Tuesday, April 21, 2015

#NewRelease #TemptingSigns Forever Devoted by Virginia Nelson

 Forever Devoted

by Virginia Nelson


12 Authors. 12 Zodiac Signs. 1 Explosive Series. What seductive, contemporary romance will you find today? TAURUS.

Robbie Jacobs is content being just one of the guys. For years, she’s run with her ‘Pack,’ a group of rowdy boys she went to high school with, used to party with, and now leans on in times of trouble. She has a couple gal pals, sure, but none of them are as close as the Pack…

Gray Smythe has been the unchallenged leader of their group of friends for years. Stoic, determined, he’s managed to be there for them all through some crazy shit. But when Robbie, the only girl in their group, gets into a car accident, the line between friendship and lover suddenly gets a hell of a lot thinner.

One stubborn Taurus man who’s sure he knows what’s right and wrong and one woman fighting to win back her body and a chance at love… Will Robbie believe Gray is actually Forever Devoted?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

#CoverReveal #Wolves Romancing The Wolf Box Set!! #ComingSoon

Romancing the Wolf

They’re on the hunt after your heart. Discover 11 brand new passionate tales of friendship, desire, wolves, survival, and redemption. Escape to another world, another place, and another romance…

Warning: Contains wild heroes and heroines, tempestuous passion, old secrets, new discoveries, and pack ties binding them together. Sometimes love’s greatest challenge is romancing the wolf…

Desiree Holt- Heart of the Wolf (The Devora)

Shifter Lia Popescu is desperate to find the book Legends of the Werewolf, her only clue as to what happened to her pack. Her attempts to recover the tome bring her into contact with Riley Morgan, a meeting that explodes with sexual chemistry. She’s losing her heart to the sexy detective. How he will handle knowing the truth about her?

Saranna DeWylde The Ardennes Curse (Woolven Secret)

When Armand Rommulus killed Luc Ardennes in single combat before the Great Council, he was forced to leave his pack and his home—and claim his birthright as the Ardennes Alpha. Victoria Ardennes is prepared to do murder to break the curse tormenting her pack, until she discovers the life she must take is one she’s come to value above all others—even her own. 

Robyn MacKenzie – Chasing the Moon

For the first time in her life, Rayne Adams feels like she’s home in the sleepy little town of Hood River.  Jackson Locke is tense and anxious, and his wolf is itching to break free as the rogue terrorizing the town and his pack continues to elude him. One terrifying night throws Rayne into Jackson’s path and threatens to change everything.

Virginia Nelson - Odd Mate (The Odd Series)

As second to a female alpha, Charly endures the pity of his pack thanks to her mating. Not that he can admit the one wolf he truly loved left him years ago. Gretchen fell in love with a sweet, nerdy bear of a man, but a genetic twist of fate made her flee. When she returns to town, she can’t stay away from Charly. Can a wolf sworn to destroy all coyotes claim a coywolf mate or will he be forced to destroy the one girl he ever loved?

Gayle Donnelly – Running with the Wolf (The Cascadia Wolves)

To escape her abusive ex, Abigail Mann faked her death and fled to a small town in Oregon to start over. Abram Keaton is the most ruthless hunter of the Deschutes Pack. Hungering for the quiet, elusive kindergarten teacher sparks a need deep inside. When Abby’s past comes calling, Abram must make a choice…defy pack law and bring her into his world or let her run and lose her forever.

Cara Carnes - Redemption’s Forgiveness (The Rending)

Surviving as an Outsider was tough, but Felicity faces her harshest battle when she stumbles across a plot to overthrow the trading post, Redemption.  Marek will do anything to protect his pack and their land, including executing any Outsiders who dare enter pack lands. He knows there’s no soft in war—until a curvaceous wolf with more sass than sense limps into Redemption with an impossible tale of betrayal. Can the two discover trust and redemption together?

Brandy Walker – Under Her Spell (Keystone Predators)

The Beta of the Keystone Predators, Diego Mendoza loves his job and the responsibility that comes with it—even the simple task of retrieving his Alpha's cousin from the airport. Part wolf shifter and part witch Daphne Moore had a hell of a time fitting in and everyone wants her to choose. She is ready for a change and a trip to Arizona for her cousin's wedding seems like the perfect start. Diego wants her instantly, but she’s wary. Will Diego be able to enchant the woman who is witch and wolf?

