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November 2014

It’s HEEEEEEEEEEEERE!

You have GOT to read this book!!!!! Having done the editing, I hope you don’t find boo-boos, (grin) but I absolutely loved the book!!!!

Get This Book! ❤

Versus Blurb

My book is now officially published! Yippy! As such, I am so keen on people who would like to review it 🙂 Please contact me if you would like a free reviewer’s copy in exchange for an honest review (posted on goodreads or your blog or amazon/kobo/smashwords, whichever you like). I have pdf, epub and mobi versions so please let me know which you would like and I shall happily send it along! You can fill out the form below or email me at nogaku89@gmail.com

Please read below for the blurb & click here if you would like to read a scene.

Also, if you would like to purchase the book I currently have it up on Amazon, Kobo and Smashwords for US$0.99, although I am looking at expanding to other outlets in the near future.

Black Swan GOODfirst

The striking Black Swan is native to Australia, unrelated to the seemingly…

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Suck the Fat

Kate's Bookshelf

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I love this. I keep bouncing up against it when I pop into one of my folders and it always makes me laugh.
Granted, I try to avoid people that suck the life out of me…. except for the people that take my blood when I donate. I actually like them…. And they are sucking my life….. Lol.

My advice is to avoid people that suck the life.

Happy Sunday.

Kate

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Benefit For Breast Cancer Society – Untied Anthology

23500758**100% of the proceeds will benefit the Breast Cancer Society**
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November 11, 2014
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BANG by E.K. Blair, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author

THE DEVIL’S CONTRACT by Claire Contreras, Bestselling Author

TAKE ME FOR GRANTED by K.A. Linde, USA Today Bestselling Author

BELOVED by Corinne Michaels, Bestselling Author
Features an EXCLUSIVE Bonus Chapter only available in this Anthology

KICK by C.D. Reiss, USA Today Bestselling Author

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Tomorrow Is Thanksgiving – Time To Change It To “Thinksgiving”?

Mohammed Zeyara posted this on Facebook this morning. First, you must realize I have no real idea who this person is, he is simply someone who wound up on my ‘following you’ list. Huh. A guy with over a million followers is following me-how cool is that?

The forced removal of the Cherokee Nation took them 1,000 miles west to Oklahoma, but along the way thousands died from starvation, disease or freezing to death during the winter months of the forced removal. Some estimates say that 55% of the Cherokee Nation died as a direct result of the Trail of Tears. (A Little Matter of Genocide, Churchill)

Anyway, I was reading this, and it really hit home for me. My family on my mother’s side was Quapaw, a Native American Tribe. They were part of the “Great Removal” – the Cherokee Trail of Tears, (other tribes, including Choctaw and Quapaw were gathered up at the same time) carried out by the White Man, shoving us off our lands and into the barrens of Oklahoma onto “Reservations” (think the Japanese Prison Camps in the US during the World Wars).

I always think of this when “Thanksgiving” comes around. Needless to say, I am not a big fan of the holiday. Then I think of all the other atrocities in the world . . .

So, I wrote the following and posted it on Facebook. I think the concept is important enough that I am asking you to read it here. And maybe you will think about meeting my challenge?


A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history. – Mahatma Gandhi

Humans are, at base, savage beasts made more savage by their intellect – their ability to plan violence for reasons that have nothing to do with feeding their young or guarding their homes. They do it for power, glory, and wealth. Things a true “savage beast” would never consider. Animals kill for food and for the safety of their young and their family groups. Humans do it because they can.

 At one time or another every human “group” – Native American, African, Catholic, Jew, Christian, Hispanic, Celtic, you name it, have all been the ‘target’ of the rest of the world. Oh, and must I mention gays, lesbians, and women? As long as humans are determined to make themselves “better” than other humans, for ANY REASON we won’t evolve beyond savages, no matter how much “better” we put ourselves forward as being than anyone else.

Here is just one example that brings me immense pain. “White Pride” groups tell Hispanics that they should get out of “Their” country – and yet, this was Hispanic/Native American land long before the white armies came in and overran their country. If White groups want everyone “other” to go home, shouldn’t they load up the boats and go back to Europe? This is simply an example, not a rant, just a point – – – NO ONE  is without guilt, and NOTHING in this world will become better until we all decide to look beyond skin colour, religion, sex, race, and all those other “reasons” for fomenting hatred.

Maybe, for this Holiday season, everyone should consider meeting a person they most fear, whether because of their skin colour, race, sexual orientation, whatever, I don’t care. And I encourage you to sit down with them over a cup of tea and really get to know the PERSON. Are you brave enough to do that? To face your fears and prejudices, to reach out with your mind and heart and learn? You may be surprised to learn just how similar you are….I have no great love for Christians, for many, many reasons, but that doesn’t keep me from considering a local minister a dear friend. We share a love of gardening, of food and books and many other things that have nothing to do with her religion and everything to do with her being a genuinely good person. I cherish the things we share, and honour the things we don’t. Maybe, one person at a time, we can learn to accept our differences?

