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New Release! [June 08, 2009 @ 11:56am]
[ mood | ecstatic ]



On sale NOW at Dreamspinner Press!

The power of heart and soul holds the key to the survival of the last of the ancient vampires. Kristair is running out of time. His race has faded away, prey to delusion and deterioration, and his only chance to live long enough to find a cure is to bind his psyche to a human vessel in a long forgotten ritual.

Kristair's chosen vessel is Jacob Corvin, a man of passionate stubbornness and fierce loyalty; he has captured Kristair's fantasies so completely that he is both the vampire's greatest strength and most crippling weakness. Drawing upon Jacob's spirit and Kristair's resolve, they each bind a portion of their souls to one other. For as long as Jacob carries Kristair's heart within him, the vampire can continue his quest.

Just when they have hope, their mission is threatened by The Syndicate, a group of younger vampires who attempt to force Kristair to teach them his secrets before he disappears like the rest of the ancients. Battling both The Syndicate's attacks and his unexpected need and love for Jacob, Kristair's strength begins to fade, forcing him to make a decision that will change his and Jacob's lives forever.

Read an excerpt here!

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Coming Soon from Dreamspinner Press [February 20, 2009 @ 11:04am]
[ mood | sick ]

The Triquetra Series
Book 1: My Heart is Within You
By Marguerite Labbe

The power of heart and soul holds the key to the survival of the last of the ancient vampires. Kristair is running out of time. His race has faded away, prey to delusion and deterioration, and his only chance to live long enough to find a cure is to bind his psyche to a human vessel in a long forgotten ritual.

Kristair's chosen vessel is Jacob Corvin, a man of passionate stubbornness and fierce loyalty; he has captured Kristair's fantasies so completely that he is both the vampire's greatest strength and most crippling weakness. Drawing upon Jacob's spirit and Kristair's resolve, they each bind a portion of their souls to one other. For as long as Jacob carries Kristair's heart within him, the vampire can continue his quest.

Just when they have hope, their mission is threatened by The Syndicate, a group of younger vampires who attempt to force Kristair to teach them his secrets before he disappears like the rest of the ancients. Battling both The Syndicate's attacks and his unexpected need and love for Jacob, Kristair's strength begins to fade, forcing him to make a decision that will change his and Jacob's lives forever.

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Bee Among the Clover [December 23, 2008 @ 2:53pm]
[ mood | headachy ]

Woohooo! My novel with Fae is now up on Fictionwise as well.

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A slave and an indentured thrall learn what it means to love and trust in a fantasy 5th century Britain.

Roman, captured slave to Wulfgar, is less than pleased with the thane's acquiring of a new pet, the prideful Aron. Bound to Wulfgar in payment for his father's debt, Aron has never been with a man and has no wish to be now...though his choice in the matter is lost the moment he is bound to Wulfgar.

Captured from Roman-held Londinium four years prior, Roman has learned in his time as Wulfgar's bedslave that life can still be sweet, even as a slave. He is intrigued, threatened and ultimately terrified of Aron and the things the beautiful young man makes him feel.

The two form a bond greater than any hold another could claim on them and determine, whatever the cost, they will find a way to be happy...together.


http://www.fictionwise.com/eBooks/eBook77943.htm?cache

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Haunted By Your Soul [December 17, 2008 @ 2:07pm]
[ mood | sleepy ]

Well I didn't hit 50k yesterday. I left my flashdrive at work, but I did figure out the chapter ending on my way home. I swear I haven't been so stuck on one chapter since the one that left me hanging at just under 20k. But I'm finally done and have started the next. Hee!

Current word count: 50,003

Favorite little part:
“Anymore tricks you’ve got that you ain’t told me babe?”

“Has anyone ever told you that your grammar becomes more atrocious the more stressed you become? Don’t worry mo chroí, we’re not anywhere near done yet.”


