Saturday, November 30, 2013

I am still in a turkey coma...

I really want to soar...
But I can only crawl.
I am about half way through my current wip...but I am wondering if maybe I am going way too far out on a limb with this one...Fran Lee fans might not "get" this one because it is SO different. It's futuristic...but it also ties a lot of millenniums old myth and legend. Sort of bringing the past and the future into play.

I was minding my own business, writing about shifters and hot sex, when this idea reached out and grabbed me by the nose and dragged me off on a tangent. I could not ignore it. Ever had that happen? You are well on your way to completing one wip, when your muse screams and takes off in a totally different direction?  Sigh.  So I will upload an excerpt or two over the next week on my own blog.  Let me know what you think.


Fran Lee

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

There's a long tradition of harvest-time celebrations and thanksgiving celebrations.

­Every autumn, the ancient Greeks held a three-day festival to honor Demeter, the goddess of corn and grains.

The Romans honored­ Ceres, their goddess of corn. The celebration included music, parades, games, sports and a feast, much like the modern American Thanksgiving.

The ancient Chinese held a harvest festival called Chung Ch'ui to celebrate the harvest moon. Families would get together for a feast, which included round yellow cakes called "moon cakes."

In the British Isles, the major Thanksgiving forerunner was a harvest festival called Lammas Day, named for the Old English words for "loaf" and "mass." On Lammas Day, everyone would come to church with a loaf of bread made from the first wheat harvest. The church would bless the bread, in thanks for that year's harvest.
(thanks to for the info!!)
I've been around for fifty two Thanksgiving celebrations. The following come to mind:
The first one I have concrete memories of was when I was seven. We were in a new house that had a whole bunch more space but was lacking furniture. Family members brought folding chairs and tray tables and all of us kids ate sitting on the floor. It was so much fun!
One year when I was a teenager, we lost power before the meal was done. There was a raging storm happening and everyone pitched in to hold umbrellas or move food from the house to the outside grill and back. The meal turned out perfectly. We ate by candle light. It was incredible.
My daughter was born in July. On her first Thanksgiving, hubby and I decided we were going to go to his Mom's house, his Dad's house and my parents house all on Thanksgiving day. It was hours of driving. The weather was terrible. It brought joy to all the grandparents but hubby and I weren't speaking by the end of the night!!
We had days and days of rain before Thanksgiving day 1999. We were hosting my Mom and Dad and their two best friends. My parents were very, very formal - dressing for the holiday was a given. We had our three dogs, two foster dogs and two cats at the time. Our tiny back yard was a sea of mud. I obsessed for days to my Mom about my worries that my floors would be dirty, the animals would jump on them with dirty feet, etc. Imagine our surprise and shock and utter delight when we opened our front door that Thanksgiving to find them dressed in their finest clothes but covered from head to toe in clear plastic bags!!!!!
For the last eleven years, on Thanksgiving day, my brother and his family and my family go out for dinner after watching Lions football. I cook the traditional meal on the weekend after the holiday because I love doing it and that always seems to work better with everyone's busy schedule. 
Have a wonderful holiday!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

I’m having one of those weeks that offer so much, I have to be choosy about where I spend my energy and time when I really just want to run away and get lost in a corn maze!

Its fall break from school and I have kids at my house all day and sometimes all night for so-called slumber parties, which are just squealing, retina burning game marathons that hold me at the threshold of REM sleep. We have zombie movies, pizza and popcorn on hand in case they wander out of the room seeking more entertainment—or a snack of human brains.

I’m also doing a mini-Nano challenge for the month of November. You know Nano, it’s the sprint to the finish line, uber self-discipline, take no prisoners, make-mine-a-double-shot-espresso, balls to the walls, puffed-up sense of accomplishment challenge where writers complete a 50k manuscript in 30 days.

I’m not doing that.

I know myself too well. I’ll drive myself nuts, get coffeed-up and flame out 2/3 from the finish line. I’m taking a shorter, softer approach to Nano. I mentioned a couple new projects last week that require a lot of research and careful plotting. I don't want to rush those. However I am getting a good solid start on short story of about 20k and I’m going for quality over quantity. I’m going to try a couple of new things, including a slightly different writing voice.

