Wednesday, March 25, 2015


Hey! Welcome to the randomness that is Wednesday. First, let me share with you the awesome male hotness

Today, our subject is all about how writing affects my life and how my life affects my writing. Wow, this took some thought since I've always written. I've never NOT been a writer.

And, perhaps, that's one of the affects. I don't know what it means not to write. Not to look at the world and see stories. Not to dream wild dreams filled with vampires or wolves and wake up thinking, "Damn, that would make a good book." Not to live half the life in my head having conversations with people that don't exist on this plane. 

Does this make me crazy?? I don't know. 

All I do know is this is the way I function as a writer. Or, maybe, half function. I know that if I'm deeply plotting a book I can go through most of a day and not even realize the time is passing. I can have conversations, watch TV, or read and really not participate in any of these things. It's sort of like my body's on auto-pilot, doing what it needs to do, but my brain is otherwise occupied with all the tenants that live in my imagination.

I get cranky if someone interrupts me when I'm writing, especially if it's going really well. I will sometimes forget to eat or go to the bathroom. If I need to talk to someone I might tap one of my author friends before anyone else, because they understand. 

When the writing is going well then I am totally pumped and I can type like the wind. It's like the words are pouring out of my fingers and onto the screen. Weeeeee!!! 

Then, of course, there are the times when it's like pulling teeth. Every word is a chore and they all suck eggs. LOL!

No matter where I go, I take my laptop. There's no such thing as "vacation" when you write. Because writing is a compulsion. If you're a WRITER then you MUST write. So, the laptop must travel with me, no matter what. If I'm away from the story too long, I start to get . . . itchy. I need to be back to the keyboard letting the story out. Thankfully, my friends and sister understand this. I can disappear into whatever room, put on my headphones, and ignore them all. So, yeah, sometimes, I'm not very good company. 

Unfortunately, life will intrude. When that happens, I have to pull myself away from the story and be a real, grownup adult person. I hate that!! I have to wash my hair, fix it, wash my face, put makeup on, get dressed in real clothes (not sweatshirts and yoga pants), and leave the house. *sob* Sometimes, this is a good thing. It's for a fun activity that doesn't take forever. Or, I really needed to get out of the house because I've been by myself for way too long. 

When I start looking at the kitty adoption websites and picking out ALL the cats I could bring home, I close the laptop and take a drive. Usually, I hit Starbucks for a drink, get some fresh air, and talk to real people that others can see. 

So, yeah, if all of this sounds soooo appealing you are probably already a writer . . . or, should be one. Anyway, if you have thoughts or questions tag me in the comments below. Now run and check out what the other Blogger Girlz have to say on the topic.

Jessica D

See you all next week! -- Gwen

Wednesday, March 18, 2015


I really hope you enjoyed seeing these as much as I enjoyed finding them. If you have questions or thoughts just drop me a note down in the comments section. Now run to the other Blogger Girlz and see all their pics. I bet you'll love them too!

Jessica D

See you all next week! --Gwen

Monday, March 16, 2015


Hello!! The song this month is by Nickelback and it's called The Hammer's Coming Down. I hope you enjoy!!

Cash eased into the darkness, gun gripped tight. The whole Op had gone to shit from the moment they’d entered the town. No, wrong, it had gone to shit when their bosses had said it was simple. In and out, they’d been told, no big deal. He knew better than to listen to the pencil pushers who didn’t have fucking clue one about what the job entailed. Now, his partner was missing, and he was skulking through the darkness hoping like hell he didn’t get his ass shot off.
A small noise brought his progress to a halt. Raising his gun, he leaned out just enough to see the empty street. The town they’d found themselves in was small in size, but large in area. Truly, it looked as if the population had tossed rocks as far as they could, then said, “Yep, I’ll build there.” Made it easy to move around, but not so easy trying to find someone.
Cursing to himself, he pressed his back against a dilapidated house and inched out farther. Wind moved through the trees, causing the leaves to flutter and flail, but no other movements met his gaze. Where the fuck were they keeping her? He’d be the first to admit he was royally pissed off when they stuck him with a female partner, but now, after nearly two years, they were a solid team. They complemented one another; they’d die for one another. He’d burn the fucking place down if anything happened to her.
The shattering of glass drew him down the street toward a small house set back from road. Cash ran, knowing in his gut, the sounds involved Zoe. As he ran into the yard, a loud crash accompanied a man flying out the main front window, glass and wood following behind. The unknown man rolled slowly to his knees and attempted to get up as Zoe jumped out the hole left by the window. Running forward, she kicked the man in the side. He screamed and tried to roll away from her, but she kicked him again.
The front door was pulled open and another man stepped out on to the porch, rifle in hand. He raised it and aimed at Zoe. Cash stepped out and calmly put a bullet through him. Zoe looked up, her lip bloody and swollen, a long cut running down her cheek and tried to smile.
“Fucking awful day,” she said, giving the guy on the ground one last kick.
Cash grabbed her hand as the two of them sprinted to where he’d stashed the car. 

