Thursday, October 09, 2008

Another Day to GIVEAWAY!!!

I'm back ladies and gents to offer some more creativity and fun! As well as provide you with a mind tingling excerpt. Today I'll be giving away a Lucy Book and a Christmas item (that's the real surprise!)

In order to win this fabulous prize, you must provide me with some of your own knowledge! Tell me in 200 words or less - If you had the chance to do something extraordinary (you define this) with someone. What would you do and who would you do it with! Be creative and realistic (within reason). Not too hard, right?

As for some updates! Same-Same around the Lucy Office. Except, I leave tomorrow morning at 5am (I HATE WAKING UP EARLY!!!) to go to Denver, Colorado. As an extra bonus to the creative question, if you can tell me a great place to visit with-in 40 miles of Denver - I'll even throw in an extra special surprise. Keep in mind that I'm looking for something slightly unique and with a few requirements. This place must be beautiful, spunky,(I'm not even sure what that means, but it sounds about right!) and upbeat. I'll give you an example of a place that would fit these requirements - Boulder, Colorado. Name some others and that bonus prize is as good as yours!

Last but not least - There is indeed one more chance to win something amazing. Go to my website ( and if you can tell me what hidden shape is in the graphics first, I'll throw in a book, and its bookplate (Both signed by Lucy!) I'll pick winner(s) on Monday at noon central time.

Enjoy the excerpt...

She gasped and turned pink. "Brett!"

"It's all right, sugar. Our friends understand."

Her gaze skidded to Nitro and Josie and his followed. Neither were paying Hotwire and Claire the least attention.

Josie's hand was on her husband's arm and his attention was zeroed in with 100% focus on her. "You look beautiful, sweetheart."

Hotwire recognized that tone as one he used often with Claire. It was the I want to get you away from here and strip you naked voice.

Josie preened, former hardened mercenary nowhere in evidence. "Thank you, Daniel. I don't suppose you want to dance?" She turned to the others. "He taught me on our honeymoon."

She sounded very proud of herself.

Nitro didn't need any further urging, but took his wife onto the ballroom floor and pulled her into his arms without so much as an attempt to use a formal dance hold. It didn't take a rocket scientist to figure out what kind of dancing that couple did best.

"What about you, Lise?" Wolf asked. "You feel like dancing?"

"Maybe once," she said with a smile, but turned to look at Hotwire. "I really enjoyed talking to your parents. Your father has so many interesting stories."

Wolf laughed. "You better watch out, or he's going to end up in a book."

Hotwire winked at Lise. "Don't you worry, Lise, darlin'. Daddy wouldn't mind that at all."

Wolf scowled at the darlin' and Lise said, "He looks so much like you. I felt like I knew him right away."

"There isn't much resemblance when we open our mouths," Hotwire scoffed.

"You don't think so? I'm not so sure. I caught myself feeling like I was talking to you several times."

"I know what you mean," Claire said, turning within the circle of his arms to face the other woman. "If there wasn't the age difference, they could be mistaken for twins."

Hotwire just shook his head.

Wolf tugged Lise out onto the dance floor before she could say anything else.

Hotwire pulled Claire back around to face him. Looking at her close-up made him feel sucker punched again.

She wasn't looking at him though; her focus was on something across the room. His parents? "Do you want to go wish Mama a happy birthday?"

"No. Well, I mean...yes, but not right this second. I need to talk to you about something." But her gaze was still on his parents across the room.

"You look exquisite tonight, Claire."

That got her attention and she smiled at him, albeit distractedly. "I think we established you liked me in this dress at Josette's wedding."

"Is that why you wore it? For me?"

"What do you think?" she asked in a breathy, warm voice that went straight to his groin.

"I think it's going to kill me to stay at the party long enough not to offend Mama."

Claire patted his chest in what he was sure she thought was a comforting manner, but all it did was turn him on further. "You're strong enough to survive an assignment in a jungle infested with predators, both men and animals. You can handle a few hours of unrequited lust."

"You sure about that?"

"Positive. And if you get exhausted from the effort, I believe I know just how to revive you."

"You're teasin' me at your peril, woman."

She laughed, the seductive sound an aphrodisiac of unequaled potency. Then she grew serious. "Listening to Lise made me remember something I believe could be important."

