Prize Winners!

The Winner Is ConceptHello everyone! Long time no Net for me. I was starting to develop some serious withdrawal issues from the lack. Not that I could have likely managed to type on any sort of device for more than a couple minutes. Only trouble with visiting family for the holidays, any holiday, is they tend to put me to work while I’m there. I call it “slave labor”, they call it “lending a hand”. Personally, mine’s the one you should believe. And I have the screaming musculature to back up that claim.

Onto much happier, if mildly delayed, news. I have the winners for the Evernight Birthday Blog Hop from my site. Yes, I put in “winners” in the plural. I do like to give an extra prize away if I can, and in this case I can! So, here we go…

With the choice of one of my back listed books, plus a “We’re All Stories In The End” locket each, the winners are:

1)  Kristen; and 2) Lavida B.

The winners have been notified via email already. So I just want to send out another huge thank you to all who participated in making the Birthday Blog Hop a success. Look for more amazing things to come in the next days, weeks, and months. There will be more opportunities to win a bunch more things from us all.

Have a fantastic day ~ Moira!

Lazy writing weekend

I’ve been getting a bit more worked out in story 5 of the C&M Security series. I’m at a portion that is…well, “delicate”. The sort of spot where one wrong word, one wrong move, or one wrong gesture ruins the entire effect I’m hoping to portray. So, since it was making me mildly insane, I went searching for a little inspiration to help me figure out what’s going on with these two. Found a lot of interesting things. And I found a couple of things that will take no small amount of brain bleach to forever erase from the memory banks. *shudders*

Now, since I was looking for some inspiration I found plenty, not for the point I’m currently at – of course – but for later on. Since it’s Sunday, and I’m feeling all sorts of love for the mere fact I have a vacation coming up, I thought I’d share. Oh yes, vacation – as in doing what I want, when I want, with no going to work vacation. Ahh! The mere sound of it is truly music to my ears.

So, here’s what I found for some inspiration. May it inspire you as well…

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Have a great day ~ Moira

Roll out the Red Carpet!

Roll out the Red Carpet
Evernight celebrates four years of publishing!

Join authors, bloggers and reviewers as we take a RED CARPET tour featuring Evernight’s smart and sexy books. Slip on your virtual stilettos and walk the red carpet of award winning titles, spectacular reviews, and paparazzi style interviews.

Be sure to visit every stop on the tour where you can enter for a chance to win great prizes, including a new eReader, gift certificates, swag, books and much more!

Now I turn the spotlight on my smart and sexy book…

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This is from my new W.I.P. – book 5 of the C&M Security series, and completely unedited – please excuse any errors:

A knock on his office door had his head jolting up. Calling out for whoever it was to come in Zachary ensured nothing of his current project was visible.

“Hey, sorry to bother you,” Hank Rogers said as he came into his office. “But I know you wanted this as soon as I got it.”

Ah, right, his side project. Sitting up Zach leaned forward in his seat while Hank took one of his guest chairs. “So, what did you find?”

Hank looked extremely uncomfortable as he passed over the USB. “Don’t look at any of this on the work computers. When I got close, and started to realize what I was seeing, I moved over to my laptop. When I was done I erased everything, every last scrap, and crumb. Do the same, Zachary. This shit could get people killed, and I’d rather not have that happen to you, me, or to her.”

Her. The woman that had burrowed into his every thought, fantasy, and even into his dreams each night. Chandra Devons. Alluring, mysterious, and a contradiction of details. She was his latest focus, mainly because while they’d talked a lot, it was never about anything important. She’d given him enough about her past that he felt she was sharing, but never too much. Any time he’d tried to find out about her time before C&M she’d deftly, and too easily deflected the conversation a different direction.

Which had raised an internal alarm for him. And promptly led him to try and figure out who she was. Which in turn had run him into a gigantic, impenetrable road block. That was where Hank came into the picture. Hank was a former hacker, hired on by the FBI to keep other hackers out, and to do the things most of the agents couldn’t even dream of. Sifting through thousands of pieces of information to find one little lead.

