Monday, November 28, 2011

Sheri Wohl is my Guest Author Tonight on "Other Worlds of Romance" on Blog Talk Radio

Join us tonight when I welcome Sheri Wohl to "Other Worlds of Romance" on Blog Talk Radio. She'll be reading from her erotic  lesbian vampire romance, Crimson Vengeance, from

Show time is 11 pm et/ 10 pm ct/ 8 pm pt
Don't miss it!

*****
Love, desire, and secrets—a trail littered with murder and the choice one vampire will have to make that will seal her fate or set her free…

Spokane County Medical Examiner Riah Preston has a job to do and a secret to keep. Riah is a vampire and she’s on a mission to discover a cure for the very thing that has kept her a prisoner of darkness for over five hundred years. With the help of Moses Lake Coroner Ivy Hernandez and genetic scientist Adriana James, they are on the verge of a breakthrough. When victims of a rogue vampire begin to show up along the I-90 corridor, things get complicated. The appearance of vampire hunter Colin Jamison complicates the situation even further. Will they be strong enough to stop this vampire killer cutting a wide path of death and destruction? Or will the secrets Riah holds in her heart destroy them all?

Saturday, November 26, 2011

That Incredible, Edible Egg

And what can be done with it, other than eat it!



Friday, November 25, 2011

Woohoo! DEEP is in the WCPT 2012 Calendar!

Dear Linda,
Congratulations! Your book cover for DEEP has been chosen as one of twelve book covers featured in the 2012 Whiskey Creek Press Torrid Calendar. There’s a total of twelve beautiful book covers with blurbs, all created by WCP Art Director Gemini Judson, that make up this high-quality 2012 calendar printed on thick 100lb paper and sold by Café Press at their website.
The covers featured in the 2012 Whiskey Creek Press Torrid Calendar by month include:
1) SOMEONE TO LOVE ME by Tory Richards, January 2012
2) MAKE ME YOURS by Marie Medina, February 2012
3) THE WILD ONE: EIREANN’S TALE by Brannan Black, March 2012
4) PRISONER OF DESIRE by Phoebe Grafton, April 2012
5) IN THE JAPANESE KNOT GARDEN by Yvonne Sarah Lewis, May 2012
6) RESISTING RACHEL: WARRIORS OF KELON BOOK 3 by Angela Castle, June 2012
7) DEEP by Linda Mooney, July 2012
8) ONCE UPON A MATE by Christine Kirchoff, August 2012
9) DEVIL MUSIC by E C Stacy and Thia Myles Vincent, September 2012
10) HOME TO HAWK RIDGE by Gemini Judson, October 2012
11) SECRET LOVE by Fiona McGier, November 2012
12) SANTA’S WAYWARD ELF by Paige Tyler, December 2012

You can purchase the calendar at Café Press (select the red WCP Torrid Romance box) by clicking on this link:  http://www.cafepress.com/whiskey_creek

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

May the warmth and joy of this holiday bring you many blessings.
Happy Thanksgiving from my home to yours.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Words of Wisdom


Amen.

Church Ladies with Typewriters

Church Ladies With typewriters...
They're back! Those wonderful Church Bulletins! Thank God for church ladies with typewriters. These sentences (with all the BLOOPERS) actually appeared in church bulletins or were announced in church services:



The Fasting  and Prayer Conference includes meals.

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The sermon this morning: 'Jesus Walks on the Water.' The sermon tonight: 'Searching for Jesus.'
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Ladies, don't forget the rummage sale. It's a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Bring your husbands.
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Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our community. Smile at someone who is hard to love. Say 'Hell' to someone who doesn't care much about you.
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Don't let worry kill you off - let the Church help.
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Miss Charlene Mason sang 'I Will Not Pass This Way Again,' giving obvious pleasure to the congregation.
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For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have a nursery downstairs.
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Next Thursday there will be tryouts for the choir. They need all the help they can get.
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Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on October 24 in the church. So ends a friendship that began in their school days.
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A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall. Music will follow.
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At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be 'What Is Hell?' Come early and listen to our choir practice.
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Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to the addition of several new members and to the deterioration of some older ones.
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Scouts are saving aluminum cans, bottles and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children.
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Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person you want remembered.
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The church will host an evening of fine dining, super entertainment and gracious hostility.
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Potluck supper Sunday at 5:00 PM - prayer and medication to follow.
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The ladies of the Church have cast off clothing of every kind. They may be seen in the basement on Friday afternoon.
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This evening at 7 PM there will be a hymn singing in the park across from the Church. Bring a blanket and come prepared to sin.
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Ladies Bible Study will be held Thursday morning at 10 AM . All ladies are invited to lunch in the Fellowship Hall after the B. S. is done.
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The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the Congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday.
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Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 PM. Please use the back door.
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The eighth-graders will be presenting Shakespeare's Hamlet in the Church basement Friday at 7 PM. The congregation is invited to attend this tragedy.
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Weight Watchers will meet at 7 PM at the First Presbyterian Church. Please use large double door at the side entrance.
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The Associate Minister unveiled the church's new campaign slogan last Sunday: 'I Upped My Pledge - Up Yours.'

