Thursday, June 23, 2011

Book Club: Lie With Me, Stephanie Tyler

By: Ronlyn Howe and Kara Conrad

LIE WITH ME: A SHADOW FORCE NOVEL by Stephanie Tyler
When plotting revenge against a man who has blackmailed you into service for years, what would be your plan? I can pretty much guarantee it would not be to find the man’s daughter and fall head over heels in love with her. In the case of Cameron Moore that certainly wasn’t part of his plan:

"Are you trying to set me up with her? Because I don't think I'm really dating material right now." (This is said right after he ditches his motorcycle over a cliff, kills a man, and then runs up a mountain, only to have his friend show him a photograph of Skylar).

I admit to being a Cam girl right from the moment he landed in my nook, bright and early on release day…twice. I mentioned that to Stephanie via twitter and she says that Cam must have really wanted to spend time with me. I’ll certainly take that explanation.

My co-host, Kara, is a die-hard Jake girl. In fact, it’s because of her forcing Jake on me a couple years ago that I finally started reading Stephanie religiously. But even Kara really liked Cam…and yeah, Skylar, Dylan, Riley and the gang too. The secondary characters and story lines in LIE WITH ME weave a complete and tightly knit world that is both amazing and terrifying.

Cameron and Dylan hatch a plan to break Gabriel Creighton’s hold over Cam by kidnapping his daughter Skylar and using her in something of a reverse blackmail threat. And, in the words of Dylan, be willing to kill her if it gets to that. Cameron sets out to set himself free and finds Skylar in a secluded cabin in a snowstorm. She’s nothing like he thought she’d be and everything he ever imagined he could want. Including the fact that she’s not impressed with him and doesn’t have any trouble telling him so.

“Your personality blows.” How could he NOT fall in love with her?

Meanwhile Dylan goes hunting down Riley, the one person he knows has a file on Gabriel. The one person he had given his heart to…before she shot him. Yeah, that’s got to suck. And to throw yet another monkey wrench into an already messy pile of wrenches; Gabriel Creighton has been kidnapped by Dead Man’s Hand (DMH), a homegrown terrorist organization run by one truly crazy guy who decides that the perfect way to break Gabriel is to kidnap Skylar and torture her in front of dear old dad.
This book has it all: Romance, Suspense, witty dialogue, in depth characters…I could go on and on. I want to thank Stephanie for stopping by today to chat with us about the amazing Shadow Force guys (I’m sure we can convince her to talk about her other guys as well) as well as offer a giveaway for us.

KARA’S RECIPE:
Go to Sonic. Order a Rt. 44 Coke with extra ice.

(Marie says: I love Kara Conrad. I'd like to marry her, except who would cook for us? Oh, and then there's that pesky issue that we're both already married. Sigh.)

RONLYN’S RECIPES:
African Peanut Stew (yeah, I know it’s not very summery, but I was looking for something with an African inspiration to offer up)
Use chicken legs, thighs or wings for this recipe. They have more flavor and will hold up better with the flavors of the stew than breast meat.
INGREDIENTS
• 2-3 pounds chicken legs, thighs and/or wings
• 3 Tbsp vegetable oil
• 1 large yellow or white onion, sliced
• A 3-inch piece of ginger, peeled and minced
• 6-8 garlic cloves, chopped roughly
• 2-3 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
• 1 15-ounce can of crushed tomatoes
• 1 quart chicken stock
• 1 cup peanut butter
• 1 cup roasted peanuts
• 1 Tbsp ground coriander
• 1 teaspoon cayenne, or to taste
• Salt and black pepper
• 1/4 to 1/2 cup of chopped cilantro
- Heat the vegetable oil in a large soup pot set over medium-high heat. Salt the chicken pieces well, pat them dry and brown them in the oil. Don't crowd the pot, so do this in batches. Set the chicken pieces aside as they brown.
- Sauté the onions in the oil for 3-4 minutes, stirring often and scraping any browned bits off the bottom of the pot. Add the ginger and garlic and sauté another 1-2 minutes, then add the sweet potatoes and stir well to combine.
- Add the chicken, chicken broth, crushed tomatoes, peanut butter, peanuts, coriander and cayenne and stir well to combine. Bring to a simmer and taste for salt, adding more if needed. Cover the pot and simmer gently for 90 minutes (check after an hour), or until the chicken meat easily falls off the bone and the sweet potatoes are tender.
- Remove the chicken pieces and set them in a bowl to cool, until cool enough to touch. Remove and discard the skin if you want, or chop it and put it back into the pot. Shred the meat off the bones and put the meat back in the pot.
- Adjust the seasonings for salt and cayenne, then add as much black pepper as you think you can stand—the stew should be peppery. Stir in the cilantro and serve by itself, or with simple steamed rice.

