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Sunday, February 18, 2024

Authors To Check Out

 


Since this is a blog dedicated to the romance genre as well as the month of Valentine's Day, I had to share some romance novels that I enjoy. And with February being Black History month, I decided to share some Black authors who I really enjoy. 


  1. Beverly Jenkins: An O.G. of romance novels. You can’t go wrong with Rebel or any other book that has her name on it.
  2. Alyssa Coles: An author of contemporary and historical romance. You will enjoy yourself with her books.
  3. K.M. Jackson: A contemporary author of How to Marry Keanu Reeves in 90 Days ( who doesn’t want to know how to do that. Just Kidding) and who also wrote under Kwana Jackson.
  4. Vanessa Riley: A historical romance author she has a mystery series as well which I have yet to read. But I just love Island Queen.
  5. Farrah Rochon: Contemporary author her Boyfriend Project series is a good time had between pages.
  6. Tracey Livesay: Contemporary author of American Royalty. I snatched up this book just from the cover and I wasn’t let down. 
  7. Jasmine Guillory: A romantic comedy contemporary author I loved The Wedding Date so I’ve added more books. She is a go-to author for me.
  8. Bolu Babalola: A Reese’s Book Club pick so you know she can write a great book.
  9. Talia Hibbert: All I have to say is if her name is on the cover, slap down you money and enjoy. 

         


Saturday, January 27, 2024

New book trailer for Alien Fury by Janice Seagraves

 I made a new book trailer for my book Alien Fury.

Alien Fury: Chronicles of Arcon: Seagraves, Janice: 9798864319413: Amazon.com: Books

The Arcon, Thorn Grindstone, finds himself alone and injured, thawing in a disabled cryogenics tank. Making an impulsive deal for a fighter, he launches into a battle with a pirate ship before beginning his search for his people.

After Thorn crash-lands in the widow Roxie Carson’s corn field. Roxie nurses the injured Arcon. As tension worsens between Roxie and her brother-in-law, Thorn turns out to be an unexpected ally.

Roxie is grateful to the handsome alien, but what will happen when the Arcon government finally shows up and takes Thorn away? What will her brother-in-law do then?

I found Home - Canva to be really good for making book trailers.


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Thursday, January 18, 2024

Keeping It Straight

If you share one bad habit with me, it may be that you always forget some chores or tasks that need to be done. I always remember that elusive thing at some odd hour when I can do nothing to accomplish it. That's why I have a to-do list. 

Besides, helping me see everything I need to accomplish from the mundane to the trés important. In some ways, it is also a timeline of my life. And timelines are important especially when you're an author. You have deadlines, marketing plans, and social media posts among the other dozen things needing to be done. 

Timelines are also important in a novel. Recently, I started developmental edits for my historical Scottish romance and had to get the dates precise since some events in the manuscript center around historical events. Organizing those dates and that of my hero and heroine's budding romance has to happen at a set time since it's a slow-burn romance. 

Some authors use Post-its but since I live in a cramped Big Apple apartment, such a luxury isn't possible so I pull out a pile of loose-leaf paper and jot the main events of the story with enough space in between to add other events. I spent almost two days concocting the timeline. 

Now as I sit down to do my edits, my writing seems more organized, my mind less frenzied and confused (which benefits readers) and I'm not stressed. 

So, now, with that thick pile of paper, I know my story will flow logically and every event will fit into the time slot necessary. 

Do you plan out your day or week? Or do you possess the skill to get things done without it? 

Wednesday, December 27, 2023

Free Books on Smashwords by Janice Seagraves

 I'm trying something new; I'm giving away the first three book in my Chronicles of Arcon series. I'm also offering book four at a discount.

Hello, Readers!
I’m excited to announce that my book, Exodus Arcon books 1-3, will be available as part of a promotion on Smashwords for the end of December as part of their Annual End of Year Sale! This is a chance to get my book, along with books from many other great authors, at a discount so you can get right to reading.
You will find the promo here starting on December 15, so save the link: https://smashwords.com/shelves/promo and here Exodus Arcon Chronicles of Arcon Book 1 (smashwords.com)
Please share this promo with friends and family. You can even forward this email to the avid readers in your life!
Thank you for your help and support!
Happy reading!

Exodus Arcon: told in three short stories. Planet Arcon is in trouble. Before their planet tears itself apart, the Arcons build three big spaceships to take them across the stellar reaches of space… towards Earth their new home. But, only the ruling class and the most brilliant minds can come. The rest must take their chances with the lottery. But one family cheats. The Arcons are coming…. Are you ready?



Monday, November 27, 2023

First Look at Alien Fury

 My new release is now available.

