Archive for September, 2013


Monday, September 30th, 2013

I’m tossing cyber confetti around! Because, finally, after nearly a 16-month hiatus, BORROWING ALEX is once more available as an ebook! The trade paperback release will occur in a few weeks on Amazon, and within about 6-8 weeks the paperback should populate on Canadian Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and be available for special ordering from your local bookstore.

I’ve posted the cover in previous posts, but you can get a look at a large version of the beautiful new cover by Kim Killion of The Killion Group (both the ebook cover and the trade paperback cover flat), or visit my BORROWING ALEX book page to read the story blurb and an excerpt.

The book is now available on Amazons around the world, Kobo, NOOK, and Apple!

Please celebrate with me. I need some chocolate. Who has some?

BORROWING ALEX Spotted on iTunes!

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

Phew, BORROWING ALEX was finally cleared for sale as an ebook from the Apple iTunes store. The official release date is September 30, two days from now, but Apple allows pre-orders from Indie writers, so BORROWING ALEX is officially available as a pre-order from Apple for the next two days! If you pre-order from Apple now, the book will become available for reading on Monday.

Same thing with pre-orders from Kobo. You can order the book now and get it September 30th, or wait, the choice is up to you.

Amazon and Barnes and Noble don’t do pre-orders for independent authors. So I will announce those links as they appear. But it looks like everything is setting up smoothly for Monday, barring an unforeseen disaster.

By the way, if you’re over at Kobo checking out my short stories, Deceiving Derek and Catching Claire, please ignore the “fiction – religious” classification. They’re supposed to be categorized under “fiction – humorous,” and, try as I might, I can not, so far, get the classifications to change. They used to say humorous, so don’t ask me how Kobo suddenly switched them to religious. Kobo is working with me to try and fix the issue, but fixing it from their end does not seem to have any effect.

Now, I’m not saying religious people wouldn’t enjoy the stories. But if you’re looking for an Inspirational Romance read, you’d be disappointed. The stories don’t include love scenes, but Deceiving Derek involves a lotta lingerie and the hero of Catching Claire is a part-time stripper. Not exactly religious themes.

Why, why, do the Kobo gremlins dislike me so?

BORROWING ALEX September 30th Release Date!

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

I’m in the midst of a huge website update in anticipation of the Monday, September 30th release date of the Blue Orchard Books re-issue of BORROWING ALEX, which is currently available for pre-order from Kobo. It’s more than a re-issue, because I’ve not only updated the book to reflect 2013 technology, but I’ve edited it to reflect my current writing style (ie. I’ve tightened it a bit and reworked a lot of sentences), but I’ve also expanded the novel to include two additional scenes. If you were one of the 40 or so people who read BORROWING ALEX while it was with Amber Quill Press, or if you’ve listened to the audiobook based on the first edition, don’t let me stop you from downloading the new ebook when it’s available and trying to figure out where the two new scenes have been added. 🙂

Hint: near the end.

Please sign up for my newsletter to be one of the first to know when BORROWING ALEX is available next week at Amazon, Kobo, NOOK and Apple. I’m waiting for the proof copy of the trade paperback before I approve the print edition to go on sale, so if you want paper it won’t be available until hopefully the first two weeks of October.

Right now, I’ve updated the BORROWING ALEX book page, where you can read the new back cover blurb and an excerpt. If you want to get an even closer look at the ebook cover and also the cover flat for the trade paperback edition, you can do by clicking the cover on the book page or by clicking here. I also created a page for the (so far only) foreign edition of BORROWING ALEX, the Greek edition from Anubis Publications, which, as well as being available on newsstands in Greece and Cyprus in paperback form (yes, that’s Jimmy Thomas on the cover!), is available in the Greek language as an ebook from Apple.

Now back to updating my website! Next up is a revamp of my Books page and swapping book covers in the image rotator on the Home page. That last one always gives me trouble.

Oh, before I forget (I nearly did!), a reader alerted me that my email link wasn’t working for them on my Contact page. I have investigated the issue and had a bunch of people test the email link. It appears to work for about 80% of test subjects, because the link depends on the reader having JavaScript enabled on their computer. If you don’t have it enabled, then you might not see my link at all or you might not be able to get it to load an email to send to me.

