Monday, June 29, 2015

Hello!



Well it has been quite a while since I’ve posted a blog and I do apologize for that! But my only excuse, if any, is that life happens and gets pretty busy. Like everyone else I have my “day job”, combined with running a household and making time for family and friends. Add to that some pretty stressful personal things and it has all left me with little time to focus on the things I really enjoy and want to get accomplished.


But I’m happy to report that I’m hoping that at least the “stressful” part of what’s been going on is behind me. Now it’s time to get back to writing, getting those books out, and enjoying doing some crafts and scrapbooking. And heck, somewhere in all that I swear there will also be time for reading, which I’ve missed greatly. I’m not sure how I’ll do it all, but I will! And I promise to keep you all in the loop and share what I’m up to, even the boring stuff, lol.


First let’s talk about my writing…

So, I’ve been working on getting all my short stories into print! Oh, Deer is available on Amazon and When It Leaves and Garland & Lights will be available shortly…I’m just waiting on the proofs to get here and then approve them if all looks great.







I’ve also revamped the e-Book copies and I think they really turned out nice! Check out the “look inside” of each book and let me know what you think.




I’m in the process of going through Words of an Angel and making some changes to the interior there as well. When I decided to be an indie author, I have to admit I had little knowledge of how or what I could do in regards to the books. It’s been a lot of trial and error, but a learning process that’s been worth it! I want to give the readers the best story and the best book I possibly can. 





I’ve also been trying to wrap up Whispering Breezes and getting it out there. It’s long overdue.




And I’m here to tell ya that the characters from my other WIP’s are jumping up and down wanting attention too! It feels damn good to be excited about being back and doing what I love!

I’m hoping to have a few new releases before years end. That’s my goal anyway!

So I’ll leave you with that for now and this week I’ll post on what else I’ve been up to!

Until then…enjoy!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

FREE for Valentine's Day





Do you believe in Angels?

After losing her job at the local newspaper, Rayanne Bradley finally had the time to reach for one of her dreams—writing a book. What should have been an easy task ends up getting off to a slow start, until the day her muse shows up. Now, whenever the masculine scent of musk mysteriously fills the air, her thoughts flow freely as she types them into what will become her book. As the manuscript unfolds, the mystery deepens and becomes entangled with coincidences. Could this be real? Had she met the long haired, sexy, man of her dreams? Could she believe and trust the words of an angel? ~♥♥~ Ecanus fell in love with the beautiful mortal the moment he saw her. His dilemma and inner struggles began when she chose to become a writer. Never during all his existence had he developed feelings towards anyone who asked for his help. But she was different. For the first time he was faced with choosing between an eternity of having everything, or having everything he’d always dreamed about. Now only one question remained…would he give up heaven, for heaven on Earth?






