Tuesday Post – Slightly Sinful

Things I Love Tuesdays is a weekly feature on my blog where I talk about things I love. Books, movies, it’s all good. Keeping things light and fun.

Do you keep every book you read? If not, how do you decide what is worthy of shelf space?

I read a lot of regency romance novels, and I rarely hold on to the books after I’m finished with them. They all go on to good homes, but I am rapidly running out of shelf space for the books I do want to keep. So it’s a rare occasion that I end up putting something on my keeper shelf.

One of those books is Mary Balogh’s Slightly Sinful. I’ve read quite a few of Balogh’s books, and she’s one of my favorite authors in the genre. But I don’t keep all of her books. In fact, most of the time I try to check them out of the library.

I can’t actually recall purchasing Slightly Sinful. It seemed to appear in my ever growing to-be-read pile. Even though it’s part of the Bedwyn series, I hadn’t sought it out for that purpose – in fact, I don’t believe I’d read any of the other books in that series.Cover of Slighly Sinful

This book is incredibly tropey. The heroine is hiding in a brothel (and all the ladies she works for have hearts of gold). The hero has amnesia. They have to pretend to be married! And not only did the heroine and hero have their happy ending, but so did all the women in the brothel.

And yet…when I closed the back cover of that book, there were tears in my eyes, and I sighed. I felt too full of emotion. I knew I could not give this book up – not to a friend, not to the free cart at the library. No, I needed to put it back on my keeper shelf, where it has sat for several years.

I read so much I can’t always recall plots of the books I’ve read. But I mostly always remember how a book makes me feel. And for that reason, Slightly Sinful is one of those things I love.

Do you have a book you can’t give up? Tell me about it in the comments.

Things I love Tuesdays: Crafting

Things I Love Tuesdays is a weekly feature on my blog where I talk about things I love. Books, movies, it’s all good. Keeping things light and fun.

Welcome to the first installment of “Things I love Tuesdays.” Here is where I get to talk about things that make me happy. In the words of Marie Kondo, they spark joy. This week, I’m going to talk about crafting.

Now, I’ve always been a yarn crafter. I’ve been crocheting since I was about 4 years old, which puts me at…well, at a couple of decades of crochet. I tried knitting, but I could never get into it. Crochet was just easier for my brain. I could work on a scarf or a blanket and not have to think about it too hard.

But right now it’s summer, and it’s a little too hot to have a lot of yarn on my lap. Somehow, I ended up diving headfirst into paper crafting, specifically card-making. It’s not really surprising – a friend of mine is a demonstrator for a stamping company. I’m not going to name the company because this blog isn’t about me selling anything (although if you really want to know, leave me a comment and I’ll tell you:).

I started small, with a card kit, and I loved it. But I was quickly frustrated by the limited options. I wanted to do more. Hence me placing an order for much more stuff, and watching more tutorial videos on YouTube that I care to admit. I found my favorite presenters, and subscribed to their channels. I started by imitating their designs before playing with my own. I wouldn’t say I’m good at it, by any means.

It’s incredibly relaxing. I had a migraine the other day, so I disappeared into my “craft room” where I have all the paper supplies set up and made a card. There’s something meditative about cutting the paper, stamping the image, and then gluing it all together. By the end of the session, I have something pretty that I’m proud of, and that I can send off in to the mail to a friend to brighten their day. (The “craft room” is a spare table set up in the basement with all the boxes of Christmas decorations and my husband’s classic video game collection, so hardly instagram worthy stuff here).

Now I’m excited about the Holiday catalog, and making cards for Halloween and Christmas. I don’t know what I will end up creating, but I do know there will be a lot of glitter involved.

Do you have a favorite craft? Tell me about it in the comments!

Musings on Casino Royale in the 21st century

Note that the following reveals spoilers both for the 1953 novel Casino Royale, and the 2006 Movie starring Daniel Craig. CW for sexualized violence. I am using the Kindle Locations for citation purposes.

When I first started out in my desire to read the James Bond novels, my husband asked if I wouldn’t find them annoying. “Aren’t they sexist?”

In a way, he was right, but I find myself surprised in other ways. (Note I will not be touching on the racism in these books, because it’s not my lane, plus others have done it better.) I was pleasantly surprised by the heroine in Moonraker who was way more competent than Bond, and it’s only her smarts that gets them out of the impossible situation (see my live tweet of that book here).

But today we’re going to talk about Casino Royale. I had recently binge watched the Daniel Craig Bond movies at the request of a friend. (which, in the opposite of the traditional ‘only the even numbered’ Star Trek movies are good’, is better on the odds. The first and third are far superior to the second and the mess that is the fourth movie.)