The image of a fireball formed in my mind and as soon as it did I realized I could do it. Pulsing heat formed a sphere in my palm, it wasn’t very big, about the size of a baseball, but it was enough that the fuckers surrounding me suddenly fell back. “Dodge this bitches.”

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Haunted by Your Soul [December 16, 2008 @ 10:14am]
[ mood | lazy ]

So I have a deadline to finish this book and I'm stuck a little bit on this scene. I will hit 50k today, which is only 1606 away. I can do it dammit.

I'm hoping once I'm past the scene a big whooping can of motivation will hit me upside the head.

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Bee Among the Clover - Available Now [December 09, 2008 @ 12:16pm]
[ mood | sore ]

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A slave and an indentured thrall learn what it means to love and trust in a fantasy 5th century Britain.

Roman, captured slave to Wulfgar, is less than pleased with the thane's acquiring of a new pet, the prideful Aron. Bound to Wulfgar in payment for his father's debt, Aron has never been with a man and has no wish to be now...though his choice in the matter is lost the moment he is bound to Wulfgar.

Captured from Roman-held Londinium four years prior, Roman has learned in his time as Wulfgar's bedslave that life can still be sweet, even as a slave. He is intrigued, threatened and ultimately terrified of Aron and the things the beautiful young man makes him feel.

The two form a bond greater than any hold another could claim on them and determine, whatever the cost, they will find a way to be happy...together.

http://allromanceebooks.com/product-beeamongtheclover-12428-145.html

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Week One [July 04, 2008 @ 10:21am]
[ mood | happy ]

HeavyCollapse )

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Introduction for Bridget's Flame [July 03, 2008 @ 4:13pm]
[ mood | chipper ]

Let’s see here, an introduction for Bridget’s Flame before I run out of time. If I have any sanity left in me before this week runs out, it’ll be a darn miracle that’s for sure.

I am complex but easy to please.
I am friendly but I keep people at a distance.
I have to keep busy all the time but I am lazy.
I can be a snob but I’m eclectic.
I don’t let people walk all over me but I can be a pushover.

I think that about sums it up. Oh and I’m the technical guru at work for some reason yet I still don’t know how to post a link without help. Go fig.

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First Solo Submission [June 13, 2008 @ 3:23pm]
[ mood | calm ]

After My Heart Is Within You finaled in the Launching a Star contest I went back and expanded the Prologue into a whole chapter and added two new ones on the beginning. I think they nicely fit in the holes nagging at me. One of the final judges Roberta Brown suggested I sub it to Kensington. So off it went yesterday. I was literally going to be violently ill as printed off everything and made sure I hit all the guidelines, but once it was in the envelope I was hit with an amazing sense of calm. Now if only the calm will last until I hear a response.

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*Squees* [May 30, 2008 @ 11:36am]
[ mood | excited ]

My hard copy of eroticjames 's novel Lord Carabas just came in at work. I want to stop to read it again. Forget work, it's a Friday. To anybody on my f-list that has not had the pleasure of reading one of James Buchanan's books, I highly recommend this one. Jules is utterly wicked, Keiko is a haughty tease, and I'm completely in love with Curran. Who wouldn't be. There's a good balance between the three main characters. When I first read the book it made me laugh and cry, and I'm sure it's going to do it all over again. I couldn't put it down and it's been awhile since a book did that to me. If you like a story that mixes fantasy and history and a very believable love triangle then pick up James Buchanan's Lord Carabas it's the first in his River of Time Series.

I cannot connect to any fun sites at work to provide links, but you can get the book from Phaze. Or I'm sure you can get it through a link on eroticjames 's website.

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*Headdesks* [May 28, 2008 @ 2:05pm]
[ mood | depressed ]

Will members of my family please stop being admitted into the hospital. At least for a little bit, because I'm really reaching the end of my rope.

