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One Summer Night Contemporary Romance #TeaserTuesday

Good morning! With all this wet weather lately it seems like summer will never arrive and I feel almost the same way about my upcoming October release, ONE SUMMER NIGHT! I’m so excited to be able to share with you the Jersey Shore that I love and the quaint towns that have inspired Sea Kiss, the fictional town in the At the Shore Series.

So to get a start on summer and keep it going until October, here’s a blurb, teaser and video for ONE SUMMER NIGHT.

Blurb

Sourcebooks Casablanca One Summer Night Contemporary RomanceAn offer that’s impossible to accept…

Maggie Sinclair has tried everything to save her family’s business, including mortgaging their beloved beach house on the Jersey Shore. But now, she’s out of options.

The Sinclair and Pierce families have been neighbors and enemies for almost thirty years. That hasn’t stopped Owen Pierce from crushing on Maggie, and he’s determined to invest in her success. Now he has to convince her that he’s more than just trouble with a capital T…

Teaser

With keen interest, Owen Pierce took note of the three women as they hurried away from the dais and into the Sinclair mansion.

“Put your eyes back in your head, Bro. She’s nothing but trouble,” Jon warned in low tones.

Owen bit back the retort that if anyone knew about trouble, it was his brother. Jonathan had always marched to a different drummer and had set out on his own as a teenager to explore what he wanted out of life. Now a successful entrepreneur, he had captured the media’s attention with his innovative designs and daring adventures. That left Owen to shoulder most of the burden of the family’s real estate business, as well as deal with his father’s anger over Jonathan’s latest newsworthy escapade.

He envied his brother’s carefree spirit and determination, especially as Maggie Sinclair marched back onto the patio with her friends, an angry bride, and an obviously inebriated groom. Both the bride and groom looked far from happy as they approached the elaborate multi-tiered wedding cake that had been wheeled out to the middle of the makeshift dance floor.

He worried the bride might plunge the long knife she held into her new husband, but luckily for the newlyweds, Maggie directed the blade toward the cake.

Jon playfully elbowed him. “Seriously, Owen. She’s not for you. Father declared the Sinclairs off-limits ages ago. He would have a stroke if he thought the two of you were involved.”

Involved with Maggie Sinclair, Owen thought and sighed with regret.

In a way, he’d been involved with her forever. He’d like to chalk it all up to a sloppy, hurried, and stolen kiss at eighteen and the allure of forbidden fruit. But since that kiss, he’d watched her mature into a smart, beautiful woman. One who was willing to work hard for the town and business she cared about as well as friends and family. With every encounter, he’d grown more intrigued with the person Maggie had become.

But his father had come down hard on them about mingling with the Sinclairs right after Maggie’s mother’s death. For years, they’d been unable to come to their Sea Kiss home, and even when they’d returned, they’d done so without their father, who refused to be so close to the family he thought had wronged him.

Not that Owen expected that Jon would kowtow to such rules, since his brother was the kind of man who didn’t hesitate to take what he wanted.

He arched a brow and met his brother’s blue-eyed gaze, which glittered with a mix of undisguised challenge and amusement. “Do you think you’re the only one entitled to a little adventure in your life?” he said.

Jon chuckled. “My kind of adventure is way safer than what you may be considering.”

“Why’s that, Li’l Bro?” he asked, appreciating the sight of Maggie in a dusty-rose gown that hugged dangerous curves. Her chestnut-brown hair fell to her shoulders in soft waves and framed ice-blue eyes and a sassy, sexy face that snared his attention every time he saw her.

Jonathan took a last sip of his champagne and barely stifled another laugh. With a shake of his head, he replied, “Because all I risk is an occasional broken bone, but that…” He jerked his head in Maggie’s direction as she stepped back beside Connie and Emma. “That will break your heart.”

Video Trailer

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#ManCandyMonday Beard or No Beard?

Doing something a little different today for Man Candy Monday! I guess this was prompted by this baseball season and the assortment of beards that were visible out on the field. I haven’t seen that much facial hair in years. Some of it not so attractive.

