IT'S HERE!! And Happy Birthday to meeeeeee!!! :) 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 ... 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
Life Lesson #3 from BEFORE AND EVER SINCE…
Are you enjoying the lessons? :) Let's see what Emily has to teach us today. Emily Life Lesson #3… Assuming your ex has gotten smarter in your absence is a fail. “So, what’s up?” I asked after a pause. “I don’t know if Cass has done anything with that paperwork, if that’s what you’re wondering.” He shook his head minimally, still looking at the pictures, and the little warning bells went off in my head. Kevin was nothing, if not opinionated and in your face. For him to come to my house and then not come look me in the eye—told me it wasn’t going to be his normal ... Read More
Emily’s 2nd Lesson for you from BEFORE AND EVER SINCE
Okay, so what did you think of yesterday's lesson? Ever had that happen to you? Lord knows I have. And what did you think of our first Hot Tool Guy? :) Suddenly have a project that needs fixing? LOL Now to hear from BEFORE AND EVER SINCE's Emily on Lesson number 2... Emily Life Lesson #2… The most likely time to be found is when you’re trying to hide. “Where are you?” Cassidy asked. “The grocery store.” “Again? Didn’t you just go there?” I cursed my bad lying. “Oh, I forgot a few things.” I pushed my cart faster, wanting to get done and get home. “So, anyway, ... 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
Today’s just a Friday… :)
What? No life lesson? No hot guys? What's with that? :) Well, Emily told us all she's going to, now it's up to readers to soak up the whole story. And the hot guys? Reading about Ben will take care of that for you. :) What I can give you is the link for where I am visiting today on my virtual tour. I'll being interviewed at Romantic Book Affairs today, with a giveaway of swag, and a tour-wide e-basket giveaway of each of my books. Worth stopping in to say hello!! Physically, as in the real world I walk around in, today kicks off a three day event frenzy. Yep...pretty much ... 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
The 3rd Thing You’ll Learn from reading BEFORE AND EVER SINCE…
No tour stop today, so let's get straight to the business of what Emily has to tell us. :) The 3rd Lesson in BEFORE AND EVER SINCE... Emily Life Lesson #3… Never say you’re never going to do something, like going out for girls night in a powder blue Winnebago. It guarantees you will. I wasn’t going to ride in Big Blue. Aunt Bernie, Holly, Cassidy, myself and my mother were dressed to go out, looking good, feeling good, and I wasn’t about to ruin that by piling in a giant trailer. Aunt Bernie was the one who’d brought it up, pointing out that we all had smallish cars and five ... 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
Shout it out!! :-)
Whew!! It was a whirlwind few weeks there during the blog tour, and I met some fantastic people and new readers. Now it's time to focus on getting the word out about THE REASON IS YOU so that my editor will be happy and want to sign me up for more books! LOL! It's also time to crack down on writing again, because with BEFORE AND EVER SINCE only seven months away from release, promo is about to start on it as well. Crazy, huh? :-) So please help me out if you can...spread the word...check your bookstores for REASON and if it's not there (probably shelved in Fiction), then ask them to ... Read More
I Just Wanna Sit Here and Read…
And I do! But actually, that is the name of the site I'm visiting today. :-) I'm at I Just Wanna Sit Here and Read talking about what makes a good romance novel. If you have an opinion on that, and would like a chance to win some goodies, please come by!! ... Read More
Down the road…
Is there a trip you've taken that's changed your life? I am at Once Upon A Time today talking about one that changed mine. Come share your thoughts and enter to win prizes for the blog tour! ... Read More
Where does your inner reader live?
What is it like in the town where you live? Quiet? Buzzing busy? Quaint? Grassy? Concrete and efficient? Now, which of those settings draws you in as a reader? I'm at Words of Wisdom from the Scarf Princess talking about this. Come join in to win prizes! ... Read More
What are you doing today?
Good morning!! Today I'm chatting about books at Kindling the Fire...come chat with us and enter for a giveaway!! What are YOU doing today? ... Read More
Blog tour…and cover reveal of BEFORE AND EVER SINCE…
Today we are back on track with the Blog Tour, but today is a two-fold thing. First, I'll be over at Asian Cocoa's Secret Garden today talking about how Dani and Alex met in THE REASON IS YOU and my version of ghosts... :-) . Please come comment on the post to enter to win prizes! >>>>>>>>>Now...<<<<<<<<< I've been holding back on announcing anything on my second book, wanting to give REASON it's day in the sun, and it still has a long sunny road ahead. But it's now time to reveal the book that will sit next to it on the shelf, coming ... Read More
Growing up with BOOKS and the first week down!
