Jan
29
2014

Cover Reveal! Pinch of Me, Dash of You

My foodie romance is coming out in 2015 from Fated Desires Publishing as part of their Give me a Taste line! Even though PINCH OF ME, DASH OF YOU is almost a full year away, I already have the cover! My publisher is awesome! So without further ado, here’s my beautiful cover!! It’s just a little tease for the delicious story that’s to follow…

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Jan
27
2014

Lost Without You is now in PRINT!!!

 

Hi all, I love having exciting news to share and today is no different… LOST WITHOUT YOU, the 3rd book in my Reality TV Romance series is now available for order in PRINT!!! If you still love reading paper books, now is you chance to grab a copy of Zoe’s story! Buy it from AMAZON HERE!!

Zoe Oliver never wanted to be on another reality TV show . . . until Chip Cormack made an offer too good to refuse. He’s guaranteed her a payday this time and a chance to redeem herself in America’s eyes. But Zoe worries she won’t be able to focus as her desire for Chip grows and her strength to resist him weakens. When she learns she’ll be roughing it in the woods with Chip and without luxuries like indoor plumbing and electricity, she’s instantly on edge, feeling naked and terrified that her scars will be exposed and her secrets revealed. When Zoe’s past turns up on the show, she fears she’ll lose not only the life she’s sacrificed everything else to have, but also the affections of the only man she’s ever trusted with her heart.

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Jan
24
2014

Friday Reads — 1/24/14

TGIF!!! I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to a weekend full of hanging out with the family, seeing friends and reading! Here’s what I’m reading right now:

1. Impact by Douglas Preston. I’m only about 80 pages in, but so far so good. I’ve read a couple of his other books and loved them! They are very adventurous and exciting. I’m hoping this one is the same.

2. RITA Award books! I’m currently reading book 3 of the 7 I was assigned to judge. I’d love to tell you which ones, but that’s not allowed. ;) The RITA Awards are for romance novels/novellas. Every year a couple thousand books get entered into the contest, they are read by RWA members like myself (this is my first year judging!!), then the finalists are chosen and go on to a second round of judging. The winners of the RITA Awards in each of the categories are announced at the big RWA conference during the summer. This year it’s in San Antonio, TX. I’m currently not scheduled to go since finding childcare is challenging and hubs isn’t sure he can get time off work. But who knows, maybe I’ll end up there this year too so I can see who wins as it all unfolds!

Family Reads:

Ivy & Bean by Annie Barrows. So far my little one is really enjoying the book! She’s reading it on her own with just a little help from us. I’m so proud of her!

So what are you reading??

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Jan
17
2014

Escape to My Arms… Part 2… A SEQUEL!!!

Thank you to everyone who read and enjoyed Sara and Dane’s story, Escape to My Arms! I’m so thrilled that each and everyone one of you took the time to read my book. :)

And then you told me—via email and reviews—that you felt Sara and Dane’s story left you with unanswered questions. I was a little surprised, honestly. When I wrote Escape to My Arms, I really felt like Sara had accomplished her goal and even found love along the way. I thought the story was finished. I personally liked that their story is open-ended. We don’t know what is going to happen to them next since their world has become an unrecognizable place, but they have each other and sometimes that’s all you need.

But you, my loyal readers, needed more apparently. LOL. :)

So I listened. I wrote a continuation of Sara and Dane’s story. I looked at the questions you had at the end of Escape to My Arms: What was life in the bunker like? Did Sara’s family make it to the bunker? What about that virus? Did Sara and Dane really find true love?

I soon realized YOU WERE RIGHT!! Sara and Dane’s story wasn’t finished. So I did the only thing I could do—I followed Sara and Dane as they took me on a journey to the end of their story. And let me tell you, it was a ride!

I’m thrilled to tell you SURVIVE FOR MY LOVE was just contracted by Decadent Publishing!!! I hope you’ll have all the answers you’re looking for and so much more. And I really hope you’ll join me on Sara and Dane’s next journey. Until I have a release date and a cover, I’ll leave you with just this 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.