(Thanks to you-know-who!)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

My November Foodzie is Here


This month's theme is "Leading Up to the Big Feast"
The box includes:
* dried cranberries
* garlic onion pistachios
* fruit nut crostini
* heirloom cornmeal baking mix
* pickled figs
* pistachio and almond nougat

I can already attest that the fig preserves are phenomenal on crackers. Can't wait to see how it is on biscuits!

Timelapse - Quebec city winter 2010


Timelapse - Quebec city winter 2010 from Dominic on Vimeo.
I had posted THE CITY timelapse at an earlier date. I think these are phenomenal!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Elizabeth Lang is my Guest Author Tonight on "Other Worlds of Romance" on Blog Talk Radio!

Don't miss tonight's episode of "Other Worlds of Romance" on Blog Talk Radio, when my guest author will be Elizabeth Lang. She'll be reading from her sci-fi romance, The Rebels, Book 2 of The Empire Series!

Show time is 11 pm et/ 10 pm ct/ 8 pm pt

Don't miss it!

*****

"I am not a rebel, although you make it an appealing alternative."

Adrian Stannis is a brilliant scientist fed up with an Empire that treats him like an intellectual slave. He's a man of peace forced to build weapons of war. Not that he doesn't agree with the necessity. After all, an advanced alien fleet is invading their galaxy, but he sees the dangers inherent in a society that sacrifices the freedom of its citizens, especially his own, for the sake of security.

He escapes with Kali Mirren, a beautiful telepath, who also happens to be his consort, and his assistant and former thief, Bryce. Life finally seems to be going his way, but this is Adrian; peace slips through his fingers faster than a tide rushing out, and they become embroiled with bounty hunters, smugglers, Hunter teams, and a charismatic rebel leader, basically anyone who wants the hundred million credit bounty on his head, not to mention the valuable information he possesses.

W
ill they be able to survive or are they fated to be pawns in a dangerous game of politics?

Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Sad Little Cover Flat


Everyone already knows about book covers. But whenever I get my newest one, there's also a "flat" attached to the email, which features the front as well as the back cover and spine. And, frankly, I think the backs are just as pretty! However, since ebooks are becoming so popular, there's less and less need for back cover art. Such a shame. I have some pretty fantastic flats. Below are just a few.




Saturday, November 19, 2011

Have You Joined the Party Over at "The Romance Reviews"?

Hey, everyone! I'm participating in The Romance Reviews' Year End Splash (YES!) Party, and my question is listed in today's events.

http://www.theromancereviews.com/event.php

Winner gets the choice of any of my books!

Go check it out NOW!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Gruene, Texas, Part 3

Gruene Hall, Texas' oldest operating dance hall. It often hosts such Country and Western artists like George Strait, Garth Brooks, and (of course) Willie Nelson.

We had lunch at the tearoom. Like every business in this small town, it's an old home that has been renovated and converted.

These chimes were ENORMOUS! Each pipe is taller than a man, and they sound like massive church bells when they ring. The store where they were located said it takes the manufacturer 3 months to make, and cost $3000.00. (I snapped this shot with the people in it to give you a perspective.)

The antiques in this place were fantastic. My friend bought a gurgling pitcher shaped like a fish. The scissors-looking thing on the silver tray is really a candle snuffer. And the tiny porcelain "tank" on the lower left is a foot warmer. (Fill with warm water.)



Our "greeter" inside one shop.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Gruene, Texas, Part 2

The bed and breakfast, with breakfast on the veranda.

The original general store.

Inside the antique store. And to think that these phones were all we had
as little as 15 years ago.

