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Music Monday- Play Dirty

Guess who’s back for another Music Monday?

Rockstar romance author, LP Maxa, and this time to showcase the musical inspiration for the second book in her Devil’s Share series, Play Dirty!

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If you haven’t checked out the songs for Play Nice, the first book in the series, check them out here!

These are some songs that really embody Smith as a character. Music is really powerful for me. It inspires me, it makes me remember, it sparks a lot of my stories. So here is part of my play list while writing Smith’s story in Play Dirty.
First up is Free Fallin’ by Tom Petty. If you’ve read Play Dirty then you know why. I love this song for Smith and Dylan. Smith is this bad boy with a dark as hell past and he’s bound to hurt her. He knows that she is everything good and light. But he just can’t stay away.

Next up is If I Didn’t Know Better by the Civil Wars. It’s got such a sweet slow hypnotic sound. And it’s sexy as all get out. I absolutely love this song. This version is actually my favorite and it’s a cover done on Nashville. I can’t for get enough of these two singing together.

Chris Stapleton singing Tennessee Whiskey. Does it get any better than that?! It’s soulful and it’s sweet. And you know all my Devil’s Share boys love their whiskey.
Hurricane by the Band of Heathens. Number one, it’s about New Orleans which is where Smith is from. Number two, another haunting song. It’s dark, but it’s so good.
And last, Everlong by the Foo Fighters. Just a great rock love song. This is the acoustic version, because it’s my fav.
I’m currently working on Jacks’s book, which I’m almost positive we’ll call Play Fair. I am so excited to get the next book in the Devil’s Share series out to you guys. I love to hear from readers, so feel free to contact me. All my info ( Facebook, Twitter, newsletter, blog and email) is on my website http://www.lpmaxa.com and you can also find me on Instagram at lpm0118.
Play Dirty
by LP Maxa
PILLS. PAIN. LOSS. LOVE.
Smith James doesn’t need drugs. He just likes them a whole lot. And as bassist for the Devil’s Share, they are easy to come by. So are the women. With a steady supply of both he doesn’t have to think too hard about his past. But when a beautiful physician’s assistant joins the tour, Smith can’t help but want…more.

After watching her high school boyfriend OD, there is no way Dylan Lawson is going to fall for a rock star with a tenuous hold on sobriety, no matter how sexy his New Orleans drawl. She’s been hired to do one job: monitor the health of the lead singer’s girlfriend and her unborn baby. But once Smith flashes that sweet, vulnerable smile, Dylan can’t help but want…more.

And more is what they’ll get. Love on tour is never simple, and with a music festival in Smith’s hometown, a place he’s avoided for years, near his illiterate, abusive, meth-addled father, Smith is one bad night away from a relapse. But with her heart already lost, Dylan is willing to do whatever is necessary to save him—even play a little dirty.
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Weekly Word Count #27

All of the December-ing! And Solstice Brewing! Tea time for all, and kittens in baskets as presents!

Word Count: 3,002 (I know, I know, it’s low. BUT REASONS)

What story I’m working on: Night Awakens when I can. After giving writing so much attention in November, I’m giving the neglected editing the necessary push.

What I’m editing/marketing: I was working on Iron Legacy, but what’s taken the forefront is Airship. If I’m going to at least have copies for folks ready for Christmas, I need to get this done ASAP! Also, Hunting for Spring marketing is ramping up! I’m excited!

Line of the week:  “Why, Romeo, what elegant words spring from your tongue,” I drawled, fanning myself.

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Project Purse Dump: December 11, 2015

KaLynn Cooper’s Purse

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I should probably be thrown out of the Girlie Girl Club because I don’t carry much in my purse. Given the opportunity, I don’t even carry one. I often stuff cash in a front pocket with a Chapstick or lipstick on the other side and I carry a very small, leather pouch for credit cards.

Years of long distance traveling has taught me that a purse can get stolen so quickly and weighs you down. By the end of the day, your shoulders ache. I also have a tendency to leave it hanging on the back of a chair so more than once I’ve revisited a restaurant in search of the darn thing. Fortunately, I’ve only lost it once. So I often don’t take one with me when I leave the house.

Unless I’m carrying.

