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After Midnight - Black Phoenix #1

Re-edited, revised edition October 2013

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July 23, 2013

Sarah Grimm's Clearing House "Sweep"stakes!

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Winners, randomly drawn are: Kim Urban and NoraA. 
Look for an email in your inbox coming from me today.

If you friended (http://www.facebook.com/AuthorSarahGrimm) or liked (http://www.facebook.com/SarahGrimm.Author) me on Facebook then you may have seen that I am on a cleaning/reorganizing binge.

A few weekends ago I announced to my husband that I hated our living room furniture and wanted new furniture. Surprisingly, he agreed. This led to cleaning out the living room, painting it, moving furniture from dining room/computer room into living room and quite honestly, a bit of a chaotic mess around here.

I’d love to tell you that everything is back to normal, but…the most I can say is the new furniture is here and I’m thrilled to realize that I will get my own writing space out of this. No more writing at the kitchen table for me. Woot! What does this mean for you, my readers and friends? I’m glad you asked.

While cleaning out the corners and hidey holes I discovered two zippered tote bags from my trip to Romantic Times Booklovers Convention this year. Two untouched totes that we received when we checked in. And guess what? I’ve decided to gift them to two (2) lucky readers. Because I also realized I have too many print copies of my contemporary romance, After Midnight, I’ll include a signed copy of the book in each bag.

What do you have to do to be in the drawing for these goodie filled totes? Well, that depends on how many times you would like to be entered. Entering is easy, it’s fun, and you can do it via the Rafflecopter form below.

Good luck! And hey, help me spread the word will you?

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July 19, 2013

Hot Summer Romance Giveaway Hop

Update: I mistakenly told random.org to choose 4 winners, so we'll go with that! :)
Winners, randomly drawn are: Nikki McCarver, strawberryrose, Silvia Fugate and Mel Bourn. Look for an email from me coming to your inbox today.

Welcome to the Hot Summer Romance Giveaway Hop!
Up for grabs on this hop are:

1. A Kindle Fire
2. $50 Amazon.com gift certificate

Winners will be will be selected from post comments via random number generation so be sure and LEAVE A COMMENT.

Also, I will be giving away three (3) eCopies of my book,

Thanks for visiting!

Today I thought I would talk a little bit about my favorite type of romance hero: The Damaged Hero

They draw us in with their gut-wrenching pasts and their painful presents - the lost soul, so damaged by the million different things life has thrown at him he grows defeated, feels adrift and unworthy. We love their stories, no matter how painful or bittersweet. We yearn to see them find happiness as they travel down that long, difficult road toward happily-ever-after.

With a damaged hero, what you see on the outside is never what you get on the inside. The damaged hero feels deeply and I think that’s one of the reasons he appeals to female readers. I know when I read about a damaged hero I want to nurture and ‘heal’ him. I just can’t help myself.

There are many types of damaged heroes:

• Scarred - A scarred hero has visible damage. His body has suffered a lot and is usually covered in scars. The loss of his looks is a real blow for this type of hero.

• Wounded – A wounded hero can also have scars, but he also has physical damage. He has lost one or more of his senses, suffers disabling headaches or is dealing with lost or limited mobility.

• Tortured – A tortured hero is a damaged hero at the end of his rope. He is at his lowest point. He believes himself unworthy of love, most likely from being emotionally or mentally abused at some point in his life.

• Tragic – A tragic hero is an emotionally damaged hero. He’s lost family, friends, careers, purpose, and drive. He doesn’t want to/can’t possibly love again for losing that love just might kill him.

• Burdened – A burdened hero is a damaged hero who acts alone. His experiences in life have shown him he can’t trust others. A burdened hero may be harboring a deep, dark secret. He could be seeking vengeance, revenge, or absolution.

From my own writings, Sergeant Justin Harrison in NOT WITHOUT RISK is a wounded hero. A San Diego homicide detective, Justin is all cop. It’s all he knows, everything he is. His job defines him. Or so he believes, until the day a long-legged brunette stumbles into his crime scene and tips his world off its axis. Struggling against lingering physical limitations from taking a bullet, the last thing Justin wants is an unwelcome attraction. But as he works to uncover the identity of the person who killed her friend and is now threatening her life, Justin discovers Paige Conroy is exactly what he needs.

Who are some of your favorite damaged heroes?