Alien Fury is the eighth book in Chronicles of Arcon. 


The Arcon, Thorn Grindstone, finds himself alone and injured, thawing in a disabled cryogenics tank. Making an impulsive deal for a fighter, he launches into a battle with a pirate ship before beginning his search for his people.

After Thorn crash-lands in the widow Roxie Carson’s corn field. Roxie nurses the injured Arcon. As tension worsens between Roxie and her brother-in-law, Thorn turns out to be an unexpected ally.

Roxie is grateful to the handsome alien, but what will happen when the Arcon government finally shows up and takes Thorn away? What will her brother-in-law do then?




Alien Fury: Chronicles of Arcon: Seagraves, Janice: 9798864319413: Amazon.com: Books

First Look:

Something screamed over the roof of the house, and an orange glow lit up the bedroom windows—a crash sounded close by. Roxie Carson sat up in bed with her heart hammering. “What’s that?”

Kit Carson, Roxie’s German Shepard, started to give a continuous, rapid bark.

She glanced at the empty side of the bed with her mouth half open to say something to her husband. Roxie bit her lip against the sting of tears. Her sorrow caused a huge, painful knot inside her chest. I have to do things by myself now which includes investigating the scary noises.

Roxie trudged out of her warm bedroom. She pulled on her coat, winter gloves, and knee-high rubber boots over her pajamas.

When she stepped outside, she spotted flecks of fire out in her north acreage. Damn, I just plowed that field, too.

Kit Carson ran to her, wagging his tail.

She patted his side. “Hey, boy, are you ready to go see what that was?”

He barked once, which she took as a yes. But then he was always ready to go at a moment’s notice.

The rains had made everything a muddy mess. Especially the land she so carefully plowed. Her life had become a bitter battle. She had planted corn, but then the monsoon season came and drowned the tender seedlings. The drought that had plagued the farmlands had finally ended but at a cost. One rainstorm after another brought by several Atmospheric Rivers had kept the fields flooded. Great, just great. I should plant rice. That’s a crop needing a lot of water.

She hurried over to the compact utility tractor. Her husband’s last extravagant purchase. At the thought of her husband, her heart squeezed. The backhoe was still attached from digging drainage ditches the day before. Not that anything she tried helped.

Turning the key, the engine hesitated. “Come on, baby. Turn over for Momma.” The tractor finally started, belching out a cloud of diesel smelling smoke. She flipped on the headlights.

Kit Carson ran ahead, leading the way toward whatever it was.

Her dog soon trotted next to a furrow scraped into the muddy earth. Roxie steered the tractor just behind her German Shepard, studying the furrow.

What did this?

The further she drove, the deeper into the earth it extended, going from groove to trench. What the hell hit my field? Maybe it’s a meteor, and I can sell it on eBay for a thousand dollars. That thought cheered Roxie up a bit. I could pay a few overdue bills with that amount.

The ditch abruptly ended, and became a hole filled with something black and gray. Steam rose, filling the air. Roxie parked the tractor next to it then climbed out.

Her boots skidded on the muddy ground, she pinwheeled her arms and slid right into the hole. Roxie fetched up against hot metal. “Oof.”

Fins were attached to the back end, but the nose was buried under the mud.

So, it’s something man made. The big eBay sale she planned winged away.

Kit shifted from foot to foot, whining down at her.

Roxie glanced sharply up at her dog. “No-no, you stay up there. We don’t both need to be down in this mud hole.”

The trench continued to fill up with water.

If it’s a rocket, I’ll need to report this to someone. But if it’s a jet there could be someone trapped inside. One way to find out.

She knocked on the side three times and got a knock back in the same sequence.

Dios mío! There’s someone in there.” With adrenaline filling her system, Roxie scrambled out of the trench. She climbed into the tractor. Not wanting the mud to make her steering wheel slippery, she tossed her filthy gloves out the door. Turning the tractor around, she set the stabilizers down, fitted the backhoe’s bucket down the hole. She started moving mud, one scoop at a time, flinging it out faster than she’d ever made the tractor move before.

Kit Carson barked encouragement.

She finally unburied the front end of the black jet. With the rain pouring down on the muddy top, she could just make out a man-sized shape inside.

“Don’t worry, I’ll get you out!” She lifted the stabilizers and drove around to the back end of the jet. She reset the stabilizers then stretched the scoop out to its fullest length. Climbing out, she looped a lasso strap around the tail of the jet, and at the other end, she hooked onto the backhoe’s lifting ring. That done, she climbed back inside and began to lift the scoop. The mechanism squealed and smoked. She shut it down. “Please, don’t mess up on me. I can’t afford to have you fixed.”