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Jan
14
2014

Deadline Dishes — Penne a la Vodka

Penne a la vodka also sounds so fancy when I see it on a menu. And I’m sure if you’re Italian and actually know how to make the real thing, it probably is a bit fancy. But I have a cheap, easy and super quick version that my family loves! It might not be fancy, but it’s definitely delicious!

  • Ingredients:
  • 1 jar Marinara sauce
  • 1 jar Alfredo sauce
  • 1 box Pasta of your choice (I prefer penne or farfalle)
  • Optional: Cooked chicken breast, mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese
  • Instructions:
  • 1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  • 2. While pasta is cooking, combine both jars of sauce into one pot and heat, stirring often.
  • 3. Toss cooked pasta with sauce, add cheese (to taste) and chopped cooked chicken breast if desired.
  • 4. Serve as is or put into an oven safe dish, sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and bake at 325F just until cheese is melted.

The finished dish, served with caesar salad.

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Jan
13
2014

Love on Landing is .99 cents!

Hi all,

Love on Landing (book 2 of the Meadow Ridge Romance series) is on sale, this week only, for just $0.99c!! How awesome is that! Grab it while you can because by next week, it’ll go back up to it’s regular price of $2.99. CLICK HERE TO BUY YOUR COPY TODAY! Happy reading!

How about checking out the blurb and an excerpt too?!

New Adult Romance — Content intended for age 18+

Tali’s always had everything a girl from The Meadow could want: fancy cars, designer labels, and a last name that carries some serious clout. Too bad it’s not enough to keep her boyfriend—ex-boyfriend!—from cheating on her. Now Tali’s on a mission to make herself feel better, starting with a spontaneous trip to Paris for some much needed retail therapy.

Gavin could think of a million things he’d rather do than fly a rich girl from The Meadow to Paris. Now he’s stuck with her for a week, acting like her personal assistant, and it just might be the most frustrating time of his life… and strangely the most enjoyable too. There’s just something about Tali he can’t ignore.

When Tali’s forced to choose between her family’s expectations and Gavin’s belief that she should stand up for herself and what she really wants, she’s not sure she’s strong enough for either option. If she chooses wrong, does she risk losing the other forever?

“What was that groan for?” She turned to him, eying him as if he were a mystery she had to solve.

He stopped out front of her door and dropped the bags he was carrying. Surely, she could take them from there. “Nothing.” He turned to leave before they could get into another argument.

“Don’t say that.” She called after him, teasingly. “It’s always something. Just say what’s on your mind. I’m a big girl. I can take whatever you’re dishing out tonight.”

He turned back to her. Why couldn’t she drop it? Why couldn’t she let it go so he didn’t have to say something he didn’t really want to say?

“Come on, Gavin. Get it off your chest.” Her eyes were half-lidded from the alcohol, but the fire behind them still burned hot. “Mmm, yes, your chest. We wouldn’t want anything tarnishing that now would we?”

“You, okay? You’re my problem.” He cringed. The words hurt him to say, but they were the truth.

“What about me?” she questioned, taking a step toward him. She put her hands on her hips, challenging him.

Why did everything have to turn into a grudge match with this girl? Well he wasn’t going to back down this time. He was going to say what was on his mind and then maybe she’d finally get the message.

“Everything. Everything is always about you. Don’t you see?”

She sucked in a quick breath. “Why, because I asked you to go shopping with me?”

“No.” Gavin took another step closer, hoping maybe he could get her to actually listen to what he said instead of only hearing the words but not the meaning. “Because you don’t seem to care or realize not everyone is as rich and materialistic as you are.”

“I do realize and care, thank you very much.” She straightened her shoulders and stood tall as if she were trying to make herself bigger than she was. She still barely came up to his shoulder, but it was sort of cute that she tried. If only she wasn’t so frustrating all the time, he might be able to enjoy her being this close to him. “I thought the watch would look good on you, that’s all. Excuse me for trying to add a little style to your otherwise boring wardrobe.”