“Rayanne, I really want to thank you for this evening. I haven’t had such a wonderful night since I moved here,” he said after the waitress left their table.
“I have to agree with you, I’ve really enjoyed myself tonight.” She took another sip from her glass, then placed it back on the table. She was totally surprised when Caliban reached for her hand once it was free from holding the steam-ware. Shivers shot through her as she felt the warmth of his fingers on top of hers, his thumb lightly caressing the crease of her palm.
“There’s just one more thing I want to do before we call it a night,” he said with his deep, masculine voice.
Rayanne tilted her head to the side and looked at him quizzically. “And what would that be, Mr. Tempest?” She watched as he rose from his seat and stood at the side of the table, never letting go of her hand.
“I want to dance with you. Please, would you do me the honor?”
Rayanne couldn’t help but softly chuckle. “Are you serious? Here…now?” She’d never seen anyone ever get up and dance in the restaurant any of the times she’d been there. It just wasn’t that kind of place.
“I’m very serious,” he replied as he lifted her hand, gently tugging, persuading her to her feet. Still holding on to her hand, not giving her a chance to say no, he guided her a few feet away from their table where there was a small clearing. He turned and winked at her, pulling her closer into his embrace so they could dance.
Rayanne didn’t protest. She looked around and saw that the restaurant was practically empty, but saw that the few remaining customers and staff were all now watching them. She could only assume that they had to be thinking they were crazy. She looked up at her partner feeling slightly embarrassed, but the uneasy feeling was quickly replaced as her attention was drawn to the wonderful feeling of Caliban’s warm hand on her lower back as he moved her to the music’s beat.
“I think we’re being watched,” he chuckled, trying to get her to relax when he felt the tension in her body.
“Ya think?”
“Just pretend no one else is in the room except for you and me,” he spoke softly. He let go of her right hand and smoothly wrapped his arms around her waist pulling her just a little closer. He could feel the tension ease from her body as she relaxed and wrapped her arms around his neck. He looked down at her then murmured, “Trust me.”
Rayanne looked up into his dark eyes.  She did trust him that much was certain. With his arms wrapped around her she felt safe; that he wouldn’t let anything or anyone hurt her. Without saying a word she inched closer, until their bodies were completely touching as they swayed to the melody. Her left cheek rested on his shoulder, his long dark hair mixing with her own. She closed her eyes and breathed in his sensual, manly scent as the fingers of her right hand involuntarily began to rub his neck at the hair line. The corners of her mouth lifted when she heard the faintest gasp emanate from him. Then she felt his fingers move in a gentle, circular motion on her lower back, rousing an aching need at the very core of her womanhood, a feeling she hadn’t felt in a very long time.
“See, now this isn’t so bad, is it?” Caliban asked.
“Mmmm, no it isn’t,” Rayanne sighed. She was lost in the moment and no longer cared what anyone thought of them. The wonderful feelings at that instant far outweighed any criticism from on looking strangers. She turned her head, nuzzling her forehead into his neck. She felt his hold on her tighten slightly, as he brought his cheek down to touch hers. A gesture so normal, yet felt as if she was experiencing the intimacy of dancing for the very first time. She could feel his warm breath brush against her face each time he exhaled, stirring the need—and want, to experience more of his touch. 


Friday, February 13, 2015

FREE Friday the 13th



Jacob Ellis and his wife Donna live in the north woods of Wisconsin. Like most young couples, they have hobbies they enjoy. Jacob likes the outdoors, choosing four-wheeling and hunting as his forms of relaxation. Donna loves cooking, but her true passion is working in her flower garden. That is until her labor of love becomes nothing more than a colorful, tasty treat for the white-tailed deer, who share their surroundings.

One night the pair has an eerie experience with the four-legged visitors in their yard that would haunt them in the nights ahead. The evening sets the path for Jacob’s decision to go against nature. After hearing a legend passed down through generations of the Chippewa Indians, Jacob must now decide if it’s just a myth or a lesson in the balance of law and justice—between people and nature.

Excerpt

“Hey, you want anything?” Jacob asked as he passed her heading into the kitchen to get another beer from the fridge.

“Huh?” she muttered.

“I asked if you…” Jacob’s voice trailed off, as he got closer to the patio doors. He happened to glance out and was stunned by what he saw. “Holy shit,” he said, watching the deer in the yard. What got his attention was the number of them. There had to be a dozen or better.

“What’s the matter?”

“You should see all the deer out here,” Jacob responded. As he made the statement to his wife, the animals turned their attention to him. They must have heard him or maybe they caught sight of his movement. But Jacob had never seen a time where all the deer in a group turned their heads in perfect unison.

“Well, I have six of them right outside this window. A few minutes ago there were five or so outside the kitchen,” Donna explained to her husband. Unable to deal with the uneasy feeling of being watched she twirled the rod of the mini blind, shutting out the unwanted on-lookers. Something didn’t feel right to her. Living in the northern woods of Wisconsin all of her life, she was use to the critters who shared her surroundings. This however, gave her the creeps.

She sat down on the couch, grabbing the multi colored throw her grandmother had made for her a few years ago. She wasn’t sure if the sudden chill was caused from the falling temperature of the evening, or the freakiness of the situation.

Jacob moved to the window above the sink to peer out. Sure enough, the five doe’s were still there. And they were looking at him. What the hell was going on here? Jacob thought to himself. He quickly raised his arms and flailed them in front of the window. The deer didn’t move. Normally, any sudden movement would have sent the skittish animals running. But, not this time.

The darkness of night had now completely descended, making it harder to see the four legged visitors. The yard light over by the garage automatically came on and lit up the parking area quite well, but it did very little in the way of illuminating the area closer to the house. Deciding he’d seen enough, he turned heading to the refrigerator, when he noticed movement outdoors.

