Sunday, December 24, 2006

Happy Holidays to all!!!

It's Christmas Eve and you bet I'm excited - but I know it can't match my son's excitement, lol. It's been a very busy few days - hubby's bday was on Friday, so I worked my butt off between decorating, baking, and running around getting those last minute things. Yesterday we spent the day at the coast, visiting my dad, and enjoying the gorgeous sunny day! I didn't even need a coat :) The ocean always fuels me, especially if I'm down or feeling drained - and it did just that. I needed to be there, to watch the waves and recharge.

This is a tough holiday for me, my first Christmas without my mom, and I'm not exactly sure how it's going to go. All I can do is hope that she is with me in spirit, because my best memories of Christmas all include her. I miss her very much.

So before I get too sentimental here, take a look at these two hunky gifts I have for you:

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Not bad choices for gifts, eh? I didn't think I could do too wrong in that department - you all have such fine taste in men :)

I wanted to also say a big thank you to everyone who comes and visits regularly. It's always a pleasure to hear from you, and brings a smile to my face. It's been a tough year for me personally and there are many times I've wanted to hide away, but you've shown me such kindness and love that it's made my healing easier. So thank you. I'm sending out big warm fuzzies, hugs, and of course CONFETTI!!!!!!

Oh, I wanted to share a fantastic review from TwoLips Reviews for Blame the Rain!
5 Lips for Blame the Rain
Blame the Rain is a story that makes fairy tales come alive once again and teaches us lessons about trusting in fate and change rather than fearing them. Blame the Rain will stand as one of author Ann Cory's absolute bests. A classic tale that gives us all hope for a better life, Blame the Rain is an absolute not-to-miss read.
~Reviewer Frost

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Don't forget that there is still time to enter my blog contest to win a book thong and a copy of either Seducing Santa or Holiday Voices Digest. All you need to do is post on this week's or last week's blog post to be entered. Winner will be posted January 1st or second. You know of course there will be a new contest for January as well ;)

I hope everyone has a very merry Christmas - if you celebrate it.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Happy Friday and boy what a party!!!

Well I'm late posting here because the last two days have been a blur and I was without power for 13 hours. The Stuff Your eStocking event at The Story Board was a HUGE success and the most fun I've had in a long time. Thanks to everyone who participated and was able to join in the fun - many prizes were given away and my ebook wish list has grown considerably!!! It's all good, though - I love to read *BG*

Yesterday it started out with a light drizzle, but by 5:00pm it was a windy and the rain was coming down hard. I started dinner early, and it was a good thing considering we lost power soon after. For several hours it was actually nice - the room aglow in candlelight and so dang peaceful. Hubby and I cracked open a bottle of wine and my son happily played on his Nintendo DS which has a lit screen. Around ten I was getting a little restless, though. It's one thing to not want to go on the computer, but it's another thing entirely when you want to but can't, lol. I hoped the power would start back up before I went to bed, but sadly it was out all night and was restored a little before 7am. Just in time for hubby to get going to work and just a little too late after the schools had been declared closed for the day.
So my son got an unexpected day off - sigh. Just what he needs with a 2 week Christmas vacation coming up soon.

Anyhow, today has just been chaos from the getgo and I'm not feeling too good. Can you really party too hard online? I must be old if I feel hungover and disjointed after a rocking cyber party, LOL. Ah well, it was totally worth it and I can't wait for the next one!! I am a glutton for punishment, what can I say? I mean - I only had one of each of these cyber drinks, come on? Can I be that much of a lightweight?

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So let's see - I have a feeling some winners would like to be announced. I don't know why, you just get some prizes is all ;) lol. Okay, well the blog winner of a book thong and a copy of one of my holiday books is ABOOKWORM!!! Please email me at with BLOG WIN in the subject line and which holiday book you'd like: Holiday Voices Digest or Seducing Santa!! CONGRATS!!!

The second part of the blog contest starts today with this post - just post sometime between now and the 31st and you're eligible for a handcrafted book thong and a copy of one of my holiday books. Tis the season of giving :)

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I actually have part of my Christmas shopping done - but still more to do, and hubby's bday is on Friday - so I still have much to do. I swear the weeks are cruising by even faster than usual. Don't you agree?? I know, it feels that way every years, but I don't know - it just feels even more swifter than normal.