The Gristmill Restaurant and Bar. People come from Austin and San Antonio
to eat here.

My friend and I were ROFL singing the tune off this shirt we
found at the t-shirt store.


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Gruene, Texas

This past Veteran's Day weekend I went with a friend to Gruene, Texas. Pronounced "Green", it's a very old German settlement that's "gently resisted change" since it's creation. The tiny town is basically 5 streets, with converted homes as shops, and a famous dance hall. (That night the headliner was Asleep at the Wheel.)

But what makes Gruene stand out is the beautiful sense of nostalgia and old-world charm the place gives you when you walk in. These next four pictures were taken at the general store.






Note: Those are old Texas license plates nailed to the floor.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Christopher Newman is my Guest Author Tonight on Blog Talk Radio

Join me tonight on "Other Worlds of Romance" on Blog Talk Radio when Christopher Newman is my guest author! He will be reading an excerpt from his paranormal romance/crime novel Arcanum Academia from Silver Publishing.

Show time is 11 pm et/ 10 pm ct/ 8 pm pt
Don't miss it!
*****
Detective Allen Franks and his partner Debbie McMasters thought they've seen it all. With a rash of serial killings involving Evans City University coeds murdered in ritualistic fashion what more lies in store? Enter Cassandra Radcliffe, an anthropology major and practicing witch. With the aid of her coven Cassandra tries to scry for the killer's identity. The sexual rite, the Philosopher's Ring, is desperate in nature shocking the campus police as well as the two cops. But Cassandra is adamant she can help. Debbie thinks she's a fraud but Allen has other ideas. But as the body count rises is Detective Franks' association with Cassandra still professional--or is it turning into something more? Amid all this distraction the serial killer ups the ante. Can Franks and McMasters uncover who's behind it all or will they have to rename Evans City University to Arcanum Academia?

Sunday, November 13, 2011

This Is All Kinds Of Wrong of the Day


This Is All Kinds Of Wrong of the Day:

That something as simple as a good photograph can increase the likelihood of an abandoned dog being adopted is well documented.

Emily Tanen had witnessed the effects of a professional photoshoot on an unwanted dog’s chances first hand during her time at the Manhattan branch of Animal Care and Control of New York City, when she took it upon herself to upgrade the shelter operator’s disposable camera to her own $1,500 Nikon, only to see the number of rescued dogs increase.

Hired as a liaison between ACCNYC and the groups that rescue shelter animals, Tanen says she was eventually fired for going out of her way to take better photos of pit bulls in a last-ditch effort to save them from being euthanized.

Tanen was told that she had violated the policy that prohibits photographing the dogs interacting with humans.

“I think they just didn’t want photos of animals that they were about to kill looking cute and adoptable and happy with people,” she says, “but they said it was because their research showed that photos with people didn’t encourage people to adopt.”

Sadly, for many of the dogs in ACCNYC’s care, Tanen was the last line of defense. Rescue groups would often be persuaded by her photos to take animals they would otherwise have passed on.
“I still remember Domino’s photo — the first pit bull we pulled from Manhattan,” Dog Habitat Rescue founder Jay Lombard said. “He was within 12 hours of being destroyed when Emily snapped a photo of him and attached it to an e-mail. That image hit me hard and I couldn’t turn away.”

Above: Compare Tanen’s handiwork with the ACCNYC’s sorry excuse for a snapshot.

(From NYT and The Daily What)

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Cottages


There's something very soothing and peaceful about these shots.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Men With Babies

Personally, I think there's nothing sexier than a good-looking man loving his child.


Monday, November 7, 2011

Theresa Meyers is my Guest Author on "Other Worlds of Romance" on Blog Talk Radio

Join us tonight on "Other Worlds of Romance" on Blog Talk Radio with guest author Theresa Meyers. She will be reading an excerpt from her new paranormal/steampunk romance novel, The Hunter.

Show time is 11 pm et/ 10 pm ct/ 8 pm pt
You won't want to miss this one!

