Thursday Thirteen

I literally drove into my drive way at 7:30 pm EST last night. There are so many things I want to tell you about my 10 day trip out to Romanticon in Richfield, Ohio (which is absolutely beautiful by the way). But as I sit here realizing I didn’t pre-load a blog for today the only thing I can come up with is all the reasons I’m NOT doing a Thursday Thirteen this week.

1. Even though I shut down about 80% of my emails before I left, my inbox is overflowing and I just don’t do well when I can’t finish answering all the messages.

2. I am tired beyond belief. Even though I slept in the most amazing beds, they were kingsize which meant I couldn’t find Mr. Nina and without him close by I just don’t sleep well.

3. I needed to unpack. Mr. Nina likes to take care of the suitcases so that means my clothes got piled on the bed. I still need to take care of them before I fall into bed.

4. I didn’t want to mess with uploading pictures. And since all my 13’s involve pictures it means I couldn’t do any of the fun ones I have planned.

5. I’m doing laundry. Suffice it to say Mr. Nina had no clean unmentionables.

6. I didn’t get online very often during our trip and I had to check out facebook and twitter and see everything I’ve been missing.

7. Did I mention I’m really, really, really tired?

8. My brain is fried and I couldn’t think of anything funny.

9. My animals require my attention. I have a cat sitting in my lap and the dog is at my feet. No matter how many people live in this house for some reason they all think I’m the only one who can take care of them.

10. There’s a STACK of mail that requires my attention. I hate going through the mail.

11. I’m hungry and my brain doesn’t function when my stomach is growling.

12. I have to balance the checkbook. And after the hit it took … this could take awhile.

13. Did I mention I’m walking on empty? I am so tired, my eyes are crossed!

 

Next Monday Mr. Nina and I leave on a 10 day driving trip. So what could I do this week but honor 13 of my favorite roadtrip movies. Yes it’s true, most of them I saw in their original version at the theater. But I refuse to think I’m old … though did I mention Mr. Nina and I are celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary while on the road? Really, I’m not old. (My new mantra.) Oh, and the pictures have nothing to do with the movies. I just thought it was time to post some man candy.

1. National Lampoons Family Vacation (1983)
Think this group would adopt me?

2. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Now this is one group I’d happily follow down the yellow brick road.

3. Smokey and the Bandit (1977)
Oh Mama, this is one bandit who speaks for himself!

4. Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)
And here’s some pilots that can take me anywhere.

5. Easy Rider (1967)
Ummm … yeah, he would be.

6. Into the Wild (2007)
The country doesn’t look so lonely from this perspective.

7. Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (1985)
I don’t know about a missing bike, but I’d like to know what’s missing under this guy’s kilt.

8. It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (remake 1970)
(But a drink with him could make it alllll better.)

9. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
That’s MR. Sunshine to you!

10. Cannonball Run (1981)
A race with this guy in the car … count me in!

11. Thelma and Louise (1991)
No woman in her right mind would leave this guy behind!

12. Paper Moon (1973)
This guy could talk me into any con.

13. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001-2003) 
And yes, I would go to the ends of the earth with these three!

This is the last of my author thirteens. I want to thank all the authors who stopped by the Block this summer to visit and share pictures and bios. I hope you all found some new authors to check out and new books to read. This week I didn’t have enough authors to fill out the thirteen, so some of my guys agreed to hang out and keep these wonderful women company…

1. Pam Champagne
Pam Champagne writes in a variety of genres, all spicy to hot. She lives in Maine with her husband, two dogs and two cats. She’s led a colorful life and incorporates her experiences into her stories.

2. Shelia Goss
Sheila is the national best-selling author of His Invisible Wife (July 2009), My Invisible HusbandRoses are thorns, Paige’s Web, Double Platinum and the three book teen series: The Lip Gloss Chronicles.

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3. The guys and I don’t hang around the block alllll the time. We do take time for a little play…

4. Cris Anson
Cris writes really HOT contemporary stories about strong women and the sexy men who interrupt their lives. Her DANCE series for Ellora’s Cave keeps racking up 5-star reviews.

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5. I just love my guys. Here’s one of them helping me do some brainstorming on a particularly difficult plot line …

6. Kelly Fitzpatrick
Kelly Fitzpatrick is a 2009 Golden Heart finalist and winner of the 2008 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense, Mainstream catagory for her manuscript Pleasant Lake P.D. Writing for four years, she has recently contracted with Cerridwen for her 2008 Golden Rose contest winner in the Romantic Mystery Suspense category, Lily in Wonderland, due out as an eBook in the fall of 2009.

