Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Ebooks outsell Paper on Amazon

Yes, you read correctly. ^-^ As a writer of ebooks, this announcement filled me with great joy. I think it's only a matter of time for the same to happen at B&N as their Nooks are yet to be shipped (which by the way sold out from what I've been told). Gotta love what all these ereaders are doing for the business.

Read the entire article here - http://www.sphere.com/nation/article/amazon-says-e-books-oustold-paper-books-on-christmas/19295962

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Just wishing everyone a Merry Christmas! I hope all are well and spending a wonderful day with your loved ones. I know I'll be napping as the kids (husband included) had me up before 6am *sigh* and it's a rainy day, which makes it a day to snuggle up with a good book and relax. Stay safe!



Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Tantalizing Tuesday

3 more days until Christmas. Now, if only THIS was under the tree. ^-^

Monday, December 21, 2009

Giveaway at Slash & Burn

Today is my turn at Slash & Burn's Naughty Stocking Stuffers giveaway.
So make your way over and leave a comment to be entered for a chance to win two of my Christmas themed e-books.

http://slash-and-burn.blogspot.com/

Friday, December 18, 2009

Fantasy Friday


My son drew this for me for my first dragon character in my Dragon Riders series. Gotta admit, that she's a lot of fun to write. :)

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Phaze's Holiday Sale

Who doesn't like good sales, especially just in time for Christmas?

Phaze is running a special discount for the holidays.
Enter the discount code SANTA when you check out and receive 20% off your entire order.
Sale runs through New Years Day, January 1, 2010, so don't delay.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Naughty Stocking Stuffers contests

The M/M blog, Slash and Burn, that I post on is holding some Naughty Stocking Stuffers contests on a variety of days. Just visit the blog and keep an eye out for the picture below in that day's post. My own contest will be held next Monday on the 21st. Just in time for Christmas. ^-^ So make sure you swing by and join in the fun we're having.
http://slash-and-burn.blogspot.com/


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Tantalizing Tuesday


*drool* Wanna untangle those lights?
Who does too much often does little. ~ Italian Proverb (Be more focused)

Friday, December 11, 2009

Fantasy Friday


Everyone have a great and safe weekend!

Put ideas to the test.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

What are you reading Wednesday!

It's been a while since I did this, so now is a good time as any. ^-^

What are YOU reading right now?
Got any recommendations? A gotta read story? Let me know.

I'm reading:
The Christmas Sweater by Glen Beck

But I just got done reading:
Broken Bounderies by Evangeline Anderson (M/M)
To Hate and to Hold by Dakota Rebel (M/M)

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Tantalizing Tuesday


Just something to heat up those cold days. ;)
Have a wonderful week!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Fantasy Friday and belated Happy Thanksgiving!


I hope everyone had a safe and blessed Thanksgiving. I had family over and ate too much food. I didn't even get on the net yesterday, which is unusual for me. Today I spent the day getting my Christmas tree up and the inside decorations. Tomorrow is outside decoration day and some more family is coming to stay the night with us. So, it's a busy weekend for me!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Tantalizing Tuesday

I love me a bit of Drew Fuller. *drool*

Friday, November 13, 2009

Fantasy Friday


What a tattoo. But it does give me ideas for a Dragon Rider character. :)
Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Tantalizing Tuesday

Sorry about this being posted so late, but I've spent the day painting my kids' room. *sigh* Now I know why I haven't painted in so long. lol
Have a wonderful week!

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Giveaway Winner...

First of all, thank you to all my readers and those who keep up with me. This hasn't been exactly a productive year in producing published works, but I have learned much on my journey. Thanks for hanging in there with me.

Now, for the reason you've checked this blog.. :) The winner (randomly drawn) to my "Hallowen" giveaway is...

Karrie M.

You will be receiving an email from me.

