Writer Wednesday – Meet Barbara Donlon Bradley

HiddenDesireWelcome back to Writer Wednesday. Today I’m interviewing Barbara Donlon Bradley, a writer of science fiction romance. This is a genre that I’ve just started reading. Take it away Barbara!

What draws you to the genre science fiction romance?

It seems to be the way my brain works. I’ve always written SF or fantasy stories. When I was young I created my own super hero to fit in with Batman and a character to fit into the Star Trek world. When I play the ‘what if’ game most authors play there is always some sort of SF in it. What if my hero is an alien trying to fit into our timeline? What if my heroine is an astrophysicist and gets thrown back in time? I can’t help it.

What can you tell readers who may be intimidated by all that science?

My opinion is the science shouldn’t overpower any book. As a  writer I try to put in just enough to make their story believable but not  all the details that could bog down the story. People read to bond with our characters. To be swept away for a few hours – depending on how fast you read – not to be beaten over the head by scientific details.

How do you keep track of information about your world/universe?

I have a spread sheet that has details for each book, most of my character details that I don’t use regularly goes in that spread sheet too. I also have outlines of each of my books, something my publishers asks for and I find a good thing to keep on hand.

You’ve had a long career in publishing. Which of your books would you recommend readers turn to and why?

Wow, I guess it depends on what you like to read. My first book is a time travel, my second is an historical. If you like humorous stories I recommend my collection of short stories through Melange/Satin Romances. The rest of my books have been SF/Futuristics, which have been getting hotter and hotter. The series I’m working on right now, the Vespian Way,  are real scorchers.

I write light hearted stories. Humor is weaved through out my books and all of them are very plot driven. I like fast paced books and seem to write them naturally.

Blurb for Hidden Desire:

Heather wants to fight beside her people, not watch from a safe distance. So when her brother comes up with a way to disguise her she jumps at the chance. Now she can try out for an elite team to help defeat Reasta, who has a stronghold on their planet. No one knows who she is, including her mate, who has also been disguised. They must find each other, qualify for the team and help rescue the elders without being found out.

Buy Links:

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More about Barbara:BarbsBest

Writing for Barbara Donlon Bradley started innocently enough, like most she kept diaries, journals, and wrote an occasional letter but she also had a vivid imagination and wrote scenes and short stories adding characters to her favorite shows and comic books. As time went on she found the passion for writing to be a strong drive for her. Humor is also very strong in her life. No matter how hard she tries to write something deep and dark, it will never happen. That humor bleeds into her writing. Since she can’t beat it she has learned to use it to her advantage. Now she lives in Tidewater Virginia with two cats, one mother in law – who just turned 88, her husband and son.

You can find Barbara here: 

Website: http://www.barbaradonlonbradley.com/

Blog: http://barbaradonlonbradley.blogspot.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Barbara-Donlon-Bradley/118673448173249

Twitter: https://twitter.com/barbbradley

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/barbaradbradley/

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/7773192-barbara-bradley

 

Writer Wednesday – Meet Irene Vartanoff

It’s been a while, but today I’d like to welcome Irene Vartanoff to the Writer Wednesday feature on my blog. Take it away Irene!!

Captive of the Cattle Baron

Blurb:Captive of the Cattle Baron by Irene Vartanoff

He’d Abducted Her!

Abducted by rancher Baron Selkirk—okay, it was an accident, but now he won’t let her go—former TV child star turned horse whisperer Addie Jelleff enjoys a respite from the media circus that ruined her quiet retreat in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, but she’s due back to town to defend her actor pal at his trial very soon. Baron’s vast, isolated ranch is only one of his many attractions, but he’s awfully domineering and she can’t possibly give in to their growing attraction while she’s virtually his prisoner, can she?

Baron sees the situation differently. He wants to save Addie from he thinks is a sordid drug connection. Forced to drop his geology career and take over the family ranch, he’s frustrated by too many people saying no to him. Isn’t he in charge? Why is Addie so mysterious about her past and her commitments to another man? Why won’t she give in to Baron, when every time they touch, they catch fire?

