Sunday, December 31, 2006

My New Year's Wish For You

May 2007 be filled with happiness, success, and many good books!

If you plan to ring in the New Year, please remember to BE SAFE.

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Something to Make You Smile

After every Quantas Airlines flight, pilots complete a "gripe sheet" which tells mechanics about problems with the aircraft. The mechanics correct the problems, document their repairs on the form, and then pilots review the gripe sheets before the next flight.

Never let it be said that ground crews and engineers lack a sense of humor. Here are some actual logged maintenance complaints submitted by Qantas' pilots (marked with a P) and the solutions recorded (marked with an S) by maintenance engineers.

Quantas, by the way, is the only major airline that has never had an accident.

P: Left inside main tire almost needs replacement.
S: Almost replaced left inside main tire.

P: Test flight OK, except auto-land very rough.
S: Auto-land not installed on this aircraft.

P: Something loose in cockpit.
S: Something tightened in cockpit.

P: Dead bugs on windshield.
S: Live bugs on backorder.

P: Autopilot in altitude hold mode produces a 200 feet per minute descent.
S: Cannot reproduce problem on ground.

P: Evidence of leak on right main landing gear.
S: Evidence removed.

P: DME volume unbelievably loud.
S: DME volume set to more believable level.

P: Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick.
S: That's what friction locks are for.

P: IFF inoperative.
S: IFF always inoperative in OFF mode.

P: Suspected crack in windshield.
S: Suspect you're right.

P: Number 3 engine missing.
S: Engine found on right wing after brief search.

P: Aircraft handles funny.
S: Aircraft warned to straighten up, fly right and be serious.

P: Target radar hums.
S: Reprogrammed target radar with lyrics.

P: Mouse in cockpit.
S: Cat installed

And the best one for last...

P: Noise coming from under instrument panel. Sounds like a midget pounding on something with a hammer.
S: Took hammer away from midget.

Friday, December 29, 2006

25 Things About Me

I wasn't sure what to blog about today, so I decided just to share some things about myself via a survey that I received somewhere from someone (can't remember where/from who). So read on...because you know you're curious!

1) Do you think you're always right?
No, but I usually am :)

2) Do you dream at night?
I’m sure I do, but I rarely remember them.

3) Do you talk in your sleep?
I've never had anyone tell me that I do, but my husband does occasionally (he has yet to say anything incriminating) and so do both of our children.

4) Do you daydream?
Yes. Very often.

5) What's your zodiac sign?

6) Do you have any siblings?
Yes, I have many. I'm the oldest of seven.

7) Favorite drink?
Sweet tea with lots of sugar.

8) What's your favorite color?
Blue, and my house is filled with it.

9) City, beach or country?

10) Can you sing?
I can, but it’s not a pretty sound.

11) Can you dance?
No, but if I get a couple of beers in me, I think I can.

12) How long do your showers last?
As long as possible. I stay in the shower until ALL the hot water runs out.

13) Ever punch someone in the face?
Unfortunately, yes. I was young (17) and stupid, but I’m no longer either.

14) Have you ever been called a bitch?
Several times, but never by anyone whose opinion mattered to me.

15) Do you believe in love at first sight?
No, but I do believe in lust at first sight.

16) What was the first concert you ever went to?
Bon Jovi

17) First celebrity crush?
Andy Gibb (am I showing my age or what?), and I’m still a sucker for the Aussie accent.

18) First tattoo or piercing?
My ears when I was 18 (I had to wait until I was an adult to have it done). That’s the only piercing I have, and I have no tattoos, although I wouldn’t be completely opposed to the idea of getting a small one. It's just the thought of needles inserting ink underneath my skin that stops me (shudder!).

19) Would you ever have plastic surgery?
If I had enough nerve, I would, but after watching a few of those procedures on TV...

20) What's your worst fear?
That I’ll make some horrible parenting mistake that will screw my kids up for the rest of their lives.

21) Have you ever been suspended or expelled from school?
Yes, but don’t tell my kids. Actually, even if you told them, they’d NEVER believe it.

22) Have you ever done anything illegal?
I’d like to plead the 5th on that question.

23) Who has had the most influence on you?
My grandmother.

24) What's your worst memory?
The phone call I received informing me of my grandmother's (completely unexpected) death.

25) What's your best memory?
Thankfully, I have many of them, but the absolute best would probably be the birth of my oldest son, in a small part because after 21 hours of labor, I was just so relieved it was over with!

Thursday, December 28, 2006

I’m Exhausted!

I spent the last few weeks running around like crazy getting everything done for Christmas. Frankly, I’m glad it’s over with :)

All that’s left to do now is wait for the credit card bill (I’m dreading it!) and take down the tree/decorations. I’d like to take the tree down now and be done with it, but my grandmother always claimed it was bad luck to take it down before January 2nd. And since I don’t need any bad luck, mine’s staying up until then!

