Thursday, April 26, 2012

Tell a Story Blog Hop



Hello and welcome to Tell A Story Blog Hop!  The participants in the blog hop will a post either a short story, flash fiction storyor a piece of their writing journey. 

For a grand prize we are giving away a $30.00 Amazon gift card!!!  All you have to do is hop through each blog site by clicking on the picture above, leave a comment with your email address, and be entered to win!  The more sites you visit the more chances you have to win!

As a special treat I am offering one lucky commenter a $5.00 Amazon gift card!!  Just leave me a comment with your EMAIL address and I will draw one random commenter at the end of the blog hop. 

My offering is a snippet from The Cowboy's Baby.  It's a cut scene. 
A tall brunette wearing western wear and a belt buckle the size of Texas stopped by their table.  “Tanner?  I thought that was you.”  She leaned over and kissed his cheek.  “What are you doing in town?”
            He let go of Cat’s hand to hug the other woman.  “Reva.  Hi.  I had an errand to run.  This is just a quick dash over the mountain.”
            She grimaced.  “Have you looked outside?  It’s dropping snowballs the size of baseballs.  I don’t think you’re going to make it over the pass tonight.”
            He glanced at Cat.  “We planned to stay.”
            Reva’s frown was fleeting.  Just a shadow over her lovely features.  “That’s great.” 
            Tanner indicated Cat.  “This is Cathleen O’Brien.  Cat, my friend, Reva Martin.  She shows working cow horses, too.”
            The two women briefly shook hands. 
             “Nice to meet you.”  Cat studied the other woman, and couldn’t help wondering if she and Tanner were more than friends.  About his age, with horses in common, they probably had been lovers.  None of her business.  
             “Do you show, too?” Brenda asked.  Her eyes burned with curiosity. 
             “No.” 
             “Too bad.  There’s nothing like it,” Brenda said, her interest in Cat disappearing.  She turned to Tanner.  “That reminds me, Sun Bar Kid is doing really well.  I’m going to enter him in the Stock Show.  Are you bringing anything?”
            Cat tuned them out as they talked horses.  Her mind was on the upcoming evening.  Although she was certain Tanner would get them separate rooms, she couldn’t help but shiver thinking of being alone in a hotel with him. 
             “Nice meeting you,” Brenda said.  She moved away with a friendly wave.
             “Nice lady,” Cat told Tanner.
             “A good friend,” he agreed.  “And a super horsewoman.”
            A friend?  Why had he clarified?  His relationships with other women were none of her business.  They had no future.  

This is my very first blog hop.  I want to thank Allison for hosting it.  Please leave me a comment.  And don't forget to hop for a chance to win a $30 giftcard. 
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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Ruby Lioness Press Editor in the house!

Welcome to my blog!

Today, I'm excited to welcome  my editor, Ruby Lioness Press Co-owner, Marissa Dobson.  She has graciously agreed to take 1-5 line pitches today!

She is mainly looking for short stories and novellas, but is open to novel-length pitches as well.

The rules are simple:

1. Contest opens at 8:00 A.M. EST and runs through 8:00 P.M EST April 26, 2012

2.   Title
    Genre
    Word Count
    1-5 line pitch

Good luck!




About Ruby Lioness Press:

Ruby Lioness Press is a semi new publisher, but all of our staff has been in the business for years. We are here to help authors reach their goals. Our release schedule is growing rapidly; be sure to take advantage of this opportunity to be a part of the Ruby Lioness Press family. Ou rstandard royalty percentage is 50% of the sale price of your e-book and 40% for print.

Website - http://rubylionesspress.com/

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ruby-Lioness-Press/279190975451409

We have a multi-author series (which you can pitch for also, just please mention that in the post). For more information on the multi-author series, follow these links:

Website - http://clearwaterrlp.wordpress.com/

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/ClearwaterSeries

Marissa's bio:

Born and raised in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area, I now reside about an hour from Washington, D.C. I am a lady who likes to keep busy, and am always busy doing something. With two different college degrees, I believe you are never done learning.

Being the first daughter to an avid reader, this gave me the advantage of learning to read at a young age. Since learning to read I have always had my nose in a book. It wasn't until I was a teenager that I started writing down the stories I came up with.

My first experience in publishing was reviewing and then marketing. It wasn't until I was in the business a year or more that I had enough courage to submit something to be published. Now between writing, marketing, and running Ruby Lioness Press my days are full.

Marissa Dobson

Co-owner of Ruby Lioness Press

Owner of Sizzling PR

Author website / Fan page / Twitter

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday Recued

This week's sample is from an old manuscript, Rescued.

I never finished it, but will...eventually.

Andy fought down a wave of nausea. How could she face Gabriella? And with the world watching? What was Mick thinking, bringing them back together? Forcing her fingers to unfurl, Andy opened the Jeep’s door. With a deep breath, she ducked into the storm. A mass of people swarmed toward her, stuffing microphones in her face, screaming questions she didn’t have answers for.

For more great SSS, go here-- http://sixsunday.com/

I love comments, so let me know what you think of Andy!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Pitch Session coming soon!

If you missed the last pitch session, don't miss this one....! Lyrical editor Piper Denna bought at least two new authors that day...don't be left out this time!

Ruby Lioness Press Co-owner, Marissa Dobson, is taking 1-5 line pitches on http://dlindunauthor.blogspot.com/


I am mainly looking for short stories and novellas, but I’m open to novel-length pitches as well.


The rules are simple:

1. Contest opens at 8:00 A.M. EST and runs through 8:00 P.M EST April 26, 2012

2. Submit a 1-5 line pitch.

3. Please provide the length (finished or expected) and genre of your pitch also.


If you have any questions, or would prefer to email them, you can email me at: marissa@rubylionesspress.com


About Ruby Lioness Press:

Ruby Lioness Press is a semi new publisher, but all of our staff has been in the business for years. We are here to help authors reach their goals. Our release schedule is growing rapidly; be sure to take advantage of this opportunity to be a part of the Ruby Lioness Press family. Ou rstandard royalty percentage is 50% of the sale price of your e-book and 40% for print.

Website – http://rubylionesspress.com/

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ruby-Lioness-Press/279190975451409

We have a multi-author series (which you can pitch for also, just please mention that in the post). For more information on the multi-author series, follow these links:

Website – http://clearwaterrlp.wordpress.com/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/ClearwaterSeries


Marissa’s bio:

Born and raised in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area, I now reside about an hour from Washington, D.C. I am a lady who likes to keep busy, and am always busy doing something. With two different college degrees, I believe you are never done learning.

Being the first daughter to an avid reader, this gave me the advantage of learning to read at a young age. Since learning to read I have always had my nose in a book. It wasn’t until I was a teenager that I started writing down the stories I came up with.

My first experience in publishing was reviewing and then marketing. It wasn’t until I was in the business a year or more that I had enough courage to submit something to be published. Now between writing, marketing, and running Ruby Lioness Press my days are full.



Marissa Dobson

Co-owner of Ruby Lioness Press

Owner of Sizzling PR

Author website / Fan page / Twitter



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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday Burn

Hi, everyone.

This is from an old manuscript called A Real Bad Burn.

In the hero Kelly's POV:

The sensation of her warm, wet tongue on him sent a shudder through him. God, they had been good in bed. His balls tightened. He could come in a minute. His cock jerked. No, not with her, and not like this.

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