Sneak Off and Read: Lines all about ASK #RSsos #RomSuspense

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines all about ASK

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Once I dragged Ben inside the store, I asked the cashier to page the manager. My grip tightened on Ben’s shirt collar as he tried to bolt for the far-blue-yonder.

Vicki Batman


Her cold fingers brushed his aside for a better look. “What happened?” she asked, her breath sending prickles down his back.

Jacquie Biggar


I’m going to ask you something. I saw those scratches on your back yesterday morning. You and I both know they didn’t come from brush in the canyon.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


Kate could tell after several months of his repeated attempts to ask her out that Daniel cared less about keeping his job with Bardach & Associates and more about getting her naked.

Claire Gem


Before I could ask more questions about Dougie, the door opened, and Jake entered, followed by what I could only describe as a handsome Silver Fox.

Joanne Guidoccio


Broughton wanted to ask James to rethink the assignment, but nothing short of a gun to his head would get him to do that. Chain of command.

Kathryn Jane


“Do you have access to all the accounts in the bank?” Edwina asked, twirling a clump of his chest hair around her finger as she snuggled closer to him.

Marian Lanouette


This part of his job was never easy, but crucial time had elapsed, time without an arrest. Now he had to ask the tough questions.

S.A. Taylor
Shutter (work-in-progress)


“You hide the gun in your mother’s house. When someone comes asking about it, you pull it out for all to see.”

Marsha West


“Before I forget, here it is.” Zack handed Nate a Post-it note and went back to mainlining caffeine. “The weapons inventory you asked for.”

Sharon Wray


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sneak Off and Read: Lines all about WANT #RSsos #RomSuspense

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines all about WANT

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She didn’t want him to leave. She didn’t want him to go to that prison hospital somewhere in Maine. She didn’t want to lose him because she loved him.

Sharon Wray


The adoring expression they shared caused pea-green envy to skip through my veins and an ache to pierce my heart. I wanted my own man to love.

Vicki Batman


“What do you want, Mac, an apology in blood? I already explained…”

Jacquie Biggar


He’d had a mini-seizure. Just when he was about to make love to a beautiful woman he wanted so badly . . .

Claire Gem


I didn’t want to anger the grief-stricken constable who was bemoaning the senseless way Sarah had died, alone and exposed to the cool autumn evening.

Joanne Guidoccio


She not only wanted her husband out of the house, she wanted him out of the bank her family owned. Stripped bare; let’s see what woman would want him then?

Marian Lanouette


What he wanted to do was drag her into his arms. Same reaction he’d had when he first met her, but he sure as hell didn’t date anyone involved in a case.

Marsha West


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sneak Off and Read: Lines all about TEASE #RSsos #RomSuspense

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines all about TEASE

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“You know Fort Worth is where the west begins, don’t you,” Mike teased.

“Yes, but I’m more from the culture side of our ‘Cowboys and Culture’ slogan.”

Marsha West


She lowered the blanket. Not all the way, just enough to tease him.

Sharon Wray


I went for broke. “How about thanking me over pizza?”

A slow grin teased his mouth. “Tonight okay?” “You’re on.”

Vicki Batman


Sophia set out to prove they belonged together. She teased the corner of his mouth, little nibbling bites and soothing licks.

Jacquie Biggar


His tongue teased as he sucked and nibbled. The sensation created a tightening of the muscles in Quin’s lower abdomen that produced a profound ache for him.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


He’d wanted to tease her more, make this last longer. But he could feel his control slipping.

Claire Gem


I immediately regretted my response. Knowing Jim, he would pounce and tease me.

Joanne Guidoccio


Lord, I love the look of a man in a tux. Who knew you could clean up so nicely?” She teased as she patted his cheek.

Marian Lanouette


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blooming Like Crazy!

Spring began in my neighborhood in February, starting with the flowering quince. When we moved in this house over twenty years ago, I had no idea the large bush in the front bed was a flowering quince. Then Winter came and the shrub turned to sticks. But when Spring came, gorgeous salmon-colored flowers appeared along with the tiniest bees.

hbw quince close up

Sure, we can get a cold snap and the blossoms turn an ugly brown. However, most of the time, they last. It is truly a pleasure to sit at my desk which overlooks the front yard and see the signs of Spring appear.

