January 24, 2015

Is that a callus I feel?




Grow thicker skin.

Isn't that what we're all told? From Kindergarten through adulthood, we're constantly told to "man-up", "cowboy up", "pull up your big girl panties."

UP, UP, UP. 

How about if we look at this from a different perspective?
Yeah, I'm all for that!

(Taken from Chuck Wendig: http://tinyurl.com/nfgh6g9)


Stop Giving So Much Of A Shit!


Said it before, will say it again: you have to learn to care less. 

When all the pressures and stresses and anxieties and critics and haters and assfaces and shitbirds come knocking at your door looking to carve away their pound of mental flesh, you have to get out your purse, poke through it while making hmm and ahhh sounds, and then finally say: “Gosh, I’m sorry, I have no more fucks to give.” 

Then you pull out your cool 1980s-action-movie submachine gun and mow them all down. (Er, metaphorically! No actually shooting anyone.) The hills should be alive with the sound of you not giving two rat pubes to rub together. 

If we put too much pressure on ourselves, too much weight of expectation and consequence, then the creation of cool things becomes harder. If you build a mental wall, you have to climb it. That’s just extra work. 

So? Stop putting it between you and the things you want to make.





January 22, 2015

Do it if it feels GOOD!




I came across a blog post that truly inspired me.

Repeat After Me: “F*ck It, I’m Doing It Anyway”
(excerpt from Chuck Wendig)

Throughout your MYSTERIOUS AND WONDERFUL AND OCCASIONALLY MISERABLE ART JOURNEY, you will meet many naysayers, and you will be given enough advice that, if you wrote all this advice upon many pieces of paper, you would singularly destroy a significant portion of the world’s forests. 

You can always keep your ears open. You can always take in every piece of advice, every warning, every admonishment, and you can regard it the way one regards a strange animal skull in the woods (“Was this a possum? A cat? A Bandersnatch?”). 

But when you know what you want to do, do it anyway. Even if it seems unwise. 

Someone will always tell you that art is a bad idea. They will tell you that book you want to write won’t sell. They will explain to you how you’d be a far better lawyer, doctor, barista, horse whisperer, or orgy custodian. 

They will say: “You shouldn’t do that.” 

And you will say: “Fuck it, I’m doing it anyway.”


AWESOME stuff, Chuck!

xoxo,
Sheri

January 9, 2015

Gimme a Yee-Haw for D'Ann Lindun!




Welcome to Friday Flames where words of romance will fill you with heat!

Today I welcome back a good friend and all-around cowgirl:

D'Ann Lindun



Her stories of cowboys and western life are as real as they come. And she ought to know - she's the real deal.




Blurb:
At sixteen, unwed and scared, Cat O’Brien gave up her newborn daughter for adoption. Seventeen years later Eve reappearspregnant.
Tanner Burke never forgot his first love. Or the daughter he gave up at eighteen.
Forced together for the sake of their pregnant teenage daughter, can Tanner and Cat find a way to forgive each other and fall in love again?

Excerpt:
He took her lips in his, slipping his tongue into her mouth. Like coming home, they melded together in a rush. Tasting, teasing, they explored unfamiliar, yet familiar. Her hands went everywhere—in his silky hair, down his arms, cupping his firm ass.
He broke away long enough to untie the loose knot at her waist. She shook the sleeves of the too-big robe off, letting them puddle around her waist. Then she slipped out of the borrowed T-shirt and held it like a shield until he took it from her and dropped it on the floor. Her turgid nipples ached in the cold winter air. Her skin prickled as if she’d stepped outside.
“Cold?” he murmured into her mouth.
“No,” she whispered back.
He bent and took one of her nipples into his mouth, sucking deep. With a little cry, she arched her back and dug her nails into his shoulders. His heated mouth on her nipple nearly shattered her right then and there. Wrapping her legs around his waist, she pulled him so close she could feel his erection through his pajama pants and her suddenly wet bikini panties. He ran his thumbs under the edges of her panties, stopping just short of brushing over her ultra-sensitive center, teasing until her legs trembled. Her body ached, wept, and she dropped her legs and spread them, silently begging him to touch her there.
Instead, he let go of her breast and dropped one kiss after another down her middle. With his tongue, he traced the edge of her outie bellybutton. Cat had always hated her bellybutton, but in that moment, she’d never trade it for another. Glad for the dark, she didn’t flinch when he tracked kisses over her lower stomach. If the light had been strong enough, he would have been able to see the faint, silvery lines crisscrossing her abdomen.
Reminders of her long-ago pregnancy.
Like a splash of icy stream water had splashed over her, Cat froze. She shoved his head. “Quit.”
 “Huh?” He lifted his mouth from her belly. “Why?”
She crossed her arms over her chest. “Because this is a mistake, that’s why.”
He stood straight and hugged her close, running his hands up and down her back. “What’s wrong?”
God help her, the feel of his work-roughened hands on her skin nearly weakened her. But she fought for control. “I’m not ready for this.”

