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Romantic Times Reviews Fan Mail! by aubreyleatherwood
Cover for Aubrey Leatherwood's Fan Mail

Fan Mail from Cobblestone Press

When is a three-star review a five-star review? When it’s the recent review for Fan Mail in the September 2011 edition of Romantic Times Magazine (almost wrote Fan Maul, that’s another book, lol).

Keitha Hart at RT starts off the review by saying “This is an emotionally intense novella with believable characters and very hot love scenes. The characters are so finely created that readers will believe…” Seriously, I couldn’t ask for more. The one criticism in the review that I’ve also gotten with other pieces is that it could be longer. I really need to figure out how to crank out full length novels faster and stop it with the novellas. Granted… I *am* supposed to leave them wanting more, right? 😉 Still, the most important thing about this story is the relationship between Alicia and Tommy, and that, my friends, came across loud and clear.

Motivated to finish something new,



Hells Yeah! New Cover by aubreyleatherwood
July 6, 2010, 2:27 pm
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Hey Everybody,

I just got my new cover for If You Asked Me To and it is… dare I say it? Awesome. Love, love, love it. The couple is sooo right, I couldn’t have asked for better.

Cover for If You Asked Me To

All in for High Stakes Lust!

Christmas Scavenger Hunt! by ~ Me ~


Hello all. This being Thankgiving day, it feels like a great time to announce a special surprise I’ve been planning for my readers. A scavenger hunt! The rules for playing are explained below.

This is a Read, Play, and (hopefully) Win game. The prize is a $25.00 giftcard to Barnes & Noble.

Step #1. If you haven’t already, you’ll need to read all the way through my book Brought to Life. (You knew that was coming, didn’t you? I’m a sneaky, sneaky lady.) Brought to Life is a paranormal romance/time travel ebook that can be found here.

Step #2. Email me at: dara [at] daraenglandauthor [dot] com with the answers to these two questions (these answers can only be found in the book). *1. What is the name of the heroine’s roommate? *2. What famous author does the heroine meet at the end of the book?

Step #3. Wait. I’ll randomly select a winner out of those who answered correctly and will notify them via email on 1/1/10. If there are any questions, please post them below.

Happy hunting and happy holidays!

~Dara England

The Flux Capacitor by Grayson Cole
March 8, 2009, 3:15 pm
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Design by Kat Haeske

Design by Kat Haeske

So I read “How Scientifically Accurate Is Watchmen?” an article by Katherine Harmon that discussed scientist Jim Kakalios who advised on Watchmen and has written books about the physics of Superheroes. The article spent a lot of time with Kakalios discussing concepts from the movie. He mentioned that teleportation wasn’t real–of course–but how it might be interpreted into real physics.

I’ll confess to being 100% enamored with science concepts but 100% clumsy with understanding their application. When I was very little, six or seven, I was obsessed with knowing how TV worked. My mother (who didn’t seem to realize there were channels besides PBS) took me down to the public library where she found a children’s book written about TV. We read it together and I was awed. But I was also unhappy. i still didn’t know how it worked. I couldn’t go out and build a TV based on the concepts I learned in the book.

That’s the story of my life with science. I’ve always been successful with the whys but never the hows. It’s sad. Really. Feel bad for me. 😀

So, because of my personal battle with science, I didn’t set out to write a book with any science in it whatsoever, but that’s what I ended up with. It was right for the book and right for what I wanted to create. So, because the science is there (actual science), I pressed my disclaimer that Bright Star was dark fantasy nearing horror, not to be read as science fiction. Which is trying to manipulate the system–I know–but never fear, it didn’t work.

Reviews came in and that’s what reviewers called it, Science Fiction… reviewers who are *also* not physicians (lol… why do I have to call them physicists?) . So, I feared *real* scientists getting a hold of my book and tearing it apart. It’s happened with shorts where I’m thinking in fantasy mode, posting onine, and lone reader insists that a story is tripe because known science doesn’t support it… I say, known science didn’t support a flux capacitor, but I enjoyed Back to the Future.

