Friday, July 18, 2014

Happy Release Day to Me!

It's finally here! I know you've been waiting for it. 
Sorry I took a year to write it, but at the time Crow Magic released I didn't realize a series would be born. And then an eagle visited me....

 Legend of the Spirit Series

I hope you enjoy Dyami and his story.


Blurb
Dyami Schafer, a Native American from the Chippewa tribe, leads a lonely life due to his large size and unusual appearance. When his nesting instinct sets in, he turns to Madame Eve and 1Night Stand to help him find his spirit mate. Or at least a woman who accepts him as an eagle shifter.

Amanda Collins never stopped loving the Chippewa boy she knew from her childhood. Maybe a night with a Native American man will help her forget the past and let her move on with her life.

Sometimes, it’s necessary to take a step into the past before dancing into the future. With the help of Madame Eve, will the Spirit of the Eagle carry Dyami and Amanda?


Excerpt
She brushed the gray tips and white strands of hair that gave him such untamed nobility. With a finger, she traced his face from his temple to his jaw, across his lips, then scraping her nails along the fine hair under his chin. A man of his enormous size would be capable of great strength, and a gal could easily lose herself in his arms for more than one night. His gaze intensified under her scrutiny.
“What do you see when you look at me?” he asked and lowered his eyes. Sinfully long lashes brushed his cheeks.
She considered him to be the most gorgeous man alive. His eyes mesmerized her. Some would consider the unusual color to be eerie, but she saw a whirlwind of emotions, from pain to hope, drawing her into his soul. Did his unusual appearance cause issues and uncertainty in his life? Despite his intimidating frame, he exhibited control and gentle qualities in the tender way he’d held her when they danced and the way he’d admitted his soft spot for animals. In arms like his, a woman could find paradise in many ways.
She cupped his face and forced him to meet her gaze. “I see a handsome, mystical warrior from another world.”
“Handsome, huh? I think you need your vision checked. I am nothing more than a simple Chippewa from Michigan.” His mouth was inches from hers. “However, I can be magical and take you wherever you want to go.”
“Then dance with me,” she whispered.




Crow Magic - 1st book in the Spirit of the Legend series is on sale for 99cents. 


 Eagle Dance on Amazon

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

#HumpDayHotties

I thought I'd post the visual inspiration for the characters in Eagle Dance.
This pic of Jay Tavare started the entire story.
MMA Fighter, Ben Henderson let me use his back for inspiration.
Dyami's golden eyes


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Tuesday Teaser - Eagle Dance



Blurb:
Dyami Schafer, a Native American from the Chippewa tribe in Michigan leads a lonely life due to his large size and unusual appearance. When his nesting instinct sets in, he turns to Madame Eve and 1 Night Stand to help him find his spirit mate or at least a woman who enjoys dancing and accepts him as an eagle shifter.

Amanda Collins never recovered from unrequited love and memories of a Chippewa boy. She believes a simple night with a Native American man will make her forget the past so she can move on with her life.


Madame Eve partners them for a 1 Night Stand in the magical Rose Cabin at the Poconos Mountain Resort. During a blizzard they learn one must step into the past before dancing into the future. Will the Spirit of the Eagle carry them?








