09 December 2019

COVER REVEAL! ...Broken Souls by Andi Rhodes!




Title: Broken Souls
Series: Broken Rebel Brotherhood #1
Author: Andi Rhodes
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense
Cover Design: L.J. Anderson, Mayhem Cover Creations
Release Date: January 9, 2020



Blurb

Micah…
I served my country and returned broken. Trying to fit the pieces back together, I built the Broken Rebel Brotherhood. We walked a fine line between right and wrong to protect those who had nowhere else to turn. I’d never mixed business with pleasure. That is, until her.

Sadie…
After years of abuse at the hands of my husband, I’d had enough. The only way to live was to run. Disappear. Life had other plans for me. Plans that included a sexy biker. I wasn’t looking for love, and I certainly didn’t think I could trust again. That is, until him.

Life had been cruel too many times to count, but the worst was yet to come. Will love be enough to keep them from shattering?


The Broken Rebel Brotherhood series consists of three complete stories with guaranteed HEA’s. All three books can be read as a standalone. Each book contains subject matter that some may find disturbing. Reader discretion is advised.







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AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU






Author Bio


I started this journey on a whim! No, really. I did. Now I'm deep into this thing called writing and am loving every single second. I am an avid reader of romance novels and love anything steamy. When I'm not writing, I’m spending time with my husband and 6 dogs. You read that right...6 dogs!


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05 December 2019

The Evernight Weekly Writing Challenge - Week 49

The Best Dish I Cook (share recipe)


I am not a cook. 

I know how to cook to survive, and I have a few dishes I like to make, but I am not a thinker when it comes to figuring out how to make something. I need a recipe and I follow it faithfully.

This is a recipe that I found floating around Facebook. It seemed very easy so I thought I'd try it:


Slab of meat you like.
1 packet of dry Ranch flavor dressing (please note NOT the liquid kind. The powder kind)
1 packet of Au jois (make sure you reconstitute it)
4 Tablespoons of butter (I used unsweetened Irish butter)

Put it all in a slow cooker, set on low (or slow), and let it cook until your desired tenderness. 

It is DELICIOUS! Serious, you'll want to drink the sauce, much to the horror of your arteries. 

Add some potatoes, a vege, and you have a fantastic meal. 

Try it out and let me know how you liked it.

03 December 2019

New Release in the Captivating Captains Series!


Hello Catherine & Eleanor!  Welcome back to Written Butterfly!  It’s always a pleasure to chat with you.  So tell me…
Q) Is your book part of a series?  If so, can you tell us about it?

It’s part of the Captivating Captains series. Each book is a stand-alone novel with a brand new set of characters, but they’re all linked by the theme of captivating captains! We’ll let the blurb do the talking.

“Throughout the ages, the image of the stern, unyielding captain, resplendent in his immaculate uniform, has been a staple of fiction. He instills loyalty, devotion and sometimes fear in the hearts of his men, and they’ll follow him anywhere.

It’s time to meet a new generation of captains, who still make their men tremble, but for very different reasons. From the oh-so-proper ballrooms of the Regency to the hellish trenches of World War One, the flashing cutlasses of the Golden Age of pirates to the chilly bunkers of the Cold War, these captains will have you hungry to join their ranks.”

Q) What was the hardest (or easiest) scene to write?

CC - I didn’t really find any of the scenes in The Captain and the Best Man tough to write. Though I suppose the moment when a bride nearly got swept out to sea by a combination of her veil and a tropical storm wasn’t too nice for the fictional bride! The easiest scene to write were probably Captain Guy Collingwood’s in-flight announcements. It was a chance to have some fun.
EH - This is one of those novels that wrote itself, really. Once we had our ideas mapped out for it, we dived in and the story told itself. I hope it works for readers — you can lay back and let the story take you away.

Q) What do you think is your strongest asset as a writer? …what is your weakest factor as a writer?

CC - My strongest asset is probably discipline. I write full time and I’m often juggling a combination of projects at once, so I’ve learned to be very disciplined with my time and energy. My weakest factor stems from the same place and I’ve had to make a conscious decision to get my work/life balance - otherwise I’d happily still be writing at dawn!

