#Nanowrimo – It begins.

I love Nanowrimo. I would pay good money for their word counter graphics. And there is nothing like a little competition to get me motivated to get the words down!

I’m cheating a tiny bit, using this Nanowrimo to get finished with first draft The Undercover Outlaw, and hopefully well started on The Reluctant Outlaw as well. I’ve never failed to “win” Nanowrimo before, and I don’t plan to start now, so my goal is at least 50,000 words this month! Looking forward to it – life has been crazy busy for months, and writing has been put on the back burner. Life is still crazy busy, but Nano pushes writing higher on the priority list, and that makes me happy.

Anyone else Nano-ing this month? Let me know how it’s going and what you’re working on!

Here’s a snippet from today’s words:

, “It’ll take a lot more than a little innuendo to convince me that you’re no gentleman.”

“Really?” His thumb started tracing slow circles on the inside of her wrist. “I’ll have to work harder then, won’t I?”

 

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Storytime with BFF

The following is an actual IM exchange between myself and my best friend.

Celeste:
I  gave this guy a ride home last night. Not sure what traumatised him the most about my car: the mouse poop, fast food garbage, or whips.

BFF:
hahahaha!

Celeste:
Me: “I hope you’re not afraid of mice.”
Him: dead silence

BFF:
he is afraid. lol
how did he like chicken poopy shavings?

Celeste:
I didn’t point that out. He had enough to worry about. I bet he had to wash his shiny shoes and suit when he got home.

BFF:
so, no second date?

Celeste:
Also, I bet he’s telling stories about me.

This could be the answer to the question, “Why is Celeste single?”

 

“I missed you.”

My unplanned hiatus from Saturday Spankings is the result of frantically attempting to get outside things (new chicken coop, new fencing) done before winter, and an unexpected surgery for my old horse which means I’ve spent a lot of time fussing over him and feeding him treats to help him with his recuperation.  Or maybe to help me with his recuperation – either way, we’re both recovering nicely!

While I was away (so to speak) Holding Court got it’s first review – and it’s good! Check it out over at The Jeep Diva!

Today’s Holding Court snippet is a more tender moment for Court and Clara:

“You having fun?” he asked, trying to regain his breath, as his body began to recover from the exertion. Court reached behind her and loosened her wrists, massaging away the marks from her bonds.

“You know I am.” Clara kissed under the edge of his jaw and he delighted in the feel of her soft lips against the sensitive skin.

He folded her in to his body, and Clara snuggled into the expanse of his chest. “I missed you.” He spoke against her hair, the silky strands tickling his lips.

“Me too,” Clara said. “It was too long this time, too long since to you came to me.”

holdingcourt_800Schoolteacher Clara lives a peaceful, solitary life when she’s away from the school house. That is, other than the nights when rich, powerful landowner Courtland Raymond comes to call.

Court makes Clara do and feel things she’d never before dreamed of. He is forceful and dominant, and he always knows just what she needs. Their secret arrangement allows them to enjoy each other without the disapproval of the community they both rely on for their livelihood.

Clara loves Court, and she’d do nearly anything to be with him forever, a real relationship, but she’s not willing to risk their stolen moments. But when their secret trysts are exposed, will she be able to hold on to Court? Or lose him forever?

Blog Hop!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow Canucks! I hope you’re having a weekend full of family, friends and food! Today I’m extra thankful that my old horse, who has been the light of my life for 20 years, came through his surgery with flying colours and is back to his busy, demanding, high energy self, vehemently protesting all my efforts to make him rest while he heals. ❤

Time for a blog hop!

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I was tagged for this blog post by the always awesome Molly Ann Wishlade – click her banner below to meet her!

And my answers to the blog hop questions!

What are you working on right now?

Building a new chicken coop and horse fences before winter comes. But as soon as it does I’ll be nose to the grindstone on my Outlaw Women series. The first book, The Undercover Outlaw, features a female safecracker who hides her gender to get revenge on an old lover, and the second, The Reluctant Outlaw, is the story of a ranchers widow who hires a rustler to steal back her late husbands cattle. Very excited about this planned six book series!

How does it differ from other works in its genre?

Everyone loves a bad boy, but I wanted to write some women who were willing to do whatever they had to, even if it meant they were on the wrong side of the law.  All of my Outlaw Women are going to challenge the gender roles of the time if some way, and I hope the readers have as much fun reading them as I am writing them.

