Crescendo is one of the THREE stories in the Heart Beat Collection. The story is about a meek young cellist named Yarrow Panesh. She is a well-healed publishing heiress of Panesh Publishing. She's tired of being pushed around and having life decisions made for her. Then she bumps in Gavin. Literally. He's a speedy bike courier, zipping by as she makes her way home from symphony rehearsal. She tumbles to the ground, her cello goes flying, and suddenly -- her heart springs to life.
Gavin has smoldering brown eyes and a wildness... What the heck! That's talk to him:)
Me: Hey Gavin, how's it going?
GG: Great. My art is finally becoming my life. Thanks to Yarrow, right?
Me: Well your talent has something to do with it.
GG: Sure. The portrait I did of her was crazy popular.
Me: Still ride the bike?
GG: No deliveries anymore, thank God.
Me: I think you're looking chubby. You're not burning a bazzilion calories anymore, delivering packages."
Hey, shout to the winners of my two free ebook give-aways! I really hope you like Dragonfly Dance! A big thank you to The Romance Reviews for hosting this contest. They do such great things for authors over there.
Dragonfly Dance is the first in my Heart Beat Collection -- a series of novelettes all centered around music. In this story, Lori Littlehawk plays the fiddle like nobody's business on the wide prairie of South Dakota. An erotic romp with a big dose of fresh air.
The socond in the series is about Annalee and recruitment into a drum and bugle corps. She plays her drums and marches with the all-male group, falling head over heels with the drum major. If you like drums and dogs and hot sex with an ex-marine -- well this might be for you!
Both of these are released this month as a two-fer frfom Torrid Books.
unique story! It's about dog grooming, drill teams and yes, lots of romance,
too. I liked Annalee from the beginning. She came across as a real life
character running a dog grooming business, and in walks Tango with his dog. At
first I thought he might ditch the dog with her and the story would progress
from there with maybe her trying to track him down, but was more than relieved
when he showed up and found out these two had lots in common.
that struck me was the story seemed to have all the makings of a classic
romance, boy meets girl, girl thinks he's not interested, and maybe he likes the
best friend better; but what made it unique was Ms. Judson put a unique spin on
the whole thing. She had all characters as part of a drill team and also took
it up a couple of notches with some steamy sex scenes.
has good pacing, natural sounding dialogue, and characters I liked and cheered
for. Rain, hence the title, is also a major factor in this story which had me
wanting to curl up under a blanket and something hot to drink while I read this
story. It's an quick read that I enjoyed.
Judson has written a delightful romance, filled with passion, romantic
disillusionment and new love.
Littlehawk was certain she had her future all planned. She would play the
fiddle in the family band, Littlehawk Lightning, marry her childhood best
friend Tucker, and live happily ever after.
brother mentions that a talent scout will be in the audience at the big
Dragonfly Dance celebration, Lori doesn’t even think twice about it. That is,
until she goes to Tucker’s place and finds him in bed with Casey, the singer
from the band, and fires both of them on the spot.
is ready for freedom and adventure, and throws caution to the wind. She meets a
tall and handsome stranger, a photographer who warms places in Lori that she
never knew were cold. But Bruce Burns is more than just a photographer, he is
the talent scout, and after the first performance, he ‘accidentally’ meets up
with Lori. The strong attraction and Lori’s newfound sense of freedom lead them
to his camper and to a heated but brief encounter. Can Littlehawk Lightning
beat out the other local bands for the movie contract? Will Casey and Tucker’s
accusations turn the people against Lori and the band? Can Lori and Bruce find
I love the
pacing of this story, and the marvelous character development. The world Ms
Judson has built is one of beauty and delight, and I could just imagine those
dragonflies dancing in the warm summer air.
‘Lori’ Littlehawk is a delight. I love her strength and resilience when faced
with the betrayal by the man she thought loved her completely. She took time to
cry, but also realized that it didn’t hurt as much as it should have. I liked
her spirit and her willingness to move on to new adventures.
is the handsome talent scout. He is determined to woo Lori, and doesn’t want
her to think he is just after the band. I like that he never exactly lies to
her about who he is, but just doesn’t volunteer everything right away. He is
sexy and gives Lori exactly what she needs to feel strong and independent.
This is a
wonderful romance, one that gives hope to those who have lost their dream only
to find another waiting to be fulfilled. The characters work well together, and
I would love to read more about this family, especially Lori’s two brothers,
Henry and Cameron. I would hope Ms. Judson can find their stories and bring
them to life in the same fashion as she did Lori and Bruce.
Turning Teal is a re-release of RING AROUND THE SUN. I pulled this one from a publisher where is was dying on the vine. A shrivled shell of a book... OK, enough botany metaphores. I was so bummed because the book got great reviews and even an EPIC nomination. Now I find myself in a wasteland where I don't know how to promote it. Can I toot about RING AROUND THE SUN, when this is the same book with a different title? Can I say "Look at this review for RIng Around the Sun!" and "This is the same book, only with a better cover!" I did the cover for RING AROUND THE SUN, so I can say that. It was my very first cover :) Anyhoo, I'm in a quandry.