EH - I’m a bit of a worrier and in the olden days when I wrote everything longhand first before typing it up, I would go over, and over, and over things. And that’s a very good way to get stuck and lose a story’s momentum. Writing straight into a computer (or phone if I’m on the move) has stopped me fussing about, but I think in some ways that attention to detail (I’m a librarian by day!) comes in handy for writing — as long as it doesn’t become an obsession with detail instead.

Q) Do you write in a linear fashion or do you jump from scene to scene and then go back and “fill in the blanks”?

CC - Very occasionally we might jump ahead to test out particular elements of a project, but on the whole it’s linear.  

EH - I do know of authors who write the scenes they’re looking forward to first, so that while they’re writing the scenes leading up to it, they’re able to focus on them without being distracted by thinking “In four scenes’ time, I’m going to be writing that really good bit! Yay!” But most of the time we write in linear fashion, partly because it makes life easier if you’re co-writing, and I think that’s how we’d write individually as well. It works for us because we know what’s happening pace-wise and can make sure the story arc works.

Q) What are your upcoming projects?

We’ve got two more Captivating Captains novels out next year, as well as a Valentine’s short story. Then we have two romantic suspenses on the way as well. We’ve got lots of stories in our bottom drawer that we hope will see the light of day eventually, and at the moment we’re having fun in a sandbox in a setting we’ve never tried before. Other than that, there’s more episodes of our Gin & Gentlemen podcast on the way!
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Blurb:

The Captain and the Best Man (Captivating Captains #4)

When Josh meets handsome airline pilot Captain Guy Collingwood on a sun-kissed island, he finds out what flying first class really means!

When Josh leaves the rainy shores of England for the sun-drenched tropical island of St Sebastian, his biggest worry is remembering his best man’s speech. But a chance meeting with dashing airline pilot Captain Guy Collingwood leads to a hot and raunchy holiday romance.

Guy’s everything Josh is looking for in his ideal man. Mature, dashing and confident, he’s also single and more than happy to show Josh the pleasure of St Sebastian. Yet Guy’s unruffled demeanor hides a past regret. Is the wedding of Josh’s best friend about to reopen a painful chapter that has never fully closed?

As a fearsome tropical storm threatens the island paradise and a broken family threatens Josh and Guy’s happiness, the stakes have never been higher. Can St Sebastian work its magic to heal past wounds and will Josh and Guy’s holiday fling take flight?


Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release: 3rd December 2019





Catherine Curzon and Eleanor Harkstead began writing together in the spring of 2017 and swiftly discovered a shared love of sauce, well-dressed gents and a uniquely British sort of romance. They drink gallons of tea, spend hours discussing the importance of good tailoring and are never at a loss for a double entendre.

They are the authors of numerous  short stories and two novel series, the de Chastelaine Chronicles, and the Captivating Captains, published by Totally Bound and Pride.

28 November 2019

The Evernight Weekly Writing Challenge - Week 48

Favorite Holiday Food (share recipe) 

Sweet Potato Pie

Ingredients

12 oz. Gingersnap Cookies
2 tbsp light brown sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
2 large eggs
1 cup evaporated milk
1 10.5 oz. jar Sweet Potato Butter

Directions

1. Make the crust: Preheat oven to 350°F. In a food processor, pulse together the gingersnaps and brown sugar until you have a coarse crumb. Pulse once or twice to combine. Pour in the melted butter and pulse until combined.
2. Spoon the crumbs into an ungreased 9-inch pie pan, or two 7-1/2-inch tart pans (with removable bottoms) and use your fingers to gently divide the mixture into an even layer on the bottom and sides of the pan. Follow with the flat bottom of a measuring cup or glass to firmly pack the crust into the pan.
3. Bake for 5-8 minutes, then remove from the oven and let cool for at least 10 minutes.
For the filling:
1. Lightly whisk eggs with evaporated milk until blended.
2. Add sweet potato butter and gently stir with whisk until smooth.
3. Fill the crust and bake in center of oven for 55 min. or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool well and enjoy! 




21 November 2019

The Evernight Weekly Writing Challenge - Week 47

Worth Bragging About

My son.

Hands down he is worth bragging about. Let me tell you why.