Rebecca Royce - Always (Dragon Wars)

Robbie Owens has fought the dragons for seventeen years, leading his group of secret, elite werewolves. Tatyana Knox is a human in a world where humans are like unicorns—they simply don't exist. She is real, more she’s Robbie's mate. If he can only trust her, they will turn the tide of the war. But the clock is ticking and Tatyana's time with Robbie is almost up.
Jennifer Kacey - Violet's Shadow (Shadow Mates) 

Violet’s spent her whole life searching for where she belongs. Two weeks alone in a secluded cabin is music to her ears, until she sees a shadow in the forest with red glowing eyes. Rayden was sent to protect and guide her. Instead, he finds the mate he’s been unwilling to search for and a passion so fierce he’ll never be able to walk away. Everything she’s ever wanted in life and love is finally at her fingertips if she’s brave enough to embrace…her Shadow

Heather Long - Wolf with Benefits (Wolves of Willow Bend)

After dropping out of college and spending a summer breaking the law, Shiloh Sullivan needs to make amends. When she returns home, her best friend, the wolfish and playful Matt Montgomery, distracts he with a ‘pretend’ relationship, which annoys her parents. They never wanted their children to take the bite.  The friendly-with-benefits arrangement suits Matt fine—makes his mother happy, helps the pack forgive his best friend, and gives him a reason to pry into the secrets Shiloh’s been keeping.  Pretending a relationship with a wolf is impossible, the closer they get, the more Matt’s wolf wants to take their con game and make it a mating game. Can he keep his best friend and mate her, too?

Melissa Schroeder - The Alpha's Saving Grace (Lonestar Wolf Pack)

Alpha Jacob Sanderson doesn’t have time for distractions as he hunts a vicious killer attacking his pack. Sheriff Alexandra Littlefoot is his best resource and a woman he can’t seem to resist. As secrets rise to the surface, the killer’s violence escalates and threatens to destroy the entire pack.

#NewRelease #BondOfThree Riding Ripley is here!

Riding Ripley

By Virginia Nelson
Bond of Three #3

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For years Zachary has ruthlessly rejected his desires, but with every passing day it becomes harder to deny he craves Stephen’s forbidden touch. Now, for the first time in memory, triads have been forming, pulling together two men and one woman to form a sacred bond. Finally Zachary dares to hope that his future may be a happy one.

Ripley has watched Zachary suffer for far too long, trapped on the sidelines between a man he dares not want and a woman he believes out of his league. Enough is enough. Denial is fine when it heightens desire, but Ripley is ready to take matters into her own hands. She’s going to ensure that, at the end of the day, she’s got both men she’s always wanted, by her side and in her bed.

Reader Advisory: This story has graphic sexual language and scenes—no closed bedroom doors (or other rooms) here!

A Romantica® paranormal erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

UPDATES!! AKA what is coming soon from Virginia Nelson

1. Tomorrow Riding Ripley releases, the third of the Bond of Three series! *throws confetti*

2. Tomorrow is also the cover reveal for a super seekrit project I've been working on with some of my friends. We're throwing a party to celebrate that event and you can totally join here: https://www.facebook.com/events/451392785020711/

3. On Friday, my Black Hills Wolves story, Wolf on a Leash releases! *throws more confetti* (It is gonna look like I murdered a pinata in here, based on the amount of confetti I need for these announcements...) I'm really proud of this book and if you like wolves... methinks this story might be something you'd enjoy.

4. On Tuesday (4/21) my Tempting Signs series book, Forever Devoted, releases. This was honestly one of the hardest books I've ever written. I bawled writing it and then I'd laugh... it is a story of recovery and love and I'm super glad to finally share this one with you. If you're curious, the Sign I wrote about in this story is Taurus, so expect some stubbornness...

5. In May, we're slated to release Fighting for Fiona, the last Bond of Three book and my personal favorite of the series. The fight against the darkness gets a face in this story... so keep an eye out for the final installment!
6. In early June, I'll be attending ‪#‎RAGT15‬ in Cincinatti. If you're in the area, I'll be signing on Friday and otherwise around everywhere at the con. If you like my art, I'm putting a couple pieces up for raffle to benefit One Way Farm. (http://onewayfarm.org) I'll also be adding a basket full of various goodies to the raffle...pictures and details to come.

7. June brings the super secret project we're revealing tomorrow. There may be some other surprises coming in the meantime... but I can't talk about them yet.

 8. July will hold the release of Must Love Cakes, the third of my contemporary Watkin's Pond series. You can find out more about that book and all my stories on my website, http://virg-nelson.com

So, yes... lots of exciting things coming. Thanks so much to my readers for making all this possible and if I didn't mention the series you're following

(*cough cough Lowe and the follow up book to Penthouse Prince...
*cough cough* Magical Mayhem for the Magical Series ...
or *cough cough* another Odd Series book...)

don't worry! I promise there is MUCH more coming soon!!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Debunking some autism myths

My daughter was diagnosed as ADHD, Aspergers, cognitive disorder and being borderline in three areas over a period of time ranging from age nine and onward.

In that time, I've heard a lot of things stated as truth which just weren't, not for us. I'm going to unpack some of those ideas here today, since we're in Autism Awareness Month.

People with autism are all a savant in something. What is the thing she's brilliant at

math, music, or art?