Serve over rice or quinoa.

CARMEL PEANUT BUTTER BARS by Betty Crocker:

Cookie Base
1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker® sugar cookie mix
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 egg
15 miniature chocolate-covered peanut butter cup candies, coarsely chopped
Filling
36 caramels (from 14-oz bag), unwrapped
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated)
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup peanuts
Topping
1 container (1 lb) Betty Crocker® Rich & Creamy milk chocolate frosting
1/2 cup peanuts, chopped

1. 1Heat oven to 350°F. Spray bottom and sides of 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray. In large bowl, stir cookie mix, butter and egg until soft dough forms. Stir in candies. Press dough in bottom of pan. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until light golden brown.
2. 2Meanwhile, in 2-quart saucepan, heat caramels and milk over medium heat, stirring constantly, until caramels are melted. Stir in peanut butter. Heat to boiling. Cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; stir in 1/2 cup peanuts. Spread over warm cookie base. Cool completely, about 2 hours.
3. 3Spread frosting evenly over filling. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts. Refrigerate about 2 hours or until chilled. For bars, cut 9 rows by 4 rows. Store covered in refrigerator.

101 comments:

Donna Cummings said...

Wow, I love this -- good books AND good food!

I really enjoyed LIE WITH ME. In fact, I love all of Stephanie Tyler's books. Such yummy heroes. :)

Ronlyn said...

Good Morning all! (Hi Donna!)
Kara and I had so much fun talking about our favorite parts of LIE WITH ME. It was really hard to keep the post to a reasonable length.
There is a TON of emotion in this book.
Another of my favorite parts? When Dylan declares his love for Riley. "Because I love you, Riley. I goddamned, no holds barred, can't not admit it any longer, love you!"

Stephanie is planning on stopping by today with a couple different give aways so be sure to check back often!

Marie Force said...

Morning ladies!
I have this one downloaded to the Kindle, but between the work conference barreling down on me, RWA barreling down on me and you know that pesky deadline barreling down on me, I haven't gotten to it yet. But I will save it for a post-deadline treat. Look forward to visiting with Stephanie today and hearing what everyone else thought of the book! Can't wait to read it!

krisgils33 said...

loved this series!!! loved all the men, but probably Dylan the most. sorry i can't stick around, busy, busy, but i'd love to know if there will be more books.

DanielleW said...

I've had this series on my wishlist since I found out Stephanie is 1/2 of Sydney Croft! Sounds so good!

Aly said...

Ah! A Stephanie Tyler book!! Love me some Tyler heroes ;) OK fine...her heroines too!

I think the best part about all the Tyler books I have read is that she finds a way to write a very strong hero but also write a heroine that is just as strong but not so much that you hate her. There is no fun in reading a romance when it seems that the heroine could do just fine without the hero. What is the point in that? LOL!

So I am wondering if it is easier to write the heroes or the heroines?

Stephanie Tyler said...

Morning all!

Thanks to Ronlyn & Kara for organizing this & to Marie for hosting me on her blog :)

I'm going to pop in to answer questions and pick winners throughout the day at random. 2 people will win their choice of a backlist title of mine & 1 will win a copy of In the Air Tonight (which I'll ship out as soon as I get me author copies sometime in July...should be before publication)...

I'll continue my ramblings in another post so this doesn't get too long!

Stephanie Tyler said...

So, I really do remember the origins of Lie With Me. I remember where I was when I wrote the opening scenes (Jamaica on vacation)...& I remember that, at first, there was a major hurricane involves and a helo & a dying woman and...

Well yeah, that all changed. Cam was cagey...it was my first book after spending so much time with Jake & the boys and it took me a bit to get it all focused. But once I found Sky, everything fell into place.