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Our First Release at Ellora's Cave [May 02, 2008 @ 11:14am]
[ mood | ecstatic ]

Exceptions To The Rule by Fae Sutherland and Marguerite Labbe Available NOW from Ellora’s Cave




Two men with nothing in common, a strip club on a Tuesday night and a meeting that will forever change the rules.

Nathan Daniels and Jamie Nolan are from two different worlds, but under the façades and packaging they are more alike than they think. Suits and ties meet leather and tattoos as a bartender and a financial analyst find out that falling in love is everything the storybooks say, even when it’s the x-rated version.


Read an excerpt HERE!! Warning, this excerpt is rated R and *not* work-safe :) Click on the cover to get your copy today!

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Coming in 2008 from Tease [April 18, 2008 @ 3:02pm]
[ mood | impatient ]

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A slave and an indentured thrall learn what it means to trust and love in 5th century Britain.

Roman, a captured slave to Wulfgar, is less than pleased when the thane’s acquires a new pet, the prideful Aron. Bound to Wulfgar in payment of his father’s debt, Aron has never been with a man and has no wish to be now…though his choice in the matter is lost the moment he becomes Wulfgar’s thrall.

Captured from Roman-held Londinium four years prior, Roman has learned in his time as Wulfgar’s bedslave that life can still be sweet, even for a slave. He is intrigued, threatened and ultimately terrified of Aron and the things the beautiful young man makes him feel.

Together the two of them form a bond greater than any hold another could claim on them and determine whatever the cost, they will find a way to be happy…together.

We got this beauty yesterday, only I’ve been too swamped with evil Lobbying Reports to post it. It’s not coming out till October, but I had to share the pretties. Hopefully, within a few days I’ll have another cover to share with my wonderful f-list. Exceptions to the Rule is being released on May 2nd from Ellora’s Cave and I so want to see the cover. *eyes Calendar*

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Happy Birthday! [March 19, 2008 @ 8:49am]
[ mood | sleepy ]

It's penumbren's B-day! I hope you have a good one.

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It’s Pretty Dead at Work for Once [March 18, 2008 @ 1:44pm]
[ mood | awake ]

So I’m taking the opportunity to answer the bloggy questions from Dave and Alli. Since lord only knows when I’ll have computer access at home or time at work to spout.

Dave – I can’t really comment more on the fishiness. I heard from my hubby that after it got my arm, the fish whacked the guy behind me then skittered to the floor under Keir’s seat. He pointed it out to one of the TNA guys who was going around collecting. What a job. I was too busy watching the gorgeous ass jiggling to pay attention to a mere fish.

I’m doing pretty good, mostly dealing with Mom who’s taken Grandmaman’s death hard. However, it brought some things in the family to light that everybody had kept bottled up for years because they didn’t want to worry Grandmaman. She was tougher than they gave her credit for. So Mom has finally decided to put herself on that registry in case the son she gave up for adoption all those years ago is looking for her. Which is good. I’ve wanted her to do it.

However, when she discussed it with her therapist it turns out the therapist thought I was the illegitimate child all these years. It’s led all my sisters to call me to tease. Yep I still have an Oompa-Loompa phobia, evil mean creepy creatures. *Shudders* The other night Keir pretended like he was going to kiss me and instead poured water down my back. *Wipes tear away* I’m so proud.

Alli – The Launching a Star Contest was put on by the SpacecoasT Authors of Romance (STAR) group. Once a year they have a contest where you enter in either a first chapter or the first 20 pages of a manuscript. The first round is judged usually by two people and then they make the first cut. There were five categories, Single Title, Paranormal, Historical, Series Contemporary, Erotica, and Young Adult. I entered My Heart is Within You to Erotica. The finalists were judged by Angela James, head editor of Samhain and Roberta Brown, of the Brown Literary Agency. It was a lot of nerve-wracking fun.

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Updates, lol, which I never give with any regularity. I guess I’m just not a blogger at heart. [March 13, 2008 @ 12:35pm]
[ mood | curious ]

Updates, lol, which I never give with any regularity. I guess I’m just not a blogger at heart.