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7. I’m doing a little research for a new book and I’m looking at setting it in the west. How nice of him to do the whole “cowboy” routine for a little inspiration … 

8. Katriena Knights
Katriena has been writing since before she could read, and as a result has a difficult time differentiating between reality and fantasy. This makes her remarkably amusing at parties. Her latest paperback is My Cyber Valentine, the story of a boy, a girl, the Internet and a ferret.

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9. Just some quiet time in the pool house in between scenes …

10. Francesca Hawley
Francesca is a single forty-something lady who lives in central Iowa. She works as a librarian by day and writes erotic romance by night. Her Ellora’s Cave release, Protect and Defend, received a 4 1/2 star rating from Romantic Times Magazine and is available in both electronic and print formats. Her second EC e-book, Seeking Truth released in May 2009.

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11. Here’s one of the guys trying to cool off during the dog days of summer. I don’t know about you, but it sure isn’t cooling me off any …

12. Marcia James
Marcia writes hot, humorous romances and finaled in 11 contests before selling her comic romantic suspense, At Her Command, to Cerridwen Press.  In June 2009, her short story, “Rescue Me”, appeared in Tails of Love, a Berkley benefit anthology.  Marcia is an advertising copywriter/PR consultant, and she presents author promotion workshops.

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13. I don’t mean to work the guys so hard, but sometimes when I’m trying to find inspiration for writing I just plum tucker them out. Poor baby …

So tomorrow Little Boy Blue heads out to college. I am REALLY happy and excited for him. I absolutely loved college. I still have friends from both colleges I attended and that was alot of  too many to mention more than a couple of years ago. Anyway, we’ve been packing up his clothes and reorganizing his room and since this is the third I didn’t think it would bother me too much. But I’m finding I’m getting more than a little sentimental about him going off. So this week I’m offering up a little advice I found on the internet for incoming college freshmen by Dr. Randall S. Hansen. Of course I had to add my own advice along with the experts. Hope you enjoy …

1. Go to all Orientations (And don’t forget the ones at the fraternities require you bring your own cup. Just saying …)

2. Get Organized (You’ll find there are a lot of social obligations. You know the important things, football games, pickup basketball, pizza at the den … make sure you have them all clearly marked in your day planner … wouldn’t want to miss out on that college experience.) 

3. Go to Class (Okay, this is a serious one. I understand the engineering department is filled with some cute grad student teaching assistants.)

4. Seek a Balance (Studying hard means you can play hard without any guilt … the last part is key.)

5. Make friends with your roommate and others in your Residence Hall (Everyone needs a wingman and since you’ll be living in a co-ed dorm the second part is especially important.)

6. Know your course requirements and Due Dates (Your play time is much more fun when all those pesky assignments are finished.)

7. Strive to do your Best (Everything takes a little time. No one is good at “pong” the first night playing … a little practice perfects the wrist technique.)

8. Take advantage of resources on Campus (Students who work in the library know where the Cliff Notes are filed and upper classmen can tell you which professors to avoid. Really, I’m just saying …)

9. Don’t feel pressured to make a hasty decision about Majors or Careers (Look at me. I still haven’t figured out what I want to be when I grow up! Do I look stressed about it?)

10. Make connections with other students in your Classes (Study groups are great places to meet new people and find out where the best “socials” are being held.)

11. Don’t procrastinate–Prioritize your Social Life (Refer back to numbers 1, 2, 4, and 6)

12. Stay Healthy and Eat Right (This means walking to frat row instead of taking the car. Keep in mind that a loaded pizza has carbs, protein and veggies which really is much more balanced than nachos slathered in cheese.)

13. Kisses heal Booboos. Hugs soothe Anxiety. And words of love and encouragement are only a Phone Call Away. (And remember … the distance to the moon and back is a reeeeeeally big amount.)

This week, I’m pleased to have 13 authors hanging out on the Block. I hope you’re getting to see the “real” writer behind some of your favorite books and perhaps meet a couple of wonderful new authors!

1. Judi Phillips
Judi Phillips has had stories playing in her head for as long as she can remember and finally began writing them down.  Her spicy alter-ego, Pepper Goodrich, is much newer at the writing game.