My friend had asked the question – why does Bond do what he does? Why is he loyal to the Crown? He doesn’t have any reasons to be especially patriotic, not that we can see. In fact, he seems to be downright mistreated by the service (specifically talking the Craig iteration here).

I believe the novel Casino Royale answers a lot of these questions.
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Regarding my titles formerly with Dreamspinner

Some of you may have noticed the titles I had published with Dreamspinner are no longer available. I recently had the rights returned to me. I have plans for the books.

Heaven Corp (Angel 1089, Exodus, and Angels Rising) will be self-published in the new year. I need the time to figure out if I’m going to be doing new covers and figuring out formatting the books.

Love in the Time of Hurricanes: I am thinking of turning into a novel and self-publishing that.

If all goes well, I hope to have the two Christmas Shorts, The Puzzle Box, and Teddy Bear Christmas, out before the holiday.

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A Christmas Yarn – plus giveaway

A Christmas Yarn is now available for pre-order! And to celebrate, I’m having a little giveaway. Check out the Rafflecopter widget at the end of the post.

Blurb: Librarian Gavin MacCauley isn’t expecting any surprises this holiday season. It’s the usual rush of helping patrons, and knitting items to donate to the local hospital. But his world is turned upside down by the cutie who walks into knitting club looking to learn how to crochet a scarf.

Jonathan Mercier has just moved to town and is desperate to find a new craft for his traditional, handmade gift for the aunt who adopted him. When his elderly neighbor strong-arms him into attending the library’s knitting and crochet club, he falls hard for the kind (and hot!) librarian running the class.

But with Christmas coming, and time running out to finish the gift, will these two find the time for each other?

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Cover Reveal and Pre-Order for The Superhero Division

Check out the new cover for “The Superhero Division.” You can pre-order now or if you have Kindle Unlimited, read for free on October 16th!

When your evil twin is the competition…

Socket, a techno-telepath, is too busy to think about his crush on his best friend, Valor. Murderous robots are invading from another dimension, and he needs to use all his skills to put together a team of superheroes to counter the threat. This doesn’t mean he stops thinking about what might have been, especially when his double shows up.

Valor loves being a superhero – he loves the media attention, the way the public adores him. But the fight gets serious when the robot attacks start increasing. Luckily, they have help, another version of Socket from an alternate dimension. To his surprise, he finds himself attracted to this twin of his best friend.

The alternate Socket has his own agenda, one that doesn’t involve matchmaking or falling in love. And if he gets his way, everything Socket and Valor worked for will be destroyed.

Content Warning: A character has sexual assault as part of their background. They are also at one pointed triggers into having a flashback.
(originally published by Musa Press)

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Cover Reveal and Pre-order for Wolf Knight

Check out the new cover for my novella “Wolf Knight.” You can pre-order now, but the book will be released on September 18th!

Blurb: Renee Wyvern fought her way to join the ranks of the Wolf, the only order of all female knights in Hedlund. She’s determined to demonstrate her skills at the annual tourney and win honor for herself and her order. First, however, she needs to escort Hedlund’s princess back home. She’s not prepared for the attraction that strikes her.

Princess Adelaide is tired of hiding. She’s been forced into the convent for the past five years, and now she must let herself be sold off in marriage to ensure the continued peace. But her heart is captured by the dashing knight who guards her unexpectedly perilous journey. Maybe it’s time for her to start acting like a princess and take what she wants.

They are kept apart by honor and duty. Can love somehow win the day?

(originally published in the To The Victor anthology by Less Than Three Press)

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Cover Reveal and Pre-order: A Corgi Named Kilowatt

I’m so happy to show you the new cover for “A Corgi Named Kilowatt.” This cover was challenging for me to put together. I had to work with three separate images and make them look like they belonged together. And choosing the right corgi was tough!

This story was originally released in Less Than Three Press’s Silver & Gold Anthology. It is now available on its own for the first time!

Blurb: Evan Andrews is a graduate student content with spending his days in a library reading poetry. His existence is rocked when hot, sexy, and much too old for him Marc Romano stumbles into his life. The guy has everything, plus he loves dogs. Evan is immediately smitten.

Marc didn’t expect to be older than the professors when he decided to go back to college. He immediately puts his foot in his mouth around Evan, and if weren’t for his dog Kilo playing matchmaker, that would have been the end of that.

Sparks fly between Evan and Marc, but will those sparks ignite, or will their difference in age extinguish the flame?

The novella will be released next week, but you can pre-order it now if you wish!
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