Now she was going to get an earful. No one insulted his wardrobe. That was mean and uncalled for.

Gavin took a step forward, his chest almost touching hers as he towered over her. “I don’t really need your help, but thanks. I’m happy with my boring clothes and my fifty-dollar watch. Unlike you, I don’t need to prove my worth with a bunch of fancy trinkets.”

Tali jabbed her finger into his chest, poking his breastbone hard with a sharp fingernail. Her touch wasn’t all together unpleasant, but he would have enjoyed it more if she were touching him in a slightly different manner. Say a gentle scratch along his ribs with those nails instead. Now he wanted to groan for another reason. The fantasies starting to flood his mind were tempting. Very tempting.

“I am not trying to prove my worth to anyone. You don’t know anything about me.”

“Don’t I?” He edged closer to her, unable to resist the draw of her temper fighting him, pushing him. He wanted to tame her temper. “Don’t I know you’ll buy whatever you want, spend without considering the cost, and assume everyone else wants to do the same?”

Tali pushed her hand flat against his chest in an attempt to make him step back, but he held his ground and the only thing she succeeded in was finding his pounding heartbeat beneath her hand. She paused for a moment, and he held his breath waiting to see what she’d do next. He didn’t have to wait long. She followed the ridges of his toned muscle, her fingertips brushing over the hard ripples of his stomach, sending a wave of electricity through him. He wanted her to keep going until she’d explored everything he had to offer. But she stopped.

“No.” She closed her eyes as if she tried to fight feelings she had for him. Possibly the same feelings he was unexpectedly feeling for her. Yet, she let her hand linger where it was, teasing him and torturing his flesh. “No you don’t know me at all.”

Tali took a deep breath, leveling her gaze on his. She suddenly looked too serious, like she was going into battle. “You think because you spend one day with me you know me, but you don’t. Sure I spend a little money, but there’s a lot more to me than that. Too bad you’re too much of an arrogant asshole to ever find out.”

Arrogant? She should talk.

Gavin narrowed his eyes at her, his gaze never straying from hers. “Maybe when you prove to me there’s more to you than money, I’ll finally believe it.”

“Maybe when you finally stop thinking you’re hot shit, I’ll have the chance to prove there’s more to me than you think, but right now I can’t seem to get out from behind your giant ego.” Tali’s chest heaved as she tried to catch her breath.

He watched mesmerized as her breasts fought against the tight corset he’d tied hours early. He suddenly wanted to rip the material from her body to free her of its confines.

Without thinking it through, Gavin crushed his mouth against hers, stealing her breath. He flicked his tongue across her lips and her mouth opened, inviting him in. He tangled his hand in her hair as he explored every crevice of her mouth then gently bit her lower lip.

Tali went limp in his arms and he held her tighter against his body, his hand pressed firmly into the small of her back, holding her to him—every hard inch. He moved against her, pressing her up to the wall beside her door. Even with her every contour melting into his, he still couldn’t get close enough to her to satisfy his growing need.

“Damn right I’m hot shit,” he muttered still kissing her and loving every second of how she responded to him. “And I plan on proving as much to you right now.”

He needed her. Damn it. She could ignite a flame in him so hot they might accidentally set the sheets on fire. That was fine with him. Tonight he was going to tame that smart mouth of hers.

“Gavin,” she said into his mouth. “Get the door.” She thrust a plastic keycard into his hand.

He broke away from their kiss and slammed the card into the lock, twisting the handle sharply when the light flickered to green. Pushing open the door with one hand, he pulled her through the opening with his other.

“The bags. I can’t leave them in the hall.”

“You and your stupid bags.” He growled not giving a hot damn about the bags, but he bent to grab them, throwing them through the doorway anyway. He didn’t want anything to distract them from this moment and if having her shopping bags safely inside would comfort Tali, then by all means, he’d bring the damn things into the room.

