Sunday, September 30, 2012

The Reluctant Bachelorette Blog Tour is HERE!!!

I am so excited to announce my first blog tour ever--brought to you by the brilliant and wonderful Kathy at I Am A Reader Not A Writer. Not only did she put together a book blast for Tuesday, October 2nd, where you can enter to win a $50 gift card, but she's also lined up a host of awesome book bloggers to feature The Reluctant Bachelorette throughout the month of October.

So hop on over to I Am A Reader Not A Writer to check it out and enter to win other prizes as well, including another Amazon gift card, a Sneakers DVD, and/or your own copy of the book. Kathy always has tons of other giveaways going on as well, so be sure to follow her blog and check back frequently. You'll be so glad you did.

Thank you again and again, Kathy, as well as all the other blogs who are participating!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Coming soon . . . All I Want

So about a year ago, I approached two talented authors, Kaylee Baldwin and Jolene Perry about doing a compilation book together. We'd each write a short holiday romance, and then combine the three stories into one fun Christmas book. They both jumped on board. And now, a year later, this is the result . . . coming to Amazon November 2012.

All I Want

Pretty Near Perfect
by Jolene Perry

The last thing Norah needs is to be attracted to anyone – especially in her deceased fiancĂ©'s parents' home. Collin’s starting a new career, and has no business getting involved – especially while staying with his roommate’s family, who very kindly offered to take him in for the holidays. Unfortunately, you just don’t always pick the most convenient time and place to fall for someone.

Six Days of Christmas
by Kaylee Baldwin

When Natalie goes home with her best friend for Christmas, she expects plenty of quiet time to work on a winning ad so she can turn her dream internship into her dream job. Instead, she gets time-consuming Christmas festivities, a house full of children, and Jimmy, her best friend’s brother - someone who makes her question everything she’s always thought she wanted.

Twist of Fate
by Rachael Anderson

When a postcard meant for Kenzie winds up in Ty's mailbox, Ty's faced with a decision. Should he tell her that her fiancĂ© is breaking up with her and let it ruin her favorite holiday, or should he do what he’s wanted to do since he met her - make a move and hope that he can win her over before she discovers there won’t be a wedding after all.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Announcing The Reluctant Bachelorette Blog Tour

If you don't already know this, Kathy at I Am a Reader Not a Writer is AMAZING!!! In less than a day, she's practically put together a full-on book blast and blog tour for me. And look at this gorgeous button she designed as well? Talented, I tell you. That's what she is. I'm feeling incredibly lucky--and grateful--that she is doing this for me because she knows how to do it right.

Anyway, just wanted to announce that it's coming. It will kick-off with a book blast on October 2nd with a $50 Amazon giveaway. Then there will be a few additional giveaways, reviews, interviews, and guest posts on a bunch of cool book review sites throughout the month of October. I'll post more details once everything's all firmed up.

A hundred million thanks to Kathy and everyone else who will be involved with this.

Friday, September 7, 2012

The Reluctant Bachelorette is Finally Here!!!

After MUCH--as in, I can't even tell you how much--frustration, stress, headaches, and almost tears, the ebook version of The Reluctant Bachelorette is finally available on Amazon. The paperback version is undergoing the review process as I write this, so it should be available in a few more days--assuming everything goes smoothly.

I want to thank all of you who gave me ideas for small town names and small town dates way back when I first started writing this book. It's been awhile, but I haven't forgotten how much help you all were.

Also, since the "Look Inside" feature on Amazon takes up to a week to show up, I'm including my first chapter below. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it! Thanks for all your support!

