What's up next? The next Savvi V book, the big finale of the exciting Redemption Road series that takes place in the swampy, mysterious, sexy Redemption, Louisiana. FAITH'S REDEMPTION is up for Preorder, out May 27, 2022! Order on Amazon here! ... Read More
Life Lesson #4 from savvy Emily Lockwood
One more day! BEFORE AND EVER SINCE is almost here! Check out Life Lesson #4 from Emily in BEFORE AND EVER SINCE... #4 - PAINT IS HOT. ...an excerpt from the book... I went out through the garage, where Ben was leaned over a five gallon bucket of paint, stirring it with a flat piece of wood. Next to him on a makeshift table, were two other small cans of paint with little wooden stir sticks poking out. “Why do you do that?” I asked. “What?” he responded, not looking up. “Bait him like that,” I said, picking my way carefully around the random tools and pieces of ... Read More
5 Days of Life Lessons via BEFORE AND EVER SINCE…
Thus starts the pre-launch week of craziness! :) And five very important life lessons via Emily Lockwood of BEFORE AND EVER SINCE... Below are all five lessons you'll learn between now and March 14th, and each one will come with its own very pertinent exclusive excerpt from the book. Sit back and enjoy! And follow me on Facebook to get the daily "Hot Tool Guy of the Day", courtesy of sexy carpenter Ben from BEFORE AND EVER SINCE. Those will be worth the wait. ...just because. :) EMILY LOCKWOOD'S LIFE LESSONS... #1 Never assume it’s safe to drop by Mom’s ... Read More
One month away!!
Exactly one month till Simon and Quinn hit your ereaders in THE SWEETEST CHASE, book two in the Heart of the Storm series! Have you preordered? Amazon Link I can't wait for y'all to read this book!! *tapping fingers and toes* And here's a free little teaser, just to hold you over a bit. :) *** She pulled his face the remaining few inches until his lips met hers, and then everything dizzy spiraled into that one union. His lips were hot and soft and sweet and salty at the same time. They moved on hers tenderly, tasting, testing, and when his tongue touched hers it was better ... Read More
Preorder LOVING THE CHASE!
It's almost here! August 25th is the big day, when my new Heart of the Storm series kicks off with LOVING THE CHASE! Click here to read the synopsis. Have you preordered your copy of the ebook, paperback, or audiobook yet? :) Let me help... Amazon: http://amzn.to/1FMMVhE B&N: http://bit.ly/1HoZDHh Stay strong in the storms! xoxo Sharla ... Read More
I Photobombed ’em!
See me back there poking my head through the TV? :) I got invited to Skype in to a book club in Defiance, Ohio, today after they'd read DON'T LET GO, and what a hoot! So much fun to visit book club meetings, I always love it. Especially when I can go in person, but did you know you can just dial me up and I can pop right into your meeting just like this? Yep. Just shoot me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org or use the form on my contact page, and we'll set it up! By the way, if I get to come in person, I love cake balls. Just sayin'... ... Read More
How beginnings make you want to hurl…
Started writing a new book/series today. :) Exhilarating and terrifying at the same time. Like getting on a roller coaster without seeing it first! Wheeeee! And while that sounds exciting for some of you who love roller coasters, I'm one of those people who have to look at that beast. Study it for a while. See where the scary parts are going to be and really think it out. Because for one, I'm afraid of heights. Two, don't like going upside down. And three, I only trust the ones that have those things that come down over your shoulders and clamp you in. Yes, I know that means they are ... Read More
Love those donkeys…I mean couples…
A look at my favorite couple... :-) Read the rest at the Contemporary Romance Cafe, where I'm hanging out today!! ... Read More
The day after…
The day after a book release.... ...is a mixture of breathing deeply again and panic. Whew! The rush is over, I can get up from the couch, I can stop obsessively watching the Amazon ranking fall, rise, fall, rise (dang it, quit rising!) But none of it stops. None of it is over. You still worry "Did I do enough to market it? Is there something I'm missing? Why did so-and-so hit #49 when you hit #12049? You keep worrying and panicking and hoping and checking the Amazon ranking, but in the midst of all that, you go back to writing that next book. Because when it comes down to it, if you ... Read More
Come see my new book, DON’T LET GO!
