Yep, It's Spring

The flowers are blooming and the birds are chirping and it's glorious outside, if not a little bit chilly. But who cares? It's spring! April is coming--this is actually my last post for March--and with it the hope that snow and ice and frost have all passed us by. I certainly hope so.

I've got a major project due tomorrow, so I'm not going to spend much time here today. However, I felt I needed to post an update on Helena and Mike's wedding, since some folks have been asking about how it went. In short, it went--no pun intended--like a charm. A lucky charm. No fisticuffs, only joy and love and a great celebration.

Of course, there's a reason for that. Apparently, the Wedding Gods were watching out for Helena and Mike because, and you will not believe this, all three of the catty pit vipers (Ann, Amy, and Mrs. Jerk) and their significant others were not in attendance. As it turned out, Ann's daughter Neela from a dalliance prior to her commitment to The Jerk went into labor the morning of the impending nuptials and delivered a healthy baby boy just before the wedding. I'm pretty sure the new grandma euphoria clouded any thoughts of throwing on her finery to attend her friend's wedding. Of course, The Jerk stayed with her, mainly because attending the wedding with his current wife instead of his ex-wife that he is now dating while separated from her would probably upset Ann, and, as I have divulged in earlier posts, an angry Ann is, indeed, not something you want to behold.

Amy also felt the need to forego the wedding in light of the fact she had become a great-aunt, although she also had the excuse that she had jury duty. Yep, you got it. Amy got selected for jury duty just before the wedding. She wasn't thrilled, although Ed thinks it's great because he's all about doing one's civic duty. He's even taken off work a few days to watch the trial, which, ironically, is a case about a wife who attempted to kill her philandering husband by hiring her nail technician to burn down their house while he was in the midst of some really intense their marital bed, no less. He and his paramour survived and the nail tech, afraid of being discovered and taking full blame, outed the wife to the police. Ed, from what I understand, is totally fascinated by this case. Amy, on the other hand, is bored to tears because she's already decided that the wife was just trying to scare them both, and, even if she wasn't, Amy said, she was totally justified in what she did. I still don't get how she can think this, but it's not my case nor my worry. Good luck, Mr. Defense Attorney, in dealing with that jury member.

Mrs. Jerk, from what I understand, would have attended, but she is going through some trauma right now and wanted to limit public exposure. Apparently, she was having sex with some married guy and the house caught on fire. She barely escaped with her lover and her perky breasts intact, and now there's this trial thing about it. Go figure.

Well, I need to sign off for now. Big project calling. I hope your spring is going spectacularly. Happy Reading!

Concord, MA - American Crucible

How many towns can combine both major historic significance, and also literary/cultural significance? Concord, Massachusetts is one such town.

Most people know Concord as the birthplace of the American Revolutionary War, a spot the British marched on when they left Boston to quell those pesky Minutemen. The town is proud of its history, and Wright's Tavern, where the British refreshed themselves on that fateful day, still stands.

We had brunch recently at the Colonial Inn, another landmark dating from 1716, found in the center of Concord.
I was with other people so I didn't get to examine things as closely as I would have liked, but the inn is very interesting. Lots of small rooms, tastefully decorated. Here's the dining room.
The role of the Concord townspeople in defending themselves against the British would be enough to give the town an importance to American history.

But Concord is also home to many famous American writers. Louisa May Alcott was one. Here's her home (Orchard House), which is now a museum.
Other notable literary luminaries include Ralph Waldo Emerson (the 'shot heard round the world' in reference, literally, to the British marching on Lexington and Concord), Henry Thoreau, and Nathaniel Hawthorne. (My sister had some words to say on the subject of the great Thoreau taking his laundry home for his mother to do. lol)

The Wayside is another Concord museum which was, in turn, a home for the Alcotts, Hawthorne and Margaret Sidney, who wrote the Five Little Peppers series. Has anyone but me read them?

Doris Kearns Goodwin lives in Concord today, as do other contemporary writers.

The brunch was delish!

Only 99 cents! Norian Masters book #1 by Anna Lund

My alter-ego, Anna Lund, has just released the first two books in her new sci-fi erotic romance series from Blushing Books. With a gorgeous new cover and an updated title, book#1, Binding Hanna, is only 99 cents!

