The Accidental Assassin TEASER!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Here you go!

“It’s been a long time since I woke up next to someone.” His voice sent goosebumps over my skin and I froze. One of his legs rested between mine and every movement made it deliciously clear how much he enjoyed having a bedmate. “I’m not used to it.”

“Wh-why is that?” His lips were so close to mine I couldn’t focus on anything else. Flashes of our kiss from the night before ran through my mind.

“Trust.” He leaned a little closer, his lips almost touching mine. “Can’t sleep next to someone who might kill you.”

“That would be difficult.” I licked my lips and tried to calm my racing heart.

“But not with you, love.” He let go of one of my wrists to run a finger along my jaw. “You’re not going to kill me in my sleep.”

“How can you be so sure?”

“It’s in your eyes.” His gaze dipped down to my lips. “The eyes never lie.”


Are you guys ready for Owen?
On another note, this weekend I will be in Orlando for BookBash! I can't wait to see everyone there! It's going to be so much fun. I'll have copies of Suddenly Royal, Flukes, and a few of my other books. I'll also have some fun swag to giveaway, like bookmarks and Flukes bracelets.
If you're flying or driving into Orlando, safe travels!

Huge, MASSIVE, giveaway for book bloggers!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Are you a book blogger? Then you need to read this post!

Without book bloggers I wouldn't be where I am today. In fact, I might not be anywhere. Bloggers that love books gave my work a chance. Do you know how amazing that is? Really? Millions of books out there and someone decided to give mine a shot. (You guys know who you are and I'll forever be grateful.) Those bloggers took time out of their lives to write thoughtful reviews and point readers in my books directions. They boosted me up, supported my efforts. And now, it's time to give them a little something back.

Well, maybe not so little...

My friend, Colleen Hoover, suggested banning together and doing something crazy, something amazing for the bloggers and I jumped at the chance. In fact, a lot of us did.

Elizabeth Reyes
Rebbeca Donovan
Jillian Dodd
Michele Scott
Tammara Webber
Nicole Williams
Jamie McGuire
Tracey Garvis-Graves
Karly Blakemore-Mowle
Killian McRae
Katja Millay
Angie Stanton
J. Sterling
Elizabeth Hunter
Stephanie Cambpell
Nichole Chase
CJ Roberts
Tina Reber
Elizabeth Reinhardt
Colleen Hoover

And this is where the bloggers win...

(From Colleens blog:)

I want to present our “Book Blogger Payback.”  These authors have been so kind as to donate a portion of their hard-earned royalties in an effort to reward bloggers for all they have done for us.
If you are a book blogger and want to enter the $7,000+ Book Blogger Payback…it’s really quite simple.

Yes…I said $7,000+!!!

All you have to do is submit your most cherished post from your blog to this email address. 

It can be any type of post.    A review of your favorite book…an interview with your favorite author…or a new post altogether!  I will be linking these posts on my website and they will also serve as your entry into the Book Blogger Payback giveaway. Both U.S. and international entries accepted. The winners will be chosen at random on July 31st

Entries are due by July 20th.

All winners of gift cards have the choice between the following retailers:

Amazon, iTunes or Barnes & Noble.

Prizes will include the following:
Two Grand Prize winners will each receive a $1000 gift card.
Five (updated thanks to another donation) winners will receive a $500 gift card.
Ten winners will receive a $100 gift card.
Ten winners will receive a $50 gift card.
Three winners will receive their choice between a Nook, Kindle, iPad, Kobo or Sony e-reader.
Almost THIRTY prizes to be given away, bloggers!!

All winners will be chosen completely at random through an automated generator.  Winners will not be chosen based on their blog entry.  Blog entries are only being encouraged for submission as a way to promote the blogger’s website.

Please only enter if you are a valid blogger.  Your name, email address and a link to your blog will be required along with the link to your favorite blog post in the entry email.

Sponsorship is not being acquired to support this giveaway. All prizes are being donated directly from the authors. 

Now, go enter, bloggers!
And thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

Massive Giveaway!!!

Monday, June 17, 2013

I'm very excited to be part of a massive giveaway from InkslingerPR with Sarah Ross, Tiffany Kind, KA Tucker, Alyssa Rose Ivy, Courtney Cole, Michelle Leighton, and Tara Sivec!

What are we giving away? Oh just signed paperbacks of our most popular books!!!

So, how do you enter to win? EASY PEASY! Just like our Facebook pages

Nichole Chase (ME!)
Tiffany King
Sarah Ross
M. Leighton
KA Tucker
Courtney Cole
Alyssa Rose Ivy
Tara Sivec

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Make sure you like each authors page!


