Thursday, September 4, 2014

Wrapping Up Summer -- My Plans for the Rest of 2014 (Hint: Handcuffs)

There are only a couple weeks of summer left. There, I made myself type it. I still don’t want to accept it, but…

It’s almost time to move on. Denial will only make it harder.

Fall is actually my favorite season. I love everything about it, except for the fact that it means winter is on the way (*cringe*). So while I plot to move further South again (hey, fantasy and denial are two different beasts), I’m also plotting what the change of seasons will mean for me and my books.

This summer, work-wise, I was focused on the launch of my Lock and Key Series. It’s been exciting, to say the least, and it feels great to have Book 1 out there and Book 2 ready to release (Sept. 19th).


It's a little alarming though to realize I'm halfway done with the series. Clearly, I'm going to have to come up with another excuse to write about men who carry their own handcuffs. ;)

Personally, I spent this summer focused on my goal of beating the Virginia Spartan Super Race. Guess what? I survived! LOL 

Considering that I had to hold myself together with tape afterward and still am not quite back to normal, I don’t want to get too crazy with grandiose claims about future races. (Nothing happening on that front this fall … but I'd like to do a trifecta next year if I can get my joints into better shape.)



So maybe I should just stick to book related promises. Here’s what I’ve got planned for the rest of the year…

My Lock and Key Series launched in June with Book 1, Officer Next Door. Book 2, Officer out of Uniform will release on September 19th, wrapping up my summer. I have two more books planned in this series (Grey and Kerry’s story, and Jeremy’s story). There’s no date set in stone, but I’m shooting for a fall release day for Book 3 (Grey and Kerry).



After Lock and Key Book 3 I’ll be taking a little break from my series to work on something different. A surprise. All I’ll say for now is that it’s going to be fun and super hot. ;)

I also have my 7th ‘extra’ Inked in the Steel City book to write. The story has been going through my mind like a tumbleweed – I want to get it down on (digital) paper as soon as my schedule allows – early 2015 at latest, hopefully.

Fall also means I'll be visiting Cincinnati and Philly to sign books and have fun. Definitely looking forward to those cities.


So there you have it. This fall and winter, I’ll be busy – maybe too busy to notice the cold. 

Hey, I can hope. While traveling to my Spartan Race I met a woman at a travel stop who told me that according to the Farmer’s Almanac, this winter is supposed to be soul-crushingly brutal. Naturally, her words have been haunting me and I’ve been doing so many Zillow searches for rentals with palm trees in the yard that my fingers are starting to hurt from so much clicking.

P.S. Tomorrow (Friday) I'll be sending out my last newsletter of the summer. It's going to include the very first sneak peek at Officer out of Uniform. If you want early access to part of Henry and Sasha's story, make sure you're a subscriber. ;)

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Hard Love MMA (Twice as Hard Box Set) -- New Release, $0.99 Intro Sale


Over the past few months I’ve been organizing my series into box sets. I saved my MMA romances (Battered Not Broken & Rough Around the Edges) for last because they were a little different. Since they’re actually companion novels to each other instead of a regular series, I had to decide what to call them together. And I wanted a super hot cover for the set. ;)

Well, I’ve settled on something. :D And I’m doing a $0.99 intro price (it’ll be $5.99 regularly). (Please note that if you already have Battered Not Broken and Rough Around the Edges, or you have my Always a Marine Box Set, you already have everything in this set.)

Available now at...


Coming soon to Apple, Kobo, etc.

Friday, August 15, 2014

August Newsletter Contest Winner Annoucement

Thanks very much to all who entered my August newsletter contest. This month's prize was one of my favorite things -- an 18k white gold plated handcuff and key necklace (plus some Lock and Key Series goodies). I have one of my own and I love it. :)


The winner of this month's contest is...

Meghan T.

I've contacted Meghan via e-mail, so if that's you, you should have a message from me waiting in your inbox.

As always, next month's newsletter will include a new subscribers-only giveaway. If you're not a subscriber but would like to be, you can sign up here.

I'm also going to be giving away another one of these necklaces to celebrate the release of Officer out of Uniform (Lock and Key, #2) on September 19th. I'll have more info about that here then. ;)

P.S. Did you know you can pre-order Officer out of Uniform at certain retailers? 

RELEASING SEPTEMBER 19th, 2014

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Lock and Key Book 2 Reveal! Officer out of Uniform is Coming Soon.

The only thing better than a man in uniform is a man out of uniform. Sasha has never been more certain of anything in her life, and she’s never wanted anyone more than she wants Officer Henry Dryden. Tall, tough and battle-scarred, he’s the first man to capture not just her eye, but her heart. With curves and the confidence to use them, it’s not hard to attract his attention, or get him to break out those cuffs and keys. But for the first time, getting exactly what she wants feels dangerously like risking it all.
There’s no question about the one thing Henry wants most when it comes to Sasha: to protect her. After their coastal North Carolina community is sent a message via the brutal murder of the prison warden, no one is safe. Henry can’t afford to be distracted by things like the all-consuming desire Sasha inspires. There’ll be time for that later … if he can keep her from getting caught in the crossfire of a killer’s revenge scheme. Haunted by the ghosts of his past, he’ll do anything to avoid being the only one to walk out of a war zone alive again. The way forward is clear: stop the convict who’s hunting officers in Riley County, and keep Sasha safe … or die trying.
Book 2 in the Lock and Key Series
RELEASING SEPTEMBER 19th, 2014
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Tennessee Valley Author Event Photo Recap

On July 12 I was in Knoxville for the Tennessee Valley Author Event, a one day mega-signing (there were dozens of authors). I had a FANTASTIC time. Seriously, this event was really well-organized and a lot of fun. Here are some of my favorite photos:

This is the banner I brought along. Okay, one of them. I have a thing for banners. 

