Sep
29
2014

THE WEDDING HOAX is Here!!

I’m so excited!!! I feel like I’ve been waiting for this book to release forever! And it’s finally here. The Wedding Hoax was a book I wrote last year and doing edits on it this summer just reminded me why I loved Cole and Daisy’s story so much! I really, really hope everyone else loves it as much as I do! So without further ado, here’s the blurb and excerpt.

Buy your copy right away and Take advantage of the introductory price of only $0.99!! In a week or so, that price will go up to the usual $2.99. So grab your copy today and don’t miss out on this great deal and a great story!

To save their companies, they’ll plan the fake wedding of the century…

Meet the bride…

Daisy Willows is a wedding dress designer who longs for her own happily-ever-after. In the meantime, she’s struggling to keep her business going even as she covers her mom’s increasing medical expenses. So when a bridal show expo owner offers to help her out, she can hardly say no. And all it takes is Daisy pretending she’s back with her playboy ex. And that they’re engaged…

Meet the groom…

Cole Benton works for his father’s bridal magazine, which is on the verge of downsizing. All he really wants is a crack at an outdoor lifestyle magazine, and if he has to fake-marry Daisy to make it happen, he’s definitely in. Now Daisy and Cole are playing up their fake engagement, shopping for rings, and even kissing upon request. All of which is makes it a whole lot harder to remember that their big white wedding is a big white lie…

 

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“I won’t sit here and listen to you say it’s no big deal to fake an engagement…to fake an entire wedding…for six months!” She looked as if she was ready to jump across the table and smack Mason for the mere suggestion of being married to Cole. The notion wasn’t that repugnant to her now, was it?

Cole turned to her. “Maybe it’s worth considering.”

“Are you kidding me? You’re actually going along with this fake-marriage idea? You, the sworn bachelor?”

“I’m saying it’s worth talking about before we make a final decision that affects both of our businesses.”

“You’re going to commit to me for six months? You can barely commit to a pair of pants!”

“Hey now. Don’t insult my pants.” She didn’t have to hit below the belt, did she?

She cocked her head to the side, challenging him. He remembered that look well. “And your last girlfriend? How long did she last?”

“How long was it, Daisy? You tell me.” He leaned back and crossed his arms. Why the hell was she being so difficult?

“I was your last girlfriend?”

He shrugged. “I stopped using that word. Seemed it always led to a miscommunication about relationship status. Figured it was easier to drop the word from my vocabulary all together. I’m thinking about getting a pet, though. If I can make that commitment, I’m sure I can deal with this arrangement for a few months.

“You’re getting a pet? You’re going to take care of a dog?”

“I didn’t say anything about a dog. I’m thinking about a fish.”

“Wow. You’re really evolving.”

“Thanks.” He grinned, thoroughly enjoying her biting sarcasm.

“I won’t do it, Cole.”

“My deal is final,” Mason said. “You can take it with my conditions and have many successful years ahead of you in the bridal industry, or you can refuse, and your design house could fail, drift away to nothing. But I’m sure your skills will land you a job as an assistant to another designer if you decide to stay in the field. The choice is yours.” He stood and collected his things. “If you’ll excuse me, I have other opportunities to attend to. You have twenty-four hours to decide before I move on to my next idea.”

He walked out of the room without another word.

It was the first time Cole and Daisy had been alone in the same room since they’d broken up. Something intangible crackled between them like static electricity. The familiar sensation, along with seeing Daisy sitting here all fired up, feisty—and goddamn it sexy—made his heart race.

He really needed this money to come through, but did he want to get engaged to Daisy—go through with a fake marriage—just so he could save the magazine, when simply being in the same room as her made his blood pressure rise along with his dick?

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Sep
19
2014

Start Clapping! I Need YOUR Help!

Hi everyone. I’m trying out something new for my upcoming release, THE WEDDING HOAX. It’s called a Thunderclap and it’s super easy for you to lend your support! All you have to do is click through the link below and then click on how you want to support my message, either with Facebook, Twitter or Tumble, or any combination of those three. Then you just forget about it. Easy peasy!! Thunderclap will automatically send out my message for you!! How cool is that?!

But here’s the catch, my Thunderclap message will only be let loose into the world if I get at least 100 supporters! If I don’t, my message will sit in purgatory for all time. Cue dramatic music.

So what do you say? Will you click on my link and show your support for THE WEDDING HOAX? Don’t let Cole and Daisy down… support their story by supporting my Thunderclap!

Thunderclap Link:   Let the Hoax Begin!