It’s a battle of wills—with neither one backing down. Addie can tame the wildest stallion, but restraining her own growing attraction to the high-handed rancher and keeping him from breaking through her defenses requires all her strength—and some help from unexpected sources.

Now that you’ve heard what the book is about, let’s hear from Irene.

How did you get the idea for the beginning part of this novel?

Diana Palmer once did a story about a country guy who didn’t want to be involved with a glamour girl from the city. That rejection of the glamour life was key to my initial thinking about Captive of the Cattle Baron. I thought, “What if some glamorous woman hid out from the media in some rancher’s car? And then he got the wrong idea about what kind of person she was?”

That was the start, but then I had to build my heroine as someone who had glamour but did not want to lead the in-the-spotlight Hollywood life. She couldn’t have a believable happy ever after on a ranch if she had constant commitments elsewhere. That’s when I started thinking that my heroine could be famous but not want to be anywhere near the fast lane. From there, making Addie a former TV actor who had spent years while a child on a sitcom was the next logical step to keep her as normal a person as possible.

Tell us a little bit about the setting. How did you choose Wyoming?

I chose Wyoming as the setting because I went there once on a car trip with my mother and sister. My mother had driven the west with her dad when she was a mere kid and most of the roads were single-lane dirt—and mud. She thought nothing of piling us into her car decades later and taking off on modern paved interstates, although without motel reservations, cell phones, or solid plans. After visiting Yellowstone National Park, we came down from the Grand Tetons into Jackson Hole and it was just so beautiful there I’ve always wanted to go back. So far, I haven’t. I did read up on the state and talk to a geologist who knows the rock formations in the southern part. I believe my descriptions of Wyoming’s geography and plant life are accurate. As to the hotel and the mention of a casino in Jackson Hole, I made those up entirely. I made up the overly ambitious, glory-seeking district attorney, too.

What is your favorite thing about your female character?

What I like about Addie Jelleff is that although most people think of actors as volatile personalities, she is a very logical and sensible person. She spent her childhood doing a weekly television show and adhering to legal work rules and having to memorize her scripts, and do schoolwork, and so on. She still thinks the rest of the world is run logically, the way the TV show was. She can’t quite understand how illogical and irrational real people can be in the grip of emotion. Including herself.

What is your favorite thing about your male character?

My favorite thing about Baron Selkirk is that he’s got the instincts of a hero. He wants to save Addie. He’s not the alpha pig his emotions keep pushing him to be, although he does make mistakes. He thinks he has to be the big tough boss, and he feels a huge sense of responsibility to do right by running the family ranch, but it’s a massive burden on his shoulders, a burden he’s carrying alone. His parents have checked out. His brother has his own problems, and his sister is acting up. No wonder he’s trying to control his world and everyone in it. Especially Addie, to whom he’s tremendously attracted and whom he desperately wants to save from what he believes is a sordid life situation. Unlike a genuinely abusive man, Baron’s motives are pure. Sometimes his actions are over the line, though. After all, abducting someone is a crime!

Baron acts very domineering with Addie, but she gives as good as she gets. She is never intimidated by him. In more than one scene, she’s the one who starts the fight. She also has a lot more control over her sexuality than he has over his. Well, he’s a guy. What do you expect?

Are other books planned in this series?

As I was writing this story and fleshing out the circumstances that make Baron behave as he does, I realized that by giving him a wounded warrior brother and a nearly off-the-rails sister, I was opening the door to sequels. Who wouldn’t want to know if J.D. will ever get out of the V.A. hospital and attempt to resume a normal life? How can an outdoors type cope with serious permanent injury and still lead that kind of existence? Did being in war change him drastically? What about Paula’s so far hopeless love for him? She’s rich, but mere money can’t solve his problems. And poor Tess, who thinks she wants to be a movie star. How will she ever find fulfillment? This family has big problems to solve, and it won’t be easy. Readers will have to tell me whose story they want to read next.

