Friday, December 12, 2014

Sharing is Caring!

I'm on another mission my friends!

Promote! Support! Provide Access!

Now, this is not only for me, but for my Author friends as well. Oh yes, I have an enhanced calling. Not only to write what I love, but promote what I love as well.

You may be asking yourself just how I will do this. Well, let me share a few ideas.

1. Promote my own work! Hey, I have to start somewhere and my own stories are going to be front and center. Just check out the recent review of my latest story, Redemption. 

Feel free to leave your own wonderful thoughts and reviews of this story as well: 
Redemption (Heaven on Earth Book 2)

2. Promote the work of those who have the same passion as I do...WRITING! My preference is to write and read Interracial romance, but I have found some AMAZING authors who write other types of stories. Writing is a small world and we have to stick together, right?

I'm supporting a blog tour on this site for other others who want to share their feelings, thoughts, upcoming releases or other musings. More to come on that soon!

3. Find some unique and different ways to access new readers! It's time for me to spread my wings and broaden my world a little bit. It's time to see what the rest of the world looks like and I'm going to do some unique promotions, connect with mentors and other writers outside of my sphere, and expand my world view.

Having a different outlook on life is wonderful and I'm excited to get this ball rolling!

Love and Hugs,

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

My 500 Word a Day Commitment...Wish Me Luck

I'm on a new path for my writing adventure! As a test and a commitment to my writing, starting today, I'm going to write 500 words EACH day for the next 30 days!
Yes, 500 words for the next 30 days!!

For me, that is a huge commitment, but it is absolutely necessary.

Why, you ask? Well, because I'm a procrastinator. It's true. Me. The Overachiever and Control Freak has issues with procrastination when it comes to writing. The main reason....I love to read. I mean, I LOVE to read. So, while I'm sitting here after a long day of work and trying to relax, I will start a new book and enjoy the world it takes me to.

What I sometimes fail to do, is sit down in front of the computer and delve into the world of my characters and their love and life, troubles and sorrows. By the time I get ready to write again, my internal deadline clock says I have to write for eight hours straight, without food or drink. That I must suffer for my craft and write the entire story in a day. That's just no good for anyone - including the people who purchase and read my stories.

Therefore, I'm turning over a new leaf. Starting today. This is going to be really good and I'm excited to get started. 

Wish me luck my friends!!

Love and Hugs,

Heaven on Earth, Book 2 - Redemption

The second story in the Heaven on Earth series. Redemption, which is Ethan's story, explains his past and helps us understand why he had such a connection to Adele Woolner from Escape to Heaven. Ethan is a character that I love so much. He is genuinely a good guy, but his life was negatively impacted by the death of his sister. 

It was cathartic to write his story. It felt good to give more background on the five brothers who saved Adele and gave her a family. For Ethan to finally find his own happily ever after was exactly what I needed.

When this novella was finally released for everyone, I was scared, nervous and excited all at the same time. Uncertain of what the reaction would be after all this time, I had idea if the story would be received and accepted the way I had intended.

The results so far? Amazing!!!

I am thankful for the readers that "get" me and understand the stories that I try to bring to life. The background of the characters I love to write, and the stories I create. So, enjoy Ethan's story. Learn more about the family and why their bond is so strong.

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Ethan Dickerson had experienced tragedy in his life. That one event changed him forever and the course of his life was set. He was a protector. His mission was to protect those who could not protect themselves. Becoming a Navy SEAL was the obvious choice for him and he was damn good at his job. 

Vanessa Baldwin was a widow with a young son. Her husband taken from her while serving his country in a desert so far away. Her heart was set against ever falling in love with another man who risked his life on a regular basis. Someone who could be taken away from her in the blink of an eye. 

Two scarred people trying to find their way in this world, find each other. As soon as he lays eyes on Vanessa, Ethan knows there is something special about the single mother. He is a man on a mission and his goal is Vanessa’s heart. A lifetime of loving her is the only option he’s willing to accept.

It’s time for Ethan to find his Redemption.

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Love and Hugs,

Saturday, February 15, 2014

A Valentine's Special - Native Hearts by RaeLynn Blue - Available for $0.99!

Happy Saturday! The Wonderful and Talented Ms. RaeLynn Blue has allowed me to share her latest release, Native Hearts, with all of you. This is a Contemporary, Interracial, Erotic Romance. For a limited time only, the story is available for a special Valentine's Price of $0.99!!! Read more below and then go get your copy!

