Naptime conversation with Brianna…

Let me start this by saying at bedtime and naptime, we sit in the rocker and read books and sing. Last night she plopped herself down in the middle of the rocker and said, “Sit with me.” To which I replied, “Okay, but you’re gonna have to scoot over because Mommy has a big butt.”

So today, I take Brianna up for a nap and the conversation goes something like this…

Brianna’s already in the chair and scooting over before I can say a word. She looks up at me and say, “Mommy has a big butt.”

I laugh. “Yes, baby, Mommy has a big butt.”

Firm nod. “Big butt. Do you have Daddy parts?”

“No, I have Mommy parts.”

“Do you have Daddy/Mommy parts?”

“No, just Mommy parts.”

She pauses. “Mommy parts?”

“Yes, Daddy has Daddy parts.”

“Oh, Daddy has little Daddy parts?”

At this point the conversation is over because I’m cackling and already blogging the conversation in my head.


Bonus conversation from yesterday. I’m changing a messy diaper (side note: WHEN will this child poop in the potty?).

“Ewww, you have a stinky diaper. Wooh. Oh ick, I got it on my finger.”

“Don’t wipe my butt with your finger, Mommy, wipe my butt with the wipes.”

Free Book Friday: The Lady and the Dragon by Shelley Bradley

Releasing next Tuesday, May 8th from Samhain Publishing.

A not-so-proper lady on a quest for freedom sneaks aboard the ship of an infamous privateer determined to save his brother—and resist love. Who will win this clash of wills?

A Runaway Heiress

When bold, beautiful Lady Christina Delafield discovered her overbearing grandfather planned to tame her at a Swiss finishing school, Christina stowed away on the first ship leaving London harbor, determined to make her own way in life. But the mysterious captain of the Dragon’s Lair was a seductive reason to relinquish her independence–and embrace desire.

A Gentleman Pirate

Drexell Cain had lived for four years as the merciless Black Dragon, the scourge of the seas. Bent on rescuing his brother from the British Navy, Drex would do anything to return him to his wife and son–even kidnap the Lord Admiral’s granddaughter for ransom. A lovely blonde stowaway was an unexpected complication, until he discovered her real identity–and her passionate claim on his heart.

This book is a re-release.

Okay, Free Book Friday is open to everyone, even if you’ve won before, if you’re an author, an editor or otherwise. You’re eligible! To be entered, just answer this question: What one author would you most like to meet and get a signed book from?

Thirteen people I met at RT

Thursday Thirteen

Clearly I met a LOT more than thirteen people and I’m going to probably offend someone by leaving them off the list. My humble apologies in advance. Also, I have pictures of some of these people but don’t have time to post them today. Later, hopefully this weekend 🙂

1. Linnea Sinclair. Hello, did you hear my fangirl squee across the continent? I got to have several conversations with her and if I didn’t have total fangirl adoration for her before, I sure as heck do now! She even invited me to come by and promo on her yahoo group.

I’m going to put Stacey Klemstein in with Linnea, because Linnea introduced us and Stacey gave me a copy of her book to read, which I started at the hotel and also read on the plane. You can see it on the sidebar to the right! Though I have an old copy, it’s being re-released by Echelon Press this summer (with a much better cover!).

2. HelenKay Dimon. Meeting a fellow blogger is always cool, even if she didn’t realize it was me she was meeting. And she said really nice things about me on her blog that made me blush.

3. Elizabeth Hoyt. I took her picture for Sybil. Don’t be jealous Sybil, she said she’s dying to meet you!

4. Richelle Mead. She’s so cute! A petite little redhead with the most gorgeous hair ever.

5. Jackie Kessler. For some reason, nothing like what I pictured her but she’s a small powerhouse of energy. I had my picture taken with Richelle and Jackie and I stood in the middle. I’m only 5’4″ (though I was wearing heels) and I TOWERED over them.

6. Vicki Pettersson. I loved her first book and own two copies of the second (one in ebook and one in paperback) but I haven’t gotten a chance to read it yet. She was very gracious to me when I came over and squeed at her about how much I enjoyed the first book. Then she told me I looked like someone famous but I can’t recall who she said, now.

7. Allison Brennan. What a funny and personable lady! I didn’t get to have any extensive conversation with her, but she was at my table in the bar chatting a few times. I bought a book from her at the book fair because I was so delighted by her effusive personality. She’s incredibly down-to-earth!

8. Several agents: Deidre Knight, Miriam Kriss (actually, I met her once before at NJRW), Laura Bradford and Scott Eagan. I had a great time to speaking to each of them, though I spent more time with some than with others, and I’m wowed by their insight into different aspects of the industry.