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Sep
08
2014

Newsletter Subscriber Giveaway!!

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Aug
27
2014

Deadline Dinners — Black beans and Rice with Lola Karns

Today’s deadline dish is brought to you by the awesome Lola Karns! And I gotta say, it looks delish! If I could get my hubs to eat beans, I’d be all over this… Yum! Let’s get to the recipe, but first let’s find out a little more about Lola!

 

Having worked as a bartender, shipping clerk, concierge, document translator, European history doctoral candidate, and more as she moved through Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, New Jersey, Georgia, and Virginia, Lola decided she needed a more portable career. Writing fit the bill.

Lola currently resides in Minnesota with her husband, two children, two hairless cats and a fluffy ex-stray cat. When not writing, she enjoys baking, reading and drinking coffee.

 

My family and I love this meal that can be on the table in a half an hour. This is my go-to “pantry meal.” I often double the recipe so the kids can take plan-aheads in their lunches.

 

 

  • Ingredients:
  • 1 package yellow rice (I use 8+ ounces – depends what is on sale)
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 can of black beans, rinsed
  • 1 14 oz can (or larger) diced or petite diced tomatos
  • ½ cup frozen corn
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • Olive oil or cooking oil

 

  • Instructions:
  • 1. Prepare rice according to package
  • 2. Sautee onions & garlic in oil in a medium skillet until onions are soft
  • 3. Add black beans, and can of tomatoes with liquid, frozen corn and cumin. I usually add a quarter cup of water, too. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • 4. To serve, make a well in the yellow rice and spoon the black beans over the top.
  • 5. Enjoy! There are plenty of ways to customize this meal. My son likes to add diced avocado, my daughter insists on cheese, my husband breaks out the hot sauce and I add all three.

 

Recipes are a way of life for Gwen Jones. Take one single mother, her infant daughter and a business plan for a small town bakery. Combine with an eventful cross-country flight, chance encounter with her college crush and a dash of motion sickness. Stir in a few nuts, or family members, and large quantities of chocolate. Will this recipe be an oven oops, or as delicious as her alma matter’s newest coach?

Having survived an attack in Afghanistan that cost him a leg and a wife, Kyle Collins developed a strategy to find meaning in life. He may be an assistant basketball coach but he refuses to sit on the sidelines. When the runs into the woman whose lips are as unforgettable as her brownies, Kyle decides to spice up Gwen’s recipes.

When a secret ingredient is thrown into the mix, can their recipe for a happily-ever-after rise to the occasion, or will it end up a hot mess?

 

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Jul
18
2014

Another book for only .99 cents!

I don’t know why and I don’t know for how long, but SURVIVE FOR MY LOVE is now only .99 cents on Kindle!!! I have no idea how long this deal will last, so if you’re thinking of buying, you should act fast!

AMAZON

After fleeing for safety when a deadly virus pandemic upends their world, Sara and Dane take refuge in a hidden bunker. Her family should have reached the site within the first seventy-two hours…but they haven’t. Convinced they are at the Plan B location, Sara will risk everything to find her family before it’s too late.

With the world outside in chaos, Dane believes leaving the bunker is a bad idea—the virus isn’t the only thing to fear. But Sara’s determined to find her family, so he’ll do whatever it takes to protect the woman who saved his life and stole his heart. Forced to fight for their lives, he hopes they survive long enough to make a future together in a new and unpredictable world.

 

Sara sighed. “They should be here already. Forty-eight to seventy-two hours has always been our initial target time for meeting up here. It’s been two weeks, and still, not one of them has shown up. They had to go with Plan B.”

Dane looked up, curiosity written all over his face. “There’s a Plan B? Damn, you guys didn’t mess around, did you?”

She smirked. Her family took being prepared seriously. This hidden bunker, stocked to the hilt with food, supplies, necessities, and comforts was their biggest achievement. But they had others as well. The bunker was just Plan A, the place to go if they could get to it. There was also a location closer to where they all lived, but it was less stocked, less protected, and easier for strangers to happen upon. Still better than the average citizen’s plan of nothing. Plans C, D and E also existed, but she hadn’t mentioned those to Dane. Just because she’d fallen in love with him and let him into the bunker didn’t mean she could confess all of her family’s secrets. Maybe soon. But not yet.

“You have no idea. Anyway, the point is, they should be here, and they aren’t. I can’t live here for the rest of my life and not know what’s going on in the outside world or what’s happened to my family. So, I think we should take a little peek outside and see what’s up.”

“You think we’ll be safe?” he asked.

