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Looking Forward to a New Year + Giveaway

It’s already the last day of the year. Where did the last twelve months go? It’s been one non-stop week after another and I’ve barely had the chance to catch my breath as we all prepare to kick off another year. I think it’s safe to say 2014 has been an interesting year, if not challenging in some ways. I’m grateful for all the opportunities that the time has brought me. I’m optimistic at worse and ecstatic at best for what the coming year has in store for me and my family.

As I look back, this year has brought several positive changes in my life. After five years of working up to the TP BNmoment, I hit publish as an indie author in April. Up until that time I never fathomed the amount of work being an indie author would require and I wouldn’t change a thing!

I moved from a five bedroom/five bathroom house, that took over my life with constant cleaning, to a penthouse condo with four bedrooms and two baths that somehow manages to stay clean despite the four kiddos best efforts to prove otherwise. I started taking Tae Bo Billy classes. Lost twenty-five pounds. Bought my first size eight jeans since giving birth to my third kiddo. (I think every salesperson on the floor heard my scream of delight that day) And now as the year comes to a close, I’m preparing my oldest daughter’s birthday cake (homemade chocolate!), wondering how that tiny baby girl I brought home from the hospital fifteen years ago managed to grow so fast and become such a beautiful young lady.

Changes are inevitable and 2015 is shaping up to have many more positive changes in the works both on a personal level and career wise. All I have to say is I’m ready. Bring it 2015!

I wish you all a wonderful New Year full of opportunities, positive changes, and more of what you desire out of 2015. Here’s our chance at a fresh start. Let’s make it count!

Leave a comment sharing one thing you’re looking forward to in the coming year and I’ll pick one commenter to win a Kindle copy of either Tequila Sunset or Sunrise for Three.

 

Until next time… keep it sexy!

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A Mexican Christmas + Giveaway

Season’s Greetings to everyone! Today is a pretty busy and exciting day. I kicked off my annual Christmas Book Bash on my own personal author blog (tons of giveaways!!), I wrapped up a sexy shifter short story that has a hero I feel absolutely head of heels for and the family is getting ready for our Christmas cookie baking on the weekend.

Lots going on and to keep up with, but that’s what the holidays are about, right? HA I’ll need a vacation after all the merry making! How many are with me?

All the preparations for the holidays had me thinking about the different family traditions around the world. I’ve lived in Mexico for almost twenty years now and I’ve had the privilege to learn about a completely unique way of celebrating Christmas Mexican style.

When we first arrived here I was only fourteen and completely culture shocked for the first year. Christmas was the first holiday we experienced abroad and I had no idea that here in Mexico Christmas actually starts on December 16th and lasts all the way through February 2nd Known as Candelaria or Candle mass day.

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Posada

To kick off the season there are nine Posadas (which translates to Inn) that children perform to recreate the journey of Joseph and The Virgin Mary looking for shelter. The children will gather in a procession and call on their neighbors, singing a song for each home based on Mary and Joseph’s hardships. It is customary for the children to be turned away with the news of there being no room for them at the Posada they are calling on. Yet they do not turn away and continue singing until they receive the good news that there is room for them. This is performed over the course of eight nights at different homes and ends on Christmas Eve where the nativity scene is recreated with the baby Jesus placed in the manger and at midnight everyone makes their way to Church service where fireworks are kicked off and everyone starts the celebration of Christmas.

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Posada

 

On my first Christmas in Mexico I was invited to join in on the Posada processions with others in my community and it was an experience I’ll never forget. We carried candles and I sang in a language I had yet to master. I was off key the whole time and making it all up as I went, but everyone helped me learn as we went.

We also played games and I got my first turn at a Piñata. I learned real fast how to dive and grab my loot before everyone else got it for me. I am sure many of you have had a chance to play this game and if not, it’s a blast! Your little ones would love to take a turn at this game.

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Mexican Piñata

Some traditional food served is the Rosca de Reyes, an oval sweetbread, decorated with candied fruit. In a way it reminds me of our fruit cake. This sweet bread is more a tradition for February 2nd, Candelaria or Candle mass day, where family and friends gather and cut the bread where little white dolls representing the baby Jesus are hidden. The person who finds the doll in their piece of Rosca has to invite everyone present to the following year’s gathering and buy a new dress for the baby Jesus used in the Nativity Scene, and bring tamales, another traditional food made of mashed corn wrapped around meat. And delicious served with Pico de Gallo or homemade hot sauce with tomatoes, jalapeños, cilantro and lemon.

