A Prayer for the Lost.

Or, as I like to call it, National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo) fever strikes again.

I’ve taken part in NaNoWriMo for several years. The insane task of writing a 50k novel in 30 days calls to me like a siren. I’ve won it all but one of the times I’ve taken part. You definitely run the risk of completely losing your mind when you try it.

I’ll also admit that not every author works well under the pressure of it.  I certainly couldn’t do it every month–once a year is more than enough. All my other novels have taken anywhere from two to six months to write.

So, in honour of the impending doom, here’s a prayer for the battered muses of all who suffer through November madness.

Dear Goddess of NaNoWriMo,

May you keep our pens moving, our coffee cups full, and our ideas flowing.

Keep our foreheads safe from hard surfaces.

Allow our commas to wind up in the correct places.

May they’re, their, and there cease to torment us.

May our loved ones not give up on us.

Help our word counts to grow.

And when the clock strikes midnight on November 30th–let our novels have hit at least 50,000 words.

Ever yours,

Your thankful and fearful novelist. 

Are you taking part in NaNo this year? Have you plotted out your ideas or are you pantsing it? I’m going for a mix of pantsing and plotting. I wish you all luck.

 

*I may have played a little too much Assassin’s Creed: Origins this weekend and gotten a bit caught up in the prayers to Egyptian Gods and Goddesses. lol

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Review: The Royal Marine

“By the end of the book, I was giddy and so glad to have had the opportunity to fall for these two men. I’m rating this at four solid stars and recommend reading the entire series.  You’re in for a treat!” ~ Four Stars from Cat Clontz at Divine Magazine

Review: The Royal Marine

“The book keeps its upbeat tone even in face of complications arising in their lives. The relationship shifts and grows as we get to know characters better. It has a nice, unhurried pace. The “I love you’s” come in emotionally charged moment.

It’s a lovely upbeat read designed to lift reader’s spirits and bring a smile on his face. In my humble opinion, everyone can use something this funny and sweet.” ~ 4 Stars, Maya with Gay Book Reviews

The Wonder Twins.

Or, ten things about Alice and Alex, two of my favourite secondary characters in The Sin Bin. They appear first in The Royal Marine and feature more in The Unexpected Santa and The Lion Tamer. I thought I’d share a little bit about them.

  1. They are both autistic.
  2. Alice is obsessed with origami.
  3. Alex rebuilds motorcycle engines–with a bit of help.
  4. They eat the same thing every Thursday–beans on buttered toast. Every. Thursday.
  5. Alice cuts Alex’s hair. She’s done it since they were ten because he hates having people touch his hair.
  6. They drink warm, but never hot tea.
  7. Alex can’t watch scary movies. Alice loves them.
  8. Alice loves language–the way words sound. She often repeats phrases.
  9. They like eating out at restaurants, just the two of them but outside of the busiest times.
  10. They obsessively watch TV.

 

 

Release Blitz: Louisa Masters

“FUN AND SWEET M/M ROMANCE.”

Title: The Bunny and The Billionaire
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
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Hardworking Australian nurse Ben Adams inherits a substantial sum and decides to tour Europe. In Monaco, the home of glamour and the idle rich, he meets French billionaire playboy Léo Artois. After getting off on the wrong foot—as happens when one accuses a stranger of being part of the Albanian mafia—their attraction blazes. Léo, born to the top tier of society, has never known limits, and Ben, used to budgeting every cent, finds it difficult to adjust to not only Léo’s world, but also the changes wealth brings to his own life.
 
As they make allowances for each other’s foibles, Ben gradually appreciates the finer things, and Léo widens his perspective. They both know one thing: this is not a typical holiday romance, and they’re not ready to say goodbye.

The Bunny And The
Billionaire: An Odyssey in Research

by Louisa Masters
I got the idea for this book while I was travelling through Europe last year. Not surprisingly, it
was in Monaco, where the book is set, that Ben and Léo were introduced to my
imagination. Since I’d been right there just a short time before, when I sat down to begin writing, I thought setting would be a piece of cake.
Yeah. Sure.
I hadn’t accounted for the fact that my visit to Monaco was rather different from Ben’s, and my
experience there was completely different from Léo’s, who lives there. Not only did I find myself checking things with Google Maps, I also did a lot of googling about flight times and routes, where one can actually land a helicopter in Monaco (the answer: nowhere.), dress codes, décor (it’s definitely worth going to the website for the Casino de Monte-Carlo and doing the virtual tour—wow!), the cost of top-end bespoke suits, luxury cars (in which I am a lot like Ben, in
that I have no real interest, but was totally wowed by Léo’s), and a bunch of other stuff, including champagne.
Ah, champagne.
That was a heap of fun to research. I’d known that there was some ridiculously expensive bubbly in the world, but I hadn’t realized quite how much—or how expensive it was. I spent hours wading through pages of information. Léo is fabulously wealthy, but tends not to be flashy (except for the car), so I didn’t think his favorite champagne would come in a diamond-studded bottle (yes, there are diamond studded bottles out there. What happens to the bottle once it’s empty?). Ultimately, the champagne I settled on wasn’t the most expensive one out there,
but a bottle still costs more than my monthly mortgage.
I came away from researching for this book with a lot more knowledge about what money can buy, if you have enough of it, and I have to admit, I had a lot of fun. It’s fascinating to peer into the lives of the wealthy sometimes!


