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Blog Diva - Friday, July 25, 2014
Thank you for joining me for a sneak peek of Her Master Diver, the next book in the popular Masters Men series.
She leaned against the desk and smiled down at the professor. How he got a PhD in anything she couldn’t imagine. He was dense as a petrified rock. The comparison was fitting since he was an archaeologist, or at least that’s what his credentials said. She thought the female doctoral student he’d inherited after her advisor died had more on the ball than the man in front of her did. Still, he was the one who could get her what she wanted.
“This is perfect, darling,” she said, trailing a blood-red fingernail down the side of his face.
“I thought we were going to dive for the Santissima Concepcion,” he said as he licked his lips.
She noticed how, his eyes never made it to her face. He might be questioning her, but his arguments would be minimal. The man was such an easy mark it was almost criminal to take advantage. Then again, she was a criminal, so it didn’t really matter.
“We are, but this way we don’t have to worry about all the red tape. If you can talk the dean into getting us on the dive for La Trinité, we can piggy back and not worry about the rest,” she said moving behind him. She leaned closer, stroking her hands down his flabby chest. At least, this way she didn’t have to watch him salivate while she worked her magic. She had to stop herself from recoiling when he reached behind the chair and slid his hand up her thigh. Read More
Blog Diva - Friday, July 11, 2014
Where are the bodies buried?
What do writers do when they have to hide a story?
This question really called to me because my kids love horror movies and the macabre is all the rage in our house right now.
Last summer I started a novel about an incubus who falls in love with a young veterinary technician. I got about 15,000 words in and I had to stop writing. I can’t say that I won’t ever finish it, more that I just had to write a different book before I could. I would start writing this paranormal love story and a mystery romance tale would just keep popping up. The two mystery protagonists would not leave me be and so their story got pushed to the front burner. Darling’s Desire was born.
Perhaps another reason the story wouldn’t leave me alone was the setting. The story takes place primarily on a secluded lake in Connecticut where some folks have gone missing. I live on just such a lake, although to my knowledge no one has turned up murdered around here. For a variety of reasons the hero and heroine will have to weather a couple of weeks together in a spooky lake house. Passion, drama and mystery ensue. I promise a happy ending but I refuse to make it easy for this couple!
I love including some suspense in all my love stories. My last release, Loving Link, involved discovering the identity of a narcissistic woman intent on destroying the hero and finding fame. The best part was writing about this really hateful creature who was just so dark and evil. I almost want to have her in one more book. Read More
Blog Diva - Friday, June 27, 2014
Blog Diva - Friday, June 20, 2014
Families: You can’t live with them, you can’t kill them.
Families are complicated, especially with a charming father that can’t seem to keep it in his pants. One disinterested father, three different mothers, and four disconnected siblings define their blended home. Follow the Stone family as they discover love and adventure, and the heart of their family.
Stone Cold Heart:
Jess Stone, former FBI sniper, always felt like the kid who looked in the candy store window but could never afford to go in. But on a humanitarian mission to aid an earthquake ravaged country, finally she finds a place where she fits, in Colin Davies' arms, and working for Global Humanitarian Relief, her big brother's company. But can the former SAS thaw Jess's stone cold heart?
Carved in Stone:
Connor Stone has always been odd man out in his family. Not the oldest, not the most charming, he'd had a lock on the youngest until another half-sibling came to live with them, so he raised hell in his youth. Con knows now the only way to redeem himself is with deeds, not words and sets out to prove once and for all he is worthy of the Stone family. When his older brother asks him to take care of business, Con finally will have redemption he craves. Except when Ava Sanchez, his brother's assistant, is threatened, he must choose between saving the girl or protecting his family. Will his choice bring him love or break his heart? Read More
Blog Diva - Friday, June 13, 2014
Thanks for stopping by to check out Eenie, Meanie, Minie, No! I wanted to give you a taste of the fear stalking this high school teacher, so I’ve given you snippets from different parts of the two chapters.
Nikki Sterces wonders if she will ever be free of her high school clique. If you’ve ever had the same feeling or issues with a ‘clique,’ leave a comment here or visit me at sandrakerns.com and let me know.
Nikki smiled as she passed several girls from one of her classes whispering secrets in the hallway.
“Hey, Ms. Sterces,” they said in unison.
“Have a good night, girls. Don’t forget the practice AP test tomorrow.” As she continued walking, she tried not to smirk when she heard a couple of them groan quietly before they returned to their previous conversation. When they started giggling again, she figured they were sharing the silly little secrets of teenage girls. Unfortunately, the chill that raced over her skin reminded her how wrong she could be. The secrets she and her friends shared in high school had been anything but silly and innocent. Read More
Blog Diva - Monday, June 02, 2014
Heroic deeds. Monstrous acts. Events that will leave one woman’s world spinning out of control. ~Chain of Title by Robyn Roze
As a writer, I enjoy creating character driven storylines. In doing so, I often sit back and watch, much like a parent, as my characters (children) make choices I know they shouldn’t, that I’m sure I wouldn’t. I sometimes flinch and look away wishing they’d made different choices, replaying in my head the ‘what-ifs’ of the alternative paths that could have been taken, the heartbreak that could have been spared.