His name is Hadrian and he turned thirteen this year. When he was born I knew there was something different about him. He was a very serious baby. Hardly laughed. Always studying things. When he was six months, the nurse said he was left-handed, but I already knew that because he picked everything up with his left. He hated food, especially fruit. He NEVER put things in his mouth, not even his fingers or a pacifier. I never worried about him finding something and swallowing it.

He was a silly kid. Always goofing off. I taught him Han shot first and all about Darth Vader. In school he had a difficult time making friends. He was in his own little world. And he had ticks. He'd lick his fingers and touch it to things. And he'd put his ears to cool things. He hated loud noises and he still distrusted food.

The kid drew all the time. He was drawing constantly.

By the time he was in third grade, I was worried because kids teased him. He didn't have friends. He was off in his own world. One day his teacher approached me and told me she wanted to get him evaluated for Asperger's. I didn't know what that was but when the counselors sat down with me, everything clicked into place. He matched every bullet point. And finally, I understood so much of what made him tick. After that, I devoted myself to learning about his own uniqueness.

….about how I could help him.
….about how to think like him.

He told me he wanted to be a game designer in third grade. He loves stories, and characters, and he loves the horror genre. I tell him all the time he can do anything, draw anything, create anything he sets his mind to. I never want to limit his imagination or creativity. He can be, he can do, anything he wants in life.

You know why I brag about him? (beyond the fact that he's my son) ...It's because he's the kindest person I know. He cries for days over a bird that died. He gets upset when a bug is squashed. He hates racism, sexism, and religious intolerance. I've taught him love is love, no matter if it's between two men or two women. I admire his innocence and his enthusiasm; his love and his heart. He is the best part of humanity and we should all try to be like him.

15 November 2019

Marteeka Karland's new Bones MC Release!


Hello Marteeka!  Thank you so much for visiting Written Butterfly with me today!  It’s such a pleasure to chat with you.  So tell me…

Q) Is your book part of a series?  If so, can you tell us about it?

It is! Sword is part of the Bones MC series published by Changeling Press. It’s a gritty, MC romance. There is lots of sex and a bit of violence, but it’s an action packed, hot read. The blurb is below:

Magenta: The day my mom took up with Black Reign was the worst day of my life. She became ol’ lady for their president. I became another whore for the club to push around. I fought them at every turn because death was preferable to living this life. Beaten, downtrodden, I was about to be given to yet another man. The scariest man I’d ever seen. He was intent on having me on his own turf, and I wasn’t sure I would survive.

Sword: The second I saw the slight young thing being beaten by that ogre of a man, something inside me I’d thought leashed broke free. A demon better left in check reared his head, and I knew she would be mine no matter what. I got her, but she came with bigger problems than I was prepared to deal with. Not that it mattered. I’m Bones MC. We don’t give up, and we protect our own. Even against The Devil himself…

***WARNING!*** Bones MC has no pussies. These men are rough around the edges and fight as hard as they love. You can expect violence -- some that may have triggers -- and smoking hot sex. If either is something you object to, you should pass. Otherwise, expect an HEA and a man who always satisfies his woman.

Q) How do you select the names of your characters?

With the Bones series, I combed through things like military call signs, biker names, movies and TV shows with similar themes and tried to pick names that were interesting and fit my characters. Pretty much anything that catches my eye from football players to unusual names I encounter in my day to day life I will write down to play with later. Sometimes I use a mixture of names. Other times, I just use what I find. I try to keep it unique if possible.

Q) What was the hardest (or easiest) scene to write?

Depends on how I feel. Sometimes, the sex just messes with my head. I mean, there is only so many ways to write “insert tab B in slot A.” Other times, the sex just flows like magic. Those are the times I go back and read it and think, “Holy shit! Did I write that? I think I got a wettie…” lol

Q) What type of research did you do for your book?

Locations in Florida, particularly Lake Worth and Palm Beach. I had to map out from there to Somerset Kentucky, both on the interstate and alternative routs avoiding the interstate. There was also the matter of biker lingo and what each rank meant. This is my third MC book and I still haven’t quite got it all. But I’m getting there. J I also had to research guns and ammunition. But I always have to when I write any kind of book that uses them. The drug traffic from Florida to Kentucky was another thing I had to research. Which is why I picked the location I did for both Salvation’s Bane MC and Black Reign MC.

