The Gift of Giving

on December 22, 2014

Another Monday in December means another giveaway, but first, the winner of the Vera Bradley tote bag is Linda Lioi Lubbert! Congratulations, Linda. I will be in touch!

Now onto the new prize. This week it’s all about anchors and time. Thanks to the Anchor Island series, the anchor has invaded my life, landing on my clothes and walls, and now it could land on your wrist.

This week, I’m giving away a fabulous anchor themed watch to one lucky commenter, and I’m throwing in an elegant book-themed trinket box along with it. 2014 has been an amazing year for me, and much of that is due to all of you who have read my books. I’m so enjoying giving a little back.

And speaking of giving back, this week we’re going to be philanthropists. To be entered in the contest, leave a comment naming your favorite charities. Include a brief description and even a link if you’d like. Let’s bring attention to some worthy causes during this week of giving.

The contest is for US residents only, and closes Saturday, December 27th, 2014 at midnight. But anyone is welcome to share the charity they believe in.

Don’t forget to make sure you’re entered on the Rafflecopter widget after you comment in order to have your name in the drawing for the prize.

Now one quick note. I’m sending out a special Christmas newsletter this week featuring the opening scene of HIS FIRST AND LAST, the first book in my new Ardent Springs series releasing in April 2015. Here’s the blurb for the book:

At eighteen, Lorelei Pratchett couldn’t wait to get out of her hometown. Twelve years later, her Hollywood dreams have fizzled and she’s back—temporarily, she thinks. Though she throws herself into saving the old theater and starting a baking business, small towns have long memories, and Lorelei’s wild past still haunts her. It doesn’t help that her ex-boyfriend, Spencer Boyd, is even hotter, smarter, and more distracting than before.

The fiery Lorelei that Spencer knew years ago may have become closed off and cautious, but their chemistry hasn’t faded one bit. Losing her a second time is unthinkable to him, yet Lorelei is convinced she doesn’t belong in Ardent Springs. Somehow, Spencer needs to show her that everything she needs is right here: family, friendship, new beginnings…and a man who’s never stopped loving her.

Warm, sexy, and laugh-out-loud funny, His First and Last is an irresistible story of first love and second chances.

If you want to read how this story begins, hop over to my home page and make sure you’re signed up for my newsletter today! Now, let’s talk worthy causes.

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Get Your Newsletter Here!

on April 28, 2014

I like to keep readers informed on new books or when my older books go on sale, and a newsletter seems the best way to do that. So if you want to stay in the know, simply comment on this post and make sure the box next to SIGN ME UP FOR YOUR NEWSLETTER is checked. (Which it should be by default.) Click POST COMMENT and you’re in!

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Music Monday With News

on December 2, 2013

I’ve done two major road trips in the last five days so as I type this Sunday night, I’m a little out of it. I also don’t want to get back in my car for weeks, but that cannot be avoided. Unfortunately.

And with the insanity of the last week, I also never got around to creating a newsletter, which should have gone out today. So let me see what would have been in the newsletter.

I hope everyone had a happy and peaceful Thanksgiving. Mine was low key, but as mentioned, filled with road trips. I hope you all got to stay in one place.

I recently announced that there will be a fourth book in the Anchor Island Series. The as yet untitled book will feature Sam Edwards, a character you’ll meet in book 3 HOME TO STAY. Sam is a successful hotelier on the island. After inheriting some hotels from his uncle, most thought he’d sell the properties, but he surprised everyone by moving to Anchor and rebuilding the main property. Now he’s ready to focus on the smaller hotel, and unknowingly hired a woman from his past to help in the endeavor.

Sam is the buttoned-up, mysterious type. Callie is going to help him undo some of those buttons. I hope you’ll enjoy reading their journey to that hard-fought happily ever after next fall.

As Sam and Callie’s story rounds out the series, that means a whole new series kicks off in 2015. We move from the Outer Banks to a small country town up the interstate from Nashville, TN. Ardent Springs is your standard small southern town, with lots of fun and interesting characters to explore. Lorelei and Spencer will get things kicked off in early 2015, and I’ll share more about their story later next year.

Oh, the cover for HOME TO STAY, book 3 in the Anchor series, should be ready to share soon. It’s so pretty, and fits the book beautifully. Keep an eye on my Facebook page for the big reveal soon.

The last element of the newsletter would be the monthly newsletter subscriber winner. Since I still plan to put out a newsletter in the next week or so, I think I’ll save that for later. But someone has won a signed copy of UP TO THE CHALLENGE along with a $50 Amazon gift card. Since it’s Christmas time, I figured this was a good time to up the prize a bit.

Now, as it is Music Monday, this  blog should include some tunes. I’m going with a song that inspired the final scene in UP TO THE CHALLENGE. If you’ve read the book, you should “see” some of that last scene in the story of this song.

I give you Trying Not To Love You by Nickelback. The title is pretty much what Sid and Lucas were doing through the whole book. I don’t think it’s any big spoiler to say they both failed miserably. 

Running Out of Underwear Would Not Be Good

on January 11, 2013

There seems to be a theme in my life these days. A lessen the Universe is trying to teach me. You see, I’m a planner by nature. As in, I like to organize things. I like to work out the logistics and make sure everything is perfectly in place. Set a schedule and lock in the details. But I do not plan by committee. For one, too many people involved in the process just makes it more complicated. And there will always be that someone who doesn’t like anything the rest of the group decides.

Then there’s the possibility that someone will drop the ball. They’ll say, “I’ll get the forks” but when the time comes, there are no forks. Best to do everything and then nothing falls through the cracks.

At this point, I know what you’re saying. “She’s a control freak.” You say that like it’s a bad thing.

Well, right now, it IS a bad thing. You see, I’m on my first deadline and I’m not handling this with a lot of grace. I wanted to have the rough draft done a week ago. It isn’t done. It’s a week away from being done, but that’s only the rough. That leaves me *checks calendar* six weeks to revise and have this puppy to my editor. *freaks*

*breathes* Totally doable.

But only if I do NOTHING ELSE FOR SIX WEEKS. Clearly, I cannot ditch the day job. That pays for the internet after all. And I would love to be one of those people who can function on four hours of sleep a night. I’m not. I’m old and my body gets very cranky when I don’t get 7 ½ to 8 hours a night. (Case in point, I nearly passed out in my boss’s office earlier this week from lack of sleep and proper nutrition.) Oh yeah, and I need to eat.

The rest must be delegated. A completely foreign concept to me, but learn it I must. Kiddo will be getting a crash course in what it takes to run this household. (You’d think it would be easy with such a tiny space and only 2 people.) Laundry, care and feeding of pets (including dog walks), and a significant amount of food prep is about to fall on my teenager.

You think I’m crazy now? Check back in 7 weeks. This is not going to be pretty. Do you delegate? Are you good with letting things go? Should I buy new underwear now so I don’t have to worry about doing laundry?

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