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Blog Diva - Friday, March 07, 2014
New Release: Captivated (Book 2 in the Bruised Series)
Genre: Interracial Romantic Suspense
Release Date: March 1, 2014
Publisher: Sugar and Spice Press
When she first lays eyes on Mya Riley’s slashed up body, Baltimore Detective Lisa Swanson is certain that the Sandman, a ruthless serial killer from her past has reemerged. Lisa dives headfirst into the case with her partner Dee, and lovesick Winston Lewis, a detective who grows more captivated with Lisa by the day.
The Sandman wreaks bloodthirsty havoc throughout the city, and this time he is determined to make Lisa his victim.
Armed with intense hatred for the Sandman and a stifling fear of who might end up dead next, Lisa struggles to solve the case by the book. But when the Sandman switches up his plan and goes after her lover Jake…Lisa ignores all the rules. Read More
Blog Diva - Friday, February 28, 2014
When Dylan Kellerman enters Shannon’s life he changes its course in more ways than one. He gives her hope and promise of a future she was convinced wasn’t attainable. Just as she begins to believe she has finally turned her life into something she can build a future on…blackness takes over.
Blackness Takes Over centers on relationships as a whole, not just romantic involvement. How those relationships grow and develop lead to the love and desire found in Shannon and Dylan’s relationship. Here’s an excerpt where Shannon goes to her first college party at the home of three (soon to be) friends.
As I make my way gradually through the crowd I grip my clutch (hiding my gun) tightly to my side. My gun is my safety net…always has been. My Uncle Mick taught me to shoot when I was eight. That’s how he got me to talk after I went to live with him. It had been a month and I hadn’t said a word, so he took me out onto his land, maybe a few acres out and put a rifle in my hand. Told me to point and shoot at some targets off in the distance. I did. I hit the target on my first try.
I looked up at him smiling for the first time since my life stopped and asked, “Can I do it again?” That’s when my new life began. Read More
Blog Diva - Friday, February 21, 2014
Kidnapped Hearts Anniversary Jubilee
On sale at: Evernight Publishing
Available at Amazon
To celebrate the release of my debut book, I’m having a scavenger hunt. I will be on several blogs and sites from February 14th-23rd. caitjarrod.com will have the list and links to direct you to the next site. Read More
Blog Diva - Friday, February 14, 2014
You’ve known him as a friend all your life. That’s about to change.
Ever known a nice guy next door? A guy you’ve always been comfortable with? Had your back? Maybe you went to high school together and he was a little older so you hung out in different circles. He went to college two time zones away and you did the whole white gown and flowers thing with your college sweetheart.
Fast forward a dozen years. Your sweetheart wasn’t such a nice guy. In fact he was a rat in in golf clothes who enjoyed making you miserable. So you walked out and started over.
Your nice guy is back; to stay. Things just got a whole lot more interesting.
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Blog Diva - Friday, January 31, 2014
Heaven Save Me from Men who Think They’re God’s Gift to Women
I’ve known a guy like that when I worked as a trainer in a gym in my twenties. Boy, was he pretty to look at: big smile, white teeth, six-pack abs, charisma. Women lined up to swoon after him. They were so excited when they received his phone number, or were asked out for drinks. They had no idea that he was like that with everyone—or that he was already living with someone.
All writers use their own life experiences in their books. When Joe Kessler, small-town football hero turned hot stuff police officer, strutted onto the scene in my bestselling novel Deathscape, I was sure he was just like that guy at my old gym. In fact, here is a gym scene with Joe at the police station. Jack, the hero of Deathscape, is sitting on the mat, having just ended an unpleasant phone call:
Jack hung up on the man as Joe, one of two rookies, pushed through the door and dropped his gym bag on the floor, heading straight for the treadmill with a grin. “Fallen and you can’t get it up?” Read More
Blog Diva - Friday, January 24, 2014
Craving Vengeance Excerpt
Spinelli’s eyes popped open. He stared into the face of an angel. Was he still sleeping? How was it he had lured this beautiful creature into his life just a little over two months ago? He resisted the urge to run his fingers over her soft, milky white skin. She looked so peaceful when she slept. He would never be bored watching her sleep. Her slow even breaths mesmerized him. Was he dreaming? He almost went so far as to pinch his arm.
