Thursday, September 29, 2011

October 2011


ONCE UPON A GROOM, Book 2 in my REUNION BRIDES series is new this month. Available in print where books are sold, you can also find it on Amazon and Nook. Old fires reignite as Jenny and Zack, once high school sweethearts, face a struggle on the Rocky D ranch to reveal secrets and heal past hurts, discovering the road to their happily-ever-after.  This book became more than a romance while I was writing it.  It's about Zack's relationship with his dad and Jenny's relationship with hers...and how those bonds change and grow over the years. Another theme is how to leave bitterness and regret behind to find a happy future.
I've also been working hard to format and upload a new book for my SEARCH FOR LOVE ebook series, ALWAYS A COWBOY which will be book 4 in the series. Here's a preview of the cover.  Remember Zack, the doctor in Always Devoted?  He's the hero of ALWAYS A COWBOY as he searches for a new future.  More about this book next month.

In December I hope to give you book 5 in my SEARCH FOR LOVE series, HEARTFIRE. The journalist in Always Devoted, Tessa Kahill has roamed the world after the next breaking story and the best interviews. But maybe her heart has always belonged to one man, a man she once left behind. Stay turned for more next month.

Mikala and Dawson's romance, Book 3 in my REUNION BRIDES series will hopefully be out in 2012.  Maybe I'll have more news about this music therapist and CEO who needs help with his son next month.

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My gardens are still alive with tall bushy zinnias, marigolds and roses.  We've had so much rain I'm surprised they haven't washed away.  But each time the sun comes out, they reach for it.  I think there's a lesson in that!  The leaves on our weeping cherry tree are just starting to turn and fall is right around the corner.  Believe it or not, I've begun Christmas shopping. I like to enjoy the holiday and take my time with it so I've pulled out the wrapping paper, too. I use lots of sticky notes to remind myself what's in the packages.

Ebbie and London are settling in between seasons. They seem to change where they sit and play with each one. Right now they seem to be in the middle of everything, even a manuscript on my desk!


My Special this month is a contest for a print copy of ONCE UPON A GROOM and a fresh water pearl and rose quartz bracelet with a tiny heart charm. In ONCE UPON A GROOM, Zack gives Jenny a pearl necklace that his mother treasured. I thought this bracelet would be a romantic token to remind readers of this book. Use the button on the right to enter. Please one entry per email address. Contest ends on October 31 at midnight EST. Winner will be notified by November 15 EST and will have to email me his/her snail-mail address. If winner does not verify by midnight December 1, a new winner will be drawn.  This contest is open to US winners only.  Good luck.  Enjoy your fall.
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Friday, September 2, 2011

September 2011


So much is new! I'm excited to tell you about my latest project ALWAYS DEVOTED that just went live on Amazon and Smashwords. It's an original never-before-published novella for my Search For Love series. Two of my backlist titles, Nathan's Vow and Jake's Bride are connected books. Linc Granger was introduced in Nathan's Vow as his best friend. He was such great hero material that I've written a story just for him. And to branch out a little, ALWAYS DEVOTED isn't merely a romance. This novella also has a mystery element as the heroine searches for her sister. It was great fun to write and I enjoyed stretching my wings. If you like it, I'd appreciate you spreading the word to family and friends. Also, because you're taking the time to read my e-zine, here is a coupon code to download NATHAN'S VOW, Book 1 in the Search For Love series, free at Smashwords—FY44J for a limited time only. I appreciate my readers and their support.

Also this month is marked by my new Harlequin Special Edition release HIS COUNTRY CINDERELLA. This Montana Mavericks—The Texans Are Coming! romance is book 3 in the latest series. My country singer hero Zane Gunther can make hearts patter with just a glance. He captured my heart immediately when I created him in FROM DOCTOR...TO DADDY, last year's Montana Mavericks release. (See contest below for its country theme!)

I'm in the midst of writing Book 4 in my REUNION BRIDES series for Harlequin Special Edition. It's working title is Wedding Bells And Baby Booties. Brenna and Riley were high school sweethearts who had to keep their feelings hidden because of their feuding families. But the night of the reunion, old sparks burst into flame and now Brenna returned to Miners Bluff with Riley's infant son.

You can check my reader letter on my website for updates and the latest news but you'll hear it here first.


Well, I can't let the month go by without mentioning that we had an earthquake and a hurricane within the same week in our neck of the woods! We're still picking up branches and staking up plants and flowers but I'm so grateful we didn't have any worse damage. My heart goes out to anyone caught up in the storm.

My cats, Ebbie and London, took all of it in stride!  Ebbie was on my desk when the earthquake happened and she didn't run for cover. She road it out with me—I was on the computer—then just looked at me as if to say—What was that? And London who is sometimes my problem child was still sleeping on her chair by the window when it was over! Yet they hide under the bed during thunder storms.  

The tomatoes keep coming in. My favorites for the season were heirloom tomatoes Marianna's Peace, which produced 1 1/2 pound tomatoes and Anna Russian, which is a heart-shaped tomato. Fitting, don't you think? 
So here is a recipe for one of my favorite tomato salads. So easy and so good!

Tomato, Cucumber, Feta salad

  • 6 plum tomatoes
  • 1 small cucumber - peeled, quartered lengthwise, and chopped
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, cut into thin strips
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  1. In a large bowl, toss together the tomatoes, cucumber, green onions, basil, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and feta cheese. Season with salt and pepper.

My roses liked all the rain and they're blooming again. Both the blooms and the buds are gorgeous, scent-filled and perfect for bringing in and filling the house with perfume. I'm also gathering rose petals to use in sachets for Christmas.

One of the best summer gifts in our area is fresh peaches. Terrifically beautiful this year, juicy and perfect! So with some of them I had to make a peach pie!

The special for the month is another contest.  This month I'm giving away a copy of HIS COUNTRY CINDERELLA and two CD's—Tim McGraw and Jason Aldean. Use the button on the right to enter. Please one entry per email address. Contest ends on September 31 at midnight EST. Winner will be notified by October 7 EST and will have to email me his/her snail-mail address. If winner does not verify by midnight October 15, a new winner will be drawn.  This contest is open to US winners only.  Good luck.  Congratulations to July's winner—Charlotte Padgett!  Enjoy your summer.

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