Sneak Peek Sunday & Scarlet Revenge

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I’m part of Sneak Peek Sunday! Here’s a link if you’d like to visit all the blogs for a peek.

As part of the Peeking, below are six paragraphs from my brand spanking new romantic suspense novel SCARLET REVENGE.

Clearly, Omega had come for revenge. I was the next victim on his list. He would expect me to breakdown, cry, beg for my life. Well, there would be none of that from me.

He waited. No tears. No fear. It was new for him. “If you come with me, Caycee, I won’t kill the rest of them.”

I considered the offer, buying time. How far could I bluff him? Out of the building? To the parking lot? Until he marked me with the Omega symbol and stabbed me? “Can I see your forearms?” I asked. The question threw him. “Amanda Collins, you remember her right? She said you had a Greek tattoo. Just curious.”

He pushed both sleeves up to his elbows and showed off two tattoos – alpha and omega. “Every tattoo has a story.”

“I’d ask you what it all means, but I don’t really care.”

“Caycee, Caycee, Caycee,” he chanted. His lips curled up, even as he spoke. He seemed to put a lot of effort into looking happy. It was a shit-eating smile. Fake. Threatening. “You should ask all your questions. While you have the time.”

*** For more about SCARLET REVENGE, click HERE.

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Excerpt from “Scarlet Revenge”

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Just to give you a little taste, here’s an excerpt from Book One of the Scarlet Suspense Series, Scarlet Revenge. Find out more about the book on Amazon.

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Before I knew it, we were on the expressway headed southwest. Numb and feeling like I’d been sucker punched, I was not good trip company. The drive went by in a blur. Gil focused on the road and my mind replayed the argument with Wilkes until I could take it no longer. “Pull over!”

The tone of my voice must have startled him, because Gil guided the car to the shoulder of the two-way rural road. We’d left the expressway a few miles back. The rest of the way would snake through the mountains until we reached the secluded valley where the interrogation facility was hidden in plain sight. At least, that’s what I remembered from the little Gil said.

The traffic was light. We’d be okay on the shoulder. As soon as the car stopped moving, I hopped out. The setting sun spilled soft rays my way, but its golden light was little comfort to my tortured soul.

I took several steps away from the car and screamed at the tree line. Tall, majestic pines. They took it like pros, however, a black crow flew away in protest.

The wind caressed dry, brittle leaves across the red dirt ground. And clouds hung in the sky like cotton balls. I listened and watched, but none of it helped. Unleashing my anger at Wilkes had broken something inside.

Gil came up behind me, gently grabbed both of my shoulders and pulled me to him. We stood there for several moments, my back against his chest. His breathe, a calming presence against my hair.

“I wondered when you’d break,” he whispered. “You can let it out here.”

In a rush, I turned to him and clung to his lapels. What we must have looked like, two suits sharing a nervous breakdown at the side of the road.

“Granted,” Gil whispered, “you’re first day on the job was worst than most, but you saved a life.”

“Shut up.”

“What?”

“I can’t talk about it.” I looked up at him, ready to make one more mistake on this horrendous day of mistakes.

“What do you want to do?”

I couldn’t say it, so I let my hands slide up his chest, around to the back of his neck, rose to my tiptoes and melted into his lips. He responded by picking me off my feet and pulling me as close as possible.

If I’d hoped he’d reject my advances, to save me from myself, that thought was fleeting. Nothing could stop us now.

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Here’s what some of the Amazon reviews say:

“Fun, sexy thriller!”
“Wow! what a ride!”
“Sleep is overrated — read this book instead.”

Stumped for a Character Name?

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Here’s a great website, if you kinda have an idea for a character name. You plug in a first name and the name generator gives you a last name. Keep clicking and more surnames are matched to your first name. It’s fun, easy and offers a kickstart to finding the perfect name for your character.

Check it out at the Last Name Generator – The Random Surname Generator!

Blog Tour – Feb. 24th

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“Scarlet Revenge” is getting a promo blitz on February 24th. Should be fun, as I try my best to check in with all the blogs, the tally should go well into 40 blogs. Wow!

I will post more details, as it grows near. Bet the blogs will be well worth checking out.

Here’s a link: http://tinyurl.com/leym666. It’s a banner and here’s what it looks like…

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Dealing With Reader Comments

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Now that my first book is out and people are finally reading it, I’ve been happy to see reviews posted on Amazon. It got me wondering how other authors deal with the comments, the good ones and the bad. Anyone with experience in this area, please post. I’d love to hear about other author’s experiences.

For me, I love reading the comments!!! Even the ones that offer suggests to improve my writing, still make me happy. So far, the reviews have all been top rated 5 or 4 stars, but I’m sure the day will come when a reader ranks my book lower. I’ll still like reading their comment!

I love that I have a book out there worthy of comment, be it good, bad or filled with insight about how to make the next book better. Writing is an endless lesson, in a good way. Every comment joins that crazy mix in my head when I sit down to write. For so long, I’ve just been writing for me. Now that I know I’m writing for others as well, how can my writing not improve?

So thanks to all my brave readers who posted a comment! I read every one. I hear your input and it will make a difference. I’m thrilled by your enthusiasm and praise for the book, because writing is a lonely job. I consider every insight you give me about the story. Most of all, I’m honored that you took the time out of your busy day to read and post a review!
Ann