Upcoming Release

Just a quick note to let you know my newest release–a romantic comedy novella called Winging It— is set to be released May 20th.  Elaina Lee over at For the Muse Designs did a wonderful job with the cover art, and I’m delighted to share it with you here:

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Along with the book blurb:

Up until now, straitlaced Simon Kirkendale has done an admirable job of keeping his high society mother’s demands for grandbabies at bay, but lately she’s kicked things into high gear. So he isn’t too disappointed to delay her latest matchmaking attempt when a pretty stranger hops into the backseat of his car en route to one of his mother’s dinner parties and tells him to drive. A car-jacking? Nope. More like a bird on the run, but this particular bird happens to be a parrot who has slipped its cage, and Simon’s new acquaintance desperately needs to get it back before she loses sight of it altogether.

Ever the nice guy—and okay, maybe also a little intrigued by the colorful Miss Juleen Pruitt’s sudden appearance in his car—Simon hits the gas pedal and obliges only to find himself unwittingly dragged into a wild goose chase around town for a bird who seems to be determined to either get itself killed or the two people trying to catch it. Simon’s money is on the latter.

But it turns out that a little disruption and chaos in his life might just be what Simon needs most—especially if it comes in the form of Juleen.

If he can just manage to survive meeting her…

 And I’ll be putting up a page on the website with an excerpt shortly.  Have a lovely day!  🙂

The Times They Are A-Changin’…

You may have noticed a few changes on my website recently–unless of course you’ve never visited my site before, in which case you’re just going to have to take my word for it.  You can trust me, though.  I’ve got an honest face.

New header, new photo, new email subscription list for new releases and other special updates, AND other plans in the works.  Thanks to those “other plans,” I’ve got two bits of news to pass along:

1)  Pastels and Jingle Bells is now free on a number of ebook retailer sites; it’s in transition right now.  I’m really proud of that novella and of the reviews it’s gotten, and I’m hoping to share it with lots of new readers.  If all goes well, its sequel Love Lessons may be free as part of a special offer involving my email subscription list.  Fingers crossed that I get the technical side of it all worked out…

2)  My Heavenly Bites novella series and All’s Fair in Love and Weddings are now available on pretty much all the major ebook retailer sites.  Yay!  Click on the following links to see them on those sites.

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Smashwords

iTunes

Kobo

Scribd

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Plus I’m also working on a new manuscript, so… busy, busy, busy!

Welcome Back To The Fetal Position

For those of you who don’t already know, my go-to position whenever I have to tackle formatting issues for my ebooks is the fetal position.  A true classic, it really seems to lend itself to that particular activity and comes quite naturally to me in times of technology-induced stress.  It sure did this weekend!

Hard to type that way, though…

But anyway, I soldiered on because I’m hoping to make my books available on more than just Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and what’s cool about Smashwords is that an author can upload a manuscript to the Smashwords site, and then Smashwords will churn out appropriate digital versions that meet the technical requirements for a lot of online book vendors.  Like iTunes, Kobo, etc.  The only thing the author has to do is format his or her manuscript to Smashwords specifications.  Piece of cake, right?

Dang, my body almost went into “fetal lockdown mode” just at the memory.

But my books appear to have made it through the first phase of the approval process, the automated part; now I just have to wait for an actual human being to tell me if I screwed anything up.  Could take several days.  I predict much chocolate and ice cream will be consumed during that waiting period.  By me, at least.  I don’t know about the folks at Smashwords.

But while there’s a lot of stress involved with this particular side of writing sometimes, it’s alleviated a little bit when one wakes up to see a review like the one I got this morning from my first Smashwords sale:

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“I came across this book by chance and found the description intriguing. After enjoying the sample, I quickly purchased the entire story. Being a writer myself, it usually takes a lot to pull me away from my own work, but Playing Cupid did so with surprising ease…”

For those of you who would like to read the entire review (I’m talking mostly to my mother here, I know), click here.

And now I’m off to find chocolate…