Friday, January 30, 2015


Here is an excerpt from Choice Affairs. Enjoy!

, I remember why Caitlyn hired a wedding planner—to keep her mother at a distance.
Which reminds me of the other unpleasant task I must deal with—my brother, Anthony.
Our original plan had been to have the rehearsal dinner at his restaurant on Lake Lanier. But as usual, he had to go and leak everything to the press.
Since he didn’t answer his phone, I left a message informing him of the change of plans. And made sure to include the fact that he was no longer invited to this evening’s affair.
Not so long after, he stormed down to my office at Choice Enterprises, barging in, acting like a stark raving fool. Of course, he wasn’t happy and clearly wanted to make sure I heard about it directly from him. Sometimes, I swear he and Susan could be siblings. They’re so much alike and so over-dramatic.
“What the hell do you mean, leaving me a message telling me you’re not only cancelling the dinner at my restaurant, but that you’re uninviting me? Me? Your best man? What in the hell is going on here, Apolo?”
“You know exactly why, Tony. Don’t play your games with me.”
“Games? You know your problem, Apolo?”
I sighed, knowing what was coming. Insolent twerp. “I’m sure you’re going to tell me. Whether I want to hear or not.”
“You think you’re above everyone else. You think you can snap your fingers and everyone bows to you or submits to your every command. You’re a rich, selfish bastard.”
“Am I now? I don’t recall hearing that pass your lips when I’ve helped you on one of your many endeavors. You had your hands out greedily, as I remember.”
“You refused to help finance the restaurant. You forced me to go to other sources.”
“I refused, Tony, because you are reckless with my money and never repay your debts. End of subject. So, now you think you’re going to sell out details of my wedding to the highest bidder? Just like Caitlyn’s mother? No, it stops now.”
“You know, Apolo, one of these days, your high and mighty attitude is going to kick you in the butt. Right when you least expect it.”
I sat back in my leather swivel chair, eyeing him closely. “Is that a threat brother?”
“Consider it a warning.”
“Then, you don’t know me as well as you think, Anthony. Two things I don’t take to are extortion and blackmail. You’d be very wise to remember that.”
“Is that a threat, Apolo?”
“Heavens, no! Just a piece of brotherly advice.”
“Someone needs to knock you down off your high horse, brother.”
“You tried once, remember?”
“So you say.”

“Anthony, I don’t have time to sit here and bicker with you. Grow up. Make something of yourself. But don’t do it on my back, or our wedding. Do we understand each other?”
I turned to face the windows, hoping he would understand that I was dismissing him. What was it with him? He’s always thought that he should get a free ride. Never once had he shown the initiative to do anything that required the least little bit of hard work. He’s always had his hand out.
After he had been kicked out of officer training, our father had at least seen the light and cut him off. But then, he only turned to me. I had helped him out with a few ventures. Things that on paper, and if he’d applied himself and worked at, would have probably turned out successfully. But he had wanted to party instead.
When he had come to me with the idea of this California-style restaurant on the banks of Lake Lanier, I had thought it was doable. But restaurants are a very risky venture. Few survive the first year, let alone the first five. That reason alone is why I've never ventured into the business myself. Anthony knew that, but hadn’t liked it when I had refused to finance his latest scheme. Which was his problem, not mine.
He was still standing behind me. I could feel him seething at being shut down. Slowly, I turned to face him and dismiss him, once and for all.
“You’re still here? Is there something else you needed to discuss, or did I not make myself clear?”
“No, I’m leaving. You know, you’re a pompous, arrogant ass, Apolo. One of these days, brother. One of these days… We’ll see who has the last laugh.”
I ignored his attempt to get a rise out of me. I knew better than to fall into his pathetic trap. Instead, I opened my laptop and watched him storm out of the room. The same way he’d come in.
Damn, meddling relatives.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Getting To Know The Men of Nirvana Flats

Today I'm spotlighting a new author, Kathy O'Rourke. She has two books out, her latest being Thanking Stars. I just finished her first, Knowing Beth,and I adored it. I'm looking forward to reading her second, and keeping up with this "gang."