Excerpt

Baron Selkirk watched the beautiful blonde weave a meandering path until she turned a corner and drifted out of sight. Only then could he breathe again. The hot blood pounding in his veins finally began to cool off. He allowed the elevator doors to close.

He punched the Door Open button. As the metal walls parted, he lunged between them. He charged down the hotel corridor. Sure enough, once he’d turned the corner, he found her leaning against the wall, half-fainting.

“You’re ill,” he said. “I’ll call the desk for a doctor.”

Her eyes widened at his words.

“No, don’t,” she said. “Don’t call anyone.”

Was that fear in her expression? What was she afraid of?

“I’m not leaving you alone here to keel over,” he said. Although he wasn’t touching her, he stood close enough to catch her if she crumpled. Close enough to notice that her blue eyes were very dilated.

She half-lifted one arm and pointed down the hall to double doors. “Help me to that suite?”

“Lean on me,” he said, putting an arm around her soft shoulders. The moment he touched her, a thrill shot through his body. He willed himself to concentrate on getting her to safety.

When they reached the double doors, she disentangled herself and rested against the doorframe. “Thank you. I’ll be all right from here.”

He frowned. “Where’s your key?”

She shook her head. “It’s not my suite.” She knocked softly on the wood.

Baron spotted a doorbell and reached over to jab it. He kept his finger on the bell until he heard someone approach the door.

“Who is it?” a muffled voice asked.

“It’s me,” the blonde said.

The person inside must have used the peephole, for his next words were, “I can see you’re not alone. Who’s he?”

She glanced up at Baron. “A hotel guest. I’ve been feeling weird. He helped me here.”

“Make him leave.”

She shrugged. “Thanks for your help,” she said to Baron, “but you’d better go now.”

He got it. The door wouldn’t be opened until he left. “Are you sure you want to do this?” He angled his eyes at the door, indicating his doubts about who and what awaited her inside.

“I’ll be okay,” she said. “Thank you.”

Baron didn’t move. This was wrong.

“Please,” she said.

He tipped his hat. “Your call. Have a nice life.”

Her sudden look of dismay almost made him refuse to budge, but he turned and walked to the elevator, forcing himself to not look back. Once he was a few steps away, he heard the suite door open and muffled words. At the corner, he looked behind him. She was gone.

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Bio

Irene Vartanoff

Award-winning author Irene Vartanoff started reading romances and comic books as a teenager. Emilie Loring and Superman were her gateway drugs, which led to the serious stuff, Gothic novels and Lois Lane comics—and romance comics. Writing comic books and working on staff at Marvel Comics and DC Comics absorbed her early career years, aspects of which are gently spoofed in her superhero adventure novel, Temporary Superheroine. Editing for major publishers of romance Harlequin, Bantam, and Berkley inspired her next career shift to writing novels. Captive of the Cattle Baron is her first sweet contemporary romance. Visit the author at www.irenevartanoff.com.

A Note From Lily

I don’t always had time to read the books that I present on Writer Wednesday, but in this case, I just finished it, and I highly recommend it. Despite the captive/abduction theme, it’s not heavy on sex or BDSM. I found it a sweet read with a lot of sizzle.

Denver Part 1 – If You Don’t Like the Weather, Wait 20 Minutes

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Denver and I became fast friends. Over the next few days, I plan to tell you a little bit about my trip to Denver, and notable differences from the Southeast, where I live.

First, about that weather thing… I had heard it said by friends before that if you don’t like the weather in Denver, wait twenty minutes. I thought they were exaggerating. Um no. They were not.

