It’s Valentine’s Day week! Every week is a great week for reading romance, but it just feels extra fun this week. (And if you need a suggestion for some smoking-hot happily ever after to keep you company, just keep reading!)
Another super fun thing this week? My BFF has a new release tomorrow and it’s book FOURTEEN in her wicked awesome Play-By-Play series. And holy crap, this cover! (I think I’ve said that about every Play-By-Play cover but, really, have you SEEN them?)
Shot On Gold (<–Handy Amazon preorder link)
Opposites attract when a figure skater and hockey player lace up their skates—and go for the gold…
Will “Mad Dog” Madigan is making his second trip to the Winter Games, and he couldn’t be happier. Hockey is his life and playing for the U.S. team is a privilege. Then he meets U.S. figure skater Amber Sloane. She’s beautiful, ambitious and driven—everything Will desires in a woman. He would love to show Amber how hot life off the ice can be.
Amber has skated her entire life, sacrificing everything in the hopes of one day winning gold. Now she’s competing for the third and final time. She intends to win, and nothing’s going to get in her way—until she meets Will. He’s an irresistible charmer, and before long Amber is wondering if this sexy hockey player is the perfect guy to show her some moves outside the rink.
But after all the medals have been awarded, Will and Amber will have to decide if what they have together is just a fling or a real shot at true love.
Way back in the day (2005), I wrote an erotic futuristic “quickie”. When the rights reverted to me, I did nothing with it because not long after I wrote it, I decided I was going to focus on contemporary romance. But I know readers are still recommending it and I get asked often why it’s unavailable, so here it is! If you’re in the mood for a fun erotic futuristic, you can grab a copy for 99 cents.
After watching a late night sexy movie, Acelan Ambassador Ilyna is convinced a smoking hot electrician will fulfill her in ways a virtual reality partner cannot. Though sex with humans is prohibited, Ilyna thinks she can get away with it just this once.
Sparks fly when Ilyna pays human electrician Bryan Cameron a visit, and it’s a house call he’ll never forget. When he realizes the woman who short-circuited his brain and kept him up all night long is the missing Acelan ambassador, he has to do something to keep her from paying a horrible price for their passion.
But maybe hiding out in a sex club with a wildly libidinous alien wasn’t one of his better ideas…
Product Warnings: This title contains the following: explicit sex and graphic language. Seriously. It’s a lot more explicit and graphic than Shannon’s other books.
Interstellar Sparks is 15,000 words and was previously published under the same title. No changes have been made to the story.
TAMING ELIZA JANE
(A fun historical western romance)
When a man sets out to tame a strong-willed woman, he’d best hang on to his hat.
Will Martinson, the town doctor, already has a heap of troubles on his plate, what with a pregnant whore, an ailing friend and a sheriff with a bad habit of shooting people. The last thing he needs is a strong hankering for a woman who thinks it’s her duty to turn a man’s life upside-down.
Eliza Jane Carter is a woman on a mission. She’s going to improve the lives of the women in Gardiner, Texas before moving on to the next town. But when her finances take a turn for the worse and her chaperone heads for the hills, Eliza Jane is stranded in a town full of riled up menfolk, a gun-happy sheriff and one handsome doctor who makes her question everything she ever believed about the love between a man and a woman.
BECOMING MISS BECKY
(A fun historical western romance)
A sheriff with a stone-cold reputation. An innocent madam hell-bent on disturbing his peace. Who will be the first to give in?
Rebecca Hamilton passed through life as bland as biscuits—until the day she buried her father and fled out West with a fortune in stolen jewelry. She arrives in Gardiner, Texas to find her aunt has bequeathed to her the only whorehouse in town.
With no other prospects except a proposal from a tall, dark stranger wearing a badge, Rebecca decides to embrace her vibrant aunt’s legacy and never again live under the thumb of an overbearing man.
After years of cultivating a reputation as a ruthless lawman, Adam Caldwell can’t believe he’s offered to marry the quiet, rather plain new madam. Even more perplexing is the fact she turns him down, choosing instead to become a sass-talkin’, sashay-walkin’ vision in feathers and lace.
With an innocent madam wanting him to teach her to be as wicked as she looks and rowdy townsfolk split over the scandal, the sheriff figures his cup of troubles is about full. But a man from Rebecca’s past catches up with her, and Adam has to decide just how much he’s willing to sacrifice for the woman who refuses to give up on becoming Miss Becky.