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Favorite Christmas Quotes...And A Joke

"Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind." -- Calvin Coolidge

"Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall." -- Larry Wilde

"Let's be naughty and save Santa the trip." -- Gary Allan

And I'll leave you with my brother's favorite Christmas joke:
Q: "Why is Santa so jolly?"
A: "Because he knows where all the naughty girls live."

Friday, December 22, 2006

Today is Global Orgasm Day

Today is Global Orgasm Day. Visit HERE to find out all the information, but here are a few facts about it:

Who: "All men and women."

Where: "Everywhere in the world."

When: "Friday, December 22nd, at the time of your choosing."

Why: "To effect change in the energy field of the Earth through input of the largest possible surge of human energy, a Synchronized Global Orgasm."

How it's supposed to work: "Participants concentrate any thoughts during and after orgasm on peace. The goal is the add so much concentrated and high-energy positive input into the energy field of the Earth that it will reduce the current dangerous levels of aggression and violence throughout the world."

Hey, it is for a good cause, and personally I always like to do my part to support good causes ;)

Thursday, December 21, 2006

The Winners Were...

A huge thanks to everyone that participated in my December contest. I had my husband draw two names out of the hat, and the winners are... Judy C. from Louisiana and Michelle A. from Kentucky. They each won a 2007 "Men Are Like..." wall calendar.

Also, the winner of the Sensual Scavenger Hunt sponsored by CataNetwork was Blanche M. from Germany. She won a free download of my book Her Protector.

Congrats, ladies!

Please remember to check my website and blog the beginning of January for information about my next contest.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Sensual Scavenger Hunt--Ends 12/22/06

I'm participating in a Sensual Scavenger Hunt that is being sponsored by CataNetwork.

The deadline for entry is December 22, 2006.

Participating authors and prizes include:

1. Dahlia Rose – A free Download of LOVE AND LIGHTS
2. Dana Littlejohn - A free download of BEHIND THE WINGS.
3. Diana Bold - A copy of THE MAIL ORDER BRIDE
4. Jeanne Barrack - A download of any one of her books
5. Lyric James – A download of any one of her books
6. Madison Chase - A copy of SLOW BURN
7. Mary Winter – A download of POLAR HEAT when it's avail 12/22
8. Pamela Tyner - A download of HER PROTECTOR
9. Skylar Sinclair - Choice of any one of her books
10. Skyler Grey – A free copy of, Masquerade Vol 1
11. Wendi Felter - Chandler earrings

Click HERE for more information.

Good luck!

Friday, December 01, 2006

December Contest--Ends 12/20/06

In celebration of the TWO great reviews I received this month for my book, Her Protector, my December contest will have TWO winners! Each winner will receive a 2007 "Men Are Like..." wall calendar (see photo below).

Contest entry will require reading the blurb and a short excerpt from my book, and correctly answering two brief questions.

The contest will run from December 1, 2006 thru December 20, 2006. One entry per person please.

Click HERE to visit my website, then click on the contest button for the full details.

Good luck!

Thursday, November 30, 2006

The First Reviews For My Book!

I got my first reviews for Her Protector and I couldn’t be more pleased :)

Here’s what Joni at Two Lips Reviews had to say:

First time author, Pamela Tyner, writes a riveting, suspenseful and scintillating tale about two former young lovers who never thought they’d see each other again after their humiliating and devastating break-up years before. You’ll be left clutching the edge of your seat and anxious to find out how everything unfolds, as this reviewer was, whether or not the hero and heroine have a chance at making up for past mistakes after the ordeal is over. Her Protector is a story you’ll not be able to put down once you begin reading it. I highly recommend you rush to the online publisher site and purchase it; you won’t regret you did!

Click HERE to read the entire review.

Isabelle at Romance Reviews Today said this:

HER PROTECTOR is a well-written character driven novel that catches the reader's interest from the start. Tricia is like many women who have allowed a man in their life to dictate their worth. It takes an act of violence for Tricia to realize how bad her situation is and for her to make a move. Clint is a man with many layers. He can be autocratic as well as tender, and his care of Tricia shows him to be a man of understanding and compassion. The relationship between Tricia and Clint develops slowly as the past they shared has left them wary, particularly Tricia, who first had her heart broken by Clint, and then her spirit crushed by Matt. They dance around the attraction they feel for each other and yet are helpless to resist that attraction. Fans of series romances are sure to enjoy HER PROTECTOR, as this novel has the distinctive feel of a series romance.

Romance, danger, and suspense make HER PROTECTOR an enjoyable read.