Blog tour kicks back up on Monday, so today I'm taking it a little easy. :-) THE REASON IS YOU has been out in the world for one week now, and I couldn't be happier. It's everything I hoped it would be like, seeing it out there, hearing from readers. Of course I'm told this is Week One Euphoria (see Roni Loren's post in January about the stages of a book release...it's hysterical...lol). And that's okay. I'm aware that there won't always be people loving my book--right now that's all I'm hearing from--but it will come. The bad reviews and negativity. I know. And I'm prepared with my ... Read More
Survived the first day!! :-)
Whew! Yesterday was a whirlwind! Today should be a little calmer. Should...maybe... LOL. I got to sign stock at Barnes and Noble, after a little inventory drama, and a few people took pictures of my book in other bookstores. Very surreal! I received verification that I have the world's best friends and family. I sent out a newsletter, with a book giveaway and a trivia contest with a QR code to scan. The free book went quickly, but the trivia question prize is still up for grabs! Today I am interviewed at Novel Reflections. Come visit for a chance at prizes!! ... Read More
Blog Tour kicks off today!
I'm happy to announce that the blog tour has started! Fifteen days of different stops to kick off THE REASON IS YOU, which takes flight tomorrow! Today I am at Paranormal Romantics, talking about what inspired me to write THE REASON IS YOU. You might like my inspiration... :-) Come visit and leave a comment! A random commenter will be chosen at the end of the tour to win a gift basket of prizes! Also, my first newsletter goes out tomorrow, with a giveaway and fun little prize game only for those receiving it. Sign up for it and get the skinny! :-) In the meantime, I must go find ... Read More
Three Days… and squiggly lines…
What an amazing few weeks this has been!!! The contests and then this last week of book giveaways...has just been SO much fun! I can't imagine a better way to launch THE REASON IS YOU off into the world. And into the world it is! I've had two people tell me they received it in the mail already...EARLY!!! I had to sit down on that one, and focus on my breathing. Already out there...people reading it....breathe in ...breathe out... LOL!! I know it's time for the book to jump out there on its on and sink or swim, but there's been something comforting all along about knowing it was still ... Read More
Today’s Author Spotlight: Angel Betrayed by Cynthia Eden!
It's the last day!!!!! But it's not over! First of all a big hug and thank you to Kat Magendie yesterday for giving away a copy of FAMILY GRACES to Evie Clifton! Congrats Evie!! FOUR DAYS TILL THE REASON IS YOU IS OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED! I say "officially" because some are already receiving it in the mail, which makes my insides quiver a bit...lol! ***** Okay... Putting the perfect finishing touch on an amazing week of authors, is superstar writer, Cynthia Eden, with her paranormal romance, ANGEL BETRAYED. Cynthia Eden is a national best-selling author of paranormal romance and romantic ... Read More
Today’s Author Spotlight: Family Graces by Kathryn Magendie!
JUST 5 MORE DAYS! (not that I'm counting....nope...) And before I get to the meat of today's giveaway, I want to mention that my book is being reviewed over at Dawn Alexander's blog today. :) tiny squee!! So if you're so moved, after stopping here, maybe you can stop over there. Thanks!! LOL. I want to thank Donna Grant for giving away a signed copy of DARKEST HIGHLANDER to Denise Ellis yesterday! Congrats Denise !! ***** Today's spotlight is on an author I hold dear to my heart, Kathryn Magendie. She is a sweet and funny friend and one of the peeps that graciously quoted for my ... Read More
Today’s Author Spotlight: Darkest Highlander by Donna Grant!
I'M LOVING THIS WEEK!!!!! SO much fun. And a huge thanks to Roni Loren yesterday for giving away a copy of CRASH INTO YOU to Jean Jones ! Congrats Jean !! ***** Today's spotlight is on another Texas-based author, Donna Grant, with her paranormal romance, DARKEST HIGHLANDER. Donna Grant has been praised for her “totally addictive” and “unique and sensual” stories. She's the bestselling author of more than twenty novels spanning multiple genres of romance—Scottish Medieval, dark fantasy, time travel, paranormal, and erotic. Her latest acclaimed series, Dark Sword, features a ... Read More
Today’s Author Spotlight: Crash Into You by Roni Loren!
YESTERDAY WAS FANTASTIC!!!!! And thank you to Kristina McMorris yesterday for giving away a copy of BRIDGE OF SCARLET LEAVES to Dianne Venetta! Congrats Dianne!! ***** Today's spotlight is on a fellow debut author and friend of mine, Roni Loren, with her sizzling romance, CRASH INTO YOU. And because Roni is shouting out about my book today as well, you can catch my post on her weekly Boyfriend Of The Week today, where I talk about the sexy inspiration for "Alex Stone", the hot and mysterious ghost in my book. Roni wrote her first romance novel at age fifteen when she discovered writing ... Read More
Today’s Author Spotlight: Bridge of Scarlet Leaves by Kristina McMorris!
