As a combat hardened Navy SEAL, Thom Grande has fought terrorism around the globe, but he can’t fight is his ex-wife. Or her lawyer. Or the alimony payments. Just when he thinks his life can’t get any worse, bad luck smacks him up side the head—literally. Now he’s got a traumatic brain injury and can’t remember his own name. The good news? He can’t remember his ex-wife or the woes she’s causing him either.
Virginia Starr has the worst luck ever with romance. But maybe her luck is changing because one hell of a hot man just showed up at her door in the middle of the night. One problem—he can’t remember anything, including who he is. The more Ginny sees, the more she realizes, that might not matter all that much.
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Thom cracked open one eye. Things were blurry but he could make out Brody leaning close.
The man smiled. “Hey, buddy. Good to see you finally awake. Any longer and I was fixin’ to call next of kin.”
He groaned. “What the hell happened?”
“RPG. I’ll tell you what, we were damn lucky. It blew in through one hatch and out the other. If it had hit anywhere else, it could have blown up the bird.”
An RPG? What the hell? And Brody’s talk of hatches and helicopters didn’t make any sense to him either.
Thom looked more closely at his friend. Brody was dressed as if ready for a mission, but the last thing Thom remembered he had been kicking back with Brody and Chris watching college football.
The southern born Cassidy brothers were Alabama fans. They had been giving him shit about being a Yankee and his allegiance to Boston College.
Confused, Thom asked, “What are you talking about?”
Brody’s usual poker face broke and Thom could see the surprise in his friend’s expression. “You don’t remember?”
He would have frowned, but Thom realized he couldn’t feel his face. “I guess not. Why don’t you enlighten me?”
“Uh, yeah. I’m just gonna go grab a doc. You stay here. I’ll be right back.”
Stay there? He wasn’t sure he could move, so it wasn’t as if Thom had a choice to do anything other than wait.
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As we count down to Christmas, I’m still scrambling to finish my shopping, but I find I keep seeing things I want for myself! Don’t you hate when that happens?! The one item I’m haunted by is a cashmere throw. It’s crazy expensive. I don’t need it, but I WANT it! I keep imagining myself sitting at my computer, the soft cashmere in my lap, light as a cloud even as it warms me while I work…. So far I’ve satisfied myself with just fantasizing about this indulgence. We’ll see if it remains a fantasy or if in a moment of weakness, or after an over-indulgence of spiked eggnog, I give in.
While shopping online, these sweaters on Amazon have given me a good laugh. The naughty girl in me wants to wear one to Christmas dinner and see if the in-laws notice. Look closely or you might miss the humping reindeer or peeing santa 😉
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This time of year, the number one Google search in my site traffic analytics is for “naked firemen”? Why? Well they’re hot, first off, but why this time of year in
particular? You got me. Maybe it’s all those fundraising calendars featuring shirtless firefighters on the market. Who knows. All I do know is, I’ve got your naked firemen right here!
The next holiday read from my backlist that I’m featuring in my countdown to Christmas reading is NICE & NAUGHTY. One of the three stories in the trilogy features one of my favorite holidays–Black Friday. Then it goes through the rest of the crazy season leading up to Christmas. There are the aforementioned firemen, but also a billionaire retail mogul trying to pretend he’s a regular joe to get a woman’s attention. There’s a heroine with something to hide, and another heroine who needs to get away and hide. With three stories and three hot heroes, there is something for everyone, all self-contained in this interconnecting trilogy.
NICE & NAUGHTY
What’s better than a fireman? Twelve of them, naked, on the pages of your calendar.
The hot firemen you loved in Opposites Attract are back with their friends, but now they’re wearing a lot less clothing and heating up the holidays like never before. Be prepared for secret identities, a sizzling calendar shoot, smoldering bachelor firemen up for auction, sexy Santas and a whole lot more!
Secret Recipe: A famous lifestyle maven who secretly can’t cook? Good thing a sizzling hot fireman/calendar model knows his way around the kitchen and is there to rescue her and her charity event from certain disaster. If they detour to the bedroom on the way to the kitchen, even better.