A new to me press contacted me this week and invited me to submit work to an upcoming anthology. I'm really excited about that and feel even more of a need to finish several on-going books and make room on my slate for 2014. 

I got a slow start this November and I'm pretty sure my Nano is going to run into December too. I’m going to spend the next few days doing a little plotting and planning so the next phase of writing rolls on greased wheels like a sleek turbo jet rocket car, dipped in personal lubricant and strapped to the railroad tracks.

I wish! We shall see… Actually, I’m really excited about working with new people on new projects. 

Have you ever done Nano, or challenged yourself with a writing goal? If you have I’d love to hear about your experience.


Giving Thanks

This year has been a bit trying in the Skyze home. I'm thankful for the love and support of family and friends. I'd be lost without you all.

Happy Thanksgiving to those readers who celebrate!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

I think I lost the whole month of November...

I've missed so many blog days, I think I must be going senile...
I've been reading my older books a lot lately, and I think I've begun to go backward instead of forward. With Halloween just behind, and Thanksgiving coming up really fast, I am in a spin. I have 99% of my Christmas shopping done. I have been working on TWO wips, and keep flitting back and forth like a drunk butterfly. 

Do I sound fragmented enough? Sigh. I am trying to keep myself on task, but old age seems to be encroaching, and I keep running off the road here.  Maybe things will even out after Thanksgiving.

I have been going back through all of the many hundreds of e-books I have purchased, and have had a blast reading books that I never got to read before.  I think I have the tallest TBR stack in creation.

Maybe by December 1st, I will have finished one of my wips.  Of course, that's what I said about November 1st, so I am not holding much hope here.

Have a marvelous Thanksgiving...

Fran Lee

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

NaNo Is Go!

Today's blog will be short and sweet. I'm still pushing away at my NaNo projects. The month got off to a false start with a several missing days of writing, but I'm catching up.

I decided to give myself a much needed break from erotic-romance this month and work on a couple of other projects. One project was started a couple months ago. It's a fun read with lots of travel, paranormal elements and takes place in Edwardian London and other parts of the British Empire. It might become a New Adult romance.

The other project came to me the other day like an obsession and wouldn't let me go. I started writing and finished a chapter the first day. It's an alternative history that takes place in ancient Rome. So far I'm enjoying it very much and plan to make it a full length mainstream fiction book.

Not much news beyond that except "Fairy In The Flesh" and "Loup-Garou For You" are continuing to get good reviews and I love what readers are telling me. Thank you readers, you make writing worthwhile!

Have a wonderful week everyone.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Thrilled to share....

Megan's Men will be releasing as an audio book!!
Resplendence Publishing is planning to have it out by the end of the year.
When writing and editing a book, I read it outloud multiple times before I pronounce it complete and send it off to my editor.
I've never listened to an audio book but I know numerous people who 'read' this way exclusively so they can do it while driving, excercising, etc. It's exciting to know Megan's Men will be available in this format to reach more readers, but I'm a tiny bit nervous to hear my written words spoken by someone else!

In other news, Pleasuring Anne will release January 22, 2014!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Adele Downs Sends "Santa To The Rescue"!

I wish a handsome fireman would rescue  me with a chocolate margarita! They both sound great and we can have them today. Our special guest is the lovely Adele Downs and she's here with fun treats to get the season started right. I'm so pleased to be sharing Adele's sweet excerpt, delicious recipe and a giveaway too, so enjoy!

New Release! SANTA TO THE RESCUE by Adele Downs
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Hero Jamey Tucker from SANTA TO THE RESCUE wants to relax after fighting an all-day fire. He mixes S’mores Margaritas for heroine Heather Longhurst and her friend, Lilly, after their shift at County Hospital, then pours something a little s’more manly for himself. Jamey prefers tequila straight up, while Heather and Lilly sip this decadent chocolate cocktail with kick.
Jamey and Heather hope you have a wonderful holiday season! Recipe courtesy of Sauza® Tequila. Posted with permission.