Since the number being bandied about on the news and social media is that 1/68 people are diagnosed with autism, one would think this myth would debunk itself. My daughter is pretty good about telling you facts about animals (she can name a tiny lizard, indigenous only to whatever region, and tell you what it likes to eat and other random details) and she can tell you all about Black Veil Brides. She can't write a sonnet or a symphony, although I'm sure if she devoted all of her time to it, she could learn those things over a period of time and probably do an okay job. But that's the deal—she'd have to devote all of her time to learning it. For a long time. Nothing has ever magically come easily for her and, although she's wonderful...she's never going to wake up as Rain Man. Not all of them are genius at one particular thing, but I think the myth of this being true stemmed out of a lot of movies dedicated to rare cases... not the average kid on the spectrum.

You can tell by looking at a person whether or not they are on the autism spectrum.

Nope, no you cannot.

You can recognize whether a kid is on the autism spectrum within moments of listening to them talk/seeing how they act.

Nope, no you cannot. It is called a spectrum because there is a wide and diverse array of disability within the range, and all of it is shoved under the vague banner of "autism spectrum." Some of these kids are non-verbal. Some are really verbal. Some are hyper. Some just sit and stare. You can no more guess at someone's diagnosis than you can accurately look at a child and rattle off their social security number. It isn't printed on their forehead...and the diagnosis often changes as the kid ages. You just learn more about a child as they grow in general. *shrug* It is that simple and that complex all at once.

If you're the parent of a child with autism, you're very patient.

Ha! Ha-ha-ha! So, do you think that at some point in the pregnancy, the magical blue fairy of patience came and smacked me with her wand, gifting me with the magical power of patience in preparation for parenting my child? Nope. Either that or the fairy skipped me.

Doctors just give that title to kids of parents who want attention. There is no real medical issue, it is all made up.

Years. That's how long my daughter has been under various doctors' care. Years of testing, of reevaluating, of revisiting... specialists, neurologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, school aid, physical and occupational and speech therapists... And none of those appointments was magically convenient for me, as a single parent of THREE (all of whom needed my attention) children. I never had the time for the "attention," and all of the various doctors/specialists have degrees in their area of specialty. Somehow, I think those years of med school mean they don't just hand out diagnosis like Halloween candy.

Those are some I can think of off the top of my head. If I were to sum up the myths of autism in a sentence, it would probably be...

Everyone is different. Get to know them before you make assumptions.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Redefining Internet Slang

The other day, I asked on facebook what FTW meant because my son's definition (For The Win) was very different from what I understood the abbreviation to mean (#&$% the World).

Due to that, I've realized that simple letters might mean very different things to different people and that we can totally change things up if we want.

So, let's do that. Here are some "popular" (according to the internet) web abbreviations and other suggested uses.

Currently seems to mean - #&$% My Life

Other Options: 

For My Landlord (in regard to rent). Example: I just got my paycheck FML 
Modifications: FMM - For My Mortgage

Find My Lunch Example: I'm feeling hangry. FML
Modifications: MMAS - Make Me A Sammich

Feed My Llama Example: My llama is looking sorta hangry. FML
Modifications: TLIC - That llama is cra-a-a-azy!

Currently seems to mean - Shaking My Head

Other Options:

Scrutinize My Health Example: I went to the doctor. SMH
Modifications: FMH - Fixing my Health. Example: Doctor SMH FMH, yo.

Schmooze My Hamster Example: So, this is my room. SMH
Modifications: PMD - Pet My Dog

Spurn My Hammock
Example: So, there I was, laying in the sun and then I rolled over and fell out. SMH
Modifications: SYH - Spurn Your Hammock

Currently seems to mean - To Be Honest

Other Options:

To Bring Hamburgers Example: Jim invited me to the picnic and said TBH.
Modifications: TBB - To Bring Beer

Take Ben's Hand Example: You're too little to cross the road by yourself; TBH.
Modifications: TMP - Take Mary's Purse

Time Being Held Example: Jim says, "Time OUT!" Mary answers, "TBH!"
Modifications: TMTYT - Take Me To Your TARDIS

Currently seems to mean - Follow Me On Twitter

Other Options:

Find My Own Tomatoes Example: Jim planted a garden, but he still told me FMOT
Modifications: FYOB - Find Your Own Beer

Frank Makes Orange Tang Example: It is like it is 1986 at his house, FMOT.
Modifications: MMOT - Mary Makes Orange Tang

Freak Me Out Twice Example: So there was a second jump scare, FMOT
Modifications: SMTD - Scare Me To Death

Currently seems to mean - Laugh Out Loud

Other Options:

Lagging On Line Example: I was playing Minecraft on this server, but LOL
Modifications: LATT- Lagging All The Time

Leaning On Lamps Example: Jim is so tired, he's LOL
Modifications: LOK - Leaning on Kittens

Lurking On Line
Example: There were eight people on the chat, but only three talking. The others were LOL
Modifications: LIB - Lurking in Bushes

*whispers* You're welcome.