It’s HERE!!!! And I Already Read The First Two Stories! NIGHT SHIFT!

21857389Wheee! Time got away from me, and I didn’t realize what day it was. Then, I opened up my Kindle. SCORE!!!! Woooo hooo!!!!

There it was. Night Shift. Night-Flippin’-Shift! Uh, do I sound a bit excited? You bet your Double Chocolate Chocolate Mocha Pecan Hand Made Ice Cream I am! I dropped everything, and I do mean everything, to plop myself in my comfy chair with a big ol’ mug of tea, a bar of chocolate, and my reader to indulge myself in this long-awaited joy. And it doesn’t disappoint!

OK, calm down and let the readers know what you are talking about, Leiah. Deep breaths… calm… whew. There we go.

Now. Night Shift is an anthology with stories by Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews, Lisa Shearin and Milla Vane.

The first story, by Nalini Singh, is entitled Secrets At Midnight. To be honest, I have several of Ms. Singh’s works on my ‘to read’ stack, but other books have required my attention, leaving Ms. Singh to languish in the “Man, I really want to read that but…” stack. Now? Well, I am certainly going to have to do a bit of jiggling to move her work over to the “OK, these are things that are getting read first…” pile.

Bastien Smith is a Leopard changeling, a ‘were’ to those of the UF genre lovers club. He is a bright man, running the finances of his large, influential pack. He has been under plenty of skirts, but for the last eight months, it simply hasn’t been interesting to him. He wants more. And when he scents that special scent, he is thrilled . . . only thing is, the bloody scent keeps disappearing, leaving him walking the streets in his cat form until the early hours, searching for that amazing fragrance. When he does track it down, what he finds is more than surprising. Riley, a kindergarten teacher, owns the scent. But she is an amazing and confusing puzzle – a puzzle he is determined to solve.

What I like most about this story isn’t just Riley, though I really liked her, as well as Bastien and the other characters. What I really loved was the world building – a world unlike any other I have walked in the genre. Future technology blends seamlessly with human, changeling and psy living side-by-side in apparently easy relationships. But there also seems to be a war brewing in the background. I have got to see if this is part of a whole I have yet to discover. Oh, yeah, baby! I LOVE me some wondrous world building!

 

 

Magic Steals! Magic Steals! Magic Steals! I LOVE DALI AND JIM!

This is the one we have been waiting for, fellow lovers of Dali, the semi-blind, vegetarian white tiger. Honestly, Dali is one of my top favorite characters in the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews. Dali is so much fun. She is brilliant, funny, and magical. Too bad she is also half-blind (those coke bottle lenses are a real pain, aren’t they Dali? I remember when I wore those before my Lasix surgery. Too bad magic doesn’t allow for the surgery to stick in your case!) Being the only grass-eating tiger is a real social nightmare in the carnivorous clan led by her honey-bunny, Jim Shrapshire, head of the Cat Clan and ultimate badass. She can’t even remember who or where she is for a good minute after her change – so how could she possibly be enough for Jim, strong enough to stand by his side as Alpha Female of the Clan? Besides, in her mind her skinny, flat-chested, knobby kneed self isn’t anywhere near what big, strong Alpha Jim could need in his life, right?

Well, maybe not so much! Circumstances are dire for Eyang Ida Indrayani (Grandmother Ida Indrayani in Indonesian) and Dali, with the help of Jim, is her only hope. And what Jim has always told her is more true than she could have imagined. She really IS stronger than she ever believed!

This story literally made me feel giddy!

Lucky Charms by Lisa Shearin

Confession. I am not sure I had even heard of Lisa before. I know, a lot of you are shocked. But hey, So Many Authors, So Little Time, right? Her “About” page says, in part: Lisa is the national bestselling author of The Raine Benares novels, a series of six comedic fantasy adventures. Her next series–The SPI Files–is an urban fantasy that’s been described as Stephanie Plum meets Men in Black.

Well, with descriptions like that, it was “Over To Goodreads And Put Them All On The List” time!

I have put away the Kindle for now – I really DO have to feed the four-leggeds in the house and I have knitting to do for a gift, but I will be picking my reading up again tomorrow. Who can possibly not want to dive right in when the second paragraph of the story reads:

It was four in the morning. I was in a stolen bakery delivery truck that’s been nearly totaled by three gargoyles. In the truck with me were two hungover elves, a pair of stoned leprechauns with the munchies, a naked Russian werewolf, and a hot partner, who was actually more of a bodyguard, in a race against a goblin dark mage to retrieve a leprechaun prince with a tracking chip embedded in his left ass cheek.

The trail ended at a McDonald’s in the Bronx.

Need I say more? Review of this story and The Beast of Blackmoor by Milla Vane tomorrow!

