Sunday, May 26, 2013

Weekend Writing Warriors #16!

Greetings, friends! Welcome to the madness! Today I'm sharing something completely different again. It's a story I wrote called 'All Action, No Talk', which will be featured in the Wedding Day Collection releasing the week of June 9th! Let me tell you how it all came to be. One day I got this crazy idea in my head. I thought, hey, Evelyn, why don't you write a story about a mime and a clown? Then I laughed at myself, because I think I'm pretty funny and stuff. But then I stopped laughing because OMG, this was a brilliant idea! So I found a scrap piece of paper and started jotting down all the bits of plot and dialogue that were floating and bouncing and cartwheeling in my head. And then I pitched my kooky idea, including stick figure art, to the collection editor and instead of shipping me off to the loony bin, she actually LIKED the idea. She liked it so much she decided to give me a spot in the collection! *happy dances* :D

It's not a dirty story. Shocking, I know. It's actually a beautiful love story of two circus freaks...Oh, hell, just read the blurb. 

Alice Moore is a clown . . . in love with a mime.

Her parents have never approved of her circus-oriented lifestyle and in effort to deter her from wasting her life clowning around, they set her up with family friend, Grant Humphrey. A practical man. A businessman. And the last man on earth she wants to marry, but here she is, marching down the aisle toward him.

Alex Holiday is a mime . . . in love with a clown.

He’s silently followed Alice from venue to venue on the circus circuit, working alongside her, worshiping her in secret. He’s never been able to tell her how he feels . . . until now. When he catches wind of the upcoming wedding, he vows to put a stop to it. But will his objection be too late?

And I have cover art to share! 

And now, my eight sentences....

He looked nothing and everything like the man she’d grown to love, all put together in a suit and tie, shy and vulnerable and beautiful.

“You’re here.” Her voice cracked on the last word, and she hated that more than the idiotic statement itself.

He nodded and his grin deepened, sharpening the lines that bracketed his mouth, lines that told the tale of a thousand soundless stories.

She closed the distance between them but stopped just shy of launching herself at him. Probably not the best thing for an almost-married woman to be doing with a man that she wasn’t almost-marrying but wished to heaven she was.

“You look…different,” she said, chuckling. Her hand reached out of its own volition and touched the lightweight wool of his jacket.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Take a moment and visit the other Weekend Writing Warriors! Wishing you all a wonderful day! :)

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Weekend Writing Warriors #15!

Holy crap! I almost forgot to post something tasty for you fabulous people to read! My apologies. Long weekends will do that to a girl. Plus, I'm hanging out with one of my favourite gal pals and we stayed up super late watching Firefly episodes and young Nathan Fillion...Enough said. 

So, without further ado, here is a little snippet from my romantic comedy, Cheapskates in Love! Wait! I actually have an official blurb for this one! And a cover! Because it released back in January! :D

Here's the blurb! 

It’s couples' skating night down at the local rink and Elena Armstrong can’t seem to keep her cocky jock blind date around long enough to knee him in the balls. Sadly, she was too much of a cheapskate to pay for a membership to an online dating site and based everything on Leonard’s personality profile alone. Big mistake.

At the opposite end of the rink, Ben Kessel, another cheapskate on a blind date with Iris, the ice princess, is having a similarly miserable time. Elena, a hater of all things sports-related, inches out into the skating world butt-first and collides with Ben. After sharing their hilarious and horrifying dates-gone-wrong stories, the two disappear and make everything right again on the floor in the players’ dressing room. Almost everything. They forget to exchange numbers. Now these two cheapskates need to make the ultimate sacrifice: pay for a membership to the online dating site so they can track ea
ch other down. But is the possibility of love really worth the price of $24.95 per month? 

And now, my eight sentences! This exchange occurs shortly after the butt-first collision. 

Her butt made contact with the bench and she jerked upright. “Gah!”
His eyes widened in panic. “What’s wrong?”
“Coccyx,” she muttered, rubbing her backside.
He blushed profusely and she relished the rosy tinge that lit his smooth, kissable cheeks. “Excuse me?”
This time she chuckled. “Tailbone. I think I must have bruised it when I…butt-checked you.

There we go! I think we're all set now. Be sure to visit the other Weekend Writing Warriors, and have yourselves a marvelous day! 

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Weekend Writing Warriors #14!

Happy Sunday and Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there! I'm pretty certain that I have the best mom in the entire world. She's kind, caring, unfailingly generous, incredibly supportive of all my wacky schemes and dreams, and she's also my best friend in the world. She's been through so much in her life. Her health has had dramatic ups and downs, but she's fought hard and battled through every obstacle. She's strong and brave. She's my hero. 

I won't be able to see her today, but I saw her two days ago, during which time she took me shoe shopping for a pair of girly shoes for my brother's upcoming wedding. I am so not a heel girl, and, quite frankly, my man feet aren't fit for anything other than athletic shoes and Birkenstocks. But, somehow, God bless her, Mom managed to find a pair of heels that I didn't hate, that were a size 8 1/2 wide, and that were shockingly comfortable. They were under a glass case, guarded by four German Shepherds and a 6'4 Royal Canadian Mountie named Patrick. Well, not really, but they should have been. Anyway, Mom was especially pleased because when I tried walking in them around the store I wasn't THAT awkward. And I still have three weeks to practice! :D

Oh, I guess I should share some fiction with you now. I've decided to feature another excerpt from my hockey story, Body Check. I think the scene speaks for itself. Alicia Holden is in her hockey hero, Mike Converset's, bed, and basically she's the happiest woman alive. 

