RT Book Lovers Convention!

This is where you can find me. Plus I will be wandering around acting like a freshman in college free from my parents for the first time.  LOL!

May 2, Thursday
1:30 p.m.     The Bride Wore Two-Ply (I’m a judge)
4:00 p.m.     RT EXPO (E-books – “book signing”)  – open to the public with $5 admittance
May 3, Friday
8:30 a.m.     Fountain City Jazz Club Mixer (Breakfast including Mimosas!)
6:15 p.m.     Avon’s Red Slipper Lounge
May 4, Saturday
11:00 a.m.     Giant Book Fair (book signing) – open to the public with $5 admittance
7:15 p.m.       FAN-tastic Day

Special Price $1.99

CIRCLE OF DECEPTION is only $1.99 in e-format until the middle of May.  Be sure to check it out at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, All Romance Ebooks, etc.

Here’s a little “sound bite” from CIRCLE OF DECEPTION:

“Hell’s Purifier.” Abby shook her head. “I hate it when people call inanimate objects names like that. It romanticizes it. Where do people come up with that crap?”

[Carla: Who moi?]

I’ll be there – June 8, 2013

Heart of Dixie Romance Writers
16th Annual Romance Readers’ Luncheon

J. T. Ellison, the bestseller of nine critically acclaimed novels, has come a long way from her days working in The White House and for the Department of Commerce. Her hidden passion for crime and forensics pulled her away from the world of politics and has resulted in a blossoming career as an author writing thrillers with a splash of romance. She has mastered the art of creating dark and thrilling worlds full of bloodthirsty killers and well-trained cops replete with those eerie noises in the night that compel readers to return time and time again.

Ellison will be the featured speaker at the 16th Annual Romance Readers’ Luncheon hosted by Heart of Dixie, the north Alabama chapter of Romance Writers of America. This annual event celebrates romance and literacy in the north Alabama community. Registration is now open for the event, held at the Von Braun Civic Center in Huntsville, AL, on June, 8, 2013, from 11am until 3pm.

Special guest author J. T. Ellison will share tales from her prolific world of writing during the keynote speech. She, along with over twenty other favorite romance authors, will host a table for lucky romance readers and sign books at this year’s event. Other attending authors include Linda Howard, Linda Winstead Jones, Rhonda Nelson, Lynn Raye Harris, Kimberly Lang, Vicki Lewis Thompson, Kira Sinclair, and Melanie Dickerson.

J.T. Ellison’s novel THE COLD ROOM won the ITW Thriller Award for Best Paperback Original of 2010 and WHERE ALL THE DEAD LIE was a RITA® Nominee for Best Romantic Suspense of 2012. She is also the author of multiple short stories, and her novels have been published in more than twenty countries. Ellison recently teamed up with #1 New York Times Bestselling author Catherine Coulter to co-write a new FBI series. The first book will release in 2013.

HOD’s Annual Luncheon includes lunch with guest authors, door prizes, raffles, and much more. A book fair and autograph session with the attending authors following the luncheon is open and free to the public at 2pm. Profits from this year’s book fair will be donated to the Cullman County Library to further encourage literacy and the love of reading.

Join us as we celebrate romance in all its various forms! Registration is $25 and must be received by May 25th. Seating is limited, so register today. More information and registration can be found at www.heartofdixie.org.

My Next Big Thing

Jennifer Echols asked me if I would be interested in being tagged for a blog hop. I never can tell that lady no (though I’m late posting this!). She’s such a sweetheart, and besides, I love her books! So here I am without a new book coming out anytime soon and me, being Imageme, refuse to talk about books that are not under contract. As you can imagine, yes, I’m writing (when am I not?) but writing a second proposal that hopefully will be accepted. The first that was turned down will show up as self-published or with another publisher when I get back to it. Loved that one!

Anyway, I decided to talk about The Circle series and though much of what the Blog Hop asks I’ve already answered on other Blog Hops, I thought maybe you will read something new or maybe you are new to my series. So here we go.

1) What is the working title of your next book?

As I mentioned above, no contract, no telling. Anyway, I don’t have a title for it. So here are the current titles out: CIRCLE OF DESIRE, CIRCLE OF DANGER, and CIRCLE OF DECEPTION.

2) Where did the idea come from for the book?

The idea for the first one, CIRCLE OF DESIRE, came from my love of the spy/assassin genre. I love books like this especially Linda Howard’s ALL THE QUEEN’S MEN. Love that book! Plus I love La Femme Nikita (old TV series) and James Bond movies (especially the ones with Pierce Bronson and Daniel Craig).  After writing three paranormal books in a row (no, they’re not published), I decided I needed to write something different. We’re always told to write what you love. Besides vampires, as I mentioned, I love assassins and I love it when I can twist a genre around on itself. Thus why the first book opens with a scene where the hired killer is a woman.


3) What genre does your book fall under?

It’s Romantic Suspense, but my publisher added the word Erotic. Don’t misunderstand, it’s not erotica. There really is a difference. Since they decided on erotic, they placed it in Avon Red. I will say that the second book is certainly hotter than the first and third, but I’ve read hotter books under paranormal that doesn’t have erotic on the spine or been placed in Avon Red. Personally, I love Avon Red books, but they don’t have a place on their website where you can easily find them all. Just my personal wish. HA!

