Saturday, May 25, 2019

New Mpreg I'm Working On By S.C. Wynne


Hello all!

I've been busy busy in the writing cave! I'm working on an mpreg romance that has a slightly more dark theme than usual. The gist of it is the omega is kidnapped by a mobster, and the alpha holding him is part of the kidnapping. The alpha isn't the nicest guy, but he isn't the worst either. This dynamic makes it fun to write. Of course, there is also the challenge of making the alpha likeable enough that the readers don't hate him.

I'll give you a taste, and the cover too! (My reader's group already saw the cover. If you're interested in joining my reader's group, click on the link WYNNER'S CIRCLE

EXCERPT (unedited):

Chapter One


Opening my eyes, I couldn’t see anything. It was dark as night, and there was the sound of dripping water nearby. My head throbbed, and I was cold. Bone cold. Why wasn’t I in my warm bed? Had I partied too hard last night and fallen asleep in someone’s yard? Sitting up, I groaned loudly as my stiff muscles protested the movement. There was no sound of crickets or any type of wildlife. I seemed to be inside. I searched the gloom, hoping for something that might jog my memory. I scowled when I became aware that my wrists were bound.

What. The. Fuck.

I needed to think. Where had I been last night? The Golden Ring. Yes, I’d been dancing and drinking with Seth at The Golden Ring. So… where was my best buddy Seth, and why was I tied up? Was this some bizarre sex game gone wrong? I didn’t remember picking anyone up last night. I’d been tired and not really in the mood to sleep with anyone. No one had appealed anyway — Wait. None of that mattered. I needed to figure out why I was tied up in this damp hellhole.

I managed to scramble onto my knees. “Seth?”

No response.

“Hello? Anybody? Where am I?” I called out, as my heart thumped my ribs. “Why am I here?”

Silence.

My stomach growled, and I really needed to pee. How long had I been here? Had someone drugged me? I’d heard about shit like that happening, but I’d never thought it could happen to me. I struggled clumsily to my feet, stumbling a bit. My eyes were beginning to adjust to the gloom, and I noticed a small bed against the brick wall. I was a bit peeved whoever had dumped me here hadn’t bothered to put me on the bed, they’d just tossed me on the ground like a piece of trash. Even though my hands were tied, I managed to pat my pockets, but was frustrated to find my cell was missing.

I gritted my teeth and yelled, “Why am I here?”

Nothing.

Anger rolled through me, and I shouted, “You’d better let me go! My father is a very powerful man. He’s not going to appreciate you treating his only son like this.”

Something fluttered above my head, and I winced and looked up. I couldn’t see anything, but the soft cooing of a dove came to me. This was crazy. What the hell was going on? Had I actually been kidnapped and tossed in a fucking barn? I almost laughed because the idea of that just seemed so ridiculous. And yet… it was also terrifying. Whoever had brought me here hadn’t cared about my comfort, that was for sure.

There was a narrow red door near the foot of the bed. I moved toward that, feeling uneasy. The door had a grimy window, but it seemed someone had sprayed it with black paint so my view was blocked. My heart pounded as I approached the door. With my hands tied, it was awkward, but I managed to grab the knob. It didn’t move, and with a sinking stomach, I realized it was locked.

Anger rolled through me, and I kicked the wood. “Let me out of here, now!” I growled. My foot throbbed from striking the hard surface, but I kicked again. “I demand you let me out of here. Who the fuck do you think you are? This isn’t funny. Seth, if this is some kind of sick joke, I’m going to murder you.”

Nobody responded. There was nothing but a sickening silence. A part of me was relieved whoever had done this to me didn’t seem to be around. Anyone who’d do something like this probably wasn’t a very nice person. I tried to keep my fear at bay, but it wasn’t easy. If no one knew where I was, then no one would be able to help me. If this truly was a kidnapping, what did this sicko want? Money? I really hoped that was all they wanted. My dad would pay up, of that I was sure. He wasn’t going to let anything happen to his sole heir. Maybe we didn’t always get along great, but I was his only child, and I knew he loved me.

My head still pounded, and I sat gingerly on the little bed. The springs creaked alarmingly, but it held me. The bedding was a gray flannel blanket, a flat foam pillow, and white sheets. Nothing fancy. I thought longingly of my king sized bed back home with the down comforter and pillows. I leaned down and sniffed the pillow. It smelled new. Thank God it didn’t have some other alpha or omega’s scent. Thankfully, the sheets smelled of bleach. At least whoever this was who’d taken me hadn’t given me soiled bedding.

Hours passed as I nervously stared into space. Eventually, my shivering got to be too much, and I crawled under the blanket. The air of the room was freezing, and my teeth chattered because the blanket was thin. Did my captor not realize how cold this room was, or did they find pleasure in my discomfort? I’d be lucky if I didn’t catch pneumonia. It was February and the temperatures had been unusually chilly this year. Either this person who’d taken me didn’t remember that, or they didn’t give a crap if I froze to death.

As scared as I was, I apparently still dozed off. The sound of metal scraping jerked me awake, and I sat up in fear. I searched the darkness for some signs of movement, but didn’t see anyone. My gaze dropped to a slot at the foot of the door, where golden light shone through. It appeared someone had shoved a tray of food through that slim opening. I’d been distracted earlier and hadn’t noticed the slot before. I climbed slowly from the bed, crouching in front of the tray. Did I dare eat or drink anything offered?

“Who are you?” I called through the slot. “Why am I here?”

The slot slammed closed, making me flinch.

“You expect me to eat this? For all I know it’s poisoned,” I hissed, glaring at the slot.

The only response was the sound of heavy footsteps receding. I grabbed the bottle of apple juice from the tray, ignoring the food, and got back on the bed. When I twisted the cap off the drink, the safety seal cracked reassuringly. At least the juice probably wasn’t tampered with. But I wasn’t hungry enough yet to chance the food. It appeared to be some sort of beef soup. While the thought of eating something hot did appeal, the the idea of being poisoned did not.

I gulped the juice, knowing it would make my need to pee worse. Did this asshole expect me to simply urinate and shit where I slept? I hadn’t done much exploring of the space yet, but once I’d finished my juice, I set the empty bottle on the ground and stood. There seemed to be some cracks in the walls that were now allowing a hint of sunlight. Without my cell, I had no idea what time it was. I didn’t wear a watch, and was now regretting not listening to Dad about that. Of course, for all I knew this person would have stolen my watch.

