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Autism Awareness Blog Hop

Autism Fact:  Autism is a developmental disability. It’s a difference in how your brain works. Autistic people can have good mental health, or experience mental health problems, just like anyone else.

Welcome to RJ Scott’s Autism Awareness Blog Hop! Thanks for stopping by.

My instructions were simply to write my hopes and dreams for myself, my child, or humanity. I suppose my one big hope for humanity would be that we stop focusing on our differences and start focusing on what unites us. Judging other people and choosing to hate them simply because they are different from us is destructive, no matter what. Whether that person is “different” because they have autism, or because of their religion, or their race, or their political affiliation, they are still A PERSON. Rather than assuming the worst — assuming they’re stupid or evil or uneducated or “weird” — we need to start giving people the benefit of the doubt. We need to start focusing on what brings us together, not what drives us apart. We are all human. We are all struggling to stay sane and happy as we spin through the abyss on this giant rock. We all want to be heard, to be understood, and to be loved. We all care about our family, our friends, our community, and our world. So let’s stop trying to make every damn thing about us versus them. Let’s STOP assuming everybody who’s “different” in any way is automatically “them.” We are all part of “us.”

“WE ARE GROOT.”

So stop spreading hate, and start spreading a bit of love.

Now, for the general “please consider buying my books” plea: Terms of Service is now available for preorder HERE. Haven’t read book one yet? No worries. Here’s your chance. Leave a non-hateful comment, and you’ll be entered into a drawing to win two ebooks of your choice from my backlist. Winners will be chosen on Saturday, April 28.

Thanks for stopping by!!

 

The Five Senses Blog Tour

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The brain processes all the sensory information we receive and helps us to organise and understand it. We then respond through thoughts, feelings and behaviour. Receptors all over our bodies pick up sensory information, but for people who have sensory integration difficulties, this doesn’t happen automatically, and they may get stressed – or even feel physical pain – as they struggle to deal with all the sensory information coming their way.

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Hello everyone, and welcome to my blog. I’m so happy to be part of RJ Scott’s blog tour. I admit, my personal experience with autism is quite limited, and when RJ invited me to participate in her blog tour, I had no idea what I’d write. But the above quote made me think of writing Blind Space.

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Available Now: Cookies for Courting, by Amber Kell

cookies-for-courting-400x600After his sister’s death, businessman Marshall Hunter gains custody of his niece. Unused to children, Marshall struggles to connect with her. In an effort to make her more comfortable in her new home, he hires professional muralist Pace Barlow to personalize her room.

Pace is intrigued by his tiny client, and even more interested in her handsome uncle, but Pace isn’t certain he’s ready for the commitment of an instant family.

When Marshall decides to move for the sake of his niece, will he be able to keep his relationship with his young artist, or will he have to give up love to become a good father for a lonely little girl?

The love baked into an old-fashioned recipe might bring the two men together, but some things take more than magical cookies to fix.

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Cookies for Courting is part of the Tales of the Curious Cookbook. The stories can be read in any order. You can find them all here:

For a Rainy Afternoon, by RJ Scott (available now)

from Dreamspinner Press

from Amazon

Food for Thought, by Amy Lane (available now)

from Dreamspinner Press

Lost Along the Way-400x600Lost Along the Way, by Marie Sexton (available now)

from Dreamspinner Press

from Amazon

from Barnes and Noble

from Google Play

Just Desserts, by Mary Calmes (available April 29)

from Dreamspinner Press

 

Lost Along the Way is Available Now!!

Lost Along the Way-400x600Three months after losing his parents in a car crash, Denver weatherman Daniel Whitaker returns to Laramie, Wyoming. It’s bad enough dealing with the death of his parents and his failing relationship of fifteen years, but when he finds his childhood home full of clutter, Daniel is at a loss. He enlists Landon, his parents’ sexy neighbor, to help him sort through the mess.

Landon Kushner is a study in contradictions. He builds wind sculptures out of scrap metal and loves the outdoors, but he also rides a mint-green Vespa and has an affinity for knitting and fortune-telling. He’s been friends with Daniel’s parents for years, and he’s more than willing to lend a hand.

Their plan is simple: clean the house so Daniel can sell it and get back to his life in Denver. But when a strange cookbook comes into Landon’s possession, Daniel begins to realize that the universe – and Granny B – may have other plans.

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From Amazon

From Dreamspinner Press

Lost Along the Way is one of the Tales of the Curious Cookbook. You can find the rest of the series here.