The shots in the gallery above were from my hotel room window. We stayed downtown for the conference, and had amazing views. On the first day, it was raining on and off. We walked from the hotel to an art fair a couple of blocks away, and listened to all of the vendors talk about how it had snowed, hailed, and been 60 degrees the day before. That day’s drizzle was nothing. No wonder everyone we saw was either carrying a North Face jacket or no less than three layers: some of them tied around their waist, or draped over shoulders like yuppies in the eighties. All of them with layers. Lots and lots of layers.

 

We do get weather in South Carolina. Our area has been known to get  tornadoes, or bad thunderstorms. But he way the land is, with rolling hills and trees, you can’t really see it coming more than a few miles. So if you see a storm, odds are high that you will experience that storm.

All of these storms were hours from our hotel, and never hit downtown. The deep dark clouds stayed between us and the mountains, but to my eye, trained by South Carolina weather patterns, I thought it was going to hit immediately.

We walked everywhere downtown, so I had to be careful of the weather. Most nights, we didn’t have nay problem. One night it rained, and we waited it out in the restaurant where we were eating.

 

Over the next few days, we explored downtown Denver, including the Capital area. One day we joined a tour that went up to Loveland Pass and the continental divide. Another afternoon I met an author who I have previously only known online and she gave us  another tour of the mountain area, came back down through Boulder canyon and showed us Boulder. We kick things off with a rainbow.

 

 

Plotting Versus Pantsing

or Why (my) Novels Take so Long to Write!!

Anywhere novelists gather, you’re sure to find a discussion of plotting versus pantsing. Do you write a detailed plot in advance, or do you wing it? There are shades along each spectrum, from pages and pages of outlines to the plot summarized on a cocktail napkin.

I have a general idea of the plot, including major turning points, but then I wing it. Here’s a better explanation.

For the Win City Lights Book Three__200x300I don’t write short stories, but if I did, envision a trip from Greenville, SC to Atlanta, GA. About 150 miles, or 233 kilometers. Having lived near both cities, I’ve done that drive. It’s fairly easy, without a lot of issues. If you set your GPS, or your phone’s map app, you might find it says it will take you two hours and thirteen minutes with no stops. That’s reasonable. If you choose to stop off halfway at the outlet malls in Commerce, that’s your choice, but it doesn’t change the drive time. You will just get there later. You arrive, short story done, crank out a few edits, and that’s that.

Some writing websites meant to encourage writers try to throw math into the equation. If you sit down and write ten pages a night, you will have three hundred pages in a month. That’s the premise behind National Novel Writing Month (NANOWRIMO) in November of each year. Thousands of people are determined to write a novel in a month, and they try to churn out fifty thousand words, no editing, and call it a novel. Some of my writer friends who don’t have day jobs or kids can do that, and their work is still good. I am not that writer.

For the Win, around 105 pages printed, about 39,000 words, took me from August to April, nine months. That was a record time. Its companion, Breaking Even, has 40,000 words and I’m not done with edits. The grand finale, Winner Take All, has about 30,000 words and there are major holes. While I’m not working on them both at the same time, I had to nail some issues down before I could finish Breaking Even.

Right now I’m doing first edits, where I review the book chapter by chapter and send it to my editor. I’m halfway done with that. Ric and Lindsey are living in separate places during a good bit of this book, which makes the writing of a romance difficult. They are also an odd couple, especially considering how they came together.

Going back to my GPS metaphor, things happen during the first round of edits that you wouldn’t expect. If you are traveling from Atlanta to New York City by car, all sorts of things could happen. It’s 880 miles, or 1416 km. One online calculator says 13 hours two minutes. (Two minutes? Really?) Flat tire. Bad traffic. Road construction. Interesting sights that cause delays. Most people would split this trip into two days, so that adds to the time, including meals, bathroom stops…

The same thing happens when writing a novel. Real life gets in the way. Even with a first draft done, for me, things can happen during the first edit. A scene that sounded like a good idea suddenly reads flat. Or when you read it, you think Why on earth would this character do that? Or you left a hole with a note – fill this in with x, but suddenly x is the last thing you can fit there because of some other change. Or you read a scene, realize there’s no point to this particular interaction, and start cutting. This is when the GPS notices you’ve changed routes and you hear that dreaded computer voice Recalculating.