Blurb: Lee Stone didn’t want a heart-shaped box of boring chocolates for Valentine’s Day. She didn’t want a trip to Vegas. She’d been there and done that. What she longed for was one Valentine’s Day that didn’t invite tragedy and chaos. The last three years with her boyfriend, Tank Begaye, had been host to a blizzard, a fire, and a heart attack. For once, she wanted to spend the day nestled in her lover’s arms.

Tank Begaye had weathered the long-distance relationship with Lee for years. Now, he meant to make her a permanent fixture in his life—as his wife. Avoiding the cliché Valentine Day’s proposals at restaurants and public landmarks, Tank knew exactly where to go—his family’s Hogan, deep in the heart of the Navajo Reservation. Surrounded by his ancestors’ spirits, he would ask Lee to join their family’s circle.

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© RaeLynn Blue 2014

Scarlet streaks flushed to pink and vibrant orange as the day bled from dawn to dusk. The colors painted the horizon along the burnt dust of the northern edge of the Navajo Nation’s reservation land. At over a mile high, this section of the high desert stretched out in all directions, racing toward its postcard edges. Picturesque, perfect, and patient, the land had witnessed death, destruction, and desperation. So why the H.E. double hockey sticks did Tank have her out here? The bright sunlight, crisp air, and fluffy white clouds belied the near twenty-three degree temperature. February became cold around these parts. The season didn’t care at all that today was Valentine’s Day.

Lee Stone frowned as the bite of another cold blast tore across the mesas and threatened to tear through her coat. Shuddering inside her parka, she could not fathom another Valentine’s Day mired in tragedy or random acts of chaos. Slivers of icy wind streaked through her ebony parka and her sweater, directly to her very bones. With her fingers growing numb inside her leather gloves, she yanked her hat farther down over her ears, and not for the first time, cursed the Valentine’s Day gods. It appeared that for the fourth year in a row, her sweetheart day would end in utter disaster. She looked around.

What could possibly be out here?

Biting her lip, she cast a glance at Tank Begaye. One eyeful of him never satisfied her. It never quenched her constant craving for him. His cowboy hat was tugged low over his eyes, and his arrow-straight black hair tied in a ponytail that hugged the nape of his neck. After four years, most couples’ fires had cooled to a comfortable temperature. Not theirs. Her desire burned blue-hot for him, just like the first day they met. Feeling the familiar tug of hunger skirt across her clit, she squeezed her thighs together before taking the next step forward. Her gaze moved downward from his neck to his leather-clad back, wide and delicious.

Whatever plans he had, she knew that the calloused hand of Fate would knock them off, scattering them into oblivion and the Navajo desert. They crested a ridge that looked out over the valley below. Speckled with Western-style houses, Hogans, and mobile homes, the sheep and yuccas outnumbered the living structures.

“Tank…” She detested the whine threading through her voice, but the suspense threatened to overtake her.

He gazed out toward the valley below and hummed. “It’s beautiful here.”

When she sighed, a stream of condensed air flew from her lips. They’d met at a freak party in Las Vegas and she’d lassoed his heart. He lived in Colorado and she resided in New Mexico. Each year they planned to meet on Valentine’s Day, and each year Fate fucked it up. The first year a blizzard tore through the Southwest and dumped a foot and a half of snow on the Four Corner region. The second year, a fire exploded in Tank’s ranch-style home the day before he’d planned to leave. Last year beat the mother of all tragedies. Tank’s ancient grandmother died two days before V-day. He was devastated. Maybe that was why he had them out here on the rez.

Road weary and exhausted from hiking through the high hills and low valleys of the reservation, Lee put her freezing hands into her pockets and fondled the thin, gift-wrapped box. She’d bought Tank a necklace, one with turquoise and silver crafted by a Zuni silversmith. As a Navajo, Tank had access to Native American crafts, but she’d had this piece crafted just for him. One of her students in Gallup was Zuni and her father a silversmith. Despite the cold outside burning her nose and making her ears sting, the gift warmed her.

“Where are we going?” she asked, calling above the sharp whistle of the wind.

He turned to her in that slow, seductive manner of his. “It’s a surprise.”

She bit back the retort she had in her throat. His sable-brown eyes peered out from beneath the shadow of his cowboy hat. Heat washed over her as if he’d touched her. Feeling better, Lee smiled and found her hope reassured. He did that all the time, sometimes with his voice over the cell phone, and other times with his eyes via Skype. The long distance between them had made maintaining their love a challenge, but when they were together, like this, it was all worth it—every mile, every minute, and every bit of money to keep and nurture what they had. She huddled deeper into her coat. Still, this hiking thing was not how she’d intended to spend her Valentine’s Day.

