Goodbye, Old Year. Hello, New (and Free Stuff, too)

2017 has been rough. Two deaths in my husband’s family, one before and one after a trip home to the Hawaiian islands to see my precious Mah has made for some bittersweet reflection as the holidays ushered in the new year, but it hasn’t been without its share of special occasions, and people.

Hubby enjoying the island weather.

We took a hop to the island of Kauai.

Scrumptious burgers here.

Haleiwa, Oahu. My brother and a commercial fisherman posing with our dinner. Wahoo, also known as Ono; a meaty, scrumptious prized game fish perfect for frying or grilling.

Our favorite new place for brekkers on Oahu. Don’t forget to try the poi donuts, and everything else!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also weren’t planning to sell the home we’ve lived in for 17 years, but dynamic market conditions made it worthwhile. While the house had been remodeled and updated, we were looking at additional work to maintain it; new driveway, windows, flooring and roof were in the planning stages. We’d already spent the last decade tearing down walls to remodel the kitchen, using tile and granite. We’d ripped apart and updated existing bathrooms, added another full bath and finished a basement. Did we really want to start new projects, or could we just start new?

BEFORE pic of the old place. A jewel in the rough.

Before.

After. Pergola, hot tub hidden behind the trees and a mini orchard in the making. So cute.

It took years of projects, inside and out, $money$, patience, mistakes and hard work updating the house to our style of coziness that paid off. During a break between tearing apart and refinishing the deck, I happened to drive by a house that was for sale in an area I’d always found appealing. Lots zoned for horses, more square footage in the home.

A visit from a friend who is a real estate developer peaked our interest. He said our home would get multiple offers given its condition and location to schools and shopping, all within walking distance.

In 4 days, we stuck half our household items in storage, busted our butts making repairs and cleaning. Our home sold the weekend it showed, full price, and an offer we put in for a house my husband fell in love with was also accepted. It wasn’t the house I/we initially looked at, but I’m not complaining. Mister has great taste and since I picked the last house, he chose the one we ended up buying.

Part of our new back yard. We’ll need to cut down a few trees to get our gardens started. So far we’ve had visits from curious deer and wild turkeys.

In 7 weeks, we sold a home, bought a home, moved out of the old and into the new. Easy peasy. Psha. No. We had 4 days sorting through and tossing out 17 years of crap! Okay, not all of it was junk, but the stuff you accumulate when you stay in one place.

It was tough, saying goodbye to the love we put into a home we raised our kids in. Goodbye to a happy place of birthdays and graduation parties, of me and my kids chasing our rogue hens around the back yard. Goodbye koi pond and mini-fruit orchard of apple and peach trees, and grapes of different colors and varieties.  

Of course we’ll start over at our new place. The bachelor who owned the home we’re in now traveled a lot, so there was no existing garden. There’d be trees to cut down,  flower beds and vegetable gardens to be planted. The best part of all? There’d be new memories to make while carrying the old ones in my heart.

In the chaos of travel and change, I missed out on a book launch for my current novel, Tangled Up in You. I’m looking for a few good readers interested in writing an honest review on Amazon in exchange for the Kindle e-book. I’ll also do a drawing for one person to win a signed paperback as well.

Loving her will be the death of him.

Be aware–Tangled Up in You is a steamy suspense thriller. It also includes themes of substance abuse and domestic violence. Three dynamic couples, three stunning outcomes, one man dead set on revenge–and not everyone has a happy ending. The story centers around wounded Army veteran, Reid Mackey, and his scrappy rescue mutt. The arrival of Jadelyn Park, a mysterious ex-con looking for work at his Texas vineyard fires up the action, adventure and romance. This story includes recipes, like this chunky temptation made with fresh peaches.

A teaser:

“You’re taking me for a tour on horseback?” Jadelyn asked, surprised to see two horses saddled up for them and ready to go.

“Is that a problem?” Reid led her to a cute gray gelding on the short and stocky side. The horse warmed up to her, bumping his nose against her cheek and nuzzling her shoulder.

“No,” she replied quickly. The man didn’t look thrilled having to babysit her as it was. So much so, she almost wished she was back at the house being minded by his dog.

