#WriteWed The Next Generation

It’s always exciting to see the next generation of writers at work and know that you’ve somehow inspired them. Over the years, I’ve worked with a number of young authors to help them learn more about the publishing industry and to hone their writing craft.

I love seeing the enthusiasm they have and even more, I love seeing when they are successful in achieving their goals. Today’s post is dedicated to one of those young writers – my daughter!

As you may know, she self-published her first book, FOLLOWING JANE, a story about a young woman who is pursuing the adventure of a lifetime by trying to solve a scavenger hunt left by none other than Jane Austen!

Now she has finished a new novel and is getting it ready to submit. Here she is, hard at work on the dreaded synopsis! I am so so proud of her.
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#TeaserTuesday SINFUL SEVEN STORIES: The Second Collection

I’ve been blessed and honored to be able to participate in a number of box sets with some amazing author friends. It’s been an awesome experience working with these ladies and getting to know them better.

My next box set release with friends (because my April 15 Jersey Girls Contemporary Romance Box Set is just me) is the SINFUL SEVEN STORIES: The Second Collection featuring the following stories:

    FIND ME IN DARKNESS by Julie Kenner
    A doomed woman. A dangerous and mysterious man. And an epic passion that cannot be denied…

    BOND WITH ME by Anne Marsh
    Fallen angel Brends Duranov offers Mischka Baran an unforgettable taste of sin and seduction when she visits his elite Moscow club, but she’s looking for her missing sister—and not an angel mate. But with a sadistic killer carving up his brethren, Brends is playing for keeps, hunting the one woman whose bloodline can end the mayhem, whose bond can restore his lost wings…and now he wants Mischka to bond with him.

    PLANET MAIL by Kate Pearce
    As far as job hazards go, Douglass Fraser didn’t think crash-landing on an alien planet and spending her recuperation being erotically pleasured by three gorgeous men was in the United Planetary Parcel Service’s courier handbook. There certainly wasn’t a section on what to do when a very sexy king wants you to have his baby and save his world.

    UNMASQUED by Colette Gale
    When not-as-proper-as-one-would-think Victorian woman Jane Clemons convinces her father to take her on a jungle expedition, her only goal is to find her lover, Jonathan, who disappeared three years earlier. But shortly after their party arrives in Madagascar, Jane finds herself enthralled not only by the freedom and beauty of the lush jungle, but a reclusive wild man who seems to be fascinated by her….

    CORPORATE AFFAIRS by Nana Malone
    Powerhouse project manager, Kyra Benson, loves her new job. If only her domineering boss wasn’t the bane of her existence & a boon to her fantasies. X2 Games CEO, Bryan Ross, has devoted his life to his company. The last thing he needs is to get sidetracked by a woman who thinks she knows more about his business than he does. Can the two adversaries negotiate a truce & find love?

    ONE LAST NIGHT by Caridad Pineiro
    An act of compassion leads to unexpected pleasure . . .
    Thrown together, Trevor and Maggie can’t ignore the sexual heat between them. As they satisfy one set of needs, another slowly develops as passion breathes life into other emotions. Will Trevor and Maggie’s one last night together possibly lead to many other nights in the future?

    WARLORD’S DESTINY by Delilah Devlin
    Mora has no illusions she’s anything other than the sacrificial lamb to ensure peace between her peace-loving planet and the warlike world that demands a royal union with one of their own. However, when she meets the rugged warlord who will be her husband, she decides in that moment to win his heart—she’ll settle for nothing less.

Here is another excerpt for you from my contribution to the SINFUL SEVEN STORIES collection!

Please click here if you can’t see the ONE LAST NIGHT excerpt below!


You can purchase the SINFUL SEVEN STORIES: The Second Collection at these retailers:

Amazon: http://bit.ly/SS2AMZ
Amazon UK: http://bit.ly/SS2AMZUK
Amazon CA: http://bit.ly/SS2AMZCCA

Speaking of box sets, one of my new box sets with friends is now available for pre-order. The HEROES IN UNIFORM Romantic Suspense & Military Romance Box Set includes SINS OF THE FLESH and will be released on June 9, 2015. It’s specially priced at 99 cents for a limited time.

HEROES IN UNIFORM Romantic Suspense & Military Romance Box Set
Amazon: http://bit.ly/HeroesAMZ
Amazon UK: http://bit.ly/HeroesAMZUK
Amazon CA: http://bit.ly/HeroesCA
Nook: http://bit.ly/HeroesBN
Kobo: Coming Soon
iBooks: http://bit.ly/HeroesiBooks

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#FreebieFriday TAMING THE BACHELOR Contemporary Romance

Taming the BachelorGood morning! We’re finally having some warmer weather and I can’t wait for spring and summer to be here. My upcoming April 1 re-release, TAMING THE BACHELOR, is a contemporary romance set along the Jersey Shore during the summer. It’s specially priced for 99 cents until April 15.

