Friday, October 24, 2014

Taken by the Con cover reveal


A sexy scammer is determined to steal an FBI agent's heart

Her new partner in crime-fighting makes Lucia Huntington uncomfortably hot. To catch an embezzler, the beautiful FBI agent must work with ex-con Cash Stone…although they couldn't be more different. Career-driven Lucia lives by the rules, while devilishly charming Cash gleefully bends them.

Unbeknownst to Lucia, Cash once did wrong for the right reason—his ailing son. Now he claims he's working for the FBI to go on the straight and narrow. But as the case turns dangerous with deadly attacks, Lucia questions her trust in Cash. He's reliable and protective, making her yearn for the passionate bond that's always eluded her. But is their entire relationship one big con?

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Colton Holiday Lockdown Cover Reveal


There is no way to escape Dead River…and a killer is waiting

A contagious virus has rocked the small, snow-covered town of Dead River, Wyoming. And time for a cure is running out. But sick patients and a community quarantine is just the beginning of nurse Gemma Colton's troubles.

The arrival of Dr. Rafe Granger triggers memories from her past: a high school crush…unfulfilled desires. Even Rafe's outward persona—cool, unaffected—is a thin veil for his yearning. They must suppress temptation to focus on finding a cure. But someone else is watching them. Someone else has other plans for the town.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

First review of Under the Sheik's Protection

"C.J. Miller makes her latest suspenseful story one that will not be easily forgotten. UNDER THE SHEIK’S PROTECTION has riveting action and emotion-packed scenarios." - CataRomance, 4.5 stars

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Under the Sheik's Protection Giveaway



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Under the Sheik's Protection by C.J.  Miller

Under the Sheik's Protection

by C.J. Miller


Giveaway ends July 28, 2014.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Under the Sheik's Protection Advanced Copies



First review is in!

"Intensely passionate, Saafir and Sarah’s chemistry sizzles from the start. Well thought out and laden with conflict, tension and incredible intrigue, this story is one stellar read.” - RT Book Reviews 4 ½ stars

About the book:

After an uncharacteristic night of passion, event coordinator Sarah Parker learns her mystery lover is Sheik Saafir, her new client—and the target of an assassination plot. But the darkly handsome royal has an appeal the sensible Sarah can't ignore, even when she's caught in the cross fire.

Honor bound, Saafir has agreed to an arranged marriage to unite the feuding factions in his country…and then he kisses the surprising American. Now, dodging bullets is nowhere near as dangerous as the attraction that puts his sense of duty at war with his heart. But can he walk away from Sarah even to save his life…and hers?

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Cover Reveal for Under the Sheik's Protection


A sexy sheik finds forbidden love in C.J. Miller's tale of international intrigue

After an uncharacteristic night of passion, event coordinator Sarah Parker learns her mystery lover is Sheik Saafir, her new client—and the target of an assassination plot. But the darkly handsome royal has an appeal the sensible Sarah can't ignore, even when she's caught in the crossfire.

Honor bound, Saafir has agreed to an arranged marriage to unite the feuding factions in his country…and then he kisses the surprising American. Now, dodging bullets is nowhere near as dangerous as the attraction that puts his sense of duty at war with his heart. But can he walk away from Sarah even to save his life… and hers?

Friday, April 4, 2014

Traitorous Attraction Giveaway



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Traitorous Attraction by C.J. Miller

Traitorous Attraction

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

A Kindle for my preschooler?

I've long since abandoned reading books in paper format. I have a Kindle Paperwhite and I love it. I have access to less expensive books (generally), on-demand. I can read in the dark. When I did midnight- 4 a.m. feeding with my daughter, it was awesome to have something else to do while she ate.

But I still buy board book and hardcovers for my children.

I've been rethinking this. First, my son is almost out of shelf space. I need to either buy another set of shelves or store his books elsewhere, in which case he won't have access to them as easily.

Second, schools in my town introduce tablets and laptops in elementary school. Having a Kindle for my children would teach them the basics of how to use a tablet: respect, care, charging it, clicking options, opening applications.

I do not want the e-reader to turn into another screen for them to stare at, but to read books, I don't think it's a bad option. As much as I love mine, a Kindle Paperwhite won't work. My children enjoy the color illustrations in their books. We're going to get a Kindle Fire.

Amazon offers a subscription to FreeTime Unlimited. Parental controls, access to books and learning apps, and a free month so we can try it out!

I'm planning to make it my 3-year-old's Easter present.


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

On Critics...We all have them.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

― Theodore Roosevelt

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Traitorous Attraction Cover Reveal


FROM STEAMY JUNGLES TO OPULENT PALACES, IT'S NONSTOP ACTION, DANGER AND PASSION FOR TWO SEXY AGENTS

To find a "dead" agent, intelligence analyst Kate Squire needs the man's brother—retired Sphere operative Connor West. His skills as a trained assassin are essential for her mission…but her immediate, raw attraction for the man himself is not.

For a loner like Connor, trekking into the jungle with a secretive killer blonde at his side is not textbook. Caught between armed insurgents and hungry predators, he fears Kate may be his deadliest threat…until their very agency turns on them. Stranded, outmanned and outgunned, Connor has nowhere else to turn. Trusting the gorgeous spy may be the only way to get them out alive….

Available May 2014 from Harlequin Romantic Suspense.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Authorgraph

I can now sign e-books!

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Intriguing Characters

In my current work in progress, I have a character who my beta reader says is unlikeable and flat. In other words, uninteresting.

I take what my beta reader tells me to heart and I've been thinking about interesting characters. What makes a character intriguing and worth a reader's time? What makes a reader stick by her for 200+ pages and want her to have a happily ever after?

Here's what I've come up with so far.

Intriguing characters should:

1. Have complexity. She needs flaws and insecurities and the reader should know about them. She has to face those flaws and insecurities.

2. Be relateable. If a reader can't see herself in any quality the character has, it's hard to connect. The same way we bond with people who have similar interests, same goes for a character.

3. Not be a Mary Sue. We all have a friend on social media whose posts would indicate she has a perfect life. We all know that person is lying. Knowing doesn't stop it from being annoying and it doesn't stop me from un-following/hiding that person's posts. Everyone is fighting a battle with their demons. A character's battles should be laid plain for the reader to see.

4. Make a first impression. How she is introduced to the reader and the other characters is important. The manner in which those characters speak to her and think about her makes an impression, good or bad.

5. Be believable. No one works all the time. No one loves every aspect of their job. Characters are rarely ALWAYS something and NEVER another, at least in their choices and personality.

6. Have a goal or direction. Have something important at stake. Why does it matter for a character to succeed? What happens if she fails?

7. Be good at something. While a bumbling fool might be sympathetic, no one wants a heroine who blindly or through luck finds a happily ever after. She needs to take ownership of her path.

8. Have a unique characteristic. Something physical might work, like having a distinctive scar or tattoo.

9. Think outside the box. When writing, dismiss the first, second and third idea. They're too predictable.

10. Not have a really annoying and overly distracting trait. No crying in response to every conflict. My personal pet peeve is a character who bites her lip constantly. TSTL, too stupid to live, heroines annoy readers.

Now, the hard part is rewriting her so that she comes alive on the page!

What traits do your favorite characters have? What makes a character stay with you after you finish a book?