to do is leave me a comment below! So what are your favorite Halloween memories? 2015-10-26 13.52.30 2015-10-26 13.52.44 


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Angi Morgan Interview

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Interview Questions

1.)    When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

Always? There’s never been a time when I didn’t want to be one. Crayons to laptops later…it’s the best job ever.

2.)    Which author inspired you?

In the beginning there was ROSMARY ROGERS & KATHLEEN WOODIWISS. Then and always NORA!! But I found my voice and style after reading Suzanne Brockmann.

3.)    What has been the best piece of advice you ever received for your writing career?

That not everyone would like my stories. But even an intense DISLIKE meant that my writing was connecting with the reader emotionally.

4.)    Where did you get the idea for this story?

I’ve always wanted to write some kickass heroines that hold their own with the heroes. The BODYGUARDS IN HEELS series was a spur of the moment inspiration. HIT & RUN HALLIE has been a difficult writing experience. Building a new world for my agency is an adventure that I’m glad is behind me. Coming back to this world in the series is going to be very fun.

5.)    What’s your writing schedule like?

Write. Write. Write. Edit. Suffer a lot of anguish. Edit. Write. Write. Write. Repeat.

6.)    Who would you cast to play your hero and heroine in an adaptation of your story?

For HIT & RUN HALLIE… I might as well shoot for the moon. Hallie would be Jennifer Lawrence and Gage would be Chris Pine.

7.)    What’s one thing about you that would surprise readers?

I’m not sure I have any secrets any more. Is it surprising to know that my fingers THINK faster than my mind? I love it when I’m completely surprised by the words that get on the page.

8.)    What’s your favorite quotation?

“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” ~Dr. Suess

9.)    What’s a fact most people couldn’t guess about you?

I umpired girls fastpitch softball for fifteen years.

10.)  Where can readers find you in the next six months?

Wow. That’s so far in the future. Seriously, track me on Facebook and you’ll find me every day.

 

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BODYGUARDS IN HEELS: Hit & Run Hallie

“Gage Owens, please.”

The maître d’ didn’t say a word, just scooped up a menu and preceded her, weaving through the close tables. All too quickly, he pulled her chair away from the table and a pair of deep-green eyes she’d never wanted to see again smiled up at her.

“Hallie. Glad you could make it.” Gage stood and leaned in for a welcome kiss.

At the last moment she remembered their breakup and his pucker connected with air as she turned her cheek at the last minute. “I thought you were bringing a client. Is this just a ploy to see me while you’re in town?” She tried to smile, but he wasn’t offering much encouragement.

He hadn’t changed in the past two years, making her wonder if she had that much. He oozed the impression of a fit man under thirty. It didn’t take much imagination too picture just how fit–especially after their relationship. With the tone muscles of a swimmer and a light brushing of blondish brown hair covering his chest, he…

No doubt about it. She didn’t need to dwell on how great looking. It was just another fact of life she needed to accept and move forward.

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IF YOU COULD ASK AN AUTHOR ANYTHING … Well, go for it!

Guest Author, Jax Cassidy

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When did you know you wanted to be a writer? I’ve always loved the art of storytelling since I was able to write. I filled dozens of art pads and notebooks up with my fairytales. I didn’t seriously attempt to write a novel until I was about twelve or thirteen.

Which author inspire(d) you? I actually have three authors that were pivotal in my decision to become an author. The first time I picked up a Harlequin category, it was Satan’s Master by Carole Mortimer, and it was like I’d discovered a portal into a magical world of romance. I think I made trips to the library every week to grab as many books as possible. That’s when I fell in love with Jude Deveraux’s Highland series, but it wasn’t until I was in my early 30s before I read Nora Roberts. That was a game changer for me. I was so impressed by her strong female heroines and storytelling that I knew writing romance was what I should be doing.

What has been the best piece of advice you ever received for your writing career? I was a journalism major at the time, and I had the honor of meeting Dr. Maya Angelou. She told me that any dream was obtainable with hard work and determination. All I needed to do was face my fears and dive straight in. The fearless ones, the resilient ones would rise to the top?and I can do all that without losing myself in the process. Those words were so eloquently said that I’ve always carried it in my heart.

Where did you get the idea for this story? I’ve worked briefly in the music industry and have always been fascinated with anything dealing with the arts. I’ve met many interesting people who have pursued music as a career and either have done amazingly well or fail dismally. In ALL OF ME, I wanted to write a love story that was set in the world of music because it’s something I’ve always wanted to do.

What’s your writing schedule like? I don’t have a set writing schedule because my life is so hectic. It’s easy for me to escape and write. I crank up the music and either I’m all in or I power down on days I can’t get the right flow. It’s useless to sit there staring at a blank screen so I do something else and that will inspire me to open my Word doc right back up.

Who would you cast to play your hero and heroine in an adaptation of your story? I don’t really imagine any specific actors in the roles when I create my stories. I get some inspiration from celebrity photos but I’m afraid it too difficult to narrow down who would fit the personality of characters in my head.

What’s one thing about you that would surprise readers? That’s a trick question, right? I guess it would be that I used to be a child actor. But that’s for another time.

