Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Release Day Blitz: INKED MEMORIES by Carrie Ann Ryan


NYT bestselling author Carrie Ann Ryan's INKED MEMORIES is available TODAY. Read a sneak peek below and pick up your copy now - you don't want to miss meeting the dirtiest Montgomery yet.



The Montgomery Ink series by NYT Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan continues when the final Denver Montgomery sibling refuses to fall for his brother’s former flame—the company’s new plumber.

Wes Montgomery watched his entire family fall in love, and now finds himself ready to settle down. Except the one person he seems to find chemistry with is not only his twin’s ex, she also works for Montgomery Inc. But when the two find themselves in one compromising situation after another, Wes realizes he’s having second thoughts about the dynamic woman who’s burst her way into his life. Sure she sets off his temper, but she also makes him hot in every other way possible.

Jillian Reid never loved her best friend like everyone thought she should, so she pushed him away so he could have his future. Now, despite fighting it, she finds herself attracted to the one man she shouldn’t. When her father’s health takes a turn for the worse, and a danger no one saw coming show its face, she’s forced to turn to Wes for help. The two of them have fought off their attraction long enough, and each cave to the desire. But this enemies-to-lovers tale might have an ending no one ever dreamed of.

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Jillian tore off her shirt right beside her truck. Thankfully, she’d thought to put on her normal tank underneath like usual, even though she hadn’t planned to work that day. She needed a shower, but the fact that she’d washed her face and hands to the point of reddening her skin and was now pulling on a new shirt would at least take care of most of the damage.

Almost all of the crew was gone for the day since it had taken her much longer to do her job than probably anyone had planned. But, hell, it had been a much larger piece of crap bathroom than even Storm figured. Now, she was ready to go home, drink a beer— after her shower—and watch a Harry Potter marathon.

And didn’t that just sound like the most interesting life ever.

She sighed and honestly didn’t care all too much what others thought of that. She’d had a long day she hadn’t planned for, and she just wanted to relax her way.

After tossing her dirty shirt into the garbage bag in her truck since she knew there was no saving that particular piece of clothing, she turned and let out a silent screech. Her foot slammed into the curb, and her ankle twisted slightly. Hands out and braced for an ugly fall, everything seemed to go in slow motion as she tried not to hurt herself any worse than necessary.

Strong arms wrapped around her waist and pulled her up so her back pressed firmly into a very hard chest. Her heart raced since she still felt like she was falling even though she wasn’t, and she let out a slow breath.

“You okay?”

Of course. Of course, it was him. It couldn’t be anyone else who witnessed her clumsiness and near accident. It had to be Wes fucking Montgomery.

Where was a crevice in the earth to swallow her up and take her away from this situation when she needed one?


“I’m fine,” she grumbled. “You can take your hands off me now.”

But he didn’t.

Instead, he turned her in his hold and looked her right in the eyes. “Are you sure you’re okay?”

She swallowed hard. Why hadn’t she noticed the brightness of his eyes before? Or the way his pupils dilated when he focused on something...namely her at the moment?

“I’m fine,” she repeated. And she was. Her ankle throbbed slightly, but it wasn’t even a sprain since she’d had enough of those to tell. She’d just tweaked it a bit in her clod-hopping way of walking.

He didn’t let go.

“Seriously, Wes. You need to stop trying to baby me, or whatever the hell you think you’re doing all the time. I’m not an idiot. I can handle myself. Why do you—?”

She didn’t even know what she was going to ask at that moment because her mind went blank at the first touch of Wes’s lips to hers. Her eyes closed of their own volition, and she leaned into him. That seemed to push him harder, and he deepened the kiss, his lips soft yet firm against hers as his tongue traced the seam of her mouth. She opened for him, tangling her tongue with his as she moaned.

The sound seemed to break them both out of whatever the hell they were doing, and they pulled apart as if struck, both left panting, their chests moving quickly up and down.

“No. Not going to happen.” She held out her hands, trying to catch her breath. “Nope. No way.”

Wes looked at her as if he hadn’t seen her before, his eyes a little wide. “It was...it was an accident.”

She didn’t even flinch at that, too numb from everything else hitting her all at once. “Fine.”

She turned on her heel, grateful she hadn’t actually hurt her ankle, and jumped into her truck before turning her engine and pulling away.

“Nope,” she muttered to herself again. “Not going to happen. I’m not going to do another Montgomery and fuck myself over. And I’m sure as hell not going to do a boss Montgomery. Nope. Nope. No. No. No.”

And if she kept repeating that to herself, she just might get the damn taste of Wes Montgomery out of her mouth.


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About Carrie Ann Ryan

Carrie Ann Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. Her works include the Montgomery Ink, Redwood Pack, Talon Pack, and Gallagher Brothers series, which have sold over 2.0 million books worldwide. She started writing while in graduate school for her advanced degree in chemistry and hasn’t stopped since. Carrie Ann has written over fifty novels and novellas with more in the works. When she’s not writing about bearded tattooed men or alpha wolves that need to find their mates, she’s reading as much as she can and exploring the world of baking and gourmet cooking.

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Quote of the Week

Halloween isn't the only time for ghosts and ghost stories.
In Victorian Britain, spooky winter's tales were
part of the Christmas season,
often told after dinner, over port or coffee.
--Michael Dirda

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Wednesday Backlist: Reluctantly Undead

Reluctantly Undead
(May 2014)

Ember Winterstone is not having  a good night.
She wakes up in a dumpster. Her neck hurts where her date used her as a meal. Vampire hunters chase her, and the other vampires think she is the real queen, especially since she is a day walker, eats food, drinks almost no blood, and stands up to Zophia, the psycho vampire queen.

Ember's problems have just begun.
Her mother has kept a couple of major secrets from her, the two men who make Ember drool refuse to claim her, and the psycho vampire queen decides Ember must die.