Hanna does not hesitate in her duty to protect her princess when they are captured by slave traders. Despite fighting for her freedom, she finds herself bound and chained on a spaceship headed for the sex planet Noria, fated to become sex slave to the king.

A mercenary for hire, her sexy, dominant captor Jarrod's job is to deliver her to the king - and to keep his hands off her. But soon the pull of desire to both rescue and enslave her is as powerful as the chains that bind Hanna. Although their passion is forbidden, he can't resist showing her the erotic ways of master and slave, pain and pleasure, spankings and strict obedience.

Hanna vows to find a way to make the best of her new situation, but when she falls for Jarrod, how could any other master ever be enough? And now that Jarrod is as much a captive to the feisty Hanna as she is to him, he knows he has to find a way to break her free.


Hanna had never felt anything like Jarrod’s rough hands caressing her skin. She knew she shouldn’t like what he was doing. Shouldn’t be aching for more of this incredible friction that was sending waves of sensations over her skin.  She shouldn’t be wanting more.

But as soon as she awoke and saw him standing there in the doorway, staring at her, she’d wanted him to touch her again. He wasn’t wearing a shirt and she couldn’t help but admire his sculpted muscles.

The tattoo surprised her. It was all black and covered the entire left side of his chest. It followed the curves of his chest, from his broad shoulder down past his tight nipple. Thick black lines radiated out from a center sunburst design to a circular border, with intricate designs between.

Some people on Vanya decorated their bodies in this way, but Hanna had never seen a tattoo that actually enhanced someone’s body as this one did. It made him look even stronger and sexier. If she ever got out of these cuffs and chains, she hoped she’d get a chance to touch it.

But for now he stood behind her, where she couldn’t see him. He held her tightly around the waist so she didn’t swing helplessly from her chains. Her bare back pressed into his naked chest. His hard strong body held her somewhat steady. And even though his fingers were calloused, he was gentle as he swept his other hand across her abdomen. Hanna didn’t realize how hungry she’d been to be touched. She hadn’t seen her family in years. She had her chores around the palace and her duties to the princess. But no touching was ever involved.

If you love sexy, emotional stories, set in another world with bondage and spanking involved, give Binding Hanna a try. At 99 cents, you don't have much to lose. And if you love the Norian Masters world and want to keep reading, you don't have to wait for book #2. Taming Serena is available now too!

Turning a Yard into a Whimsical Garden

garden in the sun, planted pots, bay laurel 035 (427x640)Colorful planter gardening. Hopefully my plant pots aren’t too small, but nothing else will fit in the stands. These were my mother’s, so I had to put them to good use. The colorful pots are mine. They’ve really gone to whimsical colors just so I can have a whimsical fairy garden.  :)
garden in the sun, planted pots, bay laurel 033 (640x427)I’m adding a border, but when I did it, I realized I need to cut back more grass. The white bricks behind the lavender against the fence is to keep the dogs from going on at each other as much beneath the fence. It worked to begin with. My puppies thought the brick wall I had at my old house was up for a while. :)  I ran out of pavers, so when I have a chance, I’ll go back in and get more.
garden in the sun, planted pots, bay laurel 029 (634x640)garden in the sun, planted pots, bay laurel 031 (640x427)So I’m getting the rights back to Deadly Liaisons, and I’m working on getting it ready to publish. I need a new cover, so still working on finding the right picture, and almost done with edits.
Off to talk to the CPA about the taxes!
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Real life vs. Reel life

I’ve been having a problem lately that I imagine affects a lot of authors, romance and otherwise. I find that the lives of my fictional characters are much more interesting than my own life.

Duh. Logically, I know this is a given. Heck, it’s why people read books – for escapism.

And yet, as an author the danger lies in the fact that I’m spending more time in my fictional worlds these days than in my own. The laundry doesn’t get done. The dust builds up on the furniture. Hubby has to call me for dinner.

What’s the right life/work balance when a person wants to spend more time at work in front of her computer, living among fabulous characters, creating interesting worlds?

