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Kissing Kelli FREE on Kindle 12/28-12/29!

Just in time for the new year, both KISSING KELLI and STUCK ON YOU have brand new cover designs. I’m very pleased with how they turned out 🙂

To celebrate, for today and tomorrow only, I’m giving away KISSING KELLI on Amazon Kindle. If you haven’t snagged a copy yet, now is your chance! Here’s the link.

What do you think of the new covers? I think it gives the Texas Legacy Romantic Comedy series a more consistent look. Will you miss the cartoon covers?

Your Magic Touch has a new cover!

I’m absolutely thrilled with the never cover for my romantic-comedy novella, YOUR MAGIC TOUCH. What do you think of the new cover?

Yesterday was Thanksgiving and I had a particularly memorable one. Because my oldest son works in law enforcement, he only rarely is able to join us on the actual date of a holiday. But this year he was off work and got to come home. My youngest son (who’s a creative writing major!), came home from college. Having a full house this year made me so very happy 🙂 My oldest son even convinced me to try Angry Birds on my Roku. I agreed only if he would play it with me. We had tremendous fun — so of course I’m now the newest addict of this delightful game.

This week my Christmas-themed romantic comedy ANGEL BE GOOD hit the #1 spot on the Amazon Movers and Shakers Kindle list AND hit the Kindle Top 100 Bestsellers list AND the Top 10 Romance list. There was a whole lot of deep breathing going in my house, and it was from pure amazement and excitement.

I have much to be tremendously grateful for this year, and that especially includes you, my dear friends and readers. Thank you so much for helping make this a Thanksgiving I will never forget!

Guest Author: Marilee Brothers

I’m so pleased that award-winning author Marilee Brothers has joined us today with a hilarious guest post. She has a new book out now, SHADOW MOON. It’s the fourth book in her young adult paranormal series, Unbidden Magic.

Renegades, Rebels, Rabble Rousers and Rogues

Most writers listen to music when they write. I’m no exception. However, it took a while to find my groove. I have satellite radio in my office with dozens of stations. What to choose? Semi-highbrow Classical Pops seemed appropriate. Surely, it would inspire me to create pages and pages of beautiful prose. Not so. After fifteen minutes, my eyelids began to droop. Time out for a nap. Jazz made me twitchy. Under the influence of New Age, I fought the urge to rip off my clothes, drape my body with diaphanous sheer curtains and twirl around the living room.

Then I found Outlaw Country. Warning: if your idea of country music is Taylor Swift and Kenny Chesney, Outlaw Country is not for you. No, I’m talkin’ Waylon and Willie. Johnny and June. Hank 3 and Shooter Jennings. I’m talkin’ cringe-worthy grammar like ain’t got none and she don’t love me no more, along with some truly creative cuss words. I’m talkin’ real life, podnah. So, grab hold of that saddle horn and hang on tight.

It’s all there. All of life’s challenges. Religion. Relationships. Break-ups. Drinkin.’ Lots of drinkin’ songs like You Ain’t Much Fun Since I Quit Drinkin’. Why, you may ask, would an author of young adult urban fantasy pick such an inappropriate and occasionally degenerate genre of music for inspiration? Killer question, indeed. Even though I write from the viewpoint of a teenage girl, I am the product of many years of living. Hopefully, my life experiences will help create a richer, more three-dimensional character. Oh, who am I kidding? I like to laugh and Outlaw Country makes me laugh.

Searching for a spiritual facelift? Here are a couple of songs for you: Drop Kick Me, Jesus, Through the Goalposts of Life. I’ve Been Roped and Thrown By Jesus in the Holy Ghost Corral. Heaven’s Just a Sin Away.

Relationships are always tough, especially when the object of your affection is flawed—Her Teeth Were Stained, But Her Heart Was Pure—or a teenage romance, Billy Broke My Heart at Walgreens and I Cried All the Way to Sears. Can a man be too impressed with himself? I Wish I Were a Woman So I Could Go Out With a Guy Like Me. Who could forget the following heartfelt ditty, There Ain’t Enough Room in my Fruit of the Looms to Hold All My Lovin’ For You.