“Barney, meet Jadelyn. Jadelyn, meet Barney.” Reid plopped a hay bale down alongside the horse.

He didn’t even bother to ask if she knew how to ride! Jadelyn buried her face in the horse’s mane and gave the animal a grateful sniff, finding small comfort in the smell of leather, hay and friendly beast.

“Nice to meet you, Barney,” she whispered, feeling like she found a friend, “and please go easy on me, okay?” Because everything about this place was racking her nerves.

“Some little fella seems to have taken a liking to you.”

“Well, we know it’s not you.” She stepped up onto the hay bale, settled into her saddle and hoped they’d hear about her car soon.

“You got that right.” Reid swung up onto his mount, a big brown horse with striking vanilla cream patches that looked painted on. “’Cause I ain’t little, that’s for damn sure.”

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B072J29B1L/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_U_x_Ob.vAb9SST7AX

US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B072J29B1L/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_U_x_G–vAb60E8T9D

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Book Rights Reversion, Cover Reveals and Bachelor Bondage

Earlier this year, I requested rights back from my publisher for two erotic romances that were published back in 2011. Terms for obtaining rights to my books included changing the titles, obtaining new cover art and making changes to the story. While I wasn’t required to make major rewrites, the story couldn’t read exactly as-is to the finished work that was put out by the previous publisher’s editorial team.

I took the opportunity to update scenes, shorten some, lengthen others and enhance character background in each book while staying true to the heroes / heroines and their journey to a happily ever after, or happily for now. I also contracted another talented book cover designer to create some scrumptious new cover artistry. Check out Rio’s wonderful covers here: http://www.riobookcoverart.com/

Each story is a stand-alone read starring one hot bachelor whose heart gets tangled up in chains by one special woman. Available now at a special price ~ Bonding with the Bachelor ~ A red-hot wine-tasting, handcuffs and missing panties kind of story sure to have readers steaming up their Kindles!

Dmitri Damianos is an expert at creating software for European companies. When it comes to his personal life, he’s especially skilled at handling women. Wealthy and sought after, he makes no apologies for his lifestyle.

Then he meets Marigold, the one he can’t resist. She’s turned off on men at the moment, and a no-strings affair is the last thing on her to-do list. She’s nursing a broken heart while all Dmitri craves is up-till-dawn sex with the adorable morsel of a woman whose flair for business and sassy mouth keeps his interest sizzling. He’s determined to close the deal.

She won’t be his plaything, and baits him with outrageous relationship demands that would make any sane man run the other way. Dmitri quickly realizes a woman fresh off a break-up comes with vulnerabilities he’s not prepared to deal with. It’s all about lust. Who said anything about love? So why is he climbing up her balcony at midnight to bring her flowers he’s picked from his garden?

He can’t resist her willful ways and as their attraction deepens, he sets out to prove to her that lust can lead to love. Somehow, someway, he will make this hot-blooded ginger with the smart mouth his: heart, body and soul.

Bonding with the Bachelor

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N7E4Q47/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_x_2Kduyb1DSV627

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01N7E4Q47/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_x_0AeuybW2Q2D1T

Coming in February 2017, woot-woot!

Hotter than Desire

Harry’s made a mistake. He broke his own rules and proposed too fast, too soon to Jacinta Carr–a woman hiding one too many secrets. He has to call off the engagement. He’d been fooled once by a gold-digger and no way in hell is he falling for another con, until an explosive encounter between them turns into a wedding deal-changer when Harry is given a taste of the fire Jacey keeps under wraps. Now he wants more of the woman who stirs his hottest desires…

Jacey’s bikini boutique in downtown Honolulu is going belly-up and her moonlighting job is about to cost her the man of her dreams. Harrison Allandt, Hawaii’s former Most Eligible Bachelor, will also be back on the singles’ scene when he discovers the disastrous state of her finances, and that when the sun goes down, her clothes come off…for strangers.

It’s going to be a marriage deal-breaker.

When consequences of her choices catch up to her, what’s left of her short-lived engagement is one night with Harry. But if one night is all she has to remember him by, she’ll make it a night he will never forget and discover a secret of his own that promises to be a game-changer.