Hi there, first I want to say Congrats to Jamie on her new book. Looks wonderful and I love political intrigue so this sounds divine to me. I one clicked book one and this one about an hour ago. I’m excited to read them.

 My name is Kathy O’Rourke.  I‘m a writer and I specialize in romance with an erotic twist. (That’s right the naughty stuff.) But please know that my books also include humor, suspense, friendship and a message. I am currently writing my Men of Nirvana Flats Series.

You have a chance to win an ebook of my first book “Knowing Beth.” To qualify for the drawing please like and leave a comment on this thread. I will be randomly choosing a winner. Thank you.

Book 2: “Thanking Stars” 
Riley James, single father, surgical nurse and VP of the Nirvana Flats Motorcycle Club has been single since he left his girlfriend for being a cheating bitch.
Lynne Howell, a struggling single mother, hasn’t had another man in her life since her ex threatened her and her baby’s life.
So what do you get when you mix together these two single parents, two adorable little boys, a manipulative ex and a rich, powerful and doting grandfather?
Oh yeah, I better mention that Riley’s a Dom and Lynne is a sub.
So what do you get? Problems, danger, laughs, red hot sex and maybe even an extraordinary love story. Hold on tight for a rollercoaster ride you will not want to miss.

This is Book two of the Men of Nirvana Flats Series. Please understand that you need to read them in order, starting with Book One “Knowing Beth”.  Although not cliffhangers, the storyline is best understood from the beginning. Thank you.
Please note: Due to sexual content, this book is for mature readers over 18 years old.

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Beth: A young submissive in trouble.
Parker: A Dom with a sad secret.
Was it just an accident that they met? Or something else?
Can Parker and his crew help Beth handle her past demons? Can Beth help Parker deal with his painful past?
The Nirvana Flats Motorcycle club finds her alone at a gas station in the middle of nowhere, broken and afraid. She begs them to leave her alone but something in her eyes and the way she is acting tells them there is much more to her story.

You can find Kathy on Facebook at: Kathy O'Rourke

Monday, January 19, 2015

Interview With Susan Pickett-White...Apolo Choice's Mother-In-Law

Today, I've got Susan Pickett-White in the hot seat. She is Caitlyn Choice's daughter, and Senator Apolo Choice's mother-in-law.

JS: Welcome Susan. I was excited when I received your email agreeing to be interviewed.

SW:  You're quite welcome.

JS:  Please tell us a little about yourself, Susan...

SW: You already know, my daughter is Caitlyn White-Choice. She is married to Senator Apolo Choice. Myself? I was born and raised in Dublin. That's where I met Caitlyn's father, Frank. We moved to the United States when he was offered a job in the software industry. When his job ended, he left and returned to Dublin, I didn't. *sniffs* We're in the middle of divorce proceedings as we speak.

JS: I understand you now live in Washington as well?

SW: Yes. I moved there to be closer to my daughter. She's married to a powerful man, and she's all alone in this town. I needed to be close in case she ever needs me.

JS: Speaking of your son-in-law, Senator Choice, how do you think he'll fair in Washington?

SW: Apolo Choice may be a very rich man, but just like every other powerful man he has secrets. Secrets I'm afraid my dear Caitlyn was completely unaware of before she married him.

JS: Really?

SW: Of course! I'm afraid though my son-in-law is not suited for a life in politics and I know for a fact that he'll be scurrying back to Georgia, tail between his legs by the end of his term.

JS: What about re-election? It's a known fact that he's going to seek re-election.

SW: If and it's a big 'if' he were to be appointed by his party, or even get through a primary, he'll never win re-election. He has too many secrets and has too many enemies in this town. No Apolo Choice is not cut out for political life, no matter what his ego may tell him.

JS: That's a pretty bold statement to make, Susan.

SW: I don't believe in beating around the bush. Especially where my daughter's happiness and welfare are concerned.

JS: And you, have a new love in your life?

SW: A lady never tells her secrets. Lord knows I've tried to tell Apolo that more than once.