This book is also part of the Jersey Girls Contemporary Romance Box Set which releases on April 15. The boxset is specially priced at 2.99 as well! That’s just 99 cents per novel.

Here’s a little bit more about TAMING THE BACHELOR and a little something special for you! Leave a comment on this blog and if you’re one of the first 30 comments, I’ll send you an e-copy of TAMING THE BACHELOR.

Reviews

Romantic Times – 4 Stars: “Daisy Ramos is a gorgeous genius who works with her equally gorgeous partner Brad Evans. But Brad is a known bachelor and Daisy has her doubts whether he will ever give up being a bachelor for her or anyone else. Can Brad convince Daisy that he is ready to get serious and that he wants to share his life with her and only her? . . . enticing sensual tale.”

Affaire de Coeur: “(E)ven more charm than its predecessor. . . Worth picking up!”

Blurb

Brad Evans doesn’t understand why a woman like Daisy Ramos would be interested in a guy like him. . .

She’s the first woman who’s ever made him consider giving up his beloved bachelorhood, but falling for her presents all kinds of problems. For starters, she’s one of his partners in a successful biotech company. But worse, she’s the kind of woman who will drive a man to distraction and Brad’s not sure he can risk losing his focus or his heart to Daisy. But he can’t ignore that whenever she walks into a room, he wishes things could be different between them.

Daisy doesn’t believe that a confirmed bachelor and beach dude like Brad will ever walk down the aisle . . .

Especially not with a woman like her. She’s known Brad for years and knows he’s never serious about anything. He flits from one woman to another and spends his free time playing volleyball on the beach. He’s not a forever kind of guy and her determined workaholic mind warns her that he’s absolutely the wrong man for her, but her heart says something else.

You can purchase TAMING THE BACHELOR at these retailers:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1DNXJJ4
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1DNXPQX
Amazon CA: http://amzn.to/1DNXQEz
Nook: http://bit.ly/1DNXUnB
Kobo: http://bit.ly/1DNXXjo
iBooks: http://apple.co/1DNXTjz

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#ThrowbackThursday Ultimate Fan Girl Moment with Nora Roberts

There are some moments as a writer and reader that you will never forget. One of those moments was being invited to sign at the Turn the Page bookstore and sitting next to Nora Roberts at the signing! Well, sitting next to Nora’s fabulous son and assistant at the signing. Afterward, I got a chance to get a picture with her and chat with her a bit. She is such an open and lovely person. It really meant a lot to me then and it still does. Here are some pictures from that day and to prove I really did sit next to her, you can see the plaid shirt in both shots!

As for why I’m holding the plush beagle doll, I had a beagle named Spotty in THE LOST and he was keeping me company on my trip up to the 2012 RITA Awards.

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#WriteWed Summer & My Little Balcony

My favorite time of year is the summer! I look forward to long strolls along the boardwalk, time spent reading romance novels on the beach, fireworks, and last but not least, writing on my little balcony.

It’s not big in size, but it’s immense in the peace it brings me as I sit out there writing or just hanging out with my hubby, enjoying a summer day.

I write a lot more on that little balcony than I do during the winter months when I’m trapped indoors by the cold. Brrr. Winter is so not my favorite time of year.

This morning I’m sharing with you some photos from that special space and hoping I can go out there again soon!

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#TeaserTuesday ONE NIGHT OF PLEASURE Video Trailer & Lucky 7 Brazen Bachelors Release Day!

Brazen BachelorsIt’s our release day for the Lucky 7 Brazen Bachelors Contemporary Romance Box Set! Yeah! So excited! This box set is a collection of novellas featuring sexy bachelors who are determined to have it all. I’m honored and excited to be in the set with my friends again! My contribution to the Lucky 7 set is JUST ONE NIGHT, my sexy story with Marine bachelor Jase Hart. JUST ONE NIGHT is the first novella in the Take a Chance military romance series.

The Lucky 7 Brazen Bachelors Box Set is available at the following retailers:
Amazon: http://bit.ly/7BrazenAMZ
Amazon UK: http://bit.ly/7BrazenUKAMZ
Amazon CA: http://bit.ly/7BrazenCAAMZ
Nook: http://tinyurl.com/pdmkhg5
Kobo: http://tinyurl.com/p5mmrtk
iBooks: http://tinyurl.com/poykr9c

Since this is a Teaser Tuesday, I wanted to share with you this little video trailer tease that I did for ONE NIGHT OF PLEASURE, the latest release in the Take a Chance series.

