Archive | April 2014

Jaguar Hunt Goodreads Giveaway!

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An agent and a jaguar-shifter chase trouble, and each other, through the jungles of Belize…

Agent Tammy Anderson has a reputation: she prefers to work alone. So when she’s paired up on a mission with jaguar-shifter David Patterson—who’s only recently been released from jail—to say she’s less than thrilled is a understatement. Until she realizes that this sexy agent has what it takes…

Soon, what started as an “easy” mission to locate a missing jaguar takes the pair to Belize, where they’re chasing down two renegade teen shifters who know more than they’re telling. As the action heats up, can they keep their minds on the job and off of each other?

Giveaway dates: Apr 11 – May 16, 2014
15 copies available, 343 people requesting
Countries available: US and CA
Okay, I’m back…. again. I can’t help it if I get such great news and I have to share! 🙂
This is really, really the last time today. Unless something else comes up. Note I’m not working on A SEAL Wolf for Sale.
I’m sick! Not sure if I picked up a bug on the plane or it was from the guys replacing my windows and all the dust and outside allergens. But I barely got any sleep last night and so that means NO WRITING on mss until I’m more with it.
Although, who knows? Maybe I would be really brilliant then?
Have a super lovely Wednesday and…. hug a wolf. Or wait, jaguar. Got my shifters mixed up.  Blog tour coming in June. Book releases Jun 4, 2014!

Story Bundle with Lots of Great Reads!

All Covers Small “I’d like to invite you to join us on a journey of Romance: Past, Present and Paranormal. That was the inspiration for this bundle, to join masterfully told stories into a fun and romance-filled voyage. The caliber of this list is astonishing to me. We have three USA Today bestsellers and two RITA-award finalists. Most of these authors have appeared on Top 5 and Top 10 lists such as RT (Romantic Times), Barnes & Noble, and NPR to name just a few.

We start in the past of Anthea Lawson’s spicy Regency. Then Dean Wesley Smith proves that having written more than almost anyone about time travel has everything to do with telling a past-and-present love story. To embark on the present-day, we join M. L. Buchman’s journey to a dozen lighthouses and Kay Stockham’s brilliant insights into what it takes to really see the light. Then journey into the paranormal with Kristine Grayson’s, well, irresistible start to an irresistible series of what happens when the Ancient Greek Fates start messing with modern romance, and Terry Spear’s tale of just how hot a vampire huntress can be on her path to true love.

Join us, too, for the bonus books: M.L. Buchman’s critically-acclaimed Night Stalkers series journeys to the White House, Vietnam, and Cambodia. Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s (aka Kristine Grayson) story finds a path from a dark past to a bright future. And Karen L. McKee is all those at once—past, present and paranormal—leading to true love as only she can write it. Please come join us on this romantic voyage.”

The initial titles in the bundle (minimum $3 to purchase) are:

Sonata For a Scoundrel by Anthea Lawson
Thunder Mountain by Dean Wesley Smith
Where Dreams Are Born by M.L. Buchman
Blind Man’s Bluff by Kay Stockham
Simply Irresistible by Kristine Grayson
Huntress For Hire by Terry Spear
If you pay more than the bonus price of just $12, you get all six of the regular tomes, plus three unmissable extra full-length books:

Peter’s Christmas by M.L. Buchman
The Death of Davy Moss by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Shades of Moonlight by Karen L. McKee

The Bundle is available for a very limited time only, via

Tree Branch Shadow Art

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I love clouds and water and trees and birds. The Canada geese were collecting material for bird’s nests. All of them had their beaks full of the mulch around the trees. And most of the boats are still not in the water because Chicago can still get a late freeze. This is Lake Michigan and it was a beautiful clear day. Bonnie, who lives in Chicago, says that it’s often a gray day in the winter/spring. But it was beautiful when I was at the lake that day. 🙂

I was trying to get a picture of the Canada geese, but I had my point and shoot camera so the geese didn’t turn out that well. But I loved the blue sky highlighting the still bare branches and the tree branch shadows on the grass. Do you see the ferris wheel at Navy Pier?

Have a super great day!

Back to the writing!


“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male.”

Hard Rock Cafe


When we were in New Orleans, we came across the Hard Rock Cafe. It reminded me of a Star Wars club, only that would be more futuristic and alien.

My friend, Bonnie Gill, took this. It was one time that I forgot my camera and didn’t have a smart phone at the time. She had one, so she had to take pictures for me. Isn’t it fun having your own photographer with you?

Have a super great day!


Eyes on the Palmer House–the Haunted Hotel in Chicago

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I did not add the square lights to the eyes. They were there when I found them. 🙂

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The sculptures and other ornamentation were beautiful in the Palmer House.

Just for the record: We did not see any ghosts.

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Isn’t the hotel beautiful? And it has all kinds of pictures of celebrities who performed here in the early days.

Okay, I’m home from conference and that means I’ve got to get back to work. No more chasing ghosts at opulent hotels or sightseeing other places. No more book signings and margaritas and dinners out. No more just plain fun. Until the next time. 🙂

Have a beautiful Monday!


Cloud Art from a Jetliner over Dallas, Texas

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I love clouds, but they can be dangerous when the storms are severe. I’ve had numerous flight delays or cancellations when traveling in the volatile stormy States–over Dallas, Atlanta, Colorado Springs, Omaha, and Pensacola, to name a few of the more recent ones.

A couple of times, I’ve been stuck flying around in circles, waiting for the storm system to move off so we could safely land. One time, we were running on fumes and had to finally land in another state!

And I’ve missed a few important activities, my son’s wedding rehearsal dinner, and only just managed to reach the tail end of an important book signing where fans had traveled to see me from cities and a state or two farther away.

They had lightning strikes over Dallas at the rate of 5 a minute over the airport last Monday, so you never know how bad it will be until you’re on your way to the airport, in the plane, flying over an area, or trying to land.

So here is a bit of cloud art from a big old jetliner over Dallas last year, when my first flight was cancelled, I missed my connection, I made it out of Dallas, was in a circling pattern over Atlanta, finally landed there despite the severe storms, then they wouldn’t let us off the plane because it was too dangerous for ramp personnel to deplane us. Then when we finally were allowed off the plane, the same situation with getting our bags. Too dangerous.

That was the signing I ended up at for only 10 minutes and right afterwards, a whole group of us authors went to dinner and had margaritas. And all was well. I love HEA. Don’t you?


Interesting Structure

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This was another interesting decorative structure. No purpose except to make a statement.  If you notice, the picture seems crooked. It isn’t. The building is. Okay, so the building was probably fine. I was crooked.

Hope you have a lovely day and are enjoying my pictures. This was also taken at the Arboretum. 🙂


Japanese Maple

I adore Japanese Maple trees. They’re beautiful, like lacy sculptures of fine art. But they don’t like me. I’ve tried, and so did my mother, several times to grow them. Alas, I left well enough alone and now that I found a beautiful specimen at the Arboretum, if I decide I just have to have another, I can look at this one and get over it.

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Persistence can be a good thing. But sometimes we have to compromise!

Have a terrific day. What day is it now???


Stained Glass Window Art

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When I was at the Arboretum, I was fascinated not only by the flowers and gardens, water gardens, nature walks, garden structures and statues, but also by some of the buildings there. This one had the prettiest stained glass windows.

And I even managed to capture me in the beauty.  🙂  The rainbow of colors, the flowers and leaves?

I had never seen it before. And yet, it had always been there. I wonder how many other things I have seen, but… have never seen?


Don’t you love the artistic window?