S.E.R.A. Files paranormal romance stories coming out in December.
I haven't posted in a while, but then if you've subscribed to my newsletter, you'd know I've been a very busy little bee!
Not only do I have a new volume (number III) of S.E.R.A. Files paranormal romance stories coming out in December, but I also have a new-look website.
This is the last volume of S.E.R.A., though I do have two more stories in progress, these have yet to find a home.
As always, the latest news is available via my monthly newsletter and I will be announcing stuff in November's issue. So get subscribing!
Finally, I'm also hoping to post to this blog more often with old posts from Chevallum's blog as well as new thoughts as I get back into a regular routine. If I am silent, rest assured it's because I'm working on new ms's!
Actually, it's not - 'cause that'd be just weird. I'm posting about my non-posting. I have been known to do this on occasion - to talk on my blog about why I haven't been, um, on my blog. But rest assured it's because I'm writing instead of lollygagging. I love that word. I think I'm going to have to use it somewhere in a book...
It's the last day of my blog tour for The S.E.R.A. Files Volume II and I'm over visiting Roxanne at Fang-tastic Books. But don't worry my little blossoms. You still have one more day to enter the draw to win an Amazon gift card or an e-copy of The S.E.R.A. Files Vol I or Vol II. If you haven't entered you've only yourself to blame...or possibly the dog.
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No, this is not about weird fashion choices (what is with platform heels? Seriously!). I'm dedicating this post to all those painful things women do for fashion...Here are some of the pitfalls of those objects we use to 'enahance' ourselves. Now, before you all go getting annoyed - just think about it...do men have to do any of these things?
#1 High Heels - Yes, I own plenty (I have a shoe 'thing') so I'm not a flattie-lover (unless I'm taking Miss 2 somewhere, then it's flattie time...or maybe joggers - those toddlers can get up a fair bit of speed). But when the heels start to achieve torturous angles in the name of fashion and making your legs look longer and slimmer, you run the risk of shorter and fatter results instead from a plaster cast when you break an ankle. Plus, there's that dorky walk 'cause you can't bend your knees properly... Unless you like playing prancing pony. (There are onesies and groups for that, people!)
#2 Spanx (or equivalent) - Suck it in, tuck it up, slim it down, squeeze it round, raw-hide! Hot weather and these things don't work. Trust me. And have you ever tried wearing them with a loose floaty skirt in windy weather? Everyone knows how far your spanx goes. Yes, the benefits are rather nice, all I'm asking is - why don't men wear them? Especially those guys whose hairy, rounded tummies hang over their pants? What's wrong with a little sucking it in for the boys too? And I'd rather see flesh-coloured spandex than a hairy bum-crack any day!
#3 Cosmetics - Eyeshadow: For the love of all that's holy, who has the time to 'contour, contrast and blend'? Lipstick: Poochy kiss faces so you don't transfer your shade to your friend's cheek, reapplying every five minutes (the stay on ones make my lips peel), red chin roll-under (for those with full bottom lips who happen to eat an apple so the lipstick-y lip is pushed onto the chin. And finally, Mascara: ever accidentally poked yourself in the eye with a mascara wand? Just sayin'.
Now I use all these things, but on days when I can sit at home in the fluffily slippers, no make-up, with wobbly bits ahoy, it does rather cause the other times to look a wee bit like torture...
* This post is tongue-in-cheek with regards to the guys. Sadly, there is increasing pressure on young men to 'look' a certain way, in the same way women (young and older) have been pressured about their appearance for too long. Being healthy is different from making your life a misery because of some unreachable ideal. There. Rant over. I'm off to my fluffily slippers and a chocolate brownie.
I'm at three stops for day 5 of my tour, then I'm taking a break for a few days before my next stop. So, first up I'm at the kick-ass Paranormal Romance Fans For Life blog - not only is the header really pretty, but there looks like some great recommended reads (and not just The S.E.R.A. Files. :D )
Next stop is Lunar Haven and a comprehensive review by Elora with 3 crescents out of 5 for The S.E.R.A. Files Volume II. Volume I may no longer be Free : ( but you can still enter the contest to win an Amazon gift voucher or an e-book of Volume I or Volume II.