So, armed with my positive attitude, I’ve decided to let go my anxiety. Besides, I am unlike Warner Brothers in that I don’t have the wherewithall to retain the world’s leader in superhero physics, and I’m not nearly known enough to spark intense forum debate, lol. I’m just happy to hold my gorgeous book in hand and be proud of what it is whether the science is spot on or not.

Now… I have also been told my attitude is an immense cop out. 🙂 Don’t get me wrong, I commend an author who goes out and gets a degree or certification in a subject in order to write about it. That level of authenticity can’t be beat. But, in the end, my story isn’t about science, it’s about three messed up people. Or two messed up people and a third normal person who they subsequently mess up. I’m hoping that means I’m safe from the ghost of Newton.

So here’s my question… Did you question the flux capacitor? When Dr. Emmitt Brown decided to install one in a Delorean and power it with Plutonium did you care?

Grayson Reyes-Cole
Bright Star
When evil is done for the greater good, a price must always be paid…
In Print April 6, 2009

More Trouble Than a Girl Can Handle… by Tymber Dalton
February 19, 2009, 7:04 pm
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Oh let the puns fly fast and loose (much like…never mind). The first book in my Triple Trouble series, “Trouble Comes in Threes,” (writing as Tymber Dalton) is available from Siren-BookStrand!

Elain Pardie worked hard to become a TV news reporter. When a huge, black wolf-like dog with green eyes jumps into her news van, Elain has no idea her life will drastically change.

Aindreas, Brodey, and Cailean Lyall aren’t just triplets–they’re Alpha shape-shifters running a Florida cattle ranch. They’ve never found their One, the woman destined to be their mate. Until the day of the Arcadia Highland Games, when both Brodey and Cailean lock onto Her scent. Brodey shifts and gives chase, then goes home with Elain and confirms she is their One.

When Prime Alpha Aindreas mistakenly thinks Elain’s already taken and refuses to use force to claim and mark her, Brodey and Cailean must resort to trickery to learn the truth about the wedding ring Elain wears and work to convince her that triple trouble could very easily put her into seventh heaven in their arms.

Hmmm…lucky, lucky girl! *G* The second in the series is on the way soon.

thereluctantdom_cover_medAnd “The Reluctant Dom” (writing as Tymber Dalton) is now available from Lyrical Press!

Love hurts…if you’re lucky.

Kaden knows he’s dying, but before he goes, he has one problem he needs to solve – he must ask his oldest friend Seth to take over as his beloved wife’s Dom and Master after his death. Seth has always seen himself as the perpetual screw-up and Kaden as the strong and steady one, so his friend’s request rocks his world.

Now Seth finds himself immersed in a role he’s far from comfortable with: inflicting pain to provide emotional comfort for the woman he’s secretly loved for years. Can he deal with his crushing grief and learn the skills he must master in time to become THE RELUCTANT DOM?

While you’re at Lyrical Press, check out my romantic paranormal thriller, “Out of the Darkness” (writing as Lesli Richardson).


Ancient evil forces a woman to fight for her life – and true love.

Man may forget horrors, but the land remembers. Built on a cursed patch of ground, George Simpson’s house of evil has ruined many lives over its hundred-year existence.

Author Steve Corey rents the place as an early anniversary surprise for his wife, hoping it might repair the deep rift his alcoholism has created in their marriage.

Before they moved to the Simpson house, Samantha Corey thought getting Steve sober was the hard part. But the house’s dark nature has turned her thoughts to Matt Barry, Steve’s best friend and agent…and her old love. Can they overcome the ancient evil threatening them all from OUT OF THE DARKNESS?

Warning: Love, sex, violence, and a Labrador retriever who’s no Lassie.

If you haven’t stopped by my websites lately, I’ve done a total site redesign on both of them.

