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Thursday, October 26, 2006

Parallel Heat by Deidre Knight

Deidre Knight Cranks up the Heat in Her Latest Installment in the Parallel Series: PARALLEL HEAT

“Intelligent characters, hot romance and breathtaking adventure with epic feel—exactly what I want to read!” - Susan Grant, New York Times bestselling author “A fantastic and riveting new voice in paranormal fiction.” -Karen Marie Moning, New York Times bestselling author of Spell of the Highlander “At times humorous, at others heart-wrenching, but always compelling, Deidre Knight offers readers a fresh, wonderfully creative glimpse at the complexity of human decisions. What a page-turner!” - Gena Showalter, Author of Playing with Fire In the unforgettable, alternate world of Parallel Heat, two enemies are bound by betrayal, vengeance—and forbidden passion. Warrior and royal guardian Marco McKinley has been assigned a vital mission on Earth, where a war between human fighters and otherworldly soldiers is rising in the far reaches of Wyoming. But he's also been warned about twists of fate yet to come-ones that will transform him into the enemy of his own people and appoint him the personal protector of beautiful soldier Thea Haven. Little do Marco and Thea know, but they have met before in an alternate universe, and they are bound by betrayal and vengeance. Now, on a world at the brink of destruction, forbidden passion ignites—but will the destiny Marco has glimpsed unfold a second time? Sign up for Deidre’s newsletter and be eligible to win a $50 Amazon gift certificate, signed copies of her books, and plenty of other goodies! Just click here. Check out the book that launched the series, PARALLEL ATTRACTION or order your copy of PARALLEL HEAT today! And coming in April, PARALLEL SEDUCTION.

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Monday, September 18, 2006

Shout out for sister Diva Emma Petersen

YOU MUST BE 18 or older TO READ THE FOLLOWING. BRANDED by Emma Petersen Coming from Cobblestone Press September 22, 2006 Jenny and Ty have known each other most of their lives and have been attracted to each other since they’ve been old enough to know what attraction meant. A tragedy has bought Jenny back home to Parsons' Pass and into Ty’s arms. The heat between them is as hot as ever, but the scars he carries from his parents’ relationship and his own failed marriage keep Jenny at bay. When Ty comes close to losing the most important person in his life, he knows it’s time to bury the past and fight for their love. Excerpt: Excerpt from Chapter One “Seen enough?” Jenny jumped again, but managed to hold on to her bag. “Mighty jumpy, ain’t we Miss Jenny?” He approached her, his long legs eating up the distance, his stride reminding her of a tiger stalking prey. She lifted her chin. She wasn’t prey, and she refused to let him bully or intimidate her. She wrapped her professionalism around her like a shield and began to ask him questions concerning the mare about to foal. He stopped about a foot from her and tilted his head. “I don’t know who called you, but the mare’s no where near ready to foal.” She flushed. “Actually, the call came in to Grandpa Daddy’s office. The new vet doesn’t start for another month, so I came right over since I’ve temporarily taken over handling the patients.” His face softened at the mention of her grandfather, but it was gone so quickly she might have imagined it. “That was accommodating of you, rushing right over here.” He paused. “To save the day.” She hadn’t seen him move, but he was closer now. Close enough to touch; all she had to do was lift her hand. She clutched the bag tighter and took a step back. “Ty—” Jenny couldn’t swallow past the words crowding her throat. The things she wanted to say were better left unspoken. “Tyson, I know we have somewhat of a history.” He arched an eyebrow, his mocking gaze challenging her to expand on their “history”. “But, can’t we be civil?” She fought the need to close her eyes as she wished she were anyplace but here. She wanted to click her heels three times and wake up safe and sound back in her apartment in California. A thousand miles away from this man and the turbulent emotions he stirred inside of her, but mostly she wanted to touch him, and that scared the hell out of her. “Civil?” He drew out the word, as if it were a foreign word he was hearing for the first time. “Do you think it’s possible for two people who have licked the sweat off each other’s skin to be “civil”? “I—I just…” She backed away from him, the combination of his words and her memories wreaked havoc on her senses. Images slammed into her consciousness, and she could almost feel the weight of his body pressed against hers. She took another step back. She needed to get out the barn and as far away from him as possible. He followed her, invading her personal space, until she had no place else to go and her back was up against the wall. He continued to come at her still, until he had her pinned, crowded between two hard surfaces. She clutched her bag lodged between them, studied her hands, and refused to look up at him. “You just what?” His warm breath brushed her temple. She caught the scent of coffee and cinnamon, and tried not to give into the shiver it sent through her body. “Huh, Miss Jenny? You just what? Wanna be civil?” He grasped her chin in his hand and bought it up until her eyes met his. “If I remember correctly, you were anything but civil that night. I remember you clutching at me, begging me, and crying out my name.” He leaned forward until their faces were inches apart. “Now, I’m not the most learned man, and I didn’t attend no fancy university in California, but I’m almost positive that ain’t the meaning of the word.” She congratulated herself on meeting his gaze, when her legs wanted to slide down the wall in a boneless heap until she pooled at his feet. “And I don’t think it means to satisfy one’s curiosity about the wild neighbor boy and then run off to California as if you never had your legs wrapped around his neck while you shuddered against his mouth.” His words should have humiliated. Instead, they conjured dark images of the night she had cast everything aside—her pride, her caution, the possible consequences, and begged Tyson to fuck her. She flinched when he brushed his lips against hers, feeling the touch in the pit of her stomach. He licked her bottom lip, and Jenny’s own tongue darted out to taste the moisture he left behind. His eyes followed the small movement before his mouth crushed hers. She moaned and returned the kiss. Her body had been waiting for this. She lost focus and awareness of everything else as she concentrated on the taste and texture of Ty’s lips. She dropped her bag, entwined her fingers in his hair and pulled him deeper into the kiss, tangling her tongue with his. She squeaked in surprise as he grabbed handfuls of her ass and started to lift her. Instinctively, she wrapped her legs around his waist. His pelvis rocked against hers, and she tore her mouth from his, gasping for air. His erection brushed against her core, and she cried out, resenting the fabric that separated them. Before she could reach between them and get rid of the only barrier blocking him from where she needed him to be, Ty let go of her bottom and pushed away from her. Jenny collapsed against the wall and tried to steady herself. The heat in the barn was excruciating, and her skin screamed for his touch. Jenny fought to control her breathing as she touched the back of her hand to her swollen lips. He was the one to step back this time. He stood looking at her, his chest heaving. “Nah, Miss Jenny. I wouldn’t call that civil at all.” He gave her another thorough once over and walked out of the barn. Her legs gave up trying to hold her up and buckled, sending her sliding down the wall until she landed on the hay-covered concrete floor.