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I also found that Christmas trees are not as popular with the older generations. I think this was the biggest culture shock for me. With all the custom trade off with all the tourists, trees have become more and more popular in the new generations, but when I first arrived here and visited friends, they had nativity scenes surrounded by poinsettia flowers which represent the star over Bethlehem that lead the Three Wise Men to baby Jesus instead of trees.

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Poinsettia plants placed throught the city and tons shopping malls, homes, small shops and used in nativity scenes

Though I follow the family traditions my husband and I grew up with, I find the Mexican traditional Christmas a wonderful experience and so steeped with hundreds of years old traditions dating back all the way to the time of the Spaniards.

There is so much more to the culture and the celebrations, but I’d have you hear all day!

How about you? Have you visited another country during the holidays? What did you learn of their traditions? Leave a comment along with your email addy and I’ll pick a winner to receive a Kindle copy of either His by Sunrise or Tequila Sunset, winner’s choice.

Oh, don’t forget to sign up to my newsletter if you haven’t already! It goes out today at 6 p.m. CST with my monthly Gift Card winner AND this edition has a DOUBLE cover reveal. Remember the shifter romance I mentioned above? Be one of the first to see the cover and release date.

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And one final thing, I’d love for you to swing by my author blog and join in my annual Christmas Book Bash giveaway with eleven other romance authors. See you there!

Until next time, have a wonderful and safe holiday. I wish you all a warm and festive Merry Christmas from my heart to yours!

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New Sexy Siesta Release & Giveaway!

“Two former Recon Marines, one sexy Latina and only twenty-four

hours to uncover who is behind the attempt on her life.”

I’m so excited to announce the release of Sunrise for Three!

The third novella in my Sexy Siesta series follows Marc and Colt, two former Recon Marines, and their sexy Latina secretary as they struggle against the deadly forces of a hidden threat while exploring the burning desires all three share.

Want a taste? Here’s a little sweet treat for Halloween!

GIVEAWAY!

After reading the excerpt, leave a comment including your email addy and be entered to win a Kindle copy of either His by Sunrise or Tequila Sunset. I’ll pick one winner for each title.

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EXCERPT

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Marc shoved the curtains aside and threw open the large window in Mia’s room. Thank God she had the room with the porch below. He pulled Mia to his side while Colt eased out to set a perimeter. “We’re going out through here. Once we get across the roof, Colt will help you down. When we hit the ground, haul ass for the southwest tree line and don’t look back.”

Colt called back to them through the window in a low, rushed voice, “Clear to move. This place is like a damn tinderbox, people. Flames have already started on the support beams. Let’s double time it.” He looked to Mia, lips hardened in a determined flat line.

She gave a sharp nod, then answered, “Ready.”

That’s my girl.

Colt offered Mia a hand. She tucked the revolver in the back of her waistband then grasped their extended hands for balance while she climbed out the window. They crossed the roof of the porch, keeping to the shadows, pausing every few feet to scope out the surroundings. He hoped whoever was attacking Mia’s house was still keeping to the south side where they entered her property line, but he doubted it. They had a slim window of time to get Mia to safety and he wasn’t going to miss it.

Colt eased down the side with the help of lattice on the side of the house. Mia lowered herself with the help of Colt and Marc followed.

As soon as his feet hit the ground, Colt threw up the sign to hold tight. Mia paused and kneeled, following Colt’s example.

Marc leaned forward to speak low next to her ear, “Colt will clear the area around the side of the house. When he returns we’ll hoof it to the tree line. He’ll go first, you in the middle and I’ll bring up the rear. Are there any motion lights on this side of the house we need to know about?”

“Yes, once we get ten yards out from the side of the house, it will flick on.”

Shit. Might as well put a bull’s eye on their asses.

With his sidearm drawn, Colt peeled off and maneuvered around the side of the house. They needed to know how close the hostiles were to their position.

“Clear on this side. Let’s go.” Marc nodded at Colt and pulled Mia to her feet. He held her gaze and put it out there in black and white. “Don’t stop. Don’t look back and sure as fuck don’t trip.”

“You might find I’m a good runner.” A hint of arrogance colored her words. Good—she’d need that confidence when the rounds started flying.

“We ready or are we going to stand here and chat all night?” Colt spoke up from his left.

“Go. Now.”

Sunrise for Three Copyright © Talina Perkins 2014

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Thanks for stopping by! Until next time…keep it sexy!

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Kicking it Sexy Siesta Style & New Release News!

I’m so excited to be a part of this fabulous group of talented authors! Since this is my first post with the 69’s 😉 (yeah, couldn’t resist!) here’s the low down on me and a little on what I write.