I inched around the space, taking care not to trip over the various paint buckets and gardening tools. With the sun coming through the walls, I was now able to see the room better. It was larger than I’d first thought. There was what looked like a closet at the far end. When I creaked open the door, I found a dingy toilet and sink. I’d never been so happy to see a toilet in my life. I moved to the porcelain bowl, fumbling with my zipper. With my wrists tied, it was no easy task freeing myself enough to pee into the toilet. Somehow I managed to hit my mark, although zipping my pants back up was a challenge.

Once I had an empty bladder, I felt a little better. I still had a headache, and was still freezing, but at least I wasn’t in danger of pissing myself at the moment. I washed my hands, and returned to investigating my prison. There was one window, but it was boarded over, and no other door, other than the one with the slot. I tried prying the boards from the window, but wasn’t able to budge them.

My guess was I was in some kind of gardening shed. I eyed a rusty red shovel, wondering if I should drag it nearer to the bed, so it could be used as a weapon. I bent down and grabbed it, then I pulled it after me as I returned to the bed. I kicked it under the bed, making sure the ends of it weren’t exposed. With my hands tied, it would be difficult to grab the shovel, and use it effectively as a weapon, but it felt wrong not to at least try and defend myself.

Feeling groggy, I sat back on the bed and closed my eyes. I was still thirsty. All I’d had since last night was that apple juice. I’d had about four margaritas at the club, which was definitely helping me to feel dehydrated. I curled into a ball, listening for sounds from outside of the shed. At once point I thought I heard a dog barking, and the sound of a car, but I couldn’t be certain.

It was odd to have nothing to do. If I’d been home I’d probably still be sleeping off last night. Without my phone, all I could do was stare into space as my thoughts circled anxiously. Of course, I was too scared to be bored. I wanted to find a way out of this mess, but didn’t know where to begin. If my captor wasn’t willing to talk to me, I couldn’t try and reason with him. If I’d had my cell, at least I’d have had some hope I could be tracked.

My thoughts drifted to Seth. I hoped he was okay. Had he been there when I was abducted, or had we parted ways already? I couldn’t seem to remember the last half of the night. I had no memory of a struggle, or of being attacked. Was that because I’d been drugged? Hit over the head? I bent my neck, and ran my fingers over my skull. There was no bump that I could find.

I just needed to sit tight. Someone would come for me. My dad was rich and had plenty of connections. There was no way he’d just not care if I suddenly disappeared. I winced when I remembered we’d had a huge blow up a few days ago. He had been furious, but he wouldn’t let that stop him from finding me. He’d been angry because I’d been blowing off work at his company for a few weeks. I’d been having a blast with Seth in Hawaii, and I hadn’t wanted to cut it short. I didn’t have anything to do when I did show up for work. I was the VP of my dad’s company, Lewis Technologies, but it was mostly a name only kind of thing. Lewis Technologies was a well oiled machine, and all I did was get in the way. Besides, I had no interest in my dad’s business. I enjoyed the financial rewards it gave me, but I definitely didn’t feel passionate about circuit boards etc. It would be a cruel irony if I ended up murdered because of that company.

Of course, this person who had me captive could easily just be a random nut case. A pervert. He or she might not even know who my dad was, and I’d simply been in the wrong place, at the wrong time. This person might just like torturing strangers. For the first time in my life, I was grateful my mom wasn’t alive. She’d have made herself sick with worry. 

I squeezed my eyes closed, burying my face in the pillow. I was scared. More scared than I’d ever been in my life. I hated admitting that. I wanted to be brave. I wanted to figure out a way to save myself, but I didn’t know where to begin. My daily life was pampered. I didn’t have to figure things out because there was always someone there to do that for me. But no one was here with me now. No one was shielding me, or watching out for me. I was at the mercy of some lunatic who didn’t care if I froze to death. I held on to the glimmer of hope that he’d tried to feed me. If he just wanted me dead, he wouldn’t have offered me a warm meal, right? Unless offering me food was simply a way to get drugs in me. I’d be less likely to try and escape if I was drugged. Sticking me with a needle would be a lot harder than drugging my food.


I shuddered, and pulled my knees to my chest, trying to hold in my body heat. I had to believe someone would save me. I had to hold on to that thought, because the alternative was unthinkable.

This one will be released June 2019!

Hope you enjoyed the sample. :)

S.C.
www.scwynne.com

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

New release from Kiernan Kelly's YA alter ego Dakota Chase!


When Ash and Grant set fire to Merlin’s office, lots of items of historical significance burned up—all of which Merlin tasks the boys to replace. This time, they’ll visit the 1930s and one of the most dangerous places of the period: Alcatraz Prison.

Grant and Ash have always worked together, but this time, they’re literally on opposing sides, with Ash posing as a prisoner while Grant is a guard. Their objective is to retrieve a piece of jewelry belonging to one of the Rock’s most notorious residents—mobster Al Capone. The criminal sees potential in Ash and strikes up a friendship with him. But will it help the two prevent a jailbreak, expose a corrupt guard, and get the item that will activate the magic to take them home?

Check it out at Harmony Ink!

Or at Amazon.com

Check out Dakota at the Repeating History Facebook here

at Facebook here

Or at her under construction website here!

Friday, May 17, 2019

A Few of My Favorite Things by Felice Stevens


When I start out to write a book, I don't necessarily know my characters. I have an idea of their struggles and a vague roadmap of how they will get from beginning to end, but no details. What I do understand, right from the start are their personalities.

I love, love love writing opposites attract romances. Maybe it's because my husband and I are so very different personalities-he's a type A, very anal and hyper, where I'm more laissez-faire, easy-going and roll with it. But I think it's fun to put people together who shouldn't work and yet somehow they do.

If you've read my books, you'll notice this. For example, in The Breakfast Club series, Nick is a big fireman, a bit reserved and quiet, while Julian is a bit of an anal, slightly hyper fashion designer. Zach is a geeky younger nerd and Sam is an almost 40 year old ex-cop. And we know Marcus, the man-whore found his love with Tyler the man who refused him again and again. The Shape of You featured an overweight Eric with an underweight Corey. Outgoing Alex fell in love with shy Rafe in One Step Further.

