Aug
26
2015

#WriterWednesday — Writer’s Life — Exercise

This year I’ve done a lot of reevaluating and reorganizing of my time. I always feel so busy writing, editing, promoting, planning, etc. that I don’t feel like I have any extra time left in my schedule for anything else. While my kids are at school, that’s my writing time. How could I take time out of that dedicated ‘me’ time to go and do something besides writing—something ultimately for… me?

Over the last couple of months, I’ve decided to make a better effort to include some exercise into my day.

The fact is, writing is a very sedentary job and when I’m in the zone, I can spend hours just sitting and typing. But I know that’s not good for my health. So after literally years of my friend bugging me to try Cross Fit with her, I finally did. And I didn’t hate it!

Turns out, Cross Fit doesn’t suck. I’m still not sure I love it. I mean, really, love is a big word. But I like it a lot. Am I ready to make a yearly contractual agreement with my box (that’s what you call a Cross Fit gym. See, I’m even learning the lingo!)? I don’t know. It’s not them, it’s me. I’m commitment phobic. But maybe I can make a 3-month commitment. After all, I’ve been technically going there for 4 months already!

And surprisingly, I don’t completely suck at Cross Fit either! I always thought you had to be some kind of athlete to do it, but turns out anyone can. No seriously. You can scale the WOD (workout!) to your fitness level. So I can workout along side my friend who’s been doing it for years and not die. Imagine that!

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Deadlifting 125 pounds!!!! Never knew I could do that!

Me, working my muscles. That barbel has 125 pounds on it!!!

Me, working my muscles.

Along with Cross Fit, because as much as I love it, I can’t do it everyday, I’ve also started jogging. And by jogging, I mean a mix of walking and very slowly jogging around my neighborhood for 30 minutes. I basically always feel like I’m going to die. My streets are deceptively hilly and hard to jog up. Now I’ve learned to walk up the hard ones and jog back down them. Much easier and I still sweat like crazy. I’ve even talked my two little munchkins into jogging with me this summer! They are great partners. Their little legs mean they jog at the same slow pace I do. LOL.

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After jogging with my two little munchkins.

And while it doesn’t sound like a workout, I also started horseback riding. Let me tell you, after a 30 minute lesson, I’m sweating like crazy. Between the heat of the summer, squeezing my legs hard enough to make my horse actually listen to me, and trying to remember to breathe while also remembering all the other things I’m supposed to do, I’ve definitely had a workout!

Overall, I’m probably exercising 3-4 days a week now, on a good week. I’m hoping that once the kids go back to school, I’ll be to work out in some way everyday as part of my daily routine. I’m hoping that it will help me get and stay healthy so all the hours I spend sitting and writing aren’t a problem anymore.

So, what do you do to get and stay healthy? Do you find it hard to work it into your daily schedule or have you figured out the trick to making it happen for you?

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Aug
05
2015

Catching Stardust is #FREE!!!

HeatherThurmeier_CatchingStardust200For a limited time, my sic-fi/paranormal romance is FREE!! Grab your copy now while you can!

Maia’s been banished to Earth from her place among the stars as the eldest sister of Pleiades… and all because Orion won’t stop chasing her around the universe. Now Maia has to find her way back to the stars with only the help of hunky astronautics scientist Zander while staying hidden from Orion. 

Zander never expected the discovery of his lifetime to fall into his lap, but when Maia also falls into his bed, he knows there’s no way he can turn the goddess who has stolen his heart into a science project. With his best friend ready to sell him out for fame, her wannabe lover Orion chasing after her on Earth, and time running out fast, Zander must fight to keep Maia safe long enough to get her home. 

If going home means losing Zander, is Maia ready to go back to the stars?

Get your copy HERE!

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Jul
30
2015

Reality TV Romances Re-releasing!

9781440589959The entire Reality TV Romance trilogy has been relicensed to Amazon Encore!! As exciting as this new adventure will be, it also means there will be a temporary disruption with those titles. They will be coming off of ALL RETAILERS as of August 1, 2015 and will re-release with Amazon Encore on August 18th, 2015.

If you’ve been thinking about getting a copy of any of these books, now is the time! Especially if you want them on another reading device besides kindle!! I’m not sure they will be back anywhere else until a date FAR in the future.