Hotter than Desire

Other news…

My long-awaited dark romantic thriller is in my editor’s hands. This is a wild and spicy, meaty contemporary suspense novel set at a Texas winery featuring one very special couple–and two other couples–whose destinies begin, and end, with Hotfoot Vineyard’s upcoming fall harvest. One of these three romances won’t have a happy ending, but sometimes…sometimes that’s the way love goes.

Thanks again for checking in. I’ll be having special prizes and paperback giveaways to celebrate this wonderful book’s upcoming release in (fingers crossed) March, 2017. I don’t have an official title yet, but for now let’s just call it Tangled Up In You.

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A Novel of Romance and Suspense — Flame by Toya Richardson

I am delighted to do a feature on my blog for author Toya Richardson, a wonderful, up and coming contemporary romance novelist from the United Kingdom. Toya is signed with Red Sage Publishing, and Little Bird Publishing House.

Toya Richardson, author, rocker chick, and lover of skellies!

Toya Richardson, author, rocker chick, supporter of writers and readers, and lover of all things skellieeee!

Set on the windblown shores of the Cornish coast, Toya’s novel, Flame, is a story of romantic suspense. Contemporary heroine, Amberley, fights to resolve her issues with an ex-partner while she builds a new life for herself, but her struggles become all too real and all too ugly when her ex’s obsession with her begins to escalate.

Flame explores the issue of violence in domestic relationships, and the emotional and physical toll that can affect all areas of a victim’s life–job, relationships, physical and mental well-being. A novel well worth reading for those who have ever been affected by abuse in domestic relationships.

https://www.facebook.com/toyarichardsonauthor/

Thanks again for stopping by, everyone. I hope to have some announcements soon on my upcoming release — a Texas Hill country novel, set on a vineyard in the Lone Star state.

All the best,

Lelani Black

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Holiday Blog Hop ~ Books, Gift Cards and Prizes Palooza!

**12-14-2015 THIS DRAWING/RAFFLECOPTER IS NOW CLOSED. GOOD LUCK TO ALL ENTRIES AND MAY YOU ALL HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON**
Welcome to the December 2015 Erotic Fantasies Blog Hop!

In 2014, I was delighted to receive an invitation to contribute a short story to the bestselling (paid) Erotic Fantasies anthology. Now FREE! Private Lessons sizzles with heat and humor about millionaire sex-toy king, Cornelius, and his cousin’s best friend, Nerissa.

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So You Think You Can Publish? 3 Things You Should Know

Show me the money!

What money? Some writers write for years and years before they see any income from their efforts. What today’s market helps writers avoid are years of rejections, and the time-suck cycle of submitting and resubmitting your manuscript to different publishers, and waiting months to hear back from them.

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This is it! Guest Blog Post on Audiobooks and a Kindle Fire Giveaway by Taylor Evan Fulks

I am honored to welcome and share author Taylor Evan Fulks’ blog post celebrating the completion of her book’s 2-year journey from e-book to paperback, and now, an audiobook. My Prison Without Bars is a multi-award winning novel based on true events — based on Taylor’s story of enduring, and surviving, a childhood full of darkness, trauma and abuse.

I am proud to call this courageous lady my friend.

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This is it!

My 2nd Anniversary Blog GiveAway!

Yeah…I know! I can’t believe it! My journey is almost complete…It will officially end May 16th when I run in the #WarriorDash 5K obstacle run to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. I’m happy the money is going for that worthy cause, but my reasons for running are selfish, I’m afraid. This book journey has taken me from quiet, subdued, doormat, and transformed me into a Warrior for myself and Sexually Abused Children.

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Circling the Bandwagons – A Blog For Authors About Respect, and Online Kerfluffles

Are you with the bandwagon?

It seems like every year, there’s an internet beef somewhere in the writing community. Having been involved in the business for 5 years as a published writer, then tack on another decade of having been involved in writer’s groups online and at face-to-face meetings, I have two pieces of advice for new authors to avoid getting sucked into the ugly side of this industry.

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