Hey everyone, thanks for playing along and commenting this week! It’s nice to know someone is actually reading my blog ;-).
So, yesterday’s winner: Ann. Ann, please email me your info and I’ll send along your prizes. Everyone, all your prizes will be shipped/emailed this week so check your inboxes!
My newsletter will also be going out, filled with Red River goodness and other news, so make sure you’re on the list and have confirmed your subscriptions! If you didn’t win a prize this week, don’t worry lots of opportunities in the newsletter.
Off to start the day-and I think it’s going to be a good one…the 7YO is going to baseball camp for the day and the 3YO is going to a morning gymnastics camp. I must get major word count in on Gage and Meredith’s story!
He wanted a marriage for appearance only… she wanted a family for real
It appears my 5-day contest has lasted seven days, lol.
First up? Yesterday’s winner? Nicola! Nicola, just email me your details-along with the print book of your choice and I’ll send along your prize :).
Today’s the last day of the contest (don’t forget I have that newsletter going out soon, so if you’re not already signed up, make sure you do!). It’s also the last day of the t-ball tournament-and it’s raining. Think 7YO’s in the mud and lots of laundry.
Today’s contest question…do you love Christmas books? Do you read them even when it’s not Christmas? I’m a sucker for a good Christmas romance and I had really hoped to have a Christmas release this year, but it just didn’t work with my schedule but I’m tempted to write another one for next Christmas :).
Today’s Prize? A digital copy of fellow Indulgence author, Christine Glover’s book, The Maverick’s Red Hot Reunion + a PRINT copy of either Red River book (your choice).
Thanks for hanging out with me this week and commenting! xo
Hey guys-first up is yesterday’s winner-PUJA! Yes, it was Quinn. Congrats! Just email me your info
Oh and just because I thought it was my duty to share-that man on the left? Cole
Today’s contest is super easy because, well, it’s Friday and I’m wiped! How about you guys? Since I didn’t post a new contest yesterday, I will do another one tomorrow. DS is in a T-ball tournament all weekend so I might be late in posting. Also, don’t forget if you haven’t signed up for my newsletter, the big one is going out soon, filled with Red River news and contests, and the longest Evan excerpt ever ;-).
Okay-so today’s question: Do you like revisiting the same town/characters in romance or are you up for a new, fresh start every time? Here’s what I’m getting at…after Evan’s book I’m not sure I want to leave Red River yet…seems like there might be a lot more characters in Red River that need to have their stories told…what do you think? I’ll pick one random winner and announce tomorrow! The Prize? A print copy of EITHER BEST MAN or RISK + a digital copy of A RECIPE FOR ROMANCE (an awesome book!) from my good friend and talented writer, Olivia Miles.
UPDATE: Hey guys so no one guessed the hero! I’ll extend this another day-and give you all a clue with this quote: “____had the walk of a man who knew himself and didn’t give a damn what the world thought of him.”
Does that ring a bell?? I’m a tease, I know ;-).
So…yesterday’s winner? Kim M. Congrats Kim, just email your mailing address and I’ll send you a print copy of THE BEST MAN’S BABY :). Thanks for commenting everyone!
I’ll make today’s post short and sweet since in about two hours I’ll have four, 3YO’s descending on our house for a playdate…pray for me!
Today’s Question: Which hero (in any of my books) do you think was inspired by this gorgeous man on the left? To me, it’s obvious…let’s see how many of you guys get the right one. The prize? A $10 Amazon Giftcard + a digital copy of any of my books. Good luck!!
Yesterday’s contest winner? MONIQUE. Monique, congrats! Just email me your mailing address (you can use the form on the contact page) and a signed copy of A RISK WORTH TAKING will be in the mail soon :).
Yesterday was a pretty cool day around here…first of all-you guys left me comments! And that was so awesome, because a part of me panicked and thought no one would :). I *may* have even sent a panicked email to my BFF saying that no one was going to comment and enter my contest…so THANKS guys for saving me from that embarrassment!!
Second cool thing that happened? Around five o’clock (also known as crazy o’clock around here), I was making dinner (trying to anyway) and the seven year old was teaching the three year old how to be a Jedi warrior…fast forward to lots of screaming, an eyeball being nearly poked out by a light saber, etc, etc, and then suddenly the 7YO yelling that he hears someone knocking at the door. By this point, dinner is burning and I’m wondering whether it’s too early to pour myself a drink, so I say that whoever it was at the door, must have been scared off by all the crazy screaming. Sure enough, I see no shadow at the door and don’t even bother opening it. Somehow we make it to bedtime and when there’s nothing but silence in the house, I open the front door because I remembered we hadn’t checked mail. What do I find on the doorstep?
That gorgeous bouquet of flowers from my publisher, Entangled. I stood there, reading the note and the moment was truly surreal. Seriously. I’m just so grateful I get to write the crazy stories that I daydream about and that I have a publisher who publishes them, an editor who pushes me and makes my stories better, and I have the most awesome readers ever! Thanks guys, you truly rock!!!!! You guys email me, leave me comments, write reviews-and you enter my contests!!!
