Category Archives: Thursday Thirteen

So…you’ve heard of these Right? 13 Viners I actually watch.

Okay.  So if you’re like me, you may not know what a “Vine” is until the explosion of weird phrases and sayings make it’s way out in general conversation (usually of teenagers).  I have since discovered “Viners” and I’m watching a bunch of them.  Here’s a few I like to watch.

1.  The Eh Bee family

I watch this for me.  LOL!!!!

2.  Brandon Calvillo

3.  Manon Mathews

4.  Matt Cutshall

5 Arielle Vandenburg

6.  Lizzzzza

7,  Allicattt

8.  The Mighty Duck 

I like his mom.  He’s kind of a PIA.

9.  Thomas Sanders

I love love love these.

10.  The Gabbie Show

11.  Aaron Doh

He yells a lot, but he’s funny!!!

12. Dope Island

This one I’m never sure if I’m going to laugh…or think. It certainly gets a response.

13.  Alex Ramos

More screaming.  Sometimes VERY annoying but…yeah….I laugh.


Filed under Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen Things I’m Looking Forward To

1.  I’m going to my first ever Munch tonight.

2.  Eel River Soroptomist Tea on February 29

3.  Finishing my short story with Emily Ryan Davis

4.  Finishing “Bastard of Arundale Hall”

5.  The BDSM Palooza (My day is February 19)

6.  Lois W.’s Birthday party March 7

7.  My trip to San Francisco on March 13.

8.  Seeing Eden Bradley again (I haven’t seen her since 2008

9.  Getting my tattoo

10.  Going to the local SF munch

11.  Going to The Citidal

12.  The Release of “Mastered 2”

13.  The day that Karma finally catches up and takes care of some people.  LOL!


Filed under Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen Random Things About Me….

I’m baaaaack!  Didja miss me?  LOL!

1.  I hate taking Selfiies

Every time I have to do it, I feel horrible about myself.  LOL!  This was my latest one.


2.  I was a Music Major in college

My dream was to be a choir director, but I got distracted and my grades plummeted.

3.  I worked for 8 years as a CNA

Home Care and then in a hospital.  I went on Maternity leave and never went back.

4.  I love rain

It’s my favorite weather.  I don’t like the sun much.  LOL!

5.  I don’t like wearing makeup

I do it because I have to for work, but I don’t like it.

6.  I’m not a crazed fan

I have tons of authors, music and actors that I love but I don’t find out every scrap of detail about stuff.  I wouldn’t have any time for anything else.  LOL!

7.  I was once a singer in a band….

Not a very good one.  But I did do it.

8.  I can’t resist chips and dip

It’s my downfall.  I try and use salsa instead of a sour cream based dip, but sometimes I GOTTA HAVE IT!  LOL!!

9.  The first book I submitted for publication was a romantic suspense

I like mystery with my romance.

10.  I live in a small town.

about twelve thousand people.

11.  I reread Dorothy L. Sayer’s “Gaudy Night” every year.

I love that book.

12.  My favorite author is Joey W. Hill.

13.  I have rented the Bourne series a million times.  

I should just buy them.


Filed under Thursday Thirteen

13 Reasons To Party at the Smuketeers 12 Days of Xmas

1. This video

2. The books
So. Many. Awesome. Books.
3. The chance at a gift card
If you share the video on social media, you could win.
4. The authors
5. It’s easy to enter
Just comment on all the posts and you can win the grand prize
6. It’s FESTIVE!
7. It could get you in the Christmas mood
8. “Christmas At Arundale Hall” is featured tomorrow
9. And you could win a copy
10. The Smutketeers
R.G. Alexander, Eden Bradley, Robin Rotham, Crystal Jordan and other huge names in Erotic Romance.
A prize worth $300.
12. The other prizes
Not only books, but some authors are offering gift cards, jewelry and other stuff.
13. Did I mention the video?