Click HERE to read the entire review.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Something to Make You Smile

Sex with a Cowboy

Prior to her trip to Texas, Buffy (a New Yorker), confided to her co-workers she had three goals for her trip to the Lone Star State:

1. She wanted to taste some real Texas Bar-B-Que.
2. She wanted to take in a bona fide rodeo.
3. She wanted to have sex with a real cowboy.

Upon her return, the girls were curious as to how she fared.

"Let me tell you, they have a tree down there called a Mesquite and when they slow cook that brisket over that Mesquite, it's ooooh so good. The taste is unbelievable!

"And I went to a real rodeo. Talk about athletes...those guys wrestle full grown bulls! They ride horses at a full gallop, then jump off the horses and grab the bull by the horns and throw them to the ground! It is just incredible!"

They then asked, "Well tell us, did you have sex with a real cowboy?"

"Are you kidding? When I saw the outline of the condom they carry in the back pocket of their jeans, I changed my mind!"

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Secrets Wives Don't Tell Their Husbands

Yesterday I blogged about the article Eleven "Don't-Tell-the-Wife" Secrets All Men Keep by Ty Wenger. So, today I'm blogging about the article Eleven "Don't-Tell-the-Husband" Secrets All Women Keep by Jeannie Kim.

Here are the secrets she lists:
1. Everything we buy for ourselves—shoes, a skirt, even just stuff from the drugstore—really costs 20 percent more than we tell you it did
2. We actually think about sex—with you!—a lot
3. We're just as nervous about commitment as you are
4. We may be modern and independent, but we still want you to be "the man."
5. Our ex-boyfriends were not completely terrible in bed
6. We're scared that we'll turn into our mothers
7. We want you to be jealous—but just a little bit
8. Yes, we fantasize about hot celebrity guys, but that doesn't mean we want you to be them
9. We tell our girlfriends more than we admit to you (but less than you fear)
10. We really do notice and appreciate all the chores you do
11. We love you with all our hearts, but we still get wistful about the fact that we'll never feel that falling-in-love sizzle and spark again

Click HERE to read the entire article.

So, ladies, what do you think? Is the list accurate or not? Personally, I pretty much agree with everything listed, at least to some degree.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Secrets Men Don't Tell Their Wives

I read this great article by Ty Wenger entitled Eleven "Don't-Tell-the-Wife" Secrets All Men Keep.

Here are the secrets he divulges:
1. Yes, we fall in lust 10 times a day--but it doesn't mean we want to leave you
2. We actually do play golf to get away from you
3. We're unnerved by the notion of commitment, even after we've made one to you
4. Earning money makes us feel important
5. Though we often protest, we actually enjoy fixing things around the house
6. We like it when you mother us, but we're terrified that you'll become your mother
7. Every year we love you more
8. We don't really understand what you're talking about
9. We are terrified when you drive
10. We'll always wish we were 25 again
11. Give us an inch and we'll give you a lifetime

Number eleven sounds confusing, but it basically deals with allowing your significant other a little freedom, for example the freedom to attend his weekly poker game with the guys.

Click HERE to read the entire article. It's a fun, entertaining peek into the male mind.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Fun Site--Quiz Yourself and Find Out How Much You Really Know

Got some extra time to kill? Visit HERE. At this website you'll find numerous short quizzes in the following categories: Language and Literature, Animals and Nature, Geography, Math and Science, Sports, History, and Miscellaneous (includes quizzes on everything from mythology to movie quotes).

Take a few of the quizzes and find out how much you really know. The results may surprise you.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

More Favorite Quotes

"What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us." -- Oliver Wendell Holmes

"Well-timed silence hath more eloquence than speech." -- Martin Fraquhar Tupper

"We are not retreating--we are advancing in another direction." -- General Douglas MacArthur

If you have a favorite quote, please share it!

Friday, November 24, 2006

The Start of the Holiday Shopping Season

Today is the official start of the holiday retail season. If you were at the stores today--on Black Friday, one of the busiest shopping days of the year--I’m glad it was you and not me.

I’ll tell you a secret...I don’t like to shop. And naturally my husband loves that fact about me :) I don’t enjoy shopping at any time, but I absolutely hate shopping during the holiday season. The traffic, the parking, the crowds, the lines, it’s enough to make me want to pull my hair out.

Given that fact, you’d think that I’d be smart enough to get all my Christmas shopping done early. But do I? Of course not. Every year I plan on it, and a few years I’ve even managed to get a little of it done early, but I’m never completely finished until mid-December at least.

So far this year, I’ve bought absolutely nothing in the way of Christmas gifts. Not one single name has been marked off of my very long list. And I’m dreading the thought of entering those stores.

Of course, there’s always on-line shopping, but I really dislike paying shipping charges (they add up fast!). Still, it might be worth paying S&H to avoid the aggravation of heading out there in those crowds.

