Monday, October 16, 2017

Rescue pUpdate, NaNo Prep, and Giveaway!

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On the first Monday of the month, I gab about what's going on with me, my writing, and life in general.

Fall is here! It's funny, but I sort of consider this change in season as the start of my writer year. I tend to start looking at my schedule and planning upcoming book projects. And after my recent annual reader survey, I've got a brand new book in development that I'm really excited about. Stay tuned!



Rescue (p)Update

Tina curled up with blankie and her favorite stuffed bunny.
I haven't posted about our rescue puppy for a while, so I thought I should offer up a photo and pupdate. Tina's doing well. She's 9 months old now, a dachshund/beagle mix. She's rather spoiled by having All The Toys and sleeping with Mommy. (The photo was taken of her on my lap.) And she had her first play date with another dog, my son's new rescue Ellie. (He was inspired after spending time with Tina.) This was a big deal since Ms. Tina came to us as a poorly socialized pup who'd clearly had bad experiences during her time being lost in the streets and at the shelter. After some initial fireworks and posturing, Tina did quite well letting her cousin-dog hang out while my son visited. 

NaNo Prep!

It's that time again when I'm about to launch into November's National Novel Writing Challenge (NaNoWriMo, or NaNo).  This will be my 11th time participating, and I hope my 11th "win." (To win, I have to write 50,000 words in 30 days. The prize: pride in a job well done...and a book for you!)

I've been hard at work prepping this year's book, which will be the first in a planned 3-book paranormal series. And as I've done for some of my previous years I do believe I'll be posting daily updates here on the blog along with my favorite lines written each day. Stay tuned!
s near, she can't convince him to talk about the real world. When reality pulls them back, she must either work to discover the truth or resign herself to seeing the man she loves...only once every spring.



Giveaway

I'm participating in a big giveaway featuring Kindles and ebooks. Sign up for your chance to win! Now until Oct. 31.  CLICK HERE FOR THE GIVEAWAY




Until next time...

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On select Mondays, I like to gab about whatever's going on with me. For more gab, please join me on Twitter or Facebook. I love talking to people!

J. Rose Allister is the author of more than thirty books under three pen names, primarily romance. A former editor and submissions director, she now works as a mild-mannered hospital secretary by day, naughty writer by night.

Monday, September 11, 2017

"Fall" vs Autumn, a Preorder, and Box Set News

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On the first Monday of the month, I gab about what's going on with me, my writing, and life in general.

Fall is here! It's funny, but I sort of consider this change in season as the start of my writer year. I tend to start looking at my schedule and planning upcoming book projects. And after my recent annual reader survey, I've got a brand new book in development that I'm really excited about. Stay tuned!



"Fall" vs Autumn


In the last update, I wrote about the ups and downs during writing retreat vacation. Well, the ups and downs continued...literally. I fell and landed on my knee at work, so the rest of my summer has been spent on restricted activity and hobbling around with a splint and cane. Just had an MRI the other day, and I'm crossing my fingers that the results don't turn up anything exciting. 

That said, the word "fall" is a rather touchy one for me at the moment, so I've decided to officially refer to the new season as "autumn." Heh. But on the plus side, my "work restrictions" haven't interfered with writing, so I've got a lot on deck. And yeah, autumn means pumpkin everything, and hopefully the local temperatures will stop topping the triple-digit mark.

a Preorder

My "alter ego," Janell Michaels, is kicking off autumn by releasing a book about spring! Why not, right? My Janell Michaels titles are primarily contemporary and are a tad sweeter and more mainstream. But they are still packed with heartthrob heroes and plenty of romance!

*Preorder ebook for 99 cents (limited time launch price)
 *FREE on Kindle Unlimited!
*Also available in paperback
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About Once Every Spring:

Together in a land all their own...until reality pulls them back to separate worlds.

Dana's about to write off her birthday when she finds herself in a world she can't believe is real. She meets Adam, a man she apparently dreamed up as her guide to an unsettlingly real hallucination. Or is it?


Alone together in paradise, she can't stop herself from falling for the man she believes exists only in her imagination. Unless, of course, he's somehow real. But perfect as Adam seems, he's keeping secrets from her...secrets about his life on the other side.

As the day they must part draws near, she can't convince him to talk about the real world. When reality pulls them back, she must either work to discover the truth or resign herself to seeing the man she loves...only once every spring.