My newest book, DON'T LET GO is out and having a great time today! :) It's about first love, unspeakable choices, and second chances. Here's a little teaser to pique your interest... *** Morning? Really? I opened my mouth to say something back, but nothing came out, so I licked my lips and fidgeted with my robe like a crazy woman. “Too early?” he asked, as if that were a normal thing to say to me as well. A laugh-scoff-snort thing fell out of my mouth, which I chalked up to rounding out the perfect start to the day. I coughed and cleared my throat. “No, I’m—just getting ready for work.” ... Read More
A Month of Memories…
I didn't post all this week...still crazy from the holiday, and so much going on personally and at work. So I thought I'd pop in on this bright and beautiful Saturday morning, the very first day of December. There were alot of GRATITUDE posts floating around Facebook in November, everyone posting days of what they were thankful for. November was all about thankfulness, as it should be. We should stop and take notice of our blessings...we tend to spend way too much time complaining about what we lack. So November was a great time to take stock and see things right side up. December, to ... Read More
Aunt Bernie’s Spicy Crackers! from BEFORE AND EVER SINCE
In the spirit of book-y love and snack addiction, I wanted to round out this week with the recipe for the spicy crackers Aunt Bernie makes in BEFORE AND EVER SINCE. :) Cassidy loves them, Emily loves them, even health crazy Holly loves them. So here you are--your very own recipe to make them yourself. EASY peasy and sooooo good. Enjoy! TEXAS FIRE CRACKERS (served by Aunt Bernie… good as appetizer or with gumbo…) 1 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp onion powder 1/2 tsp black pepper 3 tbsp crushed red pepper flakes 1 2/3 cup vegetable or olive oil 2 1-oz pkgs Ranch ... Read More
Off The Beaten Path with Cynthia Ellingsen
Here we are again at Off The Beaten Path! A once-a-month opportunity to get to know a very special romance or women’s fiction author, in a fun and hopefully interactive way. We all like to get to know our favorite authors a little better, and I want to make that fun for everyone. This month, I’m so excited to have the fabulous Cynthia Ellingsen here!! *cue applause* Cynthia and I met at this past summer's RWA National Conference, where our mutual editor introduced us at the Berkley cocktail party. We were fast friends! What fun we had out on the patio (waiting for the heater) ... Read More
My squee moments…
I mentioned that I was signing at the John Cooper School Signature Author Series last Friday... Did I mention that I was going to meet Kathryn Stockett? Well I did! I mean, not like hey we're bff's and dishing about lotion scents and recipes, but I did get my picture taken with her and Tate Taylor, who did the movie version of THE HELP. Yeah, I was excited. AND if you didn't see me squeeing all over Facebook, I had a childhood fangirl moment with the oldest Hardy Boy, when he was there with two other authors as the cover artist. He does photography now. AND he gushed over my cover. ... Read More
Hot Tool Guy of the Day #9
And last but not least... ... Read More
Life Lesson #8 from savvy Emily Lockwood
BEFORE AND EVER SINCE is now available! I get lots of questions asking me what it's about. Basically, the main character, Emily Lockwood has alot on her plate. She is successful in her own right, with a solid real estate career, but has a headstrong daughter, a mother who marches to her own drummer, and an ex-husband who needs sex therapy. Enter into this picture a house with an agenda, and the return of her first love, rocking a tool belt and a paintbrush and dark eyes full of secrets, and Emily just flat out has things to get through and get over. I call them the “Emily Lockwood Life ... Read More
Hot Tool Guy of the Day #8
This one's so sweet... ... Read More
Hot Tool Guy of the Day #7
In honor of release day, this is my inspiration for Ben. He holds no tools. He's resting. :) ... Read More
Hot Tool Guy of the Day #6
Inspiration to us all... build me something! ... Read More
Life Lesson #5 from savvy Emily Lockwood
BEFORE AND EVER SINCE, my second full length novel with Berkley, is almost here! I get lots of questions asking me what it's about. Basically, the main character, Emily Lockwood has alot on her plate. She is successful in her own right, with a solid real estate career, but has a headstrong daughter, a mother who marches to her own drummer, and an ex-husband who needs sex therapy. Enter into this picture a house with an agenda, and the return of her first love, rocking a tool belt and a paintbrush and dark eyes full of secrets, and Emily just flat out has things to get through and get ... Read More
Hot Tool Guy of the Day #5
Working man of the day... Not sure how much work he's doing, but that stretch looks good! ... Read More
Hot Tool Guy of the Day #4
Today's hot tool man... Is there really explanation needed? Whew! ... Read More
Hot Tool Guy of the Day #3
For your viewing pleasure... ... Read More
Hot Tool Guy of the Day #2
Today's working man... I don't recall anyone working on anything I've ever had built...looking like this. But hey, one can hope. :) ... Read More
Hot Tool Guy of the Day #1
BEFORE AND EVER SINCE has a hot tool man...Ben. In his honor, we kick off "Hot Tool Guy of the Day" For your first treat... You'd be okay with this guy working around your house, right? I think I'd suffer through it. ... Read More
Hold on, it’s gonna be a crazy week!! :)
This next week is going to be a whirlwind... :) I remember this from the past Spring, when THE REASON IS YOU was about to launch. The week before is a blur of blog posts and tours and giveaways and never-ending anxiety. LOL. Well, that's about to start again. When JUST ONE DAY released recently, (my e-novella) I didn't have time for anxiety.... It was so fast and spur of the moment, I didn't get a chance to obsess over its entry into the world. Hmmm, that may be the way to go. :) Now... BEFORE AND EVER SINCE is about to step out there. Just 11 days away. *nail chewing and pacing ... Read More
Countdown: Two Weeks!
