Romancing the Hop

             To celebrate Labor Day Weekend we’re taking part in Romancing the Hop!

 

Romancing the Hop is a blog hop all about romance. Being a husband and wife writing together, we have a lot of fun sending our characters through  the ups and downs of falling in love.

 

Like in Kiss Me, Dancer, when Drew and Casey decide to settle an argument with a game of one-on-one half court that leads to a muddy wrestling match with a sizzling hot finish.

 

Snow Dance. It’s midnight. The dead of winter. Amanda looks at Russ. Russ looks at Amanda. Time for a little trespassing. In the neighbor’s heated pool — nude.

 

Or Touch Me And Tango. Parker drives a pickup. Tanya drives him up a wall. They thought it was over. Riiiiight.

No matter what kinds of problems there are in life, one thing will never change —people will always fall in love. And it’s those rollercoaster rides that make romance novels so much fun to read.

 

Kiss Me, Dancer is on sale for 99 cents during the Hop. And you can enter to win a copy of Snow Dance, the Dance ‘n’ Luv short story prequel, if you Like our Facebook page and leave a comment telling us you did.

If you want to enter to win one of the grand prizes, COMMENT WITH YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS. Every time you comment on a participating author’s blog with your email address you’ll earn another entry for one of the three grand prizes. And with over 100 authors in the hop, you can enter over 100 times!

 

Go to the Romancing the Hop main page for a list of links for all the authors in the hop! Several fab  author friends are also participating in the hop. You won’t want to miss– Kristine Cayne, Natalie G. Owens, Dana Delamar, Stacey Joy Netzel, Diana Layne, L.C. Giroux, lizzie starr, Christina Routon, and Lily Silver

 1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet

2nd Grand Prize: A $130 Amazon or B&N Gift Card

3rd Grand Prize: A Large Swag Pack of bookish goodies

Tale of Two Keyboards: Mystery/Suspense Author Tamara Ward

  Please welcome our dear friend Tamara Ward, Amazon Bestselling Mystery and Romantic Suspense Author. Her new novel, Private Deception, featuring spunky female  sleuth Jade O’Reilly is already rocking the charts.

But the computer keyboard isn’t the only one she knows well. Take it away, Tamara . . .

 

I’m envious of dancers, being able to move like liquid music, physically translating emotion into meaning other people can read with their eyes. But I’ve got a secret art in my back pocket.

Like Alicia and Roy Street, in addition to being a writer, I’ve got experience in another artistic medium, too. I’m no dancer; I’m a musician. I went to college on a piano scholarship. 

While writing is my passion, I used to be torn between my love for ink and paper and my love for music. And translating emotion into music – burning up those ivory keys – brought me joy and fulfillment. But I ultimately focused on writing. And over time my fingers became out of practice, clumsy and fumbling. With the birth of my children, the little, occasional time I used to spend practicing piano evaporated even more.

 I think this is a common story: Sometimes old skills and passions, whether they be an art or simply something we enjoy doing – taking bubble baths or quilting or hiking – take a back seat as life evolves. Spending time with my family and writing are more important to me than playing piano. 

But recently my grandmother died, and my mother requested that I record a song to be played at the funeral. The song, Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy, is one that my grandmother played on the piano when her own mother was on her deathbed. Something about the moon (lune) has tied together generations of women in my family. And though separated by time and distance, when we look at the moon, we remember each other. 

So I got out the old Clair de Lune sheet music my grandmother gave me so long ago, and I spent a few hours practicing the chords and runs. And I found that, though my skills were rusty, with a bit of polish the connection between fingertips and piano keys, written notes and the meaning behind the music, still shines.

Do you have a talent or skill that you’ve left behind? 

 

Private Deception is available on kindle and in paperback

You can also check out her two shorts — 

Jade O’Reilly and the Mysterious Musician  

Jade O’Reilly and the Ice Queen

Sixteen Authors Dancing! (Or Not)

The Beach Book Blast party has begun! From August 15-18 sixteen authors from the WG2E Street Team celebrate the launch of newly released books, including our Dance ‘n’ Luv Book #2 TOUCH ME AND TANGO.

 There’s a Facebook party Thursday August 16 from 8-11pm Eastern Time. We’ll have prizes there and plenty of cyber-dancing. 🙂

 At the main Beach Book Blast site you can enter to win a Kindle Fire and lots of other fun prizes, as well as discovering a new-to-you author. Plus we’ll be hanging out on our twitter stream all week at #BeachBookBlast

 The WG2E Street Team is a friendly group of authors and after Rhonda Hopkins asked everyone about their favorite childhood reads, and then decided to do a series of one-question interviews on her blog, other authors began tossing in questions for their own blog posts.

 Of course ours had to be . . . do you dance?