I always like to take my characters on a journey and make them struggle for it. People have joked with me that my characters are often frustrating and when reading them, they'd like to shake some sense into them but to me that makes them more like real life. People are frustrating and annoying and make stupid mistakes. We fuck up. It's our ability to come back from those mistakes and problems that makes the story interesting and different.

I'd like to think each of my characters have truly distinct personalities and you couldn't mistake one for another. I don't think anyone could mistake James for Malcolm or Micah for Josh. It's part of what I strive to improve on, crafting characters who make an impact.

In my new release, Broken Silence, I have two of the most opposite characters I've written. Justin is bisexual, an ex-con, 25 years old moody, withdrawn and an inner city student, while 42 year old Foster is fairly patrician, shy, divorced, bowtie and cardigan wearing poetry professor. And straight. Bringing these two together was a challenge but one that I loved. This story turned into so much more than I planned and that's what I love most about writing—never knowing what the characters will say.
Broken Silence is available on Amazon and in Kindle Unlimited
You can purchase it HERE

Have a great weekend and happy reading!



Tuesday, May 14, 2019

New release from Julia Talbot - Full Moon Dating: Isaiah and Jameson MM paranormal


Woooohoooooooooooooo!

It's out!

The Full Moon Dating agency is back in full swing, this time matching master vampire Isaiah with turned vampire Jameson. Isaiah has inherited the biggest vampire clan in the southwest, ruling Santa Fe. Reluctantly. He never expected to run the family, and he's not at all sure he's up to the task. He thinks he's hiring Jameson to pose as his consort. He has no idea that Harve and Stone at FMD dating think this could be a love match.

As soon as Jameson meets Isaiah, he knows this is no mere job. Now he just has to take this sweet patrician vampire in hand, and teach Isaiah that he can be the bottom in the bedroom while being the top out in the world. Well, that and deal with Isaiah's scheming family...

Check it out on Amazon!

Or buy direct from Evil Plot Bunny!

This is book five! Books one through four are compiled into Full Moon Dating: New Moon, which is .99 right now!

Clicky for Amazon!

Both books are also on Kobo, Barnes and Noble and iBooks!

Or you can add it to your Goodreads bookshelf!

Thanks for looking!

XXOO

Julia

www.juliatalbot.com

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Saturday, May 11, 2019

Positivity Goes Both Ways By S.C. Wynne



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Hello all!

I saw a crazy author lambasting the members in his reader's group the other day. He said to them that if they didn't interact, or promote him, he was going to toss them out of his group. Now, let's forget for a minute how uncouth that threat is, but why would you do that? If people saw you on a takeover, and thought maybe you looked cool enough to join your group, why would you go out of your way to make them feel like you're a dick?

I get that sometimes the apathy of SOME readers can get to you. There are those readers who say things as dumb as; "I'm only here for the free stuff." Uh... yeah, I'd kick those people too. But simply because readers are not actively promoting you, that is no reason to kick someone from your group. That is just kookie.

Readers are not OBLIGATED to promote us. Is it cool as hell when readers do that? Yes. It's awesome. But if a reader joins my reader group, they don't have a job. They aren't there to promote me, and make my career for me. That's my job. If I suck at it, well, that's on me, not them.

But I wonder if maybe the new climate of publishing is what made that author do something so stupid as to threaten his readers, or potential readers? (Or he might just be an asshole?)

I hate to say it, but there seems to be a pervasive feeling on the part of certain readers toward authors right now that is a bit scary. There is a type of reader that feels the need to tag authors in negative reviews. This kind of reader seems to believe that, as authors, we need to just keep our mouths closed, no matter what is said to us.

I don't think that's realistic. Authors are just people. We're just humans fumbling along and trying our best. We create these things we love, aka books, and we hold them out to you, the reader, and ask you to like it. You don't always like it, and that's your right. But is having the right to not like something the same as tagging authors to express how much you hate our hard work? I think the two things are very different. Feel free to bash us on Goodreads, or tell us how you loath our works in your reviews, but please, for all that is holy and kind, DO NOT TAG AUTHORS IN YOUR NEGATIVE REVIEWS.

Authors are just people. We have feelings just like you. When we create something, it's a part of us. You wouldn't walk up to me and tell me my children are ugly, or that you hate my cooking, right? Social norms would prevent you from being that mean to me, so when it comes to my creative work... my other children... lol... please DO NOT TAG ME IF YOU HATE MY EFFORT. It's just simple politeness. Hate it with your friends. Hate it privately. But you don't have to tell me, right? RIGHT?

That being said, you are not obligated to love my work either. Sincerely, I mean this. I hope you'll like my offerings, but I'm savvy enough to know not all people will love everything I do, even if I LOVE IT. After all, I don't love everything my favorite authors do. But I'd never, EVER tag them to tell them that.

Taste is subjective. Your opinion means no more than mine, or another readers, right? And why spread negativity if you don't have to? What's lacking in this world is kindness, not cruelty. I guess I live by the motto of be kind. If what I have to say isn't edifying, why share it?

I suppose my point is simply be a light. Be what is good in this world, not what is bad. If you can make someone feel better, by all means do that. But if your words will simply hurt someone, what is the joy or honor in that? Maybe I'm naive. Maybe i'm a fool. Perhaps I'm sappy because I subscribe to the belief we should always be our best. We should be a shining light.

Well, if I am naive, then so be it. I can live with that. Kindness is what you'll get from my lips, and fingers. I'll build you up, and not take the cheap shot. I hope that karma will return to me, but either way, I'm happy to be on this side of things. I hope you are too.

S.C.
www.scwynne.com








Thursday, May 9, 2019

Fever


Hello and happy Thursday! Spring has definitely arrived in central Ohio, and seemingly interminable grey days soaked in drizzle have sloshed into just warm enough for sandals, but you'll want a sweater. All of this has just added to that itchy spring feeling of sudden claustrophobia that leads to spontaneous road-trips to anywhere and roaming randomly around the neighborhood searching for adventure.  Then again, consider the phrase, "cabin fever" in the context of this as your work space.


