Monday Mayhem – Mmmmkay?

Hiya gang!

How’s it going? I’ve been completely…lazy. Okay, maybe not completely. I did have a release last week – Yay! Spring Chickens!

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Also available in paperback for those of you who wish to bump the old cover off the shelf, though I imagine I may be giving away a signed copy or two once I get mine.

In other news: I added about 4k to Bossy Pants on revision. For those of you who don’t know, Bossy Pants is the follow up to Three Little Words

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It features Greg’s best friend and perennial bachelor, Will Tarrant. Will is a bad boy who may be just a tad misunderstood. He also looks a suspiciously like Dermot Mulroney.

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Funny how that happens.

I am also getting the rights to Seducing Steve back and will be preparing to revise and re-release it as an self-published title. 🙂

And did you know that every Sunday I post 8 sentences from one of my works on my blog? It’s part of the Weekend Writing Warriors challenge and it’s a lot of fun!

In other news:

  • Had a hot writing date with the fabulous Parker Kincaid on Saturday, and got the scoop on what’s been happening with her Shadow Maverick Ranch cowboys – all I can say is it sounds yummy!
  • Received print copies of novella bundles submitted for RITA award consideration. The Last First Date in print and with the Harlequin logo on the cover. I might have geeked out just a little.
  • I’ve started my tenures as President of the Diamond State Romance Authors and Vice President of Passionate Ink RWA, so I will soon be a Google Hangouts master.
  • The not-so-new-anymore day job continues to be a vast improvement in terms of mental/physical health as well as general happiness.
  • Took Fodder to pick out his first-ever pair of prescription eyeglasses. Don’t be surprised if you start seeing some hot professor types popping up in my work.

Other than that, I’ve been spending a lot of time on Netflix, but I’ll save that for Fangirl Friday. I’ve also started a book I’ve been waiting for, but that falls under Whatcha Reading Wednesday, so I’ll just ask…What have you been up to?

 

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Weekend Writing Warrior – 1/11/15

Here are 8 sentences from my newest release, Spring Chickens:

She stepped back, her gaze dropping as he bent to retrieve a handful of plastic grocery sacks. Lynne licked her lips, eyeing the tiny red tab sewn into the back pocket of his faded jeans with unabashed envy.

A fresh round of insistent chirps greeted the invasion, and he stiffened. He backed out of the car, two bags dangling from his fingers as he shot her a puzzled look. “Who’s your friend?”

“Oh!” She laughed as she trotted to the passenger door. She lifted the cardboard box from the seat, her smile melting into a grin when the fuzzy little chick stared up at her.

 

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SPRING CHICKENS

You don’t have to be a spring chicken to fall in love

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Bram Hatchett thought he buried his heart with his wife, but when a big city beauty blows into town to dispose of the family farm, she captures everyone’s attention. Particularly his.

Lynne Prescott’s former marriage was marked by her husband’s infidelities and doomed by the secrets and lies he left in his wake. Disillusioned and adrift, she seeks refuge in the simplicity of small town life.

There are few secrets in Heartsfield, Arkansas, but when a few loose boards on a rickety old porch bring them together, not even the combined forces of nosy neighbors, disapproving children and a disturbing decrease in the poultry population can stymie the attraction between the handsome widower and the intriguing divorcee.

But Lynne and Bram are both old enough to know there are no guarantees in life.

Can they set the fears of their pasts aside and learn to trust their hearts just one more time?

 

Be sure to check out all of my fellow Weekend Writing Warriors and see you next week!

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Fangirl Friday!

So, as I said, I’m going to be a little (or a lot) more chatty here on the blog and Fridays will be no exception. Inspired by some of my pals on Facebook, I thought it would be nice if we could take a little time out of our busy day on Friday to squee a bit over our latest loves.

That means we will be celebrating:

fangirl-fridays-finalFirst of all, special thanks to Jeff at Sawhorse.Marketing for the FABULOUS banner! I squealed when I saw it!

Okay, here’s how it goes:

Got a crush? It’s okay to spill it here. Fictional boyfriends duking it out for your affections in your dreams? Talk movies, TV shows, books, or even video games. Do tell! Best part? You don’t even have to be a girl to fangirl! Anything goes on Fangirl Fridays!

I’ll even start. You ready?

I’m still mad about James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser and April cannot get here fast enough.

I have SUCH a girl crush on Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope in Scandal.

But not as big of a girl crush as the thing I had for retired assassin Beth Farraday in Edie Harris’ first Blood Money book, Blamed. And her spy-guy, Vick. And her stick-up-his-tuchas brother, Tobias. In other words, this series has me hooked.