*****
They’re the Chosen—Winchester, Remington and Colt—brothers trained to hunt down supernatural beings using the latest steam-powered gadgetry. It’s a hard legacy to shoulder, and it’s about to get a lot more dangerous.
A DEVIL OF A JOB
Colt Jackson has gotten his name on many a wanted poster with success in the family business: hunting supernaturals across the frontier. Lately, though, there’s a sulfur stink in the wind and the Darkin population is exploding. A rift in the worlds is appearing. To close it, Colt will have to do the unthinkable and work with a demon to pass arcane boundaries no human alone can cross.
Except when he summons his demon, he doesn’t get some horned monstrosity: he gets a curvy redheaded succubus named Lilly, who’s willing to make a bargain to become human again. He also gets Lilly’s secret expertise on the machinations on the dark side of the rift. And her charm and cleverness help to get them out of what his silver-loaded pistol and mechanical horse can’t. Of course, when all hell breaks loose, he might have to sacrifice his soul. But what’s adventure without a little risk?

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Six on Sunday - POSSESSION

Available from Whiskey Creek Press Torrid

1. 
The woman was covered so completely, only her face was visible. Oh, but what a face. It was the face of a world-class model. Young, with perfect angles and not a blemish to be seen. Lightly arched brows were the color of caramels. She was wearing a shapeless shift in a bluish-gray color. A scarf in similar shades was tied over her head, hiding the rest of her hair. But that face, those ripe lips…and those eyes.

2.  “That's not what I mean, and you damn well know it.” Her head swiveled in Sam‟s direction. “You, Detective, I have no problem with. But you.” She turned back to Kiel. “There's something about you that's throwing all my beliefs into a meat grinder and grinding them to bits. You have the aura, but I can touch you. What's going on, Detective? You frighten me, and I don't like this feeling. Not one bit. If I'm going to help you solve this case, we need to be upfront with each other, and now. Or else I'm going to have to call your captain back and tell him to send me two other men, or I'm bowing out.” She paused, and Kiel could hear her racing heart. He could also see her visibly attempting to slow down her breathing.

3.  Pausing outside of apartment number 316, Sam gave him a nod to go ahead. Sounding a quick sigh, Kiel tore off the tape barring them from entering and gave the handle a little jiggle to make it sound like he was using a key to open the door. Then he quickly went through the steel partition, into the apartment, and unlocked the door from the other side. J wore a little smile but said nothing, and for a second he wondered if the woman was aware of the little trick he'd pulled. Mentally shrugging, Kiel decided not to say anything unless she brought it up first. They were here to investigate a triple homicide, not discuss the attributes of a man who had died over a month ago.

4.  She no longer cared about the implications or the impossibility of the situation. Lifting her arms, she felt his wide, strong shoulders and the soft short hairs at the nape of his neck as he bent his face and pressed his mouth to her neck. His arms, like wide bands of warm steel, drew her against his chest, pressing her tightly against him. To be held like this fed her soul. It bathed her parched heart with life-giving hope, and there was no way she could doubt how he felt about her. Love had its own color because she had seen it in her parents, in Douggie, and shining out of Grandmama. And this blinding beacon of light was edged in that same color like a second aura.

5.  Sam ran, snatching J, then dashed past the apartment once again to reach the stairs. As he passed the open door he could barely made out a dark shape hovering like a cloud over Kiel‟s head as his brother faced the killer one-on-one. Neither he nor J made a sound as they half-ran, half-stumbled down the four flights of stairs and burst through the door into the apartment lobby. He paused a second to get his bearings, slightly disoriented because of the way they had been forced to go the back way this time. J started to say something when he tightened his grip around her waist and almost dragged her out the rear entrance.

6.  She didn't stop screaming until the police burst through the door leading from the stairwell, to face the carnage and its one lone blind survivor.

*****

POSSESSION
Erotic Paranormal/Horror Romance Novel
Whiskey Creek Press Torrid
(ebook) ISBN# 978-1-60313-954-0
(print) ISBN# 978-1-61160-110-7
Word Count: 61.5K

If you were murdered by a stranger, wouldn’t you want the chance to be able to come back and find out who killed you? And why?

J was born blind, but she could "see" things. Her gift has always helped the police find such things as missing persons, serial killers... a ghost or two.

Detective Kiel Stark has worked homicide for eight years, but he has never met this mysterious Seer his fellow officers claim could almost perform miracles. Not until a gruesome triple homicide has his superiors calling in the reserved woman to help with the case.

Now Stark is faced with a double threat. Not only is he finding himself dangerously attracted to the mysterious beauty, but she could very well discover his own carefully guarded secret—a secret that could bring an end to his career, his way of life, and any future he had hoped to have.

Warning! Contains disturbing images, the living dead, revenge gone wrong, drug deals gone bad, and two people facing an impossible love without any chance for a future.