Hot News: I’m repped by the amazing Alice Speilburg!

Hot news

Hot News!

I’m so excited to share this news!

I love my latest YA, Reservoir, and I’ve been in search of someone who believes in this story as much as I do. I’m so pleased to announce that Alice Speilburg of Speilburg Literary Agency is that person. I signed an offer of representation with Alice yesterday and am looking forward to making this story even stronger before we put it out there for the world.

It’s going to be a great ride! Thanks, Alice.


Where, oh where, is Kitty Irish? In Which There is News…and a Cover Reveal!

After being contacted by a reader in search of the final book of the Kitty Irish Trilogy, I realized I’ve never let people know what happened with the trilogy. I’m sad to say that the small press who gave Kitty her first break went out of business. Prior to that, the press decided to concentrate on romance and so my rights reverted to me.

It’s been a while, but I’m so pleased and excited to announce that Books We Love has decided to republish the trilogy! The first Kitty, complete with new title and exciting new cover could be out as early as this week!

So…with no further ado…scroll down to check out the new cover.


Celebrate with me! As soon as she’s live, I’ll let you know!

Climbing Heartbreak Hill…with the Meddlesome Matchmakers!

With the restyling of Joselyn Vaughn’s Meddlesome Matchmaker Series, Climbing Heartbreak Hill has also received a new cover. I love the new look! And the story? A must read.

Ready? Take a look…

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Climbing Heartbreak Hill

A Meddlesome Matchmaker Novel

Professional runner, Ryan Grant, blows out his knee training for another attempt at the Boston marathon and the dreaded Heartbreak Hill. Ryan retreats home, not looking for anything more than a fast recovery, but he finds solace in the arms of his tax preparer, Tara Mansfield.

Tara’s cheerleading career ended abruptly and she faces an upward climb beating the stereotype as dumb blonde in her new calling as an accountant. Framed with defrauding the IRS during the last weeks of the tax season, Tara’s tentative confidence is shaken, but Ryan coaches her in ensnaring the true perpetrator. She cheers him on in discovering his identity as a coach rather than an athlete.

With the help of the junkyard king and a mechanical bull, can Tara and Ryan find the courage to climb Heartbreak Hill together?

Buy it here!

Other books in the Meddlesome Matchmakers series: Hauntings of the Heart and Sucker for a Hot Rod



Ta Da! Cover Reveal With Joselyn Vaughn!

You know I love her. You will too!

It’s Joselyn Vaughn…rocking a new set of covers for her fabulous romance (romance with a case of the giggles, that is) novels in the Meddlesome Matchmakers Series.

This week, the cover is a reimagining of one of my faves of Vaughn’s novels…Hauntings of the Heart. Check it out below. Hauntings of the Heart_500x750

Hauntings of the Heart

A Meddlesome Matchmaker Novel

When lost love shows up on your doorstep, what do you do?  Minnie Schultz slams the door in his face. She and Gordon Anderson have a history—close to ancient history, given the fifty years since their last encounter. After all that time, it might seem like water under the bridge. But the water pours from the plumbing in Minnie’s bed and breakfast, the Lilac Bower, uncovering all the secrets and heartache between them. With the help of some paranormal investigators, an Elvis impersonator and a couple of nosey friends, can Minnie and Gordon find the future they were meant to have?

Buy it here!

Other books in the Meddlesome Matchmakers series: Climbing Heartbreak Hill and Sucker for a Hot Rod



I’m back…and so is Winter (Rebekah Purdy’s Winter, that is…)

Woohoo! I’m back with a post, and a what a post it is. I know it’s been a while, and I’ve been wanting to jump back into the blogosphere, so when the chance came up to be part of a fabulous cover reveal for Rebekah L. Purdy, I took it. Rebekah’s trilogy The Winter People (The Winter People, The Summer Marked) is about to be completed with the release of The Winter’s Spite on June 27th, 2016. Read on for details…and that cover (plus a chance to win).

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The Winter’s Spite: On the eve of the winter solstice, Salome receives word of a family tragedy in the human world, and an urgent request to return home. But after a failed attack on Winter, and the whereabouts of the Winter Court unknown, Nevin forbids her to go, declaring it too dangerous. However, Salome knows she needs to be with her family and can’t sit by to wait for the inevitable.