Then more exciting things happen. Like the grass slowly but surely sprouts green. The red oak leaves press forward and in a gentle Spring breeze, wave gently.

Behind my garage is a small bed which leads to the backyard. After we renovated, I planted antique roses. The middle one had devil thorns and never thrived. The other two flanking it produce tiny flowers–one white and one is yellow. Several of the flowers  Rose yellow

Years ago, Handsome and I cruised the Rhine River. I was taken with the different flowers I saw there. When I returned home and showed off my pictures, I realized most were of flowers.

Flowers give me pleasure. They are soft, beautiful colors, sometimes scented. A bit of beauty, like the one I found in a sidewalk crack, in unexpected places.

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Maybe the stories in Just Desserts and other stories are beautiful or beautifully written; however, I like to think they’re fun, too. And life needs fun.

Love blossoms in the small town of Sommerville in these heartwarming, “cute meet” tales, filled with fun and forever possibilities.

Find yours at: Vendor

Sneak Off and Read: Lines all about FOOL #RSsos #RomSuspense

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines all about FOOL

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A weak copy of Ciara—how did I miss it? Oh, how she made a fool of me. Not anymore—she’ll join the others.

Marian Lanouette


“That’s commendable, but the behavior seems foolhardy given the threats on her life.”

Marsha West


At the exit, where freedom awaited from this mortifying and horrifying experience, Ben planted his feet and did an about-face. “Mom says, Auntie Caren needs a good man—

Vicki Batman


He flashed her a smile from his soot-darkened face that made her foolish heart tumble.

Jacquie Biggar


“Quin, you’re not making a fool out of yourself and I’m trying to grasp the fact that my fantasy just became my reality.”

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


“Sarah drank and fooled around too much. She was a pretty girl, but not too many men would put up with her behavior.”

Joanne Guidoccio


I reversed a step or two, glanced first at his angry expression, then past him at the remains of the office door, and of all fool things, a giggle escaped me.

Kathryn Jane


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Listen to Your Inner Critic

By Joanne Guidoccio

I realize this is contrary to all the advice that’s out there. But there is something to be gained by analyzing the selected thoughts of our inner critic and taking action.

How can you distinguish those selected thoughts?

Very simply, take note of all sentences that start with “Someone should…”

Here are some examples:

“Someone should write a letter to the editor about that issue. It’s bugging me.”

“Someone should organize an arts festival that showcases the talents of artists, artisans, musicians, and writers in our county.”

“Someone should put her name forward for an executive position on that board. We need new blood.”

“Someone should design and create clothes that fit and flatter women over fifty.”

“Someone should offer decorating services for seniors, who are moving into assisted living, retirement and nursing homes, or downsizing to a condo.”

“Someone should write a cookbook filled with nutritious, easy-to-prepare recipes for singles and couples on budgets.”

“Someone should run for mayor.”

Once you have identified your favorite “Someone should,” it’s time to…

Take action!

Entering the political arena, assuming an executive role in a non-profit organization, organizing an arts festival, writing a novel…these are all goals that can be accomplished but probably not within the immediate future.

Instead, set move-the-needle steps for the season in which you are in. These small steps will lead to larger ones, and subsequent steps will always be within your grasp

You could start by attending an information meeting, offering to help with an established arts festival, signing up for an online or offline course, joining a local writing group, or listening to a webinar. Don’t worry if certain steps don’t work out. Keep moving forward and course-correct along the way.

Good luck!

 

Where to find Joanne Guidoccio…

Website | Amazon | Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn | Goodreads | Pinterest

Book News!!

I’m excited to announce that ACT OF SURVIVAL, Book 4 The Second Chances Series releases April 16, and right now it’s available for Pre-Order at Barnes and Noble, iTunes, and KOBO. Unfortunately, you can’t get a Pre-Order at Amazon for this book.