I’m going to go write out my Christmas cards, and I think I’ll even put on some Christmas music. Maybe it’ll help me get into the holiday spirit. I need all the spirit I can get before I start my shopping.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

The Winner is....

Thank you to everyone who participated in my November blog contest/ drawing. I had my oldest son draw a name out of the hat, and the winner is...Kim W. from Illinois.

Congrats, Kim! An autographed copy of Winning the Highlander's Heart by Terry Spear is en route to you. I know you'll enjoy this wonderful book. Happy reading!

Please remember to check my website and blog over the next few weeks for information about my upcoming December contest which will have two winners.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Chat Prize Winners

I had a wonderful time yesterday at the Ebook Readers Appreciation Day chat. Thank you to everyone who attended, and thanks to The Story Board for hosting the event!

I got to share some excerpts from my book, Her Protector, as well as read some fabulous excerpts from the other authors in attendance.

As promised, I (as well as the other authors) did hand out some gifts.

The winner of a free download of Her Protector was Liz D. from Missouri, and the winner of the 2007 'Men Are Like...' wall calendar was Susan B. from Canada. I hope you enjoy your prizes!

Thanks again to all who participated.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Ebook Readers Appreciation Day--Visit The Story Board Loop on 11/16/06 to Win Prizes!

On Thursday November 16th, I’ll be participating in Reader Appreciation Day at The Story Board loop. Participating authors will be sharing excerpts and handing out gifts, so please drop by!

Join here:

Participating authors include:

Ann Cory
Madison Chase
Karen Erickson
Mia Romano
Emma Petersen
Anisa Damien
Louise Bohmer
Aurelia Abbott
Pamela Tyner
Cassandra Gold
Tianna Xander
Anna Leigh Keaton
Karen Duvall
Elaine Charton
Laurel Osterkamp
Stella Price
Annmarie Ortega
Tilly Greene
Veronica Arch
Sophia Danu
Silvia Violet
KL Bjork
Adriana Kraft
Katherine Warwick
Dee Lloyd
Terry Sheils
Jamie Hill
Jolie du Pre
Mari Atherton
Janis Susan May

Friday, November 03, 2006

Contest/Drawing (ends 11/20/06)--Win an Autographed Book

This month I'm holding a 'blog comment' contest/drawing. Everyone who leaves a comment on my blog (any post) between now and November 20th will be entered into the contest. To increase your chances of winning leave a comment on more than one post. Your name will go into the hat for each comment that you leave up to three.

Be aware that if you are the winner of this contest/drawing your name and state of residency will be posted on my blog and website. The winner will be announced on November 21, 2006. I DO need your email address so I can contact you in the event that you win the drawing. If I can backtrack and locate an address for you (for example, an email address listed on blogger), then that’s wonderful. If not, then you need to send your email address, along with a copy of your post, to The winner will be notified by email and will have one week to reply. If there's no reply after seven days a new winner will be drawn.

The prize this month is an autographed copy of a book by my very talented critique partner, Ms. Terry Spear.

Publisher: Vintage Romance Publishing

Lady Anice, Countess of Brecken, vows to flee the amorous advances of King Henry I and return to her home in the Highlands, where she hopes to find a laird to wed.

Highlander Laird Malcolm MacNeill seeking an English bride becomes entangled with the Scottish lass while trying to discover why her staff has vanished. Protecting the king’s ward without losing his heart to the willful lass and earning the king’s wrath, is easier said than done.

This book has received some wonderful reviews--5 Angels from Fallen Angels Reviews, 5 Beacons from Lighthouse Literary Reviews, 5 Hearts from Romance Studio, and 4.5 from Romance Junkies.

For information about Terry's other books, please visit her website HERE

New Blog to Announce Epublished Authors' New Releases and Contest

I’ve set up a blog specifically for Epublished authors to announce their new releases and/or contest information.

You will find the blog HERE

Readers, this blog will be updated on a regular basis. Add it to your favorites and visit it often :)

Authors, I encourage you to submit your new release and/or contest information to be posted on the blog. You will find instructions on the blog about how to do that.

Things A Parent Should Teach Their Son

I read an article recently about things a man should teach his son. You’ll find the article HERE.

It listed:
--a solid handshake
--a healthy respect for guns
--what to do when stopped by a cop
--proper condom use
--how to console someone
--the right way to dress
--how to defuse an angry person
--to be a safe driver

The article also mentioned helping your son get into college, which I equate to the important of education, and disciplining your son for drinking or smoking pot, which I would expand to teaching your son that illegal drug use of any kind is unintelligent and unacceptable.

I agree these are all things a parent (not just a Dad) needs to teach their son.

I’d add a few other things, such as:
--a respect for women
--how to own up to and learn from your mistakes
--be careful what you say when you’re angry. No matter how much you regret it or apologize for it, you can’t take the words back once they’ve been said.
--how to change a tire!
--proper manners at the dinner table (I had this discussion a few days ago with my youngest son), and actually just proper manners period.