What’s your favorite quotation?  “If you’re going through hell, keep going”Winston Churchill

What’s a fact most people couldn’t guess about you? I’ve worked in almost every industry you can imagine before I figured out my career path. Artist, actor, lyricists, personal assistant to millionaires, journalist, bartender to server in a sushi bar. Just to name a few. I’ve done it all.

Where can readers find you in the next six months?  In 2015, I’ll be attending Coastal Magic Convention in February and the RWA National Conference. There’s a possibility I’ll attend RT and maybe a few smaller conferences.

Links to Jax Cassidy’s Online World
www.jaxcassidy.com

www.facebook.com/AuthorJaxCassidy

www.twitter.com/jaxcassidy

Please enjoy this excerpt from:

AllOfMe_600Wesley Stark was all charm swathed in darkness…

He had everything and wanted for nothing.
I possessed nothing and desired everything.

We were two fractured souls thrown together by circumstance. Our attraction consumed us.
An insatiable addiction that lasted beyond our temporary arrangement.

He called me his muse…the air he needed to breathe.
And Wesley…he was the antidote that soothed the poison from my past.

Our worlds didn’t connect.
Our differences played on our insecurities.
Yet, when we touched…something transformed inside of us.
Slowly healing us.

Was this undeniable bond enough to keep us together, when others wanted us apart?

About Our Guest Author

Jax Cassidy followed her dreams to Paris, then Hollywood to pursue a film career but managed to fall in love with penning sexy romances and happy endings. She writes contemporary, paranormal, & young/new adult romances. She is Co-Founder of Romance Divas, an award winning writer’s website and discussion forum. Jax is also known as one-half of the retired writing team of Cassidy Kent. She is represented by Roberta Brown of the Brown Literary Agency.

Exciting News! Images Eternal Cover Revealed!

I am so excited to share this wonderful news from fellow author Toni DeckerImages Eternal is the first book in The Shoalman Chronicles, and it will be available for purchase September 15th.

How about a preview? Read on!

The blood of a Guardian, the heart of an artist, no one can hide the truth from Amanda Hayworth. Focusing her visions through her camera lens, she reveals secrets no one plans to expose, even her own. To protect herself, Mandy hides her ability in plain sight, photographing local bands and showcasing the dramatic images on her website. Most bands beg for a feature article. But the new lead singer of one particular up and coming band isn’t like anyone she’s ever met. Lucien entangles her with his mystery and makes Mandy want things she’s never wanted before—strings.
Lucien Solvak has to impress an influential music blogger whose promotion could skyrocket his new band to stardom or flush them straight into the gutters. But the moment Mandy aims her camera his direction, he fears the images will expose his ties to the immortal he’s sworn to protect and destroy his one chance to live out his musical dream. Hiding from her camera is tough enough. Denying his growing feelings becomes an impossible feat, forcing Lucien to choose between oaths as a Guardian, his rock-star dreams, and the girl he wants.
Secrets define them. Lucien’s bind him to silence; Mandy’s bring her nothing but pain and disappointment. Only when they focus on what’s behind the images can they embrace their secrets for what they are—truth

And now, a look at that beautiful cover:

Images Eternal CoverWasn’t that wonderful? I can’t wait for more…so I’m marking my calendar for September 15th, and I bet you will too. AND you can look for Shoalman Immortal, book two in The Shoalman Chronicles in January 2015.

Also, for a special treat, check out the blog post by amazing Cover Designer, Sharon Carpenter, on the behind the scenes look at the cover design.

Author Bios:
Who is Toni Decker?
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Two authors telling one sizzling story after another about twenty-somethings getting along in their own crazy, fantastical worlds. Both women are wives and mothers, sharing brain cells and characters as if they only exist with the other.
Toni, one half of the Toni Decker brain, is an avid reader of all things Young and New Adult while Kira, the Decker half of Toni Decker brain, devours fantasy for midnight snacks.
Co-writing together, we leave it up to the readers to guess who writes which character *grin*

Contact Info:
You can chat with both Toni and Kira on a variety of social media. They love talking books, writing and life in general.
Twitter: @ToniPicker & @KiraDecker and stay tuned to @ToniDeckerBooks for more updates and teasers for the upcoming release.
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Guest Author, Mary Behre

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I’m so excited to have my friend, and fellow author, Mary Behre on my blog today! She’s here to talk about her second novel, GUARDED!

Hi Mary!!

Guarded—A sneak peek into the second Tidewater novel.

Hi Jodi! Thank you for having me as a guest on your blog. My name is Mary Behre and I write paranormal romantic suspense. Guarded, which released August 5th is the second book in the Tidewater series. These stories are filled with humor, suspense, and a psychic love-connection.

The hero of the story is Devon Jones. Dev is a police detective with the Tidewater PD. We first met Dev in Spirited where he was assigned to the burglary division. At that time, he was afforded the chance to work on his first homicide case when his theft case turned to murder. In the beginning of book two, Dev is still pumped from the success of having solved a series of jewelry heist cases and three murders.

