Fall Into Romance Hop

Hi, everyone! Welcome to my stop on the Sexy Scribblers Fall Into Romance Hop. I'm sharing my Mimi's pumpkin pie recipe with you, and the world of A'yen's Legacy.

I'm also giving away ONE copy of my just released box set of the first three books of A'yen's Legacy. Keep reading for instructions on how to enter my giveaway.

First up, my recipe. I love pumpkin pie. As easy as it is to make, I don't understand why anyone would buy one. My Mimi's recipe is the perfect pumpkin pie, in my opinion.

Mimi's Pumpkin Pie
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon (I usually do a little more than called for on all the spices)
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups pumpkin (equal to one can)
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 c milk (if using fresh pumpkin, omit milk)
1 Tbsp butter, melted

Combine all ingredients, mix thoroughly, pour into unbaked deep dish pie shell. Bake at 425 for 45 minutes.

There's more to fall than just awesome food at Thanksgiving, though. There's also fall color. Which I love. And wouldn't you know it, I live in a state where we don't really get any. But I wouldn't trade living in Louisiana for anything!

A'yen's Legacy is futuristic romance, set 3,000 years in the future after humanity has spread through our galaxy. They also met an alien species, the Lokmane. A'yen, the main character in the first three books, is one of these aliens.

When the first book opens, A'yen's homeworld has been lost for millennia. No one believes it ever existed. Except his new mistress, archaeologist Farran Hart. They leave on an expedition to a habitable planet with no signs of life. Because Farran thinks it's A'yen's lost homeworld. She's right.

I built the planet off of two things. The Plitvice Lakes in Croatia, and my love of fall color. The trees on Lok'ma come in golds, russets, reds, yellows, blues, purples, oranges, and some green. It's their normal color. In my mind, it's a beautiful planet. And one A'yen doesn't want to leave.

Now for the giveaways! First up is the Rafflecopter for the Sexy Scribblers giveaway.

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To enter my personal giveaway, follow these instructions! If you don't, you won't be entered. Answer this question, and leave an email address: Who's your favorite romance hero?

Here's the rest of the participants in the hop, so have fun!

Valerie Twombly
Lena Hart
Anne Lange
JA Coffey
Robyn Neeley
Kishan Paul
Rachel Leigh Smith
Winter Austin
Aubrey Wynne
Caroline Lee
Kris Calvert
Dena Garson
Tracey L. Clark
Angie Daniels
Maureen Bonatch
Anna Durand
Mina Khan
Luanna Stewart
K McCullough
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Freedom's Embrace Is Here!

It's here! Book four of A'yen's Legacy, starring Taran and Ro's sister Da'Renna. Get it at Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iBooks, and Google Play.

They made the wrong choice. Putting it right requires going into a war.

A'yen's Reign: Year Two
Taran has served Nicco, prince of Marcase, for twenty-three years. While on a fact-finding mission to Corsica--a planet annexed by the empire thirteen years ago--Taran and Nicco are kidnapped by the Freedom Alliance and taken deep into the Corsican hardwood forests.

Da'Renna, sister to King A'yen's linked bodyguard, has loved Taran since the moment he saw her. Leaving him behind wasn't easy, but her brother needed her more. Hearing about Taran's kidnapping makes her wonder if she made the right choice.

With the help of a friend from Corsica, Da'Renna and her brother sneak in to find Taran. When mercenaries take her hostage, Taran must make the choice he dreads most: his master, or his soul-mate.

If Taran loses his girl, he'll never find his way to freedom.

Note: This novel stands alone and is a great entry point into the A'yen's Legacy futuristic romance series.

I also present to you an excerpt from the novel, the first time Taran sees Ren.

