The Tigers Have Landed: A Twitch of Tail is Out Now!!

It’s true!  The sixth book in the Wiccan-Were-Bear series, A Twitch of Tail, which is about Melo, the sweet ‘n sexy were-tiger from A Curve of Claw, is out now!  I knew when I wrote Melo’s character in Curve that eventually I’d let the panty-tearing big guy have his own story, I just didn’t plan on it taking this long.  In this story, you get to meet a new witch to the coven, purple-eyed Wysteria “Tera” Brannick, who  – luckily for Melo – has a soft spot for were-animals.  And because I love to write menage stories, I brought in Melo’s brother, Tahlon, to liven up the mating.

I couldn’t have finished the story without the help of my two beta-readers, Jackie G. and Jacq H.  When I was struggling for weeks on what to do with Melo’s story, they listened to my rantings and encouraged me.  And I’d like to extend a special thanks to Jennifer Moorman, who edited the book for me.  I’ve long-maintained that a good editor is worth their weight in gold, and Jennifer is certainly one of those to me.  I always enjoy working with her.  If you’re in need of an editor, you can find her website here or click the link on the right side of the blog.

Final A Twitch of Tail (small version)A Twitch of Tail (Wiccan-Were-Bear #6)

Natural witch Wysteria Brannick has a great life: a job she loves at the new were-animal hospital and a place in the Wiccan coven that resides in Cleveland. But all is not right in her idyllic life, as dreams of two mystery lovers plague her nightly. When she arrives at the were-tiger king’s home to heal a young tiger, she comes face to face with the two men from her dreams.

Were-tiger brothers Melo and Tahlon Thorne have spent the last three years in different ambushes. Now that Tahlon is coming to join Melo’s ambush, they both begin to grow unsettled. It’s not until they follow a sweet scent into the tiger king’s home that they realize the unsettled feelings are because they’ve found their mate. But Melo and Tahlon’s past comes back in force and it’s not just Tera’s life that hangs in the balance.

Be prepared for plenty of growling, love bites, hot were-tiger loving, and m/f/m interaction. This novella contains scorching hot sex, two possessive were-tigers, and the witch who loves them both.

You can find A Twitch of Tail on Amazon here, Barnes and Noble here, or Smashwords here.  As always, it will follow on iBooks, Kobo, and other ebooks distributors in the next few weeks.

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So what’s next?  Well…April is going to be really busy for me!  I’m guest posting on two blogs and I’m going to be giving away some Wolf’s Mate swag here on this blog as well as on the guest blogs, so stay tuned in the next few weeks for details.   And Logan’s book?  I am hopeful that it will be ready for publication around the middle of May.  Thank you all for your support and continued awesomeness.  And a special Happy Birthday *early* to Shawnnita.  XOXO, RE

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Available Now: A Bead of Blood, Book 5 in the Wiccan-Were-Bear Series!

The book has landed!  A Bead of Blood, Book 5 in the WWB series is available now!  You can purchase it for 99 cents on Amazon here or Smashwords here.  As usual, it will follow on iBooks, Nook, and other eReader device sites within six to eight weeks.

A Bead of Blood (Wiccan-Were-Bear Book 5)

Vampire Sabrina Chalice has spent the last few decades righting wrongs within the vampire community as a Hunter. When she stops a vampire-run, illegal were-animal fighting ring, she finds herself head over fangs for a were-bear named Griegs.

One hot moment leads to a connection that neither anticipated, and the solitary Hunter finds herself in a bear den, surrounded by love and acceptance. As Griegs makes amends and pulls Sabrina into his furry world, she’s happier than she’s ever been in her long life.

Warning: this story contains a sexy vampire that hunts other vampires, a were-bear that needs forgiveness, tent-ruining hot sex, and hatchet-burying apologies that will melt your heart.

I couldn’t have published Griegs’ story without some amazing help.

  • Many thanks to the amazing Ramona Lockwood of Covers by Ramona, who found the incredible images for the book cover and worked her magic.  I love her covers so much, I want to write faster so I can publish more books so she can do more covers!
  • Many thanks to editor Jennifer Moorman, whose funny comments, tireless support, and grammar know-how helped me polish out the rough draft edges.
  • Sincere thanks to my reader Jacq who read through the story several times and offered extremely needed and helpful advice.