Again, thank you to all who took the time to enter. I saw some very interesting and creative photos and intriguing descriptions of costumes (Amy, that costume you helped your daughter with sounds amazing!! and Mindy, I laughed at the witch dr. joke ) I enjoyed the effort of everyone sharing a favorite memory or costume.

Everyone have a wonderful month. I'm trying to do NaNo (National Novel Writing Month) and actually finish a project to two - whoo hoo!)

Friday, November 06, 2009

Fantasy Friday


I'll be posting the winner to my giveaway tomorrow. So check back and have a great weekend!!

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Giveaway extension...

Due to internet difficulties, I was unable to get the word out properly, so I'm extending the deadline of my giveaway to Friday at Midnight EST.

Don't delay. Got a box full of goodies and books that's taking up space I need. ;)

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween and the start of a Giveaway!

I hope everyone has a safe and fun Halloween.
I miss the whole trick or treating thing and there was no party for me to attend this year *sigh* However, we went to Howl-O-Scream (at Busch Gardens, Tampa) last week and had a blast in the haunted houses! Loved seeing my boys scared. *evil laugh*
I meant to do this earlier this week, but getting multiple root canals done and life in general kind up mess up my plans... So I'm going to start this giveaway now, today and extend it to Wednesday Nov 4th.
I'll make it easy to be entered. Just email me a favorite costume or Halloween tradition between now and Midnight EST on Wed. Your name will be entered for random drawing.
The prize? A box of goodies, including a variety of books (however many the box will hold :D ).
Note: The goodie box is for US residents only. If the winner is outside the US, they will be eligible for an alternate prize.
So don't hesitate to send me an email at marty@martyrayne.com

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Tantalizing Tuesday


It's still hot here in Florida. They are saying it will be 90 degrees on Halloween. So I thought I'd throw out a beach pic today. :P
Have a great week!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Technical difficulties...

Sorry, due to circumstances out of my control, my interview hasn't been posted at The Sweet Flag blog as of yet. So the giveaway is on hold. As soon as things get worked out I'll let you know.
Meanwhile, make sure you check back next week. Going to have a special giveaway for my readers starting on Monday.
Have a great weekend.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Interviews and a giveaway...

I realized yesterday that there was a lag in my Tantalizing Tuesdays and Fantasy Fridays. Sorry. I thought I had them done in advance (as I apparently wrote on my calendar) but come to find out I wrote the note a bit prematurely. My deepest apologies! I'll try to do much better. ^-^

Okay, on to some news. Sometime today an interview will be posted over at The Sweet Flag Blog (owned by my dear friend Jeanne Barrack) featuring ... ME! I'm also running a giveaway, so make sure you stop by and take a look and leave a comment to enter. You might actually learn something about me too. ;)

Also, don't forget that I'm also one of Featured Members at The Romance Studio's newest venture- The Rainbow Studio (Just for GLBT fiction). I've got an interview posted there along with some information on my latest book.
http://theromancestudio.com/rainbow/who7.php

Also, I'm planning on running another giveaway next week in celebration of Halloween. So stay tuned...

Have a wonderful night. I'm off to Hallo-Scream with the family tonight to enjoy some scares in haunted houses and the roller coasters (at Busch Gardens).

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Tantalizing Tuesday


Hmmm, should we save him? ;)

Friday, October 09, 2009

Fantasy Friday


I'm off having a romantic getaway with husband. I hope you all have a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Never Too Late reviewed by JERR

Never Too Late was given 4.5 stars from Just Erotic Romance Reviews (JERR)!

The entire review can be found in the JERR newsletter, issue #159
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/justeroticromancereviewsnewsletter/message/487

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Sunday, October 04, 2009

We all need a laugh sometimes...

A laugh to brighten your day...

A retired corporate executive decided to take a vacation. He booked himself on a Caribbean cruise and proceeded to have the time of his life...until the boat sank!

He found himself on an island with no other people, no supplies, nothing,only bananas and coconuts. After about four months, he is lying on the beach one day, when the most gorgeous woman he has ever seen rows up to the shore. In disbelief, he asks her, "Where did you come from? How did you get here?"