9. Kate Duffy of Kensington. Kate, Scott Eagan and myself sat on a panel at the aspiring authors workshop on Wednesday evening and answered questions. Kate Duffy is awesomely funny and has been in the business almost as long as I’ve been alive, I discovered. She is so straightforward and pulls no punches. I want to be here when I grow up!

10. Cindy Cruciger (aka FerfeLaBat). Yes, I finally met her though our conversation was way too brief. I blame her. Because I can.

11. Jim Butcher. Hello, he’s so funny in person. I didn’t make it to his workshop, though I so wanted to, but I did get into the bookfair early (the perks of being a publisher) and got to walk right up to his table and get a signed copy of the first book in the Dresden Files. He’s a riot and made me laugh in the 30 seconds I stood there.

12. Samhain authors and more Samhain authors! I refuse to name one for fear I forget five, there were a TON of our authors there and wow were they enthusiastic and supportive of us. Many of them showed up for our publisher spotlight on Friday and heckled us. It was fabulous and I adore each of them. I had a fantastic time talking with all of them. They’re truly amazing.

13. Readers of my blog. Several people came up and said they read my blog. *waving* Thanks for saying hi!

14. A bonus because I met the ladies behind a new publisher, Resplendence Publishing, and had quite a lovely chat with the Editorial Director, Jess. She has a two year old daughter and works from home, so I spent a lot of time commiserating with her, telling her it does get better, and encouraging her to start taking time for herself and setting work boundaries so she doesn’t burn out. I don’t think they’ve opened their doors yet (looking at their website it says October 2007), but I wish them the best of luck and I can’t wait to read what they have to offer!

Art smocks/Aprons for kids!

I’m posting this for my friend Penny, who’s a very talented seamstress and is trying to raise money for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation (see below). I’m getting one for Brianna and I hope someone out there will be interested in purchasing as well! Here’s what Penny has to say:

I have made up 2 different styles of artsmocks/ aprons. Reagan uses her Dora one as her ‘Spaghetti’ bib, she’ll also wear it if she’s eating a messy dinner, she won’t put on an old baby bib but she’ll wear this, so it’s a double purpose apron.

I am making these out of Quilt of Dreams fabric, it’s all bright fun colors and designs, 50 cents from each yard is donated straight back to St judes, I will be making girls, boys and gender neutral… I can’t show the specific fabric as they change it out a lot.

This is a fundraiser for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation, in memory of Jacob Duckworth… if you would like to read about this amazing little boy you can find his story at

I am selling these smocks/aprons for $15, I will ship anywhere in the U.S for free, for each one sold I am donating $5 to PCF.

Forms of payment accepted are PayPal…., personal check (orders will not be filled until the check has cleared) or cash.

To place an order please email me at, stating the style, for style B please add the clothing size that your child is currently wearing, and whether you want a boy or girl fabric, if fabric style is not stated then it will be a gender neutral fabric.

Here’s what I’m offering:


Excerpt: Long Hard Ride by Lorelei James

One lucky woman…three sexy cowboys…she’s in for the ride of her life!

Long Hard Ride
(c) 2007 by Lorelei James
Contemporary Western Red Hot Romance
Available now from Samhain Publishing

Channing Kinkaid itches for a change; a wild western adventure with an untamed man. Determined to shed her inhibitions and embrace the steamier, seamier side of life, she sets her sights on hooking up with a real chaps-and-spurs-wearing cowboy.

Enter Colby McKay—bull rider, saddle bronc buster and calf roper. From the moment he sets lust-filled eyes on the sweet and fiery Channing, he knows he’s found the woman who’s up to the challenge of cutting loose. What rough and rowdy cowboy could resist a no-holds-barred sexual romp with a sassy young thing starring as his personal buckle bunny?

Intrigued by Channing’s bold proposition of horsing around on the road, Colby impulsively sweetens the deal; sexual escapades not only in his bed, but in the bedrolls of his rodeo traveling partners, Trevor and Edgard.

Although Channing’s secretly longed to be the sole focus of more than one man’s passions, Colby’s demand for complete submission behind closed doors will test her willful nature.

Can Channing give up total control? Especially when not all is as it seems with the sexy trio? Or will the cowboys have to break out the bullropes and piggin’ string to break in this headstrong filly?

Warning: This title contains the following: lots of explicit sex, going strong long after the cows come home, graphic language that’d make your mama blush, light bondage with bullropes, ménage a trois, and – yee-haw! – hot nekkid cowboy man-love.


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