I’ve been in a purging mood lately. I’ve always been a big believer that an uncluttered space leads to an uncluttered mind. When things start to pile up in my house, I grow edgy. That’s when I feel the tickle of little hands at the back of my neck. Whose hands? Well, the purging elves, of course. The little demons who tell me, “Clean up, for God’s sake, woman. We’re drowning in old books and paperwork. Throw something out!” When the purging elves dig their nails into my skin, nothing is sacred.
Lately I’ve been eyeing my book collection, thinking it’s time for a cull.
Yes, I hear you, fellow book hoarders. I feel your pain but now I ask you to feel mine. I store my old books in the basement on a few very large, cluttered shelves. That’s prime real estate in my house. I could renovate that area and make a comfy nook. Or I could start exercising and install some gym equipment there. (Yeah, that’s totally going to happen.)
But discard my books? After all, you don’t throw a book away, right? You might read it again.
Or will you?
You see, every time I stock my basement bookshelves, I say to myself, “This one’s a keeper. I’ll read it at least one more time.” Honestly, I rarely do. I can count on one hand the number of books I’ve actually reread and those ones have a place of honor in my collection. The others? They were fun, but their time has come and gone. They weren’t bad books. They simply served their purpose. I absorbed their messages and don’t need to revisit them.
I’m always shocked and humbled when a reader tells me she reread one of my books. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not insulting my own work. However, it’s such a pleasant surprise based on my rereading history. My assumption is, to reread a novel, it must have really spoken to the reader in some way.
What is that magic element for you? What makes you pick up a book for the second or even the third time? Is it simply because you enjoying living in that world and want to dwell there a little longer? I would love to know what makes you want to “hoard” a book.
In the meantime, I’ll be over here throwing things out…you know, everything except my books.
I have the best readers. Why? They tell me what they like. I’ve been so blessed to know people who comment on my posts and share what they’ve enjoyed about my books. Thank you.
I’m going to ask you all to compile your own “Rosanna Leo wishlist” and I promise I will take your wishes to heart.
As I finish up one series and contemplate another, I would really like to know what has worked for my readers and what hasn’t. So this is your chance to tell me what you’d like to see from me next.
If you could have me write anything, what would it be? Are you hoping a certain minor character will get a book of his or her own? Do you wish I’d write something completely different? Are there themes you’d like me to tackle?
It might seem odd that I’m asking, but the fact is I’ve been very much driven by what my readers seem to like. Sure, I do write what I need to write, but I also take into consideration what has appealed to you.
Want me to write a book about an elephant shape shifter? Tell me so! Want to see a book about sexy Canadian PM Justin Trudeau as a vampire? Say so! Interested in a romance about a mild-mannered accountant who likes quilting? Okay, I probably won’t write that one. Still, share your book dreams with me. If I can make them reality (within reason, you cheeky monkeys), I will do my best.
*Takes a step back.*
Who says the parties have to end with New Year’s?
Some fellow Samhain Publishing author friends and I decided we needed another celebration to start the year off. Join us Sunday Jan. 24 from 12-8pmEST for the Light Up Your New Year with Romance Party!
Who’s hosting? Well, aside from yours truly, we have Selena Robins, Lauren Smith, Sophie H. Morgan, Barbara Meyers, Donna June Cooper, DB Kennison and Melanie Stanford. Where will we be? On Facebook at the following link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1191604960905377/
Why should you attend? The prizes will be awesome and we plan to have a lot of fun. Not only are the participating authors offering up 2 $25 Amazon gift cards, our publisher Samhain Publishing is graciously donating 3 prizes, 3 $15 gift cards to the Samhain site. How amazing is that?
And each author is doing her own giveaways during her time slot as well! In other words, if you want to stock up on books, there’s no better chance.
As for me, I’ll be offering up a copy of
Join us on Facebook on Jan. 24. You won’t want to miss this one. Hope to see you there!
Two Paranormal Romance Boxed Sets featuring Nine Hot Alpha Heroes for just $0.99 each!
New York Times best-selling paranormal romance author Felicity Heaton has added a new boxed set to her Eternal Love collection. This time, the set features FIVE sexy shifters to go with her FOUR sinful vampires in the first collection. The great news is that to celebrate the release of the second collection, she’s offering both boxed sets for only 99c / 99p each at all retailers right now!
That’s right, you can get your hands on Eternal Love: Shapeshifter Romance Boxed Set and Eternal Love: Vampire Romance Boxed Set for only $1.98!