The jet hadn’t moved.

She tried again, but the mechanism squealed and smoked again. She shut it down. “Darn wings, they’re keeping the jet in place. Too bad there isn’t a way to take them off.”

A whirling noise caught her attention. She rose up to get a better look. The wings withdrew inside the body of the jet.

The poor guy inside must have seen my problem.

“That helps a lot. Gracias,” she called out, hoping he could hear her. Must be an experimental type with retractable wings.

She tried again.

Finally, the sleek torpedo shaped jet came out of the hole. It had skids like landing gear. That would make it easier to bring it back to the house.

She hoped the jet wasn’t broken. Well, it probably won’t fly again after crashing into my field. The pilot better have good insurance to cover it.

Enough mud still covered the windows of the cockpit that she couldn’t make out whether the pilot was a man or woman. The dark clouds obscuring the moon didn’t help either.

“I’m taking you back to the house, so I can get you out of there!” Roxie yelled and changed the scoop position so it would pull without lifting the jet in the air. She drove carefully toward her driveway, with its large concrete parking area. The jet dragged along behind her.

Kit Carson led the way, as usual.

A cloud burst overhead, and it rained harder. She turned on the windshield wipers and heater. The bright lights of the single-story, rambling farmhouse with tan wood siding was a welcome beacon guiding her back.

As she drove, she prayed the person inside wasn’t badly hurt.

She performed a U-turn, dragging the jet onto the oversized cement parking lot and turned off the tractor. After stepping out, she took the lasso towing strap off the black jet and stared at one of the bent runners.

The jet’s door retracted up, and the pilot peered out at her.

As their gazes met, the shock of utter astonishment flew through her.

“Dios mío!” He’s not human.

Amazon: Alien Fury: Chronicles of Arcon: Seagraves, Janice: 9798864319413: Amazon.com: Books

Barnes and NobleAlien Fury Chronicles of Arcon Book 8 by Janice Seagraves | eBook | Barnes & Noble® (barnesandnoble.com)

Apple Books: Alien Fury Chronicles of Arcon Book 8 on Apple Books


Saturday, November 18, 2023

Getting It Together

I love books! I’d rather buy books than shoes. Yet, I have a horrible confession to make. My bookcase is a disorganized mess. There are my research books for my writing then there are my pleasure books. Each book is haphazardly shoved on a shelf with no order or reason.  I cringe every time I glance at my four bookcases, which are crammed two rows deep on each shelf. 

That mess needs to be tackled. 


And I’ve been trying to decide how to organize the books. Do I arrange it by color? Subject? Or just size (smallest to largest)? 


So many options are available to me and each one a is viable choice.


My first option is color. This one works for two reasons. Reason A is because I may not always remember the title of a book but my mind does retain the color of it. A couple of months ago, I had to find a piece of information and knew I could find it in the pages of a green book. And when I scanned the shelves, I found the book, which was entitled The Georgian Gentleman. 


Reason B is that a color-arranged bookcase will look pretty and pretty is always nice. 


The second organizational option is by subject.  My fiction books could be gathered together and wouldn’t be mixed up with my research and other such books. Yet, when it comes to my nonfiction books (research books mainly) that causes the greatest problem. So would a head subject be Scotland then its history, geography, and costume. And what about subjects that overlap? Like Scotland in the Regency Era. I can feel my head throbbing already. 


The final option is to arrange the books by size. Just go from smallest to largest. I could put the smallest at the top and the largest, which are usually the heaviest, on the bottom. Maybe.


Are your shelves organized or do you just shove books where they fit? 

Friday, October 27, 2023

Coming Soon: Alien Fury by Janice Seagraves

 Available November 3, 2023
This book is dedicated to Jerry Race.
A fellow author and friend.
Available on kindle for eBook, Paperback, and hardback: Amazon.com: Alien Fury: Chronicles of Arcon eBook : Seagraves, Janice: Kindle Store

Also available on Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, and wherever great eBooks are found. 


Blurb: The Arcon, Thorn Grindstone, finds himself alone and injured, thawing in a disabled cryogenics tank. Making an impulsive deal for a fighter, he launches into a battle with a pirate ship before beginning his search for his people.


After Thorn crash-lands in the widow Roxie Carson’s corn field. Roxie nurses the injured Arcon. As tension worsens between Roxie and her brother-in-law, Thorn turns out to be an unexpected ally.

Roxie is grateful to the handsome alien, but what will happen when the Arcon government finally shows up and takes Thorn away? What will her brother-in-law do then?

Except: 

Something screamed over the roof of the house, and an orange glow lit up the bedroom windows—a crash sounded close by. Roxie Carson sat up in bed with her heart hammering. “What’s that?”