Box Set News!


For you Sons of Herne/urban fantasy fans, I'm excited to announce that I'll be releasing the box set of Sons of Herne! The Sons of Herne Collection will include all eight books PLUS a bonus ninth book never previously released. In addition, there's some added bonus content: playlists featuring inspirational music I used to create the series, as well as background ambiance to listen to while reading the books. The box set is due to release on October 1, and it will be launched at a super 99 cent discount!



Until next time...

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On select Mondays, I like to gab about whatever's going on with me. For more gab, please join me on Twitter or Facebook. I love talking to people!

J. Rose Allister is the author of more than thirty books under three pen names, primarily romance. A former editor and submissions director, she now works as a mild-mannered hospital secretary by day, naughty writer by night.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Writing Retreat Wrap Up, Dog Days of Summer, Book Stuff in the Works

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On the first Monday of the month, I gab about what's going on with me, my writing, and life in general.

Summer is already winding down. How does this happen? My writing retreat is a fond memory, a new school year for my daughter is peeking over the horizon, and plenty of author busywork has seen me through the long, hot summer days.




Writing Retreat Wrap-Up

One view from a writing spot.
The writing retreat for 2017 had its ups and downs. 

In the plus column: I got plenty of writing done, a book trailer finished, and enjoyed the nice cabin with lovely views and nearby lake breezes. 

On the minus side: I had some heat exhaustion and a nervous puppy to deal with. The A/C in the cabin wasn't as expected, and the A/C in the car gave up completely. Good timing while temps at our house are above 100 degrees daily (85-ish at the cabin, still too hot for my delicate constitution. Why do I live in a semi-desert locale again?)

All in all, the trip was still amazing. The family didn't ever want to come home (except for the dog).


Dog Days of Summer

Tina helping pack-first her toy, then herself.
Miss Tina the wonder pup wasn't as enamored with the cabin as the rest of us. 

First of all, when you have tiny little puppy legs and the self-appointed role as 24/7 Family Protector, constantly patrolling a large tri-level, 2-deck cabin is a bit much. 

And the smells! While us humans went on and on about lake breezes and the scent of pine trees, she was more concerned about the wild things in the woods. And night walks were curtailed altogether after she growled at something in the dark...and the bushes growled back. Gotta love the mountains.



Book Stuff in the Works


I've got quite a few writing projects being juggled at once. Summer saw the near completion of my first all-new book under the new pen name, along with some work on long overdue book trailers and a redux of an alternate reality romance title. I've also completed and edited a special exclusive bonus book for the Sons of Herne box set, which will be going out to the ARC team shortly (along with the alternate reality book). Whew! I think I'll need a vacation to recover from my writing retreat vacation.

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Until next time...

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On select Mondays, I like to gab about whatever's going on with me. For more gab, please join me on Twitter or Facebook. I love talking to people!

J. Rose Allister is the author of more than twenty-five books, primarily romance and erotic romance. A former editor and submissions director, she now works as a mild-mannered hospital secretary by day, naughty writer by night.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Lone Wolves of Shay Falls Series Trailer-2017 Update

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The Lone Wolves of Shay Falls trailer has been updated with all seven book covers (and a little more eye candy...yeehaw!) Enjoy!



About the LONE WOLVES series:
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They are cowboys torn from their livelihood after a fateful bite changed their destinies forever. When their pack is disbanded by a new alpha, the lone wolves are forced to roam the woods of Shay Falls with no way to return to the ranch life they once knew. Each must find a male pack mate of their own—and a female mate to hold that bond together.



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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Book Trailer for Nature's Bounty

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I've been on a roll with some book trailer goodliness (check out the new trailers for the Sons of Herne series and Visions/Janell Michaels). Here's the latest, for Nature's Bounty. Enjoy!



About Nature's Bounty:

Her only crime is falling for the man who's duty-bound to bring her in...
When bounty hunter Nate Antillean poses as a male stripper to arrest a sexy fugitive, he has no intention of taking his disguise all the way—until he meets her. Considering how bad life on the run sucks, Lydia Franklin is happy to take her gorgeous strip-o-gram for a wild ride. But it ends with her in handcuffs and Nate honor-bound to take her to jail.

