Weathering Rock: SSS 7-8-12

Happy Six Sentence Sunday, everyone! Once again, I’m sharing from my paranormal romance, time-travel, WEATHERING ROCK, scheduled for an October 8th release. For the tag, blurb, and a book trailer visit my WEATHERING ROCK page, here.

In today’s SSS, Caleb DeCardian (hunky werewolf and one time colonel for the Union Army during America’s Civil War) has finally gotten Arianna Hart to have dinner with him. At this point in the story, she’s still clueless about who and what he is.

Caleb escorts her outside onto the veranda at Weathering Rock, (an old home built in the 1800’s) where he’s prepared a lavish setting – – white wicker furniture, overstuffed pillows, glass tabletops – – beneath the setting sun. My six picks up from Arianna’s POV:


“This is…” Arianna paused, looking at the blush-colored china, elegant stemware and white taper candles in crystal holders. There was even a vase of freshly cut roses, the creamy pink blooms likely snipped from the bushes on the side of the house. “Lovely.” She had not expected him to do anything so elaborate and wasn’t certain if the romantic setting had been intentional or merely the result of his old-fashioned gentility.

“I hoped you’d like it.”


And I hope you liked my six. 🙂 For more participating authors, visit the Six Sentence Sunday website and get ready for some phenomenal reads! Comments are welcome!

Celebrating Independence and Six Sentence Sunday

Doubles are still delightful!  Today, I am participating in Six Sentence Sunday as usual, but I’m also participating in the Celebrating Independence Blog Hop. There are oodles (cool word, huh?), yes, oodles of participating author-bloggers who are giving away goodies.  You can find the complete list here at the Fourth of July Hop page

I’m giving away a $20.00 gift card to Amazon.

If you’d like to enter to win all you need to do is sign up to follow my blog by email and leave a comment telling me you did. If you’re already an email subscriber, you’re enrolled to win. The contest runs from July 1 through July 4th at midnight. I’ll be announcing the winner using on July 5th.


And now, my Six Sentence Sunday post.  This is pulled from Weathering Rock, my paranormal/time-travel romance releasing on October 8th from Lyrical Press.  If you’ve been following along you know Caleb DeCardian has convinced Arianna Hart to have dinner with him. In my snippet, she’s just arrived and stepped inside the doorway. Picking up there (with some minor editing to keep to six sentences):


She brushed past him, catching the subtle hint of his aftershave, and the cleaner, lighter scent of soap as if he’d recently showered. He was dressed rather formally in gray trousers and a black button-front shirt open at the throat. The contrast against his white-gold hair was a striking combination of shadow and light. However much she wanted to pretend otherwise, she couldn’t deny her attraction.

 “Something smells goods,” she commented, catching a tantalizing blend of aromas wafting from the kitchen.

“I’m afraid I’m not a very good cook.”


Thanks for visiting and don’t forget to sign up for your chance to win a $20.00 gift card. Enjoy plenty of other SSS snippets by checking the complete list of participating authors at the Six Sentence Sunday website. Happy reading!

Weathering Rock: SSS 6-17-12

Welcome back to Six Sentence Sunday. I’m sure I’m not the only one saddened to know SSS will be coming to an end in early 2013. I’ve met many incredible authors and readers through SSS, and have developed several friendships as a result. I will miss my regular Sunday excursions, hopping blog to blog, reading the latest SSS snippets. Although I don’t know them personally, I applaud the administrators of the SSS site for making the whole thing possible and allowing me to play in their arena for a while.

This Sunday’s six is once again from Weathering Rock (my paranormal / time-travel coming in October from Lyrical Press). For a short video book trailer showcasing what the story is about, please visit my Weathering Rock page.

For the last few weeks I’ve been leading up to a dinner date between Caleb DeCardian and Arianna Hart. Next week I’m going to get them together. Promise!  🙂 

This week, I wanted to share a glimpse of the 19th century home where Caleb lives since it’s central to the book and the novel carries its title. I’ve chosen my six just as Arianna is arriving for her date with Caleb:


The sun was sinking toward the horizon when she pulled up the drive at Weathering Rock. The fading light cast long shadows over the grass and drew eddies of tangerine and gold from the front windows. The house looked different during the day, its three-story height imposing. She hadn’t considered it closely when she’d left Saturday morning, but now realized a series of lightning rods jutted from the roof. They varied in size, some ornate and engraved with elaborate scrollwork, others plain. It made her think of the ball lightning she and Caleb had seen, and how reluctant he’d been to acknowledge it.