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2. Rebecca Royce
Rebecca Royce is the mother of two little boys, with a third one set to join them in the fall. Relatively new to writing, she has sold a few novels, with her debut novel, Her Wolf released earlier this month from Liquid Silver Books. A believer that anything is possible, the truly unexpected usually occurs in her work.

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3. Liena Ferror
Liena was born and raised in South Central Pennsylvania by parents who instilled a love of reading into her and her brother. After a comment from her husband regarding the fact she reads so much that she could probably write a book, Liena embarked on her writing career. Her first release is scheduled for November 20, 2009 titled The Risen: Queen of the Ghost Drakon from Eirelander Publishing.

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4. Jasmine Aherne
Jasmine is studying for masters degree in creative writing. She lives in Cardiff with her partner Alex, a python called Fish, and a mountain of books.

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5. Nancy O’Berry
Nancy O’Berry has been writing stories since junior high. She is a published author with Red Rose Publishing where her love of American History is transfered into her sensual westerns. She lives in southeast Virginia with her husband and a wild array of animals from cats to bovines. She loves hearing from readers.

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6. Lisabet Sarai
Born into a family of readers and story tellers, Lisabet began writing as soon as she could hold a pencil. She has been publishing erotica and erotic romance for nearly a decade. Imagination is the ultimate aphrodisiac.

7. Sandy Marshall
Sandy worked for Trans World Airlines for thirty-six years before she retired to write full time. She has a trilogy set in the mid-west amongst the riverboat gambling industry. The second book, Addiction, will be released November 6, 2009 at Eirelander Publishing.

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8. Diana Castilleja
Diana currently resides in central Texas with her husband and son. When not focusing her energy on her family and her writing, she loves to travel and haunt bookstores. The freedom to read about anything and everything has fueled her adult imagination. She is most likely currently sitting at her desk, having it out with her keyboard writing her next book.

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9. Linda Style
In 2000, after five years of writing and four nominations for the RWA Golden Heart Award, Linda’s last GH entry was bought by the senior editor at Harlequin Superromance. Linda’s second book won the prestigious Daphne du Maurier Award, and now, 13 novels later, Linda’s award-winning books are sold worldwide and translated in many language. Linda says she has the best job in the world. “I still can’t believe someone wants to pay me to make up stories.”

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10. Joan Maze
Joan Maze loves all things mysterious and romantic. Her background in music, art and writing often appears in her manuscripts. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Kiss Of Death chapter, ChicklitwritersRWA, HHRW, and Outreach. When she isn’t writing, she’s reading.

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11.Susan Lyons
Susan Lyons writes sexy romance that’s passionate, heartwarming, and fun. RT BookReviews says, “Look to be turned on from start to finish.” This award-winning author is published by Kensington, Berkley, Harlequin Spice Briefs, and The Wild Rose Press.

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12. Nancy J. Cohen
Nancy J. Cohen is author of the popular Bad Hair Day mystery series featuring hairdresser Marla Shore who solves crimes with wit and style under the sultry Florida sun. KILLER KNOTS and PERISH BY PEDICURE are the latest titles in this humorous series. Several of Nancy’s books have made the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association bestseller list.

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13. Beth Caudill
Beth Caudill resides in North Carolina with her husband and two children. Her home is lined with bookcases and filled with books. Although she does not claim the computer manuals, those belong to her husband. In her life prior to becoming a stay-at-home-mom, she worked as a technical support analyst and quality assurance software tester. Now she plays chauffeur and cook for her family and fits in writing when she can.

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And this bevy of beauties can’t be left without a couple of wet men to cool them down … now could they???


I don’t know what inspired it, but this week is all about babies! Enjoy these 13 facts about various baby animals and the pictures that make you go “awwww”.

1. Baby pandas weigh only 4 ounces (130 grams) which is 1/900th of their parents’ weight of about 350 pounds (135 kgs).

2. Kangaroos are born reeeeeally tiny. They crawl from the birth canal into their mother’s pouch where it nurses. It will use the mother’s pouch for up to 18 months.

3. Aardvarks are typically clumsy with poor eyesight so this little bundle was watched closely so his mother wouldn’t inadvertantly injure him. And yes … they are born hairless.