The fireworks are just beginning when Nate discovers he, too, is a fugitive—a victim of the same setup that got Lydia falsely accused. They must defeat the plot in order to reclaim their lives, but Lydia can't risk teaming up with the man who tricked her into bed. Not because she doesn’t want him, but because the criminal responsible for their plight is one she believes she must face alone.






Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Trailer: Sons of Herne Series Preview for 2017

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I've updated the original trailer for the Sons of Herne series to include peeks at the hot pagan gods and the edited titles/book covers. Enjoy!


About the Sons of Herne series:

8 gods rule the pagan sabbats. But they will be ruled by love.

The god Herne has appointed eight of his most virile, headstrong sons as keepers of the pagan holidays. To honor their sabbat, each must join with a mortal female in a ritual to maintain balance between worlds. 

The Fates have secretly conspired to grant the gods one thing they lack--love. They will each experience a true union of male and female that will last long beyond the passion of a sabbat joining.

Herne's sons will wrestle with the conflict between sacred duty and their own yearnings, a struggle that will not only challenge their beliefs, but may threaten the success of rituals that must be observed to keep the mortal and immortal worlds from falling into chaos.


The Books:

Dominus: God of Yule
Eradimus: God of Imbolc
Tallisun: God of Ostara
Jorandil: God of Beltane
Devinmar: God of Litha
Feillor: God of Lammas
Anduron: God of Mabon
Archipellus: God of Samhain

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Zucchini Pancakes with Parmesan

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It's Too Yummy Tuesday!

On select Tuesdays I share delicious recipes either inspired by my books or that are just plain delicious!


Summertime...so many fruits and veggies are plentiful right now, but no bounty can match the output from a solid zucchini garden at this time of year.


If you're swimming in summer squash right now, here's a fun and delish way to use some up.

ZUCCHINI PANCAKES WITH PARMESAN


INGREDIENTS
1 large egg 2/3 cup finely chopped onion or shallot 1 tablespoon chopped parsley (or 1/2 tsp dried parsley flakes)1/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper 2 cups seeded and shredded zucchini
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 
 DIRECTIONS
Beat egg in a large bowl. Stir in shallots, parsley, salt and pepper. Strain and squeeze shredded zucchini to drain off liquid. Add squash and cheese to the bowl; stir until mixed. 


Heat oil in a large skillet. Drop 1/4-1/3 cup of the mixture into pan, flattening and shaping into a thin (1 inch thick or thereabouts) pancake. Cook over med heat until golden brown and crispy on the bottom, then flip and continue cooking on the other side. Drain on paper toweling. Repeat with remaining mixture until used up. Makes roughly 4-6 pancakes, depending on size.
Don't know how to seed a zucchini? It's simple. Slice the squash in half lengthwise (so you have two long halves). Using a small spoon, scoop out the seeded centers of each half.
I like this with dollops of sour cream or a drizzle of ranch, but they're great plain too.
Enjoy!
 
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J. Rose Allister is the author of more than thirty books, primarily romance and erotic romance. A former editor and submissions director, she now works as a mild-mannered hospital secretary by day, naughty writer by night. Connect with her on Twitter or Goodreads. She loves talking to people!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Now Available: Nature's Bounty

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NATURE'S BOUNTY
Contemporary Romance
July 1, 2017 
(rerelease from 2013 title)

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His only plan was to bring her in.

Her only crime was falling for the bounty hunter intent on catching her…

When Nature Antillean, aka Nate the Crate, poses as a male stripper to arrest a sexy-as-hell fugitive, he has no intention of taking his disguise all the way—until he meets her.

Lydia Franklin is more than eager to take her gorgeous strip-o-gram for a wild ride, considering how bad life on the run sucks. But while the resulting encounter is explosive, it ends with her in handcuffs and Nate honor-bound to take her to jail.

The fireworks are just beginning when Nate discovers he, too, is a fugitive—a victim of the same setup that got Lydia falsely accused. They must trust one another to defeat the plot and reclaim their lives, but Lydia can't risk teaming up with the man who tricked her into bed. Not because she doesn't want him, but because the criminal he hopes to protect her from is one she must face alone.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

My Birthday Month Event is Almost Here!

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July is almost here...and it's my birthday month! Besides cake (chocolate, naturally), my favorite part of a birthday is presents! I find it more fun to give than to receive, however, so during my birthday month I like to offer special gifts to readers.

If you're not subscribed to my mailings, you'll want to sign up now! Because throughout the month of July, I'll be sending out special announcements for free books, an exclusive birthday story, and a chance to win a Kindle!

