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#ManCandyMonday – Jaime Camil from Jane the Virgin

So now that the cat’s out of the bag that I ghostwrote SNOW FALLING, the novel from JANE THE VIRGIN, I can admit to my MAJOR crush on Jaime Camil who plays Rogelio, Jane’s father. The character on the show is over the top, self-centered, and yet totally lovable at the same time. It takes talent to create that blend and have Rogelio be so interesting. Of course, he’s also very sexy. Catnip to us cougars! LOL!

Jaime started his career as a radio commentator, began singing in the late 90s, and eventually became a telenovela star in Mexico before l landing roles in various films and on Broadway. In 2014 he took on the role of Rogelio de la Vega, Jane’s telenovela star father. You can find out more about Jaime at his website at Thanks to his Instagram account for this photo!

FYI – You can buy SNOW FALLING at the following retailers as well as in bookstores everywhere:

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#ManCandyMonday Suit or Surfer? You decide!

So what’s sexier? A man in a suit (or getting out of it) or a sexy surfer dude? That’s the choice I had when writing the Pierce brothers, Owen and Jonathan, for the At the Shore Contemporary Romance Series.

Owen is Mr. Suit, all buttoned up and responsible until he does the unthinkable and falls in love with the daughter of his father’s bitter enemy in ONE SUMMER NIGHT.

Jonathan, Mr. Surfer Dude, is the rebel who is always in search of something new and different until he meets a woman who has planned every aspect of her life – except him of course. Look for his story and Connie’s in WHAT HAPPENS IN SUMMER.

So what’s sexier? Or are the Pierce brothers both sexy men?

FYI – My publisher has dropped the price of ONE SUMMER NIGHT to .99 cents for a limited time! If you haven’t already picked up your e-book, you can do so at the following retailers:

#ThrowbackThursday – Me and my Grandma

My grandma, like my mom, was a strong woman. A real role model, a great cook, and just a fascinating woman. I miss her and my mom every day. This is a picture of her with me when I was just a wee baby! I was named after her in part. My real first name is Caridad de las Nieves, but when I became a citizen, I took Nieves as my middle name since I couldn’t keep my whole first name.
caridad and abuela nieves

#ThoughtfulTuesday Help Us Help Women Receiving Treatment for Cancer

I had just turned 22 when the doctors said my mom had cancer. Nothing in the world could have prepared me for that or for what would follow in the next few months. It was difficult to watch my mom, who was my friend and mentor as well as my mom, suffer and fade away. Just over a decade later, my father passed from the same disease.

It was no easier when nearly 12 years ago I heard the word again, only this time the Big C had come for me. I was lucky to have doctors who listened to my first complaint that something wasn’t right and even luckier to have the best doctors to treat me.

When I decided to do a book launch, I thought it would be fun to do it in my daughter’s store since it’s mentioned in ONE SUMMER NIGHT and then in more detail in WHAT HAPPENS IN SUMMER (#2 in the At the Shore series). But I also wondered what the two of us could do to help others while we celebrated my new release.

For that reason, a portion of the proceeds from book sales and sales at my daughter’s store during the book launch party will be donated to Mary’s Place by the Sea, a respite for women receiving treatment for cancer. Since some of you may not be able to make that book launch party in person, I will also be making donations for every copy of ONE SUMMER NIGHT sold from October 22 to October 29, whether online or in a book store!

If you are in the area, I’d love to see you! Here is the information for the book launch party!

    October 29 – 2 pm to 5 pm
    (formerly October 22 rescheduled due to conflict)
    Book Launch Party at
    OG Surf and Skate
    53 Main Avenue
    Ocean Grove, NJ 07756

You can order ONE SUMMER NIGHT at the following retailers:

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#WisdomWednesday – Is bad publicity good publicity?