Here’s a little more about each set plus links to all the retailers:
Step into the dark, dangerous and seductive world of werewolves and big cat shifters in this amazing limited time only boxed set of shapeshifter romances packed with passion, forbidden desire, emotion and suspense… and love that will last forever.
CRAVED BY AN ALPHA
Having turned his back on his snow leopard pride, Cavanaugh has been counting the days until he’s free of a role he never wanted—one that separated him from his fated female and stands between them. But just days before he’s free to be with her, Eloise walks back into his life and demands he save the pride from the tyrant he left in charge. As they travel to Bhutan, will Eloise be able to resist the burning need that Cavanaugh reignites in her and remember her place in the pride? And can Cavanaugh find a way to save his kin and claim the future he craves with the woman he loves?
The horror of the night he failed to save his werewolf pack from the cruelty of their vampire masters has haunted Nicolae for one hundred years, driving him deep into the Canadian wilderness in search of peace. That peace is threatened when unfamiliar hunters and the scent of blood lead him to a beautiful vampire and a hard decision—face his past and help her or risk losing everyone again.
EMBRACING THE WOLF
The night Amon revealed that he was an alpha werewolf and she too held the gene in her blood, Kat fled his pack, but no matter how far she runs, she cannot shake the ‘beast’ inside her or the knowledge that one day she will mature into a werewolf—into Amon’s mate. Four years on and now a member of the Werewolf Control Forces, Kat hides in plain sight among their ranks, each night fighting the ‘beast’ inside of her and hunting rogue werewolves with a vengeance. But when she discovers Amon is dangerously close to turning rogue and only she can save him, will she hunt him or will she embrace the wolf to save them both?
A heat wave isn’t the only thing making London too hot for lawyer Kim. She’s been spending each night with a man who sets her body and heart on fire. The problem? He’s a man who always sprouts black fur and purrs, and he’s only a dream. Walking into her office, the last thing she expects is to meet Erik, a man who sends her temperature soaring and who resembles her dream guy exactly. As the flames of passion between them burn white-hot, Erik is willing to risk everything to claim his fated mate, but when his secret is revealed, will Kim turn her back on him or give him the forever after he craves?
Callum has come to the city of romance on business, not pleasure, but when he sets eyes on a gorgeous werewolf in a nightclub, he can’t ignore the dark carnal craving she ignites in him. His work for Vampirerotique, the erotic theatre he runs with three other vampires, can wait. The only thing that matters now is satisfying his sinful hunger for a woman who most vampires would consider an enemy.
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HEART OF DARKNESS
A vampire prince intent on avenging his murdered sister, Aleksandr Nemov won’t stop until the hunter’s line is extinct. Each kill pushes him towards the darkness all vampires hold within their hearts and devolving into a beast. Time is running out as he tracks the last hunter to Prague. There he finds a beautiful woman who could be his one chance for salvation, but is it already too late for him?
Bloodlust runs in Antoine’s veins, a dark master waiting for the day it will reign over him. Now a woman with a pure soul and wicked intentions has him in her sights and is determined to crack the ice around his heart, and she might just save or damn him. When Sera discovers the shocking truth about his past and the darkness that lurks within, will she be strong enough to seize his heart or will she lose him to the ghosts that haunt him?
A PROMISE OF PASSION
Alicia is a vampire hunter, unable to find a man strong enough to love and accept her for who she is. When Kassian, a tall and seductively handsome vampire walks into her life and vows to protect her, she doesn’t know what to think or feel. His eyes make promises that his searing touch backs up, but can she get past the fact that he’s a vampire and accept him for who he is?
Lincoln is a powerful pureblood vampire with a problem. He’s caught up in a prophecy and has little time left to unravel the mystery of the contract between his lord and the Devil before he dies. When witches foretell that a vampire hunter will save his life, he’s prepared to work with his most hated enemy, but he isn’t prepared for the forbidden desire he feels when he meets her.
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About Felicity Heaton
Felicity Heaton is a New York Times and USA Today international best-selling author writing passionate paranormal romance books. In her books, she creates detailed worlds, twisting plots, mind-blowing action, intense emotion and heart-stopping romances with leading men that vary from dark deadly vampires to sexy shape-shifters and wicked werewolves, to sinful angels and hot demons! If you’re a fan of paranormal romance authors Lara Adrian, J R Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Gena Showalter and Christine Feehan then you will enjoy her books too.
If you love your angels a little dark and wicked, the best-selling Her Angel series is for you. If you like strong, powerful, and dark vampires then try the Vampires Realm series or any of her stand-alone vampire romance books. If you’re looking for vampire romances that are sinful, passionate and erotic then try the best-selling Vampire Erotic Theatre series. Or if you prefer huge detailed worlds filled with hot-blooded alpha males in every species, from elves to demons to dragons to shifters and angels, then take a look at the new Eternal Mates series.
