FREEBIE Alert!

With it being smack dab in the middle of the holiday season, what better time to cozy up with a holiday read?  Or–even better–three holiday reads?  For free?

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This week my 3-in-1 Heavenly Bites Novella Collection ebook is free on Amazon, today through Friday.  Click here to grab a copy for yourself:

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And enjoy the season!  🙂

It’s Like Christmas In July–No, Wait–August. My Bad…

I just wrapped up my latest manuscript, It Happened One Night, in which I’ve had my nose buried for some time now in my writer’s cave, so I can’t really be blamed for being a bit confused over what calendar month it is, right?  Right.

Thought I’d better pop out of the cave long enough to share some great book sale prices that are going on now, though, just in case one of them might be one you’re been considering buying but haven’t been able to squeeze into the budget.  Ready?  Here we go…

My debut novel, Coming Home, is part of a new 10-book bundle being released by Crimson Romance August 31st, and it’s up for preorder right now for just 73 cents on Amazon and 99 cents elsewhere.  I already preordered a copy for myself because, hey, it’s an affordable way for me to check out some other Crimson authors whose work I’m not yet familiar with.  It’s at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes for sure, and possibly at other ebook retailers as well:

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The Bargain, which is now part of Amazon Encore’s imprint–yay!–is on sale for 99 cents and available at Amazon only.  Don’t know how long–I’m afraid I’m out of the loop on this one.

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And finally, my romantic comedy All’s Fair in Love and Weddings is temporarily on sale at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Kobo, and Smashwords for the next couple of weeks at the low, low price of 99 cents.

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Whew!  And there you have it.  I’ll stay out of my writer’s cave long enough to catch my breath and wait for beta reader feedback on my latest, and then it’s off to the wonderful world of writing again!

Have a good one!  🙂

Cover Reveal

Summer’s been a busy time for me.  How about you?  But in addition to several non-writing-related projects, I’ve been plugging away at another romantic comedy since I had so much fun writing Winging It.  (Hopefully you had fun reading it.)  I hope to be able to have it out by the end of August, but we’ll have to see…

Anyway, I thought I’d share the cover art and book blurb with you today, so here goes:

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Who has time for dating these days?  Certainly not struggling entrepreneur Paisley Jameson, who has way too much on her plate to pay any real attention to her shriveling social life.  And not mechanic Joe Spencer either, who has a lot on his mind with both the family business and family in general.  But neither can say no to the beloved mutual acquaintance who wants to set them both up on a blind date.

Which is too bad, because they both kind of wish they had said no when they show up for the dinner date and realize they’ve met before–and not under happy circumstances.

But fate seems determined to prove that they’re not so wrong for each other after all, because in spite of the intentions of both Paisley and Joe to nip this whole unfortunate blind date thing in the bud and go their separate ways, events transpire to keep them together for an evening involving muggers, foot-chases, and even a high-speed trip to the ER–

And that’s all before dessert.

Dating:  it’s not for wimps…

And there you have it.  Okay, off to finish writing the latest chapter…

Big News On The Amazon Front

I’m delighted to share the news that Amazon Encore has acquired the exclusive rights to the ebook version of my 2013 novel The Bargain.  Yay!  (And there was much rejoicing…) It is slated for re-release next Tuesday, June 16th, complete with new cover art.

And voila:

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The only real difference is the couple on the front and, of course, no more Crimson Romance logo on the front–although the old cover art will still be on the paperback.  The reason for the change is that the stock images used before were no longer available, so Amazon had to come up with a new guy and gal.  I think they did a good job, don’t you?

Right now the price is listed at $3.99, but I don’t know if that will be the actual price on release day or not.  So if you’re considering buying a copy, it might be worth waiting until next Tuesday just to see if there’s any special celebratory price.  Fingers crossed…

You can check the product page here to see the price–the book’s info is still in transition from the old page.

So there you have it!  🙂  And now I’m off to the writing cave again…

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!  🙂

It’s Release Day!–Well, Sort Of…

Okay, so maybe it’s not an official release day, but All’s Fair in Love and Weddings is now out in paperback, so I figure that’s close enough.  And I just saw that Amazon put it slightly on sale, too–marked down a whole 89 cents!  Woo hoo!

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Here’s the link for those folks who want to take advantage of those tremendous savings…

And because it’s also St. Patrick’s Day, here’s a little festivity for you:

Have a very happy March 17th!  😀

Just For Valentine’s Day

Hope you’re having a wonderful Valentine’s Day!  And nothing says Happy Valentine’s Day like a chance to win something–well, unless it’s chocolate, or a sweet card, or something sparkly, etc., but anyway–

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Crimson Romance–the publisher of my first two books, Coming Home and The Bargain–has a sweepstakes going on through the end of February that has as a prize a Kindle Fire preloaded with 25 of Crimson’s books.  (Which makes me wonder if it ought to come with a warning, because with that much romance, you might just overdose.  But what a way to go!  Am I right, or am I right?)