Below are the buy links for everywhere these titles are available until August 1. Don’t hesitate!

Buy the bundle to get all three titles for only .99 cents! This deal will be gone and WILL NOT COME BACK, to the best of my knowledge!

AMAZON:  http://ow.ly/J4Zqb 

 
 
ALL ROMANCE:  http://ow.ly/J516B
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Jul
22
2015

Off to #RWA15 in NYC!!! #WriterWednesday

rwa2015I’m so excited that the day is finally here and I’m off to NYC for the Romance Writers Of America conference! I can’t wait to get together with new friends I’ve only ever met online, hang out and chat with old friends, and learn, learn, learn from all of the amazing workshops offered!!

Are you going to RWA15? Find me and let’s meet!! I might have some swag with me to share. :)

If you’re sitting this one out, stay up to date on all the fun by checking in with me on Facebook and twitter! And by following the hashtag #RWA15.

Still packing like me? (Yikes!!) Check out my post about conference tips here!

Not sure what to do during your agent/editor pitch? Check out this post I wrote after successfully pitching at the last RWA conference in NYC!

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Jun
23
2015

#TeaserTuesday — Magical Weddings

MagicalWeddings3D-2Magical Weddings is here and it’s getting fantastic reviews!! Here’s just a sampling of what reviewers and readers are saying:

“Adorable!! One of the better compilation series I’ve read with varied stories. It was such a quick and easy read even though there were fifteen separate stories. There is something for everyone!! Must read!” –S. Bartholomew, NetGalley reviewer

“… a wonderful collection of stories bringing others together in love. There was a good mix of stories, from paranormal to humorous, from sweet to sexy….” –Cynthia Stone, NetGalley reviewer

5 stars! “I though that all of the stories in this anthology were absolutely fun and refreshing.” ~ Melissa, Amazon Review

5 stars! “I thoroughly enjoyed this book. For the price, I think it’s an absolute steal.” ~ Leen, Amazon Review

 

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There are 15 amazing stories in this bundle for only $0.99!!! But what are the stories about? We have a little bit of everything…something for every reader! Just check out these book teasers!

Her Wedding Wager by Leigh MichaelsNational bestselling and Award-winning author. Unless Celia can marry a titled gentleman before Lady Stone’s house party ends, she’ll end up in an arranged marriage with her distant cousin Simon. It’s Simon who’s wagered she can’t win the most important bet of her life, so why is he the only one who can hold her attention?

The Last Wedding at Drayhome (Breens Mist Witches) by Aileen Harkwoodauthor of paranormal and fantasy romance. Never underestimate the power of a witch and warlock in love who have nothing left to lose.

The Dress by Eve Devon. Two couples, 400 years apart. From a masquerade ball in Venice 1615 to a wedding in England 2015, can a dress laced with magic weave its spell through the fabric of time?

Second Chance Bride by Raine EnglishUSA Today bestselling and Award-winning author. She thinks she’s marrying the man of her dreams, until a telepathic rescue dog leads her to someone else… Will this bride-to-be say “I do” to the wrong man?

Two Hearts Surrendered by Tamara FergusonBestselling and Award-winning author. After years of fighting their feelings, Kelly and Luke share a night of passion at her sister’s wedding.  But will one night of enchantment be strong enough magic for Luke to surrender his heart to the woman he loves – once this military hero returns home as a disheartened wounded warrior?

Something Borrowed, Something Blue by Lynda Haviland. She has a wedding to crash–until love gets in the way!

Heart of the Secret (Witches of Lane County) by Jody A. KesslerBestselling and Award-winning author of new adult paranormal romance. A 500 year-old curse, a witch who will do anything to marry her one true love, and the heart of a secret that will either divide them or bring them together…forever.

The Jealous Love of a Scoundrel by Jane LarkNational bestselling author of Regency historical romance. How do you fight a calling that comes from your soul?

A Wedding Across the Winds of Time by Bess McBrideNational bestselling author of time travel romance. Darius and Molly found each other Across the Winds of Time. Now, it’s time for their wedding!