“If we take proper precautions, then yes. I have HAZMAT-style suits we can wear to protect our bodies. And I have full masks to protect us from most airborne pathogens. I think we could walk for miles and be okay with this combination.”

He nodded, obviously listening but staying silent while he soaked it all in. She continued, knowing he wouldn’t make a decision until he had all the information.

“We can take a few of our weapons to protect ourselves, and packs with supplies just in case something happens and we can’t get into the bunker for a while.” She figured if anything could sway his decision, it would be this next reason. “Maybe we’ll even hunt while we’re up there. Just the thought of your fresh venison stew makes my mouth water.”

He cocked an eyebrow at her. “Going right for the path of least resistance, huh?”

She tilted her head, feigning innocence. “No, I just love your venison.”

Dane sat back and took a long sip of his coffee. “All right. You’ve convinced me. But if we run into any more thugs like the last ones, then I’m bringing us here right away, even if I have to throw you over my shoulder. Deal?”

“Deal.” She raised her mug to him as if in a toast. “To finding out what’s on the other side of our door.”

“And living long enough to figure out what to do next.”

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Jul
13
2014

Surprise! 10 books for .99cents!

WhooHoo!!! It’s here, it’s here!

My book, FALLING FOR YOU is part of a Contemporary Romance bundle of books! I’m thrilled to be with such great company!

You can’t beat this deal: 10 books for only $0.99!!! How awesome is that?!?!

Even if you’ve already read my book, you can get this bundle and read 9 other awesome stories for only .99 cents! We’re talking .11 cents for each book. How can you beat that price?!?! So what are you waiting for? Go get this bundle while you can, because it WON’T be around forever.

This is a limited time offer!!!

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Here’s what readers and reviewers are saying about the 10 books in the Modern Love Bundle!

 

Beginning Again by Peggy Bird — “a lovely book about hope, love, and starting over.” — WiLoveBooks.

Destination Wedding by Robyn Neeley — “Destination Wedding by Robyn Neeley is a fun and very entertaining read that will keep you hooked till the very end.” — Harlequin Junkie

Drawn to Johan by Jennifer DeCuir – “This book was absolutely amazing and I loved every bit of it.  I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to read about love, taking chances and family.” – Night Owl Reviews

Falling for You by Heather Thurmeier — “Falling For You is such a sweet, funny character driven story. All the characters may not be lovable, but I thought they were great, from the main cast to the smallest part. This story has one of the greatest endings I’ve read. I was swept away…” — The Long and The Short of it Reviews

Her Knight in Black Leather by J.M. Stewart – ”Great, fluid writing, sincere dialogue and loveable characters. I fell in love with this story, and I think you will too.” — MsRomanticReads

On the Fly by Katie Kenyhercz — “Kenyhercz beautifully blends in hockey scenes that are a pleasure to read. Even if you aren’t a hockey fan, you will be able to follow along with ease. With an engaging couple and action-packed hockey scenes, On the Fly delivers an enthralling story right up to the edge-of-your-seat climax and stunning romantic conclusion that leave you smiling.” — Lori of Lusty Penguin Reviews as posted on Jeep Diva Reviews

Save My Soul by Elley Arden — “Elley pens ‘Save My Soul’ in an unique and original plot that is full of hardships and romance with a touch of humor. With strong, well developed characters that had some great chemistry throughout, I fell in love with this book from the very first chapter.” – My Cozie Corner

Spiraling by Rachel Cross — “This book was filled with so much angst and turmoil that it was more than just a romance. The attraction between Shane and Amy was scorching, and Rachel Cross knows how to write a hot love story between tormented characters.” — Michelle from Ramblings from a Chaotic Mind

Sweet Gone South by Alicia Hunter Pace — “Charming and clever with richly drawn characters and a heartwarming, sigh-worthy happily-ever-after, Alicia Hunter Pace is a natural-born storyteller.” — Rhonda Nelson, New York Times Bestseller and National Readers’ Choice Award Winner

Wildly by Debra Kayn – “I really could empathize with Shauna, I mean who hasn’t had a crush on a hot older guy and of course making a fool of yourself over said older guy is a rite of passage. Debra Kayn has put together a compelling story that shows us love evolving and changing over time and in all facets of the lives of the main characters.” – My Reading Obsession

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Jul
05
2014

Who’s Ready for a Giveaway?!

In honor of SURVIVE FOR MY LOVE officially releasing, I’ve decided to do a giveaway!!! And this is one that all of my readers can participate in! All you have to do is buy your copy of Survive for My Love from ANY of the available retailers and EMAIL me your purchase confirmation. Do that, and I will enter your name into the contest. Easy peasy!!!

