Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Tek Time Mash ants you'll find de guts.

Ok so you're wondering what that means or even what it's saying. Translation:

"Take your time to mash ants and you'll eventually find their guts." 

Ok so you still don't understand what that means, neither did I for a long time growing up. It was but one of my grandmothers parables. Her words of wisdom.

It meant, when looking to achieve a goal. no matter how big or how small. You were to make a plan and follow it and though sometimes life would require you to deviate. You should be patient, because you will eventually will achieve the goal.
It was often said when she felt were in haste to achieve a goal that perhaps she didn't agree with. That too was part of the parable. Granny Hermine felt that if you took the time to make a plan and follow it you might well realize the thing you were so hasty to accomplish might not be in your best interest or that it would cement  your  interest in the goal.

Sometimes, just sometimes her wisdom jumps up at odd times to hit me upside the head and this is one of those time. Just when I'm running around like a chicken without a head attempting to achieve something that may or may not be good for me. 

Sometimes you just have to slow down, reevaluate and soldier on.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Third Wednesday guest Blog- Katie Reus

Things have been a little different on the blog lately. On of those differences is Third Wednesday guest blogs. This Wednesday it's my friend and author Katie Reus. If you've ever met Katie you'll know that she's funny and smart. So without further adieu I give you Katie.

Thank you so much to Chudney for having me here today!

About seven months ago I had my first baby and roughly three weeks afterward I was out walking in the mornings again. I didn’t walk the normal five miles I did pre-birth right away, but something was better than nothing and getting out of the house was a necessity for my sanity. Months later I found myself getting a little bored so I decided to mix things up. I’m not a big fan of gyms and even if I didn’t have a new baby, I’d never make the drive anyway. So, I bought one of those small step machines with resistance tubes (super cheap!) and whoa, talk about mixing it up. I actually sweat and can feel the strain of the different muscles I’m using so that’s a very good thing.

As a reader and a writer, I like to mix things up. I definitely have my go-to authors that are on auto buy (Lisa Marie Rice, Sherrilyn Kenyon) and there are certain genres that I’ve been reading since I was nineteen that I can almost guarantee will always top my book buying scales. But if I read a review (good or bad) that intrigues me or a friend recommends an author to me that’s not in my ‘normal’ reading genre, I’ll give them a try. I’m rarely disappointed.

Nevertheless, it doesn’t matter how much I mix things up, I always come back to my two favorite genres; romantic suspense and paranormal romance. Since those are my favorites, it only makes sense that I also write in those genres. This month His Secret Past released from Carina Press and in a few weeks Alpha Instinct will be releasing from Signet Eclipse. Can you guess which genre is which by title? ;)

Official His Secret Past blurb: Six years ago, Alexis Baptiste’s world was turned upside down when Hunter Cassidy disappeared without a trace, leaving her alone and pregnant. She’s finally moving on with her life when he resurfaces, just in time to rescue her from a would-be assassin. Forced to join him on the run to protect herself and her young son, Alexis is now in even more danger: danger of falling for Hunter all over again. Betrayed by rogue CIA agents after infiltrating an infamous drug cartel, former DEA agent Hunter Cassidy has spent years trying to clear his name. He’s not proud of the things he’s done, and knows he doesn’t deserve a future with Alexis, or the son he never knew he had, but he’s determined to protect them from the men who ruined his life. Convincing Alexis to trust him—and denying his feelings for her—is going to be the hardest mission he’s ever faced.

Official Alpha Instinct blurb:
Fear has a scent. So does desire… 

Ana Cordona has been a strong leader for the lupine shifters who survived after all the males and most of the females in her pack were mysteriously poisoned. As tough as she is, with no Alpha male, the pack is vulnerable to the devious shifter Taggart, who wants to claim both their ranch and Ana as his own. When Connor Armstrong comes back into her life, promising protection, it’s almost enough to make Ana forget how he walked out on her before—and reluctantly accept his offer to mate.

The minute Connor sees Ana again, it reawakens a raw hunger. He must have her for his bondmate—his wolf cries out for it. But his human side knows he must proceed with caution because of their complicated past. If he is to truly have her body and soul, he must go beyond his burning desire and win back her heart. Whatever it takes, he is determined not to leave her side again.

But Taggart and his rival pack are not their only enemies. A human element in town is targeting shifters. Their plan not only threatens Ana and Connor’s future, but the lives of the entire pack…

Purchase info: His Secret Past is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Carina Press &; all other major online retailers. Alpha Instinct is also available at Amazon, B&N, the Book Depository and all major retailers.

If you’d like to win a digital copy of  His Secret Past or print copy of Alpha Instinct, just leave a comment about today’s blog. I’ll pick two winners (US only for Alpha) January 20, 2012 after noon, Central time.
Please leave your email address in the comments section so I know how to contact you!

Another CONTEST alert: To celebrate the release of His Secret Past and Alpha Instinct, I’m having 7 weeks of contests with weekly prizes (books, books, books! from me and some really fab authors) and a grand prize of an Amazon Kindle. For more details on how to enter, please visit my website contest page.

A little about me: I’ve been reading romance since I discovered my mom’s hidden stash at a young age and the addiction stayed with me into adulthood. I write paranormal romance and sexy romantic suspense for Carina Press, Harlequin Nocturne, and NAL/Signet Eclipse. To learn more about me please visit my website, my blog, facebook or find me on twitter @katiereus.

Thanks again for having me!