Horny Hump Day 04/23/13: Beleaguered

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Participating authors in Horny Hump Day post three sentences from their published works or WIP, hot like a firecracker! LOL

Welcome back to Horny Hump Day!

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This week I’m showing off a snippet from Beleaguered, the final book of Time Enough to Love which is scheduled to release one month from today! WooHoo!

In this  scene, Alyse and Thomas are at a dance and Alyse decides to have some fun with him. Hope you enjoy!

She drew him into the circle of courtiers, pressing her breast so intimately against his side that he swore under his breath.

“You torture me, madam!” he said as they drew close again to circle each other.

“Oh, I hope I have not stepped on your feet?”

Thomas and Alyse’s story, Betrayal, is available from Amazon and Smashwords.

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Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 4/20/14 Betrayal

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors and Happy Easter!

Finally, after a long couple of weeks, I’m able to be back!  I thought I’d ease back in with a little more of Betrayal, my medieval novella and Book 2 of my serial novel, Time Enough to Love.

Alyse’s betrothed, Sir Geoffrey Longford, has been called away to his father’s home because his brother is ill.  Geoffrey’s friend and Alyse’s champion, Thomas has just arrived with news and handed her a parchment letter.  Alyse reads it with some trepidation as Princess Joanna and the other ladies wait in the next chamber.

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Joanna threw open the door and the three of them rushed in to find Alyse crumpled on the floor, Lord Braeton bent over her, chaffing her hands. As the princess entered, he looked up, his face set in harsh lines. “She swooned, Highness.” He scooped Alyse into his arms, gazed around the room then looked beseechingly at the princess.

She understood well the depth of feeling between her waiting woman and Geoffrey Longford. Alyse would need many days to recover from this blow. “Take her to her bed chamber, Lord Braeton. When she wakes, she will likely desire the comfort of her own room.” 

If you want more before next week, Betrayal is available at Amazon.

In the mean time, check out the rest of the Warriors here.  There’s some fantastic snippets to be read.

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Horny Hump Day 04/16/13: Betrayal ~ A Delicious Sight

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Participating authors in Horny Hump Day post three sentences from their published works or WIP, hot like a firecracker! LOL

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I’m back!  After a two-week hiatus, my production is over and I’m ready to share a hot snippet with you.  This is from Betrayal, Book 2 of Time Enough to Love. Thomas is appreciating his bride’s attributes.

His gaze traveled lower, to deliciously rounded hips flowing into the sleek thighs he had been caressing a moment ago.  He swallowed hard at the sight of the tangle of dark curls where her thighs met. Almost fully erect, he clenched his fists and bent to the task of hiding all this loveliness under the shift.

Thomas has always been  a connoisseur of women.  And his wife has certainly inflamed his interest. If you’d like to see how he acts on her loveliness, Betrayal is available from Amazon and Smashwords!

Please continue to the Horny Hump Day blog site for additional sites on the hop and go check out the other hot authors.

Thanks so much for visiting the Journal once more for Horny Hump Day!

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Horny Hump Day 03/25/13: Betrothal ~ The Glory of His Touch

 

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hhd 2014 2 (1)Participating authors in Horny Hump Day post three sentences from their published works or WIP, hot like a firecracker! LOL

 

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Since my medieval novella, Betrothal, is up for a RONE Award, I thought I’d give you a hot snippet from that this week!

17541736_mHe swallowed hard and breathed sharply before running a finger down the cleft of her bosomn then with a contented sigh, he cupped her breasts, stroked them with strong, nimble fingers. The memory surfaced of running her hands over her body, wondering how it would feel when his hands were on her. Never would she have imagined the glory of his touch.

That’s all for now.  But if you want more, Betrothal is available at Amazon for just .99.  Also, as I said earlier, this novella is up for a RONE award.  If you’d like to vote for it (I’m trying to make it into the finals) please click here and vote by March 30.  I’d so appreciate your vote!