Oh, here’s something I had to tell my 12-year-old recently: How far you can spit doesn’t impress a girl. He has on the phone with his female friend, was outside, and came inside to put up a ruler. I heard him tell her, “I can spit 15 feet.” Yes, he had actually measured the distance of his spiting abilities. Her response to his statement was, “Ewww!”

At any rate, I’m wondering what you would add to the list of things that a parent needs to teach their son.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Word(s) in the Title That Entices or Fails to Entice

What word(s) in the title of a book will entice you to check out the book further? And, what word(s) will utterly fail to entice you?

For me:

Always entice: cowboy :)
Fails to entice: sheik

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Where Would You Want to Time Travel To?

If you were able to time travel, where would you want to go?

Would you travel to the future? If so, how far into the future?

Or would you travel to the past? If so, what time period would you want to visit? The Middle Ages, the Renaissance, Colonial times, the Roaring Twenties, etc? Would you want to witness a historical event or meet a specific person?

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Movies You Didn’t Think You’d Like, but You Did

Have you ever seen a movie that you didn’t think you’d like, but you ending up loving it? That’s happened to me a few times.

The most recent examples:

Million Dollar Baby
There are a lot of people that love the sport of boxing, but I’m not one of them. I can’t understand why any person would want to box or why anyone would pay to watch it. And as much as I don’t understand why men box, I certainly don’t understand why women box. Because I’m not a fan of the sport, I had no interest in seeing this movie. But, I was traveling, stuck in a hotel, bored, and the movie was on HBO, so I watched it. I was amazed to discover that I loved it. It was a very touching movie.

Brokeback Mountain
While I have no problem at all with gay men, I don’t particularly want to watch two men be intimate with each other (although I understand there are many women that would find that enjoyable). When this movie was being promoted what I saw the most often was 'the kiss' scene, which just solidified my belief that it wouldn’t be a movie I’d enjoy (even though I’m a huge Heath Ledger fan). Then I started reading reviews, and so many people raved about the movie that I broke down and saw it. It’s one of the best movies I’ve ever seen. Yes, there was a kiss scene and there was a 'passion in the tent' scene, but the movie wasn’t about sex, it was about love. It was about two people who loved each other and had to hide it. It was about the effect that this had on them as well as others in their lives. It was heartbreaking.

If you haven’t seen these movies, I highly recommend them.

Fly in the Food at a Restaurant

This morning, I went through the drive-through of a fast-food restaurant to get breakfast for me and the kids. I won’t mention the name of the restaurant, but it’s a very popular restaurant with chains all over the U.S.

Son #2 ordered a bacon and egg biscuit. However, the bacon was crisp--okay, actually it was boarding on burnt--so he opened the sandwich to take it off and found...a dead fly.

So disgusting. And all I can think about is the fact that if he hadn’t opened that sandwich, he would have eaten that thing.

I guess I need to get up in time to make breakfast for the family. At least then I’ll know the food is insect free.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Domestic Violence Awareness Month/Book Proceeds to Benefit Battered Woman's Shelter

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Click HERE to read more about it. Domestic violence is an issue that deserves all the attention it can get!

Therefore, it’s most appropriate that an announcement was made this month that publisher Freya’s Bower will be releasing an anthology in February 2007 entitled DREAMS AND DESIRES, and all net proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to a battered woman’s shelter.

The contributing authors include: Sasha White, Susan Lyons, Gemma Halliday, Lois Winston, Candace Havens, Richelle Mead, Jackie Kessler, Jenna Bayley-Burke, Zinna Hope, Faith Bicknell-Brown, H.A. Fowler, Bebe Thomas, Amanda Brice. (disclaimer--that may not be a complete list of authors)

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Pet Peeves

Last night my family went to the NC State Fair to see Chris Cagle in concert. It was a wonderful concert :)

After the concert I stopped off at the ladies room, and as usual when I’m at a public restroom, I had to restrain myself from yelling, "Come back here and wash your hands!" at those people that did their business and then just walked straight out the door. Have they never heard of germs?

After leaving the restroom, we headed on down the fairway and I saw one of the young ladies who had left without washing her hands (I recognized her by her very distinctive hairstyle), eating a funnel activity that required using her hands...hands that not been washed after she'd used the bathroom. YUCK!

Not washing your hands after using the bathroom is one of my pet peeves. I hate to see someone do it.

What are some of your pet peeves?

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Free Hugs Campaign. Inspiring Story!

Author R.G. Alexander posted a blog about this very inspiring video. It makes me smile every time I watch it. Check it out!

The Winner is...