 Nic’s driver parked three blocks from the brothel in question, as instructed earlier. Taran gripped the handle. “Stay here. I’ll be back with the samples in thirty minutes, tops.”
“Yes, Mother.”
Taran slipped out, stuffed his hands in his jacket pockets to keep them warm, and headed for the brothel. This was the biggest Morrison house in town, and one block outside the boundary of upper South Market. Why couldn’t Nic tumble with daros? Or be on a Favored list somewhere? Getting in and out of daro houses didn’t require facing memories Taran wanted to forget. Didn’t keep him scanning every face looking for his brother.
He slipped into the brothel and waited for his eyes to adjust to the dim light. This one tried to emulate a daro house, but he wasn’t fooled. He’d been in real ones. Everything about this building was a cheap imitation. Daros created true intimacy, and cared about their clients as people.
“Can I help you?” A hulking human male crossed his arms, probably to make his muscles bulge. Which they did, straining at the sleeves of his shirt.
“I’m here to investigate the claim one of the women had a child by Prince Nicco.”
The human cocked his head, staring at him. “And you are?”
Taran lifted his chin and stepped into the circle of light from the fixture above. Green and gold threads, the Faroukh royal colors, were woven into his hair above his left temple. His collar bore an etching of a lotus blossom—the Faroukh family crest. His clothes were tailored and of the highest quality fabrics available, just like Nic’s. “Taran, the prince’s steward.”
“Follow me.”
The human led him into a small sitting room, indicated he should sit, and left. Taran didn’t sit. He stood in the middle of the room, unzipped his jacket, and studied the furnishings. Everything looked expensive, and most were probably fooled by it. But to someone who lived in true luxury, surrounded by marble and precious metals, he knew it was a front. One hiding Loks men and women who wished for death.
Heels clicked in the hall, and a woman’s voice drifted through the closed door. At least he didn’t have to deal with Morrison.
The knob turned, and the door creaked open. Taran almost stopped breathing at the vision making eye contact with him. Luscious honey-blonde hair a man’s fingers could get lost in. Legs stretching for miles. Delicate hands.
She closed the door, and the sound made him jerk in a breath. “Lights on. I’m sorry you were left in the dark.”
Sweet Isis! The most beautiful woman he’d ever seen stood ten feet from him. Her eyes were darkest blue, with a ring of lighter blue around her pupils. A full mouth begged to be kissed.
“I’m Da’Renna. You must be Taran.”
“Yes.” It came out more like a croak, which made her lips twitch.
“Is something wrong?”
He shook his head. “No. Nothing’s wrong. Uhm… I’m here about the girl…”
Da’Renna pressed her lips together. “Are you always so tongue-tied in front of women?” Amusement filled her tone.
Another shake of his head. Geez, he was going to give her the impression he was a blithering idiot if he didn’t get it together.
She came closer, and her perfume—jasmine and violets—filled his head. “It’s kind of nice to meet someone who’s dumbstruck by me, instead of trying to rip my clothes off.”
He scanned her body, hugged by skin-tight leather pants with red lacing up the sides showing bare skin underneath, and a matching top with more red lacing holding her breasts in. Which were a little too big, in his opinion, and detracted from her beauty. “I’m usually more suave than this. I do belong to the biggest womanizer in town, after all.”


A'yen's First Birthday!

As you can see, I'm celebrating this weekend. My Name Is A'yen has been out for one year, which makes it A'yen's birthday and my first anniversary as a published author.

To celebrate, ALL THREE books in the series are on sale for 99 cents! The King's Mistress and To Save A Life don't go on sale very often, so don't miss your chance to snag them for pennies. Each of the links will take you to the series landing page at that retailer and you can choose which book you want, or get all three. 

Store Links:

(Psst! If you buy them at Kobo, you can put them in your shopping cart and only have one charge on your credit card. Pretty cool, huh? They're also DRM free at Kobo.)


Labor of Love Blog Hop

From sweet to dark, divas of romance work their fingers to the bone for your reading pleasure in the Labor of Love Blog hop from 9/4-9/6. Come join me and enter to win a Kindle with new, heart-pounding titles just for you! Make sure you join us on Facebook too.

Happily ever afters only come after heart-breaking work, and this Labor Day weekend, we are celebrating our written labors of love by giving our readers a chance to win a brand-spankin' new Kindle with our personal bests. That's right, you could win all of our books! Aren't you excited? We are! Keep reading for your chance to enter!

The book I'm featuring is My Name Is A'yen, my debut novel and what was truly a labor of love. In 2010, I had to run from a marriage that had turned abusive. I went from someone who wrote every day, to someone who didn't write a single word for the next eleven months. It was torture. Writing is how I deal with the world and what happens to me.

Then, on the night of May 16th, 2012, what should have been my third wedding anniversary, I dreamed about this humanoid alien walking through the forest saying two words over and over and over. When I woke up, he told me his name. I made some notes while I ate breakfast, opened a new document that afternoon, titled it My Name Is A'yen, and off I went. 86 days later I had a finished novel.