 
Louisa Masters started reading romance much earlier than her mother thought she should. While other teenagers were sneaking out of the house, Louisa was sneaking romance novels in and working out how to read them without being discovered. She’s spent most of her life feeling sorry for people who don’t read, convinced that books are the solution to every problem. As an adult, she feeds her addiction in every spare second, only occasionally tearing herself away to do things like answer the phone and pay bills. She spent years trying to build a “sensible” career, working in bookstores, recruitment, resource management, administration, and as a travel agent, before finally conceding defeat and devoting herself to the world of romance novels.
Louisa has a long list of places first discovered in books that she wants to visit, and every so often she overcomes her loathing of jet lag and takes a trip that charges her imagination. She lives in Melbourne, Australia, where she whines about the weather for most of the year while secretly admitting she’ll probably never move.

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The Royal Marine is Live!

Title: The Royal Marine
Series: The Sin Bin, Book 4
Genre: Gay Romance
Release Date: October 14, 2017
Cover Designer: Claire Smith
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 On sale for half price! 
 
Who keeps the Royal Marine’s heart safe when he’s running headlong into danger?
Akash Robinson fuses his Indian and British heritage into his baked creations. His life is all things sugar and spice, especially when a blind date leads him to the older military man of his dreams. Family, friends, and an unwanted admirer all threaten both his sanity and his budding romance.
Hamish Ross carries the names of his lost soldiers on his back. He takes his work seriously with no time for love. All it takes is one impulsive kiss to lead him into uncharted romantic waters.
When a sarcastic baker mixes with a stoic alpha marine, who will come out on top when the flour settles?
The Royal Marine is book four in Dahlia Donovan’s international bestselling gay romance series, The Sin Bin. Each one features hot rugby players and the men who steal their hearts.
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Other Books in The Sin Bin Series
The Wanderer
Book 1
The Caretaker
Book 2
Dahlia Donovan wrote her first romance series after a crazy dream about shifters and damsels in distress. She prefers irreverent humour and unconventional characters. An autistic and occasional hermit, her life wouldn’t be complete without her husband and her massive collection of books and video games.

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Blog Tour: Mary Billiter

Title:Rule Breakers
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: September 16th, 2017
Cover Designer: Claire Smith
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What happens when the rules and the heart conflict? In Mary Billiter’s witty novel of rule breaking and delectable romance, a red-hot suit and a beautiful computer geek are linked by heartbreaking loss and a passion certain to set fire to your pages.

 


From parking space to cyberspace, Waterfront Point hotel valet Carmen Gonzalez uncovers computer espionage at her own workplace. The independent, computer-whiz Carmen decides that the best way to fight the system is to hack it.
But when Hank Hughes arrives from the Oregon Coast to the Pacific Coast to take care of family business and avenge an injustice, Carmen’s “act first, think later” approach is called into question. Carmen soon realizes you can’t follow the rules and follow your heart, so one has to be broken.

 

Ohhhhhhh. Damn.
Bryce ran and grabbed the suitcase I’d dropped. “I’ll take care of the bags.”
I barely nodded.
Hank stepped toward me. “I was hoping to run into you today.”
I stared into the greenish-brown eyes that swirled together like his brother’s, but instead of spinning me for a loop, they bored into my heart. Hard.
“Carmen?”
I heard Hank, but I couldn’t respond. I’m falling for a giant.
He gently touched my shoulder with a massive hand. “You okay?”
“No one’s ever done that.” Suddenly I felt like a young girl. I wrapped my arms around him—or what I could of his waist. “You’re my hero.”
He tipped my chin toward him, looked longingly into my eyes, lowered his head, and softly kissed me. His lips melded into mine, his heart beat against me, and my body responded, pressing into him with a mixture of tenderness and desire that had no beginning and no end.
“Gonzalez!”
Nothing like hearing my surname bellowed across the front drive to completely kill a romantic moment. Time of death, 12:35 p.m.
I pulled away from Hank, but not before staring into his eyes. “I don’t want you to vanish again.” I finally let my heart and not my head speak. “I don’t want you to leave.”
A devil-may-care grin crossed his face. “Now, who said anything about goodbye?”
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Mary Billiter is a weekly newspaper columnist and fiction author. She also has novels published under the pen name, “Pumpkin Spice.”Mary resides in the Cowboy State with her unabashedly bald husband, her four amazing children, two fantastic step-kids, and their runaway dog. She does her best writing (in her head) on her daily runs in wild, romantic, beautiful Wyoming.