KISS ME DEADLY
(A sexy paranormal shifter romance)
When Khail lays his fatal touch on his next victim and she doesn’t die, he’s faced with a human immune to his deadly power who has seen him shift form—and he’s able to have physical contact with a woman for the first time in centuries.
Falling for a shapeshifting messenger of Death wasn’t on Bridget Sawyer’s agenda, but things are about to get even more complicated. The Unkind is determined to claim her.
IN THE SPIRIT
(A fun paranormal-light holiday romance)
When a holiday-loving ghost tries to rock around the Christmas tree with a Grinchy guest, will they both wind up on the “naughty” list?
Even though Zach Roberts died in an incident involving a string of lights and an inflatable Santa, he’s determined to deck the halls in a big way. But being trapped in a rental cabin with the Ghost of Christmas Overkill isn’t on Jessica Newton’s bah-humbug agenda.
Together they discover it’s nice to be naughty, but can he help her find her holiday spirit?
And keep an eye out for the reissue of INTERSTELLAR SPARKS, my only erotic futuristic novella, which should be available in a matter of days!
I’ve struggled for a long time with headphones/earbuds. The first problem (and the most annoying for an author who works in her living room) is that I can’t use anything noise-canceling. I’m part of that very small percentage of people who get motion sick from the [insert a lot of tech words here]. Basically, those sweet Bose noise-canceling headphones make me car sick.
I also belong to that very large percentage of people who have weird ears who can’t keep earbuds in worth a damn. The ones with the foam/jelly/whatever round balls don’t even stand a chance of staying in. I had great luck with Bose SoundSports, with the soft rubber fin that holds it very comfortably in the ear, but they’re a bit expensive. I can (and often did) use the Apple EarPods that come with the phones if I put a really cheap slipcover over them with the soft ear hook that mimics the Bose.
But those are wired and a pain in the ass, and I really wanted wireless. I had no luck with the wireless Bose SoundSports because they were too heavy and awkward. I had the best luck with the Bose SoundLink wireless headphones (not noise-canceling) and used them a lot. Good sound, good battery life, wireless. I think if I wasn’t sensitive to certain sensory things, the Bose SoundLinks and I would have lived happily ever after. But having cups (even comfortable ones) over my ears and the constant, slight (but not uncomfortable) pressure on my head makes me anxious after a while and I have to take them off.
So, the Apple AirPods. (I know, it’s about time.) They look like the regular, free-in-the-box EarPods you get with the iPhone, except stubby because there are no wires. And they’re a lot more expensive than free-in-the-box.
There are alternatives. I have an Apple-loving friend who swears by these VicBay wireless earbuds (and they’re only $26!). But those look like they’d need duct tape to stay in my ears, and I really wanted the built-in functionality Apple brings to the AirPods. I knew, though, that they’re the same shape as the EarPods don’t stay in my ears without the silicone covers. And the silicone covers on AirPods wouldn’t fit in the charging case. But I finally decided they’d be worth putting the silicone on and off and asked for them for Christmas.
I love these things.
They look a little weird, I admit. I also admit I don’t care. Without the weight of the wires and the catching on everything, they stay in my ears without the slipcovers with no problem. I’ve yet to have one fall out. (Disclaimer: let’s not even pretend I wear these jogging or doing anything else strenuous. But I’ve not had a kitchen dance party interrupted by one dislodging yet.)
They’re super light and comfortable. As a matter of fact, if I pause what I’m listening to because somebody talked to me and then get distracted, I’ll forget they’re even there and may have left the house with them accidentally still in my ears once. Or maybe twice.
A couple of things that aren’t OMG, I love these! just to mention them:
They’re no Bose. The sound is a good enough quality for me, but even I know they’re no Bose.
The tapping functionality is limited. For example, you have to use the device or Siri to do things like change the volume. (And a few other things that most earbuds allow you control via the controls on the wire or an earbud.) You can also use the Apple Watch, but I gave mine to my kid. (And even though it’s great for controlling the AirPods, I have zero regrets.) One of my goals for 2018 is to finally use Siri, so it might be the kick in the ass I need.
They’re not only noise-canceling, they’re not even really noise-reducing. But I don’t mind. I don’t like anything that isolates me. And when I play my working playlist (generally the The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: Original Game Soundtrack) at a volume comfortable for work, I can hear what’s going on around me, including PS4 warfare, but it’s enough to keep that PS4 warfare from being the “other sound” my brain listens to. (That’s hard to explain. Sorry.)
But the bottom line: I love these things and I hope my AirPods and I will be living happily ever after.