Friday Quickie

25 quickie facts about Jackie Weger 

Birthday? May 23rd.
Favorite color? Red.
Favorite animal? Shrek.
Siblings? All beamed up.
Favorite drink? Coffee, especially Costa Rican.
If you were a jelly bean flavor, what flavor would you be? Watermelon.
Favorite author? Hundreds—whoever wrote the book I’m reading at the moment.
Favorite dish? Fresh crowder peas and cornbread.
Ice cream flavor? Vanilla.
Favorite Season? Fall, because no matter where in the world I am, Fall is nice.
Plotter or pantser? Panster, until I get stuck—then I plot.
Hobbies? Crabbing in Matagorda, growing veggies.
Dream vacation? A week in the Louvre.
Favorite TV show? Swamp People.
Musical preference? Zydeco, Blues.
Pet peeve? Know-it-alls.
Favorite place to write? My writing cave.
Favorite song? Amazing Grace in Cajun French.
Odd family fact? 17th direct descendant of a signer of the Declaration of Independence.
Unforgettable moment? First time I was kissed.
Favorite Superhero? Zorro
Spicy or not? Spicy
Cat or dog? Dog
Favorite candy bar? Heath Bar
Favorite guilty pleasure? Won’t tell you.

Summarize your book Twitter style – 140 characters or less: 

Cleo Anderson, torn by shame must choose between a life lived in guilt or a future Beyond Fate.


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July 16, 2013

HER SISTER by Karen Rose Smith

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Clare's little sister, Lynnie, was abducted twenty-seven years ago. Now the retired detective who has never been able to let go of the cold case has a lead. Lynnie could be alive!

Clare's neighbor, Joe, an occasional friend until now, gives her support and...wants more than friendship.

Clare's mom, Amanda, thrown together again with her ex-husband into a crisis discovers forgotten love beneath the regrets.

Clare's sixteen year old daughter, Shara, decides to run from her problems instead of facing them.

 A devoted sister, a turmoiled mom and a rebellious daughter find their way back to each other in this contemporary ebook about three generations who discover love can knit their family back together again.


Stepping closer, keeping his eyes on hers, Joe took her by the shoulders. "You can't solve your parents' problems, but you can let them help you. You can be here for Shara. You've got to keep the best possible outlook on this, not the worst, and you'll be able to keep in touch with your parents to know what's happening every step of the way. That's what cell phones and texting are for, right?"

Thinking about it, Clare found herself biting her lower lip, feeling younger than she was, feeling uncertain about everything.

"Your parents probably don't know how much they hurt you. Have you ever told them?"

She'd let a little of that come out today. Still … "How could I tell them when they were hurting so badly because Lynnie was gone. I let some of my feelings slip today. They seemed shocked, actually shocked. Are they really so clueless?"

"They're human, Clare. They've tried to do their best, but that just wasn't enough with you. You have to decide if you're going to forgive them and move out of this, or if you're always going to hold bitterness toward them."

She saw the look in his eyes and the road she should take. "You're going to tell me bitterness is only going to hurt me, not them."

"No, I’m not. It will hurt all of you."

His eyes were so kind and compassionate that she found tears coming to hers. Blinking hard, she tried to turn away. But instead of letting her, he pulled her into a hug and he held her tight.


Award-winning author Karen Rose Smith was born in Pennsylvania. Although she was an only child, she remembers the bonds of an extended family. Since her father came from a family of ten and her mother, a family of seven, there were always aunts, uncles and cousins visiting on weekends. Family is a strong theme in her books and she suspects her childhood memories are the reason.

In college, Karen began writing poetry and also met her husband to be. They both began married life as teachers, but when their son was born, Karen decided to try her hand at a home-decorating business. She returned to teaching for a while but changes in her life led her to writing romance fiction. Now she writes romances and mysteries full time. She has sold 82 novels since 1991.

Presently, she is hard at work on a three-book series for Harlequin Special Edition as well as a three-book mystery series for Kensington.

Married to her college sweetheart since 1971, believing in the power of love and commitment, she envisions herself writing relationship novels, both romance and mystery, for a long time to come!

Websites: http://www.karenrosesmith.com/ and http://www.karenrosesmithmysteries.com/ 
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July 10, 2013

Sarah, Where Have You Been?

I've been a bad blogger, but I promise to get better. What has kept me away from the computer these past few weeks? A lot of things...

I quit my day job a while back, and went to work with my husband. He (we) have a family business doing boat repair and since I was majorly unhappy at my day job, which led to stress at home, I threw in the towel and decided to help hubs out. Of course at the time I thought that would lead to more time to spend writing and 'chatting' online with my readers. *Sarah falls off chair laughing* Yeah, that didn't happen. But hey, the stress is waaayyy less now so that's fantastic!

Things are beginning to slow down for me as he moves into a time of year were the most I can do to help is run for parts, but alas, I'm still busy. I've been rearranging the house, moving furniture, painting and cleaning. I convinced hubs we needed new living room furniture the other day and he convinced me we needed a new TV. LOL  The great part of this is I WILL FINALLY GET MY OWN WRITING SPACE!

Wow, can you tell I'm psyched? I'm thinking I may get this desk since our home was built in 1868 so storage is always an issue. What do you think?

I don't want it against a wall, but facing the room so I like that no one will see what I have stashed in it since, let's face it, it won't look so organized or pretty if I'm using it to write. 