Hank was very good at his job, unless he went up against another C&M employee. But that was an entirely different story, and one that Zach actually found pretty amusing.

“What’s on here?” he asked, lifting his violet gaze to meet Hank’s nearly black one.

“All I can tell you here, is it’s secrets buried under secrets, wrapped up in a mess of international proportions.”

Damn, not what Zach needed to hear to get his curiosity to lay off. All it did was make him want to bolt out of the building, race home, and use his personal laptop to find out what Hank had found.

“Sorry, I know it’s not what you wanted to hear. But let me tell you this,” Hank said as he stood and moved to the door. “When you are done, destroy it all. Leave nothing behind, and burn that fucking USB key. It’s beyond classified. So when you open the files, make sure you are not connected to the Internet. If this gets out, we’re all dead.”

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Answer my question in the comment section for a chance to win
(be sure to include your email address):

* Your choice of an Amazon Kindle Fire HD or Kobo Arc 7
* $100 Amazon GC
* $50 Evernight GC
* My blog prize:
1 “We’re All Stories In The End” Locket &
1 Copy of a Back List Book of mine
(Forever Kind of Love, Dangerous Times, Dangerous Secrets,
or Dangerous Lines
)

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Question:  What happens next in the above scene?

A new month’s upon us

autumn in the forestAnd the weather is starting to shift. Not for the better either. Oh well, such is life when you life in a place that can have all four seasons in a single day. No, not a myth, reality. I love Fall, the colors, the leaves you crunch through wherever you walk, and that particular smell to the air as it gets a little crisper. Unfortunately it’s what comes after I could seriously do without.

Oh well. At least the leaves are pretty for a time. Right?

As another month is now nothing more than a smudge in the rear view, there are some good (great even) things coming up. Top of the list is of course Evernight’s big Birthday Bash plans. First the Facebook party tomorrow, then a blog hop through everyone’s sites, plus all the goodies, and prizes that will come of everything that is coming up. It should be a fantastic couple of months ahead. Hopefully enough to get my mind off of the weather. Here’s hoping!

Since I have a tonne of writing I need to play catch up on, I shall leave you with a little Wet Wednesday treat. May you enjoy my offerings this week. ~ Moira

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Slow going Sunday

Himbeer-Limetten-CocktailHad a busy day yesterday that totally threw my whole “plan” off for the day. Went to an event with a co-worker, and had a fantastic time, but it definitely mucked up my writing plans for yesterday. Though I will say, they had some fantastic beverage options – and the food was pretty damn good too. Then I get home to a wonderful reminder of something coming up shortly here in October. What would that be, Moira? Ah, let me tell you.

First up on October 2, is an Evernight Publishing Facebook party from 6pm until 10pm (EST). This is the kick off event for Evernight’s 4th Birthday celebration. The graphic at the bottom of this post contains a link, so feel free to click on it if you’re interested in joining up. It’s a chance to meet a bunch of the authors, and win a lot of great prizes. The Book Enthusiast is handling the event, and from the sounds of things there will be lots of fun going on.

Next on the list is a huge Birthday Blog Hop with the Evernight authors. This runs from October 3 until October 13. A great opportunity for readers to get to know some new authors, find out about their books, and to also win some fantastic prizes. Oh, but it doesn’t stop there! No, no. There are a bunch more things to follow – scheduling hasn’t yet been fully determined as of yet, but stay tuned for posts to learn about it all. What I do know, and can share, is that All Romance eBooks will be having some huge sales of Evernight author’s books during this time, and after. There will also be the ARe October Monster Giveaway during which participants can win a free gift at time of checkout – including some gifts from the Evernight authors.