I just received my first edits for my Ellora's Cave novella Next Floor Naughty so that is THE project for the next couple of days. My only fun this weekend will be going to the zoo where they set up some incredible lights and it all looks so pretty. I haven't been in ages, so I'm really looking forward to it! If you're curious, here is the link to the event! ZOOLIGHTS. I soooo can't wait to ride the train :)

Let's see, what else is new. Blame the Rain is currently on the Bestseller list at My Bookstore and More.
I received a very nice review from RRT Erotic Reviews as well:
One incredible night holds the possibility of changing lives in BLAME THE RAIN. Maxwell’s wealth attracts mostly shallow women only interested in his money, but a few minutes with Sable convinces him that she is just the kind of woman he was beginning to think he’d never find. Sable has had a very rough time of it and is not an optimistic person, but something about Maxwell makes her think about changing her attitude. The attraction between them is immediate, and irresistible, and the sex scenes are both hot and emotional. An engaging short story, be sure to look for BLAME THE RAIN.
~Reviewer Jennifer Bishop

You know that nice review made my day *BG*

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Since you've been so patient, I'll go ahead an announce the winner of name Mr. Abs!!! lol. It was really tough because you all came up with some excellent suggestions! I thought about my character, how he acted and his personality, and came up with the feeling that Cherie J's suggestion of long black hair and silver eyes, named Saber suited him best. So Cherie J - email me at with SABER in the subject line and your snail mail addy so I can send your winning gifts! Congrats :)

Question of the week: What is the naughtiest thing you did all year? Or were you just plain nice! Maybe someone naughty will get a gift, or maybe I'll pick from the nice list.

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I'm off to bake an apple pie and get back to my edits. Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend! *tossing confetti*

Thursday, December 07, 2006

December Newsletter out and some updates!

Happy Thursday everyone! Thanks to everyone who has been stopping by my blog - we had a great turnout last week. Don't forget about the blog contest going on until the middle of the month for your chance to win a pretty book thong and one of my holiday titles! Details are on the December 1st post below. I'd love to hear about what you've been up to!

For all the latest about what is going on in my little writing corner of the world, my December newsletter is now out!

Inside -

* Latest news
· Appearances
· New releases
· Coming Soon
· Reviews
· New Focus on Me Contest and winner announcements
· Reader Interaction
· Sneak Peek of Sex Marks the Spot
· Recommended Reads
· And more!

To sign up for my newsletter, click Here

Be sure to clear your calendar on December 13th for the big Stuff Your eStocking Event! 40+ authors(including myself) will be posting excerpts and giving away prizes all day long. Come ready to stuff your estockings and hear about all the must have books too add to your wish list!

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Authors participating include:
Louise Bohmer, Madison Chase, Karen Erickson, Ann Cory, Emma Petersen, Mia Romano, Brenda Williamson, Adelle Laudan, Diana Castilleja, Marie Roy, Jeanne Barrack, C.A. Salo, Elaine Breault, Shelli Stevens, Gracie C. McKeever, Jena' Galifany, Larriane Wills, Marie Rochelle, Sierra Dafoe, Taige Crenshaw, Megan Rose, Megan Hussey, Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc, Kim Rees, Nancy Liedel, Catherine Stang, Katrina Strauss, Alexis Fleming, Monica M Martin, H.A. Fowler, Samantha Gentry, Sage Burnett, CD Conejo, CJ, Diana Bold, Ingela F. Hyatt, Sophia Danu, Mari Atherton, Lisa Rice-Hayes, Stacy Dawn, Kelley Vitollo, and Victoria Blisse to name just a few!

Excerpts, contests, games, reviews, and all kinds of fun to be had!
Join us at The Story Board

Last weekend we went and watched Santa Clause 3 - The Escape Clause. You know, I loved the first one very much and still do. It's on my top list of movies to watch over the holidays, along with A Christmas Story, Home Alone, Elf, It's a Wonderful Life, Serendipity, Love Actually, and the Grinch(cartoon version). The second one was okay, had its moments, but the 3rd one *sigh* had less laughs than ever. Still, it's become a tradition for us to watch them, so we did.

I was looking at what else is coming out that I'd like to see. Blood Diamonds looks good, The Holiday looks charming - I'm a HUGE Kate Winslet fan, and both my son and I are looking forward to Eragon as we both enjoyed the book immensely. I think this year has been the least exciting for movies in quite some time. In previous years there have been big movies out like Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter, LOTR, and King Kong. What happened?

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I wanted to share 2 of my most recent reviews, both from TwoLipsReviews!