That's right. Just two weeks from today, on Nov 6th, BEFORE AND EVER SINCE will be officially out in the world. It will be floating around cyberspace in Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, The Book Depository, and any other online book sites, and nestled in all its paper glory on the shelves next to THE REASON IS YOU. And if I'm really lucky, it will be placed on the New Releases table as well. If you've preordered it, it will come singing (I believe it, so it's so) to your house that day, or download right into your Nook or Kindle, waiting for you to open it. :) And there are ... Read More
JUST ONE DAY on Kindle!!
It's everywhere, now! My e-novella, JUST ONE DAY, is finally available anywhere you download ebooks. It hit #4 on the Barnes & Noble Nook Books list, let's see if we can give it some Amazon love as well. :) Please spread the word about this powerful little story that packs a punch for just $2.99. Twenty four hours to say yes....but to whom? She has nothing but time . . . Twenty-four hours. That’s how long Andie Fremont has to say yes—or no. At forty-four with a daughter in college, she’s no young kitten with starry-eyed ideas of what love is. Still, when the man who is everything ... Read More
If you could only…
Short and sweet, but something to get you thinking today.... If you could choose one day in your life to go back and revisit...what would it be? Any day...at any point in your life... And push yourself. We all have the easy picks. Children's births, obviously. Try to think outside the box. And would you change anything, or just want to watch again? Share! ... Read More
Off the Beaten Path with Pamela Morsi!
Here we are again at Off The Beaten Path! A once-a-month opportunity to get to know a very special romance or women’s fiction author, in a fun and hopefully interactive way. We all like to get to know our favorite authors a little better, and I want to make that fun for everyone. This month, I’m so excited to have the fabulous Pamela Morsi here!! Pam and I were separated at birth—I’ve decided this. We both love to write about small towns, we have a similar writing style in my opinion (or maybe wishful thinking), and we both have the most unappealing brutal writing process EVER. And I ... Read More
Let the lunacy commence!
I've been very lax of late on my blogging, and I apologize. Deep, scraping bow kind of apologize. Everything is about to explode in my world--in a good way--but explosions nonetheless. But first I want to put a shout out for my Off The Beaten Path blog feature tomorrow! This month I have RWA-WF chapter's very own Pam Morsi! SO excited, and you will love her wit and charm. She's giving away a signed copy of her latest book THE LOVESICK CURE to a random commenter, so be sure to come play with us!! JUST ONE DAY, my first time writing a novella, started with Nook First last week, which runs ... Read More
JUST ONE DAY out this week!!
Excited to officially announce my new e-novella JUST ONE DAY was chosen by Barnes & Noble for their Nook First program! This means that they will have it exclusively for thirty days, promoting it on their website. After that time is up, it will be available at all other ebook sites! The novella is available at Barnes & Noble for download ($2.99) starting today!!! So all you "Nook'ers" out there....you get first bite!! And for you and everyone else out there....here is an excerpt... Woot!! And then, of course...BEFORE AND EVER SINCE is almost here! Just 43 days away! Stay ... Read More
Off The Beaten Path – with Claire Cook!