And this is not a complaint! We love the booth and everything in it. It's very... cozy. I just need some space.  It's me, really!
We do have some exciting travel and adventure news coming soon.  Hopefully we'll be able to meet some of you fabulous people!  Full detail and pictures of course.  In the meantime, be safe on your own adventures. Remember, audiobooks are great for road-trips! I'm taking my coffee to go!

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Upcoming releases from Sean Michael and Julia Talbot


Coming June 4 from Dreamspinner Press

On preorder now! Clicky!

Coming Tuesday May 14 from Julia Talbot

Preorders up as soon as Amazon and B&N stop fighting me. It's up on Kobo here!

XXOO

Julia

Visit our websites:

Sean's is http://www.seanmichaelwrites.com

Julia’s is http://www.juliatalbot.com

BA’s is http://www.batortuga.com

Kiernan's is www.KiernanKelly.com

Evil Plot Bunny: http://www.evilplotbunny.com/

Julia's Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TurtlehatStudio

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Sean -- https://www.facebook.com/SeanMichaelWrites

Julia -- https://www.facebook.com/juliatalbotauthor

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Kiernan -- https://www.facebook.com/kiernan.kelly

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

New YA trans story release from BA writing as Anne Key


BA has a new YA release as her alter ego Anne Key, writing with Gina Harris, who did the amazing lesbian YA I Kiss Girls

Find it here!

After his transition, Eli Green is stoked to finally have a body that matches the boy he’s always been. Freshman year was rough, so he’s moving to a new school a town over, where no one has ever known him as Elizabeth.

Samantha Moore has always been one of the bright and beautiful in her Texas high school: varsity cheer and advanced math. But when her momma dies out of the blue, Sammy’s familiar world dies too. Suddenly she’s living in New Jersey with a father she barely knows, thousands of miles from everything she understands.

After running into each other (literally) on the first day of school, Eli is fascinated by Sammy, who sparkles brighter than the bling on her jeans, but as their relationship deepens he knows he has to be honest with her, but he doesn't know whether he can trust her with his secret. Sammy’s still grieving, the boy she likes is hiding something, and she isn’t sure she gets that. If that’s not enough, secrets her family has kept for years are rising to the surface, and she's about to lose herself in all the drama.

XXOO

Julia

Look for Anne Key on the web

Anne Key on Facebook

Anne Key on Tumblr

East Meets West YA for Gina and Anne

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Social Media Can Break Your Heart By S.C. Wynne



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Good Morning!

I was scrolling Facebook the other day and I saw a post from one of my good friends about an Internet couple who split recently. Dadsnotdaddies was the couple. They're an adorable couple that had been dating about three and a half years, and one of them has kids. They posted lots of cute photos and videos about their life, trying to show a positive gay family situation. It was wonderful, while it lasted. Unfortunately, they decided to split up.

It's not their breaking up that made me want to write this post, though, it was the enormous sadness I felt over their split. Two men I've never met actually depressed me for hours on end, when I heard about their breakup. Even though I don't KNOW THEM. lol

I've noticed that reaction in myself many times over the past year when couples on YouTube split up. These couples invite us into their lives, and we feel a part of their life. Mark and Ethan were another couple that broke my heart when they announced they were cooling off. Why do we get so invested in the lives of strangers? It's a very odd thing.

I suppose reality TV is similar to these YouTube, Instagram couples. We follow along with these people's lives as they face good times and bad. We feel bonded to these people, even though we've never met them. This phenomenon is something my grandparents would never have understood. I think they'd have been horrified at what reality stars share with the audience.

We don't just love people on social media and reality TV though. We can also hate people we see. We can actually loathe people we have never said one word to, based solely on whether or not we like what they do on TV. Let's not forget, this stuff is all edited. We're not seeing things unfold in real time. We're seeing what people want us to see.

I guess I just wanted to write this post because I find it odd how attached I am to people on YouTube, and wanted to examine why that is. I don't know if it's healthy to form attachments to people I've never met, but it certainly is entertaining.

S.C.
www.scwynne.com

Friday, April 26, 2019

Why do we write? By Felice Stevens


     Of all questions I'm ever asked, one of the first is "What made you want to write?"
     I can't honestly say there is any one thing. I knew from when I was young I loved to tell stories. My favorite one was about two girls, Rima and Charity who had magical powers and fought dragons and all the bad guys. My best friend and I would act out scenarios and I'd write them down.

     Now that I'm entering my 5th (!!!) year of being a published author, I can say that the answer to what makes me write is that I have stories inside my head and I want to tell them. 

     What writing isn't for me, though, is seeing what's the hot trend and jumping on it. That's called "writing to market." Someone in a professional loop I belong to stated that writing to market is simply writing what readers want to read. Ehhh, I'm not so sure I agree with that. Often, I don't know what I want to read until I pick up that blurb and am entranced enough to start reading the first few pages. 

     I don't ever write a book because a particular "trope" is hot. For those who don't know, a trope is a literary device or a theme, like forced proximity, daddy-books, friends to lovers. And please for the love of all things bright and beautiful, PLEASE stop saying that MM is a trope. Being LGBTQA is NOT a trope. It is a person's LIFE.

     But I digress. I could never write to what's hot in the market because I don't craft my characters' stories around a hot trope. An idea will come to me and then I sit with the characters and their lives start to come to me. Or I brainstorm with my close friend and we go back and forth about what the characters' hopes and dreams are and what the black moment is....that kind of stuff. World building. Story building. Creating a character arc. 

     My characters start with an idea in my head but they come from my heart. They do not come from a fill in the blank template of how to write the next big thing. I belong to an on-line forum where this is a major discussion point. What's going to be hot? Does anyone have a plot template to write these stories? And there are links to actual templates where it's discussed when the first kiss should happen, in what chapter the first sex scene should occur...

     And it makes me sad because where is the creative love for writing? Where are those moments where your fingers fly over the keyboard because the dam has broken and the words can't come fast enough? (Answer-those moments don't come often.)

     Every book I've written has a personal meaning to me. My characters take me on a journey and I hope they do the same for the reader. People laugh at me when I say I love my characters but they become a part of me when I write them. They aren't simply another cookie in the assembly line I push out, to get the next one done. Do I want to make money? Of course I do. But I can't and won't push out a story simply because it's the flavor of the month. 