Which brings me to Aly's question - you know, the heroes are easier to write because they tend to show up first. I know them really well. The heroines tend to hang back a little but since they're pretty crucial, until I meet them, nothing really falls into place, story-wise.

Jennifer said...

Awesome blog, ladies! I don't think I could pick just one of Stephanie's heroes, lol! They are all fantastic. Thanks Stephanie for keeping them coming :) And thanks for the recipes, ladies, will be trying them for sure. Enjoy your day!

Crystal said...

***SIGH*** CAM....... ***DOUBLE SIGH*** Dylan..... ***Another SIGH*** Jake...... I could go on an on.
I LOVED all of the Shadow Force books! I won't get started on the Hold books. Stephanie is an amazing writer. She has Romantic Suspense down to a perfection!!

Michelle said...

I'm intrigued by this series, I am a huge ACRO fan and I'm (im)patiently waiting on the next one to deliver itself to my kindle :)

If there's anything that can tear me away from PNR it's a Special Ops soldier.

ShellyE said...

I am relatively new to Stephanie's books but I am enjoying them!! Really love these romantic suspense stories!!

Alison said...

Hi All!
Great write up! Those peanut butter bars look amazing!!

I'm not going to be near my computer today, but I wanted to stop in and say how much I love Stephanie's books!!!

Ronlyn said...

LOL. When I told Stephanie that Kara and I have our favorites and it's a good thing because this way we don't fight over the guys, she reminded me that they like when we fight over them...preferably in jello. LOL

Another question for Stephanie: Do these books/stories tend to come to you as an intertwined series or single characters/stories that you can then beg/badger/pull more stories out of?

Kara C said...

I'm here, I'm here! The good news about my 'recipe'? It is the best darn food in the world. The bad news? If you partake late in the evening you stay up waaaayyyy too late and miss the opening of book club! (BTW, I heart you too, Marie, but you know it would never work. There are no Sonic's in your neck of the woods, after all.)

Now back to the main event. This book is incredible! I worried that there was just no way this new set of books could be as great as the last set, which started off with my main man, Jake, but Stephanie definitely pulled it off. For
me, the action may be intense, the sex scenes may be hot, but if the characters aren't real and intriguing to me, the story falls flat. This book has it all, but my favorite thing
about it is that I care about the characters. I find myself
reading on just to see what they do next and if things work
out for them.

Now, off to find some caffeine and begin the wonderful
summertime activity of packing.


Stephanie, thank you SO much for being here and sharing some inside info on Lie with Me. I wonder if I could convince my principal that sending me to Jamaica would inspire some new wonderful teaching technique for me? Hmmmmm, may be worth a try.

Jolene and Family said...

bahahahaha, I love Kara's recipe :) My kind of girl

Dylan...Cam....I must be missing out something fierce. I haven't read theses *hangs head in shame* but I will be fixing that soon. Since I am new to Stephanie Tyler, where do you ladies think I should start? Hold Trilogy or Shadow Force?

Ronlyn said...

Jolene, you can start with either. :-)

Michelle said...

Taken by Fire is the last in the ACRO series, can we expect anything else from Sydney Croft or is there any chance that Stephanie will be tempted to write a paranormal romance novel?

Victoria said...

I loved Cam right off the bat too. But have to say I'm loving them all. Stephanie's special ops guys to so freakin' HOT!

Ronlyn said...

Tell me about the Sydney Croft books. I haven't read any of those (Stephanie's alter ego). Is there one particular "hook book" I should peek at?

Kara C said...

Jolene, you can start with either, but be sure to read them all. Both sets are terrific.

Stephanie, you talked about writing the hero and heroine. I'm wondering if the other story lines fall into place as the main story comes alive, or if creating those is a separate process. Secondary story lines, for me, can make or break a book. Yours always add so much to the book. They are not so much secondary as they are part of an ensemble.

Kara C said...
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Michelle said...

Ronlyn, I would highly recommend them! The series only has 6 books and the final one is out next week. I would suggest you read them in order though. Riding the Storm is the first one and they really weren't kidding when they said "Erotica meets the X-Men". It's not one for the kiddies!

