Six Kisses

I posted this little graphic on Facebook a while ago, but I didn’t spend too much time talking about why these are some of my favorite book kisses. So, let’s go!

  1. Hope Reclaimed (with Keira Blackwood). I love the first kissing scene where Aidan kisses Hope in the hallway. He’s so bossy and so in tune with her secret desires. Soooo hot.
  2. Blood Bounty. There is not a lot of kissing in this book, but the kissing that there is means a LOT to me (and to Gracie, the heroine). I don’t want to say anything else about this one, except it’s really quite sweet–rather different from the steamy RH mentioned above. 😉
  3. The Rose King. This is a friends-to-lovers romance, and their first kiss is a delectable mixture of sweet and steamy. Rex has been out of Gemma’s life for years, and they’ve both been pining for each other. She’s so angry with him, she doesn’t want to admit it, but he’s just feeling this total yearning for her, and…ahhhhh. I love it.
  4. Filthy Alpha. I cackled while writing Jase and Blythe’s first kiss! They’re doing it because they’re trying to have a fake relationship in the Junkyard, so everyone’s watching to “test” them on their relationship.
  5. Savage Redemption (old cover!). I love that their kiss starts with a massage, because I am a sucker for a back rub. There was some definite slow burn in this story, but I felt like the build-up was really worth it.
  6. Song of Blood (with Skye MacKinnon). Ahhh, when Lysander and Avery kiss outside the pub, she’s trying to calm him down after he goes all bitey-vampirey bloodlust after a big fight. She uses her budding siren skills to chill him out, and then…kissy times ensue…and it is glorious. I loved working on that scene!

There are so many more I’m thinking about now! I mean, I write kissing books, so it was really hard to only pick six kisses! I’ll have to do another post at a later date with other kisses that make my heart happy. ❤

First Quarter Reads

This is not everything I’ve read, just five selected books that I can recommend. 🙂

In case you can’t read the graphic, I’ll type out the info below. I’ve linked to all the stores I could find them on. Apple Books doesn’t seem to be working with my link maker right now, but these should all be available there, too!

Liza's Recent Reads March 2021

  1. The Heroine’s Journey, by Gail Carriger. Literary Criticism.
  2. Shit, Actually, by Lindy West. Film Criticism, Humor.
  3. Piranesi, by Susanna Clarke. Fantasy.
  4. A Hope Divided, by Alyssa Cole. Historical Romance.
  5. American Demon, by Kim Harrison. Urban Fantasy.

6 Reasons Why I Love Big Cat Shifters

Reason #1–I mean, look at this guy.

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  1. They’re gorgeous (and they know it to the depths of their Right-Said-Fred-singing souls).
  2. They have attitude.
  3. They move with grace.
  4. They’re curious.
  5. They’re territorial (but in a good way, not a creepy, time-for-a-restraining-order way).
  6. They might act like they don’t care, but they’re loyal AF.

How about you? What do you love about big cat shifters?

Why I Love Second-Chance Romances

I was thinking about my favorite tropes (I have many!) and why they appeal to me so much. One that I really love is second-chance romances. This strikes me as odd for a pretty big reason: I used to not believe in them! I truly thought that if a couple broke up, it was a sign they were not meant to be together, and it was ridiculous for people to keep getting back together and breaking up again.

Second Chances

To be fair, my frame of reference was high school relationships. 🙂 It wasn’t until I started gathering adult-relationship data that showed me that the second-chance romance could really work.

What I love about the second chance in romance novels is that the two characters already have a frame of reference for each other. There’s a history there, and it is so rich, so explosive, and so poignant that it’s impossible to ignore. I especially like a second chance romance if several years have passed. It’s usually given the characters enough time to allow the pain to dull somewhat, and nostalgia to creep in. It’s also given them time to grow beyond whatever didn’t work out for them in the past.

Their chemistry has to be pretty high, too, if they’re willing to risk that pain to give each other another try. So I love that, too.

And there’s occasionally groveling. And pining. And a bit of angst. So those, with the chemistry and the shared backstory, are probably what I love most about second-chance romances.

How about you? Do you like or love the trope? Hate it? I’d love to know your thoughts!

Want to read one of my second-chance paranormal romances?

Fierce Heartbreaker

Savage Yearning

Savage Penance

Wild Reunion

Bound to Forbidden

Exes and Exorcisms (out in February)

Giving Thanks…

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For the past couple of years, I’ve been really trying to focus on gratitude.  My default demeanor is cranky and pessimistic, so I started making an effort to write three things I’m thankful for in my diary every morning. It got very boring until my friend Ona told me I wasn’t allowed to repeat the same things from day to day. WUT. Then it got a lot more challenging–and more fun.

Sometimes I’m grateful for a general thing, like my children’s health, or pleasant weather. But that’s hard to do without repetition. I mean, I’m sure I’ve repeated those once or twice–after two years, it’s impossible to remember every thing I’ve mentioned.

But the most fun I have is when I find something very small and specific. I’m thankful for my cat’s aggressive purr as she sits in my lap while I write. I’m thankful for the way that scene in Filthy Cowboy just flowed out of my fingertips and onto the computer screen. I’m thankful for my spouse’s support while I try to keep this book business afloat.

2020 is a hard year to be thankful for. I won’t recall all the hardship; it’s in the news every damn day, so what’s the point? But I can zero in on some of the better things if I get really specific.

I’m grateful for every single one of my readers–those who interact with me on social media, email, or elsewhere, as well as those who don’t. I’m grateful for the chance to write something different from my shifter books–I departed into alternate history/fantasy this year, and it was a blast. I’m grateful for a new desk that has space for a notebook on the side after working on something that was only as wide as my laptop for so long.

I could go on and on, because when I lift the magnifying glass to examine the small joys, I find so many more.

So, whether or not you’re celebrating Thanksgiving (or if you celebrated it in October!), I’m curious what small things you might be thankful for. Feel free to share in the comments, or shoot me a message on Facebook, Shifter Central, or via email. Or just hold it in your heart and let it be an ember of happiness, glowing quietly.