The Accidental Assassin Cover Reveal and BIG, BIG, NEWS!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

So, I know I've been saying this a lot lately, but I LOVE this cover!

from Nichole Chase
Ava McKenzie is a creature of habit. Life is passing her by and she has nothing to show for it. She’s had the same job since she started college, she orders the same dish every time she goes to her favorite restaurant, and only reads books from authors she knows. There is nothing new or surprising in her life… until her best friend marries a man from London. When her newlywed friend asks her to house-sit while she honeymoons, Ava jumps at the chance. She thinks this could be the very thing she needs to shake up her life. Ava throws herself head first into her new lifestyle; she wants to try everything, go everywhere, and never get stuck in a rut again. Of course, offing a man in a car garage hadn’t been one of the things on her list to try.
Owen Walker spends every day in a new place with a new case. As one of the most renowned assassins in the world, he has his choice of marks—and he’s never failed in a mission. When a new hit takes him back to his hometown, he looks forward to spending time somewhere familiar. What he isn’t expecting is to help an attractive, confused American woman find out how she’s ended up on a hit man’s list.
As Ava and Owen dodge bullets, will they be able to escape their undeniable attraction to each other? Or will all of that chemistry blow up in a shower of hot and dangerous sparks?
You guys! YOU GUYS! Ava and Owen are SO much fun to write! I can't wait for you to meet them and read their story. Look for their book this AUGUST!

Add TAA to your Goodreads TO-READ list here:
And now for my big news:

For those of you that have been following me for the last two months, you know that life has gotten a bit crazy. Crazy good! And I have even more good news. I’ve accepted a three book publishing deal with Avon Publishing of HarperCollins. With their help we will be bringing Suddenly Royal, The Royal Agenda, and the untitled third book to stores and bookstores near you! I’m very excited about working with Tessa Woodward and the people of Avon. I can’t wait to see what we do together.
What does this mean for the readers? Well, it means more accessible books! You’ll be able to find Suddenly Royal in bookstores, Walmart, and Target in just a few months! AND! And! There will be some added content to the new paperback. Don’t worry—it’s nothing that changes the story, so you won’t be missing anything important—but it does give you a little more Sam and Alex (and I know how much you guys love Alex). We’re also working to have fast turn-around on the next two books so you guys don’t have super long wait times. I will be letting you know those dates as soon as I can.
I’m very excited and am so grateful that everyone loves Sam and Alex as much as I do. Thank you to everyone that has made this possible. It’s a dream come true.  


The Accidental Assassin Teaser

Saturday, June 8, 2013

So, I'm thinking it's time for a little teaser. The cover reveal is next week, but I want to give you a little peek at Ava and Owen. So, here you go!
(Please keep in mind that this is unedited and may change some.)

“Feel free to run over anyone in our way.” Calmly he turned in his seat and lowered his window.
“Very funny.” I turned the first corner of the garage just as he fired the first shot. The sound made me wince and I jerked the steering wheel. The car clipped the bumper of a delivery van and threw Green Eyes against his door.
“I was joking. Try to not do that.” He looked at me, his expression serious. “There’s a bomb on the bottom of this car.”
I turned to look at him and felt my mouth fall open. “A bomb! There’s a bomb in this car? What kind of bomb? Why is there a bomb in this car?”
“It was meant for ********, who you managed to kill without a bomb, and technically it’s on the car, not in it. And it’s the kind of bomb that goes boom.” He twisted in his seat so that he was facing forward again. “It should be fine. It’s set to go off from a remote and I have that right here.” He patted his pocket.
I can't wait for you guys to meet these two. Ava and Owen crack me up!
Keep your eyes open for the cover and blurb reveal on June 13th!

Seaworld, Research, and Books

Friday, June 7, 2013

Last month was a big month for me in a lot of ways. Of course, there was Suddenly Royal and all of the awesome-ness that happened (like making best-seller lists and signing with an amazing agent that I adore). I also was working on my next novel, The Accidental Assassin. I know I haven't talked much about that project, but it's coming along well and I can't wait to share it with everyone! (On the 13th I will be revealing the cover and the synopsis, so keep your eyes open!)

But, on top of all that amazing stuff, it was my seventh wedding anniversary. My husband and I have been together for over ten years and I still find myself swooning over things he does or says. I may be the luckiest woman in the world.

To celebrate he booked us a behind the scenes tour at SeaWorld. Just me and him!

