2022-11-24

Light Up the Night: New Excerpt



Light Up the Night

A Children of Night/Ugly Christmas Sweater Story



Her love will light up his night. If they can both survive that long. 

Heather is having the worst Christmas ever! Or, at least, the worst Christmas since she was forced to become a vampire. Her sire's distracted, her nestmates have forgotten her, weirdos have taken over the lair. The only bright spot in her life right now is Drew--who didn't even used to like her! She knows he's fond of her now, but that's not good enough. She wants more. She wants everything. She wants him. And she's not giving up. 

Drew Geiger gave up on love a long time ago. Such tender emotions have no place in a vampire's heart. But, somehow, the girl he once described as a "feral kitten" has got her claws in him, and she's not letting go. That would be fine, if only someone didn't want her dead--and if her sire didn't recall that it was Drew who once suggested that maybe she'd be better off that way.

Releasing December 13th. Available for Preorder now. 

https://books2read.com/u/m0En1l



EXCERPT:


Drew woke up growling. Heather squeaked in surprise as he grabbed her, his hands closing hard on her shoulders. 

“Hey, it’s okay,” she said quickly, soothingly. “It’s me.” She placed a gentle hand against his chest as he held her away from him, staring blankly at her face. Beneath her fingers, his heart thundered. She could scent his arousal wafting from his skin. But she could also see the emergent vampire in the flash of hematite that had overtaken his normally dark gray eyes, and it made her wary. “It’s just me.”

After a moment, those gleaming eyes shuttered. A shiver ran through him. His throat worked as he fought for control. At last, he sighed and shook his head. And when he opened his eyes again, fixing her with a pained, unhappy look, she could tell he was back to normal—or mostly, anyway. “Heather. Ye gods.” Sighing heavily, he let her go—thrusting her away, probably a little harder than he realized. “I’m so sorry,” he groaned as he sat up and swung his feet to the floor. “That was…unplanned. I didn’t expect to sleep so late. I thought I’d be out of bed before you woke up.”

“It’s okay,” she said, propping herself up on one elbow. It had been oddly hot seeing him get worked up like that, even hotter watching him fight his demon for control—and win. “I’m glad you were here.”

There was so much she still needed to learn about being a vampire. So much that she could learn from him, perhaps, if he were willing to teach her. But, right now, she wished he’d lie back down beside her. He seemed so far away! She wished her leg wasn’t splinted and she could maneuver with ease. She wished for a lot of things. 

“It was nice waking up with you,” she told him. And it was—aside from the initial terror. “If I’d been alone, and not able to get up, I might have freaked out.” 

Of course, waking up to a good morning kiss would have been even better. Could she still call it that? Even if it wasn’t actually morning? And, speaking of kissing, was it too late to ask for one? Or was that totally out of the question? Judging by the rigid set of his shoulders, it probably was.

 “Yes, well.” Drew sighed again and shook his head. “That’s as may be. It was still unwise. But never mind that; how are you? Are you feeling any better? I didn’t hurt you, did I?”

“I’m fine. A little better, I think. And no; of course, you didn’t hurt me.”

He frowned at that. “Heather, there’s no ‘of course’ about it. You need to understand this. You startled me. I wasn’t expecting it and could very easily have hurt you.”

 “I know you could have. But we both know you wouldn’t. And I could’ve hurt you too, come to that.  But it didn’t happen, so what are we even arguing about?”

“Not arguing,” he said sounding unexpectedly grumpy, as he bent to pick his shirt off the floor. “But no, ‘we’ do not know that. And I, for one, am not willing to risk it.”

Heather smiled. “Whatever you say.” He clearly believed that. While she…did not. 

“Just be careful,” Drew continued, gazing at her with a sad sort of smile as he shrugged into the garment. “All right? For my sake, if not your own.”

Heather’s lips quirked. “Now, what’s that supposed to mean?”  