Here we are again at Off The Beaten Path! A once-a-month opportunity to get to know a very special romance or women's fiction author, in a fun and hopefully interactive way. We all like to get to know our favorite authors a little better, and I want to make that fun for everyone. This month, I'm so excited to introduce the fabulous Claire Cook!! So pretty in pink!!! I fell madly in love with Claire's writing back in the day when Must Love Dogs first came out. I owned a little bookstore back then, and ran a small bookclub out of it. Must Love Dogs was one of our picks, and I was in ... Read More
Where’s The Beef?
Today I want to talk about meat. Yep. My daughter and I were talking about whether we, at this point in our lives, could become vegetarians. See, I've never been one that had to have meat with every meal. Don't gasp and throw your hands up, you carnivores out there. I do love a good steak here and there. I'm from the south so fried chicken is a staple. And a big juicy burger is one of my favorite foods. But before I met my now husband, my daughter and I lived on mostly pasta, veggies, and turkey, with the occasional chicken and ground beef. Very occasional. He and his son ... Read More
A Day in the Life…
Three times this week, I had the question posed to me asking how I have time to write with a full time job, so I thought I'd shed some light. It's no big deal, not shocking. I'm far from the only one that has to juggle a day job and whatever else our calling might be. But it is a little fun to lay it out, in a way. So here's my very not-exciting day in the life... 5:00am alarm goes off...I either stumble to the coffee pot or hit snooze. 5:09am alarm again if snooze...let's face it, I hit the snooze. NOW the coffeepot 5:15am shower 5:30am coffee...sit with my old lady ... Read More
Stealth mission needed…
I have to 'fess up. I love dogs and like cats, and am basically an animal lover in general. Rarely will I pass up a chance to pet something furry, and baby-anythings just do me in completely. My old lady dog, Ruby...proof of my love... However... I'll refrain from posting a picture of what has become the bain of my existence lately. :-) .... read more of this post at Women Unplugged. ... Read More
Drawing a Blank…
Ever have those moments when you have a blank screen or piece of paper in front of you, and absolutely no freaking idea what to say? Yeah, this is one of those. I struggled for two hours on what to post today. Put it on Twitter--"Please help me come up with a blog post, I'm drawing a blank!" I got a few ideas, but nothing that really worked for what I wanted to post. My son said I could blog about him, but I'll spare you the drama... :) I could post about my daughter, but take his drama and double it, and I wouldn't put that on you either. Well, except that she's joining the ... Read More
Off The Beaten Path – with Karen White!
I'm excited to announce a new feature here at the blog. A once-a-month opportunity to get to know a very special romance or women's fiction author, in a fun and hopefully interactive way. We all like to get to know our favorite authors a little better, and I want to make that fun for everyone. And who better to kick this off with a bang, than the fabulous Karen White!! I had the honor of meeting Karen in person at the RWA National Conference in California a couple of weeks ago, and it was one of the great highlights of the week for me. I found out that we both have teenagers destined to ... Read More
Up and Coming…”Off The Beaten Path”
I'm excited to announce a new feature here at the blog. A once-a-month showcase of a very special romance or women's fiction author, but not in your normal run of the mill Q&A. When I did a blog tour, I got many of the same questions over and over, and quickly tired of talking about myself...lol. I want to make this a fun experience both for the readers and for the author. It's called "Off The Beaten Path", and will be fun posts or a different kind of interview. Something to help us get to know our favorite authors, outside just talking about their books, their writing process, what ... Read More
Where I’m From…
This was an exercise from last year, and while I'm not a huge proponent of recycling, this one has been on my mind lately. My parents old house across the street from me is for sale, and they've cut down the big swing tree in the backyard. The one with the chains that grew into the tree. It's all in pieces at the street, and I've stared at them for the past two days. This is an amazing thing to do for yourself, and the template is at the bottom for you to give it a shot. Here's a little piece of me. Where I’m From… I am from Coca-Cola and orange soda straight from the bottle, and ... Read More
Distractions…or…My Typical Morning…
Tick...tick...tick... I hear that sound too much lately, mostly in my own head. The sound of time sliding by one tick at a time, while anxiety and too many shinies take precedence. It's early morning...early early morning. I have 45 minutes before I have to get ready for work, so I want to be productive and start the day with some wordage. I pull up my current manuscript in progress, and stare at the last sentence. Yanno...that same one I stared at the night before. It didn't change. Gremlins didn't park themselves all cozy on my couch, pull the blanket up that the old lady dog ... Read More
My daughter and I got to talking this week about what her kids will call me and my husband. Now--just for the record--she's seventeen and this is all just for curiosity's sake. LOL. We aren't worrying our little heads about this anytime soon. But it made for a fun conversation. My grandparents growing up were Paw Paw and Nanny on one side, and Maw Maw on the other (never knew that grandfather). My parents were Nana and Paw Paw for their grandchildren, but I don't remember if the "Nana" was intentional, or if the first grandchild named her. My daughter's father is from the Midwest, and ... Read More
Best links of the week…It’s Friday!!
