Sunday, April 13, 2014

Snippet Sunday - Bronco's Rough Ride - Ground Rules

Welcome to the Snippet Sunday on the Weird, the Wild, and the Wicked. Thank you so much for visiting. If you choose to comment today, I really appreciate it. The snippets are from my upcoming release, Bronco's Rough Ride, a military romantic suspense set in Las Vegas. It's a prequel to The Navy's Ghost, set 10 years earlier. No paranormal critters in this one, though there's plenty of kick-ass adventure and hot sex. You can read last week's snippet HERE.

Detective Lindsey Jarvis is meeting with her handler as she goes running in this snippet. They're discussing "John" and what Lindsey will need to get him out. Courtney, the handler, speaks first.

“Navy, got it. Do you know how long he’s been in the ring?”

Lindsey shook her head and waited until they ran past another jogger going the opposite direction. The city had started to wake up and the park would be full soon. They jogged for a few minutes in silence.

“Not long. I’d say they picked him up last weekend. They hadn’t shaved him by the time I saw him.”
Courtney frowned. “They shave the men?”

“Yeah, it’s for the media brainwashing. Everyone wants a romance novel cover model these days, and those guys are bare except on their heads.”

“Jesus.” Courtney’s hands tightened into fists. “Okay, I’ll check on CPO JH Andrews and let his CO know what’s going on. You know they might send someone to come get him.”

“Tell them to leave it alone. I got this and I’ll get him out. If they storm the walls guns blazing, I’ll lose two years’ worth of work.” Lindsey gritted her teeth. “I can’t let that happen.”

I agree completely with Courtney. They shouldn't be shaved. ;) There are several great authors on the Weekend Writing Warrior list and in the Snippet Sunday Facebook group. A few of my favorites are Anastasia Vitsky, SJ Maylee, Gem Sivad, Goran Zidar, Zee Monodee, Veronica Scott, and Karla Doyle.

If you're interested in more from Bronco's Rough Ride, here's the blurb:

What happens in Vegas, stays in the heart...

Chief Petty Officer John "Bronco" Andrews only meant to stay one night in Vegas for a little R&R before resuming his duties as a US Navy SEAL in Coronado. But someone slips him a mickey in the bar and he finds himself in Madame LeBeau's sex trade. As the product. Doped up on ketamine to keep him docile, Bronco has no choice but to let it ride.

Detective Lindsey Jarvis has been undercover in LeBeau's sex slave racket for two years and she almost has enough evidence to take it down. Between abduction, prostitution, and murder, she has LeBeau by the short hairs. All she needs is a "product". John is the perfect witness if she can get him out before the drugs shut down his heart. Then she'll be free to start a normal life.

Lindsey doesn't count on her overwhelming attraction for Bronco or her need to see him through detox. But she's a cop in Vegas and he's a Navy SEAL, two lifestyles with too much unpredictability to maintain a relationship. Neither have time for more than one wild rough ride, and what happens in Vegas, stays. Forever.

It's now available at Smashwords, Amazon, B&N, and All Romance eBooks. Thanks so much for stopping by and happy reading. :)

Friday, April 11, 2014

#ThursThreads - Week 115 - Winners

Week 115 of #ThursThreads had some terrific tales and a great turnout. I'm honored to see all of the returning writers and read your stories. Thank you for coming back again and again to write and for helping me celebrate these years of flash. It was also wonderful to have some new folks stop by. Welcome! Great thanks to Cat Johnson for judging this week. Be sure to check out the #ThursThreads #flashfiction group on FB to keep up with news, etc.

  • Fran Vallone | @francinevallone
  • Sheilagh Lee | @SweetSheil
  • Sandy Lane | @@sandyquill
  • Silver James | @SilverJames_
  • Richard Gibney | @ragtaggiggagon 
  • Warren C. Bennett | @warrencbennett
  • Kelly Heinen | @Aightball
  • Louisa Bacio | @LouisaBacio
  • Anna Lund | @AnnaLund2011
  • Siobhan Muir | @SiobhanMuir
  • Cara Michaels | @caramichaels
  • David A Ludwig | @DavidALudwig
  • Hunter Frost | @HunterFrostMM

Winners Announcement:

Honorable Mentions

Anna Lund | @AnnaLund2011
Cat says: Sets the tone and the scene nicely. It leaves the reader wanting to know why he’s on the planet alone.