My final stop is at one of my favourite blogs - Snarky Mom Reads. I visited Ms Snarky Mom back in December with S.E.R.A. Volume I and as we're also both mums, I feel right at home here.
I have great fun exploring the site and sharing a cyber-glass of red with Ms Snarky Mom.
There's also a lovely review where Ms Mom reveals which of S.E.R.A. Volume II's stories was her favourite.
The Perfect Duke by Dawn Ireland
Genre: Historical Romance (Late Georgian Era)
Heat Level: Sensual
Known as The Marble Duke amongst the Ton, Garret Weston, the Duke of Kendal sets himself apart from his peers. Nothing will hinder his guilt-driven attempt to become a perfect duke. Nothing that is, save the alluring and imaginative betrothed he’d thought dead. His intended believes-of all things-that she is a Vicar’s daughter. The “perfect” duke needs a “perfect” duchess, but how was he to discern her suitability? Employing her as a governess to his niece seemed like an ideal solution. But whose “suitability” is being tested? His betrothed refuses to see he is beyond redemption. And most grievous of all, she stirs his blood, making him forget what’s important.
Cara believes fairy tales really can come true, until she meets the unrelenting and arrogant Duke of Kendal. He looks like a Prince, but acts like a Beast. Why must he challenge her at every turn? Her greatest peril is her attraction to the vulnerable, seductive man behind the title. A match between them would be impossible. But can she show him, without losing her heart that “perfect” is in the eye of the beholder?
“The horse seems to know you.”
“He should. There was a time when I practically lived in the stable. Storm was my favorite.”
“I became a duke.”
He straightened and forced his features into a mask of indifference. “So, Rachel loves horses.” He turned to face Cara. “I can appreciate my niece’s fondness, but I can not allow her to frequent the stable.”
“It is not proper for young ladies of her station.”
“Garret, she’s a child.”
It was the first time she’d used his name, and somehow, Rachel visiting the horses didn’t seem like such a large request. “I will only allow it if she uses the passageway. At least I can keep the knowledge of her visits to a minimum. If you come with her, you will need to use the tunnel as well.”
She blushed and turned away. “I’m afraid.” She said it so quietly, he wasn’t sure he heard her.
“Afraid? Of what?”
“Dark, enclosed places. Even as a child, I fell asleep with a candle burning.” She faced him and gave a small smile. “Perhaps I’m afraid that a beast will gobble me up in the dark.”
“There are no beasts at Belcraven, Miss McClure. I would not allow anyone to hurt you.”
“Never.” He started toward her and stopped. Damn, it would be better if he didn’t get close to her. As he left the stable, her whisper followed him.
“Not even you?”
Find Dawn Ireland at the following:
Website, Blog, SMP, Twitter, Facebook, Buy link
I went and visited the airy, sunshiny site of Booklover Sue today. I'm almost halfway through the tour so there's still a bit of time to enter to win! There's an Amazon gift voucher and SERA ebooks.
My second stop today was at Romantic Reads and Such, another lovely, fresh site - not a bad way to spend a Friday (I'm a day ahead - cool eh?). Don't forget, this is the LAST DAY to download your FREE copy of SERA Vol I.
I'm at two stops today - first I'll be visiting the lovely Claire from Penny For Them who is hosting me on her gorgeous site (I'm going to check out the nail polish) and you should see the adorable puppy of the day for a dose of awwwws. I didn't know corgi pups were so cute!
Then I'm over at Book Bliss where I had a ball doing an interview with Lexi. Those paying attention might learn something new about the world of the Supernatural Entity Recovery Agency. The rafflecopter entries are climbing to the 400 mark, so hurry up and enter for the chance to win, Win, WIN! And don't forget, The S.E.R.A. Files Volume 1 is free for today and tomorrow so don't dally in downloading!
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C.T. Green likes to write paranormal and science fiction romance, stroke cats and drink chai lattes.