“It means that I couldn’t bear to see you hurt again—that’s what. And if something were to happen to you at my hands? I…” He paused and shook his head. “No. Just, no.  I’m begging you; don’t let that happen. Please.”

“Got it,” she said, hoping to lighten the mood. “Note to self: next time you’re in Drew’s bed be sure you wake him up sloooowly.” 

“What?” He paused in the act of getting out of bed to stare openmouthed at her. He looked horrified at the thought. “No! That’s not even a remote possibility. That’s not at all what I meant!”

Heather rolled her eyes, doing her best to hide her disappointment—but that look on his face hurt, damn it. “It was a joke,” she informed him loftily—which was at least partially true.

“Oh? I mean, yes. Of course, it was,” Drew said, not meeting her eyes. He seemed to be focusing very hard on buttoning his shirt. “How else could you have meant it? Sorry. I don’t know where my head’s at this evening.” 

Neither do I, Heather thought as she eyed him critically. “Dude. What are you doing? Take that off. That shirt’s had it.” Which was putting it nicely. It was a full-on disaster—wrinkled and bloodstained. Stained with her blood, she realized, which made her feel oddly queasy. Some vampire you’re turning out to be, she scolded herself as she lay back down, shielding her eyes with an arm across her face. I’m not cut out for this bloodsucking life. I’m really not. “I’m serious, you can’t wear that. You’re creeping me out. Will you please put something else on?”

2022-11-22

Romance Writers Weekly ~ Where do you write? ~ #LoveChatWrite


 Today on Romance Writers Weekly we answer the question, "Where do you write? Do you need to be in the same place all the time or do you move around?"

Lemme tell you something. I am so sick to death of moving that I never want to move again. I've been moving (on average) every two years since 1978. And that shit got old FAST. So while I can write anywhere, and even though I've successfully written on laptops, desktops, tablets, PCs, Macs, on word processors, typewriters, and by hand (someday soon I'm gonna try dictation) while moving cross country, in hotels, campgrounds, hospital rooms, in cafes and in cars, buses, planes, trains, cruise ships, while surrounded by boxes and chaos, small (and not-so-small) children, an astonishing variety of animal companions, and assorted family members. I really love having a dedicated, semi-permanent writing space. 

Here's my current (okay, I took the picture last week) view. It rarely stays that clean. Right now, for example, my grandson just left (he was here for the weekend) and I've got a dozen googly eyes staring up at me and a plastic cup half-filled with orange juice jostling for space with my coffee cup.  

I also have my two dogs curled up at my feet--which is really nice.


Now, hop over to Brenda Margriet's page and find out where she writes. And don't forget to check out her new book, Turn the Next Page, available for pre-order now!



















TURN THE NEXT PAGE is almost here!

Book Three in the Silverberry Seduction Seasoned Romance Series arrives December 1. Pre Order Now $2.99 (also available in Print)

High school sweethearts, their marriage was shattered by tragedy. Thirty years later, a startling confession reignites long banked embers.

On the outside, politician Aubrey Windt is assured and assertive. On the inside, she’s a confused tangle of nerves and regrets. A lost election is the perfect opportunity to reset her life, and she’s going to take it, no matter what anyone says. This time, she means it.

Everything’s fine with Philip Church. Just fine. His second divorce was amicable, his twin sons are grown, and his landscape business runs itself. The fineness is driving him crazy. But reconnecting with his first love provokes an upheaval more potent than he’s ever imagined.

When Aubrey and Phillip learn a startling fact that will forever link their lives, they set out to find the brother Aubrey didn’t know she had. To do so, they must forge a new path, unexpectedly abetted by a stray cat and the eclectic members of a unique book club.

Buy it here: https://books2read.com/TurnTheNextPage


ALSO COMING IN DECEMBER:





Heather is having the worst Christmas ever! Or, at least, the worst Christmas since she was forced to become a vampire. Her sire's distracted, her nestmates have forgotten her, weirdos have taken over the lair. The only bright spot in her life right now is Drew--who didn't even used to like her! She knows he's fond of her now, but that's not good enough. She wants more. She wants everything. She wants him. And she's not giving up. 