     You might say, "But Felice, you write so fast. You have so many releases I can't keep up." Lucky me, I have ideas. Are there stories I wish I could write? Yes of course. (John the bartender from Rescued—I'm looking at you but you're not talking to me. I'm waiting. I'll be here for you.) But if the emotional connection to the character isn't there, then I can't force it. 
     
     So I'll never write to market. Maybe if I did, I'd sell better. But one thing writing has proven to me is to be true to myself and who I am. I'm ALWAYS going to be that writer whose guys are super swoony. They will always be a little bit frustrating: they will have misunderstandings and not say the right thing and screw up or cut off communication. It's called life and that's real. They will always be hot as hell because I love writing the emotion that comes with sex. And of course they will ALWAYS have that Happily Ever After. But what they won't be is the trend. The hot thing everyone might be writing now. They'll be who they are because that's the only way I know how.

Here comes the part where I can tell you about what's new and upcoming:

Audiobooks
Second to None is out! Charlie David wraps up my Breakfast Club series with the audio of Marcus and Tyler and it is EVERYTHING!


You can find it on Audible:  SECOND TO NONE
     








First Light, my second collaboration with Christina Lee is now on audiobook with a dual narration of Kale Williams and Michael Pauley. They knocked this one out of the park and into the next time zone.  
You can find in on Audible here: FIRST LIGHT

Have you added Broken Silence to your Goodreads shelf? It's coming soon! The cover is to die for and this might be one of my most romantic books yet. A troubled student discovers an outlet for his pain in writing poems but the attraction to his professor is something he can't ignore. You can add to Goodreads: 

Thursday, April 25, 2019

April Releases


Hello Cafe. This week, we're featuring our books that are new releases for April. Two from John Solo, two from Seb Yarrick, and one from Nick J. Russo. April showers, and it's raining M/M! Happy listening!





Find more from JohnSolo, Nick J. Russo, and Seb Yarrick on Audible, and find Falcon Sound Company on Facebook.  

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

New, working, and reading from BA, Julia, Sean and Kiernan


What are we releasing, working on, and reading?

Sean Michael: I'm between books at them moment - anyone have a suggestion for a book I can't miss?

Currently working on a new dragon series

That's my latest release! Find it here!

BA Tortuga

I'm working on a super secret project, and it's cowboys natch, and I can't wait to share. Later. I'm reading The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman.

Look at the shiny! Clicky to find it here!

Julia: Waves madly. I'm working on finishing up the next (FINALLY) Full Moon Dating book. I got depressed about that series when ARE went under and kinda took it with them. But we're back! I'm reading Tempted by the Badge by Deborah Fletcher Mello.

Find it here!

Kiernan is to be determined!

XXOO

Julia Talbot

Visit our websites:

Sean's is http://www.seanmichaelwrites.com

Julia’s is http://www.juliatalbot.com

BA’s is http://www.batortuga.com

Kiernan's is www.KiernanKelly.com

Evil Plot Bunny: http://www.evilplotbunny.com/

Julia's Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TurtlehatStudio

Facebook:

Sean -- https://www.facebook.com/SeanMichaelWrites

Julia -- https://www.facebook.com/juliatalbotauthor

BA -- https://www.facebook.com/batortuga

Kiernan -- https://www.facebook.com/kiernan.kelly

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Footsteps In the Dark By S.C. Wynne


Good morning everyone!

I'm honored to be taking part in an romance/mystery anthology organized by Josh Lanyon.

The anthology has so many wonderful authors, I just can't say enough about these wonderful ladies! The other authors are Josh Lanyon, LB Gregg, Nicole Kimberling, Zam Maxfield, Meg Perry, C.S. Poe and me! :D

My story is called Reality Bites. It's a romance/mystery that is based on a murder that takes place on the set of a reality TV show where someone is attacked by a tiger. Sound interesting? lol I would hope so.

I absolutely LOVED writing this book. I fell in love with my two MC's and I kind of had a book hangover, which is unusual for me when I'm actually writing a book! lol I've had them when reading books, but not when I'm writing. For whatever reason Detective Decker and Jax just stole my heart.

The release of the anthology is supposed to be May 2019 and I can't wait for you to read all the wonderful stories.

S.C.
www.scwynne.com

Friday, April 19, 2019

New Audiobooks and a Freebie! by Felice Stevens


I'm so thrilled to finally have The Breakfast Club series in audiobook back up for sale, and finally the third book. Charlie David does an incredible job bringing all the guys to life. So many of  you were waiting for Marcus and Tyler's story and you will not be disappointed!
You can find Second to None on Audible HERE as well as all my other audiobooks. 

I finally got Amazon to cooperate and now Austin, the prequel Book 1 to the Man Up series is free on ALL platforms! Start the series and meet the dancers of Man Up as they find love in NYC.
You can find Austin and the rest of the Man Up series here:
KOBO 

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Throw Back Thursday


Happy throwback Thursday in the Cafe! This week, we have the audiobooks released in April of 2018.  Check out what you might have missed, two books from author Susi Hawke and narrator John Solo, Nick J Russo read D.B. Reynolds' vampire epic, and two action adventure titles from Dreamspinner Press, Colin Darcy narrates Elle Brownlee's wilderness mystery, and Andrew McFerrin read Dirk Greyon's dynamic thriller.  Fall in love with a new-to-you romance!

Omega Remembered Micah is a young alpha on a mission to find the infant daughter of an old friend. When he also finds two other lost little angels, he has no choice but to rescue them as well.

Aries is an omega whose babies were stolen from him. He's tried to stay strong, but the pain of their absence haunts him every moment. When he discovers that his children have been found, and an alpha is already on the way to deliver them into his arms, Aries is beside himself.
What he doesn't expect is that the alpha is the one man that he has reason to hate. Neither of them expected to see their fated mate when Micah arrived with the children.
Can these two men who have zero respect for each other find their way to somehow form a family together with the children that they both adore?






Omega Stolen Jake is an alpha wolf on a mission to find his missing sister. What he didn't expect to find was a whole group of omegas being held captive along with her. When he catches the scent of his fated mate among the group of omegas, he knows that he will do whatever it takes to get them all to safety - even if it means taking them all and forming their own pack a thousand miles to the north.