And that was my piece inspired by Nickelback. If you have thoughts or questions just tuck them down in the comments. Now run over and check out what my fellow Blogger Girlz came up with. I know you won't be disappointed.


Jessica D.

See you all on Wednesday for total randomness! --Gwen

Wednesday, March 11, 2015


Hey, and welcome back to the randomness of Wednesday. This week we're chatting about the things that inspire us. I think, first of all, this man certainly does. Am I right?

Okay, so here are the list of things that inspire me in one way or the other.

A - Autumn colors (my favorite time of year)

B - Books (I love to read)
C - Cats (I love mine and miss them terribly)
D - Dreams (I get some of my best ideas from my dreams)
E - Essential Oils
F - Friends (I have amazing ones and I love them tons)
G  - Goddess and Gods

H - Holidays (Halloween is my very favorite)

I - Ice Cream (Graeter's is my favorite)

J - Jessie J songs (love Bang, Bang and Burnin' Up)
K - Knitting (so relaxing and soothing)
L - Laptop (couldn't do without it)
M - Music (I always have my MP3 player going)
N - Nook (I couldn't do without it)
O - Outlook (couldn't live without my email program)
P - Projects (i love doing crafting projects with my sister, right now                        we're working on a fairy house)
Q - Questions (I love what if . . . that creates a story in my head                                    faster than anything)
R - Road Trips!!!

S - Sister (My sister is the best ever and I can't imagine life without                   her)
T - Texting (the best way to keep my friends close :-)!)
U - UPS & USPS (i love getting packages in the mail)
V - Viggo Mortenson (swoon)

W - Water (I love to listen to it and it helps me think)
X - XOXO (hugs and kisses)
Y - Yarn (I love to knit)
Z - Zone (the place I love to be when I write so the words flow)

And that's it! If you have something that inspires you, leave a comment below and let me know. Now run and check out what inspires the other Blogger Girlz! Oh, and give our newest blogger, Paige, a friendly welcome!

See you all next week!! --Gwen

Jessica D.

