Spring is in full swing and that mean things are heating up not just outside but on the pages as well. My fellow Heartwarming pal, Jennifer Snow, has a very fun, not-so-sweet-and-heartwarming series about MMA fighters called Beyond the Cage. Her second book in the series, Breaking Her Rules, is due to be released July 21st and looks and sounds amazing. To get everyone in the mood, she’s made this teaser of a book trailer that she’s letting me share! I dare you to watch the trailer and tell me your interest is not piqued! (I won’t believe you if it’s not!)

MMA fighters go the distance in this all-new series from Jennifer Snow, author of the Brookhollow novels.

Walker Adams was supposed to follow in his lawyer father’s footsteps, but instead he’s training to be an MMA fighter. And while he works for his chance to make it in the UFC, he’s bunking on his baby sister’s best friend’s couch. Gracie Andrews is all grown up—in all the right places. But she’s engaged to the fight match-maker who holds Walker’s career in his hands…

Gracie had almost convinced herself that she’d put her silly childhood crush on Walker to rest. But the sight of him sleeping in only a pair of boxer briefs makes it clear that some things never change. And as old sparks turn to flames, Gracie is forced to decide between the future she thought she wanted or the man she’s never stopped loving…

Pick up your copy here:

Okay, take a look!

Jennifer Snow is a contemporary romance fiction writer. Her previous releases include Mistletoe Fever and Mistletoe & Molly from The Wild Rose Press and Mistletoe Bachelors from Secret Cravings Publishing. Her new six-book small town Brookhollow series released through Harlequin Heartwarming includes The Trouble With Mistletoe, What A Girl Wants, Falling for Leigh, The Mistletoe Melody and coming May 2015-Fighting for Keeps.

She has also published writing how-to articles in RWR Magazine, Mslexia Magazine and WestWord Magazine and has taught online writing courses through several RWA chapters.

Her 2013 Holiday release-The Trouble With Mistletoe was selected as a finalist in the Desert Rose Golden Quill Award and the Heart of Denver Aspen Gold Award. Her 2014 Holiday title-The Mistletoe Melody was selected as a finalist in the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence.

She is also the founder of the SnowGlobe Award for Holiday Titles-a annual contest for published Holiday themed romances. 

For those of you who prefer the clean stuff or just want to pick up a sweet read – please check out her wonderful Heartwarming books as well! 


Release day!

The Better Man Final Cover

The Better Man is now available for purchase in the US and Canada.

The paperback is only available through the Harlequin website.

The ebook is available pretty much anywhere ebooks are sold. Here are the Amazon and B&N links!

Here’s a little excerpt:

Her eyes began to flutter open and, though it was absurd to think he had anything to do with her passing out, Max wanted to set her down before she came to. She looked up at him as he set her on the chair.

“Oh, God, did I die?” She was horror-stricken. Her eyes were wide and wild. “I can’t die. What about Simon!” Her hand covered her mouth.

“No, no, no, K. You’re fine. You’re alive,” Owen said, pushing Max aside and helping her sit up straight. “Mr. Jordan, here, brought you inside.”

“Mr. Jordan?”

The beautiful but somewhat strange designer rubbed her forehead and stared at Max. She was pretty enough to be forgiven for spilling her coffee all over his shoes. This time.

“Please, call me Max,” he said to both of them. This Mr. Jordan stuff made him feel uncomfortable. The only Mr. Jordan that Max ever knew was his grandfather, and his mother’s father was nothing but a mean, old man. He scanned the room. “Let me find you some water.”

The restaurant was a big, torn-apart space with nothing to offer but broken furniture and an empty bar. He decided to duck outside and spotted a Dunkin’ Donuts on the corner, down the street.

He bought Kendall water and a glazed doughnut, just in case low blood sugar really was the culprit. When he returned to the future home of Sato’s, the two designers were hugging. This was not how he expected day one to start. He waited for them to break apart before he handed over the food and drink.

The biggest, softest brown eyes stared up at him. This woman was the knockout. Her dark brown hair was pulled into a ponytail that fell halfway down her back. The navy V-neck shirt she wore accentuated the length of her neck, and her skin was the color of the cream he put in his coffee.