For my fans who want to know when the book will be out, I have committed to a release date of September 7. I’m hoping I can get these characters to stop arguing long enough to finish edits on Breaking Even earlier. If edits are done sooner, I will release it sooner, but I don’t want to rush it and have a bunch of errors either.

If you want to know an exact date, well, all I can say is Recalculating.

 

News:

Check out my new Pinterest board over at https://www.pinterest.com/MissLilyBishop/

I have just started using this to post inspiration and research ideas for my books, particularly with furnishings and that sort of thing.

 

If you are an author, how do you feel about pantsing versus plotting? If you are a reader, would you rather see fewer, longer works, or more frequent and shorter?

Summer Fire and Heat Lightning

Today I’d like to welcome Joan Reeves to my Writer Wednesday feature. She’s a writer that I have come to know in the past few months, and I’ve read several of her books. I haven’t read this one yet, but I will as soon as it comes out.

 

Summer Fire & Evocative Titles

by Joan Reeves

In the beginning when an author starts a book, perhaps the most important words she, or he, writes is the title. A title, those few words, can either leap onto the page or be dragged kicking and screaming from the author’s brain.

In today’s publishing world where thousands of titles are published weekly, selecting a title can often be a chore. The author wants a title that (1) says what the book is about (2) makes the reader want to get that book (3) sets a mood or tone (4) is unforgettable (5) never gets dated and a whole host of other attributes.

How do you get a title that “sings,” in other words, it rolls off the tongue and sounds good and makes the reader sit up and take notice? Oh, and it shouldn’t already be attached to another book. That last is hard to do in today’s world when so many books are being published.

 

Titles That Worked

Why do you think these titles worked so well?

Mrs. Miracle by Debbie Macomber

Midnight In The Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt

Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice

In the Electric Mist with the Confederate Dead by James Lee Burke

Snow Falling On Cedars by David Guterson

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson and the other books in his trilogy.

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown

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Why I Chose Heat Lightning

Here in Texas we have really hot, steamy summers. If you’re in the country, it’s not uncommon to see heat lightning at night. Heat lightning is what they call flashes of lightning on the horizon that aren’t accompanied by thunder. This happens because the lightning occurs very far away and the sound dissipates before it reaches the observer.

Long ago when I heard the term, heat lightning for this phenomenon, it stuck with me. I thought THAT would be a great title for a book.

In Heat Lightning, desire flashes–quickly, silently–between Tessa and her husband David whom she does not remember.

 

Summer Fire Authors & Their Titles

Heat Lightning is part of the Summer Fire: Love When It’s Hot Contemporary Romance Collection. Here are the other titles and authors. After reading the title and short description, do you think the title represents the story? More importantly, does it make you want to read the book?

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Gennita Low, author of Sizzle. “Sizzling passion and flying bullets.”

Stacey Mosteller, author of Just One Summer. “Good girl meets bad boy in Just One Summer.”

R.J. Lewis, author of Sinful. “She’s straight and narrow; he’s sinfully rebellious.”

Kym Grosso, author of Solstice Burn. “Love and erotic temptation in the tropics.”

Victoria Danann, author of A Season in Gemini. “A breath of fresh romance–normal and paranormal.”

L. Wilder, author of Summer Storm. “Can their love survive the storm?”

Linda Barlow, author of My Mile-High Mistake. “Can she resist his temptation at 35,000 feet?”

Teresa Gabelman, author of Rodeo Romance. “Summer + Cowboys = Sexy Fun.”

Cat Miller, author of Sun Burnt. “Sophisticated city girl’s wild ride with a cowboy.”

Mimi Barbour, author of Big Girls Don’t Cry. “Why cry when no one is listening?”