Story Beginnings: Lost Along the Way

One of the first things people always ask with a new book is, “Where did the idea come from?” It’s a fair question, but the fact is, I rarely have an answer. The ideas start small and then morph as they grow, sometimes simmering on the back burner through several other projects until by the time I sit down to write the book, I’m miles away from where I started. And of course the story often changes as I’m writing it too, so by the time it’s ready for release, I have a hard time putting my finger on where exactly the story began.Slow Writer FTWA meme

My first novel, Promises, started with a dream about two men arguing in a hallway. I knew exactly what they were going through emotionally, but I didn’t know any of the plot yet. I still remember sitting at the computer, trying to capture the emotions of that one scene – Matt and Jared facing off, one of them heartbroken, the other one angry and just about ready to break from the sheer unresolved sexual tension between them – and yet I had no idea exactly who these men were or how they knew each other. I recently dug back through some deleted scenes from Promises and was surprised when I found notes about a werewolf! I’d completely forgotten that in one of my early concepts of the story, Jared worked on a dude ranch, Matt was an equine veterinarian, and the antagonist was a werewolf.

f5fd4e435d98b5adbc0008602ad99ce0Those of you who have read Promises are undoubtedly shaking your heads. A werewolf?

Yep. Funny, isn’t it? I don’t remember how or why things changed, but they did. I slowly worked my way from Point A (werewolf terrorizing a dude ranch) to Point B (small-town, mountain-biking physics teacher falls for a burly cop).

That scene with them in the hallway though? That’s still there.

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With Amber Kell at RT14. Not sure now why I had my leg wrapped around her, but it must have seemed like a good idea at the time.

My upcoming release Lost Along the Way was similar. Amber Kell and I came up with the concept of writing about a mystical cookbook back at RT14. I had this idea that my story would involve traveling, and that one of them had to make a difficult decision, and I thought maybe a Tupperware container of magic bread tucked into a suitcase would be involved. That’s all I really remembered until the other day. It just happens that I took a writing workshop during that weird time when Lost Along the Way was trying to take root. And by sheer chance, as I was digging through old spiral notebooks in search of notes I’d scribbled two years ago on a long lost plot bunny (I found them at last, only to discover they were complete gibberish), I found the original notes from that workshop, including the story write-up I made for Lost Along the Way.

 

This contemporary romance will take place in modern day America. Not sure yet of the city.

My hero, Danny Whitaker, is a meteorologist (he hates being called a “weatherman”!) who receives a mysterious, magical cookbook in the mail.

Danny’s sidekick is Riva, an amateur country singer and believer in all things paranormal. She lives in the apartment next door.

In his search for information on the cookbook, Danny will meet Landon Kushner, a burly bear of a truck driver (who also rides a scooter). Landon is in the middle of an on-again, off-again relationship and currently splits his time between two towns due to his job.

My antagonist is Michal Jankowski, Landon’s sometimes boyfriend, who’s trying to get Landon to settle down with him in [the other town].

 

Lost Along the Way-400x600I’d forgotten about this early story concept, and it’s quite different from the story I ended up writing. Danny’s still a meteorologist. Landon still rides a scooter. They do indeed live in modern day America (Wyoming, to be exact). One of them is still juggling relationships and living in two towns (but it’s Danny, not Landon). But that’s about where the similarity ends. Michael and Reva have long since disappeared. (Bummer too, because Reva sounds like fun!)

And yet, underneath it all, I think my original concept – that emotional straw I was grasping at, trying desperately to translate into words – is still there. It’s about realizing that sometimes things have to end if we want to make space for something new.

And there’s still magical bread. 🙂

You can buy Lost Along the Way here:

from Dreamspinner Press

from Amazon

from Barnes and Noble

from Google Play

Lost Along the Way is one of the Tales of the Curious Cookbook, which also includes Amber Kell, RJ Scott, Amy Lane, and Mary Calmes. You can find the rest of the series here:

For a Rainy Afternoon, by RJ Scott: 

from Dreamspinner Press

from Amazon

Food for Thought, by Amy Lane

from Dreamspinner Press

Cookies for Courting, by Amber Kell (available April 22)

from Dreamspinner Press

Just Desserts, by Mary Calmes (available April 29)

from Dreamspinner Press

Lost Along the Way: Tour Dates!

I can’t believe next week is the release of Lost Along the Way. I feel like I’ve been waiting forever. (I haven’t. I’m just really bad at waiting.) Next week is also my turn in the spotlight in the ongoing Tales of the Curious Cookbook blog tour, so for those who’d like to follow along, here’s where I’ll be.

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Monday, April 13: Shameless Book Club

Tuesday, April 14: I’ll be taking over the Dreamspinner Press Twitter account, 4:30-6:30p.m. MDT (6:30-8:30p.m. EDT)

Wednesday, April 15 (Lost Along the Way release day!!): ARe Cafe

Thursday, April 16: Jody’s Book Review

Friday, April 17: Paranormal Romance and Authors that Rock

Monday, April 20: All I Want and More Books

Tuesday, April 21: Erotica For All  and Houston Havens

Wednesday, April 22: BFD Book Blog and Sapphyria’s Book Reviews

The tour will continue after that, but with Amber Kell taking up the banner. There are prizes too, so please stop by.