In search of another arm… by Tymber Dalton
February 9, 2009, 6:27 pm
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Actually, I’m in search of about six more arms. And an additonal twenty-four hours in every day. And a maid but we won’t go there. Because that’s approximately what I need to keep up with life right now. My husband so won’t be retired when he retires in a few years. *LOL* I tallied it up, and when “The Reluctant Dom” releases from Lyrical Press (a week from today! Squee!) I’ll have had seven releases in the space of seven weeks. In two of those weeks, two releases happened on the same week (thankfully not on the same day).

Needless to say, the promo police will probably arrest me for not performing my authorly duties properly! Yikes.

And another contract dropped into my in box this afternoon while I was out at Publix. (I’ll meander to that tangential and totally nonsensical point in a moment.) Don’t get me wrong, I’m NOT whining. Not by a long shot. I’m damn  lucky I get to do this for a living as my evil day job, as opposed to having an evil day job where I’m required to change out of my Spongebob Squarepants PJs and drive somewhere every day and work for someone else and wish I was at home writing.

I mean, yeah, I DO technically work for someone else, because I have contractual deadlines to meet and I have readers to please so my publishers (did I ever mention I love all three of them? I’m very lucky, that’s another tangential point I might not address today.) keep offering me contracts that drop into my in box while I’m at Publix ogling green olives. But it doesn’t FEEL like I’m working for someone else. I can work all day and not answer phones and talk out loud to my dogs.

I had “Cross Country Chaos” release on 2/3/09 at BookStrand. I proud of all my stories, but this one has a special meaning for me because I got the idea while on a real-life trip that in some ways inspired the cross country trip in the book. I wanted to write a book that accurately portrayed people with disabilities without a “fluff” or “pity” factor involved. (If you enjoyed the movie “Murderball,” you’ll enjoy “Cross Country Chaos.”)

“Brimstone Blues,” the sequel to my vampire romance, “Love and Brimstone,” released on Friday at Amira Press. Whoo hoo! It’s book two in a series that’s planned to go seven books, possibly longer depending on where the characters take me. I’m not sure yet. If you want a vampire series that’s not the standard “suck all night/sleep all day” fare, then please check it out. It picks up exactly where “Love and Brimstone” leave off after the events in Yellowstone National Park.

OH! I’m adding a new feature to my websites (finally!) so you can find out where I possibly am lurking (or even actively participating) on any given day. In fact, I’m going to be at the chat room tonight (9pm eastern): Please drop by and say hi!

If you’re around tomorrow night, you can stop by and say hi to me, Jenn Cole, Mina Carter, and Karen Hulene Bartell at the chat: That’s also at 9pm eastern time.

I received a couple of fantastic reviews this past week, including two today! I’m still stunned. But what’s better, I got fan mail! (I love getting fan mail!!!)

I just read your book Love Slave for Two, and I started reading it at
12am and I finished it about 5:30 am, and it was an AWESOME READ! I
couldn’t shut my computer down down for nothing. I loved it from start
to finish, even though I had to take him to have surgery this morning
on his mouth and I knew I had to get up at 8, I still wanted to read
your book. It was just a great read, I’m going to recommend it to all
my friends! Do you have anymore menage stories coming out soon? If so
let me know! Keep up the great work!

Um, WOW!!! (That came to my Tymber Dalton account.) I was speechless and giddy and totally blown away (in a good way). I mean, I’m sorry she lost sleep, but for me as a writer, there truly is NO greater complement for a reader to tell me that they had to stay up all night reading because they wanted to finish one of my books. It just really humbles me that I have the ability to carry someone that far into the fantasy that took shape in my brain, traveled through my fingers to my computer, and then into the publisher’s hands to do their voodoo magic to get it to the reader.

The book she’s talking about is “Love Slave for Two” (I’m trying to finish edits on the sequel to get it to my publisher now.) and you can find it here:

The Facebook thing is still ongoing. I managed to create a group (Goddess only knows how because I’m still a Facebook moron) so feel free to hit me up there.