The answer is… Get out of your routine. Do something different. Travel.

Jenna Ives and I recently returned from a trip to South America. Spending time in a foreign country and seeing other people’s lives made me really appreciate my own. I no longer find mine boring. I no longer spend every moment at my keyboard, escaping from it. Now I look forward to my time with hubby.

Especially our evening cocktail out on the patio.

In fact, I’m off to have that cocktail right now. See? It’s no longer hard for me to push back my computer chair and walk away from the keyboard.

How about you? Ever have a job or hobby that was so obsessive it took up too much of your time? How did you cope?

I’d love to hear your advice!


The Viking's Highland Lass up for Preorders!

Book 7 in the series!
Gunnolf was left for dead when he was young as he went on one of his kin’s raids, but finds his way to the Highlands and a home with the MacNeill Clan. The clan’s seer warns him he must rescue a woman in need, only he rescues the wrong woman. Yet, Brina is in need. Her father, wounded in battle by Gunnolf’s own kind, must oust the tyrant who has taken his place if he is to rule. Yet he needs Gunnolf’s help, but Gunnolf learns Brina’s father had killed Gunnolf’s brother.
Brina is torn between hating the Viking who has rescued her, and knowing that his kin had killed her grandfather in an age old tale of fighting between their people, and loving the man who took her under his protection, and the wolf cub she insisted on rescuing.

Now, Gunnolf must make a choice: wed the lass as her father has insisted and restore her father’s position as chief of his clan when he’s not sure her father is trustworthy, hoping he can obtain a peace between his people and hers, or leave well enough alone and stay with the MacNeill Clan, his family for the past ten years. The problem is one sweet Highland lass that makes him want a woman—this woman—to warm his bed and have his bairns and to protect and cherish, when having a wife was the furthest notion from his mind…until one prediction changed his whole life.

So for now, preorders are up at:

I will have it at the other sites as soon as I can. And it will also be in print.

Have a great day!

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The Greenest Day of the Year

Happy St. Patrick's Day! I was writing a completely different post when it occurred to me that today is St. Patrick's Day. How could I forget? Helena and her beau are about to embark on the wedding of the century (see my last post), replete with all the drama of a Lifetime movie, on what is considered by many to be a very lucky day. And Helena's take on all of this is, "Whatever happens, happens. We'll deal with it. Together." Which is also the same perspective her prospective hubby has, so I'm guessing this marriage, even though it's her 3rd, has a fighting chance. And I'm thrilled for her.

I'm also thrilled that spring is finally here, or appears to be so. Yeah, so cool weather is predicted, but overall the temps are warmer and my outlook is sunnier. Plus, I'm writing more. I hadn't been tapping at the keys much until the last few days because of work and all that it entails, but now I'm on a roll. I'm about halfway through my latest WIP and it feels great. There's nothing like writing in the spring to make one feel content.

Unfortunately, my latest includes pieces of my real life. As you can guess, my friend Ann is kind of a strong presence, and she's sort of ended up in my latest book. By accident, of course. I don't name her, and she's not a main character. There's a remotely psychotic chick who is a really good friend of the heroine who makes her life undeniably miserable without even trying, and she's completely oblivious to the damage she does. However, this character serves a larger purpose--the heroine of the story meets the love of her life at her wedding. So, it's worth the struggle with the fictional Ann's issues.

I rarely include people from real life, but Ann is too strong of a inspiration to ignore. Have you ever dealt with someone like this? Someone who is a complete disaster, and you can't seem to look away? That's probably what I will be doing this afternoon at Helena's wedding...looking away from Ann and her drama to the couple who's actually getting married. To their credit, they're taking it all in stride. Like Helena says...whatever happens, happens. I'm just glad the menu includes green beer.

Happy St. Paddy's Day!

Books Made into Movies? My Books???

Alpha Wolf Need Not Apply (487x800)Okay, so before I get ready to figure out what to wear to the gala opening night event, wait, what would I wear as the author of the book turned into a movie???? I guess I’d have to ditch the jeans for something more regal. Or not.