“I figured everyone likes glazed doughnuts. I’m a Boston cream fan myself, but some people don’t like stuff inside their doughnuts. I love vanilla pudding but hate jelly. I mean, if I want jelly, I’m going to put it on toast, not in my doughnut.”

Both designers stared and blinked, blinked and stared. They were beginning to make him self-conscious. He hadn’t had a pimple since the twelfth grade, but all their gaping had him wondering if he didn’t have a giant red bump on his nose.

“You should probably eat something,” he said, filling the awkward silence. “I bet you skipped breakfast this morning. Am I right?”

Kendall glanced at Owen, then nodded her head. “Yeah. I was in such a rush, I totally forgot to grab something. Thank you…Max.” She said his name like she was testing the way it sounded. As if he might correct her and tell her it was something else.

“You’re welcome,” he said with a wink. “Eat up so we can get to work.”

Kendall pulled out the doughnut and took a bite, humming in appreciation. She ate and she drank. She smiled and she blushed. She was even prettier with a little color in her cheeks. She wiped her mouth with the back of her hand instead of the napkin he had stuffed in the small paper bag, and she never stopped staring.


Congratulations to Corie, the winner of the random draw from my last blog post. Random picked the number nine, making her comment the big winner. Thanks to everyone who commented!

Don’t forget to stop by The Better Man blog tour starting September 15th. Hope to see some of you on tour 🙂

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Happy Labor Day!

Look What I Got!


Did you hear me squeal all the way from Chicagoland? My books are here! My books are here!
IMAG0350This can only mean one thing … The Better Man is going to be on sale soon! It’s true my second book comes out Monday, September 1st. It also happens to be Labor Day here in the US. What better way to relax after a day off than with a good book?

So, where can you get this book, you ask? Here are the links!

I am so excited for you guys to read this one that I’m going to give away a book to a lucky commenter. If you don’t win, don’t despair! You can also enter to win in my Goodreads contest. Click on the link in the sidebar.

Other exciting news – I’m going on tour. Okay, it’s a blog tour but still. Prism Book Tours is hosting The Better Man book tour starting September 15th. There will be interviews, excerpts, guest posts by yours truly, and reviews (hopefully some good ones!) There will also be another giveaway. During the tour, I’ll be giving away books, Amazon gift cards, and other cool swag. So be sure to check it out.

The Better Man BannerSo tell me, what made you happy today? Or what are your plans for the holiday weekend? Heck, just say hi. Anything will get you entered to win a book 🙂



Cover Reveal – THE BETTER MAN

I am so excited for my next novel to come out. The Better Man is the first in a three-book series that introduces us to the Everhart sisters, Kendall, Emma, and Lucy. Kendall is the heart of The Better Man. But it’s Max, the hero, who takes center stage here.  Without further ado, here’s my September Heartwarming cover!

The Better Man Final Cover


Back of the book blurb:

Kendall Montgomery’s six-year-old son has barely spoken in the past year, locked in his world of silent grief. Then one day, he spots his dead father across a crowded street.

Max Jordan moved to Chicago to be closer to his own son and prove he can be a better father than his deadbeat dad. His striking resemblance to Kendall’s husband and his track record with fatherhood make her determined to keep her distance…until Max helps her little boy come out of his shell. But can she trust him with their future? How can she be sure he won’t take off just when they need him most?

I’m in love with this cover. Max looks great and the little boy is precious. If your interested, I have a Pinterest board full of inspiration for this story. You can see what I think Max and Simon look like by clicking HERE.

Best of all, The Better Man is available for preorder on Amazon – HERE!

Lastly, the Heartwarming team is gearing up to attend the RWA National Conference in San Antonio at the end of the month.

As part of our celebration, we’re giving away bracelets to readers, reviewers, and other authors who tell us they love Sweet and Heartwarming Romance!


You have two ways to win:

1. Tell us via social media how much you love Sweet and Heartwarming Romance! Post a comment here. Post a comment on our Facebook page under our Sweet and Heartwarming Posts (and like us!). Share our post on Facebook with the #GoHeartwarming hashtag. Tweet about our giveaway: I love Sweet and Heartwarming Romance! #GoHeartwarming. Spread the word on Goodreads. Every comment/post/share/like/tweet/hashtag is an entry. We’ll track entries each week! We’re giving away 50 bracelets to our social media supporters during the month of July!