Please continue to the Horny Hump Day blog site for additional sites on the hop and go check out the other hot authors.

Thanks so much for visiting the Journal once more for Horny Hump Day!

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Betrayal (3)

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I Need Your Vote! Betrothal is Nominated for A RONE Award

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My medieval novella, Betrothal, the first book in my serial novel, Time Enough to Love, has been nominated for a 2014 RONE award!

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The second phase of the award process is for you, my readers, to vote for Betrothal this week, March 24-30.  You can cast your vote here.

You do need to register to vote, but after that brief detour, you can proceed to the voting in the Historical Medieval category.  The 5 or 6 books with the highest amount of votes go on to finalist status.

I’ve never finaled in anything, so if you can possibly vote for me and make it happen, I will be walking on cloud nine for a very long time!

Thanks so much!  And if you can share this on Facebook and Tweet to all your peeps, I’d be forever in your debt. :)

Fingers crossed!

 

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Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 3/23/14 Betrothal

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors! I’m back this week with a snippet from Betrothal, the first book in my medieval serial novel, Time Enough to Love.  

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In these eight, Alyse de Courcy finds out who her father has betrothed her to.

Mere seconds before she learned her fate and she could scarce affect an indifferent pose before the court when inside every inch of her quivered with anticipation of the name on the king’s lips.

The king straightened, glanced at her then at the man by her side and asked, “What say you then, Sir Geoffrey? Does the lady not speak fair? I vow she will make you a proper wife and a dutiful one as well.”

Alyse turned, until that moment unaware that Geoffrey Longford stood beside her. Chills coursed down her body as the king’s words echoed in her mind. The sensation of falling backward assailed her, as though she rushed away from the tall man at her side even as his figure loomed larger and larger in her sight.

God have mercy on me, for by the look of him, this man will not

Betrothal has been nominated for a 2014 RONE award!  Voting for my category of Historical:  Medieval begins tomorrow at http://indtale.com/2014-rone-awards-week-three.  Hope you’re able to give Betrothal your vote for best medieval. :)

In the mean time, check out the rest of the Warriors here.  There’s some fantastic snippets to be read.

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The Making of a Masterpiece by Nikki Lynn Barrett

I am so pleased today to have my good friend and fellow author Nikki Lynn Barrett on my blog to tell you about the making of her latest masterpiece, A Masterpiece of Our Love.

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Thank you, Jenna, for having me on your blog today!

I saw a photo with a saying on Facebook recently that said something along the lines of “The first draft is merely you telling yourself the story” Or something of that sort.

You know what, I agree!

I’m a total panster. I come up with a general idea, but there are many things I don’t know about my story when I set to write it. I learn as I go. I plug away on the rough draft.  It took me a LONG time to leave it alone and just WRITE IT! I would burn out trying to figure thing out, or I got critiques way too early and all the different opinions messed with my head. I learned. I wrote the first draft, and THEN allowed opinions on it. I don’t even let my husband read it until it’s done (With the exception of Masterpiece, because I wanted a cover and he wouldn’t do it until he read at least part of the story, LOL)

Revisions used to scare the hell out of me. The Secret Santa Wishing Well, my debut, was the first completed book I’d written in eight years. While my writing was better than the last one I wrote, I still had A LOT to learn about the writing process. And really, with me just publishing my fifth book, there’s still plenty to learn. But I’m getting there more and more. Anyway,  the first few books after I finished their draft, I was overwhelmed with the idea of revising. I think by the time ON the 12th Date of Christmas was finished and I went to revise, it wasn’t as scary anymore. A Masterpiece of Our Love, I looked forward to revising.

Back to that saying I found- The first draft is my intro to the characters, their lives. I learn about them. I write what I feel works. When I get to revising, I’ve read this story so many times. I know my characters better.  I can tweak things and make them even better. I’ve learned not to be so afraid of revisions. They’re the next step to making my story better, to getting right where I want to be. The revising is no longer the hardest part for me.  That makes the process less painful.