Kai was shocked when his own father sold him for a paltry sum. He is befriended by the group of omegas who are also being held in captivity. That is, until the night that a gorgeous Alpha appears looking to rescue his sister. He takes all of them to safety, along with his studly posse of alpha wolves, moving them all to form a new pack.





Deception Kauai, tropical paradise, vibrant jungle, turquoise sea...and sensuous nights that hide vampires so powerful they can change the world.
Raphael - powerful, extraordinary, arrogant. He’s determined to demolish the Europeans who think they can steal what he’s worked for centuries to create.
Cynthia Leighton - Raphael’s human mate, beautiful, smart, and deadly when threatened. She doesn’t trust anyone, much less a powerful vampire
Cyn is proven right when it all falls to her - to find Raphael, to save the thousands of vampires who will die if she doesn’t succeed...and to kill every single being, who gets in her way.




Staggered Cove Station Rescues are wild in the Alaskan terrain. So is romance in this coast guard rescue novel.
California guardsman Dan Farnsworth might be at home in the water, but he’s out of his element at remote, rugged, and freezing Staggered Cove Station. Acclimating proves hard enough, but he’s also digging into how the station’s previous rescue swimmer was lost at sea. Was it an operation gone bad or something more sinister? Add to that the instant tension between him and his partner, no-nonsense, Alaskan Karl Radin, and Dan has his hands full.

As suspicious events escalate to sabotage, Dan starts to fear that he and Karl won’t get the chance to become more than reluctant coworkers.





Day and Knight  As former NSA, Dayton "Day" Ingram has national security chops and works as a technical analyst. He longs for fieldwork and an attack gives him his chance. But his opportunity comes with a hitch. His partner, Knighton, "Knight", is a real mystery. Despite countless hours of research, Day can find nothing on the agent including his first name.
A former Marine, Knight is offered one last chance: along with Day, to stop a terrorist threat. To get there, Day and Knight board a gay cruise, where they must pose as a couple. Tensions run high.
After drinking too much, Day and Knight wake up in bed together. As they near their destination, they must neutralize a plot aimed at America's technological infrastructure. If they hope to have a life after the mission, one that might include each other, they must learn to trust and rely on each other.



Find more great audiobooks at Falcon Sound Company. Happy listening!

Saturday, April 13, 2019

New Audio Available by S.C. Wynne


Good Morning all!

I've been on vacation in Catalina and busy busy with deadlines, so I've skipped a few times posting. Forgive me! :)

I wanted to let you know that the second book in my psychic series, Shadow's Return is now available in audio!

BLURB:


In Book Two, Psychic Liam Baker and Detective Kimball Thompson have embarked on a romantic relationship after battling the deadly and powerful psychic, Steven Pine months ago. They ended his brutal killing spree of young male prostitutes, and he’s safely in jail.
But when someone starts murdering young college girls, some disturbing clues seem to lead back to Stephen Pine. But he’s locked up and awaiting trial. There’s no possible way he could be involved in the new murders.
Yet Liam can’t shake the chilling feeling that Pine has somehow figured out a way to reach out from his jail cell to continue murdering innocent victims.

Hope that sounds interesting! 

S.C.




Friday, April 12, 2019

I've been remiss by Felice Stevens




I've been retired a year now and it's crazy how fast the time went. I thought I'd get a lot more accomplished in my house and with my writing but I think the lack of structure in my day meant I didn't produce what I could. 

When the new year started I went back over my year and decided to make a change. I vowed to stay off of social media, write more by doing sprints and take more control over my business. I wrote down my goals and books I wanted to write -yes I am using my planner still!!!-and have been able to write at a steadier pace. Having writer friends to sprint and brainstorm with has made a world of difference.

My last release, The Coincidence, is a book I have been wanting to write for a long time. It is a story of fate and hope and a love that as almost destined to be. Coby is a snarky, sassy man who uses humor as a shield against getting hurt. Eli hides behind his quiet sadness but when the two meet they are the perfect combination. Add in Tante Fay, who always has an opinion and I smile every time I think of them. It is quintessential Jewish New York City and just in time for Passover! It's on Kindle Unlimited for the first 90 days and I hope you give it a try.
Universal Link:  mybook.to/TheCoincidence




Thursday, April 11, 2019

Gone to the Dogs


Good morning!  This week was Dog Fighting Awareness day, and the accompanying pictures and stories have been so heart-breaking. On a personal note, we had a dog rescued from this terrible "sport" as a puppy, and he was anxious and afraid his whole life, in spite of our love and efforts. So, in an effort to cheer all of us up, here are some pictures of our studio dogs through the years. The newest, Rogue, has since eaten the pillow in her picture, and no longer fits so well in the arm chair.  Have a happy day!






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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

a little spring either or with BA, Julia, Kiernan and Sean


So we thought we'd do a fun little either or that's spring related. It's a baker's dozen, from informative to silly.


Day or night
Sunshine or rain
Hot chocolate or chocolate milk
Cream egg or Peeps
Tulips or roses
Soft or hard
Grass or patio stones
Swimming or running
Baby squirrels or baby sharks
Netflix or network
Ice cubes or crushed ice
Pastel or neon
Cake or death



BA Tortuga
Day or night -- I'm a day time person, unless I can't sleep. Although my wife says I'm most productive after supper...
Sunshine or rain -- SUNSHINE
Hot chocolate or chocolate milk -- I like dark chocolate almond milk in coffee
Cream egg or Peeps -- Peeps, Cream eggs make me barf.
Tulips or roses -- Roses. ALLLL the roses.
Soft or hard -- Is this a sex thing? If it is, I'm a breast girl.
Grass or patio stones -- there is no grass, only Zuul
Swimming or running -- is there a bear chasing me?
Baby squirrels or baby sharks -- Baby shark, doo doo doot doo doo doo
Netflix or network -- Netflix, please. I'm addicted to weird Australian television
Ice cubes or crushed ice -- Sonic ice
Pastel or neon -- ALL THE COLORS
Cake or death -- So my choices are...or death?