Here are the links:

B & N https://bit.ly/2WiINmV

KOBO https://bit.ly/2TVasOi

iTunes https://apple.co/2HQFSxZ

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This is the first book I’ve done entirely through Draft 2 Digital. Aside from the Amazon Pre-Order glitch, I’ve been happy with them. They’ve been quick to respond to my questions. (And you know I’ve had some.) LOL

Previously, I put up ACT OF BETRAYAL, Book 3 The Second Chances Series and my first published book, VERMONT ESCAPE. I did those specifically to get my books up on iTunes. One of my very good friends reads books that way. Not sure why VERMONT ESCAPE wasn’t on iTunes, because I think I used a formatter who did that. At least that was the case for all the books after that.

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Now, I use D 2 D for formatting, and as I said, they’ve put the book up everywhere. Please stop for a minute and imagine how much nicer this is for me. Yes, I did upload to all the venues individually for the books before BETRAYAL (except iTunes), but oh my goodness, it was sooooo stressful!!! So many moving parts and opportunities to mess up. LOL This is soooo much easier for me. Now I know some of you format your own books. Well, good for you. I’m impressed, but that’s not something I want to learn to do. This would not be a good use of  my time.

I’ve only had two problems with formatting with D 2 D, and they were both pilot errors. 😊 On ACT OF BETRAYAL, I’d apparently added extra spaces to the ends of lines and when I uploaded the document, the result was odd spacing and gaps between lines. This was one of those times when the staff was great and helped me fix it. Act of Betrayal

The second problem was with the center **** dividing markers being in odd places rather than the center. That I fixed myself when I used a different formatting option. (I would tell you exactly what that is, but I’m afraid if I go into that section to check the wording, I’ll somehow unpublish the book!) It is the last option under the basic heading. There is an option to pay something, but I don’t do that.

I learned about D 2 D from a fellow writer at an NTRWA meeting. Writers helping other writers is cool. 😊

This is book is over six months later than I originally planned, but life happens. For me, that has involved taking on some very time consuming (but needed) leadership roles at my church. I kept pushing off the book. When I took on the jobs, I knew that was going to happen and just accepted the consequences. We all make choices.

Needless to say, I’m thrilled to have reached this point. I hope many of you will Pre-Order and when the book releases, you’ll read and write a review. Thanks in advance for those.

If you’re a writer and you’re the publisher, how do you publish your works? How do you do that? Do you handle the formatting?

I hope Spring is close to arriving wherever you live. In Texas, we’re right on the cusp of seeing huge fields of bluebonnets. 🙂

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Sneak Off and Read: Lines all about EASTER #RSsos #RomSuspense

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines all about EASTER

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Tucked away in the remote north eastern section of Washington State, we were a two hour drive on dirt roads from a town in any direction.

Kathryn Jane


He’s one of the reasons we don’t have holiday parties anymore. The last one we had to call the cops—”

Marian Lanouette


“Kate, I want to have a permanent place in your life and in Bailey’s. I don’t have regular hours. Sometimes, I’m gone for weeks like I was during the holidays, and then I’m home at odd times.”

Marsha West


I watched him squint at his phone, then shift his gaze to the street signs. He consulted his device again, and then swiveled about, moving in the opposite direction. The spring breeze stirred his short, dark brown hair.

Vicki Batman


He noticed more than one filled with Easter baskets and was startled to realize the holiday was almost upon them. It was easy to lose track of time when the job was your family.

Jacquie Biggar


Every one of the ER staff seemed frazzled and upset. Odd. This group could handle the busiest day and the highest level of stress like an Easter Sunday picnic.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Lovers Con ’19: Come to New Orleans to Meet Your Favorite Authors!

In a few months I’ll be headed down to New Orleans for a huge reader event known as Book Lovers Con May 15-19 2019. For those of you familiar with the Romantic Times Conference, this is the new version of RT Con.

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According to the Book Lovers Con website“Book Lovers Con is the place to meet your all-time favorite authors, discover new-to-you authors and forge relationships with fellow Book Lovers. From our Jazz Festival Kick-Off Party to our Brunch & Bubbly breakfast, our program provides ample opportunity for readers and authors to connect!”

