Friday, September 19, 2014

Officer out of Uniform Release Day Celebration & Giveaway

Today is release day for Officer out of Uniform, Lock and Key Book 2! 

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.

Lock and Key Book 2

Available now at...

AMAZON      B&N      APPLE      KOBO

Haven't read Book 1? Check out Officer Next Door here.

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To celebrate the release of Sasha & Henry's story, I'm giving away an 18k white gold plated handcuffs & key necklace just like my own. To be included in the drawing, enter via the Rafflecopter widget below.




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Thanks for stopping by to celebrate with me! ;)

It makes me so happy to be able to unleash Sasha, Henry (and his handcuffs!) on the reading public. LOL

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

September Newsletter Contest Winner Announcement

This month, my newsletter contest prize was a signed paperback copy of Officer Next Door (Lock and Key, #1) and some Lock and Key Series swag goodies (button, post card, charm bracelet). 



I just drew the winner and it's...

Colleen C.

Congrats Colleen, and thanks all who participated. Don't forget, my October newsletter will include a new giveaway. If you're not a subscriber, you can sign up here.

Speaking of the Lock and Key Series (and contests) ... only 3 days 'til Officer out of Uniform (Lock and Key, #2) releases this Friday! If you're into contests, stop by my blog again then, because to celebrate I'll be giving away an 18 k white gold handcuffs and key necklace (like my own -- pictured below).


See you then. ;)

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.