I’m from an Irish/Scottish background, born and raised in North Carolina, who now lives in sunny Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. After reading an article on writing romance by Holly Lisle I jumped off the wagon everyone shoved me on heading toward the typical nine-to-fiver and picked up pen and paper instead.

That was six year ago.

There have been a lot of ups and downs that almost led me to tossing out this crazy gig, but I stuck it out and I’m now looking at my fourth release this October 31st.

Yeah, baby! (said in my best Austin Power’s voice)

When I set out to publish I never thought I’d turn to the spicy sub-genre of erotic romance, yet three novellas later, here I am and planning more hot love stories for readers to hopefully enjoy.

Another sub-genre I never thought I would write in is military romance. Guns, fight scenes, and kick-ass alpha heroes with a fetish for the wild side are kinda my thang, but writing it…err…not so much. Then I meet Captain Blake Mitchell from His by Sunrise. He pushed his sexy smooth talking self into my head and brought along his friends, Gabriel, Marc, Colt, and to my surprise, Joel Cordona.

After a week of listening in on their conversations and witnessing their camaraderie the Sexy Siesta series was born. I knew I had to write their stories and give them each a heroine who could tame their alpha male, possessive, too damn-sexy-for-their-own-good trouble making tendencies. 😉

Originally the Sexy Siestas were planned as a novella series, but my editor coaxed me ever so gently into flexing my muscles and going bigger, giving each of the characters from the novellas their full length stories. How could I refuse? I wanted to revisit my sexy bad-ass Recon Marines, and after reading the feedback from readers, I discovered I wasn’t the only one who wanted more.

So I’m making the announcement on 69 Shades of Smut first…the Sexy Siesta series is growing! It’s packed with emotion, high stakes drama, and heat. Lots of heat!

Here’s the full list on what is out now, soon-to-be-released, and coming in 2015 for the Sexy Siesta Series:

NOVELLAS:

His BY Sunrise-Captain Blake Mitchell and Isabella Marie’s novella –OUT NOW

Tequila Sunset– 1st Lieutenant Gabriel Daniels and Esmeralda Vega’s novella—OUT NOW

Sunrise for Three-Mark Dangere, Mia Vega, & Colt Dessire’s novella—Releasing Oct. 31st!!

FOURTH NOVELLA— JOEL CORDONA –TO BE ANNOUNCED

FULL LENGTHS:

Controlled Heat-Blake and Isabella’s Full length— May 2015

Tropical Heat-Gabriel & Esmeralda’s Full-length— August 2015

Relentless Heat-Marc, Mia, & Colt’s Full-length—November 2015

JOEL CORDONA’S FULL LENGTH—TO BE ANNOUNCED

I have a full plate of writing ahead of me and I’m anxious and excited to write each and every story. Since Joel made an impromptu appearance later in the series I’m still working on pulling his novella and full-length together, but it will be true to the series—high octane and sizzling romance all rolled up in a HEA…promise!

Next up to hit the digital shelves is Sunrise for Three. This novella follows two former Recon Marines and a sexy heart-melting Latina they’ve come to love, but soon find out has a vengeful Mexican drug lord hot on her trail. Here’s a look at the cover and blurb to hold you over until its release on Halloween. 😉

Sunrise For Three200x300Two stalwart former Recon Marines…

Marc Dangere and Colt Dessire,  forced to retire from injuries sustained from a roadside bombing, decide there’s only one thing left for two elite former Recon Marines—serve and protect through their own securities company, Re-Con.

One sexy, heart-melting Latina with trouble hot on her trail…

Mia Vega is fearless when it comes to standing her ground. Shedding the shackles of a tragic childhood, Mia accepts the first stable job opportunity that comes along in hopes of building a strong future for herself.  With every passing day Mia finds it harder to resist her desire for both her bosses— two of the sexiest men she’d ever laid eyes on. Determined to reach out and take what she wants, Mia sets a plan of seduction in motion that will either get her fired or land her right where she wants to be—caught between danger and desire.

One deserted beach and only one night to claim her as theirs.

Marc and Colt have had their sights set on their new secretary, beautiful Mia Vega. They’ve kept their distance, waiting for the right time to share their feelings. But all bets are off when a dangerous predator begins striking out against Mia. To protect her, Marc and Colt take her under their protection, whisking her away to their safe haven until they can figure out who’s behind the attempt on her life. Once alone with her, neither man can contain the burning desire to claim her.

Can Marc and Colt keep Mia safe while exploring their passions? Or will fate rob them of a happiness all three have longed for their whole lives?

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Thanks for stopping by! Until next time…keep it sexy!

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