Helen Scott Taylor, author of Irish Kisses. “Second chance at love in an enchanting Irish castle.”

Clarissa Wild, author of Killer. “Bitterness turns into an obsession; a stalker is born.”

Patrice Wilton, author of A Man for Hire. “She hired him for a weekend, not to find love.”

Nicole Blanchard, author of Anchor. “Guaranteed to get you wet!”

Victoria James, author of Sweet Surrender. “He wanted the sweetest surrender.”

Mona Risk, author of Husband for a Week. “Never fall in love with a fake husband.”

Lorhainne Eckhart, author of His Promise. “A love they thought would last forever.”

Danielle Jamie, author of Tan Lines and Salty Kisses. “Second chance romance sure to steam up your Ereader.”

Joan Reeves, author of Heat Lightning. “Secrets, lies, passion. Secrets can kill.”

Brandy L Rivers, author of Summer Rhythm. “Doug never could resist Chloe. Is she back for good?”

Terri Marie, author of Someone Exactly Like You. “The chase is on!”

 

Add Summer Fire to Your Library

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Giveaway

Leave a comment with your email address and be entered in a random drawing for a free copy of Summer Fire: Love When It’s Hot Contemporary Romance Collection. Giveaway is open until May 23 midnight. Winner will be chosen on May 24 by Random Name Picker and notified by email as well as in the Comments section of this post on Lily’s Blog. (Note that the comment feature will take the email but wont’ display it — I’ll have it on the back end so it won’t be visible to spammers — Lily)

 

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Bio Note:

Joan Reeves, whose book in Summer Fire is Heat Lightning, is a bestselling author of Contemporary Romance. Available as ebooks and audiobooks, her romance novels all have the same underlying theme: “It’s never too late to live happily ever after.” Joan lives her happily ever after with her husband in the Lone Star State. Sign up for WordPlay, Joan’s free email list for readers: http://eepurl.com/Yk61n.

Character Interview – Meet Ric Salzana

Have you ever met a character in a book and thought He’s coming back for a sequel –

Ric is that guy. How could you not want to get to know Ricardo Salzana Toledo? He owns his own island, for heaven’s sake!!

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Let’s meet Ric. Dark hair, brushed back from his forehead. Most of the time he can be found in a suit. Olive skin, naturally tanned — living in the Caribbean will do that for you. He sits back in the Queen Ann chair, legs crossed. He’s willing to talk, to a point, he says.

So tell me about your island.

It’s mostly my island. I own the majority of the land, although the forest and some of the beaches are considered public property. It’s one of the outer islands in the Bahamas. I guess it’s a loose affiliation with the Bahamas, although they do provide police and court services if we need them. The resort has its own security, mostly managed by my colleague Xavier. We have hills, forests, a waterfall, and the most beautiful white beaches you’ve seen.

You have a casino, right?

Sure, that’s our big draw. We’re holding a blackjack tournament this weekend. A bunch of big guns are coming in from Miami.

Where are you from originally?

Venezuela. Specifically, Santa Katerina, one of the islands north of the mainland. I spent some time in the States, went to college at Georgia Tech.

I have to ask–are you seeing anyone?

All the girls ask that eventually, don’t they?

He smiled then and his whole demeanor changed. He looked more approachable.

And no, I’m not. I have a lot going on at the resort. There are a few women at the resort who have made it clear they would like to date, but I prefer not to mix business with pleasure.

Good luck with the tournament.

Interested in learning more about Ric Salzana? He shows up as a secondary character in No Strings Attached (Book 1) and in Under His Protection (Book 2).  For the Win (Book 3) picks up with Ric and Lindsey’s story, which happens to take place at the same time as book 1. If you are reading chronologically, read Book 1, Book 3, and then Book 2.

Interested in being a part of my mailing list/fan club? I don’t send out many emails. You can join here.

Happy Birthday Will!

Happy birthday yesterday!

