Winner, winner, chicken dinner!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Okay, so there is no chicken dinner, but there are two winners!

Thank you to Nanette Bradford and Diana for entering the giveaway. Please email your address to (AT) gmail (dot) com  ( helped pick the winners so that it would be fair. I would post the screen shot, but um, I can't figure out how to do it on my new computer. Yeah, Windows 8 isn't as easy to use as they make it sound. *sigh*)

Thank you to everyone that helped spread the teaser picture. I've gotten a lot of great feedback.

Just a quick update about the BOOK BASH in July-- if you are wanting to come see me and the other authors, you can buy your tickets now! The tickets are $5 and there is a small handling fee of a $1 and some change. Half of the proceeds go to the Make a Wish Foundation.

You can buy your tickets HERE.

If you have any questions about the event, let me know and I will do my best to get them answered.


Book Bash June 29th in Orlando, Florida

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Recently I was invited to do several really great author events. After some confusion, I think we finally have this straightened out. I will not be attending UTopYA. There was a mistake and unfortunately, there is a schedule conflict. What is the conflict?

Well, I'm going to be in Orlando, Florida for the BOOK BASH with some amazing authors.

On June 29th, you can join me and at least 40 other authors for a 4 hour book signing.

Want to know who will be there?

Colleen Hoover
Jamie McGuire
Tammara Webber
Tina Reber
Nicole Williams
Katja Millay
Lacey Weathford
Elizabeth Hunter
Elizabeth Reyes

... and many, many more!

There will be the signing, an author Q&A, and possibly author & fan dinners! I will let you know more details as everything is finalized.

I'm extremely honored to be included in an event with so many amazing authors, many of which are New York Times and USA Today Best Sellers.

If you are on Facebook, check out the Fan Page for the Book Bash!

If you'd like to follow on the Book Bash on Twitter, check here.

Thank you to Maryse for setting everything up! I greatly appreciate all of the hard work she has put into everything!

SO, COME SEE ME!!!!! I want to meet you all! Come say hi, bring your books, or buy copies there. If you have an ereader, bring your case and let all of your favorite authors sign it!

P.S. Suddenly Royal will be out by then, and possibly Riptide! ;)

Tuesday Teaser: Suddenly Royal

Monday, January 21, 2013

So, you guys have been very patient with me and I wanted to say thank you somehow. I've decided on an excerpt from Suddenly Royal, to tide you over until it's ready for print. Oh, and a giveaway!

First, let me tell you a little about why I've been absent so much lately. In the last three months, I've had pneumonia, Whooping Cough (who knew that was still around?), a broken rib from all of the coughing, surgery, and a few complications. Yes, I'm sharing personal stuff. Why? Well, I want you to know that I wouldn't leave you guys hanging for nothing. I'm doing much better now and trying to catch up on everything. Please bear with me a little longer.

And NOW for your TEASER! (Please keep in mind that this is unedited and may change in the final version.)

           I looked at him sharply to see if he was joking, but it brought our faces nose to nose. There was an amused glint in his eyes, but underneath that was something much warmer. We stood there, neither moving, only our breaths tangling in the cold air between our lips. Part of me demanded to move closer, to press my hungry mouth to his, while another part of me screamed to run for the hills. Just being near him sent my hormones into overdrive.

            The front door was pulled open in a rush of warm air, and I almost stumbled off of the top step. Alex’s warm fingers closed around my elbow to help steady me. I turned to look into Jess’s wide eyes and smiled weakly.

            “Sorry, I thought you were having trouble with your key again.” Jess swung her gaze from Alex to me and back. “I didn’t mean to interrupt.”

            “You didn’t. Alex brought me home when my truck wouldn’t start.” I cleared my throat and turned to smile at the Prince standing on my tiny front porch.

            “My pleasure.” Alex winked at me before tipping his head to Jess. “You must be Jess.” Holding his hand out, I watched as my roommate looked at it like it was something unreal before slowly leaning out of the front door to shake it.

            “Yes. Jess. I am. I mean, I am Jess. Um, nice to meet you.” Jess looked at me and then back and at Alex. She yanked her hand away from him. “Sorry. I didn’t mean to hold your hand like some kind of crazy stalker. Boyfriend! Bert! My boyfriend is in the living room.”

            My eyes grew with each word out of Jess’s mouth and I had to fight to not laugh out loud. I looked over Jess’s shoulder to see Bert staring at us with the same look of amusement.

            “Right. This is my roommate, the not-stalker and that’s her boyfriend, Bert, back there.” Bert raised his hand in greeting.

            “Nice to meet you both.” Alex looked back at me, and I could see the amusement rippling in the blues of his eyes. “I’ll be in touch, Samantha.”

            “Right.” I nodded my head, trying to make everything seem very businesslike. “I look forward to it.” My heart stopped. Had I really just added that? What was wrong with me?

