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As a self-proclaimed holiday junkie, this is an extra-special year because I’ve had 2 holiday book releases, within one week of each other!
Let me introduce you to each of them…
She’s everything he wants for Christmas…
Social worker Allison Barrington’s home went up in smoke, literally, a month before Christmas. Now the guardian of her teenage sister and a crazy pup, she shows up on the doorstep of the only man in the city she can trust. Resisting Ethan Dane had never been easy, but luckily, Allie isn’t into cutthroat playboy businessmen. And Ethan is as driven as they come.
Ethan Dane has wanted Allie since the moment he laid eyes on her at their best friends’ wedding. Having her in his home is the perfect chance to prove to her that their chemistry can’t be denied, but when he finds out that the biggest business coup of his career means destroying the youth center where Allie works, Ethan is forced to decide what kind of man he wants to be…
Well…it should because he’s this guy’s best friend! Remember Jackson Pierce? He’s got a new look-that baby, omg! Too cute. Jackson was my original favourite guy; grumpy, and without any Christmas spirit…but given the right woman, he figured out what was missing from his life…
An Entangled Christmas Classic …
Jackson Pierce didn’t make his fortune entertaining every half-cocked idea, especially one involving diaper changes. Not even the cute brunette who links him to the baby in her arms can crack his icy heart. A baby on the doorstep is the least of Hannah Woods’s problems—she has to find the baby’s uncle, or the child will end up in foster care. She sleuths her way to the reclusive CEO’s doorstep only to find six feet of holiday sexy—and a door slammed in her face. But when Jackson comes around and urges they marry for little Emily’s sake, Hannah finds herself falling for the jaded billionaire and wishing for a holiday miracle of their own…
So, who’s this last guy, then? Well, this is Hayden. They all went to University together! Three clueless billionaires who had no idea what was in store for them, way back when…
She’s falling for the one man who could destroy everything…
Alex McAllister always dreamed of a life filled with the laughter and love of a family, but being abandoned at a young age left her wary of letting anyone in. Now that she’s settled in Still Harbor, Alex struggles between keeping her distance and the magnetic pull of the handsome stranger who claims he’s the biological father of her adopted daughter.
Hayden Brooks never wanted to be a father. Long hours spent building his family’s real estate empire suits him just fine. But when he discovers an ex put the baby he unknowingly fathered up for adoption, his world crumbles. He tracks the child to Still Harbor with the intention of bringing her home-and comes face to face with his daughter’s stunning adoptive mother.
The paternity test is in. And Hayden’s about to make the most shocking decision of his life, just in time for Christmas…
Do you have a favourite? I thought I did, until I grouped them all together. Now I can’t decide. There’s also another one, who doesn’t have his own book yet. But he’s appeared in all 3 of these books…Tell me his name and I’ll pick one random winner on Friday. The winner receives a $10 Amazon Giftcard!
How much do you love this cover?? I’m loving it-along with the winter scene…yup it’s a Christmas book! This is the second book in the Still Harbor series and features Alex, Kate’s sister from book one. There’s also another connecting character in this book-and it’s to someone in a completely different series…if you’re on my newsletter list you’ll find out who ;-). Not on my list? Sign up here!
Falling for her Enemy is on Goodreads and is available for pre-order now!
I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate summer than with a book release! I’m so excited to finally share Matt and Kate’s story.
This also kicks of my brand new Still Harbor series-be sure to check out the page dedicated to this new small town. Book 2 will be out in time for Christmas!
So excited for today’s release of The Rancher’s Second Chance! I hope you fall in love with Gage and Meredith as much as I have!
Starting over and starting a whole lotta trouble…
Meredith Anderson left her difficult past behind to create a new life for herself in Tall Pines – where she can be the independent, confident woman she always dreamed of being. Now she’s a partner in her sister’s wedding planning business, helping brides realize their happily-ever-afters…even as she promises herself to never fall in love.
Meredith’s sweetness and vulnerability brings out the protective side of rancher Gage Mackenzie – even though their worlds are miles apart. All it takes is one night for desire to take hold of them both, a sizzling encounter that can only lead to the promise of more. But Meredith isn’t looking for more, and even if she was, Gage is set to leave Tall Pines behind him…
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It had started out to be a fabulous weekend. Saturday I had gone into the city (Toronto) to attend a Toronto Romance Writer’s meeting-all the members are such fabulous, giving people and I had a great time and met knew people and saw some familiar ones as well. The highlight was meeting and listening to the extraordinary, Candace Havens. She was so engaging, so wonderful-and her fast draft workshop was absolutely perfect and just what I needed. She’s a big believer in no excuses-the only excuse is if you’re dead. Which means today, I will write, regardless of a stiff neck or an over-active imagination, remembering yesterday’s events.
