Wednesday, May 4

A Visit to Kristina's Desk

It's release week here at Casa Knight, which means a few more random things than usual have taken up residence on my desk...Also, I swear there are fairies living in my house that just leave things around for me.

I could, of course, put these things away, but if the fairies are, in fact, leaving them for me then they can just as easily put them back where they belong. I think the fairies and I are at a standoff. Anywho, here's what I've found this time:

An empty container of Ice Breakers cinnamon mints. I'm fairly certain I've thrown the container away at least twice now, but it keeps coming back. Maybe the fairies are hoping I can work some crafting magic and turn it into a house?

Seven pennies, two nickels, a dime and five quarters. Apparently I needed change for something? It's in my little daisy saucer, along with a couple of strawberry binder clips and my MultiSport watch. And 2 Hershey's Kisses...I'm not sure what it says that I have kisses next to me workout watch....

Speaking of crafting, there is a small, black pouch filled with bebe's wool work. She left it here after we went to a sew-in with grandma a couple weeks ago. My new lightbox (also for sewing) has taken up residence on the corner of my desk. I have the perfect spot for it on the top of my office bookshelves. Of course, I can't reach the top of my shelves, therefore I need RadioMan's help, and I keep forgetting to ask for his help.

A hot pink post-it note that reads Awarken but not before 9438 research. I have no idea what it means, which means I should just toss it, but I keep thinking that I'll remember what I meant and that it will be important. Also, my new planner-fitting notepads arrived - aren't they the perfect shade of mint?

My Avenger's Coaster (thanks, Margie) is still right there next to my computer, and this morning my cup is filled with iced green tea and it tastes like...summer. If only the weather would start feeling like summer!

And, finally, a leather-banded charm bracelet that I made as a giveaway for the Summer of Love giveaway (you could win a book a month for the summer). You can enter here.

If you haven't picked it up yet, Protecting the Quarterback is out now and available in both print and's a little blurb:

This is more than just a her 

Sports broadcaster Brooks Smith has always been more involved with the game than the players. But after she shares the spotlight at an awards ceremony with tabloid sensation Jonas Nash, one night of letting her guard down around the infamous quarterback spirals into many heated days and nights together when she gets assigned to the story of the year…
The hottest player in professional football is hiding a secret that could end his career for good. Now Brooks is caught on the sidelines between the job she loves and the man she is falling in love with.

Buy Protecting the Quarterback: Amazon  B&N  iBooks  KOBO  Harlequin

Tuesday, May 3

Favorite Summer Reads

Summer is coming and that is my time to reread the books I love. For many years--many years ago--I reread Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind and Rachel Fields's book All This and Heaven, Too. Then I went through my Daphne du Maurier summers, where I reread Rebecca, The House on the Strand, Jamaica Inn, The Scapegoat . . . well, you get the picture. Now, my summer comfort reads are Liz Flaherty's One More Summer, Jar of Dreams, A Soft Place to Fall . . . oh, heck, anything by Liz Flaherty is rereading pleasure.

When I was a young teen, I read every one of Rosamund du Jardin's books every summer. Pam and Penny Howard and Tobey Heydon were like old friends. I still have the entire collection on my bookshelf. They were my first introduction to romance and I loved them! I haven't read them for a long time, but now I'm wondering if maybe I shouldn't just go back and reread the whole du Jardin set of books this summer. Hmmmm . . .

No, although the temptation is great to bask in past reading pleasures, I've decided that this summer, I'm going to read some of the books on my Kindle that I haven't gotten to yet. I probably download at least three to five books a week, thanks to BookBub and The Fussy Librarian and Robin Reads. They send me emails and I always seem to find a book or two that sounds appealing. Some I start books and never finish them because they're just bad books or they don't keep my interest--they get deleted from my Kindle. Some I read partway through and although I might be enjoying the book, I get distracted and don't finish it  and then I lose the thread of the story and rather than start over, I . . . delete it. I know--that's not fair. But it's the result of having a glut of books in the market . . . and they're still waiting in the Cloud, so I can always get them back if I choose.

So, today, I'm starting a book I downloaded sometime in 2014 . . . I don't know which one yet. I'll pick tonight when I sit down to read. How many books do you have waiting on your Kindle or e-reader? What books do reread and reread?

Monday, May 2

Monday, good to me...

It's Liz here.

Today I am going to do what Margie does so well on blog posts. I'm going to write in pieces and parts without feeling as if a beginning, middle, and end are requirements. (I just gasped and had to force my fingers to stay on the keys because in my writer's mind, of course they're requirements.)

My daughter-in-law's birthday was yesterday. She is one of my favorite people in the world, so dear to me I don't know how to put it into words. It's different, how you feel about your kids-in-law, than how you feel about the ones they married, but the feeling is still strong, intense, and precious. Those are all things my Tahne is, too. Happy birthday, honey--love you bunches.