If you’re feeling lucky, check it out at this link here.

If you prefer not to gamble and like more of a sure thing, you might consider checking out the huge sale of Crimson books happening on Amazon right now.  All of their kindle books are on sale for $1.99 this month, and there’s a little something for everyone:  suspense, sweet, supernatural… you name it, they’ve got it.

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If you’re interested, the link to the sale is here.

And now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to spend a little quality time with my valentine…

In With The New…

A new year often means new choices, new resolutions, and all sorts of wonderful changes. For me, though, not so much.  Generally speaking, I fear change, unless we’re talking about the monetary kind in the form of coins and such.  Then I only fear it if someone is flinging it at me with great force.  Not that that happens to me often, and quite frankly I’m starting to think that the extra money would be worth it if it did.  So feel free to hurl away!  Checks and all major credit cards, too.

But as stuck in my ways as I am, I do realize that a little change now and then is good for a writer’s productivity–especially after the holiday season when all the hustle and bustle have taken their toll on said writer’s daily writing habits.  So I figured January is a good time to play around with some new ideas and see if I can’t put a little ZAP back into my creativity.  Thanks to the internet, I’ve found all sorts of things to try!

Some are easier than others to put into practice, of course.  For example, it’s true that my productivity would probably improve leaps and bounds if I followed one suggestion and tossed our television set out the front window, but my husband doesn’t seem nearly as interested in that prospect as I am whenever I mention it, and even though I’m one of those few people who don’t really care one whit about watching the Superbowl, The Blacklist is supposed to be starting up again after all, and I do care a whit about that.  Quite a few whits, actually.  (Is Red Lizzie’s dad after all, or isn’t he…?  I must know!)

Tweaking my writing schedule seemed more doable and certainly easier on our window panes.  Or at least it did until my alarm went off in the wee hours of the morning to mark the start of it, and I considered throwing it through the window.  Bleh…  Perhaps I’ll keep tweaking.

It’s awfully chilly in our house in those same wee hours, too, and typing with cold hands isn’t fun, so I thought starting a roaring fire in the wood stove before I settled in to write was a brilliant move on my part.  All cozy and conducive to churning out plot points.  Turns out, though, that I’m not very good at starting roaring fires.  But if you want a fire that coughs, wheezes, and feebly sputters out after three minutes, I’m your gal!  So I don’t get many words down on paper that way, but on the plus side, I think all the sitting down and getting right back up again to stir the coals is doing wonderful things for my thighs.

My most recent experiment in habits that might improve my writing focus has been finding something to provide appropriate background noise, which is not as simple as it might sound.  Lots of writers say they like to write with music on in the background, but I find that hasn’t worked too well for me.  If it’s songs I know and like, the temptation to get up and boogie around my living room is sometimes too much for me to resist.  (Ask my neighbor across the street, she’ll tell you.  And she’ll probably tell you to tell me to please close my blinds, too.)

I tried listening to a movie soundtrack that was mostly instrumental to counteract that effect–Lord of the Rings!  Yay!–but that only seemed to lead to hobbits popping up in my contemporary mystery that I’m currently working on, and it really didn’t help the plot at all; neither did the elves.  Go figure.  And then of course there was that time my husband heard me cry, “For Frodo!” and hurried in to find me perched on the arm of the sofa with my pencil wielded above my head like a sword.  It was awkward.  We didn’t make eye contact for a week after that one.

But I’ve hit upon a CD that seems to be just the ticket:  thunderstorm!  Not with music, just with thunder and, well, storm sounds.  It seems to set the mood for the dark and dreary house in my story with the added bonus of being quiet enough that it doesn’t send my beagle cowering under the cushions, which is what she does during real thunderstorms.

It’s been a win-win so far!

Well, except for the effect that the sound of accompanying rainfall has on my bladder, but hey, nothing’s perfect.

Christmas Greetings!

Here’s hoping this post finds you happily ensconced someplace cozy with loved ones on this fine Christmas morning!  Hubby and I are curled up with our beagle (who seems somehow to take up more than half of the couch despite her small size, but who also knows she can absolutely get away with it because she’s so cute…) and are admiring our diminutive Christmas tree:

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We did not wake up to snow on the ground, but thanks to modern technology, we can still have a white Christmas and share it with you no matter in what climate you live:

Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday season!  🙂