Yes, I have been known to carry a gun in my purse. And yes, I have a Handgun Carry Permit. And yes, I know how to use it. I hope I wouldn’t hesitate to do so if a life-threatening situation should arise. I am a shooter and can often be found on the range. To see a picture of the gun I carry, visit my blog site listed below.

So, on to the contents of my purse:

Let’s talk about the purse itself. I only buy unembellished Coach leather purses. I have some that are over twenty years old that still look good and function well. I rotate them out summer and winter, thus the dark brown one currently in use.

Two leather-bound checkbooks. Although I do more banking online than with a written check, sometimes you simply need to write a check. After the second move, Macho Marine and I decided we needed a stable bank account for his direct deposit but in those days, a local bank was always necessary. Thus the one has been in existence for over thirty-five years and the local account.

That non-descript medicine bottle contains: at least two migraine pills for Macho Marine, he can never find his when he needs them; two daily meds for Favorite (only) Son, just in case; and a few mega Motrin for me. The Tylenol is also for MM because he forgets his all too often when we travel. Is there a picture of our family dynamic forming here?

Business cards. You never know when you’ll run into a Romance reader.

Pens and a small pad of paper. Even though I most often use the app on my phone, I never know when I’ll need to write a note or make a list. I love office supply stores the way MM loves old hardware stores. I could spend hours looking at all the pretty paper, interesting office gadgets and pens that I might need and all too often purchase. They have to be ultrafine point and pretty as well as functional. But never pink or purple and never ever write in those colors. See, I could so easily lose that Girlie Girl card.

Glasses case and lens cleaner. I wore contacts for years and still do on occasion but prefer my glasses these days. I switch to prescription sunglasses when I go outside. Maybe I should try transitional lenses.

Wallet. Again Coach because they last so long and again leather. I guess I’m a natural materials person when it comes right down to it.

Not pictured but should be mentioned: Sometimes I will also have a receipt or two that I stuff into the back compartment but not today. Writing is a business and it keeps my CPA happy when I have the receipt from lunch with my author friends. I also shove my cell phone into the exterior pocket but I needed it to take the picture.

Pretty boring stuff for the most part.

But there is one more item I often carry. It’s deadly and I didn’t want it plastered all over the Internet. To see what it is, please visit my blog https://kalyncooper.wordpress.com/.

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Bio:

KaLyn Cooper’s romances blend fact and fiction with blazing heat and heart-pounding suspense. Twenty-two years as a military wife has shown her the world, and more than thirty years in PR taught her that fact can be stranger than fiction. She leaves it up to the reader to separate truth from imagination. She, her husband, and bird dog live in Tennessee on a micro-plantation filled with gardens, cattle, and quail. When she’s not writing, she’s at the shooting range or paddling on the river.

Be sure to check out her book Christmas in Cancun and two upcoming releases Captivated in Cancun December 28th and Claimed by a SEAL Kindle Worlds Hot SEAL Cancun Crossover Novella releasing January 26th

For all books by KaLyn Cooper, please visit her website www.KaLynCooper.com.

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Hunting for Spring Cover Reveal!

Hey all you lovely ladies and gents! I got the cover for Hunting for Spring in earlier in the week, and the time has come to share it with you all!

Seriously, I am so thrilled about how this turned out.

Did I mention that the release date is 1/12/16, and that you can already add it on Goodreads, here?

Not going to lie, I was so thrilled that the skyline at the bottom is the Philly skyline–did I mention I live in the ‘burbs of Philly?

Okay, okay…here it is, folks! The cover for Hunting for Spring!

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You can already check it out at Loose Id’s website: Hunting for Spring, and it’ll be available for pre-order soon!

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Travel Tuesdays- Sandy Beach

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More from my pale kid adventures in Hawaii! So this day, we took a bus out to Sandy Beach (creative name, eh?) to go see some different beaches than the main one on the Waikiki shoreline. It was about a twenty minute to a half hour bus ride, and sort of just cool to take public trans up to our destination, but the beach was definitely gorgeous. This wasn’t a swimming beach though, and all around were posted signs about not going swimming. Though plenty of folks ignored them to go surfing on the gigantic waves. Luckily for me, I hate swimming and wasn’t deterred. I’m also terrified of deep water. All sorts–I refuse to swim in lakes even, and the ocean just makes things a thousand times worse.