Here is the first page:
Chapter One

Frilly snowflakes fell, decorating the sleeve of his Carhartt jacket. A pair of the crystals landed on the hard material, molded together to form a larger, even more beautiful design.
No two flakes are the same, yet they manage to find a mate. Is my design too different, that I’ll never find my match? Dyami sighed, his breath releasing in a puff of white and releasing the negative vibes teasing the edge of his mind. He straightened and stretched stiff back muscles. Everything in nature happens for a reason.
Over a few beers several months earlier, he’d celebrated his own pity party with a friend. He’d vented his frustration of women staring at him with fear or disgust and had reached his limit of tolerating loneliness. His large size and dark, Native American features often intimidated strangers. Women of his tribe whispered of his peculiar eyes and often walked away, repulsed.
Unfortunately, his nesting instinct had also recently kicked in. He wanted a good woman who would accept and love him for the rest of his life. His drinking buddy had mentioned an elite dating service, 1Night Stand, that set up blind dates that often led to a love match. Dyami’s spirit nurtured the seed of hope at the recommendation and persuaded him to fill out the paperwork for a date.
Then, a week earlier, he’d stood on his porch, drinking his morning coffee, when a hawk flew overhead. His people considered hawks to be messengers, and he’d wondered about the significance of the creature’s visit. With an impatient heart, he went inside, checked his email, and discovered a message from Madame Evangeline, the owner of 1Night Stand.
Following a day of work, he’d driven almost seven hundred miles in poor weather to meet his date. He’d planned to arrive at his destination with vim and vigor, not exhausted. Eventually, he’d given in to his fatigue and spent the night in a cheap hotel along Interstate 80.
Now, standing and waiting for his date, he watched a plow rumble on the road and the world grow white and admired the serene landscape. Giant evergreen boughs were laden with heavy snow, much like the mental weight he carried. The trunks stood strong, bearing the spirits of the earth. Crisp air filled his lungs. Around his neck hung a pendant with a small eagle mounted on an arrowhead representing his lineage. Clasping it, he closed his eyes. The rough edges dug into his palm, yet gave him comfort. Some of the legends of his culture were true; such as those telling of people born with a totem animal or a spirit guide. His ancestors had been blessed by the Great Spirit. In every generation, one man be born not only with a spirit animal residing within his soul, but also the gift of shifting from man to that of his spirit animal.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Monday Mojo - Cover Reveal & Count Down

COVER REVEAL

Eagle Dance will be released this Friday.
SQUEEEEEE!

I'd like to take a moment to publicly acknowledge Ben Henderson and his awesome manager, Julius Henderson of Smooth Entertainment for their help with the book cover. The hero's tattoo was based on the beautiful wings tattooed on Ben's back. With Julius' help,  Ben allowed us to use his image to be used on the cover. (Ben is a mixed martial arts fighter.)

The real Ben Henderson and his gorgeous wings.

How about that for your dose of Monday Mojo!



Thursday, July 10, 2014

Thursday 13- Cheap Summertime Date Ideas

Doing activities together strengthen the bonds in a relationship. However, not everything has to lead to lovemaking, simply being together doing non-romantic things gives a relationship a boost. Social science researches have discovered key activities that seem to help couples stay healthily bonded.
* Taking on a challenge together
*Being active together
*Sharing interest or exploring new ones
*Celebrating or learning more about your partner
*Doing the sexy stuff
*Making time for talking and laughing


Here is my list of 13 Cheap Date Ideas:

1. Visit your childhood... 
visit your old elementary schools, climb on the monkey bars. Share stories about your childhoods.

2.Take a camping class....
North Face, Columbia, Coleman and Bass Pro shops offer one day Camping 101 classes.

3. Just get in the car and drive...
Pick up some iced coffees or ice cream cones and go for a drive. Need a destination? Open a map, close your eyes and put a pin on the map and see where you might head off to.

4. Picnic...
Pack a picnic and head to a park. A change of scenery is nice.

5.Visit an observatory...
Many are open to the public once a month for free or a small fee. Some include lectures or concerts.

6. Find a night program at a park...
Many state and national parks offer nighttime programs such as moonlight hikes and star gazing.

7. Take dancing lessons...
many dance studios and clubs offer free dance once-a-week classes.

8. Volunteer...
Habitat for Humanity has programs running all summer long.

9. Reenact your first date...
If you can't go back to the original location, simply get creative.

10. Go shopping...
You don't have to save shopping for when you need something, but go just to go and not be interrupted by kids. Enjoy the ability to look at everything. Don't be afraid to get a little silly... just don't get thrown out by security.

11. Go to a community event….
Concerts in the park and outdoor movies are common in many areas. 

12. Attend a local movie festival…
See one-of-a-kind movies shown in smaller venues.

13. Visit your local coffee shop…

They often host local poets and authors for readings as well as musicians.

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