In Guarded, Dev is asked to consult on the strange case of disappearing zoo animals by his former college crush, Shelley Morgan. Shelley is now a veterinarian in a small town just outside of Tidewater. The moment the two see each other again, the sparks fly.

Dev isn’t your typical alpha hero. He is confident in his role as a police detective but the moment he sees Shelley, he’s clumsy and a bit shy. But he’s always brilliant. He also knows and easily accepts that Shelley has a crift—a cursed gift. She’s crifted with the ability to talk to the animals. This can lead to some pretty unusual situations—like a scene with an attack ferret. Yes, you read that right.

A great deal of research went into this story. For the past two years, I’ve attended the Writer’s Police Academy in North Carolina. While there, I grilled the chief of police of a parish in Louisiana to make sure what Dev did in the story to help Shelley fell within the guidelines of plausible deniability.

I also emailed a veterinarian about some of the animal aspects of the story. Despite Shelley being an animal whisperer, there were small details that I couldn’t afford to overlook—like whether or not a vet would call Golden Lion Tamarins monkeys. (Yes, they do call them that.)

Also, Shelley sees Dev’s aura, much like Jules did with Seth in the first book. I actually keep an aura chart with my laptop at all times and use it as a reference. Several weeks of research and a trip to a local psychic helped me stay true to the psychic ability.

This book was fun to write and I really love this series. I hope you enjoy it too.

GuardedBlurb:
A psychic veterinarian who can talk to everything from naked mole rats to ferrets, stumbles onto an exotic animal kidnapping ring. When a zoo owner is murdered and all signs point to the vet as the killer, she enlists the aid of her super sexy cop friend.
Will he be able to help her clear her name before he’s forced to arrest her?

Here’s an excerpt of Guarded (A Tidewater Novel #2)

“Dev, the last time Jules and I saw each other—”
“You were both children.” Dev scooted closer to her on the couch and took her hands in his. “I don’t know everything about what went on with you two, but I remember enough to know the last time you saw her was hard. On both of you. Shells, give her a chance. I’ve gotten to know her. She’s a great person. A lot like you. And I know she misses you.”
“She does?” There was no missing the doubt and confusion in her eyes.
“She does.” He nodded. “Give yourself a chance. You deserve to know your family. Take it from someone who will never get an opportunity like this. What you have here is a gift. Grab it with both hands, Shells.”
The touch of her cool, delicate hands between his much larger ones sent a jolt of awareness through his body. From the way her eyes widened, she must have felt it too.
Shelley sucked in the right corner of her bottom lip. The sight of it thundered straight to his tightening groin. “All right. I’ll go with you to Tidewater, tomorrow. But that ocean view had better be spectacular,” she joked.
“Satisfaction guaranteed.”
“Thanks, Dev.” She beamed at him, then cleared her throat and pulled free from his touch. “Your girlfriend is one lucky woman.”
“Shelley, that relationship ended a long time ago. I . . . uh, don’t have a girlfriend.”
“You broke up? I’m sorry to hear that.” But the smile on her face and the dilation of her pupils belied that statement. She licked her lips and leaned closer to him. Her soft fingers entwined with his rougher ones again. “Really sorry.”
Awareness rocketed through him.
“Don’t be. I’m not.” And, oh God, her lips were right there. The scent of Shells, vanilla and sugar, teased his senses. His mouth watered for just a taste. Dev craved a taste of her, just a sample. Slowly, giving her time to pull back, he lowered his head.

Thank you again for having me on your blog, Jodi.

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Mary Behre is the author of The Tidewater Series. Stories with humor, suspense, and a psychic love-connection. Her debut novel, SPIRITED (Tidewater Novel #1) was an award-winning manuscript before it sold to Berkley Sensation. GUARDED (Tidewater Novel #2), is already receiving praise from reviewers and readers.

The Tidewater Series features three sisters separated years before in the foster care system. They search for love, each other, and a way to live with their psychic abilities. In each book, they’re tossed into the middle of mysteries that only their unique gifts can help solve.

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Email: mary@marybehre.com

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Upcoming Events

I’m back from the RWA convention in San Antonio, Texas! I always feel recharged when  after being around other authors and this time was no different.

Upcoming Events and book signings! Mark them on your calender!

Authors After Dark -August 7-10 Charlotte, NC at the Westin

Dragon Con – August 29-September 1

Sweet Tea and Chocolate Cake reader luncheon – November 8 ( My table is sold out, but you can still find me at the book signing afterwards)

As of right now, I’m working to get my paranormal romance series released the beginning of 2015. I also have a sexy small town series that will be coming out in 2015 as well!

Summer Memories

I wandered through the farmer’s market today looking for one very specific item . Blackberries. Apparently everyone  else wanted them as well because they were gone.

Blackberries.

Blackberries remind me of sweltering summers in Mississippi where my mom would make blackberry soup out of berries and milk and sugar.  Blackberries remind me of my childhood spent outdoors, lost in make-believe worlds and fairy tales and that dreams were possible. Blackberries reminded me of  a simpler time when worries, heartache and reality was not even a factor in my head.

What are some of your fondest summer memories?