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*Sigh* That's about all I can say. For Goodness Sake People! It's 2017!! How? How can there still be entire countries and groups of people who refuse to accept that love, in all it's wonderful configurations is okay?

I've been online so rarely I can't even tell you I'm going to be posting here, or on my blogspot site, or on my website. But I'm playing around with Dreamwidth again (and dang it, why are there double entries to everything???? Oh, I get it, time zone. Grrrrr.) I'll fix it up later. After I finish writing this story.

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We’ve taken a dip downward in the temps lately, so I’m happy to welcome Joe Cosentino with the release of book three in the popular Cozzi Cove series. Cozzi Cove: Stepping Out, available from NineStar Press and other eRetailers.

Ready to join the fun as Joe discusses the writing of this popular series? Look at that cover – of course you are. 🙂

COZZI COVE: STEPPING OUT – the third novel in the Cozzi Cove series by JOE COSENTINO, published by NineStar Press

NineStar Press: http://ninestarpress.com/product/cozzi-cove-stepping-out/
Amazon: http://myBook.to/Cozzi_Cove_SO
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/cozzi-cove-joe-cosentino/1125465976?ean=2940153954615

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Or so everyone keeps telling me. Now, to really impress me let's have it be 2017! It's the new 2014! Because that's how behind I truly feel. But hey, no whining. Life is chugging along, the writing is chugging along, and I have great hopes that someday I'll figure how to get a handle on this editing thing without really being able to see my words.


I had great hopes for the new year and my social media feeds, but in the end, it appears that I'm still putting my main focus on writing and learning appropriate visual adaptations in that area. Social media is fun, but if you love me, you email me or nudge me on Twitter. Anything else is hit or miss at best.


But enough about that, let's talk about you! How's your New Year going? Winter? Friends and favorite authors? What's ahead for you this year that has you excited? Take a sec and share what you're up to in 2017. Or, what year you wish it really was.

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Special Notice: Despite our hopes for a joyous start to the New Year, 2016 ended with a bitter taste in the mouths of romance authors and readers alike. Please, until I get a chance to remove any and all links that lead to the All Romance Ebook website, purchase your reading from Amazon or directly from the publisher.


My gratitude to all the publishers, including Dreamspinner Press for honoring pre-order and prior purchases of their books made at All Romance. If you lost your library when All Romance closed down visit the publisher website or their social media feeds to discover options available.
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Drama Cruise

Or at least with DRAMA CRUISE. Book 3 of the Nicky and Noah mystery series. The perfect winter getaway for this holiday season.

Theater professors and couple, Nicky Abbondanza and Noah Oliver, are going overboard as usual, but this time on an Alaskan cruise, where dead college theatre professors are popping up everywhere from the swimming pool to the captain’s table. Further complicating matters are Nicky’s and Noah’s parents as surprise cruise passengers, and Nicky’s assignment to direct a murder mystery dinner theater show onboard ship. Nicky and Noah will need to use their drama skills to figure out who is bringing the curtain down on vacationing theatre professors before it is lights out for the handsome couple. You will be applauding and shouting Bravo for Joe Cosentino’s fast-paced, side-splittingly funny, edge-of-your-seat entertaining third novel in this delightful series. Curtain up and ship ahoy!


Available from:

myBook.to/DramaCruise

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/Drama+Cruise+JOe?_requestid=1795262


I'm excited to welcome Joe to the blog today to share with us a little about this exciting new addition to the series.


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I know, I know. *Sigh* How many times have I popped online, realized how long it's been since I've posted, wept, beat my chest, and then swore to do better.

Okay, please. Don't answer that question.

I'll spare you all the recriminations and just say: Yeah, we've been busy Chez Munder. No excuse for neglect, but it is what it is.

But it's the end of the year, and the lovely, open slate of promise of a NEW YEAR lies ahead. Are you excited? I sure am. This year I'm focusing on three main questions as I reflect on time past and what's ahead:


  • What do I want to do in 2017?

