I was invited to be a part of an anthology a few months ago with an incredible group of authors. Gennita Low, Stephanie Tyler, Marliss Melton, Sharon Hamilton, Teresa Reasor, Delilah Devlin, Elle James and myself. The caveat being, the story had to be Navy SEAL related. Well, I generally write Marines. I have a couple of Navy men in the LNF group, but it wasn't time for their stories yet. So I had to come up with a completely new character.
I've been wanting to write about a K9 for a long time and I thought this was the perfect time. I knew the heroine before I even wrote her name, and Flynn followed soon behind. The situation was something very dear to my heart.
I am an animal lover. If I could go back 20 years, I would have been a veterinarian. (And then a romance novelist! lol) Instead, I went into law enforcement, and I did enjoy it very much. I thought about being a K9 officer at the department, but at that time all the slots were full.
I can't even believe I just wrote that…really. When we set out to put together the military box set, we planned to hit a list, but it's one of those things that you talk about doing and then guard yourself against disappointment because you never expect it to happen.
Well, it happened.
Cat Johnson, Elle James, Delilah Devlin, Sharon Hamilton, Melissa Schroeder and I hit the USA TODAY at number 100, which is a bit of a feat in and of itself. The list carries the top 150 bestselling books in the country. We were in the top 100.
As a writer, an INDIE writer, this is so huge for me.
Thank you for all the congrats and well-wishes.
Now, back to writing!!!
Remember that secret project I couldn't talk about? Well, I can now.
Uniform Desires is a fabulous military themed anthology ON PRE-ORDER NOW that will be releasing on Veteran's Day, November 11th. Six wonderful authors have created brand new content for the anthology and I'm super excited for its release. Check it out. My book is titled Her Forever Hero, and may be the start of a new series, the Vail branch of Lost And Found. Here's the blurb-
Kendall Herrington is drawn to her handsome new security guard, prosthetic hand and all. The man is totally wrong for her, but on a lonely Christmas night, in a wine-laden effort to get him out of her system, she gives into her body’s demands. She regrets her actions almost immediately and tries to distance herself.
Former Marine Grafton Parks knows Kendall Herrington is pregnant, she’s just too stubborn to admit it to herself. But the luscious woman better come to her senses soon, because the board won’t allow an unwed, pregnant female to run the multi-billion dollar Herrington Limited. Even if she is the boss’s daughter.
As they struggle to come to terms with each other, an unexpected danger threatens their very lives. Will they survive long enough for him to be...Her Forever Hero?
So, I have a few scheduling things to tell you about. And I want to make it clear. If you are in the vicinity and would like to meet up while I'm at any of these things, just shoot me an email and we'll see what we can do. I LOVE meeting readers!
October 4th and 5th I'll be in Lebanon, Tennessee at the Indie Romance Convention, WHICH STILL HAS ROOM FOR READERS!!!!! I'll also be signing somewhere around Nashville on the 6th. I'll post details as soon as I know them.
October 24th - 27th I'll be at the Novelist Inc conference in Myrtle Beach SC. I don't know that it's a reader event, but if you're in the area and would like to meet, just let me know.
May 14-18 I'll be in New Orleans!!! for the Romantic Times Convention!
I'll be at Arizona Dreamin' May 29th to June 1st, 2014. Plenty of time to make plans to come see me! Send me an email if you do plan to come down; maybe I can get you a deal.
June 5-8 I'll be at the Lori Foster event in West Chester Ohio, one of my favorite conferences!
All of these are pretty firm, but more may be added at some point.
As for BOOKS...
I have a project I'm working on now that may be out around November. No I can't tell you anything about it. Not yet. But yes it will be related to the Lost And Found Series.
Chad's book is due as soon as I can get it out. I'm going to shoot for spring or before. We'll see how the words go.
I also still have a contemporary western to release that only needs an ending.
Preston's book is already pushing at my brain, so I hope to get through Chad's book as quickly as I can.
Things pop up so please be patient! I'm writing just as fast as I can!
July started with a bang for me, no pun intended. I released Zeke and Ember's story, Embattled Minds, and it was an immediate best-seller. Actually, a month down the road it is still on several lists, including military and police procedurals. I can not tell you how thrilling it is to hit lists like that. And readers and reviewers are loving it. I just received a blue-ribbon endorsement from Romance Junkies reviews.
"After reading this book, I am thoroughly convinced that it is one of the all-time top series I have ever experienced. Five ribbons just doesn't do this book justice, it is well worth 10 ribbons because it is a perfect romance!"
Thank you Suzie!