Gwenn has been a royal guard most of her life, and although she’s not a fan of humans, she has to admit Salome’s growing on her. So when Salome begs her to cover for her for a few days so she can be with her family, Gwenn can’t refuse. Gwenn soon finds herself creating diversions to keep Nevin from discovering Salome’s disappearance. Problem is the Council is growing suspicious of Salome’s absence, and has started making threats about Nevin’s removal as king. With her lie on the brink of discovery, Gwenn needs to find out what’s taking her brother and Salome so long to return. When she discovers the portals are closed, and someone within the Council has betrayed Summer, Gwenn knows the kingdom’s in jeopardy. But before she can confide in Nevin about helping Salome leave Faerie, Gwenn finds herself at the enemy’s mercy, fighting for her life.

When Salome arrives in the human world, she finds everything in chaos. Grisselle, the Winter Queen, has done the impossible and brought war to Salome’s world. And Kadie is acting as her right hand. Monsters born of man’s worst nightmares roam the streets—dark faeries and ghosts bring terror and destruction. And to her horror she discovers an old enemy is back from the dead, while a new one lurks in the shadows—watching her, hunting her—preparing to make its move. And this time they mean to finish what they started.

And you only have to wait until June!

In the meantime, you could add The Winter’s Spite to your Goodreads page:

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Or check out Rebekah here…









Get ready for Winter…it’ll be here in June.





THE END!!! which is really only the beginning…

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Today after 4 hours of writing, I wrote some words on my work in progress that have been very elusive…The End. It was an amazing feeling. This WIP has been difficult for me, compounded by numerous factors. I wrote the first chapter back in 2011, then worked on it off and on up until the last year when I finally worked on it exclusively. It’s a bit thin at 52,000 words (I was shooting for 80K), but it’s been a far bigger undertaking than anything else I’ve done in terms of both plot and research.



Now comes the revisions (rubs hands together). Normally I’m not a big fan of the process. I like to tweak and tinker as I go, so that when I’m done I’m very close to the final product. But Reservoir (yes, that’s its name) is a whole different ballgame. I can’t wait to dive into revisions. I have great faith in this story and I know that the edits will only bring it closer to the vision I have for it.

Thanks to all of you who have hung with me through this project, especially DH and the girls! It’s so good to take a step forward.

How about you? Are you moving forward with your goals?

Motivation. Or The OCT is Strong with this One.

It’s Wednesday, you lucky people, and that means it’s time for Wednesday Ramblings. This week, the gang (Bronwyn Green, Kris Norris, Jess Jarman, Jenny Trout, Gwendolyn Cease, Kelly St. James, and Leigh Jones) and I take a look at what motivates us to write.

Remember that scene in Star Wars when Darth Vader is chasing Luke down the trench in the Death Star? Ol’ Darth says, “The Force is strong with this one.” I have a motivating force too. OCT. I hesitate to go so far as to call it OCD…it’s not really obsessive compulsive DISEASE; it’s more like obsessive compulsive TENDENCY.

I like numbers. I like to watch them grow. Watching the word count on a manuscript get larger and larger is a huge motivator for me. It frustrated me to no end when I was having issues with my Scrivener writing program. No matter how much I wrote, it continued to list my word count as 21K. Yes, I got so bad that late at night when everyone else was in bed, I was going through and compiling my word count by hand. By hand! With a calculator and a chewed-on pencil. That’s just not right, people. Just today I figured out my problem; a couple of my sections were being treated as if they were manuscripts, not sub-sections of the actual manuscript. With a few right clicks, my word count soared to over 48K. Motivation!

I like to-do lists. I like to watch the scratch marks cut it down one chore at a time. photo-3This is my current one. You’ll notice “blog post” is still on there. Any minute now, I’ll be able to scratch it off. Ahh, the satisfaction. I even admit to being one of those people who, if I do something not on my list, I add it just so I can scratch it off. What can I say? It’s motivation. I always put my current writing goal on my to-do list too. You’ll see this one says “finish chapter.” Kind of vague but it works for me.

The other thing I like to use is minutes spent writing. I set the timer, most often for an hour. If I get up to get a drink a water, I note the minutes left so that I can crank it back up to that time when I’m done.

See my issue? Some might say I’m motivated by results, and although that sounds nice, I’m not sure that’s true. I’m pretty sure it’s OCT pure and simple, and it’s strong with this one. On the plus side, my OCT is a huge motivator for me. And what motivates me, only makes me stronger. Or something like that.

I have to go scratch off “blog post” on my to-do list. What about you? What’s your  motivator?