Friday, December 20, 2013

What Happens Next?

What Happens Next?

So I’m thinking that everyone’s excited about Christmas and then New Year’s, right? And then along comes January 2nd…and the big let-down. But it doesn’t have to be that way. No. Because I’ve decided to send two of you a copy of my new book Nearest Thing to Heaven to lift that mood again. Once you meet Sophie, Ty, and the four-year-old triplets, I seriously believe you’re going to be smiling again.

Leave me a comment, and you’ll automatically be entered into the drawing. You can choose between digital—Nook or Kindle—or a printed ARC. I’d love to hear from you.   I'll draw for the winners on January 2, 2014. 

Nearest Thing to Heaven is the second book in my Maverick Junction series, and we get to spend more time with all the gang we met first in Somebody Like You. Can’t Stop Lovin’ You, the third book in the series, will be released February 4, 2014.

With the holiday season fast approaching. Sophie London finds herself back in Maverick Junction, Texas, for her cousin’s wedding to Cash Hardeman and runs headlong into Ty Rawlins, the widowed father of rambunctious triplets. Sophie, owner of Stardust Productions, believes in fairies and magic. Long-horned cattle, wide-open spaces, and three-year-olds with fishing worms dangling from their poles are enough to make any city girl run all the way back to Illinois in her Jimmy Choos. Ty, busy with the day-to-day duties as single daddy and owner of the Burnt Fork Ranch, has no time for romance. He’s had love and lost it. Yet he finds himself thinking of Sophie night and day. Can Ty convince both himself and Sophie that Maverick Junction is where she belongs, right beside him and his boys?

Here’s a little excerpt you might relate to right about now. Ty, Sophie, and the boys are out searching for that special Christmas tree:
An hour later, Sophie still hadn’t lost her silly grin. They’d found the tree. All of them circled it, studying it from every angle. The pine was beautiful, its shape and size absolutely perfect.

Even the horse ride had been enjoyable. She’d felt safe on Molly today. Comfortable.

Sophie scuffed her booted foot over the ground. The snow wasn’t deep, and random bare spots stuck out. It wasn’t Chicago snow by any means. But it lay over the earth like a thin layer of icing. The air was cold, but a long way from frigid.

Ty moved back to his horse to retrieve the ax he’d brought along. Sophie had a momentary pang at the idea of actually murdering the tree. When she whispered that to Ty, he stared at her, incredulous.
“You’ve got to be kidding.”

“Not really.” She wrung her hands.

He shifted the ax to his other hand. “Sophie, I can’t—”
“I know. The kids will get such a kick out it, and it’ll bring far more enjoyment in your home than out here. Blah, blah, blah. Go ahead. I just won’t watch.” She put a hand over her eyes. “And I’m being silly, aren’t I?”

“You’re being you.” He kissed her forehead.
“Daddy kissed Sophie!”

The shrill pronouncement brought echoes from the other two, who picked it up as a chant. “Daddy kissed Sophie, Daddy kissed Sophie.”
The triplets danced around in the snow, their noses red.

“Uh-oh,” Sophie muttered. “Now you’ve done it.”

“You think?” Grin devilish, Ty turned to the boys. “Want me to do it again?”

“Uh-huh! Do it again!”

Before she realized what he was up to, Ty wrapped an arm around her waist and drew her in. His lips covered hers in a not-quite-chaste kiss.
She laughed and pushed at his chest. “Bad Daddy!” she said, low enough for only him to hear.

“Mmmm.” He smacked his lips together. “Good Sophie. Sweet as sugar.”

“Go cut down that tree, Paul Bunyan.” She ran over to the boys. “Have you ever made snow angels?”

Ty swung the ax, but his attention wasn’t on his work. Sophie and the boys lay in the snow, waving their arms and legs, making angels. One by one, his sons gave it up to throw themselves over Sophie, who drew each one in with little tickles.

He looked at the angels they’d created and thought of Julia. Blinking snow from his eyes, Ty lifted his gaze Heavenward. Imagined her up there watching their boys playing with Sophie. Was she smiling or shedding tears?