IT'S HERE!!!!! The Authors On Parade week has begun! A full week of giveaways before the release of THE REASON IS YOU, as each awesome author hands over a signed book to a random commenter. And today, kicking off the parade, is the amazing and talented Kristina McMorris, giving away a copy of her latest release, BRIDGE OF SCARLET LEAVES. *much clapping!* Kristina McMorris is a graduate of Pepperdine University and the recipient of nearly twenty national literary awards. A host of weekly TV shows since age nine, including an Emmy® Award-winning program, she penned her debut novel, Letters ... Read More
Authors On Parade starts tomorrow! See the line-up!
STARTING TOMORROW!!! A whole week of Authors on Parade!! Yay! I've been so excited about this next week's contests, you just don't know. LOL! Each day of this week will be a different amazing author giving away a signed copy of one of their books! A random commenter will be chosen each day to win fabulous books, and I can't wait to get started!! So, are you ready? Here's the star-studded line up.... * * * * * * * * * Mon 3/26: Kristina McMorris's women's fiction, BRIDGE OF SCARLET LEAVES Tue 3/27: Roni Loren's erotic romance CRASH INTO YOU Wed 3/28: Donna ... Read More
Couple of things... My first newsletter will be going out on April 3rd, the day REASON hits shelves. It's going to talk about lots of good juicy stuff...like free books and giveaways and secret contests that only people on my mailing list will get the skinny on! So come sign up! It's free...it's only once a month...and it comes floating in effortlessly (I hope) to your inbox with no work on your part. Click here to do the deed. I'll love you forever if you do. I might even send you candy...you never know with me. ;-) ALSO! It's mid-week and you need to go enter your little comfort ... Read More
Another new contest! All Comfort Food is welcome…
Last week's winner was.... Kim Samsin from Canada!!! Woot! Congratulations Kim! She chose the B&N card, and it will be traveling north shortly! ~~~~~~~~~~~ Now. Down to the serious stuff. Because when it comes to food, I don't play around. LOL. Week of 3/19-23: All Comfort Food welcome... When someone says "comfort food" what comes to mind? A decadent dessert to sweeten up a sad heart? Nachos drowned in cheese, sitting on your couch in sweats and a tee shirt? What's your signature comfort food? Click HERE to go to the entry page, and tell me about your favorite guilty ... Read More
Holy Cow…it’s a book!
Squeeeee!! As you may have noticed...because I shouted it from every social media site in my arsenal...I got an advance copy of THE REASON IS YOU on Thursday. There are hardly words to express it. Seriously, how do you? I keep staring at it...and yes it comes with me everywhere, like a Linus blanket. LOL. To put into words the feelings I get when I flip through the pages and see my story in there. In a real book, not just printed out pages or even page proofs....which I have to say I thought was pretty cool when I got THEM. The real deal...with my name on it. It's ... Read More
New week…new contest! Sing me a love song…
Okay, not really. LOL. You don't have to sing me one...just tell me about one. This week, 3/12-16, is all about those love songs we all have drowned ourselves in at some time or another. Don't say you never have, because there's a 15 year old version of you inside your head who will tell you differently. LOL! Just like last week, all you have to do is click HERE to go to the entry form, and tell me about your favorite love song, along with your email address so I can find you again. This week's prize is a $15 Amazon gift card or $15 Barnes & Noble gift card, AND a $10 Starbucks ... Read More
Linkin’ up and a reminder…
Over at Women Unplugged today, Sheila Seabrook talks about the call of old manuscripts, how they wave to us from those dark drawers. On Kat Magendie's blog, she's having her "consumer report" day where she gives great product reviews on lots of cool stuff! I bought some hair product a couple of weeks ago on her recommendation! At Writers In The Storm, Jenny Hansen talks about writing the 12 Stages of Intimacy...aka making hot and tension filled sex scenes. Yay!! :) Gotta go see that. And lastly...don't forget the contest right here at that CONTEST tab up there! Enter your favorite ... Read More
Kicking off a month of Contests!
To bring THE REASON IS YOU into the world with flair in less than a month, I decided to give away presents each week to all you wonderful peeps. Sound like a plan? Yep, I thought so. Nooooo, I'm not giving away candy. Although that might not be a bad idea... :-) You can click on the CONTESTS tab up there to see what the month will bring, (and I'm still working on it) but basically you'll have a different thing to enter for each week, and the winners will be drawn randomly (by bots, not me) at the end of each week. The last week is the most awesome, as it involves some free signed books ... Read More