“Well I’m not about to leave that kind of merchandise out in the hall for people to take. I might be free with my spending, but I’m not going to throw money away.”

“If you say one more thing shopping related, I swear I’ll walk out of this room no matter what we’re in the middle of. Got it?”

“Got it.” She smirked. “So aren’t you supposed to be proving to me how hot you are right now? ‘Cause so far I’d say you’re still just about lukewarm.”

“Lukewarm, huh? Is that the best you can come up with?” He knew she was trying to goad him on, but his body responded regardless. Oh, he was going to prove how hot he was all right, even if doing so took all night—even if convincing her took multiple tries.

He let the door slam behind him and eyed Tali. She stood near the bed, her breathing fast as she watched him. He wanted to pounce on her like a cheetah claiming its prey, but he wouldn’t. Instead, he would let her sweat out the anticipation for a few moments longer.

Good God, the woman looked so damn hot he could barely stand the reaction she caused inside of him. With her fitted corset top showcasing the rounded mounds of her breasts, the skinny jean hugging her ass, and the knee-high black boots, she could have been some kind of modern day superwoman—her super power being the ability to seduce men with a single eyelash bat.

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Dec
19
2013

Lost Without You is .99c!!

ONLY on FRIDAY Dec 20th, and ONLY at AMAZON!!! 

Get LOST WITHOUT YOU for only .99cents but you have to hurry because the sale only lasts just the one day! Here’s what you’ll find inside the pages:

Zoe Oliver never wanted to be on another reality TV show . . . until Chip Cormack made an offer too good to refuse. He’s guaranteed her a payday this time and a chance to redeem herself in America’s eyes. But Zoe worries she won’t be able to focus as her desire for Chip grows and her strength to resist him weakens. When she learns she’ll be roughing it in the woods with Chip and without luxuries like indoor plumbing and electricity, she’s instantly on edge, feeling naked and terrified that her scars will be exposed and her secrets revealed. When Zoe’s past turns up on the show, she fears she’ll lose not only the life she’s sacrificed everything else to have, but also the affections of the only man she’s ever trusted with her heart.

Buy it this FRIDAY from AMAZON by clicking HERE!!!

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Nov
19
2013

LOVE AND LATTES is on SALE for .99c!

To celebrate the re-release of my New Adult Contemporary Romance series, Love and Lattes, the 1st in my Meadow Ridge series, is on sale at AMAZON ONLY for .99 cents Nov 19, 20, 21.

New Adult Romance — Content intended for age 18+. 

Julia’s just a normal girl trying—and failing—to fit in. In Meadow Ridge, an upper-crust society where designer labels rule, the only thing that matters more than money, is status. Julia’s got neither. 

Chase has it all—born and bred in The Meadow, he’s the most eligible bachelor and the object of every woman’s attention. And he wants nothing to do with any of them… until he meets Julia. 

Struggling just to make ends meet long enough to finish her degree, Julia needs her new job as a stock girl at Bloom’s Books. When her new boss turns out to be her steamy fling from the bar a few nights before, Julia’s not sure she’ll be able to stick around to collect her first check. Now Julia’s stuck in a tough spot—stay and resist her feelings for Chase so she can get the paycheck she desperately needs, or give into desire and risk her job, future and probably her heart.

Grab your .99 cent copy of Love and Lattes HERE now before the deal is gone!

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Nov
15
2013

Friday Reads — 11/15

My Friday Reads this week are both ends of trilogies that I’ve been waiting what feels like forever to get my hands on!

1. Allegiant. 3rd book in the Divergent series by Veronica Roth. I love the continuous story line and I’m just getting to the very exciting end. I have mixed feelings about the plot of the book so far, so I’m curious to see how it will sit with me when I’ve finally reached the end.

2. Horde. My next read, which I hope to start tonight is going to be Horde, the 3rd in the Razorland trilogy by Ann Aguirre. When I finished book 2 (Outpost) last year, I immediately went online to find out when the final book would be out. I was so disappointed to have to wait a whole year. A year!! I may have even tweeted the author about it. In a good way, of course. It’s because I love her characters and the world she created so much that I was anxious to see what would happen. I’m really looking forward to jumping into this one!