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Monday, August 21, 2006

SLAVE TO SENSATION

SLAVE TO SENSATION Nalini Singh Berkley / September 2006 Welcome to a future where emotion is a crime and powers of the mind clash brutally against those of the heart. Sascha Duncan is one of the Psy, a psychic race that has cut off its emotions in an effort to prevent murderous insanity. Those who feel are punished by having their brains wiped clean, their personalities and memories destroyed. Lucas Hunter is a Changeling, a shapeshifter who craves sensation, lives for touch. When their separate worlds collide in the serial murders of Changeling women, Lucas and Sascha must remain bound to their identities…or sacrifice everything for a taste of darkest temptation. Excerpt

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Still busy

Hi everyone, Well, I'm still working my butt off trying to make not only my set goal for the end of this week, but I've decided to add three more stories to the mix. I have a deadline on one of the end of Sept. The second by Oct first and another following just after that so I've been very busy, which is why I haven't checked in everyday. I hope ya'll don't mind me taking a break to write and only checking in every so often for a while. I do have a lot of writing to get done plus there is plenty of workshops and stuff going on within the next month over at the Romance Divas. I'd really like to check out a few in particular. Till I check in next time I thought I'd post some things for you to keep you busy. Emma Sanders is giving away a free copy of her book and running a contest as well. Here's where to enter: http://emmasanders.com/Contests.html Zinnia Hope has two new bite releases from Freya's Bower. The Sexual Science of Witchery and The Science of Magick. Here's the link:www.freyasbower.com/content/view/96/86/ Rose Middleton's, The Devil's Veil (Paranormal) available from Linden Bay Romance Jodici Belle's, A Devil's Proposal (Historical Romance) available from New Concepts Publishing Mia Ramano's, My Lips are Sealed available from Cobblestone Press. Ann Cory's, Butterfly Kisses and Melting Iron available from Cobblestone Press. Debbie Mumford's, Sorcha's Heart(Fantasy) available from Freya's Bower. Tawny Taylor's, Mark of the Beast(Shapeshifter Romantica) available from Ellora's Cave. Crystal Jordan's, Full Swing available from Cobblestone Press. I won a download copy of this book and I have to say WOW. It's full of emotion and erotic romance (Romance being the opertive word here) It's a great short read. The only downside is that you'll wish it were longer. Bring the kleenex for this one ladies. Well, I think that's it. I hope these will keep you busy for a while. I'll be back soon. In the meantime enjoy. Hugs, Sienna

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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