Drew Geiger gave up on love a long time ago. Such tender emotions have no place in a vampire's heart. But, somehow, the girl he once described as a "feral kitten" has got her claws in him, and she's not letting go. That would be fine, if only someone didn't want her dead--and if her sire didn't recall that it was Drew who once suggested that maybe she'd be better off that way.

 

Available for pre-order now: https://books2read.com/u/m0En1l


And read an excerpt here: http://rhymeswithforeplay.blogspot.com/2022/11/shall-we-dance.html



And if you're looking for even more spice...



...for even fewer pennies.


It's Book Fair Time!

Free romance ebooks, .99 cent romance ebooks, and romance anthologies are what you'll find at this year's Let's Get Naughty Book Fair!

Check out all the good things Oct. 21 through Nov. 30:


https://www.letsgetnaughtybooks.com




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2022-11-15

Romance Writers Weekly ~ What's Special About Your Books? ~~ #LoveChatWrite



This week on the Romance Writers Weekly blog hop we're asked, "What's special about your books? What makes you stand out? Tell us about it and share a snippet or two.


This is something I've actually given a lot of thought to. I genre-blend and genre-hop and do all the things that authors who are trying to build a strong, easily-identifiable brand are warned not to do. And that makes it harder to recognize what some of the common denominators might be that link all (or most of) my books.

So far, I've identified two. The first is something I was using as a tagline for awhile: All the Friends, all the families, all the feels. My books tend to feature people with strong communities--either friends of families--and there's usually a lot of emotion in the stories. I think of them as "feel good" stories, although I realize that they might not hit that way for everyone.

The second thing--something I only know because so many reviewers have mentioned it--is that apparently I've been very successful at world building. The places and the people I'm writing about feel real to me. And I guess that comes across.

ONE OTHER thing my stories tend to have in common, is length. Even my short stories tend to be long and wordy. I've tried to change that, but I haven't really been successful. So I don't really do "snippets" BUT if you'd like to read an excerpt from next month's release, Light Up the Night, that I think hits on some of these qualities, I've got one HERE.


Now, head on over to Jill Haymaker's page to learn what's special about her books. And be sure to check out her new boxed set, Christmas in Aspen Ridge.  


Christmas season is upon us! Get three seasoned romances for 50% off the price of buying them separately in this newly released box set :) Christmas in Aspen Ridge heartwarming stories of second chances, Christmas magic that will make you believe that it’s never to late to find love.





It's Here!!




Let's Get Naughty
(now in KU)

A USA Today BestSelling Spicy Holiday Romance


Cancel your plans and spend this holiday season with 36 romance authors who have teamed up to bring you a delicious holiday treat.


This collection has it all: fake relationships, second chances, enemies to lovers, friends to lovers, workplace romance, age gap, CEO’s, bikers, and falling for the best friend’s brother.


Each of the authors has provided an unforgettable, steamy story. So come on over, grab a blanket, and get started on finding your next favorite author today.


Let’s Get Naughty is the perfect anthology for you to binge this holiday season--and the next! Because...if you think it's too early to get on Santa's naughty list, think again! It's time for volume TWO! Available for pre-order now.



And if you're looking for even more spice...



...for even fewer pennies.


It's Book Fair Time!

Free romance ebooks, .99 cent romance ebooks, and romance anthologies are what you'll find at this year's Let's Get Naughty Book Fair!

Check out all the good things Oct. 21 through Nov. 30:


https://www.letsgetnaughtybooks.com




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2022-11-14

Shall We Dance?

 Every once in awhile I write a scene that just makes me smile. This is one of those scenes. It takes place two-thirds of the way through next month's release, Light Up the Night. The two characters, Heather and Drew, are vampires. He's pretty old, she's very young. And although they've both been falling desperately in love with each other over the course of the book, there are still REASONS why he believes they can never be together--reasons which (of course) she doesn't fully understand, because otherwise where would the story be?

