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Empty Nests. @KaceyHammell #CanadianMuscle #Writing #99cents

 

Good morning all. Happy Friday!! I’m glad to see the weekend. No school  routines. And today is actually a day off for my boys, so 3 days of a little extra sleep.

It’s been a crazy few weeks. A lot going on, decisions starting to be made here by our oldest son. He turns 18 soon, graduating from high school and has been accepted to the 3 colleges he applied for. And the one that has the best program is about an hour away. Not too far at all, which I’m grateful for, but it’s also not home either. He’s my Type 1 Diabetic and manages everything himself, but it’s an added worry too. Not that parents stop worrying about their kids because they move out – temporarily or not! It’s not like this is my first going to college. Though our first did live at home on weekends and was still 20 mins away all the time, this feels insurmountable for me to comprehend. Another child already getting set to fly the nest.

Shouldn’t there be a law? I’ve done my job, now I get to keep them locked away forever and ever? I don’t need grandchildren. I’ve told them this a million times. I’d rather they stay though. My Mr. Tech Hottie Hubby is ready for our 3rd to get out and figure out what he’s doing – who will be 15 in a few weeks! I nearly bawled a tub full of tears when he said that. I’m not dealing with it well. Nope, not at all.

So I’ve been drowning myself in the angst, murder, sex, shifter craziness and irritable characters in 2 works in progress. One is much further along and I’m happy for that. But there’s so much in the back of my mind, I’m not sure if I’m just at the point of the story – authors will get it – where I simply hate the story all together, or I’m just bogged down in “Mom Stuff”.  Who knows I suppose. I won’t know until the story is fully written – I have a pretty strict rule about writing first draft THEN edit, no editing before that’s done unless it’s a major plot thing – and then I’ll decide if I like it. At all. I hope so. Maybe. My critique partners will help. I hope.

LOL I promise, I’m not insane. Just a lot going on. It’s not easy being a parent. No one told me how much the kids leaving would cut like a knife. I really should apologize to my mother, and my Dad in heaven, I never realized what I put them through.

Anyway, in all this craziness, I did have a release since my last post!

Canadian Muscle Book 2: Guarding His Anchor hit bookstores and I’m thrilled it’s moving up and down the Amazon ranking. The book page for it is here (still going live in some stores) >> https://kaceyhammell.com/bookshelf-2/canadian-muscle/guardinghisanchor

ALSO! Evernight Publishing, my wonderful publisher, put Book 1: Canadian Muscle on sale for 99 Cents!!! It actually hit # 7 in its category on Amazon! Wow’d me!
Grab that for 99 Cents here >> https://www.amazon.com/Guarding-Anchor-Canadian-Muscle-Book-ebook/dp/B06WGV99NR

Oh, and I have a St. Patrick’s Day Giveaway going on here >> http://www.romanceauthorsatlarge.com/news/hello-and-kaceys-st-patricks-day-giveaway-kaceyhammell    ENDS March 15th, open internationally.

 

Okay, that is it for me for now. I’ll see you all again real soon.

Happy Reading!

Kacey xoxo

Trying to Keep Toes Warm! (@KaceyHammell) #Writing #Winter #TopPick

Good morning everyone!
As my topic states, I’m trying to keep my tootsies warm in this cold weather. Winter has been brutal with the cold temperatures. And normally I wouldn’t mind that, however, here in Ontario the strange temperatures are most frustrating. We have gone from bone chilling days to milder days (people have actually worn shorts on these days — only in Canada!!), and it’s the back and forth that is difficult to deal with. It seems the drastic changes are the cause of many colds and people don’t know how to dress from one day to the next. But they should know better. Canadian winters are not the same every year and they can be tough to get through. While my toes are cold and I haven’t gone more than a day or two without a cozy sweater on, I love the fact that it’s Canada. It’s home. I could do without the treacherous driving on snow / freezing rain days. I usually stay home those days but I worry for others who are out and about, trying to make it to work and such.

Writing news — “Payback’s a Bitch” released at Evernight Publishing since last time I was here.  And I received news this morning that it is a TOP PICK at The Romance Reviews!! YAY!! 😀

http://erotic.theromancereviews.com/viewbooksreview.php?bookid=13896

 

I am also on my last read through/proofing of “Guarding His Anchor” (Book 2: Canadian Muscle).  That will be coming soon at Evernight Publishing as well! I haven’t heard about a release date just yet, but I can’t wait to get this in readers hands.

I have submitted a previously released menage story to a different publisher. I hope to have news about that soon. This story is one that I enjoyed writing very much and can’t wait to write another menage soon.

 

Be sure to check out my latest release, “Payback’s A Bitch” Available at these stores ~  https://books2read.com/u/mV7Xz6

 

 

 

 

 

Have a wonderful weekend ahead!!

Kacey xoxo

 

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A Sneaky Peek from Lucy Felthouse (@cw1985)

Hi everyone,

As promised in my last post, here’s a sneaky peek of what I’ve been up to, and what’s coming soon.

