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 🙂



Sharing the Love

Another week, another blog post. December is flying by! With all the holiday preparation, I can barely keep up. Our tree is up, our stocking are hung, and a few of the gifts have been bought. But I still have a LOTS to do!

The gift I’m most excited to give this year is The Weather Girl, of course. I got word this week that my copies of the book are being shipped any day now. I won’t deny that I am constantly checking outside the front door for the big box to arrive. I cannot wait to hold a copy of this book in my hands.

The big news this week is that once they get here, I want to share them with some of you! If you look to the right, you’ll see a link to a Goodreads giveaway for a chance to win one of THREE signed copies of The Weather Girl! 

Yep, you can get a copy fo’ free if you have a Goodreads account starting today.  The contest runs until January 1st. If the link isn’t working today (since I set it up last night) keep checking back. It should be up sooner than later! 

But if you need something to read in the meantime, I have couple suggestions.

Since Christmas is coming, I decided to read something to get me in the holiday spirit. Fellow Heartwarming author, Jennifer Snow, and her novel The Trouble With Mistletoe was exactly what I was looking for. 

This is the first book in Jennifer’s Brookhollow series. This one introduces us to Luke and Victoria. These two were childhood sweethearts who were engaged to be married twelve years ago. Victoria, believing she needed to get out of Brookhollow, called the wedding off and moved to New York City to pursue her career. Luke didn’t follow. Now, she’s back in her hometown and has to face the man she left behind. The man she still isn’t quite over and who isn’t over her either. 

I loved this story. It was sweet and funny and had a great supporting cast of characters (something I love about the Heartwarming line in general!) And Luke … well, I’ll admit I’m definitely a fan. He’s everything a girl would want and then some. If you need something fun to read over the holidays, this will do the trick! You can find it on Amazon by clicking HERE or get the paperback by clicking HERE.

My other reading recommendation is a Christmas anthology that  includes a short story written by one of my very best and very dear friends. The anthology is called All I Want for Christmas is a Soulmate and the story I read and loved was Lost in Christmas.

J.R. Richardson, aka Jo, is one of my most favorite people and authors in the world. She has a way of writing characters who leap off the page. Their internal dialogue always cracks me up and she is a master of weaving together the most amazing mysteries with the sweetest romances. 

In this short story, she introduces us to Crystal Springfield, a single lady who’s spending Christmas with her most trust companion … a Golden Retriever named Berkley.  Away in mountains, she’s enjoying her solitude until a tall, dark, and handsome stranger gets lost and ends up stranded on her doorstep just before Christmas. 

I won’t say much more because that would give everything away, but I loved the snowball fight and the way she told a satisfying story in just a few pages. This is a quick read and, I won’t lie, it kind of left me wanting more. I guess I’ll have to wait for her full length novel coming out in March! 
Jo has highlighted and reviewed some of the other stories in the anthology on her website and blog, which you can find by going HERE. You can also pick up your own copy of this anthology for your kindle or e-reader over at Amazon by clicking HERE.

That’s all I’ve got for now! Happy Friday!


Countdown to P-Day (Publishing Day!)

Sunday is December 1.  This may mean several things to many of you.  For my brother, it means two more days until his birthday (Happy early birthday, Adam!)  For lots and lots of good little boys and girls it means 23 more days until Santa comes to visit late at night.  For me, it means ONE MONTH until my debut novel is published.  

I may be feeling a little bit like this …

To say I’m excited may be a bit of an understatement.  
So, I feel the need to spread the excitement around.  Someone suggested I start posting once a week until the book is released.  I decided that is a fantastic idea.  I can introduce you to some of the characters, give away some prizes, and share some fun little bits from the story.  
Sound like a good plan?
Rob says yes.  And really, that’s all I need to proceed.
This week, I have decided to introduce you to some of the characters from THE WEATHER GIRL.  If you have ventured onto my Pinterest board for the book, you have seen some of the things that have inspired me.  But WHO inspired some of the characters in the story?  Let’s see…
This is my Summer. She’s beautiful but doesn’t really have a clue how beautiful she is because her looks are the least of her worries. She’s usually more focused on what’s going on in the world of weather. Summer grew up chasing storms with her parents. She’s been all over the country and didn’t have a very traditional upbringing. She’s socially awkward and besides being able to feel when it’s going to rain, she also tends to rattle off random weather facts when she’s nervous. Luckily, Travis Lockwood finds that kind of adorable. 
This is Travis.  Yeah. He’s also adorable. You know, if adorable means the same thing as totally hot.
Travis was the star quarterback for the Miami Dolphins until he was permanently sidelined by a shoulder injury. The worst part is that he has no idea what else to do with his life. Football is all he knows, all he was allowed to ever know. His dad was a little … intense. He takes the job at the station because he’s got no other options. It doesn’t help that he totally sucks at his new job and the Weather Girl hates him. 
The story may be named after Summer’s character, but I think this novel is about Travis’s journey of self-discovery even more than it’s about Summer’s search for something more in her life.
Excerpt you say?  Okay, here’s a little snippet of Summer and Travis:
“Do y’all say break a leg or something before you go on?” 

“Um, no. No one says that,” Summer replied, trying not to laugh. The sound assistant adjusted her mic while Pete, one of the engineering techs, made sure the lighting was right. 

“Well, good luck, then, Weather Girl.” Travis started to walk toward the news desk but stopped. “You should wear blue every day.” 

Her mouth dropped open. “Huh?” 

“It looks nice. Makes your eyes stand out.” He pointed at her face as though she’d forgotten where her eyes were located. “You have amazing eyes.” 

Summer was momentarily speechless. She looked over at a scowling Rachel, who practically had smoke blowing out her ears. “Funny. I was actually encouraged not to wear blue today. It kills bears in Chicago or something.” 

Rachel pinched the bridge of her nose and shook her head. Travis’s brow furrowed. “The color blue kills bears? For real?” 

“I think. Maybe not. I heard that somewhere, but that person was probably wrong because why in the world would blue have anything to do with bears? I mean, that makes no sense, right? I’m sure bears like blue,” Summer rambled. How she wished she’d remained speechless.
Her nerves took over. “Did you know that even though Chicago is called the Windy City, it doesn’t even rank in the top ten windiest cities in the U.S.?” 


“Really. Blue Hill, Massachusetts, is actually the windiest city.” 

“Blue Hill?” Travis smiled. “Are you messin’ with me?” 

“I never mess around about the weather.”
2014 is set to be one of the best years yet.  I’ve just been offered a contract  from Harlequin Heartwarming for THREE more books.  Yep, not one, not two, but THREE more books.  Cue that overexcited baby gif one more time!  My youngest son and I did jump up and down in the driveway after I got off the phone with my editor.  I cannot wait to have a whole bookcase filled with books that have my name on them.
For now, I am anxiously awaiting the first of January and the very first book with my name on it. I hope you are too!