Hot men, strong women and they all use their powers for good. Who can say no to that?
There is a short in The Mammoth Book of Special Ops Romance if you'd like a teaser :)

Kara C said...

I decided I had to try out the Croft books after becoming addicted to Stephanie's books. I have the first two. Must move them up to the top of the TBR stack.

Ronlyn said...

Thanks Michelle!

Victoria said...

Ronlyn - Michelle is spot on. The Sydney Croft books are SO good. Start at the beginning with RIDING THE STORM. Now you should know that it's both Stephanie and Larissa Ione who are Sydney Croft. You get to fantastic writers with these books.

Mary G said...

Hi Stephanie
Great to see you here!! How are the kids & Zoo. Baby must be walking & talking by now.

I got hooked on this book from the first page when the excerpt was included in the back of a previous book. What a dynamite first chapter!! Edge of my seat, heart pounding and that was before the hot sex started LOL.

I've loved every book you've written. We all love our rom. susp. here and have a few fave authors. I find your books gritty, emotional & very hot. Can't wait for book 3.
((hugs))

Mary G said...

Kara - love your recipe LOL.

Ronlyn said...

Victoria, thanks for the clarification. I didn't realize it was both Stephanie and Larissa. *thumbs up* Someone else recently rec'd Larissa Ione to me, so now I'm doubly intrigued.

Stephanie Tyler said...

Hey Again!

Wow, the skies just opened up here - major thunderstorms, which is always good writing weather. I'm in pjs, writing & prepping for Larissa Ione's pre RWA visit with me!

Anyway, Ronlyn asked how the stories come to me - as intertwined stories or characters. For sure, characters - they tend to appear and they're linked together. Sometimes, though, a character appears first and he's got to wait - Mace from In The Air Tonight is a great example of that - i started writing his story before I wrote Lie With Me. But he needed Cam and Zane's books to come before his, so he waited. And not all that patiently :)

Kara - I'll write you a note for your principal :) As for the secondary characters...they appear and surprise me. Sometimes they show up at the start & sometimes they come later (the Rowan/Tristan subplot in Promises)...but to me, they're always an integral part of the book. I couldn't take them out and have the same book, so for me that shows they're really intertwined. My process is hard to explain - I know someone asked on another site if I write 3 novellas and then put them together, but no, it wouldn't work like that. It has to be written all together because each character's storyline plays off the others...

Stephanie Tyler said...

Ronlyn, def read Croft in order - the secondary storylines continue throughout, so it's just a better reading experience...

Michelle, I am writing a paranormal series, actually. The first, DIRE NEEDS: A Novel of the Eternal Wolf Clan comes out March 6, 2012 :) It's about a group of Dire wolves and includes Weres and witches and the like. I'm having a blast writing it.

Mary - baby is everywhere - he'll be one next week - can't believe how fast the time goes!

Stephanie Tyler said...

Okay, your comments are all so great - you're making my morning :)

The first winner, who can choose from any of my Tyler backlist (there's a list on my site - www.stephanietyler.com) is....ShellyE!

(chosen by Random.org)

Shelly - just email me via my contact page on my site and let me know what book you want. If you have a kindle, I can gift you an eBook if you'd prefer.

I'll be back with another giveaway. Everyone here (except Shelly) will be eligible for the next 2!

Kara C said...

Congrats, Shelley! How will you ever choose? LOL!

Mary G said...

Oh yeah, forgot to mention. Lea will be seeing you next week in NY.
She asked me what I wanted her to bring back for me. I just asked for a hello LOL.

Mary G said...

Yay!!! Shelly!!

Ronlyn said...

CONGRATULATIONS SHELLY!

Raonaid Luckwell said...

Mm, was introduced to Tyler's books by Writeminded group. * Waves at Steph * I still Torment Connie about the underoos statement. LOL

I have Lie With Me in my TBR pile. Just been too bleh in reading of late. I should bring it down to read because I always love your books. You make the men so dang yummy.

Michelle said...

Ok, now I'm really excited! I do love a good werewolf book :)

Which writing experience do you prefer? Going it alone or working with a partner? Do you have someone to bounce around idea's with in your solo projects or does it all happen in your head?

Jolene and Family said...

