Holiday Hotties is Coming… (xPost)

Hi all,

Last year we had a kick butt contest called Holiday Hotties. It was such a success we’re doing it again this year. Only this time instead of the contest covering just Christmas, we’re including Halloween and Thanksgiving, too!

So what does this mean for you? Basically we’re going to have a running contest that spans from October to Christmas. Each month, the TJ On A Tangent newsletter will contain excerpts from your favorite participating authors and questions about those fabulous writers.

A single winner will be chosen each month. Then at Christmas, everyone who has played has the chance to win one of three gift baskets of cool stuff from all of the authors.

What’s really cool is that your prize depends on the number of authors that participate. So if we have twelve participating authors and three winners, you each get four books and lots of goodies in your gift basket. If there are eighteen authors, each winner gets six books and oober-cool goodies!

So stay tuned…Holiday Hotties is coming!

Have a wonderful Sunday!


Oldies But Goodies!

Anybody, other than me, who used to watch a young Will Smith as The Fresh Prince of Belair? And what about those good old fashioned cartoon movies based on classic books, like Rock-a-Doodle from the book Chanticleer?

Well, one of the awesome women from a group of awesome ladies called The Posse (now is that a good old nostalgic name or what?) with a rocking Yahoo group loop posted this oldie-but-goodie not too long ago. Now let me tell you, I’d just heard that my older sister has cervical cancer and the very next day learned that my ex-husband has stomach cancer. A few days after that I saw this posting on the loop, watched it, and it made my whole damned day a lot brighter!

I’d love to know if you ever have those days when you reminisce on a time long past and it just makes you smile like an idiot? Or, better yet, makes you laugh out loud until your office mates wonder what the hell you’re doing at your desk that makes work so much fun?

Check it! And let me know if you remember this…


Sex As Taboo? Not!

I’m blogging over at the Divas of the Dark and my favorite haunt, the Dynamic Three blogs today. The subject – whether sex was taboo when you were growing up. If so, I wonder if it affected you the way it did me. I’m also talking about why it is not taboo in MY HO– USE with my kids. Join us!

Reviews and Winners!

The first reviews for Hatsept Heat are out! Check ’em out here or on Reviews at Wild On Books!

And now for contest news – The winner from the Wild On Books blog contest from my post, Introducing TJ Michaels, was…PAMK! She received a copy of my brand new release, Hatsept Heat, Vampire Council of Ethics Book 3!

And winner from Kate Hill’s list mom day over at the Ellora’s Cave Yahoo reader’s loop was…KIMW! She also received a copy of my latest release, Hatsept Heat!

The next contest will be happening here on my site. It’ll be a blog contest where you have a chance to win a copy of J.C. Wilder’s kick butt book, Winter’s Daughter! Check out the review from Joyfully Reviewed – it’s smoking!

New Diet Program for Men

The fabulous Cait Miller put this out on the author loop recently. Enjoy!


A guy calls a company and orders their 5-day, 10-lb weight loss Program. The next day, there’s a knock on the door, and there stands before him a voluptuous, athletic, 19-year-old babe dressed in nothing but a pair of Nike running shoes and a sign around her neck.

She introduces herself as a representative of the weight loss Company. The sign reads, ‘If you can catch me, you can have me.’

Without a second thought, he takes off after her. A few miles later huffing and puffing, he finally gives up. The same girl shows up for the next four days and the same thing happens.

On the fifth day, he weighs himself and is delighted to find he has lost 10 lbs as promised. He calls the company and orders their 5-day, 20-pound program.

The next day there’s a knock at the door and there stands the most stunning, beautiful, sexy woman he has ever seen in his life. She is wearing nothing but Reebok running shoes and a sign around her neck that reads, ‘If you catch me, you can have me’.

Well, he’s out the door after her like a shot. This girl is in excellent shape and he does his best, but no such luck.

So for the next four days, the same routine happens with him gradually getting in better and better shape.

Much to his delight on the fifth day when he weighs himself, he discovers that he has lost another 20 lbs as promised.

