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I know those of you who follow this blog are both writers and readers and I try to do posts that speak to both. However this one is for authors or those who might be entertaining the idea of writing.

ALLi-LogoIndie Author Fringe is an online workshop put on by the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLI). They are putting on the next event this coming Saturday, June 3. It starts at 10:00am Eastern time. But the good thing about Fringe is that you can view the workshop sessions anytime. And you can pick which ones you want to do. I usually try to do one session a day sometimes skipping a day.

There is a wealth of information in the Fringe sessions and on the ALLI website itself. I can’t say enough about the value to Indie authors this group provides.

I will look forward to hearing from anyone who attends. If you have time please get back to us with your comments.


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Getting Started — Again

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a blog. This time it wasn’t so much neglect as a conscious decision to take a year off from writing. In fact, at the beginning of 2016 I was seriously thinking of retiring from it. Then after a year off I needed the creative outlet so this year I’ve set some goals. Not real ambitious goals, but at least ones that will move me forward on the writing journey.cover

1st, I received my rights back for 4 books published by Bookstrand. “For Love Or Money” was re-released as an Indie last year. “Open House On Murder” has just been released in ebook and will shortly be available in print.

For all you authors out there, my experience with Bookstrand has been wonderful. They support my books when they come out and have worked with me all the way through. When the contract ran out I couldn’t have asked for better people in getting the rights back.

Back when I started writing I though all you had to do was write the story. Hah, there is so much more. And, I am behind in just about every facet. So another goal is to redo my websites. The year’s goals are looking like this:

1.re-release the last two books

2.redo the website

3.finished a couple more Holiday short stories and put the collection into an anthology that will be in both e-book and print format.

Wish me luck. I’ll try to keep you posted on how I’m doing.

And now, how about you? Have any goals for the year? Let me know and I’ll root you along.

Until next time, keep reading there are bunch of stories to enjoy out there in every genre imaginable.





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A Warrior’s Love

A Warrior’s Love is offered at a 10% discount at Bookstrand. Offer ends midnight CST, December 2nd.

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ld-bb-warriorslove3November has been a busy month with a short Christmas story release and now I’m so happy to say the release of the 3rd book in the Blackhawk Brothers series.

A Warrior’s Love is Tyrell’s story. I wasn’t sure when I started if it would be Devon’s, Tyrell’s or maybe even both of their stories combined. But, as has always happened, as soon as the characters step out they take over. They come to life and the story unfolds in their point of view.

Bookstrand will keep exclusive rights for a few weeks and then the book will become available on other outlets like Amazon, Barnes & Noble and hopefully your favorite store. Available in e-book immediately it will also be offered in print in a few months.


Tyrell’s eyes narrowed as he watched the woman. Along with a distinct dislike, there was something else. Something as familiar to him as breathing asserted itself, making him catch his breath. Tamping down a growl, he willed his totem, the wolf that lived within him, to be still. Two months ago, he’d lived more in his wolf form than his human one. The whole team had. Wolves didn’t need a fire at night to keep them from freezing. They could blend into the terrain. It was the defining factor of their team, what made them able to carry out rescue missions that were all but impossible. That was then, and this was now. It was his and his team’s decision to change their course. Living a domestic life meant he would have to let his wolf form sleep. No more shifting, no more letting instincts dominate.

He took a deep breath and forced a smile. “I see you brought company.”

Devon motioned for the woman to slide into the booth beside Tyrell and then took the seat next to Page. “Page, Tyrell, this is Nadia. She is on the way to New York with her grandmother.”

That figures. She looks like New York. Tyrell barely kept himself from speaking his thoughts out loud. He glanced over at Devon, who looked a little uncomfortable. To bad they hadn’t had time to finish their breakfast because if they had, they could have gracefully vacated the booth and left Devon to it. As it was, he could envision some indigestion. He again fought against the wolf as he picked up her scent. Damn, why did Devon seat her beside him.

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Bahama Christmas

After being pretty quiet on the news front, Bahama Christmas is giving me something to blog about. Jillian Chantal is featuring Bahama Christmas over on her blog today. It’s an interview and I love Jillian’s questions. They make me want to pull out my luggage and book a cruise.   So for a bit of cruise ambiance pop over it’s at http://jillianchantal.com/2014/11/20/lavada-dee-and-bahamas-christmas/


And, Bahama Christmas is also featured on Snowglobes Festive & Fun mini contest. This contest runs from today through Nov. 26th. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment with the Title and Name of the author of the cover your voting for and your email address. Snowglobe is at http://snowglobeawardcontest.vpweb.ca/mini-contests wishing you all luck.

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snowglobe siteJennifer Snow is holding her annual Holiday Contest. I judged for this contest last year and was impressed with the quality of writing. My Christmas book last year (No Perfect Marriage) wasn’t released in time to enter it. I vowed to not have that happen this year and with that motivation Bahama Christmas is an entry.