Soooo without further blabbing…
Today’s contest? I’m giving away a signed, PRINT copy of THE BEST MAN’S BABY. All you have to do is tell me what book this excerpt is from. I’ll pick one random winner tomorrow who names the correct book…let’s see how well you know your heroes ;-).
(P.S. Don’t forget to check back everyday this week for a different contest. And I’m sending out my biggest newsletter ever this week, so be on the lookout for it in your inbox!).
“You want the bottle or the glass?” he asked, turning to look at her.
She swallowed hard. “The bottle. Definitely the bottle.”
“Impressive.” He smiled, an adorable smile that made the corners of his eyes crinkle and a dimple appear on one cheek.
It made her toes curl and sent ribbons of pleasure through her body.
He leaned back into the cushions, his smile falling slightly.
She looked at him, from the handsome face to the bare, perfectly sculpted torso to the narrow waist and long, lean legs. She wasn’t going to lick her lips, like the man was a part of an all-you-can-eat dinner buffet, but then he leaned forward to pick up his glass from the coffee table and a ripple effect of muscles over his abs sent a ripple-effect through her body. Why, oh why, did Cori have a brother like this?
Her insides liquefied, and she grabbed the bottle, downing a large swig. She didn’t even cough as the liquid burned a path down her throat.
“I hope I’m not going to have to pick you up off the floor,” he said, again that smile still on his face. She’d never seen him smile so much. He must have downed a hell of a lot of whiskey while she was in the washroom.
“Relax, cowboy, I can handle myself.” Then she cursed herself.
She was flirting.
Relax, cowboy? It was like she was repeating lines from a movie. And then he actually chuckled. More like a smooth, rolling laugh that reverberated through every inch of her body. She tucked her uninjured leg under her and smoothed the long shirt over herself carefully.
“Oh my God,” he yelled, leaning over her.
She backed up into the cushions. “What?”
He was looking at her foot. “Your ankle is huge.”
She wanted to die. “No, it’s not. I don’t have huge ankles.”
“It’s the size of a freaking cow hoof. Why didn’t you tell me?”
His voice was raspy and tender at the same time. Before she could process the cow-hoof remark, he wrapped his strong hand around her injured ankle. She flinched and gasped out loud.
His head snapped up. “Why the hell didn’t you tell me you were this hurt?”
So, do you know? What book is this from, tell me in the comments! Good luck!
THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! All of you, who bought a copy of THE BEST MAN’S BABY helped make it a USA TODAY Bestseller! So, this party I’m having is all about you guys, because without you, it wouldn’t have happened :).
Every day this week on my blog, I’ll be doing a giveaway, so be sure to check in!
I’m cooking up a few things that I think you’ll love. The biggest stuff is going out in my newsletter-now I usually only send out a newsletter when there’s a book release, but I’m thinking this one needs to go out because I have tons of fun stuff and prizes for you all :).
I know how long you guys have been waiting for Evan’s book so I’m going to be including the longest excerpt ever of the last Manning brother book. I’ll also have some updates on what I’m working on next, some other Red River news, and contests.
The newsletter will be going out sometime this week, so look for it in your inbox! Haven’t signed up yet? Now’s the time! (A signup form is on the left sidebar :)).
A signed, PRINT copy of A RISK WORTH TAKING. For those of you who don’t know, this is the first book in The Red River Series and is all about Holly and Quinn. What do you have to do to enter? Simply leave a comment telling me your favourite Holly and/or Quinn scene from THE BEST MAN’S BABY (so this could be a Holly and Claire scene, a brothers scene, whatever it was you loved with either one or both of those two:)).
I’ll draw one random winner and announce tomorrow Good luck!
Feels like I already wrote a post on this, hmm? I could go check but the three year old is hovering with a magic wand aimed at my computer. So after my recent stint at the doctor’s where he told me to take it easy and R-E-L-A-X… I’ve decided it’s time to cut out all the unnecessary ‘stuff’ that I have going on in my life. One of the things I really wanted to do this year was sign up for volunteer work at DS’s school. Even though I’m a SAHM, I’m more a WAHM now, but it’s hard to explain that to people. I have to admit I feel like I’m being judged by the volunteering super-mom crowd. Like, I’m there for school drop-off, pick-up, so why am I not there for every other event like they manage to be? Well, I have no choice, I had to let go of that commitment. And I have to let go of the guilt. No point in trying to eliminate excess from our lives if we’re then riddled by guilt for doing it. We all have our stuff, our obligations. Certain ones we can’t get rid of. I have small children and ageing parents (as do soooo many of us, right?) and I’m the go-to kid for my parents. I will drop everything and have dropped everything to sit-in on doctor’s appointments, or even just be a driver. I am committed to homemade food. It’s just in me and the way I was raised (Italian parents. And no, they don’t believe Chef Boyardee was a real Italian). So I can’t really give up on that and while we do get takeout, it’s not nearly enough to make a difference.
