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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

February

WHAT'S NEW???
     Happy almost Valentine's Day! 
     After Christmas, Valentine's Day is my favorite holiday. It's not just a day to celebrate romantic relationships but a day to cherish friendships and family, too.  It comes at that time of year when the outside might be snowy or dreary but our hearts can still be warm and full of love.
      New this month is a different look for my romance RIBBONS AND RAINBOWS.  This book can be very sexy at times and I just didn't feel the first cover portrayed the relationship between my hero and heroine. Zack and Skye are opposites. She is a free spirit who tries to go with the flow while Zack is a type A personality all the way. Can Skye teach him how to relax and learn the true meaning of love? A sexy single dad with a son who has to come first, betrayed by his ex-wife, it takes Zack a while to accept cupid's arrow in his heart.

     RIBBONS AND RAINBOWS is exclusive to Amazon Kindle. But remember, you can download the Kindle app onto your computer and some devices so you can download and read what Amazon has to offer.

    RIBBONS AND RAINBOWS Amazon


     The line edit is finished for my July 2012 REUNION BRIDES release, THE CEO'S UNEXPECTED PROPOSAL. Mikala is a music therapist who takes on the challenge of helping Dawson's son recover from trauma.  Old sparks reignite as memories from high school form a bond and a basis for a new romance.  This week I'll be checking through the line edit on RILEY'S BABY BOY.  In Riley and Brenna's romance (August 2012), feuding families have a chance for peace. This is Book 4 of my REUNION BRIDES series. A former marine, Riley O'Rourke is astonished when high school sweetheart Brenna McDougall turns up on his doorstep with his infant son. Oh, yes, more than talk happened the night of their fifteen year high school reunion!

     Another way to keep up with what I'm doing day to day is chatting with me on Twitter or Facebook. If you "like" my Facebook page, you can post on the wall. I'm new this month to Triberr, a way to spread the readership on my blog.  peaking of my blog, I'm thinking about adding a weekly blog on gardening. I'll be starting petunia plants soon and will post photos along the way. That leads me to...
     
    

AROUND THE HOUSE...


Yep, winter has settled in. We're having a mild one compared to past years but this is February so anything can happen. We try to keep feeders filled for the birds. This year I have a heated bird bath for them that was a Christmas present. But I haven't seen too many bathing!

Ebbie and London are getting into trouble on a daily basis because they're bored when there aren't birds to watch on the deck. They've been chasing each other as well as rainbows when the sun shines through the suncatcher prisms. Ebbie usually "helps" me write while London naps in the sun.






As I mentioned above, I'm thinking about blogging once a week about gardening and photographing the process. A friend gave me a Gerbera  Daisy last summer. We let it go to sleep for the winter. At least that's what we thought. But I have a grow light shining on my inside herb bin. My husband put the daisy there to wait for spring. But...  It's blooming! 



SPECIAL THIS MONTH!!! 


To celebrate Valentine's Day, since I really like kitties and hearts, I'm giving away a Lenox statue IT'S RAINING KITTY KISSES along with a print copy of my REUNION BRIDES release ONCE UPON A GROOM.  Use the button on the right to enter. Please only one entry per email address.  They are sorted. Contest ends on February 29 at midnight EST. Winner will be notified by March 15 EST and will have to email me his/her snail mail address. If winner does not verify by midnight March 31, a new winner will be drawn.  THIS CONTEST IS OPEN TO US/CANADA WINNERS ONLY.

Good luck.  Have a wonderful Valentine's Day!!!
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Sunday, January 1, 2012

January 2012

WHAT'S NEW???


     Happy new year!  I hope it will be a healthy and fulfilling one.
     CASSIDY'S COWBOY, Book 6 in my SEARCH FOR LOVE series is a new novella.
     Remember Cassidy Sullivan from ALWAYS HER COWBOY? In CASSIDY'S COWBOY, she and her twin sister Lucy embark on a search for their father with Gillian Moore's help.  (For readers unfamiliar with my SEARCH FOR LOVE series, Gillian has a "gift" for finding missing persons.) But in the meantime, a handsome CEO and his daughter come to spend time on Twin Pines Ranch.  Julie's mother abandoned her and both she and her dad, Ben O'Donnell, (foreman Loren's nephew) need to recover and move on.  For now, CASSIDY'S COWBOY is exclusively on Amazon.

Buy CASSIDY'S COWBOY on Amazon

     The latest news concerns my REUNION BRIDES titles for summer 2012.  THE CEO'S UNEXPECTED PROPOSAL, Dawson and Mikala's romance, is due out in July. Print copies will be available the last week in June but e-book will be available July 1.  Mikala is a music therapist who takes on the challenge of helping Dawson's son recover from trauma.  Old sparks reignite as memories from high school form a bond and a basis for a new romance.  In August, feuding families have a chance for peace in RILEY'S BABY BOY, Book 4 of my REUNION BRIDES series. A former marine, Riley O'Rourke is astonished when high school sweetheart Brenna McDougall turns up on his doorstep with his infant son. Oh, yes, more than talk happened the night of their fifteen year high school reunion!
     Another way to learn what I'm doing day to day is chatting with me on Twitter or Facebook. If you "like" my Facebook page, you can post on the wall.  I've also signed up on LibraryThing and Goodreads. I'm learning my way around but I do have my profile filled out on both.  I've joined a couple of groups on Goodreads and I'm looking for a romance group.
      Something else that readers might not know about is "liking" and "tagging" books on Amazon. Authors are thrilled when you "like" and check the tags on their book pages. Positive reviews are always welcome, too.
     Much more is coming up this year. Stay tuned to the e-zine for news of more releases in 2012-2013.

AROUND THE HOUSE...

This month it's hard to find color in the gardens. I've been browsing through seed catalogs already, deciding what plants and flowers I want to start inside. Petunia seeds can be planted as early as February! I look forward to that and watching them grow. I have heat mats that help.

In our house, we try to make everything kitty safe. So we have a wall Christmas tree they can't reach! We can still put presents underneath.

And speaking of my cats, Ebbie (black) and London (grey tabby), here they are "helping" me wrap and pack.

In the new year when I'm waiting to plant seedlings or look for color outside, I cook and bake. Here is an applesauce bread that I make and use for breakfasts or dessert. You can find the recipe on my blog at Applesauce Bread recipe.  Enjoy!

SPECIAL THIS MONTH!!! 


To celebrate the start of the new year, I'm giving away an Amazon gift card for $25 as well as an e-book, ALWAYS HER COWBOY, the prequel to CASSIDY'S COWBOY. I will provide a coupon code for Smashwords or a gift copy from Amazon. Use the button on the right to enter.  This month you will again have an extra chance to win if you leave a comment! If you do, I will add your entry twice and give you double the chance to win.  Please only one entry per email address.  They are sorted. Contest ends on January 31 at midnight EST. Winner will be notified by February 15 EST and will have to email me his/her snail mail address. If winner does not verify by midnight February 28, a new winner will be drawn.  THIS CONTEST IS OPEN TO US/CANADA WINNERS ONLY.

Good luck.  Have a wonderful start to the new year.
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