Q) What do you think is your strongest asset as a writer? …what is your weakest factor as a writer?

I’m usually good with dialogue. Writing it. Making it flow naturally. There are always exceptions, but I always feel good about my dialogue. My sex scenes must be decent too because I will have the fewest corrections during edits in those scenes, though my editor can tell when I’m having a moment struggling to write them. Weakest would be my ability to add exposition and setting the scene. I feel like, sometimes, I need more, but just can’t make it fit. You know?

Q) Do you have a favorite book you’ve written?

Honestly, so far, Sword is my favorite of this series. I feel like that book represented me getting closer to understanding what the genre is about. Yes, I still have a long way to go, but it just felt... I don’t know. Better? There is also a book called Out of Time that I dearly love! It’s a time travel old west romance. An old west lawman meets a modern day law woman. She’s brash and foul mouthed. He’s a bit more reserved. It was so much fun to write!

Q) Do you write in a linear fashion or do you jump from scene to scene and then go back and “fill in the blanks”?

I’ve tried both. I do much better starting at the beginning and working to the end. My mind just doesn’t work any other way. I even have difficulty skipping the sex scenes to do later. I just can’t do it.

Q) Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?

In this world, I want both. I try to build interesting characters that appear in each book and hope I make them interesting enough for readers to want their stories. I also overlap clubs and members, hoping to build interest over time for those clubs to get their own stories. At the same time, I want readers to get a good experience reading them in any order. If one book is just not working for them, I want them to be able to read the next book without losing anything. Hopefully, no one will have that problem. J

Q) What are your upcoming projects?

I’m working on the forth book in Bones MC. Viper. I’m also hoping to get a self-published Christmas book out there, but I’m so far behind I can’t even laugh about it. Currently, though, Bones MC is completely occupying my writing life.




Magenta: The day my mom took up with Black Reign was the worst day of my life. She became ol’ lady for their president. I became another whore for the club to push around. I fought them at every turn because death was preferable to living this life. Beaten, downtrodden, I was about to be given to yet another man. The scariest man I’d ever seen. He was intent on having me on his own turf, and I wasn’t sure I would survive.

Sword: The second I saw the slight young thing being beaten by that ogre of a man, something inside me I’d thought leashed broke free. A demon better left in check reared his head, and I knew she would be mine no matter what. I got her, but she came with bigger problems than I was prepared to deal with. Not that it mattered. I’m Bones MC. We don’t give up, and we protect our own. Even against The Devil himself…

***WARNING!*** Bones MC has no pussies. These men are rough around the edges and fight as hard as they love. You can expect violence -- some that may have triggers -- and smoking hot sex. If either is something you object to, you should pass. Otherwise, expect an HEA and a man who always satisfies his woman.


EXCERPT:

She was in Sword’s arms. In a ridiculously small bed. Fully clothed in his shirt and sweatpants. At some point, she’d sprawled out on top of him, her hair tangling them together like silk bindings. One of his big hands rubbed soothingly up and down her back in comfort. That hand seemed to span the entire width of her back as he moved it over her skin lazily.

Magenta remembered him sliding into the bed with her, wrapping her up in his arms as they’d talked. Their conversation spun through her mind like a carousel. Did she believe everything he’d told her? She wanted to. Though she knew better, Magenta decided she’d believe him until he misplaced her trust. Didn’t mean she’d do it blindly though. Maybe she should lay it all out for him.

“You’re fine, girl,” he murmured sleepily. “We got an hour before we need to get up.”

“You know, if you’re trying to make me give up information on Black Reign, I’m more than happy to do it without you making me empty promises. Just promise you won’t make me go back, and I’ll tell you everything I know. That’s the only promise I want or need.”

He sighed, as if disappointed. “I just want another hour,” he grumbled. “Fine. Magenta, I promise I won’t make you go back. Think I said that earlier. Now, go back to sleep. You can spill it all later.”

“You’re kind of a grumpy bear when you wake up, aren’t you?”

Again, he grunted, but tightened his arms around her.

“What are you going to do? You left a man in the clubhouse so you can’t just blaze.”

