Things That Turn You On

The other day, I was re-watching a simple video (click here to go to my Facebook page to see it) I had made of a ice hockey netminder warming up before the second period of play. The way he skated back and forth to the beat of the music was so hypnotizing. I find myself […]

Walks Like A Panther

How many times in numerous books have we heard the hero walks like a panther or tiger or some creature on the prowl? They’re cliches, but I understand the concept. He has a smooth step with a determined gaze. It makes me think of a certain actor named John. No. Not John Travolta. He’s known […]

About NAKED HEAT

Being a love ’em and leave ’em sort of guy, Wolf never expects to fall for Sofia Cruz. But he keeps their dating low-key, only talking about the here and now. All is good until he discovers her cousin is the leader of the hated Thirty-Second gang. Before their relationship becomes any deeper, he breaks […]

What? Another Newsletter?

What? Another Newsletter?

Today, I noticed my newsletter had 76 new subscribers to sign up this month. WOW! That was awesome, but when I looked at the list I noticed some were Spam addresses (9). Then I noticed quite a few of the older subscribers were not even opening my newsletters. Hadn’t for the last six or more […]

Love My Shirt

For those who don’t know, I love hockey. See the jersey my husband’s cousin and his wife got me? I LOVE IT! I promise, Dan, I’ll get hubby to take my picture when I wear it. I’ve worn it at home a couple times already. I have three favorite hockey players on the Nashville Predator’s […]

Cover Reveal To The World

My book, NAKED HEAT, is coming out February 21, 2017. How appropriate is it that’s Sticky Bun Day? LOL! I guess I will be giving away sticky buns that day or something similar. Anyway, here’s the cover. My newsletter subscribers saw it last week. Click here to get news before everyone else.

Cover Reveal Coming Soon

Want to see my cover for NAKED HEAT, the third book in the Brothers of Mayhem series?  The cover will be in my next newsletter. By the way, all of the books are stand-alones, but in the same world of hot bikers. Click here to sign up for my newsletter.  I plan to send it […]

Book Signing Etiquette For Authors

Since my first book signing in 2012 at the RWA Literacy Event in Anaheim, I’ve been involved in numerous others. Some have been a bust and some have been wonderful. But I’ve found that some authors don’t understand how rude they can be to other authors during one. You thought I was going to talk […]

Let’s Celebrate With Giveaways

Today, I’m celebrating five years and seven books in publishing. On Tuesday, October 18, 2011, is when it all began, and I want to thank those who have and will read my books. I’m giving away swag (cups, pens, jar openers -the red circle, book marks, etc.), and books, and gift cards. How do you […]

Celebration Starts Tomorrow

Tomorrow, let’s celebrate with giveaways.

Letter to Realtors

In the next six months, hubby and I plan to sell our house of 23 years and move closer to the grandkids and our moms.  Presently, we’re around an hour away and the traffic between the families are getting worse each year.   So we’re moving into the country on the other side of the […]

What’s In a Title?

The other day at a meeting with other writers, one NYT bestseller author said she couldn’t start her book until she thought up a title. Most likely the publisher would change the title before releasing it, but it helped guide the author in the feel of the story line. I totally understood what she meant. […]

What’s Cool About Assassins?

Today, I was thinking about assassins. Don’t know what my train of thought was that got me there. One of my problems with ADD. I start looking up one word like Muscular and before you know it, I’m looking at pictures of butterflies. You thought I was going to say naked men, didn’t you? Well, […]

Excerpt from Naked Heat

Naked Heat should be coming out in February. It’s Wolf’s story. Now you get to meet his heroine, Sofia Cruz, beloved cousin of Toro. Toro is the leader of the Thirty-Second gang and mortal enemy of the Mayhem Brothers. Think Westside Story with a happy ending. All my books have happy endings. Sofia and Wolf […]

Audio Book Favorites

On and off for many years I’ve listened to audio books from cassettes to iTunes to Amazon’s Audible. Overall, the narrators have gotten better. At one time, authors wanted well-known actors narrating their books. You can even see a few still do. But I have to say they are not always the best choice. The […]

Excerpt from NAKED HEAT

I thought you might be interested in a little excerpt from NAKED HEAT. A scene when the heroine remembers meeting Wolf Savalas for the first time. ~~ Calling him adorable was like calling a grizzly cuddly. He’d noticed her standing a couple feet away with her hand over her mouth, trying to hide her laughter. […]

Brothers of Mayhem Ride Again

Release date July 19, 2016 in ebook only. From the author of Hidden Heat (“Filled with action, deception, and emotional and sexual tension.”—Publishers Weekly), the Brothers of Mayhem MC rides again in an explosive novel of wounded hearts and undeniable heat. Forget shining armor. Motorcycle shop owner Mary Jane Parker could use a knight in […]

Coming Tuesday, July 19

A teaser for you. Amazon    Barnes & Noble    Kobo    Random House Look for Carla at the following places. Twitter     Facebook     Pinterest     Instagram    Website Be sure to LIKE my Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/CarlaSwaffordAuthor/ I will be sending out an excerpt in my next newsletter – probably tonight – […]

Let’s Party Like It’s July 11!