I went to Fandom Dest in Louisville Ky last week, and it was fascinating. Though the literary track was lacking and a little offensive, the sci-fi fan part of it was pretty cool. Yes, I'm a geek at heart. Grew up watching Star Trek and enjoy the series even now, so it was a real treat to see William Shatner speak. He was very articulate and gracious, even though a couple of the audience members were testing his patience.
I also saw the incredibly luscious Jason Mamoa, and can I say how gorgeous he is in person? Literally, he took his toboggan off at the Q & A, and people sighed. Loudly. Felt a little bad for the guy, because he couldn't go anywhere without people trying to latch on. Yes, I admit, I latched on. BUT, I paid $40 to do it. The actors charged for the pleasure of being in a picture with them, ranging from $100 for a Gene Simmons pic ($500 to sign a guitar!) down to $20 or $30 for smaller actors. I think everybody charged.
Saw a glimpse of Stan Lee in a Q&A, Michael Rooker, Norman Reedus, Alan Tudyk, Lew Temple, Adrian Paul, Butch Patrick and several others.
I'm currently writing my ass off for a secret project I should be able to talk about more later this month. I'm also working on Chad's book, due out in December-ish.
Also, I paid my fee to attend Arizona Dreamin' as one of it's featured authors in May. Here's a link to check it out. If you're going to be in the area, let me know and we'll see about getting together!
Happy reading Peeps!
It took a little longer than I expected, but Embattled Minds is finally live.
What started out as a short, quick, filler novella, kept getting longer and more involved, until I wondered if I would ever get it tied up. Once again, I was writing about something I know very little about, so it was taking longer. I had scenes in mind, it was just writing them down correctly.
Thank you so much for stopping! If you've read one of my books (or you're one of those special ones that have read all), I tell you thank you, from the bottom of my heart. It really means a lot that people are being impacted by my words.
Kallypso Masters and I had a book signing in Texas the week after the Naughty Sleepover, and I can only say it was a blast. I got to meet so many interesting people and experience a culture very different from my own. I sold out of books, always a good thing, and found many new readers.
I've joined a new blog that may be of interest to some of you. It's called For the Love of Military Romance, and here's the link.
I have a couple of appearances coming up that I thought I would mention too.
The second book in my Lost And Found series is live now. Check it out.
John Palmer hasn’t felt like a real man since he was injured during combat in Iraq. Though not content with his new life, he is mostly adapting, just like the other vets at the Lost ‘N’ Found Investigative Service. When Shannon Murphy is hired on as the new office manager, life suddenly gets a lot more interesting. Before long, John finds himself wondering if he could ever be the kind of man Shannon needs.
Shannon Murphy wasn’t really looking for love when she hired on at LNF, but finds herself hopelessly attracted to the sex-on-wheels former Marine, John Palmer. The man is grumpy and nearly impossible to work with, but his brand of masculinity appeals to her on a basic level. Soon Shannon is wondering just what it would take for John to want her the way she wants him.
When an old enemy tries to settle a vendetta against Shannon, John insists on protecting her. He moves into her house, fanning the spark of attraction into a blaze. But the danger continues to escalate. Will the connection that they’ve found survive when they’re thrust into a fight for their lives?
So many people asked for just a little bit more of Matt and Gina in A Needful Heart that I had to write an epilogue. It gives you a hint about the direction for book 2 and makes their happy ending more complete.
I sincerely hope you enjoy it!
Go to the documents page and you can download the pdf.
Please, if you loved A Needful Heart and want just a bit more, sign up for my newsletter. I should be done with it before Christmas and I want to make sure everybody gets it that wants it.
My wounded veteran series is taking shape now, and a good friend advised me that I should have a prequel to explain where the men came from and how they formed the partnership of LNF Investigative Services. This is the prequel. It's only about 20,000 words but you get a good idea of some of the trials they've gone through in the process of creating an all-vet detective service.
I sincerely hope you enjoy it.
Yes, it is official, I've signed the contract for the second Love on the Line book. It has the same characters, just with a happier ending. No release date yet, but I'm assuming the beginning of the year. I'll post the date as soon as I know it.
I'm also working on a prequel for the wounded vet series and a western contemporary, both of which I hope to have out by the end of the year, if not sooner. Come on, Fingers!
Thanks so much for being interested in what I'm working on. If you haven't already, please sign up for my once a month newsletter. I promise, pinky swear, with sugar on top I will not spam you with crap. I'll make sure all of the info is pertinent, and more than likely there will always be a coupon for a freebie attached.