He decides to go for broke and calls the company to order the 7-day, 50-pound program.

‘Are you sure?’ asks the representative on the phone. ‘This is our most rigorous program.’

‘Absolutely,’ he replies, ‘I haven’t felt this good in years.’

The next day there’s a knock at the door; and when he opens it, he finds a huge muscular guy standing there wearing nothing but pink running shoes and a sign around his neck that reads, ‘If I catch you, your ass is mine.’

He lost 63 pounds that week.

Heck of a blog!

Jennifer over at Wild On Books caught up with me and invited me to guest blog over there. It was alot of fun and the topic is one that’s on everyone’s mind – The Olympics…and the upcoming release of Caramel Kisses (yummm!)

Check out the blog post and a sweet (and oh-so-naughty) excerpt from my first contemporary, older woman – younger man story. It’s smokin’! And as always, the plot is interesting and solid.

Want a look? Visit Wild On Books


I Was On The Radio!!

AND IT FREAKING ROCKED!! And of course we talked about the new book release, HATSEPT HEAT, but many of the other topics are just downright wild! Woot!!

Check it out here–> Raven Vampire Radio Party

Oh my God, it was so much fun! I don’t think I’ve laughed that much while being interviewed in my whole (though short) career!

Mandy Roth and Michelle Pillow are absolute nut balls! Give a listen and tell me what you think.


It’s Here!

It’s out everybody! Oh my God, I couldn’t be more thrilled that Hatsept Heat, the 3rd book in the Vampire Council of Ethics hit the cyber shelves yesterday from Samhain!

To purchase, Visit Samhain Publishing

Excerpt from (Explicit)
By TJ Michaels, Copyright 2007
Coming July 29, 2008 ~ Samhain Publishing, Inc.
All Rights Reserved

They chatted amicably but Kenoe didn’t miss the occasional frown whenever he let his guard down long enough for his anxiety, though slight, to creep down the bond. Bottom line—he had no desire to see the you’re-crazy-as-a-loon skepticism in her eyes when he told her what he was. God knew she wouldn’t believe him.

And he was less than enthusiastic about her reaction to the fact that he, Mr. Law Enforcement, as she called him, was investigating her closest relative for something that had nothing to do with honest vamps, and everything to do with Dr. Jekyll humans.

Not to mention the possibility of her flat-out rejecting him.

Ruthlessly squashing down all concern, he filled his mind with lighter thoughts. Actually just thinking on what a fabulous dinner she’d prepared for him, what a kind and considerate woman she was, a woman so sweet yet with an edge sharp enough to cut himself on. The perfect alpha. His perfect alpha.

And she’d prepared a dessert of strawberries covered with brown sugar syrup, laced with lemon zest. Oh yeah, she was a keeper. He only hoped she would feel the same when he told her…
When had she moved from her chair?

Shinju grinned and pushed his empty dishes off to the side. She held her hand out to him.


“Up, handsome.”

Wondering what she was on about, he didn’t move but cocked his head to the side and waited instead.

“Naoru. Get. Up.” Her tone was stern, but not bitchy. He stood and allowed himself to be positioned to her liking. Mischief danced along their developing link and tickled the nerve endings at the base of his skull.
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On Vacation!

We made it safely to Florida and we are having a ball! The Marriott Grand Vista is a pretty nice place. The surrounding area is also pretty neat. Nothing spectacular, as it’s a typical city, but the weather is really something. I love the rain and humidity, now if it was just a bit cooler I’d be in heaven!

We’ve been eating like crazy! Lord, I just know I’m going to have to spend more time at the gym when I get back to keep my butt from heading too far South without the rest of me. Geesh!

TJ On A Tangent went out right before I left so hopefully you’re enjoying it – if you aren’t a subscriber to the newsletter, you can sign up any time. This issue contains an excerpt from my new book, CARAMEL KISSES, that was just sold to EC. ToT subscribers get to see it first, but I’ll put it up on the Sneak Peek page after I get back from vacation.

Talk to ya’ll later!