Our office in DC was shut down earlier. No one was allowed in or out. We could hear all kinds of police sirens outside. I got on the webcam for the street, since there was nothing on any news channels. A suspicious package was found at the bank across the street and the police did a controlled detonation. We’re allowed out now. Ahhh, the joys of working near the White House.

We went to the TNA PPV last weekend. It was loads of fun. Our seats were excellent and watching my husband being a big ole geek was almost as good as the show itself. His voice is still going in and out. Something things are just better in person. For instance the camera doesn’t do Angel’s ass jiggling justice and Bobby Roode is much cuter. The highlight for me had to be the “Fish Market Street Match” and not just because there was much ass jiggling. I was keeping a close eye on the fish being tossed into the crowd and thanking my lucky stars that they were all well to the right of me until I noticed the one going right for my head. My hubby wisely sidestepped into the aisle and I did what I always used to do in volleyball which was duck and pretend I didn’t really see it. It ended up hitting my arm. Now I can say I was whacked by a fish at a wrestling PPV. Only now I’m wondering if I did let it smack me in the forehead would they have let me backstage. I’m still trying to weigh the pros and cons of a faceful of fish vs. the possible chance of Angel ass gropage.

I received my certificate as a finalist in the “Launching a Star Contest.” It’s beautiful, I must frame it. I’d scan it in and show off but my computer at home is broken. *sad face* I’m going to have one of my computer geek friends look at it this weekend when we get together to roleplay. Even though I didn’t get a request for a full manuscript from the contest, Roberta Brown from the Brown Literary Agency recommended that I submit My Heart is Within You to Kensington and gave me the name of a contact there. The comments regarding the first couple chapters were very helpful. Now I can lay some of my fears to rest and finish editing the thing. The goal is to send it out by the end of the month.

Everyone has things they blog about. Everyone has things they don't blog about. Or in my case, I just don’t blog. Challenge me out of my comfort zone by telling me something you'd like to hear about, and I'll write a post about it. Ask for anything: latest movie watched, last book read, political leanings, thoughts on anything, favorite type of underwear, graphic techniques, etc.

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Fae and I's first sale! [January 29, 2008 @ 9:24am]
[ mood | nervous ]



Snowbound, Lovebound? by Fae Sutherland & Marguerite Labbe-- On sale NOW at Dreamspinner Press

When animosity is stripped away, all that's left is desire. Traveling together in snowy New England, Bryan Tam and Jimmy Murphy are at each other's throats long before they lose control of their car. Attraction and tempers collide and the storm raging outside is nothing compared to the one going on in the backseat.



Snowbound, Lovebound? is a part of Dreamspinner Press's Mr. Right Now anthology and is on sale now! Click on the cover above to buy it in both print and e-book forms.



Not all erotic encounters are love at first sight or lead to happily ever after. That doesn't mean we don't want to read about them.
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I love kid logic [January 24, 2008 @ 10:28am]
[ mood | sleepy ]

My son lost his first tooth Monday. Of course the little brat never mentioned once that it was lose and he pulled it out himself so when he came into the kitchen with it on his palm and blood on his lip I was positive he smashed his face into the wall.

All he wanted from the tooth fairy was a penny. I told him he was saving up for a Lego StarWars ship so he might want to start thinking bigger.

Then last night he kept asking me all these strange questions about what and how he ate as a baby. He thought about that for a bit and then announced that the reason why he had lost his tooth was because he had remembered something he'd forgotten as a baby, his cousin holding him when he came home from the hospital. His tooth was tired from all that remembering and gave up and fell out.

So now he's worried because he remembered going to Chucky Cheese's when he was three with his cousin and now another tooth is wobbly. He's not sure if he'll be able to eat if he keeps remembering all of this stuff.

I just about busted a gut trying not to fall over laughing. He was so serious.

