Saturday, September 20, 2014

Historical Romance New Release Book Tour!

Happy September to all of our Romance Realm readers!

Big Giveaway
We have a fabulous Lost Colony series book tour taking place right now with a Rafflecopter giveaway. Up for grabs is a limited edition Lost Colony t-shirt, an autographed paperback copy of BREAKING TIES (book one in the series), a signed Lost Colony bookmark, and two packs of 6 free eBooks. :-) Please invite a friend and join the drawing:


New Release
Blurb
Jane Mannering can shoot a rifle and handle a knife as well as any Englishman. However, she is no match for the red-painted warriors who ambush her section of a Colonial caravan the moment she and her friends reach the shores of Virginia.

Jane plots their escape during a forced march inland, leaving a trail of maltese crosses carved on the trees -- their pre-agreed upon signal of distress. All the while, she fumes over what interest their captors could possibly have in a twenty-three-year-old spinster and a rugged band of brick masons, sawyer, and farmers.

When the ruthless Chief Wanchese intercepts them at the crossroads of the Great Trading Path, Jane is shaken to discover their greatest enemy plans to keep her for himself. It's a pity he's the only may on two continents who's ever stirred her heart. Alas, she has an entire colony to save, and capturing his attentions is not part of their escape plan.

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Excerpt
My eyes drank in the massive arms and broad chest that tapered down to a narrow torso. He was nothing like the slender dandies in London who paraded about in excessive amounts of clothing. Nay, this man required no starched shirts and ruffs or padded doublets to enhance his frame. Silk hosiery and buckled shoes would have made a mockery of such unfettered male strength. The sun-bleached buckskins and well-worn moccasins were the only adornments a man of his ilk would ever require. 
“You take pleasure in what you see, no?” He leaned towards me again. 
I backed up until the wall of the cavern pressed into my shoulder blades. Of course, I liked what I saw, but ‘twould be unladylike in the extreme to admit it and grossly conceited of him to question me in such a manner. I straightened and returned stare for stare. The intensity of his gaze unsettled me. Though unsmiling, a wealth of emotions radiated from him. Curiosity. Interest. Desire. And ironclad determination. “You mean to take me for yourself,” I stated in a dull voice. 
Wanchese placed his hands against the wall on either side of me. “When I am ready, aye.” 
I sniffed. “Then you are no better than the rest of those savages who —” 
“Heathen and savage,” he corrected tersely. “A phrase I’ve heard oft enough in your own Queen’s Court.” 
I scowled at the reference to his stint as a diplomat in my homeland. A fine time it was to rub my nose in his superior social status. Born into a life of servitude, ’twas ironic how my lot had not changed one whit on the other side of the world. My chest heaved with the effort to control my alarm. Too tired to fight him off, I searched his face for any sign of compassion beneath the hard outer shell.
Humor deepened the color of his eyes as he rolled to his back in one swift movement and cradled his head in clasped hands. “You will come to me.” 
“Indeed I will not,” I gasped, both relieved at the distance between us and puzzled by the game he played, a game for which I knew not the rules. “’Twould be unseemly.” 
“Aye, you will,” he retorted, clearly enjoying himself. “Beneath your…” He nodded at the remnants of my gown. “… finery…is a passionate woman who is accustomed to taking what she wants. ’Tis I, methinks, who will be taken by you and not the other way around.”
Remaining Tour Schedule

September 19 Interview

Darkest Cravings

September 22 Spotlight
Theresa Stillwagon

September 23 Character Interview
Author Karen Swart

September 25 Guest blog
Fang-tastic Books

September 26 Spotlight
FictionZeal.com 

September 29 Guest blog
More Romance Please

September 30 Guest blog
Roxanne’s Realm

October 1 Interview
Author Anita Cox

October 2 Spotlight
Sizzling Book Blog 

October 3 Spotlight
CBY Book Club

October 6 Guest Blog (review later)
Historical Fiction Obsession

October 7 Interview
Deal Sharing Aunt

October 8 Interview
Pembroke Sinclair.  

October 9 Spotlight
Booklover Sue 

October 10 Spotlight and review
Illuminite Caliginosus

October 13 Review
Brooke Blogs


Come join in the tour fun. Next week is a super fun never-before-seen Lost Colony game with a gift card up for grabs -- offered exclusively to players/commenters on the Fang-tastic blog stop. Hope to see you there!

Happy reading and best wishes on winning. :-)

Jo

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Keeping Track of Myself

I've had a magical few days here in North Carolina and Tennessee. I've been gone from home for approximately 10 days now, beginning my journey in Greensboro, North Carolina at the Writer's Police Academy. With a bit of an ache in my heart at missing the experience of my five grandchildren getting together, some for the first time, the precious gift of their little lives is being shared without me present.

I write romantic suspense and wanted to get some edgy details to use in some of my scenes and plots. While sitting through classes on blood spatter, domestic terrorism, SWAT techniques and evidence recovery (yes, including dead bodies), I learned about the psychology of police in deep undercover assignments. These are people who sometimes sacrificed the relationships with their kids, their wives and other family and friends, to do a job to help make us safer. True heroes. Not doing it for bragging rights, money, film deals or fame. They do it because it's their job, and they can do it.