Kiss This by L.L. MuirNational bestselling and Award-winning author. You never expect the florist to catch the bouquet…

Caution is a Virtue by Jennifer Gilby Robertsauthor of Regency romance and women’s fiction. How much is too much to risk for love?

Loving Lindy by Jan Romes. In order to become the bank’s new Vice President, Gunther Justin has to be “settled.” With Lindy McPherson posing as his fiancé everything is set to go off without a hitch–until real feelings get in the way.

With this Kiss by Heather Thurmeier. Can a simple kiss under the Bridge of Sighs wield enough magic to reunite former lovers, or will what happens in Vegas simply stay in Vegas?

Real Magic by Elsa Winckler. She’s the bridesmaid, he’s a best man. Will the magical evening stay just that or will it turn out to be real after all?

The Wedding Guests (A Tassamara Short Story) by Sarah Wynde. When unexpected guests attend Akira and Zane’s wedding, lives will change forever. But for better or for worse?

Ready to grab your copy?? Use the links below to pick up your copy at your favorite retailer!!

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1GEDBPe
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1ewV9SE
Amazon CA: http://amzn.to/1dyBCRp
B&N:  http://bit.ly/1dAAdtJ
Kobo: http://bit.ly/1SrS6us
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GooglePlay: http://bit.ly/1emycBp

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Jun
17
2015

#WriterWednesday — When the Story Changes!

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When I start out to write a book I usually have the plot fairly mapped out. I definitely don’t know every scene or moment in advance, but I have a general idea of how I want things to go for my characters. Then during the process, the characters start to tell their own story. Sometimes they follow the plan 100%. Other times, not so much. Sometimes the way I might have seen a scene in my head during the planning stage suddenly changes into something else because of who my characters have become throughout the book. It’s always fun and a little nerve wracking to see where they’ll take me.

In WITH THIS KISS, which is part of the MAGICAL WEDDINGS box set, I knew I wanted a scene where the wedding party all goes out drinking and dancing. I knew I wanted Jenna and Max to flirt and be surprised by their sudden rekindling of feelings for each other. But I never foresaw this scene turning out the way it did! I remember giggling while writing it!

 

 

His fingers trailed a path up and down her spine and little goose bumps rose on her flesh despite the heat of the night. Her gaze went to his lips, knowing that if she kissed him right now, he’d taste just as good as her drink had. Probably better. Suddenly her mouth went dry and she licked her lips.

The urge to kiss him threatened to overthrow her willpower. Every fiber of her being begged to feel his lips on hers again. She inched forward slightly, drawn to him. What was the harm in one little kiss? They’d already had one today. Surely a second didn’t count.

Survive one get one free, right?

“There you two are,” Leah said, rushing up to them. “We’ve been looking for you everywhere. We’re beat and ready to call it a night but didn’t want to head up to the rooms without knowing where you guys were.”

Leah’s gaze went to Max’s lap and her eyes nearly bulged out of her face. Jenna couldn’t imagine what was so outstanding about Max’s groin, so against her better judgment, she looked.

Huh.

Her hand. A mere inch from Max’s penis.

Okay then.

Quickly extracting her hand from Max’s general penile area, she grabbed her bottle of water instead. Apparently she needed to drink more of it. A lot more. Like enough to drown a fish and wash away the fact that she’d just felt up Max’s thigh.

“So you’re here,” Leah said, pointing at them individually while her eyes darted back and forth between them and a grin bloomed on her lips. “And you’re there. And we’re going. So we’ll see you both tomorrow. Or today, I guess, since it’s technically already tomorrow. So…um…have fun with…whatever it was you were doing. Or about to do. Or were thinking of doing next.”

With that, Leah darted away practically skipping.

Jenna picked up the new martini a waitress had delivered, at some point, and chugged it. Screw water. She needed alcohol, STAT. A clear head would not help her deal with the aftermath of Max and his penis and her hand and…

Groping Max was not on my to-do list today.

 

MagicalWeddings3D-2I love the chemistry and dynamic between Jenna and Max!

Want to read the rest? Grab a copy of MAGICAL WEDDINGS for only $0.99!!! It’s available everywhere right now. Not only will you get to finish reading Jenna and Max’s story, but you’ll also get 14 other magical romances as well!! How awesome is that!