A huge thanks to everyone who participated in my debut release contest. I had lots of entries :)

I had my oldest son draw a name out of the hat, and the winner of the download of Her Protector is...Crystal B. from Kentucky.

Congrats, Crystal! I hope you enjoy the book.

Friday, September 29, 2006

Debut Release Contest

I'm celebrating the release of my debut novel, Her Protector, with a contest! One lucky reader will win a download of the book.

To enter just send an email to with the title “debut release contest” Please include your name and state of residency. By entering you are giving permission for that information to be placed on my website and blog in the event that you are the winner.

The contest will run through October 20th, 2006. You must be 18 or older to enter. One entry per person please. The winner will be notified by email and will have one week to reply. If there's no reply after seven days a new winner will be drawn.

If you would like to be placed on a mailing list to be advised of my upcoming releases and events, please note that in your email. This is not a requirement to enter the contest!

Good luck!

Saturday, September 23, 2006

"Her Protector" Available for Purchase

I’m very excited to announce that Her Protector is now available for purchase from New Concepts Publishing!

  • Purchase This Book
  • Banned Books

    Banned Books Week: September 23-30, 2006

    Celebrate your freedom to read! This annual event reminds Americans not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted.

    Check the American Library Association’s website for more information, including lists of the most frequently challenged books.

    I’d like to share with you my own experience regarding banned books. My junior year in high school (early eighties, small southern town), my English teacher passed out copies of The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck and told us we would start reading the book the next day. The next day she took the copies back up. Some parents had called the school complaining that the book was inappropriate reading material, and the school decided to ban the book.

    Know what happened?

    We drove to the next town (there were no bookstores in my little hometown), bought copies of the book, and read it. By making the book forbidden, they’d made it tempting and made us curious. They’d made us WANT to read it.

    The inappropriate part? Well, we couldn’t figure out what it was, so we did some sleuthing, and apparently it was the very end of the book when Rose of Sharon breastfeeds a starving man. Trust me when I say that none of us were incredibly shocked by this, nor were we scarred for life as result of reading it.

    I have very mixed feelings when it comes to children and banned books. I’m a parent. Do I want some control over what my children read? You bet I do! Some books are not appropriate for children. But while I think parents should have control over their child’s reading material, merely in my personal opinion, I think some parents take this too far.

    One of the most challenged books is The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, in part because of its frequent use of the 'n' word. So do you just pretend like the 'n' word wasn’t, and still isn’t, used? Pretending something doesn’t exist will not make it cease to exist. My son has read this book, and after he read it WE DISCUSSED IT. That’s the key! Know what your kids are reading and discuss it with them. It may be some of the best conversations you ever have with your children.

    Thursday, September 21, 2006

    Book Cover for "Her Protector"

    I just received the book cover for Her Protector. I’m very pleased! Cover artist Jenny Dixon did an excellent job.

    Tuesday, September 19, 2006

    More Favorite Quotes

    "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." -- Edmund Burke

    "It is when we forget ourselves that we do things that are remembered." -- Eugene Bertin

    "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart." -- Helen Keller

    If you have a favorite quote, please share it!

    Saturday, September 16, 2006

    What I'm Reading--Enslave Me Sweetly

    Enslave Me Sweetly by Gena Showalter (Downtown Press)

    Friday, September 15, 2006

    The winner is…

    A huge thanks to everyone who participated in my blog contest/drawing. I really enjoyed hearing about your favorite types of romance heroes! Please continue to visit my blog to learn about upcoming contests and share your thoughts on other subjects :)

    I had my youngest son draw a name out of the hat, and the winner is...Jackie W. from California.

    Congrats, Jackie. An autographed copy of Just One Look by P.J. Womack is en route to you. Happy reading!

    Saturday, September 02, 2006

    Favorite Type of Hero--Contest/Drawing!

    I’m interested in hearing about your favorite type of romance hero. Maybe you adore a certain personality type—the chief, the bad boy, the charmer, the best friend, etc. Maybe you’re drawn to heroes with specific occupations—CEO, cop, cowboy, doctor, artist, etc. Or maybe there are other qualities that make you melt, such as a certain accent.

    What’s my favorite? I like them all :) but if I had to choose just one…a charming cowboy with a slow southern drawl. Yummy! Then again, the Aussie accent just makes me all warm and tingly inside. And the bad boys... Well, as I said, I like them all.

    As an incentive for you to share your thoughts, I’m holding a drawing. The prize is an autographed copy of a book by one of my wonderfully talented critique partners.

    Just One Look by P.J. Womack
    Contemporary Romance
    Publisher: New Concepts Publishing
    Rating: Spicy
    Blurb: From the moment Victor Raven saw Lauren Rose he wanted her with a desperation that bordered on obsession. He's determined to win her love by fair means or foul. Only one obstacle stands in his way ... Lauren is consumed with hatred for the man responsible for her father’s death--Victor Raven himself.