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“We want BLC to be a valuable experience for attendees, one that will create cherished memories you’ll reminisce on for years to come. Readers will enjoy many opportunities to interact with their favorite authors and connect with new authors. Because we want to make sure everyone has a chance to meet, author registration slots will be limited. It’s the perfect environment for book lovers to mix and mingle, affording authors the opportunity to sit and chat with a new group of fans each day!”

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As a participating Book Lovers Con author, I’m excited to attend author-led events such as:

Jazz Festival Welcome Party
“We’re planning a BIG welcome for Book Lovers! Our kick-off party will emulate New Orleans’ famous annual Jazz Festival. A Second Line Band will gather all of our guests in the lobby and escort them to a jazz fest designed with Book Lovers in mind! Of course, you can’t have a jazz festival without live music! A local jazz band will play tunes guaranteed to get your foot tapping. All that dancing will make you work up an appetite. Book Lovers who are feeling hungry can step outside to enjoy a taste of New Orleans’ food truck scene at our very own food truck area.

Three Truths & a Lie: Romantic Suspense, Horror, Mystery, and Thriller Signing
“Amateur sleuths wanted! Play Three Truths and a Lie with authors in an attempt to win a prize! Then join your favorite authors for a book signing!”

Wags, Whiskers, and Pet Swag
“Like animals? Read books? So do we–and we write them, too (books, not animals).  Get to know 10 “animal authors” in a rousing game of FETCH! Qualify for 10 raffles.. and pick up some swag for your pet!  We’re PAW-sitive you’ll have fun!

French Quarter Ghost Tour
“Take a walk through history (and spooky legends) with a Ghost Tour to the French Quarter. Readers will join several Sourcebooks authors on the trek with a professional guide, gorgeous swag, goodies and whatever ghosts decide to tag along!  Transportation provided to the start the tour. Please wear comfortable shoes.”

Book Bash Signing
“Join over 230 of your favorite authors for our Book Bash Signing! You can buy books on site or bring some of your dog-eared faves to get a signature. Many authors will be holding raffles so you might also win some prizes as you browse the aisles!”

Sourcebooks’ Bookseller, Librarian, and Blogger Reception

“Booksellers, Bloggers, and Librarians come to rendezvous with Romance Reads! Enjoy sips and sweets and chat with Sourcebooks Casablanca authors over yummy food, delicious reads, and tantalizing giveaways!”

As a reader, there are tons of events, booksignings, and chances to meet your favorite authors. There are brunches, swamp tours, champagne parties, Faery and Fantasy DinnerVoodoo Vampire Club and Dinner Dance, and the Book Bash Dance Party just to name a few.

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I have no doubt it will be an incredible experience and I’m excited to go to Book Lovers Con not just as an author but also as a reader. Registration is still available and I hope to see you there!
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Sharon Wray is a librarian who once studied dress design in the couture houses of Paris and now writes about the men in her Deadly Force romantic suspense series where ex-Green Berets meet their match in smart, sexy heroines who teach these alpha males that Gracealways defeats Reckoning.

Her acclaimed debut book EVERY DEEP DESIRE, a sexy, action-packed retelling of Romeo and Juliet, is about an ex-Green Beretdetermined to regain his honor, his freedom, and his wife.

EVERY DEEP DESIRE is available on: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | iBooks | IndieBoundKobo|  Google

And adding it to your Goodreads TBR list is also always appreciated!

Sneak Off and Read: Lines all about SPRING #RSsos #RomSuspense

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines all about SPRING

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 His thoughts turned to a spring day in Monterey where he and Quin had made love in a setting much like this one.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


Logic would point to Adam, who had been close to Sarah throughout the winter and spring.

Joanne Guidoccio


She’d bet his feet were flat on the floor and just slightly behind his center of gravity, because he was always ready to spring into action.

Kathryn Jane


Murder-wise, it had been a busy spring and summer. Wilkesbury, Connecticut had crime, but murder cases the last couple of years had decreased.

Marian Lanouette


When the weather was good in the fall, winter, and spring she made a point of walking partway around the lake every couple of days.

Marsha West


Look to the horizon, my child, and you will see this each year with the coming of spring; the cycle of life is never-ending.

Jacquie Biggar