"About Lester's case?"


"What is it?"

"A couple of days before Lester died, Queenie and I were talking about him. She was worried his mind was slipping further into dementia, but I wasn't sure I saw it. I mean he definitely had his bouts of senility driven dialogue, but that had been going on for a long time. Only something he had done very recently had really worried her."

"What was it?"

"There was a group of politicians who came to Belmont Manor. They were on a committee charged with assessing the living and care options in Oregon for the elderly."


"Well, Lester pulled one of the men aside and started talking to him. He called him by the wrong name and really made a pill of himself, according to Queenie. One of the orderlies had to coax him back to his room. It was odd, because as a general rule, Lester refused to speak to people he didn't know and a lot of people he did."

"But he acted like he thought he knew this guy?"

"Yes. Which is what worried Queenie so much. She said the politician didn't know Lester from Adam. Not only that, but even though the politician is only in his forties, Lester talked like the guy was one of his clients from his days as Arwan. Queenie was sure it meant that Lester was moving into total senility."

"And you don't?" It sounded like dementia to him.

"No. Think about it Brett. If someone who had known your father as a younger man, but hadn't seen him since, ran into you, they might mistake you for him at first. Our brain plays tricks on us like that and even though you are so much younger, their first reaction wouldn't be to take that into account. Neither was Lester's and because he was going senile, he was convinced he was speaking to a man he had met many years before."

"So far, none of those politicians have any known links to any of Arwan's hits."

"No, but one of them shares the last name of a client Arwan turned down. It was in the late eighties and Lester had all but retired. I don't know how the man contacted him, but Arwan refused the job."

Hotwire said a word that his mother would have washed his mouth out for, remembering exactly what Claire was talking about. "You're right. We dismissed the possible link as unlikely to generate a real suspect."

"Because Arwan turned down the job."

"But he kept a record of it being offered and even if the politician didn't know about the kill book, he saw Lester as a threat because Lester had remembered meeting the man's father and was just senile enough to say something."

Claire's big brown eyes were filled with regret. "He signed his own death warrant when he unwittingly greeted a man from the past."

"Most civs wouldn't want the fact their father had tried to hire a hit man to come out, but a politician would be doubly vulnerable. Heck, you were even worried about my sister being adversely impacted by your past."

"Exactly. And what if his dad followed through with hiring the hit? Just because Arwan turned him down doesn't mean that he gave up on the idea of getting rid of someone who was in his way. For all we know, he took care of the job himself."

"There was a farmer standing in the way of land development in a small town in Eastern Oregon and the client wanted him disposed of," Hotwire said, remembering what he'd read in the kill book.

"That town isn't so small anymore and I bet that land development had a lot to do with it. The state representative probably built his political base on his father's success revitalizing that area."

"We're doing a lot of speculating here."

"It wouldn't be hard to check any of this out."

"No, it wouldn't. But it will have to wait until after the party." His family would never forgive him otherwise and the politician wasn't going anywhere. "Now, sugar, I want to dance."

"I don't know how."

"Just hold on to me and sway to the music."

"I can do that."

And she did...beautifully. The feel of her in his arms paid hell on his good intentions and it took all of his self-discipline to break away from her when the music moved into a slightly faster rhythm.

That didn't stop him from dancing with her again and again throughout the festivities. He was either a glutton for punishment, or hopelessly addicted.


Amy said...

I saw a star in the compass but I am not sure if that is what you are looking for.
Great excerpt!

ArkieRN said...

Are you talking about the firey fox in the FireFox design?

Amy said...

If I had the change to do something really extraordinary I would love to visit every Country in the world with my husband. In each country I would love to do something to really help someone in need. Sort of like the contestants in Oprah's Biggest Give did.

I think A great place to visit within 40 miles of Denver would be The Argo Gold Mine and Mill. It is about 35 or 40 minutes from Denver.

Cheri2628 said...

About 52 miles from Denver is the town of Georgetown. It is in a beautiful mountain setting. Georgetown has Victorian charm with many homes and buildings in this architectural style. There is a variety of unique shops, boutiques, and restaurants.

Something extraordinary for me would be to take a grand tour of Europe with my hubby and sons. My 3 guys are history buffs, so I know they would love it. I would like to see the settings of all these romance novels I read!

