Oct
27
2014

Get Wicked With Entangled Blog Hop!

Trick or Treating is the best thing about Halloween. I loved it as a kid and I still love it as an adult. Taking my kids around the neighborhood is something I look forward to each year. Of course, if you think about it too much, there’s something so weird about allowing our kids to go to strangers’ houses and ask for candy. LOL. But I love walking around, seeing friends, chatting with neighbors and seeing all the lights and decorations lit up at night!

And since you’ve come and stopped by my blog, here’s your treat! Enter the rafflecopter below for your chance to win a $10 gift card from either Amazon or Nook!!

And while you’re here, check out this little teaser treat from my newest Entangled release which is part of the Lovestruck line!

“Don’t look at me like that.” He leaned his head back and looked up at the ceiling, sighing loudly.

“Like what?” she asked, genuinely confused. He was full of demands tonight. He could be pretty demanding in bed, too. Lava pooled deep inside her at the thought. Her head spun again, but not from the alcohol this time.

“Like you’re thinking about us together.” His voice was edged with tension.

She laughed, heat rushing to her cheeks. She hadn’t meant to look at him like that, but his accusation was correct. “We are together…in this elevator.”

“That’s not what I meant, and you know it,” he said. He met her gaze. She saw fire in his eyes. But not from anger or annoyance. Fire from passion she hadn’t seen in a year. Fire that had always preceded their best nights together.

Uh-oh.

She bit her lower lip.

“Bite your lip like that again, and I’ll bite it for you.” He crossed the short distance between them, his gaze never leaving hers. He didn’t touch her, but his eyes made her feel as if his hands were on her in a thousand spots at once.

Seeing that passion in him again sparked something deep and primal inside of her. It didn’t matter that they didn’t want the same things in the future when he looked at her with that expression. It didn’t matter that their fake relationship came with an expiration date. The only thing that mattered right now was the way Cole made her feel— alive.

She hadn’t realized she’d been missing something since they’d broken up. But right here, right now, with Cole, she felt it again. She felt whole. And she wanted to hold on to that feeling for as long as she could, regardless of the price she’d have to pay later.

Tonight, she didn’t want to think about her future, or lack of future, with Cole. Tonight she only wanted to feel his arms around her, his lips on her body, his tongue tasting her.

She licked her lips, then pulled her bottom lip between her teeth and bit down gently, never taking her eyes off him. He leaned toward her, bracing one hand against the elevator wall.

“Now’s not a good time to push the limits with me.” He nudged her chin up with his free hand. “We made a deal. You made me promise. And now you’re deliberately teasing me. That’s not very nice.” His lips hovered above hers but stopped short of kissing her.

 

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Oct
20
2014

Attention BOOK Reviewers!

Attention all book reviewers, PINCH OF ME, DASH OF YOU is now available for review! PINCH/DASH is a foodie romance novella with a delectable heroine and an absolutely delicious hero. Check out the blurb below and then click on THIS LINK to fill out the review form for my publisher! It’s super easy.

Kali can’t cook to save her life, but she can write. As a foodie reviewer for both a huge national paper and a successful blog, she’s well on her way to achieving her dreams. When she’s offered a cookbook deal, she thinks she’s finally made it…until her latest review comes out a little harsher than expected and the restaurateur threatens to expose all her secrets. 
Mac’s whole life is spent in the kitchen, running a New York City restaurant and a culinary school for underprivileged youth. When donations stop pouring in for Mac’s culinary school after a scathing review of his restaurant, he fears he may have to shut the doors if he can’t find a way to turn things around. Then he meets Kali, the reviewer who admits she has no culinary skills. Now he’s made her an offer she can’t refuse—he’ll teach her to cook over the summer and help her with recipes for the cookbook if she’ll agree to write an insider piece highlighting the strengths of his culinary school. 
But when things start heating up in Mac’s kitchen, keeping her hands on the food and off of Mac is proving harder than Kali expected.

And if you’re not a reviewer but can’t wait to see what kind of heat cooks up between Kali and Mac in the kitchen, you can pre-order your copy today and it will auto-download to your ereader on release day! Woot. How cool is that?!

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Oct
14
2014

Spooktacular Hop Giveaway!!

It’s been a long time since I’ve been a part of a blog hop! And this one is huge! I hope you’ll all hop around to some or all of the other blogs on the tour. Don’t miss out on any great prizes! You can find the full list by clicking here:  LIST!!!

