March 2013 archive

A Risk Worth Taking-The Blog Tour Has Begun!

Blog Tour Giveaway for A RISK WORTH TAKING: A $100 COACH Gift Card!!!!

Holly, in A RISK WORTH TAKING loves her designer accessories, so in celebration of the kick off to my Red River Series, I’m giving away a Gift Card-a Big One.  If you love Coach, this is the contest for you.  All you have to do is enter for your chance to win one!  Good luck! 

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The Girl Next Door or the Princess of Salamria?

closed-73172_640What the heck am I talking about?  You’ll have to check out my post at Fresh Fiction!

I’m blogging there today about the allure of escapist romance and about everyday heroes and heroines.  Come on by, comment, and enter for a chance to win a $10.00 Starbucks Gift Card!

Seriously, if I could enter my own contest I would.  You know how much I love coffee ;-)

And don’t forget: big things coming this week!  Release day and Contest News!

 

 

 

New Book, New Website, Big Contest!

A Risk Worth Taking-900pxIn honour of my new book, A RISK WORTH TAKING, and this sparkly new website, I thought I’d celebrate with a contest for readers! This book is the first in a my RED RIVER SERIES, so something extra special is in order for this…

My book is up for pre-order right now, and will be released on Monday.  Be sure to check back next week for the contest details and all my blog tour info.  I promise, this is going to be a fun contest!

I do hate being a tease, so here’s a little hint:  My heroine, Holly, loves her designer accessories and I have a feeling you will too!

 

 

 

 

 

Exciting Updates & Hot Snippets

It’s almost Monday-which means only a few days until the release of A RISK WORTH TAKING!!!  I can’t wait to share this book with you-and the gorgeous cover.  I look at it a few times a day and it’s sooooo hard to keep it to myself!  The cover really captures the mood of the book and of Holly & Quinn.

If you’ve signed up for my newsletter, I’ll be sending a new one out with all my new release info next week and some other exciting news.  If you haven’t signed up for my newsletter, please do-I promise I only send them out for new releases or really big news.

Also, A RISK WORTH TAKING is now up on Goodreads, and I’d be absolutely thrilled and grateful if you added it to your TBR pile.

I’ve added a page to my website, devoted to RED RIVER-the fictional town in A RISK WORTH TAKING and in all my RED RIVER SERIES books-feel free to drop by and visit.

Hot Snippets from A RISK WORTH TAKING:

This is Holly’s first impression of Quinn when she sees him for the first time in years:

He had the walk of a man who knew himself and didn’t give a damn what the world thought of him. -Holly

And this is Quinn, well, being Quinn:

“I never kissed you the way I wanted to because I knew that if I did I wouldn’t be able to stop. I wouldn’t be able to get enough of you. And if I had thought for one second that you meant what you said that night, I would have come after you,” he said. -Quinn

“I have a feeling you’re going to taste better than all the fantasies I’ve had about you,” he murmured in a low, throaty voice that was as much a turn on as the words he spoke. -Quinn

I just love Holly and Quinn-and I hope you will too! 

 

 

The Second Time Around

old-82901_640I drove myself crazy before and the first few weeks during the release of THE BILLIONAIRE’S CHRISTMAS BABY.  Why?  Reviews.  I drove everyone around me nuts.  I had a nightmare that the night my book was to be released, I’d wake up to five 1-star reviews.  I questioned why I had ever entered writing, why I would willingly put my work out their for public scrutiny.  I never realized how insecure I could be.  It was terrifying.  But I had to be a big girl and come to terms with the fact that not everyone in the playground was going to be my friend.  Not everyone was going to like me.

It reminded me of when I was in grade one and too shy or nervous to talk to anyone at my new school.  So I’d stand by the fence at recess and count down the minutes until it was over.  It took me a year to make friends.  But I was six, and I’ve come a long way since then ;-)  I’m not shy or introverted (though if I’m at a big party I’d still rather people-watch than make conversation with people I don’t know).  I would never want my kids to feel shy and to let their own insecurities stop them from fulfilling a dream (luckily I don’t think this will happen to either of my kids, who take after their father-the life of the party).

This time?  Yeah, I’m nervous again.  But I’m also a little tougher, a little wiser.  I’ve decided I’m a writer and I’m not going anywhere.  There will be readers and reviewers that don’t like my books.  But there will also be readers and reviewers that do.  I’ve connected with so many wonderful people and have had emails from so many lovely readers.  Every wonderful review that was posted filled me with excitement.  I want to be an example for my kids, to show them that it’s okay to put yourself out there, regardless of the results.  It’s okay to take chances, it’s okay to keep trying, it’s okay to face criticism.  All of that really does make you stronger.

In my upcoming book, my heroine has suffered some huge losses in her life-and taking a chance at loving someone again seems too painful, too risky.  But Holly needs to come to terms with the fact that in order to really live, she does need to love.  And love can be risky, and without guarantees…lucky for her I’m guaranteeing a happily ever after for them ;-)

So this second time around, I’m going to gather up that courage that I’ve forced upon my heroine, and I’m going to be calmer and more Zen-like.  I’m going to take a little bit of the control-freak away and just go with the flow…

…and I’m going to work on that next book-or maybe clean the house.  Nah.  Wine!