Yay Shelly *throws confetti*

Ronlyn-you need to pick up Larissa Ione, I love that woman, her demonica series is the one that got me back into reading after not having picked up a book for 7 years. I am anxious to get started on the Croft books as well, heard great things

Kara C said...

Stephanie, I know we are all waiting for the release of the next book in the series. Can you tell us about it?

Aly said...

NO NO NO! Telling me nothing about the next book - more than the back cover copy - b/c I will want it NOW!!! Bad KK for suggesting such a thing! :)

Ronlyn said...

I admit to being intrigued with Mace from the first time I saw him mentioned...I have no idea where that is any more. I'll gag Aly is that will help in getting you to tell us more. ;-)

Stephanie Tyler said...

I'm going to ask my husband if he's had that African dish (he was born there!)...

Mary, I wish you were coming too! Are you sure you don't want Chris's book, the one that is still lost in space somewhere?!

*waves to Raonaid* OMG - the underoos!!! LOL!

Michelle - I love writing with Larissa - I'm not sure I could do it with anyone else. It's some of the easiest writing I've ever done, probably b/c we were so close and crit partners before we started. And I like writing alone too, for different reasons. But when I come up with my own stuff, it's usually all in my head. I'll bounce stuff off Larissa later on, after I've got my characters solidified, if I'm having plot trouble.

Mary G said...

Steph you are too sweet. I bought & read Chris' book ages ago. No worries there.And I can't believe you remembered!!

Stephanie Tyler said...

Am laughing at Aly...don't want to tempt her with Mace. And Caleb. And Vivi. And Zane.

What? I didn't say anything about In the Air Tonight. Which comes out August 2nd. And has lots of hot, protective alpha males roaming around a bar. In the snow. With a motorcycle gang.

*runs from Aly* Kara started it...

Kara C said...

And thank you Stephanie for throwing me under Aly's bus. LOL! Like I needed help getting in trouble with her.

Hey Aly - hot guys, snow, motorcycle gangs!

Michelle said...

How many books are in the Shadow Force series? I saw four listed on Goodreads, will that complete the series or will there be more?

Amazon UK doesn't have the ebook versions available yet. I may need to shop about or do some bookshelf sorting!

Jane said...

I just saw the cover for the SEAL anthology you're going to be a part of. I can't wait for its release.

Lea said...

((((Steph)))))

My Favorite Military Romantic Suspense Author!

Let me start out by saying The Shadow Force Novels are a favorite series and I'm doing a partial re-read of Mace's book right now in preparation for our Interview and the review in July!

These heroes are so conflicted and dangerous! Both Lie With Me and Promises In The Dark were "Holy Hell" reads for me and Air? Equally so - you scared me Steph! lol

I'm so looing forward to meeting you and Larissa next week - say hi to her for me if she has arrived yet.

Not long now until "In The Air Tonight"! Whoo Hoo!

(Please Don't Enter Me I have all of Steph's books.)

Best

Mary G said...

Hey Lea
Steph wishes I was going to NY so you have to take me with you LOL.

Stephanie Tyler said...

*waves innocently to Kara* Me, starting something? Nah...

Ronlyn, I think he shows up first in Promises. I like him a lot. He reminds me a bit of Nick from Too Hot.

Michelle -there will be 4 and probably a novella!

Lea, can't WAIT to see you in NY!!! I hope I didn't scare you too badly :) Don't forget to pack Mary...

Ronlyn said...

Sorry I disappeared...I had to bind and gag Aly to keep her from going after Kara....

Ronlyn said...

Hey, here's a general Romance genre question: romance trading cards. Maybe it's just because I have 2 small boys at home, but I see these and think of the boys trading Pokemon cards (or baseball cards back in the day), is that the general idea here? For collecting/trading/taunting our friends?

Michelle said...

It does feel like that, I must admit. Although that doesn't mean that I don't like them! I must admit that I love bookmarks whether they are promo ones of my favourite books or my latest additions are a handmade vampire girl and her pet dragon :)

Ronlyn said...

I agree Michelle. They're quite fun. Even my hubby was going through them. (Ok, that *could* be because there are some sexy, skantily clad women on the ones I have).
And I LOVE book marks. I have tons...some of which I need to send to some of our book club peeps, so if you want book marks send me your address. :-)
ronlynhowe@yahoo.com

Ronlyn said...

and, mmmmmmmmmmmmm....Nick. I lurv Nick.