Buy: Amazon

Bio:
Falling in love with romance novels the summer before sixth grade, D’Ann Lindun never thought about writing one until many years later when she took a how-to class at her local college. She was hooked! She began writing and never looked back. Romance appeals to her because there's just something so satisfying about writing a book guaranteed to have a happy ending. D’Ann’s particular favorites usually feature cowboys and the women who love them. This is probably because she draws inspiration from the area where she lives, Western Colorado, her husband of twenty-nine years and their daughter. Composites of their small farm, herd of horses, five Australian shepherds, a Queensland heeler, two ducks and cats of every shape and color often show up in her stories!
D’Ann loves to hear from readers! Please contact her at:

http://www.amazon.com/DAnn-Lindun/e/B008DKL9TU




December 31, 2014

Fans of Historical Romance . . .

Spotlight on...

His Saving Grace

by Sharon Cullen

 

Blurb

Perfect for fans of Mary Balogh, Sharon Cullen’s captivating novel tells the deeply emotional tale of two devoted lovers facing the ravages of war.

For months now, Lady Grace Ashworth has mourned the death of her beloved husband—until the day a very-much-alive Michael arrives at her front door. It’s nothing less than a miracle. However, Grace soon realizes that this Michael isn’t the same man who left for the Crimean War. She’s stunned to learn that he has suffered a devastating head injury. Putting all her own desires aside, Grace resolves to devote herself to Michael’s recovery and to love him no matter what troubles may come.

Convinced that his wife is wasting her time on a broken man, Michael attempts to shield Grace from a life of inconvenience by driving her away. But Grace will have none of that. Despite every obstacle Michael throws in her path, she stubbornly soldiers on, fighting not only for their marriage but for the love they once shared. In the end, will her determination alone be enough to save Michael from the darkness that threatens to consume him?

Excerpt:
 

     “I damaged my brain, Grace.” He let the words fall between them, knowing they would change things forever. Hating himself. Hating his injury. Hating war. Hating everything at the moment. Every moment of every day, he wished this hadn’t happened to him. He wished he could go back to that day and do something different, anything that would have changed the course of his life, even if that act had ended his life.


 Praise for  His Saving Grace


“Cullen writes an emotional and unique story about a couple’s journey to salvation. . . . Recommended for historical romance readers who appreciate feel-good, emotionally substantial, ‘love conquers all’ tales.”Library Journal

“Cullen has marked herself as an author to watch.”Publishers Weekly

“Heart-wrenching and full of real emotion, proving that love is always the answer, His Saving Grace is the best book I’ve read this year!”USA Today bestselling author Bronwen Evans




About Sharon

Sharon Cullen is the author of The Notorious Lady Anne, Loving the Earl and Pleasing the Pirate. She’s also published in romantic suspense, paranormal romance and contemporary romance.

Her other job descriptions include chauffer, laundress, cook and mediator to her three very busy kids, her husband and two dogs. She lives in southwest Ohio with her brood although her dream is to someday retire to St. Maarten and live on the beach.
If you’d like to find out more about Sharon and her books, you can visit her website. She’s addicted to social networking so you can find her on Facebook and Twitter. Friend her! Like her! Follow her! She’d love to hang out with you and talk about her passion—books.

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December 23, 2014

Have a Merry Mythic Christmas!


(c) Melissa Limoges 2014

Thank you to everyone who enjoys reading my books. I enjoy writing them and sharing my adventures. The year 2015 will bring new stories and a new series I just know you'll love!

