Happy happy Thanksgiving!

It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is here! I love this time of year with the changing colors of the leaves and the smell of wood burning in fireplaces. I also love being able to spend some time with family, gathered around the table, sharing all the things for which we are thankful.

In that spirit, I want to say, I am thankful for all of you who take the time to come by every day! THANK YOU!

I will be back on Monday with some delicious Man Candy. For now, here’s a photo that I snapped of Macy’s in Herald Square. They are all ready for the Thanksgiving parade tomorrow and the start of the Christmas season. Sigh. I really must make my list and start to get ready. First thing on my plate: Getting the Christmas village up next week.

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#TeaserTuesday STAY THE NIGHT Erotic Military Romance

Stay the Night Erotic Military RomanceI’m so excited that I’ve almost finished the final editing on the next book in the Take a Chance series!

STAY THE NIGHT is the story of Navy Seal Rafe Castillo and his wife Elena. They are two people who have been in love with each other forever, but when they are forced into marriage by an unexpected pregnancy, it changes the course of their lives.


He was the kind of man that every woman would want . . .

Sexy and handsome Rafael Castillo was a star athlete and honor student. Everyone knew Rafe was going places and would make his hometown proud. Elena Martinez dreams of the day that the friendship she shares with Rafe will turn into something more. When that moment comes she doesn’t hesitate to grab it, and Rafe, with both hands.

She was the woman he’d dreamed of and whose life he’d ruined . . .

Rafe has been in love with Elena since the fifth grade when she stood up for him and stopped bullies from teasing him for being different. In the years since then, Rafe has watched Elena grow into a smart, beautiful, and desirable woman. He had hoped Elena would be a part of his future and was determined to show her how special she is to him.

Can they forget the past in order to build their future?

A fateful night of passion will change the future both Elena and Rafe had envisioned. Forced into marriage by an unexpected pregnancy, they find themselves separated by the demands of impending parenthood. Rafe enlists in the Navy Seals to support his new wife and the child who is on the way, but Fate is determined to throw them another curve. After Elena’s miscarriage and years of separation during Rafe’s tours of duty, have they grown too far apart or is love still possible between them?


If you can’t see the excerpt below, you can click here to read the Stay the Night excerpt.

STAY THE NIGHT will be released on December 15th, but you can pre-order STAY THE NIGHT at the following retailers:

Amazon: http://bit.ly/AMZStay
Nook: http://bit.ly/BNStay
Kobo: http://bit.ly/KoboStay
iBooks: http://bit.ly/iBooksStay

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#ManCandyMonday Howie Long

Even now, Howie Long is still sexy. Love that militarily neat hair and sharp jaw. keen blue eyes and big body. Of course, it helps that he’s a fellow Villanova alumni and Hall of Famer.

Hope you enjoy today’s Man Candy. Also, a shout out to all my buddies in Buffalo. Thinking of you and hoping you get through this horrible weather safely.

By Airman Apprentice Raynel Emmons, U.S. Navy (RELEASED) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
By Airman Apprentice Raynel Emmons, U.S. Navy (RELEASED) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
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#FreebieFriday #FreeRead Take a Chance #Boxset

Boy am I thankful for Friday. It has been a trying week and I want to thank all of you for your well wishes and support. I’m doing much better today. Feeling better and the tree is gone. Handymen are on their way to give quotes for fixing the damage to the house and deck. I’ve got my laptop running again and hubby suprised me with an upgrade to my phone! Yeah. Still getting used to it, but I love that it’s bigger so my clumsy fingers can type better.

I’m sharing this free read from the Take a Chance box set. As I mentioned, I’m working on number 4 in the series, Stay the Night, and trying to think about who should be in the fifth story. I mentioned in One Last Night that Maggie has a sister in the service. I’m thinking it may be time for another story with a female service member. What do you think?

Take a Chance Erotic Romance Box Set by Draft2Digital

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#ThrowbackThursday The Kids

With Thanksgiving almost here, it makes me think of all the things for which I am grateful, like all “the kids” in our family! This is a shot from the first Christmas with my daughter (all the way to the right in the red velvet and hiding behind a toy) and our youngest nephew (being held by his proud big brother).