Next Sunday is Mother's Day. It's the first one I haven't had a mother to call, send flowers to, or go and visit. It hurts, but to my mom and my other mom, thank you. I love you bunches, too.

Kristina Knight has a new release. Don't miss Protecting the Quarterback. I'm behind--I just finished What the Bachelor Gets, but this one's waiting on my Kindle for me.

Tahne and Chris--they are my oldest set of kids--bought a house in the mountains in North Carolina near Asheville. They just took possession and are in the process of painting and having more hardwood floor laid than I've waxed in my lifetime. Two of my grandsons--they are the adventurous sort--drove eight hours to check in with their aunt and uncle and look at the new house. My granddaughter drove a couple of hours to join them at the house and they had an impromptu cousin campout. The next morning, the boys headed back to Indiana. Although my Nana radar was screaming about having all those kids on the road on the weekend undoubtedly driving too fast, I loved the adventure. I love them and they make counting my blessings like trying to fill a bag with air-filled balloons--there are just too many to confine in one place.

If you haven't looked at yesterday's post, look now and enter for the prize packs for Leigh, Melinda's, and my Heartwarming releases.

I am sick of rain. Just sayin'... But I still love Mondays, and new books, and friends who write them, and other friends, and family...

Have a great week.

Friday, April 29

A.D. Ellis is in the House!!

My Peep-Show month is almost over. I’ve been thrilled to present new releases by just a few of my fellow writer friends (and, thrill you with a peek at cover model Scott Nova J), and today is my last opportunity for April. Don’t get me wrong, I love promoting other writers, and hope you don’t mind me doing that here at Word Wranglers. One of the worst things about being a writer is knowing how many readers out there may never otherwise be introduced to some of these fabulous gals (and guys). One of the best things about being a writer is helping introduce these writers to new readers.

So, [reader], allow me to introduce [writer] to you. [Writer], this is [reader]. *wipes hands* My work here is done. J

Okay, that’s not true. My work is far from finished, and I still have one more awesome author to share with you this month. Her latest novel, “Something About Him: Bryan & Jase” just released yesterday! Author A.D. Ellis crafted a much-loved fictitious town of Torey Hope, which has inspired several books such as “For Nicky”, “Because of Beckett”, and award-winning “Loving Josie.” The world of these characters expanded into a cast of new characters who also needed their stories told, and this took A.D. into a new realm of romance. She moved from writing heterosexual contemporary romance to writing male/male romance, and the response from her fans continues to support her choice.

“Something About Him: Bryan & Jase” is A.D.’s third male/male romance, and addresses themes that are universal: being true to ourselves, overcoming adversity, and finding the love of our life. And, knowing A.D., she addresses these themes head-on and with a heart-full of humanity.

So, check out her new release!

Something About Him: Bryan & Jase
Jase Rafferty grew up hiding his sexual curiosities—until he meets Bryan Keating. Bryan’s sexual preference is no secret, and being deployed overseas together allows the two men to forge a solid friendship. The sexual attraction is undeniable, but after one lust-filled week, they must go their separate ways.

A year later, a chance meeting gives them one more weekend together, even though they know Jase can’t risk his military career or his family obligations to be with Bryan.

Several years pass before Jase finally accepts the desperate longing in his heart and body. But when fear and hatred threaten to tear them apart, Jase must make a tough decision, one that he isn’t sure he and Bryan can overcome. Together, they must choose to weather the storm or say goodbye forever.
**This is a male/male romance meant for ages 18+ due to adult language and adult situations.**

About the Author
A.D. Ellis spends the majority of her days loving and wrangling two school-aged children and a husband before heading to the inner city of Indiana to teach a challenging group of alternative education students in grades third through sixth. Most days she hits the gym after school in hopes of running and lifting away the stress and headaches of the day before picking up her children and squeezing a whole day’s worth of loving and living into the too-short hours before bed. It’s no wonder Ms. Ellis lives for the slower, easier days she gets to enjoy on breaks from school.

Growing up in a small farming town in southern Indiana, A.D. is grateful to her mother for passing along the love of reading. With her nose constantly stuck in a book, Ms. Ellis became accustomed to friends and acquaintances snickering and shaking their heads at her love of reading.

A.D. never dreamed of being anything but a teacher, although there are certain times of the year when she laments her career choice. Ms. Ellis had a story idea floating in her head for about a year. After persistent prodding from a friend, A.D. put pen to paper and began writing her first story in October 2013. From that moment on, she was hooked. Taking the people and stories from her head and sharing them with readers is a scary, exhausting, rewarding, and fulfilling experience which A.D. plans to continue until there are no more stories banging around in her mind.

A.D. Ellis’ work can be found on both iBooks and Amazon. Please contact her on Facebook, Twitter, or her website.