Why Magic? Why Not?

 

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So I wrote the three spicy novellas of The Yacht Club and each one has what I call a hint of magic. I don’t want to give too much away about the characters, but each of my three leading ladies has a special gift (although Pax would argue about the gift part). But why magic?

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So now I’m sitting here trying to answer that question and wondering why I thought a blog post about it was a good idea. The corny answer to the question would be that it was just the way the stories arrived out of the depths of my crazy imagination. Often it feels like I have no say in the matter, the characters are the ones calling the shots and this time they showed up, bringing the magic with them. A more cynical answer would be that after writing Daisy’s story and wanting the next story to tie into the same theme, I took the easy route. I needed Kimi to be able to do some physically difficult things and be able to break into a house without getting caught so I used magic as my deus ex machina.

But there is more to it than that. Let’s face it, most romance (the kind in books) is fantasy. At one time, it was all dashing heros and swooning heroines, but these days the heroines can be just as daring. Whatever the case, we read it to escape, to be entertained, and in some cases to forget, at least for a little while. So why can’t romance have magic too? Let’s face it, having the ability to read minds is just as believable as a gorgeous billionaire coming to sweep me off my feet.

I’m not saying that someone has told me romance can’t have magic, I’m just trying, perhaps badly, to tell you why The Yacht Club does. But honestly, it really is because that’s just the way the characters showed up. It started with Daisy and her magic tattoo. Then came Kimi, and as I said, she needed a little extra help to get her where I needed her to be, so why not give her the gift to open locks? Finally there was Pax. Poor Pax, she has it the worst, but she is also making the most of her bad situation because I don’t write about wimps.

I could have titled this post “Why Romance?” but I’ve explained my choice to write romance before and as to why I choose to read it, well the answer is really right there – it’s my choice. For a great article about romance and reading whatever the hell you want, check out this post by Smart Bitches Trashy Books (as you can tell by the name, there’s a bit of a language warning so if you have an issue with swearing the article might not be your thing).

The Yacht Club releases April 25th

Want to know more? Preorder your copy of The Yacht Club and learn how three women find their hot and steamy happily-ever-afters.

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Chicken Coops and Robson Street

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I’ve mentioned before that when writing, Google is a valuable asset. I’ve Googled guns, knives, the circulation system, tequila, Irish whisky, martial arts, how to escape a strangle-hold, and many other crazy things in the course of writing. Many an author has joked they hope they won’t be judged by their browser’s search history. I’d second that motion, otherwise I’d probably be under investigation for plotting multiple murders.

Writing The Yacht Club novellas was no exception. Sexy lingerie, bathing suits, posh suburbs of Vancouver, Robson Street bars, Hawaii, are just a few of the things I used Google to research.  And then there were the more eccentric searches:

  • how to construct a water-powered electric generator,
  • how to build a chicken coop,
  • owl anatomy,
  • barred rock chickens,
  • shibaru, or Japanese bondage
  • Samoan tattoos
  • Celtic designs and their meaning

I even stalked and fell in love with a West Vancouver neighbourhood (I’m looking at you, Willoughby Rd) using Google streetview so that I could figure out where my characters would live, shop and eat.

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Now don’t get me wrong, I would love to be able to just pick up and travel around the world, all in the name of research, but I have yet to reach that sort of author status. In the meantime, Google is the next best thing.

The Yacht Club releases April 25th.

Excerpt:
A shudder passed through Kimi’s body as she remembered the night before.  God, she needed to get laid.  Shaking her head, she grinned to herself at the thought and reached behind her back to find the pull cord attached to the zipper of her wetsuit.  The neoprene suit had been one of the best things she had packed when she left Honolulu.  Without it, she doubted if she could have continued her daily morning swim ritual; the water was just too cold on this side of the Pacific.  She tugged on the cord, cursing at the zipper which habitually got stuck.

“Hey there, need a hand with that?” The voice was deep and smooth.  Kimi turned in surprise and came face to face with the speaker’s Adam’s apple.  She looked up, shading her hand from the sun to see his face.  He was tall, lean and tanned, or maybe he just naturally had a darker skin tone.  He wore a day or two’s worth of whiskers, but they only helped to give him that sexy bad-boy look.  The crown of curly, blonde hair only added to the effect.

Want to know more? Preorder your copy of The Yacht Club and learn how these three women find their hot and steamy happily-ever-afters.

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When the Muse Hits

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It started with a writing prompt:

Write a sexy story that involves a tattoo.

It wasn’t much of a prompt and I was supposed to be working on the next adventure in the Harry Russo diaries, but for some reason it got the creative juices going, and the next thing I knew I was obsessing over a woman with an unwanted tattoo that would point the way to her true love.