Sometimes we don’t recognize the chain reaction that follows from our decisions until much later, after all the puzzle pieces have snapped neatly into place. How a seemingly innocent choice, or encounter, marked the moment our lives spiraled, unnoticed, along a new trajectory, for better or for worse.
Chain of Title is just such a tale. Paths cross, choices are made, secrets emerge and lives are forever changed, lives sent reeling down a different path. The main characters get stuck in moments of time, like real people, unwilling to forgive betrayals, unable to let go of blind rage, lost love, and hoping in the end to outlive the secrets from their pasts. Read More
Blog Diva - Friday, May 30, 2014
The Difference Between Mystery and Suspense
Although mystery is an element found in every genre…what if there weren’t any secrets to uncover or bad guys to catch? Would you want to turn the pages and continue reading? Romance, romantic suspense, thrillers, historical and other genres all have some sort of element of mystery.
Mystery novels involve a puzzle—a game of whodunit. A crime usually happens and it’s up to the protagonist to uncover the truth.
In a suspense novel–a threat and imminent danger must be resolved not a puzzle being resolved.
Something is coming. Thunder. Footsteps. Bad guys. Run! Run! Run!
It’s the ticking bomb concept.
A suspense novel builds then ebbs creating an emotional rollercoaster and the author ensures it crashes at the perfect moment with a big bang. Read More
Blog Diva - Friday, May 23, 2014
I’m thrilled to be here at the RomCon® Blog for Romantic Suspense Authors. When I attended the conference last summer, my first book, VERMONT ESCAPE, hadn’t released yet. It came out July 19 2013 and is now a Romantic Suspense nominee for the Readers’ Crown award this year. Regardless of that, people warmly welcomed me as a new author. Such a blast!
No wonder I’m looking forward to returning this summer as the author of TWO published books! MuseItUp Publishing e-released TRUTH BE TOLD, May 16. I write Romance, Suspense, Second Chances. Experience Required. My characters have been around for a while and taken some hard knocks. They’re not looking for love. Will love find them? Well, let’s see. Read More
Blog Diva - Friday, May 16, 2014
“I’m doing it as hard as I can!”
“No you’re not! Put some welly into it!”
My best friend and co-author LJ had been persuaded by myself to grab hold of my right arm and pull it because I thought I had dislocated it - my thinking was that if the joint was back in the socket, I’d be able to use the limb again. Unknown to both of us at the time, I had in fact suffered a stroke and that’s why the arm wouldn’t move! A few months later and LJ had the ‘mother of all migraines’ - which also turned out to be a stroke. We are not medically trained - do not try this at home!
Why am I telling you all about this? Well, it’s because of the strokes that LJ and I decided to write our book series ‘Tainted Blood’. It was a sort of therapy for us as we recovered. We had been developing the characters and storylines in our heads for a couple of years but hadn’t done anything significant with them. It’s strange, but when traumatic or challenging circumstances barge into your life, you can either do the ‘ostrich’ thing or bury your head in the sand hoping it will all go away, or you can use it to your advantage. We chose the latter route. Read More
Blog Diva - Friday, April 25, 2014
Fortunately there’s inspiration for hot heroes nearly everywhere. I had a vivid picture in my mind of the hero in my sexy new romantic suspense novel, A Shot of Red—a towering muscular body, overlong dark hair, smoldering eyes, and a perfectly-kissable mouth. But his physical attributes were the easy part. There had to be more that made him sexy. Because sexy is as sexy does, right?
While doing research for the book, I came across The Hill’s 50 Most Beautiful People list. Since A Shot of Red features House of Cards-style political intrigue, and my hero works for a high-ranking senator, I figured I’d have a quick click-through. (Tough research, huh?) It didn’t take long to find what I was looking for. A super-steamy guy who wore suits and rode his shiny BMW motorcycle to work. Instant hotness!
Check out this excerpt and decide if you’d like to take a ride with him!
Mia tentatively grabbed two handfuls of Gio’s leather jacket as he veered onto the parkway and picked up speed, easing the motorcycle through the graceful wooded hills and valleys of Rock Creek Park. The night air was cold and invigorating, much of it blocked from her by Gio’s sheer size and his broad shoulders. Mia wrapped her arms around him and tucked her hands in his coat pockets. She scooted up close and rested against his back, enticed by the scent of leather, leaning in and out of the curves with him, exhilarated by speed and adventure. Exhilarated by him. He felt strong and sturdy in her embrace, raw power emanating from him and the rumbling motorcycle. Read More
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