Yesterday (Sunday) was one of those days I will remember for the rest of my life. I am overwhelmed by a sense of gratitude and still shocked by the very real reality of what could have been.
We were at a fun party for one of my daughter’s friend’s. I had a great time chatting with the other moms and my 4YO had a great time playing games and of course, eating cake. The party had ended and we were on our way home to pick up my husband and son so that we could go to my mother’s 70th birthday. We were stopped at a red light. The light turned green and I accelerated through the intersection normally-only to be struck by a speeding, large SUV that seemed to have appeared out of nowhere-he ran a red light. There’s a crazy moment when it seems as though everything stops, time, reality, and I remember bracing myself, airbags were deployed and the car finally stopped moving. It was completely surreal. As any parent would know, the first words out of my mouth were my daughter’s name. She responded right away with a terrified, “mama.” I have never been so shocked, so completely dazed then at that moment. I knew we weren’t seriously hurt. Our SUV was completely totalled.
Seconds later, witnesses opened our door, holding our hands, talking to us, informing us they’d already called 911. Within five minutes paramedics had arrived, police had arrived. The entire intersection had been blocked off. I knew we were okay. As we exited our car, I scanned the area for the other SUV. Even though I was numb and trying to pretend like it was all no big deal for my daughter’s sake, I had this insane urge to run up to the other driver and yell, “WTF were you doing, ***hole! You could have killed us!” And it was that, the idea of what could have been, how much worse this all could have been that kept me up last night.
Anyway, the 4YO was a total little Miss. She wasn’t hysterical, she answered questions like a big girl, and let the paramedics check her out. And I have to say, all the men in uniform everywhere? They were awesome. They were so sweet to us, to my little girl. They kept her talking, kept her distracted, and even commented on her pink sparkly shoes. These were all big, strapping guys, and were so sweet. The mom in me? Felt completely safe, completely grateful. The romance writer in me? Each and every one of those guys have now been cast in future books :).
We spent the rest of the afternoon in the ER. One of the police officers came with us to take my statement. Luckily, there were witnesses who saw him run the light-at top speed. WTF he was doing, I have no idea. I’ll know all the details today, but the other driver was charged.
My husband and son met us at the ER and then my parents and brother arrived. It was such a surreal day.
I am so grateful that we weren’t hurt. But last night every time I shut my eyes I relived the accident, the impact of that SUV hitting us, and of course, thinking of what *could* have happened. I guess that’s normal and the memory will fade.
Today will be dealing with insurance, taking advil, etc. On the plus side (I’m a pretty positive person and really hate to dwell on the negative) I said to my husband last night-at least we don’t have to clean our car. We had been talking about how gross the inside of our car was. We’d had it since our daughter was born and it had all that gross kid dirt in it and we’d been planning on cleaning it out this spring-or forking over the big bucks to get a detailing done. Now? Not needed! There’s my attempt at looking at the bright side.
Oh, also? Gage and Meredith’s book is out tomorrow! Even though that means a lot of work, I think it will be a good distraction for me.
Gage is of course, from the second Rancher book…Matt is from the first Still Harbor book…and Ethan-remember him?? He’s Jackson’s best friend from The Billionaire’s Christmas Baby! If I can find a coherent excerpt I’ll post on Tuesday.
So it’s been busy, busy, busy over here. We were down with influenza-seriously it took a week to feel human again. Three of us caught it, but the Mr. managed to escape the plague, lucky him. That week off means I have so much to catch up on. I have three books due in the next 3 months…plus revisions on two other books.
Revisions have landed for Still Harbor Book one, and I handed those in on the same day I came down with the plague, talk about timing! Revisions for Gage are due on Monday. Thankfully revisions for both these books have been super light and easy.
One of the projects due in the next three months is still a secret at this point, but I’ll be able to share soon!
I made out a long To-Do list this morning, because that always makes me feel like things are under control…even though they are NOT! But I can’t complain…I’ve got books to write and for that I’m very grateful.
I’ll be back soon guys with that excerpt! Hope you’re all well, xo.
Sometimes it feels like once we’ve solved one set of problems with the kids, another one pops up.
One of the things we’ve struggled with is instilling in our kids a sense of gratitude and giving. It’s difficult for kids to truly understand how blessed they are when they live in a good middle-class neighbourhood where all their friends are in the same boat. They play sports, go to birthday parties, have birthday parties, get presents, have food on the table, clothes on their backs. We donate and collect gifts for the needy and do extra during the holidays. Their schools do various charity drives throughout the year that they actively participate in. But often that gets forgotten as the year goes on and whining for new Lego (um, when did Lego become so freaking expensive??) or Frozen swag becomes the focus.
