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“Sugar and Ice” – Update


I’m happy to report (so soon!) that my latest release, “Sugar and Ice”, is now available at all the usual retailers for purchase now. You can buy it at Amazon Kindle, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble Nook Book Store, Kobo Books, and at the iTunes book store. I hope you take the time to check it out, and maybe buy it! If you do, please leave a comment on whichever site you purchase it from. It’s wonderful support for an indie author like me, who can’t afford much in the way of traditional advertising.

As always, take care and happy reading!


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Publication News – “Sugar and Ice”

Hello all! I have happy and exciting news to share with you. Available for purchase now is my latest release, an all new novel, “Sugar and Ice.” It stars some familiar characters, or at least they may be familiar if you’ve read “A Crack In the Ice,” and if you haven’t, now’s the perfect time. 😉


When a trade brings Rafe O’Brien back to Montreal, Eliza Murray isn’t sure what to think. Their past was a mixture of joy and heartbreak, and neither of them have quite learned how to move on. Then he walks into her bakery and all those old feelings rush to the surface.

Eliza has been trying to get over Rafe for years. She’s even dating again. But nothing feels quite right without him. When they see each other again, Rafe isn’t the same laid-back, romantic man she once knew. She doesn’t know how to deal with everything he makes her feel and she can’t help but wonder if this is their second chance.

From the moment he sets foot in Montreal, Rafe is bombarded with memories and heartache. He thought he’d moved on but one glimpse of Eliza and he’s lost again. He knows he wants another chance to prove how much she means to him but he has no idea what Eliza wants and he’s terrified that it isn’t him.

I’ll update as my new book becomes available at the other stores, but for now, it’s available at Amazon Kindle and on Smashwords. As always, I ask that you please, please write a review if you purchase my book. I am an indie writer, and can’t afford fancy marketing people and plans, so word-of-mouth and on-line reviews are all I’ve got. I’ll love you forever!

As always, take care and happy reading.

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New Feature – Sneak Peeks

Hello all. 😀

I’m going to try to make an effort to write more regularly on here. Not often, mind you, but in some sort of steady fashion. I make no promises! LOL. I am writing more than I was at this time last year, which is good, and I’ve been working on a few different things. When I say a few different things, I mean many.

I’m trying to edit and revise the fourth book in my TAITS series, I’ve been writing and restarting (many times) a sequel to Breaking Through the Ice, and I’m writing two or three other new stories, in new genres. It’s a bit crazy, trying to focus on one thing long enough to be productive but I enjoy it and I’m sure most writers would tell you that they have one or two things – at least! – on the go at any given time.

Also, as you may or may not know, I don’t really have a beta reader for a lot of things. I’m not complaining, it’s just the way it is. I can send things to a few different friends, but they have lives of their own and I don’t always get the immediate feedback I crave. And of course, it’s all about me! LOL.

In that spirit, I’ve decided to start a new feature on here. It’s a new tab (see above) called “Sneak Peeks”. From time-to-time, I will post small or large chunks of stories I’m working on. Some will be published, some might never be. Some might feature familiar names or places, and others will be entirely new. I hope you’ll take the time to read them over and tell me what you think.

Speaking of sharing thoughts… I want to take a moment to ask anybody out there who has read my published works to consider leaving a comment or rating on them. I’m an indie writer and I have no budget for advertising beyond what I do here or on Facebook. I can’t force anyone to leave comments or ratings and it’s the ONLY way to get the word out about my work. So please, if you’ve purchased something of mine from Amazon Kindle, Smashwords, the iTunes bookstore, Kobo Books or the Nook Book store, please go onto the website and leave a rating, and a comment. It doesn’t have to be a glowing review (though I would prefer not to be completely torn to shreds! 😉 ) but an honest review would be very much appreciated.

On that note, I’ll leave you now to enjoy the first sampling over under my “Sneak Peeks” tab. I hope everyone has recovered nicely from the holiday season and is sticking to their resolutions.

Take care, and happy reading.

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Publication News!

I have exciting news to share. For the first time, I’ve written something brand new for publication. This story has never been posted on any website or forum before. It’s called “A Crack in the Ice” and is a sequel to “Uncovering the Ice”. See below for the book description.

cover page 1st draft

“After a year, Sean Bertrand, hockey player, and Vanessa Landon, erotica writer, are still blissfully in love. Things between them seem to be progressing just as they should. Until the unthinkable happens: Sean is traded to another team. Separated by thousands of miles and divided by miscommunication, their relationship starts to crumble. They need to find a way through this or their once serendipitous romance may finally have reached its breaking point.”

