Giveaway, Part 1-Stick Shift

I have been wanting to give books away and well, here we go. A couple of weeks ago, Kyle Busch swept all three of Nascar’s top series… Camping World Truck Series, Nationwide Series, and Sprint Cup Series in one weekend at one race track… Bristol Motor Speedway.

This hadn’t been done and it’s been predicted that it likely won’t happen again in our lifetime. It’s a special thing. It’s a record breaking thing. And, it’s definitely worthy of me doing a giveaway!

I’m gonna choose 3 commenters at random, one for each race Kyle won that weekend that answer the following questions correctly:

1. Where is Bristol Motor Speedway located?

2. Where is Kyle Busch Motorsports located?

3. Where is the Nascar Hall of Fame located?

4. How many drivers start a Sprint Cup Race? Meaning, how many qualify and cross the Start/Finish line when the green flag drops?

5. What number car does Kyle Busch drive in the Sprint Cup Series?

6. Who are the characters in Stick Shift?

7. Do you follow this blog?

8. Would you like to win a copy of Stick Shift?

So, answer my questions (Google is a wonderful tool) in the comments. And I’ll pick a winner on Friday afternoon at 3pm eastern time.

Good luck!

~lissa

Arctic Shift is Available Today!

Artic Shift

It’s official! He’s arrived! My Polar Bear shifter, Carson! He’s arrived and he’s ready to… Well, I’m sure if you’re a reader of mine, you know exactly what he’s ready to do. I mean, just because he’s a different species, doesn’t mean he’s any less hot and yummy and naughty.

You can find he and Ruby at Samhain Publishing and My Bookstore and More. They’re not at Amazon or All Romance eBooks or anywhere else yet, but will be I’m sure in the next few days.

Here’s the opening scene where you get a feel for what’s to come, a little insight… Tomorrow, I’m going to post the maple glazed salmon recipe and a quick shrimp and sausage gumbo recipe that Carson uses later in the book. It’s a recipe that I’ve tried myself and it’s really very good.

Excerpt:

Ruby shivered. She might be riding in a truck and the heater might be cranked up to high, but the cold permeated the windows and it was all she could do to keep her teeth from chattering. “I can’t believe Mel would still be up here. There’s nothing except snow and woods and not a whale to be found. Her work is down by the water. It was only supposed to be a weekend trip.” The last was muttered into her hands as she exhaled warm air into her glove-covered palms trying to warm them.

It was only October, and winter hadn’t set in yet, but snow was beginning to accumulate on the ground and temperatures were a balmy thirty-something. Even though she lived in Chicago where it got bone-chilling cold thanks to the lake, this cold was different.

She couldn’t quite explain why or what it was that made it different, she just knew she’d never been this cold in her life. Their, Ruby and Mel’s, parents hadn’t had much luck getting direct answers from Mel’s boss about her exact whereabouts the last time he’d heard from her, but Ruby hadn’t been content to take his half-ass answers. She had dogged his every step, called him day and night until he finally gave her what little information he had. In the end, he hadn’t been very helpful at all. Even Ruby had known Mel was supposed to be in and around the Kenai Peninsula. It was what happened after she left the Kenai and Cook Inlet area that Ruby wasn’t sure about. Things had gone silent. The last communication Ruby’d had from her sister was that she was taking a few days to go up to Mount McKinley in Denali National Park with a local man she had the hots for. But even Mel knew if she didn’t check in or get back to work, someone would notice and contact their parents and their parents would contact Ruby.

Mel had booked an air tour and had gotten on the ground in a little town inside the forest area, not too far from the main park entrance, but well enough off the beaten path that only the locals could get anyone there. And that little town was where Ruby was headed.

“You said your sister was up here doing research?”

“Back along the coast, yes. Here in the middle part of the state where there are no whales? No. Which is why I don’t understand her not being back from her trek to the mountain.” The last was said more to herself than to Joe, the local she’d hired to drive her.

“Maybe she got caught up with one of the locals, and she’s holed up in his cabin.”

As if. Though if either of us were likely to do such a thing, it would be Mel. “No. She loves that job too much to jeopardize it and disappearing off the face of the earth would seriously jeopardize it.” Ruby looked around at the snow-dotted trees. “And what locals? Aside from you and me, there’s no sign of human life anywhere.” She’d seen a fair amount of moose, caribou, some small white foxes, but no humans.

Joe laughed. It wasn’t a pleasant sound either and made her feel a bit uneasy.

“Oh, there’s life out here all right, little lady. Don’t you go forgettin’ it either. And there are…human types. They just blend in with the scenery so’s you can’t spot ’em. They don’t like to draw attention to themselves.”