She replies, "I rowed from the other side of the island. I landed here when my cruise ship sank."

"Amazing," he says. "You were really lucky to have a row boat wash up withyou."

"Oh, this?" replies the woman. "I made the boat out of raw material I found on the island. The oars were whittled from gum tree branches. I wove the bottom from palm branch and the sides and stern came from a Eucalyptustree."

"But, where did you get the tools?"

"Oh, that was no problem," replied the woman. "On the south side of the island, a very unusual stratum of alluvial rock is exposed. I found if I fired it to a certain temperature in my kiln, it melted into forgeable, ductile iron. I used that for tools and used the tools to make the hardware."

The guy is stunned.

"Let's row over to my place," she says. After a few hours of rowing, she docks the boat at a small wharf.

As the man looks to shore, he nearly falls out off the boat. Before him is a stone walk leading to an exquisite bungalow painted in blue and white.While the woman ties up the rowboat with an expertly woven hemp rope, the man can only stare ahead, dumb struck.

As they walk into the house, she says casually, "It's not much, but I call it home. Sit down, please. Would you like a drink?"

"No. No, thank you," he says, still dazed. "Can't take any more coconut juice."

"It's not coconut juice," the woman replies. "I have a still. How about aPina Colada?"

Trying to hide his continued amazement, the man accepts, and they sit down on her couch to talk. After they have exchanged their stories, the woman announces, "I'm going to slip into something more comfortable. Would you like to take a shower and shave? There is a razor upstairs in the bathroom cabinet."

No longer questioning anything, the man goes into the bathroom. There, in the cabinet, is a razor made from a bone handle. Two shells honed to ahollow ground edge are fastened on to its end inside a swivel mechanism."This woman is amazing," he muses. "What next?"

When he returns, she greets him wearing nothing but vines and flowers strategically positioned, and smelling of gardenias. She beckons for him to sit down next to her! . "Tell me," she begins suggestively, slithering closer to him, "We've been out here for a really long time. You've been lonely. There's something I'm sure you really feel like doing right now, something you've been longing for all these months?" She stares into his eyes and takes his hand in hers...

He can't believe what he's hearing. He swallows excitedly, tears start to form in his eyes, and he says, "You mean... I can check my e-mail from here?"

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

What are you reading Wednesday!

Good morning everyone! I've been busy with dentist appointments for the family this week *eek* and several other "house wifely" duties *sigh* that just never seems to be done, but it's been a while since I've done a "What are you reading".

I'm currently engrossed in Megan Hart's Stranger.

So tell me what reading material has kept you intrigued lately. Any suggestions as to what to read next since I'm almost done with this book? Let me know...

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Friday, September 25, 2009

Fantasy Friday

Talk about the big bad wolf.
Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Tantalizing Tuesday

Denim, open shirt, rock-hard chest/abs, and that look...Can it get any better?


Friday, September 18, 2009

Fantasy Friday


Have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Tantalizing Tuesday


No words neccessary. *sigh*

Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be fish. ~ Ovid (Be alert for opportunity.)

Friday, September 11, 2009

Fantasy Friday



A picture by Paul Youll that reminds me of my Dragon Riders world. In fact, except for one not being white, this really inspires book #3.


Chance never helps those who do not help themselves. ~ Sophocles (Act and give yourself that chance.)

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Never Too Late gets 4.5 Nymphs

from Literary Nymphs Reviews!! This review really made my day. ^-^
"Marty Rayne delivers a story that is entertaining, while it delves into social situations that are far from light subject matter. " ~ Scandalous Minx

To read the full review - http://literarynymphsreviewsonly.blogspot.com/2009/08/never-too-late.html?zx=c1d572ef725770fa

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Tantalizing Tuesday


Yum! Another reason to celebrate school. ;)
Never repent a good action. ~ Danish proverb (Do what you feel is right and helpful.)

