Tuesday, October 6, 2015

It's The Great Haunted Pumpkin Hunt, Fluff & Puff

"We're going to find one tonight. I just know it. We're going to find the right pumpkin," Fluff insisted to his partner in bunny slipper crime.

The slippers silently moved through the house, heading for the front door that opened thanks to their magick. They wasted no time sliding down the walkway to the sidewalk. Since it was heading toward midnight, the only ones out were those who preferred darkness for their deeds. Fear wasn't in the slippers' vocabulary, so they quickly moved without any worries.

"We need to visit the pumpkin patch near the boardwalk’s entrance," Puff replied, heading left.

"But it's this way!" Fluff argued, shifting right.


“No, right.”

Thus began the bunny slipper stare down. In the end they used their ears for their version of Rock, Paper, Scissors. Puff won.

Magick gave them the stealth and speed to head down the street and over to the broad avenue that boasted shops appealing to tourists and the entrance to the ever-famous boardwalk with its midway arcade and rides. Fluff and Puff managed to avoid the Weres' sharp eyes, since the slippers weren't all that popular there. Fall in the cotton candy vat JUST ONCE and sheesh! No one there had a sense of humor. Their destination was at the end of the street where an empty field boasted a large selection of pumpkins to be fashioned into jack-o-lanterns and the contents turned into tasty pies along with hay bales and scarecrows.

The slippers wasted no time passing the barriers with each taking a different side of the field.  

"Here's one," Fluff announced, speeding toward his goal.  

Puff shot in his direction to see his find. He circled the large orange gourd and shook his head. "We need a special one in just the right shape for our purposes. We need a pumpkin that will work perfectly," he reminded his best bud. "You look over there and I'll look over here." Both sighed heavily and returned to their task. One by one, the slippers carefully inspected each pumpkin, searching for just the right one.


"I found it!" Fluff's squeak of excitement carried in the air. Puff scooted to the spot where Fluff faced a pumpkin that wasn't too big or too small or too round or too oval. It was just the right shape. Just the right color and a faint glow emanated from the squash fruit.

“Yes!" The slippers performed their own version of a high-five and each took one side, racing around the pumpkin, setting up their own magickal net to get the pumpkin back to the house. Once the net was in place, they uttered the spell needed and left the pumpkin patch with their prize merrily sliding along behind them.

Just as when they left the house, the front door silently opened for them and allowed them to enter. They wasted no time going back to the kitchen and spelling the pumpkin onto the table. After they scooted up the chairs to the table, they stared at their find with broad grins on their faces, their razor-sharp teeth gleaming in the darkness.

"This will be the best jack-o-lantern yet," Fluff pronounced.

"And a big surprise for Jazz," Puff agreed.

For the next hour, the kitchen's interior lit up with orange, purple and green sparkles of magick as the slippers performed their special spell. Once they finished their task, they made their way up to the bedroom and returned to their cozy space on Jazz's bed. They may be slippers, but no way they ever slept on the floor!

The slippers were sound asleep when Jazz headed downstairs in search of her first cup of coffee for the day, but they REALLY woke up when they heard Krebs' greeting the witch.

"Is this pumpkin your doing?" They heard Krebs asking her and there was more horror in his voice than admiration.

"No," her sleepy voice replied. "And talk about incredible work. The carved face looks just like Hugh Jackman. It's so lifelike that…Wait a minute…is that…Fluff! Puff! What have you done?!"

And a merry Hallows Eve to you all.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Behind The Book -- The Countess and the Cowboy

Even while writing Under His Spell, I knew that Letitia needed her own book. Someone with the sass, incredible energy and more than a little snark more than deserved it. It didn’t take anything to convince my editor since she agreed Letitia should have her own happy ever after.
And what better character to be thrown totally out of her comfort zone than a socialite whose idea of roughing it is staying in a 4 star hotel.
From the beginning, Letitia was fun to write. She was funny. She was sassy. She loved her creature comforts, but she showed an ability to adapt.
Even in Under His Spell I knew I didn’t want a snobby sister who looked down her nose at her brother moving into a house with an interesting history and a licentious ghost who loved to spy on the ladies. She teased her brother, adored the woman he fell in love with and enjoyed being the wacky aunt willing to spoil two children who adored her back.
Even in moving to a falling down ranch in Wyoming didn’t dampen her spirits. She pulled up her lacy La Perla panties and looked for ways to make her new property turn a profit. She ignored chipped nail polish, sore muscles and did what was needed.
No wonder Tyler Barnes fell in love with her. What man wouldn’t?
I believe I created a fun heroine I’d hope the readers would enjoy.
I hope you feel the same.
Enjoy The Countess and the Cowboy and if you haven’t read it yet, please look for Under His Spell where Letitia makes her first appearance.
The Countess and the Cowboy will be available for Nook, iBooks, etc. in a couple weeks. Under His Spell is now available in the other stores.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Behind the Book -- Under His Spell

Under His Spell was one of my first dips into the paranormal genre and what better way to start.

I was in what I called my crazy mode. Book ideas flowing through my imagination were all woo woo, ghosts, things that go bump in the night, on my!
I wrote up the three ideas and sent them to my agent at the time. Her response? “You’re killing me!” This was the late 80s and paranormal wasn’t as strong as it is now. Luckily, my editor loved the ideas and said one especially was perfect for Harlequin American Romance’s Calendar of Romance.
First was a psychic dreaming of a murder, but she dreamed of the murder in reverse allowing her not to see the killer until near the end of the book. That was In Her Dreams, which is out now.
Another was I felt was a fun book about a woman waking up after celebrating her 30th birthday to find her parents returned from the dead and staying until she found the right man.  That was Free Spirits, which is out now.
Then there was a book about Caroline and Ryan, two young siblings in Salem, MA, who want a dad for Holly, their mom, so she’ll be happy again. And Ryan’s fervent wish for a puppy. Their wish is so strong they pay $3 to their mom’s best friend’s con artist son to cast a spell in a meadow at midnight during the Summer Solstice. Little do they expect to see a man in black walk out of the fog! Or for that man to be so intrigued when he hears their request that he follows up to find their mom, a descendant of one of the convicted witches of Olde Salem, just might be the perfect woman for him.
There’s a lot of gossip in Salem. Who is Jack, the man in black who the townfolk love to gossip about. What does he do for a living and what about the mysterious woman living with him who he says is his sister? A woman whose arrogant cat’s fur is the same color as her hair and always wears a collar the same color as her clothing, yet few have seen the two at the same time.
There’s Holly, a divorced mom dealing with a deadbeat ex, two kids she loves with all her heart, a job she loves but an overbearing boss who makes her life miserable, a best friend who wishes she could see Jack’s aura, but for some reason he doesn’t have one.
There’s Jack, who bought the haunted house on the outskirts of town, a popular horror author in Europe who’s looking to break into the US market.
And there’s love and magic. Kids doing what it takes to see their mom happy again.
Even casting a spell in a foggy meadow at midnight.
I wanted to write a book that had all the above and more. I’m so happy I accomplished it.  
I hope you enjoy Under His Spell and will look for Countess and the Cowboy, Jack’s sister’s story, that will be released on the 21st.