What a Day

I'm telling you, when the day starts off bad don't bother getting up. Just crawl back under those covers, bury head and all, and say the heck with it till tomorrow. My morning started at 6:45 am after two hours sleep. Yep, only two hours. My sons, instead of going to school this morning, had a doctors appointment. Fun dragging three boys to the doctors office let me tell ya. After arriving at the doctors office 15 minutes early to a packed waiting room, we ended up waiting an additional 55 minutes to be called back. K, I'll be nice. Keep your irritation under control, you're just exhausted. Not, once back there it took another thirty minutes for all three boys to be weighed and bp's taken then trips to the potty for collection. K, getting irked now. Then we get placed in the room and nurse says strip to your underwear. K, no problem, but boys protest big time to her request and it's freezing in the room. Another thirty five minutes pass before the doctor finally decides to show up. Ten minutes later all three boys get a bill of health, three prescriptions and new medical info added to their charts. So I make a comment to the doctor about how busy he is and he replies "Yeah everybody waits till the last minute before school starts" Now I'm pissed and reply, "My kids have been in school for two weeks now. Due to my insurance I have to wait exactly a year to the day before I can bring my three in for their yearly physcials" He waves me off and walks out. Yeah kiss my ass to you too doc. Geez. So another twenty five minutes later I have school excuses, a scolosis xray order for my youngest twin son, and am checked out. Then it's off to the hospital next door, where I am moved from one end to the other before finally forty five minutes later my son is called back for his xray. (Yes I'm gritting my teeth by now with three kids hollering Mom I'm hungry) So I leave the hospital after a grand total of an hour and fifteen minutes and take them to get something to eat. Kids fed and quiet in the backseat I then head for the pharmacy to be told it'll be an hour wait before their meds are ready. Yep the kiddos didn't take that one well either. Mom is ready to pull her hair out and is having a really hard time keeping her eyes open without effort. I ask the lady to just keep the prescripts till tomorrow and I'll pick them up then. My kids do not do well in town or all day trips out (hey their mountain boys). They're tired, cranky and fighting like cats and dogs here. One more stop to go and finally I'm headed home. The minute I walk through the door my oldest son hits the sack, my other two hit the couches to kick back and watch tv and mom's sitting there wishing like hell she could take a nap as she begins to tackle the laundry, dishes, mail and everything else I have to do in the day. Sometimes it just doesn't pay to get out of bed in the morning. (Yawn) You might ask well why are you still up right now, well I have another couple hours worth of work (this time it's my writing work) to do before I can actually lay down tonight or should I say in the morning before doing it all over again come 6:30-7:00 am. The good news is that the boys are going to school tomorrow (Yay) and Mom just might get a cat nap, although, I seriously doubt it, but hey a gal can dream right or at least I can until 3:45 when the boys get home from school. LOL. You know sometimes it's hard to wear so many caps in one day. It's exhausting on most days, but at the end of it when your kids are asleep and you're exhausted with no bedtime in site, just seeing those angels (yeah only when they're asleep are they angels) so peaceful makes the whole day worth while. At least until the following morning when it just doesn't pay to get out of bed. Night everyone, Sienna

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Friday, August 11, 2006

Fellow Diva Crystal Jordan

FULL SWING by Crystal Jordan (Cobblestone Press, August 18, 2006) The only place they still communicate is between the sheets...a professional woman golfer and an Army Ranger struggle to save their marriage after he's seriously injured in combat and has to retire. Outside the bedroom, everything is falling apart because he believes she deserves better than a broken man, but she dreams of a future when they stop fighting and start talking long enough to reclaim the happily ever after that once seemed so certain. ABOUT CRYSTAL JORDAN Crystal Jordan only began writing about a year ago after she finished graduate school and needed something to fill the hours that used to be eaten away by homework. What started as a hobby has quickly become a new career. She now writes paranormal, futuristic, contemporary, and erotic romance. Additionally, she is a member of RWA and its erotic romance chapter, Passionate Ink. She also belongs to the award winning author's resource website and forum RomanceDivas.com, where she serves as a moderator and Paranormal Co-Liaison. http://www.crystaljordan.com AVAILABLE AUGUST 18! http://www.cobblestone-press.com

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Thursday, August 10, 2006

Freya's Bower Publisher and Author Chat Tomorrow Night and a personal reflection

Image created by Bella Tyler Just click on the pic above to be taken to the Freya's Bower site. Also, please remember that you MUST be 18 or older to participate. I hope to see some of you there, and no I'm not one of their author's, but many of my Diva friends are. Show up, win prizes and meet some of my Diva friends. You'll have a ball. On a side note, I've been thinking the past few days about how much writing I've gotten done in the last two weeks as opposed to before. I feel like a weight has been lifted off and my energy and mental focus have returned to me. I'm absolutely thrilled to feel this excitement once again after being so lost in a vaccum and void of entanglements that did nothing but drag me down and I have the Divas to thank for that. They inspire me on a daily basis with their renewed energies and positive outlook on life in general. Many divas have given me support through a recent ordeal without even knowing it and shown me that there are "real" people out there who do care about eachother even if they've never met face to face. I want to thank every one of you for being the people that you are. Friendly, welcoming, reassuring, inspiring, and Divalicious all the way. You ladies and gents rock out loud. Thank you all for being who you are and accepting people for who they are without judgements. You all are so free with your knowledge and support and I'm so proud to be a member of the Diva family. Hugs and love to all of you, Sienna

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Monday, August 07, 2006

What I've Been Up To

Hi Everyone, Well it's been a little while since I posted. I do have a good reason. I've been slaving over my story "Got Sex" and whooohooo I'm almost done with the first draft. Not to mention being pulled away from the keyboard (Okay so nobody twisted my arm, but hey I'm an RD junkie) by my one addition--Romance Divas. The board has been humming with news from Hotlanta, workshops galore and our coming spotlight author. Oh, and then there's the little task of designing another website on top of being mom, wife and all those little chores that go along with that title and today was the first day of school. Yes, school started early here this year. Waaaa. I was actually enjoying my summer and now it's come to an end. Darn it. Getting up at the crack of dawn is not my idea of fun (Sorry, I'm a nightbird.) I get most of my writing done once the kiddos are in bed and as long as the writing flows without a telephone interruption and boy have the words been flowing the last few days for me. I'm so happy with my progress, despite the constant interruptions. On another note, the query contest winners have been announced and while I didn't make the cut I do want to offer big congrats to those that did. Yay ladies. Way to go. Now, just because my story didn't make the cut doesn't mean I'm giving up on it. I'm going to wait till my results come in and decide where to go from there depending on the feedback and hopefully in the near future "Got Sex" will find a home (even if it's under my other pen name. Wink) I think that about covers it for today. Thanks for joining me. Hugs, Sienna