Louisa Bacio | @LouisaBacio
Cat says: The high level of action was good. The reader figures out very fast what these characters are and that their joining is significant.

Fran Vallone | @francinevallone
Cat says: Paints a vivid and heart wrenching picture.

Sandy Lane | @sandyquill
Cat says: This story elicits emotion. It left me wondering why they kill him, does he know he will be killed, and is this protocol in his world?

Week 115 Winner

Camera shy: Hunter Frost
Cat says: I loved how the author set the scene and engaged all the reader’s senses. We saw, smelled and felt the old saloon as the Point-of-View character. All the information was fed to us as he experienced it, rather than in an info dump via a long description-only narrative. We also know immediately who is doing the thinking, what he’s feeling, and it leaves us wanting more. We want to know what will happen next with the mysterious stranger?

Years of tobacco smoke and stale liquor assaulted my senses as I heaved open the wooden door of the old saloon and entered. Modern times did away with the batwing doors from the Westerns I’d watch as a kid. A shame, really. It was much harder to imagine a crook in his ten gallon hat, jangling spurs, and twin pistols pulling open a cumbersome door like this before escaping on his horse. The lawmen would’ve always won the day. And where would be the fun in that?

As a “law man” myself, I’d rather have a challenge. But that’s me. And those were the movies. This saloon was real – real enough to be a historical landmark in the small town of Branch where I worked.

Complete with honest-to-goodness cowboys, too.

At the end of the brass-edged bar stood one I’d never seen before - with a mop of disheveled, midnight black hair, trim hips, and an ass that filled out his faded Levi’s enough to make my heart pound.

“Who’s the new guy?” I asked Paul, who played bouncer on nights like these.

Paul’s eyes followed my gaze to the sculpted back of said man, who chose that moment to turn and catch me mid-stare. I smiled at his chiseled features and he slowly turned back, seemingly unimpressed.


“Name’s Russ from what I hear,” Paul said. “And he runs alone.”

“We’ll see about that.” I removed my hat, polished my badge, and made my way over with a grin.

Congratulations Two Time Winner Hunter, Anna, Louisa, Fran, and Sandy! Don't forget to claim your badges and display them with pride. You certainly earned it!

Pass on the great news on Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, shiny mirrors, Morse Code, and signal flags. Check out all the stories here. Thanks for stopping by and happy reading! :)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

#ThursThreads - The Challenge That Ties Tales Together - Week 115

Welcome back to the Weird, the Wild, & the Wicked. Did you miss me last week? It was a tough time, but hey, it's Thursday today, so what should you be doing? Writing #FlashFiction, that's what! Welcome to Week 115 of #ThursThreads, the challenge that ties tales together. Want to keep up each week? You're welcome to join the FB #ThursThreads group where we'll do events and make announcements. Need the rules? Read on.

Here's how it works:
  • The prompt is a line from the previous week's winning tale.
  • The prompt can appear ANYWHERE in your story and is included in your word count.
Rules to the Game:
  • This is a Flash Fiction challenge, which means your story must be a minimum of 100 words, maximum of 250.
  • Incorporate the prompt anywhere into your story (included in your word count).
  • Post your story in the comments section of this post
  • Include your word count (or be excluded from judging)
  • Include your Twitter handle or email (so we know how to find you)
  • The challenge is open 7 AM to 7 PM Pacific Time
  • The winner will be announced on Friday, depending on how early the judge gets up.
How it benefits you:
  • You get a nifty cool badge to display on your blog or site (because we're all about promotion - you know you are!)
  • You get instant recognition of your writing prowess on this blog!
  • Your writing colleagues shall announce and proclaim your greatness on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus

Our Judge for Week 115:

Corset enthusiast, promo whore extraordinaire, and erotic romance author, Cat Johnson.

And now your #ThursThreads Challenge, tying tales together.

The Prompt:

“He runs alone.”

All stories written herein are the property (both intellectual and physical) of the authors. Now, away with you, Flash Fiction Fanatics, and show us your #ThursThreads. Good luck!