It’s currently only available for sale on Amazon Kindle and Smashwords. Hopefully it won’t take too long to be posted up at the iTunes bookstore and the Nook Book store as well, but as soon as I see them there, I’ll let you know.

Anyway, I hope you venture over to the websites to view the free sample downloads and perhaps that’ll be enough to inspire you to buy it. If you do buy it, please, I encourage everyone to leave an honest review on the websites. I have no other means of advertising and reviews mean everything. So please take the time to leave a review. It doesn’t have to be some long diatribe about what you liked or didn’t like, just a few words would be wonderful. Plus, I just like knowing if you enjoyed it or not. 🙂

Thank you again for following along. I have been rather absent of late, and I promise, it’s only because I’m spending all my spare time writing and editing. I hope everyone is doing well and surviving the start of the season of Big Eating. Anyone else od’d on candy and chocolate from Halloween? Me too!

As always, take care and happy reading!


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Publication News!

I’ve got some big news to share. Well, sort of big. Well… It’s big news to me. 🙂

Anyway, if you’ve been a reader of my work for some time, you may remember a little story called “Uncovering the Ice.” It featured a writer named Vanessa, and the hockey player, named Sean, who emails her after reading one of her stories on-line.

At one time, I had this story published as part of an anthology called “Melting the Ice”, along with two stories by Eve McFadden. I’ve reworked it a bit, returning a lot of my original material from before that publication, and polished it up to offer as a stand-alone book! It’s now available to buy at the Amazon Kindle store. You can visit the website here. For now, it’s only available on Kindle. I’m working on getting it ready for sale on Smashwords, Nook Books, Kobo and the iTunes bookstores, and I’ll let you know as soon as it becomes available there.

If you buy it, or even if you remember it from before, please consider taking the time to leave a comment on the Amazon page. Comments and reader feedback is what we indie authors rely on to push our stories. Also, if you’re hemming and hawing over buying it, maybe this will convince you: at the end is a sneak preview of a forthcoming sequel to “Uncovering the Ice.” 😉

For those of you unfamiliar with the story, here’s the info:

cover page 2nd draft

Vanessa is a romance novelist but in her spare time, she indulges in her passion for hockey by penning hockey-themed erotica that she posts to an erotica website. When her hockey crush, Sean Bertrand, stumbles upon her stories and reacts negatively, she thinks he’s nothing but a crazy person. Their correspondence goes on and against the odds, they get to know each other, even like one another. But will the passion in Vanessa’s stories translate to real life or will the fantasy fall flat?

So now, I’ll leave you to enjoy the rest of your day, evening or whatever time of day you’re in. 🙂

Take care and happy reading!

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Unique to Me, Same to You

Is it possible to create a truly original story? Something that no one else has thought up and written down? A story that bears no resemblance to anything else you’ve read? I think you’d be hard pressed to find something truly unique.

Romance stories definitely follow a formula. Meeting, falling in love, conflict and happy resolution. Mysteries, while they may vary in the format of killing, theft or otherwise, still come out the same in the end. Fantasies and science fiction might show you something different on occasion but it still ends up feeling the same. Some sort of quest, maybe over several books, and then a… Well, if not happy, they come to some kind of ending. Except for A Song of Ice and Fire. That series might never end. 🙂

I often wonder, even as I’m writing something new for me, if someone out there has already written what I have. And maybe done it better. The question that then follows is, should I even bother to keep writing?

Well, of course I will. I enjoy writing just for the simple mechanics of it, as well as crafting a story that I would like to read myself. I enjoy experimenting with different points of view and formats, and writing in different genres. I still prefer writing romance overall, though I still don’t quite know why. I think it’s the ‘safest’ genre for me, if I want to put it that way. Yes, romance are all the same in their basic concepts, but it’s still a hugely popular genre and a billion-dollar a year industry. So… Same or not I’ll keep doing it. Plus, I just love a good romance.

Maybe if I read in a few more genres, branched out a bit, I might find more unique offerings. I already mentioned George Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire. There’s also Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files series. I’ve never come across anything else like that. Maybe there’s more variety in murder mysteries and horror. I just don’t have any interest in reading those. Tough for me to make a call on that.

So back to my original question. How does a writer move past the question of being truly original? Should a writer even attempt to be truly original? Each writer has to decide for themselves, I suppose.