Next week, onward with the date! 🙂

Hope you enjoyed the snippet. Be sure to hop by the SSS site for more participating authors and gobble up some great reads!

Weathering Rock: SSS 6-10-12

Happy Sunday, Sixers!  It’s time for another round of six sentence snippets. Once again, I’m posting from my upcoming time-travel/paranormal release WEATHERING ROCK. Thanks to everyone who has been commenting and following along. I’ve made so many wonderful friends through SSS. You guys rock! 🙂

And now onward to the six!

For the last few weeks, Caleb DeCardian has been trying to coax Arianna Hart into having dinner with him (in hopes of atoning for something he’s done to upset her). There is some back and forth verbal tug-of-war but she finally agrees when he tells her to pick the night. She chooses Thursday evening and he hedges (yes, I skipepd that part). She tells him if it doesn’t suit they can forget it altogether, at which point Caleb concedes.  

Later he tells his ‘brother,’ Wyn DeCardian, about the date he’s made and the two end up in an argument.  The six picks up there with Caleb speaking first, followed by Wyn (I’m snipping a bit to make it work):


“It may surprise you, Winston, but I am intimately conscious of the lunar cycle. The moon may look full on Thursday, but it will be waning at ninety-seven percent.”

“Not on Wednesday, it won’t.  I’m going to have to lock you up like I do every month and you’re going to turn into that thing. The next day–Thursday, in case it’s eluded you–you’ll be worthless as shit. You’ll be lucky if you can walk down the steps without falling on your ass.”


To find out more about the nature of Wyn’s true relationship to Caleb and Caleb’s connection to full moons, check out my WEATHERING ROCK page

Can’t get enough of Six Sentence Sundays?  Then hop on over to the SSS website for a complete list of all the participating authors. Good reads abound!

Weathering Rock: Six Sentence Sunday 6/3/12

Happy Six Sunday, the first one of June! I’m back sharing another snippet from Weathering Rock, which now has a book trailer should you like to check it out!  I loved choosing the music and images to go with the script. It was easy and fun to put together!

Thanks to everyone who has been visiting each Sunday and commenting on my six snippets. The last few weeks have involved an encounter between Caleb (DeCardian) and Arianna (Hart). He’s ticked her off, they run into each other at the library, and he attempts to make amends. At this point, she has no idea who or what he is (you’ll have to see the book trailer for those details :)).

He’s asked her to dinner and she’s bluntly told him she isn’t interested. As she starts to leave, he catches her arm and protests he hasn’t told her what night. My six picks up from there with Arianna speaking first:


“It wouldn’t matter.” His touch left her unbalanced, the familiarity too free for her liking. “I’m busy tonight and tomorrow.”

“Then you pick the night.”

“Excuse me?”

“What night are you free?”


A determined man, LOL.  I hope you enjoyed the snippet, short as it is. It’s rough doing sixes with dialogue, but participating in SSS is always so much fun!  For a list of this Sunday’s authors and information on how to join in, check out the Six Sentence Sunday site. Happy reading!

Trust me . . . it’s a big deal!

At least for me.

Writing a book is exciting enough. Getting to do a visual interpetation of it is, well . . . a giddy culimination of a lot of work. A few days back I mentioned I was working on a video trailer for Weathering Rock. I know a lot of you have been following my snippets, especially my Six Sunday shares in which I’ve posted snippets of the book. I’ve made some noise about the characters and what it’s about, but haven’t tried to present it as a whole.

Until now.

I loved putting this together. Writing the script, finding the images to match, and searching out just the right music. Here’s a glimpse of Weathering Rock as a whole. I hope you enjoy it!

Six Sentence Sunday 5-27-12

Happy almost Memorial Day!  I hope everyone is having a nice long relaxing weekend, but also pausing to remember those who have fought for our country, especially those who paid the ultimate price for our freedoms.

Fitting with the day, the hero of my novel Weathering Rock, is an ex-military man, although he’s time travelled from 1863 shortly after the battle of Gettysburg, to the present day. Caleb DeCardian has made a less than favorable impression on Arianna Hart, the heroine of the story and needs to make amends. Last Sunday they ran into each other at the library and he asked for the chance to make up for his blunders.