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And so Daisy’s story was born. Harry’s latest crisis would have to wait. When the muse hits you, you just have to listen. There’s really no point fighting it. At least that’s been my experience.

I had the seed of a story, I just had to let it grow. I also had to plant it somewhere and so I chose Vancouver, a city I’ve visited, but I’m not overly familiar with. Not to worry though, that’s what Google is for. It also helped that I had a friend who used to live on the coast who let me run things by her and pick her brain. This was particularly a lifesaver when one short story grew into two and then three, as first Kimi’s then Pax’s stories demanded to be told as well. The common thread for each? A special tattoo and a hint of magic.

Want to know more? Preorder your copy of The Yacht Club and learn how these three women find their hot and steamy happily-ever-afters.

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Oh, So Pretty

I just couldn’t wait any longer. I had to share the new cover for my Yacht Club series.

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Isn’t it gorgeous? Ally at Starcrossed Covers must be a tad psychic because it’s as if she read my mind. It’s exactly what I envisioned.

As you may know, my Yacht Club novellas were released around this time last year, but only in limited release on Amazon. This spring I plan on re-releasing them for the first time in wide distribution under one cover. Preorder is available now on Kobo and Amazon (other retailers coming soon).

If you are a fan of spicy romance with a happily-ever-after, you’ll love the three stories you’ll find in The Yacht Club. Plan your visit by preordering your copy today. Release date: April 25, 2017.

 

 

Heat Up January

Did you get a new Kindle over the holidays? Maybe an Amazon gift card you are itching to spend? To help you heat up January with some spicy reads, I’ve temporarily lowered the prices of all of my romance offerings. Prices will increase without warning, so get them at the lowered price while you can. For those looking for Kobo (epub), don’t despair, my romance titles will be coming soon.

Home Again ebookHome Again

They say you can’t go home again.  Allie Daniels hopes they are wrong, whoever they are.  After a series of misfortunes, she and her small son have come home to the town she thought she had left behind.  She’s just looking for a safe place to raise her son.  The last thing she wants is any more complications.

Mike Finn didn’t roll into town on his Harley looking for love; he just wants to find a place to call home.  Hoping to escape the fast-paced, anonymous life in the city, he’s bought a partnership in the local veterinarian practice.  The small town has a lot to offer – especially after a chance encounter with Allie.

When Mike first sets eyes on Allie, sparks fly.  He knows there’s something there, but the reluctant, single mom is going to take some convincing.  Good thing Mike is a persistent man.  When strange things start to happen around town, his protective instinct is sent into high gear.  It’s just as well, because when Allie starts playing detective, she may find herself in over her head.

Available on Amazon

 

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The Yacht Club

Welcome to the Yacht Club, Vancouver’s exclusive BDSM club and best-kept secret, where few are asked to play, fewer still invited to stay.

Get your kink on with three short, spicy reads. Each sexy story brings a bit of ink, a lot of kink, topped with a hint of magic. Intended for a mature audience. Explicit language and content.

From the Heart

Daisy Andrews has been burned by love before. Now she prefers to play it safe and keep things on the casual side. So how then, does a woman that prefers her sex with a little kink, satisfy her need to be owned?

Enter the Yacht Club. Daisy has found her place among its regulars, but when a stranger arrives and she finds herself falling for the handsome newcomer, a magical tattoo she had long forgotten begins to stir. Can Daisy maintain control and keep a professional distance or will she submit? More importantly, will she trust her heart?

Available on Amazon

Two for One

Far from home, Kimi Jones is on the hunt for a predator and she’ll stop at nothing to get her man. On leave from the Honolulu homicide unit, Kimi tracks her quarry to Vancouver, where she learns of a secret club called the Yacht Club.

Determined to find and stop the ruthless sexual sadist, Kimi isn’t above bending a few laws to do it. But when she encounters a sexy stranger on the beach and a one-night stand turns into more than she bargained for, will Kimi be able to keep her own secrets?

Available on Amazon

Peace and Quiet

Pax Lightfoot’s name means peace – something that’s hard to come by these days, that is until she meets Tyler.

Tyler is an oasis of calm in a sea of chaos and Pax finds herself drawn to him. He’s more than she ever imagined, but is she enough for him?

Tyler enjoys the single life. As a member of the exclusive Yacht Club, he has his pick of playmates, all of which share in his particular kind of kink. So why is he attracted to the fiery little red-head? She may have curves in all the right places, but her sweet and innocent demeanor screams vanilla. Can these two opposites attract?

Available on Amazon

 

 

Spice Up Your Weekend

No, I’m not talking about pumpkin spice anything (please, enough with the pumpkin spice already).  I’m talking about curling up with a short, spicy read this weekend.

