Marshall T.J. Langlois

Pronounced Lan-(g)waah At least in my dad's small south Louisiana town, a Marshall is an elected political position, similar to a police chief or sheriff, in towns that aren’t big enough to have a police force but still need more than the parish sheriff. I based Marshall T.J. Langlois off of Marshall Russell in my dad’s hometown. He is friends with everyone and, like Marshall Langlois, he's a big dude, but that's about where the similarities end. He’s got a deep rolling southern ...

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Wine and chocolate

I wanted a sensual experience for Tori. This is a slow awakening (hah!) of her senses and her appetites. You don’t just throw someone in the deep water to swim, and you don’t start with whips and chains the first time someone calls you Master. The Chocolate I did a little research (not a lot) about pairing chocolate with wine. As I grew into adulthood, I became a dark chocolate lover. Milk chocolate is great, of course, but there’s something special about the bitter-sweet depths ...

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Why did Tori refuse to take Nate’s money?

“That’ll be $1.93.” He digs in his wallet and slaps three bills on the counter. Three one hundred dollar bills. What the fuck? He’s got this smug look on his face like he’s so damned smart, and he confirms my worst suspicion when he gives me a shit-eating grin and says, “Keep the change.” Oh. Hell. No. I calmly take his money, walk over to the cash register, and count out the change for three hundred dollars minus a dollar ninety-three. And then slap it all back ...

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Film Terms

As fictional as this book is, I do want to keep some things true to life. There’s only so much disbelief a reader is expected to put on hold. Frankly, I want to use that quota in other ways, not when discussing something simple like incorrect film jargon in a pre-production meeting. Line Producer – the dude or lady who is in charge of a film’s budget. They’re basically the film’s lead accountant and they make sure all the bills are paid. Production Designer – these men and ...

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Tori’s Cherry Pie

I am not a bigger baker, but my lovely friend Tira was kind enough to give me her fantastic cherry pie recipe! The measurements for the filling are not in absolutes, more of "Do what tastes best to you". (That's how I cook, too.) Her crust recipe has been handed down in her family for generations. Isn't that fantastic?   Pie Crust One cup of flour to one stick 1/4lb unsalted butter, softened but not super soft. Pinch of salt Ice water Directions: Combine the butter, salt, ...

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How SIR came to be (and why it ends on a cliffhanger). . .

I knew going into publishing Sir essentially what the main criticisms would be. Not to brag (but), I've been a professional writer -- not for books, but tomato/tomato -- long enough that I have a decent grasp of where my weaknesses lie and, with enough time, I can emotionally distance myself from my work product to have a general idea of what it's weaknesses are. So I KNEW, when pressing the button to publish Sir, that people were going to think that it started slow with too much ...

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Sir: The Awakening Advanced Copy of Chapter One

Hello, darling readers. When you purchased Sir, I promised you a chapter from Sir: The Awakening if you visited my website. I've been having some problems setting up a downloadable copy (unless you join my mailing list, but that doesn't help if you're already on it; however I'll get it to y'all somehow, promise), so I figured that I would just post it here. . . Which I did. . . For a day. Maybe two. Then I went onto my Goodreads page only to discover that my ARC copy of Chapter 1 ...

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