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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” http://nyti.ms/2xxXZ78.

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: http://amzn.to/2krMwfE
Amazon Paperback: http://amzn.to/2kYLWZV
B&N: http://bit.ly/2kNuo0p
iBooks: http://apple.co/2qsqdwx
Kobo: http://bit.ly/2fuEphL

Fresh Fiction Review


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