With her head propped on pillows, she marvelled at the way he shed the remainder of his clothing, so agile and efficient in his movements. Jeans off, boxers gone. Holy shit. Naked. Naked Mike. Naked Mike holding a condom. Naked Mike crawling toward her. Naked Mike wanting to have sex with her.

Hope you enjoyed! Be sure to visit the other Weekend Writing Warriors! Take care and have a wonderful day! :) 

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Author Interview starring Maggie Wells!

Greetings, friends, fans, and fellow authors! My bestie, Maggie Wells, is back on my blog to talk to us about a special project she’s been working on for the past year. She, along with three other talented authors, put together a collection of stories called Love Letters, featuring six smokin’ hot volumes.

I thoroughly enjoyed the first volume (pictured above) and I feel very fortunate that we managed to steal Maggie for an interview before she becomes one of those hugely famous authors who force their publicists to do interviews for them. ;) Lucky for all of us, we’ve got the real deal here. So, without further ado, here’s Maggie!

Ha! Like I could ever escape your clutches, Evelyn. Hi all! I’m so happy to be back here on my bestie’s blog!

Could you tell us a bit about the process involved in creating the Love Letters collection?

In January 2012, Ginny Glass tweeted that she was looking to work with some erotic romance authors on a project she’d been cooking up in her head. I was one of many who replied. She wanted to write a sexy short story for each letter of the alphabet. How could I resist? We all sent a pitch for a letter and a writing sample, and Ginny chose the ones she thought fit the spirit of the project best. That’s how she ended up saddled with me, Emily Cale and Christina Thacher, and the rest is history!

How are each of the volumes unique?

It turns out that by pure coincidence, each of the stories we submitted for consideration had at least a hint of BDSM involved. We got to talking about the project and decided to assign a different theme to each volume. Here’s the scoop on the entire series:
Volume 1: Obeying Desire (A-D)(Theme: BDSM)– April 2013
Volume 2: Duty to Please (E-H) (Theme: Military)–May 2013
Volume 3: Wicked Whispers (I-L) (Theme: Dirty Talk)–June 2013
Volume 4: Travel to Temptation (M-Q)(Theme: Exotic Erotic)– August 2013
Volume 5: Exposed (R-U) (Theme: Voyeurism/Exhibitionism)–September 2013
Volume 6: Cowboy’s Command (V-Z) (Theme: Western)–October 2013

Which theme did you find the most challenging to write?

I have to say the BDSM theme in the first volume was my biggest challenge. I had a little handcuff play in my story because the hero is a cop, but it wasn’t nearly up to the standards set by the other stories. Once we got to the edit rounds it became clear that I was going to have to ramp it up. Let’s just say it was a learning experience for me as well as for my hero and heroine.

I heard a rumour that you co-wrote one of the stories with fellow author, Emily Cale. What was that experience like?

Ha! Emily and I had a blast. Our shared story is X is for XXX Ranch and will appear in Volume 6: Cowboy’s Command. It’s about a woman who inherited a bit of property that wasn’t exactly the type of ‘working ranch’ she envisioned. I had a great time getting to know these three women over the course of the past year. In co-writing this story, Emily and I discovered our mutual affection for whorehouses, bendy straws and roosters.

Last but not least, tell us about the sexiest thing you’ve done this year. :D

Me? I’m sexy every damn day. No one rocks a pair of sheep pajamas the way I do. Just ask my man. I’m never alone in the bubble bath because I always take the hero in whatever book I’m reading with me. Sometimes I let my hubby hand-feed me Cheez-Its while I’m writing a particularly frisky scene. You want sexy? You should see my laundry folding skills. Totally hot.

*giggles* Do you see why I love this girl so much? Thanks for being here, Maggie! I wish you all the best of luck with your series! So, you interested in knowing where you can buy these babies? Check out Carina Press!

Now, since I have the elusive Maggie in my evil clutches, do any of you have questions you'd like to ask her? Share below! 

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Weekend Writing Warriors #13!

Hiiiiiiiiii! Thanks for coming! I'm in a fantastic mood right now, mainly because I spent the majority of my day at one of the happiest places on earth, Great Wolf Lodge. It's essentially a giant indoor water park inside a hotel, with slides that will freak your freakin' freak. And as if that isn't cool enough, when I wasn't slippin' and slidin' and splishin' and splashin', I was playing this ridiculously addictive game all around the hotel that involved magic wands and treasure chests and dragons, and I was taking out any kid that was blocking my path. Have I mentioned that I'm competitive? Well, I can assure you that no children were injured. Physically. Their pride took a big hit, though. :D 

Okay, so about my new story. I wrote a quick and dirty hockey story a while back called Body Check. I'm making some edits on it now and will be subbing it in the near future. Here's the premise: Alicia Holden is like the hugest hockey fan evah and has a major crush on hockey hunk, Mike Converset. She ends up winning a dinner with him in an online charity auction, and the two meet up in his hotel room...where there is also a bed. And it's always nice to make use of beds when they're just there lookin' all comfy and stuff. So yeah. In this scene they're making use of the king-size bed....

The weight of him pressing against her felt like heaven. She rocked her hips.
“Stats,” he blurted. “Gimme some stats.”
Beads of sweat gathered on his forehead. He was right on the edge, and she was the one who brought him there. A surge of pride rushed through her blood. “One-hundred-and-six points in seventy-five games this season.” 

Hope you enjoyed! Have a delightful day and be sure to visit the other Weekend Writing Warriors! :)