JS: What about the mess surrounding your son, and Caitlyn's brother, Tom?

SW: Tom has done nothing wrong. The entire thing is a fabrication of Apolo Choice and his people.

JS: Really? Why would he do that?

SW: To make himself appear more important than he really is. And also keep the focus off  how ill-equipped he is for his new job.

JS: Senator Choice hardly seems like the type of man who would have to stoop to such tactics.

SW: You don't know him the way I do. Control-freak, that's what he is. As far as Tom goes, I'm a mother. I know my children. Better than they know themselves, so a mother must protect her cubs.

JS: Do you plan to help your daughter out with her new endeavors in Washington? The charity for disabled people, and the equine therapy program she is starting?

SW: I will do whatever I can for Caitlyn. All she has to do is ask. I think it is marvelous what she is doing. In spite of all the turmoil surrounding her husband.

JS: Were you shocked to learn he has a disability?

SW: Shocked? No, though his version of what happened is nothing but a fairy tale others planted in his head. One he's now telling. It's a lie, and not the actual way it happened.

JS: How do you know?

SW: If you're referring how Apolo claims his brother Anthony is responsible, that is a lie.

JS: The facts seem to back Senator Choice, Susan.

SW: Do they really? Anthony was never arrested for anything. Everything was kept hush-hush, swept under the table. Apolo knows what really happened that night, so does Anthony. And so does their father. You're a journalist, if you want the truth, you might start there.

JS: That's a pretty bold statement to be making Susan. But let's move on...anything you can tell us? Are Apolo and Caitlyn planning on having children soon?

SW: Caitlyn suffered a miscarriage a while back. I'm sure when the doctor gives her the green light, they'll be trying again. *pauses to pat her eyes with her fingertip* I really wish they'd wait. I hate the idea of Caitlyn having to raise a child by herself.

JS: I hadn't heard about the miscarriage. That's awful. Why would you think she'd be having to raise a child by herself.

SW: Well my dear, must I spell it out? If Apolo's enemies don't see to his demise in Washington, his philandering ways with the ladies will certainly end that marriage. He already has one mistress living in Washington. No telling how many more there are. But Caitlyn knows I'm just a phone call away.

JS: Wow! Unfortunately Susan, we're out of time. Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule. I'd love to have you back soon though.

SW: Thank you, and I'd love to come back. Perhaps next time, Caitlyn could come with me and we could talk more in depth about Caitlyn's charities.

Choice Affairs - Book 2 of the Southern Heat Trilogy.

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Five Fun Facts!

Five Facts About Choice Affairs

1)  Apolo Choice's name was inspired by Olympic speed skater, Apolo Ohno.
2)  Writing the dialogue between Apolo and Caitlyn's mother Susan was quite fun. She was a little off course as far as the characters I normally write - in that's she's quite into herself, always "what can you do for me."
3)  Making Apolo's character into a more normal man, without all the "all ready been written" billionaire "quirks" was really quite easy. Adding a disability to the man I felt made him all the more intriguing.
4)  The political sub-plot of the book was completely new for me to write, and has inspired me to plot out an entire new series.

5)  Favorite scene to write...Apolo and Caitlyn's wedding. And yes, Susan was her narcissistic self even at her daughter's wedding.

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Monday, January 12, 2015


The second book of the the Southern Heat Trilogy, Choice Affairs is now available!
Join us at the release party this evening on Facebook! Lots of fun and prizes!

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Friday, January 2, 2015

Gearing Up!

In anticipation of the release January 12th of the second of the Southern Heat series, Choice Affairs, I am doing a running a week long blog tour for the first book (Choice Matters).

January 5  -  Read Between The Lines
January 6  -  Fabulous and Fun
January 6  -  Broken Tears Cover to Cover Reviews
January 7  -  Fallen Over Book Reviews
January 7  -  My World
January 8  -  A J Williams Adding Spice to Life
January 8  -  Dante Eternal's Virtual Bookshelf
January 9  -  Kelly P's Blog
January 10 - The Book Quarry
January 10 - Harlie's Books
January 11 - House Millar