This is a really a great contest for Authors and Readers with prizes for both. Right now they are holding the Simply Christmas mini contest. And the prizes for this one are:

Author Prize:

  • A book cover ad in Still Moments Magazine
  • A book cover ad in the chat room on Coffee Time Romance & More website

Winning Voter Prize:

  • $10 Amazon Gift Card (delivered wirelessly)
  • e-copy of The Mistletoe Melody

The schedule for the mini contests are:

  • Simply Christmas Nov. 6-12
  • Warmth of the Holidays Nov 13-19
  • Festive & Fun Nov 20-26 (I may enter Bahama Christmas’s cover in this one)
  • Catchiest Opening Line Nov 28 – Dec 4
  • The contest closes Dec 5th with a Last minute cover contest

Take a break and pop over to the website at http://snowglobeawardcontest.vpweb.ca/ you’ll be glad you did. Oh and be sure and send me a post if (when) you win. You can do that in a comment to this post or email me at Lavadadee@gmail.com In return I’ll send you an e-book of one of my Christmas stories to say Congratulations.

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BahamaChristmas155x232It’s been awhile since I’ve had a release or much of anything new to report. At least writing wise. Life just sort of got in the way. Well that plus retirement. And, while I’m loving it I do miss not getting the creative high from seeing a book I’ve written launched.

Bahama Christmas, is a short Christmas story. I’ve been trying to do one a year with the end product being an anthology that I’ll do a print run on as well as an e-book.


Maddie Coleman is ready to move on, but first she has to get through the holidays. It has been two years since her fiancés death and her friends and family are ready to help but Maddie doesn’t want any help. She doesn’t want blind dates and feeling like the fifth wheel. Solution, a cruise and not the ones for singles.

Dane Matthews has long denied his feeling for Maddie but no more. With a mission in mind he books on the same cruise. He’s tired of the big brother roll he has been cast in. What once was a big age difference is no longer the case because her twenty four years to his thirty five pales in light of the woman she has become.

As the ship pulls out of port Maddie turns from the rail and right into Dane. The years fall away and she is again the young girl with her school crush. Her excitement at seeing him quickly morphs into the old guilt. He rejected her once, will he do it again.

It’s for sale at most online bookstores, search for Lavada Dee or go to my books page and click on one of the links.




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Retro Sale

ld-fl3_1I know many are experiencing severe weather. Here in the Pacific NW we are getting some heavy winds and rain but feel fortunate we don’t have to shovel it.  Good reading weather but then it’s always good weather for me to read.

I just got notification that my publisher, Bookstrand, is featuring Forever Love as a retro release and has it on sale for $2.50.


Roman Ragazzi, criminologist turned bestselling author, works as a special investigator for the prosecutor’s office. When Bethany Towers is assigned to prosecute his latest case, he has a problem. He thought he’d gotten over his love for her, but finds out a love like theirs isn’t all that easy to walk away from.


Bethany knows she’ll be working closely with Roman, and she’s not sure she can keep her professional and personal feelings separate. She’s loved him for what seems like forever and knows she always will. Once he felt the same way, but she made a decision that changed their lives. Will telling him the whole story restore his love, and what about his trust? She wants it all. 

 “I admire women who escape abusive and violent relationships to build a new life for themselves. I can imagine their sacrifices, fears and loneliness. I wanted to write a romance around the dark side of their life to bring out the hope of happy endings.” ~ Lavada ~

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I’m Late, I’m Late

Cover1600x2400I’m feeling like the White Rabbit in Alice In Wonderland.  According to industry news the best time to publish a Christmas Story is in October.  And, as you can see “No Perfect Marriage” didn’t make it.

It’s been a hard year writing wise and I’m hoping to do better next year which reminds me is just around the corner.  So better late than never and No Perfect Marriage is a fast fun read. Like last years A Divorce For Christmas this story could happen to anyone.  You, family, or friends it’s about real life and the work it takes to make a marriage or a relationship work.

Below is a short excerpt.

Kade stood in the open doorway looking rumpled and… sexy. If he was surprised, he hid it behind a smirk as he stepped back to give her room to enter. “I’d invite you in, but apparently you don’t feel you need an invitation.”

Guilt had Sandra on the defensive, and again she reminded herself it was her house too.  Before she could say anything, Kade did it for her. “Guess I need to change the locks.”

“Guess you do.”

Silence settled between them. Nothing new here.  The only communication they had ever really been good at was in bed and that had gone south when Kade started working fourteen-hour days.

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ChristmasI am in celebrating mode already.  Last Sunday we had an early Christmas morning with the grand kids.  Two little guys, seven and four, plus a Giant Schnauzer puppy launched us all into the spirit.

This week I’m attending The Romance Studio Christmas Party and would like to invite you to join us.  There will be prizes to add under your tree.   Just comment as you browse through the pages. I’ll be giving a copy of A Divorce For Christmas away and TRS is giving away a gift card, value $100 minimum to one lucky reader plus other prizes from the TRS prize vault

Hope to see you there.  🙂

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October News

Latest News

  • Choose to Love is still on Bookstrands Bestseller list.
  •  Holiday Magic is available in print. You can find it all the major retail outlets just search on Lavada Dee.
  • I have one more book scheduled for release this year.  It’s a short Christmas story scheduled for in time for the holidays.  Look for  “A Divorce For Christmas”. Then on to 2013 — Yikes just saying it makes me realize how fast time goes by these days.

I’ve added “Love Rehab” to the short list of books in the right column.  Theresa Scott is a talented author and friend.

I love hearing from so if you get a chance leave a comment or email me at lavadadee@hotmail.com

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