A large doe appeared from the shadows of the night, looking directly at Jacob. “Son of a bitch,” Jacob whispered so quietly that Donna didn’t hear him. The two stared at each other. Jacob transfixed on the eyes of the doe. At first he thought the glow of its eyes, were like that of any normal animal when reflected light caught them at a certain angle. The seconds ticked by in the visual confrontation, when the eyes of the doe changed to a glowing florescent green. Jacob was having a hard time understanding what he was witnessing. He stood there cemented with a mixture of curiosity and fear, as the intensity of the glowing neon color grew. Jacob remained there spellbound, as the deer took a step forward, then rearing up onto its hind legs...

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Interview with author Robin Renee Ray



Hello everyone and thanks for stopping by! Today I have the distinct pleasure of being able to once again interview the very talented Robin Renee Ray. So please give her a warm welcome! (virtual applause please!) 





Savannah: Hello Robin and welcome back! It’s been a while since the last time we sat down together! How ya doing today? 

Robin: I am absolutely rockin’, babe. How are you, and all out in internet land?

Savannah: I’d like to thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to stop by and chat with us. Before we get too far ahead, let’s refresh our readers memories a little shall we? Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Robin: That could take all month…LOL In short: I’m a long haired hippie, grandmother of two beautiful little girls, mother of one amazing daughter…that just happened to sort of fall into the world of writing after the birth of my first grand baby. And oh yeah, I am a bit warped and very reclusive. ;)

Savannah: Can you tell us what genre(s) you write?

Robin: Well, after writing in my first two genres, I thought “Why not go for them all?” So, that’s kind of what I’ve done, right down to children’s books I co-wrote with my grand-daughter, to westerns, to even a contemporary that I would have never written had my mommy said I couldn’t…due to my love of the gory stuff...LOL Now, I have one for her called: Seven Heart’s for Mary, a Christian novel special for her church friends. And it is a heartfelt love story for all romance lovers. Not my norm in any fashion…But, I want to write in every genre! Not to mention, make my mommy proud~  

Savannah: Do you find one genre more difficult to write in than others?

Robin: UGH! Without a doubt…Romance and the kind that is all romance and happy-ever-after. It just gags me…LOL Even in my one and only contemporary, you find suspense, and I am more than sure that I will find my way of bringing at least some form of suspense into my next. Like I’ve told others, "You will find romantic nature in my horror/paranormal thrillers and crime novels, as well as finding a little horror in my romantic novels. Horror or a tad bit of suspense".

Savannah: Who designs your book covers?

Robin: Rebel Angel Designs and I cannot say enough wonderful things about the young woman behind that title. Her talent is beyond amazing. She works with your words, your passion, your wants and she doesn’t stop until your heart of what you have worked on with all the love you have is well matched…..and she does it so well! I cannot put in words how much I owe this young woman and I know she will go very far~

Savannah: I know you have written quite a few books, having 12 titles published already, super congrats! Let’s talk about the series that I LOVE—Bloodbreeders! Tell us what’s new in the world of your “fanged babies”.




Robin: Many thanks…once I got hooked, I did go a bit prolific…LOL I’ve been working and almost finished with what I’m calling the first “swing” book off of the series called: The Book of Martin….and for those who don’t know, you pronounce his name ( Marteen ) It explains all in this book, from the time he first laid eyes on his query in book one— which is the end of the book— to where it all began. And by that, I mean where the first blood sucker really came from. *Big Wink*



Savannah: Can you tell us where the idea for the Bloodbreeders series came from?

Robin: I guess you could say the whole story, up to the end of book five, all hit me at one time. Like getting hit with a brick in the head! A gift if you will~ And before the first book, I didn’t even know how to open a laptop…so, I wrote my first book on paper tablets...LOL And the idea all started in the little, one horse, town where my mother was born in the early 30’s: Burkett, Texas. And where I too had a blast as a child, ending up in the cemetery most nights.

Savannah: Are parts of your book based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Robin: Almost every main character in my Bloodbreeders series are people from my life, some living, some who have passed. And the beginning has more fact-based truths than most will ever know. To this day they can venture through and see the very things they will read about in the beginning of book one. I love that!  

Savannah: Do you do research for this series of books?

Robin: For the most part, no. But, when they’re on the move…or when I need to know the land, then I absolutely get into my maps. ; ) I don’t travel the world and they do…so, yeah, I guess I do research when it comes to certain things.

Savannah: If Bloodbreeders were to be made into a movie, who would you like to see play the roles of Renee and Martin, as well as the other characters?