2. To our sweet romance fans and our writing sisters who’ll be attending either the RWA Literacy Booksigning July 23rd in San Antonio at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter OR attending the RWA conference July 23-26, if you come across a Harlequin Heartwarming Author wearing a pin like the one shown below (green beads and the distinctive “H”), all you have to do is say: I love Sweet and Heartwarming Romance! And you’re an instant winner!

I will be wearing these lovely pins made by fellow author Anna J Stewart. I love the sun for The Weather Girl, and yes, those are tiny little books with actual pages! So, come say hello if you are at the conference. I would love to hand out bracelets to everyone!photo (12)



Line edits and Amazon

It’s been awhile since I posted but life has been getting hectic.  With three kids and activities galore, there is very little down time in my life at the moment.  School is in full swing and I’m back at work.  I love my job, but sometimes I can’t help but think how awesome it would be if this writing gig got serious.

Surprisingly, I still feel this way even after I got my line edits back.

After perusing the document and all the slashes and comment boxes, I emailed my editor – Please tell me that everyone has this much red when they get their line edits back.  She assured me I have just as much red as the next guy and not to be worried.

I do have to say it is amazing to have a real editor go over your work. Not that I don’t appreciate all the eyes that have looked over my work (Mom, I swear, you are so great) but the people who do this for a living, know what they’re doing.  

That sentence that took me twenty words to get my point across?  Knocked down to five.  

That perfect word I just couldn’t think of?  She nailed it.  

Do you have any idea how many times I used the phrase “that much was clear” or had my characters nod?  Too many. Their necks should thank Claire for cutting out lots and lots of nodding.  

I also rhyme unintentionally. Literally a poet who didn’t know it.

Basically, Claire is awesome.

I was so curious about the editing process, having never gone through it before.  And I’ll admit it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be.  The process for this book has gone something like this – review and revisions with the senior editor, line edits with the editor assistant, copy edit, author review, then off to the proofreaders. I am in the author review stage.

The line edits were fun.  There were comments and questions and lots of commas added and deleted.  (I hate commas, by the way!)  My editor lives in Canada and I learned through this process that not everyone knows what a high school booster club is or that a flip flop is the same thing as a handspring.  I did a little research on the pop vs. soda vs. Coke labels based on geographic location and had to make sure my characters called it the right thing. (Texans lean towards Coke, if you were wondering.)

I also learned how clean Heartwarming really is.  Let’s just say that if you are looking for something that’s like that book I won’t name but rhymes with Nifty Braids of Hay, THE WEATHER GIRL is not going to be for you.  This is definitely a book I will not be ashamed to let my children or my students or my student’s parents read.  It’s good, wholesome fun.  Although, I did fight for some more kissing – because, come on, there needs to be some kissing.

What I hope is that this story and these characters have enough heart that nobody misses the smut that seems so popular today.  I know that I like them more and more with every reread I do.  And I’m on read 105,394 (approximately, of course!)

Lastly, if you didn’t see my Facebook post, I’m now on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.  Which is completely insane.  The book publishing date also got moved up from February to January.  Looks like I will become a published author 17 days before I turn 40!  This will, no doubt, be the best birthday ever.

Even more exciting, I got an official back of the book blurb!

Summer Raines knows when it’s going to rain. She can just feel it. That’s why the local weather girl’s so good at her job. Too bad she couldn’t have foreseen the tumultuous arrival of Travis Lockwood, everybody’s favorite star NFL quarterback. Make that former star NFL quarterback. Sidelined back to Texas after an injury forced him out of his career, now the golden boy—shouldn’t he be humbled by his adversity, even a little?—is trying to steal her precious on-air time. Summer is reduced to reporting on the weather from…football games. It’s enough to make her quit and follow her dream of becoming a storm-chaser like her parents. Except she’s got to stay put; her grandparents need her. She’s stuck with a career that’s going nowhere and a man who delights in her refusal to be charmed. Falling in love isn’t nearly as easy as predicting the weather.

All that’s left is a cover and the book in my hand.  I CANNOT wait.  I hope to reveal the cover soon.  They tell me maybe in October.

That’s all for now.  I have to go back to my final edits!