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Monday, July 31, 2006

What's going on over at Romance Divas in August

Romance Divas Author of the Month : Gemma Halliday – Contests workshop from the Golden Heart winner Aug 5-7: Paranormal Event with Carrie Vaughn, LA Banks, CT Adams/Cathy Clamp, Gena Showalter, and Kelley Armstrong. Aug 11 Jessica Faust: Bookends-inc agent in the Chatroom. 9 Eastern August 8-18 :: Getting To Know The Voices in Your Head Workshop with Jo Ann Ferguson/Jocelyn Kelley Aug 18 :: Theresa Meyers: PR/Promo in the Chatroom. August 25 :: Ann Christopher, Patricia Sargeant, Maureen Smith and Sophia Shaw Multi-cultural Authors Chat

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Friday, July 28, 2006

Another Romance Divas Release

Charly's Fire When Charly Hanson's house catches fire she has no idea that the man sent to dowse the flames will stir up feelings in herself she thought were long dormant. Wrong Number For months, firefighter Charlie Farnsworth has been getting late night phone calls from a strange but sensual sounding woman, the only problem is...the calls aren't intended for him. But they could be just the thing he needs to refuel his own fire. Charly's Fire coming soon to Freya's Bower (http://www.freyasbower.com) Visit Bella online at http://www.freewebs.com/bellatyler http://bellatyler.blogspot.com http://www.myspace.com/bellatyler

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Romance Divas Rock Check out their New/Upcoming Releases

Sorcha's Heart by Debbie Mumford A legendary relic, a dragon-wrought amulet, the Heart of Fire may be the salvation of her people, and Sorcha is willing to pay any price to obtain it, but when she discovers the price is the loss of her humanity, she learns caution too late. Only a hero can save her, and he isn't human. Available July 30th from Freya's Bower www.freyasbower.com Announcing the launch of a hot new shapeshifter series, ANIMAL URGES, by Tawny taylor: TITLE: MARK OF THE BEAST AUTHOR: TAWNY TAYLOR RELEASE DATE: JULY 26 PUBLISHER: ELLORA'S CAVE URL: http://www.ellorascave.com/AuthorsBooks.asp?AuthorCode=TD Cover URL: http://www.tawnytaylor.com/markofthebeast_smaller.jpg GENRE: Shapeshifter Erotic Romance Excerpt URL: http://www.tawnytaylor.com/MarkoftheBeast.html Blurb: City girl Abby Clumm wouldn't normally travel to remote cabins in Alaska alone. But with the expectation that her friend will be arriving shortly, she makes the journey to their rented cabin solo. Unfortunately, things don’t go as she plans--no real surprise there, when do they?--and her first night she finds herself alone in the boonies, a shotgun she doesn’t know how to use and a failing wooden door the only things standing between her and some kind of very hungry animal outside. She’s now caught in a battle for survival. Research scientist Tarik Evert has no idea what’s wrong. He’s suddenly driven by a need so urgent it’s painful. The scent of a woman nearby beckons him, sends him staggering outside into the cold. And then somehow he’s at her door, not sure what just happened...or what is about to happen if she lets him inside. He only knows one thing--the hunger that brought him to her in the first place.

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Thursday, July 27, 2006

Nationals

Well, the reports are rolling in from the fortunate attendees at Nationals and wow it sounds like everyone's having a blast. (Some more than others, hey Shelli (wink)) My hope is to one day join my fellow Divas at Nationals and be a part of the fun, excitement, partying and smoozing (Borrowing from Diva K here) Don't have too much fun without us ladies, but from what I've heard I think they rocked past fun and went straight to daring and Diva Domination Newsliners. We hope to see some pictures and updates soon. So stayed tuned and you might get a quick peek into the Nationals at Hotlanta. And for those of you left behind, like myself, we have some fun things going on over the Romance Divas site. There's a big blog party going on listed in the forum, A Diva prompt, writing challenges and word wars. So, come join us at the Romance Divas and join in the left behind club. (wink) www.romancedivas.com Hugs, Sienna

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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

The Next Romance Divas Contests

COMING IN SEPTEMBER::Best Villain Scene COMING IN OCTOBER::Best Romantic Scene If you're not a member of Romance Divas jump right over to their site and join (it's free) the family. You won't regret it and the experience you garner will be well worth the effort. We have Divas in all stages of publishing from newbie to old hand so don't fret if you're new to the business. We welcome everyone. I hope you'll stop by and see what Romance Divas is all about. www.romancedivas.com Hugs, Sienna

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Monday, July 17, 2006

She's Got Legs by Amanda Brice

SHE'S GOT LEGS (chick lit 7500 words) Available here Freya's Bower When the Clock Strikes Daria Wyatt didn't want to go to her fifteen-year high school reunion. Although she has blossomed from a wallflower into a powerful Capitol Hill attorney, she knew seeing those girls in person wouldn't exactly do wonders for her self-esteem. If only her younger sister Kara hadn't insisted she go. Giving in to shut her sister up, Daria borrows Kara's high heels in an effort to jumpstart her confidence. But in her rush to get out the door, she picks up the wrong pair, a butt-ugly purple platform creation with bright green sequins... After Midnight Greg McCauley can't believe his bad luck. He finally meets a beautiful, intelligent, intriguing, confident woman, but she rushes off before he can get her number. He knows he should put her out of his mind, but there's just something about her. Those lips, those eyes, those legs, those crazy shoes... Rating: Tangy Book Length: Bites Price: $2.00