 

 

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Jun
12
2015

#FridayReads — Jan Romes

Option 1 (414x640)Today for my #FridayReads, I thought I’d showcase a book that sounds just too fun to pass up! 

You can grab your copy at AMAZON!

No Sweat Pants Allowed – Wine Club is the tale of Elaina, Tawny, Steph and Grace – four women who suddenly find themselves single. While life has given them lemons, the lemonade they make is darn tasty. Their journeys to get life right-side-up are hilarious and heartrending, sarcastic and sassy. They deliver mayhem and mischief, and a few powerful messages, too.

Their story begins at a cash-for-gold event. Each one feels the only way to get a new lease on life is to rid themselves of their wedding rings. When it actually comes time to part with the symbols of what once was, they lose their nerve and shuffle to the bar across the street. Stories are told. A few bottles of wine are shared. And the wine club is formed – so is a lasting friendship.

 

‘The greatest healing therapy is friendship and love.’

~ Hubert H. Humphrey

 

Here is a short scene (Of the four women, Steph has a knack for the culinary arts):

“What’s she doing in the kitchen that requires locking us out?” Tawny had been home for half an hour, was still high strung but showing signs of exhaustion from a hectic day at the hospital, and in desperate need of something to eat. She flitted from the chaise lounge and moved the chair to a shady spot closer to the house. “Hurry up, Steph,” she whined. “It’s almost eight o’clock.”

Stony was allowed inside; only because it was ninety degrees and he was wearing a fur coat.

“If she doesn’t call us in soon I’m going to McDonald’s.” Grace angled her chair away from the glare of the sun.

“I could scale the trellis to get to my bedroom and scare the crap out of her by coming down the stairs.” Elaina adjusted her sunglasses and used the latest issue of Woman’s World magazine to fan her face.

Steph finally flung open the patio doors and motioned for them to come in.

“Halleluiah.” Elaina was in the kitchen before the other two even thought about moving. The aromas of garlic, green pepper, cilantro and lime met her nose. She closed her eyes and inhaled. “Ahhh.”

“I’ll take that as a compliment.” Steph waved steam from the blackened tilapia in Elaina’s direction.

Not only did the pleasing smells grab Elaina, so did the mess. The neat freak inside of her bristled from the apparent food bomb that had gone off. Onion skins, the ends of asparagus, the inside membranes and seeds of green peppers, and packaging from the fish cluttered the sink and counter. Every pot, pan, dish, and utensil had been used. Bottles of spice were missing their caps.

Grace and Tawny stepped exaggeratedly into the kitchen.

The moment Tawny spied food, she put a hand on her chest. “Be still my heart and rumbling stomach.” Sniffing, she smiled. “Couscous! I love couscous!”

Grace made a face at the couscous.

Steph held a serving dish under Grace’s nose. “Sweet potato hash. Better?”

“Definitely better.”

“Ladies, have a seat.” Steph draped a white kitchen towel over her arm, acting all high-class restaurant-ish. “For your dining pleasure this evening, I’m happy to serve an array of fine dishes. The menu consists of:  grilled tilapia, cilantro-lime couscous, sweet potato hash, asparagus spears, and sugar snap pea salad.” Her cheeks pumped high with a smile. “Each dish is tasty but low-calorie.”

“You’re a rock star, Steph.” Tawny plopped down in a chair and bumped the table with her knees, rattling the plates and silverware. “Oops.”

The table was decorated with green cloth napkins and a centerpiece of short-stem daisies, while small plates at each setting held a scoop of lime sorbet and an interesting looking creation involving watermelon.

Elaina smiled with approval. “Chef Mathews is in the house.”

Steph beamed with pride.

Grace inspected the appetizers. “I was bashing you for taking so long. I take it all back.”

“Those are watermelon, mint, feta, and prosciutto. I was going to use goat cheese but I couldn’t find any at the grocery.” Steph crinkled her forehead. “You were bashing me?”

“Good-natured bashing.”

“I said I could cook. I didn’t say anything about being fast.”

Tawny stole an asparagus spear from the bone china serving platter. She took a nibble. “You shouldn’t be working as an executive’s assistant. You should be writing cookbooks and have your own cooking show.”