There are some things that most writers have on their bucket list, including hitting the NY Times Bestseller List. If you write anything other than romance, you might also have “appear in the New York Times Book Review” on that list. As a romance writer, being in the Book Review was not on my list mainly because the NY Times normally doesn’t pay much attention to us. They even got rid of the Mass Market Fiction list which is where a lot of romance writers might appear on a list.

Imagine my surprise when I got a note from my publisher that I might be in the Times. It was like a WHAT? REALLY? And sure enough, Mr. Robert Gottlieb included ONE SUMMER NIGHT in his “Round Up of Romance”

I have to admit that when I first read the review, I didn’t know what to make of it (besides the weirdness factor of having an 86 year old man think that ” The sex between Maggie and Owen is equally delicious . . .”)

And then came all the commentary about the “Round Up of Romance” and the ensuing justification by the NY Times Editor for choosing Mr. Gottlieb to review romance and the manner in which he reviewed it (see below).

So for today, I’d be interested in hearing your take on the “Round Up of Romance” and whether bad publicity is just as good as good publicity.


#TeaserTuesday ONE SUMMER NIGHT & #Giveaway

Good morning and Happy Tuesday! Today I’ve got an excerpt for you from ONE SUMMER NIGHT which has been getting great reviews! The latest one is from Fresh Fiction and here’s what they had to say:

    Hot, sexy, and refreshing! ONE SUMMER NIGHT is a wonderful example of contemporary romance at its best! The characters are dynamic and surprisingly relatable. The Jersey Shore comes fully to life; the perfect setting for these characters’ sizzling attraction. Readers will root for Maggie and Owen to open their hearts and fall fully in love.

And now, for today’s teaser! In this scene, Owen has just climbed up a wisteria vine to sneak into Maggie’s room via the balcony at her shore house. Since this is a Romeo and Juliet kind of story, I just thought it would be fun to have a balcony scene!


    Owen loved the blossom of pink across her cheeks and her obvious discomfiture. While they may have both been young and maybe a little tipsy, he recollected her response, and it had not been lacking in any way.

    “Funny, but I remember it was kinda nice,” he said, closing his eyes for a moment to drag up that memory. Maggie in her bikini, her body lean but with all those curves he itched to touch. Her blue eyes, bright like a summer sky, darkening with pleasure as he’d caressed her cheek and urged her closer for a kiss.

    “Owen, wake up,” she urged, and he slowly opened his eyes to meet her questioning gaze. Then he dipped his gaze down and hers followed.

    Another layer of color painted her cheeks as she noticed what was happening in his jeans.

    “I’m more than awake, as you can see,” he teased and cradled her face. Urging her gaze back up, he said, “You were beautiful then, and you’re even more beauti- ful now.”

    “Is that all this is? Physical attraction?” she said and gestured to the very obvious bulge visible beneath the denim.

    He stroked a thumb across the stain of pink on her cheek before dipping his thumb down to trace the edges of her lips. “It’s a good start,” he said, because as much as he wanted to tell her how much he liked her intel- ligence and poise, his brain couldn’t find a way to say it just right. He wanted it to be just right with her in every way that it could be.

    “Kiss me, Maggie. Please,” he said and eased his hand behind her neck to apply gentle pressure and draw her closer.

    Her soft sigh of resignation spilled across his lips a second before the moist warmth of her mouth covered them.

    Sweet lord but he loved the feel of her. The taste of her, he thought as he met her kiss. He accepted the mingling of her breath with his and the fluid brush of her lips across his. As the kiss deepened, he opened his mouth and licked her lips, silently pleaded for her to open to him, and she did, accepting the slide of his tongue. Meeting it with her own.

    He groaned, his head whirling with everything that was Maggie and that he’d wanted for so long.

I hope you enjoyed that excerpt! ONE SUMMER NIGHT is available at the following retailers:

Amazon Kindle:
Amazon Paperback:

Fresh Fiction Review


Don’t miss this giveaway! If you cannot see the post below, you can click here to enter!
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