Raonaid Luckwell said...

* Cackles * Ladies the best way to get Stephanie to laugh is threaten to dress her alpha men in underoos.

* grins oh so innocently *

Michelle said...

I could see my hubby doing the same thing!

I would love some bookmarks but I'm in Scotland, is that ok?

Aly said...

I had to bind and gag Aly to keep her from going after Kara....

HA HA HA! You would have to catch me first...

Raonaid Luckwell said...

Ronlyn I have three sons, it makes me think of Pokemon and Bakugan.

I do however have four of Angie Fox's trading cards. My hubby looked at it and shook his head.

Michelle said...

Stephanie, who is your favourite author?

Stephanie Tyler said...

Okay, winner # 2 is...Victoria! (again, picked by random.org)...you win any of my backlist Tyler books - you can check them out on my site and then email me with your choice via my contact page on the site!

I still have a copy of In The Air Tonight to give away - again, everyone will be included and I'll do that later on so more people can come back and post if they need to.

Michelle said...

Congrats Victoria! :)

Stephanie Tyler said...

Raonaid, I will get you for that...*ggg*

Ronlyn, I have never actually seen a romance trading card. i know they've been made for the SEAL antho I'm a part of, so I'll get them at RWA. But um, I'm guessing they're kind of like the collectors cards - I can see people using them more like bookmarks tho. Maybe. I love all kinds of promo items so I'm always interested in hearing what readers actually like / use...so feel free to chime in with that.

Michelle, that is such a hard question, bc I have a lot. In romance, it's obviously Larissa Ione (bc I couldn't write / crit with her if I didn't love her stuff) and Maya Banks, too. Suzanne Brockmann, JR Ward and Lara Adrian top the list too for comfort rereads. But one of my all time favorite books is non-fic - the Dirt, which is the story of Motley Crue. It's such a good bio - so well done, especially if you liked them back in the day. it's funny and sad and so just pure 80's rock and rolll...

Michelle said...

I do love Larissa's writing and she is really nice. My demonica bookmark is probably my most used one! I adored Maya's KGI series and I am looking forward to the next two installments. Suzanne was recommended to me a few days ago, so I'm going to look into that. I'm currently reading the Midnight Breeds series, Veil of Midnight is next on my list! Who doesn't love the BDB :)

80's rock seems to be making a comeback lately! Do you like to listen to music when you write or do you prefer silence? I'm not sure you'd get much of that with an almost 1yr old! My youngest is 10months and I think she makes the most noise :)

Ronlyn said...

Michelle, sending to Scotland would be fine. :-)

Aly, HA! Are you saying I couldn't catch you? Your hubby is my friend...he'll help me lay a trap....

*gasp* The story of Motley Crue?! HOW do I not know about that book?? My step-mom actually just called me a couple days ago so excited that she's going to the concert in a few months. :-)

Heros in underoos.....hmmm....with the picture on the butt and everything? BWA HA HA!!!

Michelle said...

Thanks Ronlyn, I emailed you my snail mail! :)

Ronlyn said...

So, the kid talk got me thinking: how do you get anything done Stephanie?? I have a 3 year old that will stand at my elbow and sing to me while I'm on the computer, you know...when he's not asking me 75 questions. Makes concentrating a little difficult.

Michelle said...

Good question, I have a 6yr old, an almost 3yr old and a 10 month old. Nothing gets done while they are awake! I can't imagine how you find time to write with a little one running around :)

Victoria said...

Thank Stephanie :).

Victoria said...

The trading cards are so cool Stephanie. I'm sure you will like them.

Raonaid Luckwell said...

Steph, you are free to send those alpha men after me! I want some of that Cajun. LOL

Never gets easier as they grow up either. I have a soon to be thirteen (in two days), ten year old, and six year old. They always gotta start when I'm writing "Moooommm"

Stephanie Tyler said...

Michelle, I love writing to music - I make a soundtrack for each book to help keep me grounded in the book, since I tend to write a couple of books at once!