On Monday I traveled to Nashville to meet and spend time with my fabulous narrator/storyteller, J.D. Hart and his wife, Cherokee. We began the journey with a horse and buggy ride down Broadway, where the above picture was taken, and ended with a whole day of watching country stars perform at Northstar Studios in a tribute to Lee Price. I got to shake hands with legendary performers, like Roy Clark, I'd seen on TV or heard on the radio ever since high school. I heard some great old stories about love, lost love and new love.

We later went to the Blue Bird Cafe and heard more music and indulged in buying memorabilia I'll be wearing around Santa Rosa when I tool around in my convertible. The Silver Fox will be adorned with a new tee shirt and hat as well.

Now I'm at the IRC, Indie Romance Convention in Lebanon Tennessee. We're learning from each other, and networking, even writing as we congregate. Getting together with other like-minded writers, and sharing our ideas and time with readers is one of the most enjoyable things to do. J.D. and I presented a class on audio books and basically got to ham it up in front of our peers. Met new writer friends who are doing fantastic things I've never thought of doing. Gave me new marketing ideas and some software I can use to make the editing process easier.

Saturday we're doing a book signing and I again get reunited with my storyteller, who will sign some posters for some of my reader fans, and probably some other authors as well.

After this conference, I have one more to go, in October, where I will be traveling to Florida. Next year I won't go to so many. But every one I've been to has given me information I can use. Some were better suited for me, some were a grave disappointment, but there were still lessons learned and bright spots even in the ones I wished I'd not spent the time and money to attend. I go home with a renewed conviction I am in the right business, and at the right time, and sharing it with the right people around me. I have truly the best readers and writer friends anyone would ever want. And I have the support and love of those I hold dear and precious.

My life prospers in so many ways it is difficult to count. Thank you for taking a little time from yours to spend it with me here.

Sharon Hamilton
Life is one fool thing after another.
Love is two fool things after each other.





Friday, August 29, 2014

TMI Post

This will be one of those posts your mother told you never to do. Heck, I've been in such a mood lately, and I have no real reason for it, I'm not quite sure how it will turn out. But here goes. Bear with me. I get this way every time I get towards the end of another book, and boy is this one grabbing hold of me and not letting go. That's usually a good thing.

You are looking at the picture at the upper left side of this page and you're going, "What on earth is she going to do with all those things: a black nightie, a red bra, Colin Kaepernick unisex multi-sport flavored mouthguards, and a TRX training system?" Just for the record, only the mouthguards are flavored in Blue Raspberry, Fruit Punch and Bubble Gum.

Every once in awhile I feel the need for new underwear, and I found some really nice things at my favorite store. The sweet lady who owns the shop also reads my books. My first heroine, Christy, had worked at a lingerie shop in San Francisco on trendy Maiden Lane in the story, so I tried on every kind of French bra I could find one afternoon and came home after the family had eaten dinner. New underwear makes me feel like a new woman. What can I say?

I've been a little mouthy lately, not quite holding back words I probably should have. Hopefully I
haven't said too many things I will live to regret. The flavored mouthguards, with beautiful Colin demonstrating how to hold a football, were something I could use one of these days. The old saying that God gave us two ears and one mouth is ruminating around in my brain. Of course, it does all depend on what that mouth is doing. Could be very important for the health of a relationship, don't you think?

Now the TRX system is not some new bondage thing for use in the bedroom, although I am sufficiently whipped into shape by my new personal trainer, Erik. He was the one with all the tats in the Ice Bucket Challenge earlier in the month. First he kicked my but on this TRX thing, and then he squeezes eggs, flour and salsa on my head. All for a good cause, though.

The saying on the box says Make Your Body Into A Machine. Well, I already am. I'm a machine of pure emotional energy, dressed in a red bra, my Fruit Punch mouthguard making me drool over my chin while I hang with my TRX from the yellow military equipment I just happen to have in my backyard. The dogs are barking, the electrician has put his palm over his eyes and my husband is shaking his head from side to side with a sudden urge to do a Costco run.

But I am working it. I'm working my story. I'm working my sexual energy with my new underwear. I'm doing presses and curls and squats with my new bondage system, while my breath is fresh and my teeth are protected. The world is protected too since I cannot say a word. I have to write it.

So I give you some sage advice, should you want or need it:

1. Wearing red underwear is always sexy and makes for fun writing. It's also useful for other things.
2. Sometimes it's better to keep your mouth shut, and protected with a little restraint, and yes, it's okay to do it flavored.
3. There is no point to doing a workout unless it can be done to the extreme. Like sex, the more intense it is, the better it is for you. Training my mind and my body is good for compelling stories. When I get sore, staring at the stars in a hot tub at midnight can cure all ills.

Just a little of my personal logic for a dying August, waiting for a bright September. What do you think? I'll pick the best answer on Sunday night and award a tee shirt with his logo on the backside.




Sharon Hamilton
Life is one fool thing after another.
Love is two fool things after each other.