Andre, I saw a well/hand in the water mission graphic.

Andre Martinez (Promo Guy) said...

So far so good! Here is a hint with my website - I's not inside a graphic or image but composed of them!

Good Luck

Amy said...

I am not good with these type of things but is it possibly a Well?

darbyscloset said...

Composed of.....? A helping hand? or is it "Free Style"? ie: Fox (f) e e south (s) button (style)
Okay, for your other question, I'd love to go scuba diving in some exotic waters with my husband...this is really far ftched formy husband doesn't swim!!! UGH!
darbyscloset at yahoo dot com
P.S. "Aloha" from author island!

flchen1 said...

Andre, you're quite mysterious one--a circle or globe? Or are you talking about the graphics on your portfolio page--the image in the background? It looks almost like a dog's muzzle, or a paw, or two hands. I'm sure it's nothing like that and these guesses must be giving you giggles!

You just missed the Chili Cookoff in Golden, CO, but you can still tour the Coors Brewery!

As for something extraordinary, it would something along the lines of what Amy suggested--taking a world tour with my family would be amazing, especially being able to share that experience of making new friends together.

limecello said...

Love the excerpt! And if I could do something extraordinary - wow, great minds think alike. Without seeing the other comments previously - WOLRD TOUR. For sure, and hands down!

CrystalGB said...

On your website, the well is in the shape of a hand.

If I had the chance to do something extraordinary, I would travel throughout Australia with my husband and see all the spectacular sites and wildlife.

traveler said...

Tho image I saw was the red fox within the moon.
A place that is interesting is Manitou Springs. Unique and amazing site.
An extraordinary experience for me is to travel, since I have never had that opportunity. I would go all through Europe and visit the historic, cultural and fascinating areas that would change my perspective.

anne said...

A place that is lovely is Aspen. I was captivated with the locale and the area.
My dream come true would be to enjoy time with my husband and travel leisurely all through Italy, learn the language, soak up the culture, see every charming town and village and learn what I have missed in life.

robynl said...

I'd go to Aspen, Colorado and visit a guest ranch where you could pet the horses and commune with nature. They also have hiking trails.

Extraordinary would be me and hubby taking a long awaited train ride through the Canadian Rockies or from coast to coast and seeing the beauty Canada has to offer. A cross country discovery of Canada's diverse scenery and culture would be a lifetime adventure for us.
The majestic mountains in B.C. and some of Alta., the great plains of the Prairies(Sask. and Manitoba), the great lakes and forests of Ontario and Quebec, and the fishing and the lighthouses of the Maritimes(Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, P.E.I., etc.) What an awesome chance to see our country and learn more about it.

ruth said...

If I had the ultimate chance to spend an entire year travelling the globe I know that this would make an appreciable difference in my life. In every single way.

davesmsperfect said...

Aloha from Author Island.

sarabelle said...

I think an upbeat place for you to visit would be: Fortune Valley Hotel & Casino. 3-diamond, Las Vegas-style hotel and casino, slot and poker machines, live poker, blackjack, steakhouse, buffet, deli coffee shop, 118 hotel rooms and suites. Live entertainment. Sounds like a blast to me.

If I had a chance to do something extraordinary it would be to take at least a 2 week vacation to Australia and enjoy the wildlife and beaches.

Graphics. a hand. or maybe the A's for your ears on your O face. ???

sarabelle said...

p.s Aloha from author's island

one6ylady said...

If I could do something really extraordinary, I would take my two children to Beijing, China to see the wonders that my husband and I saw on our honeymoon. It is something we'll never forget, and we'd like them to share in that same feeling of awe we got when walking on the Great Wall and visiting their historic places.

Aloha from Author's Island!

one6ylady said...

P.S. I think the main page graphic looks like a large "0" with two letter "A"s for ears, and either a large eye looking upward or a doggie's nose sniffing at the top of the circle.

one6ylady said...

Technically, that's "Aloha from AuthorIsland" but I wish it was me saying Aloha from Hawaii... that' a spot on my dream sheet. : )

Cheri2628 said...

I have gone back to the site, and now I see a new graphic. Your "O" for "one truth" looks like it has angel wings, and the "O" might have an eye that is looking heavenward.

Andre Martinez (Promo Guy) said...