Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Crimson Footprints III: The Finale Virtual Release Party Recap

If you missed last night's virtual release party on Facebook for Crimson Footprints III: The Finale, then shame on you. We did it big with fans from all over the globe. Both the door and trivia prizes were phenomenal, thanks to a host of generous authors and business people who were enthused about supporting. As a result of all the hype surrounding book 3, yesterday was biggest launch ever. Sales topped two bestsellers lists on Amazon and I have YOU to thank.

So thanks again, because I can never get tired of saying that. If you missed the party, drop by the page anyway and grab a good laugh at the nonsense we kept up. You might fall in love with a few of the books we've given away.

Until next time...

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Crimson Footprints III: The Finale Release Day

Well, we're finally here! It's the official release day for Crimson Footprints III: The Finale. If you haven't so already, please order a copy. It is available on Kindle and in paperback through Amazon. Barnes & Noble expects to roll out its Nook edition this evening. Other ebook formats and access through other bookstores is on its way in the coming days.
Now on to the fun stuff!

Facebook Virtual Release Party

Tonight, between the hours of 6-8 p.m. Eastern, I will be giving away somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 books by an assortment of authors in different genres. In addition, I will be giving away music, a gift card or two, and some freebies that I am keeping under wraps until game time. If you haven't made plans to stop by, DO. I have way too much stuff to giveaway and I plan to have plenty of fun while doing it.

Exclusive Insider's Look Contest Winner

Finally, I'd like to give a special congrats to the winner of an ebook copy of Crimson Footprints III: The Finale, Courtney Easter. Either comment with your email address or stop by the Facebook Virtual Release Party to claim your prize.

That's all for now. Enjoy your copy of The Finale.   

Monday, January 6, 2014

Crimson Footprints III: The Finale Exclusive Excerpt # 2


            Neck stiff, Deena stirred on the couch and shifted, slipping legs out from underneath her. The stillness of night hung heavy, cloaking in silence. Across from her sat her husband. She blinked at him, thoughts sluggish.
            “What are you doing here?”
            “Watching you sleep,” Tak said.
            She looked down at the blanket draped over her. Her last recollections were of crying. Had she cried herself to sleep?
            A single stream of moonlight illuminated half his face. In the dark, he was an isolation of beauty: strong, graceful lines, definition, and a hint of enigmatic perfection. In high school, he would have been the boy she’d blushed at but never spoke to, the one with a smile so brilliant, she dropped her books and stared, horrified when he spoke. How had Deena wound up with that boy? Maybe the incredulity of it all, even then, was what made Aubree Daniels so believable.
            “I’m sorry,” Tak said. “For not telling you I dated her.”
            Melancholy laced his voice, and beneath it, strain.
“Tak?” she said uncertainly.
            “I can’t sleep. Will you come to bed?”
He rose and extended a hand. She took it, body thinking without her.
Upstairs, they lay stiff as two planks of wood, eyes on the ceiling until a fragile sleep found them at last. When Deena woke with a suspicious feeling of tranquility, she looked down to find Tak’s arm looped around her waist.

They’d found each other in sleep and knitted so tightly that she could feel every carve of his chest, every thud of his heart, insistent against her back. He shifted, cinching her in tighter, grazing her with his manhood, and her breathing grew shallower by the second. Oblivious lips brushed like butterfly wings at the back of her neck, flooding warmth through her body. Memories of bruising kisses, of him atop and dominating, of her shivering release, had her set to overheat. Deena shifted, as if to slip out from underneath him, only to feel wet lips trail her neck. She whimpered and the hand at her abdomen drifted up, raising her nightgown with it. 

Excerpted from Crimson Footprints III: The Finale by Shewanda Pugh. Copyright © 2014 by Shewanda Pugh. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

A Few Favorite Moments from the Crimson Footprints Series

Remember the moment when Tak asked Deena if she was, "done playing games" just before he kissed her? Or when Kenji told Lizzie everything that you or I would have if given the chance? Like you, there are scenes in the Crimson Footprints series that I absolutely loved. If you enjoyed reading it half as much as I enjoyed writing it, then you're eagerly awaiting the release of Crimson Footprints III: The Finale. In the spirit of that, I'm sharing with you a few of my favorite moments from the series. These are in no particular order. 