Blend in with the scenery? Human types? Her interest was piqued. She didn’t want to admit it because Joe seemed a little kooky and creepy now, but she was a glutton for a good tale. “How do they do that? Everything is white for miles and miles, and it’s kind of hard to blend in with a tree unless you’re in brown from head to toe.”

“Well, they change form when they don’t want to be seen.”

“They change form?” She was having a hard time containing her curious enthusiasm. She was from the city where people were people and there was very little blending into the surroundings. There was no such thing as humans that could change shape around where she lived. But in the myths and legends she’d studied in her life, in her career…they were full of shape-shifting beings. Humans to animals. They were just stories though. They didn’t really exist, never had.

“Yeah, they shift, you know? Change.” He took a last puff from his cigarette and tossed it from the truck and into the snow. “You mean you never heard of shifters?”

“I’m afraid not. Not real ones, anyway.”

“Huh. Well, no one has been able to prove they exist, but they do. You mark my word. They’re here.”

“How do you know? I mean, if it’s never been proven?” All she wanted was to find Melanie and make sure she was okay, not to go myth diving. She couldn’t let herself get carried away with the intrigue and curiosity, couldn’t act like she cared. But dammit, he was tempting her bad habit of inquisitiveness. And since myths were right up her alley…

She loved delving into old tales. It was how she’d become a mythologist. Hardly anyone knew what that was, but the libraries and museums loved her. She was always asking questions, always looking for new answers, new avenues of thought.

The whys and what ifs defined more of her life than reality and right now. She had a natural curiosity and simple one-word answers never worked for her. It was probably why she liked reading so much, too, getting her hands on everything she could about whatever she was studying and trying to figure out.

He shifted behind the wheel as if her question made him uncomfortable. “I just know.”

“What kind of animals?” She shouldn’t have asked any more. She should have let the subject drop, but he had her hooked and she wanted to know more. Were they wolves? Bears? Moose? Caribou? Or were they smaller like some of the fox she’d seen along the side of the road?

“Bears, mostly.”

“Like Kodiak bears?”

“Polar bears. Ice bears.”

He had to be pulling her leg, but the serious, low tone of his voice told her he wasn’t. Still, though… “This is too far south and too far inland for polar bears.”

Joe shot her a pointed stare and she shivered in a way that had nothing to do with the cold. “You mark my word, they’s more polar bears than any other kind. Wolves too. But not so much down here in these woods. The wolves are farther north and deeper in.”

He shifted again, and his jaw tightened. Soon after, he lit another cigarette. If she didn’t know better, she’d think he was trying to frighten her, but she chalked that feeling up to just being tired and irritable. They’d been on the road for what seemed like forever, and she’d had enough. Enough of Joe, of the cold, of nature, of being so far out of her comfort zone and what she knew. She wanted warmth, one of her books that made her feel at home and comforted, and to sleep for a week.

“How much longer before we reach the lodge?”

“Just ’round that bend up there. You’ll be able to hire someone to take you farther into the wilderness. You make sure to be careful and watch out for them shifters. ”

~lissa

Late Night Romance

I haven’t posted a blog here in…weeks. (hangs head in shame…) It’s not because I haven’t wanted to. In some part I haven’t had anything new or exciting to say and I still don’t. In some other part I have been extremely busy. And still in some other part I’ve been hurting. My arm, that is. So long as I take the meds, my arm is okay. I fall asleep, but, my arm is okay. If I don’t take the meds, I can only type for short bursts of time and only on my netbook. Something about the laptop bothers my wrist and arm when I use it. Like now… The doc thinks I have a pinched nerve somewhere between my neck/shoulder area and my elbow. As soon as I meet this deadline, I will need to have it checked out more indepth.

And yep, you read that right, deadline! For the third Blue Jeans and Hard Hats Book, Forever In Blue Jeans. It’s due to be turned in Sept 15th. And yep, you know it… it’s another Neil Diamond title! Cracklin’ Rosie, the second in the series is in edits and is due out October 26th, so keep your eyes peeled for further info, like a blurb and an excerpt.

I also have a release coming on Tuesday, August 24th from Samhain Publishing. It’s the release of Arctic Shift, the first in a 3 book series about a family (brothers) of werebears… polar bears, to be exact.

I will be giving more information about this book and series over the next few days. It was a fun and interesting idea and book to write and with it being my first shifter (yes, I know I’ve said that all over the Internet), but it’s true and it’s a bit nerve-wracking to say the least when trying out a new genre, one that is so popular and that people have such high expectations of. This isn’t a huge world and there’s a lot that goes into this one novella, but as the series progresses, more information will be given, more things explained. Needless to say, there’s a bit about destiny and fate and mates meant to be…

Artic Shift

And yes, y’all know me… there will be giveaways! There’s also food in this book too of which I’ll be providing recipes for in the blog through the next week. I hope my readers will enjoy this book… I know my editor enjoyed it…which is always the first step!