HAPPY FRIDAY THE 13TH!!!! And if you didn't realize that....sorry for ruining your day. lol Time to show off some of the best links I visited this week. Enjoy! Jenny Hansen's blog Cowbell, with a fun exercise on defining yourself with 10 words A site with Free Online Crossword Puzzles....because my daughter and I are geeks Gem State Writers post about the love of Sweet Tea James R. Preston's post at Writers In the Storm on "When Is It Done" & he is really funny so it's worth checking it out! That's it for today!!! Have a great one, and don't let that "13" thing fool ... Read More
“I see alot of lawwwwbreakers out therrrrrrre…”
Today, I want to talk about the magic... The magic that is MAGIC MIKE. And by that, I don't mean to gush on that this is the best movie of all time or anything crazy like that. If broken down to plot, storyline, acting, dialogue, it was a solid movie with some awkward acting in places, but it was good. That wasn't the magic. :-) The magic lies in there FINALLY being an eye-candy movie for women. Face it, many many movies have the T&A for guys, that we have gotten so accustomed to, we sit through it not even thinking twice about it. We probably haven't had anything to get excited ... Read More
Linky Love: Best posts of the week
Sorry I've been awol for a couple of crazy weeks, but I'm back now. And it being Friday, I'm fortunate to be able to ease into it with some linky love. Some of my favorite posts from this past week: Tawna Fenske's hilarious post on setting writing goals Roni Loren's release of MELT INTO YOU Jennifer Daiker's post on 5 random things Kristen Lamb's post on trolling the trollosphere...aka Internet Crazy People Amy Sue Nathan's interview with HER SISTER'S SHADOW author, Katharine Britton Click and enjoy! See you back on Monday.... I promise! ... Read More
Bringing it home…
Favorite childhood memory...something that brings you home instantly... That's today's question. What does that for you? It can be more than one thing. For me, it's big storms, the kind that knocks the lights out. Our lights would go out easily, breakers would blow, and Mom would get out the storm candles (bowls and coffee cans with homemade candles in them) and the hurricane lantern, and then we'd go sit on the front porch and watch it blow sideways down the street. Also, food tends to do it for me. Certain things. What's yours? ... Read More
Adding to your To-Read pile…
Yesterday I threw a question out to the webby world, asking for book recommendations. The best stories that people had read recently, that they would recommend to others. And since we all have nothing to read right now... (cough cough...) Yeah, I know. My Nook, alone has 20-something new books in it, waiting for me. But you never know where that next gem will come from, so here you go. There is quite the mix here, which is how it should be...we all come from different places and love different types of stories. THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak (teen historical fiction) THE SOLDIER'S ... Read More
The Tease… :-)
I'm at Fresh Fiction today, talking about something that all women love... :-) besides chocolate and a foot massage... The tease! The push and pull of the romance, the foreplay, the dance of almost touches. The tease. Go over and talk with us, and comment for a chance to win a signed copy of THE REASON IS YOU! And the timing is awesome, because at 9am Central time today, Fresh Fiction is being featured on Good Morning Texas right after Good Morning America! Woot! Go!! ... Read More
Friday Linky Love… What Women Write…
Today's link up is with some Texas girls that are near and dear to me. The girls of What Women Write! Go see what they have to say today! And have a great weekend! ... Read More
Dear Reader, Remember the movie “Hope Floats” with Sandra Bullock? That was me. Well, except for the cheating husband outing himself on a talk show. But coming home, a single mom, starting over in a small town that remembers the high school version of you—that was me. And somehow, it’s the stories that draw on those things—starting over, dealing with a past, reinventing yourself—those are the ones that suck me in like no other. I’m a sucker for a story about returning home to face your past, and even more so if there’s an old love still knocking around, waiting to reignite sparks. ... Read More