And I wouldn’t have been able to complete Griegs’ story if it weren’t for the support of my fans and friends.  The emails and comments of encouragement pushed me to get his story finished, so thank you – from the bottom of my heart – for everything.

**On a side note, I’m listening to heavy rain and light wind this morning, as we wait for Hurricane Sandy.  Schools, businesses and roads are closed all around us in NJ and PA, and our family is keeping watch for the storm that should be in our area tonight.  Thank you all for the prayers and kind words.  I’ll post again when the storm is safely away from us.

In the meantime….connect with me online!  I love emails (rebutlerauthor@gmail.com), Facebook (www.facebook.com/R.E.ButlerAuthorPage), and Twitter (@rebutlerauthor), so drop me a note or comment on the blog.  I’d love to hear from you!

Franken-Storm, Executive Decisions, and Griegs’ Teaser!

As many of you know, I live in the great state of New Jersey.  If you have been following the news of Hurricane Sandy (aka Franken-Storm), then you know that it’s supposed to make landfall in the next few days on the East Coast and cause all manner of rain, flooding, and wind damage.  Our home is located well inland, but we do have our weekend house that is in an area that has the potential to flood, which is not good.  We have the potential to lose power at our regular home next week, and since my pub date with Griegs’ story is…you guessed it….mid-next week, I’ve made the executive decision to go ahead and publish early.  The latest book in the wiccan-were-bear series will be available on Amazon and Smashwords most likely on Monday the 29th, however it’s possible it will be as late as Tuesday, the 30th, depending on publication time.  I’ll post the details and buy links when the book is live, so stay tuned to the blog for further details.

Check out my awesome new cover, courtesy of Covers by Ramona.  You can guess how difficult it is to find a cover model that fits the description of the sexy bears in my stories.  So Ramona and I opted to go a different route and focus on the heroines.  When she showed me this cover, I’m pretty sure my mouth hit the floor.  I absolutely adore it, and I think that she’s the perfect Sabrina.  Ramona is such an amazing designer, I love working with her.  And it doesn’t hurt that I get to look at a ton of incredible stock photos of hot guys and call it “research”.

And this time, I used a new editor, the very fabulous and capable Jennifer Moorman.  She stepped into the WWB world without blinking an eye and  I can’t thank her enough for her help.  I had a blast working with her and if you’re in the market for an editor, please check her out.

Here’s the official description and a never-before-seen teaser from A Bead of Blood.

A Bead of Blood (Book 5 in the Wiccan Were-Bear Series)

Vampire Sabrina Chalice has spent the last few decades righting wrongs within the vampire community as a Hunter.  When she stops a vampire-run, illegal were-animal fighting ring, she finds herself head over fangs for a were-bear named Griegs.

One hot moment leads to a connection that neither anticipated, and the solitary Hunter finds herself in a bear den, surrounded by love and acceptance.  As Griegs makes amends and pulls Sabrina into his furry world, she’s happier than she’s ever been in her long life.

Warning:  this story contains a sexy vampire that hunts other vampires, a were-bear that needs forgiveness, tent-ruining hot sex, and hatchet-burying apologies that will melt your heart.

*Excerpt from: A Bead of Blood by R.E. Butler*

When I stepped inside, the door slammed shut and I was pinned against it, off the floor, with his face in my neck.

His voice was a barely contained growl that vibrated along my body.  “You smell so good, Sabrina.”  His tongue lit fire up my neck as he blazed a trail from the crux of my shoulder to my ear, my body shuddering as my legs wrapped around him and my hands dug into his shoulders.

“Uh, th-thanks?”  I stuttered.

I felt him smile against me, and then he ground his hips into mine.  I felt the length of his erection as it pressed into the apex of my thighs.  “Oh fuck,” I groaned, tightening my legs around him.

I felt his fangs teasing my flesh, and I closed my eyes, wanting nothing more in the world than to have him sink them into me and…wait!  I shoved on his shoulders, coming back to myself for a moment.  “No, no!  Don’t bite me!”