The Almost-Kiss on the Screamin' Eagle

In Crimson Footprints, Deena's muscled onto one monster of a roller coaster by her "friend" Tak. As anxiety grips her, he leans in, mouth to her ear, and tells her to trust him. The kiss looks inevitable. No doubt, you remember what happens next.  

Tak Breaks His Hand on Mike

While vacationing with the family for the holidays in Crimson Footprints, Tak's patience expires after Mike revs up his noxious pursuit of Deena. A not-so-subtle hint to back off gets ignored and what follows is a bit of violence I tried not to smile while writing. 

Daichi Pays a Visit to Deena

In Crimson Footprints, Daichi pays a visit to Deena's apartment after the Skylife visit gets way off track. Not long after his arrival, he gets one hell of a shock. What follows, changes the lives of nearly everyone in the novel. 

Kenji Tells Lizzie off at Dinner

During an impromptu get together in Crimson Footprints II: New Beginnings, the younger siblings of Tak and Deena find themselves engrossed in a more candid conversation than either could have anticipated. In that scene, Kenji says everything we've ever wanted to tell her and is unapologetic in his delivery. 

Lizzie's Relapse

When Lizzie relapses during her stay with Kenji in Crimson Footprints II: New Beginnings, he discovers her raiding the medicine cabinet for a quick high. Kenji wrestles her to his room and his bed, where he holds her as she struggles. "Forever," he tells her. "That's how long I'll hold on to you, if it means keeping you from hurting yourself." He promises her that they'll grow old together, right there in his bed. 

Lizzie Goes Shopping and Runs Into Snow

There really isn't much to say about this if you've read the series. After this moment in Crimson Footprints II: New Beginnings, nothing is the same again.  


These are just a few of what I'd call unforgettable moments in the Crimson Footprints series. How did you react to these moments? What did you see coming? What would you never have anticipated? What was it that made these or other moments unforgettable for you? Share your thoughts and favorite Crimson Footprints scenes for a chance to win Crimson Footprints III: The Finale as an e-book on release day. 

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Crimson Footprints III: The Finale Exclusive Excerpt # 1

            Tony launched into a complicated, full bodied luster of a gentle classic Deena couldn’t quite name. Head down and traversing the length of the keyboard, he played as he always did: unobtrusive, serene, angelic. Notes drifted and manipulated once airborne, nuanced, graceful, intimate. Tak, ever the doting father, looked on with unadulterated pride. Tony, as if sensing him, flung a grin his way before tumbling, headlong into a bursting cacophony of playful notes.
            “Showoff,” Tak mouthed and clapped him on the back, to which his son wriggled eyebrows in response.
            The music steadied, mellowing out to an upbeat festive number. Tak crossed the room with mischief in his smile, took Aunt Caroline’s hand and whispered in her ear. She cocked a skeptic brow and he stepped back, put a hand to his abdomen, and sashayed his hips, eyes closed. Caroline threw back her head and hooted, before allowing Tak to lead her to the center of room. Once there, he took her waist in one hand and drew up their clasped hands in the other, before the two began an exaggerated sway. Small steps to and fro; fractured by cackles of laughter, mashed toes, and accusations of poor dancing.
            Deena tried to imagine a man—any man—conjuring affection in old sour-mouthed Caroline. Snake charmer, she thought wryly. Another addition to the resume of her husband.
            “I do wonder where he gets it from,” Daichi said, voice low and suddenly at her side. “I’ve all the charisma of an executioner, while his mother’s most content comatose.”
He tipped up his glass of orange juice just as Deena stole a glance his way.
            “I know,” he said. “About what happened in the billiard room, that is.”
            “I…” she blinked, wondering where all her words had gone.
            Tony flashed into a frantic melody, a rush of shoulder-jerking symphony. Tak responded by swinging out Caroline, abandoning her there, and dropping down on the bench next to his son. Tony scooted to accommodate him and the playing of one, flew fluid into two. Tak’s smooth, raw, deceptively velvet voice slipped in, infected with his inability to stop smiling. Tony followed, voice measured and aware, a musician wielding yet another instrument with care. Son was all shade and delicate harmony to his father’s playful torch of emotion.
            “You haven’t told him,” Daichi said, eyes impassive on his son and grandson.
            “I—”
Deena halted as the bottom dropped out of Tak’s voice as he crooned about the meanness of the Grinch. Tony flooded into the song smooth, seamless, as earnest as if he performed Silent Night.
“Your wife,” Deena said, remembering her conversation with Mike. 
Daichi shot her a look of scalding impatience.
“Ask what you intend to,” he said. “I require no preamble.”
            Fine then, Deena thought, even as ice spread through her belly. She had a relationship with her father-in-law that no one else had managed. They were direct with each other, forthcoming, and she knew more about him than most. If she asked a question of Daichi, she knew that she’d get the answer.