Friday, September 04, 2009

Back to School Giveaway Winner!!!

Congratulations to Brenda!
Her name was randomly chosen and will receive a PDF copy of Never Too Late.

Thank you to all that entered. I hope you all get to enjoy some more reading time and working time now that the young'uns are off to school. :)

Fantasy Friday


My friend, Steph, introduced me to a couple of artists who's graphics were like walking into my Dragon Rider world of Ketall. They are amazing - Paul and Stephen Youll. I can't find the links to their work, but I'm sure if you Google them, they will come up. :)
I'll also make another post later tonight to announce the winner to my back-to-school giveaway. Good luck!
Be definite in your aim.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

"Back to school" giveaway

Well, it's that time of year again. School has started. This year, my children are actually going to a Charter school rather than homeschooling like last year. This had me celebrating as I thought I'd have more time to write or do the dreaded housework without interruptions. *ppft* Riiiiight.
It's week two of school and now my husband is off all week. He's as bad as my teenagers. LOL But hey, at least I'm getting a date night and some time away from the house out of it. ^-^

Anyway, this has led me to give my readers a chance to win my latest release, Never Too Late.

It's real easy. Just drop a note here, saying hi or what do you have planned now that school has started again. A name will be randomly drawn and the winner will receive a copy of Never Too Late.

Deadline: Friday 9/4 by 9pm EST

Good Luck!

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Tantalizing Tuesday

*Drool* Do you see those eyes?? Wow!!!

Rather light a candle than complain about darkness. ~ Chinese proverb (Take constructive action)

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Tantalizing Tuesday


Mmmm...look at those arms. And the tattoo is lickable too. ;)
Do not hang up all on one nail. ~ German Proverb (Take precautions)

Friday, August 14, 2009

Fantasy Friday


Hmmm, she looks like a kick-ass heroine in a book. Might be inspiring. ^-^
Have a great weekend!!!

Act to make it happen.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Contest Winner!

Congratulations to Chris J. who has won the box of books and goodies.

And a special thanks to all who entered.

I'll be giving away a copy of Never Too Late in a couple of weeks in a "back to school: giveaway. So stay tuned. :)

Have a great weekend!


Calm reflection and deliberatin will resolve much.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Tantalizing Tuesday


Believe it or not, Football pre-season has begun. Let the drooling begin!
Avoid distraction onto lesser matters.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Loose Id's Hot Hooks Contest!

Take a look at the contest that Loose Id is doing. Give it a try if you've been looking at the company to submit to.




Friday, August 07, 2009

Fantasy Friday


I hope you all have a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Contest and Never Too Late excerpt

Those who know me know that I always have a contest with a release. This month is no exception.

The Prize: A box full of books and goodies I received from the Romantic Times Convention.

NOTE: This prize if only for United States residents. If the winner lives outside of the US, the prize will be replaced by an e-book of winner’s choice.

What do you have to do: Send me an email with the answer to the question below to marty@martyrayne.com (marty AT martyrayne DOT com) Make sure that “NTL Contest” is in the subject line.

Question: The main character for Never Too Late is Dakota Knight. Which book was he first introduced? (hint: Answer on the front page of my website)

Bonus question for an extra chance to win: In the book Dakota was introduced in, what dish did he cook for Nate and Kyle?

All participate's names will be placed in a hat on Wed, Aug 12th and a name will be drawn at random. So make sure you get your entries in by midnight (EST time) on Aug. 11th.

Excerpt:
Dakota watched Brice fidget in his seat, and felt the sudden tension sizzle the air. He found the young man intriguing as well as tantalizingly handsome. Brice’s relationship with Winter interested him, and he wondered why he’d never met or heard about the kid before today, especially since he and Winter appeared to be quite close.

“What do you do, Brice?”

“Do?” He appeared shocked at the question. “Oh, you mean my job?”

Dakota raised his brow and tried not to laugh at the young man’s obvious edginess.