I designed my Contact page with the email script as a way to help stop non-humans from accessing my email address and sending me emails for various enlargements, etc. You know what I mean. However, if 20% of browsers can’t email me from my website, that’s no good, either.

I’m looking around now for some good email form code that I can embed on my Contact page, and then readers can fill out the form to send me an email. But, until I get around to finding the code and installing it, for now, if you can’t get the email link to work, either (1) ensure Java is installed on your computer (sorry, don’t know how you’d figure that out); or (2) message me from my Facebook page. Or Direct Message me from Twitter.

I’d rather not force folks who are not on social media to join social media just to email me, so sooner or later I will get the website email annoyance fixed. Aiming for a mid-October delivery date on that promise.

NOW back to updating my website!


“A Galapagos Journey, Day 2” at Galapagos Eco-Lodge Blog

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know that last Tuesday marked the inaugural post for my 15-week guest blogging adventure over at the Galapagos Eco-Lodge Blog. If you missed that post, you can check it out now.

Today I’m blogging about Isabela Island and our group’s journey, along with our naturalist guide, Harry Jimenez, to the Sierra Negra volcano.

While you’re at the blog, you can check out accommodations for the Galapagos Eco-Lodge, which is situated on San Cristobal Island. You can also like Galapagos Eco-Lodge on Facebook!

Click here to view my post.


Thursday, September 19th, 2013

I’m working hard to meet a September 30th release date for the re-issue of BORROWING ALEX. I just sent my files to my Apple Upload person, but Apple is running around 10-12 days to approve new listings, so I can’t be guaranteed at this point that the new ebook will be on Apple come September 30th, particularly as Apple is also unveiling a new operating system right now. But the ebook will be for sale on Amazon, NOOK, and Kobo on that date! And, as soon as I get the interior print files from my formatter, I will begin the uploading and proofing process for the new trade paperback. It should become available in October.

For now, if you click the link to the BORROWING ALEX book page on my website, you won’t see a nice new cover or even a new blurb or new excerpt! Yes, I need to update my website, but getting the book into queue for publication takes priority. That’s when a blog comes in mighty handy. Here’s the new cover!


Want a blurb?



Nikki St. James wants to get married more than anything. But what’s she to do when her fiancé spends his days sucking up to her rich father instead of helping with the simple task of, oh, setting a date? Why…fake a fling with the best man, of course!

Nikki is the first to admit that ambushing Alex Hart and whisking him off to secluded Lake Eden is a tad desperate. But maybe pretending she’s hot for the handsome history professor will kick-start the attention of her future groom. Besides, a sojourn at a lakeside cabin is exactly what uptight Alex needs. Not that Nikki cares what he needs or how sexy he is….

Alex is not on-board with Nikki’s plan. Yeah, he’d love a break from his quest to achieve tenure at warp speed, but getting kidnapped by a crazy blonde hardly tops his to-do list. If what he’s heard is true and Nikki is perfectly happy with her “open” engagement to his former college roommate, why bother getting married?

Quickly, he realizes Nikki isn’t a wild party girl at all. She’s cute, sweet—and faithful. Against his common sense, he’s falling for her. Should he spill the beans about her cheating fiancé? Or will he ruin his own chance for a happy ending?


Whatcha think?


Genre: Romantic Comedy

Length: 50,000 words

Edition: Second edition. Updated and Revised Author’s Cut. Includes two additional scenes! That’s right, more of Nikki and Alex to love!

Current State of Mind of Author: Befuddled

“A Galapagos Journey” at Galapagos Eco-Lodge Blog

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

As I mentioned yesterday, beginning today my travel posts about my two-week Galapagos Islands cruise in April 2012 on-board the Cormorant Catamaran will be appearing every Tuesday on the Galapagos Eco-Lodge blog. The posts will appear for the next 15 weeks, one post to represent every day of the cruise. On my own blog, sometimes I had two posts in one day, but those posts will usually be abridged into one post for the purposes of the Galapagos Eco-Lodge Blog.

Today, please click through to the Galapagos Eco-Lodge Blog to read all about Day 1 of my journey, where Harry Jimenez, owner/operator of the Galapagos Eco-Lodge, was the guide for our entire two-week cruise.

You can learn all about the Galapagos Eco-Lodge here and like them on Facebook here.

But now, my inaugural guest post!