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But I do like looking at water, and the volcanic rock at Sandy Beach was well worth the excursion!

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Music Monday- Summer Fling

Just another Music Monday!

This time we’re welcoming MJ Compton to talk about the musical inspiration for her book, Summer Fling!

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I mix a sound track for every book I even think about writing. It’s one of my favorite parts of my writing process. Creating the perfect mix is a kick. I wear out the songs while driving, while working at Day Job, and while brainstorming. The music keeps me in the story. It’s wonderful to go back to a soundtrack while editing, because the songs remind me of little things in the story.

My current release, Summer Fling, is the story of two people who met one summer at a minor league baseball stadium, had a brief affair, and separated, only to run into each other again seven years later. Seven secret-filled years later.

“Boys of Summer” by Don Henley. A man tells a woman that he will always love her, despite her past, and that he doesn’t’ understand what happened to split them up. The phrase“Boys of Summer” is also a reference to baseball players, and since the hero is a Major League Pitcher, the song fits on several levels.

“Anything But Mine” by Kenny Chesney. The summer is over; he’s heading home. No commitment. And yet he has feelings for her.

“Girls Lie Too” by Terri Clark. The heroine has secrets. Men aren’t the only ones who “bend it, break it, stretch it some.”

“Favorite Year” by the Dixie Chicks. Looking back at their time together makes the hero and heroine realize that was one of the best times of their lives.

“Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond. Played at Fenway Park (Boston Red Sox home stadium) at nearly every game, this song has become tied to baseball. And the heroine’s name is Caroline. (Coincidence, really!). “Good times never seemed so good.”

My next project is the third book in my “Toke Lobo & the Pack” werewolf series. Omega Moon Rising has been contracted, and I’m earlobe deep in revisions now. That soundtrack includes the theme song from the TV series True Blood.

I can be found at the following places:

Website & Blog www.comptonplations.com

Twitter https://twitter.com/Comptonplations

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AuthorMJCompton

Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/compton4555/

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8075221.M_J_Compton

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/MJ-Compton/e/B00J9DFFIG/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

SUMMER FLING

By MJ Compton

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Caroline Maplethorpe’s respectable life is threatened when the man who shared her secret past as a plaything to a minor league baseball team reappears with demands she’s not sure she can satisfy.

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Caroline Maplethorpe spent a summer as plaything for a minor league baseball team…and oh, how Win Winston played. Seven years later, she’s respectable, and he’s in the big leagues. Now that he’s found her again, he still wants her in a major way. But their second-chance relationship attracts too much publicity, and the third member of their long-ago fling threatens to destroy the respectable life Caroline so carefully reconstructed after that crazy summer.

SUMMER FLING

LOOSE ID http://www.loose-id.com/summer-fling.html

ALL ROMANCE EBOOKS http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-summerfling-1797313-149.html

AMAZON http://www.amazon.com/Summer-Fling-MJ-Compton-ebook/dp/B00X6EDJ82/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1432685480&sr=8-2&keywords=summer+fling

BARNES & NOBLE http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/summer-fling-m-j-compton/1121879015?ean=9781623009151

GOOGLE PLAY HtTps://play.google.com/store/books/details/MJ_Compton_Summer_Fling?id=MaH1CAAAQBAJ/

Ibooks https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/summer-fling/id992251460?mt=114

KOBO https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/summer-fling-8

 

MJ Compton Bio

MJ Compton grew up near Cardiff, New York, a place best known for its giant, which inspired her to create her own fiction.

Although her 30-year career in local television included such highlights as being bitten by a lion, preempting a US President for a college basketball game, giving a three-time world champion boxer a few black eyes, a mention in the Drudge Report, and meeting her husband, MJ never lost her dream of writing her own stories.

MJ still lives in upstate New York with her husband. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and Central New York Romance Writers. Music and cooking are two of her passions, and she enjoys baseball and college basketball, but she’s primarily focused on wine . . . and writing.

 

 

 

 

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Weekly Word Count #26

Wintertime. BLERGH. I love/hate winter. I’m definitely meant for the spring and summer with all of the outdoor frolicking, but usually winter does wonders for my word count. Except this post-NaNo week. I’m being lenient on myself.

