28 March 2012

My new books for 2012!

I have four books being released for 2012!

The first is my novella titled YOU CAN RUN, with a release date of May 6th thru Loose Id:

Delaney Vance catches Kyle trying to stowaway on his tractor trailer, and there’s something about the young man that tugs on his conscious…as well as exciting him as no other person had ever done.  Against his better judgment, Del invites Kyle to travel with him across the US.  As the two men start to get comfortable with each other, unexpected emotions start to develop on both sides. 

Del is a man trying to forget the past and he’s done a pretty good job of it away from people, trucking for a living and forgoing personal relationships.  But all of that changes as Kyle worms his way into Del’s heart.

Unfortunately, Kyle didn’t tell Del about the men hunting him…

On May 2nd through Siren Publishing will be THE SCARLET DOVE, a MFM Western Historical:

When Liza Trent decided to become a mail order bride out west, she never thought her fiancé would die before she arrived; sending her $500 in debt with the only way to pay off the money by auctioning off her virginity against her will.  When she’s rescued by two handsome men, she mistakenly thinks they’re assassins, and makes a pact with them: her body in unconditional surrender for their protection.

Only the two men, Apollo Beck and Blue Hawke, aren’t assassins.  They’re Texas Rangers sent after a man who preys on women and their dangerous hunt has just brought Liza into the line of fire.

As they navigate a relationship built between three people, Liza has the difficult decision before her: commit to loving two men or commit to her burning desire to become a doctor…unless she’s found and taken for revenge first.

In June, my musical MMF story IN A CHORD will be released thru Siren Publishing:

Keaton Gates and Ashland Lance are lovers and musicians in a band called Endymion.  Keaton believes there is something missing, not only from the sound of their music, but also in their lives.  When he goes walking one night after a concert, the bitter cold has him heading into a coffee house where Momo Willows is having her own little impromptu concert, just her and her guitar.  And as soon as she sings Endymion’s signature song, he knows she’s the muse he’s been waiting for.

At first, Ash Lance is jealous of the new girl in Keaton’s life until he meets her.  Momo is unlike anyone he’s ever met and they soon discover that they connect on many levels.  But he’s reluctant to take her away from Keaton just as Momo refuses to come between them.

Keaton is quick to assure them he wants all three of them to learn to be in a ménage relationship, but as they learn how to live and love together, another threat is moving between them, threatening to take Momo away….forever.

And finally, with a June Release date, from Siren Bookstrand, LOVE STORY FOR A SNOW PRINCESS:

When Panthea Snow loses her family in a horrific car crash, she needs something to keep her going.  She decides to replace one family with another and signs up as a mail order bride to a man living in the far north in Alaska.  When she arrives, however, she realizes she can’t go through with it but is stuck in River Ice, Alaska until the snow melts in a few weeks.

She meets Paden Winters and is drawn to him despite his moodiness and ill temper.  As she gets to know him, she realizes they are both dealing with issues of healing and concealing pain.  Only Paden deals with it by cutting himself for sexual satisfaction. 

Can a woman who has an abnormal fear of blood and a man who cuts himself ever find happiness?  Or are some pains too deep to overcome?

**As covers are revealed, more information will be coming!

04 March 2012

March and A New Beginning

My father died on February 27th, 2012, and it was absolutely horrible watching his body implode on itself.  I had to fly from Southern California to Springfield, Missouri where I was told my father was at Mercy Hospital in ICU.  He had had emergency surgery the day before because there was a "mass" on his esophagus, which turned out to be a lump of food that escaped from a perforation in the esophagus lining.  The food collected, growing, and eventually turned his esophagus necrotic, and because the tissue was friable, they couldn't reconnect it to his stomach.

He was on a feeding tube, on a J-tube (which takes away the "waste"), on a ventilator, and had tubes coming out everywhere to help drain all the fluids that were backing up in his system.  It's a horrible thing, to see your father like this.  A man who had always been big and strong and larger than life.  I came late to his life, being 45 when I was born, so there was this disconnect with him.  I was a typical teenage daughter and he was old school.  And now, being older and wiser, I regret not being able to talk to my father on that level.  I was fortunate to have a few days to talk to my dad, to say all I needed to say.  And though he couldn't talk to me he was able to look at me as well as squeeze my hand.

I was lucky.  I had closure.  And also lucky for me, my father took certain issues out of my hand.  I didn't have to make the decision to keep him on life support, my father had already made out a living will with a DNR.  All I had to do was agree with the doctor.  So on Monday, February 27, his ventilator was removed at 10am, along with all the medications that were keeping him alive.  My father lasted four hours and when he died I was holding one hand and my step mother was holding the other.  None of my siblings were there, none of them had the guts or the balls to watch him die.  Truth is, neither did I, but I refused to let my father leave this life not surrounded by love.

Now I'm getting on with life.  I'm having to get back to work, having to wash clothes and go grocery shopping, and it's all surreal.  I keep thinking "This time last month, or this time last week..." Yes, this time last month my dad was alive.  One day I won't think that every day.