Monday, March 9, 2015


Bad Boys Next Door Box Set — Available March 16, 2015
There’s just something about a bad boy… It could be that neighbor you’ve had the hots for forever. Or maybe the guy in the cabin or office next door. It might even be a guy you meet on vacation or one you’ve known since you were a kid.
Twelve prolific authors, including New York Times Bestseller and USA Today Bestseller, Selena Kitt, and USA Today Bestseller, Jenny Trout writing as Abigail Barnette, present a sizzling collection of erotic romance sure to bring you to your knees and make you believe in love again – or, at least, lust at first sight!
Set also includes: Gwendolyn Cease, Bronwyn Green, Tilly Greene, Elise Hepner, Jessica Jarman, Sommer Marsden, Kris Norris, Paige Prince, Charlotte Stein, and Alison Tyler.
Abigail Barnette (Jenny Trout) – Bad Boy, Good Man
Newly independent real-life adult Ellie McCormack loves everything about her first apartment…except her neighbor. His bi-weekly sex fests keep her up at night in more ways than one as she wonders about the man who’s making all the noise—and what he’s doing to make his women so damn loud.
But even her wildest fantasies couldn’t conjure up a man like Antony DeLuca. When she works up the nerve to confront him, she’s expecting a player, but there’s more to Antony than his carefree sexual escapades. One hot night with him helps Ellie see through the man who drives women wild, to the good guy beneath it all. A guy that she just might be able to fall for…
Gwendolyn Cease – No Strings
All Kaitlin O’Neal wants to do is fix her sink. She’s intelligent and resourceful. Plus, she’s got her own tools. How hard could it be? Apparently, extremely hard, since her attempt left the sink in an unusable condition. When her next-door neighbor, Cameron Sinclair, offers to help her fix the mess and renovate the rest of the kitchen, she jumps at the chance. She’d be a fool not to, right? Cameron, though, is hotter than hot and makes her an offer she can’t refuse.
Cameron has wanted Kaitlin since she moved next door. So what if she’s older than him? She’s beautiful, sexy, and he wants to get to know her better. He offers her a no strings affair—one he hopes will keep her coming back to his bed. Between home improvements and steamy sex, Cameron realizes that their no strings fling will never be enough, but can he convince Kaitlin he’s worth the risk?
Bronwyn Green – Drawn That Way
Tristan Weaver, accountant for a successful video game company, is in way over her head. Honestly answering a company-wide survey and criticizing the sexist stereotypes used in the company’s games was enough to catch her boss’ attention. But speculating on his sex life within his earshot has unexpected consequences when her hot, but nerdy, boss invites her to model for him.
Owner, artist and lead developer of Brecken Games, Rory Brecken, has a strict no fraternizing with employees rule. However, when he overhears Tristan’s conversation with her friend about his rumored kinks and begins to suspect her curiosity in the submissive side of sex, he’s more than a little tempted. When her interest is undeniably confirmed, he suggests a onetime only, colleagues with benefits hook-up.
Though neither want a relationship, once isn’t enough for either one of them. As their encounters become more intense, Rory makes a huge mistake that may cost him the woman he’s coming to love.
Tilly Greene – Her Wicked Ride
Mike Mulligan co-owns a garage and fixes cars. He rides a Harley, is covered in tattoos and has spent time in jail. Since being released he’s tried to live a clean life, but he’s a bad boy with women, very bad and terribly sexy. Bondage, domination, and so much more, are his preferences when playing with the ladies, and there have been a variety until the last one.
For the first time, he had to work for a yes. All summer, they’ve had fabulously wild no-holds-barred sex, but one morning everything changes. With chaos in the garage, a cup of coffee in hand, and a half-naked Sherry Gonzales in his lap, his eyes are opened to wanting more than sex with her. Mike’s solution is to go on a date, their first date.
The night starts out fine. But things get wicked on the back of his bike before taking a turn, but for the good or bad?
Elise Hepner – A Marriage of Inconvenience
When Izzy Thorton's mother falls ill and is given a terminal diagnosis the last thing Izzy anticipates is a proposal from her best friend, Sebastian Leery, to fulfill her mother's dying wish. Only one snafu keeps Izzy from saying yes—she's in love with him. But before she can say much of anything to his proposal, Bash takes the reins by telling her mother the good news.
Unable to fight her undeniable attraction to her playboy best friend—Izzy goes through with the best and worst mistake of her life. No sooner are the rings exchanged when they both realize their friendship can only bridge so many gaps. Sebastian has no hope of keeping his skeletons in the closet and Izzy doesn't know how much longer she can keep her heart out of the equation.
Together they fumble through the darkness of their past to a future that might just be a little more clear--if they can fight their chemistry long enough to talk.
Jessica Jarman – London Bound
After losing her husband six years ago, Meg Stevens has focused on the day-to-day and being a mother, not sparing a thought for anything beyond—no dates, no excitement, no life other than what she already had. A six-week vacation to London, all but forced on her by her two children, changes all of that. Meg meets the man of her dreams—gorgeous, dominant, and completely on board with a short-term fling—despite the fact he’s far too young for her.
Nathan Harris is more than a bit curious about the beautiful woman renting the upstairs flat, and once he talks to her, curiosity is quickly replaced by arousal and desire. It doesn’t take long before it’s clear she longs to experience sexual submission, and Nathan finds himself desperate to be the one she submits to.