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Now, what if you bought Survive already? Go get that email from your inbox or trash and forward it along. Is it gone forever and you can’t get it back?? Send me a picture of Chapter 11 from Survive For My Love on your ereader.

Email me at hthurmeier @ gmail . com (with no spaces!) with one of these 2 ways to enter  and I’ll put your name in the mix for a $10 AMAZON GIFT CARD that you can then use to buy anything you want!!! How cool is that? And easy too!

Contest closes July 11th, 2014 at 11:59 pm. Winner will be contacted and awarded July 12th.

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Jul
02
2014

Survive For My Love is HERE!!!!

It was supposed to release on July 4th but look what I just found?! SURVIVE FOR MY LOVE is here early! Now you can find out what happens to Sara and Dane as they try to find her family in a world that is anything but normal. Check out the blurb and excerpt!

After fleeing for safety when a deadly virus pandemic upends their world, Sara and Dane take refuge in a hidden bunker. Her family should have reached the site within the first seventy-two hours…but they haven’t. Convinced they are at the Plan B location, Sara will risk everything to find her family before it’s too late.

With the world outside in chaos, Dane believes leaving the bunker is a bad idea—the virus isn’t the only thing to fear. But Sara’s determined to find her family, so he’ll do whatever it takes to protect the woman who saved his life and stole his heart. Forced to fight for their lives, he hopes they survive long enough to make a future together in a new and unpredictable world.

AMAZON                 DECADENT PUBLISHING                NOOK

Sara sighed. “They should be here already. Forty-eight to seventy-two hours has always been our initial target time for meeting up here. It’s been two weeks, and still, not one of them has shown up. They had to go with Plan B.”

Dane looked up, curiosity written all over his face. “There’s a Plan B? Damn, you guys didn’t mess around, did you?”

She smirked. Her family took being prepared seriously. This hidden bunker, stocked to the hilt with food, supplies, necessities, and comforts was their biggest achievement. But they had others as well. The bunker was just Plan A, the place to go if they could get to it. There was also a location closer to where they all lived, but it was less stocked, less protected, and easier for strangers to happen upon. Still better than the average citizen’s plan of nothing. Plans C, D and E also existed, but she hadn’t mentioned those to Dane. Just because she’d fallen in love with him and let him into the bunker didn’t mean she could confess all of her family’s secrets. Maybe soon. But not yet.

“You have no idea. Anyway, the point is, they should be here, and they aren’t. I can’t live here for the rest of my life and not know what’s going on in the outside world or what’s happened to my family. So, I think we should take a little peek outside and see what’s up.”

“You think we’ll be safe?” he asked.

“If we take proper precautions, then yes. I have HAZMAT-style suits we can wear to protect our bodies. And I have full masks to protect us from most airborne pathogens. I think we could walk for miles and be okay with this combination.”

He nodded, obviously listening but staying silent while he soaked it all in. She continued, knowing he wouldn’t make a decision until he had all the information.

“We can take a few of our weapons to protect ourselves, and packs with supplies just in case something happens and we can’t get into the bunker for a while.” She figured if anything could sway his decision, it would be this next reason. “Maybe we’ll even hunt while we’re up there. Just the thought of your fresh venison stew makes my mouth water.”

He cocked an eyebrow at her. “Going right for the path of least resistance, huh?”

She tilted her head, feigning innocence. “No, I just love your venison.”

Dane sat back and took a long sip of his coffee. “All right. You’ve convinced me. But if we run into any more thugs like the last ones, then I’m bringing us here right away, even if I have to throw you over my shoulder. Deal?”

“Deal.” She raised her mug to him as if in a toast. “To finding out what’s on the other side of our door.”

“And living long enough to figure out what to do next.”

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Jun
19
2014

SURVIVE FOR MY LOVE Release #GIVEAWAY!!

SURVIVE FOR MY LOVE  is almost here!!! It is scheduled to release July 4th! Whoohoo! Check out this awesome cover and blurb!

Sara and Dane have been living in a hidden bunker together for two weeks after fleeing for safety when cruise ships came into port carrying a virus along with their passengers. Her family should have reached the bunker within the first seventy-two hours and since they haven’t, Sara’s convinced they are at their plan B location. Now she’s willing to risk it all to find her family before it’s too late.