  • What do I want to be in 2017?

  • How do I want to feel in 2017?


Keeping it simple, baby.
How about you? Setting goals for new adventures or hiding your head and hoping when you lift the covers you'll find yourself back in August?
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I haven't had a chance to pull links for the following websites, but if you'd like to follow the One Pulse Authors as they post over the next couple of weeks here we be:

Schedule:
Monday 9/19 - The Novel Approach - Alicia Nordwell
Tuesday 9/20 - Kimmers' Erotic Book Banter - J.C. Long
Wednesday 9/21 - MM Good Book Reviews - John Amory
Thursday 9/22 - Diverse Reader - Grace R. Duncan
Thursday 9/22 - Gay Book Reviews - Dev Bentham
Friday 9/23 - Prism Book Alliance - Felicitas Ivey
Saturday 9/24 - Boy Meets Boy - Renee Stevens
Sunday 9/25 - Bayou Book Junkie - M.A. Church
Monday 9/26 - Tammy's Two Cents - Elizabeth Noble
Tuesday 9/27 - Two Chicks Obsessed with Books and Eye Candy - Bree Cariad
Wednesday 9/28 - Scattered Thoughts - Jon Keys
Wednesday 9/28 - Tammy's Two Cents - Jayce Ellis
Thursday 9/29 - My Fiction Nook - M.T. Aspen
Friday 9/30 - Open Skye - Edmond Manning
Saturday 10/1 - Wicked Reads - Lila Leigh Hunter
Sunday 10/2 - Love Bytes - Chrissy Munder
Sunday 10/2 - Alpha Book Club - Caitlin Ricci



Be sure to pick up your copy of the One Pulse Benefit Anthology from Dreamspinner Press, Amazon, All Romance Ebooks, or your favorite eRetailer.
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Forget my shock and dismay September 19th is here already, [how many shopping days until Christmas??]]. The One Pulse Benefit Anthology is here and ready for the top of your gift-giving list. One copy for you, and one for each of the MM Romance lovers in your life.

Stories drive life. Sometimes life is good; sometimes life is bad. But it’s the nature of our community that in the aftermath of an act of hatred, we respond with love. Because darkness cannot exist in the presence of light. Cruelty cannot stand against compassion. Negativity will never overcome hope.

To show our support for those affected by the Orlando shooting, our authors, editors, artists, and staff have volunteered their talents to create this anthology. All proceeds will be donated to LGBT organizations in central Florida. Join us as we celebrate the triumph of love over every obstacle.

available from Dreamspinner Press

Includes my short story, EVERYTHING I NEED

Joshua would be happy to run off to Vegas to marry his fiancé, but Michael’s big family expects him to follow tradition with an equally big wedding—even though he’s marrying another guy.
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Wheeeeeoooooooo! Before I start this post let's pause and take a deep inhale -- ready?-- Breath In--a little more--a little more---Hold it!  Now, let it go in a big whoosh, feeling your shoulders drop--E---x---h---a--l---e. Feel any better? I sure do.




Is anyone else saying "thank goodness it's almost September"?. Normally I'd be panicking up a storm so much time has passed already in this year. But, as you might have been able to tell from my erratic online presence, I'm ready for this summer to be over. It seems like Chez Munder has been racing around since the end of May, and baby, we're tired. It's been festive, don't get me wrong. But unlike a kid dragging their feet at the back to school sales, I'm eagerly anticipating the return of my regular routines.



Somehow in the midst of all the chaos I managed to produce a story available in the Dreamspinner Press One Pulse Anthology in September. More details on that will follow. But for right now, I just wanted to wave hello! and share a deep breath while I put away the flip-flops and get ready for fall.

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Whereever your travels take you this summer:

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I hope you saved some money this holiday weekend. It's time to go shopping!!!

