Get Ready To Celebrate!

Get Ready To Celebrate!

Birthday CelebrationThis Sunday, Sept 4th, is my birthday, and I’m celebrating with an exciting new contest for my newsletter subscribers. So if you’re not already a newsletter subscriber, but you want to enter the contest, make sure you sign up for my newsletter before this Sunday.

Just go to my website and scroll to the bottom of the page where you’ll find the signup form. Or if you’re already on the website reading this blog post, scroll over to the sidebar on the right side of the page. Hurry…go…I’ll wait…

Welcome back!

In other news, I’ve completed the line edits for my SSP (if this is your first time here, SSP refers to the Super Secret Project I’ve been working on for the past few months), and it’s official, the book is complete. And because I love to dive from one book into another, I’ve already started work on book 3 for my Rocky Mountain Romance series.

[Incidentally, the newsletter contest involves both the SSP series and the Rocky Mountain series.]

Now, back to birthday celebrations…please tell me how you love to celebrate your birthday. I’ll share my favorite in the comments!

 

More About My Super Secret Project…

More About My Super Secret Project…

Secrets-Aug23-16My SSP manuscript is back from the continuity editors and I’m doing final revisions on it right now. I hope to have it off to the line editor by the end of the week, so please, send me some “no distractions” vibes!

And I finally have permission to share a few details about the project…

There will be 12 books, one released every Thursday starting September 29th. Since mine is book 4, it comes out October 20th.

These books are set in a small town and are centered around a hotel. Each story stands on its own, so there’s a new romance in every book. However, there’s an overarching romance for one couple whose story is wrapped up in book 12. Fun!

The books are all written for the “sweet” market, so you wouldn’t be embarrassed if you gift a copy to your mother or grandmother. 🙂

I may have mentioned before that my heroine is a building contractor and my hero is a billionaire. Have I mentioned that they share a secret…one which could destroy my heroine’s reputation and her relationship with her grandfather.

Do you want to know more? Coming soon…the story description and the cover reveal!

Ta Da! A New Look For The Caught Between Series!

Ta Da! A New Look For The Caught Between Series!

Ever since the release of book three in the Caught Between series (Caught Between a Rock and a Hunka Man), I’ve wanted to change out the series covers to better differentiate the books from my Rocky Mountain series. After all, the Caught Between series is all fun and sass, and as one reader wrote: “This series should come with a warning. Put aside all liquids while inhaling these books!”

On the other hand, while the Rocky Mountain books do have some humor, readers are more inclined to write: “Bring out the tissues!”

Caught-Between-CoversAs CEO of SMS Books, I put the matter before my Board of Directors, took a vote, and the decision to change out the covers was unanimous. Of course, I’m the only person on the SMS Books board of directors, so there wasn’t much concern that I’d be outvoted. 🙂

Have you seen the new Caught Between series covers yet? They’re fun and trendy and I totally love them.

So tell me in the comments…if you were on my board of directors, would you have voted against me? You know I love to hear from you!

Please Don’t Tell Me Your Secrets!

Please Don’t Tell Me Your Secrets!

Caught Between a Lie and True LoveSpecial Note: In celebration of the Memorial Day holiday, I’m running a FREE promotion on the first book in the Caught Between series. For two days only, May 29 and May 30, you can pick up your FREE copy of Caught Between a Lie and True Love by clicking here. So click here, now.

And to pick up other great books, check out the Free Kindle Books & Tips blog.


Now, on to the secrets…

Early this spring, my siblings and I planned a surprise birthday party for our mother. We told her there would be nine of us and we would take care of all the food.

Busy out in her yard, she didn’t bother us for a whole lot of details, but as the weeks passed, every once in a while she’d ask questions…and we would have to think fast or pretend ignorance.

You see, we wanted to surprise her (and trust me, she’s not easy to surprise!). Somehow we managed to find a date that worked for the entire family, and everyone including Mom’s five kids, our spouses and signifiant others, and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren would be there. Twenty-six people in all!

A week before the party, I told Mom she needed to get a haircut because we were taking family pictures.

“Who’s taking the pictures?” she asked.

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Ms. Blabbity-Blabbity Seabrook, who apparently isn’t the brightest of the siblings, informed her that her oldest granddaughter, well known for her love of picture taking, would be there with her camera.

Mom, who at 88 is still sharp as a tack, questioned who besides her granddaughter was coming, and if maybe she should invite the rest of the grandkids because she wouldn’t want them to feel left out.

Oops, a bit of the secret slipped…and now the problem…how could I prevent her from phoning her other grandchildren, and risk the possibility of discovering the full extent of the guest list? And if she did call them, would the others be on the ball enough to lie about their plans for the day? Or would one or more get caught in a slip-of-the-tongue like I did?

Fortunately my fibbing skills returned, and I told Mom that this particular granddaughter always came to these family functions, even when she wasn’t invited, so not to worry about the others. And somehow, Mom bought the story and happily returned to her yard work.

Moral of the story…if you tell me your secrets, I just might blab. Not intentionally, but in that moment when my guard is down and my mouth is open, it all comes spilling out.

Needless to say, keeping my mouth shut about my Super Secret Project is killing me. It’s true. I want to talk about it, share details about it, and in a weak moment, posted this.

So please don’t tell me your secrets or I might just—unplanned and uncensored—blab it to the world…

How about you? Are you a blabber or a successful keeper of secrets? Let me know in the comments. I love to hear from you!

The Gold Is In The Revisions…and other stories I tell myself.

The Gold Is In The Revisions…and other stories I tell myself.

For years, I’ve had this Nora Roberts quote pinned to my wall. It’s a reminder to just get the story down, no matter how messy that first draft is.

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Mostly, I write seven days a week. On some days—those days when my imagination has gone AWOL—I stare listlessly at the computer screen or gaze out the window at the wildlife in the pond. I try not to take a single day off. If I do, the flow of the story falters and grinds to a halt. It might take days for my characters to reappear. So I show up. Every. Single. Day. Even when I’m on vacation.

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This week, I finished the first draft of my super secret project (coming fall of 2016!!!) and quite frankly, it was hard work. Lackluster work. One of those books where the hero and heroine sat in the corner of the coffee shop and whistled Dixie while I bled each word. And then I began the revisions and found pure gold.

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Stay tuned for more about this story. I’m looking forward to sharing it with you in the coming months. As soon as it’s no longer a super secret project…

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Till next time, happy reading!

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