Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Love Liam and His Cuffs? You Can Vote for Your Favorite Officer!

About a week from today I'll be in Cincinnati for Queen City Indie Con. And I'm pretty excited about it! Andrew (book cover model, and also my brother) will be with me and we plan to have fun while we're there. 

Yesterday I found out that Officer Next Door was voted into the final round for the QCIC book awards in two categories: 'Best White-Knuckle Book' and 'Best All-Around Adult Book'. I'm not gonna lie ... that was a pretty nice surprise (and an ego boost). LOL Thank you to those who voted in the earlier rounds and put Liam and his cuffs in the finals. 

Photo courtesy of Les Byerly / iStock

If you'd like to cast your vote in the final round, you can - voting is open to the public.

Thank you. :)

P.S. Will you be at QCIC? If so, I'll see you there! Make sure you stop by my signing table Saturday for one of the handcuff charm bracelets Andrew will be giving to readers.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Ridiculously True (& Cute) Book T-Shirts

That's what I'm trying to fill my merchandise shop with. :) If you haven't gone to my site and hit the 'shop' tab lately, you probably haven't seen the new stuff that's gone live over the past couple weeks. Here are some examples...

I've retired my original designs, and these are the first of many new ones I'll be adding over the coming weeks and months. If you visit my shop, you'll see a variety of different colors and shirt styles (including long sleeve tops) bearing these designs.

Books and shopping happen to be two of my favorite things, so I've been having fun with my shop's revamp. 

If you'd like, you can browse my shop here.

Monday, October 6, 2014

5 People Romance Writers Meet at Parties: A Drinking Game (Video)

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Video Blog (Yeah, I'm Doing That Now): Where I Get My Story Ideas

So, I'm video blogging. It's something I'd been wanting to try all summer, but I didn't get the ball rolling until my friend Elise Marion inspired me. I decided to keep my first video simple with an answer to one of the most common questions I get: how do I come up with my story ideas? But to explain that, I'll have to explain the other super awkward question that made me realize just how legit of an inquiry that is...

I plan to keep video blogging, and if you have a question you'd like me to answer via video, I'd love to hear it. Drop me an e-mail or get in touch with me via Facebook or Twitter. :)

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. ;)