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Happy May 19th everyhone! Yes, it's #NationalNotebookDay and it's kind of like Cinco de Mayo for stationery lovers. Basically just a big ol' party Complete with margaritas if you are so inclined. We've had a lot going on Chez Munder, including FatBoy Kitty once again being ill and needing lots of time and attention, but I wanted to hop on and share my latest love in honor of this oh so momentous day. It's the Filofax Refillable Notebook. Available on Amazon in a great collection of sizes and colors! (pretty!pretty!) and in this clip, reviewed by Brian Goulet of Goulet Pens.



Did this video review make your heart beat faster? Can you imagine the possibilities? Wouldn't this make a great bullet type journal? A story notebook? A meal or fitness planner? Webinar or class notebook? With great colors, dividers, and refillable pages of all kinds (lined, graph, and blank), honestly, what's not to love? Are you celebrating #NationalNotebookDay? Do you have a favorite notebook you couldn't live without? Let me know!
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I may be just a little giddy with the lack of snow AND the improved health of the FatBoy Kitty, but the switch is going to flip, and it's going to be 80 degrees and mid-summer before I know it. At least, that was my excuse for trying out this #healthywednesday recipe. And wow! I'm not a huge banana lover but this hit the spot. Try it and let me know what you think!

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Happy Anniversary Dreamspinner Press!

First up – May 1 through 7 – get 40% off all work by authors published in the first three years — including me!
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It's always a thrill to see the names of all the amazing authors published by Dreamspinner laid out like this- and wow! 40% off all these writers:

Year One Authors:


Year Two Authors:


Year Three Authors:

Jeff Adams, Rayne Auster, Sarah Black, H.J. Brues, Mary Calmes, Tessa Cárdenas, Heidi Champa, Jana Denardo, Sophia Deri-Bowen, Anne Dudley, Chelle Dugan, Andy Eisenberg, J.L. Farnsworth, P.A. Friday, Lacey-Anne Frye, Lyn Gala, Evan Gilbert, L.A. Gilbert, Roland Graeme,Cornelia Grey, Julie Lynn Hayes, Jan Irving, Felicitas Ivey, Dawn Kimberly Johnson, V.B. Kildaire, L.J. LaBarthe, Amy Lane, Sam C. Leonhard, Taylor Lochland, EM Lynley, D.W. Marchwell, Brooke McKinley, JL Merrow, Patric Michael, Margaret Mills, Emily Moreton,Josephine Myles, J.R. Patrick, Devon Rhodes, G.R. Richards, Persephone Roth, RJ Scott,Marie Sexton, Aundrea Singer, K.Z. Snow, Jillian Snyder, Rowan Speedwell, Jay Starre,Rowena Sudbury, Carolyn Levine Topol, Jonathan Treadway, Bryl R. Tyne, Matthew Vandrew,Tedy Ward, Nessa L. Warin, L.A. Witt, Serena Yates.

See any of your favorites? Be sure to visit the website each week to see who else goes on sale!
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Hello, May!

Is it the blue sky? The sun peeking through the clouds and welcoming our bumper crop of grape hyacinths? The complete and utter LACK OF SNOW? I’ve no idea, but I’m excited to welcome a new month *without* my usual panic over how much time has passed already this year.

(Ok, wait, let’s pause for a brief hyperventilated breath. Whew. I’m better now. Thank you.)

Whatever the reason, I feel ridiculously upbeat and chugging away at my edits and revisions. I hope you feel the same, and join me in asking ourselves every morning – what can we do to make today amazing?


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Did you catch the picture I shared on Twitter last week? The one with the wild turkeys in the snowstorm? That's right, proof I'm more than ready for some fun in the sun as we celebrated the 2nd weekend in April with yet *another 3" of snow. Lucky me, Joe Cosentino is here to share sun, sand, sea, and salaciousness with book two in the Cozzi Cove series, COZZI COVE: MOVING FORWARD. It releases today, April 18 from NineStar Press.