I ran a free weekend promo for A Needful Heart, and I never expected it to do as well as it did, or affect as many people as it has. I'm so very proud of the reviews I'm getting, and if any of you reviewers read this, THANK YOU! I'm so glad you loved it and yes, I am debating a second book, although it may be a ways down the road. It took me a couple of years to get Matt and Gina ready, I wouldn't want to rush them for more.
I followed my heart with this book and wrote what I would want to read. It was rejected several times by some of the bigger e-pubs, and now I'm glad that it was. It gave me the freedom to release it raw and unvarnished, and I think readers appreciate that.
I sincerely appreciate that you've downloaded, read, reviewed, tweeted about, gossiped about my book. And told me how much you loved it. I take it all to heart.
Ok, this is the third release in three months, and I'm just a bit tired. But I'm happy with this short. There will be a second one coming as well, if I can catch my breath and get my thoughts in order.
Bail Bondsman Brady Frost tracked a bail jumper all the way to New York. It was a rough apprehension, and now he just wants a quiet train ride home to Florida. He’d hoped to avoid sharing his space, but when a tight little co-ed is assigned to his cabin, then propositions him, how can he say no?
Lorna McNight is ready to shake off her self-imposed sexual drought. For four years she devoted herself to attaining her degree, but she’s ready to bust loose in a graduation bash for the record books. Rugged, mature Brady appeals to her more than any of the boys she went to school with, and she wants him to give her the ride of her life on the way to Florida. Will he cooperate and leave them both with a rail tale to remember?
I know I just announced A Needful Heart being released, but I have another to let you know about.
Tempt Me is the second book of The Awakening Society. In book 1, I left readers with a happy-for-now ending and I requested that they come here to the site and take the poll below. I asked them where they envisioned book 2 going. The answers surprised me. I thought they would want a more traditional romance, which is what I started to write. But I eventually realized they wanted my H/h to go through hell before they got their happy ending. Which is fine. I think the more turmoil a book has the greater the satisfaction at the end when they finally do get their happy ending. So, though it's a couple months late, Tempt me is out.
AND, I'll also let you know that Love on the Line will be out September 21st from Decadent publishing. It's more erotic than romance, but in book 2 they even get some happy-ever-after. Here's the cover for it:
Although I had planned to release the second Awakening Society book next, this one was more ready. It was rejected from an e-publisher because they weren't sure their audience would want to read about a child abuse issue. And that's fine. I chose a fantastic cover from Viola Estrella, had it edited and formatted, and here it is.
I have to say, I have worked on this book in one form or another for a couple of years, and my hero Matt has gone through a lot of changes over that time. I hope you love him as much as I do.
So, I've gone off the Amazon select program, and The Awakening Society poll is closed and the book is now available everywhere! I had over 100 responses to the poll and emails telling me what readers would like to see. I thought I would post the cover for Tempt Me, which should be out within the next few weeks. I thank everybody who took part in the poll or otherwise let me know what they wanted to see. And I hope you enjoy the outcome!
RT was a blast, of course. You need to check out my blog for more in-depth info and recaps. I learned a lot, met a lot of people, signed a lot of cards, laughed and ate too much good food. If you ever have a chance to go, I strongly suggest you do. I took an RT Virgin with me, and she had a blast as well. There is something there that will appeal to every reader, writer, book seller, publisher, beginner. Wherever you are in your career, RT probably has something for you.
Next year it's in Kansas City. We're already making plans.
But my nose is back to the grindstone now. If I could narrow down the most important piece of information I took from RT, it would be to write more good books. The best promotion is to have another good book. I just finished a longer contemporary I'm going to submit to Ellora's Cave, I'm working on a short for Decadent. Book 2 of the Awakening Society is underway (No, I'm not telling you which way!) and the disabled veteran romantic suspense series is still cooking too. Theoretically, I'd like to get 4 books out this year, at least. With a couple of little short stories added into the mix as well.
Damn. That's a lot. I need to get to work.
I'm still writing, but I find myself getting more and more distracted by thoughts of RT. For those of you that have never been, it's basically a big author party, with informational workshops jammed into it. I had a fantastic time last year meeting all my fellow authors from Decadent Publishing, and I look forward to meeting new ones at this year's event in Chicago. 2 ladies from KYRW will be going as well, one pubbed and one not. Both are RT virgins, so it will be fascinating watching them take it all in.
Almost done with the first book of the Coming Home series. The second is about halfway finished, but I find myself adding in more and more twists and details to get tangled in. I've had to modify book 1 a dozen times just to get the details to flow correctly in the following books.