He lifted his head slowly, his fangs peeking from his parted lips, his eyes full of disappointment.  I smoothed the back of my hand across his cheek.  “I want you, too, Griegs, I swear, but it’s different for my kind.   We don’t let people bite us for fun.”

His eye ticked.  “I wasn’t playing.”

**Coming October 29th/30th**

Thanks so much for all of your support!  I can’t wait for you to read about Griegs & Sabrina!  XOXO, R

Tidbits about Michael & Wiccan-Were-Bear News!

I’ve never really written about some of the things that go into a story such as Michael’s, but I wanted to share a few things that those of you that have read his story might find amusing and/or interesting.  Michael’s character is patterned physically after Paul Walker.  Yummy.  His personality…well I just wanted to have some comic relief in Book 1 and he fit the bill.  Then I liked him so much, and so did many of you, that I knew he’d get his own book eventually.

**A few tidbits**

1.  Jason’s ringtone on Michael’s phone:  Ozzy Osborne’s “Bark at the Moon”.

2.  Michael’s Trailer:  Is a mixture of three different men:  My brother’s single-wide trailer when he was in college, my brother-in-law’s refrigerator the first time I went to a family gathering at his house (entirely beer, I swear!), and my brother’s best friend Rob’s home, which does indeed have a pool table for a kitchen table (and a stripper pole in the bedroom, but that’s a story for another time!)

3.  The fictional city of Corrine, where the wildlife park is, is named after my Great Aunt Corrine.  Growing up, I spent summers on her farm in Kentucky, helping to feed the chickens and the cows.  She’s the one that taught me how to make biscuits.  Some of my favorite childhood memories are sitting in her kitchen while she cooked and canned and listening to her tell stories about working in the kitchen at the local elementary school.

4.  Trav Herron, Shyne’s best friend, is the spitting image of my best friend in college, also named Travis.  I met Travis when I picked up a second job selling jewelry at a department store where he was assistant manager.  He and I hit it off right away, and became best friends.  He called me Miss Behavior and I called him Miss Demeanor.  He moved away when the store closed and we lost touch after a while, but I always think of him fondly and wanted to honor him in my own small way.

5.  Dante, Cairo and Mason – they’re not such bad guys, they’re just looking for their mate!  Don’t hate them too much, because they’re getting their own story in a new series, which I hope to have out in December along with a big holiday giveaway, so stay tuned to the blog for more details!

And now onto the Wiccan-Were-Bear News!

If you’ve read Book 4 in the WWB series, you know that book five is Griegs’ story.  I’m happy to announce that it will come out November 1st on Amazon and Smashwords for 99 cents.  I’ll post the amazing cover on October 29th, along with the official blurb and a teaser, and then in a few short days, you’ll be loving Griegs as much as I do.  I thought Griegs’ had suffered enough after his little blow up in the first book, and it was time he found his mate and got on with his life.  I love the story and I’m so excited to share it with you all.  No menage in this book, but plenty of hot were-bear-loving, and a kick-ass heroine I can’t wait for you all to meet.

Stay tuned to the blog for updates and as always, you can follow me on Twitter @rebutlerauthor or on my FB page (R.E.ButlerAuthorPage), or drop me an email or comment on the blog.  I truly love to hear from all of you.  XXOO ~R

New Release: The Gigolo’s Bride, Book 2 in The Necklace Chronicles Series!

It is with great pleasure that I announce that the second book in The Necklace Chronicles series, The Gigolo’s Bride, is available for purchase on Amazon and Smashwords.  This story started with an idea:  what if there was a planet of men who had blue hair until they found their soul mate?  From that simple notion, and many, many, many edits, came The Gigolo’s Bride.  At its core, it’s a story of redemption and acceptance.

The Gigolo’s Bride

The Necklace Chronicles Book 2

Sold into slavery….

Only one person can truly set former sex slave Eden Atarn free:  his soul mate.

Taken from her planet….

When Ashleigh Turner receives a beautiful necklace as a gift from a secret admirer, she has no idea who it came from.  When another delivery shows up at her home, instead of finding out who sent her the necklace, she finds herself transported onto an alien spaceship as it speeds her away from earth.