Dane isn’t convinced leaving the bunker is a good idea when the world outside is falling to crisis and chaos, but he’ll do whatever it takes to protect the woman who saved his life and stole his heart. The virus isn’t the only thing to fear outside the bunker. When roaming scavengers threaten to take more than just their supplies, Sara and Dane are forced to fight for their lives if they want to survive long enough to find her family and a future together in a new and unpredictable world.

 

 

But before it gets here, I’d love to giveaway a few copies of ESCAPE TO MY ARMS. Escape is the book that started Sara and Dane’s story. It’s where the sh*t hits the fan and the world as they know it starts to crumble. It’s an exciting, action-packed adventure that will have your heart racing! After you devour the book, you’ll dying to find out how the story continues in SURVIVE all the way to it’s thrilling conclusion.

If you want a chance to win a copy of ESCAPE TO MY ARMS leave a comment! Contest closes Sunday night, June 22nd and I’ll send ebooks (Kindle or Nook only) to the winners on Monday!

**Please include your email address in your comment! 

CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED! THANK YOU TO ALL WHO ENTERED. WINNERS HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED!

Sara’s been preparing for this moment her whole life—she just never believed it would actually happen. With her bug-out bag and emergency food already in her truck, her only goal is to get to her family’s hidden bunker and wait out the pandemic that’s hit every major cruise ship port in the US. But her plan quickly falls apart. She’s out of gas, her route to the bunker is now a two-lane parking lot with no alternative in sight, and her only weapon is a pocketknife. For an experienced prepper, she’s made every rookie mistake.

Dane believes he’s safe in his cabin, off the beaten path and in the woods with his own source for water, electricity and an endless supply of food to hunt. After finding Sara stranded and alone, he’s suddenly not only providing for and protecting himself, but also the girl who wandered out of the woods and into his life. When looters come looking to take what he has, Sara and Dane’s only option is to make a run for their last hope—the bunker.

Can Sara and Dane find safety in each other’s arms and will they survive long enough to escape to a future together?

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Jun
18
2014

Deadline Dishes — Lemon Garlic Orzo Soup with Stephanie Haefner

Today for Deadline Dishes and Drinks I have a good friend and a FANTASTIC author! Stephanie and I met a couple of years ago online through the writing community and while we have yet to meet in person (One day!) we formed a fast friendship. She’s definitely someone I turn to for advice, support and definitely when I’m looking for a good book! So here she is!
Stephanie Haefner is a wife, mother of two, and contemporary romance novelist from Buffalo, NY. A member of Romance Writers of America and the Western New York Romance Writers subchapter, she loves creating sassy heroines and tossing them into sexy circumstances. When not writing, she celebrates her sassiness with dance and zumba classes, and her nerdiness with boybands and Disney World.
Summer is generally not the time of year people think “soup” but this one is pretty light and fresh and if summer had a signature soup, this might be it ;)  
Lemon Garlic Orzo Soup
 
Ingredients
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 carrot, roughly grated (I usually add 3-4 and julienne them on my mandolin)
  • 6 C chicken broth
  • ½ C orzo
  • ½ lemon, zest and juice
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp dried basil
Instructions
  1. In a large pot heat olive oil.
  2. Add in garlic and onion. Sauté until translucent.
  3. Add in carrot. Sauté for just a few minutes.
  4. Pour in chicken broth. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Add orzo. Cook until tender with a slight bite.
  6. Squeeze in juice of half lemon and add zest.
  7. Season with basil.
  8. Serve.
I also add one cooked and shredded chicken breast to make it a little heartier.
Are you looking for something great to read? Then you REALLY need to check out Try Me on for Size. I’ve already read it and it was so, so good. Funny, sexy, sassy, and 100% enjoyable. 
A sexy, laugh-out-loud love story about a woman trying to save her failing lingerie business with a new product—“personal massagers” made to the specs of the spokesman of her choice! But when she falls for the first model she meets, how can she prove she’s his perfect fit?

With their business in trouble, Mia and Bryn must pull out all the stops to save their shop. Things get sticky when Mia, owner of Classy ‘n’ Sassy Lingerie, has to go on five blind “dates” to find the right model for the big marketing plan that will save the store. But they aren’t your ordinary blind dates. Mia has to test out the “goods” to find the perfect spokespenis—the model for Classy ‘n’ Sassy’s newest line of lifelike dildos. 

Not realizing Mia is on a mission, Oliver Christensen approaches her in a bar and Mia mistakes him for model #1. Oliver decides to play along. But just how far is he willing to take this charade in order to get closer to Mia? And what happens if Mia’s Blind Date #1 turns out to be The One?
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