Working on book 2 of the Awakening Series, and I have to say the poll answers have been surprising. Not what I expected at all. I made the mistake of assuming the direction of book 2, and had it mostly written, when I realized that that wasn't the direction the readers wanted. So, I'm writing the new book 2, and no, I'm not going to tell you right now which you chose. It's a secret. Right now, I'm looking at mid-May for release of book 2.
I thank you for your patience! Happy reading!!
Well, The Awakening Society has been out 20 days exactly, and it is currently on a free promo. I've hit several free lists including #53 on the free erotica list US. UK I hit #29 so far and Germany has been the surprise. #7 free on the erotica list. Thanks Germany!
I'm so very excited that the book is moving the way it is. I thank all the readers that like free books! ;-D
NOTE-- I climbed all the way up to #249 overall, and #15 on the erotica list. I was so very proud!
Well, I don't know about you guys, but my winter doesn't look anything like this screen yet. We've been getting so much rain, I'm afraid I'm going to wash down my hill. Not really, but I do get tired of splashing through the mud. I've rescued 2 horses recently, and one is very skinny (you can read more about Kid on my blog) and he's pretty much restricted to the barn while I feed him up. Well, with the way the barn drains, I have to wade through the muck to get to him, and it's supremely frustrating. I want it to just freeze and be done with the mud.
I'm getting really close to releasing my first self-pubbed romance, The Awakening Society. I just got the cover in, and I thought I would share it with you. I though the woman was very pretty, and exactly conveyed what I wanted in the story.
This is the blurb, unedited-
Tonya Hughes is bittersweet about her last appointment for the Awakening Society. For twenty years she’s done her part to shape the young men of Savannah into lovers any Southern woman would want. But her time has come to an end. Not able to continue the line, she plans to ‘retire’ from the society, after one last Awakening.
To Harrison Walker, the appointment with the statuesque brunette is everything he could ever hope for. A hot woman is going to instruct him in the art of making love.
But when emotions get involved, the appointment carries over into the next day. Will Tonya have the strength to urge him to broaden his horizons?
I received another great review for Wet Dream this week, and I have to tell you how very satisfying it is. When you work on something for weeks, tweeking and tidying, and throw it out into the world, it's like you throw a piece of you out there. To be judged or condemned, ridiculed or possibly, hopefully loved. It's a very tense experience when you see an email or notification from a review site with your name on it. For a heartbeat of time, you don't want to open it. If it's bad news, and you don't read it, you won't technically know about it, right? But you have to. You have to know what that person had to say about your baby. When the review is bad, or even luke warm, it hurts your heart. I've never gotten a terrible review, but I live in fear of the day I do.
But for now, I'll enjoy the Good review I just received from Romancing The Book. Here's part of it: I enjoyed every one of these twenty-four pages, and if you’ve read my reviews you know that’s saying a lot. Usually with pieces this short the reader is left feeling like something was neglected or left out. This is not the case with Wet Dream. Ms. Madden managed to weave an intriguing, touching and at times humorous tale together with molten lava loving to create a page turner. If you haven’t read this one yet, I suggest you go pick it up and allow yourself a mini break to be swept away into a different world.
Thank You Shyla.
I hope everyone has a joyful Holiday season and a wonderful Christmas. I'm writing my butt off, trying to get the Veteran series off the ground. I think I've settled on the series name of Coming Home, and I have three books started, as well as ideas for several more. Ideally, I wanted to get it out before Christmas, but realistically I'm looking more toward January. I don't want to rush with this series, and there's a lot of research to do for the disabilities. I'm selecting covers now, and that is really spurring me on. As soon as I have something firm, I'll post it here.
Stay sane this Christmas season, and read good books!
Wet Dream is still getting great reviews. I've been trying to promote the heck out of this book, and am always looking for new places to blog.
I'm still writing on other projects too. Still plan to self-publish, although the dragon series is taking me a while to put together. May release a couple of contemporaries in the mean time.
So, Wet Dream has been out for about 2 weeks now, and it seems to be doing very well. I was number one bestseller for chick-lit for a week at All Romance Ebooks, and even now I'm still in number 4. I've gotten several 4.5 and 5 star reviews and a lot of great feedback from readers. I'm so happy with this book right now.
I'm tossing around the idea of doing a second 1 Night Stand book, male/male, but we'll have to see how the cards fall.
I'm also working on a dragon series to release independently. This picture is what gave me the idea for it. The artist's name is Elena Dudina, and I absolutely love her work. There are several more in the eye candy section.
I don't have a release date for the dragon series, but I would like to get the first one out within the next couple of months. I will keep the site updated.