Will she be what he needs or find herself a slave as well….

On a planet where forced prostitution is a punishment and young adults are sold by their families for money, Ashleigh must decide if she can be what Eden needs when she comes face to face with what he once was.  Will she always want to go home, or will she find that the place she longs to be most is in Eden’s arms?

I really am very grateful to Alexis Arendt and her staff at Word Vagabond, for their editing insight and assistance.   If you are in the market for an editor, they are fantastic and you can contact them here.   Do you love the cover?  I do!!  Many thanks to Deer Watson Media for their ability to create such an amazing cover from my notes.   Not only do they provide reasonably priced, amazing covers, but they’re also quick and easy to work with.  You can contact them here.

You’ll find The Gigolo’s Bride (The Necklace Chronicles) for sale on Amazon here and Smashwords here, for 99 cents.  It will follow on B&N, Apple, and other ebook distributors within six to eight weeks.

October is Michael’s month, so stay tuned for a glimpse of the sexy cover for the wolf trouble maker.  Enjoy The Gigolo’s Bride and, as always, Happy Reading!  ~R

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A Bond of Brothers Release & WINNERS!!

Well, Happy Birthday to Me!  My theme song for this birthday is my current muscial crush, Trey Songz, and his awesome hit, “Say Aah”.  If you haven’t heard or seen it, check out the youtube link here.  That is one sexy party.

It was really amazing to wake up and see A Bond of Brothers on Amazon and Smashwords!  You can buy the book for 99 cents on Amazon here or on Smashwords here.  As always, they will arrive at B&N, Apple, and other retailers within 6 to 8 weeks, but you can purchase any format of the ebook from Smashwords and save yourself the wait!  “Like” my Facebook page to keep up with upcoming release dates, book arrivals on retailer sites, and (if you haven’t checked it out yet) a very cool photo grouping of celebrities that remind me and my fans of the characters in both the wolf and wiccan stories.

*Many thanks to Alex G. for handling the Facebook site for me!*  *Thanks to Jacq McNeill for her beta-reading help!*

*Thanks to Kameko Gay for her beta-reading, editing eye, and awesome cover!*

**On to the winners!**

First, I’d like to thank everyone who commented.  Over thirty comments for this contest!!  I really, really enjoyed reading the responses to the question of which book you’d like to see next in the wiccan series.  When you finish A Bond of Brothers, don’t forget to keep reading for the description of the next story in the series…I won’t spoil the fun and I hope you’ll be pleased with my choice!

Using randomizer.org, the following 12 people have won prizes.  Each winner will receive an email from me.  If you won a book or gift card, please reply back to me with the correct format for ebook/gift card choice and the right email addy to use.  If you have won a necklace or handmade bar of soap, I need your physical mailing address to send to the etsy.com store owners.  Please get back to me as soon as possible if you’re chosen!

Prize 1:  6 eBooks of A Bond of Brothers (winner’s choice of format)

1. Caroline Toye

2. DBorra

3. Christina Rodriguez

4. Vivian Furch

5. Sabrina

6. Mary

Prize 2:  2 Fairy Pendant Necklaces on 18 inch black satin cords, courtesy of Sue @ artintheround etsy.com store (click the link to view the page with the photos):

7.  “Fairy Moon Flute”  –  Amanda

8.  “Fairy On Limb with Flower”  –  Maria

Prize 3:  2 Handmade Brown Sugar Vanilla Bars of Soap, courtesy of Sheenah Freitas @ simplysweetstore etsy.com store (click the link to view the page with the photos):

9.  Shelley Chastagner

10.  Bente Correll

Prize 4:  2 $25 gift cards to Amazon or Barnes & Noble, winner’s choice:

11.  Rosa

12.  Erica Ortega

*CONGRATULATIONS to the winners!*

Thank you to all who participated in the blog contest and for your support, kind words, and birthday wishes.  It’s been a great week and a really extra special birthday.

All the best, R

Connect with me online:  At my Facebook Author Page, on Twitter @rebutlerauthor, or by email at rebutlerauthor@gmail.com

Birthday Bash & Release Day Contest!

