Monday, July 24, 2017

Contemporary Romance Week at the TBR Pile by Cardeno C.

Happy Monday! I'm taking part in Contemporary Romance Week at the TBR Pile and today they're sharing an excerpt from Smitty's Sheriff. Hop over there if you want to read it and take the chance to enter their giveaways - a book bundle or a gift card!

Have a terrific week!


Saturday, July 22, 2017

Author Behavior by S.C. Wynne

I read a post recently asking about what sort of things turns you off about author behavior. It was
interesting but not surprising to see certain gripes.

Readers hated seeing authors bitch about other authors. You would think authors would know better than to do this in public, but I see it all the time. It seems like that time would be better spent promoting their own works, which wasn't something that bothered readers, or spreading some positivity in the world. And it's even more mystifying why anyone would do this publicly, considering you can bitch to your friends privately all you want all day long on private channels. (I certainly do this)

Readers also hated when authors bitched about low sales or posted too much depressing stuff like dying pets and family members. It's a fine line between sharing monumental events in your life, and talking about nothing but negative stuff.

As authors we need to be real people, that's kind of the point of social media, but we need  to always be aware that we are selling ourselves as well as our books. This is why bitching about low sales is so odd. Why would we want to come off like we can't sell our books? That makes no sense to me. You don't see big name restaurants complaining no one will buy their burgers? If I did see that, it would make me think there must be something wrong with their burgers and I would avoid that restaurant. It seems like a pretty horrible way to gain new readers.

What I took away from that survey was readers gravitate to positive people. They're drawn to authors who are confident and passionate about what they do. In other words, they're attracted to professionals, and I will strive to always be that.


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Thank you by Riley Hart

As you guys know, last week was the release for DEPTH OF FIELD. It's been a crazy, exciting, stressful week!

I've dealt with some tough stuff--like one of my books being illegally sold on iBooks--THE iBooks. It still blows my mind. As of this time, I'm still waiting for it to get pulled. There's a long process and lots of negatives for me involved with this but I don't want to get into that right now...what this post is about is how, despite the troublesome things that have happened this week, I'm grateful. I couldn't be more thankful for the support with DEPTH OF FIELD. As I'm writing this blog on Wednesday night, it's sitting at number 53 on Amazon... Fifty-three in the Amazon store! That blows my mind.

Obviously, I couldn't do that without the readers. Without you guys taking a chance on my men. For buying and reading. Reviewing and spreading the word. There aren't enough thank yous in the world.

Every day I sit down at my computer and think about how lucky I am. Writing is my safe place. My solace. There are times I honestly feel like it keeps me sane. People often ask how I write so much, or how I manage it with some of the things I'm dealing with in my personal life, and the answer is, I do it because I NEED it. I need writing like I need air and there is no way I would survive without it.

Thank you for taking this journey with me!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Top Ten TV shows with Sean, BA, Julia and Kiernan

Sean Michael

Oh man, another top ten favorite list - as always, it's hard for me to narrow things down. But I will do my bests. These are in no particular order

Criminal Minds - barring the last season for sure, but it used to be one of my total favorites

Killjoys - I love the humor that goes with the action, and I love the way the three mains care for each other. 4 if you count Lucy.

Wynonna Earp - again wonderful humor with the action

The Night Shift - I love the whole ensemble of this medical drama

The Great British Baking Show - love this one so very much, especially how much the contestants support each other

The Big Bang Theory - funny, geeks as heroes, what's not to love.

Masterchef Australia - After seeing the Australian one, I can hardly watch the US one - the mentors are so mean on the US one

Lucifer - again, humor along with the action. And I adore Lucifer, and all the supporting cast. If I had to pick one favorite only, it would be this one.

Lethal Weapon - more humor mixed with your regular cop show and a man who is haunted by his wife's death - this one is so much better than I was expecting when I found out they were making a series based off the movies.

Castle - it's over now, but I loved it - especially the first few seasons. Once again there is humor, along with cleverness and Rick's utter joy at the improbable - the more improbable the more he liked it.

There we go - ten shows I really like!

BA and Julia

We're married, so we watch together. The agreement in our house is we both have to give enough shits to watch the show, and to keep watching it.

Basically this boils us down to a few tried and true shows that keep on keeping on.

Project Runway

Top Chef

Face Off

First 48

So You Think You Can Dance

CSI - I know, but we still watch


Great British Baking Show until everyone leaves and then no


X Files

Honorable mentions: Julia- Spartacus, Dr Who BA- Criminal Minds, Ghost Asylum, Haunted Collector

Coming soon, Kiernan's answers

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BA’s is

Kiernan's is


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Monday, July 17, 2017

New Release: Smitty's Sheriff by Cardeno C.

It's release day! My newest book is a contemporary May-December, second chance novella called Smitty's Sheriff.

Here's what Gabbi at Top2Bottom Reviews had to say about it: "Both heroes are not perfect *far from it*, BUT they seem to be perfect for each other. Richard likes order and to be in control. Todd is a little flighty and needs to be guided through day to day life. Together, Richard’s dominance is just what Todd needs. In some ways, they have D/s relationship without the BDSM aspect to it and I admit, I liked it."

Todd is too flakey. Richard is too stubborn. Together, they're perfect. A May-December couple get a second chance at love.

Retired soldier Richard Davis wants a stable life in a quiet town with a forever man. Becoming the sheriff of Hope, Arizona, accomplishes two of his three goals, but instead of finding a serious partner, he falls for too-young-to-be-committed and too-flakey-to-be-serious Todd Smitty. Richard won’t find the right man if he’s obsessed with the wrong one, so he walks away from Todd.

It’s lust at first sight when Todd meets his sister’s army friend. He sets his sights on the worldly, strong, stable older man, and the more time he spends with Richard, the harder he falls. But after three years together, Richard cuts off all contact with no explanation. 

When a mutual obligation requires Todd to move into Richard’s house, he’s thrilled at the opportunity to earn a second chance. Ignoring Todd from across town was hard enough. Can Richard resist temptation under his own roof?

Happy reading!


Saturday, July 15, 2017

Do all people who like summer have pools? By S.C. Wynne

I have a theory.

You see, I hate summer. With a passion. Granted I live where it's very hellishly hot during the summer, so that might be one reason. But I literally detest when June rolls around.

I really love rain. I think that's genetic because I'm Scottish and Irish and Italian and French.
But back to my hatred of summer. I've noticed a trend; people who say they love summer almost always have a pool! I do not have a pool, hence my dislike of summer.

Do you have a pool? Do you love summer? Maybe I'm wrong. Feel free to comment and put me in my place. :) I'll just be over here loathing summer.