“I’m a massage therapist.”

That got Dakota’s attention. Lowering his gaze to Brice’s hands, he noticed how soft-looking they were. No calluses or cuts were visible. No signs that he did manual labor.

“You any good?”

This question caused Brice to choke on his food. Dakota watched without expression, gauging the reaction.

“Let’s just say that I have no trouble filling in forty hours of work in a week.”

“Tell me about your business. Is it just you? Do you specialize in a particular modality? Do you make home visits?” He took a bite of food as he waited an answer.

Brice stared at him for a moment, making Dakota a bit uncomfortable at the scrutiny. Amazing how after all this time at this job, he still disliked being the center of attention.

“You know a lot about massage therapy?”

“I’ve picked up some skill here and there.” He shrugged nonchalantly. Brice didn’t have to know that with his rates, he dealt mostly with the filthy rich who could afford private massage therapists. He’d looked into it and socialized with therapists to learn effective techniques to use on his clients. It never hurt to learn new tricks when the opportunity presented itself.

Brice sipped his wine. “I have a business with two other LMTs, and I work in a building near the hospital. I offer a variety of modalities, but my favorite is therapeutic massage.” He picked at his food while he spoke, pushing a piece of shrimp around in the rice. “I do some home visits. Got a couple of clients who pay me well for my time in the evening.” He met Dakota’s gaze. “I don’t think I have to ask if you’re any good at your profession.”

Dakota chuckled before speaking. “I’m retiring very comfortably at thirty-five. Not many people can say that.”

Taking a bite and chewing slowly, Brice nodded with agreement. “Hmm. Maybe you can become a chef. You’ve got a few more good years left.”

“Only a few?” Dakota’s lips twitched with a smile.

Brice felt his cheeks heat. “I didn’t mean to say you’re old. Just that…”

“Yes?” Dakota asked when his words dropped off.

“Never mind.” He laid his fork on the table, gulped the last of his wine, and pushed away to stand. He started to walk toward the bathroom. From the sudden blush to his cheeks, it was apparent that Brice was embarrassed. Over what, Dakota wasn’t quite sure.

“Brice.” Hearing his name stopped Brice, but he didn’t turn around. Though Dakota could have easily taken offence to the reference to his age, it truly didn’t bother him. He was well aware of the age difference between them.

Dakota ogled Brice’s back. Youth still clung to his body’s slender build. A couple of years of weight lifting could fill Brice out. But why should he care? He’d leave tomorrow and move on with his life, no longer subject to the whims of any client.

He stood and held out his hand. “Come here.”

Brice turned around but hesitated to move, and Dakota couldn’t blame him. However, he was hired to do a job. That’s what he needed to keep his mind focused on, not thinking too much about Brice’s insecurities or unlikely future possibilities.

When Brice finally approached him, his eyes were downcast and his movements slow. Unsure.

With confidence, Dakota grabbed his hand and dragged him to the bed. When they both kneeled on the mattress, Dakota leaned over and searched the bedside table drawer for what he needed. Winter had more than stocked up. There were a variety of condoms, all shapes, sizes, and styles; lubes galore; and some small sex toys, like vibrating eggs and dildos. An old childhood circus tune ran through his mind, only his version had different lyrics: Condoms and vibrators and lubes, oh my! Imagine marketing that to the public.

Shaking away the insane nonsense gathering in his head, Dakota turned back to his weekend client. He placed the paraphernalia within reach before lying back on the bed.

“Let’s see if there’s really any magic in those hands.”

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Tantalizing Tuesday - Never Too Late Cover


Today's Tantalizing Tuesday is the cover for today's release of my book, Never Too Late at Loose Id!!
I'll post an excerpt tomorrow. ^-^
To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan but also believe. ~ Anatole France (With greater purpose more can result.)