Why do you write what you do?

I live in the modern west, in the foothills of Southern Alberta, and I grew up enjoying the westerns of Louis L’amour, “borrowed” from my grandpa’s bookshelves. I love the chance to play at the adventure and freedom of the frontier.

How does your writing process work?

I spend a lot of time thinking about my story while I’m doing other things: driving to work, cleaning the barn, any sort of everyday task that doesn’t need my whole brain anymore. I get to know my characters that way, how they got to the situation my story finds them, what’s most important to them, what kind of people they are. When I write, I prefer to write the first draft in a NaNoWriMo type rush, and because I’ve gotten to know my characters I’m pretty comfortable letting them tell the story as it goes along. That’s the best part, writing that first draft, so much fun!

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I guess that means it’s my turn to tag some authors to play along, hmmm , who do I want to know a little more about …

 

 

 

 

 

Normandie Alleman

LA Cloutier

Renee Rose

“Time for your punishment, Clara.”

I swear, Saturday comes sooner every week – already time for another Spanking!  I think it’s because we’re trying to cram in all the things we were going to do “in the summer” as we are now rapidly running out of fall. We were white with frost this morning, and I still have fencing to do, and my new chicken coop to build, and the days just keep getting shorter. Sure enough, tonight, by the time I got in the house and my garden veggies washed and put away, I’d missed the deadline for Saturday Spankings … so this in an “unofficial” spank, but hopefully some of you will still find me! I’ll try to get organized sooner for next week.

Before Clara realised what he was doing, her hands were tied tight behind her back, bound by what felt like the silk belt from her dressing gown. Clara stepped back, pulling at her bonds. He’d never bound her before, and a rush of apprehension bubbled beneath her desire. “What are you doing?” Clara tried to keep from sounding anxious. There was no doubt in her mind that she was safe with Court, that he wouldn’t do anything to cause her distress, but the new restriction still made her belly flutter with nervousness.

“It’s time for your punishment, Clara.” Court smiled down at her, his dark hair falling over his eyes. “You didn’t think I forgot, did you?”

holdingcourt_800Schoolteacher Clara lives a peaceful, solitary life when she’s away from the school house. That is, other than the nights when rich, powerful landowner Courtland Raymond comes to call.

Court makes Clara do and feel things she’d never before dreamed of. He is forceful and dominant, and he always knows just what she needs. Their secret arrangement allows them to enjoy each other without the disapproval of the community they both rely on for their livelihood.

Clara loves Court, and she’d do nearly anything to be with him forever, a real relationship, but she’s not willing to risk their stolen moments. But when their secret trysts are exposed, will she be able to hold on to Court? Or lose him forever?

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Naughty No-No’s Blog Hop!

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Welcome blog hoppers! I’m excited to be a part of the Naughty No-No’s! (hehe)

The only naughty thing I have to contribute is my books.

Otherwise, there is nothing naughty about me whatsoever.

Really.

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

So my contribution to the naughty fun is an excerpt from my latest release, HOLDING COURT. I hope you enjoy! And if you do, keep reading after the excerpt for your chance to win a copy of both Holding Court and Snowed Under!

holdingcourt_800A blast of cold air woke her, and Clara snuggled deeper beneath the blankets until she realised what the cold air meant.

Court.

She flung the blankets back and sat up—he was here. He stood just inside the door, big and broad, with his hat in his hands. In the dark, she couldn’t see his face, but she could feel his eyes on her. She stared for a moment, so glad he was finally really there, with her. Then, she launched herself out of bed and across the room.

He met her halfway and she leapt into his arms, her arms around his neck as he bent to take her lips. Clara drank in his kiss, parched for the taste of him after all the time they’d been apart. His mouth was rough on hers, the stubble of his beard scraped her face and all the while his arms, like two solid bands of steel, crushed her closer to him. His woolly coat was covered with snow and Clara shivered as it melted into her robe. Court broke the kiss and brought his hand up to her face. He looked down at her, stroking his thumb slowly over her cheekbone.

“Clara,” he said, his voice husky and low. Then he kissed her again, more slowly, cupping the back of her head with one hand, while sliding the other down the silky rope to pull her closer. Abruptly, he stopped and pulled back. He frowned at her. “What are you wearing?” Continue reading