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Quote of the Week

There are nights
when the wolves 
are silent
only the moon howls.
--George Carlin

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Cemeteries...Not So Haunting or Spooky...Well, Maybe

Growing up I watched a lot of horror movies with my mom. We watched the old black and white monster movies, the 70s Dracula movies and everything in between. In many of these movies, cemeteries were places not only for the dead but for ghosts, vampires, zombies and other such spooky horrors.

Even after watching these movie, cemeteries, for the most part, did not scare me.

As a teenager i would often go the cemetery to visit my dad who had died when I was a small child. The cemetery on the hilltop was peaceful. Sometimes I would wander through the cemetery. Sometimes it was just to see the old tombstones, pay visits to other family members I never got to meet, or stop by the small cherub statue marking the spot of the unknown child workers found decades earlier buried in the cemetery.

Many years later, DH and I were hired to mow and do the the weeding at an old cemetery tucked away on one of the many gravel county roads in the rural area where we lived. Though it was still in use, the cemetery dated back to before the Civil War. Most of the oldest tombstones were simple, handmade markers. I wasn't afraid to be out there, other than the time a snake sat up and looked at me while I was mowing. Now that freaked me out because in my mind, only cobras sat up the way this one did. I don't know what kind of snake it was, but DH told me it was probably just a bull snake. I didn't care. It was a snake and I wanted absolutely nothing to do with it.

There was one cemetery in the county I grew up that I didn't like going to even in the daylight. Every time I went there, I got the unmistakable feeling someone or something was watching me. I made sure not to go there even though a few relatives were buried there.

Are cemeteries haunted and spooky like the movies have made them out to be?
Is it just your imagination when you go into one and get a creepy feeling?
Just something to think about as Halloween draws near.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Quote of the Week

Werewolves howl.
Phantoms prowl.
Halloween's upon us now.
--Richelle E. Goodrich

Saturday, October 14, 2017

10...Wait...25+ Favorite Movies for Halloween

With Halloween slowly getting closer, I started thinking about my favorite movies for Halloween. My list of 10 has grown to a list of 25+, because some of the movies are part of a series.

Here are my favorite movies for Halloween:

  • The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • The Mummy (all three with Brandon Fraser)
  • Bram Stoker's Dracula
  • Hocus Pocus
  • It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (I think I've seen this every year since I was a child.)
  • Coraline
  • Sleepy Hallow
  • The Craft
  • Practical Magic
  • Halloweentown (all the movies)
  • Monster House
  • Hotel Transylvania
  • Dracula Untold
  • Blade 
  • Fright Night (the original...haven's seen the remake)
  • The Haunting
  • Silver Bullet
  • Maximum Overdrive
  • The Haunted Mansion
  • Carrie (original with Sissy Spacek)
  • Rose Red
  • The Addams Family
  • Beetlejuice
  • Night of the Comet
  • Cat's Eye
What are some of your favorite movies for Halloween?

Monday, October 9, 2017

Quote of the Week

But I love Halloween,
and I love that feeling:
the cold air, the spooky dangers
lurking around the corner.
--Evan Peters

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Fall Quarter Goals

Three months left in 2017!
The year has gone by so fast.

And finally, we are in my favorite time of year...fall and winter.
October = Halloween and DH's Birthday
November = Thanksgiving
December = Christmas
January = New Year and my Birthday

I'm also thinking about my goals for the last quarter of the year. Looking back at my goals for the year, I've accomplished about half of them. Not too bad. Some of the goals have shifted as I started looking at my writing schedule and plans for various books I want to write.

One of the big things for me, is that I'm a plotter. The story has to be planned out from start to finish. I used to write the outline and then start writing the story and taking care of problems as they came along. Now, I write the outline and put it away while I'm working on another project. Then when I'm ready to write the story, I pick up the outline and revise it.

I did this with book #2 in the Durant Brothers series. In fact, just a few days ago, I finished the revised outline and started writing. I did do something I never thought I would do. I used index cards to do the outline revision. (I wrote a little about this in my last blog.) I honestly never thought I would used index cards to do an outline. My first experience with index cards was in high school back during the Dark Ages, and it was not a very good experience. After that, I stayed away from index cards. Even when I started teaching myself how to plot a story, I shied away from them.

But I decided to give them a try when my current way of outlining wasn't working. I laid out all of my major plot points and as I looked at the cards, I immediately saw the problems...an light bulb moment for me. Will I keep using index cards? Probably in some way. I think they will definitely be incorporated into my outline process as I revise the outlines for the next books I plan to write.

So what are my goals for the Fall Quarter?

  1. Write book 2 in the Durant Brothers series. (Wes and Emma's story)
  2. Revise the outline for book 3 in the Durant Brothers series. (Hank's story which will complete the trilogy, though the problem that seems to have followed them will wreak havoc on Bryant Station and the people who live there.)
  3. Revise the outline for Phoenix, Brimstone Heat series book 2.
  4. Finish and/or start initial plots for book 2 in the Undead series, Onyx and Diablo's stories for Brimstone Heat, and Bryant Station Curves book 9.
  5. Jot down all the ideas swimming in my head for new stories and series.

I realize I may not get to all the items on my list, especially all the outlines I want to do, but I will keep putting them on my goals list until they are complete. I have to get them done because they are some of the books I'm planning to release in 2018.  I have general ideas as to when I want to have each book finished and released. The day job and life tends to put dents into my writing schedule, so that's why when I do give release windows, they are "soft" time frames just in case my writing schedule goes off track. My day job is notorious for sucking time and energy from me, but it's needed to help pay the bills. Gotta have coffee and cat food. LOL!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Quote of the Week

Listen to them--
The children of the night.
What music they make!
  --Bram Stoker