Elaina popped an appetizer in her mouth and moaned with delight. She slanted a smile at Grace and moaned louder.

Grace giggled. “You watched Harry Met Sally, didn’t you?”

“Ohhhh yeahhhh.”

Tawny playfully poked Elaina with her fork. “No moaning at the table.”

 

MagicalWeddings3D-2While I’m busy writing my next novel, 16 Things, I’ve had the honor of joining 14 other authors in a magical endeavor – MAGICAL WEDDINGS:  15 ENCHANTING STORIES. It’s a box set with an amazing blend of talent and imagination. With the 15 stories there is something there for every reader’s palate. This venture was magical for me and I hope it will be for you too. It will be published June 16, 2015 but it is available for pre-order right now.

15 Romances by USA Today and National Bestselling Authors

  • All stand-alone stories (no cliffhangers)
  • Includes 14 New Releases written expressly for this set!
  • Limited time (get your copy now)
  • Over 97% off retail for the individual books once they become available separately!

Whether real or only in the hearts of the bride and groom, the magic of weddings is undeniable. And irresistible! As these 15 enchanting happily-ever-afters by bestselling and award-winning authors prove.

From sweet to spicy, the romances bundled into this set cross time and unite hearts, cast spells of laughter, battle wedding jitters and fight back tears, while weaving love’s hopeful magic throughout 1400 pages.

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1GEDBPe

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1ewV9SE

Amazon CA: http://amzn.to/1dyBCRp

B&N: http://bit.ly/1dAAdtJ

Kobo: http://bit.ly/1SrS6us

iTunes: http://apple.co/1RcL2Ai

GooglePlay: http://bit.ly/1emycBp

 

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Jun
10
2015

#WriterWednesday — 15 Enchanting Romances

MW-preorderThis #WriterWednesday, what better to chat about than the 14 amazing authors I’m in a box set with? I’m so, so excited to be a part of this incredible box set featuring weddings that are truly ‘magical’!

I don’t even know how I got to be included in this. One day, completely out of the blue, I got a wonderful email from Aileen Harkwood inviting me to write a book for this. I was shocked and thrilled and totally excited and completely terrified that there was no way I could fit in another writing commitment! But I thought about it for a couple of days, brainstormed a brand new story like crazy, ran the idea past my family and critique partners to see what they thought, and when the response was overwhelmingly awesome, I decided to go for it!! I had a ton of other stuff on my plate at the time, but this opportunity was just too great to pass up. So I made my schedule shift a little and I made it happen. I’m so happy that I did! I met the greatest group of authors!! We’ve had a blast working together to get this bundle going and I am so proud to be in it.

Lesson learned: When opportunity knocks, answer that door fast and welcome it into your life!!!

There’s literally something for every reader in this set. We’ve got historical, paranormal, and contemporary! And you get 15 amazing books for only $0.99. How can you go wrong with that?

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1GEDBPe
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1ewV9SE
Amazon CA: http://amzn.to/1dyBCRp
B&N:  http://bit.ly/1dAAdtJ
Kobo: http://bit.ly/1SrS6us
iTunes: http://apple.co/1RcL2Ai
GooglePlay: http://bit.ly/1emycBp

 

15 Romances by USA Today and National Bestselling Authors

If you love ghosts, witches, time travel–anything paranormal–military romance, historical romance, or romantic comedy, don’t miss this engaging boxed set!

–All stand-alone stories (no cliffhangers)
–Includes 14 New Releases written expressly for this set!
–Limited time (get your copy now)
–Over 97% off retail for the individual books once they become available separately!

Whether real or only in the hearts of the bride and groom, the magic of weddings is undeniable. And irresistible! As these 15 enchanting happily-ever-afters by bestselling and award-winning authors prove.

From sweet to spicy, the romances bundled into this set cross time and unite hearts, cast spells of laughter, battle wedding jitters and fight back tears, while weaving love’s hopeful magic throughout 1400 pages.

Her Wedding Wager by Leigh MichaelsNational bestselling and Award-winning author. Unless Celia can marry a titled gentleman before Lady Stone’s house party ends, she’ll end up in an arranged marriage with her distant cousin Simon. It’s Simon who’s wagered she can’t win the most important bet of her life, so why is he the only one who can hold her attention?