Just prior to this scene Heather has been injured. Drew (who runs a vampire nightclub) has been given the job of caring for her  and protecting her while her sire, Marc, hunts down the people who hurt her. 

This excerpt has been edited slightly to remove spoilers.

Excerpt:

The next few hours passed uneventfully. Heather progressed from hobbling around the little bedroom to hobbling up and down the stairs, and then, finally, after she’d successfully traversed the long hallway several times under her own power, Drew pronounced himself satisfied with her improvement, and willing to remove the splint.

They ate together at the bar, talking about nothing of any consequence—mostly gossip about people they both knew. Which, for the most part, meant that Drew talked and Heather listened.  She was impressed by his vast wealth of knowledge. He seemed to know everything about everyone. 

“Well, I decided, quite a long time ago, that knowledge really was power,” Drew told her, when she asked about it. “Having had my fill of feeling powerless, I made it my business to amass as much information as I possibly could.”

“And did that help?” she couldn’t resist teasing.

“For the most part,” he replied, with complete seriousness. “Although, I have to admit, there have been a few things I’ve learned that I rather wish I hadn’t.”

“Like what?”

“Oh, you know; secrets worth killing for. That sort of thing.” 

He said it lightly, but there was a certain grimness in his expression that gave Heather pause. “Really?”

He flashed her a smile that did nothing to reassure her. “You know what they say about secrets, don’t you? That the only way two people can keep one is if one of the two is dead?”

 



“So, can I ask you something?” Heather inquired, a short while later while she was once again exercising her leg. She’d been trying all night to work up the courage to ask Drew about his feelings for her—or to confess her own. Trying and failing. Repeatedly. And then, after she’d complained about being too bored to spend even another minute climbing stairs or navigating hallways, Drew had suggested they put on some music and dance.

 

“But I don’t know how,” she’d been forced to confess. Her initial excitement had turned to crushing disappointment when it turned out that the dance he’d had in mind was a waltz. 

Oh God, it’s hopeless. I should just give up

He couldn’t possibly have hit on a worse idea, she’d thought, heart sinking with the realization that they had absolutely nothing in common. He couldn’t have made the differences between them seem any more obvious if he’d tried.

“I’ll teach you,” he promised, explaining that all she had to do was follow his lead. It would be fun, he insisted; not too fast, not too strenuous; plus his arms would be there to support her, should she need it. “And, after all, you gifted me with a new experience the other night. It’s only right that I get the chance to reciprocate.”

“That’s true,” she said, brightening at the thought. A vision of what their future could be like appeared in her mind’s eye; an endless round of sharing new experiences with each other. So what, if they had nothing in common? They could change that! Everyone had to start somewhere. “All right. You’re on. Let’s do it!”

So, he put on some music; and she was shocked to find out that The Christmas Waltz really was a waltz—who knew? And he broke out all the club’s effects: lights that were keyed to the music and that cycled through all the colors of the spectrum; an antique disco ball that he swore had been there since the seventies; even a fog machine—installed for some now-forgotten party and never removed—until she felt like she was standing inside a gigantic Christmas snow globe. He taught her the steps, very basic ones so she wouldn’t get hurt stumbling over her own feet, then made her laugh by throwing in a showy little move whenever she was least expecting one. 

And they danced. Whirling around on the empty, glittering dance floor; just the two of them in their own enchanted kingdom. His hand on her back was a warm brand that somehow made her felt cherished and cared for. His arm beneath her fingertips promised strength and safety and support—a frame, not a cage. But it was his hand in hers that really sealed the deal. It was the Goldilocks of hand clasps. Not too hard, not too soft. Not too damp. Just right. 

