Retrieval has a cover!

An extraordinary woman genetically engineered to be a weapon, the spec ops soldier tasked to retrieve her, and a mad scientist who will never stop hunting her until she is under his control. 

Skylar is the hunted. Fashioned for the sole purpose of destruction, she has spent her entire life running from the evil scientist who created her, her father. When a team of retrieval experts hired by her father track her down, she is unprepared for the electric pull she feels toward their leader. Neither is prepared for the magnetic attraction that will not let them go. In the midst of danger, with their lives on the line, they will ultimately forge a bond so tight only death could break it. And they will fight an egomaniacal scientist as well as their explosive desire for one another to discover what true power is. 

Love can conquer all, but will it? 

That’s an unofficial blurb by the way, but I wanted to give you some idea of the book as you looked at the cover. And there she is! I’m stoked to show off the amazing cover art by Lyn A. Taylor for my first ever release RETRIEVAL. I had no idea what to expect as I filled out my cover art form but I have to say I think Lyn hit it out of the park. I’m so pleased to see Skylar and Sebastian in real life and they look much as I’d always envisioned them.

What a process this has been. From worrying about whether I’d find a home for the book to seeing her live and in color. I’m on Cloud 9 right not–it’s a place, trust me–and as I struggle to find the words to convey my joy, let me say a huge thank you to Liquid Silver Books. An amazing outfit from the top down with some truly wonderful people who’ve put up with my incessant questions and concerns.

So, there’ll be more to come as we get closer to the release date of January 28, 2013. Thanks for stopping by and may the words be with you.

Lea

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I’m Happy to Announce…

I’ve not been blogging as I should and for that I apologize. It’s been crazy busy for me the past few months but I’ve got amazing news to share. If you’ve been following me at all you know what a journey the last twelve months have been: the struggle through rejections and the joys of a mentorship. Years of writing under my belt but a lack of serious craft work and knowledge about the industry held me back from realizing my ultimate goal of publication. Entire novels completed, weighing down my hard drive and my heart, but a burning desire to get my stories out so others could read what my characters had to say.

I’ve had to wade through an insanely busy life, limited time to dedicate to my writing and my own insecurities. I grabbed the bull by the horns in March of this year and went through a three-month mentorship with an amazing wordsmith, David Bridger. I finally decided that in order to be better and achieve success I had to work for it, get dirty with it, wallow in it until it was all I knew. And I’m so very excited to tell you that all the hard work has paid off.

If you’ve read any of my Six Sentence Sunday posts you are familiar with Retrieval. This novel is the third one I completed and it was the heaviest. David and I used this work for the Mentor Program on Romance Divas. I pared her (yes, I qualify my manuscripts–this one was a ‘she’–trust me) down, poured everything I was into her, took the good and made it better, and got rid of the rest. Sometimes it was easy. Sometimes it was hardest thing I think I’ve ever done. A definite labor of love, I had an amazing group of friends and family and an out of this world author standing behind me, cheering me on and alternately giving me what-for when I fell short.

And all that labor has produced a novel I’m proud of: Retrieval. So you’re maybe thinking, ‘Hey, that’s great. But what’s the news?’ and I won’t delay any longer in shouting it out…

See the banner at the top of this post? Yes–Liquid Silver Books. I am so freaking happy to announce that I have contracted with this amazing publisher for my debut novel, Retrieval. Finally, this story is going to float free of my hard drive and hopefully reach millions and millions of readers (too much? LOL) or at least hundreds and hundreds. I am going to be a published author. My initial goal is reached, but hold on…I’ve got so much more coming, there’s quite a few more stories on this hard drive and in my head. And I hope you take the ride for every single one with me.

Thank you to everyone who pushed me, prodded me and gave me encouragement. Griff, David, Linda, Sophia, Team Awesome, Donna, my three girls and everyone else who took time out for a newbie. Without you and your support, I’d still be mourning how heavy my damn laptop was. You all rock and I hope someday I get to return the favor, or at the very least, pay it forward.

And thank you to Liquid Silver Books for recognizing my heart and giving her a place to call home. Georgia Woods may have hung the sun and Jennifer Hassani followed her with the moon. You ladies kick arse, yes you do.

I’ll be posting more frequently, giving you some snippets and showing off all the things that are going to make this book kick ass. Thanks for stopping by. I’ll talk to you soon!

Just a Quick Update–Seriously, Quick is the Operative Word

I’m still here! Haven’t gone anywhere, promise. It’s been a busy month and a half for me and as August starts up, I find myself eagerly anticipating the next few months. I don’t know what they’ll bring me, but I’m hoping for nothing but the best. I’m working on new and old material. Putting new words down and revising old ones. It’s been a crazy time for me lately and as I search for time to write I am forced to realize just how much I love doing this.

Yes, I have a day job. Yes, it’s consuming. Yes, I have a wonderful family. Yes, it’s consuming. And I wouldn’t change any of that. Well, maybe the EDJ (Evil Day Job), but that’s it–who doesn’t want to be independently wealthy and not have to deal with work every single day? 🙂 The words still call me and my stories are begging to be written. It can be so frustrating to take care of responsibilities when all I want to do is write, but I wouldn’t trade this life of mine for any other. I’m discovering every day just how much my stories mean to me. I’m forming wonderful relationships with other authors whose grasp of the written word amazes me.