            “As do I.” With a bow of his head, he backed down the steps and climbed into the limo door the driver was holding open. Turning I shooed Jess back into the house and closed the door behind me. I leaned against the heavy wood and kicked the heels off of my feet.

            Jess stood there staring at me, her eyes the size of saucers. I sighed and shrugged out of my coat. “Go ahead and get it out of your system.”

            “Prince Yummy brought you home.” Jess pointed a finger at me, like I was in trouble. This was going to be bad.

            “His Royal Highness, Prince Alex, brought me home.” I frowned at her. “You have to stop calling him that. It was stuck in my head all night.”

            “His Royal Highness, Prince Alex of the Yummy, brought you home. In a limo.” Jess took a deep breath. “And you were about to kiss him. Right there. On our porch!”

            “What? No. No I wasn’t.” I shook my head and dropped my coat on the rack before walking to the kitchen.

            “I’m not blind, Sam. You were, like, this far apart!” She held her finger and thumb up, so I could see the sliver of space between each. “You were going to kiss him!”
            “Don’t be ridiculous. He’s European. They kiss cheeks. That’s all.”

What do you think? Have you interested?

And now for the giveaway! All you have to do, is share this picture and place a link to where you shared it in the comments below. I will close this contest on Friday, Jan. 25th. You can enter up to 3 times a day-- blog, Facebook, or Twitter. If you come up with another location, let me know, and I'll work it in (book clubs, online reader groups, etc.) There will be two winners. One will win a beaded bookmark and the other will win a necklace, both made by moi!

 The prizes:

In case you've forgotten what Suddenly Royal is about, here is a refresher. ;)
Samantha Rousseau is used to getting her hands dirty. Working toward a master’s degree in wildlife biology while helping take care of her sick father, she has no time for celebrity gossip, designer clothes, or lazy vacations. So when a duchess from the small country of Lilaria invites her to dinner, Samantha assumes it’s to discuss a donation for the program. The truth will change the course of her life in ways she never dreamed.

Alex D’Lynsal is trying to keep his name clean. As crown prince of Lilaria, he’s had his share of scandalous headlines, but the latest pictures have sent him packing to America and forced him to swear off women—especially women in the public eye. That is, until he meets Samantha Rousseau. She’s stubborn, feisty, and incredibly sexy. Not to mention heiress to an estate in his country, which makes her everyone’s front-page news.

While Sam tries to navigate the new world of politics and wealth, she will also have to dodge her growing feelings for Alex. Giving in to them means more than just falling in love; it would mean accepting the weight of an entire country on her shoulders.
*** This is a NEW ADULT novel and is not recommended for readers under 17, due to adult content and sexual situations.***

January, Schmanuary.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

I know, I know. I've been slack and not posted much in the last month. I'd apologize, but I've been sick. Beyond sick. And then managed to get even sicker. And around the holidays, that just makes everything super difficult. I'm doing much better now, but unfortunately, my posting will continue to be a little spotty for the next month or so. I have a lot of personal and professional obligations in the next few weeks, including finishing up Suddenly Royal. I'm still not ready to give an exact release date, but I will once I'm certain. Promise. Scouts honor.

Just to keep everyone up on what I'm working on and things that are happening with my writing:

*Suddenly Royal is the next book to be released. Then, I'm hoping to have Riptide, the next book in the Flukes series finished and ready for everyone. After that... well... I have a couple of ideas and I'm waiting on my muse to help me decide. I've had an idea for an adult paranormal romance and I've been tinkering with my notes. I have so many books and characters floating around in my head, sometimes I wonder if there is any room left for me! Just kidding... I think. Or someone thinks... Well, one of us will let you know when we have more definite plans. ;)

*Mortal Obligation has over 100 reviews on Amazon US. Know what that means? A chapter from Roland's POV is coming your way. I will be posting that soon, so check back when you can.

*Did a little more research for Riptide this weekend and learned a lot! I'll try to post some pictures when I have time.

*I've received countless messages asking if there will be more books in the Dark Betrayal Trilogy. The short answer is, no. It's a trilogy and there are three books that tell the complete story. Will there be more books set in that world? Yes. When? I'm not sure. I have a rough outline for two books. These books will not be from Ree's perspective, but rather one or two of her friends. This is not something that I am focusing on right this minute. I learned a lot while writing the trilogy, and am really excited to write that world from a different perspective. But for right now, I needed to focus on something different.

*I'd like to take a moment to thank everyone that purchased and helped spread the word about my short story, On Christmas Hill. I was blown away by the support. It was something that had been bee-bopping around in my head for a while, and I decided to just go ahead and give it life. I'm thrilled that so many of you enjoyed Nate and Molly. I'm hoping to continue the Christmas Hill series in the future, but at longer lengths. So next November/December keep your eyes open.

I hope everyone has had a great New Year so far! Sending you all heartfelt wishes for an exciting new chapter in your life. 
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