Shannon stirred and flipped over. Her shiny red hair spread out over her pillow like wildfire. He didn’t need the nearby streetlight peeking through the window blinds to notice her fiery hair, but it certainly helped to illuminate its zest. Spinelli reached over and skimmed his hand over her soft hair. Silky strands sifted through his fingers sending an electrical current rippling throughout his body. He debated waking her, taking her again. He nearly chuckled at the thought. When they’d first met, they couldn’t stand to be with one another, now they couldn’t stand to be apart. Cupid’s arrow struck him, hard and fast, out of nowhere. He was done, toast. Read More
Blog Diva - Thursday, January 23, 2014
Gathering Clouds, the second book in the Colorado Dreams and Desires series.
Returning to the hometown he ran away from twenty years earlier, chef and ex-con Theo DeLeon wants to work and be left alone. Unfortunately, fate doesn’t agree with him. When he’s offered the job of head chef at a restaurant, he expects it to be less about his culinary skills and more about the fact that he killed a man with one punch. Why can’t he leave his past behind?
Gabrielle needs a new chef pronto or her ex-husband might get his wish of running her out of business. She can’t let that happen. Taking a huge gamble she offers the job to an ex-con a friend recommended. Now she finds not only is her restaurant at stake, but her heart might be his next victim. Read More
Blog Diva - Thursday, January 16, 2014
As a writer, one of my favorite things to create is a couple with history.
Take Dr. Jocelyn Promise and Air Force Veteran Caleb Davis, my heroine and hero from my newest release Deep in My Heart.
They weren’t high school sweethearts, honestly they were far from it. He was the sheriff’s son and all around big man on campus. She, the academic and daughter of a felon. All she wanted was to simply survive without being smothered in the social chaos that was high school, but an incident in high school sent her and her mother packing for California and Jocelyn had no intention of ever returning.
Now fifteen years later, she’d ended up back in their hometown of Tuscany, Texas with a veterinarian degree and a solid head on her shoulders.
He, retired from the military and a single father to four children.
Both are trying to recover from wounds of the past, but the funny thing about past events. The more you try and out run them, the more they seems to stay right beside you. Read More
Blog Diva - Friday, January 10, 2014
When the world around us starts to close in and crush us, most of us do something to take away the stress. Some people exercise. Some people play sports. Others watch sports and have a few drinks. Even more people might go to the movies or just grab a book and read. Which do you do?
I do a lot of those activities, but what calms me like nothing else is writing. I don’t mean revising and doing edits. I mean actually putting a pen to a blank piece of paper and just writing. That simple act brings me such satisfaction and truly calms my heart. (And yes, you read that right. I handwrite all my books during the rough drafts. The more I revise the more time I spend on the computer.) Now, this may sound cheesy, but honestly, playing with ideas and discovering new secrets about characters brings so much excitement to my soul. Ask anyone who really knows me! They’ve told me once or twice that my eyes light up and my silly laugh is infectious.
Of course, I do write romantic suspense most of the time so what does it really say about me that I get so tickled with my writing? I’m excited to kill people off? Actually, yes. If I’ve had a bad day I can come home and explore various ways to torture characters. I might consider giving one of the victims the name of someone who gave me a hard time. If I’m angry, I might be in the perfect mood to write a fight scene or a chase scene. Another way writing eases my soul is by being my version of therapy. Last fall I had some medical issues arise that were a bit frightening. Rather than freak out and panic, I would often sit down with my notebook and write out my emotions. I would keep them pretty vague so that I could turn them around and later on add depth to a character. For these two ideas I don’t always have a character in mind. I just write scenes with whatever I’m feeling and then tuck those pieces of paper away in my folders. Eventually those scenes (or revised versions of them) end up in books. Read More
Blog Diva - Friday, December 27, 2013
Sneak Peek at Book III of ‘The Tallent & Lowery Series’
The Hero’s Companion…
“We are about to begin our descent.”
Even though she’d escaped the confines of the plane over an hour ago, the voice of the annoyingly perky flight attendant seemed to be ingrained in Leah Tallent’s mind. She was still saturated with sweat from the claustrophobic cabin; the rancid odor of the re-circulated air that smelled like the regurgitated breath of a minion from Hell still clung to her clothes.
Leah tried to shake the thoughts from her mind as she stared out the window at the new layer of snow on the fields. The blanket of ice was smothering the dark green New England countryside.
Leah was so filled with anxiety that she could barely feel Gareth Lowery’s cold, clammy hand clenched in hers. Exhaustion wracked her body as pictures flashed through her mind like snapshots from an unbelievable nightmare . . . Read More
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