The Last Wedding at Drayhome (Breens Mist Witches) by Aileen Harkwoodauthor of paranormal and fantasy romance. Never underestimate the power of a witch and warlock in love who have nothing left to lose.

The Dress by Eve Devon. Two couples, 400 years apart. From a masquerade ball in Venice 1615 to a wedding in England 2015, can a dress laced with magic weave its spell through the fabric of time?

Second Chance Bride by Raine EnglishUSA Today bestselling and Award-winning author. She thinks she’s marrying the man of her dreams, until a telepathic rescue dog leads her to someone else… Will this bride-to-be say “I do” to the wrong man?

Two Hearts Surrendered by Tamara FergusonBestselling and Award-winning author. After years of fighting their feelings, Kelly and Luke share a night of passion at her sister’s wedding.  But will one night of enchantment be strong enough magic for Luke to surrender his heart to the woman he loves – once this military hero returns home as a disheartened wounded warrior?

Something Borrowed, Something Blue by Lynda Haviland. She has a wedding to crash–until love gets in the way!

Heart of the Secret (Witches of Lane County) by Jody A. KesslerBestselling and Award-winning author of new adult paranormal romance. A 500 year-old curse, a witch who will do anything to marry her one true love, and the heart of a secret that will either divide them or bring them together…forever.

The Jealous Love of a Scoundrel by Jane LarkNational bestselling author of Regency historical and new adult romance. How do you fight a calling that comes from your soul?

A Wedding Across the Winds of Time by Bess McBrideNational bestselling author of time travel romance. Darius and Molly found each other Across the Winds of Time. Now, it’s time for their wedding!

Kiss This by L.L. MuirNational bestselling and Award-winning author. You never expect the florist to catch the bouquet…

WiththisKiss-centeredauthorCaution is a Virtue by Jennifer Gilby Robertsauthor of Regency romance and women’s fiction. How much is too much to risk for love?

Loving Lindy by Jan Romes. In order to become the bank’s new Vice President, Gunther Justin has to be “settled.” With Lindy McPherson posing as his fiancé everything is set to go off without a hitch–until real feelings get in the way.

With this Kiss by Heather Thurmeier. Can a simple kiss under the Bridge of Sighs wield enough magic to reunite former lovers, or will what happens in Vegas simply stay in Vegas?

Real Magic by Elsa Winckler. She’s the bridesmaid, he’s a best man. Will the magical evening stay just that or will it turn out to be real after all?

The Wedding Guests (A Tassamara Short Story) by Sarah Wynde. When unexpected guests attend Akira and Zane’s wedding, lives will change forever. But for better or for worse?

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Jun
09
2015

#TeaserTuesday — Stolen Hearts

Stolen Hearts

 

Crystal has spent her entire life training to be a thief in order to find evidence against the man who had her parents murdered. In her pursuit of justice she’s had to give up her identity, her name, and any chance at love. When Crystal is forced on a blind date with the cop who is investigating her, she plays a dangerous game of hearts that could land her in a prison cell. 

Kade is in search of a new life, after losing his partner. He’s taken a new job, in a new city, and met a new girl. In order to keep his fresh start, he will have to catch an elusive thief targeting one of the largest corporations in the country. Desperate to forget the failures of his past, Kade has no intention of failing. 

But secrets can’t be hidden forever.

 

 

Crystal shimmied down the drainpipe with her trophies tucked inside her backpack and computer files loaded onto her USB, hung around her neck disguised as a locket. This was too easy. Not like the Warren job where the COO kept changing the menu and supervised their catering to ensure they had followed the strict rules of kashrut.

She landed on the concrete with a thump, then removed her mask. Usually she worked at night when the catering gig didn’t provide the necessary cover, but she had a date this evening.

A blind date.

Her sister’s fiancéehad called earlier that day to let them know his cousin from Texas would join them for dinner and would Crystal come along? As far as Crystal was concerned, it was the closest thing she’d come to as a real date in a long time. She’d take it.