So this year we decided to ‘adopt’ a little girl in Zambia. We were able to see her picture and see exactly how our monthly donation would help her and her family. Because we wanted this to be a family project, we set up a collection jar in the kitchen and we all have to contribute during the month. At the end of the month, the eldest (8YO) will count all the money. We thought that was important because we didn’t want this to just be mom and dad adding another expense onto the credit card. We want this little girl to be a part of our daily lives. Her name is on the jar, which sits on our counter.
The kids immediately ran to their piggy banks and filled up the jar and are excited and proud. It’s a damn fine way to start the year ;-). Oh and that paper you see in the jar? The 4YO drew her a picture and put it in-I think she thinks we’re physically mailing that jar to Africa every month :). And there’s the minor problem of the 4YO thinking that we’re taking a trip to Africa soon to meet her…oh well, one problem at a time, lol.
It’s a start. It’s one way we can help out, but obviously there’s so much more we can do as a family. Right now, this clicked with the kids and it’s something they can both understand. This little girl has become real to them and they refer to her by name. They wonder about her life and what kind of house she lives in, about if she has clean clothes and food to eat. The 4YO was whining about a pair of pants that she hated and didn’t want to wear when we were going out for dinner one night. I left the room and told her she wasn’t coming to the restaurant unless she wore the pants. Then I eavesdropped with my husband as the 8YO went in and told her she should wear them because “think of Justina, who has to wear mud pants.” Okay, we probably should have corrected that, but it worked because then they started talking about her, the 4YO wore the pants and they stopped thinking about themselves.
What about you guys? Any family goals or projects you’re working on? Any traditions or interesting ways you give back as a family?
I love that Saturday mornings-even though the days of sleeping in no longer exist-there is no school rush, no lunches to be packed, or racing out of the house in the frigid winter temps. I love having that extra cup of coffee with my husband while listening to the kids play (or argue) in the other room. I love winter mornings-well, I love being inside on winter mornings, especially if there’s snow on the ground or falling from the sky.
This Saturday we also had some good friends over for coffee-during the day. This was a new one for us. We always used to get together with this couple in the evening, but now they have their own wee one. They have an adorable 5-month old little boy. And we haven’t seen them in ages and the kids were dying to meet the baby. Funny how things change. This was a couple we’d enjoy having a few drinks with-he’s an absolute riot and I laugh in anticipation before he even starts telling us one of his crazy stories. But now we all have kids and this visit was fun and very family oriented…but different.
Sunday was lunch at my parents house-Nonna and Nonno’s house. Sunday lunch is sacred-you miss it and you will be guilted forever-Italian mother’s have mastered the ability to guilt. :).
Sunday night we had another couple come over, this time after the kids were in bed. It was catch up with all the friends we hadn’t seen in a few months.
It’s still amazing to me how fast life is going, especially with kids. We had a funeral to go to last week and it just made me stop and think about how we really need to embrace each day. To see the joy in each day-and be grateful we’ve been given another day with the people we love so dearly.
I also managed to cram in some writing time. I’ve got a super packed schedule this year-some projects that I haven’t announced yet, but I will soon :-).
If I can find something decent in the current book I’m working on, I’ll post a teaser tomorrow.
Hope you all had a great weekend.
If you’ve read the first book in the Tall Pines series, you’ll know remember Gage and Meredith. I purposely left a few unanswered questions at the end of The Rancher’s Second Chance, because I knew I had to write Gage and Meredith’s book. If you haven’t read The Rancher’s Second Chance, you needn’t worry, because this book works as a standalone. Of course, if you have read the first book, you know I love you ;-).
I had a hard time picking an excerpt from this book. These two were so dynamic and hilarious and heartbreaking to write at the same time. So for those of you who haven’t met Gage, he’s this rough, hot, cowboy who’s had a thing for Meredith the moment she fell into his arms (literally) at a wedding. And Meredith…this is a woman who walked away from a controlling relationship and family, turning her back on a massive fortune in order to start a new life. These two are opposites…and that’s part of what made this book so fun to write.
OMG, I cringed for Meredith so many times during this book. But, the girl came a long way and I love when a character grows. And Gage…love :).
Also-just wanted to thank all of you newsletter subscribers for entering the New Year’s contest-the winner was picked this weekend-congrats to Lori M! Not on my newsletter list or following my blog? Sign up! Lots of exclusive giveaways :).
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