A Slushy Walk

January 25th, 2018

Between bouts of clouds and slushy snow, it’s a beautiful day. Ghost of Allie pulled me away from my laptop and took me for a walk. She’s much faster now that she’s not in earthly form. We happened to pass the house of one of my “old man friends” from the dog park. There were two special old guys with dogs with the same name (different breeds). Both called Shadow, humans named Bob and Jim. I remembered their names by thinking of Jim-Bob Walton. Bob passed away from an aggressive cancer maybe over a year ago. Maybe longer. His Shadow died a week later. Jim continued to walk to the park even after his own Shadow died. But then Allie and I changed our patterns, and I stopped seeing Jim.

What a delight to find Jim out shoveling snow today (he’s in his late 80s last I knew). I didn’t know if he was still around or not. I don’t know if he recognized me, but we chatted, and I was so pleased Ghost of Allie decided to drag me on this walk. It just lifted my spirits to see Jim still in his huge house and still obviously managing. Way to go, Jim. Thinking of Bob. Jim-Bob Dog Park Old Man Friends…I’ll remember you both fondly.

Getting Over Brett Cover Reveal!

January 15th, 2018

Woo-hoo, GETTING OVER BRETT, Book 3 in my Love in the Pacific Northwest series of sassy romances, is now available for pre-order at Amazon, iBooks, Kobo, and Nook for an April 3rd release! Check out the beautiful cover!

Nothing can stop a girl with a plan…

Tori Jarrett is rocking her life. Well, mostly. She has great friends, and she’s busy fixing up her house. The only thing missing is love. But Tori isn’t worried…an awful lot. Mr. Right will arrive when he’s meant to, and this time they’ll ride off into the sunset together. No repeats of four years ago when she gave her heart and virginity to Brett Evans hours before he skipped town.

Not that Tori is holding a grudge. In fact, she’s almost forgotten their disastrous one-night stand. Until Brett stands on her doorstep, looking to rent a room. Yi-yi, does he have to be as handsome and charming as always?

Of course, Brett regrets ever hurting Tori. It’s difficult to know what to do about a woman he once considered the cute kid sister of his best friend but now can’t deny is thoroughly, irresistibly sexy. But, seriously, he’s better off alone. After all, Tori is a childhood pal, a boundary he won’t cross again.

Pal? Tori can’t believe Brett is stuck in the dusty past! What she needs is help with her house renovations, not a history list. Pals or not, she intends to get Brett under the covers again where he will discover she’s all woman where he is concerned. Maybe then she can finally bury her dreams and fantasies about the man, and move on.

Bed him and forget him. Forever this time. Such a simple plan…

~~ This is a fun, emotional, sweet, and sexy book. You’re gonna love it. I do!

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A New Year – A New Word(s) of Intention

January 7th, 2018

I’m not much for New Year’s Resolutions. The surest way for me not to attain a resolution is to set it in stone. I don’t know, the rebel in me just balks. So for the past couple of years, I have chosen a Word of Intention for the year. 2016 was Gratitude. Each day, I strove (strived? stroved? egad) to feel grateful for some aspect of my life, no matter how small. My mood is affected by not only the ups and downs of daily life, the losses that naturally increase as we and our loved ones age, but also by the weather. And in my part of the world, in the winters we get our fair share of white-shrouded skies, in the spring comes the gray clouds and sometimes torrential rains (our region suffered severe flooding in 2017), and the summers, while usually nice, lately we are experiencing drought and forest fires up the whazoo, which makes for more clouds–with smoke–obscuring the skies. Something about a blue sky just lifts my spirits. The weight of clouds weighs me down. So my annual Word of Intention helps me get through those rainy or fire-smoky days,

For 2017, I chose Positivity as my Word of Intention. In retrospect, this was a fantastic choice. My dear doggie left this world in November, and I spent most of last year as her caregiver. Reminding myself to find the positive in a day–no matter how small–helped me focus on the positivity animals, and especially dogs, radiate. Once Allie died, I got very ill with a host of viruses that seemed to swoop in and take advantage of my total lack of defenses. Only wrapping myself in the feeling of positivity Allie gave me helped me through some of those days.

So along came the time to choose my word for 2018. I chose Joy, as an extension of Gratitude and Positivity. Here we are less than 10 days into the new year, though, and Joy alone isn’t quite working. As I gazed at the white sky while on a solo walk without my beloved pooch, I wondered why. And I decided Joy wasn’t…verby enough. It’s a fine plan to try and embrace a spark of joy in daily life as we proceed through the year, but I needed something more active to spur me along. Joy is my goal, but being Proactive every day, in my writing and in my life, I believe will help set me on the path to Joy.

And you know what? It’s working. The days I can’t find joy, I remind myself to just be proactive, to take a step toward a writing or personal goal. And once I’m in the midst of doing that, well, there comes my joy.