4.  Grizzly bears are born blind and without fur. They have between one and 4 siblings at birth. They stay with their mothers approximately 2 years though they aren’t considered full grown until they are 11.

5. Giraffes are born live and this poor little thing had to survive a 6 foot drop at birth … ouch!

6. I couldn’t resist this picture. But there’s nothing really interesting to mention about chickens. Perhaps that you can hypnotize a chicken by drawing lines in the dirt… no? How about castrated male chickens are called capons… still nothing? I know … a female chicken can lay up to 265 table eggs a year… that didn’t do it? Well, I got nothin’. Let’s hope the picture makes you smile …

7. Elephants are pregnant for 22 months and they give birth to babies that weigh 200 pounds. Female babies stay in the herd for their whole lives, but males strike out on their own around 12 years of age. Baby elephants have been known to suck their trunks like babies suck their thumbs.

8. Koalas are marsupials which means their little babies (called Joeys) are born the size of a jelly bean and must make their way to the mother’s pouch where it attaches to one of her two teats and lives for up to 6 months. During the weaning process the mother produces special poop which the baby eats like soft baby food until it is ready to eat eucalyptus leaves … oh yummy!  

9. These little white tigers are not very common. They are born to white tiger parents only about 25% of the time. These little things weighed only 4 pounds at birth. All white tigers born in captivity come from a tiger names Mohan.

10. Polar bears are born after 9 months of pregnancy where they have between 1 and 4 babies. The babies will remain with their mothers for 2 years. Since the mother doesn’t feed during gestation she can loose up to 700 pounds… that’s a heck of a diet program!  

11. Bunnies are pregnant for only 36 days. A cat’s is closer to 65. A rabbit stands to nurse her young while a cat lies down. Baby bunnies only nurse once or twice a day whereas kittens nurse numerous times throughout the day.

12. I have no idea what species of monkeys these are, but they were just so darn cute I couldn’t resist! All I know about monkeys is that they’re born alive to mothers who give birth to one baby every 2 years. Babies are weaned at about 10 weeks, but remain close to their mothers for up to a year.

13. Raccoon babies are born in litters of 2 to 7 babies and are called “kits”. After they are weaned from their mother’s milk, they will eat almost anything … including your trash. So keep those lids tight on your garbage containers!

And of course … what would a Thursday be if I didn’t show some male babies all grown up?

A friend of mine sent these very funny quotes from famous people. I thought it was an awesome list to share with you this last Thursday in July.

1. An exchange between Churchill and Lady Astor: She said, “If you were my husband I’d give you poison.” He said, “If you were my wife, I’d drink it.”

2. “Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I’ll waste no time reading it.” – Moses Hadas

3. “I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend… if you have one.” – George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill

4. “Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second… if there is one.” – Winston Churchill, in response.

5. “He is a self-made man and worships his creator.” – John Bright

6. “He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts … for support rather than illumination.” – Andrew Lang

7. “I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure.” Clarence Darrow

8. “He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary.” – William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway)

9. “I feel so miserable without you; it’s almost like having you here.” – Stephen Bishop

10. “I didn’t attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.” – Mark Twain

11. “His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork.” – Mae West

12. “He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.” – Oscar Wilde

13. “I’ve just learned about his illness. Let’s hope it’s nothing trivial.” – Irvin S. Cobb

I’m so pleased to have 13 more authors visiting this week. I am having the most fun prying into their lives and learning all about these people, most of whom I’ve only met online. What fun to put some faces to some of my favorite authors! I hope you enjoy this list of 13 as much as do! 

1. Adele Dubois
Adele is a former journalist and political columnist who currently writes romantic fiction. The characters in her books are much easier to manage than the subjects of her gritty political columns. Both Adele and her characters are living Happily Ever After.    

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2. Melinda Elmore
Melinda Elmore has been happily married to her wonderful husband for 21 years and they have 2 beautiful children.  She is a freelancer for the Navajo/Hopi Observer.  Her first book “Native Dreams” was published in July 2008.  She is currently working on a non-fiction book and the sequel to “Native Dreams”

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3. Cheryl Pierson
Cheryl Pierson is a born and bred Oklahoma girl who writes historical western romance as well as contemporary action romance.  She lives in Oklahoma City, OK, with her husband of 30 years and has 2 grown children.  She teaches writing classes and has her own editing business. Her debut novel, Fire Eyes, was released this past May through the Wild Rose Press.

