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Happy New Year!!!

Published January 1, 2012 by Lorraine Nelson - Author

2011 was a

fabulous year!

Four books released in 3 months, excellent ratings and plenty of emails from readers wanting more. As an author, I couldn’t be any happier at the turn my life has taken. Thank you, Evernight Publishing, for taking a chance on me; to Emma Shortt and Dana Horbach, for your excellent editing skills; to Dara England, for creating such beautiful covers; to my readers, who continue to express their satisfaction with my books; and to my friends and family for their unending support. Love you all.

The year ended with my debut novel, Zakia and the Cowboy, being nominated for Book of the Month at the To Be Read Pile. What an honor for a newbie! Have you voted yet? http://thetbrpile.weebly.com/ 

 

On Dec. 31st I also received a 4 Star review for Thunder Creek Ranch, Book 2, Covert Mission: Undercover Cop. Stop by and comment for your chance to win a copy. http://thetbrpile.weebly.com/1/post/2011/12/review-and-contest-covert-mission-by-lorraine-nelson.html

On January 6th, Trouble Brewing in Thunder Creek, Book 3 in the series, will be released by Evernight. A great start to a new year.

Featuring Lucas Sr. and his wife Winnie, this book is different in that it features divided loyalties which cause trouble in their marriage. Come join them and read about how they overcome them to reach their HEA again.

   My Christmas releases,

   His Christmas Wish and

   Mistletoe & Mr. Hoe, 

   have both done well on Amazon.

 

Book 4, A Cowgirl’s Pride, is almost ready to submit and Book 5, Cameron’s Quest, is begging to be told.

On a more personal note, December 31st saw the arrival of my newest grandchild, a beautiful baby girl, Jayda. That makes four grandsons and two granddaughters for me. Yay! A terrific finale for 2011!

Now, this is the point when I should be stating my goals for 2012! LOL Other than writing, losing weight, writing, quitting smoking, and writing some more, I need to be more active…difficult to do with a knee giving out on me all the time. But I will try my best to persevere. Of course, that means time away from my computer and the characters that demand I tell their story. Hmmm. Perhaps a bit of compromise  is in order here. Oh well, I have all year to figure it out. 🙂

Have a wonderful New Year! May 2012 bring you rich blessings, true friendships, abundant good health and happiness, and most of all, love.

Thank you all for being part of my life.

Coming Soon!!!

Published December 18, 2011 by Lorraine Nelson - Author

Today I received new cover art for Trouble Brewing in Thunder Creek. The release of this novel, Book 3 in my Thunder Creek Ranch series, is scheduled for January 6th, 2012, through Evernight Publishing. Dara England did another fine job portraying my cowboy, don’t you think?

Excerpt: 

The warm water sluiced over their hot bodies in a rushing stream as they stood entwined in the tiny stall. Her kisses tasted like chocolate mint from the candy bars they’d snacked on earlier.

She poured a liberal amount of his shower gel into her palm. “Turn around.”

He did as requested, and she dutifully soaped his back. As her hands moved to soap his chest, she rubbed her breasts against him, and he shivered in response to the sensations rioting through his body. When her hands reached to soap his cock, he gasped, taking in a mouthful of water, which he promptly spewed out.

“Lady, you sure are full of surprises,” he said as he turned to face her, rinsing off under the spray before turning the taps off. He grabbed a towel and dried her body, his ministrations causing exquisite little moans to escape her lips. Quickly drying himself, he tossed the towel aside and wrapped an arm around her waist.

Side-by-side, they walked through to the bedroom where he could make love to her in comfort. He loved this woman. He’d shown her every day in every way he could, but the words themselves didn’t come easy, not since his first wife died and took a piece of his heart with her.

As they lay down, he cuddled close and worshipped her body with his hands and mouth, old memories pushed to the farthest recesses of his mind.

Her breasts spilled from his hands as he massaged their silky softness. “So damned soft. I could play with them all night long.”

She clutched his head urging him forward to taste her rosy buds. “Be my guest.”

He laved a tongue over a nipple, teasing before pulling it into his mouth, his hand pinching the other one. Her soft murmur of delight spurred him on. He let go of her breast, with a light bite, trailing kisses down over her abdomen to reach the honeyed prize nested in reddish curls. Her legs spread for him, the most feminine part of her open and waiting for his attention.

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Trouble Brewing in Thunder Creek

Published December 15, 2011 by Lorraine Nelson - Author

Final edits on Trouble Brewing in Thunder Creek are completed and sent. This is the 3rd book in my Thunder Creek series with Evernight Publishing. I have to say I love their efficiency. Just awaiting a cover image. WooHoo!!! Dara England designed my first two covers and did an excellent job. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with for this one. Releasing January 6th, 2012. 🙂

Here’s a teaser excerpt for you:

Trouble Brewing in Thunder Creek

The warm water sluiced over their hot bodies in a rushing stream as they stood entwined in the tiny stall. Her kisses tasted like chocolate mint from the candy bars they’d snacked on earlier.

She poured a liberal amount of his shower gel into her palm. “Turn around.”

He did as requested, and she dutifully soaped his back. As her hands moved to soap his chest, she rubbed her breasts against him, and he shivered in response to the sensations rioting through his body. When her hands reached to soap his cock, he gasped, taking in a mouthful of water, which he promptly spewed out.

“Lady, you sure are full of surprises,” he said as he turned to face her, rinsing off under the spray before turning the taps off. He grabbed a towel and dried her body, his ministrations causing exquisite little moans to escape her lips. Quickly drying himself, he tossed the towel aside and wrapped an arm around her waist.

Side-by-side, they walked through to the bedroom where he could make love to her in comfort. He loved this woman. He’d shown her every day in every way he could, but the words themselves didn’t come easy, not since his first wife died and took a piece of his heart with her.