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Saturday, July 08, 2006

Plug for my fellow Diva sisters

LinkCan You Keep A Secret Rose Middleton ISBN 1-59578-225-7 Can you keep a secret? I don’t suppose you can. I’m your secret Santa. Resist my wicked plan! It’s winter in Melbourne, Australia and investigative journalist Jesse Fox doesn’t want to participate in the Christmas in July gimmick his boss has instigated. He’s about to turn in hisI really don’t want to play this game note to the coordinator when he receives a mysterious package, which holds the most enticing dare he can imagine. Can he uncover the identity of his secret Santa before her titillating gifts drive him insane? As an administrative assistant in the biggest television network in town, Penny Lane should have better things to do than run the secret Santa gift exchange and coordinate a weekend retreat in the snow. Yet the game allows her to indulge in her secret fantasy with hotshot Jesse, and as her inner vixen emerges, Penny needs to keep him from realising plain Jane is behind the salacious gifts. Penny must decide if the friendship they share is more important than the possibility of spending the weekend retreat in Jesse’s bed. Exactly what will Jesse do once he uncovers the woman behind the red lace garter and the fur-lined handcuffs? AND Link Cassandra Curtis Cup of Fate ISBN: 1-59279-558-7. Can one woman find true love in tea leaves? Or is it a tempest in a teacup? Bryn Tuttle lost everything due to her bad taste in men. Now she's starting over fresh. In the misty bluegrass hills of Kentucky, she finds a new job, apartment and friends. When a co-worker invites her yard-sale shopping one weekend, she decides to tag along, never realizing fate has something else in store. They discover a rare item—a mysterious, antique, fortune-telling teacup. Bryn never suspects that a single sip from the Cup of Fate will change her life, that her future is actually linked to the tea leaves that cling inside. But when she drinks from the cup and next awakens, she soon comprehends that nothing will ever be the same...

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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Busy, busy, busy

It's been a while since I've last checked in, but I can honestly say it's for good reasons. I've been busy, busy, busy trying to finish my Kensington Aphrodisia story in time. I'm nearly half way there, thank goodness, but I've still a way to go and with three boys out of school for summer it's harder than usual to accomplish much. The hubby is down with a pinched nerve in his neck and has missed the last two days work so that's been another distraction, but I don't mind since he's feeling so bad. And let's not forget this swealtering heat. Uggg so hot you can barely breath down here in the south and no air conditioning to boot makes for a mighty cranky writer. LOL. (just ask my poor hubby). But in the few snatches of time I've managed to steal I've added another 3,000 words to my story. I know not that huge a deal to most, but it's moving along pretty well for the time being and I'm proud of myself for not giving in under such adversity and chaos in my "other" life. I will get this story done in time. I will get this story done in time. Everyone join me in my new mantra. I need all the good carma I can get. So I'm off to steal another few minutes while the meatloaf cooks. Thanks for stopping by. Hugs, Sienna

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Monday, June 05, 2006

It's Ready to Go....

Hey everyone, Well it's Monday once again. Another day of summer school drop offs, pick ups and trips to the home improvement store, (Grins and sighs of exhaustion) but through it all I finally tweaked my query letter enough (I hope) to send it off. After the WAW Romance Divas query contest judging comments and my revamped and reposted attempt, the Divas have given me the go ahead with two thumbs up for my final draft. I want to post a big thank you to all the Divas who commented and suggested problem areas and gave me the help I needed to get this baby shining like a new penny. DIVAS ROCK!!!! So as I type I'm printing out my baby to send off into this big bad world and praying for it to be welcomed with open arms by the judges. The winners will be announced on or before August 14th so hopefully I'll be here in the near future posting great news. Thanks for stopping by today, Sienna

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Thursday, June 01, 2006

Gena Showalter

Enslave Me Sweetly by Gena Showalter She has the heart of a killer, and the body of an angel. . . Eden Black walks among humans, protecting them from the murderous evil of other-worlders who abduct and enslave. And though she appears to be human herself, Eden is an alien, a Raka, distinguished by her golden hair and skin, and gifted with the ominous ability to kill without remorse – and with total accuracy. That is, until the fateful night she has one shot to eliminate her target, a human slaver – and misses. "Failure" is not in Eden's vocabulary. Neither is "partner" – but that's what she is forcibly assigned after recovering from her disastrous mission. A sexy, steely-nerved human agent, Lucius Adaire enjoys nothing more than sparking the fury – and rousing the desire – of the fiery female assassin to proud to admit defeat. Locked in an assignment they cannot afford to lose, Lucius and Eden find themselves bound in two high-stakes, heart-pounding games: the dangerous web of kill or be killed, and the erotic dance of seduction. . . Showalter first demonstrated her skill at blending sizzling romance and nail-biting suspense set in a convincing futuristic society in Awaken Me Darkly (2005). She now continues the roller-coaster-like adventure in an equally entertaining tale that will please a wide cross section of readers. *Starred Review* Booklist. Order your copy from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or BooksAMillion. For more information, visit Gena's website at http://www.genashowalter.com and her blog at http://www.genashowalter.blogspot.com

