Last Chance: Summer Sales, #Free Novellas #Smashwords

UPDATE: The Rafflecopter has ended and I’ll be announcing a winner soon. My thanks to everyone who entered.

July 31 is the last day of the Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale, though Lily and the Gambler remains on sale for 99 cents through the end of summer.

Rogue’s Hostage and Lady Elinor’s Escape are now half off at Smashwords through July 31. Don’t forget to use the code SSW50 at checkout.

The free novellas for July are: How To Woo… A Reluctant Bride, Ilona’s Wolf and Marooned. Don’t forget to use the code SSW100 at checkout.

Lily and the Gambler is on sale for the summer at all outlets: Amazon Kindle, BN/Nook, Kobo and Smashwords.

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If you grab one of my sale books or free novellas, please leave an honest review at the site where you got it or at Goodreads.


Hope you’re having a great summer.



Happy Belated Birthday, Leo #astrology

My apologies to all my Leo friends for being a week late in celebrating your sign. July has been a hectic month for me, but that’s no excuse.

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Zodiac signs – Leo–© goccedicolore

Leo is one of my favorite signs, probably because my Moon is in Leo, so I usually get along well with people born under this sign. (The one exception being my only first cousin but that’s not a story I want to get into here.)

A fire sign ruled by the Sun, Leo is represented by the Lion and is known for his warmth and flamboyance, his ego and his temper. After all, the lion is king of the jungle and loves being the center of attention. People born under this sign are natural leaders with a flair for the dramatic. Leos are warm, generous and friendly, but they can also be arrogant and self-centered.

Leo Constellation

Leo Constellation–© palych

It’s rare, though not impossible, to find an introverted Leo, but chances are he secretly dreams of being king. As always, a lot depends on the individual chart. Leo is a fixed sign, so Leos can get a bit set in their ways or even authoritarian. The sign rules the heart, both literally and figuratively. In the natal chart, the fifth house rules love and romance, but on a more serious note, Leos can be susceptible to heart disease.

Given Leo’s flair for drama and penchant for the limelight, it’s no surprise to find a lot of familiar show business names in any list of famous Leos, including actors Ben Afleck, Lucille Ball, Ethel Barrymore, Bill “Count” Basie, “It Girl” Clara Bow, Jonathan Frakes, Peter O’Toole, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Martin Sheen, Wesley Snipes, Kevin Spacey, Robert Taylor and the marvelous Mae West, who provides a quintessential archetype for the lioness.

More celebrities include quarterback Tom Brady, singer Eddie Fisher, Olympic skating champions Peggie Fleming and Dorothy Hamill, director Alfred Hitchcock, and singers Jerry Garcia, Mick Jagger, Jennifer Lopez, and Madonna.

Other famous people born under this sign include US Presidents Herbert Hoover, Benjamin Harrison, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama; emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, poets Robert Burns and Ogden Nash, dictators Fidel Castro and Benito Mussolini, pioneering pilot Amelia Earhart, authors Emily Bronte, John Galsworthy, Aldous Huxley, Dorothy Parker, Sir Walter Scott and Percy Bysse Shelley, pioneering psychiatrist Carl Jung, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Princess Margaret, and Sydney Omarr, astrologer to the Hollywood stars.

You can find a list of more famous Leos here and more information about the sign at Cafe including a section for Moon in Leo.

Is there a Leo in your life?