From the Heart, the first book in my Yacht Club series will be on sale all weekend long for Amazon US and Amazon UK customers (sorry folks, that’s a limitation of the Countdown Deal on KDP although the sale might carry over to Amazon.ca so it would be worth checking).  Sale starts at midnight tonight.  Hurry and get your copy of this sweet, sexy story that brings a bit of ink, a lot of kink and a hint of magic.

Get your copy today on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk!

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From the Heart

Daisy Andrews has been burned by love before. Now she prefers to play it safe and keep things on the casual side. So how then, does a woman that prefers her sex with a little kink, satisfy her need to be owned?

The Yacht Club, Vancouver’s invitation-only BDSM club, where even the kinkiest of needs may be satisfied, all within the safety of its walls. Daisy has found her place among its regulars, but when a stranger arrives and she finds herself falling for the handsome newcomer, a magical tattoo she had long forgotten begins to stir. Can Daisy maintain control and keep a professional distance or will she submit? More importantly, will she trust her heart?

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Keep the Hop Going

Welcome to another of my Crazy Canuck Canada Day Blog Hop posts.  Don’t forget to visit my original post for the hop so you can enter to win a print copy of my contemporary romance, Home Again.  Just click HERE to visit the post and leave a comment. There are also lots of great prizes up for grabs on the other websites participating in the hop, so make sure to check them all out. To enter the Grand Prize draw, follow the link below.

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If you are a new visitor to my site, why not take a few minutes and look around? Are you a fan of romance? Or maybe you prefer fantasy? Either way, I’ve got you covered.

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Home Again

 

 

Home Again is a down-home country romance, but don’t let the sweet cover fool you, it delivers the heat too.

Looking for something a little on the kinky side? I’ve got that as well with my Yacht Club series.

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Three’s a Charm

It’s release day! Peace and Quiet, the third book of the Yacht Club, is now available for download. Get your copy today! Available on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited.

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Welcome to the Yacht Club – Vancouver’s exclusive BDSM club and best-kept secret – where few are asked to play, fewer still invited to stay.

Get your kink on with three short, spicy reads. Each sexy story brings a bit of ink, a lot of kink, topped with a hint of magic. Intended for a mature audience. Explicit language and content.

Peace and Quiet

Pax Lightfoot’s name means peace, but peace is hard to come by these days.  Born with the gift to hear the thoughts of others, Pax struggles to make it from day to day without losing her mind – until she meets Tyler that is.  Tyler is an oasis of calm in a sea of chaos and Pax finds herself drawn to him.  He’s more than she ever imagined, but is she enough for him?

Tyler enjoys the single life.  As a member of the exclusive Yacht Club, Vancouver’s most elite invitation-only BDSM club, he has his pick of playmates, all of which share in his particular kind of kink.  So why is he attracted to the fiery little red-head?  She may have curves in all the right places, but her sweet and innocent demeanor screams vanilla.

Can these two opposites attract?

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Hands On

All the men in the Yacht Club series can be described as ‘Hands On’, but no one more so than Tyler.  He’s been enjoying the single life for quite some time and has no intentions of changing.  Until he meets Pax, that is. There’s just something about the fiery, little red-head that pushes all his buttons.

Peace and Quiet will be available for download on May 23rd.

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Yacht Club - three short reads

Welcome to the Yacht Club – Vancouver’s exclusive BDSM club and best-kept secret – where few are asked to play, fewer still invited to stay.

Get your kink on with three short, spicy reads. Each sexy story brings a bit of ink, a lot of kink, topped with a hint of magic. Intended for a mature audience. Explicit language and content.

Peace, Baby

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Available May 23

No, it’s not a flashback to the 70’s.  Peace, or rather Pax, is the unusual name of my latest heroine in the soon to be released third book of the Yacht Club series.  Peace and Quiet will be available for download on May 23rd so if you haven’t checked out the other two novellas in the Yacht Club series, now would be a great time to catch up.

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Peace and Quiet 

Pax Lightfoot’s name means peace, but peace is hard to come by these days.  Born with the gift to hear the thoughts of others, Pax struggles to make it from day to day without losing her mind – until she meets Tyler that is.  Tyler is an oasis of calm in a sea of chaos and Pax finds herself drawn to him.  He’s more than she ever imagined, but is she enough for him?

Tyler enjoys the single life.  As a member of the exclusive Yacht Club, Vancouver’s most elite invitation-only BDSM club, he has his pick of playmates, all of which share in his particular kind of kink.  So why is he attracted to the fiery little red-head?  She may have curves in all the right places, but her sweet and innocent demeanor screams vanilla.

Can these two opposites attract?

Pre-order today on Amazon.