...and for those who DO want to give me a present, I'll be sending out a request to complete my annual reader survey. Knowing your thoughts helps me plan future books. :)

Sign up below to get in on the fun! (18 or older, please. If you're already a subscriber, there's no need to sign up again. You're already opted in!)






Wednesday, June 21, 2017

3 Reasons Why You Need a Character Worksheet

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On Select Wednesdays, I post tips and strategies for writers. 

3 REASONS WHY YOU NEED A CHARACTER WORKSHEET
by J. Rose Allister
Whether you're the type of writer who is a careful planner or a free-wheeling pantser, taking the time to create a worksheet for each of your main characters can be a vital help to the writing process. The "worksheet" can be a simple notepad file peppered with random facts, an actual spreadsheet or worksheet taken from the many that are available online, or a full-on, fancy dossier complete with photos, a birth natal chart, and a family tree. Either way, there are three main reasons why you should consider using one:

1. Real Greetings are Dull and Expected

When two acquaintances meet up in real life, their initial exchange involves a volley of social niceties that are routine, required...and boring. If you're sitting nearby, you'll hear something like this:

This might go on for another couple of minutes, depending. The exchange happens automatically, with little thought on the answers. Ever greet someone and responded with, "Fine, you?" only to realize they hadn't actually asked how you were first? You're on autopilot. A great place to be if you're flying a plane, but fiction should never put a reader on automatic. "Routine, required, boring," are three words we don't want to see pop up in reviews.

2. Insight into their Next Move

Have you ever built up a scene or the overall plot to a point where you're struggling with what your character would do next? Have you ever had critique feedback or reviews where people didn't find a character's actions plausible? A worksheet can offer you a sort of "sketch" of the character, with tidbits of information that can inform you about their likely reaction to a situation. 

For instance, two characters are in a room when an earthquake hits. One grew up where they happen all the time. The other has never experienced one before. Which one is likely to panic? Would the first-timer, who has never likely been drilled in quake safety, automatically go into a "cover and hold on" posture? 

3. As a Continuity Catcher

There have been many times when I've accidentally changed a character's eye color, age, or a vital fact from their past.  By keeping track of vital details, I can maintain a story's continuity. This has proven especially valuable when writing a series or a book where you're juggling a number of major characters.


So consider tossing together a worksheet ahead of time and add to it as you go along. This can be a time-saver in both drafting and editing alike. Happy writing!
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J. Rose Allister is the author of more than thirty books, primarily romance/erotic romance. A former editor and submissions director, she now works as a mild-mannered hospital secretary by day, naughty writer by night.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Berry Yummy Yogurt Pops

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It's Too Yummy Tuesday!

On select Tuesdays I share delicious recipes either inspired by my books or that are just plain delicious!


Ice cream is a frequent downfall of my diet, especially since summertime in my locale means frequent temperatures above 100 degrees. I can pack away a lion's share of ice cream-and all the calories and sugar that goes with it.  So this year I decided to cool off with a healthier alternative. 

These super easy yogurt pops can be made with plain yogurt and no added sugar, sweetened with a bit of honey, or just use your favorite flavor. I like Greek yogurt with a swirl of organic honey, or else some organic vanilla yogurt.


Berry Yummy Yogurt Pops

Ingredients
6 strawberries, chopped fine
1/4 cup blueberries (frozen or fresh)

1/2 cup yogurt

Directions

Combine ingredients in a bowl and spoon into popsicle molds. Freeze a few hrs until firm. Makes 8-12 pops.



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J. Rose Allister is the author of more than thirty books, primarily romance and erotic romance. A former editor and submissions director, she now works as a mild-mannered hospital secretary by day, naughty writer by night. Connect with her on Twitter or Goodreads. She loves talking to people!

Friday, June 9, 2017

More Beginnings -Guest Author Iris Blobel

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On occasion, I spotlight other authors and books on my blog. 

Today I'm pleased to welcome Iris Blobel, a fellow Weekend Writing Warrior (Snippet Sunday participant) who has a blog tour going for her book More Beginnings. Welcome, Iris!

MORE BEGINNINGS

Zach Taylor, an escort in Sydney, living in Hobart, enlists the help of Natasha Peterson when his teenage friend, Mia, runs away. He soon finds out that the ‘dragon’ is really more of a kitten. And although Natasha, Mia’s teacher, is attracted to him as well, she has her own problems to deal with, not to mention her initial reaction to Zach’s occupation.