4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

CIRCLE OF DESIRE – Olivia & Collin:  Julianne Moore and Gerard Butler

CIRCLE OF DANGER – Marie & Ryker:  Hayden Panettiere and Hugh Jackman

CIRCLE OF DECEPTION – Abby & Rex: Jessica Alba and The Rock

I have to mention a secondary character and who I think could play him in a movie, Rex’s brother, Jack:  Vin Diesel.

5) What is a one-sentence synopsis of your book?

In this case, it will be for the three.Two clandestine organizations begin to implode but are saved by three determined couples who want to protect the ones they love.

6) Who is publishing your book?

Avon Red (Impulse), HarperCollinsImage

7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

Let’s say this, the first book was published October 2011 and the third December 2012. So roughly four months each – for a rough draft.

8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Lori Foster’s Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor series. And in a way, Shannon McKenna’s McCloud Brothers.

9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?

See number 2.  😀

10) What else about this book might pique the readers’ interests?

The different relationship dynamics along with the hot sex.  LOL! Seriously, I hope the suspense in wondering what will happen next will help too.

Where can you buy my books? Anywhere on-line. In e-format or paperback.  Here’s a link to Amazon.

Anyway, I don’t have anyone tagged at this time, but will come in add them once I do.

Lorraine Heath’s Cover Girls!

2013_April-covergirls w Carla Swafford
Three members of Lorraine Heath’s book club, Cover Girls, holding my book CIRCLE OF DANGER. So cool to see the happy faces. I sure hope you enjoy the book, ladies! Be sure to keep a tall glass of ice water near by! That’s a hot, hot book! LOL!
And thank you, Lorraine!


[For Scene 1: click here to read]

“What are you doing here, sweetheart?” Jack needed her out of there quick. Even embarrassment hadn’t made her leave. The way her dark brown eyes examined every hard inch of him, he expected to explode any second.

For the last week, while the blonde did some finishing touches to the tat, he’d handled the sensitive location without a problem. The artist looked mighty fine but with her husband keeping an eye out in the other room, he didn’t dare touch. Truth be told, the blonde hadn’t interested him, so controlling his urges had been easy. But as soon as his vision focused on Katerina Savalas, he hardened like a shore-deprived sailor spotting a titty bar.

“I need your services.” She turned to face him. He liked her girl-next-door looks that included freckles across her nose.

“Services, eh?”

The first time he’d met her, she’d been rescued from a crazy human trafficker by the mercenary organization he worked for. The Circle normally didn’t get involved in local problems, but the psycho had messed with one of their own, and they had no option but to stop it. Luckily for Katerina. After questioning her, he’d been ordered to return the sassy young woman to her father.

And her family wasn’t the ordinary type. Katerina’s father was the head of the infamous Savalas crime family. The Circle had connections on both sides of the legal fence, and to deliver her unharmed was a good opportunity to ensure the powerful man owed them big.

The only problem had been that when he tried to take her home, she refused to cooperate. Without a qualm, he’d tied her up and rolled her wiggling body inside a rug. When he’d delivered the present to her father, he held one end and gave a good tug. The spitting mad hellcat tumbled out at her father’s feet like Cleopatra to Caesar. What could he say? He loved the classics.

He looked over her shoulder toward the front door. Except for the blonde’s husband sitting on the floor rocking and holding his groin ― he lifted an eyebrow at Katerina ― he didn’t see her brothers bursting through the door. The last thing he needed was for her no-holds-barred family to come after him.

After another sympathetic glance at the whimpering man, he concluded she knew how to handle herself. So had she run away from home again?

He lifted the bottle of bourbon but hesitated, then set it back down. Maybe he’d heard her wrong.

“What services are you talking about? Where are your brothers?” He narrowed his eyes.

The blonde smeared ointment on the section she’d finished and slapped a bandage over it. Then she ignored them as she began cleaning her area.

“Can we go to Ed’s Diner and talk about it? I’ll pay.” Katerina’s gaze stayed on his face as he stood and pulled up his boxer briefs and jeans, adjusting his wayward cock.

Her cheeks turned a brighter pink. When was the last time he’d seen a woman blush ― and not from anger?

“Sure. It’d do some good to get a little food on my stomach.” When was the last time he ate? He remembered eating some chips last night. Or was that the night before? Drinking could do that to a person.

As he zipped and buttoned his pants, he continued to stare, looking for differences from the last time he’d seen her. She still had that roundness about her he liked. Women should be soft with some meat on their bones. The blond highlights in her brown chin-length hair looked real, obviously produced by the sun. The sprinkle of freckles across her cute nose confirmed her hours outside. With the small heart pendant on her necklace and dangling silver hearts from her ears, nothing shouted crime family princess. He’d never been interested in women like her, naive, stick-up-their-asses types.

What the hell was he thinking? The last thing he needed was trouble from the Savalas family. Yet, she looked at him as if she wanted to pour chocolate over his body and lick every inch.

No. To think of it, that was what he’d like to do with her. Certainly a good reason to stay away.

The most important reason to get rid of her fast was that if she hung around him long enough, she’d turn up dead.

They all did.

[updated 5/23/15 edited version]