Filed under Announcements and Celebrations, Favorite Sites, Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen Awesome things that happened this week

1.I released “Christmas At Arundale Hall” on Monday. JLeeland_ChristmasAtArundaleHall_Smashwords
2. I successfully uploaded my new book up to Amazon, AllRomance, Smashwords and Barnes and Noble
3. My new boss turned out to be a nice guy
So far.
4. I got an AWESOME review at The Romance Reviews for “Temptation to Submit”
5. Words were written on “Desire To Submit” which is Gina’s story.
6. My husband got a new truck
7. And it cost us much less than we thought.
8. I successfully sent out a newsletter!
This was a big deal, believe me. LOL!
9. I found out that I’m getting a raise
10. I attended my kid’s Teacher Conferences and all is well so far
11. I purchased Christmas Ebooks.
T. Sue Versteeg’s “Baby It’s Cold Outside” (box set) Sam Crescent’s “Blue Mountain”, Emily Ryan Davis’s “Let It Snow” so far.
12. I finally got the “Invitation To Eden” series
13. Did I mention my new release?
Here’s an Excerpt from “Christmas At Arundale Hall”

“Call the coven. Don’t do this alone,” he said urgently. Sweet Edward. He could not know the darkness they faced.
“She is one of us, Edward. The coven cannot be called against one of their own.” She met his frustrated glare. “Do you remember how Sarah believed she had to die to save those who came after her?”
Edward nodded and frowned.
Chantal stared back at the fire, the dancing flames reminding her of Wisteria’s eyes as she tried to kill Sarah and Perry. Hatred. Hurt. There was not much difference between them in the end. “Blood is always the key.” She glanced at him and noted the smooth expression on his face. He knew it was true. Hadn’t he begged her to do the one thing that would bind him to her forever? Hadn’t she refused because that kind of bond frightened her to death? “The blood Wisteria used to create the spell that made the Wolves of Arundale bound her line to theirs. I lied to Madeline. The warding spell I taught her is a more benign version than the one the Dea Matre used to protect my ancestor. The Dea Matre bled her own heart to protect Alanna, her daughter of choice. I can do no less.”
“There must be another way,” Edward stated. “The scrolls—”
“I have studied the scrolls in Bayeux, Edward. This is the only way to protect my bloodline from her.” She carefully placed the poker back against the fireplace and brushed her hands clean of any soot before she turned to face Edward. “I had doubts, but this morning’s breakfast made them disappear.”
Edward eased away from her sleeping daughter and stepped toward her. “Why? Tell me why you choose to risk your life, to leave your daughter.” A muscle moved in his jaw before he spoke again. “To leave me.”
“They are your family. The Earl of Arundale, Elizabeth, Perry, Sarah, little Gerry. They are your kin. They would risk everything for you. I can do no less.” She stopped short of saying the irrevocable words that were on the tip of her tongue. She loved him, but she would not burden him with that knowledge lest she did not return.
She noted his anger, his frustration with her. He didn’t understand. Possibly he never would. He tightened his lips. “Perhaps this is the easy way for you. It is easier than the responsibility of a daughter and a lover.”
That was it. He had gone too far. “This is not some noble self-sacrifice I’m performing, Mr. Jaimison,” she snapped. “Lady Marion North is a dangerous, powerful person who will stop at nothing to kill my daughter and end my line. Shall I stand idly by while she manipulates and controls those around her to do her bidding?” She flicked the skirt of her dress and stepped closer until she was nose to nose with Edward. “If I can end it, stop her from killing anyone else—like Marcus’s lover, or Isabella—shouldn’t I do it? What would you do?”
“I would let those who love me, help me.” He ground out the words through clenched teeth.
“You lie.” She attempted to jerk away from him and he gripped her arm. Their gazes clashed and she tipped her chin higher.
“Damn you,” he muttered. “Why can’t you see that I—”
She couldn’t let him finish. A declaration of any kind would weaken her resolve until she melted in the warmth of his love and to hell with everything else. To stop his words, she leaned up and pressed her mouth to his.
For a moment he froze, his stillness only spurring her to wrap her arms around his neck and plunge her fingers into his hair. Closer. More.
When he relented, he overwhelmed her, his arms banded around her, his mouth plundering hers with the heat of a thousand suns. She burned for him. His tongue swept inside and she moaned from the feel of him.
Too soon, he came back to his senses and broke away from her, his labored breathing both a boon and a curse as he distanced himself from her. He said no words, but bowed abruptly and left the room.
The sun made a brief appearance through the stormy clouds and beamed through the window. But Chantal did not feel its warmth. She stared at her child and wished things could be different.