Basically October will be a wild ride of fun with the Evernight family. Between all the parties, the giveaways, the blog hops, and numerous other happenings this should be a blast. The fact that it all leads up to my favorite holiday of the year, Halloween, is a definite plus. I am a huge fan of going all out, above and beyond, and totally wild for Halloween. My parents used to dread this time of year knowing I’d be out in the yard doing prep work for at least two weeks leading up to the big night so I could terrorize the neighborhood. Ahh, good times.

Now, since I was off looking for a little inspiration, I figured I’d share it here with you as well. ~ Moira

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Evernight Publishing facebook party(Click the image to go straight to the Facebook page)

 

Release Day!

dangerous-linesYay! It’s release day for C&M Security book 3, Dangerous Lines. I, and several readers, have been waiting anxiously for this book. It is Vincent, and Rhonda’s story. I have a few links below for the sites that are quick about such things, with more to follow in the days (or weeks) to come. I knew I had to write this story from the moment I introduced Rhonda in book 1. At the time I wasn’t entirely sure who would be her counterpart, and then it clicked – Vincent Bradley of course. They were like oil and water from moment one, which meant they were damn well getting a book together.

Once again I absolutely have to thank my editor, Ms. Laurie Temple, for helping me to smooth out the wrinkles in this story. There were definitely a couple since I got a little lost in the characters a few times, and forgot things like how to make well constructed sentences. Oi! Thank goodness for editors who understand an author occasionally becomes distracted by the voices that natter at them at all hours, and from all angles.

In other news we are approaching October which will signify the beginning of the Birthday Celebration for my publisher, Evernight. They will be a whopping 4 years. Lots of great things to come out of that, so definitely stay tuned for all the news that comes in the next few days.

Now, where you can buy Dangerous Lines, C&M Security 3 as of today:

Evernight:  http://www.evernightpublishing.com/dangerous-lines-by-moira-callahan/

Amazon (US):  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NUAOKZ8

Amazon (CDN):  http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00NUAOKZ8

BookStrand:  http://www.bookstrand.com/dangerous-lines-mf

All Romance:  https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-dangerouslines-1634863-149.html

There you have it everyone! And now I am off to do something productive, like working on book 5 of the series. Cheers! ~ Moira

Here comes book three…

dangerous-linesA happy, sunny Sunday to everyone. Great news to share, book 3 of the C&M Security series will be releasing this Wednesday. Dangerous Lines is Vincent, and Rhonda’s story. I’ve been looking forward to this release. So have several other folks I know apparently, lol! Since this would be a short post otherwise, I figured I’d put in a little snippet from the book to tempt folks into buying it. For the official excerpt you can check out the Dangerous Lines page.

So, here you go – enjoy!

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He smelled so good, all male, all Vincent. Closing her good eye as he headed for the door, she rubbed her nose lightly to his neck. She had truly thought she’d never see him again. Never have the chance to be completely honest and open with him. Never get the opportunity to tell him how she felt about him.

Rhonda didn’t know if he felt the same, one of the reasons she’d held back. The other was that she didn’t want to ruin their friendship by admitting she had the hots for him.

She wanted a relationship with him, beyond friendship. Hell, she wanted to strip him naked and jump his gorgeous self. On more than one occasion she’d actually had to restrain herself, she thought with a bit of humor. Usually when they were at Shawn and Tamara’s for some reason or other and he was out swimming in the pool. He had a body that just screamed to be licked, slowly, preferably by her. A smile tried to curl her lips at the idea of walking up and licking him. Only that smile didn’t go any better than her other attempts, and she let out a low moan of pain as her jaw throbbed.

She could feel him walking carefully. Likely to prevent jostling her, but also to prevent any noise from betraying them. It was also how he moved. He was incredibly light on his feet, thanks to all that wonderful military training, she was sure. She loved watching him—it helped to fuel more than one late night fantasy—and dreaming about him.

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There you go. Buy links to come as soon as I have them. Have a great night ~ Moira

Fun ahead

Happy Sunday everyone, let’s start this post off with a little man candy shall we? I think we shall.