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Tantalizing Tuesday


*whew* I don't think that's cooling me off...how about you?
Be cautious, looking at the reasons behind any doubts.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Weekend Funny


I can't help but laugh at this because it's soooo like one of my sons. :D

Friday, July 24, 2009

Fantasy Friday


It's not midnight yet, so that means that it's still Friday! Had to do this manually *sigh* One day this will clear up for me.
Have a GREAT weekend!!!

He that never fails never grows rich. ~ Italian Proverb (Do not let setbacks prevent another try)

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Tantalizing Tuesday

*whew* It's really hot around here...in more ways than one. :P


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

What are you reading Wednesday!

It's been a couple of weeks and I have managed to read some here and there. I finished Michelle M Pillow's Space Pirate. Very good ending to the Var series. I'm looking forward to reading the other parts to her Space/Futuristic series. I also read Kitty and the Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn. Yes, I'll be reading the rest of the series once I get the other books. :) See, told you I'm such a series-ho!

I'm in the middle of A Fostered Love by Cameron Dane and today I bought Would-Be Witch by Kimberly Frost. I LOVE the cover.

So what are you reading? Any suggestions?


To suceed, make sure present actions are in line with aims.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Tantalizing Tuesday

Ugh!! My Friday posts haven't been coming through. I'm sorry, I guess I'll have to do it manually this week. Oh, and this is the second time doing this post today. *banging head on desk*

Was in a romantic mood. Think he can get you in the mood?

Be true to yourself. Follow your inclinations.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Tantalizing Tuesday

Not much for crotch rockers, but I'd climb on back with this one. *drool*

With greater clarity, more will happen.

Monday, July 06, 2009

My day to post at Slash and Burn

I've posted an excerpt from Never Too Late over on the Slash & Burn blog today. :) Stop by and check it out. I'll be posting more in the coming weeks between my newsletter and here.

Friday, July 03, 2009

Fantasy Friday


Have a great weekend!
Believe one who has tried it. ~ Virgil (Seek out those with experience)

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Relase date...

Aug. 4th is the release date for Never Too Late!
After my mini-vacation, I'll put together a newsletter and get some excerpts ready for everyone to read. Can't wait to see the cover either. ^-^

The will is everything. ~ Italian Proverb (Be determined)

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Tortured Heroes

I’ve noticed a trend as I look back at my favorite books. The one thing they all have in common…each has a tortured hero. I’ve also noticed that authors writing about tortured heroes are on a rise. Especially in the paranormal and historical romance genre.

I, myself, am learning to write more tortured characters and loving it!

But why do we (or I) love them? They usually start out the story as brooding, filled with attitude, and generally complete asses. But isn’t that what makes them interesting? Or maybe it’s the way they change as the plot goes along and they meet the heroine (or hero if you’re reading a m/m book). The change, from my perspective, is huge if the story is done correctly and not rushed.

However, there are other things that draw my attention to these poor characters. Whether they go through physical torture (my fave) or mental torture…or even both, the hero has an incredible strength to survive. Yes, they are many times imperfect and have crutches, like drugs, alcohol, or sex *hmmm, that one may not be so bad –wink *.

But these men have overcome adversity and survived, stronger even. Also, once they meet their “light” to their “dark” (is that from Christine Feehan’s Dark series?), they become very protective over what is “theirs”. The best part is that they find redemption in one form or another by the end of them book.

I like to think there are men outside of romance novels that carry many of those traits. I know my own DH says that I brought light to his world. That I’ve helped him become a better man. Does a crappy first marriage count for mental torture? So, see, I have hope that there are some really good men out in the world. Unfortunately, they are sometimes hard to find.

Okay, I’ve babbled more than most of my blog posts, but I thought I’d end with a list of some of my favorite tortured heroes – in no particular order.
Remember, I’m a series-ho so they are all from series that I’ve read through the years.

* Jacques from Christine Feehan’s Dark series – Dark Desire
He was locked away and starved by his enemies after being physically tortured.