    Everyone who leaves a comment between now and September 14th will be entered into the drawing. The winner will be announced on September 15th, 2006. I DO need your email address so I can contact you in the event that you win the drawing. If I can backtrack and locate an address for you (for example, an email address listed on blogger), then that’s wonderful. If not, then you need to send your email address, along with a copy of your post, to Be aware that I will be posting the winner's name and state of residency on my blog.

    For information about P.J.’s other books, please visit her website at:

    Friday, September 01, 2006

    Stupid Criminals

    I couldn’t write characters like these in a manuscript, because readers would find it unbelievable that anyone could be so stupid.

    Texas authorities, responding to a store robbery, seized a man who was fleeing naked. He said he'd stripped after the job because he figured his clothes would make him identifiable.

    An inmate who escaped from County Jail in an orange jumpsuit broke into the theater department at Baylor to slip into something less conspicuous. Police apprehended the escapee in a leprechaun costume.

    Police in Georgia, investigating a purse snatching, picked up a man who fit the thief's description and drove him back to the scene. He was told to exit the car and face the victim for an I.D. The suspect carefully eyed the victim, and blurted, "Yeah, that's the woman I robbed."

    Police in Los Angeles had good luck with a robbery suspect who just couldn't control himself during a lineup. When detectives asked each man in the lineup to repeat the words: "Give me all your money or I'll shoot", the man shouted, "That's not what I said!"

    A South Carolina man walked into a local police station, dropped a bag of cocaine on the counter, informed the desk sergeant that it was substandard cut, and asked that the person who sold it to him be arrested immediately.

    A man in Utah called the police to report a home burglary. The only thing he reported stolen was a bag of marijuana he’d planned to sell.

    A pair of robbers in Michigan entered a store nervously waving revolvers. The first one shouted, "Nobody move!" When his partner moved, the startled first bandit shot him.

    Police in Kansas, arrested a 22-year-old man after he tried to pass two counterfeit $16 bills.

    When a man attempted to siphon gasoline from a motor home parked on a Seattle street, he got much more than he bargained for. Police arrived at the scene to find an ill man curled up next to a motor home near spilled sewage. A police spokesman said that the man admitted to trying to steal gasoline and plugged his hose into the motor home's sewage tank by mistake.

    A man on trail in Oklahoma City for the armed robbery of a convenience store was acting as his own attorney. When the store manager testified that he was the robber, the man jumped up, accused the woman of lying and then said, "I should of blown your [expletive] head off!" He paused, then quickly added, "- if I'd been the one that was there." The jury took 20 minutes to convict him.

    A drug-possession defendant on trial in Michigan said he had been searched without a warrant. The prosecutor said the officer didn't need a warrant because a "bulge" in the defendant’s jacket could have been a gun. Nonsense, said the defendant, who happened to be wearing the same jacket that day in court. He handed it over so the judge could see it. The judge discovered a packet of cocaine in the pocket.

    Complied from various Internet sources, such as, but not limited to:

    Monday, August 28, 2006

    One of my Favorite Authors

    I’ve only read two of Emily McKay’s books (Perfectly Saucy and Her Wildest Dreams), but she’s way up there on my list of favorite authors.

    Ms. McKay is a talented author…the woman can write! Her books are also very sexy :) But the thing I love the most about her books are the characters. They are just so lovable.

    If you haven’t read one of her books yet, go buy one!

    Friday, August 25, 2006

    Excerpt from Her Protector

    I’ve posted an excerpt from Her Protector on my website. Please stop by and take a look!

    Wednesday, August 23, 2006

    Favorite Quotes

    Someone made the remark recently that I have a quote for every situation. That’s not true, because some events or situations simply leave me speechless. But, I do have a tendency to remember quotes. Unfortunately, I also have difficulty remembering who said them :)

    From time to time I’ll be sharing some of my favorite quotes, and hopefully will be able to give credit to the proper person for them.

    “Act like you got some raising.” -- Isn’t that just one of the most southern phrases you've ever heard? I have no clue who was the first person to use this phrase, but I can tell you that my grandmother said this to me often. Now I say it to my children, and I imagine someday they’ll say it to their children.

    “It is no sin to attempt and fail. The only sin is not to make the attempt.” -- Suellen Fried

    “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” -- Jimmy Dean

    If you have a favorite quote, I’d love to hear it!

    Tuesday, August 22, 2006

    What I'm reading--Colt's Choice

    Colt's Choice By Patrice Michelle (Ellora's Cave)

    UPDATE: I recently finished this book. If you like a hot story with sexy cowboys (and I do :), then this is the book for you!

    Monday, August 21, 2006

    And the winner is….