Released Today! Designed For Love by Kelsey Browning

DESIGNED FOR LOVE by Kelsey Browning

Author of Texas Nights Series

Co-author of The Granny Series

 

About the Book

Title: Designed For Love (Texas Nights, #4)
Release:  November 24, 2014
Genre:  CDesignedForLoveCover - Largeontemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
Format: e-book
Tags: Texas, sexy, small-town, contemporary romance, romantic comedy, southern, Kelsey Browning

Book Links:     Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Apple / Goodreads

Book Summary:

Ashton Davenport: Hot blonde. Old Money. Off-limits.

That’s how Mac McLaughlin sees her, anyway. And now that he’s enduring a temporary self-imposed exile in tiny Shelbyville, Texas, he’s seeing her way too often. Mac only wants to succeed as the contractor for the Lily Lake development in order to rebuild his reputation and return to Dallas, pronto. A sexy distraction like Ashton was not in the plans.

Mac McLaughlin: Hot builder. Cash poor. Hands-on.

Ashton kissed her trust fund goodbye and left her life as a society princess to prove she could make it on her own. Developing Lily Lake is her big chance, but it’s hard to stay focused working side-by-side with bossy, rough-around-the-edges Mac. Especially when he pulls off his shirt.

When the discovery of an endangered species derails the project, Mac can’t afford to stick around for a stalled job. His and Ashton’s explosive chemistry aside, he’s outta there…unless she can convince him that they just might be able to build something together.

Praise for Texas Nights Series:

Designed For Love:

“Had me laughing from page one!  Browning takes all those awkward little details in life that we like to hide, turns them into hilarious gems, and crafts brilliance with them.  I loved the characters, the town, the dog–and the hammock!  What a hoot!” ~ Sharla Lovelace, Award Winning Author of Don’t Let Go

“Hilarious antics, sassy banter, and sizzling chemistry add up to one fantastic story as Mac and Ashton stumble their way toward happily ever after!” ~ Tracy Brogan, International Bestselling Author

Personal Assets (Texas Nights, #1)

17849703“A hot man, a headstrong woman, and sizzling chemistry set against a homey Texas backdrop—Browning’s contemporary debut has all the assets that count!”  ~ Ruthie Knox, USA Today bestselling author of Flirting with Disaster

Running the Red Light (Texas Nights #2)

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After wearing a “Least Likely to Succeed” label all her life, Roxanne Eberly is hell-bent on making her Red Light Lingerie store successful. Although the residents of small-town Shelbyville, Texas, are a little…lingerie-resistant, she’ll win them over eventually.

 

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Problems in Paradise (Texas Nights #3)

“Starring a sexy lawman and a woman with a scandalous secret, a deliciously fun read.” ~ Shannon Stacey, New York Times bestselling author

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Kelsey Browning - HeadshotAbout the Author

Kelsey Browning writes sass kickin’ love stories and co-authors Southern cozy mysteries. She’s also a co-founder of Romance University blog, one of Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers. Originally from a Texas town smaller than the ones she writes about, Kelsey has also lived in the Middle East and Los Angeles, proving she’s either adventurous or downright nuts. These days, she hangs out in northeast Georgia with Tech Guy, Smarty Boy, Bad Dog and Pharaoh, a (fingers crossed) future therapy dog.

 

Connect with Kelsey: Email / Website / Newsletter / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads / Pinterest

 

 

 

 

Wuv, True Wuv: Writing a Plausible Romantic Storyline

Some good concepts on writing romance novels. Personally, I prefer action/adventure/suspense with my romance. What about you?

What Dogs Know About Women

Who needs a man when you have a Dog??! 😉

Stuff my dog taught me

woman and dogThe other night I had an argument with the husband so I harrumphed up the stairs and went to bed early.  (Actually, I harrumphed up then back down then back up, since I had forgotten the ipad in the living room.  This took away a fair bit of the effect from my initial harrumph but it also allowed me to watch a new season of The Vampire Diaries in bed, so…).

Buster the Schnauzer did not have even a moment of angst over what to do in such a situation.  Without hesitation, my loyal friend followed me up the stairs, AND back down, AND back up.  As I settled under the covers, he sat upright on the bottom of the bed with a look that clearly said, “You are everything wonderful and perfect in the world and HE is an ass.” (Buster has a very expressive face).  As we shared…

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The Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball

Beginnings and Book Ends

I have always half seriously said I wanted to be a farmer.  I have maintained a meager garden.  I know the thrill of seeing two small starts produce 40 green cucumbers. I know the frustration of weeds and disappointment of a small or failed yield. However, I never knew the intensity of the time, labor, and grind on one’s body to run a working farm.  After reading this book I knew, and you will too.  Farming is more than kitchy decorations and fresh eggs.

To order this book on amazon click here:  The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food, and Love

the dirty lifeI adored this book from the first page to the last.   The author and her boyfriend, Mark pursue their dream to become farmers on a run-down plot of land.  She follows us through their first seasons of restoration, reviving, planting, harvesting, and an unrelentless amount of work.   I fell…

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