  •  Sheila Seabrook – I love to dance rock & roll but my husband only dances to country music. So when we go out, we have a rule: Every third dance, no matter what kind of music is playing, we get on the dance floor and enjoy ourselves.
  • Lizzie Starr – Do I dance… I love to dance. Now, the question should be, can I dance. Ah, I’m so right-left confused, it ain’t easy. I truly believe I was a dancer in another life, though. And in my dreams I’d dance with Gene Kelly. Anytime. Anywhere. Or maybe Twitch. Yep, I’d dance with him, too.
  • Natalie G. Owens – When I was younger, I danced every weekend, and on summer nights, every day. I’d go to clubs and lose myself in the music. Later, in my mid-twenties, I took lessons in Argentinian tango. This is such a sad but beautiful and meaningful dance. Then, I moved to America and I stopped learning. However, I love to dance. Dancing is an expression of happiness. Music is a big part of our lives today and I often find myself dancing with my three-year-old son, who also can’t resist the rhythm and beat :).
  • Dale Amidei – I have in the past practiced martial arts, which in some styles share the kinesthetic principles of dance. The joy of movement in the Asian traditions is thought to accentuate the flow of vital energy through the body. It is an expression of living, and so the practice brings peace.
  • Tamara Ward – I wish I danced! Mostly I dance in private when a song with a good beat catches me in the mood, but it’s not pretty. If someone were to secretly videotape me, the embarrassing footage would go viral, I’m certain of it. I like to slow dance with my husband, but since he’s super shy, I sadly have to beg him to dance with me. Sometimes, when the credits are rolling after we watch a movie at home, I’ll get him off the couch to sway with me in time to the music. With two young boys, turning up the music and encouraging wild dancing is just the thing to burn off some of their energy. My three-year-old has a move where he plants his palms on the ground and kicks his little, fat feet in the air like he’s a bucking bronco or something. I think he got that move from his older brother! 
  • Christina Routon – Not in public 🙂 I do love Zumba classes. They have a lot of salsa and belly dancing moves, depending on the instructor. I would love to take some type of dance lessons, either salsa or ballroom dancing or line dancing. I would most likely dance with my husband. Hearing a great song and being happy makes me want to dance.
  • L.C. Giroux – I took Ballet for years, when puberty hit me hard (34DDD anyone?) I switched to Modern Jazz. I loved clubbing in my 20’s and could spend the whole night dancing. Of course I married a man that will not dance under any circumstances so that curtails shaking my groove thang. If I had it to do all over again I’d do Hip Hop in a second. I tried to interest the daughter in dance and she balked quick -darn kid takes after her father! Which means she’s smart as whip so I can’t complain too much.
  •  Stacey Joy Netzel – I wish I could dance, but I’ve got two major problems. 1. I have absolutely NO rhythm and can’t hold a beat for nothing and 2. I’m too self-conscious of what an idiot I’ll look like with no rhythm to venture onto a dance floor—unless it’s a slow song that only involves swaying and feet shuffling.  My hubby isn’t too keen on dancing, so I don’t normally feel like I’m missing out on anything. There is one exception…I will dance with my kids at weddings and then I don’t give a hoot what I look like as long as they’re smiling up at me. I do enjoy watching dance though—especially Dancing With The Stars.
  • Janice Lane Palko – I love to dance–not saying how good I am at it!  I was a teenager in the 70s so I’m from the “free form” school, where you just drape yourself over your partner and sway.  In another lifetime, I’d love to be a ballroom dancer.  When my daughter was getting married, we took lessons.  We should have started when she was born.  We were dance challenged to say the least.  My favorite dance is the Tango.  Wish I could do it well. 
  •  Other authors involved in the Beach Book Blast – D.D. Scott, Debra Burroughs, Liz Jasper, Greg Carrico, Kristine Cayne, Kiru Taye, Liz Matis, Lily Silver

 How about you? Do you dance?                                                                                       

Tools and Teamwork for Cross-promotion

This week Roy and I will be part of the WG2E Street Team’s Beach Book Blast. This one will be a summer launch event for new books by members and will include our new Dance ‘n’ Luv book, TOUCH ME AND TANGO

The WG2E Street Team is a small group of authors working together, sharing, supporting, and learning as we go. Last week we began posting some of our thoughts about tools and methods on the WG2E blog. I’m listing the posts here since they might be useful and fun for both author and reader friends. 

 

Birds of a Feather Tweeting Together with Alicia Street

Planning the Beach Book Blast Facebook Party with Kristine Cayne and Sheila Seabrook

What Makes a Good Team Member with Tamara Ward

Pinterest for Indie Authors with L.C. Giroux

I’d love to hear your thoughts on working with a group or cross-promoting with author friends. 

Free Par-tay Event

For the next three days we’ll be taking part in an event with the Indie Book Collective.

 

KISS ME, DANCER  will be available for FREE download, along with a whole bunch of other books ranging from mystery/suspense to sci-fi and urban fantasy and several genres of romance!

So come by the Back to School Free Par-tay and pick up a fun read!

Let’s Tango

You know they say it takes two to tango. That’s because the tango is a dance that can’t be done solo. The whole thing is about the embrace on top (where the heart is), as the feet below go scooting around, beat for beat, a give-and-take exchange with your partner.

 Push. Pull. Lead. Follow. Sounds like a lot of relationships.

The tango started out in bordellos as a seductive, improvised dance but later got sanitized and stylized into a set form.

Like a lot of relationships. Some for better, while others, well . . .

We’re thinking about the tango lately because it’s the thematic thread for our newly released second book in the Dance ‘n’ Luv series. That relentless pattern of pursuit and resistance that an undying, passionate love can bring.

 

TOUCH ME AND TANGO is available now at AmazonNookSmashwords

Some readers and friends might notice we’ve changed the cover from the original we’d planned. Stop back soon and you’ll see the whole Dance ‘n’ Luv series in spiffy new covers!

 In the meantime, here’s an Argentinian style tango that we love.