So, I’m okay with a beard as long as it’s nicely trimmed and neat. What about you? Beard or no beard?
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#ManCandyMonday Liam Hemsworth

I’m working on SINCE WE WERE 18 (the tentative title for #1 in the Jersey Girl Bridesmaids series) and the brother of the hero is a laid-back, thrill-seeking, surfer-type dude. His name is Johnson, but everyone calls him J for a variety of reasons. I’ve been thinking of who I might cast to play J and Liam Hemsworth came to mind. Welcome Liam to Man Crush Monday!

Photo Credit: Kurt Kulac (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

#WriteWed Asbury Park Inspiration for Under the Boardwalk

When we first moved to our little piece of the Jersey Shore, Asbury Park was still attempting to recover from the malaise of the 1960s and 1970s. For decades, people were hoping the city would be revitalized and over the last six or so years, there has been an amazing change in the city. In fact, in a recent NY Times article, a local lawyer dubbed it “Brooklyn on the Beach.”

New restaurants and a new hotel as well as cornerstones like the Stone Pony, Wunder Bar, the Convention Center, and the Paramount Theater have made Asbury Park the “hip” place to be!

It was that new sense of energy that inspired the choice of the Asbury Park boardwalk for my UNDER THE BOARDWALK novella.

Here are some photos of the boardwalk for you!

You can purchase UNDER THE BOARDWALK at these retailers!

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#TeaserTuesday Under the Boardwalk from the SUMMER HEAT Box Set

It’s time for a teaser and today it’s a short excerpt from my new story, Under the Boardwalk, in the the SUMMER HEAT Box Set!

This is a sexy, but emotional story, about a married couple trying to rekindle the summer love they had discovered along the Jersey Shore boardwalks. Why a married couple? Well, marriages sometimes take hard work to maintain, but I do believe that if you truly love someone, that hard work will pay off with a happily-ever-after.

In the case of Natalie and Chase, passion is not the issue, and as I said, this definitely is a sensual story. But more importantly, I hope you’ll be rooting for Natalie and Chase to work through their issues and rediscover their love for each other.

Teaser

Natalie Ramirez has spent less and less time with her husband over the last year and more and more time alone. She longs for the happy days of summer when she and Chase would pass the time together on the beach and under the boardwalk, exploring the passion that simmered between them as hot as any summer sun.

Chase Smith had to work hard for everything he ever had, including his wife Natalie. His wife had never wanted for anything in her life and Chase didn’t want to disappoint her. But somewhere along the way, Chase lost sight of the most important thing she wanted: his love.

A passionate night under the boardwalk brought them together, but can Chase and Natalie rekindle that lost love and save their marriage?

Excerpt

Click here if you cannot see the excerpt below!

Additional Info

The SUMMER HEAT Box Set is specially priced at 99 cents for a limited time and is now available at:

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BN: http://bit.ly/1VIZ7qJ
Kobo: http://bit.ly/1XPUCvS
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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:

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Tuesday Travels Philly Flower Show & Monaco

I am so excited about the current WIP, TO CATCH A PRINCESS. It is moving along so well and I’m having a blast with it. Only sad part is that I’ve never been to Monaco and so I can’t include any real life experience for you. It looks like such a fabulous place and it’s been on my Bucket List for a while, so hopefully I’ll get there one day.

Right now I’m working on a scene where the hero whisks away the heroine to his family’s villa just outside of Eze, a small town in France. The roads in this area are kind of risky and curvy and with this being a romantic suspense, you just know there has to be some kind of speeding car scene! I won’t say more and ruin it for you.

Here’s a shot of what some of the roads in the area look like! A sure bet for a wild ride.

Eze sculpture garden. - Photo de Eze, Côte d'Azur
Cette photo de Eze est fournie gracieusement par TripAdvisor

But now for some more mundane travel right around the corner from home: Philadelphia. I love the city and of course, the annual flower show! This year it was really nice. The theme was Britain and there were some beautiful gardens and flowers to see and smell.

Here are some of my favorite shots. You can see more by clicking here.