First, I have to do a little squee because I just returned from the post office where I sent off my Harlequin contract for my book Negligee Behavior to come out with Carina Press! It looks like it’ll be a late spring release I’ve been told!

And on another good news front, I think I’m FINALLY over the cold from hell. Absolutely horrible viral thing going around. Thought for a bit there I had strep throat! Yikes! But I’ve rounded that corner.

Okay, now as promised, here’s the details for the book signing this upcoming Saturday in Bellevue, WA! There’ll be a ton of fantastic authors and it’s always a lot of fun. Hope to see you there if you’re in the area!

Yesterday was Social Good Day (the bottom line: can social media be used to make the world a better place?). Well Limecello from the Good, Bad, and Unread blog wanted to prove social media could make the world a better place, and decided she would donate $10 to the (RED) campaign if 10 people commented on her blog. But that’s when things got a little crazy. In a good way crazy. Authors started offering donations as well if more comments were left. By the time I got involved, the donations were at $975! So I jumped in and volunteered another $50 to push it over the 1k mark. And what started with a $10 donation grew to $1,150!

If you’re unaware what (RED) is, it works with iconic brands to make unique (RED) products, giving up to 50% of their profits to the global fund to invest in HIV and AIDS programs in Africa.

Yes we can make a difference through social media! And we proved it! I’m so thrilled I found out about this late last night and helped round up enough commenters to meet our goal!

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Dear Shelli,

Thank you for your generous gift in the amount of $50.00 to the United Nations Foundation Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

The United Nations Foundation works in close partnership with The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to support research, fund prevention efforts, and provide care to people in regions most affected by  these diseases. Your gift will be used specifically to support the Global Fund’s work on HIV/AIDS in Africa, inspired by (RED).

By asking the UN Foundation to support the work of the Global Fund, former Secretary-General Kofi Annan recognized the need to nurture collaboration from all sectors of the international community. Only through partnerships between the public and private sectors, both internationally and domestically, can we expect to combat an epidemic that has already taken so many lives and threatens millions more.

Once again, thank you for your support.

Sincerely,

Ted Turner
Chairman
United Nations Foundation

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In compliance with United States Internal Revenue Service requirements regarding charitable donations, the UN Foundation affirms that no goods or services have been provided by the Foundation to you in consideration for your contribution. Please retain this letter as proof of your gift for federal income tax purposes.

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Title: Ms.
First Name: Shelli
Last Name: Stevens

Yes. Blogging on a Thursday IS my attempt at a really clever blog title. Or not.

So it’s been a bit of a week. I think it was last week I was oh so proud of myself for finally emptying my desktop trash can on my Macbook. I hadn’t done it since I bought the computer two years ago. But then a few days ago I realized there are repercussions. I lost about 2/3 of my Itunes playlist, because at some point I must’ve put something in the garbage. Goodbye, gone, see ya later! But the good news is I spent an entire day reloading CDs onto my Itunes so I’ve got back about all but 400. Ah well. Lesson is? Hoard EVERYTHING in your desktop garbage can.

And another ‘pity me’ moment. Today, I’ve woken up sick! Bleh! It must be those crazy first grader germs going around and the kid brought home. Throat hurt, runny nose, can’t swallow. The joyous works. So I’m Shelli McCrankypants today.

But let’s see, there IS good stuff going on! Like the Emerald City Writers’ Conference next week! I’ll be signing Saturday the 2nd (still waiting on a list of peeps and further info!). And I bought a cute top to wear to the conference (hey, that’s gotta go in the good news category, because I haven’t written the ‘things I shouldn’t be buying’ post yet). Oh! And I’ve also signed up for the PTSA. Hmm. Wait, should that be good news or ‘I got suckered!’ news. Ah well. I’ll keep it here.

Well, I’ve dallied too long today. But I’ve been a negligent little blogger lately, so wanted to post something really quick. But now I suppose I should get up, get the kid and I dressed, make a sugar free Popscicle run (for the sore throat) before I take her to school. Then I’m going to come home and be well taken care of by the adequate male nurse you see here.

Anyway, have a great day, all!

So summer’s pretty much gone here. Waking up to foggy mornings with a chill in the air. I kind of like it. Love this time of year. Makes me think of pumpkin patches and cinnamon spices. I wish I was on board the Pumpkin Spice Latte train, but I’m kind of a coffee purist. Just give me black coffee. Cold or hot. Still, love the smell of them. Oddly.

