Cover Art Makeover

Just wanted to let you know that my Heavenly Bites novella series is getting a makeover of sorts with brand new covers–and I’m SO pleased with the new ones.  Hopefully you like them, too, and since I don’t want anybody to mistake them for entirely new books and buy them without realizing that–maybe–they already own them, here’s a reminder of the old:

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And here are the new ones, starting with Pastels and Jingle Bells:

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Followed by Love Lessons:

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And, finally, Playing Cupid:

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There.  Whew!  If all goes well, they will be uploaded to ebook retailers soon, and if all doesn’t go well, then… I’ll probably start twitching, but never mind that.

Also wanted to share the book blurb for the newest contemporary novel I’m working on right now, tentatively titled The Encore:

When Jane married her college sweetheart and the love of her life, she never dreamed she would lose him to leukemia before either of them reached forty. A year later, she’s struggling to move on and create a new life for herself, a second act that she never expected to have to follow the first. Picking up the pieces is hard enough—it’s even harder when those closest to her don’t understand or support the way she’s trying to put them back together again.

But while the curtain may have come down on the life she originally had planned, life itself certainly isn’t finished with her yet.

And neither, as it turns out, is her heart.

And that’s all the latest news around here, at least writing related.  Hope you’re having a great February–remember, next month’s spring!  🙂

Cover Reveal (Or, My Babies Are Growing Up)

An author’s books are sort of like her babies, and I love to coo over my babies as much as the next proud mama.  I haven’t started carrying photographs of my books around in my wallet yet, but that may not be far off…

Today I’m cooing a bit because my three Heavenly Bites novellas that have previously only been available as either Kindle or Nook ebooks are going to be available in paperback shortly, knock on wood.  Not as three individual paperbacks–because as novellas they would be pretty skinny and might wind up getting used as coasters more than as reading material–but as a collection.

So these three babies:

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will soon be available in paperback with this cover:

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I’m expecting a proof copy in the mail any day now, and if everything looks hunky-dory, this baby will be up on Amazon soon afterwards.  Can’t wait to hold a copy in my hot little hands!

Yep, I’m a proud mama.  🙂

Here Come the Holidays!

At the moment it doesn’t look very Christmasy where I live because it’s grey and raining, but in spite of Mother Nature’s grumpy beginning to the week, Christmas IS coming.  Have you got a tree up yet?  Have you played your first Christmas carol of the season?  Have you gorged yourself on any holiday sweets?

I haven’t done any of that yet, but I fully intend to do so.  Especially that last one.  🙂

(I try to live my life by the motto “seize the day,” but more often than not I slide more towards “life is short; eat dessert first–literally.”  They’re not totally at odds with each other…)

It’s weird to be planning for Christmas while promoting a New Year’s book and writing a Valentine’s Day story.  Sometimes I forget what day it is in real life.  It is December, right?  I hope so, because I’m really looking forward to certain holiday traditions.  This year I plan to  see as many Christmas light displays as possible with my hubby, bake up at least one batch of gingersnaps (and since it involve sweets, it’s got an especially good chance of happening), sip cocoa in front of the fire, and sing Christmas songs even if it’s only to my dog.  She’ll love it, I’m sure.  She may even try to join in.

I hope to have some giveaways for you this month, and I can share a couple of them with you today.  First, you can enter to win an ecopy of Pastels and Jingle Bells over at Clean Romance Reviews:

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And then there’s an ecopy of the second novella, Love Lessons, up for grabs at Rookie Romance:

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So what are you looking forward to this holiday season?

Winding Down…And Then Back Up Again

Well, the unofficial blog tour for Pastels and Jingle Bells is coming to a close, and it was lots of fun…

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Thanks again to everyone who participated!  The novella wound up with some great reviews and good coverage on the web, and I couldn’t have asked for more.  I even got one more November review yesterday that wrapped things up beautifully on The Canon. (Thanks, Ellen!)