IT’S ALMOST HERE!  In five short days, not only will I be a year older, but I’ll be publishing the fourth in the wiccan-were-bear series and giving away a ton of prizes!  I’m just so thrilled for A Bond of Brothers (Lynk & Tavian’s) story to come out.  We’re back to the den with this book, my lovelies, as Ash and Axe’s younger brothers, Lynk and Tavian find out whether their bond is strong enough to survive sharing a spirited fairy named Shaylee.  I had a ball writing this story and I hope you will enjoy it as well.

This book, I added a new beta-reader, the sweetly inspiring Jacq.  I’m so happy to have her on-board.  It’s really important to me that the people who read my stories, especially the wiccan and wolf series that tie into each other, actually really enjoyed the books.  Jacq came to me as a fan and our collaboration was born.  It’s wonderful to have another pair of eyes on my work.  And it’s a hint to any of you out there with editing talents – don’t be afraid to approach your favorite indie author and offer yourself as a reader.  They might just say yes.  🙂

I couldn’t have finished the book without Kameko Gay, who has been by my side since Day One, supporting and encouraging me, reading and editing me, and making my fantastic covers.  All out of the graciousness of her heart.

….On to the contest….

How do you enter?  EASY!  Just comment on this blog before 10:00 a.m. EST on Friday, August 24th.  What should you comment?  I want to know whose book you’d like to see next in the wiccan series.  Griegs?  Daeton?  Shy & Teck?  Tosh?  Jes?  Melo?  (And feel free to toss in some happy birthday wishes to me, too!).  Your comment will earn you an entry in the drawing.

I’m giving away twelve prizes to celebrate my birthday and the release of Lynk & Tavian’s story and here they are!

First up?  Ebooks of Course!  Six commenters will get a free copy of A Bond of Brothers in any e-format they want, emailed right into their inboxes!

Second?  Two lucky commenters will receive a fairy pendant necklace, courtesy of Sue and her awesome etsy.com store, Art in the Round.  I picked out two of my favorite pendants, because the heroine in aBoB is a fairy!  Here are pics of the two awesome pendants, which will come with 18 inch black satin necklaces.  Sue is a talented jewelry artisan and I’m so glad she was willing to help me with my birthday/release day giveaway!

Third?  Two more lucky commenters will receive an all-natural, handmade bar of brown sugar and vanilla scented soap!  The soaps are courtesy of Sheenah Freitas and her etsy.com store, simplysweetstore.  Because the heroine is a “nature fairy”, I wanted to give away something natural, and I have this soap at home and I love it!  Sheenah is a sweetheart, very talented, and I’m glad that we were able to get together on this giveaway!

Is there more you ask?  Why, yes!

Last but not least…..:  Two commenters will receive a $25 gift card, B&N or Amazon, winner’s choice!!!!

How do you enter again?  Easy!  Just comment on the next book you’d like to see in the wiccan series between now and 10:00 a.m. EST Friday, 8/24, on this blog post.

I look forward to celebrating my birthday with you and reading your comments.  Thanks for joining me!  All the best, R

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Birthday Bash Giveaway (starts 8/20) Teaser and Wiccan-Were-Bear Release Date News!

In celebration of the eleventh anniversary of my 25th birthday (ha!) I’m going to have a big birthday bash giveaway right here on my blog.  On Friday, August 24th, I’ll not only age (gracefully, I hope) one more year, but I’ll also be releasing A Bond of Brothers, the 4th in the Wiccan-Were-Bear series.  To celebrate two such awesome things aligning in the universe, I’m going to be giving away a bunch of cool things!

What things, you ask?

EBooks, some fabulous things from Etsy.com, and two (count ’em – two!) gift cards to either Amazon or B&N!!

So watch the blog (or better yet, follow me if you aren’t already), and be sure to comment on the Monday, August 20th post, which will kick off my birthday week, and you might win one of twelve gifts!  The contest will run the whole week, ending with winners chosen on Friday, August 24th.

To tease and tempt, because it’s just so dang much fun, here is the official blurb for A Bond of Brothers, and a first peek at my new, fantabulous cover courtesy of my fantastic beta-reader/cover designer/friend and commiserator, Kameko Gay.  This may be my fav cover, yet.  When you read the story, you’ll know just how damn perfect it truly is!