So that's what I've been up to. I hope you're all having a wonderful summer. I'll be back soon, I promise. After all I have to get ready for MIDNIGHT HEAT's November release, don't I? (yay!!)

July 8, 2013

Cover Reveal: Forever Freed by Laura Kaye

A heart can break, even one that no longer beats. I stalk my new neighbors, a single mother and her child, drawn by the irresistible scent of their joy and love. I crave their blood, starved for some healing respite from my ancient guilt and grief. Now to lure them into my grasp.

But they surprise me. Little Olivia accepts me without fear--talking, smiling, offering innocent affection that tugs at my long-lost humanity. Her mother, Samantha, seeks me out when she should stay away, offering sweet friendship, and tempting the forgotten man within me. They lure me instead.

Ah, Dio, Lucien, run and spare them while you can...


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Other stores to follow!


The bedroom door had barely clicked behind me when Samantha grabbed and shoved me toward the bed. I fell backward, and she was on top of me, clawing at my clothes and ripping off her own. Whatever had been going on with her all day was now clearly finding a release.


She kissed me roughly and shoved her tongue into my mouth. I groaned and pushed her back. Though we french kissed all the time, I generally kept her out of my mouth.


Finally, she stilled. With her hands braced on my shoulders, her eyes burned down into mine. Her anger squeezed my chest. Her voice was strained. “Lucien, we’ll talk later. I promise. But right now I want you, and I need you. And I need you to know it, feel it.” Her words clarified little, but I nodded.

She unleashed herself on me, kissing and licking and roughly nipping at my upper body all while maintaining eye contact. I thrust my hips into her when she lingered over my Blood Mark. I finally had to grab her hair and tug her attention away from it.

With a groan, she reached a hand down between her legs and worked herself as she devoured me. When I realized what she was doing, I moaned and gripped her shoulders and rolled on top of her.

I grabbed her hand and pulled it to my mouth, then noisily sucked on her wet fingers. I groaned at the sweet nectar of her arousal.

“You see what you do to me, Lucien? What only you do to me?” she rasped. “Take me, Lucien. I’m yours,” she offered as she planted her feet flat on the mattress and pushed herself up forcefully against my erection.

Her aggression spurred mine, and I grunted. “You want me?” I asked as I ground myself against her wetness. She ran a hand over the bedspread and found the packet she’d apparently laid out earlier. She slid herself against me as she opened it and then rolled on the condom. “God, yes,” she whimpered.

I plunged forward and filled her in one hard stroke. She screamed and wrapped herself around me. Hard breaths and grunts and strained curses in two languages filled the room as we battled through Samantha’s emotions with our bodies. She kissed me roughly and dug her nails into my flesh. The physical pain mingled with her radiating pleasure to coax what I was sure was going to be one of the most intense orgasms I’d ever experienced.

She came in a frenzy of screams and muscle contractions. And then bit against the taut skin at the base of my neck. Hard.

My fangs and release shot out at the same time. I growled and in a blur turned my head in search of my biceps. I missed the tender skin of her shoulder by a hair as the urge to bite down became irresistible.

Finally, I willed my fangs to retract and licked at the wound I’d made on my arm, then slid down a little and laid my head on her heaving breasts.

“I love you,” I whispered breathlessly.

She hugged my shoulders and combed her fingers through my hair. “I love you, too.” We lay together, panting, for a long time. “Lucien?” I lifted my head off her chest to look at her. “I’m ready to talk now.”

Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a dozen books in contemporary and paranormal romance. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

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July 5, 2013

Friday Quickie: Tina Gayle

25 quickie facts about Tina Gayle:

Birthday? September 5
Favorite color? Purple
Favorite animal? Elephants – have a number of small figurines
Siblings? Three sisters. I’m the youngest
Favorite drink? Sweet iced tea
If you were a jelly bean flavor, what flavor would you be? wild strawberry
Favorite author? So many, it is hard to name just one.
Favorite dish? Ice Cream flavor? vanilla with Heath chips
Favorite season? Spring
Plotter or Pantser? Plotter
Hobbies? Gardening, reading, golfing
Dream vacation? Playing golf in Ireland
Favorite TV show? Castle
Musical preference? Country
Pet peeve? Hot Flashes – why do we need them?
Favorite place to write? My office
Favorite song? “I Will Always Love You” by Dolly Parton
Odd family fact? My great grandmother was a Native American Indian but we can’t prove it.
Unforgettable moment? Receiving a rose for the sale of my first book.
Favorite Superhero? Thor
Spicy or not? Spicy
Cat or Dog? Dog
Favorite candy bar? Heath bar
Favorite guilty pleasure? lemon bars

Summarize your book Twitter style – 140 characters or less: 

Sylvia faces the challenges of learning to live alone and move on with her life. Can Vince convince her to give love another chance?


Find out more about Tina Gayle at www.tinagayle.net