Pressure built in his chest. Conflicted? Oh, yeah. Talk about a tug of war. He felt trapped somewhere between the past and the present, unable to reach toward a future.

Damned if he knew whether he and his boys were headed for something wonderful or standing in the path of a tsunami-force heartbreak. He swung again, his ax biting deeply into the pine.

Question: Do you have any special rituals that take some of the hurt away when it’s time to take down that beautiful tree? Leave me a comment and share—anything you want about anything—and I’ll enter you into the drawing for one of the two copies of Nearest Thing to Heaven!

Hope you can join Ty, Sophie, and me in Maverick Junction, Texas, for Nearest Thing to Heaven, book two of my series.  Come visit me at my website







Saturday, October 12, 2013

Sweet 'n Steamy Blog Tour
Today, I'm fortunate enough to have two wonderful authors visiting--Kara Leigh Miller and Sharon Kleve. Welcome to their Sweet 'n Steamy Blog tour.

Don't forget to sign up for the great giveaways--gift cards and books galore!

You can find all their blog stops here:
Kara, tell us a little about your new book. What a beautiful cover!
Book Title: Jilted
Author: Kara Leigh Miller
Publisher: Books to Go Now
Genre: Erotic Contemporary Romance

Release Date: 9.15.2013

Length: 49K

Heat Rating: Hot 

Book Blurb:

Amy and Brett have been friends since they were kids; and their friendship has withstood the test of time. But can it withstand Brett's fiancĂ©e, Vanessa?  

Brett Hudson has often wondered what it would be like to be more than Amy's friend, but when he's chosen as the newest professional dancer on Dancing with the Stars, he meets Vanessa, one of the shows costume designers and it's a whirlwind romance that ends in a wedding proposal. As the big day draws closer, Brett begins to think that marrying Vanessa might be a bad idea. She wants him to give up Amy. Completely. Will he give up his best friend for the woman he's supposed to marry? 

Amy King is heartbroken to learn that Brett is marrying another woman. But, when Brett is jilted at the altar, he begs Amy to go on his honeymoon with him. A week on a tropical island with her best friend, the man she's fantasized about for years is a dream come true for Amy. But when Brett suggests crossing the line from friends to lovers, Amy is reluctant. Will she risk years of friendship for one night of passion?

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"It's because you go for the wrong type of guy," Brett said matter-of-factly, pouring a third shot down his throat. "Those muscle bound jocks are all bark and no bite. They look good on the outside, but they're a mess on the inside."

            Amy threw a piece of ice at him and laughed. "And the goody two shoes, school teacher types you date are much better?"

            "Nope." He grinned. "Which is why we're both still single."

            She sighed. "Yeah, so much for my dream of having kids."

            "You're young. I'm sure you'll find someone." He drank his last shot and chased it with his beer.

            "I'm thirty, Brett. By the time I find a man, date him, and get married, I'll be an old hag with no viable eggs."

            The thought of Amy finding a man to marry and have kids with didn't sit well with him. He couldn't stomach the thought of losing her. "I'll tell you what." He leaned across the table and pointed at her. "Three years from now, if neither of us are married, I'll marry you and give you as many babies as you want." Brett's words were slurred. Yup. He was definitely drunk. He wouldn't have made that proposition otherwise.

            "Yeah right." Amy rolled her eyes. "You and me? That would be like fucking my brother. Thanks, but no thanks."

            He flinched at her words. "You think of me as your brother?" That bothered him a lot more than it should, especially considering he'd never once thought of her as a sister.

            She shrugged. "We're best friends. How else would I think of you?" Amy glanced away, and then set her gaze on him again. "Why? How do you think of me?"

            Oh shit! He hadn't expected the conversation to backfire on him like that. What was he supposed to tell her? That he thought of her as a best friend that he wanted to fuck? No, he definitely couldn't tell her that. "As a friend, I guess. I don't know. It's not like I sit around and think about how I should think of you. You're Amy."

            "And you're drunk."