COZZI COVE: MOVING FORWARD
by JOE COSENTINO available from NineStar Press and your favorite e-Retailer
http://ninestarpress.com/product/cozzi-cove-moving-foreward/
http://myBook.to/Cozzi_Cove_MF
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/cozzi-cove-joe-cosentino/1123663661?ean=2940153184975
https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-cozzicovemovingforward-2018883-149.html

We've had a lot of fun learning about Joe and his work over his series of guest posts, but today he has something special for us - an interview with Cal Cozzi, the leading character.

Ready to hear what Cal has to say?

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Here it is. One of the toughest yoga workouts I've ever done. Sure, it's easy to jump on the mat and stretch and strive with our mental to-do lists running in the background. But can you stop all that and just be? Give this a try and see what's harder - keeping up the frenetic pace or letting go? Be sure to let me know what you discover.

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'cause Baby, I've been ebbing. LOL (notice how mid-month this post is!!). I often joke with the lovely Clare London on whether my "life roller coaster" is up or down at any given moment--and sometimes it's just taking me along or the ride.  It helps me to remember we aren't immune to the seasons and cycles that rule our planet. So if I doggedly keep plugging away as best I can during the ebb, I'll soon charge ahead on the flow. Consistency in other words. Dollar cost averaging for our creative life energy.


It's not been all downhill - I have some lovely ups to celebrate, but they deserve their own post, don't you think?


How about you? Is your life roller coaster chugging uphill or are you in that heady, just about to tip over the edge stage?

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Way to start my Wednesday! Thanks to Rick R. Reed and his “Good Karma, Good Books” feature I’m tickled to see the cover of DRIVE ME HOME gracing the web once again.

One of the joys of writing is how both hindsight and craft development fill me with thoughts of what I wished I’d explored further in this novel. But I’m pleased with how the story stands the test of time and changing political climates. It’s also been far too long since I’ve been back to Nevada!

DRIVE ME HOME

Available in print and eBook at Dreamspinner Press

Also available Amazon, ARe, and other eRetailers

A December 2009 Top Pick at Dark Divas Reviews

5 Diva Review and a December 2009 Recommended Read at Dark Divas Reviews

Summary:

Las Vegas isn’t just a glamorous, glitzy playground for high rollers, Elvis impersonators, and blushing newlyweds. It’s also a seedy, worn-out dumping ground for the lonely, the broken, and the lost. Eric Moss is one of those drifters, just marking time, until he meets two very different men, both of whom could change his life.

Marc Evans is a rich casino owner. He offers Eric safety, security, and a chance to regain some of his ravaged past. Brad Torres is a garage mechanic. He offers Eric nothing at all.

The choice might have been easy, if Eric weren’t intensely attracted to both men. He has to choose between Sin City’s sparkling lights and a life in the shadows—will he be able to live with his heart’s decision?

Excerpt:

“The come stains are the worst, you know.”

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Can you believe it? We not only have power, but internet access AT THE SAME TIME!! Yeah, my sarcasm is showing, but man, it’s been a really weird 1st Quarter for 2016. And you know me, the best laid plans and all that.

On the writing front I’m *this* close to finishing final edits on novella #2 and. I’m a month behind plan, but with all that’s been happening I’ll take it, and be utterly grateful.

With all those good things happening I thought it only fair to share my favorite writing treat (and great fodder for m/m jokes) – a healthier version of our favorite no-bake cookie – no bake energy balls. This recipe is the closest I’ve found to what we make, except we don’t bother doing anything other than tossing the ingredients into a bowl and stirring. Food processor? Please. Toss everything into a bowl. Stir. Eat. Roll. Eat. Refrigerate. Eat. You get the idea. (correction: I should note that I have a vate of already ground up flax seed I keep in my fridge. I use a mini size coffee grinder and put the flax on oatmeal, peanut butter waffles, in smoothies - just about anywhere.)