My own biggest problem is not creating a story unique from everything else published out there. It’s writing something that’s unique from my own stories. I’ve written quite a few of the hockey-themed romance stories, as you may already know. I have plans and ideas for several more but I suppose I’ve hit a bit of a block with actually writing them. I don’t know if it’s because I can’t find a somewhat original way to write them, or if I’m bored of the series. I don’t think it’s that, though, now that I’ve written it. I still love hockey and love to romanticize it in any way I can, even though the hockey players are probably less than romantic in real life. 😉 Hey, that’s what romance and stories are for, right? Entertainment and fantasy!

When I branch out into other genres, I end up writing something that feels unique and brand new to me. Obviously. Like “Body of Water” and “Bring on the Wonder”. Those were two wholly new works for me and in all honesty, I’ve never read anything like them. Of course, they’re stories in genres that I don’t typically read, so the other readers of those genres can be the judge of that. But I suppose that’s how I exercise my brain and writing skills when I worry about being original. I start by being original to me, and then maybe it’ll shake something loose for my other stories.

Like I said before, I’m going to keep writing whatever I feel like. Sometimes it’ll be well-received, and other times, maybe not so much. But if negative reviews stopped me, I probably would never have progressed beyond my very first. And my second-grade teacher gave me a glowing review so maybe I got lucky!

Take care and happy reading!

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The More, The Merrier

By now, you all know that I enjoy writing in all different genres. Most of the time, whatever the genre, I still focus on romance. Fantasy, non-human, suspense and all the rest, I always love writing about a relationship going through the stages to some sort of happily ever after ending. I haven’t come close to touching on all genres but I try something different each time and enjoy the challenge of

I came across an article on Slate.com the other day about polygamy and whether or not the average person – in Western society – would give it a shot, if it were legal. Of course, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen, whether it’s because of religious choices or other personal preferences but for the most part, the traditional view of relationships is one-on-one. I’m not talking about marriages – that’s a whole other can of worms I’m not willing to discuss here right now. 🙂

I’ll confess, my view of a desirable relationship is the traditional one. I’ve pretty much only ever fantasized, dreamt of or imagined being in a monogamous relationship with a man. I’m not saying I’ve never once wondered what it would be like to be with another man at the same time or a woman or anything like that, but my preferences have always taken me down the traditional road. There’s nothing wrong with that, just like there’s nothing wrong with being with more than one person, whether it’s in a relationship or as a fling. So long as everyone involved are consenting adults capable of making those choices.

It does make me wonder how complicated these polygamous and multi-partner relationships would be. One-on-one is complicated enough, in my opinion. Can you imagine what it would be like to maintain the same level of intimacy and trust with more than one person, without ever letting yourself play favorites? Maybe I’m oversimplifying. Hey, every relationship is not exactly simple. I can attest to that. The basics are there, trust, honesty, love, some kind of emotional bond, but I find it hard enough to maintain with one person, let alone two.

Also, I’m not the kind of person who could endure an open relationship. Not because I don’t trust my partner absolutely, or that I’m a jealous person by nature. I suppose it’s because I’m a possessive person and don’t want to share. 🙂 I also know I could never find what I share with my SO with anyone else. I may not have had a hundred relationships before finding The One, but I had enough to know what was wrong for me. Again, that doesn’t mean it wouldn’t work for someone else. I just know what’s right or wrong for me.

Back to my original thought, how could I write something like an open relationship in a romantic way? Is it even possible? It might be. It might not. It’s definitely something I wouldn’t mind trying in the future. But what scenario would even be best to try? Two men, one woman? Two women, one man? Two and two? I wouldn’t even know where to start. How does a relationship like that begin?

My guess would be that they begin much the same way as I write my hetero-monogamous romance stories. Meet-cute at a grocery store or something, talk, laugh and date. And then… Well, that’s where I’d probably be at a bit of a loss. More so than usual. 🙂 Hey, I love a challenge!

In other news, it’s been a horrible week for me. Rest assured, I’m OK, my loved ones are OK, but a large bombshell was dropped on me and set me back a bit. Ah well. How would I know when things are OK if once in a while, things were completely messed up? I’m also going to be on vacation over the next couple of weekends and I’m not sure if I’ll have access to regular internet. If I do, I’ll try to stay in touch. If not, then I’ll talk to you in a few weeks.

Take care, and happy reading!

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