As I wrote A'yen's happy ending, and all the hard work it took for him to get there, I slowly started to believe happy endings were possible for me again one day. 

The A'yen's Legacy series continues to be a labor of love for me, and I'm preparing to release book four, Freedom's Embrace, in October. But right now, here's an excerpt from My Name Is A'yen.

 I don’t have a choice.” The statement rung hollow even to him.
You don’t believe that anymore than I do. You’re just tired of fighting and it’s easier to give in.”
Get out of my head, Senna.”
She pulled her hand away and whatever link she’d opened closed. “Done. I love you, A’yen, but I’m not going to be the helpless female you have to swoop in and save. I promise I’ll be careful, and you or Tam will always know when I’m with him. Take it or leave it.”
He could choose to trust her. Or not. If he didn’t trust her, he was past saving. “Okay. But I still don’t like it.”
Once again she threaded her fingers through his. They walked the rest of the way to base camp in silence and he took her straight to Tam’s geology building.
Fae. He needed to hold her. Remind himself why he let Reston do this. He slipped into the archaeology building, kicked his shoes off again, padded to her office on silent feet. Her back faced him as she bent over a magnifier.
Starved for affection. Only way to describe these growing feelings. He didn’t miss sex or kissing or being pursued or teasing. Well, he really did, but there was more to it. He missed the little things. Like a touch to his arm, a secret glance or smile hidden from everyone else, being caught in his love’s gaze from across the room. Hearing “I love you” whispered in his ear.
He crossed the floor, stood behind her, hands hovering without touching. There’d been a few more kisses in the last fifteen days, but very little other contact. And he needed it. Sucking in a deep breath, he let his hands slide down her back and wrap around her waist. Bent over, he kissed her neck, right beneath her ear, then settled his cheek against hers and joined her in staring through the magnifier.
Her hand came up to rest on his cheek, stilling the breath in his lungs.

Here's the blurb for the book:

They've taken everything from him. Except his name.
The Loks Mé have been slaves for so long, freedom is a distant myth A'yen Mesu no longer believes. A year in holding, because of his master's murder, has sucked the life from him. Archaeologist Farran Hart buys him to protect her on an expedition to the Rim, the last unexplored quadrant of the galaxy.

Farran believes the Loks Mé once lived on the Rim and is determined to prove it. And win A'yen's trust. But she's a breeder's daughter and can't be trusted.

Hidden rooms, information caches, and messages from a long-dead king change A'yen's mind about her importance. When she's threatened, he offers himself in exchange, and lands on the Breeders Association's radar. The truth must be told. Even if it costs him his heart.

Get it on Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iBooks, Google Play, and All Romance Ebooks. If you win the Kindle giveaway, you get the book as part of the prize.

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SFR Brigade Summer Cafe

Welcome to the SFR Brigade's Summer Cafe! I hope you're having fun hopping around and seeing all the cool stuff.

As you may have guessed, this year's event is centered on the idea of food and recipes. Food is something I've had a lot of fun playing with in A'yen's Legacy. My family enjoys spicy things, and cinnamon, so when I discovered A'yen was a tea drinker there was no doubt in my mind what kind of tea he drinks.

In my universe, he was born on the planet Athen Three. It's a small planet, known for its lakes and oceans. There are a lot of resorts there and it's a popular vacation place. There's a native berry there called the spiceberry. It's A'yen's favorite thing ever. Spiceberry jam, spiceberry tea, spiceberry cookies. Basically, stick spiceberries in it and he's all over it.

The flavor of A'yen's tea isn't just a figment of my imagination. It's a mix my mom made all the time when I was growing up. I'm sharing it with you.

A'yen's Tea

Mix together:
2 cups instant tea with lemon
2 cups sugar
1 pkg of lemonade mix (we used Kool-Aid)
1 1/2 tsp EACH of cinnamon, allspice, & nutmeg

Measure to taste in a mug and pour in boiling water.

I'm not just going to talk about tea, though. This week's theme is Androids & Aliens. A'yen is an alien. Which shocked the hell out of me when he walked into my head three years ago. I was Least Likely To Write Science Fiction in my family, even though there are only two writers out of the six of us.