Robin: I watch more movies than anyone I know, yet couldn’t tell you the names of 1/3 of the peeps out there..LOL And if that were to ever happen, I would be in so much shock, I would have to have my BFF to help call those shots. ; p All I do know is, one of my fav peeps in the series would have to be huge and that is, Cates...I guess they would have to hire a wrestler to play his part? LOL


Savannah: Well, I would happily volunteer to help with any actor screen tests in regards to Cates! LOL I mean I can take time out of my schedule—days if needed— to watch very large men flex their arms, touch them to make sure they’re good and strong… ; ) Oh and I would do it at no charge, lol.


Savannah: A little birdie told me there are a couple of swing-books from this series in the works, is this true?

Robin: Oh Yeah, Like I mentioned earlier, I’m almost finished with the first. Bloodbreeders: The Book of Martin, which I will release before spring in eBook. Soon after the release of book five, Bloodbreeders: The Elders, I will release the second swing book: Jacob. He is one of the best in my series and for sure, the top when it comes to kicking that ass. He looks 15, but he is no child, being he was changed around 400 years prior.

Savannah: What was the hardest part of writing this series?

Robin: Getting the private time to write it! Life at times just gets into a writers way, as you well know. So, when it comes to writing in this series, I like to drive down to my brother’s place in that very same little one horse, town: Burkett, Texas. So I can write. There is no internet, cell reception and only about 40 people? It is so small, there isn’t even a blinking light..LOL 

Savannah: What have you learned in the process of writing that you can share with others?

Robin: To never give up…even when others may laugh at the idea of you wanting to write. Life is way too short to worry about what others think. Believe in yourself and write your heart out…that’s what I’ve learned. 

Savannah: What other project(s), if any, are you working on?

Robin: I am always working on some project. I just sent a book in to my editor, that I’ve been sitting on for about three years, with the rest of its series waiting to follow. And I am finishing up what is now a short novel…the swing book was meant to be a novella, but as you can see, I am a bit long winded..LOL

Savannah: What else can we expect to see from you this year?

Robin: Hopefully a release every, to every other, month until I have all in my dust pile cleaned out! A great deal of my novels in print….and many book signings be set up. 

Savannah: Do you have any advice and/or tips for other writers?

Robin: Yeah….Make sure you put time in for yourself. As in, make sure you can at least write for one hour a day. More if you can. Don’t look at writing as a chore, but as a time to relax and step out of the norm. And NEVER stress over what you’ve already written….just keep going, or you may never get past that first chapter? You will have plenty of time for editing after you complete your manuscript. 

Savannah: Is there anything else you would like to say to your readers?

Robin: Just if you want to try something different, something other than what you’ve read to date….then maybe give something of mine a try. I always say my Bloodbreeders series, because I love them dearly. But,  Uncertain Meanings is one of my reads that has 9-5star reviews and it is my only contemporary. So, I do have work for the faint of heart. ; ) However, I have had many who were horrified to read paranormal anything…that are now die-hard fans of my Bloodbreeder babies…go figure?


Savannah: What do you like to do in your spare time?

Robin: Get my grands at all cost..LOL And when I can’t, I love to watch horror movies!

Savannah: Would you share with us one secret about yourself that most people don’t know?

Robin: OH MY LANTA! Okay, I love to write my name on a jar of peanut butter, hide it in my room. I also hide at least two little boxes of Andes thin mints. Then when I get my cravings, I dip the thin mints right down into the creamy peanut butter and go to town on about ten pieces..LOL And it is soooooooo good!!!!

Savannah: Thank you again Robin for taking time to chat with me! 

Robin: You are most welcome. I thank you for inviting me back~ Have a rockin’ day all and as always…Big Hugs~

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And be sure to check out all her amazing books on Amazon.com








Not once in her life did farm girl Renee Crocker, imagine she would encounter a world found only in the minds of myth-seeking men. Although what they sought were not always unheard of in other parts of the world, those very things they found would all be a complete mystery to the town folk of Burkett, Texas.

Renee’s life changed late one evening during supper, when a handsome stranger came knocking on the door of the Crocker family farm house… and was invited inside. It didn’t take long for Renee to discover a great number of things that people in her neck of the woods couldn’t even begin to contemplate. The dark of night took on a whole new meaning and the once vulnerable, young country woman finds herself struggling to survive in a world that demand she live forever in darkness.