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What’s Whitelisting, Anyway?

Friday, June 15th, 2018

I can’t claim to have a lot of knowledge about techy stuff, but recently I learned about whitelisting or “always approving” (which sounds better, IMO) emails from David Gaughran’s weekly email newsletter for authors. Basically, whitelisting is a way for email users to put you (or me, in this case) on an Approved list so your (er, my) emails don’t wind up in the Spam or Promotions or Junk or dratted Cyber-Goop folders.

Cyber-Goop is sticky, icky stuff. Although, it sounds cute. It should. I just made it up. So don’t go trademarking it on me now.

As it so happens, I want my readers to receive my emails. You know, the ones they signed up for. So today I sent out a stripped-to-the-bones plain Jane email about how to “Always Approve” my email address. If you’re pretty sure you’ve signed up for my email newsletter but have never received it, feel free to hop on over to my brand new handy-dandy Whitelist Instructions page. It opens in a new window but lacks a link back to my website (how did I let that happen?).

The page does have a link to the developers at the bottom, so if you’re an author who would like Whitelist Instructions for your own site, click through and scroll to the bottom for the developer’s link.

No, I’m not writing my email address in this blog post. Whenever I do that, I wind up with robots trying to get jiggy with me. And that just won’t do.

If you want to sign up for my email newsletter, I’d love to have you! But you gotta work just a little bit for it. You have to visit my Contact page (oh, the horror!) and fill out the form that is handily-dandily perched right up top.

If you really, really, really want to email me, there’s an email form on the Contact page right below the Newsletter Signup. Yes, I know, I’m aggravating. Someday, like within the next 8 – 16 months, I’ll bust a move away from my HTML site and onto designing something more mobile-friendly, but for now we’re stuck here.

Other new things around the site:

Why don’t I post the new covers on the blog? Well, I will. I promise. Just not today. (Although you can glimpse them in the sidebar).

One Week to Release! Reviews Coming in!

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

Here we go!!

Getting Over Brett releases April 3rd!

Getting Over Brett releases April 3rd!

The paperback of GETTING OVER BRETT is already available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble, and the eBook releases in one week from Amazon, Nook, Kobo, and iBooks. The book will be on Google Play as well, but that link won’t show up until release day.

I am so excited that advance reader copies are bringing in some great reviews on Amazon and Goodreads! Right now the book has a 4.3 star average on Amazon!

“I LOVED this book! Tori has a hard decision to make and Brett wants to rekindle what they had. Can they go beyond just friends? I loved the ups and downs of this book. Great story, great ending.” 5 Stars

“I love second chance romance storylines, my first book from this author was Picture Imperfect and today it’s still my favorite, this is my second best book from her, she never disappoints her readers.” 4 Stars

“I loved this book! The chemistry between Tori and Brett was off the charts. I loved the history between them and seeing both struggle with their attraction to each other. I couldn’t put it down because I just had to see what happened.” 4 Stars

“This is a well written romantic comedy with a sweet romance between Tori and Brett. The author does a great job weaving an entertaining story filled with humor and steam. I loved watching their bantering and how the story is brought around. I enjoyed this book and would highly recommend reading.” 5 Stars

Learn more about GETTING OVER BRETT.

One week to go!!

Getting Over Brett Cover Reveal!

Monday, 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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Coming soon to Google Play!

Golden Heart Finalists – Where Are We Now?

Thursday, 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.

Preview PICTURE IMPERFECT on Amazon Direct on Your Browser

Friday, October 21st, 2016

If you’re a reader you’re probably familiar with the Look Inside feature over on Amazon, but as I was getting ready for PICTURE IMPERFECT’s release week, I realized that Amazon now has a cool little pop-up app you can direct folks to, and if they click on it they can start reading my book right where they are, on their desktop or tablet and likely also their phones.

Testing it out here.

Yep, it works!

You can read up to around the beginning of Chapter Four without having to go search on Amazon for my book. Just click and read! (If you like what you read, you can then buy directly from the app, which would be nice the next time I need to buy some bulk cases of Kraft Dinner). (Mama needs royalties to keep DH in KD…)

I do have an excerpt on my website, but the Amazon preview app thingy is very cool!

One Week to Release!

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

PICTURE IMPERFECT releases in a week! My website is now fully updated with an excerpt, the cover, and buy links. Don’t forget, the pre-order savings will extend only a few days after release (like 3-5 days, depending on how long it takes each vendor to apply the regular price of $4.99 USD), so if you want to take advantage of pre-order savings, please do so quickly.

Nifty graphic:

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All buy links are on my PICTURE IMPERFECT book page!