Filed under Great Books, Thursday Thirteen

13 Things about “Christmas At Arundale Hall” Coming December 1, 2014


1. This is my first Self Published book
I collaborated on one that came out last July, but I my co-author did most of the work.
2. My cover was done by P And N Graphics
and they were fantastic to work with.
3. I used my former EC Editor
Who was one of the myriad of people laid off in August. I’m so glad she decided to go freelance.
4. The hero, Edward Jaimison, is a male submissive
And I adore him.
5. Edward has been featured in the other two Arundale books
And in “Witch of Arundale Hall” he is totally hot and sexy.
6. Chantal D’Insigny is a female Dominant
A witch with power. Cat nip for someone like Edward.
7. Edward isn’t a wolf
Though he’s employed by the Arundale men as a Man of Business. He’s a family friend, a confidante and their protector.
8. He and Chantal aren’t reeeeally kinky.
They’re hot and sexy, but they are more about the psychological aspects of kink rather than the toys. Something that was probably pretty common in the 19th Century.
9. Researching 19th Century Christmas traditions was fun
10. Witches and Werewolves…what’s not to like?”
11. I didn’t know who Jaimison’s love interest was going to be…
…until Chantal made her appearance later in “Witch of Arundale Hall”. No one was more surprised than I was. LOL!
12. Originally, Chantal was only going to be a minor secondary character, but Jaimison fell for her so….
13. These two are SMOKIN’!
Seriously. I had a blast writing them.


Filed under Thursday Thirteen, Writing

13 Reasons to be Grateful Part II

1. Train Boy
My oldest son is amazing. He’s smart, funny and just an all around fantastic human being. That’s pretty amazing to say about and almost 14 year old. He turns 14 next Tuesday.
2. Demolition Boy
My youngest has the biggest heart and he’s creative as well as smart. He’s going to be 13 this Saturday.
3. The Redneck
My husband makes me nuts sometimes and the last year has been a rough one, but he’s pretty awesome and I’m lucky to have him.
4. My boss
I just found out yesterday that my current boss is going to be leaving. That means I’ll be getting my 6th boss in four years. He’s been probably the best boss I’ve had and I’m going to miss the fuck out of him. I’m just glad I got to have him for the last year and a half.
5. Melissa Blue
There are some people who have stuck with me through a lot of shit and Melissa is one of them. Hard to believe we met six years ago.
6. Michelle Henry
My best friend for the last 19 years. When we met, neither of us had any idea that we’d be still close after all this time.
7. My writing
What an amazing thing this has been for me!!!! I’m so grateful that the opportunities are there.
8. Crystal Jordan
My fantastic friend, fellow author and web designer.
9. Romance Divas
That place has been a haven for me.
10. Toni Sue Versteeg
I think she and I have been friends since 2006 when we met on Divas. She is ALWAYS there for me. Always.
11. Joey W. Hill
This author has inspired me, encouraged me and I’m so grateful I was pointed in her direction back in 2007.
12. You Tube
I know that seems weird, but through that channel, I found The Vlog Brothers, new music and a lot of inspiration over the years. I’m grateful that someone thought of it and ran with it.
13. Boy Scouts
I don’t know that I’d be outdoors as much at my age if it wasn’t for this organization. It’s been amazing for my kids too.


Filed under Thursday Thirteen