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4. Anthony Stevens
Anthony is an olde pharte technogeek, writer, photographer, leathercrafter, Dom, car nut, SCAdian history freak, costumer, scale modeler and graphics enthusiast. He writes Urban Fantasy, Erotica and Alternate History.

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5. Rachel Brimble
Rachel lives in the UK, just a thirty minute drive from the famous Georgian city of Bath.  She has two romantic suspense novels published with The Wild Rose Press and a romantic comedy due out by the end of the year.

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6. Jennifer Linforth
If one is going to query a publisher Jennifer suggests not doing so in pink ink. Her first written when she was 12 was nothing if not colorful. She is a writer of historical fiction and romance and an active member of the Romance Writers of America and the Historical Novel Society. She cannot pronounce pistachio, hates lollipops with gooey centers and dearly loves to laugh.

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7. Ericka Scott
Ericka Scott is a multi-published, bestselling author of seductive suspense. When she’s not chauffeuring children around, wishing she had a maid, or lurking at the library, she’s spinning her own web of fantasy and penning tales of seduction and suspense.She currently lives in Southern California with her husband and three children. (**NOTE: Ericka just offered a print copy of her “The Werewolf Whisperer” book just out from Phaze to one lucky commenter**)

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8. Keta Diablo
Keta is the author of numerous historical erotica novels and gay fiction novellas. She makes her home in the Midwest portion of this great country. In her spare time (spare time?) she loves to commune with nature on six acres of towering pines and massive oaks. She lives in harmony with loons (the winged version), owls and eagles and nurtures an abiding love for all animals.

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9. Lisa Logan
Lisa Logan is a native Southern Californian, and the author of VISIONS and A GRAND SEDUCTION, as well as an award-winning shorty story author. She is also the Senior Acquisitions Editor for Eternal Press Publishing.

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10. Hailey Edwards
Hailey has been married ten years to a man who proposed after knowing her for nine days. Sometimes fate gets it right. She is a stay at home mom with one daughter whose intelligence is baffling considering her parentage. Her hobbies include baking, reading, and anything involving power tools. She writes dark fantasy and paranormal romance.

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11. Jeanne St. James
Jeanne lives up on the side of a mountain in south central Pennsylvania and began writing before she was a teenager. She loves to write hot steamy contemporary romances, usually about men in uniform. She has an upcoming release from Liquid Silver Books called Banged Up, in which the hero is an FBI agent.

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12. Julie Lence
Julie is the author of 2 western romances, Luck of the Draw and Lady Luck. Both are e-books and Lady Luck was just released in print form. She is a stay-at-home mom devoted to her family and enjoying a career in writing romance.

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13. Kayelle Allen
Kayelle’s universe is deep, full of layers, hidden immortals, and clandestine aides who help them. If you like stories that allow you to be a slave in one book and an empress in another, whether gay or straight, you’ll love her books. 

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And I’d hate to leave these authors without some company on Thursday (besides, you know you’re expecting a little something something in the form of eye candy … you don’t fool me!) And I didn’t want to forget our male guest this week … I added a special picture of me. 😉

I don’t do this very often, but I just finished edits on my newest book with Ellora’s Cave. So I thought I’d share with you thirteen reasons you might like to read my debut novella with them, Divine Deception.

1. It takes place in a vineyard in western NY. And to add credibility to the story a had to suffer through a whole bunch of hands-on wine research. 😉

2. There’s a really sexy, naughty boy hero, Nicholas Gradin IV who drives a motorcycle.

3. It’s a Nina Pierce novella, need you ask if there’s hawt monkey sex? Ummm. only like every time you turn around. *g*

4. Everyone’s got a secret.

5. Francesca Santerre is one kick-ass heroine who has an agenda all her own!

6. It’s my first story with a new publisher and that always makes a book special! (Yeeeeaahhh … this guy has nothing to do with that, I just wanted to add in some eye candy.)

7. Did I mention there’s some crazy outdoor loving in this story? (Oh, I did? Well, it bears repeating.)

8. Nicholas wants to sell the vineyard …

9. Frankie wants to make sure it stays in the family …

10. Both of them will do anything to get their way!

11. There’s a whole cast of other characters that get in the way of Frankie and Nick’s goals. (Okay, not exactly these guys, but take my word for it … there are other people in this novella.)