Blurb:

Two Lives Torn by tragedy.

Eight-year-old Becca and twelve-year-old Hunter cling to each other and life after surviving a plane crash which stole their families.

Two Souls Seeking Love.

Each year, from the time she was old enough to travel on her own, Becca met up with Hunter on the island that altered their lives forever.

Until he stopped showing.

Her constant. Her link to the past. Gone in the blink of an eye.

Two Lives Bound by Secret.

Suffering more heartbreak, Hunter returns to the one place he’s always sought comfort, the island where he and Becca met. It was the place that stole from him, and in the same instance gave to him. He hasn’t been back or spoken to Becca in four years.

Though he’s sure she must hate him for disappearing, Hunter discovers the girl gone, now a woman in her place. Hunter is determined to prove to Becca he isn’t the same twelve-year-old boy of yesteryear.

But someone isn’t happy about their reunion…

Strange things begin happening. Letters start showing up in their hotel rooms and at home with cryptic messages.

Two Broken Hearts Heal as One.

With the mystery unsolved, Hunter convinces Becca to spend the remainder of the summer back home with him, both for safety and to give them a chance to discover the adults they’ve now become.

Will love get a chance to blossom, or will the past come back and tear the masterpiece of their love apart once and for all?

Excerpt:
“Hey, Hunter! It’s been a while!” A short, plump man wearing a security uniform waved ecstatically at them as he led Becca to his plane. “Taking a night spin?”

“No sir, not tonight. I’m just showing my girlfriend the plane this evening.” He had his arm around her and at the word girlfriend, he gave her right shoulder an affectionate squeeze. “Arthur, I’d like you to meet Becca.”

“I’ve heard so much about you, Becca.” Arthur held his hand out, his smile warm and friendly. “Hunter speaks so highly of you, but he’s never brought you around. I was wondering if you were imaginary.”

She laughed and held out her hand to shake his. “I can assure you I’m very real.

“Good. I’d hate to think he’s paying you so we all would finally believe that such a woman existed.” He let out a hearty laugh that made his belly shake. “Just giving Hunter a hard time. We all enjoy a little picking around here. He’s no exception. Wait till I tell Dan that I met the infamous Becca.”

“I had a feeling you two were taking bets,” Hunter chuckled. “How much does he owe you?”

The man’s cheeks turned a little red, his grin widening. “You’re good, man. He owes me fifty bucks. But, I’ll have to take a picture of you two in case you don’t bring her by again. He’ll want concrete proof.” His tone was hopeful.

Hunter shook his head, still smiling. “The things I do for you crazy old-timers. You have nothing better to do than take bets on my life, huh? What do you say, Bec?”

“I won’t be the reason he doesn’t earn that fifty dollars. They want a picture? We’ll give them a photo to remember.” She smiled over at Arther, who already had his phone out. She winked and turned to Hunter, cupping his face and leaning in for a kiss. She closed her eyes as the flash of the camera lit up and her lips met Hunter’s.

“Ha, love it!” Arthur pumped a fist in the air. “I’ll take that fifty and take my wife out for the night. She’ll enjoy it. Seriously, it’s wonderful to meet you, Becca. We might pick a lot, but Hunter here is a good man and it’s nice to see him happy. Always had a feeling one day you two would end up together.”

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Masterpiece-Our-Love-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B00J2QO8Y2

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-masterpiece-of-our-love-nikki-lynn-barrett/1118929164?ean=2940149365722

Gooreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18690120-a-masterpiece-of-our-love

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NikkiLynnBarrettauthor

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4437_1090856669700_2534921_nAuthor Bio: Nikki Lynn Barrett lives in Arizona with her husband and son. She’s an avid reader, a dreamer, and loves everything about books. She runs a book blog, an online used bookstore, and writes various genres of romance. Nikki can also be found outside with her camera when a storm is near, snapping photo after photo. Her dreams of becoming a writer started when she was young, when she started writing books in one subject notebooks by the fifth grade.

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