            "Maybe a little." He grinned. "So, do we have a deal or what?"

 Author Bio:
Kara is a multi-published romance author who dabbles in young adult, new adult, paranormal, and contemporary romances. However, her genre of choice will always be erotic romance. She's a member of the CNY Writers Haven and the Romance Writers of America. Writing is her passion and she loves to share her knowledge and enthusiasm with her fellow authors and her fans.

Today, Kara resides in Upstate New York with her husband, five kids, three cats, and two dogs. When she's not reading or writing, she's spending time with her family and friends.

Nothing excites Kara more than hearing from her fans. So, send her a note. She'll go total fan girl over it!
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 Sharon, you're up! We're excited to hear about your new book, Halo's Wish!

Book Title: Halo's Wish

Author: Sharon Kleve

Publisher: Books to Go Now

Genre: Sweet Contemporary Christmas Romance

Release Date: 9.15.2013

Length: 11K

Heat Rating: Sweet 

Book Blurb:

Halo Ann Carlyle wishes for a home, family, and a boat-load of pets. What she gets is a bruised hip, a lump on the head, a broken ankle, and her new yellow Honda Civic is demolished.

 Rich McFarland, a sexy veterinarian, keeps showing up in the most unexpected places, promising everything she's ever wanted.
 Halo believes she only has time to pursue her career as a pet detective and must ignore her growing attraction to achieve her dreams.
Will Halo trust her heart, and find a way to get both for Christmas?
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She'd just placed another call through to Pemsky's office, which went straight to his voicemail, when the office door opened. Halo smiled and looked up into dreamy, gold-flecked green eyes, short sandy brown hair, a slight cleft chin, and full lips set in a hard line. Even with the stern look he had on his face, my hormones jumped into overdrive.
Mr. Dreamy cleared his throat—she must've been staring. In her most professional voice she said, "Good morning. How may I help you?"
He removed a piece of paper from his shirt pocket and unfolded the sheet.
"I was parked in front of the Beacon Hill Ale House and my driver's side mirror was sideswiped by one of Pemsky's Security's SUV's Friday night."
Halo loved the Beacon Hill Ale House. Every Saturday night the Ale House allowed local bands to jam together. That's where she'd met her last loser boyfriend. She'd had a lot of loser boyfriends. She's currently on a hiatus from dating, but she wouldn't mind jumping back into the dating game for this dream-boat.
He handed her the piece of paper.
"I wasn't able to get a look at the driver, but I got the license plate number of the vehicle that hit my car and drove away."
He emphasized the last part.
"I'm very sorry about your car. I'm sure Mr. Pemsky will be happy to cover the damage." Halo checked the company log and Pemsky's name popped up as the driver—she gulped. 
Author Bio:
Sharon Kleve was born and raised in Washington and currently lives on the Olympic Peninsula with her husband.
Sharon is a writer of paranormal and contemporary romance. She loves romance. She loves reading romance, living romance, and especially loves writing about romance. She gets no greater feeling than watching her characters come alive in each other's arms. Most of all, she loves giving her characters the happily ever after they deserve—with a few bumps and bruises along the way.
One of her favorite things to do is picking up a new book and sinking into the story, immersing herself in the emotions between the characters. She hopes to inspire her readers the same way her favorite authors have inspired her.
When not writing, she can usually be found either curled up in her recliner with her cat and a good book, or in the kitchen baking sourdough bread or bagels. 
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  • One (1) Winner will receive Kara Leigh Miller's complete backlist, which includes five novellas and two full-length books
  • One (1) Winner will receive Sharon Kleve's complete backlist, which includes six books
  • Three (3) Winners will receive a signed paperback copy of Kara Leigh Miller's, Death of a Waterfall
  • Three (3) Winners will receive a signed paperback copy of Sharon Kleve's, Love Crazed

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Friday, September 6, 2013

Nearest Thing to Heaven

Yes, Nearest Thing to Heaven! That's the title of my newest Maverick Junction book, releasing October 1st, just a few weeks away--and that's exactly how I'm feeling. I am so excited that Ty and Sophie's story is ready to go. He's a Texas cowboy, but even more, he's a widower with four-year-old triplets. Yep. And Sophie? She's a city girl through and through. The Texas landscape and all that entails scares her right out of her Jimmy Choos.