12. It’s a romance … of course there’s a happy ending!

13. I couldn’t do a Shameless Thursday without including this cute little trailer … now could I?

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Summer is a lazy time for me. It shouldn’t be, goodness knows I have enough books to write, but it is. Especially this week with the holiday! So I begged, cajoled, misled, imposed on a few authors to send me their images and a little bio so I could be lazy and not think about lists of 13 things throughout the summer. And they came through! All they needed to do was provide me with a bio and a picture. And the picture was key! I wanted to SEE who they were. Well, there’s some pretty creative SHY authors out there. I love these pictures! So here’s my first list (in no particular order) of 13 authors I know …

1. Mima

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Mima rearranges her perennial garden in a small village on the Erie Canal. She is a teacher-librarian to one thousand delightful children, and string partner to a wee black cat. Visit her website (MimaWithin.com) for excerpts of her 10 erotic romances. 

2. Ashlyn Chase

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Ashlyn Chase describes herself as an Almond Joy bar. A little nutty, a little flaky, but basically sweet, wanting only to give her reader’s a scrumptious reading experience. She writes hot romantic comedy and lives in beautiful NH with her real-life hero and a spoiled brat cat.

3. Pat Brown

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Born in one of the coldest cities in Canada Pat escaped at 22, fleeing to Los Angeles. Her adventures there led to L.A. Heat (2006) which Mark Richard Zubro said “This is the best gay mystery I have read in years. It is a first-rate thriller with heart-stopping action.

4. Michelle Pillow

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Ever since she can remember, Michelle had a strange fascination with anything historical or supernatural–ghosts, magical powers, and oh! vampires. What could be more alluring than being immortal, all-powerful, and eternally beautiful? Michelle M Pillow, Author of All Things Romance, is a multi-published, award winning author writing in many romance fiction genres.

5. Dorothy McFalls

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Dorothy McFalls resides in an artsy beach community in South Carolina with her sexy sculptor husband and their cat-like dog (Abu) and not so new puppy (Iona) and new kitten (Suki). An environmental urban planner by profession and wildlife biologist by education, she gave up her day job to devote her time to writing in 2001. When not boogie boarding or walking her dogs on the beach, she writes romantic adventure fiction, Regency romances, and short stories.

6. Kate George

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Having worked at a number of jobs ranging from Senior Assistant to the Dean of a Medical School to Actor/Booking Agent in outdoor theatre troop, Ms George has plenty of experience to give authenticity to her characters. In fact, the idea for Moonlighting began formulating while she was working as a evening turndown maid at an exclusive resort for people with more money than sense. The layout was perfect for a crime of passion, but as she didn’t want to spend life in prison, she decided writing about murder would be a wiser choice than committing one.

7. Susan Vaughan
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Award-winning author Susan Vaughan loves writing romantic suspense because it throws the hero and heroine together under extraordinary circumstances and pits them against a clever villain. Reviewers have called her books fast-paced, thrilling, action-packed, sizzling, and highly emotional. She lives on the coast of Maine with her husband and dog.

8. Robie Madison
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Award-winning author Robie Madison pursues her own adventures traveling around the world. When at home, she writes about men and women who aren’t afraid to take risks for love. When she’s not traveling or writing, she can be found teaching writing courses online.

9. Kris Eton
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Kris lives in the middle of nowhere with 2 kids, 1 dog, and 1 cat. In order to combat the isolation, she must create hot sexy books. Her other interests include baking and eating her baking, watching movies & tv, and reading too much historical romance.

10. Sandra Sookoo
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Sandra Sookoo is an author of romance.  Her portfolio includes historical, contemporary, and paranormal romance. 

11. Margay Leah Justice
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Margay Leah Justice is the author of Nora’s Soul, the first in a series of books called The Dante Chronicles. She lives in Massachusetts with her two daughters and two cats – five females under one roof! 

12. Shelley Munro
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Shelley Munro lives in New Zealand with her husband and a bossy dog. She writes hot and spicy adventures, usually set in her home country of New Zealand.

13. Kelley Heckart
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Kelley writes Celtic romances for Awe-Struck and Freya’s Bower. Her lifelong passion for Celtic mythology and storytelling inspired her to write novels with fierce warriors, bold women and otherworldly creatures.

And what would a Thursday Thirteen be at Around the Writer’s Block without a couple of wet men to keep these authors company?

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