William Shakespeare, that is, the old bard himself, was born April 26, 1564. To celebrate his birthday, Grammarly created this awesome Shakespeare quiz.

Granted, I took two full classes on Shakespeare in college, but it’s been too long. (We won’t say how many years) I only got three right. How many can you get?

Quiz courtesy of http://www.grammarly.com/grammar-check

Cube Steak with Blue Cheese

I love some cubed steak. When I was younger, I lived with my grandparents, and they loved cubed steak on Sunday morning before church. I remember lying in bed and hearing my grandfather beating the steak with a meat tenderizer. My grandmother dusted it in flour and fried it crispy. She would serve it with homemade biscuits and sawmill gravy.

I make cubed steak at my house about once a month, and it’s one of our favorites. While I can make homemadecubed steak biscuits, usually these days I buy frozen. I don’t make gravy, but sometimes my husband does.

We love cubed steak, but with the flour and frying, it’s not the healthiest, and it takes a while to get the oil hot, bread the cube steak, and then cook. Not to mention the mess.

Here’s a yummy alternative. Spray a broiler pan with nonstick spray.  Cut the cubed steak in small pieces, about two or three inches square, or a slightly larger rectangle. Lay the cubed steak out over the broiler pan. Dust with coarse cracked pepper.

Broil on high for about five minutes, until the top darkens and is edged in black. (You have to get past the gray stage). Take out, flip each piece over with tongs,  top with blue cheese crumbles, and broil again. Take out after about five minutes, when cheese has melted and edges look crispy.

To make this work, you have to like blue cheese. It’s good with cracked pepper alone, and I usually leave some that way for my son. I think you could top with Heinz 57 or a thicker steak sauce if you didn’t want the blue cheese but wanted to add flavor.

For the Win is Live!!!

Ever wondered what happened to Lindsey on the island in the book No Strings Attached?

Laura asked her, but she wouldn’t tell.

Lindsey TodFor the Win City Lights Book Three__200x300d has perfected a system to win at blackjack, but she doesn’t want her sister Laura to know how much she has been gambling on-line. Her sister’s boss threatens to spill her secret if she doesn’t go with him to the Bahamas and play in a blackjack tournament.

Ric Salzana owns The Castle Resort and Casino, and he knows something is up with the beautiful girl who keeps winning at blackjack. When he finds out that she and her partner have been playing with counterfeit chips, he has the man arrested, but he has something else in store for the pretty young graduate student.

Locked in his tower, at his mercy, will she admit that she was cheating? Or will she beat him at his own game?

In For the Win, you’ll find the sweet beginnings of a romance…Find out what really happened on Calliope Island. Steamy will come later.

This book takes place chronologically at the same time as No Strings Attached, Book One of City Lights.

If you’re in Kindle Unlimited or an Amazon Prime Member, you can read this one for free, or only $2.99.

Grab on Amazon at For the Win (City Lights Book 3). This one will pop over to the other retailers at the end of June.

A Universal Disclaimer

I’m married to a lawyer, and we often joke about the warning labels, or the warnings that they include at the end of commercials for a new drug treatment.

For one of her school projects, my 12-year old daughter wrote I now believe is the universal a disclaimer.

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The product above does not reflect the opinions of me, my friends, my parents, or my cat. Safety goggles may be required for use. Keep in a cool dry place. If ear irritation occurs call your local doctor. If ear irritation persists call your mom. Slippery when wet. Not responsible for a refund if the following happens: Fire, water, volcanic eruptions, gas leaks, sunburn, stickiness, pain everywhere, pimples, zits, skin discoloration, comas, seizures, breaking of bones, loss of mental awareness, loss of physical awareness, wetness, explosion, inability to turn off, inability to come off, inability to breathe, inability to move, inability to change facial expression, inability to talk, inability to write, inability to read, or death.

There you have it, folks. If you need a disclaimer, feel free to grab this one.

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Stop sign us” by DoriOwn work. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.