As for getting things done - yeah, it's hard. My daughter's special needs, so i've always had help with her. And for my son, i thought I'd be able to watch him myself and work for longer than it actually happened. He started crawling up stairs at 6 months and now I have help for him 3 - 4 days a week. My husband's great on weekends and I stay up late. So basically, I just use whatever time I can - when he naps, when he's eating, and I use Sesame Street when I'm desperate :) But really, I have to at this point treat it like I would if I had to leave the house for my job. And it's still crazy b/c I'm here and everyone knows it.

Ronlyn - you HAVE to read the Dirt if you like Motley. And I'm going to see them in July, with Poison. I feel so...80's!

Ronlyn said...

Those 80s big hair bands were my favorite! ~swoon~ ah, I loved their eyeliner and big hair. LOL. And tight pants. ;-)

Do you write more than one book in a series at once? I read more than one book at a time, but I can't imagine trying to write more than one at once.

And Kara...I'm blaming you for my current Sonic craving.

Kara C said...

LOL, Ronlyn! I know you won't find it hard to believe the boys and I are sipping on today's Sonic treat as we speak!

Stephanie, we meant to mention your soundtracks! I love when authors connect their stories to music. It really adds something to the experience of reading it. I always have to add a few dollars to the money I plan to spend on one of your books because I KNOW I'll go to your site and look up the songs to go with it, which leads to a trip to iTunes. ;)

Michelle said...

I'm glad you have a good support system in place, that's half the battle. My eldest has Autism and I know how difficult that can be at times, it's exhausting but rewarding and I wouldn't change him for anything :)
My youngest has suprised me with how quick she's picking everything up! She took her first steps on Sunday...

Thanks Kara! I was going to ask if there was a soundtrack list anywhere. I'll keep that in mind for when I purchase the books.

Kara C said...

You're welcome, Michelle. Here is the link, if I did this right, to Stephanie's website. It is definitely worth a visit.

http://www.stephanietyler.com/index.php

ShellyE said...

I am so excited to win!! I have all six books in paperback so it will be awesome to get an ebook --- now to decide which one!!

Kara C said...

Congrats, Shelley! I vote for putting Jake on your kindle. All this talk about Stephanie's books makes me think I need to put him on mine too. You know, so he is always with me...

Ronlyn said...

careful KK...you're sounding sorta stalker-ish. ;-)

Aly said...

OK it is pick on Aly time -- this means you, Howe & KK!!

So I just now took the time to read the recipes.

HEY MRS. HOWE!!! How 'bout you tell everyone what you did when you first found that recipe? And why don't you also tell them who is the absolute BESTEST EVAH b/c she made them and is putting them in the mail to you!!!!

See what happens when I can read stuff on a real computer rather than my phone! I actually notice things...

Ronlyn said...

BWA HA HA!!!
Yes, those chocolate cookie bars. I did a FB shout out to the wonderful Aly and told her she should make them and send them to me. Who know that would actually work?? *blinking innocently*

Another Stephanie question: what do you find your most useful research tool for writing?

Stephanie Tyler said...

Ronlyn, I do write more than one book at a time - I always have. Right now I'm working on 3 books (new) plus edits on two. It helps me because if I get stuck on one, I write on another. I also write out of order. And I tell people this because, sometimes people think there's only one right way to write. For a long time, I wasn't finishing books b/c I got it into my head that it had to be written in order. Basically, however you get it done is the right way :)

Michelle, I hear you - Lily is so happy that I tend to forget her disabilities. Her nurse is amazing - she's like part of the family and since Lily gets all her schooling at home, it's a huge help. Because honestly, it's like, imagine all your kid's teachers seeing you in your pj's daily. I mean, they still do a lot. The upside is, they do bring me coffee...:) I hope your son is doing well :) For Lily, having a little brother's been a really big help - I didn't think they'd bond as quickly as they did.

Raonaid - OMG I'm writing Cajun brother heroes as we speak - HA!

Kara - I like the idea of having Jake with you all the time. Even when he's being a pain in the ass. And iTunes is too easy - I'm as bad with it as I am with Amazon one-click...

Stephanie Tyler said...

Most helpful research tool....hmmm, probably talking to real life men and women involved in military / homeland security and the like. I read a lot of books on the subjects I write about and do tons of research, but just sitting and listening to a soldier's stories can't be beat :)

Aly said...