Some days, joy is elusive. And you know what? That’s okay. It’s hard to find joy when someone passes away or another sort of tragedy befalls a loved one. But by being proactive, I am confident that step by step, I will find my way back to joy every time.

What about you? Do you set Resolutions? Or do you have a Word of Intention for the year? The season? This month? That’s sort of the approach I’m taking with 2018. If February requires a word other than Proactive to pave the path to Joy, so be it. Don’t fence me in! My year is wide open.

Heat Up Your New Year!

December 31st, 2017

My buddy, my pal, my lifelong friend, Kate St. James, has a new release! The second edition of A LITTLE WILD, a super-steamy sinsational romance previously published by the now-defunct Samhain Publishing, has been updated and revised for indie re-issue just in time for the new year. The book is in Kindle Unlimited at the moment, so if you have KU, you can read A LITTLE WILD for free.

Check it out!

She wants a little. She’s gonna get a lot.

Tess Sheridan works her tail off hoping to make partner at a prestigious law firm. The hitch? She hasn’t sizzled the sheets with a hot hunk of a man in over a year. Bedroom romps can lead to love, and she can’t afford the distraction. Infusing sensual oomph into her life must come later. Much later.

Then Tess’s best friend dares her to put her fantasies to the test with a gorgeous stranger. Can Tess pamper her inner wild woman and keep her heart in check without risking her career goals?

Bad boy Zach Halliday realizes it’s time to stand on his own outside the family fortune. When it comes to his personal life, though, he’s all about taking pleasure to the max. Like making the most of a steamy encounter with the beautiful strawberry blonde he met in a bar. Oh, yeah.

Discovering she’s the lawyer for his new business has Zach reconsidering…everything. Tess is such a fascinating combination of buttoned-down legal eagle and softhearted woman that he’s swept away. Can he convince her there’s more between their sheets than a little wild action?

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Golden Heart Finalists – Where Are We Now?

October 26th, 2017

Back in 2007, WHERE SHE BELONGS finaled in the prestigious Romance Writers of America Golden Heart contest. Yep, it’s mentioned on some of my covers. Most every year, the group of finalists creates an online sisterhood. My year, 2007, we called ourselves the Bond Girls in honor of ’07 and created a wonderful community as well as a group blog that took a lot of time and effort. It was beautiful, well-run and well-organized (I say as one of several volunteers behind the scenes), but unfortunately only a few months into the blog’s inception the Internet was hit with a mega-gremlin, and the Bond Girls blog suffered an untimely death.

Another Golden Heart “class,” the Ruby Slippered Sisterhood, survives to this day with a healthy group blog that appears here to stay. Today, I and other members of the Bond Girls as well as the Wild Cards (the GH finalists from ’05) are featured on the Ruby Slippered blog. Hop on over to catch up on my own goings-on, as well as several others, including B.C. writer Susan Lyons.

Easy Last Minute Gifts

December 23rd, 2016

Visit Slingwords for easy last-minute Christmas gifts! Easy to buy, easy to give!

Thank you Joan Reeves for putting it all together!

Save 40% on PICTURE IMPERFECT on Kobo!

December 15th, 2016

Attention Kobo Readers! PICTURE IMPERFECT is 40% off at Kobo only December 15-19th, 2016! Grab your copy with promo code 40DEC at checkout!

Fun Interview at Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers

December 9th, 2016

Join me today for a fun interview at Anastasia Pollock’s blog!

Fun fact about Anastasia – she’s fictional! You can find her in Lois Winston’s books.

PICTURE IMPERFECT One-Month Birthday

November 19th, 2016

PICTURE IMPERFECT has been out a month already! That’s in eBook. I am happy to announce that the print edition is now also available, from Amazon, Amazon Canada, UK Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.

I am pretty stoked that PICTURE IMPERFECT has a 4.3 star review average on Amazon! Here are some tidbits:

“…a great mix of romance, suspense, humor and a very well developed story.”

“This was a very entertaining book…  I loved the banter back and forth between characters.”

“…delicious romantic mystery…”

“…humor, twists and turns, romance and mystery.”

“If you enjoy romance, along with a mystery to solve, you need to read Picture Imperfect!”

Find PICTURE IMPERFECT at your favorite retailer!

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Win a Kindle Fire and 60 Romantic Comedies!

November 10th, 2016

Hey, everyone, I was supposed to post this on Monday and somehow forgot!! It went out in my newsletter and on Twitter and Facebook, but I totally forgot to mention it on my blog. Bad me. I got swept up in the US election and it slipped my mind.

But, no worries, the Romantic Comedy Booksweeps is taking entries until November 14th. There’s still time to enter to win 60 romantic comedies, including my Canadian-set romcom, HEAD OVER HEELS, as well as a Kindle Fire! Visit Booksweeps to enter.

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Seeing as I’m putting this out right after a blog post about my interview on Alicia Dean’s blog, which includes an excerpt from PICTURE IMPERFECT, I’m mentioning that again now as well. It’s a fun interview, so please drop by.

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