Julia Talbot
Day or night - in between. I’m productive in the morning but I like to relax some in the evening
Sunshine or rain - sunshine - we get 325 day of it a year here. I do love how rain smells
Hot chocolate or chocolate milk - hot chocolate
Cream egg or Peeps - Cadbury baby
Tulips or roses - roses
Soft or hard - mmmm both
Grass or patio stones - here it’s patios. We haven’t seen grass in 6 years
Swimming or running - swimming
Baby squirrels or baby sharks - baby sharks! We call Boomie that
Netflix or network - netflix
Ice cubes or crushed ice - hmm depends on the drink
Pastel or neon - can I have both?
Cake or death- cake. Carrot. I can send my address


Kiernan Kelly
Day or night - I prefer night. No interruptions. 🙂
Sunshine or rain - I love a rainy night!
Hot chocolate or chocolate milk - hot, please. With coffee in it.
Cream egg or Peeps - peeps! They explode in the microwave.
Tulips or roses - roses
Soft or hard - depends. Tissues? Soft. Penises? Hard.
Grass or patio stones - grass is best for running in bare feet.
Swimming or running - swimming. I can float like a champion.
Baby squirrels or baby sharks - do I really need to choose?
Netflix or network - Netflix. Currently watching Sabrina.
Ice cubes or crushed ice - cubed. Crushed melts too fast
Pastel or neon - depends on my mood
Cake or death. I can't eat cake anymore unless it's sugar free. I haven't tried death, and I'm not in any real hurry to experience it, do I don't think I can make an informed decision. 🙂


Sean Michael
Day or night - I'm definitely a night owl
Sunshine or rain - while sunshine is nice, I do love the rain 
Hot chocolate or chocolate milk - if it's a white hot chocolate, then that, but otherwise, chocolate milk
Cream egg or Peeps - I don't like either - although Peeps ar more fun to microwave
Tulips or roses - tulips!
Soft or hard - definitely hard *wags eyebrows*
Grass or patio stones - grass
Swimming or running - swimming, I am not a fan of running
Baby squirrels or baby sharks - baby shark! Well, really, anything baby is adorable
Netflix or network - more and more, I'm choosing Netflix
Ice cubes or crushed ice - crushed ice
Pastel or neon - pastel
Cake or death - cake!



Thursday, April 4, 2019

April Adventures


Hello, and happy Thursday! Spring is in the air, and April is up to her usual tricks. With the oh-so-gradual warming in the weather and the seemingly overnight appearance of tiny bright flowers, it feels like a beginning; the start of something great! Of course, this first week of the month, the other sign of the times is the tradition of April Fools' Day.  Hopefully everyone has recovered from some foolish fun!

It seems appropriate that The Fool is the first card of the tarot. The image is that of a young man, off on his adventures, bright and full of hope. His faithful dog's frantic warnings are ignored as he blithely walks off a cliff. The card portends a new beginning, a care-free spirit of optimism, the start of something great!

The Fool, in my opinion, gets a bad rap. Gullibility is the dark step-sister of innocence and vulnerability. Insisting we won't get fooled again shuts us off from this part of ourselves and the opportunities that come with it.  Getting fooled is the risk we all face when we put our trust in something or someone, and only time will tell if our foolishness pays off.  If narrating hundreds of romances has taught us anything, there's a reason they say, "only fools fall in love."

In any case, this is the week for beginning fantastic new adventures, just don't forget to watch your step!



Thursday, March 28, 2019

March Releases


Happy Thursday in the Cafe! Here are our new releases from March, hot off the mic! Here is 33 hours of recorded romance for your listening pleasure from 3 authors and 3 narrators, Colin Darcy, John Solo, and Kenneth Obi. They say March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb, but our month started with a wolf and ended with a bear. Indulge your animal nature and check out these great audiobooks.  Happy listening!





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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Favorite things about spring from BA, Julia and Sean


Hey y'all!

Kiernan is off on a trip, so here's Sean, BA, and Julia with our favorite things about spring!

XXOO

Julia

Visit our websites:

Sean's is http://www.seanmichaelwrites.com

Julia’s is http://www.juliatalbot.com

BA’s is http://www.batortuga.com

Kiernan's is www.KiernanKelly.com

Evil Plot Bunny: http://www.evilplotbunny.com/

Julia's Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TurtlehatStudio

Facebook:

Sean -- https://www.facebook.com/SeanMichaelWrites

Julia -- https://www.facebook.com/juliatalbotauthor

BA -- https://www.facebook.com/batortuga

Kiernan -- https://www.facebook.com/kiernan.kelly

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Liberty States Fiction Writers and Readers Conference






This is where you will find me this weekend! Overall, I have found this conference to be fairly diverse and the attendees more flexible and open minded than at other New Jersey conferences. I especially like it because it isn't only romance authors, so you get to have a wide range of discussions with people from all kinds of writing and reading backgrounds. I learned a lot last year, and I expect to do the same this year.


If you're a reader, this is the info for you:

Readers Track


Full Registration – $95

Day Pass Options:
Saturday Day Pass – $65
Sunday Day Pass – $35

Full Registration includes access to all Readers Track panels and events, spotlight signings, the Saturday night game night, and three meals.


Saturday Day Pass includes access to all Readers Track panels/events and the book fair to be held on Saturday, March 30. The price also includes the Saturday game night, and two meals.


Sunday Day Pass includes access to all Readers Track panels/events and the spotlight signings held on Sunday, March 31. The price also includes one meal.


Visit the conference site, the registration link is at the bottom:
Liberty States Fiction Writers & Readers Conference Registration.


Hope to see you there!

Jodi
jodipayne.net

Saturday, March 23, 2019

You Don't Like My Main Character? Oh Well By S.C. Wynne


Good morning all!

I have a re-release of a book I wrote in 2014 that was published by Loose Id. This was a touchy book for some. It was a book that most people loved, and a few didn't understand. Mostly I've gotten many letters from readers thanking me for writing this book. Damaged Heart is a special book for me. It's a personal book for me, so maybe I'm not as easy going as usual when people criticize the story. Most people get it, but there are those few who whine Cory was mean.