I can’t cut out the writing. Not that I’d want to. So I can cut out the extra stuff-I’m adding cleaning to this list. I’m so anal. I get anxiety when the laundry room is overflowing with unfolded laundry. I’m happiest when my laundry room is spotless because it’s indicative of the state of the rest of my home. I need to get over that. Bad thinking! I need to just let it go. Chill. Of course I’d have wine to chill, but now that’s been banned until my stomach is better! Booooooo!!!!!
What else do I stress about? OMG…don’t get me started this could be an entire series of posts…well, every time myself or one of the kids gets a ‘mystery’ illness, my creative mind goes into overdrive…it’s a good thing my husband knows this and usually shoots me down with an ‘are you crazy? how do you come up with this stuff?’ I blame it on being a writer! I get paid to come up with crazy ideas! Well, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it
All right, off to get the kids to school…cue stomach churning!
So we recently headed into downtown Toronto with the kids for a visit with my brother. He’d moved to a new condo and we were dying to see it. The three year old hadn’t been on a train before, nor had she been to the city so this was an epic day for her. Along for the ride was my mom, the seven year old (who loved imparting many words of supposed wisdom of his many trips into the city), myself and the three year old.
Once settled on the train I noticed with dread that we were seated in the section with all the emergency exit signs and pulls. Of course the kids noticed all the brightly coloured, green pulls as well. What ensued was me making a threat that if they were pulled, a policeman would come and put them in jail (okay, I know that’s harsh, but you should have seen the gleam in their eyes as they stared at those emergency handles). The rest of the train ride was uneventful, just the usual stuff like the 3YO refusing to hold my hand as we were disembarking, thus stopping the flow of traffic behind us which resulted in me just hauling her along crying.
We arrived at my brother’s condo which is in the heart of a gorgeous part of the city and on the thirty-seventh floor. Spectacular view-the kids were very impressed. We then headed out for lunch. And oh, I miss this so much about the city…being able to step out your door and WALK everywhere. We had a lovely lunch and wandered around and then went back to his place for a while before heading back to the train and the burbs…
I used to go to school downtown Toronto for two years and I never realized just how much I miss it. DH (from Toronto originally) and I used to go all the time. Since kids…not often. I had a moment while we were walking outside that just gripped me out of nowhere and it was that yearning for my ‘other’ self. The one I rarely think about. The twenty-something, pre-kid-pre-mortgage-version of myself. And even though it was just last decade, it seems as far ago as my childhood. I love my life now, truly I know how blessed I am. But do you ever get those moments where you remember who you were before the truly adult version of yourself?
Well, they aren’t killing me…yet! No, not at all actually. So the last couple of months, I’ve had a gnawing, yuck feeling in my stomach. This happened to me in my twenties…after the husband and I opened our own business and I was dealing with stress of that (the money we’d tied up in the business, the long hours, the unknown fate of the venture) and bridezillas. I’m not a person who gets headaches, but apparently I get my stomach in knots. At that time it was so much worse and took months if not close to a year for me to get back to normal. The ultimate was that I had to give up coffee. Note: not for long, as soon as things were back to normal, I started drinking it again.
Anyway, so this feeling came back this year. It sort of snuck up on me. Finally it was impeding my ability to concentrate. So a trip to the doctor and answering a bunch of questions…a few were priceless-my doctor knows me very well.
“Does the pain get worse at any point during the day?”
Me: “Well, I never wake up with a sore stomach. It usually starts about two hours after I’ve been up with the kids….then it usually goes away about an hour after I put them to bed…”
Doctor: “Mmm hmm.” Slight smile appears on his face as he types this info. (I swear at times I feel like Elaine from Seinfeld and am dying to sneak a peak at my patient file. But we all know how that ended, not to mention poor uncle Leo.)
Me: “But I don’t feel stressed. I feel fine.” (Note: As I type this my kids are running around yelling and fighting. Apparently the 3yo has stolen the 7yo’s ‘smelly pencil’).
Doctor: “Do you drink a lot of coffee?”
Me: Shifts eyes away from doctor’s piercing gaze as the image of one of my Christmas presents from my husband pops into my mind:
“Yes, I drink…a lot of coffee.”
Anyway, long story short, he prescribed some medication…and some tests. I’m down to one cup of coffee a day I’ll never get through that giant canister of coffee beans!) But, whatever…I need to learn to chill I guess…I’ll let you know how that works out.
So what about you guys? This happen to anyone else? Do you get headaches? Stomach aches? Have you sworn off coffee? (Note, as soon as this stomach thing is over I will be upping the coffee intake ever so slightly). What do you do to relax?
What else do I have going on for this release? Today is the last day to enter a GIVEAWAY for a PRINT copy of A RISK WORTH TAKING…and rumour has it there will be a giveaway for a PRINT copy of THE BEST MAN’S BABY as well ;-).
I’ve also added a page to my website that has all things from the Tall Pines Ranch. Be sure to check it out!! And I’ll be adding Cole and Melanie’s playlist as well!
I hope you all fall in love with Cole and Melanie as much as I!!!!!