As they lay down, he cuddled close and worshipped her body with his hands and mouth, old memories pushed to the farthest recesses of his mind.

Her breasts spilled from his hands as he massaged their silky softness. “So damned soft. I could play with them all night long.”

She clutched his head urging him forward to taste her rosy buds. “Be my guest.”

He laved a tongue over a nipple, teasing before pulling it into his mouth, his hand pinching the other one. Her soft murmur of delight spurred him on. He let go of her breast, with a light bite, trailing kisses down over her abdomen to reach the honeyed prize nested in reddish curls. Her legs spread for him, the most feminine part of her open and waiting for his attention.

Book 4, A Cowgirl’s Pride, is almost complete. Yay!!!

For a little insight into Leah’s story:

Leah Manning left the ranch and her all male, domineering, overproctective family for something not necessarily bigger but better. When her life takes unexpected turns, she’s forced to tuck her tail and return to Thunder Creek. The only problem is, she’s pregnant and trouble might have followed her home…

The Writing Life

Published December 11, 2011 by Lorraine Nelson - Author

Book 4 in my Thunder Creek Ranch series, A Cowgirl’s Pride, is one of those books that seem to be writing itself. The characters are speaking to me and the words are flowing faster than I can type. lol Gotta love it when that happens. I only started it a couple weeks ago and today I reached the halfway mark.

Book 3, Trouble Brewing in Thunder Creek, was written, subbed and accepted during Nano, but I don’t have a release date, as yet. Eagerly awaiting the arrival of my cover. Wondering how Dara can possibly top the first two. 🙂 I have no doubt she will, though. That girl is amazing!

Zakia and the Cowboy & Covert Mission: Undercover Cop are both 30 day bestsellers in Romantic suspense at Bookstrand. http://www.bookstrand.com/catalog/209/romanticsuspense?sortBy=bestSelling30

Only 2 days left to get 15% off your purchase of Book 2, Covert Mission: Undercover Cop at Evernight. A great Christmas gift for anyone who likes to read.  Easily downloads to your PC or ereader. http://www.evernightpublishing.com/covert-mission-undercover-cop-by-lorraine-nelson/

 Christmas is coming! Check out my Holiday titles at Amazon. Now on sale. http://www.amazon.com/Lorraine-Nelson/e/B005XMAYFQ/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

In other news, Harlequin is holding a pitch contest in January for their Romantic Suspense line…right up my alley, if I can get one written in time to enter. 🙂 They upped the word count to 70-75k. That’s longer than any book I’ve written to date. Should be interesting. If you write romantic suspense, you can find details on the pitch here: http://community.harlequin.com/forums/write-stuff/editor-pitch-challenge-harlequin-romantic-suspense

Happy writing and best of luck!

Featured Title AND Bestseller!!!

Published October 9, 2011 by Lorraine Nelson - Author

Zakia and the Cowboy is a featured title and also made the Bestseller List at All Romance eBooks! http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-zakiaandthecowboy-608452-149.html

Wow! Thank you to all those who have purchased my novel to date. You’ve made all the waiting and agonizing worthwhile. 🙂

Writing is a hobby which I truly enjoy, especially now that I can share my stories with the world. Isn’t the Internet a wonderful thing? I’ve made friends from all over and, I suspect, now my readers/fans. I love you all!

I’m so thankful for the day I subbed to Evernight Publishing. They have a terrific staff and my editor, Emma Shortt, is awesome. And the cover art is to die for! Thank you Dara England of LF Designs. It’ll make a terrific poster for my home office, don’t you think? And thank you, Evernight, for taking a chance on this newbie. Words simply cannot express how thrilled I am to be one of your authors.

During the course of this past couple of years, I’ve spent a lot of time on Medical leave from my day job. I won’t bore you with the details of each ailment except to say that hand surgery is what motivated me to begin writing that novel of romance I’d always intended to try my hand at. (pun intended!)

I developed an infection in my thumb and by the time the doctors realized what it was, it had eaten away at the bone from the inside. Needless to say, they had to amputate so the infection didn’t spread. Everything I do involves the use of my hands, from typing to cooking, baking, gardening and even reading. It’s difficult to get used to holding a book open with half a thumb. Luckily, it was my left and I’m right-handed, but it still took some getting used to.

In trying to prepare for a return to work, I started typing. It helped to increase the flexibility in that hand and kept me from going stir crazy. At first, it was just online typing tests, but one day an idea began to take shape and I started writing. Seven weeks later I had finished Love on the Rocks, totally edited and polished to the best of my ability and began subbing to publishers. Boy, have I learned a lot since and have received many rejections for my efforts.

But I found that I really enjoyed writing – enjoyed the challenge of it, learning as I went. I’m still learning. Nobody’s perfect. I’ve since written seven other full-length novels and three novellas.

Zakia and the Cowboy is the first in my Thunder Creek series, with Books 2 and 3 in the works and ideas for 2 more. I enjoy crafting stories and it’s helps to keep my mind alive. There are so many ideas floating around in there that at least once I have them written down, they ease off and let me rest… sometimes. lol

My doctor has me off work indefinitely, but at least I have my writing to sustain me. Making money from it was never an impetus. Creating a believable story from nothing more than a vague idea – that’s what motivates me. The fact that people want to read my writing is a bonus, and one that I’m rather proud of. I love hearing from my readers and can be contacted by dropping a comment here or on my website. Tell me what you like or didn’t like about this book and I’ll enter all names in a draw for the sequel. http://lorrainenelson.weebly.com

*** P.S. When that first royalty cheque arrives, I’m certain I’ll find something to spend it on. 🙂