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Friday, August 31, 2012

LK Below talks about favorite characters

24 Days until the release of This Blackened Night, The Order: Book 3!

Every author has a set of characters more dear to their hearts than any others. In most cases, this stems from these characters being among the first ever created. I won't claim Lori and Terrence were my very first, but they did come close. Their first book, Stalking Shade, which released in 2011, was originally written in 2007. And rewritten. And rewritten.

And now it feels like a dear friend is moving away. With the release of This Blackened Night on September 24th, 2012, the trilogy will come to an end. Lori might be a prickly character, not easy for anyone but Terrence to love, but I had a lot of fun with her. When I wrote this third book late last year, I dragged my feet to see it finished for the same reason. I didn't want to let the pair of them go. A not-so-secret part of me is hoping for an overwhelming response from readers asking me to continue so I have an excuse to revisit my favorite characters.

For now, I'm counting down the days until the third book releases. Maybe you'll fall in love with Lori and Terrence every bit as fiercely as I have. Lori might be stubborn in pushing people away, but Terrence is the most persistent character I've ever written. Good thing, too.

Join me in celebrating the release of the third book a bit early with this short, sweet teaser excerpt:

This Blackened Night by L.K. Below

With murders cropping up all around, who should she trust?

After months of searching, Lori finally scrounges up a clue as to the whereabouts of the missing leader of her secret organization. But her vision isn't encouraging--it points to her vampire companion Terrence as the culprit.

Terrence is adamant that he isn't at fault. Even though she knows she might be walking into a trap, she follows his lead to a shabby island port. When her informants start turning up dead with puncture wounds in their necks, Lori wonders just how well she knows Terrence. And why does he act different during the search than in their hotel room?

Lori doesn't know who to trust anymore. She only hopes that she won't be the next victim.

Six Sweet Sentences from the book:

“Are you planning on standing here all night?”

Terrence’s voice, but it held none of his usual warmth. Lori jumped. She turned, her fingers itching for the stake in her boot. Did he suspect she’d followed him? From his tone of voice, she thought so.

Learn more about the series as a whole on the Lyrical Press, Inc. website:

Read a longer excerpt from This Blackened Night at

Bio: If L.K. Below gets far too attached to her characters, well, that's because they're interesting people. Read two of her favorites in her urban fantasy series, The Order. Join her online at to learn more. Want to keep up to date with her tour stops? Follow her on Twitter ( or Facebook (

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Awesome Mom!

I read this blip from the AP in the paper on Sunday, and it struck a chord with me.

A woman in Maine gave birth to her grandson.

Yep, her grandson. Because her daughter has a heart condition and can't carry a baby, she offered to be a gestational surrogate. Mom (Grandma) is 49, has 4 kids of her own, and the youngest are in college, so it's been awhile since she's done this...but she says she thinks this last pregnancy was the easiest for her.

Baby Madden was 7 lbs, 14 oz and is doing great.

But...isn't that so sweet? What an awesome mom!

Piper Denna
Romance is sexy!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Things That Suck More Than Mondays

I'm reinstating an oldie-but-goodie from years back on Piper Patter: Things That Suck More Than Mondays, in which I try to make us all feel a bit better about having to rise and shine on this most dastardly of days.


  • Choosing that toilet stall with only those two squares of toilet paper (not mentioning when you get the one with no TP at all... even Mondays aren't bad enough to bring that up!)
  • Stubbing your toe
  • Funerals

And that's all I've got today. Must go convince myself it's good to be up and about, instead of tucked nice and warm inside the bed.

Happy Monday, y'all.

Piper Denna
Romance is sexy!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Why Nora is The Bomb

I read a book I chose this week--for the first time since last January: Nora Roberts' The Next Always. With my eye problem, my normal workload got quite backlogged and reading for fun just hasn't been an option. But now I'm mostly caught up, so when I took my daughter to the library and saw Nora on the "New" rack, I grabbed the book without even reading the jacket copy.

And I'm so glad I did it.

No matter the naysayers' spew, I can always count on Nora to deliver just what I want from a romance. This one roped me in from the beginning, with characters who have a dog named Dumbass (and yes, upon getting to know the dog better, I had to agree his name fits, LOL). I know it's a trilogy and by about 50 pages in I could tell you what couples the other 2 books will be about, and...I'm so ready to read them too.

Here's a couple lines from the book, the place where I had my "awwww moment".

"Maybe she'd been sliding, she realized, inching her way along.  But this was the finish line, the moment she knew--no doubts--she loved. The moment she could see herself with him next month, next year, next always."