I don’t understand why they don’t have simple urls. Is that too simple? Maybe.

So I don’t have a “shopping gene.” Not when it comes to…well, shopping. I hate shopping. I don’t mind grocery shopping as much when I can do it on a slow day (like this afternoon) at the little Publix around the corner from our house.

Let me back up. If you don’t have Publixes (Publixi?) in your area, you are sooooo scwoood, dude. They have THE best bakery, their meat section rocks, and their produce is always good. My grandparents and parents shopped there and I continue the tradition because (^^^ see above^^^).

So the other night, I was watching something on TV. (Actually, I wasn’t watching, I was sitting on the couch with the laptop in my lap, editing, of course.) It was either Mike Rowe or Alton Brown (or possibly both of them, who knows?) doing a thing on olives. And I got this really huge craving for green olives with pimentos.

No, I’m NOT pregnant.

No, I cannot be pregnant.

Yes, I’m sure.

Anyhoo. Once I was distracted by other things, the craving went away. So I’m standing in Publix this afternoon and passed the olive section. Drool! I ended up with a jar of green olives with pimentoes. I don’t know why I really had an urge for them. But I did.

I immediately popped that jar open as soon as I got home and slurped down a few. Salty, tangy, with the sweet aftertone…ahhhh. (Hey, at least it’s cholestrerol free, so sayeth the label.)

Yes, I know I’m wasting time and trying to avoid getting back to work rambling. I’m rambling when I should be out there updating my websites with my faboo reviews and all that, and I’m just thinking maybe it’s the eclipse today or something. I feel like I have no energy and I have the chat tonight.

Please stop by my websites, take a look at the Upcoming Events lists, stop by wherever I am and say hi (Hi!) or feel free to drop me an email. And don’t forget to check out “Out of the Darkness” (now available from Lyrical Press) and “The Reluctant Dom” (coming on Monday, 2/16 from Lyrical Press) and get your copies!


Lesli. (aka Tymber Dalton)

Bread and Snow by Kathleen
January 12, 2009, 4:33 pm
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I spend a lot of time in my local Panera Bread. In fact when I have a project I’m working on, I spend a couple hours a day there. I get breakfast and do my writing stuff. (If I could work at home, this would be an unnecessary expense. But consider–could I get an office with friendly greetings, drinks, bathrooms, wi-fi and people to watch as they wander about, for 300 bucks a month? No.)

At the moment I’m just working out the plot of my next novel. It’s ironic, because I’m working out the plot ahead of time so I won’t get stuck at the three-quarters point, which happens if I don’t know what’s going to happen in the story. So I write a synopsis ahead of time. But now I’m three-quarters of the way through the synopsis and guess what? I’m stuck in exactly the same way. But I persevere.

Bread helps. There’s something fundamental about bread. It’s sesame semolina bread at the moment that I’m nomming on, and it’s extremely tasty. Sesame is such a subtle flavor, but it really makes the whole thing wonderful. And it’s warm, and there’s real butter, and outside it is just drenching down snow. Wet, fluffy flakes that are piling up, soaking down in a straight curtain and showing where every finger of every branch of every tree is.

So I’m sitting here stuck on my project and making silly comparisons. Writing is like bread. It’s made in several stages, with love and care, and sometimes it doesn’t quite rise properly and you get an inedible rock, but for the most part it comes out right–different every time, though. And writing’s like snow. Ideas are all around, falling in clusters and clumps, but it takes skill to pick out one snowflake and develop it properly–if you don’t do that, it’s all just a big lump of white.

I think I’d better get back to work, don’t you?

Oh, and I should mention–Part Two of Fear and Desire, a free read, is currently up on my website. If you didn’t get to Part One, hang on tight. I’m revamping the site currently, and soon Part One will be up on the site itself, instead of being backlogged at Deviant. So will all my other previous free reads. Joy!

Kathleen –