It was so much fun discovering all the things that make A'yen an alien. And all the things that make him like us. The most obvious alien characteristic is his face shape. The Face of Boe from Doctor Who is as close as I could get to what I see in my head, but minus the floaty tentacle thingies. And of course A'yen and his species have bodies. You can have a look at it here.

Another thing I discovered is his species, the Lokmane, is telepathic. That was fun! I spent an afternoon doing research on it to find a way to explain it with science instead of paranormal. I settled on their bodies processing electromagnetic waves differently from humans. Thoughts are nothing more than electromagnetic signals in our brains. Adjust how a body interprets them, and voila! Telepathy.

There's also some other cool stuff, but I'm not going to tell you. You'll have to read the books.

Prize Pack! Keep scrolling to enter!

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Don't forget the rest of this week's stops! Check them out below.

My Name Is A'yen
book 1 of A'yen's Legacy 

They've taken everything from him. Except his name. 

The Loks Mé have been slaves for so long, freedom is a distant myth A'yen Mesu no longer believes. A year in holding, because of his master's murder, has sucked the life from him. Archaeologist Farran Hart buys him to protect her on an expedition to the Rim, the last unexplored quadrant of the galaxy.

Farran believes the Loks Mé once lived on the Rim and is determined to prove it. And win A'yen's trust. But she's a breeder's daughter and can't be trusted. 

Hidden rooms, information caches, and messages from a long-dead king change A'yen's mind about her importance. When she's threatened, he offers himself in exchange, and lands on the Breeders Association's radar. The truth must be told. Even if it costs him his heart. 

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My Name Is A'yen 99 cent sale!

I'm running my very first 99 cent sale for My Name Is A'yen. The dates are 5/1 through 5/10. It's to celebrate the release of #3, To Save A Life.

Sale price is available at these stores:

All Romance Ebooks
Coffee Time Romance

I want more books available before I start playing with sales on Google Play.

They've taken everything from him. Except his name.

The Loks Mé have been slaves for so long, freedom is a distant myth A'yen Mesu no longer believes. A year in holding, because of his master's murder, has sucked the life from him. Archaeologist Farran Hart buys him to protect her on an expedition to the Rim, the last unexplored quadrant.

Farran believes the Loks Mé once lived on the Rim and is determined to prove it. And win A'yen's trust. But she's a breeder's daughter and can't be trusted.

Hidden rooms, information caches, and messages from a long-dead king change A'yen's mind about her importance. When she's threatened, he offers himself in exchange, and lands on the Breeders Association's radar. The truth must be told. Even if it costs him his heart.


New Release: Sing A Song Of The Stars

I'm pleased to announce that I'm in my first box set, and it's LIVE TODAY!! 99 cents for eight science fiction romance reads, a mix of full novels and novellas, and most are series openers. Buy links under the blurb.

A collection of eight sci-fi romance novels and novellas.

Spanning the universe, from futuristic Earth to unique alien worlds, these stories combine the realms of science fiction with heartfelt romance and tantalizing sizzle. Adventure, mystery, space exploration, technology, betrayal, and love, these eight stories sing the songs of the stars--igniting the imagination, arousing the spirit, and uplifting the heart.

Farewell Andromeda by Laurie A. Green
The last thing deep space pilot Tiharra Bell needs is another romantic entanglement, and certainly not with the galaxy's most famous astronomer. But she's about to be fooled.

Reckless Rescue by Rinelle Grey
He crash-landed on her planet. Can they survive the winter together without falling in love?

The Seeker by Sandy James
The Vymalns have conquered Earth but Kara Michaels refuses to surrender. When Aiodhan Riel is sent to assassinate the Vymaln leader, he crash lands. Will he carry out his mission or fall for the rebellious Kara?

Unbound Instinct by C.E. Kilgore
Vex is unique among his kind. Cris is the last of hers. Freed from slavery, they seek an acceptance of themselves and an understanding of each other.

Alien Encounter: Janaya by Shelley Munro
Janaya is stuck on Earth. And because she neglected to have her travel inoculations in her hurry to protect her aunt from Torgons, she has bonded with an Earthman.

A Matter Of Trust by Greta van der Rol
Surrounded by enemies, it seems the only man prepared to help Princess Amira is the Demon Admiral. But can she trust him?