RT Magazine has given Nearest Thing to Heaven a wonderful four-star review. "This story will make readers yearn for a cowboy of their own...Readers will want to visit Maverick Junction again and again."

If you've not read the first in the Maverick Junction series, Somebody Like You, you still have time to meet the town and all its quirky characters before the second in the series hits the digital shelves. However, although a series, the books are stand-alones, and you can enjoy the second without having read the first.

Here's a sneak peek at Nearest Thing to Heaven:

“Boys,” Ty hollered from the kitchen. “Close the door. I can feel the draft clear back here.”
The smoke alarm chose that instant to go off, and the boys covered their ears. Josh’s lower lip trembled.
“On second thought, leave the door open, guys. We need to get this cleared out before Sophie comes. And remember, this’ll be our little secret.”
Jesse opened his mouth, but Sophie shook her head.
“Shhh, let’s surprise him.” She set the plate on one of the highest bookshelves, sent Trouble a warning look, then scooped up the still-distressed looking Josh.
She heard the back door open, then a window slid up. A finger over her lips, she tiptoed to the kitchen, the other two forming a giggling line behind her.
She stopped in the doorway. Ty, looking more handsome than any man had a right to, stood flapping a dish towel toward the open door. A pot sat on the stove, water boiling over. The oven door hung open and tendrils of smoke escaped.
“So, what’s for dinner?”
Ty dropped the towel and turned, looking for all the world like a five-year-old caught snooping under the Christmas tree. He looked from her to the boys.
“What’s that mean, Daddy?” Josh asked as Sophie lowered him to the floor.
“It means you’re supposed to sound the warning when the enemy shows up.”
“But Sophie’s not the enemy.” Josh wrapped an arm around her leg.
“And,” Jonah said, “the alarm was already sounding. It hurt my ears.”

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Sharon and Karen will be here with us on October 12th. Mark it on your calendars!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Blog Tour!

Spring is here! I’m doing a blog tour this month and hope you can stop by a few days to visit. Pour a cup of coffee or an iced tea and stay for a chat. I’m doing a little of everything—some guest posts and interviews along with posting a couple new reviews for Somebody Like You.

While you’re visiting, sign up for my giveaway—a $25 gift card for either Barnes & Noble or Amazon, your choice.

Here’s where I’ll be:

April 12— My birthday. I hope I’ll be out to dinner before heading off to Chris Young’s concert! J

April 17—

April 30—

It should be a fun month! Hope to see you on my tour. In the meantime, enjoy the spring flowers and happy reading.


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Debut Novella for Marisa Cleveland

Marisa Cleveland's novella, The Valentine Challenge, debuted from Entangled Publishing! Join the celebration by visiting participating blogs and commenting the answer to this question: In your opinion, what's the sexiest part of a man?
Marisa's super secret judges will browse the blogs and choose up to three winners to receive Valentine goodies!
No purchase necessary, but a Like on Amazon is always appreciated!
Title: The Valentine Challenge
Author: Marisa Cleveland
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Romance Novella
Book Description:
When Stacey Bradford's hot boss convinces his company's board to close her best friend's flower shop - days before Valentine's Day! - Stacey declares war.
Intrigued by Stacey's devotion to her friend, the hearts and flowers holiday, and belief in true love, Marsh issues a challenge - prove love exists or deliver the closing documents to her friend herself.
Stacey never could resist a challenge, but when Marsh makes Valentine's Day the deadline for their deal, Stacey must decide how far she's willing to go...for love.
Author Bio
Marisa Cleveland loves to laugh, hates to cry, and does both often. As a writer, she writes. Every day. Perhaps because she married her best friend, her adult romance novels focus on playfully naughty relationships developed through friendship and family-oriented values. She loves to connect with writers and readers.
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