Yeah, yeah, I know, there are no offers on the table. No interest really. Just a company that has a directory of rights owners in case a movie or TV producer was interested.

But I’m a writer, so I have a really great imagination. And there the first 21 wolf books are up on the screen. Dream away. But hey, I’ve never been asked to even include my name in the directory, so it’s a start, right?

Head back out of the clouds, and with the storms we’re having we’ve had lots of them, and back to the book.
storms 002 (640x427)Have a great day!
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Ole Amigas!

Leigh Court and I are back from our month-long trip to Santiago, Chile and Buenos Aires, Argentina and we had a blast! It was the adventure of a lifetime, and I took advantage of every minute of it J

One of the highlights for me definitely was learning to tango in La Boca. The teacher was great…

… but one of our, er, travelling companions, was not quite as into the lessons as I was.

Turns out the La Boca/Caminito area of Buenos Aires was where a lot of Italian immigrants first arrived in Argentina, so while Leigh didn’t tango, she was at least interested in seeing the area where her relatives arrived 60+ years ago. The area is painted in brilliant colors to cheer up the poor residents who live in the area now.

But of course the highlight for me was seeing my favorite band, the Rolling Stones, play in both cities, Santiago and Buenos Aires. This is the farthest I’ve ever traveled to see them, but it was totally worth it! And 58,000 fans in Buenos Aires agreed with me J

I definitely got “satisfaction” from this trip! The adrenaline rush hasn’t completely left me yet, and hopefully I will find as unique a trip for Leigh and I for our next adventure.

How about you? Ever had a vacation you’ll remember forever? Share!


Highlander Unbroken is up for pre-order!

Highlander Unbroken is up for pre-order now at Amazon and is scheduled to release May 10!

Torture has driven Neacal MacDonald to the brink of madness. 
As the new chief of the MacDonald clan, Neacal will do whatever it takes to make his late father proud and to help his clan thrive. But whispers of his madness abound and many in his clan turn traitor, wanting MacDonald of Sleat to lead them instead. Conflict ignites between the bitter rivals when Sleat garners the help of the man who tortured Neacal in the past. 

Can one woman's song pull him back and begin to heal his soul? 
Everything has been ripped from Anna Douglas except her angelic voice and the will to survive. When she meets Neacal MacDonald, she recognizes something familiar in him—stark loneliness and pain. His past could be even more tragic and tarnished than hers. No one must learn her true identity or about the brutish man claiming she is his wife, for he will stop at nothing to reclaim her. Though Neacal vowed to never trust a woman again, he cannot resist the secrets in Anna's eyes or her spellbinding song, which threatens to break down the icy walls surrounding his tormented heart. 
I thought I would share some of the photos of the place which inspired the story's setting... Castle Tioram on Loch Moidart on the rugged west coast of Scotland. One of the MacDonald strongholds.

Castle Tioram

Castle Tioram

View from behind the castle.

View from the front of the castle.

Castle Tioram

Detail of one of the exterior walls.
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Sold the Pink Mohair Easter Bear and Bunny!

puppies and pink mohair bear and bunny 008 (640x420)Still on the hunt for my bear patterns. These were already sewn up, but needed to be put them together. But I sold 5 of them, and so now only have one pink bunny left. UNLESS I can find the remaining parts to another. I have one leg, 1 bear ear, half a bear ear, and a body. Hmmmm. I am so sure it has to do with the fae.

Merlin w book Spear (2)A fan and friend, Jan, sent this to me of her cat, Merlin and he’s all into jaguars. Isn’t he cute?

Oh, oh, oh, I found my bear patterns! I had put them in a special place so they wouldn’t get lost. Naturally. I had looked in the decorative boxes full of decorative stuff several times, but had no place to put the decorator pieces until a shelf is repaired that was damaged in the move. I finally began to remove the items just in case the patterns were in the bottom of the boxes, and yes!!! They were. So once I set my sewing machine up, I’m back in business!