Will Zach’s job keep him from a chance to be with Natasha?

Life is good for teenager Mia Levesque. But when Darren Schuster shows up in Hobart, she knows something is up once Sophie and Mark cut their weekend away short and rush home in the middle of the night. When Sophie won’t answer Mia’s questions, emotions run high, and Zach confirms Darren’s identity to Mia. Disappointed, angry, and feeling alone, Mia runs away.

Will life settle back into a routine for Mia once she finds out about the stranger in her life?


New Beginnings have given the Levesque girls a new start in life, will More Beginnings be another chance for them?

STORY EXCERPT
Zach Taylor’s young neighbour, Mia, let out a long sigh as she joined him on his front porch and sat next to him on the swing. Enjoying a cool lemonade, he invited her to grab a soft drink from the fridge as well. It was a warm summer day, and the air showed no sign of cooling down. A lot of people in Hobart were weary of the unusual hot spell for the very southern Australian city.
With another hefty sigh, Mia raked through her long, blond hair and stared into the distance. “Honestly, Zach, she’s a dragon. I’m sure she does it on purpose. She doesn’t like me. She thinks I’m spoilt.”
The dragon in question was Miss Peterson, Mia’s high school English teacher. There was no doubt that Mia liked school, and she enjoyed her classes. And even though English wasn’t her worst subject, it certainly was the toughest one, with Miss Peterson piling on homework one after the other.
Zach took a sip of his drink before he replied, “Hey, pumpkin, settle down. What’s that supposed to mean you’re ‘spoilt’?”
She lifted her shoulder in a slight shrug. “You know!”
Raising his brows, he replied, “Actually I don’t know! Isn’t she Sophie’s good friend?”
Another shrug. “Kind of, I suppose. They used to do the boxing stuff together, and since Soph’s carrying a baby, they go and enjoy coffee and cake instead every once in a while.”
Ignoring his chuckle, she went inside and helped herself to cold lemonade. She opened the can with a simple click as she returned outside and took a long sip.

About the Author
Iris Blobel was born and raised in Germany and only immigrated to Australia in the late 1990s. Having had the travel bug most of her life, Iris spent quite some time living in Scotland, London as well as Canada where she met her husband. Her love for putting her stories onto paper has only emerged recently, but now her laptop is a constant companion.
Iris resides west of Melbourne with her husband and her two beautiful daughters.
Next to her job at a private school, she also presents a German Program at the local Community Radio.

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Vacation Dreams, New Books, Life is Good

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On the first Monday of the month, I gab about what's going on with me, my writing, and life in general.

Summer is here! A writing retreat vacation is just around the corner, just in time after some very busy spring months. Time to make packing and to-do lists!




Vacation Dreams

A view from the cabin deck last summer
Last summer, I took my daughter along on a writing retreat in the mountains. (My husband was away speaking on panels at San Diego Comic-Con.) We loved it so much that we vowed to return. So I've just booked another mountain cabin, this time big enough for the whole family (including one of my grown sons and Tina the wonder dog). I can already picture early mornings spent out on the deck, working on my book while sipping coffee among the forest splendor. Squee! I can't wait.

New Books

I finished the exclusive bonus book that will be offered as part of the Sons of Herne box set! Final edits and cover art are in progress, and then the bundle will be readied for release.

Meanwhile, I'm excited to announce the upcoming re-release of my bounty hunter title Nature's Bounty!  And what do you think of the smokin' hot cover?

Expect to see this out in the next month.


Life is Good


Books and stories have been whipping out, the dog is getting bigger by the day, and we're all looking forward to that trip to the mountains! As cray-cray busy as things have been, including a brief health issue for my husband involving multiple trips to ER/Urgent care (he's fine now, thankfully), life has been great. Here's the latest photo of Tina, who fell asleep in my daughter's arms. I've dubbed this "dog day afternoon."

Until next time...


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On select Mondays, I like to gab about whatever's going on with me. For more gab, please join me on Twitter or Facebook. I love talking to people!

J. Rose Allister is the author of more than twenty-five books, primarily romance and erotic romance. A former editor and submissions director, she now works as a mild-mannered hospital secretary by day, naughty writer by night.

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