With an exasperated grunt, Sword rolled them both, maneuvering so that he lay sprawled on top of her, his arms still wrapped around her. He nuzzled her neck, his lips grazing her skin in a soft caress. “Hush now. I need this last hour.” He didn’t stop moving his mouth over her neck.

“Stop,” she whispered, even as she lifted her chin and tilted her head to give him better access. What was wrong with her? Was she going to let him take advantage of her? God, her body had suddenly come alive! Shivers coursed through her, and she realized that, for the first time in her life, she was welcoming a man’s touch.

“I will if you want,” Sword said, even as he licked her flesh with one swipe of his flattened tongue. “Seems like you don’t know what you want. You didn’t push me away. Instead, if I’m not mistaken, your little nails are diggin’ into my back like you’re trying to hold me to you.” He sounded drowsy. Sexy. Like he was her lover waking her for morning sex.

“I -- I don’t know…”

“It’s OK,” he said between nips and scrapes of his teeth. “I’m not gonna take too big a bite out of you. At least not here or now.” He let his lips wander from her neck to her collarbone and back, never venturing into forbidden territory but arousing her like she’d never been before. “When we go to confront Black Reign, you’re staying here with Trucker.”

“You’ll need every man you have,” she breathed out, scarcely able to form a coherent thought beyond the fact that she wanted to cradle his head and push him to her aching breasts. “Crow will annihilate you if you don’t. In fact, call in help. He’s trying to lull you into a false sense of security before he springs whatever trap he has ready.”

“I promise you, the four men we’re takin’ into that clubhouse will be better equipped to deal with that entire club than Crow will be to deal with the four of us. But, you’re right. We called in reinforcements last night. There will be some friends of ours coming to help. Should be here in a little over an hour.” He shifted his weight off her just a little, just enough for her not to feel trapped. Then he laid his head on her chest and kissed the swell of her breast. “So I’d like to get my…” he raised his head to look back over his shoulder at the clock on the wall next to them, “fifty-four minutes.”

“Yeah. So would me and Viper.”

“If you guys need to get a room, you should have said something instead of staying out all fuckin’ night ridin’.”

“You two shut the fuck up. I’m determined to get my ‘fifty-four minutes’.”

“Fifty-three now, bro. Shut up your own damned self.”

Magenta didn’t know what to think or say. Lying with Sword like this was too intimate for strangers, but, strangely, not uncomfortable. All kinds of things went through her mind. Like if the others expected him to have sex with her right there. Did he expect that? If she gave in and embraced the sensations he kindled, would he humiliate her like Black Reign did? And what about Trucker? If everyone thought she’d given in to Sword, would they expect her to service them as well?

“Just relax,” Sword whispered. “No one is gonna hurt you.”

“You keep saying that.”

“You need to hear it.”

“Does me hearing it make it any truer than if you never said it?”

There was a long silence, and Magenta thought he’d dozed off. Then he lifted his face and kissed her throat, blazing a hot trail to her lips where he lingered a moment before pushing off her and getting to his feet. “I’ll wake you before we leave,” he whispered. “Get some more sleep. It will be a long ride home.”

With that, he hopped up onto the bunk above her. Immediately, Magenta felt his rejection like a brutal punch. Realistically, she knew she couldn’t have it both ways. She either wanted his touch or she didn’t. She was scared. Had voiced her reservations about how safe she was with him. He’d responded with the only option open to him.

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14 November 2019

The Evernight Weekly Writing Challenge - Week 46

How My Family Survives my Writing

My husband says he thinks I'm an expert at finding ways to write around my life. And I would agree. I don't let it interfere with things that I have to accomplish or let it get in the way of family life. With that comes careful planning in my head.

When I'm working on a story, I'll plan it out in my head and then write in spurts. Sometimes if I'm not able to get to my laptop, I'll write it on anything handy: napkins, post-it notes, notebooks. I've got so many notebooks it's somewhat embarrassing.

I don't work Fridays and every other Tuesday, and on those days after I drop off my son to school, I'll head to a coffeehouse and write. My place of choice is Starbucks, mainly because they're everywhere and I have their app which allows me to gather points to get free items.

At home, sometimes I'll only get a few minutes to write, so everything has to be in m head, which is why I'll get it out and go back later and edit. And while my muse constantly knocks on the door to my brain, I try to concentrate on one story at a time.