Currently, I’m working on a short story for an anthology, which I’m really enjoying. So let’s hope the publisher enjoys it too and says yes when I submit it. Following that, another anthology submission for another publisher. Following that, I’m hoping to start work on extending what is currently a novella called Hiding in Plain Sight. It’s had a bit of a rocky journey, you see. It was originally written for ARe Books, and they accepted it and it was due to release on the 1st February. Well… then it all went wrong, didn’t it? Luckily I got the rights returned to me really quickly, so I decided to self-publish it. But it’s not been that simple…

When I first started writing the book, I didn’t know quite where it was going to go. But it ran longer, and longer, and I soon realised it wanted to be the first book in a series. Which was fine. But I’ve now decided I do want it to be a series, but a series of novels, rather than novellas. Hence the delay in releasing the book. It could be released as is, but I want to continue the story of the main characters in this book, rather than another one. I hope it will be worth the wait! What makes it all the more exciting is that this is my first spy thriller!

Here’s an exclusive snippet from the start of the book:

Mallory Scott spotted the people she was looking for as soon as she walked into the hotel bar. Hell, she hadn’t even needed to search, they were being so loud and obnoxious that they were practically screaming for attention.

Stupid, in Mallory’s opinion. If you’re going to run an international diamond scam, then surely you’d want to keep a low profile? But no, apparently these guys didn’t give a shit. Not only were they screaming for attention, and getting it, she noticed, as other patrons of the bar shot them the occasional glare, they were also projecting the fact that they were filthy rich. They were supping on the most expensive champagne money could buy and asking if they could have some oysters and caviar brought in. The overwhelming arrogance made her blood boil, but she consoled herself with the fact that by the time she was done with them, they’d be taken down by more than a peg or two—they’d be at rock bottom.

Heading for a table in a position where she could watch them, but remain partially hidden behind a pillar, she shook her head. She could hardly believe they’d kept their multi-million-pound enterprise going for so long. If they ran their operation as sloppily as their current behavior indicated they might, it was a miracle indeed.

Not that it mattered. They could be running the tightest ship ever known to man, and she would still find a way to take them down. It was what she did. For years now, she’d been successfully infiltrating illegal operations of varying kinds, then gradually dismantling them from the inside. Before the criminals realized what was happening, it was too late, their wrists were practically in the handcuffs, their asses on their way to jail.

This project was different from the ones she usually handled. Her past takedowns included terrorist plots, kidnappings, drugs, people trafficking… that kind of thing. She’d been involved because sending in police or military personnel wouldn’t work. Not in those particular circumstances, anyway. To be truly effective, Mallory needed to infiltrate the organizations at the top, gain their trust, or at least enough trust to allow her to snoop, anyway, and acquire evidence of their involvement to ensure their convictions. Otherwise, rushing in and stopping the terrorists, saving people and so on, important as that was, would only affect a tiny part of the organization. It was vital to dismantle the whole thing, from the big bosses and the money men, right down to the minions doing the leg work.

An added bonus to this approach was that the victims of these organizations, as well as being saved, would get a sense of justice having been done to those that hurt them, and the knowledge that they’d never get the opportunity to do it again. It was dangerous but fulfilling work, and Mallory couldn’t imagine doing anything else. She loved the adrenaline rush, the challenge.

And the challenge element was precisely why this job was different. In as much as it wasn’t supposed to be particularly challenging. Intel gathered over the past year had pinpointed the what, the who, though they couldn’t yet put faces to names, the where and the how, and that had been done covertly, without the need for an undercover operative. All that remained in this case was to find out the when, so they could be caught in the act. It should have been simple, really. But the group was careful, exceedingly so. One of their number was a hacker, meaning that trying to access their emails, internet search histories and voicemails, or tap their phones was a no-go. They were smart.

Which meant the only option remaining was the old-fashioned approach.

A honey trap. It was Mallory’s job to attract the attention of one of the men in the group, hell, even one of the women if any of them swung that way—and slowly, slowly cultivate and exploit their relationship in order to get the information she needed. Then boom, another international criminal enterprise would bite the dust.

Which brought Mallory to her current position, dressed up in ludicrously expensive designer gear and half-hiding behind a pillar in the bar of one of Amsterdam’s most exclusive hotels. Someone less experienced than Mallory might have found the idea of staying out of sight ridiculous. The aim was to get the attention of one of the gang members, after all. But Mallory was at the top of her game, the very best of the best, and she knew damn well that putting in a little groundwork early on would pay off in spades. Before she did anything, before she so much as batted an eyelash in the direction of the gang, she needed to identify her target. It was pointless trying to eye-fuck with a bloke from across the room, only to discover he preferred men, or was happily married. That would attract the wrong kind of attention. When she did get noticed by the group, she wanted it to be for the right reasons, and on her terms. If they caught even so much as a whiff of her deception, it would be game over.

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In the meantime, my latest release (well, re-release) was A Different Kind of Cosplay, if you want to check it out!

Happy Reading,

Lucy x

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Author Bio:

Lucy Felthouse is the award-winning author of erotic romance novels Stately Pleasures (named in the top 5 of Cliterati.co.uk’s 100 Modern Erotic Classics That You’ve Never Heard Of, and an Amazon bestseller), Eyes Wide Open (winner of the Love Romances Café’s Best Ménage Book 2015 award, and an Amazon bestseller) and The Persecution of the Wolves. Including novels, short stories and novellas, she has over 150 publications to her name. She owns Erotica For All, and is one eighth of The Brit Babes. Find out more about her writing at http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk, or on Twitter or Facebook. Sign up for automatic updates on Amazon or BookBub. You can also subscribe to her monthly newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/gMQb9