As a reminder, you can pre-order Lost Along the Way here:

From Amazon

From Dreamspinner Press

And you can order the other Tales of the Curious Cookbook here:

Order For a Rainy Afternoon, by RJ Scott (available now)

Order Food for Thought, by Amy Lane (available now)

Pre-order Cookies for Courting, by Amber Kell (available April 22)

Pre-order Just Desserts, by Mary Calmes (available April 29)

Food for Thought Available Now!

The second Tale of the Curious Cookbook is available now!

Food for Thought, by Amy Lane

FoodForThoughtLGEmmett Gant was planning to tell his father something really important one Sunday morning—but his father passed away first. Now, nearly three years later, Emmett can’t seem to clear up who he should be with—the girl with the apple cheeks and the awesome family, or his snarky neighbor, Keegan, who never sees his family but who makes Emmett really happy just by coming over to chat. 

Emmett needs clarity. 

Fortunately for Emmett, his best friend’s mom has a cookbook that promises to give Emmett insight and good food, and Emmett is intrigued. After the cookbook follows him home, Emmett and Keegan decide to make the recipe “For Clarity,” and what ensues is both very clear—and a little surprising, especially to Emmett’s girlfriend. Emmett is going to have to think hard about his past and the really important thing he forgot to tell his father if he wants to get the recipe for love just right.

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There’ll be a new ebook available each Wednesday in April, with all five stories available in one print volume on April 29. The stories can be read in any order. Get them here: 

Order For a Rainy Afternoon, by RJ Scott (available now)

Pre-order Lost Along the Way, by Marie Sexton (available April 15)

Pre-order Cookies for Courting, by Amber Kell (available April 22)

Pre-order Just Desserts, by Mary Calmes (available April 29)

For a Rainy Afternoon Now Available!

The first of the Tales of the Curious Cookbook is available now. Buy it here!

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For a Rainy Afternoon, by RJ Scott

Robbie MacIntyre manages a small post office in the old Station House on the outskirts of sleepy Barton Hartshourn northwest of London. He’s stunned when the owner, Maggie, a close friend, bequeaths him not only the post office, but also Station House. 

The rest of her estate is left to an American writer, Jason Young, and when he moves to the village, Robbie is thrown by the attraction he has for the man who has more of a claim on the Station House than he does. 

Then there is a box that holds several rare first editions and a cookbook. Only when the secrets of the ingredients in a particular recipe are finally revealed does everything begin to make sense, and a love cut short seventy years earlier is finally discovered.

There’ll be a new ebook available from Dreamspinner Press each Wednesday in April, with all five stories available in one print volume on April 29. The other four stories are available for pre-order now. Get them here: 

Pre-order Food for Thought, by Amy Lane (available April 8)

Pre-order Lost Along the Way, by Marie Sexton (available April 15)

Pre-order Cookies for Courting, by Amber Kell (available April 22)

Pre-order Just Desserts, by Mary Calmes (available April 29)

Tales of the Curious Cookbook Coming Soon! First Stories Available for Pre-Order!

Coming in April from Dreamspinner Press: Five fun and fanciful stories about a rather curious cookbook!

One ebook will be released each Wednesday in April, with the entire anthology available in print on April 29. These stories all work as stand-alones and don’t have to be read in any particular order, but I promise, you’re going to want to read them all. 🙂

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FRONT-Tales of the Curious Cookbook-400x600It’s called comfort food for a reason.

Not much is known about the cookbook, except that years ago, the mysterious Granny B collected a set of magical recipes and wrote them down. Over the years, each book has been modified, corrected, added to, and passed down through the generations to accumulate its own unique history. The secrets behind these very special recipes are about to find their way into new hands and new lives, just when they’re needed the most.

Food created out of love casts a spell all its own, but Granny B’s recipes add a little something extra. This curious cookbook holds not only delicious food, but also the secrets of love, trust, and healing, and it’s about to work its magic once again.

Read on for a description of each story, plus pre-order info for the first three ebooks!

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Cover Reveal: Lost Along the Way!

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Three months after losing his parents in a car crash, Denver weatherman Daniel Whitaker returns to Laramie, Wyoming. It’s bad enough dealing with the death of his parents and his failing relationship of fifteen years, but when he finds his childhood home full of clutter, Daniel is at a loss. He enlists Landon, his parents’ sexy neighbor, to help him sort through the mess.

Landon Kushner is a study in contradictions. He builds wind sculptures out of scrap metal and loves the outdoors, but he also rides a mint-green Vespa and has an affinity for knitting and fortune-telling. He’s been friends with Daniel’s parents for years, and he’s more than willing to lend a hand.

Their plan is simple: clean the house so Daniel can sell it and get back to his life in Denver. But when a strange cookbook comes into Landon’s possession, Daniel begins to realize that the universe – and Granny B – may have other plans.

Lost Along the Way will be released in April by Dreamspinner Press. It’s part of the Tales of the Curious Cookbook series, which includes RJ Scott, Amber Kell, Amy Lane, and Mary Calmes. Visit their blogs to read the blurbs.

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These stories all work as stand-alones — you don’t have to read them in any specific order — but I’m sure you’ll want to read them all! 🙂