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Time for Some Summer Lovin’!

The Summer Lovin’ Anthologies are now available! Click on the banner to get yours – they’ll only be available until September 30th. But enough of that – how about an excerpt from my contribution?  From the short paranormal romance, Concessions, meet Lindsey and her beau, Clyde (AKA Devon):

Shoving the extra ketchup under the counter, I went back to my catalog. Snowmen, fir trees, and angels—three things you can’t find in Vegas, no matter what time of year it is. “Happy Ho-Ho-Holidays” one T-shirt read…now that’s more like it. Candy, the prostitute who worked the corner across the street, would enjoy that.

“I like that one better.” A black fingernail tapped the picture below.

“HOLY ****!” I screamed, sending soda cups and lids flying.

“Sorry. A little jumpy today, Lindsey?”

My vision pulsed red as my heart scrambled to flood my system with adrenaline. “Damn it, Clyde, as if your looks aren’t enough to give me a coronary.” The one thing I couldn’t figure out was why the customers we did get dressed like the living dead. I thought they were supposed to haunt the night, not the afternoon.

“I can’t help it you never hear me coming. I guess I should get a bell for my collar.” He ran a long, pale finger along the edge of his spiked neckwear. Clyde took the Goth look to a new extreme, his sharpened canines sparkling in the neon glow as he graced me with a rare smile.

“Then the mice’ll be safe.” Sighing, I stooped down and collected the now-trashed cups.

Stomping his combat boots loudly on the thin carpet, Clyde came around the counter. While I fumbled with the paper and plastic, he deftly stacked the lids like they’d just come out of the box. He started to set them by the soda machine, but I stopped him.

“We have to toss those. Health code, you know.”

“Oh, right. Sorry again. Jack won’t be mad, will he?” One of the few regulars, Clyde came in every day, watching the same movies over and over. I’d never asked him about that—I probably didn’t want to know.

“Nah. Don’t worry about it. **** happens.” I dumped the last load into the trash and punched the intercom behind me. “Jack, keep an eye on the counter. I have to go get some more cups, okay?”

The figure in the glass booth across the lobby threw a hand in the air.

“Can I help you carry something?” Clyde asked.

I did a double take. “Sure.”

He followed me silently to the stairs.

“Are you okay, Clyde?” I thought his vocabulary was limited to “Hot Tamales” and “thank you.”

“I’m fine, why?”

I opened the door at the top, walked past the projectors feeding the two lonely screens, and invited him into the dark storeroom with my finger on my lips. As door the closed, I flicked on the bare light bulb and squinted at him.

“You’ve never talked to me before. What’s up?”

His midnight eyes were traced in heavy matching liner. Black pearls in a velvet purse. Straight, jet-black bangs fell across his forehead, begging to be brushed aside to reveal his meticulously groomed ebony eyebrows. His hair was the only thing that wasn’t characteristic of the death-loving crowd. No spikes or vibrant colors interrupted the soft wave that framed his stark features and ended in an unbroken line at his chin.

The caverns in his cheeks became dimples as another smile creased his equally black lips. “Honestly? I talk to you every day, Lindsey.”

His eyes held mine, paralyzing me. His pupils seemed to open like umbrellas, enveloping me in night.

“You do not,” I breathed, unable to blink but seeing nothing.

“Yes, I do.” His husky voice wafted over me like fog. “Every day. Remember?”

I swayed in his arms, lost in his gaze.

“Remember,” he repeated—no, commanded.

In the darkness his word became smoke, swirling around me, beckoning me. Every day…remember…

What do you think? To read more, you’ll need to pick up a copy of the Summer Lovin’ Anthology: Heat Wave. Read the romance, Save the Ta-tas!

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Photo Friday

Today’s shot makes me think of a motivational poster:

I titled this photo “Ahead of the Pack,” but there’s at least two ways to interpret that. Maybe I’m an optimist, but the first thing I thought of was that the fish on the right is a leader, heading fearlessly into open water, while all the others are following him. That’s the motivational poster idea.

But there’s the opposite meaning too. What if that single fish is running from the others? On days when writing just doesn’t seem to get on the calendar, that’s what I feel like. All the little things that life throws at me seem to follow me everywhere, keeping me from what I really should be doing – what I really want to do, namely, write.

What do you see? Remember, your comments count as entries in the Share the Wealth giveaway.

Hmmm…fish for dinner sounds good…

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RT Day One

The first day of the RT Booklovers conference was great! Books, goodies, workshops, parties…where should I start? How about the business end first…workshops.

RT features a ton of workshops. At any given time there’s usually 15 different ones to choose from, everything from querying agents, to editing, to publisher spotlights, to marketing, to name a few. My first day consisted mostly of specialty workshops in the writer track: Understanding the Science of Crime (Dr. D. P. Lyle is fabulous and funny), and The Care and Feeding of a Paranormal Series. Geared toward writers, these workshops focused on research and longevity of writing a series.