“This had better be good,” she mumbled.

He nodded and took her hand into his big one. His much larger hand engulfed hers.

“How much farther?”

“Just down this side path.” He inclined his head to the west.

Through the sparse grouping of trees, she saw the small, single-story structure. The door faced east, and puffs of fluffy smoke huffed out of a black circular chimney. Tank stepped in front of her, and led her down the narrow pathway that wound through the desert’s untamed brush. Lee had taught in New Mexico for the last fifteen years, so she recognized the Navajo Hogan when she saw it. A five-sided structure sat alone on the flattest section of the land. Packed adobe covered some of the walls, but harsh New Mexico winters had worn some of it down. The gusty winds whipped it down over the decades.

Lee had no idea what to expect and her feet failed to move. Tank must have felt her hand fall away, and he turned to her, concern on his face.

“What’s going on?” She couldn’t shake her rearing. There were places black folks just didn’t go. Besides, sacred places like Hogans and cemeteries were not normal destinations for Valentine’s Day.

Tank sighed. “It’s Valentine’s Day…”

“Not a sacred Navajo day…” she interjected.

He grinned at that. “No, no it isn’t.”


“So follow me and I’ll give you a surprise.”

~End Excerpt~

Love and Hugs,

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Starting 2014 Right and Getting My Mojo Back

It has been a long time since I last shared my thoughts with everyone through this blog. Let's just say, 2013 was a tough year and it was a long, hard road back to where I am today. As 2014 continues to pass us by, I've concluded that doing what I love and enjoy makes everything better. When I'm sitting in my office with my princess tiara perched on my head, a glass of wine in close proximity, and some good slow-jam music playing in the background, I feel as if everything is right in the world again.

I have missed my hero's and heroine's, the characters that have allowed me to connect with so many people around the world. It's amazing how one story can connect two people and when I'm the one writing the story, well, that makes me smile.

There are some wonderful things planned for 2014 and I can't wait to share my world with you again. January saw me participating in the Tall, Dark and Alpha promotion alongside so many other wonderful authors and friends. What a great way to get the year started off right! On February 8th, I appeared on the Drea and Milana Show, a Blogtalk Radio show, to talk about some of my favorite stories, the characters that I connected with the strongest, and what's coming next. In June 2014, the Beautiful Trouble Publishing Meet and Greet will be held in Austin, Texas and I am absolutely certain that it will be a weekend to remember. There will be more to come, so this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Valentine's Day is right around the corner and that holiday always brings out the romantic side of me. Reading has always been an escape for me and yes, I admit, there has been the occasion or two when I have fallen deeply, madly, truly in love with the male lead in a story. This year, I want to share that experience with all of you. Plus, this is the time for celebrating love and passion and good, old-fashioned sex, so why not share some of my favorite male leads with you again!

I have re-released some stories with new covers and I absolutely love them!  Dinner for Three, Change of Heart and Weekend Fling are back out there for everyone's enjoyment. Taylor's Gift, also a re-release, has been edited to give the reader a better reading experience and a stronger connection to the characters. I hope you enjoy reading these stories as much I enjoyed writing them.

Also, What Matters Most, a new story published through Shara Azod LLC will be coming soon and is planned for a February release. I've been wanting to write this story for more than a year and it's finally here! It's such a heartwarming story about a tough U.S. Marine and the single mother that steals his heart.  Don't worry, it also has some very sensual and sexy moments that I believe will be quite enjoyable!

So, Love and Romance are definitely in the air and will be coming your way soon. Stay tuned for more news, information, and more sharing of thoughts and progress on new stories. I will also have some friends stop by to say "Hello" to everyone and share what's going on with them this year!

Finally, I Love My Readers! You are the ones who make all of this worth it and I am so thankful you're here with me on this crazy, fun ride.

Love and Hugs,

Saturday, December 1, 2012


Hey Everyone!

When things get a little crazy in life, it's good to go back to what you know and love.  Life has been crazy and hectic in the world of Reana, but it feels good to sit back and take a breather.

Sometimes I want to do so much...but since I don't have a clone readily available, that's probably not going to happen.  Although, I "really" think someone should start working on that for me.  Because seriously....imagine all that I can do.  World Domination at my fingertips!!  Okay, I digress....