Succinctly put, it’s all good for me right now. I’ll be back in a few days to give a rundown of where I am in my sci/fi paranormal series and my contemporary series. I’ve started a new sci/fi romance that began not from a plot bunny, but a plot LION. Seriously, it roared at me and still is–but the time? Yeah, I kinda have to find it.

So that’s it. That’s where I am right now. I appreciate you stopping by and may the words be with you.

A Creature of Instinct

Aren’t we all creatures of instinct once you break us down to brass tacks? No matter how civilized we appear on the outside–we are all animals underneath. We all succumb to emotional instincts, base or otherwise, which make us so much more than skin and bones. I think it’s one of the most beautiful things about humans. Surface can be stripped away, leaving true, honest, irreplaceable feeling. Without those instincts, we are nothing more than living, breathing robots on the edge of a barren existence.

As a woman engineered for destruction, Skylar finds herself on the edge of a precipice. Unable to stop her response, she has become…well, let’s let these next six tell it.

She’d become what she’d always feared: a creature of pure instinct. The man had become her primary focus. Her only objective. A feeling of panic caused adrenaline to arc through her. She was almost there.

Before she could reach the table where he was seated, Piper intervened.

She’s seen him. She’s drawn to him and now must fight the compulsion to go to him. Scary stuff, those instincts. That’s my offering this week. I hope you enjoyed it.

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Lucky 7 Challenge–Bring It On!

 

So, I’m minding my own business, going through my day–the EDJ is close to killing me, peeps. I’m nearly weeping and then I hear a little birdie (or in this case a little Sidney) whistle in my ear. Wanna know what she whistled/whispered?

A freaking challenge! That’s right. And I’ve accepted–so bring it on. The incomparable Sidney Bristol (http://sidneybristol.wordpress.com/ and please don’t ask me why I can’t do anything but post a word link–refer to my very first post and you’ll have the answer–just hover over the words and it will take you to her site–DO IT)  has challenged me to share seven lines from page seventy-seven of either a completed book or a wip.  So here’s my offering:

Sebastian ran a harried hand through his hair. “So now we have two other women who look like our objectives and we also have Peter Dempsey thrown in for good measure. And for your information, I already knew Bleak’s sister had been kidnapped and tortured by Dempsey. But the rest of this…when the fuck were you going to drop this in my lap? Never?”

Sebastian was right pissed and while he never demanded absolute fealty, part of his reason for asking the three men he’d ask to join him on this op was because of their unswerving loyalty to him in the past.

“I didn’t think it would have any bearing on this op, Seb,” Morrissey responded.

There you have it–I think it’s 7. I checked and re-checked and well, you know how that goes. A snippet and nothing more. Seven lines from page 77 of my completed novel, Retrieval. Now it’s time for me to hit a few other unsuspecting authors–at least seven of ’em. Wahahaha!

THE RULES

Post seven lines from a current work by doing these few things…

  • Got to page 7 or 77 in your current manuscript (fiction or non-fiction)
  • Got to Line 7
  • Post the next 7 lines or sentences on your blog as they are (no cheating, please)
  • Tag 7 other authors to do the same

So I’m going to tag: (Oh, and I’m not apologizing–nuh uh, no way–Sid didn’t apologize to me so I’m not apologizing to you. Hugs!)

  • Sophia Parkwood
  • Carment DeSousa
  • Suzanna Medeiros
  • Tina Green
  • Lorraine Patton
  • Jillian Lark
  • And, of course, David Bridger

Blue eyes will do it to you everytime…

Six sentence sunday time. I love this. If you’re interested in joining other amazing authors as they post six sentences of their work from a completed or work-in-progress, join us at: http://sixsunday.com/ .

Now here’s my offering this week. Skylar senses something just isn’t right. Something’s bothering her and then bam!

Raina pointed in the direction Skylar had wanted her to feel out just a few seconds ago.

Curiosity got the best of Sky. She half turned in her seat to peer in the direction her sister pointed. Skewered by the most intense set of blue eyes she’d ever seen, her breath deserted her. His gaze was a punch to the soul. Damn.

Thank you for stopping in. This is a quickie post this week. I’m running late for a housewarming and almost forgot.

Wishing you the words!

Can you feel it?

Six Sentence Sunday time peeps. Welcome back to RETRIEVAL, my sci/fi paranormal romance. Last week we met, Skylar, my heroine. She’s been worn to the bone by a thirty-six hour shift and the hospital cafeteria food wasn’t all that appealing. She’s met up with two of her sisters in said cafeteria and after a little sisterly bickering they’ve run into a situation.

A premonition of danger swept over Skylar. Before she was aware of it, she’d enfolded her sisters in a protective shell of unseen energy.

“What the hell is it, Sky?” Piper questioned as she moved her body into a more defensive position.

“I don’t know. Raina put out your little feeler thingies and tell me what’s up to my immediate left, please?”

Sure hope Raina’s ‘feeler thingies’ are working properly. I’ve got next week off so hopefully I won’t forget to post what happens next. I appreciate you stopping by and I look forward to going through the list and visiting all the #sss crowd’s posts. Talk at ya’ later. 🙂

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