They are all wonderful kids and I am so so happy that they are part of our family!
Caridad's Kids

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A heck of a few days & a Book Birthday

Take a Chance Box SetIt’s been a trying few days. Monday was the ‪#‎BookBirthday‬ for the Take a Chance ‪#‎erotic‬ ‪#‎military‬ ‪#‎romance‬ ‪#‎boxset‬ only it was tough to celebrate since:

1. My laptop crashed.
2. My Ipod died.
3. I went home sick on Monday and slept nearly 36 hours straight except for when
4. The tree hit the deck and house (see the photo below!).

Wow, yes I am not kidding. All that in 72 hours. The good news, I’m feeling better and I have a Book Birthday to celebrate! The Take a Chance set includes Just One Night, One Special Night and One Last Night and it’s only 2.99 for all three novellas! I hope you’ll check it out!

Amazon: http://bit.ly/AMZTAC
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/BNTACSet
iBooks: http://bit.ly/iBksTAC
Kobo: http://bit.ly/KoboTAC
All Romance Ebooks: http://bit.ly/AreTAC
Smashwords: http://bit.ly/SMWrdTAC

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#ManCandyMonday Take a Chance #BoxSet Release Day!

Take a Chance erotic Military romanceWoo hoo, it is an exciting day! It’s the release day for the Take a Chance box set featuring Just One Night, One Special Night and One Last Night. Plus I’m just finishing up Stay the Night which should be out in early December! Unfortunately I had a laptop crash which slowed things down a little this weekend. :(

I hope you’ll take a moment to check out this box set. I have loved writing these stories and I hope you will enjoy reading them just as much!
Take a Chance Men

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#FunFriday Let Me Out Simon’s Cat

I love Simon’s Cat and since my new little kitten greets me like this in the morning, I thought it was time to share this funny cat video for a change of pace!

Hope you all have a lovely weekend.

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#ThrowbackThursday London 2010

In 2010 I was working on a series involving ancient relics and it was set primarily in London. I also had another book to write with more scenes in London and since my daughter was doing a study abroad there, it seemed like the perfect time to go and do some research. Just a few problems. It was Easter time and little did we know that there were a lot of “bank holidays” which meant some of the train lines weren’t working. Also, the Queen wasn’t in residence at Buckingham Palace but at Windsor Castle which meant we could walk the grounds, but not see the inside of the castle. :(

Still, we had an amazing time and I got to take lots of pictures of prospective locations and visit some of the places I wanted to include in the books.

Here is a photo of me, my daughter and my hubby outside Windsor Castle.

If you’d like to see more photos, you can check out this album! There are nearly 200 photos there.

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#WriteWed ONE LAST NIGHT and Family Relationships

ONE LAST NIGHT Erotic Military RomanceFamily relationships can be both difficult and rewarding. It all depends on the people involved and the challenges they have been presented in life. Sometimes people are presented with challenges they handle in ways that harmful to the family relationship even though they think that what they’re doing is the right thing.

I had a situation in my life like that after my mom died. We really weren’t ready for it because she was so young and it happened so fast and the aftermath was hard in many ways. I coped with it as I could, trying to make things as right as I could for the people around me.

It took me a long time to realize that I hadn’t given myself the time I needed to grieve and that the people around me didn’t necessarily want or need what I had done to keep things on an even keel.

It was that kind of life challenge that inspired the relationship between Trevor and his father. I can’t really say what the “big event” in Trevor’s life was without spoiling a key revelation in ONE LAST NIGHT, but I will tell you that it was what led in large part to the path Trevor chooses to walk and his estrangement from his father.

Kind of heavy for a sexy kind of story, but for me the story is all about the emotion and romance. If that’s not there, all the sex in the world won’t make it right.

I guess I did something right. Here’s what Samantha H. had to say about ONE LAST NIGHT:

    “Beautifully written love story. Trevor and Maggie’s book is one story that you must read. Their love story will make you laugh, cry, and fan yourself.”

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