Word Count: 4,500

What story I’m working on: Night Awakens, plus wrote a short, Meet Me By the Fairy Tree, slated to appear in the Jan/Feb issue of BTSemag!

What I’m editing/marketing: Final line edits for Hunting for Spring submitted to editor! It’s off to proofing now and just in time–the release date is slated for 1/12/16! As for my other projects, I’m currently editing The Iron Legacy, with my goal to be done in December!

Line of the week:

This was the type of city where drops slithered through the seams and formed puddles out of every crack in the sidewalk, every stitch in the cobblestones, creating the sort of slick terrain that promised disaster. However, I ate disasters for breakfast, and currently, I was starving.

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Project Purse Dump: December 4, 2015

Sarah Hegger’s Purse

So, it’s my turn to dump the contents of my purse and tell you all about them. I must say, this feels akin to opening my underwear drawer and letting everyone poke about.

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My purse functions as the mobile command center for my family.

I see my sunglasses are missing from the picture, but I never go anywhere without them. Someone told me years ago, when I was still in my teens, that they’re the best form of wrinkle protection, and I stick by that. The effectiveness of this method is a topic for another blog post altogether.

Now let me explain myself, items one through thirteen

1. A collection of invoices that I’ll need within the next week or so. In this case, the invoice for my new glasses and beneath it for kitchen stools I’m waiting to be delivered. Pieces of paper get lost in my house, so my purse is the best place to keep them.

2. Um, it got nothing. These are receipts from grocery shopping, and I routinely get rid of them. Typically when I can’t find stuff in my purse anymore.

3. Two teenage girls. ‘Nuff said.

4. The pencils and pens I never have when I need one, but are always lurking around the bowel of my purse.

5. I hate grocery shopping with a passion, and if I don’t have a list I end up not getting everything I need.

6. The trusty wallet. Probably filled with even more receipts I’ve kept for some reason or other, and will get rid of when they bug me.

7. The dog tags I bought to put on my dogs, but haven’t been back to Pet Smart to have them engraved with my dog’s name and a contact number. Yeah, yeah, yeah. I’ll get around to it.

8. The iPhone. And thank God I take out insurance because I have dropped these babies in a cup of tea, a dehumidifier bucket, down the stairs, had one stolen out of my car…

9. Cheque books, because you never know when you’re going to need one. Not often, but damn when you need one, you need one.

10. Both our cars have keyless ignition, but you need to have the fob close to the car to open it. Why two of them? My husband routinely loses his, and I give him the one I have, and find the lost one and put it in my purse.

11. A collection of business cards that are too useful to throw away, but I can never find when I need.

12. Lip balm and gloss, both to prevent dry lips, which living in Colorado make a must have.

13. My business cards and bookmarks for those conversations that start with “What do you write?” It should be noted that since I started carrying these around, nobody has had that conversation with me. But we all know that once I take them out of my purse, I’ll have that conversation with the next person I run into.

There we go, the contents of my purse, and they don’t vary too much from day to day. When the girls were younger, it also used to be filled with nicely colored rocks, bits of toys, feathers, shells and other paraphernalia young children ‘need’ to keep.

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Born British and raised in South Africa, Sarah Hegger suffers from an incurable case of wanderlust. Her match? A hot Canadian engineer, whose marriage proposal she accepted six short weeks after they first met. Together they’ve made homes in seven different cities across three different continents (and back again once or twice). If only it made her multilingual, but the best she can manage is idiosyncratic English, fluent Afrikaans, conversant Russian, pigeon Portuguese, even worse Zulu and enough French to get herself into trouble.

Mimicking her globe trotting adventures, Sarah’s career path began as a gainfully employed actress, drifted into public relations, settled a moment in advertising, and eventually took root in the fertile soil of her first love, writing. She also moonlights as a wife and mother.

She currently lives in Colorado with her teenage daughters, two Golden Retrievers and aforementioned husband. Part footloose buccaneer, part quixotic observer of life, Sarah’s restless heart is most content when reading or writing books.

Sarah is the recipient of the 2015 EPIC Award for Historical Romance.

She is represented my Nalini Akolekar of Spencerhill Associates.