* Tain from The Immortals series (Joy Nash, Robin T. Popp, etc.) – The Redeeming
Poor Tain was lured away from his brothers by a demon and tortured physically and mentally for 700 years. Can you imagine? I’d go a little nuts too.

*Zsadist from J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series – Lover Awakened
He was a blood slave to a sadistic bitch vamp for a long time (sorry, can’t remember the exact time frame) but it messed him up mentally and he bore the physical scars from his experience.

*Richard and Asher form Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series
Poor, dear Richard is mentally tortured by his indecisions when it comes to Anita. He can’t fight his desires/needs/connect to her, but also can’t seem to fully embrace his true self. Every book wears me out as much as it does Anita *sigh*.
Asher bears the physical scars of his past capture and torture when vampires weren’t well looked upon.

*Daegus MacKeltar from Karen Marie Moning’s Highlander series – The Dark Highlander
Daegus houses the 13 evil Druids inside of him, which he accepted to save his twin brother’s life. Okay, I have trouble with just my own brain inside my head, let along 13 others, lol.

*Ken Norton from Christine Feehan’s Game series – Deadly Game
Ken has both physical scars all over his body from being captured and tortured, and of course some mental difficulties from the experience.

*Reyes (Keeper of Pain) from Gena Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld series – Darkest Pleasure
Yes, all the LoU warriors are tortured because they each hold an evil deity inside of them, but Reyes was the one that really touched my heart so far. I’ve never seen the need to cut so strong, or to inflict pain upon oneself so powerful.

*The Paladins in Alexis Morgan’s Paladin series
Can you imagine being killed over and over and being brought back time and time again in order to protect the world? I’ll admit to needing to catch up on this series, but the first 3 books I read, each hero was equally tortured with their dilemma that they faced at being a Paladin.

*Acheron in Sherryl Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series
Last, but certainly not least, is Ash. That man *drool* is the ultimate tortured hero. If you haven’t read this book…it’s a MUST! It actually had me in tears several times and talk about yelling and muttering at the pages. Never done so much with another book.

I’ve found a website with more tortured heroes in a variety of genres if you’d like to see more. www.torturedheros.com

Who are your favorite tortured heroes? Why do you love them?

Do not wait for change. Do what you can now.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Tantalizing Tuesday


Do you think he needs help with that sunscreen?
Well, I'm off to Miami for a few days to take the boys to the zoo and to soak up some sun by a pool. Hope you all have a great week.
Prioritize and focus on the most important.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Treva Harte & Loose-Id in the Washington Post!

I had the great pleasure of having lunch one day with Treva Harte (who is one of the quad that owns Loose-id, so that makes her my boss *g* ) while we were at RT this year in Orlando. I found her very down to earth, friendly, and enjoyed the time to get to know her. Though I haven't met the other three of the owners in person, they've always been great about getting back and answering any questions I have. Which is why I love being with Loose-id so much...they have awesome people working there. ^-^

Anyway...The Washington Post had a great article about Treva and Loose-id. Take a moment and check it out.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/26/AR2009062602163.html

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Tantalizing Tuesday

Intense, huh? *drool*
The way of progress is neither swift nor easy. ~ Marie Curie (It is worth greater determination)

Friday, June 19, 2009

Fantasy Friday


Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Father's Day!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Tantalizing Tuesday


Feeling a bit kinky today - oh, to have him at my mercy. *drool*

The way of progress is neither swift nor easy. ~ Marie Curie (It is worth greater determination.)

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

What are you reading Wednesday!

Well, I was going to wait a week or so before doing another one of these, because I'm not always able to read a lot. However, this past week, I've been a reading fiend! Okay, I haven't read like 10 books or anything, but I've read more than usual as of late.

I'm still reading Vol 1 of Night World. I'm one of those people that can read 3 or 4 books at a time and still remember and keep track of what's going on in each one. I'm what I call a mood-reader. If something kind of slows for me or drops my interest, I move on to one of my other books. I guess I was in the mood for a bit more sex than a YA can give me, so I picked up my e-reader.