If you want to know more about Felicity, or want to get in touch, you can find her at the following places:
I have trouble committing. There, I’ve admitted it.
No, not to my long-suffering husband Doug. I committed to him centuries ago. No issues there.
I’ve recently had trouble committing to manuscripts. Not that I haven’t written any. I’ve started about six. In fact, I have two new series I’m pondering. My problem is I’m pondering a lot more than I’ve been writing.
I must admit, 2016 has me a little worried. You see, right now I have one release planned, Predator’s Rescue on Feb. 29. Beyond that, my ducks, I’ve got nothing. Nada. Zip. For an author who released four books in 2015, this concerns me.
I know it shouldn’t. Heck, there are authors out there who scramble to produce one book per year. If I took the next two years to plot out my next book or series, no one would bat an eye. Writing takes time. People seem to respect that.
I suppose I’m in the somewhat envious position of being able to work on several books at one time. Can I confess something else? I hate writing more than one book at a time. I prefer to dwell in one world and really immerse myself. So my predicament really does feel like a predicament, at least to me.
What have I started? It might be easier to answer what I haven’t started, but I’ll try.
I have a new contemporary series about contractor brothers. I’d like to make this a three-book series, one for each brother. In case you missed it, I’m rather fond of writing about brothers.
I have also begun to plot out the final book of the Gemini Island Shifters series, but haven’t wanted to start it yet. Call me a sentimental old fool. I’m not ready to say good-bye to my pals at the Ursa Lodge yet. I may sit on this one for a bit.
I’ve also begun a love triangle. This one bothers me the most. It’s not a traditional romance and I seem to have stalled. A part of me worries my readers won’t appreciate me muddying the waters. A bigger part of me just isn’t sure what to think about this one. More to come, hopefully.
Oh, and then there’s the wonderful new paranormal series I’m planning. Expect great things, folks. You know, if I actually start it one day.
I never thought I’d be stalled for having so many ideas. How do I tackle them? Well, I wake up and see which story inspires me to write. Ninety percent of the time, I’m pretty sure I’m writing malarkey but I keep trying to write something. Unfortunately whatever I’ve written hasn’t added up to a whole lot.
Sometimes I think my brain is forcing me to take a break. Since April of 2012, I’ve written seven Gemini Island books, two selkie books, three Greek god books, Night Lover, Up In Flames, The Stand-In and Vice, to say nothing of contributing to two anthologies with my Love, Lust and Laptops friends. Eighteen books in total. Perhaps a break is in order.
However, we all know how fast romance moves. Blink, and trends change. I won’t lie. I feel pressure to keep up with the romance Joneses. As a result, my many attempts haven’t resulted in a single finished book.
What’s next? I’m really going to try to finish the first book in the contractor brothers series. When I do, I’ll have to begin the arduous journey of finding the right home for it. That’ll take time too.
For now, I’m really just concentrating on finishing sentences. At this moment in time, a complete page feels like a triumph. When you hear the squeals of joy piercing the sky over Canada, you know it’ll be me, putting a period on something.
Hello, my name is Rosanna and I’m addicted to…
Oh, wait. That’s another group. Oops.
Welcome to the “Hello, My Name Is…Giveaway Hop,” hosted by the awesome Anna at Herding Cats and Burning Soup.
We’re ringing in the New Year with lots of giveaways and by sharing some fun and wacky facts about ourselves. There’s a new giveaway at each stop so be sure to visit them all! (Linky list at bottom, or link back to Herding Cats and Burning Soup). You can also follow the #Hello2016 hashtag.
The idea behind this post is to share a few quirky facts about me and/or my blog. I sometimes think my entire existence is quirky but I digress.
Of course, we are also doing giveaways. My personal giveaway is a copy of Predator’s Trinity, Gemini Island Shifters 6, one of my recent releases. You’ll find a blurb and excerpt below.
Rosanna’s List of Quirky Facts:
- My husband is a great cook in his spare time. He treated himself to a shiny KitchenAid mixer this holiday and hasn’t stopped baking. I call the mixer “the other woman,” because he strokes it and gazes at it and plays with all its buttons. I complain he pays more attention to it than to me. If anyone finds a KitchenAid mixer at the bottom of the lake one day, encased in cement, you’ll know who was at fault.
- Until the moment I became addicted to The Walking Dead, I harbored an illogical terror of zombies. Crazy, right? After all, they can’t exist. That didn’t stop me from having intense night terrors about them. Rick Grimes changed all that.