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Friday, May 26, 2006

Wow

Hi everyone, Well, Sunday ends the Romance Divas We All Win Query contest and I can honestly say that the name implies it all. With every judge sheet I received on my entry, I found valuable feedback on how to improve my work. So much so, that I've decided to rework my query and enter it in the Pocono Lehigh Romance Writers Write Hook Query Letter Contest (final judge is Hilary Sares of Kensington. SQUEE). I'm very excited to dip my toes into this contest and the Divas have given me the confidence to send my baby out into the world and take this chance. Thank you Divas for all the input, suggestions and comments and showing me the way. I love the Divas. Now, I'm off to rework my query and add to my wordcount. Wanna have my baby sparkling when the time comes. I'll keep everyone up to date on the results (just in case I should happen to win. Wink) And I want to wish all my fellow Divas good luck with their queries and in the Divas contest. I hope to see some of my sister/brother Divas names entered in this query contest as well. Oh, and if you haven't checked out the Divas yet, be sure to stop by. I promise you it'll be the most rewarding experience to your writing career. You won't regret it. Hugs, Sienna

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Friday, May 19, 2006

I love Romance Divas

Hi everyone, TGIFF! Yep thank goodness it's finally Friday. The weekend has begun as well as the Romance Divas We All Win Query contest judging and I'm so hyped. This contest is just as awesome as all the others RD has hosted. I've gotten several judges comments on my entry and each and every one has been so helpful in showing me how I can improve my query letter. I know most people hate query letters almost as much as synopsis writing, but for me I find a query letter interesting. I searched the internet over for every article I could find on them before beginning my own for this contest and I can tell ya there is some very contradicting information out there. It's like a vast sea of confusion. So what did I do? Why I took what I thought were the best examples and mixed it all up to create what I hope turned out to be a very original idea with all the basic information. I guess to an extent it worked because one judge even commented on how my voice came through so well. Yay!!!! It's tough to write so much into such a tiny space and give an editor or agent an echo of you, but with just the right tone and well chosen words you can express so much about yourself that it amazes me (not that mine was perfect, believe me it was far from it), but the point is to learn from this contest and that's exactly what I've done. I hope to send this ms. to either Cobblestone Press for their Tryst line or Kensington's Aphrodisia line and thanks to another Romance Divas We All Win contest I feel very confident in my abilities to write a decent query letter--hopefully one that will snag the editors attention and rope me a contract.(big grin) So, if you're a writer looking for help then visit the Romance Divas. I promise you, you will not regret it. This is the largest FREE resource I have found during my four years of writing and not only will you learn so much, but you'll find yourself in the middle of the biggest family you've ever seen. Romance Divas know no strangers and they immediately welcome you as if you're a long lost family member. Where else can you find a vast collection of knowledgeable writers in various genres willing to answer any questions big or small plus lending a shoulder to cry on, a big hug during good times or bad, or prayers for those in need. No where that I've found. I'm proud to be a Romance Diva and I invite anyone who visits my blog or my website to come on over and join us. Become part of our family. Hugs, Sienna

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Monday, May 15, 2006

Happy Mother's Day

Hi everyone, Sorry I'm a day late here. Family issues have kept me away, which seems to be a theme with me lately. Family, friends and writing are what I do daily not to mention the mundane chores of life. So, I've come to enjoy blogging and sometimes venting about the stress and frustration of a writers life but, before I go any further I want to wish every Mother out there a very Happy Mother's Day. I hope all of you had a very special day with family and friends surrounding you and that all those little hugs and kisses made your day. I know it did mine. Yeah, I'm a mom of three boys. So as a present to all you Mom's out there, here's a bunch of beautiful flowers. No matter what other carreer you pursue being a Mother is the best one you'll ever have even on those days when your 8 year old thinks riding a clothes basket down a creek like a boat is fun until that same boat sinks and your baby is covered in mud and water up to his neck. Or your twin 13 year olds think that the phone is specifically put in so they can spend every second after school on it with friends and those giggly girlfriends that make you want to pull your hair out. Yep, being a Mom rocks even on those days. LOL. That's it for now. Join me again cause you never know what will happen in a day in my life. Love, Sienna

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Sunday, April 30, 2006

Reminder & News

I want to announce that my Halloween short story, Dead By O'Hallow's Eve is now available in print from Cafe Press and DiskUs Publishing with a whole new cover. Hugs, Sienna

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Friday, April 14, 2006

Long Weekend

Hi everyone, I hope everyone enjoys their long weekend. Relax, kickback and grab a book to read. Pamper yourself today, Good Friday, so you'll feel refreshed and ready for that big Sunday egg hunt. Happy Easter to everyone. Love, Sienna

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Monday, April 10, 2006

My Books

Hi Everyone, Today's post is thanks to a nice lady who posted here on the blog. I won't name her without permission, but she was inquiring about where to purchase one of my short stories. So, I thought I would make it easy on my readers to find my work if they are so inclined. I'm adding a link here to my webpage where all of my novels and short stories are listed under the my books on the drop down menu. I'm also putting a direct link here to make it even easier. I hope this makes it more convient for everyone and I thank everyone for their support. I hope you enjoy the stories. Love, Sienna Direct Link here My Website