I'd gobbled down the first 3 books of the Immortal series (written by Jennifer Ashley, Robin T Popp, & Joy Nash) and had started the 4th book, but got distracted by completing my own book, edits, and everyday life stuff and other responsibilities.
The Gathering (about Hunter *drool*) hooked me right back in. I LOVED it - and Hunter, of course. However, I noticed that what really kept me intrigued with these books was the 5th Immortal Brother - Tain.
Did I ever tell everyone that I'm a series-whore?!? I absolutely adore series and HAVE to read them from the first book, preferably in order.
Well, back to Tain... Once I completed the 4th book, I just had to start #5 (The Redeeming) because that's the book about Tain. It took me a day to read it!!!
Ok, I'm such a sucker for a truly tortured Hero. While reading this book, it hit me that all my favorite books were where the hero had been physically tortured. But I've decided to do a blog post all its own on tortured heroes later this weekend. ^-^

I have book 6, 7, & 8 (I think) sitting here on my laptop, but I've decided to take a little break from that world.

So, I'm now reading Kidnapped for Christmas by Evangeline Anderson. If you've never read one of her books, go get one! She writes both m/f and m/m books. The Assignment (from Loose-Id) was the first e-book I ever read and inspired me to actually write and submit my own stories. :) I've got several of her latest releases, so I'll probably try to get some of them read.

I'm also toying with the idea of starting Pleasure Bound by Larissa Ione. I've got all 3 books to her Demonica series. (See, told you I was a series-whore LOL). I'm going out of town tomorrow for a couple of days for some sun and the beach and since I'm not one for salt water and more of a sunbather, I like to read. And I jut can't stand the thought of sand in my e-reader, so paperback will have to do ;)

So what are you reading this week??

Now, I'm off to finish edits to Never Too Late.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Friday, June 05, 2009

Fantasy Friday


Have a great weekend! And let's all follow the proverb below ^-^

A short rest is always good. ~ Danish Proverb (A break could benefit.)

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

What are you reading Wednesday!

Thinking of trying to generate some chatter so I thought I'd try an occassional "What are you reading?"

So tell me...what are you reading? It can be print or e-book. Romance or non-fiction. No matter to me and of course I'm always on the look out for good books to buy. ^-^

I personally just finished Michele Bardsley "I'm the Vampire, That's Why." This was the first of thise series that I read by her and I really enjoyed it. It had all sorts of conflict/drama and stuff happening all the time, not to mention great attraction between the two main characters. I really can't wait to read the rest of the series now.

Now, I've started Vol. 1 of the Night World series by LJ Smith. It's a YA paranormal book that includes 3 of her stories. I think there's a total of 3 books with 3 stories each. *shrug* I'm on the first story and so far it's not bad. Never read anything by her before, so it's a "new" author for me. :)

Are you reading anything interesting??? Enquiring minds want to know ;)

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Tantalizing Tuesday


Blogger is wigging out on me, deleting the post I made today with one I have scheduled for the 9th. *eek* Let's see if this one works *sigh*
One must have courage to dare. ~ Fyodor Dostoevsky (To realize, be bold.)

Friday, May 29, 2009

Fantasy Friday

Happy Friday!
Finished this round of edits for Never Too Late. *whew* Now perhaps I can work on my other WIPs this weekend. :)

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Tantalizing Tuesday

Advanced blog posts saved my visitors from having to come and see no posts the past couple of weeks as my laptop crashed and I struggled to get everything back going again. I learned an important lesson of printing out stuff more and to save all my files (on my external hard drive) at least once a week rather than once a month or so. :( Still picking up some pieces here and there, so the updates to the blog and my site will have to wait until next week *sigh* But not a lot of news going on. Just working edits for Never Too Late and trying to get my muse back in gear.

Have a wonderful week!
Oh, and can someone send me one of those above for some stress relief? ;)
Keep things in perspective.