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


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...


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.


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.


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...


Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Real Life 'Research' Behind My Inked in the Steel City Series

I love a good tattoo, whether it be on a man or a woman. Okay, so I may be especially partial to those on men. ;) 

Believe it or not, back when I wrote Hot Ink, tattoo artists hadn't made that many appearances as heroes in romance novels (something the romance community would soon correct -- luckily! I mean, I think we can all agree we'd be missing out on a good thing if all those tattooed heroes weren't out there posing on book covers). 

I couldn't resist the appeal of the idea though. I mean, what if a woman's tattoo artist was super hot? And conveniently, if she was having a large tattoo done, he'd have to keep seeing her and have his hands on her for hours... I could just imagine the tension that situation could generate if the artist and client were attracted to each other.

Thus, Hot Ink, the first book in my Inked in the Steel City Series, was born. The book stars Mina, a woman seeking to turn a special piece of art into a beautiful tattoo, and her hottie of an artist, Eric.

Of course, I don't have a picture of the beautiful floral sidepiece Eric does for Mina in Hot Ink. However, one of the questions I'm often asked by Inked in the Steel City Series readers is whether I'm tattooed, and how I researched the book if I'm not.

Well, of course I am. ;) And my favorite tattoo is a floral sidepiece that covers the same area on my body that Mina's does on hers. It's not an identical tattoo by any means, but here it is:

Sadly, Eric was not my tattoo artist (although I'm very happy with the job mine did).

Around the time I wrote Hot Ink, I also got my first tattoo on that area of my body (it's on my other side), so I knew exactly how Mina felt getting hers. Should I have deducted my artist's fees from my taxes? I don't know about that one. LOL But there's my 'research' for this series.

The story of how I got that side tattoo (in a nutshell: 6.5 hours of watching my favorite show, The Office) is much less interesting than how Mina got hers, so I'll focus on Mina's story:

Hot Ink
(Inked in the Steel City, #1)

Mina never meant to fall for her sexy tattoo artist, Eric, or to become a model. But when she’s asked to pose in a photo shoot for the Hot Ink tattoo studio, she can’t say no. She finally gets a look at Eric’s tattoos when they’re cajoled into posing together, and in a few breathtaking moments, an on-camera kiss turns the passion they’re asked to fake into something very real, leaving them both wanting more. The only problem is that Mina’s not the glamour girl she looks like on the Hot Ink posters, or even in a tattoo magazine. She’s only twenty-four, but being the sole guardian of her disabled younger sister has left her feeling much older. Will Eric still be interested when he gets to know the girl behind the ink and the make-up and finds out that she and her little sister are a package deal?

Hot Ink is newly available as part of a $0.99 box set! You can stop by your favorite bookseller and get Eric and Mina's story, plus 10 other steamy books, for less than a dollar. A total steal. ;)

                                              AMAZON      B&N      APPLE     KOBO

Hot Ink is Book 1 in my Inked in the Steel City Series. You didn't think I was going to let the other artists and staff at the Hot Ink Tattoo Studio go without a HEA, did you? You can check out my entire series here.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

June Newsletter Contest Winner Announcement

My June newsletter drawing prize was a registration bag full of signed books and other goodies from this year's RT Booklovers convention.

Thank you all who entered the drawing. The winner is:

Jennifer K.

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

If you're not already a subscriber to my newsletter but would like to be so you can participate in next month's contest, you can sign up here.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

99 Cent Box Set Featuring Hot Ink is Live!

Hot Ink (Inked in the Steel City, #1) is part of a newly-released 11 book box set. Other authors with books in the set include Vi Keeland, Adriana Hunter, Kate Dawes and more. All the authors are NYT, USA Today or Amazon best-sellers, and the bundle is just $0.99. ;)

The box set was put together by Summer Daniels, creator of the popular 'What to Read After FSOG' website and Facebook page. WTRAFSOG has given my books a lot of support, so of course, when I was invited to participate in this box set, my answer was an enthusiastic 'yes'. My thanks to the other authors, Summer especially, for making this happen.

Now available at...

Kindle US
Kindle UK
iTunes - Coming soon!!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Inked in the Steel City Series Box Sets Have Released


With the 6 main Inked in the Steel City Series books done, the series is now available packaged into halves via box sets. Because the best part of finishing a series (mostly -- you know I'm still planning that 7th extra book) is getting to show off covers again with boxed sets. ;) Okay ... maybe not the best part. But I do think Eric is worth showing off again!
Box Set #1 includes Books 1-3, and Box Set #2 includes books 4-6.
The box sets can be found at…
Box Set #1
AMAZON       B&N
Box Set #2
AMAZON       B&N