Free books, because I can

Happy weekend, darlings. The first books in each of my contemporary romance series will be free on Amazon this weekend. Reprieve and Loved Up are yours for zero bucks starting March 4, 2017 through the end of the day March 5th. Get them while they’re hot. And believe me, they’re hot.

What do you have to lose? Who doesn’t like free stuff? And free books? C’mon. Take the time to download, pretty please, and even better, give them a read. Better yet? Review them! Honest reviews are greatly appreciated and much swooned over by yours truly. Especially the three stars and up variety. Oops. Did I say that out loud?

A valentine for romance novels

I love romance novels. Of course, since I’m a romance author, this probably comes as no revelation. But it’s worth saying anyway.

I grew up on romance novels. As a teenager, I was allowed to read only sweet Regency novels that I devoured from the shelves of my local library’s Bookmobile each week. Still, my older sister’s bookshelves, lined with Kat Martin, Heather Graham, Johanna Lindsey, Lisa Kleypas, and the like, called to me. I wanted to know why I couldn’t read those novels, the kind with the covers with half-naked men holding swooning women in their arms (almost always with dubious hair, makeup, and prop choices, but who cares). What was inside those pages?

So I thieved my first romance novel from my sister’s collection—Sweet Vengeance by Kat Martin—and I never looked back. Yes, my mother eventually caught on. And yes, the parents of some of my friends also caught on, and some of them even confiscated the books I had happily supplied their daughters. (To this day, I’m still mourning my original copy of And One Wore Gray, which a friend’s step-mother robbed from her bedroom during one of her periodic raids. Yes, it’s about 17 years later and I’m still not over it—that’s how much I will always love Daniel Cameron. #BookBoyfriends)

I love romance novels. I always have, and I always will. In high school, before the days of the e-reader, I made homemade book jackets so that I could read in study hall unhampered by well-intentioned teachers. I tucked romance novels inside desks and read them during class. I hid them on my lap and in text books. Later on, I carried them in my purse and I read them in airplanes and on beaches. I stayed up till three in the morning just so that I could sigh with bliss and fall asleep knowing Emma and Prince Nikolas finally found their happily ever after. As a terrified mother-to-be trapped in a hospital bed trying to keep my twins from being born way too early, I went through 3 wonderful Sarah MacLean books.

I’m not entirely sure what it is about romance novels that makes me love them so much. Maybe it’s the steadfast knowledge that no matter what, the hero and the heroine will end up together where they belong. Maybe it’s the adventure of heading back to the Civil War or being romanced by a rakish duke. Maybe it’s that feeling I get when I read a truly awesome book and I’m wearing that sated I-just-read-the-best-romance smile, and my heart feels a little lighter and the world a tiny bit better of a place.

Whatever it is, all I know is that from the moment I started turning those pages years ago, I was hooked. And I still am.

Until next time, happy Valentine’s Day and happy reading, darlings!

Sweet Scandal Cover Reveal

My latest historical romance Sweet Scandal, book 4 in the Heart’s Temptation series, is chugging right along with an ETA of May 2017. You heard it here first.

Yes, I’m ready to put an Actual Month on the release date rather than a Vague Seasonal Guess, which is what I’ve been doing for the last little while. (Don’t worry, I’m never moving again, I swear!) So anyway, that means we’re heading in the right direction!

Levi and Helen are proving very fun for me to write. I’ve enjoyed where their story has taken me so far and I hope you’ll feel the same way when it finds its way into your hands a few months from now.

And along those lines, we have cover art, people. Have a gander at it. I think it’s wonderfully lovely. Until next time, happy reading, and I strongly encourage you to ogle a picture of Richard Armitage today if you haven’t already done so.

Scandalously delicious new cover

I’m a social media curmudgeon

Here’s my confession: I’m not really a social media person. Actually, if you’ve ever looked at any of my social media accounts, this will not be a confession or a surprise. I try to love Twitter, really I do. There are some funny, clever people who are killing it on Twitter, and I wish I could be them. But sometimes I look at my feed and wonder what the point of it is. I think about tweeting something and then I delete it. And then I forget to look at Twitter at all for an entire month straight.

Facebook appeals to me more than Twitter—I enjoy seeing what my friends are up to. But I don’t like Facebook’s selective filtration of what I get to see in my news feed. (Why can’t I see it all in real time, Facebook? Rhetorical question—I know why.) And sometimes I feel like saying anything on Facebook is like yelling into the wind and hoping someone—anyone—will hear me.

Then there are the ‘likes’ that infect my newsfeed with clutter.

I liked one recipe page and suddenly all I could see was about 3000 easy dinners that Samantha Blogger was telling me she needs to have in her life. (Yes, that slow cooker soup looks great, but just between us, aren’t you a tiny bit too excited about it? And while we’re talking here, how do you possibly have enough time to make that many posts on your Facebook page IN ONE DAY? I’d like to know. Really.)

I want to like Pinterest because I have a minor obsession with historical dresses and men with beards. Yes, both minor obsessions, I swear. (Hello, Worth gowns! Hello, this guy!) But Pinterest always wants me to use the app on my iPad, and I don’t like the app, and it takes time to sort through all the claptrap I don’t care about, and honestly, I forget to look at Pinterest at all for two months straight and sometimes three. (And yes, I, a thirty-three-year-old woman in the year 2017, just used the word ‘claptrap’ outside of a historical romance novel. I remain unashamed.)

I think I tried Tumblr for about five minutes before I was like “oh look, ‘The Bachelor’ is on” and gave up.