     Literally everywhere. Five vases spanned the wall of Pat’s diminutive, enclosed patio, another sat atop a small table, and a dozen more covered the brick floor. Roses, lilies, daisies, car-nations—a floral menagerie of pink, yellow, purple, red, blue, and white. And if that wasn’t enough, rose petals dotted the ground. Thank goodness the patio wasn’t large, or Pat would have emptied his entire savings filling the space.
     “Wow.” What else could Taycee say? As a florist, she loved flowers—breathed them in and used them in creations every day. But this display was something else. Something else entirely.
     “Do you like it?” There was apprehension in Pat’s voice, the desire to please. “I know you love flowers, so I thought I’d get you some of everything.”
     And he had. Even sunflowers. Yikes.
     “It looks like my shop,” Taycee managed.
     Pat grinned, showing his two dimples. “Exactly what I was going for. I’m glad you noticed. I wanted it to feel like home.”
     But she didn’t live at her shop. She worked there. And at the end of the day, Taycee only brought home a small bouquet, and for good reason. There can be too much of a good thing. Way too much. The proof surrounded her.
     Although it was sweet of Pat to go to all of this trouble, dates with him were becoming increasingly romantic and extravagant, which wasn’t okay. Taycee didn’t want him thinking they were serious or spending this kind of money on her. “Pat, I, uh . . . don’t know what to say.”
     “Say you’ll marry me.” Pat knelt in front of her, mashing a few red rose petals under his knee.
     Taycee froze. Oh no. Not this. Not now. How did she not see this coming? If she had, she’d have ended the relationship weeks ago—before Pat had gone to all this effort. Before she’d have to tell him no.
     Taycee shook her head back and forth in slow motion. How could she tell such a nice guy that she didn’t feel the same way? That she never would. This was exactly why Taycee had always ended relationships before they reached this point. To avoid moments like this.
     “Taycee, I love everything about you—from your love of flowers and the outdoors, to your kindness, your beauty, and your smile. You are everything I’ve wanted to find in a wife. Please say yes.”
     Taycee bit her lip. She should have said something before he launched into the obviously prepared speech. Now it would be even worse.
     “Pat.” Taycee pulled him to his feet. His hands tried to circle her waist, but she held on to them, keeping space between them. “Listen. I think you’re a great guy. One of the best, actually. But—“
     “Don’t say but,” Pat said, freeing his hands so they could frame her face, with his thumb resting against her lips, shushing her. “Please don’t say but.”
     “I’m sorry,” she whispered against his thumb.
     The light faded from blue eyes that always glowed with happiness. Because that’s who Pat was. Ever and always happy, with a ready smile and dimples that appeared often. But now only sorrow remained—a sorrow that bored a hole into Taycee’s heart and made her want to run away. “I’m so, so sorry.”
     A slight nod and he took a step back, his eyes pleading with her to stop him. Another step and he was gone, leaving Taycee alone on his back patio. The front screen door slammed shut, and a car engine rumbled in his driveway. As the sound faded off down the street, Taycee sighed and located a pad and pen on his kitchen counter.

     Pat, I hope you’ll find a girl sometime soon who’s worthy of you and these beautiful flowers. I’m so flattered that you thought that person was me, but it’s not. Trust me, there’s someone better for you out there. I will always think the world of you. 

     Leaving the note on the patio, Taycee walked through the empty apartment and out the front door to her white Toyota Camry. She would miss Pat and his quick, boyish smile—but not enough. It was never enough. Not when a vivid image of dark brown eyes still frequented her dreams.
     For crying out loud, it’s been ten years! Forget him already! He’s gone and won’t be coming back. He lied to you. Broke his promise. Deal with it and move on. 
     But at the back of her mind, Taycee worried that he’d ruined her. That no matter how nice, how smart, or how handsome a guy was, he wouldn’t be able to erase the memory of Luke Carney—someone who’d left their small Colorado town nearly a decade ago, took her heart with him, and had never come back. Sometimes Taycee felt like hunting him down just so she could punch him hard in the face. More than once, like one of those scenes in a movie. That’s for leaving and never coming back. That’s for breaking your promise. And that’s for breaking my heart! 
     Lately, dating had become an almost frenzied quest to find a guy who could free her from the shackles of Luke’s memory—someone who could make her feel something stronger than respect and like. Someone who could make her want to say “yes.”
     But it was no use. Taycee only ended up hurting unsuspecting guys. Guys who didn’t deserve to be hurt. Like Pat.
     Well, no more. It had gone too far this time, and Taycee was through. Through with flirting. Through with dating. Through with trying. Maybe if she moved on with the rest of her life, Luke’s memory would move on too.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

The Kindling, by Braden Bell

Now that I have two middle-grade aged readers, I have become incredibly picky about what books I'll let them read, and because of that, I'm always on the hunt for humorous, engaging books that will also educate and inspire them to want to be better. There are a lot of books out there to choose from, but not a lot that encompass all of these things.

That's why I love Braden Bell's The Kindling. It not only captivates and educates, but it weaves a poignant message throughout its pages. I honestly can't say enough good about this book--which is why I bought it and gave it to my son to read.

Now, he's always enjoyed reading. In fact, it's become a nightly ritual for him. If he wants to stay up a little later, he can read--so he reads. But once I loaded The Kindling on his Kindle, and he read that first chapter, something out of the ordinary happened. He took it in the car and read during car rides. He read it in the morning instead of watching TV. And when he was done, he asked if there would be a sequel. It took him only 2 days to finish it. A few weeks later (after he'd read one or two other books), he came home from school with a list of "favorites." Favorite animal: a Husky dog. Favorite color: turquoise. Favorite food: pizza. Favorite book: The Kindling.

What more can I say? Other than thank you, Braden Bell!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Here's quick blurb about the book: All thirteen-year-old Connor Dell wants to do is pass pre-algebra, play lacrosse, and possibly kiss Melanie Stephens, but when a run-in with the school bully ignites strange powers inside him, Connor’s normal teenage life goes up in flames. Now he’ll need his new powers to defeat the Darkness that’s coming for him. Fast-paced and original, this book’s guaranteed to keep you guessing!

To find this book on Amazon, click here.
To read more about Braden or watch the trailer, click here.