- Being a former classical singer, I had many experiences in music theater and classical music. One of my favorite roles was Rapunzel in “Into The Woods.” Yes, that’s me as the tortured Rapunzel at bottom, wearing the biggest blond wig in existence. And no, blonde does not look good on me.
- I have a younger brother. He’s five years younger than I am. When we were kids, he used to be afraid of my Barbie dolls. In particular, my Farrah Fawcett doll used to terrify him. So, as any self-respecting big sister would do, I used to taunt him with it. The scariest moment for him was when I tore the head off and threw it at him. He ran away, screaming. Sorry, Serge.
- How do I choose names for my book characters? For the most part, a name will just occur to me. However, I have kept lists of character names that I first wrote down when I was about 12. Most of these names are quite flowery and I wouldn’t use them now, but one of two characters have actually originated from that old list. (The list pictured below is not mine. I’m not THAT old!)
So there you have it, folks. All my quirky goodness. Well, perhaps I’ve kept one or two wacky facts to myself. We’ll need to get to know each other better before I reveal the juicy stuff!
Please enjoy the following excerpt from Predator’s Trinity. In order to win, please post a comment with a quirky fact about yourself. At the end of the hop, I will choose one winner based on the answer I like best.
Librarian Suzan Marsh is an empath and has always felt assaulted by the feelings of others. She has had to distance herself from the people in her life, raising a mental barrier to ward off unwanted emotions. When wolf shifter August Crane abducts her, he breaks through the walls she constructed, forcing her to accept a frightening new truth.
Jaguar shifter twins Percy and Byron Moon are familiar with the evil ways of August Crane. Because of him, their childhood was destroyed. Because of him, their way of life at the peaceful Ursa Fishing Lodge and Resort is threatened. And they won’t rest until he is dead.
When Crane drags Suzan into his cult and decides to make her his “concubine,” Percy and Byron know they must save the human woman. Their connection to her is strong and they cannot deny the dream they always held close. That they could share a woman and make her their mate.
But even after rescuing Suzan, none of them are free from Crane’s clutches. The wolf shifter has plans, ones that involve the demise of every shape shifter at the Ursa Resort. Not only must Percy and Byron keep Suzan safe, they must convince her to accept them both. In order to stop Crane from hurting everyone they love, they must learn to fight together.
After her shower, she toweled off and dressed in the clothes provided, choosing a pretty green V-neck T-shirt to accompany the jeans. Everything fit perfectly, from underwear to outerwear, as if the Moons had already known her. It boggled her mind, but she couldn’t lose the sensation they were connected by more than just circumstance. Her instincts never lied. After slipping into a pair of soft white socks, she made her way toward the kitchen.
She heard Byron and Percy before she saw them and stopped to catch an excited breath. When she heard what they said, she paused a moment longer.
“How’s your jaguar holding up?” Byron asked his brother.
She knew it was Byron. Despite them being identical twins, there were slight differences in their voices. Byron’s was the smoother voice. Percy’s had the odd touch of sexy gravel.
“My dumb cat,” replied Percy on a near growl, “was up all night long. He keeps pawing at me, trying to get to her.”
Her? As the burn of jealousy sizzled in Suzan’s gut, she gnawed on her bottom lip in a futile attempt to quell it. Maybe Percy had a girlfriend and he was dying to see her. Maybe he couldn’t wait to escape the cabin so he could meet up with this woman and, well, let his jaguar loose.
“Yeah,” Byron said. “My cat’s in agony, too. I think my ribs are black and blue inside, it pounds them so much.”
Oh, great. She wasn’t sure why this information astounded her. Of course men like them would have girlfriends. Hell, they might have mates. She hadn’t bothered to ask, had she? She’d already heard the mate bond was a powerful thing, that it would drive any shifter to distraction, both sexually and emotionally. Why had she been naïve enough to think these men might be single? She knew enough to know the good ones were always taken.
She’d been so stupid to think they had a bond. Bullshit. Clearly, her empathic tendencies had let her down for the first time.
“I can’t believe how quickly my jag … recognized Suzi,” said Percy.
Oh. Last she heard, she was the only Suzi around here.
Byron grunted. “I feel the same way. I’ve never felt like this. My head’s not working properly. Fuck, I couldn’t even hold a bowl of eggs without losing it. Percy, we need to discuss things. Seriously.”
“If Suzi is the one we’re meant to share, we can’t afford to make any wrong moves, especially with Crane in the picture. We need to support her and not let our egos get in the way.”
If Suzi is the one we’re meant to share…
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