Pastels and Jingle Bells even made it onto the Amazon Bestselling Holiday Fiction list three separate times in November, which was very exciting:

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And now the second Heavenly Bites novella, Love Lessons, is set to release tomorrow on Amazon and Barnes & Noble to tell Nadia’s story:

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Yay!  I’m pretty much glued to my computer these days, but I am feeling truly blessed to be able to have the opportunity to be so glued.  And now–I’d better get back to work on the third novella…

Have a good one!  🙂

Next Countdown Begins

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Even though it feels like Pastels and Jingle Bells only came about five minutes ago, it’s actually almost time for the next novella in the Heavenly Bites series to be released:  Love Lessons.  It’s back from beta readers, edited, proofed, edited and proofed again, and finally formatted properly for Kindles and Nooks.  At least I think it is.  Guess we’ll find out for sure on December 1st after I’ve hit that little “Publish” button, won’t we?  Heh heh…

I’m excited about the second one coming out, but I have to admit I live in fear of sending it out into the wide world only to discover AFTER it’s been made public that there’s some sort of typo that I missed despite rereading the manuscript 15 times in the last two days alone, and that most unfortunate typo will turn out to mean something grossly offensive in some foreign language, and then I’ll spark an international incident, and…and…whoa, I’m getting dizzy…

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There we go.  Better.

Isn’t writing fun, boys and girls?  And the Release Day countdown begins…  🙂

Cover Art: A Matched Set

I am now the proud owner of TWO book covers thanks to Elaina Lee at For The Muse Design.  Woo hoo!

It’s amazing all the little things that go into cover art that can stress you out.  Fonts, for example.  Do you have any idea how stressful title fonts can be?  And that’s just narrowing down the style–don’t get me started on choosing the size

But now I have these two covers for the first two novellas in my Heavenly Bites series, and I like them.  I like them a lot.  We are going to live happily ever after, these covers and I.

Well, I hope.

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So?  What do you think?

Sneak Peek

Happy Labor Day!  Hope you spend it doing something you enjoy.  Me, I’ll be writing today, which is something I enjoy, so that works out well…

I just put the official book blurbs up on my website for my upcoming Heavenly Bites holiday novellas (and they’re called Heavenly Bites because that’s the name of the bakery in them, not because they’ve got vampires or anything), and here they are:

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Novella 1:  Pastels and Jingle Bells

Trish Ackerly never expected to cross paths with Ian Rafferty again, but when she spots the former bully of her childhood years through her bakery window, she thinks she may just have been given the best Christmas gift ever:  the opportunity to finally give Ian the comeuppance he deserves.

But clearly she does not have a knack for this whole revenge thing, because before she can make good on her plans, Trish gets inadvertently drawn into Ian’s life in an unexpected way that lets her see just how different the man is from the boy he used to be.  In fact, much to her astonishment, she actually starts to like the guy.

A lot.

Trouble is, Ian doesn’t know who she really is, and explaining it to him is going to be a little difficult now—which is bad news, because Trish is starting to realize that all she really wants for Christmas this year…is Ian.

 

Novella 2:  Love Lessons

Self-assured Nadia Normandy knows everything there is to know about men and dating, which seems to be why little old Mrs. Beasley maneuvers her into taking unsuspecting and bookish accountant Benji Garner under her wing.  Her mission?  Shape him up for the opposite sex, preferably in time for New Year’s Eve.

A challenge?  Sure, but Nadia discovers that Benji’s got a charm all his own, and she finds herself avoiding her usual social scene in favor of time spent with him—all in the name of mentoring him, of course.

Except that after a while, it starts to feel less like mentoring and more like something else—which could present a problem, because just as Nadia begins to realize she didn’t know quite as much about men as she thought, other women are starting to notice her unlikely protégé.

Much like Nadia is beginning to notice him in a whole new way herself…

 

Novella 3:  Playing Cupid

Much as she loves her meddling matchmaker of a grandmother, free-spirited Aimee Beasley is tired of dodging the dull and downright tiresome dates the older woman keeps trying to arrange for her.  So when she notices her beloved Gran preening in the presence of a distinguished elderly gentleman who’s been visiting their apartment building, Aimee is delighted at the prospect of turning the tables on her.

But her plans to match her grandmother up with the gentleman in time for Valentine’s Day hit a snag when Aimee realizes he’s the uncle of their downstairs neighbor, a stodgy thirty-something history professor named Doyle with whom she butts heads on a regular basis.  She’ll need to find a way to make nice and enlist his help, or her plan to see her long-widowed Gran happily matched again will never work.

For Gran’s sake, she’s determined to find a way.  In the process, she starts to realize that her cranky downstairs neighbor has a softer side she never suspected existed.

And when it comes to romantic heroes, history professors may not have gotten a fair shake…

 
So…what do you think?