A curse, because it's hard to keep the kids entertained without spending sh*tloads of money, or letting them spend far too much time on the computer or Xbox. Plus, no matter how hard you try to keep the house relatively tidy, it's a losing battle. They leave their junk everywhere. And the noise! OMG. For a poor author, used to working in a lovely quiet house for most of the day, the constant barrage of TV, video games, pop songs, and bickering is enough to drive me up the wall. (Yes, I am one of those writers who doesn't play music when she writes. And even if I did, I wouldn't be choosing the music my daughter likes, LOL.)
Winner of the Maryland Romance Writers “Reveal Your Inner Vixen” contest (YA category)
When a teenage cyborg is forced to hide out at a small-town high school, the unthinkable happens: she falls in love.
Jay’s a cyborg who looks just like normal teenage girl. She’s super-strong, super-smart, and she can even appear to grow and age like a human. When a covert organization intent on using Jay as a weapon comes after her, she needs to find a place where she can blend in. Greenfield High seems perfect… except that the boys all think she’s totally hot and keep hitting on her, and she has no clue how to handle the attention. Who knew high school could be so perilous?
To add to her confusion she’s evolving – experiencing human emotions for the first time. And when she encounters ex-jock-turned-outcast Tyler, he sends her logical brain into a spin. She’s just starting to get the hang of this girlfriend/boyfriend thing when her pursuers track her down. Now’s sooo not the time for a cyborg to fall in love and get all emotional!
***Winner of the Romance Writers of New Zealand Clendon Award for full-length romantic manuscript
Chalcedony (Chalcey) has given up on men. Who’s got time for all that angsty dating crap when she’s got a new dance studio to run? Then she’s given a piece of wulfenite crystal and Lord Wulfenite, Keeper of the Shifting Sands fief, literally pops out of the crystal and plants one on her. Wulf is the man of her dreams… or at least, dressed like an ad for We Love Leather, with killer abs and delectable pectorals, he sure looks like the man of her dreams. But if there’s one thing Chalcey’s learned: If it looks too good to be true, then it sure as heck probably is too good to be true! And Wulf proves to be no exception.
Wulf doesn’t stop to wonder why he’s so attracted to Chalcedony. All he knows is he’s finally escaped from a centuries-long hell and he wants this woman – more than anything he’s wanted in his entire life. Chalcey doesn’t stand a chance. Before she realizes what’s at stake, she’s bonded with him and his life is in her hands. She knows she should walk away and leave him to his fate. No way is she planning on getting stuck with a guy who used to steal women for breeding stock! But the more she learns about Wulf and his past, the more conflicted she becomes.
Only when the Crystal Guardian’s curse threatens everything Chalcey’s worked so hard for, does she finally realize what’s truly important. But even if she can figure out how to save Wulf from his fate, it might be too late.
(For excerpts and reviews, please visit my website Books page or click the link in each title to go to each book's landing page.)
I have various formats available, including PDF, epub, and mobi for Kindle, so don't fret if you have an eReader, and your daughter doesn't... or you don't want to share yours, LOL. And I won't tell if you don't have a daughter and you want to read Freaks yourself, either ;-) It is pitched at YA, but it crosses over to adult, as it is most definitely a romance. (I love me my happy endings!)
And as for the catch? There isn't one. Just leave me a comment and you're in the draw. Of course, if you'd like to share how you entertain kids over the school holidays without spending loads of money, I'd be delighted *g*
As per normal, I'll draw a winner and announce it here next Wednesday.