Kit Carson, Roxie’s German Shepard, started to give a continuous, rapid bark.

She glanced at the empty side of the bed with her mouth half open to say something to her husband. 


Roxie bit her lip against the sting of tears. Her sorrow caused a huge, painful knot inside her chest. I have to do things by myself now which includes investigating the scary noises.





Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Reading Romance: Expectations vs Reality

Once upon a time, romance readers were shamed for reading the genre. Readers concealed the covers and most importantly, hid their love for the most popular-selling genre. The books were called bodice rippers (for the rape trope that populated many novels) or trashy books.  New York Times refused to review the books. Such treatment is changing. New readers are finding their way to the romance section of the bookstore. Yet, the exceptions and reality must still be confronted. 

A romance novel expectation is that the books are nothing but smut. The genre features many sensual levels. There is clean romance or sweet romance where the bedroom door is firmly shut and locked to the spiciest of reads. Yet whatever the sexual level, this genre is about romance, love, and overcoming conflicts for the characters to obtain their happily ever after. 


Another expectation of the romance genre is that it is nothing more than three hundred-plus pages of mindless fluff since it deals with love and relationships. But that notion has no basis in reality. The romance genre, whatever the sub-genre, deals with all the modern issues we struggle against. Books now feature heroes and heroines living with mental health or medical issues such as being neurodivergent, being on the spectrum, or having a chronic illness. The world-building of romances are no longer all white but feature and highlight the true variety of the human species and our cultures. And the external conflict deals with sexism, racism, and all the isms that blight the world. 


 Romance novels continue to evolve and develop just like the real world and reflect our world in its pages. Please share the title and author of your favorite romance and the reason for it. 

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Write Block Busted by Janice Seagraves

 I've finally busted out of the Writer's Block and boy did it end!

Words. Blessed words I can write down again.

It's such a relief.

I've started a three-book series and I'm on book three. 

This new story series just poured out of me.

I'm so excited that I'm writing again.

It's a different genre than I usually write, urban fantasy, and I'm having a ball with it.

I can't tell you much more than that, but I will soon.

Until then, here my last published book.

Amazon.com: Exodus Arcon Three in One: Chronicles of Arcon eBook : Seagraves, Janice: Kindle Store


The first three books in the Chronicles of Arcon Series.
Planet Arcon is in trouble. Before their planet tears itself apart, The Arcons built three colony ships to take them across the stellar reaches of space… towards Earth their new home. But, only the ruling class and the most brilliant minds can come. The rest must take their chances with the lottery.
One family cheats.
The Arcons are coming…. Are you ready?

Monday, September 18, 2023

My Top Ten Dark Romance Novels


1. Filthy Marcellos: Lucian by Bethany Kris 

This is the first book in the series focusing on three brothers. The series is great and continues with their children and grandchildren. I recommended all the books.

2.Gilded Cage: A Russian Mafia Romance (Kovalyov Bratva Book 1) by Nicole Fox:

I love this book. It’s set in Los Angeles with a Mexican heroine and a sexy hero. 

3. Gilded Tears: A Russian Mafia Romance (Kovalyov Bratva Book 2) by Nicole Fox:

This is the continuation of Book 1 so the previous number

4. Joey: A Brother’s Best Friend, Standalone Dark Mafia Romance by Sadie Kincaid: 

I love Joey (the nickname of the heroine). There are two other books that focus on her brothers. The last novel is not yet available but the first book deals with her brother, Dante, which is great as well. 

5. Underworld: The Complete Series by Sophie Lark 

Seven books dealing with a different hero and heroine but you can never go wrong with Sophia Lark

6. Bound by Honor (Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles Book 1) by Cora Reilly:

This is the first in Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles series. I recommend reading the series since they are all good. 

7. Twisted Emotions (The Camorra Chronicles Book 2) by Cora Reilly:

This novel stayed with me because I loved the tenderness of the hero behind this rough exterior. I recommend the whole series. 

8. Crow (Boston Underworld Book 1) by A. Zavarelli

Another series that I loved because of the setting and heroes. I liked the bonds between the heroes. It feels like a family story.

9. Pink by Bethany Kris 

I loved the hero, Pink (nickname) who is a man who falls on hard times and has rebuilt his life in the Mafia. You will meet Pink in Filthy Marcellos series. 

10. Loyalty by Bethany Kris (John and Siena Book 1) 

This is the first in a series of novels dealing with John and Siena. John is the son of Lucian from Filthy Marcellos. It deals with a hero with mental health issues but it has such heart as Bethany Kris puts in ever book I have read.  

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