            And that was why the fear set in. 

Excerpted from Crimson Footprints III: The Finale by Shewanda Pugh. Copyright © 2014 by Shewanda Pugh. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing.


Friday, January 3, 2014

Who's Who in Crimson Footprints III: The Finale (Part Three)


Since Crimson Footprints debuted in 2012, I’ve received great feedback from you, the reader, about what you loved and what you wanted to strangle out of a few characters. Some had a love/hate relationship with Deena, while many more were happy to take her love interest, Tak, home for themselves. Along the way, we spent some unforgettable moments with Lizzie, Kenji and Tony. So, in the spirit of all that, I offer you  a glimpse of the major players in Crimson Footprints III: The FinalePlease bear in mind that if you haven’t read the first two books, you will encounter spoilers for those here.

Anthony Tanaka

Crimson Footprints II: New Beginnings introduces us to Anthony Hammond, Jr., a troubled, orphaned boy who hitchhikes from Bismarck to Miami in a search for his extended family. There he discovers he is the son of Deena’s dead brother and he is adopted by Deena and Tak. Crimson FootprintsIII: The Finale brings a decidedly more mature Tony, known this time as Tony Tanaka. This 18 year-old Porsche-driving musician is poised on the cusp of college, yet uncertain about his role in the world. 


Mike Tanaka

Mike Tanaka is the older cousin of Tak, ill-content in his younger cousin’s shadow. Between them is a history of hurtful words, spiteful competition, and out-and-out attempts to do harm. In Crimson Footprints, Mike sets his sights on Deena and pursues her despite her obvious disinterest. Discovering that she’s with Tak does little to stifle his affections and a violent altercation makes clear where he stands. Still, nothing changes his feelings for Deena and by Crimson FootprintsIII: The Finale, Mike’s objective is plain: take Deena for his own. The end will justify his means.      

How far do you think Mike will go to win Deena over? Is all fair in love and war? Who would you cast as Tony and Mike? Comment to be entered for a chance to win an e-book version of Crimson Footprints III: The Finale.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Who's Who in Crimson Footprints III: The Finale (Part Two)

Since Crimson Footprints debuted in 2012, I’ve received great feedback from you, the reader, about what you loved and what you wanted to strangle out of a few characters. Some had a love/hate relationship with Deena, while many more were happy to take her love interest, Tak, home for themselves. Along the way, we spent some unforgettable moments with Lizzie, Kenji and Tony. So, in the spirit of all that, I offer you  a glimpse of the major players in Crimson Footprints III: The FinalePlease bear in mind that if you haven’t read the first two books, you will encounter spoilers for those here.


Takumi "Tak" Tanaka

Takumi “Tak” Tanaka is the artist and one time playboy who in a former life found his kicks in all things pleasurable. In Crimson Footprints, art and fate bring him to the doorstep of the Hammond family and introduces him to the woman that becomes his everything. Never mind that he meets her while on the wrong end of a gun, or that he challenges family tradition by pursuing her, Tak Tanaka is a man determined to take happiness as he finds it.

Crimson Footprints introduces this flirt and charmer as a man who keeps his romance secret unhappily. Crimson Footprints II: NewBeginnings reintroduces him as the devoted husband and father who takes on a supportive role, even as marital strain surrounds him.


In Crimson Footprints III, Tak has secrets of his own, secrets and a cousin who wants his wife.  

What are you hoping happens for (or to) Tak in Crimson Footprints III? Who would you cast as the leading man? Comment and be entered to win the e-book on release day.