Downton Abbey is back!

Mad Men will be soon!

I’m still mourning the loss of Edward Herrmann

Okay – your turn! Go!

 

 

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Whatcha Reading Wednesday!

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Tell me…whatcha reading?

Share, and I’ll give one winner their choice of any book from my backlist!

Here’s what I have going at the moment:
Kindle iPad:Ugly Ducklings Finish First by Stacy Gail
Kindle 2: If I Stay by Tamara Morgan
Overdrive audio: Smokin’ Seventeen by Janet Evanovich
Scribd audio: Waiting on You by Kristan Higgins

And I am anxiously awaiting the next installment in Evelyn Jules’ Online Mating story!

Now it’s your turn!

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It’s release day!

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Spring Chickens – You don’t have to be a spring chicken to fall in love.

Bram Hatchett thought he buried his heart with his wife, but when a big city beauty blows into town to dispose of the family farm, she captures everyone’s attention. Particularly his.

Lynne Prescott’s former marriage was marked by her husband’s infidelities and doomed by the secrets and lies he left in his wake. Disillusioned and adrift, she seeks refuge in the simplicity of small-town life.

There are few secrets in Heartsfield, Arkansas, but when a few loose boards on a rickety old porch bring them together, not even the combined forces of nosy neighbors, disapproving children and a disturbing decrease in the poultry population can stymie the attraction between the handsome widower and the intriguing divorcee.

But Lynne and Bram are both old enough to know there are no guarantees in life.

Can they set the fears of their pasts aside and learn to trust their hearts just one more time?

All Romance ~ Amazon ~  Apple ~  B&N ~ TMP Bookstore ~  Kobo

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Monday Mayhem – Makeover Edition

New year, new website, new combined blog…what does it all mean? Well, hopefully it will translate into a whole lot more action around here. With Facebook tightening the clamps on what you can see on my author page and Twitter becoming more and more negative, I plan to take refuge here on my blog.

With you.

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Combining my pen names will certainly make it easier to maintain things, but I want to have more of a chance to interact with readers. Therefore, I will continue my Weekend Writing Warrior posts on Sundays and my usual Monday Mayhem mumbling, but I’m going to add in some days to talk about the stuff we love.

Please join me (and bring your friends) for Whatcha Reading Wednesdays (there will be book giveaways) and Fangirl Fridays to celebrate all we love that is shippable, but won’t fit in a box. Yes, I need people to talk about Scandal, Downton Abbey, Outlander books and series, Chicago Stars novels… You see where this is going?

So yeah, lots going on here. Be sure to click the email subscription box on the sidebar so you’ll receive notifications of new posts in your inbox!

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Weekend Writing Warrior – 1/4/15

Hello, friends! It’s a new year and we’re still here! Wooo hoo!

Here are 8 sentences from my upcoming re-release, Spring Chickens:

Their eyes met and held. Her lungs expanded. They threatened to explode all over the beautiful man standing in front of her if she didn’t get her autonomic system back on track. She forced air out through her parted lips and dragged more in through her nose. The scent of wood chips, milled grain, and fresh earth mingled with some kind of musky after-shave and tickled her nostrils.

“My aunt was in love with your uncle,” she blurted.

A tiny smile tugged at the corners of his mouth. “So I’ve heard.”

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SPRING CHICKENS

You don’t have to be a spring chicken to fall in love

***

Bram Hatchett thought he buried his heart with his wife, but when a big city beauty blows into town to dispose of the family farm, she captures everyone’s attention. Particularly his.

Lynne Prescott’s former marriage was marked by her husband’s infidelities and doomed by the secrets and lies he left in his wake. Disillusioned and adrift, she seeks refuge in the simplicity of small town life.

There are few secrets in Heartsfield, Arkansas, but when a few loose boards on a rickety old porch bring them together, not even the combined forces of nosy neighbors, disapproving children and a disturbing decrease in the poultry population can stymie the attraction between the handsome widower and the intriguing divorcee.

But Lynne and Bram are both old enough to know there are no guarantees in life.

Can they set the fears of their pasts aside and learn to trust their hearts just one more time?

 

Be sure to check out all of my fellow Weekend Writing Warriors and see you next week!

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Happy New Year!

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The Winner of The Last First Date and Lisa Fox’s fabulous One Kiss is:

Lindsay Cross!

Congratulations, Lindsay and thank you all for stopping by to check out my new blog. I hope to have more fun and giveaways for you all in 2015!

 

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