Monday, January 28, 2008

Panning for Fool's Gold

I'm a bit late in announcing this but Fool's Gold is now available from Cobblestone Press!

I'm so excited about this release! This story was inspired by the beautiful cover, designed by Sable Grey, and my love of the legend of the Lost Dutchman Mine. I think I heard the original story at my father's knee, then my interest was piqued from television shows and a young adult mystery I read (sorry I don't remember the title and it is probably l-o-n-g out of print).

Somehow all that meshed into Rae & Mica's story...I hope you enjoy the following exclusive excerpt from Fool's Gold.


At noon they stopped next to a small stream to rest the horses and eat. Under normal conditions, Rae would have enjoyed the scenery. The rock walls of the canyon rose high above them, and one or two windblown trees leaned almost to the ground. At the moment, there wasn’t even a breeze, and she was suddenly reminded of Iraq and the silence right before a raid. Sweat coursed down her back, and a fly buzzed next to her ear. She swatted it away and heard a faint musical sound. She tipped her head when she heard it again. It was the echo of water dripping into a subterranean basin.

Hawke had dismounted and was busy filling a foldaway water bowl with water for his horse. Rae slid off Sunny and pulled a similar bowl out of her saddlebag. She glared at Marcus and Sue Ellen, who had dismounted and left their horses standing in the hot sun. She grabbed all of their reins and led them to the sparse shade.
What in the hell had she been thinking? She’d hoped to lead them close enough to the mine so that she could find it again by herself. And look what had happened. She knew better. Nothing good ever came from greed. It was all just a pipe dream. A dream that could have gotten them all killed.

Marcus and Sue Ellen went off hand in hand to explore a nearby cave, giggling like teenagers in love. She could only hope a big old mountain lion had taken refuge in the cave and would scare some sense into them.

Rae and Hawke manhandled Jason off his horse and laid him out flat on the ground. His leg looked worse. The skin was dead white and cold to the touch. The break must have cut off the circulation. If they didn’t get him back to civilization soon…
Jason moaned, and his eyelids fluttered. Rae dumped some of her water into his mouth causing him to gasp.

“We need to go back,” Hawke said to the prone man. “You could convince them to turn around before it’s too late.”

“No,” Jason said. “I want to go on. I want to find the gold.”

“You are crazier than they are.” Rae shook her head. “You’ll be lucky if they can save your leg after this.”

“I’ll deal with that when the time comes. You just worry about getting us to the mine.”

“Well, at least take this for the pain.” Rae poured two pills out of a bottle and offered them to Jason.

“What is it?”

“Tylenol with codeine. It’ll at least take the edge off.” Rae told him. She should know, for she had to take it herself every so often. Not for the part of her arm left, but for her missing hand. It was called phantom limb pain, and it was excruciating. Cramped fingers, a palm that felt as if she’d been clenching her fists so hard her fingernails had dug into the flesh. And pain from an old case of carpal tunnel syndrome would seize the muscles in her wrist.

“So, why are you so determined to turn back? Don’t tell me you don’t believe there’s gold. Experts at the museum even said there was.” Jason winced as he shifted his leg.
At that moment, Marcus and Sue Ellen rejoined them.

“There’s never been any doubt these mountains are rich in minerals. Finding them is easy, it’s getting the gold out. That’s the hard part,” Rae said.

“Why is that? You just carry it.” Marcus laughed.

“Well, for one, gold is heavy. The water we’re carrying weighs about 8 pounds a gallon, the same amount of gold would weigh one hundred sixty pounds.”

“Oh my. How many ounces are in one hundred sixty pounds?” Sue Ellen’s face lit up. “We’ll be rich.”

Rae wanted to reach out and shake the woman senseless.

“Not only is the weight of the gold a problem,” Hawke added. “There’s also the complication of the guardians.”

“The what?” Marcus asked.

“The mine is located on Apache holy ground. Legend has it there are guardians who prevent anyone from finding and desecrating the site.”

“Oh, what nonsense,” Sue Ellen exclaimed. “Indians are extinct.”

Rae nearly laughed but covered it with a strangled cough.

“Native Americans,” Hawke stressed the term, “still live in almost every state in the nation. They are certainly not extinct.”

“Well, we have guns, and I want that gold.” Sue Ellen’s blue eyes narrowed, and Rae had the sudden impression of a pit bull wearing lipstick. God help whichever man ended up with her at the end of this little adventure.

“So, let’s go,” Marcus said.

“You ready?” Rae looked at Jason. His eyes were dull, and she hoped the pain medication had kicked in enough to allow him to travel in relative comfort. She didn’t even want to think about trying to get him out of the mountains. If the search party found them soon enough, he could be airlifted out.

She couldn’t’ worry about it now.

