I did not need the heart attack on a plate from the squirrel that jumped through the lattice fencing out of my shed AT me this morning. ¬†All I was trying to do was take out the garbage. ¬†Instead, I think I taught my neighbors many new curse words. ¬†I mean, it’s not like I live in the middle of the woods. ¬†I don’t understand this at all.

But cursing always reminds me of the phrase, cursing like a sailor. ¬†Which reminds me of¬†SEALs. ¬†Which reminds me…I’m thrilled to have been asked to be part of a SEAL anthology that comes out in November ! ¬†All the proceeds from this antho go straight to the Veterans Medical Research Foundation. ¬†The complete website’s coming soon, but you can still visit it for some information – or to stare more at the cover. ¬†There are so many wonderful authors involved – it’s going to be awesome! ¬†And I believe there will be romance trading cards of the cover available at RWA!

Speaking of RWA, ¬†Larissa is slowly UPS’ing me her entire life in preparation for the conference. ¬†I might need another house just to put the various things I’m getting, like all her shoes. ¬†Chapsticks. ¬†Jar openers. ¬†And other random packages. ¬†She and Bryan will be hanging here over the weekend before they head in for the RWA conference. ¬†I’ll be there starting Tuesday. ¬†It’s going to be insane, but fun.

Finally, last but not least, today, I’m over at Marie Force’s Bookclub Blog (thanks to Kara, Ronlyn & Marie!) – they’re talking about LIE WITH ME, so pop over and say hi and you’ll be entered for a chance to win the giveaways!


Quick check-in

Sometimes, I so love Free Will Astrology – here’s the Aries scope for this week:

“You don’t want to be the best of the best,” said Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia. “You just want to be the only one who does what you do.” That’s always good advice, but it will be especially apt for you during the next few weeks. You’re entering a phase when competing with other people will get you nowhere fast. What will get you somewhere fast is nurturing your unique talents and proclivities. Do you know exactly what they are? If you’re even a little fuzzy, make it your quest to get very clear.”

Do you agree with Jerry?

There’s a giveaway of a signed copy each of Lie With Me and Promises In The Dark over with TwiMom (aka Jen) who has a great review up today. ¬†She says, “Not only is this book full of wonderful romance and HOT smex, but the action is suspenseful and riveting. Ms. Tyler has created an engrossing world of black ops and special missions, where the good guys are big and sexy and the bad guys are evil. I love it!”

Let’s see what else – baby boy had two teeth break through within twenty-four hours of each other – with no drama. ¬†I am working on a blog for Romantic Times website that I’m sure they think I’ve forgotten about, but I haven’t – really! ¬†I’m working on it now! ¬†And I’ve got a bazillion words left to write on Night Moves. ¬†Really, a bazillion…at least. ¬†It would help if Kell would talk to me, the elusive bastard…

Reviews & some giveaways for Lie With Me

Been busy this past week with my daughter’s most recent surgery – she did great but it was more exhausting than usual since we brought baby boy. ¬†I wasn’t ready to leave him home, and since the surgery is out of state, it made for a long trip. ¬†But I’m home and we’re all recovering and I cannot believe LIE WITH ME releases on Tuesday.

I’ve been remiss in pointing to some great reviews and giveaways, so here goes.

Casee, from Book Binge, has a great review up, an excerpt and I have a guest post with a giveaway that I believe you have until tomorrow night midnight to enter! ¬†One of my favorite parts of her review: “I was thinking back on Steph’s heroes and I realized that each one was better than the last. Cam’s the best hero yet. And that’s that.”

Lea from Closetreader posted another great review – I’ll be at her blog doing an interview and a giveaway on November 9th (and yes, I’ll remind you!) My favorite parts of her review – the fact that she starts it with, Holy. ¬†Hell. (always a good sign) – she also says, “If you enjoy a heart wrenching, thrilling, gritty and action packed military romantic suspense, you may like to give,‚ÄúLie With Me,‚ÄĚ a try.” And the biggest compliment, she says it’s one of the best books she’s read this year.

Pearl has a wonderful review of Lie With Me up as well, and she’s got the first of several giveaways listed there. ¬†Pearl says, “I adore Stephanie Tyler’s writing and her brand of romantic suspense. Her men are capable, unapologetic and ruthless, yet tender and passionate with their woman. The women are vulnerable yet strong and independent. The suspense in LIE WITH ME is thrilling, intricate and awesomely put together including some kick-ass fight sequences. I was jumping from one speculation to the other. The romance is poignant and intense, the love scenes fog up will your glasses and an added treat was the secondary romance and the way she set up the next book’s couple without giving away too much.”

Jen (TwiMom) reviewed Lie With Me, interviewed me and used an excerpt as her Sunday snippet – YAY! ¬†Jen says, “And Cam… he is an alpha male that I can appreciate! He is a man with a sorted and complex past. He is flawed, but works through his own mess to find happiness….All in all, Lie WIth me is a thrilling, romantic journey.’

Okay, back to IN THE AIR TONIGHT revisions – due very, very soon…

Good Karma Giveaway (part 1)

“How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.” – Wayne Dyer

“Our deeds determine us as much as we determine our deeds.” – George Elliot

I’ve been bitching and moaning about my daughter’s school district (and rightfully so) and people on Facebook have been awesome about sharing their own fights and struggles and just giving cyber chocolate and hugs, and I think it’s time for a giveaway – the first of several in the coming weeks.

I truly believe in karma – reaping what you sow – and sometimes it’s a slow process, but I truly believe people get what they deserve – good, bad or indifferent. ¬†Sometimes, all it takes is a reminder of how many good people are out there, willing to do a good deed or give a kind word or lend an ear or a shoulder.

And you know, sometimes when I write posts like this, I know there are people who think it’s all Pollyanna (totally did not know there were two l’s in that word, btw) and crap – here’s my thing – I think too many people mistake kindness for weakness. ¬†But hey, that’s their problem – and I think we need a lot more kindness out there.

So, for today’s giveaway ¬†prize – it’s a $50 Amazon Gift Card! ¬†All you have to do to be eligible to win is to tell me, in the comments, the last time someone did something that made you smile or gave you comfort…you don’t have to give a whole story or private details if you don’t want to…just the bare bones is fine. ¬†Share the Karma!

This giveaway is open until this Wednesday at noon EST ¬†– I’ll draw the winner and announce on Wednesday afternoon / evenining – all depends on when baby boy allows me computer time.

RomCon Forum

Today, I’m hosting RomCon’s Contemporary Forum, so head on over and comment – the topic I’m talking about it favorite love scenes. ¬†*g*

Oh, and LIE WITH ME is up for preorder at Amazon! I’m working on revisions for Zane’s book, aka PROMISES IN THE DARK (and I’m dying for covers for his book and Cam’s! Soon, hopefully…)

Let’s see, what else, what else…HARD TO HOLD sold to Thailand and Sydney‘s Riding the Storm and Unleashing the Storm sold to Germany. ¬†Foreign sales are always good news!