A Bond of Brothers (Book 4 in the Wiccan-Were-Bear Novella Series)

Shaylee Tannia is a banished fairy with the powers of healing and nature at her disposal.  One wintry morning, she stumbles upon an injured and dying were-bear.  Saving his life leads to a connection she didn’t expect and the love kindled between them is hot enough to melt the snow.  But all is not easy with their newfound love…a brother’s claim threatens everything.

Can she bridge the gap between them or will choosing both be the end of it all?  When a demon from her past jeopardizes all she holds dear, will the cost of her freedom be the lives of the ones she loves most?  This story contains one pissed off fairy, a were-bear that doesn’t want to share, over-protective mates, a sacrifice of blood and flesh that will melt your heart, and m/f/m interaction.

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If you didn’t see the teaser for A Bond of Brothers at the end of Daeton’s story, it’s here for you now, because I love you all so much.  My birthday celebration kicks off on Monday, August 20th, so stay tuned!

Excerpt from A Bond of Brothers:

“Are you the angel that healed me?”  He said with a soft smile and a low voice that made the inside of my body go tingly warm.

“Angel?”

He frowned slightly, “I remember wings and feeling very warm.  I thought I was going to die but then I woke up with you in my arms.”

I smiled.  I’d never been called an angel before.  “I’m a healing fairy.  My name is Shaylee Tianna.”

His smile returned.  “I’m Lynk Stalking Horse.  Thank you for saving my life.”

“It was the strangest thing.  I was hunting and I smelled something that called to me.  I don’t really understand it, but I followed the scent and found you.  I thought you were a real bear and I was going to help you die quickly.  When I touched you, I knew you were a were and I healed you.”

He stared at me for a moment and then he pressed his head to the crux of my neck and took a deep breath.  My whole body lit up, shivers raced up and down my spine and I was speechless as my heart tried to pound out of my chest.  He moved up my neck slowly, dragging his warm lips up my sensitive skin before crossing my cheek to my mouth.

His plump lips stopped on mine and for a heartbeat I thought because he was a stranger that I shouldn’t kiss him or touch him, but the next heartbeat I wanted to do both of those things.  Months of loneliness surfaced like a raw wave of pain, the heated, delicious scent of him surrounded me, and I could no more get up from him than I could have stopped time.  Fisting my hands in his hair, I parted my mouth on a moan and he slipped his arms around me, drew me closer, and rolled me to my back.  Our tongues touched, that first gentle slide together like two creatures that were made for dark pleasure, and my body liquefied.  His hair cascaded around us like a thick blanket as I released one hand from the thick locks and ran my fingers down his back.  I traced the contours of his very naked body as he pressed on top of me, feeling the muscles tense and bunch under my exploration.

I was shirtless but still wearing my pants and boots, and when I felt his fingers at the button of my jeans, I let out an involuntary moan.  He lifted from my mouth and looked down at me.  “Do you want me to stop, Shaylee?”

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PS:  I’m on Facebook now!  Thanks to my very awesome fan Alex G., I’ve got a fan page and I’d love for you to stop by and “like” me, to keep updated on all my goings-on!  Join me, won’t you?

FB:  R.E.ButlerAuthorPage

See you soon!  All the best, R

Blog Tour Stop: Inside the Mind of RE Butler

Page Turner Book Tours The Tribe’s Bride Tour Stop #2

In the spirit of sharing on my wicked cool Blog Tour with Page Turner Book Tours, I decided to let you get to know me and my writing process.

This was a great day. My toes matched my new fancy flip flops!

First of all, R.E. Butler is a pen name.  One reason I did that, is because my married name is a very unique one and I didn’t want people my husband worked with to google him and discover that his wife writes paranormal romance novels.  Not that he cares, mind you, because he enjoys my success, but you’d be amazed how often people google themselves and each other on a whim.  It’s a combination of names from my family lineage, and not one that could be traced back to my husband.