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As the title implies there is good stuff coming. No date yet on the C&M Security 3 release, but that’s okay, I have plenty of things to keep me busy. First on the list is an Evernight event. Happening this Thursday, September 18th on Facebook, everyone is welcome to come and visit. The event goes from 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm EST. I have a shared slot from 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm EST that I will be sharing with a fellow Evernight author, Ms. April Zyon. So, if you’re on Facebook, and are interested in joining in the fun, maybe meeting some new authors you are very welcome to join the event. Click the image below to be taken to the page to sign up to go to the event.

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As we roll into October we have a number of interesting things popping up. Including Evernight’s 4th Birthday Celebration. This will be another Facebook party (more info to follow as we receive it) to kick things off. On October 2 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm EST is an author take over event, with lots of great prizes, and who knows what else!

Well, that’s all I have for tonight. I’m off to delve into my refrigerator, and see what might be in there that involves zero cooking for dinner tonight. Hope you all have a great evening ~ Moira

Murky Monday

Somebody sure done gone, and pissed off Mother Nature. Or she’s got a big ol’ bee in her bonnet. Cause here we are, in SEPTEMBER no less, and it’s freakin’ snowing! Not only that, but there’s a “Snowfall Warning” in place. Not even shitting you. Case in point, the image below is from my walk home & a couple of the trees that line the Downtown Core. That white stuff on the tree, ground, benches, and floating past in the image – that’s snow folks. SNOW!

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As an extra bonus, because apparently someone has sinned against Mother Nature, we’re expecting even more all the way into Wednesday. Three days of this sticky, wet, white crap. Ugh! Nasty! On the plus side – literally – we’re supposed to shoot back up into the 20’s by next Monday (that’s the mid 60’s for you Fahrenheit folks) – a nice steady climb out of the trenches in a manner of speaking.

Thankfully I had no plans other than to sit and write tonight, maybe watch a couple shows on TV. This convinced me I chose wisely. And I do need to take one last lookie-loo at my Dangerous Lines book. My publisher sent it to me since I had a couple of odd changes on the last round of edits. Mainly things I needed to change to keep in alignment with the next book in the series and what all will be happening in there. One more read through and I should have it back to them tonight at some point.

Well, that’s it. So from the suddenly chilly, and very white city of Calgary, I bid you a good night. ~ Moira *brrrr*

PS – That little place, the Luxor, in the image – great little Egyptian place. Pretty great food, amazing sweets and goodies.

Edits are completed

C&M Security book 3, Dangerous Lines, has been officially through round 2 of the editing process and is now back in the hands of my publisher. This also means that the excerpt is now up on the Dangerous Lines page for you to read.

It was a pretty quick run through, thanks to my amazing editor, Laurie Temple. The woman is great and I can’t ever thank her enough. I think she loves these characters nearly as much as I do. A good thing, and very helpful to the editing process. That and the fact she’s been my editor since day one – I got super lucky in having her assigned my books to be completely honest.

Now I can focus on writing book 5 of the series, something I’ve been a little lax on of late. Too much crap at the day job to get my mind relaxed enough to write. A sad, sad state of affairs really. But I have the rest of the weekend now, to write and plot my face off. Something I definitely need to do with these characters. It’s a different flow to book 5 than the previous ones, so I have to remain quite focused on the “end game” as they say. Since I started at the ending, I can’t have anything go awry during the “catch up” phase of the book/story line. Otherwise I’ll have to rewrite a bunch of things, all of which I really don’t want to do. So, focus is the name of the game.

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Oh, shiny! Ha! Just kidding. I think I’ll throw on a movie, settle into the zone, and get a few thousand words out on it by the time Monday rolls around. Although, the fact the weather is fantastic is definitely making it hard to stick to my guns on that one. It’s so sunny, and nice out there. Argh! What’s a writer to do? Focus. Gotta focus.

Well, I’m off to focus on the sunny weather…uh, my story and plot line. Have a great weekend ~ Moira