Wishing you a wonderful Christmas filled with joy. May you and your loved ones have a very happy and healthy New Year!


A Cowboy's Christmas Prayer
© S. Omar Barker; in December, 2013, the estate of S. Omar Barker stated that this poem is now in the public domain.

I ain't much good at prayin',
   and You may not know me, Lord—
For I ain't much seen in churches,
   where they preach Thy Holy Word.
But you may have observed me
   out here on the lonely plains,
A-lookin' after cattle,
   feelin' thankful when it rains.
Admirin' Thy great handiwork.
   the miracle of the grass,
Aware of Thy kind Spirit,
   in the way it comes to pass 
That hired men on horseback
   and the livestock that we tend
Can look up at the stars at night,
   and know we've got a Friend.
So here's ol' Christmas comin' on,
   remindin' us again
Of Him whose coming brought good will
   into the hearts of men.
A cowboy ain't a preacher, Lord,
   but if You'll hear my prayer,
I'll ask as good as we have got
   for all men everywhere.
Don't let no hearts be bitter, Lord.
   Don't let no child be cold.
Make easy the beds for them that's sick
   and them that's weak and old.
Let kindness bless the trail we ride,
   no matter what we're after,
And sorter keep us on Your side,
   in tears as well as laughter.
I've seen ol' cows a-starvin'—
   and it ain't no happy sight;
Please don't leave no one hungry, Lord,
   on Thy Good Christmas Night—
No man, no child, no woman,
   and no critter on four feet
I'll do my doggone best
   to help you find 'em chuck to eat.
I'm just a sinful cowpoke, Lord—
   ain't got no business prayin'
But still I hope you'll ketch a word
   or two, of what I'm sayin':
We speak of Merry Christmas, Lord—
   I reckon You'll agree—
There ain't no Merry Christmas
   for nobody that ain't free!
So one thing more I ask You,
   Lord: just help us what You can
To save some seeds of freedom
   for the future Sons of Man!

 




December 17, 2014

Land's End Trilogy by Melodie Campbell now available!


Melodie Campbell, one of my very favorite authors, has three books in her Land's End series. It's Science Fiction-Fantasy filled with enough romance to heat your coldest night.

Click HERE to be taken to Melodie's website.







 
 
 
What could be better than "Outlander meets Sex and the City"?
How about all three books under one cover?!
 
 
I wouldn't brag on these books if I didn't love them all. Melodie Campbell can sure spin a HOT yarn with Rowena's wild adventures.
 
If you were to buy each book separately, they'd total up to nearly $13.00.
 
This trilogy is available for the unbelievable price of  ---- $5.99!
 
Click HERE to buy the trilogy now!
 
XOXO
Sheri
 
 

December 16, 2014

Spotlight: Sharon Cullen - Pleasing the Pirate (on SALE!)



On sale for .99 cents!



From Sharon Cullen, author of the eBook sensation Loving the Earl, comes the tale of a ruthless pirate and the Scottish lass who fills him with desire for something greater than plunder.

With her clan’s crops burned and their property confiscated, Mairi McFadden is desperate to free her brother from imprisonment so that he can take his rightful place as chief. Her only hope is the fierce English pirate Phin Lockwood, but the buccaneer laughs at her meager funds. His roving eyes, however, tell Mairi there’s something else he’ll take in exchange for her brother’s rescue. Though she burns with hatred for the English, she’ll do anything to save her clan.

The crown has made it clear that Phin has two choices: bring in a certain Scottish traitor or hang. And he’s not about to let a tiny, whiskey-eyed woman get in his way, even if she is pointing a gun at him. When Phin learns that Mairi’s brother is the very man he seeks, he’s more than willing to use the lass as bait. But as the moment of capture draws near, Phin is surprised by his feelings for the courageous beauty who has him considering risking his life—for someone besides himself.

Praise for Pleasing the Pirate

“A fast-paced, adventure-filled romance . . . with passion, engaging characters and a storyline that will capture the reader throughout. Well done, I loved it!”My Book Addiction Reviews

“A sizzling, smart relationship that evolves beautifully to capture readers’ hearts as well as their imaginations . . . Cullen crafts an engaging romance that is as much a tribute to the past as it is a tale of two unlikely lovers.”RT Book Reviews

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