But, when love goes wrong, as it inevitably does on Outlaw Country, there’s a song for that. It’s Hard to Kiss the Lips at Night that Chew Your Ass Out All Day Long. You’re the Hangnail in my Life and I Can’t Bite You Off. If You Can’t Live Without Me, Why Ain’t You Dead Yet? Your Negligee Has Turned Into a Flannel Nightgown.

Family Values? You’re the Reason Our Kids Are Ugly. Mama, Get the Hammer/There’s a Fly on Papa’s Head.

Feel a little naughty? These songs are for you: There’s a Party in my Pants and You’re Invited. How Can I Get Over You if You Won’t Get Out From Under Me? Get Your Biscuits in the Oven and Your Buns in the Bed.

Okay, I confess I’ve listed the most outrageous song titles I could find for this post. Most of the time, O.C. plays solidly good, old school, down-home country music that reflects America’s roots. And, they also feature wonderful new singers/song writers like Elizabeth Cook, Lucinda Williams, Jace Everett (he sings the True Blood theme, Bad Things), Elliot Randal and Kacey Jones whose song, 222nd Wind is featured on my website. So, give it a whirl. You might be pleasantly surprised.

What inspires you? 80’s rock? Blue grass? Heavy metal? Inquiring minds want to know.

About Marilee Brothers

A former teacher and school counselor, Marilee lives in Washington State and writes full time. Her books include Castle Ladyslipper, a medieval romance, The Rock and Roll Queen of Bedlam, winner of the 2010 Booksellers Best award for romantic suspense, Moonstone, Moon Rise, Moon Spun and Shadow Moon, the first four books in the young adult paranormal Unbidden Magic series. Marilee is a member of the Romance Writers of America, Pacific Northwest Writers Association and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Visit her website, her blog and follow her on Twitter and Face Book.

4 Responses to Guest Author: Marilee Brothers

  1. Marilee! I laughed so hard.

    There was a song about his guy marrying this woman and she started removing the "false" things–including her teeth, eyelashes and such. I can't remember the name of it but there was something about a bedpost in it. That'd fit right in with this. What a kick!

  2. Great post, Marilee. What happened to my personal fav –Jeremiah Peabody's Polyunsaturated Quick-Dissolving Fast-Acting Pleasant Tasting Green And Purple Pills

FREE ebook for a limited time — ANGEL BE GOOD

My Christmas-themed romantic comedy ANGEL BE GOOD is free for a limited time on Kindle, Sony and iTunes. I’m also pleased to say it just came out in trade paperback, too 🙂

Red Adept Reviews gave it five stars and it was one of the winners of the Red Adept Indie Awards 🙂

Here’s a little about it:

Romantic Comedy
Sensuality Level: Warm

Miracles still happen in modern day New York when “Scrooge” (Nathaniel Danvers) meets “Heaven Can Wait” (Daphne), who has been sent to give him one last chance at redemption. ANGEL BE GOOD captures the essence of the classic Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” and offers a touch of humor and romance. A perfect holiday feel-good read.

“ANGEL BE GOOD is another heartwarming and funny tale from romance’s latest and ever-so-talented romantic comedy author. Kathy Carmichael makes you laugh and makes you cry and always leaves you satisfied.”
–Trish Jensen, bestselling author of Stuck With You

“This is without a doubt one of the sweetest renditions of “A Christmas Carol” I’ve ever read. I thoroughly enjoyed each and every page. “
–Kathy Boswell, Managing Editor, The Best Reviews

“…ANGEL BE GOOD is a read to fill your heart with warmth, and is filled with emotional scenes that have you laughing as well as bring tears to your eyes. Don’t miss the inspirational message hidden between the lines of this romantic comedy.”
–Carol Carter, Reviewer, Romance Reviews Today