The third workshop I attended was in the reader track, Sex in the Gritty or the Ugly Truth. An odd name for a very fun panel. Authors Barry Eisler and Jennifer St. Giles read sex scenes from various books and the audience had to vote on whether a man or woman wrote them. They even read a quote from Dark Lover, one of my favorite books. How they did it without blushing or giggling, I’ll never know, but the panelists were excellent.

Before the workshops started, the book haul began. We started at registration with the bag all the attendees got…it had two books in it. Then we (me, Killian, and Lisa) took a pass through the “Goody Room” where we were allowed to pick 9 free books from probably a couple hundred titles. Killian scored another half dozen at the historical panel she attended…and this is just the first day! Add to that all the bubbles, rulers, bookmarks, bandaid holders, chapstick, mirrors, sticky notes, trading cards, and other goodies that are everywhere, and we are loaded!

The day ended with the Bollywood party hosted by Ellora’s Cave. We got even more goodies and then there was dancing. Lisa and Killian ripped up the dance floor while I worked on keeping time clapping :-).

It was a long, fun day! On to the next…and 5 Times a Night!

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Crazy Days

It’s been a wild and crazy month – not just here, but all around the world. And as much as I’d like to complain about all the goings-on here that take up my time, it’s nothing compared to what others have to deal with. Consider this latest video of the Japanese tsunami:

Kind of shrinks my gripes down to nothing. So rather than complain, I’d rather say thank you. Thank you for laughing, crying, listening, and yes, even ignoring me. Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and have a great Monday!

Gearing up for the RT Booklovers Convention

I’m so excited to be heading to L.A. next week to the RT Booklovers Convention. I’ve filled my days with all kinds of seminars and classes on everything from writing to marketing to criminal investigation!  And of course, there’s a few parties thrown in for fun! If you’d like to see where I’ll be, you can check out my schedule by searching for my profile (Robin DeJarnett) HERE.

In addition to all the note-taking and fun, I’ll also be participating in the RT Expo on Friday, April 8th, from 4-6pm.  The Expo is open to the public for a modest $5 entrance fee, so if you’re anywhere in the area, please come by and see me!  You can bring your copy of Whirlwind for me to sign, or I’ll have both hard copies and ebooks for sale and signing at the event.  But the best thing? 

Kobo eReader

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YOU CAN ENTER TO WIN A KOBO.

My California cohorts: Killian McRae and Lisa Sanchez, are hosting a little scavenger hunt during the Expo. All you have to do is visit each of our tables, get your entry card punched, and then drop it in one of our baskets to be entered. Of course, you’ll also get goodies from each of us too!

Did I mention the Kobo will be loaded with all of our ebooks?  And since it uses the very popular epub format, you’ll be able to load tons of books from all over the internet.

So if you’re in the Southern California area next Friday, or are attending RT, I look forward to meeting you!

One More Day to Enter to Win at LibraryThing

Don’t forget to ENTER TO WIN an autographed copy of Whirlwind on LibraryThing.  The odds are pretty good, so why not throw in your name?

Meet an Author Monday

Whether your a reader or a writer, there’s a lot of great information and fun on the Hop. Check it out!

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Public or Private Displays of Affection?

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

The day of love and romance means different things to different people.  To some it’s all flourish with big bouquets and huge heart-shaped boxes of chocolates.  To others, it’s a special note or hidden lingerie waiting to be revealed in private.  Which leads me to today’s question:

What’s more romantic, public or private displays of affection?

Nothing is more public than the surprise proposal during a big game or on a game show…or in the middle of a dinner party, but is that romantic.  I know I’m not the only one who cringes when I see one of those proposals – first I feel for the woman …talk about pressure!  (I’ll use the traditional couple for discussion sake – you know any combination of ask-er and ask-ee is possible.) But then I wonder if the guy knows whether she’ll say yes or not…getting denied on national television would be the ultimate rejection.  The end is almost always happy, but talk about stress!

On the other hand, a public proposal means the guy is putting all his cards on the table.  He’s saying “Look, I love this woman, and I want the whole world to know it.” He’s now accountable to EVERYONE, promising us as much as his wife that he’s hers.  Now that’s commitment.

The quiet, private proposal doesn’t have that kind of pressure attached to it…or does it? The surreptitious sliding of a velvet box across the table in a noisy restaurant or the spontaneous dropping to one knee has it’s own risks. The “you’re joking, right?” answer has a better chance of making an appearance…but so does the “Oh yes!” followed by more demonstrative affirmation. Is that more romantic?

So what do you think?  Is footsie under the table more romantic than a make-out session on the subway?  A song dedication on the radio or a special CD slipped into your bag? “Marry me” shouted in front of the cameras or whispered in a darkened room?

In any case, I wish you love and romance today!

Share the Love Giveaways

Once Upon a Twilight is hosting a blog hop that includes a TON of prizes, all relating to books and love.  There’s over twenty prizes being offered on their site alone, including an autographed copy of Whirlwind.  The giveaway  runs through the 16th, so check it out!   I’m also one of the many guest blogger at http://www.onceuponatwilight.com during the hop, so there’s lots of love to go around.

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