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I hate Lobbying Disclosure Reports [January 16, 2008 @ 3:52pm]
[ mood | stressed ]

They make my brain hurt.

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*Pokes head in and waves* [January 10, 2008 @ 1:17pm]
[ mood | busy ]

Questions from Hurrigirl and an update o sorts

1. How did you meet your husband? My dad was transferred to Maryland when I was fourteen and my husband’s dad was also transferred here from Alabama. We had a brand new house build and when we moved in the half-finished neighborhood our house was the only house on the little cul-de-sac that was finished. My hubby’s family’s home was the second. My parents and in laws still live in the same cul-de-sac with only one house separating them. It gets my son into trouble because if he gets in trouble with Amah, he’ll go to Nana’s house without saying something and then end up in trouble with both grandmothers. It was love at first sight, or maybe lust because I was wearing a tank top, but we sat in the yard and talked about comics and roleplaying and writing for hours. We were both shy though so it took about four years before we actually started dating. So yeah, I totally married the boy next door.

2. Describe your perfect writing desk/area. It’s a library I intend to build one day in a soundproofed area of the house. I’ll have built in shelves for all of my books, hardwood floor, long window seat, big soft comfy chair for when I want to read or write longhand, and a big desk with plenty of sprawling room on it. There’s a cork board on the wall with my notes and the desk has deep drawers on either side for collecting junk. My troll, bobble-head Dobby, and figures of Angel and AJ are on the desk as well as my collection of photographs.

3. Christopher Daniels - boxers or briefs? I like the boxer briefs, the ones that are longer and hug just so. He’d look fantabulous in them, especially from the rear.

4. What is your favorite "comfort" food? Soup, any kind of soup, split-pea soup, chickee soup, my sausage salad soup, oyster stew. I love soups and stews, not the canned kind they make me gag, but from scratch soups. Whenever, I’m sick I make a big patch and then do nothing until I well. When I was pregnant that was all I ate for three months. Lucky for me one of the residents at the rehab center where I worked was a soup chef and he indulged me on the weekends.

5. Who is the most influential person in your life? This is hard but it comes down to two men. The first is my dad. I’m the most like him. My philosophy on life I get from him, my strength, my nerdiness, everything I consider good in me I learned from watching him. I can talk to him about anything. He supports me 100% in my writing. Lol, I even take some of my bad qualities from him, like not leaning on somebody else for support when I need it. I’m trying to get better though. The second most influential person is my husband. He was the first guy who actually listened to me and he really listens. The poor guy has to hear every story idea of mine ad nauseatum sometimes I’m sure. He’s creative in his own right and he’s done a lot to help me polish my characters and writing. He’s the person who taught me to control my temper and taught me my worth as a person. I was very, very insecure when we met, now I’m not and it’s because of him. He’s the only one who knows all my sides, the only one whom I’m 100% open with and I’m the same for him.


So I’ve been poked at lately and told I don’t post enough, which is very, very true. Life has been hectic the last couple months and very stressful and my way of dealing with that is to pull back. I’m not the kind of person that can write about it in a journal even though I know everyone will be very supportive of me. I’m just an intensely private person and it makes me squirm like mad to talk about my problems.

But it’s the start of 2008 and things are looking much, much better. Whooohooo! There was good news in December, though I’m sure the majority of you have heard. Fae and I signed two contracts, the first with Dreamspinner Press for our short story “Snowbound, Lovebound” which is supposed to come out this month. The second one was with Ellora’s Cave for our novella Exceptions to the Rule which will be released in May. I’m still in a state of disbelief. Finally, my solo novel My Heart is Within You finalized in the Launching a Star contest. *Whimpers* I should hear back from them regarding the final results in February.

Now that I’m done giving myself a heart attack thinking about all of that, I’m going to attempt to go back to work on Ryan’s binders. I love Ryan and will miss him like crazy when he leaves for grad school, so he has gotten my complete cooperation. Besides, he never asks for help, no matter how swamped he gets.

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