I bet you’re wondering what the title of this post has to do with anything that I’ve said here. It doesn’t. This post was supposed to be about the fact that, late at night, I spend a couple of hours reading. I haven’t done that in a long, long time. I haven’t read book after book after book like I have been doing lately. It’s been fun and enjoyable and I have realized how much I missed reading.

I usually read from about 11:30 to 2am… Of course, I’m sleeping later too and that’s not really good, but, I am feeling much more rested. I’ve always been more of a night owl and a after 7am type of person. It works much better for my system than getting up at the butt-ass crack of dawn!

I have been reading a variety of romance, too. I used to read a lot of Lisa Kleypas, Julia Quinn, Susan Johnson, Cheryl Holt, etc… I do miss reading them. I’m an old school type, I guess. I haven’t read any new authors of historical romance/historical erotic romance out of NY. I rarely read NY books anymore anyway. But, with the Kindle app on my iTouch and the EVIL ‘Buy with one-click’ button, I am finding that I’m reading a few of the old stand-bys. If you have a fave new historical romance/historical erotic romance author, tell me… I might give her a whirl!

Last night I read Mine Til Midnight and am starting Seduce Me At Sunrise, both by Lisa Kleypas. I read Evangeline Collin’s book, Her Ladyship’s Companion the other night as well. The heroine got on my nerves and the sex wasn’t sizzling, neither was the emotion. I was desperately disappointed. I am going to try her next book though because… the premise’s of her stories intrigue me. They deal with infidelity. In Her Ladyship’s Companion, the heroine was married and sequestered/left behind/abandoned in Scotland while her husband disappeared for months at a time. Her cousin hired a male prostitute for her, to keep her company for a fortnight. Like I said, the premise intrigued me. The whole ‘another man’s wife’ thing and you can’t help who you fall in love with.

Her next book is Seven Nights to Forever. The heroine is a lady, desperate and destitute who spends one week a month as a much sought after prize in a brothel and falls in love with a married client. Intriguing to me.

I have also been reading some eBooks. Bella Andre, Cara McKenna, Cameron Dane. My to-read list is getting smaller and I need to find some more books to add to it!

But, I’ve found that I’m enjoying the reading again. I didn’t realize how much I’d missed it. The NY books are harder for me to get through though. I don’t like a lot of external plot. I want the meat of the hero and heroine. I want their story in their book. I don’t want their siblings stories or a lot pages where they’re not together. And I don’t like repetition. I can’t stand the repetition in NY books that read as though it’s page filler. So, it’s very hard to get me interested and keep my interest. Maybe that’s why I am unsure about trying out anyone new. Hmmm… something to ponder.

Give it your best shot though! Perhaps I’ll try Alexandra Hawkins and her Lords of Vice. Give me someone new to try.

I have to get back to writing!

~lissa

Mid-Week Report Card

I’m waiting on a bigger, higher resolution image, but…what do y’all think? I kinda like him…winks.

My report card, on the writing front, is not good. I’ve hardly written at all. I’ve developed this hand/arm/shoulder/neck issue that I am going to the doctor on Friday to have checked out. I can only type a little at a time and it’s not getting the books written. For instance, after this blog is done, I will be done typing for night. Typing hurts and the numbness gets worse the longer I go. I’ll be having some myoflex put on my shoulders and neck and arm, I’ll be taking some ibuprophen and I’ll be going to bed. I am averaging around 500 words a day which isn’t nearly, isn’t NEARLY enough for all I have going on, but at least it’s something, right?

On other fronts, I’ve been a little more productive. Took my daughter to get her learner’s permit. If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you know the hell the DMV has been the last two days. I have made dentist appointments, doctor appointments, gotten the balls rolling on the upcoming home school year. These were all important things.

I have learned a few new things about my eating this week as well. Dairy is definitely out. Even though I stopped drinking milk, other things with heavy dairy content (cream cheese), not good for me. And fast food. Fast food is gone from my eating. Has to be. The heartburn and acid reflux is…not worth it. Same for the dairy. I can still do some cheese in small amounts, I can still do eggs, I can still do creamer for my coffee, but nothing more than that. I have also cut out the majority of wheat gluten as well. I have noticed a lot of just normal bloating and yuck feeling starting to do away from these cuts. I still eat bread, I just eat the cracked wheat ones instead of the whole wheat flour ones.