5 Lips for Under a Warlock's Spell
Under A Warlock's Spell is another masterful tale from that mistress of the imagination without boundaries, Ann Cory. I was captivated as always from the first page, and any reader who enjoys medieval history, fantasy, tales of magic, or just wonderfully enticing story-telling, will treasure this special tale. Ms. Cory demonstrates especial talent in this story in setting, characterization, and the redeeming power of enduring love, in addition to the imaginative flights of fancy in which she and we readers revel throughout the tale. Readers, hesitate not to acquire Under A Warlock's Spell; it has definitely earned its place on my keeper and re-reader shelf! ~Reviewer Frost

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5 Lips for Drinyian
Driniyan, as always, is a masterpiece from the marvelous Ann Cory, and I think this has become already one of my personal favorites. Ms. Cory has an incredible imagination which she doesn't hesitate to apply, and this blend of Gothic, medieval, and modern with touches of BDSM and love lost, found, and lost again will surely appeal to any reader seeking a touching and revealing story. ~Reviewer Frost

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Join me December 14th for my author day at the Midnight Social group where I'll be posting excerpts from all my Midnight Showcase titles: Bard of Bristol, Holiday Voices, Deities of Desire, and Summer Heat 3!

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My Midnight Romp Bard of Bristol is currently #1 on the hightest rated and read for Midnight Showcase at Fictionwise, which was nice to read.

Question of the Week:
The pic below is a glimpse of a character I'm writing about. What I'm missing are a few key components and I wondered if you would help me. Based on your suggestions, I will choose 1 and that person will win a handcrafted book thong and an Ann Cory butterfly magnet. What I need is: hair color, hair length, eye color, and a sexy first name. I will post the winner on my next blog update. Here's my source of inspiration:
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My workouts have been going by the wayside, and I'm not really proud of that, but I'm finding it hard to fit in during my day, or at least this month. The one class I really enjoyed lasts an hour and a half and I found it was just too much time. So I've been walking on the treadmill and listening to tunes. I wish I could get motivated to exercise lol. Anyone have any tips on how to do that? Toss them my way!

I suppose I should get going. I have an edit to finish up, a story to work on, and hopefully I'll find the motivation to get our tree put up! Er, that counts as exercise, doesn't it? lol Everyone have a fabulous weekend!
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Friday, December 01, 2006

Happy First of December!!

Happy 1st of December everyone!

I wanted to quickly announce the winner of the book thong - so congratulations to AMANDA ANN - please email me at with BLOG WIN and your snail mail addy!

ALSO - another winner announcement is CATHY with her ab constellation name for the sexy hunk. Cathy, email me at with STAR in the subject line and I'll send you either a gift certificate or book of your choice!

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New December Contests. The first runs from today to the 15th, and the second runs from the 15th to the 31st. To enter, you simply post on my blog during that timeframe! Two winners will be selected for each contest. Prizes include:
A beautiful book thong

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and a copy of one of my holiday ebooks!

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While we're on the subject of contests, my December Focus on Me contest is now up! Click Here to check it out! I mean really, who doesn't like to win stuff?

Question of the week: How many candy canes and what flavor? Now think about that question real good - there's only one place to hang candy canes on this hot hunk ;)

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I received 2 new reviews this week that I'm very excited about!

Sensual Reads and Reviews had this to say about Melting Iron
Ann Cory has written a wonderful story on how duty can ruin you, and Love can save you. I truly love the setting in this story. I am always looking for a great romance the takes me back in time. If you like times travel Romance Novels this is one you’re sure to enjoy.
Reviewed by Deb

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Fallen Angel Reviews gives 4 Angels to Dressing the Empress
Dressing The Empress is a quick read offering an erotic spin on the classic fairy tale. With an Empress that is so driven and obsessed with her appearance, readers will enjoy the humor that Gustav has at her expense. Ann Cory did a nice job at bringing the Emperor’s New Clothes into the adult world of erotic fantasy in the form of Dressing The Empress.
Reviewed by: Shayley

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This weekend our new couch will be delivered and we are totally stoked about it! I haven't been able to sit with my hubby for over a year now, instead we've sat in separate chairs and I've missed cuddle time. It's a reclining couch too, so we're going to be real comfortable watching movies in front of the fireplace :) We're also hoping to go watch Santa Clause 3 in theaters. I heard it isn't very good - but I've seen the other 2 on the big screen, so it's become somewhat of a tradition.

Okay, today is finishing up edits! Everyone have a fabulous weekend!