Or so I thought. The electric cord for the cabinet wouldn’t reach the outlet, had to find an extension cord. Found the foot pedal. Couldn’t find the power cord to the sewing machine. After some searching through all the cords I found that I have no idea what they go to, I found it! My sewing machine is so old I was afraid I couldn’t order a new one. But I had looked and I saw where someone said they had ordered one because they had moved and they couldn’t find their cord. Then found it. Sound familiar? At least I didn’t order it. And then it wouldn’t reach the outlet and had to find another extension cord. :)

So I’m back in business!

Have a great weekend!

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Is It Spring?

It's been a hard winter. You want to know how I know that? Because I actually kept scoping what the groundhog said on 2/2, like that's an accurate weather prediction. However, desperate for spring, I bought into what the little rodent said. And it appears, although with some hesitation, spring is on its way.

But that's not what you came here for, is it? You came here for something exciting, and, finally, I have something exciting to talk about. Wanna hear?

So my friend, Helena, is getting married for the 3rd time, which is, I'm sure, a charm. Although, given Helena's track record, maybe not. Helena and Mike are getting married on 3/17, the luckiest day of the year according to their ancestors, who were all Irish. They are getting married at 3:17 on the dot, too. However, that's about it. I think Mike wanted to go all the way with the "We're so lucky to have found each other" theme, but Helena convinced him to not go overboard with it. It promises to be a nice wedding, and one that, I'm sure, will be quite memorable.

Why, might you ask?

Because Helena is friends with Ann, Ann's Jerk, and Amy, Ann's sister who is now married to Ed, Ann's ex-fiance who left her at the altar for his current wife, and because she's invited the whole crew to her nuptials, that's why. I asked Helena if she'd told Mike about Ann's wedding disaster and the aftermath, and she said she had. His response? "There's no bad luck they can bring on us! Look, they're all happy now." Helena's gleeful take on the whole thing? "This is going to be effing fantastic! Wanna take bets on who swings first?" That's my friend, always looking for entertainment wherever she can get it.

And she might get it. Amy and Ann do talk, even though Amy stole Ed from right under her bridal nose, but everyone knows Ann is incredibly vengeful and holds grudges forever, and even though she's happy working on her "relationship" with The Jerk, she still has a score to settle with Amy.

If you read the Bridesmaid Sort Of posts from a while back, you might be wondering what happened after Ann and The Jerk's embrace. Well, it was kind of like that scene in An Officer and a Gentleman where Richard Gere carries Deborah Winger out of the factory, except Ann's a bit heavier than Deb and The Jerk is waaaaay older than Richard Gere, so it looked like too stumbling drunks half carrying each other out of a crowded bar. In short, though, Ann decided to give The Jerk another try, even though he's technically married to a new wife. He and Ann are "dating" until he and the current legal Mrs. Jerk work though their conscious uncoupling. I swear on Gwyneth Paltrow's pink Oscar de la Renta dress that I'm not kidding...they are consciously uncoupling like she did with Chris Martin, or at least doing their version of it. What it amounts to is that The Jerk is getting steady, um, attention from both Ann and Mrs. Jerk, and he's never been happier. Ann thinks she's going to win back her ex-hubby from the trophy hussy who stole him, so she's thrilled--to get The Jerk back and to get revenge on Mrs. Jerk. And Mrs. Jerk thinks she's going to convince her errant spouse that he's just having a mid-life crisis and wants to sow some seeds, which is, ironically, what Ann told him when he confessed he'd been sleeping with his dental hygienist, who became Mrs. Jerk, for six months. She thinks he'll come running back to her younger arms and fuller breasts, but Ann is giving her a run for her money, or rather for The Jerk's money.

So there you have it. Helena and Mike's wedding is going to be center stage to Ann and Amy's showdown, while Ed and The Jerk stand around sipping bad wine and comparing sisters. Hopefully, Helena and Mike will take it all in stride, and, if we're lucky, everything will go off splendidly.

I hope your spring is shaping up to be as exciting as mine promises to be. Happy Reading!

USA Today Bestseller!!

I have fantastic news! Captured by a Celtic Warrior hit the USA Today bestseller list! This is a major milestone in my career which I've been waiting for a long time. I'm also thrilled to share this honor with Kris Kennedy, Eliza Knight and Jennifer Haymore, three amazing and talented authors! You can see the list here: USA Today Best-selling Books.  A huge thanks to all of you who purchased the book!!