My Name Is A'yen by Rachel Leigh Smith
A'yen Mesu, a Loks Mé slave, doesn't believe his homeworld exists. Dr. Farran Hart does. When she finds it, he'll do anything to protect her. Even if it costs him his heart.

Captured By The Hawk by Aurora Springer
A Space Operetta: Kat steals codes from the Emperor's Revenge. Captain Black Hawk hides his face under a mask. Will he win her heart before she uncovers his tragic secret?

Get it here:
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SFR Station Presents: April Fools For Love

 Welcome to the April Fools for Love hop sponsored by SFR Station. The theme, as you may have guessed, is fools for love.

There's three prize packages you have a chance to win, and you can see it all in the nifty graphic. There's a copy of My Name Is A'yen up for grabs in the grand prize package. If you don't win it, you can buy it pretty much everywhere for $3.99, or you can wait until May 1st when it'll be on sale for 99 cents for 10 days.

A'yen is definitely a fool for love. Everything he does in My Name Is A'yen, and in The King's Mistress and the upcoming To Save A Life, is to protect those he loves. His decisions are often foolish in hindsight, yet he doesn't care. Because he will do just about anything to save those he loves, including sacrificing himself.

He does just that in My Name Is A'yen. A'yen's entire species is enslaved, and they've been slaves for so long they no longer believe they were ever free. Much less that somewhere out there they have a planet they once called home. Dr. Farran Hart, A'yen's new owner, believes they were free once and is determined to prove it. She has her own reasons for it, and you'll have to read the book to find out what they are. :D

A'yen thinks she's lost her mind, and he resents her presence in his life. He wants to be left alone to grieve his dead lover and dead child. Fae won't leave him alone. Nor does she treat him as a slave. Slowly, he starts to see her as someone with value and worth, even though he doesn't believe she'll find what she's looking for.

Except she does. The planet they explore is where A'yen's species once lived. Every new thing Fae finds brings A'yen one step closer to accepting freedom might be more than a myth. Of course, there's more going on than either of them are aware of.

Fae is threatened by someone working for the Breeders Association, the group responsible for making sure A'yen's people remain slaves. Here's a peek at it.

 Reston’s fingers dug into the markings. He bit down a groan as fire traveled through every inch of his body. Hot breath blew across the side of his face. “I disagree. You should guard yourself with more care, slave. You have the opportunity to save her career.”
The fingers tightened. The groan slipped out. “Dallying with me doesn’t ruin careers.”
“No. But accusations of forgery do. As do accusations of being sympathetic to the Loks Mé freedom movement.”
“You wouldn’t.” The hands disappeared from his sides and he collapsed on the table.
Reston grabbed his wrists, above the cuffs, clenching tight and sending spasms up his arms. “You don’t know what I will or will not do. But I will give you the opportunity to keep me quiet.”
No! He couldn’t sacrifice his soul again. She wasn’t worth it. Her face filled his mind, then her laughter. The way she clung to him day before yesterday when the fish bit her. The way she held his hand yesterday. The way she touched him ten minutes ago.
“Ah, there it is. You have two hours to finish making up your mind. I’ll be in the little cave by lake two. You know the one?”
A’yen nodded. Reston sent one more wave of fire crashing through him, then let go. Slumped over the table, eyes closed, he relied on his sixth sense to tell him when Reston left the building. He took his sweet time too. At the eight minute mark, A’yen forced his body to move, though he longed to curl up somewhere. Forced himself to pull the map back up and make adjustments to it, even though his fingers were clumsy and tingling.
The scene continues as A'yen debates whether or not he can give up that much of his soul. Whether or not Fae is worth the pain he knows waits for him if he gives Reston what he wants.

In some ways it's the most foolish decision A'yen has ever made. Yet it becomes one he doesn't regret. Protecting Fae, the woman he's falling in love with, is as important to him as his next breath. It's who he is, and he can't deny his nature any more than he can deny his love for Fae.

One of the marks of a true hero, in my opinion, is not being afraid to be made a fool of by love or for the sake of love. A'yen and Fae's love shapes the destiny of an entire species, and a new chapter in history.

Now for the fun stuff! To enter the giveaway, follow the Rafflecopter instructions. You can only enter once every day, not once at every stop on the tour. So make sure you come back throughout the month and earn more chances to win.

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Follow these links to hit all the participating blogs in the hop. Have fun!