Her days spent exploring the city, her nights exploring Nathan and the pleasure submitting to him brings, Meg discovers the trip she’d taken out of obligation has turned into something she doesn’t want to walk away from. However, the life she left behind beckons, and there’s no room there for dreaming of something she can never have.
Selena Kitt – Working for the Weigands
Lloyd “Boone” Goodhart has been working for the Weigands since he was in high school, mowing their ornamental lawn, shoveling their long, winding driveway and skimming their enormous in-ground pool for extra cash, much of which he gives to his mom, a single-mother who has worked in the Wal-Mart bakery for twenty years. Boone, more apathetic cynic than true slacker, is also attending community college, bagging groceries at a local supermarket, and rebuilding his dead-beat dad’s old Harley.
His second summer after high school graduation starts out just as mundane and routine as the first, but Boone’s world turns upside down when Mrs. Weigand tells him her husband has left her, and her daughter has returned from boarding school in Europe, where Danielle “Ellie” Weigand has spent the past five years.
Before he knows which way is up, Mrs. Weigand starts requesting extra services of Boone—in more ways than one—while her daughter, Ellie, teases him mercilessly, just like she did in junior high. He soon finds himself immersed in a desperate, passionate affair, with not just one woman, but two.
Will the attention of both mother and daughter be more than he can handle, or will his growing feelings for them be more than he can bear?
Sommer Marsden – The Anniversary Party
Kylie Walker is cracking under the stress of hosting a thirtieth anniversary party for her parents and trying to keep up with her freelance writing deadlines. With a new house, a well-meaning but useless sister, and roughly forty people about to descend on her home, she doesn’t think it can get much worse. Until her mother’s friend, Mrs. Sinclair, calls to ask if they might bring one more person. Her son, Wade. The man who up and left Kylie eight years before.
Wade Sinclair has come back to town with one hope—to make things right with his high school sweetheart. Still hopelessly in love with Kylie, Wade knows he must come clean about why he left her all those years ago so he can finally set about reclaiming what he never should have let go of in the first place—her love.
Can they put their past behind them and look toward the future? Or will the anniversary party be the end of them altogether?
Kris Norris – Force of Nature
Love—an unparalleled force of nature.
Conservation Officer, Finley McKay, isn’t a stranger to criticism. Taking risks to protect delicate ecosystems doesn’t impress most people—including the doctor renting the cabin beside hers. The man’s arrogant, opinionated and far too sexy in his faded jeans and tees. She already knows he’s an ass—she just wished it mattered enough to make her keep her distance.
Dr. Coen Brady isn’t looking to fit in. Having recently retired from the military, he’s hoping to spend a few months hiding from the world in a small, out-of-the-way town in northern Washington.
But just his luck, he has the misfortune of running into his next-door neighbor. A girl who seems determined to get herself killed before his time there is up. She’s reckless, stubborn and slowly driving him insane.
When anger morphs into angry sex, Coen knows taking her to bed is a calculated risk—one he might regret when her investigation turns deadly, leaving Finley’s life hanging in the balance. Breaking a few rules to keep her in the game doesn’t seem that dangerous, until it becomes painfully obvious she won’t stop until justice is served—even if the price is her life.
Paige Prince – Lost Treasure
Danielle Almasi-Epperson's parents were killed in a tragic car accident when she was eight years old, leaving her world famous, Egyptologist grandfather to raise her in their stead. While she had the pleasure of growing up on archaeological digs, he never believed that the field was a woman's place. All she's ever dreamed of is adventure and the kind of love her parents had.
Jareth Riley was the boy in the tent next door to Danielle's at every dig she could remember while growing up. Her grandfather and his father labeled him a troublemaker from day one. So, when Danielle and Jareth fall in love and lose their virginity to each other, it takes no time at all for her grandfather to ship her off to Harvard.
Ten years later, she's working as a curator at a museum and he's a treasure hunter. When he shows up on her doorstep asking for help to find a lost artifact with supposed mystical powers, she can't help but say yes. In no time at all, they're on the run from mad men with guns and rekindling the romance that had never quite died. Will they be able to restore the lost treasure to the rightful owners, or will they destroy their chance at happiness or lose their lives in the attempt?
Charlotte Stein – Curveball
When Judy Myers is offered a relaxing vacation to get away from her latest heartbreak, she can’t say no. A cruise on her brother’s yacht sounds like heaven...until she realizes her brother’s best friend has been invited along for the ride.
Steven Stark is big, he’s loud, and he’s obviously not interested in the plump, plain little sister he used to tease unmercifully. In fact, he’s still quite happy to tease her – until she turns the tables on him. Now, Steven can’t seem to keep his thoughts, or his hands, to himself. And worse, Judy’s not sure she can resist the attraction she’s kept buried for so many years.
Being trapped on a boat isn’t the best place to be, when you’re suddenly thrown a hunky curveball.
Alison Tyler – The Spanking House
The Spanking House is a fantastical tale of a writer struggling against the beast known as "writer's block." Mia Rogers rents a cozy cottage in a small town in hopes of jumpstarting the novel she can't seem to finish. When she meets Tripp Johnson, she becomes motivated in ways she previously hadn't thought possible.