S’mores Margarita:
Ingredients: Serves 4
6 parts Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila*
4 parts chocolate liqueur (like Godiva® Chocolate Liqueur)
½ cup chocolate syrup
cup cream

To garnish:

 Mini Marshmallows
 Chocolate-Marshmallow Creme Sauce (Blend & warm chocolate sauce & marshmallow fluff)
 *If Sauza® Blue Silver isn’t available, try Sauza® Silver

To Make:
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Pour into prepared glasses rimmed with Chocolate-Marshmallow Creme Sauce. Garnish with a skewer of mini marshmallows. Salud!
For more Sauza® Tequila recipes, visit

A sweet contemporary romance novella
From Entangled Publishing

Firefighter Jamey Tucker knows three things in life to be true: An honorable man doesn't go back on his word, never hurts a woman, and lasting love isn't a myth. But with his recent move to a new job at the Appleton Fire station, the long hours don't offer hope of finding the love he’s looking for.
When Jamey meets beautiful pediatric nurse Heather Longhurst after hearing her sing Santa Baby in a supermarket aisle, he offers her a promise he discovers he can't keep. Heather has been betrayed by men in the past, making it hard for Jamey to gain her trust. Determined to find a way to win her heart, Jamey uses firefighter engine-uity and Heather's favorite song to prove he's got Christmas spirit she can believe in all year.

Christmas music played over the supermarket loudspeakers, punctuated by the occasional commercial interruption or cleanup request. A tune he remembered his parents singing to him as a child filled the air and Jamey hummed along. Though the song reminded him of home, the lyrics brought unexpected comfort instead of homesickness. It was as if his family had sent him a message to chase away his loneliness.

 Though he wouldn’t spend the holidays with his parents or sisters for the first time in his life, the importance of his duty to his new job, and the need to make personal connections in this great new town, bolstered his resolve to make the most of the solitary holiday ahead.

Jamey turned down the bread lane and tossed loaves into the cart as another Christmas song played. It sounded kinda' girly and sexy and he recognized Taylor Swift's voice singing, Santa Baby in Country music style. His favorite.

 When he looked up, a woman further down the aisle grabbed his attention while she sang along.  She bent her knees, did a little dip, and then wiggled her butt, which even beneath blue scrubs and a short winter jacket looked incredible.

Jamey halted dead in his tracks, hoping the gorgeous blonde wouldn't see him and become embarrassed. Or stop.

"Oh, oh, oh," she sang out, her voice smoky and hot. The subtle rasp in her vocals sent pangs low in his belly that ricocheted to his solar plexus and cranked up his heartbeat.

Her ponytail swung with her next dip and shimmy and Jamey's mouth went dry. The woman continued on her way, oblivious to him behind her. After another sway of her ponytail, she turned the corner and disappeared out of sight.

“A ’54 convertible too…” she sang out, her voice smoky and hot. The subtle rasp in her vocals sent pangs low in his belly that ricocheted to his solar plexus and cranked up his heartbeat.

Her ponytail swung with her next dip and shimmy and Jamey’s mouth went dry. The woman continued on her way, singing “…oh so good”, oblivious to him behind her. After another sway of her ponytail, she turned the corner and disappeared out of sight. 

Jamey swallowed. Holy crap. He wanted to follow her, but that would be weird. Plus, if she figured out he’d done that, she’d take him for a freak. Definitely not a good way to make a first impression.

Grudgingly, he headed toward the peanut butter, jams and jellies section, remembering the guys waiting for breakfast. On his way, he glanced down each aisle, hoping to see the woman again, but having no luck. He finished shopping and headed to the checkout line.

A flash of blue cloth in the Express lane kicked up his pulse rate. Jamey headed toward the Fifteen Items or Less sign and did a fast count of the packages inside his cart. One, two, three, four, five… He’d probably be okay.

He picked up his pace to the checkout lane before someone else rolled in behind the beautiful woman with the blonde ponytail, sexy voice and adorable bottom waiting her turn there.

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About Adele Downs:
Adele Downs writes contemporary romance inside the office of her rural Pennsylvania home. She is a former journalist, published in newspapers and magazines inside the USA, UK, and Caribbean.

Adele is an active member of Romance Writers of America and her local RWA chapter where she serves as past-president. She has written several articles for RWR magazine (Romance Writers Report), the trade journal of Romance Writers of America, and has presented workshops for writers. When she isn’t working on her current project, she can be found riding in her convertible or reading a book on the nearest beach.

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Thank you Adele for the excerpt and the very yummy Margarita recipe!