A lot is new this month in my writing life. First of all, THE CEO'S UNEXPECTED PROPOSAL (Reunion Brides, Book 3) is available now in print and in e-book. Mikala Conti, a music therapist, helps high school classmate Dawson Barrett's son recover from trauma by using music. There is a bit of a mystery with this romance as we uncover with Luke what happened the day he and his mom were in the accident that took her life. His lack of memory of that day is coming between him and Dawson and making ten-year-old Luke unhappy. Mikala helps both father and son heal, finding her own true love along the way.
On July 24, the print version of RILEY'S BABY BOY (Reunion Brides, Book 4) will be released. E-book format will follow on August 1. More about this hunky former Marine hero and his high school sweetheart next month.
I've finished the first book in my new Caprice De Luca home-stager mystery series and sent it to my editor. Working title is KNIFE-EDGED. You can read more about it and my sleuth who takes in stray animals, loves to cook and constantly tries to convince her big Italian family they don't need to run her life! There is even a touch of romance. My mystery novels will be about relationships and how they intertwine to complicate lives as well as about solving clues. My editor has given me the go-ahead for the outline of book 2 tentatively titled COLOR SCHEMER. I can't wait to delve into the next mystery. Readers can find out more about my mysteries as well as catch live feeds from my Twitter, blog and Facebook page at http://www.karenrosesmithmysteries.com/. Keep checking back for updates as I learn exact titles and release dates.
I'm also at work on my first THE MOMMY CLUB romance for Harlequin Special Edition. Sara Stevens and Jase Cramer's love story takes place on a vineyard in California with a cast of characters I hope you'll enjoy in future books.
AROUND THE HOUSE...
Big news this month. Two weeks ago, we rescued a kitten. Zoie Joy is an absolute bundle of energy, sleepy sweetness and joy. Life has been a balancing act between the new kitten, writing and gardening.
Our gardens are blooming profusely with the heat and humidity. The yellow petunias are bushing out and constantly reaching for the sun. The purple and white ones are a double ruffled bloom that's just gorgeous. The purple changes colors with the amount of sun. The pink phlox is blossoming, impatiens are a beautiful violet and the geraniums are about to bloom. I'm so proud of these flowers I grew from seed and I hope the varities of zinnias do as well. The planters around the patio with their vibrant colors give it a tropical air. Soon tubar roses will also add their fragrance. It's like a heady perfume.
Then there are the tomatoes! The soaker hose is helping in this heat. I raised about 150 heirloom plants in lots of varieties--Marianna's Peace, Great White, Big Orange, Anna Russian, Chianti Rose, St. Lucy's Beefsteak, Sister, Ghost Cherry, Brad's Black Heart, Momma's Paste. We kept about thirty and gave the rest to friends, relatives, neighbors and even a few people driving by who were glad for the plants. I'll let you know which varieties do the best as the season progresses. Zucchini and cucumbers are also growing huge.
SPECIAL THIS MONTH!!!
Music is a unique aspect of THE CEO'S UNEXPECTED PROPOSAL as well as jewelry. Dawson gives Mikala a necklace to cherish. So this month, for my lucky winner's contest gift I'm offering the prize of a fresh water and amethyst bracelet with a music note charm. I will also include an advance copy of RILEY'S BABY BOY for the winner.
Use the button on the right to enter the contest. Please only one entry per e-mail address. They are sorted. The contest ends July 31 at midnight EST. Winner will be notified by August 15th and will have to e-mail me his/her snail mail address. If winner does not verify by midnight August 31, a new winner will be drawn. THIS CONTEST IS OPEN TO US/CANADA WINNERS ONLY.
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