Hawke and Marcus lifted Jason back onto the horse, and Hawke used rope to secure the injured man. As they all began to mount their horses, a strange sound echoed off the walls of the canyon.

“What the hell?” Marcus said.

Rae and Hawke exchanged a long look before she finally answered Marcus’ question.

“Shotgun,” Rae said quietly.

A chill finger of fear crept down her spine. They weren’t alone.


Fool’s Gold is dedicated to my partners in crime, D.L. Browne, Mr. Thrilling, and the rest of the gang — may your road to publication be paved with many acceptances.

Monday, January 21, 2008

San Francisco Here I Come!

I am totally jazzed. The Romance Writers of America (RWA) annual convention is "right up the street" from me this year (about 6 hours, but hey!). Registration is now open and this morning, despite my internet connection being slower than sludge, I registered! And made hotel reservations...all while doing the happy dance in front of my monitor.

I'll have to decide, in the very near future, if THIS is the year I do an editor pitch...what that really means is...IS THIS the year I write a full-length novel? Tough question.

What about you? Are you going to the convention? I'm hoping to see lots of online friends there and hopefully make a slew of new ones!

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Isn't it romantic?

Here's the proposed cover art I received this morning for my upcoming release from Dark Eden Press.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

WICKED? Not --

Unfortunately my little tale is W-a-y too long for a WICKED submission.

But I'm really lovin' this tale! I'm a little over half done. I won't finish the first draft by today, I'm hoping to type THE END by Friday.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Chatting at Kwips and Kritiques Today

Get onboard the
Morgan Party Train!
As we take over Kwips and Kritques
this Saturday
And we're not coming alone
We're Conga-ing along
with some of our best friends!
But will they claim us when the lamp shades go on?

Join Morgan O’Reilly and J. Morgan
Along with Skylar Sinclair, Barbara Edwards, Ericka Scott,
Aubrey Leatherwood, Savannah Chase, Helen Ravell, Sutton Fox,
Cassandra Gold and Qwillia Rain.

At http://groups. group/CK2SKwipsa ndKritiquesBookC lub/
this Saturday from 1pm est-10pm est

So get to the back of the party train
and do the Morgan Two Step.
No Macarena's please!
But you better watch out!
Kwips Karaoke is on
The menu!

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Have Photoshop, will design

We got rid of a few computers over the holidays (can you really ever have too many?) a result, we ended up with a spare license of Photoshop. My husband gave it to me to put on my computer.

Oh my!

As a result, I played around until about 2 am one night working on the header graphic. I've finally ended up with something I really like...I've also figured out how to do banners (static and animated) -- fun stuff!

So, over the next few months, I'm going to be unveiling a new look -- I'm starting at my blog, tackling MYSpace next, and then finishing with my website. Hope you like it.

UPDATE: MYSPACE has been converted! I added my book covers and am going to add one more section dedicated to the most current release (NOT until Wicked is written! -- plus I have a shifter idea that needs some more percolation)

Monday, January 7, 2008

Book In a Week

Well, Deanna Lee at Cobblestone Press threw down the gauntlet and I'm going to take up the challenge. Heck, I have to. I feel like I haven't written anything in so long that if I don't pick up a pen now, I might never pick it up again! Scary feeling.

So...I'll keep you posted here and on the writer's goals blog...

Now, I just have to see how Wicked I can write!

And in conjunction with the new line, there's a contest for authors not published with Cobblestone Press yet!

Wicked Line
Length: 5 to 10k
Contest : January 2 – 19, 2008

Be wicked for us. We're looking for short story erotica with a very high level of sexual content within five to ten thousand words. HEA or romantic content not required. First and third person accepted (male or female POV).

First place winner will receive a standard contract, first publication slot for the Wicked Line and $100.

Other entries will be considered for publication.

Contest open to all authors currently unpublished with Cobblestone Press, LLC.

We are interested in the following genres: contemporary, historical, paranormal, BDSM, multicultural, science fiction, and fantasy.

Absolutely no fan fiction, forced seduction, rape, purple prose, pedophilia, incest, bodily functions, snuff, bestiality, and necrophilia.

Submissions should be sent to:

So...what are you waiting for? Get have until the 19th!

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Polls, Words in Motion, and Contests...oh my!

Don't forget that the Preditors and Editors polls are currently open for voting! Turn out and show your support for your favorite magazines, authors, publishers, cover artists, and more!

Cobblestone Press is currently hosting a Words In Motion event! It's an online conference and full of exciting information for writers and readers!

As part of the conference, I'm running a Less than a Latte contest. As you know, many e-books cost less than your favorite coffee house beverage. So, stop by the conference to enter. Or check out the contest page on my website for an alternate way of entering!