I think I love Amazon one-click more than my husband some days! LOL! Of course it also gets me in big trouble with him...shhh...he doesn't know about them 26 books I have on pre-order right now :)

Raonaid Luckwell said...

I definitely call dibs on Cajun brothers! So if anyone asks! LOLOLOL Love those Cajuns

Ronlyn said...

pre-order doesn't count. ;-)

Michelle said...

People always look at me strangely when I say that having Caleb was the best thing we ever did for Finlay and now we've added Ava-rose to the mix. Now Caleb's a little older I watch him coaxing his big brother into playing with him and Finlay tries so hard to join in. He is also very protective of him. I could watch them play together for hours :)

Finlay's doing well, I've managed to get him into an autism unit for next year so lots of changes happening over the next few months, it's going to be hard but worth it in the long run!

I'm glad Lily has bonded with her brother, it's heart warming to watch. It's amazing how even at such a young age they seem to become atuned to the fact that they are extra special. Ava-rose is so gentle with Finlay compared to Caleb and she purposefully goes out of her way to say "hiya" in the morning to him and she won't leave him alone until he says it back :)

Michelle said...

One-click is so bad! I try and limit myself but I always lose track. :(

Kara C said...

OK, Stephanie, I am officially wildly impressed with you writing so many books at once. And while I am cringing at the whole 'out of order' thing (No laughing, Aly and Ronlyn!), I totally agree with the 'however it gets done' philosophy. I work every day with kids who 'get it done' a bit differently from most. :)
One click is just one of many reasons I love my Kindle. The hubs has no idea how many books I have now, or when I add a new one.

Ronlyn said...

I LOVE that you write out of order. In addition to it driving Kara crazy (LOL), it makes so much sense to me to write the scenes as they come to you and piece it all together later.
You give me hope. LOL

Tara said...

Hi all! Great post and recipes, love The Sonic- they put fritos in the burrito!

Stephanie, thanks for stopping by, and I am ashamed to admit I have not read your books, yet. That will be changing soon. I blame, Aly because it seems like the thing to do today.

I was in class all day and seemed to have missed out on another fun book club.

Marie have fun at RWA, have a good weekend everyone.

Stephanie Tyler said...

Okay, random.org picked the final winner for me (and this involved math, so it was scary)...and it's...Michelle! Michelle, you've won a copy of In the Air Tonight! I can't send a print copy until mid-July or so - and if you'd like Kindle, I can gift it on release day - just email me via the contact page on my site and let me know!

Stephanie Tyler said...

*waves to Tara* Nice to meet you!

Kara & Ronlyn, Let me tell you, out of order makes many people cringe, but I always tell people to try it, even in a modified way. For me, I'd rather keep writing and not be stuck. Granted, it does make for some surprises along the way and it's a bit messy, but I like it :)

Michelle, I totally get it. It took me a long time to decide to have another child (there's 9 years between them) but it's been great. I hope your son finds great success with the new program!

You guys, this has been so much fun!!!! Thank you all for your comments :):)

Mary G said...

Steph
It was great catching up with you.


Congrats to the winners.

Ronlyn said...

Thank you Stephanie for spending so much time with us today and answering questions, as well as offering so many give aways! It's been a great fun day!

Kara C said...

What a fun day! Thanks so much Stephanie!

Aly said...

Thanks everyone! What a great day!

Thanks especially to Author Extraordinaire Stephanie and the Hostesses with the Mostesses KK and Ronlyn!

Marie Force said...

Wow, you guys had a big ole party while I was buried at work! Fun fun!

Ronlyn and Kara, thank you SO much for hosting such a rocking good time! K, I am dealing with your refusal to marry me in the only way I know how: I'm face first in the Oreos.

Stephanie, thanks a million for hanging out today and for all the great insight into your books and your writing process. I hope to see you at RWA so we can meet in person.

After mid-July work settles down again and I'll be back to play at book club! xoxo

Michelle said...

Thank you! I missed the last comments as I went to bed (I think I'm around 5hrs ahead?). It was after 12 anyway.

It was nice chatting with everyone and I'm loking forward to seeing what book you will be recommending next!:)

Victoria said...

Congratulations Michelle!