Oh and sweet tea made with the Splenda/Sugar blend, is really not too bad! I’ll be making it more and drinking it when I am craving sweet tea.

With the lack of fast food now, some weight should start to come off and I should start to feel even better. It also means that I will be cooking a lot more. I already cook a lot now, but it will be increasing. I signed up again for a home produce delivery service that I had used a while back. They were great, but no one was really eating the veggies except me. With DH’s diabetes, he’s learned that he NEEDS to try new foods and eat a bigger variety of them. His doctor was very pleased at the weight loss he’s had in the last 4 months…about 15lbs.

I am still walking and doing yoga but I need to do more yoga. It will help with the circulation, the strength of my muscles, and my in the end, my overall well-being.

And tonight, I tried fresh cut strawberries with a balsamic reduction. Again, if you follow me on Twitter, you saw where I fainted from the deliciousness. And man was it! I can’t believe I hadn’t tried it before. Balsamic vinegar is quickly becoming one of my favorite new items in the kitchen, even though my eating plan says I shouldn’t have it at all. Until they come up with something identical to it that isn’t vinegar, I’m not budging. Grins…

That’s about all I have to report. I hope all of you have had a great week so far and will have a great end of the week.

~lissa

Mid-Week Report Card

Howdy y’all! It’s been a few days, huh? I need to get better at this. I just haven’t had much to say.

I am taking a page from my friends and fellow authors, Shayla Kersten and Delilah Devlin and doing a report card. Basically, it’s me giving you an update, sharing anything new, etc…

So, let’s see…

I have been writing. Sort of. Not doing as much as I need, but I am writing. I’ve started on the third and final Blue Jeans and Hard Hats book, Forever In Blue Jeans. I’m not far into it as you can see by the word meter over there on the right, but, it is started. Cort and Blue will be having some hot, naughty fun soon!

Edits will start on book two of the Blue Jeans and Hard Hats series, Cracklin’ Rosie in the next week or so. As soon as I have a cover and a blurb, y’all will be the first to see them! Rosie is slated to come out October 19th from Samhain Publishing.

Edits are finished however on Arctic Shift, my first paranormal shifter book. There are three books planned here as well as there are brothers that need mates. The blurb is in the works with Samhain’s blurb wizard. She will take my mess of a blurb and make it awesome. I’ll share that too as soon as I have it.

For those of you that are looking for Jaz’s story, X Marks (tentative working title), I am hard at work on it. He and Mandi are having that naughty, naughty fun that y’all have come to expect, I hope, from these books.

I am still keeping up with my new eating habits. I have had some desserts recent, and a lovely delicious dark chocolate campfire mocha from Caribou this morning, but I am still staying away from sodas and red meat. I am drinking soy milk and learning to try new recipes, mostly those that I make up on my own. I even tried drinking Silk Soy French Vanilla Creamer in my coffee the other morning but… I’ll give it one more shot tomorrow before I pour it down the drain. I am also drinking a lot more, A LOT MORE water every day.

As my diet monitor, Fallon Blake reminded me today as I was looking for french toast muffin recipes, vegan is not low calorie or low fat. Neither is vegetarian. Neither are most things unless you pay attention and start modifying and substituting. Taking our red meat, dairy milk, and sodas aren’t in and of themselves going to make me lose any weight. But, it’s about baby steps and the more not so good for me that I eliminate and substitute more good for me in place of… then I’ll start seeing more results that way. I am already feeling a little better on the inside and that makes me happy. My body is changing, my skin is changing and I say this because a friend of mine recently told me I look as though I’ve lost some weight and that I have a younger look to my face. I beamed.

I have been walking a few times a week. Light yoga twice a week, usually before I go to bed. Making sure I take some time to myself at least once or twice a week. This whole lifestyle change thing is… it’s good.

And just so y’all can see, this is what I made for dinner tonight:

Grilled Chicken Burgers with shallots, Garden Gourmet Mediterranean Blend herbs and spices, and reduced fat Feta cheese crumbles:

Roasted Baby Potatoes with Olive Oil, fresh ground sea salt, and Garden Gourmet Mediterranean Blend herbs and spices, and reduced fat Feta cheese crumbles:

There was also a spring salad with homemade balsamic dressing. It was all very flavorful, and delicious.

All in all, I am happy with the progress I have made with my writing and my attempts at changing my eating/exercise/stress reduction habits. I need to write more and focus better, organize a little better. I need to incorporate a little more fruit into my diet. And I haven’t gone sex toy shopping in a while. I think it’s time… Grins… This girl does need some stress relief…

Have a wonderful rest of the week, y’all!

~lissa

Oh wait! I almost forgot…oh my god how could I almost forget… HOTTIE!

Damn I love his smirk!