Every year the kids get a little older and Halloween becomes a little more fun! I love seeing how their personalities change over the years and how it reflects on the costumes they choose. Gone are the days of princesses. Now we’re into animals. Although, we keep trying to convince them to go as zombies. No takers yet. But could you imagine a little zombie running around the neighborhood?! Once in a while my husband and I dress up too. Though it’s usually him and not so much me. Maybe this year I’ll outdo them all make myself a zombie bride. That would be awesome!

Speaking of brides… Check out my newest release THE WEDDING HOAX!! And it’s only $2.99!

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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Oct
02
2014

The Wedding Hoax — Teaser!!

 

How about a little teaser from The Wedding Hoax? And if you like what you read, don’t wait to grab your copy while it’s only .99 cents! Next week the price goes back up to 2.99!

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Now, to set the stage, Cole and Daisy are shopping for wedding gown possibilities. Let’s just say there’s a reason men do not normally go dress shopping!

 

 

Cole adjusted himself in the boutique chair as Daisy came out in yet another stunning dress. He didn’t think it was possible to be attracted to a woman in a wedding gown, but apparently it was.

And it was maddening.

Damn it. He didn’t want to be any more attracted to Daisy than he already was. At this point, he wanted her to walk down the aisle in a white garbage bag so he didn’t have to see the shape of her curves, teasing him about what he couldn’t have but also couldn’t stop thinking about.

Nor could he stop imagining those undergarments she’d mentioned to the women at the bridal show. Was Daisy wearing something sexy under all that white lace and satin, too? A push-up bra? A thong?

He sat forward and leaned his elbows on his knees, ignoring the ache in his groin at the thought of Daisy in a thong. He didn’t even have to use his imagination. An image of her lying on her stomach across his bed came to mind. Her skin had been smooth under his fingertips as he traced the lace of her thong to where it disappeared between two luscious hills of milky-white flesh. She’d shivered beneath his touch when he’d caressed the tiny crease where her bottom met the backs of her thighs. And when he’d playfully smacked her ass, the apples of her cheeks weren’t the only spot on her body to blush as she’d rolled away from him, giggling and smiling seductively.

If he’d realized that would be one of his last moments with Daisy, he would have savored it more, prolonged his own enjoyment to push hers further. What he wouldn’t give to see that spark in her eyes when she was on the cusp of going over the edge again. Or the pink tinge in her cheeks as his tongue tasted her.

“Cole!” Daisy’s voice was sharp, piercing his thoughts and shattering the nice memory he was currently enjoying more than the present moment.

“That one is nice,” Cole said on instinct, forcing himself to focus on the dress she wore instead of what she might be wearing underneath it. This dress was similar to the others— sleeveless, white, satin and beads, and expertly hand-stitched. He’d never really given Daisy a lot of credit for her work before, but he should have. She was a master of her craft.

She put her hands on her hips. “That’s what you said about every dress so far. Are you even paying attention?”

No.

“I’m trying to, but you know how I feel about shopping.” He laid his head back and rubbed his eyes hard, hoping to erase the memory of Daisy’s thong from his brain long enough to get through this torture without a raging hard-on.

“How could I forget? You’re worse than taking a child shopping. At least with a kid you can give them a snack or a toy to keep them busy.”

“I could go for a snack.” He shrugged.

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Sep
30
2014

Giveaway!!

Don’t forget to grab your copy of THE WEDDING HOAX while it’s on sale for only .99 cents! This price won’t last long so get it cheap now while you can!

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And I’m also having my very own giveaway!! Enter my rafflecopter below and you could win this awesome beaded daisy bracelet inspired by my character Daisy! I think it’s so pretty! I almost want to keep it for myself… :)

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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!!

Don’t miss out on News, Giveaways, New Releases, Sneak Peeks, Exclusive Excerpts, or other important Announcements — Sign-up for my newsletter now! I promise I will not share your email with anyone, spam you incessantly, or disrespect your inbox. :)

And to get things started off on the right foot, I’m giving away Amazon Gift cards to 3 lucky newsletter subscribers! New and current loyal subscribers all have a chance to win! Winners will be chosen September 28th! 

All you need to do it put your email address into the newsletter form on the right-hand side of my website or click this link:

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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!

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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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