For my Friday Family Reads, we are also reading 2 books aloud.

1. We’re still working our way through The Familiars. The story is really interesting but the chapters are very long so we save this book to read on weekends.

2. And we started reading Geronimo Stilton’s A Christmas Tale. It’s quick and easy reading that’s super fun for the whole family. We’re already halfway through the book and we only started last night! I highly recommend the entire Geronimo and Thea Stilton series for young readers.

What are you reading this weekend??

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Nov
13
2013

Chick Lit Chat 11/14 — Writer’s Block

This week’s Chick Lit Chat on Thursday Nov 14 is all about overcoming writing blocks, obstacles, and setbacks to keep your writing moving forward, stay on track and meet you deadlines.

I’ve heard it said that joggers hit a wall at some point in their training. A point in which they feel they can’t go any further or their legs just might fall off. Or at least that’s what I hear. I don’t jog. I try and then after .5 mile I feel like my legs are going to fall off so I stop. But I know that if I just keep pushing a little bit further, before I know it, I’ll be at .75 of a mile. I think for serious joggers, the same is true—they hit the wall, then they push through it and the rest is smooth sailing.

The same is definitely true for writers.

It’s true for me right now, as a matter of fact. I’m working on my NaNoWriMo project, which I started on a whim at the beginning of the month. It’s a story I’ve been debating about writing for at least 6 months. Finally, I just figured, what the hell. Why not? So Nov 1st I signed up for NaNo and got started. I did not have an outline, something I always write with.

12,000 words into the story and guess what? I don’t know what the hell my characters are supposed to do next! If I’d taken the time to outline, I’d simply look at my notes and see that after D they do E and then they’ll do F. But I didn’t do that this time. So now I’m sitting at D and wondering what will happen next.

Let me tell you, not knowing what comes next makes it very difficult to put new words on the page each day. Not to mention it’s supposed to 1666 of them to keep up with NaNo. Let’s just say that unless something changes fast, I won’t be ‘winning’ NaNo this year. Oh well. As long as the words I do have are good quality, I don’t really need validation from the NaNo gods.

So what can I do to make the words start flowing again?? I have a few ways that I implement whenever this happens to me. Here they are:

1. Brainstorm new “what if” ideas? What if…they pull into an abandoned gas station to get supplies but it’s not abandoned? (That’s probably the route I’m taking in my story today! Should be exciting!!) What if…her ex-boyfriend was just assigned to be her partner at work? What if…her child becomes terribly ill and the only option for medical help is the doctor and man who broke her heart? What if…their sunny day on the boat suddenly become stormy?

2. Write down scenes that I see coming up. Sometimes jotting down notes for future scenes I think I want to write will help me piece together how I need my characters to get there. (I’ll also be doing this today.)

3. Take a break and exercise. Sometimes the only way to get my thoughts sorted out for the story is to get moving and focus my mind on something else. Seems if I go for a jog (.5 miles baby!) on the treadmill or take my Indy Jones for a walk in the neighborhood, the situations in my head will start to sort themselves out.

4. Force yourself to write words anyway. Who cares what they are at this point? Just put something on the page, anything will do. You can edit it, delete it or  completely reshape it later, but keep your fingers moving and just plow through that wall. It can always be fixed later.

5. If you really can’t write the scene you’re supposed to be working on because it’s just not coming to you or you don’t know exactly how to handle it, then sometimes the best plan is to just leave it and move on. Put in a (Fill in scene here) notation and move on to the next scene. By the time you’re done this new scene, you might have even figured out how to write the one you skipped!

I’m sure there are a ton of other methods to fixing your writing block and overcoming writing obstacles. I’d love to hear your solutions and thoughts! Please leave comments or stop by twitter and use the hashtag #ChickLitChat. You can also stop by our Facebook page too by finding us at ChickLitChatHQ.

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