I couldn’t resist using that title. Anyway, on July 11, I will be with a group of writers on Facebook giving away all kinds of goodies. My giveaway/post slot is 9 to 9:30 p.m. central time USA. (10-10:30 eastern; 8-8:30 mountain; 7-7:30 p.m. west coast). I will be giving away Brothers of Mayhem cups (US […]

Recommendations

I’ve been thinking about this for a long time. In the past, I’ve done a few blog posts on books I’ve loved but nothing consistently. In fact, the few I’ve done are on my old blog if I remember correctly. So I thought every once in awhile, I’ll recommend books and let you know what I’ve recently […]

A Real Deal

My book, HIDDEN HEAT, is on sale for 99 cents. Presently, it’s on sale at Amazon and Kobo. Probably by Wednesday, it will be on sale at B&N and elsewhere. Remember that it only comes in e-format. Here’s a small excerpt. Her gaze moved over the hood of the car and skidded to a stop […]

Happenings

I had so much happen lately, and there is a lot going to happen in the next few months. Like the following. June 4, Saturday, I will be signing books at the Athens-Limestone Public Library. Since I have so many announcements, I thought you might want to be the first to hear about it. So […]

Romance Readers Luncheon

With two Romance Readers Luncheons coming up this year, one in Huntsville with Kristan Higgins and another in Birmingham with Jennifer Ashley (special guests Sherrilyn Kenyon, Dianna Love, and Lynn Raye Harris), I couldn’t help but remember about my favorite luncheon. It was the year Anne Stuart appeared as the keynote speaker in Birmingham. Most […]

Helpful, Friendly Book Stores

Some of you know (if you live in the Birmingham area) the Book Rack that use to be in Roebuck was bought out years ago and moved to Trussville near Kohl’s.  It has a new owner again, and DeDe is romance friendly.  New address – see below. YAY! Be sure to go by and visit […]

Come and See Me!

Be sure to come to the book signing on Saturday (April 9). It’s free to everyone.  I’ll be there! Authors are showing on Facebook the books and swag they will have at the signing too.

Out of My Control

There are times I have to say it over and over again. Oddly, I think about John Malkovich’s character saying “It’s beyond my control.” He was using it as a manipulation to drive another woman nuts. I use it to keep myself from going crazy worrying about things I have no true control over. I […]

Real Men Play Hockey

I had to use that title on my Pinterest page too. You need to check it out. You won’t regret it. Hand to heart. Anyway, last weekend, I had the pleasure of seeing the Nashville Predators play against the LA Kings. Sadly, my team lost but it was so much fun. My daughters along with […]

Well Said

***Beware Spoiler** When I received a notice of another five star review for Hidden Heat, I was excited to click on it and see what it said. (We authors can be such needy people.) The reviewer at I Heart YA Books blew me away with her insight into my heroine. Several reviewers had mentioned their […]

Come and Visit

I’m over at Harlequin Junkie’s website today.  Be sure to come over and comment and sign up for the giveaway. You might win a copy of HIDDEN HEAT (ebook)!  They interviewed me too. You might find it of interest and a little entertaining. (Plus I made a boo-boo on the interview. Geez! I placed an […]

Countdown begins…

You can purchase Hidden Heat on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo Books, and iBooks! Click on this link to go to blogs that will be telling you about my book and giving away $25 gift card.

What People Are Saying . . .

This is what readers on Goodreads are saying about HIDDEN HEAT coming out February 16. “This is a great ride that has a lot of surprises . . . I am looking forward to see what’s next from this author because I have become a fan.” “I promise you will love it!!” “I completely enjoyed […]

FULL HEAT coming July 5

Forget shining armor. Motorcycle shop owner Mary Jane Parker could use a knight in black leather right about now. A local gang has been extorting her for protection money, and standing her ground would be a lot easier with the Brothers of Mayhem at her back. She just needs to convince the club’s new president […]

Head Explodes

Yep. Some days I feel my head will explode from all that I have to do and remember. I’m sure you’re the same way. So much information is thrown our way each day. Heck! Each second! I think all the information we receive in some ways makes us aware but not really smarter. So we […]

A Growth of a Series

First, I love reading books with bad boy heroes. Hell, I married one. If you’ve ever read my Circle series, you’ll know how much I love writing about dangerous, ill-tempered (HA!) men. When I began writing the Brothers of Mayhem series, I had already read a couple MC (romance/fiction) books and watched all of the […]

It’s The Small Things

I can’t help but laugh at the title. Being a romance author, I can imagine what some people may be thinking of what I’m about to post. Not THAT! Over the years of writing (a lot) and the few years published, I learned a few minor things I would like to pass on. Avoid naming […]

What Model Of Alpha Do You Want?

Reviews are a double edge sword. Authors want and need them to get the word out about their books, but reviews with low ratings and pure hate for a book are not helpful in my opinion. The reason I say it that way is that I had a well-known blogger tell me even horrible reviews […]

Congratulations to The Winners!

For the last couple weeks, my newsletter subscribers had received instructions on how to win gift cards. I first offered one $20 gift card. With so many people participating, I added 3 $10 gift cards. But when I was picking the winners, I decided to add one more $10 gift card. I sure wish I […]

New Love

Today, I’m over at the Romance Magicians’ blog talking about my newest love.  Hint: He has a big stick.  HA!  Come over and visit.

Giveaways from Loveswept

Be sure to sign up for my newsletter.  Click here.  And these are the reasons why. Random House will be giving away ebooks and a $20 gift card. Each day you’ll receive a newsletter with how to win that day’s giveaway.   Day 1 Tuesday 12/1: Alpha Males with Jackie Ashenden and Maisey Yates Enter […]