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Sunday, April 09, 2006

New Diva Workshop

Hi everyone, Today I wanted to post about a new Romance Diva workshop coming April 17-21st with Theresa Alan. Humor workshop with Theresa Alan. To join in on this workshop head on over to the Romance Divas site and register, for free, to become one of a rapidly growing group of writers. Romance Divas is a community of wonderful ladies and gents, yes guys we have Diva Dudes, who support one another in the journey to publication and beyond. This community not only deals with the writer side, but the human side as well. I've been a member for a year this month and I have no regrets. I've made numerous friends and the encouragement is awesome. If you're looking for a family full of support, encouragement and direction then Romance Divas is the place for you. Join us and become a Romance Diva/Dude. Love, Sienna

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Monday, March 20, 2006

New Look New Attitude

Hi everyone, I thought I'd drop in today and let everyone know how the Romance Divas chat with the Ellora's Cave authors went. Fantablous. It was so great and the authors were wonderful to chat with. I learned so much from them and they are so nice and easy going. I had a ball and I even won a downloadable copy of Denise A. Agnew's new book, Shadows and Ruins. I am so psyched about this especially since the first EC book I read was The Dare by Denise and I loved it. Since then I've often visited EC to find Denise's books and fell in love with the wonderful stories offered. If you missed the chat you missed a lot of fun and I'm sorry to say I don't think this chat will be archived on the Romance Divas site. On another note. I've revamped the blog with a new look and I have to thank Caz for the beautiful template design. His work is awesome. Check out his site if you own a blog and are looking for beauty. That's it for today. Sienna

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Thursday, March 09, 2006

Ellora's Cave Author Chat at Romance Divas

Copy and pasted with permission from Romance Divas: Ellora’s Cave Author Chat! March 9th, 2006 Romance Divas will be hosting a chat with several Ellora’s Cave authors on March 10th, from 9-10 pm est in our chat room. Come with your questions and meet some of your favorite erotic romance authors. Denise A. Agnew, Jaci Burton, Kate Douglas, Kate Hill, and Jory Strong will all be ready to heat up your weekend. Read on for a bit more about these incredible authors. Denise A. Agnew’s award-winning novels have been described as suspenseful, erotic, edgy, thrilling, romantic, and adventurous. One thing they share is that they are all exciting reads. Romantic Times Bookclub Magazine called her romantic suspense novels “top-notch” and her erotic romance PRIMORDIAL received a TOP PICK from Romantic Times Bookclub Magazine. Denise has lived in Colorado, Hawaii, and the United Kingdom, giving her a lifetime of ideas. Her experiences with archaeology have crept into her work, as well as her numerous travels through England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. She now lives in Arizona with her real life hero, her husband. You can find out more about her extensive booklist, and Denise herself, at her website - www.deniseagnew.com. Jaci Burton is a multi published author, with over twenty-five books published by erotic romance publisher Ellora’s Cave. Jaci writes in multiple genres, including paranormal, contemporary, futuristic, fantasy and BDSM. Among her many awards to date are the Cupid and Psyche Award for Best Contemporary Erotic Romance, the Road to Romance Reviewer’s Choice Award and two Reviewers Choice nominations by Romantic Times Bookclub Magazine. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Romance Writer’s Ink, Passionate Ink and EPIC. Jaci has recently contracted with Bantam Dell for mainstream paranormal romance, and with Berkley HEAT for erotic romance. These books will release sometime in 2007. Jaci lives in Oklahoma with her husband Charlie who inspires her to create stories about sexy, stubborn alpha males who don’t always do what the heroine wants them to. She has three children-two grown sons and one teenage daughter. She loves animals, has five dogs and one fish who keep her company while she writes. Her favorite activities are travel, reading and long afternoon naps. Find out more about Jaci, and check out her bookshelf, at www.jaciburton.com Kate Douglas has been privileged to call writing her profession for almost thirty-five years, producing everything from radio copy to news stories to contemporary romances and erotica. With thirteen titles currently in print, numerous ebooks with various publishers, and eight more books in her erotic paranormal Wolf Tales series scheduled through 2008, at least she knows what she’ll be doing for the next couple years! Kate and her husband are currently dividing time between two homes while they remodel the house in the mountains where they hope to settle when her husband retires. When she’s not loading or unloading the car, Kate’s either writing or playing with the grandkids…and trying to figure out when she can go to Hawaii to see her newest granddaughter, Ella, born Feb. 6. Visit her web site at www.katedouglas.com Kate Hill is a thirty-something vegetarian New Englander who likes heroes with a touch of something wicked and wild. Her short fiction and poetry have appeared in publications both on and off the Internet, and she has over twenty books available at Ellora’s Cave. When she’s not working on her books, Kate enjoys reading, working out, and researching vampires and Viking history. Visit Kate’s website at www.kate-hill.com Jory Strong has been writing since childhood and has never outgrown being a daydreamer. She’s written several series for Ellora’s Cave, ranging from romantic suspense, to paranormal, to futuristic. When she’s not hunched over her computer, lost in the muse and conjuring up new heroes and heroines, she can usually be found reading, riding her horses, or hiking with her dogs. Learn more about Jory and see her full book list at www.jorystrong.com. Our chat on Feb 24th was great fun – you can read the transcript in our forum archives if you missed it. But make sure to mark your calendar, you don’t want to miss this one! I attend the Feb 24th chat and it was a blast. The authors were open and honest and answered many questions. We had so much fun and learned so much from these wonderful authors. I plan to attend this next chat as well and I hope you will join us in the fun. Sienna