Mr. December: When the real December calendar man gets sick, a rich department store owner has to step in for him and play Santa. Once he meets the pretty lady photographer sent to cover the event, things really start to heat up. The only problem is, she has no idea who he really is, and he’s not all that keen on telling her.
Can’t Buy Me Love: What do you get when you take one over-worked caterer on the brink of a nervous breakdown and add a hunky fireman for sale at the charity bachelor auction she’s catering? You get a woman who finally finds the one gift to buy herself that she’s never going to want to return.
If you love the old black-and-white classic holiday movies such as Christmas in Connecticut, Shop Around the Corner (the precursor to the more recent You’ve Got Mail) and Holiday Inn, you’ll love the three Nice & Naughty stories they inspired.
Approximately 53,000 words
I see all the new holiday themed book releases by some of my favorite authors and I get envious wishing I had one this year, as well. But the truth is, a holiday release is a mixed bag. Yeah, it’s fun during the season, but the other 10 months of the year can be hard on those Christmas books.
So, much like the ornaments I dragged down from the attic last week, I’m going to take these stories out, dust them off, and show them some love because this is their time of year to shine.
Today’s spotlight will be on one of my favorite books I’ve written, A COWBOY FOR CHRISTMAS. I love the hero. I love the heroine’s backstory and how it shapes her life. I love how the hero and heroine are complete opposites but still can’t fight the attraction. I love the fish out of water theme and how it swaps with first her being the one out of her element in his world, and then thanks to unforeseen circumstances it’s him having to survive in her world. I love the side characters, and the surprise plot twist. Mostly I love how it will make you laugh, and then make you cry, and then leave you with a smile and a Hallmark Channel-worthy happy ending.
I wrote this approximately 52,000 word story during November a couple of years ago for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), while all those cheesy made-for-TV holiday movies played in the background and I think it shows, because it’s a feel-good tale that I could easily go back to each and every year to reread. Though don’t get me wrong, unlike those family-friendly movies, this book is HOT!! It’s got a 5-star rating average on Amazon, so I guess readers like it too!
A COWBOY FOR CHRISTMAS
Sexy, independent, corporate executive Casey Harrington’s life and career were shaped by a childhood Christmas wish left unfulfilled. Now, twenty years later on a Colorado cattle ranch, she finally gets everything she’s always wanted—both a hot cowboy and a dream job.
But Bonner “Blue” Boyd is a rancher and Casey is a New Yorker, and even if the sex between them is hot enough to start a prairie fire, they both know that city and country might mix for a week, but it can’t work for a lifetime. Or can it?
When a dramatic turn of events reunite Bonner and Casey, this time on her turf in her city, she has to prove to her displaced cowboy he belongs with her, no matter where they end up. Luckily Casey knows the quickest way to a man’s heart is slightly lower than his stomach.
“a well choreographed love story that offered intrigue, romance and pulled at the heart-strings” 5 Stars (Nominated for LASR’s Book of the Week 2/4/12)
“A sexy cowboy, feisty heroine, great secondary cast, HOT SMEXIN’, a couple of twists and turns that I didn’t see coming and a totally SIGH-WORTHY ending!!!” DiDi, Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
“sizzling hot, emotional, funny, witty and so easy to get lost in! Johnson’s writing is excellent, and let’s face it to make the story good the writing has to melt in the pages and transform into a world in your head” Niina, For the Love of Reading
“sweet and refreshing with a few twists and turns to make it entertaining. The characters are multi-dimensional, and easy to fall in love with.” Night Owl Reviews
It’s almost December already. Dress up your computer for the season with some desktop wallpaper, with a calendar so you can count down to those holiday parties or without. Your choice. Grab one, or both, and share with a friend!
I had no plans to post a blog today. I’m much too busy worrying about my one active-duty military consultant who is counting the months until he returns home from Afghanistan, while my other is packing because he can count in days his departure to the same region. But then I saw the mass amounts of others posting and felt left out. 🙁 So call me a sheep, but here I am, following the flock.
So here you go, the military heroes who I write to honor the real military men in my life. Some are soldiers and cowboys both, some are Marines, some are special ops while others are tankers and infantrymen, but all encompass the qualities of the very special men who inspired them.