Now that that’s out of the way, let me tell you about my writing process.  Oh, wait, I don’t have one!  I basically sit down every day and work.  That’s it.  I’m either writing, reading, editing or brainstorming.  I don’t lay a book out ahead of time, write extensive histories of the characters, or do a whole ton of research when I start.  I start with whatever I have – a concept, name, or place – and I go from there.  I don’t start editing until I’m done, and if I have research to do (which I almost always have to look up a few things), it usually gets done at the end.  I daydream about my books.  If I get stuck, I spend time just thinking about the characters and what I want from them, and I wait for them to speak back to me.  You might think that as an author there’s a sort of godlike ability with the world that you’ve created, but that’s not entirely true.  If you’ve ever read a story in which a character acted completely out of character, then you know what I mean.  If I set up a character to be an alpha male, then I can’t have him skipping and picking daisies in the next chapter.

This is my office.  Boring, right?  But all mine!  I’ve got my iPod for music, plus I’m always on YouTube looking for hot men to play leads (at least in my mind).  I’m a big procrastinater on YouTube.  So much fun stuff to explore.

We recently purchased a weekend home on a lagoon in a bay off the Atlantic Ocean.  We spend long weekends and vacation time in our little home, boating and hanging out.  I love having a place to go where we can just unwind and relax.  At first I thought I wouldn’t ever have time to write because we would be so busy, but then my husband surprised me by buying himself a small fishing boat.  So for several hours each morning we’re there, I can write to my hearts’ content while he takes the kids fishing.  I love that little boat!

Here are what my “weekend home” offices look like.  I have two places I like to write.  Here is the kitchen table.  Notice the can of Pepsi for a caffeine pick-me-up, my iPad for procrastinating by checking twitter, and the bag of emergency chocolate chip cookies.

My second office is in the screened-in porch off the back.  We have things here in NJ called Greenheads.  They’re little biting flies with bright green heads.  Ugh, they hurt and make it impossible to be outside sometimes, so when I want to be out in the fresh air, I sit on the screened in porch, laptop on lap.  I love looking out over the water, and out there I have an incredible view of the lagoon.  In the morning, before everyone is up, I sit out there with a mug of hot tea and just dig the quiet.  Everyone needs a place where they can get away from things and just decompress.  I’m lucky to have access to such an amazing place.

What makes me tick?  I’m a wife and mother.  I’ve been married for almost twelve years, and my daughter is 9 and my son is 4.  We have two dogs and two large tanks of South African cichlids.  This is Montana aka Bad Dog, who is always hanging out wherever I am, waiting for me to look away for one second so he can grab one of those cookies, or whatever else I’m snacking on.  He’s my fierce protector (doesn’t he look fierce?).  Trust me, he may look relaxed, but he’s plotting world domination that somehow involves cookies.

I love to read, I love to write, and I love to watch TV and movies, especially anything sci-fi.  Did I always want to be a writer?  Yes.  But I also wanted to marry David Hasslehoff, have a pet monkey, and be a marine biologist.  Sometimes, reality really takes a bite out of your dreams.  I’m really lucky – blessed! – to be surrounded by supportive family and friends.  I’ve learned a lot about myself since I began writing a few years ago, and taking the plunge into self-publishing has been more exciting and rewarding then I ever could have imagined.

Two commenters on this blog will receive a free digital copy of The Tribe’s Bride!  To enter, comment here on the blog and tell me, When you want to get away from everything, where do you go?  Do you have a special place in your home that you can hang out, uninterrupted for a little while, or do you go somewhere special for that oh-so-precious me-time?

To be entered into the grand prize giveaway (two prizes:  1) a $25 Amazon or B&N GC, ebook, and bracelet 2) ebook and bracelet) hosted by Page Turner Book Tours, comment here on my blog post and then click the link below to go to the Page Turner Book Tour site for my blog tour.  Log into the “rafflecopter” at the bottom of the tour page with your facebook or email, and select “I commented” and then complete any of the other tasks to earn more entries, everything from following me on twitter to following the blog.