For those of you that have read Flukes, it's no secret that I adore dolphins and marine life in general. In fact, growing up I wanted to be a marine biologist. So every time we go to SeaWorld, I am soaking up information and storing it away for the next Flukes book. And this behind the scenes tour gave me SO much information to work with in future books. We have Fun Passes, so we get to go pretty regularly. This means that we can take our time at the shows/animals that we want, because we've already done everything. However, this time, there was a new ride/exhibit that we hadn't seen! (In fact had opened just the day before.)

Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin.

We stayed at a nearby hotel that is linked with SeaWorld. This meant not only could we walk to the park (and avoid parking fees) but we were allowed into the park an hour earlier than everyone else. We had heard that the day before the line for Antarctica was over SIX HOURS long. I'm not a big fan of the heat and my husband is not a big fan of being crammed next to strangers for that long. (Okay, I'm not either. I mean, who really wants to stand in line that long?) So, we decided to hit up the new ride first thing and try to avoid the crazy lines. Our strategy worked and we barely waited for thirty minutes--if that. (There was this weird mix up where they miscounted us in a group for a ride car and we had to go around and do the intro video again. However, they gave us a great little 'skip to the front of the line card' for us to use later--which was nice!)

The little baby penguin they use to explain how these animals live was adorable and more than did it's job of getting our attention. The setting inside of the line was fun and interesting as well. (Not too mention air-conditioned--but more on that soon!) We decided to do the 'Wild' ride (there is a mild or wild version) and strapped in for the ride.

Now here's the thing... the ride isn't very long and isn't exactly the most amazing thing I've ever been on, but I did enjoy it. And I thought that the actual ride was pretty cool. The cars are not on a track, but are controlled by a computer program. You feel like you're in a hoover car to be honest. The wild ride wasn't any different than the mild ride (except for a little more spinning and bucking) so you don't have to worry about missing anything on one version or the other.

Now here comes the shocker... while in line (the first time) we found out that the penguin habitat was only 32 degrees and that the ride let out inside. Now, I don't know about you, but I hate the heat--but THIRTY-TWO DEGREES IS COLD! Especially when you've just been sweating like an art thief at the Louvre. It was really nifty though! The tank is a half wall of glass, where you can lean over and look directly into the penguin water. Watch out, though, because those cuties will splash you. And if you think 32 degrees is cold, just imagine it with frozen water all over your tank top!

Once we were done with the penguins, we spent some time at the dolphin nursery. I could have stayed there all day. Love, love, love them.

Our behind-the-scenes tour started mid-day and we made good use of our time. The tour was really interesting. We got to see how they transport animals (which was VERY helpful for RIPTIDE, my next Flukes book), their 'ambulance' for stranded animals, and one of their boats that they use to take animals back to the sea. I loved it. I live for little details and information like that.

The tour wasn't very long, but I did get to see, learn about, and touch some amazing things.

I got to pet a shark! It was only six inches long, but hey! It was a shark and I stroked it's little back!


We also got to pet a penguin and talk with her handler. I learned so much talking to the guide and the trainer. I loved it. And the penguin was EVERYTHING I hoped for! She was darling, if loud! But who could blame her? We were all starring at her.

We also got to see a hidden polar bear den. We also got lucky and one of the bears was playing in their for us to watch!

That night we saw the Clyde and Seamore parody show ( SeaWorld, I can't tell you how much I laugh at that show. It is so much fun! We never miss it when we're there.) If you haven't been to SeaWorld, make sure you catch this show. You won't regret it. (Tip: Get there early because the seats fill up fast and there is some preshow entertainment that you won't want to miss.)

(So peaceful!)

After the show while everyone else ran for the nighttime Shamu show, we hung out at Dolphin Cove. Hardly anyone else will be in there and it's like you have the dolphins to yourself. You can also hear the dolphins much better through their underwater mic. Last time we took the munchkin, we did this, and the dolphins stopped and interacted with her. It was such a special moment for all of us.

(The munchkin calls Shamu, Shampoo, and I
 can't bring myself to correct her. It's just so dang cute!)

So, thank you, SeaWorld, for giving people a place to learn more about our oceans and its inhabitants. You give people a chance to witness the beauty for themselves, so that we can understand just how important they all truly are.

 (Yeah, I'm a dork.)
If you've never been to SeaWorld, I think it's a great experience for kids and adults. I love bringing my daughter so she can learn about the animals. I love going because I enjoy learning more about the animals. And I always learn a little something new.
Made With Love By The Dutch Lady Designs