Friday, March 6, 2015


Hey, you. Yeah, you...reader of steamy books. I see you over there with your collection of smutty goodness. 

Wanna get in on some exclusive excerpts for The Bad Boys Next Door Box Set before it releases? 

Think of it - 12 Authors, 12 Exceedingly Bad Boys, 12 Scorching Hot Stories - coming your way on March 16th!

Help us out with our cover reveal, and you'll get a sneak peak at up to four exclusive excerpts. All you need to do is click this link, sign up for the social media sites you're willing to post on (Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, your blog) and we'll do the rest. We'll send you a post and cover art and after the reveal goes live, we'll send you the excerpt(s) you've chosen. Easy peasy!

Participating Authors: Abigail Barnette, Gwendolyn Cease, Bronwyn Green, Tilly Greene, Jessica Jarman, Selena Kitt, Elise Hepner, Sommer Marsden, Kris Norris, Paige Prince, Charlotte Stein and Alison Tyler.

Cover reveal sign up period runs from 3/4 - 3/7 (closes at midnight)

Wednesday, March 4, 2015


Hello!! Happy Gwens-day! Before we get started let me give you Wednesday hotness. Oh and I used this pic as the basis for my character Cameron in the book I just finished called No Strings.

So our topic this week is our favorite websites. I could totally tell you that I'm way too busy to be goofing off online, but that would be such a lie. I wish I could stay away because I'd get more written. It's like a sickness though and I can't stay away. So here are some of my favorite places to visit:

1. Facebook - of course, how could I not list this one?? I have 2 accounts, one author and one personal and I check both of them quite frequently.

2. Yahoo - I love looking at all the news headlines. Sometimes, this is how I find out about stuff.

3. Etsy - if you've never hit this site you are missing out. It's a site totally devoted to online shops from amazing artists. I've purchased jewelry, artwork, and essential oil perfumes and loved all of them

4. Barnes & Noble - I own a Nook ebook reader and I think that's all I need to say about this site. LOL

5. Amazon - it's crazy, but this is where I keep my wishlist for books and such. 

6. Pinterest - my sis and I both love this site since we find a lot of recipes and crafts to do.

7. Ravelry - I love to knit and hit the site for new patterns.

Those are my favorites. If you have any suggestions for amazing sites I should visit, just leave it in the comment section. Now, run over and check out what sites the rest of the ladies love.

Jessica D.

See you all next week!--Gwen

Monday, March 2, 2015


Hello and welcome to March flash fiction. This is where we write a story based on an image sent to us by Jessica J and Bronwyn. This month our pic is really cool. Check it:

Here's my piece. I hope you like it.

The Orb

Tara held up the shimmering, multicolored orb and stared into its depths. The thing was amazing. It almost reminded her of something created from ice and stuffed with lights that she’d once seen at a winter carnival. This was no temporary holiday decoration though. The crystal ball was solid and cool to the touch. She rotated the piece in her hands trying to figure out how the artist had made it glow. She couldn’t see an opening for batteries and it certainly didn’t contain lights so how was it lit?

She looked around the junk shop she’d wandered into, but couldn’t find anyone to ask. Just as well, since the piece had to be well outside her price. Still, it wouldn’t hurt to enquire since it might be one of a hundred pieces they sold to gullible tourists for cheap. She doubted it though. She’d priced crystal balls before and they were expensive. None, though was as amazing as the ball she held.

Traveling for work was a pain, but she always tried to see some of the city. Usually, that meant, going to unique spots like antique shops. She never went to the high-end places, since they just didn’t have personality. She gravitated more toward the junk end of the spectrum. She loved the things they packed in since she could usually find a treasure. The orb was a treasure. She really hoped it wasn’t too expensive.

Staring into its shining depths, she tried to discern where the glow came from.

What’s your wish?

She looked around. Had someone spoken? She didn’t see anyone near. In fact, there wasn’t anyone in the shop at all.

What’s your wish?

What? She peeked around a corner. Nothing. Okay, the where was the voice coming from? She searched around until she saw a grate in the wall. There it was. She was probably hearing a conversation in the next room or building. She laughed to herself, feeling better to have figured it out.

She stared back at the orb. Were the colors brighter?

What’s your wish?

She stared into the ball. She didn’t care if the question was truly directed at her. It was too delicious not to think about. What if someone or something could grant wishes? What would she want?

“I’d wish,” she whispered softly, her breath gently brushing against the crystal ball, “for a wonder adventure. I’d wish for a wonderful adventure where I’d find an amazing man who would love me, all of me, for who I am and who I could love back. Oh, and if we’re going all the way, he’d be like so amazing looking and we’d have really stellar sex.”

She burst out laughing and hugged the orb close to her chest. Yeah, and with the wish and a quarter she might get gum from a machine. Maybe.

Wish granted.

The orb began to flicker brightly as colors slid over and around the surface. Tara held it up, dismayed. Hell, had she broken it? She hoped not. The piece began to heat up in her hands and she tried to set it down. For some reason, her fingers wouldn’t let go. No matter what she did, she clasped it tighter as the ball became brighter and brighter.

Colors swirled out until she was surrounded. Tara opened her mouth to scream, but in a second, she and the orb vanished.

Now go and check out the other flash fiction posts!

See you all on Wednesday!! --Gwen