FYI- BB Dalton is FREE and Cat Snips, my anthology which is also FREE, contains 2 military-themed short stories (Fireworks and The Soldier and the Siren).
Yesterday over at Confessions of a Romance Writer I gave a little insight into what I consider perfect gifts for the writers and shut-ins in your life. I posted that and then had to actually go out somewhere, which made me realize something. There were a few more things I needed to add to that original list. So here it is, part 2 of Gifts for the Writer, these for when we must leave our writing den and venture into the cold cruel world.
Touch Gloves– I LOVE these things. I have no idea how or why they work–they feel and look just like plain old wool gloves–but the magic fingertips make it possible for me to swipe my iPad, and use the mouse on my laptop while wearing the gloves. This makes it much more comfortable to work while I’m waiting in the car with the engine and the heater off, which happens more than you can imagine. My gloves also happen to match my new writing sweater. Bonus!
Power Converter– While we’re on the subject of working in the car…I live in fear of a dead battery on the iPad and the Mac and my cell. I haven’t invested in a separate car charger for everything I own, but what I do have is this thingy that you plug into your car and it enables you to plug any home appliance charger into it. So I can charge my cell, my iPad, and my laptop, all with this one device and the regular power cord.
A BIG Bag– I used to choose purses by how cute they were. Now my criteria is this–if can I fit my iPad, my laptop and a bottle of wine in there, then we’re good. Even better when there’s a zipper compartment to contain the cell, a lipstick (because all a girl needs is lipstick and sunglasses to look good) and my wallet (since when traveling with wine in your purse it’s best to have your driver’s license on you too).
A To-Go Cup– Just because we’re not at home doesn’t mean we don’t want to drink. Coffee, tea, wine, whatever. We need a to-go cup with a lid so we don’t spill in the car or on our laptops. Safety first.
So there you go. I think my list if finally complete. Happy shopping!
Here’s something you might not know about me–I used to get paid to decorate Christmas trees. Lots of them. Big ones (one that required a 20-foot ladder) and small ones. Real ones and fake ones.
It sounds fun, but when you’re on your twentieth tree of the week and you still have your own waiting to be done at home, it gets old fast.
What I can say is this, I learned a lot. Such as wired ribbon is your best friend and you can fill up a lot of space in a tree with some nice big bows. (Yes, we made our own bows. Cutting pliers and floral wire lived in my pocket back then.) Silk flowers worked well too, stuck into the branches.
Items found in nature are just as good. I became very in tune with what was growing around the homes I was decorating–and even on the drive over. No Juniper, or Holly, or Cedar, or pine bough laden with cones was safe from me and my cutting pliers when I needed texture and filler to decorate with. A little greenery goes a long way. Tie an old stack of books with a bow and shove in a piece of greenery and people act like you’re a home decorating guru, I swear.
When we decided to have both of our families here for Thanksgiving and I realized the urns
on our porch looked like crap, I noticed that Hurricane Sandy had littered our yard with fallen pine bows and cones. Viola! A festive holiday outdoor display. One man’s junk is indeed another man’s treasure.
I learned ornaments don’t have to be actual ornaments. Love grandma’s spoon collection but
don’t know what to do with it? Tie ribbons on each one and hang them on the tree. The
memories are all kind of a blur, but I remember wiring an entire tea set–cups, pot, saucers, and all–into a tree in someone’s dining room.
By the end of the season, after a long shift at the end of a long week, I lost it a few times, but I
don’t think anyone was offended when I locked the elves inside the open wire gift boxes and had them holding on to the bars as if they were in jail. I’m sure no one even noticed, but it amused me at the time and kept me from going completely over the edge.
No, I don’t do the professional decorating thing anymore. I can say this, it’s a lot more fun doing up one house than a half a dozen. The skills have stayed with me, but now I only dazzle friends and relatives with my McGyver/Martha Steward guerrilla decorating tactics. And maybe I’ll inspire a few of you.
Enjoy these pictures of Christmas at the Johnson household and may all your decorating be easy!