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    Guest Post for Tina Gayle: Scottish Castles

    TESTING 1, 2… Hi Tina and Tina Gale fans!  Thanks so much for having me today, I’m going to dive into one of my favorite subjects, Scotland. The weather has begun to turn Fall-like for most of us and for me it makes me think of misty cliffs and highland whisk(e)y. Scotland is the home of the highlands, haggis, Hebrides and castles! Not in a red kilt, but close! :0) [via] When we think of Scotland (and we’ve enjoyed a romance novel or two!) we often times think of an image evoking a 16th century strapping highland Scotsmen swathed in a blood red kilt. And depending on your imagination’s enthusiasm…

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    Guest Post: Cars of Forged

    Hi Frishawn! Thank you for hosting me today as we wrap up our tour for my latest book, a high-octane romance called Forged. We’ve got a fun post today (read: visual tour!) on the types of cars that show up in the book. A little background before we begin, Forged‘s main character, Nate, is a European auto mechanic who enjoys fast women and even faster cars. That is, until his ex walks back into his life. ;0) The car that starts all the shenanagans in the book belongs to our other main character, Eva. Eva drives a BMW 540i. It’s the first nice car she’s owned and she babys it,…

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    Guest Post: Creative Uses for Duct Tape

    We all have at one point or another bore witness to the creative uses of duct tape. Starting with MacGyver in the ’80s showing us how to fix a C40 airplane wing with just a paperclip and duct tape. Later in life we began to find it useful when we needed to repair that lamp in college that broke when it fell on the ground the last time you had a party at your place. It fixed pipes, couch cushions, wrapped gifts, pulled pranks, all that good stuff. Enter the field now a days and duct tape is doing much more than repairs, it’s a: Babysitter (of sorts), Babysitter. Yes,…

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    Hot Mechanics

    Hi Jess thanks for hosting me! I’ve got a fun post for ya today, as you know, Forged is about (among other things) a hot mechanic who’s first love waltzes back into his life turning everything upside down. So with that in mind I thought we’d pay tribute today to all the hot mechanics out there, and of course this will be a visual tribute. :0) Enjoy! This is Military Mechanic. He’s fixing a large rusty gear. Meet Sweat Pant Mechanic. Note awesome hood reflection on right. This is Old School Mechanic. Watch as he tightens the Titanic’s lug nuts. Jason Statham is The Mechanic.   Meet Lazy Mechanic. Too…

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    Q&A

    Q: In a previous interview you mentioned that you listen to music when you write to set the mood. Did you continue this tradition with Forged? What music helped set the mood for this gritty tale of lost love?Hello Annie and thanks for hosting me again! Yes! I did listen to music while writing Forged, and as you can imagine the playlist was quite different from The Legend of Lady MacLaoch – for those who don’t know, The Legend of Lady MacLaoch is a Scottish romance – I listened to Black Keys (old and new stuff), True Blood Soundtrack, Cee Lo Green, The Cardigans, etc. Here’s a clip of the…

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    Guest Post for Michele Richard

    Hello Michele! Thank you for hosting me today as we go on tour with my latest release: Forged. Michele has asked me to write a piece on why I write, though the reasons are varied, complex and to explain would end up looking more like novel than a blog post. LOL! So, I’ve made a grocery list, of sorts, on the reasons that I write.  Why do I write? Because, it’s fun. Because, how else am I to tell the many love stories in my mind? Research! Because, I can craft stories with my writing and immerse people into another world with words. Because, I love the research.Did I mention…

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    Guest Post for Laura Braley

    Hello everyone! Thank you, Laura, for hosting me today as we go on tour for my second book, Forged which launches this Friday! To kick off the tour I take a look at comparing my first two books to giving birth. :0) A writers work, much like her children vary from child to child; book to book.  A close girlfriend of mine recently gave birth. It was a difficult labor, 54 hours with 4 hours of that as pushing. Most of you will probably gasp at this and say oh my god, how is that possible? As a woman who is looking to someday embark on that voyage I took…

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    Maui on My Mind

    photo [via] Maui, the Valley Isle, is winner of Conde Nast’s Best Island in the World award 17 times. Maui, my home.  First, I want to give Jennifer a big mahalo for hosting me today. I’m on tour with my new book Forged, a high-octane romance both in and out of the bedroom, as one reader put it!  My newest work, Forged. Jennifer and I chatted recently about this post and Jennifer you mentioned that you’d been to Hawai’i to the island of O’ahu but had yet to go to Maui. So with a little help from photos and links I’ve got a great post today enticing you to the…

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    Pug and the Love of Food

    Portrait of Princess Ekaterina Dmitrievna Golitsyna (credit: Wikipedia) by Louis-Michel van Loo (1759)Moscow, Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts.  If the Labrador is a Noble in the Court of Dogs then the Pug is surely it’s Jester. The Pug can trace its comedic and human loving ways all the way back to before 400 BCE where they graced royal laps in the Chinese Shang Dynasty. These days Pugs are gracing the laps of more than just courtesans, one set in particular share a house here in Portland, Oregon with my husband and I. Before I dive into this short and entertaining post on our two comedians I want to thank Lisa for hosting me today as we continue our…