The King’s Outlaw, by Kris Kennedy 
1193 - Outlawed and on the run, Tadhg O’Malley has one mission: escape with the valuable dagger of Jerusalem before a brutal nobleman hunts him down. Trapped and almost cornered, his plan is simple: kidnap the innocent merchant with the long hair and complicated eyes. Igniting a raging passion is not part of the plan. Neither is falling in love. Both endanger their lives, his mission, and with it, the kingdom. 

Taken by the Highlander, by Eliza Knight 
1306 - A week before Lady Rose Munro is to wed a neighboring laird, she is abducted on the road by a wicked and dangerously handsome stranger. Highland warrior, Malcolm Montgomery has been ordered by King Robert the Bruce to steal Rose and her son from the suspected traitor she is about to marry—gifting him with an ancient and much sought after dagger as payment. Rose shouldn’t trust her captor. Shouldn’t feel her body heat at his simple touch, or allow him to press his fervent lips to hers… Malcolm shouldn’t be seducing the woman he is sworn to protect. Shouldn’t desire her, for she’s not meant to be his… Succumbing to passion threatens them both, and falling in love is absolutely not an option. 

Stolen by a Highland Rogue, by Vonda Sinclair 
1619 - When the infamous dagger is stolen from Highland chief, Dugald MacKerrick, he will do whatever it takes to reclaim it, even abduct the wife of the aristocratic thief, but what if his beautiful French hostage isn't who he thinks she is? Deep in the rugged Scottish Highlands, Dugald discovers not only is his captive, Camille Bouchard, more than he expected, so is the passion raging between them, threatening everything he thought mattered to him. 

Her Wicked Highlander, by Jennifer Haymore 
1816 - Maxwell White is the newest member of the Highland Knights, an elite mercenary group sworn to protect the Crown. His first assignment is to keep independent and spirited Aila MacKerrick safe from a madman determined to get his hands on a treasure she unwittingly possesses. But Aila isn’t going to simply allow some Highlander—as handsome as he might be—to capture her and whisk her away to an abandoned castle. She’ll fight to the death for her soon as she rids herself of this pesky, insistent desire that makes her far more inclined to run into his arms than away from them.... 

We have been getting some wonderful reviews!!

5 stars "...what happens when a rugged highlander, like Dugald, decides to hold captive a French lady, like Camille! Fun begins and sparks flare all over! The heroine Camille, was introduced in Ms. Sinclair's book, My Wild Highlander, as the cousin of Angelique. Just follow their wild adventure through the Highlands... It's always a pleasure to spend an afternoon, reading Vonda Sinclair's stories, I'm never disappointed!" Nicole L.

5 stars "All four [stories] are fast paced exciting adventures filled with danger, mystery, suspense, passion and love... Vonda Sinclair and that golden pen writes both a beautiful and passionate story that readers won't be able to put down!" Barb M

5 stars "A collection of well written, fast paced stories. Filled with treachery, danger, passion, deceit, betrayal, an assassination, history, ancestry, and romance. Each story is compelling, intriguing and masterfully written. The characters are engaging, realistic and will tug on your heart strings as you set on the edge of your seat hoping they find their HEA.... Brilliantly and expertly written to hold Historical Romance fans in awe." April R

"All of the stories are packed with suspense and sensual, steamy love scenes. Each author in this series has brought a wonderful story connect to the King Richard dagger. [Stolen by a Highland Rogue] has a little comedy, a little adventure, and a lot of love. The characters are intriguing and easy to fall in love with. Camille is daring and a strong female..." Natalie H.

"I loved this box set! All four authors are extremely talented. I highly recommend these books to any Highlander fan." A. Gonzalez

"Four enchanting novellas from four wonderful authors were verra entertaining! If you enjoy Scottish historical romance with sexy, strong warrior men and feisty women then this bundle will be just what you've been looking for." Lily

I loved this book from the beginning to the end. A very powerful, sensitive, wonderfully rich and rewarding story... I highly recommend this book and give it 10 stars. Debi A.

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