    A huge thanks to everyone who participated in my blog contest/drawing. I really enjoyed reading your comments, and I hope you’ll continue to visit my blog and share your thoughts on other subjects.

    I had my youngest son draw a name out of the hat, and the winner is…. Loribelle Hunt from Alabama.

    Congrats, Loribelle. A one-pound box of Godiva chocolates is en route to you. Enjoy!

    Please remember to check my website periodically for information about upcoming contest.

    Wednesday, August 02, 2006

    Top Ten Female Fantasies--Contest/Drawing!

    According to AskMen.Com the top 10 female fantasies are:

    10. Sex with a stranger
    9. Group sex
    8. Dominating a man
    7. Being watched/having an audience
    6. Being sexually ravaged/being controlled/having a master/being submissive
    5. Sex with a woman
    4. Being paid (stripper or prostitute)
    3. Sex with two men
    2. They want to BE the man...yes, using a strap-on with their male partner
    1. Forced sex

    So there you have it.

    For the men that may be reading this, here's what you need to remember...many fantasies are meant to remain fantasies. Just because a woman may be turned on by the thought of something doesn't mean that she actually wants it to happen. Then again, maybe she does. Why don't you ask her? Communication is the key to any relationship!

    I'm interested in hearing people's thoughts about this list. Did any of the fantasies surprise you? I'll admit that number 2 surprised me a bit. Were there any fantasies that you thought should/would have made the list that didn't? Do you have any additional thoughts or comments on the subject?

    As an incentive for you to share your thoughts (some might call it a 'bribe' but I prefer the word 'incentive' ) everyone who leaves a comment on my blog between now and August 20th will be entered into a drawing for a box of Godiva chocolates. YUM! The winner will be announced on August 21, 2006. I DO need your email address so that I can contact you in the event that you win the drawing. For those that prefer to comment anonymously please send a copy of your post, along with your email address to Be aware that I will be posting on my blog the winner's first name, last initial (if they prefer that their last name not be posted), and state of residency.

    Now, I just realized that this particular topic may leave some with the impression that I write erotic romance. I do :) However, the book that is being released in September is not an erotic romance, it’s a sensual romance. I am hopeful, though, that one of my erotic romances with be released in the near future.

    RWA National Conference

    I just returned from the RWA (Romance Writers of America) National Conference, which was held this year in Atlanta, GA. There were tons of workshops, publisher spotlights (where editors discuss the types of stories that they’re currently seeking), booksignings, luncheons, award presentations, etc. And for brave souls, editor and agent appointments to pitch your manuscript(s).

    This was my first time attending the conference. It was exhausting and frankly a little overwhelming. There was so much to do and not enough time to squeeze it all in.

    Monday, July 24, 2006

    Blurb for Her Protector

    Since I’m sure you’re all curious to know what my first book is about, here’s the blurb:

    Her Protector
    Rating: Sensual
    Available September 2006 from New Concepts Publishing

    After escaping from an abusive relationship and arriving in her hometown of Lexington, Oklahoma, Tricia Stephens needs help in a big way to stay one step ahead of her ex-boyfriend. Fearful of police involvement and flat broke, she's still reluctant to accept help from Clint Owens, a man she had a disastrous and humiliating affair with eight years earlier. His sudden appearance and white-knight-in-shining-armor act doesn't impress her, even if he does have the full support of her friends.

    The sight of bruises on Tricia's face is all Clint needs to feel justified in doing whatever is necessary to keep her safe. When she balks at accepting his help, he doesn't hesitate to use force as a method of persuasion. He's determined to protect her, even if she fights him every step of the way.

    With each passing day Clint's supportive and caring attitude slowly weakens Tricia's resolve to keep him at a distance. Still, it's imperative she remembers that he's already proven himself to be untrustworthy and capable of betrayal. And she mustn't forget that domineering side of him that had shown itself recently--a side she'd never known existed. It certainly hadn't been in her plan to trade in one controlling man for another.

    About Me

    I figured my very first post on my new blog should be the 'let me tell you about myself' post. And since I've recently written an author’s bio for my publisher, well, heck, I’m just going to copy and paste it :)

    Pamela Tyner was reading by the age of four and hasn't stopped since. As a child her family often worried that she spent too much time if such a thing were possible. By high school she was creating her own stories, although it wasn't until years later that she actually put them on paper and begin pursuing the dream of publication.

    After spending fifteen years in the corporate world, she is now a stay-at-home mom/author who accepts the occasional job when the mood strikes or the bank account balance demands it.

    Born and raised in the south, with the accent to prove it, she currently lives in North Carolina with her husband and two sons. Living in a home with three musicians--a drummer, a saxophonist, and a trumpeter--who love to play their music often and loud, she savors those quiet times when she can read and write without distraction.

    Her first novel, Her Protector, will be released September 2006 from New Concepts Publishing.