I know. It seems like I just said this with Urban Moon. They were actually released about one month apart, but they are so very different content-wise. UM is a little darker urban fantasy, Wet Dream is romance with erotic elements. Both were fantastic to write.
Wet Dream is about a one night stand, and the possibilities that occur when things don't go as planned. I learned so much writing this book, and I really hope you buy it.
The anthology Urban Moon is out, with my contribution of Burning Moonlight. It's the first Urban Fantasy I've ever written, but it definitely won't be the last! I had a blast doing it, and the people at Bonaparte Press are phenomenal! The other authors in the anthology are Ceci Dahl, Rina Josephe and Ava Chandler, three up and coming new writers.
We're at Amazon here.
For some reason, my little widget to the right won't let me tell you I'm going to be at the Lori Foster event in Cincinatti June 3,4,and 5. It's a fantastic conference, and it grows every year. If you're in the area, you should really stop and say HI! Directions are on the site.
So, the urban fantasy I wrote for the anthology at Bonaparte Press will be out soon, and this is the cover.Mine is titled Burning Moonlight, and it's different that what I normally write, but I enjoyed doing it. I think this girl's damn hot, and so like my heroine Wrena! Very Underworld-esque.
I submitted a story to Decadent for their 1NS Series, and it was accepted as well! It's a phenomenal series, so well-written, and I'm so freakin' jazzed right now. The story, titled Wet Dream (I know, ornery, huh?) won't be out until the latter part of the summer. Decadent does their process a little different though, so I already have my cover! Yahoo! Dara England rocks!
So, Second Time Around has been out for about 2½ months now, and it's finally sinking in that I am published. Working on edits right now for the Urban Fantasy I have coming out in the spring, and finishing up several other projects. I'm going to be looking for a home for them soon.
Hope you like the revamped website. The other one was pretty, but too dark and too boring. I've added several new things, including an Eye Candy (←) Page that I love.
Saturday, I'm a busy girl. I'll be in Lexington for the Pitch meeting we're having in preparation of the Scott Eagan Workshop in March (info for that is also to the left). The Awesome Maddie James is teaching the class tomorrow, and if any of you are within driving distance give me a holler and I will give you directions.
Also saturday, I will be at Deena Remiels blog talking about some crazy happenings when I was a cop, and the inspiration for Second Time Around. Her link is to the right. I will be running around, but I will stop in to comment here and there.
Also, I have to give a shout-out to Sherry Cahill. She read my book and did a wonderful blog about it I only found out about later. It's here.
As always, if you find anything wrong with the website, please let me know!
My book released on December 28th, and I'm really pleased with the results. I don't know what sales are like yet, of course. Probably won't know for several months, but I've already gotten a great review. Patrizia at Manic Readers gave me a 4.5 out of 5!!! You can check it out here: http://www.manicreaders.com/index.cfm?disp=reviews&bookid=10564
I just found out that December 28th is my release date. I am so very happy. A month later than I expected, but that's okay. I can still consider it a Christmas gift.
I don't have a buy link yet, so you have to go to the Decadent website to get the book. As soon as I have the link, you can be sure I will let you know.
Well, my book is delayed. I'm told that this is a fairly normal occurence, but I'm still disappointed. The owner of the company assured me that the book would be out in December, so maybe I'll just have to count it as one of my Christmas Presents. I'll post as soon as I have a date.
Ok, I've decided to use this as the official blurb. Hope you enjoy!!!!
Officer Shane Caldwell responds to a routine end of shift call with some annoyance, but when she tackles and handcuffs her ex-lover and the father of her son, things turn hot in a flash. Four years before, Quinn Scott disappeared to make his fortune, and she hasn’t heard a word from him. As his touch ignites old passions, Shane is torn between telling him about the son he’s never known, and protecting young Jackson’s heart from the man who walked away without a backward glance.
When Shane storms back into his life, Quinn isn’t surprised by the incredible attraction which sparks between them. He wants to take up where they left off, but years of lies and unexpected betrayals from family and friends endanger his Thoroughbred breeding operation and his dreams of a future with the woman he never really left behind.Will old prejudices separate them again or can love grow stronger the Second Time Around?
I know, I know, another change. I'm liking this website more though than the last one, because it seems to have a lot more versatility. Here I've got several other pages, and the ability to add on. Please be patient...
This is my debut book, and I have to tell you how very excited I am. I love the cover. I think it suits the story perfectly.
I have a tentative release date of November 29th of this year, assuming all goes well. If it changes, I will post it here of course.