I also like wearing boots, sweaters and scarves. And then in a few weeks, is the Emerald City Writers’ Conference (which happens every fall!). I’ll be signing at the conference with lots of other fabulous authors if you’re going to be in the area. Will post more info when it’s available, but I do know it’ll be Saturday October 2nd at the Bellevue Hilton. Probably in the late afternoon (4ish usually?).

Anyway, off to get more writing in…wanted to proclaim my love for fall and give you a head’s up about the upcoming signing! Have a great week!

So we’re coming off a three day weekend (here in the States anyway). Now my kid just started back in school last Wednesday. So it seemed kind of cruel to give me a taste of three days of freedom, and then send her home for three days again ::blushie:: I mean I was really digging my extra gym/writing/whatever time.

Not that I don’t love my kid lots, because I do. She’s actually pretty fabulous. And we have fun doing things together like hiking, exploring the city, shopping, etc. And just look at how she helped me out making promo chocolate (over 300 of them might I add!) for the Emerald City conference coming up shortly. Of course this is something she actually LOVES to do. It’s her idea of a good time.

Anyway, back to school again tomorrow. Then I can hit the gym and write some more (though I’ve gotta say I kicked butt this weekend doing writing sprints with some Twitter friends!). Hope everyone’s having a great week!

Welcome to another Snippet Saturday! Today’s theme is World Building. When I write, I like to show my characters having fun. Doing something outside the norm. Here’s a fun little scene that shows my futuristic world in Need Me (my Kensington release that come out over the summer!). After you read my snippet, be sure to check out the others!

Nika has trained her body into a deadly weapon—the better to take what she wants from any world, especially the well-protected planet Belton. But the moment she sees Lt. Brendon Marshall, her weapon is turned against her. A man like him could incinerate a woman’s priorities with one look. And since he’s guarding the very object of her desire, it could be so simple to use him and never look back. As long as she can ignore a more intense pleasure than she’s ever known—and a wilder need than she’s ever imagined…

WARNING! These is a REALLY HOT book!

EXCERPT

The lift jerked to a halt and she swallowed hard.

“Time to go down now.”

Go down. The way he said it left no doubt of the double meaning. And at the moment, for the first time in her life, she actually had the desire to take a man’s cock in her mouth. Not any man’s, but Brendon’s. Never with her owners had she enjoyed the chore. Quite the opposite.

“Come, love.” His heated gaze ran over hers. “Let us slide and be on our way back to your room.”

Her cheeks heated and she gave a quick nod, turning and exiting the lift onto the slide.

The sudden realization at how high up they were sent a wave of dizziness through her.

“Gods, we are quite a bit in the air, are we not?” she asked, her voice tight.

How had she not realized her fear of the height would be so great?

“Easy, love. I’m right behind you. Just settle onto your bottom, and I’ll slide my legs on the other side of yours.”

She sat gingerly, gripping the edge of the slide’s high walls. Truly, there was no danger of falling off, but still, being able to see under her and over the slide—since it was clear—sent a wave of excitement and terror through her.

Brendon sat down behind her and the slide wobbled slightly, ripping a gasp from her.

“It’s all right. It’s quite safe.” He slid a hand around her waist and urged her to lean back against him.

She did, letting her head rest against the hard curve of his shoulder.

“Ready?”

“No, but I don’t suppose I have any choice now.”

“Not at all, seeing as the toddler is again on the lift at this very moment.”

She bit out a hoarse laugh. Surely if a child could do this, then she could.

“One,” he began. “Two.”

Before he could say three, he’d pushed them free and they swept downward on the slide at breakneck speed.

Nika shrieked as the ground rushed closer with each passing second. Her hair whipped back from her face and her nails dug into Brendon’s legs. The exhilaration and fear combined to make her pulse race and give her a complete feeling of being weightless.

She yelled the whole way down, clutching Brendon until they came to a stop at the bottom.

“Gods!” She laughed and scooted to her feet, pressing a hand against her chest. “That was amazing.”

Brendon’s face was alight with pleasure and he laughed, glancing back at the slide.

“I haven’t a clue the last time I went down that thing.”

Nika laughed harder. “You lied! I thought you went down daily.”

“Hardly. A grown man visiting the play equipment daily?” He made a face. “How scandalous.”

She swatted his chest and he caught her wrist, pulling her close.

“Shall we go down again on the sky-slide?” he murmured, sliding his hands down to her waist. “Or are you hoping for another sort of ride?”

The air escaped her lungs on a tiny puff, as moisture gathered heavy between her legs. “Most definitely another sort of ride.”

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