I’m picking up there this Sunday with Caleb speaking first, followed by Arianna. I’ve had to snip a bit due to the limitation of six sentences.  Incidentally, Weathering Rock is the name of the property (an old pre-Civil War home) where Caleb lives:


“I’d like to invite you to dinner. At Weathering Rock.”

“Sorry, I’m busy.” Snapping the book shut, she returned it to the shelf. Before she could retreat, he caught her arm.

“I haven’t told you what night.”


Eesh! Freakishly short, but that’s all SSS will allow. I hope you’re return next week to see where things are headed. In the meantime, check out the other fantastic reads being offered by participating Six Sentence Sunday auhors and enjoy your holiday!
I appreciate your comments!

Werewolves to RFK. Seriously?

Is your TBR pile exploding? Mine is. I keep buying books but can’t find the time to make a dent. I’m in the middle of an engrossing YA series by Cassandra Clare called The Mortal Instruments, currently on book three, City of Glass.

I get frustrated when I can’t curl up with my Kindle Fire (okay, that doesn’t have the same ring as curling up with a book, but you get the idea). This is a six book series with five currently in print, the sixth scheduled for release in September of 2014.

There’s also a steampunk prequel, The Infernal Devices. A trilogy, two of the three novels are available now, with Clockwork Princess coming in March 2013. Check out the awesome cover for Clockwork Prince (book 2). Moody, beautiful and artistically envisioned, it’s what orginially reeled me in to take a look at the series.

Instruments and Devices aside, I’m addicted to one-clicking on Amazon. Wow, is that thing handy! Click, buy, click, buy. Two more this week. It made me slow down and take a look at what’s been accumulating in the pile:

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Romance Titles:
Betting the Moon by Beverly Rae
Yes, there is werewolf! A sexy one too. 🙂
Lord Midnight by Donna Cummings
Heart of the Hunter by Linda Anne Wulf
Summer’s Song by Allie Boniface
Rendezvous at Midnight by Lynne Connelly

The Jackal Man by Kate Ellis
I love her Wesley Peterson series, currently at fifteen books. I’ve read nine so far and intend to finish with those I’ve missed.
Eyes of Prey by John Sanford
There are twenty-two Prey books. I’ve read seven. Sanford has a crisp no-frills way of writing I like. Surprising, given I normally go for descriptive prose.
Silent Kills by C.E. Lawrence
Book three of a trilogy

Other Titles:
The Aristotelian by Steve Poling
Young Sherlock Holmes. Mycroft is the protagonist.
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
Bobby and Jackie: A Love Story by C. David Heymann
Most times when I read non-fiction, I immediately reach for anything on
Robert F. Kennedy

So, there you have my current TBR pile, from werewolves to RFK. Of course it doesn’t include titles on my wish list, many discovered on Six Sentence Sundays, some still waiting for release.

I know the pile will continue to grow as one can never have too many books!

Remember the Twilight Zone episode Time Enough at Last? Burgess Meredith played a bookworm whose single driving passion was reading. He couldn’t find the time, plagued by obligations to the people around him. Then the world ended, leaving him the sole survivor with a treasure-trove of books. He thought he’d discovered nirvana until he shattered his glasses reaching for the first novel. *shudder* That episode has stayed with me since I was a kid.

Apocalyptic catastrophes aside, what’s lurking in your to-be-read pile?

Six Sentence Sunday 5-13-12

Happy Mother’s Day everyone!  I’m participating in another Six Sentence Sunday.  For the last few weeks I’ve been sharing snippets from Weathering Rock, my time-travel / paranormal which will be released in October by Lyrical Press.  I’ve been giving glimpses into Caleb DeCardian’s POV.  Caleb is a former colonel of the Union Army during America’s Civil War who has been displaced and transported to the present century.  He’s made a less than glowing impression on Arianna Hart, the heroine of my novel. Arianna teaches American history at the local middle school.

This scene takes place early in the book after Caleb has done something to infuriate her (I don’t want to share spoilers).


Why the hell couldn’t she get the man out of her head? He exasperated and bewildered her but was gorgeous, magnetic and . . . sexual.

It surprised her to think of a man she’d just met in such an erotic fashion but, for all his courtly grace, Caleb exuded an aura of power that was primal. All she had to do was come within a few feet of him and her skin tingled.

The phone rang, jarring her from her thoughts. Flustered, she snatched up the receiver.


Thanks for reading. Comments are welcome!  You can find other participating authors and SSS snippets at the Six Sentence Sunday website.  Enjoy your day and happy reading!