Writing is really very relaxing for me....let's ignore the fact that I haven't written more than three stories this entire year....I still love to do it.  When I can sit down at my desk and build a world that has strong women and irresistible men, then I'm a happy camper.  I can still remember each and every writing experience for every story I've published. 

The funnest part is deciding on the personality of the heroine.  Do I make her feisty or shy, is she a ball-buster or sugary-sweet?  Does she overcome adversity or is she kicking butt and taking names from the very beginning.  There are times I find myself laughing out loud when she's trading barbs with the hero.

Now the hero....Ahhh....that's a different story in itself.  My hero's can be chauvinist...overbearing....and just too damn demanding for their own good.  But, underneath all that "male-ness", there's one characteristic they all have - they're protectors.  Whether it's their family, their love, their children, or their country.  These men will give everything they have for the woman they love.  And THAT my friends, make them so amazing.

So, yes, I'm sitting her thinking of the stories I've written and all the stories that are still to come.  And yes, there will be more to come.


Sunday, March 4, 2012

Experience of a Lifetime

The weekend spent in North Carolina with the other BTP authors, Friends, and Readers was simply amazing.

In all honesty, I wasn't sure what to expect.  I was nervous, anxious, and so very excited all at the same time.  This was a group of women that I had spent the last few years getting to know by email, sharing our life's experiences, my stories of Alpha Males and badass heroine's, and hearing about their world and why my stories mattered to them.  To finally meet this women in person was an experience I will hold dear to my heart.

We laughed so much, my stomach was hurting from our antics.  The love and acceptance I felt from this group of amazing women was something to behold.  The only other time I've felt that level of immediate connection, love, and acceptance was in the Marines.  And you all know how much the Marines mean to me...We looked at each other and saw not only our Author personalities and online persona's, but the real person behind the characters we've grown to love so much.  We put faces to names and realized that we were all connected by a bond stronger than just reading books.

As a result of that weekend, I now "get" Shara Azod's amazing and sexy stories.  I understand the badass personalities of the leading ladies created by Jeanie Johnson and Jayha Leigh.  Janet Eckford and her wonderful prose....I'm even more connected to those stories now that I've met the author behind them.

RaeLynn Blue (love her smile)...Serenity King (Pocket Diva)...Savannah Frierson (she's so damn smart)...Nikki Winter (Young Padawan)...Drea Riley (her loving heart)...Elle D. Hayes (sophisticated lady)...Marteeka Karland (Who knew???)...and all the other readers and guest authors who helped us celebrate that weekend.

These amazing ladies were my sisters for an entire weekend.  And that is something I will never, ever forget.


Sunday, May 22, 2011

Today Was a Good Day....

Today was such a wonderful and sunny day, that I just had to enjoy it.  So, you know what I did?  I decided to get up off my happy-go-lucky ass and get out of the house for a bit.  First, me and two Principino's went to a 10:30am showing of the Pirates of the Caribbean.  We loved it...just the three of us hanging out, watching a good movie, and simply enjoying ourselves.  It was great.  We are all huge fans of Captain Jack Sparrow and the "Pirate" movies, so this was a good outing for us.

After that, my adult self said to me, "Reana, you should go shopping, maybe read a book, have a coffee, and just chill."  So guess what I did?  Exactly that!  I had on some nice weekend clothes -- not looking scruffy like usual -- and drove to one of the many local malls in the Northern Virginia area.  I walked around S-L-O-W-L-Y, really taking my time as if I didn't have a care in the world.  Looked in windows, went inside shops, tried on a few things I knew damn good and well I couldn't afford to buy.  Held a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes...knowing that I would have to sell my soul to own a pair -- yeah, I put those bad boys down quick.  Damn, to have the ability to pay that much for a pair of shoes.  Must be nice.

Starbucks was calling my name (of course) and enjoyed a cup hot coffee and read a couple of the short stories that were sitting on my e-reader.  It was nice.  No rushing around, no kids asking me for stuff, no hubby huffing and puffing because I was taking too long looking around a store.

Yeah, it was nice.  Sundays are usually my day to go out and just have me time.  We all need time to just regroup and get away from the hustle and bustle of home and work.  Taking our time strolling through the mall, even if you don't have enough money to buy all that you want, can actually be a very calming experience.  It was very nice and I think I'm going to plan a few more days like today.  Whether it be Saturday or Sunday, I'm not sure.  But I can tell you one thing, with summer soon upon us, "Reana Time" will become a regular catch-phrase in my house.