Yes, Cory isn't a nice guy in the beginning, but he has his reasons. I see people sometimes rate this book low because they don't like Cory. Oh, well. I guess you have no empathy maybe for people who have suffered horribly, and maybe struggle to be who you think they should be? Not everybody is nice. Not everybody is well adjusted. Sometimes people have gone through stuff that makes them hard to get along with. But so long as the character tries to change? I don't get the negative review thing. I don't rate books low because one of the characters didn't start out as a nice guy. If the character remains a jerk the entire time? Yes, that would frustrate me. But I like growth in a character. I like watching them change and try. That IS the point of a book for me.

The thing is, when it's a romance novel, all ends well. It has to because it's romance.The cantankerous person always ends up trying and learning to love. So why is it some people just can't get past the "unlikeable" character in the beginning thing? I'm actually curious about that. It baffles me.

Maybe I'm odd because I enjoy characters with an edge. I loved stories like Taming of the Shrew, and John Wick. Who the heck doesn't love Hans Solo even though he starts out as a jerk? lol  I don't need my characters to start out nice, so long as they end up redeemed. In fact, I prefer they don't start out nice.

I might be the minority. Maybe most people love gentle lovey dovey characters who are sweet as pie from the first page. There is certainly a place for characters like that, but I like those characters the best when they have a foil; another character who is the opposite. I think that makes for a better story. In my humble opinion. And I actually am allowed an opinion.

Now let me give a disclaimer: All reviewers are allowed their opinions too. Readers have every right to hate everything I do, and every book I write. But I also have a right to my opinion. I have a right to write the characters the way I want, and the way that makes the best sense for the story I want to tell. Because, ultimately, it's my story.

I seem to be channeling Cory today. Oh, well. There's a reason I love him. lol


S.C.
www.scwynne.com

P.S. If you're interested in a love story with one sweet guy, and one asshole protagonist, who changes and learns to love, Damaged Heart is available here:

Amazon    Kobo    Barnes & Noble    Apple








Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Newest releases! BA, Julia, Kiernan and Sean


Happy Release Day to BA and Sean

Available now at Dreamspinner Press

Love is hitting the slopes, and the competition is fierce.

It’s Gay Ski Week in Aspen, and blind sculptor Bleu Bridey and his ex-fiancé, Dan, are at the Leaning N Ranch to unveil Bleu’s latest commission.

Former Olympic snowboarder Ryan Shields is there too… and he’s Bleu’s true love who got away. Seeing Bleu again, Ryan remembers how they couldn’t get enough of each other in college.

Too bad it looks like Bleu is with Dan now, because Ryan would love to remind Bleu how good they were together, in and out of the sheets.

Between Ski Week parties, a bunch of exes, a private ski lesson, and one terrible accident that leaves Bleu stranded and Ryan in rescue mode, it’ll be a wonder if these two manage to survive, much less find a few seconds alone to remember how much love they have to keep them warm even in the worst of storms.

Go buy it here!

Sean has a re-release!

Out March 22

Swimmer Mike Gauliet is on his way to an Olympic berth, sitting on the edge of fulfilling his potential and achieving the dreams his coach and lover, Jessy Turner, has for both of them.

All Mike wants to think about is swimming his laps faster than anyone else. Too bad things aren’t going exactly according to plan. Mike’s getting threats, and he’s afraid to tell Jessy and determined to handle things alone.

When the threats escalate to the point where Mike can’t hide them, though, Jessy takes over, moving Mike to a new training location, promising to keep him safe. Mike and Jessy try to go on with business as usual, but someone has such hatred for Mike that it seeps into their everyday life, straining their relationship, making Mike wonder if he even wants to swim anymore. Danger lurks around every corner, in and out of the pool, and while Mike and Jessy work with the police to discover the culprit, one attack leaves their life in shambles. Can Mike and Jessy find their attacker and get Mike back on track to a championship?

Pre-order it here!

Julia and Kiernan both have shorts that have been re-released on Evil Plot Bunny! And Julia has a Minerva Howe short that's a brand new Planet Fantasy story.

Check them out here!

XXOO

Julia, BA, Kiernan, Sean

Visit our websites:

Sean's is http://www.seanmichaelwrites.com

Julia’s is http://www.juliatalbot.com

BA’s is http://www.batortuga.com

Kiernan's is www.KiernanKelly.com

Evil Plot Bunny: http://www.evilplotbunny.com/

Julia's Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TurtlehatStudio

Facebook:

Sean -- https://www.facebook.com/SeanMichaelWrites

Julia -- https://www.facebook.com/juliatalbotauthor

BA -- https://www.facebook.com/batortuga

Kiernan -- https://www.facebook.com/kiernan.kelly

Sunday, March 17, 2019


Happy Sunday all!

Its also St. Patrick's Day, so today I'm offering up my favorite soda bread recipe.
IRISH SODA BREAD

Ingredients:

4 to 4 1/2 cups flour
1 Tbsp sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
4 Tbsp butter
1 cup raisins
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 3/4 cups buttermilk

1. Preheat oven to 425°F.

2. Whisk together 4 cups of flour, the sugar, salt, and baking soda into a large mixing bowl.

3. Cut the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse meal, then add in the currants or raisins. I use a pastry blender, but you can also pulse it in a food processor or even use two knives. If you must to use your fingers work quickly so you don't melt the butter.

4. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture, then add the beaten egg and buttermilk and mix with until dough is too stiff to stir. Use something sturdy like a wooden spoon.

5. Dust hands with a little flour, then gently knead dough in the bowl just long enough to form a rough ball. If the dough is too sticky to work with, add in a little more flour. Knead as little as possible, over kneading makes the bread tough.

6. Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface and shape into a round loaf. Note that the dough will be a little sticky and not pretty. No worries, that's right!

7. Transfer dough to a baking sheet (it will flatten out a bit) and score the top, making a big X. Don't be afraid to cut right in, it helps the dough bake evenly.

8. Bake until bread is golden and sounds hollow when tapped, about 35-45 minutes. (Check for doneness also by inserting a long, thin skewer into the center. If it comes out clean, it's done.) If the top is getting too dark while baking, tent the bread with some aluminum foil.

9. Let cool a few minutes: Remove pan or sheet from oven, let bread sit in the pan or on the sheet for 5-10 minutes, then remove to a rack to cool briefly.

Serve bread warm, at room temperature, or sliced and toasted. It's best right away.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Jodi

jodipayne.net