We could be partners, she thought as she returned the pressure, as their hands met, palm to palm—like equals; each one secure in their own strength, with no need to be concerned with matters of age, or gender, or ability. We could be lovers. We could be everything to one another. And all she had to do was find the courage to ask…

 

Heart pounding, she lifted her eyes to meet his gaze—seeing all the tenderness she could ever crave right there in his eyes, along with that hint of sadness she so desperately wanted to remove. This is a face I could look at every day. She took a deep breath, opened her mouth and said, “So can I ask you something?”

“Of course,” Drew immediately replied, as he lifted his hand to guide her through a gentle turn. “Ask whatever you like. Just as long it’s not to divulge dangerous secrets, because that I won’t do.”


Her love will light up his night. If they can both survive that long. 

Heather is having the worst Christmas ever! Or, at least, the worst Christmas since she was forced to become a vampire. Her sire's distracted, her nestmates have forgotten her, weirdos have taken over the lair. The only bright spot in her life right now is Drew--who didn't even used to like her! She knows he's fond of her now, but that's not good enough. She wants more. She wants everything. She wants him. And she's not giving up. 

Drew Geiger gave up on love a long time ago. Such tender emotions have no place in a vampire's heart. But, somehow, the girl he once described as a "feral kitten" has got her claws in him, and she's not letting go. That would be fine, if only someone didn't want her dead--and if her sire didn't recall that it was Drew who once suggested that maybe she'd be better off that way.


Releases December 13. Available for pre-order now. https://books2read.com/u/m0En1l

2022-11-01

Romance Writers Weekly ~ How Do You Feed Your Muse? ~ #LoveChatWrite



This week on the Romance Writers Weekly blog hop we were asked, "How do you stay creative? How do you feed your muse? What tips and tricks do you recommend to stay in the creative zone?"


Oooh. I l love this question!  

One of the things I've really relied on recently is creating Spotify playlists for each of the books I'm working on. If you want to check them out, visit my profile at: https://open.spotify.com/user/pgforte


Another trick--although it's equal parts inspiration and procrastination--is creating cover art for my books. I keep thinking I'd like to offer my services as a cover artist to more people, but I just don't have time to get an entirely new business off the ground right now. Anyway, you can check out my work on my author webpage. I've done the majority of my covers--NOT the anthologies, not the first Children of Night series, not the cover for This Winter Heart, or the one for Spicy Nick. But pretty much all of the rest.  https://www.pgforte.com/home


Now, head on over to Brenda Margriet's page to learn how she feeds her muse. And be sure to check out her book, Turn The Next Page.  




TURN THE NEXT PAGE releases one month from today (December 1)

Book Three in the Silverberry Seduction Seasoned Romance Series. Can be read as a standalone.

(Aubrey 52, Phillip 53)

Pre Order Now $2.99 (also available in Print).

High school sweethearts, their marriage was shattered by tragedy. Thirty years later, a startling confession reignites long banked embers.





They're Here!!



Let's Get Naughty
A Limited Edition Romance Anthology

If you think it's too soon to get on Santa's naughty list...think again.


Cancel your plans and spend this holiday season with 36 romance authors who have teamed up to bring you a delicious holiday treat.


This collection will have it all: fake relationships, second chances, enemies to lovers, friends to lovers, workplace romance, age gap, CEO’s, bikers, and falling for the best friend’s brother.


Each of the authors will have an unforgettable, steamy story. So come on over, grab a blanket, and get started on finding your next favorite author today.


Let’s Get Naughty is the perfect anthology for you to binge this holiday season.





And if you're looking for even more spice...



...for even fewer pennies.


Huge romance giveaway happening now 


Over 100 free books. Including my short story, Blame it on the Voodoo.

 

https://books.bookfunnel.com/romance-giveway-mid-october/s0zd2ueq37




It's Book Fair Time!

Free romance ebooks, .99 cent romance ebooks, and romance anthologies are what you'll find at this year's Let's Get Naughty Book Fair!

Check out all the good things Oct. 21 through Nov. 30:


https://www.letsgetnaughtybooks.com




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