Please click here if you cannot see the ONE NIGHT OF PLEASURE video trailer below.

ONE NIGHT OF PLEASURE is available at these online retailers!

Amazon: http://bit.ly/AMZUSOneNight
Amazon UK: http://bit.ly/AMZUKOneNight
Amazon CA: http://bit.ly/OneNightAMZCA
Nook: http://bit.ly/OneNightBN
Kobo: http://bit.ly/OneNightKobo
iBooks: http://bit.ly/OneNightiBooks

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#ManCandyMonday Prince Harry & Military Men

Good morning! Hope you are all off to a good start to the week! I don’t know about you, but I think military men are sexy and while I was pondering who to share with you this morning it came to me – Prince Harry! He has been in the news lately about leaving the military, but during his time there, he has done a great deal to work with wounded soldiers. So today’s Man Candy is none other than one of the sexiest red-headed men out there in uniform!

Prince Harry in Uniform

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#FunFriday Create Something Magical Conference & First Day of Spring

Woo hoo spring is here . . . oh wait, snow is on the way. Sigh. Just a little longer and maybe it will warm up!

In the meantime, I’ll warm up with some friends at the Create Something Magical Conference this weekend. I can’t wait to hear some of the panels, rub elbows with the readers and other authors, and spend time with my best friend, my daughter. Besides owning a fabulous surf and skate shop, she’s also an aspiring author. She self-published FOLLOWING JANE and she’ll be pitching her new book this weekend to some editors.

Very exciting.

To try and keep us optimistic that spring really is here, I’m sharing some flowers with you!

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#ThrowbackThursday CJ Hollenbach & Me!

Many years ago I had one of the better known cover models for one of my releases – CJ Hollenbach! CJ is such a sweet man and when I ran into him years later at an RT Convention, this Prince Charming posed for this picture with me.
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CJ was supposed to be on the cover of ALL MY LOVE, but at the last minute the cartoony cover craze had them switch it out. Here are the original covers!

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I’ve since edited and re-released ALL MY LOVE which is now available for pre-order as TAMING THE BACHELOR. This novel is specially priced at 99 cents until May 1.

Taming the BachelorAmazon: http://amzn.to/1DNXJJ4
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1DNXPQX
Amazon CA: http://amzn.to/1DNXQEz
Nook: http://bit.ly/1DNXUnB
Kobo: http://bit.ly/1DNXXjo
iBooks: http://apple.co/1DNXTjz

TAMING THE BACHELOR is also available as part of the Jersey Girls Contemporary Romance Box Set which is available for pre-order and is specially priced at 2.99 for all three novels!

Amazon: http://bit.ly/JrzGrlAMZUS
Amazon UK: http://bit.ly/JrzGrlAMZUK
Amazon CA: http://bit.ly/JrzGrlAMZCA
Nook: http://bit.ly/BNJerseyGirl
Kobo: http://bit.ly/JrzGrlKOBO
iBooks: http://apple.co/1DUcYmh

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#WriteWed I was a reader before I was a writer

Prince ValiantLong before I was a writer, I was a reader. Some of my fondest memories are of reading the Sunday paper with the comics, going to the library, or anxiously standing on the corner waiting for the bookmobile to arrive.

Prince Valiant was my all time fav comic. I lost myself in those amazing images by Hal Foster of Valiant fighting to save his people while falling in love with the fair Aleta. The illustrations in the strip are amazing and I loved reading the stories and making up my own action-adventure romance as I fell asleep at night. I should have known then that I was meant to put my stories on paper in the future.

This strip was first published in 1937 and is still syndicated today to 300 American newspapers. The creator, Hal Forest, is a Hall of Fame cartoonist and illustrator. Thank you, Mr. Forest, for such wonderful memories.

As I mentioned earlier, another memory is of the blue Levittown bookmobile rolling up to the corner. I’d dash in to return the books I had borrowed and to find new books! I always had a book in my hands and when I wasn’t reading a book, I was reading the cereal box. LOL!

Here’s a picture of an early version of the library bookmobile.
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I hope you enjoyed this Write Wednesday look at my days as a reader before I became a writer.

Prince Valiant Photo Credit: http://www.alvarezperea.com/alberto/images/prince_valiant.jpg http://www.schrijvergezocht.com/viewtopic.php?p=13868&sid=949d10039a50efca4d09d9d0e842e2ee This is fair use under US Copyright law because (1) It is only a small portion of the Prince Valiant body of work; (2) It should not affect the commercial value of Prince Valiant; and (3) It is used for non-commercial purposes.

Levittown Bookmobile Photo Credit: Levittown Public Library, 1 Bluegrass Lane, Levittown, N.Y. 11756

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