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Saturday, March 04, 2006

Goals

Today I'm sitting here bouncing ideas in my brain and I'm pysched. I dropped by Romance Divas first thing this morning and found a couple of interesting places I'd like to submit. Call for Ellora's Cavemen 2007 submissions Deadline- September 30 (more guidelines available at RD) A new epub has opened submissions. Cobblestone Press. Another cool Romance Divas WAW contest is about to begin. Visit RD here for more information. And if you're not a member of Romance Divas you're missiing out on some great things. Stop by RD and join us. "I'm a Diva, Are You?" So many opportunities so little time. Now to get fingertips to keyboard and get it done.

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Monday, February 27, 2006

Absence makes the heart grow fonder--I hope

Hi everyone, I've been MIA for a while now leaving my poor blog in a rut of sameness. In my defense, the world seems to have conspired against me in the time department. Between remodeling, sick kids, my medical problems and life's other big hiccups, even thinking about writing seems to be a feat unto itself. So how do you write when your plate is so full that Porky Pig would love to be your shadow? Well in my case I haven't. Big no no. I can hear the disapproving tones and see the wagging fingers. But others can and do. They push through the good and the bad to create the novels of their dreams and if they can do it, well, so can I. What do I need to make it happen? Determination and organization. Okay, Sienna, pull up those boot straps and prepare for battle. So as a late New Year's resolution I'm going to take the good, bad, and ugly and wade through the muck and put fingertips to keyboard. As Tony Little says, "You can do it!!!" yeah. And so can you and I.

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Sunday, November 13, 2005

I"M BACK!!!!

I'm back and I can see again. LOL. I finally found the system I could live with and now I'm able to see everything in brilliant, bold color. Boy it's true you don't know what ya got till it's gone that's for sure. Now that I'm able to tell what I'm doing I'll be taking the next few days to update my website (yeah I can hear the cheers. Sick of the plain jane decor are we? Me too. LOL) So hopefully very soon you'll see a new look on my cyber home. Thank all of you for being so patient with me during my computer meltdown. I really appreciate the understanding and lack of complaints for the not so up to date information here lately. As for writing news. No, I didn't win the Blaze contest or the Romance Divas Best Opening Hook contest, but I did glean some understanding as to why thanks to Nadia. So in the long run, I do believe that each contestant did win in the end because feedback can be a great thing. I still haven't heard back from my two magazine submissions (I'm at eight weeks and counting. I hope that's a good thing) so I'm still keeping my fingers crossed that Woman's World will find that something special in me and my writing ability. What a wonderful Christmas present that would be. And speaking of Christmas, (shameful plug ahead) my print books are still available at CafePress. If you love romantic suspense then these books are for you or for that special friend, relative or crit partner. Razor's Edge by Cia Leah & Sienna Dawn Secrets & Sins Star of Destiny I hope that you'll enjoy the new covers I've made for them. I find them more appealing myself, but then again I could just be a little bit bias LOL. That's it for now. Please stay tuned for more and don't forget to keep an eye on my website at www.siennadawn.com. A new look could mean a new giveaway at anytime. Sienna

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Saturday, October 29, 2005

Apologies

Hi everyone, Due to severe computer problems, which I'm still enduring, I've been MIA. I've fixed the problems that I can, but my only available option is to get a new system and start from scratch. So until I can find the new system I'm looking for, I'm afraid I won't be able to post much. With contest announcements coming up Monday, I'm going to attempt to get back in to post here as soon as I find out one way or the other, but I may not be able to connect so if there's no update here check out Romance Divas @ www.romancedivas.com or eHarlequin @ www.eharlequin.com where you'll be able to see the winners announced. I'm sorry for the inconvience and I hope to have everything up and running normally very soon. Thank you, Sienna

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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

News and Reminders

Hi Everyone, Well as you can see I've got a new look for the blog finally. I think it suits the many me's. LOL. Let me know if you don't like it. I want something easy for everyone to read and navigate and I hope this fits the bill. Although, I will warn you, I change my moods like most women do. So, a new look may just crop up at any time with me. K, on to the reminders. First ECataRomance's scavenger hunt is in full swing. There's still time left to enter if you haven't and get a shot at a Grand Prize, 1st or 2nd place prize. Just in time for Halloween, I've donated a download copy of "Dead By O'Hallow's Eve" for the occasion. Second My new book covers are up on my recently avialable print books. The covers were made by moi (LOL) and I'm very proud of how they turned out. If you're in the market for that special gift for the holidays or just because, why not give them the gift of reading? Particularly a nice gift for a Crit Partner or fellow writer who enjoys Romantic Suspense. I think that covers everything today. Thanks for stopping by and check back often. You never know when I'll have something off the wall or of interest. Sienna

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