See? Is there anything un-bombish about those wonderful lines? Anything at all?

I give this book an unquestionable 5 stars. It was such a nice, nice break from reading submissions (some of which have been good, don't get me wrong!). I could relax and depend on that happy ending, that moment of awwww.... Yeah. That's what reading for pleasure is all about.

And now I'm off to the library, hoping the next in the series is available. Wish me luck!

Piper Denna
Romance is sexy!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

A bachelorette interview

What if the bachelorette could choose 2 guys? These and many other sordid thoughts go through my head sometimes...or else how could I write erotic romance, right? 

Super awesome author LK Below had the great idea of doing a Bachelorette-style interview with my main characters from Victoria's Secret Wish.

And I have to admit, I felt extremely... daunted when I first looked at the questions. But I got myself back inside the characters' heads--eventually--and here's how it turned out. Fun!

Piper Denna
Romance is sexy!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Rockin' the bad girl

I'm still working with the bad girl from Victoria's Secret Wish. She's interviewed by my favorite fictional news mag/show: The Scoop Zone, or TSZ. (sound familiar? LOL), posted on Sara Jayne Townsend's blog.

Have a great day!

Piper Denna
Romance is sexy!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Another review in

...and another review is in for Victoria's Secret Wish, this time from author Jessi Gage. Jessi does great reviews, and quotes lines from books, citing their Kindle locations. Awesome.

Anyway, she made me feel all warm inside.

Please check it out.

Piper Denna
Romance is sexy!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Today I'm guest blogging at Fox Tales, where Sutton was kind enough to display all the deets about Victoria's Secret Wish, and I talk about why I'd mess with Vic & Britt's lovely HEA by taking them triad. She'll be posting a review on Friday!

At Sondrae Bennett's blog, we have a fun interview, with the villain(ess) of Victoria's Secret Wish. (I love writing bad guys, so why not interview them too, right?)

Thanks for stopping by!

Piper Denna
Romance is sexy!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Characters on the spot, and messing with a good thing.

Today I'm out and about in a couple of guest spots.

First, I discuss Why mess with a good thing? with author Calisa Rhose... as in, why take chances in my characters' Brett and Victoria's perfectly good relationship when my muse insisted they'd do well in a menage. We're giving away a copy of Victoria's Secret Wish, to one random commenter.

And my characters--all 3 of them, Vic, Britt, and David, get interviewed on author Jennifer Lowery's blog. Some candid answers to tough questions.

Off to work up my guest post for tomorrow.


Piper Denna
Romance is sexy!

Monday, August 6, 2012

An Olympic swimmer and some sizzle for your summer

Coincidentally and through no pre-planning of my own (really!), my newest story, in which I have a hero who is an Olympic gold medal swimmer (read hot, hot, hottie), releases today.

Victoria's Secret Wish is here! This is book 2 of the Fantasies, Inc series, where Victoria and Brett do a little experimenting in their marriage...

The Very Awesome Maya Blake was kind enough to review an ARC, and here are her thoughts:

Miss Denna is back again with her awesome Fantasy Series! Book Two – Fantasies Inc, Victoria's Secret Wish moves the action from the mountains of Wyoming to the decks of Fantasy, Inc - Aphrodite cruise ship where, once again, all sorts of fantasies are catered for. Book One took us on a roller coaster of "will they? won't they?" between Victoria and Brett (or Britt as she affectionately calls him). I happy-sighed for them when they got their HEA, so I was a bit, okay, a lot curious to see where Miss Denna would take their story next. I wasn't disappointed.
Victoria is a self-confessed control freak (you'll have to read Book One to find out why!) and Brett is determined to make her lose control just once. Inviting another man into their marriage bed in order to push their relationship forward was always going to be a tricky proposition. David is a younger guy, a seriously hot swimmer, with a bod to die for, and a career and reputation to protect. Vic and Brett are at the stage in their marriage where trying for a baby seems the natural step. Despite these huge stumbling blocks, all three were prepared to take a chance on one another. At first, David seemed to slot in (pardon the pun) perfectly. By the end of the book, this love triangle seemed almost meant to be. I was a bit wary of how a Happy Ever After would work for this trio. Happily, the clever Miss Denna chose a Happy For Now ending that left me satisfied that they'd work out whatever road bumps that came their way.
Victoria's Secret Wish is a hot, erotic, fantastic must-read and I count myself lucky enough to have been one of the first to get my grubby little hands on it!!
And for those readers who love a bit of suspense to keep the blood boiling, our not-so-friendly stalker is back…and this time, he has an accomplice!