Photo courtesy of Kimberly T.

And this is the model I brought along. Andrew is on the cover of my Always a Marine Box Set. He was there to help out by doing things like helping me get those banners up, posing in photos and tying on handcuff charm bracelets for readers. What handcuff charm bracelets, you ask? These:


My table at the signing.

With reader Lorie.

THANK YOU to all the readers who came to see me at my table, chatted with me, had books signed and generally made my day awesome. :)


Mid-way through the event, I got pretty excited about this. Weirdly excited about a box lunch, some might say. The big deal (to me) was that it was gluten-free! When people tell me there'll be gluten-free food at an event, I usually take it with a grain of salt because typically, it's not true. Not only was it true in this case, buy guys, it was not a salad. Not a salad. There were carbs, including two glorious brownies. I was impressed.

Author group photo! We were actually missing some. There were a lot of authors.


After the signing, Andrew and I headed to the AuthorFEST after party at the official hotel. After final call there, I somehow managed to talk a group of people into going to Mellow Mushroom (I love that place). We had a good time with author Kailin Gow and two awesome readers, which I attempted to commemorate with a group table selfie. Tried. It was perhaps not my finest photography moment.


And then there was the after party's after party, at the Wild Wing Cafe.


In case you can't tell by the fact that I've announced it several times, I really enjoyed TNVAE. I hope there's another one in the future. If there is, I'll see you in Knoxville then!

P.S. Want to attend an author /reader event? I've got some more coming up. You can see my schedule and get more info here.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

July Newsletter Contest Winner Announcement

My July newsletter giveaway prize was the very first signed paperback copy of Officer out of Uniform (Lock and Key, #2). I just drew the winner and it's:

Susan G.

If that's you, you should have an e-mail from me waiting in your inbox. Thank you to all who participated. My estimated release date for Officer out of Uniform is late this summer. :)

As always, next month's newsletter will include a new subscribers-only giveaway. If you're not a subscriber but would like to be, you can sign up here.

P.S. I'll be revealing the cover of Officer out of Uniform first in the August edition of my newsletter, too. Hope you're ready for the first look at Henry. ;)

Friday, July 4, 2014

New Always a Marine Box Set - Half Price During Release Week


AMAZON     B&N

Happy 4th of July. :) Today is release day for a new box set of mine. You may have noticed that I like to write USMC Veteran heroes. I've combined three of those novels into this Always a Marine Box Set. Each one of these novels were among my favorite books to write.

All three books have also already been published (in 2013). So you may want to double-check before downloading to see whether you already have them. But if you've been waiting to buy, the set is on sale during its first week at $3.99, and that's 1/3 of what it costs to buy the books individually. ;)

Hope you have a fantastic holiday (or just a fantastic Friday for my friends outside the US). I'm off to put the finishing touches on my July newsletter, and then to a cookout.

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Always a Marine Box Set

Once a Marine, always a Marine. Always faithful and completely irresistible, these USMC Veteran heroes make it hard not to fall in love. Three smoldering novels in one deliver battle-scarred heroes with fighting spirits, and the kind of love that only comes once in a lifetime.

**Half-price intro offer: the Always a Marine Box Set is $3.99 during release week. Regular price = $7.99**

This box set includes...

BATTERED NOT BROKEN

For Ryan Moore, the choice to fight is like the choice to breathe - necessary. After being wounded in war and discharged from the United States Marine Corps, competitive MMA fighting is the only thing he's still able to excel at. Every round is a risk he can't afford to take, but time spent outside of the cage is purgatory, until he meets female fighter Ally Rivera. For the first time since an IED blast destroyed life as he knew it, he wants something - someone. And she wants him, but the lingering effects of war might just tear them apart, if the gang violence that plagues her family doesn't kill them first.

ROUGH AROUND THE EDGES

All-male POV companion novel to Battered Not Broken.

Raw, real romance from an all-male POV.

Rough Around the Edges is Ryan's side of the love story told in Battered Not Broken. It's not a sequel, but a separate full-length novel written for those who want to experience the story through Ryan's eyes.

HELL WITHOUT YOU

Donovan left seven years ago, for war and other things Clementine can only imagine. Coming back to the town where he grew up makes no sense, and neither do Clementine's feelings for him. He could never forgive her for leaving, could he? Even if she had no choice. 


Now, she has the freedom to choose ... and so does he. Every day in Willow Heights makes it clearer: all he ever really wanted was her, and nothing will change that. Not even a taste of the hell that drove them apart in the first place.

Available at...

AMAZON     B&N