Yeah, you’re getting the point by now. I can’t help it. I have all the things. I just don’t like them. I’m not sure if I will ever like them. Or use them the way one is supposed to use them. I haven’t tweeted since August and it’s January. I haven’t posted to Facebook since November. It’s not that I’ve been kidnapped and am being held for ransom in Antarctica or that I’ve somehow found a time machine and I’m off at a country house party wearing a fabulous silk gown, sipping wine, and ogling a duke who looks like Richard Armitage. For one thing, Mr. Scott would most certainly not approve of either scenario, and for another, they’re both equally highly unlikely.

Nope. I’m just a social media curmudgeon.

I don’t like it. But, like jogging, I’ll keep trying it every once in a while, hoping that something miraculous will happen and I’ll change my mind.

Oh, and one small update before I go for those inclined to care: work continues on Sweet Scandal. Still aiming for late spring 2017 release. Au revoir for now, darlings.

Update

I blinked and now it’s December. Since August, a lot has happened. I moved, and that ate a giant hole in my writing time. Moving with twin toddlers and very little help is not something I recommend. I’d sooner run a marathon than do that again, and believe me when I say I view running a marathon as a severe and twisted punishment. Really. In fact, I’d rather be a guest at the red wedding on Game of Thrones than move again. Anyway, winter is coming, we’re all getting settled into our new digs, and I expect things to settle down. Seriously, they better settle the f- down.

If you’re the kind of person who read the first three books in the series and is now wondering where on earth the next book is, Book 4 in the Heart’s Temptation Series, Sweet Scandal, is still in progress. It now has a tentative release date of Spring 2017.  But all is not lost. In the mean time, I’m also working on re-releasing all the historicals in my backlist this winter. The Wicked Husband Series books 1 and 2 are on their way just as soon as I can squeeze them into their corsets and send them back to the ball. Until then, darlings.

Slowly but surely

Summer is almost over, and with the cooler (and much welcome) winds of fall will come some more re-releases from yours truly. The next series slated for re-release is my contemporary romance series, Love’s Second Chance books 1-3. After that series, I’ll be re-releasing my historical romance series Wicked Husbands books 1-2, which is all about American heiresses and English rakes. (insert lusty sigh here for the English rakes)

Anyway, in the mean time, I’m still hard at work writing book #4 in my Heart’s Temptation series, Sweet Scandal. I’ve gotten many wonderful, encouraging emails from readers who are excited for this book, and you have no idea how happy that makes me! I was hoping for a fall release for Sweet Scandal, but a lot has happened in the last 2 months to derail my writing pace. Managing a day job, twin toddlers, and moving to a new house slowed me down more than I would have liked this summer, but I’m still shooting for a late, late fall release. I may shoot and miss, but—to steal a line out of this summer’s season of Big Brother— your girl’s going to give it her best try.

Book re-issue update

I’ve been hearing from quite a few readers who are wondering why my books aren’t currently available. If you’re wondering too, here is the short version of my explanation: I regained the rights to my books from my former publisher and now I’m in the process of editing and formatting them so they can be re-issued.

And here is some more info: The first books to be re-issued will be the Heart’s Temptation series (historical romance), books 1-3. The second set to be released is my contemporary romance series Love’s Second Chance, books 1-3. I’m also working on the next book in each of these series, so that’s been exciting for me. As I waited for a year and a half to get the rights to these books back, I wasn’t sure if I’d ever get them back or if I’d ever have the opportunity to complete my series. Now I can, and I’m the one calling the shots! This means better books, better covers, and better prices.

Here’s the part where I tell you I’m still not sure about release dates: I’m new to indie publishing. There’s a lot I need to learn. I have a very demanding full time day job and very demanding toddler twins, so I’ve got my hands full (in a good way! Not complaining!) and I’m working as diligently as I can to get my books re-released. The Heart’s Temptation Series will be re-released in summer 2016. When I have a more firm date, I’ll let you know.

If you’d like to keep up to date with all my releases, head over to the Contact page on my website and let me know. I’ll add you to my email list. As always, thanks for stopping by and happy reading!

Welcome to my shiny new blog

In more ways than one, I’m starting fresh in 2016. So why not start out with a new blog too? This is the year I get to do things my way (you’ve been warned), and I’m very happy to say that doing things my way means re-releasing my books with better-than-ever covers and well, just generally speaking, better everything. This means that series that were never finished can now be completed and stories that were released as novellas will (in some cases) be further developed. It means a lot of other things too, but we have plenty of time to get to that later on.

In the mean time, allow me to unveil the very first series I’ll be re-releasing, the Heart’s Temptation Series. Set in 1880s Victorian England, it’s all about love, corsets, and sexy heroes. Or, more formally:

In the gilded world of late Victorian England, passion burns, scandals abound and love triumphs. From a wicked embrace in a country house maze to a kiss in the rain to a stolen moment in a carriage, these distinctive men and women aren’t afraid to give in to the temptation of following where their hearts lead them. Nothing can keep them from a love that lasts forever.

This has always been my pet project, and I’m thrilled to be able to bring these stories to you (and eventually the 2 stories that complete this 5 part series). Have a gander at one of the luscious covers created for me by the amazing Dar Albert at Wicked Smart Designs:

One of my gorgeous, new covers. Feast your gaze upon this.
One of my gorgeous new covers. Feast your gaze upon this.

As we get closer to official release day, I’ll be posting more information but in the mean time, my hiatus is officially over.