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Thank you for joining me today on my “stop” on the blog tour.  On the right side of my blog, you’ll see a list of the blogs that are part of the tour, I hope you’ll stop by each one.  Follow me on twitter @rebutlerauthor to keep up with the blogs on tour each day.  I look forward to hearing from everyone!  All the Best, R

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The Tribe’s Bride Release, Contest Results, & Blog Tour

It is with great pleasure that I announce the official release of The Tribe’s Bride (The Necklace Chronicles) today, July 25th, which is available now on Amazon and Smashwords.

When a university job interview goes south, Carrie Wade isn’t certain that she’ll ever find work in her field of ancient Native American Culture.  Knowing the only job waiting for her is waitressing at a coffee house, Carrie indulges in a post-disappointment shopping trip.  An old necklace in an antique store window catches her eye and she immediately feels as if she cannot walk away without owning it.  The very last thing she needs to do is squander her savings by investing in a necklace that may have, at one time, belonged to one of the tribes she studied…but she can’t help herself.

When she tries on the precious necklace at home, she passes out and wakes up in the tent of the necklace’s original owners, three Native American tribesmen from the late 1600s.  Will she be able to get back home to the future, or will she find out that the one place she was always meant to be was back in time as the tribe’s bride?

This novella contains m/f/m/m interaction, three handsome brothers that will do anything for each other and their woman, and a magical necklace that brings them all together.

You can purchase The Tribe’s Bride on Smashwords here or Amazon here for 99 cents.  It will follow on B&N, Apple, and other outlets within six to eight weeks.

First to the fun!  I had a tremendous amount of comments on my giveaway post on Monday, which asked, “if you could go to any time, past or future, where would you go?”  I loved reading each response.  Using Randomizer.org, the following four people were chosen to receive a free digital copy of the book.

1.  Chanel

2.  Lydia

3.  Shawnnita Miranda

4.  smartmouthtexan

I have sent out emails to the winners, so please respond quickly to let me know which format you would prefer to receive your book in, and I’ll get it right to you!  Thanks to everyone who responded and congrats to the winners!

Because this book is the start of a new series, I wanted to go a different route than normal.  I chose a professional editor, and can’t thank Alexis Arendt at Word Vagabond (www.wordvagabond.wordpress.com) enough for her help.  Her insight into characterization and world building really helped take this book to the next level.  I highly recommend Word Vagabond for any authors that are looking for editing help.

I also decided to go with a professional book cover, and chose Deer Watson Media to handle it.  Let me just say, I love the cover!  D.W.M. was so incredibly easy to work with.  Not only quick, but competitively priced and willing to work with me to get exactly what I wanted.  I think the cover model looks exactly as I’d pictured Carrie, and the split background is just so cool.  You can find them on their GoodReads page here.

I’m advertising on The Romance Studio beginning on August 1st!  You can find me on their home page for month of August…www.theromancestudio.com

Now onto the Blog Tour!  Oh my!  I can’t believe how much fun doing a tour is!  I feel like a total celebrity.  Over the next eight days, from July 26th to August 2nd, I will be appearing on eight blogs (including a post here on the 27th), and I’m just so thrilled.  Not only do I get to reach out to new audiences here in the states and in the UK, but I get to be interviewed, have my book reviewed, and do guest posts.  I’m so glad I’ve done it.

Page Turner Book Tours (www.pageturnerbooktours.blogspot.co.uk) is heading the blog tour, which will give away a ton of copies of The Tribe’s Bride to commenters.  For those that enter through the rafflecopter on the tour website, you’ll be entered for a chance to win one of two awesome prizes.  The grand prize is a $25 gift card of your choice of Amazon or B&N, a handmade bracelet with colors mentioned in the story (it’s wicked cool!), and an eBook.  The second place prize is a handmade bracelet and an eBook.

The kick off starts today at their website, so check it out here!

Be sure to stop by Page Turner Book Tours to enter the rafflecopter, and stop by the blogs every day and comment to increase your chances (and get to know me and my characters a bit better).  You can keep up-to-date with the different blogs by following me on twitter @rebutlerauthor.

The next week promises to be exciting, not only with the release of the first of my new series, but also the blog tour.  I can’t wait, and I look forward to meeting you on the blog tour.

I’d like to say a sincere thanks for all the support I’ve received since I announced this new book a few weeks back.  It’s been incredible and heart-warming!  All the best, R