Thankfully, her catering appointment with Westridge canceled yesterday. While she enjoyed cooking, it was only a cover for her and her sister’s illegal activities. What she excelled at was computers, but having a career in that field, now, would be too suspicious. Her IT skills far exceeded a Level One Help Desk worker. She despised working for Westridge, the man who had her mother killed and her dad thrown into jail, but catering was the easiest way into her target’s homes without suspicion. And she refused to pose as a cleaning lady and scrub their filth.

Years ago, Dad found what he thought was a series of accounting errors. For his honesty trying to help Westridge correct the problem, he was thrown in jail to rot. Westridge and his company framed her dad for embezzlement and sharing confidential information with preferred suppliers to obtain favors. Now she and her sister were halfway toward exonerating him and exposing Westridge and his corporate crimes. To see the look on Joshua Westridge’s face when he was convicted would make all her and her sister’s sacrifices worth it.

Thunder boomed as she weaved through alleys, stinking of rotting food and urine. She barely made it to her car before thunder rumbled.

Crystal checked the time on the dashboard, almost seven. No time to waste. Paul and his cousin, Kade, were picking up her and her sister at seven-thirty. Her car hummed to life as she stashed her backpack behind her seat.The stolen cash, including a recently purchased blood diamond necklace, lay inside. Hopefully the money and necklace would throw off Westridge’s Sales Manager to the fact that computer information had been the real prize. And hopefully, they wouldn’t discover the truth until it was too late. For now, another piece of the puzzle to exonerate their dad and lock Westridge away lay on her chest inside her locket.

She whipped into traffic and hit the wipers as fat drops of rain slapped against the windshield. Great. Ahead, a red light flickered as taxis and cars lined up behind it. She debated taking Ninth, but decided against it. Construction was still ongoing and traffic would be worse than this.

Maybe squeezing in a job before dinner wasn’t such a great idea.

Buy Link: http://amzn.com/B00TKW9Y4W

AndreaCooperAndrea’s Bio: Andrea has always created characters and stories. But it wasn’t until she was in her late twenties that she started writing novels.

What happened that ignited the writing flame in her fingers? Divorced, and disillusioned by love songs and stories. They exaggerate. She thought. Love and Romance are not like that in the real world. Then she met her husband and realized, yes love and romance are exactly like the songs and stories say. She is now a happy wife, and a mom to three kids (two boys and a girl).

Andrea writes contemporary romance suspense, fantasy, paranormal and historical romance. When not writing or reading, one may find Andrea dancing in Zumba or chasing her two youngest kids through the park.

She believes in the power of change and counting each moment as a blessing. But most importantly, she believes in love.

 

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Jun
04
2015

Stitch Fix — Fix 1

So I’d heard about this whole Stitch Fix thing once or twice before and finally decided to give it a try. I mean, my friends who use it and love it couldn’t be wrong, right? Last month, after looking in my closet and not liking much of what I saw, I figured it was time. I signed up, filled out a questionnaire about my style tastes and a few weeks later, this arrived. It was like Christmas in May!

IMG_8514I was so excited! I couldn’t wait to open it to find out what was inside.

Awesomeness, that’s what!

Stitch Fix is basically signing up to have a personal shopper. It’s great! Every month (or 2 or 3, YOU decide) you get a little box in the mail with 5 items. You can try them on, decide what you like or don’t like, and keep or return as desired. If you keep all 5 items, you get a discount. You even get to tell them a price range as a guideline so you can stay within your budget! If you decide to send anything back, they include return postage and an envelop! It’s super easy!!!

They even give you these great style cards so you can see different ways to wear your items! So, so helpful for the fashionably challenged like myself!

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I kept this pull-over sweater!

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This Chevron Striped shirt is one of my new faves!! I love, love, love it!

My girls loved my impromptu fashion show! And I had fun trying on different things. In the end, I decided to keep 1 sweater, 1 shirt, and 1 pair of black pants! (Seriously, the fact that they could get my pants size AND length right on the first try… That’s amazing!)

I got great these great new additions to my wardrobe and I didn’t even have to go to the mall!!

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IMG_8515I’m already looking forward to my next fix in a couple of weeks!! I can’t wait to see what my personal shopper has found for me!

Want to get your own fix? Check out the website by clicking here: STITCH FIX

 

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